Healthy Pregnancies Need Good Nutrition – By Dr. Lynn Klassen, ND
Nutrition is one of the most important factors throughout a pregnancy that determines the
health and happiness of both Mom and Baby. The nutritional needs of Mom dramatically
increase and require more thoughtful decision-making. A woman’s fluid requirements increase
as baby grows in order to nourish baby, remove waste from baby, and literally cushion baby.
When pregnant, Mom needs to increase her caloric intake to make up for the energy needs of a
growing baby. Generally, a woman carrying one baby needs to increase her caloric intake by
300-400 calories each day. This number needs to be adjusted for multiples. Protein intake needs
to be around 300-400 calories a day and healthy fats (super important- especially Omega-3’s)
need to constitute around 600-750 calories a day in order to provide the building blocks of life.
Iron needs increase, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester – this is key to monitor. You should
consider having an iron panel done (bloodwork) during the 1st trimester (or pre-conception) to see
if you are deficient and maybe need supplementation. Some food sources to get iron:
- blackstrap molasses
- organ meats
- wheat germ
B-vitamins are also key during pregnancy. There usually are adequate amounts in a basic Pre-
Natal Vitamin. They can prevent neural tube defects, anemia, premature birth and miscarriage.
B6 can help support Mom’s liver function throughout the pregnancy. Deficiencies in B6 have
been correlated to decreased APGAR scores at birth. Sometimes extra supplementation in B-
vitamins is necessary. Some food sources of B-vitamins:
- leafy greens
- some animal proteins
- some whole grains
Trying to make sure nutrition is adequate in pregnancy can be difficult. Sometimes you may be
eating a variety of foods, but due to unknown problems you may not be absorbing nutrients well.
Problems like food sensitivities or intolerances are simple to figure out with a blood test or even
genomic testing (DNA testing to see what your pre-dispositions are). Once you know, you can
eliminate the food or foods and be sure you are getting all the nutrients Baby needs to grow
happy and healthy.
I am looking forward to being able to support you through this awesome milestone in your life.
Don’t feel like you need to wait until January, when the Healthy Baby, Happy Moms Program
rolls out. Call Marine Drive Naturopathic Clinic to book in with me (Dr. Lynn Klassen, ND) for
your personalized program… and for baby, too:-)