Pregnancy

Stress In Pregnancy Causes Underweight Babies


Stress is responsible for the various responses of our body, you start sweating, your heart beats faster and you become too aware of your surroundings. Whether we like to admit it or not, stress is a part of our everyday life and how pregnant avoid it? The economy isn’t favourable, everything is expensive and we hear stories of woe every day.

When you are stressed, these are the three things that happen; sweating, faster heartbeat and being hyper aware of your surroundings are not actually bad. But if this happens frequently, you’ll constantly sustain a high cortisol levels which destroys healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, impair digestion, metabolism and mental function.

But the effect of stress is even worse in pregnant women, cortisol increases the risk of decreased birth weight in babies.

 

According to Medical News Today: “When the researchers analyzed the relationship between the women’s inter-pregnancy cortisol patterns and birth outcomes, they found those with a flatter diurnal cortisol slope tended to have lower birth weight babies.”


“We found that the same cortisol pattern that has been linked with chronic stress is associated with delivering a baby that weighs less at birth,” said Christine Guardino, a postdoctoral scholar in psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).

Also, unborn babies who are exposed to cortisol in the womb are found to handle stress differently later in life.

“Women should treat depression, evaluate and treat stress, be sure they are in a healthy relationship, be physically active, stop smoking and gather family support,” said Chris Dunkel Schetter, a UCLA professor of psychology, who also worked on the study.

“All of the things that create an optimal pregnancy and healthy life for the mother should be done before getting pregnant.”

The mothers who participated in the study revealed that their stress comes from various sources, from financial troubles and relationships with family and neighbours, “to major life events, including the death of a family member and incidents of violence and racism.”

For this reason, making friends, and cultivating them is advised during pregnancy. So also is, having a support group who you can ask questions from and get emotional strength from. It’s good for your mental health and your overall health too.

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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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