Pregnancy for Health

Any woman who chooses to pregnant must know about pregnancy for health. Pregnancy is a time when you should not only be thinking about your own health, but the health of your unborn child.

Here are some quick and easy menu plan ideas for dinners during pregnancy. Avoiding high fat and red meats during pregnancy is always a healthy decision but eggs, milk, fish and poultry are lean options. Pregnancy protein requirements are 80 grams a day for optimal health. To make sure this process happens properly eating complete proteins is necessary during pregnancy. Because prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements do not provide protein it is worth tracking how much you are eating each day during pregnancy. Protein is a structural element of your body and your baby body. Protein is used to build the baby tissues, build a healthy placenta and create red blood cells.
Eating one a day during pregnancy can be a great way to make sure you get ample protein, iron and calcium in your diet.

Here are some tips for increasing the nutrition of your lunches, and ideas for quick and healthy lunches to add to your menu plan during pregnancy. Iron is one of the most important components of proper health during pregnancy. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin in the B vitamin complex that is vital during pregnancy for the health of your baby. See the daily and weekly checklist for healthy eating during pregnancy.

It is important to stay hydrated and replace these lost fluids to maintain a healthy pregnancy. One of the essential building blocks for life is also one of the essential parts of a healthy pregnancy diet. Taking adequate amounts of calcium and magnesium during pregnancy can decrease your risk of osteoporosis later in life, optimize pregnancy blood pressure levels and increase your pain tolerance threshold, making for a more comfortable delivery.

I have searched through the masses of pregnancy related articles and picked the best information to encourage, help and support you the nine months you are expecting. Information and current news about pregnancy for health can be find at pregnancy for health.

Health and Fitness in Pregnancy and Delivering a Healthy Baby

Pregnancy is when women are most beautiful, when there’s another life being nurtured inside the mother’s womb. This act of creating life, though, is not without its complications, and expectant soon-to-be mothers should do their best to keep their health in optimal condition, for their sake as well as the unborn child’s. Even the common cold can affect the pregancy. So what are the steps to take during pregnancy? Here are a few tips and suggestions.

The first step in pregnancy is to visit a doctor and have yourself examined for any possible complication, get your pap smear, blood test, the works; also make sure that you get as much information as possible to help make sure your pregnancy is being handled properly. Of course, it is best to take great care in choosing a physician, a midwife, a hostpital, and all the necessary staff in the pregnancy. Make sure that they are just as concerned for the baby as you are

Pregnancy makes it all the more important to maintain a healthy diet especially since there’s another life at stake. The intake of folic acid (necessary for embryo development and cell growth) should begin as soon as possible. Another important supplement that might be needed is iron, for healthy blood, and for the development of the bones and teeth of the baby. Do not overdose on the seafood intake as fish tend to have high levels of mercury. The recommended weight gain during pregnancy is around 25 to 30 pounds — on healthy food, of course.

As metabolism increases during pregnancy there is larger loss of water, which should be compensated by drinking more water than usual.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, though, of course, pregnant women shouldn’t exert extreme amounts of effort. It is best for expectant mothers without complications to work out at moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day. It is important, though, to first consult with your physician before working out.

While it’s important to keep physical health at an optimum, emotional health should also be taken into consideration. Disorders such as depression can lead to loss of appetite and weight, sluggishness, irregular sleeping habits and disturbances in motor activity, as well as an intensified presence of feelings of worthlessness, incapability, or guilt. Pregnant women are more susceptible to this, and they will need an extraordinary amount of support from peers and family. Counseling and meditation have also proven to be successful in treating this disorder. But as an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, and prevention may just save your pregnancy. Introspection may help; examining your capabilities as a mother, past relationships, etc. Don’t forget to take your needs seriously. Work with your partner and don’t be shy to get professional health.

Pregnancy can be a nine month tribulation of passing gas, nausea, and heartburn. It is a period of bonding with an unborn child, wondering about your child’s purpose in life, feeling every hearbeat and kick with amazement. To avoid any later regrets, take care of your health. And enjoy life.

“In her own interest, every pregnant woman should make a habit of never entering a room without making a note of the quickest way of getting out of it and into either fresh air or a bathroom.” –Audrey Hull

Great advice Audrey!

Anti Aging Technology Or the Search For Beauty and Eternal Youth

The search for the Fountain of Youth has been an allusive quest for all who have searched it out. To remain eternally young, or at least to look eternally young, is the stuff of myth and legend except, it seems, for those in the cosmetic and health food industries and the celebrities who hawk their products. Most of us remember story about the adventures of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Puerto Rico’s first Governor, who explored present day Florida in 1513 in search of the Fountain of Youth. Juan was not the first to try to find “youth in a bottle”, Herodotus mentions a fountain with very special waters somewhere in Ethiopia and thought this is what gave the Ethiopians exceptional longevity. Myths abound about healing waters dating from at least the time of Alexander the Great who, together with his servant, crossed the land of darkness in search of healing waters. Such stories also appear in the Qur’an as well as the New Testament in the Gospel of John when Jesus heals a man using the curative waters from the Pool of Bethesda.

Today youth and beauty have become interchangeable and according to Wikipedia, beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure.  As a cultural phenomenon, beauty has been extremely commercialized and to look young is to be beautiful.  However, it has not always been that way.  In Classical Greek times the word for beautiful originates from the Greek word “ripe” or “of its time”.  A ripe fruit was considered beautiful, whereas a young woman trying to appear older or an older woman trying to appear younger would not be considered beautiful.  The concept of beauty involves interpreting whether an object, inanimate or animate, is in balance and in harmony with nature.  However, this interpretation is subjective in nature and, as is often said, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”.  The general concept of beauty appears to be similar amongst different cultures and genders and may be linked to the concept of symmetry because it suggests the absence of flaws or defects. The Western idea of beauty emerges from the early Greek philosophers before the writings of Socrates.  This pre-Socratic school of thinking saw a strong relationship between mathematics and beauty with the “golden ratio” being the standard.

The “golden ratio”, 1:1.618 was the ratio between the length and width of a rectangle. The more an object exhibited the proportions of this ratio the more beauty it possessed.  Although first applied in architectural terms, this ratio was the standard for Greek buildings and temples like the Parthenon.  Later, Greek sculptors like Dorifor and Policlet used this ratio to create statues of the human form.  The ratio of the height of statue versus the distance from the navel of the sculpture to its feet was in the “perfect” ratio of 1:1.618.   Statues from this period that depicted the human form were produced according to these philosophical tenets of symmetry and became the ideal for beauty re-discovered in Renaissance Europe.  Women whose appearance demonstrated these characteristics were said to possess “classical beauty”, a concept that still exists today.  Of course the concept of beauty has more than a purely aesthetic quality.  There are social and psychological factors in play as well when we as individuals or as a culture defines beauty.  One cannot exclude the Inner Beauty, possessed by individuals.  Qualities like grace, charm, personality, honesty, integrity, congeniality, and humor combine with an individual’s physical characteristics to mold our opinion as to what is beautiful.

Attempting to define a cosmetic product as a “beauty” product is a virtual impossibility when one considers all the factors that make a person beautiful.  Maybe the ancient Greeks had it right, and trying to equate youth with beauty is a fatal flaw in the way we think about beauty today.  Unfortunately, the consumer has been brainwashed to believe in this false assertion.  This is why there is so much emphasis placed on products claiming to have anti-aging benefits.  We, as formulators of products, are obliged to help dispel this myth when we make claims about the products that we create.  There is no product, whether a cream, serum, or pill that will halt the march of time.  The best that we can hope to achieve is to try to maintain skin health and to slow the effects that the normal aging process.  After all, wrinkles are nothing more than the service stripes of life.  We can reduce them but we cannot eliminate them permanently and their existence does not make a woman any less beautiful.  Our concern should be to provide cosmetic products that do what they say they are going to do and not false hopes and promises.  There are many products on the market that claim to have health benefits, and it is up to the consumer to do a little research to see if these products do all that they claim to do.

Antioxidants are a case in point.  It is widely reported and accepted by the general public that antioxidants are important in preventing disease and reducing the effects of aging.  One of the most widely used marketing phrases is “clinical studies have shown”.  Nevertheless, what does that really mean?  It is important for the public to understand that there are many types of clinical studies.  There are studies done on animals, studies using human subjects, and studies that are just done on cell cultures in a petri dish in the lab. Therefore, not all studies are created equal.  Just because a natural product or drug is shown to be effective in animal models this does not mean that it will be effective in human beings.  We know this from countless animal studies using anti-cancer drugs.  There are many substances that prevent or reduce tumor growth in mice but have no effect on solid tumors in human beings.  When it comes to cosmetics, there are very few clinical human studies that are statistically significant.  However, one natural product, lycopene, has been widely studied and has been shown in human studies to be effective in reducing the damage caused by UV radiation and may help to prevent certain skin cancers when applied topically.  Lycopene, however, when taken in pill form does not seem to build up high enough levels in the skin to have any protective value.   Resveratrol, an antioxidant extracted from grapes, and is widely touted by celebrity physicians on some very popular television programs as well as the internet as being the anti-aging miracle product, has never been shown to be of any benefit in  any human studies when taken orally.  There is a body of evidence that does suggest resveratrol to be of benefit when applied topically to the skin surface.

Biopsy specimens taken from the skin of patients who have undergone cosmetic laser therapy and have applied antioxidants post-operatively to the treated areas, have demonstrated an increase in both collagen and elastin production in the sub-cutaneous dermal layers. The increased production of these two substances is responsible for an increase in skin thickness and tone with an accompanying decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Patients who received cosmetic laser therapy alone did not show this increase.   These results confirm that the application of skincare products containing these two antioxidants can be of significant benefit in maintaining skin health and appearance.

Another claim that is often made is that the less expensive products are just as good as the more expensive ones.  This may or may not be true.  It all depends on the ingredients and the results that you are looking to obtain.  For the most part, products containing organic and natural ingredients will cost more than mass produced cosmetics made with synthetic ingredients. Products containing parabens may plug pores and lead to skin outbreaks.  Products containing preservatives may cause skin reactions and redness. It is a popular misnomer that products containing sodium laureth sulfate may cause cancer.  In fact, there is not a single clinical study demonstrating this to be the case.  It is up to the consumer to research exactly what ingredients are contained in a particular skincare product, do those ingredients exert a beneficial effect, are there any side effects to any of the ingredients, and  is there a less expensive product that will really do the same thing as the product in question.  In the area of marketing, “a picture is not always worth a thousand words”.  When you see before and after results from the use of a particular product it is important to ask yourself if the photos were taken under the same conditions.  Is the “before” photo taken without makeup and “after” photo taken with makeup. Has the “after” photo been re-touched to improve its appearance? This information will certainly make a big difference in the perception a consumer has about a particular product, but perception does not always equate to reality.

Once the consumer understands what to expect from a product and what questions to ask, the risk that they will be disappointed by that product should be greatly reduced. Manufacturers of cosmetics should, in my opinion, explain to consumers the benefits of each of the ingredients contained in their products and if the results that were obtained are backed by human clinical studies. By the same token, the consumer should not expect un-realistic results from any cosmetic product or aesthetic procedure. They should do their homework and try to research the best that they can to see what product is best suited for their skin needs and what results they can realistically hope to achieve. I do not know if this article will ease the pain of getting older but, hopefully, it will help you to make more informed choices about skincare products, what results you should expect to obtain and most importantly be happy with who you are. Remember, getting older is better than the other alternative.

Healthy Pregnancy – To Deliver Healthy Babies

Pregnancy health of the mother is the prime concern of every physician, as the health of the baby depends entirely on the mother. Diet and nutrition create health. Pregnancy is a condition where the pregnant women constantly feel hungry for food. Your intake will decide whether your baby will be healthy or underweight. Informative women start taking healthy meals even before pregnancy, which results in healthy pregnancy. Healthy women deliver healthy babies.

Pregnant women should start eating healthy food and maintain a strict regimen of exercise to remain healthy, as soon as they have decided to have a baby. Weight control gains significance here as you start eating food rich in fat and protein. The more you will eat the more you will gain in weight if you do not follow a strict routine of exercise. Keeping a strict routine becomes difficult for people with a history of some disease like diabetes, or women on medication. It is important to understand that you should adhere to the advice of your doctor on these issues, and try to recover fully before you take the plunge for pregnancy.

When you begin the journey of motherhood, you are entrusted with the job of developing the mind and body of the baby. In order to have a healthy pregnancy, the mother should stop taking contraceptive pills a few months before pregnancy. The hormones of the body take at least three months to become normal and allow you to conceive a healthy fetus.

Here Are Some Tips To Have A Healthy Body

Begin your day with four glasses of water and continue drinking water throughout the day. Take as many juices as you can like orange juice, apple juice, carrot juice, pomegranate juice and more. Add shakes to your diet as well. Mango shakes, strawberry shakes and more. The idea is to keep enough liquid in your body and never be hypoglycemic. In juices and shakes, you also provide your body with important minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, riboflavin, Vitamin C and Vitamin B. Learn from women’s magazines and TV shows, about the essential ingredients of a healthy and nutritious diet. Do consult your doctor for advice on nutrition as well. During the first trimester of your pregnancy, when you experience morning sickness and constipation, your diet becomes very low. Do not be careless on any account and continue having good nutritious food like almonds, cashew nuts and dry fruits to keep up your energy level.

Keep Your Body Active

Do not undermine the importance of proper sleep during the course of a healthy pregnancy. Sleep as much as you can. When you get up, eat a good nutritious meal and go to sleep again. Do short stretches of morning and evening walks to remain active. Keep in touch with your consultant to monitor your pregnancy health. Do not hesitate to ask questions whenever you are confused. Keep your mind free from tension. Do some meditation if possible.

Try to laugh as much as you can and do not keep any bitterness in your mind about anybody or anything. If you remain cheerful the baby inside you also remains happy, and happiness is good for growth of baby and healthy pregnancy. Try to wear loosely fit clothes as your body is growing day by day. Also, wear smart and comfortable clothes and keep yourself and your surroundings neat and clean.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy – Find Out What Food You Can Take When Pregnant

As a pregnant woman, you are concerned with the well-being and safety of your child. As such, foods to avoid during pregnancy are vital to be followed because whatever you eat affects you, your health, your growing fetus and his health.

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things that can ever happen to a woman. Can you just imagine how childbirth happens, how the mother cries in pain? Have you realized the connection between a mother and child as the umbilical cord is cut? Life is so mysterious and amazing that a small fetus can grow inside the womb as he develops his heart, lungs and other vital organs for him to survive life outside the womb. Really, what keeps the baby growing and developing? It’s the blood, the placenta and the nutrients by the mother can keep the baby growing. However, as to what extent the mother can give nutrients to his child?

When you are pregnant, you are not allowed to go on a restricted diet. As this is the case, the mother usually eats whatever she wants. She would even have cravings on ice creams, cakes, fruits or whatever she likes, and if these are not provided she starts to have tantrums. Normally, pregnancy can give rise to the caloric needs of the body by 300, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a mother has to eat everything to give enough nutrients for the fetus. Remember, whatever goes into your mouth will also reach to the baby at some point, and it is not healthy, it will pose a great risk to your baby. As such, moderation is really important in pregnancy. You have to be conscious of the food that you can or cannot eat especially on the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy because that’s the stage where the vital organs of the fetus are formed.

If you are a responsible mother, you will be taking control of yourself and of your personal cravings. You can eat but choose what is healthy and what is not. As such, this article is intended for the expectant mothers. The article will help you understand what foods to avoid during pregnancy and what is the reason for avoiding it.

Do you want to have a healthy baby? Do you want to have a normal and safe delivery? Well, if you want it, you can, for 9 months, you have to be responsible not only for yourself but for your new baby.

  • Raw Meat: Fresh or rare meats are simply not an option while pregnant. Rare meats such as one of the choices in steak may contain bacteria which are harmful to your unborn baby. You can also likely to experience food poisoning so be sure to ask for your meat to be cooked well.
  • Deli Meats: Deli meats are prepared meats common in hot dogs, turkey, beef and chicken preparations. It should only be consumed when re-heated. The bacteria in it can cause miscarriage or death of fetus inside the womb.
  • Undercooked eggs: Undercooked eggs have the potential to contain bacteria called Salmonella. Raw eggs are usually found in island dressings. As such, it is important to check out the label before eating. Signs of salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. When a pregnant mother has fever, there’s an infection, it can pass through the unborn baby causing a life threat to her. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, when dehydration happens, nutrients are lessened so as nutrients needed for the unborn baby.

As such, when indulging in eggs during your pregnancy, keep the following in mind:

  • Keep eggs always refrigerated until it is cooked.
  • Never use cracked eggs.
  • Wash all utensils that are in contact with raw eggs.
  • Eat the eggs immediately after cooking.
  • Foods that contain eggs should be kept refrigerated.
  • Unpasteurized foods: There are many low-fat dairy products such as skim milk, mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese can be a healthy part of your diet. However. Unpasteurized milk is not healthy. These products may lead to food-borne illness and may cause diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Here are some unpasteurized foods you cannot consume:
  • – Camembert
  • – Blue cheese
  • Fish: Seafood is a great source of protein and iron. The omega-3 fatty acids in most fishes can help in developing your baby’s brain. In fact, research shows that without seafood on a diet during pregnancy may contribute to poor verbal skills, behavioral problems and other developmental issue. However, some fish and shellfish contain mercury which is dangerous for health. Your baby’s developing nervous system will be damaged if too much mercury is being taken.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage pregnant women to avoid:

  • Shark
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Sword fish

The FDA and EPA say pregnant women can safely eat up to 12 ounces or 340 grams a week of:

  • Salmon
  • Shrimps
  • Pollock
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Caffeine: Although a small amount of caffeine is okay for pregnant mother, generally, caffeine should be avoided during pregnancy. High amounts of caffeine consumption are related to birth defects and increased risks of miscarriage. Avoid caffeine entirely during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Caffeine intake of more than four to seven cups of coffee a day appears to double the risk of miscarriage.
  • Alcohol: Even a small amount of alcohol is not allowed. When you take alcohol, it’s like your baby is also taking it and can cause harm to the fetus’ development.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: If you are a soft drink addict and you are pregnant, you have to switch to another type of drink. When you have a sweet tooth, get away from that during pregnancy. You may be at risk in diabetes (increase blood sugar) and the baby may get bigger which may be difficult for you to deliver.

It is truly important to avoid foods during pregnancy. It is necessary for pregnant mothers to learn which foods are safe to eat and which foods you should avoid. When you know what foods you need to avoid, you will provide, in one way or the other, the best possible environment for your baby to grow and develop normally. A healthy pregnancy will always depend not only through prenatal check up, but also through a healthy diet.

As such, for the best possible health benefits, talk to your reliable obstetrician about a balanced diet rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Upon knowing it, you will be able to plan healthy meals for you and your baby.

Women Health: During Pregnancy Stage

Women are considered to be the most beautiful gift of God to this earth. They are delicate and very sensitive both physically and emotionally. When it comes to women health, there are certain important things that one needs to consider maintaining a good health. Pregnancy is a very difficult period for a woman during which maintaining a good health is very essential. The eating habits during pregnancy should always be taken into consideration. Having a healthy and nutritious diet during pregnancy is very important for a woman. However, it is not as easy as it sounds to be. When the embryo develops, it takes nutrients from the mother’s body. Therefore, it becomes critical to have the items that the fetus needs to grow and develop in a healthy manner. Moreover, in order to sustain the strength and thus, to avoid complications during delivery of the child, the mother needs to stay as healthy as possible. Therefore, the woman needs to have healthy diets to reduce stress and provide rich breast milk for the baby’s nourishment after the birth.

Doctors usually prescribe to take pre-natal vitamins to ensure that the pregnant lady can get enough nutrition every day. A pregnant woman is required to eat various kinds of food items, but most preferably the natural fresh and unprocessed food items. A woman of normal weight should take approximately 200 to 300 m extra calories per day to develop the bay normally. However, these calories should get from the foods taken by the pregnant lady. Medical professionals always recommend certain kinds of diets when it comes to maintain good health of a pregnant woman. They usually include dairy foods, foods full of protein, fresh food and vegetables, breads, cereals and grains, and fat.

As dairy food items, such as milk, yogurt and cheese have calcium, protein and vitamin D in a rich amount, they are very much important for a pregnant women. The woman who don’t take milk or dried milk power, they may face certain problems to maintain their good health during pregnancy.

Usually, protein is available in animal and vegetable sources. The animal foods include: fish, chicken, beef, pork, eggs etc and the vegetables include tofu, nuts, seeds and beans. For the woman who follows a vegetarian food habit, for them eating fresh vegetables full of protein can fulfill the essential protein needs in her body during pregnancy.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended always by the medical professional during the pregnancy. The fresh fruits and vegetables are the great source of different nutrients which is essential for a pregnant woman. Orange vegetable such as carrots, winter squash, yellow peppers are great sources of vitamin A. The green leafy vegetables are very important element during pregnancy as they are high in fiber, iron and other nutrients. Ultimately, we can say that pregnancy is that stage of a woman’s life where many considerations are needed to be taken care of to maintain a good health condition.

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