Just moments after seeing that little plus sign in the window of a pregnancy test, a woman is faced with modifying her lifestyle and diet to support a growing baby.
“Pregnant women should realize that they are building from scratch a completely new human being,” explains Dr. Steven Gundry, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Plant Paradox and Founder/Director of the Center for Restorative Medicine. “Not to put too much pressure on the mother-to-be, but your baby is what you eat.”
The odd thing? While doctors around the world agree that there are certain dos and don’ts for moms-to-be, they don’t all agree on what those things are.
In Nigeria, women believe that eating snails will make their babies sluggish; in Japan, women are told that spicy food will make their baby hot-tempered. In China, eating crab is said to give babies extra appendages, while in Indonesia, squid is said to make delivery difficult.
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While pregnant women should always check with their doctors before consuming or eliminating any new foods, here is just a bit of food for thought from around the world.