Keep yourself optimally nourished during pregnancy
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Your diet must include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. This combination ensures you are getting the extra calories required during pregnancy, including all the necessary micro-nutrients that your developing baby needs. Whole grains and complex starches will give you healthy carbohydrates that leave you feeling fuller for longer. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, fibre and other trace elements that will supplement your increased requirements in pregnancy. Lean meats, beans, poultry and dairy products give you a rich mix of proteins, iron and calcium. Don’t forget sea food which contains healthy fats necessary for the baby’s neurological development. Plant sources for healthy fats include nuts, flax and chia seeds among others.
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Confused by the estimated date of delivery
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As the phrase puts it, it’s an estimated date of delivery (commonly termed as EDD). It’s never an accurate date,
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If you are considering a home birth…
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Home births were the norm in aeons gone by. But by the turn of the 1900s, hospital births started becoming more common. It is estimated that nowadays, home births account for only one percent of all deliveries. However some developed countries have well-organized programs that support home births, recording slightly higher regional statistics.
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What to do with heavy periods
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Each woman has their own unique bleeding pattern. The definition of what is normal is thus related to the already established bleeding pattern in each individual. A pattern that veers from what you are used to, in terms of increased amount and duration of bleeding, may be defined as heavy periods. But generally speaking heavy bleeding may be defined as: bleeding lasting more than a week; soaking more than one sanitary pad within an hour and for several hours; passing huge blood clots; restriction of daily activities due to heavy bleeding; and easy fatigue due to loss of large amounts of blood.
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Weakening of the pelvic muscles
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With advancing age, there is a gradual decline in the female hormones which play a significant role in pelvic organ function. Thus prolapse symptoms are more common towards the menopause. Some women may have an inherent muscular weakness, though is rare. Lifestyle factors like obesity and smoking are also predisposing factors to pelvic prolapse.
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