Chocolate May Help Curb Preeclampsia During Pregnancy
When you're pregnant, you have to contend with 9 months' worth of do's and don'ts. But a new study may offer some welcome news about one guilty pleasure that moms-to-be might not have to feel guilty about -- indulging in an occasional chocolate.
Considering that a slew of studies in recent years have heralded the potential health benefits of the mouth-watering confection, researchers aimed to find out if chocolate can help pregnant women fend off the high-risk condition preeclampsia (which develops in late pregnancy and is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure and excessive weight gain, with fluid retention
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Depressed Moms-to-be Brighten Up
Post-partum depression and even depression during pregnancy are common, but treating the condition can be especially challenging. Antidepressants are rarely recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women. So what's a woman to do for help?
Motherhood was always in the plans for Laura Stinson. "I always knew I wanted to have four. Then, I had two and said, 'That was enough,'" Laura says.
"Then we were blessed with two extras."
Laura can say that today, but when she was pregnant with Sarah, depression set in. She says: "I started feeling overwhelmed. Simple things like paying the
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The Pregnant Vegetarian
By Jill Tomlin
If you're a pregnant vegetarian, don't worry: nobody's going to make you trade your humus for a cheeseburger.
In fact, babies born to vegetarian moms are just as healthy as other infants, according to experts at the American Dietetic Association. "Vegetarians do fine during pregnancy," says Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D. "They do just as well as mainstream eaters, as long as they know the pitfalls."
Ward offers tips for vegetarians who are eating for two in her book, Pregnancy and Nutrition: Good Health for You and Your Baby (John Wiley).
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