Stretch Marks and Other Permanent Effects Of Pregnancy
The majority of the permanent adverse effects of pregnancy are only caused because women do not take sufficient care of them-selves during pregnancy, or do not report abnormal symptoms to their medical advisers at the earliest available opportunity.
This article details some possible permanent effects of what would be considered by many people a normal pregnancy. At first sight this is a long and tragic list but in fact most effects can be avoided.
The weight gain associated with pregnancy alone is 8kg and any weight gain in excess of this is caused in the majority of instances by the deposition of fat and subsequent retention of fluid. Retention of excess water is a very unusual phenomenon in a woman who has not already gained an excessive amount of weight. Excessive weight gain leads not only to problems during pregnancy itself but also to tiredness, lassitude and other minor difficulties after delivery.
It used to be said that every woman was allowed to gain 6.4kg per baby. What a tragic comment. Any woman who has gained an excessive amount of weight in pregnancy and who finds herself to be overweight after delivery and puerperium should go on a reducing diet as soon as possible so that she returns to her original weight, regardless of whether she is breast-feeding or not. Many women who have gained extra weight argue that they will go on a diet when they have finished breast-feeding, but after 6 or 9 months they have become so used to the extra weight that they no longer have the desire to lose it or the determination to adhere to a diet. It is quite possible to continue satisfactory breast-feeding while gradually losing weight. A crash diet during breast-feeding is not recommended. Tablets or injections intended to make people lose weight are never advisable and are most definitely contra-indicated during breast-feeding.
Stretch marks may occur on the breasts in early pregnancy as a result of rapid breast enlargement. On the rest of the body, however, stretch marks are the direct result of excess weight gain or of excessive uterine enlargement caused by the presence of too much water or a twin pregnancy. Once they have appeared, they will never completely disappear. The marks on the breasts become pale quite quickly after delivery and almost invisible after several months. The marks on the abdomen and thighs, however, take much longer to disappear and always remain as silvery, thin tissue paper-like scars. Once a stretch mark has occurred, nothing further can be done about it although, if the abdomen has been particularly stretched by multiple pregnancies or excessive fluid, plastic repair can help.
Anemia may be a legacy of pregnancy only if started during the antenatal period or if there was excessive bleeding at delivery or shortly afterwards. Any woman who becomes anemic during pregnancy is treated; if she loses too much blood following delivery, this is corrected by a blood trans-fusion or by giving her extra iron. Apart from some rare diseases, therefore, there is no reason why anemia should persist after the completion of the puerperium, and to ensure against it mothers should continue taking their iron pills for a least 3 months after delivery. If a woman con-siders she is anemic, she should report to her doctor for a blood test. In any event a blood test is nearly always taken at the postnatal clinic and any tendency to anemia treated. One of the hazards of not attending the postnatal clinic is that such a tendency may never be discovered and will develop without treatment.
Constipation is a relatively common symptom during pregnancy. A large number of women suffer from mild constipation before pregnancy and when they become pregnant this gets worse so that they resort to purgatives of ever-increasing strength. This is entirely unnecessary. The control of the bowels during pregnancy should be dealt with as far as possible by the adjustment of diet and fluid intake and if purgatives are required they should be used as sparingly as is necessary to open the bowels regularly once a day. As soon as a woman returns to her normal life and diet, her bowels should return to normal. If she has developed the habit of taking a purgative during her pregnancy, she must stop as soon as possible or she may find that she has to continue taking it for an indefinite period, or occasionally for the remainder of her life.
Pregnancy does not have any adverse effect on the skin except in women whose skin is normally dry and becomes excessively so during pregnancy. They must take special care to keep their skin well oiled throughout pregnancy and it will then return to normal afterwards. A certain coarseness may develop in the skin of women who gain an excessive amount of weight and do not lose it soon after delivery. Intertrigo, an inflammation in skin creases which occurs in women who are overweight, may be permanently present in those who fail to lose weight.
Quite a high percentage of women complain that their hair becomes unmanageable during pregnancy and occasionally thinner, more brittle and tends to break easily. Providing it is carefully looked after during pregnancy, it will return to normal afterwards.
Where do I begin to tell a story of how great a love can be.This, like any other true love story is is deeper than the see and higher than the highest mountain.It the love , that connect us all.
Dear Geogie, I am so very sad and deeply touched, that you might be leaving us soon.From the first moment I saw you I felt incredibly excited and so happy for your mum, dad and sister to have you.There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t thought about you , prayed, hoped, wished and demanded healing from all the possible ways possible and impossible.I have wished, prayed and hoped beyond words to see you healed, well and restored……….
Dear, Georgie, I have stood in my kitchen many hours with only one thought in my mind-please let me cook for you.I was imaging myself first making you some spinach and potato puree and making it really creamy with some avocado.Then I was going to make you some banana treat, that you would have loved.
Dear darling, Georgie,I am writing this , knowing that I might never get a chance to cook for you, but you know what I am very rich, nevertheless.What you have brought to all of us can not possibly be put into words, dear Georgie.Love never dies and know that, too.
Dear Georgie,I imagined your family arriving at our house and your illuminating smiles greeting me at the door, then I would hug your sister and then hug your mum and dad.Then we admire this moment of pure happiness and togetherness, that words can not truly express.
Then you will greet all my men.You would have loved them, dear Georgie.You would have loved to meet Ari, Steli and Raki and their daddy.Yes I do have a house full of boys, boys toys and boys video games.I have boxes full of cars, planes and trains, that I would have loved you to play with, dear Georgie.
Then we admire this moment of pure happiness and togetherness, that words can truly express……………..
BUT THIS MIGHT NEVER HAPPEN
Dear Georgie, I know you might be leaving us soon.I don’t know how to justify pain and suffering and looking at you going through has made me weep,humble and seek grace.
Dear darling Georgie, you have touched my heart beyond words and understanding, your adorable smile and pure love shines brighter, than the sunlight and your joyful presence is leaving traces in my heart forever.I know how it feels to be loved and adored by a baby boy.
Dear, Georgie,I would have loved to take you down to the park and get you to smell the sea air , hear the seagulls and feel the breeze.
But I know that every time I think of you, you are with me.
This is so so sad, but it also a way to cope with you leaving us, dear Georgie.
But you will be always in my heart and may peace, love and light be your beyond words and beyond touch and beyond this post.
Dear Georgie,I love you and I thank you, please forgive me and I am so very very sorry, that life has a very cruel way of showing how precious is
We work a lot. Sometimes it consumes our thoughts. It is important to relax every once and a while.
That is why I created a list of 7 Ways to Relax After a Long Day of Work.
The work- life balance is what we all strive for. This list should help you jumpstart your relaxation process after a long day.
I created this list from personal experiences and a handful of website resources. Personally putting on comfortable clothes is my favorite step. What’s yours?
Burn The Fat By Being Honest To Yourself
There are millions of people who are buying one product after another, joining one course just to leave it for the other and all in an effort to lose weight. And while these people struggle with their weight and their health problems, spending a lot of money along the way, there is a huge number of women and men who successfully get rid of fast and build muscles along the way. This unstoppable army is led by Tom Venuto, a bodybuilder who never used steroids and who builds his body using
natural methods only.
I learned about him through the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle review, I didn’t have the change to hear about him before that. In one of my late night Internet searching sessions I managed to find a forum where a person has mentioned Tom Venuto and his great fat burning methods. I was pointed to the website and I did some reading. I immediately felt connected to the person that wrote the review. The life this person had was similar to mine as I was going through yo-yo effect for 10 years. Losing fat was easy for me, but so was gaining it.
I know how it feels to be let down by all the products that promise great success. Pills, shake,s special energy bars that will keep your appetite away, and many other things I’ve tried only built up my disappointment. And when I remember that I had to splurge a huge amount of money on all that, I get sick to my stomach. And all these products promised was success, without me having to do anything or almost anything. Yes, it’s easy to hook up with something like that.
I admit, I was lazy. I focused my life on my work and on my family, forgetting myself. I wanted a quick solution and I was ready to pay for it. But the thing is, your body isn’t a car or a fridge. You can’t pay someone to replace a part you don’t like. Well, now I know this. But I didn’t have the time to think about it before, I couldn’t grasp the whole concept. But this is exactly what I realised with the help of Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle review.
What you will learn is that every person has a unique story and therefore unique solution is required. You can’t change things from your chair and you can’t change anything overnight, you need to accept you will have to engage in physical activities. Your diet will have to be changed as well so you can quickly lose that extra weight and build your body in the same time. This is a process that takes time. You need to make exercising and eating healthy your habit and this is actually the hardest part. You can’t buy this with money. Only you can change your life philosophy. But what you can get is support from experts and advices. That will help you put more effort so you can start enjoying your life.
Do vegans need supplements and which are they?
The question of whether people who eat a vegan diet need supplements is a complex one that often stops being just a question of nutrition, biology and chemistry. Depending on the people involved in the debate, this often becomes a question of whether the vegan diet is a natural one or whether it is the only one that is natural. The truth is that we need to stop thinking about this matter in this way as it may lead to controversy that will have very little to do with actual nutrition.
In reality, the vast majority of people today (vegan or not) should use supplements to add to their diet, mostly because of the fact that the food today is dramatically less nutrient-rich than it has been in the past and the reality is, unfortunately, that vegan people will experience this change in a more detrimental way. This is why we believe that most vegan individuals might benefit from certain supplements to their diet.
1. B12 Vitamin
The issue of B12 Vitamin supplementation is one of the most debated one in the vegan community, but it is a fact that this vitamin is usually not ingested in sufficient amounts in the vegan diet. There is talk about unwashed produce containing enough of the vitamin needed, but this is just not true. The fact is that for most vegan, supplementation of B12 Vitamin is needed, especially those over the age of 50. In fact, most medical authorities say that everyone over the age of 50 should start taking B12 supplements, vegan or not. It is important to take your B12 supplement regularly and in recommended doses.
2. Vitamin D
Humans get Vitamin D from various foods (many of which not suitable for vegan use) and from exposure to sunlight. This is why many vegans think that they do not need to take Vitamin D supplements because they can get enough from being exposed to the sun. The truth is that there are only a few places in the world where you can get enough sun during the course of the year without the need for supplementation. For those of us with limited access to that much sun, it is more than a good idea to start taking some high-quality, vegan-friendly Vitamin D supplements that support bone health, immune system and elevated mood.
Omnivore people get the majority of their daily intake of iodine from dairy products, which is a side-effect of cow and equipment-cleaning products that are used on dairy farms. For vegans, the primary source of iodine is from sea vegetables. Unfortunately, this may not be enough as the content of iodine varies a lot in these products and there is often need for iodine supplementation. Another way to go is with added iodized salt.
4. Calcium and iron
Calcium and iron are nutrients that are often supplemented in the diet and not just in the vegan community. The truth is that there are a lot of foods that are calcium-fortified simply because most people do not get enough of this mineral in their diet, whether they are vegan or not. In pre-menopausal women, iron deficiency is also very common, once again, not specific to women on a vegan diet. This also means, however, that vegan people also should seriously consider taking calcium and iron supplements.
DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid and it is an omega-3 fatty acid that can either be synthesized from alpha-linolenic acid or ingested directly via maternal milk and fish oil. This particular fatty acid has been studied extensively in the medical community and it has been shown that it does have certain beneficial effects on the body as well as the milk produced by mothers. Whether the supplementation is necessary and effective has not yet been undoubtedly proven so we will leave this to you. We will add, however, that many vegan people take DHA supplements to be on the safe side.
5 Amazing Benefits of Black Radish
Black radish is one of those vegetables that are categorized under the cabbage family. This is also one of those that are beneficial to the health. This may not look like those vegetables that you really want to eat but for sure, this is something that can be very helpful to your health in many ways.
Here are the 5 amazing benefits of black radish to your health:
- Helps you deal with constipation.When you are having a problem with your bowel movement, you should consider adding black radish to your diet. There are different ways for you to integrate it in your diet. You can extract the juice from the fruit and have a teaspoon of it after every meal.
- Aids in the healthy flow of the bile. The liver is one of the most important parts of the system. If you want to make this work healthily and if you want your gall bladder to function well, you should consider eating more of this. This vegetable contains vitamins B1 and C. It also has minerals like calcium and magnesium. It can regularize the flow of the bile and aids in the two organs mentioned above.
- Helps you regulate your blood pressure.This is one of the problems that a lot of adults are experiencing because of the type of lifestyle that they have and the food that they regularly eat. This vegetable is one of the best foods that you can have if you want to treat this condition. With the high potassium content of the black radish, you can be sure that you will be able to regulate your blood pressure.
- It can aid in the treatment of hyperthyroidism.Almost every vegetable that are under the category of cruciferous is believed to be very helpful in aiding the condition of hyperthyroidism because it is helping in stopping the production of the thyroid hormones. However, if you want the one that can effectively give you a good result on this, you can choose black radish to become a part of your diet. With its raphanin content, you can be sure that you will be able to balance the level of hormones that is being secreted by the thyroid gland.
- And finally, it helps you in treating cough. When you are experiencing cough and it has been a while since you have this condition, the best thing that you can do is to extract juice from the fruit. You can effectively get juice from the fruit by cutting a small portion of it and adding sugar to it.
The different things that are enumerated above are just few of the different things that can be brought by the black radish. There are other advantages that you will be able to get. Overall, it can be very helpful in strengthening your immune system. Aside from the fact that it is healthy, it can also be a great vegetable that you can have in your regular diet.
Many people associate healthy lifestyle with things, that are not always fun like workouts and skipping desserts.This is a misconception because some of the healthiest habits are also among the most rewarding. Take sex. It is a moderately intense exercise plus it boosts numerous aspects of both physical and mental health.
As long as you’re engaging in safe-sex practices, increasing your sexual activity is a surefire strategy to better health! Healthy sex life can provide for a longer, healthier and, most would agree, more enjoyable life. Among the many health benefits of sex are:
- Improved Immunity
- It’s a Form of Exercise
- Pain Relief
- Improve Sleep
- Stress Relief
- Improve Bladder Control for Women
- Heart Health
- Increase intimacy and Improve Relationship
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This is The founder, Lisa Lawless, Ph.D. is the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality (NAASAS.org), which is an educational organization for professionals in the field of sexuality. Lisa is one of the strongest advocates for safe sexual products in the industry. Her work and influence can be seen in new sexual product designs and safety efforts all over the world.
Determining how products are made and what is in them is nearly impossible for customers to do, and this is where Holistic Wisdom works for you . The reason it is impossible for consumers to determine is because the manufacturers of the products do not list all the materials used to make them or the process in which they were made on or in the product packaging.
It goes almost without saying, that ingredients like Parabens( many personal lubricants), Phthalates(Found in sexual products such as dildos and vibrators as well as some fragrance products.), Triclosan(Found in sexual products such as sex toy cleaners, genital hygiene products. Commonly found in many antibacterial and antifungal products),2-Butoxyethanol(Found in sexual products such as dildos and vibrators with latex paints, sex toy cleaners in the form of liquid soaps and cosmetics).Lead Paint(Found in sexual products such as glass dildos and vibrators) are to be avoided at all times.
Holistic Wisdom are raising the bar on the issue of sex toy safety and provides truthful, responsible information to consumers. They have gone straight to the manufacturers as well as consulted with multiple chemists to find out about every sex toy they carry. They have researched each product to determine what it is constructed of and if it falls under what is known to be safe.
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Personal Vaporizer Kits – the New Draw in E-Cigarettes Technology
It is always great to be able to choose from different options and find the one that is best suited to an individual’s particular personality or lifestyle. The electronic cigarette in Australia has become an increasingly popular alternative to the normal cigarette. However, not a lot of people fully understand the mechanism of the e-cig. Some consumers would also like to change but are only open to doing so after garnering more information on the decision that they want to make.
Whereas the normal cigarette will need to be lit in order to burn the tobacco, the e-cigarette does not work this way. Eliminating the combustive process of the cigarette, the electronic cigarette heats the liquid nicotine, changing it into a vapour. This mist is then inhaled by the user. There are also e-cigs that offer the option of the user inhaling from a cartridge in order to commence the process of vaporization. Several devices have a manual switch that will set the process in motion instead. There are three main components to the e-cig. These include the cartridge, the rechargeable battery and the vaporization chamber.
Before being able to activate it, the smoker will be required to attach the cartridge which contains the liquid nicotine to a chamber. The top of the cartridge will be used as the mouthpiece for the e-cig. The rechargeable battery, which is generally lithium, is used for power and may be charged using a charger. The charger used for recharging the e-cig battery is similar to that of the cellular phones. Once the battery is charged, it is attached to the vaporization chamber. This is a tube containing an atomizer and the electronic components and controls.
The inhalation process of the user is the same as inhaling the cigarette. Once the smoker begins to inhale, the vaporization is activated and the atomizer begins to heat the cartridge containing the liquid. The liquid is then converted to vapour form and the nicotine is delivered to the lungs by inhaling the vapour through the mouthpiece. The vapour is similar in its appearance to a cloud of cigarette smoke. The personal vaporizer provides much of the same sensations that come with smoking the normal cigarette; the inhalation, the exhalation and the way that the e-cigarette have to be held. Simulation of a flame is a feature that is added to a number of e-cigarettes.
The liquid that is used to fill the cartridges is normally propylene glycol, which has been FDA approved to be used in foods. A user is able to purchase cartridges that contain varying amounts of nicotine or no nicotine whatsoever. Many manufacturers also add different flavours to the liquid as well. Although there is an increasing amount of online outlets that sell the e-cig, there are some companies that sell the product to retail stores as well with a wide variety of brands being available. You can find a personal vaporizer in Australia! The prices for the starter kit will fluctuate and this will normally include the e-cigarette, the charger and one or more cartridges.
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Toxins in your Sexual Health Products
By Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Founder of HolisticWisdom.com & NAASAS.org
With over 80% of women using sexual products and more men starting to use them it seems there is a trend for sexual creativity like never before. However, did you know that many of the sexual products on the market contain toxins in them? Did you know that because sex toys are classified as novelties they do not have to be safe for sexual use under FDA regulations?
From personal lubricants that contain unhealthy ingredients such as Parabens to sex toys that contain phthalates and lead there is a serious need for concern. Seventy percent of sex toys are manufactured in China and little documentation of what is in them leave most consumers in the dark.
The good news is that there is a new movement that is growing toward the manufacturing of safe, nontoxic sexual products. In this article, we will review some of the basic information that you need to make educated and empowering choices when it comes to your sexual health products.
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The Science of Sleep – What is it all about?
We spend a third of our lives doing it, and a large proportion of our lives talking about it. We either have too much or too little, substituting it with caffeine and cookies, and it can either get us off to a great day or define it as a bit of a downer. Yes; sleep really is an important part of our lives. But what is ‘sleep’? What does it mean? And why is it necessary? We probe a little deeper to find our more…
First things first; why do we sleep?
It might surprise you, but it is a question that has baffled scientists for centuries. The truth of the matter is – no one is really sure. Some believe it is a chance to recuperate from your daily activities – though the amount of energy saved in eight hours of sleep is only 50kCal – equivalent to a single custard cream. We do however need to sleep to maintain normal levels of cognitive skills (speech, memory, and ‘thinking’), so at best, we know it plays a significant role in our brain development.
So, what would happen if we didn’t sleep?
Whilst we don’t fully understand the ‘why’, the impact of what happens when we do not sleep is clear.
If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter or suffer from bouts of insomnia, you would be familiar with the grumpy, groggy, and irritable feelings that ensue. Our concentration levels are lowered, and with 17 hours of sustained wakefulness your body is functioning similarly to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of wine – the legal drink driving limit in the UK). Lack of sleep has also been attributed to a lack of rational judgment and penned to disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger shuttle explosion.
On top of the mental and emotional affects, lack of sleep affects our physical health – attributing to high stress levels, high blood pressure and weight gain.
Suffice to say – sleep is pretty crucial in our lives.
What happens when we sleep?
When we get our heads down for a bit of shut eye, we actually go through two phases of sleep, REM (Rapid eye movement) and non REM; both are split into further sub categories:
- Stage One: Light Sleep
This is the stage where you are half awake and half asleep. Expect some slight twitching as our muscle activity slows down, and as it is very light sleep – we can be awakened very easily.
- Stage two: True Sleep
Breathing patterns and heart rates start to slow down.
- Stage three and four: Deep Sleep
During stage three, the brain produces high amplitude and low frequency brain waves, with breathing and heart rates and their lowest levels.
- Stage four is then characterized by rhythmic breathing and limited muscle activity. Waking at this stage can result in grogginess and a few minutes for your body/mind to adjust. It is also the time that night terrors, bed wetting or sleepwalking can occur.
- We have around three to five REM episodes of sleep per night. Although we aren’t conscious, the brain is incredibly active – even more so than when we are awake. This is the time when most dreams occur. Our eyes dart round (giving REM its name) and our breathing and blood pressure rise, though our bodies are effectively ‘paralysed’ thought to prevent us from acting out our dreams.
The cycle between REM and Non REM continue to repeat several times through the night until naturally (or unnaturally, due to alarm clocks!) waking.
How much sleep do we need?
Like most things in life, the amounts of anything we need; it can vary from person to person. People like to spend anywhere between 5-11 hours in bed, the right time to ensure they are wide awake for the day ahead. Even animals have varied sleep needs; with Pythons opting for a snooze-fest of 18 hours a day, with a Giraffe only getting around 2!
Written by Sarah Mitchell. Sarah is a freelance writer writing for http://www.boothsfurnitureltd.co.uk/ with a passion for interior design, mental health and always on the look out for her next challenge.