Pregnancy

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 easily Nausea and/or vomiting Pain in upper right abdomen Fatigue Small [...]

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 [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Childbirth

Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but it can be fraught with fear and stress. Especially for first-time parents, anxiety regarding what to expect and what could go wrong can be overwhelming. You want to make sure that both mom and baby stay healthy and that labor goes smoothly, and you want to make sure you’re not in such terrible pain that you don’t enjoy the birth of your baby. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. An estimated [...]

Is it Safe to Color Your Hair When You Are Pregnant?

There is a seemingly endless list of things that you can’t do when you’re pregnant. From big well-known limitations like avoiding alcohol and tobacco, to the smaller, lesser-known limitations like cutting out soft cheeses and avoiding hot baths, there are a lot of sacrifices you will need to make for your growing baby. When you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to avoid harmful chemicals. We are surrounded by chemicals and toxins everywhere we go. Some toxins, like airborne pollutants, are almost [...]

Detox Your Diet to Prepare for Baby

You already know the importance of eating a healthy diet, but when you’re pregnant, there is a whole new level of healthy to consider. Even if you’re usually a healthy eater, pregnancy requires you to pay extra attention to your food choices, not only for their caloric or fat content, but for nutrients like choline, B12, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamin D. Additionally, it’s important to eat foods that are minimally processed and as close to their natural form as [...]

How to (Safely) Have A Fit Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. Your body goes through so many changes throughout those nine months. When you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy (through proper diet and exercise), you and your developing baby reap big benefits. Research shows that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days during pregnancy can have long-term benefits for your child1. Benefits of exercise during pregnancy include reduced backaches, swelling, bloating, and [...]

The Morning Sickness Diet: How to Stay Nourished When You Can’t Keep it Down

If you know what it feels like to be both extremely excited to be pregnant and also counting the days until you’re no longer pregnant so you can remember what it feels like to not be nauseated all the time, then this article is for you. Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time in anyone’s life, but when you’re struggling with morning sickness, that excitement can be seriously diminished. You know you need to get proper nutrition because your [...]

What to Eat During Pregnancy to Avoid Birth Defects

There are few times in your life that your nutrition will matter as much as it does during pregnancy. The 40 weeks that you spend growing a human child should arguably be the healthiest 40 weeks of your life, followed closely by the time leading up to your pregnancy and the time shortly after if you decide to breastfeed. Whatever you eat during pregnancy becomes your baby’s fuel. And while it’s obviously important to eat a healthy diet to maintain [...]

How to Make Every Bite Count for a Healthy Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is definitely, the most motivated period in a woman’s life. It is the time most pregnant women assess their current eating and lifestyle habits and strive to make healthy changes. During pregnancy, you will be eating for two, but this does not mean eating twice as much. Quality rules over quantity and that is the mantra for eating during pregnancy. This is crucial because eating healthy and eating well helps create ideal conditions for early fetal development. If your [...]

5 Ways to Detox (and Make a Clean Home for Baby)

As you prepare to become a mother, you may be scouring the Internet for ways to detox your body. Whether you’re waiting on those two pink lines or already pregnant, the choice to detox can help you prepare a healthy and safe home for your baby. Sometimes, it can feel impossible to detox. The world runs on chemicals, from the gas that runs our cars to the food that fuels our bodies. Luckily, there are some very simple ways [...]