So you’re expecting a little one! Firstly, congratulations what a wonderful journey you have in front of you! One of the things about being a new parent is there will be no shortage of people that will provide the ‘must do’ insights, tip, techniques and things you simply can’t live without.
But as an expecting parent, one of the most important things to remember, is to do what is right for you, what suits you, your family, after all, it is your life. So rather than lecturing you and our opinions, we have tapped into the knowledge of what the mothers of some of the greatest influencers of our time did when their little ones were in the womb.[/nextpage]
1. Calcium: Shaquille O’Neil
Arguably one of the most iconic and successful basketball players of all time. Known for his strength, agility, and endurance. A 14-time NBA all-star and giant of the game thanks to his mother for eating foods rich in Calcium when he was pregnant. Greek yogurt and milk, high in calcium, phosphorus, B-vitamins, magnesium, and zinc are all responsible for creating one of the most powerful players ever to grace the course.
2. Probiotics: Justin Bieber
Love him or hate him, Bieber is a phenomenon, with a net worth of over $225million at just 24 years of age he has talents and stamina far beyond many of us. Considered ‘a normal person that has made it big’, he thanks his mother’s influence and taking regular probiotics while pregnant. From the reduction in risk of preeclampsia, GBS and much more.
3. Folate: Barack Obama
The first African American US President, a man who rose through adversity and challenges to become the most powerful person in the world. He was always tall, born tall and stayed tall. Folate was a key part of his mother’s diet, which consisted of plenty of chickpeas and black beans during her first trimester. Mothers who don’t get enough can have small babies, as well as result in higher risk of infections later on. Why risk it, just eat the beans.
4. Vitamin A: Marilyn Monroe
One of the most iconic figures of Hollywood, from the silver screen to singing to presidents of the USA, she captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. While pregnant, her mother ate sweet potato, a lot of sweet potatoes, which is packed with Vitamin A and is extremely good for you. With 300% of the daily recommended intact of Vitamin A, which is extremely positive for fetal development, Monroe’s tenacity started out with the humble sweet spud!
5. Omega-3s: Albert Einstein
One of the greatest minds of all time, responsible for the theory of relativity and picking up a Nobel Prize in Physics for working on how nutrition affects intelligence – ironic no?
With his mother eating fresh, wild caught salmon at least twice per week while pregnant with one of the smartest minds on board, she providing significant amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids – perfect for the development of brain functions and healthy development.
6. Choline: Bill Gates
A man who changed the world so many times over, from the way we communicate, process information and connect with others, all driven through Microsoft technology and iterations of it, the world is a smaller place thanks to Bill Gates. Not only did his mother take Omega-3 like Albert Einstein’s, but she also had Choline in her salmon omelets. Choline is a nutrient that assists in brain development and memory in babies. So salmon omelets you can literally get the best of Bill Gates and Albert Einstein in a daily meal for your little one!
7. Dark Green, Leafy Veggies: Mihaly Meszaros
One of the funniest performers ever to grace the circus, “The World’s Smallest Man” understands the importance of ‘eating his greens’. Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables are a vital element in providing babies with nutrition, helping them grow and become strong. From a young age, as soon as he found out this fact, Mihaly had them every way he could, in attempt to help him sprout, but now is an advocate for them in the diets of pregnant women’s health and their babies as well.
8. Fish Oil: Napoleon Bonaparte
One of the greatest military leaders of all time, known for his military tactics and smarts, got his start from Cod Liver Oil. Like many children for hundreds of years, Napoleon would have been chased around his home, by a parent with an oversized spoon and a bottle of cod liver oil. With a spoon a day while pregnant, Napoleon’s mother provided him with the very best access to a tactical brain, with her cod liver oil.
9. Potassium: Arnold Schwarzenegger
The most recognizable tough guy of television for decades, without Potassium in his mother’s diet through eating an avocado for breakfast every day back in Austria, he may well have not grown up so big and strong! Preparing muscles for a bodybuilder through to the smarts of the governorship, Potassium is your one-stop shop.
10. Whole Grains: Usain Bolt
The fastest man in history, running at 28 miles per hour, whole grains were the choice of energy of his mother while pregnant. It is no secret that having a ‘baby on board’ will take the energy out of you. Along with Iron, B Vitamins, Fiber, and protein, whole grains provide a great source of low GI, slow release energy, perfect for mothers to be.
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