Protect mom (and baby) from anemia. Pregnancy takes a tremendous toll on a woman's iron reserves, especially in the third trimester, when her body delivers a surge of iron to the baby. Iron-deficiency anemia can be very common in young women and children, leading to extreme fatigue, behavioral issues, and learning problems. Iron can also be found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, as well as many breakfast cereals.
Pregnancy constipation: Food takes longer to travel through a pregnant woman's system, and the hormones released during pregnancy cause the muscles involved in the intestinal tract to relax, leading to a very common pregnancy related problem: constipation. Preventing constipation in the first place is key, and to do this, women need high-fiber foods and plenty of water. Some of the best options include raspberries, oatmeal, and black beans.
Researchers says that: Adequate iodine intake is required for normal function of the thyroid, a gland in the neck that produces hormones that control the rate of many bodily activities. But too much iodine can lead to thyroid dysfunction.The recommended daily limit for iodine intake is 150 micrograms for men and non-pregnant women. The recommended daily intake is 220 to 250 micrograms for pregnant women and 250 to 290 micrograms for women who are breast-feeding.Women should take multivitamins containing 150 micrograms of iodine daily before conceiving.
Iodine:In pregnant women, severe iodine deficiency can permanently harm the fetus by causing stunted growth, mental retardation, and delayed sexual development. Less severe iodine deficiency can cause lower-than-average IQ in infants and children and decrease adults' ability to work and think clearly. Goiter, an enlarged thyroid gland, is often the first visible sign of iodine deficiency.
Iodine is a mineral found in some foods. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and many other important functions. The body also needs thyroid hormones for proper bone and brain development during pregnancy and infancy. Getting enough iodine is important for everyone, especially infants and women who are pregnant.
Iodine is found naturally in some foods and is also added to salt that is labeled as "iodized".
You can get recommended amounts of iodine by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
- Dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, and cheese) and products made from grains (like breads and cereals), which are the major sources of iodine.
- Fruits and vegetables, which contain iodine, although the amount depends on the iodine in the soil where they grew and in any fertilizer that was used.
If you eat a proper diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and may be also dairy, you are fine. You should be on prenatal vitamins anyway. As a case in point, the majority of Indians are vegetarian, including during pregnancy. Apparently, it turned out fine.
You need plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise some and start seeing your GYN/doctor as soon as you are pregnant. Taking vitamins with folate before and during pregnancy is important.
Mind: Begin your day with a meditative practice. Prayer and meditation, yoga..
Spirit: Be sure you have healed your emotional wounds from childhood and beyond. Get outside help if needed. Pregnancy can bring up unfinished business.
The Dangers of Listeria and Pregnancy
Pregnant women run a serious risk of becoming ill from the bacteria Listeria which can cause miscarriage, fetal death or illness or death of a newborn. If you are pregnant, consuming raw milk - or foods made from raw milk- can harm your baby even if you don't feel sick.
Take care of your unborn baby.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)