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Herbs and Natural Remedies

Plants have been used for medicinal purposes since prehistoric times. Many prescription drugs used today are derived from plant sources or are the synthetic equivalent of the natural form of the chemicals in plants. Most of the companies which supply and sell health foods, vitamins and medicinal herbs base their commerce on their customer’s belief… »

Vitamins and Minerals

In addition to protein, fats, carbohydrates and fiber, the body needs small amounts of other nutrients, the vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are complex organic chemicals which are essential for normal functioning of our bodies’ cells. Some vitamins are involved in the cell-energy process, others in… »

Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates

The pregnant body requires additional protein for both the mother and baby. The prepregnant RDA for adults (both women and men) is 0.75g/kg, or about 42 grams of “reference protein” per day for a 125-pound woman. The RDA for pregnant women has been calculated to… »


Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy

Standards for nutrition in the U.S. are set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences (the NAS). The… »

Nutrition and Weight Gain

The nutritional choices one makes may have more impact on health than any other single factor. It is also one of the few factors in pregnancy over which a woman… »

Lab Tests Which are Not Routine

Some labs are relatively common, but not routinely done on all women. There is more information about each one of these in the following pages. “PIH Labs” If your doctor… »

Lab Tests from the Genital Tract

Cultures for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Gonorrhea (GC) and Chlamydia are two organisms which may infect the genital tract. They are sexually transmitted disease…. a woman is infected by a sexual… »

Lab Tests on Blood

At your first prenatal visit, you will probably donate a surprising quantity of blood for “blood tests”. Most are “routine”, and some will give your clinician a good overview of… »

Lab tests on urine

Your urine may contain several substances which may be of interest to your doctor or midwife. Your urine is the product of your “urinary tract”. Another term, renal, refers more… »