Venous issues are a common, usually harmless part of pregnancy for some women, caused by significant changes in the body. During pregnancy, the mother’s blood volume can increase by 30-50% to support the growing fetus. The body also produces extra progesterone, a hormone that dilates the blood vessels. Additionally, the uterus can apply pressure to the inferior vena cava — a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood back to the heart from your legs and feet.
Baby showers are exciting celebrations for the newest member of any given family. While it’s traditional to throw a baby shower, most people can attest to attending a baby shower that seemed to never end. You don’t want that to be your story. Consider the following ways you can create a baby shower that your family and friends will love and remember for years.
A baby shower should be celebratory. People usually think that the decorations should be either pink or blue. This can look outdated quickly. If you don’t know the sex of the child or don’t care for traditional colors try fun themes like baby animals or adding different shades. Instead of plastering a wall with light pink add blushes, hot pinks, and golds. Gradients are fun and you can re-use the decorations. You can make banners out of paper pads sold at Michaels that can go with everything from a mermaid theme to a rustic chic look. If your family has a pet name for the baby like “honey” or “sugar bear” you can give little honey bottles with the baby’s name. Be creative and use pet names the expecting couple use to try and personalize the decor.
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While being pregnant can sometimes feel like a big pain, whatever the season, summer tends to be particularly hard on a parent-to-be. If you’re feeling like one sweaty mass of pregnancy, it might be time to find one of these summer must haves for a little mid-heatwave revitalization.
You’ve waited nine long months for your bundle of joy to arrive. Now, after you and baby had time to bond, it’s time to set out on your first shopping expedition. However, running errands with a newborn is a very time-consuming task. But don’t worry! Here are five tips for running errands with a newborn baby!
Long gone are the days of simply grabbing your purse and rushing out the door. Now that you have a baby, you’re on their schedule and going to the store is your second priority. It’s highly recommended that you go to the store right after fulfilling your baby’s needs. Babies tend to get rather fussy whenever they’re tired or hungry, so make sure you feed and change them before leaving.
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When you’re pregnant, you might notice that your senses are in overdrive. Your sense of smell, touch, and taste go from normal to supernormal. Many mothers report that even their gut feeling or mothering instinct become much more heightened.
Even though the journey can be filled with its fair share of ups and downs, pregnancy is a blessing. There are so many people who long to bring a child in the world. It can be very challenging for so many women to get pregnant. The fact that you’re expecting is a wonderful thing. However, it can get pretty uncomfortable if you’re pregnant during the summer months. In order to beat the heat, consider these five tips.
Try to Wear Light, Breathable Fabrics
When you’re feeling hot, it’s always helpful to enjoy the ease of layers. Wear breathable fabrics like cotton. Comfortable fabrics like linen and silk can work as well. If you’re working in an office building, wear a blazer or sweater that you can take off as you begin to get warm.
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Crying is the only way that a baby can communicate. They want to communicate their needs with us, but it’s anxious to not have those skills yet. It can be frustrating for parents to hear their baby crying. Fortunately, if you know why your baby is crying, then you will know what you can do to stop it.
When you’ve proven that you can successfully parent a child, you likely start considering having another. More children can mean more love in your household, but it can also mean a whole lot of questions. These are four things to consider before having a second child. Continue reading “Time for Another Baby, Maybe? 4 Things to Consider Before Having a Second Child”
For many mothers, nesting is a way to make sure the house is clean and organized for the arrival of a new baby. Some mothers will go through the baby’s clothes to ensure that they have everything needed while others might spend time deep cleaning the home to remove as much dirt as possible before bringing the baby home. Aside from cleaning, there are a few other ideas to consider when you begin nesting.
The carpets in your home can easily trap allergens and dirt. Before you bring your baby home, deep clean your carpets using solutions that are hypoallergenic. You can usually rent a carpet cleaner from a grocery store and some retail stores so that the floor looks like it’s new again. Continue reading “Preparing While Pregnant: 5 Ideas To Start Nesting”
Congratulations! You made through 40 weeks of pregnancy and probably quite a few painful hours of childbirth. You’re now a proud mama and ready to get back to your pre-pregnancy lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know about the postpartum recovery period and the best ways to start feeling more like yourself.