A lot of changes occur during pregnancy and a woman’s body puts in an amazing amount of effort to support a developing baby during gestation as well as trying to maintain a balance for mom. There is no doubt that this involves a lot of hormonal changes. One group of hormones that can be affected after pregnancy are the thyroid hormones.
Getting to know the thyroid
Your thyroid is best described as a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck. In the body, the thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system. This system uses hormones to communicate to other glands throughout your body. The thyroid plays a large role in maintaining many vital functions by regulating your metabolic rate (aka your metabolism), body temperature, it controls growth, bone metabolism and central nervous system development.
Did you know that by the 10th week of gestation, the thyroid gland has already developed and has begun secreting small amounts of hormones because of its vital role in metabolism a...
When starting to work towards a healthier lifestyle, many people get overwhelmed by the amount of information regarding health. A simple question can lead someone to multiple tabs open on their browser, left with even more unanswered questions. This sense of overwhelm often turns people away from healthy eating because it feels too complicated to even start.
One of those questions is often which vitamins you should be taking. Today, I wanted to go over some simple guidelines to help you determine if you should be taking vitamin supplementation. Here are 5 guidelines to help you decide which vitamin supplements you should be taking:
1. Review Your Current Food Intake
Before adding any supplementation, you should first review your current food intake. If you aren’t eating optimally to begin with, adding vitamins will not provide you with the energy and optimal health that you are looking for. Ideally, you can spe...
Almost 11 months ago, I gave birth to my 2nd daughter. There are a lot of changes that take place after giving birth, from emotional to hormonal and of course the obvious physical changes. About 2 years ago, I shared How I Lost (ALL) My Baby Weight without Dieting when I was around 1 year postpartum after giving birth to my eldest daughter.
I still remember struggling to write that post because I didn’t want it to come across as another “weight loss” journey. Here I am again, the second time around, still struggling with how to share my post-partum journey in a way that reflects that it isn’t just about the weight.
See, the internet is filled with messaging that focuses on whipping back into shape after giving birth and losing weight FAST. As if that is the main priority after having a baby. As much as moms would love to go back to their old bodies, it just doesn’t happen very easily because life changes a LOT after a baby.
I thought having one baby was tough. Was I wrong!!! The second ti...
If you grew up in a Desi household, you’ve probably heard health and nutrition tips from elders, whether it was your parents, grandparents, or concerned neighbourhood aunty. You’ve heard these tips so many times that it almost feels like its right but you’re not quite sure if it even makes sense anymore. I’m here to help with that!
After giving birth, it’s as if mothers have a sign on them that invites all aunties to give their unsolicited advice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about combining traditional health practices with modern techniques, but there are some pieces of advice that just don’t work. The problem with some of these nutrition myths are that it can actually just cause more overwhelm to an already tired mom, especially if it isn’t true.
For the past couple of weeks now we’ve been discussing diabetes and highlighting some of the important things to know, and even some crazy misconceptions about the condition. This is a wrap to the series discussing Gestational Diabetes, so if you’ve missed Parts I and II, make sure to check them out to learn all about Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes!
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes that only affects women during pregnancy. It affects 3-20% of pregnancies in Canada, and can be quite common depending on other risk factors present. Those in at risk populations include South Asian and African populations, similar to as was mentioned in the first part of the series on Pre-diabetes.
What happens in the body?
During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and this includes some changes to hormone balance. As we recall, insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that helps with glucose metabolism. When pregnant, the baby develops in the bod...
Healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle are important for a healthy pregnancy. There are many essential nutrients for pregnancy such as folate and iron to help your baby grow. In continuation with the Healthy Pregnancy Series here, we will be talking about another important nutrient for expecting mothers today: Calcium.
Why is calcium important during pregnancy?
Calcium is important during pregnancy in the same way it is important for kids. Calcium helps to build your baby’s teeth and bones and also helps the heart, nerves and muscles develop. It is important to have enough calcium to meet your needs as well as your baby’s needs.
If there is not enough calcium from your diet, calcium from your bones is used to support your baby which can harm your health. Calcium is also important while you are pregnant because it can help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy.
How can you get enough calcium?
It is always good to try and get calcium from food sources before trying a supplement....
Pregnancy brings so many exciting moments and is the start of a wonderful journey. Throughout this journey, there are certain nutrients that can help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Today’s post will be a continuation of the Healthy Pregnancy Series all about important nutrients for pregnant women. Today’s nutrient of discussion is iron.
Why is iron important during pregnancy?
Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps your blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body as hemoglobin. As with many nutrients, your iron needs during pregnancy increase because your body makes more red blood cells to support you and your baby. Also, iron supplies the placenta as well as brain development and iron stores in your baby for the first six months after your baby is born.
How can you get enough iron?
In the first trimester, there are only small changes in your iron needs but in the second and third trimester, your blood volume goes up and you need more iron. Many women may have trouble mee...
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful moments of life as you bring new life into this world. If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you are most definitely hoping for a healthy and happy pregnancy. This blog post will be the first of the Healthy Pregnancy Series. The Healthy Pregnancy Serieswill highlight specific nutrients needed during pregnancy. This series will also share healthy recipes that are high in those specific nutrients to support you and your baby as it grows.
Pregnancy is a normal process that your body goes through but it comes with some slight changes to your metabolism. As you support another life in you, your nutrition needs are slightly higher than normal. The Healthy Pregnancy Series will highlight nutrients that are important and how you can make sure to get enough of each nutrient during your pregnancy.
Today’s healthy pregnancy nutrient is folate/folic acid.
Quick tip: Folate and folic acid are the same B vitamin, however, folate is the food form,...