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Now that you are pregnant, you must take care of your body, including your skin, more than ever before.

One of the things you have to watch out for during pregnancy is acne. Acne can be due to several things, but stress is a major contributor. This disease can make you feel very uncomfortable; therefore, it is important that you know how to deal with it. Since stress may cause or worsen acne breakouts, one treatment of choice should focus on reducing stress. Like, for instance, you may want to engage in natural stress-reducing activities such as yoga, breathing exercises, or anything else that enables you to relax.

You may also be worried of stretch marks on the stomach. These usually appear during the latter stage of your pregnancy when your tummy begins to grow.

Other skin problems you are likely to deal with during pregnancy dryness and peeling. It's good to know that these problems may be resolved by eating right and by using the appropriate skin care products. Remember, though, that you cannot just apply any medication to treat acne or any skin problem for that matter. You see, pregnancy is a very delicate stage for you and your baby; anything you put in your body eventually gets transmitted to your baby, and you know that skin care products that are chemically formulated contain harsh ingredients that can result to birth problems.

It is therefore very important that you choose carefully the kinds of skin care products to use. As much as possible, go natural in your choice of creams, lotions and anything else. Natural products do not contain harmful chemicals that can affect your baby, so they are safe to use.

To help you deal with skin care problems during pregnancy, drink lots of water. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and your skin well moisturized so you get to have healthy, beautiful skin all throughout your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy is a wondrous moment. It is the time when women are excited to be called moms. It is a great opportunity to learn about child's growth and development. But sometimes it can be the other way around. Pregnancy is not always such a happy experience for some. Pregnancy can also be a time for worry. It can also be a moment of confusion.

A woman's decision to begin a pregnancy carries with it the acceptance of the lifelong responsibility to be a parent. Ideally, effective parenting begins even before the moment of conception, when the woman confirms her desire to have a child and is physically and mentally prepared for the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

However, most women go through a lot of changes during pregnancy that sometimes, it is causing them stress as well as numerous emotional and physical changes. As a result, many pregnant women develop depression during their pregnancies.

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder, so it's a commonly encountered pre-existing condition during pregnancy. Depression has both physiological as well a sociological causes. It is actually caused by a number of different factors. But, it is most likely to be linked to a change in the levels of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals govern our moods, and when they become disrupted, it can lead to depression.

During pregnancy, the rapid change in a woman's body's hormones can trigger a change in the levels of these chemicals, resulting in depression. Interestingly though, women have it twice as often as men, and among women, there is an increased tendency toward it during the reproductive years.

It has been proven that the rapid rise in hormone levels during pregnancy is actually a very common trigger for depression. At least 20% of pregnant women experience some depressive symptoms during their pregnancies, while 10% of pregnant women develop full-blown clinical depression. Depression during pregnancy is actually much more common then many people realize. At one time, health care professionals thought that pregnant women couldn't suffer from depression because of their pregnancy hormones. It was believed that these hormones protected against mood disorders like depression.

Any pregnant woman can be dealing with depression at any point throughout her pregnancy. There are several causes of it during pregnancy, some of which are the following:

∑ having a personal or family history of depression
∑ relationship or marital conflict
∑ age at time of pregnancy
∑ unplanned pregnancy
∑ living alone
∑ limited social support
∑ previous miscarriage
∑ pregnancy confusions and complications
∑ history of emotional, physical or sexual abuse

Dealing with depression can often drain a woman's desire and energy, pregnant women with the disorder may not seek appropriate prenatal care. Depression during pregnancy may also increase the likelihood that a pregnant woman will abuse alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs during pregnancy. When it is most severe, clinically diagnosed depression can be a psychiatric emergency. Because a woman is in a very difficult period of adjustment and less likely to climb out of her despair, hopelessness, and suffering, she poses a danger to herself and her new baby.

Pregnancy is a particularly active field for depression to either start anew or worsen if already a problem. The extra physical, financial, marital, and sexual stresses come whether one is ready or not. On top of that, any new feelings of poor self-image can reinforce depression's already negative self-image problems.

Preparing for a new baby is a lot of hard work, but a woman's health should come first. A pregnant woman should resist the urge to get everything done, she should limit her activities and do things that will help her relax. Talking about things that concern a pregnant woman is also very important during these difficult times. A pregnant woman should ask for support, which most often than not, she will get. Remember that taking care oneself is an essential part of taking care of the unborn child.

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Babies are a blessing, and many people would do anything to have one of their own. Couples, who are able to have them, do not realize how lucky they are, and sometimes forget that others are struggling with it. There are many ways to help increase your chances with many pregnancy help tips, tricks and methods that can help. Couples, who suffer with complications, can become very stressed out, and even frustrated. Here are a few things to try to help increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Experiment with Positions

There are many people that believe that the sexual position you are in can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Sperm needs to remain inside of the woman in order to reach her eggs. Certain sex positions make it easier than others. For example, girl on top is not as effective as the missionary style. Also, after sex, the woman should place her legs in the air for about 20 minutes to allow the sperm to travel to her eggs.

Stop Using Protection

One of the most important and obvious pregnancy help methods is to stop all methods of protection including condoms and birth control pills. This allows sperm to reach the eggs, and results in becoming pregnant.

Use Herb Supplements

For couples who are looking for pregnancy help tips, another great one is to take certain herbs. Herbs can help increase fertility and has been shown to work. It's been a method that has been used for hundreds of years. Certain herbs such as Dong Quai and Chasteberry are common ones to try.

There are many other methods that have been proven to help increase fertility, and you should try a few to see what works best for you. Not all methods work for everyone. The Pregnancy Miracle is a great resource, as it gives you hundreds of methods to try that are all natural.

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One difference in the early days between the Lap Band system and the Swedish adjustable lap band is that the SAGB didn't have a self-closing mechanism and had to be closed with sutures. An American company, INAMED Health, designed the BioEnterics Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System, which was introduced in Europe in 1993. The Swedish adjustable gastric band differs from the Lap-Band because it wasn't designed for use with keyhole laparoscopic surgery.

An allergic reaction to materials contained in the band or for people who have exhibited pain intolerance to implanted devices are contraindications for lap band surgery. Failure of dietary or weight-loss drug therapy for more than one year can make one eligible for the adjustable gastric band procedure. In order to be considered one must have the comprehension of the risks and benefits of the gastric band procedure and willingness to comply with the substantial lifelong dietary restrictions required for long term success.

Inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract like ulcers, esophagitis or Crohn's disease don't make one a good candidate for lap band surgery. It's usually contraindicated if the surgery or treatment represents an unreasonable risk to the patient.

As the upper part of the stomach believes it's full the message to the brain is that the stomach is full and this sensation helps the person to eat smaller portions and lose weight over time. The surgeon uses a specialized needle is to avoid damage to the port membrane. When fluid is introduced into the stomach the lap band expands, placing pressure around the outside of the stomach; this decreases the size of the passage in the stomach and restricts the movement of food.

The band is inflated and adjusted by way of a small access port placed just under the skin subcutaneously; then radiopaque isotonic solution or saline is introduced into the band via the port. Lap band or gastric band placement, unlike the traditional malabsorptive weight loss surgery (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, biliopancreatic and duodenal switch) does not cut or remove any part of the digestive system. The adjustable gastric band or Lap Band is an inflatable silicone prosthetic device which is placed around the top portion of the stomach using keyhole laparoscopic surgery.

Post surgery the patient should consider eating less, eating more slowly and chewing food thoroughly. The patient may be prescribed a liquid-only diet, followed by soft foods and then solid foods for a varied length of time; each surgeon and manufacturer will vary. The lap band may remain deflated during pregnancy and once breast feeding or bottle-feeding is completed the band may be gradually re-inflated to help with postpartum weight loss if essential.

The World Health Organization recommendation for monthly weight loss is approximately 1.1 to 2.2 pounds per week and an average gastric banded patient may possibly lose this amount. Weight regain can happen with any surgical weight loss procedure including the more radical procedures that initially result in a rapid weight loss.

Complications of gastric band surgery include: ulceration and irritated stomach tissue. Some mechanical malfunctions that can occur post-surgery are port leakage, cracking of the kink-resistant tubing or disruption of the tubing connection from the port to the band, port site pain and port displacement.

Some of the adjustable gastric band post-surgery digestive complications are nausea, vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux, stoma obstruction, constipation, dysphagia, diarrhea, and abnormal stools. Occasionally, the narrow passage into the lower part of the stomach may become blocked by a large portion of unchewed food.

The amount you pay for your surgery will vary; there is not one set price for lap band surgery. It's important to discuss post-surgical care and diet plans with your weight loss doctor if you are considering adjustable gastric band or lap band surgery. Mexico is one of the top destinations for adjustable gastric band surgery outside of the United States, where the cost for lap band surgery is usually about $8,000 to $10,000.

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By this time you should be on the home stretch to finishing nursing school. Obstetric (OB) clinicals are usually the last major clinical rotation a student will have to master. During this rotation, nursing students will education patients about maternity, labor and delivery, and infant care. Students will experience patients that are pregnant and about to deliver, postpartum, and women with obstetric issues.

OB nursing process and theories will be applied to maternity patients. Selected women's

health issues will also be examined. Some patients will be admitted for hysterectomy, myomectomy, and other obstetrical surgery procedures Application of the nursing process to assist in the health of high risk pregnant women and their families.

The tools needed for OB clinicals are mostly the same as adult health and pediatric clinicals. OB classes are held at the same time as clinicals so students will have already have talked about how to perform assessments, nursing diagnosis and care plans, and how to care for a patient in labor. Some schools have a lab where students can practice on manikins before clinicals. This would be a good time to get used to teaching and performing breast exams, measuring the fundus, how to read a fetal monitor strip, and what to teach the mother for postpartum care.

Students should keep an open mind during this clinical rotation. Different cultures should be taken into account when asking the patient questions and doing an assessment. Also be aware that some women have given birth but the fetus may be ill or not have survived. There is nothing more embarrassing than coming into a room and saying congratulations when you don't know the facts. The most important aspects of OB clinicals are knowing how to perform an assessment, the phases of labor, medications given during labor and delivery, and care plans. Some institutions will not let nursing students give medications to pregnant patients due to the high risk of harming the mom and fetus. Due to this fact, there will be a lot of observations on the student's behalf. This will be a good time to see a vaginal delivery, cesarean section, and breast feeding. Below is and example of a sample care plan for a patient who is in labor:

Nursing Diagnosis /Related to Altered urinary elimination r/t compression of bladder.

Pathophysiology: Pressure from an enlarging uterus and increase in blood volume causes a large volume of urine to be held causing urinary stasis. Urinary frequency also occurs from the pressure of the bladder and its displacement.

Nursing Activities (NIC)

1. Monitor blood glucose levels in infant.
2. Observe for signs of hypoglycemia.
3. Institute early feeding of breast or bottle milk.

Rationale (from nursing references)

1. To assess and detect early onset and prevent complications.
2. To assess and detect early onset and prevent complications.
3. This prevents or treats early hypoglycemia.

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There is no dearth of men all over the world looking for different methods of contraception. Contraception is mainly used to avoid unwanted pregnancies, although some forms can also help in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Without the use of an effective form of contraception, there is a high risk of unwanted pregnancies. Here are your options.

Amongst the most commonly used form of contraception in men, condoms work as barrier devices which prevent the semen from entering the vagina. In addition, condoms also provide protection against a range of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea. There is a wide variety of condoms to choose from in this day and age, and this choice comes in the form of textured and flavored condoms. Using condoms does not provide 100% protection.

The Withdrawal Method:
This method is also commonly referred to as the 'pull out' method, or 'coitus interruptus'. This is where you would withdraw your penis just before you ejaculate, thereby ejaculating outside your partner's body. This method does not offer 100% protection against unwanted pregnancies either.

This is looked upon as a permanent male contraception method, as it works in ensuring that no sperms get to the ejaculate. This procedure is generally chosen by men who feel they've had their share of children. The procedure does not take very long, and involves the 'vas deferens' from both testicles being cut, clamped, or sealed in some other manner.

Natural Solutions:
Men in some cultures use solutions derived from nature to serve as contraceptive measures. Extract from 'Neem' (Azadirachta indica) is said to work as an effective contraceptive for men, and its use in Asian cultures is quite common. Lab tests on mice have shown that Neem oil can be used as an alternative to vasectomy. Seeds from the papaya fruit (Carica papaya) have also been used by many Asian cultures as a means to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Lab tests with monkeys have shown that papaya seeds work in eliminating sperms from the ejaculate.

Alternatives Being Developed:
Various male contraception methods continue to be developed, and many of these aim to work along the lines of commonly available contraceptives for women. Men, by the looks of it, will soon have the option to avail of alternatives like pills, gels, patches, and injections. Newer alternatives which are still being tested include the use of calcium channel blockers like nifedipine; adjudin, which is a non-toxic form of ionidamine; as well as phenoxybenzamine.

Realize that what might seem like the best form of male contraception for someone might not necessary find favor with someone else. Besides, the all important factor of whether the solution sought is permanent or temporary will also have a bearing on the method that you choose.

What's important though is that you use some form of contraception whilst engaging in sex. And when this involves an unknown partner, you should take particular care to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases as well.

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Jason reluctantly came to my office for marital therapy. His wife insisted that he attend or she would be calling a divorce lawyer. His ambivalence about being in my office came across loud and clear. Jason did not speak unless directly asked a question. Even then, his answer was as short and staccato as possible. He slumped as far into the arm of the couch as he was able and gave no retort or act of affection in response to his wife's tears or distress.

"He comes home from work--and I know he's tired--but all he wants to do is sit in his recliner and watch hours of television," Jason's wife complained to me through her tears. "He has trouble sleeping and worries constantly about what is going on at work. But work is where all his energy goes. I feel like I don't matter at all to him any more, because he never wants to do anything with me or even hold my hand. I don't even remember the last time we had sex!"

I looked at Jason. No response. When asked to respond, he acknowledged that yes, work does take up all his time and energy, and yes, he is tired every day, but no, it's not that he doesn't care about his wife. No further explanation. Just more slumping and staring off into space.

At first glance, many therapists might take Jason's distancing from his wife as a sign that he is having an affair or wants out of the marriage. At the very least, it appears he resents her insistence that he come to therapy and maybe he is being passive aggressive to punish her or make her change her mind about seeking marital help.

Jason is a busy man, a high-paid executive with a lot of responsibility. He manages teams of people and can handle huge budgets and deadlines. Some therapists might see Jason as arrogant, maybe narcissistic, and that he doesn't want to waste his valuable time in a therapist's office when there are more important things to accomplish with his life.

But digging a little deeper, I learned more about Jason. A few years back, when he was only in his 40s, Jason had a stroke. It was a long fight back to full health. During his recovery, his son got involved in drugs and was arrested and his father died. Jason, the oldest child in the family, took full responsibility for the funeral arrangements and settling the estate afterward. Jason was successful at his job, but more and more demands were being placed on him in the current tough economy and he was increasingly becoming unhappy at work. However, it would be difficult to walk away from a salary like his, especially since Jason and his wife recently bought their dream house. Jason felt "boxed in."

So, let's look at Jason again. He was feeling overwhelmed and stressed, he wasn't sleeping well, he was withdrawing from others including his wife of 28 years, he had lost interest in sex, he had given up his passion for golf, and he was zoning out in front of the TV every night. Maybe Jason is not narcissistic nor passive aggressive. It is possible that Jason is depressed.

The symptoms of depression are:

  • feelings of sadness or emptiness most of the day, nearly every day

  • markedly diminished interest in activities once found pleasurable

  • significant weight loss or weight gain

  • marked increase or decrease in need for sleep

  • feeling agitated or irritated

  • decreased energy or feeling slowed or weighed down

  • feelings of worthlessness, powerlessness, helplessness

  • a false sense of guilt

  • unexplained aches and pains

  • inability to concentrate or focus or make decisions

  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Depression in men often goes undiagnosed because it can manifest itself differently in men than in women. For example, women will often withdraw into sleep, self-medicate with food, and will cry often, even several times daily. But men, typically still go to work and function pretty well on the job, but doing so saps all their energy. They often experience depression with irritation or agitation, not with tears, because men, in general, are socialized that crying is not "manly" or acceptable, but that anger is. Both depressed men and women might lose interest in sex, but again, our society leads us to believe that men will seek out sex at all costs. Therefore, when men withdraw from their wives sexually, we often think of infidelity, when in actuality, depression may be to blame.

A diagnosis of depression may be harder for men to accept about themselves than for women. It can be more difficult to get a man to talk to his doctor about medication or to seek out therapy. In Jason's case, he is used to being in charge and is highly respected on the job and in his community. He might be worried about the stigma of depression, which unfortunately seems worse for men than for women. He may even be fearful that a diagnosis could wreck his career. Jason, like many men, may think depression only happens to women and therefore, couldn't possibly be what is afflicting him.

But depression is an equal opportunist. It is an brain-chemistry illness that affects both men and women. Likewise, treatment is effective for both genders. Jason may hope that his depression will simply go away if he zones out enough in front of the TV after work, or if his wife would just stop making demands on him and find other people to occupy her time, or if his work load could just get a little lighter. It might be challenging for Jason to accept a diagnosis of depression. I hope not, because help is available for Jason and men like him.

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If you are in a hurry to get pregnant, there are a few ideas to help you and your partner out.

Try having sex at least three times a week or more. When a couple has sex often, they are able to conceive much more easily. People try far too often to time everything down without a glitch for when a woman ovulates, but it doesn't always work out the way you plan it.

If a couple does it more than once a week, they will have a better chance at becoming pregnant faster.

You can also consider getting a kit that will predict when you will ovulate or a monitor for your fertility. Both of these devices have been proven to help couples get pregnant. These two products are amazing and will help you know when the best time is, so that you can conceive faster. Most women have to guess at when their ovulation time actually is, but the product does all of the work for you so that you no longer have to worry. These can be bought at any pharmacy or local department store.

To conceive faster, you should have sexual intercourse before you ovulate. Some couples will be confused as to when the correct time is to have sexual intercourse. There is only a small frame of time within each month for a woman to get pregnant, so if you are actively trying to have a baby, you will need to pay close attention to your cycle. Once a woman ovulates, an egg can survive for around twenty four hours. Sperm on the other hand, can live for several days. Do not wait for the exact day that you will be ovulating, because you do not want to miss the perfect chance of getting pregnant.

Most couples will try the calendar method and in most cases this has failed because of the twenty eight day cycle and the mid-cycle of ovulation. A lot of women do not ovulate exactly on the fourteenth and then get disappointed because they missed the chance to conceive. If you are on the pill then go off of it. It has been known that when a woman skips or quits taking the pill they are more often than none have a greater chance in getting pregnant faster. After having sex lie on your back because the vagina is at a downward position and this will allow the sperm to get closer to your egg.

Do not use any form of lubricant before having sex in most cases this has proven to hinder the sperm count with the ingredients in lube. If you do not have an orgasm this can make the process of getting pregnant slower so always make sure that your partner gets you to have one. Make sure your partner wears boxers because it is well-known that this can help with his sperm count and you could possibly get pregnant at a faster rate.

Out of all the information listed above the most important thing to remember is have fun and try not to stress out if you do not get pregnant the first time around.

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There are a lot of women who are looking for fish oil supplements during pregnancy. This is because there have been several researches conducted that show the benefits of using these. If you are among these women, it is important to know what you are getting into before you start using fish oil.

Women who are pregnant are advised not to consume over 2 servings of fish a week. This is because there are some concerns regarding mercury as well as other types of contaminants. Instead, they can use fish oil supplements.

The reason why these supplements are being advised is because they contain Omega 3, a primary nutrient source. The fatty acids contained in Omega 3 are needed as they are essential for the normal development of the brain and the eyes. There are several studies which indicate that taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy lowers the baby's risk for food allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Other studies have also shown that taking this fatty acid during pregnancy reduces the risk for premature birth. Overall, a regular consumption of fish has been associated with a fetus' healthy growth and development.

Among the fatty acids found in Omega 3, it is DHA which is most important. DHA stands for Docosahexaenoic acid. While there are a lot of other sources of Omega 3, such as vegetable oils and supplements, these are not capable of providing DHA like fish oil does.

Even the pregnant mother gets benefits from DHA. This is because a lack of DHA has often been associated with prenatal or postpartum depression. In order for the equal good health of both the mom and her child, taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy is advised. Because of this, it is important that the best supplements are chosen as there are some which contain impure ingredients. As such, the right supplement must be chosen carefully. To do this, visit my website.

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In its natural format St John's Wart is a flowering plant that originally originates from Europe. The plant flowers from June to September allowing the herbalists to collect and obtain large quantities ready to prepare and sell on the herbal remedies markets to all world wide distributors.

What is St John's Wart usually taken for?

St John's Wart is popular for those persons suffering from mild- to serve depression. It is used as an anti-depressant by people who do not need or wish to start on a dose of Prozac. Prozac is known to become very addictive and hard to wean off once started on a course.

Other reasons people may take St John's Wart are problems or events such as:

  • Post Natal Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Obesity

  • Anorexia Suffers

  • Deaths

  • Divorces and many more.

Some people use it to calm nerves and help keep balanced day to day. It is also well known for its calming properties great for those with anxiety and public problems. It is said by scientists who test this remedies that it helps to realise chemicals from the brain causing a happier lift in a personal mental state.

Benefits of Taking St John's Wart:

  • It is great for helping people feel calmer and relaxed in situations they usually feel uptight and uncomfortable with.

  • Letting people re-gain their life by giving them a boost of confidence and self worth.

  • Help with signs of stress and exhaustion

  • Help with insomnia and people who feel restless and unable to settle on a night-time.

  • It can also reduce stress and confusion for people with mental health problems.

Risks of Taking John's Wart:

  • St John's Wart may reduce the effectiveness of the contraception pill.

  • It may affect pregnant or breastfeeding women

  • It may cause blood thinning dangerous to those people already taking medications.

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Even if you have a very healthy family with hardly any serious health problems, it is wise to have a Health Insurance policy for the entire family. You will never know when the symptoms will start or if the disease is silently progressing. You wouldn't want to settle for a cheaper treatment just because you don't have the money to pay for it. Get a good Family Health Insurance done and ensure that your family gets the best.

Family Health Insurance Plans that cover everything

The Insurance Plans of different companies will vary and one should compare the rates and conditions before opting for one. Some plans cover even preventive care. This is most important among children who need to be regularly checked, immunized and vaccinated. While it is a must for children, regular check ups should be done for adults as well. Hospitalization and other expenses will also be paid for by the insurance company which will come in very helpful when unexpected injuries take place.

Foresight is important

If you have a hereditary disease in the family, family Health Insurance will be all the more important for you. If you are just married or are planning to have more children, opt for Family Health Insurances offer that cover maternity care as well. Little children tend to fall sick or injure themselves and having good Family Health Insurance Plans will help you financially. Getting your insurance done online will be very convenient as payment etc can be easily done. It is very efficient and the transactions can be done even in the comfort of your house.


Including the entire family under one Family Health Insurance Plan is a great way to save and it is more affordable especially for those with big families. Some companies allow you to include the family within the individual insurance too. You will also have income tax benefits on the amount spent on the premium. The amount spent for dependent children and parents who are senior citizens is also accountable for income tax deductions.

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While the actual recommended amount of protein might vary from doctor to doctor, all health care providers agree protein is a vital component of a healthy pregnancy diet. Protein supports a wide variety of important body functions for expectant mothers, while providing the raw materials necessary to build a healthy new human life.

Daily Recommendations for Pregnant Women

The recommendation of protein as part of a daily diet for a pregnant woman fluctuates. These fluctuations are reflection of the ever-changing food pyramid recommended by the USDA, the care provider's personal leanings and the latest medical research.

Some providers recommend as little as 40-50 grams of protein daily, while others bombard women with a minimum recommended amount of 90+ grams daily as part of a healthy pregnancy diet.

Most doctors recommend moderation, which splits the difference between these high and low numbers landing at 60 grams of protein daily. This amount stays steady as part of diet during first trimester pregnancy as well as every subsequent trimester. Protein needs to be high priority from pregnancy's beginning to its end.

Getting adequate protein is of such vital importance that some doctors even go so far as to advise against a vegetarian diet in pregnancy.

The body uses protein in many ways. During pregnancy, the multi-tasking elements of protein's nutritive powers are pushed to the limit.

Waste Removal Systems Have Added Strain for Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, mom's waste removal systems kick into over drive. This means the kidneys, liver, blood stream and all other body components used to scour toxic substances from the body need extra support.

Protein is a key player in waste removal. As protein digests, it is broken into small pieces. The smallest of these elements are indigestible sponge-like molecules. The body uses these protein sponges to soak up and remove waste particles from the blood stream.

Without adequate proteins, wastes build up resulting in fatigue, swelling and potentially the life-threatening complication, toxemia. Research in this aspect of protein's benefits is still ongoing.

Fetal Development and Protein

Proteins are made of long strands of amino acids as well as vital fatty acids like omega-3. Both nutrients play important roles for mother and baby.

Amino acids are the basic building blocks of life. Trying to develop a healthy baby without amino acids would be like trying to build a log cabin without logs.

Maintain Steady Blood Sugars with Protein

Proteins also help mom's body to maintain normal blood sugar levels. This helps with mood swings, energy levels, appetite control and even reduces or eliminates morning sickness.

As you can see, protein is a vital part of a healthy pregnancy diet for both mother and child.

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Learning ways of coping with a breakup while pregnant will help you to gain control of your emotional and physical health during this time - when you also have to care for the life of your child. So here are 3 advice that will bring peace to your feelings towards your ex-boyfriend and help you cope with the break-up.

Advice #1: Agree with the breakup... for now...

The easiest thing to do now is agree with the break-up. I understand this may not be what your mind is telling you to do, but doing so will do you more good than harm. Here's why:

  1. It is easier to go with the flow than to fight against the current. Since your ex is firm about his decision in breaking up with you, reserve and share your energy with your baby. Being in your stomach,your baby needs your support to gain good nutrition for growth. Your mood also affects how your baby grows.

  2. Agreeing with the break up will come as a shock to your boyfriend. One of the reasons your ex decided to breakup with you is because he is afraid that he needs to cope with your mood swings and bring up a new born child. It is a huge responsibility for a guy and your partner probably isn't ready. By agreeing with the break-up, you are showing him that you are able to cope on your own. He will be pleasantly surprised and relieved - which gives him the time to reconsider things between the both of you.

Advice #2: Take care of yours and your baby's health

Learning how to cope with a breakup while pregnant also involves taking care of yours and the baby's health. Your baby is probably only a few weeks or months old and you have to mind your emotional feelings and prevent yourself from physical harm - to ensure that your baby grows with good health.

Also, our self esteem takes a plunge during a relationship break-up. Thus, a quick way to regain your composure, is to look in the mirror and ask yourself 'Is this the person I want to be? Do I want my own skin, weight and look to suffer even more?' You will hear yourself thinking 'I want to be happy. I expect my life to be better. I want my to win my partner back. But...' Once you reach this point, stop thinking about the issue.

The key is to focus on what you want instead of what is stopping you from having what you want. It will help you increase your emotional and general happiness.

Also, your breasts will grow bigger during pregnancy. Use it to tempt the man you love back into a relationship with you but don't have sex too soon. Having sex with him too fast will take away the attraction prematurely. Try talking to him. Make him commit. You're in control.

Advice #3: Get the support, love and comfort from the people who loves you

We all find our own ways to cope with a romantic relationship breakup. While withdrawing from social interaction for a period of time can do you good, do your best to accept your friends' suggestions to meet up and hang out once in awhile. Start doing light exercise with your friends to stay healthy.

In the beginning, just take small steps out of your comfort zone, and even have your friends come to your house if you like. True friends will be sensitive to your needs and put in the effort to be there for you - All you need to do is ask.

Being a single pregnant mom is common. However, the power lies in your hands; for coping with a break up while pregnant and also getting your ex boyfriend back.

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During pregnancy, yours and your baby's health is monitored closely, but who should you see? When do you need to see them? And what are all the pregnancy tests and scans for? Finding out what antenatal care you should expect when you're pregnant can be confusing, so here's our guide to help you through this exciting time.

Your Pregnancy Health Care Team

Your team of health care professionals during pregnancy can be quite varied. Initially you should see your GP (family doctor) when you think you're pregnant and they will help you plan your antenatal care.

Your doctor should tell you how to arrange your first appointment with your midwife (otherwise known as your 'booking in appointment') and from there the midwife will look after you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and for the first few weeks after your baby is born.

You may also have routine appointments with an Obstetrician at the beginning and end of your pregnancy. They specialise in pregnancy and birth and will see you more regularly if you are carrying multiple births, have any complications with your pregnancy or are having a planned cesarean.

When your baby is a few months old, your Health Visitor will take over the care of you and your baby from your midwife. They are likely to visit you to see how you're getting on and are available for any worries or concerns you may have as your baby grows.

Pregnancy check ups

During your first pregnancy you are likely to have up to 10 appointments to attend to. This reduces to around 7 in subsequent pregnancies.

The number of check ups you have when pregnant depends on many things:

  • Your risk factors

  • Any complications

  • Elected labour options

  • The number of babies you are carrying

  • The area in which you live.

All pregnant women will be given their medical records to keep hold of during pregnancy. Don't forget to bring them to all of your appointments so that whichever doctor or midwife is treating you will have your notes to hand.

Booking in appointment

The first meeting with your midwife will happen when you are around 8-10 weeks pregnant and is referred to as the 'booking in' appointment.

This is when your midwife will discuss your family history (and your partner's), give you advice about your diet, lifestyle and staying healthy whilst you're pregnant.

The midwife will also carry out some tests such as urine and blood tests, you'll have your blood pressure checked and some details about your body recorded such as height, weight and tummy measurement. This is all for your midwife to monitor the health of you and your baby.

Dating 12 week scan

Many clinics offer a scan at between 10 and 14 weeks. This is your pregnancy dating scan (also called the 12 week scan) and is used to date the pregnancy more accurately than the estimated due date your midwife may have given you. The dating scan is also used to check the number of babies you are carrying.

Sometimes you may be able to take a picture of the baby home with you (often hospitals charge for this) to keep as a momentum of your 12 week scan. For most women this is the first time they will have seen the baby.

The dating scan isn't offered in all parts of the country so if this isn't available to you in your area, you'll need to wait for the 20-week anomaly scan which is the next scheduled pregnancy scan.

Pregnancy blood tests

You should have a range of blood tests in your 2nd trimester, usually between the 14th and 20th week of your pregnancy. These are routine and are offered to all pregnant women:

  • Blood group tests identify whether you are Rhesus Negative (RhD). This can cause complications in later pregnancies, but simple injections during your first pregnancy will prevent this.

  • You'll have what's called a full blood count test (repeated again at 28 weeks) which helps to monitor you for deficiency anaemia, a common complaint during pregnancy.

  • You'll also be screened for infections and viruses such as Hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV. This is a precautionary measure and just means they can look after your baby to prevent you passing the infection on during pregnancy.

The 20 week anomaly scan

Around your 20th week of pregnancy, you will have an anomaly scan. This is a detailed check on your baby using ultrasound and examines the baby's body, measurements and growth. They'll also check on your placenta and you may even have the option of finding out the sex of your baby, although not all places offer this and no hospital guarantees the sex from the ultrasound.

You can usually ask for a picture from this pregnancy scan, but again expect to pay a charge. Some places even offer a video.

Additional tests and scans

Other than the standard pregnancy scans and tests you may be offered additional checks, either as optional tests if you are at risk of any complications, or as extra monitoring of your baby. The important thing to remember is to discuss any concerns you have with your midwife or doctor, they are there to help make your pregnancy as healthy, safe and enjoyable as possible.

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After the age of thirty, getting pregnant can become difficult for many couples. This is mainly due to the fact that, as the human body ages, fertility drops off, and the older one gets the harder it becomes to conceive. Therefore, here are a few tips to help get pregnant after 30.

This hold true for any woman trying to conceive but, it is most important for older women, and that is taking care of your body. If your body is not, in top physical condition then, this is where you will need to begin. You can greatly increase your bodies' fertility if you get it into its best physical condition possible.

If you are over weight or under weight, start on a diet that will bring your body into the weight range it should be in. Make sure the diet is one that will supply your body with all the foods rich in nutritional value that a body requires to be healthy. The healthier your body is the more fertile it will be so, consider seeing your doctor and have them put you on a diet that will be healthy for you, and help you get your weight where it belongs. (They can also let you know what not to eat or drink to help increase your fertility levels.)

Exercise is important as well and can also help you get your weight under control. I have heard many say that when a woman is trying to get pregnant they should take it easy and relax. This is bad advice because the stronger your body is, the better all the organ in the body function, this includes the reproductive system. Another thing exercise can do for you, if you are planning on a natural child birth, is make labor and delivery easier on you.

The best position to use during intercourse to help get pregnant has not been scientifically proven but, many believe that the missionary position is the best. This is because it provides for the deepest penetration and places the sperm closest to the cervix. Again, there is no scientific evidence that suggests one position is better than another.

Having sex only during the ovulation cycle so the man's sperm is not depleted when the woman is ovulating, is another thing I have heard many say and it is not true. Think of it as supply and demand, the greater the demand the more supply the body will produce, and this is a fact. You are much better off having sex daily because this will get the man's reproductive system to produce more sperm as well as higher quality of sperm. The important thing here is to keep it fun and interesting, if it becomes a chore or mundane it will adversely affect your chances to conceive, and causes stress when it does not happen.

There are many more tips to help get pregnant after 30 however, these are ones that you can start with before, and while trying to conceive. It is also worth mentioning that the better shape both of you, man and woman, is in, the greater your chances of achieving your goal will be. If you are in excellent physical condition, older than thirty, and have been trying for more than six months without success, you should seek help from a fertility specialist to ensure there is no infertility issue.

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Vista Health Care is a Florida insurance company and a subsidiary of Coventry Health Inc. Vista Health Care Company provides health benefits to its over 300,000 individual members and over 10,000 large and small business group plan members. The company employs over 950 employees, all of whom assist Vista in meeting its mission to provide health coverage that offers the best overall value for their customers.

The company which has its headquarters in Hollywood boasts annual revenue of one billion dollars. Vista Health Care also has offices in Miami, Tallahassee, Lake Worth, and Sunrise. Members of Vista Health Care are presented with a large range of independent health care providers to choose from- over 6000 in fact. You can rest assured that you will be able to get prompt customer service as this department is open ten hours a day, 5 days a week. Currently Vista only offers coverage in the South and North Florida areas.

Vista Florida Health Insurance Coverage Overview

Vista Health Care Company offers a wide variety of plans to its members. Plans offered include HMO, POS, PPO, Medicare, Medicaid, and Florida Healthy Kids. Vista is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which means that the company has undergone and passed various nationally set standards (i.e. how it communicates with members, grievance resolution, etc.) for quality and access to health care.

No matter your group or individual selection of insurance you will be pleased with the wide variety of services and coverage options these plans offer. Most plans offer a selection of over 6000 physicians and include dental and vision coverage. Your co-payments are fixed and customers have the almost unheard luxury of coverage of preventative health care such as yoga classes and massage therapy.

As an example of the innovation of this company, as part of almost all of their Florida health insurance plans, you are eligible to receive a discount at the 500 different health clubs throughout the state that participate in the discount program. Members also have access to an e-program that assist them with important health concerns such as quitting smoking, and wealth of online and personal wellness tools to ensure that you achieve the best health possible.

The Medicare plan offers benefit options that are not available under original Medicare. Participants will pay nothing for visits to the doctor or for generic prescriptions. There is also no limit to the amount of generic prescriptions that are available for purchase.

Vista's Florida Customer Service Record

Vista Health Care Company offers its individual and group members unparalleled insurance selection and customer service. Their commitment to your family's overall well being and health along with the health and well being of their surrounding community makes them a leading choice in Florida health insurance.

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Lavender essential oil (Latin name Lavendula angustifolia) is considered the safest of all the essential oils used in aromatherapy. Even so, it is not advisable to use this versatile oil in the first three months of pregnancy as there is always a possibility that it may bring on a miscarriage. The fact is that although lavender is completely natural, essential oils contain the essence of the plant they are extracted from, and are very powerful.

That being said, there are many ways in which lavender can help over the later months of pregnancy. It is particularly beneficial for stretch marks. These can appear in the later stages of pregnancy on the upper thighs and the abdomen. Massaging four drops of lavender mixed with palm full of jojoba oil into the abdomen and thighs daily will help to prevent stretch marks from forming and to help reduce their appearance if they have already started to form. Skin tends to become drier during pregnancy, and the combination of lavender and oil helps by moisturizing the skin and preserving its elasticity.

Lavender also helps to combat the daily stress of pregnancy, particularly in the later stages when the body becomes unwieldy and sleep is disturbed. Lavender soothes and calms the nerves, helping to relieve tension, stress and anxiety. It also helps ease insomnia, and a couple of drops on the pillow when retiring for the night will help to ensure a good night's sleep.

During labour lavender can be used to calm, and as a pain reliever. Rubbing four drops of lavender mixed with a palm full of jojoba oil into the back will ease backache and have a calming effect. However, it should be noted that lavender should not be used in labour at the same time as Pethidine, with an epidural, or with Oxytocin/Piticon, as it may interfere with their function. If you have any doubts about this, consult first with your health advisor before using the oil.

After the birth lavender can help a new mother to recover from the trauma of delivery. Taking a warm bath to which eight drops of lavender mixed with a palm full of jojoba oil have been added, is not only relaxing, but will relieve pain and help to prevent infection. The bath will also help to ease any other conditions, such as hemorrhoids, sore or cracked nipples or a poor breast milk supply.

In all, used with precaution, lavender can be a great aid in both pregnancy, and the immediate period afterwards.

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If you are thinking about getting pregnant after 40, you may have to make a little more effort than your younger counterparts. Don't be discouraged, though, there are many ways you can maximise your fertility that can make a surprising amount of difference to your chances.

The first thing you must do is make sure your body is in a completely healthy state. Whereas some younger women will be able to counter the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, older women generally cannot. Just as you can't drink as much as you did in your twenties without suffering from a bad hangover, you also can't abuse your body with an unhealthy lifestyle and still expect it to function to the best of its ability.
Cut out all alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and caffeine, all of which are stimulants and will diminish your fertility. You will need to get used to this lifestyle once you get pregnant anyway so you may as well start now. Get your partner to do the same. These stimulants have the exact same effect on his fertility as it does on yours, and contrary to popular opinion, male fertility does decrease with age. If you are both serious about conceiving, he will have to make an effort too.

Embark on a healthy diet and exercise regime. Fatty and sugary foods can cause hormonal imbalances that can destroy your chances of becoming pregnant, so make sure you are not eating too many of these. Regular exercise will make sure your body is in its best state, and should even help with hormonal imbalances. You need to make sure you are eating plenty of folic acid, vitamin C and antioxidants - these will all help you to get pregnant, and also help with your baby's development afterwards. Make sure your partner is getting plenty of zinc in his diet - even a small deficiency can affect his testosterone levels enough to make conception difficult.

Invest in an ovulation monitor. You really must take the scientific approach if you're thinking of getting pregnant after 40, because you have to give your body it's best chance. Every time you ovulate, therefore, make sure there is sperm there to greet it. You may unwittingly be missing your ovulation period every month because it really only lasts for a few days. Having sex once a week just won't be enough, and it's best to direct your efforts straight at the ovulation period.

You should be doing all you can to allow nature to follow its course, because sometimes it needs a helping hand. This doesn't mean only have sex during ovulation, of course. There is no danger of your partner's sperm being 'used up' by too much sex. Although regular sex will diminish his total sperm count by a small amount, it should still be well within the range that will be able to make you pregnant. Regular sex is also thought to keep the testicles healthy and to keep sperm motility at a good level.

To really maximise your chances of getting pregnant after 40, however, you should make sure to take herbal fertility supplements. You may be sceptical as they are not actual drugs given to you by your general practitioner, but in fact these herbs can be as powerful as drugs (as much scientific research has shown). Chasteberry, otherwise known as Agnus Castus or Vitex, Wild Yam, False Unicorn Root and Evening Primrose Oil are all highly beneficial for female fertility. They do this by normalizing the hormones and the function of the pituitary gland. Correct hormone balance is essential for becoming pregnant, and is one of the main reasons it becomes so difficult to get pregnant as you get older. These supplements can, therefore, be literally invaluable for women over 40 who want to conceive.

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If you are trying to get pregnant and failing then Su-Jok therapy may be a good alternative to use while trying to conceive. You can try Su-Jok without any fear because the treatment does not have any contraindications or side-effects.

The treatment has its origins in Korea. It consists of powerful acupressure and acupuncture techniques using the hands and/or the feet only. The beauty of it is you can do it yourself at home. The only condition is you should know the points on your hands and feet which you need to stimulate.

Professor Pack (the inventor of the method) found a complete correspondence of all body organs on our hands and feet. Reproductive organs also have many corresponding points on the hands and feet and by stimulating them it is possible to increase your fertility.

Often, pregnancy is not happening because there are other problems in the body. Other organs can malfunction and stop women from conceiving. It can be a malfunction of the thyroids, pancreas, pituitary gland or something else.

All these can be stimulated with Su-Jok therapy. The only thing you need to know is the corresponding points for the problematic organs you have. After balancing these organs a pregnancy can often happen quickly.

To learn the corresponding points for each organ and body parts it is better to see them on a schematic picture. But I will now give you a short description of where the most important fertility points are.

For the basic fertility stimulation it is important to stimulate the uterus and ovaries. For men it is important to stimulate the male genital's corresponding points and prostate.

The Ovaries corresponding points can be found at:

- The base of the third and the fourth toes of each foot.
- Near the base of the third and the fourth fingers of each hand.

You can stimulate them with a pointy object something like a point of a pen but it shouldn't prick the skin. You can also stimulate them with seeds, blunt needles and/or magnets. All these methods are powerful when you do them regularly.

Uterus corresponding points can be found at:

- Just below the point where the third and the fourth fingers join.
- Just below the point where the third and the fourth toes join.

The way of stimulation is the same as you did to stimulate the ovaries.

Male genitals and prostate corresponding points can be found at:

- Near the joining point of the third and the fourth finger.
- Near the joining point of the third and the fourth toes.

All of the above are only basic ways of stimulation according to Su-Jok therapy. For those who want to do it in a more serious way it is important to know that in Su-Jok therapy there is two correspondence systems: the main correspondence system and the "insect" corresponding system. The points I told you above are according to the main corresponding system. The points of the "insect" corresponding system would be in a different location. But this is a more advanced strategy.

To conclude, Su-Jok therapy can be a great way for someone to stimulate their fertility and get pregnant much faster than they would by doing nothing or taking massive amounts of drugs. It is fun to do and absolutely harmless. It is also a great way to learn how everything is interconnected in our body. Ignoring this interconnectedness could be the culprit in infertility for many couples and why they still struggle to have a family.

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Your maternity leave should be a time of great happiness, as you and your newborn child have a chance to bond. Don't let financial concerns rob you of the joy. You can create your own maternity leave benefits that can help you enjoy this time, without the worry.

Maternity Leave Insurance

Apply for two maternity leave insurance programs when you are planning a pregnancy, or trying to conceive. By applying before you conceive, your normal pregnancy and delivery will be a covered benefit.

Short Term Disability Insurance can create maternity leave pay. Your benefit for normal delivery may triple the premium you pay over twelve months.

  • Plus you are covered in case of pregnancy complications, delivery complications, accidents and illnesses.

Hospital Indemnity Insurance covers your normal labor and delivery, and will pay a cash benefit directly to you that increases your maternity leave pay. Your benefit for normal delivery may be six times the premium you pay over twelve months.

  • Plus you are covered in case of premature birth. An additional benefit may be paid in the event that your infant requires special medical attention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or NICU.

  • Plus you are covered in cases where an accident or illness causes you or a family member to be hospitalized

Pregnancy Tax Savings

A Flexible Spending Account allows you to use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain predictable expenses associated with your pregnancy, delivery, and upcoming child care. You may find opportunities to use pre tax dollars to pay for:

  • Fertility treatments

  • Co pays for extra doctor visits

  • Co insurance for diagnostic tests such as ultrasounds, etc

  • Out of pocket expenses for prescription drugs, prenatal vitamins, etc.

  • Deductibles - your pregnancy and delivery may utilize your entire annual deductible

  • Hospital co pays are very common, and your maternity labor and delivery may invoke a charge

  • Child care that allows you to return to work

Gain Access Via Your Employer

You can easily get the coverage you want with cooperation from your employer. There is no direct cost to your employer, as you pay the premium via payroll deductions. And, your request is very simple, your employer benefits, and your co-workers will thank you.

Flexible spending accounts often save your employer money by reducing the amount of payroll taxes they must pay.

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