Nutrition before and during pregnancy has been recognized as one of the most important ways to prevent pregnancy complications (both fetal and maternal). The foods pregnant women eat set the stage for growth and development during pregnancy, because they provide vitamins, minerals and overall nutrition that can impact fetal and maternal health for decades after birth.

Harmful Toxins Passed From Mothers to Infants: Why and How to Avoid Them

When a child is born into the world, we expect them to be healthy, pure, and untainted by the age-inducing, toxic elements that we are sometimes unavoidably exposed to in today's developed world. A surprising newstudy may have put a damper on the pristine image. ... read more »

An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol at Bay

Medical science has just given the green light to avocado aficionados to indulge every day. And the science says we can do it guilt-free because it’s actually good for our health. ... read more »

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is so important to the life of an animal that it is made in every organ system and used in every cell; it only becomes a problem when too much of it is consumed via animal-rich diet. ... read more »

Pregnancy Nutrition and Food Guide

Learn about what you should and should not eat while pregnant, and how proper nutrition can aid in a healthy and happy pregnancy. ... read more »

Study Underway to Test Mediterranean Diet Effect on IVF Success; Couples Wanted

A recent study involving mice demonstrated a "major impact" on the success rate of IVF when the mice were fed a Mediterranean diet before implantation. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Eat Sushi While Pregnant?

Eating sushi and raw fish is part of a healthy diet, but is it safe during pregnancy? And can sushi harm my unborn baby? ... read more »

Why to go Easy on the Green Tea During Pregnancy

Could green tea be doing more harm than good in your pre-pregnancy diet? ... read more »

Six Energy-Alternatives During Pregnancy

There are many other healthy ways besides consuming caffeine to gain energy. Read on to learn six caffeine-free energy-boosting strategies that you can practice to ensure a healthy pregnancy.   ... read more »

Raw Eggs During Pregnancy

Raw or undercooked eggs can carry harmful organisms such as E.Coli and Salmonella, which in turn can infect a pregnant woman during pregnancy leading to an intestinal infection. ... read more »

The Best Type of Fiber for Reducing Diabetes Risk

When it comes to diabetes prevention, fiber is a key ingredient in keeping blood sugars within a healthy range. ... read more »

Pediatrics Group Says No to Fad Diets for Kids

The AAP’s new recommendations embrace a healthy diet that incorporates the full range of foods, with healthy limitations on things everyone should eat in limited quantity: fat, salt, and sugar. ... read more »

Is Smoked Seafood Safe During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to eat smoked seafood during pregnancy? ... read more »

Three Common Fall Foods Are More Nutritious Than You May Think

From golden to red hues and sweet to tart flavors, apples can please almost any palate. Apples are full of antioxidants which are linked to the prevention and control of gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Healthy Recipes for Fertility

Check out these healthy recipes for maximizing fertility.  Use these simple, delicious recipes to maximize your fertility. ... read more »

More Superbugs in Antibiotic-Laced Conventional Burger Meat Than Organic

A new study from Consumer Reports may suggest some rethinking about your beloved burger is in order. Industrial-scale beef producers include antibiotics as a daily part of their livestock’s diet. ... read more »

The Best Breastfeeding Diet

You may have heard the saying, 'You are what you eat.' The same saying goes for baby. The best breastfeeding diet is one rich in whole foods and healthy vitamins. ... read more »

What is the Best Packed Meal for Work During Pregnancy?

If you're one of those people who look forward to hitting the local deli or coffee shop during your work lunch break, packing meals during pregnancy may be a bit difficult. ... read more »

Gluten Free for the Gluten Tolerant During Pregnancy?

Pregnant women may be missing out on important nutrients if they go 'G-free' gluten-free during pregnancy without getting the right advice. ... read more »

Fish And Shellfish During Pregnancy

It is recommended that pregnant women eat at least 12 oz of fish each week but to avoid fish with increased mercury levels. ... read more »

Are Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spice Safe During Pregnancy?

Pumpkins are good for pregnant women. They can be served boiled, baked, steamed or roasted or used in soups and purees. ... read more »

The Fertility Diet: 12 Steps To Get Pregnant

Most couples know about timing of pregnancy, ovulation, and sperm issues, but when it comes to nutrition and food, most have little clue. ... read more »

Healthy Food Suggestions During Pregnancy

Healthy food costs the same as unhealthy food, tastes better and is more nutritious. ... read more »

Infections Carried Through Food

Certain infections which you can get by eating contaminated food during pregnancy can harm the pregnancy and the fetus. ... read more »

Is a Low-Acid Diet the Way To Go During Pregnancy?

You may have heard of a new diet based on controlling the acid/base balance of the body to achieve a better state of health. The 'Alkaline Diet' is gaining popularity. ... read more »

Peanut Consumption During Pregnancy Packs a Plus

A new study suggests that pregnant and breastfeeding women should eat peanuts during pregnancy to protect child from future peanut allergy. ... read more »

Timing Important to Outcome of Carcinogen Exposure in Womb

Researchers have found a link between the outcome of fetal health when exposed to carcinogens and when the fetus was exposed during gestation. The study was completed by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University). ... read more »

New Studies Focus on Iodine During Pregnancy: How Much is Too Much?

With a healthy diet and help of daily prenatal vitamin, most pregnant and breastfeeding women are sure to get enough of all essential vitamins and minerals but are they consuming too much of them? ... read more »

Eat Spicy, Live Long

Functional foods taste great but they come with added benefits. Many of the world’s spiciest cuisines are vibrant with functional foods like garlic, chili peppers and powders, cinnamon, and turmeric. ... read more »

Here's How Hot Chili Peppers Melt Away the Pounds

Did you ever notice you eat less when a meal is hot, spicy, and laced with chili peppers? A new study confirms that, yes, it’s the chilies’ fault but it’s not because of the blazing taste buds. ... read more »

Internal Documents Reveal Sugar Industry Used Same Danger-Denying Tactics as Big Tobacco

The researchers are using their findings to lobby public health policy makers to tighten their recommendations for acceptable sugar intake for people of all ages around the world. ... read more »

Healthier Eating: "Do" Focus on Benefits, "Don't" Dwell on Negatives

Public health campaigns probably don’t present the information the right way. People are more motivated by accentuating the positive but so many public health campaigns focus on the negative. ... read more »

Water Before Meals Washes the Pounds Away

Want to lose a few pounds? A new study from England indicates one easy way to do so is to turn to the kitchen tap for an effective weight loss strategy. ... read more »

Raw Milk May Put You at Risk both During and After Pregnancy

Though it's commendable that many people are attempting to eat less processed, more natural and wholesome foods, there are certain cases when this isn't the best option. ... read more »

A Healthy Diet for the Whole Family

Feeding your family has become more expensive over the years and surviving on sale items and coupons seems like a better idea every day. However, when was the last time you looked at most of the cheapest foods that are on sale or less expensive? ... read more »

Skipped Meals Cause Big Bellies

Modern food science is increasingly finding that when we eat is as important as what and how much we eat and the findings often defy what seems to be common sense. One such example is skipping meals. ... read more »

20 Natural Home Remedies to Ease Heartburn Symptoms

Heartburn is a common complaint among pregnant women. Hormonal changes in the body throw off the digestive tract, altering flavor preferences and the ability to digest foods and beverages. ... read more »

Diabetes in Men

Many men wonder why they should even care about diabetes. There are multiple types of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational. ... read more »

Fertility Diet Guide

Diet plays a role in fertility, but new research shows just how much a woman's diet can affect her ability to become pregnant. ... read more »

Raw Meat and Pregnancy

When you talk about 'food poisoning' you most likely talk about Salmonella or E.coli infections. Symptoms of food poisoning include severe vomiting and diarrhea, high temperatures, and dehydration. ... read more »

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

It is always important to eat nutritious and balanced meals, but there are certain foods that you should avoid to prevent pregnancy complications and to ensure your and the baby's health. ... read more »

Prebiotics and Probiotics During Pregnancy

Many women experience a form of gastrointestinal discomfort at some point during their pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. There may be a nutritional solution worth trying. ... read more »

Dad’s Folic Acid Consumption May Be Vital To Baby’s Health

Gentlemen, please eat your greens. And cereal, fruits, and veggies. Your children's lives may depend on it. ... read more »

Fatherhood Packs on the Pounds

Most men gain a little weight after they get married. A new study indicates fatherhood packs on the pounds, too. Each added pound puts a man closer to the health risks associated with excess weight. ... read more »

Growth and Development Delays Continues After Early Birth

Premature birth is associated with increased risk of developmental delays and death. Researchers in Malawi have concluded that these delays affect premature infants well into the second year of life. ... read more »

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Pregnancy and Better Fertility: Eat Foods that Improve Fertility

There are plenty of foods that can help you become more fertile if youare trying to conceive. The good news is that you don't have to give upyour favorite foods for this New Year's resolution; you just have tochoose a little more wisely. ... read more »

Iron Deficiency is a Problem for Many during Pregnancy

A new study suggests that pregnant women are twice as likely to be iron deficient than non-pregnant women, and the number of pregnant women with inadequate iron stores was higher than expected.  ... read more »

Five Healthy Dessert Ideas to Beat Sugar Cravings

Consuming too much refined sugar during pregnancy can lead to weight gain and diabetes, which exposes the developing baby to large amounts of sugar in the womb. ... read more »

Weight Gain in Pregnancy - How much?

How much weight should women gain in pregnancy depends on their prepregnancy body mass index the BMI ... read more »

Make Your Calories Count When Morning Sickness Strikes

Up to 75% of women experience morning sickness during theirpregnancy, and many of them worry that they may not be getting enoughnutrition during times when keeping food down isn't easy. ... read more »

Your Baby’s Food Allergies

It’s not uncommon to think that your baby might have a food allergy. Especially since some maternal behavior is tied to allergies in babies, you might worry that any strange behavior or illness your baby is showing is related to an allergic reaction. ... read more »

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