Should You Exercise While Pregnant?

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It is one of the most common questions medical experts are asked.  It comes up in the office and even in social settings.  The question is, “Should you exercise while you are pregnant?”  The answer is yes.  Exercise and proper conditioning can help with the labor and certainly improve your overall blood supply to the baby.  In addition, stretching, flexibility, and exercise are quite helpful and can help at the time of delivery.  But, there is a longer answer we need to stress.  Women who are pregnant need to realize they should not expect to do more than when they were not pregnant.  That’s a very important point.  

 

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Eating a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

Eating a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

The best diet during pregnancy is one that is actually high in fruits and vegetables. What doctors often suggest you do is you talk to your obstetrician/gynecologist to discuss the best foods during pregnancy, but one of the things that physicians look at, essentially, is trying to get people to have a balanced diet. You don’t want to eat too much or too little, and you want to make sure that you have the proper components of fruits and vegetables. You want to avoid things that are high in fat, in excess. Again, it’s moderation that is the key.

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Vision Can Change During Pregnancy

Vision Can Change During Pregnancy

If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, think about getting your glasses before you become pregnant. Now you might be thinking, ‘What a crazy comment!’ But it’s not. Women’s vision changes when they are pregnant. So, when the vision changes, those changes actually can affect the prescriptions. Now, many optometrists and ophthalmologists will recommend that you don’t get glasses or contact lenses during this period of time. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have Lasik surgery or one of those types of procedures. Change in vision is dramatic, and it happens throughout pregnancy.

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Research on Oxytocin and Delivering Babies

Research on Oxytocin and Delivering Babies

There’s an interesting report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Actually, the research was done at Tulane and the University of North Carolina. They worked together. What they found is teaching hospital staff in Uruguay and Argentina might have better ways to deliver babies by reducing the chances of the new mom experiencing significant blood loss and undergoing an episiotomy. Here’s what happened. The researchers worked with hospital staff providing workshops and one on one training in order to promote oxytocin use during labor and discourage episiotomies. An episiotomy is an incision in the mother to aid the baby’s exit. After the intervention finished, even a year later, oxytocin use during labor was up 2% to 84% and episiotomies were down 41% to 30%; gains that were not seen at hospitals that did not have those interventions. Chances of blood loss decreased by 45% to 70%.

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Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy

Preconception care is so important and it’s important for many reasons. First of all, a woman needs to know, if she’s going to become pregnant, what she’s facing. What are the pros, the cons, the concerns? But in addition to that, how do you prepare to have a healthy baby? What are the things you can do? For instance, are there certain foods you should eat? Folic acid is a very important vitamin that should be taken before a woman becomes pregnant, and throughout the pregnancy. A lot of women aren’t aware of that, the importance of folic acid. All of these things need to be evaluated and stressed.

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Depression During Pregnancy

Depression During Pregnancy

Both postpartum depression and the baby blues can occur in the mother after she delivers, and many in the medical and non-medical communities are aware of this. But fewer are aware of depression during pregnancy, a problem that can go untreated. The reason it’s not recognized is that some of the obvious symptoms of depression, like tiredness, trouble sleeping, emotional changes and weight gain may occur with pregnancy. One in twenty women experience depression while pregnant.

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Eating Cereal and the Sex of a Baby

Eating Cereal and the Sex of a Baby

Researchers in statistics and obstetrics gynecology are challenging a report from last year claiming that babies born to mothers who eat breakfast cereal are more likely to be male. The new study says that due to the large number of food items in the original study included for analysis, women reported on their consumption of 132 items, the findings were likely to include a number of false positives just by chance alone. Basically, the new research says the cereal finding was a fluke and nothing more.

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