Homeopathy for Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth

How exciting!

In a very short while my wife and I will be welcoming our first child into the world! It's a phase a life I am met with humility, excitement, and of course, fears. Perhaps it's fear of the unknown, or hope that all will be well, or the overall uncertainty of how life will change. As any friend, colleague, or family member has told me, life will undoubtedly change.

Through any change that pregnancy, childbirth, or parenting may bring to our life, I can confidently rely on homeopathy to help bring some balance and healing. I especially want to dedicate this article to the all-important phase of having a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

This is certainly a new phase in our life, but is also a time of claiming what is truly important for us. There are so many facets of this new journey. But, when it comes to healthy pregnancy and childbirth there are innumerable opportunities to forgo one's convictions about how they want the pregnancy to go, or the childbirth experience to unfold.

My wife and I recently watched a movie produced by Ricki Lake entitled "The Business of Being Born." It, along with Ina May's book "A Guide to Childbirth" have been great resources for us that support our idea of how we'd like pregnancy and childbirth to go. We've also attended childbirth classes with a brilliant doula, as well. All this to say this is our choice, our route, that makes sense to us.

What also makes sense to us is using homeopathic remedies to help aid and support my wife and developing baby through this process. Homeopathy is very safe and effective for pregnant women and their developing baby. Homeopathy is natural and has no side effects or toxic substances in them.

And we choose to make this as natural a process as possible. Pregnancy and childbirth, after all, has been a natural occurrence since time immemorial and without the use of toxic substances or invasive procedures, at least until very recent times.

Nonetheless, I dedicate this article to the women who are looking for natural support in their own lives for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth using homeopathic remedies.

For a more detailed look into what homeopathy is, what homeopathic remedies are, etc. please go to my website, found at the very end of this article. There, you'll find plenty of resources to help educate you. For now, I will give the reader insight into some of the most frequently used and most effective homeopathic remedies used during pregnancy and childbirth.

First, I'd like to break down certain phases of pregnancy and childbirth for educational purposes and for ease of use.

Before Birth

The most important 'remedy' during this time is practicing relaxation through breath-work. Visualize the kind of birth you would like. Communicate to the baby your love for them; that you are going to work together for your mutual health and benefit. Perhaps they know not, consciously, what you're communicating, but most certainly they will take in your voice, love, and information somewhere in their being.

Practicing yoga frequently will help you breathe, stretch appropriately, and accomplish pelvic floor exercises that will prepare you for healthy childbirth. I'd recommend the DVD "Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga." It is a safe and effective prenatal practice that is modified for each trimester. My wife frequently does this video and I've accompanied here on a few occasions, even. It's an excellent practice to maintain throughout the pregnancy.

I'd also recommend taking pre-natal classes on childbirth from a doula or midwife. This will help you begin preparing for how you want your childbirth experience to go. In Austin, there are many resources available. I'd recommend going to the Central Texas Doula Association for more information.

There are many nutritional guidelines that could be mentioned here. That would take an entire article in and of itself. So, I'll just mention that drinking raspberry leaf tea (not before the sixth month of pregnancy, though) will help tone the uterine muscles.

Additionally, doing Kegel exercises will prime the muscles necessary for childbirth. Kegel exercises will also help you recover more quickly from childbirth and to also help avoid any complications after delivery (such as post-natal incontinence, for example).

The following sub-sections will describe the various phases of delivery:

Pre-Labor

Symptoms of pre-labor frequently involve the mother-to-be experiencing extra energy, perhaps she has a backache, she may have diarrhea, and may have a "show" (streaked mucus from the vagina). Not exclusively, but this stage is frequently when the water breaks.

During this time, it commonly occurs to the woman and birth partner to rush to the hospital. Yet, this is a time that could be dedicated to sleeping or resting as much as possible. Eat light, nourishing snacks if you're hungry, move around on an exercise ball, breathe, go for a walk, or take a bath (or shower if the water has broken). The key ingredient here is to breathe and relax as much as possible.

At this stage, use a Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. A recommended amount would be 20 drops in a glass of water and sip whenever you feel called to.

First Stage

This stage is characterized by low adrenalin; a time of waiting while the body does the work of opening up. Try not to resist it. Breathe in when the rush ("contraction") comes and breathe out during it. The birth assistant should frequently remind you to continue breathing and relaxing. Our doula had a helpful reminder for this. The saying goes "As above, so below." This refers to our jaws. If we are tense in our mouth, jaw, and neck, so everything will also be below. Tension is not recommended here. Relax the jaw and everything below will follow suit.

Time the rushes ("contractions"). Stay upright as much as you can and keep moving! Work with gravity and the direction the baby will come out. Also, minimize distractions and interruptions. This is a sacred time shared by the lineage of women throughout all of time. This is a time to be supported with maximum comfort, support, encouragement, and reassurance.

To help with energy levels, sip watered down fruit juice between rushes to keep blood sugar levels up. Continue to use the Rescue Remedy as needed.

Transition

This is the point where the cervix is fully dilated and the rushes will now begin to help push the baby out. Frequently, this is where a desire for drug intervention is most desired. An alternative, though, is to keep moving, change scenery by moving to other parts of your birthing location. Continue to breathe! Visualize the baby coming out as you would like. Talk to it. Remember to take the Rescue Remedy as needed.

Second Stage

High adrenalin levels come on and action is taken for delivery of the baby. The pushing will just happen. If the rushes have many peaks, divide the out-breath; as if blowing out separate candles.

Third Stage

This is the delivery of the placenta. Note: it's not unusual for contractions to stop for a while before pushing the placenta out.

There's so much more that could be said about each of these stages. This is intended to give you a brief overview for educational purposes. For more detailed information, I'd highly recommend reading "A Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May!

Homeopathic Remedies

Throughout each of the above phases, several different homeopathic remedies can be used to assist the mother and baby should anything come up.

Because of the innumerable unknowns for each childbirth, and the fact that each mother and baby is an individual, I've highlighted here just four of the most commonly used remedies and their uses. Please note this list is not comprehensive. There are many, many more remedies and situations in pregnancy and childbirth not mentioned here.

Arnica

What an amazing remedy! Arnica is our favorite trauma remedy and is frequently the most known remedy to those first learning or hearing about homeopathy. Nearly every woman can benefit from Arnica during labor.

Arnica encourages healing, controls bleeding, reduces swelling and the likelihood of pus formation. It can help reduce exhaustion and produce a 'second wind' during long, slow and painful labors where tiredness makes rushes ("contractions") weak or ineffectual.

Given after birth, Arnica will speed recovery and alleviate a bruised or sore feeling. It is also given when someone is in shock; when they say they are alright, but clearly aren't. Arnica can also reduce excessive bleeding where there is a traumatic or unusually long or unusually short birth.

People who need Arnica are worse from being touched, from any jarring movements, or from lying or sitting on the injured part. They may remark "the bed feels too hard."

The following are some common complaints during certain phases for women who may benefit from Arnica:

Before Childbirth: Exhaustion. Use Arnica after taking a fall and having a resultant state of shock. Other uses will be after a kick from the baby that causes soreness or bruising. Premature labor after a fall. Transverse position of the baby (at the 36th week).

During Childbirth: Preventative for bleeding that may occur during long, slow, or difficult labors. States of denial. Exhaustion during long or difficult labors. Forceps delivery. Long, slow, or painful labors that cause exhaustion. Delivery of large babies or if the baby's shoulder gets stuck. Straining (excessively!).

After Childbirth: Pains that feel worse if the baby is feeding. Any bruised or sore feelings. Bruising of any kind; after cesarean births, after epidurals, or after-effects of a forceps delivery. Inflammation of the penis of a newborn. Retained placenta after exhausting labor. Shock of the mother after learning the baby is an unexpected sex. Sore uterus. Urine retention of the mother. Overall weakness after long, slow, or difficult labors with much bruising and soreness.

Sepia

Sepia is such an amazing remedy for women during these phases of their life!

Sepia is most suiting for a woman with severe, dragging down pains that are much relieved with exercise.

Emotionally, she feels irritable or indifferent to loved ones, and is averse to any sympathy. She feels sluggish and weepy. Sepia is useful for uterine prolapse, with strong bearing-down sensations.

Sepia may really help a mother who has children born too close and the body hasn't had sufficient time in between to recover. Generally, she feel worse from fasting, touch, or staying in the same position. Overall, she feels better from eating and moving around.

The following are common complaints women experience who may need Sepia.

During Childbirth: Half open or hard cervix. Rushes (contractions) feel fine and needle-like up from the cervix, or "hour glass" contractions. Exhaustion where she feels better from moving around. She may have feelings of despair with weepiness, but isn't better from any consolation or sympathy. Her feet are cold, she may feel overall chilly, yet have flushes of heat and feel better from warm covers. Sepia may help a woman experiencing slow labor who is irritable at any attempts of sympathy for her. This state is characterized by an absence of any affection.

After Childbirth: She's very irritable, weak and weepy, but is worse from any consolation. Retained placenta with a bearing down sensation. Uterine prolapse. Subinvolution (uterine fails to contract down).

Pulsatilla

An equally beneficial remedy for women during these phases is Pulsatilla. It is best used from the 36th week onward to encourage a breech or transverse position of the baby to turn.

Pulsatilla can be quite easy to spot because of the marked emotional symptoms. She is weepy, clingy, and pleading for help.

Rushes (contractions) can be short, weak, or stop entirely. She may have back pain, exhaustion, faintness, thirstlessness, nausea and vomiting. She is worse from a stuffy room; at twilight; or getting her feet cold or wet. She feels overall better from fresh, open air; moving around; and from sympathy and company.

The following are common complaints for women who may need Pulsatilla at various phases.

Before Childbirth: Breech or transverse position of the baby (at the 36th week or beyond).

During Childbirth: Bleeding that alternates with contractions; contractions cease, then bleeding begins. Pulsatilla is useful for slow labor with back pain, when there is a lack of an expulsive power (especially during the second stage). She feels depressed, helpless, and restless. She is weepy and much better from consolation and sympathy. She may feel exhausted with weepiness. Nausea that's better from open air. Abnormal positions of the baby.

After Childbirth: She may experience after pains with weepiness and feel better from company and sympathy. After pains appear when the baby feeds. Pulsatilla may help a woman producing too much milk. It will help a woman with retained placenta where there is weak or non-existent contractions. Subinvolution (uterus fails to contract down) with weakness and weepiness; better from sympathy and consolation.

Caulophyllum

This remedy is useful in the first stage of labor to establish strong productive contractions. It is NOT meant to be used routinely. Think of caulophyllum if the contractions are located in the lower half of the uterus, while the top (fundus) feels flabby. The contractions will feel sharp and painful, but are short, ineffective, spasmodic, and/or unstable. The contractions move around the bladder, groin, or thighs. Sometimes the contractions will slow or stop completely, due to exhaustion.

Caulophyllum is also useful if the cervix fails to dilate. Overall, she feels chilly with shivering, trembling, and irritability. She may be thirsty during contractions.

The following are some common complaints during certain phases for women who may benefit from Caulophyllum.

Before Childbirth: Caulophyllum is a great alternative to induction.

During Childbirth: Labor pains around the bladder, or labor pains that extend to the groin and/or thighs. To be used if the cervix fails to dilate or if it is half open or hard. Contractions are atonic (flabby), are slow or stop altogether due to her exhaustion. She is chilly and feels feverish with shivering and/or trembling. She may also be thirsty in between contractions.

After Childbirth: Retained placenta with shaking. Subinvolution (uterus fails to contract down).

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As you may notice, some symptoms appear to be helped by multiple remedies. It's always best to consult with a professional for guidance and support.

Homeopathy is a beautiful art and science of healing. A well chosen remedy will act instantly and the desired effect will ensue. It is so helpful, there are no toxins or side effects, and it is safe throughout pregnancy, during childbirth, and after - both for mom and baby!
About this Author

Noel Peterson is a Classical Homeopath residing in Austin, Texas. He is the founder and practitioner for the Austin Clinic of Homeopathy. His goal is to make homeopathy more widely available and easily accessible for the public's overall health and wellness needs.

You can learn more about him and his practice on his website: http://www.austinclinicofhomeopathy.com

Pregnancy Antenatal Care - Your Health Care Team and Appointments

During pregnancy, yours and your baby's health is monitored closely, but who should you see? When do you need to see them? And what are all the pregnancy tests and scans for? Finding out what antenatal care you should expect when you're pregnant can be confusing, so here's our guide to help you through this exciting time.

Your Pregnancy Health Care Team

Your team of health care professionals during pregnancy can be quite varied. Initially you should see your GP (family doctor) when you think you're pregnant and they will help you plan your antenatal care.

Your doctor should tell you how to arrange your first appointment with your midwife (otherwise known as your 'booking in appointment') and from there the midwife will look after you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and for the first few weeks after your baby is born.

You may also have routine appointments with an Obstetrician at the beginning and end of your pregnancy. They specialise in pregnancy and birth and will see you more regularly if you are carrying multiple births, have any complications with your pregnancy or are having a planned cesarean.

When your baby is a few months old, your Health Visitor will take over the care of you and your baby from your midwife. They are likely to visit you to see how you're getting on and are available for any worries or concerns you may have as your baby grows.

Pregnancy check ups

During your first pregnancy you are likely to have up to 10 appointments to attend to. This reduces to around 7 in subsequent pregnancies.

The number of check ups you have when pregnant depends on many things:

    * Your risk factors
    * Any complications
    * Elected labour options
    * The number of babies you are carrying
    * The area in which you live.

All pregnant women will be given their medical records to keep hold of during pregnancy. Don't forget to bring them to all of your appointments so that whichever doctor or midwife is treating you will have your notes to hand.

Booking in appointment

The first meeting with your midwife will happen when you are around 8-10 weeks pregnant and is referred to as the 'booking in' appointment.

This is when your midwife will discuss your family history (and your partner's), give you advice about your diet, lifestyle and staying healthy whilst you're pregnant.

The midwife will also carry out some tests such as urine and blood tests, you'll have your blood pressure checked and some details about your body recorded such as height, weight and tummy measurement. This is all for your midwife to monitor the health of you and your baby.

Dating 12 week scan

Many clinics offer a scan at between 10 and 14 weeks. This is your pregnancy dating scan (also called the 12 week scan) and is used to date the pregnancy more accurately than the estimated due date your midwife may have given you. The dating scan is also used to check the number of babies you are carrying.

Sometimes you may be able to take a picture of the baby home with you (often hospitals charge for this) to keep as a momentum of your 12 week scan. For most women this is the first time they will have seen the baby.

The dating scan isn't offered in all parts of the country so if this isn't available to you in your area, you'll need to wait for the 20-week anomaly scan which is the next scheduled pregnancy scan.

Pregnancy blood tests

You should have a range of blood tests in your 2nd trimester, usually between the 14th and 20th week of your pregnancy. These are routine and are offered to all pregnant women:

    * Blood group tests identify whether you are Rhesus Negative (RhD). This can cause complications in later pregnancies, but simple injections during your first pregnancy will prevent this.
    * You'll have what's called a full blood count test (repeated again at 28 weeks) which helps to monitor you for deficiency anaemia, a common complaint during pregnancy.
    * You'll also be screened for infections and viruses such as Hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV. This is a precautionary measure and just means they can look after your baby to prevent you passing the infection on during pregnancy.


The 20 week anomaly scan

Around your 20th week of pregnancy, you will have an anomaly scan. This is a detailed check on your baby using ultrasound and examines the baby's body, measurements and growth. They'll also check on your placenta and you may even have the option of finding out the sex of your baby, although not all places offer this and no hospital guarantees the sex from the ultrasound.

You can usually ask for a picture from this pregnancy scan, but again expect to pay a charge. Some places even offer a video.

Additional tests and scans

Other than the standard pregnancy scans and tests you may be offered additional checks, either as optional tests if you are at risk of any complications, or as extra monitoring of your baby. The important thing to remember is to discuss any concerns you have with your midwife or doctor, they are there to help make your pregnancy as healthy, safe and enjoyable as possible.
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Daniella Cala writes for Emma's Diary, a pregnancy site packed with medical advice and information for the whole of your pregnancy from conception through to labour and birth. We also have pregnancy forums, plus competitions and special offers for mums-to-be. Visit http://www.emmasdiary.co.uk for more details or to join in with our other pregnant women and mums.

Diabetes And Pregnancy - Preparing For Pregnancy

Pregnancy And Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) affects 1 in 300 hundred people in Great Britain. This type of diabetes is an auto immune disease that lasts for life and currently there is no cure for it. It can be diagnosed in childhood and those who have type 1 will need to take injections of insulin on a daily basis.

Conception

Conception and fertility should not be affected, but there is a higher risk of miscarriage.

However women who plan their pregnancies and manage to maintain especially good blood sugar control levels pre-pregnancy, have a higher chance of enjoying a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby. It is a good idea to make a pre-pregnancy appointment with an obstetrician.

Pregnancy

Women with type 1 diabetes will be under the care of a consultant led team. They are closely monitored throughout the pregnancy for their blood sugar levels, kidney and eyes function. The medical team's objective is to ensure that both the expectant mother and her baby are thriving.

Insulin doses may need to change during the 9 months, and in some cases, the doses may need to adjust at various stages. Top medical care is a necessity as problems relating to kidney and eyes, which are associated with this condition can deteriorate during pregnancy.

It is important to inform the medical team of any mood changes or changes in energy levels also, as this may mean that a change in the insulin dosage may be necessary.

Pregnancy And Type 2 Diabetes

More often than not this condition is diagnosed in people of 40 years or more, but it can be diagnosed earlier than this. Certain women are at a higher risk of being diagnosed at a younger age, and these are black, Middle Eastern and Asian women. Those with type 2 diabetes do produce insulin but do not manage to use it efficiently throughout the body. So a woman with this type of diabetes will experience dramatic hikes in her blood sugar levels. Obesity is the major factor which predisposes a person to developing it.

Conception

Women can experience difficulty in conceiving but this can often be caused by their weight. However if they lose weight pre-conception and manage to keep their weight in a healthy range, then this combined with close blood sugar monitoring will increase their chances of conception.

Like women with diabetes mellitus, a pre-pregnancy health plan is the ideal approach if possible.

Pregnancy

Tablets which lower blood sugar are used to control this disease and these may not be suitable for use during pregnancy. These medications are ACE inhibitors, agiotensin-11 antagonists and statins, and those women who are taking these should ideally ask their doctor to switch them to a different medication. During pregnancy however some women may need to be switched to insulin injections, and also for a period post-pregnancy.
About this Author

Jackie writes for the blog of Merrion Fetal Health, which is a centre of excellence in Dublin 2. Merrion Fetal Health is a consultant led ultrasound pregnancy scans clinic, which offers scans from early pregnancy scans and throughout the full term of the pregnancy.

Merrion Fetal Health continues to meet the increasing demand for prenatal ultrasound services from patients, doctors and midwives. To book or enquire about pregnancy scans, please see the details below or visit the website: http://www.merrionfetalhealth.ie/

Pregnancy for Health


Any woman who chooses to pregnant must know about pregnancy for health. Pregnancy is a time when you should not only be thinking about your own health, but the health of your unborn child.

Here are some quick and easy menu plan ideas for dinners during pregnancy. Avoiding high fat and red meats during pregnancy is always a healthy decision but eggs, milk, fish and poultry are lean options. Pregnancy protein requirements are 80 grams a day for optimal health. To make sure this process happens properly eating complete proteins is necessary during pregnancy. Because prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements do not provide protein it is worth tracking how much you are eating each day during pregnancy. Protein is a structural element of your body and your baby body. Protein is used to build the baby tissues, build a healthy placenta and create red blood cells.
Eating one a day during pregnancy can be a great way to make sure you get ample protein, iron and calcium in your diet.

Here are some tips for increasing the nutrition of your lunches, and ideas for quick and healthy lunches to add to your menu plan during pregnancy. Iron is one of the most important components of proper health during pregnancy. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin in the B vitamin complex that is vital during pregnancy for the health of your baby. See the daily and weekly checklist for healthy eating during pregnancy.

It is important to stay hydrated and replace these lost fluids to maintain a healthy pregnancy. One of the essential building blocks for life is also one of the essential parts of a healthy pregnancy diet. Taking adequate amounts of calcium and magnesium during pregnancy can decrease your risk of osteoporosis later in life, optimize pregnancy blood pressure levels and increase your pain tolerance threshold, making for a more comfortable delivery.

I have searched through the masses of pregnancy related articles and picked the best information to encourage, help and support you the nine months you are expecting. Information and current news about pregnancy for health can be find at pregnancy for health.
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Good Health All Through Your Pregnancy

It is every woman's dream to become a mother. Good health of the mother can provide the best pregnancy outcome. A healthy well balanced diet and adequate exercise are essential for a healthy baby. Your baby depends on you to provide the vital nutrients it requires to develop and grow. You therefore need to learn more about pregnancy health and fitness to make sure you are eating the right food and taking the right amount of exercise.

The Importance Of A Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Maintaining a well balanced diet during pregnancy is very important for the development of a healthy baby. You are now eating for two, so weight gain is normal and in fact, the sign of a growing baby. Make sure you eat the right food so that your baby gets all the nutrients it requires to grow. Food like ice creams, chips and chocolates can increase your weight but they are not nutritious for your baby. Eat a balanced diet rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Consume fruits, whole grain and only bare minimum of sweets.

Certain nutrients have been proved to be especially useful for mother and baby. Vitamin B, found as folic acid is one among them. Folic acid is known to reduce the risk of birth defects. It is an essential supplement that pregnant women need to take. Iron and calcium are also important during pregnancy. Iron helps in supplying oxygen to the blood stream of both the mother and baby. Calcium is required for the mother as the fetus uses the calcium in the mother's bones, for its growth.

The Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy

Pre-natal exercises provide a range of health benefits right from a positive self-image to improved circulation. These exercises can help to prepare for labour by strengthening the muscles. Some of them can even help in reducing the labour pain. Exercise is also essential as it prevents the mother from putting on too much weight during her pregnancy period.

Benefits Of Exercise Include

o Increases circulation and flexibility
o Improves posture
o Reduces stretch marks
o Reduces probability of abdominal separation and varicose veins
o Improves calcium absorption
o Reduces muscle tension
o Increases energy, stamina and strength

Be sure to consult your doctor before starting an exercise regimen. Once you are given the green signal, make sure you wear comfortable clothing and sneakers while exercising. Do not overexert. The frequency and duration of your exercise should be determined by your doctor. Follow his advice.

Other than exercise and a well balanced diet, ensure that you do not smoke or drink alcohol during your pregnancy. Both are extremely damaging to the fetus. Put in efforts to maintain pregnancy health and fitness.
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For expecting mothers to have a healthy pregnancy tenure, it is important to incorporate a well balanced diet during pregnancy, and some form of exercise in consultation with a medical expert.

Pregnant Women - A Healthy Diet

Before going any further, it is important that everyone understand that "diet" is not meant to imply weight loss. Pregnancy is not the time to start losing weight. The goal for a healthy diet for pregnant women is to give them the nutrition that they need for a healthy body and a healthy baby. The basics of the healthy diet for pregnant women are similar to those needed for everybody's good health but does have a few areas of additional emphasis.

Protein as Part of a Healthy Diet for Pregnant Women

Protein is only one of the many nutrients that a pregnant woman needs to actually increase for the healthy growth of her baby, especially for brain development and to increase her own blood volume. It is interesting to note that a pregnant woman's blood volume amount can increase by over half. It is not necessary for her to get this slight increase in protein by gorging on huge slabs of steak or fatty burgers. She can increase protein slowly and more healthily by increasing the amount of lean meats like chicken and turkey that she eats as well as adding healthy nuts to the mix. If the woman is already overweight, she should be extra vigilant about portion sizes and calorie counts so that she does not gain too much additional weight.

Calcium as a Part of the Healthy Diet for Pregnant Women

Everyone needs calcium, but a woman's need for it is higher than that of a man and a woman is pregnant needs even more because it is being used not only for her own bone strength but the development of her baby's bones as well. If a woman does not have enough calcium, the baby's bones will not grow correctly and she might start having issues with osteoporosis during her pregnancy. This condition causes serious softening and damage to the bones and may increase the woman's risk of fracture and other serious injury.

Fat is a Surprising Part of the Healthy Diet for Pregnant Women

Despite its bad reputation, healthy fats, like extra virgin olive oil, nuts and nut oils and butters are actually all a beneficial part of the healthy diet not only for pregnant women but for people in general. It is important that the fat that is being used be of the right kind and high quality and that the portion size be kept small. Just because it is healthy does not give you free reign to eat it however you want to.

Sweets, Treats and Other No-Nos

The healthy diet for pregnant women emphasizes healthy and fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and variety. But, that is not to say that there is not room for a small snack or a little treat every now and then. Keep them few and far between, watch the sizes of the treats and eat well for the rest of that day and you can enjoy a little yummy every now and then.
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Pregnancy Diet Plan: Pregnancy Nutrition for a Healthy Baby

So, you're pregnant? Well, congratulations! Obviously, the next thing is to do all that you can to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, for both you and your baby. As such, you are probably looking for how you should be eating during pregnancy and may even be thinking about a pregnancy diet plan in order to stay healthy and not gain excess weight throughout your pregnancy.

There are many reasons why expecting moms should understand proper nutrition for pregnant women, but none more important than the impact it will have on the baby. A healthy diet for pregnant women is a good idea for you and your baby and seeking the right diet for pregnant women is the right thing to do.

Every expectant mother will experience weight gain! In fact, it is a good thing to gain weight for the sake of both mother and child. This is nature's way of preparing you for what is to come. The mother and the soon to be newborn need proper nutrition, and a healthy pregnancy diet is a great way to provide proper weight gain and the nutritional needs for both mother and child. It is also a great way to lose the weight once the baby is born!

In addition to this, did you know that there is a direct connection with your dietary health and the affect it can have on the child later in life? The fact is, everything you do in the next nine months, from what you eat to what you drink to how physically active you are, as well as what you weigh, has the potential to affect your child's current and future growth.

In fact, a new report by NWHRC explores the growing body of research that finds conditions while pregnant can have the potential to effect your child's health many years later in life.

For example, one study revealed that women who consume alcohol during their pregnancy can significantly increase their child's risk of alcohol addiction later in life, even with just one drinking binge. Other studies have discovered a connection between a mother's nutritional intake during pregnancy and her child being at risk of becoming overweight or possibly developing diabetes and/or heart disease later in life.

So, you can see how important it is to eat right during your pregnancy to potentially prevent future health problems for both you and your child. The kinds of food you're eating and how much weight you gain during pregnancy can impact you and your newborn's health later in life.

For many women, pregnancy is the first time in their lives when gaining weight can be a good thing! However, this is not the time to go overboard. During your first trimester, you need to limit excess calorie intake. Then, after the first 12 weeks, you may consume up to 300 extra calories per day above your normal caloric intake.

Those who are of normal weight when becoming pregnant should expect a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds. A good measurement of this is for you to limit your weight gain to no more than five to 10 pounds in the first 20 weeks, and about a pound per week thereafter.

Doctors strongly advice that, if you are overweight, to try and lose some weight before you get pregnant. That will make it much easier to keep the extra weight off during the pregnancy and to take it off afterward.

Statistics reveal that women who are overweight often have a higher risk of emergency cesarean, as well as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and potential miscarriage. There can also be a greater risk of delivery complications.

Your health care professional will be better positioned to help you determine where you are at weight-wise during your first prenatal visit. It is always important to talk to your health care professional about any special dietary or pre-existing health concerns such as being a vegan or having diabetes.

The bottom line here? In order to ensure that your pregnancy will be a healthy one, be sure to gather all the nutrition information you can so that both you and your baby will not only be healthy throughout your pregnancy, but also for the rest of your lives!
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Health Insurance for Pregnant Women and Expectant Moms

Since pregnancy is considered to be one of the most complex stages in womanhood, each woman who is under this stage is advised to purchase a health insurance. There are actually a lot of things that can go wrong during the period of pregnancy. The health of the expectant mother and her baby can be put at risk if the right medical services are not sought. Because of this, a health insurance should be around to prepare pregnant women for the unexpected. It is also advisable for them to receive checkups periodically in order for them to have a guarantee that the pregnancy is properly progressing, thereby immediately detecting problems with the unborn child, if ever there are any. With a good coverage around, they do not need to worry about the amount that they need to spend for all of these.

The good thing about pregnancy insurance is that anyone can purchase it at the planning stage for pregnancy. One can even purchase it during that period when she is already expecting. If you are thinking of buying a pregnancy insurance, then you have to bear in mind that there are a lot of insurance providers out there that offer customized packages so you need not worry about finding that which will suit your needs. Once you have chosen the perfect coverage for you, you will no longer be extremely burdened about all the medical expenses linked to pregnancy and childbirth.

If you want to save a substantial amount from purchasing the health insurance, then it is advisable for you to obtain it before you ever become pregnant. The monthly premiums for this are known to be lower when compared to those that are obtained by already pregnant women. It is also important for you to take note of the fact that there are insurance providers out there that view pregnancy as a preexisting condition. This makes them ask for higher premiums for maternity coverage. If you can afford the pregnancy health insurance, then you should make it a point to purchase one. This will allow you to enjoy financial protection while waiting for your baby to come out.

Pregnancy is indeed a complex and sensitive stage. Aside from the health risks that are linked to it, you may also incur a lot of expenses including fees for regular check-ups, ultrasound, healthcare products, obstetrician's consultation service, surgical fee, hospital admission and delivery costs. If you do not want to be burdened financially, then a pregnancy health insurance is perfect for you. Just make sure that you pick the best one out of the many pregnancy health insurance policies that are offered by different insurance providers.

If you are in search of low cost health insurance for pregnant women, then you should consider trying out the many federally funded programs that offer healthcare coverage for people with low income. Medicaid is one of them and this allows you to enroll in a plan even if you are already pregnant. Another good program is the CHIP. There are states that offer specialized programs for healthcare and you have to determine if your state offers one.

It is also advisable for you to familiarize yourself about each of your best choices. Shop around for the best health insurance coverage for pregnant women by visiting the internet so you can start gathering relevant information from reliable sources online. All it takes is for you to search online the leading and the most reputable health insurance companies at present and try to deal with their agents. Make sure that you get quotes from them so you can easily compare their prices and the kind of pregnancy health insurance policies that they offer. This will allow you to pick the most ideal policy for you.

Important Pre-Pregnancy Health Tips

All women know the importance of good health during pregnancy. But all of them may not know that it is equally important to maintain good health and overall wellbeing if they are planning to become pregnant. It is vital to have a healthy body to conceive a healthy fetus. By following the health tips mentioned below, a would-be mother can benefit a great deal.

Medical Check-Up For A Healthy Start

The first thing to do for a woman planning pregnancy is see a doctor for a complete physical check-up. She may be asked shed extra weight, as overweight women are prone to miscarriage. The healthcare provider may suggest incorporating some lifestyle changes in order to prepare the body for the sudden, rapid changes of pregnancy.

Certain routine tests performed in laboratories can ascertain whether the woman's body is in a healthy condition to conceive. The doctor helps to regulate pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, heart ailment, hypertension etc., so that the baby is not adversely affected. It is important to reduce or stop certain medicines when trying to conceive, as some medications interfere with the natural process of conception.

It is also important to let the doctor know about the history of genetic disease or in the family, if any. There is always a chance that the woman or her partner is a dormant carrier of that disorder. Tests are available to rule out many risks to the fetus. In case of one parent carrying the gene, tests can be performed on the fetus at an early stage.

Healthy Diet

During this time, a woman must pay special attention to her diet. It is essential to consume a balanced diet comprising lots of fruits, nuts, vegetables, proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibers, etc. Some nutrients are specially needed to prepare a body for conception. The doctor may prescribe some vitamin and calcium supplements and folic acid tablets. Deficiency of these nutrients can result in serious birth defects in the child.

Staying Fit

Including exercise in the daily regime is also very important. A woman must start light exercises with the approval of the doctor. One can start with light walking and slowly include some basic exercises. Fitness is the key for a body in pre-pregnancy phase. Yoga is a good way of staying fit.

Kicking Away Bad Habits

The pre-pregnancy phase is also the time when a would-be mother must get rid of all habits that can pose risk to her baby. She must give up smoking and consumption of alcohol. Those who diet for weight loss should stop doing so, and instead follow a healthy diet plan. Getting enough sleep to provide rest to the body is also very important.

Thus, by practicing a good pre-pregnancy health, the womb of a woman is prepared to offer complete and nurturing surroundings for the developing baby.
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There are several pre pregnancy health tips that you must follow to conceive a healthy fetus. And, it is equally important to maintain health during pregnancy in order to avoid complications later on.