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Health Guide For The Pregnant Woman

Elderly Woman in Nepal
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A woman at her window in a Nepalese village.
Between 26 July and 6 August, 1982, a special UN-sponsored World Assembly on Aging was held in Vienna to discuss the long-range future of the world’s elderly. Issues on the agenda included health, housing and the environment, social welfare, income security, education and the family, and the role of the elderly in development.
A woman at her window in a Nepalese village.
Photo ID 36520. 01/06/1981. Nepal. UN Photo/John Isaac. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Being a pregnant woman brings with it euphoria and anxiety. Mood swings, morning sickness and fatigue are as much a part of pregnancy as moments of joy and anticipation. There will be days you will just not feel like getting out of bed. On other days, when you hear the tiny life move inside you, you will feel elation. The pregnant woman needs special care during these nine months. In order to make the right decisions regarding her doctor, method of childbirth, and other details, she needs to know all about pregnancy.

Your body will be going through many changes during the three trimesters. Here are some of the things every pregnant woman should know.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness does not occur only in the morning. Many cases of morning sickness occur in the afternoon or evening as well. Morning sickness makes it difficult for women to keep down their meals. Many women find it difficult to eat normal meals. The solution for this is to have smaller, more frequent meals. Have crackers before getting out of bed in the morning so that you do not feel queasy or dizzy. Mostly, a pregnant woman does not know that morning sickness is an indicator of the pregnancy hormones working properly. However, see your doctor if the morning sickness is too severe.

Bleeding

Spotting or bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Bleeding is caused by implantation of the embryo in the uterine wall. Bleeding is accompanied by cramps in many cases. A pregnant woman may experience bleeding well into the pregnancy. In many cases, doctors may examine you and declare you fit. However, visit your doctor immediately if the bleeding is heavy or accompanied by severe cramps.

Tender Breasts

Swollen and tender breasts are common for a pregnant woman. Many women complain of discomfort and pain. A good bra can solve this problem largely. Keep changing bra sizes until you find the one that suits you. The bra size can also increase during this time.

Mood Swings

Many women find their mood oscillating between happiness and gloom. Mild mood swings are common during pregnancy. This is another sign of the hormones at work. However, see a doctor if you feel persistently depressed.

Nesting

One of the stranger instincts in pregnant women is nesting. When in the third trimester, the woman may feel the need to wash down the yard, sweep the house, mop, and clear out closets. Indulge yourself, but be sure not to overdo it.

Salivation

A lot many women complain of excess salivation during pregnancy. Again, the reason for this is hormonal changes in the body. Do not worry too much; this symptom will not last too long.

This health guide for the pregnant woman covers various pregnancy symptoms. You should read all you can about the three trimesters, and ask your doctor for more information.

The pregnancy woman needs special care during the whole pregnancy period. Mood swings, morning sickness and fatigue are as much a part of pregnancy as moments of joy and anticipation.

Maternal Health in Bangladesh

World AIDS Day: December 1
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One to one or group meeting on AIDS prevention in a factory. Workers meet a Health worker of the Ministry of Health.
1/Jan/2001. Amman, Jordan. UN Photo/G Pirozzi. www.unmultimedia.org/photo/

Poor maternal health and poverty are directly interrelated. Bangladesh being one of the poor countries in the world has worse maternal mortality rate in South Asia. It has been estimated that every year 21,000 women die during pregnancy or while giving birth to a child. Most of these deaths occur due to hemorrhage, anemia, hypertension and obstructed labor. Absence of medication for pregnant woman and delay in receiving the appropriate mode of transportation is also a major contributing factor to poor maternal health.In countries like Bangladesh, 68.7% of the women give birth without the assistance of trained birth attendants. Instead relatives or traditional midwives, who are often not capable of handling complications during the delivery serve as birth assistants. Factors that prevent women in getting the health care they need include distance from health services, cost (direct fees as well as the cost of transportation, drugs, and supplies), multiple demands on their time, and woman’s lack of decision-making power within the family. The poor quality of services, including poor treatment by health providers, also makes some women reluctant to use services.

One of the major reasons for poor maternal health is the lack of skilled birth attendants which accounts for just 13% of all deliveries in Bangladesh. Another major reason for the poor is the fact that female children are not adequately nourished since their birth and generally conceive early in life. The resultant poor health and low birth weight has been carrying on for centuries.

The biggest challenge for the government and nongovernmental organizations is how to improve maternal health condition of women in Bangladesh. The high levels of illiteracy among women acts as a major roadblock in all developmental projects. Some of the required steps needed in to improve this issue in Bangladesh are:

1. Educating women folk in all stages of pregnancy right from early days of conceiving to proper delivery of the child. They need to be educated on the basic precautions to be taken during pregnancy.

2. Most of the pregnant women in Bangladesh are under nourished which severely affects the child and contributes to the high mortality rate. Pregnant woman and her family need to be aware about the necessary levels of nutrition.

3. Improve the body mass index of the women who are expecting by making them aware of it. The body mass index of majority of the pregnant woman in Bangladesh are lower than the minimum required which leads to complications in pregnancy.

4. Poor maternal health is also a result of socioeconomic condition of the women in the country. Making people aware of the harm of teenage pregnancy which can prove to be fatal both for the child as well as the mother.

5.Encouraging people to maintain gap between their children. Frequent pregnancy among women in Bangladesh has been one of the primary reasons for the poor state health of the mother.

A mother’s health profoundly affects the health and well-being of her children. While maternal mortality remains unacceptably high throughout Bangladesh. By creating a support system within various communities be it in villages or certain pockets of the urban areas can improve the maternal health. This could be aimed at making the entire community take steps towards the improvement of maternal health.

These campaigns run by certain organizations has yielded substantial results in the places where the campaign has been carried out.

Tahmina Sultan http://www.touchingsoulsintl.org http://www.facebook.com/touchingsoulsintl.org Touching Souls International(TSI) is a New York based International non profit organization providing charity in health, education and safe environment for economically disadvantaged.

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Dry Penis Ruining Sex? How to Talk to Him about Penile Health

The Beth Chatto Gardens – Weeping Willow or Sweeping Willow?
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One of the greats of British gardening, Beth Chatto OBE has entered the realm of national treasuredom. Plants-woman, designer, author, 10-time gold-medal winner at Chelsea, holder of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour and, of course, the owner of the celebrated Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market, near Colchester, in Essex – her horticultural skills seem boundless. With the concept of “right plant, right place” – in other words, put a plant in conditions close to its natural habitat and it will thrive without help – running as a thread throughout her career, she has inspired a generation of gardeners to take their lead from nature.

The garden has been the inspiration for many of her influential books, including The Dry Garden (1978), The Damp Garden (1992) and Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden (2000). It was created on land that was previously part of a fruit farm, owned by her late husband, Andrew, 14 years her senior, whom she married in 1943. “We met during the war,” she says. “I was a schoolgirl of about 17, considering going to college.”

A scholarly man, who died in 1999 after suffering from emphysema for 25 years, Andrew devoted much of his life to research into plant habitats. Chatto says it was he who inspired her interest in gardening and refers to him frequently, modestly deferring to his superior knowledge. “He’s such an important influence in my life,” she says. “My parents were keen, but they had a conventional garden, using mostly cultivars.”

The couple lived initially in his parents’ in Colchester, but in the late 1950s moved to a modernist house they’d built on the edge of the farm – where Chatto still lives today. Even inside, the garden is a constant presence. Large windows frame views and vignettes of the planting on every side and invite a tapestry of textures, colours and shapes into the house.

Chatto credits her husband almost entirely for her success. “My two daughters were teenagers before I began to think about making a business,” she says. “Andrew had looked after us and given me the security and freedom to experiment.” Her husband’s failing health and the trials of running a fruit farm concentrated her mind on developing the garden commercially, though what we see today took time to emerge.

“For the first seven or eight years, much of the land was a wilderness,” she recalls. Yet there were assets, too, not least a rare natural water source in the drought-prone east of Essex, where rainfall can be as little as 20in a year. “There were a few fine 300-year-old oaks and a spring-fed ditch ran through the hollow.” Today, the ornamental gardens cover about five acres; a further 10 are occupied by the nursery, which opened in 1967, and working areas.

Finding water was not the only challenge. “There was land that was so dry, the native weeds curled up and died. That eventually became my gravel garden,” she says. This she created in 1991, on the site of a car park. Apart from watering in the young, drought-tolerant plants during the first year, she has never artificially irrigated it.

Chatto has a knack for turning problem areas into an asset, and there are several distinct areas in the garden, each requiring a different approach. The large water gardens are dominated by a series of ponds surrounded by bog plants and swathes of lush grass. A long, shady walk runs parallel to one of the boundaries. Here, shade-tolerant planting – including ferns, tiarella and pulmonaria – carpet the ground beneath oaks and other specimen trees added by Chatto. By contrast, the gravel area is a mass of sun-loving perennials, with asters, rudbeckias and sedums glowing through hazy grasses.

The garden may have started out to give pleasure to a family, but it has developed into a self-contained horticultural powerhouse, attracting visitors from all over the world – about 40,000 a year. “It’s like sowing an acorn, which is my symbol,” says Chatto. “I have an acorn and an oak tree on a weather vane, which was a wonderful present from my staff.” Incredibly, it is tended by only one full-time and four part-time gardeners and volunteers – many of whom are foreign students. Chatto remains resolutely hands-on and is keen to pass on the knowledge she has gained through experience.

Chatto uses grasses brilliantly, and was doing so long before it became fashionable. She creates seemingly effortless but thoroughly satisfying combinations. Therein lies her genius – there may be others out there with an equal understanding of plants, but nobody else has her eye. Shape, scale, proportion, texture, colour – all are balanced with the skill of a plate-spinner.

She also factors in horticultural considerations – how big a plant will get, how fast or slowly it will grow, what conditions it needs to thrive and how it is maintained. The result is a garden that works on every level – practical, horticultural and aesthetic – with layer upon layer of carefully placed plants, as enticing asmillefeuillepastry. It all seems entirely uncontrived, but, on closer inspection, one notices geometric lines and angles. The big picture is built up gradually, with small groupings of three or more plants forming a satisfying melange of verticals and horizontals, and fluffy and solid plants. “I need the trees and shrubs to form a background, to paint the sky and lead the eye upwards towards the clouds,” Chatto explains. “Then one adds the embroidery, which I enjoy so much.” Nothing is allowed to get out of hand, but stagnation is not an option, either. “A garden is not a picture hanging on a wall,” she says. “It changes not only from hour to hour, week to week or month to month, but from year to year.”

Chatto has certainly noticed the effects of climate change. Drought is nothing new in her part of the world, where (the past two years aside) there is sometimes no rain for up to 10 weeks in the summer. “The most interesting change is the lack of cold weather,” she says. “Only 10 years ago, we had icicles hanging down, and when the children were little, they used to skate. Now we hardly have enough ice to bear a duck.” From an article by Rachel de Thame

Please visit www.bethchatto.co.uk/ for further information about this inspirational gardener and garden.

Many women are proud of their partner’s sexual equipment, but that pride can take a hit when a man comes down with a case of the dreaded dry penis. Skin issues are common on male genitalia, but that doesn’t change the fact that a patch of dry, flaky, or scaly skin on a guy’s tent pole can be more than a bit off-putting. Sometimes it is in the best interest of a woman to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and have a talk with her man about proper penis health and treating dry skin.

Penis health
Here’s a little secret for the ladies: although many men may tend to think with their penises, they don’t necessarily think about their penises. In other words, for many men, the penis enters their consciousness only in terms of how ardent a lover it makes them; too often, they don’t devote much time thinking about its overall health – until an issue arises.

Many men may not even be aware that their penis has any skin issues. They may notice that they’re scratching more often, and when the skin gets flaky or scaly, they kind of have to take note. But they’re likely to not take the time before then to examine their tool and see if there’s evidence of dryness or signs that skin issues could be developing.

What causes dry penis skin?
Obviously, lack of appropriate moisture is the cause of dry skin on the penis, but what causes this lack of hydration on the organ? After all, as many women have undoubtedly noticed, the penis area tends to be rather moist; there’s often a fair amount of sweat there.

But that sweat is one of the reasons for the dryness. When the body releases sweat, it is expelling moisture that then needs to be replenished. In addition, the heat near the penis – which results from factors such as increased blood flow when aroused, the presence of a healthy bush of hair and the warmth generated by being kept beneath both a pair of underwear (often tight) and a pair of pants (also often tight) – contributes to the dryness.

Furthermore, the penis skin, being very thin, is especially sensitive to chemicals and other potential irritants. Sometimes a soap or laundry detergent may be too harsh for the manly little fellow. Psoriasis or another skin-based condition may also cause dryness and itching. And masturbating without sufficient lubrication can also create a dry skin situation.

What to say
Guys tend to be a bit sensitive about their members, but it’s important for a woman to bring up a dry penis or other skin issues that she observes. For the best results, a woman should try this approach:

* She can start off by complimenting the partner on his member. Praise its looks, it stamina and its power.

* She should mention that while observing its beauty, she noticed that the head looked a little dry and that the skin seemed a bit cracked.

* Voice concerns about how that must be a little painful and that she’s worried about any damage coming to a body part that means so much to her.

* Bring up how much fun it would be for them to re-moisturize the penis – together.

To be most effective, a woman should then have on hand a first rate penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that she can help apply to her partner’s dry penis right then and there. She will need to make sure that the chosen cream is solid in the moisturizing department: one with a high end soothing emollient like shea butter and a natural hydrator like vitamin E is the best bet. For even better results, the cream should also include vitamin A; its anti-bacterial qualities help to fight unwanted penis odor (another one of those issues of which a woman may be more aware than a man.)

Visit www.man1health.com for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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Special Health Insurance Coverage For Maternity

Strawberry #2 (reworked)
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Woman eating a strawberry

Strawberry Emotions, the poem (http://www.beerenstark.de/geniessen/strawbp.html)

loving your passion
feeling the sweetness of dreaming
surrending to those summer strawberry days
of strawberry emotions
sweet strawberry seeds
planted in your soul
hope that this dark, ripe strawberry
will be the sweetest you’ve ever experienced
strawberry emotions

strawberry juice trailing down your lips
kisses sticky
and suddenly the words flow
another basket of strawberries
another poem to write
another of many
strawberry emotions

sweet surrender
just surrender
to those summer
those lazy summer
and strawberry emotions

Some people opt for a small family, but some people love big size family. Having a lot of children around us is a very cheerful moment even in our worse time ever. It could be natural healing power to problems sometime. However it may also invite more risk to your family if it is not properly organize, especially for our beloved wife.

Pregnancy is a very happy moment for a woman. But have you ever thinking that being pregnant and gave birth is a hard thing to do? Especially when you have no insurance in maternity? When you gave birth, you put your life in the line, and you need to make sure that you guarantee your own save and your children to be. But how could you do that? You can apply for special health insurance coverage for the maternity woman. This article will tell you the details about maternity health insurance coverage.

The information about maternity insurance presented here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about insurance or it will teach you something new. Both are good outcomes.

Maternity card is a card that designed to providing the best help for maternity woman. This provides you much less cost from the regular one with a wide covers of maternity medical needs. To find out where you can apply for this maternity card, you can do some search on google about the policies and do some research for each companies that you choose. Each company will offer you different health insurance coverage or the maternity woman. They even offer the different price for this health insurance coverage.

It’s really a good idea to probe a little deeper into the subject of Maternity coverage. What you learn may give you the confidence you need to venture into new lifestyle.

There are so many health insurance companies that provide the maternity coverage for their customer. You may need to wait for three months to one year before your clause become effective and ready to use. What happens when you get pregnant when you still waiting for the clause being active? One alternative that you can choose is checking your COBRA if you have one. COBRA is an extended coverage from your previous employer. While you’re checking whether the maternity covered in that COBRA or not, you should know that it will be costly for you.

Do you know that thirteen percent of American pregnant women don’t have any health insurance coverage for maternity? Will you be one of them? Having the health insurance coverage for maternity at least could minimize the financial burden of having a child. You don’t have to face the risk for paying the high cost for your maternity care because the health insurance coverage for maternity already covers it for you. Before you accepting any health insurance coverage plan for maternity, it’s better for you to study it with your financial planner.

There’s a lot to understand about insurance. We were able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to write about in subsequent articles.

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Ways Menopause Side Effects Can Affect Your Health

International Women’s Day
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March 8th, women around the world are joining together to fight sexism and raise civil awareness.
But what exactly is International Women’s Day, and why is it so significant?
Aren’t we trying to fight sexism and raise civil awareness every day?
And what are you doing to celebrate women?

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If you are female, you may either be looking forward to or dreading the approach of menopause. Menopause side effects have been the subject of much discussion and many women worry about them because they are not totally certain what to expect. A little knowledge can help them feel much more optimistic about what is ahead of them.

What is menopause? At its most basic, it simply means an end to menstruation. A woman’s body begins to decrease the amounts of two key hormones- estrogen and progesterone – that allow her to produce eggs. As a result, she becomes unable to become pregnant naturally. For some women, declining hormones do not affect them negatively and they may actually begin to feel better. For other women, the process is a long and painful one.

One of the problems with recognizing menopause is that it never begins suddenly. As a woman’s hormone levels decrease her symptoms begin and they may be similar to symptoms of other, more serious health conditions. If women think that they may be beginning menopause, they should make an appointment to discuss their symptoms with their doctor. The doctor will be able to assess a woman’s physical condition and make sure that they are, in fact, entering a menopausal state.

Many people know about hot flashes occurring during menopause. What may surprise women is how much their body temperature can change or how uncomfortable it can be. Women may find that they need to cool down by opening their windows or even starting the air conditioner up regardless of whether it is the middle of winter or not. A menopausal woman may also sweat heavily during her hot flashes.

Insomnia is also a common side effect of menopause. This may be caused if hot flashes or night sweats occur during a woman’s sleep. Declining hormone levels can also interrupt a woman’s normal sleep pattern and leave her feeling tired and drained.

The comfort that many women have during intercourse may also be affected by menopause. Lower levels of estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and declining hormones may lower a woman’s sex drive in general. For women who have enjoyed a physical relationship this can be very upsetting. This can actually be one of the most disturbing side effects that many women may experience during menopause.

Mental issues and mood swings are also familiar to women going through menopause. Depression and anger are not uncommon. Memory issues are also common as well although many women are unprepared for these issues.

If women think they are experiencing menopause side effects that are causing them a large amount of discomfort, they need to speak to their doctor. There may be medications that can address specific symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy is a controversial treatment choice that can relieve symptoms but it has some side effects that need to be discussed and it is not for everyone.

Amberen is a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy as a solution to the symptoms of menopause. Amberen reviews offer information about the side effects and benefits of the product.

This program by the National Institues of Health features narratives of seven women recovering from problems with alcohol. These stories make it clear that it’s possible to miss danger signs and that social drinking can become problem drinking, which in turn can evolve into addiction. Abuse and alcoholism are often perceived as problems that only affect men, but alcoholism has been on the rise among women for the last 30 years.

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