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Folate and Pregnancy: How important is it really?

Folate and Pregnancy: How important is it really?

Folate, often known as vitamin B9, is an important nutrient during pregnancy. Folate has a number of critical roles during pregnancy, the most significant of which is ensuring the normal closure of your baby’s neural tube during the first few weeks. Getting adequate folate during this critical phase will help your baby avoid neural tube problems like spina bifida and anencephaly. It is necessary for your baby’s spine, brain, and skull to develop properly. Other research has linked sufficient folate consumption during pregnancy to a lower risk of oral cleft lip/palate and cardiovascular problems in babies.

There is also some evidence that suggests a reduced risk of preeclampsia in the mother. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy issue involving the mother’s blood pressure, which can endanger both the mother and the baby’s life.

Is there a difference between folate and folic acid?

Folate and folic acid have a similar sounding name for a reason! Folate is a naturally occurring nutrient, but folic acid is a synthetic nutrient that is added to specific foods to provide the same nutritional benefits. Folic acid is more stable than folate for fortification purposes, therefore you’ll probably see it in your prenatal supplement! For the sake of simplicity, you can consider them to be the same thing!

Food sources of folate:

Leafy greens, lentils, asparagus, oranges, broccoli, strawberries, egg yolks and avocado are all good sources of folate. Fortified foods including cereal, grains, and whole grain flours also contain folic acid.

Hi to prevent deficiency of folic acid:

To guarantee that your requirements of folic acid are met in the event of you becoming pregnant, all women of reproductive age planning a pregnancy, should take a multivitamin supplement daily containing 400 micrograms of folic acid (with vitamin B12 for effective folic utilisation). As previously said, folate is critical during the early stages of pregnancy, so start supplementing at least three months before trying to conceive. This will guarantee you have adequate quantities to support your baby’s neurodevelopment.

Because pregnant women need 600 micrograms of folate/folic acid per day, dietary sources of folate/folic acid are just as vital as continuing to take your folate supplement! Women having a history of neural tube problems in previous pregnancies, a family history of neural tube defects, diabetes, obesity, or epilepsy may require more folate supplementation. If you think you could be at risk of folate deficiency, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist before starting a higher dose of supplementation.

In conclusion

Getting nutrition advice during pregnancy can be stressful, but we’re here to help! If you need some assistance incorporating folate-rich foods into your diet. Kanupriya Khanna, a Senior Consultant Nutritionist & Dietitian with over 18 years of experience, can provide expert advise.

Kanupriya Khanna is regarded as one of the best dietitians in Delhi because of her unwavering commitment to making a difference in people’s lives by instilling good eating habits and lifestyles.

Can Covid Positive Women Breastfeed?
Categories Nutrition Blogs, Nutrition during lactation

Can COVID Positive Moms Breastfeed?

Can COVID Positive Moms Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is vital for the nutrition and development of infants. The World Health Organization recommends new mothers continue to breastfeed their baby for the first six months.

But, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, concerns have been raised about whether COVID positive mothers should breastfeed their baby or not? New mothers are concerned about the transmission of the virus through breastmilk.

COVID guidelines for lactating mothers:

o Do not discontinue breastfeeding

Until now, the virus has not been found in breast milk. New mothers can continue to breastfeed while following COVID protocols:

  • Wear a mask during nursing your baby
  • Sanitise your hands before touching the baby
  • Disinfect the surfaces you touch regularly

o Use a cup and spoon if you are can’t breastfeed

If you are too sick to breastfeed, then use a clean cup and spoon to feed your baby. You can express your milk and ask any non-infected family member to feed the baby. But always wear a mask and sanitise your hands while expressing.

 

WHO Recommendations on Breastfeeding during COVID-19

WHO recommends that suspected or confirmed COVID positive mothers should not discontinue breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding extensively surpass the possible risks for transmission. The mother and the child should establish skin to skin contact, including Kangaroo mother care, immediately after birth.

 

Conclusion- Can COVID Positive Moms Breastfeed? 

The pandemic has created many doubts among new mothers that whether feeding breast milk during this pandemic is safe or not. But your breast milk is a major food for your baby and it provides the required nutrition that is necessary for your baby’s development. So, keep breastfeeding your baby during the pandemic.

In case you want any expert advice on your baby’s nutrition during this pandemic, then contact Kanupriya Khanna. She is a Senior Consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian with over 18 years of work experience in child nutrition and is known as one of the best dietitians in Delhi for child nutrition.

 

Also Read: How to tackle high sugar level post COVID-19?

How to tackle high sugar levels post COVID
Categories Nutrition Blogs, Other nutrition blog

How to Tackle High Sugar Levels Post COVID-19?

How to Tackle High Sugar Levels Post COVID-19?

The last few months have been quite overwhelming for all of us. While COVID-19 cases are reducing, the number of diabetic patients is increasing. According to a recent study, 14 out of 630 patients are experiencing consistent high blood sugar level after COVID-19 treatment. This phenomenon is occurring worldwide. Experts are still trying to understand how COVID-19 treatment is causing diabetes among those who didn’t have this disease before.

COVID-19 treatment and diabetes interconnection

• High doses of steroids can be a possible reason for high sugar levels post-treatment. Patients receive intravenous steroids during the initial phase of COVID-19 treatment,

• Later, the steroids are replaced by oral doses and tapered and stopped. This normally reduces the sugar levels subsequently in most patients. But some patients show consistent high sugar levels.

• COVID-19 affects the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. The disturbance in these cells can lead to insulin deficiency. It ultimately results in high blood sugar levels.

• Chronic fatigue syndrome, intermittent fever and inflammatory syndrome are other side-effects of COVID-19 treatment.

So, if you have tested COVID-19 positive, and are on steroidal treatment; whether you are diabetic or non-diabetic, get your blood sugar test done.

Diet tips on how to tackle high sugar levels post COVID-19

Avoid simple carbohydrate

Simple carbohydrates are made up of a shorter chain of molecules. It gets digested very quickly. Hence, they produce a spike in blood glucose. Examples of simple carbohydrates are white bread, white flour, white rice, white sugar etc. So, cut down your sugar intake for better blood sugar management.  Eat more complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, whole wheat, quinoa, and other plant-based foods.

Eliminate sweeteners

Avoid sugar, honey and jaggery. Also, avoid food items that contain these sweeteners. It will help you keep your blood sugar in check.

Eat high-fibre foods

Increase the amount of fibre in your diet. It can help you in managing your blood sugar better. Fibre-rich foods also help in reducing cholesterol levels. Inculcate fibre-rich foods like salads, whole grains, nuts and seeds in your diet.

Include protein in your diet

Protein is must-have food in your diet. It helps in managing blood sugar levels. Protein contributes to energy production without increasing blood glucose levels. Some good examples of protein-rich foods are eggs, almonds, fish, soya, etc.

Stay Active (but do not rush back to your pre-COVID exercise program)

Staying active makes your body more insulin sensitive. By staying active you are allowing your cells to use your blood sugar for energy. Do not sit or lie down in one place for a longer period of time. Move around in your home at regular intervals.

Incorporate Pranayama

Pranayama is a proven tool to manage your diabetes.  It has calming effects on our nervous system. Pranayama also reduces your stress levels. Breathing exercises promote blood supply to all parts of your body. It also stimulates insulin secretions.

 

Conclusion- How to tackle high sugar levels post COVID-19

COVID-19 has taken a lot of toll on all of us. High blood sugar is a common side effect after COVID-19 treatment. So, get your sugar level checked to avoid further complications. In case you need any guidance on post-COVID-19 nutrition, then contact Kanupriya Khanna. She is a Senior Consultant Nutritionist & Dietitian with over 18 years of experience. She is titled one of the best dietitians in Delhi. What makes her best is the positive reviews from her patients. So, if you want to have a piece of expert advice on your nutrition post-COVID-19, feel free to contact her.

 

Also read: Diet for COVID Positive pregnant women 

Diet for Covid Positive Pregnant Women
Categories Diet During Pregnancy, Nutrition Blogs

Diet for COVID Positive Pregnant Women

Diet for COVID Positive Pregnant Women

The second wave of COVID-19 has affected the nation more as compared to the first one. In India, the number of COVID positive pregnant women are comparatively higher in the second wave.

There have been many inconclusive discussions about the risk correlated with COVID 19 for pregnant women. In pregnancy, the immune system of the mother is compromised and this makes them more suspectable to COVID-19. Therefore, eating well for pregnant women during the pandemic is really crucial.

 

In this article, we will mention some diet tips you can follow if you are COVID positive. According to your month of pregnancy, follow the below-mentioned suggestions along with your prescribed diet.

 

Hydrate Yourself 

Water intake is important to keep your body hydrated. It also helps in flushing the toxins out. So make sure you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.

Protein

You need to maintain optimum protein intake in your diet to fight COVID-19. It will ensure your body is strong enough to fight the infection.  Protein also helps in repairing wear and tear as well. Additionally, eating enough protein will also ensure that your baby’s growth is not affected.

  • Protein-rich foods

Dairy, pulses, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, poultry, and fish.

Zinc 

Zinc is a crucial micronutrient responsible for immune system functioning, DNA synthesis, wound healing and more. Its deficiency in your body can worsen the COVID situation for you and your baby. According to various studies, zinc is an important nutrient to fight the virus. Doctors all over the globe have also been using zinc as a vital vitamin during COVID.

  • Zinc-rich food

Legumes, nuts, eggs and whole grains

Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin with anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a great antioxidant. Eating vitamin C rich foods can be really helpful in combating COVID-19.

  • Vitamin C rich foods

Citrus fruits, peppers, lemons, broccoli, etc.

Warm Liquids

Nasal congestion and sore throat are other symptoms of COVID-19. In case you are experiencing these, then drink warm liquids. Soups and herbal infusions can be really beneficial in this case.

 

Conclusion- Diet for COVID Positive Pregnant Women

  • Don’t Panic

If you are COVID positive, then don’t panic. Instead of panicking, focus on defeating this infection. Eat a COVID- relevant diet along with a positive mindset.

In case you want to seek professional advice furthermore, then contact Kanupriya Khanna. She is a Senior Consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian and titled as one of the best dietitians in Delhi. She holds over 17 years of experience in pregnancy nutrition. So, in case you have any questions related to your pregnancy nutrition, you can contact her.

 

Also read: All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques 

All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques
Categories Nutrition Blogs, Nutrition during lactation

All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques

All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques

For new mothers, breastfeeding can be a very overwhelming experience. Breastfeeding techniques play a very important role in feeding your baby. In this article, we will mention all you need to know about them. In order to feed effectively, your baby has to wake up and let you know that he or she wants to feed. A baby should be hungry 8 to 12 times a day.

Some most common signs of demonstrating hunger are licking, making sucking movements, rooting, bringing hands near the mouth and squawking. Crying is a very late representation of being hungry and till that time, it becomes very difficult for mothers to make their baby latch because of frustration. If such a case happens, let your baby calm down before you start nursing.

Types of breastfeeding techniques

Effective Breastfeeding techniques are very important because if your baby is in a good position, he or she can feed better. Some common breastfeeding positions are as follows:

Cradle

In cradle position, the baby is held in the crook or elbow on the same side as the breast to be used for nursing. The breast can be supported by the opposite hand and the baby’s body is rolled in towards the mother’s body.

Cross-Cradle

In the cross-cradle position, the baby’s head should be supported by the hand opposite to the breast and then feed him or her by supporting your breast with your hand.

Football or clutch

The baby’s head is supported by your hand on the same side as the breast for feeding. The baby’s body is supported by a pillow.

Side-lying using modified cradle

In this position, the baby and mother lie next to each other and the mother uses a pillow to support her arm. This position is considered good for feeding as the baby’s head is at a good angle.

Laid-back breastfeeding

In laid back position, the mother leans back in a recliner position and the baby is lying on his or her stomach and the baby’s body is pressed against the mother. This is a very relaxing position for both mother and baby. If you have had a C-Sec, then this is the best position for you.

Conclusion- All you need to know about breastfeeding techniques

No matter what position you choose, always bring the baby to your breasts, not your breast to the baby. Sit in a comfortable position and support the baby’s body using bed, pillow or cushion. In order to swallow and breathe during feeding, your baby must be in good alignment. If you are still not sure about your breastfeeding technique, then you can contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Senior Consultant Nutritionist & Dietitian and one of the best dietitians in Delhi with more than 17 years of work experience. She is an expert in the postnatal health and lactation. If you need an expert advice then she can help you with a lot of your queries.

Also read: How To Take Care of Your Toddler During Covid? 

How to take care of your toddler during COVID-19
Categories Nutrition Blogs, Other nutrition blog

COVID-19- How to Take Care of Your Toddler During COVID?

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world like a catastrophe and every generation is vulnerable to it.

In this article, we will talk about ways to take care of your toddler during this COVID-19 pandemic. Parenting with COVID-19 can be a challenging task in these times, but your children need a sense of security that they are safe.

 

How to identify stress in toddlers?

Toddlers can’t express themselves clearly, so parents need to look for behaviors that can be an indication of stress. Some of the common behaviors are increased crying, sleeping issues, increased urination or wetting the bed, separation anxiety, bad dreams, increased anger or tantrums and being clingy.

 

Taking care of Children during COVID-19

• Verbal Assurance

Your kids can’t express themselves but you surely can. Reassure your child that they are safe through physical closeness and practicing comforting movements like rocking or swaying.

• Keep your surroundings quiet

Too much noise can irritate your child and increase their anxiety levels. So, try to keep your home quieter.

• Stay Calm

Don’t lose your calm when you are encountering any problematic behavior. They are just experiencing stress; they are not being a bad kid.

• Maintain regular routines.

Creating a regular routine can help with the boredom and anxiety issues. Don’t forget to maintain good eating and sleeping habits.

• Go Out (if it is allowed)

Get fresh air and encourage physical movements

• Say No to Television

Limit your kid’s exposure to television and screen time, and avoid loud sounds.

• Indoor games

Play face-to-face positive and fun games like peek-a-boo and patty cake

• Practice Reading

Practice quiet time reading with pictures and playing with toys

• Family time

Enjoy family time by singing or dancing and listening to music together.

 

What to do if you have a confirmed case or symptoms of COVID-19? 

• Always wear a double mask whenever you come near your child and rinse your hands thoroughly with soap.

• Disinfect the surfaces you touch regularly and if your symptoms worsen, seek medical advice immediately.

 

Conclusion 

Parenting with COVID-19 can be hard, but staying calm and following a routine can really help. Furthermore, during these difficult times, proper nutrition is also vital to keep your child’s immune system strong and fight against this deadly virus. So make sure your toddler is well-fed with home-cooked food with a variety of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. In case you need a professional help, you can contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Senior Consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian holding more than 17 years of experience in child nutrition. She is one of the best dietitians in Delhi if you are looking for nutritional advice for children.

 

Also read: Dietary Needs of Adults during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Categories Nutrition Blogs, Other nutrition blog

Dietary Needs for Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dietary Needs for Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Taking proper care of your diet during this pandemic is extremely crucial. People who are eating a well-balanced diet and keeping themselves well hydrated are healthier with a strong immune system as compared to people who are eating processed and packaged food. But most people must be wondering what is a balanced diet during this pandemic? In this article we will be covering nutrition advice for adults during COVID-19 including what you should eat and avoid.
Dietary recommendations during the COVID-19:
• Eat freshly cooked food, but make sure you don't overcook vegetables as this can lead to
loss of important vitamins.
• Eat fresh fruits, especially ones which are rich in Vitamin C like mango, kiwi, sweet lime,
peach, etc
• Include whole grains like oats, millets, brown rice, quinoa and whole wheat in your daily
diet. Keeping a variety of grains in your diet will also keep your food exciting.
• As we all know; water is crucial for a healthy body. It helps in transporting nutrients in the
blood, regulates your body temperature, eliminates toxins and lubricates your joints. So keep
yourself well hydrated.
• Consume nuts, fox nuts, sprouts, fresh fruits as snacks
• Consume protein foods like lentils and pulses, milk and dairy, eggs, chicken, etc.
The optimum quantities are as follows:
• Fruits = 2 cups (4 servings)
• Vegetables = Eat 2.5 cups (5 servings)
• Grains = 180g
• Meat and beans = 160g
• Water = 8-10 glasses everyday
Dietary Needs for Adults During the COVID-19 Outbreak:
Other recommendations:
Don’t compromise on your sleep and do plenty of physical exercise to stay active.
Maintaining sound mental health is also important to fight against this difficult time. If you feel
your mental health is deteriorating, seek counselling and psychological support from a
trained health care professional.
What you should avoid
• Eliminate foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt.
• Avoid red meat
• Eliminate processed foods with high fat and salt content.
• Eliminate industrially processed trans-fat, and frozen foods as they do not provide any
nutritional value.
• Avoid your intake of soft drinks, sodas and drinks that are high in sugar.

Conclusion
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is crucial. But what is equally important is to stay at
home and maintain social distance in public places. Protect yourself from COVID-19 by
wearing masks and washing your hands often. In case of professional guidance, you can
contact Kanupriya Khanna, one of the best dietitians in Delhi who is also a Senior
Consultant and Dietitian with over 17 years of work experience.

Also Read: HOW TO MANAGE EATING DISORDERS AMONG TEENAGERS

Dietary Supplements for Children
Categories Dietician for children, Nutrition Blogs

Things You Should Know About Dietary Supplements for Children and Teens

Nutrition plays a very important role in the overall development of infants and young children, especially in the first 24 months. Supplements for children can be really helpful if your family’s dietary practices are limited. Your toddler’s diet should include critical vitamins and minerals especially vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, vitamin A, calcium, and zinc. So if your family follows a strict vegan or vegetarian diet, it’s important to consult your child’s dietitian for an appropriate diet for your children. The normal protocol followed by all pediatricians and medical institutions includes a shot of vitamin D at the time of birth to your newborn baby. Breastmilk provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed by a baby for optimal growth. All infant formulas these days are also fortified with many vitamins and minerals.

Once a baby turns one year, your pediatrician will recommend an iron supplement, which is part of the normal guidelines followed all over the world for supplementation in infants.

But be cautious about how much supplement you give your baby as excessive doses can sometimes be harmful. Keep the supplement dosage as per the recommendation.

Nowadays, teenagers are amongst the largest growing population taking supplements, especially those that claim to help in muscle building, weight loss, etc. According to a national survey conducted in 2012 in the US, about one out of nine children rely on dietary supplements. But most of these bodybuilding and weight loss supplements contain harmful ingredients that are bad for their bodies and the side effects may end up messing your teen’s overall health.

Here are few things that you should know about dietary supplements for children and teens.

• Most dietary supplements claim that they are derived from natural sources, but natural doesn’t always mean safe.

• Dietary supplements are less regulated as compared to over-the-counter drugs or prescriptions.

• Various dietary supplements contain low-quality ingredients and may contain contaminants like chemicals and metals. The results of studies conducted by the “Studies of Dietary Supplements” show that the labels of some supplements are misleading.

• Some of the children end up in the emergency room every year because of unsupervised intake of dietary supplements.

• Do not confuse vaccinations with dietary supplements.

• Most body-building supplements contain hidden ingredients like steroids which can lead to liver injury, stroke, or even kidney failure.

• Supplements for weight loss is another segment that misleads their customers and can have serious side effects. They should be taken only under medical supervision.

Conclusion

Dietary supplements must be taken under the doctor’s supervision and your child’s dietitian’s advice. For expert advice on child nutrition and dietary supplements, contact Kanupriya Khanna, a senior Consultant Nutritionist & Dietitian and one of the best child dietitians in Delhi with over 17 years of experience in Child nutrition. She can help you to plan a balanced diet that can help your children in their overall development.

Breastfeeding and Antibiotics
Categories breastfeeding meal plan, Nutrition Blogs

Breastfeeding and Antibiotics: All You Need to Know

It is natural for nursing mothers to get sick. Some medical conditions require antibiotics and some do not. If you have been prescribed antibiotics and you’re a nursing mother, then you must be concerned about its safety. No matter what breastfeeding meal plans you are taking to build your child’s immunity, antibiotics could also affect your baby.

So the question arises if antibiotics are safe to be taken during breastfeeding?

The answer is – most antibiotics are safe for breastfeeding moms and their babies. Antibiotics are one of the most common prescription medications.  All antibiotics will pass in varying degrees into breastmilk as per the Academy of American Paediatrics(AAP).

According to Mayo Clinic, the drugs that are present in your bloodstream will naturally come in your breast milk. However, the amount of drugs in your milk will be significantly less than your blood. So it’s important to consult your treating physician before taking any medications.

Other than medications, the age of your baby also plays a very important role. Premature babies and newborns are more at risk from antibiotics as compared to older babies.

Effects of antibiotics while breastfeeding:

Antibiotics in general affect and destroy gut bacteria. Babies can experience an upset stomach as antibiotics deplete the good bacteria in their gut. But this effect is generally short-lived and does not cause any major harm to the baby. It is advisable to keep feeding your baby as breastmilk will improve your baby’s gut health overall.

Things to ask if your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics:

• will the prescribed medication be safe for my baby?

• Will my baby or I experience any side effects?

• Should I feed probiotics to my baby?

• In case the prescribed antibiotics are not safe for your baby, then ask your doctor if there are any alternatives. Ask about the duration of your medication and how long will it take to get out of your system.

You can also check LactMed, a database sponsored by the National Library of Medicine to check the effect of different medications on your baby. The Infant Risk Center also provides evidence-based information on how and what medications can affect your baby during breastfeeding.

Conclusion

If you face health problems, antibiotics could be a part of your prescription and knowing that it could affect the baby’s health, breastfeeding moms usually end up confused and stressed. Majority of prescribed antibiotics are safe for your baby, but in case it is not, there are always safer alternatives for those antibiotics. In the end, breastfeeding moms should make sure that they question their doctors and educate themselves.

For expert guidance, contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Sr. Consultant Nutritionist & Child Nutrition Specialist in Delhi with over 17 years of experience in child nutrition. Kanupriya has earned the title of best dietician in Delhi by her continuous contribution in segments like child nutrition, pre/postnatal health and infertility. She can educate you on what kind of nutrition is essential for breastfeeding moms and their child to lead healthy life.

Natural ways to treat nausea during pregnancy
Categories Diet During Pregnancy, Nutrition Blogs

Natural Ways to Treat Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea can be a very uncomfortable experience for pregnant women. For some, it’s just a food aversion and for others, it may feel like periodic queasiness. In the former, pregnant women can experience a strong reaction to specific smells while in the latter they can feel like puking anytime during the day. However, nausea is quite common and completely normal during pregnancy. In few cases, vomiting can be severe enough to require hospitalisation.

Why does it happen?

The root cause of nausea is still unknown but there are some factors like pregnancy hormones, a heightened sense of smell, and a sensitive digestive system that can play a role. Nausea generally starts by the fifth or sixth week and usually disappears during the second trimester. Also, nutrition for pregnant women is extremely crucial in the pregnancy journey, and can also help alleviate the symptoms of nausea.

What you can do to treat your nausea naturally?

You can follow the below-mentioned ways to get rid of your nausea naturally, but if the problem still persists, consider a visit to your doctor.

Eat small and more frequent meals

An empty stomach can worsen the feeling of nausea. Try to eat frequent and small meals in between to keep your nausea in control. Keep some snacks beside your bed, so you can have them in between meals.

Eat ginger

According to multiple research, ginger is a superfood for an upset stomach. You can incorporate ginger in your daily diet in a variety of ways like ginger tea, ginger chews, ginger ale and many more.

Skip specific foods

There are certain foods that can worsen your nausea during pregnancy like greasy food, fatty food, sweets, spicy food etc. Instead of that, try to consume high protein, carbohydrate, low-fat foods. If you have developed an aversion to certain food smells or taste, avoid those. A dietitian also plays a very crucial role here by providing an appropriate diet for pregnant women.

Stay away from strong smells

Another major trigger of nausea is strong smells. Try to stay away from perfumes, smoke, chemicals or anything you might find uncomfortable.

Give aromatherapy a try

Just like some smells are triggers, some smells are a relief as well. Try scented oils like mint, lemon and orange to combat nausea in a natural way. You can keep a scented oil diffuser in a corner of your room.

Timings of prenatal vitamins are crucial

The iron present in your prenatal vitamins can increase nausea. To resolve this, you can change the timings of your dosage. Try to take your vitamins before bedtime instead of an empty stomach in the morning.

Start exercising

Exercise can be a great way to alleviate nausea. You can join prenatal yoga or go for a walk whenever you feel uncomfortable. But it’s highly suggested to consult a health care provider before going for any strenuous exercises.

When you should see your doctor?

Some pregnant women suffer from an extreme condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum in which they can experience continuous vomiting and severe dehydration. The symptoms of this are as follows:

  • Extreme dehydration
  • Vomiting multiple times a day
  • Excessive Weight loss
  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

If you are experiencing these above-mentioned symptoms, then call your prenatal healthcare and seek the necessary help. The importance of a nutrient-rich diet cannot be overlooked when you are trying to take control of your nausea. You can contact Kanupriya Khanna, a senior consultant Nutritionist and Dietitian with over 17 years of work experience in pre and post-natal health for the best advice on nutrition for a healthy pregnancy.

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