In this section, you will find plenty of useful information on nutrition and health. This includes advice for those who are trying to conceive, as well as pregnant women, and those that have already given birth.
If you are trying to get pregnant, looking after your health should be a priority. This includes giving up smoking and finding ways to de-stress, such as hypnotherapy and listening to relaxation CDs. It is also advisable to cut the amount of alcohol you drink while also maintaining a healthy weight. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is often linked to being overweight, and this can impact fertility and increase the risk of a miscarriage. Being underweight is just as damaging to your chances of falling pregnant as being overweight.
Once you have fallen pregnant, you will probably already be aware of the fact that there are a number of things you cannot eat. You should limit your caffeine intake to a maximum of 200 mg per day. You will also need to eliminate certain types of fish from your diet, as well as soft blue-veined cheeses and mould-ripened soft cheeses, pate, liver and other foods that contain vitamin A, unpasteurised milk and dairy products, and raw meat.
After you have given birth, you still need to make sure you get the right nutrients and eat well, especially if you intend to breast-feed. You will also probably want to shed a few pounds after putting weight on during the pregnancy, however, it’s important to lose this weight healthily. You can find advice on this and much more in the articles we have put together.
FEATURED ARTICLES ON NUTRITION AND HEALTH ARTICLES FOR WOMEN
For those moms-to-be that already have every baby item on the market from previous babies, one good way to celebrate without spending much money is to host a casserole shower. Have each guest bring a casserole, suitable for freezing, for the guest of honor. Since she...read more
Q. I suffered SOME “baby blues” after I had my daughter that only lasted about 2 weeks. When she was 6 months old, I became pregnant with my newest baby. After I had her, I felt great! She is now 12 weeks old, and I find myself feeling easily angered and...read more
During pregnancy, it is crucial to be aware what you consume as there are certain foods that you are encouraged to eat or discouraged from eating. There are essential foods that are important for both you and your baby’s needs. While most food are safe, there are...read more
Dear Mr. Dad: I work full time and my wife is a stay-at-home mom of our three kids. Sometimes when I come home after a very stressful day, I really need some time to myself to unwind. My wife thinks I’m being selfish. Am I? A: Dear Mr. Dad: I work full time and...read more
Q. Do I need to follow a special diet to breastfeed multiples? A. Eating well while you are breastfeeding is important. Your nutrient needs can vary greatly. The number of babies you are nursing, whether they are receiving any supplemental formula, how much weight you...read more
Adolescent pregnancies are higher risk than the pregnancies of healthy adult women. There are several reasons for this. First, teenage girls may not be completely through their own growth process. Adding pregnancy to a time of rapid personal growth will certainly...read more
A vegetarian diet generally refers to a diet that omits meat, fish and poultry. A well planned vegetarian diet is usually nutritionally adequate and healthy, but during pregnancy and for breastfeeding specific concerns can arise. A poorly designed or implemented...read more
. Do I need more protein during pregnancy and breastfeeding? A. During pregnancy and lactation, your need for protein significantly increases. Protein is necessary for development of all new cells. For the duration of pregnancy, experts recommend that protein intake...read more
Dr. Sanjay Datta is the immediate past Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital, a position he held for eight years. His department oversees and manages the delivery of more than ten thousand...read more
Judith S. LedermanIn her new book, The Ups & Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child: A Survival Guide for Parents, Judith S. Lederman presents her own personal seesaw experience as parent of child with bipolar disorder. Lederman decided to write her book after years of...read more