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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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 »

How Alcohol Affects Your Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant, those planning a pregnancy, or women at risk for pregnancy should not drink any alcohol. ... read more »

Fertility Diet & Lifestyle Guide for Women and Men

There is growing research which shows that the right nutrition in women and men can improve fertility and improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

There are certain foods that you should avoid before and during pregnancy ... read more »

(Pre) Pregnancy Nutrition and Food Guide

Learn what you should and shouldn't eat while pregnant to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Navigating Your Diet Before and During Pregnancy: What Diet is Best?

When you are pregnant you want to do what is best for you and your baby, but which diet is optimal during pregnancy? Keto, vegan, intermittent fasting? ... read more »

Is it Safe to Eat Pate or Liver During Pregnancy?

Liver is a good source of protein and is rich in certain vitamins and minerals. However, there are several concerns with eating products made from liver while you're pregnant. ... read more »

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. ... 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 nutrition during pregnancy can specifically affect a baby bone health. ... read more »

Harmful Fats in Mom’s Diet Can Effect Newborn’s Health

The higher a woman's intake of trans fats (chemically produced fats that are not beneficial to health) during the second trimester of pregnancy, the larger her newborn. ... read more »

Do Fish Oil Supplements Increase Children’s Intelligence?

Two essential omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are extremely important during pregnancy, but can extra supplementation beyond diet increases a child's intelligence? ... read more »

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. ... read more »

100% Fruit Juice Does Not Mean 100% Healthy

Don't be fooled by these health claims, which though true regarding some of what they do contain, fail to mention the many nutrients they leave out. ... read more »

Junk Food and Pregnancy

Pregnancy cravings are perfectly normal, but when the cravings are for junk food, you will need to try to resist, or at least enjoy it in moderation. ... read more »

Take-out and Fast Food During Pregnancy

Take-out and fast food should be avoided during pregnancy if possible. These foods contain loads of salt, sugar and sometimes even chemicals that can harm both the mother and the unborn child. ... read more »

Is Smoked Seafood Safe During Pregnancy?

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

Is It Safe To Eat Halloween Candy While Pregnant?

It's Halloween time, and being pregnant doesn't mean you have to miss out on the festivities! After all, having candy at Halloween is no different from having candy at any other time of the year during pregnancy. ... read more »

Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy

Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in NutraSweet, Equal, and most diet soft drinks and other sugar-free treats, and it's considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts. ... read more »

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is one of the most common known causes of mental retardation, and the only cause that is entirely preventable. ... read more »

Products with Caffeine

Where else, besides coffee, is caffeine found? ... read more »

Canned Food During Pregnancy - Is it Safe?

Cans or metal lids on glass jars can rust. When rust is deep enough, tiny holes open in the can or lid that may let spoilage agents in. Shipping accidents that dent or crush cans cause problems. ... read more »

Herbal Remedies: Is Going Natural Safe During Pregnancy?

Though medicine can be used to treat many discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting, and anxiety, many women prefer a more natural approach with herbs to help alleviate these symptoms. ... read more »

MSG in Pregnancy

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an amino acid used as a food additive and flavoring. There are some studies which have shown adverse effects in the nervous system of animals. ... read more »

How Much Caffeine Is In Tea?

During pregnancy you should limit your daily caffeine intake to under 300 mg. Tea contains caffeine, and depending on which tea you drink, and how much you drink. ... read more »

The 10 Best Foods That Don't Make it in to Your Shopping Cart

Eating the right food during pregnancy is not as difficult as you may think but sometimes you need to know what to eat and what not to eat. ... read more »

Is Fennel Safe In Pregnancy?

Fennel refers to a flavoring obtained from the fruit of Foeniculum vulgare. Fennel oil is used in perfumes. ... read more »

Dieting In Pregnancy

Dieting during pregnancy is not a good idea. Pregnancy is a crucial time of development for your baby, and it is important to eat a healthy variety ... read more »

What Foods Are Rich in Omega 3s

There are some foods that are rich in Omega 3s because they are a natural source of the oil. Other foods are fortified with DHA and EPA. ... read more »

Too Little Salt During Pregnancy Not Good

It has become common knowledge that consuming too much sodium is unhealthy and leads to high blood pressure. But a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Renal Physiology has found that consuming too little sodium is also damaging. ... read more »

Fast Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

There are several fast foods that you should not have in pregnancy. They include precut meats, prepared salad, and undercooked ready meals. ... read more »

Myth: Eat 3 Healthy Meals a Day During Pregnancy

You should eat 6-7 small meals and not 3 big meals a day during pregnancy. ... read more »

Celery

There are more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, ... read more »

Unpasteurized Milk and Listeria

Pasteurization (named after Louis Pasteur) is a process which slows down microbial growth in food. It does not kill all bacteria, just reducing their number so they are less likely to cause a disease. ... read more »

Food That Should be Avoided Before and During Pregnancy

There are several foods that should be avoided before and during pregnancy because pregnancy affects a woman's immune system. ... read more »

Diet Sodas during Pregnancy

Diet soda and pregnancy is an issue that still has not been completely decided. The main issue here are the artificial sweeteners such as saccharin in pregnancy as well as caffeine during pregnancy. ... read more »

Vitamin B-6

How much vitamin B-6 should I take? ... read more »

Food For Pregnant Women and During Pregnancy

Recommendations for pregnant women  what to eat and which food not to eat during pregnancy apply as well to the time trying to conceive. Eat the same before pregnancy as if you were already pregnant. ... read more »

Cold Cuts Deli Meats and Pregnancy - Safe to Eat?

Cold cuts as well as lunch and deli meats during pregnancy are a hot topic and to be on the safe side it is recommended that you avoid these during pregnancy for your baby's sake. ... read more »

Fish Mercury and Pregnancy

Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in water and is turned into methyl mercury in the water. ... read more »

Fruits & Vegetables During Preganancy

Fruits and vegetable should be part of your regular daily diet, as well as during pregnancy. ... read more »

Carrots

Add carrots to your salad or cook them as a side dish for any meal. ... read more »

Raw Sprouts During Pregnancy - Are They Safe?

Raw sprouts should not be consumed by pregnant women because of the potential health hazards they pose. ... read more »

The 7 Rules For Healthy Foods

Michael Pollan has 7 rules for healthy food. They are even more important for pregnant women. ... read more »

Dark Leafy Greens

According to the Alzheimer's Association, flavonoid-rich foods may also reduce inflammation in the brain, possibly slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease. ... read more »

Caesar's Salad During Pregnancy - Is It Safe?

Cesar's salad is not recommended during pregnancy because it could contain raw eggs which can carry salmonella and infect the pregnant woman. ... read more »

Mercury in Seafood

Some of the main types of fish used in sushi may contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided, but there are others that can be safely eaten. ... read more »

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning and Pregnancy

Ciguatera fish poisoning is among the most common reasons for fish poisoning around the world but how could it affect your pregnancy? ... read more »

Folic Acid or Folate

What is the difference between folic acid and folate? ... read more »

Food Related Pregnancy Myths

Food related pregnancy myths. Fact or fiction? ... read more »

How to Choose a Healthy Pregnancy Snack in 12 Steps

Now that you are pregnant it's important to find out which healthy snack is best during pregnancy. ... read more »

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