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  2. With this post I certainly don’t want to put any pressure on ladies who for any reason can’t exercise during their pregnancy. We are all different and we have different time availability and progress of our pregnancy. The purpose of this post is to help mums who would like to stay active or are in doubt which exercise is appropriate in their pregnancy. Some important facts about exercising while you are pregnant Pregnancy (if low risk) is a healthy state of being. You are not sick you are just pregnant. That means that if your doctor (midwife) gives you green you are allowed any exercise which doesn’t target your core muscles directly and doesn’t involve too much of jumping. Simply put think of your exercise whether it doesn’t place direct pressure on your belly or doesn’t cause an unwelcoming effect on your baby. Most of the medical care providers dropped now even the myth that expecting mums shouldn’t raise their heart beats above 150 per minute. As long as you used to this level of activity before your pregnancy there is no reason you should stop doing it now. My tip how to modify or choose the right exercise If you used to go to gym before you got pregnant you can keep going just slow down a bit, avoid excessive jumping, drop or lower the weights and avoid exercises like planks, crunches, Russian twist etc. If you used to do loads of running, you can continue running. Just take it easy, slow down a bit until it feels comfortable. Your body will tell you when to stop. Usually that happens around week 19-20. If you used to do yoga keep doing it: just avoid boats, planks, back bands, jumping, closed twists, lying on the back and inversions. If you haven’t been exercising before for your pregnancy- go to special pregnancy classes or download special pregnancy yoga /strength training, go for brisk walks or do some swimming. The point is: The more active you stay during your pregnancy the better you will cope physically and mentally as well. This is my own experience (2 pregnancies). I get it. Time is always an issue. So don’t get trapped in the 60 min exercise block nonsense. Move when you can. That means anytime you find 10- 20 min block – use it! I went for a quick 20 min walk yesterday after I put Emilia to sleep and it was great! Or I do quick sun salutation (10 min or so) in the morning before Mili wakes up or while she plays around. This san salutation is modified and suitable for any stage of pregnancy. View the full article
  3. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. How to move your pets to popular expat destinations There is no one universal rule when it comes to moving abroad with your pets. For some, the expat life is not complete without taking every single member of the family. However, restrictions and limitations are in place across all countries, ... Read More The post Moving overseas with pets appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
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  5. 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… The post Congo- My Year in Review appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  6. I always plan my meals around protein. Every day I opt for different protein- white meats, red meats, seafood, meat free protein. I got spoiled in Abu Dhabi knowing that you can buy here almost anything at any point of time. You can feel just very little of a season aspect when it comes to choice of fruit and veggies in the shops. Everything is imported! Recently I started ordering every week 9kg box of organic veggies and fruits (mostly locally grown, some are imported). It is good value and good quality and I like to bring to our life here a bit of “natural”. Every week the selection is slightly different. This encourages me to a completely different approach to planning my meals. Rather then planning the meals bases on what I fancy I plan based on what I have and what I simply have to use. Sometimes it is veggies or fruits I would have less of preference to buy. This has really revolutionized my cooking last few week and also made it different and bit more fun. Last week I had in my box also some big tomatoes and aubergine. I can’t remember last time I bought aubergine. So this is what I made for our dinner yesterday yum yum! Tomato stuffed with aubergine, mozzarella cheese and basel Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time time: 15 min Ingredients: 1 aubergine 1 onion 3 garlic cloves 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup basel 1 mozzarella cheese Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Fry the onion for 2 min then add the eggplants and basel and fry until golden brown. Add the garlic at the end and stir for another 2 min. Set aside. To prepare the tomato cups, carefully cut tops off of each tomato and scoop out seeds and pulp with a melon baller or spoon. Reserve the tops. Stuff the tomatoes with the eggplant mixture and place them in the baking dish and bake for about 20 min. At the end top each evenly with mozzarella cheese. Place the reserved tomato tops to the baking dish (not on top of the tomatoes). Broil tomatoes until the cheese is melted and lightly golden. You can serve it as an appetizer or as a side dish (chicken or fish goes nicely with it). View the full article
  7. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. How expat kids benefit from learning languages I was born in Leeds in the 1970s. When I was six years old, my life changed forever when my Dad accepted a job in Dubai and the whole family moved from Yorkshire to the Arabian Gulf. I should say that Dubai was ... Read More The post Online Mandarin lessons for all the family appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  8. I would love to say “I can’t believe 30 weeks passed already:)))” The truth is I feel like I have been pregnant at least TWICE AS LONG lol. Temperatures in Abu Dhabi has climbed to 40s and my due date seems to be still way to far….On the positive side I extremely enjoy my maternity leave:). I gave myself just few small work related projects to finish by June otherwise I concentrate selfishly on myself:) A brief recap on my 2nd pregnancy No major complications- knock knock on the wood Healthy baby- perfect size- knock knock on the wood 5 kg weight gain since the beginning of the pregnancy All blood tests are fine- No issues (so far) with iron, vitamin D or diabetes Some things are easier some things are more difficult to handle. What is easier Less of indigestion (although it has been worse last week) With Emilia I suffered enormously from acid and constant burping:( Less hip pain I have a hip pain now and then but way less then in my first pregnancy – I praise the strength training focused on the glutes and back -it seems to be helping a lot! Better sleep As long as the baby number 1 sleeps I have an amazing sleep. I do wake up several time a night for a toilet visit but I usually go straight back to sleep. What is more difficult My bump is bigger this time Towards the end of day I usually feel like my belly is about to burst. This pregnancy goes really slowly Because I have been showing much earlier this time I feel like I have been pregnant for years lol:) Bad mood swings I do suffer from bad mood swings. Specially in the afternoon I often feel a bit low:( Back pain I guess because of the size of the belly my back tends to be in loads od discomfort- specially towards the end of day. Tips to ease the discomforts of your pregnancy. Or what do I do to stay sane:) I. Food Nutritious food is important for a good mental and physical health. We all know that. It is even more true during the pregnancy. It is also a truth that it is impossible to be 100%. Pregnancy cravings, lack of time, baby number 1, tiredness that all contributes to the days when it is simply hard to cook from scratch. I certainly eat this time more of “treats” (muffins are my thing:) then in my 1st pregnancy. MY TIP: Try to be good for 80%. The rule of thumb is: each main meal should contain veggies to roughly cover half of your plate. The rest of your plate is divided into half protein and half whole grains. In another words make the best possible choices you can over the week. (or weekend if that is easier) and then allow yourself to have treat days or individual treat meals (whatever that is for you)…If possible shoot for homemade deserts or biscuits or buy higher quality and try to stay away from processed chocolate bars, biscuits etc. They are super high in sugars and additives. II. Exercise We all know exercise is good for us. This is even more true during the pregnancy. Staying active is not only important for you to stay fit and get back to your desired self after the birth in no time but also it is important for the health of your baby. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my exercises. It doesn’t only keep the physical discomforts of pregnancy at its minimum but also the endorphins do really their job. I feel absolutely amazing every time I force myself into little walk or do my yoga practice or strength training. MY TIP: Shoot for 2- 3 hours of exercise a week. Remember these doesn’t have to be 1 hour blocks. Whenever you find 15- 20 min use them! Great is prenatal yoga, prenatal strength training, swimming or brisk walk . If you anyway struggle to fit it because of lack of time then think walks whenever possible- get of one bus stop sooner, or walk the stairs, carry your shopping bags etc.You can also do your exercises from home, there are some amazing pregnancy online programs now here are two I can 100% recommend: Home Compilation: Prenatal Yoga III. Self care Some of mums feel naturally amazing and beautiful during their pregnancy. I did with Emilia. With this one I had to help myself a bit. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your good mental health to carve out some mummy time and pamper yourself to feel beautiful and positive. At the beginning of this pregnancy I really didn’t feel beautiful neither positive. In fact I felt the right opposite and it was really bothering me:( MY TIP: Even if it is 30 min a week have a bath, go for coffee with your friend, pamper yourself- go for a pregnancy massage or manicure…. buy some nice maternity clothes to feel comfortable and beautiful-when I feel tired or simply not well in my own skin this really works for me. I literally force myself into long shower and put some nice clothes on and….make up! The effort always pays off! IV. Relaxation – stay calmly with yourself We often take time to relax physically but very rarely we take time to calm our minds. (and they do work 24 hours a day). Pregnancy often brings along mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, even depression. Trust me I know all about these in this second pregnancy. MY TIP: Find a comfortable silent place (ask our partner to babysit or anybody else who could help to stay with your children meanwhile) close your eyes and listen for 15 min to a relaxing music. Or find a guided meditation on youtube or at apple store. Go for a walk. Have a bath. If you do hypnobirthing course listen to the “tapes”. Or do whatever makes you to slow down and stay in silence with yourself. 10 min a day is ideal. If that is a luxury then even 10 min a week is better then nothing. View the full article
  9. 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! #fruitleather #fruitrollup #healthykids #healthyeating #healthysnack #fruitsinseason #nutrition #abudhabi #فراوله #فواكه #يارا_رضوان #أبوظبي #تغذية #صحة
  10. Fakih IVF Fertility Center was the first center in the UAE to perform a MicroTESE, a procedure that allows for sperm to be found even if sperm retrievals done earlier did not produce viable sperm for IVF Continuously improving medical protocols and practices to increase our high success rates Investment in the latest technology. Fakih IVF Fertility Center introduced the first Embryoscope in the UAE, a groundbreaking technology in the field of reproductive medicine Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the first center in the UAE to achieve an ongoing pregnancy for a Single Gene Disorder and HLA Matching for a leukemia sibling looking for a bone marrow donor High success rates Highly experienced doctors and qualified medical staff - We don’t sell services, we sell benefits and therefore value your savings Helping you achieve your dream of Parenthood Close to you, we are located in 3 different cities, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Provides partial treatments for International Patients - Personalized Treatment plans designed for each couple as per their requirement Our patient’s testimonials speak about the real experience- Because we care for your smile
  11. When I lived in Canada, my friend Karen and I would escape to the spa every now and then to treat ourselves to a bit of relaxation. Our spa time in Calgary was always great, and back then I never… The post Spas of the World: Dubai, Guerlain Spa-One&Only The Palm appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  12. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. How to help your child cope with divorce and separation It is estimated that 1 in 3 children in the UK are likely to experience parental separation before the age of 16 and when parents break up the effect on the family can sometimes be devastating. Parents are often worried ... Read More The post Impact of divorce and separation on children appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  13. 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! View the full article
  14. 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”
  15. 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: Trimester the best time is between 14 and 28 weeks 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
  16. ANSWER: No. Whey protein isn't vegan. Whey is a by-product of the dairy industry and is made from cow's milk . Vegans seeks to exclude all foods made from animals or their by-products. With that being said, the market is full of alternatives that taste and mix better than whey protein while also being more affordable! Quick Navigation What is Whey Exactly? Why Isn't Whey Protein Vegan? What Are the Best Whey Protein Alternatives? Conclusion on Whey Protein? What is Whey Exactly? While it is often times marketed as a miracle health food and muscle builder, you might not have guessed that whey is actually a byproduct. In order to produce cheese, enzymes are added to heated milk which cause the solids to separate from the liquid. This liquid is known is whey and is then processed to make different types of cheese or protein powders. Why Isn't Whey Protein Vegan? Vegans aim to reduce animal suffering wherever possible or practicable. Dairy cows are subject to a life of suffering and consuming their products goes against these basic aims. They are impregnated as consistently as biologically possible so that they keep lactating thus keeping production high. Once they give birth, the offspring are immediately taken away from the mother cows which causes them a great deal of stress. Once they can no longer produce milk, the mother cows are sent off to the slaughterhouse for meat. For an inside look into the dairy industry, check out this video. What Are the Best Whey Protein Alternatives? ​If you've decided that you wanted to incorporated powdered protein into your diet due to time constraints then there are tons of great plant based options. Protein powder can be made from hemp, rice, pea, soy, and much more. You also don't have to be concerned that you'll be getting something inferior in terms of quality and ability to gain muscle. We talk in great depth about this topic on our Ultimate Guide to Building Muscle on a Vegan Diet. Garden of Life makes a delicious chocolate or vanilla plant-based protein options which we’ve linked to below. In the event you’d prefer something unflavored – you can just pick up a rice protein like this one. Check Pricing on Amazon Conclusion on Whey Protein? With so many other choices out there, making the choice to give up whey protein shouldn't be a difficult one. If you're transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, this should be one of the easier transitions that you'll be making. Given that plant protein powders perform and taste exactly the same (perhaps even better), there's no reason not to make the switch! The post Is Whey Protein Vegan? appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  17. Read and watch all about our trip to FuzziWigs in our new blog post and YouTube video! View the full article
  18. Read about my new favourite Podcast about becoming more action biased and some of the things that brought a smile to my face last week! View the full article
  19. 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.
  20. Soup, a traditional dish at Iftar, a popular meal among all family members, comes with many types and flavors and provides you with many nutritional benefits: · Replenishes fluid lost during fasting · Warms stomach and may prevent bloating or stomach discomfort after a long day of fasting. It is often rich in fibers (e.g. vegetables, legumes) which also help maintain a healthy digestive system. · Enriches your meal with protein, vitamins, and minerals, etc. · Provides a feeling of satiety, which helps you control your food portions at Iftar. E.g. lentil soup, vegetable soup, chicken and rice soups, and oat soup. It is advisable to avoid creamy ones and instant soup as much as possible. Don’t hesitate to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious soups during Ramadan with one each and every day! Ramadan Kareem... By Ms. Ayla Coussa Clinical Dietitian Fakih IVF Fertility Center
  21. Ingredients: 1 kilo large/medium sized fresh squid, clean 1/2 cup soy sauce 4 tablespoons calamansi juice salt and ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons cooking oil 3 large tomatoes, chopped finely 2 onions, chopped finely 1 thumb-sized ginger, julienne 1/4… Continue Reading → click the title to read more... View the full article
  22. Pregnancy is often mixed with intense emotions like excitement, fear, doubt, or love. “A tale as old as time” where women were advised not to exercise when pregnant, a pure myth. Today we know differently, it is not only ok to keep your body active but doing so you can have a positive impact on both mom and the baby. One important thing a woman should keep in mind that, she should consult her doctor before starting any exercise programs. There are some women who are not supposed to exercise during pregnancy due to certain complications. During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called “relaxin”. It's designed to help lubricate joints so labor is easier. When joints are too "lax," your risk of injury increases. What you should avoid is involving into deep muscle or joint movements activities such as heavy lunges, squats or those types of exercise. Exercises involving balance like hiking, skiing can be dangerous during pregnancy as your balance is affected after the fourth month. If you have never exercised before then pregnancy is not the time to be an exercise or gym bunny, but that doesn’t mean you will spend your nine months sitting in the couch or sleeping all the time. Something as simple as taking a daily walk or swimming can do wonders for your pregnancy and can make you feel better and positive as well. Exercise can also help to get you a good sleep during pregnancy. Yoga can also be beneficial as long as you take certain precautions. Yoga helps you breathe and relax, which in turn can help you adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood. It calms both mind and body, providing the physical and emotional stress relief your body needs throughout pregnancy. Taking a prenatal yoga class is also a great way to meet other moms-to-be and embark on this journey together. The most important thing to before starting Yoga is to inform your instructor that you are pregnant and don’t do any poses on your back as they can reduce the blood flow to the uterus. You should also avoid the poses that stretches your muscles too much particularly your abdominals. Safe and Unsafe Exercises during Pregnancy: The following activities are safe to initiate and continue: Walking Swimming Stationery cycling Low impact aerobics Modified Yoga Modified Pilates Jogging Weight Training The following activities should be avoided: Contact Sports like boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball Activities with a high risk of falling (snow skiing, water skiing, surfing, off road cycling, gymnastics and horseback riding) Scuba diving Sky Diving Hot Yoga or Hot Pilates Warning Signs to discontinue exercise while Pregnant: Vaginal Bleeding Regular painful contractions Amniotic Fluid leakage Dizziness Headache Chest Pain Muscle Weakness affecting balance Calf pain or swelling Even though pregnancy is associated with profound anatomic and physiologic changes, exercise has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in physical activities before, during, and after pregnancy. Obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should carefully evaluate women with medical or obstetric complications before making recommendations on physical activity participation during pregnancy. Although the evidence is limited, some benefit to pregnancy outcomes has been shown and there is no evidence of harm when not contraindicated. Physical activity and exercise during pregnancy promotes physical fitness and may prevent excessive gestational weight gain. Exercise may reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean deliveries. Most importantly, “Listen to your body and trust what it tells you”
  23. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. When adult children move abroad with their children Imagine… You’ve invested years of your life, raising, nurturing and loving your child. You have watched her grow, watched her learn to make her own decisions, watched her succeed… and fail. You have held her hand every step of the way, cherished ... Read More The post The family left behind appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  24. I finally found a biscuit recipe that even my daughter would be happy with:) For those who look for recipe which doesn’t include any of the traditional ingredients like wheat flower, oats, eggs, sugar you might like to try this one: Preparation time: 15 min Baking time: 15 min Ingredients: 6 Tbsp Vegetable oil (I used olive oil) 1.5 cup Maple sirup 6 Tbsp Water 2 cups Amaranth flour 2/3 cup Arrow root starch 1 tsp Baking soda 1/2 tsp Sea salt 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 tsp Vanilla 2/3 cup grated Carrot 2/3 cup Raisins Direction: Preheat the oven to 180 C. Combine all the wet ingredients and all of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add carrot and raisins at the end. Using a palm of your hand flatten the biscuits to 1 cm thickness. Grease the tray with a butter. Bake for 12-15 min until lightly brown. View the full article
  25. A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose – Unknown. I will not lie, it has been a trying couple of weeks and a time when I could probably have done with some extra reflection on the very many positives in our everyday life and yet, ironically this is when I am… Continue reading High Fives & Happiness: A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose. View the full article
  26. It’s all in the name. KitchenAid has been designing products for years that are supposed to make your culinary experience easier – and what could make things easier than a great blender? Five of the brand’s countertop machines have been reviewed here, so you can decide which Kitchenaid Blender is the right choice for you. We've covered a variety of models that vary in affordability and design so you're likely to find something for all tastes and budgets. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating KSB7068 Pro Line Series Blender 2 KSB1575 5-Speed Diamond Blender 3 KSB655C 5-Speed Blender 4 KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender 5 KSB1570 5-Speed Blender **Click any of the links above to read customer reviews on Amazon or continue reading for our full comprehensive guide. Why go for a KitchenAid model? KitchenAid typically isn’t thought of as a top blender brand. They definitely make a wide range of blenders, but they aren’t typically of as extremely high quality and price-point vs Vitamix or Blendtec, despite their having been around for a solid length of time on the American market. They are better known for their extremely high quality mixers for baking. However, their blender lines offer a wide variety of affordability, design, and function as they try to appeal to the widest market possible. Feeling thirsty? Any of these KitchenAid models is capable of whipping up a perfect smoothie in no time at all. If you like the idea of buying a product from a brand that’s been producing quality products for decades, then a KitchenAid is one of the best ways to go. Known for producing reliable machines with a range of good color options and sleek, attractive designs, a KitchenAid might be just the thing you need. In addition - their wide range of pricing ensures that even people with a lower budget can find a decent blender that fits their lifestyle.​ What are the differences between the models? There are quite a few differences between the models; but this mainly comes down to the differences between the top-tier blender here, the Pro Line Series Blender, and the other models. The Pro Line is far superior to the other models, and so has much better specs in just about every way. KitchenAid has been remarkably consistent with the features across its countertop blender range. When it comes to the remaining blenders, they have very similar specs: similar motor strength, appearances, manual speed settings, crush ice setting, and warranty length. Kitchenaid Pro-Line Series Blender in Onyx Black The Pro Line Series Blender is an excellent move from KitchenAid; it features a step forward into the high-tier blender market, which is otherwise dominated by other brands. And it’s a perfect first step: this model has a massive assortment of features and few reported flaws. It rivals top blenders with its 3.5-peak horsepower motor, which is undoubtedly one of the strongest on the market, and means that it’s likely to be able to churn through anything. If you want to blend almonds into an effortless almond butter, you can easily since it comes with a tamper; if you want to blend a couple of rocks into a fine powder, you could probably do that too with this model (although we don't recommenced it). It’s extraordinarily powerful. It has enough strength to do just about anything. In addition, this model comes with a variable speed dial, a pre-programmed cleaning cycle, a well-designed flexible tamper that means you can easily scrape down the container’s sides, a 10-year warranty (see the manufacturer's website here), and an attractive design that also fits under the kitchen cabinet. It’s strong, attractive, and full of features to boot. The 90-oz container is sturdy and reliable; the blender is reported to be very quiet at its lower speeds; the base, switches, and dial are all die-cast metal and so likely to be incredibly reliable. It’s an excellent blender – I don’t hesitate in recommending it, because it has all the features you could want in a top blender and doesn’t sacrifice build quality to do it. PROS 3.5-peak horsepower Pulse function Attractive design Fits under the kitchen cabinet Variable 11-speed dial Pre-programmed cleaning cycle Noise-reducing technology Tamper 10-year warranty Excellent build quality CONS None! Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB1575WH 5-Speed Diamond Blender with 60-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher - White The Diamond is KitchenAid’s most popular model, and there’s a reason for that: it has all of the classic standards of a countertop blender, with some great additions. It comes in an incredible 21 color options (*availability may vary) – virtually every color on the spectrum – and has an attractive design that’ll make you want to stand it in your kitchen. It has five speed settings in push-button form and a pre-programmed ice crush setting, like many of the other models in this list. Its container is tall, so unlikely to fit under the kitchen cabinet, but it’s dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. There are few reports of poor build quality – and the warranty is five years anyway (according to the manufacturer, here) so any problems are likely to fall under KitchenAid’s responsibility anyway. This model, however, is the weakest in this line-up; it has a 550W motor (roughly 0.7-peak horsepower), which makes it incapable of doing many of the harder tasks a blender should be able to do. However, most reports are that this is a strong and powerful blender; so this weak motor may not necessarily be as much of an issue as specs would indicate. PROS Pulse function Attractive design Pre-programmed ice crush setting Made in 21 color options (availability may vary) Dishwasher-safe components 5-year warranty CONS 550W motor Tall container No noise-reducing technology No inbuilt cleaning cycle Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender with 56-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher and 24-Ounce Culinary Jar - Empire Red The KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender is a simple, classic countertop blender. It’s got many of the features of a run-of-the-mill blender; it has a pulse function, five speeds activated by push buttons (stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy), a pre-programmed crush ice function, and the choice of two colors: black and red (*availability varies). The base is die-cast metal, so it’s likely to be long-lasting. It comes with two containers: a classic 56-oz blending container, and a smaller 24-oz jar. This model features two staples of KitchenAid products: the Intelli-Speed Motor, which senses the contents of the blender and adjusts blade speed accordingly, and a soft-start feature that draws food into the blades slowly at first, so that it’s more likely to blend smoothly. Where it fails compared to higher-tier models is in the fundamentals of what a blender should be. Its motor is a weak 0.9-peak horsepower, probably not strong enough to perform many of the more intense blending tasks, and lacking compared to other blender models. It’s good enough to deal with liquidy blends, like soups or maybe even this Snickers-style thickshake, but I doubt whether it has the required strength for even its pre-programmed ice crush setting if there's too many solids in the mix. In addition, the container is very tall – too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet – and there are some user reported issues of poor reliability when it comes to long-term activity. Because the limited warranty is only 12 months (see the manufacturer’s website here), these issues are likely to arise after the warranty is expired – so if you’re concerned about these reports, you may want to consider an alternative model. However, this blender could still be a great pick if you're on a budget.​ PROS Pulse function Attractive design Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function Could be a solid pick on a budget CONS 0.9-peak horsepower Tall container No noise-reducing technology No inbuilt cleaning cycle 12-month limited warranty Check Pricing on Amazon KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender The KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender is indeed a classic blender. It has similar specs to the KSB655C 5-Speed Blender, with a few small differences, and as such it has a similar rating. It has five manual speeds that can be accessed by buttons – stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy – and one pre-programmed crush ice setting. It also has the classic KitchenAid Intelli-Speed Motor, which adjusts the blade speed automatically with the blend consistency, and the soft-start feature that helps to draw food into the blades. The 56-oz container is sturdy plastic and the base is die-cast metal, both of which are likely to be highly reliable. One of the major benefits of this model is all of its color options; it comes in 11 different colors (*availability may vary), so you’re sure to find a shade that fits right in with your kitchen color scheme. Unfortunately, it only has 0.9-peak horsepower, which is definitely on the weaker end of the blender spectrum, and so is probably incapable of taking on harder blending tasks. Unlike the KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender, it does not have an attractive design – and its container is too large to fit under the kitchen cabinet, so it’s inconvenient in size. It also has some user reported issues with the blade assembly, which may come loose after moderate use, and is may be incapable of being repaired. Because, like many other KitchenAid products, this model comes with a 12-month manufacturer warranty , this issue is likely to arise after the warranty has expired, and KitchenAid will not be required to repair it. However, if you need something in a pinch, that's affordable, and can get simple blending jobs done, it still might be a good pick.​ PROS Pulse function Pre-programmed 'crush ice' setting 11 color options (*availability varies) Could be a solid budget pick CONS 0.9-peak horsepower Unattractive design Tall container No noise-reducing technology No inbuilt cleaning cycle 12-month warranty Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB1570ER 5-Speed Blender with 56-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher - Empire Red The KSB1570 5-Speed Blender is a tidy, simple machine. It could be considered run-of-the-mill; certainly, there’s little to stand it apart from other models. It has an average design – nothing special – and the choice of four simple colors (*availability may vary). The container is too tall to fit easily under the kitchen cabinet, so it should be disassembled for storage. It has five manual speed settings that can be activated by pushing buttons, and one pre-programmed crush ice button. Like the other models in the KitchenAid range, it has Intelli-Speed Motor control and a soft-start feature. The capacity of this blender is a bit on the smaller end at 56 ounces and the jar is BPA Free plastic. However, given the fact that it just does the job for a decent price, it is one of Kitchenaid's best selling blenders on the market. PROS Pulse function Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function Four color options (may vary by retailer) BPA Free Plastic CONS Small capacity No noise-reducing technology No inbuilt cooling system 12-month warranty Check Pricing on Amazon So which should you go for? The best blender is undoubtedly the Pro Line Series Blender . It stands out far above the rest in terms of specs and features: it has the highest horsepower, the most attractive design, a pre-programmed cleaning setting, a variable speed dial, a tamper, and the longest warranty. It’s hard not to recommend this model – it goes so far above the other KitchenAid blenders that it almost seems like it was created by a different company. No reported issues, no weakness in the motor, no too-tall container; this is a machine that can truly rival a Vitamix ! The post Best Kitchenaid Blender Review: Which Model is Right For You? appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
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