Healthy Pregnancy

Does Prenatal Obesity Matter?

I gave a talk last month about obesity and pregnancy. I had an inkling it wouldn’t be a well accepted topic.  I have this image in my head that very few people are as interested in obesity as I am; and that

Healthy Pregnancy

Why Vaccines in Pregnancy?

I know many of the women I work with are opposed to vaccines.  So I have decided it is necessary for me to have the best understanding possible so I know when to definitely recommend a vaccine, when to definitely recommend against, and how

Healthy Pregnancy

The Prenatal PAP

I had the opportunity to attend a women’s health conference last week.  Not much on pregnancy, mostly preventing cervical cancer.  But one important take home point for everyone working with pregnant women. The latest guidelines for pregnancy will be to perform a

Birth Challenges, Healthy Pregnancy

Gestational Hypertension

I’ve had my first “traumatic” experience.  One of the clients I worked with was having difficulty managing her blood pressure and it of course spiked into dangerous territory. I knew this was a possibility, I knew it happened to some women.  But

Nutrition

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

Nutrition

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.

Birth Professionals, Nutrition

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

Nutrition

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

Nutrition

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

Healthy Pregnancy, Research

Why Obesity Matters

As a midwife, I am interested in a woman’s pregnancy outcome. But as I said earlier this week, a woman is not just a uterus. I care about the whole woman, her health not just through this pregnancy but throughout the rest