06 April, 2018

6 Steps to enjoy a Healthy Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is more important than ever before to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. This can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and healthy baby. Here are a few steps to enjoy a healthy pregnancy:

  1. Get early prenatal care

Good prenatal care is necessary for you to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you visit your gynecologist as soon as you find out you’re pregnant and schedule your first prenatal visit. Your doctor will want to screen you for certain conditions that could lead to complications.

  1. Take care of your diet

When you’re eating for two, remember to eat wisely. You only need about 300 additional calories per day for a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you eat a lot of protein, as you need 70 grams of it per day. Ensure you also include calcium rich foods in your diet. Avoid undercooked eggs and meat, unpasteurized dairy products and cold meats.

  1. Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal supplements contain folic acid and iron that are there in standard multivitamins. It is important to get enough folic acid before conception and early pregnancy. Folic acid reduces the baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Start taking 400 mg of folic acid at least one month before trying to get pregnant. Increase your daily dose to 600 mg once you’re pregnant.

  1. Get regular exercise

Exercise is very important during pregnancy. It gives you the strength and endurance to carry the weight gain during pregnancy. It will also prevent aches and pains, improve sluggish circulation in your legs, and help you handle the stress of labor. It will also make getting back into shape after your baby’s birth easier. It also helps you reduce stress. However, while exercising, remember not to push yourself too hard or let yourself get dehydrated.

  1. Get enough Rest

During the first and third trimester of your pregnancy, you are bound to feel a lot of fatigue. This is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and get some rest. Try to take a few naps during the day. While doing household work, try and delegate responsibilities to others. Relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing, stretching and massage are good way to relieve stress and get a good sleep.

  1. See your Dentist

Oral health is very important when you’re pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to gum disease. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels can cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria in plaque, which leads to gingivitis. See your dentist for a checkup during pregnancy to avoid these problems.

These are some of the ways to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. In addition to this, try limit your caffeine intake, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and pay attention to your emotional health. Visit our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more ways to enjoy a comfortable pregnancy.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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30 January, 2018

Ways in which Dads-to-be can help out in Delivery Room

In the delivery room, it is up to the mother to do all the pushing. However, dad can play a major role in the birthing process too. Labor can be overwhelming for first-time mothers. If your partner is able to have a normal, vaginal delivery, you can ask the doctor about being present in the delivery room during birthing process. As a dad, your support and encouragement can go a long way in comforting the mother. Here are some ways in which dads-to-be can help out in the delivery room: Provide Distractions Labor has the tendency to be long and tedious. You may be spending hours doing nothing but waiting for your baby to arrive. You can take your wife’s mind off her discomfort by keeping her distracted. Music, conversations or even card games are a great way to keep her mind occupied. Speak out on her Behalf To do this, it is important you discuss her birth plan in advance. Understand how she feels about episiotomies or what her expectations of the doctor are. Don’t wait until your partner begins having her contractions to find out what kind of assistance she needs from you. Knowing her birth plan in advance makes it easier for you to articulate her needs when she is in pain,
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02 February, 2018

Reasons for periods to be late if Pregnancy test is Negative

More often than not, a missed period is an indicator of a woman’s pregnancy. However, that isn’t always correct. A woman may have a delayed or missed period but still, have a negative pregnancy test. There may be several reasons for that happening. Here are some of them: Low Hormone Levels During early pregnancy, the levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) aren’t high enough for a home pregnancy test to detect. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, your negative test result on a home kit may not be correct and you might be pregnant. A woman’s cycle may keep varying and if she conceives later in the cycle, the hormone levels may be low at the time of her missed period. To rule out any complications, be sure to talk to your doctor if you miss your periods and continue to do so. Ectopic Pregnancy Although rare, an ectopic pregnancy can show up as negative on a home pregnancy test. Only about 3 percent or fewer cases of negative tests point towards an ectopic pregnancy. If you have these symptoms along with a negative result, see your doctor immediately: Severe pain in lower abdomen or on one side Dizziness or lightheadedness Bleeding or spotting Nausea and vomiting
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05 February, 2018

7 Effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy

Achieving a healthy weight post-pregnancy might seem like a difficult task for most women. With added responsibilities of taking care of a newborn, adjusting to a new routine and recovering from childbirth, finding time to lose all that baby weight can be challenging. Whether you want to become pregnant in the future or lead an active, healthy life, it is important to return to a healthy weight after delivery. Here are 7 effective tips to lose baby weight post-pregnancy: Breastfeed Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs to grow in the first six months of life. It has several benefits for the mother and the child. If you can and choose to breastfeed, it can help you lose baby weight quickly. A study indicated that women participants lost an average 1.68kg more weight than non-breastfeeding women by six months after delivery. However, they may not be any weight loss in the first three months and some women may experience weight gain due to increased calorie intake. Monitor Your Calories Keeping a count of your calories can help you figure out how much you are eating and how to control your diet. It can also ensure you are getting enough calories to provide you with the energy and nutrition you need as a new
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