Expert Warns Women Against Wrong Sleeping Position In Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, it not easy to sleep soundly with your stomach getting in the way.

For example if you were a stomach sleeper before, you will have to switch sleeping positions. However do you know that some sleeping positions are dangerous during pregnancy?

Gynaecologist, Dr Nathaniel Adewole, has warned that sleeping on the back side of the body at advanced stage of pregnancy could predispose a baby to brain problems. Dr Adewole, of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, said that the problem could occur due to the weight of the uterus.

At the early stage of pregnancy, sleeping position constitutes no much problem; a woman can take any sleeping position that is convenient. The best sleep position during pregnancy however is “SOS” (sleep on side) and especially your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby.

In later pregnancy, the back sleeping position is not recommended as it would make the baby to rest against the big vesicles called inferior vena cava, which supplies blood to the heart.

“When the pregnancy becomes advanced, the uterus becomes bigger; the weight of the baby and the uterus become big.

“At this stage, if the woman lies at the back, the great vesicles called the inferior vena cava are altered; they are directly behind.

“What this means is that the weight of the uterus and the baby will press directly on those big vesicles that take blood to the heart and take blood away from the heart.

“Therefore, if this happened, the one that is first affected is the one that takes blood to the heart; so, the quantity of blood available to the heart is reduced,’’ he added.

This would also reduce the blood supply to the parts of the body of the mother and in turn reduce that of the baby.

“When the babies already have problem, what we call intrauterine placenta compromise, it can lead to brain problem for the baby.

“Sleeping with the right or the left side of the body, as the pregnancy progresses, is preferable, but at the last three months, sleeping position is better at the left side.

“Also, one must take note that even during labour, it is not advisable for the woman to lie down with the back too.

“This is because the big uterus containing the baby will press on those vesicles thereby the turn of blood to the heart is reduced,’’ Adewole said.


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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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