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  • MAMA PLUS - How to choose fish while pregnant, especially in the first trimester?

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    Many of us struggle with this as there are many stories related with mercury. Adding seafood to your diet is essential as fish has so many nutrients and key ones are Omega 3 fatty acids that are difficult to find in other foods.

    So that you can consider adding them in to your diet even though you don't eat fish normally but need to be very careful when choosing fish. Mainly due to mercury content in certain sea food.

    Mercury is everywhere but when mercury settles into water, bacteria convert it into a form called methylmercury. Fish absorb methylmercury from the water they swim in and the organisms they eat. Methylmercury binds tightly to the proteins in fish muscle and remains there even after the fish is cooked. This is long story in short form but now you know why you need to be careful.

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  • MAMA PLUS - What are the earliest signs that I am pregnant?

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    Every woman is different. So are her experiences of pregnancy. Not every woman has the same symptoms or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next.

    Also, because the early symptoms of pregnancy are often like what happens right before and during menstruation, those symptoms aren't always recognized.

    A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy -- spotting and, sometimes, cramping.

    That's called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.

    The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight.

    Breast changes are another very early sign of pregnancy. A woman's hormone levels rapidly change after conception. Because of the changes, her breasts may become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later. Or they may feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to the touch. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.

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  • MAMA PLUS - What kind of vitamins are needed during pregnancy?

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    Eating a healthy diet is always a wise idea -- especially during pregnancy. It's also a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother's diet.

    Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals. Their folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are especially important and find below more details on important nutrients.

    Folic Acid

    Folic acid helps prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord.

    Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women know they are pregnant. Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it's recommended that any woman who could get pregnant take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily, starting before conception and continuing for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

    Baby Benefits: Helps protect against spinal cord birth defects during the first 30 days of pregnancy, helps prevent early miscarriage and premature delivery.

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