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Monday, October 20, 2014

OBESITY MAY HINDER NURSING BABY

Nursing and Obesity

Here's another reason to maintain a healthy weight before you get pregnant.
 This article talks about how obese women have a harder time with breastfeeding. Read more:

"We found that overweight and obese women have a lower prolactin response to suckling," says Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell and the lead researcher of the study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics (Vol. 113, No. 5, May 2004). Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk soon after birth.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

"This lower prolactin response to suckling would be expected to compromise the ability of overweight and obese women to produce milk and, over time, lead to a significantly shorter period of breast-feeding," she adds.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

ANEMIA IN PREGANANCY: FOODS TO AVOID ANEMIA

Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com) 

Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron.

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces

Green peas, 1/2 cup

Tomato juice, 6 ounces

Broccoli, 1/2 cup

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice

Dried apricots, 5 halves

Raspberries, 1 cup

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces

Roast beef, 3 ounces

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces

Baked potato with skin

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small

Oysters, 6 medium

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup

from: medindia.net



Thursday, October 16, 2014

CAN EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE - TAPPING) HELP YOU GET PREGNANT AND STAY PREGNANT?

How EFT Can Help Conception and Delivery

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is also called tapping.  It is based on the principles of kinesiology, acupuncture and acupressure and it is known to help people overcome a number of emotional stumbling blocks that may be preventing them from attracting what they want into their life.
If you are trying to conceive, EFT can help you overcome infertility by working on the mind-body connection.  If you are already pregnant (especially after trying for a while), EFT can help you overcome your fears of pregnancy and delivery.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (TAPPING) - getpregnantover40.com 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CAN INFECTIONS AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT?

How Do Infections Affect Pregnancy and Fertility?

There are a number of infections that can affect pregnancy and your ability to get pregnant.  Many women and couples have infections and don't even know it.  Not all infections in your reproductive system are sexually transmitted.  Yeast infections are very common in pregnancy and can be treated with over-the-counter preparations (I had a yeast infection when I was pregnant and didn't even know it).  If a yeast infections is left untreated, it could cause "thrush" in the baby.
There are a number of other infections in the reproductive system that can cause infertility.  Read more about infections that can harm your ability to get pregnant:

INFECTIONS AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BLOOD PRESSURE IN PREGNANCY: THE ROLE OF SLEEP

Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little In Pregnancy  Affects Blood Pressure

 The one time in my life when I was able to sleep quite soundly was when I was pregnant.
 I found it interesting that not sleeping enough or sleeping too much could lead to structural changes in the cardiovascular system.   Differing sleep patterns can change the hormones that regulate blood pressure. Read more:

SEE ALSO: STRESS AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

The study involved 1,272 healthy, pregnant women who completed a structured interview at 14 weeks gestation, on average. Sleep duration in early pregnancy was evaluated by the question, "Since becoming pregnant, how many hours per night do you sleep?"


Only about 20.5 percent of women reported a sleep duration of nine hours per night, which was used as the "normal" reference category because prior research indicates that pregnant women tend to have longer sleep duration patterns.

About 55.2 percent of women reported sleeping seven to eight hours per night, 13.7 percent slept six hours or less and about 10.6 percent slept 10 hours or more.

According to the authors, a number of mechanisms by which habitual short sleep duration may lead to increased blood pressure have been proposed. Because blood pressure is known to dip by an average of 10 to 20 percent during sleep, short sleep durations may raise the average 24-hour blood pressure and heart rate.

This may lead to structural changes that gradually raise the pressure equilibrium of the entire cardiovascular system. Sleep restriction also may produce abnormalities in the levels of hormones such as endothelin and vasopressin, which play an important role in the cardiovascular system.

from 
medindia.net

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