I always cringe when I see pregnant women on my Facebook feed bragging about sending their husband out to Taco Bell at 11pm at night to feed those “crazy pregnancy cravings.”

There’s a disconnect in our society right now. The idea that pregnant women can eat whatever they want simply because they’re in a 9 month period where they can’t control their body composition is preposterous. Not only does this attitude not respect the baby, it doesn’t respect mom either.

Many women (and men) are realizing that this probably isn’t the best strategy. And they’re absolutely right, considering that even what you eat (and how you eat) leading up to pregnancy has an influence on the baby through epigenetics. And what you eat during and after is extremely important.

The human body and it’s ability to adapt is more amazing than we realize. The problem, of course, is that being naive to this causes us to adapt in bad ways.

Having a cavalier attitude toward food and lifestyle before, during, and after pregnancy can alter the stress response in baby, change her gut flora, predispose her to obesity or Diabetes, change her brain, and cause countless other negative consequences. 

Women will quit smoking and drinking during pregnancy because they’re afraid of causing birth defects in the short-term, but when it comes to slaughtering baby’s gut flora with Taco Hell, it’s game on. That doesn’t include basically injecting both mom and baby with sugar ad nauseum, causing total hormonal derangement.

If this is you, you’re not under attack. I’m being a little harsh with the message because I want to drive home the severity of the subject. At the same time, I want to change the landscape of how pregnancy is viewed in this country, so let’s start being constructive.

I’ve had numerous pregnant women come to me and ask, “can I Reboot while I’m pregnant?” My response is usually, “please, please do.” Men who Reboot will say, “my wife wants to join me, but she’s going to wait until after she gives birth to our son.” So, I plead my case to get her on board immediately.

The majority of people come to me for help changing their body composition and their health markers. They want to lose excess fat, be healthier, and perform better. That doesn’t mean Reboot is a weight loss program — it absolutely isn’t.

Reboot is where you start working with your body instead of against it when it comes to food, fitness, and lifestyle. The side-effect of that is fat loss (if your body has fat to lose, because that’s how a body reacts to healthy circumstances). If you don’t have fat to lose, Reboot is still essential if you care about your body, your health, your performance, your mobility, and your mental and emotional health. 

If you’re pregnant, Reboot is essential for both the health of mom and the health (and future health outcomes) of baby. Remember, the core nutritional foundation of Reboot is eating real food and avoiding foods that break your body (and your baby’s body). How is that ever the wrong answer?

The absolute wrong answer for pregnancy is what many doctors and clueless government suits recommend: the food pyramid. Eating low fat, low calories, whole grains (and grains in general), vegetable/seed oils, and a bunch of chemicals is an unmitigated disaster for both mom and baby.

Worse, they want to feed baby more grain-based sugar products — via formula — right after birth (“as a supplement,” they say). Oh, and don’t forget to start feeding them sugar rice cereal as soon as possible! Fucking nonsense. The current advice for how to feed mom and baby is not just wrong, it’s delusional and destructive. 

We don’t have an obesity and preventable disease epidemic in this country simply because people are eating ANTI foods and being sedentary. We’re seeing it in large part because we’re set up for that outcome from pregnancy (and pre-pregnancy in many cases). I detailed this in It’s Not Your Fault, one of the first articles I ever wrote for this blog.

But, I’ll tell you this (prepare for cold hard truth): If you continue the cycle with yourself and your children, it will be your fault. You have the opportunity to completely change the health outcomes of your family tree. You, right now, have the power to not only ensure that you and your children thrive, but to start a cycle that helps future generations thrive.

My core mission isn’t just to help people Reboot themselves. It’s to then help them Reboot their family, their kids, and the human beings they haven’t even met yet and will never meet.

All that’s required is simple adjustments to how we define food, how we deal with stress, and how we view activity and exercise. It starts with understanding the importance for mom and baby and ends with taking forward action.

The questions is, are you ready to do it? 

Recommended Listening: Reboot Your Pregnancy With Dr. Kelly Brogan

What questions do you have? What’s holding you back? What are you concerned about? What are you struggling with? Leave a comment and let’s start a discussion on this very important topic.


  • I fully agree with you on the importance of healthy eating during pregnancy, but I’ve found it much more challenging than usual. With the constant changes in my body, my appetite, cravings and caloric needs also fluctuate strongly. It’s hard eating leafy greens when the smell and taste makes you very nauseous, or skipping custard when a few spoons full is the only non-medical trick that soothes your heartburn 🙂

    For me, stressing too much about food hasn’t felt good for me and my baby either, so I try to eat as healthily as I can that particular day (making sure I get all the essential nutrients!), while leaving room to occasionally give in to weird cravings or prep a semi-nutritious dinner on days when I’m really tired and overwhelmed. During the last 8 months, I’ve only sent my husband out for apple pie once, so I’m not doing too bad, right? 😉

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Hey Jennifer — I certainly don’t advocate that anyone aim for perfection. In fact, I don’t know even know what perfection would look like.

      I think the key takeaways here are:

      1). That you’re aware of how food affects baby.
      2). That you care enough to follow through consistently for baby.

      The biggest issue right now that I see is that people are either completely unaware (and thus just eating whatever, whenever, wherever, for whatever reason) OR don’t FULLY understand the implications, OR they simply don’t seem to care much to make changes.

      It sounds like you’re doing pretty well and don’t really fit into any of those categories.

      • Oh, I didn’t take your post personally at all, no worries. But as someone who usually loves planning and prepping healthy meals, it just has been interesting observing the unexpected challenges of sticking to my usual food habits.

        Another thing I noticed: The general advice regarding nutrition in pregnancy is very focused on what you *shouldn’t* eat, but doesn’t give much specific recommendations about how you can easily get all the essential nutrients for you and your baby – even when faced with common issues like nausea, fatigue, stress or cravings. Hopefully your Reboot Program can help make a difference for mums-to-be who are struggling with what and how to eat during such a special period! 🙂

      • Kevin Geary says:

        It definitely has it’s challenges. That usually means more involved coaching is required. But first, women (and their spouses) have to grasp the importance of caring enough to do that. When I look around at people I know personally, it doesn’t seem to be the case, unfortunately.

  • Wenchypoo says:

    It’s as simple as this: when pregnant, you’re eating for 3 and not just 2. What you eat sets up the quality of eggs or sperm for the child you carry, as well as the child’s eggs or sperm.

    Also, by the time you ever find out you’re pregnant, the child’s brain has already formed. This is why it’s so critical for all women to eat cleanly from birth–the quality of the brain formation happens on what you’ve already loaded your own genome with up to that point. When the doctor comes in an announces you’re pregnant and hands you a bottle of those prenatal vitamins, it’s already too late for them.

  • Zella says:

    I really hope no one takes this stupid fucking article seriously. Unless your severely over weight, then go ahead and reboot. But for fucks sake take a doctors advice and not some man who thinks he knows it all.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Do you have an actual argument? Perhaps some research you’d like to link to? Or did you just want to destroy all of your credibility by having an emotional outburst?

  • Alderson says:

    This was written by a man? Hmmm… NEXT

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