(Sep. 21, 2005) - Healthy women often rely on dietary supplements to fill in the gaps when diet and exercise run out of control. Pregnancy warps the picture though, making some natural remedies look as risky as an episode of Extreme Makeover. Even dietitians, physicians and naturopaths can’t seem to agree. And when prominent herbalists disagree over the effects an herb has — which happens even with common ones like garlic — it proves that supplementing safely is a hard concept to pin down.
(Jun. 21, 2005) - If you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby, you’re about to give him or her a gift more valuable than braces or even a college education. Breastfeeding strengthens the immune system and maybe even mental development, and reduces ear infections and allergies. It has been associated with lower incidence of SIDS, and even shores up the bonding process. As an added bonus, you reap the rewards of hormones that can reduce the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. It’s no surprise that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports nursing for at least 12 months — longer if you can swing it.