Nutrition in Pregnancy: How DNA Affects Our Nutritional Needs

Nutrition in Pregnancy: How DNA Affects Our Nutritional Needs & What We Can Do – Podcast Ep 74

pregnancyPublished December 7, 2021

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert


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When you discover you’re pregnant, it’s such an exciting and overwhelming time. There’s so much to do and to think about! It’s normal for women to begin questioning their lifestyle choices and the products they use. Maybe you want to start getting more active. Maybe you want to lower the stress in your life. And maybe you want to rethink what you have been eating in your diet.

We all know that nutrition in pregnancy is important but it can be confusing. Many women aren’t sure exactly what they should be eating throughout each trimester. And what one woman should eat during their pregnancy is oftentimes different from another, especially when we look at our DNA.

Our Guest

Dr. Nicolve Avena on Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast

In today’s episode, I have the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Nicole Avena, an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and a Visiting Professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University. Dr. Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction, with a special focus on nutrition during early life and pregnancy, and women’s health. She has written several books and frequently appears as a science expert in the media. This includes regular appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, Good Day NY, and The Doctors, as well as many other news programs. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, Time Magazine for Kids, The New York Times, and many other periodicals. We are thrilled to have her as a guest on our show to discuss nutrition in pregnancy.

Every pregnancy is so different and the nutrition we need from each pregnancy can vary. Thankfully there is a resource that can help us that is called 9Moons. 9Moons is a personalized prenatal nutrition program shaped by your DNA and lifestyle. Dr. Avena is sharing her expert advice and telling us all about it. We are excited to learn more!

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