Why Women Need More Calcium When Pregnant

Why Women Need More Calcium When Pregnant

Calcium is a nutrient necessary in building strong bones and teeth. It is also a factor in blood clotting, muscle and nerve function, normal heart beat. Most of the calcium in our body is stored in our bones. Your growing baby needs plenty of calcium to develop properly, so you need to increase you calcium intake to support your baby’s development. If you do not consume the extra calcium your baby needs, your body will take calcium from your own bones, reducing your bone mass and increasing your…

Why Women Need More Iron When Pregnant

Why Women Need More Iron When Pregnant

About 2/3 of iron in the body is found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells which transports oxygen to tissues, and muscles. Iron deficiency restricts oxygen delivery to cells, resulting in decreased immunity, fatigue, and poor work performance. Iron is also important in the regulation of cell growth and differentiation. The body absorbs iron better during pregnancy; thus it is important to consume more iron while you are pregnant to make sure that you and your baby are getting enough o…

Managing Common Pregnancy Problems

Managing Common Pregnancy Problems

Morning sickness, diarrhea, heartburn, and constipation are some of the most common pregnancy problems. Morning sicknessMorning sickness is a common pregnancy problem. To help calm your queasy stomach, eat small amounts of bland foods like crackers, cereal, or pretzels before getting out of bed. You may also snack on these bland foods, or eat small meals frequently throughout the day. Avoid eating fried, fatty, and greasy foods. You may also try the following:Take your prenatal vitamin before go…

Antibiotics and Pregnancy

Antibiotics and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are a number of things that are off-limits, such as alcohol, smoking, and caffeine. You also have to consider the medications you take – is it safe to take this or that medicine?If you contract a bacterial infection during pregnancy, Dr. Roger Williams from the MayoClinic says, “Antibiotics can nearly always be taken safely.” However, Dr. Williams says choosing the specific medication carefully is important. Some antibiotics that are safe to be taken during pregnancy, but…

Ankle Swelling During Pregnancy

Ankle Swelling During Pregnancy

Ankle-swelling is common among women during pregnancy. There are many possible causes of ankle-swelling.     One reason is that the body produces and retains more fluid when pregnant. Another reason is that the your growing uterus puts pressure on your veins which hampers blood flow back to the heart, leading to swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. Ankle-swelling usually goes away after giving birth. Meanwhile, below are a few things you can do to reduce the swelling:Keep off your feetAvoid s…

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking and Pregnancy

Women who stopped smoking before or during early pregnancy greatly decrease their risk of several potential severe health problems. Compared with women who do not smoke-women who smoke before pregnancy are twice as likely to experience conception delay and are approximately 30 percent more likely to become infertile. women who smoke during pregnancy are twice as likely to have premature rupture of membranes, placental abruption, and placenta previa during pregnancy. Babies born to women who smok…

Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

Periconception is the time period around conception. It is also a crucial period to increase your chances of getting pregnant and to improve your pregnancy outcome. Here are some guidelines that may help you if you are planning to have a baby:What to do 3 months before conception?Check your general and reproductive health three months prior to your conception. You must find a good and credible MFM (maternal-fetal medicine) specialist or obstetrician now. Do it now while your pregnancy is not yet…

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and Pregnancy

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and Pregnancy

Generally, pregnancy tests check a woman’s urine or blood for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels. The presence of hCG hormone is the earliest sign that you are pregnant. Produced during the early phase of pregnancy, this hormone is secreted by the developing embryo immediately after conception and later on by the cells from the syncytiotrophoblast (the one that forms the outermost fetal component of the placenta).What are the roles of hCG? One of the major functions of hCG is to sustain t…

Understanding Pregnancy

Understanding Pregnancy

Pregnancy occurs when the egg cell of a female is fertilized by the sperm cell coming from a male. In humans, pregnancy can occur usually one at a time although there can be cases where a pregnancy can lead to conceiving twins or triplets. Questions as to how long it takes for a woman to get pregnant can have several different answers. The reason for this is because there are certain factors at play that may affect the circumstances that may lead to pregnancy. For healthy couples who have sex fr…

HCG Levels During Pregnancy

HCG Levels During Pregnancy

HCG levels are directly related to a woman’s pregnancy. Also called as human chorionic gonadotropin, hCG is a hormone that is produced by the embryo soon after conception and later on by a part of the placenta known as the syncytiotrophoblast. Its primary function is to prevent the disintegration of the corpus luteum in the ovary which produces the progesterone which is essential to maintain a normal pregnancy. Effect On PregnancyThe levels of hCG in women can tell them that they are pregnant. I…