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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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 »

Can I Eat Cheese During Pregnancy?

You should not eat certain soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, and Mexican-style cheese  in pregnancy because of a risk of becoming infected with "listeria". ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Fresh List of Dirty Foods: The New Dirty Dozen

The 'Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen' list has been updated for 2013. ... 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 (docosahexanoic acid) are extremelyimportant during pregnancy, but can extra supplementation beyond dietincrease a child's intelligence? ... 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 »

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 »

Infections Carried Through Food

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

How Safe is Sushi in Pregnancy?

People rarely if ever get sick eating Sushi. But raw seafood is potentially risky because it can contain parasites such as tapeworm. ... read more »

Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

There are many foods you should avoid when trying to conceive and while you are pregnant including raw sprouts, certain fish, and deli meat. ... read more »

Food Poisoning During Pregnancy: Protect Yourself And The Baby

Food poisoning during pregnancy can be harmful both for the mother and the baby. Learn more about how to protect yourself from food poisoning during pregnancy. ... read more »

Food NoNos In Pregnancy

There are certain foods which should not be eaten during pregnancy and when trying to get pregnant. These include certain fish, deli foods, and undercooked meat. ... read more »

Diet and Nutrition During Pregnancy

We are what we eat, and in the case of pregnancy our babies are what we eat. Therefore a healthy diet, not only during but also before pregnancy, is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy and baby. ... read more »

The Coffee Conundrum: Do you Really Have to Kick the Coffee Habit During Pregnancy?

Many women are unsure if they should forego their morning cup of coffee or skip their daily coffee break during pregnancy. ... read more »

Can You Have Liver Pate During Pregnancy

Pate is not recommended during pregnancy because there is an increased risk of infection with listeria, listeriosis. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Unfamiliar Nutrient Holds Promise for Newborn’s 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. ... read more »

Three 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. ... 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 »

Mother’s Vitamin D Status Shown to Influence Offspring’s Type 1 Diabetes Risk

Yet another health benefit of vitamin D has been added to the long list of this micronutrient's essential functions which include promoting calcium absorption and maintaining good bone health. ... read more »

How to Know if Food is Really Safe: Food-Tracking Technology

Pregnancy is one of the most important times in your life to be concerned about food safety. During pregnancy, the immune system is weakened, putting pregnant women at higher risk of contracting foodborne illnesses such as Listeria, Methylmercury, and Toxoplasma. ... read more »

How to Eat Healthy Vegan Food and Diet During Pregnancy

Vegetarians and vegans can eat a healthy diet in pregnancy as long as they follow certain rules. ... 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 »

“Eating for Two” is 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. ... read more »

Consuming Green Veggies While Pregnant May Prevent Cancer

New research from the Linus Pauling Institute gives pregnant women another very good reason to eat their veggies. ... read more »

Cantaloupes In Pregnancy Not Advised

Cantaloupes appear to be a healthy fruit, however, they have been associated with potentially deadly salmonella and listeria outbreaks. ... read more »

Beyond Preventing Birth Defects

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 spinal bifida and encephalopathy. ... read more »

Eating Placenta Capsules

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 »

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 »

Constipation Remedies During Pregnancy

 Constipation can be due to a variety of factors including an increase in the production of the hormone progesterone which slows the movement of food through the digestive tract, along with the pressure of the baby on the rectum, as well as iron supplements which can worsen constipation. ... read more »

10 Foods Recommendations to Ease Weight Loss

The perfect diet would allow you to lose weight while eating more, right? ... read more »

How Safe Is Beer for Breastfeeding?

After nine months of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy, it may come as a shock to new moms when an alcoholic beverage is actually recommended during breastfeeding. ... read more »

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? ... 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 »

Nuts for Fertility

Most women know that good nutrition can increase fertilityt, but there's another half of the fertility equation that has to do with the male: 30 - 50%of infertility are attributed to sperm issues. ... read more »

An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol at Bay

Medical science has just given the green light to avocado aficionados to indulge every day. And the science says we can do it guilt-free because it’s actually good for our health. ... read more »

How Much Iodine Is Too Much During Pregnancy?

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? ... read more »

Is Diet Soda Safe While Pregnant and Breastfeeding?

To drink, or not to drink diet soda: this is a commonly asked question during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women whose pre-pregnancy drink of choice was a calorie-free Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi may have a difficult time giving up their beverage fix. ... read more »

Spicy Food During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

It turns out that hot sauce can add more than just tongue-burning excitement to a meal. Capsaicin, the antioxidant that gives chili peppers their heat, has a wide range of health benefits. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Not All Unsaturated Fats are Created Equal

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

Why to go Easy on the Green Tea During Pregnancy

Could green tea be doing more harm than good in your pre-pregnancy diet? ... 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 »

Raw Eggs During Pregnancy

Raw or undercooked eggs can carry harmful organisms such as E.Coli and Salmonella, which in turn can infect a pregnant woman during pregnancy leading to an intestinal infection. ... 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 »

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 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 »

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