Saturday November 18, 2017

Basil is a Boon For Pregnant Women, Here’s Why!

Here are some medical usage of Basil for pregnant women

Basil leaves
Basil leaves helpful for pregnant women. Pixabay
  • Basil was the first native to India, Asia, and Africa
  • Basil leaves contain healing properties in abundance for pregnant women
  • The tradition of reverence of basil has been continuing in the wide range of cultures

New Delhi, Aug 01, 2017: Basil blooms in many regions across the world, but it was the first native to India, Asia, and Africa. It is chiefly featured in varied cuisines throughout the world including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian.

The name “basil” is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, meaning “royal,” revealing the importance of herb in the ancient cultures as noble and sacred. The tradition of reverence of basil has been continuing in the wide range of cultures. For example, in India, basil was revered as an icon of hospitality, while in Italy, it was seen as a  symbol of love.

Do you know that the therapeutic properties of Basil are beneficial for pregnant women too? Basil leaves contain healing properties in abundance. Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.

In addition, the basil leaves contain antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. There is also plenty of quantity available in it.


1- Basil has antibacterial properties which save the body from every type of infection. If pregnant women devour some leaves of Tulsi regularly during her pregnancy, her body will lessen the risk of infections.

ALSO READ: Eighteen Must-know facts about Tulsi (Basil) and the Benefits Attached to it!

2- Basil helps combat the problem of low blood levels in human body. Women often have a problem of lack of blood during the pregnancy days where consuming basil leaves every day will solve the problem. It is advised that the pregnant women must eat atleast two basil leaves every day.

3-Basil contains a rich amount of vitamin A which promotes the healthy development of the child the womb.

4- There is also plenty of magnesium found in Basil leaves. Magnesium strengthens the bones of the baby in the stomach. And also helps in eliminating the manganese deficiency found in the child.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Wonder Woman Gal Gadot says second pregnancy was ‘part of the plan’

Gal Gadot was in the early stages of her pregnancy while filming "Justice League".

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot talks about her well-planned pregnancy. Wikimedia

Los Angeles, November 6, 2017 : Actress Gal Gadot had planned her second pregnancy well so that it caused minimal disruption to her work commitments.

The 32-year-old actress – who has daughters Alma, six, and Maya, seven months, with husband Yaron Versano – says she knew she wanted a second child, but wanted to plan it carefully, reports

“I scheduled it so I wasn’t going to be too pregnant for ‘Justice League’ or when I promoted ‘Wonder Woman’. I had a lot of luck. It’s been difficult, but I had wanted to have a second child for a while,” Gadot told Glamour magazine.

She was in the early stages of her pregnancy while filming “Justice League”.

“It was challenging with morning sickness and migraines. But you adjust. You get used to feeling like s**t and having to perform,” she said, and added that working with the likes of Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill and Ezra Miller in the movie was fun”.

“Making the film with so many men, I’ve never felt so safe. Big men!”

The success of “Wonder Woman” led to several offers come her way, but Gal Gadot remains grounded.

“I’m super-appreciative because I know it’s all a big game and the rules are known in advance. When you’re successful, the phone will ring, if a film flops, there will be crickets. So I take everything with a grain of salt and enjoy it while it’s there,” she added. (IANS)


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Drinking Wine Weekly May Improve Pregnancy Chances, says Study

The study conducted by researchers at Washington University in the US, claimed that women who are trying to conceive may have better chance at it, if they happen to drink red wine once every week.

Drinking Wine
Drinking Wine may improve the chances of pregnancy. Pixabay.
  • It was found that women who consumed wine, especially red wine, for more than five times in a month had a high ovarian reserve which depicts a woman’s reproductive health.
  • The study also stated that drinking wine would help only in improving the ovarian reserve and had no connection with a fertility of pregnant or potential conceiving women.
  • Red wine contains resveratrol which acts as an antioxidant protecting cell against biological stress and is a rich source of blueberries, red grapes and cocoa.

A study in the US, as reported by PTI, stated that women who are looking forward to conceive may have their chances increased by drinking wine once every week.

As a part of the study conducted by Washington University in the US, 135 women with age range of 18 to 44 years, were taken into consideration for a month for analysing the impact of drinking wine -red or white, beer and spirits. Ultrasound scanners were used to count each woman’s antral follicles for the month.

Drinking wine
Ovarian Reserve in women increases by drinking wine once a week. Pixabay.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana

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Why is Kalki Koechlin Reading about Pregnancy and Post-birth Behavioral Changes? Should we expect ‘good news’ soon?

Kalki Koechlin
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 22, 2017: Actress Kalki Koechlin, who will next be seen in “Ribbon” where she is playing a young mother of a newborn baby girl, took some training on how to take care of a baby including changing nappies, for her role.

Kalki said that since she is playing a mother for the first time, it was quite fascinating for her prepare for the role, especially spending time with the baby girl, as a co-actor of the film.

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“I read various books on pregnancy and post birth behavioral changes because of that time, a woman body goes through hormonal changes. Rakhee (Sandilya, the director of the film) has a friend who is a new mother, so I used to spend a lot of time with her, learnt how to change nappy, how to give oil massage to the baby, a lot of things, I think I am a pro on that,” Kalki told IANS.

The story of “Ribbon” revolves around a young couple of where Kalki Koechlin is playing a girl, who has a journey from being single to a mother of a four-year-old daughter.

The film also features Sumeet Vyas and is scheduled to release on November 3. (IANS)