Have you noticed fatigue, tiredness, poorstamina, and brittle nails lately? These could be the symptoms indicating iron deficiency in your body. Though iron def...
Have you noticed fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina, and brittle nails lately?
These could be the symptoms indicating iron deficiency in your body. Though iron deficiency is not so easy to detect and usually goes undetected until it reaches a critical stage. But it could be harmful and also lead to severe anemic conditions as it worsens further.
Here are some symptoms of iron deficiency, which could help you detect iron deficiency in your body:
Iron content in the body is used to create hemoglobin which is the substance present in your blood and acts as the carrier of oxygen. So if iron content is less, production of hemoglobin would be less, which would lead to unhealthy blood cells. This could be the reason behind your fatigue and feeling of exhaustion.
The breathlessness could happen at any time, while you are working out or when you are walking up the stairs. This happens because there is not enough iron in the blood and body starts starving for oxygen and hence the breathlessness!
Your endurance level and stamina could also suffer because of iron deficiency. If you were able to walk more rounds while jogging but are struggling now, it could be because of iron deficiency. Observe your stamina for few days to make sure this is indeed a problem.
Dizziness can be caused because of many reasons, and one of the reasons could be iron deficiency. Lack of iron could lead to low oxygen level in the blood and hence the dizziness.
Reduced number of healthy blood cells and poor oxygen level in the blood could lead to paler skin. It is not a good sign for health of the body in longer term.
Iron deficiency in the body could lead to ache in the muscles, this happens because iron deficiency does not support easy recovery of muscles.
Are you worried about brittle nails which are difficult to hide? These brittle nails could be an indication of iron-deficiency and should not be ignored. This problem could be visible in fingernails and toenails.
Do you get ill very frequently; especially do you get respiratory problems very often? The reason behind these could be iron-deficiency.
If you experience frequent chest pain, and all the above symptoms are a match then you should consult your doctor for iron-deficiency.
Iron deficiency could lead to enhanced absorption of selected pigments. For eg. If you eat beet root and excrete pink or red urine, this could indicate iron-deficiency.
If you observe symptoms from the above list, better consult your doctor immediately.
You should consult a doctor and take proper treatment rather than taking the path of self medication. Because only a doctor can suggest the right supplement quantity for iron, if required. Self medication route may lead to overloading of iron content in your body which could be harmful for liver and kidney functioning.
The nine months wait is over and the baby is finally here! It is indeed the longest and most anxious wait in a women’s life turning her towards a new overwhelmi...
The nine months wait is over and the baby is finally here!
It is indeed the longest and most anxious wait in a women’s life turning her towards a new overwhelming as well as demanding relationship of motherhood. During your pregnancy you faced emotional, and physical changes in yourself, the same is applicable to the post delivery phase. It is equally crucial as the pregnancy phase. It takes time and profound energy to get adjusted to the new member in the family with everything revolving around the baby and least attention towards the mother. This is not intentional but rather situational.
The negligence towards mother’s health during this phase could lead to long term problems for the mother. If you are prepared well in advance about the challenges you might face, it would help you and your family address those better. Let us look at some of the common postpartum challenges :
Post delivery, a woman is susceptible to infections in uterine, bladder, and kidney. Symptoms such as high fever, swollen uterus, pain in lower back, painful urination, etc. should not be ignored and a doctor should be consulted immediately.
A woman’s body goes through a lot of physical and emotional pressure during and post pregnancy phases. The postpartum depression usually comes with poor rest, stress and the pressure of enhanced responsibilities. This is further worsened by the abnormal sleep cycles, and unfulfilled demands of the body. This situation can be saved if the new mother gets full emotional support from the family. But if the depression brings lack of interest in your baby and your new life then it is better to consult a psychologist, though the best way is to communicate better with your partner and relieve yourself from the stress.
It is quite common to have pain in the perineum area if the delivery has happened through vagina. The perineum is the area between rectum and vagina. It is possible that during the delivery process, some tissues might have got ruptured leading to the pain in the area. This discomfort should gradually reduce with time but one should take special care to avoid any further rupture. Doctors recommend, sitting on a doughnut shaped pillow, doing kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles, and ensuring good hygiene.
If the pain is still there after few weeks from delivery, it is recommended to consult your doctor.
The delivery process can weaken your pelvic muscles leading to shifting of bladder, uterus or bowel. If you feel urinary incontinence, and heaviness in the vaginal area, then you should inform the doctor. Doctors recommend to get started with kegel exercises at first and then try other medications for curing this over a period of time.
The pushing activity during the delivery process can cause enlarged veins and these veins are medically termed as Hemorrhoids. It can further get worsened due to constipation postpartum. Doctors recommend avoiding any iron supplements in this situation as iron supplements enhance the chances of constipation. These hemorrhoids go away on their own in a few weeks time but if you observe itchiness and purplish or enlarged veins then report it to the doctor.
The vaginal bleeding happens as the uterus goes back to its original shape while releasing blood and remains of placenta; initial days you could observe blood clots as well. The bleeding should reduce in few weeks time and if it does not, you should consult your doctor.
The excess weight gained during the pregnancy worries some expectant mothers. Exercise is the most recommended activity to lose this extra weight. Proper exercises not only help you lose this weight but also help you strengthen the muscles in your body which went through enormous pressure during the delivery process.
Most women enjoy having good hair as they enter the phase of pregnancy, the hair usually get better during the pregnancy phase too owing to the hormonal activity in the body. But post delivery, some of you might observe hair loss. You should not get yourself too much worried over this. It is just a phase and would gradually pass too!
You should not delay and consult a doctor if you observe following symptoms:
- Excessive bleeding
- Excessive pain in the perineal area
- High fever
- Pain and swelling legs
- Chest pain
- Pain while urinating
- Depression and losing interest in your baby
Being a new mother you should be observant about the changes in your body as well as the emotional changes. Family should provide as much support as possible to a new mother in getting adjusted to the changes in her life.
It is a common practice to get an ultrasound during pregnancy as well as as part of the prenatal care. Infact the doctors themselves recommend to get this scann...
It is a common practice to get an ultrasound during pregnancy as well as as part of the prenatal care. Infact the doctors themselves recommend to get this scanning done. Earlier, there was only a 2D scan but now there are options available for 3D and 4D scans too. This article explores in detail why ultrasound is required and also clarifies some myths surrounding the safety of such scans.
Why is Ultrasound required?
Who should do it?
There are qualified sonographers who perform this scanning process.
How does it work?
The sonographer will apply a liquid gel on your belly and move the transducer over the belly to generate the image of your baby on the machine display. The technology behind this is use of high-frequency sound waves which are sent through your womb. These waves bounce off the baby’s body and are generated into understandable images by the ultrasound scanner machine. This helps you see the baby’s position as well as movements.
The sonographers are qualified to interpret these images and confirm the normal growth of the baby. Usually the bones or any hard tissues show up in white colour, the softer tissues show up in grey colour, while the your body fluid in which the baby lies shows up as black because the sound waves pass through it without bouncing back.
Now the most important question:
Is Ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound scans have been used for monitoring the progress of baby’s growth since decades. No complications whatsoever have been confirmed regarding the impact of these scans on either mother or baby’s health. There are no concrete proofs about these scans being harmful. The scan is considered to be inherent part of prenatal care without any risks for the mother or baby’s health.
You should consult your doctor and go for an ultrasound scan if recommended by the doctor. Also visit only the qualified ultrasound clinics for the scanning. The doctor will also tell you the number of times, this scan should be done. Though usually, it is done twice or thrice during the pregnancy. But in case of any complications observed during the 9 months, such as vaginal bleeding, spotting etc may prompt your doctor to recommend additional ultrasound scans.
The bottom-line is that the ultrasound scans are safe and do not have any impact on mother or baby’s health. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and go for the scanning process without any inhibitions.
Would you not want to have the first sonogram image of your baby? It is indeed exciting to own the first sonogram of your baby!
Pregnancy is a special time for a would-be mother. She indeed requires good care as well as attention to her physical and emotional needs during these nine mont...
Pregnancy is a special time for a would-be mother. She indeed requires good care as well as attention to her physical and emotional needs during these nine months. Most of us would consult a specialist doctor and register for the pre-natal care to ensure proper care as well as advice is provided to the mother and the baby. This is also the time when one gets advice from the relatives, neighbours and friends. It sometimes becomes difficult to ensure what suggestion or advice should one heed to and which one should be ignored.
Here in this article we are exploring some common pregnancy myths, which either have no medically proven effect or have been passing on from generations to generations without any research!
- The position of sexual intercourse can suggest if you will have a boy or a girl
- The carrying position of the baby in mother’s womb; But science says the baby’s position and size are the reasons behind the “carrying” position in the mother’s womb
- Worseness of morning sickness; if you experience more morning sickness, baby’s gender is female. Though this is also not scientifically proven and quite a common myth!
- It has been scientifically proven that the gender of baby is formed based on the sperms released by the father. More specifically, it is X or Y chromosome in father’s sperm which decides whether it will be a girl or a boy! None of these are medically proven to be correct and have been passing from the older generations. You can easily ignore these remarks.
It is a usual case that the umbilical cord is wrapped around baby’s neck but mother cannot do anything about it. It is completely dependent on baby’s movement in the fetus and not on mother’s physical movements. For eg. a common myth is that if to-be mother raises her arms above her just like trying to hang clothes on the clothesline, the baby will end up having the umbilical cord wrapped around and will ultimately suffocate.
There is nothing a pregnant woman can do about this and infact in most of the cases the babies grow normally even with the umbilical cord wrapped around.
There is no scientific relevance to this myth. The heartburn is common during pregnancy because during pregnancy stomach gets pushed higher thereby allowing the acid to move backwards and hence cause heartburn. You should take antacids based on your doctor’s prescription.
The comfortable position to lie down for a pregnant woman varies from woman to woman and there is no defined posture. Usually it is recommended that pregnant woman should sleep or lie down in position which is comfortable.
It is one of the biggest myths that sex during pregnancy may hamper and affect your baby’s health. Regarding exercise, it is recommended that a pregnant woman should exercise to ensure smooth delivery. So get rid of these myths and go by your doctor’s advice.
Though x-rays should be avoided but if necessary checkups are required, these can be done if confirmed by your doctor. But no scientific proof is there that microwaves and computer emit enough radiations to affect the baby’s health.
Pregnant woman should avoid bathing with too hot water, and when your water has broken or you are bleeding. But otherwise there is no harmful effect from bathing.
There are firm believers who confirm that stormy weather or full moon can lead to early labor but it is not scientifically proven. Infact labor is induced by hormonal changes, and has no connection with the weather conditions.
As mentioned above, labor is triggered because of hormonal changes in the body and not because of external conditions. Bumpy ride or spicy food can hardly trigger labor and such myths should not be heeded to.
This myth is not totally untrue but does hold some scientific significance. Infact the reason behind this myth is that cats usually get infected by parasites, toxoplasmosis and it’s found in cat’s litter. It can cause infections in humans and to an extent affect the fetus with deformities. So it is recommended for a pregnant woman to avoid handling the cat litter but otherwise handling the cat is no problem.
Being a to-be-mother it is common to get suggestions and advice from people around you but you should consult your doctor before taking any action on these suggestions. These may not be true, and that is why these are more commonly known as myths.
Pregnancy is a time full of emotional, physical and hormonal changes for a woman. It is indeed the longest and most anxious wait of her life. During this phase,...
You have discovered you are pregnant and your nutritionist has given a long list of what to eat and drink during pregnancy. Yes, you should abide by that list a...
You have discovered you are pregnant and your nutritionist has given a long list of what to eat and drink during pregnancy. Yes, you should abide by that list and always be careful about what you drink during pregnancy. Alcohol is completely out of question but you still have a long list of drinks to include in your daily life.
It goes without saying, that water is the primary liquid and an essential component of your daily routine. So water does not require a special mention in the list of drinks as it has to be an integral part of your daily diet. You should drink lot of water when you are pregnant, atleast 3 litres of water every day. It is important to keep the body hydrated, keep yourself energised as well as fight the temperament and mood swings.
Apart from water, following are the health drinks which can be included in your diet plan:
During pregnancy you need a composite and nutritious diet. Fruits and Milk provide for calcium, proteins and fibre needs of the body. Smoothie is a health drink formed by blending together fruit and milk. No need to add sugar, just enjoy the flavour of the fruit you love most. You could include bananas, strawberry, mango or chikoo or any other fruit you like. You should consumer only home-made smoothies.
Some women do not like milk or have allergy with milk and milk products so for them the alternative is fresh juices made from mixed fruits. This would ensure you get all the nutrients required by the body in this stage. You can explore different combinations by mixing together different fruits of your choice or can simply blend one type of fruit to make fruit juice of your choice. Let your creativity explore!
Vegetables are a great source of different types of vitamins and minerals in addition to the fibrous content. You should include a glass of vegetable juice in your daily routine or atleast once in two days to introduce variety in your diet. Also this would ensure your body gets of the necessary nutrition. You can try various combinations of vegetables and blend them to make the vegetable juice; though some common vegetable juice options include spinach & mint, carrot & gooseberry, tomato with bottle gourd and carrot.
Buttermilk is a very good drink which not only acts as a coolant but it helps in digestion and also helps to keep the body hydrated. For you all who do not recognise buttermilk, you might recall the common name for it, “chaas”. To ensure it is prepared correctly, you should include following ingredients and prepare your health drink: watered down curd,powdered form of spices like jeera ( cumin powder), adrak ( or ginger), kadi patta ( or curry leaves), dhaniya ( or coriander leaves, better go for fresh leaves), freshly cut green chilly and salt to taste.
Coconut water has been called as the wonder drink for pregnant women. That is not without any reason, because the coconut water has minerals which help keep the blood pressure under control. You should have this regularly especially in the final trimester.
Looking for a refreshing drink, lemonade should be your choice. Just squeeze the lemon in water, add salt or sugar and to further add some flavour, add some mint leaves.
One of the dilemmas during pregnancy is avoiding alcohol while attending parties and social events. So to save yourself from an awkward situation, you can always ask for non-alcoholic champagne, just in case it is not available you can go for a mocktail of orange and grape juice.
With such a wonderful list of health drinks, you can safely enjoy your pregnancy diet regime ensuring that you are getting the required nutrition and also relishing the taste!
Water is the most essential liquid of our lives and should be consumed in abundant quantity every day. The “abundance” is relative from person to person and var...
Water is the most essential liquid of our lives and should be consumed in abundant quantity every day. The “abundance” is relative from person to person and varies based on an individual’s needs. In addition to being an essential fluid of our daily lives, water has many qualities. A glass of water can help lose weight and nourish skin, that too at no cost. Isn’t it amazing, just drink one glass of water before every meal and see changes in your body in few days time!
1. Lose Weight
3. Energize & Rejuvenate your day
In addition to the above two benefits of water, a glass of water at regular intervals throughout the day and especially just before the meals helps you feel energetic and rejuvenate the body. This could be a good start of the day and keep you energy-boosted throughout the 24 hours. It also helps every organ and system of your body to function properly.
Drink lots of water every day to keep yourself energized throughout the day and show off that glow on your skin!!
Are you thinking of getting the laser hair removal treatment done to get rid ofthose unwanted hair? Better understand the procedure and its effects completely ...
Are you thinking of getting the laser hair removal treatment done to get rid of those unwanted hair?
Better understand the procedure and its effects completely before you are all set to spend the humongous amount of money on the treatment. This article takes you through the important aspects of the procedure and helps you take a judicious decision.
The laser procedure is recommended for people having dark hair and light skin shade. It may not be very effective people having gray, red or blonde hair. The reasoning behind this is that the laser process targets the hair pigments and not the hair. Some laser machines also do not work well with darker tone skins because its difficult to differentiate the hair from the skin. The better is the contrast between the skin and the hair, the better the results from the treatment.
Avoid the usual procedures you follow for hair removal such as waxing or plucking before the laser treatment. But you should shave, that helps the machine to focus better on the pigments. Also avoid using any sun tanning lotions atleast three weeks before the treatment date.
The complete laser procedure has to be done in multiple sittings to ensure maximum effect. The gap between each sitting should be 4-6 weeks. It takes atleast 8-10 sessions for the hair removal effects to show on the skin while for face it is usually 6-8 sessions.
The skin tone, pigments, and hair quality can affect final results from the treatment. It is possible that you may not go completely hair free and even after the procedure you see some fine hairs. This situation may vary from person to person and depends on a lot of factors.
There have been rumours that laser treatment affects the body because of the harmful radiations. This is not true. The laser does not emit any radiation, infact the radiation here is the ray of light which is non-ionizing in nature and does not create any harmful effects for the skin. The laser treatment actually uses light waves as the energy to remove hair.
The hair laser treatment should be done after due diligence about the treatment provider. One should take this decision judiciously and after taking into consideration all the factors involved in hair laser treatment.
An egg a day, keeps the doctor away! No, we are not modifying the original saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”, nor are we suggesting that eggs are...
An egg a day, keeps the doctor away!
No, we are not modifying the original saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”, nor are we suggesting that eggs are replacement for apple. But eggs indeed have been proven to be nutritious and must have diet for pursuing healthy living.
Egg is power food filled with all types of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Egg has been recommended by nutritionists and doctors as an important constituent.
Eggs are good for eyes as they contain powerful antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These antioxidants help in counteracting the degenerative affect and cataract development in eyes. Eggs are also high in vitamin A content, whose deficiency could lead to blindness.
Eggs are next natural resource of good proteins after a mother’s milk. Eggs contain amino acids in the required quantity for bone formation.
Choline is grouped under Vitamin B and is an uncommon yet important nutrient. It is found in good quantity in eggs and is found to boost brain activity and strengthen heart.
An egg is a good source of “Good Cholesterol” which helps in maintaining High Density Lipoprotein. High levels of HDL reduce risk of heart diseases.
An egg is a wonder food, a resource of all types of healthy proteins, vitamins and minerals. So don’t shy away from including eggs in your daily diet.
Turmeric, the most commonly and easily found spices in Indian kitchens, has very high medicinal as well as nutritional value. It is also addressed as the Queen ...
Turmeric, the most commonly and easily found spices in Indian kitchens, has very high medicinal as well as nutritional value. It is also addressed as the Queen of spices due to its aroma, taste and color. Turmeric is derived from the root of Curcuma Longa plant and is found high in the compound Curcumin which is the reason behind its medicinal and nutritional capabilities.
It would not be an exaggeration if turmeric is called as a powerhouse as it is loaded with antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal, anti-mutagenic, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory characteristics.
Turmeric is considered to enhance immunity and strengthen the core system of the body to fight diseases. It contains lipopolysachharide which plays a key role in boosting body immunity. You can try it for yourself, if you are down with cold or flu, mix one glass of medium warm milk with one teaspoon of turmeric and drink it in the night. You will experience your body gradually builds immunity to cold & flu. It can also be consumed daily, just to strengthen the internal body system.
Turmeric has proven to be effective in treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. It has also proven to be useful in treatment of Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
Turmeric has antiseptic capabilities and can be directly applied on open wound to protect any infection. It also helps in blood clotting so can be used to stop the blood from a wound until the medical attention is provided.
Owing to its characteristics, turmeric is used as an effective skin product. It is added in scrubs for glowing skin.
Though turmeric does not have side effects if consumed in optimal quantity but it should be taken with precaution by pregnant women and patients who have undergone surgery.
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