This is a discussion on EDD Sep 2010 within the Year 2011 and earlier Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Something to share... hope mummies find it useful! ^^ For thousands of years midwives of old and chinese herbalists have ...
Something to share... hope mummies find it useful! ^^
For thousands of years midwives of old and chinese herbalists have used herbs with very good results. Most of our allopathic medicines have come from herbs. A safe, commonly used herbal tonic for pregnancy is red raspberry leaf tea.
Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, red raspberry leaf is one of the safest and commonly used tonic herbs for women wanting to get pregnant or for women who are already pregnant. Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) tones the uterus, improves contractions and decreases constipation.
When to use There are two basic stances on the subject. There is agreement among many clinicians that in the 3rd trimester frequent (2- 3 cups per day of tea or 1 - 2 cups per day of infusion) is beneficial to the uterine and pelvic muscles. Red Raspberry Leaf contains many minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C and calcium. It also contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which lends tone to the uterus.
The more radical stance is that drinking one cup of tea per day in the 1st trimester and 2 cups in the 2nd trimester and switching to the infusion in the 3rd trimester ensures a strong uterus, is good for you nutritionally and prevents miscarriage. Some say it is advised to not use it in the first trimester, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage.
The more conservative stance is that red raspberry leaf can cause minor spotting in the beginning of a pregnancy, and some you.K. midwives claim an increase in miscarriage rates. Contact your midwife, herbalist or physician for more information. If you're thinking about using it, to be safe, just wait until you're 36 weeks along.
What does Red Raspberry Leaf Do? Red Raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions.It is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb. What it does is help strengthen the pelvic and uterine muscles so that once labor does start the muscles will be more efficient.
Tea recipe To make a tea, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons of herb and steep for ten minutes. Strain. During the first two trimesters, drink 1 cup per day. During the final trimester, drink 2-3 cups per day.
Today just hit Tri 3~ How about you?
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In our country, coconuts have always been associated with health and prosperity and are present in some form or the other on many auspicious occasions. Young coconuts which have green shells (as opposed to the brown mature coconuts) are the ones with the most water content; this water is called coconut water or coconut juice.
Tender coconut water (elaneer / nariyal pani) is one of the richest sources of electrolytes. It is high in chlorides, potassium, and magnesium and has a moderate amount of sugar, sodium and protein. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function. Coconut water is also a good source of dietary fibre, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and Vitamin C.
A natural isotonic beverage with similar levels of electrolytes as the human body, coconut water helps prevent dehydration and relieves exhaustion by replenishing the natural salts lost by the body; it is widely used in tropical countries as a means for oral rehydration needed during diarrhoeal attacks.
It is essentially fat free and has zero cholesterol and some studies have reported that it can have some effect on improving "good" cholesterol levels (HDL) in the body. In the heat of summer when you are looking for something other than water to quench your thirst, you can have this nutritious and refreshing beverage instead of sugar and calorie laden aerated drinks and fruit juices. It is naturally sterile and so perfect for drinking while travelling without the fear of contamination.
Coconut water is a natural diuretic and so increases the flow of urine; this helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) as well as reduces the incidence of kidney stones. Coconut water also helps relieve constipation, improves intestinal function and promotes digestive health -– it is often recommended to people suffering from acidity and ulcers.
Constipation, sluggish digestion and heartburn are common problems during pregnancy and can be helped to some extent by drinking coconut water.
Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid which is what is used by the body to make monolaurin -– a disease fighting fatty acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which protect the body against various infections and boosts the immune system.
With such wide ranging nutritional benefits it is no wonder that coconut water is recommended for pregnant women.
Well, learning from another book, drinking almond puree/drink are very good for baby and our own skin and fairness. It's like birdnest, "Yung"... but not expensive.
Thanks for the info, mecolemummy! I have a question on coconut water - how often can we drink this? I love coconut water (as well as the flesh) - is 3 times a week too much?
Gonna go shopping for coconut tomorrow. Any type will do yes? The small Thai ones or the large green ones?
Do you think it is necessary to have confinement ladies? Your opinion please ...
My view is that whether a CL is necessary really depends on the kind of family support you already have - e.g. helper, parents/in-laws, siblings etc. If you can save up that money for other stuff, good for you! CL not cheap these days - we're paying around $2K for ours.
My cousin who drank coconut in her gave birth to a smooth skin baby. I was told to drink only the water but dont eat the flesh. Not very sure why though.
I was horrified when I learnt that I gained 6kg on 3 weeks! Thanks to my KL holiday. -.- I've been eating non-stop! My baby boy is 1.75kg now (at 31 weeks) My doc said that the baby is slightly bigger and adviced that I should "eat till I am not hungry, not eat till I am full." (advice for mummies out there who are facing the same problem as me.)
P.S: I'm drowning myself with milk now.
I wanted to have one... trying not to consider the fact that a stranger will be in the house... plus not sure if those "so-called" good ones are really "that" good... tried to call those "recommended ones" but they are all taken up... anyway... in the end my mum is willing to help.... so... that's good also...
Having some kind of confinement help will be good because it will allow you to "recover frm the labour... be it parents, in-laws, domestic helpers, hired CL... it will be good to at least get some kind of help...
whether to HIRE a CL really depends on whether you already hav the kinda help you wanted or not...... Some ppl DID NOT hire one cos (parents/in-laws or whoever already available) are able to help... or maybe they do not trust anyone else... the reasons can be many... some people that hired prefer to have someone else rather than their parents doing the "dirty n tiring" job... while others hired becos they dont have any help available...
At the end of the day... You will need help... hehehe
My gynae has been 'scolding' me for my weight gain as well - in fact he told me to cut out milk altogether (I was drinking Anmum daily) because he said that the calcium supplements I'm taking every morning are more than sufficient for my calcium needs, and milk is VERY nutritious i.e. contributes to quick weight gain for some of us. So I'm trying to cut down on milk - now drinking more plain water and juices - have been able to maintain my weight for the past week so far.
hi ladies, do you feel your baby's movement more often these days? Just curious to ask cos I have been feeling my baby moving a lot this week. It is norm right?
If Im not wrong... babies by now are gradually developing their own sleeping patterns... so... you can keep in mind... the time your baby is active now will probably be the time the baby will be awake when your baby is newly born...
Yes yes, baby has been moving around quite vigorously these days, can even feel her when I'm swimming! Some gynaes recommend that we do kick counts twice a day starting from the third trimester - during baby's active times just check whether you can feel at least 10 movements within one hour. Agree that it is very reassuring - it's the only way we can monitor baby's well being in between our ultrasounds!