You’ll find online a number of Conception Predictors often referred to as a Conception Calculators available online and there even Iphone conception predictors and calculators that you can download on to your mobile device.

If you are one of the growing number of Android or Windows phone users you’ll find conception preditors for these devices as well.

I have been looking online for you so as to find the most up to date information on the latest and best conception aids which might just tip the balance in your favour when trying to concieve.

Iphone Fertility Tracker App (whattoexpect.com)

The Iphone App From What To Expect.com

Here’s what they say about it on their site…

Are you ready to be a mommy-to-be? Trying to conceive doesn’t have to be all work, no play. Fast-track fertilization with WTE’s Fertility App, available for your iPhone. You can keep tabs on your cycle, get updates on when you’re ovulating, and have instant access to TTC tips and other preconception info, all in the palm of your hand. Here’s how it works: Read More on The Iphone Fertility Predictor App.

also for the Iphone is the Fertility Friend Mobile -Smart Ovulation Tracker and Period Calendar

Fertility Friend Mobile is an advanced and comprehensive monitor of your menstrual cycle for trying to conceive or health purposes.

EB Egg Timer -Ovulation Calendar Iphone App

Brought to you by Essential Baby, Australia’s largest online parenting community – www.essentialbaby.com.au

Trying to get pregnant?

Essential Baby’s fertility application is a calendar tool to record, track and observe your cycle to help you on your journey when you are trying to conceive. It’s the must-have application for those trying to conceive! PLUS it’s free!

EB EggTimer Ovulation calendar

From Android there are many Free Conception Predictor and aids to conception available some of the more popular ones are …

Get Pregnant App – W3 masters

Get Pregnant App For Android

If you’re trying to conceive it can sometimes take a while before you are pregnant. To increase the chance of becoming pregnant you can try to determine your fertile period. Having intercourse in the fertile period can considerably increase the chance of becoming pregnant.

You can determine your fertile period in a few simple steps, up to 6 months in advance. If you are already pregnant you can use the calculator to determine your expected delivery date.

The calculations are based on the fact that ovulation takes place 14 days before menstruation. No indication can be given for menstrual cycles exceeding 35 days and less than 21 days.

Select the first day of your last menstruation, the average duration of your menstrual cycle and then click on “Calculate”.

Included tips for a girl or boy.

My Cycles Period and Ovulation Android App

My Cycles Period and Ovulation App

Get the best period and ovulation tracker now! My Cycles takes all the guesswork out of tracking your period and predicting your ovulation window. Trying to conceive? Want to know when to expect your next period? this period calendar app is for you! This period calendar app tracks your periods and can even predict your future periods. If you are trying to conceive, My Cycles tracks ovulation signs to increase your chance of pregnancy. Track your period, menstrual cycle, symptoms, medications, mood, and more related to your cycle wherever you are!

This is the best period calendar, cycles and ovulation tracker app, and most cute app for tracking your period and everything about woman who you try to conceive,pregnancy or birth control.

Ovuview-Ovulation and Fertility

Ovuview Ovulation and Fertility App

OvuView tracks and predicts your period, ovulation and fertility, using sophisticated sympto-thermal methods (STM).

This app can be used both as an advanced birth control tool, or as a simple menstrual calendar, and help you to:

• maximize your chances of conceiving a baby/getting pregnant
• avoid pregnancy using natural methods (contraception),
• plan your next holiday with future menstruation and ovulation dates predicted,
• track weight, headache, appetite, PMS and other symptoms,
• replace sympto-thermal paper charts with a more convenient way of charting.

Based on your cycle symptoms (such as menses, basal body temperature, cervical mucus and/or cervix), OvuView automatically evaluates and charts your fertility using proven natural family planning (NFP) methods. In particular, 4 sympto-thermal (Billings, Rötzer, Konald/Kippley, Cautious), 5 mucus-only (5 Day Dry Up, Döring, 21/20 Days Rule, Last Dry Day, 4/5/6 Day Rule), 3 temperature-only (Marshall, 4HT, 5HT) and 2 calendar methods (Standard Days Method, Calendar Rythm Method) are implemented.

There you have a nice selection of conception predictors for most mobile devices if you know a great app or have experience of using any of these recommended app please add your comments below.

I came across this article on how to eliminate pre-conception stress by Dallas Bolen which I hope you’ll enjoy?

After all ask any couple that have tried to conceive and failed many times and they will tell you level’s of stress involved are incredible.

Any woman who has already got children will remember that time when they were that desperate woman sitting panicing that when she pee’d on the stick its going to be negative. Just imagine how that would feel month after month going through that trama?

If you are one of those couples Dallas’s article might give you a few helpful ideas and make the making a baby process a lot less stressful.

10 Tips to Eliminate Pre-Conception Stress
Dallas Bolen

When a couple decides to conceive a child, many factors can contribute to the amount of stress in that relationship. Environmental factors, emotional factors, and health issues can compound the stress associated with conception, and can, in fact, impede the conception process. If a couple has any medical difficulty with the conception of a child, the first thing that fertility experts will advise is a reduction in stress. I have included the ten best ways to ease the stress for a couple trying to have a baby.

1. Remember that you are in this together. The decision to conceive a child was made by both partners in a relationship, and it is important for both of you to be supportive of each other. Avoid blame and pressure.

2. Avoid the scheduled sex feeling. When a couple is determined to conceive a child, they may get so caught up in the process that they forget that sex is also an emotional experience. Timing, fertility drugs, and fertility testing can cause your sex life to become clinical. Both partners should remember to continue doing those “special things” that helped them to fall in love in the first place.

3. Don’t become too results oriented. These things take time. While the conception process can become frustrating, try to think of this time as preparation. The more time that you have to prepare for the arrival of the baby, the more confident and ready you will feel. Most couples only have a few months to prepare, maybe you should consider yourselves lucky for having the extra prep time.

4. Schedule weekly vent times. Choose a time that you and your partner are both free. Use this time to express and discuss your frustrations, emotions, and anything else about the conception process that is on your mind. It is important for both partners to talk, as well as to listen. When both of you are finished, and everything is on the table, close by stating the reasons that you chose to conceive a child in the first place. This can help to solidify and renew your commitment to bringing a child into the world.

5. Go on dates. With each other. Many times couples tend to stick closer to home when they are trying to conceive a child. While this is a very personal experience for both of you, you can’t forget that there is an entire world out there. A movie, a long walk, dancing, or even just throwing a few games of darts can help to relieve some of the preconception stress. It is all too common for a couple to be so wrapped up in the conception process that they forget who they were, and why they were together before trying to conceive.

6. Educate yourselves. Research the conception process. By knowing what you can expect, a great amount of uncertainty can be eliminated. Your doctor or fertility clinic can help you to obtain literature that is suitable to your particular situation. The library and the Internet are also valuable resources for researching the conception process and any issues associated with it. www.givf.com is another excellent information source for articles dealing with pre-conception, IVF, and fertility.

7. Join a support group. By talking with other couples that are trying to conceive, you and your partner will realize that you are not alone in your endeavor. In a group setting, couples discuss the preconception stress, frustration with procedures, and share in each others successes. In addition to sharing experiences you may learn other ways to deal with the preconception stress.

8. Be involved. It really does not matter who carries the child. It is important for both parents to be a part of the process, and not just in the donor/receptacle aspect of conception. This can include going to the doctor, choosing egg or sperm donors, preparing for the eventual arrival of your child, or anything related to the conception process. When the little one gets here, it is important to be able to present a united front.

9. Do things together that have nothing to do with the conception of your child. By sharing even the menial tasks like housework, no one is carrying the full burden. Another perk to this tip is laughter. Unless your partner is like the iguana (comfortable with, and great at housework), men in general doing anything domestic is funny. Laughter is the best thing to reduce stress in a relationship, (well, unless his pants are off), so break out the apron and the feather duster.

10. Most importantly, avoid the questions. While you may choose to let people know that you are trying to conceive, the curiosity can bring about huge amounts of stress. You, as well as your partner have already put pressure on yourselves to conceive a child. Friends and family can seriously increase that pressure. While they may be asking “Are you pregnant, yet?”, you hear “What is taking you so long?”. When telling people that you are trying to conceive a child, also explain that you know that it takes time, you are not on any set baby-having schedule, and that you appreciate their support and they will be the first to know when you do manage to conceive.

Here are some other useful links..

Preconception Health:Minimize Stress

Mom’s Stress Before Conception Linked to Infant Mortality

Stress Reduction Techniques by Preconception Weekly





Leg and Butt Workout, Prenatal Fitness, Class FitSugar

Here at FitSugar, we believe that if you stay fit during your pregnancy, then you will have an easier time dropping weight after the baby comes. Keeping your legs strong over the next nine months is crucial, not only for labor, but also for strolling around with your bundle of joy once you’re a mom. Here’s a 10-minute leg workout for all you moms-to-be. It’s simple, safe (but like with any exercise program while pregnant, do talk to your doc first), and will keep your legs and butt strong as your body changes through pregnancy.




Stress When Trying To Conceive – Getting Pregnant Advice I Zita West Talks To Mothercare

Learn seven easy ways to ease anxiety when you’re trying to conceive.(whattoexpect.com)

Mothers-to-be are bound to have questions about pregnancy nutrition and exercise. The tips and advice below will help you get started on a healthy pregnancy and are what I used when I was expecting my first child Rosie who is now four.

Pregnancy in the 26th week.

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Look to a diet containing the essential nutrients and vitamins, these are vital to the development of both mother and child. Vitamins are essential to the health of a developing baby and the well being of the mother. By selecting carefully foods that are rich in vitamins and other nutrients required you’ll not only ensure you stay fit and well throughout your pregnancy but also your baby will develop in the best possible way.Many experts truly believe that women who look after their bodies during carrying their pregnancy will have an far easier birth and the baby is far less vulnerable to illness once born.

For this reason all pregnant women should follow a well-planned pregnancy diet to help avoid complications associated with pregnancy and beyond these include such things as morning sickness, fatigue, anemia, and constipation. Don’t forget your healthy diet must continue after pregnancy if you plan to breastfeed your baby and even if you don’t you’ll find you can get rid of a lot of the baby weight far easier if you stick to good nutrition and regular exercise.

 

Do not believe your friends when they make comments like it’s OK to eat anything because you are eating for two. The reality is the reason most celebrity moms are able to lose their baby weight and look in such great shape afterwards is not just because they have nannies looking after the baby they also stick to a tight diet plan both before and after the birth. By all means if you have cravings give in to them but remember the old adage a minute of the lips a life time on the hips still holds true for pregnant mommies too.

My Pregnancy food recommendations

* Your pregnancy diet should include plenty of complex and unrefined carbohydrates as they contain important B vitamins, trace minerals, and fiber that are essential to a fit, healthy pregnancy.

* Appropriate quantities of yellow and green leafy vegetables are vital for the growth of the baby and the health of the mother. These contain additional iron and are high in things like Folic acid.

* Dairy products contain calcium that will assist in the developing baby’s teeth and bones obviously bewary of  Listeria when eating cheeses. If your diet is lacking calcium your body will draw calcium from your bones to meet it’s increased need.

* Avoid excessive amounts of fat must be avoided during pregnancy, as it will only serve to add excess pounds, which will be hard to lose after the birth of your baby. So no spending every day at your favorite burger joint yes I know it’s tempting and give in occasionally but come on girl you don’t want to lose your beautiful body once the babies born do you?

* Vitamin C in generous amounts is crucial to a healthy pregnancy, bone growth, and various metabolic processes. Make sure in your diet you have plenty of  berries, citrus fruits, raw broccoli and cabbage all these can help provide you with the Vitamin C that you need.

Now we all know there isn’t a perfect day when it comes to eating when pregnant but try and aim for some where close to this.

Your pregnancy diet should include 3-4 servings of protein and meat, 2-4 servings of fruit, 6-11 servings of grains, 4-6 servings of dairy products, and 6-8 glasses of water, milk, and juice. A pregnant mother when ever possible follow a healthy diet that will benefit the developing baby but that will also maintain her general health as well. If you fancy falling of the diet wagon make sure you jump back on quickly or you and your baby could suffer.

Exercise recommendations during pregnancy

Some women use pregnancy as an excuse to do nothing and many drop their gym memberships giving in to baby bumps and saggy bums. Well girl friend there is not need to let your gym membership lapse just reduce the intensity and duration of your exercise during the last few months of the pregnancy unless you your start to feel heady or breathless (more than normal).

Exercise during your pregnancy will not only help you feel stronger, it will help with muscle tone, and endurance. You are going to need all the endurance you can get when junior get home so build that sucker up while you can. Regular activity during your pregnancy will help alleviate swelling, fatigue, and backache. If you intend staying fit during your pregnancy and afterwards you will have to work on your heart and major muscle groups. They are going to have to work harder as you get bigger. Listen to your body if it’s screaming NO! then chances are you are overdoing things.

The type of exercise you do during your pregnancy will depend on your fitness level prior to pregnancy. Walking, pregnancy yoga videos, and swimming are excellent pregnancy exercises combined with stretching and other low-impact activities. I joined a moms to be swimming club we had a great time and when Rosie was born we took her to baby swimming classes which was held before the class. We then took the babies to the nursery while the girls had a swim and then a coffee and baby talk afterwards. I strongly urge you to get involved in these sort of groups as it makes you realize your not the only one who pees every ten minutes and gets gas in embraassing situations.

Of course it goes without saying exercises that involve a risk of falling or injury whilst pregnant should be avoided such as bicycling, racket sports, horseback riding, and skiing.

As the pregnancy progresses you will need to alter your exercise routine from trimester to trimester to accommodate your growing body. Avoiding over-exertion is necessary to avoid complications such as faintness, dizziness, vaginal bleeding, and premature contractions. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercising to reduce the risk of dehydration, which can raise your body temperature and cause harm to yourself and/or your baby. I strongly recommend buying a water bottle and also one of those large rubber balls. It’s great for building up your pelvic floor which will be a godsend when the delivery day comes.

Naturally a regular exercise program is beneficial to both mother and child, but be sure to check with your health care provider to make sure you have no conditions or risks that will prevent you from participating in a regular exercise routine or could cause potential harm to yourself or your child. Even if you do have some underlying conditions usually your medical team will advise some sort of exercise and a nutritional plan.

More Comments On Exercise During Pregancy

The Human Parvo Virus B19 is present in almost every place.  One of the diseases it produces is called the ‘Fifth disease”, a common infection experienced during childhood or adolescence.  Thus, the National Center for Infectious Diseases has estimated that approximately 50% of all adults have experienced the fifth disease.  After recovering from the disease, a person will most likely have developed immunity against further attacks of the B19 parvovirus.

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A woman who is pregnant can be attacked by the B19 parvovirus.  This occurrence is usually not life-threatening since many pregnant women are already immune to the virus.  This immunity will also protect the unborn child.  But sometimes, the pregnant woman will be easily fatigued and have mucous discharges from her nose.  Aside from this, there are no serious human parvo virus symptoms that could endanger the lives of both mother and child.  The B19 was never linked to mental retardation or any birth defects.

But there are a few cases of pregnant women who, after being infected by the B19 parvovirus, suffered miscarriage in the first half of pregnancy.  The cause of the miscarriage is the severe anemia that happens to the unborn baby.  The National Center for Infectious Diseases estimated these few cases to be about 5% of all B19-infected pregnant women.

If a pregnant woman has been known to be exposed to the B19 parvovirus, she should immediately inform her personal doctor about it.  Usually, the physician will perform blood tests in order to know the medical situation of the pregnant woman with regards to the B19 parvovirus infection.  The blood test will reveal one of the following:

·    The pregnant woman is already immune to the B19 parvovirus and her body is not suffering any infection – This means that she has nothing to worry about the presence of the virus.  Her immune system can easily handle the B19 parvovirus.

·    The pregnant woman had a recent infection, most probably within the last three months – This means that the pregnancy must be closely monitored.  There are no specific steps established to monitor a pregnant woman who recently had a B19 parvovirus infection, but the doctor can perform ultrasound examinations and more blood tests to make sure that the unborn baby is developing as he/she should be.

·    The pregnant woman has no B19 parvovirus infection but she has no immunity against it – This means that the woman must avoid exposure to the B19 parvovirus.  There is no vaccine yet against the B19 infection.

If the blood results revealed that the pregnant woman has no immunity against the B19 parvovirus infection, and she believes that she has been exposed to this virus, the doctor cannot provide medications to stop the infection.  All the doctor and the pregnant woman can do is to weather the infection, which could last for one to two weeks.  The unborn baby will be frequently examined for any signs of anemia.

Additional Information on The Fifth Disease from the CDC you might find useful…

Pregnancy and Fifth Disease…
Testing for Parvovirus B19 During Pregnancy
Monitoring Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy
Fifth Disease Outbreaks in the Workplace & Pregnancy

Fifth disease is a mild rash illness caused by parvovirus B19. This disease is usually not a problem for pregnant women and their babies.

About 50% of pregnant women are immune to parvovirus B19. So, these women and their babies are usually protected from getting the virus and fifth disease.

Pregnant women who are not immune usually do not have serious complications after they are exposed to others with fifth disease. They usually have only mild illness. Also, their babies usually do not have any problems. However, sometimes a baby will develop severe anemia, and the woman may have a miscarriage. But, this is not common. It happens in less than 5% of all pregnant women with parvovirus B19 infection and more commonly during the first half of pregnancy.

Pregnant women who are not immune and are not currently infected with parvovirus B19 may want to stay away from people with fifth disease.
Testing for Parvovirus B19 During Pregnancy

A blood test for parvovirus B19 can show if you

are immune to this virus and have no recent sign of infection,
are not immune and have never been infected, or
have had a recent infection.

Monitoring Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you may want to talk with your doctor if you

have been exposed to someone with fifth disease,
have an illness that might be caused by parvovirus B19 infection, or
were recently infected with parvovirus B19.

There is no single recommended way to monitor pregnant women with parvovirus B19 infection. Your doctor may recommend additional prenatal visits, blood tests, and ultrasounds.
Fifth Disease Outbreaks in the Workplace & Pregnancy

Pregnant women may choose to continue going to their workplace if there is an outbreak of fifth disease happening. However, if you are not immune to parvovirus B19 and are not currently infected, you may want to stay away from people with fifth disease while you are pregnant. Talk with your family, healthcare provider, and employer to decide what is best for you.

Healthcare providers who are pregnant should know about the potential risks to their baby and discuss this with their doctor. All healthcare providers and patients should follow strict infection control practices to prevent the parvovirus B19 from spreading.

There is one thing which most the women get ready to give up with pregnancy is caffeine. The main reason is that this can cause damage to the baby which is developing in their womb. In fact these would be mothers will not take anything which contains caffeine, including soda, chocolate and of course coffee. While there are some of us who limit the amount of coffee we have as pregnancy and nutrition go hand in hand.

Scholarly articles for pregnancy and caffeine

ARTICLE | March 12, 1982
Selected Birth Defects in Relation to Caffeine-Containing Beverages
Lynn Rosenberg, ScD; Allen A. Mitchell, MD; Samuel Shapiro, MB, FRCP(E); Dennis Slone, MD

ARTICLE | December 22, 1993
Fetal Loss Associated With Caffeine Intake Before and During Pregnancy
Claire Infante-Rivard, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Alberto Fernández, MD, MScA; Robert Gauthier, MD, FRCPC; Michèle David, MD, FRCPC; Georges-Etienne Rivard, MD, FRCPC

Environmental Toxins Associated with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Jennifer R. Gardella, Joseph A. Hill III

Division of Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

We will hear our mothers as well as grandmothers say that they did not cut down on their intake of coffee during pregnancy and had perfectly normal children. But the point is that a lot of studies have been done on pregnancy and nutrition since those days and they suggest that an overdose of caffeine can be responsible for a few complications like low weight at birth or and going into labor before time.(articles above)

Now the question with regards to pregnancy and nutrition is how much caffeine can be harmful for pregnant women? It is stated by doctors that a reasonable amount of caffeine does not harm the baby in any way.

It is true that caffeine has some effect on the placenta but if it is taken less than 300 milligrams in a day which means one 8 ounce cup of strong coffee, it will not have a harmful effect. But if you take more than that it can be a risk for your baby.

It is shown by various studies that there is a little more risk of miscarriage in women who drink more than 300 milligrams of caffeine on a regular basis.

Studies also show that babies are born with fast heart beat and breathing rates to women who have more than 500 milligrams of caffeine in a day. This affects the babies sleeping pattern and they are not able to sleep comfortably in the initial days and spend extra time keeping awake.

There are some other reasons why some women may want to limit caffeine intake when they are pregnant. The first thing is that it has no dietary value. It is a well documented fact that pregnancy and nutrition have a very important relationship.

It is extremely important for us to know about our nutritional requirements when we are pregnant. The next point is that you have a chance of your heart rate going up as caffeine is a stimulant can result in sleeplessness and headaches, leading to some pressure on the growing baby.

Caffeine is also known to cause heartburn and if it is not your first pregnancy you will be aware that heartburn can be quite a problem and it is aggravated with caffeine. You also have the risk of getting dehydrated as caffeine is a diuretic which leads to loss of fluid from the body, which is counterproductive to the principle of pregnancy and nutrition.

Now chances are if you are reading this you don’t need me to tell you being pregnant is tiring, exhausting and wears you out both physically and mentally (have you suffered baby brain yet?). But if you eat the right kinds of food you will reduce the levels of fatigue, give the right sort of nutrition to you and your baby and generally better prepared while your little gift from God arrives.

Eating foods called superfoods you’ll find you are far more energized, feel more alert and even the worse days will feel just that little bit easier when you are eating healthy. Now I have to say I was sceptical it would make any difference after all most moms when I was expecting were stuffing their faces full of ice cream. chocolates and eating at MD’s and Pizza Hut. But I decided with my husband I would stick to healthy eating and pretty much stay on the same exercise program I had before I got pregnant and then change things around a bit when I got bigger.

Part of the plan was I was going to eat plenty of superfoods and I have to say although the Pizza and Ice cream option appealed a lot I don’t regret the discipline it took to stick to my guns. Just a few days after Rosie was born I was feeling as good as before the birth and I also really quickly lost the baby weight. I have to say has my midwife Sally not been a great friend and so persuasive I probably would have struggled more than I did.

 

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The Superfoods That Turn Us In To Super Moms

Although maybe not not that appealing if your usual diet consists of burgers and fried beans and legumes are great for you and baby. They are an excellent  source of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, thiamine, and niacin. It took my midwife’s advice and made up batches of beans and put them in tupperware containers and put them in the freezer. That meant when I wanted some I just used a single portion made it so much easier then having to cook every time I needed them. I tried not to use the tinned beans as they are usually not nutritionally as good and most are soaked in salty water which not only doesn’t taste that good it’s also not healthy for you or baby. Soybeans provide more protein than any other bean or legume, making them a staple either the vegan or non-vegan (incidently I love meat but I always try and buy lean cuts and the best quality I can afford). Soybeans are rich in many nutrients, including calcium and iron.

Before you all write and tell me I know they don’t taste as good as burgers and fries but I managed to incorporate beans and pulses in to most main meals but still had plenty of tasty food. A nice lean fillet of pork or a breast of chicken go great as does a vegetable curry and other spicy food. Easy on the spices if you suffer from indigestion fortunately I didn’t.

Other pulses which are worthy of including in your diet are whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, and oats as they’re a great source of fiber, minerals, protein and B complex vitamins.  Buy the least processed grain types you can find, since many of the commercially prepared grains have had the nutritional and beneficial germ and bran removed. I was actually suprised when  started looking on the net how many really tasty dishes use quinoa (pronounced Kin wa incidently).

What more veggies?

Yes I know but what’s more important having to eat your greens or your babies health. If you said the former shame on you. If the latter go to the top of the class.

Generally speaking the darker green the leaf the better it is for you. This means kale, collard greens (hate em) watercress and spinach are the ones to try and eat. They are packed full of goodness including Vitamins A and C and of course Iron. They alos have loads of phytochemicals like beta carotene and lutein which are supposed to reduce your risks of cancer.  When cooking these vegetables and other greens like broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage don’t cook it within an inch of it’s life. Either steam it (get one of those electric steamers) or cook really quickly in olive oil. Most people overcook greens and this takes away most of the flavour all of the goodness and also gives you gas. If you cook them the way I suggest not only do they taste a whole lot better they also don’t give you problems with gas anywhere near as much.

Even More Superfoods

Nuts and seeds are fantastic sources of fiber, protein, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Be sure to eat flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and walnuts to get omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for baby’s brain and nervous system development as well as your own health. Nuts and seeds can be eaten raw or toasted, and work great in a salad made of dark leafy green vegetables. See it’s not all bad. Avoid peanuts that are cooked in alot of oil and salt as they aren’t good for you.

Finally when you aren’t eating make sure you are drinking loads of cold fresh water. Keeping hydrated means your body works more effectively in addition it will stop your skin drying out, help reduce stretch marks and give you greater levels of energy. I strongly recommend if you don’t have one get a water bottle and make sure you drink it empty at least 4-5 times a day. Yes I know you can hardly stop making trips to the bathroom now but after a while drinking more water will actually reduce your need to pee as often

Aside from all that make having your baby fun you don’t have to stick religiously to any diet just try and incorporate as much healthy stuff in there as possible. Good luck and enjoy your baby.

Aside from the overall condition of the fetus inside the womb, one of the major things that stress women when they are conceiving is pregnancy weight gain. This is because they are so afraid to gain so much weight and be among those women who are suffering from a condition known today as obesity.

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It’s obvious when a woman carries a baby there will be some weight gain after all if you deliever a health 7lbs baby that weight had to be some where. In addition when pregnant women carry a lot of extra fluid and often retain water as they become more sedentary as the pregnancy progresses.

Its not suprising then that women who have babies in their wombs cannot be blamed for worrying too much over pregnancy weight gain because the society largely contributes to this way of thinking. In fact, with all the commercialization and hype on weight loss, women—even if those who are pregnant—are tempted to cut down on their weight so the people in the society won’t ridicule them. You only have to see how important it is in magazines which show us the lives of celebrities how much attention is given to the weight loss of our pregnant stars.

There have been a number of  reasearch studies done which demonstrate that more and more pregnant women are trying to regulate their food intake this does not mean they eat  more healthy which would of course be fine but in fact they eat too little putting their won and and the babies health at risk. Few women realize that not eating enough when pregnant can be just as bad for their health and especially the babies as over eating and eating the wrong sorts of food.

Doctors and nurtritionists say that pregnant women—regardless of their condition—should always stay healthy throughout the duration of pregnancy. Being healthy does not only entails having a positive outlook in life but also good eating habits to supply the nutrients needed both by the mother and the baby.

Why do some women need weight gain during pregnancy?

Doctors say that that number one reason why pregnant women should gain weight is to support the nutritional needs of the growing fetus inside her. Since food intake is the number one source of all nutrition in the body, pregnant women should keep on eating especially during the first few months of pregnancy to provide al the nutrients needed by the baby. This does not give women who are pregnant to eat the wrong types of food of pay no attention to diet but it does mean they maybe don’t need to watch their calorie intake quite so closely.

Aside from supplying all the nutritional needs of the fetus, weight gain also indicates that the mother is healthy enough to carry on with the pregnancy. Very skinny mums often suffer with pre and post pregnancy complications.The majority of baby experts agree that within reasonthe weight of the woman before the pregnancy does not matter once the first trimester rushes in. It means that no matter how light or heavy you are, you still need to gain weight when you are pregnant.  It is of course better that women who are over weight lose the weight before becoming pregnant but that rarely happens.

Medical findings have demonstrated that even those women who are overweight during pregnancy still need to gain weight with at least 20 pounds. Women who are underweight are advised to gain more, ranging from 20-40. These figures are ideal for women who are having single babies. For those who are expecting two or more, they need to gain much more weight in order to provide the needs of the growing babies. For pregnant women who are obese or morbidly obese they will need expert guidance to make sure that the weight gain is carefully monitored and that this is not an excuse to gain weight uncontrollably.

Pregnancy weight gain is very important for this special period in time because it will benefit the baby a lot. Aside from providing him or her nutrients needed through the foods that you eat, it also ensures their overall health once they come out in this world. Studies show that pregnant women who did not gain weight during conceiving are mothers to small and sickly babies.  For pregnant women to gain weight the healthy way, they should stick to the recommended number of calorie-intake which is 400 to 500 additional calories daily.

Just as importantly they should also be mindful about what they eat and how often they eat. During the early stages of pregnancy, pregnant women are allowed in most cases  to eat almost anything they want to. But, as the pregnancy progresses, some foods are prohibited for pregnant women because these contain ingredients which can be harmful to the baby such as caffeine in coffee and in other drinks, alcohol and beverages with alcohol content, as well as cigarette smoking because it may lead to health problems with the baby.

Aside from eating healthy foods, pregnancy weight gain can also be achieved by performing a list of exercise regularly to keep the muscles fit and firm.

Dieting when pregnant is usually regarded as a complete no-no but that doesn’t mean you should eat anything and everything you lay eyes on. It’s very important to watch what you eat.

Often being pregnant is regarded eating for two—this doesn’t mean that you eat more (so if you were planning a dunkin donuts delievery hold fire), but that you eat smarter and healthier. During those crucial 9 months  you sweetie are your baby’s only source of nutrients, and you need to make sure both you and junior growing inside you get the proper balance of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates.

The USDA in the United States and other agencies throughout the world provide excellent information on this subject here are a couple of links you might want to check out?

Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women (USDA guidelines for pregnant women)

What is a healthy balanced diet (Guide to healthy eating from NI direct from the UK)

So you might be thinking well I am going to put on a few pounds (sort of inevitably) that you’ll start dieting now and that way you will be able to lose the baby weight really quickly afterwards and get back in to your small skimpy bikini for a winter get away.

Now sorry to burst your bubble but most prental food experts suggest (infact pretty much insist on) avoiding a “low carbohydrate diet” so looks like you are going to have to put your Atkins on hold for a while.

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You see your body needs adequate carbs to function properly which means if it doesn’t get them your body ends up producing chemicals called ketones in your breath and urine (you can usually tell as your breath will smell sweet) and this is really bad news for baby and can lead to permanent brain damage or premature birth. Now that’s not what we want to happen but if that hasn’t deterred you (come on surely you not that crazy?)

Low carb diets are a bad idea for a number of other reasons in pregnant women. Aside from the risk of mental retardation of your baby which really should be enough reason to avoid them anyway. There are other issues with low carb diets that can add to the discomforts of pregnancy. For example, low carb diets tend to have low levels of dietary fiber, which exacerbate the constipation that many pregnant moms suffer because of the required iron supplements this can be really uncomfortable as as baby weight increase during development your risks of becoming constipated increase anyway.

Additionally you’ll find most prenatal dieticians recommend eating a lot of fruit obviously because of its rich vitamin content, but most of the items you’ll find in a typical shake are banned by low carb diets like Atkins and South Beach because of the sugars naturally occuring in these types of foods.

On some occasions doctors may recommend taking carefully modified low-carb diets, especially if you are obese, suffer from gestational diabetes or low blood sugar. All three conditions have been proven to have adverse affects on the baby (including prematurity, birth defects, and early rupture of the membranes) so losing weight or controlling intake may actually be the best thing for your baby. This will need to be done under very strict medical supervision and you will find that you will need more check ups than other women.

If you are asked to go on a low-carb diet during pregnancy, you will probably be told to go on the equivalent of the maintenance phase of the Atkins Diet, or the second phase of the South Beach Diet both of these can be quite effective at maitaining weight but keeping your nutritional balance intact. With this option you are premitted a carefully controlled number of carbohydrates, usually obtained from whole grains and fruits, while minimizing white bread, white rice, and pasta. That is fine, as you are still giving your baby the adequate nutrients, while removing processed foods which provide little or no nutritional benefits.

If you are not allowed to go low-carb, but still need to control your weight, there are some options open to you. First of all, eat small but frequent meals. If you want a snack, instead of taking junk food or processed meats (which have a lot of calories, but significantly less nutrients), take salads, fruits, nuts and crackers. Choose lean cuts of meat, and minimize salt and rich sauces during cooking. And while you do need carbohydrates, take in moderation. One plate of pasta is good, three servings of it smothered in white sauce is not.

But the most important thing to remember is that before you go on any diet during pregnancy consult your obstetrician-gynaecologist. She or he can properly determine the best course of action given your particular medical history and the condition of your baby. Do not go on any weight management program without the advice and the approval of your doctor. Whether it’s low carb or Zone or the Mediterranean Diet, the point is that there is a proven link between prenatal nutrition and the baby’s health. Complications can include low birth weight, birth defects, and early delivery.

Every one tells you from your mom to your big sister that it is important to do all you can to have a healthy pregnancy if you have underlying health issues then you will need to work out stuff with your medical advisers but for most healthy women a lot of staying healthy is about doing what you should have been doing before you got pregnant. If you were abusing your body out drinking and partying every night chances are you going to have to make some serious changes but for a lot of women it just means greater attention to what you eat and what you do to keep healthy.

Firstly once you know you are pregnant its a trip to see your obstetrician and or gynecologist (OBGYN). Quite often if you are having your first baby you’ll want to ask friends or family for advice on a godo OBGYN as they will need to be with you and work with you through out the pregnancy. Most working women can tell you who they recommend but it’s ultimately your choice so if necessary interview a few so you find a good fit.

 

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On your first visit to your obstetrician you’ll find they will do an ultrasound to see how your pregnancy is developing and how pregnant your are. Usually doctors like to try and work out the due date at this stage which will also give you some idea of the date of conception. If this is an issue you might want to make this first visit with a girl friend or your mom as on occasions this can be bad news and they will be there to support you.

Once you have been told you are pregnant your nursing team will usually discuss changes you will need to make to your life style. Obviously if you smoke you should quite and ideally stop consumption of any alcohol. Cigarette smoking can lead to the baby being malformed, low birth weight and in some cases can increase the risk of miscarriage.You may find that most Nicotine withdrawal systems are not suitable when you are pregnant so seek advice from your doctors. If you were a heavy drinker there is a risk of feotal alcohol syndrome in your baby this is bad news as the baby can be seriously handicapped in some cases. For this reason alone you should quit drinking immediately. There are cases of mothers who were just occasional drinkers during their pregnancy who’s babies had this problem so don’t put your baby at risk.

It goes without saying if you are a recreational drug user you should stop immediately as this can lead to serious harm to your baby. If you are are a drug addict make sure your your doctors are aware as they will be able to provide the best advice and the likelihood of problems with your pregnancy.

Another possibly less drastic but equally important part of changing your lifestyle is your diet during pregnancy. Make sure to drink plenty of water – about 6 to 8 glasses a day if you usually drink this much water it won’t hurt to add a few extra glasses. It is not healthy to be overweight or underweight during a pregnancy but do remember that you shouldn’t diet during pregnancy that is extremely dangerous to both you and baby.Generally speaking pregnancy is not a time to be worrying about your weight unless you are very overweight or diabetic where you should seek advice as to best practice. Don’t be tempted to skip meals as you and your baby need as much nutrition and some extra calories, do not believe the stories that you should eat twice as much you should eat sensibly and adequately for your own and babies needs not binge. Stick to healthy food and you’ll be fine. The occasional junk food treat is fine to purge those crazy pregnancy cravings but try not to go overboard as to much fatty food will be bad for you and hard to shift after the pregnancy.

If you are worried about weight gain during pregnancy, a great option to dieting is light exercise. You may not have loved it before your pregnancy, but learn to love it now as it will definitely pay off in the long run by keeping your baby healthy and your body fit. Light exercises will not harm your pregnancy so try swimming, yoga and walking there are many great classes for pregnant women and you can have a natter as well with women going through what you are.

An additional healthy pregnancy tip that those with busy schedules especially career women tend to forget is the importance of regular sleep and rest. Make sure to get plenty of rest so that you and your baby growing in your womb can recuperate and to ensure that your immune system is boosted and as effective as possible. It is advised that you rest on your side to reduce swelling and generate the best circulation to your baby. You’ll find in the later stages of pregnancy you won’t be able to lay on your tummy and you might find yourself a little breathless sleeping on your back.

So in conclusion and to ensure a healthy pregnancy avoid damaging substances such as nicotine and alcohol and drugs, don’t diet during pregnancy, drink plenty of water and keep well hydrated, practice as much exercise as safely possible, and get more sleep than usual especially if your lifestyle is rather hectic normally. Stick to these pregnancy tips and you’ll be well of track to a a healthy pregnancy and having a happy and fit baby boy or girl.

Pregnancy fitness after the birth of any baby is essential but unlike most Hollywood celebrities you probably can’t just hand your baby off to the nanny and high tail it down to the gym. Or take a dip in your luxury pool. No for most normal women it’s going to be a bit harder than that. You are probably half asleep most of the time unless your lucky enough to have a son or daughter than can sleep the clock round. If so you are very lucky but just wait until they are teething and see how things go.

After the past nine months of your body going through a wide range of changes, many of which probably at the time where pretty horrifying , now your newborn is here and its time to lose the excess weight you have most likely gained. What I’m kidding right all you want to do when you aren’t feeding or changing is crawl up under the duvet and sleep. Well I don’t blame you I know that’s exactly how I felt those first few weeks and if you had a C section you’ll be feeling even worse and very sore.

 

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But assuming you can drag your tired ass up you really want to start doing some light exercise it’s really knowhere near as bad as you might imagine and if you start now before you know it you’ll be back to your pre baby weight in a few months. Yes I did say months but if you have the energy you could probably crack it sooner.

Now the first question all young moms ask is when should I start exercising again (actually it not the most common one is “when will my baby let me sleep”) but the good news is sooner you start sooner you’ll be back to feeling good again and looking pretty hot as well. Now if you ownly started reading this after the baby and you let things slide before hand you are going to kick yourself the eaisiest way to lose weight was not to gain to much in the first place. How did you eat when you were pregnant and how much exercise did you do. If the answers were badly and what’s exercise it’s time to face an uphill struggle. If your answers were more positive well done you’ll soon be on easy street.

Now if your like me  you’ll have wondered how celebrity moms lose their baby weight so rapidly? Well a friend of mine works with one or two of them and he told me that they exercise daily prior to and during their pregnancy most have a personal trainer who not only motivates them but shows them the best exercise techniques for maximum effect. It’s certainly not unheard of for pregnant celebrities to have lost huge amounts of baby weight and be in stunning shape in just a few weeks. But of course they are the exception not the rule and we only get to see them afterwards not during the period of weight loss so it appears more dramatic than it might actually be.These women generally are dedicated to keeping their body after all for many it’s their livelyhood. They take great care with the types of foods they eat. On top of which they can afford personal trainers and nannies so that they can perform their exercise routines 5-7 days a week for many hours at a time to get back in shape.

Enough of that fantasy land…

Most real  new moms have a lifestyle which is far removed from their Hollywood counterparts they have  regular everyday things they have to do as well as carrying for the new baby. These might be holding down a job , cooking family meals, and everything else that is required of a typical family mom. For them the losing weight after having a baby isn’t a priority and certainly isn’t half as easy. With luck you managed a bit of exercise and kept in reasonable shape while you were pregnant if you did just carry on doing more of the same. If you haven’t then girl friend you better get going other wise you are going to find it a hell of job to shift that fat and it will still be there next year.

Good exercises to burn of the pounds and get in shape are walking, running, aerobics, yoga and even dances like Salsa and Zumba. My advice is if there isn’t already an exercise group at your mother and baby group get some friends together and organize one. Then set up days where you all do step aerobics or Zumba or go for swim or a cycle ride. When you are in group of girls it will be far more fun and you’ll all have a common goal making it easier on you all. Find exercise you enjoy and can have fun with when you are totally exhausted you’ll be more motivated if exercise is fun and with friends doing the same thing you’ll be able to encourage each other when you start to flag.

Don’t push it too hard too quickly…

Having a new baby can be an exhausting task and the simple act of exercising regularly will undoubtedly increase your energy and stamina when you need it most. Most doctors will say that it is safe to start a post-pregnancy exercise routine six weeks after the birth of your child. Walking and swimming can be started shortly after your baby is born if you do so in moderate amounts at a slow pace. Work up slowly to the more strenuous exercises to ensure your safety and reduce the risks of any complications that could arise from over-exerting yourself before your body has had adequate time to recover.