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Nutrition during Pregnancy, with Amy V. Haas

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #6

In this episode of the Birthful Podcast, we are going to be talking about nutrition during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, you’re probably very familiar with all the things you should avoid eating. But can the things you do eat help lower your risks of prematurity, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and other complications? To learn more, I’ll be talking with Amy V. Haas.

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.


Show Notes: what we talked about!

  • Eating well to stay low risk
  • Can proper nutrition decrease your chances of preeclampsia and prematurity?
  • Shedding light on the “Brewer Diet” – it’s not just about the protein!
  • One size doesn’t fit all: getting the nutrition that right for YOU
  • You are what you eat… and you eat what you buy
  • Gestational diabetes and nutrition during pregnancy
  • What if you have gestational diabetes?
  • Do Paleo and pregnancy mix?
  • Quality matters: what’s in your food and where does it come from?
  • Ways in which your nutrition affects your baby’s long-term health


More on nutrition during pregnancy:

Here’s Amy’s article on Pregnancy Nutrition and Our Children’s Future

Also, Midwifery today has a section on Nutrition in the Childbearing Year, that includes 2 articles by Amy Haas:

And here’s very extensive list of articles, book and organizations related to the Brewer Diet, and additional info on nutrition in pregnancy.

Fabulous resources on what fish are safe to eat, and which to avoid:

Fish Consumption Advisories from the EPA

Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sustainable Seafood Guide from the Natural Resources Defense Council


About Amy V. Haas
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Courtesy of Amy V. Haas

Amy V. Haas. Amy has been a childbirth educator, writer, consultant & lecturer in the field of pregnancy and birth for the last 19 years. On nutrition during pregnancy, Amy studied with and assisted Dr. Tom Brewer, the developer of the Brewer Pregnancy diet, and she continues his work through pregnancy nutrition counseling. She often writes on the topic for Midwifery Today. Amy is also the Education Chair for Rochester Area Birth Network, owner of Healthy Birth of Rochester, and and mom to 2 wonderful young men.

Get in touch with Amy through her website, her Facebook page, or the Rochester Area Birth Network website. Or you can email her at

Finally, here’s a list with all of Amy’s published articles. Easy peasy.



Adriana Lozada


[…] 1)       Nutrition – If you only did one thing to help yourself stay healthy during pregnancy, good nutrition would be it! It is the single most important factor in having a healthy baby and a healthy mom.  Eating well in pregnancy means following the Brewer diet which consists of 75 – 100 grams of good quality protein per day, from varied sources.  Great high protein food sources include: meats, soy products, eggs, dairy, nuts, beans, and seeds. You should also be eating 5 servings of high complex carbohydrates to ensure adequate calories for energy, and an additional source of protein.  In fact 1/3rd of you protein should be coming from whole grains. This would include whole grains that are not milled or processed, and will retain the most nutrients, protein, and fiber.  Eating dairy, soy, nuts, and bean products, and broccoli will assist in getting enough calcium.  Additional healthy foods to include would be whole, fresh fruits, and vegetables, and don’t forget to drink to thirst and salt to taste! But try to avoid desserts and junk food. Organic food sources are highly recommended when available.  Think Color and Variety! This will help you obtain all the nutrients your body needs to build a healthy baby. Eating right during pregnancy can help to prevent premature labor and birth, toxemia, placental abruption,  gestational diabetes, problems with breast feeding and healing, and many other serious health problems that would place a mom in the high-risk category. ( A podcast is available on this topic) […]