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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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 »

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 »

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.   ... read more »

Tea And Pregnancy

Your guide to drinking tea in pregnancy ... read more »

Why Certain Fats are Better Than Others

rs, adding fat in our diets has gotten a bad rap. While it is true that eating an overabundance of fatty foods is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more, recent research sheds new light on the whole fat picture. ... read more »

Everything You Want to Know About DHA and Omega 3s

DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid typically found in fish oil. With all the warnings about reducing fish intake during pregnancy, many women choose to skip fish all together; unfortunately that may mean missing out on important omega 3 fatty acids. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Pre-Pregnancy Diet and Gestational Diabetes

Eating the right types of foods before becoming pregnant can decrease a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy. ... read more »

Can I Eat Shrimp, Lobster, or Crab During Pregnancy

It is safe to eat shrimp for a pregnant woman during pregnancy but you need to make sure it's not contaminated ... read more »

Salami During Pregnancy: Is It Safe To Eat?

Pregnant women are usually advised to avoid salami, though they may have a craving for it. Rightfully so, because there are several reasons why eating salami is not a good idea when pregnant. ... read more »

Fish, Mercury, and Pregnancy

Too much mercury can harm an unborn baby. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Pregnancy Nutrition and Food Guide

What you should and shouldn't eat while pregnant. ... read more »

Healthy Food Suggestions During Pregnancy

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

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. ... read more »

Tips for Healthy Immune System During Pregnancy

A mother's immune system is suppressed to protect the growing babyduring pregnancy- the absence of this process would trigger the body toidentify the growing baby as an intruder and defend itself. ... read more »

Think Twice About Hot Dogs During Pregnancy

Hot dogs are not nutritious and can contain a bacteria called "Listeria" which can lead to major pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Pediatrics Group Says No to Fad Diets for Kids

The AAP’s new recommendations embrace a healthy diet that incorporates the full range of foods, with healthy limitations on things everyone should eat in limited quantity: fat, salt, and sugar. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Eat Your Placenta?

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. ... read more »

How Alcohol Affects Your Pregnancy

Pregnant or planning to be? Stop drinking. ... read more »

Fertility Diet Guide for Women and Men

Good nutrition can improve fertility! ... read more »

Mother’s Weight Plays Role in Baby’s Survival

A new study shows that babies born to obese mothers have greater risk of dying up to one year after birth when compared to women of normal Body Mass Index. ... read more »

"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. ... read more »

The Perfect Pair: Food Pairings for Healthy Pregnancy

Food synergy is the term that is used to explain this health-boosting interaction that takes place in certain foods and beverages to enhance another's health benefits. ... read more »

Sweet Secrets for Sugar Cravings During Pregnancy

Have baked goods gone from just good to gotta-have during your pregnancy? Here's some help in dealing with food cravings for sweets. ... 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. Having candy at Halloween is no different from having candy at any other time of the year during pregnancy. ... read 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. ... read more »

Is Pumpkin Spice Safe During Pregnancy?

Pumpkin has a range of health benefits but what about pumpkin spice? ... read more »

Should You Eat 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 »

September is Food Safety Education Month

In observance of Food Safety Education Month, CDC is sharing information on the risk of foodborne illness and steps people can take to protect their health. ... read more »

How Much Caffeine is in...?

How much caffeine is there in coffee and other caffeinated products? ... read more »

Can I Eat Too Many Carrots During Pregnancy?

Carrots do not harm the fetus and eating a lot cannot lead to too much Vitamin A ... read more »

Ground Meat During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Ground beef or ground meat is not recommended for pregnant women, especially if it's undercooked. This is because ground meat can be contaminated. ... read more »

14 Healthy Foods That Fight Pain

While there is no single food that can treat pain, a healthy diet can be an important part of your pain-management strategy. ... 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 »

Infertility Diet for Men: How to Increase Male Fertility

Despite common thinking that the female's diet has the greatest effect on conception, new research is emerging on the importance of the man's diet and lifestyle choices when it comes to trying to conceive. ... read more »

Should You Eat Pizza During Pregnancy?

In my opinion, pizza is the food of the gods. I know it’s unhealthy. I know how much fat is in the cheese. I know how many carbs a single slice has. But frankly, I don’t care, because nothing tastes better. ... 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 »

Diet May Influence Baby’s Sex

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 »

Celery

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

Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are very beneficial and can provide several much-needed nutrients to your diet. ... read more »

Spicy Food During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Capsaicin, the antioxidant that gives chili peppers their heat, has a wide range of health benefits. ... 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 »

Calcium and Vitamin D While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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 »

Can Herbs Stimulate Breast Milk Production?

When a woman is worried over a lack of adequate breast milk supplyduring lactation, she can be sure that what's not lacking is a widevariety of herbal supplements marketed as galactogogues, or substancesthat promote milk production. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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! ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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