Eating For Two!

woman visiting pregnant friend(BlackDoctor.org) — Congratulations!!! You’re about to be a Mommy! Maybe this is your first time or maybe it’s your fifth. Who cares? Being a mother is a blessing. Pregnancy is a joyous occasion, but it is also an occasion that requires a lot of precautions. During pregnancy what you eat, your baby eats, which is why it’s extremely important to learn how to eat for two.

Diet

A nutritious diet will provide you with the 40 or so essential nutrients needed by your body and for your baby’s health. The following is a list of the food groups, the suggested serving sizes and examples of servings for each group for pregnant women.

Bread, Grains and Pasta (6-11 servings)

• 1 slice bread

• 1 pancake

• 1 tortilla

• ½ bun

• 1 bagel or English muffin

• 1 small muffin

• ½ cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal

• 1 roll

Vegetable Group (3-5 servings)

• ½ cup chopped raw or cooked vegetable

• 1 cup raw leafy vegetable

• ½ cup vegetable soup

• 10 french fries

• 1 medium potato

Fruit Group (2-4 servings)

• 1 piece fruit

• ½ cup juice

• ½ cup chopped, cooked or canned fruit

• ¼ cup dried fruit

• ½ grapefruit

• ¼ cantaloupe

Protein and Meat Group (2-3 servings)

• 3 ounces cooked meat

• ½ cup cooked beans

• 1 egg

• 1/3 cup nuts

• 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Dairy Group (2-3 servings)

• 1 cup milk or yogurt

• 1 ounce cheese

• ½ cup pudding

• ½ cup ice cream

• ½ cup cottage cheese

Vitamins

Folic acid or folate, is a special vitamin. This vitamin has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of having a baby with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, a defect in the spinal column. Folate helps develop the neural tube that becomes the baby’s spine. The neural tube starts to develop shortly after conception and is closed at 28 days. Foods rich in folate include citrus fruits and juice; dark, green, leafy vegetables like spinach; whole grain and fortified breads and cereals; wheat germ; nuts; legumes; lentils; and lima beans.

Even if you are eating a healthy diet, your doctor may recommend a prenatal vitamin. This supplement will contain additional necessary nutrients including folate, iron and calcium. Some women experience less morning sickness complications such as nausea and vomiting if they begin a prenatal supplement before conception. The nutrient zinc, also found in the supplement, may help with fertility.

Once you begin taking the prenatal supplement, you should STOP taking other supplements. Excessive amounts of certain nutrients can be toxic and hazardous to your health and the baby’s development. It is a good idea to discuss, with your doctor, any herbal supplements, teas, or products that you may be taking. Some of these products may be harmful to your baby.

12 Surprising Cleaners

young woman cleaning(BlackDoctor.org) — You probably already know about the cleaning wonders of lemon, vinegar and baking soda, but can other kitchen cabinet staples really work as dirt-eliminating magicians, too?

We’re not saying you need to toss all the cleaning products you already own, but the below uncommon cleaning products can definitely help you keep your home fresh and sparkling – without stretching an already thin household budget.

White Bread

Use It To: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.

Ketchup

Use It To: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

Oatmeal

Use It To: Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well.

Rice

Use It To: Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle. Fill three quarters of the vessel with warm water and add a tablespoon of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigor-ously, and rinse.

Tea

Use It To: Scour rusty garden tools. Brew a few pots of strong black tea. When cool, pour into a bucket. Soak the tools for a few hours. Wipe each one with a cloth. (Wear rubber gloves or your hands will be stained.)

Glycerin

Use it To: Remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. Peel off as much wax as possible, then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean.

Club Soda

Use It To: Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink. Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Use It To: Disinfect a keyboard. Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies.

Cornstarch

Use It To: Clean grease spills on carpets. Pour cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

Rubbing Alcohol

Use It To: Erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and apply.