Resources

See Resources below for:  Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Your Baby & Medications in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Pregnancy http://www.acog.org/Patients  American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology Patient Information http://americanpregnancy.org/week-by-week/  American Pregnancy Association weekly newsletter during pregnancy Managing Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnancy Women  by Miriam Erick, MS, RD, http://www.amazon.com/Managing-Morning-Sickness-Survival-Pregnant/dp/0923521828/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443209963&sr=1-1&keywords=miriam+erick Breastfeeding Finding a Lactation consultant:  www.ilca.org  or call 888-452-2478 La […]

Have you thought about how you will feed your baby?

For most of history, this would not even have been a question.  Except in extreme circumstances, the only way for your baby to survive was for them to be breastfed.  Certainly, babies weren’t always breastfed by their mother’s.  Different cultural practices may have had other women do it for you, but civilization exists today because babies were […]

Nicotine/Smoking

If you smoke during your pregnancy your baby smokes too. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of your baby having a low-birth weight, being delivered too early and dying. Smoking has long-term health risks for your baby too.  If you smoke during your pregnancy your baby has a greater risk for (1) (2): Colds Lung […]

Medication & Drug Use in Pregnancy

Medication and drug use in pregnancy is something to talk to your healthcare provider about. If you are taking any of the following, discuss their benefits versus concerns of continuing to take them, during your pregnancy: Prescription Medication Over-the-Counter Medication Vitamin/Mineral Supplements Herbal Supplements Anything else you take or use The following websites have pregnancy (breastfeeding too) medication/drug […]

Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a disease caused by the bacteria listeria monocytogenes found in soil and water.  It causes you flu-like symptoms, but can cause serious health problems for your baby, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or a life-threatening infection. (1)  Anyone can get it, but your chances are increased in pregnancy. The Center for Disease […]

Fish

Fish is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  During pregnancy be aware of the following advisory from the Food & Drug Administration: What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish & Shellfish. (1) Due to high levels of mercury, do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel or Tilefish. Eat up to 12 […]

Caffeine

Consider taking in as little caffeine as possible during pregnancy.  The recommended amount of caffeine to consume during pregnancy has varied over the years, but currently 200 mg or less per day doesn’t seem to cause any problems for you or your baby. (1) (2) Realize, while you might be able to tolerate more caffeine than 200 […]

Artificial Sweetneners

Using foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners have varying recommendations.  Currently, The American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics discourages their use in pregnancy. (1)  Other recommendations discuss that they may substitute for healthier food choices or beverages such as water, milk, therefore their use is discouraged in pregnancy. (2)  Optimal nutrition would have every bite and […]