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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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Oh, How I Have Missed These.

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Happy 2013! Big news in our household: Baby number three is due in July! Life was feeling too routine and easy as soon as Charlotte started walking, talking, and being more independent so my husband and I thought, what better way to add a little chaos to our family than to add another baby. After the initial thoughts of feeling so blessed to get pregnant so easily and quickly (as was also the case with our first two), the dreaded first trimester symptoms hit – CONSTANT nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, light headedness, shortness of breath, and did I mention exhaustion? I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, ENJOY YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY. The kids have been spending a lot of quality time with Daddy at work, potty training at Grandma’s, and holiday baking with Aunt Anna, and I’m eternally grateful for all of that. I have to admit, my babyQ…

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“I’m feeling Sad” Is this normal?

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At what should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, many pregnant women experience fatigue, irritability, sadness and mood changes.  When these feelings also include trouble sleeping, inappropriate guilt or hopelessness, and a sense that nothing is enjoyable anymore, this is characteristic of depression.  If you are experiencing these mood disturbances and behavior changes, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimate that 14-23% of pregnant women experience depression at some point in their pregnancy. Given the hormone surges during pregnancy, women often feel “highs and lows”. Even so, if these hormonal fluctuations cause dramatic changes in mood and behavior, such that you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, immediate action should be taken by seeking medical help. When symptoms of depression are mild, such as intermittent fatigue and sadness, women might misinterpret these as normal…

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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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I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant. Should I Be Worried?

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Should I Be Worried About My Baby’s Development Because I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant? This issue has caused a lot debate in the medical community. The position of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has been and continues to remain that “no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy” in spite of any research to the contrary. That’s because drinking while pregnant is a well known cause of mental retardation and birth defects. In addition, using alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and stillbirth. “The bottom line according to ACOG: Women should avoid alcohol entirely while pregnant or trying to conceive because damage can occur in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, even before a woman knows that she is pregnant.” Is There Any Medical Association That Believes That Having Used Alcohol Before Knowing You Were Pregnant…

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Manicures and pedicures during pregnancy— Are they safe?

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There are many beneficial effects associated with the growing body of a pregnant woman. Many women savor the nail and hair growth that often accompanies pregnancy.  These beauty “enhancements” are due to increased hormone production that supports the growing baby and expectant mother. Additionally, a healthy pregnancy diet and prenatal vitamins such as biotin, a B-complex vitamin has been associated with healthy, thick and firm nails.   Given the exponential growth of the pregnant woman’s nails, regularly she contemplates how to best care for her nails.  As such, many women wonder, “are manicures and pedicures safe during pregnancy?”  By most accounts, the answer to this question is “Yes”, with a few precautions.   Health and safety recommendations for nail care include maintaining nail hygiene, such as keeping nails clean and dry; avoiding biting or picking at nails; applying moisturizer to nails; and gently pushing cuticles back instead of cutting them. …

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Controlling Estrogen Dominance

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A recent study out of Georgetown University found that a pregnancy diet high in fat or an overabundance of estrogen may result in higher risk of breast cancer in daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters.  The theory that excess amounts of estrogen leads to cancer is not a new one; however, the theory that an overabundance of estrogen and fatty foods during pregnancy can heighten the risk of cancer in multiple generations is gaining more support.  Epigenetic signaling – the process of turning good genes on and bad genes off during pregnancy – is affected by a mother’s hormonal situation.  Hormones and pregnancy are words often associated with each other.  While some hormonal changes during pregnancy are unavoidable and natural, others are not and can easily be controlled through a proper diet.   Here are foods (and recipes!) that naturally suppress estrogen and are babyQ approved: –       Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and…

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Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are not uncommon during pregnancy.  Just remember your hormones are in charge.  Estrogen especially opens up your blood vessels.  The blood flows through the skin and makes you feel like you are on fire.  You feel very warm and uncomfortable.  The best thing to do is find someplace cold, like a cool shower or bath.  If it’s winter, you can step outside.  Grab a cold wet towel and place it on your face or across your chest and abdomen.  Ironically, once pregnancy is over, you will probably be far more sensitive to the cold then you will be to the heat.

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What Is An Ovarian Cyst?

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Cysts are often benign growths of fluid-filled sacs in various locations of the body. Ovarian cysts occur either inside or on the surface of a woman’s ovary. These cysts are common and many women experience them at some point in life, with little or no symptoms. In fact, many women only find out they have ovarian cysts when they are found incidentally during a medical exam for other symptoms. These ovarian cysts usually go away on their own without any kind of intervention or treatments, although it may take several months or longer. Even though most ovarian cysts do not cause severe pain or symptoms, some women do experience more significant side effects. Should I Be Worried About My Ovarian Cyst? If you are concerned that you may have an ovarian cyst, pay attention to the following possible symptoms of this condition, especially significant pain. Irregular menstrual cycles Pain in…

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Why You Need Folic Acid in Your Pregnancy Diet

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What is Folic Acid? Folic acid is one of the B vitamins that occurs naturally in foods, like legumes, oranges, papayas, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, greens, dark lettuce and eggs. Foods high in folic acid are also high in other important vitamins and minerals. Folic acid is necessary for the growth of new cells. What Are the Benefits of Taking Folic Acid During Pregnancy? There are some important advantages that result from taking folic acid: It enhances fertility – In a study released in 2006,  American researchers reported their findings after having followed the progress of 18,500 nurses who planned to become pregnant over an eight-year period in the 1990s. The researchers evaluated the nurses’ diets including whether or not they took vitamin supplements. They found that the nurses taking multivitamins with folic acid six days a week or more had a 40 percent reduced risk of ovulation failure, a…

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How Can A Pregnant Mother Deal For Heartburn?

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Despite its name, heartburn is not related to your heart. Heartburn is a form of indigestion caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus. Approximately 20% of Americans suffer from a weekly occurrence of uncomfortable heartburn and it’s common among pregnant women. While occasional heartburn isn’t dangerous, chronic heartburn could lead to other issues. It’s important for a pregnant woman to know and understand heartburn. Is It Important To Treat Heartburn In Pregnancy? This is a more complicated question than it may appear.  People can and do live with heartburn so why not just put up with it until the pregnancy is over.  In pregnancy, heartburn is frequently associated with nausea and vomiting and the combination can have a serious impact on the pregnant mother’s quality of life.  Frequently by reducing heartburn, the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is lessened as well.  This is beneficial for both mother and baby, so treating heartburn is…

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Can I Dye My Hair During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body, but it doesn’t mean she has to stop doing everything she enjoys and prefers during this time. A woman’s physical appearance can influence how she feels about herself, and things like hairstyles and makeup can help lift a woman’s spirits about her outward changes if she is feeling stressed or questioning the new shape of her body. However, many women then ask: Can I dye my hair during pregnancy? Hair Dying During Pregnancy The short answer to the question Can I dye my hair during pregnancy? is yes. The long answer is yes, as long as you follow some basic safety guidelines and speak with your doctor about any of your concerns. There are several precautions you can take to minimize the risks that hair dye might pose to your developing baby. Wait Until After the First Trimester to Color Your…

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5 Books Expectant Mothers Should Read

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Even though nothing can prepare you like experience, sometimes books are the best back-up teachers you can have. During your pregnancy you are likely to have questions, concerns, and just wonder if you’re the only woman who has experienced such symptoms. There are some amazing books that are there to reassure you, show you the humor in it all, teach you about your pregnancy, and prepare you for beyond the birth. If you’re pregnant there are 5 books (at least!) that you should find the time to read. While What to Expect When Your Expecting is a comprehensive guide on many moms’ shelves, there are a few other options worth noting. Comprehensive Books to Read about Pregnancy and Birth The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, by experts from the Mayo Clinic This is a comprehensive, medically sound and respected guide to pregnancy. Some of the highlights are week-by-week…

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What milestones should I expect after my baby is born?

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The first twelve months of a baby’s life are marked by many “firsts”, including their first smile and first steps. During this time babies typically experience significant mental and physical development. Every few months babies acquire new skills for eating, walking and eventually talking. A baby goes from a complete dependence on others to being very active and quite independent, exploring his/her surroundings without much assistance at all. Right before your eyes, your baby will transform in a few short months. Some of the physical changes that babies undergo include being able to control their head, then rolling over, until soon they begin sitting up unassisted. Beginning in the first two months, babies can lift their heads and  hold it up for short periods of time.  By three months, they can usually hold their heads steady and soon begin playing with their hands and feet.   By six months, babies usually…

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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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