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When we mention your fertility here where talking about your ability to conceive a child from your partner’s sperm, and the fertility of your partners sperm. Obviously it takes two to tango, though there are now a number of solutions to fertility issues. Interestingly, a lot of people naturally assume they are still fertile at a given age whether because of their lifestyle, their health or other factors. Let’s consider what bearing certain things have on fertility. Just because you get adequate vitamins from your diet, have a good...

During pregnancy caffeine can pass to the baby via the placenta as with most of the things you ingest on a daily basis. For this reason there are limitations on the amount of coffee a pregnant woman should drink. This currently sits at around 300mg per day. But let’s consider it in a bit more depth. In pregnancy caffeine ingestion can result in your baby being ‘smaller’ for its age and increasing the gestational period of your pregnancy. Researchers found that 100mg of coffee could increase a woman’s gestational period by around...

Since its Friday, let’s keep it simple with some important pregnancy tips that are vital for you to know and understand when you conceive: Pregnancy Tips – Rule 1: Proper Nutrition The primary error expecting women make is taking in too many calories, under the belief that they are now ‘eating for two’. The fact is you are not eating for another fully grown adult human, but rather a developing child. A foetus developing in the womb only needs about an extra 300 calories per day. What you do need to ensure is that...

Pregnancy Workout? Motherhood is physically challenging. There’s no way you can appreciate the challenges of being pregnant and giving birth until you are there and doing it yourself. This continues well after delivery, you can have discomfort for a while after you have given birth. Because we can’t fully anticipate the changes we will undergo, its important to gain control of the things we can anticipate. This is where a Pregnancy Workout can help. When we say Pregnancy Workout, we mean practicing the physical motions of...

Pregnancy Ginger, otherwise known as Ginger, but lets just call it Pregnancy Ginger for our purposes. We have previously talked about pregnancy herbs generally, but not in detail. Pregnancy Ginger is a power herb for pregnant women, not only can it help to ward off the symptoms of morning sickness, it can also prevent menstrual cramping and reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. Controlled studies in women have shown a clear reduction in feelings of illness associated with morning sickness whilst they are supplementing ginger. Ginger...

Though there is no special pregnancy yoga, there are classes catered to pregnant women. At a high level, yoga is a collection of posturing and stretches that focuses simultaneously on balancing your breathing, and your mind. Pregnancy yoga classes are generally referred to as prenatal yoga, and focus on very simple postures that will not cause you serious discomfort. Never push yourself too hard during pregnancy yoga, and if you need a break take it immediately. It may pay to have a healthy snack and water on hand to keep yourself hydrated...

Whilst regular adult women require around 18mg of iron per day, you will require about 27mg as part of a pregnancy diet. That is, your bodies need for iron on a pregnancy diet will go up by about a half. The best source of iron you will find is red meat. Whilst some organ meats contain good amounts of iron, they are not really that safe to consume whilst you are pregnant. You can also get good amounts of iron from green fibrous vegetables, legumes such as lentils, kidney beans, and chickpeas. There is also a range of iron supplements,...

One of the most common things you will hear about during your pregnancy diet is Folate. Folate is a part of the B vitamin group. For one, taking adequate Folate lowers the risk that there are no defects in your neural tube which is responsible for the development of your babies’ brain, spine and surrounding supports. Taking adequate folate also helps to avoid your baby developing spina bifida. The recommended dose of folate for a normal adult woman is around 400 micrograms (mcg). This goes up to about 600mcg for expectant and...

We’ve spoken about the building blocks of a pregnancy diet before but hey let’s speak about it again. There will be few points in your life where ensuring you are getting adequate vitamins and minerals is more important. Not only this, but a lot of people will be chomping at the bit to give you their 2 cents of advice, whether it is correct or not. Let’s talk about a pregnancy diet. The first thing most people will mention is adequate protein. It is true that you must maintain a diet with adequate protein as part of...

Since we’ve had this continuous theme of pregnancy fitness, that is exercise and pregnancy flowing the past few days, lets talk specifically about how running and other forms of fitness interact with pregnancy. Typically if you were a medium distance runner prior to your pregnancy, you can continue that level of training, though likely going a low slower whilst you are pregnant. This pregnancy fitness regime can continue until your body, specifically your uterus and pelvic section get too burdened by this level of activity. This...

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