Just How Important Is Pre-Natal Care?

Just How Important Is Pre-Natal Care?

Just how important is pre-natal care? Well, if you talk with most obstetricians, they will tell you that the steps taken prior to getting pregnant and those during pregnancy are crucial. The most important steps are screening for infection, getting dietary counseling and learning about the things that can be risky for your unborn baby. There are common sense points; things like avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, but there are also lab studies that can determine if you and the baby are healthy. The bottom line is, you have the best chance to have a healthy baby if you and your doctor are prepared for the complications that could arise during delivery. So, here’s the point…what you need to do is take the time to make an appointment with your physician when you’re thinking about getting pregnant, or at the very least, when you find out that you are. Many of those things that you can’t anticipate on your own your doctor can work with you. Just think about it…your doctor’s been through thousands of deliveries and has the ability to talk with you about the strengths and weaknesses.

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Preterm Delivery May Be Linked to Depression

Preterm Delivery May Be Linked to Depression

A study of approximately 800 pregnant women found that their risk of preterm delivery was higher if they were depressed and it increased with the severity of their depressive symptoms. Women with severe depression had more than twice the risk of delivering their babies preterm compared to their non-depressed peers. Ninety-eight percent of women were not taking antidepressants. Preterm delivery was defined as less than 36 weeks gestation. It’s the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity. The women’s mental status was determined in points ten weeks into their pregnancy.

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An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

You’ve heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While there is no doubt that eating apples and other fruits is good for your health, researchers find that eating an apple when pregnant could have an extra special effect. According to studies, when moms-to-be ate apples during pregnancy, their children had lower rates of asthma. This is important because more than 20 million Americans have asthma, including 6.2 million children. Dutch researchers followed over 1,200 children from before birth to age five. Their mothers completed food questionnaires during their pregnancies. Later, their children’s health was surveyed as well. Women who consumed the most apples during pregnancy, more than four a week, had children who were 37% less likely to have ever wheezed than children of mothers who had eaten the lowest number of apples during pregnancy. It’s a really interesting study with great news if you like fruits.

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Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn is a problem that affects people of all ages. It affects men and women alike. In women, we often see problems with heartburn during pregnancy. During pregnancy, what you essentially have is the baby growing and growing inside the body, and as it does, it can actually push up and cause pressure. So that when the stomach is actually doing its job secreting acid, breaking down food, that acid can be pushed up into the esophagus. That’s what causes the pain of heartburn.

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Give in to Food Cravings

Give in to Food Cravings

We all deal with them at some point or another. Food cravings are common and the cravings women experience during pregnancy have reached legendary status. According to a poll of physicians, most pregnant women seem to crave things like ice cream or cake, but not pickles which seem to be the most often mentioned in most movie or television scenes. But it isn’t just during pregnancy we have these cravings. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should not fight your cravings. Satisfying a food craving can help improve your mood, relax you, and give you more energy.

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Should You Exercise While Pregnant?

Should You Exercise While Pregnant?

Should you exercise when you’re pregnant? The answer is yes, but there are some things you have to take into account before you start. Exercise and proper conditioning can help with the labor and, certainly, improve overall blood supply to the baby, but woman who are pregnant need to realize that they should not expect to do more than when they were not pregnant. In other words, if you were spending 20 minutes on the treadmill, or working with a trainer at a health club, you can probably continue, but you shouldn’t start radically new programs. Now, here’s what I suggest. First, take advantage of the fact you have an obstetrician and specifically ask about your situation. The other point is if you’re thinking about getting pregnant, start an exercise program now. This will allow you to have a starting point prior to pregnancy. All of these things are important as you begin the road to exercise.

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Testing for the Sex of Your Baby

Testing for the Sex of Your Baby

If you are pregnant, the odds are quite good you’re curious whether or not you’re going to have a boy or a girl. It goes with the territory. You want to know if your baby will be healthy. Will your baby look like mom or dad? What color eyes will he or she have? Yes, the sex of the baby is also a curious point. Are you going to have a boy or a girl? Well, perhaps you’ve heard advertisements for home test kits designed to tell if you’re going to have a girl or a boy. In fact, a test kit is available over the Internet claiming to be able to tell a woman who’s just six weeks pregnant, whether she’s having a boy or girl. At the present time, the best techniques are those used by health professionals. These include: Chorionic villus sampling, which can be done quite early; you can have amniocentesis, which is done later; and even later, just by simply doing a very accurate, detailed pelvic ultrasound. As for the test kit, let the buyer beware.

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