Pregnancy

9 Safe Exercises to Do While Pregnant

You’re aching and tired and miss seeing your feet. You’re ready to give birth and welcome your precious baby into the world. But before you can get to that day, you still have several months of aching ahead of you. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do alleviate the pain and aching of pregnancy. One of those things is pregnancy exercise. Exercising during pregnancy is not only helpful for alleviating aches and pains; it’s also been proven [...]

Keeping Your Bladder Healthy During and Post Pregnancy

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy as it prepares to give birth. As your belly grows, you might notice that you’re making more trips to the bathroom. Many pregnant women experience bladder issues throughout their pregnancy and after they’ve given birth. Hormone changes and added pressure on your bladder during pregnancy can lead to stress incontinence. During urination, the muscles surrounding the urethra (known as the pelvic floor muscles) relax, which allows urine to flow from the bladder. [...]

To Induce Labor or To Wait it Out?

When you’re pregnant, you have a lot of decisions to make. How will you and your partner choose to raise your child? What will you name him or her? Will they go to public or private school, or will they be homeschooled? But before you can make any of these decisions, you have to decide how and when you will welcome your bundle of joy. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon to choose to induce labor (stimulate uterine contractions [...]

The Importance of Vitamin-D During Pregnancy

Vitamin-D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” is vital to the health of expecting moms and growing babies. Vitamin-D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is obtained mostly from fortified milk, fish, and dietary supplements. Your body also produces it when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin-D plays a significant role in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, bone growth, and remodeling (meaning healthy bones and teeth for you and your baby). It also plays a role in immune function. [...]

How Many Pregnancy Ultrasounds Should You Have During Your Pregnancy

Ultrasounds are used to check the growth and development of your baby in the womb and are an important part of prenatal care. Ultrasounds are helpful in detecting conditions that might otherwise not be noticed until the baby is delivered. They can also tell you the sex of your baby and reassure you that things are progressing as they should be. What Is an Ultrasound? An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of structures inside the body. It is a [...]

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Birth Defects

When you’re pregnant, you want to do everything you can to make sure your baby gets a healthy start to life. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Not only do you need to take care of yourself, but you also need to consider your baby’s needs for healthy growth and development. Birth defects (abnormal development of the fetus that results in death, structural malformations, slowed growth, and functional disorders) affect 3% of all babies born in [...]

Is This Normal? 6 Common Pregnancy Concerns

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be nerve-wracking especially for a first-time mom. Every woman and every pregnancy is different, so there is a broad range of what is considered “normal.” If you look at any online pregnancy forum, you are bound to be inundated with thousands of questions and answers tackling topics from indigestion to discharge and whether or not these things should concern you. If you’re wondering if your symptoms are [...]

4 Breathing Exercises Every Pregnant Woman Should Do

Throughout the bulk of your life, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about breathing. It’s just something you do naturally, like blinking. But when you’re pregnant, focusing on your breath and making sure you’re constantly replenishing your body with oxygen is very important. Adequate oxygen intake during pregnancy helps with your baby’s development and growth. It may also help alleviate some of the stress of pregnancy. Here are four breathing exercises pregnant woman should do throughout [...]

5 Ways to Lower your Risk of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a high blood pressure condition that occurs only during pregnancy. It develops in women with previously normal blood pressure at 20 weeks or later and affects 5-8% of American pregnancies. Preeclampsia can develop into a very serious condition called eclampsia once brain function becomes affected by seizures or coma. Sign and Symptoms of preeclampsia include: High blood pressure Protein in the urine Water retention (swelling, especially in the face and hands) Headaches Blurred vision Shortness of breath Bruising [...]

7 Tips for Safe Sunscreen Use During Pregnancy

With so much information on what to do (and what not to do) during pregnancy, it can be tough to know what’s best for you and your baby. Sun safety is always important since too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause health issues like skin cancer. You know that sunscreen protects your skin, but how do you know which sunscreen is best, especially when you’re not just protecting yourself? Here are 7 things you should look for in [...]

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