Monday, January 30, 2012

Keeping Your Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

Doing what you can to help keep your baby safe pre, during and post pregnancy is important. For example, your diet and fitness regimen can have an impact on the development of your baby during pregnancy, and once the baby is born preserving the cord blood at a cord blood bank is a way to help safeguard the future health of your child. Cord blood banking can help in the treatment of a number of immune and metabolic conditions, as well as other diseases. Considering steps, such as these, can help ensure your baby gets off to a health start and stays on a health road. Let’s examine some of the most common steps for a mom-to-be to take:

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Caffeine: Caffeine is not good for a developing baby. Expert studies have indicated that caffeine in high levels can be harmful to the fetus. Some studies suggest that ingesting caffeine can lead to low birth rate and miscarriage. Since coffee is a stimulant and diuretic, physicians do not recommend it during pregnancy.

Alcohol: Drinking during pregnancy in moderation was used to be acceptable but now alcohol in any amount is considered unsafe. Alcohol is known to increase the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which can lead to mental retardation and birth defects.

Seafood with High Mercury: Fish contains mercury that could potentially harm a fetus if too much is consumed. Mercury contamination could harm the nervous system of the developing fetus. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid seafood that is high in mercury. 
Foods to Consume During Pregnancy

Folic Acid: Foods that are high in folic acid are recommended during pregnancy to decrease complications with development of the spinal cord and other development issues. Without these foods, conditions like anemia may develop or the inability to absorb nutrients may occur. Leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, broccoli or okra are high in folic acid, as are bananas, lemons, or mushrooms.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A will help prevent malformations in fetuses. Carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes or yams are all high in Vitamin A.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is found in food such as strawberries, oranges, lemons and broccoli. According to studies, pregnant women need 70 mg of vitamin C a day. 


Fitness is necessary to promote the healthy development of the baby. Expecting mothers should engage in exercise on a regular basis, according to their doctor’s specifications. Every woman’s pregnancy is different and will require a different level of fitness for proper development. 

Women need to remain cognizant of what they ingest in order to aid in the proper development of their baby. Expecting mothers should consult with their physicians to develop a healthy regimen to ensure that fetuses develop into healthy babies. Mothers should also consider eating healthy prior to conception for the best chances of a healthy newborn.

This article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the blogging community covering maternity and childbirth, and always advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on Twitter @ACassidy22

Friday, January 13, 2012

Ensuring the Future with Insurance

I've long wanted to get insurance for the family and my interest has only grown since I came across Term Life Insurance (TLI Family Insurance). The US company offers cheap life insurance quotes, family insurance coverage, whole term life, and life insurance plans that are really attractive for parents like me.

Being on my third child, it naturally crosses my mind that we really need to provide for emergencies and unforseen incidents that would affect their future (cross our fingers nothing like that ever happens!).  Especially since I keep running medical emergencies when I'm near my term! It sometimes terrifies me that my kids and RF would be left behind saddled with grief plus a financial burden they may not be able to deal with properly. I don't want to leave them behind totally overwhelmed, if at all!

I'm glad that TLI also provides several different options and ways on how to lower your premiums. All information are readily explained and easily understood even by people like me. I don't like being lost in terms I don't get and the company certainly avoids the intimidation that complicated jargon brings :) You are able to make an educated and informed decision about what best fits your family budget and needs!

All in all, coming across Term Life Insurance assures me that there are a myriad of possibilities out there that would secure my family's future and protect them from any financial responsibility I would leave behind (should anything happen to me, God forbid!). I would encourage everyone, especially those in the US to look into this and seriously think about what steps you want to take to ensure you and your family are taken care of, for your own peace of mind!