Monday, August 24, 2009

Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

Di kesempatan ini saya ingin mnegucapkan kepada seluruh umat Islam yang menjalani ibadah berpuasa "Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan Al-Mubarak"

Do'a malaikat Jibril menjelang Ramadhan " "Ya Allah tolong abaikan puasa ummat Muhammad, apabila sebelum memasuki bulan Ramadhan dia tidak melakukan hal-hal yang berikut:

Tidak memohon maaf terlebih dahulu kepada kedua orang tuanya (jika masih ada);
Tidak berma'afan terlebih dahulu antara suami isteri
Tidak bermaafan terlebih dahulu dengan orang-orang sekitarnya.

Maka Rasulullah pun mengatakan Amiin sebanyak 3 kali. Dapatkah kita
bayangkan, yang berdo'a adalah Malaikat dan yang meng-amiinkan adalah
Rasullullah dan para sahabat , dan dilakukan pada hari Jumaat.

Maka MANUSIA, ambillah peluang ini untuk UPGRADE kan diri anda, KENALI lah Diri Anda, BERBUAT BAIK lah dan SUCI kanlah Diri Anda.
Kumpulkanlah Pahala sebanyak mungkin..........Renungkanlah..Adakah masa ini yang paling sesuai untuk BERUBAH atau Anda masih Menunggu!!!!...


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

For years it was believed that pregnant women should spend nine months prone on the couch, resting comfortably. Doctors feared that the jarring motion of aerobics or running could damage the fetus, and prescribed rest for even the most intense of professional athletes. Fortunately, the tide has turned. Pioneers such as James Clapp., M.D. and Elizabeth Noble have proven through their work that exercising actually makes for an easier pregnancy and delivery. In fact, Dr. Clapp found through a study of 500 pregnant women that those who exercised delivered a healthier baby with a stronger fetal heart rate. Even more compelling is the fact that of the women who exercised, time spent in labor was shortened by about a third, with 65% of the women delivering in four hours or less. And when you're in labor, every extra hour seems like an eternity.

The reality is that women have been active throughout pregnancy for centuries; there is no such thing as maternity leave (unfortunately) in most of the world. Exercising also seems to ease some common ailments, such as lower back pain and fatigue. However, there are some basic guidelines that should be followed:

* Start slowly. Even if you never exercised regularly before, a program can be undertaken safely. If you have been following a regular exercise regime, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to continue on the same level for the first trimester. The important thing is to listen to your body- if it feels like too much, take it down a notch. This is not the time to break your previous land speed record. Particularly if you suffer from morning sickness, be aware of your limits.
* Monitor your heart rate and breathing. As a general rule, your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats/minute. The fetal heart rate is tied to your own; if your heart is racing, your baby's is too. A heart rate monitor, at around a hundred dollars, is a worthwhile investment. Most feature an alarm that sounds if you exceed the safe target range. If you feel breathless, which is common during the first trimester, slow down or take a break. The first three months are an adjustment period, when your blood volume is initially too low to accommodate both you and a growing fetus- this can result in breathlessness and faintness. Adjust your exercise levels accordingly.
* Avoid exercising at extreme altitude or in hot, humid environments. Now that summer is here, this is an especially important rule of thumb. Your body temperature affects the baby, and it is critical that neither of you becomes overheated.
* Drink plenty of water.
* As the pregnancy progresses, reduce the intensity level. This tends to happen naturally. Remember that even if you are exercising less intensely, the actual level of what you are doing is more difficult, due to the added weight of the baby.
* Be careful not to over-stretch. Early in pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin fills your system. This hormone induces hyper-flexibility in the joints and musculature, which allows for the expansion of the uterus and the repositioning of the pelvic floor. It is common for women to strain muscles and ligaments during pregnancy as a result of this new flexibility. It is still important to stretch after exercising- just know your limits and try not to exceed them.
* In the last trimester, avoid ballistic movements, such as jumping or running. The exercise community is divided on this one. My personal experience with clients has led me to believe that these motions can strain the pelvic floor, which is already supporting more weight than ever before. There are plenty of exercises that can be done without bouncing motions. I always believe that it's better to be on the safe side.
* Do Kegel exercises religiously. The pelvic floor supports the bladder, uterus, and intestines. The added weight of the uterus during pregnancy can stretch out that floor, causing either the intestines or bladder to drop down. This is one of the reasons that so many elderly women suffer from incontinence. Prevention is the best medicine. Kegels involve contracting and releasing the PF muscles, similarly to stopping the flow of urination. Tighten and relax the muscle quickly several times a day.

Deciding which activities are best for you is highly individual. In the first trimester, almost any form of exercise (outside of contact sports and skiing) can be undertaken safely. During the later trimesters, running and cycling tend to become uncomfortable. Most of the women that I trained switched from these sports to swimming, hiking, water aerobics, and cross-country skiing. Every woman that I worked with lifted weights right up to the end. In my experience, the postpartum recovery period was dramatically easier for the women who exercised. I have one thirty-seven year old client who only gained twenty-two pounds during her pregnancy. Just five weeks after delivering a beautiful, healthy baby boy, she had already lost fifteen pounds and felt great!

Pregnancy causes so many physical and lifestyle adaptations, it can be overwhelming. The important thing is to be in tune with your body, and to focus on bringing new life into the world.

Swine Flu Symptoms

Although the name 'swine flu' brings up a lot of extra fear and worry, it is important to note that swine flu is just an influenza A H1N1 virus.

That means that it is just another type of flu virus, just like that causes our typical seasonal flu symptoms. The big difference is that the current swine influenza A (H1N1) virus has components of pig and bird influenza viruses in it, so that humans don't have any immunity to it. That is what made it more likely that it would become a pandemic virus (have the ability to cause a global outbreak) because it could easily spread from person-to-person.

So far, even as you see swine flu cases increase on this swine flu map, experts don't know if this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus will return in the fall for another wave. It could or we just continue to see sporadic cases for a few weeks or months until it stops.

We do know that swine flu symptoms are just like seasonal flu symptoms.
Swine Flu Symptoms

According to the CDC, like seasonal flu, symptoms of swine flu infections can include:

* fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
* cough
* runny nose or stuffy nose
* sore throat
* body aches
* headache
* chills
* fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
* diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal

Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.

If your child has symptoms of swine flu, you should avoid other people and call your pediatrician who might do a rapid flu test to see if he has an influenza A infection. Further testing can then be done to see if it is a swine flu infection. (Samples can be sent to local and state health departments and the CDC for confirmation of swine flu, especially if a child is in the hospital.)
Swine Flu High Risk Groups

With regular seasonal flu, infants and the elderly are usually thought to be most at risk for serious infections, in addition to people with chronic medical problems. Swine flu high risk groups, people who are thought to be at risk for serious, life-threatening infections, are a little different and can include:

* pregnant women
* people with chronic medical problems, such as chronic lung disease, like
asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immunosuppression
* children and adults with obesity

Serious Swine Flu Symptoms

More serious symptoms that would indicate that a child with swine flu would need urgent medical attention include:

* Fast breathing or trouble breathing
* Bluish or gray skin color
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Severe or persistent vomiting
* Not waking up or not interacting
* Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
* Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Swine Flu Symptoms vs. a Cold or Sinus Infection

It is important to keep in mind most children with a runny nose or cough will not have swine flu and will not have to see their pediatrician for swine flu testing.

This time of year, many other childhood conditions are common, including:

* spring allergies - runny nose, congestion, and cough
* common cold - runny nose, cough, and low grade fever
* sinus infections - lingering runny nose, cough, and fever
* strep throat - sore throat, fever, and a positive strep test

What You Need To Know

* Swine flu likely spreads by direct contact with respiratory secretions of
someone that is sick with swine flu, like if they were coughing and sneezing
close to you.

* People with swine flu are likely contagious for one day before and up to seven
days after they began to get sick with swine flu symptoms.

* Droplets from a cough or sneeze can also contaminate surfaces, such as a
doorknob, drinking glass, or kitchen counter, although these germs likely
don't survive for more than a few hours.

* Anti-flu medications, including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir),
are available to prevent and treat swine flu.

* The latest swine flu news from the CDC includes advice that children should
not attend summer camps if they have had swine flu symptoms in the previous
seven days and that camp staff should be quick to identify campers with swine
flu symptoms and separate them from well campers.

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