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Things You Didn't Know About Pregnancy

Friday, Jan 1, 2021, 11:03 am

1.Vitro Fertilization Success May Vary Based on Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D can help women get pregnant. Apparently, women with higher levels of vitamin D are said to be four times more likely to get pregnant than those with lower levels during in vitro fertilization (IVF). For some inexplicable reason, the exact opposite is true for Asian women who want to do IVF.

2.Lose Less Hair While Pregnant

Everyone experiences hair shedding when they comb their hair. However, pregnant women don't have to deal with too much shedding. Many women think their hair grows longer and feels thicker when they're pregnant, but that isn't so. Truth is, pregnant women experience less shading, thereby making their hair look and feel thicker.The average woman sheds 100 hairs a day. When a woman is pregnant, higher levels of estrogen prolong the growth phase, resulting in less shedding of hair and thicker tresses

3.C-Sections are Never Pleasant

C-Sections aren't given out like candy on Halloween. They tend to be quite painful, nauseating and the recovery time is fairly long. Some women schedule a cesarean birth, so they have some control over when their baby is born. However, research shows that almost one out of every 10 women with a C-section delivery developed a post-surgical infection.

4.Pregnancy Can Improve The Memory

Some people have a hard time with their memory, but it is said that pregnancy can improve this. A study from Carlos Albizu University in Miami claims that new moms had better visuospatial memories-the skill to notice and recollect information about a person's surroundings-than women who never had children.

5.Stress Can Complicate Your Pregnancy

A pregnant woman with increased stress hormones can cause the unborn baby to have abnormal health conditions. Doctors suggest that pregnant women minimize emotional and physical stress, for the sake of the baby. At the end of the day, your baby feels what you feel, so stay calm and collected.

6.Childbirth Fear = Longer Labor

Having a baby for the first time can be scary, but pregnant women need to get over those fears quick! Women who are scared of giving birth have a tendency to spend an hour and a half longer in labor than other women. One of the best ways to prep yourself for labor is to watch birthing videos and takeprenatal breathing classes. It's not the real thing, but it gives pregnant women a taste of what's to come.

7.Headache Medicine Could Put your Baby at Risk

Some of the medicine pregnant women take normally, cannot be consumed during those nine months. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a pregnant woman's risk of miscarriage increases 2.4 times by taking any type of non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen during pregnancy. It is believed that taking NSAIDs during pregnancy can cause a small to moderate risk of congenital defects. Acetaminophen is a safer pain reliever option.


8.You can Exercise While Pregnant

Getting pregnant is no excuse to stop exercising. Of course you can't lift 50 lb. weights or run a marathon, but light exercise is necessary. Research has shown that pregnant women who incorporated aerobic exercise into their exercise routines had babies with lower heart rates and higher heart-rate variability. Pregnant women are advised to check with their doctor before continuing their exercise regimen.

9.Eating Fish is Healthy for Some Pregnant Women

Some pregnant women avoid fish at all costs due to its mercury content. However, a study out of Emory University found that babies whose mothers took DHA supplements-the fatty acids and fats found in fish oil-during their pregnancies had fewer and shorter colds during their first few years of life. These fatty acids can also be found in foods sources like salmon, and flaxseeds. If a woman does want fish while pregnant, then it would be best to consume dishes with low-mercury like trout, and light tuna.


10.Eat Well and Decrease Your Baby's Obesity Risk

Showing your child how to eat right starts from when they are still in the womb. Studies show that pregnant women, who have a diet filled with fatty foods, can change the structure of babies' genetic material, making them more susceptible to obesity later in life. Additionally, even if a woman is overweight, eating healthy foods whilepregnant can still help prevent the baby from becoming obese.

11.Pregnant Women Need to Stay Cool

Experts highly recommend that pregnant women stay out of the sun, and remain in cool climates. According to a Norwegian study, there appears to be a link between hot weather and a higher occurrence of stillbirths. This study does not prove that hot weather causes stillbirths, but dehydration can very well trigger uterine contractions. And it's because of this why pregnant women should avoid long exposure to hot weather.


12.Working Long Hours Can Be Harmful

Women who are pregnant typically go on maternity leave a few months before their due date. This time off isn't frivolous and is actually very necessary. According to the Journal of Labor Economics, pregnant women who work past the eighth month had babies that were a half-pound lighter, on average, than those who stopped working earlier.Working long hours and standing for extended periods of time can result in pre-term labor.


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