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    Soy Story
    Avoiding soy foods while pregnant or breastfeeding may help ensure the normal sexual development of your sons.

    Research shows that feeding soy’s active ingredient, ‘genistein,’ which is similar to the female hormone estrogen, to pregnant and breast feeding test animals, produced male offspring with lower testosterone levels and smaller sexual organs.

    Source: magnamags
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  2. #12

    During pregnancy you tend to put on a lot of weight because you have to eat more than your normal quota to support another life. But whatever you eat should be nutritious and healthy. You have to eat the right kind of food. Thus gaining weight is normal but you need to know how much weight you should gain. During your first visit to your doctor, you will probably be told how much weight to gain during the nine months of your pregnancy. It's recommended that most healthy women gain 25 to 35 pounds, but this can vary depending on whether you're overweight or underweight. Try for a slow and steady weight gain, but remember that all women gain at different rates.

    During the first trimester, you'll gain only about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds each month.

    During the second trimester, you'll gain about 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound a week.

    During the third trimester, you'll gain about 1 pound a week!

    Though weight gain is normal but it's important to follow your doctor's recommendation for weight gain because gaining either too little or too much can lead to problems. Therefore eating the right kind of food is necessary because its the quality of the food that's important and not the quantity.

    If you are overweight you will have to face lots of complications which are as under.

    You put extra stress on your heart, which is already working overtime to pump your increased blood volume.

    You add stress to your joints, leading to pain in the joints which might continue even after delivery.

    You'll be more likely to develop backaches
    Once you put on so much weight it will be very difficult to loose the extra weight you have put on leading to several health problems

    If you are underweight then your baby is at risk of having a low birth weight. Low-birth-weight babies have a harder time thriving and are more vulnerable to health problems.

    Therefore it is necessary that you follow your doctor's weight-gain guidelines and gain the right amount of weight for a healthy delivery and healthy baby.

    Source: seasonsindia
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  3. #13
    i hve heard folic acid works great for ladies who are pregnant.

  4. #14

    It is a known fact that during pregnancy women have cravings for specific foods. Some pregnant women crave for chocolate, spicy foods, ice-cream, pizzas and comfort foods, such as mashed potatoes, cereals, and sandwiches. Other women crave for non-food items, such as clay and cornstarch. What causes these food cravings is still a very debatable topic and even the experts have difficultly agreeing about what causes them. While hard facts about food cravings can be a little difficult to pin down, there have been a few studies done over the years about food cravings and food aversions during pregnancy.

    Says Dr. Himanshu Batra that food craving might be the result of extreme hormonal changes that women go through during pregnancy. Because of this they can have a powerful impact on taste and smell. They can either crave for a specific food or be averse to it. But the bottom line, says Dr Batra, is that no one really knows for sure.

    Study suggests that women are more likely to crave sweet foods during the second trimester than at any other point in pregnancy. Pregnant women normally crave for ice cream, sweets, candy (especially chocolate), fruit and fish. Some believe that pregnant women develop food cravings because they think they're supposed to develop them. They might have heard and read or seen their sister’s, friends develop food cravings and thus they psychologically hold it as the important factor.

    Sometimes pregnant vegetarian women find they get uncontrollable cravings for meat. This might be a signal that you body needs protein but there is no such explanation. Some women give in to the craving over the short-term and revert to strict vegetarianism after the birth. Others believe that including fish or pulses and grains in their diet boosts their protein intake. Including more eggs, milk or cheese in your diet is another way to provide good protein.

    Some women crave for chocolate. Dark chocolate can be a useful source of magnesium and iron. So if you are craving chocolate, you may be slightly anaemic. Less sugary sources of these minerals include nuts, seeds, dates and figs (for magnesium) and red meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and oatmeal (for iron). Also it is believed that eating chocolate may help a woman who is tired or depressed to feel better.

    Dr Batra says that whatever food craving you have, it is important that pregnant women keep a check on their cravings. Craving for healthy food is good but you definitely have to stop yourself from craving for all the un-healthy food. Also some women crave for non-food items, such as clay and cornstarch. The craving and eating of non-food items is known as pica. Consumption of things that are not food can be dangerous to both you and your baby. If you have urges to eat non-food items, notify your doctor.

    Dr Batra says. "A healthful diet should be one that meets your nutritional and your emotional needs, as well as your preferences." He recommends that pregnant women should humour their cravings rather than fight them by, substituting non-fat frozen yogurt for ice cream.

    Other ways to curb unhealthy cravings:

    Eat breakfast every day (skipping breakfast can make cravings worse)
    Get plenty of exercise, and make sure you have lots of emotional support.
    Relax and don’t let depression near you.

    Source: seasonsindia
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    Nutrition During Pregnancy

    Over the past few years our thinking on diet and pregnancy has changed. We know that there is a direct correlation between healthy babies and good nutrition. Because your unborn baby is completely dependent on you for nourishment, a nutritious diet can be the most important element in establishing the future well-being of both you and your child. While many inherited problems cannot be prevented effectively, malnutrition is preventable. Not only should the pregnant woman choose to provide herself with a proper diet and supplements during pregnancy, but she should prepare herself for reproduction by assuring that a good nutritional status exists at the time of conception.

    It is extremely important for a pregnant woman to provide adequate nutrients to her baby. During pregnancy, vitamins, minerals and proteins are transferred to the fetus through the mothers . These nutrients are provided by the reserve of nutrients accumulated before pregnancy or from the intake of nutrients during pregnancy. If your diet cannot supply the nutritional needs of the infant, your own stores will be depleted. If you have a history of good eating habits, and therefore a plentiful supply of nutrients, you are at an advantage. It is critical to maintain these good habits to meet the physical and mental stresses of pregnancy and to establish a healthy pattern for life.

    Eating a well-balanced diet consisting of a variety of carefully selected, nutrient dense foods ensures that both you and the baby are getting the nutrients needed. " Well-balanced" means eating the right proportions of a wide variety of foods with an emphasis on those that are nutrient dense, that is, foods that are high in nutrients relative to the calories they contain. While a boost in calories is necessary during pregnancy, it is important to ensure that those calories contain enough of the essential nutrients. Some foods, such as lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense in their natural state, but ingredients added during preparation can add calories which lowers nutrient density. Maintaining a well-balanced diet throughout pregnancy will ensure that those nutrients are readily available for continued growth of a normal baby.

    To fulfill the nutritional requirements of pregnancy, it is important to select foods from each of these food groups. You must also concentrate on eating the correct proportions of these foods. Once you have established a daily routine, it will be easier to select the right proportions of the correct foods throughout the pregnancy.

    Milk and Dairy Products At least 3 servings. (e.g. 1 cup milk, 2oz. processed cheese, etc.)
    Bread Group 7 or more servings. (e.g. 1 slice bread, 1/2 cup rice or pasta, etc.)
    Vegetable Group 3 or more servings. (e.g. 1 cup salad, 1/2 cup carrots, etc.)
    Fruit Group 2 or more servings. (e.g. 1 apple, 1/2 cup fruit juice, etc.)
    Meat and substitutes Group 2 - 3 servings. (e.g. 3 oz. fish, 1/2 cup beans, etc.)
    Other foods Eat in moderation. (e.g. butter, salad dressings, candy, etc.)
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  6. #16
    My wife had HG when she was pregnant... it was horrible... she pukes 10-15x a day for the whole 9 months... she was so thin with a big stomach... I was so worried. Good thing the baby is healthy when it came out... A 7 pounder!

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