Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Having a healthy diet in pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

A healthy diet It is very important to endeavour to be in optimal nutritional health before you conceive and in pregnancy. When you are pregnant you are feeding two not one! Because of chemical additives in the food you buy in the supermarket, etc. it is very had to eat well in pregnancy. Learn to […]

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Iodine and Pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Iodine deficiency has become more common in the community. It is thought due to most households (more than 80 per cent) not using iodised edible salt and also the food industry rarely uses iodised salt. As well in the dairy industry iodine-containing sanitisers (iodophores) nave been replaced by chlorine-based compounds. It is reported as milk […]

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Supplements

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

There is increasing concern about the quality of most people’s diet. Healthy eating today is much more difficult than in the past because of modern farming and food preparation procedures. This even has had an impact on the nutritional value of fresh fruit and vegetables. As well in pregnancy there are more significant implications of […]

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Medicines

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Any medicine is to be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have any queries please ask your general practitioner or me. As a general rule medical preparations that you can buy ‘over the counter’ (not on prescription) in a pharmacy or supermarket are safe to take in moderation in pregnancy. I does not […]

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Exercise and Activity

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Walking is an excellent idea. As well, antenatal exercise classes are available through the hospital and privately. You can inquire about the hospital classes when you book. See also in link section exercise in pregnancy. Working Normally I am not concerned about you working during the pregnancy. If you are coping then there is usually no reason why you cannot […]

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How do I stay healthy during my pregnancy?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time when you have new life (your baby) developing and growing in your uterus. I am regularly asked “what can I do?”, “what can’t I do?”, “what can I eat?”, “what can’t I eat?” etc. A mother-to-be wants to look after her precious cargo in her own special incubator and do […]

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Folate and folic acid – What’s the difference?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that is found naturally in a variety of foods. Excellent food sources of folate include asparagus, bran flakes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chickpeas, dried beans, lentils and spinach. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that can be found in most supplements and is added to fortified foods (such […]

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Drinking Water

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

It is recommended you drink 1- 2 litres of good quality water per day in pregnancy. While there is filtration and chemical treatment of tap water, there is increasing concern in the community about the its quality.There is no guarantee of the quality of water in bought bottled water. The safest option is filtered water. […]

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Do I need to see the dentist?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Staying Healthy in Pregnancy

Yes. It is a good idea to get a dental check up now you are pregnant, unless you have had one recently. Pregnant women are more at risk. Pregnancy hormone results in increased blood flow in the mucous membranes, including around the teeth. This can result in bleeding gums, pain, bad breath or bad taste […]

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