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Healthy Choices For You And Your Baby

Women who take multivitamins before becoming pregnant are less likely to give birth to premature babies, suggests a new study.

Previous research suggests that multivitamin use before and during pregnancy can diminish diet-related deficiencies of certain micronutrients and potentially prevent preterm birth, and that folic acid, found in multivitamins, helps to prevent birth defects.

10 Reasons to Quit Smoking in Pregnancy

The good news is that no matter when you quit your baby is getting benefits, even if it is late in your pregnancy. So don’t think you’ve missed your opportunity. Quit today for the most benefits to you and baby.

With all the delicious treats gracing the table, it’s difficult to keep your diet healthy and balanced over the holidays. Check out these guidelines for healthy holiday eating for pregnant women from the Mayo Clinic.

Calcium-rich foods - For pregnant women, three servings a day of milk, yogurt, or cheese is recommended

Folic acid-rich foods like dark leafy greens, dried peas and beans, citrus fruits, bananas, cantaloupe, and tomatoes, Fortified breads and cereals.

Iron-rich foods - Prenatal supplements can make up what you don’t eat. Other foods rich in iron include lean red meat, spinach, dried fruits, whole grains, fortified breads and cereal.

Foods that are not healthy choices for regular or excessive consumption if you’re eating for two.

Caffeine: Limit caffeine intake to one to two cups of coffee daily.

Fatty food and sweets: Keep your intake of fats and sweets low.

Fish: Pregnant women should eat certain types of fish in moderation because the fish could contain environmental contamination from mercury or industrial pollutants.

Alcohol: Could cause problems in your baby’s development.

Raw eggs: Raw eggs may contain salmonella bacteria and should not be eaten by pregnant women.

Soft cheeses: Pregnant women should avoid the soft cheeses, including Brie, Camembert, feta, and Mexican-style and blue-veined cheeses.

Labor Takes Longer For Overweight And Obese Women

Pregnant women who are overweight or obese progress through labor more slowly than do normal weight women, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

Since a longer labor is one consideration for whether or not a pregnant woman will have a Caesarean section, the new finding also means that a physician may need to take a woman’s weight into account before deciding whether or not to recommend her for the procedure, the study authors caution.

The study appears in the November issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and underscores the need for overweight or obese women who are either pregnant or contemplating pregnancy to seek medical attention.

“An overweight or obese woman contemplating pregnancy should speak with her physician about a diet and exercise program to help attain a healthy weight before she gets pregnant,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the NICHD. “A pregnant woman who is overweight or obese should speak to her physician about a diet and exercise program to help ensure the nutritional needs of her developing fetus.”

Overweight and obesity have long been known to complicate pregnancy. Both overweight and obesity increase the chances for such serious and potentially life-threatening complications of pregnancy as gestational diabetes, pregnancy-associated hypertension, and preeclampsia.

Dr. Vahratian cautioned women about beginning a weight loss program without medical advice. Many fad diets, she said, might result in some weight loss, but at the expense of good nutrition. Although her advice applies to women who are not yet pregnant, it is especially important for women who are already pregnant.

“About half of all pregnancies are unplanned,” Dr. Vahratian said. “It’s crucial for a pregnant woman to obtain early prenatal care, in order to work out a nutritional plan with her doctor, to make sure that she’s getting adequate nutrition for herself and her developing fetus.”

Painkiller Use in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia

Another reason to avoid drugs in pregnancy - Babies exposed to painkillers during the later stages of pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia.

Foetal Cells Help Mums Heal Faster

Cells from unborn babies may help heal wounds in their mums before and after pregnancy. Tests show foetal cells aid the recovery process in mice - and the phenomenon may be repeated in humans, experts believe.

The condition of women with rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis often improved in pregnancy.

Being pregnant and giving birth too often becomes a medical issue and many women start to distrust their own abilities and intuitions. Through yoga, meditation and deep breathing, women have an opportunity to come home to themselves, trust themselves and reclaim their power.

Yoga Resources for Pregnancy - Yoga has 5 vital tools for pregnancy. When followed together, they work wonders on your health and your capability to have a smooth pregnancy. The tools are:

Smooth pregnancy and a natural childbirth are just some of the benefits of yoga. But more importantly, yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of the foetus.

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