All About Pregnancy

To get pregnant


Adopt bio attitude . Too often our body is exposed to harmful products, so to boost your fertility go ahead and détoxez you through bio. And if in addition,  you like tea you win . This drink would be perfect to bring baby.

Last effort in your diet  with the inclusion of folic acid.   Thanks to its many properties, it will be an ally to boost your fertility.

Female side


– Low–Glycemic Index Diet

Favor foods with low GI, such as whole grains and flours , the legumes , fruits, vegetables, agave syrup, etc. The art fiber can slow the absorption of sugars or carbohydrates in the body , thus regulating insulin secretion. Think also of linseed, in agar or oat bran, which you can add to your salad or yogurt.

-Omega 3

A good intake of omega-3 contributes to the proper functioning of our body, and therefore that of our reproductive system. Whether or not « test baby », it is essential to incorporate these fatty acids in your daily diet. (Preferred fish that do not contain mercury)

-Dairy products

Consume one to two whole milk products a day could help restore ovulation. Promote semi-skimmed milk (if you really want), whole milk, cottage cheese, Swiss small and lightweight non yogurt. Ice cream and cheese are also preferred, but in reasonable quantities.

-Folic acid

Folic acid also has many advantages, when Baby started. Administered few months before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy, it reduces the risk of miscarriage, protects children from certain defects and prevent prematurity .

-The iron

Increase your iron intake . Increase iron stores in your body before you get pregnant because your future baby will use your own reserves for iron during pregnancy.

-Vitamin C

It is an antioxidant essential for men and women who want to become parents. In women, this vitamin increases hormone levels and helps regulate menstruation. A study was conducted on 150 women with luteal defect (a defect leading to irregular menstruation and increased risk of infertility), one group received 750 mg of vitamin C daily and others received no treatment. The group that was treated with vitamin C showed an increase in progesterone level, and the other group has undergone no change. In addition, the group receiving vitamin C showed a pregnancy rate of 25% within les six months, while the group without vitamin C had a pregnancy rate of 11%.

-The Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 helps in the process of fertilization, because it increases the duration of the luteal phase during menstruation. In the luteal phase, the uterus is receptive to fertilization and embryo implantation. In addition, vitamin B6 ensures the regularity of your menstrual cycles. The equation is pretty simple here, regular menstruation = increased chances of procreation.

-Sodium bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate  increase considerably the quality of cervical mucus to become more alkaline its very helpful during the first part of women cycle.

To avoid


 -Do not consume too much caffeine .The experts agree to indicate that moderate consumption of caffeine (two cups of 250 ml per day) is not an obstacle for having a baby. However, if you have trouble getting pregnant, it would be better to phase out caffeine.

– Be wary of unpasteurized dairy products and meat. These foods can carry a bacteria called listeria, which is harmful and can cause infection. To eliminate this bacteria of these foods, you have to heat in microwave until steaming (for milk) and cook well (for meat).

Avoid: refined sugar and sweets in general, white flour, soda, bread, cookies, chips, crisps.
Preferred: dark chocolate, whole grains, legumes, red fruits, vegetables and fiber, which slows the absorption of sugars by the body (oat bran, lentils, kidney beans, lentils, peas , beans, etc.).

Men side

So men can improve the quality of their sperm and increase the chances of their partner getting pregnant ensuring more to their diet. An Australian study has recently shown that eating foods rich in antioxidants-and especially the combination vitamin E and beta carotene, both powerful antioxidants – would increase the performance of sperm. Similarly, zinc would have a beneficial effect on the secretion of testosterone , a hormone that acts on the production and sperm motility, while some « miracles » plants have the characteristic to stimulate the reproductive organs. Finally, according to an American study, eating nuts would make the most effective sperm. With the aim to conceive, certain food categories deserve to be prioritized, others are banned.
To avoid: meats, pastries, chips, butter and palm oil
Preferred: The yogurt, seeds, berries, wheat germ, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, pumpkin, oranges, carrots, apricots, mangoes, almonds, melons, raspberries, sweet potatoes, soya oil, salmon, oysters, shellfish, eggs, whole grains, rich in apples vitamins C, the « miracles » plants such as sage, garlic, asparagus, fennel, ginseng.


-The omega 3

As they act on the flexibility of the cell membrane, they facilitate exchanges between the egg and the sperm.
In the plate: Small fatty fish (sardines, herring, mackerel), canola oil, walnut oil

-The magnesium

Known for its anti-stress effects, it is recommended for pre-conceptional period. Stress affects the libido and is also implicated in fertility problems.
In the plate: Cereals and pulses (lentils, white beans, split peas), which provide magnesium and other minerals (iron, calcium, potassium …)

-The vitamin B9

Studies have shown a correlation between infertility and low consumption of vitamin B9.
In the plate: Green leafy vegetables (lamb’s lettuce, lettuce, broccoli), brewer’s yeast or liver.

-The zinc

Defense against oxidative stress, studies have proved that he was present in high concentrations in seminal fluid. In the plate: oysters, wheat germ.

-The carnitine and coenzyme Q10

This amino acid derivative and this antioxidant, which ensure energy production within the cell are very useful in sperm, big energy consumer.
In the plate:

-The selenium

it plays a role in sperm maturation, according to some studies.
In the plate: Seafood

Pregnancy symptoms: signs that do not lie

Testimonials: how to tell if you are pregnant (before the missed period)?


For early pregnancy, you have to start listening to his body and detect any changes.
Here is a summary of several common signs but know that they are only clues and that only the presence in the blood and urine of gonadotropin (hcg) identified during the blood test is 100% reliable. The proliferation of these signs will prompt you to do a pregnancy test and a blood test.

– The cessation of menstruation is the first objective sign of pregnancy. However, many women have irregular periods or periods of amenorrhea (spontaneous cessation of menstruation), making this sign, actually unreliable in early pregnancy.
– Some of us have i ntuition even the certainty of being pregnant.
– Your breasts are sore . They are filled with a bulging nipples, taking a darker coloring. They are harder and a little larger.
– You feel smeared upon waking.
– You have nausea during the day or even vomiting.
– You feel (very) tired.
– You have white discharge.
– You have a little acne .
– You feel the heartburn and are suddenly disgusted by certain foods.
– Certain smells insupportent you.
– Your appetite varies : you are unable to eat or on the contrary you have trouble controlling your appetite.
– You have mood changes (positive or negative) according to the hormonal action.
– You are irritable or become hypersensitive.

Nutrition during pregnancy


Pregnancy Nutrition Council


Fruits and vegetables


7-8 servings a day: a serving is a fruit or a vegetable ½ cup (125 ml), with the exception of lettuce for which it takes a full cup (250 ml).
If they come top of the list is and are packed with essential nutrients such as minerals and vitamins.
They also supply fiber and provide flavor and « crunchy » to dishes.
Ideally, eat at least one dark green (broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce, green beans) and one orange vegetable (carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes) per day. It is best to cook steamed, baked or stir in a little olive oil in order to better preserve the nutritional value.
Choose whole fruits rather than trade fruit juices, which often contain too much sugar.
Grain products


6-7 servings a day: a portion equivalent to a slice of bread; 30 g of cereals; ½ cup (125 ml) of cooked pasta or cooked rice. Half of servings should be consumed in the form of whole grains, like brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, multigrain spaghetti and bran muffins home.
The fibers they contain aid digestion and help prevent constipation.
Grains provide energy and contain many vitamins and minerals.
Cookies and pastries are other sources of grain, but they have the defect to contain a large amount of fat and sugar, in addition to being generally made from white flour: eat them in moderation.

Prevent allergies: is it possible?

You may have food allergies or one of your children is affected. Maybe you ask yourself then it is possible to prevent in the future child? For now, there is no known way to prevent allergies during pregnancy. This is not to avoid eating peanuts, for example, that your future baby will be less likely to be allergic. You should not deprive yourself of foods during pregnancy in order to prevent allergies. This deprivation can cause deficiencies in valuable nutrients.
Milk and Alternatives

2 servings per day: one serving equals 1 cup (250 ml) of milk or fortified soy beverage; ½ cup (125 mL) canned evaporated milk; 175 g or ¾ cup (175 ml) and 50 g of yoghurt or 1 ½ oz cheese.
This family food provides protein, but also calcium and vitamin D.
If you do not like the taste of milk, stir it in your cereal or in recipes like puddings house, tapioca, smoothies, soups and bechamel sauces.
The cream is rich in fat and calories, it is better not abuse it.
Meat and Alternatives

Two portions: one portion is 75 g or ½ cup fish, seafood, poultry or lean meat cooked; ¾ cup (175 ml) cooked legumes or tofu; ¼ cup shelled nuts and seeds; 2 c. tablespoons (30 mL) peanut butter and 2 eggs.
It is suggested to eat at least two fish meals per week. See recommendations follow below.
This family of foods rich in protein, iron and good fats.
The meats are high in salt and fat. It is advisable to eat in moderation. It is also recommended to avoid meats and other prepared meats sliced ​​to decrease the risk of contracting a foodborne infection.
The fish and mercury: recommendations

Most fish available at the grocery pose no danger to the health of pregnant women. However, some fish may contain contaminants such as mercury. Mercury can cause damage to the baby’s brain.

Pregnant or nursing women should limit consumption:

fresh or frozen tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin and snook to 150 g per month.
white tuna « albacore » canned 300 g per week (about 2 cans 170 g). Note that this rule does not apply to canned light tuna, another variety of tuna, which itself presents no danger.
The following fish may in turn be eaten without restriction  : trout, haddock, canned light tuna, sole, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring, salmon and anchovies.

If you eat sport fish in freshwater, see the consumer guide of the Quebec government. Some may contain contaminants.

Oils and fats

It is best to limit the consumption of butter, hard margarine and shortening.
These fats can advantageously be replaced by vegetable oils (from 2 to 3 tbsp. Tablespoons per day), such as olive oil, canola or sunflower. The oils can be used for cooking or dressing, for example.
Pregnant foods to avoid

For your pregnancy is going well, it is prudent to avoid certain foods. Here are the precautions to take during these 9 months.

Banned food


Pregnant, you should closely monitor your diet. In general, avoid eating raw foods . To limit the risk of listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, do not eat foods that can be dangerous: soft cheeses or raw milk as camembert, grated bag cheese products purchased cutting, raw fish and smoked meat or raw sausage or cooked(rillettes). Thoroughly cook all meats and preparations based on eggs. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite found in soil. To avoid contamination, wash carefully the vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs to remove all their dirt residue. This applies to all fruits.
Regarding seafood products, raw or undercooked shellfish , the surimi and Taramasalata are also banned. Note: Avoid the consumption of cooked crustaceans sold (it is best to cook them yourself).


The unsuitable food


We know that extremely high doses of vitamin A can pose risks to the fetus. Therefore, as a precaution, because of the high content of vitamin A in animal liver, it is recommended to pregnant women to avoid eating liver (regardless of species) or products of liver. But do not panic if you have consumed. The soy and soy products contain phytoestrogens, substances that interfere with the hormonal system of the mother and baby. As a precaution, it is advisable during pregnancy to avoid consuming dietary supplements containing soy extracts, limit soy foods. No more than one a day. Products enriched with phytosterols – margarines, yogurts, milk drinks, etc. – are reserved for people who have « too much cholesterol. » Even if this is the case, it is not recommended for mothers to consume because potential risks are still unknown. Last, aspartame, if a report of the National Health Security Agency for Food (ANSES), the environment had rejected the « proven risk during pregnancy », other studies have shown risk of premature birth. In short, as a precaution, we forget sweeteners.

Relieve Pregnancy Pain

Relieve Pregnancy Pain


Particularly felt in early pregnancy, headaches are at best uncomfortable and at worst debilitating. It’s the rest for you! Lie, isolate yourself in a quiet place, in the dark if necessary, and do not hesitate to ask you a cold water glove on the forehead.

Lumbago and backache

Everything is a matter of attitude! Notice how pregnant women have the annoying habitto stand cambered … Instead, try to walk back straight, as if you were leaning against a wall with a small heel or flat or too high. When you sit down, cue your kidneys in the bottom of the seat, do not sit on the edge and use a small stool to put your feet flat if the chair is too high. If you must bend down, bend your legs instead of bending you in two. Avoid prolonged static postures, heavy loads, sudden gestures. If you have trouble, do not hesitate to lie down on the side, legs bent, or on the back. To prevent pain in the spine, think about exercise: walking, swimming or gymnastics will relax you.

Voltage breasts

Especially painful the first two months of pregnancy, these tensions, itching, or increased sensitivity of the nipple due to the increased volume of the breast. Wear bras with a suitable size, change in the need to progressively evolution of pregnancy and prefer natural materials like cotton. If you experience colostrum discharge, place a pad or breast pad on the chest (on sale at nursery radius of your supermarket, pharmacy or drugstore).

Pain in the abdomen and pelvis

Frequently throughout pregnancy, feeling of heaviness or tightness in the stomach level always worried moms. Often for nothing! The first months, they usually correspond to the adaptation of the uterus and are not necessarily herald a miscarriage (However, see your doctor urgently if they are very violent and / or accompanied by bleeding); thereafter, they are caused by the development of the uterus and distended ligaments. In late pregnancy, the loosening of joints that causes the pain. To soothe sensitive areas, there are few quick fixes. Besides taking a painkiller, only rest will relieve you.


Just follow some simple rules to be corrected constipation. The best remedy for constipation is to drink at least 1.5 liters of beverages per day (water, juice, milk, herbal teas) and consume enough fiber-rich foods: at least one vegetable dish and 2 3 fruit a day, complete with bread, starchy foods and pulses.

Heavy legs

It is not uncommon for cramps appear from the middle of pregnancy, especially at night. Get up and massage your thighs. If someone is with you (and awake!) Ask him to lift your leg high enough, then walk a few moments. Perhaps you missed vitamin B and magnesium. During your next exam, check with your doctor any deficiency that can be combated with nutritional supplements.

What medication use?

Whatever the period of pregnancy, choose as first paracetamol (Efferalgan, Tylenol) provided consult your doctor as some prefer not to prescribe them. This analgesic, properly assessed and safe for you or for the baby, you will relieve temporary pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin should be avoided because of their toxicity fetal cardiopulmonary and kidney.Also avoid mixtures: certain medicines containing paracetamol associated with codeine or caffeine, for example, dangerous especially during late pregnancy. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor in case of hypertension history or acetaminophen does not reduce pain enough, or if it becomes permanent, is disabling, remains bright and sharp, is associated with other symptoms, such as fever, tinnitus, eye disorders, etc.

Medications to Avoid During Pregnancy

Some treatments are indeed the cause of fetal malformations, and others may be a danger to the health of the unborn child. The treatments against the acne severe as isotretinoin and acitretin, for example formally against-indicated during pregnancy . They increase indeed the risk of brain malformations of 25%. Some psychotropic drugs like lithium , are also recommended. Less dangerous, they still expose the fetus during the first 50 days of gestation , with a risk of malformation. The same goes for some anticoagulant oral, of antiepileptic andantihypertensives .

During the 2 e and 3 e trimesters of pregnancy, the child’s organs are already formed at birth. Their growth and maturation, however, are not completed. During this period, some treatments can alter their functions. Examples include anti-inflammatory non-steroidal administered in high doses. Before treatment whatsoever, so ask always agreed with your doctor.

Sources medications to avoid during pregnancy

interview with Dr. Loic Sentilhes, obstetrician-gynecologist at the University Hospital of Angers;

interview with Dr. Philippe Duruelle, obstetrician gynecologist at the University Hospital of Lille, 22 November 2010