Holy pregnancy hunger! I’m expecting baby number three (eek!), so this episode is all about how eating changes when you’re pregnant because of cravings, aversions, and weight anxieties. (Related: What’s the deal with how utterly delicious cereal is when pregnant??) We look at how diet culture shows up in pregnancy apps and even at your prenatal check-ups, and talk about how to get away from the unattainable “perfect pregnancy” standard and listen to what your body—and your baby!—needs most. No matter what anyone else may tell you.
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You can read Virginia’s story on The People Who Are Afraid of Food on Medium.com; she explores how both orthorexia and ARFID (avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder) are heavily influenced by our neurotic food culture.
The Myth of a Perfect Pregnancy
Virginia also devotes a whole chapter of her upcoming book to exploring how diet culture has messed up how we think about eating during pregnancy. So don’t forget to check that out (and preorder!). And, here’s her essay about struggling with perfection during pregnancy—especially when her first baby was born with a life-threatening heart problem. It’s a gentle reminder that while we can and should do the things we are able to do to stay healthy during pregnancy, there’s no perfect pregnancy equation.
Favorite Foods for the First Trimester
In no particular order, here’s a rundown of my first trimester favorites—when nausea was going strong and nothing much seemed appetizing. And honestly, these are still my favorites weeks later!
- Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels
- Barilla pasta with Spinach Pesto (really the only way I could stomach greens!)
- Tikka Masala simmer sauce
- Overnight Oats with Strawberries
- Kind Protein Bars (the Chocolate flavor!)
- Scrambled eggs, either on toast, as a breakfast sandwich, or piled with cheese. YUM.
- Arrowhead Mills Buckwheat Flakes
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