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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Not All Unsaturated Fats are Created Equal

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

Extreme Vegan Gives Birth to “Perfect” Baby

The diet seems to have produced no ill effects on Anthony, her pregnancy, or her baby. Rowdy Nash was born on March 2, weighing a healthy 8.7 pounds and measuring almost 22 inches long. ... 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 »

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 »

Constipation and Pregnancy: Is There a Safe Stool Softener?

Pregnancy constipation can be especially uncomfortable, but there are some over the counter stool softeners considered safe for use during pregnancy. ... read more »

Healthier Babies in Overweight Women With Diet & Exercise

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 »

Fresh List of Dirty Foods: The New Dirty Dozen

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

Fortifying Flour May Reduce Birth Defect Risk in Hispanic Population

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

Healthy Pregnancy Diet: 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 »

Study: Pregnant Women Fail to Meet Recommendations for Healthy Pregnancy

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 »

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise Goals 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 »

Can Dessert Prevent Preeclampsia?

A favorite treat for many women is found to help prevent a dangerous pregnancy condition. ... read more »

Meal-Prep Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy

Simple yet often overlooked food preparation steps that make a big nutrition difference. ... read more »

Anorexic Mom Eating for Two

Britain's Daily Mail reports the story of attractive 21-year-old Holly Griffiths, who is due to give birth soon to her second child. It's a very high-risk pregnancy because Griffiths has battled anorexia since she was just 8 years old. ... 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 »

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 »

Gluten-Free Pregnancy May Minimize Type 1 Diabetes Risk in Babies

A mother's gluten-free diet during pregnancy and lactation might minimize her baby's risk of developing this childhood disease. ... read more »

Eating Nuts While Pregnant May Reduce Child's Food Allergy Risk

A woman can reduce her child's risk for allergies by eating peanuts during pregnancy, according to a new study. ... read more »

Mealtime TV Between Mom and Baby and Obesity

Eating mindlessly while watching TV is a bad habit associated with obesity. It's especially concerning when pregnant women watch television while eating, according to a study recently presented. ... read more »

Link Between Red Meat 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 »

Is It Safe To Have Fruit Juice During Pregnancy?

Drinking fruit juice supposed to be healthy, but is it good for pregnant women? ... read more »

Power of Ginger: Natural Remedy for Morning Sickness Relief

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

Restricting Food and Drink During Labor May Be Unnecessary

I was rather surprised to find that my friend wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink during labor. I thought that there must be some medical reason for this, but it turns out that there may in fact not be any reason at all. ... 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 »

Cinnamon During Pregnancy

Cinnamon was once considered more precious than gold. It remains one of the world's oldest and most coveted spices used in multiple recipes all over the world, and with good reason. ... read more »

Diet May Influence Baby’s Gender

Could choosing your baby's gender be as simple as changing the way you eat and diet? According to new research, it just may be, though not every dieter will find it simple. ... read more »

The Truth Behind “Eating for Two”

The important thing to remember, however, is that pregnant women are eating for two, but not two adults. ... read more »

Eating Healthy Through Morning Sickness

I have been an obstetric dietitian for quite some time now. But it’s only been since recently that I’ve had the newfound perspective of pregnancy. At this point, I’m 28 weeks along and things have eased up for me significantly. ... read more »

Is That Hamburger Healthy for Mom?

Pregnant women are bombarded with literature about safe and unsafe foods. Meats are one of the biggest concerns due to the long list of potential health threats associated with eating under-cooked, processed or raw meat. ... read more »

Should I Buy Meat at the Local Butcher?

Before you found out you were pregnant it was nothing to head into the local butcher and buy a pound or two of fresh hamburger for that last-minute cookout. Now, baby is on the way and you are starting to think about the foods you choose more closely than before. ... read more »

Should You Eat Out During Your Pregnancy?

Eating out doesn't have to mean choosing unhealthy, fatty foods with tons of preservatives and questionable ingredients. Think about the place, portion and pregnancy when you decide to eat out. ... read more »

Tips for a Healthy Vegan Pregnancy

Choosing a vegan lifestyle takes time and detailed attention to foods and ingredients. It can take years to learn the ins and outs of living a healthy vegan lifestyle while maintaining a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. ... read more »

Will Your Vegetarian Diet Cause Birth Defects?

One recent study suggests that women who follow a vegetarian diet during pregnancy might be more at risk for having male newborns with a genital defect called hypospadias. ... read more »

Riboflavin is Vital for Both You and Baby

Even with a nutritious diet, you might be lacking enough of the important vitamins necessary to your baby’s health and development. You’ll be eating for two, so enough iron and calcium for you might not be enough for baby. ... read more »

Skip the Shellfish During Pregnancy

Even for perfectly healthy individuals, eating raw shellfish can be dangerous. When you don’t cook food, any bacteria that were originally on the animal or plant will make its way right into your digestive system. ... read more »

How Important is Protein during Your Pregnancy?

Getting enough protein is vital to your baby’s growth, especially in the second two trimesters when his or her growth will be rapid. If you’re pregnant, you should make sure you consume approximately 75 grams of protein every day. ... read more »

Study Shows Pregnant Women Should Avoid Licorice

You’re avoiding fish. You’re avoiding alcohol. You’re even avoiding your morning coffee, which has made you an absolute monster every morning. Did you know though, that you should probably avoid licorice, too? ... read more »

Go Easy on the Fruit Juice

You know how important hydration is during pregnancy. To keep your growing baby in good health, you need to keep your own body healthy by drinking plenty of fluids. Though, you need to be picky about what you’re drinking. ... read more »