How To Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy

Bringing a baby into your family can be an exciting time. If you are planning the perfect time to bring this new edition to your family, you need to start preparing your body now! Pregnancy brings some massive changes to your body, so let’s help you prepare.

The best way to prepare your body is to take pre-pregnancy vitamins. When your body grows a baby, it will take some of your vitamins. By topping yourself up on these, you will give yourself the best chance of a healthy pregnancy.

You should also take folic acid tablets. This will again help to allow you to have a healthy pregnancy.

Following this, you also want to prepare yourself by completing pelvic floor exercises. This will help your bladder, by giving you stronger muscles to control your bladder, preventing leakages when the baby is kicking and growing bigger.

Post Birth Recovery Tips

Mothers, it is deemed that you need to be back on your full game straight after birth. Being able to independently take care of your newborn baby as well as any other children within 2 weeks of giving birth. But, this does not need to be the case. Your body goes through some amazing changes, it may be sore, it may be difficult for you to move and recover to be able to do your normal everyday chores.

So, once you have had your baby, take some time to recover. Do not think you need to be all out there straight after birth. You can take time away to allow yourself to heal. Whilst it is a good idea to keep yourself moving, it is also important to rest to allow your body the time it needs to heal.

When your partner heads back to work, do not be afraid to ask for help. Other family members and even your partner may be able to take some holiday leave to help you out.

Expand your professional development with dental immediate life support

IF you are a qualified dental nurse or dentist, you are probably looking at ways to expand your professional development and become competent in immediate life support within the dental field.

This type of training is aimed at those that administer sedation to clients whilst conscious- therefore there is a risk of complications that may require immediate life support. With the use of any sedative- there is always a risk the the patient will react to the medicine given and require support until emergency services arrive.

Dental immediate life support course teaches everything from CPR, managing bleeding wounds, seizure management, conscious sedation administration and pain relief- all in a dental clinic environment.

As with any additional courses- you are required to demonstrate your competency within this area in order to obtain a certificate. emergencies occur frequently so having this skill within the dental field is a great asset to a dental practice and also the individual that gains the certificate. Dental immediate life support is exactly what it sounds like; emergency medical care for patients who are in the room with the dentist or hygienist during routine procedures.

Having this competency will also enhance your CV and potential employment within dental care in the future, allowing you to expand your basic care to a more enhanced level of care towards the patient.

Whilst the course covers emergencies related to dental practices it will also cover basic immediate life support- including CPR, anaphylactic treatment and seizure. which could happen to a patient or colleague within the practice grounds.

Updating your knowledge with new and current practices is so important with maintaining your qualification and keeping your practice up to date to provide the best care possible to those in your care.

More and more patients are wanting sedation for procedures within dental practices in current years- making the rate of emergencies higher. Having someone trained to give immediate life support as first response gives the patient the best outcome and assists with the medical team once they arrive to the scene.

There are many ways to update your professional development as a dentist or a dental nurse- however gaining a competency within dental immediate life support is a rewarding and enhanced skill to have. It can be easily achieved by completing an accredited course, observing experienced users of the equipment and asking questions for clarification.

The course includes: CPR (at least two people) Managing patients in respiratory or cardiac arrest Managing shock/severe blood loss Managing spinal injuries Assessing/Isolating an unconscious patient Examination of conscious, unresponsive patient. With practice of such scenarios on mannequins allows for best practice to be demonstrated and practiced until fully competent in each area. This type of teaching and qualification allows you to go away with confidence if you were to be in such situation in real life.

Life Back To Normality- Will It Truly Be Normal?

I’m sure you have all heard, Boris Johnson is due to announce the 12th of July to discuss whether England will be returning back to normal from the 19th of July.

Now, hearing that our lives may be going back to normal fills us with both joy and dread. Whilst we can’t wait for the days where we can visit all of our families, have parties, and not need to wear masks, we don’t think this will feel normal.

There is going to be a huge increase in the number of anxiety sufferers. After a year of being kept away from society, fearing that interacting with anyone outside your bubble will cause you to spread the dreaded coronavirus. People will likely worry, being nervous about life going back to normal.

I’m sure we have all enjoyed our own personal space whilst out and about, so why not continue with this. Why not continue mask-wearing in stores to stop the spread of other germs.

All About Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a prohormone that your body produces as a response to sun exposure. Vitamin D deficiency is highly common during the cooler months where people are not getting as much sun exposure.

Today, I want to discuss with you the benefits of Vitamin D, and how you can continue adding this to your diet.

The Benefits of Vitamin D
A good intake of Vitamin D comes with a wide range of benefits.

Healthy Bones
One of the many benefits that come alongside Vitamin D is the fact you should have healthier bones. Vitamin D plays a huge part in regulating the calcium to your bones, which is one of many things needed for strong bones. It helps your bones to absorb the calcium more easily, therefore helping to keep your bones healthy and strong.

Reduced Risk of Flu
Having a good intake of Vitamin D also helps to reduce your risk of catching the Flu. Research found that Vitamin D had a protective effect on your body when the flu was caught. Meaning your body was more able to fight off this virus.

Healthy Pregnancy
Having a good vitamin D intake is vital for a healthy pregnancy. A lot of pregnant mums will find that they are placed on Vitamin D supplements if they have low Vitamin D levels. Low levels of Vitamin D in pregnancy can lead to preeclampsia or birthing your baby preterm. To avoid this you should have the correct levels of vitamin D.

How To Add Vitamin D To Your Diet

One of the easiest ways to add vitamin D to your diet is by taking a Vitamin D supplement. This is a super easy and efficient way to ensure you are gaining an extra boost of vitamin D every day.

You should also consider eating more foods that have high vitamin D levels. These foods include fatty fish such as tuna or mackerel, cheese, egg yolk, and fortified milk, cereals or juices.

Body Image – Why Not To Stress

Our body image is one aspect of ourselves which nobody ever seems to be happy with. With some people wanting to gain weight, others wanting to lose weight and some wanting to gain more muscle. If you are one of these people, it is important that you do not stress. Changing your body image takes a lot of time, dedication and effort. Stressing about these changes will only make the process longer, which will not help your mental health. What you should do is relax and take every day as it comes. If there is a day where you consume more calories than you should be, try not to stress, just level out the amount you eat the rest of the week to compliment the day over. The same for completing exercises, it is important to limit yourself. Start with completing exercises a couple of times a week, then progress to more. These will all make gaining your perfect body image more stress-free.

LockDown 2 – The Impact On Our Mental State

We have all made it through the first nationwide lockdown. However, this second nationwide lockdown is going to be much more challenging. Especially for those of us who suffer from mental health issues. In this article, we are going to discuss what impact this could have on our mental state and how we can prevent this.

Lockdown 2 is going to have a massive impact on our mental state. Anxiety and depression rates are going to rise across the nation. It is going to be tougher due to us essentially being able to go back to normal. Yet we have now stuck inside again. This time will be worse, the days are darker, with not as much vitamin D entering our bodies, making us all a bit more down in the dumps. The main way which we can prevent this is, no matter what the weather, get outside. Go outside for your daily exercise. The fresh air will do everybody some good.