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 »

Not All Unsaturated Fats are Created Equal

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

Power of Ginger: The Safe and Natural Remedy for Morning Sickness Relief

How to use ginger for a safe, natural, and healthful remedy for morning sickness relief. ... read more »

Dangers of Eating Buffet Meals While Pregnant

Your family is planning a dinner at the local Chinese restaurant and you want to join. Are buffet meals safe for pregnant women? ... read more »

Do Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women need more Calcium and Vitamin D?

It may be puzzling that the recommended average daily intake for calcium and vitamin D remains essentially the same during pregnancy and lactation as before pregnancy given the high-demand to support both mother’s bone health and the needs of a growing baby. ... read 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 a modest intake of certain "healthy" fats may be beneficial to the baby's brain development during the last stage of pregnancy. ... read more »

10 Tips When Your Baby Is Due During The Holidays

Your due date is smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season. Plus or minus a week or two, you could actually go into labor on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanzaa ... so how do you plan for the holiday and your birth at the same time? ... read more »

Are Low-Calorie Sweeteners Dangerous for Pregnant Women?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of low-calorie sweeteners during pregnancy. Two recent studies aimed to calculate the overall risk of preterm delivery in pregnant women based on consumption of low-calorie beverages. ... read more »

Recipes for Health During Pregnancy

Use these simple, delicious recipes to get you all the vitamins and nutrients you need for optimal health during pregnancy. ... read more »

Maternal Diet and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Risk

A recent study in Buenos Aires claims high-carbohydrate diets, when consumed during pregnancy, may be associated with increased risk of severe, life-threatening RSV. ... read more »

Healthy Eating Habits Begin in the Womb

The obesity epidemic - affecting approximately 70 percent of the American population - is generating more and more medical research into the science behind food, food preferences, and dietary habits. ... read more »

Eating for Two in Pregnancy? Don't. Nature's Got That Covered

One pregnancy myth - the need to eat for two- has recently been debunked in a scientific study that reveals Mother Nature already has pregnancy nutrition covered. ... 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 »

Fiber: Fact and Fiction

Most pregnant women know that fiber is a very important part of their diet, but now that we can easily find high fiber granola bars, yogurts, and juices, do we still need to get some fiber from fruits and vegetables? ... read more »

Losing The Baby Weight

No matter how much weight is gained or how healthy the woman has been eating, there will be at least a few pounds left over after the baby is born. ... read more »

Mom’s Healthy Pregnancy Diet Linked to 15% Decreased Risk of Preterm Birth

Norweigan researchers examined the eating and drinking habits of 66,000 pregnant women to see if there were any links between dietary intake during pregnancy and their risk of preterm delivery. ... read more »

Fortifying Flour Could Reduce Risk of Birth Defects in Hispanic Population

Folic acid is an extremely important vitamin during early pregnancy. ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

How to Create Romance at Home for Valentine’s Day

With an ever-growing tummy and difficulty moving around, what is the best way to stay romantic and comfortable at the same time? ... read 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. ... read more »

Pregnancy Diet May Affect Future Bone Health of Child

It's known that eating well during pregnancy holds an abundance of health benefits for both mother and baby, but a new study has shed light on the extent to which nutritionduring pregnancycanspecifically affect a baby'sbone health. ... read more »

80/10/10 and Pregnant: Is This Diet Bananas?

Humans must eat meat to get the protein needed for strongest bones and muscles, right? Omnivores, especially those favoring a meat-rich diet, insist the only way to be strong as an ox is to eat the ox. ... read more »

Gestational Diabetes Not Affected by Low Carb Diet

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women. Treatments typically include dietary changes and/or insulin treatment. ... read more »

The Link Between Red Meat Consumption and Gestational Diabetes

Women who eat a lot of red meat stand a greater chance of developing gestational diabetes, a condition marked by high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, according to new studies cited by a commentary in the journal Evidence-Based Nursing. ... read more »

Age and BMI Help Determine Risk of Gestational Diabetes

In a huge study published in BJOG, researchers report that BMI and age during pregnancy may be a huge factor in determining the risk of gestational diabetes. Women of south Asian and African-American ethnicity were particularly at risk. ... read more »

Overweight Women Using Prenatal Diet, Exercise Counseling Have Healthier Babies According to Study

An important new study -- the world's largest -- indicates that counseling the mother on healthier lifestyle choices during pregnancy often results in the delivery of a baby of healthy weight. ... read more »

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise Goals Important for Postpartum Weight Loss

Researchers at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University recently published a study in the Journal of Pregnancy. The study focused on the postpartum weight loss success of women. ... read more »

Got Milk? Get Taller Babies

Thorhallur Halldorsson says, 'There aren't many prenatal dietary orenvironmental factors identified that explain growth in children (but)milk drinking may be one.' ... read more »

Memorial Day Safety When You’re Expecting

With an extra day off and some [hopefully] clear skies, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer season. ... read more »

Can Glycemic Index Help with Gestational Diabetes?

You may have heard that eating foods lower on the Glycemic Index (GI) is healthy, but what does glycemic index really mean? What foods are low and high on the glycemic index? ... read more »

Do Pregnancy “Super Foods” Exist?

Many women are very health conscious during their pregnancy- they abstain from alcohol, limit caffeine, and avoid luncheon meats and raw fish; however, are there certain 'power foods' that they should add to their diet that can promote a healthier pregnancy? ... read more »

Pregnancy Diet: Ancient Grains in the Modern World

Ancient grains like buckwheat are making a comeback and are definitely worth trying- especially during pregnancy. ... read more »

Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Reduce Anxiety

Low-mercury fish are a good source of omega fatty acids like DHA, but high-mercury fish should be avoided during pregnancy. According to researchers from Bristol University in the United Kingdom, low-mercury seafood offers more than omega fatty acids. ... read more »

Nutrition During Pregnancy Can Affect Child’s Autism Risk

How a particular type of fat consumed during pregnancy can affect a child's autism risk. ... read more »

Go Nuts for Walnuts

When craving a healthy and satisfying snack, nuts may be one of the best foods to turn to- and according to new research, some types are even healthier than others. ... read more »

Food Restrictions May Not be Necessary During Childbirth

When labor begins, food restrictions are typically enforced to protect the mother from possible pregnancy complications and/or side effects if a C-section delivery is needed. ... read 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. ... read more »

Vitamin B12, Free Choline, Pregnancy Health and Infant Growth

Researchers from the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Program in British Columbia recently published a study on the effect of low vitamin B12 levels on choline levels and infant growth. ... read more »

A New Reason to Cut Back on Red Meat During Pregnancy

Meat is a great source of protein- an essential nutrient every woman must consume during pregnancy.But red meat is not an optimal protein source for pregnant women. ... read more »

Fresh List of Dirty Foods: The New Dirty Dozen

The 'Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen' list has been updated for 2013. ... read more »

DHA Protects Baby During Pregnancy

A recent study published in Pediatrics links omega 3 fatty acids to infant health. According to the study but researchers at Emory University, DHA and other sources of omega 3 fatty acids, lessen the risk of infant illness. ... read more »

Starvation During Pregnancy Linked to Cardiac Side Effects

During World War II, Leningrad was seized by opposing forces in the war. Residents faced extreme starvation, including pregnant women, infants and children. Researchers studied the effects of extreme starvation in pregnancy and early childhood using this time frame. ... read more »

Nutrients Consumed During Pregnancy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Offspring

Researchers from North Dakota State University have found a connection between the foods mom eats during pregnancy and the risk of breast cancer in female offspring. The study reveals that certain nutrients consumed during gestation are better at preventing cancer than other foods. ... read more »

Obesity May Impair Fetal Nutrition and Health

The womb is the safest environment on earth. The fetus is warm, safe and well-fed during pregnancy, but according to a new clinical study, the womb of an obese woman is not as healthy as that of a woman of normal weight. ... read more »

Celiac Disease, Fertility and Pregnancy

When the body reacts to glutens present in food antibodies are released to protect against the perceived threat. These antibodies attack the lining of the intestine and, over time, damage the lining of the small intestine where nutrients and vitamins and absorbed. ... read more »

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health Knowledge in Pregnant Women

According to a new study published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, pregnant women are not meeting recommendations for healthy pregnancy nutrition and activity. ... read more »

Mom’s Diet May Increase Baby Risk of Diabetes

The correlation between maternal diet, weight and health and the future health of the fetus has been a hot topic in pregnancy research for more than a decade. According to the study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a poor pregnancy diet is not healthy for baby. ... read more »

Preventing Long-Term Obesity Risk for Two Generations

Maternal diet and exercise patterns have a direct impact on gestational weight and long-term risk of obesity for mom and infant. Researchers gathered data from 19 studies pertaining to maternal diet. ... read more »

Salmon: Healthy Choice for Mom and Baby?

Researchers at the University of Granada have concluded that farm-raised salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, can be safely consumed two times a week by pregnant women. ... read more »

Fasting During Ramadan Linked to Lower Birth Weight

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Human Biology, the observance of Ramadan in the Muslim faith has a negative effect on the fetus that could cause medical issues later in life. ... read more »

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