I’m pregnant! Week 19

Hey there,

I thought it would be great to share my journey with you as I go along. It would be fun to share any new information I learn during my pregnancy with you if you are also going on a pregnancy journey.

I’m in the good phase now. Ask Kerri or my husband how I was at the beginning. I was not very fun to be around at times! Grumpy and bitchy Whitney. I think I remember at one point saying “remind me never to get pregnant again!” So, I wasn’t very happy I guess. I was very tired, nauseous and grumpy.

But as quickly as it came on, it went away.

Now I’m in the good phase. I’m loving being pregnant. Baby is starting to make itself known with some movements, which is very exciting!

I haven’t started my 2nd trimester teas yet but I should really get on it. I’ve been fairly faithful with my supplements.

I’ll talk to you soon with more updates. If you are pregnant let me know how you are doing!

Talk soon,

Whitney

Whitney Belly week 19

Benefits of Fish Oil in Pregnancy

Fish oil in pregnancyOne of my patients recently asked me about fish oil for pregnancy. She had heard that it’s good for the babies brain but she wasn’t sure what else it was good for or what kind to take.

Research has shown there are a few wonderful things about fish oil for your baby:

  • reduces the rate of pre-term births
  • increases cognitive functioning
  • reduces the prevalence of allergies later in life
  • helps to prevent eczema (atopic dermatitis, asthma and allergic rhinitis

So when should you start supplementing? As soon as possible or at least during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as this is the critical time for brain development.

Choose a fish oil that:

  • has at least 0.3g of DHA in it, high potency is better
  • tested for heavy metals and PCBs

We have a great one at the office that is a high potency and clean source of fish oil. I recommend this to all my pregnant moms along with some other essential nutrients.

I would love to hear how your supplementing during pregnancy is going!

Talk soon,

Whitney

What should I eat when I’m pregnant?

With so much excitement and so many books about pregnancy, it’s sometimes hard to know what to eat.

While we believe that your body will tell you much of what you need, there is some promising research with respect to eating a Mediterranean Diet while pregnant.

Studies show that following a Mediterranean Diet while pregnant is associate with:

  • decreased wheezing in infants
  • less atopic diseases (eczema, food allergies, and asthma)

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

  • The base of the pyramid is having fun, being active, and eating with others
  • Then it emphasizes fruits, veggies, and unrefined grains as the base to meals
  • It then adds seafood twice weekly
  • Legumes and nuts are major protein sources eaten daily
  • Extra virgin olive oil is the main fat source
  • Poultry, eggs and dairy are consumed in favour of red meat that it only enjoyed a coupe of times per month
  • For dessert, fruit is the base

Not sure how to make this work for you?  Come on in for an assessment and let our doctors help you make the most of your pregnancy.

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