All those women who are fond of seafood particularly canned tuna, and are pregnant have all reasons to cut down upon the fish intake as the fish is high in mercury levels which is not considered good for the fetus. A number of studies carried out on the subject state that the brain developing inside the womb is so sensitive to mercury that even slightest amount of metal can lead to damaging results. The FDA advisory panel opines that, ‘We think that high exposures, even for a day or two, could be too much of a risk.’ So, if you too are a pregnant mommy fond of tuna…I think you know what you are expected to do…at least till your baby is born.
All those women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant and are taking the any of the ACE inhibitors drugs for keeping a track of their Blood Pressure should keep a tab on the dosage. Reason being that these drugs can lead to birth defects in case the mother prolongs the medicine until late in the pregnancy. The study conducted on 209 infants showed that 18 were born with birth defect, and in half of the cases, the effect was on heart. Babies of mothers who take the drugs are 2.7times rather vulnerable to get affected in comparison to the others. In case you the drugs are on your prescription list too, make sure you consult your doctor and decide accordingly, before it’s too late.
It has been proved many a times that fish oil is good for kids as it helps in improving their behaviour and performance. In the light of the multitudes of benefits offered by fish oil, experts opine that it can be far more effective if the baby starts getting it right there in the womb. So, pregnant women can work upon making their babies bright and intelligent even before they come to the world by adding fish oil supplements to their diet all through the nine months. The supplements will be beneficial for the baby as well as for the mother too. Some of the researches in this very regard prove that babies born to mothers who took cod liver oil during the pregnancy had a higher IQ level. Apart from this, cod liver supplements also reduce the chances of baby being born with cerebral palsy and diabetes 1. Therefore ‘To Be Moms’ should make it a point to take fish oil specially during the last three months of pregnancy as this is the period when the brain of the baby is in the developing stage. This article published on DailyMail is a must read if you are pregnant and all the more important if you have not yet started taking fish oil till now.
Stress is bad for everybody at any point in life, but it is really dangerous for a woman who is planning to start off her family and is struggling to get pregnant. According to researchers, in US, rising levels of stress can lower the fertility levels in women as it upsets their menstrual cycle and prevents ovulation. If you too are a stress struck women planning to have a baby, make sure you take some stress-reducing therapy sessions and try and remain happy and away from all kinds of tensions.
With pregnancy comes loads of responsibilities for the would-be-mother one of which is taking good care of herself. This part of the responsibilities is dependent largely on what all she eats and drinks. Since the immune system goes weak during this time so fighting with infections becomes really tough for her. So make sure you take good care of all that you eat to save yourself from developing a foodborne illness. Symptoms of foodborne illness include:1. Vomiting 2. Stomach cramps 3. Diarrhea and aches This does not mean that you won’t be able to enjoy those picnic snacks and backyard barbecue any more. You just need to take some precautions while cooking and eating and things will fall in perfect place. Here is an article that talks about everything that you need to follow while cooking for yourself during pregnancy, if keeping yourself and your unborn baby safe is on your mind.
I used to think that clowns are good for nothing accept for making kids laugh in the circus, until I read this research done by Isreali scientists. They say that watching clowns can double the chances of conception success in case of women who have recently had vitro fertilization. Figures show that the success rate among women who saw clowns was 35.5% while it was as low as 19.3% among those who didn’t see the clown. The clown therapy basically works as a stress reliever, that helps the pregnant women and adds into the success rate. Dr. Shevach Friedler, whose background is clowning and movement, has tried to combine IVF with clowning and came up with a reproductive clown who tells jokes and performs magic tricks before women to help them in fertilization.
Adhering to a systematic approach is helpful in all the matters. And planning a baby is no exception. It is one of the most important and delicate decision of your life which attaches to you the responsibility of another life. So, parents are bound to take utmost care in dealing with this issue. Here is a step by step approach to a healthy pregnancy compiled by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that parents must adhere to. 1. Develop a "reproductive health plan", that tells you if you are ready for a baby or not, and if yes then when. 2. Make sure you visit the doctor regularly and learn about the risks attached and the ways and means to avoid them. 3. Make it a point to have a thorough pre-pregnancy checkup. 4. Take care of your weight and reach the optimum weight before pregnancy. 5. Put a full stop to smoking and alcohol and make sure you are taking a well balanced diet. This is something very basic that every couple who is planning to start off a family must keep in mind, in order to have a healthy pregnancy with least risk of complications followed by a healthy baby coming into the world.
Here’s the key to knock off that morning sickness which is synonymous with pregnancy. Make sure your diet includes loads of cereals and pulses all through the pregnancy rather than comprising of eatables like sugar, veggies, meats, milk and eggs. This has been stated after carrying out a detailed research across 21 countries. The research concluded that morning sickness is not a phenomenon connected entirely with pregnancy but to a large extent on the diet as well. In fact, it is the body’s defense mechanism which triggers off morning sickness when it is falls short of fending off toxins.
On Sunday, the researches from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, reported that anxiety during pregnancy does not appear to raise the risk of long labor, low birth weight, or other perinatal problems (problems around the time of a baby’s birth). Researcher Heather Littleton states that pregnancy is an emotional time for women and anxiety associated with it ‘can be compounded by pre-existing difficulties such as having an inadequate social support system’. Littleton’s team reviewed 50 studies involving a combined more than 15,000 mothers. Done between 1963 and 2005, the studies ranged in size from 27 to more than 7,000 participants. During pregnancy, the women rated their current anxiety and their tendency to become anxious in stressful situations. Due to which they are likely to become depressed and develop self- esteem issues. However, anxiety is not the cause of long labor or low birth weight babies. Littleton and colleagues say more research is needed, since none of the women had extremely high levels of anxiety.
Often depression during pregnancy is overlooked, which may further give rise to complications. Researchers say depression affects between 10 percent and 15 percent of pregnant women and is the strongest risk factor for postpartum depression. During which they are not able to eat properly neither get enough rest or prenatal care, which increases the risk of premature birth or low birth weight. Heather Flynn, a Ph.D., psychologist at the University of Michigan, in a news release says many pregnant women may not realize they’re depressed or that their depressed feelings aren’t normal during pregnancy. Common during Pregnancy General Hospital Psychiatry, researchers surveyed more than 1,800 pregnant women in obstetricians’ waiting rooms for symptoms of depression. They found fewer than half of those who were taking antidepressants (either alone or in combination with talk therapy) had been taking them at the recommended dose for at least six weeks. Most antidepressants must be taken for six to eight weeks to give relief. Signs of Depression Researchers have up with some signs of depression, which they have discovered in women during pregnancy. They are as follows: 1. Depressed mood 2. Decreased interest or pleasure in activities 3. Changes in appetite 4. Change in sleep pattern 5. Fatigue or loss of energy 6. Difficulty concentrating 7. Excessive feelings of worthlessness or guilt 8. Thoughts of suicide 9. Extreme restlessness 10. Irritability