Pregnant Women, Nutrition, Exercise And Stress Avoidance

Women sometimes see pregnancy as a time to eat significant amounts of junk food. However, for the health of mother and baby, it is best to choose healthy, nutritious foods.

Well cooked fish, chicken, turkey and fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the best foods to choose. Be careful to avoid raw or under-cooked fish and meat, which could harbor pathogens and parasites.

Some women binge on junk food while pregnant. Poor eating habits, such as excessive sugar consumption, particularly refined sugar, can lead to diabetes, which would impact your health and that of your unborn baby.

Cravings for some foods will occur, such as fried chicken and chocolate, but be careful not to go on constant junk food binges during pregnancy.

Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as they can cause birth defects, miscarriages and still births. None of it is advisable during pregnancy (smoking, illegal narcotics use and excessive drinking regarding alcoholic beverages is not good for anyone’s health).

Avoid stress during pregnancy. When the mother is stressed and experiencing anxiety, the fetus experiences the same, due to increased levels of cortisol in the body. A stressed expectant mother can unintentionally create an environment for her unborn baby to develop “fetal distress.”

Women should also be careful of the pharmaceutical drugs they take during pregnancy, as some can cause birth defects and miscarriages. If you can avoid all pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy, it is best. Talk to your doctor about the risks of each pharmaceutical drug you currently take and the impact it can have on an unborn child.

It is also important to avoid dying or bleaching your hair during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals advise against this practice during pregnancy, as it can be harmful to the baby. Avoid all laser hair removal treatments as well, until you have safely given birth to your baby.

Excessive exercising during pregnancy can also be harmful, especially during a high risk pregnancy. After all, some women are order on bed rest during pregnancy. Exercise should be low impact and moderate. All exercise should also be approved by your licensed physician.

Pre-pregnancy weight is also important. Women who are overweight have greater difficulty conceiving and a higher risk of miscarriage. Get your body as healthy as possible in anticipation of pregnancy.

Aim to have as healthy and a natural pregnancy as possible, avoiding stress, toxins, chronic junk food binges and overly taxing activities. Enjoy your pregnancy as a happy time to nurture human life, bond with your unborn baby and relax. Have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

The Importance Of Sleep To The Human Body (Repairing The Body, Burning Calories)

Woman sleeping in state of REM sleep (photo illustration by Lorenza Walker)

Sleep is very important to the human body. The body needs sleep to function properly. It can be equated to charging a phone battery.

When the phone’s battery is at a lower percent, the unit begins sending out warning messages indicating there is not enough power for some of the phone’s components to function and therefore cannot be loaded for use (camera, video camera ect).

When the phone’s battery is at 100% it functions at its best. Just so humans function best when properly rested.

Some people go without proper sleep, stating they only need 2-3 hours per night. However, medical science has established the optimal number of sleep is 8-hours per night.

People who lack sleep make more mistakes at work and while driving. They are also less productive due to decreased energy levels. They become forgetful, irritable and error prone.

Sleep is vital to brain health. Scientific studies have shown a repeatedly lack of sleep can lead to brain damage over time.

Sleep is the body’s way of regenerating and repairing any and all damage that can be repaired through said bodily process.

While you sleep, your body also burns calories. Lack of sleep means the body burns less calories, which can lead to weight gain in men and women.

Lack of sleep also throws off a woman’s menstrual cycle. Frequently missing sleep can cause missed periods, when you should aim to keep your body’s functions as normal and regular as possible.

Lack of sleep can also be a hindrance when trying to get pregnant. Women who are trying to get pregnant must eat a balanced diet, drink an adequate amount of water each day, maintain a healthy body weight and get the proper amount of sleep each night.

Sleep quality is important as well. Sleep in a quiet, dark room. Turn off the television and computer/tablets. Make sure the light from your mobile phone is off as well, by putting it in sleep mode.

Taking a relaxing shower or bath before bed is also conducive to a good night’s sleep. When you feel relaxed and clean from the soap and water, your body is in a more tranquil state.

Do not watch or read distressing or disturbing items right before you go to bed, as it will create anxiety, toxic thoughts, negative sleep patterns and disturbing dreams.

Sleep gives your brain and heart a type of semi-rest, where the organs do not have to work as hard as when you are awake and on the go.

Case in point, when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, a near fatal drowning or has complications during surgery that negatively impacts the heart and or brain, they are placed in a medically induced coma to stem the damage and give the body a chance to repair itself as best it can, via a very deep state of drug induced sleep.

Don’t dismiss the importance of sleep and the adequate daily amount of 8-hours. It is a necessary function that assists the body in daily recovery and the cells in maintaining proper working order in the system.