20 August, 2020

Managing PICA during the pregnancy

Cravings are highly common and inevitable during pregnancy. The food that you crave has no limits during this phase. From pickles to chocolates, chips to ice creams, everything seems so sensual and appealing. And it also the best phase as no one would object or judge you for your timeless cravings.

But, if these cravings take a turn around, making you want to choose non-foods, then it is a condition to alert on. This condition is usually termed as PICA.

Pica refers to a food condition where the person craves non-food items like dust, chalk, clay, and paper. This might sound witless, but the condition is serious and requires immediate attention if observed. It is essential to understand its symptoms, risk factors, and methods to manage these cravings to protect both mother and child. 

The prevalent pica cravings

Pica cravings change from women to women and have a different impact from pregnancy to pregnancy. However, there are a few familiar cravings observed commonly in many of the pica-pregnancy cravings. 

  • Clay, dust and red sand 
  • Burnt matched, charcoal and cornstarch 
  • Ice, baking soda 
  • Soap, mothballs or plaster 
  • Toothpaste, coffee grounds or coins 

Pregnancy risks with Pica cravings

Vitamin and nutritional levels play a crucial role during pregnancy. Sufficient amounts of iron, sodium, potassium, and calcium ensure proper growth and development of the baby and the mother’s health.

During the phase of pica cravings, the non-food items profoundly interfere with iron and other vital element supply. These non-food substances themselves can be toxic or produce toxicity when combined with several acids inside the intestine resulting in complications. 

Managing Pica during pregnancy 

Although pica is common and not completely abnormal, the condition requires appropriate care. Check these simple tips to manage pica conditions during pregnancy!

  1. Keep note of the cravings that you experience during the pregnancy.
  2. Discuss with your health care provider about your cravings and review your prenatal records along with them. 
  3. Have a timely check on the iron status along with other vitamin and mineral checks.
  4. Test and check the potential substitutes for your cravings. These vary from women to women. Thus, pick the one your baby wants. 
  5. Occupational therapy can also significantly help you to overcome this mental health condition.

Adults with pica cravings can sensually notice that it is unhealthy to have non-food items. However, it is still overwhelming to avoid the urge to eat these non-food items. The right treatment and right identification will help you to overcome this!


*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before making 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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10 February, 2018

5 Home remedies for Gas during Pregnancy

Experiencing gas is common during pregnancy. The female body goes through several changes during pregnancy and gas is a result of certain normal body functions. The hormone progesterone, which is responsible for supporting your pregnancy, is also the reason behind that gassy feeling. It relaxes the muscles in your intestine and slows down the digestion process. This allows gas build up and causes bloating, burping, and flatulence. Certain foods and even your prenatal vitamins can cause you to feel gassy. The good news is, there are several things you can try at home to ease gas during pregnancy. Here are some of them: Drink Lots of Fluids Make sure you drink a lot of water every day to avoid gas during pregnancy. Aim for 10-12 glasses per day. You can also include other fluids such as juices. However, if you’re suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), make sure the juice you drink is low in gas and bloating-promoting sugars. Move Around In order to find relief from gas during pregnancy, make physical activity and exercise a part of your daily routine. Walk or exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Not only does it help keep you physically and emotionally fit, it can also help prevent constipation and speed up digestion. Remember to talk
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