During pregnancy, several physiological changes occur in the immune system, heart and lungs making these women more prone to illness or infections. Contracting flu during pregnancy raises risk of complications such as premature labour and delivery, and a flu vaccine can reduce that risk. Vaccinating the mother also protects the baby Read More »
Smoking or nicotine exposure during pregnancy increases health risks for the baby as well as the mother. Even second hand smoke is extremely dangerous for both and must be avoided as much as possible.
American Lung Association states that smoking during pregnancy is the cause for:
- 20-30% Low Birth weight babies
- 14% preterm deliveries
- 10% of infant deaths
Smoking during pregnancy is also associated with increased risk in exposed children such as:
- Lung problems
- Learning disabilities
- Physical growth
The only solution to the problem is “QUITTING”. Its not easy but not impossible either. Four D’s for quitting include:
- Deep breathe
- Drink water
- Do something else
Pregnant women require immense emotional support along with physical strength. Providing resources to relieve stresses for a pregnant woman may ease the process of quitting.
Even if you have always needed that ‘caffeine kick’ several times through the day, for the expecting mothers this addiction needs to be kept under check. In moderate amounts, caffeine is not that harmful with only temporary stimulation or diuretic effect. But, caffeine is present in the tea, coffee, cold drinks and Read More »
Mothers milk is the elixir of life for the baby and with all the speculation surrounding milk proteins and their effects on health; it feels necessary to clarify that mother’s milk contains A2 casein proteins. Most of the casein in mother’s milk is A2 type beta-casein which is betterRead More »
Milk, considered as complete food for centuries, was consumed extensively by our ancestors, scholars and saints to maintain a healthy and wholesome life. That is because they had access to the pure and truly nourishing A2 milk available from Read More »
The story behind the toxi-fication of milk in India dates back to the 1970’s. Operation Flood, also called white revolution of India, was started by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1970s to increase milk production, boost rural production and offer fair prices to consumers. India became the largest producer of Milk and Milk Products.
During this revolution, there was extensive cross-breeding of Desi Indian cows with European ones and Read More »
Screening for Hepatitis B is usually done at the first prenatal visit for 95% women but these women are not identified and followed –up sufficiently. Once a pregnant woman tests positive for Hepatitis B, she should be carefully monitored and given timely intervention during delivery to preventRead More »