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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy When you're pregnant, stay away from the following foods : Unpasteurized milk and foods manufactured with unpasteurized milk (soft cheeses such as feta, queso Blanco and fresco, Camembert, brie, and blue-veined cheeses, unless labelled "made with pasteurised milk") Meats for lunchtime and hot dogs (unless they are heated until steaming hot before serving) Seafood, eggs, and meat that is raw or undercooked. Sushi produced with raw fish should be avoided (cooked sushi is safe). Refrigerated pâté and meat spreads Refrigerated smoked seafood Guidelines for Safe Food Handling When handling and cooking food, remember to follow these general food safety guidelines: Wash. Before eating, cutting, or cooking, thoroughly rinse all raw vegetables under running tap water. Clean. After handling and preparing raw meals, wash your hands, knives, surfaces, and cutting boards. Cook. Cook beef, pig, or poultry until the internal temperature reaches a safe l

Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy: Causes and How to Increase?

Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy

In utero, your baby is protected by a fluid-filled sac. The amniotic sac and the fluid it contains are known as amniotic fluid. The liquid is necessary for the protection and health of the fetus as it develops within you. However, the amount of amniotic fluid produced may not always be as expected, posing a health risk to the growing baby within you. In this article, we will discuss the functions of amniotic fluid, as well as the causes of fluctuations in its volume and strategies to increase it. Read on to learn more.

What Does the Amniotic Fluid Do?

Amniotic fluid helps in the following:

  • When your baby hits the uterine walls, lessen the impact.
  • Keep your baby safe from illness.
  • Your baby's digestive system and lungs must be developed.
Too much or too little amniotic fluid in your body can cause pregnancy problems ranging from a cracked placenta to premature delivery. In a normal pregnancy, the amniotic fluid index should be between 8 and 18.

What Are the Causes of Low Amniotic Fluid?

If your amniotic fluid index is less than 5, you have oligohydramnios or a low amniotic fluid level. Lack of amniotic fluid can cause problems with your child's hands, feet, lungs, extremities, and, rarely, the face. Low amniotic fluid can be due to a variety of factors, including:
  • Your source breaks.
  • The growth of the fetus is weak.
  • Before delivery, your placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus, depriving your baby of nutrition and oxygen.
  • Your child has problems with the kidneys or urinary tract.
  • You have diabetes or have had high blood pressure for a long time.
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are among the medications you use.

Tips to increase amniotic fluid

Here are some suggestions for increasing amniotic fluid levels during pregnancy:
  • Throughout the day, drink lots of water. It is one of the
  • simplest ways to increase amniotic fluid levels. The level of amniotic fluid increases in proportion to the amount of water in your body.
  • Foods with high water content should be included on your plate. The following foods help increase amniotic fluid during pregnancy:
    • Cucumber, radish, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower are examples of vegetables.
    • Strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapefruit are examples of fruits.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy because it is harmful to your baby's health. Alcohol also dehydrates you and reduces the amount of amniotic fluid in your body.
  • Herbal diuretic supplements (drugs that make you urinate more often) should be avoided. Excessive urination dehydrates you. To maintain and increase the volume of amniotic fluid, it is essential to stay hydrated at all times.
  • Do light exercises regularly. You must exercise every day; even walking is beneficial. Regular exercise during pregnancy helps stimulate blood flow to the placenta and uterus, resulting in a higher level of amniotic fluid in your body.

Read more: 11 Things Dads Need To Know About Pregnancy


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