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29 May

Posture Before, During and After Pregnancy

If you are like many women, chances are your first experience with back pain came during pregnancy. If you’re looking for instant relief after your baby is born, think again – it’s not so easy. Here’s the link between posture, pregnancy, and the things we do in everyday life.

Posture Before Pregnancy

Want the most pain-free pregnancy? Then be sure you’re in optimal physical shape before you get pregnant. Recent research shows a link between the weight of moms-to-be and the rate of autism and obesity in young children. The more you weigh before you get pregnant, the better your chances of that negatively affecting your baby’s health. (read more…)

22 May

Better Posture During Pregnancy

One of the best things you can do to prepare for giving birth is to work on proper posture all the time, whether you are sitting, standing or lying down. Sure, it’s a bit more difficult for a pregnant woman with a distended abdomen to stay properly aligned and balanced, but it’s not impossible – and this one thing alone could make all the difference between an easy or difficult childbirth experience. Here are some ways you can incorporate good habits into your daily routine. (read more…)

15 May

Don’t Limit Your Maternity Style

If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you may feel resigned to wearing the same old shapeless and unattractive maternity clothing you wore in years past. But, thanks to a growing demand and a ever-growing number of celebrity pregnancies, maternity fashion choices are getting much more diverse these days. Take a look at the trends you need to know now, before you go shopping for another tent dress. (read more…)

07 May

How To Keep Your Mood Up During Pregnancy

Pregnancy has a big effect on women, both physically and mentally – and not all of it good! In fact, many moms-to-be can be described as “moody”; sometimes you feel great, other times it’s difficult to make it through a day. Here are some ways you can keep your mood up while dealing with all the vagaries of pregnancy.

Little Things Mean a Lot

Improving your prenatal mood needn’t cost a lot of time or money. Think about the things that make you feel good any time, pregnant or not. It could be a candy bar, a hot bath with fragrant oils, or listening to your favorite songs on your iPod. These may be some of the simple treats that always elevate your spirits – and they’re perfect for a way to feel good fast.  If you enjoy fresh flowers, why not buy yourself a bouquet? An added bonus is that the scent of flowers is often calming. (read more…)

27 Apr

Music and Fetal Development – Is There a Link?

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the effects of listening to music while you are pregnant. Questions have been raised as to the best kind of music to listen to – classical or rock? Tonal or atonal? Some claim that Mozart is better than Bach or Beethoven. Other questions to consider involve the future cognitive development of children.

To Listen or Not to Listen

There is no conclusive evidence that listening to music while you are pregnant will help your child to be smarter or to develop more quickly than others. One study that promoted listening to classical music was based on the fact that the fetus’s studied responded to the music and started to move in rhythm to the notes being played. This caused the researcher to conclude that the baby was able to distinguish what he was hearing and respond. (read more…)

24 Apr

Swollen Belly, Swollen Body

One day you look down and suddenly your ankles are the size of an elephant’s legs. Not really but it sure can feel that way. Swollen ankles, legs, and feet (or edema to use the correct medical term) are normal during pregnancy. Some women experience slight swelling and about 25 percent never experience swelling at all. Edema is the result of your body producing more blood and fluids while you are pregnant. Summer heat, standing too long, eating too much sodium, and drinking too much caffeine can also make your body swell.

Things to do to Reduce Swelling

The first thing you can do is rest. Lie down for a while after standing for long periods or after times of high activity. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Many women find that resting reduces the swelling. When lying down, try to lie on your left side. This reduces the pressure on your vena cava and relieves the increased pressure on your other veins. (read more…)

20 Apr

Ways to Alleviate Prenatal Back Pain

Being pregnant is a joyous time. However, along with the joy of the new life growing within you come many changes in your body. As you progress in your pregnancy, back pain may become an issue, even if you have never had back pain before. This is not uncommon and there are ways to alleviate the pain.

Reasons For Back Pain

Pain always has a reason. One of the most obvious reasons for your back to hurt is because you are gaining weight. You will gain 25 to 35 pounds over the course of your pregnancy. Your back needs to support your added weight and it puts stress on your spine. (read more…)

17 Apr

How To Breathe More Efficiently During Pregnancy

There’s no getting around it – childbirth is hard work. And getting to the point of delivery – going through months of expecting – isn’t a picnic, either. It takes a lot of effort to both carry and deliver a baby. And much like other types of physical labor, your respiration has a lot to do with how efficiently you work. Let’s take a look at the basics of efficient respiration and how it affects your pregnancy. (read more…)

13 Apr

Healthy Prenatal Habits Result in Happier, Healthier Babies

Thinking about getting pregnant? Before you do, make sure all your ducks in a row. Your health now, before you conceive, is just as important – if not more so – than when you are expecting. Here’s what you can do to ensure you are as healthy as possible now so your baby is as healthy and happy as possible later.

Remove Stressors

Can mental stress really have an adverse effect on your growing baby? Research confirms that very high levels of stress (such as from a life threatening situation) can sometimes have an adverse effect on your baby’s language and cognitive skills. It could also lead to ADD and behavioral problems later in life. However, if you’re just experiencing stress from normal life events, some researchers believe there’s no need to worry because this actually could help your fetus fully develop its brain and nervous system. (read more…)

10 Apr

How Belly Binding Can Make You Look, Feel Better After Giving Birth

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The one thing that many women dread most after giving birth is the appearance of their tummy, hips and thighs. After months of gaining weight and the skin stretching to accommodate a growing baby, they are left with excess skin and fat – along with a distended uterus that just makes matters worse.

How quickly you are able to recover your former figure is largely due to how you treat your abdominal area after baby is born. Some people believe that one way to ensure a quick recovery is through belly binding. (read more…)