Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Draft a reproductive life plan. Each woman, man, and couple should make a reproductive life plan that includes whether and when they want to have children and how they will maintain their reproductive health. Increase public awareness about preconception health. Topics should include healthy behaviors -- like taking folic acid before pregnancy to lower the risk of birth defects -- and risky behaviors, such as smoking. Make a preventive medical visit. Those visits would be part of primary care; that is, not just for people planning pregnancies. Topics could include birth defects risk, chronic diseases, genetic conditions, family medical history, alcohol and tobacco use, family planning, mental health, and social concerns (including social support, domestic violence, and housing). Work to lower identified risks. Provide extra counseling or treatment, when needed. For instance, some patients may need help quitting smoking, managing diabetes, reaching a healthy weight, or curbing alcohol misuse. Check health between pregnancies. Postpartum medical visits offer a chance to discuss ways to make future pregnancies healthier. Get a prepregnancy checkup. As part of maternity care, offer a prepregnancy visit for people planning pregnancies. Address health coverage for women with low incomes. Increase public and private health insurance coverage for women with low incomes to help those women get preventive, preconception, and between-pregnancy care.
Integrate preconception health into existing local public health and related programs. Emphasize between-pregnancy interventions for women whose previous pregnancies have had problems. Step up research. Increase data on ways to improve preconception health.
Monitor improvements. Use public health tools and related research to monitor preconception health. Of course, those steps don’t guarantee that every pregnancy will be healthy. The report also doesn’t blame poor pregnancy outcomes on parents. Though good medical care and healthy lifestyles are recommended, they don't guarantee healthy pregnancies. Likewise, troubled pregnancies or birth defects aren't necessarily due to parents' behavior.
- Follow the recommendations of the USDA Good Guide Pyramid
- Restrict your intake of simple sugars like soda and candy
- Rather than eliminating your intake of carbs, consume more nutritious carbs like whole-wheat bread, fruits and vegetables.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
- One cup of milk or yogurt has about 300 milligrams calcium.
- Think about going for chocolate milk, also with 300 milligrams of calcium per cup, if it's white milk you don't like.
- One ounce of cheese (about 1/4 cup shredded) has 200 milligrams calcium.
- Tofu (the type made with calcium) can give you 400 milligrams calcium per half cup.
- One-half cup broccoli has 60 milligrams.
- Also, check out fortified juices; many of them have as much calcium per cup as a cup of milk.
The nutrition facts label will tell you calcium per serving of each food, but it is expressed as a percent. Just add a zero to that number, and you will have milligrams of calcium. You may need to rely on a calcium supplement to get you to your goal. Some pregnant women take calcium carbonate for heartburn (TUMS) and don't realize TUMS has 200 milligrams of calcium per tablet.
For each month that time between pregnancies was shortened from 18 months -
- The risk for prematurity increased by just under 2%
- The risk low birth weight increased by 3.3%
- The risk of being small for gestational age was 1.5%
For each month beyond 59 months -
- The risk for prematurity increased by just under 0.6%
- The risk low birth weight increased by 0.9%
- The risk of being small for gestational age increased by 0.8%
For the complete article go to BBC News.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
This is day number 130 and I'm 19 weeks pregnant! I have 150 days or 21 weeks left. 47.5% of the way there.
I am superhuman! I have realized that I have super senses. This is what it must be like when turning into a mother. My five senses are working in overdrive. Perfect hearing, sharp vision, sensitive to touch, and powerful tastebuds (strawberries have never been so pleasant). But my most effective sense is SMELL.
"Don't think I can't smell that lasagna cooking in your kitchen. I sure want a bite!"
I have embarrassed myself quite a few times in restaurants, while eyeing people's dishes. I guess they call it staring? With my impeccable smell I can imagine the different tastes. I'll eat someone's food with my eyes. My husband brings it to my attention that I'm staring and its rude. I'm a pregnant woman! ... I can't help these things.
I've entered a world of no return. The world of Pregnancy. I'm beginning to see colors that I've never seen before.
Yeah, like if I smell something horrible I'll run to my porcelain bowl and see colors that I thought could never come out of my body. I am so sensitive to some smells that if some odd drift passes my way and I get a little wiff, I've returned to Porcelain Paradise Lounge. But there's really no lounging going on. I just like to call it that. You know, for giggles. Well, in that case its really not paradise either. But we have to think positive!