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Swapna has worked with leading media houses and has years of experience creating credible and practical health content, especially for an Indian audience.

Vitamin C During Pregnancy For Indians: Benefits, RDA, Sources, Risks of Vitamin C Deficiency

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Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) rich fruits like gooseberries (amla), guava, strawberries and citrus fruits help improve absorption of non heme iron i.e. iron from vegetarian sources. Since it is a water soluble vitamin, your body does not store Vitamin C. So you need to eat Vitamin C rich food every day. Role of Vitamin C in pregnancy Vitamin C not only helps absorb iron, which helps prevent iron deficiency anemia but is an important ... Read more

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Gestational Diabetes Management: Diabetes Friendly Indian Diet During Pregnancy

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According to the National guideline for diagnosis and management of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), there should be universal screening of all pregnant women at first antenatal contact. If the first test is negative, the second test should be done at 24-28 weeks of gestation. This is the single step test recommended by the World Health Organization for diagnosis of GDM using a 75gm glucose, through Oral Glucose Tolerance Test... Read more

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Water Retention or Edema: How to Reduce Swelling During Pregnancy

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Swollen feet due to water retention or edema is common after the 20th week of pregnancy. While swollen feet or ankles may be common as the pregnancy advances, if you notice any swelling in the early stages or find that your hands are swollen or your face is swollen, you need to get in touch with your doctor. Typically, water retention is associated with excess salt intake. However, during pregnancy it is not advised to reduce sodi... Read more

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Nausea or Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: Tips for Indian Moms

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Nausea or Morning Sickness Morning sickness, which includes nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is typically caused by pregnancy hormones, especially in the first trimester. Having said that, morning sickness can happen any time during the day and the name is a misnomer.  Some studies say it happens to over 50% of all pregnant women, while others report it that 80% women experience it at some point during their pregnancy. But,... Read more

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Zinc During Pregnancy For Indians: Benefits, RDA, Sources, Risks of Zinc Deficiency

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Zinc is one of the minerals that we get through a healthy, balanced diet. It is a micronutrient, which is needed for cell division, protein synthesis and growth. Role of Zinc in Pregnancy Zinc is important during pregnancy to ensure proper growth of the foetus, which leads to a healthy birth weight. Severe zinc deficiency during pregnancy puts the baby at risk for low birth weight (LBW) and the foetus could be small for gestatio... Read more

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Indian Food During Pregnancy - A Common Sense Diet Guide

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Don’t eat papaya. Eat for two. Add ghee to every meal. Spicy food can cause labour. Indian women are bombarded with advice on what to eat and avoid during pregnancy. Do you wonder if these are myths? Are you worried that eating the wrong food can affect the baby’s growth and development? The first tip we have for you is to look up the source of the advice. How credible is the information? Check with your personal dietitian ... Read more

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Diabetes Indian Meal Plan and Diet Dos and Don'ts

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If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes then you know that eating right is critical to manage your condition and control the sugar level. But this does not mean giving up on "tasty" food as most people believe. Diabetics can enjoy a normal, healthy diet when their blood sugar is in check. Even if you have borderline diabetes or are pre-diabetic, you can maintain your blood sugar levels by following these tips b... Read more

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Sports Nutritionist Vs Googling Healthy Recipes

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In the movie Dangal, the father-coach Aamir Khan is seen pushing his wrestling champions to give up junk food, pickles and other carb heavy vegetarian meals in favor of a high protein diet. Even though the methods are crude, it highlights the need for those playing competitive sports to eat the right food. Nowadays thanks to advances in nutrition and technology, sports enthusiasts and professionals can rely on more scientific metho... Read more

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Diabetes: Tips To Prevent And Deal With Hypoglycemia Or Low Blood Sugar

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If you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with diabetes, then chances are that you believe your blood sugar is always high. But, every diabetic should be aware that they can also experience hypoglycemia or a drop in blood glucose. This can happen due to a combination of factors related to diet, activity and your medicines or insulin. While there are different values for low blood sugar, generally if the blood sugar drops ... Read more

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Disclaimer: All information here, including text, images, tables, videos and any other content is for your knowledge only and we do not guarantee any specific result by following these recommendations as it may vary from person to person. The information is not a substitute for qualified medical advice from a doctor or other medical health expert.