7 Basic Principles for a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

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This 4 Part Series is all about nourishing your pregnant body! Here you will find a guide to holistic pregnancy starting with nourishing your body with nutrient dense foods. A healthy pregnancy starts with what you put in your body!

Learn the common pregnancy eating mistakes many women make during pregnancy and how to avoid them. Make sure to download the free PDF below featuring 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body. This PDF will give you a good place to start with boosting your body with nutrient dense superfoods so that you can have more energy and grow a healthy baby.


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When you eat the right foods for your body, you feel well. You naturally have energy and feel more positive. By feeding your body nourishing foods, you can alleviate common pregnancy symptoms and discomforts.

Pregnancy discomforts can be improved by adding nutrient dense foods and following the basic principles of nourishing your pregnant body.  By taking a holistic approach to pregnancy, and realizing the importance of healthy eating, positive mindset and exercise, you can have a healthier pregnancy.

Do you want to naturally:

  • Reduce morning sickness?
  • Relieve pregnancy eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis?
  • Reduce pregnancy acne?
  • Ease third trimester swelling?
  • Prevent preeclampsia and gestational diabetes?
  • Boost energy?

Then follow along because this series is for you!

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Basic Principles of Nourishing Your Pregnant Body

These are the seven principles that I developed after 4 pregnancies to help demystify what to eat during pregnancy. This is by no means a complete list. It’s just a good place to start.

And as always, do your own research and consult your care giver when making decisions about your pregnancy. 

#1 – Eat real food

That means a fresh peach vs a fruit cup.  Choose fresh ingredients whenever possible over products out of a box or can. Take time to read labels. Choose low processed products with real, quality ingredients.

If you’d like to learn more about eating real food, check out this must read pregnancy book.

#2 – Healthy fats

Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and grass-fed butter should replace vegetable oils.  Add healthy fats to everything you cook.

#3 – Nutrient dense foods over supplements

As much as possible rely on nutrient dense food to provide your nutrition. Supplements are just that, a “supplement” and cannot replace a healthy pregnancy diet. Prepare recipes that contain nutrient dense foods everyday.

#4 – Low sugar

Cut high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar and artificial sugar from your diet. Replace it with raw honey (this is my favorite one) and/or maple syrup.  This can help to prevent things like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

#5 – Gluten free and/or grain free

Are you experiencing any digestive issues or increased inflammation (acne, eczema, psoriasis)?  Reducing or eliminating wheat and/or grains may be beneficial. It was for me!

#6 – Herbs that nourish

There are so many beneficial herbs for pregnancy. You can drink herbal tea(infusions), or use them to spice your food.  Adding fresh or dried herbs to your meals boosts the nutrients, the taste and your immune system.

#7 – Gut health

Having a healthy gut is not only important for your overall health, but also for your baby’s. A mother’s gut bacteria establishes that of her child. Gut bacteria is carried for years to come. It establishes the health of a person for their lifetime. So needless to say – it is super important to focus on having a healthy gut system during pregnancy. You can do this by adding in fermented foods and/or taking probiotics during pregnancy.

Keep these basic principles in mind when making decisions about what to eat during your pregnancy.

Read Part 1 of the series – 11 Mistakes that Might be Making Your Pregnancy Uncomfortable

11 mistakes that might be making your pregnancy uncomfortable and how to avoid them!


Read Part 2 of the series – 5 Herbal Teas You Should Be Drinking During Pregnancy (and Postpartum)

Harness the power of herbal tea during pregnancy and postpartum! Nourishing your pregnant body is a top priority. Drinking tea is an easy way to boost nutrients so you can grow a healthy baby. During the postpartum period, herbal tea can provide nourishment for the body to heal.


Read Part 3 – 21 Time Saving Kitchen Tips for Pregnant and Busy Moms

kitchen tips for pregnant and busy moms

Read Part 4 – How to make Healthy Pregnancy Meals

This post is going to walk you through setting up an easy meal planning system for nourishing your pregnant body so that you can have a healthy pregnancy!


If figuring out what to eat during pregnancy and meal planning is just all a little too much for you, I feel you!

It can be overwhelming thinking about all the moving pieces of actually getting healthy meals on the table, especially, if you have never done it before.

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Healthy Pregnancy Made Easy!

A 1-page PDF with 17 Ways to Nourish Your Pregnant Body. Learn what to eat daily, a few times a week, and for a energy boost, so that you can feel your best during pregnancy!

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