Food Supplements to Avoid For a Healthy Pregnancy

Taking in vitamins is very essential during pregnancy. This is because the food that you eat may not be enough for your baby’s development. Along with the popularity of herbal medicines and supplements, many pregnant women prefer to take herbs as they may have been used to taking them even before they got pregnant.

Others take herbs not only as food supplement but also as medication to the difficulties that they may be experiencing. However, you should bear in mind that some herbs and food additives can be dangerous to you and your baby. Some of these are as follows:

1. Quinine – This is usually an additive to tonic water, which makes its taste slightly bitter. There had been a case where a woman gave birth to a baby who suffered from withdrawal symptoms.

The mother had been drinking more than one liter of tonic water per day when she was pregnant. The baby had nervous tremors when he was born but disappeared after two months. Experts recommend that drinks containing quinine should be avoided by pregnant women.

2. Ginseng – Researchers conducted a study on the effect of ginseng to the development of fetus in rats. Results of the study showed that the development of the rat embryo was greatly affected by the intake of ginseng. The higher the dose, the greater the abnormalities were found out.

Although the study was applied on rats, the effects can be similar to humans. The study only focused on the effects of one of the many active constituents of ginseng, which is the Rb1, a ginsenoside. Ginseng has more than 20 ginsenoside and results of studies conducted showed different effects on the fetus.

The fact that the individual constituents of ginseng have bad effects on the fetus means that … Read the rest ...

Keeping the Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

A healthy baby comes from a healthy mother during pregnancy and the belief that says that a pregnant woman should eat for two has long been corrected by nutritionists and health experts. So, what can a pregnant woman do to keep the baby healthy? For sure, the answer is not by eating double portions. Eating excessively will only cause obesity or even worse diabetes while pregnant and if this occurs, a pregnant woman will even have double tasks: keeping the baby healthy during pregnancy and overcoming the obesity or diabetes issue. In order to focus on the mother’s and the baby’s health, a proper diet should be undergone by knowing what to eat and what not to eat while pregnant.

What to Focus on

First of all, the fetus needs vitamins from the mother so a pregnant woman should eat more varied fruit and vegetables than before she became pregnant to get all the needed vitamins. The vitamin that is most needed is vitamin C because it enhances the absorption of iron into the blood. When the iron is properly absorbed into the mother’s blood, the fetus can get enough iron which is very important for its immunity and growth. The same process also prevails for folic acid which prevents the fetus from malformation of palate and lip

The next essential thing that the baby needs is calcium for its bone to grow well. Make sure that the consumption of milk or other dairy products is sufficiently adequate otherwise the calcium will be taken from the mother’s calcium deposits. If this happens, it will cause the mother to have teeth and bone problems during pregnancy which will continue on in her life. So, consuming enough calcium sources is definitely one way of keeping the baby healthy during pregnancy.… Read the rest ...