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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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 »

Food Prep Precautions During Pregnancy

Take these precautions when preparing food. ... read more »

How Much Caffeine Is in Tea?

During pregnancy, you should limit your daily caffeine intake to under 200 mg. Tea contains caffeine and depending on which tea you drink, and how much you drink. ... 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 »

Fertility-Friendly Fats

Along with increasing risk of coronary artery disease, saturated fat has now been found to decrease fertility in men. The difference is significant. ... 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 »

Is Pumpkin Spice Safe During Pregnancy?

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

Diet Sodas During Pregnancy

Diet soda during pregnancy is an issue that still has not been completely decided. ... read more »

Best Diet To Follow Before and During Pregnancy

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 »

Fish, Mercury, and Pregnancy

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

Is Smoked Seafood Safe During Pregnancy?

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

Raw Meat and Pregnancy

Toxoplasmosis causes the most severe damage in the first trimester. ... read more »

Are Cold Cuts Safe During Pregnancy?

Be careful with lunch and deli meats during pregnancy. ... read more »

Can I Eat Cheese During Pregnancy?

Certain types of cheese pose a risk during pregnancy. ... read more »

Raw Eggs During Pregnancy

Raw or undercooked eggs are not recommended in pregnancy ... read more »

Food Too Dirty to Eat During Pregnancy?

Wash your vegetables all the time ... read more »

Pregnancy Nutrition: Q & A for All Pregnant Women

Nutrition is one of the most important ways to prevent pregnancy complications (both fetal and maternal). The foods pregnant women eat set the stage for growth and development during pregnancy. ... 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 »

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 »

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 a vegan diet can be an added challenge. ... 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 »

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 »

Cantaloupes Not Advised During Pregnancy

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

Salt and Pregnancy

During pregnancy and lactation, a woman's sodium metabolism (utilization) is altered by hormone activity. As a result, sodium needs are slightly higher for women at this time. ... 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 »

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 »

Higher Stroke Risk for Vegetarians, Says Study

A study from the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians and fish eaters are at a higher risk of suffering and death from a stroke. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Drink Tap Water During Pregnancy?

If you are pregnant and drinking tap water, you should know that certain chemicals that can be found in your drinking water might have a negative effect on the fetal development of your child. ... 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 »

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 »

Fruits & Vegetables During Preganancy

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

The 7 Rules For Healthy Foods

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

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 »

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 »

Food Related Pregnancy Myths

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

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 »

Products with Caffeine

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Vitamin B-6

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

14 Healthy Foods that Fight Pain

There is no single food that can treat  pain. But a healthful diet is an important part of your pain-management strategy. The Mediterranean diet, for example, is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthful unsaturated fats. ... read more »

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