Nutrition in the Childbearing Year
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Produce SectionNutrition is the most important aspect of care a mother does for herself and her baby. Prenatal care is what a mother does between visits to her midwife or doctor. Good nutrition is the best way to prevent complications.

Prematurity, low birth weight, long hard labor, premature rupture of membranes, placenta abruption, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction, hypovolemia and hemorrhage can almost completely be prevented through proper attention to nutrition.

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Nutrition Articles from Midwifery Today

  • Nutrition during Pregnancy—by Amy V. Haas
    “The single most important thing that you can do for your baby is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. A well-balanced diet is one that includes foods from all food groups in appropriate amounts, so as to ensure proper nutrition.”
  • spinachPreventing Complications with Nutrition—by Amy V. Haas, BCCE
    “Nutrition in pregnancy—a no-brainer, right? Who would think it was so controversial? Disagreement over a healthy diet during pregnancy continues to rage, with one side saying that what a woman eats will have no effect on her pregnancy and the other saying it has an enormous impact. So what's a woman to eat?”
  • Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition—by Marion Toepke McLean, CNM
    “During the months of pregnancy, every system of a woman's body changes. The blood and circulatory system expand and work for two. The basis of this expansion is nutritional.”
  • Hummous and Enchiladas Make Beautiful Babies, Too!—by Valerie El Halta
    “If you had asked me to be your midwife in 1978, I would have come to our initial interview armed with vitamin charts, diet lists and food diaries—all in my well meaning attempt to get you to eat foods I thought were best for you.”
  • Are You a Size-Friendly Midwife?—by Pamela Vireday
    “Nutrition for pregnant women of size is essentially the same as for every other pregnant woman. Larger women may need slightly fewer calories because they do not need to add the fat layer for energy that smaller women need, but restricting calories can lead to complications and has not been proven to be safe.”

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