I was interviewed for an article this week about safe eating during the holidays while pregnant. (trigger warning: the article is embedded on a page which features other articles stuck knee deep in diet culture). When pregnant, the risk of becoming ill from food borne bacteria such as listeria and salmonella increases, and listeria can also effect the foetus/embryo.
Particular foods have an increased risk of carrying these bacteria than others and you can read more about that in the article. Although the topic of intuitive eating was not covered in the article, it was important to me that I got across the message that women should not feel shamed about the choices they are making. Know the information, and make the choices which you feel comfortable with.
If you have a history of chronic dieting, or an eating disorder, you may need extra support while trying to navigate this on an individual level. Feeling restricted in any way can increase the risk of disordered eating behaviour, so please speak with your support team to discuss how it may apply to you and to put safe strategies in place if needed.
For more information on eating disorders and pregnancy from Eating Disorders Victoria, click here.