Monitoring movements is crucial to keep an eye on the wellbeing of the fetus, since kicks and movements are signs that the fetus is active and healthy. That’s why healthcare professionals routinely recommend tracking kicks during pregnancy, as a part...Continue reading
Pregnancy can make your immune system weaker than normal, and can increase your risk of getting infections that can be harmful to you and your baby. Simple precautions such as vaccinations are an easy and effective way to protect you both. When trying to get pregnant it is important to check that your vaccinations are up to date, because live vaccines are contraindicated during pregnancy. Killed virus, toxoid or recombinant vaccines can be given during pregnancy. But live and live attenuated vaccines are contraindicated because of the risk of infecting the baby. It is safe to receive routine vaccines right after giving birth, and while breastfeeding.Continue reading
Research shows that eating fish during pregnancy is beneficial for the neurodevelopment of the fetus due to its high levels of protein, unsaturated fat, and Omega-3 oils, it is also linked to a decreased risk of preterm birth and low birth weight.
However, consuming fish that have high heavy metal levels (such as mercury) is shown to have negative impacts on the babies’ nervous system.
As long as future moms are selective about the type and amount of seafood they consume, eating fish is considered to be healthy during pregnancy. EPA, CDC and FDA recommend for pregnant women to eat 8 to 12 ounces of low-mercury fish in a week.
Sleep is essential for both mother and baby during pregnancy, but due to your growing baby bump, it becomes more and more difficult to get comfortable enough to nod off. Here are some tips to help you get better rest while you're expecting.Continue reading
Vitamin D is produced by the body and is also found in many foods. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be linked with an increased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, and preterm birth. Receiving adequate vitamin D during pregnancy through diet and supplements is necessary to maintain homeostasis and possibly reduce these unwanted outcomes.Continue reading