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Stages in Pregnancy Pregnancy is a very happy and fulfilling experience for any woman. When a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes a num...

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Mar 16, 2012

ALMONDS and its Health Benfits

Almonds are considered a Natural Wonder because of its immense Health Benefits,especially, for women. 
Packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and health-promoting fats, research reveals that these nuts reduce risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol. Frequent consumption of almonds aids weight management as they satiate your appetite and curb cravings. 

Listed are the Health benefits of almonds:
1.Helps to cure anemia: Sufficient amounts of copper when combined with iron and vitamins can boost production of red blood cells and cure anemia. Since almonds pack in a high percentage of copper, they make for an ideal supplement. Further, these highly nutritious nuts help increase bone mineral density, making a strong skeletal system.

2.Wonder food for Ladies: Consumption of almonds before and after pregnancy are recommended by Doctors. A leading source of Vitamin E, the most essential nutrient for Pregnant ladies; a handful of almonds can supply 33% of the Vitamin E required by the body.

3.Aids weight loss:  Almonds have the effect of making you feel full and thereby reducing cravings and possibilities of over eating.

4.Prevents birth defects: Adequate Folic acid to baby prevent birth defects . Folic acid, which plays a big role in healthy cell growth and tissue formation, is found in high doses in Almonds.

5.Good for your hair and skin: The antioxidant properties of almonds are considered to be good for your skin and hair. Applying Almonds Oil also result in the same.

6.For a healthy heart Increases Good Cholesterol:  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats that is known to lower risk of heart diseases. Including almonds in your regular diet helps increase “good” cholesterol, levels, and lowers “bad” cholesterol, levels.

7.More help with energy production: Nutrients in almonds such as manganese, riboflavin, and copper are all known to aid energy production, an Instant energy booster.

Jun 24, 2011

Diet & Exercise during Pregnancy

Pregnancy Diet and Exercise:

The diet in pregnancy is designed to promote optimal nutrition for you and your baby. During pregnancy, your body requires additional calories and nutrients to meet the increased nutritional needs. Research indicates that well-nourished women are more likely to produce healthy, normal babies.

Dietary Guidelines:
A healthy diet for a pregnant woman should be nutrient-dense and will require more calories, protein, iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamin D for some women.
• Maintain a steady rate of weight gain. Aim for about three to four pounds total during the first trimester and then about three to four pounds each month during the second and third trimesters. An average-sized woman can expect to gain between 25 and 40 pounds overall. 
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Excessive use of salt should be restricted in order to avoid high blood pressure.
Avoid food that has raw and rarely cooked ingredients. Foods such as soft cheese and unpasteurized milk and juices (these foods have not been pasteurized, meaning they have not gone through the process to kill the germs present).
• Wash all fruits and vegetables before preparing. This removes the pesticides and bacteria that may be present on them.
Avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish, and most fresh fish. They contain high levels of mercury, which may cause birth defects.
Excessive caffeine should be avoided. You should drink no more than one cup of coffee a day.

Exercise is very important during pregnancy for you and your baby. At this stage exercise helps you boost your energy level. It helps relieve backaches and also strengthen the muscles of your back, butt and thighs. It also reduces constipation. Strong muscles as a result of these exercises are of great help during labour.
Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Once you're ready to get going:
 • Start gradually. Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you've been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes.
• Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra to protect your breasts.
• Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.
• Skip your exercises if you're sick.
• Opt for a walk in an air-conditioned mall on hot, humid days.
• Above all, listen to your body.

Pregnancy Stages

Stages in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very happy and fulfilling experience for any woman. When a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes a number of different processes. The stages of pregnancy and the journey of nine months are specially demarcated into three trimesters: the first, second and third trimester.

Trimesters of Pregnancy
In the first trimester or the first stage of pregnancy, which lasts from 0 to 12 weeks, the body undergoes many changes as it adjusts to the baby growing inside it. A lot of the discomforts experienced by women are natural and usually go away as the pregnancy progresses.

1st Trimester of Pregnancy
For example, a woman might experience tiredness and fatigue due to the emotional and physical demands of pregnancy. A lot of women complain of exhaustion during this time. This is normal and it is simply the body's way of demanding more rest.
This will go away after a while and replaced with a feeling of well-being and increased energy when the body will have adjusted to the increased demands placed upon it. It is best to have a proper diet, get more sleep than one's normal routine and relax generally. Mood changes, nausea, vomiting, leg cramps and dizziness are some of the other symptoms associated with the first trimester.

2nd Trimester of Pregnancy
The second trimester or the second stage of pregnancy, which ranges from 12 to 38 weeks, is usually the most physically enjoyable for women. It is during this time that the mother usually feels fetal movement for the first time. Some skin changes might occur due to the hormonal changes that the body is undergoing and stretch marks due to increasing belly size are also a common occurrence. Some women also complain of having trouble sleeping during this time.

3rd Trimester of Pregnancy
The third trimester or the third stage is when the fetus continues to grow and women need to start preparing for the delivery of their baby. Body temperature usually rises as the fetus radiates heat.
The ankles, fingers and face might swell and fatigue is definitely an issue during the third trimester. The Braxton Hicks contractions might also be experienced (Pregnancy Trimester Stages and Signs).
The stages of pregnancy as mentioned above are the ones that have been decided upon after research and doctors' approval. However, it is possible that some woman may experience some of the symptoms a little early or late. If any of these stages of pregnancy do not go as smoothly, it is advised that you consult a qualified doctor.
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Exercise Followed during Pregnancy

Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Once you're ready to get going:
• Start gradually. Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you've been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes.

Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra to protect your breasts.
Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and
• Skip your exercises if you're sick.

• Above all, listen to your body.

What exercise can I do?
Normally women are advised to go walking as the least strenuous exercise.Whatever is the type of exercise the important thing is to pay attention to your body's warnings. Do gradually increase the duration of exercise or the intensity. Your energy level will greatly vary from day to day. As the baby grows there is a decreased ability to breathe in more air during exercise as the lungs are pressed so you are forced to stop.

What exercises should I avoid?
Pregnant women should avoid weight training and sit-ups after the first trimester.
Avoid any activities that include:
• Bouncing.
• Leaping.
• A sudden change of direction.
• A risk of abdominal injury.

Take Care After All. 

Sep 15, 2010

Walk During Pregnancies

Walking and pregnancy go hand in hand. 
In fact, walking is one of the best exercises for a pregnant woman. It's an excellent way for you to tone your muscles, maintain your fitness levels and ensures that your labor is fast and easy. 
While walking and labor are positively related, walking does not necessarily assure that you have a quick labor, but it definitely improves your endurance levels and accelerates your recovery. 
If you are pregnant, it is important that you get exercise regularly. Walking and pregnancy is great idea, however make sure that you do not unnecessarily exert yourself and go for a number of short walks during the day instead of one long walk that may tire you.

The next question that might come to your mind is how often, and how far, should you walk. 
To begin with, you can start by walking for about 20-30 minutes a day, at least thrice a week. 
You can then increase this to about 35-65 minutes daily. 
You can start walking during your first trimester, continue walking during the third trimester and keep at it right until delivery time.

Make that you don't stress yourself while walking and maintain a moderate pace. 
Over-exertion is not good for the fetus, neither is the raised body temperature during exercise or chemical products. 
You need to take care that your pulse rate does not go higher than 140 beats while walking.
The "talk test" can also be taken to make sure that you are not stressing yourself too much. If your pulse rate is greater than 100 beats/min five minutes after you have started working, then it indicates that you have been walking too fast. 
Ensure that you drink plenty of water both before and after your walk. This helps in the regulation of your core body temperature. 
Restrict your walking workout during times of extreme weather. If it's too hot, you could try walking in a place where temperature is regulated, like a mall.

It is important that you maintain a good posture while walking, or you may end up with a back ache. Some women wear a maternity belt which not only corrects bad posture, but also contributes towards improving posture and relieving back pain. Wearing shoes that are comfortable is important as they provide you the much needed support and ensure that you don't turn your feet outward and inward too much.

Walking and pregnancy are a great option. You however have to take care and call your physician if you notice pain while walking during pregnancy or any of these symptoms: lightheadedness or dizziness, vaginal bleeding, pain chest pain uterine contractions rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath. It is also important to call your doctor if some fluid leaks from your vagina, you find swelling in your face, hands or ankles, if there is no fetal movement of if you feel colder than normal.

Once the baby is born too, you can continue walking. This will help you get back in shape. Walking for babies and kids is great, and also helps them get into the exercise habit.

Jun 1, 2010

Pregnant - Eating fish can be good for you

Are you Pregnant - Eating fish is good for you !

Expectant mothers should eat two portions of fish a week to reduce the risk of their children developing brain disorders, say experts.

Recent research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids, also known as docosahexaenoic acid, found in fish, is essential for the brain to function properly.

Fish consumption among women of child bearing age in Britain is currently restricted due to concerns about the presence of potentially harmful contaminants.

"The Food Standards Agency issued advice to pregnant women about fish in 2004 which was ultra conservative. Since then, there has been research which indicates that women who have eaten more fish than those recommendations suffer no harm but their child's brain performance improved," quoted Jack Winkler, director of the Nutrition Policy Unit at London Metropolitan University as saying.

Another study by Robert McNamara, from the department of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, found that boys aged between eight and 10 who were given additional docosahexaenoic acid had increased brain activity in attention tasks than those given placebos, an inert medicine that makes people feel better psychologically.