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The Pastore Podcast

Jan 17, 2020

The first 1000 days of life - from conception to age two - are the most CRITICAL nutritional period to prevent health issues and diseases that may arise later in a human’s life.

Dr. Pastore shares his two+ decades of experience treating pregnant women and optimizing their nutrition for a safe, healthy pregnancy.


Information discussed:


Ask your doctor to be tested for the:

  • MTHFR gene variance - affects folate utilization and can cause folic acid deficiency which can cause the infant to be born with spina bifida or cleft pallet 


  • BCMO1 - T allele - unable to convert beta-carotene into the bioavailable from of vitamin A, which can lead to deficiency - affecting fetus growth and eye development


Blood work to be run for:

  • Iron status - (anemia)
  • Vitamin D level
  • Magnesium
  • Lipid levels
  • Fasting glucose & insulin - warning sign for developing gestational  diabetes


Average caloric increase required for pregnant women:

+300 cal/day, +2100/week


Healthy weight gain should be an average of 25lb total gain for pregnancy (most weight gained in the last trimester) for woman with a healthy BMI. Weight gain should be less for overweight women.


Foods to avoid while pregnant, even if you crave them:

ANY & ALL alcohol

  • Artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors in foods
  • Fast food & highly processed foods
  • Trans fats
  • Unpasteurized foods/drinks like kombucha
  • Refrigerated/smoked: sea food, white fish, seafood, deli meats, hot dogs, meat spreads
  • Pre-made salads
  • Raw sprouts such as broccoli sprouts, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts
  • Caffeine (ideally none, but under 200mg a day)
  • Fish high in mercury & other heavy metals -


Food cravings:

  • PICA: cravings for clay/dirt - warning sign of a nutrient/iron deficiency
  • Ice cube cravings - warning sign of an iron deficiency