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...

Arthritis Pregnancy. Let’s cut to the chase, fortunately your unborn child cannot directly develop early arthritis through inheritance from you or the other parent. That is not to say they may not develop arthritis later in life, such as during middle age, as there are some genetic reasons for developing arthritis. Arthritis pregnancy does however present other challenges. Arthritis is regarded as familial in origin, as genetic inheritance can play a role in the onset of arthritis, but typically this is in combination with other...

Acupressure is an ancient Chinese practice which focuses on various points on the body as energy centres. It follows one of the main principles of chinese medicine, focusing on the flow of ‘qi’ energy throughout the body, attributing most health complications to disruptions in qi. Focused acupressure whilst pregnant can improve a woman’s physical and mental health and contribute to a better overall well-being. Because it is not a intrusive practice, many women take advantage of acupressure whilst they are expecting...

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...

Whilst you are pregnant most sources of stress will be exacerbated. Travelling can be stressful in an of itself so it only stands to reason that when you travel pregnant it’s even tougher. Ultimately, the best guidance you can take here is to reduce travel as much as possible, don’t plan to go anywhere from the time you have conceived right up until several months after you have gotten used to caring for the new arrival. Obviously the above is not always going to be practical, so if you have to travel pregnant, whether its...

The third trimester can be described as the best and worst part of the pregnancy. Whilst you don’t have long to go, you will be at your biggest and more susceptible to fatigue. Because of your expanding uterus you will also feel pressure to make bathroom visits quite frequently including during the night. Youre going to experience aches and pains in your lower back as a result of the heavier load you are carrying. All around the hips and pelvic area are going to feel a little pressure at this point. Your best bet is to ensure that...

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