Maintaining adequate hydration during pregnancy

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Sufficient hydration is a must for everybody to prevent several minor as well as major illnesses. But, during pregnancy, increased fluid intake is needed to support fetal circulation, amniotic fluid, and a higher blood volume. Also as caloric requirement increases from the second trimester, additional fluids intake is recommended. Prevention of dehydration is vital to ensure more comfortable gestation without gastric problems as well as other circulatory disorders.Read More »

Need to avoid nicotine exposure during pregnancy

Nicotine during pregnancy.pngSmoking 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:

  • Cold
  • 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:

  • Delay
  • 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.

Optimum weight gain during pregnancy

weight gain during pregnancy.pngBeing pregnant does not give women a license to gain oodles of weight as is the case with most affluent Indian women. At the same time, the pregorexic (overly restricting energy intake and overexercising) mothers need to be cautioned regarding inadequate weight gain to prevent compromised nutrition to the baby throughout pregnancy as well as during the crucial period of lactation. One should know where to draw the line andRead More »