The fluttering motions of the fetus are usually initially noticed by a multiparous woman at a later gestation than a first time pregnant woman. A multiparous woman may begin to feel movements as early as 16 weeks, whereas a first time pregnant woman may not feel any until she is 20 weeks pregnant.

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The last thing a pregnant woman wants to hear is that her baby is in trouble. Even though in some cases we cannot control what happens in utero, no matter how hard we try.

We can keep all of our antenatal appointments, eat the foods that we should eat, and even get all the tests that are required to ensure that the baby is growing well, during pregnancy and still get a bad report that baby has died.

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What a catastrophe! As a nurse midwife of 36 years I think many the unfortunate circumstance can be avoided in some cases. I am going to show you one of the ways you can help to determine if your growing baby is in trouble by you r monitoring of your baby’s movement.

Our topics will include:

1.What are fetal kicks?

2.Is counting fetal kicks important?

3.What is a kick chart for pregnancy and how to use it?

4.When you should worry about decreased fetal movement?

LETS GET STARTED WITH THIS INTERESTING TOPIC…..

1.Is counting fetal kicks important?

Absolutely yes! While nonstress testing and ultra sounds are other ways to determine your baby’s movement, but one easy way you can participate is to count over a period of two hours. If you reach 10 movements, you can stop AND feel good in knowing that your little star is moving in the right directions.

On the other side if your baby does not move as it should you can easily alert your healthcare practitioner to the changes so that other measures can be done to protect your baby.

There are many ways to monitor fetal movements, and various protocols exist. One that is commonly used is monitoring fetal movements daily starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy. Each day, a pregnant woman should aim to feel 10 movements in two hours.

If she reaches 10 movements before two hours, she can stop counting. However, if two hours have passed without 10 movements, she needs to alert her doctor or midwife for further evaluation.

2.What are fetal kicks?

Pregnant women can feel fetal movements, which indicate that the fetus is expanding in size and strength. Usually, the pregnant lady is the first to notice these movements, which can later be noticed by others. Women are frequently instructed by their health care providers to monitor or be aware of the fetus’ movements. 


This could be a broad awareness of baby movements or teaching the women to count the number of kicks they experience in a certain amount of time. Both the mother and the accompanying healthcare provider may be concerned about decreased fetal movement. Reduced fetal movement can be a symptom of fetal impairment or risk, and should be investigated further by the healthcare provider.

Quickening refers to the first fetal movements felt by the mother. These motions serve as a reminder to the pregnant lady that she has a fetus growing inside her uterus.  Between the 16th and 22nd week of pregnancy, quickening is common. Because other movements of the woman’s body, such as flatus, peristalsis, and abdominal muscular contractions, might mimic early fetal movements, this is referred to as a presumptive indicator of pregnancy.

3. What is a kick chart for pregnancy and how to use it?

A kick chart is an easy tool you can use to assist in monitoring your baby’s movement.

Checking your baby’s health and the frequency of their fetal movements on a regular basis, rather than only when you’re worried, is one of the best strategies to relieve your worries. Counting fetal movements on a daily basis can help you detect activity patterns and force you to take a deliberate, specified break.

If you keep track of your movements on a regular basis, you’ll have real evidence to show your doctor if there’s a problem. It may also help you discover a substantial drop in activity sooner than merely thinking, “Gosh, I haven’t felt the baby move in a couple of days…”, which is both meaningless and misleading.

At 28 weeks, it’s common to begin counting fetal activity on a daily basis (6). If you’re pregnant with a high-risk baby, your doctor may advise you to start 2 to 3 weeks earlier, around week 26, and to use other methods to monitor your baby, such as more regular checkups and ultrasounds. If you begin too soon, though, it may be difficult to notice frequent movement.

If you want to keep track of your fetal movements on a regular basis, follow these steps:
There are a variety of ways to keep track of the amount of movements you experience, but it’s critical to keep everything organized and in one location. Choose the strategy that you believe will work best for you before you begin.

The following are some ways to do it:

  •  Use a a simple notepad.
  • Make a note of it on your family’s calendar.
  • Downloading and printing a chart made specifically for this purpose.
  • Every day, make a note of it on your smartphone’s calendar.
  • Using a mobile app.
  • It’s critical to track fetal movements at the same time each day since your baby develops a habit in the same manner that you do. Choose a moment when you know you’ll be able to relax and track movement to precisely track motions — and detect when there’s a considerable decrease in activity.

It’s also a good idea to pick a time when your infant is most active, which is usually at night for most babies.

  • Your left side is better than your right.
    Resting on your left side boosts blood circulation to your baby, and reclining allows your baby more room to move while also preventing movement from trying to lure them to sleep.
  • You want to create an atmosphere where the baby is likely to move when counting fetal movements. When you’re doing this, make sure your legs are lifted.
  • Do not purposefully stimulate your child.
    There are certain things you may do to encourage movement — or measures you can take if you haven’t felt your baby move in a long time and are concerned.
  • But don’t do anything special to elicit movement for your normal movement monitoring. You want to acquire a sense of how they live on a daily basis.
Note the time

Take note of the time you start.
Note the time or start a stopwatch on your smartphone when you’re ready to start tracking movement.

Count up to ten fetal movements.


Begin keeping track of fetal movements. You’re tracking more than simply kicks, despite the fact that they’re labeled “kick counts.” Rolling, stretching, and elbow punches are all beneficial. 
Count until you’ve detected a total of ten moves.


Keep track of how long it took you to get 10 motions.


If you have a tendency to lose count when there is a long period of time between motions, draw tally marks on a piece of paper to assist you keep track.


After ten counts, stop counting.


Note the time or stop the timer once you’ve reached 10 distinct motions. This is how long it took you to complete the task.

4.When you should be concerned about your baby’s movement?

If you got less than 10 counts after repeating the procedure, seek medical help.
Drink some juice or see if you can excite your baby in some other manner if it takes substantially longer than usual to reach 10 movements, or if you don’t detect 10 movements during a two-hour period. Recheck your fetal movement count, and if it’s still low, see your health practitioner’s attention.

Bottom line

Fetal movement can be utilized later in pregnancy to help monitor the health and vitality of your baby, as well as to help strengthen the relationship between you and your baby.

The amount of activity varies based on the baby, the mother, and the time of day, but a healthy infant should have at least 10 movements every two hours. Anything less is regarded a cause for concern.

Have you kept track of fetal movement? What did you find that aroused your child’s interest? Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are doing great. You can like, comment and share my page. I would like to hear from you. Feel free to ask any questions.

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The Most Profitable Ways to Play With Your Newborn


Parents may be puzzled by their children’s reactions while playing. It’s pretty uncommon to think to yourself, “We were just having so much fun, and now he’s weeping.” What went wrong? It’s possible that your youngster has reached his limit of stimulation and is signaling to you that he needs a rest.
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I know most of you are wondering about many questions that relates to this topic. I am here to help you find the most profitable ways to play with your newborn baby. Many of you may think that babies do not have the need to play right. All you do is let them sleep, eat pass urine, stool and sleep right?

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Well if you never knew, you have come to the right place. Here are the topics we will cover:

1.What do you do with a newborn when they are awake?

2.Do newborns need playtime?

3.What do you do with a newborn all day?


4.What is play time for a newborn?

5. Do babies get tired of playing?

6. Signs of tiredness or too much play

1. What do you do with a newborn when they are awake?

There are so many thins you can do when your baby is awake. Play isn’t just about toys for babies; it’s also about exchanges. It can be as simple as humming a song to your kid while changing his diaper to cooing and smiling back and forth with him as he sits in your lap. Play with your baby in these creative ways.It is important for all mothers to interact with their baby. Have fun with your little star. This is how they learn- through their environment and with you.

I must admit, I enjoyed most waking moments of my babies time asleep. There have been times , like during the fussy stage during the first 2 months when I was glad to let them sleep because at that time postpartum symptoms occur and then begin to wear off.

Babies become visibly more interested in the world around them as they enter the 2 month phase. While they don’t “play” in the traditional sense—pushing trains around a track or feeding a baby doll—they are eager to investigate the items and connect with the people they see on a daily basis. I have lots of things you can do when he is awake. You will soon find out.

2. Do newborns need playtime?

Absolutely yes!As mentioned earlier, newborns learn from their environment and that includes YOU!

After learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, and to associate them with comfort, your baby will start responding even more to you during these months — and will even give you a smile! Every mom loves a smile. Don’t we?

Babies this age spend more time awake and become more curious about their surroundings. You often would see them begin looking around. They are getting physically stronger and better able to coordinate movements. Encourage the learning process by talking to your little one, responding to his or her vocal expressions, and providing colorful age-appropriate toys. So,yes mamas playtime is vitally important and needed for newborns.

3. What do you do with a newborn all day?

Now the exciting part! The parts where you will learn how to better interact with your baby and have lots of fun at the same time.

Offer toys that are interesting with touch!

Toys that are interesting to touch should be available.

Bring the objects close to your baby so that he or she may touch them and learn about how different objects feel. This allows him to learn by using his senses. Exploring objects with their eyes, then their hands and mouth, helps newborns learn how and what different objects do. This develops your child’s ability to think critically and solve problems.

Colorful toys of various textures, shapes, and sizes should be available for your infant to hold and explore. Introduce an infant gym with exciting dangling toys for your baby to swat at at this age. Alternatively, hold a toy just out of reach for your child to reach for, swat, and grasp. Toys should not be hung from cribs or other infant equipment since they could strangle your kid.

Ensure your newborn get adequate sleep

While each baby’s sleep requirements are unique, the average 2-month-old sleeps 14 to 17 hours per day, with four to six naps. The day-night schism should be dissipating, and you should be able to see your baby settle into a routine of 60 to 90 minutes of awake time followed by 30 to two hours of napping. You might notice longer lengths of sleep overnight (but if your child is still waking up every few of hours to eat, that’s perfectly normal, too).

Provide your baby with intriguing stuff to gaze at.

You’ll notice that if you slowly move an interesting object from side to side, your baby’s eyes will follow it. Tracking is one of the first ways that young babies learn to explore the world while developing their visual skills.
Place your baby in a position where she can kick or smash a rattle or a display.

She’ll connect the act of kicking with the sounds the mobile makes when struck over the next few weeks. This aids her in comprehending cause-and-effect relationships. Additionally, your toddler will realize that creating noise is simply enjoyable. You can even play music.
Make basic tasks enjoyable.

Provide your baby with intriguing stuff to gaze at.

You’ll notice that if you slowly move an interesting object from side to side, your baby’s eyes will follow it. Tracking is one of the first ways that young babies learn to explore the world while developing their visual skills.
Place your baby in a position where she can kick or smash a rattle or a display.

She’ll connect the act of kicking with the sounds the mobile makes when struck over the next few weeks. This aids her in comprehending cause-and-effect relationships. Additionally, your toddler will realize that creating noise is simply enjoyable.
Make basic tasks real fun.

Allow your baby to spend time on his or her tummy while awake to strengthen the neck and shoulders. Always keep an eye on your baby during “tummy time,” and be ready to assist if he or she becomes tired or frustrated. Never place a newborn on his or her stomach to sleep.

To lessen the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome, infants should sleep on their backs (SIDS).
Make a variety of facial expressions for your little star to copy. Speak to your kid and wait for him or her to engage.

5. Do babies get tired of playing?

Yes they do! Parents may be puzzled by their children’s reactions while playing. It’s pretty uncommon to think to yourself, “We were just having so much fun, and now he’s weeping.” What went wrong? It’s possible that your youngster has reached his limit of stimulation and is signaling to you that he needs a rest.

Light, music, touch, and activity are all ways that babies respond to stimulation in their own unique ways. Some people can handle a lot of stimuli before becoming distressed.

Other babies are easily overwhelmed by what appears to be a tiny quantity of stimulation (like brightening the lights in the room.) There is no such thing as a right or incorrect way to be. The ability of a newborn to cope with stimuli is determined by his age.

Signs that baby is tired

When babies are tired or had too much play, you might see some of the following tired signs:

  • tugging at ears
  • closing fists
  • yawning
  • fluttering eyelids or difficulty focusing – your baby might even go cross-eyed or seem to be staring into space
  • making jerky arm and leg movements, or arching backwards
  • frowning or looking worried
  • sucking on fingers – this could be a good sign and might mean that your baby is trying to find ways to settle to sleep.

Babies and toddlers: tired signs

At 3-6 months, your baby might be tired after 1½-3 hours awake.

At 6-12 months, your baby might be tired after 2-3 hours awake.

At 12-18 months, your child might be tired if they miss out on a morning or afternoon sleep.

If your baby or toddler is tired, you might see some of the following tired signs:

  • screaming
  • clinginess
  • grumpiness or crying
  • demands for attention
  • boredom with toys
  • fussiness with food.

Tired or hungry?

If your baby has had a feed within the last two hours and is grizzling and cranky, baby might be tired. If you’re not sure, offer a feed. If your baby takes only a little milk and is still grizzly, try settling baby back to sleep.

God is always there for you !

Bottom line

So there you have it mamas. Here are the different and most profitable ways to play with your baby. Playing with your baby should be lots of fun. I enjoyed every season. I hope you also enjoy your playtime with your baby. They are indeed special times.

There are many things you can do during the day with your baby. It is vital that they get the needed sleep. Understand when your baby has had enough playtime. No matter what you are going through remember God loves and cares about you. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you every success. Please like, comment and share our page and do visit again. Do you have a question? I would love to hear from you!

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The number One Best ways to Increase Your Milk Supply: Powerful Results


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July 30th, 2021

Hello mamas and moms to be! I hope you are all doing great. I have heard this cry from so many first time mom who are struggling with breast milk supply. I have discovered that this is a real problem for many moms and moms to be.

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Many of you are struggling with ways to keep your breast milk supply up. If you are struggling with this issue, I am here to help you out.

Our topics will include:

1.What foods help produce breast milk?


2. How can I increase my breast milk fast?


3.How can I increase my breast milk naturally?


4. Can breast milk increase after a month?

1. What foods increase milk supply?

While lactating, eat at least 1,800 calories per day and drink at least 6 glasses of fluids. The actual quantity of calories depends on your activity level and other circumstances, but on average, your body requires 450 to 500 calories per day more than it does on a conventional diet.

 For active ladies, this could mean up to 2,500 calories per day in total. What you consume, obviously, has a significant impact on the quality and quantity of milk produced. Here are some general dietary and breastfeeding tips to keep in mind: 
Look for calcium sources that are high in calcium. These will aid in the healthy and robust development of your baby’s bones.

Look for calcium sources that are high in calcium. These will aid in the healthy and sturdy development of your baby’s bones. Dairy items (organic dairy products are best), leafy green vegetables, and some seafood are all calcium-rich foods (sardines and salmon).
Consume fresh fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so make them a large part of your diet.


Choose complex carbs over simple carbohydrates. Processed carbs, which you should generally avoid, are healthier than complex carbs. Brown rice, whole-grain pasta and bread, as well as beans, are examples of complex carbohydrates.
Choose lean meat. Fatty cuts are preferable to lean cuts. Consider skinless chicken breasts, seafood, and low-fat dairy.

2. How can I increase my breast milk fast?

Every mom who desired to breastfeed during the pregnancy and now is incurring difficulty in doing so is probably very disappointed and frustrated. But hang on Mama, do not throw in the towel so quickly.

Relax. Your ability to produce milk can be harmed by a lot of stress. Playing relaxing music, looking at happy photographs, or simply spending time with the love of your life might help you relax before pumping or breastfeeding.
Try applying warm compresses to your breasts or massaging them for a brief period of time shortly before you plan to pump or breastfeed if you want to.

3.How can I increase my breast milk naturally?

Did you know that the first four to six weeks of breastfeeding, especially if you’re a first-time parent, are crucial for nursing success? It’s the time when you and your baby are still figuring things out and establishing a routine. It’s also the time when you’re developing a steady supply of breast milk for your baby

Power pump

Power pumping is a fantastic strategy to immediately increase your milk supply. Basically, you pump for 10-20 minutes after each breastfeeding session for 2-3 days in a row. This completely empties your breasts and tells your body to start producing more milk. If you’re already pumping exclusively, you can do this by pumping more frequently and for longer periods of time for 2-3 days.

A breast pump helps to removing breast milk. Take out the breast pump and utilize it after, or in between, breastfeeding sessions if you don’t feel comfortable with hand expression. The more breast milk you empty from your breasts, the more milk you’ll release.

If you’ll be solely pumping for your infant, you can increase your pumping sessions throughout the first few weeks and continue pumping for a few minutes after the stream of breast milk has ended.

Feed on demand


Supply and demand determine your milk supply. You’ll make more milk if your baby nurses frequently (theoretically). When you’re developing your supply, let your baby nurse on demand, and your body should respond by increasing milk supply.

Ensure proper latching


Make sure your infant is properly latching on to your breast. The most efficient technique to improve your supply is to latch your baby on properly. A weak latch is frequently the cause of a mother’s breast milk supply not being as plentiful as it may be. Your baby won’t be able to get enough milk from your breast if you don’t have a good latch. Try different positions for the perfect latch. Here are some breastfeeding pillows you might find helpful

Try a supplemental nursing system

A supplemental nursing system can be used to encourage the baby to suck at your breasts even when there is no more breast milk.5 If your child gets frustrated because the flow of your milk has slowed down or stopped, he or she may refuse to keep sucking at the breast.

By using a supplemental nursing system with previously expressed breast milk or even a formula supplement, you may be able to get your child to suck longer at the breast. And, adding more stimulation at the breast is a natural way to increase the amount of breast milk that your body makes. Nurse on Demand. Your milk supply is based on supply and demand. …

Breast compression is great

Breast compression is a technique that’s used to help a baby take in more breast milk while breastfeeding. It’s also a way to remove more breast milk from the breast when you’re using a breast pump.4

You don’t need to use breast compression if your child is breastfeeding well. However, if you have a sleepy baby or a newborn who’s not a strong nurser, breast compression can keep your breast milk flowing and your baby drinking.

Try some lactation support drink

Because it’s :

  • Made with lactation boosting herbs like blessed Thistle and fenugreek
  • 1800 mg of fenugreek per packet
  • Made with only natural ingredients
  • Non-gmo, Vegan, and free from gluten, dairy and soy
  • Great mixed with 6 oz. Cold water, juice, yogurt or your favorite smoothie

Lactation into my daily regimen, many women  saw a significant difference in their  production. You just might too!

Breast Massage While Nursing or Pumping

Breast Massage While Nursing or Pumping

This helps the milk to to flow more easily from the ducts to make space for more milk.

Stay hydrated and eat on time

 Because caring for a newborn can be pretty hectic, all   nursing women must prioritize eating and drinking enough throughout the day to increase milk supply. Mamas nothing can deplete a milk supply more quickly than hunger or dehydration. Never go places without your snacks and water! Stay hydrated

Find an expert

Your best bet for getting an expert opinion on what’s causing your low milk supply is to consult a lactation consultant. He or she can check to see if your baby is latching properly, whether you’re in the optimal breastfeeding position, if your pumping parts are the right fit, and offer general guidance and support.

Give yourself a good bath

Personally, I found it so much better to cope with needs of my baby when I give myself a bath. Do it at your earliest opportunity. It works wonders.

Rest at every opportunity!

This may not be easy for most new moms but you MUST find time to rest and regroup to continue the journey. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don’t worry about the dishes, or the dirty house . They can wait temporarily.

Offer both breasts at each feeding

Offering both breasts ensures that both breasts are emptied and ready to make more milk. This is what we want right mama!

Never give baby formula or miss any feed

Your body makes more breast milk when your baby nurses at the breast. If you skip feedings or give your little one formula instead of breastfeeding, you aren’t telling your body that you want it to make more breast milk.1 Your supply will decline unless you pump in place of that feeding.

Even though pumping can help to build and maintain your milk supply, it’s not the same as breastfeeding. Your baby does much a better job than a breast pump, especially in the beginning when you’re just building up your supply. 

Practice skin to skin

Mamas did you know skin-to-skin contact, which was originally developed as a treatment for premature babies, provides a number of advantages for full-term newborns as well? Skin-to-skin care, often known as kangaroo care, is a method of holding a newborn. The child is placed on the mother’s naked chest and covered with a blanket, wearing only a diaper and a cap. Direct skin-to-skin contact reduces stress, improves breathing, and regulates body temperature in babies.

Skin-to-skin contact also promotes bonding and is beneficial for nursing. Kangaroo care has been shown in studies to promote a baby to breastfeed for longer periods of time and to assist a mother in producing more breast milk.

Replace your pump parts regularly

The experts advice is to replace your pumping parts – especially the valves and membranes – every month to six weeks if you are pumping daily. So if you notice your milk dwindling and you have tried all the above, check this tip out.

Know that God cares

God cares

4. Can breast milk increase after a month?

During the first few months of your child’s life, your milk supply changes rapidly. While increasing your milk supply is simpler in the early days of breastfeeding, you can still do it once you’ve established a rhythm.

Bottom line

Breastfeeding can certainly be disappointing for first time moms who are expecting such a wonderful experience. Be patient . This is a must for successful breastfeeding.

, relax, and get as much sleep as possible. Thank you for stopping by today. I tried to get as much information as possible. I want your issue resolved as soon as possible. God is with you during this journey. What are some of the remedies that helped your breastfeeding experience? I would love to hear from you. Hope things work out very well for you.


Help ! My Baby Won’t Sleep Unless Held: 10 Simple Ways To Get A Break


Don’t be concerned! When it’s time to put him to bed, there are several things that can help him relax, and you should work on them before he sleeps. Massage, feeding, and bathing are all recommended by specialists.

Hello mamas and mamas to be! I have heard your cry! You have been holding your little star for hours and now you need to catch a quick bath, clean the house, catch some fresh air, most of all get the needed rest you deserve. Every time your baby hits the crib, the crying begins and when you pick baby up all the crying stops.

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I think most if not every parent has gone through this. I know mamas this can be frustrating at times because truly you do need a break from baby . If only to care for yourself. If you are a mommy- to -be who is experiencing this you have come to the right place. I will teach you several things you can try and see what works for you.

Topics to be covered include:

1.Why won’t my baby stay asleep when I lay Him down?

2.Why is my baby fighting sleep?

3. What should I do if my baby wants to be held all the time?

5. Can I spoil my baby by holding all the time?

6. Will my baby ever out grow the need to be held?

So here we go mama:

1.Why won’t my baby stay asleep when I lay Him down?

It is vital that you understand why your little star is behaving the way he is. While working in the hospital with new moms, I observed that babies love warmth; especially the warmth of their mothers. And you know we can’t blame them. It feels good to be loved by your mom. I see moms experiencing the same thing me and you experienced. You put them down while they are sleeping and the second you lay them down, the crying begins.

Or another reason may be that your kid may be unable to sleep outside your arms because you do not let him or her to fall asleep on his or her own. When it’s time for bed, you always hold him/her, which makes him/her believe that whenever he/she sleeps, he/she must be held.

2.Why do babies fight sleep?

Your baby’s energy levels change during the day. Trying to keep your star awake during the day for long periods can make matters worse. Carefully watching for your baby’s sleep window will help you gauge how much awake time is right for your baby.An eye rub, a yawn, a fuss, or turning away might all be signs that your baby is ready to sleep.

This indicates that your kid has entered the’sleep window.’ Keep your eyes alert to see if your child has an acceptable wake time. It might help you gauge when to set the setting for sleep once you know your baby’s estimated wake time.

Here is an estimated wake time for babies:

Birth – 6 weeks: 45 – 60 minutes

2-3 months: 1 – 1.5 hours

4-5 months: 1.25 – 2.25 hours

6-7 months: 2 – 2. 75 hours

8-9 months: 2.25 – 3 hours

10-12 months: 3 – 4 hours

12+months: 3 – 6 hours . This depends on the amount of naps.

What should I do if baby wants to be held all the time?

There are many things you can do if your baby wants to be held all the time . You can try some of these remedies. Remember all babies are different. What works for one does not mean it will work for all.

Before he/she goes to sleep, plan some relaxing activities for him/her.
Is your child agitated?

Don’t be concerned! When it’s time to put him to bed, there are several things that can help him relax, and you should work on them before he sleeps. Massage, feeding, and bathing are all recommended by specialists.

Giving your infant a warm bath will help to raise his or her temperature, which can fall at night, and prevent irritability. Massage promotes relaxation and makes it easier to lull him or her to sleep. Even better, feeding him/her can keep him/her warm and comfy on the inside.

Set a time for sleep . Your baby is unaware of when to go to sleep. Some training might help. I will share with you what works for most of my new moms. I instruct them to carry out this routine for a month but they may begin to see results sooner than this:

1.Set a time in the afternoon between 8-8:30 pm.

2.First feed your baby and burp

3. Bath using warm water

4.Give a body message afterwards using lotion

5. Dim the lights or use a lamp

6. Try some soft instrumental music or white noise

7. Swaddle / Shss, shss baby

8.Check on baby every 15-30 minutes. Ensure that nothing is in baby’s bed.

9. Ensure baby gets a full feed before sleep

10 . Try a pacifier. This may help baby sleep and —plus — has been associated with a decreased risk of SIDS.

Because your kid has been munching during the day, he or she may be feeling hungry when sleeping and waking up early. The idea is to get your kid to eat entire meals instead of nibbling, and the easiest way to do that is to feed him shortly after he wakes up from his nap.

Our first reaction is to feed a baby immediately before bedtime, but if we do so, the baby is more likely to have a snack rather than a full meal. A fatigued infant who lacks the stamina to eat a full meal just before bedtime will fall asleep at the bottle or breast.

Can I spoil my baby by holding all the time?

Many new moms are wondering if they are spoiling their babies while holding them. I know I wondered about this as a new mom and I am sure many you probably do.

You can’t spoil a baby, is the plain and short answer (which most of us intuitively seem to know when we bring our kids home).

When babies are inside us, they are accustomed to being constantly cared for and kept secure and warm. They are always near us and have learned the sound of our voices and the scent of our flesh. When a baby is born, it undergoes a significant transformation in which they are no longer protected by our bodies and must learn to navigate the world in a new way.

Sounds will be louder, lights will be brighter, and they will experience a load of new experiences, even within their own small bodies. It must be really stressful at times.

Remember, a baby’s only way of communicating with us in a new environment, with fresh sensations, is through crying and contact.

Holding your baby gives them a sense of security since they know you were the one who carried them for nine months. They can smell and hear you, and the touch of your flesh makes them feel close to you. Holding your baby near has a relaxing and reassuring effect on them, but it can also have a mental, social, intellectual, and physical impact on them.

According to a study published in Pediatrics, skin-to-skin contact during the first few months, particularly during the first few hours after birth, can have emotional and health advantages.

Will my baby ever outgrow the need to be held?

Relax new mommies !!

If you are experiencing the drama of a baby who always want to be held waking you every night, one one thing for sure is,

“Don’t worry, she’ll outgrow it. Babies sleep through the night when they’re ready.”

Really we all do! For most babies 1-2 months is all it takes.

This just a reminder that God is near and He cares deeply for you

Bottom line

So there you have it all mama! Now have the answers you have been waiting for. I hope you understand some of the reasons why your baby does not sleep at night, why they fight sleep, what you should do if they want to beheld all the time. Additionally there should not be any worries about if your baby will ever out grow the need of always wanting to be held.

I hope I was able to help you out in some way. Remember you are not alone. God is with you all the time and this season will pass. Thank you for reading to the end. I would love to hear from you. You can like, comment and share. One question before you go. What has been the most troubling experience with your baby since birth?

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How to Recover From a 1st Time Cesarean Section: Powerful, and Easy Tips


The physical, emotional, and mental expenses of pregnancy and motherhood to a woman’s health are rarely discussed in public, and if they are, they are supposed to be happily paid as payments for the Sacred Honor of Nourishing Life. It’s not a long-lasting serotonin high.

Hello to all the wonderful mamas-to-be out there; especially those of you who are having a Caesarean Section. Now I have never had a C-Section, but I sure have nursed so many who required my assistance to get well sooner than later. Understanding the recovery process can be aided by a reputable doctor, a caring network of other individuals who have had cesarean deliveries, looking out for number one, and a willingness to ask questions.

A Cesarean section (C-section) is a technique that involves making abdominal and uterine incisions to deliver a baby. For certain pregnancy issues, like as breech presentation or maternal high blood pressure, C-sections are occasionally scheduled in advance. C-sections are scheduled around one week before the due date, according to Michele Hakakha, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles. She explains, “This is done to try to prevent a woman from going into labor before her C-section date.”

Now I know you probably did not come here by chance or maybe you did. You came here because you are curious to know how you or someone you know can be successful in having a comfortable recovery from a C section.

Many women are confused as to how they should feel about having a C-section. Some have voiced their real feelings about it.

Our goal today : I am going to help you conquer the fear of having a Cesarean section for the first time and teach you powerful tips to recover while in the hospital and at home . You got this mama.

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Our exciting topics are:

1.What are other mothers saying about their experiences?

2.How can I prepare for C-section delivery

3.What can I expect from my first C-section?

4.Do you shave before C-section? shave before a section

5.How should I shower first after C-section?

ARE YOU READYSET- LETS GO MAMAS………

1.What are other mothers saying about their experiences?

Everyone has their views about having a C -Section. I never desired to have one. I was amazed to hear some patients requesting to have a cesarean section. They actually preferred to have that over a normal delivery . C Sections should ONLY be performed for medical reasons that support needing one. There must be a reason why the woman cannot be delivered vaginally.

While there is loss in section one, there is also appreciation weaved into the thread. “It’s important to be grateful for the knife and the anesthesia when they can save your baby’s life, or your own,” Rabins writes in “My Unnatural Birth Stories” (6–7). She overcame the trauma of losing her first son during childbirth.

because “a doctor avoids using the word ‘caesarean’ until there is no other option” (42),

In her article “Wounds,” Robin Schoenthaler expresses her joy at having given birth to her second son.

Kenzie was delivered via caesarean section, which she recalls as “stately, beautiful, and uncomplicated” (44). “Wounds,”

Rachel Moritz notes how she is “shocked by how much of Finn’s birth narrative still resonates with loss” while narrating her birthing journey as a lesbian parent whose son spent his first days in a NICU as a result of a lung infection caused by a delayed surgery. The heartbreak I felt while attempting to bring someone fresh into my life the world, which was a win in the end. Some losses are unavoidable; they’re a part of life.

The physical, emotional, and mental expenses of pregnancy and motherhood to a woman’s health are rarely discussed in public, and if they are, they are supposed to be happily paid as payments for the Sacred Honor of Nourishing Life. It’s not a long-lasting serotonin high.

everybody. We are willing to make compromises. We come out scarred. This is your first C section, so I do not mean to scare you but I just want you to hear from those who have gone through it. And of course you will have your own view about it as well.

2.How can I prepare for a C-section delivery?

Shower #1: Night Before Surgery. You and your doctor would have already discussed the fact that you need a C-section. Make sure you ask them any question you need to before the pending day.

Shower #2: Morning of Surgery. Do not use any perfume , powder, other fragrances, or deodorant. Put on clean clothes and head to the hospital with your packed suitcase. You can check this link out for your DONE-FOR-YOU HOSPITAL PRINTABLE.

Your doctor will instruct you before surgery that you are free to eat and drink normally until 8 hours before your C-section. Do not eat or drink anything until instructed and ask questions.

• At least 8 hours before your scheduled C-section,

a glass of apple juice (8 ounces)

• Continue to drink clear liquids until you feel better.

2 hours prior to your scheduled C-section.

• Two hours prior to your scheduled C-section,

a glass of apple juice (8 ounces)

• Begin 2 hours before your scheduled appointment.

Do not take anything if you are having a C-section. ASK DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR MEDICATIONS

Know what time you are having your surgery and relax. Do you know the best way to relax?

No matter what you are going through God cares for you. Trust Him in every circumstance

Don’t forget your support person

Support at this time truly is needed

They will be excorted to the operating room (OR) with the medical team. They will also change into the OR clothing
• Will sit near your head during the surgery
• Can help hold your baby or even cut the cord in the OR after delivery. This is how it used to be. As you know the new norm with Covid-19 has changed that situation.

• If you haven’t previously done so, sign consent documents for surgery during labor and delivery.

• Schedule a meeting with the anesthetic team.

• Have a meeting with the delivery crew.

A nurse will do the following:

• In your arm, insert an intravenous (IV) line.

• Take a blood sample so we can check your blood sugar levels.

• Keep your pubic hair trimmed.

• Begin using a fetal heart rate monitor so we can monitor your baby’s heart.

Before Surgery

Preparation for a C section is so necessary mama

The medical team will guide you into the things that need to be done.


• You will drink an antacid drink.
• The anesthesia team will give you spinal anesthesia or
place an epidural.
• You will start to feel numb from your breasts to your
toes.
• No need to worry because a nurse will help you as things go along:

You’ll spend 60 to 90 minutes in the operating room. The baby is usually delivered within just 10 minutes.

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You’ll spend 60 to 90 minutes in the operating room. The baby is usually delivered within just 10 minutes.

Following the delivery:

  • A pediatrician will examine you the health of the child
  • We’ll bring your infant, if it’s safe to you in exchange for skin-to-skin contact and

assist you in starting to breastfeed.

  • If further attention is required, we will provide it bring your kid to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NICU stands for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Every mother’s dream is to see their baby after delivery. This is the time you get a chance to do it. The medical team would allow you to see your baby including the genital area. Your partner may also be allowed to cut the umbilical stump

Immediately after surgery

• You will be taken back to your Labor and Delivery room to recuperate after the surgery.

• Your vital signs will be taken by nurses.

often.

• The sensation in your legs will begin to deteriorate.

as the anesthetic wears off.

• You can start eating and drinking.

• Your doctor would inform you of any further procedures that might need to be done at this time and inform you of how things went.

Recovery in postpartum

We encourage you to walk often, with help. Walking will help you heal. Plan to walk in the halls several times a day.

• Your appetite may be lower after surgery. You may need to eat smaller meals at first. You will begin the next day with liquids graduating to a soft- normal diet. Once you tolerate everything without nausea or vomiting you are good to continue a normal diet. I am always delighted to see my clients reach this stage.

• You will be helped as you breastfeed your baby. Ask for help when you need it because work in the hospital can be very busy. on

breastfeeding. Ask for lactation services staff to visit, if needed.

• We will remove your Foley catheter as long as you are ambulating well. Walking is great to get your blood circulation flowing again and prevent respiratory problems.

Pain control

The medicine you receive during surgery will help control pain for 12 to 18 hours after surgery. As needed, you will also receive:
• Acetaminophen (Tylenol) A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil) or ketorolac.

Opioid pain medicine (Oxycodone or Hydromorphone) Acetaminophen and ibuprofen will be your main pain medicines. Opioids will be given only if needed.

In addition you may also be given:

You may also receive these other medicines while
you are in the hospital:
Bowel medicines (constipation
is common, especially if you
take opioids)
• Anti-nausea medicines

• Anti-heartburn medicines
• RhoGRAM (if needed)
• Birth control (if desired). By this time you should have decided which birth control is your preference.

Preparation for home sweet home

Generally, the majority of women go home 2 -3 days after their C-section. The wound is assessed in 8-10 days. Before you leave the hospital, the medcal team want to make sure you can:
• Walk without help
• Eat without nausea or vomiting
• Urinate (pee) as usual
• Control your pain with only pain pills.

Take care of yourself and your baby. Some hospitals which are public have a system where they check on new mothers at home for a few days.

Don’t forget your discharge medications

When you leave the hospital, you will keep taking these medicines at home:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)/ pain medications
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Opioids, if needed
    Bowel medicines (to prevent constipation)
    Birth control (if desired)

Pain control at home is a must!

Pain control is a must so you can take care of the things that matter the most

Take your pain medicines as prescribed.
• If you are taking opioids do not drive while you are taking opioids (decrease) your dose over the first week you are home. To do this,
first start taking a lower dose. Then allow more time between doses until you are no longer taking any opioids.

Self care at home is very important mamas

• Go for a walk. Walking will assist your body heal. Put on some nice casual clothing and take a nice stroll with your little star.
• Consume nutritious foods and beverages a lot of water.

• Your  healthcare provider will give you instructions of when to have your first shower after delivery.  Gently remove the tape covering the wound.   Allow the water to flow easy over your wound. No scrubbing, no soap directly on the wound. The soap and water running down from your body will help to cleanse it.
.

Home activity limits!

For 6 weeks after your C-section: Limit your household chores. You can seek help if needed from friends and family. Do not lift anything that weighs more than 10 pounds. (A gallon of milk weighs almost 9 pounds.) Ask for help as needed.
• Do not use tampons, have sex, or put anything else in your vagina. Right now your body is prone to infection and besides you may be having lots of pain.

Warning signs

Be aware of postpartum blues and depression

Mama you are to seek medical assistance if you incur any of the following:

  • Fever higher than
    100.4°F (38°C)
    • Chills
    • Nausea or vomiting,
    or both
    • Redness, warmth, or
    drainage at your
    incision
    • Severe pain not responding to pain relievers
  • Severe persistent headaches. Preeclampsia symptoms or sometimes if you had a spinal anesthesia can cause this.

Bottom line

So there you have it first time mama. Here is a step by step guide to your recovery from a 1st time Cesarean Section: Powerful, and Easy Tips . It was my pleasure to talk with you today. Remember, you are not alone. Are there any concerns you may have? Let me know in the comments below.

God is always there. The key hear is not to fear. Do not think you are less than a woman if you are unable to deliver vaginally. At the end of the day all we want is a live healthy baby. Right? I hope I was able to help you in some way. So what are our take home points?

  1. Accept your view point about a C section
  2. You are now equipped to prepare for your C section
  3. By all means do not forget your support person
  4. Remember the steps before, during and after matters a lot
  5. Recovery after a C section postpartum along with pain management is critical in your transition from delivery.
  6. Remember to control your pain from the first day. This would be better for both you and baby. Take pain meds as indicated to control it. I have met many moms who gave up breastfeeding because of poor pain management. Don’t let this happen to you.

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Should I Wake My Baby To Feed Or Feed When Baby Wakes?


July 21 st, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith – The # 1 midwife

Hello Mamas-to-be! I hope you are feeling so well today. We have a hot, hot topic today. Have you ever experienced this situation? I remember when I had my last baby Joylyn. Just home from the hospital. She is sleeping, I lay her down and she is still fast asleep after a busy hospital experience. Additionally, I am tired, sleepy and would rather got to sleep being hungry. I just want to sleep.

Do you know what I did? Yes you guessed right- I went to sleep and was disturbed by my histerically crying baby. She was four hours since her last feed. I felt so bad that I had slept that long without feeding her.

How many of you can feel me?

Our topics topics will include:

  1. Day time sleep
  2. Night time sleep
  3. How long should my baby sleep?
  4. How should my baby sleep?
  5. What is the best time for my baby to sleep?
  6. Guidelines for maintaining a safe environment for your little star
  7. Effective remedies for my baby to sleep.

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I am a midwife and this is one of the # 1 questions I get asked:

Nurse, Should I Wake My Baby To Feed?

Did you know there are 2 answers to this question? Here we go………

Answer # 1 -Yes you should wake your baby to feed during the day on a schedule.

Answer # 2- No you should not wake your baby during the nighttime because your little star needs to grow during the night. So let me explain:

Day time sleep:

Daytime, your baby must ingest nutrients in order to stay healthy and grow. So, if your baby is sleeping past their feed time, yes  wake them up and feed them. However, I don’t want you to go in with bells ringing to wake them up from their profound slumber. Instead, I’d like you to open the door quietly to let some light in.

Then go into the room and turn off the white noise. This will wake the infant nine times out of ten. If it doesn’t, try opening the blinds a little to let more natural light in. We want the infant to awaken in the most “natural” manner possible. Change and feed the baby once he or she is awake.

Night time sleep:

Let baby sleep during the night. Yay, yay!

The opposite is true at night! Your baby’s growth hormones are exclusively released during sleep. So let them flourish! *Follow your pediatrician’s advice if your baby is underweight or preterm.

When it’s time to eat, let your infant finish their REM cycle and wake up normally. Then go in and feed them while changing their diaper. There’s no need to get up after a meal! They return to their beds for more beautiful dreams and restful slumber.

How long should my baby sleep?

A newborn’s experience of day and night is still developing. They sleep all day and night, and because their little tummies can’t store enough breast milk or formula to keep them content for lengthy periods of time, they wake up frequently to eat – regardless of the time of day or night.

What Is the Average Sleep Time of a Newborn?

It is important that your baby is sleeping well with good furniture, i.e.crib, bassinette, mattress, and sheets

  • According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns should get 14–17 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Some babies sleep as much as 18–19 hours each day.
  • Newborns need to eat every couple of hours, so they wake up every couple of hours. Breastfed babies eat every 2–3 hours on average. Bottle-fed babies are more likely to feed every 3–4 hours.
  • Newborns who have been sleeping for prolonged periods of time should be awakened to feed. Until your baby exhibits good weight gain, which normally happens during the first few of weeks, wake him or her every 3–4 hours to eat. It’s fine to let your infant sleep for lengthier periods of time at night after that.
  • The first few months of a baby’s existence are often the most difficult for parents. Mamas you got this! Trust God to help you conquer these challenging times . Trust me they only come to pass!

What is the best time for my baby to sleep?

During the first weeks of a baby’s life, some parents choose to room-share. Room-sharing is when you place your baby’s crib, portable crib, play yard, or bassinet in your own bedroom instead of in a separate nursery. This keeps baby nearby and helps with feeding, comforting, and monitoring at night. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing.

While room-sharing is safe, putting your infant to sleep in bed with you is not. Bed-sharing increases the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and other sleep-related deaths.

Follow these guidelines to maintain a safe environment for your little star

  • Always put your infant to sleep on his or her back, not on his or her stomach or side. Since the AAP made this suggestion in 1992, the rate of SIDS has dropped dramatically.
  • Make sure you’re sleeping on a solid surface. A snug-fitting sheet should be used to cover the mattress. Check to see if your crib, bassinet, or play yard complies with current safety regulations.
  • Nothing else should be placed in the crib or bassinet. Plush toys, cushions, blankets, unfitted sheets, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, and bumper pads should all be kept away from your baby’s sleeping space.
  • Overheating should be avoided at all costs. Dress your baby for the temperature in the room and avoid over bundling.
Finding the most relevant safety items is important for a safe environment.

Effective remedies for my baby to sleep


Newborns have their own routine. You and your baby will begin to settle into a pattern over the next few weeks to months.

Your baby’s brain may take a few weeks to recognize the difference between night and day.

Sadly, there are no shortcuts to speeding this up, although it does help to keep things quiet and peaceful during feedings and diaper changes in the middle of the night.

During my practice I was able to give some effective strategies that they said really helped their child to settle quite smoothly. This is what they did:

  • Early in the evening at about 8 pm -8:30pm, they gave their baby a warm bath
  • Then they did a baby massage
  • Swaddle baby after massage
  • Keep the lights down and resist the impulse to interact with or play with your infant. The message will be sent that evening is for sleeping.
  • You could play some white noise or low keyed relaxing music
  • Allow your baby to fall asleep in the crib at night if feasible so that he or she learns that it is a safe place to sleep.
  • Do not attempt to keep your infant awake.
  • Leave the room and check every 15-30 minutes without disturbing baby.
  • You can shush baby if baby is not settling well. This is mimicking the mother’s womb. Experts claim that this experience gives them comfort because it is similar to the womb.

Bottom line

Daytime is a time when your baby will definitely have to be wakened to have his / her feeds. This is so important for you to know. Now night time is different. You do not have to wake baby during the night but if baby does wake up you can still feed him. All babies sleep for long periods during the day.

Your baby will find the right routine sooner than later. I encourage you to make your baby’s environment as safe as possible. I really hope those powerful remedies I gave you work for you. Remember God cares for you . Trust Him to work everything for you. Thank you for stopping by and do visit again. Please like, comment and ask a question. I would like to hear from you.

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How to Help Relieve Acid Reflux in Your Newborn: Using Effective Natural Remedies


There is no doubt that babies experiencing acid reflux are discomforted and in pain. We as parents know it is uncomfortable for our babies. Understanding why this happens can bring some light to our lives and hopefully help to bring a solution to this problem

July 20th, 2021 -Produced by Marilyn Smith – The # 1 midwife

Hello mamas -to-be! Its me again. What a pleasure to be here with you today. Thank you for stopping by. Please like, comment or ask any question you’d like. I would love to hear from you.

If you are having an issue with your baby ‘s feeds settling or your baby choking- like symptoms, you have come to the right place. Many new parents face this problem and it is causing a lot of fear and anxiety to them for their babies.

This is not a new problem. It has been around for a very long time. So today we will talk about some of the SOLUTIONS to this old problem.

In this amazing article we will learn :

1.How does acid reflux look in newborns

2.What are the causes?

3. Types of acid reflux

4. What is the commonest reflux in neonates?

5.Does acid reflux go away?

6.What are the best products and remedies to help newborns with acid reflux?

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So here we go with our first topic….

How does acid reflux look in newborns?

I remember very mild symptoms with my third baby Latreia. After feeding she would have a crying session. This fortunately lasted for a short time with some simple skills I will teach you.

Acid reflux has several types of symptoms which may include:

  • Gassy and/or foamy bowel movements
  • Colicky, unhappy or seemingly uncomfortable in body
  • Wheezing, apnea or breathing difficulties (respiratory infections)
  • Sour breath, burps and hiccups
  • Throwing up, usually projectile vomiting (not with silent reflux*)
  • Failure to gain weight
  • Crying or uncomfortable after eating
  • Coughing or choking regularly
  • Refusing the breast/bottle
  • Arching back after eating
  • Resistance to laying on back

What are the reasons why this happens?

There is no doubt that babies experiencing acid reflux are discomforted and in pain. We as parents know it is. Understanding why this happens can bring some light to our understanding and hopefully help to bring a solution to this problem

The sphincter muscle that connects the esophagus with the stomach is frequently underdeveloped, enabling stomach acid to flow back up the throat, producing burning and discomfort.

Their vagus nerve function, which regulates intestinal motility and digestion, can become weak as their brain and nervous system grows.

What are the types of acid reflux?

Did you know there are several types of acid reflux in babies ? Yes they are several types in newborns which include:

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux, (reflux or GER): Some studies show that almost two thirds of newborn babies are reported as having GER, although it tends to peak around four months and totally resolve by 12 months.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): This is not as common, with only 1 in about 300 babies presenting symptoms. GERD is more serious than GER though and often presents in babies with neurological impairments.
  • Silent GERD or GER: Silent reflux is pretty much what you might think–reflux that shows no typical symptoms.
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux: This is just a term for reflux that reaches the upper esophageal sphincter and the back of a baby’s throat.
  • Secondary GER: This is when GER is not occurring on its own due to typical reasons, but is, in fact, caused by something else such as a food allergy or infection.

What is the commonest reflux in neonates?

Basic reflux in neonates, also known as GER, is a common occurrence that affects most people at some point in their lives. This is the back flow of stomach juices. It usually results in a baby spitting up. This can happen to breastfed or formula-fed babies and isn’t a major issue. If a newborn has regular GER, he will not exhibit any other peculiar symptoms. Unusual gastrointestinal symptoms could be a sign of something more serious.

How long will acid reflux last?

The good thing about acid reflux is the fact that it does not last. It will eventually resolves on its own.

What are the best products and remedies for acid reflux in newborns?

Ahhh…. this what you really want to know. Am I right mamas?

There are some invasive tests that can help doctors diagnose the problem if the symptoms persist too long. They are more invasive

meaning your baby’s body will be used to identify the problem. They iclude blood tests, ultrasound, Upper GI swallow, Ph probingto determine acid in the stomach and breathing problems, and upper GI endoscopy.

Thank God there are natural remedies you can try

I will always believe that the natural ways are far better than the invasive treatments. Don’t you? Lets begin:

1. If you are a nursing mom consider giving up dairy

Now I know this may be difficult for you but it has worked for many women with this issue. Non dairy has helped many babies to recover. Dairy can cause problems because the proteins found in this food can irritate baby digestive system.

2.Avoid citrus

3.Avoid coffee

4.Avoid nuts

5.Avoid soy

6.Take some probiotics

The notion is that probiotics might naturally improve a baby’s digestion and ease many of the symptoms of acid reflux. Simply mix a small amount with breast milk or formula and spoon feed or administer with a syringe.

7.Breastfeed often

  • One of the major breastfeeding benefits is a reduced risk of serious reflux. Almost all studies surrounding baby reflux show that breastfed babies experience far less instances of reflux than formula fed babies. Also, when they do experience reflux, the symptoms are less severe. Most researchers think that this is a combination of the health benefits of breast milk and the fact that babies who breastfeed tend to take in less air than bottle fed babies. Here are some breastfeeding essentials you might find you need.

8.Limit activities after meals

After a meal, your infant should not sit up straight or engage in too intense play or exercise. Tummy time shortly after a meal is never encouraged.

9.Do not change the formula unless advised by peadiatrition

Never change the formula! Changing the formula used to be assumed to be a solution for reflux in newborns, but according to Healthline, this is rarely a logical method to treat reflux and can often cause more harm than good. If your pediatrician recommends it, adjust your baby’s formula.

10.Hold your baby properly

It’s critical to hold your kid properly when he eats. While nursing, keep him near to you and make sure he’s latched on properly. Always hold your baby while he eats from a bottle. Make sure the bottle is upright and allowing milk to fill the nipple; there shouldn’t be a lot of bubbles near the nipple.

11.Smaller feeds are better

Feed smaller amounts of formula more frequently. Avoid large amounts at one time. Be sure that the hole in the nipple is not too large while bottle feeding.

12.Use the upright hold

Hold your baby upright for 15 to 30 minutes after feeding. Baby wearing is a great way to hold baby after feeds.

13.Elevate the head of baby’s crib

Slightly elevate the head of babies’ cribs so babies can sleep with their heads slightly up.

14. Always burp baby after feeds

This will help to remove any air in baby’s tummy that could cause pain and discomfort. Burp cloths are for convenient for you.

15.

Just a reminder that God cares

Bottom line

Acid reflux can be troubling for moms and babies. I hope you find some of these remedies helpful. Thank you for stopping by today. Our babies are so precious and we want only the best for them. I wish you every success as you try to get relief for your baby.

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Powerful and Practical Tips for a First Time Mom: Mommy Like a Pro the 1st Time


Produced July 19th, 2021 By : Marilyn Smith- The # 1 midwife

For the first time, being a mother is a wonderful and exciting experience, but it also brings with it a slew of new problems and changes, ranging from home preparation to bodily changes. Yes being a mother puts new demands on us and forces us to be the best we can be no matter what.

Hello Mamas- to -be. I hope everything is going well with your pregnancy or going well with you and your newborn!

If you are a first time mom or mom -to- be, you have reached the best place to hear the right content. So sit back, relax and lets chat quickly about this exciting topic! Make sure read it to the end so that you get everything you need for this journey.

Guess what mama? If you are expecting you first baby and you’re always searching for tips and advice. IT’S OK!

Most first time mothers-to-be are unprepared for the arrival and this causes a lot of questions! But don’t worry, I will give you some powerful and practical tips to help you mommy like a pro!

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Our topics will cover:

  1. Who is a first time mom?
  2. How to deal with a first time pregnancy?
  3. Powerful and practical tips for a first time mom

Who is a first time mom?

A woman who is (or has been only) pregnant for the first time is referred to as a primigravida, and a woman in subsequent pregnancies as a multigravida or as multiparous. During a second pregnancy a woman is called a gravida 2, para 1 and upon live delivery as gravida 2, para 2.

According to Sheila Devanesan, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists, gives moms-to-be counsel on the importance of staying healthy and self-care during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum stages. 

As we know pregnancy and postpartum are some of the most stressful and demanding times a woman can face in her life. I have experienced this four times so I know what you are going through. You may also be feeling what I am talking about.

For the first time, being a mother is a wonderful and exciting experience, but it also brings with it a slew of new problems and changes, ranging from home preparation to bodily changes. Yes being a mother puts new demands on us and forces us to be the best we can be no matter what.

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2.How to deal with a first time pregnancy?

Being pregnant for the first time can be very overwhelming especially if you have no good support. Unfortunately, there are many parents who are raising their children by themselves. You’re not alone when you’re raising a child on your own. Families with only one parent is very  common.

You  can learn how to deal with some of the unique obstacles faced by single parents and what you can do to raise a happy, healthy child. As a first time mom, it is critical that you take good care of your pregnancy from the get go. Here are the basic steps to a

Get pre-pregnancy counseling early

Taking the time to ensure that your body is at it’s highest performance, is your responsibility. Getting a pre-pregnancy check up could be one of the best things you can do for yourself and your little star. This examination can easily exposé any existing treatable factors and risks. You will be given advice on how to maintain a healthy body and mind including taking your folic acid and prenatal vitamins 2-3 months ahead. Prenatal vitamins and folic acid should be taken to prevent birth abnormalities, particularly those involving the brain and spine.

Stick to your ideal weight

Maintain a weight that is as close to your ideal as possible. Over weight or underweight are danger zones that can put you both baby at risk for complications.

Stay up to date with vaccines

Whether it is the flu or covid vaccine you decide to take, it is important that you remain current to protect you both.

Postpartum – powerful and practical tips to mommy like a pro….

1.Keep your sanity -stay calm!
Keep your cool!

I clearly remember my post partum experiences. Man they were really challenging, especially when baby starts to cry and become fussy. Prepare to be exhausted for the first few days – When you bring your newborn home, you may expect a

lot of chaos. There’s plenty  adjustment , and you might not get much sleep. To pass the time while you nurse your baby, download your favorite music, a decent box set, or talk to God. Anything that improves  your relaxation is worth it.

This can cause you to become more irritable and complaining. When you can, try to get some rest, and don’t be afraid to limit guests for the first few days. You will need as much rest as you can to recharge. Do all you can to keep your sanity. Remember this too shall pass.

2.Don’t worry about the house work and what needs to be done

Let your partner or a trusted family member or friend help out with the other kids and urgent house chores. On the other hand if you do not have help, don’t worry about the house work. They can wait.

3.At the 1st chance get yourself a nice bath and a perineal soak

I always advise my moms to get themselves a fresh bath first thing in the morning. This does a world of both physical and mental comfort. Mamas if you do not do this you will feel very uncomfortable. I found that when I caught that first bath, I was more ready to face the day with baby. And if you had a perineal tear , a perineal soak can go a long way.

4.Be patient -weight loss is a process not an overnight thing!

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be flawless and lose all of the baby weight. Focus on eating well and spending time with your baby.


5.Watch out for postpartum depression

Stressful experiences are usually just that: experiences. If you’re constantly overwhelmed with no relief, or if you’re losing interest in your newborn, these could be indicators of a more serious depression, and you should seek medical help.

6. There will be overnight changing

Be Ready For Bedding Changes Overnight — Before bedtime, cover your baby’s crib with two layers of bedding. If there are any mishaps overnight, simply remove one sheet and place baby on the second, clean layer. Remember that this approach will only work if you use two waterproof sheets.

7.Keep your skin soft and moisturized

Your skin may be extremely dry as a result of hormonal and hydration changes. To keep your skin moisturized, stock up on good moisterizer cream.

8.Follow your motherly instincts
Trust your motherly instincts

Mamas, follow your motherly instincts and let your baby lead the way – You will receive a lot of advice. When should you feed your little star  and when should you put him to bed for the night? Yes, these folks are genuinely trying to assist you, but pay attention to your child. They’ll let you know when they’re hungry and when they’re sleepy.

However if you find that your child is sleeping 3 hours , wake him up to feed. As prolonged sleeping can cause neonatal jaundice. This is where bilirubin supersedes your child’s bloodstream causing their eyes and skin to turn yellow.

9.Pack enough supplies when leaving the house

Make sure you have plenty of supplies with you whenever you leave the house with your infant. Pack enough extra milk,  clothes, diapers, wipes, muslin cloths, and everything else you’ll need while you’re away.

10.Have some freezer meals prepared

Boy, this will help you out quite a bit just; knowing that your meals are readily available is less pressure on you.Some mommies-to-be prepare their meals before going to labor.

11.Learn to calm your baby’s fussy habits.
Fussiness during the first few weeks can be humiliating. Empower yourself mama

Swaddling my babies really helped me when my baby was fussy. Here is a link to some other things you can do if your baby becomes fussy. Always burp your baby after feeds to avoid air getting trapped into the stomach, causing pain and irritability.

Some babies can take long to burp. If baby is has not burped for 5-10 minutes, you can lay baby on his side or back with head turned to one side for safety. Check your baby’s diaper frequently to ensure that baby does not develops a diaper rash. Olive oil can be used to for protection and easy cleanup.

12.Trust In God to get you through this tough period in your life

Most women can say that the postpartum stage is certainly hard, but I want you to know that God has your back. He loves and cares for you. You are not alone!

Bottom line

The above are some very powerful and practical tips to help you mommy like a pro! I believe if pregnancy is well planned before conception can truly make pregnancy and postpartum so much better. As we have seen it can be much easier. I hope you find this helpful. Thank you for stopping by today. Feel free to like, comment, or ask a question. What are some of the challenges you had or is experiencing now postpartum. Share on how you are coping. I would love to hear from you.

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Returning to Work After Baby: 9 Essential Tips to Making An Easy Transition


Universally, following delivery, six weeks of “disabled” leave is considered standard. Depending on the demands of their employment and the level of care they receive at home, some women may believe they can return to work sooner. This question is personal because we all have different schedules and needs that demand our attention.

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Hello Mamas. Great to be here with you today. As you can see we are going to talk about a very important topic today-Returning to work after baby. I am going to do my best to help you transition safely back to work. I know how it is because I have been there AND DONE THAT. I am so happy you stopped by today.

What we will cover?

  • How soon you should go back to work after baby?
  • How do babies suffer when moms go back to work?
  • 8 Important tips for parents returning to work after having a baby

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So you have used up all of your maternity leave and now it is time to return to work. Man I know the pain you are feeling after spending all that valuable time with your baby it is time to get back into the scheme of work mode answering the phone, going on errands, managing staff, attending meetings, and serving our clients.

Wow! this is bring up so many memories of what I dread just like you. I wish I could retire right now but I can’t!!!I hate having to leave my little star in the hands of someone else because, I know no one else on this earth can take care of her like me!

How soon after work should You return?

Returning to work can be very daunting

One of the best gifts you can give yourself

Universally, following delivery, six weeks of “disabled” leave is considered standard. Depending on the demands of their employment and the level of care they receive at home, some women may believe they can return to work sooner. This question is personal because we all have different schedules and needs that demand our attention. Here are some general questions to consider when deciding when to return:

1.Is there a good area at work where you can breastfeed or pump?

Is there a spot on the job where you can nurse or pump if you’re breastfeeding? Instead of scrambling about with a hungry infant or engorged breasts looking for a secluded location to nurse or pump, make these arrangements ahead of time.

2.Do you have enough flexibility?

Will your supervisor and coworkers accept if you cut back if you feel you’ve overextended yourself prematurely, or are they relying on you? If you have to cancel a work commitment, it will simply add stress to your postpartum life.

3.Do not exceed more than 20 hours per week

Working more than 20 hours a week before six weeks after giving birth is likely to exhaust you. Your body requires time to heal.

4. Is your work really strenuous?

You might not be ready for hard lifting or climbing before six weeks if your profession requires it. You don’t want to spend all of your energy at work and then have nothing left for your baby when you get home. Furthermore, if you’re not physically capable of handling the responsibilities of your profession, you risk endangering yourself and everyone else at work.

5. Will you be able to take a break?

Many women feel compelled to take a break in the middle of the day. It might be really beneficial to have a spot where you can put your feet up for a few minutes every now and again. There may be times when you really could use a golden kickback at work.

Now lets deal with the question if babies suffer when mom returns to work?

Early returns to work after childbirth do not represent a harm to children’s healthy development, according to research from three industrialized countries. According to our recent studies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, mothers returning to work soon after childbirth do not hinder their children’s development.

Will my baby miss me?

Babies develop a feeling of “object permanence” between the ages of 4 and 7. They’re coming to terms with the fact that things and people exist even when they’re not visible. Babies learn that if they can’t see their parents, it implies they’ve left.

Did you know that many new moms are returning to work early?

Early return to work – within two years of childbirth – was prevalent among mothers in all three countries, while women in the UK and Australia were slower to return to work than mothers in the US, owing to more generous maternity leave regulations in the UK and Australia.

Did you know nearly 70% of mothers in the United States returned to work before their kid was two, compared to 60% of mothers in the United Kingdom and a third of mothers in Australia?

The early years image had flipped by the time children started formal schooling: in the UK and Australia, a higher proportion of moms worked than in the US.

Best tips for returning to work

Daisy Wademan Dowling, the founder and CEO of Workparent, a consultancy firm for working parents and employers. Additionally, working parents and employers, describes returning to work after being at home with a new baby as “a transition unlike any other.”

Denise Rousseau, a professor of organizational behavior and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, adds that it’s an “intensive physical and psychological adjustment.” She responds, “You might not feel ready to leave your child.” You might even feel bad about going back to work in the first place. Of course, “all of this is typical,” but that “doesn’t make it any less intimidating.”

1.Set new goals for yourself


It’s a good idea to consider how you might recreate yourself effectively in the early days of returning to work. Consider “what makes you unique or remarkable,” as Dowling suggests. Next think about how you can change those characteristics to fit your fresh start. “Perhaps you will become the most efficient if you were the hardest worker in the office.

You become the best delegator if you are the finest mentor or project leader,” she explains. Your goal is to re-establish your own self-esteem. “If you don’t, you’ll end up trying to play a part you can’t.” “You must be realistic about what you can and should do,” Rousseau agrees.

2. Find time for yourself—only you.


While it may seem difficult to take out additional time outside of work and family, you can’t be the parent or employee (or really anyone) you want to be if you don’t look after yourself. I’m more present in every element of my life when I take time for myself. I’ve discovered that a single present moment (even if it’s brief) is worth a million rushed moments.

3. Pumping time should be planned

If you need to pump breast milk at work, schedule it in your calendar and leave a 10-15 minute buffer to ensure you stay on track. You can assist keep it from being a source of stress by scheduling it into your day and making it a nonnegotiable (remember those limits we discussed earlier.

Skipping a pumping session can be physically uncomfortable, and the results can show up all over your clothes.)

If possible, obtain a second pump to leave at work to reduce the amount of time you spend carrying your equipment back and forth, and make sure you have a comfortable place to pump in your office. Here is a highly recommended breast pump you can consider if in need.

According to federal law, employers must offer nursing employees with both break time and “a space, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from interference from coworkers and the public.” Particulars vary by state and by office size, which is why it’s crucial to figure out what your office already has in place before pushing for what you need. You can contact HR or an office manager about it.

4. Don’t leave the support fans out

Working parent guilt is real, and it comes in many forms: guilt for being away from the baby, guilt for not feeling terrible for not being with the baby, guilt for saying “no” to a colleague so you can get back to the baby earlier… It goes on and on.

When negative ideas arise, remind yourself that you are sufficient. Also, locate your neighborhood (whether inside or outside the office). Talk to other parents who have gone through it before you, and provide a safe area for you to express your feelings.

At the absolute least, a fast Google search for local parenting and mom groups will connect you with Facebook groups where you may start networking. (Nanny shares can also be found through these communities.) In addition, several hospitals use parent groups as well.

5. Say what you need
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is advice is applicable to all areas of life, but it is especially crucial after having a kid. It’s easy: ask for what you require rather than assuming that others are aware of your requirements. People are often amazed at how much they will contribute if you simply ask.

Do you need a meeting rescheduled so you can pick up your child from daycare on time? In your request, offer an alternative solution. Are you unable to attend client events beyond business hours? Encourage a colleague to take your place, or come up with other innovative ways to meet clients that fit into your schedule. Perhaps other working parents will appreciate your creativity.

6. Keep your hopes high


All new mommies know that when you have a kid to look after, you quickly figure out what’s really vital to accomplish—and that you need to set expectations in order to complete those key tasks on time.

So, if you’re asked to help out on a project, don’t be hesitant to ask: When do you need this by? Is this something that needs to be taken care of right now? How long do you think it will take you to finish? Mama never be afraid to say your true feelings directly. Remember you will not please everyone but, you will be respected for being open and honest.

7. Stick to your established boundaries

Nowadays, it’s becoming more typical for new parents to have flexible schedules during their first few weeks back to work to help with the transition. However, as a result of having more flexibility to work from home,  many women had to learn how to work from home. It’s difficult to be in both “parent” and “work” mode at the same time.  

What I found helped me out in becoming more settled was before leaving work I made sure everything was completed and could be completed the next day. I did not want anyone calling me back to ask about this or that. Once home I cut off everything to do with work.

8. Trust your childcare provider
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I know this might be difficult for many of you, but we have to trust someone.


You’ll be a better, more relaxed person at work if you’re confident that your child is loved and cared for when you’re not there. So begin looking for daycare as soon as possible, and spend time getting to know your caregiver(s) before returning to work.
If you’re hiring a nanny, start looking for someone one to two weeks before you return.

If you’re performing a nanny swap, make time for family get-togethers with both families before returning. If you’re using a daycare, request a shadowing or observation period, take advantage of the tour, and ask any and all questions you have. Allow the infant to start earlier than necessary, possibly on a reduced schedule, so that both you and the baby can adjust to the new environment.

Trust God to help you

Remember God cares for you deeply. Make connections with Him to give you His wisdom in making the right decisions.

Bottom line

Going back to work can be overwhelming for a new mom. I would advise you to seriously focus on the above information if you want your transition to be a smooth one. I hope all of your wishes come through. Plan everything in a timely manner. Thanks for stopping by today. I would appreciate any comments or questions you may have.

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How to Help My Baby Poop When Constipated: 12 Profitable Choices to Choose from!


Date July 12th, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith -The #1 Midwife

Hello Mamas -to -be! What a timely topic I have for you today. Not having your baby poop ain’t no joke! It is serious business right? Yea I know. Been there done that!

This article will explore several factors to help your baby to poop when constipated:What foods make baby poop and

  • What foods make baby poop and which foods don’t?
  • How can I get my baby to poop?
  • More ways to help my baby poop easier?
  • How often should newborns poop?

It’s every mamas concern!!!!

Every mom on this earth who is caring for a baby is always concerned that their little star’s bowels are working well enough for their baby to have no discomfort in their bowel movements. I remember going through this as a new mom and it was torture as I watched my baby wiggling, grunting, to get a release, then hysterically crying and looking to me for help! Can any of you relate?

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1. What foods make baby poop?

It is important to note that what we eat has a lot to do with how often we go to the bathroom. Here are some foods that are naturally bound to help your child to have a safe pass.

Spinach-

A great way to pack some natural goodness into your little star. Fresh spinach is normally saved for our own salads, but newborns should also be included to the greens party. Spinach is high in fiber and vitamins, which help your baby’s excrement flow more easily. Make a fruit smoothie with some fresh spinach for both of you! Delicious!

Peas – Peas are frequently one of the first foods offered to a newborn who is just starting solid foods. If your baby requires assistance with pooping, this is fantastic news. Peas are high in soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps keep your baby’s stool soft and moving. This allows you to pass more easily without having to struggle.

Ripe pears – Nothing compares to the taste of a ripe, juicy pear. This seasonal delight will help ease and perhaps prevent constipation in your infant. Pears are high in fiber and one of the first foods that youngsters can try. They can be cooked, but they’re tender enough to eat raw. Without teeth, your baby can securely chew on little bits of ripe pear.

Delicious broccoli- Now is the best time to introduce broccoli to your infant. Chances are, if children are introduced to these foods while they are young, the chances of them loving it when they are older ranks higher  Broccoli is high in fiber and high in vitamins. Cooked broccoli can be blended in a food processor, or small, bite-sized pieces of soft, cooked broccoli can be served. 

Apples – Constipation can be avoided with an apple a day! Apples are abundant in fiber and can help attract water into your baby’s colon (particularly if the skin is left on). This keeps the stool soft and easy to pass for the baby. To help things get back on track, serve small slices of cooked apple or pour some apple juice into a sippy cup. Apples are an excellent first-stage baby meal. 

Sweet potatoes –Sweet potatoes are delightful in almost any recipe, and they work well for a baby who needs to poop. They include a lot of insoluble fiber, which will assist your infant pass gas quickly. Cooking and mashing a sweet potato or roasting fries in the oven for fun finger food is a great way to make your own baby food.

Prunes-These are one of the finest high-fiber foods for a newborn with gastrointestinal issues, which comes as no surprise. If your child is just beginning to eat solid foods, prepare and mash some prunes to feed her. Cooked prunes can also be crushed into tiny, nibble pieces suitable for your little star.

Special note-

 Fruit juice is also a good option, like prune, pear, or apple. Remember, babies younger than 8 weeks shouldn’t have any fruit juice.

Foods to avoid to constipation in children

1. Cereal-

Babies and toddlers can’t get enough of this popular first food, whether they’re just starting out with rice cereal or lugging a bag of Cheerios about with them wherever they go. Lets face it Cereal may cause more formed poop, reducing the quantity of poopy diapers used each day. Reduce the amount of cereal your baby eats and replace it with more fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Bananas-

Bananas are an excellent first food for babies (and a yummy way to cut calories when baking). They can, unfortunately, slow down your baby’s digestion and, as a result, their defecation. Take a vacation from bananas and take advantage of the opportunity to sample some new fruits. Use one fruit at a time so that if your baby has an allergy to a certain food you would know which food is the culprit.

3.Cheese-

Easy foods for newborns learning to consume solids include dairy products such as little cubes of cheese or delicately flavored yogurt. Cheese is a low-fiber food that might cause constipation, despite its safety and convenience. Cut back on dairy items for a few days to see whether your baby’s condition improves.

How can I get my baby to poop?

It is a sign that your baby is healthy if he or she poops on a regular basis. Pooping is something we all have to do on a regular basis.  Your baby, on the other hand, may go days without pooping. Here is a link to view some highly recommended diapers.

Don’t worry if your baby’s immature  intestines take a while to adjust. In the meantime, attempt to come up with a technique to get your kid to poop outside the house. Here are some things you can try:

1.Try cycling exercises with baby-

Make your baby lie down on the bed with his or her legs held together at the ankles. To stimulate your baby’s large intestines, work his or her legs in a cycling motion for about 3 -5 minutes. This aids in the release of trapped gas as well as the rapid production of stool.

2.Stomach messaging

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Take some warm coconut oil or your favorite oil and massage your baby’s lower abdomen with it.

This helps to ease your baby’s bowels and make pooping easier. Measure 3 finger-widths below babies belly button down to the lower left side and apply pressure. Compress until you feel a stiffness or a mass, then hold the pressure for 3 minutes.

3.Push chairs-

Vibrators are now found in many rockers and pushchairs. Start the vibrator and place your infant in the chair. The vibrating action may make it easier for your infant to poop.

4.A warm bath can go along way

Bathing your baby in warm water and messaging the abdomen can also help to relieve constipation. Give it a try today!

5.Glycerin-

Make or purchase pellets out of solidified glycerin and place one or two of them in your baby’s rectum. Glycerin dissolves quickly and softens your baby’s stool. This should not be performed for everyday use. Use sparingly with occasional constipation. Glycerin suppositories draw water to the intestines, which encourage a bowel movement. Follow directions on the package to insert. If used too frequently, this will cause a loss of normal bowel function.

6.Use a thermometer

This is the method that worked for me. Place your newborn or toddler on his or her back, elevate his or her thighs, and insert the lubricated thermometer into the rectum between 1/2 and 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 centimeters). You can also lay your infant on his or her stomach on your lap or another hard surface.

More ways to help my baby poop…..

7.Breastfeed, breastfeed

Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to build up his immune system

Did you know breastfeeding is a great way to prevent constipation? A breastfed baby may go as frequently as every feeding or as infrequently as once a week. On the other hand the normal feces of a formula-fed newborn is a smooth paste that might be watery and range in color. They can go up to three times every day or once every two to three days.

8.Encourage baby to crawl

This is a great way to getting those bowels active again. Get baby moving!

9.Try some water

Only 30 mL of cooled boiled water should be given twice a day, between morning and evening feeds, to babies under the age of eight weeks.
Between morning and evening feeds, give 30-60 ml cooled boiling water to babies aged 8 weeks to 6 months.
6–12 month old babies can drink 60–120 mL of freshly drawn tap water twice a day.

10.How about adding more water if six months or more?

Yes mamas, if your baby is six months or more, try giving more water in between meals. Parents according to professionals should not give babies any water until six months of age. It is not required during this stage.

11.Brown sugar and water

To add sugar to a bottle, mix a minimum of 7 oz of water with the proper amount of infant formula in a bottle as you normally would. Then, to dissolve the sugar, add one formula scoop of brown sugar to the bottle and mix it.

In a warm bottle, it will also dissolve faster.  Perform this for every other feed for the next 24 hours. If constipation persists, repeat the procedure. This is a last resort procedure.

12.Laxatives are a last resort when others fail

If the other solutions you’ve tried haven’t worked, you may need to resort to laxatives. It’s crucial to choose the proper one because not all laxatives act in the same way. Some laxatives soften the feces or encourage the movement of the colon, while others do both, and still others provide more fiber.

How often should newborns poop?

This is a question that most parents wonder about. So lets find out the truth of the matter:

Unlike when your kid is a newborn and every diaper change feels like a poop, your baby will naturally defecate less as they get older, from a few weeks to many months.

When it comes to how often a baby should poop, there is a wide range of healthful options. Don’t worry about the number of poops as long as your baby is eating normally and growing weight (1 to 2 pounds each month). That’s it no more worries

When should You call the doctor?

Now mamas there is a limit. If you see the OPPOSITE of what happen above then you must certainly contact your doctor.

  • If you notice a change in your baby’s feeding- for example he may begin refusing to eat.
  • Crying repeatedly
  • You may notice a swollen abdomen
  • Vomiting after every feed.
  • When you give a new food to your child, his or her feces changes substantially; this could indicate a food allergy.
    By the age of one, your child’s poop is still quite runny (and if your child has diarrhea—watery stools more than five times a day—tell your doctor about it).
  • White poop (a indication that your baby isn’t making enough bile), black stool (blood digested from the stomach or small intestine), or streaks of crimson poop are all signs that your youngster isn’t producing enough bile (it could mean blood from the colon or rectum)
    While pooping, your child yells in pain or bleeding.
    Mucus is visible in baby poop, which could indicate an infection.

Bottom line

Not seeing your little darling not pooping can be very unsettling especially for a new mom. Knowing what to do with confidence can help you to really take on the challenge of easily giving your baby the care he /she deserves. I hope I have given you the tools you need to equip yourself with if you encounter this situation.

Additionally, knowing when to seek medical attention is so vitally important. I would love to hear from you in the comments if you ever had a situation like this before. You are free to like, comment, and share .Check out my Instagram page @marilynsmith_3192, Pinterest@ http://www.breastifriend.com, http://www.maternaltreasures-facebook


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Best Baby Clothes that are Hip and Trendy With Accessories- Reviews


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July 5th, 2021

Hello mamas ! Are you struggling with trying to find the right type of clothing for your little pumpkin? You have come to the right place and trust me it is the right time for you to find the best baby clothes and accessories that your baby will need. One thing is for sure, you must shop for the little one that is on the way. There are simply no options.

This is a post I certainly enjoyed because I know how difficult it can be to find the right clothing that is economical as well as trendy for your baby. I was here twenty six years ago with my baby girl. My greatest joy is to see you happy with making the right choices in your shopping , by purchasing the most stylish, comfortable, economical clothing ever.

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I am going to help you decide what trendy, economical clothing you can purchase at the click of my links. Clothing that will have your little one looking like a star! Baby clothing is everywhere I know and this can be so confusing.

Here are our exciting topics for discussion:

  • What is the average cost of a baby’s clothing?
  • What are the most popular baby clothes?
  • What is the best infant clothing made from?
  • What do clothes do preemie’s need?
  • What clothes are needed for a newborn?

Do you agree that baby clothes should be simple to put on and take off, and made of soft, machine-washable fabrics that are kind on a baby’s skin? Because babies grow so quickly, focus on purchasing practical everyday items that suit your lifestyle and climate as well as your baby’s. Baby clothes are often divided into two categories: age and gender, with some unisex alternatives available.

What is the average cost of baby’s clothing?

Basically baby clothes can be between $15 for non name brand and about $20 or more for name brand.

With separates averaging $20, expect to pay at least $50 for an outfit.

Designer duds, can cost $100.00 or more.

Robeez[6], which sells a variety of designs for $35.95 and Stride Rite[7], which sells a variety of styles for $30-$50 are two popular infant footwear brands.
Accessorize with matching hats or scarves to make your look more expensive.

Shopping for infant clothes: OshKosh B’Gosh and Carter’s are two well-known children’s clothing labels.
Hanna Andersson’s[11] colorful one-piece “Zippers” in organic cotton for $28-$36 may appeal to organic shoppers.

Tutti Bella has a broad assortment of classic rock and metal baby T-shirts and onesies in the $35+ range for current rock and roll fashions.

What is the best baby’s clothing made from?


Cotton is the most popular fabric for infant clothing since it is soft, absorbent, and gentle on a baby’s skin. It’s also available in an organic form, and if you apply heat during the first wash and dry cycle, it’ll shrink by up to 10%.

Bamboo

An all-natural fabric, bamboo is becoming an increasingly popular choice for baby clothes. Thermal-regulating, it will adjust with your baby’s body temperature and is great for layering. It has a host of other fantastic selling points including being hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial; right along with 100% cotton, this is my favorite fabric for baby and infant clothes. 

Cashmere
Cashmere is a high-end textile that can be found in high-end designer infant garments. I don’t recommend wasting your money on any cashmere infant or baby apparel for two reasons: your kid will outgrow it faster than you can blink, and it’s exceedingly difficult to care for, which means your baby will have to avoid spills and messes while wearing it—yeah right! Unless you have a personal maid or laundry service, don’t bother. Other high-maintenance fabrics include linens and hand-knits.

Fleece

Warm and fuzzy, fleece is often found in baby outerwear and is available in a variety of weights. Great for layering, it’s good for in-between seasons. Fleece dries quickly, is moisture-wicking and is a vegan alternative to wool. Also, it’s virtually stain-proof and super easy to care for, just toss it in the wash with like colors and you’re set.

I always preferred newborn clothes with full zippers or snaps, so they can dress baby without pulling clothes up over the head. There are many tops and brands for newborn clothes offering comfy, cozy clothing without rough seams or awkward buttons that could irritate an infant’s sensitive skin.

To be honest not everyone can afford to pay the prices for these clothing. I will suggest you purchase the these trendy clothing and accessories from the one and only Amazon.

What clothes do preemies need?

Hello preemie mommies! I feel your pain. I have worked four years in the NICU of our hospital and it has given me the real scope of what you are going through or went through as a mom. The

Premature babies are that little group of babies we cannot leave out when it comes to baby ‘s wear. Your preemie may not require a large wardrobe in the early days, as she may spend  lots of her time in the NICU in only a diaper, a hat, and possibly some woolly socks.

However, it’s a good idea to have a few layers on hand in case she becomes cold, and those layers should be easy-to-put-on-and-peel-off ones like trouser suits and sweaters. You definitely would also need some pampers, receiving blankets. So you would not need as much clothing as the normal newborn in the beginning.

As your baby grows, you can buy the clothes he/she would need. The staff at the NICU will be able to advise you on what types of garments your baby will require, as micro preemie clothing differs from preemie clothing. There’s no need to buy too many clothes because your kid will outgrow the smaller sizes rapidly. Instead, concentrate on purchasing only a few items in each size she’ll require in the coming months. 

What clothes do newborn babies need?

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Babies grow very fast! Hence there is no need to buy too many stuff one time. While you may want a few pretty clothes to show off your little one, your baby doesn’t need anything special in the first few weeks, so simple, plain, and budget-friendly clothing will suffice.

At the same time, you’ll be changing outfits frequently because newborn apparel may get filthy rapidly.

Here’s what you will need

Clothing

  • 3-4 baby sleepers or sleep sacks
  • 5-7 pairs of baby socks
  • 1-2 newborn hats, depending on climate
  • 5-8 onesies, or other clothing . This will depend on how often you want to do your laundry.
  • Everything clothing here.
  • The majority of clinicians still agree that babies can wear their hats for the first few weeks. Remember mamas do not keep baby too warm especially during the summer months. Many moms whom I did home visits with, I found that they often have their infants too hot. I would meet the babies crying and when I assess the poor children, their loving mommies had them in long overalls, undershirts and a cap during the summer. When I took the clothes off the children stop crying.

Diapers

  • 1 bottle of diaper rash cream
  • A cloth-diaper detergent, if you will need to wash diapers
  • Waterproof pad for diaper changes
  • A diaper pail or receptacle
  • 2-3 packs of disposable diapers or enough cloth diapers for at least two days
  • 1-2 packs of disposable wipes or 12 cloth wipes. Everything diaper here.

Doctors advise giving your infant a sponge wash for the first week or two, or until the umbilical chord falls off. Following that, you don’t have to bathe your infant every day—three times a week or so should be sufficient.

Bathing your baby

Remember mama bathing your child too frequently might cause their skin to become dry and itchy.

  • 1 bottle of baby lotion
  • A baby bath tub
  • 3-5 baby washcloths
  • 1-2 hooded towels; adult or medium towels will work too.
  • 1 baby sponge
  • 1 baby wash. Everything bath here

The grooming kit

Sleep accessories

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your infant sleep in the same room as you for the first 6-12 months of his or her life, regardless of the bed you choose for him or her (crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper). 5 Furthermore, bumpers, blankets, cushions, and soft toys should not be used in baby beds.

You will need:

Feeding supplies

Are you breastfeeding?

Mama if you are breastfeeding your little star, you will definitely need :

Or are you formula feeding?

One thing is for certain. If you are going to breast or bottle feed, you will need burp cloths and quite a bit of them. There are so many formulas out there competing. You can find out from your doctor which one is suited for your baby. When I worked in the hospital many moms chose to continue the formula their baby’s started in hospital ( if they tolerated it).

  • 10 burp cloths
  • 5-8 bottles, if you’re bottle-feeding
  • A bottle brush, as you’ll need to wash bottles
  • A variety of bottle nipples, in different sizes
  • A bottle drying rack or bottle washing dishwasher basket may be optional and handy. Bottle feeding essentials here.

Your gear and furniture needs may include:

To be honest most of us only need a place for baby to sleep and store their clothing! However some of us opt to buy more stuff that we feel may be handy. This could include items like :

  • Change tables, dressers, nursery chairs, toy containers, bouncy seats, baby swings, and so on—decorating the baby’s room can be fun. But, if you want, you can wait till your child is more matured and you have a better notion of what they really require. Check out the above links for great baby stuff!

Car seats:

An newborn or convertible version with a lower weight limit suitable for infants is available. According to the Academy of American Pediatrics : “Children should remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they achieve the utmost weight and height allowed by their seat”. Check out some great car seats here.

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Bottom line

I hope I did not confuse you, but I did my best to make everything clear just for you. Every mom will have to face the joy of shopping for their newborn. This was one of my favorite things and I hope it is for you.

Try not to go beyond what you can afford. Choose those items that you know will be more useful for you. Thank you for stopping by today. Please like, comment or share this post and I hope it has helped you tremendously. You are free to comment. I look forward to seeing you soon. Here is a sneek preview of my instagram page- marilynsmith_3291

How to Have The Best, and Safest Sex During Pregnancy


Sex for most couples is safe and fun during pregnancy

July 4th, 2021

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Thank you for visiting today. I hope this post helps you to succeed in having a great sex life during your pregnancy. I am going to transform your sex life by educating you on how you can have the best and safest pregnancy ever!

Sex, sex, sex!!!!! We are constantly hearing, reading or talking about this great topic! God is the author of sex and I am happy to say it is a good thing; especially when used within the right context. Today we are going to discuss how you can have the best sex during your pregnancy.

I am sure you have heard it said or even wondered if having sex during pregnancy would hurt your baby. This is what is known:

Sex during pregnancy is good and safe……

provided you did not get restrictions from your healthcare provider. Having the best sex during pregnancy is what I really want for you. Not being afraid to be creative and adventurous is a key in getting the best sex during the pregnancy. Sex brings a special bonding and togetherness between you and your partner every time.

According to Holly Richmond, a clinical sex therapist and certified marriage and family therapist, “the second trimester is typically the golden spot.” The worst of your morning sickness (if you had any) is behind you, and you’re just starting to feel your curves. A expanding belly can make sex more difficult in the third trimester.

Accept the fact that sex is really wonderful once it is in agreement with your partner

Agreement between you and your partner goes a long way

But here’s the starting point for all you’ll learn about pregnant sex: According to Richmond, all sex is good sex as long as it is joyful and consenting.

During pregnancy, you may feel erotic, sensuous, or completely disinterested in having sex. But don’t believe the myth that it’s impossible to be pregnant and sexually active at the same time.

“Counseling Couples Before, During, and After Pregnancy: Sexuality and Intimacy Issues,” by Stephanie Buehler, is the author of the book. She’s also a qualified sex therapist and a psychologist.

“Some women may have orgasms for the first time during pregnancy due to more blood flow and hormones,” she says.

It sounds fantastic doesn’t it?

But this isn’t the complete story. Your body changes during pregnancy, and She’s also a qualified sex therapist and a psychologist.

Did you know “Some women may have orgasms for the first time during pregnancy due to blood flow and hormones?,” she says. Now that is a wonderful thing !

Some women’s sexual appetites become ravenous as a result of hormonal changes. The sex feast is simply too much for them. What triggers that desire?

Fosnight relates this to the 50%  more in blood flow that occurs during pregnancy. The blood also flows to the tissues of the vulva, vagina, clitoris, and pelvis. It can be delightful, aggravating, or both depending on the person.

Have an open mind towards sex

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:

  • Next, Fosnight suggests looking at photos of pregnant women who aren’t wearing any clothes .  When she does this activity with clients, she says they frequently locate a specific photo and exclaim, “She looks like me!” Oh, she’s stunning.”
    Positive self-talk can include phrases like “I’m attractive” or “I’m evolving as a human being.”
  • Make an appointment for your own pregnancy boudoir shoot, Fosnight suggests. There are alternatives for every body type and trimester, whether you want to go lacy lingerie or pregnant pinup. And believe us when we say that when you’re 91, you’ll think you looked amazing.
    Fosnight recommends adding “Your Orgasmic Pregnancy” by Danielle Cavallucci and Yvonne Fulbright to your reading list. It’s a coffee-table book containing images, illustrations, and a story.

Try different sexy positions

Enjoy your sexy moments with your partner

Commit to postures that keep the pressure and weight off the belly during pregnancy sex. You and your pregnant companion will most likely find these more comfortable.

Maintain positions that keep you off your back as well. This reduces the risk of blood flow compression, which can cause light-headedness and other problems.

Trying to figure out how to work past problems during pregnant sex can be a period of experimentation and positions no matter where you are in the trimester. Consider it an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone.

Here are 9 positions you can try that are safe!

  • seated pregnancy sex
  • oral sex
  • anal sex
  • sex from behind
  • side-by-side sex
  • spooning
  • reverse cowgirl
  • standing
  • You on top

Here is more….

For extra comfort, invest in sex pillows (see link here).to give you more comfort and creativity. Even your pregnancy pillow can be used.

Don’t play with these positions:

  • It’s not a good idea to be in the missionary position (with mom on the bottom) because it restricts blood flow to mom and baby, especially after the 20th week.
  • Prone positions (laying flat on one’s stomach) might be uncomfortable for certain people.
  • Also, never blow air up there, as every doctor and pregnancy book will tell you.

You may maintain your relationship sexually fulfilling for decades by allowing yourself to experiment and be flexible. Torrisi argues that reinvigoration can occur “with each pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, and every few years to keep the bedroom spicy.”

Transformation is the only constant in a pregnancy and a relationship. “When something is no longer delightful, begin your search for what I am looking for.”

Besides feeling good, here are some benefits of sex during pregnancy you should know:

  • An immune system booster. Sex raises IgA, an antibody that helps keep colds and other illnesses at bay, according to a 2004 research.
    Happiness has increased. Endorphins are released during orgasms, which can make both mother and baby feel joyful and calm.
  • Orgasms that are more intense. Pregnant women may experience more strong orgasms as a result of increased blood flow to the genitals.
    Keeping in shape. Sex burns calories and can help both couples stay in shape.
    The bonding of mates. During pregnancy, some couples believe that sexual activity brings them closer together.

Bottom line:

Sex during pregnancy is a concern for many pregnant families. It is safe for women who are normal , with no risky symptoms to continue their sex lives. Being creative can help both you and your partner to achieve wonderful maximization of your sex life. Remember to stay positive and think good about yourself and your partner.

While your hormones may rage randomly during your pregnancy enjoy those moments that can bring you great pleasure to give you the safest and best sex life ever! Thank you for stopping by today. I sure hope you have found something I said to help you along. You are free to comment, like , or share the material.

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How to Treat Your Baby’s Eczema: 8 Natural, Safe Remedies


June 29th, 2021 By Marilyn Smith- Nurse -Midwife

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You want to know how to take care of your little star if he / she develops eczema? Effective assistance is here! You’re ready to take the steps to helping your child recover smoothly with eczema. In this post , you’ll get real, actionable steps to take away the worry of eczema and give you the tools you need to help your child get well. Isn’t that what we want?

Here is a step by step post to help you give your baby the best relief ever for eczema. I know you probably are wondering how did your little star manage to get it or you may be hearing a lot about it nowadays.

Fortunately, none of my kids developed eczema. I could imagine the worry parents go through when their child develops eczema There are many aspects of eczema that some of you may not be aware of, so here are the subtopics we will discuss to help you understand it better:

-What is eczema?

-What are the causes?

– What are the signs and symptoms?

-How to treat eczema naturally?

-When to see a doctor for my child’s eczema?

-Bottom line

What is eczema? Get the real facts here!

A collection of skin illnesses marked by itchy, red rashes or

Bumpy, raised areas with very little bumps (filled with pus)
Patches that appear to be weeping (especially when infected)
As the body tries to recover, patches of yellow crust appear on flare-ups.


What is the prevalence of this condition?
This is very common (More than 3 million cases per year in US / or 10% of all kids will develop eczema)

  • Is the condition treatable ? Yes
  • A medical practitioner can help you.
  • Is a lab test or imaging necessary for diagnosis? Yes there is. An allergen is applied to a patch that is placed on the skin during a patch test. Your skin will become swollen and irritated if you are allergic to that allergen.
  • Eczema usually appears when babies are between 1 and 6 months old.
  • The time it takes to recuperate varies from infant to infant.
  • It can last a few years or it can last a lifetime.
  • 2 to 12 years old: Rash inside of elbows, back of knees, wrists, ankles, hands, feet, neck, and around the eyes and mouth
  • 13 years and older: Rash most likely on cheeks and face, forehead, head, and the outside of arms and legs. It’s more likely to return to some of the same areas.
  • Did you know as high as 30% of babies with food allergies have eczema. (source)

What are the triggers of eczema? Oh lets find out!

No one knows the real cause of eczema. However, professionals believe there is some link in the following:

Your environment: Children from higher social groups, those who live in polluted cities, and those who live in colder climes are more prone to get eczema. Also if you have a family member who had it , or if you had asthma before you are at risk for eczema.

Here I will give you some clues to to know if your little star has eczema. Here we go!

Itchy, dry, rough, flaky, inflamed, and irritated skin is the most common symptom of eczema. It can erupt, subside, and then emerge once again or :

Bumpy, raised areas with very little bumps (filled with pus)
Patches that appear to be weeping (especially when infected)
As the body tries to recover, patches of yellow crust appear on flare-ups. Its effects are often worst at nights.

Eczema can affect any region of the body, however it most commonly affects the arms, inner elbows, backs of the knees, and head (particularly the cheeks and the scalp).


Mamas did you know there are so many things that can aggravate your skin’s sensitivity?

Like….

  • Thyroid disease is an example of an endocrine ailment.
  • Disorders of veins such as weakened veins
  • Environmental factors
  • Change in genes
  • Stress
  • Damp hands and feet
  • Allergies to chemicals, metals or certain substances
  • Hair dressing, laundry, or Dry cleaning where your skin in constantly exposed to irritants
  • Other health disorders such as hay fever and asthma are caused by a weakened or improperly functioning immune system.
  • Whether you have dry skin or not, Psoriasis and other skin disorders are considered a cause
  • Even bites by insects.
  • Here’s the good news: If you can identify what is triggering your baby’s eczema, you may be able to completely zap the nasty irritant away for good!!

There are soooo many possible causes huh? Yea I know !!

We have reached the real juicy part….Today I am going to share some proven natural and medicated remedies to sap eczema in its tracks! Lets do this mamas!!

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“Some ways to help keep it under control: maintaining good skin hydration and moisturization, avoiding known triggers such as contact allergens, and initiating medical therapy at the earliest sign of a flare. ” —Dr. MacCormack

If your eczema is really bad your doctor might prescribe treatment for all of your body. This type of treatment is rare as only a few

people will ever need these treatments.

Treatments

Do not fear Mamas because there are many things you can do to make things better for you and your baby. Most folks go to see their healthcare provider who will usually prescribe :

Some natural remedies that help include:

1. Homeopathic therapy

If you want to try homeopathy for your baby’s eczema, I strongly advise you to seek the advice and support of a homeopath who can offer tailored treatment. Some of the treatments they use are very effective:

2. Use high quality coconut oil

Choose a strong coconut oil that is cold-pressed or virgin to use on your baby’s skin. Warm the coconut oil in your hands and apply it twice daily to your baby’s skin. It’s best if you apply it on slightly damp skin. It’s ideal to use after a bath or after washing the affected region gently with a washcloth. Shop for coconut oil here

3. Probiotics

Did you know that evidence by research has shown that probiotics are a potential treatment for children that are at-risk for atopic dermatitis? In act the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends probiotic use in infants at risk for baby eczema based on preliminary findings (source). It is wise to consider adding a daily probiotic to your baby’s schedule is worth it to manage the flare ups. Shop for probiotics here

4. Vitamin D

Fortunately, Vitamin D drops for infants are available, safe, and popular. So you can consider adding one to your baby’s daily routine! Vitamin D is widely celebrated for its effectiveness in treating eczema and keeping flare-ups at bay across many age ranges. Research also values Vitamin D supplements for the treatment of eczema in children (source). Don’t forget sunlight is free and filled with it. Take baby in sun for about 15 minutes twice per day. Shop for vitamin D here

5. Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil is also popular among natural remedies for it’s host of benefits including boosting the immune system and improving cognitive function. Omega 3 in particular is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. The truth is , it can be an effective treatment for baby eczema, really mamas! Shop for Cod liver oil here

6. Shea butter

Shea butter, like coconut oil, is solid at room temperature. Warm the butter in your palms before applying it to your baby’s slightly moistened skin twice a day.
Shea butter is another all-natural alternative for eczema treatment and control. It’s also completely safe for children! Shea butter was found to be more beneficial than Vaseline in treating eczema in one study. Shop for Shea butter here

7. The famous oatmeal Bath

Try giving your baby a warm oatmeal bath a few days per week in addition to twice daily application of a topical treatment like coconut oil or shea butter.

While your infant is experiencing an eczema flare-up, an oatmeal bath can be a protective barrier to protect their skin. Oatmeal helps to seal a moisture protection on the skin, making it feel softer and smoother. In addition, it’s a natural cleanser that will bring more comfort to your little star. Shop for oatmeal here

8. The amazing breastmilk and or oatmeal bath

Yes breastmilk is another natural remedy you can use. You can use freshly pumped milk or refrigerated or frozen breast milk. If you are using frozen milk, take it out and let it thaw. You can thaw breast milk by running warm water over the bag/bottle. You can use one or both for skin protection.

Next…..

  • Fill the baby’s bath tub with warm water if you’re bathing a newborn.
  • Slowly pour breast milk into the bath tub, depending on the amount of water.
  • Continue to add breast milk until the water becomes hazy.  There is no such thing as an incorrect measurement; you can add as much as you like and it will not hurt your little star.
  • Do not use your usual baby bath or soap. This would allow more of the breast milk or oatmeal to be absorbed into the skin.
  • Apply coconut, olive, oil or non-toxic baby lotion to lock in the moisture and prolong the benefits of the bath. This is an important step that you should not skip!
  • Strain the oatmeal and then use cotton muslin bags, fill the oatmeal powder in it and toss it inside the tub.

When to see a doctor for my child’s eczema?

Most moms go to doctors after seeing their child’s skin worsening. It is hard to see your child suffering and not try to get help. The above natural treatments can be used with your doctor’s treatment depending on the severity. It is advised to get your doctor’s dosage

recommendations for the oral treatments.

Bottom line

Finding out that your baby has eczema can be frustrating. I sure hope you are not going through it and if you are I am so happy you stopped by today. Know that this too shall pass. I hope you will be able to identify the cause.

Treating your baby’s eczema comes with many natural and commercial remedies. Follow your doctors instructions and ask questions. I hope something works for you. Remember prayer also changes things, so ask God to help you.

I would like to hear from you. Please like, comment, and share this post. Do visit again and it you have any questions please feel free to ask. Have you put the zap on eczema before? Let me know what you used and what worked. It’s good to have you! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always here to help!

10 Natural, Remarkable, and Proven Remedies to Prevent Constipation During Pregnancy


Have you ever had the horrible experience of  getting constipated during pregnancy? I have had the experience of needing to go but just could not do it for many sensible reasons. The feeling I know  mamas is so dramatic and scary right? Hopefully, I have  some good relief for you, using natural remedies to give you that needed bowel movement you deserve! 

June 22nd, 2021

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Have you ever had the horrible experience of  getting constipated during pregnancy? I have had the experience of needing to go but just can’t do it. The feeling I know  mamas is so dramatic and scary right? I am happy to say I have  some EXCELLENT relief for you, using natural REMEDIES to prevent or treat your constipation worries. Lets learn & live well!  ( Paid link here for constipation remedies).

Let’s learn some of the easiest, yet effective ways you can get remarkable relief  of constipation during pregnancy:

In this exciting post you will learn:

Can constipation cause me to lose my baby?

Natural remarkable  remedies that help to prevent constipation during pregnancy

When to contact your healthcare provider?

  

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The aim of this post is to provide you with a step by step guide to 10 natural remedies to prevent constipation during your pregnancy.Mamas -to-be you deserve every relief from  this common dilemma.

Mama,  I am going to help you solve this common problem that so many women face during their pregnancy. I was a victim of constipation during pregnancy with each of my four pregnancies and tried these natural, very practical ways to solve this issue! Boy, I sure hope they work for you!

Remember everyone is different, so some might not work, but I really hope something is in this mix for you. Now as you may be aware there are many reasons why women become constipated during pregnancy. 

Additionally, it is important that I share this with you because you need to understand why pregnancy makes you a victim. No one wants to be a victim of constipation because it can bring a bigger problem like hemorrhoids! (Paid link here for urgent constipation remedies).

These are dilated blood vessels in the rectum that can become swollen, itchy,  and painful. Guess what Mama- to – be? I have nursed pregnant women who were afraid to push their babies out for fear that these swollen, painful vessels might rupture while they are pushing. 

I am often afraid for them as well. So always keep in mind that:

Prevention is better than cure

Here is what research says about it…..

  • In fact, up to 3 out of 4 women report experiencing at least one symptom of gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Pregnant women often adjust their diet to accommodate their developing fetus, which can lead to constipation, gas, bloating, and/or hemorrhoids) during pregnancy.
  • I certainly remember my constipation episodes during pregnancy. The thought of losing my baby if I push too hard, and the pain of getting it out  is nothing to play with! You may be thinking what on earth is responsible for  constipation. Let’s explore this together.

Reasons why constipation occurs during pregnancy?

1.As a result of iron supplementation

Increased iron from prescriptive supplements is one of the reasons for constipation in pregnant women.

2.Dietary changes:

Though constipation might be inconvenient, it can be readily alleviated with a few simple dietary and lifestyle adjustments, as well as a few basic home treatments.

 While some products provide rapid relief from constipation during pregnancy, others help you improve over time. You may need your care  provider to change your supplement to a different  iron brand like me.

3.Hormonal increase of progesterone!

Yes, absolutely! Progesterone levels begin to rise after an egg and sperm join, resulting in pregnancy. This increase in progesterone keeps the uterus lining in place, making it a good area for a baby to grow. 

Guess what  progesterone does?  It relaxes the muscles of the intestinal wall, making it less capable of passing waste through it, resulting in constipation.The digestive process slows down when progesterone production increases.

4. Your baby is growing steadily

Your growing little star will gradually increase pressure on your bowels, decreasing motility of the bowels.

5. Your gut also bacteria changes

As the pregnancy progresses, the gut bacteria begins to alter, and the amount of bacteria found in the gut decreases. (source).  

These changes assist the body in increasing blood sugar levels and fat deposition, both of which are crucial in supporting the baby as the pregnancy progresses. This has no added health hazards in a healthy mother, but evidence reveals that a decrease in intestinal bacteria.

6. You body naturally slows down

According to research, when we move less physically, our bowel movements become less often. Many pregnant women are less physically active and have greater constipation as a result of morning sickness or increased exhaustion.

Here We Go Mama!!!  Your Relief Methods for  Constipation ………..

1.Flaxseed

A popular home treatment for constipation during pregnancy is this one. Flaxseed is abundant in dietary fibre which offers much needed roughage to your diet and it also includes omega-3S. Even with this remedy, you’ll need to drink at least 10 glasses of water. You might also want to use flaxseed oil.

 

2.Ispatula husks

In India, ispagula husks, also known as Isabgol, is a popular home remedy for constipation. Mucilage in ispagula husks absorbs liquids and adds bulk to the feces. You must drink at least 10 glasses of water every day if you choose this cure. If you have any heart problems or high blood pressure, however, you should avoid this therapy. This treatment must be prescribed by your doctor or healthcare provider.

3. Enjoy prune juice

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One of the most effective remedies for constipation during pregnancy is prune juice. To relieve constipation and soften the stool, drink the juice 5 times a day. If the prune juice’s concentrated flavor is too strong, dilute it with a little water and add a slice of lemon to improve the flavor.

Most of the patients I have nursed use this very effective method . This is an old but very effective natural method.

4.Fruits are a powerhouse for constipation

Fruits, such as tangerine, strawberries, apples, lemons  are high in fibre and vitamin C. Constipation is caused by a lack of fiber in your everyday routine. Fruits are one of the most effective natural  constipation treatments you can use.

I can testify that the black current grapes worked wonders for me. 

 Every day, you should ingest roughly 30 grams of fiber. Grapefruits are very high in fiber and can be used to relieve constipation.

5. Add some lemons

Lemon is excellent for digestion and aids in the removal of toxins and unsettled food.  One lemon in a warm glass of water stimulates your senses of smell and taste while also inducing bowel spasms that aid in bowel movement.

 You may wish to dilute the concentrated juice with a small amount of water. This reduces the strength of the lemon and adds a small amount of liquid.

6.Massage your abdomen

Constipation is unavoidable throughout the first trimester of pregnancy, but you should not ignore it or it will become a more serious condition. Constipation can be relieved by gently massaging the stomach. It must be completed in a clockwise direction. If you are at risk of early labor or if your placenta is low lying, this remedy should be avoided. (Paid link for constipation remedies).

7. Reflexology

This is a natural treatment for a variety of illnesses. Pressure is administered to numerous distinct places in the limbs in this safe approach. The procedure is absolutely risk-free and all-natural. To relax and relieve the digestive system, enlist the support of a family member and gently rub the upper soles of the feet.

If you’re alone, you can relieve constipation by using the reflexology zones in your hand. Begin by rubbing the palm’s borders in a circular pattern, working your way up. Place a water bottle under the heels of your  feet and relax by rolling the bottle back and forth on the floor.

8. Acupuncture to the rescue

This traditional healing skill has been discovered to be quite useful in the treatment of constipation. Constipation, according to the healer or practitioner, is frequently caused by an energy obstruction. 

To break the block, locate the proper pressure point in the center of the abdomen. It’s around 5 centimeters below the navel. If you have a tendency to go into labor early, press this point for around 30 seconds and repeat throughout the day.

Please take note: when you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, you should stop taking this cure. 

 

9. Use Stool softeners recommended by care provider

Remember Mamas, according to American Pregnancy Association, it is always best to try the natural methods of relieving constipation before deciding to take any medication. It has to be used productively. Chronic constipation can also be relieved with laxatives. The use of laxatives on a regular basis can result in a deformed and sluggish bowel. So try not to make it too often.

 Before you decide to use a laxative, you should always consult your doctor. These laxatives help moisten and soften the stool. (Examples: Colace, Dulcolax). These are considered safe during pregnancy.

10. The amazing Cabbage

Cabbage is a natural , wonderful remedy for constipation

Did you know cabbage is a natural laxative for pregnant women? You could either blanch it and eat it raw or stir cook it. 

Mama you can get creative and try out different recipes to make cabbage more appealing and palatable to you. 

Please take note Mama and avoid taking the following during pregnancy . Your care provider should be contacted concerning taking these.

  • Castor oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Mineral oil

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11. Green tea

Green tea is regarded as a healthy beverage all over the world. Green tea, which is made from the unfermented leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, is high in antioxidants.

Although black, white, yellow, and oolong teas are all made from the same plant, green tea is processed differently with minimum processes. This is good news! Green tea has also worked well for me personally during constipation.

12. Beets

Beets with its juice is also amazing in preventing constipation

Beets can also be used as a natural laxative by pregnant women. These are best eaten raw, which you may do by tossing them into salads. When you consume beets, it’s only natural to have a red color in your pee so please don’t panic.

Bottom line

Natural remedies for pregnant women can assist loosen your stool and eliminate solid waste without causing any severe side effects.

 One thing to keep in mind while using natural laxatives for pregnant women is that you shouldn’t take them in large doses because this can induce more constipation. Take a look at these natural laxatives for pregnant women.

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I have a question for you. And so new moms to be, I have taken the time to include many different, proven methods of how you can prevent constipation during pregnancy; with the hope that something will work well for you.

Have you ever experienced constipation during pregnancy? What gave you relief?

Let me know in the comments below

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10 Best Reasons Why Childbirth Classes Are Worth It!


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  1. Calm your fears and prepare for birth – Fear of the unknown and how your labor will un-fold is one of the most common fears we see in pregnant women. In fact, it’s one of the first things we try to address to help ease any tension you and your labor partner might be feeling.
  2. Opportunity to ask questions – It’s no secret moms-to-be and the birth partner often have a variety of questions and concerns about childbirth. Childbirth classes are a great resource for you to ask questions freely and get accurate information.
  3. Knowledge of options and choices– We believe in “freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and want to set every mom up for a successful birth. The common goal of all of our birthing classes is to provide you with the confidence you need to give birth and to make informed decisions during your birth process.
  4. Bond with your labor partner (s) – Childbirth classes not only prepares couples for birthing and parenting but also promotes well-being and increased intimacy in couples. This is a great way to spend time with your labor partner while learning about the birth experience. Your partner also gets to understand you during your pregnancy.
  5. Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques – Above all, childbirth classes will emphasize the role of the support person and comfort measures for birth. We want to make sure mom and her labor partner have all the tools they need to birth with or alternative comfort measures without medication.

6.The possibility of an improved and less stressful labor. Studies have shown that couples who attend classes have a more satisfying experience.

7.There is the possibility of a shorter labor. Studies have proven that couples who attend childbirth classes have a happier experience with less complications.

8. You gain a better  appreciation for breastfeeding and prepares your mind towards giving it a try.

9.You can begin to  prepare early for postpartum mentally.

10.You and your partner can develop a closer bond.

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Top 10 Valuable Tips In Preparing for Your Labor Induction


June 17, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith-The # 1 midwife

Did you know that the benefits of labor induction typically outweigh the risks? If you’re pregnant, understanding why and how labor induction is done can help you prepare. You can review our disclaimer and policies here.

Let me take you on a journey to explore this exciting topic to give you a chance to make informed choices.

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The aim of this post: To give you a step by step approach to preparing for the birth of your baby.

This blog post will include the following subtopics:

  1. What is induction of labor?
  2. How long does it take?
  3. Are there different methods?
  4. What are the risks involved?
  5. How to prepare for an induction?

Hello mamas and dads to be! I know some of you out there are going to be induced by your health care provider for different reasons. Are you a bit anxious that your care provider has told you that ? I am sure many of you are . I have never had to have induction with any of my four pregnancies, but I surely have nursed m

The aim of this post: To give you a step by step approach to preparing for the birth of your baby.

Many women if not all of them, who had the experience have found themselves becoming anxious as the day approaches. Ladies this is normal and human; especially if it is your first. Ladies and gentlemen I am here today to relieve all of your worries about getting an induction of labor. Preparation is key. As a midwife I had the awesome privilege of calming so many of my clients down.

Lets take this one step at a time. First of all I will clarify what an induction is and also give you everything you need to know about this topic and then we will discuss what you need to do to prepare.

What on earth is an induction of labor?

The purpose of labor induction, also known as going into labor, it is to initiate uterine contractions before natural labor begins in order to achieve a successful vaginal delivery. (Paid link here for good pregnancy books to read).

For a variety of medical and nonmedical reasons, healthcare provider may recommend inducing labor (elected is sometimes used when talking about induction).

At each prenatal checkup, a healthcare expert will assess your health and that of your baby. Examining your baby’s gestational age, size, weight, and location in your uterus are all part of this process.

Later consultations may entail examining your cervix and assessing the entire picture to see if you or the baby are at risk and a labor induction is required. Your care provider will need to assess your cervix for its softness to determine if it is ripe enough. Did you know there are some women who due dates pass them by with no signs of labor in view? A decision is then made to induce these persons.

Your cervix will be evaluated on the following:

  • Consistency (firmness)
  • Dilation (openness)
  • Effacement (thickness)
  • Position (which way is it angled)
  • Station (how low the baby’s head is in the pelvis)

OTHER REASONS FOR INDUCTION OF LABOR:

  • Expected date of delivery has passed
  • Gestational diabetes.
  • Chorioamnionitis (an infection in the uterus).
  • Baby is growing too slowly.
  • Oligohydramnios (low or leaking amniotic fluid).
  • Placental obstruction or abruption.
  • Broken water, but no contractions.
  • History of speedy, short deliveries
  • Ay chronic condition like high blood pressure, and preeclampsia

Lets take a look at what this amazing study has found:

Women take longer to give birth today than did women 50 years ago, according to an analysis of nearly 140,000 deliveries conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers could not identify all of the factors that accounted for the increase, but concluded that the change is likely due to changes in delivery room practice.

How long will it take?

Many of my clients are usually concerned with how long labor induction will take. Mamas I cannot give you a standard answer because every woman ‘s body is different with responding . Just like no labor is exactly the same and if this is your first just know that it could take longer.

Once the doctor inserts the small tablet, you can immediately begin to feel the cramps while some persons go longer for a day or two. After 2 -3 days if your cervix is not softened enough, you will end up with a C-Section. I hope this is not your plight . I am wishing for you to have the safest time ever! I am on your side mama.(Paid link here for pregnancy clothing for women).

Are you ok so far mama? I sure hope you are!!

Now lets learn about the interesting and different methods of induction

There are basically 5 types of induction. I will describe them below:

  1. Breaking the bag of waters using an amino hook in hospital or at home for home births. This procedure is very common in hospitals if your cervix is 3 or more centimeters dilated or open. It is is not usually painful and is similar to a vaginal exam. Breaking the amniotic sack also necessitates having a baby within a specified time frame, which varies depending on the conditions and the beliefs of your practitioner. It is preferable to combine amniotomy with other induction techniques.
  2. Pitocin induction: This is a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, which is produced by the body. It’s administered through an IV line and is used to induce contractions. The amount of Pitocin used will be determined by how well your body responds to it. The dosage is usually raised every 10-30 minutes until a healthy contraction pattern is established. This is sometimes done in conjunction with shattering the water bag.

It is better controlled because the medicine can be stopped by cutting off the IV line, it’s a little easier to control than, say, breaking the water. However, this does not guarantee that you will deliver your baby vaginally. It can be turned off or turned off completely to allow mum to relax or even go home. Contrarywise, there are some negative effects of Pitocin.

It’s possible that it won’t produce contractions. It’s possible that you’ll have too many contractions or they’ll last too long.
For reasons of convenience or timing. Because of the hazards, the FDA determined that this medicine should not be used for inductions for the sake of convenience or timing.

3. Suppository and Prostaglandin inserts

These are most commonly utilized when the cervix is unfavorable, which means it is less than 3 centimeters dilated, hard, posterior, not effaced, barely effaced, or any combination of the above. Bishop’s Score will help your practitioner decide if this is the ideal location to begin. This can be done on its own, or it’s usually done 12 hours or more before Pitocin is used. They are inserted during a vaginal exam.

One of the things with this procedure is it takes longer to enter active labor, and if your institution requires you to stay in the hospital during the waiting time, it might be nerve-wracking. Mom becomes sick or suffers headaches from time to time. 6 This isn’t as well-controlled as Pitocin, but it’s a lot gentler. Some prostaglandins now have strings attached to them, allowing them to be removed if harmful contractions occur.

4. Misoprostol Insertion

This is a tablet that can be either orally or applied directly to the cervix. It’s more commonly employed when the cervix isn’t in good shape. One of the good things about this type is the IV line is not attached. It can be used on its own. The less probable the induction will “fail,” the better your cervix is. It’s not nearly as messy as suppositories can be. It does not obligate you to have the child.

TAKE NOTE MAMA: Your care provider will allow you to pass your urine or eat before insertion. After it is inserted you will be given instructions not to get up out of bed for one hour to allow the tablet to properly absorb. I have seen many tablets dropped out because the clients ended up going to use the bathroom before an hour. So make sure you follow this instruction so you would not have to have a possible reinsertion.

The thing about this one is pitocin or other methods may be required in addition. It has the potential to hasten labor. This is no longer considered a viable strategy for mothers undergoing VBAC; speak with your practitioner about it.

5. Home births

There are several methods for inducing labor at home. They range from nipple stimulation and intercourse to taking herbs and substances like castor oil eating them. Always speak with your doctor about any method you prefer. Here are some of the common methods used for home births:

  • Certain foods (i.e. spicy foods, oily salads)
  • Bumpy car rides
  • Strenuous activity
  • Visualization
  • Castor oil
  • Certain herbs and homeopathics (black and blue cohosh, Caulophyllum

What are the risks involved?

Knowing the risks is your power tool in educating yourself

Mamas to be just like everything in life there are risks when it comes to inductions. Here are some of them I will share with you:

  • Contractions may become stronger, more painful, and more frequent.
  • According to a 2017 study Trusted Source, you may have a higher risk of postpartum depression.
  • You may require a cesarean delivery due to a failed induction (this comes with its own list of concerns, including a longer recovery time).
  • Infection. Certain methods of induction, such as rupturing membranes, pose an increased risk for infection in both mom and baby.
  • Uterine rupture. This is especially true for women who have had a cesarean delivery before or another uterine surgery.
  • Complications with fetal heart rate. Too many contractions can lead to negative changes in the baby’s heart rate.
  • Fetal death.

Throughout the induction process, your healthcare provider, doctor, or midwife will monitor you and your baby to determine whether or not an assisted vaginal delivery or cesarean delivery is necessary.

Now that you have been educated about inductions lets examine what else you have to do to prepare for it:

Preparing for the Labor Induction :

Making informed decisions is power!
  1. Have an open mind and stay positive in your thinking.
  2. Trust God to help you overcome anxiety and worry.
  3. Pack everything you will need for the hospital in advance. This includes your toiletries, snacks for afterwards, clothing for you and baby.
  4. Ask all the questions you need to ask. Here some of the most important ones:
  • Why do I need an induction?
  • What will the doctor or midwife do if the induction method chosen fails?
    When will you be released home and when will your induction be rescheduled?
    Will your doctor or midwife be present throughout the procedure?
  • Will you be able to use the restroom if the operation takes a long time?
  • Do you have any previous medical conditions or concerns that may affect your induction?
  • How many times has your doctor or midwife performed this procedure?
  • Will you be able to move around?
  • What are the risks and benefits of each induction procedure being considered?
  • Will it require constant or occasional monitoring?
  • Will it hurt? What are your options for pain relief?
  • What are the indicators that you’d be a good fit for induction?
    What types of inductions are being considered by your healthcare provider?
    When do you think you’ll be finished? (Make sure the induction is scheduled for after the 39th week of pregnancy.)
  • What is your cervix’s current state?
  • What is the position of the baby?

5. Find out where will the induction will take place.

6. Inquire if you can have a support person in.

7. You definitely would want to take your birth plan.

8. Find out from your care giver if you can eat before the induction. In the hospital where I worked our patients would come in the day before to begin the induction in the mornings. Some of the doctors would allow them to eat before, while others would not.

9. Be prepared for a possible intravenous infusion.

This is usually given with pitocin and some of the above methods.

10.Pray always knowing that God will deliver you through this journey.

Bottom line

I did my best to help you prepare for a labor induction. It is truly my greatest joy to know that you are now prepared for the days ahead. Keep God at the center of everything. As you can see the induction of labor has many different forms. I have given you the questions you need to ask without any fear. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. If you would like to comment, or ask a question feel free to do so. Also, if you have a topic you would like for me to discuss, mention it also in the comments. (Paid link here for baby essentials).

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9 Easy Ways to Minimize Stretch Marks During Pregnancy: It is possible!


June 11th, 2021 BY Marilyn Smith- Senior Nurse- Midwife

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Hello Mamas and dads to be. I want to teach you how you can minimize stretch marks during pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of great changes. . Everything on the body seems to be growing at such an alarming rate in some cases. I want you to know that this is only a temporary process you are going through.

I think we all fear them, yet we’re told there’s nothing we can do to avoid them. It’s a hereditary thing some persons believe. Either you have them or you don’t. Though I don’t totally disagree with this remark, I am aware that stretch marks can be avoided. I remember when I had my kids, I always wondered how they would leave my skin looking. Women, are very concerned about their appearance and that is understandable.

Stretch marks are very common during pregnancy

Stretch marks are fairly prevalent during pregnancy. There is nothing that can be done to actively prevent them, as there is at other times in life. Stretch marks, on the other hand, usually dissolve with time, and there are a number of things you can do to lessen your chances of getting them. Watching your weight, eating healthily, exercising, and following other typical stretch mark prevention guidelines all apply during pregnancy, with some minor variations. According to the American Academy of Dermatology-About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.

Causes of stretch marks

During pregnancy the skin is stretched. There are several variables that influence their intensity, including your genetics and the degree of skin stress. Cortisol, a stress hormone, might also play a role. Elastic fibers in the skin are weakened by cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.
When your body expands quicker than your skin can keep up, stretch marks appear.

Are stretch marks bad?

Rest assured, stretch marks are really not harmful, and they usually fade away with time. Stretch marks may appear on almost any part of your body, although they’re most frequent on the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.

Are stretch marks permanent?

Absolutely not! Stretch marks can make some individuals unhappy with the way their skin looks, which can interfere with day-to-day activities. Great news Mama to be stretch marks may fade away on their own following weight loss in certain circumstances.

Do models get stretch marks?

Yes they do! With stretch marks there is no respect of persons. They do not care who you are. You break the boundaries, they set the limits of  your skin stretch. All women will experience some form of  skin stretching. 

Stretch marks are something we all deal with on a regular basis. Its either one way or the other; you have elastic skin or you don’t. Isn’t it true that if you have elastic skin, you won’t get stretch marks? Wrong. Of course, there is something you can do about stretch marks if you can alter your skin’s flexibility. Now, how should we go about doing it? Lets find out right here:

1. Eat the right foods

There is no doubt the way we eat in general has a big impact on our skin’s suppleness. Eating a diet rich in collagen, including bone broths and gelatin, vitamin A, C, and E, and maintaining a proper omega 3:6 ratio are all important for skin suppleness. Eating grass-fed and free-range meats and eggs is an example of this. Drinking grass-fed cattle’s raw entire milk. Consuming organic and locally sourced produce. Cod liver oil that has been fermented is also highly helpful. This type of eating is beneficial not only for skin elasticity, but also for fertility and healthy infants.

  • Antioxidant-rich foods that nourish and protect the skin. Consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, blueberries, and strawberries.
  • Vitamin E-rich foods help to protect the membranes of skin cells. Nuts, seeds, avocados, broccoli, and collard greens are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Vitamin A-rich foods are good for skin tissue healing. Carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, squash, and red bell peppers are all good sources of antioxidants. The saying that “you are what you eat” is a very true saying.

2. Gaining your weight slower is better

Stretch marks are more difficult to avoid when you gain weight quickly. Although weight gain is normally inevitable throughout pregnancy, it is very beneficial to gain it slowly and steadily. You can forget about eating for two while pregnant and stick to the rules for how many more calories you require. Avoid crash diets because they can shrink the skin suddenly.

3. Shea and coco butter the bomb!

Shea and cocoa butter are really the bomb when put together! They are two of the most effective emollients available. They excel at keeping the skin nourished and moisturized. Cocoa butter is a naturally occurring lipid derived from cocoa beans. Shea butter is manufactured from the karite tree’s kernel. The nuts’ shells are used to extract the fatty acids. These work by speeding up the skin’s natural renewal process by preventing and assisting in the reduction of stretch marks.

4.Keep your body flowing with fluids

Staying hydrated is another key to minimizing stretch marks that we hate. It is very important that you maintain a healthy level of hydration in your body. During pregnancy, your blood volume rises, and you create a large water bag to keep your baby safe. The need for water in your body has grown. For good skin suppleness, it’s also important to keep it moist. It is suggested that you drink 8 glasses of water every day. But, most importantly, pay attention to how you’re feeling. A dry mouth or throat is a problem and could be a sign of low water volume in your body.

5. Eat like you are eating for only one

Maintain a close eye on your weight growth during pregnancy. During pregnancy, you should gain weight slowly and steadily. Aim for a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds throughout pregnancy. [43] The amount you gain will vary depending on your pre-pregnancy weight and other circumstances, so talk to your doctor about how much you may anticipate to gain.
When you’re pregnant, don’t believe the myth that you’re “eating for two.”

Guess what Moms and dads to be during the second and third trimesters, physicians often recommend consuming 300 calories more than usual. To maintain skin health, you should continue to eat foods high in vitamins E, C, B2, and B3, as well as zinc and dietary silica (as described above). In addition, your doctor may recommend that you take a daily multivitamin to ensure that you get enough of the nutrients you need.

6. Moisturize your skin

Take care of your skin by moisturizing it. Stretch mark creams with vitamin E, vitamin C, and vitamin A, as well as ointments with cocoa butter and lanolin, can’t completely prevent them. They do, however, aid in the healing of skin tissue that has been damaged by stretch marks. For dry, itchy, or damaged skin, use these products as needed.
Retinoid creams are supposed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks that already present. 

7.Here are 4 things you must consider about exercise

1. Exercise regularly

Exercise is wonderful benefits for the pregnant woman. Moderate exercise is recommended. Pregnant women can benefit from exercise in a variety of ways, including improved mood, stress alleviation, relief from backaches, weight control, and the development of good skin and the probable prevention of stretch marks. At least three times each week, safe, moderate exercise is advised. [47] Please see your health care provider for recommendations about your exercise.

  • Your heart rate should stay without about 70 percent of your target rate (220 minus your current age).
  • Try moderate activities such as swimming, brisk walking, stationary cycling, yoga, and aerobics.
  • Avoid exercises which can cause injury, including: horseback riding, contact sports (football, basketball, etc.), hopping, jumping, skipping, bouncing, or running, and sit-ups.

2. Choose a cool spot

It’s important to exercise in a safe atmosphere. Avoid exercising in hot and humid conditions to avoid pain and potential health risks. Hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms should also be avoided. You should be able to breathe properly when exercising while pregnant and in a cool spot.

3. Wear comfortable clothing

Exercise attire should be proper. For exercise, loose-fitting comfortable clothing and a suitable support bra are advised. Footwear should always be comfortable and well-fitting, regardless of the activity.


4. Schedule a regular routine

Maintain a regular workout schedule. Before commencing the activity, warm up and stretch for five minutes. Then do 15 minutes of cardio/aerobic activity, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of less difficult exercise. Finish by stretching once more.
Remember exercising for more than 45 minutes at a time is not recommended.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout, and wait at least an hour after eating to exercise.

8.Use coconut oil

Coconut oil’s potential to moisturize skin has been recognized for millennia (particularly in the tropics).  It   is high in saturated fatty acids, with the majority of them being medium chain fatty acids. Because these fatty acids are difficult to oxidize, as they do not generate damaging cell damage.

Did you know polyunsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, are more quickly oxidized and hence more prone to cause skin damage from free radicals? This is true not just for the oils we apply to our skin, but also for the oils we eat. We have shifted our dietary oils, which is one of the reasons we have so many skin issues in the US (among other things).

Saturated fats were the mainstay of our predecessors’ diets, but today more unsaturated and transfats are consumed. I encourage you to read labels to know the amount of nutrients are in the foods you want to consume; especially carbs and sugars.

9. Use sun screen

You can block the sun’s damage from your skin by using some sun screen.

Bio-oil and stretchmarks

Scars and stretch marks have been shown to be reduced by using Bio-Oil. Some of its constituents may also aid in the treatment of acne, as well as the look of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Bottom line

Even though stretch marks are inevitable as your baby continues to grow, minimizing stretch marks is still possible. There are many ointments and creams that are helpful in minimizing their occurrences. I hope you enjoyed this session and learned something to help you with your skin. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. You can like, comment or ask a question . I would be happy to hear from you. Take care of yourself and God bless you. Here are some links you can use for relevant skin care products. You can try these as well

Skin Care During Pregnancy: 6 Bold Steps to Great Looking Skin you need to know!


Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your skin your once beautiful skin change right before your eyes. What causes this change and what condition causes this? Pregnancy!!!!!!.Pregnancy comes with many changes and one of the changes is skin changes. While most over-the-counter (OTC) body care products are entirely safe for your child, there are a few substances that might be dangerous. So, here’s the good news: You can strike a balance between keeping your mama-to-be glow and safeguarding your baby.

Who are we to blame for these changes? Hormones of course in some cases. Did you know that there are some women who experience skin perfection during pregnancy? I am one of them. My skin really radiated during all of my pregnancies. Not even a pimple! People would even compliment me and say “you look so good, and your skin is glowing.”

While some fortunate ladies have 9 months of flawless skin, the majority of women encounter at least one unfavorable new or worsening skin condition. The following are the most common:

  • Darkening skin, dry skin (a condition called melasma or cholasma)
  • Blemishes
  • People with preexisting skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea may notice a change in their symptoms (for the better or for the worse).

Your body is “all in” during pregnancy, annoying skin changes can impact other areas as well, such as stretch marks, spider veins, hair growth, and hair loss.

Safe products to use during pregnancy

Before we go into our list, we should note out that there is a scarcity of evidence-based data on the safety of certain goods during pregnancy. Clinical experiments on pregnant women that may even begin to indicate that particular chemicals are dangerous are nearly always illegal.

However, several animal, anecdotal, or case-specific studies have suggested that a few common skin conditions can have substantial prenatal consequences.

Lets note out that there is a scarcity of evidence-based data on the safety of certain goods during pregnancy. Clinical experiments on pregnant women that may even begin to indicate that particular chemicals are dangerous are nearly always illegal.
 Many studies have suggested that a few common skin conditions can have substantial prenatal consequences.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires cosmetic goods to be “safe” based on their intended uses and labeling, but they do not require FDA clearance to be sold.

All of this raises serious concerns regarding which cosmetics are genuinely safe to use while pregnant. Most experts (and hence we) err on the side of caution on this premise.

1. Sun protection

Protecting yourself from ultra violet rays safeguards your skin against wrinkles and skin cancer

Protection against the sun is one of the best things you can do or you skin during pregnancy.
One of the most essential things you can do to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer in the long run is to shield yourself from the sun. But the major concern is how to keep your skin safe while pregnant.

Chemical broad-spectrum sunscreens are still controversial, so choose for mineral-based sunscreens that protect the skin by causing UV rays to bounce off the skin altogether.

Dermatologists strongly advise using sunscreen every day. If your skin becomes more sensitive during pregnancy, look for sunscreens that contain just the non-irritating mineral actives titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide.
are not known to pose a threat to a pregnant woman. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has found no evidence of any of the reported sunscreen fears.


2.Dry skin and stretch marks

Stretch marks and dry skin are often a concern for pregnant women. There’s no denying that pregnancy puts a lot of strain on your body, so if your unborn child need extra water at any moment, it will take it from you. Dry skin can result from this, as well as hormone changes.

Moisturizing creams including coconut oil, cocoa butter, peptides, and hyaluronic acid (HA) can help you stay hydrated in addition to consuming enough of water.

3.Anti aging wrinkles

Just as they work like magic to boost your immune system and ward off free radicals in your body, topical antioxidants such as vitamin C can safely enhance your skin’s vitality by protecting your skin from damage and maintaining collagen.

Other pregnancy-safe antioxidants to try in your skin care products include:

  • vitamin E
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin B3
  • green tea

4.Azelaic acid

This topical prescription is safe to take throughout pregnancy and has solid data demonstrating that it can assist with brown skin discolorations, breakouts, and apparent rosacea symptoms.

5.Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid (BHA) is an excellent skin exfoliator, and the modest amounts used in skin care are safe to use while pregnant. During your pregnancy, exfoliants containing glycolic acid or lactic acid (AHA) may be used. How about AHA or BHA peels performed in the office? If you’re going to apply a peel to a broad section of your body, AHA peels are the way to go.

6.Prescriptions for other skin concerns:

Many women experience chloasma -the mask o pregnancy

 Your doctor will be able to advise you on which topical medications are suitable for use during pregnancy and how they should be used.

What to skin products to avoid during pregnancy

Not all products are safe for the skin during pregnancy. Because of its relationship to prescription retinoids (Renova, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, and generic tretinoin), avoid over-the-counter medications containing retinol. Consider using an anti-aging serum that is free of retinol and its derivatives (retinyl retinoate, retinaldehyde, or hydroxypinacolone retinoate).

Bottom line

Pregnancy is a joyful time, but it also brings with it a slew of skin-care issues. Most pregnant women are unsure about which skin care products are safe to use and which are not. Is it safe to take salicylic acid when pregnant? Glycolic acid, for example. Is benzoyl peroxide used to treat acne? Is it safe to take retinol when pregnant?

You might be shocked by the answers! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something. You can like, comment, or ask a question if you like.


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Travel During Pregnancy: 9 Expert Tips to Keep You Safe


Pregnancy and traveling, do they go together? We are going to find out today. Nowadays there are many pregnant women who find themselves having the need to travel despite the Covid -19 pandemic. Well today we are going to discuss many tips you as a mom or dad to be can take to ensure the safety of your little star. When I was pregnant with my little ones, I never even considered traveling. Everything was arranged for after the baby.

Did you know pregnant women can generally travel safely with a little preparation. But they should avoid some destinations, including those with Zika and malaria risk. Learn about steps you can take if you’re pregnant and planning an international trip, especially to a developing country. If you comply with these these tips, you increase your chances of staying safe, happy, and healthy for your baby.

1. Who is the best person to speak to about traveling and the Corona virus?

You should definitely speak to your health care practitioner. They would be the ideal person to talk to because they should know about your condition and have enough information about the Corona virus to advise you if it is safe for you. No one wants to risk going to a foreign land and have a baby without planning it.

Do you have any health conditions like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure that is out of control? There may be some pregnant women who may have urgent conditions that warrant medical transfer. Your health care team and insurance will work closely with you to ensure that you arrive to seek medical attention safely.

2.What countries should I avoid when considering travelling?

You definitely do not want to visit countries where the zika virus or malaria is dominant because the experience is that their symptoms are more intense. Malaria raises the risk for serious pregnancy problems, including premature birth, miscarriage, and stillbirth.

 If you must go to an area with malaria while you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about taking a drug to prevent malaria. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, so you should also wear effective insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

As you know the Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and sex. Because Zika infection in a pregnant woman can cause intense birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to any area with risk of Zika.

For women who must travel to these risky areas, I would advise you to as much as possible to take strict precautions to prevent mosquito bites and avoid sexual transmission. Condoms should be used during pregnancy, if have a sex partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika. Find out more at CDC’s Zika Travel Information page or CDC’s page about Zika and pregnancy. Make your safety your number one priority.

3.What about food and water safety?

Learn about steps you can take if you’re pregnant and planning an international trip, especially to a developing country. If you comply with these these tips, you increase your chances of staying safe, happy, and healthy for your baby.

There is a condition that is transmitted through food or drinking water called Travelers’ diarrhea . The dehydration caused by diarrhea can be more of a problem for pregnant women than for others. There are other bacteria and viruses spread by food or water can lead to more severe illnesses that can cause problems for a pregnant woman and her baby. Beware of eating uncooked meat and fish as these can be cooked infected .Therefore, if you are traveling in a developing country I recommend you carefully follow food and water safety procedures:

  • Choose food that is cooked and served very hot.
  • Avoid cold food or food that has been sitting at room temperature e.g. buffet
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or fish.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables only if you can peel them or wash them in clean water.
  • Eat only pasteurized dairy products.
  • Drink only liquids that are canned or bottled and sealed. Carbonated is safer because the bubbles indicate that it was sealed at the factory).
  • Remember do not drink anything with ice due to the possibility of infected water used to make it .

If travelers’ diarrhea, is contracted by you, drink lots of fluids until it leaves. Take all medications as prescribed by your health care provider. Continue to drink after each episode of diarrhea. Do not take products containing bismuth, such as Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate. These medicines can be dangerous for pregnancy. Check labels on packages to ensure that you are safe.

4. Why is it important to know my due date?

Mamas and dads to be this is a very important fact that you should know just incase you do get stuck in a country. You care providers can know how to manage you. I would recommend that you take along your health record just in case.

5.Would my health care provider need to vaccinate me?

Of course! Your health care provider may want to really check that all your vaccines are up to date, even if you reviewed them at an earlier prenatal visit. Let me warn you, you may even need more vaccines if you are going certain places. Pregnant women can now receive the Corona virus vaccine if they like.

6.What signs and symptoms I should be concerned about?

Being able to identify the signs of trouble can be life-saving

Here are some symptoms that could mean trouble for you Some symptoms could signal a health problem. Go to a hospital or call emergency medical services right away if you have any of the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia include headache that will not go away, seeing spots or other changes in eyesight, swelling of the face or hands)
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Signs of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (see Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis)Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain or contractions
  • Rupture of the membranes – meaning your “water breaks”
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is not too tight. 
  • Wear a few layers of light clothing that can easily be added or removed. 
  • Eat regular meals to boost your energy. 
  • Drink lots of fluids. Take water with you. You may need to pee more often—don’t hold it too long.
  • Wear your seat belt at all times. The belt should sit low on your hip bones, below your belly. 
  • Plan to make frequent stops. Use these stops to move around and stretch your legs. 

7. How can I know if my cruise ship is safe?

Mamas and dads- to- be you know just how serious going on a cruise ship is! Getting stuck in the middle of the ocean is no game to play at anytime. Before you book a cruise, you can check whether your ship has passed a health and safety inspection conducted by CDC. The CDC performs periodic inspections of cruise ships to prevent widespread virus outbreaks. You can read these reports here: CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program website (see www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp).

8. Where do I go to see a doctor in the United States?

You can go to the American Medical Association (AMA) has a DoctorFinder tool at its website https://doctorfinder.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder.

9. Where do I go if I get sick outside the United States?

The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) has a worldwide directory of doctors who provide health care for travelers. You must be a member to view the directory of doctors, but membership is free. See www.iamat.org. For added protection after you reach your destination, you also can connect with an American embassy or consulate. This may help if you need to leave the country because of an emergency.

Trust God to keep you safe

As we go through life, we often encounter many stumbling blocks that could keep us stagnant. I want to encourage you to put your trust in God. Believe that He is with you and be patient with the process you are in right now.

Bottom line

Traveling for pregnant women can be exciting but dangerous. Pregnant moms and dads to be must the leaders in ensuring that them and their partner’s safety comes first. Safety is everything. Most of all the health of mom and baby increases at a higher risk of getting a bacterial or viral infection. I hope the information above was helpful to you. If you have to travel I hope you remain safe and if you did get sick during a travel, I hope you get well soon. Thank you for stopping by. You may like, comment, or ask a question. Additionally, you can check out our f social media pages at:

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How to Dress Like A Diva During Pregnancy


Dressing baggy and looking awkward during pregnancy is no longer accepted as the norm. Pregnant styles have become more popular

Many women begin to feel like they are not looking their best while pregnant. Yes your body is changing. It is getting larger and not in the best shape that you would normally see. Hang on mamas and dads to be consider what you are growing inside is far more important than what you see in the mirror. I remember when I was having my kids thirty years ago, fashion was not a thing like it is today. It did not really matter what you wore, as long as you wear comfortable. Fashion is big things nowadays!

Pregnancy is no longer seen as a period when a woman must dress in baggy clothing. Many famous people have made it fashionable to flaunt their expanding stomachs, and the public is following suit. Another expanding trend is the amount of clothing stores that sell maternity apparel, since several well-known brands have started maternity apparel lines.

Pregnancy is no longer seen as a period when a woman must dress in baggy clothing. Many famous people have made it fashionable to flaunt their expanding stomachs, and the public is following suit. Another expanding trend is the amount of clothing stores that sell maternity apparel, since several well-known brands have started maternity apparel lines. Here is a handy list of how you can dress like a diva during pregnancy.

1. Invest in at least two maternity jeans

2 or more denim is pretty handy during pregnancy


Investing in one or more pairs of maternity jeans will benefit you greatly. Denims are handy. You’ll want to purchase jeans that have adjustable waistbands, or leggings.

Jeans with a bootleg are both flattering and stylish, and there are also maternity skinny jeans that are stretchy and comfortable.[1] For pregnancies in the summer, a pair of cargo pants is another option that may be more appropriate in some climates.(Denim link)

2. Choose clothes that are comfortable

Pregnancy is no longer seen as a period when a woman must dress in baggy clothing. Many famous people have made it fashionable to flaunt their expanding stomachs, and the public is following suit.

Another expanding trend is the amount of clothing stores that sell maternity apparel, since several well-known brands have started maternity apparel lines.

3. Wear comfortable maternity clothes

Similar to shirts, dresses with a fitted bodice or an empire cut definitely flatter a pregnant woman’s figure. Don’t lose your personal style just because you’re pregnant. If you normally wear tops with fun prints and vibrant colors, do the same during your pregnancy.

4. Only wear low, comfortable shoes

Flat, comfortable shoes during pregnancy is the way to go

Did you know mamas to be, your feet stretch during pregnancy? My feet stretched from a size seven to a size eight. Because your feet may enlarge while you’re pregnant, it’s critical to invest in new, comfortable shoes that suit your feet.

Because your feet may return to their usual size after pregnancy, don’t invest in pricey shoes if you’ll only be wearing them for a few months. Payless has inexpensive shoes and sandals that are also incredibly adorable, but be sure they are also affordable.

Never buy shoes that are too costly for your budget.

  • When it’s difficult to bend over, slip-ons are ideal.
  • Insoles should be used in any shoes that do not provide adequate support.
  • Wearing high heels when pregnant might cause pain as well as a potential slip and fall.

5. Compliment your wardrobe to complement your style

I know every pregnant woman wants one thing ; comfort. This includes what you’re wearing right mama? Add pregnancy pieces to your wardrobe that complement rather than change your own style.
Don’t feel compelled to dress in gloomy to appear smaller. Allow what you wear to really reflect this joyous time in your life in your wardrobe.

6.Stick to your personal style

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You’ll want to feel comfortable when you’re pregnant, and the days of colorful polka dots and other patterns meant to hide a woman’s expanding figure are long gone. Stick to your personal style if you generally wear solid colors.

If you’re a fan of floral designs, though, pair some bold-print tunics with leggings. This entails being at ease with yourself.

7. Wrap tops and dresses are fashionable

Whether you’re pregnant or not, these styles of shirts and dresses highlight your physique. It’s the ideal garment for staying feminine and elegant through your pregnancy. Try wearing a wrap shirt with bright colors or prints to show off your playful side.

8. Wear clothes that flatter your abdomen

This is a flattering option that doesn’t leave you looking shapeless. The empire waist wraps around your upper midriff emphasizing your cleavage. Furthermore, you might even be able to keep wearing these dresses after the baby is born.  Show off your new figure with a dress that hugs your curves.

It’s best to wear dark colors in these types of dresses. Try a black cotton dress that accentuates your curves, topped with a few simple accessories. Choose a neutral hue that you can mix and match with a variety of tops and is appropriate for work with a blazer.

A pencil skirt that reaches your knees is quite professional-looking, and if it’s made of elastic fabric, it can also be very comfortable. Shorter skirts will also help you stay cool if you don’t want to get too heated.

9. Show a little cleavage

 Now’s the time to show off a little bust by wearing low-cut shirts and V-neck sweaters. V-neck shirts show off a pregnant woman’s figure, and look especially flattering on them. This is optional, of course, if you prefer to dress more modestly.

10. How about wearing some jewelry?

Chunky necklaces and bracelets, as well as a large bag (that can serve as a chic diaper bag), may make a major fashion statement, plus they’re items you may wear after the baby is born. Don’t forget to accessorize with fashionable scarves to keep your outfit on point.

11. Stay cool during the summer months

Whatever attire you choose, the cloth must be breathable to prevent you from being overheated. This will keep you from sweating and, as a result, a heat rash from forming on your skin.
Cotton, linen, and wool are examples of breathable materials.

12.Wear plenty of shorts, capri pants and short-sleeved tops

Solid shorts or capris in lively hues like pink, green, or blue, as well as neutrals, can be worn. Wear a short-sleeved shirt with an empire waist and a bright print to go with it. Your shorts and capris should be elastic and have a pregnant waistband.
Due to the increased blood flow in their bodies, pregnant women are more likely to become overheated.
You may have nausea, especially in the later months of your pregnancy.

Bottom line

Prepare to wear maternity clothing for at least a few weeks after the baby is born. The majority of new mothers do not return to their pre-pregnancy weight immediately.
If you’re concerned about the cost of stylish maternity clothes, you can recover some of your investment by selling them on an auction website or at a specialty store.

I hope this relieves some of the stress and convinces you that buying a new clothing for your pregnancy isn’t required. But there’s one thing I’d want to remind my fellow mamas-to-be: Take advantage of this time in your life. Feel ree to comment or like this post.

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