Pregnant Women Should Eat For Two: True or Not?
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You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But is it really true?
Transcript: You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But...
You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But contrary to popular belief, this adage is NOT true. While a pregnant woman needs extra nutrients like 1,000 mg more calcium and 27 - 30 mg more iron, you DON'T need to "eat for two" to satisfy this added nutritional need. Today, the prevailing rule of thumb is that pregnant women ONLY require an additional 300 calories per baby a day. So, if you're carrying twins, you'd consume 600 more calories than normal. Pregnancy is not a time for overindulgence, it's a time to eat sensibly and healthily. The trick is to consume these extra calories in a way will give a pregnant woman's body the added nutrition it needs. Try eating a handful of nuts or dried fruit for a tasty, nutition-rich snack. While it might be tempting to look at pregnancy as an opportunity to get your nosh on, remember that you're not really eating for two, more like eating for ONE plus a tiny being.More »
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Can standing on your head after sex make you pregnant? Unfortunately this has not been proved, but there are other ways to help conception, watch here.
Transcript: Ironic that we often spend our early sexual lives trying NOT to conceive, and then, when we're ready...
Ironic that we often spend our early sexual lives trying NOT to conceive, and then, when we're ready for baby, it can be harder than anticipated to get pregnant. Hence the proliferation of old wives' tales about pregnancy. Now, while doing headstands may be good for circulation, it's NOT been shown to aid conception. But don't hop up and run to the bathroom right after you make love if you want to conceive. Fertility experts say that lying down after sex, with a pillow or two under your hips, helps get sperm to the cervix faster and more efficiently, which CAN boost conception, because it keeps sperm INSIDE you. This increases the odds that the sperm will be able to keep their date with the awaiting egg, so that YOU can win at baby roulette. And since standing on your head has NOT been proven to aid in conception, avoid the possible neck injury and enjoy the afterglow instead!More »
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Can you tell a baby's sex by mom's belly? Find out how much of it is true and how much of it is based on folklore by watching our video.
Transcript: If you've ever been pregnant, someone has pointed at your belly and exclaimed, 'Ahhh, it's a boy!' or...
If you've ever been pregnant, someone has pointed at your belly and exclaimed, 'Ahhh, it's a boy!' or 'Ooohh, it's a girl!' But the idea that you can determine sex from how a mom-to-be is carrying, is just a fictitious piece of Olde English Folklore. It was once believed that a woman was carrying a girl if she was carrying the baby up high, and a boy if she was carrying the baby down low, stemming from the belief that girls needed more protection, so they carried higher than boys. Except there's NO scientific basis to back this up. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle and uterine tone, and the position the baby's in. So, what's the most accurate way to determine your baby's sex? Talk to your doctor about getting an ultrasound. And if someone thinks you're having a boy because you're carrying low, tell them that there's a 50% chance they're right.More »
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Can teething cause a high temperature? It could, during certain stages of teething. Learn more by watching this video.
Transcript: But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent...
But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent study at done at the Cleveland Clinic, sought to parse truth from myth. And they found that teething does NOT cause a fever over 100 degrees. There MAY be a SLIGHT rise in temperature when the teeth come through the gum, but this does not MAKE a baby ill. There ARE a few surefire signs that your little one is about to get his or her first set of choppers: an increase in drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, and biting often occur. And teething may also lead to irritability, ear rubbing, facial rash, and a decreased appetite for solid foods. But remember, teething WON'T make your baby ill. So if your infant has a temperature over 100 degrees, call your pediatrician. Your baby MAY be sick and need treatment.More »
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Can certain supplements taken by women of child-bearing age help prevent birth defects? Watch the Health Myth: Birth Defects Cannot Be Prevented video for more details.
Transcript: This is an important health myth to dispel. Approximately 3,000 pregnancies per year in the United States...
This is an important health myth to dispel. Approximately 3,000 pregnancies per year in the United States are affected by serious birth defects of the brain or spine, like anencephaly or spina bifida. Up to 70% of these defects can be PREVENTED by consuming the B vitamin folic acid daily-before pregnancy and through the first trimester. Since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, the U.S. Public Health Service recommends that ALL women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to help prevent these serious birth defects. And when it comes to pregnancy, BEWARE what you eat and drink. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) can be prevented if women DON'T DRINK during pregnancy. Some birth defects are caused by medications that are known to interfere with fetal development. These medicines should be AVOIDED when it's possible that a woman might become pregnant. You're NOT powerless, arm yourself with facts and DON'T forget to take your Folic Acid!More »
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Many people think that having sex in water prevents pregnancy. Check out our video to get the truth about having sex in water.
Transcript: Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the...
Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the water. The fact is, nothing in water can kill sperm or prevent a pregnancy from happening. Basically, once sperm have been ejaculated into the vagina, their goal is to find an egg to fertilize, and water will not stop their mission. Water will not act as a contraceptive. You're just as likely to get pregnant by having unprotected sex in the water as you are by having sex out of the water. Unless, of course, you're already pregnant, which means you've got other things to worry about. And even if you use a condom or other form of birth control, you can STILL get pregnant. The only 100% foolproof method of preventing pregnancy is by NOT having sex. So, if you choose to have sex, remember that if a penis is inside the vagina, there's a risk of pregnancy, water or not.More »
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At some point in time, someone's probably told you that turkey makes you sleepy. But is this true? Find out what really makes you tired during those holiday feasts.
Transcript: Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday...
Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday meal sleepiness... but that's just a catchy sound-bite.. NOT reality. The tryptophan is NOT to blame for the sudden drowsiness that hits right after the meal. Turkey DOES contain tryptophan, and scientific evidence supports a connection between this amino acid and sleep. BUT, chicken and ground beef contain almost the same amount of tryptophan as turkey! And L-tryptophan doesn't act on the brain unless you take it on an empty stomach, with no protein present. Tryptophan levels found in a turkey dinner are far too low to have a sleepy effect. It's more likely due to the combination of drinking alcohol AND overeating-not just turkey, but also mashed potatoes, cranberries, yams, stuffing, and pie - all of which pull blood away from your brain to help your digestive system do it's work. It's not the turkey's fault, unless you ate the whole bird by yourself!More »
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Does grapefruit burn calories? There are quite a few rumors about this. Watch our featured video and find out if grapefruits can really help with weight loss.
Transcript: Grapefruit may be a good weight loss food, but it doesn't magically burn calories! The American Dietetic...
Grapefruit may be a good weight loss food, but it doesn't magically burn calories! The American Dietetic Association states that "...digestion of any food uses a small amount of energy. But no food-or food component-can 'burn up' the calories in food or 'melt away' body fat.'" Low in calories and sodium, grapefruit is high in potassium and water content; all of which can benefit weight loss. The low calorie count in grapefruit means we can eat grapefruit freely without guilt. Eating any fruit with high water content and potassium boosts water ingestion and helps make one feel full. Research has shown that increasing water consumption can increase energy and speed metabolism. But don't take that to mean that eating grapefruit is in ANY way a stand in for a balanced diet and exercise regimen, because it's NOT.More »
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Midnight snacks are fun, but do they make you gain weight? Watch this video to learn if eating at night makes you fat.
Transcript: While eating late at night has been associated with obesity, midnight munching does not CAUSE obesity....
While eating late at night has been associated with obesity, midnight munching does not CAUSE obesity. A potbelly is the result of too many calories OVERALL, not just the results of late-night snacks. "The time of day a person eats is not as important for overall weight gain as the amount of calories eaten during the day," says a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Late-night eating CAN lead to extra poundage. But it's NOT because of the time of day, it's because eating late at night is likely to involve ALCOHOL and SOCIALIZING...two factors that often lead us to over-eat. And eating in this state tends to be MINDLESS munching, of calorie-rich foods. Whether or not you gain weight is simple: if you take more calories in than you expend, then weight you will gain. It's about how MUCH you eat, not so much about WHEN you eat. Weight gain and eating late...busted!More »
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If you wait after eating to go swimming, are you less likely to drown. Probably not. Check out this video to find out why.
Transcript: No one has ever drowned because they went swimming with a full tummy. While it MIGHT make you uncomfortable,...
No one has ever drowned because they went swimming with a full tummy. While it MIGHT make you uncomfortable, it WON'T cause you to drown. While there's theoretical cause for concern, since the body diverts circulation of blood to the gut-and away from the muscles-which COULD cause a cramp, it's not a real threat. And even if you did get a cramp, in most cases, you could easily exit the water before any real damage is done. alcohol use, lack of safety gear on boats, and lack of protective fencing and covers for pools. Taking some time to digest makes sense, but FAILING to do so is NOT the enormous danger about which we're often warned. However, ALWAYS listen to signals from YOUR body-if you experience pain, severe fatigue or cramping when swimming, go park yourself on your towel, and wait till you feel better, before jumping back in.More »
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If you've recently stopped working out regulary, you might worry that your muscle can turn to fat. But is this true? Find out the truth in this video.
Transcript: Maybe this myth was started by the marketing department of a health club chain. People often worry that...
Maybe this myth was started by the marketing department of a health club chain. People often worry that once they stop regularly working out, their muscle will become fat. But muscle CANNOT turn into fat, because they're made of two very different types of cells. People get fat when they stop working out, because they continue to eat the same amount of food, but burn off fewer calories. As a result, their unused muscles grow soft while they simultaneously gain excess body fat. If you stop exercising, you'll still have the same NUMBER of muscle cells-but each will get thinner. If you continue to eat the same amount of food, *the fat cells, which were already there, will expand. This is the basic weight gain equation: if your "calories in" are greater than your "calories out," then your fat cells will begin to bloat and gloat. But under no circumstances will your muscle cells morph to fat cells.More »
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Is it true? Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? Find out more in this video.
Transcript: You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day-wait a minute, REALLY? What's come to be accepted...
You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day-wait a minute, REALLY? What's come to be accepted wisdom isn't necessarily so. The seemingly universal advice, that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is crucial for optimal bodily function, is more myth than fact. A recent study, conducted at Dartmouth Medical School, found no evidence to support this popular exhortation-extolled by the media, health writers, nutritionists and many doctors. So what's the genesis of this myth? This idea may have gotten its start when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, recommended approximately "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food." This amounts to roughly 2 to 2 quarts per day, or 64 to 80 ounces. But in the next sentence, the Board stated that: "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods." Apparently, this last sentence seems to have been missed, and that recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water one should drink daily.More »
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Having healthy levels of Vitamin D is vital to your overall health. But is spending time outdoors the best ways to absorb vitamin D? Check out this video for more information on Vitamin D and the outdoors.
Transcript: Vitamin D, often referred to as the 'sunshine" vitamin-since sunlight is the best source-is key to sustaining...
Vitamin D, often referred to as the 'sunshine" vitamin-since sunlight is the best source-is key to sustaining long-term health. Prevailing wisdom has been that we get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D from our everyday exposure to sun, but recent research has found that this is NOT the case. Basically, your body cannot make Vitamin D, but you CAN get it from food and sunlight. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on diet alone to supply enough vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight is the key to producing ample amounts of this essential vitamin. But don't take this as license to bake yourself to a crisp in the sun. Generally, your body will produce adequate amounts of vitamin D with 20-30 minutes of sun exposure on your hands, arms and face everyday-but here's the rub, sunscreen dramatically inhibits UV ray penetration, which is necessary for Vitamin D production, so go out with some of your skin sunscreen-free, and then apply after 20-30 minutes have passed.More »
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