When Does Fatigue Start in Early Pregnancy?

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Fatigue starts, for some people, right away during a pregnancy. Trying to pinpoint and make general statements about pregnancy for everyone. According to Mayo Clinic, “Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which can put you to sleep. At the same time, lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and increased blood production might team up to sap your energy.

As early as the first few weeks of pregnancy , hormones can rage as your body works to create and grow a tiny new life. Your body is working so hard that it’s no wonder one of the earliest signs of pregnancy is fatigue, which the American Pregnancy Association says can set in within as little as one or two weeks after conception.

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Between two to eight weeks, “Nausea is often one of the first warning signs that women may recognize as pregnancy. It can happen as quickly as the second week after conception , says the Mayo Clinic. While commonly classified as “morning sickness,” nausea in early pregnancy can occur at any time of day.

Afterwards, six to eight weeks later, your body starts to develop further. “Within six to eight weeks after conception, as your uterus expands, you may find yourself needing to urinate far more frequently. The American Pregnancy Association says that increased urination is a telltale sign of pregnancy. You may also find yourself craving certain foods, whether it’s pickles and ice cream or a big pizza. Food aversions also commonly appear within the first month or two after conception, and you may notice that some of your favorite foods suddenly make your stomach turn.

According to whattoexpect.com, there are so many tips to keep in mind. First, “Listen to your body. If you’re tired, rest. Pace yourself, keeping your body’s message in mind — and don’t try to be super (expectant) mom. Let the dishes wait until later, and turn the other way as the dust bunnies breed under your dining table. Don’t book activities — or take care of chores — that aren’t essential. Never been a napper — or a slacker? There’s never been a better time to try those on for size.

Another piece of advice is,  Ask for help. Don’t play the mother-to-be martyr. Let your partner know exactly how sapped you are, so he can do his fair share (and then some). If your friends or family ask if they can give you a hand, say yes — always! Having a pal pick up some groceries for you can mean you might actually have enough energy left to drag yourself out for a walk (before you drag yourself into bed).

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Primal Eating & Pregnancy- Is It Safe?

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Being pregnant is the happiest phase in a woman’s life but at the same time it is that period of life when you need to be extra careful about what you do, what you eat etc. Primal eating is a lifestyle that has become a craze in recent times. But is it safe for pregnant women? Let’s check it here.

Eating a high fat, nutrient packed, protein diet while you are pregnant will give the baby all building blocks required to create a strong and healthy neural connection as well as a resilient body. Eating a primal diet will benefit the mom to be to enjoy better sleep, enhanced energy and less nausea.

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Also, including whole foods in your diet like grass fed, organic things will reduce the chances of synthetic hormones, pesticides and antibiotics exposure to the baby and so the little one will grow with a powerful immune system and nice hormonal profile.

Is Primal living safe in pregnancy?

Following the primal diet i.e. without vegetable oils, legumes, grains and low sugar is totally safe for the mother as well as the child. Avoid taking gluten, lectins and reduce your intake of sugar through avoiding the processed foods. This will help you to experience reduced bloating, prevent gestational diabetes as well as avoid weight gain etc.

A lot of women who consume complete primal diet during pregnancy face no nausea. Often times, keeping food in stomach is all what is required to avoid the feeling of nausea. Apart from eating the primal diet, walking is great for the pregnant women as well.

Take as much sleep as you can and drink lots of water. Move slowly and spend quality time in natural surroundings. Nurture yourself with what makes you happy and relaxed. Try focusing on positive things and you will experience healthy pregnancy.

Primal Blueprint is in fact a great option for all those wish to conceive or are already nursing or pregnant. You need to make sure that you know that certain nutrients and foods should be consumed for better pregnancy time.

Egg yolks are great as they are considered to be nature’s multivitamin. As they are rich in choline nutrient, suggest say that about 86 percent women do not have sufficient amount of choline. This is considerable because choline helps to protect against the neural tube problems. It even plays a very crucial role in overall brain growth, helping in to form the cholinergic neurons and connections between the neurons which are so important during first few years of a baby’s life.

Cod liver oil is another super food during pregnancy that is believed to be a sacred fertility food. It is one of the biggest Vitamin A sources. Also, it has more of Vitamin D/unit weight and Vitamin D is vital to pregnancy and fertility. This Vitamin D also promotes development of bones mainly during 3rd trimester when foetal skeleton starts growing at a rapid speed.

So, in all, it can be said that primal eating and living is safe and good during pregnancy.

 

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Nutrition for a Healthy Mom and Baby

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Being pregnant should be a joyous time for the soon-to-be mom and their baby, but for many it’s a scary time with preeclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension, toxemia, and other conditions. While you may not be able to avoid having a problem during your pregnancy, there are some nutritional things you can do to reduce your risk.

Let’s have a look at some of those eating strategies.

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  • You should never be shy about dairy products because as a mother to be you need at least 4 servings or 1000-1300 mg of calcium daily. You also need at least 4000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 per day.

  • Iron is very important during pregnancy. You need to get at least 27 mg a day. You can increase your iron by taking an iron supplement. In fact, your doctor may instruct you to do so. The top 10 foods for iron are:

  • Artichokes
  •  Beans, chick peas, lentils and soybeans
  •  Dark, leafy greens (ie spinach, collards)
  •  Dried fruit (ie prunes, raisins)
  •  Egg yolks
  •  Iron-enriched cereals and grains
  •  Liver
  •  Mollusks (ie clams, oysters, scallops)
  •  Red meat
  •  Turkey or chicken giblets

Pregnant women need at least 70 mg of Vitamin C daily. Vitamin C helps to fight off infection and keep you healthy. Some good sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Dark Leafy Greens

You likely will have huge cravings but at the same time, you should decrease your fat intake so that it is no more than 30 percent of your total daily calorie intake. Make sure to read labels.

Omega 3s are important for the development of your baby’s vision and brain.

Easy on the mayo or cheese limiting your cholesterol to 300 mg a day.

Protein develops every cell of your baby. You need to eat 80 to 100 grams of protein a day. If you find that the smell of meat makes you sick, keep in mind that you can get your protein from drinking a whey protein shake.

Being pregnant isn’t easy and eating healthy can be a real challenge. Some days you’ll feel fantastic, while other days the idea of eating is the farthest thing from your mind. A healthy weight gain is generally 25 to 35 pounds. However, if you are underweight, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds and if you are overweight, you should gain15 to 25 pounds.

When your nutrient intake isn’t the best it could be, you increase your risk of developing pregnancy related conditions such as preeclampsia, pregnancy hypertension, toxemia, and HELLP syndrome.

 

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Is Caffeine Okay During Pregnancy

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In 1980 the FDA released a publication that warned against a pregnant woman drinking caffeine beverages. It recommended that a woman restrict or better yet, eliminate all caffeine intake because it could be directly linked to the potential for certain birth defects. This recommendation stood strong even in 1994 when a review of more than 200 medical journals conducted by Dr. Astrid Nehlig was published in the Journal of Neurotoxicology and Teratology. But what’s the recommendation today?

Currently many doctors recommend that a pregnant woman takes in less than 300 mg of caffeine daily. This is because studies that are more recent have not shown a link between caffeine and harm to the baby with an intake that is less than 300 mg. These new scientific studies are causing doctors to have a look at the results and many are changing their recommendations although some still remain very conservative. This is best discussed openly with your doctor.

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What Caffeine Does

Caffeine is a stimulant that stimulates the central nervous system. It also reduces your iron absorption and it leaches calcium from the body. Caffeine has a diuretic effect and it has the ability to cross the placenta and make its way to your baby. Caffeine does the following once it is in your body:

  • Decreases the amount of calcium in your body
  • Dehydrates you
  • Increases your blood pressure
  • Raises your heart rate

The same thing that happens to you happens to your baby with the one exception and that is that baby will steal calcium that it needs from your bones if it can’t get it elsewhere. Caffeine has also been linked to interfering with normal fetal growth and as a result this leads to low birth weight and weakened adrenal glands that can affect the ability to cope with stress and to regulate blood sugar

It is a good idea to avoid caffeine or at least cut back your intake to 300 mg per day, and some experts say that number should be no more than 150 mg per day. You may have no problem handling caffeine but remember that the liver of your baby is immature and so it is not able to remove the caffeine. This means that caffeine stays with your baby for 40 to 130 hours.

Common sources of caffeine include:

  • Coffee – 100-200 mg per 8 ounce
  • Headache medicine – 65-130mg
  • Soda – 40-75mg per can
  • Tea – black 60mg, green 40mg
  • Dark Chocolate – 5-35mg per 1 ounce
  • Milk Chocolate – 1-15mg per 1 ounce

Talk to your doctor about caffeine intake and follow what his/her recommendations are.

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First Trimester Pregnancy Nutrition

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The first trimester can be one of great change in many aspects of your life and that includes pregnancy nutrition. Many moms-to-be want to immediately change how they eat. The trouble is making drastic changes too quickly can really backfire on you and land up causing too much stress. It is much better to incorporate changes slowly. We are going to look at the four basic areas of your first trimester nutrition to get you started on making dietary adjustments without the stress.

It would be wonderful if we knew in advance that we were to become pregnant. Sure, some pregnancies are planned but others are not. It would be great because then we could switch to a whole food diet that was organic before we became pregnant. Since this isn’t going to happen too often the best we can do is make the switch as soon as we know we are pregnant.

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Work towards the elimination of all processed foods and as many non-organic foods as possible. That is because processed foods along with non-organic foods that contain pesticides and other toxins are directly linked to numerous health concerns that can affect your baby. However, don’t look at this as an all or nothing situation. Do your best and remember every little change is a positive change for your baby. A good way to start is to remove processed foods from one meal a day and then take baby steps from there.

You should also eliminate sugar, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine from your diet. Experts agree it is safe for a pregnant woman to have 150 mg of caffeine a day so that’s a good starting point to cut back to. Once there you can try to cut it out completely. For anyone with a sweet tooth there are a number of natural sweeteners that you can use such as agave syrup, stevia, or raw honey.

Morning sickness can be a real problem during the first trimester of your pregnancy. As your body is trying to adjust to hormonal changes, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to deal with the nausea that is not always just in the mornings. For nausea that is incapacitating you need to talk to your doctor. However, there are some things that can calm nausea for many including ginger, eating protein, a handful of nuts, or crackers.

There you have it – a good start to nutrition for your first trimester to keep you and baby healthy.

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Eating Healthy During Pregnancy

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Starting off your with a healthy well balanced diet is the best thing you do for yourself
and your baby. This way, you’ll only need to make a few adjustments during your pregnancy.

Your first trimester If you find it tough to maintain a balanced diet during your first trimester, you can rest assured that your not alone. Due to queasiness, some women will eat all of the time and gain a lot of
weight in the process. Other women have trouble getting food down and subsequently lose weight.

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Preventing malnutrition and dehydration are your most important factors during first trimester.

Calories
When you are pregnant, you need to consume around 300 calories more than usual every day. The best
way to go about doing this is listening to your body when you are hungry. You should try to eat as many foods as possible from the bottom of the food pyramid.

If you gain weight too slow, try eating small meals and slightly increase the fat in your diet. You should always eat when you are hungry, as you are now eating for 2 instead of one.

Calcium
By the second trimester, you’ll need around 1,500 milligrams of calcium each day for your bones and
your baby’, which is more than a quart of milk. Calcium is something that’s missing from many
diets. Along with milk, other great sources for calcium include dairy products, calcium fortified
juices, and even calcium tablets.

Fiber
Fiber can help to prevent constipation, which is a common pregnancy problem. You can find fiber in
whole grains, fruits, and even vegetables. Fiber supplements such as Metamucil and Citrucel are
safe to take during pregnancy.

Protein
Unless you happen to be a strict vegetarian, your protein intake is not normally a problem for women
who eat a healthy diet.

Iron
A lot of women will start their pregnancy off with a bit of iron deficiency. Good sources of iron
include dark leafy green vegetables and meats. Iron supplements should be avoided, as they can cause
internal symptoms such as cramping, constipation, or diarrhea.

Vitamins
Seeing as how you get a majority of the vitamins you need in your diet, you may want to discuss prenatal vitamins with your doctor. Folate is one of the most important, and if you are getting enough of it, you may be able to avoid vitamins all together – just ask your doctor to make sure.

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