Archive for October, 2011

12 signs of being pregnant

Am I pregnant? Check out our 12 signs of being pregnant
1. Morning Sickness
Morning sickness describes the nausea or vomiting that between 50%-95% of women experience during the early stages of pregnancy.Morning sickness most likely got its name as a lot of pregnant women feel most nausea when they first get up in the morning, which is most likely because of low sugar level.
2.Mood Swings
The next sign of being pregnant is mood swings. Pregnancy plays havoc with a womens hormones resulting in some pregnant women feeling moody during pregnancy or getting snappy at their partners. Some women compare the mood swings in pregnancy to how they feel when having their period.
3.Fatigue and tiredness
You can feel extremely tired and feel that you could sleep at any time of the day. This is because your body is using energy to prepare your body for pregnancy or to look after the baby as it grows.

4.Dizziness
One of the signs of being pregnant is that you can become dizzy or have fainting spells due to your lower blood pressure.
5.Food Cravings.
Craving for different food that you wouldn’t normally eat. Some pregnant women get cravings for salty things, other women for sweet things or spicy things. I got cravings for Chinese spring rolls!
6.Heartburn
Along with the cravings, some pregnant women get a lot of heartburn. Heartburn is caused during pregnancy by the hormones created during pregnancy relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter which opens a valve letting stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus which causes the heartburn feeling.
7.Constipation
Another sign of being pregnant can be constipation caused by the hormonal changes in the body adapting to pregnancy. The hormonal changes slow down the movement of food through the women’s digestive system which causes the constipation.
8.Frequent need to urinate
The growing baby places a lot of pressure on the bladder and some pregnant women can find themselves having to frequently visit the bathroom more than normal to go to the toilet.
9.Missed Period
If you have been sexually active and missed a period, this is a good indication that you should get checked by a Doctor as there is a good chance of you being pregnant. You could also take a home pregnancy test although these are not foolproof see Pregnancy Tests
10.High Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
Basal body temperature is the lowest temperature of the body during rest, which is why is usually measured straight after the women gets up from bed after a nights sleep. In women ovulation causes an increase of half a degree Fahrenheit or one quarter to one half degree Celsius in basal body temperature. Women wanting to get pregnant can measure their basal body temperature to estimate the day of ovulation as there is generally a lower temperature before ovulation, and a higher one after ovulation. It your basal body temperature stays high for eighteen days or more there is a good chance of being pregnant.
11.Tender, swollen breasts
One of the signs of being pregnant for some women is that the experience tender and swollen breasts. Some women’s areolas can become darker in colour and increase in diameter.The swollen and tender breasts are caused by the increase in hormones that are used to prepare the women’s body for breastfeeding, and can feel like a exaggerated version of how they feel before your period.
12.Weight gain and increase in your stomach size
Your increased food intake along with the baby’s growth will cause you to put on weight and for your clothes to become tighter along with an increase in your size of your stomach.
It is important to remember that these are only signs of being pregnant and you should seek professional medical help to confirm if you are actually do have the signs of getting pregnant.

 

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October 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Too much sleep or too little? How much is enough?

Many people don’t assess how much sleep they need to function at their best; they just know they don’t get enough. Each person’s sleep requirement is different. Some people find that they only need 5-6 hours of sleep, while others need 10-11 hours for optimal performance. The average adult functions best with7-8 hours of sleep a night; however, it is important to consider how much sleep you need on an individual basis.

The number of hours needed to sleep is a matter of “circadian rhythm,” or the biological clock function which regulates our sleep-wake cycles.

Humans are evolved to be “diurnal” creatures, as opposed to nocturnal, that is we are hard-wired to operate optimally in the daytime; sleeping at night.

As newborns, we are essentially neither diurnal or nocturnal, having sleep-wake cycles which are frequent and evenly spaced during any 24-hour period; sleeping for 3-4 hours, waking for 1-2 hours, around the clock.

During the first year, this pattern progresses toward consolidation of the sleep period, trending toward increased nocturnal sleep and daytime wakefulness. At one year the infant typically sleeps about 10 hours from around 7 pm until about 5 am, with a couple of naps in the early and late afternoon, respectively.

 

By age 4-5, the child has lengthened the nocturnal period to about 11-12 hours with one nap in the afternoon.

At age 10, time of sleep onset is somewhat delayed to 8 or 9 pm, and sleep lasts until 6 or 7 am; the nap disappearing.

For most adults, 7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep, although the amount ranges from 5 hours to 10 hours of sleep each day depending on the individual. It should be noted that a recent research study conducted by Boston University School of Medicine found that study participants that reported sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours a day had an increased incidence of diabetes, compared to those who slept 7-8 hours

Senior adults were long considered to have further shortened sleep requirements, but it is now thought that this is only because they tend to get less sleep due to increasing intrinsic sleep disturbance, such as sleep apnea, or musculoskeletal pain, which may interrupt or truncate the sleep interval.

The need to nap is not a clear-cut issue, as some cultures agree that a “siesta” in the afternoon is “natural,” and people of all ages in those cultures normally take a mid-day snooze.

Sleep lab data suggest strongly that if adults get 8.1 hours of undisturbed sleep in a 24 hour day, that a nap will not be needed. This varies based upon the quality of sleep obtained, and other factors such as state of general health, levels of stress, or fatigue due to prolonged exertion.

 

 

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October 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Think before you inject it in your face

Botox is the brand name of a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause food poisoning. Despite that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis; scientists have discovered a way to use it to human advantage. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles.

The FDA approved in 1980s to use Botox in treatment of uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye. Doctors are using Botox for years now to treat wrinkles. In April 2002, FDA approved to use Botox for treatment of wrinkles between the eyebrows, and it is often used for other areas of the face as well.

How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

It is most often used on forehead lines, lines around the eye and frown lines. BUT Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes 3 to 7 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week before the injection. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped 2 weeks before treatment to reduce bruising “bluish coloration around injection site”.

How Long Does a Botox Injection Last?
The effects of Botox will last 4 to 6 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
· Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox.

· Headaches, which disappear in 24-48 hours, but this is rare.

· A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. Whish usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the Botox moves around so you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.

Who Should Not Receive Botox?
· Pregnant women.

· Breastfeeding.

· Or those who have a neurological disease.

Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, a consultation with a doctor is recommended.

 

 

 

Source: Webmed

 

 

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October 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Drop weight slowly.. it’s safer and healthier

We all wish we could drop those extra 5 pounds overnight but it’s not healthy for our bodies and let’s face it never going to happen.

The concern with fast weight loss is that it usually takes extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise — efforts that often aren’t sustainable over the long term. Successful weight loss requires making permanent changes in your eating and exercise habits.

A slow and steady approach is easier to maintain and usually beats out fast weight loss for the long term. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation. Although it may seem slow, it’s a pace that’s more likely to help you maintain your weight loss. Remember that 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat contains 3,500 calories. So you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day to lose 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). If you lose a lot of weight very quickly, it may not be fat that you’re losing. It’s might be water weight or even lean tissue, since it’s hard to burn that many fat calories in a short period.

In some situations, however, faster weight loss can be safe if it’s done the right way. For example, doctors prescribe very low calorie diets for more rapid weight loss in obese individuals. This type of diet requires medical supervision. In addition, some diets include an initiation phase to help you jump start your weight loss. For example, The Mayo Clinic Diet has a quick-start phase in which you might lose 6 to 10 pounds in the first two weeks. You may lose weight quickly with an approach like this because it combines many healthy and safe strategies at once — no gimmicks or extreme dieting. After the initial two-week period, you transition into the recommended weight loss of 1 or 2 pounds a week, which is not only safe but also realistic and sustainable for the long term.

October 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm Leave a comment


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