Natural Healthy Pregnancy Tips!
It’s so nice that you and your honey have decided to have your own sweet bundle of joy. Just like you get ready by quitting smoking, letting go of those weekend cocktails and smartening up your diet, you need to prepare your body in one other important way.
Once you understand how your body works, you can avoid a lot of the “side effects” of being pregnant and even avoid a lot of the fussy baby problems after delivery.
When you eat food, your body burns it as fuel in the cells which give off little puffs of metabolic exhaust. This metabolic exhaust is chemically acidic and the osmotic pumps in your cells and your lymph must have enough water available to push the acidic waste into your elimination system. At each meal, your pancreas secreted approximately two quarts of enzymatic juice that is essential to digest your food. Your blood and your brain also require lots of water. Your body is an expert recycler but you still lose water to breathing, urinating, perspiration and defecation. It needs to be replaced to the tune of half your body weight in ounces every day. Caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, colas and tea don’t count as part of your fluid intake because they act as diuretics — they make you urinate more so you actually lose water.
Fast forward to the time of conception and the next nine months, a period of supersonic growth in your baby and lots of changes in you. Now you are processing metabolic waste for two and your baby is demanding more and more fluid in the amniotic sac. There is much more waste to be eliminated so your body is working at peak efficiency. You need to give your body all the tools it needs to be able to work at peak efficiency including good healthy water.
As you sleep, your body is creating more acidic waste, your demand for water dehydrates you throughout the night and by morning you are nauseated, headachy and maybe even hanging over the toilet…all because your body is dehydrated and acidic. The baby pushes all its metabolic wastes into your blood stream and away from itself. Most medical professionals believe that pregnant women get dehydrated from the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. Scientific studies are showing that it is the other way around.
You body wants to be naturally neutral, somewhere in between acid and alkaline. In order to get rid of that rising mountain of acidic waste you need to put alkaline water and alkaline foods into your body. By doing so, you begin to neutralize your inner terrain. It’s basic high school chemistry. Alkaline foods include those green leafy vegetables that your mother told you to eat when you were a kid. The darker green they are the more alkaline, they tend to be.
One of the best ways to get your vegetables and alkalize quickly is to juice vegetables with half an apple and drink it as soon as possible after you get up, along with a liter of healthy water. The best combination, I have found is to juice a cucumber with one large carrot or two medium ones, two large handfuls of spinach, a handful of parsley, half a beet and half an apple. If you are adventurous you can add two large kale leaves. Some experts suggest you can drink 3 quarts of freshly made vegetable juice a day. You will feel great and you will get a good load of enzymes to boot.
One of the things that is usually joked about when a woman is pregnant, is the cravings that she gets at the oddest times. By following an alkaline lifestyle, most or all of those cravings disappear. You won’t be hunting for that jar of dill pickles or rocky road ice cream.
When I was pregnant a few years back, I was told not to eat anything strong tasting until I stopped breast feeding because it would transfer to the baby and the baby wouldn’t like it. Recent research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia shows that babies accept and like flavors that they become familiar with while in the womb and while breastfeeding.
“Flavors from the mother’s diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and mother’s milk,” said Julie Mennella, a researcher at the Monell center. “A baby learns to like a food’s taste when the mother eats that food on a regular basis.”
“Babies are born with a dislike for bitter tastes,”said Menella. “If mothers want their babies to learn to like to eat vegetables, especially green vegetables, they need to provide them with opportunities to taste these foods.”
What better way to introduce them while the baby is still in the womb. You get to reap the benefits of alkalizing while you introduce your baby to healthy eating right out of the gate.
Another way to alkalize successfully and efficiently is to drink alkaline, ionized water. It is loaded with extra oxygen and it acts like an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals constantly. It is broken into small cluster sized molecules so your body instantly absorbs it, especially after a long night of toxic build-up.
Recent studies show that by using the Cerra alkaline, ionized water, you literally reduce your risk significantly of experiencing preeclampsia (the new terminology for toxemia) during pregnancy. You get less water retention in your hands and feet. Your blood pressure stays within normal ranges and you don’t lose protein in your urine. Most pregnant women drinking alkaline, ionized water as part of their lifestyle, experience the dream pregnancy where they are relatively comfortable and they just glow. Add a healthy alkaline diet and life just doesn’t get any better.
Your alkaline water and food intake can affect the baby profoundly. Not only is the baby gaining an appetite for healthy foods, the baby’s immune system is much stronger and the baby is more robust. These babies tend to be less fussy and more serene. They have less sensitivities and are more alert, intelligent and advanced for their age. Some reports tell of babies of a few days old, having greater motor control and strength, even lifting their heads while laying on their stomachs. These babies don’t cry a lot.
If you eat lots of vegetables your baby will get the taste of those vegetables through your milk and when they start solid food, they will be more receptive to green beans, peas and spinach. Unlike “normal” babies, who push those foods out of their mouths, your baby will love it and want more.
So, if you would like a serene baby, who is robust, healthy, more intelligent and advanced, in addition to a pregnancy that you just sail through, drink Cerra alkaline, ionized water and eat your vegetables.