Iron Deficiency Day (26 NOV) is dedicated to many women who suffered from iron deficiency and anaemia unknowingly. Pregnancy Singapore supports Iron Deficiency Day and highlights the significant impact on pregnancy and baby. #1 Iron is essential in our body Iron plays a critical role in our body systems. It ensures optimal brain function and development, effective immune system and proper oxygen delivery. The red blood cells (RBC) use iron to build hemoglobin, which is the ox
Iron deficiency and anemia affect 1 in 5 pregnant mums. Read on to understand this condition and the possible complications for you and baby. #iron_deficiency #anemia #preterm_delivery #beauty_and_diet #preparing_for_baby
Diabetes and obesity in pregnant mums Obesity in the mother is more common than GDM. While one in five women enter pregnancy obese, 4-6% develop Gestational Diabetes. As maternal obesity predisposes the baby to childhood obesity, optimising pre-pregnancy weight is recommended. Risk of childhood obesity Childhood obesity is associated with GDM. High sugar levels in the pregnant mother result in higher insulin hormone levels in the developing baby, which increases fat deposits.
What are the types of red birthmarks? This red discolouration on the skin is due to abnormal overgrowth of blood vessels. There are 3 common types. #1 Naevus flammeus AKA stork’s bite (on the back of neck), or angel’s kiss (between the eye brows) — This is flat red/pink with poorly defined borders. This is very common and obvious at birth. #2 Infantile haemangioma AKA strawberry spot — This appears soon after birth, grows rapidly in first 6 months of life and may then grow
Your dietary choices impact on your sugar control during pregnancy. Eat in a way that will prevent elevation in your blood sugar level, whilst maintaining adequate nutrition. High blood sugar level is harmful to the growing fetus and can make you feel unwell such as fatigue and increased risk of infection. Making nutritious choices can be difficult to sustain, especially due to pregnancy symptoms and life commitment. But fret not! Try these 5 simple tips for your next meal. E
Many new mums are stressed out and constantly tired especially from the incessant breastfeeding and nursing. Can ginseng, with its medicinal properties, do the magic? #1: Theoretically, ginseng with its estrogenic properties, decreases the quantity and quality of breast milk and so, consume with caution whilst breastfeeding. #2: Ginseng is a powerful herb and safety data in breastfeeding is limited. #3: TCM physicians prescribe ginseng for weak body, but under strict supervis
Know your ginseng Popular ginseng include American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and the more potent Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) for ‘weak constitution’(体虚) women. I will discuss on Asian ginseng which is a Qi-tonifying herb and promotes well-being. Studies suggested that ginseng also improves your immune system, enhance brain function and fight fatigue. TCM view of pregnancy During pregnancy, the mother’s blood is used in the form of Yin(阴) and Blood(血) to nourish the deve
#1 DHA is crucial for brain and eye development Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an important long-chain omega-3 fatty acid, which maintains the structure and function of the brain and eyes. Fetal development and infancy are critical periods during which sufficient DHA level is necessary for optimal mental and visual development. DHA also improves performance, reduces inflammation, enhances immune function as well as optimizes body metabolism and repair. #2 Your body does not pr