BONUS 209: Preconception & Prenatal Nutrition

May 31, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Lily Nichols, a registered dietician nutritionist, certified diabetes educator, and author of Real Food for Pregnancy.

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Lily and Heather discuss preconception and prenatal nutrition:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in prenatal nutrition?
  • Take us through your career, including how you ended up in private practice.

PRENATAL NUTRITION

  • What is your approach to prenatal nutrition, and how does that differ from conventional approaches that we’ve heard for years?
  • What “fertility-fueling” foods do you recommend listeners eat before they’re pregnant, and why?
  • What foods do you recommend pregnant listeners eat, and why?
  • What mistakes do most women make when it comes to nutrition prior to becoming pregnant?
  • What mistakes do most women make when it comes to nutrition once they become pregnant?
  • For the listener who feels like she’s “failed” because she hasn’t eaten the healthiest up until this point, what would you tell her?
  • For the pregnant listener who feels like she’s failed because she hasn’t eaten the healthiest throughout her pregnancy, what would you tell her?
  • Where can pregnant listeners begin if they’re wanting to eat healthier for themselves and their babies but they’re not sure where to start?
  • Let’s talk cravings. Lot’s of expecting moms admit to craving salty foods such as pickles or sweets such as ice cream. Why is this and what can pregnant listeners do to make healthier options in those moments?
  • What irks you about conventional gestational diabetes management plans?
  • What is your opinion about the gestational diabetes diagnostic tests that are currently available and potential pitfalls? (like the glucola/glucose tolerance test)?
  • How and why is nutrition important to postpartum recovery?
  • How can pregnant listeners plan ahead for postpartum recovery so they don’t have to worry about shopping and cooking right after the birth?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

THE BOOK

  • What compelled you to write this book?
  • Who is the ideal reader?
  • Other than what we’ve discussed today, what additional information can listeners find in your book?
  • Where can listeners purchase a copy of your book?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s concerned about the current state of their prenatal nutrition?

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