Skin Care During Pregnancy

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pregnant mother are always gorgeous, they glow because they are working to bring new life into this beautiful world in just a few months. However, pregnancy can also take its toll on the body at the same time. It is very important to take care of your skin while you are expecting, as it is when you are not pregnant.

Prior to you start any skin care schedule while you are expecting, it is always recommended to consult with your family doctor. Some skin care products can be dangerous to your unborn child. You must understand that whatever you were putting on your body, it will directly or indirectly affecting your unborn baby.

You must cleanse your skin regularly during pregnancy. As your skin may be more sensitive than normal, it is always suggested to use mild soap or glycerin based soap specially design for too for sensitive skin. Try to avoid callous astringents, to remove oil from your skin. You can use gentle scrub to remove dead skin. And try to avoid face wash more than two times otherwise your skin become dry.

In pregnancy, skin becomes too delicate and sensitive and the chance of sun tanning and damage is improve. You can prevent this from happening, always try to stay out of the direct sunlight when it is at its strongest and use a good sun block lotion with SPF of at least 15 to 20.

There are also other skin problems like cracking, drying, peeling and loss of a healthy complexion that can happen during pregnancy as the body supports more than a single life. Along with a healthy diet, exercise and vitamins there are products available that can help restore the healthy glow to skin that may not be looking its best. It is also a good idea to use products with SPF in them if you plan on spending any time out in the sun.

Skin care during pregnancy doesn't need to be overly complicated, but you will need to take a bit more care than usual. Try to use fairly natural skin care products, as some chemicals can affect your unborn child. If in doubt, talk to your doctor. Apart from that, you should be able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy, for both your skin and your body.


Seeing the Dentist During Pregnancy

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Throughout pregnancy, your risk of developing oral disease is increase. Pregnancy gingivitis - a state which goes further and started bleeding of tender gums and also goes up to oral infection. Generally pregnant mother may suffer from this oral illness and this can be harmful for development of baby's health.

Pregnancy Gingivitis - This is the well know dental illness which badly affecting the pregnant women. As per the current studies and research, 60% or more pregnant mothers are affected with this pregnancy gingivitis illness. The main cause behind this oral disease is the growth of bacteria, germs and plaque in between the teeth. If you have pregnancy gingivitis problem, you will notice that your gums are swollen and its color turns to reddish. Your gums may also ebb as you feel that your teeth are becoming wobbly.

Pregnancy makes you susceptible to various oral health risks. Because of the excessive increase in your hormone levels, bacteria can accumulate more rapidly in between and on the surface of your teeth. If you want to protect yourself and your baby from the complications and risks involved, you should practice the following basic dental hygienic procedures.

  • Brush your teeth methodically but gently. Always use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush. You also need to do dental floss on a regular basis.
  • Frequent vomiting may promote the accumulation of bacteria in your teeth. To protect yourself from the adverse dental effects of morning sickness, it will be best if you gargle with warm water or an antibacterial mouthwash every time you vomit. You can also use baking soda as your tooth paste. However, make sure that you first consult with your physician.
  • Make it a point to visit your dentist frequently especially during the second trimester of your pregnancy. Have him conduct a comprehensive dental exam as well as a thorough dental cleaning process.
  • To promote dental health during pregnancy, you need to eat a very healthy diet; you must include lots of vegetables, fruits and other foods that are rich in calcium, B12 and vitamin C in your regular diet.
  • If you experience tooth ache or some signs and symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis such as the development of pus or bleeding of the gums, you should check with your dentist right away. These can be signs of a dental infection that can possibly spread throughout your body. This can also increase risks for pregnancy complications especially during labor. Never take any kind of medications without consulting your dental expert and your general physician.
"By taking care of your dental health, you eliminate any chance of passing on bacteria to your unborn child or ending up in the delivery room for a premature birth," a statement from the clinic read.


Now all Mummies can eat DARK CHOCOLATE…………..

The scientific research suggests that eating dark chocolate while pregnant may have health benefits for mummy and baby. Dark chocolate has contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which guard the body and help to repair regular cell damage and increase the immunity of the body. As per the studies these antioxidants helps to reduced cholesterol, lower blood pressure and protect from heart related disease. And also protects from cancer and stroke, it also decreased pregnancy complications, and help in delayed brain function which arise with the aging.

Most people are believe that chocolate is not good for pregnant women as it contains caffeine that inhibits the absorption of iron. But as per the studies it proves that dark chocolate on the other hand is actually beneficial for pregnant mother. A regular daily intake of dark chocolate protects pregnant mother from experiencing high blood pressure related problems.

Research has also shown that when pregnant women eat dark chocolate they also pass on the benefits to their babies. Researchers have found a connection between mummies who ate dark chocolate while they were pregnant and the happiness share of their babies. They actually claim that mother who ate chocolate gave birth to happier babies.

Dark chocolate contains chemical called theobromines that persuade vasodilation, stimulates the heart and is a diuretic. It also contains magnesium that helps in reducing hypertension. Magnesium is very essential for pregnant mother as it helps in the development of the fetal brain. Dark chocolate also contains Flavonoids it is rich anti-oxidant properties. This is also helpful in building immunity and contains anti-carcinogens. For expecting mother flavonoids help in preventing pre-eclampsia.

A new research shows that eating these dark sweet chocolate everyday just might reduce the possibility of a miscarriage. It is also good for those expecting mother who are struggling or have struggled with morning sickness during their first three months on the way. Dark chocolate help them a lot to fight with this morning sickness problem.

However, remember that, because this study is still new, you should always speak with your physician before changing your pregnancy diet.


A way To Staying Fit during Pregnancy - Pregnancy Exercise

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pregnancy is a superb time in mother's life. A small baby growing inside you and you can feel like a wonder.

Throughout pregnancy, many mother’s are unable to choose whether they should do work out or daily not. They are really confused, whether they should exercise in moderation or not. Expecting mother’s also want to know the actual benefits of pregnancy exercises and how it will helpful for them and their baby. Pregnancy exercise helps pregnant women in many ways as you progress in your pregnancy week by week. However it is always advisable to consult your physician, before you start.

Pregnancy should not be used as an excuse to stop exercising. Believe it or not, exercises are essential if you want to get through the pregnancy symptoms, if you want to maintain your active lifestyle, and of course if you want to deliver your baby without being too exhausted and experiencing too much pain. There are special exercises for women who are pregnant.

Usually during the first three months, mother is allowed to continue with her daily exercise program. But this does not mean that now that you are pregnant you should start running every day if you haven't been running up until this point. No need to engage in new exercise - this is not the time. But if you are feeling well and not experiencing any pain or bleeding, and the most important your doctor allows you then it is totally safe to continue with your earlier work out routine.

Exercise Types

This is some simple form of exercise; you can do it as per your doctor suggestion.

Stretch out - Stretching helps attain the desired flexibility of motion. The intentional effort during stretching not only helps you relax better but also helps cool down after a tiring exercise schedule.

Walking - The best exercise regime that must be continued all through the three trimesters of pregnancy. Walking can never hurt, provided the shoes are comfortable enough to walk.

Swimming - This exercise form imparts a few minutes of feeling weightless even with the added weight around you. Swimming further helps in a good sleep and along with other mild aerobics forms, keeps one active throughout.

Yoga - If you are worried about your physical appearance post pregnancy, follow a diligently planned yoga schedule. Yoga and exercise together are a perfect way to deal with any disfiguring issue, post pregnancy birth.

Despite what pregnancy work out you does, you ought to aware about your pulse rate. And be sure that you are not over exercising. Make sure to drink ample of water - more than you may be used to drinking to protect your baby and yourself against drying out.


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