Why Prenatal Vitamins Matter?

If you’re planning a baby, and are considering prenatal vitamins, you’re making the right choice. Even if you’re a health enthusiast, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, there is a possibility that you might not be getting all the essential nutrients from your food. Prenatal vitamins are preferably taken before you try to conceive. Some doctors even recommend these vitamins during the early stages of pregnancy. Unlike normal multivitamin tablets, prenatal vitamins contain more folate and iron, which are very crucial for the baby’s growth and development. While folic acid helps in preventing birth defects of the brain and the spinal cord, iron prevents anemia and enhances the baby’s overall development. Prenatal supplements are also known to curb queasiness to some extent.

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What should an ideal prenatal supplements brand contain?

A good prenatal vitamins brand should basically contain folic acid, iron, calcium and Vitamin D. Nowadays there are many brands available which also provide additional nutrients including zinc, copper, vitamin C and much more. It is always advisable to consult your healthcare advisor before buying prenatal vitamins.


Who should take prenatal vitamins?

It’s a must for women who are trying to conceive to take their prenatal vitamins regularly. However, the dosage will differ from woman to woman. Women who have dietary restrictions, health disorders or even complications during their previous pregnancy will be prescribed a higher dosage by their doctors. If you’ve found out you’re pregnant, start your prenatal supplements as soon as possible.


Which prenatal vitamins should you choose?

There are many brands available in the market today. Some of them include Smarty Pants Prenatal Complete, Nature’s Way Alive! Prenatal Gummy and Actif Organics Prenatal Vitamin. Please note: each prenatal vitamins brand has a different percentage of vital nutrients and it is important to consult your doctor to understand what your requirements are, and which brand will be safe and appropriate for yours and your baby’s well-being. You can also go through some excellent brands mentioned in the prenatal vitamin reviews by Prenatals.


Prenatal vitamins for vegans

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you might be missing out on important nutrients which are found in meat, seafood and dairy. Most vegetarians find it difficult to source the best alternatives to the general prenatal vitamins you find in store. Here’s some good news. There are many brands available worldwide which have been consciously manufacturing vegan and vegetarian prenatal supplements to meet special dietary requirements! As well as vitamins, you can also buy DHA supplements which are excellent alternatives to omega-3 fatty acids which are present in fish oil.


Where can you buy prenatal supplements from?

Prenatal vitamins are easily available in any pharmacy, in both tablet and liquid form. If you’re looking for a particular brand that is not available locally, you can easily find them on online healthcare websites. Please remember that these vitamins are not to be consumed without maintaining a proper diet. These are additional supplements which will take care of your baby’s health.


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Top Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy And Birth

Lots of women who work hard to look after their bodies wonder how much they can do when they’re pregnant. The truth is that pregnancy can make you feel so tired and so achy that you might not feel like doing anything. And that’s OK. During pregnancy, your body will do whatever it takes to make sure your baby’s body is healthy and protected. And if that means making you rest up for a while, then that may be what you have to do!


Of course, the birthing process is hard work. It can last many hours and is physically demanding. And if labor starts late in the evening, you could be incredibly tired within just an hour or so. It’s important to maintain your health and fitness for this ultimate endurance test. So how do you find the right balance between rest and activity during pregnancy?




In early pregnancy, your baby is rapidly developing from just a few cells into something recognizable as a baby on your first scan. This takes it out of you. The surge in hormones and shift of your internal body parts can make you feel very sick, making eating difficult. This can be stressful too. It is so important to stay hydrated. Try to eat a rounded diet even if you have weird cravings or aversions to different foods. Some doctors recommend eating fish and meat each day, but if you’re a vegetarian, you may choose not to do this.


You may also need to take supplements during your pregnancy to support the healthy growth of your child. Things can go awry, and things can go wrong. You may need more iron if you become anemic. And you may need to radically alter your diet if you suffer from gestational diabetes. Your thyroid function could become weakened, leading to extreme fatigue. If any of these things happen, be prepared to rest more. Gentle exercise like walking could be preferred. Of course, if you suffer from preeclampsia, total bed rest may be required!


Some women can continue jogging into their eighth month of pregnancy. Special Yoga for pregnancy can keep you strong and focused. But no matter how much you can or can’t do, it’s important to take care. Lifting can be too strenuous. And even sleeping habits need adjustment to be safe.


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The birth itself can also be precarious. Through no fault of your own, your infant could be at risk of developmental problems. Brain damage and cerebral palsy can occur due to the birthing process. It’s important you speak to a cerebral palsy lawyer if your child suffered an injury at this time. They will be able to help you find the right help and support for your child’s needs in life. Thankfully, the vast majority of births are successful and healthy.


For a healthy pregnancy and healthy birth, it’s important you take care of your body. Pregnancy is hard, and it can feel anything but natural! But with a careful diet and careful exercise, your baby can be the beautiful and healthy little bundle of joy you dreamed of.


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Important Practices during Pregnancy

There are 3 stages in pregnancy, the first trimester which is from week 1 up to week 12, second trimester which covers week 13 till week 28 and the last trimester from week 29 to week 40.

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Having been pregnant twice, I became fully aware of the important practices during pregnancy. I became knowledgeable of the do’s and don’ts for a pregnant woman.  Carrying a developing child inside the womb is no joke. In my case, I really had a hard time conceiving a child. In my two pregnancies, the first trimester is the hardest stage I experienced. I always have the morning sickness. I throw up in the morning and even in mid-day, sudden episodes of dizziness also occur anytime of the day. I frequently suffered from heartburn and fatigue though I am not doing much house chores. I always felt very sleepy, the reason why I was called sleeping beauty by my husband then lol. I also had distaste on certain foods and at the same time craving for different foods too.


On the second trimester, I begun to have leg cramps and back aches. The last trimester is the stage where I felt that I am very heavy that I easily get tired during walks and usually experience shortness of breath. My breasts began to swell and start aching every now and then. More backaches and troubles in sleeping for I felt like drowning so I need to find the best sleeping position. Contractions began on the last week of the eighth month.


Though not every pregnant woman experiences the same thing I did, there is still a need to know the do’s and don’ts for the benefit of our unborn child and our health as well.
Listed below are the Do’s and Don’ts during Pregnancy.



  • It is very important to have a regular pre-natal care, have yourself be checked-up by an obstetrician-gynecologist and see to it that you come on your next check up appointments, which is usually every month on the first and second trimester.Twice a month doctor’s visit on the seventh till the mid of eighth month and weekly until the projected time of birth-giving.
  • Take prescribed vitamins and supplements religiously.
  • Get enough sleep and try to reduce stress
  • The center of your gravity changes throughout pregnancy, so it is very important to be aware of good posture and proper exercises.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, focus on your proper diet, remember that you are eating for two
  • Drink lots of water
  • As experienced, you will find sleeping comfort if you turn to a side. either on your left or right side position.
  • Do some stretching, basic exercises to increase flexibility and strength, it is necessary to lessen or avoid leg cramps.
  • Practice the proper breathing which is very essential during giving birth, you may ask your obstetrician about the breathing techniques.
  • On the fourth or fifth month, our baby starts to frequently change his/her position inside our womb, you can feel and see your tummy bulge on one side, it is advisable to hold it and talk to your baby, as it is the beginning of your strong bonding, you may let him listen to good music too.
  • Start preparing your hospital bag two weeks before your expected time of giving birth, make a list of the things needed to bring, such as baby’s clothes,diapers, and your clothes and things as well.


  • Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or inhale hazardous fumes like paint or secondhand-smoke.
  • In case you contract fever, don’t take other over the counter medications unless prescribed by your doctor.
  • Limit caffeine consumption, opt for healthy drinks
  • As much as possible, avoid climbing high ladders, use the elevator or escalator.
  • Do not bend down with straight legs, observe for the proper positions when bending and getting up from your bed
  • Never carry heavy weights
  • Don’t wear tight clothes
  • Don’t wear high heels
  • Avoid long distance travels especially during the last trimester, if in case you need to travel, consult your doctor for your travel clearance.
  • Do not over exert effort or tire yourself
  • Eat but try not to gain too much weight. Ask your obstetrician-gynecologist regardingyour optimal weight gain to prevent pregnancy complications, like gestationaldiabetes, pre-eclampsia, stillbirth, very-preterm birth and caesarean delivery.

While pregnant, you may not be able to do your regular tasks and routines.  Do not be ashamed to ask and tell your doctor on what you feel and experience on this stage of your life. Before, I also ask and collect opinions from my mother and friends who had been once an expectant mother. I also do a lot of reading and researching to know more about my pregnant condition.


Insider’s Guide From A Dietician To Stay In Your Best Shape During Pregnancy

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When you’re pregnant, the sense of responsibility is huge. Suddenly, everything that you eat has the potential to affect your baby, sometimes with devastating implications. Here is a guide from a leading dietician on how to stay in your best shape during pregnancy.

Prenatal Vitamins

Many women dread taking their daily prenatal vitamin tablet; however it is essential to make sure both you and your baby are in the best possible health during your pregnancy. Both the size and the smell can be really off-putting, but you can combat the other side-effects of this important tablet. Try taking it at night to reduce the feelings of nausea and bloating that can sometimes occur. Make sure you don’t take the tablet on an empty stomach, as this will amplify any feelings of nausea you may experience.   Continue reading “Insider’s Guide From A Dietician To Stay In Your Best Shape During Pregnancy”

FAQs on Cordlife

I talked about Cordlife in my previous post. To keep you updated on the recent bulletin released by Dr. Arvin Faundo, Medical Directorof Cordlife Philippines, I decided to make a follow up post on it. Dr. Faundo talked about the latest prenatal stem cell technology that can become the key to potential cure to diseases. The following are  important details for your added information.

CordLife was established to provide a full suite of cord blood and tissue banking services,which include the collection, processing and cryo preservation storage of cordblood stem cells and umbilical cord tissue. Since its inception in 2001,CordLife has grown rapidly from a fledging start-up company to the largest network of cord blood banks in the Asia-Pacific region. Our in-depth knowledge of cord blood banking practices and standards has developed strong capabilitiesto attain certifications from quality standard organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and country regulators.The prestigious “Technology Pioneer” title awarded by the World Economic Forum ascertained our outstanding performance in the industry.
Today, the CordLifegroup of companies (CordLife Limited) is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CBB),which owns and operates cord blood processing and tissue storage facilities situated in Indonesia, India, and the Philippines.