pregnancy

Q&A: Leg Cramps

Q: I’m pregnant and have been waking up every night with horrible leg cramps. My researching online says I maybe need more magnesium. Do you have any suggestions how to work this into my diet? A: Ouch! That is no fun. I had leg cramps with my second pregnancy, and I can remember how much …

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Obesity, empathy, and body image thoughts

Occasionally, in all the media clutter we see and hear each day, a clear, concise message appears to you. That happened to me today. I listened to the most recent post on This American Life entitled “Tell Me I’m Fat”. It was riveting, thought provoking, and entertaining. Everything a great podcast episode should be. You …

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Q&A: Infertility and Nutrition

Q: I’m wondering if you have any nutrition tips for fertility/pregnancy. I’m struggling with infertility, and I’ve seen a lot of sites online with nutrition advice. Are there any fertility “super foods” I should consider adding to my diet? Or anything I should avoid, other than the usual culprits of sugary, fatty foods? A: First, …

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Aspartame

Everyone has an opinion on what you should or should not eat when you are pregnant, it seems. ¬†Recently, a man at the grocery store told me I should not buy a certain light yogurt since “it contains aspartame which is toxic for the baby, you know”. ¬†I tried to pleasantly smile and show him …

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Pregnancy and post-pregnancy weight

In the last few months, at least 10 people I know have announced a new pregnancy. My social media is crammed with their announcements, ultrasounds, and puking reports. I also recently read a somewhat disturbing¬†statistic. In a recent study, 75% of women followed were heavier one year after giving birth than before their pregnancy. The …

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