Pregnancy Diet and Tips For Moms

pregnancyMaintaining a proper diet when you are pregnant is very important. When pregnant don’t give in to the notion that you have to “eat for two”. Remember that a woman needs to be in top shape when pregnant. Pregnancy is a lot of responsibility because mothers also nourish the baby in their womb. Therefore the right diet can help baby get healthier. The list for the best food for pregnant mothers is long. But here are some tips to help keep pregnancy diet on track.

Eggs should be present in the diet. Eggs provide amino acid which is important for both mother and baby. Eggs are also a good source of protein. Note that eggs should be cooked properly before eaten. Eating undercooked eggs is not advisable.

Pregnant women should also have lots of Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet. A good source is salmon and other fatty fish. Omega 3 will help baby’s eyes and brain develop properly.

Fortified whole grains are also a must. Look for grains fortified with calcium, iron, zinc and folate, fiber and protein.

Berries make excellent snacks. They are high in calcium, folate and potassium.

Yogurt can also benefit pregnant women and should be included in the diet. Remember that yogurt is a good source of calcium. In fact, it is a better source than milk. This is important to help strengthen bones, teeth and hair.

Pregnant women are known to experience lots of different cravings when pregnant. This is why it is important to make a list before grocery shopping. Also, before you leave the store make sure that you have eaten. Shopping while hungry will only tempt you to buy or eat foods outside your diet.

As a general rule, avoid junk foods. Load up on healthy fruits and vegetables instead. Always choose fresh vegetables and fruits instead of frozen or canned ones.

When buying meats, always go for the lean cuts. Being mindful of what you eat will mean a healthier mom and baby.

 

Can You Get Pregnant During Your Period?

pregnancyThis question has been asked so many times with many different answers. Many women think that you cannot get pregnant during your period. While this is true for many women, scientists have found out that it is still possible to get pregnant when having intercourse during the menstrual cycle. Here are some of the factors that can affect pregnancy while having sex during the menstrual cycle.

Sperm’s Lifespan

The normal lifespan of a sperm is 5-7 days. This means that you could get pregnant when having unprotected sex during the late stages of your menstrual period since sperm can still be alive at the end of your period. So even if you are menstruating, there is a chance that some sperm will survive and fertilize an egg should you ovulate early.

Ovulation Spotting

Ovulation spotting occurs between menstrual periods. Some women have experienced bleeding and this could lead them to believe that they are already having their period. If you are having ovulation spotting and have unprotected sex there is a chance that an egg could get fertilized. Therefore you really need to know if you are having your period or if it is just ovulation spotting.

Menstrual Period

Generally menstruation occurs every 28 days for 5-7 days. However this is just an average. Not all women menstruate every 28 days. To find out if you are at risk of pregnancy it’s better to know your average menstrual cycle. Some women’s period can last up to 10 days so ovulation might already occur even if you are menstruating and having sex during this period can result in a pregnancy.

Scientific evidence shows that there is a chance of getting pregnant. Before engaging in unprotected sex during your period, consider the following factors stated above. However if you want to engage in sex during your period, it is better and safer to use protection.

Ways To Get Pregnant After 40

pregnancyAre you in your 40’s and want to get pregnant? But when you’re 40 getting pregnant is not so easy any more. Here are some tips to help out women who want to conceive after 40.

Know When You’re Ovulating

Ovulation does not always occur on day 14 of the menstrual cycle. A trip to the doctor for some blood tests will help you know when this crucial process is happening. You can also stop by the drug store to buy an ovulating kit. These kits are as easy to use as a home pregnancy test it.

Wonder Meds

Check with your doctor if you can take medicine like Clomid, HCG or FSH. These meds help release mature eggs to the fallopian tube where they will be fertilized by the sperm. But before thinking of this option take note that these kinds of medicine have side effect like headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and multiple birth.

IVF And Other Options

Medicine has gifted women who want to be mothers after 40 with technology like IVF or in vitro fertilization and GIFT or gamete intrafallopian transfer. While these processes can be expensive for many couples they are worth a try for those who can afford these. You can also shop around for affordable fertility clinics in your area. Talk to a reproductive health care professional to discuss artificial insemination options such as these.

Acupuncture

Your body will not get pregnant if it is stressed or out of whack. Try ancient methods like acupuncture to help get pregnant. We’ve all seen Charlotte of Sex in the City try this while she was trying to conceive. But in real life Canadian singer Celine Dion was able to get pregnant with her child with the help of IVF and acupuncture.

Tried And Tested Methods

Don’t just discard the tried and tested methods of conception just because there are new high tech ones. Keep on charting your period. This will give you a clearer idea of your ovulation. This coupled with an ovulating kit will help increase chances of getting pregnant.

Take note of the consistency of your vaginal mucus. You know that ovulation is near when it is an egg white consistency. Watch what you eat. Stay away from caffeine and sweets when trying to conceive. For overweight women, slim down to increase chances of getting pregnant.

Men and women who smoke should also stop as smoking is not only a health deterrent to both sexes, it can actually lower sperm count in men.

Pregnancy: Is Home Birth For You?

With many women endorsing the wonderful benefits of home birth, many pregnant women are wondering if this option is right for them. Contrary to popular belief, home birth is not a new thing. In fact according to researchers, 90% of the people living today were born in their homes.  Hospital birth did not start until the 1920’s due to an increase in the number of physicians and automobiles
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Most women opt for a home birth because they are familiar with the environment. Many also like the fact that family and friends can be present during the home birth. There are also many women who cannot put up with the impersonal treatment of hospital staff during the birth.

There are also women who advocate home birth because they want the experience to be as natural as possible. During a home birth there are no drugs used to speed up the delivery. Also no doctors are present during the delivery; usually a registered mid-wife is present during the home birth.

Women who have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or if you expect your baby to be born with a certain condition then a home birth is not advisable. Women who have also experienced a complicated home birth before are likewise advised to give birth in a hospital instead.

The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal

The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal, the newest addition in the best-selling series of parenting and baby books from Elizabeth & Alex Lluch, celebrates the joy, love, and adventure surrounding a pregnancy. Parents-to-be can create a beautiful keepsake that will elicit heartwarming memories for years to come.

This adorable book includes 100 guided pages of questions that couples can use to record everything from the moment they first decide to have a child, to bringing the baby home. Pages include space for photographs, shower invitations and announcements, as well as 16 colorful photo frames that can be placed throughout the book. In addition, this journal offers decorative stickers, pattern pages, a keepsake pouch, and a fold-out photo banner.

Unique components and a large trim size allow parents to design and create a beautiful and personalized keepsake that can be displayed on a nightstand or coffeetable. The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal is sure to become a favorite memento for first-time and even experienced parents who want to relive their pregnancy!

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