Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy
by Robin Lim, CPM

[Editor's note: This article first appeared in Having a Baby Today Issue 2, Summer 2001.]

In this millennium we are developing a world community devoted to higher awareness and optimal health. We are questioning the wisdom of high-tech genetically engineered foods. We are returning to good old-fashioned whole foods.

A healthy mother equals a healthy baby. An investment made in healthy living during pregnancy creates benefits that the baby will reap for his or her entire life.

I urge mothers in this country to take advantage of the availability of organic grains and produce. It's a shame these wholesome foods are more costly. However consider it an investment in your family's health. What does poor health really cost? Clearly a bundle.

  • Drink plenty of pure water.
  • Eat organic foods, especially leafy greens to build an iron-rich blood supply.
  • Eat an organic source of protein morning and evening. Vegetarians can do this.
  • Pay attention to getting enough vitamins and minerals. Growing a baby is a full-time job; love your body and she'll do that job well.
  • For your growing baby's optimum brain development, be sure to eat foods rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils. Sardines are an inexpensive food, gathered in the deep waters of the ocean and therefore less polluted, as well as rich in Omega 6. Flax oil is a good vegetarian source of Omega 3. If you don't eat fish, generously splash flax oil on your food, daily.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Balance rest with activity. A nice walk in the woods hand in hand with your baby's father is a powerful medicine.
  • Seek fantastic, regular prenatal care from a health provider who is keen on nutrition and respects your values.
  • Avoid pollutants and any negative influence.
  • Meditate, pray, love, dance and sing.

Robin Lim is an author, midwife and educator who lives in Bali with her husband and children. Click here for a full bio.


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