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15Jun/18
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Top 5 Health Mistakes to Avoid When Pregnant

Pregnancy can be a challenging journey for any woman, especially first-time mothers. Most pregnant women are aware of the things they need to do during pregnancy, including eating a healthy and balanced diet, exercising and refraining from heavy tasks.

What they do not know is that for you to have a healthy pregnancy, there are other aspects they need to observe to have a healthy baby. Most pregnant women make several health mistakes out of negligence while others it is due to lack of knowledge. Some of these mistakes include:

Self Medication

pregnant womanThis is arguably the most common health mistakes that nearly every pregnant woman commits at one point in their pregnancy. There are mothers who are fond of using anti-acids, acne treatments, antibiotics, and paracetamol when they are pregnant. It is important to note that self-medicating can have severe effects on both the mother and the unborn child.

Undergoing extreme beauty treatments can also impact the health of the mother and infant negatively. As such, it is crucial to seek professional medical attention when you feel under the weather or are considering using a new beauty treatment. Always consult your physician before you consume any medication, supplements and vitamins for professional medical advice.

Failure to Sleep

Most pregnant women who sacrifice their sleep do so to achieve work-life balance. However, this ultimately wrong as it makes the mother sleep deprived and thereby affecting the healthy growth of the fetus. Been awake for long hours throughout the day and part of the night can also weaken your body’s immune system thereby making you susceptible to contracting illnesses.

Avoid undertaking strenuous tasks as these activities may leave the body craving for more sleep thereby resulting in over-sleeping. Striking a perfect balance between sufficient resting (sleep) and body activism is important in promoting healthy pregnancies.

Failure to Exercise

If you fail to exercise when you are pregnant, there are high chances that you may experience complications and hardships during childbirth. This is because exercises help in relaxing the muscles around the cervix and the lower body hence increasing the ease of delivering naturally.

In addition to this, lack of exercising increases fatigue and general tiresomeness, thereby making the pregnancy hard, especially due to increased morning sickness. Exercising helps in combating stress hormones, preparing the body for delivery, aiding in healthy fetal growth and boosting circulation all over the body.

Missing Pre-natal Clinics

pregnancyPregnancies are unique and are as such, it is necessary that you go for regular pre-natal clinics throughout the pregnancy period. These clinics are efficient in detecting health problems and other conditions in the mother and the baby during pregnancy.

Consequently, the early detection of such conditions is crucial in preventing any severe problems or defects arising. Additionally, during these clinics, pregnant women are advised on the best meals to take when pregnant, the exercises to engage in, sleeping patterns to adopt and other health tips to observe during the pregnancy.

Conclusion

There are unlimited resources on the dos and don’ts of pregnancy that every pregnant woman should observe during the pregnancy. From the Internet to medical magazines, pamphlets, advice from medics and experienced mothers, these resources are guaranteed to provide you with the best guidance on having a healthy pregnancy.

20Nov/17
ear cleaning

Ear Cleaning Tips

The ear is a very delicate organ. Cleaning it requires a sober mind. A simple mistake and you are in trouble. Today, I want to teach you the proper way to clean your ears. Let me make it clear from the outset that this is a task that should be done by a professional. However, you can try it at home on your own as long as you can trust yourself to be extra careful. Consider the following tips.

Wash the Outer Part of the Ear First

Start cleaning your ears from the outside. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean your earlobe. If you are a fan of cotton swabs, you can use them, but only on the outside. Once your earlobe is clean, you can now think of the inner, more delicate parts.

Use an Ear Wax Softener

ear wax softnerMoving inside the ear, you need to exercise more caution. If you want to remove your ear wax, consider how thick it is. It may be too thick to be easily dislodged from your ear canal. In this case, you can use an ear wax softener to melt the wax and make it easy to remove. If you struggle with a thick wax, it will leave your ears itchy and bruised.

Remove Ear Wax Sparingly

When we talk about cleaning the ears, we are not talking about removing the ear wax. Ear wax lubricates and protects the inner part of the ear from mechanical damage. You may, therefore, clean out what your ear needs for it to work properly. Focus on removing foreign objects from the ears rather than the ear wax. If you can do so without removing the ear wax, the better. You will only need to remove earwax if it has accumulated to the level of blocking the ear canal.

Don’t use Sharp Objects to Clean the Inside of Your Ear

ear wax removal toolsNever put a sharp or pointed object inside your ears in a bid to clean them. If you do so, you will open a can of worms. You can easily lose your sense of hearing. I should say here that you should not insert anything inside your ears. Not even cotton swabs are good for your ears. If you use cotton swabs to clean the inside of your ears, you are digging the hole deeper (pardon the pun). Cotton swabs push ear wax deeper into the ear canal instead of pulling it out. Just use a suitable mineral oil or commercial ear wax softener to soften the ear wax then rinse it out using warm water. Get the help of a professional ear and throat specialist where necessary.

One thing that you may not be aware is that while it is good to clean your ears, it may not be necessary. The ears have a natural self-cleaning mechanism that keeps the ears clean. It is therefore very wrong to hurt your ears when you are doing something that is not necessary. Instead of taking risks, why not let professional ear cleaners do what they are best at? There are several ear cleaning clinics that can help you make your ears clean and healthy at all times. You should be a frequent visitor to such clinics.