I will be sharing in areas that relate to the betterment of Children's Health from the ages of 5 to 18. Being healthy encompasses more than the food that is eaten. Being healthy also includes the relationships in your life and the memories you make.
From hormone changes to skin changes, pregnancy can definitely take its toll on a woman’s body. These suggestions are not just for women but also for men to know.
Although nearly all pregnant women are told they have that “pregnancy glow,” or a cute little “baby bump,” any woman who has been pregnant knows that as your belly starts growing and your skin starts changing, you don’t feel nearly as beautiful as you once did. But there’s no need to worry these questions were put to: Dr. Regina Hamlin, USANA consultant and a dermatologist of 30 years, answers questions that will help you overcome your insecurities and allow you to maintain your natural beauty—both inside and out.
Q: What can a pregnant woman expect from her skin while pregnant?
A: It really depends on the individual, but common skin changes include stretch marks, “mask” of pregnancy, breakouts or mild acne, spider veins, and darkening of freckles or moles.
Q: How can she best deal with these changes?
A: First and foremost, a good diet and exercise program is vital in maintaining overall health and beauty throughout your pregnancy. For skin concerns, keep up with your daily regimen. Cleanse your skin morning and night to reduce excessive oil, which can lead to breakouts. Also, antioxidants and alpha hydroxyl acids will help you maintain that “glow” even after you’ve delivered.
Q: Are there certain products you would recommend she uses or eliminates from her daily routine?
A: Avoid acne medication products. They can contain acne-fighting ingredients which may not be suitable for pregnant women. Use products without added chemical preservatives, like Sensé beautiful science®. Each product in the Sensé line, such as Daytime Protective Emulsion or the Rice Bran Polisher, contains carefully selected ingredients known to fortify and revitalize your individual skin cells, where healthy skin begins.
Q: Is there anything a woman can do prior to pregnancy or during the early stages to try to "save" her skin?
A: Prior to pregnancy, make sure you are consuming the proper nutrients and drinking plenty of water. Also, using skin care products that are high in antioxidants and vitamins can help reduce the visible signs of aging and stress. Choose your skin care products wisely.
Q: Once she has the baby, how long does it take for her skin to go back to normal? Does it ever go back to normal?
A: Each woman is different and it really depends on her body. Also, each pregnancy is unique so you may experience different skin changes during each of your pregnancies.
Q: What is the pregnancy "glow" all about?
A: Increased blood circulation during pregnancy can make your skin appear brighter. Also, hormone changes often create more oil production, causing a slight shine to your skin. These together create the “glow” during pregnancy.
Take time to enjoy your pregnancy and the healthy “glow” that develops. There is nothing more beautiful than a happy, expecting mother!
Pregnant Women: Is Your Baby’s Nutrition Missing this Key Ingredient?
Pregnancy brings along for the ride a whole barrel-full of questions about nutrition and supplements. I’ve known many women that are completely confident about their health and taking supplements during their “everyday” life who then start to question whether or not they should continue taking supplements while they’re pregnant.
During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, a woman’s nutritional needs are greater than ever.
So, it is NOT the time to stop supplementing.
Actually, this is the perfect time to make sure you are taking the best prenatal supplements possible.
But with so many prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplements on the market, how can you evaluate your decisions?
Here’s a tip: pay attention to the amount of iodine in the formula.
The Importance of Iodine
In healthy adults, iodine serves a number of functions within the body. First and foremost iodine supports healthy thyroid function, which is important for normal metabolism.*
For pregnant or lactating women, iodine is crucial because it not only supports a child’s healthy thyroid growth and function, it also plays a key role in healthy brain and central nervous system development.*
In other words, it can have a direct impact on a child’s metabolis, learning and behavior later in life.
Now, here’s the problem. Consumption of iodine has been steadily declining for nearly 50 years, especially in the United States, resulting in a higher prevalence of mild iodine deficiency in the general population.
Pregnant and lactating women’s needs for iodine skyrockets during this critical time in the child’s development, so supplementation can help fill the gaps.
Here’s an especially sobering fact: only about half of the prenatal supplements on the market contain any iodine at all.
The Prenatal Chelated Mineral in USANA’s BabyCare Essentials delivers 300 mcg of iodine in a daily dose which is a higher amount of iodine than many other products on the market.
The amount of iodine found in USANA’s prenatals helps effectively support healthy neurocognitive development while staying well within the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of a maximum of 1,100 mcg of dietary iodine daily.
The iodine USANA uses is in the form of potassium iodide, which is a form that has been shown to be very bioavailable in humans.
A word of caution: Though unlikely, it is possible to consume too much iodine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. So, if you eat a lot of sea vegetables, scallops, yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs or strawberries every day, talk to your doctor about monitoring your levels of iodine.
Perfect Partners: Iodine & Selenium
When taking iodine, it’s important to take adequate amounts of selenium, which also supports proper thyroid function.
Here’s a little insider tip: there are about 100 mcg of selenium in 2 tablets of BabyCare Prenatal Chelated Mineral.
Ladies, if you think you could get pregnant, or if you are actively trying, help your little kidlet get a smart start.
Supplement your healthy diet with the USANA BabyCare Prenatal Essentials for comprehensive nutritional support all throughout your pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Do you know anyone who might benefit from this information? Please share!
I recently read an article by Dr. Jolene Brighten titled the importance of a healthy gut and pregnancy. She has a saying that I think everyone should know:
“A Mother is both the seed and the soil to her child”.
A woman’s gut health does affect the health of her child’s immune system. When I talk about got health I am referring to your overall health. The gut is where nutrients are absorbed and utilized by our body’s. Mom’s gut health will be babies gut health. Something to keep in mind, research has shown that incidence of Celiac disease, Diabetes and Asthma is higher in infants born via C-section. Some mothers will not have a choice when it comes to C-section delivery. This is why we need to maintain gut health regardless of what may happen when it comes to giving birth. Our gut health is what strengthens our immune system.
Whatever nutrients you’re lacking during pregnancy will also affect the health of your unborn child. The amazing growth of the child within you is truly a miracle from God. Two of the best things you can do during your pregnancy is to have proper sleep and eat foods that are high in nutrients. Getting both proper sleep and foods high in nutrients will greatly strengthen your Gut thereby strengthening your immune system.
One of my concerns during pregnancy when not eating Foods that are high in nutrients is the overall effect on the mother. The child within you will take all that it needs for its growth during this time of pregnancy. Sometimes after a woman has given birth she may experience postpartum depression. Upon a blood test this condition will sometimes show a decline in levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin B and the minerals Chromium and Manganese along with omega-3.
To increase the amount of nutrient absorption in the gut probiotics are highly effective and I recommend USANA probiotics (information for ordering can be found at the end of this post). Optimizing gut health insurers your ability to eat, digest and absorb all the nutrients in food’s you eat.
During pregnancy a Mother’s Health should be the only priority, her feelings of happiness, her feelings of sadness, her feelings of joy. All of these emotions could be affected by the health of her got. This is where a man can have a huge impact during the pregnancy by letting mom know that she will be taken care of, greatly reducing the amount of stress during this time.