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Dr. Campbell-McBride's Recommendations
If there are no serious digestive problems present, allergies, chronic fatigue, lethargy or any other typical GAPS symptoms in the partners, then I recommend following the full GAPS diet for 4-5 months prior to conception. If there is pronounced GAP Syndrome in any of the parents, particularly in the mother, follow the whole GAPS nutritional protocol until you are much healthier and feel that you are ready to conceive and go through pregnancy. If you are already pregnant go straight into the Full GAPS Diet. However, read carefully the section on the Introduction Diet and follow the recommendations for introducing fermented foods, as they need to be introduced gradually (if you never had them before).
Pregnancy and Baby
Religiously avoid all processed foods (all packets and tins), soft drinks, sugar and food additives. About 85% of everything you eat on a daily basis should be savory - made out of fresh meats, fish, eggs, good quality dairy, vegetables and natural fats. Sweet things: baking (with nut flour and dried fruit), honey and fruit should be limited to snacks between meals.
Pay particular attention to the fats you consume, as they are the main agents that balance our reproductive hormones. Consume only natural animal fats (butter, cream and fats on meats), cold pressed good quality olive oil or coconut oil; consume more fats than usual as your baby will need that very much.
Introduce fermented foods gradually. Fermented foods are not optional, particularly in pregnancy! They will insure proper digestion and absorption of nutrients, provide your baby with B vitamins, vitamin K and many other benefits.
Try to find raw organic dairy products from a local farm: the nutritional value of raw milk, butter, yoghurt, cheese and cream can never be compared to their commercial pasteurized processed counterparts.
Eat liver and other organ meats regularly. Liver is the richest source of folic acid (not to mention many other nutrients).
Apart from good food, you may want to take a good quality probiotic at a maintenance level. However, if you consume plenty of fermented foods on a daily basis, you may not need to take any commercial preparations. Take good quality cod liver oil at a maintenance level. Don’t forget to eat small oily fish (not farmed) on a weekly basis.
Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends preparing the birth canal for birth by populating it with beneficial bacteria. To do that, apply live yogurt or kefir on your genital area after you bath, particularly in the last trimester. Also apply kefir or yogurt on your breasts and armpits. Every 2-3 weeks, insert 1-2 capsules of Bio-Kult in the vagina at bedtime.
GAPS milkshakes are recommended as well as consuming fresh pressed juicing, introducing the juices gradually and slowly increasing.
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Dr.Campbell-McBride discusses planning for a new baby, both pre-conception and pregnancy in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. She also addresses, once the baby has arrived, breast feeding, mastitis, and how to start introducing solid foods when baby is ready. Dr. Campbell-McBride states the nutritional status of prospective parents is one of the most important factors in producing healthy offspring. Once the pregnancy begins, the mother must continue with her healthy diet. The father does not have to, but if he does, he will be in a much better state (physical and mental) to support his wife though the pregnancy and childbirth
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