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Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fatigue can be an early pregnancy symptom. One of the biggest complaints about the first trimester is how tired you feel. Sleeping sickness is another common problem encountered. Of course, one of the rookie mistakes that most pregnant women make is to slow down and get the rest that they need. Ensure you have the luxury of time, fewer demands, a regular exercise routine and good nutrition to get you through. Listen to your body and rest when requested. Check out these secrets for fending off feelings of exhaustion when you’re expecting and get the rest you and your baby deserve.

Tired and stressed out during pregnancy

Fatigue and stress during pregnancy

Fatigue is common

Most women experience increased weariness during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Don’t worry. It’s a perfectly normal stage. Generally it occurs because your body is working overtime making a new human life. Hormonal changes, particularly increasing levels of progesterone, cause the body to slow down and feel tired. Any nausea or vomiting can also significantly sap energy. If tiredness persists into the Continue reading “Fighting Fatigue During Pregnancy” »

Meet Quinoa – The latest health food on the block

Meet Quinoa – The latest health food on the block

Native grain to South America, quinoa (pronounced as keen-wah) with its high protein content, is rapidly gaining popularity all over the world. Quinoa being light, fluffy, slightly crunchy and flavorsome, cooks and tastes just like any grain. It is an excellent substitute for grains that are difficult to digest. Being a whole grain, it is highly nutritious and wholesome.

 

Quinoa - Mother Grain

Quinoa – Mother Grain

 

Top six reasons to eat quinoa

1) It is a complete protein: Most plants provide incomplete protein, thus they need to be consumed in combination with other foods to make it a complete and a higher quality protein. Unlike other grains, quinoa provides us with nine      essential amino acids. Our body needs these amino acids to build up tissues and perform vital functions. An alternative to milk, meat and eggs, quinoa is a delightful choice for vegetarians and vegans. Dull hair, brittle nails, loose skin, sluggishness are things of the past when you have your very own savior quinoa.

Tasty Quinoa bites with parmesan cheese

Tasty Quinoa bites with parmesan cheese

2) It is gluten-free: Those who are gluten intolerant could make quinoa their companion as it is an alternative to wheat, barley and oats. It can be a part of your meal if you are on a coeliac diet.

3) Pumps up your iron: quinoa is the richest source of Continue reading “Meet Quinoa – The latest health food on the block” »