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  1. ZINC
    Zinc is critical for two reasons: proper growth and for developing a healthy immune system for the baby. Studies suggest that inadequate zinc may even cause immune deficiency in the next generation (i.e., your grandchild) as well. Be sure to get at least 15 milligrams per day of zinc in your diet, which can be found in high protein foods such as meat and beans.
    Healthy Eating Pregnancy

    Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

    Getting enough folic acid is critical both before and during pregnancy to help assure proper growth and to prevent birth defects. It is present in deep green, leafy vegetables. Women should get at least 400 to 800 micrograms per day.

    Magnesium deficiency is routine in the North American diet and can increase the possibility of high blood pressure and seizures during pregnancy, a condition known as eclampsia. Taking the proper amount of magnesium a day also helps to decrease the leg cramps and constipation often experienced during pregnancy. In addition, magnesium is critical for more than 300 other body functions and will generally help you to feel a lot healthier.
    These are critical for energy, mental clarity and to prevent depression. B vitamins have also been found to improve pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes.Take approximately 25 to 50 milligrams a day of B vitamins and plenty of vitamin B12 for normal nerve function.
    The human brain is made predominantly of DHA, an essential fatty acid found in fish oils. Perhaps this is why there is an old wives’ tale about fish being a brain food. Regardless, DHA deficiency is very common and it is critical that pregnant women get adequate fish oils so that their baby can develop healthy and optimal brain tissue.
    Ideally, pregnant women should have an intake of 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day. It is best to take this at night (it helps with sleep) in the liquid, powdered or chewable form. Each cup of milk or yogurt contains 400 milligrams of calcium.
  7. IRON
    Approximately 18 to 36 milligrams of iron per day can be helpful. Interestingly, iron deficiency can sometimes cause infertility. Also, pregnant women who don’t get enough iron are at risk for anemia, fatigue, poor memory and decreased immune function.
  8. WATER
    Be sure to drink plenty of water. When pregnant, blood volume can increase about 30 percent and it is easy to become dehydrated. If your mouth or lips are dry, drink more! Adequate salt is also helpful in preventing dehydration (less so if you have problems with fluid retention).
  9. Check your THYROID
    Millions of women suffer from an underactive metabolism, also known as hypothyroidism, which often goes undiagnosed. Hypothyroidism accounts for more than 6 percent of miscarriages and can be cause for learning disabilities in the child. If you were on thyroid medication before getting pregnant, it is normal to increase the dose during pregnancy.
  10. What Pregnant Women should Avoid
    A few cautions for pregnant women: avoid taking more than 8,000 units of vitamin A per day. Most pregnant women are also, of course, aware that smoking, drugs and alcohol should all be avoided during pregnancy. Exercise, on the other hand, has been shown to be very beneficial and results in babies and moms that are quite healthy.

Written by:  Tina I URETEN, MD, RDMS, RDCS


Breastfeeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Breast milk is nature’s way of providing the best nutrition to a new born. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding to babies for the first six months after birth. There are a number of reasons why mothers should breastfeed their babies, some more important than others. Here are 10 important reasons which should encourage non-breastfeeding moms to start breastfeeding their baby right away.

  1. Breast milk is easily digestible by the baby
  2. Reduced the chances of breast cancer
  3. Breast milk increases levels of IQ in children
  4. Breast milk helps pass meconium
  5. Breast milk helps build the baby’s immune system
  6. Increases the emotional bonding between the mother and the child
  7. Breast feeding releases hormones in the mothers body
  8. Reduces the risk of diabetes in children
  9. Prevents post-partum hemorrhage in mothers
  10. Protects the baby against illnesses, infections and diseases


  1. Breast milk is easily digestible by the baby
    As opposed to formula milk, breast milk is easily digestible by the baby as it is completely natural and does not contain any synthetic or artificial nutrients like those present in formula milk. The protein content in breast milk is also as much as your baby requires, which is easily absorbed by your baby. However, in case of formula milk, more proteins are present, which cannot be absorbed by the baby’s immature digestive system. This is why the stools of formula-fed babies are bulkier than those of breast fed babies.
  2. Reduced the chances of breast cancer
    This is one of the most import reasons why mothers should breast feed their babies. Moms who breastfeed their new born are at a reduced risk of suffering from breast cancer at a later stage in life. Moreover, it has been researched that baby girls who are breastfed also have a reduced risk of suffering from breast cancer at a later stage in life.
  3. Breast milk increases levels of IQ in children
    Children who are breast-fed develop higher IQ levels than bottle fed milk. This is directly related to the growth hormones which are present in breast milk and are essential for the cognitive growth of the child.
  4. Breast milk helps pass meconium
    Meconium is the sticky, black tar-like substance that passes from the babies intestines after birth. A mothers breast naturally produce colostrum in the initial days after birth which contains natural laxatives, along with antibodies and hormones to help clean the baby’s intestines. Formula-fed babies often have problems getting rid of meconium after birth.
  5. Breast milk helps build the baby’s immune system
    Since breast milk is naturally produced, it contains all the essential nutrients, minerals, growth hormones, antibodies and other vitamins required by the baby. These substances help the baby to build a stronger immune system, helping the baby to fight against infections, diseases and illnesses. No formula milk can provide these disease fighting antibodies. According to a research, about 80% cells found in breast milk are macrophages, which are cells that help kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. This is why beast fed babies visit the hospital less often.
  6. Increases the emotional bonding between the mother and the child
    Breastfeeding is a natural process and it helps the mother and the child to bond with each other by spending quality time together. This emotional bonding is essential for the baby to grow in to a good human being. Bottle-fed babies who are not able to make this bond can develop feelings of “neglect” over time. Touching and holding gives a very comforting and soothing feeling to the baby.
  7. Breast feeding releases hormones in the mothers body
    Breast feeding is known to release the hormone oxytocin in the mothers breasts, which helps in stimulating the uterine contractions, helping the mother to recover quickly after birth. Oxytocin helps the uterus to return back to its normal size. It also helps mothers to regain their figure more quickly. Non-breastfeeding moms are never able to shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size.
  8. Reduces the risk of diabetes in children
    Infants that are breast-fed are at a reduced risk of developing diabetes in the later stages in life. Studies show that lack of breastfeeding is directly associated with the development of Type I diabetes over time. Non breast feeding babies are usually introduced to dairy products at an early stage. This increases the level of cow’s milk antibodies in the child’s system, increasing the risk of insulin dependent diabetes. Infants that are breastfed are also known to be at a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  9. Prevents post-partum hemorrhage in mothers
    The release of oxytocin in the mothers body due to breastfeeding helps to shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size and also helps to expel the placenta. The contractions that allow this to happen also shut off the maternal blood vessels that fed the baby during pregnancy, discouraging excessive bleeding after child birth. Mothers who do not breast feed often have to take artificial oxytocin to help prevent post-partum hemorrhage.
  10.  Protects the baby against illnesses, infections and diseases
    This reason makes breast milk the best gift for babies provided to every mother by nature. The natural antibodies present in breast milk allow the baby to fight against infections such as ear infections, infections of the respiratory system and intestinal tract, as well as reduces the risk of asthma in infants.
    These factors are just a tiny part of more than 100 other reasons why breast milk is best for you and your child. So if you are a mother who has just given birth, or will be soon, should make every effort to give the best to yourself and to your child.

Author: Dr. Tina Ureten


Happy Thanksgiving

Most often we say ‘thank-you’ when another person does something for us or gives something to us. But how often have we stopped with our daily routine to just look around and appreciate what we already have?

How often have we whispered “thank-you” while watching our children sleep?
How often have we whispered “thank-you” when we touching our pregnant belly?
How often have we whispered “thank-you” when we see our kids arrive from school?

The list of things we should be thankful for is endless. And if we look at our families with eyes of filled with gratitude for every day we are together, we would be overwhelmed by this greatest gift of life.

Our life and the life we have given birth to, is the greatest gift of existence. Conception, pregnancy, and motherhood should be celebrated with gratitude.  It is a GIFT.   Motherhood is both giving a gift and receiving a gift.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the mothers and soon-to-be mommies out there!



They say that ‘Motherhood’ changes you.’  It changes your way of seeing things. It changes your priorities in life. It changes the way you appreciate other people around you. Motherhood teaches you a kind of love you never knew existed. Yes, you love your parents and you love your spouse. But you realize the that your heart is capable of feeling so much, that it almost overwhelms you. And you experience that feeling when you become a MOTHER.

I came across this quote and I was struck by the truth of what it is saying. Only a child knows how much a mother could love.

“Only YOU will know the strength of my LOVE for you.
After all, you’re the only now who knows how my HEART sounds like from the inside.”


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Inside the 3d ultrasound room

 1-   3D ultrasound can not be done in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy:

It can be done from the beginning of the pregnancy but babies are very small at the early stage and they look like beans with tiny arms / legs. You can not see face features.

2-   3D Ultrasound uses more powerful sound waves:
3D technology uses exactly same sound waves as regular 2D ultrasound. The 3D image is re-constructed with many 2D pictures by computers. 3D sessions always start with a 2D picture.

3-   You need a full bladder for 3D ultrasound session:
3D ultrasound sessions are done with empty bladder, you can use the washrooms before your appointment.

4-   3D Ultrasound burns your baby:
Tests on different tissues show ultrasound waves can cause some temperature increase in the tissue. But these trials are done with 50-100 times more powerful ultrasound and increased exposure time. That still doesn’t cause any permanent harm. The temperature increase in the human body (mother or baby) is same as 2D ultrasound and it is very minimal, not higher than body’s own temperature changes.

5-   3D Ultrasound shows the sex better than 2D:
It is completely up to the baby’s position, some babies show better with 2D and others show clearer with 3D. Your ultrasound technician checks the gender with both techniques in order to give you the correct answer. All 3D Ultrasound machines have 2D feature, both can be used during your 3Dultrasound session.