Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now, it is time to make the proper changes to your diet to ensure the maximum health for you and your baby. If you’re already Paleo, then you’re well on your way to providing the highest quality of living for you and your child from now and moving forward. However, there are some substitutions that you may want to make for the next 9 months to enhance your diet specific to your baby’s requirements.
Water, Water and More Water
Whether you’re pregnant or not, you should be drinking an abundance of water; approximately 8 cups a day. However, you may enjoy a coffee here or there, or a soft drink treat (that isn’t Paleo) on a cheat day, but once you have a bun in the oven, it is even more important for all of this to stop. Caffeine and chemicals are certainly not ingredients that you want to be providing for you or your baby. Drink a ton of water, and if you need a touch of flavor, squeeze some lemon into it.
Eat Steak, not Liver
Another substitution that you may want to consider when pregnant is steak instead of liver. Liver has a prominent ingredient called pâté which has been proven to be unsafe during pregnant due to its high amounts of Vitamin A. Yes, too much of a good thing is a problem, especially when pregnant as high doses of vitamin A can cause birth defects. In fact, it can increase the chances of this happening by up to 50 %. Instead, enjoy well cooked meats such as red meat and chicken.
Eat Boiled Eggs, not Scrambled Eggs
There has recently been a lot of talk surrounding eggs that aren’t completely cooked such as; scrambled eggs, over easy, sunny side up – or in other words, anything other than hard-boiled. Undercooked eggs can be a hot zone for the salmonella bacteria since it is essentially like under cooked chicken. While this is extremely unpleasant to catch, it is even worse when you’re pregnant and can cause excessive nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and headache, and in extremely rare cases, it has been known to trigger miscarriage. With that said, you don’t have to go egg-free throughout your pregnancy. Just cook them until the yolk and egg whites are firm! Use an Egg Genie to get 100% hard-boiled eggs that are just as delicious as they are flawless.
Greens will also be an essential part of a healthy diet, but during pregnancy, you need even more. Opt out your sprouts for leafy greens to ensure a pleasant pregnancy that is rich in all the vitamins that you need. Sprouts can sometimes be contaminated with bacteria, so you want to avoid them if plausible. So, replace them with all kinds of vegetables, but especially with leafy greens such as Kale and spinach, and always remember to wash them thoroughly to get rid of any pesticides or chemicals used during the harvesting process.
There are many other substitutions you may want to consider during pregnancy, so do your research to ensure a proper and healthy nine months.