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It’s simplest to summarize here with a table:

To learn more, head over to my blog post What Makes Midwives and OBGYNS So Different.

If you want help deciding which will be better for you and your circumstances, check out Midwife or OBGYN: Which is Right For Me? (15 Questions to Help You Decide).

*Where a midwife works depends on the type of midwife she is and her personal preferences. Check out So You Want a Midwife…What Kind? to learn about the different types of midwives.

No. And yes. No—you don’t want to start any kind of restrictive diet (like paleo or vegan) while pregnant. But yes—you do need to make sure you’re getting specific nutrients and enough of them.

And yes–there are *some* things you’ll want to avoid or minimize.

The easiest way to know you’re eating what you and your baby need is to follow The Brewer Pregnancy Diet. It’s not a “diet” as you think of it; it’s really just a guide that tells you what you and your baby need and provides an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough.

In The Brewer Diet: What, Why, and How (+ free checklist), I explain everything you need to know about the Diet and provide a free checklist you can download and print off to track what you’re eating.

And while you’re thinking about your pregnancy diet, you’ll also want to check out Why “What Not To Eat While Pregnant” is the Wrong Question so you can stop stressing about all those ridiculous lists of “foods to avoid while pregnant.”

If you’ve learned much about nutrition during pregnancy, you probably know that protein is VITAL to a healthy pregnancy. The great part is it’s easier than you probably think to get enough every day, once you know the tricks.

My first tip is to eat something with protein every time you eat anything. If your snacks and every meal have protein, it’ll add up quickly.

Second, check out my blog post about how to get enough protein for 5 ways to get more protein in your diet (with recipes and snack ideas included!).

Chances are, no, your baby will not come on his or her due date. Only about 4% of babies come on their due dates. That’s because of a few different things.

First, babies in the womb, like children, develop and grow at different rates. So while we have averages, your baby may be bigger or smaller, or grow faster or slower, than “average.”

Second, our typical estimation for due dates isn’t very accurate. It’s called Naegele’s Rule and it has a few big holes in its reasoning.

If you want a more accurate due date, you can get an early ultrasound (before 20 weeks) or use Nichol’s Rule for your calculation.

To learn more, check out Is Your Due Date Wrong? Here’s How to Make it More Accurate.