Eating a nutrient-dense diet is vital for every stage of human life, but it takes on an even greater importance during pregnancy and lactation. See https://www.thepaleomom.com/paleo-for-pregnancy-and-lactation/
Not only do nutrient requirements increase for expecting and breastfeeding mothers, but the mother’s diet directly influences fetal brain development, birth weight, the risk of birth defects, and even the baby’s immune function. That makes the Paleo diet, with its focus on nutrient-dense foods, a great framework for ensuring that pregnant and lactating women receive the nutrition they need to support a healthy pregnancy and child.
Here, I focus on 8 key nutrients that are especially important during pregnancy and lactation: folate (and why that’s not the same thing as folic acid), vitamin A, vitamin D, choline, calcium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA). Read more about the role they play here: https://www.thepaleomom.com/paleo-for-pregnancy-and-lactation/
Mercury content of seafood: https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-mercury-content-of-seafood-should/
Importance of eating veggies with red meat: https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-link-between-meat-and-cancer/