Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Alkaline diet and pregnancy: from fertility to a blissful pregnancy

alkaline diet and pregnancy

One of the best and wonderful experience a woman can ever have is the act of bringing a child into this world. The excitement and joy that is been attached to it is quite immeasurable, and it come with the unfathomed desire to protect, nurture and keeping the baby healthy. We shall be looking at alkaline diet and pregnancy, how a high pH diet assists the health of a pregnant woman positively. Like we all know, fertility play a major role in pregnancy. This is a lengthy article, following it bit by bit will give a clearer understanding why maintaining a high pH (alkaline) diet is highly beneficial for fertility and having a blissful pregnancy.

Eating and drinking alkaline foods and water is not just the best thing you can do for the health of your baby, but is also a great way to alleviate some of the side effects of being pregnant. For a smoother understanding, let us address this discussion under the following sub-headings:

1. The effect of acidic pH on women's fertility
2. Alkalinity and getting pregnant
3. Keeping a blissful pregnancy
So let's go ahead!

The effect of acidic pH on women's fertility

The pH of the vagina is slightly different from that of the body because it is been affected by menstrual cycles and hormones. Normal pH of the vagina is between the range of 3.8 to 4.5. However, during ovulation, the pH of the vagina should be anywhere in the range of 7 to 14. This pH range is considered very alkaline and it is non-toxic to sperm.

How can you determine the pH of your vagina?

There are various kits that is been sold in pharmacies and drug stores that you can easily use in determining the pH of your vagina. It involves applying the test strips to the inner wall of your vagina for some minutes, bring it out, then compare the colour change on the strip with a colour-coded screen chart to determine your vaginal pH.

If your pH is too acidic (meaning it is unfriendly for sperms), you will need to eat alkaline foods or foods that can decrease the acidic nature. There are many healthy alkaline foods out there such as; beans, legumes, grains, and healthy omega oils. Fresh fruits and vegetables, although acidic in raw forms but they actually have an alkaline effect on the body. Sugar eventually turns into acid inside the body, hence should be greatly avoided.

In conclusion after testing your vaginal pH and you discover that it is too acidic, the best advice is to consult your physician.

Alkalinity and getting pregnant

Ensuring that the body is maintained by having the proper alkalinity is quickly becoming an important factor that women searches for in order to increase their chances of getting pregnant. 

Why is alkalinity so important in getting pregnant?
Well, we have discussed about it already. But you see that the pH of the body is a little bit on the alkaline side, which is around 7.5 out of a possible 14. Which suggests that the your body's natural state is just a tiny bit towards being alkaline.

What does bad pH mean?
When the body accumulates a lot of acidic contents in them, it can eventually result to a lot of health problems. Acidity can cause issues like urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, yeast infections, menstrual difficulties, fungal problems and even infertility. Sperm naturally loves an alkaline environment, so when the diet and lifestyles of a woman leads to a more acidic environment it can be quite difficult to get pregnant. In fact, an acidic environment inside the vagina can actually cause the cervical mucus to kill the sperms. This is definitely not what a woman intending to get pregnant will prefer.

Keeping a blissful pregnancy
There are many side effects that are involved in being pregnant. From heart burn and morning sickness to swollen feet and pregnancy brain. Though most of these symptoms are expected, most people do not realize that they can be prevented. They occur as a result of being dehydrated and a lack of alkaline minerals. So a simple solution to this, is regular drinking of alkaline water.

Studies have revealed that the body pH of expectant mothers drops towards being acidic during pregnancy. There are two major reasons for this:

1. A growing foetus requires alkaline minerals which it gets from the mother's body. This need will degrade the mother's alkaline store and drops her pH to being acidic, instead of alkaline.

2. As the foetus grows, it absorbs nutrients from the umbilical cord, and once this minerals have been absorbed, they creates acidic wastes which gathers in the placenta. Since the blood vessels of the mother is not connected to that of the foetus, her blood vessel cannot carry out the waste, their making the acidity to accumulates in her body.

Drinking mineralized and alkaline water before, during and after pregnancy aids in optimizing the mother's body, preparing it to deal with all the change associated with being pregnant.

Now let us look at the side effects of being pregnant and how an alkaline water can simple eliminate them and make life blissful.

1. Morning sickness
Morning sickness is caused by a sudden alteration in the body's pH, and this normally occurs when the foetus requires alkaline minerals from the mother's body, degrading the mother's alkaline reserves. By drinking more of alkaline water, the body will have enough minerals for both the mother and he baby, so that the body of the mother will not shift to a sudden acidic state, preventing morning sickness.

2. Swollen hands and feet
This is mostly common in the 3rd trimester, and water retention is a sign of dehydration. At this stage, the pregnant mother should increase her intake of water to compensate for the extra weight gain for the baby. Water retention occurs when the body tries to hold on to as much water as possible, in the quest of not having enough. Proper hydration is key to this situation.

3. Lower back pain
Lower back pain is also a sign of dehydration. It is caused as a result of increased weight and pressure from the uterus, and it is normally observed in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. The disks cushion the vertebrate of the spinal chord, require water to prevent friction, which leads to inflammation, causing the back pain. Alkaline water contains calcium, which strengthens the muscles and bones. For this reason, alkaline water is more effective than tap wayer.

4. Heartburn and indigestion
The hormones that relaxes muscles during pregnancy (progesterone) also relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the oesophagus. The foetus crowds the stomach and force acid into the oesophagus, resulting in an unpleasant situation. Regular drinking of alkaline water prevents heartburns and indigestion. 

5. Constipation
The major cause of constipation is lack of sufficient water intake. Drinking alkaline water will help in lubricating the intestine and flush out wastes.

6. Dry and itchy skin
The human body is made up of 70% of water, and the skin is the largest organ in the human body. During pregnancy the skin stretches, and if it is not properly hydrated, it will become dry and itchy.

7. Fatigue
As a result of an increase in weight and hormones, and lack of quality sleep, fatigue and low energy levels are very common during pregnancy. Alkaline water does not only hydrates the body,  is also boosts minerals in the body. These two things will optimize the body function and increase the energy levels.

8. Poor sleep
Many of these side effects always keep a pregnant mother up at night. Drinking mineralized and alkaline water helps alleviate the general discomfort that hinders a restful sleep.

9. Pregnancy brain
Magnesium, one of the mineral in alkaline water, have been shown to improve memory. Drinking alkaline water will make the brain to be fully hydrated, reduce forgetfulness and allows the brain to function optimally.

10. Overall health
During pregnancy, it is vital to make decisions that will maintain the health of the mother and the baby. Regular drinking of alkaline water will increase the body's pH which will strengthen every element of the body, making it to be as healthy as possible.

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