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06 Apr

Best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

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Have you been invited to a baby shower for a close friend, colleague or family member? Do you want to give her a gift that will really stand out, one that she’ll treasure and remember for years to come? Take a look at these gift ideas sure to make you the most popular person at the baby shower!

Mom Comes First

Although most people think about giving a gift meant for Baby, how about remembering Mom’s needs first? Chances are she’s tired, not sleeping well, and feeling unattractive. These gifts will make her feel good about herself: (read more…)

04 Apr

Benefits of Belly Binding After Giving Birth

The LAYLA Post Pregnancy Body Shaper helps slim and strengthen the abdomen after giving birth

Belly binding is becoming a more and more popular option for women who want to reduce the size of their abdomen right after giving birth. This is a common practice in Eastern and South American cultures, where new moms have long used a piece of fabric wrapped tightly around their middle to speed up the process of skin and muscle toning and weight loss.

Modern women have many more options, with the newest one being the LAYLA™ Post Pregnancy Body Shaper. It’s specially designed to compress your abdomen, thighs and hips while utilizing special fibers that excite fat molecules and reduce the appearance of cellulite. We’ve taken the ancient practice of belly binding and turned it into a modern miracle! (read more…)

30 Mar

Strangest Celebrity Mom and Mom-To-Be Habits

Photo courtesy of Hilde Vanstraelen

Seems there’s been a rash of celebrity pregnancies lately (pun intended!). And since we all like to live vicariously through these rich and famous moms and moms-to-be, it seemed like a good idea to compile a list of the strangest habits to which they’ve confessed. Can you relate to any of these? (read more…)

28 Mar

Frequent Falls May Be Due To Pregnancy Proprioception Dysfunction

You may never have heard the term proprioception, but you certainly use this ability every day of your life. Let’s take a look at what it is and how it affects your life, especially during pregnancy.

What Is Proprioception?

According to the Princeton University website, proprioception is defined as ““the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts.” This ability is part of what most human beings are gifted with at birth. (read more…)

20 Mar

Are You Prone To Developing Prenatal Back Pain?

The majority of women experience some degree of back pain while expecting a baby. There’s good reason for this; the biggest reason being that your baby adds a lot of extra weight to your abdomen and that causes your back to bow and work harder to support those additional pounds. But more than this natural effect, you might be more susceptible than normal to developing prenatal back pain due to these common risk factors. (read more…)

09 Mar

How To Deal With Prenatal Depression

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, but it tends to hit women who are pregnant or who have just given birth harder; in fact, anywhere from to 10 to 20 percent of expecting moms will be affected by it. It’s often triggered by trauma or stress but regardless of the cause, it’s more common than doctors have previously thought. What’s the malady we’re talking about? Depression. (read more…)

06 Mar

Handy Breastfeeding Products and Accessories

When counting down the days to your due date, your thoughts might naturally turn to breastfeeding. If this is your first time as a mother, don’t fret; use products and accessories specifically made to help. But even if you’re a seasoned pro, you may be interested in these items that make it easier and more comfortable to feed your baby naturally. (read more…)

02 Mar

Getting Ready to Breastfeed

As your pregnancy progresses, you may start thinking more and more about breastfeeding your baby. If you’re a first time mom, it may cause you some stress to think about the whole process. You might have heard stories about new moms who had trouble getting their babies to “latch on” or had so many problems they gave up on the idea.

Fear not! Your body was made to nourish your baby. Making milk is a process as natural as your baby craving it.

Here’s what you need to know about preparing your body to successfully breastfeed. (read more…)

23 Feb

Exercises For an Easier Childbirth Experience

As you get closer to your due date, you might become a bit more worried about the actual experience. Even if you’ve given birth before, you never know how your pregnancy is going to vary one from the others. While there are no guarantees as to the ease or difficulty of your childbirth experience, there is one thing you can do to make your labor experience the best possible and that is to be in optimum health. The stronger and more healthy your entire body is now, the easier your labor is bound to be later.

The main goals of exercise throughout your pregnancy is to ensure that your pelvis is flexible and the muscles of the back and abdomen are strong. Regular exercise also trains you to breathe better, a key component of natural labor such as the Lamaze method. In addition to the Kegel exercises your doctor has probably recommended, here are some of the best gentle workouts for moms-to-be. (read more…)

17 Feb

How To Treat Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

We all know that carrying excess weight while you’re pregnant affects your back, but did you know that it also affects your feet? As the growing weight of your baby is added to your abdomen, your feet will be prone to over-pronation and edema.

Over-pronation refers to your arches flattening and causing your feet to roll inward. This places even more of a strain on your already tense back and can make it painful to walk (which is just one more reason why you need to wear the LAYLA™ Maternity Bodysuit and achieve proper posture).

But what about edema, or swelling, in your feet and ankles? In extreme cases, your circulation could be so poor as to cause your feet to turn purple. In some instances, such as when one foot is more swollen than the other or your face gets quite puffy, you should consult your doctor. But for most women, edema is a normal part of their pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester and especially during the hot summer months. (read more…)