How a Healthy Diet Can Affect Your Oral Health During Pregnancy
Dr. Amanda Tavoularis (dentably.com)
Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life. Growing your family and bringing a life into the world is a beautiful thing, and you’re probably hustling trying to prepare for the little one’s arrival.
One thing to keep in mind during your pregnancy is your oral health, and how your diet affects it. I have been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years and have worked with a lot of pregnant women on how to optimize their diet to have the best dental health for them and their baby.
Here is a list of tips and suggestions for you to use during your own pregnancy.
Why A Healthy Diet is Important
Once you learn that you’re pregnant, it’s more important to eat a well-balanced diet. What you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby, so you’ll want to make sure that your baby is getting a sufficient quantity of nutrients including protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and D.
It’s also common for women to experience strong cravings during their pregnancy. Frequent snacking can be an invitation for tooth decay, which left untreated can result in gum disease. Pregnant women are already more susceptible to gum disease due to their changing hormones, so it’s important to be mindful of your snacking habits and do your part in trying to prevent any oral issues.
Talk with your physician and dentist on advice regarding your diet while pregnant and work to choose foods that are healthy for you and your baby.
Tips for Eating Healthy While Pregnant
The best way to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during your pregnancy is to eat a variety of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, lean proteins, and a variety of dairy products. Be mindful of your sugar intake and try to limit your consumption of sugary cookies, candies, juices, etc.
Another way to keep a healthy diet is to drink plenty of water, especially between meals and snacks. If you can, drinking water that contains fluoride will help your teeth remain healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Finally, receiving the recommended amount of folic acid throughout your pregnancy will help reduce the risk of birth defects. You should consume 600 micrograms of folic acid each day. You can do this by taking a dietary supplement and eating foods high in folate and foods fortified in folic acids. This includes foods such as asparagus, broccoli, and leafy greens, legumes, and a variety of fruits including papaya, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, and bananas. You can also find grain products fortified with folic acids such as bread, cereals, pasta, and rice.
Once you learn that you are expecting a child, it can be one of the most special times in your life. It’s also important that during this time, you take proper measures to keep you and your baby healthy. One thing to be aware of is your diet and how it affects your oral health. Both of these are extremely important for the development of your little one. Eating a well-balanced diet and having a good dental care routine are the best ways to keep your mouth healthy for the both of you.
We were lucky enough to try and test out the new Silver Cross Coast in Flint. When I was pregnant with Evie, we searched and searched for the right pram and eventually settled with a Mothercare pram. I always had my eye on a Silver cross but never really got the chance to fully delve deeper into what they were like. Being able to test this pram is everything and more, it helps so much and is 10x easier now, not having to switch the pram from car to car and obviously the Mothercare has taken a backseat considering the Silver cross is everything a mum could dream of.
Packaging and Assembly
The Coast was delivered very quickly and arrived in perfect condition, which you would expect for the price. As we very slowly and carefully unboxed every aspect of the pram we began to notice how well packaged it actually was. The pram itself was protected very well anything you think of had a protective cover. The chassis, carrycot and tandem seat came out as one big bulk and the wheels and everything else came packaged separately. We found the instructions and popped it all together. We didn’t really use the instructions much when building as it was pretty simple and easy enough to do. However, when finding the accessories like the mosquito net, there wasn’t any instructions as to how to attach it properly. When reading the instructions, we found out that not only is this pram a single pram but it is fully adaptable into turning into a double pram if you buy an extra tandem seat and the adaptors. It also comes included with 3 years warranty.
We decided to first test the Coast in an environment which most people go to. The Shopping centre! We ventured into lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock. We knew we needed a day trip to fully test the pram. On first note we thought we would struggle with putting the pram in the boot as it’s not a small pram and we only have a Ford focus. However, we couldn’t have been more wrong the prams openness chassis when laying down helps to put the carrycot and tandem seat in the boot of the car with still enough room for a couple of bags of shopping. With our Mothercare pram we can only get the one-piece in. I like to wear flip flops A LOT but the downside to our Mothercare pram is when putting the break on it is hard to get it back off as this would hurt my foot, however with the Silver cross it’s not just merged into one brake. The brake is separate to the release, which I adored because it means I can wear my flip flops and be lazy and not have to bend down to release the brake. We found that on a shopping spree like this it was super handy to have a big underneath storage which I can tell you came to use and cleared my hands of having to carry anything. We loved the fact it came with a cup holder, this came in handy, I love to carry my water around with me and because it’s in a straw cup putting this in my changing bag would mean it would leak everywhere, the cup holder just attaches to either side of the pram and you can stick any drink into it including a baby bottle with handles.
With Evie only being 4 months old we actually managed to be able to test the carry cot too. As you can see she still has plenty of room in it so we can still get plenty of use. We use the carrycot mostly when she is having a nap or is tired as she loves being able to look around so the tandem seat comes in handy. You can use this for naps anyway as it reclines to 3 different positions. We love the fact that it has a spf50+ hood and pull out visor this is perfect for the mini heatwaves were having at the moment. The mosquito net comes in handy when visiting the beach and evening trips to keep all the bugs out.
We loved the Silver cross pram but have noticed a couple of cons. With the Flint colour, the chassis scratches pretty easily, getting in it and out of the car it slightly scratched the chassis (not majorly noticeable) also the number of accessories you get with the pram you would expect there to be something that either comes with it like a little bag or a buyable add on item to attach to the pram. Something other companies offer already. We also noticed that the little window on the back of the pram (peep hole) doesn’t stay open very well. For the price of the pram it’s also a shame that you don’t get the cosy toes free, it’s quite an expensive add on item.
Although it does have a few downfalls, there is no doubt in my mind that this pram is perfect for everyday use. We have loved being able to use this and will continue now using this pram for future outings and adventures. It is definitely worth every aspect of the price and the details that have gone into making this pram are amazing. We would recommend this pram to any new parent having to make that tough decision of a pram.
Now I know I’m way behind, seeing that I haven’t done any update on how Evie is but with a newborn they change so much and i’d be updating every week.
So since Evie has arrived we’ve pretty much been in a newborn bubble and not bothered with updating anything other than our instagram feeds. At 4 months Evie is such a little character and is changing every day. She can now hold her own bottle and was completely exclusively breast-fed until 4 months as of now she has a formula in the morning and one in the evening purely because she was gaining weight slowly so we are attempting formula to see if it helps. She is a pretty sicky baby one of the reasons why she could be slowly gaining weight. We currently give her Infacol before every feed and Gaviscon every other feed.
She has been teething since around 2 and a half months old but no teeth have cut through just her gums incredibly sore for her and she is a constant dribble machine. She has slept through the night since birth which was amazing for us but how on earth mums get anything done during the day with a baby not having any naps is beyond me. Her dad has got her into a bad habit of wanting to be held constantly and now im stuck as to what to do to try and get her out of it.
She loves music and also me (her mummy) singing to her, she’s not really a fan of nursery rhymes although my dad (her grand-pops) sings the wheels on the bus to her and she loves it, but i’m pretty sure its because she just loves him. Every time we put her in her bouncer chair she tries to sit up, she’s not really mastered tummy time, mainly because she hates being on her stomach, I put that down to constant wind but she hates it. But she is such a clever and funny little monkey. She loves the camera and is always constantly smiling when its out, she also is a very talkative baby. We’ve recently been putting her in a jumperoo but propping her up with a cushion and blankets around her as she doesn’t quite fill it yet as she is still tiny but she absolutely loves it.
Evie has become a brand rep for some companies on instagram and also has been featured twice on instagram shops and also notice by Beatrix Potter themselves.
we are so proud of the little girl she is becoming and I really don’t want my baby to grow up.
Recently becoming first time parents we’ve become accustomed to the baby buys. However when I first became pregnant it was very daunting as to what we actually needed to buy and what was a necessity rather than what we wanted and liked but didn’t really need.
I remember spending hours scrolling through other peoples blogs as to what they bought that I would need. After having Evie I realised that certain things we bought didn’t actually work for her so the hours I spent reading through peoples blogs were pretty much a waste.
However I did pick up a few products that Evie did actually like, I will list some of these down below with links attached.
I really didn’t want to make this purchase however much I really wanted one, after a mothercare near me was closing down and everything went on sale I finally gave in and bought one, I’m so grateful i did because Evie absolutely loves it. the sleepyhead is easily moveable and keeps her from moving around during her sleep, it prevents her from rolling over and I’m not 100% sure but I think it may have been partly the reason she has slept all night long since birth. I felt at ease at night knowing she is relatively safe from hurting herself.
We wasn’t going to really bother with a baby camera as she currently sleeps in the room with us until we move out of our parents home, but after the first night at the hospital I didn’t sleep as I was constantly watching to make sure she was breathing. We ended up spending a little bit of money and getting the Arlo baby camera. Im honestly so glad we did, it is amazing and has put my mind at ease, not only does it work with our amazon spot it also tracks the room conditions and tells me when motion & audio is detected. We have it set up to monitor only when she is in the room but the camera is on 24/7 so it acts as cctv for our room to which is quite handy. When you download the Arlo app you can also view the monitor when you’re out which is really good for Kevin when he is at work as he can check in on Evie.
We Bought this baby carrier so Kevin was able to carry Evie around as well as me, I have a wrap which I found to be ok but I preferred the carrier as she felt more secure but to be honest it was probably because I had no clue how to even wrap her properly. I can’t fault the carrier so far, its been super handy as Evie has never liked being left on her own, so getting jobs around the house done was super tricky with the carrier we were able to put it on and her in it and get on. The one we picked was 4 in 1 and is super handy for when she gets older.
We were lucky enough to have our pram bought for us but for only £350 our mothercare pram is basically a cheaper version of a silver cross. As soon as we saw this in the store I immediately fell in love. It took a while for it to come into stock as it was very popular. We love the pram, it’s stylish and lasts up until roughly 4 years old and it’s compact. The things I love most about it is the fact that everything comes apart, which made it easier for us when trying to get it into our small boot. If you want a pram that is hardwearing and durable and still after a good looking pram, I would look at this one, it also comes in navy but we opted for the grey version as it was a more of a neutral colour.
This breast pump was my Saviour. Evie Latched on perfectly at birth and her first feed was 50 minutes long, but as soon as we came home we couldn’t get her to latch on properly resulting in me having to pump as much as I could until my supply came in so that she could eat. I really don’t think it would have come in as quickly as it did without it. The pump has two suction modes and a speed setting, it is also very easy to clean and sterilise and also comes with the manual part, A bottle and two storage containers which you can easily attach to the bottom of a MAM bottle and pump straight into that. I found it very easy to use and I wouldn’t of wanted anything different, it made pumping sessions so much easier and quicker rather than manual pumping.
My Story starts when we went to our 36 week scan, we arrived at the hospital for the scan, during which we were told that the baby is all healthy and perfect except she was breech (bottom first) so i needed to see a doctor for our next steps. We waited to be seen by the doctor whom told us that we had two options 1. That I had a ECV (external cephalic version) Which is basically where a trained doctor uses different hand techniques to push on the stomach to manoeuvre the baby into the head first position. Or 2. That I opted for a planned C Section. I was adamant about avoiding a C Section at all costs so I opted for a ECV. we were told to come back a week later to be rescanned and if she hadn’t moved into the engaged position they would go ahead the next day with the ECV. So we went back and the baby still hadn’t engaged so we came back the next day and they tried the ECV. I was hooked up to monitors whilst they monitored the baby’s movements and heart rate. I was then injected with a muscle relaxer and they proceeded with the ECV. After various attempts of trying to get the baby to move it was unsuccessful so the only option was to schedule a C Section for 39 weeks and 1 Day.
On the 4th of February we arrived at the hospital at 7am. I was asked not to Eat from midnight and to only have sips of water until 6am when I needed to drink 250ml of Lucozade orange sport and not have another until after the procedure. When we Arrived at the hospital they escorted us to my bed where I could put all my belongings. A midwife soon came around and they were inserting my cannula, checking all my vitals and giving me my gown. She told me that I was second on the list and that Me and kevin needed to be ready and dressed by 10:30am to walk down to theatre.
10:30Am soon arrived and my mum, me and kevin headed down to theatre, my mum wasn’t allowed in the theatre with us only Kevin so she waited outside the theatre room in the waiting area for me to come out. When we arrived in the room we waited outside the recovery section whilst theatre was prepping for me. Once they were ready we were escorted into the room where I was propped up on the table whilst they numbed my back and put the spinal block in. After about 5 mins i was numb from the top down. It all happened rather quickly but the midwives in the theatre were very assuring keeping me calm. Kevin was amazing during making sure he took a tonne of photos. Within minutes they were inside tugging and pulling trying to get the baby out. about 5 minutes later they dropped the curtain in front of me and there she was my gorgeous daughter. She was covered in blood but she was perfect. I actually couldn’t believe how tiny she was i joked that she wasn’t mine because she was soo small. The midwives whisked her off to clean her up whilst the Doctors finished sewing me up. Within minutes I had her on my chest, I couldn’t stop staring at her, she was just soo perfect. After they had taken her off of me again they did all her checks and her and Kevin were escorted into the recovery room whilst they transferred me from the operating table to a hospital bed. I was then joined with Kevin in recovery where I was straight away given Evie Back to breastfeed her. In recovery we were there for about 20 minutes whilst they continued to monitor my vitals. we were then whisked away back to the ward and joined by my mum who was besotted with Evie. I was then given Tea and toast. After not eating since midnight and not drinking since 6am I was super happy with being able to drink and eat again. My brother and Dad arrived and met Evie, they were so in awe with her. 6 hours had passed and the midwife arrived to take my catheter out. I was then told to go take a shower. Kevin escorted me to the shower, where drying myself I collapsed and hit my head against the wall. I was then told I fainted where I lost a lot of blood in theatre when they tried to deliver the placenta and that it is common to faint in the shower after. Anyway after all our checks we were left alone and spent the night in hospital, Evie was good as gold and slept most of the time. At 2pm the next day we were discharged after all of our checks and bounty photos. I’ve inserted some photos below of Evie’s first photos.