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Nutrition for Pregnant Women?

Can anyone recommend some good books and/or articles detailing the latest scientific advice for pregnant women – stuff like RDAs of Omega-3s, foods to avoid, that sort of thing?

Thanks.

[quote]BostonBarrister wrote:
Can anyone recommend some good books and/or articles detailing the latest scientific advice for pregnant women – stuff like RDAs of Omega-3s, foods to avoid, that sort of thing?

Thanks.[/quote]

Evidently, there is something found in pickles, ice cream, and foot-long chili-cheese cony dogs (from Sonic) that women have an instinctive nutritional wisdom for. At least that was the case with my wife when she was pregnant with our daugter.

Must have worked because we had a home birth, and my little girl popped out like we were deskinning a grape - no problems at all.

Does this mean that we are on the verge of seeing a little BB jr. in the near future?

[quote]BostonBarrister wrote:
Can anyone recommend some good books and/or articles detailing the latest scientific advice for pregnant women – stuff like RDAs of Omega-3s, foods to avoid, that sort of thing?

Thanks.[/quote]

BB,

DHA is particularly important (I believe it is for brain development). Also folic acid (to prevent neural tube defects)as part of a good b complex.

If you go to nordic naturals website, and click on the link for…docs or practitioners it will take you to a site with all kinds of research on the omegas 3. Or you can call nordic. There was a very helpful woman at Nordic I talked to ages ago when I researched this. Nordic does sell a high DHA fatty acid supplement.

[quote]rainjack wrote:

Does this mean that we are on the verge of seeing a little BB jr. in the near future? [/quote]

Well, the term “near future” is kind of vague… =-)

Suffice it to say that it’s early enough that I’m prohibited from telling anyone yet according to the wife, but being the kind of guy I am and knowing how important the first trimester of development is, I want to make certain she’s getting the very best nutrition and avoiding the dangerous stuff like predatory fish, second-hand smoke, etc.

Thanks Scott.

Ever since my wife went off her birth control I’ve made sure she’s taking a food-based multivitamin for women, Omega-3 sups and an additional B-complex (because the food-based multi had less B than the pre-natal sups I compared it with) –

right now I’m keeping her on those, as well as making sure the fruits, veggies and dairy is organic, and the meat and chicken are hormone-free. However, as you pointed out DHA is more important than EPA, I’m going to switch her to Flameout from the other Omega-3.

Of course, I’m not being obsessive about that food stuff – we still eat at restaurants and she picks up some snacks/food for lunch when we’re out from various vendors, but I think we’re doing OK.

Hopefully what I want to find is some general information on diet and nutrition for pregnant women that she will read and that have some good general eating guidelines for her - hopefully including some guidelines on macronutrient intake.

The stuff from the government or on websites catering to women is OK, but it seems to me that it’s not so up to date and doesn’t have a lot of specific information.

by the sounds of it, the nutritional bases are covered. if you want to see some recommended minimums, the canadian government’s health canada branch has some web pages:

vitamins:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/reference/table/ref_vitam_tbl_e.html

minerals:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/reference/table/ref_elements_tbl_e.html

macronutrients:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/reference/table/ref_macronutr_tbl_e.html

but quite frankly these numbers are minimums for proper development.

focus on fruits and veggies, quality animal protein, and fat balance at each meal. i guarantee that the itake will far exceed the recommended minimums.

[quote]BostonBarrister wrote:
rainjack wrote:

Does this mean that we are on the verge of seeing a little BB jr. in the near future?

Well, the term “near future” is kind of vague… =-)

Suffice it to say that it’s early enough that I’m prohibited from telling anyone yet according to the wife, but being the kind of guy I am and knowing how important the first trimester of development is, I want to make certain she’s getting the very best nutrition and avoiding the dangerous stuff like predatory fish, second-hand smoke, etc.[/quote]

Congratulations!

As long as you eat a healthy diet, and stay away from the things you know are bad for the baby everything should be fine.

But feed the cravings. I really think that the cravings are in fact a form of nutritional wisdom. But I am an old school hard-ass.

when my wife was pregnant, she really liked “what to expect when you’re expecting.”

there’s also a good website called www.babycenter.com that has all kinds of information. probably the best/most recognized site out there.