Posts Tagged ‘drinking’

Partying without the booze

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

drinksSpring break, woohoo!!!  Have a hot time but, if you’re pregnant or want to be, cool it with the booze. April is Alcohol Awareness Month so it’s time to remind ourselves that there is no safe amount of alcohol we can consume during pregnancy.  Want one more summer of regular margaritas and mojitos?  Then wait til the fall before you start thinking of baby.

Although many women are aware that heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects like fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), many do not realize that moderate or even light drinking also may harm a developing baby. The March of Dimes recommends that pregnant women do not drink any alcohol, including beer, wine, wine coolers and liquor, throughout their pregnancy and while nursing. And, because women often don’t know they’re pregnant for a few months, women who may be pregnant or those who are attempting to become pregnant should not drink alcohol.

But if you’re hoping there’s a baby in your future, you can still hit the beach and have a good time at a party. I thought I’d resurrect a few great recipes for non-alcoholic drinks that are fun and yummy.  Read our post on bodacious beverages and cocktails anyone?  There are some great tips and comments.

Clear, clean water for the whole family

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

water-faucetHow do we know the water we use is safe and clean for our families? For most Americans, drinking water from the faucet is among the safest water in the world.

Did you know that the federal government regulates most drinking water in the United States? Problems are most likely to occur in private wells or small water systems that serve less than a thousand people.

If you have a child under 1 year of age, it’s a good idea to test the water for nitrates. Nitrates can cause anemia.

For more tips, read the March of Dimes article Drinking Water for Baby.

The bad economy: How it affects your emotional health

Monday, April 13th, 2009

piggy-bank-smHave you been laid off from your job? Or do you know someone who has? Have you watched your savings dwindle as the stock market tanked? Are you having trouble making your mortgage payments? Are you worried how you and your children will pay college costs?

This recession has hit hard. So many of us feel stressed, and it’s been going on for months and months now.

In economic hard times, people are more likely to:
* Feel depressed
* Feel anxious
* Overeat
* Drink too much
* Abuse drugs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has produced an online guide to help people deal with emotional and other health problems associated with economic hard times. So take a look. I’m going to.

And if you’re pregnant, read the March of Dimes article or watch our video on managing stress during pregnancy.

ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy, H-Q

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Continuing our post on the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy A-G (July 10), here are guidelines H-Q to help increase your chances of having a healthy baby.

H:  History can teach us a lot! Understanding your family history can make an important difference in your life and the lives of your children.

I:  Iron is a mineral that helps create red blood cells, which are needed to carry oxygen to your baby. Be sure to get enough iron in your diet to prevent getting anemia.

J:  Join a childbirth education class to help you understand what to expect during labor and birth.

K:  Keep you and your baby safe during a disaster by planning ahead of time. Prepare for a disaster by making a list of medications you’re taking and having a handy contact sheet with your health provider’s information.

L:  Lots of back pain? Backache is one of the most common problems for pregnant women. Avoid heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time. Wear comfortable shoes and consider a pregnancy massage to ease some of your pain.

M:  Medical conditions, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, should be carefully monitored by you and your health provider. Also, talk to your provider about any medications that may need to be adjusted during pregnancy.

N:  Nausea is very common during pregnancy and certain foods can trigger the feeling. Try substituting other nutritious options for the foods that make you feel ill. Eat 5-6 small meals a day, rather than three large ones.

O:  Oh, baby! Get ready to care for your baby before you bring her home from the hospital. Choose a health provider for her and make sure your home environment is all set and safe for your new baby.

P:  Prenatal care is essential for having a healthy baby, so be sure to make all of your visits. During these appointments, prenatal tests will be given to help your provider know how you and your baby are doing.

Q:  Quit bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Smoking can cause your baby to grow more slowly and gain less weight in the womb. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause your baby to be born with both physical and mental birth defects.

Visit us next Thursday for the final part of our series, the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy R-Z.