Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride states the nutritional status of prospective parents is one of the most important factors in producing healthy offspring.
Pregnancy is such a critical time for the health of the mother, we would recommend getting Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” and read it before, during and even after the pregnancy.
In this book, she discusses planning for a new baby, both pre-conception and pregnancy. She also addresses, once the baby has arrived, breastfeeding, mastitis, and how to start introducing solid foods when the baby is ready.
Once the pregnancy begins, the mother must continue with her healthy GAPS diet and eat what she craves of clean, fresh: meat, eggs, fish, dairy, and spices. In other words, a lot of fat and protein to build a strong healthy baby. The father does not have to, but if he does, he will be in a much better state (physically and mentally) to support his wife throughout the pregnancy and childbirth.
If there are no serious digestive problems present, heartburn, constipation, bloating, allergies, chronic fatigue, lethargy, depression or any other typical GAPS symptoms in the partners, then we 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, and eat what you crave of clean grass-fed meat – especially red meat, pastured organic eggs, wild fish, raw dairy, and organic spices. 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).
Overall good nutrition, especially pre-biotic and probiotic digestive support (gut reconditioning), during pregnancy, can prevent a lifetime of mental & health problems for your child!
- Make sure to take your personalized supplements every day! (See the Prenatal Supplement Protocol below) This will make sure that baby is getting the full spectrum of everything he/she needs to grow perfectly. Phosfood Liquid is magical for morning sickness/nausea but do not take it in the 3rd trimester as too much phosphorus, other than what your body naturally makes in the 3rd trimester, can cause demineralization of calcium (bind it up), which could hurt bone regeneration. The 1st trimester is when most women are lacking in phosphorus. Mornings only – Put 2 full droppers in a small glass of water and just shoot it down. There is practically no aftertaste, and it will give you the energy you are lacking in the 1st trimester.
- Religiously avoid all processed foods (anything from a box, bag or can), soft drinks, refined sugar, and food additives. About 85% of everything you eat on a daily basis should be savory – made out of fresh meats, fish, pastured eggs, good quality dairy, spices and natural fats such as butter and cream. Well-cooked ORGANIC vegetables can gently cleanse you, but know, vegetables are only cleansers, they cannot help you build that beautiful baby. For that, you need proteins and fats. Recent studies have shown being within 2000 meters of pesticide spraying can raise your baby’s chance of autism by 50%. Eating pesticide-laden vegetables will raise it 16% – 20%. Always, always eat organic foods. Be VERY careful at restaurants you don’t eat the non-organic vegetables – and they almost always are not organic.
- Sweet things: baking (with nut flours/sprouted grains 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. Eat soups made from GAPS meat stock/bone broth as much as you can. Take good quality cod liver oil at a maintenance level. Don’t forget to eat wild fish (not farmed) on a weekly basis.
- Introduce fermented foods/probiotics gradually. Fermented foods are not optional, particularly in pregnancy! They will ensure 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, yogurt, 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). If you can’t eat liver, take it in a supplement such as Cataplex B.
- Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends preparing the birth canal for birth by populating it with beneficial bacteria. To do that, apply live whole milk yogurt or kefir – plain flavored and not “low-fat” — on your genital area after your shower or bath, particularly in the last trimester. Also, apply kefir or yogurt on your breasts and armpits. And the last 1-2 weeks before birth and after, supplement heavy with probiotics to populate your birth canal with healthy bacteria.
- About 2 weeks before birth and especially the day or the day before birth, insert 1-2 capsules of Bio-Kult in the vagina at bedtime. Also give your partner BioKult or ProSynbiotic daily, as his flora will be inside you when your baby comes through the birth canal.
- Mary’s Milkshake is recommended daily during the entire pregnancy. It has the perfect food for building the baby’s body and keeping your own body replenished and healthy. Remember, the baby will take what it needs from your body so you need to replenish the healing nutrients to keep mama healthy. Have you heard the saying, “Have a baby, lose a tooth”? Well, drinking Mary’s Milkshake every day will protect you from losing a tooth and having other problems from leg cramps to depression. Make SURE you get very fresh healthy eggs from pastured, organically raised chicken.
- We highly recommend – yoga, meditation & kegel exercises daily to get ready for birth & baby.
- Consider using a Midwife and a Doula! We also recommend finding a lovely birthing center with big tubs to labor in! So nice. Hopefully close to a hospital, just in case the birth plan doesn’t go as intended.
- Books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Birthing from Within, Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method, The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & ChildCare, Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World.
- Listen to our Forbidden Doctor Podcast: #133 The Only Vaccine Guide a New Parent Will Ever Need. J.B. Handley, Jr. But these podcasts would be extremely helpful also: #8, #12, #34-35-36, #56, #56, #58, #109-110, #123, #125, and #138.
- Visit EarthMamaOrganics.com for all kinds of wonderful support from how to create a birth plan to herbal teas, Perineal Balm, Belly Oil, Nipple Butter, etc. I especially loved the “MilkMaid Tea” during breastfeeding time.
Remember to take our Forbidden Doctor’s Prenatal protocol every single day. You are just not able to get all the nutrition that your body and your baby needs. Please follow it. Just supplementing with iodine (which is in Ageless Thyroid) can raise your baby’s IQ 15-20 points higher than the parents!
And don’t forget to relax. Not to spoil the ending for you, but everything’s going to work out beautifully.
Dr. Jack and Mary Stockwell
Pregnancy (Nutrition throughout) ProtocolDr. Jack and Mary Stockwell, CGP, have a specific supplement protocol for Pregnancy (Nutrition throughout) however we do not recommend nutritional support for non-patients using generic protocols. To access our Patient-Only content on The Forbidden Doctor website, you must start by filling out our free Symptom Survey. Dr. Stockwell and his staff will review and provide customized supplement protocols for each new patient entering our practice. These personalized protocols will save you money immediately by guiding you to only the supplements you need. Once you are a patient who has been evaluated, you will be granted access to the Patient Portal and all of our Symptom Library protocols, including this one. There will also be a treasure trove of forbidden information that’s been kept from you for at least 90 years.
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