Here’s Why Belly Fat is More Dangerous than Fat Elsewhere

    For most people, fat is fat.  Many of us have more of it on our body than we want but it is sometimes difficult to get rid of.  Too much fat increases the risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer but not all fat is the same.  Doctors know that belly fat is more dangerous than fat elsewhere but why that’s so is unclear.  A recent stud ... more »

    Saturated Fats Put Body Fat Where Heart, Diabetes Most Risky

    Researchers in Sweden have discovered that some fats make us dangerously fat in the belly while another type is responsible for bulges elsewhere. ... more »

    Sugar Habit Especially Hard to Ignore During Pregnancy

    If a craving for sweet treats hits with the force of addiction for theaverage eater, it's especially hard to ignore during pregnancy, whenfood cravings can get way out of whack. ... more »

    Expecting Quality Sleep: Healthy Diet Regulates Body’s Sleep and Wake Cycle

    The interesting findings of a recent study suggests that everyone - pregnant or not - may enjoy better quality sleep if we pay closer attention to counting calories rather than counting sheep. ... more »

    Smoking and High Fat Diet May Increase Infertility in Men

    Smoking and consuming high fat diets may be responsible for infertility in men, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Newcastle School of Environmental and Life Sciences. ... more »

    Sugar and Fat Consumption During Pregnancy Linked to Offspring Addiction Risk

    Research conducted by a team of neuroscientists at the University of Florida discovered that female rats who consumed a diet high in sugar or fat gave birth to offspring prone to become obese and abuse alcohol and other addictive substances. ... more »

    Nutritious Fats in Mom's Diet May Minimize Autism Risk

    Recent study findings published in the June 27 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, however, suggests modest intake of certain "healthy" fats may be beneficial to the baby's brain development during the last stage of pregnancy. ... more »

    Maternal Adipose Level and Risk of Preeclampsia

    Researchers from the Children's Health Hospital in Weifang, Chinarecently reviewed 29 studies with more than 1.9 million participants inhopes of finding a connection between maternal adipose level and risk of preeclampsia. ... more »

    Can Canola Oil Help Shed Postpartum Belly Fat?

    With the 24/7 job of caring for an infant, new mothers hardly have time to shower or sleep, not to mention worry about how they will go about losing their 'baby weight.' Most new moms may be intrigued by a recent study suggesting that canola oilcan reduce belly fat. ... more »

    Polyunsaturated Fat Intake Affects Childhood Weight

    According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, women who consume more polyunsaturated fats given birth to heavier infants. ... more »

    Not All Unsaturated Fats are Created Equal

    Why some pregnant women may benefit from decreased omega-6 fat intake. ... more »

    Fertility-Friendly Fats

    Along with increasing risk of coronary artery disease, saturated fat has now been found to decrease fertility in men. The difference is significant. ... more »

    Can Trans Fats Affect a Man's Fertility?

    Similar to saturated fats, trans fats are considered unhealthy and should be consumed in extreme moderation. Optimal health means consuming zero grams of trans fats, but not everyone chooses the healthiest food options. ... more »

    Healthy Nutrition Guidelines for Life

    You're trying your best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, but youdon't know enough about the elements that make up a healthy diet to make proper choices. ... more »

    Triglycerides (Serum) During Pregnancy

    Triglycerides are a major fuel source of the body. Much of this fat is stored in body tissues for use as needed, but some continuously circulates throughout the body for immediate use by muscles. ... more »

    CoQ10 May Improve Male Fertility

    Heart-healthy fats are in the lime light because they can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of common diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. In a society just recovering from the fat-free revolution, we are still a little skeptical about eating healthy fats as we’re scared it will cause weight gain and obesity. ... more »

    Don’t Be Fooled by Sneaky Food Labels

    Food labels claiming that a product is 'low carb,' 'low fat,' or 'all natural,' can not only be confusing but also deceptive. ... more »

    Animal Fat May be Linked to Gestational Diabetes

    The National Institutes of Health and Harvard University have paired up for a study on the effects of animal fat consumption and gestational diabetes. ... more »

    Why Certain Fats are Better Than Others

    For many years, adding fat in our diets has gotten a bad rap.  While it is true that eating an overabundance of fatty foods is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more, recent research sheds a new light of the whole fat picture. ... more »

    Study Links Consumption of Trans Fats to Bigger Babies

    We've known for over twenty years that trans fats (man-made fats used to preserve the shelf life of foods) negatively affect our health, but new research is showing that it may also affect the health of our newborns. ... more »

    Fabry Disease

    Fabry Disease is a genetic disorder passed along to children from the mother. The gene for the disorder is carried on the X chromosome. ... more »

    Breastfeeding: Benefits for the Baby

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breastfeeding provides all the nutrition babies need in an easy-to-digest fluid. ... more »

    Liposuction During Pregnancy

    During pregnancy, liposuction is not considered safe. The first concern comes from the use of general anesthesia. Other concerns regard the fact that liposuction involves getting rid of fatty deposits ... more »

    Thermage and Mesotherapy During Pregnancy

    Thermage and Mesotherapy are two distinct beauty treatments that work to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and body fat. Thermage involves simultaneous heating and cooling of the skin while Mesotherapy uses injected chemicals and / or herbs to melt away layers of fat. Neither procedure is approved for use during pregnancy. ... more »

    Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Our complete list of  pregnancy and fertility acronyms and abbreviations are widely used in forums and pregnancy and TTC communities. ... more »

    Weight, Fertility and Pregnancy

    There are many things that can affect a woman's ability to conceive. One of the most prominent causes for fertility problems is weight. ... more »

    Losing Baby Fat Quickly After Delivery

    During pregnancy, the female body stores fat for later use. This is natural and in place in order to ensure there is enough fat on the female body to maintain lactation after the baby is born. ... more »

    Diet and Dairy Food and Infertility

    High intake of low-fat dairy foods diet may increase the risk of infertility whereas intake of high-fat dairy foods may decrease this risk. ... more »