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There is a huge amount of fear and uncertainty on a global scale this morning as the New President of America has been announced.   

I was speaking to an American friend earlier who spoke of the "shadow" that was around America at the moment.   I had been thinking about this earlier myself and thinking that sometimes we have to become aware of the shadow in order to shed light there. 

Consumer Health Digests Expert Roundup on Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Consumer Health Digest is one of the leading health and wellness platforms online.

They recently published a wonderful article sharing healthy pregnancy tips from 60+ experts and I was delighted to be featured on that post along with many other amazing professionals.


Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time where a woman goes through great physical and emotional changes. In order to learn more about these changes and find out can be done to make pregnancy go as smoothly as possible, many women look for pregnancy tips on the internet. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around the wide web, and it can be tough to find reliable information about pregnancy. Knowing how things stand with online pregnancy tips, our team of experts at Consumer Health Digest have decided to help pregnant women learn about reliable measures to experience a problem-free pregnancy, and to ensure their baby grows healthy.

Our experts at Consumer Health Digest understand the confusion and anxiety that pregnant women experience. From food choices during pregnancy to the Zika virus scare and the constant debate about vaccination risks, there are so many questions in need of answers. At our Consumer Health Digest Pregnancy Center, our experts have shared their knowledge and experience on these topics to help clear any doubts you may be having. By visiting our Pregnancy Center, you can learn more about pregnancy in general, the diet you should follow while pregnant, the risks associated with medication during pregnancy, the kind of behavior that is safe during pregnancy, and you can also read other valuable bits of information.

To make things even easier for expecting mothers, we’ve decided to gather our experts and share the 3 best pregnancy tips to help you make the best possible choices for a healthy pregnancy:

A Balanced Diet Is Essential For A Healthy Pregnancy

Our experts all agree on the importance of eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein. This diet is essential for the baby’s development and the mother’s health. Women also need to focus on nutrients when making their food choices. Deficiencies in key nutrients such as folate and iron can negatively affect a pregnancy, so make your nutrition a priority during this special period in your life.

Exercising During Pregnancy For A Risk-Free Delivery

Being physically active during pregnancy is completely safe, and even highly recommended to increase your chances of a risk-free pregnancy. By staying physically active, your chances of developing pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and joint problems are greatly reduced. Special exercises for pregnant women can also help prepare for delivery.

Avoid Medication Whenever Possible

Our team of experts generally agrees that you should avoid taking medication during pregnancy whenever possible. This is because almost all medication can cross the placenta, and this can affect your baby’s development. Also, avoid taking nutritional supplements other than those prescribed or approved by your OB/GYN. Many nutritional supplements claim to be natural but are tainted with dangerous ingredients.

While these simple tips are enough to ensure a low-risk pregnancy goes smoothly, there’s plenty of other information provided by our many experts that you can make use of during your pregnancy. All the information provided on our website is written, reviewed, and edited by our team of medical experts and other knowledgeable individuals. If you’d like to see what our team members have to say on how to improve your pregnancy outcomes, then click on their names below and you will be linked directly to each expert’s individual tips. You can scroll down this page to see what tips our team has to offer or you can simply click on the links below to navigate.

Dolores Andrew-Gavin

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, is the Founder of IrishHealthHour, The Global Emotional Health Summit, Author, Energy, Soul Care Practitioner and Mum.

She blogs on all things health and wellness with a particular emphasis on emotional and mental health.

1. Listen to Your Body! We live in a world of excess where there is a lot of emphasis on clearing and detoxing. However, during pregnancy there can be more of an emphasis on nourishing and building as your body adapts to creating and birthing a beautiful new life.

Your body is the best gauge for what you need at all times.    Perhaps pre pregnancy you were a morning person and were most productive then, but now you find you can’t function at all in the morning. 

Listen to your body and allow it what it needs; remember you have a wonderful new life inside of you who is seeking nourishment just like you are.

2. Listen to what your body is craving? Is it really another sticky bun or is your body really craving more protein? Healthier treats, either homemade or shop bought can be packed with powerful foods to keep our blood sugars level.

Treats during pregnancy are, in my opinion totally acceptable and can be seen for what they are; treats. 

A good balanced diet will actually leave you far more likely to reach for treats than one that is deficient in necessary proteins, minerals and vitamins.

If you can, engage a friend or your partner to make up a large batch of soup at the weekend to freeze, so that you can have a healthy soup at hand when you suddenly, out of the blue feel starving. 

Or when you have a bit more energy yourself freeze a few yogurts with some fruit to make homemade lollies instead of reaching for more sugary ones.    Everything in moderation I say!!

3. If you find you are flying off the handle more than usual remember your hormones are readjusting too. Don’t beat yourself up, grab an essential oil and breath in its properties. 

You can also use aroma to help you create the appropriate environment for your body to be more in balance by diffusing different essential oils at different times of the day. Smell reaches our limbic or the emotional part of our brain and so we can support our emotions with the proper use of essential oils.

Citrus oils are uplifting and can raise our moods and tree oils are more balancing. 
It is wonderful to diffuse essential oils at night too to support your sleep.

Clary Sage is not advised during pregnancy and I would always recommend getting the advice of an expert before using them and use the best quality oils you can get your hands on.

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Sampling the Culinary Delights at Galway Food Festival

With Galway being officially awarded a European Region of Gastronomy 2018, the first region in Ireland to receive this designation, what better way to sample some of the culinary delights of our region than by attending the Galway Food Festival.

The Galway Food Festival boosts food demonstrations, culinary walking tours, foraging walks, kids pizza materclasses and so much more!!    Of course there are also many, many food stalls with a diverse range of products from seaweed to biscuits; chocolate to cheese; kale to honey and cheeses of all shapes and sizes!!  Hard for anyone not to find something to tickle the taste buds at this delightful festival.  

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All Things Beautiful at Galway Fashion Trail

I was honored to be invited by Galway Now to be a guest blogger on the exclusive Galway Fashion Trail.  I have written before about my evolution with these events and my growing love for finding beauty along the way. 

As a busy Mumpreneur having healthy delicious food served up to me is a treat in itself.  So when we arrived at the Radission Blu in Galway and the menu boasted mango, passion fruit and ginger smoothie, greek yogurt,

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4 Tips for Surviving if you are an Empathic Person

I recently did a Clifton Strength Finder and, not surprisingly for myself empathic was one of my strengths. 

Now this really bugged me in some ways!!  Being empathic is something I had come to consider a weakness rather than a strength as I wasn't handling it very well!!!! 

When we are empathic by nature, we are empathic.   It is not, in my opinion and from my own experience something you can switch on and off.  Rather it is something to learn to work with. 

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