What Nigerian women should know about gestational diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which there is a high level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Gestational diabetes, however, is when diabetes occurs as a result of pregnancy and it usually disappears after pregnancy. It can occur anytime during pregnancy.

There is no known cause of gestational diabetes, however; the placenta releases hormones which disturbs the work of insulin in the body of the mother. This makes it difficult for the body to use insulin this is called

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Know The STI: Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is an STI that is quite common among the average Nigerian, among the transport workers(who are considered to be unlearned) it is very common every STI is literally gonorrhea to them. This, however, doesn’t mean proper precaution is taken to prevent it or it is being treated properly.

It is caused by bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea, it has the highest rates in females, most men

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The fit preggo: eating for two

So today is about eating for two people. I know you are thinking your food quantity would be doubled and you get to eat as much as you want (every girls dream) under the umbrella of “I am pregnant”am sorry but my eating for two is in relation to quality and not quantity.

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Being underweight in pregnancy is bad for you and baby, can lead to low birth weight and being Overweight too is bad for you and baby and can lead to gestational diabetes or cesearean birth.Achieving optimal weight gain in pregnancy is the goal. Am sure you are wondering how can I avoid all these complications, it all starts with you.

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pre-pregnancy weight is very important. If you are not pregnant and you are planning to ensure your weight for height(Body mass index ) is within the range of 18-25, and if you are pregnant already you should still know your pre-pregnancy weight. If your BMI is below 18 (underweight) your diet has to be altered, your caloric intake would be doubled and above 25(overweight) caloric intake may be reduced to avoid adding more weight.
Focus more on the quality of food you are taking not the quantity . you will need to adopt healthy eating habits. Eat lots of leafy vegetables and fruits ensure you eat foods from all classes of food from proteins to carbohydrates to minerals and consume lots of water you will need to be well hydrated.
Engage in physical activity of at least 30 minutes a day , take short walks.
Also ensure you take your supplements being recommended at the antenatal clinic such as folic acid .  The most important thing is to ensure you eat and get all the nutrients you can and avoid dieting this is not the time to diet.
I hope this would be helpful.

10 reasons why you should exercise.

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Like my previous post on the “fit preggo” It was about exercising in pregnancy and basic exercises you could carry out. Today I want to give you reasons why you should exercise in pregnancy . so here are ten reasons why you should exercise during pregnancy:
1) it helps you to maintain a healthy weight .
2) it helps to reduce common disorders of pregnancy.
3) it helps in better glucose utilization by increasing insulin sensitivity  I.e it reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
4) improved fetal(baby) growth.
5) it can help to shorten labour and delivery  time .
6) it improves body awareness, balance , coordination and posture.
7) it helps to improve blood circulation and reduces diastolic blood pressure, reducing the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension.
8) it also increases endurance and stamina.
9) it helps to prevent slow and unprogressive labour.
10) last but not the least , exercise helps to improve mood.

Smoking and pregnancy 2

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Smoking and pregnancy post continues and this post would be about the effects smoking can have on you and your baby.
Some of the effects smoking have  (including second hand and third hand smoke) on the mother include:
1)Ectopic pregnancy: it occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus(womb) and begins to grow and such pregnancy cannot result in the birth of a baby. This is most applicable to women seeking to conceive either for the first time or for subsequent other pregnancies .
2) Low lying placenta : this is when the placenta lies very low in the uterus thereby blocking all or part of the cervix , the cervix is the opening to the uterus.
It also has other effects such as vaginal bleeding and still birth .
These conditions affect the outcome of pregnancy and if not well managed have negative implications during pregnancy and labor.

What effects will smoking have on your baby?
Firstly the chemicals gotten from smoking lessen the amount of oxygen your baby gets and oxygen is very important for helping your baby grow healthy. It also causes your baby to weigh less than he should throughout pregnancy.
Babies can also be born with birth defects like cleft lip or cleft palate .
Smoking is also known to be one of the leading causes of preterm birth.
……..So next time there is a party at home avoid the cooking area the smoke is bad for you and your baby.

Smoking and pregnancy

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“Smokers are liable to die young” that is heard everyday by people but it is still posing a problem in the society today Smoking is particularly bad for you in pregnancy, it can cause serious health conditions such as cancer of the lungs. Apart from it being a cause of cancer, smoking before pregnancy makes it more difficult for you to get pregnant.
Smoking when pregnant is bad for both you and your baby. When you smoke you pass harmful chemicals such as nicotine to your baby through the placenta and umbilical cord which can cause health conditions.
Some would say “well I don’t smoke how does this concern me” well it does because there are other ways by which these harmful chemical substances  from smoke can get into your body without actively smoking . It is called passive smoking and there are two ways in which it occurs : second hand smoke  and third hand smoke .

Second-hand smoke
   Second-hand smoke is the smoke you breathe in from someone else’s cigarette. In other words being around people that smoke is bad for you and the baby. It can cause your baby to be born with a low birth weight.

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Third-hand smoke
      Third- hand smoke is what is left behind from tobacco and cigarette smoke. It could be carbon monoxide or lead. It is the residual smell that is left on the clothes of people that smoke. Mothers who use cooking stoves the smoke that comes when you use water to kill the fire is carbon monoxide that smoke is unhealthy for you and your baby. This smoke can cause asthma, breathing problems or learning disorders for your baby.
So today avoid smoke get good fresh air and you and your baby would turn out healthy .
To be continued……