What is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)? Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is a condition when a non-diabetic woman get diabetes during her pregnancy. Though it can happen during any time of your pregnancy but is more common during your second trimester. It is not dangerous if diagnosed on time and well treated. This can eliminate any risk that can occur during or after the birth of your baby. What are the causes of Gestational Diabetes? There are no specific causes of this condition. Any woman can get it during her pregnancy but women with below conditions are at higher risk: 1- If you are more than 35 years of age. 2- If you have any family history of diabetes. 3- If your previous baby had a higher weight (usually more than 4.5 kgs). 4- If you are overweight. 5- If you were diagnosed to have gestational diabetes during your previous pregnancy. 6- If your family origins are from south Asia, Africa, China, or Middle Eastern. What are the symptoms of Gestational Diabetes? Usually it does not have any major symptoms but some of the few things that might be faced are: 1- Increased Thirst 2- Increased Urination 3- Fatigue, Nausea, Tiredness 4- […]
Iron and Pregnancy
Iron is an essential nutrition during pregnancy. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when your red blood cell is less than the required count. During pregnancy, iron helps create haemoglobin for you and your baby. Lack of haemoglobin can cause tiredness, breathlessness and can have severe complications like preterm delivery, infant mortality, or low birth weight. How much Iron is needed during pregnancy? A normal person needs 18 mg of iron every day. During pregnancy, this intake should be around 27 mg every day. What are the causes of low iron? Lack of Iron in your diet: If your diet does not contain enough of iron, you might get iron deficiency. If you are a vegetarian, ensure you also get proper vitamin C in your diet so that your body absorbs the iron you take. Loss of blood: If you have any previous surgery experience where you had lost a lot of blood, you can be the case of iron deficiency. Women with high blood loss during periods can also get iron deficiency. Lack of Iron Supplements during Pregnancy: Pregnancy is a period when your body need more iron, not only for you but also for your baby. Consult your doctor and […]
Do I need extra calories since I am pregnant?
For healthy pregnancy, you don’t require to overeat. A healthy balanced diet is what you need. Same ways, it is also not a time when you should go on a diet. Regarding the calorie intake, you don’t need any extra calories during the first and second trimester. However, this intake increases by around 200 calories per day during the third trimester or as suggested by the doctor. These figures might differ depending upon your BMI levels. Most of the women feel to eat less during their first trimester due to morning sickness, nausea that they face. Their diet turns into a normal diet during the second trimester and might increase during third trimester due to the increase in the requirement of your fetus. In order to avoid increasing too much weight during your pregnancy, its important that you define your food intake. Ensure to include more of proteins, fruits and vegetables, dairy etc. and avoid the intake of unwanted fats.