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Pregnancy - A Time to Go Natural

For many women, getting pregnant—or trying to—is the definitive time to move toward a healthier lifestyle. From diet to household products to a little pampering for stress management, these days there are plenty of choices, but where to start? Nutritionist (and mother) Malia Curran, MS, MPH demystifies natural supplements, body care and aromatherapy for pregnancy.

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jennydecki says …

We keep candied ginger in the house as well as pickled ginger. I also love essential oils! This was a fantastic podcast! I'm looking forward to more :)

Maxine says …

Some great advice for us pregnant mamas! Thanks!

israel y says …

some great tips! thanks! we are expecting in July so this was very helpful and we are lucky to live in a city with several of your locations!

Rachel C says …

Great advice! I am so thankful for prenatal vitamins, because I know that I don't eat everything I should right now (currently pregnant). I took prenatals for at least a year before this pregnancy, because of infertility problems. But it's always felt good - like I'm doing something for the baby, even before I was pregnant! Thanks so much!

Nita McAdoo says …

I have to admit, this was the first podcast I have listened to from your site but it won't be the last. It was very well done and was full of useful info. I appreciated that it wasn't too long in length nor was it slow to download. I am just getting my feet wet in the "organic foods sea" and I think your website will help me to learn and apply! Thank you!!

Marcy Strahan says …

My niece is pg & I have bben buy her books on this subject! Thanks for all the wonderful. Sound therapy is important too! I bought the the Zenses Rainforset for Nintendo DS so she could use it to relax. I also downloaded all the soundtracks for Rainfroset & Ocean Zenses for her! I enjoy them myself too & it seems to calm the kids. I love the info about things that go on the body can get into the body/bloodstream. I completely agree! I got her some orangic body lotion & bath scrub too. Thanks

Kimberly Henes says …

Very cool, birth is so natural, keep it that way!

Sarah says …

I love that the premium body care products are labeled at Whole Foods so they are easy to spot as the most natural options. I'll be looking out for those. It's also helpful to know how to dilute essential oils. Thanks!

Penelope says …

I never thought about how the things I put ON my body could effect my baby! I've already had my son, but I wish I had known about this stuff while I was pregnant! Thanks for the great information, I'll definitely be back to hear more!

Lacy says …

I agree with others here, and your info. Approach this subject thinking "what goes on the body" goes in the body, is a great M.O. Thanks for the great coverage.

Carrie says …

Thanks for the great coverage of this topic. I love your food products, but haven't checked out the baby/pregnancy products. I will do so soon! Looking forward to listening to more of your podcasts too. adorablyconfused at hotmail dot com

Sarah Fink says …

I love how short they are - perfect for a quick listen with little ones in the house! Wish I would have thought of essential oil massage when I was pregnant with my twins!

Lynda says …

great information for this first time mom!

Melanie B says …

to the point and very helpful! I didn't know that ginger or ginger tea helped with nausea. hmm You learn something new every day!

Melanie B says …

to the point and very helpful! I didn’t know that ginger or ginger tea helped with nausea. hmm You learn something new every day! I wish I could have had that massage during my first pregnancy. I intend on doing it with my second.

cherice says …

A great reminder to watch what goes on our body and that it will go into our body! Thanks, sent from www.jollymom.com

Amy says …

Great podcast!

amy b says …

im on way to get me some ginger tea! :)

tanyetta says …

Great information! I've been struggling with nausea with taking the prenatal vitamins. Ginger helps nausea? How come NO ONE told me this? Thank you for this tip! It's great to hear the additional supplements to help my pregnancy. I am due in May! Thank you! I am here via http://table4five.net

Amy L says …

I did my best to go natural... even after!

Pam says …

Very informative website. We are new grandparents so I've been surfing the web for all kinds of info since my baby is now 28 and things are so differnt now.

Angel Funk says …

Thanks for the great information! I'm here via mandyray.blogspot.com

Ali says …

Great to know about the ginger for nausea! Cant wait to try it out!

Ali says …

forgot to add this website for the promotion :)

joanna smith says …

This video really makes so much sense! What you put topically on your skin absorbs into your body and from there any toxic ingredients or harmful ingredients can easily spread throughout your body and to your baby! I wish all this valuable and useful information had been available with my first 2 children but al least now I am becoming a more educated adult and will be much better prepared for my new baby! Thank you so much Whole Foods for making these wonderful videos to keep us informed about how to make the lives of our babies, our families and ourselves safe and healthy! You totaly Rock for this!

lace says …

Great to know about the ginger. Forehead compress? I never heard of those. But I love all the scents listed and how they can help.

halloweenlover says …

I love all your products. Thanks for providing even more information on pregnancy and babies!

Holly says …

Ginger has so much medicinal power. My 9 Year old has a cold this morning and she drinks ginger, lemon, honey in hot water to ease the soreness.

Betsy says …

This sounds really tasty. Wish they had this at my local store.

Talina says …

I totally agree! I am pregnant and living in southern indiana where we have no whole foods. Can you build one here please? LOL Anyway, whenever we are in an area with a wholefoods I am in there stocking up on everything I need to fuel my natural/ healthy pregnancy. We visited a Nashville store over the weekend and are glad to be stocked up again!

Dionne says …

Please go easy on the ginger. In high amounts it can be dangerous during pregnancy. Sip until you get relief for that nausea. If a cup doesn't do it, be mindful to be careful. Try avoiding liquids while eating (i.e. drink your liquids 20-30 minutes before or after eating your meal). Don't let your tummy get empty by eating more tiny meals. Happy babies to all!!!

lisbeth says …

My daughter is 3mths. pregnant,and she was just diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. What natural remedy do you recommend to avoid or make it easier?i know herd about Ginger.Can you give me any tips and recommendations ?I'll really appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LISBETH - I would suggest checking with her health care professional to find out their suggestions and any time you add something new to your diet.