What to eat during your pregnancy according to Chinese medicine.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I love reading about how to best nourish myself and my baby when I'm pregnant. It's so important to make sure you are making the right choices to ensure your health as well as your baby's growth - both equally important!

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Foods to eat when pregnant

I’m here to make your eating choices a lot easier! As a licensed acupuncturist specializing in women’s health and pregnancy, I will share with you my top ten pregnancy supporting foods, specific pregnancy related conditions you can treat by what you eat, the most important nutrient to have in your diet during pregnancy, and how to make sure you’re getting enough of it.

Chinese medicine views our digestion as a fire. It’s important to keep the fire steadily burning while not letting it rage out of control or burn out. Eating warm, well-cooked, easy-to-digest food keeps the spleen, stomach and uterus warm, which is especially important during pregnancy. In addition, it’s important to eat foods that support the kidneys and liver, as well as the body’s Yin, Yang, Qi (aka energy) and blood.

Top Ten Pregnancy Supporting Foods:

• Sweet potato strengthens the spleen and stomach, tonifies Qi, detoxifies the body, treats constipation and edema, is low glycemic, rich in vitamin A, and increases milk production.

• Walnuts nourish kidney Yang (which includes the warming hormone, progesterone), provides good fat and protein, can treat low back pain and constipation. Keep them refrigerated to prevent rancidity.

• Chicken tonifies Qi, warms the body, treats fatigue, postpartum weakness, leg and low back pain.

• Lamb is very warming, strengthens and nourishes Qi and Blood, aids lactation, postpartum blood loss, and can alleviate back pain. Lamb is not recommended during summer months, as it’s too warming.....

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