A study from The Farm, an intentional community in Tennessee, reported on eight hundred vegan pregnancies. It showed that all had normal preg-nancies and bore full-term, normal-weight infants. A healthy pregnancy and infant can be achieved easily even with our modern industrialized and polluted planet. It does require some conscious effort and thoughtfulness.
The first step is to understand and master the basic principles of healthy nutrition and to learn the most important foods for every woman to eat during pregnancy. Depending on one’s constitution, the ratios of these foods will vary, but they will still be your main foundation.
During pregnancy there needs to be an increased protein intake by at least thirty grams, to approximately sixty to seventy-five grams per day depending on your constitutional type. A fast oxidizer or parasympathetic type will need to be higher in protein, and a slow oxidizer or sympathetic type will do better on the lesser amount of protein. For the general health of the mother and the fetus, and specifically for the optimum development of the immune system, endocrine system, central nervous system, and brain of the fetus, there needs to be a significant intake of the following: essential fatty acids (EFAs), calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, the full range of the vitamin B complex (especially B6, B12, and folic acid), vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E. All of these can be obtained from the following basic vegetarian foods, food concentrates, and food-grown supplements. Food-grown supplements are organic supple-ments still in their organic matrix and which are extracted from foods.
The first part of this general approach is to eat whole, organic, natural foods, and primarily living foods. I expand on this in Chapter 13, “General Guidelines for a Healthy Diet.” As our environment becomes more polluted and the soils more depleted of nutrients, going 100% organic, if possible, is the best thing one can do for oneself, a developing fetus, and the environ-ment. Pesticides, herbicides, and other forms of pollution interfere with the metabolic pathways of many nutrients and thus indirectly interfere with the development of the immune, endocrine, and neurological systems. Eat-
ing as many of our foods in their live (or biogenic) form or raw form preserves 70-80% more vitamins and minerals. I rarely see live-food mothers or children who are deficient in vitamin B12, but it is not an uncommon occurrence in mothers who follow a strict macrobiotic diet in which all the foods are cooked.