Dr. Wilson shares if there are any foods a woman should avoid while trying to get pregnant.
If you’re trying to get pregnant and you’re anticipating your pregnancy, the foods that you should avoid would be any foods that you think might increase your likelihood to get sick or get a stomach infection because the idea is that when you’re pregnant you want to have the least likelihood of being really sick.
So that’s why you’ll often hear a recommendation to avoid raw foods like raw fish or sushi when you might be getting pregnant or you are pregnant. That's to avoid getting a parasitic infection while you’re pregnant, also anything that you potentially might have an allergic reaction to.
So there are some cheeses and other seafoods and things that you should avoid just to inhibit those kinds of more severe reactions while you are pregnant. At the same time, I would like to emphasize the things that you should eat when you’re trying to get pregnant, and that would be to choose organic foods and whole foods that have the minimum or no processing involved, have foods that are nutrient-dense, meaning they have lots of nutrients in them like eggs and whole grains.
I always recommend to eat every three hours and to include protein when you eat. It’s great to include whole foods and to minimize sugars in your diet when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Dr. Donielle Wilson is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Connecticut, New York, and Washington Sate. She graduated from Bastyr University, the leading accredited institution for the study of natural medicine, in 2000 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a certificate in midwifery.
Dr. Wilson is currently president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) and has held that position since April 2003. In that role she is dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to naturopathic medicine by passing legislation to license Naturopathic Doctors in New York. In addition, Dr. Wilson is a past board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and is a current board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Midwives.
Her passion is to address stress-related conditions by balancing hormones and neurotransmitters. She is an expert in natural health care for women, particularly natural therapies for fertility, dysplasia and menopause. She has extensive experience working with adults and children with allergies, fatigue, frequent infections, hormone imbalances, cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, high cholesterol, migraines, insomnia and digestive problems.
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