Category Archives: Pregnancy

“Optimal Parenting 101″

I am excited to be part of  a carefully selected panel of experts for “Optimal Parenting 101″ an online course offered April 8-12, 2013.  I will be discussing the importance of preconception healthcare in having a healthy and joyful pregnancy, birth and baby. This course is free and offered through En*theous University – an online […]

DHA supplementation in pregnancy

A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition lends support to the claim that supplementing with DHA in pregnancy helps with optimal pregnancy outcomes. Earlier research on the benefits of DHA supplementation in pregnancy has shown that it plays a substantial role in fetal and infant brain development, increasing IQ scores, lengthening attention […]

Healthy Gut Flora in Babies

Here’s an interesting article I found yesterday in the NY Times which reports on a recent study published in the CMAJ about healthy gut flora in babies. This report suggests that babies born vaginally and babies who are breast feed may have healthier gut flora than babies born via C-section and fed only formula. Healthy […]

Peak Fertility Days

Women are fertile about 4-5 days a month- assuming ovulation occurs every month. Women are only fertile if they ovulate (this may seem obvious but I have been asked this question many, many times over the years).   During the time of ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries and is available for fertilization for […]

Vitamin D during pregnancy enhances baby’s brain development

A new study published in this week’s Pediatrics finds that when moms have adequate vitamin D levels during pregnancy, their babies score higher on developmental tests. 1,820 mother-infant pairs were studied, with median Vitamin D levels of 29.6 ng/mL. The results showed a positive linear relationship between mom’s vitamin D levels and the mental and […]

Mom’s obesity associated with child’s autism

I have been asked about this study a lot during the last few days.  I’m a little late to report this very interesting study published in Pediatrics, potentially linking mom’s obesity during pregnancy with their child’s risk of developing autism. The study suggests that obese moms are 67% more likely to have a child with […]

Back Sleeping May Be Linked to Stillbirth

Stillbirth is what we call the death of a fetus 20 weeks or longer into pregnancy. A new study suggests that women who sleep on their back during pregnancy might face a higher risk for stillbirth than women who sleep on their left sides. Researchers agree that more research is needed before an aggressive back […]

Low Vitamin D levels in infants linked to RSV

A new study in the June issue of Pediatrics reports that Vitamin D deficiency in healthy newborns is associated with an increase risk for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis in the first year of life.  RSV is the most important bug that leads to respiratory infections in infants. It is very common and very contagious […]

Mind Over Labor, Except During Labor

For someone who believes in the intimate connection between mind and body, labor, for me, was a time of their strong separation. Labor was all body. My mind was elsewhere, unaware of time or the physical sensations experienced. I let my body go and do what it naturally knows how to do. But, it took […]

Our Beautiful Girl Arrives After a Beautiful Homebirth

Kirk and I welcomed our daughter, Sophie Josephina, born Friday, October 30th at 7:46AM. She seemed to fall gracefully through me and into this world with her eyes wide open. My entire pregnancy, labor and first week at home with our daughter has been magical. I do believe this has a lot to do with […]