Nutrition Tips for Mind & Body Alignment in Pregnancy – Ep 139
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Nutrition Tips for Mind & Body Alignment in Pregnancy – Podcast Ep 139

Listen here to an inspiring conversation with Dr. Paul Quinn about his experience as a male midwife, nutrition tips for a better pregnancy, and ways to have good mind-body alignment during pregnancy.

Published May 29, 2024

by Nina Spears "The Baby Chick"

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

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Pregnancy is a unique experience for every woman. Even the same woman can have different experiences from one pregnancy to another. Morning sickness, pregnancy insomnia, heartburn—the list goes on. Thankfully, there are things expecting mothers can do to help them through those pregnancy discomforts. A big part of that can be their diet. As our guest today said, “Food is mood,” so understanding more about good nutrition during pregnancy can help us have better experiences and good mind and body alignment. Let’s welcome today’s guest!

Who is Dr. Paul Quinn?

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Paul Quinn, PhD, CNM has been a nurse for close to three decades and a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for almost two decades. Dr. Paul Quinn has worked in the most diverse settings and had the privilege to meet, care for, and interact with the most dynamic, interesting, and insightful women. Possessing a PhD in nursing, he is a scientist at heart with a passion for putting research into action in ways that improve people’s lives. He is also the author of 5 books and counting. He is the first male midwife I have ever met, so I couldn’t wait to pick his brain, hear his story, and take in all of his words of wisdom.

What Did We Discuss?

In this episode, we’re chatting with Dr. Paul Quinn about his experience as a midwife, as well as his nutrition tips for a better pregnancy and mind-body alignment during pregnancy. Here are several of the questions that we covered:

  • I know you are one of the only male midwives in the US, which is amazing! Can you tell us more about your journey to becoming a midwife and how you knew this was something you were passionate about?
  • Today’s topic is all about nutrition tips for mind-body alignment during pregnancy. How did you become interested in nutrition during pregnancy?
  • What are some common misconceptions about nutrition during pregnancy that we need to clear up?
  • How can nutrition during pregnancy impact mental well-being and emotional balance?
  • How does your background as a midwife impact your approach to nutrition guidance for pregnant people?
  • Can you share some key nutrients pregnant individuals should prioritize in their diet for optimal mind and body health and ways to get those nutrients besides a good prenatal vitamin?
  • How do you approach creating recipes that specifically target both physical and mental health during pregnancy?
  • Talk to us about mind-body alignment in pregnancy. What does that mean to you?
  • How can a healthy pregnancy journey impact a positive birth experience?

Once you listen, you can truly hear Dr. Paul’s passion and love for his work. He was so empowering. I left our conversation inspired and uplifted, and I believe you will, too.

The image is a book cover for "Prenatal Possibilities: Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy...and Beyond" by Paul Quinn. It features images of various dishes, a pregnant woman holding her belly, and a couple embracing. The title is in pink and blue text.

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Thank you for listening to this episode! Follow us on our podcast Instagram page @thebabychickchat, and let us know what you think and if there are any other topics you’d like us to cover. Cheers to an empowered mind and body during pregnancy and beyond!


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