During the first trimester, women may have concerns and anxiety about the well-being of the baby. This can create some stress and result in decreased interest for intercourse. This situation can become more pronounced as the pregnancy progresses. During this time men can help the situation by taking more interest in the pregnancy and be […]
When we say Baby Blues this is not confined to the postpartum period. It is known that 20 % of women have depression during pregnancy. Pregnancy related stresses added to the preexisting ones bring new sets of anxieties and depression. This can be manifested in appetite and mood changes. Also irritability, lingering feeling of sadness, remorse, guilt, too much or too little sleep, lack of joy, […]
This is also known as Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). It consists of the descent of a pelvic organ into or beyond the vagina, perineum or anal canal. When the bladder has prolapsed into the vagina, there is anterior wall prolapse and it is called cystocele. If the urethra has prolapsed into the vagina it is […]
The amount of appropriate weight gain during pregnancy is dependent on pre-pregnancy weight.
If a woman is underweight prior to pregnancy, she may gain 28-40 lbs during pregnancy.
If she is of average weight pre-pregnancy, she may gain 25-35 lbs during pregnancy.
If she is overweight, she should not gain more than 15-25 lbs during pregnancy.
If she is […]
Safe nutrition in pregnancy includes basic precautions and goes further by adding more safeguards. There are infections that are especially dangerous during pregnancy such as LM (listeriosis monocytogenes). Possible sources of contamination are unpasteurized milk products, soft cheeses, deli meats, salads,sandwich meats require special attention. Heat sandwich meats to steaming for safety.
Another infection dangerous during pregnancy […]
Influenza viruses are a group of RNA viruses. They belong to the viral family Orthomyxoviridae. This group is divided into Influenza A, B and C. Influenza C generally causes only mild respiratory illness. A and B strains cause seasonal viral flu and the main strains are included in the yearly flu shots.
Influenza A is divided […]
The importance of DHA intake during pregnancy is well established. DHA ( Docosahexaenoic Acid ) is different compared to its precursors ALA (alpha- linoleic acid) and EPA ( eicosapentaenoic acid) in terms of its effects on the developing fetus. DHA accumulates in the brain and retina of the developing fetus and provides several advantages:
1) DHA […]
The most important prenatal supplement is Folic acid and should be taken before the first prenatal visit. As soon as pregnancy is contemplated or suspected 600 micrograms of Folic acid daily is recommended. Additionally, calcium and iron are the two most important prenatal minerals. The over-the -counter supplements with the USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) seals are […]
It is determined that 29% of women between the ages of 20 and 39 are obese. Overall the rate of obesity has reached 32% and continues to increase.
BMI (body mass index) which is calculated by taking the weight in kilograms and dividing it by the height in m2. BMI 25 kg/m2 is considered overweight and […]
The IOM (Institute of Medicine) has issued new recommendations on nutrition during pregnancy in 2009.
BMI of 19.8 to 26 prior to pregnancy is considered normal. If it is below or above these numbers, efforts should be made to adjust weight gain during pregnancy to the pre-pregnancy BMI.
If the Pre-pregnancy BMI is below 18.5 a total […]