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Ep: 20 Empowered Prenatal Nutrition with Lily Nichols, RD
Learn why prenatal nutrition is important and how to feel empowered through pregnancy in this episode of the Beyond Birth Podcast with Lily Nichols, RD. Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, author, and mom with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition.
IN THIS EPISODE
Why is prenatal nutrition important? Epigenetics are (in part) the expression of our baby’s genes. Prenatal nutrition can minimize the risk of baby developing issues later in life.
Distinguish between good information and bad information by building a better understanding of science, reaching out to a colleague who has better experience, or doing some additional research.
Newsflash: It takes 17 years for research to get into clinical practice and hospital/office policy may be further delayed.
Navigating vegetarian/vegan pregnancy is not all protein concerns; it can be difficult to get enough micronutrients including choline, DHA, iron, B12, glycine, K2, zinc, plus others. Also it is important to consider their absorbability, form, and concentration.
Nutrient Concern: If it doesn’t come in the context of full food, does it work in the same way? Truth: We don’t know, which is why Lily recommends getting these nutrients from food and not relying on a prenatal vitamin.
What are traditional cultures doing to optimize nutrients? Utilize tip to tail of an animal’s body (which also minimizes waste).
Top 3 picks to make a difference in nutritional adequacy for vegan/vegetarian moms:
Prioritize eggs with yolks for choline. If you can source from pasture raised … all the better, nutrient density is higher.
Clams/Oysters are off the charts in iron, zinc, B12, selenium, iodine, and some DHA.
Bone broth and soups/stews made with discarded parts (also minimizing waste) and contain concentrated glycine and collagen.
Approaching diet changes – changing how you eat is hard.
Celebrate your small victories each day and don’t expect perfection of yourself.
Lily’s “F the Should” on Postpartum: Expect a lot less from yourself. F the Should that you should “bounce back”, that your maternity leave, your birth, your body, how you feed your baby should look a specific way. Allow yourself to be supported and mothered by other people as traditional cultures do.