Partum Shots: 9 Months of Diet Advice


And at the other end of the spectrum, reality star Kim Kardashian has made tabloid headlines for her "out-of-control" junk food habits and accusations that she's gained at least twice as much as she should have by this point in her pregnancy. Although she seems to embrace her expanding curves, she's been forced to defend her pregnant body in the media on a daily basis.

"Enough is enough," said Dr. Laura Corio an ob-gyn who practices in Manhattan said. "If a woman is healthy and she is having a normal pregnancy, most foods and beverages are safe in moderation."

Corio does council her patients to avoid fish high in mercury, forgo highly processed cold cuts and unpasteurized dairy products that may harbor the listeria bacteria and to limit caffeine and alcohol intake – but she doesn't believe a pregnant woman must practice absolutely pristine nutritional habits to keep she and her baby healthy.

"If your nutrition is generally good and you are taking your prenatal vitamins, I really don't think a few sweet snacks or a little coffee will condemn your baby to a life of ill health," she said. "As long as you've discussed nutrition with your doctor and know the risks and benefits of what you are eating, it's really no one else's business," Corio pointed out.

Ashton said she tried to take a charitable view when she was offered unsolicited advice during her pregnancy and she advises her patients to do the same.

"While this can definitely be annoying to the pregnant woman, I think we have to look at the bright side -- which is that, to many people, pregnancy is a miraculous feat of human physiology and anatomy and so they just can't help themselves but to offer opinions, even when these opinions have zero medical basis," she said.

As for Quina, she said she learned to tune out whenever someone felt it was their duty to school her on natal nutrition.

"Sometimes it's best just to smile and say yeah whatever," she said. "I felt pretty comfortable that I knew what I was doing."

Tweet Chat on Maternal and Family Health Today at 1 PM, ET

In honor of Mother's Day this coming Sunday, Dr. Richard Besser, the chief health and medical correspondent for ABC News, is holding a tweet chat today at 1 PM, ET on maternal and family health. Guest tweeters include the Save the Children Foundation, Every Mother Counts, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action and Million Moms Challenge. Major hospitals and research centers from all over the country will also be tweeting information and advice.

Studies show that women often act as the health "gatekeeper" for their entire family so when woman are more proactive about her own health, the entire family benefits. Won't you join us to discuss this important topic and learn what you can do to improve your well-being and that of your family? You don't have to be a Twitter expert to participate. Just follow click here and follow these three easy steps.

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