As Powerful as Insulin
    May 12, 2008
    As Powerful as Insulin

    The hormonal shifts of pregnancy are a challenge for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. Up to 1 in 8 women will develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancies, increasing risks for thems…

    Mirror World
    May 7, 2008
    Mirror World

    Regular physical activity can have profound benefits for parents and babies. I’m also convinced that developing a habit of activity during pregnancy (even before pregnancy is better) is another way …

    May is Pregnancy Awareness Month
    May 1, 2008
    May is Pregnancy Awareness Month

    I am thrilled that we have a month of empowerment and education about the positive potential of pregnancy. Often special health months focus on important diseases; this month focuses on flourishing li…

    Choosing a Green Pediatrician
    April 28, 2008
    Choosing a Green Pediatrician

    As you did when choosing an ob/gyn, you want to find a pediatrician who is top-notch medically. How much better if he or she is also on the journey to an environmentally sustainable perspective on ped…

    What about Seafood?
    April 14, 2008
    What about Seafood?

    For an expectant mom, trying to eat seafood as safely as possible is difficult because the USDA has no classification yet for organic seafood. Therefore, seafood is a double-edged sword. (more……

    What Research Says About Caffeine During Pregnancy
    March 26, 2008
    What Research Says About Caffeine During Pregnancy

    Two teams of researchers recently weighed in on the safety of ingesting caffeine during pregnancy, and they came to two very different conclusions. The first study, which appeared in the January 2008 …

    Mom’s Diet; Kid’s Asthma
    January 24, 2008
    Mom’s Diet; Kid’s Asthma

    What Mom eats during pregnancy can help protect her children from asthma and allergies, according to a study released by Thorax in January 2008. In particular, elementary school kids whose mothers had…

    Part Three - Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?
    October 14, 2007
    Part Three – Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?

    3. Variety in your diet is especially important. I suggest that you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to take advantage of all the unique phytonutrients in different foods. (m…

    Part Two – Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?
    October 9, 2007
    Part Two – Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?

    2. Calcium is also very important during pregnancy and nursing (and for moms, in the months just after nursing, to replenish the calcium in their own bones). If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, add ric…

    Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?
    October 5, 2007
    Can You Be Vegetarian or Vegan while Pregnant?

    Being a vegetarian or a vegan can be an option for a pregnant woman, if you make informed choices. Here are four things to keep in mind: (more…)…

    A Garden for Baby
    September 26, 2007
    A Garden for Baby

    Whether we live in a house with a garden or in an apartment with windowsills of potted plants, we all have the choice to have healthy green plants, flowers, and homegrown edibles in our lives. What co…

    Why Green During Pregnancy
    June 7, 2007
    Why Green During Pregnancy

    As a pediatrician, I knew that the link between environmental dangers and the many cases of chronic illness in my patients was important, but the magnitude of the situation really hit home when I saw …

    The Greenest Room on the Planet
    May 28, 2007
    The Greenest Room on the Planet

    While growing and developing in this protected biosphere, your baby is intimately connected to the outside environment, including all the nutrients entering the womb, and the smells and sounds of the …

    Living Green?
    December 31, 2006
    Living Green?

    2006 is now behind us and, like my family, you may be celebrating successes of the past year and setting goals for the new one. Hopefully among your successes are new levels of “greenness” - livin…

    Breastfeeding and Epidurals
    December 11, 2006
    Breastfeeding and Epidurals

    I think that all women who have had epidurals deserve breastfeeding support during their babies' first week of life. Of course, a lactation consultant can be a great idea for any new mother, but recen…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 13 - Eating for the Future
    December 6, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 13 – Eating for the Future

    Eating for the Future With all that we know about tobacco, how can people still smoke? It's easy. They're enticed by big business; they enjoy it; it's cool; and it's very, very habit forming. Now for …

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 12 - Chocolate
    December 5, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 12 – Chocolate

    Chocolate One of the most commonly used pregnancy handouts suggests that women reduce or eliminate chocolate from their diets while pregnant. But chocolate is high on the list of very most desired foo…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 11 - Liver
    December 2, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 11 – Liver

    Liver We're getting close to the part on chocolate, but first a word about liver. You'll have noticed that many of the vitamins and elements needed in larger proportions during pregnancy are present i…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 10 - Calories
    November 30, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 10 – Calories

    Calories “Eating for two” is an oft-repeated phrase during pregnancy. But when it comes to the additional amount that women need to eat, it is more like eating for 1.1! Okay, for some women, perha…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 9 - Calcium!?
    November 28, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 9 – Calcium!?

    Calcium!? My favorite OB textbook says that vitamin D requirements double in pregnancy, and that calcium and phosphorous requirements each go up by 50 percent. The latest scientific evidence, however,…