Title

Mindful Eating and Pregnancy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Mindful eating is based on the premise that the relationship to food can be enhanced by using all the senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying and nourishing, acknowledging the responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide decisions to begin and end eating. The hormonal changes of pregnancy bring about a host of changes in olfactory (smell) and taste perception. Many women report experiencing enhanced sensitivity or other alterations in their ability to smell while pregnant. In addition, a majority of pregnant women experience changes in taste perception and cravings for particular foods. Given these issues, mindful eating, whereby foods are carefully selected based upon sensory responses, makes a great deal of sense. An instruction sheet and resources on mindful eating are provided for sharing with students