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Three Essential Nutrients for Every Pregnant Woman

Remember the food you eat is the main source of nutrition for your baby and can help your baby’s growth and development. Hence, one of the best things that you can do for your baby is to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy. There are three nutrients that every pregnant woman must include in her diet on a daily basis. Here’s a break-up: Protein The amount of protein required by your body increases during pregnancy to help develop the baby and the placenta (the organ which connects the developing baby…

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Another reason not to smoke while pregnant

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range of birth defects. The current study offers fresh evidence that the kidneys are among the organs at risk for damage, said lead author Dr. Maki Shinzawa, a public health researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. “Cigarette smoking releases nicotine and other harmful or potentially harmful substances, such as nitrogen…

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Food guide for pregnant women: Dos and Don’ts

Taimur Ali Khan’s birth made many mommies-to-be curious about how he came into this world on time. Not only that, Mommy Kareena Kapoordaunting a glowing look all through her pregnancy, not following the age old tradition of staying at home, being lazy and eating tons of everything, added to her panache of breaking Indian stereotypes. Becoming a mother not only brings happiness but also curiosity of finding out what is best for the new growing human inside you. Whether it is stuffing your tummy with ghee or avoiding the yummy…

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4 foods and drinks to avoid if you’re pregnant

Pregnant women are literally “eating for two,” and research shows that their diets impact the food preferences of their unborn children. A study conducted on rats found a positive correlation between a pregnant female’s junk food consumption, and a preference for junk food in her juvenile and adult offspring. The researchers concluded that, “maternal junk food consumption during pregnancy and lactation has functional consequences on the reward pathway of the offspring immediately postweaning,” meaning that because these offspring were exposed to junk food via the placenta or breast milk, they needed to…

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Younger Pregnant Women More Prone to Strokes: Study

According to a study, pregnancy in young women may increase the risk of stroke as compared to their older counterparts of childbearing age. The findings showed that stroke risk was more in women aged 12 to 24 years and increased significantly by 60 per cent in women 25 to 34 years during pregnancy or post partum period up to six weeks after delivery. However, there was no difference in stroke risk in women who were 35 years or older. “We have been warning older women that pregnancy may increase their…

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How I Kept Running While I Was Pregnant

Running is a huge part of my life. Most of my social life involves running. It’s my preferred form of therapy. I almost always have a race on the horizon, and I get up early to log miles before work more often than not. In other words, I’m one of “those people” – the generally eccentric bunch of fitness nuts that make Colorado Springs a top running town. When we found out I was pregnant with my first child in January, my husband and I were thrilled. After the initial…

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