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BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby has reached another milestone in his/her development. At 24 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is considered "viable." This means that if your little one decided to make a surprise entrance this week, he/she has a 40 percent chance of surviving with the help of neonatal intensive care. Your baby is now around 11.8 inches long, and he/she weighs over a pound (around 1.3 pounds).

  • Your baby's lungs continue to mature and improve their function this week. In fact, the lungs are developing the "branches" of the "respiratory tree." In addition, cells are starting to produce a substance called "surfactant," which will help the air sacs inflate on the outside world. If your baby is born without enough surfactant, he/she will need help breathing.

  • At pregnancy week 24, your little bundle of joy's skin is still thin and translucent (see-through), but this is slowly changing, due to more fat layers being laid down between the skin cells.

  • The amount of amniotic fluid surround your baby starts to increase in volume after this week. The level of amniotic fluid steadily increases until around week 35 or 36, when it slowly decreases.

  • As your baby grows more proportional with every day that passes, his/her digestive system, central nervous system, reproductive system, and circulatory systems continue to mature.

  • Your baby's eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed at 24 weeks of pregnancy, but your little one's eyes won't open for several more weeks. (They have been fused shut since the first trimester.)

  • Ossification is occurring this week. Your baby's skeleton is slowly turning from cartilage to bone. This process will continue throughout your pregnancy.

  • This week, lanugo (soft, downy hairs that cover your baby's body for warmth) is trapping vernix (the white, waxy protective covering which protects his/her skin from the amniotic fluid) onto the surface of the skin.

Fun Fact:

Your baby's heartbeat has slowed down at 24 weeks, though it still beats pretty fast. If you want to listen to his/her heartbeat, you can buy a Prenatal Heart Listener from any baby store, and you can listen to your little bundle of joy's heart beat from the comfort of your home.

MOM'S CHANGES

In the last couple of weeks, the top of your uterus has continued to rise above your navel. At pregnancy week 24, your uterus may be anywhere between 1.5 and 2 inches above your belly button. You may also have gained at least 15 pounds, possibly more. (Remember to aim for 25 to 35 pounds if you are average-sized.)

As your baby is getting larger, he/she has less room to move about in the womb. So you may be feeling stronger kicks this week, but if your baby's movements are still rhythmic, that's perfectly normal too. At this point in pregnancy, you may also notice that your baby has a regular sleep-wake pattern. Take time to enjoy feeling your baby move inside you - you'll miss this sensation after your little one is born!

At pregnancy week 24, you may notice that you're experiencing more vaginal discharge than before. Don't be alarmed by this change. It's quite normal. A majority of expectant mothers have higher levels of vaginal discharge than before pregnancy, due to the increased hormones in their body and more blood flowing to the genital area.

This vaginal discharge is called "leukorrhea," and it should be clear or white in appearance, and it's often odorless. You will notice more of this discharge in your third trimester and closer to your due date. If your vaginal discharge is thick, yellow, and foul smelling, and it comes with itching, you should call your doctor. This may be a sign of a vaginal infection.

Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about this extra discharge. It's normal during pregnancy. If it bothers you that much, you may want to wear panty liners to soak it up. (Do not use tampons during pregnancy.)

Fun Fact:

Did you know that most babies instantly recognize the scent and sound of their mother's voice immediately after birth? So the more that you talk and communicate with your baby in utero, the more closer both of you will feel toward each other following delivery.

PREGNANCY 411

The Signs of Preterm Labor

Though you may think it's too early to even think about preterm labor, it's not. Over 12 percent of babies are born premature (or before 37 weeks of pregnancy). Premature babies face a host of problems, so you will want to keep your "bun" cooking in the "oven" for as long as possible.

Risk factors for delivering early include:

  • Past history of preterm delivery

  • Twin or multiples pregnancy

  • Late or no prenatal care during pregnancy

  • Smoking, drinking, or using illegal drugs when you're expecting

  • Standing for prolonged periods of time

  • Domestic violence

  • Cervical and uterine abnormalities

Even if you are not at risk for going into labor early, you are only weeks away from the third trimester, so you will want to know the signs of labor just in case. These include the following:

  • Low, dull backache

  • Pelvic pressure, or the sensation that your baby is pushing down

  • Menstrual-like cramps

  • Vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage

  • Contractions that come every ten minutes, or more often, and get closer together as time passes

You will want to contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you experience any of those symptoms.

At 24 weeks of pregnancy, if you're at risk for delivering early or you're experiencing symptoms of preterm labor, your care provider may recommend that you take a fetal fibronectin (fFN) test. This test looks at the "glue-like" protein that binds the amniotic sac to the uterine lining.

If the test detects this protein, this means that your body is ready to deliver. If the test is negative, this means that there is a 99 percent chance that you will not go into labor in the next two weeks.

If you receive a positive result, your healthcare team will create a plan of action to help your pregnancy last longer, if that's possible. This may include certain medications and bed rest for the rest of your pregnancy.

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When you sign up for health insurance, one of the first choices you are expected to make is how high you want your medical insurance deductible to be. What they are really asking is how much money do you want to pay directly to your health care providers before your health insurance kicks in and takes care of the rest.

You may be thinking to yourself, "Why would I want to pay anything to my doctor? Isn't that the job of the health insurance company? What am I paying health insurance for then?"

Well, the simple answer is that there is a tradeoff between your annual medical insurance deductible and your monthly medical insurance premium. The higher your deductible, the lower your monthly premiums will be. The lower your annual deductible, the higher your monthly premiums will be.

Now, if you are generally a healthy person who rarely ever gets sick, rarely ever goes to the doctor, doesn't take any prescription medications, and you don't need maternity coverage, then the equation is very simple: You could go with the lower monthly premium option. You would only pay toward your annual deductible on an as-needed basis, for those rare occasions when you might actually need to see a doctor.

On the other hand, if you or someone in your family visits the doctor frequently, needs to take prescription drugs, or if you are planning for a baby and need maternity coverage, then your medical expenses will no doubt be greater.

In this case, the choice between higher deductible with lower premiums and lower deductible with higher premiums really depends on how you want to budget your medical expenses. Medical insurance deductibles are a variable cost. You pay them directly to the doctor on an as-needed basis. So it is your responsibility to budget for your deductible expenses.

So if you have a lower monthly premium and a higher deductible, then you need to be ready to shell out the cash to pay your doctors.

Conversely, if you have a higher monthly premium and a lower deductible, then your medical expenses will be much easier to budget for because they will be more fixed: You pay a higher premium, but it is a fixed monthly cost. And your deductible is much lower, so your variable expenses will be a lot cheaper and thus easier to budget for.

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If you are having trouble conceiving, you may be starting to do some research as to what you can do to help the process along. Your doctor has probably told you that she will not see you until you have tried conceiving for a year, but you don't want to wait that long. So, left to your own devices, you start searching the Internet to find the magic pill that will help you to get pregnant as quickly as possible. You will find a plethora of information that describes solutions to infertility that is promised to work. The information can be confusing at best and it is difficult to know which information is correct. You need some honest help getting pregnant. Vitamin B6 is one of those solutions touted as the magical pill that will help you get pregnant immediately. Before you start popping those pills, there is some important information you need to know.

Vitamin B6 Fact #1 - B6 will not get you pregnant immediately.
Vitamin B6 is not a magic pill for fertility. Taking large amounts of it in an effort to conceive will not work, and could, in fact, be harmful to the body. This nutrient is an important part of general health and good general health makes for a baby ready body. So in that way, it works with a healthy diet to make conception easier.

Vitamin B6 Fact #2 - B6 can help you keep your pregnancy.
Studies have shown that this supplement will lengthen the time between when you ovulate and when you get your period. This is called the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle and a normal length is somewhere between 10 and 14 days. If your cycles typically have this time as less than 10 days, you may have difficulty conceiving. A luteal phase that is too short will not be able to sustain a fertilized egg and a miscarriage will occur. Medical professionals concur that taking vitamin B6 can lengthen this phase. In fact, studies show that women with a vitamin B6 deficiency could have the shortened luteal phase precisely because they need more of it.

Vitamin B6 Fact #3 - B6 is found in many foods.
You don't necessarily have to add vitamin B6 supplements if you discover that your luteal phase is short. Many foods contain it, and it is not difficult to get the recommended amount of two milligrams per day through a proper diet. Foods such as fish, chicken, beans, corn and nuts contain vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6 Fact #5 - B6 is in prenatal vitamins.
It can be a good idea to start taking prenatal vitamins before you get pregnant. If you are heeding this advice, you should already be getting the recommended amount of vitamin B6 each day.

Vitamin Fact #6 - B6 as been known to help reduce the severity of morning sickness.
Many women who struggle with nausea and vomiting during the early stages of pregnancy have reported relief by taking this supplement. It is very important to discuss this with your doctor, as any supplement taken in excess could harm you and the baby. You never want to take a supplement without consulting with your doctor first.

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The woman who became pregnant during the Stone Age faced huge risks compared with today's mother-to-be. There was no way to control bleeding or infection; Caesarean section was not an option. That we survived as a species seems remarkable - until you dig a little deeper.

The outcome of pregnancy depends on the underlying health of the mother, nutrition before and during pregnancy and the threat of infection. In all those areas the woman of 50,000 years ago was better off than her counterpart today. How is that possible in an age when there was no plumbing, no medical care and no protection from infectious diseases?

Better diet, better pregnancy

The primitive woman's diet was less likely to be deficient in important nutrients than that of today's young girls. (Ref 1) A study from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has confirmed earlier reports that adolescent and adult pregnant women take in too little iron, zinc, folate and vitamin E.

A woman who begins pregnancy without sufficient calcium, vitamin D and other bone-building nutrients increases her risk of developing osteoporosis in middle age. But that's not the end of the story. Her infant may also be at greater risk of fracture in the future. Osteoporosis of middle age is at least partly programmed before birth, especially if the mother smokes and has little physical activity. (Ref 2, 3, 4)

Most laypersons believe that Stone Agers were hearty meat-eaters. Anthropologists know that isn't so. They lived on a predominantly meat diet for only about 100,000 years, from the time that Homo sapiens developed keen hunting skills until the advent of farming. Before that time meat came from carrion and small game. The bulk of their calories came from vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts.

Plant foods contain everything that a pregnant woman needs, including vitamins, antioxidants, protein and minerals. Modern vegetarians often become deficient in vitamin B12 but small game, birds' eggs and the deliberate or accidental inclusion of insects in the Stone Age diet provided more than enough of that critical nutrient.

Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy leads to defective formation of the infant's brain and spinal cord. Those abnormalities are much less likely among the babies of mothers who receive an adequate amount of folate, at least 400 micrograms per day. So few women eat enough green leafy vegetables to boost their folate levels, the U.S. government requires that manufacturers of baked goods add it to their products.

Obstetricians have been prescribing multivitamins for their pregnant patients for decades but it is only in recent years that studies confirmed the wisdom of that practice. In 2002 the American Medical Association reversed a position of long standing and recommended that everyone, with no exceptions, needs a multivitamin/multimineral preparation every day in order to avoid subtle but health-damaging inadequacies of these nutrients. Taking a multivitamin reduces the risk of congenital defects of the newborn, especially those that involve the heart. Preeclampsia is a serious, sometimes fatal complication of pregnancy. Women whose intake of vitamins C and E is low have a threefold greater risk of that condition. (Ref. 5, 6)

Would these mostly vegetarian early Stone Agers have become iron-deficient? Not likely. Their diet was rich in iron as well as in Vitamin C that facilitates iron absorption. Under those conditions iron deficiency would have been rare. Cereal grains interfere with iron absorption, which explains why iron-deficiency is common in societies that subsist primarily on grains. However, one of the main reasons why Stone Age women were unlikely to be iron deficient is that they didn't have nearly as many menstrual cycles as modern women do.

In a primitive society the onset of menses is about 5 years later than that of American young women. Modern hunter-gatherers, like the oldest Stone Agers, are either pregnant or nursing during most of their childbearing years and they only menstruate a few times between weaning one child and conceiving another. In those groups breastfeeding does suppress ovulation because it is literally on demand, i.e., every few minutes, even throughout the night. For a modern breastfeeding mother, on demand often means no more frequently than every couple of hours and perhaps once or twice a night after the third or fourth month. Thus menses return in spite of nursing and monthly blood loss continues.

The fish-brain connection

Beginning about 150,000 years ago our ancestors discovered seafood. The increased intake of fatty acids in fish and shellfish initiated the great advance in brain size and complexity that allowed humans to progress more quickly in the next 100,000 years than they had in the preceding million. Enormous gains in toolmaking and the development of language and group communication followed.

The human brain is composed mostly of water but the solid portion is mostly fat. The body can't manufacture the omega-3 and omega-6 fats that make up so much of the structure of the brain and eye so we need them in our diet. Maternal deficiency of these nutrients, especially omega-3s, prevents the newborn brain and eyes from reaching their full potential. The best source of omega-3 fats is fish; nuts and leafy green vegetables are also good sources.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are found in every cell of the body. They allow efficient flow of nutrients, regulate nerve impulses and keep inflammation in the right balance. In a proper diet there is an equal amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. That allows the immune system to fight infection, a real threat that humans faced from the Stone Age until the age of antibiotics, a mere 70 years ago.

The advantage to the baby of a diet that is rich in omega-3 fats is obvious but mothers need it, too. Nature protects the unborn infant by tapping into the mother's stores of omega-3 fats. A woman whose intake of omega-3 fatty acids is low during the months and years preceding pregnancy will develop a deficiency of her own. This becomes worse with succeeding pregnancies if her intake of omega-3s remains low. Postpartum depression affects about 10 percent of women following delivery and it is associated with a deficiency of omega-3 fats. (Ref 7, 8)

The newest epidemic

There is one complication of pregnancy that never occurred in the Stone Age: type 2 diabetes. No disease in modern times has risen so fast. It has increased several-fold since the 1950s; between 1990 and 2001 it rose by 61 percent. Gestational diabetics (Ref. 9) are those who do not yet have the full-blown disease but they cannot process blood sugar (glucose) properly during pregnancy. About half of them will develop frank diabetes in the years following delivery of their infant.

Most of us know type 2 diabetes, which was once referred to as adult-onset diabetes, as the disease that our grandparents developed in their later years. It's no longer uncommon to find it in adolescents, even in grade-schoolers. As it has dipped into the younger generation it has alarmed - but not surprised - physicians to find that it is no longer a rarity in obstetric practice.

How can we be so certain that the pregnant Stone Ager didn't have diabetes? This is a lifestyle disease that has three major associations: a low level of physical activity, a diet that is high in refined grains and sugars, and obesity. Those conditions simply didn't occur during the Stone Age. Their lifestyle demanded strenuous effort. Grains of any sort were not part of their diet because they require tools and controlled heat. Sugar as we know it simply didn't exist and honey was an occasional lucky find. Obesity would have been non-existent, as it is today among the planet's dwindling populations of hunter-gatherers.

Diabetic mothers have more complications of pregnancy than normal women do. Their babies are 5 times as likely to die and are 3 times as likely to be born with abnormalities of various organs.

They kept germs at bay

Common wisdom states that Stone Age people were an infection-ridden lot but that simply isn't true. They had powerful immune systems because of high levels of physical activity and a remarkably varied diet. Between the protective antibodies that a mother passed across the placenta and those that she conferred on her newborn via breastmilk, Stone Age babies had more protection against the germs of the day than modern infants do.

Sexually transmitted diseases don't spread very far or very fast when people live in small isolated bands as they did during the Stone Age. The likelihood that today's pregnant female will have at least one of these infections is more than 50 percent (Ref. 10). The impact on babies can be severe; some die, some will be brain-damaged.

Choice and consequences

Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs have produced a generation of infants with problems that Stone Age babies never faced. Mothers who smoke have infants that are smaller than the norm and whose brain development may be compromised. Alcohol or cocaine use by the mother during pregnancy results in stunted growth, congenital defects and other severe problems.

Given a choice, none of us would want to live in a Stone Age world but we have neutralized the almost miraculous medical advances of the last century. We have allowed our daughters to be less physically active and to subsist on a marginal diet. If we could reverse those two factors alone there would be a dramatic decline in prematurity and other complications of pregnancy.
The lessons that we can learn from the Stone Age are not subtle, obscure or beyond our capacity to imitate them. We can produce the healthiest generation ever by making better choices for our children and for ourselves.

Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. is the author of Health Secrets of the Stone Age, Better Life Publishers 2005. Contact him via his web site at http://www.stoneagedoc.com.

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2 Cooper C et al., Review: developmental origins of osteoporotic fracture, Osteoporosis Int 2006; 17(3):337-47

3 Prentice A et al., Nutrition and bone growth and development, Proc Nutr Soc 2006 Nov;65(4):348-60

4 Lanham SA et al., Intrauterine programming of bone. Part I: alteration of the osteogenic environment, Osteoporos Int 2008 Feb;19(2):147-56

5 Keen CL et al., The Plausibility of Micronutrient Deficiencies Being a Significant Contributing Factor to the Occurrence of Pregnancy Complications, Am Soc Nutr Sciences J Nutr 2003 May;133:1597S-1605S

6 Bodnar LM et al., Periconceptional multivitamin use reduces the risk of preeclampsia, Am J Epidemiol 2006 Sep 1;164(5):470-7

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Many first time mothers are very surprised to find how much their lives change after the birth of their new baby. They tend to imagine that their lives will be structured in a peaceful way around the routine of caring for the baby and that every thing will run smoothly and efficiently. However, they soon find once reality kicks in that nothing goes like clockwork once you have a new baby in the house, that nights and days turn upside down and they even discover TV shows in the early hours of the morning. And of course one of the biggest problems for a new mother with this new lifestyle is exhaustion.

Fathers can suffer from exhaustion too! It is said that parents in general miss out on about 10% to 20% of their normal sleeping hours during the first year of their baby's life.

Unfortunately, such fatigue for new mothers can last for months depending on how well your baby sleeps and how good you are at napping when you can. Most new mothers start to feel less exhausted after 2 to 3 months. Although, recent research has found that contrary to popular belief that such post natal exhaustion is in the first 6 weeks after birth, it was actually found that many women were more exhausted at 14 to 19 months post partum than they were at 6 weeks. Could it be that this is linked to those months when your baby first starts to walk and you are having to watch them so carefully and are literally following their every move?

Some of the symptoms of severe exhaustion in new mothers are:

o Inability to concentrate

o Difficulty thinking

o Nervousness

o Lack of self-confidence

And these symptoms may well be linked to possible postpartum depression or anemia.
If you were anemic during your pregnancy or you lost a lot of blood at delivery, you may well need to continue taking prenatal vitamins and separate iron supplements. It is best to have a check up with your doctor in these circumstances.

The high prevalence of fatigue among women who have given birth is a concern that should not be taken lightly because sometimes it can be a symptom of larger medical problems such as postpartum thyroiditis (PPT) which is a thyroid dysfunction. Apart from exhaustion, some of the other symptoms for PPT are goiter, dry skin, constipation, weight gain and cold intolerance. And there are certain risk factors in some women for developing PPT such as:

o Goiter and the presence of antithyroid antibodies in the first half of pregnancy.

o A previous history of PPT.

o A family history of thyroid disease

o The presence of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

If as a new mother, you suspect that you may be experiencing a thyroid dysfunction you should contact your doctor for treatment to improve this condition.

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The expense of pregnancy can be the highest in a woman's life because it requires special medical support. Without insurance, it can be overwhelming and harmful to family finances. It is easier to get pregnancy insurance before you are pregnant. However, if you are already pregnant and do not have insurance for your pregnancy, there are still options available for you to get insured and to reduce your maternity expenses.

Employer sponsored

Women who are employed can have access to pregnancy insurance through their employers. Check with your employer for health insurance that includes maternity coverage. If the once a year open period for insurance has not passed, you might still be able to add pregnancy coverage to your health insurance. You also have rights to coverage if you are switching jobs. This is effectively covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It protects women from pregnancy related insurance discrimination by employers.

Marriage

If you are married, your spouse employment insurance can have options that can cover your pregnancy expenses. Discuss this with your spouse so he can add you to his employment insurance policy. Most insurance policies allow married couples to include their spouses.

Government

Pregnant women can also get medical assistance through the government. The following are the common programs:

Medicaid - Funded by the federal government and administered through the states. Medicaid is for people with low income. Therefore you have to be below a certain income level to qualify. If you have more than one source of income, dropping one might lower your income enough to qualify for Medicaid and reduce your maternity expenses.

There are other similar programs like American Plan and the Women, Infants and Children program. Contacting your local health department or Planned Parenthood can give you information on the programs that are available in your sate. Investigate all your alternatives if already pregnant without insurance.

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Are you currently suffering from anxiety? There are plenty of medications that you can use with this problem.

There are some doctors that prescribed medications such as Tranquillizers, Anti-Depressants and Sleeping Tablets to treat postnatal depression. There are several caring doctors out there but there are also some that are not.

Actually, the medications that were mentioned earlier are medications given as the last resort for treating anxiety, depression or insomnia, which are already severe and had affected our daily routines already and when the problem is not being treated by any medications. People who were prescribed with such medications will be having higher risks of having other illnesses or complications which will harm your health in the long run.

If you are afraid or worried in using prescribed medications because of the harmful reactions you can get through these medications, you do not have to lose hope. There are healthy alternatives that you can make use of in order to treat anxiety. You are wondering what the healthy alternatives that you can use that works well with your anxiety, so continue reading because this article will give you few alternatives that can treat anxiety naturally and safely.

Usually, when you are suffering from depression or anxiety, you do not want to spend time with other people, you just simply stay in your room. But being lonely is not good for you, since loneliness is one of the causes of depression, so you have to do things in order to avoid loneliness. It is better to out and join some groups. Joining groups can be helpful for you to solve your anxiety problem. You may not feel like doing it, but you have to do it, in this way, you can keep yourself from loneliness. You can join at your church, sport clubs and the likes. There are plenty of options you can choose from, just bear in mind that joining a social circle can help you out.

Another helpful way that you should do is exercise. Having 15 minutes to 30 minutes each day doing exercise or physical activities can boost your self-esteem and you can relax your mind and feel god about yourself. You can walk, dance, jog, swim, and go to the gym and a lot more. But in making some activities, you have to choose those activities that can give you much fun. As an advice, you have to do this everyday, this could reduce the symptoms of anxiety you have.

One of the causes of anxiety is too much worry about a problem you have at the moment. So talking this out with our family or friends can be helpful on your part. You can be relieved from stress or anxiety if you share your problem with the people you trust and love. As soon as you talk about it with family or friends, you could see yourself relief.

Using herbal remedy is an effective way of treating anxiety. You do not need to worry about the risks of having harmful side effect as soon as you take such remedy. There are plenty of herbal remedies from you to choose from. Just take time to research about the herbal remedy before using it. As a piece of advice, before taking the herbal remedy, you have to read the instruction carefully and follow it strictly to assure your safety.

Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Herbal Remedy Treating Anxiety

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One of the major causes of snoring in modern times is obesity. If you look at obesity, the pandemic is cutting across all nations today due to the sedentary lifestyle and low exercise regimen that have become a bane of modern living. Excess weight gain can be also due to pregnancy, induced post natal weight, side effects of certain medications that tend to effect individuals, inclusion of junk food in regular diet, aerated drinks consumption and high stress levels that lead to a variety of psychological disorders, inducing weight gain by binging.

If you are a few pounds overweight, you might have started snoring. Contrary to usual belief a person who snores is not a heavy sleep, but that is a warning by the body of impending health hazards. Weight gain is not isolated in pockets, but all over the body layers of fatty tissue accumulation starts affecting the heart, compresses the throat region, creating narrow air passages that simulate snoring.

When you gain weight, you also lose toned muscles! Yes, snoring is a direct consequence of loose muscles of the throat and jaws, which indirectly let the tongue fall back into the throat. This obstructs normal breathing patterns when you are asleep. The constant vibration of the soft tissue in the throat region by the air pressure flowing through the narrow constricted air tracks causes the irritating noise, that we call snores.

Snorers stand a higher risk of being diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, depression, and sleep apnea, cardiac and sleep deprivation related heath problems that knows no barriers of age, race and nationality.

On a regular day, most people who snore wake up to a headache, caused by low oxygen supply to the brain, dry mouth and throat as you snore through the mouth most times. The constant waking up through out the night does not let you get into REM sleep pattern, considered to be the deep phase of sleep.

Most of the people require 9 hours of sleep to rejuvenate but snorers, who wake up all through the night have issues of sleep deprivation. In most cases, the bed partner also suffers from sleep deprivation due to the constant tossing, coughing and interruptions all through the night.

Mostly sleep deprivation is often ignored as a minor problem. The major symptoms are constant drowsiness, poor alertness, low concentration, low productivity and relationship issues that crop up over time. Sleep apnea is a major concern for those who snore heavily on a regular basis.

However, the extreme stage of sleep apnea occurs when you ignore mild or medium snoring and over time the issue escalates to become a major health hazard. If you are still steps away from becoming a heavy snorer, it is time to take action and look for a good anti snoring remedy. You can choose from anti snoring pills, sprays, nasal strips, mouth guards and a variety of other ways to stop snoring. Part from that you can also refer about your condition with your doctor today.

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Pregnancy is a beautiful period so do not let the little pregnancy complications that occur to dampen your spirits. Brighten up even if you having problems like stretch marks as there are several treatments available and research has shown that after some time they generally disappear.

What exactly are pregnancy stretch marks?

Stretch marks are defined in Dermatology as scar formation on the skin with a silvery white hue. When they first appear on the skin they may be reddish or purple in color but as time passes they gradually fade to a pale white color and the skin in that area is very soft to touch.

Why and where do they occur?

The human skin includes the outer epidermal layer, the inner dermis layer and the subcutaneous stratum. The dermis is the layer that helps the skin retain its shape and the pregnancy stretch marks appear on the dermis as a result of excessive stretching and sudden weight gain. Pregnancy stretch marks may occur on breasts, belly, thighs, upper arms anywhere where fat tends to accumulate.

Various stretch mark treatments are available for stretch marks removal like ointments, the most popular of which is cocoa butter. You may also use Vitamin E oil or other ointments. If the stretch marks are really severe and these treatments do not help, consult your health care specialist, as there are laser treatments, dermabrasion, tretenoin, isotretenoin, adepalin and many such methods are being discovered. It makes sense consulting your health care specialist before applying any lotions for pregnancy stretch marks, as it may be possible that some medications such as steroids or hormones may be causing the stretch marks.

Who is more prone to getting pregnancy stretch marks?

  • The more elastic your skin is the less prone you are to getting stretch marks

  • Sudden weight gain may cause stretch marks so eat healthy and cut down that extra fat.

  • Genetics plays an important part so if your mother got stretch marks it is likely that you would too.

  • If you are expecting multiples the chances of stretch marks is higher as the belly usually grows larger than other women

  • In case you developed stretch marks on your breast during puberty you are more likely to develop stretch marks

  • In case this is your second pregnancy and you had it the first time it is more likely you'll develop them again

  • If you drink lots of water and eat a nutritious diet you are more likely to avoid serious stretch marks
  • Pregnancy stretch marks should not be seen as such a big problem that it disturbs your peace of mind and happiness. Don't worry once your baby is born, after a year or so the marks tend to disappear or may appear as light lines. In case you would like to apply ointments like Tretinoin cream it is better to do it after delivery as it may affect your unborn baby. If you are breast-feeding, please consult your doctor before using stretch mark treatments because some treatments for pregnancy stretch marks may be harmful to the breast milk or probably affect the milk supply.

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    Pregnancy drastically changes a woman's body. While some women are blessed enough to experience that pregnancy glow, some women find the change in their appearance utterly frustrating. This is due to the reality that, hormone activity throughout pregnancy can result to either a healthy glowing skin, or a skin with a variety of problems.

    Acne is the most typical skin issue that pregnant women suffer from. It is most common to find pimples around the mouth and chin in the course of pregnancy. These can carry on till delivery of the baby if it is left untreated. Even so, pregnant females ought to be particularly careful in using skin care products during pregnancy. Products that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and any of the retinoids ought to be avoided. Topical preparations that are safe to use include sulphur-based products and items made up of glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acids.

    If these don't help at all, one can ask your medical doctor as to what topical prescription drugs that may offer great results without harming your child. It may also help if you use a foundation that is suited for oily skin. That has oil blotting properties and will not irritate your skin further. One can also use oil control papers or films since these assist in getting rid of excess oil.

    Besides pimples, women are also bothered by melasma or the mask of pregnancy. This occurs at around the 24th week of pregnancy and onwards. The hormonal changes of pregnancy cause areas of dark pigmented skin on the woman's face. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women with darker complexions and dark hair are at greater risk. You may also experience darker pigmentation on your areola, and your thighs. Most females also have a line of pregnancy or linea nigra. This line of dark pigment runs down to the center of the belly.

    There is no remedy for the pigmentation of your skin but staying out of the sun can diminish the total amount of discoloration you may experience. Therefore, it is best to put on sunscreen every time you go outdoors. It may not be safe to use skin lightening products that have not been authorized by your physician. Discuss with your physician as to what products you may be able to use. A faster way to hide your pregnancy mask is by using a high-pigment concealer or foundation. Choose the shade ideal for your skin in order to cover the needed areas. For very best results, try a moisturizer just before you apply your concealer.

    Yet another common pregnancy related skin discomfort is PUPPP or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy. Females with PUPPP generate little red hurdles and hives that may form big patches once severe. It normally begins in the abdomen and spreads to the breasts, thighs, and buttocks. It may resolve after delivery of the baby but it can be extremely uncomfortable. One can try applying a cloth soaked in warm milk to achieve relief. If it persists, you may get in touch with your doctor so you can be prescribed topical steroid creams. Women need to talk with their health care provider if they notice other suspicious rash-like symptoms. Your physician needs to evaluate your signs and symptoms whether they are pregnancy related or not.

    Women may also have stretch marks as their skin stretches due to pregnancy. Even though stretch marks may be hereditary, it may improve if a woman uses certain measures to stop it from occurring. Keeping your weight gain within normal limits as well as moisturizing may help in preventing stretch marks.

    Indeed, pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in a woman's body. Though they may be disturbing, they should usually not last after the birth of the baby. If it bothers you that much, you don't have to worry. Many treatment options are now available to help correct your skin issues after giving birth.

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    Long gone are the days when you could have a baby at home with the assistance of just a midwife and a few warm towels. Being pregnant and having a baby is huge business, and an increasingly dangerous proposition, and if you aren't covered by some sort of health insurance maternity coverage, you may find your newborn baby costing you a lot more than you had anticipated.

    Of course, it is all but impossible to try and go get health insurance maternity coverage once you are already pregnant, so if you are trying to get pregnant or see the possibility of it in your future, then you need to get your medical insurance policy immediately. Even if you aren't pregnant yet, you may find that there is a waiting period after you have signed up for your policy, which would prevent coverage for you if you became pregnant during the first few months.

    Finally, the type of health insurance maternity coverage that you get is vitally important, especially if you are looking to work with one particular OB/GYN or hospital. You will be going for many tests, procedures, and check-ups during the time you are pregnant, and you will still require care after you are pregnant (as will your baby), so it is worth it to spend the time to find a policy that allows you to see who you want and when you want. Obviously, you will also want a policy that has the lowest possible deductible for each visit to the doctor.

    So, take the time before you get pregnant to do your research and start shopping around for health insurance maternity coverage as soon as you can. Having a baby without any kind of medical insurance is a price that you just don't want to pay.

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    Are you pregnant? Then you should know the various steps of the pregnancy. There are different trimesters like first, second and third trimesters. We will discuss here about third trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy Week by Week: Third Trimester is the final stage of child delivery. The third trimester covers the whole period of 29-40 weeks of pregnancy.

    At this stage, baby will grow fast in the womb of mother. His body will be weighty at high speed. At the third trimester, the most important and vital parts of the body will grow into maturity. The whole respiratory mechanism inclusive of lungs will take the proper shapes. Within 37 and 42 weeks, your neonate will be fully matured and ready for seeing the daylight coming out of the womb. At the time of the delivery, you will face Braxton Hicks and pain. After the child birth, you will see that your baby is healthy with 18-21 lengthy body.

    The average weight of the neonate will be approximately 7.5 pounds. So far as the Pregnancy Week by Week: Third Trimester is concerned, at this final trimester, you will experience similar episode of uneasiness, fatigue and physical discomfiture as you experienced at the first trimester. At the third trimester, a matured pregnant woman will feel loneliness and she will find it difficult to sleep properly. If you want to go to sound sleep, you must collect body pillow which should be placed between your legs.

    Now collect another pillow for supporting your back. It will provide you pleasure and comfort. If you check properly the Pregnancy Week by Week: Third Trimester, you will find that the pregnant mom will face a number of problems which must be tackled very carefully so that the unborn baby in the womb must not be injured. This is the final stage of the child delivery and you must take care of your body so that you will be out of the risk of being injured or wounded. The heartburn is the common physical discomfiture which a pregnant woman experiences at Pregnancy Week by Week: Third Trimester.

    Heartburn mainly occurs when your baby tries to create pressure by hitting upward in your womb with his limbs or head. Your stomach will be pressurized by your baby as it will rotate in your womb. Therefore you should take the small amount of meal at short intervals. It will be better for you to sit on your bed for the first couple of hours after taking lunch and dinner. It will help you to overtake the severity of heartburn. If you closely follow the Pregnancy Week by Week: Third Trimester, you will see that within the 30 weeks of pregnancy, the approximate weight of your baby will be 2.9 pounds with 15.7 inches in length. During this period you will feel dejected and tired. You need to revitalize yourself to spend time in carefree attitude.

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    Such pillows allow for maximum support and comfort regardless of the position in which the user sleeps; they are therefore the most widely recommended and versatile pillows available.

    A maternity pillow is also available which fits under the belly or between the knees; this can be used for extra support in the beginning stages of pregnancy and then replaced by a full body model as pregnancy progresses. There are also models which are meant only for side sleeping and are more compact than the full body pillow; these are also very helpful and provide comfort during the earlier stages of pregnancy.

    Regardless of the type of body pillow chosen, the quality and level of support should be sufficient to provide comfort and to reduce pregnancy pain that results from the pressure which the growing belly exerts on the body during sleep. When a pregnant woman wakes up rested and pain-free, she is able to go about her daily tasks calmly and efficiently, so that she does not suffer from undue stress during pregnancy.

    Preventing stress and pregnancy pain does much to ensure that delivery and labor goes smoothly, especially when the added support of a full body pillow is provided during the later phases of pregnancy.

    Maternity pillows are a comfortable and inexpensive way to ensure proper sleep during pregnancy, and they do much to prevent pregnancy pain that disrupts sleep and often persists throughout the day. Physicians and other maternity care specialists advise their use and they agree that a quality maternity pillow is a safe and effective way of making sure a pregnant woman gets the sleep she deserves and avoids unnecessary and harmful stress during pregnancy.

    It is easy to find a selection of quality pillows through a specialty retailer, and they can recommend the right model for yourself or as a gift for a friend or relative who is expecting.

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    Finding out that a teenager is pregnant is not all that unusual. Because teenagers are not at an age where discernment is necessarily a strong point, many girls end up pregnant during their teenage years. Perhaps there are many that you never hear about because they end up aborting the baby. Pregnancy counseling is a necessity today for teenage girls.

    If you are a pregnant teenager, it is important for you to know that there are people out there who are willing to help you not just get through this time, but they are there to help you get through this predicament with best possible results. Whether or not you choose to keep your baby as your own will be something you will need to consider for yourself. Pregnancy counseling can help you get through the pregnancy and help you decide on your next step.

    Getting pregnant was probably not in your future plans. Perhaps you do not even have any way to pay for all of the costs associated with it. Your parents might have insurance, but it might not include maternity. All of these issues are probably weighing on your mind. Your first step is to tell your parents. They may be very angry, but hopefully they will help you make the right choices. Tell them you would like to go to pregnancy counseling. Some agencies that counsel will help with medical expenses, and they will also help you if you choose to put your baby up for adoption.

    The worst thing you can do is to ask your other teenage friends for advice. Some might have good advice, but others may not. You would be wise to seek out the help of people who help pregnant teenagers all of the time. They are equipped to give you the advice you need to make the right decisions about the next chapter in your life.

    This is obviously a situation that will require a great deal of introspection and reflection on your part. There is no need to go through the whole decision-making process alone, however. There are numerous viable options at hand, but you will want guidance from experienced advisors in order to fully account for your particular needs and views. The most important thing to remember is that there is still a beautiful future on the horizon for you, no matter how difficult life may feel at the moment. Pregnancy counseling can help you find the right path to happiness and peace on your terms.

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    Many newborn babies are what we call lazy nursers. They have a weak suck or fall asleep at the breast rather than actively nursing for a full feeding. This is especially true of preemies and babies who weigh less than 7 lbs at birth. Worried new parents often decide to give a bottle because of concern about slow weight gain or fear that baby is not getting enough. Unfortunately traditional bottles can often make the problem worse and sabotage successful breastfeeding.

    Many new breastfeeding moms find themselves using a bottle for one reason or another. It can be a great way to let mom get some sleep while your partner has some bonding time with the baby. The only problem is that bottles function in an entirely different way than the breast. Baby only has to give a few small sucks and milk flows freely so that all baby has to do is swallow. The position and action of babies tongue is also completely different with the bottle than the breast. This can cause some confusion for baby and can ultimately lead to baby rejecting the breast or milk supply problems due to an improper latch and sucking technique.

    I frequently recommend to my breastfeeding clients that they use Medela Haberman Feeders for the first four weeks of breastfeeding. These bottles are actually made for babies that have a cleft palate. It has a longer teat type nipple with a slit-valve in the mouthpiece that opens only when baby sucks. The flow of milk is determined by babies sucking and position of the teat in baby's mouth just like when your baby is breastfeeding. There is absolutely no back flow in these bottle so no air for baby to swallow. These are a little pricey but I believe worth it for moms who are serious about breastfeeding, have babies with a weak suck or babies with reflux. They also make a mini size one for premature babies. Feedings with the Haberman Feeder will take longer than with a traditional bottle because baby has to actively suck for milk to be released.

    I have also used the Haberman Feeder bottle to transition babies who have developed nipple confusion back to successful breast feeding. The action of the nipple on this special feeder most closely mimics the action of breastfeeding. You can purchase these bottles online. You may also be able to find them at your local lactation center.

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    Couples facing infertility often have very limited health insurance options. Most insurance plans simply do not cover infertility treatments. Fifteen states mandate coverage at some level, but even if you work in one of the covered states there are many loopholes. With the recently passed Health Care Reform Act, perhaps there is some relief in sight for couples looking for coverage.

    In an earlier article we looked to see if the Health Care Reform Act directly addressed infertility coverage in any way. Looking at the Senate version of the bill widely available on the internet, and using the word search feature found in Adobe documents we were able to find absolutely no references for infertility, IVF, ART, and a variety of other terms significant for couples trying to conceive. It appears that the bill does not directly address infertility health insurance coverage.

    So we ask ourselves; is there any indirect assistance? Fertility drugs such as Bravelle, Clomid, Follistim, etc., can make up a significant component to the total cost of infertility. Health insurance plans that cover the cost of these drugs makes a big difference in the affordability of infertility treatments.

    One of the key components of the bill addresses prescription drug coverage - an important feature of any health insurance plan. So let's see how many mentions there might be for "prescription": the term "prescription" is mentioned 136 times. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope.

    Of the 136 mentions of prescriptions, every single mention is associated with Medicare Part D: the prescription drug plan associated with the government run health plan for seniors. Medicare is our country's health insurance program for people over the age of 65. Most couples trying to conceive are far too young to qualify for this coverage, so most of the mentions won't apply.

    But Medicare also covers people who have disabilities, permanent kidney failure, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Younger people in the latter two categories may qualify for Medicare, but may not be healthy enough to have children. This leaves only a very narrow segment of couples trying to conceive who might be impacted by the Part D legislation. We can conclude that this portion of the legislation is of little help.

    So it seems that there is nothing concrete in the bill relating to fertility drugs. But we will keep looking, and reporting back to you want we find. In the meantime, remember that many of the bills components do not go fully into effect until 2014. For those looking for coverage right now, consider that supplemental health insurance can help you recoup some of your infertility treatment costs when you deliver your happy healthy baby.

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    Artificial insemination has been widely used by couples with an infertility problem. It is a procedure in where sperm is placed into female's uterus to make the woman pregnant. The method was first used for insemination of cattle, but today it is also applied in humans and some other animals such as those in zoos. The sperm can be either from the partner of the woman or from a sperm donor if her partner has a low sperm count or no sperm at all, or the woman does not have a partner but still wants to get pregnant. The success rate depends on the infertility problem, age and some health factors, but overall it is between 5 to 20%, which is quite good. Now, how much does artificial insemination cost?

    The fact is, artificial insemination is quite expensive and not all couples can afford it. However, this method is cheaper than in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is considered to be the best option for some couples. Couples that have a hard time trying to conceive using ovulation timing intercourse or relaying only on fertility drugs often have poor success. Artificial Insemination instead allows fertilization to happen naturally which is a wonderful feeling for couples, especially the woman. The method involves several diagnoses, examinations and consultations. Doctors in many cases also prescribe drugs to increase the success rate. The drugs can be in the form of ovulations drugs or drugs for women who are allergic to sperm. Commonly, couples may need more than one session applying the method, as conceiving on the first try is unlikely. One session costs vary from $300 - $700, depends on the clinic, the nature of the problem, the age and some other factors. However, in case you have to do several sessions, you need to be prepared to pay from $1000 to $5000. Often times, the drugs are excluded from the overall package and they can vary from less than $100 up to several thousand dollars, depending on what the doctor prescribes. If you go to an average clinic, the doctor might prescribe you affordable drugs. If you do it in an expensive clinic, the doctor might prescribe expensive drugs.

    In addition, hospital stay is sometimes required for patients in certain conditions. Sperm washing that is necessary is also excluded and costs about $100. To see the progress after you do the method, ultrasound is required and it costs about $300 in each checking. In total, you are looking at approximately $5000 to $10,000, although you might pay much less than that. However, always expect to have to pay more just in case. Some insurance companies insure artificial insemination and you need to check with your insurance whether they cover it.

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    Are you wondering in your head, "What can I do to help me get pregnant?", if so here are some tips to help you get pregnant fast.

    What can I do to help me get pregnant tips:

    How To Get Pregnant Tip #1: Eat Right

    Eating right is actually a two stop process. First you need to stop eating foods that are bad for you that can cause infertility problems in both women and men and then you need to start eating nutrient dense foods that will boost your fertility.

    Foods that you need to avoid are: Caffeine (coffee, tea), cigarettes (quit smoking and avoid second hand smoke), sugar (both artificial and white sugar can cause serious problems such as Candidiasis - Candida which can lead to infertility, all canned foods, fast and processed foods, MSG, food coloring, and preservatives.

    Start eating: raw organic fruits and vegetables. Cooking destroys much of the valuable trace minerals, vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and more from food. Pesticides can also cause infertility problems and must be avoided at all costs. Eat organic whenever possible.

    How To Get Pregnant Tip #2: Drink Lots of Water

    Please don't laugh. Most people over look this crucial tip. Many people are dehydrated and don't drink enough water. The truth is, water is extremely important to many processes within your body including reproduction. Your urine should always be clear. As general rule of thumb drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day.

    How To Get Pregnant Tip #3: Have A Clean Colon

    Why is this important? Most people have bloated bellies and have a bowel movement only once a day or every few days. As a result, the body becomes jammed and full of toxins. Nutrient absorption will significantly increase if you have a clean colon - making it easier for you to get pregnant. Serious problems such as Candidiasis (Candida) are also avoided.

    Make sure you do a colon cleanse if you have a bloated belly or if you aren't going to the washroom at least 2-3 times a day. You most likely have pounds of feces that you can get rid of in your colon.

    Once your cleanse your colon and start to eat right, you will start to feel stronger and more vibrant. Pregnancy will follow close behind.

    So stop thinking about "What can I do to help me get pregnant", because now you know. You only need to start acting!

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    1. Pregnancy Exercise- How Much is Too Much?

    Pregnant women have often asked me if it's safe to exercise during their pregnancy, and if so, how much is too much? As long as you have the go ahead from your doctor (meaning you have a healthy, normal pregnancy), you can do most of the things you did prior to getting pregnant. The only exercises to avoid are where you could fall and potentially harm your baby (i.e., such as rollerblading, riding a bike, skiing, etc.). Be sure to listen to your body. If you ever feel light headed, dizzy, or out of breath, stop what you are doing, sit down and drink water. If you are listening to your body you will probably not get to that point. Just think of all the benefits of exercising- more energy, healthy weight gain, better sleep, and you'll lose the baby weight so much faster!

    2. Pregnancy Exercise- Weight Training

    I've been asked several times if it's OK to lift weights when you're pregnant. As long as you have given approval to workout by your doctor you can continue the exercises you did prior to getting pregnant. Of course, you should refrain from lifting heavy weight. Be sure to listen to your body. If anything ever feels uncomfortable stop what you are doing.

    Here's a great exercise to tone your shoulders: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, pelvis tucked under, and chest and head lifted. Place one weight in each hand and rest them with your arms straight on your upper thighs. Keeping your arms straight (only a slight bend in the elbow), lift your arms up so your arms are parallel with the ground and your wrists are even with your shoulders. For best results use 2-3 lb. weights and work up to 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps.

    3. Pregnancy- Emotions You Experience First Trimester

    When you're pregnant you're likely to experience all kinds of emotions, especially as your belly grows. In the beginning you may experience fear- "Will the baby be ok? Will I be a good mother?", you may also experience excitement and joy, or regret that it happened too soon. Whatever you are experiencing, you are not alone. I highly recommend that you join a support group of new moms so you can share your experiences and feel supported along the way.

    4. Pregnancy Nutrition- Feed Your Baby

    So many pregnant women are concerned that they're going to gain a bunch of weight and never lose it. Some even count calories. This is not the time to diet. The key is to focus on nourishing your baby and yourself. Visualize your beautiful, healthy baby in your arms. The food that you eat goes to your baby and will help him or her grow, so eat when you are hungry and chose foods like whole grain breads, cereals, pastas, fruit, and greens.

    5. Pregnancy Exercise- Firm Your Buttocks

    Who says you can't tone your booty when you're pregnant? Here's a simple exercise you can do to firm your buttocks. Standing hold onto the back of a chair. Extend your right leg straight back behind you- your right toe is pointed and touching the ground. Inhale then exhale lift your right leg up straight as high as you can without leaning forward. As you lift your leg tighten your buttocks. Work up to 3 sets on each side-10 slow lifts, 10 pulses, 10 slow lifts.

    6. Pregnancy- Eat Healthy Snacks

    When you're pregnant there may be times when you ate a couple of hours ago and you're hungry again. Listen to your body and EAT! Just chose healthy snack foods like a few handfuls of Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal, or carrots, or grapes with cheese. When you listen to your body, you're nourishing yourself and your baby and that means you'll have more energy, better mood, and you'll lose the baby weight quicker.

    7. Pregnancy Exercise- Tone Your Thighs

    Here's a simple pregnancy exercise you can do to tone your quads (top of thigh) and inner thighs. I call the exercise "Squat and Sweep". How to do the move: Hold onto the back of a chair with your feet approximately 3-4 feet apart and your toes slightly turned forward. Bend your knees into a pilee squat (make sure your knees never go over your toe) and keep your back straight, head lifted. As you press back to stand bring your weight towards your left leg and slide your right foot on the ground (i.e. "sweep") so it crosses over your left supporting leg. Next sweep your right foot back into a pilee squat. As you press to stand, sweep your left foot across your right leg. Repeat 10-20 reps each side.

    8. Pregnancy Nutrition- Fuel Your Body!

    When you're pregnant it's really important that you focus on nourishing yourself and your baby. When you listen to your body and eat healthy food there's no need to worry about gaining excess weight that's hard to lose. Always bring healthy snacks with you to avoid getting over-hungry. My favorite on the go prego snacks include: nuts, raisins, (walnuts and raisins together are yummy!), granola bar, and string cheese.

    9. Pregnancy Exercise-Swimming

    When it's summer, it's hot and it's the perfect excuse for pregnant women to be in the pool! Swimming is great for pregnant women because you'll feel light and buoyant. Try this simple exercise to tone your inner and outer thighs. Standing in the shallow end step or lightly jump your feet apart then bring your feet back together. Work up to 3 sets of 15-20 reps. In between sets walk from one side to the other.

    10. Pregnancy- Calming Your Fears About Having a Second Baby

    When you get pregnant the second time you may wonder, "How will I take care of two when one child is already challenging?" or "How will I be able to spend time with my first child?" or "Will I love this baby as much as the first?" As a mom of two I can tell you that I had these same fears. However, after having my second baby everything was soooooooooooo much easier! Because you have the experience of having a baby before, you're more relaxed and thus enjoy each phase. Yes, even the sleepless nights went faster because I was more relaxed and I knew it was only temporary. The first child still gets plenty of attention and learns how to share and "take care of" another person he or she loves. And as far as loving your second child as much, not even question of who I love more, there's plenty of room in a moms heart. From a mom who was unsure about making the step to have two, I have to say it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

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    Studying Low Thyroid Level Symptoms?

    Discuss with several people who are studying much about their low thyroid level symptoms. They look at the symptoms as a mixture of illnesses and afterward they just assume that "they have it," whether they have been examined or not. Please reserve that the symptoms billed at this point are no more than to pique interest. They actually indicate nothing until they go through the aptitude of a qualified medical doctor. So here are some of the greatest common low thyroid level symptoms:

    1. Chilly hands and feet when they should not be especially in the Summertime You have freezing feet & socks just to sleep at night.

    2. Drained invariably even after a full nights sleep.

    3. Not able to drop Body Fat, even after harsh exercise & calorie counting in two to three weeks. It is cheaper for someone to map your Calorie intake and watch your weight fluctuation.

    4. Constipation, plus substitute of numerous seeds and fiber to alleviate symptoms.

    5. Brain blur, depression, that obstruct you from eating or miniature amounts of slimming exercise. This is constant in low thyroid function patients

    6. Ahead of schedule menopause or irregular menstruation. Problems with getting pregnant and loss of libido. Many women have high postpartum depression. I want to advise that multiple factors can attain this. But be sure you have acceptable serum free T3, a convenient 24-hour urine test for T3 and T4. Not just a fair test lab. The urine should be checked by a picture spectrometer.. All alternative tests are exceedingly suspicious..

    7. High cholesterol, if the thyroid is low, as measured by logical analysis, for the reason that the liver does not eradicate cholesterol from the blood and then you will be labeled as a heart patient, and prescribed lots of unearned chemicals that robbed you of your dollar and your vigor.

    8. Now further symptoms occur, but exceptionally countless & do not suggest strongly enough that poor cellular function is the culprit due to the deprivation of adequate levels of T3 Remember, you want to unveil your level of T3

    So How Do We Find The Level Of T3?

    This is the fundamental approach to capture low thyroid (T3). Examination of the patient. Wherever else will you discern a low thyroid level? To start with textbooks warned doctors about the history and physical appearance a lot about lab tests. History suggests that is very sensible advice. All laboratory tests and X-ray studies with isotopes were investigated in approved low thyroid patients. Do you suspect what the results were? None. But the best of the worst was the blood TSH. You remember the one who will suggest the level of T4? The inactive thyroid gland.. T4 You know, what drug companies sell to you while uneducated doctors badmouth the natural pork balanced thyroid gland was discovered to be of advanced quality.

    Was This Peer Reviewed?

    This was published in the New England Journal February issue of 1999, that low thyroid level symptoms should be assessed by examination. In general, this document was on a small assemblage of thirty-eight patients, but a strange conclusion from the addition of T3 has many patients feel healthier.

    Additional low thyroid level symptoms are as follows. Eyebrows are diluted or nonexistent at the last 33% of the eyebrow. Overweight (but I have discovered about 15% of hypothyroidism patients are skinny.. Go figure). A diluted pulse of around seventy or lower. Eyes are puffed-up under the covers, there is a puffiness under the eyes.. Skin is powdery & dry, sometimes cracked. Fingernails are broken. The lower limbs have been bloated and do not indent when you push a finger and hold it for 1 minute. Commonly the thyroid gland is enlarged and has a thumbnail, intermediate or large goiter. The first heart signal is not as distinguished as the subsequent, and the person appears in a daze. The ankle reflexes are almost always a regular low or nonexistent even if the knee and elbow reflexes are good.

    Some doctors may possibly be able to physically feel the thyroid gland. They can tell you whether it is swollen. The gland will increase in an endeavor to create more TSH more if the body is low thyroid levels. This is not an accurate science. I've looked at & felt thyroid glands for greater than eighteen years and it is still complicated, the right mode to reveal whether the gland is raised, is to have an ultrasound done.

    So What About Thyroid Cancer?

    Absolutely we're concerned of thyroid cancer. They're rather few and far between though. Besides, there may possibly be nodules on the thyroid gland, that call for a needle biopsy or even surgical requests. This is the realm of a surgeon and an endocrinologist.

    Conclusion

    Established Medicine due to politics think that blood test technology for the TSH Levels is the most reliable. It would be if the reference points that they use for the TSH Levels were not gathered from pregnant women when they came in to get blood tests. Are the TSH levels the same with pregnant women as they are with everyone? I think not. Plus, the standard TSH Test only measures the T4 and not the T3. This is bad since we need to know both to see if your thyroid is actually converting the T4 to T3.

    For some reason this is not standard. It amazes me and sickens me because many people go on everyday being told that their thyroid is fine when they are suffering and causing undue damage to their body.

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