Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Garbh Sanskar: Know More About Pregnancy I

Are you getting enough iron? During pregnancy you need more! The World Health Organisation recommends 60mg per day. The best source is red meat, but it can also be found in chicken, fish, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts & iron fortified cereals. If your diet is inadequate, you may need to take a supplement. A blood test is the best way to identify an iron deficiency.

Your iron intake needs to double during pregnancy, since iron helps deliver life-sustaining oxygen to your baby. If your baby's deprived of oxygen in the womb, the risk of poor growth -- and lower IQ -- increases. Ask your doctor to test you for iron deficiency. Then make sure your diet includes iron-rich foods like lean beef, chicken, legumes, and fortified breakfast cereal.

You're eating for two now, but eating on too many during pregnancy ups your chances of a premature delivery -- and babies born early may be at a disadvantage when it comes to learning. "Premature delivery is one of the greatest risk factors for mental impairment”. "There's a strong link between birth weight, IQ score, and school achievement." What's the connection? Babies born early miss out on the unique nourishment that the placenta provides, are exposed to stimuli they're normally protected from in the womb, and are more vulnerable to infection. keep your weight healthy…pl. I have already explain in my earlier blog regarding pregnancy and weight.

There are a few nutrients that are important to include in a healthy prenatal diet. One of these is folic acid which helps prevent birth defects and ensures normal brain development. Folic acid is found leafy greens, dried legumes and citrus fruits. Taking prenatal vitamins will also fulfill the minimum daily requirement.

Pregnancy Diet Plan Nutrition – Without enough calcium, unborn baby bone growth will be affected. For the mother to maintain strong bones and teeth, a high intake of calcium is also needed. Calcium is found naturally in milk products and also green vegetables.

We all know that what we eat is very important. But during pregnancy nutrition is known to have a significant effect on baby’s growth and development. It not only promotes overall general health but more importantly during pregnancy it gives mother adequate stores of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support her pregnancy and her growing baby, which is particularly significant in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is also vital for normal organ development and function, growth and maintenance, energy and immunity.

In our GARBH SANSKAR classes we discuss:

  • The importance of good nutrition during pregnancy
  • What to eat when pregnant
  • Supplements to consider during pregnancy
  • Foods and other substances to avoid during pregnancy

Stresses felt by mothers during pregnancy have been shown to affect offspring neurodevelopment and increase the risk for disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, but the mechanisms by which it can reprogram the developing brain are not clear.

There are some few steps you need to take as a woman before you can determine your exact intercourse timing.  Time intercourse must coincide with the woman’s most fertile period of the month, this is often around the middle of her cycle, it is believed that a woman is most fertile within 1-3 days of her cycle, hence not timing intercourse within these days might be one of not getting pregnant reasons.

Men should increase their motility rate by eat balance diets and avoid hot showers and saunas for a long time, to increase your partner’s chances of getting pregnant.

Take care of your unborn baby.

The sole purpose of these blogs is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained doctor/health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic expert, call us or e mail.

Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)

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