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How to Get Adequate Calcium During Pregnancy?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Getting enough calcium during pregnancy helps your baby to build strong bones, of course. What you may not know is that it also helps your baby’s heart, muscles, and nerves to develop correctly. If you’re not taking in enough calcium, you’re likely to lose some calcium from your own bones. This, of course, has implications for your health long after your pregnancy.

Most experts recommend that you take in around 1,000 mg each day during pregnancy. This is actually the same amount recommended before and after pregnancy, as well. Unfortunately, most women don’t get anywhere near this much in their daily diets.

Here are some good sources of calcium that can be found in everyday foods:

Skim-milk yogurt
Nonfat fruit yogurt
Part-skim ricotta cheese
Sardines
Skim milk
Orange juice with added calcium
Tofu
Mozzarella cheese
Cheddar cheese
Salmon
Spinach
Cottage cheese
Sesame seeds
Dry roasted almonds

Foods toward the top of the list tend to provide more calcium, with a serving of those providing nearly 400 mg of calcium each. Those at the bottom of the list are lower, providing around 100 mg of calcium. The list gives you some ideas of the kinds of foods you’ll want to consider adding to your diet.

In addition, if you’re taking a prenatal supplement, you’re probably getting about 200 mg per day from that source. The key here is to keep in mind that the body is usually only able to absorb around 500 mg of calcium at a time, which means that you need to space out your calcium intake throughout the day.

You will want to make sure that you aren’t taking in way more than the recommended amounts of calcium during pregnancy, too. Too much can create a risk of developing kidney stones, or lead to constipation. Try to keep it under 2,000 mg or so a day.

 

How to Choose the Right Skin Care Products for Your Baby

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Picking the right type of skin care products for your baby is very important because a baby’s skin is much more sensitive and delicate compared to an adult. For a start, you can choose products that are specially formulated for babies. The ingredients used in these products are milder compared with regular products, so the chances of your little ones getting rashes or other types of skin irritations are greatly reduced.

However, there are still chances that your child will get skin irritations even when using baby care products. Different products will have different types of ingredients in them, and some even have colorings and fragrances added in an attempt by manufacturers to make the products more attractive to boost sales.

If your baby starts developing skin irritations, the first thing you need to do is inspect the products used. Read the ingredients label to see if the products contain any coloring or chemicals that may be the cause of the problem. The easiest way is to switch to another totally different brand to see if the problem persists.

You may want to consider switching to all natural skin care products for your child which is much safer to use. You still need to be careful when choosing all natural products because even some so called natural products have chemicals added in to make it more marketable.

Besides skin care products, you have to be careful with the products used to clean your baby’s clothes. There are also detergents sold in the market which are specially formulated for washing kids’ clothes. Make sure that the clothes are all washed thoroughly to remove any traces of detergents and chemicals.