Skinny Bitch, Bun in the Oven

I love these girls!!!

Skinny Bitch created a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop eating “crap.” Now the “Bitches” are back—this time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a “delicate condition” doesn’t mean they’ll deliver a gentle message. As they did with Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat—with its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are “Skinny,” they want women to chow down on the right foods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies.

This book changed my view about breastfeeding, and led me to look at ways to help moms find human breastmilk for their human babies in situations they are not able to provide it themselves.

 

 

 

 

How to Grow a Healthy Baby

Everyone wants a healthy baby! While there is no way anyone can guarantee this, there is something you can do to give your baby the very best chance of being healthy, while also avoiding the diseases of pregnancy associated with malnutrition.

Why is diet so important? Your baby is made out of protein. So you need to eat lots of protein to “build” the baby. A factory can’t make it’s product without raw materials. Babies don’t come from nothing, they need construction materials from Moms food!

What happens when you don’t eat enough of the right foods? Normally our bodies use protein to build and maintain muscle mass and keep our blood sugar levels steady. We use carbohydrates for energy and brain power. Fats are necessary for vitamin absorption, hormone production, nervous system health and development. They are used for dense energy or stored for later use.

When a mom is pregnant her needs change because she is creating a whole new person inside her. To “build” that new person she needs protein. If, when pregnant, mom does not eat enough protein and calories, her body will slow down the “construction” of the baby. It will also start to burn protein (mothers muscle) for energy and will store all the fats she eats because her body thinks it’s starving. The protein that moms’ body burns for energy will leak into the blood and make harmful acids called ketones which may cause damage to the baby.

Mom needs complex carbohydrates for energy, vitamins and minerals, and fats for the essential fatty acids they contain.

 

What should Mom eat? At every meal, a good quality protein, fresh vegetables, a fresh fruit, and a whole grain food. Mom should eat three regular meals and at least two snacks (one being right before bed). Later in pregnancy, six small meals.

 

What should Mom NOT eat? White stuff. Stay away from too much dairy, white flour, and sugar. Make all calories count for nutrition, Avoid processed foods, fast foods, trans fats, and hydrogenated fats. It’s best to avoid caffeinated beverages, koolaid, flavored fruit juices and high fructose sweetened foods.

 

Tips:

  • You need to gain weight. Your body needs to have some reserves for when you are us at night nursing and caring for your newborn.
  • If you eat a nourishing, well balanced dies, you will gain exactly the amount of weight you need to grow a healthy baby.
  • Eat a wide variety of hoods to help satisfy your appetite.
  • Beware of cravings, you might just be thirsty or in need of protein.
  • Pack some food.
  • Plan a menu ahead of time.
  • Make extra and freeze what isn’t needed.

What to feed Baby Mama

Iris will be staying with me for a few weeks and I am sooooo excited. What a great time for us to bond and discuss Lily’s Birth Plan!!!

BUT, what the heck do I feed a pregnant chick???

I eat mostly vegtables, with occasional cheese and rarely any meat. I use Fat Flush Foods as a food bible and eat those foods most often.

But Iris is making a baby, not flushing fat. I looked through the Diet and Nutrition books at Barnes and Noble and choose The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Prenancy by Bowden and Tannis.

Eat the best foods for your baby’s development!

 Nutrition is never more critical than during pregnancy. What you choose to put on your plate affects you and your baby’s health not just in utero but for years to come. However, many nutritional guidelines for pregnancy are complex, confusing, and offer an uninspiring list of things to eat for the next nine months.

Backed up by the latest nutritional research, this guide debunks pregnancy food myths and uncovers a number of surprising food choices that are superfoods for expectant mothers.

This one-of-a-kind nutrition reference guide is also packed with helpful quick-reference charts and sidebars, highlighting healthy (but no less delicious!) substitutes for commonly craved foods like ice cream and potato chips. You’ll also discover the most up-to-date research regarding pregnancy dilemmas, such as how to get more omega-3s from fish in your diet while avoiding mercury. It’s pregnancy nutrition made easy!

Instead of a bunch of receipies, this book lists foods to include (and exclude) for a prego mama. So Iris and I can use the list to make food combinations that we like!!