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Weight Gain & Nutrition, with Genevieve Howland

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #106

For a lot of people, the idea of gaining weight -even if for such a fabulous cause as pregnancy- can be stressful. Genevieve Howland is here to talk about ways you can tackle your anxiety, triggers, and body image issues as well how to easily establish good nutrition habits that can serve you past pregnancy and postpartum. Check it out!

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What we talked about:

  • Ways to deal with the anxiety of gaining weight during pregnancy
  • Some potential triggering events
  • Dealing with body image issues
  • Setting up your support team
  • Focusing on nutrition instead of calories
  • Eating nutritiously during pregnancy
  • The importance of good fats, complex carbs, protein and hydration
  • The Brewer Diet to lessen risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
  • Benefits of red raspberry leaf tea, when to drink it, and when not to
  • Difference between folate and folic acid, and why you want the first one
  • Listening to your cravings
  • Supporting your digestive system with fermented foods
  • Bitters!
  • Genevieve’s digestive aid
  • Developing your baby’s palate


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About Genevieve Howland

With over sixty million views on her YouTube channel, Genevieve Howland’s funny but informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. Now Howland is turning to the page, offering up the first ever week-to-week pregnancy book from a natural perspective.

The Mama Natural Week to Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth is the modern (and yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. “Natural” recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal, and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage—not a medical condition.
 Full of weekly advice and tips, Howland covers vital pregnancy nutrition, natural remedies for common concerns, as well as the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of medical interventions.

Peppered throughout are positive birth and pregnancy stories from women of all backgrounds (and all stages of their natural journey) along with advice and insights from a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) plus a Registered Nurse (RN), doula, and lactation consultant.

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*may contain affiliate links. This means that I may get a small percentage of what you buy, and that is one of the ways of helping me continue to do this podcast – Thank you!



Like the music on the podcast?:

Title music:Vibe Aceby Kevin MacLeod, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

Sponsorship music:Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie, from the Free Music Archive / CC BY (edited for length).

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