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September 23, 2010

Are You Getting Enough Potassium?

Filed under: General Information, Nutrition During Pregnancy — Tags: , — Elizabeth Ward @ 8:41 am

Are you getting enough potassium? Probably not. The average woman consumes about 2,400 milligrams a day, while the suggested intake is 4,700 milligrams. Fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, and fresh meat, poultry, and seafood are rich in potassium. Relying on convenience and restaurant foods and not eating enough fruits and vegetables are reasons why you may not be meeting your potassium quotas. My latest WebMD article explains the importance of potassium and how to get more in your diet.

September 22, 2010

“Super Green” Seafood: Good for you, and the oceans, too

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elizabeth Ward @ 2:03 pm

Seafood is good for you and your baby. Fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon, are packed with beneficial omega-3 fats. But negative reports about seafood can scare off women in their childbearing years. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has published their latest list of seafood they consider safe for you, your child, and the environment. You may be happy to know that albacore (white) tuna and salmon made the Super Green list. Take a look at why they deserve such special spots and check out the rest of the fish on the list.

September 14, 2010

Study: More Women Breastfeeding at Birth

Filed under: Breastfeeding, General Information — Tags: , , , — Elizabeth Ward @ 11:22 am

USATODAY.com is reporting the good news that more moms are choosing to breast feed at birth. Why is that good news? Because nursing infants tend to have fewer infections, diarrhea, and less colic. They are also less likely to become overweight later in life. Breastfeeding is economical and convenient. In addition, it helps mom’s body to return to it’s pre-pregnancy state faster.

As you can tell, I am a big fan of breastfeeding. However, I am also a very practical person and I understand that some women choose not to nurse their babies. No guilt trips here! You are the mother and you should choose what’s best for you and your family.

Still, if there’s any chance you’re interested in nursing your child, give it a try. The first week or so may be difficult (something nobody EVER told me), but it’s worth it.

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