What Can or Can’t You Eat When You’re Pregnant?

What Can or Can’t You Eat When You’re Pregnant?


You’re pregnant!  Congratulations!  Now what … ?!?  There are 10 million different tips and words of advice that everyone around you and everything that you read is telling you to do!  What now?!?

Red Meat

Medscape has published an article (here) that shows that has found a relationship between red meat consumption and an increased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

The authors concluded that women who consumed more animal protein during their pregnancy had a significantly increased risk for developing GDM.  In comparison, women who consumed more vegetable protein during their pregnancy had a significantly decreased risk for developing GDM.

Do not over do it on the meat consumption during your pregnancy because in addition to having an increased risk of developing GDM during your pregnancy, it has also been found to be associated with:

  • long-term weight gain
  • type 2 diabetes
  • coronary artery disease
  • stroke
  • all-cause mortality


In contrast, consumption of nuts was associated with a significantly decreased risk of developing GDM.  Nuts are a great source of vegetable protein, are rich in the good fats (mono- and poly-unsaturated fats), fibre and magnesium, and have a low glycemic index.  All of these characteristics of nuts have been associated with improved insulin sensitivity and decreased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The Take-Away Message

So, the moral of the story is go easy on the red meats and eat more good healthy nuts!


If you’d like to sit down with me to discuss Naturopathic support during your pregnancy, CONTACT ME HERE to set up a complimentary 15 min discovery call/meeting and we can get started.

What’s a discovery call/meeting?  It’s where we get to know each other better to ensure that I’m the right practitioner for you and that you have the opportunity to ask your questions about Naturopathic Medicine before we move forward with an initial Naturopathic consultation.


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