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How to Fit Pregnancy

unduhan-6As a pregnant mother, you want your unborn baby to have the best chance for proper development. This is why staying fit and taking care of your health is so important. If you exercise regularly, watch what you eat and drink plenty of water, having a fit pregnancy is not hard to do.

Eliminate Processed Foods and Sugar

Staying away from processed foods can help you stay healthy throughout pregnancy. Processed foods contain dangerous trans-fats and chemical additives that can ruin both you and your unborn baby’s health.

Examples of processed foods include frozen meals, canned veggies, canned meat, frozen pizza, instant rice, hotdogs, lunch meats, pasta and bread. The trans-fats used in processed foods are made by mixing liquid vegetable oil with hydrogen. This process changes the molecular structure of the oil and turns it into a solid.

Trans-fats are commonly found in baked goods and fried foods. Restaurants love to use these fats to prepare food because they are inexpensive and can be reheated repeatedly without breaking down. Trans-fats are dangerous because they contribute to heart disease and strokes.

Chemicals are used in processed foods to inhibit mold growth, prevent bacteria, preserve, add texture, improve taste and add color. Manufacturers are well aware that some of the chemical additives used in these foods have cancer causing properties.

When you eat processed foods during pregnancy, the chemicals can cross the placenta and cause developmental problems in your fetus. To prevent this from happening, replace all of the processed foods in your diet with natural foods such as seafood, lean meat, organic eggs, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and raw nuts.

Sugar is a no-no when you are pregnant. This additive can contribute to weight gain and gestational diabetes. If you get gestational diabetes, it increases your risk of complications during birth. Sugar can also cause yeast infections, weakened vision, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps you maintain adequate amniotic fluid levels. If your fluid levels are not sufficient, you fetus will rest against your uterus instead of floating like she’s supposed to. This can increase your baby’s risk of arm, feet and leg deformities.

Dehydration also decreases blood volume and increases the level of oxytocin in the body. This can raise your risk of pre-term labor. Signs of dehydration include:

• being thirsty
• dizziness
• headaches
• dark yellow urine
• reduced need to urinate
• urine with a strong odor
• chapped lips
• dry mouth and nose
• nausea and vomiting
• weakness
• skin with no elasticity

To prevent dehydration, sip on water throughout the day. Each day try to drink half of your bodyweight in pounds, in ounces of water. (If you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces.)

Exercise Regularly

Getting enough exercise is important for pregnant mother because it reduces stress, prepares your body for childbirth and energizes you. Regular exercise also controls weight gain and helps to manage common pregnancy discomforts.

The safest exercises to do during pregnancy include stationary biking, elliptical machines, swimming, walking and low impact aerobics. To stay safe during your exercise sessions, follow these tips:

• Take regular breaks.
• Don’t exercise when it’s too hot or too cold.
• Drink water during your workout to stay hydrated.
• Wear comfortable workout shoes.
• Don’t participate in contact sports.
• Don’t do exercises that require you to lie flat on your back.
• Avoid waist-twisting movements when you workout.
• Never hold your breath during exercise.
• Don’t lift heavy weights.

No matter how healthy your pregnancy is, consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Exercise is not appropriate for women who have low placenta, bleeding, weak cervix or a history of preterm labor or miscarriages.

Tips for a Healthy Back

unduhan-7The three weakest links in the body are the neck, knees and back. If any of these three parts are out of commission, you know it. Your whole day is affected. With winter on its way and snow shoveling just around the corner, you must be extra careful with your back.

Just about everything you do affects your back. Most people will have back pain at some point in their life. Back pain can be caused by being overweight, performing repetitive movements, sitting, standing, stress and improper lifting procedures. The back is very complicated and taking care of it now can go a long way toward preventing many forms of back problems in the future.

Here are some tips for keeping your back healthy and strong:

1.    Practice good posture. Slouching puts undue stress on your back.

2.    Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight puts stress on the back.

3.    Eat well. We need calcium and vitamin D among other nutrients to keep bones in good shape.

4.    Quit smoking. Studies suggest that smokers are more likely to experience disc problems.

5.    Strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. By keeping your abdominal muscles strong and maintaining good posture, you will be creating a natural “girdle” around your body to give your back good support.

6.    Keep the spine flexible with yoga and gentle exercises. It’s been said that a flexible spine is the secret to a youthful body.

7.    Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and strong. Many back injuries happen when people who are not active play a vigorous game of football or softball on the weekend. Condition your body with regular exercises so you can play sports without pain.

8.    Reduce stress. Tense people often have tense backs. Get enough sleep, exercise, be positive and practice deep breathing regularly.

9.    Be comfortable. Avoid restrictive clothing and high heeled shoes which can put stress on your back.

10.    If you stand for long periods of time, raise one foot on a box to lessen the strain on your back. Check your posture and try to maintain the natural curve in your spine.  Take frequent breaks if possible.

11.    If you must sit for long periods of time, get up every 30 minutes, walk around and do a few stretches.

12.    If you work at a computer, adjust your chair so your elbows to wrists are parallel to the floor and the screen is at eye level.

13.    Use your legs when lifting. Bend at the knees and straighten your legs as you lift the object. This puts less strain on your back.

We often don’t appreciate a healthy back until we’re laid up with a bad one. Take a proactive approach to a strong, healthy and pain-free back.

How to Choose a Good Gynecologist

unduhan-5Every woman needs a gynecologist at some point of time. Most of the women believe that they need to visit the gynecologist when they are pregnant or want to get pregnant. Whether you are going through irregular or heavy periods or menopause, you can always visit your gynecologist. OB/GYN is a doctor who basically focuses on women’s reproductive health. The obstetricians take care of women during the pregnancy period.They also deliver babies and trained to deal with some important issues such as includes childbirth, birth control, and menopause

Gynecologists are doctors who can easily treat medical conditions and disease that mostly affect the woman and their reproductive organs.  They are also trained in the obstetrics to perform minor surgeries on women’s reproductive organs and take good care of women during pregnancy.

It is very important to choose a right gynecologist. Read this article to know few tips to select the right gynecologist.

Certified

Always choose a gynecologist who is board certified in gynecology. The certified doctor takes all the necessary tests that confirm their capability to practice in gynecology.

Good background

Select a gynecologist who does not have any complaints lodged against him or her. Do not choose a doctor who has malpractice lawsuits filed against him or her.

Accessible

It is very crucial to pick a gynecologist whose clinic is near to home. Go to a gynecologist who has responds to your initial phone call readily. If you are facing difficulty in scheduling your first appointment, then that might be a sign that you may face trouble in scheduling your next appointment. So choose a gynecologist who is easily accessible.

Proper Research

When you get pregnant, then the first thing that comes into your mind is to pick the right gynecologist for the safe and healthy delivery. It is better to ask your family members, friends and colleagues for good referrals.  Do a research on a reliable website and also refine your research by including your preferences to have a proper idea of the educational qualifications and specialization of the gynecologists.The annual visit basically promotes the general well-being and also the comfort of your reproductive health. So always take some time to make an appointment with your OB/GYN.

 Final Word

These are some important things that you need to consider while choosing your gynecologist. So if you are pregnant or facing any problems in the intimate regions then visit the gynecologist immediately. So check out various websites before choosing your gynecologists.