Did you know that protein needs increase during pregnancy? Since many women experience some form of food aversions or nausea, getting in enough protein can feel a bit daunting. Let's talk about how much protein you really need, and how to make that happen when you're...
How Much Water Should You Drink During Pregnancy?
We've all heard that it's important to stay hydrated. But how much water should you drink during pregnancy? Does that 8 glasses a day rule still apply? And do other liquids count, or just water? Once again, something that has always felt pretty simple, is suddenly...
Is the Mediterranean Diet Good for Pregnancy?
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the best diets by US News & World Report. We see that in the general population, following this pattern of eating improves lipid levels. However, there is limited evidence on the impact it has during pregnancy. A 2019...
Dietary Guidelines for Pregnant and Lactating Women
What are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Did you know that until 2020, we didn't have federal dietary guidelines for pregnant and lactating women? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are the federal source of evidence-based information on diet and...
7 Things to Know About Pregnancy Nutrition
You’re pregnant. Now what do you eat? If you’re like many women I know, as soon as you find out you are pregnant, you start second-guessing your diet. And then you start Googling pregnancy nutrition, and pretty soon you’re confused and have a long list of things you either “must” eat or “never” eat. Take a deep breath. Instead of trying to hold onto everything, focus on these top 7 things to know about pregnancy nutrition.
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, and my work with women pre- and post-partum, today’s feature is on gestational diabetes. What is it? Why is it a concern? What can you do about it?
Exercise During Pregnancy
Getting into an exercise routine can be really tough. Finding the time, the energy, the motivation. And that’s for the average adult. Never mind having the added factors of growing another person…Or maybe you’re ready to go, but don’t know how to proceed…Depending on your doctor, and the personal experiences of your friends, you may be getting a wide variety of conflicting advice! Let’s drill down to some of the facts.
Mythbusters: “Eating for two”
Ladies, I hate to be the one to tell you, but eating for two is a complete lie. We want to believe it. Because as women, many of us have been on some kind of diet since middle school. We’ve been conditioned to be careful about what we eat, we feel pressures and constraints.
But when you’re pregnant – ahhhhhhh! It’s an excuse to relax a little. You’re SUPPOSED to gain weight. But getting into the mindset that you’re eating for two can do more harm than good.