Nutrition and Science

Knowledge is power! And it also brings peace and relief. So, here are some terrific articles about nutrition and pregnancy.

The importance of a eating well during pregnancy:

  • A healthy pregnancy diet includes plenty of folic acid to prevent birth defects, calcium for strong bones, and vitamin D to promote bone strength in mom and baby. This article discusses proper diet during pregnancy to make sure that mom gets enough of these crucial nutrients.  Read more…

Prenatal vitamins are critical during pregnancy and nursing:

  • Even when eating a healthy diet each day during pregnancy, mom still may not get enough of the key nutrients. In addition to eating nutritious foods, taking prenatal vitamins will help ensure that mom gets the right amount of nutrients needed to make sure her baby is healthy and strong. This article discusses the benefits of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy.  Read more…
  • This article discusses the importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy, especially when it comes to folic acid, iron, and calcium. It also provides a guide to how much of these nutrients and others a prenatal supplement should contain.  Read more…
  • Women with low vitamin B12 levels may be at risk to give birth to babies with neural tube defects. This article discusses an important study that demonstrates why it is important for women just before and during pregnancy to have sufficient blood levels of vitamin B12.  Read more…
  • This article provides an overview of the range of supplemental nutrients important for a healthy baby, not just during pregnancy but after birth. It talks about why folic acid, iron, calcium, choline, DHA, probiotics, and other vitamins and nutrients are so essential during pregnancy.  Read more…

Iron is one of the most important nutrients during pregnancy — don’t take a prenatal without it!

  • This article addresses the reasons why iron is so important for women to take while they are pregnant. It explains how much iron a pregnant woman should consume, the best sources of iron, and other good-to-know facts about iron.  Read more…

Choline is very important during pregnancy — learn more about this important nutrient!

  • This article explains how choline intake by pregnant women may provide cognitive and emotional benefits for their child if they have Down syndrome. It also discusses how choline may protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease in their child’s later life.  Read more…
  • In addition to discussing the 2010 study on the benefits of choline for pregnant women on their child’s future health (see Science Daily article), this article also addresses the possible benefits of choline in blocking brain damage in cases of alcohol consumption in the first month of pregnancy.  Read more…

Some common complications during pregnancy may be avoided — listen to some ideas from the National Institutes of Health:

  • While most women experience problem-free pregnancies, each year up to a million women have some kind of pregnancy-related complication. This article discusses the key role that certain nutrients play in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.  Read more…

During this precious and wonderful time of pregnancy, it is important to get the best nutrition you can — for you and for your baby!  We have partnered with very experienced nutritionists, OB/GYNs and other healthcare providers to build knowledge around nutrition and its importance during pregnancy and nursing.  Here are some articles to educate you about nutrition: