You know what it’s like - you slept well last night and think you should be bouncing today; instead, you’ve only been at work for an hour and you can’t just stop yawning. You can’t focus on the tasks that need completing because you feel so tired. Here are a few reasons why this is so: A good night’s sleep is an important part to feeling energised; but it’s only one part. There are other things that need to be just right too. For a lot of people, it comes down to wrong dietary choices. For example, too little iron in your system can lead to iron deficiency. This makes a person feel weak, sluggish, irritable and unable to perform tasks at their optimum. Another big reason you still might feel tired despite getting a good night’s sleep is stress. Stress is mentally exhausting; so e
Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines. Get early prenatal care Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Call your healthcare provider right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. During that visit you'll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications. If you haven't yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you're looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while. In the meantime, let your current caregiver know if you're taking medication or have any medical concerns. Watch what you eat Now that you're ‘e
Your body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. The way you nourish your body during this time will affect your health and your baby’s. You must eat a healthful, balanced diet to help ensure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The food you eat is your baby’s main source of nourishment, so it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in nutrients. Proper nutrition can help promote your baby's growth and development. Your body can’t function properly if it’s missing the nutrients from any of these food groups. Remember that your goal is to eat a wide variety of foods during pregnancy. Whenever possible, choose natural, low-fat foods over processed junk foods. Chips and soda, for example, contain no nutritional value. You and your baby will benefit m
A small disc of thin plastic is fitted to your eyeball and, just like that, the world sharpens into focus! Many people choose to wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons while others choose to wear them for comfort reasons. No matter what the motive, before you choose to wear contact lenses, make sure you are completely aware of the risks that come along with them. Ophthalmologists are warning that the majority of people that wear contact lenses do not use proper hygiene and that puts them at risk of eye infections, including inflammation of the cornea. While some of the risks are minor, others are quite severe. They could even lead to blindness, as bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms can stick to contact lenses and cause pain, irritation and serious harm. Risks Corneal Ulcers One of...
The Mother’s Wellbeing It is well known that the mother should look after herself during pregnancy, and that she should eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, not drink alcohol, and refrain from smoking. It is not so well known that the mother’s emotional state is important too. The mother’s stress during pregnancy can have a long lasting effect on her child. Although, it is important to remember that the majority of children will not be affected. It is also very important that the mother does not blame herself, or that others blame her, if there are problems with her child. However, we all need to give more support to pregnant women and help to reduce their stress. If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed while you are pregnant don’t suffer in silence; talk to your
A new study suggests that guidelines for antibiotic use during early pregnancy might need to be reviewed, after finding that some common classes of the drug could double the risk of miscarriage. Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada have identified a link between the use of macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, and some other common antibiotics in early pregnancy and an increased risk of miscarriage. The findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a foetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, miscarriage occurs in around 15 to 20 percent of women who are aware of their pregnancy, and it is most commo...
Women who breastfeed their children have been found to be at substantially less risk of developing uterus cancer, according to researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia. Dr Susan Jordan, head of the Cancer Causes and Care research group at QIMR Berghofer said that women who breastfeed at least one child have a lower risk of contracting cancer of the uterus. “We found that the longer women breast-fed each child, the more their risk of uterine cancer reduced, up until nine months when the reduction in risk plateaued,” Jordan said. The research into the link between breastfeeding and this form of cancer was the largest ever undertaken, with the team at QIMR Berghofer analysing data collected from over 26,000 Australian women, with over 9,000 of those having
Virtual reality has made inroads into several industries, and now it's coming to the delivery room. The University of Newcastle in Australia has launched a new virtual reality project that aims at teaching midwives how to safely deliver babies in a "life-or-death situation." The virtual environment, which was announced on Friday, places midwifery students in a "real-world delivery room" and requires them to act quickly to resuscitate a newly born child. It depicts a child that needs resuscitation, tools that can be used to revive the child, and more. It also asks students to answer questions as they're dealing with the situation. “With 15% of births in Australia and New Zealand requiring some form of resuscitation—a number even higher in premature babies—it is imperative our students
Prof. Temitope Alonge, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says women are three times more prone to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) than men. Alonge, who is also the Chief Medical Director of UCH, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Wednesday. He said that symptoms of the ailment in women tended to appear between ages 30 and 60 while they develop in men later. Alonge said while there may also be a genetic basis for the disease, cigarette smoking and periodontics were major risk factors. According to Alonge, arthritis refers to more than 100 conditions that affect the musculus-skeletal system. “The joints are the parts of the body where bones meet each other. When arthritis is present,
Talking about your sexual needs can help bring you and your partner closer together and promote sexual fulfilment. Women's sexual health, like men's, is important to the overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't happen magically; it takes self-reflection and candid communication with your partner. Although talking about sexuality can be difficult, it is a topic well worth addressing. Many people think that your body's physical desire for sex motivates sexual activity, which leads to sexual arousal and then orgasm. Although this may be true for most men, it's not necessarily true for most women. Many women have different motivators and stimuli that make them feel ...
A study of pregnant women shows some commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics to be associated with up to a twofold increase in risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks. A Canadian research study has shown that certain types of antibiotics can increase the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks twofold. Many classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics, including macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, a Canadian research study has concluded. In the analysis, which matched data on 8,702 women who had a clinical diagnosis of miscarriage with 87,020 controls, the macrolide, erythromycin, was not associated with an increased risk, nor was nitrofurantoin — a common treatment for urina
It's really painful to lose a pregnancy after all hopes and aspiration especially when you have carried the baby in the womb for nine months and laboured to push out just to realise that the baby is dead. It's disheartening, and a terrible experience especially for the mother and considering the long term effect it could have on your body due to hormonal changes. Another issue to consider is: What happens to the breast milk after a still birth? Losing a baby any time after 16-18 weeks of gestation may lead to breast milk “coming in” as the arrival of milk is driven by the drop in hormones irrespective of whether a mother planned to breastfeed or not. A mother may not have anticipated this and may find it very upsetting. While some mothers will want to stop lactation after stillbirth, misc
Laide could not believe her eyes when the nurses at the hospital she delivered moments earlier gave her the baby. The baby boy had a small head and bulging eyes. His fingers and toes were not well formed; he had three fingers on each hand instead of five, and had two toes on one foot, and three on the other. The 40-year -old woman who has two normal children gathered that one of the nurses even screamed immediately the baby was born while others looked on in amazement. Scientists say maternal infections during pregnancy is a risk factor for abnormal fetal development. This was revealed in a study recently published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, by researchers from the University of Cyprus, University of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego, and Stanford...
Vaginal discharge is caused by mucous produced from the cervix, the lower part of the womb that leads into the vagina. It helps keeps your vagina moist and protects it from infection. A normal vaginal discharge is: clear or white not smelly thick and sticky for most of the menstrual cycle clearer, wetter and more slippery around the time of ovulation – Most women produce more discharge during pregnancy and less after the menopause. Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may
Human evolution is being shaped by the number of women giving birth by caesarean section, a study has found. Researchers estimate that between 3% and 6% of births worldwide are obstructed because the mother's pelvis is too small for the head or shoulders. Although the caesarean section is thought to date from ancient times, it is only in the modern era that its use has mushroomed. Its use in the United States increased from less than 5% of births in the 1970s to more than a quarter for most of the last 30 years, according to the US National Library of Medicine. NHS figures show similar rates for the UK. It is believed that the size of women's pelvises and the size of babies' heads were finely balanced over millions of years of human evolution, with hips unable to dip below a certain wi