Mindful Eating During Pregnancy

Mindful Eating During Pregnancy

Eating a healthy, balanced and nutrient-dense diet while pregnant directly impacts your health and the health of your baby. However, oftentimes information about what to eat while pregnant can be confusing, outdated or feel far too limiting when a craving strikes.

During my two pregnancies, I really did my best to be mindful of what I ate. Of course, from time to time I would give in to my desire for a bowl of salted caramel ice cream or some yummy Pad Thai takeout. Intuitive eating during pregnancy is ultimately about balance and letting yourself have a treat once and a while. For the most part, I followed the guidelines and ate how I knew best as a nurse and nutrition enthusiast.

This isn’t to say that everyone will automatically know what to eat while pregnant. I recognize that I had the nutrition information because of my background in healthcare. And even then, guidelines evolve. So what should pregnant women eat? And what shouldn’t they? Recently, I spoke to two local women to get their perspective.

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Sara Halcumb is a registered nurse with more than 10 years of experience in healthcare. She also writes for the Southwest Washington blog Literally Simple. Sara was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Battle Ground with her husband and their two children. Most days you can find her enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her family and their dog Bandit.

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