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Episode 126: Pregnancy Nutrition and Misconceptions with Ashleigh VanHouten

podcast Aug 13, 2021

Listeners can find Ashleigh Vanhouten at, and on Instagram @themusclemaven.

Ashleigh is an author, speaker, podcast host, health coach, and leading authority on understanding the nutrient density of animal protein: she’s the author of one of the only nose-to-tail, organ-meat centric cookbooks in existence, called It Takes Guts. She is the host of the Muscle Maven Radio podcast—with more than 1.3 million downloads— where she interviews some of the leading minds in exercise and nutrition methodology and overall wellness.

Ashleigh holds a master’s degree in professional communications and a range of certifications including CrossFit Strongman Certification, CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification, Primal Blueprint Coaching Certification,  Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, and a Certification in Applied Women’s Physiology and Training. In her spare time, she is a former nationally ranked natural figure competitor, and has competed in powerlifting and CrossFit. She’s working on her next animal protein-based cookbook – stay tuned

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In this episode, Rachel and Ashleigh chat about Ashleigh’s journey through pregnancy, common misunderstandings around nutrition while pregnant, how to healthily handle physical and emotional changes, food aversions, and round one of The Muscle Science For Women Program updates and feedback!

I do think that sometimes, some aspects of aversions and cravings are because you are deficient in something and it's telling you that you gotta eat this stuff.” Ashleigh Van Houten

Top Takeaways:

  • How Ashleigh handled physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
  • Ashleigh’s two go-to “junk” foods during pregnancy 
  • Misconceptions of pregnancy nutrition 
  • Vitamin A toxicity during pregnancy
  • Rachel and Ashleigh share their main takeaways from round one of The Muscle Science for Women Program

Show Notes:

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Rachel Gregory (@rachelgregory.cns) is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Author of the best-selling book, 21-Day Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss Challenge. She received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from James Madison University and Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Miami.

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