21 November, 2018

Supplements to take when you’re trying to conceive

Even though you might be in perfect health, it is important to get a preconception check-up done before trying to conceive. It helps your doctor make sure that you are in good health and can have a successful pregnancy. They may also advise you about certain supplements to aid your conception.

Here are some of the important supplements and medications that you should take when you’re trying to conceive:

  1. Prenatal Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated for women who are trying to get pregnant, or are already pregnant or breastfeeding. They contain the right dosage of multiple vitamins and minerals that are considered safe for women. Even if you are on very healthy diets, certain nutrients may not be present in adequate amounts. Hence, prenatal vitamins become an important addition.
  1. Folic Acid: Folic acid is a nutrient that is essential in the development of the fetal neural tube, which leads to the development of baby’s brain and spinal cord. Women who do not get sufficient amounts of folic acid are at an increased risk for birth defects known as neural tube defects. A majority of the neural tube is developed before 4 weeks or pregnancy. Supplementing while trying to conceive is the best way to ensure that a woman is not deficient. It is recommended that women get 400 micrograms of folic acid per day, which is found in most prenatal vitamins. Women rarely get folic acid from their diet alone, hence supplementation is necessary.
  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Healthy omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for the development of baby’s brain, eyes, and central nervous system. DHA and EPA are the most beneficial of the omega-3s and pregnant or lactating women should aim to get about 300mg per day. Fish is an excellent source of these fatty acids. However, if you don’t like fish, an omega-3 supplement can fulfill your needs.
  1. Iron: Iron is responsible for making the extra blood that you will need during pregnancy. It helps you deliver oxygen more efficiently to your baby. Low iron levels can lead to anemia, or low red blood cell counts, which can cause complications during pregnancy. Eating iron-rich foods such as spinach, beans, and red meat, and taking a prenatal vitamin will supply enough iron in your diet. Some women may need an additional supplement if they are anemic. Your doctor can advise you more on this.

Taking supplements before trying to conceive can help you have a healthy pregnancy. See our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more about your preconception diet and supplement needs.

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


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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