Is One Glass of Wine OK for the Baby During Pregnancy?

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There are many adjustments an expectant mother needs to make during the months she awaits the birth of her baby. She needs to pay attention to her diet, follow guidelines for exercising during pregnancy, and she might need to adjust her social activities as well. For some pregnant moms, giving up that glass of wine shared with girlfriends can seem like a hard adjustment to make, but there are many reasons why doctors strongly advise against drinking while pregnant. What Does Alcohol Do to a Developing Baby? When a pregnant mother drinks alcohol, the alcohol is passed on to her unborn baby through the blood and into the baby’s tissues and organs. Not only is the alcohol passed on to the baby, but then the baby’s organs have to process the chemicals in the alcohol, and this is done much more slowly in a baby than in an adult. This…

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Keeping Clear Skin: How to Deal With Acne During Pregnancy

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Acne during pregnancy is more common than one might think. Acne tends to flare up during pregnancy because of the body’s ever-changing hormones, as well as stress, diet and sleep problems. Controlling acne during pregnancy is different than during the teenage years. Using doctor-recommended or prescribed acne medications and natural methods to keep skin clear keeps both mother and baby safe. What Causes Pregnancy Acne? Pregnancy acne is caused by the same issues as normal acne: hormones and oils. Hormones go into overdrive during pregnancy and cause the production of pore-clogging oils that lead to breakouts. Pregnancy acne is no different from teenage acne, although a woman may breakout in different places than she did when she was younger. How Can I Prevent Pregnancy Acne? Preventing pregnancy acne is the best way to keep skin healthy and clear before and after the baby is born. Cleanse your face twice each…

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Asthma in pregnancy- Symptoms to discuss with your doctor

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Pregnancy is a time of great change for women, and it can also be a time of concern for those who live with asthma. Affecting approximately 4-8% of moms-to-be, asthma is a chronic lung condition that can impact the health of the mother and developing fetus. For most women with well-controlled and mild asthma, pregnancy poses little risk for complications. However, for those who have moderate to severe asthma or poorly monitored and controlled asthma, pregnancy can pose several risks for both the mother and baby.  Any pregnant woman who has asthma needs to be aware of several symptoms that might signal a larger problem. Asthma Complications – Symptoms and Conditions Complications for pregnant women with asthma often increase in severity of symptoms during the last trimester, especially after the 28th week. It is difficult to reliably determine which patients with asthma will go on to have pregnancy related complications,…

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What Changes Should I Expect During My Second Pregnancy?

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Do Second Pregnancies Have Medical Differences? There are a few medical statistics about second pregnancies, and your doctor or midwife will talk with you about those. If you had certain complications such as pre-eclampsia in your first pregnancy, your doctor will be closely watching for those the second time around. However, if your first pregnancy was relatively uncomplicated, the risk of complications overall tends to be lower during a second pregnancy. Additionally, the risk of an early miscarriage falls significantly during second and subsequent pregnancies. If you had a C-section the first time, then you will be discussing with your doctor which type of delivery is advisable for the second birth. Will I Feel Different During My Second Pregnancy? Probably. Each pregnancy is unique, but the majority of women find that second pregnancies have the following characteristics: You may feel more tired. This is most likely due to the fact…

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I’m Having Twins! What Do I Need to Know?

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If you are preparing for the joy of a new arrival – times two – then you might be wondering if there are differences you will experience during your pregnancy because of this. Multiple pregnancies are increasing in occurrence and there are certain things you need to know about having twins that will help you have the most enjoyable, healthy pregnancy possible. Facts About Twins Pregnancies with twins have their own unique challenges as well as unique ways the mother’s body responds to this extra demand. Weight Gain in a Twin Pregnancy You’re going to need at least 2,700 calories every day, but you’re not going to want to overeat or get those calories from treats and desserts. The typical twin pregnancy will mean that a pregnant mom gains between 35 and 45 pounds. Because you’re carrying two babies and adding more weight, you’re probably going to be more uncomfortable…

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Don’t Blink

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This past week my family took a vacation and it just so happened to be Charlotte’s first birthday.  My baby is 1! Whoa.  Her first year of life went by waaaaay faster than I remember Jack’s going.  I try to look back to when I first brought her home from the hospital, and it all seems to be a blur.  I still look at her and think she’s as little as when she was born.  For some reason when Jack turned 1, I thought he was 5.  He seems so much older and I just want Charlie to stay my baby forever.   I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with strangers that involve how fast their kids grew up and to just enjoy the moment.  When you bring home a new baby, it’s so easy to wish for restful nights, more independence, and “the next stage.”  The truth…

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Breastfeeding in Public? Returning to Work and Pumping Milk? You are Protected!

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With ongoing headlines about celebrities being “caught” breastfeeding in public, military moms being fired because of breastfeeding in public, or the occasional news story covering a mom who was asked to leave a store for breastfeeding, making the choice to breastfeed can seem very intimidating. Some of you will contend with outrage from your family, friends or a random person in public who shoots you a look of disdain. However, your baby needs to nurse constantly, and for many breastfeeding moms that is a scheduled time every 2-4 hours. Beyond those first 6 weeks, you are bound to breastfeed in “gasp” public. This may include your car, a restaurant in the mall or grocery store aisle if you can’t get away immediately. Here are some tips for new moms to make the experience less awkward for you or those around you. Become familiar with your local mall, church, or other…

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Who Writes the Top Mom Blogs?

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In the 21st Century moms come in all forms and fashion, and there is probably a blog for each type. Stay-at-home moms, working outside the home moms, moms of multiples, and more find and share their voices through blogging. Some have taken on commercial formats with formal publication schedules, and others are compiled of random postings published between diaper changes and loads of laundry. No matter what type of mom you consider yourself to be, there is likely to be a blog that inspires you, encourages you, empowers you, or just makes you laugh. 1. Dooce If you’re really looking for one of the top mommy blogs, then you’ll have to spend at least a few minutes reading through dooce.com, where professional blogger and mom of 2 Heather Armstrong gets real with her readers. Her own personal story is a full journey, and she has turned that journey into her…

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What is Prenatal Massage?

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Prenatal massage uses the premises of typical massage therapies for pregnant women. There are many benefits prenatal massage can provide expectant mothers, which also in turn benefit their developing babies. If you are considering a prenatal massage, make sure that you first speak with your obstetrician and find a massage professional who is trained and experienced in working with pregnant women. What Are the Benefits of Prenatal Massage? Prenatal massage offers many benefits for you as an expecting mother. Many of these benefits are physical in nature, but because there is such a close connection between physical and emotional well-being, you can also see benefits more related to your emotions and mental health. The techniques used for prenatal massage are designed to: Improve your circulation Relieve aches in your neck, back, hips, and other joints that are under stress due to your pregnancy Relieve headaches Reduce the symptoms associated with…

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Sleep Issues During Pregnancy

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As we continue to look at sleep issues during pregnancy we realize young moms-to-be are not sleeping well enough. The most common reasons women do not sleep well during pregnancy are: Snoring as their nasal passages become swollen from fluid retention Restless legs associated with iron deficiency General discomfort In the latest poll on “Sleep in America” the National Sleep Foundation reported: Exercisers report better sleep than self-described non-exercisers even though they say they sleep the same amount each night (6 hours and 51 minutes, average on weeknights). Vigorous, moderate and light exercisers are significantly more likely to say “I had a good night’s sleep” every night or almost every night on work nights than non-exercisers (67%-56% vs. 39%). Also, more than three-fourths of exercisers (76%-83%) say their sleep quality was very good or fairly good in the past two weeks, compared to slightly more than one-half of non-exercisers (56%)….

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Is It OK for Pregnant Moms to Watch Television?

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Pregnancy can be tiring for moms-to-be, and when they are on bed rest or their doctors recommend reduced activity levels, it can be hard to remain occupied for several months. It is not uncommon for women to turn to television viewing to either use as a way to relax and rest or as a boredom buster for weeks of prescribed rest. Pregnant moms often have two concerns about television viewing: Is it safe to be close to a television or computer screen while pregnant? and, How much television viewing is too much while pregnant? Safety Issues for Television Watching During Pregnancy Several agencies and studies have all reached the same conclusion: There is no radiation risk associated with watching television or using a computer monitor to watch programming while pregnant. Laptops, however, do tend to emit heat, and it is important to not place the computer on the abdomen (such…

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Hair Growth Changes

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Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect your hair.  It can also affect your developing baby’s hair.  Folklore has it that women who have lots of heartburn during pregnancy have babies with increased hair at birth. Indeed, this seems to be true.  The hormones that cause your esophagus to relax also cause heartburn.  These same hormones increase hair growth in your baby.  Your hair typically grows quicker during your pregnancy.  That’s because hormones influence the growth phase of your hair follicles, leading to increased hair growth.  After pregnancy, your hair growth will revert to normal and you may lose a little bit of hair as the hair follicles go back to a resting phase.  Breast feeding also seems to make your hair grow quicker.

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Is Sushi Safe to Eat During Pregnancy?

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Safe Guidelines when Eating for Two If you are either pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, chances are you’ve heard your fair share of warnings and guidelines about what to eat and what not to eat for the health of your baby. Pregnancy is a time in your life when you might have to make changes in your diet and lifestyle in order to support the development of a healthy baby. Fish offers pregnant women a healthy way to add protein and Omega-3 fatty acids – essential for the strong development of your baby’s brain. A healthy diet during pregnancy can include fish, even sushi, as long as you follow safe guidelines for selection and preparation, just as with most protein sources. Is There Such a Thing as Safe Sushi? When it comes to eating sushi during pregnancy, the most important concern is not that the fish is served raw….

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How do we deal with unsolicited baby name advice?

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Your child’s name represents them as a person, and a poor choice may leave them resenting their name or, even worse, you as a parent. You’ll likely take into consideration what’s popular and how your son or daughter’s peers may turn that name into a hurtful insult. Unfortunately, everyone and their dog seems to have an opinion about baby names, so how do you avoid advice — that’s often unsolicited — without losing your cool? It might not be your style, but sometimes grinning and bearing naming advice is best. Flash your pearly whites and say “Great, thanks!” or “We’ll take it into consideration” when someone suggests “Aidan” for the tenth time. Thank the person for concern about your baby if you’re feeling grateful. Then, turn the subject to something a little less contentious. Of course, some parents aren’t afraid of a little confrontation. If you’re this type, you can…

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