Bringing a new infant into the household is a time for celebration. It’s also a great occasion to bestow the mother and child with gifts that are fun, interactive and memorable. The following top three baby gift ideas are sure to make life easier for mom and keep her baby happy. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems like most baby showers look alike; there’s a pile of gifts to be opened, baby-themed games, appetizers and no husbands to be found. But maybe you want something a little more unique. If you want to ditch the melted candy bars in diapers, consider these new ideas and trends that will give your shower a fresh take on things.
Whoever said you can’t be fun and flirty during your pregnancy must not have seen the top maternity clothes of 2011 thus far.
They are considered super sexy and even comfortable to wear, which is one of the best features of maternity clothes in general. Whether you’re entering week 8 pregnancy or week 16, you’ll be glad to know that style has never been sexier in maternity fashions. Looking good while feeling comfortable is the aspiration for 2011 fashions and lots of designers have nailed that aspect perfectly. Read the rest of this entry »
You can lose weight and become thin again after pregnancy. It might be easier than you think to get back to a healthy weight after giving birth to your new bundle of joy. There are some simple things you can do to help you restore your healthy weight and lovely figure. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are expecting your first baby, there is so much to do during your pregnancy… You will need to decide where your new baby will sleep, probably set up a nursery, and shop for baby gear. Wrapping things up at work before you go on maternity leave can also be difficult. But there is one more item on many expectant parents’ to-do lists. It is taking a last holiday together before the baby arrives, and stress is not invited. How can you make sure you have a wonderful holiday?
These are our tips to help you have a truly unforgettable holiday – in a good way! Read the rest of this entry »
Although pregnancy is known to be a beautiful thing, we don’t always feel so beautiful. It is common for a woman to feel self-conscious about the weight she’s putting on, about the acne that may be appearing, and all the other changes her body is going through. Read the rest of this entry »
Advice columns for mothers-to-be often focus on nutrition or clothing style. However, your skin is the foundation of both a healthy and a fashionable look. Since your pregnancy will affect the way your skin looks and feels, moisturization becomes one of the most important tools in your battle for beautiful skin that will bounce back promptly. Read the rest of this entry »
We all know that eating well during pregnancy is important, for both you and your baby. The realization that your baby essentially eats what you eat can give you the little nudge (or huge shove) you need to make the changes in your diet and lifestyle that you probably should have made a while ago. But an entire diet overhaul can be overwhelming and even unrealistic. If you’re finding it hard to change everything about your eating habits, try just adding these foods to your diet. You’ll be getting more nutrients, you’ll feel better, and you can start feeling less guilty.
Of course, folic acid is extremely important to expectant mothers. Sufficient folic acid before conception and in the early months of pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Folic acid can be found in dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach, and in orange juice and enriched grains. You can replace the lettuce you usually use for things like sandwiches or salads with some spinach and get additional folic acid that way, and of course, it’s pretty easy to drink a glass of orange juice with breakfast (provided you don’t have morning sickness!)
When you’re pregnant, you’re in the business of building tiny little bones. You want those bones to grow to be as big and strong as possible, so getting plenty of calcium is very important. Calcium can be found in foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and the ever-popular ice cream (yes—I am saying you need to eat ice cream!) Yogurt is a good choice during pregnancy because it also contains bacteria that can help ward off the yeast infections that become more problematic during pregnancy. Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and has twice the protein of regular yogurt. If dairy isn’t your thing, you can also get calcium from plant sources like broccoli and acorn squash.
To keep your own energy levels up, it’s a good idea to get plenty of protein. Protein is used in the development of new cells, both yours and your baby’s. Protein can be found in dairy products (and you get calcium, to boot), lean meats, beans and eggs. You can boil several eggs at the beginning of the week and take them with you as an on-the-go snack.
Breakfast cereal, whole grains and fruits and vegetables can give your body the fiber it needs during pregnancy. Constipation is a common problem for expectant mothers, and fiber can help prevent this.
Add some folic acid, calcium, protein and fiber to your diet now, and both you and your baby will reap the benefits.
Congratulations!! You’re pregnant! You’ve waited for this, you’ve hoped for this—so why do you feel like vomiting? It’s hard to get geared up for the blessed event when your entire day is spent scouting out where the nearest restroom is just in case you are suddenly overwhelmed by nausea.
The following tips may help to ease your morning sickness so you can actually enjoy your pregnancy.
Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can compound morning sickness. With so much on your plate now, it’s easy to try to rush around and get everything done before the baby comes, but you should really get as much rest as possible. Nap during the day if you can, and do everything you can to get a good night’s sleep.
Take vitamin B6. This vitamin has been shown to help with morning sickness. If you can’t swallow the idea of taking another pill, there are B6 tablets that dissolve under your tongue, or there are several morning sickness “lollipops” on the market that contain B6.
Eat small amounts throughout the day. Both hunger and extreme fullness can make morning sickness worse. Keeping your stomach not too full and not too empty can be a tricky feat, but pay attention to your body’s signals, and you’ll get the hang of it.
Eat bland, salty foods, like Saltines. The blander the better, and salt also helps to ward off morning sickness. Saltines fulfill both of these requirements.
Wear sea-sickness bands. Sea sickness bands (think 80s wrist bands with a small plastic knob sewn in) work by applying pressure to a point on the wrist that is said to help alleviate nausea. Acupuncture works using the same principles, and I swore by both for my morning sickness. The bands didn’t look great, but I was so happy to see the outside of a toilet that I didn’t care.
Drink ginger or peppermint tea. Both ginger and peppermint are calming to the stomach. Putting your feet up with a cup of tea helps in the rest department, too.
Try not to get overheated. Pregnancy heats you up, and heating up induces nausea, so try dressing as if the weather outside is about 15 degrees warmer than it actually is. It’s good to wear layers so you can take them off in case you do get too hot. If you do get too hot, try cooling off with a cool compress on your forehead.
Take your prenatal vitamins at night. Prenatal vitamins can be hard on your stomach on a good day. If you take them at night, at least you can lie down to help mitigate some of the nausea they induce.
Remember, this too shall pass. It may not seem like it now, but morning sickness will not last forever. 10 months from now, when you’re holding your sweet new baby in your arms, it will all seem a distant, if somewhat hazy memory.