Skinny Bitch - Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming a Hot and Healthy Mom

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 3:09pm

The Skinny Bitches are back... and this time they are pregnant. Well, not literally but Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, fresh off their best selling healthy eating book Skinny Bitch, ARE back with an insightful follow up for pregnant moms. Skinny Bitch - Bun in the Oven builds on the sassy logic detailed in Skinny Bitch and delivers healthy doses of solid advice and myth busting facts that are essential reading for soon to be moms. We chatted with Rory and Kim about the new book.

Why this book now?

The single most important thing a woman can do to ensure a healthy baby is to eat well during her pregnancy. We’re passionate about food and nutrition, and we know that if we teach expectant moms how to eat right, they’ll teach their children. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

How do you define a healthy pregnancy?

It’s not just about eating well, it’s also about exercise, fresh air, sun, and…being happy. Your child is developing inside you. He or she will fare better if you are in a positive place, as opposed to being unhappy, negative, and angry. Yes, some days are rife with hormonal mood swings. But overall, do what you’ve got to do to maintain a positive outlook.

Buy Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven True or False: The occasional glass of wine is fine during pregnancy.

True or false: The occasional glass of wine in your baby bottle’s is fine. False, obviously. Whatever pregnant women eat or drink directly affects the baby in utero. If you can’t live without alcohol for nine months, you need help. Visit

It's shocking to think this is even questioned in 2008, but debunk any remaining myths that imply it's OK to smoke while pregnant.

Seriously? What planet are you living on if you think smoking is okay for your baby? Smoking can cause premature birth, ADD, asthma, respiratory disease, and low birth weight. Smokers are twenty times more likely to miscarry than nonsmokers! We feel for you if you’re hooked; we know it’s a hard habit to break. But there’s no time like the present. Talk to your doctor ASAP.

"Sugar is Satan." What do you really think?

Sugar is about as addictive as smoking; we get the allure. But refined sugar can cause mood swings, weight gain, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes. We dedicate a whole chapter in Bun in the Oven to sugar, artificial sweeteners, and what to have instead.

What kind of milk should be in the baby's bottle?

Breast milk!

What dietary changes would you suggest for any woman wanting to return to her sexy, healthy body post childbirth?

- Ditch the soda (both diet and regular). There’s nothing in either that’s good for you or your body. Have water instead.
- Dairy, by design, is fattening. There are so many substitutes (which we cover in-depth in Bun in the Oven) that taste great and come without all the fat. You can easily get calcium from these substitutes, and also from eating leafy greens, veggies, nuts, seeds, and beans.

What the hell should a pregnant woman eat?

The healthiest, most nutrient-rich, stabilizing, nourishing foods are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.

How important is breast feeding?

Breastfeeding is literally the most important thing a mother can do to ensure her child’s health. Breastfed babies have higher IQs; better visual acuity; fewer ear infections; less diarrhea and constipation; less eczema; lower heart rates; fewer instances of pneumonia, influenza, and gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections; and fewer and less severe upper respiratory infections. (Not only does breast milk strengthen immunity in babies, but it also assures a better response to vaccinations.) Babies who are breastfed have a decreased risk for childhood cancers (leukemia and lymphomas), juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes (types I and II), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, food allergies, high cholesterol, obesity, and asthma. Some studies even suggest that breastfeeding can reduce risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The list goes on and on.

And what’s good for the baby is good for the mom. Not only do breastfeeding moms return to their pre-pregnancy weights faster, but they also have reduced risks of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer.

What should a mother do who, for whatever reason, can't breast feed?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If you are unable to breastfeed for medical reasons and have tried EVERYTHING, there is an alternative. We’re not going to say what it is here, because it can sound controversial and even crazy if you don’t read about it in its entirety. But the information is in Bun and we stand behind it completely.

How skinny should a mama be?

We titled the book Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven for one reason: it gets attention. But there’s nothing dumber (or more dangerous) than a pregnant women trying to be thin. Now is not the time to be vain! The suggested weight gain for pregnant women differs based on your pre-pregnancy weight (and whether you were already underweight, overweight, or obese) and how many babies you’re carrying. (Obviously, a woman carrying twins needs to gain more.) Talk to your doctor or midwife to learn how much weight is health for you to gain.