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


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Date July 12th, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith -The #1 Midwife

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

This article will explore several factors to help your baby to poop when constipated:

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

It’s every mamas concern!!!!

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

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1. What foods make baby poop?

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

Spinach-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special note-

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

Foods to avoid to constipation in children

1. Cereal-

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

2. Bananas-

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

3.Cheese-

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

How can I get my baby to poop?

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

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

1.Try cycling exercises with baby-

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

2.Stomach messaging

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

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

3.Push chairs-

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

4.A warm bath can go along way

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

5.Glycerin-

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

6.Use a thermometer

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

More ways to help my baby poop…..

7.Breastfeed, breastfeed

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

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

8.Encourage baby to crawl

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

9.Try some water

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

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

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

11.Brown sugar and water

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

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

12.Laxatives are a last resort when others fail

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

How often should newborns poop?

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

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

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

When should You call the doctor?

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

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

Bottom line

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

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


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July 5th, 2021

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

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

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

Here are our exciting topics for discussion:

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

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

What is the average cost of baby’s clothing?

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

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

Designer duds, can cost $100.00 or more.

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

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

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

What is the best baby’s clothing made from?


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

Bamboo

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

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

Fleece

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

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

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

What clothes do preemies need?

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

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

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

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

What clothes do newborn babies need?

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

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

Here’s what you will need

Clothing

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

Diapers

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

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

Bathing your baby

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

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

The grooming kit

Sleep accessories

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

You will need:

Feeding supplies

Are you breastfeeding?

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

Or are you formula feeding?

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

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

Your gear and furniture needs may include:

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

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

Car seats:

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

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Bottom line

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

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

How to Have The Best, and Safest Sex During Pregnancy


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July 4th, 2021

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

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

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

Sex during pregnancy is good and safe……

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

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

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

Agreement between you and your partner goes a long way

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

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

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

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

It sounds fantastic doesn’t it?

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

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

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

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

Have an open mind towards sex

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:

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

Try different sexy positions

Enjoy your sexy moments with your partner

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

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

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

Here are 9 positions you can try that are safe!

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

Here is more….

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

Don’t play with these positions:

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

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

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

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

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

Bottom line:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

-What is eczema?

-What are the causes?

– What are the signs and symptoms?

-How to treat eczema naturally?

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

-Bottom line

What is eczema? Get the real facts here!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Like….

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

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

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

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

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

people will ever need these treatments.

Treatments

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

Some natural remedies that help include:

1. Homeopathic therapy

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

2. Use high quality coconut oil

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

3. Probiotics

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

4. Vitamin D

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

5. Cod liver oil

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

6. Shea butter

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

7. The famous oatmeal Bath

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

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

8. The amazing breastmilk and or oatmeal bath

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

Next…..

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

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

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

recommendations for the oral treatments.

Bottom line

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

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

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

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


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

June 22nd, 2021

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

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

In this exciting post you will learn:

  1. Can constipation cause me to lose my baby?

2. Natural remarkable  remedies that help to prevent constipation during pregnancy

3.When to contact your healthcare provider?

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prevention is better than cure

Here is what research says about it…..

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

Reasons why constipation occurs during pregnancy?

1.As a result of iron supplementation

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

2.Dietary changes:

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

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

3.Hormonal increase of progesterone!

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

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

4. Your baby is growing steadily

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

5. Your gut also bacteria changes

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

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

6. You body naturally slows down

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

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

1.Flaxseed

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

 

2.Ispatula husks

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

3. Enjoy prune juice

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

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

4.Fruits are a powerhouse for constipation

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

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

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

5. Add some lemons

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

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

6.Massage your abdomen

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

7. Reflexology

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

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

8. Acupuncture to the rescue

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

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

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

 

9. Use Stool softeners recommended by care provider

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

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

10. The amazing Cabbage

Cabbage is a natural , wonderful remedy for constipation

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

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

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

  • Castor oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Mineral oil

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11. Green tea

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

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

12. Beets

Beets with its juice is also amazing in preventing constipation

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

Bottom line

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

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

Thank you for stopping by. Do come again. You are free to like, comment, and subscribe to our website. Additionally, if you have any questions feel free to ask. I would love to hear from you.

I have a question for you. And so new moms to be, I have taken the time to include many different, proven methods of how you can prevent constipation during pregnancy; with the hope that something will work well for you. Here is a link if you are interested in a successful breastfeeding journey

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

Let me know in the comments below

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10 Best Reasons Why Childbirth Classes Are Worth It!


10 Best Reasons Why Childbirth Classes Are Worth It!

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  1. Calm your fears and prepare for birth – Fear of the unknown and how your labor will un-fold is one of the most common fears we see in pregnant women. In fact, it’s one of the first things we try to address to help ease any tension you and your labor partner might be feeling.
  2. Opportunity to ask questions – It’s no secret moms-to-be and the birth partner often have a variety of questions and concerns about childbirth. Childbirth classes are a great resource for you to ask questions freely and get accurate information.
  3. Knowledge of options and choices We believe in “freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and want to set every mom up for a successful birth. The common goal of all of our birthing classes is to provide you with the confidence you need to give birth and to make informed decisions during your birth process.
  4. Bond with your labor partner (s) – Childbirth classes not only prepares couples for birthing and parenting but also promotes well-being and increased intimacy in couples. This is a great way to spend time with your labor partner while learning about the birth experience. Your partner also gets to understand you during your pregnancy.

5.Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques – Above all, childbirth classes will emphasize the role of the support person and comfort measures for birth. We want to make sure mom and her labor partner have all the tools they need to birth with or alternative comfort measures without medication.

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Valuable Tips In Preparing for Your Labor Induction


June 17, 2021

Produced by Marilyn Smith-The # 1 midwife

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

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

This blog post will include the following subtopics:

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

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

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

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

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

What on earth is an induction of labor?

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

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

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

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

Your cervix will be evaluated on the following:

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

OTHER REASONS FOR INDUCTION OF LABOR:

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

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

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

How long will it take?

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

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

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

Now lets learn about the interesting and different methods of induction

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

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

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

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

3. Suppository and Prostaglandin inserts

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

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

4. Misoprostol Insertion

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

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

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

5. Home births

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

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

What are the risks involved?

Knowing the risks is your power tool in educating yourself

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

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

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

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

Preparing for the Labor Induction :

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

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

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

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

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

9. Be prepared for a possible intravenous infusion.

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

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

Bottom line

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

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


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

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.

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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. Here is a link to find the best snacks for your journey.

  • 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.

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. Here is a link to find the best exercise gear for you.


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. A journal is a great way for you to keep tract of your routine and progress.

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.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Safe products to use during pregnancy

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

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

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

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires cosmetic goods to be “safe” based on their intended uses and labeling, but they do not require FDA clearance to be sold. Here is an accessible link to some of the best skincare products you can find at a reasonable cost.

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

1. Sun protection

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

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

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

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


2.Dry skin and stretch marks

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

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

3.Anti aging wrinkles

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

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

4.Azelaic acid

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

5.Salicylic acid

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

6.Prescriptions for other skin concerns:

Many women experience chloasma -the mask o pregnancy

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

What skin products to avoid during pregnancy?

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

Bottom line


Pregnancy is a joyful time, but it also can bring with it a slew of skin-care issues. Most pregnant women are unsure about which skin care products are safe to use and which are not. Is it safe to take salicylic acid when pregnant? Glycolic acid, for example. Is benzoyl peroxide used to treat acne? Is it safe to take retinol when pregnant? You may have many questions that needs attention. I encourage you to talk with your doctor concerning this. It is far better to be safe than sorry.

You might be shocked by the answers! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something that could add value to your life. You can like, comment, or ask a question if you like. I would be happy to hear from you.


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Travel During Pregnancy: 9 Expert Tips to Keep You Safe


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

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

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

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

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

2.What countries should I avoid when considering travelling?

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

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

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

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

3.What about food and water safety?

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

There is a condition that is transmitted through food or drinking water called Travelers’ diarrhea . The dehydration caused by diarrhea can be more of a problem for pregnant women than for others.

There are other bacteria and viruses spread by food or water can lead to more severe illnesses that can cause problems for a pregnant woman and her baby. Beware of eating uncooked meat and fish as these can be cooked infected .Therefore, if you are traveling in a developing country I recommend you carefully follow food and water safety procedures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust God to keep you safe

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

Bottom line

Traveling for pregnant women can be exciting but dangerous. Pregnant moms and dads to be must the leaders in ensuring that them and their partner’s safety comes first. Safety is everything. Most of all the health of mom and baby increases at a higher risk of getting a bacterial or viral infection.

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How to Dress Like A Diva During Pregnancy


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

Many women begin to feel like they are not looking their best while pregnant. Yes your body is changing. It is getting larger and not in the best shape that you would normally see. Hang on mamas and dads to be consider what you are growing inside is far more important than what you see in the mirror.

I remember when I was having my kids thirty years ago, fashion was not a thing like it is today. It did not really matter what you wore, as long as you wear comfortable. Fashion is big things nowadays!

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

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

Another expanding trend is the amount of clothing stores that sell maternity apparel, since several well-known brands have started maternity apparel lines. Here is a handy list of how you can dress like a diva during pregnancy.

1. Invest in at least two maternity jeans

2 or more denim is pretty handy during pregnancy


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

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

2. Choose clothes that are comfortable

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

3. Wear comfortable maternity clothes

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

4. Only wear low, comfortable shoes

Flat, comfortable shoes during pregnancy is the way to go

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

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

Never buy shoes that are too costly for your budget.

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

5. Compliment your wardrobe to complement your style

I know every pregnant woman wants one thing ; comfort. This includes what you’re wearing right mama? Add pregnancy pieces to your wardrobe that complement rather than change your own style.
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6.Stick to your personal style

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

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

7. Wrap tops and dresses are fashionable

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

8. Wear clothes that flatter your abdomen

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

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

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

9. Show a little cleavage

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

10. How about wearing some jewelry?

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

11. Stay cool during the summer months

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

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

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

Bottom line

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

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

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How To Solve Relationship Problems During Pregnancy: 8 Best Ways to Cope


Hello mamas and dads to be. I hope you are all doing just great! Everyone has issues with their normal relationships without pregnancy right? So there is no question about whether pregnant relationships experience a rise in dealing with problems. The fact of the matter is we all go through changes in our relationships. Pregnancy is no exception. During pregnancy a woman really needs support.

When you consider all the roller coaster rides she will be going through. I remember when I had my kids I found myself ready for an argument. I was always on the defense. Occasionally, I found myself crying for nothing. Many of you may be able to identify with that.

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A loving and supportive relationship might help you feel more capable of dealing with the challenges of pregnancy.  A terrible relationship may make you feel horrible about yourself, and it can also induce anxiety and sadness.

Pregnancy progression can make you feel a roller coaster of emotions, making many women feel vulnerable or scared. Some women may struggle to cope with their symptoms or perhaps experience difficulties throughout their pregnancy, which can add to their stress.

What causes problems in relationships during pregnancy?

Identifying what causes problems with you relationship can save it from pain!

There are many reasons why problems become more challenging during pregnancy. A pregnant woman really can have everything coming down on her emotionally.

Dads this is so necessary for you to understand. If you do not understand this you can feel like you are going bananas. Your partner will change during pregnancy.

Here are some of the reasons relationships can experience problems:

  • one of you wants to have sex but the other doesn’t
  • you are feeling sick, tired and moody
  • you are both anxious about being parents
  • you are worried your partner won’t find your changing body attractive.
  • you feel your partner is less interested in the pregnancy than you are
  • the baby doesn’t seem real to you or your partner
  • you feel your partner is being too protective of you
  • you are both stressed about money and the list can go on and on.
  • Pre-natal depression.  It is quite common for the mother-to-be to have a serious mood swing and experience depression.  This tends to leave her mate not understanding why she is feeling the way she does and communications between the two becomes pressured. 
  • The Glow effect:  A pregnant woman tends to get most attention as the father sits back in the shadows as if he had nothing to do with the fact that he is part of this pregnancy.  Many fathers also go through an emotional turbulence which can leave them jealous and possibly resentful of this and often can cause a great deal of tension between you and your partner.

What can I do to make my relationship better?

Here are a few helpful things you can try:

1. Listen and try to understand one another.

Listening to each other can be a blessing. One of the best things you can do is talk about what you are experiencing with your partner to your partner. Often times couples just keep talking without listening to each other and getting no results.

Listening is a skill that can heal many hearts. If we do not listen, then we cannot understand. (Promotional link for nausea during pregnancy. )

2.Resolving prenatal depression and intimacy problems

intamacy problems are real and require your attention!

Fortunately, many of these problems will work themselves out naturally, but sometimes couples need a little help to get back on track.  Resolving these issues takes commitment and patience as pregnancy is both an exciting and frustrating time for each parent.

The mother-to-be has difficulty controlling the hormones that are raging in her body her body during pregnancy and the best solution to this problem is to keep an open mind, have plenty patience, and keep communicating. Communication is a key factor in all relationships; especially during pregnancy.

She may need to be pampered and allowed to vent and given the opportunity to cry on a shoulder.  This does not last for long . It usually disappears at the end of the third trimester. 

3.Allow your partner to be involved in every aspect of the pregnancy.

It is critical to involve the father in all obstetrician appointments so that he can be a part of the process; especially when an ultrasound is scheduled so that he can be present at that crucial moment. Allow him to participate in your baby showers and unwrap some of the gifts. He may or may not want to participate, but providing him the chance demonstrates that you want him to.

4.Keep communicating with your partner

Communication is key!

Depending on how much the communication gap has expanded and how effectively you, as a couple, communicated before the pregnancy, this might be the easiest or most difficult problem to fix.

During this moment in your life, it’s critical to express your uncertainties, fear, panic, worry, and other negative emotions since keeping them to yourself will only make things worse. 

Stress can harm your unborn kid; it’s not worth risking pregnancy complications when simple discussion may fix your differences. Speaking gently goes a long way in calming the atmosphere, even if you or your partner are arguing. Lets face it, if two people are arguing nothing get sorted out. Agree?

From my experience I have found that sometimes it is best to say absolutely nothing until things are less steamy. Then I would examine myself and see if I was really wrong. Sometimes I were.

I have learned that being the first to say “I am sorry” can bring healing in most incidences. You can give it a try. Another thing I discovered was that If I feel like my husband was wrong and he thinks he is right, I talk to God about the situation and do you know He works it out every time.

5.Fix your financial issues

This might be the most common relationship issue that couples confront when pregnant. A kid is a huge responsibility, and there are a lot of expenses that come with adding to your family. But, and this is critical, you have years to save for all of the pricey items that a kid will require; as an infant, your costs include bottles, diapers, baby clothing, baby food, formula, and much more.

Because babies outgrow their clothes so rapidly, buying new ones is not cost practical save for special occasions. Accept hand-me-downs and apply for any government-funded programs for new parents are available.

Try not to take in the entire image at once; instead, focus on one jigsaw piece at a time. Start a savings plan, even if it’s only a few dollars a week, over the course of sixteen or eighteen months.

6. Seek out a professional counselor if needed

If your relationship is valuable to you, and things are getting worse, try to seek out some counseling from a professional. If you are feeling unhappy you may want to try relationship advice or counselling.

This gives you a chance to talk about your worries together in a safe and confidential place with a trained counsellor. You can also talk to a counsellor about your relationship on your own if you want.

7. Do not tolerate domestic violence

Tolerating domestic violence is a no, no!

Physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse are all possibilities during pregnancy. Domestic abuse or domestic violence affects one out of every four women at some time in their lives.

When women get pregnant, they are subjected to several forms of maltreatment. Occasionally, the abuse becomes more severe during or after pregnancy.

Domestic violence or abuse can lead to a variety of emotional and mental health issues, such as tension and worry. Removing yourself from this toxic environment can save you and your baby.

8. Keep God active in your life and pray

No matter what you are going through, God is there for you!

God is the most significant connection you will ever have; it is both everlasting and boundless. God the Father and His Son, Jesus the Christ, have the greatest loving connection in the universe. The Father and Son are united by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love; they share the same Spirit, making them One in each other.

Giving your heart to God is the first step toward true love. God longs for you to love Him with all your heart. We are only to offer God our entire hearts, not to anybody else.

(NKJV Proverbs 23:26) Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes watch my steps. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart,” is the most essential commandment that God has given to us. He has given us His word to live by.

Bottom line

All relationships will inevitably experience challenges, even the best of the best. However, there are many things you can do to to ensure that you do your part to saving and nurturing your relationship during pregnancy.

Listening to each other, communicating with each other, working out your financial issues is very important to saving your relationship. Do not be afraid to seek professional help if needed.

Additionally, solving your financial challenges, resolving domestic violence in your life, keeping God active in your life can go a long way in lowering relationship problems. I know it is not easy for either of you, but do your best to make it work. Your baby deserve every effort of you trying to make his world a better one by staying together.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this post and will do all you can to make your relationship work. Remember what you are going through is only temporary. Please like, or comment and do visit again.


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Your Frequently Asked Questions About Antenatal Care:23 Most Burning Questions Answered!


Once pregnancy is confirmed, the next chapter for a pregnant woman is antenatal care attendance. I count it a privilege to work with pregnant families. Guiding and managing risks in a timely manner is so rewarding.

Pregnancy, Pregnancy, pregnancy! What a word. The beginning of a new life inside you, growing and changing you both emotionally and physically. It is very exciting to know that a little you is on the inside and you hope to meet someday. It is really amazing how many of us go through so many challenges with pregnancy, and despite it all, we have more babies! Huh pretty weird!

Once pregnancy is confirmed, the next chapter for a pregnant woman is antenatal care attendance. I count it a privilege to work with pregnant families. Guiding and managing risks in a timely manner is so rewarding. (Promotional link).

As pregnancy ends there is the start of new life. Antenatal consideration assumes a significant part to accomplish a fruitful labor and delivery. Standard antenatal classes help in the physical and mental arrangement of ladies and assist them with loosening up those last months. Antenatal consideration guarantees maternal fetal wellbeing prosperity and furthermore prepares and empowers women mentally and physically for labor and delivery.

Normal visits to the specialist during pregnancy are meant to guarantee that the soundness of the pregnant ladies and the developing hatchling is very much kept up. At the point when all stays well and appropriate consideration is taken, hence there is the possibility of a low risk pregnancy.

1. What is antenatal care and why are antenatal visits necessary?


Antenatal care is the consideration you receive from experts during your pregnancy. It’s occasionally called pregnancy care or maternity care. You’ll be offered meetings with a birthing specialist, or at times a specialist who spends significant time in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician).Antenatal visits are necessary to evaluate health risks for mother and baby, and provide early detection and treatment if
problems exist.

2. What are the aims of antenatal care?

  1. A full history must be taken.
  2. A full physical examination must be done.
  3. The duration of pregnancy must be established.
  4. Important screening tests must be done.
  5. Some high-risk patients can be identified.

3. When should I start my antenatal care visits?

It is vital that all pregnant women receive antenatal care as soon as possible. The earlier helps the healthcare provider time to manage risks.

4.What would my first visit be about and what should I bring for my visit?


This visit is typically the patient’s first contact with clinical benefits during her pregnancy. She should be treated with graciousness and comprehension to acquire her certainty and to guarantee her future co-activity and customary participation. This chance should be taken to book the patient for antenatal mind and consequently guarantee the early identification and the executives of treatable risks.

You will need a valid passport, driver’s license, or voter registration card, and your immunization record. I also tell my clients to carry a little snak and eat a good breakfast; especially if you will be going with the public registration. At the public registration there is usually a lonerg wait thana private attendance

5.What histories will be needed?


A full history, containing the following:

  1. The past obstetric history.
  2. The present obstetric history.
  3. A medical history.
  4. HIV status.
  5. History of medication and allergies.
  6. A surgical history.
  7. A family history.
  8. The social circumstances of the patient.

6. Can fathers attend?


Fathers are so valuable for the journey!

Certainly!. If fathers played a vital role in the pregnancy, they should be a part of the care. Mothers to be need dad’s support all the way. It also gives dad the opportunity to connect with mom and baby.

7.Is family planning information given?


Yes. Contraception is extremely important during pregnancy. It is something that you know exactly which method you want to go on after having baby in hospital or at your home birth. There are many methods to chose from. They all have side effects, but you have the option to choose the one you are most comfortable about.

8.What if I miss an appointment?


Request another one as soon as possible. Try to attend as many as possible.

9. Are there additional classes and information sessions offered?


Yes. Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes are usually offered, but some places also offer classes for siblings, grandparents, or CPR. Find out what and when they are available for you.

10.What are some minor discomforts associated with pregnancy?


· Morning sickness/heartburn/nausea
· Constipation
· Backache
· Varicose veins
· Swelling
· Faintness
· Insomnia
· Depression11. What are some things to avoid during pregnancy?
· Alcohol
· Cigarette smoke
· Toxic fumes
· Auto accidents
· Excess caffeine

11. What are some warning signs that should be reported immediately?


· Sudden swelling
· Bleeding
· Leaking or gushing fluids
· Fever
· Pain, burning on urination
· Premature labor

Bleeding any time in pregnancy calls for urgent intervention

12. What are the signs of premature labor?


· Regular contractions not relieved by rest
· Pelvic pressure that feels like the baby is pushing down
· Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea
· Blood or watery liquid leaking from the vagina
· Low, dull backache

13.What are some of the risk factors associated with pre-term labor/delivery?


Pretermed pregnancy being very common, is something that you should be aware of. Knowing the signs and symptoms is key to saving your pregnancy outcome. Any history of preterm labor/delivery or previous low infant birth-weight in previous pregnancies should be included in your report to your healthcare provider. Here are some things that put you at risk:
· Multiple pregnancy (for example, twins or triplets)
· Maternal age (less than 17 or over 35 yrs)
· Black race
· Folic acid deficiency
· 3+ spontaneous terminations
· Uterine abnormalities
· Infections
· Bleeding
· Anemia
· Obesity
· Drug or alcohol abuse

14. What should you do if your water broke?


If your water broke and you are not at term you should go to your healthcare facility or contact your provider. Once the water broke, your baby is are at risk for infection. The water bag or amniotic membrane protects your baby from harmful germs that could cause respiratory and blood infections.

15. Are pregnancy classes necessary?

Childbirth classes are so essential for you and dad!


Absolutely yes! Pregnancy classes are necessary whether you do it online or in person. Studies have proven that childbirth classes gives parents the confidence they need to get over the fear of labor and delivery. massage, relaxation, breathing techniques, and medications.

Labor classes help assemble your trust in your body’s capacity to conceive an offspring.

  • You can examine your feelings about labor and birth with the educator and different couples with similar concerns.
  • Your accomplice will find out about labor and how to help you on the huge day. You may find that going to labor classes together will make an extraordinary bond.
  • Your educator will talk about relief from discomfort alternatives, including rub, unwinding, breathing methods, and drugs.
  • A visit through your birthing place during class will offer you the chance to see the staff in real life. This is an extraordinary chance to get some information about routine practices, like electronic fetal checking and opportunity of development during work.
  • In the event that you are arranging a medical clinic birth, you may be keen on taking more than one class. A class at the medical clinic may incorporate an essential outline of work and birth and may train explicit emergency clinic rehearses.
  • Classes instructed outside the medical clinic may provide you with top to bottom information about coping with labor and delivery.

16. How long is the wait?

The wait varies with whether you go to a private or public clinic. The private clinic is usually faster while the public timing is longer. The choice is up to you.

17. What do I need to bring to the clinic?

On the initial visit, you will need the child’s birth certificate. It is important to take along the
child’s immunization card at all subsequent visits

18. When will I get my pap smear results?


In approximately 3 weeks if you are attending a public clinic and sometimes faster from a private clinic.

19. Is a pap smear painful?


No but some women may find it uncomfortable.

20. How should I prepare for this visit?

You should take something to eat if you are going to a public clinic because they usually take longer because of the amount of patients to be seen.
Mothers should give clear, honest information to have the best outcomes; to ensure continued health and well being of mother and baby. Hiding information will do more harm than good.


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21.What should I do if my baby’s movement has decreased?

If your baby’s movement decreases, you should seek medical attention. Your baby may reduce movement during the last few weeks due to space in the womb. Some practitioners give you a kick chart to record your baby’s movement after 28 weeks. ( Promotional link).

22. What are warning signs that should be reported immediately?

  • · Fever – 38 degrees C/100.4 degrees F or above
  • · Increased pain in the abdomen or caesarean section incision
  • · Swelling or discharge from the C-section/episiotomy
  • · Passing plum-sized clots
  • · Cracked, bleeding nipples
  • · Tender, reddened breasts
  • · Burning during urination
  • Vagina l bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge that is creamy or yellow

23. How many scans will I need and will it hurt?

A ultrasound examine sends frequency sound waves to the uterus during pregnancy to capture the picture of the growing baby. Pictures in ultrasound filters uncover the growth periods of the body, frequently uncovering bones and tissues through shades of white and grey. You will need 2 scans with a normal pregnancy.  It is safe, and forms an essential part of ensuring your baby is developing well in the womb. One at 18 -20 weeks and if necessary earlier or later in the pregnancy. Having an ultrasound scan can determine if your baby is male or female and does not hurt, but you may find the gel used cold. Scans are generally safe for babies.

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Bottom line

Antenatal care, no doubt is vital for all pregnant women. Many things can go wrong during pregnancy; therefore, regular attendance is necessary. Antenatal care additionally helps you to bond with your baby and helps you to bond with your unborn baby.

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The Serious Risks of Having O Negative Blood Group In Pregnancy: Maternal Treasures


Hello Mamas and dads to be! How are you doing? I want to share with you the serious risk of having the blood type of O positive. Blood grouping in pregnancy is very important. Many pregnant women are not aware of the dangers of having a blood type of O positive. There are four blood types which include type O, A, B, AB .

Each one of us have one of these blood group. Do you know which type you have? When it comes to blood transfusion. It is very important to know the type of blood anyone has who is giving or receiving it.

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Having worked 36 years in the medical field, I understand the problems that pregnant women can face if this condition is untreated. I want to help you understand if this is your case today.

What are the different types of blood groupings?

All humans have an O, A, B, or AB blood type, as well as a positive or negative Rh factor. The blood type and Rh factor simply describe the characteristics of a person’s blood. Proteins on red blood cells and in bodily fluids reveal the blood type.

The Rh factor is a protein present on the red blood cell’s outer layer. If the Rh factor protein is found on the cells, the person is said to have a decrease in the Rh factor.

Genetics play a major role

Rh factors are determined by genetics. A baby might have either parent’s blood type and Rh factor, or a mixture of both. Rh factors have a shared genetic inheritance pattern. The Rh-positive gene is dominant (stronger), and it takes precedence even when combined with a Rh-negative gene. The universal red cell donor has Type O negative blood.

A mother and baby’s blood can cause major problems.

  • If a mother has O negative blood and her baby is positive, this can cause many problems for the unborn baby.
  • Mothers who are pregnant and have O negative blood type, run the risk of their babies having jaundice and severe anemia.
  • Anemia is a below normal iron level in the blood. We need iron to take blood and nutrients to keep our cells heathy.
  • This can make the baby’s red blood cells swell and rupture.
  • This is known as hemolytic or Rh disease of the newborn. It can make a baby’s blood count get very low.
  • Babies may also need blood transfusion since the red blood cells are destroyed so rapidly.

O negative blood is the universal donor

O negative is the blood type that ca only receive from negative persons but can give blood to all of the other blood groups

Do you know what it means when it is said that O Negative blood is the universal donor? What is the reason behind this? Any blood type can be transfused with O negative blood. Because type O is the most prevalent blood type and type O negative blood is the universal blood type needed for emergency transfusions and immune weak babies, type O is frequently in low supply and in great demand by hospitals.( Promotional link).

What to expect from your blood test


One of the first tests a pregnant woman should expect is a blood-type test. This test checks her blood type and Rh factor. Her Rh factor may play a role in her baby’s health, so it’s important to know this information early in pregnancy.

What if parents are not agreeable?

When a mother-to-be and father-to-be are not both positive or negative for Rh factor, it’s called Rh incompatibility.

When is the baby in trouble?

Until the mother’s second or subsequent pregnancies, Rh antibodies are harmless. Her Rh antibodies will detect the Rh proteins on the surface of the baby’s blood cells as alien if she ever has another Rh-positive kid. Her antibodies will enter the circulation of the infant and fight those cells.

How Is Rhesus Incompatibility treated?

Rhogram is the treatment given to prevent problems later with mother & baby’s blood

Doctors give a pregnant woman a course of two Rh immune-globulin shots during her first pregnancy if she has the risk of developing Rh incompatibility. The first shot will be given during the 28th week of pregnancy, and the second dose will be given within 72 hours after the baby’s delivery. Rh immune-globulin works like a vaccination. It stops the mother’s body from producing Rh antibodies, which might lead to major health problems.

A woman also might get a dose of Rh immune-globulin if she has a miscarriage, an amniocentesis, or any bleeding during pregnancy.

If a doctor finds that a woman has already developed Rh antibodies, her pregnancy will be closely watched to make sure that those levels are not too high.

In rare cases, if the incompatibility is severe and a baby is in danger, the baby can get special blood transfusions called exchange transfusions either before birth (intrauterine fetal transfusions) or after delivery.

Blood containing Rh-negative blood cells is substituted for the baby’s blood in exchange transfusions. This helps to maintain red blood cell levels while also limiting the harm caused by Rh antibodies already present in the baby’s circulation.


Exchange transfusions in Rh-incompatible pregnancies are seldom needed in the United States, thanks to the high success rate of Rh immune-globulin vaccinations.

Recommendations for all pregnant women

If you’re not sure what your Rh factor is and believe you’re pregnant, it’s critical to begin routine prenatal care as soon as possible, which should include blood-type testing. You may focus on more essential things, like welcoming a new, healthy baby, if Rh incompatibility is detected and treated early. You baby’s life depends on this. If not treated you run the risk of hurting your baby.

Bottom line

Having o negative blood during pregnancy can pose many problems for the unborn baby. If a women is aware of this condition, she can become the gate keeper for her baby by not only knowing about the baby, but also be aware of what is expected during 28th week of pregnancy and 72 hours after birth. I wish you a safe, and happy pregnancy. Dads continue to support your women at all times. We need it.

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Common, Important Questions About The Corona Virus: Evidenced Based Answers!


Hello Moms and dads to be. I hope you are all doing just great! There is so much talk going on about the Corona virus, I thought I would answer some of your most burning questions. I hope none of you contracted the virus and if you did, I hope you got the necessary treatment you needed to get well. According to Scientific report: over 20.5 million years of life have been lost to COVID-19 globally.

1. Is it safe for pregnant women to get the vaccine?

According to iStock : Infants can only obtain COVID antibodies from their mothers until they can be immunized.
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According to a study that identified no indication of placental harm in pregnant women who got 19 vaccinations, they may be safe during pregnancy.( https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/new-study-suggests-covid-vaccines-are-safe-for-pregnant-women-dont-damage-the-placenta/articleshow/82600886.cms).

2. Does Covid -19 cause premature birth?

COVID-19-positive pregnant women were also more likely to deliver birth preterm. The findings also suggest that one in every four kids born to women with COVID-19 was admitted to a neonatal unit, however there is no information on the reasons of preterm births or the reason for neonatal unit admission among these newborns.

3.What are the most common symptoms with Cocid-19?

A dry cough, fatigue, and fever are the most prevalent COVID-19 symptoms. More severe forms of the disease, such as pneumonia, may develop in certain patients. A laboratory test is the best approach to determine if you have the virus that causes COVID-19 sickness.

4. What is the minimum distance to avoid getting the Corona virus?

By practicing physical distancing, you can be a hero and break the COVID-19 transmission cycle.

This means that we keep at least 1 meter between ourselves and avoid spending time in crowded settings or in groups.

5. Can the Corona virus spread through feces?

The risk of contracting COVID-19 via an infected person’s feces appears to be low.

The COVID-19 virus may cause intestinal infection and be found in feces, according to some data. Two studies found COVID-19 viral RNA fragments in the feces of COVID-19 patients, and around 210 percent of cases of confirmed COVID-19 disease manifested with diarrhoea (24) (5,6).

6. Are smokers likely to develop the Corona virus?

Tobacco use is a proven risk factor for a variety of respiratory infections, as well as a contributor to the severity of respiratory illnesses. According to a review of studies conducted by public health specialists gathered by WHO on April 29, 2020, smokers are more likely than non-smokers to acquire serious disease from COVID-19.

7. Can the Corona virus spread in a swimming pool?

Swimming in a well-kept, chlorinated pool is perfectly safe. However, all crowded settings, especially crowded swimming pools, should be avoided. Even in a swimming pool, keep a 1 meter distance from persons who sneeze or cough.

8. What foods should I avoid during the corona pandemic?

It is good to avoid red and fatty meats, butter and full-fat dairy products, palm oil, coconut oil, solid shortening, and lard should all be avoided. Trans fats should be avoided as much as possible. Check the ingredients on food labels to be sure partly hydrogenated oils aren’t listed. When in doubt, opt for minimally processed meals and ingredients. Get adequate fiber in your diet. Fibre is good for your digestive system and gives you a longer feeling of fullness, which helps you avoid overeating.

9.Can the Corona virus be transmitted through hot climates?

According to current information, the COVID-19 virus can be spread in ALL AREAS, including hot and humid climates. If you reside in, or travel to, an area reporting COVID-19, take precautions regardless of the weather. Cleaning your hands frequently is the greatest approach to protect yourself from COVID-19. By doing so, you can get rid of any viruses on your hands and avoid infection. By doing so, you may get rid of any viruses on your hands and prevent infection from spreading to your eyes, mouth, and nose.

10. Can the virus be detected in drinking water?

The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies, and based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low.

11. How severe is the Corona virus?

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

12. Does UV light kill the Corona virus?

When exposed to UV radiation in sunlight, coronaviruses die swiftly. SARS-CoV-2, like other encapsulated viruses, thrives at room temperature or lower temperatures, as well as low relative humidity (less than 50%).


Bottom line

Data about the Coronavirus is increasing, but there is still remains a lot to know about it. We will continue to have many more questions about the Corona virus. We must continue to follow the protocols that are in place to protect us.

NEW UPDATE: CDC Recommends Coronavirus Vaccination for Pregnant Women


“As such, CDC recommends pregnant people receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We know that this is a deeply personal decision and I encourage people to talk to their doctors or their primary care providers to determine what is best for them or their babies,” Walensky says.

Wow! really! A few months ago it was recommended by the CDC that pregnant women do not receive the vaccine. However, Patients and clinicians alike were dissatisfied because pregnant women were initially excluded from scientific trials, delaying safety and efficacy data. However, research has surfaced in the months since vaccines became publicly available, confirming the safety of the existing mRNA vaccines — the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – in pregnant women.

I personally feel that it should be an individual decision since we are all accountable for what happens to our bodies. In making her decision, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky used the most recent safety data: a large-scale investigation published in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at data from more than 35,600 pregnant women who reported their health status to the CDC between December and February after receiving either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The study discovered that side effects described by pregnant women, such as fever and headache, were similar to those reported by non-pregnant women. There were also no worries about the safety of mothers getting vaccinated in their third trimesters or their babies.

“As such, CDC recommends pregnant people receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We know that this is a deeply personal decision and I encourage people to talk to their doctors or their primary care providers to determine what is best for them or their babies,” Walensky says.

Online, the CDC’s guidance aligns with that of maternal health experts who say vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant women who want one and that they should have access to available data. This I totally agree.

Bottom line

We do not know the long term effects of a pregnant woman getting the vaccine but do understand why it is a personal decision. I certainly hope that whoever decides to take the vaccine are not devastated by any of its effects. Thank you for stopping by today. I just thought I would update you about the facts of pregnant women getting the vaccine. As usual feel free to comment, like or share. I wish you a happy, healthy, safe pregnancy. Stay safe.

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).

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.

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. You can like, comment, or ask a question. I would love to hear from you.

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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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Pregnancy Must Haves: Getting the Most Needed Products


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Hello Mamas! Today we are going shopping. Every pregnant woman at some point will need t do some shopping sooner or later. Being prepared for the big day is less stressful for you. I can remember shopping for my babies. I was always excited to begin. After shopping for baby and me I found that I felt relieved that it was over. So lets get started. All the products suggested on this post has had great ratings, putting high value on them.

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5. Maternity Bras are a must have if you are breastfeeding

HOFISH 3PACK Full Bust Seamless Nursing Maternity Bras Bralette S-XXL with Extra Bra Extenders & Clips

There’s nothing in the world like a nice fitting bra during pregnancy. Makes your breastfeeding must easier!
  • 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex
  • Hook and Eye closure
  • Package Including:3PCS Bras+3PCS bras clips+ 3PCS matching bra extenders to ensure maximum comfort
  • One-hand Access, Adjustable Shoulder Straps, Hook & Eye Closure.Easy drop cups for convenient feeding
  • Seamless, Side Widening, Super Supporting
  • Easy to Size, Removable Molded Foam Cups, 100% Breathable
  • Buttery-soft Fabric, Comfortable Fits Changing Shape.Full coverage for additional support

How about a thermometer for those feverish nights?

6.LPOW Forehead Thermometer for Adults, The Non Contact Infrared Baby Thermometer for Fever, Body Thermometer and Surface Thermometer 2 in 1 Dual Mode Medical Thermometer

  • Accurate and fast: This Infrared forehead thermometer is equipped with exceptional microchip and a sensitivity sensor. Infrared senor can precisely detecting the infrared heat given off by the forehead and quickly measuring to get the reading in 1 second
  • Engineered technology: The non contact infrared body thermometer is design to minimize the errors in the software program by following sound and light enginnering design processes, risk analysis and soft ware validation
  • No touch forehead 1-5cm: The measuring distance between the thermometer and the forehead must be 1-5 cm. Non-contact thermometer is more convenient than standard thermometer and touch thermometer
  • 50 readings memory storages: Our thermometer can memory 50 readings to continusly track your family member’s tempreature. Which can handle it in advance if your family members’ temperature is slightly high
  • Multiple measurement modes: Thermometers can not only measure body temperature, but also measure the temperature of objects. It is suitable for all ages. Press and hold the set button for 3 seconds, then press the “memo” or the “mode” to switch ℃ and ℉

7. Pacifiers are a must After breastfeeding is established

  • The pacifier brand distributed in hospitals nationwide, used by doctors & nurses to soothe newborns
  • 1 piece construction specially sized and shaped for babies 0-3 months old; Adheres to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines
  • Orthodontic design respects the natural development of baby’s teeth and gums
  • Made of hospital-grade, BPA-free and latex-free silicone for strength, comfort and durability
  • Dishwasher safe; Can be sterilized

8. Nursing pillows

Nursing pillows rest in your lap and curl around your neck, ensuring a stable and comfortable surface for your child to be placed at your breast. They even relieve leg, shoulder, and back strain for you, making breastfeeding more pleasurable.

9. How about these ready, set, push socks

Get your mind together by packing these powerful mind set sock

10. Luvable Friends Unisex Baby Cotton Flannel Receiving Blankets, Basic Elephant, One Size

Don’t leave home without it. This is the perfect way to receive your little star

  • 100% Cotton
  • Imported
  • Set includes four flannel blankets. Measures 28×28 inches.
  • Made with 100% cotton
  • Soft and gentle on baby’s skin
  • Optimal for everyday use
  • Affordable, high quality value pack

11. Diaper Bag Backpack Nappy Bag Upsimples Baby Bags for Mom and Dad Maternity Diaper Bag with USB Charging Port Stroller Straps Thermal Pockets,Water Resistant, Pink Grey

  • Practical Diaper Bag Backpack with USB Charging Port – This is a nappy bag full of details designed for moments when you are out with your baby. Reach out single-handed to side slot for baby wipes, put your cellphone or wallet into the anti-thief pocket in the back; attach the diaper bag to a pram with 2 straps included in the package. We also add USB charging port and cable , so that you can use & charge your cellphone conveniently.
  • Spacious Diaper Backpack for Mom– Great organizer baby bag for all sorts of baby stuff. You get well-layered compartments to keep separated wet and dry nappies, bottles, diaper cloths; side pockets for baby wipes, umbrella, drinking bottle or more; 3 enlarged insulated pockets for 4-9oz bottles wide or thin. Super easy glance-and-reach via wide open mouth and zipper on the back.
  • Lightweight and Comfortable – Antifriction Oxford fabric weight less than 2 pounds, you get a lightweight diaper backpack that can be packed with loads of things. We also widen the shoulder straps to 2.2in and add soft padding to reduce fatigue and take care of your spine.
  • Water resistant and clean easily – The outside coating are water resistant and the spills could be wiped off easily. We also get 2 waterproof compartment for wet towel, frequently used bibs or diapers. For period cleaning we suggest hands wash not machine, no worry about fading and crumple.
  • Sturdy and Lasts Long –Thicken Oxford and nylon fabric, reinforced stitches, sturdy zipper, our mummy backpack can hold sunlight, dragging, tossing and even more.

12. Breastfeeding essentials

Medela Sonata Smart Breast Pump, Hospital Performance Double Electric Breastpump, Rechargeable, Flex Breast Shields, Touch Screen Display, Connects to Mymedela App, Lactation Support

  • HOSPITAL STRENGTH: The Sonata’s powerful vacuum with responsive technology provides a comfortable, high capacity suction that naturally adjusts for more consistent pumping experience
  • PORTABLE & EASY TO USE: The rechargeable battery makes it ultra convenient to pump on the go with 1.5 hours of battery life and weighs less than 2.5 lbs with built-in handle makes it easy to transport
  • CLOSED SYSTEM: Never worry about milk back flow because the Sonata kit with overflow protection prevents breast milk from backing up into your tubing or pump with overflow protection
  • QUIET & DISCREET: Sonata has a whisper quiet motor so you can pump anytime, anywhere day or night
  • MORE MILK & COMFORT: Soft-rim and oval shape of PersonalFit Flex breast shields provides a better fit, proven to remove 11.8% more milk faster
  • INCLUDES: Sonata pump, rechargeable battery, carry bag, tubing, 2 sets of breast shields (21 & 24 mm), connector set with caps/valves/membranes, 4 – 5 oz bottles with lids, breastmilk cooler, contoured ice pack, 2 bottle stands, power adapter

13.Ekouaer Women’s Maternity Nursing Pajamas Sets Breastfeeding Printed Sleepwear Short Sleeve 2 Pcs Henley Top and Pants Set

  • COMFY NURSING PAJAMAS – Super comfy to be worn night and day, these cute and functional maternity pjs are essential for nursing or expectant moms. So soft you’ll want to live in them, both during and after pregnancy. Comfortable jersey pajama bottoms combine with decorative all over prints are perfect for mixing and matching.
  • NURSE WITH EASE Practical nursing thanks to easy open function and the henley design in the front. Featuring a large round neckline edged with a narrow, all-round trim, the long button placket make nursing more comfortable and easy!
  • ADJUSTABLE WAISTBAND – It must be noted that the pants of this maternity pajama set have a elastic waistband which is ADJUSTABLE. You can see the detail from product images as well as the product description on the page. Elastic waistband with elastic button extenders for easy transition from pregnancy to motherhood. You can get the best fit size for your waist by adjusting the length of the elastic waistband.
  • BABY SHOWER GIFT – This nursing sleepwear set is a must-have for baby shower gifts and hospital bags. It is also worth treating yourself to this best maternity nursing sleep set with exceptional comfort. Perfect to wear when family and friends come to meet the new baby.
  • FITTING ADVICE – Please pay attention to the SIZE INFORMATION on the product page and the SIZE CHART of SELLER in product images as well as our customers’ feedback to ensure accurate fitting.

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Teething Babies: Preparation is Key With 7 Easy Tips


Teething occurs when your baby’s teeth begin to protrude from the gum line. This can be a tense moment for parents as your little star becomes easily irritated and fussy.

You may be wondering when do babies begin teething? Babies normally begin teething between 4 -7 months of age. Mama, never compare your baby with what you see happening in other babies the same age as your baby. Every baby is different and has its own growth predetermined by God. Enjoy whatever stage you find yourself with your baby.(Promotional link).

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The memories of when my babies were breastfeeding come to play here. I remember a little fever, crying for me to sooth them, calpol for pain, low appetite. They did pretty well as the symptoms were short-lived. I hope the same for you.

What are some of the signs that my baby is teething?

  • They drool a lot, which can lead to a rash on their face.
  • I’m coughing
  • Pulling their ear or rubbing their cheek
  • Their hands are brought to their mouths.
  • alterations in food or sleeping habits
  • Gums that are swollen and tender
  • Easily agitated and weeping
  • The temperature has been elevated slightly (less than 101 F)
  • Gnawing or a need to chew on something tough

Medically approved remedies for your teething baby

Here are some medical recommendations:

1. Teething rings and toys

Toys and teething rings They’re small enough to fit in tiny fists and provide the pressure required to relieve sore gums. “Avoid freezing the ones with gel because they are more likely to crack when your child chews on them,” she advises. “Instead, keep them cold in the freezer.”

2.Teething biscuits

You can offer teething biscuits starting at 8 to 12 months of age. But pay attention to gum hygiene. “To protect against cavities, wipe the gum area and teeth with a clean cloth. As they get more teeth, introduce a toothbrush,” Dr. Ye Mon advises. “Get that routine set in place. You don’t even need toothpaste. Just brushing the plaque off can help prevent cavities later on.”

3.Cold foods and fluids

You may be wondering what type of cold foods you need to have available? Cold foods like applesauce, milk, and refrigerated or frozen fruit should be served (for babies who eat solid foods). You can also offer cool water from a Sippy cup if your baby is older than 6-9 months.

4.A clean washcloth

Give your baby a clean, wet cloth or rag to chew on after freezing it, or you can use it to help him get some comfort “It aids in the reduction of inflammation along the gum line,” she explains. “Parents should also use the rag to rub the gums.” You can reuse your washcloths and store them in the plastic bags, and keep them readily for baby. This can be very soothing on the irritated gums.

5. Have a pain reliever on board

Having a pain reliever on board is a must- have that goes a long way to giving a longer more sustained endurance for baby. This will give you comfort in knowing that your baby is not in any pain for now.

6. Pray for your baby

Praying for your baby does wonders to help your little star recover well. Remember God is with us in every situation and He tell us in1 Peter 5:7 to cast every care on Him.

7.Gently massage baby’s gums

Gently rub the gums with a clean finger to massage them. If your baby’s teeth haven’t come in yet, you should let him chew on your finger. Plunge your fingers in cool water and massage your baby’s gums before each feeding if you’re breastfeeding. It’s possible that this would prevent them from biting your nipple while you’re breastfeeding.

Cuddling your baby during this time is also important. Let him know that you are there supporting him.

Bottom line

Teething is a stage we all went through and we did pretty well huh? So Mama, your little star will do very well. I hope some of the above remedies will help you out. Teething is only a temporary discomfort. Preparation is key. Thank you for checking in with me today. Please like comment or ask a question if you want to. I would also like to wish you a safe, happy, pregnancy.

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