19 December, 2020

Three best ways to prevent Anemia during pregnancy

There are certain conditions in pregnancy that make it complicated. Deficiency of vitamins is one factor that increases the complications of pregnancy. Anemia, the condition caused due to the lack of vitamin A often causes pregnancy complications. 

This condition usually occurs when pregnant women do not have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues in the body and the baby.  In the case of mild anemia, one may feel exhausted, but it becomes a serious condition when left untreated. Do you know that there are more than 400 kinds of anemia? Many different causes result in these anemic situations, but it often comes down to red blood cell generation and health.

Iron is not so tough to find in food sources. With necessary precautions, it is easy to prevent anemia during pregnancy. Check these three best ways to prevent anemia during pregnancy. 

  1.  Eat iron-rich foods and folic rich foods 

    The form of iron available in meat products is called heme. Heme is more easily absorbed by the body when compared to iron in vegetables. If you have an anemic condition, and generally consume meat, increase the amount of meat you eat. It is the easiest way to increase the iron your body requires. 

    Consume iron-rich foods such as red meat, eggs, chicken, fish, dried beans and fortified grains, carrots. Folic acid-rich foods will help you recover as well. Dried beans, orange juice, and dark green leafy vegetables are a few of the folic-rich foods which will help you with anemia.

  2. Cooking with cast iron pots 

    As much as food contains iron, cooking in iron pots will also add up to 80 percent more iron to your food. This will help you gain more amounts of iron without additional supplements. However, this is fairly considered as an old method but yet efficient. 

  3. Prenatal multivitamin and mineral supplements

    If it is getting difficult to get enough iron through diet, you can take iron supplements. The prenatal vitamins and minerals usually contain both iron and folic acid required for your body. You can take them upon the advice from your doctor.

    At times, supplements and diet are not enough to raise iron levels. In such a case, your doctor might suggest you few other therapies.

*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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