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Aromatherapy During Pregnancy

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Aromatherapy has been practiced for at least 4000 years and was popular in Ancient India, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Aro­matic essential oils are produced by special glands in the leaves, stems, bark, flowers, roots or seeds of certain plants.

These oils contain many active ingredients in a highly concen­trated and potent form that, because they are volatile, readily evaporate to release their powerful scent. The oils are collected in a variety of ways.

Those extracted by simple pressing (e.g. bergamot, lemon, orange) are known as ‘essences’, those extracted by distillation are known as ‘essential oils‘, while those obtained by enfleurage (pressing petals between glass sheets coated with animal fat) and solvent extraction are cor­rectly known as ‘absolutes’. The term ‘essential oil‘ is com­monly used to describe them all, however.

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Essential Vitamins And Minerals Supplements During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy your need for certain vitamins and minerals increases and over half the nutrients you eat are used by your growing baby—one of many reasons why you may feel tired even during the early months while your baby is still quite tiny.

Studies show that a good maternal diet around the time of conception and during pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, which is one of the commonest causes of serious health problems in the newborn.

Healthy diet is especially important when you have a multiple pregnancy as you have to nourish two or more infants rather than one.

At present, the only supplement univer­sally recommended when planning a baby and during preg­nancy is folic acid, which can reduce the risk of certain congenital problems (neural tube defects) such as spina bifida by 75 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Weight Management For Pregnancy Woman

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What do we do at every office visit? We make you step on the scale. We can’t say how many times a day we hear patients say, “I hate this part,” but it does help us track how much weight gain can be attributed to the baby and how much to conditions such as edema (fluid retention) or overeating.

If you’re anxious and eat to assuage your anxiety, you might end up consuming too many calories and gaining unneeded pounds.

Finding methods to deal with stress issues involving food is in your and your baby’s best interest. You might consider, for example, joining a support group of other pregnant women. Or you might sign up for a yoga class or learn how to meditate.

If your anxiety feels insurmountable and food becomes a reg­ular antidote, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may suggest that you get some counseling to help you manage your worries.

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Healthy Food Control For Pregnancy Woman

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Although this myth, like any, should be taken with a grain of salt, it contains an element of truth. Yes, you are eating for two, but the second one you’re eating for will rarely exceed ten pounds at the end of his or her stay.

So you’re eating for a miniature human who ranges in size from a grain of rice to a small watermelon. Thus, this statement rings true as long as you don’t interpret it to mean that you should eat double the food.

How much do you need to eat? Let’s talk quantity. We’ll get to quality a bit later. A woman who is an average weight for her height requires about 250 extra calories a day during pregnancy.

If you are not a calorie counter, these calories equate to an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich a day.

Another example would be precisely two and a half 100-calorie snack bags of Oreo cookies or Goldfish crackers a day. Those are certainly not quality choices, but, as I said, we’ll get to that topic later.

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