Happy Mothers’ Day : Here in America, it is Mothers’ Day today and it is a great time to think about balanced nutrition, healthy active lifestyle and weight management in pregnant women and new mothers. Pregnancy weight gain is the number one contributor to obesity in women. Recommended weight gain during pregnancy is about 30 pounds or 15 kg, but many women gain much more saying they are eating for two people. Beyond eating too much food eating the right foods is important for your baby both in the uterus and when you are breastfeeding. Follow your doctors instructions on exercise and nutrition and take prenatal vitamins. When breastfeeding you need on average an additional 15 grams of protein per day and supplements of folic acid and fish oils for you and your baby. Don’t forget vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium for your bone health. As women approach 50 years of age, they need more protein and resistance exercises for bone and muscle since the female hormone estrogen which builds muscle begins to decrease. After menopause, women need 1500 milligrams of calcium while under age 50 only 1000 mg from diet and supplements is enough. Enjoy your Mothers’ Day and the best of health all year long!!