pregnant woman cutting broccoli in kitchen“Eating for two” when you’re pregnant isn’t what it used to be. Now it means planning sensible, balanced meals with all the nutrients that will keep both of you healthy. A diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats should include these essential nutrients:

Folate and folic acid
This B vitamin helps prevent serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid has also been shown to decrease the risk of preterm delivery. You’ll get folic acid naturally from leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, dried beans and peas, and many cereals are fortified with B vitamins.

It builds strong bones and teeth for your baby and helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems. Dairy products like milk and cheese are the best natural sources of calcium, and many fruit juices and breakfast cereals are fortified with calcium.

Pregnant couple reading Travel magazineSo, you want to travel during pregnancy? It’s okay but there are some things to consider that may affect the timing for your trip and how you make your getaway.

In the first trimester you’re probably dealing with morning sickness and it’s also when you are at the greatest risk of miscarriage. This is why many women choose to not travel early in a pregnancy.

The third trimester can also be a bad time because of fatigue and concerns about what might happen if your baby arrives early. Many airlines won’t allow you to fly within four weeks of your due date or will require written approval from your doctor.

Pregnancy by AgeThese days, many women are waiting until they’re older to start a family. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, a successful pregnancy is possible and you can help by following these health tips.

In your 20s the body is primed for pregnancy and producing the highest quality eggs but fertility problems can occur at any age. Track your menstrual cycle; an uneven cycle may be a sign of other issues that can make it harder to get pregnant.

You can also take steps to avoid certain chemicals that could affect fertility. For example, eating organically grown foods can help you avoid the risk of exposure to pesticides. Your 20s is also the time to establish a fitness regimen including strength training that will serve you well for decades to come.

pregnant woman eating yogurtYou're pregnant and preparing to see those numbers rise on the scale, but how much weight gain is too much? Every pregnant body is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Here’s what accounts for the weight that’s gained in a typical pregnancy:

  • Increased Blood Supply (4 pounds)
  • Extra Storage of Fat (Up to 10 pounds)
  • Expanded Uterus (Up to 5 pounds)
  • Extra Breast Tissue (Up to 3 pounds)
  • Developing Baby, Placenta, and Amniotic Fluid (Up to 15 pounds)

This means most women will gain between 25 and 35 pounds during a pregnancy. Underweight mothers may need to gain more, while overweight and obese patients may only gain 10 to 20 pounds without additional risk. Gaining too much weight or not enough can put you at risk for premature birth and increase the likelihood of a caesarean section.

mother and babyEvery mom-to-be has heard of it -- the “baby blues” that can hit you right after you’ve given birth. It’s quite common to feel a bit sad, fatigued and worried in those first days of new motherhood. But what if the “baby blues” won't end?

It's estimated that 1 out of 7 new mothers may suffer from postpartum depression, which is different from the “baby blues.” This is when anxieties and dark feelings dominate your life for weeks after you and your baby are home. Postpartum depression can include insomnia or excessive sleep; loss of appetite; lack of interest in your baby or feeling disconnected from your newborn.

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