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Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy
Written by Dietitians
A healthy diet is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy. Good nutrition is essential to ensuring that a mother's body can give the unborn baby the nourishment she or he requires to develop and grow. A healthy diet is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy. Good nutrition is essential to ensuring that a mother's body can give the unborn baby the nourishment she or he requires to develop and grow. Nutrition concerns include low energy, folate, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and more. Refer to site's list of Pregnancy Nutrition FAQs.
  http://www.healthcastle.com/pregnancy-nutrition-main.shtml

Expectant Mother's Guide:
Nutrition During Pregnancy - Dispelling the Myths
Pregnancy introduces a host of physiological and emotional changes in a woman. Advice seems to pour in from all sources: one's obstetrician, well-meaning friends and family members, and colleagues at work. Even perfect strangers have been known to put in their two cents when it comes to commenting on a pregnant woman's health.

In the face of often-contradictory advice—especially in regard to one's diet—it may be hard for a mom-to-be to achieve a comfortable and healthy balance. Because eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things any pregnant woman can do to enhance her own health as well as the health of her baby, here are some nutrition myths followed by factual information to get you and your baby off to a good start.
  http://www.expectantmothersguide.com/library/newjersey/nutrition.htm

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy
By US Department of Health & Human Services
Eating well can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn. Being physically active may help you have a more comfortable 9 months and an easier delivery. Use the ideas and tips at the Web site link below to improve your eating plan and become more physically active before, during, and after your pregnancy. Make changes now, and be a healthy example for your family for a lifetime.
  http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/two.htm

The Pregnancy Show: Pregnancy Exercise
Staying in shape while you’re pregnant can be quite a challenge. Not only does your changing body restrict the type of activities you can do, many pregnant women are unsure as to which types of physical activities are actually safe during pregnancy. At the link below, there are video clips demonstrating exercises you can do during pregnancy.
  http://www.thepregnancyshow.com/pregnancy-exercise.html

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide:
Healthy Calories vs. Unhealthy Calories
It is important to note at this time that no two calories are created equal. There are 300 calories in a protein bar and a banana smoothie, and there are 300 calories in the average piece of cheesecake. Guess which one is going to be better for your baby?
  http://www.pregnancy-nutrition-guide.com/healthy-calories.php

Healthy Eating for You and Your Baby
By Mayo Clinic staff
Healthy foods are the cornerstone of pregnancy nutrition. Find out what — and how much — to eat.
  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-nutrition

Healthy Pregnancy - Before Pregnancy to Birth
A healthy pregnancy starts before conception. If you are thinking about having a baby, now is the time to prepare your body. You could be pregnant for weeks before you realize it. The first few weeks are a time when it's especially easy for the fetus to be impacted by drugs, alcohol, smoking and lack of nutrients. That's why good health is so important. You can read more at link below to learn about having a healthy pregnancy.
  http://www.stayinginshape.com/4union/libv/w04.shtml

Nutrition During Pregnancy for Vegetarians
Your baby can receive the nutrition needed to grow and develop while you follow a vegetarian meal plan. During pregnancy, it is important to choose a variety of foods that provide enough protein and calories for you and your baby. Depending on the type of vegetarian meal plan you follow, you might need to adjust your eating habits. Follow the guidelines listed at the Web site below for healthy vegetarian eating during pregnancy.
  http://my.clevelandclinic.org/pregnancy/vegetarians

Eating Tuna During Pregnancy - Guidelines
The lean protein, vitamins and minerals found in fish are good for everyone. But moms-to-be and their babies especially benefit from eating fish because it contains a healthy fat called DHA omega-3s. These special omega-3s help babies’ brains and eyes develop normally and may help moms to prevent and manage a type of depression called post-partum depression. The best natural source of DHA omega-3 is oily fish like canned and pouched tuna.
  http://www.healthytuna.com/pregnancy-eating-guidelines

American Pregnancy Association
The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. A great number of resources available at this site.
  http://www.americanpregnancy.org/index.htm

Pregnancy (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
Whether you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you will want to give your baby a healthy start. You need to have regular visits with your healthcare provider. These prenatal care visits are very important for your baby and yourself. Some things you might do when you are pregnant could hurt your baby, such as smoking or drinking. Some medicines can also be a problem, even ones that a doctor prescribed. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. In early pregnancy, you may get morning sickness, or nausea. You may also be tired and need more rest. Your body will change as your baby grows during the nine months of your pregnancy. Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if something is bothering or worrying you. Start Here:
  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pregnancy.html

March of Dimes - Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center
You don’t have to give up all the foods you love when you’re pregnant. You just need to eat smart and make sure that most of your choices are healthy ones. Try to eat foods from each of the five food groups every day. In general, most women need around 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy. (One extra healthy snack, such as four fig bars and a glass of skim milk, will provide these calories.) However, the exact amount of extra calories you need depends on your weight before pregnancy. Guidelines and more at:
  http://www.marchofdimes.com

Reader's Digest: Nutrition & Pregnancy - Facts & Fictions
At no other time in a woman's life is good nutrition more essential than during pregnancy. While the need for calories increases only about 15 percent, the requirements for some nutrients more than doubles, and a woman needs to plan her diet carefully to meet these needs. The suggestions at the site below outline how to take care of yourself in preparing to welcome your baby.
  http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/nutrition-and-pregnancy/

ABC's...Pregnancy Tips (A-Z)
Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.
  http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/jump/pregnancy.html

The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists:
Publication on Pregnancy
The first step toward healthy eating is to look at the foods in your daily diet. Early in pregnancy, morning sickness can affect your eating habits. You may crave certain foods or not feel like eating. If this happens, you still should try to eat a variety of foods each day to help ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients.
  http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp001.cfm

USDA Food & Nutrition Information Center
Information and news about pregnancy preparation, what happens during each of the three trimesters of pregnancy, fertility, labor and more.
  http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/pregnancy

Pregnancy Wizzard
Pregnancy Wizard is a lively site that publishes up to the minute pregnancy information. Passionate pregnancy experts are constantly writing and adding fresh content for our readers to enjoy.
  http://www.pregnancywizard.com/



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