This article is written as part of a series on the supposed childbirth ‘bible’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The rest of the articles are also quite good. As you can imagine, I don’t recommend this book.
One of the biggest stressors for pregnant women is weight gain. Many women receive little, if any, specific nutritional counseling prior to pregnancy. Few obstetric practices spend much time discussing nutrition in pregnancy, while most focus on weigh-ins at each visit, and discussion of whether you are gaining too much or too little weight.
Compounding this problem are the health agencies that also focus on weight gain in pregnancy. Many of my clients are also clients of WIC. One woman, Bridget, had a frustrating experience with WIC.
Bridget was a big woman, nearly six feet tall, and very overweight. As part of my midwifery practice, I spend a lot of time in early pregnancy focusing on nutrition. All clients are asked to keep a food diary for three days prior to nutritional counseling. Each woman is to write down everything that goes into her mouth. We then use this information to look for things she may be lacking in her typical nutrition, and to discuss pregnancy nutrition needs.
The best thing I can say about Bridget’s food diary is that she was honest. Read the rest of this entry »