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These days, some form of health insurance is really important for every individual. Health insurance plans protects against unexpected medical bills and losses that a person would have to pay out of pocket if he was struck with illnesses or an accident. Moreover, it gives the peace of mind that health care costs will be taken care of by the insurance company and not the individual in case of emergency. In this article, I will highlight two types of insurance that is increasingly popular today. These are private health insurance and hospital cash plan.

Private Health Insurance

Private health insurance offers coverage for short term illnesses and injuries that are curable. One of the major benefits of having a private medical insurance is that you receive treatment faster in the hospital of your choice. Moreover you also have a lot of choices when it comes to when, where and by whom you will be receiving treatment.

Another benefit is that you can get coverage for pre-existing conditions as well. But your coverage may only start after a specified waiting period. You may also be required to pay a higher premium if you wish to get covered for any pre-existing conditions. Private health care is expensive and so is private health insurance. Although you will be getting the privacy, comfort, convenience and speed in treatment, you will be paying a higher premium than those who are on standard insurance plans. Choosing private medical treatment is about how much you care about your privacy and convenience and whether or not you can afford this type of insurance. Private medical insurance is the best type of insurance you can get if you have found a suitable policy for yourself that is within your budget.

Hospital Cash Plan

Is an increasingly popular type of health insurance, but is less comprehensive than private health insurance. Although it is a relatively new form of health insurance, the market is already diverse. There are a large number of companies which provide hospital cash plans today. The limitations and benefits of the plan will in fact depend on the provider you choose and the cost you pay.

The purpose of hospital cash plans is to provider the holder of the policy a lump sum for each day that he has received treatment as an in-patient in a private hospital or an NHS. This sum is tax free and certain types of plans can also provide coverage for dental care.

Hospital cash plans do not cost a lot and are suitable for most families. However, the policy holder does have to know what the benefits of the policy and the exclusions are. The amount that a person has to pay depends on the level of cover he gets. If a person chooses a higher level, he must understand that in such a case, a private medical insurance policy will be much better as it offers a greater level of cover and fewer restrictions. If the person needs minimal cover, then hospital cash plans are one of the best choices.

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Most women are clueless about exercises after pregnancy. It is very important to choose the right exercises after pregnancy as your body is in a healing state and the health of your child depends on your health, if you are still breast feeding. The post natal exercises can be employed after consulting your doctor. There are a number of things like diet and exercises which you can do to shed off those extra pounds.

Brisk walking is an exercise which you can easily do along with swimming and aqua aerobics. Yoga is another form of exercise which does not harm your body in any way after you have conceived. It is very important to consult your doctor before following any exercises after pregnancy. It should be noted that weight loss is a very gradual process after pregnancy and over exerting yourself is certainly not advisable. You should consult a doctor if you have had a Cesarean operation.

You should discontinue exercises after pregnancy if you experience increased fatigue along with pain in muscles. The lochia flow also increases and is red or pink. It may also start flowing again even after it had to be stopped. Pregnancy brings about major changes in a female body for adapting to the baby's growth in the womb. It is advisable to have realistic expectations if you are employing exercises after pregnancy to lose weight. Sometimes if you overdo the exercises after pregnancy it can seriously harm your body. Therefore, consult a doctor before employing any diet or exercise routine. After all, now you have to think about their health of your baby along with your own health.

In a nutshell, exercises after pregnancy should not be rigorous and should be followed only according to the doctor's consultation.

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Acupuncture is a type of ancient Chinese medicine. It has been used for thousands of years, and works with over 2,000 pressure points and energy meridians in your body. As you probably know, acupuncture uses disposable needles as thin as a strand of hair placed just below the skin to stimulate these points on your body. Treatments are usually painless. At worst, patients have reported tingling, heaviness, or a slight burning sensation where certain needles are positioned.

What is great for pregnant women is that acupuncture provides assistance with a myriad of conditions associated with pregnancy without drugs. Pregnant women need to work with a highly skilled practitioner, since stimulating certain points on the body can hasten labor by ripening the cervix.

A study by Harvard University figured that over 5 million Americans visit acupuncturists every year. The National Institute of Health supports this claim, saying that a growing number of doctors and dentists refer people to acupuncturists for prevention as well as treatment.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for headaches, allergies, arthritis, digestion problems, and relief from the side effects of chemotherapy. At every stage of pregnancy and beyond, acupuncture has time-honored and scientifically-proven benefits--not just for you but for your baby. Valerie Hobbs, director of the Southwest Acupuncture College, says that babies can be influenced by "maternal toxins" while in the womb. These toxins can lead to higher fevers, frequent childhood illnesses, and a tendency towards skin irritations. Hobbs says, "Regular balancing treatments throughout pregnancy enhance the health of the mother, preventing complications and influence the development of the baby."

FIRST TRIMESTER: MORNING SICKNESS, NAUSEA, BLEEDING, & MIGRAINES

It is controversial if traditional acupuncture can cause fetal movement, early contractions, and spontaneous abortion in the first trimester. However, a well-known acupuncture study was conducted in the UK on about 600 women who were in the first trimester. No adverse reactions were found. Women in the study reported less fatigue, migraines, bloating, and bleeding. Also, the women reported less frequent and less severe bouts of nausea.

To error on the side of caution, you should only trust a nationally-certified and experienced acupuncturist. California is the only state not requiring acupuncturists to be nationally-certified. Again, it's especially important for pregnant women to work only with very experienced practitioners. Although not essential, acupuncturists with a certificate in Chinese herbology is even better, as their understanding of the entire Chinese medicine system will be superior. You can also have "ear acupuncture" (versus "body acupuncture") or acupressure (without needles) done in the first trimester to reduce any risk of complication.

SECOND TRIMESTER: HEARTBURN, HEMORRHOIDS, & STRESS

In addition to heartburn, hemorrhoids, and stress, Hobbs says that second-trimester acupuncture can also reduce edema, high blood pressure, and excessive weight gain. If you are experiencing any of these more serious problems, consult with your regular doctor as well.

THIRD TRIMESTER: BACK AND PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN

The third trimester is universally considered the safest time to undergo acupuncture treatments. Benefits during this stage include relief from: sciatica, back pain, carpal tunnel, and pelvic girdle pain. Acupuncture has actually been found to be better at reducing back pain, which effects ¾ of third trimester women, than massage, heat, and exercise, according to the Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

According to BBC News, one in three pregnant women are affected by pelvic girdle pain in the third trimester. In a British study of 386 pregnant women, they were broken up into three groups. One group did a standard at-home exercise routine; the next group did exercise and acupuncture; the final group did a specialized exercise regimen. The expectant moms undergoing acupuncture reported the least pain. Dr. Graham Archard, vice-chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, says, "Pregnant women should be avoiding drugs, so acupuncture, which releases the bodies painkillers, should be of benefit."

IN LABOR: REDUCE PAIN, INCREASE ENERGY

Not only is acupuncture effective at inducing labor with overdue babies, but is can help reposition a breech presentation. Using a form of acupuncture called moxabustion has been shown to have a significant effect on turning breech presentations into head-first births, as reported by the Journal of American Medical Association. Additionally, acupuncture during labor can reduce pain and increase energy and vitality. It has also helped women with extensive bleeding after delivery stop the flow.

POST-PARTUM: RECUPERATING, PREVENTING DEPRESSION

Whether your delivery was by vaginal birth or C-section, acupuncture can bring pain relief. If you are concerned about postpartum depression, Hobbs says, "We theoretically prevent serious postpartum depression from occurring by addressing the normal recuperative cycle in the woman." As acupuncture can help bring your entire self back into balance, feelings of depression and stress will naturally be reduced. It's also been demonstrated that pregnant women receiving acupuncture have a lower rate of postpartum depression.

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D.

Author, Postpartum Depression for Dummies

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http://www.pregnancytoday.com/reference/articles/acupuncture.htm

http://www.webmd.com/news/20000706/acupuncture-pregnancy-lower-back-pain

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http://www.pregnancytoday.com/articles/pregnancy/acupuncture-1241

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Most woman these days understand the importance of keeping healthy during their pregnancy, and the best way to achieve this is to eat a healthy diet and exercise. I know, the thought of exercise for many woman is not that appealing, however, it really makes a difference and is definitely worthwhile.

Need some convincing? Okay, let's talk about back pain. For those of you who haven't experienced child birth before, back pain is a common problem for expectant mothers, at times it can be unbearable. The extra weight you carry around takes a huge toll on your back and it definitely gets worse during child birth.

Guess what? Exercising helps relieve back pain! There are even women who claim to have no back pain because they exercised during their pregnancy.

How about weight gain? No I'm not talking about the extra weight you put on for your baby, I'm talking about excessive weight gain. You know, the weight that has nothing to do with baby! This is also common during pregnancy and again, it can be controlled by exercising. And as a bonus, because you've kept your body toned, strong and healthy, your body will return to it's pre-pregnancy weight a lot faster than if you don't exercise... now that's good news.

Stress! Yes, that's another problem pregnant women deal with. Worrying if your baby will be healthy, worrying if they'll have five fingers and five toes, worrying if you'll get to hospital on time, worry about who will be around to take you to hospital, worry about child birth and on and on it goes. You'll also need to deal with the midnight trips to the toilet and sleepless nights, all thanks to your pregnancy.

Guess what? Yes, you got it! Exercise helps reduce your stress levels and also helps you get a good nights sleep. Sorry, it doesn't help much with the toilet trips but two out of three ain't bad.

Are you beginning to understand the benefits of exercise? I hope so, I can't stress how much it will help you cope with the mental and physical demands of pregnancy. Exercising really is your key to a healthy, happy pregnancy and there's so many forms of exercise you can choose from. You'll easily find something that you will enjoy and will suit your situation. Give it a go, seriously.

Okay, now you've decided to exercise during your pregnancy, here's a few things to think about:

1/ Consult your doctor and discuss your intentions with him so he can give you the best advice directly related to you and your situation

2/ Avoid exercises or activities that have an increased risk of falling. eg; horse riding, cycling, roller blading, skiing

3/ After the 3rd/4th month avoid exercises or activities that involve lying on your back

4/ Always listen to your body, if it doesn't feel right, DON'T do it

5/ Don't over exercise! A good test is the talk test, you should still be able to carry on a conversation while exercising, if you're gasping for breath or can't talk, you need to stop or slow down

Here's a list of popular pregnancy exercises to get your started:

1/ Walking - walking is one of the best cardiovascular exercises and it's easy and safe to do. Almost anyone can do it with little to no effort, by that I mean no fees, you don't have to drive anywhere, no video or DVD is required, you can walk around your home, street or local area. Change your habits to include walking, walk the dog, walk your kids to school or pick them up, walk to the shop, you get the picture right?

2/ Swimming - this is highly recommended by many doctors and fitness experts as the best and safest activity for pregnant women. It exercises most muscle groups and gives you a good cardiovascular workout at the same time. The weightlessness you feel while swimming is wonderful and it's a refreshing and fun way to exercise.

3/ Pilates - this is one of the most popular forms of exercise for pregnant women in this day and age. Many women are doing it including celebrities. It's an exercise that combines flexibility and strength training and has huge benefits for your breathing, relaxation and preparation for child birth. It takes a lot of stress off your pelvis and back and many say it helps your baby get into the correct position for delivery.

4/ Yoga - very similar to Pilates, yoga focuses on stretching and helps maintain muscle tone and relaxation. Definitely worth consideration, it's known as an all over wellness exercise.

5/ Weight Training - you may think this is an odd exercise for pregnant women, funnily enough it's actually really popular. It strengthens and tones your muscles and prepares your body for child birth. It also helps you return to you pre-pregnancy body weight a lot faster.

So there's a few examples of exercises to do while pregnant! But the best advice I can give you is to find something you enjoy. The main aim is to DO SOMETHING! I wish you well with your pregnancy and please please please, strongly consider doing exercises during your pregnancy, it will make the world of difference.

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Pregnancy can be a trying nine month period of time for any woman. Many times, a mom to be may feel sleep deprived. Since she will not be getting much rest once the baby arrives, it is best to nip the problem in the bud. When sleep deprivation is occurring during pregnancy, a woman will need advice concerning the best way to get rest. Here are some tips that a pregnant woman can follow to get to bed and sleep through the night peacefully.

One way that a pregnant woman can sleep better is with use of a pregnancy pillow. This special pillow is designed to support the stomach and lower back while sleeping. It is usually C-shaped and fit to contour against the profile of a pregnant woman's curves. It can be placed between the knees or around the back for support. Most pregnant women will find that side sleeping is the most comfortable position.

Getting a weekly pregnancy massage may also help to get a better night's rest. Massage can lower stress and relieve the discomfort placed on the body by the growing fetus. Backaches and leg cramps are common complaints during pregnancy, so massage can alleviate the pain. It can also heighten circulation and take away tension. On the end, it can encourage a good night's sleep as well.

Soothing music can be an outlet when stress builds during pregnancy. Music is a way to ease anxiousness and depression that sets in as hormones are running wild during pregnancy. Soothing music can also calm the baby as well.

When a pregnant woman cannot sleep, it is best to leave the television off. Turning the tv on will only get the brain excited instead of making it calm. When a person finds a show that is interesting, they tend to watch it to the end. This may take away valuable time that can be spent resting. Before it is all said and done, morning has come and it is time to get up.

Many women who are pregnant will experience swollen nasal passages. This will lead to snoring or congestion which keeps a person awake or from falling asleep. To alleviate the problem, it may be smart to place a humidifier in the bedroom. This will add moisture to the air, leaving the nose clear and open.

No pregnant woman wants to suffer from sleep deprivation, so it is imperative to learn ways to get a good night's sleep. The above tips will help a woman rest comfortably at night when she is expecting a baby. Without sleep, a pregnant woman will be irritable and even more uncomfortable than normal.

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Around 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men go through postnatal depression. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you are one of them and if you are a friend or partner, you should not judge them for their feelings. There are many reasons why someone will go through these problems and it is possible to get treatment without the use of medication.

Postnatal depression is commonly referred to a postpartum depression. It affects both men and women, for different reasons, but is more commonly remembered as a condition that many new moms go through. Women usually find the disorder occurs due to a sudden change in hormones while men will find it occurs due to a sudden change in lifestyle.

There are many feelings that will be experienced while a man or woman is going through postnatal depression. Some will have a fear of not being able to care or provide for the infant while others will feel resentment for the baby changing their lives so much. This is commonly the reason why parents do not like talking to each other or their friends about their feelings; they fear that the other parent or the friends will not understand their feelings and will judge them.

Making a few changes in the home can really help with dealing with the postpartum depression. Setting a schedule has been known to help, especially for men, since it means they can have some order back into their lives. Getting the rest needed helps both sexes because it gives the bodies a chance to rejuvenate and deal with the next day.

Techniques like the Emotional Freedom Technique are commonly used to help with treating postnatal depression. EFT is done in three stages. The first stage is when the person suffering with the condition is able to talk openly about their fears and feelings. This helps the professional know the best ways to treat them. The second stage is the treatment phase; this is when pressure is placed on acupuncture points and the person suffering will think about their feelings and say a mantra over and over again.

The benefit of EFT is that the treatment and post-treatment phases (the last part) will continue until the fears and feelings and subsided enough to help treat postnatal depression. This is something that can be used on men and women and has been known to help a number of people. The main benefit is that there is no need to take any antidepressant medication.

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Height is always an advantage, even for women! People always notice you. If you are a businesswoman, business dealings become easier to handle since your height proves advantageous. You can prove to be a perfect model for designer clothing. Of course, there are many other things you can do with your height, but the entire list would take up too much space! The snag occurs when you become pregnant. You just cannot find the right maternity clothes to fit your tall frame!

This is when you start cursing your own body and keep wishing that you were born petite! You love pants, but none of them will cover the entire length of your legs. It is not even necessary to waste time on off-the-rack tops and maternity dresses- they will not fit you anyway!

Never mind, there is hope for you yet! Designers are sitting up and taking notice of people like you. It is difficult not to, considering that plenty of women are crossing six feet now-a-days. Contestants at beauty pageants are enough proof! Even the Internet has followed suit by displaying web sites catering to maternity clothes for tall women. Some of the styles can be mind-blowing! With so many clothes all over the place, it should now prove quite easy to stock up your wardrobe with maternity clothes that flatter your tall frame and cater to your personal tastes.

If its jeans you are after, visit Trendy Mama. This company caters to two different conversion styles and promises to customize jeans to suit every personality, including tall women. So you can just mail your order to the company, giving your own specifications. The company will take care of the rest.

Another company in LA, babystyle dot com also exhibits maternity clothes for tall women. Their specialty is maternity pants with 33-inch inseams. And there is quite a range available!

If you would like to explore further, there is Gap Maternity. The maternity tall pants they offer are meant for pregnant women requiring a 34-inch inseam. Stretch pants take precedence where maternity clothes are concerned; they are a popular favorite. Also, on and off clearance division sales can fetch you real bargains in the name of maternity clothes.

Other popular retailers are - Motherhood Maternity which has a great variety in styles and sizes, and Old Navy which displays an extensive range of clothing for shopping online.

If ultimately nothing checks out when shopping for maternity clothes, browse through the well-known J.C. Penney catalog. The clothes mentioned in the catalog are meant for tall women only. They are well-designed and of very good quality. Thus, you end up with clothes that are not only fashionable, but durable too!

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Humana, founded in 1961 as a nursing home company, grew to become one of the largest of its kind within a decade. Within twenty years it became one of the largest hospital companies in America, and now, 47 years later, it is one of the largest publicly traded health benefits companies in the US and is ranked 150 in the Fortune 500.

Humana is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and has 7 million medical members primarily in 22 states and Puerto Rico. The company offers coordinated health insurance coverage and related services through traditional and internet-based plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans and individuals. Humana provides services to companies with fewer than ten employees to companies who employ thousands. Small businesses are offered a wide range of products and services designed specifically to meet their needs. It also has specialty products such as dental, life and disability insurance.

HUMANA CHOICE CARE NETWORK

Humana Choice Care Network includes more than 320,000 physicians and ancillary care providers in fifty states and DC, serving 1.3 million PPO members. Their HMO plan has received accreditation from the national Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Accreditation Healthcare Commission (AAHC). Also, Humana is the first health benefits company to achieve registration for its Personal Nurses and Transplant Management Services.

Humana health insurance quotes are available in the following states:

Arizona
Kentucky
Ohio
Arkansas
Louisiana
South Carolina
Colorado
Michigan
Tennessee
Florida
Mississippi
Texas
Georgia
Missouri
Utah
Illinois
Nebraska
Virginia
Indiana
North Carolina
Wisconsin
Kansas

HUMANA ONE

Humana One is Humana's individual insurance plan. Within the Humana One system a number of different types of policies are available. An individual or family can elect to choose from four deductibles: $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. After the deductible expense is met, the Human Health Insurance policy pays 80% of the next $10,000 in covered expenses, the 100% up to $5,000,000. Doctor visits are included in the 80% coverage after the deductible is met. However, prescriptions are covered after a $500 deductible with a co-payment: $10 for generic drugs, $30 for brand name drugs, and $50 for drugs not listed on their formulary list.

Humana offers custom build-your-own plans such as the Portrait Plan, Monogram Plan, Autograph Plan and the Autograph Plan/HSA.
Portrait Plan

This plan is designed for those who want to minimize risk in their lives and want the major coverage by offered by big employers. This plan could be a benefit to those who are self employed and also for those individuals who are early retirees from a company that does not offer health insurance.
The in-network co-insurance operates on a 80%/20% formula, where the insurance pays 80% and the subscriber pays 20%. This plan also offers unlimited office co-payments as long as you stay in network for your physician visits

Monogram Plan

The Monogram Plan offers a safety- net in coverage in case you ever need it. It's designed to provide low cost protection for those who are healthy and seldom visit a doctor. Those who avail themselves of this plan are generally those who are no longer covered under their parent's policies, college graduates, undergraduates, those who work part-time and those who work for a company that does not offer group insurance.
Autograph Plan

This plan has the most flexibility in regard to designing a health plan that works the best for an individual's specific needs. It also offers the better options for those who need to make to make multiple office visits due to injury or illness.

Autograph Plan/HSA

The benefits and options offered in the Autograph Plan are also available in the Autograph Plan/HSA. In addition you can avail yourself of potential tax advantages by using a HSA that lets you pay for qualified medical expenses with tax deductible contributions.

Optional Additions to Individual and Family Policies

Maternity Coverage. Premiums are an additional $107 dollars per month and the deductible is increased by $500. The insurance then pays up to 60% of the costs of routine pregnancy and childbirth.

Dr. Co-payments. This option allows an individual to purchase four Doctor's visits per year with a $25 co-pay for each visit. If you have more than four doctor's visits within a year you are subject to the deductible and co-insurance.

Dental insurance
Disability insurance

While Humana may offer very good coverage for the individual or older families who are no longer having children, it may not meet the needs for the family that is still growing. Paying only up to 60% for pregnancy and childbirth, a Humana Maternity policy still leaves the family with a pretty hefty out- of- pocket expense. Also, to be noted is that Dental Insurance is only available to those who all ready have a health insurance plan with Humana.

HUMANA HEALTH INSURANCE QUOTES

To decide if Humana One may be a good choice for your health insurance needs then be sure and compare quotes from many different companies side by side.

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Being a mother is all about sacrifice. And there is nothing wrong with that in fact, it's well worth it! However, the fact remains that from the time you conceive, not only are you giving that little life inside you the majority of your attention, energy and mental and physical focus, but you are also funneling the best nutrients that your body can provide straight to that tiny, growing person inside you.

As a result, many mothers even the ones who take traditional prenatal vitamins and take extremely good care of their health while they are pregnant" find themselves suffering from fatigue, shortness of temper and short and long-term memory loss after the birth of a baby. All of these symptoms add up to one thing: postpartum depression.

Don't Just Accept It

For years, postpartum depression has been considered a somewhat unavoidable and unpleasant side effect of pregnancy for many women. While doctors do attempt to prepare women and their families for this issue, most new mothers have to suffer through the experience while their body gets back to normal, causing them serious mental anguish in many cases as they cannot understand why on earth they should be feeling such tumultuous and conflicting emotions centered around the newest member of their family.

However, the explanation is simple: during the pregnancy, you gave your little one everything " right down to the best brain food that you could provide, which happened to be the stuff that your brain needed as well. As a result, now that the baby is no longer inside you, you may be suffering from a shortage of this brain food, omega 3 fatty acids to be exact, and that is causing you everything from headaches to an inability to concentrate on simple tasks.

The Solution Can Be Simple

Fortunately, the solution is as simple as the problem: get more omega 3!

In late August of 2008,Complimentary Medicine released a study indicating that incidences of postpartum depression drop by about 50 percent when expectant mothers take a fish oil supplement throughout their pregnancy. This study and studies like it also have lead to recent research in World Psychiatry that indicate that omega 3 also can dramatically decrease the negative effects of menopause, which is also directly linked to changes and shortages in the female reproductive system.

The best way to get omega 3 during a pregnancy is from fish oil rather than directly from fish or tuna, which often contain traces of heavy metals and toxins that can seriously harm a fetus. Instead, take a dietary supplement that has been certified toxin free. You can rest assured that not only are you fortifying your defenses against postpartum depression, but that you also are providing vital nutrients to your child that will help with everything from coordination to preventing multiple sclerosis and neural disorders.

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Inexpensive health insurance is a luxury these days, but it should not be. Let me explain further. Health is wealth. Nothing is truer than this statement. Without your health, it is impossible to do anything worthwhile at all. You cannot work, you cannot do household chores and you cannot create wealth. That is the reason health is wealth since it is essential in creating wealth. Given that, we must everything in our power to ensure that we are at the best of our health all the time. But sometimes that is not possible. If we do not have the wealth to support us during medical emergencies, it might lead to medical complications and eventually death (hopefully not). So you can begin to see why it should be more than a luxury.

If you have the money to pay for your medical bills whenever you need to then good for you. But like most people, this is not always the case, especially in today's economic crunch. That is why applying for inexpensive health insurance coverage is a wise thing to do. By doing so, you are able to plan for a future happening without excessive financial stress, thus giving you a level of security and peace of mind.

There are several ways you can do so. One is to get a job with a company that offers insurance for its employees. That way, they can subsidize the insurance for you (and your family if possible) thus making it inexpensive for you to get one. You can also opt to get inexpensive individual health insurance while you are looking for a job. That way, there won't be any gap with you having no insurance, which is certainly risky.

Therefore, not getting health insurance is certainly not excusable. Not doing so constitutes irresponsibility, and might cost you or your loved ones undue financial suffering should unfortunate circumstances present themselves. Hence, make sure to get one as soon as possible if you don't already have one.

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It was only a few years back when the notion of infertility was more of a myth. Back then women could easily get pregnant about four to five times without any hassle, however, nowadays women are finding it more and more difficult to get pregnant and start a family. This is due to lack of nutrients in their diet as more women find it easy to grab food from fast food chains instead of cooking it at their home. Furthermore lack of vegetables and fruits in their diet leads them to developing such infertility problems. This article will provide you with all the information you require regarding what nutritionists call fertility foods. A proper fertility diet will help increase the chances of one getting pregnant. Such a preconception diet not only helps to increase the chances at impregnation but also helps create intelligent babies. This notion though believed by many doctors, is still yet to be confirmed.

Though there are many reasons that many cause infertility problems such as problems related to the ovaries, pelvic, cervical, hormones and uterine, the main idea that is being catered in this particular article is the development of impregnation due to a lack of proper diet. Most medicinal doctors believe that proper nutrition can in fact improve the chances. When two people start living together their entire lifestyle shifts. This can lead to one maybe consuming easy to consume and purchase food due to the immense pressure this new lifestyle has, which may lead to obesity or starvation in certain cases. With such problems one can certainly develop infertility.

繚 Fish Oil

Certain essential fatty acids are very important for your body and help fight against any disorder that may cause infertility. A certain fatty acid, that is found in fish oil, which is called Omega 3 has known to be a great nutrient that should be included in every woman's diet. This fish oil is an ingredient that is often used in ice cream. So if you liked it before, there is certainly one more reason to eat it more.

繚 Plant Protein

Another thing that you should include in your diet is plant protein. Meat such as chicken and beef consist of hormones that are known to reduce your chances of getting pregnant while proteins found in plants are known to do the opposite.

繚 Vitamins & Minerals

To sum it up rather than confusing you with the vast amount of foods that are available out there you should focus on foods that contain the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. These vitamins will cause an increase in your fertility levels. For example consume more orange juice since it contains Vitamin C.

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When you hear the term "traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)," what comes to mind? For many people, this is an unnerving term because it implies something nontraditional and separate from the modern medicine that most people are so accustomed to working with. Yet, there is a growing following behind traditional Chinese medicine and many of the people who believe in it may surprise you.

TCM is typically lumped into the very vague category of "alternative medicine" by people who are not familiar with it. This is the category where you find some rather questionable practices, but there are also some well respected art forms in this category such as acupuncture. Just as acupuncture is now being used in medical plans along with modern medicine, traditional Chinese medicine is now being used in the same way.

You don't have to think of TCM as just another alternative to standard medical treatment. Most people who give it a chance find that it can work hand in hand with the medical advice they are given by their very modern doctors. There are many medical professionals who actually believe in many of the products and strategies employed by Chinese medicine.

So, who needs TCM? Is this something that you could use to enrich your own life and enhance your own medical care? Let's take a look at a few common uses for traditional Chinese medicine to see how it could benefit you and your family.

Menstrual & Postnatal Comfort

Many women find Bak Foong pills to be essential in controlling hormones and relieving the discomforts often experienced during a menstrual cycle. These pills are also extremely useful for nourishing and reviving the body after having a baby. They are powerful because they can help regulate the hormones and build up the immune system, which helps women on a monthly basis as well as after bringing new life into the world.

The only catch here is these pills should not be taken while a woman is menstruating. It should be taken before and after to help with the discomforts common at particular periods of the menstrual cycle.

Encouraging Health

While many people turn to TCM to heal different diseases or bring relief from constant pain, others embrace this form of medicine as a way to enhance their overall health and well being. Products that use the nest of the swifflet bird are often embraced as a way to encourage a strong immune system and prevent illness.

In traditional times, the most privileged Chinese citizens would consumer the Swifflet bird's nest to protect their bodies, but today most people can find products containing authentic birds nest in pill form.

Making Healthy Changes

Acupuncture is quite popular today and continues to be worked into modern medical plans for pain and other medical issues. Many people also seek out independent traditional Chinese medicine practitioners so they can use acupuncture to help them lose weight, stop smoking, and make other healthy changes in their life.

There are also a variety of pill form products that may help with these healthy lifestyle changes. TCM also makes use of nutritional changes and herbal products which can help make lifestyle changes like these a bit easier to handle.

What should stand out here is the wide variety of uses for traditional Chinese medicine. Practically everyone has a reason to use this valuable form of medicine to enrich their lives.

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Having a second child can make you a little nervous just thinking about juggling two kids and taking care of the family. You may also be worried about the increased daily budget allocation you will have to consider once your second baby is born. Although more than the budgetary concerns, most mothers are more concerned about raising two children well and helping them develop physically, mentally and emotionally.

Before you consider having another child, it is advisable that you focus first on your first child and give him a little time to be an only child for a while - at least three years - five is ideal. However, as parents, we know that sometimes we can't wait to have another baby because time is a-ticking or we want our children to have a close age range. Whatever your reason, it is best to be prepared for a second child before he comes.

1. Fix your finances. A second child will mean more expenses on milk, diapers, baby furniture, clothes and trips to the doctor. Although some of the baby stuff can be hand-me-downs from your firstborn such as crib, stroller and some clothes; a second child will still mean more expenses for you so it's best to start saving for his arrival. You will also need to put in more money into your emergency fund for incidentals.

2. Prepare his quarters. Where will your newborn sleep? It might not be advisable to room him in with your first child especially if the older child is still in his toddlers because children are naturally curios beings and he could end up hurting the newborn or hurting himself. He might also be irritated with the constant crying of a newborn and when this happens, you will have to pacify two very irate babies.

3. Talk to your first child about the arrival of his sibling. This is the most important task you will have to do before your second child is born. You will have to explain to your first child what his role is going to be concerning his younger sibling.

He may get jealous because they do not understand why you are not paying as much attention to him since the new baby came. Involve him in the preparation for the new baby and explain the importance of being an older brother. This way, he will not feel excluded.

4. Ask for help! A second child can be very overwhelming especially right after giving birth. You will feel postpartum blues and this may greatly affect your mood and your emotional/mental health. Before you feel that the world is on your shoulders, talk to your family and friends about having to ask for their help once in awhile once the baby is born.

Better still, check out nanny and housekeeping services that you can call every now and then. List down all the numbers of the people you'd want to call for help and post it where you can easily see it. Fix a daily schedule for your firstborn so he will have activities that will occupy him if he is still not going to school.

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One of the most bothersome facial pigment problems is called melasma - otherwise known as "pregnancy mask. Melasma is a brownish pigmentation that affects adult women. It often develops during pregnancy - hence the name "pregnancy mask". Some women only have a few small brown spots here and there, but many have big patches of brown pigment that cover entire cheeks or foreheads or around the mouth. It can often be difficult to cover completely with makeup, and many women have spent a fortune on lightening creams and various laser therapies trying to get rid of it. Melasma is exacerbated by sun and UV radiation exposure (including tanning beds), but hormonal factors play a role as well, since it often comes on during pregnancy, while on birth control pills, or while on hormone replacement therapy. Certain unknown genetic factors will also predispose certain women to get it. Melasma can be very difficult but not impossible to control. Here are some tips:

1. Use daily sunscreen. The best method of treatment is prevention. Starting at a young age with daily sun block, avoiding intense sun exposure, and avoiding tanning beds all can help prevent younger women and teenagers from developing this condition in their middle adult years. In women that have melasma already, sun protection can keep it from worsening. This means daily sun block year round.

2. Stop your birth control pills if you no longer need them for birth control. If you are finished having kids, consider your surgical options for birth control. If you are taking birth control for help with menstrual symptoms, consider bioidentical hormone management instead. If you are taking hormone replacement therapy, try to minimize your estrogen (take the smallest amount you need to control your symptoms)

3. Avoid soy. Many people don't know that 20% of the calories in the typical American diet come from soy derivatives. Much of our processed food contains significant amounts of soy. And soy can mimic estrogen in your body and may exacerbate melasma. Read your food labels, and try to cut back on your soy intake.

4. Lightening creams. This is a very popular form of treatment but not effective for many and usually will only lighten the melasma some. Hydroquinone is the most effective topical lightening agent and can be found in low doses over the counter or at higher more effective doses with a prescription. But long term use of hydroquinone can sometimes exacerbate the melasma, especially in Asian and Hispanic skin. Therefore, short-term intermittent use is best. Triluma (which contains hydroquinone), Retin A, and Kojic Acid are other topical lighteners that may help.

5. Chemical Peels. A series of medical grade chemical peels with glycolic acid or TCA can help some people with melasma.

6. Laser therapy can be especially effective at treating melasma, but you need to chose the correct type of laser. Traditional photofacials or micro laser peels typically do not go deep enough to remove melasma pigment in most people. The more aggressive fractionated laser therapy (such as the Active FX laser) offer more consistent melasma-removing results.

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The appearance of cellulite during pregnancy is a fairly common occurrence, much to the dismay of many expectant mothers. As if gaining weight, constant cravings, swollen feet and rapidly changing hormones weren't enough, many women also end up battling the unsightly bulges fondly referred to as "cottage cheese". Fortunately, there are ways to reduce and even get rid of this particular side effect of pregnancy, so pregnant women can take heart.

The first step in getting rid of cellulite is understanding what it is. Simply put, cellulite is a build up of fat deposits just under the skin which can cause the skin to bulge, creating the bumpy effect we all know and love. It can happen to anyone, though it is more common among women, and it is a common byproduct of pregnancy, when women tend to gain weight rapidly and become less active.

Though cellulite during pregnancy can be embarrassing and unsightly, the good news is that it usually corrects itself. Once the baby is born, your body will go back to its pre-pregnancy state and cellulite will disappear. For some women this offers little consolation, however, as they are not content to wait for nature to take its course. For these women, there are several tips they can follow to help get rid of cellulite.

First and foremost is the need to eat right. Allowing yourself to slip into poor eating habits during pregnancy is not good for you or your baby and it also leaves the door open for developing excess fat or cellulite. Now more than ever you need to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and be sure to get all the proper nutrients and limit fatty foods.

Along with diet, a second tip for getting rid of cellulite during pregnancy is to stay active. A common misconception is that pregnant women need to stop moving. Quite the opposite is true. There are many forms of exercise, including walking, yoga, and even some weight training, which are very good for pregnant women. By staying fit and active you can improve your own health and reduce fat build up, which will also result in a healthier baby.

If diet and exercise alone don't do the trick, a third tip is to consider pregnancy massage. Massaging the affected area can help to stimulate blood flow and break up fatty deposits, reducing the appearance of cellulite. You can even get your partner involved in this step for a relaxing, romantic moment to help relieve stress for both of you.

There are a number of products available on the market which claim to help rid you of cellulite during pregnancy. Creams, lotions and other "cure alls" may provide some help, but only maintaining a healthy life style, eating right and getting plenty of exercise will really give you long term results.

Nobody likes to deal with the issue of cellulite, whether during pregnancy or at any other time, but remember that it doesn't have to be permanent. You can reduce the appearance of cellulite and, especially during pregnancy, it can clear up on its own. So don't despair, just make sure you're living right and you can make cellulite a thing of the past!

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Oral thrush is an infection caused by the yeast fungus known as Candida albicans and is a common illness in newborn babies. The fungus is also referred to as candidosis and moniliasis, but generally these terms describe the appearance of candida albicans in adults. This article will focus on the causes and symptoms of oral thrush in newborns as well as methods of treatment.

It may be helpful to first understand some background information on exactly what oral thrush is. Microorganisms exist everywhere in our environment and usually bacteria, viruses and fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the human body. These microorganisms are beneficial to the health of babies and adults alike and the body allows them to remain present. The fungus that causes oral thrush does not have a symbiotic relationship with the human body. Candida albicans usually works its way into the body when the immune system is in a diseased or weakened state. In their first few days of life, newborn babies are especially at risk from infections such as oral thrush.

Two specific causes of oral thrush are a reaction to antibiotics and transmission from a mother with a yeast infection. The mouth of a postnatal baby undergoes certain changes following a dose of antibiotic medication that create a breeding ground for a fungus to develop. It is also possible for a mother to pass on a yeast infection to her child in the form of candidosis. The transmission occurs from exposure in the birth canal and oftentimes results in infection when the baby is from two to ten weeks old.

Diagnosing babies is usually done using the clinical picture. This means that doctors are generally able to diagnose the infection on sight alone. Oral thrush manifests itself in the form of painful white lesions on the inside of the baby's mouth. These patches appear on the gums, insides of cheeks, palates and tongue. It is also possible for thrush lesions to work their way into the esophagus. Doctors use throat cultures, endoscopic examination and barium swallow to help diagnose an oral thrush infection that has progressed to this degree.

Nipple damage due to breastfeeding can lead to an elevated risk of Candida infection. Although the nipples and areola may not show signs of an infection certain symptoms can help indicate that one is occurring. One or both nipples may be experience stinging pain or itching. Visible signs that a mother has a Candida infection include nipples with white dots, a skin rash with small fluid filled blisters, swelling and cracking of the skin.

If a doctor has reason to believe that an infant has oral thrush, he or she may send a cell sample from the baby's tongue to a lab for analysis and confirmation. The use of a lab sample can help ensure that there are no other illnesses causing complicating a thrush infection.

When oral thrush or a yeast infection has been diagnosed, both the mother and her baby should be treated simultaneously. Coordinating care for both the mother and child helps avoid the risk of the infection being passed back and forth.

Medications for yeast can be systemic (internal) or topical (external). Often physicians will begin curing a yeast infection with a topical drug, followed by a more powerful systemic if necessary. Fluconazole is antifungal cream used to treat a mother's breasts that have come into contact with a baby experiencing oral thrush. Some examples of commercially available anti-fungal drugs include Nystatin, Lotrimin and Itraconazola. Oral thrush is often treated with Nystatin by application to the inside of the infant's mouth several times daily. For complete treatment information speak with your pediatrician.

By paying close attention to the warning signs and symptoms of an oral thrush infection, mothers can reduce the complications caused by this illness. As with all concerns related to the health of your newborn, always rely on the suggestions and information provided by your pediatrician. With treatment time and concern you and your child can overcome the challenge of an oral thrush infection.

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You should thank your lucky stars that we are not living in the age of 50 years ago when Postnatal Depression was looked down upon. Imagine how hard it would be to reach out for help if the general view was that you were rejecting your baby? Today, there is a lot more help available, whether it is books, counseling or just joining a friendly mother's or parent's group to discuss problems and fears.

When I first discovered that I had Postnatal Depression I was suffering from the same classic symptoms such as feeling out of control, low self esteem, headaches, heart palpitations, panic attacks, being very short tempered and not feeling a great affection for my constantly crying baby. Other symptoms you might feel can include a feeling of loss of self, an inability to get anything done, feeling like a prisoner in your own home, loss of appetite and worst of all thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.

The causes of Postnatal Depression are varied but the most common ones are:

* A family history of depression

* Having no support either from your partner or family/friends

* Being a highly organized and disciplined person before the birth of your baby may increase your risk, because babies often don't agree to being organized by anyone

* A constantly crying or unsettled baby

* Disappointment due to the birth not going how you planned or being unable to breastfeed.

* Hormone imbalance

* Lack of quality sleep.

It is vital that if you feel you are suffering from any of the above symptoms to get help because I can assure you that ignoring them, will not help you! Find someone that you can talk to in the medical field that you feel comfortable with, be it an Early Childhood Nurse, your family doctor or a counseling service. There are many avenues that you can go down to recovery but the most important first step is reaching out for help.

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After you've safely given birth, you heaved a sigh of relief giving thanks for your cute baby's life and the next thing that crossed your mind afterward is losing pregnancy fat. Your thought of this can take some of your attention away from caring for your child properly. You might be tempted to sign up for a weight loss program to help you lose your pregnancy fat. This can be another burden on you.

Fortunately, there are some simple and viable tips that can help you burn the extra fat in your body after delivery, and still have enough time for your little angel.

Change your eating habit. Yes, you need to watch what you put into your mouth and control your cravings if you really want to lose the extra fat after delivery. Cut down the amount of fatty foods you eat. Eat nutritious foods daily and include some snacks, healthy ones of course, between your meals. You'll need them along the way. Include fruits and vegetables in your meals. This is because of their rich contents in vitamins and minerals. Read the labels of food items you buy at the grocery store for their fat content. Avoid excessive intake of fried foods.

Exercise your body. This is another way of losing pregnancy fat fast. You don't have to engage in any strenuous workout. Begin your fitness exercise with brisk walking around the neighborhood. You can even do this with your child by putting him/her in a stroller to catch the feel of the environment. Take advantage of the time your baby usually falls asleep by engaging yourself in aerobic workouts such as swimming, riding on a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill if you have one. The whole idea is to help keep your body active by engaging in small activities that can help burn the extra fat.

Breastfeeding your baby is another way to lose pregnancy fat. Lactation is very important after giving birth not only for your baby but for you as well. You lose about 500-700 calories daily while you properly breastfeed your baby. That's why breastfeeding is one of the good ways to burn pregnancy fat.

Drinking plenty of water daily also helps in losing body fat. 70 percent of your body is made up of water and not fat. To help your body function properly, drink about 7-8 liters of water daily. This will also help prevent your body from dehydration. Water also enhances your metabolism. Metabolism is simply the process through which your body burns calories without any effort on your part. And water is the most important requirement for this to function effectively. You can now imagine the benefits of drinking plenty water.

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Having a baby is a fantastic experience for both the mother and father! Even the grandparents actually! However having a baby can change a lot of things for the woman, and it is quite common for women to suffer from depression after childbirth.

This depression after childbirth is commonly known as postpartum or postnatal depression. This is a mixture of emotional, physical and behavior changes that affect the mother after delivering her baby. Depression can also occur during pregnancy, but it is more common after delivery of the baby.

Depression after childbirth occurs because there are hormonal changes in the woman's body. Around 70% of pregnant women experience depression after childbirth, however it does not have to affect the mother immediately. It can take up to a year for postnatal depression to become apparent.

During pregnancy the woman's levels of estrogen and progesterone rise, and 24 hours after giving birth the levels of these hormones drop rapidly to their normal levels. Scientists believe that this sudden change in female hormone levels can trigger depression in some women. This is backed up, because small changes in hormone levels can cause the woman's mood to change.

A lot of things change after delivering the baby, the amount of blood in the body, immune system and the blood pressure all change. These changes can alter how a person feels about themselves, which can result in fatigue and mood swings. The exact cause of childbirth depression is not known, however as not every woman suffers from it, it's likely that lifestyle affects it.

This depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated, because doctors just don't notice these effects as being anything abnormal. Tiredness, sleeping problems, and changes in body weight are all normal changes, that happen to a woman's body during and after pregnancy, however these symptoms can also indicate depression.

Postnatal depression can be caused by:
Substance abuse.
Lack of support.
Previous pregnancy complications.
Young age of mother.
Doubting yourself.

The most common cause of depression after childbirth is drug or substance abuse, lack of support from family members, problems with previous pregnancies, mother's young age, and doubting your own ability to look after your baby. You can see most of the causes of depression are emotional and not physical.

Women need to snap out of the idea of having to be the perfect mum, because this can add to the stress. Also spending less time alone with your husband can cause depression after childbirth.

Baby blues and depression are two different things. Baby blues happen straight after childbirth, and normally disappear in under a week, but postnatal depression can strike any time during the first year and often doesn't go away.

Be very aware if you have symptoms of Postnatal depression, because it is something that must be treated by your doctor.

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Here are some of the symptoms of a woman with postnatal depression:


  • She may cry frequently or feel tearful-There are some women who may not actually cry. However, women with postnatal depression may weep steadily for an entire day or describe the feeling that they are occasionally on the verge of crying for some.


  • She may feel less hungry-A woman who is down with postnatal depression might not feel hungry and might skip a meal or two. Besides, she has a smaller appetite than before. This in turn leads to extreme weight loss in them.


  • She may feel more hungry-For some women, eating can comfort them and act as a way of coping with their feelings of depression. However, this may result in an extreme weight gain.


  • She is unable to sleep-A person with postnatal depression may have difficulty in sleeping. This could mean not being able to get off to sleep, or waking up very early and not being able to go back to sleep. Therefore, this can be extremely frustrating when have trouble falling asleep even when your child is sleeping soundly.


  • She sleeps a lot-Some women describes that they feel sleepy all the time, no matter how much sleep they have had. This may seems to be just due to the sleepless nights that all new parents experience, but in actual fact, only a woman with postnatal depression would show such symptoms.


  • She feels exhausted most of the time-She may constantly feel tired, lethargic or drained of energy, so much till she is unable to cope with the daily tasks.


  • She might not be able to concentrate-Being distracted and confused is common for women with postnatal depression. She might even find it hard to finish the task that she started a while ago.


  • She is unable to make simple decisions-Making simple decisions such as what to wear may seem impossible for her.


  • She is unable to cope with almost everything-Simple little things, things that she used to do without even thinking about are beyond her. This would therefore lead to her trying so hard to do even the little things to get by. In other words, a woman with postnatal depression may feel inadequate and incapable and start questioning her ability to look after her child completely.


  • She has little interest in her looks and surroundings-She might not see the point in washing herself or even getting herself dressed. Besides, she have totally no interest in her home or her everyday life.


  • She cares too much about her appearance and surroundings-Alternatively, an obvious symptom of postnatal depression is her being obsessively tidy and trying to maintain impossibly high standards in her home.

Do consult your family doctor if you have one of more symptoms that are mentioned above. Don't drag the matter further as a late diagnosis could cause your illness to worsen.

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