• likeness of a human uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 6 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideIn this artwork of the uterus, the green central structure is the pear-shaped uterus itself; the red part is the cavity of the uterus. The blue structures to either side are the fallopian tubes, which each have an ovary, se...
  • Menstrual Cycle
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 1 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe lining of the uterus builds up in the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle to prepare for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the lining breaks down and menstruation occurs. ...
  • Vegetarian Diets and Pregnancy
    Prenatal Vitamins
    Tips for Vegetarian Pregnant Women
    Tips for Vegetarian Pregnant Women Vegetarian diets that are not based on junk food have plenty of the nutrients needed by pregnant women. The key is to eat a wide variety of foods and avoid sweet and fatty foods (nothing new there!). A major c...
  • Follow your Doctor
    Prenatal Vitamins
    Dietary Supplements During Pregnancy
    Dietary Supplements During Pregnancy Baby Talk Prenatal refers to the period of time between conception and delivery—the time that you're pregnant. Pregnancy Facts Folic acid (from vitamin B) is one of the few nutrients known to prevent neu...
  • Avoiding Unhealthy Cravings During Pregnancy
    Food Cravings
    Food Cravings and Aversions During Pregnancy
    Food Cravings and Aversions During Pregnancy Baby Talk A food craving is a strong feeling that you must have a certain food. A food aversion is a feeling of complete revolt against a certain food and the inability to eat it. Feel like eating a j...
  • Limit Fish Intake if You
    Foods to Avoid While Pregnant
    The Story on Mercury and Fish
    The Story on Mercury and Fish Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air through industrial pollution. This mercury then falls into surface water, streams, and oceans, creating a potentially toxic substance...
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    Pregnancy Nutrition
    Pregnancy: What to Eat and What to Avoid
    Pregnancy: What to Eat and What to Avoid Although calcium is needed throughout life, it is particularly important during pregnancy. (At last, you finally learn why everyone pesters you to drink your milk.) Your daily requirements remain at 1,00...
  • Guide to Nutrition and Childbearing
    Pregnancy Nutrition
    Nutrition Before, During, and After Pregnancy
    Nutrition Before, During, and After Pregnancy Nutrition should always be a priority, but when you're having a baby it becomes even more important. At this period in your life it is vital to stick to good health habits. Ensuring you receive all of...
  • Nutrition During and After Pregnancy
    Postpartum Diet
    Your Pregnancy Diet: How Did You Do?
    Your Pregnancy Diet: How Did You Do? Some women go overboard during pregnancy, eating as much as they like of whatever they like. These are the women who say, "It's fine for me to eat this entire jumbo-sized chocolate bar – I'm craving it, so my...
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    Listeria
    Stay Safe from Listeria
    Stay Safe from ListeriaListeria. The name may be new to you, but food safety experts have known about this risky germ for decades. Listeria monocytogenes bacterial infections are on the rise in the United States. This hardy organism, which can gr...
  • Foods that Affect Nausea
    Weight Gain Guidelines
    Nutritional Demands During Pregnancy
    Nutritional Demands During Pregnancy In active, athletic women, excess weight gain is rarely a problem. Guidelines for weight gain are about 3 to 5 pounds in the first trimester, then 1 pound per week thereafter after the first 3 months of pregna...
  • Vegetarian Diets and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy Nutrition
    Pregnancy: A Word about Vegetarian Diets
    Pregnancy: A Word about Vegetarian DietsWe appreciate the ethical and moral concerns of those who choose to refrain from the use of animal foods. However, a vegan diet is not the best choice for the pregnant or nursing mother (or, really, the he...