New mum dishes VERY intimate details about her labour and admits developing weird obsession with sponges

She welcomed her first child into the world, a daughter named Sunday, last month.

And Ferne McCann has revealed yet more details about her pregnancy experience, admitting she developed a weird obsession with sponges, before spilling intimate details about her time in labour.

While it’s totally normal for expectant mothers to find themselves craving the bizarre while pregnant, Ferne admitted hers was more unusual than most.

She told heat magazine: ‘The only thing that was super-weird is that I had an obsession with sponges. And damp smells. Honestly, this is a thing – I Googled it. Women love the texture. I was burying my nose in sponge.’

The reality star confessed that she also ate chocolate close to every night of her pregnancy – a habit she is still trying to shake.

The former TOWIE star – who will document her journey into motherhood in her new programme Ferne: First time Mum – also divulged personal details about her time in labour.

She explained: ‘Well, they describe it as the ring of fire – it’s a the crowning of the head. I’ve never experienced a pain like it. The pain kind of just fizzles away as soon as you’ve given birth.’

Asked how she felt about raising her daughter alone, she remarked:

‘I’ve got used to the idea, to be honest. I’d done the whole pregnancy on my own and I kind of knew it was coming, so yeah.’

The interview also saw Ferne disparage the term ‘single mum’, a comment that recently saw her criticised by fellow single parent and former Celebrity Big Brother star Jessica Cunningham.

Ferne shares daughter Sunday with ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins – who was recently convicted for his part in a horrific nightclub acid attack that took place in east London earlier this year.

Arthur was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine of actual bodily harm two weeks ago. He had committed the offence while out celebrating the news of Ferne’s pregnancy.

He has been warned he could face life behind bars when he is sentenced on December 19.

According to The Sun, Ferne is understood to have told the father of her newborn daughter that she won’t ever see him again after visiting him in prison.

-Daily Mail

Sweet And Sour; Did You Know Sugar Can Kill Your Intimacy Life?

Craving for sweet things is normal for most of us. Chocolate, sugar, soda and many others. But do we know the adverse effects of doing too much sugar?

Though sweet and seductive, sugar interferes with one’s sexual health life.

Excessive sugar lowers testosterone which is the hormone responsible for sexual well being and muscle mass in a man, this, therefore, means he will gain excessive body fats and thus increases his levels of estrogen which may eventually lead to the growth of breasts.

This leads to low sex drive and trouble getting an erection.

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In women, imbalanced levels of testosterone can reduce desire, increase body fat, create a fuzzy memory and lower muscle mass. Too much sugar for women leads to acne, facial hair as well as loss of hair in the head.

Growth hormone maintains body muscle mass, burns, and utility fat and maintains libido during your youth.

Insulin reduces your bodies ability to make growth hormone which in return alters your testosterone levels and reduces libido whereas leptin hormone, which tells your brain to stop eating monitors your sexual behavior.

Thus, when you eat a lot of processed food, too much sugar, and flour, your body still produces leptin but your brain does not hear its call and eventually leads to a gain in body mass index or extra weight gain.

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Thus lower testosterone levels in the body.

When you keep craving for sugary things every now and then, it means your blood sugar is crashing which happens when sugar and other high glycemic carbs increases your blood sugar insulin works to pull it down, and since insulin usually overcompensates, your blood sugar drops low leading to hunger and cravings and then you get tired.

In order to revive your sex drive, avoid sugar. Do low glycemic, real food including vegetable, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds and high-quality animal proteins.

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Strange cravings during pregnancies could harm you

Most pregnant women experience cravings for non-food items characterised by persistent and compulsive cravings to eat non-food items. These cravings carry on for a month or longer.

The word pica comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird known for its huge and indiscriminate appetite.

Many people who have these cravings believe that it is a sign of lack of iron or calcium in their bodies, this is however a wrong notion and could have a negative impact on your health.

According to Dr Stephen Mutiso, a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at Kenyatta National, while a majority of women will experience a craving during their pregnancy where some crave particular fruits, certain foods, chocolates, ice-cream or snacks, one in every 10 pregnant women experiences intense cravings for items that are of no nutritional value, in what is referred to as pica.

“Some of the peculiar cravings include the urge to eat clay, ashes, burnt matchsticks, charcoal, paper, cigarette ashes, disinfectants, plaster, paint chips, chalk, baking soda, toothpaste, soap and laundry starch among others,” he says.

Many people associate pica in pregnancy with certain nutritional deficiencies in the body — more specifically iron and calcium. Dr Mutiso sheds more light on this.

“Pica does not necessarily mean a pregnant woman has an iron or calcium deficiency as many pregnant women have normal mineral levels. However, eating non-food substances may interfere with the absorption of healthy nutrients which could lead to mineral deficiencies such as iron and calcium. Eating non-nutritious substances at the expense of nutritious food items could lead to problems such as iron-deficiency anaemia,” he says.

The negative side effects of pica on pregnant women are not limited to mineral deficiencies.

“Some of the substances could be laced with toxins or harmful parasitic ingredients. Items such as soil or clay can have been bred in unsanitary conditions or collected from spots where there was urination or other germ-infested conditions. How they are wrapped could also be under unhygienic conditions. They could cause one to be infested with intestinal worms.”

“Eating some of these items could result in bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction) which may necessitate surgery. In some cases, the non-food items may cause poisoning –especially lead poisoning.”

The complications are not limited to the mother only, but the baby as well.

“It could lead to the premature birth of the baby. Some babies whose mothers fed on non-nutritious substances are born with a low birth weight while others are born with nutritional anaemia. In some cases, the foetus also gets poisoned as toxins are passed on from mother to baby through the placenta.”

Dr Mutiso says that severity of the consequences depends on the nature of the substances ingested, the amount that is taken in, and the frequency with which it is eaten.

Unfortunately, there is no known medication or drug therapy to stop this eating disorder. However, pregnant women who experience such cravings are urged to share this information with their healthcare provider.

“Health workers are able to give such a woman nutritional education as well as take her through a thorough understanding of the potential risks for her and her baby. In addition to psychological counselling, the woman should be helped to work out a behaviour change plan which will help her ignore, control or avoid the non-food items altogether. For example, she should stop carrying these non-food items in her handbag and stop stocking them at home,” says Dr Mutiso.

He urges women to ignore all the myths surrounding the unhealthy food items, such as those that claim that for as long as she takes plenty of water, then there will be no harm to either her or her baby.

“The truth is that these non-food items are of no benefit to the body at all, so there is no point in eating them. A pregnant woman must clearly understand the risks associated with pica and the likely negative side effects to both her and her baby.

“Even though the consequences may not be immediate, they may be there in the long run. There is no point in taking a risk, so pregnant women should simply avoid ingesting these things.”

 

 

Women quitting smoking should time it with menstrual cycle: study

If your nicotine cravings are strongest after your period, you’re not alone, according to a new study that says that women looking to quit smoking should take into account their menstrual cycle and start the process just after ovulation.

“Our data reveal that incontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase that begins after menstruation,” says Adrianna Mendrek of the University of Montreal. “Hormonal decreases of estrogen and progesterone possibly deepen the withdrawal syndrome and increase activity of neural circuits associated with craving.”

Mendrek says to minimize withdrawal symptoms the mid-luteal phase is the best time to quit.

At this point, she says, increased levels of estrogen and progesterone after ovulation could relax the cravings.

In her study that was published in Psychiatry Journal, Mendrek worked with a participant group of 34 women and men who smoked more than 15 cigarettes a day.