Pregnancy

What NOT to Eat When You’re Expecting

PregnancyIf you’re eating for two, you already know that maintaining a healthy diet is important. But when it comes to eating while you’re pregnant, it’s also important to know which foods to avoid – foods that contain bacteria and chemicals that can be harmful to you and baby. But how do you know what you can and can’t eat during your pregnancy? Here’s a list of foods to embrace for the next nine months.

  • Caffeine. Drinking coffee in moderation is fine during pregnancy , but you’ll definitely need to curb your caffeine intake now that you’re pregnant. Lighten up on coffee and other sources of caffeinated beverages and energy drinks. Too much caffeine can make it hard for your body to absorb iron which can lead to anemia.
  • Unpasteurized cheeses. Soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk contain Listeria and other pathogens, so avoid eating Brie, goat cheese, feta. Instead, opt for harder cheeses like cheddar and Swiss.
  • Raw seafood. Tempting though it may be, just say no to sushi and oysters on the half shell while you’re pregnant as they increase your risk of digesting bacteria and parasites. But you don’t have to avoid seafood altogether. Just make sure it’s well cooked.
  • Alcohol. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. When alcohol enters your baby’s bloodstream, it lingers there twice as long as it does for you. So if you’re drinking an alcoholic beverage, your baby is too. But if you imbibed before you found out you were pregnant, not to worry. While having had a couple of drinks before you knew you were pregnant isn’t ideal, it is somewhat common. Just abstain going forward to be on the safe side.
  • Raw eggs. We’re not talking about sitting down to a bowl of raw eggs. But you may be surprised that raw eggs lurk in more places than you think. Refrain from eating raw cookie dough, mayonnaise and eggnog. And avoid Caesar dressing and hollandaise sauce unless you’re positive they’re egg-free. And, finally, order your omelets well done. You don’t want Salmonella rearing its ugly head.
  • Undercooked meat. Your body may be craving a rare cut of meat, but don’t give in. Undercooked meat can contain E. coli and Salmonella, both of which can cause food poisoning. Wait until after baby arrives to indulge on that medium-rare steak.

To learn more about the best foods for you and baby during pregnancy, contact Women’s Care of Beverly Hills Group to learn more about our range of services by calling 310-657-1600.

Doula During Labor

Do You Need a Doula During Labor?

Doula During LaborThe word doula comes for the Greek term for “a woman who serves.” Today, the term is used to describe a woman who provides ongoing physical and emotional support to a mother and her partner during labor. This support can take on many forms, and can vary from patient to patient, depending on what the mother needs.

The role of a doula generally includes:

  • Assisting the mother in creating a birth plan
  • Providing bedside comfort, reassurance and encouragement during labor
  • Acting as a liaison between the mother and her healthcare provider
  • Documenting the birth experience
  • Providing assistance via massage and with breathing
  • Assistance with breast feeding

Determining whether or not a doula is necessary for you is an entirely personal decision. You may want your birth experience to be one that is shared by just you and her partner. Or you may do better with someone who can be intimately involved and work to keep you and your partner connected, essentially creating the ultimate support team. And if you don’t have a partner or support person, the role of a doula can become all the more valuable; you won’t have to go through labor alone.

The three main advantages of having a doula are:

  1. Experience. Because a doula has helped with numerous births, she can use these experiences to provide support. Your partner may not be equipped to help in certain situations like if the baby is in an awkward position, or if you feel nauseous or anxious. A doula will have learned methods to help in these situations.
  2. Intuition. Doulas often have their own children, so besides attending dozens of other women’s births, they’ve experienced childbirth themselves. This knowledge gives them instincts to draw from to support you while in labor.
  3. Emotional objectivity. A doula is able to distance herself and look at the bigger picture during labor. This will help make decisions based on experience and the situation at hand, rather than out of emotion or fear.

Regardless of whether you plan to give birth naturally or have an epidural or C-section, a doula can be a valued person to have on hand to provide information and emotional support during this life-changing event.

To find out more about whether having a doula at your delivery is right for you, contact Women’s Care of Beverly Hills Group to learn more about our range of services: 310-657-1600.