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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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Jun 19, 2012

Healthy Foods makes Beautiful You

- Fruits like plums, citrus fruits (oranges, sweet lime, and lemon), strawberries, amla, blueberries and blackberries; and dairy products are rich in zinc and selenium that help prevent skin inflammation.
- Cucumber, with its high content of vitamin E and water is good for skin care and moisturising. Its juice has purifying and detoxifying properties, prevents hair loss and wrinkles, and helps in treating acne.
- Apples contain vitamins and pectin. Pectin helps in absorbing unhealthy oils and toxins from skin and neutralise skin-damaging toxins.
- Consume eight to 10 glasses of water per day and avoid dehydrating foods and beverages such as caffeine (cola, chocolate, coffee, tea) and alcohol. Water acts as a body purifier, by removing toxins and waste from your body.
Foods good for you...
Vitamin C : Strawberries, lime, sweet lime, oranges, guavas, radish leaves, fenugreek leaves, coriander, cabbage, capsicum, green chillies, cauliflower, bitter gourd, and sprouts.
Vitamin E: Corn, vegetable oils, nuts, spinach, olives and wheat germ.
Vitamin A: Fish liver oil, eggs, butter, cheese and fortified milk. B carotene, which is a precursor to vitamin A, is found in deep yellow fruits and vegetables and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B: Brewer's yeast, used to make bread or any food or beverage made with brewer's yeast. A diet that includes fruits, vegetables and grain products should be sufficient to get the required amounts of vitamin B.
Selenium: Whole grain cereals, seafood, garlic and eggs.
Zinc: Oysters, lean meat, and poultry. Also, whole grains, nuts and legumes. Although these vegetarian foods are good sources, availability of zinc is lower in these foods due to the phytic acid content. Sprouted grains and pulses destroy phytates. A vegetarian diet often contains less zinc than non-vegetarian diet. Therefore, vegetarians should consume plenty of foods that are rich in this mineral.
Essential fatty acids: Omega-3 and omega-6. Though we get plenty of omega 6 from grains and oils, our body is often deficient in omega-3. Omega-3 is found in oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna and sardine, flaxseeds and nuts like almonds and walnuts.

Jun 24, 2011

Problems During Pregnancy and Their Solutions

Tips to overcome problems during Pregnancy

Nausea or vomiting, commonly called morning sickness may occur during the early months of pregnancy. It usually disappears after the third month.
Try these tips if you have this problem:
Before you get out of bed in the morning, eat a few crackers, a handful of dry cereal, or a piece of toast or dry bread. Put these within reach of your bed the night before
Do not brush your teeth as soon as you get up in the morning or soon after you eat.
Avoid sudden movements and try and get up slowly in the mornings.
• If you feel nauseated between meals then drink small amounts of apple or grape juice.
• For some people avoiding greasy and fried foods help.
• Make sure you have fresh air in the room you sleep and cook with open windows or with the exhaust on to get rid of odours.
Eat unseasoned and mild-flavored foods.
Chew food well
Drink clear, cool beverages and try clear soups.

Constipation is one of the common problems during pregnancy. This happens during pregnancy because the muscles in your intestines become more relaxed. Iron and calcium supplements can also cause constipation. Inadequate intake of fiber and fluids, irregular eating habits are the other factors causing constipation.
How to prevent or treat this?
• Increase the intake of high-fiber foods such as unrefined grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Also try softer high fiber foods like oatmeal, legumes, prune juice and barley to help soften the stool.
• Increase the liquid intake.
Daily exercise can also help.
Do not use of any type of laxative other than bulk-producing ones unless under the supervision of the health care provider.

Try this to help prevent heartburn:
Eat small, frequent meals.
• Avoid foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, etc which are gas-forming.
• Try and avoid greasy, fried and spicy foods.
• Keep sipping water.
Avoid lying down for two hours after eating
Cut down on beverages that contain caffeine
Drink plenty of fluids