Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Oh baby!

Truly amazing...the news that new life is developing inside your wife! On May 20th, after a long, arduous process with IVF, we received the news that we are having a baby!

Immediately my mind and heart are full of joy. Pure joy! And then..."Okay, nutrition, and then exercise, what about this, what about that...9 months, that's all? That will be here before you know it...Money, diapers, bottles, sleep, health, fitness, nutrition..." You get the point and some of you have been there, not once, but multiple times.

So, as a future dad and mom, my wife and I started reevaluating all that we are eating. With IVF, there are a ton of restrictions:


ALCOHOL should be avoided during pregnancy. Alcohol has been shown to cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS should be limited in pregnancy. Aspartame (Nutrasweet) is preferable to saccharin; however, use should be limited to 1-2 servings/day.CAFFEINE should be limited in pregnancy. Research indicates that less than 200 mg per day (even in the first trimester) does not contribute to miscarriage, preterm birth, or other significant pregnancy complications.CALCIUM is often needed in pregnancy due to the growth demands of the fetus. Calcium preparation, such as calcium carbonate (Tums), Viactiv, etc., are acceptable. Please do not take calcium supplements with your prenatal vitamin as the two medications can interfere with one another. Avoid oyster shell calcium.FOODS should be chosen carefully during pregnancy. Shark, swordfish, tile fish, king mackerel, tuna steak and Chilean sea bass contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided. You can safely eat up to an average of 12 oz. a week of other cooked fish from a store or restaurant. Do not eat more than 6 oz/week of cooked fish caught in local waters. Avoid sushi (unless cooked). Limit shellfish and canned tuna intake to the above ounces per week. Please avoid undercooked eggs and rare meats. All cheeses need to be pasteurized. Please avoid soft cheeses like brie, gouda, feta, blue cheese, etc. Avoid foods that may contain listeria include soft cheeses, prepared lunchmeat, deli meats, hotdogs, smoked salmon and pre-made pates. Meats should be well cooked - no rare meats. Foods that may contain listeria should be avoided or heated just before eating to steaming hot.PRENATAL VITAMINS should be taken daily and contain 800-1000mcg folic acid. DHA 200-500 mg per day is a recommended ingredient as well to aid in fetal brain development.SMOKING should be discontinued during pregnancy due to the consequences associated with maternal smoking on the fetus, such as a reduction in fetal growth rate, increased risk of premature birth, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Talk about overwhelming! And I believe in solidarity, so no alcohol, etc. for me either. So, where do you begin? Well, of course with any medical-related situation, follow the doctor's orders first and foremost. As a high risk pregnancy and IVF as the foundation, the above and many other guidelines have to be followed. The female is growing a fetus, so naturally, good diet and nutrition is fundamental. Proteins, carbohydrates, fats all have to be in the appropriate balance for that individual mother-to-be to ensure a strong healthy mother and the developing child inside her.

One of my favorite resources from Precision Nutrition (PN) is "What to eat during pregnancy." Known for their easy to follow "Infographics," PN provides science-based suggestions and research for eating and performing better.

Here's to "building a diet that keeps you and baby healthy."

In health,
Corpo Fitness