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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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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? ... 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 »

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. ... read more »

Healthy Food Suggestions During Pregnancy

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

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 »

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. ... read more »

Healthy Food Choices During Pregnancy

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

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?' ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... 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 »

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. ... read more »

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. ... 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 »

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. ... read more »

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. ... 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 »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... 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 Perfect Pair: Food Pairings for Healthy Pregnancy

Food synergyis the term that is used to explain this health-boostinginteraction that takes place in certain foods and beverages to enhanceanother's health benefits. ... read more »

Pregnancy Diet: Ancient Grains in the Modern World

Ancient grains like buckwheat are making a comeback and are definitely worth trying- especially during pregnancy. ... read more »

Do Pregnancy “Super Foods” Exist?

Many women are very health conscious during their pregnancy- they abstain from alcohol, limit caffeine, and avoid luncheon meats and raw fish; however, are there certain 'power foods' that they should add to their diet that can promote a healthier pregnancy? ... read more »

Importance of Both Whole and Refined Grains During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, grains are an important source of energy and nutrients and should be included in most meals. ... read more »

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