Have you thought what the most optimal pregnancy diet is? I can attest that it is the Weston A. Price recommended diet for pregnant and nursing mothers. It has the most nourishing foods to help to support the development of an unborn baby. Both of my children are very healthy. I attribute this in great part due to my diet for years before becoming pregnant and for my diet during pregnancy and after.
Pregnancy Diet Recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation:
Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day, which is provided by 2 teaspoons high vitamin cod liver oil
I used to consume cod liver oil every day. However, after reading in carnivore circles and from Dr. Ray Peat that eating fish oil, including cod liver oil, is not really natural to humans, I stopped. I continued consuming emu oil (use code healthbysarah for a discount with Perfect Supplements). Even though I stopped consuming cod liver oil, I did begin to eat a can of cod livers once per week on Fridays, including some of the oil. The fish and the oil is very fresh and not rancid smelling.
1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows
I actually think this one is pretty easy to do. I love the taste of raw milk! Personally, I break this up into a tall glass of milk with breakfast and another one before bed. If you want to find raw milk in your area, check here.
4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows
We love butter, so this is also easy (in my opinion) to do! I get ours from Azure a lot.
2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens
I eat 2 eggs every day for breakfast. If I have breakfast without eggs, something feels off to me.
Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.
Typically, I eat only 2 eggs per day, but I do add extra eggs and egg yolks into other recipes, including mayonnaise.
3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week
Checkout my recipes for liver here and here. They definitely make eating liver more palatable! I aim for once per week, but more than that is even better. I also add dessicated liver to any ground meat recipes I make to get in extra liver.
Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs
I do eat canned cod livers every Friday, along with Safe Catch tuna usually. My tips for saving on fish eggs is to see if your local grocery store carries them in the refrigerated section. Our local Harris Teeter carries wild caught salmon roe and whitefish roe with no preservatives.
Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat
We never skimp on the fat! We eat beef almost every day, so that is easy for me to do. If you are having trouble, try these tips for morning sickness.
Oily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D
We cook a lot with lard! Check out my video on how to render it yourself.
2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.
This one is a little harder for me. I really hate the taste of coconut oil by itself. I mostly cook with it to make popcorn and in some baking recipes.
Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages
Check out my fermented recipes, including kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir, raw milk yogurt, sauerkraut, beet kvass, and pickles. Try to eat and/or drink at least one fermented food or drink per day and switch them out for variety.
Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces
I cook with bone broth all the time – I use it in place of water to make rice and all of my grains. I also put a bone in my beans while cooking them. Here is a simple way to make beef broth.
Soaked whole grains
Fresh vegetables and fruits
This is really a no brainer. Just add fruits and vegetables to your diet, preferably organic and/or local. You could even try growing your own produce! Greens are especially good during pregnancy because they are higher in folate.
Let me know your questions about this way of eating in the comments. How long have you been eating a Wise Traditions diet?