Do’s And Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part II

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PREGNANCY Part 2

If you have read the blog entitled Do’s And Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I, you will find the do’s of pregnancy. In this blog, don’ts of pregnancy have been highlighted. Have a look:

Pregnancy Don’ts

Don’t drink too much of coffee

There is no need for you to decaffeinate completely when you are pregnant. When consumed in moderation, caffeine does not cause miscarriage or preterm birth. However, this does not mean that whenever you yawn you take a cup of java. Limit your caffeine consumption to less than 200 mg every day. Remember one thing – you can get caffeine from other sources as well – a soda can, a cup of brewed tea and even chocolates.

If you smoke, stop

Although quitting is a hard job to do, but you should do it. This is because when you smoke, your baby smokes too. The nicotine as well as cancer causing drugs passes on to your baby and that leads to a lot of complications like premature delivery, low birthweight, miscarriage, birth defects or even still birth. Smoking keeps the baby from getting the much needed nourishment. If quitting happens to be a tough job for you then acupuncture treatment can really be helpful to you.

Say no to alcohol

Abstain from it. This is because it can cross the placenta & cause birth defects. If you have had it till 6 weeks after your LMP, then there is no risk. But make sure to completely take a break from it once you come to know that you are pregnant.

Seafood to avoid

Fish is a great source of lean protein and the ones like salmon have omega-3 essential fatty acids that are essential for brain development of the baby during pregnancy. But not all seafood are safe to have. Swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel are high in mercury and should thus not be taken during pregnancy.

Certain substances you should not use and be exposed to

Avoid exposure to chemicals and toxic substances, which means stay away from items like cleaning solvents, mercury, lead, paint, paint fumes and some insecticides. Don’t change or clean the litter box of a cat as that may put you at risk for toxoplasmosis – an infection which may be harmful to foetus. Also make sure not to use scented feminine hygiene products. Avoid using avoid sanitary napkins, scented sprays & bubble bath. These products can usually irritate the vaginal area and increase the risk of yeast infection or UTI. Don’t use drugs as well. Inform your doctor if you’re using them. Cocaine, marijuana, heroin, barbiturates, speed and LSD are after all very dangerous for both the pregnant woman as well as the baby.

Don’t douche

Douching may cause irritation in the vaginal area, force air into birth canal & increase the chances of infection.

Don’t take hot showers

High temperatures may be harmful to foetus. It can even cause you to faint. So, avoid taking saunas or very hot baths.
Make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. They can really be beneficial to you.

If you are aware of any more do’s and don’ts of pregnancy, then please feel free to add your points in the comments section below.

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Problems That Make It Harder For Women To Become Pregnant

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After trying for about 12 months, you may see that 8 out of 10 women being able to conceive whereas 1 out of 8 women having difficulties in becoming pregnancy. Basically, fertility drops as you age. You’ll hardly find women becoming pregnant in her first 12 months when they’re more than 35 years of age.

Problems That Make It Harder For Women To Become PregnantThe situations or symptoms that usually indicate that you may have problem being pregnant are as follows:

  • If you have periods irregularly – This basically happens when there is the existence of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or problems with ovulation.
  • If you have had a pelvic inflammatory infection (PID) in the past.
  • If you have unusual pain when you’ve your periods or during intercourse. All these may be because of endometriosis.

PCOS

This is a complicated condition where the ovaries of a woman are usually bigger. Polycystic means ovaries have several follicles or cysts, which hardy grow to maturity or produce eggs that are able to fertilise. 1/3rd of women nowadays have polycystic ovaries but all of them don’t have PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is common particularly in infertile women.

Women who suffer from PCOS usually experience:

  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • amenorrhoea
  • acne and too much of hair growth
  • reduced fertility
  • scalp hair loss
  • obesity
  • mood changes

PCOS may be diagnosed by examination, blood tests, history and ultrasound. Its treatment generally includes healthy lifestyle & targeted therapy like acupuncture, medications and hormones.

Ovulation problems

This occurs when eggs do not mature in the ovaries or when ovaries fail in releasing a mature egg. It’s common in women having fertility problems. The possible signs and symptoms include infrequent periods, heavy or light menstrual bleeding and lack of breast tenderness or bloating. Ovulation problems can be treated by managing body weight if it is too high or low, opting for solutions of fertility in Northern Beaches such as having IVF or taking fertility drugs.

PID

It takes place when an infection spreads from vagina to cervix, the endometrium and then to fallopian tubes. It can lead to infertility if it remains untreated. The disease is generally sexually transmitted and occurs when the appendix ruptures or after a bowel infection. About ten thousand women in Australia are actually treated for pelvic inflammatory infection in hospital every year and several more are treated as outpatients. PID has highly been observed in women who are aged between 20-29 years. Use of condoms with new partner & regular testing for sexually transmissible infections may help in preventing PID.

Signs of PID are as follows:

  • menstrual disturbances
  • lower abdominal tenderness or pain
  • a change in colour, smell or amount of vaginal discharge
    fever
  • an unusual pain at the time of sexual intercourse

Endometriosis

It causes painful adhesions on uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and bowel. The actual cause of endometriosis is however unknown. However, as per the research work that has been conducted over the years, retrogade menstruation & family susceptibility may be involved. Surgery or medicationscan help the symptoms of endometriosis.

Tubal factors also make it harder for women to become pregnant.

Please share your thoughts on the comments section below if you know any other reason that make it harder for women to become pregnant.

Complementary Therapies Against Infertility

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Several studies have shown that one out of every 6 couples suffer from conception problems. Many individuals spend hundreds of dollars on conventional fertility drugs in order to boost their chances of conception. However, most of them are entirely incognizant of alternative therapies that have proved to be highly effective against infertility.

According to extensive research conducted by modern day scientists, various complementary therapies like acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and nutrition can help in coping with demands of modern lifestyle and also stimulate reproductive organs simultaneously. They can assist in encouraging conception by restoring imbalances caused in the body due to undue stress.

Let’s have a look at two of the most effective complementary fertility therapies in detail:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a centuries-old modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves insertion of fine, sterilised needles at specific points on the body known as acupoints. Meticulous studies have proved that acupuncture can be used for treating a wide range of conditions. It works primarily on the context that some illnesses are caused due to blockages in the pathway of the Qi flow. According to what practitioners have stated, acupuncture works against infertility by encouraging circulation of blood at specific points. This, in turn, influences the reproductive organs like ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Acupuncture can hike up conception success if administered in conjunction with IVF (in vitro fertilisation). It can also increase the progesterone levels by influencing the endocrine system. Besides that, it is even capable of enhancing sperm quality and motility. Recently, many couples with conception problems have started to use acupuncture as a fertility treatment in Northern Beaches.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies, derived generally from plants and minerals, are diluted more than a hundred times in order to ensure that every remedy contains a small amount of the actual ingredients. The various remedies, which come in the form of powders, tinctures and tablets, are said to induce symptoms of a certain condition or disease for treating the illness. In short, they work in a way similar to that of vaccines.

Practitioners claim that homeopathy can aid women in overcoming several kinds of fertility issues from polycystic ovarian syndrome to endometriosis and blocked tubes. For example, women with infertility consuming daily doses of agnus castus are more likely to become pregnant. Not a long time ago, even a German study provided strong evidence that women having difficulty to conceive experienced pregnancy or enhanced ovulation after taking homeopathic remedies.