7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant

     1)  It takes a sperm and an egg Might seem obvious but it was a mystery until 1784.  That’s when Catholic priest / biologist / physiologist Lazzaro Spallanzani put two and two together.  He performed in vitro fertilization (IVF) on frogs and artificial insemination on a dog to prove the point.  Before that, nobody truly knew where babies came from. ... more »

    I am swelling and have protein in my urine; how can I treat this in an all-natural way?

    Dear Honest Midwife, I'm at 33 weeks with my first baby and planning a home birth. Lately I've been having serious swelling. My midwife checked my urine and says I'm spilling protein. She put me on a high protein diet and told me to take alfalfa tablets. ... more »

    Fend Off Diabetes with High-Protein Breakfast

    A nutritional study from Missouri finds that a breakfast high in protein will fend off the dangerous spikes in glucose and insulin that often lead to diabetes. ... more »

    PKU – Phenylketonuria

    Phenylketonuria or PKU is a genetic condition preventing the body from breaking down the amino acid phenylalanine and two similar substances commonly found in protein. PKU causes a build-up of the amino acid, which can lead to developmental delay. ... more »

    Podocyturia and Proteinuria in Preeclampsia Patients

    According to a new study published in Hypertension, a medical journal, podocyturia is detectable in women who experience preeclampsia before proteinuria. Authors from various departments at the Mayo Clinic worked on the study concurrently. ... more »

    Protein Responsible for Cell-Cell Fusion Revealed

    In healthy human tissues, cell-cell fusion is uncommon, but this fusion is necessary for placental development during pregnancy. Researchers have long searched for some idea or indication explaining how the body promotes cell-cell fusion during pregnancy. ... more »

    Can Genes be Turned On and Off in Cells?

    Each cell expresses, or turns on, only a fraction of its genes. The rest of the genes are repressed, or turned off. The process of turning genes on and off is known as gene regulation. Gene regulation is an important part of normal development. ... more »

    How do Genes Direct the Production of Proteins?

    Most genes contain the information needed to make functional molecules called proteins. (A few genes produce other molecules that help the cell assemble proteins.) The journey from gene to protein is complex and tightly controlled within each cell. ... more »

    What are Proteins and What Do They Do?

    Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles inthe body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for thestructure, function, and regulation of the body's tissues and organs. ... 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. ... 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 »

    24-Hour Protein Excretion (Urine) During Pregnancy

    Protein excretion is the amount of protein excreted or passed out of the body in urine. Some excretion is normal, but excessive excretion can be a sign of something more serious. ... 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. ... more »

    Protein S - Total (Plasma) During Pregnancy

    Protein S is a type of protein closely associated with vitamin K and clotting. The protein, or specifically glycoprotein, works hand-in-hand with Protein C. ... more »

    Do Men Need Animal Protein to Stay Fertile?

    Men are now making the conscience choice to leave meat behind with protein-rich vegetables and beans taking the empty spot where cow and pig once existed in the diet. ... 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. ... more »

    High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy a Thing of the Past?

    Preeclampsia is a life-threatening condition that only occurs during pregnancy. Some of the more common side effects include protein in urine and high blood pressure. ... 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. ... more »

    Examples of a Twin Pregnancy Diet

    A twin pregnancy diet requires very small, protein-rich meals eaten every two hours throughout the day. ... more »

    How to Avoid Pregnancy Weight Gain – Excessive Weight Gain

    The common misconception of 'eating for two' can lead a woman to excess weight gain. Pregnant women can easily avoid pregnancy weight gain in excess by choosing healthy foods that are good for baby and mom. ... more »

    High Protein Soy and Fruit Smoothie

    There are times when a pregnant woman will need to add extra calories to her diet to keep baby and mom healthy. ... more »

    Urinalysis - Testing The Urine During Pregnancy

    One of the tests done routinely ate each prenatal visit is the urine test or urinalysis which checks mostly for sugar, protein, blood, and leucocytes. ... more »

    Missing Protein Reverses Brain Disease

    Doctors believe that in utero therapy for children diagnosed with Lissencephaly could improve brain disease. ... more »

    Protein Intake and Ovulatory Infertility

    Replacing animal sources of protein with vegetable sources of protein may reduce ovulatory infertility risk. ... more »