Thursday, October 5, 2017

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Unlike popular belief, there are very few foodstuffs that you must totally avoid while you are pregnant. However during this time, you could start loving or craving for certain foodstuffs while disliking others that you may have liked before pregnancy. This is perfectly normal; so follow your taste buds but also making sure that you are taking a healthy diet for you and your baby.

There are a handful of foods that is best avoided during this time as these carry the risk of causing food poisoning that may be potentially harmful for you as well as your baby. These include;

Image result for Foods to Avoid During PregnancyDairy Products – Any dairy product that you take like cow’s milk, goat’s milk, yogurt or cheese must be pasteurized. It is also advisable to stay away from soft and blue-veined cheeses during this time as it can be contaminated with listeria if not stored properly. Listeriosis can lead to a miscarriage, still born or a baby with birth defects.

Some examples of soft or blue cheeses include Camembert, goat cheese, feta, Brie and Roquefort. Also stay away from Mexican style cheeses like Panela, queso fresco and queso blanco. Hard cheeses like Swiss or cheddar and semi-soft ones like cream cheese, mozzarella or Monterey Jack are quite safe as these are made from pasteurized milk.

Raw or precooked foods – Cold cuts, precooked delicatessen meats, raw meats or seafood are best avoided during this time. Raw or undercooked eggs can cause salmonella food poisoning which can be really dangerous for you and your baby’s health. While taking eggs, make sure these are thoroughly cooked; avoid taking salad dressings or mayonnaise which contain raw egg as an ingredient.

Also ensure that the meat is cooked well especially if you are eating kebabs or steaks. Avoid taking meat that still retains a pink color like a rare steak and this lead to food poisoning like salmonella infection or toxoplasmosis. Raw or cured meat like Parma ham is another no during this time.
Use a food thermometer if you are not sure if the food is cooked all the way through. Pork dishes must be cooked at 145°F, poultry between 170 to 180°F and seafood at 145°F.

Seafood – Though seafood is extremely healthy, there are certain types that you need to avoid during pregnancy. It is best to stay away from swordfish or similar large predatory fish as these contain higher quantities of mercury which can lead to mercury poisoning.

Sushi – Sushi platters made with raw fish is also to be avoided while you are pregnant as it can be contaminated with certain bacteria and parasites which might be harmful for you or your baby. Sometimes, there is no risk but you could end up suffering from vomiting and dehydration which takes a toll on your baby too.

Ready-to-eat foods – Ready-to-eat meals like salads or sandwiches is best avoided during this time especially if it contains meat, seafood or eggs, Improper storage and handling of these ingredients put up at risk of getting food poisoning from organisms like Salmonella or Listeria which is bad for you and your baby.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Making your Pet Dog Baby-Friendly

Making your Pet Dog Baby-Friendly
If you own a pet dog, then it is important that you train it before the arrival of your new-born baby. In fact, animal behavior experts advise to start the training as soon as you confirm your pregnancy so that your pet is prepared well to welcome the new baby.
Image result for Making your Pet Dog Baby-FriendlyYour pet dog will need some amount of help to adapt himself to the presence of a new baby. The right training ensures that your pet is comfortable around the baby and also develops a bond with the new addition to the family. When you were a couple, your pet would have received ample attention; in fact, it would even have been your ‘fur-baby’ being pampered and lavished with attention and time. But with the arrival of the newborn baby, all the focus and attention will be on the baby which can cause problems with your pet.
Create a private spot:
If you already have a kennel and your pet is used to spending time inside it, then you will not have too much of a problem. But if you had given free rein to your dog inside your home, then the first thing is to find an area where you can create a private spot for your pet.
The fact is that dogs can tend to get over stimulated when there is a lot of commotion, crying and wailing at home which is bound to happen with a newborn baby around. So pick an area where your pet is least likely to be disturbed and also away from all the noise and commotion. You can locate this spot ahead of time and get your dog used to this place by arranging his bowl, water dish and his favorite bone so that he feels comfortable and at home here.
Desensitizing your pet:
Image result for Making your Pet Dog Baby-FriendlyYoung children are often curious about pets and tend to touch them in areas that they don’t favor too much like tail, paw pads, face, ears and underside. Desensitize your pet by touching him in these areas so that he gets used to this even when your toddler is doing the same. If your pet is resisting your touch in these areas, then get the help of another person who can feed him treats while you carry out this exercise. Perform this at least five to six times every day for 5 minute periods so that he gets used to this.
Get professional help:
If you don’t have the time or find it difficult to train your pet, then get the help of veterinarians or dog trainers who offer ‘baby readiness’ sessions. You will also have to attend certain sessions during which the trainer will advise you on how to handle your pet in front of your child and also things to be avoided when your baby and pet is together. There are also several guides available like ‘Tell your Dog You’re Pregnant’ by Lewis Kirkham, dog-training videos by Ian Dunbar and ‘ Childproofing your Dog’ by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson which can also be of great help.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Unlike popular belief, there are very few foodstuffs that you must totally avoid while you are pregnant. However during this time, you coul...