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    Eating Fish During Pregnancy May Boost Development

    Fish is a lean, low-fat protein that is high in omega-3 fats as well as vitamin D and selenium. Despite some concerns about mercury, I ate tuna and other fish quite frequently for the omega-3 fatty acids while pregnant with my son. Now a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests […] More

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    Maternal Diet Linked to Premature Birth Risk

    The diet that a woman consumes during pregnancy can significantly affect her risk of giving birth prematurely, suggests a new study published in the journal BMJ. Pregnant women who consume a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and who drink water and women who consume a “traditional” diet of boiled potatoes, fish, and […] More

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    High Levels of Trans Fat During Pregnancy Leads to Bigger Babies

    Pregnant women who eat foods high in trans fats such as snack foods and fast foods tend to have bigger babies. The study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the eating habits of 1,400 pregnant women and found that consuming trans fats raises “bad” LDL cholesterol while lowering heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. According […] More

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    Healthier Maternal Diet Linked to Reduced Risk of Birth Defects

    According to a recent report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a healthier maternal diet during pregnancy is associated with a reduced risk of birth defects. Suzan L. Carmichael, Ph.D., from Stanford University, and colleagues looked at data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study investigation in order to determine if the […] More