Added baby weight and nightly cravings may make you wonder whether or not it's OK to workout during your pregnancy. The answer to that question can be complicated and is something you should discuss with your health care provider before taking any action. Exercise during pregnancy won't be a problem if it's something you did regularly before you were expecting. Of course, there will come a time when you'll need to modify some of the exercises you do. However, if you're considering an exercise routine as part of your pregnancy,
In the U.S., physicians deliver 85 percent of babies in a traditional hospital setting. Across the pond in Europe, however, midwives attend to most births with favorable outcomes for both mom and baby. What's holding Americans back from seeking alternative care? We think these common myths about midwives may have something to do with it. Let's debunk them!MYTH: Using a midwife is not safeTRUTH: Midwifery practices come in many shapes and sizes: There are midwife groups that operate within a traditional hospital setting alongside doctors and residents.
If there were ever a day to truly need a cheerleading team, the day you go into labor would be it. While your partner may seem like plenty now, having a doula in the delivery room can be invaluable in ensuring you feel safe, comforted and confident. A doula is a certified professional who is trained to offer emotional and physical support to women in childbirth. Here are five reasons why we think every woman should hire one for the big day:Doulas give you peace of mindA 2012 Norwegian study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded
There comes a time in every woman's pregnancy when the phrase, "When's your due date?" is enough to make her cringe. If you're approaching your final weeks and worried you'll go straight past your estimated delivery date, there's no need to panic. We've laid out all the details on what's at risk when you go into overtime and what happens next.How accurate are due dates anyway?It's important to remember that estimated due dates are just that - an estimate. Due dates are generally calculated by adding 40 weeks
Leaving your child in the care of another person can be an emotional event in a parent's life, but there are steps you can take to make sure you pick somebody you trust. Once you've made the decision to bring a nanny into your home, do your homework and find the right person. Let the professionals help There are no national standards to which nannies are held, so making the process of selecting one seem a bit harrowing. Don't fret though, there are plenty of reputable nanny agencies that will take care of background checks for you.
If we believed what Hollywood depicts in its movies, then all babies would be born quickly, dramatically and with a whole lot of screaming. How many storylines have shown us a woman's water breaking, and only moments later, that same woman pushing in a hospital bed? These lightening quick deliveries, while possible, are hardly the norm - especially for first time moms. In real life, you can expect a much slower progression of labor - spending hours or even days in the early stages.What is early labor?In the simplest terms, early labor describes the time in
When it comes to pregnancy, everyone seems to have an opinion on what's best for mom and her baby. When taking in all of this advice - some of it hair-brained, some of it contradictory - it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. That's why we're going back to basics, paring down the most sound and simplest advice for a healthy, stress-free and happy pregnancy.Find your health care teamOne of your first steps should be finding a doctor or midwife who you feel confident in and comfortable around. Regular prenatal care is
Of all the ups and downs pregnancy puts a woman through (hormonal acne, swollen ankles, a thicker mane), weight gain can be the toughest pill to swallow. Unlike the majority of other pregnancy symptoms, packing on some extra pounds is the one thing every single expectant mom is supposed to go through. But that doesn't make it any easier on our self esteem.The American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics recommends that the average mother-to-be gain anywhere from 25-35 pounds by delivery day. Broken out over the course of your pregnancy, that means 2-4
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Imagine this: You're in the hospital. One contraction rolls in just as the other subsides. You're exhilarated. You're nervous. But most of all, you're focused: breathe in, breathe out. And then, it happens. Your doctor furrows her brow and hits you with a big question that you aren't prepared to answer.Saving your decision-making for the delivery room is not the smartest move. With all the focus on getting through each contraction, you're not in the mindset to consider the pros and cons of any situation. So what can you do now to
“Mommy, more please.” Those magic words play like music to a mother’s ears, especially if the dish is something that qualifies as “healthy.” And although this scenario might seem far off while you’re still stuck in what could be The World’s Largest Pants, it appears that a budding eater’s “food road map” actually begins to develop while she’s still floating in that bag of waters.That’s right—a growing body of evidence suggests your personal cuisine routine influences your baby long before his first taste of solid food. All sorts of
Between pregnancy hormones, morning sickness and fatigue, it seems unfair that moms-to-be must endure questions and comments that make them cringe as well. If you have a friend who's always sticking her foot in her mouth, you may want to share this one with her. You can thank us later.Horror stories Save scary stories for Halloween. Preparing for birth is no time to take in accounts of a birth gone wrong. Sure, there will always be stories of women who've had a rough go in the delivery room, but heed this advice from legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin:
Pregnancy can be a funny time: Just when your self confidence really needs a boost, you'll find many of your beauty go-tos are off limits. But instead of wallowing until delivery day - or worse, not allowing yourself to feel like the beauty you are - make some simple swaps to your makeup bag. There are skincare and beauty options aplenty - many of which are perfectly safe for you and your growing baby.What to avoidFirst and foremost, there are a number of chemicals all pregnant women should avoid completely. These items have been shown to cross the placenta
Before you embark on your new adventure as parents, pack a bag for a trip of a more literal nature. Schedule time away for just you and your partner to reconnect and recharge before baby arrives. With all the planning you two have been doing, you deserve a moment to step back and focus on one another. But if booking a flight and scheduling a babymoon sends your heart aflutter about your finances, never fear. We've compiled some tips for planning time away on the cheap.When to travelThe American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that
No matter how much you prepare for labor and delivery, there's always a chance things won't go exactly as planned. While you may have your sights set on a vaginal delivery, there are countless reasons why your health care provider may call for a cesarean - or as it's more commonly called, a c-section. Maybe labor has stalled and your contractions have petered out, or perhaps your little one is malpositioned and won't fit through the pelvis. Whatever the case may be, it's good to be prepared for ending up on the operating table.
One minute you're staring at a pregnancy test waiting for the strips to turn pink - and the next minute, you're turning your life upside down to accommodate your future child. Or at least that's the way it sometimes feels, what with all the lifestyle and dietary changes pregnancy asks of you. You know why you need to nix alcohol and why you should load up on fruits and veggies. But what's the science behind adding a fish oil supplement to your diet? We get to the bottom of it for you.Omega-3 fatty acidsDocosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is an
Once women make the decision to start a family, they may begin wondering when the best time to do this is. Just because you know you want kids doesn't mean you're ready to have them yet, after all. But is there a specific age when it's best to get pregnant? People have been speculating for years about this question, and the answer is no. There's no single age when women should aim to get pregnant. Every woman is different, with varying health issues, financial statuses and responsibilities.But that doesn't mean there aren't positives
There comes a time in every woman's pregnancy when the nausea, swollen ankles and fatigue get the best of her. At the end of the day, growing a human being is hard work. So take a moment, in between registry-building and doctor's appointments, to schedule some time just for you. We have six ideas for putting the focus on relaxing, recharging and pampering before baby arrives.Take a dipAfter months of supporting a growing bump, your back, shoulders and legs may be ready for a break. Slip into a swimsuit and spend an afternoon floating weightless in a
Feel like partying hard this New Year's Eve despite your pregnancy? While a glass of champagne won't do you or your unborn baby any harm, you can't indulge in as much alcohol as you may wish, which might put a damper on the festivities if everyone around you is joyfully imbibing. Instead of sulking over your lack of bubbly or fancy cocktails, try mixing up a few of these delicious mocktails, which are perfect for New Year's parties. By the end of the night, don't be surprised if you find people asking for a taste!1. Shirley Temple What's more classic than a
There are a lot of things you should give up when getting ready to become a first time mother, but a great cocktail shouldn't have to be one of them. You can have your mojito, just without the rum! Here are some awesome mocktail recipes for your next party or special occasion.Sangria sans wineWhat's more refreshing and ideal for a garden party than sangria? Perhaps sangria, sans wine. The Kitchn has an easy recipe for yummy sangria that serves eight. Here's what you need:2 cups of water2 black tea bags2 sticks of cinnamon1/2 cup of
As a parent, it’s hard not to worry. For the most part, everything turns out fine, but given how difficult it is for me to turn off that part of my brain, I’m
I'm back this week from 5 arduous days covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on the prowl for new electronics solutions for moms and dads.Here are
When it comes to compact and lightweight, my go-to brand is Combi. Originating in Japan, Combi designs with space-constraint and travel concerns top of mind. Their F2
We’ve noticed a trend among our stroller-pushing peers. Many are ditching televisions for projectors, opting for a bigger, better and somewhat more concealable form of
Q: Q: Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?
A: Some studies indicate a link to autism as well as low birth weight and premature birth.Most women and men have a limited understanding of preeclampsia and its danger to both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is one form of a high blood pressure disorder of
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