Pregnancy Nutrition

At birthing naturally, we believe nutrition plays a large part in a woman's overall heath, her health during pregnancy and the health of her developing child. We also believe nutrition can, and should be an enjoyable aspect of the pregnancy experience.

Nutrition Basics

A healthy diet may look very different for two different women. Food choices reflect personal preference, cultural acceptablity, price, availablity, and sometimes health needs. Rather than prescribe specific diets and provide lists of what to eat (and what not to eat), Birthing Naturally provides you with basic guidelines of good nutrition. Using these guidelines, you can build your own personal pregnancy diet around foods you enjoy and have time to prepare. Read More...

Sample Menus

Some women enjoy learning through examples, so we have provided a variety of sample menus to help you understand ways to build a healthy pregnancy diet into your schedule. Whether you do all your cooking at home, brown-bag meals with convenience foods or eat out while on-the-go, the sample menus section will provide you with tips and ideas to maintain your optimum nutrition. You will also find tips to make meal time easier such as a list of quick meal ideas, snack ideas and tips for freezing your foods. Read More...

Common Questions

With so much informaiton on nutrition available, even women with healthy diets get confused. In the common questions section we address some of the most common issues related to nutrition and pregnancy based on the current research available to help you make the best choices for your family. Explore ways to manage cravings and aversions, risks of caffeine and mercury in fish, and the benefits of avoiding additives and eating organic. Read More...