- Hitting the “big belly” stage of the pregnancy during summers isn’t difficult at all. It’s easier than you think. Staying cool and comfortable when pregnant during summers is very easy. With a little preparation and the below given simple tips, you will be all set to check out the sunny side of the summer pregnancy.
- More fluids on a hot summer day: Keep yourself away from dehydration. Drink a lot of water this summer as lack of water in your body can actually trigger problems like pregnancy aches, swelling, and contractions that may increase your risk for preterm labor. If, you are not interested in sipping on plain water, we have a solution for that too. You can always flavor it up with a slice of lemon, orange or a sprig of mint. An herbal iced tea or a splash of your favorite fruit juice is another smart option.
- Eat wisely: This summer, you must munch on loads of fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, honeydew, cucumber, carrots, etc. These fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients which are not only healthy for your baby but also keep you cool and hydrated.
- Say ‘YES’ to sunscreen: Wearing a thick layer of sunscreen is the best way to avoid all types of skin problems that occur due to the harsh sun. During pregnancy, your skin gets very sensitive towards the sun. So, using sunscreen is a must. When you buy a sunscreen make sure it is at least 50 SPF and you apply it every single day irrespective of the weather.
- Take care of your feet: Swelling of legs and feet is common during pregnancy. But, this can get worse in summers. So, to reduce swelling, try to keep them up whenever possible.
Going to buy new sandals for yourself, because of your swollen feet? Make sure you buy correct fitting sandals. Opt for flip flops or sandals with no heels. Many shops also sell special sandals for pregnant ladies. These sandals reduce the discomfort caused by your swollen feet.
- Stay cool: Expecting? Swimming is the best way to stay cool and fit in the hot summer months.
Regular intake of water, wearing light weighted and breathable maternity dress, getting proper rest & sleep, and taking frequent quick showers are some other ways to keep you away from the heat of the rising temperature.
- A romantic getaway with your partner: Enjoy your lazy baby free days by jetting off on a babymoon. Escape to a romantic and cooler place with your partner for a long weekend.
But, do take your doctor’s consent before planning the trip. Point down the instructions provided to you by the doctor and plan your trip accordingly.
- A cool summer haircut: We know you love your long hair. But, sometimes it becomes difficult to maintain the long hair when you have to take care of a tiny life. So, take these hot summer months as a chance to experiment with your hair style. Visit your stylist and get a brand new hairdo, this summer.
- Limit your summer activities: Involve yourself in some fun activities like early morning walks, swimming, meditation etc.
But, there are a few fun summer outdoor activities that you shouldn’t indulge in this summer, as it can be dangerous for you and your baby. These activities are Scuba Diving, Amusement park rides, Gymnastics, Horse riding, Bicycling, Sports, Hot tubs and saunas, Running, Surfing, and Water-skiing etc.
- We are sure that these tips will help you take care of yourself and your unborn baby, this summer. Be smart by learning the rules of safe pregnancy and enjoy your summer pregnancy to the fullest.
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- What occasion can be the best to discuss the importance of yoga in your life?
- On the occasion of the first ever World Yoga Day, let’s talk about how practicing yoga during pregnancy can benefit your unborn baby. Yoga isn’t an exercise. It is an art of living. Yoga is a way of life where you learn the importance of discipline and healthy lifestyle. Yoga is the key to better health and a greater sense of happiness.
- Do you know that prenatal yoga not only help you relax and prepare you for labor but also promote your baby’s health? Prenatal yoga prepares you to cope with the demands of your changing body and mind, and benefits your unborn baby in a variety of important ways.
- Here are some important benefits that yoga provides for would-be mothers and their unborn child:
- Get connected to the baby: A prenatal yoga practice will allow you to slow down and focus your attention on the tiny life inside you. With the help of meditation and different yoga asanas you can become more aware of what is going on within your body and mind. This in return helps you to connect with your baby.
- Calm mommy and cool baby: Yoga provides a healthy environment for you and your baby. It relieves you from tension, pain and calms your nervous system. This facilitates in proper digestion, better sleep, and optimal immune system. Thus, it keeps you calm & composed and a calm mommy is equal to a calm & cool baby.
- Nurturing time: In your busy schedule, you often tend to forget that you are pregnant and the tiny life inside you needs attention, love and care. Yoga is a promise you make to yourself that you will take care of your baby. Yoga is a quality time you spend with your unborn baby to build the connection.
- Healthy development: If you practice yoga for an hour, more than three times a week, then you are less likely to suffer from any kind of complications. Your baby will also tend to have healthy birth weight.
- Keep complications away: Regular yoga during pregnancy can keep you away from pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preterm labor, pregnancy induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction, i.e. a condition that slows down the baby’s growth, etc. So, when are you joining the prenatal yoga class?
- Taking prenatal yoga classes during pregnancy is the great way to relax. Prenatal yoga classes provide you an opportunity to be a part of community where everybody is like you, expecting. It offers you a positive and supportive environment where you get regular emotional boost which keeps you motivated to face any pregnancy challenge.
- Prenatal yoga facilitates a more caring infant- mother bond which further facilitates healthy child development. There is no doubt, yoga improves the birthing process and plays a very crucial role in the development of the unborn child.
- Read more about pregnancy here: http://www.cryobanksindia.com/blogs/pregnancytips/
- It is often challenging to keep yourself away from an unhealthy diet. Junk foods and over processed food items found in supermarket certainly attract you. Junk foods, restaurant cooked meals and food items found in Supermarkets such as frozen veggies, a box of pasta, noodles, packaged foods, dairy products, canned foods, chips and crisps contain a large amount of MSG in it. MSG is also known as monosodium glutamate, sodium glutamate, gelatin, glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), glutamic acid etc. It is a food additive found in almost all commercially prepared and packaged food. Even sometimes, the baby food products contain MSG. It is used as a flavor enhancer to make the tasteless food, fresh and tasty.
- Pregnancy is the time when we must take extra care about our diet. During pregnancy, our body and the fetus are very sensitive to food, especially if the foods have additives.
- Many researchers and experts say that the regular intake of MSG during pregnancy may cause physical ailments, neurological disorders, migraines, Alzheimer’s, hyperactivity, depression and even obesity disorders in you and your baby. On the other hand, there are many other experts who believe that MSG is absolutely safe and has no harmful side effects. They believe that there is no proven scientific study so far that says the MSG has a proven adverse effect on women and the baby during the pregnancy.
- So, whom do we believe? It’s better to be cautious when you face such dilemma.
- We will advise you to avoid MSG:
- If you are already allergic: If you are already allergic to MSG, then it’s better to avoid the use of MSG in your diet during pregnancy. As the consumption of MSG may cause certain allergic reactions like sweating, flushing, headache, numbness, muscle tightening, nausea and chest pain etc.
- If you experience water retention: If you experience water retention during pregnancy, it’s best to avoid MSG and all other salts as well.
- For all other pregnant mommies, we would advise you, if you are doubtful about the use of MSG, it’s better to avoid it. We would suggest you to check with your doctor for the most informed advice. He/ She is the right person to guide you.
- So, next time when you go for shopping, pay attention to the ingredient labels of the food items you purchase. A bit planning and execution of those plans can benefit you in the long term health of your family.
- Are you going to be a daddy soon? Being ‘Dad’ is a role packed with full of challenges, excitement, sadness, fun, frustrations and more. It changes everything in your life, but, holding your little one in your arms will make you realize all these changes are worth it. So, while you are preparing to welcome your bundle of joy into your life, we give you an opportunity to celebrate this moment with us on this Father’s Day.
- We are delighted to announce that we have an ongoing Papa Kehte Hain Contest for all the loveable dads-to-be. The contest is live from the 03rd of June 2015 to the 30th of June 2015. Let your unborn baby know what you think and feel for him/her. All you have to do is sign up with us and then pen down your unsaid emotions for your baby and share it with us and get a chance to win Exciting Gift.
- The best love message shared will be announced as the winner by the Cryobanks Management. So, Hurry! Sign up, share, and win.
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- Celebrate Fatherhood with us throughout the month of June! Happy Father’s Day!
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A healthy lifestyle is an important part of healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy, you must be more careful about everything you do from eating habits to physical activities. This is the time when you need to take care of yourself for the well-being of your unborn baby. Here are some tips on what a pregnant woman should do and avoid during pregnancy:
Diet and Nutrition.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables as these provide vitamins and minerals. They are an important source of fiber. Wash your fruits and vegetables properly before eating. Avoid fruits and vegetables like bitter melon, noni juice, and unripe papaya.
- Meat, fish and dairy products are the major source of protein for a pregnant woman. About 70 grams of protein should be consumed by her on a daily basis. Do not eat uncooked fish, seafood or meat. Not all fish are considered safe during pregnancy. Fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish are high in mercury so should be avoided during pregnancy. It may harm the growing brain of your fetus. Have fish like Shrimp, Crab, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, Canned light tuna, Salmon etc.
- Avoid eating raw eggs. Soft-boiled or raw eggs may carry salmonella bacteria which may not be harmful for the baby, but may cause you severe vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache and high temperature etc. So, cook your eggs till hard and white before eating.
- Avoid raw sprouts of any kind, for example mung bean, radish, clover etc.
- Avoid unpasteurized milk, juices or soft cheese. Stick to pasteurized milk and hard cheeses like Cheddar and Parmesan.
- Cook your food properly to prevent foodborne diseases.
- Take prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement everyday as per doctor’s advice.
- Avoid having junk foods.
- Avoid readymade or store made food items.
- Do not take any medication without your doctor’s guidance.
Keeping track of weight gain during pregnancy is very important. The weight gain during pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy weight.
- Expectants who were underweight before pregnancy may gain between 12.5 and 18 kgs.
- Expectants who were at a normal weight before pregnancy may gain between 11 and 13.5 kgs.
- Expectants who were overweight before pregnancy may gain between 6.5 and 11.5 kgs.
- Expectants who were obese before pregnancy may gain between 5 and 10 kgs.
Alcohol & Smoking
If you are an alcohol addict or chain smoker, you need to give up these habits to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Both alcohol and smoking have bad effects on the baby. Consuming alcohol and smoking during the pregnancy increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, causes birth defects, slow down the baby’s growth, affect the baby’s brain, etc.
Quitting alcohol and smoking may be difficult, but you can always do it with the help of your doctor and counseling.
The effects of caffeine on pregnancy and the baby are unclear. But, it is assumed that too much consumption of caffeine during pregnancy may cause preterm birth or miscarriage. So, it is recommended to take guidance from your doctor regarding the consumption of caffeine.
Gone are the days when pregnant ladies were asked to limit their physical activities during pregnancy. Now everyone is aware of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. It helps in controlling the mood swings, improves sleep, reduces pregnancy aches and prevents & treats gestational diabetes. Low impact activities like walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, dancing, yoga and stretching are considered ideal for a pregnant woman.
It is usually safe to have sex during pregnancy. But, consult the doctor if sex causes pain, vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage. You may find certain positions a bit uncomfortable, speak to your partner and avoid them.
Wondering whether you can travel during pregnancy? Your doctor’s consent and some small preparations from your side are enough for you to hit the road. Preparations you need to do before going to the trip are:
- Taking immunization shots, if any needed.
- Carry your medical record with you.
- Make sure the place you are going has good medical care facilities.
- Opt for a comfortable journey, sitting for long hours in a car or air travel may affect the blood flow in your legs. Make sure you take frequent breaks to stretch your legs, stand up, and move here and there.
As a would-be-parent, it’s your responsibility to secure your baby’s future. Saving your baby’s umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, or placental tissue must be a priority for you. It will not only help to secure your baby’s life, but also may help his/her siblings or other family members in the future.