Pregnancy Preparation And The Importance of Folic Acid
Whether you are planning to get married soon or a newly married couple, you must have thought deeply about your new family life warmed by the arrival of a baby. In order to get such a blessing moment, Mom-to-be like you are encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle by consuming nutritious food and doing sports to keep your body healthy and sound. Living a healthy lifestyle is your best preparation for providing nutrients for your longed-for baby. One of the essential nutrients that supports you in this process is vitamin B9, which is well known as folic acid. By taking folic acid with recommended dosage, your chances of pregnancy will be greater. For women, folic acid can fertilize the womb. Meanwhile, for men, folic acid is needed to produce good-quality sperms. Hydromamma® is a beverage highly recommended for those who plan for pregnancy because it contains high folic acid, which is also beneficial to support fetal development. In addition, Hydromamma® does not use artificial food colorings and sweeteners so that it is safe for consumption and does not cause diabetes.
Body Fluid for Pregnancy
If you are expecting a baby, you must be aware that during your pregnancy, there are some physiological changes such as the increase of all cardiac and metabolism functions. That makes the volume of blood, body fluid, the volume of blood pumped per minute and kidneys’ work all increase by 50%. These physiological changes make you urinate more frequently and, to make it worse, you get some kind of difficulty in breathing since the beginning of your pregnancy. Fluid loss through sweating also increases significantly during pregnancy. Thus, you should also increase fluid intake by approximately 50% during pregnancy.
During your pregnancy, adequate fluid intake is essential to keep your body from dehydration. Dehydration can cause dizziness, cramps, nausea and premature birth. The main benefit of fluid is that it helps you absorb essential nutrients in the body and carries vitamins and minerals to the cells which are connected to the placenta and the baby in the womb. Pregnant women need as much as 3-liter of water (8-12 glasses) every day. If you do light exercise during your pregnancy, it is recommended for you to add another glass. This also applies if you sweat more especially during summer season.
Most expectant moms like you feel nauseated if you have to drink that plenty amount of water since you particularly do not like the taste of potable water. As an alternative, you might consume fruit juice to replace the water. However, you have to be aware that juice contains high calories and sugar so it is not recommended for expectant women. Similarly, caffeinated beverages, can not function as body fluid enhancer because its diuretic characteristic triggers frequent urine output, causing the body to lose more fluid.
Hydromamma® is different from fruit juice, caffeinated drinks, or sports drinks not only because of its low sugar content and calories but also its high levels of folic acid and vitamin C. That makes Hydromamma® does not only provide fluid intake for expectant women but also good nutrition for both you and your little angel in your womb.
In general, women require approximately 1,900 to 2,400 kilocalories (kcal) of energy every day. Meanwhile, the energy required for pregnant women like you can be divided as follows:
- The first trimester (weeks 1-12)
At this stage, you need at least 2,000 kcal per day.
- The second trimester (weeks 13-28)
At this stage, you need as much food intake is 3,000 kcal per day.
- The third trimester (weeks 29-40)
In the last trimester, you need a lot of nutrients to prepare for childbirth. The number of calories needed raises 285-300 kcal per day.
As you are expecting your baby, you need to consume healthy foods each day which can be taken from:
- Vegetables and fruits as fiber, vitamins and minerals
- Meat, fish, eggs, and nuts as a protein source
- Wheat and grain as a source of fiber and vitamin B
However, you are strongly advised not to eat or limit consuming the followings:
- Raw food such as meat or fish or raw eggs which causes pregnant women at risk for toxoplasmosis bacteria, salmonella, and other bacteria.
- Caffeine which can cause premature birth or even miscarriage
- Alcoholic beverages or tobacco containing products that affect infant growth.
- Food and drinks which contain high amount of fat, sugar, and salt such as chocolate, ice cream, soft drinks, fruit juices, sports and supplement drinks.
Hydromamma® is safely consumed by pregnant mothers because the content of its sugar, calories, and salt is very low compared to other beverage products. Its content can be described in the following details:
- 2.5 g of sugar per 100 ml
- 47 kJ calories per 100 ml
- 15 mg of sodium per 100 ml
Hydromamma® is your best choice to support your intake of nutrients and fluids during your pregnancy.
Ideal Body Weight during Pregnancy
Drastic weight change during your pregnancy is a natural thing. Your weight gain is influenced by the weight of the baby (3-4 kg), placenta (0.7 kg), amniotic fluid (1 kg), breast (1 kg), uterus (1 kg), and the reserves of fat (3-4 kg). To find your ideal weight gain in pregnancy, it is important to know beforehand the Body Mass Index (BMI) before your pregnancy.
Here is the formula for calculating BMI
For example: An expectant mother’s weight = 70 kg, and her height = 160 cm = 1.6 m
- BMI <18.5 (underweight), ideal weight gain during pregnancy is about 12.5 - 18 kg.
- BMI 18.5 - 24.9 (normal), ideal weight gain during pregnancy is around 11.5 - 16 kg.
- BMI 25 - 29.9 (overweight), ideal weight gain during pregnancy is around 7 - 11.5 kg.
- BMI> 30 (obese), ideal weight gain during pregnancy is around 5-9 kg.
From the above example, the expectant mother’s BMI is 27.34 so that she can be classified as overweight so that her ideal weight gain should be 7 - 11.5 kg.
In conclusion, the lower the BMI, the higher the targeted weight gain during pregnancy at around 12.5 - 18 kg. Conversely, if her BMI is above 30, the weight gain allowed is only about 5-9 kg in order to achieve the ideal definition.
Exercise during Pregnancy
Doing an exercise during pregnancy is a good thing to do because it would prepare pregnant women like you to be physically stronger in undergoing the process of childbirth. However, before doing an exercise, we recommend you to consult with your doctor about what exercise suitable for you because each pregnant woman has a different health condition. Here are some exercises that are safe to perform during pregnancy:
- Kegel exercise: to strengthen muscles that facilitates the birth process
- Swim: to reduce the pressure on the back and legs, and to be a cardio exercise that nourish the heart and improve blood vessels circulation
- Walking / Jogging: to calm down and relieve stress
- Yoga: to relieve stress and pressure on the body, to build strength and balance, and to reduce blood pressure
- Static exercising: to increase heart rate (as cardio exercises that makes heart healthier and improve blood vessel circulation)
Pregnant mothers are advised NOT to lie on their back or get too tired while exercising and doing those exercises in hot or humid places. Please, stop exercise if you feel nauseated, dizzy, overheated, dehydrated, or experience vaginal discharge, bleeding, or pain in the abdomen and pelvis. At the time of exercise, make sure that you do a warming up at the beginning and cooling down in the end of exercise. Please, do not wear tight clothing, and wear comfortable and not slippery shoes. Make sure that you drink plenty of water as the replacement of sweats during exercise.
Since you lose plenty of body liquids, Hydromamma® would be a good source to replenish your body and stay adequately hydrated. With flavors of fresh fruit, Hydromamma® is able to reduce nausea experienced by women. Hydromamma® is also healthy and safe for pregnant mother because it contains high folic acid and vitamin C, and is free from harmful substances such as artificial sweeteners and coloring.
The Importance of Body Fluids at The Moment of Birth
For some women, the onset of labor is slow and lasts for approximately 12 hours. At this time, you are like preparing yourself to run in a marathon race. You would stretch your strongest muscles, which is your uterus. The contraction that you experience is frequent and erratic. Each time after you have a contraction, you should drink plenty of water so that uterus can function properly. If you are about to give birth normally, drinking water is the most essential factor.
Drinking water during labor is needed to prevent dehydration. Make sure that Hydromamma is always available near you because you could give birth at any time. By drinking Hydromamma®, you will be fully hydrated when labor starts, and you will have the best energy and stamina to give birth.
The Importance Of Body Liquid During Breastfeeding
Body Fluids for Nursing Mother
Congratulations to your new baby and we hope that you are giving your lovely baby the best nutrition, which is your breast milk. We strongly recommend all mothers to breastfeed if the conditions allow. Unfortunately, during breastfeeding, hydration becomes important for breast milk production, which leads you to the increase of fluids lost. In addition, you lose your body fluid through sweat, urine and respiration.
Breast milk consists of 87% water. Milk production gradually increases about 750 ml / day during the first 6 months after childbirth. However, the amount of breast milk produced might even less than the needs of the baby. Based on existing research, fluid need for breast-feeding mothers is 16% (300 ml) higher than those who do not breastfeed. Maintaining body fluid balance is a challenge for nursing mothers like you.
Hydromamma® is formulated to keep you remain hydrated. Besides, the content of folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and sodium providing good nutrients for you and your loved baby.
Sports for Breastfeeding Mothers
After delivery, like most mothers you want to lose weight, especially in your area of belly fat, by doing some exercise. However, you might doubt whether the sport is safe for you and your baby. Exercising actually will not affect nursing mothers’ breast milk production, milk composition, or the development of the baby so that exercise during breastfeeding is safe to do.
Please keep in mind also that your ligaments become loose four months after giving birth, and mild activity / exercise can help tighten them back. Listed below are the benefits of exercise while breastfeeding:
- Improving your heart condition
- Providing additional energy
- Reducing stress levels and keeping emotions remain stable
- Helping maintain weight
- Increasing bone strength
- Assisting in the treatment of postpartum depression
Please, begin with light exercise such as walking or stretching. If you undergo Caesarian section delivery, consult with your doctor first when the right time to start exercising after recovery. Before and during exercise, drinking two or three glasses of water is recommended in order to keep you hydrated. However, to maintain adequate body fluids, Hydromamma® is more reliable. It is not only safe to drink, but it contains nutrients such as folic acid and vitamin C so that it is better than common drinking water.
If you are a very active mother who has to take care of your husband and children, do chores, and also develop your career, maintaining adequate body fluids is essential. The density of activities makes you often forget to eat, and perspire a lot and this means you lose a lot of nutrients and fluids. Lack of body fluids can lead to dehydration that triggers muscle cramps, fatigue, and a slowdown in short-term memory in the brain. Enough body fluids is very important to help your body stay hydrated. By staying hydrated, the metabolic system in the body will remain intact and not slow down. In addition, the gastrointestinal tract is assured to work properly.
Hydromamma® is the right choice to meet the needs of body fluids and essential nutrients you need daily. Besides containing low calorie and low sugar, HydroMamma® contains high-folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, and sodium so it is safe and beneficial when consumed by women with overbooked daily activities.