An Interview with Andrea Langston
Are you looking for ideas to improve your prenatal nutrition?
Have you ever heard of intuitive eating?
In this blog post, I’m sharing an interview I recorded for Episode 18 of The Mindful Mama Birth Podcast. Read more to explore prenatal nutrition with Andrea Langston.
Top 6 Quotes from Our Prenatal Nutrition Interview
- “When a woman finds out she is pregnant, there’s not a whole lot of emphasis on nutrition by conventional doctors. They usually receive a list of foods to avoid such as raw cheese and meats, deli meat, alcohol, caffeine, and things like that to limit. Most doctors don’t share much information about what you can include in your diet. The nutritional information we receive is very outdated.”
- “A lot of people believe that they’re eating healthy based on how a product is marketed. But I think we’ve really gotten away from real food and what our ancestors knew to be true in terms of what actually grows a healthy human. We have so much information overload online, through Google searches, and so much of it is contradictory and it could be created by anyone.”
- “If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, focusing on a healthy gut microbiome is really important. Foods such as yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kim chi can support healthy bacteria balance in the body. Consuming foods with plenty of fiber such as vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and certain whole grains are really helpful. Reducing harmful substances that hurt our microbiome such as sugar and processed foods is important as well.”
Intuitive and Mindful Eating to Support Prenatal Nutrition
- “Intuitive eating means listening to your body, and trusting yourself a little bit. This can be really difficult in pregnancy, but checking in with yourself is so important. Checking in with yourself, listening to your body, honoring the cravings and the feelings, and tap into that.”
- “We can work before pregnancy to understand how the foods we eat affect our body. For example, we can look at balancing out blood sugar or boosting our iron levels pre-pregnancy. Paying attention to things like iron levels before pregnancy is incredibly important because it cannot easily be replenished, it’s like you have a bucket that you need to fill. You want the bucket to be totally full before pregnancy, because it is very difficult to re-fill it during pregnancy. You can only add a little bit because your resources are draining.”
- “If you’re focused on nutrition from the beginning, you’re providing your body with a good foundation to give your baby what they need to grow and develop and to conceive in general. This holistic approach really comes from an understanding of the power of nutrition. And it connects to all of these potential risk factors that can come up over the course of pregnancy.”
We created a great nutrition journal to accompany this episode as a resource just for you!
Andrea Langston @ Thrive Nutrition and Wellness:
As a doula and childbirth educator, one of my main goals is to help you access your intuition, put a megaphone to it, and amplify it so that you can truly use your voice in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. Let’s take the next step together! Check out my Blissful Birth Mini-Course: 3 Proven Strategies for a Confident, Peaceful, and Powerful Gentle Birth. You’ll learn the same strategies I used in my four blissful births. This course is being offered at $7, but it’s easily worth $47. Enroll today!