HEALTHY LIVING ARTICLES
5 Tips for Saying No to Nausea During Pregnancy
By Elizabeth Hecomovich, Nutritionist
Why is it called morning sickness? Morning sickness not only occurs in the morning; it can happen in the afternoon, evening, in the middle of the night, or in some cases throughout the entire day. Morning sickness refers to nausea, which is often accompanied by vomiting. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting are two of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and they affect nearly all of pregnant women to some extent. Although there is no exact cause of nausea, it is believed to be the result of the increased levels of the pregnancy hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Since there is no real cause, there is no one cure-all, but here are some tips that can help keep that awful feeling at bay.
Folic Acid during Pregnancy
By Jessica R. Marie, Nutritionist
Folic acid, or folate, is a B-vitamin found in certain fruits, vegetables, and grain foods. Folate is especially important before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of serious birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. The Center for Disease Control estimates that up to 70% of neural tube defects (NTDs) could be prevented by folic acid. NTDs occur during the early weeks of pregnancy, often before you even know you’re pregnant. For this reason, the government recommends that all women of child-bearing age consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid per day before and during pregnancy. To assure you are getting adequate folic acid, eat whole and enriched grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and take a prenatal vitamin or other supplement containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.
Nutrition While Breastfeeding
By Jessica R. Marie, RD
You made it through nine and a half months of doctor appointments, birthing classes, eating well and doing everything you could to keep you and the growing baby inside you healthy. Now that she’s here, it’s time to shift your focus entirely to taking care of the baby’s needs, right? Wrong. It is equally as important to take care of yourself after the baby is born as it was during pregnancy. A healthy mom is a happy mom.
The postpartum period (the time after giving birth) can be very stressful due to altered hormone levels, disrupted sleep, and an emotional state of mind. Breastfeeding keeps your body at an increased need for nutrients, some even more than when you were pregnant. Following these guidelines for a well-rounded diet will help to maintain your health during this time.
Nutrition Myths Busted
By Michelle Dudash, RD
After recently making it through her own pregnancy, Registered Dietitian Michelle Dudash became convinced that for every pregnant woman, a new mom’s tale is born. It’s no wonder that there are more Old Wive’s Tales regarding pregnancy than anything else. Along with “carry low it’s a boy” and “castor oil can induce contractions,” most of her friends’ newfound nutrition knowledge is, well, just myth.
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