When you get pregnant one of the most important things to take care is proper hydration for Mom. Drinking enough fluids, especially water is critical to baby’s` health as she grows during your pregnancy. When I was pregnant the first thing hubby got me was a Camelbak water bottle – you know, one of those fancy ones with a bite valve. However, even though the bottles are labeled as BPA free I did not want to take a risk and decided to look for stainless steel water bottles instead. [Read more...]
Constipation is a common symptom of pregnancy and it may even be one of the first signals that will let you know you’ll have a baby, since it normally appears in the first weeks after conception. The hormones of pregnancy are in part responsible for constipation. At first, it can be bearable, but as the load increases, this may worsen constipation. If you are one of the expectant moms who suffer from constipation, you should follow some tips that will make it easier for you. [Read more...]
Should you use lotion on baby’s dry skin?
Often young babies experience very dry skin. Many parents are concerned about using lotion to ease the dry skin problem. Can you use lotion on a very young baby’s skin at all is the big question. Guess what – you will be ok using lotion on your baby’s skill as long as you use perfume-free and dye-free lotion. Most babies have dry skin resulting from being amniotic fluid for nine months. This change in environment just takes a toll on baby’s skin = dry skin. We personaly recommend Aveno products for your baby. You’ll find a great selection at your local Baby store, Wal-Mart or your drugstore.
Common Sense Approach To Weight Loss After A Pregnancy
Every woman gains weight while she is pregnant. This is the way how it is and always has been. And it is as it is: It is also perfectly normal for a woman to want to lose weight after pregnancy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to get yourself back into shape right after having giving birth to a baby. In fact – weight loss to a certain degree is certainly encouraged. Overweight just causes different health issues in the mid to long term.
However – it is very important that the woman takes a common sense approach when she is attempting to lose weight after a pregnancy. Keep in mind, the weight will not come off overnight, but it will come off if you “attack” it in the right way.
One of the biggest mistakes made by women is to try on clothes from before pregnancy. It is very important that you don’t try to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes right after birth. Accept the fact that you will still be carrying around most of the fat you gained to help keep your baby safe and sound during pregnancy.
Usually it is recommended and acceptable that most women can safely lose between one and two pounds per week after giving birth. This “burn rate” will help ensure a safe, healthy and steady weight loss without compromising mom’s health or the health of the new baby.
Do avoid becoming obsessed of how fast the weight has to come off your body. Having a goal is great and keeps you motivated. However – over-doing it will not bring the results expected. In fact, it might may things even worse. Pregnancy depressions are already common enough. There is no need to become depressed because the weight loss is not fast enough.
Low Muscle Tone – Hypotonia
The clinical name for this form is benign congenital hypotonia. Interestingly, many children with benign congenital hypotonia will have a parent or sibling who likewise had low muscle tone during their childhood, suggesting a genetic connection.
Pregnancy and Stretch Marks
Are you afraid of stretch marks during or after pregnancy? As you probably know or have seen first hand – your skin does not bounce back if it’s been stretched by rapid growth due to having a baby (pregnancy), sudden weight gain, or extreme weight loss when being obese. Stretch marks can often start off as reddish or purplish in color. Stretch marks then eventually become glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white color. Several medical studies have shown that stretch marks are often among the top five causes for insecurity and depression in women – especially after pregnancy.
What can I do about stretch marks? Several options are available today. The easiest (and most expensive) option is surgery. This expensive procedure is not covered by your health insurance and is considered cosmetical even in cases where it causes depression. You would think that health insurances would weigh the cost of treating depression compared to surgery, but they don’t do it. Your best alternative option to prevent stretch marks or to get rid of stretch marks after pregnancy is a combination of using special lotions and cremes + physical exercise. Several over the counter stretch mark treatments are available. If you want to start a treatment during pregnancy, please consult with your doctor first. Usually these treatments are safe, but baby’s health is your highest priority. Some stretch mark prevention cremes already have a proven record of being safe for you and the baby.
If you already had your baby, you are in a good position. These stretch mark lotions have shown good results among women of any age. Stretch Mark prevention cremes increase the production of your own body’s natural collagen and as a result your skin will become stronger and its natural elasticity will be increased. As a result the stretch marks will disappear fairly soon. Combine the treatment with physical exercise and you win twice. For one your stretch marks disappear even faster and you will be back to your pre-baby weight in no-time. Physical exercise is also a huge health booster.
Conclusion: You can already start stretch mark treatment during pregnancy and kick the process into high gear as soon as baby has arrived.
Stretch Mark Prevention Tips
Stretch marks are a common problem among women – especially during pregnancy. But stretch marks can be either avoided or removed once they are there. What are ways to prevent stretch marks from happening in the first place? One of the most important things you can do to prevent stretch marks is to maintain very healthy skin. Healthy skin is the foundation you need to prevent stretch marks. Below are some options to consider so that you can keep your skin looking its best and eventually prevent stretch marks from occurring.
Food: Make sure to eat from a variety of foods that promote healthy skin. Foods to consider are rich in zinc, Vitamins A, C, and D, as well as sufficient amounts of protein. Fruits and vegetables offer all you need and never get boring due to the large variety of available options.
Hydration: Drink at least eight 8 oz. of water daily. If you drink caffeinated drinks, you will need to increase the amount of water by at least 1/3. Water helps keep you entire body healthy and it is a critical factor to keep you skin more elastic and young to help prevent stretch mark formation.
Workout: Physical exercise programs keep your entire body healthy which, in turn, promotes healthy skin. You can opt for certain exercises that strengthens your abs and upper body skin. A nice side effect is a great looking body.
Scratching: Don’t scratch the areas where you are likely to get stretch marks. The skin is already under stress in those areas and you will make things worse. The skin should be gently massaged with oils or lotions (especially stretch mark prevention lotions) if it feels itchy. Scratching pulls and stretches the outer and middle layers of skin and can set up your skin for more damage. Massaging is not only good for your skin, it might also be a nice way to add some romantic moments with your partner. Let your partner be the active one giving you the massage while you enjoy the moment and relax at the same time. Another positive of a massage is increased blood circulation that helps to stimulate new cell growth – an important factor when it comes to preventing stretch marks.
If you are pregnant, try to stay within the healthy weight gain limits of 25-45 pounds. Consult with your OBGyn as needed. Sudden spurts of growth can occur during pregnancy as you know. This can cause your weight to grow too quickly for the skin to keep up and therefore increases your chance of stretch marks forming. If you experience large growth spurts, use a stretch mark cream or ointment more than once daily in the areas you are likely to develop stretch marks.
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