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Archive for June, 2009

7 Common Pregnancy Fears (Including Why You Shouldn’t Worry)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

It’s normal to worry during pregnancy – so many changes are taking place, and you want to make sure everything goes smoothly. Well, good news is, it usually does. We’ve listed the top 7 pregnancy fears, and why you should not worry about it.

  1. Upcoming Labor – for most pregnant women, their biggest fear is labor. Most moms you know will be sure to tell you their labor horror stories, leaving you in fearful anticipation of childbirth. The first thing to know is that all labors are different, even in the same woman. All doctors and hospitals are different, too. You also have the option of different pain relievers, if you feel you cannot go through with it without them. Doctors are required to give you the medication if you request it, no matter (more…)

Breastfeed or Formula?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

As your due date draws closer, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Because it is one of the most important decisions you will be making as you welcome your child into the world, it’s important to consider the benefits or disadvantages in both.

Physicians and hospitals recommend breastfeeding over formula, simply because breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for both baby and mom. Although there are all different kinds of formula, no formula has the same benefits as breast milk. We’ve outlined the advantages and disadvantages of both, however, so you can make an educated decision.

Breastfeeding – Pros

  1. Breast milk helps babies build up a strong immune system and antibodies to help fight and prevent infection. Breast milk also contains a high level of cholesterol, while formula has a lower level. Cholesterol helps the brain develop, and provides various benefits, such as vitamin D. Breast milk is easily digestible, with the perfect balance of sugars, (more…)

Am I Carrying Twins?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Most women find out if they’re carrying twins by performing a routine ultrasound at 12 weeks. However, your doctor may be able to hear two separate heartbeats as early as 6 weeks! Many women carrying twins gain more weight than usual during the first trimester, but that can also happen by overeating, so it’s not sure-proof.

The most common myth of carrying twins is that your stomach is bigger with twins. Realistically however, some women carry large with single babies too, and a large stomach is not a sign of twins. Some women can have pretty small stomachs when carrying twins.

There are some signs (more…)

Relieving Morning Sickness

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Morning sickness is a common ailment of pregnant women, and can put a damper on the joy of pregnancy. The cause of morning sickness is an increase in the hormone, estrogen, and wacky hormones in general. Most women feel nausea, whether with or without vomiting.

Despite its name, morning sickness can occur any or all times of day. Most morning sickness symptoms fade after the first trimester, yet some women experience symptoms throughout their whole pregnancy.

Although there is no way to prevent or complete alleviate morning sickness symptoms, there are ways to curb the nausea and settle your stomach:

1. Try to stick to proteins such as lean meats or chicken (more…)

7 Ways to Prevent Back Pain During Pregnancy

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Approximately 50-70% pregnant women suffer from back pain. That’s a pretty high number. Luckily, we’ve researched the 7 best ways to ease back pain to make you more comfortable.

Women who experienced back pain before pregnancy, or women who are overweight have the highest risk of developing back pain during pregnancy. There are a couple of causes for back pain during pregnancy:

  • Posture – standing for too long, poor posture, and bending over too often can cause or increase back pain.
  • Increasing hormones – the hormones that are released during pregnancy cause the joints and muscles in your pelvic area to become looser and soften in preparation for birth. (more…)

Vaccines during pregnancy

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

There are a couple of vaccines that are important to get during pregnancy, and few to avoid. Refer to the list below for a quick guide on vaccines. Please be sure to check with your health care practitioner before making any decisions.

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1. Hepatitis B – many times, there are no obvious symptoms for Hepatitis B, which can pose as a danger to mom and fetus. If a woman has Hepatitis B at childbirth, it can easily pass on to the infant. Most obstetricians perform a blood test to check whether mom has Hepatitis B or not. If yes, they will vaccinate the (more…)

Eat Healthy for Baby and Mom

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Yes, we know that craving for chocolate and ice cream is irresistible, and while it’s okay to allow yourself small indulgences, you want to be careful not to overdo it. Aside from needing to provide your baby with the proper nutrients required for growth, think of all those extra calories post baby…

A pregnant woman is expected to have approximately 300 extra calories a day. Included in a daily diet should be proteins (poultry, lean meat, beans, peanuts), fats (dairy products, nuts, margarine, vegetable oil), calcium (dairy products), iron (leafy greens, lean meat), carbohydrates (cereal, fruit, rice, bread) and folic acid (citrus fruit, leafy greens, peanuts). These are excellent nutritional sources to keep both mom and baby healthy.

Below is a breakdown of what benefits the food groups contain:
1. Protein – help the body maintain muscle, body tissue and (more…)

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