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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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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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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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

Pregnancy and Sex : Are There Any Dangers?


What are you talking about today nurse Smith? Hello my wonderful fans. We are talking about Pregnancy and sex. I know there are many of you who might have questions about this topic. I am going to do my best to give you the facts .Sex and pregnancy is an interesting topic. When you are pregnant, there is nothing you want to do to hurt your little star baking in the oven for nine months. Sex during pregnancy is a concerned thought, most couples think about. Lets begin this exciting topic:

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1.Can I have sex during pregnancy without loosing my baby?

Having sex during pregnancy won’t provoke a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally. Additionally, miscarriages are often caused by known and unknown reasons which can be environmental, maternal age, hormones and implantation issues. The amniotic fluid in your womb, with its tight muscles, shield your growing infant. As long as you don’t have conditions like preterm labor or placenta disorders, sexual intercourse will have little effect on your fetus. Pregnancy, on the other hand, will alter your satisfying experience and sexual appetite.

2. Do we need to use condoms?

Having a sexually transmitted infection when pregnant will result in significant health issues for both you and your child. If the pregnant woman has an untreated or newly detected sexually transmitted illness, she should avoid all types of sex — genital, oral, and anal.

If you’re in the following situations, you can use a condom:

  • You’re not in a monogamous relationship with your partner.
  • During your labor, you decide to have sex with a new partner.

3. Are there times when sex should be not be allowed?

Yes there are!Uterine contractions may be caused by breast stimulation, female orgasms, and the hormones found in sperm called prostaglandins.

If you have any of the following symptoms, your healthcare provider can advise you to avoid sex:

  • You’re experiencing unexplained vaginal bleeding.
  • Amniotic fluid is escaping from you.
  • Your cervix starts to open too soon (cervical incompetence)
  • Your placenta blocks your cervical cavity partially or entirely (placenta previa). ( Promotional link).

4. Every pregnant woman is different

During pregnancy every woman’s experiences are unique, including her feelings about sex.
During breastfeeding, certain women’s appetite wanes. When pregnant, other women become more closely tied to their bodies and more easily aroused.
It’s natural for sexual appetite to fluctuate during pregnancy as the body grows. As your belly expands, you will feel self-conscious. Alternatively, you may find that having a large body makes you feel sexier.

6. Some pregnant women have a different sex libido

The following is a normal libido cycle during pregnancy:


This is the first trimester: Your sex drive can be killed by nausea, exhaustion, or breast tenderness. This is short lived and will soon be over.
This is the second trimester: It’s possible that the libido would go into overdrive. Increased blood circulating in the body will also improve your orgasms.
This is the third trimester: When the due date approaches, sex can become awkward.

7. Talk to your partner about how you are feeling

Talking to your partner can help to resolve issues that you may be feeling at this time.

Try out different positions and see what works. Adjust what you’re doing if anything doesn’t feel right for any of you, and speak to your OB about any medical issues. Remember everything does not have to be sexual as you and your partner might not desire sex at the same time. However, you can indulge in affection in other respects as well. Touch, cuddle, or massage each other. Take a bath together in a bubble bath.

If vaginal dryness makes sex awkward, use a lubricant. ( Promotional link).

Remember God cares for you


Bottom line

Sex changes during pregnancy. It is important that couples identify when they are having sexual challenges and deal with them accordingly. While sex is permissible during pregnancy you must be aware of when it should be avoided. Condoms are provide protection against sexually transmitted infections. Keep your relationship as happy as possible and know that God loves you. Talk to Him about your issues because He cares for you. Thank you for visiting today and feel free to like , comment or ask a question. Do visit again.

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Potty Training Success: Patient, Easy Steps to Your Child’s Victory!


Hello Mamas! Can you believe our topic today? It is one I know many of you are probably going through right now. I want to encourage you not to give up! In fact I think too many of us give up too easily. Potty training is something we all had to go through. Without a doubt, when a child reaches this stage it is a remarkable developmental stage.

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I was so happy when my babies overcame this stage. Can you imagine, no more changing or buying of pampers with a more matured baby who knows when to go to the toilet? Parents do you know what I found to be the the fastest and easiest way to potty train your baby? It takes time and plenty patience. I often hear my clients complain that their kid is taking too long to get out of pampers. (Promotional link).

What determines potty training readiness?

The effectiveness of potty training is determined by physical, developmental, and behavioral milestones rather than age. Between the ages of 18 and 24, many youngsters show symptoms of being ready for toilet training. Others, on the other hand, may not be ready until they are three years old. There’s no need to haste. It may take longer to teach your child if you begin too early. Here is a list that should help you:

  • Is your youngster able to walk to a toilet and sit on it?
  • Is your youngster able to pull his or her trousers down and back up?
  • Is your youngster capable of remaining dry for up to two hours?
  • Is your youngster able to comprehend and follow simple instructions?
  • Is your youngster able to tell you when he or she needs to go?
  • Is your youngster showing signs of wanting to use the restroom or wear “big kid” underwear?

If you responded yes to the majority of the questions, your child may be ready. If you replied largely no, you might want to hold off — especially if your child is going to go through a huge transition, such as a move or the addition of a new sibling.

1. Prepare your mind for what lies ahead

It’s also crucial that you’re prepared. Allow your child’s enthusiasm to guide the process rather than your own. Avoid equating your child’s intelligence or stubbornness with potty training success or difficulties. Also, remember that accidents are unavoidable, and punishment has no bearing on the outcome. Plan toilet training for a time when you or a caregiver will be able to dedicate the time and energy necessary to be consistent.

2. Consistency is a major key!

As a potty training mom, I have found hat consistency is one of the keys to you and you child succeeding. Once you make your mind up,to go thewhole nine yards, you must be consistent. Being consistent means ensuring that your child goes to the toilet at the specified. I trained my kids to go after meals.

Allow your kid to sit on the potty chair or toilet for a few minutes without a diaper every two hours, as well as first thing in the morning and soon after naps. It’s common for boys to master urinating while seated, then go to standing after bowel training is complete. While your child is sitting, stay with him or her and read a book or play with a toy with him or her. Allow your youngster to try new things.

It could be beneficial to make a flexible timetable, such as:

1.Before going to bed

2. When you wake up after a dinner
3.Following a routine might assist your youngster in establishing a routine.

3. Pick the right words

Choose your words carefully. Make a list of the words you’ll use to describe your child’s body fluids. Negative terms like nasty and stinking should be avoided. You can use pee, pee and poo. These two words worked wonders for me. ( Promotional link).

4. Set up the Bathroom

Make potty training as much fun as possible

Install a toilet chair in the bathroom or, at first, wherever your youngster spends the most time. To begin, encourage your youngster to sit in his or her clothing on the toilet chair. Ensure that your child’s feet are resting on the ground or a stool. Talk about the toilet in simple, pleasant words. To demonstrate their function, you may throw the contents of a soiled diaper into the potty chair and toilet. 

5. Offer praise for trying

Even if your child simply sits there, offer praise for trying — and remind your child that he or she can try again later. Bring the potty chair with you when you’re away from home with your child.

6.Respond quickly when you see the signs

 When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet — such as squirming, squatting or holding the genital area — respond quickly. Help your child become familiar with these signals, stop what he or she is doing, and head to the toilet. Praise your child for telling you when he or she has to go. Keep your child in loose, easy-to-remove clothing.

7. Teach your child hygiene basics

To prevent germs from spreading from the rectum to the vaginal or bladder, teach females to widen their legs and wipe gently from front to back. Afterward, make sure your youngster washes his or her hands.

8.Dump the diapers gracefully

Your kid may be ready to go from diapers to training pants or underwear after a few weeks of successful potty breaks and staying dry during the day. The transformation should be celebrated. If your child is unable to stay dry, allow him or her to return to diapers. For positive reinforcement, consider utilizing a sticker system or a star chart.

9. Be patient and stay in control Mama!

Fussing your child out all the time can bring many frustration for both of you. Staying in control helps you to be patient longer with your little star. Your kid may be ready to go from diapers to training pants or underwear after a few weeks of successful potty breaks and staying dry during the day. The transformation should be celebrated. If your child is unable to stay dry, allow him or her to return to diapers. For positive reinforcement, consider utilizing a sticker system or a star chart. Potty training takes time and lots of patience.(Promtional link).

10. Your little star will inevitably have accidents

Nap time and bedtime training are often more difficult to complete. Between the ages of 5 and 7, most youngsters can keep dry at night. In the meanwhile, while your child sleeps, use disposable training pants and mattress coverings.

11. Sit down sometimes in the beginning on the toilet

This is one of the things I did that really helped me. Who knows, it might work for you too. I would let my child see me on the toilet sometimes. Try leading by example.

12. Always ask God to help you

God is always there. Trust Him to guide you along

As I always tell you He loves and cares about everything that concerns you. Ask Him for Hi help.

BOTTOM LINE

Potty training can be frustrating for both mother and baby. Patience and consistency as a priority. Do not frustrate your child by being fussy and impatient. You little star has a higher opportunity to succeed if you are in control. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you did learn something and enjoyed the journey.

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12 Simple, Effective Labor and Delivery Advice to Help You on Labor Day!


During labor it is very important to ask questions to the health care team. If you do not understand a procedure or what is happening during labor, you can simply ask. Getting the answers to you can help you to relax.

Hello Mamas.! We are going to talk about labor and delivery today. Boy, I have some good advice in store for you. I know as a pregnant woman or couple , you are thinking and hoping that your labor and delivery day be awesome, right? Well I am wishing that for you too. You just arrived at your ultimate guide for good advice related to labor and delivery, especially if you are a first time mom. I know the anxiety can be lurking around in your mind. And for some of you dads out there, I know you too may be worried about your partner ‘s labor day that is quickly pending.

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Life seems to be going extremely fast all the time, but things are really going slow in the delivery room. According to a National Institutes of Health report, childbirth now takes 2.6 hours longer for first-time mothers than it did 50 years ago. Knowing how to make the difficult work of delivering a baby more enjoyable helps to make the extra time in the delivery room less uncomfortable and more enjoyable.(Promotional link)

1.Take some childbirth classes

Childbirth classes a great way to build up your confidence

Take a childbirth course and enroll as early as possible: Not only do classes fill up fast but prenatal classes let you share your experiences with other couples, while letting you get answers to all of your questions concerning labor, delivery, and caring for a newborn. Many first time moms-to-be can use these classes to their advantage. It an bring you confidence.

2.Stay positive

Graphic pictures, tragic stories, and words of discouragement (“You’ll never be able to get that beast out without a C-section!”), according to some childbirth educators, may influence your subconscious and build a mental block during labor.

Negative thoughts make labor painful at best, and they can potentially make pain worse at worst.Mama this is important for your mental comfort.

3.Prepare yourself

Preparation matters. Preparing your mind both physically and mentally are great ways to experience a wonderful labor and delivery. Practicing squatting is known to increase your pelvic opening by 28 %! Waiting a few days before your labor day will not really help you or do very much. Practice early during the second trimester.

4. Get your support team together

 This person can be anyone you are comfortable around — your partner, a friend, or a relative. Choose someone who will be supportive and encouraging. Your support person must be the same person throughout the birthing experience. In other words, your support person cannot be your spouse for a few hours, then your mother, and then your sister. You must make a choice who is available and willing to go the whole nine yards.

5. Learn skills that will help you during labor

I highly recommend you learn how to help yourself during labor. You can go to this link and learn some easy techniques here. Knowing that appropriate pain relief options are available will help you relax. Discuss medicine and other options with your doctor ahead of time, and write down your plans in your birth plan. (Promotional link)

6.Visit your labor and delivery hospital

Studies have proven that women who view their maternity suites have a better birth experience than mothers who did not. This is gives you an opportunity to meet the staff and get a feel of the environment you will be entering for birth.

7. Change positions regularly

Changing your positions early in labor can help you to deliver smoothly and easy. Position changes and gravity work together to allow baby to have a smooth transition. Standing, walking, kneeling, slow dancing, sitting, and squatting are all upright positions that allow gravity to assist in moving the baby down and out. “Getting the baby into the pelvis can be like trying to put a key into a lock,” says Hartley. “A little jiggling is needed.” On your hands and knees, rocking back and forth can assist in getting the baby into place.

8. Have your hospital bag prepared early

Make sure you have everything you will need for the grand occasion

I would recommend you have your hospital bag packed by 27-34 weeks of pregnancy. You should not wait for labor to begin shopping for your little star. Here is how your list should look:

  • Going home outfit for your baby. Your baby will be swaddled and diapered during the hospital stay, but most parents want a photo-worthy outfit for the big trip home.
  • Snacks for your partner / your support person. The hospital has a cafeteria (open during the day) and vending machines, but your partner may want to consider anything special they want. Sometimes light snacks are okay in early labor, but we recommend against eating in active labor for safety reasons (and you usually won’t feel like it!).
  • Phone charger. Family and friends will want frequent updates and you will fill up your camera roll quickly. Also make sure minutes are on your phone.
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, hair brush, deodorant. While we have these things at the hospital, you’ll probably prefer your own.
  • Comfortable clothes for you. Slippers, socks, or flip-flops.
  • Mamas do not forget your baby’s car seater– Some hospitals do not allow you to take baby home without it.
  • Robe and/or nightgown. If you plan to breastfeed, choose a nightgown that opens in the front (although the hospital ones are great for this!)
  • Clothes to wear home. Comfortable maternity clothes are usually your best bet. Include a nursing bra if you plan on breastfeeding.

9. Keep your labor environment inviting

Keeping your labor environment warm and inviting really add value to your labor experience. If you want the lights dimmed, ask for them to be lowered. If you want music, ask. You can also before your labor day, find out from the labor ward what is expected of you to bring for labor. if you want your position changed, hooked up to the machines ask your provider. Give your room your personal touch. Bring special pictures, or pillows to have visible in your room.

10. Ask questions

During labor it is very important to ask questions to the health care team. If you do not understand a procedure or what is happening during labor, you can simply ask. Getting the answers you need, also helps you to relax.

11. Pray with hope

Cast every care on Him

Jesus came that you may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus came so that we may have hope in this life. His spirit is waiting for us to come and ask. Pray with hope knowing that God will help you get through every dark situation. Talk with Him during your labor and watch Him deliver you. (Promotional link).

12.Let your partner or nurse pamper you with a massage

This can be so good for you. Now no one knows how you will react during labor. Not even you! I have nursed many women who did not want to be touched during labor. Contrariwise, I have nursed lots of women who love to have their lower sacral region massaged. So give it a try Mama!

Bottom line

Labor can certainly be hard to think about because we have heard so many negative experiences. I encourage you to avoid negative persons talking to you about their horror stories. My labor experience was a great one. I had good nurses, doctor and most of all I had God with me the whole time. I trust that you have a wonderful labor and delivery. Thanks for stopping by today and do come again. Feel free to comment, like or ask a question and share.

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How to Bathe Your Little Star : Without Any Fear!


Bathing your baby for the first few times can be challenging. Building your confidence takes continuous practice.

I remember when I had my first baby. Bathing my baby was one of my biggest fears. Additionally, I have met some of my clients who actually had me come in to teach them how to give their baby the first bath. Mamas I know the little uncertainty you may be feeling. I will do my best to to teach you how to do it with out any fear.

Some doctors advise waiting until an infant is a few days old before giving them their first bath. Since your baby is coated with vernix, a waxy coating on the skin that protects your baby from bacteria  after birth. This website contains affiliate links, we try our best to help our readers by providing valuable products accessed to make your shopping easier. I earn a small commission  from products and services you purchase through my links at no extra cause to you. Thank you for your consideration.

Bathing a baby can be a daunting task. It’s possible that your kid would dislike it as well. With a little preparation, though,  both of you will  feel more at ease in the bathtub. Begin by studying the fundamentals of baby bathing. I will help you to feel at ease in bathing your little star.

There is no need to fear: You can only love your baby during a bath!

Mama there is no need for you to fear. The fact that you love your baby is one of the best attributes you can have to get the ball rolling.

If you have a hospital birth, the amniotic fluid and blood will be cleaned up by hospital nurses or employees until your baby is born. However, you will most likely have the luxury of telling them to leave any excess vernix if you so like.

You should give your baby a sponge bath after you get them home. You have access to their head, body, and diaper area to clean them. Until your baby’s umbilical cord breaks, this is the best way to bathe them. You will begin bathing your baby by submerging their body in a shallow bath until the cord has come off on its own. A bath is fine every 2-3 days for about 5 -10 minutes. Too much bathing can actually dry out your baby’s skin.

1. Begin with a sponge bath

Sponge baths are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics before the umbilical cord stump falls off, which may take a week or two. You’ll need the following items to give your baby a sponge bath:

A  warm, smooth surface in a warm environment. A counter in the bathroom or kitchen, a change table, or a solid bed would suffice. It’s fine to put a blanket or towel on the floor. Use a pad or towel to protect rough surfaces.

For the first few weeks of life, the newborn should be bathed in a sponge bath. Before the umbilical cord comes off, this is the easiest way to clean your son.( Promotional link).

Although the circumcision site recovers, sponge baths are the perfect place to bathe circumcised babies.

2. Gather all your supplies which include:

  • mild baby soap
  • clean diaper
  • baby towel
  • padding for hard surfaces, such as a blanket or towel
  • bowl of warm, not hot, water
  • washcloth
  • Baby oil or lotion

Lets begin our sponge bath:

  • Wrap the baby in a towel after undressing him or her.
  • Choose a warm room, around 75°F (23.8°C) for the bath, remove your baby’s clothes and diaper, and wrap them in a towel.
  • In the prepared location, place your baby on his or her back.
  • Just show the areas of your baby’s body you’re washing to keep him warm.
  • From the inside to the outside corner of each eyelid, wipe it clean.
  • Wipe the baby’s face with the wet washcloth, wringing out the hot sweat.
  • Using plain water, a soft, moisturizing soap or a gentle wash to clean your baby’s body. Not too much to dry out baby’s skin.
  1. Dry your baby off, including drying between skin folds. Put on a clean diaper. You can use a towel with a built-in hood to keep their head warm while they dry off, too.

If you have a newborn boy who was circumcised, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully for keeping the area clean or dry until it has healed. This usually takes about 7 days to heal. (Promotional link).

Easy step -by -step bathing of your little star

Preparation is necessary to avoid leaving baby unattended
  1. Always have clean washed hands before bathing your baby.
  2. Have all of your supplies readily available.
  3. Undress your baby, taking the nappy off last, and wrap in a towel. Put about 3-4 inches of warm water into the tub and test it with your elbow to ensure that it is not too hot.
  4. Gently but firmly hold your baby putting feet first into the water wipe the eyelids (from inner eye to outer eye) with cotton wool dipped in lukewarm water. Squeeze out extra water. Use a new piece of cotton wool for each wipe. Then wash the whole face. Be careful not to put anything into your baby’s ears or nose.
  5. Cradle your baby’s head and shoulders with one arm and support their body with your other arm. Gently lower your baby into the bath, feet first, keeping a close hold at all times.
  6. Supporting your baby’s head, lay your baby down in the bath so the back of their head is in the water. Gently splash some water and a little baby wash or shampoo onto their head and
  7. Gently wash your baby’s front from neck to feet. Then gently turn baby over and wash from top to bottom. Also clean out any bits of poo, vomit or milk from your baby’s body creases.
  8. During this time mama , you can talk , sing, and pray with your baby. This is a great time for bonding or really checking your baby out as he/she also observe you. You both are learning each other. (Allow dad to bath baby sometimes to encourage father support and bonding).
  9. Little girls should be washed from front to back. If there’s a little vaginal discharge, don’t worry — and don’t try to wipe it all away. If a little boy is uncircumcised, leave the foreskin alone. If circumcised, don’t wash the head of the penis until it’s healed. You can use a sponge bath instead.
  10. Gently pat baby dry. Rubbing the skin will irritate it.

Your baby is now ready for clothing, feeding or more cuddling.

There are benefits to bathing your baby

Bath time becomes a highlight of the day for both of you for a reason: it’s time spent together, just the two of you.
  1. It makes you sleepy. There’s even more reason to enjoy bathing your baby, particularly if you incorporate it into his or her bedtime routine. Warm water, a warm bed, and the warm feeling of being protected, comfortable, and loved all work together to put your baby to sleep.
  2. It calms down fussy kids. Nothing is more relaxing and comforting than a soak in a tub after a long day, as you probably already know from your own bath time experience. After that, try your hand at baby massage to add to the relaxation. Although most babies enjoy it, if yours does not (he fusses or turns his head), don’t worry about it; simply cuddle instead. You’ll find out what’s going on soon enough.
  3. Boosts parent baby hormones-Bath time becomes a highlight of the day for both of you for a reason: it’s time spent together, just the two of you. Taking care of your child shows him that you are concerned about him. Look him in the eyes, kiss that delicious baby belly, count those tiny fingers, coo sweet nothings, and sing silly songs. Hearing your voice (no matter what you say or sing) and feeling your gentle touch will enable your your baby to bond with you.
  4.  Its a learning event for you and your baby: Believe it or not, there’s plenty to learn in the tub. Tickle your little one’s senses by trickling water gently onto his tummy — he’ll probably giggle with pleasure. Pour a little water near him (his wide-eyed gaze will let you know he’s captivated), or teach him a lesson in cause-and-effect by showing him how to kick the water and create a splash. Just always watch to be sure he’s happy and enjoying what you’re doing.

Apply a thick barrier cream or zinc paste to the nappy region if your baby has nappy rash.
Dress your baby first, putting on their nappy.

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Fill the tub with water and drain it.

Bottom line

Mama bathing your baby is truly an awesome experience. Make the time and see it as a quality investment. I know bathing him /her for the first time can be scary but the more you do it the more confidence you get. As we have learned, bathing has many good benefits for you and baby. Mama there is really no need to fear bathing your baby because you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength. Remember to keep your little star safe both during and after the bath. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you gained some insight on bathing your baby. Please like , comment, or ask a question. Do come again. Check out our facebook page @https://maternaltreasuresparentcarecenter, linkedIn- MarilynSmith @ linkedIn, Instagram -marilynsmith_3291, Pinterest- https://www.breastifriend.

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How to Have a Super, Happy, and Healthy Pregnancy: 15 Steps to a Fantastic Journey!


There is nothing more valuable than a happy, healthy, and safe pregnancy

Congratulations Mamas and dads to be! I hope you are all doing just great! Today, we are going to talk about how to have a happy healthy pregnancy. This is something I wish for all of you. You are all so special and deserve the best pregnancy ever! I am sure you agree. If you are a male reading this , I please continue take good care of your pregnant partner. A good pregnancy does not just happen. There are some things that have to be in place for this to happen. (Paid link).

It’s an amazing moment in your life to be pregnant! You deserve to be as stable as possible in order to ensure a successful birth. It’s important to stay safe when pregnant, not just for your own physical and emotional well-being, but also for the welfare of your unborn child.

It can feel like you’re on an overwhelming experience ride from the time you first suspect you’re pregnant until you’re carrying your baby in your arms. This site contains affiliate links -As an affiliate I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase. Thank you for your consideration. I would love you to leave a comment and sign up to join our tribe. See our disclaimer here

The lows of nausea will soon give way to the highs of feeling your baby’s pulse for the first time, only to be followed by a new low of lower back pain. It may be exhausting to experience the relentless ebb and flux of emotions.

Pregnancy can be a challenging experience. It comes with its highs and lows. I want to encourage you to allow God to help you out during your journey. He loves you.

It’s natural to feel a variety of emotions when pregnant. Getting pregnant isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience.

Why are certain women willing to maintain a good attitude as their bodies adjust, and what can you do to feel maternity joy?(Paid link).

Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of a happy, healthy pregnancy:

1. Get preconceptual counseling to ensure a healthy start

Preconceptual counseling is one of the best things you can do for your baby

A stable, safe, and happy pregnancy starts well before you receive a positive pregnancy test result. Preparing for a baby begins by taking care of your wellbeing before you get pregnant. Preconception consultation is an appointment with the healthcare provider during which you can explore various facets of pregnancy and discuss arrangements for a successful pregnancy.

They also advise you to take folic acid three months before you conceive. All medical issues are managed before the pregnancy. The histories , dietary habits, environmental factors of both you and your partner are evaluated and a plan is put in place for follow-up.

2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle: Your lifestyle has an impact on who you are and how you function in daily life.

  • An active, stable, and prosperous lifestyle is often beneficial.
  • There’s a good risk the clumsiness will kick in whilst you’re pregnant.
  • You’d get to feel more sluggish and tired than before.
  • Making a deliberate effort to follow a healthier regimen has a significant effect on your thinking.
  • Caffeine, alcohol, and drug abuse are to be managed of avoided to protect your baby; especially during the first trimester.

3.Accept your pregnancy now to face the possible hurdles ahead!

Being yourself with a positive mindset goes a long way in your happiness

Pregnancy is a unique experience. It is important to simply ‘be’, regardless of how engrossed you are in other thoughts. It is so important for you to have a positive mindset because this helps you to see the best of most circumstances.

  • Being in the scenario and concentrating on your child allows you to deal with those issues more efficiently.
  • Since your kid is the most precious thing to you, everything would seem to be worth fighting for.
  • When you are yourself, being naturally comfortable and dealing with minor problems comes naturally.

4.Choose the right caregiver

The caregiver you choose can greatly impact your outcome

Choose the best caregiver for you. Take your time choosing the best care specialist for you and you’ll build a close friendship with them. Request an OB/GYN referral from your primary care physician. They will provide you with more advanced services and will be present at your baby’s birth. You should also get advice from your peers. 

At the time of the baby’s birth you should also get advice from your peers. You are not obligated to see the first doctor you see. You have the option of requesting appointments with several candidates. Choose the one who makes you feel at ease and secure.

“How much training do you have?” is a good question to ask. “Are you okay with my making my own birth plan?” and “Are you okay with me making my own birth plan?”
If you choose to have a home birth or a non-traditional birth, such as a water birth, hire a doula or a midwife.

5.Never miss an antenatal visit

Antenatal care is a must. Ask questions Mamas!

Antenatal care is by far the the most important aspect of ensuring a healthy and happy pregnancy. Prenatal treatment should be scheduled on a daily basis. Visiting an OB/GYN, a family doctor, or a licensed midwife on a regular basis will guarantee your wellbeing and the safety of your developing child during the pregnancy. It is recommended to start prenatal treatment as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, decide you want to be, or suspect you’re pregnant.

6. Exercise is a must: Maximizes blood flow and oxygen

Workouts are the bomb!


Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on attitude. It has been found to help with anxiety and depression.

Walking is also a viable choice.

Avoid high-impact drills (long runs or HIIT workouts) and contact sports (soccer, basketball, football) because they place you at risk of injury.

Overheating can be harmful for your children, so stay cool at all times with a fan and cold water nearby.

[3] Before adjusting your workout regimen or stamina, consult your doctor.

Additionally, exercise increases the amount of endorphins released by the body, which can help relieve discomfort as well as bring feelings of pleasure. (It’s a pregnant woman’s dream!).( paid link).

7. Eat nutrient filled foods

Eating the right foods is important for a healthy baby

There are many benefits to eating healthy, including weight control and increased immunity. A balanced diet can also boost one’s energy and improve longevity. Choose foods that are filled with macro nutrients.

Perhaps equally important is that this increase in energy, control over weight gain, and decreased chance of illness can result in a mood boost. Taking control of your food choices and eating to nourish your body and your baby can empower you to feel better each day. Remember you are what you eat! Mange processed foods in your eating routine.

8.Have fun pampering yourself

Go ahead Madam, you deserve it!

This is the perfect time to rest all your worries and indulge.

  • Make sure you keep appointments of spa and body massage.
  • Get that long intended body toning and pedicure rituals.
  • Once your baby arrives, you will not be as lucky with free time as you are now.
  • You will be amazed at the kind of pleasure and relief that comes with some beauty therapy. Enjoy this moment!

9. Get lots of rest and sleep

A good sleep goes a long way

Sleep deprivation has been attributed to stress, weight gain, increased inflammation, and immune system suppression. A person’s capacity to control impulses and communicate socially can also be harmed by a lack of sleep.

Pregnancy exhaustion affects many pregnant women, making them feel out of sorts and irritable. Taking care of this problem and having enough sleep will make all the difference.

10. Prepare for baby and get your finances in order

Studies have shown that the financial status of the person giving birth can have a big impact on the happiness they feel about being pregnant.

Preparing your home and finances before your little one is born can make you feel more secure and confident about your ability to provide for them. Start thinking about costs for day care and diapers. Research pediatricians and insurance. Consider where you can budget to save money.

Considering the costs of adding a new family member can certainly feel intimidating. But taking action and creating a plan can help you feel in control and positively impact your mood.(Paid link).

11. Take your vitamins and supplements as prescribed

While keeping track of a daily prescription of pills, supplements, and vitamins can be difficult, it can be extremely beneficial in lowering the risk of a variety of birth defects. After being pregnant, women can begin taking 600 micrograms of prenatal vitamins (advertised as such). Prenatal supplements, among other elements, contain a high concentration of folic acid and iron. These will keep you and your baby nutritionally well.

12. Watch your weight because there is a limit!

Gaining the adequate amount of weight gain is safety for you & baby!
  • Maintain a close watch on your weight. While you can gain weight when pregnant, the amount you gain will have a significant effect on both your child’s and your own health. Individual weight gain can be determined by your pre-pregnancy weight and BMI. Begin by measuring your BMI to assess your optimal weight gain. This is something you and your doctor can do together, and you can talk about your healthier weight.
  • Using your BMI and weight as a reference to determine how much weight you can add.
    Women who are underweight (BMI 18.5) should gain 28–40 pounds (13–18 kg).
  • A safe weight gain of 25–35 pounds (11–16 kg) is recommended for women with a BMI of 18.5-24.9.
    Women who are overweight (BMI 25–29.9) should gain 15–25 pounds (6.8–11.3 kg).
    Obese women with a BMI of 30 or higher should gain 11–20 pounds (5.0–9.1 kilograms).
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13.Take a childbirth / Breastfeeding classes: They are very helpful

Childbirth and breastfeeding classes are the bomb!


Information is both powerful and stress-relieving. You will minimize anxiety by preparing yourself for your new position as a parent.

Parenting prep courses will also help you gain trust, which can lead to increased happiness. Classes are available at your local hospital, library, or community center. Sign up in a class and empower yourself. Parenting courses may also be beneficial.

14.Put Everything in God’s Hand!

God cares for you!

Mamas, this is a time to ask God to help you. You are not alone. Too often during pregnancy, we tend to become overly concerned about almost everything. I want to encourage you to stay calm and do not worry about problems that do not exist. Focus only on what you are dealing with at the moment. Remember the world was not made in one day. So take one day at a time. It is important that you as a pregnant woman never focus on other news of people talking about their negative experiences. Know that everyone’s experience is different.(Paid link).

15. Love your changing body

Love your body!

During your pregnancy your body will go through many changes . These changes are gradual and inevitable indeed. Some of these changes include, skin color changes, a larger body that goes totally out of form.

This can affect a woman’s self image and she wonders how her partner sees her. Remember this is only temporary and for a wonderful reason- to bring a new you into the world.

During my pregnancies I was so out of shape but after six weeks of breastfeeding saw the I was beginning to loose the excess weight. Breastfeeding is another option for weight loss during this time or you can opt to get into a regular routine.

Bottom line

Being a mother awakens you to what really matters in life. You really do not have the time or resources to waste on things that do not matter to you. As a result, becoming pregnant is an excellent time to begin respecting your boundaries.

Stop making promises that you can’t keep. Happiness will always find you if you live in accordance with your heart’s desires.

To have a happy, healthy pregnancy certainly is a mindset. Always have your sights set on delivering a happy and safe infant! It’s a waste of time and resources to be concerned with what could go wrong. So keep your gaze fixed on the goal.

Create dreams of something going well. Keep your gaze fixed on the moment you get to hold your precious baby for the first time. Keep the vision clear and alive in your mind, as well as in your heart. I want to thank you for stopping by today.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous pregnancy. Feel free to like or comment this post . I wish you good success. Remember the greatest success to a happy, healthy pregnancy is to learn how to love yourself!


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Baby Not Sleeping at Night? : Excellent, Expert Solutions is Here!


This post is great for parents whose babies  are not sleeping at night. It provides expert solutions for you & baby.
Help! My baby won’t sleep at nights!

I understand what you are going though Mamas! Really I do. I have been there and, I have done that. I have five kids, so I really know what you are experiencing. I remember the crankiness during the postpartum weeks. It was such a task those first two months for me, but thank God I got through. Just like you can. Today I am going to help you to get some relief in how you can put into play some strategies to get your little star to safely sleep at night. Many babies begin sleeping on what’s called a day/night reversal schedule. Your baby sleeps well during the day, but is awake and busy at night. It’s frustrating and exhausting, but it’s temporary. This can last about 2-3 months.

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All babies are different. What I mean is they experience changes at different times. Mamas whether you like it or not we all as new parents will go through times when our little ones stay up pretty late at nights. Babies usually have things going on at different stages of development. Lets begin:

1. Growth spurts can affect sleep

Mamas growth spurts matter!

After coming home from hospital ,you may begin to notice that your baby is constantly crying or irritable and you are wondering what is going on. Your infant will gain three times her birth weight and grow eight to ten inches in length in her first year of life.

These improvements are both consistent and sporadic, with strides in brain and body growth occurring every few days or weeks throughout the first year. Frustration and disturbances in your baby’s sleeping and eating habits can precede these days of rapid growth and development.

A recent research conducted in Sleep Medicine by McGill University looked at the sleep habits of 44 babies over two weeks. The researchers discovered that sleeping habits differ considerably not only from baby to baby, but also from night to night for the same baby.

Day 2: Newborn growth spurts occur during the first two days of life—usually night 2—and are more of a “protest” of leaving the womb than a true growth spurt. For newborns, this is a gassy time when their gut flora establishes itself in preparation for the end of colostrum and the arrival of mature breast milk.
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Growth spurts come at different stages of development

Dad chipping in can give mom a sense of relief

Your child’s development spurts will begin as she progresses from toddlerhood to puberty and then into adolescence. They get taller and more stretched out with time, but they also adopt the same trend as their first baby development spurts, with temporary bouts of appetite, irritability, aches and pains, and a desire for more sleep.

Sleep patterns alter during this time.
Your little star  is having longer and more regular naps, and  waking up more at night for feedings—just when you thought she’d settled into a schedule! According to studies, hormones that promote bone growth are produced during sleep, so a few days of increased napping could result in a measurable change in height, but it could also interrupt overnight sleep in the days following.

When will my baby sleep throughout the night?

Every parent will experience some fussiness which is quite normal

Most babies don’t start sleeping through the night (about 6 to 8 hours) until they are about 3 months old, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds, according to experts at Stanford Children’s Health. Furthermore, at the age of six months, only about two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night on a daily basis.

Sleep disturbances in infants aged 0 to 3 months
Babies are also adapting to a normal sleeping schedule when they are newborns.

In a 24-hour cycle, newborns sleep around 14 to 17 hours, waking up regularly for feedings both day and night.

A one- and two-month-old can sleep for 14 to 17 hours a day, divided into eight to nine hours at night and another seven to nine hours during the day.

In a 24-hour cycle, a 3-month-old needs 14 to 16 hours of sleep.

And with all the snoozing, it can seem that your baby isn’t getting enough rest. Since they need to feed too much, very young babies often sleep in brief, catnap-like bursts.

So, if your sweetpea appears to be bouncing back and forth between dozing and awakening, don’t give up. Isn’t that perfectly normal?

1. Develop a regular routine for your child from young

Most babies soon respond to a consistent routine

Parents did you know that you could develop a regular routine for your child. The younger, the better. I have recommended this to many of my clients and they are singing the praises of these expert tested advisors. I recommend that you try them and see what works for you. Remember that no baby is the same.

We all as humans have our own uniqueness. If one thing does not work, try another. Bedtime routines are a collection of events that you repeat every night in the same order. They help children feel more safe, relaxed, and calm as they prepare for bed by easing the transition from waking to sleeping.

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2. Stick with the same time

It’s easy: if you keep adjusting your child’s sleep schedule, it will be more difficult to get them to nap and sleep through the night. Apart from special occasions (holidays, birthdays, vacations), make sure your child remains on track and that you maintain your everyday routine. Always begin and end with the same time. Developing good sleep habits now would benefit both you and your child in the long run!

3. Ensure a quiet environment, soft music, and a nice bath for your little star

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Everyone sleeps better in a calm environment. Do you agree? Children are no different than their parents when it comes to this. Ensuring a quiet environment might work wonders for your baby.

When considering how to put a baby to sleep, timing is just as important as a routine. “At around 8 weeks, babies have a rise in melatonin, a drowsy-making hormone the body releases when it’s time for sleep, which means they’re ready for an early bedtime consistent with the sun setting,” says Turgeon. “If you keep them up late instead, they become overstimulated and harder to put down.

” Melatonin levels rise somewhere around sundown, but given that sundown can be anytime from 4:30 in winter to 8:30 in summer, stick to the clock and put your baby down around 6:30 or 7 p.m. for the most success. If the sun is still up, close the shades. What really worked for me was giving my babies a bath, massage, swaddling, and playing instrumental, soft music, low or no lighting.

4.Avoid baby snacking

Mamas remember not all the time your baby cries he/she is hungry

“Sleep and nutrition are closely intertwined,” Prueher says. A baby should be fed on demand every 2 to 2.5 hours for the first 8 weeks. “They might not be eating enough at each session if they want to eat every hour or so,” Prueher says. Keep a 24-hour record of how many ounces and when a bottle-fed baby drinks. If your baby is breastfed, keep track of how long they nurse each session. This is referring to the breastfed babies.

“They’re only snacking if they eat for 20 minutes during the nighttime feeding but just five to ten minutes during the day,” Prueher says. “And they aren’t getting enough food to sleep through the night.”

On the other hand, by 2.5 to 3 months, if Baby is eating well during the day, they should be able to sleep for a 4- to 6-hour period at night. . Focus on spreading out your baby’s meals (distract them with a pacifier or other entertainment) so they’re genuinely hungry each time. Sometimes, don’t forget to burp. “Often we misinterpret coming off the breast or bottle as done when the baby just needs to be burped,” Prueher explains. Distracting factors include bright lights and noise. So Mama try cutting out the bright lights and allow a dim or no light at all.

5. Encourage napping!

Sleep and napping does wonders for your baby. While it might be tempting to let your sweetie sleep in their car seat or on your stomach, you should try to get at least one nap in the crib every day.

They’ll be able to get the rest they need in this manner. “An infant’s first nap is psychologically restorative and can determine how the rest of the day goes,” Prueher says. “Ideally, you want them to have that one in their crib at home.”

“The second is that it is psychologically restorative.”Your baby will have longer awake periods by 3 to 4 months of age, and you should start working on a nap schedule: one in the morning, one in the early afternoon, and a brief late-afternoon nap if needed. Prueher adds that naps are a perfect time to practice putting Baby down drowsy. You will think more clearly, pick up on cues, and follow through because it isn’t the middle of the night.

“You should pause before jumping in as long as you know they can’t be hungry,” says Turgeon, who suggests beginning a “soothing ladder” from day one. Pause for a moment when you hear your baby fuss to see if they can figure it out on their own. “If they can’t, go in and do the least disruptive thing you can—pat them or shush them, just don’t pick them up,” Turgeon advises.

I advise you to perform the same routine for at least 2- 3 weeks. This gives your baby time to adjust to the new routine. If its getting better continue. If its getting worse or the same, it is time to try another routine or technique. So you can stop googling a million things to do .

6. Try taking baby for a ride

A simple ride can be your solution to a good night’s sleep

This one worked occasionally for me. There were times when I tried everything it seemed and this was my last resort. Many of my parents also claimed that this worked for them. I do not know what it is ,but a minute after driving my baby would get quiet and before you know it, she was fast asleep. Then me and dad would jump for joy with relief.

7.Try shushing your baby

Shushing after a nice warm bath, messaging, swaddling, & soft music can be epic!

Some babies can become exhausted after a long day. You can help your baby by shushing your baby to sleep, ensuring that they are well swaddled and comfortable.

Shushing is simply mimicking the womb. This can be a comfort for your baby, especially during the early days. Experts claim they are reminded about their previous home in the womb and are comforted.

If you have a smartphone, download the White Noise app and give it a try. It doesn’t have to be right next to your baby’s crib, but it should be loud enough to be heard over the background noise.

If you don’t have access to a mobile phone or a laptop that can download software, invest in a white noise machine (preferably one that is portable) and your life will be transformed.

8. Check baby at intervals

I would encourage you to try to get baby to sleep without him / her not sleeping in your arms. This is the best feeling in the world. Awesome Mamas! Your baby will cry alot at the first start of training but just check at 10 minute intervals checking on baby. You do not have to feel guilty at all, because you want in the long run is to have baby go to sleep on her own.

9. Try a Pacifier

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. A diagnosis of SIDS is made if the baby’s death remains unexplained even after a death scene investigation, an autopsy, and a review of the clinical history.

Pacifiers are are considered okay according to the American Academy of pediatrics as long as breastfeeding is established which is usually 4 weeks after baby is doing well with the breastfeeding. Pacifiers also help to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

10.Do not let baby sleep in your bed

Co bedding in the same bed is a no, no Mama!

One of the biggest mistakes couples make is allowing baby to sleep in their bed. This creates a normalcy for baby and makes it very difficult for both parents to have baby moved to another area. From day one you should try to stay close to baby but do not let baby sleep in your bed. Consistency is key in all these routines. (Crib link)

Bottom line

Your baby not sleeping at nights can be very infuriating for both parents and baby. We realize that babies are going to be challenged at some point with sleep. We must remember that there is no cut out routine for all babies. The different skills are available for you to try and see what works.

What works for you may not work for your friend because everyone is different in their own way. I hope something works for you. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. If you are pregnant I would like to wish you a safe , happy delivery. I hope each of you reading this find something that works for you. May God bless you and yours.


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Best Reviews of Pregnancy Pillows : A Treasured Investment!


Are you struggling with getting a good sleep? I have great news for you!

Pregnancy pillows are a blessing!

A pregnancy pillow is indeed a fascinating tool I believe every pregnant woman should have. I believe it is the #1 product every pregnant woman should have. Pregnancy is a time of great anticipation and also discomfort. Lets explore why this valuable tool is so unique and useful for a pregnant woman. I highly recommend that if you are pregnant to get one.

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 Pregnancy pillows have a adaptable plan in a extraordinary shape that can effortlessly alter to the changing body structure of the soon-to-be mommy and give bolster towards certain weight focuses such as stomach, lower back, hips, shoulders, and indeed neck, that regularly can harmed amid pregnancy.

Pregnancy pillows solve many body aches

Much appreciated to its versatile shape, the pad can form to your body bends as your body changes due to pregnancy, especially as you’re entering the third trimester. Aside from that, it’s vital since it can reduce torment caused in lower legs, knees, hips, paunch, back, and neck. Many persons including myself can testify that they work very well for pregnant women.

Is there a time to use the pillow?

 Medical professionals agree  that the most excellent time to utilize the pregnancy pad is as you begin to move from  the second to the third semester, as the body carries the foremost weight. All things considered, you ought to begin utilizing it once you feel like it.

Are the materials on the pillow washable?

Oh yes, a part of maternity pads come with an uncommon or indeed twofold cover that can effortlessly be unfastened and washed. Most of it is additionally secure for the dryer on tumble dry. Standard pillows allow you to accomplish an extra level of comfort when needed. However, for pregnant ladies, the specially-designed pregnancy pads are culminate since they settle the body in one position, giving the fundamental back for each portion of the body, easing weight, and making a difference convey weight. Additionally, they  offer assistance hold the stomach as you rest on your side so that your spine remains legitimately adjusted.

What are the differences between a body pillow and a body pillow?

Body pads are uncommon sorts of pads that compare to your tallness. With that in intellect, you’d be anticipated to utilize it for alleviating from certain wounds or surgery.  On the other hand, pregnancy pads are specially-designed full-body pads with a shape that will give back for diverse zones for your body.

Full-body pads can be utilized as pregnancy pads to some  degree, but they may not provide the bolster just like the unique pregnancy pad.

Does size matters?

Yes size matters! Pregnancy pads come in all sizes, beginning from little wedge pads that give bolster for your stomach or lower back to full-size pads from 50 to 65 inches in length.

Does shape matter?

Yes shapes in pillows matter. C-shaped pads are great for ladies who need to be embraced from behind whereas having sufficient bolster on their stomach. Still, for ladies who need supporting on both sizes, U-shaped pads are the most excellent.

Also, U-shaped pads make it simpler for ladies who alter their resting position through the night. It’s way better since it doesn’t require re-adjusting the pad as you rest. We moreover have an instructive article that guides you on how to rest with each sort of pregnancy pad.

What material are the pillows made of ?

Material  The best models come with a cotton cover, they are more breathable and permit way better discuss circulation. 
 Materials moreover play a colossal part in choosing the pad for pregnancy since a few models utilize polyester or vinyl covers which are more regrettable at temperature control.

What are the benefits of a pregnancy pillow?

  • They improve blood stream and empower solid newborn child growth.
  • It permits you to rest longer and feel more rested within the morning.
  • It can offer assistance with insomnia. It’s a valuable resource after the conveyance.
  • They can ease weight from your head, neck, paunch, back, hips, and knees.
  • They keep you in a settled position and avoid hurling and turning.
  • They give impartial situating of the spine and reduce weight from your belly. They are worth it!

Pregnancy pillows I highly recommend

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  • The pregnancy pillow features a detachable extension that can be used as its own full body pillow, or attached the main body pillow for additional back or belly support, making this an excellent pillow for pregnant women and just about anyone else!
  • This maternity pillow measures 53″ inches long, 31″ inches wide, and 7″ inches high, making this the ideal contoured support pillow for your back, belly, legs, and neck… all in one!
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About this product:

  • Breathable Velour Pillowcase and High Quality Polyester Stuffing
  • SOFT, CARESSING FABRIC: Made from a plush machine washable velour fabric, softer than velvet or Jersey cotton, our premium pregnancy pillow features hundreds of tiny air vents providing maximum air circulation for ultimate breathability. Stay cool and comfortable all night.
  • SAY HELLO TO BABY-LIKE SLEEP: Maternity body pillow reduces tossing and turning, keeps expecting mothers sleeping on side and greatly improves sleep quality. Putting one pillow end under your growing bump to help alleviate belly pressure and lower back pain. Sleep like a baby tonight with this large hug pillow.
  • C-SHAPED DESIGN: Pregnancy pillow designed as c shape replaces multiple bed pillows to support head, shoulder, belly, hips and legs. It contours to your natural body curve and provides full support to help ease pregnancy discomfort.
  • MULTIPLE USES BODY PILLOW: Side, stomach and back sleepers will all benefit from this comfy pillow. Folding it into a wedge pillow to relieve legs swelling. Enjoy your family time with this flexible cushion while reading, watching TV or playing games.
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Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you found this post interesting. Pregnant women should be pampered and given the best comfort possible. Don’t you agree? I hope your pregnancy is going well. Remember God loves you dearly and He cares for you. Feel free to comment or like this post and do visit again.


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Why is my Hair Falling Out After Having Baby? Real Solutions to Solving this Problem


Hair loss after baby is normal and natural for many reasons

Hello new Moms! We are talking hair loss after having baby today. I remember quite vividly my experience with this phenomena. My hair grew so much during the pregnancy. I mean it really grew and I was pleased. But then a few months after having my baby I noticed some shedding. It was very traumatic. I know there are many of you out there who may be experiencing this same situation. Be encouraged! All is not lost. Lets discuss what is happening and get you some relief.

A few months after having a newborn, several new moms experience noticeable hair loss. This is not true hair loss, but it is natural. Excessive hair shedding is the term dermatologists use to describe this disorder. Guess who is the culprit? Your falling estrogen levels cause the excessive shedding. Remember after pregnancy your raised hormones gradually reduce in the body. (Paid link).

Don’t panic! It is only a temporary situation

Hair loss after pregnancy is normal and natural

The bottom line is that this excessive shedding is just temporary, and there is nothing you can do about it. The majority of women see their hair return to its original state. Hence panicking does not help.

A few months after having a newborn, several new moms experience noticeable hair loss. This is perfectly natural, and it isn’t real hair loss. Excessive hair shedding is the term dermatologists use to describe this disorder. Falling estrogen levels is responsible for the excessive shedding.

Changes occur both during and after pregnancy

Hormones are ultimately responsible for hair loss after pregnancy

Remember I told you how my hair was so full and healthy during the pregnancy; well did you know that during the pregnancy, the hormones estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, oxytocin increases causing a remarkable shine and luster in the hair that we all love? Your blood volume also escalates to further these changes.

Several of your hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone, drop rapidly after your baby is born. Within 24 hours of giving birth, those hormones will be almost back to normal. Your prolactin levels will remain high as long as you’re breastfeeding.

Your blood volume drops as well, but it happens more gradually. After your baby is born, things return to normal after a few weeks.(Paid link).

When does hair shedding stop after having baby?

Your hair loss after baby will be reclaimed in most cases

Here is some good news for your comfort: Your hair loss is actually not more than you would have lost over the previous nine months; it only seems that way because it’s all happening at once.

Postpartum hair loss will begin as soon as your baby is born, and it can last for up to a year. It normally peaks around the 4-month mark, so if your baby is a few months old and you’re still losing clumps of hair, that’s a sign that something is wrong. I encourage you to seek professional help because an accurate diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.

Is there anything I can do to improve my hair falling out?

There are several things you can do in the meantime to prevent more damage than needed

There has been no evidence that anything can prevent or delay postpartum hair loss. If you’re concerned about your hair loss, there are therapies you might use to make your hair look fuller and healthier.

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Best practices to maintain a healthy hair after baby

  • Use a volumizing shampoo. These shampoos tend to contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair, making the hair appear fuller.
  • Avoid any shampoo labeled “conditioning shampoo.” These contain heavy conditioners that can weigh down the hair and make it look limp.
  • Use a conditioner formulated for fine hair. These contain lighter formulas that will not weigh down hair.
  • Use conditioner primarily on the ends of your hair. Applying conditioner to your scalp and all of your hair tends to weigh down hAvoid conditioners labeled “intensive conditioners.” These are usually too heavy.
  • Avoid heating your hair: Hair that has been heated with a dryer or a curling iron can appear thinner and can cause more falling out. Hold off on doing something fancy with your hair and let it air dry before the thinning stops.
  • Brush with ease: Brushing your hair too hard will cause it to fall out in larger clumps, so be careful when brushing and just brush once a day. You should spend the extra time cuddling your baby or sleeping!
  • It’s really a case of experimentation when it comes to finding the right shampoo and conditioner for thin hair. There isn’t a single ingredient that distinguishes one volumizing shampoo or conditioner for fine hair from another.
  • Change up your hairstyle: Some haircuts give the appearance of fuller hair. An expert stylist will advise you about what would work best for you.
    Short hair is preferred by many new mothers. A short haircut will make hair appear fuller.

Eat well: Including a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins in your diet is the best way to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.

Foods that are suggested by some to improve hair health include dark leafy greens (for the iron and vitamin C), sweet potatoes and carrots (for the beta carotene), eggs (for the vitamin D), and fish (for omega-3s and magnesium).

Consume your vitamins: Vitamins should not be used to replace a varied diet, particularly if you are a new mother with a baby to look after. However, if your diet isn’t well-balanced, they might be useful as a supplement. While no particular vitamins have been linked to hair loss, they are important for optimal health. It’s common advice to keep taking your prenatal vitamins after your baby is born.(Paid link)

Bottom Line

Despite the fact that a person’s hair often sheds during pregnancy, it is so comforting to know that it is only a temporary situation and it gets better. The process of pregnancy is truly a changing phenomena. It has no special race, gender, or culture. It affects us all differently. I hope you are enjoying your pregnancy if you are and thanks for stopping by today. If you have any questions or comments, please ask or comment and like my post.

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Baby Circumcision: Is it Worth it?


Remember mamas, circumcision is a personal decision for parents

Circumcision, is not a popular topic, but it is certainly an important one. Every mother and father who has a male infant will have to make a decision as to whether or not she will have her infant circumcised. Universally, circumcision isn’t a prevalent choice. Firm insights on around the world circumcision rates do not exist, but in 2007, the World Wellbeing Organization (WHO) assessed that 30% of men are circumcised. It’s most common in North Africa, West Africa, the Center East, and Central Asia.

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According to research, the United  States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says 58.3 percent of boys were circumcised in 2010, the foremost later year for which figures are accessible. Healing center release information appears that circumcision rates change altogether by region. In 2010, 71 percent of boys within the Midwest were circumcised; 66.3 percent within the Northeast; 58.4 percent within the South; but as it were 40.2 percent within the West. Overall, circumcision rates have been declining in the United States over the past few decades.

What is circumcision?

Lets understand what infant circumcision is all about

Male circumcision is the surgical evacuation of the skin that covers the tip of the penis. This piece of skin is known as the prepuce.

Most infants who are circumcised within the Western hemisphere — counting the Joined together States — have circumcision done when they’re infant babies. (In a few societies, or for certain therapeutic reasons, circumcision may be performed on more seasoned boys or grown-up men.) You’re not therapeutically or legitimately required to circumcise your infant. But there are a number of therapeutic, religious, and social variables you will consider when choosing whether or not to circumcise your child.

How is it done?

The circumcision strategy is done rapidly. The child may cry amid it and for a brief whereas a while later, in spite of the fact that newborn

(paid link) children ordinarily encounter negligible trouble, says Dr. Elliot. Nearby anesthesia can enormously diminish your baby’s distress. In case you choose to have your child circumcised, conversation together with your child’s specialist almost anesthesia alternatives.

What are the benefits of my baby having a circumcision?

There are some benefits to having a circumcision

The  AAP, research team recommends that there may be a few therapeutic benefits to circumcision. Boys who have been circumcised are at decreased chance for: 

  • Foreskin infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Penile cancer
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • counting HIV/AID
  • Phimosis, a condition in uncircumcised  males that creates prepuce withdrawal inconceivable

What are the disadvantages of having a circumcision?

Here are some of the reasons parents may decide against having their baby circumcised.

Surgical risks: All surgeries have risks, circumcision has some risks. Complications are rare and usually minor. The most common issues are bleeding and infection.

Penile trauma: Very rarely, the foreskin may be cut too short or too long. Equally unlikely is improper healing from the circumcision. These complications may require another circumcision or—in extreme cases—penile reconstruction.

Changes of penile sensitivity: Some people claim that circumcision may lessen the sensitivity of the tip of the penis, decreasing sexual pleasure later in life. However, this hasn’t been proven to be true.

Afraid of pain: Some parents choose not to circumcise their sons because they are worried about the pain the baby may feel.

Protection of the tip of the penis: When the foreskin is removed, the tip of the penis may become irritated, causing the urinary opening to become too small, leading to urination problems that may need to be surgically corrected.

Other reasons why parents agree to have it done:

Around the world, circumcision is most common within the United States, Canada, the Center East, Australia, and Africa. Circumcision is much less common in Asia, Europe, and South America. There are a number of reasons guardians may select to circumcise their son:  

  • religious reasons 
  • hygienic
  • concerns feeling that it benefits their child’s wellbeing both in earliest stages
  •  and afterward in life wanting their child to look like other men within the family
  •  Other guardians feel that circumcision causes superfluous torment 

or deformation or need to hold up and grant their child the chance to select for himself when he gets more seasoned. These may be substantial  considerations for your family as well, include  them when making this individual choice. If your child is born exceptionally early or with certain penile issues, your baby’s specialist may have proposals on circumcision as well.

After the circumcision, the tip of the penis could appear raw or yellowish for 7 to 10 days. Keep it very clean by washing your baby’s penis with cleanser and water each day. Alter his diapers regularly so that pee and stool does not cause contamination. which can lead to infection.

Dr. Elliot says you’ll too apply Vaseline or Neosporin to the entry point. “The particular doctor performing the circumcision would educate the guardians on care to maintain a strategic distance from adhesions,” she includes. If specialists have dressed the penis in dressing, apply a unused gauze each time you alter his diaper.

Care after circumcision

After surgery, it is important to adhere to all instructions

Coat the cloth with petroleum jam to keep it from sticking. Also note that a few specialists apply a plastic ring rather than a gauze, which can drop off by itself inside five to eight days.

What happens during a circumcision surgery?

The majority of  circumcisions are performed 24–72 hours after birth  in a clinic by a pediatrician or obstetrician.  On the other hand, you can take your small one to the pediatrician’s office inside the primary 10 days of life to have  it done. It’s considered most secure to have a circumcision performed in a therapeutic setting.

It’s too for the most part respected as secure to have circumcision performed by a prepared mohel in case you’re of the Jewish confidence and wish the circumcision to be done at domestic as portion of a bris (a Jewish ceremony of circumcision). The strategy as a rule takes between 10 and 20 minutes. You’ll remain along with your infant amid the complete thing.

How soon can I bathe my baby after circumcision?

It is recommended to bath your baby using a sponge bath, once or twice during the first week. This will give more opportunity for healing.

How long would it take for my baby to recover?

Your infant will experience  redness, swelling, and slight dying or overflowing for a couple of days taking after circumcision. This will be difficult for you as a parent to see, but it’s impeccably normal. Most newborns recoup completely from circumcision inside 7–10 days. If the circumcision was performed utilizing the Plastibell strategy, the ring ought to drop off inside 5–7 days on its claim. Call your baby’s specialist in case the ring hasn’t fallen off inside two weeks.

When should I seek medical attention for my baby?

Knowing when to seek medical attention is important to prevent complications

Watch out mama for signs of infection. In the event that your baby’s penis gets to be amazingly smelly or begins overflowing thick yellow liquid, he may have created an infection at the circumcision site.

A fever may moreover be a sign of disease. Any fever in a infant requires a trip to the specialist right away. Any fever more than 100.4 degrees farenheight should be checked out.

It’s best to call your baby’s specialist in the event that you take note any of these signs within the days taking after a circumcision. Also call your baby’s specialist right absent in case you take note that your child isn’t having damp diapers, is having less damp diapers, or appears to cry when he pees. (paid link)

Bottom line

Despite the fact that circumcision is a minor surgery and rarely has adverse effects, it is a personal decision between you and your partner. If you have questions about circumcision, the pediatrician you choose for your baby can help discuss the benefits and risks. Other people you might want to consult are trusted friends, leaders in your faith community if your reasoning is religious, and people on both sides of the debate who will respect your choice.


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The Pacifier: When is the Best Time to Wean?


Many parents are wondering , when is it the right time to wean the pacifier

The pacifier can serve many useful purposes for baby’s little stresses. Many parents are wondering when is the right time to wean baby from the pacifier. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians suggest restricting or halting pacifier use around a half year to stay away from an expanded danger of ear diseases, particularly if your youngster is inclined to them. Yet, there is no immovable principle. Pacifiers can be extremely useful in easing pressure, in circumstances like beginning childcare or venturing out to another spot.

Following 9 months, however, youngsters build up an enthusiastic connection to their binky. That doesn’t mean you should surge your little one to surrender it—simply be ready for additional fights after this age and trouble in disposing of the pacifier. This site contains affiliate links -As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase.

What age is a child ready for weaning of the pacifier?

By the age of 2-4 years, most infants are physically able to stop using the pacifier. As a result, you will want to begin sowing the seed in your (paid link) child’s mind that the time to say farewell is approaching.

How to Stop Pacifier Use

If you’re tired of picking up the binky your tot keeps tossing out of the crib, or if he’s getting ear infections (from the pacifier), or if you’re just ready to wean it, here’s how to do the job. There are 2 ways. The fastest way and the slow way. We do not know how your baby will respond so you can try both.

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Slow and steady wins the race. To stick to this strategy, you’ll need to set a solid foundation. can

  1. Toddler chat. Talk  to your child and let them know that soon they will not need the paci.  That they will be old enough to not have a  pacifier. Plant the notion in their heads that they should do so by reading them tales of other (real or imaginary) peers who have done it. Enable your toddler to see you boasting to their beloved teddy about how your toddler is going to be a big brother or sister soon by tossing the paci away.

2.Be patient –Remember taking a pacifier away will take some time so be patient
Take a moment…for some reassurance if you’re feeling pressed to crack your child’s pacifier habit, however you know your child isn’t ready.

3. Pacifiers are preferable to thumbs because sucking on fingers will severely deform the palate and teeth, necessitating the use of dental braces. To begin, keep in mind that in western cultures, toddlers often suck at the breast before they are four years old. Second, certain children have a deep evolutionary drive (on one or both sides of the family) to fall in love with a calming item (binky, nipple, teddy, or comfort blanket), which is why taking away the pacifier sometimes results in increased thumb sucking.

4.Tools can be shared. Show your child that they can do without their pacifier by gradually increasing the time between when they ask for it and when you give it to them. Instead, provide them with other forms of warmth or allow them to stay close to you on your chest. Praise them enthusiastically as they manage to go without the paci.
There is a limit. Use your intuition to determine when your child needs a pacifier and when they can do without. Set a goal for yourself.

5. Reward your child as you go along the journey. Your child may experience somecrying moments, but you must be prepared to endure the weaning process.

Your kid is stepping outside of their comfort zone, and they should be rewarded for it. Some parents use sticker charts to make their children see how many days they’ve been without using a pacifier. Other types of incentives are well for some kids. You are the expert on what you know your child will like!

Bottom line

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope I was able to help you out today. I wish you every success as you wean your little one from the pacifier. It can be challenging for some, but be determined to hold out to the end.

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Decision Making for Birth Planning: Easy Fix for the Big Day


Preparing a birth plan is something that could really make a difference in your outcome

One of the most critical days of your life is the day you give birth. Having a birth plan ahead of time will assist you in making decisions on how you want your labor and childbirth to go, as well as letting others know your preferences. When the big day comes, you’ll be able to concentrate on what matters most: bringing your new baby into the world.

A birth plan is a bit misleading: Although certain things in life can be planned for, the birth of a child is not one of them. Babies are notorious for ignoring their due dates, as well as all of your expectations for a particular type of delivery or labour and delivery.

At the end of the day, your birth is more dependent on your body and your baby than it is on an external force. Despite the fact that things do not always turn out as expected, it is always good to have a plan in place, because some do go as planned. It is exciting also to have some part in the process. Try to stay positive in the process with your health care provider, as things might need to change.

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Why is a birth plan necessary?

Making a birth plan can make a difference in your delivery

A birth plan is necessary way for you to express your preferences to those who will be caring for you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Every birth is a one-of-a-kind event. Making a birth plan allows you to learn about all of your choices during childbirth. At the same time, it’s a platform for informing the people who care for you about your choices.

Do I need to write my birth plan?

No mam! You don’t have to build from zero with your birth plan. Many hospitals have a regular form or booklet that you can fill out whenever it is convenient for you. It’s a good idea to go over your birth plan with your doctor when you’re pregnant. Check to see if the venue where you’ll be delivering will satisfy your requests. If your pregnancy is high-risk, your provider can encourage you to avoid certain things.

What do I need to include in my birth plan?

Although you may have in your mind how you want your baby’s birth to be, your choices may not be heard effectively if you don’t have a birth plan. Who do you want present in the delivery room?

  • Do you want to be offered medication for pain management?
  • If so, what type of medication? Do you want a natural birth and to use alternative measures for comfort?
  • Do you want to freely move around during labor? Do you want to use hydrotherapy?
  • our name, your doctor’s name, and the hospital where you intend to give birth. Include your estimated due date as well as the gender and name of your infant, if known.
  • Do you want your baby continuously monitored?
  • Any documented medical problems for you or your baby, such as positive group B strep results, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia, should be noted here.( Paid link)

What About after my baby is born?

You can also make arrangements for your baby’s plan after birth in your birth plan. The arrival of your new baby does not mark the end of your birth plan. The hospital staff would want to know how you want your baby to be cared for. Explain who would cut the umbilical cord, change the baby’s first diaper, and give the baby his or her first bath, for example. Furthermore, the birth plan will provide guidance about how you want to feed your infant. Identifying breast milk or formula as breast milk or formula

What about interventions for pain?


You must determine whether you want to go without medicine or have an epidural. If you don’t want an epidural, you should opt for opioids or nitrous oxide as a pain reliever instead. This is a personal decision. You can talk with your health care provider about your pain options.

What are my alternatives to labor?


It’s possible that your labor will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days (it’s rare, but it does happen!).

What would you like to do with that time?
Who will be by your side when you give birth?
Would you rather not be hooked up to fetal monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
If you want to be able to walk down the corridors?
What about non-pharmaceutical choices for pain relief, such as a birth tub, a hot shower, a birthing ball, or a massage?

Always make a final plan while keeping flexibility in mind

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Complete the mission! If your doctor advised you to make improvements, now is the time to do so. If you’re still choosing between choices, try your hardest to find a consensus. You may also make a note if you’re either confused about anything or ready to go with the flow during labor. (Keep in mind that versatility is a positive thing!)

Bottom line

It’s in your best interest to create one — and some doctors strongly suggest their patients do it — but it’s not like the hospital won’t admit you without a birth plan in hand. This is empowering for you. (Paid link here).

If you go into labor before you’ve written or finalized a plan, it’s up to you how to move forward with the birth. If you feel up to it, you can write one down on the fly (in between contractions!). It can be as simple as saying “I would like a medication-free delivery with my husband in the room, no unnecessary interventions, and as much skin-to-skin contact right after birth. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something to help you. I wish you all the best in your movement forward. Have a safe, healthy, and happy journey moving forward. God loves you forever. Talk to Him and allow Him to love you.


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Comfort Techniques During Labor: Fascinating, Easy, Skills for your Big Day


There are many easy skills you and your partner can learn or labor day

Hello new Mamas, and Mamas-to -be I know you are thinking about that big day when you will deliver your little star. Labor day is a day that is always resident with a pregnant mama no matter where you are on your journey. everyone of course wants the best experience ever. Most of the time when we think of labor, we think of pain, and often the worst. This site contains affiliate links -As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase.

 

Today, we are going to learn about some fascinating comfort techniques that really work during labor. I am not a doula, but as a seasoned nurse -midwife of 36 years, I have captivated many proven , scientific techniques that worked during my practice for my clients. Now I want you to know that every woman is unique and not every position is for everyone.

I delivered some clients who to my surprise, did not want to be touched during labor and they did very well. Follow me as we discuss some of the popular easy skills that you can use during labour.

Do I need a partner during labor to help me?

It is always a good idea to always to have some one with you during labor. Labor is an important event and should not be tolerated without some one you are comfortable with or trust. Having someone there makes everything so much better. Some women choose to have a doula while others practice with their partners for the big day. The choice is totally up to you.

Here is a list of things you can do :

  • Walking- can help you in many ways. It helps to increase your baby’s passage downwards to the birth canal-speeding up labor. (Paid link here).

 

  • Vocalization & imagination- You have the right to speak positive affirmations and also visualize positive things. No matter what you see or hear, stay in control and positive.
  • Hip rocks- Allow your partner to perform some hip rocks by messaging your buttocks in a circular way
  • Rocking on a birth ball or in a rocking chair is helpful in your relaxation
  • Rebozo use This is an instrument used during labor by a doula under the belly. The rebozo is placed in the back and then place over the shoulder so that mom can grab them. Mom can then slightly pull on the straps to give a little support to her belly.
  • Breathing- Breathing in labor is essential because it assists in getting more oxygen to your little super star. When you have contractions oxygen and blood is cut off and returns after the contraction is passed.
The best thing you can do during labor is to breathe in a way that makes you most comfortable
  • Massaging of the legs, arms, back and hips

Do not let labor meet you unprepared
  • Hip squeezes- This move helps to bring more oxygen to your body during contractions.
  • Encouragement- goes a long way in giving you the confidence you need to move forward.
An encouragement goes a long way
  • Explanation –If something is going on you do not understand please ask. Engage if you can in conversation with your healthcare providers. I have met persons in labor who want to talk and others prefer not to say much.
  • Using a shower- Oh I have heard and experienced what a shower or bath can do for labor. It really calms one down mentally and makes you feel wonderful
  • Using a warm tub– bath- same benefits as the shower -fantastic! Remember not all birthing centers or hospitals have a shower or tub facilities in the rooms, so check on this if you are interested.
  • Change your positions regularly- movement in bed is paramount during labor. Do not stay in the same position, sit up, stand if you could.

 

  • Music- I love music! What about you? Music has a way of lifting your mood in a positive way Take some good soothing music along

 

I hope something works for you.

Attending a childbirth class might help

Seek out a childbirth class that could help you in practicing comfort techniques. You and your partner can get a eel of how to maneuver during the event. Even though it is not the main event, going through the motions can give you some direction of how to move during the event. Like they say practice makes improvement. Also attending a class could give you a heads up of what you could expect at both a vaginal delivery or it you need a caesarean section. (Paid link here).

Bottom line

Even though thinking about labor can be uncomfortable , you can become empowered to assist in managing your labor. Become empowered and learn these techniques to help you out. Hope for the best and encourage your partner to practice before the event. Think positive and trust God to deliver you. He promised to be with us in every situation. I want to thank you or stopping by today. Please comment/ like this post if you do and do visit again.


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Preparation for Labor and Delivery: 15 Easy Tips to Be Aware of


Labor does not have to be frightening

For most people including men, just the thought of labor can be daunting. I know when I was having my children, labor to me was really scary! It is amazing how after having the baby you want to laugh and cry. The joy after having the baby. For me this moment is indescribable. Most people when they think of labor think of pain, fear of the unknown and worries.

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I am going to share with you some of the things you can expect during labor and delivery. Knowing this fact can really make a difference in your experience. Did you know how you imagine the pain of labor will compare to other feelings of pain?

One of the things I can tell you is, I had four deliveries and all were different and all had unexpected outcomes but I always came out on top of the negative experiences. Positive thinking is essential for Here is a list of things that could happen:

1.You might have contractions but you may not be dilating

Having frequent pain does not mean you are dilating

One of the things I constantly saw during my professional career was women who came too early to the labor ward were given fluids with baralgin medication for pain and sent home until labor was established. I would suggest that if this is your first baby, you go to the hospital when you cannot hardly bear the pain anymore. This would give the cervix time to properly open. On the other hand, if you are a multiple mom-to-be you are different in that most women who have had multiple pregnancies tend to have quicker deliveries and do not have to experience a lot of pain.

2.You may not see your doctor for a while

Know that you may not see your doctor initially when you reach the hospital. Because of their busy lifestyles, he /she could have two clients laboring at the same time . They would allow a midwife to monitor you until you are almost ready to deliver.

They will check your blood pressure, pulse, baby’s heart rate, and feel for your contractions every thirty minutes or half hour. I want to encourage you to move in bed while laboring. You can do this by lying on your back and sides between 30 minutes and an hour. Changing your position can help to facilitate a faster labor.

3.You will see lots of different faces

While you are admitted, you might see and meet lots of different people. You will hear conversations, and you will also see how the staff interact with one another and with you. You will be greeted and made comfortable. If your healthcare provider is not there as yet, the midwife will let again inform them of your admission to the unit.

The nurse will check your urine for abnormalities, your temperature, pulse , and respiration, obtain a history of why you came, and identify any burning issues at present. The midwife might also do an abdominal palpation to determine if you are contracting, how your baby is positioned in your abdomen, and your baby’s heart rate. A vaginal exam will also be performed to determine if your cervix is dilating. Most women think that the vaginal exam is so uncomfortable, and it is. Try to take deep breadths as you are examined.

4.Intravenous infusion may be given

If you are in labor, an intravenous infusion would be placed in your hand for you to get your fluids to stay hydrated. If you are not in labor, you may also have one for hydration or medication. This is not given in all hospitals .Not all pregnant women includes this in their plan for birth. It is a good idea to try to walk a bit, and move around on a birth ball or squat, holding the railing of the bed.

5.Epidurals mean you need a catheter

Private hospitals usually give epidural for pain in labor, so you will need a catheter inside your bladder to collect your urine because when you have an epidural ,you cannot be walking. You can get low blood pressure and your nerves are numb, meaning you cannot feel anything. The safest place or you is in the bed. You won’t feel the catheter while your epidural is in effect and it’ll be removed once it’s time to start pushing.

6.It’s okay if you break wind or poop during labor!!

I know this can be embarrassing, but it is fine if you stool or break wind during labor. This again can occur due to the relaxed muscles in the rectal area. These are the same muscles you use to have a pass. Do not worry about this though is is embarrassing. As healthcare professionals, we expect this and are not at all surprised if it does happen. So labor on with confidence.

7.How severe will your pain be?

No one can predict labor

There is no telling how the pain will be, but there are things you can do to keep pain at bay. The way you think has a lot to do with your outcome. Thinking positive is one of the best things you can do to in managing pain. No one can predict how long your labor will be, or how intense the pain will be. Remember pain in labor has a purpose. The pain you will feel is instrumental in pushing the little star forward towards the vagina. Use your imagination to create a pain free environment. Keep a positive mindset. You can do it!

8.Never have preconceived ideas about someone else’s labor

Stay positive during labor

I have heard many women captured the horrible stories of family and friends and think that their labor will be the same. This is not recommended because it can determine a good or bad outcome. Know that you will have your own story to tell. No two persons ever have the same stories of their labor experience. So do not go for the daunting stories to believe. (Paid link).

9.Your health care provider may bump up your baby’s heart rate

Epidurals are great, but it always comes with risks

During labor your baby’s heart rate will be monitored. If at some stage the heart rate seems abnormal or cannot be detected, your doctor will attach a monitor directly onto the baby’s scalp. This electrode will be inserted through your cervix and attached to your baby’s head and will be removed after the delivery.

10.You might need a wider outlet

All births have risks

As your baby’s head advances, you might require an episiotomy or tear to widen your outlet. An episiotomy is an intentional incision made in the vagina to facilitate a smooth delivery. Whether you tear or get an episiotomy, often depends on the hospital’s policies or the belief of the midwife. Episiotomies are presently regularly as it were performed on the off chance that the infant is troubled and needs offer assistance getting out quick. They are moreover done in case the baby’s head conveys but the shoulders get stuck (dystocia). An episiotomy may occur in the event that a lady has been pushing for a really long time and can’t thrust the infant past the exceptionally lower portion of the vaginal opening. Skin tears are less agonizing and recuperate speedier than an episiotomy.

11.A caesarean section might be needed

After birth certain conditions make it possible for you to see your period

Now mama, things do not always turn out the way as planned. Baby may become distressed and need a cesarean section. You mill be rushed to have an emergency cesarean section . If this happens, try to stay calm and put your trust in God to help you get through.

12.When your baby is born -Everything changes!

Its a different scenery after baby comes

When your baby is born, many exciting things can happen. You may experience an overwhelming emotion of both laughter and cry at the same time. The staff are usually overjoyed that your are almost there. You are so relieved that it is almost over. I encourage you to listen to your care provider. You will see the sex of your baby, and later they will allow you to hold your baby .

13.Dads have their special time too with baby

Dads during or after the birth will have their special time with baby. Not all dads are willing to go into the labor room for whatever reason. If dad prefers not to go into the labor room, allow him that space. He should know his limit. I know this may be hurtful for you, but his feelings should be respected. If the opportunity is available encourage dad to help out with skin-to-skin.

14.Your placenta is next- hold on!

You finally reach the third stage which is the wait for your placenta . This is the organ that was providing the food and oxygen to your baby. It is the connection between you and your baby. It can take 15 minutes to one hour before it is detached and is not as painful as the the baby coming out, but still can be crampy.

15.It’s bonding time soon

After the weighing, and measuring, giving vitamin k to prevent any vessel blockage, and eye ointment to prevent eye infection, you will be allowed to bond with the little star. This is the moment you can breastfeed your baby. The first hour after birth is dubbed the golden hour. An opportunity to get baby to latch on the breast to begin the breastfeeding process. Ask any questions needed while visiting the hospital. Learn all you can about breastfeeding if you are interested in it. Classes for breastfeeding and childbirth are helpful in helping you to learn.(Paid link).

You might be very tired during this time but do your best to get baby latching if only for a few minutes. Ask for your baby if it seems like it is taking awhile. The sooner the bonding the better for you both. Mothers and babies who bond early get more sleep. Practice lots of skin-to -skin.

Bottom line

I hope I have given you a glimpse of what to expect during labor and delivery. Remember things do not always turn out the same. If your baby becomes distressed, a caesarean section might be needed to recue baby. Make sure to have your bag properly packed for you and baby’s hospital visit. I wish you every success in your pregnant journey. I want you to know that God cares for you. He is always with us. As you go through your labor, weather it is a normal delivery or a C-section. Thank you for stopping by and do visit again. Please like /comment.


Absolute Problems To Avoid During Pregnancy: 7 Expert Tips To Keep You Safe


There are some things you should avoid during pregnancy

Hello Mamas and moms -to-be. I hope you are all doing great! Today we are going to learn about some problems you could avoid during your pregnancy. We all want our pregnancy to be a healthy, and happy one. Don’t we? There are seven things we are going to explain that can cause hazards to your pregnancy.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Cigarettes
  3. Drug abuse
  4. Marijuana
  5. Inhalants
  6. Caffeine
  7. Teratogenic agents

1. Alcohol

Because it is unknown whether any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, it is safer not to drink than to take the risk.

During pregnancy, there is no such thing as a healthy level of alcohol.
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia’s recommendations for mitigating health risks from alcohol intake, it’s best not to drink at all:

  • when you’re expecting
  • when you’re trying to get pregnant
  • while breastfeeding (because alcohol can pass into breast milk and affect a baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns)

The risk of low-level drinking to your unborn baby before you know you’re pregnant is unknown, but it could have an effect on the developing baby.

To help avoid any possible injury, you can stop drinking as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Since stopping alcohol may be challenging for certain people, you may want to seek assistance from a healthcare professional. Alcohol is referred to as an alcoholic beverage.

Should I be concerned about my partner drinking?

According to studies, drinking alcohol on a daily basis lowers the production of sperm. This decreases the probability of a couple being pregnant. It is also thought that a man’s alcohol intake prior to conception could cause potential intellectual and physical development problems for the infant.

It is recommended that reducing the amount of alcohol you consume or eliminating it entirely will take about three months before conceiving.

What should I do If I was drinking before the pregnancy?

The risk of low-level drinking to your unborn baby before you know you’re pregnant is unknown, but it could have an effect on the developing baby.

To help avoid any possible injury, you should stop drinking as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Since stopping alcohol may be challenging for certain people, you may want to seek assistance from a healthcare professional.

Remember the heavier the alcohol, the worse the effects

Heavy drinking, such as drinking every day or binge drinking, poses the greatest danger to your unborn child, but even one or two drinks a week will harm your unborn child.

Drinking while pregnant can be a risk for you.

Women who drink while pregnant can jeopardize their own health as a result of side effects like:

  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Dietary deficiency
  • Gestational diabetes are all linked to high blood pressure.

Have you heard about FASD?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a condition in which a
The fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a set of physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders that may result from fetal alcohol exposure.

Since there is currently no research on the amount of alcohol intake that causes FASD, it is recommended that alcohol be avoided during pregnancy as a preventative measure.

2. Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking – a pregnant woman who smokes raises her risks of miscarriage and stillbirth. Low birth weight, prematurity, and sudden unexpected death of infants are all risks that babies face (SUDI).(Sudden unexpected death of Infants).

3.Drug abuse

Since illicit drug use is a taboo subject, we don’t know anything about the effects of these drugs during pregnancy. Amphetamines, for example, have been linked to a higher risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and premature birth.
Cannabis use increases the risk of growth retardation, sleep disturbances, and behavioral issues.
Miscarriage, pre-term birth, and growth retardation are all dangers associated with cocaine use.

Addiction care medications
Controlled substances such as methadone and buprenorphine are referred to as pharmacotherapies. They’re used to support people who are addicted to heroin or opioids. Both of these therapies significantly minimize the risks to the fetus and pregnancy associated with heroin use. If you continue to use heroin or other narcotics, the effects of pharmacotherapy will be diminished.

4. Marijuana in pregnancy

Many women wonder if smoking marijuana during pregnancy can affect their baby. Several studies have shown that babies whose mothers smoke cannabis during pregnancy are more likely to have a low birth weight, which can lead to various health problems. Sadly, cannabis may also lead to an increased risk of stillbirth, whether used on its own, combined with tobacco, or alongside other illegal substances.

Studies also suggest that children who are exposed to cannabis in the womb (uterus) are more likely to suffer from attention deficit problems, hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and difficulties with problem-solving when they’re older.

5. Substances used as drugs – such as inhalants (glues or aerosols).

There are many inhalants that women become addicted to before or during their pregnancy. Some women are not aware of how serious these chemicals can effect their pregnancy.

Inhalants are a complex group of chemicals that are commonly linked to opportunistic drug abuse in preteens, adolescents, and adults.

When these chemicals are used during pregnancy, they can penetrate the bloodstream of the fetus, causing miscarriage, premature birth, and damage to normal brain growth. According to the National Institute of Substance Addiction and Alcoholism, afflicted babies may develop a disorder known as “fetal solvent syndrome.” It has symptoms that are strikingly similar to fetal alcohol syndrome. It also rely on the placental barrier to transport carbon dioxide and other wastes to the maternal bloodstream, where they are eventually eliminated. Aside from toluene, other harmful liquid chemicals that may cause fetal solvent syndrome include benzene, petroleum ether, xylene, and methanol; all of these chemicals are often found in substances that inhalant users prefer.

6. Caffeine

This includes caffeine – tea, coffee and cola drinks. Many women question how safe is caffeine. Pregnant women can drink no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is around one 11-ounce cup of coffee, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Foods with caffiene

The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee depends on the type of bean, how it’s roasted, and how it’s brewed – and, of course, the size of the coffee cup. (Espresso has more caffeine per ounce, but it’s served in a small cup.) As a result, a full cup of brewed coffee contains more caffeine

You’ll need to be mindful of other sources of caffeine, such as tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate, and coffee ice cream, to balance your caffeine intake. Caffeine can also be used in herbal products and over-the-counter medications, such as headache, cold, and allergy medications. Pay attention to the labels. Read carefully.

Another thing to remember is that caffeine can be found in surprising ways. Some women use cocoa butter lotion to treat stretch marks, and it can contain a trace amount of caffeine. When mothers started using cocoa butter lotion during their deliveries, their babies with structural heart problems had a lower risk of fetal heart arrhythmias, according to a 2006 report.

The caffeine in the lotion seems to have some effect on babies during pregnancy, according to this report, but the exact mechanism is unclear. If you use a lot of cocoa butter lotion, talk to your doctor about how it could affect your total caffeine intake.

7. Teratogenic Drugs

Teratogenic drugs are medications that can cause cellular changes in human cells. Pregnant women are most vulnerable during the first trimester. Some of these drugs include the following:

Numerous drugs or drug groups may cause birth defects in a developing fetus, including:

  • ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors used to treat high blood pressure or congestive heart failure
  • angiotensin II antagonists, also used to treat high blood pressure or congestive heart failure
  • Isotretinoin (an acne drug)
  • alcohol
  • cocaine
  • high doses of vitamin A
  • lithium
  • male hormones
  • some antibiotics
  • some anticonvulsant medications
  • some cancer-fighting medications
  • some drugs that treat certain rheumatic conditions
  • some thyroid medications
  • Thalidomide
  • the blood-thinning drug warfarin
  • the hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES).

There could be more added to this list.

Bottom line

Ensuring that your baby is safe while pregnant is certainly a priority for all moms to be. I encourage you to do all you can to help your baby to be the healthiest ever. I also encourage you fathers and family members to support and encourage this woman who has just had a live human. Keep her calm through out the pregnancy: especially during the third trimester. Be aware of these substances that can affect your pregnancy. Thank you for stopping by today and please comment / like this post. Remember God loves you and has empowered you to be successful during your breastfeeding journey.


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