Pregnancy Nutrition

Nearly every newly expectant woman I meet has questions about pregnancy nutrition. Some are concerned about food safety, others want to give their baby the best start possible, and many are feeling overwhelmed by nausea and food aversion, or restricted by “rules”. This section of Mara’s World answers common questions about pregnancy nutrition, and also helps you understand how great pregnancy nutrition serves you and supports your wellbeing for a lifetime. Top notch pregnancy nutrition is worth it! And it’s not an all-or-nothing impossible undertaking.

The ins and outs of good pregnancy nutrition are quite similar to good health throughout the lifespan, but the stakes are higher and the impacts of health choices more palpable. The rewards and consequences of health choices are pronounced. Learning about pregnancy nutrition requires a lot of education for some and very little for others, depending on your current awareness. However – carrying out good pregnancy nutrition choices may be another matter. Eating well when you feel nauseous or exhausted or out of space isn’t easy. Pregnancy nutrition is not black or white, or one-size-fits all. It’s not about stressing over the best, but rather prioritizing steps that are manageable and have impact. Here at Mara’s World we will help you both understand the details of pregnancy nutrition, and figure out how to apply it so that you feel better now, and build your reserves for a faster recovery and enhanced long term health.

Foods To Avoid In Pregnancy ~ FAQs

Foods To Avoid In Pregnancy ~ FAQs

Advice abounds about what a woman can or can not eat during pregnancy. Women often ask me. “Do I need to stop eating sushi?” and “Is it really that dangerous to eat lunch meat?” It does sometimes feel like there are more and more foods to avoid in pregnancy, which can be frustrating. My answers […]

What to Eat During Pregnancy? Use a Pregnancy Food Log!

What to Eat During Pregnancy? Use a Pregnancy Food Log!

Discover What to Eat During Pregnancy: USDA Recommendations, and the Personal Modification Process A lot of pregnant women I work with wonder what to eat during pregnancy. I believe that the optimal pregnancy diet is a bit different for each woman, and that figuring out what diet works best for you and your baby is […]

Making Pregnancy Meal Plans in 3 Simple Steps

Making Pregnancy Meal Plans in 3 Simple Steps

This article will help you make a weekly pregnancy meal plan that assures that you are eating according to the USDA recommendations for a healthy pregnancy diet. It takes time at first, but once the process is in place you’ll be a pro at making make quick, weekly meal plans for pregnancy. Step 1: Making […]

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy In 5 Simple Steps

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy In 5 Simple Steps

– Learning a Little Goes a Long Way

One of my vivid memories from the week after my first positive pregnancy test is coming home with a grocery bag filled to the max with vegetables and other nutritious staples – oranges, two cauliflowers, old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, seeds, kale, swiss chard, and a new dark leafy green I hadn’t tried before. I […]

When it is Hard to Eat During Pregnancy

When it is Hard to Eat During Pregnancy

– 11 Tips to Help Get You Through

Rarely in life are we as motivated to eat well as when we learn we are pregnant with our first child! That’s exciting, and taking advantage of your desire to give your baby the best possible nutrition is a wonderful way to take care of yourself as well. Unfortunately, many people find it hard to […]

Why Pregnancy Nutrition Matters

Why Pregnancy Nutrition Matters

– Health for you. Health for your family.

You care about good pregnancy nutrition. Congratulations for your efforts to create a healthier pregnancy! Nutrition during pregnancy supports the growth of your baby, a vigorous blood supply, the elasticity of your skin and tissues (which is a big help during all of the stretching involved with growing a large belly and opening for birth), […]

Nutrition During Pregnancy

Nutrition During Pregnancy

– Making Sense of Recommended Daily Intakes

A diet which provides excellent nutrition during pregnancy gives you the nutrients you and your baby need, increases your energy, and helps you enjoy your pregnancy! Most women will also see improvements in their skin and hair, and will experience less swelling, heartburn, gall bladder pain, …

Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

– Is it Safe? Beneficial?

There is a lot of advice about whether or not it is safe to drink herbal tea in pregnancy. Unfortunately, much of the advice about tea and pregnancy is conflicting. My own short answer…

Do I Need Prenatal Vitamins?

Do I Need Prenatal Vitamins?

– Best Prenatal Vitamin Recommendations

Often, I am asked by pregnant women, “Do I need prenatal vitamins? What is the best prenatal vitamin for me?” The women who ask me this question do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, women who know about good nutrition during pregnancy and are conscious of keeping a wonderful diet wonder if they need […]

Empowering Research: Prevent Your Water from Breaking Early

Empowering Research: Prevent Your Water from Breaking Early

– You can decrease the likelihood that your water will break before you are in labor by taking vitamin C.

Every year at least one of my clients has an induction for PROM, premature rupture of membranes. Premature rupture of membranes is when your water breaks before you have contractions, after 37 weeks. It is natural for your water to break during labor, and for most mothers and babies it is a welcome sign of […]

Foods To Eat For Pregnancy: The 3-Minute Breakfast

Foods To Eat For Pregnancy: The 3-Minute Breakfast

Eating feeds more than just our bodies; food nourishes our aesthetic self as well. Foods to eat for pregnancy are best when they taste and look wonderful. In a busy life, it’s also helpful when such food can be prepared quickly! In the morning this is especially true, both because of our busy schedules, but […]