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  • After Your Baby is Born
    Your baby is finally here! The joys and challenges of motherhood are about to begin. It is important to remember to take care of yourself as well as your new baby. Caring for a new baby can be fun but it is also hard work. How much and how often you should feed the baby? What do you do when the baby is crying, or sick? How do you prevent accidents? These questions can be overwhelming at first, but you will quickly adjust. A new baby needs constant care, but you will be skilled at taking care of your child in no time.

  • A Healthy Pregnancy
    A healthy diet will benefit your baby even before it is conceived. How to achieve a healthy diet is the first topic covered in these pages.

  • ALL ABOUT EATING FOR TWO
    The nutritional needs of women differ not only from those of men, but they also vary at different times during a woman's life. This article discusses how pregnancy and lactation affect a woman's nutritional needs.

  • A WELL BALANCED PREGNANCY DIET
    Eating well for your baby, a suggested diet.

  • Diet and Pregnancy
    When you are pregnant, the foods you eat also provide food for your baby. This makes it doubly important for you to eat regular, well-balanced meals. Protein, carbohydrates as well as vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and vitamin C are all important and can be obtained by eating the right foods.

  • Diet and Weight Gain During Diabetic Pregnancy
    A nutritionally balanced diet is always essential to maintaining a healthy mother and successful pregnancy. The foods you choose become the nutrient building blocks for the growth of the fetus. For a woman with , gestational diabetes, proper diet alone often keeps blood sugar levels in the normal range and is generally the first step to follow before resorting to insulin injections.

  • Diet During Pregnancy
    Eating regular, well-balanced meals is more important when you are pregnant than at any other time of your life. What you eat provides food for your baby as well as yourself You need about 200 to 300 more food calories a day than when you were not pregnant. Most pregnant women need about 2200 to 2300 total calories each day.

  • Diet for a Healthy Father-to-Be
    The importance of a healthy diet for a father-to-be.

  • Folic Acid
    Folic acid, also known as folate or folacin, is one of the eight B vitamins. Because it is used by all cells of the body for growth, the daily requirement for folic acid increases during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • Folic Acid -Prevention of Neural Tube Defects
    Taking 0.4 mg of Folic Acid Each Day Prior to Becoming Pregnant Can Prevent Between 50% and 75% of the Cases of Spina Bifida and Other Neural Tube Defects.

  • Food Standards When You're Pregnant
    During pregnancy you need to make sure that your diet is providing you with enough energy and nutrients for the baby to grow and develop, and for your body to deal with the changes taking place.

  • Herbs and Pregnancy
    Many herbs stimulate the uterus and are unsafe for women who are pregnant. These herbs should be avoided by women of childbearing age.

  • Herbs can impair fertility
    Study: Herbs could badly impair fertility Researchers report damage to reproductive cells.

  • How can I be sure I'm getting enough calcium?
    During pregnancy, your need for calcium increases by at least 20 percent. The baby gets most of her calcium from your bones, which act as a kind of calcium "reservoir." Therefore, getting enough dietary calcium for you and your baby is critical. The common recommendation is at least four or five servings of calcium-rich foods per day.

  • Information for Women who are Pregnant
    Information from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and FDA.

  • Iron's Role During Pregnancy
    Iron's Role During Pregnancy Your need for iron begins in the first trimester, and continues until childbirth. Iron is needed during pregnancy to form red blood cells in both you and your baby.

  • Mom Cravings
    Let's talk about food cravings during pregnancy.

  • NatureChild
    Unique gentle herbal remedies for pregnancy and birth. Offers a wonderful publication called The Naturechild Companion that offers practicle informaiton on natural mothering and chidrens health.

  • Nutritional Needs of Pregnancy
    Pregnancy is the most nutritionally demanding time of a woman's life. Your body needs enough nutrients every day to support the growth of your baby.

  • Nutritional Status During Pregnancy
    A nutritional diet is required for the maternal well being and a healthy baby. Normal pregnancy needs an adequate amount of protein, fats, calcium, vitamins, magnesium and zinc.

  • Nutritional Tips During Pregnancy
    Being pregnant may bring a lot of changes to your daily life. One of the most common and major changes are dietary habit changes. Here are some tips to ensuring your diet is what it needs to be during pregnancy.

  • Nutrition And Pregnancy
    Eating right before you become pregnant can help ensure that you and your baby start out with the nutrients you both need. During pregnancy, diet is even more important since you are your baby's only source of nourishment. And after the baby is born, your body still needs a well-balanced diet to fully recover from the physical strain of labor, the increased physical demands of motherhood and for effective breast feeding.

  • Nutrition and Pregnancy
    Food plays an important part all through life in promoting a healthier you. But when you are pregnant, nutrition has an even, greater importance to your health and your baby's health. Eating wisely means choosing foods that give you and your baby the protein, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients you both need.

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
    You can begin being a responsible, loving mother from the first day you find out you are pregnant. Eat well for your growing baby. There is nothing more important you can do over the next nine months than to take care of your own body and nourish the baby with safe and nutritious foods.

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
    Information about the importance of nutrition during your pregnancy.

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy
    Your health and nutritional state before you become pregnant not only affect your ability to conceive but also the health of your baby and your own health down the road. To help ensure conception and delivery of a healthy baby and to protect your own health, you should get your weight into a healthy range even before trying to conceive.

  • Nutrition For Mom
    If you're breast-feeding, you need about 2,700 calories per day to ensure enough fuel for successful lactation. Additional calorie requirements will be partially met by fat stored during pregnancy. To get all the nutrients you need, here's what you should have each day...

  • Nutrition for Moms to Be
    A Guide for Expectant Mothers is intended to provide you with solid information on good eating habits now and for the months ahead.

  • Pregnancy and Nutrition
    Despite the common nausea that sweeps over women who find themselves pregnant, proper nutrition remains essential to both mother and baby throughout the entire pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy and Nutrition
    Should I take a multi-vitamin during my pregnancy? The nutritional requirements for pregnant women vary based on individual needs. Find our more.

  • Pregnancy Baby Building Diet
    Eating well during pregnancy is important for both mother and baby. A good diet will provide baby with all the nutrients essential for growth and development.

  • Prenatal Nutrition
    Information on a number of prenatal nutrition issues.

  • Prenatal Vitamin Supplements
    What is a prenatal supplement? It's a multivitamin a pregnant woman (and a woman who's trying to conceive) takes to increase her nutritional intake of necessary vitamins and minerals.

  • The Vegan Diet During Pregnancy and Lactation
    Pregnancy is a time of increased nutritional needs, both to support the rapidly growing fetus and to allow for the changes occurring in the pregnant woman's body. Throughout pregnancy, recommended intakes of many vitamins and minerals are higher than those recommended prior to pregnancy.

  • Thiamin in Pregnancy - Vitamin B1
    Thiamin is responsible for regulating the supply of carbohydrates to your baby, which are critical to the development of his/her brain. A severe deficiency in thiamin during pregnancy may result in a child born with congenital beriberi syndrome.

  • Vegetarian Diets for Pregnancy
    During pregnancy your need for many nutrients increases. For example, you will need more calcium, more protein, and more folic acid. It is important to eat foods that are rich in nutrients, but not high in fat or sugar, or excessive in calories.

  • Vitamin A: Too much can have a negative effect on the fetus
    In an accompanying editorial G. Oakley and J. Erickson from the CDC point out that the potential toxicity from vitamin A should not be confused with the protective effect from folate (demonstrated from earlier results of this same study). They also feel that this study is well suited to show the safety of vitamin A intake below 10,000 IU daily.

  • Vitamin B6 Nutrition During Pregnancy
    Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, aids your body's metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. It also helps convert amino acids and form new red blood cells, and is vital to a fetus's developing brain and nervous system.

  • Vitamins and Mineral Needs for Nursing Moms
    If you're like many women, your diet may be less than ideal following the birth of your baby. You're tired, and busy -- who has time to plan well-balanced meals? A nutritious diet, especially if you're breastfeeding, is one of the best things you can do for you and your baby.

  • What should I eat during pregnancy?
    Does a pregnant woman need to eat twice as much? It has often been said that a pregnant woman should eat for two people, but this is not true. What is true is that during pregnancy a woman has to provide good nutrition for two individuals.


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