Pregnancy Week 7 Development: What To Expect And One Beneficial Food

What Happens Inside Your Body?

By the seventh week of your pregnancy, your baby continues to develop in such a rapid rate. The baby’s size has almost developed and approximately, he is about the size of a blueberry. The head is noticeably larger than the body and the forebrain has already divided into two cerebral hemispheres. Every minute, more than a hundred nerve cells are created in these hemispheres.

The arms and the legs continue to develop, as well as the brain, eye lenses, nostrils, intestines, appendix, pancreas and bronchi. The baby’s kidneys are now getting ready to perform their jobs which basically include secretion and pee production. By this time, your baby is still considered as the embryo since he still contains that little tail. As time passes by, the tail continues to reduce in size and in a few weeks time, it will eventually disappear.

What Can You Expect?

By this time, you should expect morning sickness to come in full swing. Even eating has become a difficult chore to do nowadays. Food aversions are getting more prevalent.

Fatigue is pretty normal these days because your body is working very hard in building the placenta which is vital in your baby’s health. Other pregnancy symptoms which are evident this week include indigestion, heartburn, constipation, food cravings, food aversions, excess saliva, nausea and vomiting.

You will then begin to notice that your breasts are getting the size of melons. This is due to the surge of pregnancy hormones, build-up of fats and increased blood flow which are necessary for breastfeeding later on. Also, you can notice some blue veins sprouting out on your breasts.

The increasing volume of blood and other fluids processed by your kidneys may cause you to urinate more often. The increased flow of blood on the pelvic area is caused by the increasing number of pregnancy hormones in the body. Since your uterus has almost doubled its size since you became pregnant, greater pressure is put on your bladder. In effect, going to the bathroom has become more frequent.

This week, you will need to go to a midwife or obstetrician for your first prenatal checkup. She will begin charting your weight gain, determine your due date and ask you for any genetic disorders and diseases which run in the family as well as your pregnancy history.

Healthy Lifestyle for Pregnant Women

The first trimester of your pregnancy is definitely the most important stage for your baby’s development. Make sure to acquire sufficient vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to optimize your baby’s growth and development. By this time, stop taking medications unless prescribed by your doctor.

Smoking and alcohol consumption should also be avoided to minimize risk for your baby. Maintaining a healthy diet is very important these days. Your body is working on a Herculean task of supplying your baby’s every need. On the other hand, your baby needs to acquire the maximum nutrients he can get to enhance his body and brain development.

Grapes For Good Health

Grapes are probably one of the best fruits to take during pregnancy. Just like many fruits, grapes are packed with lots of essential nutrients which are very beneficial not just to the baby, but to your health as well.

Grapes are excellent sources of calcium, phosphorus, iron, lecithin, organic acids, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C and carotene. These nutrients play important roles in the foetus’ development. Grapes are scientifically proven to contain resveratrol, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins which are known to be effective at reducing one’s risk for certain types of cancer.

These fruits can also be of great benefit to pregnant women who suffer from low blood pressure, cold feet and hands and poor blood circulation. Grapes are said to be effective at improving these conditions in pregnant women. Furthermore, this fruit is believed to perform a tocolysis role in foetus development.

Grapes also help in preventing the formation of haemorrhoids in pregnant women. Aside from its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, grapes also make excellent laxatives which are great remedies for problems on constipation. Apart from its capacity to treat uterine bleeding, grapes also contain high levels of antioxidants which are beneficial in reducing blood vessel and heart problems in pregnant women.

Europeans consider grapes as an excellent treatment for a wide range of health conditions which include diarrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetic complications, constipation, liver disorder, ocular abnormalities and cardiovascular diseases.

Morning Sickness – Top Food Tips To Rid You from Nausea And Vomiting In Pregnancy

Morning sickness is a real curse in early pregnancy. It can take away the enjoyment and excitement of early pregnancy. There are many ideas about what to eat if you are suffering from morning sickness. Below you will find some of the most useful dietary tips to help reduce nausea, vomiting, food aversion and food cravings in pregnancy

o Odour plays a major role in morning sickness. Cold food tends to smell less so you might find cold foods easier to tolerate than hot food.

o Morning sickness is definitely affected by your blood sugar levels. Therefore it is important that you keep them as stable as possible. Eat plenty of protein at each meal and have a protein based snack before bed and even during the middle of the night if you wake. There is some evidence to suggest that the reason morning sickness is often worse in the morning is because your blood sugar level has dropped overnight.

o Try to avoid foods that make your blood sugar rise to quickly and subsequently fall. Foods such as fruit juice sugary snacks, highly processed foods including cereals and any food that contains white flour.

o Eat small meals frequently with lots of protein.

o Don’t worry if the foods you are choosing do not seem too balanced. It’s better to keep it down, than have a perfectly balance meal down the loo!

o Keep a snack next to the bed and have it 20 minutes before getting out (not always feasible, when you are bursting for the loo!) Avoid foods that are fatty as they are harder to digest. Best to avoid rich, spicy, acidic and fried foods.

o Foods that are high in fat are more difficult to digest and can make nausea and vomiting worse. Other common culprits include, rich, spicy, acidic and fried foods

o Stay hydrated. This is so important. Try and have regular small drinks (tea, soup, cool drinks) as gulping down large volumes of water can also increase the feelings of nausea. If you have been vomiting consider sipping an isotonic sports drink as it will help to restore balance to your blood sugars, glucose and electrolytes. It is much better to have some fluid in your stomach if you are going to vomit.

o If you are taking prenatal vitamin, your system will handle it much better later in the day and even at bed time than it will in the earlier part of the day. It is also worth using one, just for a few weeks with less iron, which can be particularly harsh on your digestive system. Please do not reduce your iron supplementation if you suspect or have been confirmed to be anaemic.

o Ginger can be really helpful to ease morning sickness. It can be chewed or used in tea. Some women find other products such as candied ginger, ginger beer and stem ginger biscuits.

o Although it may seem obvious avoid any food (or non food) that you find triggers your nausea

o Some ladies find Brewer’s yeast capsules help to relieve morning sickness

o Vitamin B6 has been demonstrated to reduce morning sickness and can be found in cereal grains, legumes, eggs, fish, chicken, nuts and avocados.

o Suck or sniff a lemon when you hit a wave of nausea

o Mint tea and mint chewing gum can be very calming to the digestive tract. Chewing gum can help if excessive saliva is a problem.

Overall it is best to listen to your instincts. It is there for a reason. If you are driven to eat a certain food, then eat it. If the thought or smell of a food makes you feel sick then it is best avoided. Try to be as balanced as possible but do not worry if you cannot. If you are unable to keep anything down it is important to speak to your health care provider.

When Parents Use Food to Manipulate Children

Lenia and her daughter have never had a good relationship, for various reasons. Lenia does not admit it but her feelings towards her daughter have a lot to do with the rage and bitterness she still feels towards the daughter’s father, who left her soon after the birth.

Since the two rarely meet except at mealtimes, mealtimes have turned into battle time. As soon as they sit down to eat, Lenia starts to rant at her daughter. The girl eats no more than two spoonfuls before she has had enough of the emotional turmoil and leaves the table even though she is still hungry.

Years later, the young woman suffers from a food aversion. Every time she sits down to a meal, all the feelings of anger and guilt associated with meals with her mother rise up within her, and she can hardly eat. The result? She cannot enjoy a proper meal, and has problems eating anything at all.

Lenia may or may not have realised it, but she was using food and an occasion to eat as an instrument of manipulation.

Another form of manipulation is less subtle. In many countries where food is not guaranteed, parents may blatantly give more food to preferred children, or food of higher quality such as proteins, or even serve the preferred children first. Alternatively, food may be used as a reward for good behaviour, hard work or obedience.

It is obvious what the consequences of such manipulation may be for the disadvantaged children, including undernourishment and malnourishment.

In many families too, children who are old enough to contribute to the family budget but do not may be made to feel that they do not deserve to eat at all, or do not deserve the more expensive food items.

That is not to say that parents do not instrumentalise food as a tool for manipulation in countries where food availability is ensured; it is maybe more difficult to recognise. The most common form of manipulation is commenting on a child’s weight, or the amount a child eats. This is often well-intentioned, but has often been found to lead to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

And, as illustrated above, when mealtimes in a family are associated with emotional stress, this can also lead to a pathological relationship with food.

How can a parent avoid a situation where food in the family is associated with emotional blackmail or manipulation?

1. Make sure food is a resource available to all the family members equally without discrimination. Everybody should have equal access to all food items. If you use food items such as cookies or ice-cream as reward items, make sure they are extras, and not an integral part of the child’s daily dietary needs.

Every child deserves to eat according to their needs, regardless of behaviour or performance. In order to shape behaviour, employ other means that are not part of life’s basic needs, such as privileges or extras.

2. Mealtimes as a family should be positive and calm; at the very least, neutral. Any family issues should be dealt with at another time, so that food intake does not become associated with negative emotions. This could easily lead to pathological eating. Family issues include partnership issues: parents should avoid sorting out their personal disagreements before the children, and certainly not at mealtimes.

3. If your child’s weight or eating habits worries you, it is better to address this issue in a calm and objective manner away from the table. When children have issues with food, it is often not just about food. Often, emotional problems regarding school, family or peers are involved. Derogatory comments at the table may strengthen the propensity to develop an eating disorder, instead of solving the problem.

Tips for Serving Baby Shower Foods

Baby shower foods complete the whole party. Like the guests, the games and the presents, a baby shower won’t be totally successful without the food. That is why this aspect also requires careful planning and execution because when something goes wrong, then there is a big chance that the party will get ruined. Simply serving foods that were not thought out only brings half the impact to the party. To make sure it helps the party become totally memorable, it should not just be available but it should also be served wonderfully.

To serve the baby shower foods properly, there are few tips to keep in mind.

Serve food according to the time of the day. This is a very basic thing but unfortunately some people don’t do this. If the party is at noon time or in the evening, it is just right to serve a full meal to the guests. On the other hand, if it is during mid-afternoon or early evening, then salads and other finger foods would suffice.

Provide several food options for your guests. Every individual has his or her own preferences, so to keep your guests happy, try, as much as you can to serve them different dishes which mean you should serve vegetables or salads with fish and other meats like chicken, beef or pork. This will help your menu look richer while catering to different taste buds at the same time.

Match the baby shower foods to the theme. There are several ways to do this. One way is by serving dishes that are in relation to the theme. For example, if it is a tea-party-themed shower, the food should be finger sandwiches or croquettes with tea. You could also use the food to compliment the theme. So if the theme is safari, for example, you can serve a duck roasted on a stick. Another way is by decorating the food to fit in with the theme like serving gingerbread men for a Jack-and-Jill-themed party. Your imagination is endless, so have fun with it.

Always consider the food aversion of the people involved, especially the pregnant mom. No one would want a party to end horrifyingly once somebody eats something he or she is not supposed to eat. To avoid this, make sure to ask about certain foods or ingredients that should not be served. This way, everyone would have fun eating instead of staying away from their plates.

Save the alcohol for later. There is no problem about serving alcohol with other baby shower foods but make sure that the alcohol level of the beverage you’ll be serving is low. This way, any unwanted behavior may be avoided. The goal of the party is for it to become memorable and a drunken person could ruin that for everyone, so be extra cautious.

No matter what baby shower foods are served, it should be a priority that everyone enjoys their meal and be fully satiated by it. With that, everyone will remember how great the party was.

How I Cleared a Food Aversion in 5 Minutes

On a recent hot summer morning, my husband, Steve, offered me some ripe, ice-cold, cantaloupe. He said, “Too bad you don’t like cantaloupe. It doesn’t get any better than this one.” I remembered hearing about people clearing a food issue with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), so I thought I might as well try it. I had detested eating cantaloupe for as long as I could remember. My sister didn’t like it either, which made me think that “something” happened while we were eating cantaloupe when we were girls.

The set-up phrases I used(while tapping on my karate chop point) were, Even though:

I don’t like the taste of cantaloupe, and I don’t know why, I deeply and completely love and accept myself
I don’t ever remember liking the taste of cantaloupe…
my sister and I don’t like the taste of cantaloupe…
something may of happened while we were eating cantaloupe, and I don’t remember what it was….

Then I did a round of tapping. For the reminder phrases I used while I tapped on the energy points on my body:

don’t like cantaloupe
doesn’t taste good; don’t like the taste
don’t ever remember liking the taste.

Then I took a taste of cantaloupe. It was cold, somewhat crisp, and felt good in my mouth. It didn’t taste quite as bad as I thought it would, but I couldn’t say that I liked it. So, I did some more set-up phrases while tapping on my karate chop point. Even though:

cantaloupe has always tasted yucky to me…
something happened to make it so I don’t like the taste of cantaloupe and I don’t remember what it was…
there is something about the aftertaste of cantaloupe I don’t like….

I did a round of tapping using the following reminder phrases:

yucky taste
yucky cantaloupe aftertaste.

For the testing, I took a big bite of cantaloupe. “Yum, not bad,” as I continued eating a giant piece of a fresh, juicy, cantaloupe.

In about five minutes, I cleared a food aversion that I have had for over 50 years. Even though I had a sense that something may have happened in my past while I was eating cantaloupe, and even though I couldn’t remember exactly what it was, I was still able to clear my resistance to the taste. Now, I can finally enjoy a food that I had eliminated from my diet when I was a child.