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4 Must-Have Supplements for a Healthy Pregnancy

When you are pregnant what you eat and drink affects not only your health, but also that of your baby. The question is should you complement your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements?


supplements for pregnancyIf it’s 2 a.m. and you just have to have a plate of brownies with a side of roasted turkey (and mustard), then you’re probably expecting more than just a strange flavor combination. Pregnancy cravings are famous for being bizarre, but often the most delectable snacks can be both high in sugar and lacking nutrients.
It’s no secret that proper nutrition is essential for growing a healthy baby, but getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals can be difficult, even with the healthiest diet. That’s why supplements are so highly recommended during pregnancy, as they help ensure that you and your baby are getting the maximum benefit from vital nutrients. But how do you sort through the multitude of dietary supplements on the market to find what’s best for you and your little stomach-kicking ninja?

The good news is that now you don’t have to! While there are a slew of helpful supplements out there, we’ve sorted through the pile to help you discover the top four supplements to focus on when promoting a healthful pregnancy.

1. Prenatal multivitamins

Prenatal multivitamins are a wonderful supplement to help give your baby (and your body) the proper nutrition needed to support a healthy pregnancy. We can’t always guarantee that we’re getting enough of these nutrients in our diet, so a daily multivitamin is a great way to bridge the gap. No wonder so many health practitioners recommend them!

Unfortunately, the truth is that not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. From nutritional value to quality of ingredients, it’s important to know what to look for when choosing a prenatal vitamin.

Many generic brands are actually missing basic essential nutrients or offer lower quality, synthetic versions of these nutrients that are less bioavailable in the body. Choosing a food-based prenatal vitamin from natural brands such as New Chapter, Garden of Life or MegaFood will ensure that you are serving both yourself and your little nugget optimal fuel for premium health.

You will also notice that food-based vitamins contain folate, whereas most lower-grade prenatal vitamins opt for its synthetic counterpart – folic acid, which may actually be difficult for your body to metabolize. Additionally, many generic prenatal multivitamins may not contain an important component, vitamin D3, which encourages proper bone development and immune function from birth through adulthood.

2. DHA & Omega 3

During the last eight weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s brain is growing faster than ever. Research over the past 20 years shows that even mild degrees of malnutrition during the last few weeks of gestation can adversely affect this phase of the baby’s brain development.1 The same research indicates that it can be astronomically helpful to consume high-quality fish oils (such as Nordic Naturals brand) during this time as the brain cells are connecting rapidly. Some studies have shown that taking supplemental DHA improves hand-eye coordination, motor skills, IQ levels, and even …


Read more: https://www.hyperbiotics.com/blogs/recent-articles/77746435-4-must-have-supplements-for-a-healthy-pregnancy

Caesarean Sections: The Ultimate Guide, Part One

“Almost all moms would want to have a normal delivery. You can only hear a few who opts to have a C-section. If you are first time, you have to be emotionally and physically ready when there things come to worst. We can hear a lot of stories from our acquaintances about C-section, here are just a few stories that will inform you of the feeling, the struggle and difference or natural birth and C-section.”


That old anecdote of being “too posh to push” is exactly that. Old. Yet while C-sections are on the rise, there’s a lack of open discussion about them in birth preparation classes and the stigma attached to C-sections doesn’t help those mentally preparing for an elective C-section. Or even worse, if you end up having an emergency C-section, you may be left feeling like you have failed (which you most certainly have not).

So while we are not promoting C-sections, we are promoting being informed about them. This means accepting your fellow mamas’ decision if they choose this route, or if they have to go down this route via an emergency procedure. We found mums who were clued up ahead of time had a more positive attitude to their birth experience and had an easier recovery from their Caesarean. So even if you are planning and hoping for a ‘natural’ birth – it is still worth reading this epic tip-packed article, just in case.

So here, mama-to-mama, is our ultimate C-section guide (pssst… we’re not medical professionals so best to do procedural research elsewhere…)

Our C-Section Mama Panel


Name: Pamela Semmens, 35, Australian
Mama to: Noah (2 yrs 9 months), Ada (6 months)

Birth History: I had a natural birth (with epidural) for my first, Noah. But for my second delivery, as Ada was flexed/complete breech, I was scheduled for a C-section. I went into labour before the planned date and as Ada was still breech with the umbilical cord around her neck, I was told I needed to have an emergency C-section (albeit without GA so I would be awake).

Comparing C-Section to another Delivery: Childbirth is scary and I found the procedure of a C-section particularly terrifying. I am a control freak at the best of times and had not previously been on the operating table. I found the lack of control (compared to natural childbirth) and feeling of helplessness overwhelming and cried through the entire procedure. Having no feeling or sight of what was happening (as they put up a sheet so you don’t see the procedure) made me feel exposed. Plus as I was anticipating having a planned C-section, I was not emotionally prepared to have an “emergency” C-section.

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Name: Hayley Reece, 37, British
Mama to: Isla (2.5), Seren (1 month)

Birth History: I always wanted a natural birth without drugs and epidural. During my first labour, I got to 8cm dilation on gas and air, but when my baby’s oxygen and heart rate dropped, they broke my waters and found meconium present so I needed an emergency C-section. As I hadn’t had an epidural, it was done under General Anaesthetic. I met my baby two hours later. After I woke up and did skin to skin and she latched straight away, which was great. However, it took me months to get over the fact that I wasn’t awake for her birth and wasn’t the first to hold her. I felt like I had ‘failed’ having got so far down the line, but not making it all the way.

Comparing C-Section to another Delivery: For my second delivery, my doctor was supportive of me having a VBAC. I was six days overdue, so I had a C-section scheduled for the following week. I had come to terms with this since it was planned and I knew I would be awake for it. However, I went into natural labour before the scheduled date. I opted for an epidural this time as I was progressing very slowly, and knew that if I needed a C-section again I would be awake for it. Hearing my baby’s first cry and seeing her be born was magical for myself and my husband – something we had missed out on the first time around (as husbands are not allowed in the operating room for emergency C-sections under GA).


Read more stories at http://www.sassymamasg.com/caesarean-sections-the-ultimate-guide-part-one/

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Can I afford to get pregnant?

“A baby is a blessing! It is a gift from God. Yet, it is normal for any parent to ask if she could really afford to raise a kid in their current financial condition. Having an idea on how much it’ll cost you will help in preparing financially from childbirth cost up until they grow up.”


Basic gynaecologist fees

A typical visit to the gynaecologist will set you back about $60 to $75, but some gynaecologists offer package deals that begin from the 4th month of pregnancy onwards.

These packages start from $500 onwards and usually include consultation charges and prenatal supplements like calcium and folic acid.

Genetic tests and ultrasounds

Tests like the First Trimester Screening Panel, which consists mainly of blood tests and a scan of the foetus’ nuchal fold done at 10 to 14 weeks; or the Triple Serum Test, a blood test done at 18 weeks, will cost about $200 to $400 each.

Ultrasounds will set you back anywhere from $100 to $200+, before any subsidies. If you’re not a high-risk pregnancy, you may have about 2-3 ultrasounds throughout your pregnancy. However, more ultrasounds sessions will be required if there are any complications with your pregnancy.

Prenatal classes

If you’d like to go the extra mile and sign up for …


Read more: http://sg.theasianparent.com/can-i-afford-to-get-pregnant/