The low fat recommendations of the 1950s were some of the worst health recommendations of the 20th century, especially for fertility and growing babies. We need fat to grow healthy bodies and brains and hormones. Our great grandparents knew this, and ancient civilizations knew this, but somehow researchers decided to ignore the true evidence. This rant could go on and on, but I'll just defer to a few books. Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols and Nourishing Fats by Sally Fallon Morell
Also, the idea that pregnant women can eat whatever they want drives me nuts. If anything, pre-pregnancy through breast feeding is a time to seriously prioritize your nutrition habits. You are growing a human; creating them from two single cells! Don't you want that human made from the highest quality "ingredients"? Sure the occasional treat is TOTALLY FINE! The other morning we went out for breakfast and I ordered a french macron to go with my frittata. It was amazing. However, thinking that eating waffles/pancakes, cookies, candy bars, frozen foods, and fast food...etc. daily is justifiable while pregnant....um no, I will not budge on this. These foods are too high in carbs/sugar to keep you feeling good, and put you at risk for gestational diabetes. They are devoid of the nutrients a growing human needs to develop properly. Also, the processed/trans fats that will create the cells of your new baby set them up for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. And they do the same to you.
So what have I been eating to support a healthy pregnancy? Nutrient dense foods. Things are high in protein and real fats, lot of leafy greens for folate and vitamin K, sea snacks and oysters for iodine, salt water fish for omega 3s, eggs for choline,
Coffee or Coconut milk + Chocolate Dynamic Greens + Collagen to start my day then...
I'm a dietitian with a passion for good nutrition, bold flavors, playing in the dirt, and being with my family.