What your Diet should contain during Your Pregnancy

Having a healthy diet during pregnancy and getting all the nutrients you and your baby need is very important. Fine-tuning your diet will ensure the health of both you and your baby.

In the pregnancy period your body becomes more efficient and makes better use of the energy you receive from your food so you only need to consume around 300 extra calories per day.

Your diet should consist of enriched foods, such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta and rice, as well as fruits and vegetables. You should also include good protein sources at every meal to support the baby’s growth, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, tofu, cheese, milk and nuts.

Whole-grain breads contain the much needed essential carbohydrates while they also provide fiber, iron and B-vitamins.

Dairy products should also be consumed (3-4 servings per day) as they provide the much needed dose of Calcium (at least 1000 mg of calcium is needed daily), that are essential in your baby building strong teeth and bones, normal blood clotting, and muscle and nerve function .

The fruits and vegetables contain a lot of nutrients and are rich in vitamins and fibers so these will be very important during your pregnancy. You can get from here your needed daily dose of at least 0.4 mg of folic acid (from dark green leafy vegetables, lack or lima beans, black-eyed peas, veal) or the needed daily dose of at least 70 mg of Vitamin C (from oranges, grapefruits and honeydew, and vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts).

Vitamin supplements can only complement a healthy diet during pregnancy but we advise you consult your Doctor and establish which work best for you.

11 things about pregnancy Dads should know

  1. There will be a lot of shifts in her body, especially the hormones so don`t worry about the moves and shifts of mood.
  2.  Don`t miss any appointments and this includes anything from Doctor Appointments to Lamaze. You might think it is stupid but just get over it and go!
  3. Remember she is eating for two! Have food available at all times and be prepared to provide the thing she is craving as fast as possible.
  4. Read and educate yourself on birth and pregnancy, there is a lot of information out there that will make things so much more clear.
  5. Don`t forget to romance your wife, especially now. Flowers, compliments, love notes, whatever works for her. There will be a lot of strange new feeling for her so she needs your attention.
  6. She might experience an increased sex drive their 2nd trimester. Don`t worry about hurting the baby (unless the Doctor says otherwise) and just enjoy yourselves.
  7. You will have to start doing a lot more than before around the house since pregnancy will exhaust her.
  8. By the beginning of the second Trimester you should let you employer know what`s happening to ease things to come. Also you should check your options for a Paternity Leave.
  9. Ask her how she`s doing and listen to the answers she gives you, communication is key in any relationship but it is even more important now.
  10. Have a hospital bag prepared even for yourself for when the time comes.
  11. Keep the car gas tank full at all times and be sure to know the shortest route to the hospital. You might want to also buy new tires.

Zika Virus – basic need to know facts

Zika virus threat is real and has been declared a “global public health emergency” by the World Health Organization. Four cases have been confirmed in the UK but the virus doesn`t naturally occur in our country.

The Zika virus is spread primarily to people through the bite of an Aedes species mosquito which luckily is not found in the UK. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and headache and the incubation period is likely to be from a few days to a week. It has been confirmed that there is also a sexual transmission of the virus so safe sex is advised for people who have traveled to areas where there is an active Zika transmission.

The illness is usually mild and does not require hospitalisation as the symptoms usualy last for several days to a week. For now there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus (the treatment consists of plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehidration, paracetamol).

The real Zika virus danger is for the pregnant women since it has been officially announced that there is now enough evidence to conclude that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects and has been linked to problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth.

It is highly recommended especially for pregnant women to avoid traveling to any area where the Zika virus is spreading. By April the known areas with wide spreads are: The Caribbean, Central America, The Pacific Islands, South America, Mexico.

If you are in an area with a risk of virus infection you can protect yourself by preventing mosquito bites (wear long sleeved-shirts and long pants, stay in places with air conditioning and door/window screens, use insect repellents, stay away from mosquito breeding sites, like containers with standing water). Safe sex is also advised in order to avoid getting Zika through sex. Also if you traveled to an area with a risk of virus infection it is highly recommended to talk to a healthcare provider even if you don`t feel sick.

Pregnant women should be given a budget of around £3,000 to be spent on services including a midwife of their choosing, a major review has concluded

Under plans proposed by the National Maternity Review, women would be told about local NHS providers, but given flexibility to make their own choices about their care.

Mums-to-be could opt for a hospital near work for routine scans, but a hospital closer to home for their baby’s birth, or choose a provider offering the same midwife throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal care, the authors said.

The scheme would give women more choice over how and where they give birth – an important decision at a time when half of maternity services in England are classed as “inadequate” or “require improvement”.

The proposals have been compared to personal health budgets, where people with disabilities or long-term conditions have a say over how NHS cash is spent on their care.

That system has come under fire amid reports of abuse, with some patients using their budgets to buy holidays and video games.

Despite rapid improvement over the last 10 years, the review highlights safety concerns, including some hospitals failing to own up when something has gone wrong.

The review’s authors call for a standardised investigation process and “rapid redress” for families whose babies suffer harm.

The review also calls for better continuity of care and more resources for postnatal care.

Chair Baroness Julia Cumberlege said: “Women have told us they want to be given genuine choices and have the same person looking after them throughout their care.

“We must ensure that all care is as safe as the best and we need to break down boundaries and work together to reduce the variation in the quality of services and provide a good experience for all women.”

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “The independent review… rightly argues that the NHS could and should raise its game on personalised support for parents and their babies, better team working, better use of technology, and more joined-up maternity and mental health services.”

Baby scan video review from the clinic in Harley Street

We appreciate future parents posting videos of their unborn babies on the internet. This way other parents can also make appointments for baby scans without having doubts.
Steven is now a proud father. He and his wife scheduled an appointment at the Baby Scan Clinic in London and they chose to have a HD Live baby scan. The video is the one they got on a DVD after their appointment showing their baby in close detail and giving them the opportunity to see him clearly before being born.

Video of baby scan performed at the baby scan clinic

Jordan has posted a video from her baby’s 4D scan at Baby Scan clinic in London. The scan shows her baby in amazing quality images, so good that one can notice small details such as the shape of the baby’s lips and nose, and even the baby’s fingers. The video includes only the images the parents received from the clinic after their appointment on a DVD. Thanks to them, other parents can now safely go to the clinic and have a baby scan of any type without the fear of regretting it afterwards.

Video review of the Baby Scan Clinic in Harley Street

Thanks to enthusiastic parents like Monika and Thomas, others like them know now how valuable a baby scan is and can now benefit from one without doubting their quality.

Monika is a young mother of two, of whom one is still in her tummy. She is an English vlogger who made an appointment at the Baby Scan Clinic in London. She and her husband chose to have a HD Live Baby Ultrasound. In her video she is presenting their entire trip to London. The rules of the clinic didn’t allow her to film during the appointment but she was able to upload in her video some parts of the DVD she received after. The video also includes her and her husband’s reactions to the scan and the clinic. They show high satisfaction and seem thrilled that they were able to see their unborn baby as clear as they did.

Are baby pacifiers useful?

Do you remember that old picture with the baby you preoccupied with a dummy? In the past, most mothers resort to baby pacifiers in order to sooth the baby or just keep her busy.

However, with the developing of the so-called baby science, we find out that the traditional methods might not be safe for the development of the baby.

Such is the case with the baby pacifiers. Below, you can read the pros and cons of using a pacifier.

A pacifier satisfies the natural need of your baby to suck. Since the gums of your baby are aching, she feels the need to test the gum against some object so a pacifier can calm down the painful gums and reduce the baby’s frustration. However, the baby might be confused about the breastfeeding and lose interest in the breastfeeding since it requires more effort.

While your baby can fall asleep faster while using a pacifier, he can become dependent on the dummy. Therefore, if the dummy falls off his mouth during the night, he will make a terrible fuss until you will wake up and give him the dummy back… each and every time.

Sucking on the dummy helps your baby receive the right amount of oxygen and reduces the risk of SIDS. Nevertheless, if the baby becomes dependent on the pacifier, it might be difficult to correct the behaviour and the overuse of the pacifier can cause misaligned teeth.

Another problem is that the pacifier can become a magic tool that helps you to avoid the fuss and tantrum pulled by your baby. It is a problem because it reduces the interaction between you as a mother or parent and your baby. In case your baby has a real problem like dirty diaper, missing his mother or being hungry and you use the dummy, you will only worsen the problem.

If your baby accepts the pacifier, you can use it at times; just make sure not to let your baby become attached to it.

Decoding baby cries

Babies cry. It is a fact and it will not change no matter how many centuries pass. Some people say that crying is a natural phenomenon. Since babies are unique and have different personalities, some can cry more than others cry or sleep less than others sleep. In addition, each baby responds differently to stimuli.

A myth that is far from being busted is that mothers can tell the difference between types of their babies ‘cry. Before trusting any myth or rumour, pay attention to your child and adapt to his personality.

Look at the 5 most common baby cries

1. Pain Alarm

This type of cry is usually piercing, grating and powerful. Also, the mimics and gestures of your baby appear panicked and alerted. The babies that suffer from gas pain bring their knees up to chest or grunt. Your baby might calm down if he sucks on his finger or the dummy.

2. Sleep Alarm

Sounds like a breathy and helpless sob and it usually announces that the baby is tired and needs sleep. Also, the baby’s eyes are reddish and he keeps rubbing them. Some babies though tired, are agitated and when taken in arms they are restless. Usually they just want to be allowed to sleep. Rocking the baby gently and humming a soft tune can help your baby fall asleep more easily.

3. Boring/Over-stimulating Alarm

It does not sound so powerful and agitated like the other types and it is more like a chanting. The way you can tell it is a bored cry is the fact that the baby looks away from the game or you, so try to find other stimuli. In case the baby is over-stimulated, try to focus his attention on one sound or one image and play some soothing music.

4. Annoyed Alarm

Sounds like a whiny and forced repetition. The baby is telling you he is not comfortable with something. He also pulls angry faces and flaps his hands. He can react in this way based on simple stimuli such as the hat falls over his eyes or the shoe feels like slipping off.

5. Burp Alarm

If the baby makes an “eh” sound repeatedly, after a meal, it means it is time to help him burp. His chest and stomach muscles tightened and he needs to get those gases out.

Before stressing yourself about the cry of your baby try to understand him and check if his basic needs have been covered- clean diaper, comfortable position, hunger.

The Perfect Nanny

Mary Poppins, Robin Williams cross-dressing, Fran – famous examples of excellent nannies that we all picture when it comes to choosing the right nanny for our children. However, beyond fiction, finding the right person to take care of your children is a more delicate issue.

There are 6 steps you have to take in order to make sure you have found the perfect nanny.

1. Prioritize

Discuss with your partner or decide yourself what expectancies you have regarding the nanny. Think of what type of person you want her to be and what training or skills she should have. Also, consider what she can teach your children, for example a new language. Think of the gender of the nanny, if it matters for the harmony of the family. Moreover, set a right wage for the requirements you have for the nanny.

2. Spread the word

As soon as you decide on the profile of the nanny, let people know that you are looking for one. Talk with friends and family, maybe they know someone that is looking for this kind of job. It is always better to have a personal reference for the nanny.

Go to local baby-sitting centres or agencies and let them know the profile of the nanny so they can search one for you.

Also, go on the web and let the virtual world know you are in search of a nanny.

3. Interview

Let us say you found a couple of applicants. It is time to invite them to an interview. Best place is your home when the children are around. This way you can observe the nanny’s attitude while interacting with children and you on your territory.

Include in the interview questions about the experience of the nanny with children, his or her method of baby-sitting, behaviour towards ill children and availability. Also, ask the applicants about first aid training or any medical training that can come in hand.

Since the nanny job is full of responsibilities and implies communicating with children, make sure you choose a person that is not half-hearted towards the idea.

4. Ask for references

Narrow down the nanny list and look for references for the chosen names. Talk with former employers about the strengths and weaknesses of the baby-sitter.

5. Trial-run

Ask the applicants that survived so far to come for a couple of days in a trial run. Be there for the trials and observe the interaction the nanny has with your child and the general behaviour. You have to be exigent because your child will be exposed to a stranger. Use this trial for as much time as you need to make sure you have found the right person.

6. Intuition

Once you have witnessed the trials, what do your guts say? If you feel unsure about someone or that person gives you a peculiar feeling, you are not obliged to hire the nanny. Trust in your intuition and your child’s opinion to make the best choice for the perfect nanny.