12 September, 2018

Food Myths and Facts for Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, you may receive a lot of advice about what you should and should not eat when you’re expecting. This well-meaning advice from friends and family is often a result of old wives’ tales that they hear. It may be confusing and you may wonder what’s okay to eat. Here are some common food myths and facts that all pregnant women must know:

  1. Myth: Don’t eat fish during Pregnancy

Fact: Not all kinds of fish are bad for you during pregnancy. Fish provides high-quality protein, is low in fat and contains omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in your baby’s brain and eye development. However, certain fish that contain high levels of mercury may be harmful to your baby. You could eat sardines, salmon, canned tuna etc. during pregnancy as these are low in mercury.

  1. Myth: Saffron will make baby’s complexion fair

Fact: This is a common belief in many parts of our country. A lot of families think that if a pregnant woman has saffron with milk, her baby will have a fair complexion. However, the truth is that no food can influence the baby’s complexion, as skin color is entirely dependent on the genes of the parents.

  1. Myth: Papaya or Pineapple will cause miscarriage

Fact: A lot of people believe that these two fruits can cause abortions and miscarriages. This is commonly assumed because both these fruits in their raw form contain certain enzymes which can cause uterine contractions when consumed in large quantities. However, consuming well-ripened papaya or pineapple does not cause any problem. It is important to take these in moderation.

  1. Myth: Cold and Sour foods cause Flu

Fact: There is an old belief that eating citrus fruits, juices, limes, lemons, curd, and buttermilk could lead to cold and cough, and affect the baby too. This is completely untrue. The fact is that these foods are loaded with nutritional benefits for both mother and the baby. Hence, these myths are completely wrong and pregnant women should consume these in moderation. If there is any doubt, it is better to ask your gynecologist before eating.

  1. Myth: Full-cream milk is more nutritious than low-fat milk

Fact: Both low-fat and skim milk contain approximately the same amount of important nutrients, i.e. calcium, phosphorous and protein, as full cream milk. However, full cream milk is high on calories and fat, especially saturated fat, which isn’t particularly healthy during pregnancy. Hence, it is better to take low-fat milk during pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain.

These are some of the most common myths around food that pregnant women often get to hear. If you have any other doubts regarding food and nutrition, our doctors at KIMS Cuddles will be happy to clear them for you. Visit us today.

*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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