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Womens Health – Pregnancy Nutrition is for All Women of Child Bearing Age

Posted on September 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

During pregnancy your nutrition needs are going to increase. Even before becoming pregnant it is a good idea to make every effort to start eating healthy and taking a women’s multivitamin. A prenatal multivitamin is a better choice during pregnancy.

Let’s start with the recommended daily intake of food during pregnancy.

DURING PREGNANCY :

7 or more Fruits and Vegetables (3 fruits/4 vegetables)

Fruits and Vegetables high in vitamin C are the best. These include strawberries, melons, oranges, papaya, tomatoes, peppers, greens, and broccoli.

9 or more Whole Grain Products

A fortified breakfast cereal containing iron and folic acid is the best way to start each day. Enriched bread, rice, pasta, and any whole grain product are your other choices.

4 or more dairy products

Low-fat milk or non-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese are the obvious choices.

60 grams of protein (two or more 2-3 ounce portions of lean meat)

Other sources of protein include eggs, nuts, dried beans, and peas. Do not eat undercooked or uncooked meat or fish. (NO SUSHI) Do not eat deli luncheon meats

PREGNANCY NUTRITION FACTS

Fish

Some fish are higher in mercury content than others. Mercury can cause problems with your growing baby’s brain and nervous system.

Fish to avoid completely:

shark
swordfish
king mackerel
golden snapper
white snapper

Fish eating limitations:
Limit your intake of fish to 12 ounces a week
Limit your intake of white tuna or tuna steak to 6 ounces a week

Safest fish to eat:
shrimp
salmon
catfish

light tuna

Weight

Calorie intake should only be increased by 300 a day during pregnancy for the average woman.
Weight gain should be around 28-40 pounds for women that are underweight at pregnancy.
Women that are overweight at pregnancy should gain only 15-25 pounds.
Weight gain should be around 2-4 pounds the first trimester and 3-4 pounds a month for the remaining time.
Excess weight gain is hard to lose after pregnancy because your body’s fat increases up to one third during pregnancy.
Breast feeding burns 500 or more calories per day making it easier to lose weight.
Consult your health care provider for your specific healthy weight gain.

Vitamins and Minerals

Check the RDA chart for your needs during pregnancy.

Folic Acid is a special concern because a deficiency can lead to neural tube birth defects. Your multivitamin should contain 400 mcg of folic acid. Birth defects happen before you even know you’re pregnant so always take a multivitamin with folic acid during child bearing age.

Vitamin C taken in doses over 500 mg/d can lead to your baby being born dependent on large quantities of vitamin C.

Iron is also of special concern because the average American diet does not provide enough iron during pregnancy. If your prenatal multivitamin does not contain enough iron your doctor will prescribe an additional supplement. Iron is needed for you and the baby to have healthy teeth, bones, and blood.

Water is often overlooked during pregnancy but it is vital for you and your baby. It carries the nutrients from your body to the baby and it helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, swelling and urinary tract infection. A minimum of 6 eight ounce glasses a day is required. Juice can count toward your 6 glasses but be careful of the added calories. Any drink containing caffeine actually reduces the fluid in your body and cannot count towards your 6 glasses.

Calcium is needed by you and the baby for strong teeth and bones. During pregnancy you need 1,000 mg/d and 1,300 mg/d if you are less than 18 years old.

Alcohol Consumption

There is no safe time or amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy. No alcohol is the only way to insure the health of your baby. Alcohol you drink goes to your baby through the umbilical cord. Alcohol affects the baby’s growth, the baby’s brain, and can cause birth defects. These effects will remain with your unborn child for his/her entire life. FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) is the name given to anyone affected by their mother’s alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Problems learning, memory retention, and hearing are just a few things that alcohol can do to your child.

Caffeine

Caffeine in large quantities can lead to low weight babies. It also reduces the amount of vital water in your body. Although not yet proven, some studies suggest that it may harm the fetus. While not as dangerous as alcohol it should still be avoided.

Diabetics

Diabetics can have perfectly normal babies like every other woman. There are a just a few things you need to be careful of.
1. Keep your blood sugar under control for a minimum of 3 months before becoming pregnant.
2. Make sure you get enough folic acid at all times during your child bearing years (400 mcg/d).
3. Don’t let your blood sugar get too high during pregnancy. This can lead to birth defects or your baby having blood sugar level problems

Ways To Control Morning Sickness

*Eat 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones

*Don’t go without eating for long periods of time

*Don’t drink fluids with your meals

*Don’t eat greasy, spicy, or fried foods

*Avoid unpleasant smells

*Don’t get over tired

Pregnancy and Teeth – What You Should Really Know

Posted on September 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

While for most of us, oral health is limited to daily brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist every six months, there are some people with special health considerations that have an influence on their oral and dental health. There can be no doubt that lifestyle and genetics play a big part in determining whether or not you have strong, white and attractive teeth. However, should you contract a disease like diabetes, or should you fall pregnant, your oral health may be affected quite severely.

It is important to remember that your oral health is a reflection of your state of health in general. HIV/AIDS, excessive stress, smoking, cancer, diabetes, and even certain kinds of medicines may have an effect on your teeth. For this reason, you need to ensure that you are living a healthy lifestyle and that your doctor and dentist are always fully informed about changes in your state of health. In particular, should find yourself the victim of a serious condition; consult your dentist as soon as possible, to find out whether there are any considerations to take into account for the benefit of your oral health. Pregnancy can affect the state of your teeth quite substantially, so visit your dentist regularly.

Pregnancy causes a wide variety of changes in every woman’s body, and these often have a considerable effect on her mouth and teeth. There is an old wives’ tale that one loses a tooth with each pregnancy, and while women will certainly notice a difference in their oral health during and after their pregnancy, there are a number of steps they can take to minimize the risk and ensure their teeth stay as healthy as possible. The first factor influencing oral health is the change in a woman’s hormonal profile, which not only gives rise to the mood changes associated with pregnant women, but also leads to inflamed gums.

This inflammation causes the gums to swell, which makes cleaning teeth, and the important junction between the crowns and gums, more difficult. As a result, many women end up with pregnancy gingivitis, gum disease caused by pregnancy. Gingivitis tends to occur more often during the second trimester of pregnancy. This is because estrogens levels rise, increasing blood flow to all the body’s tissues. As a result, when cleaning their teeth, pregnancy women often notice that gums start to bleed. This is not a sign that the gums have been injured. Rather, it is an indication that extra care must be taken to ensure that brushing and flossing are as efficient as possible.

Easy Guide to Smart Shopping Online

Posted on July 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Holiday season is here and everyone is making a beeline to buy appropriate gifts to suit the occasion. At times like these the stores are almost filled up with huge crowds and deals that make it almost impossible to get what you want. It is relatively easier to go shopping online to save time and get better deals quickly. However, online shopping is convenient but at the same time, it can also be potentially dangerous to shop online. It is during festival occasion hackers are on the prowl to steal or tamper with maximum user information. Nevertheless, one cannot altogether avoid shopping online as it has to be done. Here is an easy guide to smart shopping online to help you keep safe.

Browsing

Initially you need to understand that using a reliable browser is the best option while deciding to shop online. You can use either Chrome or Firefox; the best option is using these browsers interchangeably. If you are using two browsers at the same time then you minimize your chances of online security threat from hackers. For example, you can use Chrome for transactions login and Firefox for casual browsing.Another essential tip is to check for the URL that is displayed in the address bar above the browsing window. While opening websites that require sensitive data transactions or user login details for shopping you need to check for the URL. Check for the HTTPS extension at the beginning of the URL. This indicates that it is safe to browse. Remember if you are about to check into a legitimate shopping website and it does not contain HTTPS then it is better that you do not log into it as you risk falling a prey to Phishing.

Passwords

Often we have a habit of continuing with the same password for a long time, this compromises your security. In order to be safer online it is essential to keep changing your passwords at a given interval of time especially during the holiday season. You need to change the passwords of your banking services, e-mail accounts and online shopping services that are similar to Amazon. Another thing to keep in mind is choosing a password that does not includes phrases or words. A password can be a composition of random words that can be separated by comas or spaces. However, you need to keep in mind that only websites like Microsoft accounts accept spaces within passwords including Amazon and Google. To be on the safe side, when you are done shopping you can again change your passwords to ensure the safety of your account.

Log Out

Many times, it so happens that you forget to either log out of your account or just hit the X to close the window. This way your account is still logged in and it becomes insecure as the cookies are stored that might be used for hacking your account. Make it a habit to log out of your account after you are done shopping, after using your e-mails or other such services that require login details along with passwords.

VPN

VPN or Virtual Private Network can be utilized to encrypt the web traffic. In case, if you do not have the option available then you can use an alternate program for securing your network. Downloading options like TOR for Mac and Windows, downloading software like LogMeIn Hamachi or an option like a HotSpot Shield suited to Mac and Windows users are good alternatives. These programs will keep you safe while you shop or make transactions online via shopping website.Paying options

During the holiday seasons, the web traffic is large and there are many opportunities for hackers to get their hands on the financial details of a user. However, you can stay safe by utilizing a credit card to pay for your online shopping. This will also keep you safe from any kind of online fraudulent practices. Comparatively paying with a debit card is relatively risky as your PIN, other details can be compromised, and you may lose a lot of cash.

Implementing all the above tips will help you stay safe while you indulge in shopping online.

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Reasons Why So Many People Shop Online

Posted on July 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Why Do So Many People Shop Online?

First, it is convenient. Shopping carts allow people to browse many products without having to walk all over the store. Also, they don’t get bombarded with pushy salespeople. This makes their shopping more enjoyable.

They can do more research and read detailed product descriptions, listen to audio and watch video demonstrations without leaving their homes.

With mobile commerce, they can shop from almost any location without having to be tied to their computers. By the time some shopping decisions are made, they know more than some sales people about a certain product. It also fulfills the need for instant gratification.Shopping online takes out the middle man. The product goes directly from the manufacturer or warehouse to the consumer. In the case of digital goods it is an immediate download.

Online Shopping Saves Time

Shopping trips can consume enormous chunks of time, driving across town, looking for parking spaces, rummaging through aisles and waiting in line for a cashier to check out.

We’ve all experienced the customer who has to make returns, check prices or find their money while holding everyone else “hostage” in waiting. Price checks and shift changes depending on the time you go to a store to shop are also reasons why many turn to online shopping.

Online Shopping is More Safe

Another reason to shop online is for safety. There’s less chance of being mugged in the parking lot, having a purse stolen or a child lost or kidnapped.

Sometimes people even get into heated arguments and fights over purchase items. Shopping at home could prevent a black eye!

Online Shopping Is Easy

Online payment processing allows for smooth secure transactions along with easy return policies. Further, online documentation and receipts make it easier to keep up with spending records. You are given the option to print the receipt, but they are also emailed ensuring that your purchases are documented.With new online payment processors such as PayBox.me, the promise of a better shopping experience for both merchant and customer exists. PayBox pre-launched September 1, 2010 and in just two short months have gathered over 100,000 subscribers. They plan to directly challenge PayPal and are currently offering new subscribers a $25.00 incentive to enroll.

Newer and better payment processors will help to ensure the online shopping experience is pleasant by offering options and potentially better service than what now exists. This may force existing processors to improve their service which in turn creates a better online experience.

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Online Shopping – Not Out of Reach for Anyone Who Wants to Shop Online

Posted on July 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Computers have been used for more things than computing and gaming for some time now, in fact most people now use their computers for shopping online than any other function. Online shopping is made so easy now and is not out of reach no matter your age.

Many elderly don’t like the idea of shopping and paying for their goods online, just the thought of putting their private information and debit or credit card details into a computer is a daunting thought. Despite this many elderly or disabled people use shopping online as a lifeline, especially if they find it difficult to get around. Many clubs and centres now provide computer classes to get people doing their shopping online which many find easy once they’ve tried.

To online shop you normally have to register with the store, however this is not always necessary but you would need a valid email address and a credit or debit card for payment. If you do have to register with the store you would need to set up a user name, usually your email address would be used, and a secure password which you would be asked to enter each time you re-visit, this is to ensure that your account and details are only accessible by you.If you do shop online with several different stores it is a good idea to use a unique password for each one, this is the most secure way to keep your account safe and sound. You could try to use the site name for the beginning of the password followed by some other letters, numbers or symbols you can easily remember. For example if you’re shopping at Asda you could have a password like Asda£$%00A as long as you remember the £$%00A bit you should never forget your password, this is just an example and you could use any system you feel comfortable with as long as it’s secure. You should use a combination of letters, numbers or symbols to make sure it’s difficult to guess, never use date of birth or your street name as these are too predictable.

The main part of online shopping is easy. Once you’ve registered, just browse the stores pages, click on the item you’re interested in and add it to your basket. Once this is done you can continue shopping or go straight to the checkout, this is normally easy to find on the top of the screen for most shop sites.

Most online shopping sites use secure backbones to make sure that you transaction is done in a safe and secure way. At the checkout you will be asked to enter your credit card details and confirm your delivery address. On some sites you can also store you card details so that they don’t have to be entered every time you checkout the goods. You will also find a place to enter voucher codes or coupon which normally comes in the form of a code to enter at the checkout; you can get codes for free delivery or a specific discount that can be taken from the price of the order.Once you’ve confirmed your order, simply just wait for your goods to arrive. All this is done in the comfort of your own home.

Online shopping is great products such as DVD’s, CD’s books etc. that you know are going to be the same regardless whether you’re shopping online or in-store. You can also shop online for groceries for a small delivery charge, or try online auctions for picking up those last-minute bargains.

Check out my article “Buying Online Rights – Know Where You Stand When You Return Unwanted Items Bought Online” for returns and online delivery charge refunds and you rights regarding the Distance Selling Regulations (consumer protection law).

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The Benefits of Discount Shopping Online

Posted on July 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

There are many people who dread the concept of shopping due to the problems associated with offline shopping. Offline shopping entails a number of disadvantages which makes it highly cumbersome in nature. Standing in the cues and looking for favorable parking slots are some of the worst facets of offline shopping. The idea of hopping from one store to another becomes highly irritating and often the offline stores do not have enough items in stock which makes options too limited. Online shopping is devoid of such limitations and is most preferred for the amount of convenience that it offers to the customers. Here you will get to sit down in the comfort of your home and do as much research as you want on the items that you need to purchase. Moreover even the job of searching can be carried out without much hassle for all you need to do is to click the mouse and visit as many online stores as you want.Apart from the factor of convenience the amount of benefits that you can reap for online shopping far outweigh the list of benefits that offline shopping offers. The fact that more and more people are opting for online shopping is suggestive of the fact that this type of shopping is highly advantageous. It would enable you to save a lot more than the amount you would have saved through offline shopping. This is because online shopping comes with the great benefit of discount shopping which makes it highly beneficial. If you purchase items at discounted rates through online shopping, why should you go for offline shopping? There are a number of schemes and offers available on online shopping which you cannot avail in offline shopping.

There are different types of deals available on items sold online, of which an important type is that of coupon codes. These coupon code deals are meant to help people to save money on any kind of purchase they make. Hence, you can use these coupon codes for all kinds of purchase that you make. These coupons are available online, do some amount of research before settling for any particular type of coupon. Online discount shopping also involves the facility of carrying out a comparison of the prices of a particular type of item. One can easily carry out this comparative study which is quite difficult in case of offline shopping.

Often the retailers offer items at discounted rates when they are sold in bulk or under any kind of offer. These kinds of offers are available only in case of offline shopping. These are the different types of discount shopping that one can avail in online shopping and one should go for that type of discount offer which suits him the most. Every discount offer has a nature of its and are meant to cater to the needs of a particular group of people, so you should weigh different options and go for an option that matches you need the most.Online discount shopping offers a number of advantages but you need to take all measures for security. You need to stay safe when you are looking for discount shopping online in order to avoid falling in traps and fraudulent practices. For the purpose of security you should never send an email containing information of your personal details while discount shopping online. Moreover in case of online discount shopping you should always look for the top quality product available for since you would get the item at discounted rates you can afford to look for the best quality products manufactured by the best of manufacturers.

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