Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. During pregnancy, changes in hormones can cause a woman's immune system to become suppressed, so that it could be harder to fight off infections. Some food-borne illnesses can cause a woman to have pregnancy complications such as a miscarriage, stillbirth or serious health problems for the baby after birth. Along with nutrition concerns, a growing topic of importance is food safety during pregnancy. Before You're Pregnant: Protect your unborn baby from methylmercury and toxoplasmosis. And take folic acid supplements! While You’re Pregnant: Protect your unborn baby from methylmercury, toxoplasmosis, listeria, and other foodborne illness.

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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.

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.

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.

Unfamiliar Nutrient Holds Promise for Newborn’s Long Term Health

Folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin B12: it's likely that all of these nutrients ring a bell with pregnant women when it comes to the topic of nutrition, but another nutrient that may not come to mind is just as important and is the focus of exciting new research.

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.

Five Pantry Superstars for a Healthy Meal in Minutes

Many pregnant women who lead hectic lifestyles are not always in the mood to spend hours preparing a well-balanced meal- but this doesn't mean they can't eat healthily.

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.

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?

Beyond Bone Health: Vitamin D Status May Affect Weight Gain

Known for its role in maintaining bone health by facilitating calcium absorption in the intestine, vitamin D also acts as a hormone in the body and affects the growth and differentiation of many different types of cells.

The B Vitamin No Woman Should Be Without

There are eight B vitamins, all of which are essential to human life, but one B vitamin has taken center stage during recent years due to new research revealing how strongly this super-vitamin can affect one's health- most importantly women's health.

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.

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.

Healthy Food Suggestions During Pregnancy

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

Infections Carried Through Food

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Healthy Food Choices During Pregnancy

It can be difficult to know which foods are the healthiest, especially when you are away from home.

Eat Yourself Beautiful with Three Key Food Groups

New research is emerging from the growing field of nutricosmetics which shows that one way you can stay looking your best while pregnant is by eating!

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.

Powerful Phytochemicals Can Maximize Health During Pregnancy

You're eating a balanced diet full of fruits and veggies, whole grains,low fat dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats, but did you know thatyou can give your pregnancy a nutritional boost by including certain'super foods?'

Beyond Preventing Birth Defects: Folate May Do More For Child’s Health

It is recommended that all women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement or multivitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid because this B vitamin is known to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida and encephalopathy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Magnesium For Muscle Cramps

Along with the many joys of pregnancy come a few discomforts as well, which for many women includes painful leg cramps. Usually beginning during the second trimester of pregnancy, muscle cramps tend to strike during the night and may disrupt sleep.

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.

How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

A healthy pregnancy starts with variety. The foods you eat need to follow the food pyramid and cover each of the recommended food groups.

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.

“Eating for Two” is a Eating a Little Too Much During Pregnancy

Many women believe that pregnancy gives the go ahead to and eat for two. Though this seems to make some sense, it is (unfortunately for some) a nutrition myth.

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.

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.

Gender Selection of Baby's Sex By Timing and Diet

A study from the Netherlands showed that women who had sex up to three to four days before ovulation ate a certain diet were 81 percent more likely to conceive a girl.

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. 

5 Nutrition Tips to Help With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Fortunately, there are many strategies to manage nausea and vomiting to promote a healthy, more comfortable pregnancy. Read on to learn about possible dietary modifications that can help.

Eating Placenta Capsules - Placentophagy or Placentophagia and Placental Encapsulation

While most existing data on postpartum placental consumption is anecdotal and not scientific, there are many cultures who view placental ingestion as an essential part of the postpartum period.

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.

Food Safety During Pregnancy

Did you know 48 million people are affected with food poisoning every year but most of them don’t make the headlines? That’s because most food poisonings happen quietly in the home.

Sweet Secrets for Sugar Cravings During Pregnancy

Have baked goods gone from just good to gotta-have during yourpregnancy? Has your pantry's cookie supply been slowly diminishing witheach trimester?

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.

Food for Fertility

Many women are seeking the best dietary and lifestyle approaches to promote fertility. An important concept of the fertility-friendly diet is that foods to avoid are just as important as those that are beneficial to consume.

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.  

The Vegan Pregnancy: Tips to Ensure Proper Nutrition

Many women find that it is not always easy to consume all of the proper foods and supplements to ensure adequate nutrition during pregnancy, but those doing it on a vegan diet have an added challenge.

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?

Fresh List of Dirty Foods: The New Dirty Dozen

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

Pre-Pregnancy Diet and Gestational Diabetes

Eating the right types of foods before becoming pregnant can decrease awoman's risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy.

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