Mom Health

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 the production or breakdown of tissue. Some vitamins play a… »

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 be an ADDITIONAL: 1.3 grams/day in the first trimester 6.1… »

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 NAS is a private, non-profit society chartered by the U.S. Congress to advise the government on scientific and technical matters. As new scientific information is… »

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 has near-complete control. Good nutrition is the perfect target for your new parental anxiety. You may not have any control over your baby’s chromosomes or… »

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 or midwife suspect a problem with your blood pressure, s/he may want to do some lab tests to look for other signs. “PIH” stands for… »

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 partner. Both gonorrhea and chlamydia can infect the cervix, and remain somewhat dormant throughout pregnancy. When the baby is born, if the eyes are infected… »

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 your general health. Other blood tests are very specific for common disorders which could impact your pregnancy. These blood tests (and others done later in… »

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 specifically to the kidneys themselves. Your urinary tract consists of the urethra, bladder and kidneys (2 kidneys, right and left). The kidneys filter impurities from… »

Prenatal Care

The care you receive from a midwife or physician during your pregnancy is called prenatal care. The focus of good prenatal care is early detection of problems, health and nutritional education, parenting education, and establishment of a relationship with your health care system. Prenatal Care evolved over the last 50 years in a somewhat haphazard… »