Yoga poses perfect for pregnancy and will help you relax, stretch all the muscles in your body, deeply connect with your baby, and will help you prepare both mentally and physically for labor. Yoga has proven to be extremely beneficial for woman during pregnancy and this class is the perfect way to take a prenatal yoga class in the comfort of your home, at a time that is convenient for you.
Make sure you take the advice and plan for a healthy diet plan if you are pregnant. Eating healthy is a key element that makes you and the baby healthy in long run.
Nutrition Management of Pregnancy: A Practical Reference Guide, is a resource for health professionals
on nutrition and pregnancy. This project was supported by a grant from the Maternal and Child Health
Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
U.S. Public Health Service. This book is written for health professionals and educators involved in the
care of pregnant women and adolescents, including nutritionists and dietitians, nurses, midwives, and
This third edition is updated to include adult women as well as adolescents and presents new information
on weight gain guidelines, herbs in pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and nutrition concerns of women who
have had bariatric surgery. The overall goal of this book is to promote good health and nutrition status
during pregnancy and to achieve both short and long-term optimal pregnancy and infant outcomes. The
book focuses on clinical application of current knowledge in nutrition care during pregnancy,
emphasizing assessment, management, counseling approaches and strategies to promote dietary change,
appropriate weight gain and prevention and management of nutrition-related pregnancy complications.
Topics are presented in a format that outlines and highlights subjects for easy reference.
Teenage pregnancy continues to be a major public health issue and is associated with significant medical,
nutritional, social and economic risk. More adult women are becoming pregnant at a later age, may have
assisted reproduction, multiple pregnancies or have chronic diseases. More adolescents and adults are
entering pregnancy obese or morbidly obese. They may have associated co-morbidities including insulin
resistance, polycyctic ovary syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension or dyslipidemia. They may have had
bariatric surgery, which can have a significant impact on nutritional health.
Nutrition status and lifestyle health are considered to be the most important environmental factors
affecting the health of the pregnant woman and her child. Nutrition and weight status and lifestyle
practices prior to and at conception as well as during gestation profoundly influence pregnancy and infant
outcomes and long term health.
Preconception nutrition care is critical since embryonic, placental and early fetal development is
especially vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies and teratogens during the first weeks of gestation-before
pregnancy is recognized. Routine health care of adolescents and adults should include nutrition
counseling to achieve a healthy weight, optimal blood sugar and blood pressure control, appropriate
dietary intake (including 400 ug folic acid/day) and correction of nutrient deficiencies (e.g. iron and
vitamin D). Smoking cessation, substance abuse treatment and promotion of regular exercise are also
important aspects of preconception care.
Since women and teens want to have healthy babies, pregnancy provides a window of opportunity to
motivate and guide them to make healthful choices. Addressing the needs of pregnant adolescents poses
different challenges than working with pregnant adult women and requires an understanding of the
developmental and social issues of youth as well as specific counseling approaches geared to adolescents.
This book is dedicated to helping health care providers learn more about nutrition issues and management
of adolescent and adult pregnancy and thus promote a healthy pregnancy outcome for mothers and their