Archives for: July 2002, 05
Marina, you are doing exactly the right thing. O's don't benefit much, if at all, from the calcium in dairy, anyway. Our systems resist it immunologically, and the assimilation levels are typically extremely low compared to our type B and AB sisters. The Phytocal-O available on our site is an excellent supplement, with proven high absorption. Also, there is a list of foods high in calcium in Peter's Calcium From Almonds page. Greens, tahini, almonds, blackstrap molasses, etc.... lots of great food sources for you!
Other basic tips: don't use the fish bass, bluefish, carp, flounder, grouper, halibut, mahi mahi, shark, swordfish, tilapia, tuna or whitefish. They are at risk either for mercury levels to which the fetus could be sensitive, or environmental contamination -- again, to which a growing fetus may react. Also, avoid borage herb or oil, flaxseed or flax oil, soy in any form, parsley, cayenne pepper, fennel, chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, fenugreek, licorice, marjoram, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, chamomile, catnip, Dong Quai, licorice root, raspberry leaf, vervain, and yarrow in all forms. No green tea for you, and severely limit or eliminate alcoholic beverages of all kinds including red wine. This is for safety's sake in the first trimester and will change in some respects as your child nears birth, so let us know where you are in your pregnancy!
The usual beneficial and neutral foods are perfectly fine for you, with the changes noted above. Get your lean red meat early and often, and lots of folic acid from greens and nutritional yeast; eat well and add little snacks, but not beyond the "fullness" feeling; have some good mineral water and homemade broth as often as you can; and exercise "where you are:" do not give it up from laziness, yet do not push yourself beyond comfort. :-) You'll enjoy your pregnancy and be in great health when delivery time comes!!
thanks for your note, dear. I'm all excited to hear how you come along!!!