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As a pregnant woman for the past seven months, it has been very interesting for me to observe and struggle with the contradictory messages about eating and enjoyment of food that are directed at expectant mothers.

On one hand, there is the constant policing of what goes into my mouth. The bible of pregnancy, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, commands me to follow the “pregnancy diet,” an absurdly complex set of guidelines for getting all the right nutrition. It would have taken so much time to plan meals that included all the right things, without turning into enormous 14-course, 5,000 calorie extravaganzas, that I couldn’t even follow it for a day. And of course, there are all the things that people say I shouldn’t be consuming. I am getting pretty tired of people offering me a cup of coffee or a glass of wine – and then rescinding the offer the second they remember I am pregnant. Here’s a tip for all you non-preggers folks out there: pregnant women know the rules and when it is appropriate to break them. We don’t need you acting as the fetus police.

On the other hand, there is the expectation that I should listen to my body and allow myself the freedom to eat whatever I crave. (more…)

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