As someone who has never had her hospital bag packed before needing to leave for the hospital, I think this is the perfect time to address the things you should reasonably put together once your due date is a few weeks away. You’ll see all sorts of lists of ridiculous things you should bring to the hospital with you for the few days you’ll likely be there after giving birth. I packed most of those things the first time and used only a couple of the items. While this list will not be comprehensive, and everyone’s situations and needs are different, these are a few things to definitely not leave out of your hospital bag! Continue reading
I was at a Christmas Brunch over the weekend and as I walked the line of food one of the hostesses whispered in my ear “you’ll want to avoid that” as she pointed to a punch bowl. I politely said, “thank you” and went on my way. A friend with me asked what it was and we saw that it was eggnog. She asked why I wouldn’t be able to have it and I shrugged my shoulders, unsure of the answer. I later realized it was because most homemade eggnog is made with raw eggs, which should be avoided during pregnancy. Continue reading
We all know about the importance of getting enough folate during pregnancy. Without proper folate intake during the early parts of pregnancy, you run the risk of your baby developing birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defects. This is why it’s incredibly vital to make sure you’re getting at least 400mcg/day of folate throughout your pregnancy. Something to be aware of are the symptoms of folate deficiency, which you may develop without even knowing it. Continue reading
We’ve all heard that it is important to continue to exercise during pregnancy. The exercise you do throughout your pregnancy can help you gain a healthy amount of weight, it can also help to minimize your pregnancy symptoms and help your labor, delivery and recovery go smoother. Recent studies are backing up the idea that exercise during pregnancy is important, showing the affect of this practice on your unborn child. Continue reading
There are many natural ways to survive cold and flu season when you are pregnant. Coming down with a cold or the flu can be miserable enough, add into the equation being pregnant and you’ve got a recipe for a potential disaster. We know the common suggestion for when you start feeling the sickness coming on – “get lots of rest” – and while this sounds great it’s not always possible. Sometimes we have to go to work, other times we have other kids to take care of and sometimes we don’t have the luxury of lying in bed for a few days until the cold runs its course.
Some of the basic do’s and don’ts of pregnancy are pretty obvious. Do see your doctor regularly. Don’t smoke or use illegal drugs. But there are other things that are just as important to do (or not do) during the course of your pregnancy. Today we’ll share just a few of the lesser known do’s and don’ts of pregnancy.
Your body goes through a number of changes during pregnancy and you’re bound to feel and experience things you maybe never have before. However, not all new experiences are normal and some should be immediately shared with your doctor. Today I’ll share a few things to watch out for during pregnancy.
Once you can consistently feel your baby’s movements, it’s important to let your doctor know immediately if you stop feeling the baby move or notice a significant decrease in movement. Continue reading
We all know that taking a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy is extremely important, not only for the health of your growing baby but for your own health and well being as well. Did you know that it’s also important to take a prenatal vitamin before conception happens? Some doctors actually recommend that all ladies of childbearing age take prenatal vitamins as their daily multi. Continue reading
Learning you’re pregnant can be a happy and thrilling time. Nothing can ruin the excitement quite like morning sickness. And what you may not know is morning sickness can actually occur at any time of day! It can also vary from pregnancy to pregnancy, so the way you felt with one child may be different with your next. Luckily there are a number of vitamins that can help to reduce the uncomfortable effects of morning sickness. Continue reading
There are a number of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that play a very important role in the growth and development of your unborn baby. You’re probably familiar with some of the more common nutrients highly recommended during pregnancy, like: folate, calcium and vitamin D. One that may not get as much attention, but is just as important, is zinc. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, zinc “supports normal growth and development during pregnancy.” Continue reading