So often during pregnancy women hear messages about what not to do, what to avoid, how to stay safe and healthy. It can create a lot of anxiety and fear. Everyone has to eat, even more when you are growing a human.
I would say eat what you normally eat, but I don't know if you are a junk food junkie or a health food nut. Likely, you are somewhere in between. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know what a healthy diet consists of. If you are one to grab the fast food, fried food, and lots of sugar, you might want to consider changing it up.
Realistically, habits can be changed if so desired. If you want to be healthy, and you want a great chance at having a healthy baby, start with what you are ingesting, and feeding your growing baby.
There is a great book that gets into all the detail. I love learning from people that know more than me, and sharing it with you. Real Food for Pregnancy; The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition, by Lily Nichols RDN, CDE, is a must have for your library. It is more like a reference or encyclopedia because it is so packed with information and research to back it up.
The main takeaway is EAT REAL FOOD!! Sounds so simple until you learn what foods are real and what foods are not.
You may not have time to sit down and read the entire book in a week, but you can look up anything to do with food and nutrition during pregnancy. One of my favorite parts is about mindful eating. This is all about paying attention to your own body's signals; hunger, cravings, and fullness. Lily suggests you check in with yourself before you eat, in the middle of eating and towards the end of your meal or snack.
When you pay attention you can learn about your habits, patterns, and emotions. This is something that can be done with eating, and everything else you do in your life.
I am not pregnant but I'll can share this story, as an example. Yesterday, we went out to breakfast. I do not eat a lot of white carbohydrates as I always feel bloated afterwards. I ate a half of a huge white pancake; chewy and thick. Not only was I full, but I had stomach pains on and off all day. It felt like a ball of lead. Super uncomfortable. I knew it was the pancake because my body reacts to this kind of food.
It takes practice to pay attention to how different foods affect your energy, and well-being. After a while, you will know exactly what you need, when you need it, and how much you need.
Thanks to Lily Nichols for sharing her wisdom and knowledge.
When I began my doula career in the 1990s, I went to a conference where I listened to a lecture about the hazards of formula, instead of the benefits of breastmilk. Talk about flipping the script!! This was a eye opener, and pretty radical. The speaker was Dr. Jack Newman, who is a very well known Canadian doctor and lactation consultant.
Here we are, years later, and we know even more about breastmilk and formula. We know that as soon as formula is introduced to a baby, their microbiome is disrupted. Research about the microbiome is not new, but new enough to not have become mainstream national news.
Can you imagine the headlines? "Save Your Baby's Microbiome: Set her up For a Healthy Gut." Choose breastmilk because formula is hazardous to your baby's health. I doubt we will see that any time soon.
If you take offense, or you feel bad or sad or angry when you read this, I am not responsible for that. Seeking truth and speaking truth is what I do. You may not agree, or like what I have to say, BUT it is not my fault for how you feel.
We have been hearing a lot about corn syrup solids. Basically it is corn syrup minus most of the water. It isn't really that great for you in high doses. It has been known to contribute to obesity and heart disease. So why is this ingredient 42% of this can of formula? The next ingredient is soy protein isolate. What is that? It contains phytoestrogens which are known endocrine disruptors.
Can Stretch Marks Be Prevented?
There are many physical changes that occur with pregnancy. One very common occurrence is the appearance of stretch marks. Many women are proud of their stretch marks and consider them a badge of honor. There are other women who do not like the sight of them, who fall prey to all the lotions and creams that claim to erase these marks.
Studies have shown that there is a genetic and hormonal link to why some women get these marks and others don't.
These marks will fade as time goes on, and go from red to pink, then pale silver or white.
Let's look at some ways you can try to prevent stretch marks. First of all, anybody who rapidly gains weight can get stretch marks. This happened to me my freshman year in college. I gained twenty pounds, then went on some crazy diet and lost it in one month. Voila!! Stretch marks on my hips. Ironically, I didn't get any with either of my pregnancies.
In pregnancy, weight gain is a given. Yet, a sudden sharp increase is not a given. The best prevention is a slow and steady weight gain. Staying hydrated is key. About 50% of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. Some studies say that younger women are more prone, while others indicate that geography matters.
There is some promising research on using hyaluronic acid on the skin and daily massages to help prevent stretch marks.
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