FAQ-Diet in Pregnancy

  • Prenatal vitamins
  • Kombucha during pregnancy
  • Fermented foods/raw fish during pregnancy
  • Liver during pregnancy/liver for children

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Q. Is it okay to consume a food based prenatal vitamin during pregnancy while adhering to the Weston A Price pregnancy diet? (I am thinking particularly of the first trimester when morning sickness can drastically cut down on how much and what one is willing to eat.)

A. I’d have to see the prenatal. We do not recommend pre natal vitamins because they contain synthetic vitamin A and the synthetic can cause birth defects. Better to continue with the cod liver oil. Eat lots of leafy greens for folic acid. Click here for our diet for pregnant women. By the way, raw milk is great for morning sickness.

Q. Can I drink kombucha during pregnancy?

A. If you are used to drinking kombucha, you can drink it while pregnant. It would be a good thing to drink 4 to 6 ounces with meals. However, if you have not drunk kombucha before, don’t start while you are pregnant because occasionally someone has an adverse reaction and we don’t want that to happen while you are pregnant. Don’t let kombucha be a substitute for your one quart of raw milk per day.

Q. I was told not to consume fermented foods and drinks or raw fish while pregnant.

A. Kefir is very safe for pregnant women, as is raw milk–we recommend 1 qt per day of raw milk for pregnant women.

As for kombucha, what I tell pregnant women is that if you have been drinking kombucha with no problem, it is fine and very healthy to drink it while pregnant. Occasionally someone has a bad reaction to kombucha and you would not want that to happen while pregnant, but if you have been drinking it all along, fine if you are pregnant.

As for sushi, that I would steer clear of while pregnant, because of the threat of parasites. But lacto-fermented fish would be fine.

See this link for diet for pregnant women.

The establishment also tells pregnant women that cod liver oil and liver are dangerous–yet these are very important to consume while pregnant.

Q. Is it okay to take a pea-sized frozen piece of cow’s liver a day while pregnant? What is the age that one can start children on this?

A. This is a GREAT idea–even more than a pea-sized. An ounce or more a day is fine. One can start at age 4-6 months with children. Raw grated liver should be one of baby’s first foods. But better to give the liver as food to children rather than pea sized bites as these might be difficult to swallow.

Q. What to do for a young pregnant woman who wants to eat well but is having a lot of vomiting and aversion to the important foods?

A. The best thing we have found for morning sickness (which is probably what is making you so sensitive to smells and tastes) is raw milk sipped throughout the day (just sips, no gulps).  Do you have access to raw cow’s milk?  That might have a better taste for her. You could warm up the milk with a little maple syrup and cinnamon, for example.

Swedish bitters, 1/2 tsp in water, morning and evening, might help with the aversion to fat.  Even a little vinegar in water might help.

Broth-based soups with lots of vegetables would be good–you could cut meat up very finely into the soup, even a little liver cut up very finely.  The glycine in the broth will compensate for the generally low protein diet.

How is cheese?  That would be an excellent food for her.

Regarding eggs, the yolks are more important than the whites.  So, for example, if eating scrambled eggs, add an additional yolk.  You might also try making custard with egg yolks and cream. . . sweetened with maple syrup, for example. It is important to get egg yolks into the diet, in whatever way possible.

Q. Do you have a suggestion regarding pre-natal vitamins?  My doctor recommends me taking them; do I need to take them?
A. Rather than synthetic vitamins, we recommend getting the vitamins you need with a nutrient-dense diet, one that includes cod liver oil for vitamins A and D (cod liver oil is a food).  For our recommended diet, see http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers

28 Responses to FAQ-Diet in Pregnancy

  1. Ora says:

    Raw milk & campylobacter
    I was told the raw milk I was drinking during my second pregnancy was how I ended up with campylobacter – would this be the case and if so how would you avoid it?

  2. Goatlady says:

    Re: Raw milk & campylobacter
    I wouldn’t worry about it… by getting campy the first time you strengthened your immune system so you shouldn’t get it again.

    You might find this article interesting:

  3. tea says:

    Tandem Nursing
    I am 42 years olds, have a 2 year old daughter that is still nursing, and I am considering trying for a second child. Is nursing robbing my boby of the neccessary nutrients for a healthy second pregnancy? I eat a very nutrient dense diet.

  4. Carolyn Kris Johnson says:

    You also need to consider whether the raw milk was really the cause of the infection, or whether blaming the raw milk was a knee-jerk reaction from the authorities infected with raw milk phobia. Sorry this is old, but I had to comment!

  5. Maryta elliott says:

    help with aversions
    somebody now what to do when i have morning sickness and i can not drink raw milk, butter, chicken, ground beef, liver and water or juices because it makes me nauseas

  6. Elizabeth Brown says:

    I am breastfeeding right now and am thinking I may be pregnant now or may be soon… I need to change my diet, but this is all (WAP) very new and overwhelming to me. I would like to take pre-natal vitamins as this seems to be a really easy first step and in my web-search came across the information here: NOT to take pre-natal. That’s a bit frustrating. These (Life Time, Professional Pre-Natal Formula) were recommended to me. Would it be OK to take these while I am learning about the W.A.P diet and figuring out how to make it work with my budget?

    Aside from diet for myself, I am concerned about milk supply. When my son was 4.5 months old, I became pregnant with my daughter who is now almost 7 months old. By the time my son was 7 months, my milk was gone. I don’t want this to happen again, and am thinking diet will help. Just another motivator to change my diet. I’d appreciate any input here.

  7. tjboyd says:

    Reply to Anne from Sally
    I would wean her very gradually, she can go right onto raw milk (no need to make the formula). Since you are now really eating for three, it is REALLY important to follow our Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers. Best,

  8. tjboyd says:

    Reply to tea from Sally
    Given your age, I do think it would be better to wean your daughter before getting pregnant again. You’ve been a great mom to breastfeed her for so long, and she could transition to raw milk now.

  9. tjboyd says:

    Reply to Maryta elliott from Sally
    You might try vitamin B6 capsules. I would keep trying raw milk, sipped very slowly.

  10. Anne says:

    Ok to nurse while pregnant?
    am currently pregnant with my 2nd child (5 weeks now). My 11 month daughter is still nursing, my doctor recommended weaning her “asap”. Do you recommend that i wean her as per my doctor advice, or can i continue nursing her while i feel comfortable? Any special diet recommendation for a pregnant AND nursing mom?

  11. Alvar van Rijn says:

    I’ve found these http://www.newchapter.com/mult…ment-facts from New Chapter and think they might be a pretty good multivitamin during pregnancy.
    They are made from biological gmo-free wholefoods with natural production processes. There’s a little soy in it… but it’s fermented smilies/cheesy.gif
    They contain natural pre-vitamin a as beta-carotene which seems almost irrelevant but not necessarily harmful when combined with a cod liver oil (we use the royal one with butter oil from blue ice).
    The only thing I’m a little concerned about is the addition of the ‘Breast support blend’: sprouted seeds: Organic Broccoli; Organic Cauliflower; Organic Kale; Organic Daikon Radish; Organic Cabbage; Organic Mustard. It’s just 100mg I’ve just send them an email asking them to relate it to this article about our crucifers friends: http://www.westonaprice.org/ba…-the-cross in which Chris Masterjohn states that we need to be careful with them. Especially the boccoli sprouts since they contain high amounts of nitriles. This was 20minutes ago, but i’ll update when i get a response.
    Meanwhile I’m curious how these rate on the ‘WAPF index’smilies/wink.gif

  12. Cecelia says:

    Raw meat during pregnancy?
    Hi, I have been following the NT guidelines for awhile and love it. I have just found out I am pregnant. I normally eat some raw meat every week, grass fed, etc. Should I continue this in my pregnancy or is it just too risky?

    Thanks, Cecelia

  13. tjboyd says:

    Reply to Cecelia
    If you are getting your meat from a trusted source then you should be fine.

  14. Lola22 says:

    I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my first child and have had a pretty severe dairy intolerance for most of my life. I have been following the WP protocol, dairy free, for the past 6 years (due to time constraints, I am probably light on the bone broth but I do my best!). When I first read your recommendations of raw milk when I discovered the WAPF, I was so excited as I was hopeful that I would again be able to consume dairy (and that standard, pasteurized dairy was what I was allergic too). Luckily I live in a state where it is not too hard to find Raw milk….but alas, my body still did not like it and I was was plagued with severe headaches, GI issues and low blood sugar/jitters/severe/hunger shortly after consuming it. I had the same, albeit slightly less severe reaction, with raw cheese and butter as well. I have tried reintroducing dairy several times since, hoping that after more time eating a traditional diet as well as being treated by a wonderful naturopath, my body would rid itself of it’s dairy intolerance. But, unfortunately, this hasn’t happened (dairy no longer causes bad GI issues, but the headaches and jitters/hunger persist). So my question is, during pregnancy, what should I supplement/eat more of instead to get the nutrients I would normally get from dairy? I have even tried the GP butter/FCLO blend, and even that seems to be causing a bad reaction (just ordered the plain FCLO).

    I am so annoyed that my body hasn’t learned to accept this food…..it seems strange to me as I am of scandinavian and scotch/irish descent (from mostly a long line of farmers on both sides at that) and my ancestors had surely lived on pastured dairy for ages!

  15. tjboyd says:

    Reply to Lola22 from Sally
    We are so sorry to hear about the dairy–you are just one of those unfortunate people who can’t tolerate any kind of dairy.

    For calcium, of course bone broths are good. You could also make a “calcium tea” by soaking egg shells in vinegar. Another possible product is the bone product from Dr. Ron’s Ultrapure.

    Plenty of green vegetables, always well cooked and with butter, will supply some calcium for you, but you should also include the suggestions above. Almonds are also a good source of calcium.

    Sincerely, Sally

  16. Izzy says:

    Raw Oysters
    I am 8 weeks pregnant. Is it OK to consume raw oysters or is this something that is preferred as cooked? I see that raw fish is a not recommended but that brings up confusion with regards to fish eggs. Are those OK to eat raw? I don’t normally see recipes for cooked fish eggs.

  17. Eva says:

    Hi! I have a 6 month old baby and started him recently on solids. I follow the Nourishing Traditions book which includes feeding liver to infants. My son seems to like it and I was okay with it, but my husband has concerns that there are a lot of toxins in organ meets, especially liver, since it is a detoxification organ. I’m now worried if I’m doing the right thing. Should I stop feeding him liver?

  18. lindsey says:

    I am 5 weeks pregnant and only just started drinking kombucha about a week before finding out, i have had no adverse reations that i know of, is this ok to keep drinking or should i stop during pregnancy.

  19. Jenny says:

    I was recently advised not to take fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil during pregnancy, if my diet was not completely WAPF. due to income, and location, it is impossible for us to fully afford or find all the foods we need to be fully WAPF, so we do what we can. Fclo/bo is one of the things we can do, along with pastured butter, yard eggs, and coconut oil. Is taking fclo/bo harmful if your diet isn’t fully WAPF? Please someone from the foundation answer. Thanks.

    • Melissa says:

      I’m not from the foundation, but as long as you are consuming high amounts of saturated fats, you will be fine. The worry with FLCO without the full WAPF diet is that it will thin your blood. High amounts of saturated fats counteract that side effect.

  20. nikki says:

    If you take an ounce of pea size frozen raw liver every day, would that be all the folate a pregnant person would need for baby?

    • Tim Boyd says:

      From Sally – The recommended amount for pregnancy is 600 mcg and there are 215 mcg folate in 3 ounces beef liver. Of course, there is folate in many other foods.

  21. Jill says:

    Hi yall- Firstly, I love this site & all the questions & answers. It has already helped me tremendously! :-))))

    I have an 11 month old who has been exclusively breast fed from day 1. He has no interest in food whatsoever. 🙁 I’ve given him all different kinds of things to try/play with. He just doesn’t care.

    My husband & I would like to have/get pregnant within the next 6 months. – my supply is fine, but baby is needing more, I can tell. I had lots of breast milk in the freezer & it’s now almost gone.

    What I am wondering, is due to his age, but his lack of interest in other foods, should I go ahead & prepare the formula for him?

    I see from comments & the site info, it is probably ok to give him the raw milk. But bc He will not eat anything else, I feel like I should make the formula until he DOES eat other foods. Silly baby, who doesn’t like to eat food??!! LOL! Oh yah, he doesn’t have any teeth yet… I wonder if that is a factor! But anyways, if anyone/everyone could advise, I’d greatly appreciate it!!

    Thanks so much,

  22. Monique says:

    Is it ok to keep taking folic acid plus having liver etc or will that be too much folic acid altogether?

  23. Danielle says:

    I have a 4.5 month old who pukes after every single feeding. He’s not showing classic reflux signs other that a little discomfort and the puking but he’s an overall happy boy. He pukes a lot and has actually lost 6 oz. I make raw kefir and drink it daily. Could the raw milk kefir be causing him distress? The only other dairy I do is raw grass fed butter, raw cream and raw cheeses. Should I try cutting out dairy and seeing if it stops his reflux? I’d really hate to give up my kefir but I want him to feel better.

  24. Jannette Latham says:

    Helpful comments ! I was enlightened by the points – Does anyone know if my assistant would be able to acquire a sample a form version to work with ?

  25. Haley says:

    Is there any risk in taking New Chapter prenatals which contain 5000 ui of beta carotene along with eating liver and cod liver oil? Since the foundation states that beta carotene isn’t easily converted to true vitamin A, this shouldn’t be concerning, correct?

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