The Doctor May Stand Between You And Good Nutrition

Misinformation about diet: You will often meet a doctor, in a private office or in a clinic, who doesn’t really understand the life-and-death importance of a good diet for you and your baby. You may not be told anything about the need for a good diet for you and your baby. You may be told that diet “isn’t too important” for your health and for the health of your unborn child. Don’t believe it. You may be told that salt, ordinary table salt, is harmful for you and your baby. Don’t believe it.

Misinformation about weight gain: You may be told to go on a starvation-type diet if you “gain too much weight”. Don’t go on a starvation diet! The food you eat every day while you are pregnant builds up the bones, muscle and brain of your baby. Pounds gained you are on a good diet protect and prepare you for labor and breastfeeding. If you gain a few extra pounds during this pregnancy from eating a nutritious, balanced diet, it won’t hurt you or the baby, even if you gain 50 or 60 pounds. Worry if you don’t gain enough weight.

Dangerous drugs: You may be given “diet pills” to take away your appetite, drugs like Dexedrine or “speed” (amphetamines). Don’t take them! These drugs are not healthy for you. They are not healthy for your unborn baby. Who would give an unborn “speed”? Every drug you take passes quickly into the placenta, then into the baby’s bloodstream and body. Some doctors still prescribe amphetamines to kill the hungry mother’s appetite. they also give her an unnatural boost. They relieve depression, make her work smoother, and make her feel that she is living a healthier life, even though she is not getting enough to eat. In this way, “speed” covers her problem of poor nutrition. You may be given diuretics or “water pills” during your pregnancy. The immediate effect of these pills is to cause your body to eliminate water excessively. They dry you up. Don’t take them! These drugs are not needed to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. These water pills have done a lot of harm to pregnant women and their unborn babies. The drugs cause many undesirable, dangerous side effects, including:

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Stomach irritation
  3. Nausea and Vomiting
  4. Cramping
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Constipation
  7. Muscle spasm
  8. Jaundice
  9. Pancreatitis
  10. High blood pressure
  11. Dizziness
  12. Headache
  13. Thrombocytopenia
  14. Glycosuria
  15. Aplastic anemia
  16. Skin rash
  17. Weakness
  18. Restlessness
  19. Photosensitivity

The doctor often prescribes these drugs to “treat” the normal swelling that occurs during pregnancy. When your feet begin to swell or the ring on your finger gets tight, it is normal if you have been eating a good, nutritious, well-balanced diet. Don’t panic. If the swelling is a bother, lie down a few minutes on the sofa and raise your feet above your head. This will usually help. You can do it several times a day if needed.
Remember: it is not healthy for you and your unborn baby to go even 24 hours without good food!

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