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Prenatal

Recap: Movement Ecology During Pregnancy with Katy Bowman thumbnail

I had the pleasure of attending another movement retreat with Katy Bowman this past weekend (previous one was last year; here’s a recap of that experience). This program was focused specifically on pregnancy, called Movement Ecology During Pregnancy. I was lucky to get in; apparently there was a 200 person waiting list for this workshop! […] Continue Reading

5 Real Food Tips for Managing Nausea in Pregnancy thumbnail

Nausea during pregnancy, often termed “morning sickness,” is no joke. Some women seem to bypass this queasy phase, while others get hit HARD. Those that avoid it entirely are the exception, however, since researchers report that 70-80% of women will experience nausea at some point in their pregnancy. For most women, nausea hits in the […] Continue Reading

Clearing Up Nutrition for Pregnancy Myths thumbnail

From early on in my career, I’ve always loved being asked questions about nutrition, especially the weird ones. Questions lead to fascinating discussions, which leads to research, which leads to more questions, then more research, which ultimately, maybe, (hopefully), leads to some answers. This is something I still love and it’s one of the reasons […] Continue Reading

Continuing Education on Real Food Prenatal Nutrition thumbnail

Last week, I had the pleasure of teaching a webinar on gestational diabetes for Evidence Based Birth (EBB). If you’re not familiar with this amazing resource, they offer independent evidence-based analyses on birth practices & prenatal healthcare, so mamas and their providers can make informed decisions from the latest data. Their founder Rebecca Dekker and […] Continue Reading

Vegetarian Diet in Pregnancy: Nutrients of Concern thumbnail

The field of nutrition is full of controversy. I'm no stranger to it. It’s actually one of the reasons I love my profession so much. Nutrition is complex, science is ever-evolving, and there are so many dots to connect. Compared to a lot of fields, nutrition is unique in that everybody has to eat, so […] Continue Reading

Do pregnancy cravings and food aversions serve a purpose? thumbnail

There are so many expectations about what you’ll go through during pregnancy, but perhaps most publicized are pregnancy cravings and aversions. Pickles and ice cream? Nauseous at the smell of raw meat? Unshakeable need for sushi? Utter disgust at the sight of green vegetables? I certainly expected to have weird cravings when I was pregnant […] Continue Reading

Writing a Book as a Busy Mom thumbnail

Let me be real here: writing a book as a busy mom was not easy. I’ve been getting a ton of questions from people asking how I did it, so I’m taking a break from my typical nutrition-focused posts to share some behind the scenes from writing Real Food for Pregnancy. As I’ve shared on […] Continue Reading

Messy Science of Prenatal Nutrition: Interview with Robb Wolf thumbnail

Nutrition during pregnancy is complicated, to say the least. As a specialist in this area, I understand, firsthand, how much controversy comes with the territory. If you’ve been following my work for a while, you may have heard me on a number of podcast interviews talking about this very topic. One of my favorite interviews, […] Continue Reading

Toxins During Pregnancy: What to avoid and why thumbnail

When it comes to pregnancy, there are many things that can affect your health (and thus your baby’s health); your food choices/nutrient intake, movement/exercise habits, stress management, and sleep routine are among the most commonly mentioned. However, one very important contributor to your health during pregnancy that doesn’t get much airtime is your exposure to […] Continue Reading

The Birthful Podcast: Interview on Gestational Diabetes thumbnail

Sometimes I feel like I’ve said all there is to say about gestational diabetes; search iTunes and you’ll see dozens of interviews from me on this topic. That said, I’ve realized that every interviewer has their own unique set of questions that bring up topics that I may not have chosen to discuss otherwise. This […] Continue Reading