Monthly Archives: August 2012

Getting Ready for Pregnancy

Preconception health is just like farming. You can throw seeds on a ground, and they may or may not grow. But if you take steps to improve the soil, likely you will get better crop. Similarly, if you create optimal health in your body, you are creating the best environment to grow a baby.

Every couple should address their overall health and wellness in preparation for pregnancy, whether or not they are not having fertility issues. Preconception care can make a positive difference to your health and the health of your child. It prepares your body for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Research has shown that the way a child was nourished in the mother’s womb can have an important impact on his or her health as an adult. Don’t wait until you get pregnant and then modify your lifestyle, your pregnancy could be easier if healthy changes were made before being conceiving.

A good place to start is by visiting a health care practitioner six months before conceiving. Various tests will be conducted such as blood tests, blood pressure check, physical check, and also a detailed history of your medical condition may be necessary, to determine where you are at now and to offer advice where necessary. Some vaccinations are recommended before you become pregnant, during pregnancy, or right after delivery.

It is best to visit your dentist for a check up as it if way easier to get necessary procedures done before you conceive. During pregnancy, placement of new amalgam fillings or removal old ones are not recommended, because the level of mercury in the blood tends to rise. Amalgams are generally made up of mercury, silver and tin, with small amounts of copper and zinc. Mercury can cross the placenta and enter the bloodstream of the foetus. Also, mercury can be passed to the baby through breast milk. If procedure is absolutely necessary during pregnancy, opt for an alternative filling.

How do you keep your Hormones Happy?

Feeling a bit off lately? Feeling a little moody? Not feeling much love for yourself, your significant other, or people around you? Having symptoms like low energy, depression, or infertility? With the lives we live today we can easily throw off our hormones, the balancers and regulators of our bodies. Is your body trying to tell you something?

It is best to stop and evaluate.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone and just below your Adam’s apple. This gland produces thyroid hormone, which mainly helps control the rate at which your body burns calories – your metabolism (as well as your heart rate, body temperature, digestion, fertility, mood, and a host of other functions). When thyroid hormones become imbalanced — either too high or too low — chemical reactions all over the body are thrown off and your body functions go haywire.

It is probably not a good idea to ignore or cover up those symptoms instead of addressing the root cause because one problem can lead to another health issue. Here are some tips to restore your hormonal balance, so that you can start feeling back to your normal, happy, healthy self.