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Lifestyle : My Baby
1HERSA1 W001 WWW.QUEENBEE.COM.AU enter code SunHerald20 at the checkout * Valid from 24.7 .11 – 31.7 .11 See website for terms and conditions, code must be entered at the checkout to redeem the offer. Excludes sale items, packages and vouchers. Not to be used in conjunction with any othter offer. EVERYTHING FOR SUN HERALD READERS* 20% OFF PREGNANT & FASHIONABLE Stay stylish throughout your pregnancy with Queen Bee. 1300 PREGGY (773 449) Protecting precious cargo When you’re pregnant, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy mind and body, writes Tara Prangell. Two’s company . . . pregnancy preparation is key. T he so-called ‘‘glow’’ of pregnancy will shine even brighter when you look after yourself well. Here, Sydney GP Dr Pauline Pau, who has cared for pregnant women for more than 20 years, gives her top 10 tips for taking care of baby. 1. Where to get care Prenatal care can either be in a public hospital, with a team of midwives and doctors, or a private hospital, where an obstetrician will look after you for the 40 weeks. 2. Eating for two As well as alcohol and cigarettes, many health professionals say caffeine is off limits. Be wary of mercury levels in fish and avoid soft cheeses, unpasteurised milk and other foods that increase the risk of listeriosis. See foodauthority . nsw.gov.au . Also ensure you get enough folate because this reduces the risk of spina bifida. 3. Germ alert Infectious germs lurk everywhere, so keep this in mind when visiting doctors’ surgeries or hospitals. You can’t have vaccines during pregnancy (except the flu shot), so check your immunity against rubella, whooping cough and chicken pox before falling pregnant. 4. Medical history If you’re on medication, have high blood pressure, hepatitis, diabetes, or a family history of genetic abnormality, let your doctor know at the first visit. 5. Testing About week 12, the Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) test can be done if there’s an indication of risk or abnormality. The test itself carries a 1 per cent risk of miscarriage, so doctors only recommend considering it if you’re over 35; you’ve had an abnormal nuchal translucency test or you’ve had genetic problems with previous pregnancies. 6. Do your research Morning sickness, extreme fatigue, chronic hunger and aching legs won’t seem such a shock if you spend some time reading up on pregnancy. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff is a best- seller. You: Having a Baby by Oprah regular Dr Oz is also popular. If you like a laugh with your facts, Kaz Cooke’s Up the Duff will entertain and inform. 7. Keep exercising If you enjoy exercise and you don’t suffer morning sickness or any other early- pregnancy ailments, you will probably be able to continue your fitness regimen for the first few months. But forget boxing and other high-contact sports and take it slow. 8. Work smart If the type of work you do is physically demanding, you will need to increase periods of rest and ask your employer to make allowances. 9. Chill out Things will get busy, so make sure you enjoy some downtime before the birth. Baths, books and relaxing music work wonders. If you can, build in a daily (or at least weekly) massage from your partner or splurge on a spa treatment. 10. Mental health check Keep an eye on your mood swings or signs of depression and seek help from your doctor if they don’t pass or you find everyday tasks a struggle. Be alert if you have a history of depression or anxiety. Phone Post and Antenatal Depression Association on 1300 726 306 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636. BACK TO THE BASICS Get plenty of Ǡ Water Ǡ Sleep Ǡ Extra protein through fish, poultry, beans and nuts. Ǡ Vitamin B6 from supplements or bananas, meats or nuts. Ǡ Omega-3 fatty acids — found in fish oil and zinc — for your baby’s brain growth and to minimise the chance of birth defects. Avoid Ǡ Drastic diets — eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein and calcium as well as grains, vegetables, fruit, dairy and meats and beans. Ǡ Plastics with BPA, a chemical found in containers and bottles that when heated leaks into the food or liquid inside. Check for ‘‘BPA-free’’ on packaging. Ǡ Radiation (from X-rays) — particularly important for foetal cells as it changes the DNA, which might lead to miscarriage. Ǡ Too much vitamin A — that includes Retin-A and other acne creams such as tetracycline and Accutane because of an increased risk of birth defects in your baby. Ǡ In later stages of pregnancy, it’s best to lie on your side because sleeping on your back decreases blood flow to your uterus. My baby SPECIAL REPORT Sunday, July 24, 2011 A Sun-Herald Special Report ■ Editor Angie Kelly,9282 3459, firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Advertising Tina Musumeci, 9282 1003, email@example.com ■ Readerlink 9282 1569
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