Women Health

Precautions During Pregnancy

Speaking about health before pregnancy, we mean way of life, nutrition, physical activity, habits, and also possible chronic diseases, such as heightened blood pressure or diabetes. If you have such diseases, then you just have to visit a doctor beforehand. You know, this may complicate pregnancy, bring harm to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor which medicinal preparations and in which doses you take. Doctor will recommend you tests and observations you should pass, for example, X-ray photography. Try to discuss all questions you have for the moment.

The standard recommended dose of 400 IU/day of vitamin D was in general to help maintain “good health,” and to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, falls, and hip fractures. Over the last 5 years, there has been an explosion of studies expanding our knowledge and indicating that higher doses of vitamin D has much more of an effect on overall health and on the prevention of various chronic diseases than just bone development and the prevention of osteoporosis. This was standard while I was practicing medicine to recommend calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D to women.

Because lupus is a disease that strikes young women, predominantly in their childbearing years, pregnancy is a big concern as you well imagine. However, for most women living with lupus a successful pregnancy is possible. That being said there are ‘pregnancy dos and don’ts’ that you must follow during your pregnancy to avoid complications.

Symptoms of endometriosis include lower back pain, chronic pain the pelvis, painful menstruation (dysmenorrheal), fatigue and irregular or labored breathing. Women may also experience pain during sexual intercourse and ovulation, painful bowel movements and gastrointestinal problems such as bloating and diarrhea and constipation. In severe cases, endometriosis can lead to infertility.

Early in the twentieth century cigarette advertising was aimed only at men. But as the 1920s brought women new freedoms, American tobacco companies quickly recognized the potential of the female market. Chesterfield advertisements in 1926 had young women pleading to young men smokers “Blow some my way”. By using the slogan “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet” American Tobacco was able to sell cigarettes to women as an alleged means of losing weight. In a series of massive advertising campaigns, the company appealed directly to women.

There are various critical periods of fetal development when good nutrition helps to lower the risk of many chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic asthma and respiratory problems, and cardiovascular disease. For example, prior to conception and shortly after, it is important that women get enough folic acid in their diets to prevent spina bifida (an opening of the spine). During the later stages of pregnancy, a lack of protein and calories can impede brain development.

Once you have the results to your tests proving that you have a gluten intolerance you should have your doctor do further testing to see if you have Celiac disease.

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