Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 5 - Vitamin B6 and Iodine
    November 18, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 5 – Vitamin B6 and Iodine

    Vitamin B6 and Iodine We only know of two other nutrients whose requirements increase by more than 40 percent during pregnancy. Again, we have one vitamin and one mineral: vitamin B6 and iodine. (more…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 4 - The Gift of Iron
    November 16, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 4 – The Gift of Iron

    The Gift of Iron Iron requirements also soar during pregnancy. Both the mother and the baby need iron to build red blood cells. A pregnant woman's blood supply increases by 1/3 over the course of the …

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 3 - How Much Folate Do You Need?
    November 15, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 3 – How Much Folate Do You Need?

    How Much Folate Do You Need? Preventing neural tube defects is the poster child for folate supplementation. But folate is also critically important whenever a new copy of DNA is made. Each new cell in…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 2 - Folate and Iron
    November 12, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 2 – Folate and Iron

    Folate and Iron Out of all the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in our diets, we only know of two whose requirements increase by 50 percent or more during pregnancy: one vitamin and one mineral…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 1 - Pregnancy A Special Time
    November 9, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 1 – Pregnancy A Special Time

    During pregnancy, every ounce of baby's growing body after that very first single cell has come from her mother's own body. The brain, the heart, the muscles are all built from nutrients that were onc…

    ADHD and the Environment
    October 3, 2006
    ADHD and the Environment

    Can exposing the developing brain to environmental toxins lead to ADHD? An upcoming study in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives examined the effects of two substances known to affect th…

    Pregnancy, Diet, Asthma, and Eczema
    September 20, 2006
    Pregnancy, Diet, Asthma, and Eczema

    What Mom eats during pregnancy appears able to help protect her kindergarten-aged child from asthma and eczema. A little over ten years ago, researchers at the University of Aberdeen proposed that the…

    Conscious Preconception
    May 18, 2006
    Conscious Preconception

    The “trimester” before pregnancy is an important window of opportunity for a baby's health, whether this is a first pregnancy or a later one. And during pregnancy, the weeks between when conceptio…

    A Fresh Start
    January 25, 2006
    A Fresh Start

    When I meet with parents before their baby is born, I like to take a moment to reflect with them about this momentous time. I often ask them to consider what habits they now have that they wish they h…

    Does what I eat during pregnancy change my baby's food preferences?
    January 24, 2006
    Does what I eat during pregnancy change my baby’s food preferences?

    What Is There for the Baby to Smell? The amniotic fluid is like a living bowl of salty soup. The cells in the baby's nose can detect the ingredients in that soup and send messages about them to the br…

    Born Polluted
    December 1, 2005
    Born Polluted

    A July 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group tested newborns for the largest number of chemicals ever. The analysis found an average of 200 industrial chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides alr…

    Smaller Penis Size and Phthalates
    December 1, 2005
    Smaller Penis Size and Phthalates

    Spam email is replete with advertisements for ways to increase penis size and to enhance masculinity and virility. A sobering study suggests that exposure to phthalates before birth may under-virilize…

    Preventing Asthma
    August 30, 2005
    Preventing Asthma

    Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness in children. More than 6 million children suffer from asthma in the United States alone. Steps parents take before their baby’s birth and during the fir…

    Born at Home
    June 21, 2005
    Born at Home

    For some parents, the idea of planning to have their baby born at home feels natural and normal; for others, especially in high-tech countries, the idea of a home birth may feel frightening and unnece…

    Smoking, Pregnant Monkeys, and Vitamin C
    May 12, 2005
    Smoking, Pregnant Monkeys, and Vitamin C

    All pregnant women, not just women who smoke, should hear the news about vitamin C and nicotine. About 450,000 babies are born each year in the United States to women who smoke (this is about 1 in 8 b…

    Stark Rubella Contrasts
    March 22, 2005
    Stark Rubella Contrasts

    The World Health Organization estimates that about 100,000 children each year are born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), a major cause of severe birth defects such as blindness, deafness, heart …

    Smoking Changes Kids' Genes
    March 9, 2005
    Smoking Changes Kids’ Genes

    Tobacco contains many compounds capable of damaging DNA and causing cancer. When a woman smokes during pregnancy, tobacco compounds from Mom's bloodstream slip across the placenta. They can be found b…

    Breathing for Two
    February 7, 2005
    Breathing for Two

    What happens when women with asthma get pregnant? Does their asthma get better or worse? Should they use more asthma medicines when pregnant? Or less? How does the asthma itself affect their babies? T…

    Nuts! Allergies, Omega-3s, and Yogurt
    February 1, 2005
    Nuts! Allergies, Omega-3s, and Yogurt

    We're just beginning to learn about how diet in pregnancy affects asthma, eczema, and allergies in children. We know that over 90% of food allergies in young children are to one of five food: milk, eg…

    Shampoo and Brain Cells
    December 8, 2004
    Shampoo and Brain Cells

    When Dr. Elias Aizenman declared that a common shampoo and ingredient might harm developing babies. brains, it triggered a flurry of news reports, many of them with enough information to alarm people,…