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What You Should Know About Induced Labor

Induced labor is when procedures or medication are used to begin contractions in women who are pregnant. Doctors try to avoid it if possible. However, if natural birth is not possible due to certain complications, it may be needed. Here is what you should know about induced labor.

Reasons for Induced Labor

There are many reasons for inducing labor. These reasons include:

  • Your water breaking, but no contractions
  • You are two weeks past your due date, 42 weeks, without having any contractions
  • There is an infection in your uterus
  • You have high blood pressure or gestational diabetes
  • You do not have enough amniotic fluid
  • The placenta is not functioning properly
  • There are problems with the development of the baby
  • Mother has a history of rapid deliveries and/or lives far from a hospital

How to Induce Labor

One of the most common ways to induce labor is to use medication. The two medications available are prostaglandin and oxytocin. When this method is used, the mother needs to be monitored closely. A couple of other ways to induce labor are by stripping the membranes or breaking your water. However, these options are a lot less comfortable or even painful.

Risks of Induced Labor

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Although induced labor is done to avoid certain medical conditions, there are risks involved as well. One of the most likely risks is that the procedure simply will not work. When this happens, a woman is either sent home or cesarean delivery is required. An unavoidable risk is also more painful labor. Women who are induced are more likely to have an epidural because the contractions start more suddenly and with more strength.

Women are also at risk of low blood pressure, low sodium, or even seizures when prostaglandin or oxytocin are used to induce labor. Most of these risks involve the mother, however, the baby can be at risk as well. If the estimated due date was wrong, the baby can be born too early. This could potentially cause health problems for the pre-term baby like jaundice, problems breathing or eating, or even difficulty maintaining healthy body temperature.

A mother needs to make sure she also does not try ways to induce labor herself. Natural ways to induce labor like castor oil or herbal supplements can be harmful to the baby. Discuss everything with a medical professional beforehand to avoid problems. Learning what you should know about induced labor can feel a little overwhelming. However, the most important thing is the safety and health of the mother and baby. For a healthy pregnancy, prenatal vitamins are so vital. Liquid Health’s Prenatal Multi is a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs for a healthy pregnancy. The vitamin is even in liquid form for better absorption.

Sources

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/inductions.html

https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/induced-labour

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Size of Your Baby Throughout Pregnancy

Feeling your baby grow throughout your pregnancy is one of the weirdest feelings in the world. It most likely makes you anxious to find out what your baby is going to look like or how big they will be. While ultrasounds are the only way to see your baby until birth, most babies are around the same size throughout pregnancy. Here is a fun way to follow along with the size of your baby throughout pregnancy. These fun comparisons will help you get an idea of how big your baby is inside your belly.

Week 4

This is the week your baby begins to form and develop. Your baby is almost microscopic during this week and smaller than a poppyseed. Many women may not even know they are pregnant yet. However, this is the week that many women can find out they are pregnant. If you discover you are pregnant this week you should begin taking prenatal vitamins for a healthy pregnancy. Although, many women who plan on getting pregnant begin taking them sooner.

First Trimester

By the end of the first trimester, your baby has grown a ton. They have grown from the size of a poppyseed to the size of a lemon. This is one of the most dangerous times for your baby since it is a time of such vital development. Pregnant women should be especially careful during this time and take care of themselves and their babies. Here are some activities to consider avoiding. After 10 weeks is the time that most women decide to announce their pregnancy once the risk of miscarriage drops compared to previous weeks. By the end of the first trimester, arms and legs have formed along with the baby’s vital organs like lungs, kidneys, and the heart.

Second Trimester

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The second trimester is when a baby bump first begins to form. This is most often the most enjoyable trimester for pregnant women. Most morning sickness is gone, and you can finally start to see and feel your baby growing inside you. The baby also starts to move during the second trimester. Another one of the most exciting things the baby develops during this time is hearing. Your baby can now hear you and the world around them. By the end of this trimester, the baby is the size of a head of lettuce. Chances of going into labor during this trimester are very low but possible. The average baby at the end of the second trimester is 2.3 pounds.

Third Trimester

By the third trimester, you are most likely getting a little anxious about the arrival of your little one. By the end of the third trimester, your baby will be born and will have grown to the size of a watermelon or smaller. The average size of a full-term baby is 8.3 pounds. However, most women do not give birth on their due date and can go into labor at any time during this trimester and still have a healthy baby. Keeping track of the size of your baby throughout pregnancy is one of the most exciting things to do. It can help your baby feel a little more real since you cannot see them.

Sources

http://perinatology.com/Reference/Fetal%20development.htm

https://www.thebump.com/pregnancy-week-by-week

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Most Recommended Birthing Classes

Giving birth is a big deal and there are a lot of methods for going about it. Birthing classes are available for women and even their partners to prepare and learn about giving birth. They may seem silly to some, but birthing classes are very informative and strive to ease the nerves of expecting mothers. Here are some of the most recommended birthing classes. There are many different options for giving birth and every woman has her idea of the perfect birth scenario.

Lamaze

This is the most common method of giving birth. It was started in the ’50s by an obstetrician named Ferdinand Lamaze. This class teaches breathing techniques, massage, movement, hydrotherapy, and promotes natural childbirth. The class is not completely against a medicated childbirth. It mainly encourages you to avoid it if possible. The class also encourages you to have a birthing partner. It will provide tips for them to be able to encourage you during labor and delivery and be aware of what you need.

HypnoBirthing

This birthing class encourages women to have a positive experience while giving birth. Many women tend to focus on the pain and what can go wrong during childbirth. HypnoBirthing, however, teaches women to feel calm during the pain of labor. Women will not feel less pain using this method. However, it helps women cope with the pain. HypnoBirthing consists of a series of classes that teach women how to relax. Women are not in any trance, but it is more of a self-hypnosis. There is a lot of information out there about the pain of labor and delivery. Hypnobirthing classes simply teach that labor and delivery do not have to be as painful as the world makes it out to be. However, many women who use this method for childbirth may still end up using pain medication or an epidural.

Bradley Method

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This method of childbirth focuses on the importance of a birthing coach and why you should avoid all medications. The doctor who discovered this approach lived on a farm and noticed how animals were able to give birth more easily than humans. At the time, women were given dangerous drugs to help ease the pain. This caused women to feel panicked, confused, or even lose consciousness. Many women even died or could not remember giving birth. The classes also cover the importance of proper nutrition and exercise during pregnancy.

These are some of the most recommended birthing classes available. The methods used are some of the safest and most common among women nowadays. Finding a method that works and is comfortable for you as the mother is most important. The birthing classes you choose can even help you with creating your birth plan for the day of your baby’s arrival. To learn more about birth plans, read our article here.

Sources

https://us.hypnobirthing.com/about/hypnobirthing-techniques-benefits/

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Common Pregnancy Myths

Pregnancy is such a huge part of a woman’s life. A lot of changes happen when life starts growing inside of you. Many women may struggle with these changes. However, here are some things that may not need to change. Even if you heard otherwise from your mother-in-law. Here are some common pregnancy myths that many have heard but are not always true.

You Cannot Exercise

Most women are safe to exercise while pregnant. Exercising while pregnant is healthy for both you and the baby unless told otherwise by your doctor. While it is healthy and safe, it is still important to be careful and there are certain types of exercise you should not engage in. For more information on exercising while pregnant, read our guide here.

You Cannot Fly

You are safe to fly while you are pregnant up to a certain point. After 28 weeks you will need a doctor’s note. This is just to inform the airline that you do not have a high-risk pregnancy. Until then, you are free to travel as you please.

You Cannot Eat Seafood

Not all seafood should be ruled out when you are pregnant. Some seafood like salmon can even be healthy for you and your baby. The only seafood to avoid while pregnant include:

  • Any uncooked fish
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Bigeye tuna (sushi)
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy

You Cannot Dye Your Hair

While the chemicals used to dye hair can be harmful to your baby, it takes a lot to do any harm. You are safe to still dye your hair and look great while pregnant.

You Cannot Pet Cats

Your furry friends are safe to pet and snuggle. However, it is important to make sure their litter box is cleaned daily. Parasites can develop in unclean litter boxes, causing harm to your baby. Try to have someone else clean the litter box while you are pregnant, if possible.

You Crave the Strangest Things

Most pregnant women do have cravings. However, it is a myth that most women will crave weird and disgusting things. If you ever find yourself craving dirt, laundry detergent, or any other inedible things, contact your doctor. This is not a healthy pregnancy craving and could be a sign of anaemia. This is a blood condition that could be dangerous for you and your baby.

It only takes one or two people for a myth to spread. These common pregnancy myths are only based on a few pregnancies. However, it is most important that you talk to your doctor about anything you are unsure about.

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185

https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/ask-heidi/flying-restrictions.aspx

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Popular Baby Names of 2019

New babies are born every year and every baby receives a name. As the times change, so do the commonly used names. Here are the most popular baby names of 2019. These are the kids who will most likely have more than one person in their classes at school with the same name. Also, check out our prenatal liquid vitamins. Our vitamins are in liquid form for better absorption of the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy baby.

Girls’ Names

Sophia – This is the most popular girls’ name for the year 2019. The Greek origin of the name means “wisdom”.

Olivia – The first thing that probably pops into the minds of many is the pig on a popular kids’ show. However, the Latin origin of the name is “olive tree”.

Emma – It seems like this name has always been popular. It is timeless. The name is derived from a Germanic word “ermen”, which means “universal”.

Ava – One of the shortest names on this list, its Latin origin means “life”.

Aria – This name sounds like it belongs to a princess character in some fantasy book. The name is even commonly used for both males and females, depending on the country. It also has many different origins and meanings. Some of the meanings include “air”, “treasure”, and “noble”.

Isabella – This name is a variation of Elizabeth. The Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish origins all mean “pledged to God”.

Amelia – Name your daughter after the brave Amelia Earhart. The Latin meaning of the name is “industrious” and “striving”.

Mia – The origin of this name is both Italian and Spanish and means “mine”.

Riley – This name is Irish and derived from a longer name which means “valiant”. The name is commonly used for both males and females.

Aaliyah – This name derived from an Arabic name, “Ali”. It means “exalted” and in Hebrew means “to rise, ascend”.

Boys’ Names

Liam – This has been a popular boy’s name for quite a few years. The name is Irish and means “resolute protection”.

Jackson – The name is European. The meaning of the name means “son of Jack”. Probably the most straight forward meaning so far.

Noah – After the movie “The Notebook” this name suddenly got very popular. Most sources say that the name means “rest” and “comfort”.

Aiden – This is another Irish name. The origin of it means “little fire”.

Grayson – Kind of like Jackson, this English name means “son of the grey-haired one”.

Caden – This name is taken from an Irish and Scottish last name, “McCadden”. Its Arabic origin means “friend” and the Welsh origin means “spirit of battle”.

Lucas – This name has many origins. Most sources say that the name means “luminous”.

Elijah – This is an old Hebrew name and means “Jehovah is God”.

Oliver – This is pretty much the male version of the name Olivia. Just like Olivia, the name means “olive tree”.

Muhammad – This name is especially popular in the Muslim world. The Arabic name means “to praise”.

If you are expecting a baby in the next year, consider the popularity of these names. If you want your child to have a more unique name, avoiding any on this list of popular baby names of 2019 is best.

Sources

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/parenting/2019/12/09/top-10-baby-names-2019-muhammad-and-aaliyah-rise-babycenter/2632086001/

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Perks of Being Pregnant during the Holidays

Being pregnant is such a huge part of life. Being pregnant during the holidays, however, can be magical. For many people, it is a time for gathering with friends and family. It is a time of giving and a time to be grateful for what we have. The perks of being pregnant during the holidays are endless.

Comfy clothes

One of the hardest things about being pregnant is finding clothes that fit. During the winter, people tend to wear comfier, less form fitting clothes. This is great news for pregnant women who are tired of trying to fit into sundresses. Oversize sweaters, hoodies, boots, leggings, etc. There are so many more pregnancy-friendly options available this time of year.

All the food

Pregnant women need to eat a lot of food to keep up with a growing baby. Luckily, during the holidays there is a lot of food involved. Christmas parties on every side of the family mean a lot of turkey meat, ham, pie, and other great holiday food. Make sure to take advantage of the holiday food and enjoy every minute of it. However, be sure to make sure everything you eat is safe for your growing baby. For more information on food that is not safe to eat during pregnancy, read this article here.

Baby gear jackpot

Since it is the season of giving, family and friends may help you stock up on baby gear. Baby showers are usually helpful for this. However, most people do not have baby showers if it is not their first boy or girl. Christmas is a great time to stock up on anything else you may need.

Warmer body temperature

When you are pregnant, your core body temperature naturally increases. During the summer this makes pregnancy a little rough. Even miserable. However, during the winter, you will feel a lot more comfortable. While everyone else is shivering, you will be nice and toasty. No more having to worry about overheating while outside for a walk. Keep in mind that you will still need to be careful about overheating during indoor exercise. Read our, “Guide to Exercising While Pregnant”, for more information on how to exercise safely.

Fewer obligations

woman reading a book by a Christmas tree

Pregnancy is rough, and people know this. When you are pregnant you have an excuse to avoid anything that may wear you out. This includes hosting parties, carrying food or gifts, cleaning up after parties, etc. This makes it easier to soak up the holiday spirit and just enjoy your time with everyone.

Pregnant women sometimes need to take every win they can. Life gets crazy and a little overwhelming. These perks of being pregnant during the holidays are such little things but can make pregnancy so much more enjoyable. Do not forget to also check out our liquid prenatal vitamins. Our vitamins are formulated as a liquid for better absorption, so you can have a healthier pregnancy.

Sources

https://www.familyeducation.com/pregnancy/8-reasons-why-being-pregnant-during-the-holidays-is-awesome

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/bodily-changes-during#respiratory-and-metabolic-changes

 

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Baby Registry Must-Haves

Having a baby is such an exciting part of life. You are creating a new member of the family to love, care for, and enjoy. It can also become overwhelming – and expensive. Luckily, many women have baby showers before the arrival of their little one. It is a time for friends and family to shower the family with gifts for their newborn. These wonderful get-togethers save the family time, money, and a lot of stress. Here are some baby registry must-haves that every new mother should consider adding to her registry.

Car Seat – this is one of the most important items, if not the most important item for your baby registry. Before you can bring your newborn home from the hospital, you will need an infant car seat properly installed in the back seat of your car. This will be one of the first things you will need when your baby is born. Check out our article, “Things to Pack for the Hospital When Having a Baby”.

pile of clothes for a baby registry

Crib – Your baby will need a place to sleep. Many newborns sleep near their parents for the first few months for safety reasons. After that, they will need their crib, mattress, mattress protector, and sheets.

Bottles – Whether you are breastfeeding, pumping, or using formula, you will need bottles. Make sure you have supplies for cleaning the bottles as well.

Burp cloths and bibs – Newborns are messy. They spit up a LOT and are not great at keeping all the food in their mouths. Many women recommend having quite a lot of burp cloths around the house.

Diapers and wipes – Not only will you need baby diapers, but also newborn diapers. Having diapers that fit properly will help keep the mess contained. Having a lot of wipes around will also come in handy.

Baby nail clippers – Babies are unaware of their hands and can easily cut themselves in their nails are too long. It is important to keep newborn nail clippers around that are safe for their small and fragile fingers.

Baby thermometer – To keep your baby safe, you will need to check their temperature often. Keep a newborn first aid kit in your home.

Baby bathtub – These are handy for washing your baby in the sink or the tub. They make bath time safer and easier. It would not hurt to also register for toiletries like baby shampoo, baby lotion, baby powder, etc.

Breast pump or formula – This depends on how you plan on feeding your newborn.
Baby monitor – Once your newborn is sleeping on their own, having a baby monitor will help you keep a close watch on them.

Baby clothes – This is one of the most exciting baby registry must-haves. The tiny clothes and shoes are to die for. Make sure to register for onesies, no-scratch mittens, pajamas, jackets, socks, beanies, summer hats, dressy outfits, and whatever else you would like.

Stroller – If you do not plan on having to carry your baby anytime you leave the house, you will need a stroller. Having a stroller will keep wiggly babies safe while you go about your day.

Changing table or pad – You will need a place to change your baby’s diaper. Having a designated place will help keep your floors and other items clean.

Diaper bag – When leaving the house there is a lot your baby will need. Having a large bag to store everything in will come on handy.

Sources

https://www.thebump.com/a/registry-101

https://www.parents.com/baby/gear/registries-buying-guides/baby-shopping-guide/

 

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Baby Shower Games that Aren’t Boring

Baby showers are such an exciting time for new mothers. For the guests, however, it is not always the most enjoyable get together. Many people plan the same baby shower games. I’m sure we have all played the game, “Don’t Say the Word Baby”. It can get old. Of course, baby showers are not for the guests. They are for the new mother. However, here are some baby shower games that aren’t boring to keep your guests entertained.

Guess Who

This game may be a little repetitive. However, your guests are likely to enjoy it. It gives them a chance to show off their baby pictures and see how little everyone once was. To play, have your guests bring a baby picture of themselves to give to the host. The host will then number each photo with a label and place them out for everyone to see. The guests will then write down what name they believe belongs to each numbered image.

Onesie Decorating Contest

When your guests arrive, have them pick up a blank onesie to decorate. Set up tables and chairs for them with things like glitter glue, fabric markers, and paint. This will give them something fun to do while they chat, eat, or do whatever during the baby shower.

Time Capsule

This one is a little unique and requires some planning for your guests. Have your guests bring anything for a time capsule for the baby to open years down the line. They can bring sweet notes, funny stories about the parents, trinkets, money, etc. Put everything into the box and give it to the mother to keep until it is time to open it.

Cupcake Decorating Contest

Bake cupcakes for each guest and have them decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, and other treats. Before everyone eats them, have the mom-to-be choose the winner.

Popular Baby Names

This one is a little unique and may be hard for some people. Have everyone guess and write down the most popular names of babies for each period or year. Whoever guesses the most popular baby names wins.

Painted Alphabet Blocks

When each guest arrives, give them a plain wooden block and a letter. Have them decorate a block with that letter and craft paint during the baby shower. By the end of the baby shower, the mom-to-be may have the entire alphabet for her baby.

Guess What Age

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This is another picture game! Put up pictures of the mom and dad throughout the years and have guests guess what age they were in each picture. This makes it fun for people to see what the baby could look like.

There are so many baby shower games that aren’t overdone or boring. These are only a few of the games people have enjoyed at baby showers. Keep in mind that not everyone likes the same things. Many people do not like games that put them on the spot. Others may want to move around more. Knowing your guest list will help you decide what games people will enjoy. To help decide what food a mom-to-be might like at her baby shower, check out our article, “Foods Craved by Pregnant Women”.

Sources

https://www.pampers.com/en-us/pregnancy/baby-shower/article/baby-shower-games

 

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Guide to Creating a Birth Plan

When having a baby, many people have different ideas for how they want things to go. Some people may want family members in the room to take pictures or video while others may choose complete privacy. While birth plans are not contracts set in stone between patient and doctor, they help give doctors guidance. Here is a guide to creating a birth plan. Having a plan will help give you peace of mind during one of the hardest moments of her life.

Before birth

First, consider things you would like before birth. Keep in mind that hospitals have their own set of rules. For example, many do not allow certain people in the room or photos and videos to be taken. Make sure you are aware of the rules your hospital has. Consider what you would like the atmosphere to be like during labor. This is also time to consider what you want to eat or drink during labor or in or out of bed.

During labor and delivery

This is where you may need to be flexible in your plan. You may have certain ideas in mind, but emergencies can happen. Have your ideal plan in place for delivery but try to include a plan for emergencies as well. Having multiple plans may help you feel like you are not losing control of the situation. This is where you plan the type of birth you want and if you would like an epidural. This is where you also give your preferences for being induced. Most women prefer not to have a c-section, but emergencies may force your plans to change.

After the baby is born

woman writing a birth plan in a notebook

This is the most exciting part of your birth plan. This is where you plan out the care for your baby and who will be cutting the umbilical cord. Some women want to hold their baby right away and others want the baby to be cleaned up and taken care of first. You also have the option of breastfeeding right after birth and if you want a lactation nurse. Keep in mind that many women are not able to breastfeed or choose not to, so be open to plans changing in this situation.

Birth plans help create peace of mind for expectant mothers. Following a guide to creating a birth plan and talking to your hospital will help. Hospital staff wants to make these as accommodating as they can for mothers. Things may not always go according to plan, but they will do what they can to make your experience positive. For tips on planning for the hospital, check out our article, “Things to Pack for the Hospital When Having a Baby.”

Sources

https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/labor-and-delivery/birth-plan/

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Activities to Avoid While Pregnant

Being pregnant is such a wonderful part of life. It can also be a dangerous part of life, for you and the baby. Taking care of yourself is so important to protect yourself and the precious life inside you. Here are some activities to avoid while pregnant for a healthy pregnancy. These are only small sacrifices compared to the joy a new baby will bring.

Skiing

Skiing is an activity that should be avoided. This includes both snow and water skiing. Many accidents happen while skiing that can harm your abdomen. This can, in turn, harm your baby in several ways. Instead, hang out in the boat, relax, and enjoy your time outdoors.

Lifting Weights

Not all pregnant women are required to stay away from weightlifting. However, it would not hurt to avoid heavy weights as much as possible while pregnant. Lifting weights has been known to cause problems for women who have had miscarriages and other pregnancy complications.

Scuba Diving

This one may not make a lot of sense. However, when you return to the surface while scuba diving, your body decompresses. This causes issues for your baby since they cannot decompress the same way you can. As a result, this can cause birth defects or preterm birth. Enjoy the beaches on the surface or stick to diving in shallow water for now.

Contact Sports

After reading about the previous activities, this one may seem like a no-brainer. It is so important that you avoid sports that could result in injury to your abdomen. This includes sports like football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, etc. This is a time to hang out on the sidelines until your baby is born.

Activities with Risk of Falling

Another way to harm your baby is simply falling. Avoid anything that has a high risk of causing you to fall and hurt yourself. This includes rock climbing, ice skating, roller skating, certain types of dancing, etc.

Other Things to Be Careful With

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Some other things to be careful with are massages, acupuncture, and hot tubs. If you are going to get a massage or acupuncture, be sure to tell them you are pregnant. This way they make sure they do not do anything unsafe for your baby. While there is little research on using hot tubs while pregnant, it is best to avoid them. They can cause you to overheat, pass out, or fall and hurt yourself and your baby. Activities that involve any repetitive bouncing should also be avoided. Too much bouncing can result in premature labor.

This list of activities to avoid while pregnant may seem a little daunting. Many women may feel restricted when they are pregnant. However, just remember you are carrying a life inside you and can do anything you put your mind to. Want to make your pregnancy a little easier? Check out our article, Great Products to Use While Pregnant. Do not forget to also check out our liquid prenatal vitamins. Our vitamins are in liquid form for better absorption, so you can have a healthy pregnancy.

Sources

Recreation and Pregnancy

https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/things-to-avoid-during-pregnancy