Prenatal relaxation

Leisure activities during pregnancy

It is important for mothers to remain relaxed and active during pregnancy. This helps them to have better physical and mental condition and so the baby remains healthy as well. Exercises help to keep fit and regular exercises are recommended by doctors too.

The leisure activities that pregnant women could try are sports activities, weekend outings and family picnics. Indoor leisure activities are reading books, listening to music and watching movies.

Listening to music

Researchers have carried out various studies on pregnant women to find out the effects of music on the unborn babies. Results show, unborn babies who were exposed to music while in the womb show a significant improvement in their overall mental, cognizant, behavioral, sensory, psychological and emotional development as compared to those who were not exposed to any music while they were in the womb.

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The type of music you listen to depends largely on your personality & mood. There is no rule that you should only listen to a particular type of music while you are pregnant. But it’s better to avoid from loud music. Exposing your unborn baby to very loud music is said to be risky as it could lead to premature birth.

Outings during pregnancy

It is possible to travel by air during pregnancy, getting prior notice from the doctor that relaxthere no risk of premature birth. While travelling by air, pregnant women should take enough fluid, take a walk around every hour so that thrombosis is prevented. If the journey is longer, then in between breaks must be taken.

It’s better to avoid hot climates during holidays otherwise it could cause extra strain for the blood circulation.

Reading during pregnancy

Babies can recognize their mother’s voice in the womb, so why don’t you read aloud while you’re pregnant? And when your baby arrives, reading to your newborn is a must. The baby won’t understand your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and helps him develop listening skills, promotes language development, babyconcentration skills and information synthesis

After 10 months she’ll also start to hear sounds from the outside world. Hearing your voice while she’s still in the womb helps your baby feel attached to you quickly once she’s born.

 

What you should read?

From the beginning, your baby can pick up the rhythm and tone of the sentences and will respond to how the mother responds to whatever she reads. Selecting soothing, lighthearted and fun reading material is the best way to entertain your baby during pregnancy, and children’s books are a good resource for short stories that may benefit both the mother and the infant.

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Also, its important to you to be knowledgeable so here are some books that recommended for read

  • How can reading books help you during pregnancy
  • Books With Pregnancy Humor
  • Pregnancy Books For Dads
  • Books On Pregnancy Health
  • Diet And Nutrition Books On Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Books On Development
  • Pregnancy Journals
  • Pregnancy Books On Yoga And Ayurveda
  • Pregnancy Fact Books

 

Many people will advise you during the pregnancy period but before listening to other it’s trying yourself. For that, the best method will be reading books. You can gather information about what to do and what not to do. Above books will give you full knowledge about pregnancy period regarding things.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

 

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Think you might be Pregnant?

Even before you miss a period, you may suspect that you’re pregnant. For some women, early symptoms of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception.

Pregnancy symptoms can also vary in their intensity, frequency and duration. The following early signs and symptoms of pregnancy checklist are only a guideline. Many early pregnancy symptoms can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Symptoms of Pregnancy: The Classic Clues

Tender, swollen breasts: Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.

Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. The cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.

Light spotting: Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.Picture1

Headaches: Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.

Constipation: Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation.

Increased urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

 Mood swings: The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester.

Cramping: Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy.Picture2

Cravings: When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

 

Missed Period: Perhaps the most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is when you’ve missed your period. This possible sign of pregnancy is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms.

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Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you’ve missed your monthly cycle.

Unfortunately, these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these symptoms.

Still, if you miss a period and notice some of the above signs or symptoms, take a home pregnancy test or see your health care provider.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Prenatal Beauty Treatments – “beauty with the bump”

 

 

Picture1Pregnant mothers crave some pampering during their pregnancy. Most of them don’t want to show up like pregnant mothers and want to be stylish, beautiful as usual. They deserve to indulge themselves and enjoy a day or two at the spa. Before indulging in a little spa action, however, most expecting moms need to know which beauty treatments are safe for their baby.

Manicures and Pedicures

Just because you’re pregnant does not mean you have to forget about your manicure and pedicure appointment. But we have to be cautious about the chemicals that will create complications. The nail polish fumes tend to sometime cause mothers to be to feel nauseous, the brief exposure in the salon won’t cause any harm to your baby. However, the nail polish does contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and toluene that can be harmful if you use it often enough. You can ask your nail technician if she can use nail polish that’s free of these chemicals. You may also prefer to avoid the nail bar during the first trimester.

Facials

A facial can be a wonderfully relaxing to help keep your skin beautifully healthy. Basicfacial facials are a great way to pamper your skin, especially considering that your hormone levels change during pregnancy. However, not all treatments, are safe for all pregnant mothers. Aromatherapy, chemical peels, hot stones, and electric stimulation should be avoided until the arrival of your baby.

Waxing

Just bear in mind that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, but getting a wax is considered safe. When you’re pregnant your hormones are on super drive and thanks to that, your hair grows at a faster rate!

 Hair Dye

According to the professionals, chemicals found in hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. When you are getting your hair dyed the small amount that is absorbed by your skin is not enough to reach the baby. For worried pregnant mothers, some doctors recommend not dying your hair during your first trimester.

Tanning

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Many Doctors do not recommend that pregnant women soak up the sun, whether its from direct sunlight or in a tanning bed. The high temperature can raise body temperatures and be very dangerous to your baby, its better off avoiding it all together until you have the baby.

 Botox Treatments

Many doctors would advise against pregnant women to get injections of the popular drug. Doctors urge pregnant women to remember that the combination of hormones and increased blood flow will make your face “glow” anyway during pregnancy and suggest that cosmetic procedures are likely to go unnoticed amid an already-transforming body.

Saunas and Steam Rooms

Like tanning expecting moms should avoid saunas and steam rooms when you’re pregnant, saunas can cause hyperthermia, which can lead to an increased risk of birth defects during the first trimester.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

Prenantal Exercises – “it’s all about being strong”

Doing exercises during pregnancy bring lot of positive impact on the health and fitness of a pregnant mother. Prenatal Exercise is so beneficial that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies aim to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day with moderate intensity on most or all days of the week. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles to handle the physical demands of pregnancy and the postpartum period without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby. Also, research suggests that prenatal exercise may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes . If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, exercise can help you manage the condition and prevent complications. E1

Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. If you get the go-ahead to work out, be sure to listen to your body. Don’t overdo it, stop if it hurts or feels uncomfortable. And before you put on your sneakers, learn the rules of safe pregnancy exercise. Many gyms and community centers offer fitness classes designed specifically for pregnant women and have instructors who can offer expert guidance on exercising safely.

Initial exercises for a pregnant woman:

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  • Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Stretching and etc.

 

 

And also, there are specific exercises that you can do trimester wise, specially you should be careful in the 3rd trimester. For safe pregnancy exercises, better to check with your healthcare provider first, get enough calories, skip dangerous sports, wear the right clothes, warm up, drink plenty of water, don’t lie flat on your back, keep moving, don’t overdo it, don’t exercise in high heat or humidity, get up from the floor slowly, cool down, make it a habit.

While the exercise has been established as a safe practice for women who are pregnant, there are risks that can make it dangerous for some women with medical conditions. Firstly, the hormones stimulated during pregnancy have the potential to induce premature contractions, although the actual risk of this event has not been investigated. Exercise also causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placenta.

Potential mechanisms behind why exercise during pregnancy can be a risk have been identified, yet there have been no studies that have shown these have a significant effect on fetal wellbeing. The major concerns include:

  • Premature contractions can potentially be induced by the hormones that are stimulated by exercise
  • Increased glucose consumption from working muscles could affect fetal glucose levels
  • Exercise causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant transient reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placental site
  • Overheating will challenge maternal thermal regulation and is best avoided, especially in the first trimester. Therefore, participating in vigorous exercise in high temperature environments throughout pregnancy should be avoided.

Having certain other conditions mean you need to exercise with caution. Ask your provider to recommend a safe exercise routine if you have;

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone or joint injuries
  • History of heavy smoking
  • Signs of a potential health problem or pregnancy complication.

Even if your doctor gives you the go-ahead to get regular physical activity, pay attention to signs that may indicate a problem with your health or the pregnancy. Stop exercising immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you have; Decreased fetal movement, dizziness or a feeling you might faint, headache, heart palpitations, calf pain or swelling (which could indicate a blood clot), vaginal bleeding, chest pain, recurring abdominal pain or contractions, fluid leaking (or gushing) from your vagina, shortness of breath (this is common during pregnancy but can sometimes signal a problem such as asthma or fluid in the lungs.)

Benefits of doing exercises during pregnancy :

  • Improve the maternal fitness
  • Reduce glucose levels – blood sugar
  • Helpful to have a good sleep
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease complications happen during pregnancy
  • Ease the labor

 

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Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

There is no such thing called ‘easy labor’ – or is there?

 

I agree, to an extent, there is no such thing as easy labor, but with careful planning and learning what and what not to do, the labor pain can be reduced and you can have an ‘easier labor’ than if you would’ve otherwise had. After giving birth to three children, three different ways, I can tell you all the scary, funny, yucky stories of labor if you want me to, but I will leave that for your imagination and I’m sure you’ll have your own stories to add once you actually give birth to your little baby too.

Just to share with you the bare minimum, my first son was supposed to be born in the middle of a hot summer day. Well, the problem is that he didn’t want to come out of his happy place according to our schedule,  so after few days of waiting for labor pains, we had to give a little nudge and ask him so nicely to please come out so we can see his beautiful face. Even with an epidural on my back to ease the pains, I can tell you, I knew the moment he was ready to push out, I was in so much pain I couldn’t even call my sleeping hubby few feet away from me, so I gently threw my teddy bear at him to wake him up in the middle of the night to tell him ‘it’s time’. The second son couldn’t wait to get out  and explore this world – he’s seven years old today, an extremely curious little boy, still makes me worry about his safety – almost came out right on the couch at home, so we had to rush to the hospital and had an emergency C-section. The third, we planned a C-section because of pregnancy complications. Between my first and the second, I carried a baby for four months before having a painful miscarriage. So, as you can see, I’ve seen and been through it all and would like to share with you few tips to make this journey as easy as possible from what I learned along the way.

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  1. Ask for a good support person:

Your partner obviously is the best support person in this journey. But remember, he is also going through an emotional roller coaster just as you are during the labor. So it is a good idea to have a doula (a person trained specially to help pregnant mothers during labor, most of them have experience that can be very useful for first time mothers) or a close relative to support you. Make sure to discuss clearly with your person of choice about expectations and preferences from each side. If you do have a birth plan, it is good to discuss the birth plan with the doula or the support person.

 

  1. Walk the pains away:

During the full nine months, I walked daily for exercise. Even while waiting at the hospital during labor pains, I walked around to distract myself from the pains. Most first time mothers have long labor periods, sometimes about ten, twelve hours long. My friend went baby gear shopping when she was already dilated!! She had planned to go to the nearest Baby item store on the way to the hospital. It was a great way to distract herself from the pains. She was with her husband and they were less than two minutes away from the hospital. The store was inside a shopping mall which made it easier for her to walk around and, talk about distractions, what else can you do for fun in a shopping mall other than people watching?

 

  1. Eat small meals or snack often:

pregnancy_625x350_41448621471Don’t worry now about the weight gains. You have done all that careful monitoring of your weight gain during the nine months. Right now, you need to focus on the birth of your child. Avoid fatty food or heavy meals that might make you nauseated during labor. Choose health snacks and pack some for hospital in case if you do not like what is offered to you. I even had a bar of chocolate in my hospital bag!!

  1. Stay home and rest until the right moment to go to the hospital:

One thing you do not want is to wait at the hospital for hours before the labor begins. If you have a comfortable and reliable way to get to the hospital within five to ten minutes, you can stay home until you feel the contractions within 4-5 minutes apart. For most mothers, it takes about an hour from this point to actual labor.  When the contractions are getting closer and stronger, you know it is time to get out of the house. Until then, it is better to take it slow, breath, drink water, rest, put your feet up and relax. This is not the time to run around packing the hospital bag, so make sure to have that ready few weeks ahead.

 

  1. Take a shower:

You can actually take a shower while having contractions and it is a good idea to do so because you never know when is the next time you get to have a shower on your own, in your own bathroom. So, make sure you are safe and that the hospital bag is ready, and go take that shower or even a soak in a bath tub would be helpful to ease the pains.

 

  1. Welcome the unexpected:

You might feel embarrassed having all those people around, about the unexpected bodily functions, noises you make, the lunatic behavior that you show, but remember, they are trained professionals to do the job right. They have seen in all. Your doctor might recommend pain medication or tips to help you at the moment, and you need to trust your doctor. Ask questions but remember you have trusted this individual through nine months of taking care of this baby. I remember when I faced my emergency C-section, my doctor wanted to explain me the procedure and I told her very clearly that I trusted her with my whole heart to do the right thing for me and my baby and that is all I needed to tell her. This trust makes everyone’s job much easier including yours.

 

  1. Take your unfinished crochet project to the hospital with you:

This might seem odd to you, but I actually had my project in hand during labor pains and the long waits felt much shorter with each new row I add to my project. The urge to finish the project kept me busy and distracted enough to ease the pains. I also benefited from the sitting position between contractions. In between contractions, I’ll forget all about the next contraction and add few chains or fillings to my baby blanket I was making for my baby. Years later, my son still brags about how his mom made this blanket while he was being born, it truly was labor of love!! You can take small coloring books, short stories, magazines to read if you are not into projects like I was. Something that you love and can’t wait to finish will keep that focus away from the contractions and pains.

3As with anything, things don’t always go in the direction you planned it to be. So, the important message here is to take it easy. Rest and less stressful is the best way to ease the pains of labor.  I have been reading a small book called “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. If it is not going to affect you at this moment, don’t worry about it now. If you hear about political crisis happening in the other side of the earth, thought it might affect you in the long run, at this moment, it belong to the ‘Small Stuff’. Try to stay away from any potentially stressful discussions unless you must engage in such conversations. Enjoy the moment and tune out any negative thoughts. Listen to music and read a good book. There is no way to predict how your labor will turn out no matter how much we want to know.

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

 

Fetal Development : “it’s all about getting excited”

 

vietnam-those-pregnancy-woman-157925A mother’s joy and happiness begins when a new life starts growing inside her tummy.  After confirming the news, a pregnant mother is curious about the life inside the tummy. During the first visit with the Gynecologist a pregnant mother will get to listen to the heartbeat of her child. That moment will be a very emotional and a touching moment one can ever experience in her life.

It is always good to have an idea about the fetal development or the life growing inside. That will help you to be actively connected with the baby even before she is born. Most of the ladies are inquisitive about the fetal growth, basically the conversion of a fetus to a baby inside the tummy.

Glimpse of the fetal development

First Trimester :

2-RiyaDuring the first 2 months of the pregnancy, baby will grow to a fetus_10weeks_wikimediacommons_lunarcausticembryo which will eventually develop into a baby. During week 5 and 6, baby’s heart will begin to beat. Also facial features start developing, such as the eyes and nose. At this stage arms with very tiny fingers and legs will start growing. During the last month of this trimester certain main organs such as kidneys, brain, liver, intestine will grow.


Second Trimester : 

One of the most significant facts during this trimester is that the gender of the baby3-Riya will become apparent. Also the circulatory system will begin pumping blood and bones will harden. The baby can see light coming and the eyes tend to open slightly. You will start to feel the baby kick and move. The hearing also improves. The baby can feel the pregnant mother move too. During the later part of the trimester taste buds are developing with a rapid growth in the brain. Babies usually start sucking their thumbs during this trimester.


Third Trimester : 

downloadAt the beginning of the last trimester of pregnancy, baby’s eyesight develops, which may enable her to sense light filtering in from the outside. She can blink, and her eyelashes have grown. Your baby will now start turning his/her head from side to side. A protective layer of fat is accumulating under the skin, filling out the baby’s arms and legs. Baby’s central nervous system is maturing, as are her lungs. During week 35, kidneys are fully developed and the liver can process some waste products.

 

 

A normal, full-term pregnancy can last anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks. Your due date given by the doctor is really an Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD).  It’s dated from the first day of your last period, even though you actually conceive two weeks or so after this date. Usually this dating system works well for women who have fairly regular menstrual cycles. I know pregnant mothers are very much excited to meet the life growing inside for the first time. Your Gynecologist will give you a due date, but exactly what will lead up to that moment is unpredictable, and it’s natural to feel nervous too.


Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

 

Pregnancy Diet – “ Bump and the balanced diet”

It is always recommended to have good nutrition during pregnancy, since it is very important for your baby to grow and develop. When consuming food and drinks you should always think of the life growing inside your tummy. Although nausea and vomiting during the first few months of pregnancy can make this difficult, try to eat a well-balanced diet and take prenatal vitamins. Here are some recommendations to keep you and your baby healthy. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. pregnancy_625x350_41448621471Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched, such as whole-grain breads, cereals, beans, corn pasta, as well as fruits and vegetables. Although it’s best to get your fiber from foods, taking a fiber supplement can help you get the necessary amount. Always discuss with your doctor before starting any supplements. If you take a fiber supplement, increase the amount you take slowly. This can help prevent gas and cramping. It’s also important to drink enough liquids when you increase your fiber intake.

Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant. You should take a prenatal vitamin supplement to make sure you are consistently getting enough vitamins and minerals every day. Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter brand or prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you.

Vitamins that you need to take during pregnancy

The main vitamins that we need to take during pregnancy are:

  • Folic acid – helps prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord.
  • Calcium – helps prevent pregnant mothers from losing her own bone density as the baby uses calcium for its own bone growth.
  • Iodine – is critical for a woman’s healthy thyroid function during pregnancy. A deficiency in iodine can stunt physical growth, severe mental disability and deafness. Also not enough iodine can lead to miscarriage.
  • Iron

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    Foods to take during pregnancy:

  • Dairy Products – consuming more dairy products will help maintain the necessary amount of Calcium needed.
  • Broccoli and leafy greens – These include fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate and potassium.
  • Meat – Iron is an essential mineral that is used by red blood cells as a part of hemoglobin. It is important for delivering oxygen to all cells in the body.
  • Fish liver oil – The oil is very rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for29fishoil-facebookjumbo fetal brain and eye development. Fish liver oil is also very high in vitamin D, which many people do not get enough of. It may be highly beneficial for those who don’t regularly eat seafood or supplement with omega-3 or vitamin D.
  • Berries – These contain water, healthy carbs, vitamin C, fiber and plant compounds. They generally contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is also important for skin health and immune function.

 

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

  • Alcohol
  • Fish with high levels of mercury
  • Unpasteurized food
  • Caffeine

 

Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.