Posts in Pregnancy
Book Review: Expect the Best by Elizabeth M. Ward MS, RD

From cover to cover, Elizabeth shares great advice about what to eat before, during, and after pregnancy. The highlight of the book for me were The Words of Motherly Wisdom sprinkled throughout the book where real life mamas share insider tips to manage some pesky pregnancy problems or just offer an encouraging word.

You'll find information on food safety, meeting your nutrient needs, eating for twin pregnancies, preconception nutrition, and recipes.

Read More
Pregnancy and Fertility Friendly DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

If you've read any pregnancy books or food safety articles online, you've probably been admonished to "thoroughly wash all produce" more times than you can count. That's because as healthful as fruit and veggies are, they can harbor not so healthful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. All of which could make you and your baby sick.

Fortunately, cleaning produce is not difficult to do at all. Honestly, a thorough rinsing with clean water, followed by drying with a paper towel is pretty darn effective for most produce. But there's something even more effective.

Read More
Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

My obsession with women's health nutrition began as an obsession with prenatal nutrition. So putting together this guide was a bit like being reunited with an old pal.

Food and nutrition during pregnancy are uber important. What you eat during this time affects how you feel, your health, and the health of your baby. Not only that, food can also be a powerful ally in your quest to remedy some of the not so pleasant pregnancy symptoms.

So whether you're experiencing constipation, morning sickness, heartburn, all the above or none of the above, food is your friend during this time. 

I hope this info helps you make food choices that support a healthier, happier pregnancy. Plus, simplifies the often overly prescriptive and complicated advice women are given about nutrition during pregnancy.

Read More
New Seafood Recommendations for Pregnant Women

Recently, the FDA and EPA released new advice about how to safely eat seafood if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, fish and shellfish have gotten get a bad rap when it comes to preconception and prenatal nutrition. While it's true that some kinds are high in mercury, it's equally true that fish and shellfish are bursting at the seams with health benefits.

Many women have chosen to or been advised to completely forgo seafood to avoid being exposed to too much mercury. Fortunately, you don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. You can avoid high levels of mercury and eat fish, too.

Read More
10 Prenatal Belly Dance Benefits

At the end of 2016, in an attempt to find community and start dancing again, I took a 4-week long belly dance crash course. And I fell head over heels in love with it. 

There was something about women gathering together to unapologetically shimmy their tummies and hips, areas many of us don't exactly love to flaunt, that just made my heart sing. This was body positivity at its finest. 

The whole time I was taking classes, I kept thinking, "this would be such a great workout for pregnant women." So being the google nerd I am, I searched "pregnancy belly dance" and found some things that confirmed my original suspicions. Belly dance is, without question, one of the best forms of movement for pregnant ladies.

Not pregnant, no worries. It's still a great way for any and all women to get moving. I'll be doing a post about belly dance and fertility in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Hopefully, I can get my new instructor for an interview. She's amazing!

Read More
3 Holiday Mocktails for the Pregnant (or Trying to Conceive) Crowd

There are three things you're sure to find at just about every holiday celebration: food, booze, and ugly sweaters. Without fail. If you're pregnant, trying to conceive, or just don't drink, one of these three may leave you feeling a little left out. While you can certainly partake of the food and don an ugly sweater, many of the festive drinks are a no-go.

Sure, you can just have some water, juice, or soda. But maybe you want something more in line with the holiday spirit. Homemade eggnog is out if you're pregnant or icked out (like me) by the whole undercooked egg thing. And definitely no glög chugging for you.

Because I wholeheartedly believe everyone deserves to have a fancy glass in hand at parties, I've put together three simple recipes for folks forgoing alcohol this holiday season.

Whether you're a teetotaller, the designated driver, or have a bun in the over (or heating the oven up in preparation) I'm certain you'll enjoy the following virgin "cocktail" recipes. 

Read More
10 Tasty Foods To Meet Your Pregnancy Vitamin A Needs

Vitamin A kind of gets a bad rap during pregnancy. Rightfully so, folks are concerned about toxicity. This is one nutrient where too much of a good thing can be harmful. But, I think we've really thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Yes, too much vitamin A, especially from supplements, is dangerous. But you still need it, your baby still needs it, and there's a really good chance you're not getting enough.

26% of pregnant women don't get enough vitamin A from their daily diet. And non-pregnant women aren't doing any better. 48 % of non-pregnant women aren't meeting vitamin A needs. So maybe we should all chill out a bit.

Too much vitamin a is not good, but neither is too little. And if you know which forms to take in you don't have to worry nearly as much about the effects of getting much

Read More
The Best Calcium Rich, Dairy-Free Foods to Eat During Your Pregnancy

Milk doesn't have a monopoly on calcium, folks. Thank God! I've had far too many pregnant ladies tell me they're gulping down milk to meet their calcium needs and end up with diarrhea, gas, and all sorts of unpleasantries.

If you can't or don't do milk, don't force it. Calcium can be found elsewhere. The important thing is that you take in enough, especially now, during your pregnancy.

Read More