Taking a folic acid pill a day is under-promoted in the media, under-recommended by health care providers and underused by women of childbearing age.
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Pregnancy and Nutrition
Department of Health is encouraging pregnant and breastfeeding women to boost their intake of vitamin D in the darker winter months. Healthcare professionals say more children than ever are presenting with vitamin D deficiency which can cause seizures and rickets.
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition's recent recommendations for fish and seafood consumption for pregnant and breast-feeding women are misleading.
Pregnant women and women of childbearing age should increase their seafood consumption, despite the well-known risk of mercury, a highly potent neurotoxin and other contaminants commonly found in seafood.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should consume at least 12 ounces of fish and seafood per week for optimal brain development of fetuses, infants and young children.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced new income guidelines for the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program for pregnant women, families with young children.
Prenatal multivitamins for undernourished women may reduce risk of low birth weight of new born baby.
Eating Nutritious diet during pregnancy could help protect children from cancer, both as infants and later in life.
High levels of nutrition before birth stimulate the developing fat cells, making them more likely to increase in size, resulting in obese babies who stay obese throughout their lives.
Many have recommendations that pregnant women supplement their diet with folate, a B vitamin, in order to protect against neural tube defects in the baby and possibly reduce the likelihood of anemia in mothers.
Women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy may reduce the risk that their child will develop some types of brain tumors.
Women who are considering becoming pregnant may significantly reduce their risk of preeclampsia by taking a multivitamin supplement regularly three months before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Improved nutrition, both maternal and in the lab in the case of IVF, had produced better and stronger embryos and healthier pregnancies.
During pregnancy an individual's oral health may negatively be affected by pica combined with bulimia and can be hard to diagnose and treat during those nine months of pregnancy.
Women who rarely drank milk during their pregnancy gave birth to smaller babies compared to women who drank more milk.
Mother's nutritional status in pregnancy also affects the behavior and personality of the child as well.
The adequacy of nutrition during pregnancy and in the immediate postnatal period seems to influence the nutritional status of the adult and appetite programming throughout life.
All women capable of becoming pregnant should take a multivitamin containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day beginning before pregnancy.
The study examines the affect of psychosocial factors on diet during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Nutrition and Pomegranate Juice: Expectant mothers at risk of premature birth may want to consider drinking pomegranate juice to help their babies resist brain injuries from low oxygen and reduced blood flow.
Calcium may prevent gestational hypertension during pregnancy. Blood pressure increases, including gestational hypertension (GH) and pre eclampsia (PE), can result in adverse pregnancy outcomes and heighten risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Calcium in the diet may influence a woman's risk of developing these pregnancy related complications.