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Monday, 15 December 2014

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Poached Apples with Red Wine

Drink this fertility boosting natural remedy in the morning for that extra boost.


Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • half fresh lily bulb
  • 1 lime
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Slice lime and soak in cool water.
  2. Wash, peel and slice fresh lily bulb.
  3. Cored, peel and cut apple into eight slices.
  4. Add apple slices to lime water.
  5. Heat red wine in pot gently on low.
  6. Add Cinnamon and sugar to wine.
  7. Bring wine to boil then add apple and lily bulb slices.
  8. Boil on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat and let it brew for two hours before serving.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Everything Pregnant

Acupressure to boost sexual pleasure (Geshu)

Benefits

Massaging the Geshu point promotes blood circulation and increases pleasure during intercourse.

Location

Geshu is located on the back between the shoulder blade and the spine, one on each side. It is below the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra.


Instructions

  1. Begin massage by applying pressure on geshu point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
  2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Deep Fried Green Peas

Ingredients

  • 400g Fresh green peas
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons chilli (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken / vegetable broth
  • salt (seasoning)
  • soy sauce (seasoning)

Instructions

  1. Deep fried fresh green peas in hot oil for 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat pan with oil, add chilli, ginger, garlic, sugar, salt, soy sauce and vinegar.
  3. Mix corn flour in small amount of water and add to pan.
  4. Cook mixture for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and add spring onions.
  6. Mix everything together with deep fried peas in a bowl and serve.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Everything Postnatal

Afterpains


Just as you thought you have said goodbye to the unforgettable memory of childbirth. The pain of contractions silently creeps back to you especially while you are nursing. What you are experiencing are afterpains, which helps your uterus shrinks back to its normal size after child bearing.

You can probably feel the afterpains more intensely if it is your subsequent pregnancy since your uterine muscles are more likely to be lacking in tone due to stretching from previous births. Painkillers can be taken if prescribed by your practitioner.         

 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Everything Pregnant

Acupressure to boost libido (Kaku)

 

Benefits

Massaging the Kaku point promotes blood circulation and boosts libido.

Location

Kaku is located between the shoulder blade and the spine, on each side.


Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on kaku point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 

    Tuesday, 5 August 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Spicy Salt Prawns

     

    Ingredients

    • 500g prawns
    • 50g diced pumpkin (optional)
    • 20g green peas (optional)
    • 6 sprigs fresh coriander
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 tablespoon chilli oil
    • 1 tablespoon white wine


    Instructions

    1. Clean prawns and bathe in 90°C water. 
    2. Add salt and wine to the water.
    3. To remove the heads, simply twist the head to remove it.
    4. Then, remove the shell then cut out the veins.
    5. Bathe cleaned prawns in cold water. Drain and set aside.
    6. Cook diced pumpkin and peas in boiling water. Cool and mix with prawns.
    7. Heat pan with oil on medium heat.
    8. Add chopped coriander and 2-3 tablespoons water. Cool and sprinkle over prawns.
    9. Sprinkle salt and chilli oil over prawns and serve.

    Everything Postnatal

    Weakened Pelvic Floor

     

    After all the pushing, squeezing and tearing during childbirth, our pelvic floor muscles became weakened. There are several exercises you should practice daily to strengthen your muscles.


    Kegel Exercises

    Practice kegel exercise in combination with one of the following positions, e.g.  cross-legged position, Child's pose or lying on your back.

    To begin, firmly tense the muscles around your vagina and anus. As if you are trying to stop the flow of urine midstream while peeing on the toilet. Tense for 5 seconds and relax for 5 seconds. Repeat each set at least 10 times at a time. Practice as many times as you can daily for optimal results.

    Everything Pregnant

    Acupressure to promote sexual health (Shenyang) 

     

    Benefits

    Massaging the Shenyang points promotes health for the digestion system and boosts the metabolism. These factors are both important for good sexual health.


    Location

    Shenyang is located on the side of your thumb. It is about 2mm away from the outer side of your finger nail.


    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on shenyang point with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 

     


    Thursday, 10 July 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Chicken and Avocado Melt

    Ingredients

    • 80g cooked chicken
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 30g cheddar cheese
    • 1-2 slices of wholemeal bread

    Instructions

    1. Shred or strip chicken evenly on top of slice bread.
    2. Add stripped avocado on top with cheddar cheese.
    3. Heat under grill till cheese melted.

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Waist Twists

    Benefits

    • tones waist muscles flexibility
    • stretches shoulders
    • stretches neck muscles

    Instructions

    1. Stand up straight with feet at shoulder length apart, knees may be slightly bend if you feel more comfortable.
    2. Raise both arms to shoulder height to the left side.
    3. Turn your head to the right side and focus on an object directly on your right.
    4. Stay in position for a minute and breath steadily.
    5. Slowly turn both arms to the right and repeat steps 2-4 for the other side.

    Everything Pregnant

    Acupressure to boost male sexual health (Shenshu)


     

    Benefits

    Massaging the Shenshu points eases symptoms of reproductive problem, boost energy level and potency. Regular massages can improve premature ejaculation.


    Location

    Shenshu is located on the waistline of the back at the second lumbar vertebrae, about 1.5 inches away from the spine on each side.



    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on shenshu point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 

     

    Tuesday, 1 July 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Lemon and Garlic Green Beans

    Ingredients

    • 800g fresh green beans.
    • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2-3 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped)
    • 1 lemon zest
    • salt and pepper (seasoning)

    Instructions

    1. Blanch green beans in boiling water with a tablespoon of olive oil for about 2 minutes. 
    2. Drain and rinse in ice water. Set aside.
    3. Heat pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat.
    4. Add garlic and saute for less than a minute.
    5. Add beans and saute for 5 minutes.
    6. Finish off with lemon zest and seasoning.
    7. Stir well and serve.


    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Bound Angle Pose (Baddha konasana)

     

    Benefits

    • heats up the groin area
    • opens up hip
    • stimulates reproductive organs
    • massages bladder and kidneys
    • promotes blood circulation in lower body 
    • improves fertility
    • soothes PMS and sciatica

    Instructions

    1. Sit on a mat and bring the soles of your feet together.
    2. Grab your ankles with your hands.
    3. Elongate your spine and straighten up your back.
    4. Inhale. On exhalation, gently hinge forward at hips. Lean as far as you can.
    5. Allow knees to relax and never force them down.
    6. Stay in position for 1 to 5 minutes.
    7. Slowly raise your torso to return to sitting position.

    Monday, 30 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Acupressure to boost potency (Ba Liao)



    Benefits

    Massaging the Ba Liao points increases male sexual potency, ease symptoms of reproductive problems as well as relieves sacral and lower-back pain.

    Location

    Ba Liao is a group of acupressure points located at the base of the spine directly above the tall bone.

    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on each Ba Liao point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 


    Sunday, 29 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Goji Berries & Chrysanthemum Jelly




    Ingredients

    • 5 small Chrysanthemum flowers
    • 2-3 tablespoons dried Goji berries (soaked in water)
    • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
    • 20g gelatine
    • 250ml hot water
    • 250ml cold water

    Instructions

    1. Soak dried Goji berries in hot water till soften. Drain and set aside.
    2. Brew Chrysanthemum flowers in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and save the tea.
    3. Boil Chrysanthemum tea in a pot, add gelatine and stir in sugar. 
    4. Turn off heat. Add 250ml of cold water.
    5. Add Goji berries and Chrysanthemum flowers.
    6. Pour into jelly cups and put in fridge to set.

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

     




    Benefits

    • boost fertility by massages and stimulates ovaries and uterus
    • stimulates liver and kidneys function to boost fertility in male and female
    • relieves PMS symptoms
    • improves reproductive health by massaging reproductive organs
    • improves digestion system
    • stretches hamstrings and lower back


    Instructions

    1. Seat on a mat with legs stretch straight in front of you.
    2. Elongate your spine and sit up straight.
    3. Inhale. Raise your arms with fingers pointing to the ceiling.
    4. Bend your torso forward to reach your feet with your hands.
    5. You may use a towel to extend your reach if necessary.
    6. Exhale. Elongate your spine and lean forward from your hip joints, not from your waist.
    7. Stay in position for at least 1 minutes to 5 minutes if possible.
    8. Continue to push your belly towards your thighs during each exhalation.
    9. Return to sitting position and relax.



     


    Saturday, 28 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Chrysanthemum Tea

    Benefits

    See http://rbearbear.blogspot.hk/2014/06/everything-pregnant_28.html for details.

    Instructions

    1. Pick 4-6 small Chrysanthemum flowers from your garden or from your local florist, or a handful of petals of the big ones. 
    2. Rinse under water.
    3. Brew in a covered tea cup or tea pot with hot water for at least 5-10 minutes.
    4. Add sugar or honey as desired. 
    5. Serve.



     


    Everything Pregnant

    Chrysanthemum

     

    Health Benefits

    Chrysanthemum flowers have been used in Asian countries for centuries. Consuming the petals of chrysanthemum flowers promotes healthy kidney, digestion system and blood circulation. It also helps our body to eliminate harmful free radicals and balance hormones. Which are all essential in good sexual health.

    Use of Chrysanthemum

    Yellow Chrysanthemum flowers can be brewed as Chrysanthemum Tea, Goji and Chrysanthemum Jelly, etc. Recipes can be found in http://rbearbear.blogspot.hk under Fertility & Maternity Recipe.


     

     





    Thursday, 26 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Eating Goji berries to promote male sexual health

     


     

    Chinese has been using Goji berries to promote reproductive health as well as using them as sexual cure for male for countries. Goji berries have been widely used as a libido boosting food. These berries can increase testosterone production, energy, stamina and enlighten one's mood. Consume a few before a romantic date would take you further than you ever imagined.


     

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

     Hands Massage



    Get your other half to give your a hands massage to relief those swelling fingers during pregnancy. Swelling is caused by retention of excess water and poor blood circulation. Hands massage can ease swelling by moving away excess fluid and promotes better blood circulation.

    Instructions

    1. Massage from the tip of the fingers.
    2. Using his thumb and pointing finger to squeeze from the tip towards the palm.
    3. Begin from the tip and work towards the center of the palm.
    4. Work from the thumb and move onto the pinky.

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Baked Pineapple Fried Rice

    Ingredients

    • 1 fresh pineapple
    • 120g rice
    • 50g bacon
    • 10g peas
    • 10g carrots
    • 10g onion
    • 10g walnuts
    • 20g Mozzarella 
    • 10g Parmesan grated cheese
    • salt and pepper (seasoning)


    Instructions


    1. Cook rice and drain. Set aside.
    2. Preheat oven at 200C.
    3. Cut off the top of the pineapple horizontally. 
    4. Scoop out the meat from the pineapple.
    5. Dice half of the pineapple meat and reserve the rest for a pineapple smoothie.
    6. Stir-fry diced onion, peas, carrots, bacon and pineapple for 5 minutes.
    7. Add cooked rice and walnuts.
    8. Season with salt and pepper.
    9. Scoop fried rice inside the pineapple shell.
    10. Sprinkle top with mozzarella.
    11. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    12. Sprinkle with Parmesan grated cheese and serve.


    Everything Pregnant

    Eating Caviar to boost your libido


    Eggs are redundant source of vitamins B6 and B5 which help balancing hormone levels and anti-stress. Both important factors for good sexual health. Caviar is the best when it comes to promoting sexual health since it helps to stimulate testosterone production and strengthen nerve cells.


     


    Tuesday, 24 June 2014

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Cat Cow Pose 


    Benefits

    • stretches hips, abdomen and back
    • strengthens neck and spine
    • releases lower back pain
    • massages digestive system and kidneys
    • stretches shoulders


    Instructions

    1. On all fours, place hands directly under your shoulders.
    2. Spread knees about hip width.
    3. On inhalation. Pull your abdomen towards the mat, point tailbone to the ceiling. Look up.
    4. On exhalation. Tuck chin towards your chest,  lift your mid-back towards the sky and scoop your tailbone under. Like a scared cat trying to frighten its enemy.
    5. Repeat steps 3-4 four times to complete a sequence.

    Monday, 23 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Peach & Pear Smoothie



    Ingredients

    • 1 peach
    • 1 pear
    • 100g fresh milk
    • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
    • ice cubes (optional)


    Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in blender.
    2. Blend till smooth and serve.

    Everything Pregnant

    Fertility Acupressure (Zhong Wan)

     




    Location

    The Zhong Wan point is located about 7 inches above the belly button, between the bottom of the ribs.

    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on your Zhong Wan point with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 
    3. Repeat massage several times daily for optimal results. 


     

    Sunday, 22 June 2014

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Half Lord of the Fishes Pose


     Benefits

    • boost fertility by stimulating liver and kidneys functions
    • massages digestion system
    • improves spine misalignment
    • stretches shoulders, hips, back and neck muscles

    Cautions

    This pose is not suitable for people with back injury or while pregnant.


    Instructions

    1. Sit on a mat. Bring your left foot and slide it beneath your right leg.
    2. Bring your right leg close to your hip by bending your knee.
    3. Step the right foot over the left leg and stand it on the floor outside your left hip. The right knee will point directly up at the ceiling. 
    4. Inhale. On exhalation, turn your torso to your right.
    5. Press your right palm on the floor behind your right buttock.
    6. Place your left arm on the outside of your right thigh.
    7. Press the sole of your right foot to the floor and release the right groin.
    8. Lean upper torso slightly back against your shoulder blades.
    9. Turn your head to the right looking over your shoulder.
    10. Stay in this pose for a minute and gradually increase to 3 minutes at a time.
    11. Release from pose and repeat steps 1-10 to the other side.



    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Watermelon and Spare Ribs Soup



    This is a Chinese soup recipe using watermelon skin. Watermelon boosts libido and fertility, this recipe is easy to follow and refreshing.

     

    Ingredients


    • 100g watermelon skin
    • 200g pork spareribs or pork chop
    • 4 cups of water (or more if you increase ingredients amount)
    • salt (seasoning)

    Instructions

    1. Peel off the green of watermelon skin. Chunk chop and set aside.
    2. Chunk chop pork and wash.
    3. Boil pork in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    4. In a fresh pot, bring water to boil and add pork.
    5. Boil on medium heat for 15 minutes.
    6. Add watermelon skin and boil for further 10 minutes.
    7. Season with salt and serve.



    Saturday, 21 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Increasing Low Sperm Count


    A healthy male fertility diet should include the following nutrients:

     

    Zinc 

    ... improves the form, function and quality of male sperm and greatly shoot up sperm count. Try to consume zinc in its raw forms if possible as it can be damaged during cooking.

    Sources

    ... red meat, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, turkey, green peas, oyster, shrimp.


    Selenium

    ...is responsible for sperm making. It is essential to include it in your diet.

    Sources

    ... fish such as cold, halibut, snapper, sardines and shrimp. Also found in liver and turkey.


    CoQ10

    ...is responsible for sperm motility in semen.

    Sources

    ...most seafood and organ meats. However, it is hard to obtain through natural diet. A supplement is recommended.


    Vitamin E

    ... improves sperm health and motility in men. Antioxidant found in Vitamin E helps to protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.

    Sources

    ... dark leafy green vegetables, almonds, olives, papaya, sunflower seeds, etc.


    Vitamin C

    ... improves sperm quality motility. Protects sperm from DNA damage. Like zinc, try to consume Vitamin in its raw forms if possible as it can be damaged during cooking.

    Sources

    ... fresh vegetables and fruits.


    Folic Acid

    ... can boost sperm health.

    Sources

    ... black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, brussel sprouts.


    B12

    ... increases sperm count.

    Sources

    ... clams, oysters, muscles, crab, lobster, beef, lamb, cheese and eggs, etc.



    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Lotus Pose






    Benefits


    • stimulates spine and pelvis
    • de-stress by calming the brain
    • eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
    • relaxes joints and ligaments
    • opens up hips

    Instructions

    1. Sit on a mat. Spread legs straight in front of you to start with.
    2. Bring right foot to your groin by bending your knee. Or rest your foot on your bent left knee if you are flexible enough, sole facing upward.
    3. Bring your left foot to your groin, rest it on top of your right foot or on your right knee if you are flexible enough, sole facing upward.
    4. Rock your leg back and forth a few times, exploring the full range of movement of the hip joint. 
    5. Place your hands palms up in jnana mudra, with the thumbs and first fingers touching on each side of your knees.
    6. Elongate your spine and straighten up your back.
    7. Meditate for as long as you feel comfortable with.

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Cranberry Bagel


    Ingredients

    • 600g strong white flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
    • 200g dried cranberries
    • 120 ml organic yeast or 1/2 teaspoon dried yeast
    • see (http://rbearbear.blogspot.hk/2014/05/fertility-maternity-recipes_5.html) for organic yeast recipe
    • 1 teaspoon salt 
    • 1 cup lukewarm water
      

    Instructions

    1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and cranberries in a large bowl. 
    2. Add yeast and water.
    3. Knead dough with hands till sticky.
    4. Place dough onto a floured flat worktop. 
    5. Knead dough firmly with hands for 15 minutes.
    6. Sprinkle with warm water if dough becomes too stiff to knead.
    7. Divide dough evenly into 6 round balls.
    8. Shape the dough into the shapes you like. 
    9. Leave enough space for dough to expand.
    10. Cover dough with cling film or a damp cloth to prevent drying.
    11. Let dough rest till twice the original size.
    12. While waiting, boil a large pot of water.
    13. Add a teaspoon of sugar and bring to simmer.
    14. Preheat oven at 180C.
    15. Drop dough in water 1-2 at a time when they are ready in size. 
    16. Let them float for 15 seconds on each side. Flip only once.
    17. Take dough out carefully and blot excess water.
    18. Arrange bagels onto a greased baking sheet.
    19. Bake in over for 15 minutes or till golden brown.




     


    Thursday, 19 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Olives to increase your sexual desire

     



    Eating olive increases your sex drive, potency, as well as fertility. In Ancient Greeks, olives were eaten on regular basis in order to aid their seductive power to the opposite sex. Green olives are known to boost sex drive for male while black olives increases female sexual desire.



    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Cobra Pose


    Benefits

    • massage reproductive organs
    • relaxes shoulders
    • opens up chest
    • strengthens arms and shoulders
    • relaxes lower back
    • tones buttocks
    • improves blood circulation through the spinal and pelvic regions

    Instructions

    1. Lie on your tummy on a mat with toes pointing towards the back.
    2. Place your palms on the floor near your body next to your ribs.
    3. On inhalation. Gently push yourself up with your hands.
    4. Raise your head and chest upwards away from the floor.
    5. Tilt back your head.
    6. Lift your chest as far away from the mat as you can.
    7. On exhalation. Slowly tilt your head towards the floor till it touches the mat.
    8. To exit. Lift yourself up to a sitting position through a kneeling position.
    9. Relax.

    Wednesday, 18 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Boost your Libido with Blueberries 

     

    Blueberries contain high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants can effectively relax blood vessels in order to improve blood circulation. By opening the blood vessels, more blood is flown to the sex organs for stronger erections. Consuming blueberries regularly promotes a good and healthy sex life.

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Egg Stuffed Baked Potatoes

     

    Benefits

    • 2 potatoes (pre-baked)
    • 2 eggs
    • butter
    • cheddar cheese (or other cheese of your choice)
    • onions / broccoli / asparagus (or other vegetables or meat of your choice)
    • salt and pepper (seasoning)

    Instructions

    1. Pre-bake potatoes for an hour. Cool and set aside.
    2. Preheat oven at 180C.
    3. Cut baked potatoes in half or just the top off.
    4. Scoop out 2/3 of the flesh and save it for other use.
    5. Carefully insert shredded cheese at the bottom of the potatoes.
    6. Then lay some vegetables of your choice on top of the cheese till potatoes about 2/3 full.
    7. Crack an egg right on top and season with salt and pepper.
    8. Sprinkle more shredded cheese over the top.
    9. Bake for 20 minutes or till the egg whites are set but yolk still slightly runny.
    10. Serve hot.






    Tuesday, 17 June 2014

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Ankle Stretching Exercise

     





    Benefits


    • releases painful spasms through the calves
    • prevents leg cramps
    • promotes blood circulation in legs
    • opens up blood vessels in legs


    Instructions

    1. Sit on your bed with your back against the headboard or on a mat against a wall.
    2. Straighten up your back and elongate your spine.
    3. Rest your arms on the sides.
    4. Sit on both legs spread out in front of you. Make sure they are straight. DO NO bend your knees.
    5. Starts by pointing both your feet to the front like arrows. Stretch as far as you possibly can.
    6. Stay in position for 5 seconds.
    7. Then point your toes to your body like anchors.  Stay in position for 5 seconds.
    8. Repeat steps 4-6 10 to 30 times.
    9. Practice two to three times a day and especially before bed time to avoid cramps during the night.
     



    Everything Pregnant

    Fertility Acupressure (Bai Hui)

     




    Location

    Bai Hui point is located in the centre, right at the top of our head.

    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on your Bai Hui point with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 
    3. Repeat massage several times daily for optimal results. 

     

     


    Monday, 16 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Baked Pears




    Ingredients

    • 2 large pears
    • 50g dried mixed fruit of your choice
    • 50g granola
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup apple juice

    Instructions

    1. Cut pears in halves. (peel if you desired) 
    2. Scoop out the core and seeds with a spoon to create a hole in the centre.
    3. Preheat oven at 170C.
    4. Place halved pears with cut sides up on baking tray. 
    5. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in another bowl and sprinkle all over the pears.
    6. Mix granola and dried fruits together and mound them into the holes.
    7. Pour apple juice in the hole till 3/4 full.
    8. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or pears soften.
    9. Serve with yoghurt or ice cream.
     

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Give yourself a foot massage



    Benefits

    • promotes blood circulation
    • eases edema
    • helps promoting healthy lymphatic system
    • eases stress
    • releases cramps

    Instructions

    1. Sit down on a comfortable chair or sofa where you can reach one foot with both hands.
    2. Hold your left foot with both hands, apply pressure gently with your thumbs. 
    3. Slowly stroke from your heel to toes.
    4. You may do this with a single stroke or by moving your thumbs up to the centre line of your foot.
    5. When you get to your toes, rub the fleshy pad of each one and squeeze for 30 seconds each.
    6. Then, grab the bottom of your toes with your thumb and forefinger and pull it up.
    7. Pinch the web between your toes after that.
    8. Massage the ball, arch and heel of your foot with circular motions.
    9. To finish this massage. Flex and rotate your foot several times.
    10. Rub back and forth just under the ankle with your hand.
    11. Stroke the top of your foot from toes to ankle, then end with soothing strokes up the calf.
    12. Gently stroke from ankle to knee.
    13. Repeat steps 2-12 on your right foot.

    Sunday, 15 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Boost your libido with Dark Chocolate

    Dark chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, in another word love chemical. This chemical mimics the feeling of love in our brain and makes us feel all lovey and dovey while eating chocolate. Research showed that women who consumed chocolate regularly had a much more active sex life than those who didn't.

    Chocolate is made from coco, a plant which contains many health benefits of dark vegetables as well as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body aging from free radicals and prevents heart disease. Coco also contains nitric oxide which helps balancing hormones in the body promoting fertility.

    Saturday, 14 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Banana Malt Smoothie

    Banana contains vitamin B6 which regulates hormones in our body. B6 promotes healthy egg and sperm development which is vital for sexual health.



    Ingredients

    • 1-2 frozen bananas
    • 2 tablespoons malt powder
    • 350g plain yoghurt
    • 120g fresh milk
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in blender.
    2. Blend till smooth and serve.

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Fertility Yoga pose for Men

    Downward Facing Dog

     

    Benefits

    • calms the brain
    • eases back pain, sciatica and sinusitis
    • boosts energy level
    • reduces anxiety and depression
    • strengthens and tones the arms and legs
    • strengthens the spine
    • stretches legs and hamstrings

    Instructions

    1. Position yourself on your knees and hands on a yoga mat.
    2. Keep your knees under your hips and hands at shoulder width apart placed slightly forward from shoulders.
    3. Inhale. On exhalation. Stand on your tiptoe, lift your knees off the floor.
    4. Elongate your spine.
    5. Press your heels to the floor to stretch your hamstrings.
    6. Tug your head in and keep your eyes on your knees.
    7. Stay in this position for at least 3 minutes or as long as you can.




    Friday, 13 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Fertility Acupressure (Taixi)

    Location

    Taixi point is located in the centre, between the top of your inner ankle and the hamstring.

    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure with circular clockwise motions for a minute on your left Taixi point. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Repeat on your right Taixi point.
    3. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 
    4. Repeat massage several times daily for optimal results.

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    Avocado Key Lime Pie


    Ingredients for filling

    • 2 avocados
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1/2 cup coconut oil
    • 2 tablespoons honey

     Ingredients for crust

    • 1/2 cup ground almond
    • 1/2 cup dates
    • pinch of salt 

     

    Instructions

    1. Mix all ingredients for filling together with blender. Set aside.
    2. Place ground almond and dates in processor and process till fine texture.
    3. Press crust mixture into a round greased baking tin.
    4. Pour all filling on top of crust.
    5. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

    Thursday, 12 June 2014

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Bow Pose

    Benefits

    • stimulates reproductive organs
    • massages ovaries
    • promotes blood flow to reproductive organs
    • strengthens back muscles
    • stretches front body
    • opens up chest to improve lungs function
    • stretches thighs, groins and ankles

    Instructions

    1. Lie on stomach with hands alongside torso and palms up.
    2. Inhale. On exhalation, band knees and start to bring heels as close to buttocks as possible.
    3. Reach back with hands and hold ankles. Keep knees at hip width throughout the pose.
    4. Exhale. On inhalation, lift heels away from buttocks while lifting thighs away from mat.
    5. Tug in tailbone toward the floor and keep back muscles relax.
    6. Continue to lift up heels and thighs while pressing shoulders blades firmly against your back to open up your chest.
    7. Pull shoulders away from ears.
    8. Keep breathing during the pose.
    9. Stay in pose for 15-30 seconds. 
    10. On exhalation, release ankles to exit and rest on mat.


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    Reproductive Organs Massage

     

    Benefits

    • stimulates digestive system
    • stimulates reproductive organs
    • boosts fertility
    • promotes reproductive health

    Instructions

    1. Lie on a mat. Bend and rest knees on a pillow.
    2. Rub hands with massage oil till warm.
    3. Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly three times.
    4. Apply pressure with left palm on stomach just above belly button.
    5. Place right palm on top of left one. 
    6. Apply pressure gently in clockwise motions from stomach down to pubic bone and back. 
    7. Repeat steps 4-5 at least 30 times.
    8. Then, place both palms on each side of abdomen just beneath ribs.
    9. Massage gently stroking down toward the growing area. Always starting from top to bottom. Repeat steps 7-8 at least 10 times.
    10. Practice this massage daily mornings and evenings for optimal sexual health.


    Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Fertility & Maternity Recipes

    White bean and Broccoli Soup

     

    Ingredients


    • 6 large garlic cloves (crushed and chopped)
    • 1 onion (chopped)
    • 800g broccoli (chopped)
    • 4 cups homemade chicken broth (see Main dish for recipe)
    • 400g white beans
    • 4 tomatoes (chopped)
    • fresh parsley (chopped for garnishing)
    • salt and pepper (seasoning)

    Instructions

    1. Heat large pot with a tablespoon of olive oil. 
    2. Saute chopped garlic and onion till soft.
    3. Add chopped broccoli (safe a few for garnishing), cook till soft.
    4. Add 3 cups of chicken broth, 200g white beans, all the tomato, salt and pepper. 
    5. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    6. Pour everything in blender, add remaining white beans and chicken broth.
    7. Blend till smooth.
    8. Return soup to large pot.
    9. Simmer for 15 minutes.
    10. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, broccoli and serve.



    Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    Everything Pregnant

    Libido boosting Watermelon

    Have this as dessert to spice up your sex life while baby making!!


    Watermelon is very rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that promotes blood flow to the sexual organs. L-citrulline acts as a natural Viagra without any harmful chemicals nor side effects to our body.


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    Fertility Acupressure (Hui yang)

     

    Location

    Hui Yang is located at the left hand side of the tailbone in the lower back.


    Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure with circular clockwise motions for a minute on your left Hui yang point. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Repeat on your right Hui yang.
    3. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 
    4. Repeat massage several times daily for optimal results.

     









    Monday, 9 June 2014

    Fertility & Prenatal Exercises

    Shoulder Circles


      Benefits


    • relaxes shoulders
    • relaxes upper back
    • opens up chest
    • counteracts rounded shoulders during pregnancy

     

     

    Instructions

    1. In a standing or sitting position.
    2. Start rotating your shoulders backwards and down in circular motions ten times.
    3. Rotate shoulders forward and down in circular motions times.


     Chest Stretch



    Benefits


    • relaxes back muscles
    • stretches shoulders
    • opens up chest
    • prevents shoulder cramps






     

     

    Instructions

    1. In a standing or sitting position.
    2. Clasps your hands behind your back with straight elbows.
    3. Open up your chest.
    4. Relax and pull your shoulders down.
    5. Pull your clasped hands towards the floor.
    6. Maintain breathing steadily.
    7. Hold for as long as you feel comfortable with.
    8. Unclasp your hands and relax to exit this position.