Mums to be have a tough go of it. Everyone seems to have advice for what it is an expecting mum should be eating, drinking, and doing in the 40 weeks leading up to her new arrival. And, for many women who are trying to pursue an organic lifestyle, you might find yourself with “cravings” that take your diet away from the strict regimen you had planned when you imagined how your pregnancy would proceed.

 

In response to questions from our readers who are planning families, the editorial staff interviewed some experts on prenatal nutrition, and their answers may surprise you.

Your baby will usually tell you what it needs.  Don’t be afraid to listen to it.  If what you’re craving during your pregnancy doesn’t seem like the healthiest, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Contrary to popular belief, science probably doesn’t always know best when it comes to what your baby needs.

“Humans have gone away from listening to their bodies.  However, the specific and sometimes bizarre cravings many women experience during pregnancy is usually the cause of an evolutionary response,” said Abraham Winters. “Mothers have evolved over many millennia to respond favorably to nutrients that their bodies need in order to build healthy offspring, and subsequently oftentimes equally repulsed by foods that have historically been dangerous to unborn babies.”

The experts cautioned that these cravings don’t always coincide with what we’ve been taught is healthy. “Your baby will usually tell you what it needs.  Don’t be afraid to listen to it.  If what you’re craving during your pregnancy doesn’t seem like the healthiest, don’t beat yourself up over it.”

While it’s probably best to continue to avoid those cigarettes, glasses of wine, sushi and overly processed foods, don’t be afraid to splurge once in a while with an extra dessert.

“Many women get overly concerned about weight gain during pregnancy, but that is often your body getting ready for what is a physically exhausting experience – childbirth.  Once your beautiful, healthy baby is born, your hormones will signal that it’s time to lose weight.  For mums that breastfeed their children it’s another way to ensure that they are able to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight.