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    , I would like to take this opportunity to give you some background on cervical cancer and its primary cause the Human PapillomaVirus. It is really important to know that "Cervical Cancer IS Preventable!" Cervical cancer is one of around 200 different types of cancer, a disease caused by the abnormal growth and division of cells that make up the cervix. Cervical cancer develops when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix begin to multiply out of control in response to HPV infection. Abnormal cervical cells can gather to form a lump called a tumor. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors do not spread and usually are not harmful, malignant (cancerous) tumors, however, spread from their sources and grow into life-threatening cancer. Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by some type of human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that infects half of all people at some point in their lives. More than two-thirds of cervical cancer cases are attributed to high-risk HPV types 16 and 18. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common life-threatening cancer among women after breast cancer, with an incidence rate of 4.8 per 100,000 women per year in the Middle East and 9.9 per 100,000 women in UAE. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. The UAE

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  1. Soy has quickly gone from a relatively unknown in Western culture to a highly debated and controversial food. Of course, soy has not been embraced by communities who have been advocating against grain and legume consumption for decades. Even people who eat predominately plant-based diets will campaign against this humble legume. The question is: are these harsh criticisms warranted or does the scientific literature say otherwise?

    Introduction on Soy

    A flurry of blog posts, most without any or with limited sources from scientific literature, has emerged attempting to prove once and for all how dangerous soy consumption is for human health.

    Claims can range anywhere from “soy causes breast cancer and increases estrogen levels” to “phytates in soy leeches nutrients from your body”.

    In this post, we will closely examine common objections against soy. We will explore the truths many online resources got right and the falsehoods that many got wrong.

    We will dive deep into the actual scientific research behind soy consumption and ultimately be able to conclude soy, when consumed in any reasonable amount, protects against disease and promotes overall health.

    **Please note that this article is about whole-foods plant based sources of soy, not soy additives in processed foods.

    Debunking Anti-Soy Claims

    Soy Allergies


    • Soy is the least common of all food allergens.
    • You're much more likely to be allergic to fish, eggs, shellfish, nuts, wheat, or peanuts.

    To start, yes there are some people who shouldn’t eat soy. Some people do have allergies to soy, but it is actually the least common of all the main allergens.

    A national survey found that 1 in 2,000 people have a soy allergy. For comparison, this is 40 times less likely than dairy, and 10 times less than fish, eggs, shellfish, nuts, wheat, or peanuts. [1]

    What About GMO Soy?


    • Majority of GMO soy grown is for the purpose of feeding animals.
    • Consuming factory farmed (and even pasture-raised animals in some cases) means you're consuming GMO soy second-hand.
    • The immediate danger comes in the pesticides being sprayed on the soy. Genetic modification needs to be tested long-term and should be labeled.
    • Buying organic soy products is the easiest way to avoid the dangers of GMO soy.

    Concerning GMOs, there certainly has not been enough testing done on the long-term effects of these foods, and they should be, at-best, labelled so each consumer has the right to know what they’re eating.

    The main issue with GMO soy may not necessarily be the modification, but the actual Roundup being sprayed in large doses on these crops. This substance has been proven to product toxic and hormonal effects at even lower concentrations than what’s used on crops.[2]

    Organic or conventional Non-Gmo soy has no Roundup of course, and less pesticide residues overall than GMO-soy. [3]

    More Details on GMO Soy by

    If you’ve been avoiding soy because you think it’s either unhealthy, GMO, or similar, there is an unfortunate dilemma. 90% of the soy production in the world goes to animal feed and given to cows, chickens, and pigs.  If you’re eating any of these animals and fearful of the dangers of soy, you’re still consuming it second-hand. [4]

    The main soy used for for humans manufacturers use Non-GMO soy, but we recommend buying organic soy products just to be safe.

    Is Soy Environmentally Destructive?


    • Most soy is grown to feed animals for slaughter, not humans.
    • Livestock systems are far more unsustainable than growing soy to feed humans.
    • By consuming factory farmed animal products, you're indirectly consuming GMO-soy in much greater quantities.
    • Grass-fed animal products may still be fed soy/grain and are much more unsustainable.
    • Organic soy products are an environmentally safe option.

    Soy gets a lot of flak for being a crop that is environmentally destructive. However, the brunt of this issue falls upon consumers of animal products and the animal agriculture industry, not soy itself. As stated above, the majority of GMO soy is grown for the sole purpose of feeding animals.

    Of course, there are the grass-fed free, range animal options, which may not be fed with soy. Even "grass-fed" options, though, may be fed grain during a portion of the year during the end of their lives to fatten them up before slaughter . It’s also completely unsustainable for the environment. Livestock systems already cover 45% of the earth’s total landmass and cattle ranching is responsible for 91% of Amazonian rainforest destruction. [5][6]

    These are huge numbers, and our limited land resources will only decrease as the demand for grass-fed meat increases. One grass-fed cow takes 9 acres of land to raise, whereas a grain-fed cow takes 3 acres. We simply don’t have enough land for everyone to eat grass-fed animals. [7]

    With the majority of GMO-soy feed going to animals and the already massive occupancy of land used for animal agriculture, trying to avoid GMO-soy while still consuming animal products is quite counter-intuitive. By consuming most factory farmed animals, you're consuming GMO-soy indirectly and in much greater quantities. Not to mention you are increasing demand for this GMO soy, which leads to more destructive land-clearing.

    Again, the healthiest, more environmentally friendly, and less cruel option would be to purchase organic soy products, which are by law non-GMO. However, many people still have concerns over some of the actual proteins and chemicals inside soy.

    What About Lectins?


    • Lectins aren't only in soy, but present in many of foods.
    • Separating lectins from their original food source isn't a viable way to study them for human consumption.
    • Cooking lectins removes any negative consequences they may have.
    • "High lectin" legume based diets are staples for the longest living populations and are undoubtably associated with positive health outcomes. 

    Another main talking-point against soy is the fact they are high in lectins. Lectins are proteins present in plants, dairy, yeast, eggs, and seafood. They can bind to other molecules, notably sugar and carbohydrate molecules, that are present both in foods, and in the membranes of our cells.

    A case made by anti-grain authorities is that binding of lectins from plant foods to our cells is a major cause of ill health and nutrition malabsorption. They claim high-lectin foods like beans, grains, potatoes, tomatoes, and peanuts should be avoided for this reason.

    This claim doesn't add up when you look at the actual research on lectin-containing foods.

    First off, experimentation on lectins is often done in high concentrations and separated from it’s actual food source. Isolating lectins make them substantially more effective to bind to our cells compared to if they were consumed in food.

    Also, by simply cooking your food, most of the lectins are deactivated or bind to other substances. Even a study from 1998, which attempts to frame lectins as a serious problem in the food industry, fails to dance around the point that lectin activity for most beans is deactivated within 10 minutes of boiling. [8]

    Overconsumption of lectins can cause gastrointenstinal distress, but again, simply cooking your legumes/grains will remove any chance of negative consequences.

    When we look at the longest living, healthiest populations in the world, known as the Blue Zone groups, “high lectin” legumes were a staple in their diet. Most of these cultures reserved meat for use as a condiment and on special occasions. In fact, the longest living Blue Zoners actually didn’t consume any meat [9][10]

    Additionally, a Journal of Nutrition review concerning whole grains found that:

    “Protease inhibitors, phytic acid, phenolic acids, and saponins present in whole grain have also been suggested to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as colon cancer and breast cancer. Phytic acid, lectins, phenolic acids, amylase inhibitors, and saponins have also been shown to lower plasma glucose, insulin, and/or plasma cholesterol and TG levels” [11][12]

    The fact is, most people who try to write off lectin containing foods, just because they contain lectins, while absolutely ignoring all of the positive research regarding the benefits of lectin-containing foods.

    This concept is most eloquently stated by Dr. David Katz, founder of the True Health Initiative :

    The idea that you should renounce many of the foods most decisively and consistently linked to good health outcomes because they contain a compound that can be called a toxin may be the most egregious example of missing the forest for the trees I’ve ever seen, and I’ve spent my career scrutinizing, and repudiating, just that variety of nonsense. For the sake of false promises dangling from one gilded tree, this is a case of burning the forest down. [13]

    What About Phytates?


    • Studies on human phytate consumption is drastically different than animal studies.
    • High phytate diets have been shown to be protective of bone loss in humans.
    • Phytates must be consumed in the form of whole plant foods to realize the benefits and avoid the potential pitfalls.

    Phytates, another compound found in soy, have been labelled as a mineral-absorption inhibitor. These phytates can wind up supposedly causing mineral loss leading to calcium deficiency and weak bones.

    The original concern about phytates on bone health actualy originated from experiments done on puppies in the 1940s. These studies were followed up by research done on rats where they were fed the equivalent of 10 loaves of bread a day.

    However, actual human research suggests differently. Studies where people are put on high-phytate diets actually wound up with better bone density and stronger bones (heel, spine, hip). Phytates prevented bone dissolution similar to anti-osteoporosis drugs and women with high phytate levels in the blood had a much smaller risk of major bone fractures. [14]

    Phytates for the Prevention of Osteoporosis by

    While high phytate diets may appear to be a cause for concern, the health-harming effects of this anti-nutrient

    ...can be manifested only when large quantities of [phytates] are consumed in combination with a [nutrient-poor] diet.

    When phytates are consumed in the form of soy and whole plant foods, the result is less heart disease, diabetes, kidney stones, fractures, and possibly cancer. [15]

    Phytates and Cancer by

    Soy Beans and Mortality

    Blue Zones and Long Living Cultures


    • Legume consumption is one of the pillars for long living cultures.
    • Increased legume consumption (including soy) has been shown to be protective against all-cause mortality and a host of chronic diseases.

    In addition to the Blue Zones study, which showed regular legume consumption as one of the pillars for the longest lived cultures [16], another study analyzed 785 partcipants aged 70 and over. Here were the results [17]:

    The FHILL longitudinal study shows that a higher legume intake is the most protective dietary predictor of survival amongst the elderly, regardless of their ethnicity. The significance of legumes persisted even after controlling for age at enrolment (in 5-year intervals), gender, and smoking. Legumes have been associated with long-lived food cultures such as the Japanese (soy, tofu, natto, miso), the Swedes (brown beans, peas), and the Mediterranean people (lentils, chickpeas, white beans). [18]

    When it comes to raw statistics, the study found that every 20g of legumes consumed daily resulted in an 8% reduction in risk of death.

    Soy and Estrogenic/Breast Cancer


    • Soy has phytoestrogens which function differently compared to mammalian estrogens.
    • Phytoestrogens can be both pro-estrogenic as well as anti-estrogenic.
    • Misconceptions about hormonal impacts of soy came from research on rats who metabolize soy vastly different than humans.
    • Human studies have shown soy to prevent bone loss and breast cancer.

    Another major myth about soy is it’s alleged “estrogen-mimicking” chemicals, which some claim can result in breast cancer and other hormonal issues.

    This is actually misinformation with no substantial evidence to support it. It's actually quite ironic because meat and dairy contain actual animal estrogens, not plant phytoestrogens.

    The truth is that phytoestrogens act different than real estrogen, and can actually be pro-estrogenic in some parts of the body, but anti-estrogenic in others. Let us examine this further:

    Phytoestrogens can have simultaneously pro-estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects because there are two types of estrogen receptors: alpha and beta.

    Soy phytoestrogens, such as genistein, prefer to bind to beta estrogen receptors. Beta receptor activation in the breast has an anti-estrogenic effect, which actually inhibits the growth and cancer-promoting effects of animal estrogen, can be enhance endothial function in post-menopausal women, and protect against other menopausal symptoms. [19][20][21][22]

    At the same time, soy phytoestrogens can be pro-estrogenic when it comes to protecting post-menopausal women from bone loss. A robust study was done comparing soy milk consumption to progesterone cream (a common hormone therapy for post-menapausal women), and a control group.

    The control group lost significant bone mineral density in their spine over the two-year study period, the progesterone group lost significantly less, and the two glasses of soy milk a day group wound up preventing bone loss and increasing bone mass. [23][24]

    Pro-estrogenic and Anti-estrogenic Properties of Soy by

    This misconception that soy can contribute to breast cancer came from research on rats, who metabolize soy isoflavones (phytoestrogens) quite differently from humans, as distinctly noted in the study itself. The circulating levels of geinstein in the blood in the rats that had an increase in tumor size were 58 times greater than human levels after 1 serving of soy. [25]

    When soy consumption in humans is put to the test against breast cancer, it has been shown that soy intake during childhood, adolescence, and adult life were all associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. Those women who ate the most soy in their youth appear to grow up to have less than half the risk. [26]

    Breast cancer rates are much higher in the USA than in Asia, where there are some of the highest soy consumption rates. But, when Asians migrate to the US and start eating a western diet, their breast cancer rates increase to average American levels. [27]

    Soy and Feminizing Men


    • Phytoestrogens don't necessarily have pro-estrogenic properties 
    • Extremely high doses of soy has been shown to have some feminizing effects in a few rare cases.
    • Once these extremely high doses (3 quarts of soymilk per day) were reduced, the effects were reversed.
    • Nine clinical studies have shown no impact in circulating estrogen levels in men.

    Everyone has heard about how too much soy consumption can result in feminizing effects in males, but is this claim substantiated?

    A common reasoning for this is, again, the potential estrogenic affects of isoflavones in soy. As discussed earlier, phytoestrogens are quite different than the estrogens found in meat, and phytoestrogens can have anti-estrogenic properties in some circumstances.

    Studies have found soy consumption in rat’s ability to produce offspring, but as mentioned earlier, rodent metabolism of soy is completely different, making these studies useless. [28]

    Many have heard of how consuming too much soy can cause gynecomastia (man boobs), but the only report of this was from men consuming extremely high doses of soy, 3 quarts of soymilk a day in one instance. The feminizing effects of this extraordinary soy habit were reversed once intake was reduced. [29]

    Finally, the peer-reviewed Fertility & Sterility journal concluded that after reviewing the clinical trials regarding soy intake and feminization there was:

    “Essentially no evidence from nine identified clinical studies that isoflavone exposure affects circulating estrogen levels in men.” [30]

    Can You Have Too Much Soy?


    • Massive amounts of soy can increase IGF-1 levels.
    • Vegan men eating huge amount of soy had the IGF-1 levels of meat eaters.
    • Stick to 5 servings a day or less of soy to reap the benefits without the downsides.

    While we’ve demonstrably proven that non-GMO soy is beneficial for our health and protective against disease, can too much soy be bad?

    The answer is possibly yes. IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, is a growth hormone responsible for turning children into full-grown adults. But if this hormone keeps circulating in the blood, your cells should continue to divide and grow. The more IGF-1 in the bloodstream, the higher our risk for cancer. Those on a plant based diet tend to have lower IGF-1 levels.

    However, studies have shown that vegan men eating huge amounts of soy, 7 to 18 cups of soy milk worth per day, for an entire year, would up with similar levels of IGF-1 in the body as meat eaters.[31]

    How Much Soy is Too Much by

    To be as safe as possible, one shouldn’t consume more than 5 servings of soy a day. [32]

    Conclusion on Soy

    Much of the controversy around soy has been the result of misrepresentation.

    GMO-Soy is certainly a problem and should be labelled properly so consumers can have freedom of choice. However, the overwhelming majority GMO-soy is fed to animals, and attempting to get meat from only grass-fed sources only poses a more unsustainable problem due to limited land resources.

    The best choice for consuming soy is always organic or non-GMO.

    Most of the hysteria regarding the negative health risks of soy are based on the potential dangers of certain compounds (such as lectins or phytates) in isolation, but when soy itself is studied on humans, it can be protective against bone loss, breast cancer, and overall mortality.

    However, to air on the safe side, stick to no more than 5 servings daily.


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  2. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs
    Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice.

    5 ways to entertain the kids on a ferry voyage Sea, sun, and scenery – taking the ferry is an exciting way to travel with kids. But what do you do when the novelty of being on-board wears off? Some voyages can last for hours or even overnight, so it’s ... Read More

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  4. This is one of my favourite pasta sauces I make on the occasions I need a quick dinner and kids love it! It freezes well so you can make a double portion and store the left overs in air-tight containers for the times life is too busy.

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    Cooking time time: 15 min


    • 1 onion
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 1 can of tuna
    • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes or 2 kg of fresh tomatoes
    • 1 carrot
    • olive oil
    • salt
    • peppers
    • black olives (optional)
    • basel (optional)


    1. In a pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Add  crashed garlic  half the onion, saute until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.
    2. Add tomatoes and basel season with salt and pepper.
    3. Simmer uncovered on medium heat for about 20 min until thick.
    4. If sauce still tastes acidic, add some honey or butter, 1 tablespoon at a time to round out the flavors.
    5. Add the sauce into food processor. Process until smooth.
    6. While you prepare the sauce in a separate pan heat the oil and add the onion and fry for about 2 min.
    7. Add the tuna and grated carrot. Saute for another 3-5 min.
    8. Mix the tuna with the tomato sauce. If you like you can mix in some black sliced olives.

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  5. Restaurants specialising in Vietnamese cuisine are pretty scarce in the Emirates, especially when it comes to fine-dining establishments. Hoi An at Abu Dhabi’s Shangri La hotel is an exception, tucked away on the lower level of this sprawling property, it’s …b.gif?

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  6. I’m back after being quiet for quite awhile. I guess we can call it a period of reflection, although as I write this, I feel like I might still be in the middle of that. For someone living what might…

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  7. My kids cannot get enough of these strawberry fruit roll-ups! I've made this recipe so many times since I've seen it on @weelicious . My kids can eat the whole batch in few minutes and they always ask for more!

    There are only 2 ingredients in it; lots of strawberries and a little bit of honey.

    I blend about 6 cups  of strawberries with 2 tablespoons of honey. This will result in about 800-900 ml of strawberry juice. I use 2 round pizza oven trays (13 inches) and line them with baking paper. I divide the juice in half (about 400-450 ml in each tray) and spread it evenly with the back of a spatula.

    I use the lowest temperature in the #oven, mine is a gas oven so the lowest is 1. I leave the 2 trays between 2-3 hours until it's not sticky anymore (it's different every time because it depends on the juiciness of the strawberries). I prefer to leave it outside the oven overnight then cut it into strips using scissors in the morning. I roll them up and put them in my kids lunchboxes. They really enjoy peeling the paper off and chewing them!

    since strawberries are in season now I like to blend lots of strawberries and freeze each 450 ml in a zip bag. This way I can have strawberry juice ready whenever I need to make roll-ups! 

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    The first few year of motherhood (for me anyway) has been all about the kids. Yes, I have worked to varying degrees, from full-time to Brewer to full-time Mom and some in between, but at the heart of it, my days have still revolved around kids. Feeding kids, changing kids, caring for kids, playing with… Continue reading Mommy Time Out!b.gif?

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    Fasting during Ramadan is considered to be the most significant spiritual practice, but many diabetes patients might be wondering about the effect of fasting during this holy month. Fakih IVF is here to take care of everything you need to know:

    The importance of a Dietitian:

    Nutrition therapy plays a vital role in diabetes management, and an individual’s religion and culture should be considered when preparing their diet plan. It is recommended that the diet of a person with diabetes during Ramadan should be comparable with that followed for the rest of the year. However, Ramadan can result in an extra burden of calories. Iftar, the meal taken when the fast is broken at sunset, often turns into a celebration, with huge volumes of food laden with sugar and carbohydrates. Regional variations exist in the timings of meals during Ramadan, and physicians need to understand regional and cultural differences to advise the patient accordingly. Because of the different types of foods traditionally eaten at Iftar by different cultures, a well-trained dietician should be at the center of the diabetes management and follow-up team.

    It is true, many people with diabetes can fast safely, but each person is different.   Part of the decision you will make with your doctor has to do with the kind of diabetes medicine you take.  It is important to schedule an appointment 2-3 months before Ramadan to discuss how fasting might affect your diabetes.  Your doctor or healthcare provider may suggest a change in your medication plan.  Despite being exempt, many people with diabetes do participate in fasting during Ramadan. It is important that the decision about whether to fast is made on an individual basis in consultation with the patient’s treating physician, taking into account the severity of illness and the level of risk involved. Fasting during Ramadan may provide enduring benefits. Indeed, Ramadan can provide an opportunity for a better lifestyle, facilitating weight loss and smoking cessation. For patients with diabetes who choose to fast, Ramadan may help to strengthen the therapeutic alliance between patient and physician and may provide an opportunity to improve diabetes management, with a focus on self-care and the regulation of medication and meal timing.

    What risks should a diabetes patient be aware of?

    These are the key risks:

    • Low blood glucose (or hypoglycemia) – The risk of blood glucose levels going too low is highest in people taking insulin or certain diabetes pills. Limit physical activity during fasting hours and be more active after sunset.  Talk with your healthcare provider to find out if your medicine puts you at risk for low blood glucose and discuss how to prevent it. 

    • High blood glucose (or hyperglycemia) – While low blood glucose levels may happen during the day after the fast is broken, there is a greater risk to overeat.  Watch out for eating too many sweets and keep the portion sizes moderate.   Even though Ramadan is known as a time of fasting – it is not uncommon for people to gain weight during this month, as in some families, every evening meal is a celebration. 

    • Dehydration – This is especially a problem during the longer and hotter summer days.  Aim to drink sugar-free and caffeine-free drinks frequently throughout the evening and before dawn.

    Many people think of stopping their medicine as they feel that it will break their fast but that’s not true. You should continue taking your diabetes medicine but your dose timings should be changed. This is why it is advisable to speak and discuss with your doctor 2-3 months before Ramadan so that you can plan ahead of how your diabetes medicine which may need to change. It is very important to understand for a patient that they must immediately break their fast if hypoglycemia <60 mg/dl [3.3 mmol/l]), occurs since there is no guarantee that their blood glucose will not drop further if they wait or delay treatment. The fast should also be broken if blood glucose reaches <70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l) in the first few hours after the start of the fast, especially if insulin, sulfonylurea drugs, or meglitinide are taken at predawn. Finally, the fast should be broken if blood glucose exceeds 300 mg/dl (16.7 mmol/l). Patients should avoid fasting on “sick days.”


    Diet Tips:

    • Whole grain cereal, low-fat milk, cottage cheese with sliced peaches topped with toasted almonds

    • Plain Greek Yogurt flavored with blueberries and cinnamon, whole wheat toast with nut butter.

    • Foul (a hearty Middle Eastern breakfast dish made of lentils or fava beans), small serving of sliced fruit

    • Whole wheat roti (unleavened bread) and egg khagina (a southeast Asian dish)

    Traditionally the fast is broken (Iftar) after sunset and begins with the eating of dates and drinking water.  Limit dates to 1-2 each evening.  Drink plenty of water and sugar-free beverages though out the evening, but avoid caffeine beverages as they can be dehydrating.

    Follow instructions of your healthcare provider to celebrate Ramadan in a healthier way and don’t forget to exercise as it reduces the glucose level of your body.

                               “Spread Sweetness this Ramadan by avoiding Sweets”


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    Fasting during pregnancy is a delicate balance. Some research has shown that abstaining from eating for any length of time when you're expecting can cause the production of ketone bodies, molecules produced by the liver during periods of low food intake that may have a negative impact on the fetus.

    Before considering whether or not it’s safe for you and your baby-to-be if you fast. It may depend on certain factors:

    1. Trimester the best time is between 14 and 28 weeks 

    2. Any underlying medical conditions you and your baby might have.

    Staying hydrated is key. Water plays an important role in the development of your baby-to-be, so at no point should you stop drinking water. 

    Dehydration can lead to low amniotic fluid, preterm labor and birth defects. If you and your doctor decide that fasting is safe for a short period of time, make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and avoid any strenuous activity that may cause a loss of fluids.


    Eat at least two meals the second should have a lot of proteins also eating fruit high in potassium like bananas help to decrease dehydration

    By Dr. Samer Cheaib

    Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    Dr. Sandesh Kade, Specialist OB/GYN at Bareen Hospital, Abu Dhabi was part of a team which performed successful Laparoscopic Uterus transplant surgeries in India on 18 & 19, May 2017. These surgeries took place in Pune, India and were the first of its kind. Dr. Kade along with his peers Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and Dr. Neeta Warty have been preparing for these surgeries for the past 2 years, regular discussions, planning and cadaveric dissection were key in this preparation.

    The team consisted of 12 doctors, the Uterus retrievers, the uterus receivers, vascular surgeons, anesthesia experts, post operation team and infertility experts. The main aim was to successfully complete the surgery in minimal time to reduce any threat imposed on the patient. Yes, Uterus transplant surgery has been done before, a total of 30 attempts but never by laparoscopy. It would normally take 12 hours to remove the Uterus whereas in this case, it took Dr. Kade and his team only 4 hours and a total of 9 hours and 30 minutes for the entire surgery.

    Edwin H. Chapin said it best “No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s Love” and in this case, you will understand the quote. A rather astonishing story of a mother and daughter bond. Mrs. Swati is a 22-year-old newlywed bride from India, for 22 years Mrs. Swati never went through a mensuration cycle and it was assumed to be a case of delayed mensuration. Shortly after getting married, she noticed that something is not right given that she and her husband were trying to conceive but with no luck. Soon after they made a visit to the doctor and realized that Mrs. Swati was born without a Uterus. Her mother, a 45-year-old woman who has had her share of motherhood comes to the rescue and decides to donate her uterus to her baby girl so that her daughter can experience childbirth one day. How amazing is it? The same uterus that gave her life is now about to give life to her children.

    The retrieval of the Uterus took 4 hours in total and was successfully transplanted to Mrs. Swati. The surgeries for both mother and daughter were completed with great success and Mrs. Swati will finally experience mensuration. She would then have to wait for a year before trying to get pregnant, so that her body has enough time to heal and adjust to the new uterus.

    There is more, just 24 hours after Swati’s surgery another surgery of the same kind was conducted by Dr. Sandesh Kade, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar and his team. Also, in this case, the donor was the patient’s mother, having a relative donate their Uterus reduces the risks of the body rejecting the organ. Mrs. Rupal, the 26-year-old has had several miscarriages and lost 2 of her babies after full-term pregnancies. Mrs. Rupal’s Uterus was extremely damaged, absent of periods and was completely an irreparable Uterus which therefore led to a Uterus transplant from her 44-year-old mother. Once again this was a successful surgery and both mother and daughter are recovering well.

    We are really proud that one of Bareen’s finest doctor, Dr. Sandesh Kade was part of these historical surgeries and we hope to continue to bring you the best in medical care.


  13. Water, water, everywhere – I did wonder if yesterday was April Fool’s Day when someone told me that there are plans to transport an iceberg to the UAE and melt it in order to provide fresh, clean drinking water. But apparently not,…/firm-to-tow-icebergs-from-antarctica-… as I frequently say, only in the UAE.

    Summer is on its way – it’s a fairly mild 37degC outside at the minute (it is only 11am) but the mercury is rapidly rising and there are a few signs that summer is round the corner:
    1. The water in the toilet cistern is hot, which is quite odd at the best of time but even more peculiar when you use it straight after someone else and the bowl is steaming.
    2. Similarly, you have to fill the bath from the cold tap and if you forget there’s a half hour wait while it cools down as there’s no cold water anywhere.
    3. You have to put your jumper on when you enter a building, and take it off to go outside. The AC is my classroom is, to put it kindly, temperamental and sounds like an aeroplane taking off. It’s also extremely cold, even when set at the maximum 22degC, meaning we spend the whole day turning it on and off and alternatively sweating and shivering.
    4. You can wash your bedding and put it out to dry at 8am and it’s dried, ironed and back on the bed by 9.30am.
    5. The ants come inside to cool down, although we are now getting to the point where they stay outside regardless as the temperature in the house during the day can reach 30degC.
    6. You never open the curtains for fear of letting the sun in and can’t wash the windows as the water has evaporated before you’ve had a chance to wipe it over.
    7. The pool is empty, except for visitors, until 6pm when it’s suddenly full of people trying to cool down and freshen up.
    8. The roads are very quiet and people are already talking about their summer ‘escape’. Us? We’re staying til the end of July! See you all in August.

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  14. Dr. Alya Al Shahbander
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    It's the time of the year to get out there and get a gorgeous tan but what many people do not know are the hazards awaiting for them from our beloved warm sunrays.

    The most dangerous hours are the mid-day hours where the sun is high in the sky so it's better to go out early or late in the day.

    Snow, water and sand can reflect light onto your skin so even sitting in a shaded area for long hours can get you burned, so minimize the time of exposure.

    Thick clouds can reduce UV radiation, but thin clouds do not provide much protection.

    Sunburn, too much sun and tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma and children are at higher risk than adults.

    It is better to get a tan by exposing your skin for limited times over a period of 2 weeks than exposing your skin to UV radiation for many hours in one day.  In very fair-skinned people, UV radiation starts becoming harmful after about 5 to 10 minutes. While in dark skinned people it's about 30 minutes.

    The following can help you determine what type of skin you have:

    Skin type I:

    Pale skin, freckles, burns very easily, hardly tans

    Skin type II:

    Pale skin tends to burn, only tans a little

    Skin type III:

    Occasional sunburn tans well

    Skin type IV:

    Rare sunburn, naturally dark skin


    By Dr. Alya Al Shahbander

    Specialist Dermatology

    Bareen Hospital

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    Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse (for couples over age 35, the time is reduced to 6 months).   Dealing with the challenges of infertility can be very difficult for couples to face.  Infertility can cause significant stress and anxiety in a relationship.  The cause of infertility in a couple can be due to either the male partner, the female partner or it may never be identified.   Regardless of the underlying cause, it is an issue that the couple faces together.    Fortunately, with surgery, medications and assisted reproductive technologies many couples are able to overcome this obstacle and are able to become pregnant and realize their dreams of becoming parents.

    Often while couples go thru the journey of fertility treatments they are plagued with the concern that the fertility drugs with all of the benefits will also cause cancer.  Fertility drugs are often used in three ways:  To suppress ovulation, to stimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs and to mature the eggs.  The class of drug used to perform these actions are hormones.  These hormones also have an effect on tissues in the breast and other tissues in the female genital tract.  These effects may be noted clinically by the patient in many ways including breast tenderness, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge.  It is important to note that these systemic effects do not mean that these drugs are causing long-term negative effects or cancers.

    A large body of research has been conducted to identify whether there is a causative relationship between fertility medications and breast/gynecologic cancers.  In 2016, after reviewing all of the current data, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement providing a guideline for patients.  They reiterated that infertility is a known risk factor for developing breast, invasive ovarian and endometrial cancer.  However, based on current data, there is no indication that the baseline risk of cancer with infertility is increased in those who undergo fertility treatment.  There is some data to indicate that there may be an association with borderline tumors of the ovary and fertility drugs, but to date, there has been no specific drug identified. 


    Based on these findings patients can feel less anxious and proceed with their treatments without worrying about developing cancer.  Due to their history of infertility, they should be counseled prior to undergoing fertility treatment that they should undergo cancer screenings.  These evaluations should take into account all risk factors including age, family and personal history. The goal would be to identify any existing cancers prior to hormonal stimulation, which would possibly worsen undiagnosed cancer. In addition, diagnose disease prior to pregnancy to avoid having to undergo cancer treatment while pregnancy.   After completing fertility treatment and childbearing, due to their increased risk of developing cancer, they should continue to undergo age-specific cancer screenings for a lifetime.

    By Dr. Marcia Schmidt

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    In today’s modern, educated, liberated and fast-paced society, the most “in” thing is “Stress!” And if you aren’t stressed, it must mean that there is something wrong with you! Sounds funny, but true!


    Realistically, we all should know that stress is not a good thing for our bodies in general, it can have a significant impact on your fertility.


    For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering signals to the hypothalamus, the center in the brain that regulates some of the hormones that control ovulation. Recent research tells us that stress boosts levels of some hormones, such as adrenaline, catecholamines and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone). This is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Subsequently this may suppress ovulation in women, reduce sperm count in men and lower libido in both women and men as well as a decrease in general fertility. It also causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which also causes infertility to occur. This has become such a common issue that they we have a name for it, "Stress Induced Reproductive Dysfunction”. (Again, looks fancy and "in")


    So, if you have been trying to conceive with no results, some facts are very important to consider: pregnancy is much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling "happy and relaxed". It was less likely to occur during the months they reported feeling tense or anxious.


    Even you are pregnant, trying to carry a pregnancy to term during stressful times places the fetus at risk. The body knows this, which is why it creates an environment that is basically inhospitable to conception.


    Generally, a stressed person is an unhealthy person. People living with a high stress level are typically overly tired and filled with nervous tension which may cause them to choose poor dietary and lifestyle habits. So basically, the "in" factor should be “out!”


    Reducing Stress for Fertility


    If you have had fertility tests performed and have found that there is no medical reason for your infertility, it is time to evaluate your life and determine how much stress you have. Of course, you may not even have need for an evaluation. You may know you are stressed. In that case, it is time to start defeating that stress to help your fertility.

    Stress relief should be a part of every couple’s conception plan, even if they are going through IVF.


    How to Reduce the Effect of Stress on Your Fertility (I know it’s easier said than done, but no harm in trying :)


    • Reduce the stress in your life. This is so important on many different levels. It will not only help your fertility and health but also your quality of life. If your job is really stressful, (the most common reason these days) maybe begin to look for a different job or occupation. If that is not possible, some of the tips below might help you to deal with your stress differently than how you currently are.


    • Change how you react to stressful situations. When faced with an ongoing stressful situation there is only one thing you have control over - how you react. Pay attention to that. Getting control of how you react will have a big impact on what happens inside of your body when a stressful situation presents itself. This takes some attention and practice. Try and relax. Feeling stress about it is not going to change anything. We can’t have everything in life .So look at the positives; surrender and let go the negatives.


    • Make sure you are getting enough sleep

    • Get an adequate amount of exercise daily

    • Meditate

    • Start practicing Yoga

    • Consume natural, calming herbs and supplements

    • Acupuncture

    • Remember, how to be good to yourself and love yourself.



    Few smaller, easy tips:


    • Try journaling. Setting down on paper how you feel can take some of the pressure off. It’s a way to off-load concerns you feel uncomfortable sharing. And you can shred the pages or throw them out, a physical act that contributes to the effect.

    • Couples should act as if they were dating again. Set aside time during the week to go to a movie. Take a dance class together. And put a time limit of 20 minutes or so on pregnancy discussions. Fertility talk that goes on and on can make matters worse!

    • Get individual counseling or group support. A woman struggling to get pregnant needs someone who can empathize. Counseling can be an outlet for feelings of confusion, sadness, and frustration. Group support is particularly helpful for women who feel isolated as a result of infertility.


    Rethink your attitude. Thinking "everybody else gets pregnant so easily" only causes distress. Change it to "If getting pregnant was so easy, there wouldn't be fertility clinics." Recognize pessimistic thinking.



    Don't just try to relax because you think that it's going to help you get pregnant. But do relax just because it feels good, because it's comfortable, and because when you do feel good, you're healthier overall, and that can never be a bad thing for conception."


    So, take a deep breath, relax and be happy; think positively, surround yourself with positive and happy people, spread happiness and then start the beautiful journey of motherhood and life :)



    By Dr. Varsha Anand

    Specialist OB/GYN


    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    The prevalence of obesity has increased at an alarming rate during the last two decades, and this appears to be more pronounced in women. UAE has an obesity rate that is double the world average, according to a disease study report. More than 36 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are overweight, with 11.9 per cent people being obese, a health survey has reported.

    The prevalence of obesity increased with industrial development, which in the Arabian Gulf is related to the significant growths in incomes resulting from the rich deposits of oil reserves and the resultant impact of rapid urbanization and improved living conditions.

    World Health Organization in its report indicates that gulf countries have the highest rate of obesity. Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are on the list of top ten countries worldwide in term of obesity. Kuwait is affected the worst with 42.8 percent obese population, this places Kuwait in top 10 most obese countries in the world. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not behind, with 35.2 percent and 33.1 percent obesity rate respectively.

    Forty percent of 11-to-16-year-olds and 20 percent of children under the age of 11 in the UAE are obese, according to a report by clinical Nutrition Department at Dubai Health Authority. And an obese child grows into an obese adult.

    A report entitled the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, more than 66 percent of men and 60 percent of women in the UAE are already overweight or obese. This is a substantial economic issue in the UAE and evidence suggests it is getting worse. The economic burden of obesity in UAE is US$6 billion [Dh22bn] annually. The study found that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion a year, nearly as expensive as armed conflict and smoking, the study found.

    Obesity and women 

    From a societal viewpoint,  because obese women survive longer than obese men, they are responsible for well over three-quarters of the extra direct healthcare costs due to obesity and over three-fold that of men.

    Obesity and Reproduction-related risks

     1. Obesity decreases successful pregnancy rates in both natural and assisted conception cycles, with fertility being partially restored if weight loss can be achieved. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance are common mediators of those effects. Obesity is also a prominent aggravating factor in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which causes significant effects on fertility.

    Elevated levels of leptin and low levels of adiponectin which are obesity markers in these women have also been implicated in the mechanism by which obesity reduces conception rates.

    2. Obesity also increases the rate of miscarriage, thus further decreasing successful pregnancy rates among obese women. Potential mechanisms include poorer quality eggs and/or a defect in endometrium’s (lining of the womb) ability to implant – with insulin resistance again implicated in the latter event.

    3. It is not surprising that success rates of assisted reproductive technologies are lower in obese individuals.

    4. Once-obese women are pregnant, their risk of pregnancy complications is significantly greater than their lean counterparts.  Many of the adverse outcomes of obesity (including gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia) occur as a result of increased insulin resistance. Obesity is a proinflammatory state with added complications during pregnancy.

    5. There is increased risk of premature labor, stillbirth, need for operative delivery (caesarean section), and other complications such as wound infection and thromboembolism (clots in the legs and can migrate to lungs).

    Risking the next generation

    This means there is a risk to offspring of developing the disease later in life. Children of obese mothers are more likely to develop obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease as adults. This is due to the biological processes which switch genes on and off.


    The loss of as little as 5% of body weight is accompanied by an increase in ovulation rates and reduces biochemical abnormalities. Thus weight loss is the first step towards a successful fertility treatment. It is recommended that women who are obese must initiate a weight reduction program and those severely overweight (defined as having a BMI of 36 or more) should not receive treatment until their weight has reduced.  

    Popular misconception about weight loss

    The two most popular misconceptions about weight loss are:

    [1] MYTH that exercises alone can significantly lead to weight loss

    TRUTH - Exercise alone (and here is meant vigorous exercise) results in minimal weight loss (2%–4% over a year) and is often associated with weight gain or maintenance due to caloric replacement after exercise. Exercise may be most useful in the context of maintaining weight loss after caloric restriction.

     [2] MYTH - That restricting caloric intake by 500 kcal a day will result in the loss of a pound per week (that is, a weekly 3,500 kcal deficit = 1 pound), ad infinitum.

    TRUTH   - This views the relationship between caloric restriction and weight loss as a straight never bending line when in reality does not happen. Thus while caloric restriction can result in progressive weight loss, weight loss will slow over time due to both counter-regulatory effects to maintain weight and the need to reduce absolute caloric intake as body weight decreases.

    Obesity and Male fertility

    Male obesity is a significant problem that has grown to epidemic proportions. Obese men are more likely to be infertile. Although the cause is not exactly known, it is likely a combination of obesity-induced hormone derangements and its damaging effects on spermatogenesis. 

    Overweight and obese men are at higher risk of oligozoospermia (count <20 × 106/mL). Obesity affects not only count but also total progressive motile count ie the counts of sperm that move forward.  DNA fragmentation index (DFI) in obese men ranges from 21.9% to 27% compared with 15%–19.9% in men with normal body weight.  This tells us about the DNA damage of the sperm and high DFi leads to poor embryos and high risk of miscarriages.

    Time to make a difference

    Addressing weight issues is never easy. Many folks may have already tried weight loss in the past with mixed results. However, the potential benefits for reproductive health are significant. Now is the time to make changes for a healthier you and a healthier pregnancy!

    By Dr. Monikaa Chawla

    Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    When I was overeating, I ate for many reason. I ate because I was sad, I ate because I was angry, I ate because I was happy. I ate because I was bored. I ate Because I was fat. I ate because I was skinny. I ate because I was terrified of being fat again. I ate in reaction to the pressures put on me by the society that had objectified me and reduced me to only a body, without feelings, wants, and desires. I ate because I couldn’t feel my own feelings other than to eat over them. I had spent most of my life running from them and I did not know how to stop running
    — Laurelee excerpt from "It's not about food".

    Do  you relate ?

    We live in society where emotions are dangerous, and everyone is always supposed to be fine. It is considered terribly weak not to be fine. I remember while growing up, my aunt shushing her daughter whenever she has an urge to feel something, my aunt would go 'what would the neighbors say '? In my family, it is was not accepted to be sad, 'show me your smile Ghada'.

    How many times do we hear from our family members and friends words of advice 'don't feel bad', 'don't cry', 'it will be okay'. How many times we try to sooth our children's feelings by rushing to make them feel better, without actually listening and acknowledging their feelings?

    It took me some 20 years to understand that Feelings aren't something to fear, to be ashamed of, embarrassed about, or simply denied. Feelings are a sign that we are alive and we trying to figure it out . Feelings are messages if we do not express them, they go underneath and pop out in different ways and we act out in different forms of numbness and addiction: illness, alcoholism, rape, war, gambling, theft and of course eating disorders, overearting, undereating.

    What do you think would happen If children were taught how their anger and sadness sometimes signaled that their boundaries were being violated ? If children were taught to stand up for their themselves in healthy ways, would many of them would have learned that they have to stuff down anger with food ?

    Emotional Eating is often triggered by some underlying and unexpressed emotions. Emotional triggers could be something as simple as " I am bored at work", "I am procrastinating " or something really traumatic. Identifying these emotional triggers may certainly address your hidden deep 'needs' (I call them true hungers) and certainly the process of decoding emotional triggers and feeding your true hungers would alleviate emotional eating. In this case, You may need to stop and ask the following steps when decoding your emotional eating:

    1. What am I feeling right now? Am I Angry? Sad, Uncomfortable, Anxious, Frustrated, Joyful, Disgusted, Shocked, Ashamed, Lonely?

    2. What do I need right now? Distraction, Fun, Hugs, Support, Connection, Journaling Water, workout, Meditation, Relaxation, Sleep, Alone time, A walk, New perspective, Music

    This type of emotional Eating "eating over feelings" is certainly harmful and require our attentive inquiry and support from others and professionals.

    Howeverthere is a whole other side of the spectrum of Emotional Eating. Eating for comfort and eating for sensory pleasure. Food is biologically designed for pleasure, and we are conditioned since infancy to use food to connect to our emotions (enjoyment, self-soothing, celebrations, anniversaries…).

    Most people tend to think of emotional eating as a bad thing, but there are times when it is completely normal and even okay. Finding comfort and pleasure in certain food is absolutely a part of healthier way of eating, actually satisfaction and pleasure are the driving forces that keep us eating intuitively and healthier only- when we make emotional eating "wrong", feel guilty about it, and when not turing to food as your primary or sole coping mechanism. When we make emotional eating wrong and fear potential weight gain, we often turn it into a full-blown binge. When we "make it wrong" research shows we get into restrictive mindset and behavior which triggers a full cycle of binge eating.

    So where do you fall on this emotional eating spectrum?


    Do you have a positive emotional relationship with food?


    What are your dominant emotional triggers that sets off on an emotional Eating cycle ?


    You can absolutely find ways to cope with the emotional triggers other than food, and really discover a new world of what you are truly hungry for , but you have to be able to take pleasure and satisfaction in food you choose without guilt in order to stop another cycle of binge eating; and to have a truly healthy relationship with food.

    If you would like more support, I 'd love to invite you to sign up at bottom of page for weekly free coaching emails, and for bonus breakthrough chat to learn more about 'from dieter to intuitive eater' program  and see if it's a good fit for you.

    Schedule a breakthrough chat

    Ghada is an Eating Transformation Coach and anti-diet Nutritionist who helps purpose -driven people to transform their relationship with food without dieting, and fulfill their true hungers to feast on their life.

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  19. 1) PLAN AHEAD

    "Start getting healthy even before you are pregnant," On your must-do-first list should be taking a daily multivitamin, with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, a B group vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects; quit smoking, alcohol and/or recreational drugs.

    Schedule a pre-conception checkup, let your doctor review your medications for pregnancy safety; get a check for sexually transmitted infections; make sure your immunizations are up to date; and have your medical problems properly treated, if there are any.


    Practical and emotional support can be crucial in helping you stay healthy, avoid anxiety and depression. Your circle could include your partner, family members, friends, coworkers or your doctor.



    "Choose someone who respects you and sees birth as a healthy process and not a disease," An OB-GYN who also respects your opinions and choices, explains things in detail, gives you time and availability, can glide you through pregnancy smoothly.


    During pregnancy, seemingly mild symptoms may signal something serious; so if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, uterine cramping, gripping backache, leaking amniotic fluid, vaginal bleeding, urinary pain /burning, blurry vision, pronounced swelling or decreased fetal activity you need to contact your doctor immediately.


    Pregnancy is the time to make every calorie count. Foods rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, folate and iron will nourish you and your baby. High-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water can help prevent constipation. Eating four or five mini-meals a day can help prevent heartburn and keep your blood-sugar levels steady and prevent binging.

    Avoid foods that can be dangerous during pregnancy; undercooked meats, cold cuts; raw seafood; raw /undercooked eggs; unpasteurized soft cheeses; and large fish. Also, limit your caffeine consumption to about 12 ounces.


    According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, six or seven days a week, unless they have medical reasons not to do so. Regular stretching and exercise can relieve backaches, constipation and morning sickness. Plus, having a strong heart and lungs will help you get through your upcoming marathon: giving birth.

    7) STAY SAFE

    Buy yourself a good pair of shoes to prevent falls. Pregnancy makes you susceptible to infections, so it’s best to avoid extremely crowded and unhygienic places. Get a flu shot done to prevent flu.

    8) GO GREEN

    Minimize your exposure to chemicals, including household cleaners, solvents, paints and beauty products. Avoid lead dust generated during renovations in older homes.

    Avoid secondhand smoke, cat litter, gardening soil, be sure to wash fruits, vegetables before eating: prenatal exposure to chemicals is linked to increased risk of attention deficit disorders and cognitive problems in children.


    Women of normal weight can gain upto 12-13 kg, underweight women upto 18 kg but overweight and obese women should restrict their weight gain to 7 - 9 kg.

    Overweight moms are at greater risk for pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia. They're also more likely to give birth to larger babies, go through more complicated labors and have Cesarean sections.


    "One out of 10 women experiences depression during pregnancy," "Many suffer without seeking the treatment that could help."

    Intimacy is a great stress reliever, and unless you have risk factors for premature labor or other complications, you can enjoy a healthy sex life (Just use barrier contraceptives to avoid catching infections) until you give birth.

    3 Things Not to Worry About!!

    1) The drink/medicine you had before you missed your period!! 

    It takes about seven days for the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus. The placenta begins to develop about 12 days after conception, which is just before your period is due. Before then, there's no exchange of blood between mother and baby.

    2) That morning sickness will rob your baby of nutrients!! 

    Generally, nausea and vomiting taper off by the end of the first trimester. During that time, the embryo, and later the fetus will leech what it needs (which isn't a lot) like a parasite from your body. Be sure to take a prenatal vitamin.

    3) That something you do will cause a miscarriage!! 

    Most early miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities within the developing embryo or medical problems. Smoking, alcohol and drug use may increase miscarriage risk, but normal everyday activities, including exercise and sexual intercourse, do not.

    By Dr. Tejashree Singh

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    Activated charcoal also called activated carbon is a very fine black powder that has absolutely no taste. Unlike charcoal used for BBQs activated charcoal is not toxic and has no smell. Recently activated charcoal has become very popular, it's widely available sold in face masks, toothpaste and even at restaurants in lemonade and ice-cream.

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  21. Each month, the German Veterinary Clinic takes cases of abused or abandoned cats under their wings and treats, re-habilitates and re-homes these cats all at their own cost.

    This month, we have been able to help 3 fantastic cats and here are their stories !



    Simba was found wondering the streets of Al Ain and is, we think, an abandoned pet.

    Simba’s jaw is badly misaligned and it looks like his lower jaw was broken and healed back together again crookedly. This affected the position of his teeth and he needed extensive dental work to make him comfortable again.

    In addition, Simba had quite bad flu symptoms from which he is recovering very well now.

    Simba is FIV negative, neutered and microchipped and we will vaccinate him as soon as he has fully recovered from the flu.

    Simba is such a loving and cuddly ball of fluff and has such a funny, quirky personality!

    We are delighted that we were able to help him and we hope he finds the wonderful home he deserves!



    This beautiful girl was abandoned in Khalifa City A. When we found her, she was covered in ringworm, a fungal skin condition, which can easily be treated.

    She has been on medication for about 2 weeks now and the ringworm has almost completely disappeared.

    Glitter has stolen the heart of Joanna, GVC’s Pet Transport Manager, and I think she will be on her way home with Joanna very soon!



    Pickles is a lovely boy who was also abandoned in Khalifa City A.

    Pickles is about 10 weeks old, super playful and very loving. When we found him, he had diarrhea. We tested him for Giardia and it turns out that it was this nasty parasite that was causing the diarrhea. He has been on treatment for Giardia for a few days now and has been vaccinated and de-wormed. As soon as he has made a full recovery, he will be neutered and microchipped.


    We can only help these cats with some support from our community.

    If you would like to help the GVC Cat Guardian Angel Scheme, please get in touch with


  22. Before our little boy came along...I was resistant to using 'baby talk.' I am lover of the English language. Dense, rich and so much fun to be had in a really good sentence. Also much frivolous joy in pronouncing something in an unorthodox fashion. I really enjoyed typing those sentences!

    Such a fan am I of language, literature and education; I was practically determined not to use silly noises, or bastardised words with little G, fearing he'd grow up well thick! I'm not saying I was going to read him scriptures to accelerate his celebral cortex development...but I just didn't see the point of bringing a 'Harro' instead of 'Hello', 'Hooda handome boi' etc. etc. to the conversational table.

    My wife was into baby talk straightaway...and it was adorable of course. As any new parents know - the joy of having a new little thing that is all yours' and created by you; is insurmountable...but do we need to speak to our's like we have a swollen tongue!!

    It turns out 'Yes...yes we do.' Now I am fluent - I can think of three reasons why Baby Talk takes over:

    Its quite easy to learn
    Now, I love English, although sometimes my delivery is mangled by my often harsh Northern Irish accent. But I do love speaking it, writing it, reading it, and if delivered properly...listening to it. But during my time at big school (as in first instance when I was a student, nowadays I am a teacher), Modern Languages were obligatory. French was compulsory, then a choice of Spanish was offered (Latin was the other alternative, nuff said!) and I suffered terribly in both. The solitary Grade C on my GCSE results form in French still burns. I just could not get my head nor tongue around it! Of course I know English is probably the most difficult language to learn and a lot of people have been blessed by having it as their Mother Tongue. But French, and Spanish later, caused much confusion, anxiety and frustration. So much so; all Spanish material I learned has been stripped from my brain and I speak French by speaking English with a French accent.

    But Baby like your falling asleep drunk - easy!

    We think babies understand it!
    Hmmmm. They've heard us speak when they were in the womb. Yes it was all muffles of course but there were adult conversations going on in our normal voices. I actually used to read movie news to my wife's tummy in the lead up. So, baby inside = normal voices and conversation; baby outside = silly voice and nonsense. But it seems the higher the pitch, the gobbledier-gookier the choice of words, the sillier and squeakier the voice, delivered with eyes as wide as possible - the more we think our baby knows EXACTLY what we mean while at the same time finding us hilarious yet informative.

    It's fun
    Most of us Dads are just big kids. Some other dads take themselves seriously...I do not. I am a boy in my 30s - I love Star Wars and The Avengers. I haven't had a 'career' - I've had had a number of jobs that have had the odd similar word in their titles. Yes I'm technically an adult - I am responsible and can be mature when the need arises. But my love of doing fun things outweigh any possible need/want to do work/not-fun stuff.

    As a teacher; I have to professionally 'talk' all day. But wait, it gets more 'exciting' as I am a teacher of Business, Finance and Economics!! So of course at any opportunity if I get the chance to talk crap I WILL! By day I discuss break-even analyses, product life cycles, adding value concepts, tertiary production sectors...all nonsensical - but Baby Talk is fun nonsense.

    So Baby Talk is awesome! And I'm fluent and its fun.


    What if my little boy knows more than hes letting on and thinks we're all mad?? Mummy and Daddy are having fun and we love you! We wipe your cr*p...let us talk it for a few months!

  23. ·    Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. 

    ·    Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into choices about participation in after school activities. 

    ·    Establish a household rule that the TV and other electronic distractions stay off during homework time. Limit TV/iPad time to one to two hours per day. 

    ·    Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her. 

    ·    Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue and neck fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically.

    ·    If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with your child's teacher for recommendations on how you or a tutor can help your child at home or at school. 

    ·    Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. 

    ·    Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments – such as an assignment notebook. 

    ·    Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents (13-18 year of age) is in the range of 8-10 hours per night


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    A woman who delivered five times via C-section and was recently pregnant with her sixth child, was saved by doctors at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch after being diagnosed with the most severe form of placenta accreta, a dangerous and rare condition in which the placenta not only adheres to the uterine muscle, but penetrates the uterus and in some cases other structures adjacent to it as well. This condition can be life-threatening to both mother and baby as it can result in severe bleeding.

    During a routine follow-up at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road, Dr. Bashar Abdoh, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist in collaboration with Dr. Muzibunissa, Consultant Fetal Medicine and the Radiology Department, diagnosed the patient with placenta previa and suspected accreta. Placenta previa, is also a serious complication of pregnancy in which the placenta is attached close to or covers the cervix. The ultrasound revealed that the placenta has penetrated the uterus wall as a result of her multiple cesarean deliveries. Women diagnosed with this rare condition often undergo a hysterectomy, which involves the removal of the uterus immediately after delivery.

    After a set of control and precautionary measures were put in place against the potential complications that may arise from this condition, the patient underwent a planned cesarean section at 36 weeks of gestation. The procedure lasted one hour and was carried out under general anesthesia. The medical team that was headed by Dr. Bashar Abdoh, were able to overcome all the challenges they faced throughout the surgery; they successfully delivered the baby who was in a breech position, controlled the bleeding and managed to save the uterus.

    Dr. Bashar Abdoh, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist said: “The surgery is certainly a challenging and an unpredictable one; women with a placenta that has deeply penetrated the uterus through a previous cesarean scar may bleed severely during surgery.” He added: “Doctors in this situation will have to manage a string of challenging issues simultaneously, including the safe delivery of the baby, the bleeding and the reservation or even the removal of the uterus.”

    Dr. Bashar concluded: “The risk of developing placenta accreta is higher in those with prior cesarean deliveries, and is even greater in those with placenta previa, both of which were present in this case.”

    The patient and her baby were both discharged from the hospital after four days.

  24. Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch adds peritoneal dialysis to its list of services

    Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch has announced that it has recently introduced peritoneal dialysis, which is a form of dialysis that allows patients with impaired kidney function or those with complete kidney failure to receive their dialysis treatment in the comfort of their own homes.

    Dialysis is usually delivered through two treatment modalities: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, both of which are effective methods for filtering harmful wastes and excess fluids from the blood.  Hemodialysis uses a special machine and a filter to purify the blood through an access point that is surgically made to reach the blood vessels. Peritoneal dialysis, on the other hand, uses the lining of the abdominal cavity and a sterile cleansing fluid to perform the same job through a catheter that is also surgically placed in the stomach.

    Dr. Ahmed Reda, Consultant Nephrologist at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road said: “The leading causes for renal failure are diabetes and hypertension. People with diabetes have high amounts of sugar in their blood because their body is not able to break down the sugar correctly. The high level of sugar in the body may damage the filtering units in the kidneys.” Dr. Reda added: “As for those who suffer from hypertension, elevated blood pressure causes the pressure in the small blood vessels in the kidneys to increase which may weaken and hinder their filtering function.”

    “People who are diagnosed with end-stage renal disease will have to undergo renal dialysis or have kidney transplantation” said Dr. Reda. “With the advancement in technology, eligible patients now have the choice to undergo dialysis treatment at a hospital or at home and we are here to help them make the right choices, train them on the method and support them throughout the process.”

    “We take several factors into consideration when deciding on a treatment regimen for a patient which includes the functional state of their kidneys, their overall health condition, their personal preference and their overall situation” concluded Dr. Reda.

    Peritoneal dialysis is performed daily and offers several advantages to eligible patients: it can be performed at home, offers greater flexibility and independence, requires less restricted dietary guidelines and can be performed while the patient is sleeping at night, among many others.

    In general, peritoneal dialysis is suitable for children, people who still have limited kidney function and those who do not suffer from other serious health problems. On the other hand, hemodialysis is recommended for people who have problems with their vision, suffer from brain or other serious illnesses.