However, growing of the baby and nutritional load consumed from the body is not controlled by what you are eating during the pregnancy, it is controlled by what you are consuming prior to pg. So, malnutrition through numerous pg most of which did not result in childbirth may contribute, as well as the whole loosening of the muscle experience.Women were often given things like liver, particularly if they were childbearing/breastfeeding, because many primitive cultures knew that organ meats were necessary for healthy pregnancies and children. Not sure about other parts of the time, but I remember reading about how breastfeeding women in particular were encouraged to eat raw liver.
Magnolia, I believe that a significant portion of our feeding comes from what our mind says, not our body. Evolutionary we are pushed to overeat and accumulate fat because of the fear of a starvation spell. However, in our prosperous society the starvation spell and seasonal food unavailability is not a yearly or daily reality. So, the overeating pattern is not applicable to the modern society of plenty. From the basic chemistry we also respond to stress by seeking chemicals in foods (though there are people who respond to food by stopping to eat, but I have known maybe 2 or 3 such individuals, while many more ate in response to stressors).I saw an article once on body fat %'s and the actresses noted at 20% or below had trainers and strict diets. I think if we eat and move in accordance with what our body says, it will lead use to a higher body fat % than is "aesthetic" in a modern society where even those with low body fats are airbrushed. We'd probably look like the tribal women.
What comes from the modern society is intolerance of even minor discomfort discomfort, the entitlement to instant gratification, the over-abandonment of food (and, here in NA of unbelievably cheap food).
Hence, strict regimen, trainers, or awareness of when your body is talking and when your mind is talking. I believe that if we interpret hunger signals correctly, eat accordingly and move copiously avoiding boredom, a leaner body will assert itself as more natural than a plump one.