I have never been pregnant. But my wife has!! She’s also a big fan of Sprouts, which is a grocery store that caters to health-conscious shoppers. So I’m going to imagine what it’s like for her when she goes shopping at Sprouts.
When you go shopping at Sprouts, you feel like a rock star.
- You feel like a rock star because you are pregnant, not because you are going to Sprouts.
- Feel free to strike up conversations with random strangers in the aisles. You know, because you’re pregnant and have nothing better to do than talk about how much you love kale chips and whether or not hummus is made from chickpeas (it isn’t).
You are not afraid to strike up conversations with random people in the aisles.
You are not afraid to strike up conversations with random people in the aisles. Whether it’s asking for advice on what brand of organic peanut butter you should buy or sharing tips about how to make your own baby food, there’s no need to be nervous about being judged. Everyone is there for the same thing: to find great things for their family and themselves!
The most important piece of advice I can give is don’t be afraid to share your story with other moms and dads! We all want our families to be happy, healthy, and safe—and knowing that you’re going through something similar can sometimes make all the difference in helping someone feel less alone or isolated.
Everyone there is so glad that you’re pregnant and will be happy to tell you their life story.
- Everyone there is so glad that you’re pregnant and will be happy to tell you their life story.
- People will want to tell you how they were raised, what they did when they were pregnant, and how they raised their kids. It’s like being at a really hipster family reunion where everyone is laughing with each other and not at all making fun of others’ names.
You are surprised that when you look around, there are many other pregnant women in Sprouts other than yourself.
When you go to Sprouts, you are surprised that when you look around, there are many other pregnant women in Sprouts other than yourself.
You thought that you would be the only pregnant woman shopping at Sprouts and it surprises you to see so many pregnant women shopping at Sprouts.
You feel judged when you walk into Sprouts with your little dog.
If you are a dog owner, you know how important it is to be able to bring your dog with you when going shopping. Your little friend can help keep you happy and healthy during pregnancy.
When it comes to the world of pregnancy, there are many things that people do differently than non-pregnant women. It’s important for those who are pregnant with their first child not to feel judged by others who have had multiple children before them because everyone’s journey into motherhood is different and should be respected. Even though some moms express their opinions about how they think other moms should handle things (for example: “I wish she didn’t eat so much meat”), these assumptions usually come from an uninformed place where people don’t take into account all the factors that go into each person’s choices when raising a child or having one naturally conceived without IVF treatment at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago or any other fertility clinic near them).
You tell everyone that no, your baby is due right now and she’s going to be born here at Sprouts!
Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in your life. You’re proud to show off your belly, proud of the baby growing inside you, and even prouder to be a woman! It’s a special time where you can feel all of these emotions at once!
Even though moms-to-be sometimes get tired or sick, they still see this stage as their most important one yet. They know that they are on their way to becoming mothers and it brings them joy every day knowing what kind of person their child will become.
You are elated when they tell you all the things they have in stock for expectant mothers/babies/children.
You are elated when they tell you all the things they have in stock for expectant mothers/babies/children. Then, you are crushed when they tell you that they don’t have any of those things. You wonder if this is some sort of conspiracy against pregnant women and their children, but then remember that Sprouts is known for its variety of organic food products and natural beauty products.
You ask yourself how it’s even possible that Sprouts does not carry certain items for pregnant women or babies (or both). For example: a bottle warmer; baby shoes made out of non-toxic materials; diapers made out of recycled materials; snacks not full of artificial coloring or unhealthy ingredients; toys that won’t break within five minutes or less (because let’s face it—most toys today are made out of toxic plastics anyway); etc., etc., etc..
When someone asks you, “Is this really healthy?” This is your response: “Well…”
- “Well…” you say, as your eyes dart around the store. “It depends.”*
- Sprouts is very health conscious and has a lot of healthy options, but it’s important to read the labels because not everything is super healthy. Sprouts also has some junk food that can be found in other stores like the grocery store or Wal-Mart. You can find healthier versions of your favorite junk food at Sprouts, though!
You buy more fruits and veggies than you could ever eat in a year.
This is the most common thing that happens to pregnant women, and it’s no surprise. When you’re pregnant, your body needs more nutrients and vitamins than usual. This makes buying fresh fruits and vegetables the best way to ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs. And if there’s one thing Sprouts has plenty of, it’s fresh produce!
You could buy some of these items at other stores (like Costco), but Sprouts has such a wide variety of fruits and veggies that they may have something different than what you can find elsewhere. Plus, as mentioned above, they often have great prices on their produce.
Walking around in Sprouts feels like going on an adventure through the jungle.
Walking around in Sprouts feels like going on an adventure through the jungle. The aisles are so narrow that you can barely walk through them, and the produce section is like a big green jungle. If you don’t have time to stand in line at Sprouts, one thing you can do is just walk around looking at all of their beautiful produce!
While walking through the bread aisle, you get overwhelmed by the choices of bread and end up buying multiple kinds.
While walking through the bread aisle, you are overwhelmed by the choices of bread and end up buying multiple kinds. You have no idea what all these different types of bread are, but each one sounds like it would be good for a sandwich. This is because bread is good for you!
The thing about Sprouts is that for every one thing you tried before and didn’t like, there’s 20 others that look/sound delicious that you’ve never tried before.
One thing you’ll learn about Sprouts is that for every one thing you tried before and didn’t like, there’s 20 others that look/sound delicious that you’ve never tried before.
The first step in this process is finding the right bread for your taste. Do you like it crusty? Soft? Thick? Thin?
Don’t forget about the gluten-free bread! They have lots of options, including low carb breads if those are more your style. The options are endless here at Sprouts and we want to make sure all of our customers are satisfied with what they end up buying!
Five Doubts About Sprouts When Pregnant You Should Clarify
It’s no secret that pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. But, it can also be extremely daunting. There are so many things to consider and change, such as your diet, exercise routine, and even taking new vitamins. Plus, you’ll be spending all of your days researching everything from baby name trends to nursery designs and more. However, during this time in your life, it’s also critical that you’re watching what you eat—especially when it comes to sprouts! Yes, sprouts are super healthy for you but they can also be harmful if not properly prepared or cooked before eating. So today we’re debunking some common myths surrounding sprouts while pregnant to help keep both mommy and baby safe:
Sprouts seem like a healthy snack, but are they safe to eat when you’re pregnant?
Sprouts are a great way to get your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, but they’re also full of good stuff like protein, fiber, calcium and folate. If you’ve been wondering whether or not you can eat sprouts when pregnant—or just want to know what exactly “sprouting” is—we have all the answers for you!
Here’s what you need to know about eating sprouted foods during pregnancy:
The problem with raw sprouts is that they may be contaminated with bacteria.
The problem with raw sprouts is that they may be contaminated with bacteria. Sprouts are grown in a warm, moist environment, which makes them particularly prone to bacterial growth. If you buy your sprouts from a store or restaurant, make sure they are cooked before consuming them. Even if you cook your own sprouts at home (so long as you follow proper food safety steps), there is still a chance they could be contaminated by bacteria while growing. To ensure the safety of your homemade sprouts, wash them thoroughly and then heat them through before eating or storing them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
It’s possible for pregnant women to buy and eat sprouts safely.
It is possible for pregnant women to buy and eat sprouts safely. To do so, buy from a reputable source, as you would any other food. Look for sprouts that are firm, fresh and without any slimy or bad smelling growths on them. They should not be soft or smell bitter or off-putting.
Wash the sprouts well before you eat them — just as you’d wash any other produce item before eating it — with cold water running through the jar in which they were packaged or with a sprayer set on “shower” mode if no such device is available (you can also use a colander). This is especially important if you plan to consume alfalfa or mung bean varieties because these two types of sprout seeds have been linked most often with outbreaks of food poisoning cases associated with bacterial contamination
It’s best to avoid raw sprouts, but not cooked sprouts.
Cooking sprouts kills bacteria. And the truth is that most of the time, cooked sprouts are safe to eat. Because raw seeds have been linked to a few foodborne illnesses, it’s best to avoid eating them uncooked and straight from the package. But if you cook them (steamed or boiled), they’re generally safe for pregnant women to eat.
Cooking sprouts only takes minutes and can be done in a variety of ways: stir-fried with garlic, onions and other vegetables; steamed with spices; boiled until tender; served as part of cooked dishes like soups or stews; used as garnish on salads—or even tossed into smoothies!
There are other potentially risky foods you should know about, too.
Other foods you should avoid during pregnancy include:
- Raw sprouts
- Unpasteurized juices and milk products
- Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and eggs (including eggnog)
- Raw or undercooked seafood (such as sushi)
- Unwashed fruits and vegetables
It’s also important to wash your hands after touching raw sprouts.
- Wash your hands well with soap and water.
- Clean any surfaces that have come into contact with the raw sprouts, including your knife.
It might not be worth the risk.
There are a few risks associated with consuming sprouts during pregnancy that you should be aware of.
- Food poisoning: Sprouts can be contaminated and cause food poisoning, which can lead to serious illness in both the mother and her unborn baby. This is especially true if you are at risk for salmonella or listeria infection due to your pregnancy!
- Salmonella: Salmonella is a bacteria that causes food poisoning in humans; it’s particularly common in raw meat products like beef or poultry but also found in eggs (both raw and cooked), milk, fish, shellfish and even vegetables like tomatoes or spinach!
- Listeria monocytogenes: Listeria monocytogenes causes a disease called listeriosis—when contracted by pregnant women it has been linked to miscarriage as well as stillbirths among newborns who survive their mothers’ infections. The CDC says this strain of bacteria thrives on cold foods such as cut lettuce—another reason why it might not be worth taking any chances with those delicious garden-fresh salads just yet!
Takeaway: So there you have it! Fifteen things that happen when you are in Sprouts when pregnant.
Hopefully, we’ve gotten you more excited (and maybe a little less nervous) about embarking on a plant-based lifestyle. We know the struggle, and we came to these tips—even the one about watching badminton!—through our own trial and error. Remember that the important thing is to keep on trying. As we covered earlier, you don’t have to go super hard on yourself for slip-ups, because this journey can take time and looks different for everyone. Plus, don’t forget that the best way to keep yourself on track is to keep it fun, keep it positive, and keep yourself engaged with the people and the world around you. After all, caring about others is a great reason to switch to this lifestyle in the first place!