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No Room in the Womb for BPA

When you find out you’re pregnant, everything supposedly changes. And you make a lot of changes—in your diet and lifestyle. And yet many seemingly insignificant habits remain and these can have a big impact on a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child.

Do Pregnancy And Coffee Mix?

study published this year in the journal BMC Medicine about caffeine intake during pregnancy indicates it might be linked to low birth weight babies, but it’s not linked with prematurity.

Should You Eat Fish During Pregnancy?

Of all the food dilemmas you face when pregnant, seafood might be the most slippery. Fish contain nutrients essential to the developing fetal brain, but they can also be contaminated with brain-damaging mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The ecological questions are similarly confusing. Many wild fish are being fished to extinction, but fish farms can be a major source of environmental destruction as well.

Hide The Cheese

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As long as your feta is made from pasteurized milk, feel free to eat as many Greek salads as you like. The concern is a condition called listeriosis, a bacterial infection that’s typically contracted through eating certain foods, including unpasteurized milk and cheeses, says Kelly Jackson, M.P.H., an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Something Fishy?

Omega-3 fish oils, particularly DHA, are touted as an important nutrient for pregnant women because of their role in fetal brain and eye development and in helping to prevent postpartum depression (PPD) in new mothers. Yet a recent randomized controlled trial—considered the “gold standard” of medical research—found that the children of women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy had no better cognitive or language skills at 18 months than the children of women who took a vegetable oil placebo.

Alcohol: Just Say Maybe?

New research is raising questions about the “just say no” stance pregnant women have been told to adopt regarding alcohol: Two Australian studies and one from the U.K. show no link between behavioral or cognitive damage to children and light to moderate drinking during pregnancy.

Hide the cheese

Hide-the-cheese

As long as your feta is made from pasteurized milk, feel free to eat as many Greek salads as you like. The concern is a condition called listeriosis, a bacterial infection that’s typically contracted through eating certain foods, including unpasteurized milk and cheeses, says Kelly Jackson, M.P.H., an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Absorb Folic Acid

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Yes. Recent studies have shown that even small amounts of green and black tea may interfere with your intestine’s ability to absorb folic acid. Since this B vitamin helps prevent neural-tube defects, you may want to avoid drinking tea while pregnant.

Top 10 Nutrition Blunders

It may be tempting to trash your healthy eating habits during pregnancy. After all, you’re going to get big no matter what you eat, right? Not so fast. Experts say that making nutrition mistakes during pregnancy not only robs your baby of crucial nutrients, it also sabotages your own short- and long-term health. Make pregnancy an opportunity to improve your health, says registered physician assistant Amy Hendel, author of 2008’s Fat Families, Thin Families.

The Rules of the Game

(This is not a medically approved approach to prenatal nutrition, it's just what I've been doing!)

I came down with a stomach bug last week. First I figured it was morning sickness revisited. Then I realized it was something much more persistent and all over. Next I began to think back over my recent dietary missteps.

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