Category «Nutrition»

Nutrition plays a large part in a woman’s overall heath, her health during pregnancy and the health of her developing child. Nutrition can, and should be an enjoyable aspect of the pregnancy experience.

Should I choose organic foods when pregnant?

The terms organic and natural are sometimes placed on food packaging. In some areas, these terms have specific definitions. For example, the US Food and Drug Administration has set standard definitions for what is in a product that bears these names. Foods are allowed to be called USDA Organic when at least 95% of the ingredients …

Food Safety in Pregnancy

When you think of food-borne illness, do you think of the major outbreaks reported in the media? These outbreaks receive most of our national food safety attention, but according to the CDC these represent only 5% of the food-borne illness cases that occur every year. The CDC estimates 1 in 6 Americans get sick from …

Healthy Pregnancy Secret – Freezer Fast Foods

Some days you just do not have the time or energy to cook. With a little advanced planning you can have a homemade meal even when you are too tired to cook. I first became interested in freezing meals because of the promise it held for doing less work in the kitchen and less money …

Special Nutritional Needs in Pregnancy

Most dietary guidelines are very generic, but the Higgins Intervention Method has specific plans for meeting the special requirements of mothers with different nutritional needs. I like the ability this method gives to really personalize the recommendations and the ability it gives me to quantify the nutritional needs rather than just saying “eat more”. If you are working with …

Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation in Pregnancy

Vitamins and minerals are referred to as micronutrients.  They do not contribute calories to the diet, but do play an important role in cellular function.  Remember cells?  They make up your entire body and are responsible for your body being able to stay healthy. I personally have never been a fan of vitamin and mineral supplementation.  I …

Helping women change their diet

If you have done any work with pregnant women, you have probably seen that how a person eats is a VERY personal matter.  Families who seek advice and information on nearly every other topic can seem to drift off into space if you start talking nutrition. So, how do you help a woman get optimum nutrition? That …

Caloric Intake During Pregnancy

Have you seen the latest weight gain recommendations from the IOM?  They are the same except an increase for the highest BMI levels. Low BMI gain 28-40 pounds; Normal BMI gain 25-35 pounds; High BMI gain 15-25 pounds and Obese BMI gain 11-20 pounds. I personally am a fan of increasing the weight gain for obese …

Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy nutrition, there seem to be two types of people. Those who feel it is of the utmost importance, and those who feel it doesn’t matter. Want to know which side of that fence I am on?  Here is some information straight out of Varney’s Midwifery  to help you figure that …