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Talking About Taboos: Depression in Pregnancy

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Post-partum depression is a taboo that many people just aren’t prepared to talk about. Even more taboo is the concept of suffering from depression during your pregnancy. After all, pregnant women are supposed to be happy, serene, glowing. And yet, statistics from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from some form of depression during pregnancy, despite the fact that many of those women choose not to talk about their feelings or seek help from their doctor. According to Baby Center, up to 80% struggle to cope with the changes to their bodies and their hormonal levels in the 2 weeks after giving birth.

How to Differentiate Between Depression and Hormonal Changes

depression during pregnancyBecause the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy are likely to affect your mood, many women may struggle to differentiate between depression and normal hormonal changes caused by pregnancy. Simply feeling sad or emotional are perfectly normal symptoms of pregnancy, and are not signs of depression. However if those feelings are constant and persist throughout your pregnancy then you may be suffering from depression. According to Pysch Guides, if a pregnant woman is depressed, then the symptoms will last for more than two weeks and prevent the woman from anticipating the joy of bringing a new life into the world. She may also experience other symptoms that are clearly associated with depression such as persistent sadness, feelings of worthlessness or thoughts of suicide. Depressed pregnant women often withdraw from their friends and families and change their lifestyles: so if you used to exercise every day you may find yourself choosing to sit on the sofa eating junk food instead.

The Pros and Cons of Taking Anti-Depressants During Pregnancy

Conventional thinking is that depression itself can cause health risks to a baby the benefits of treating it are likely to outweigh the risk of taking any medication.   So if you feel you need anti-depressants to cope with your partum depression then the rule of thumb is that your doctor will be very happy to prescribe them. However it might be worth exploring other, more natural ways of dealing with your depression first, before you turn to medication. Pregnancy yoga and exercise classes are said to be very effective mood boosters, as is the talking therapy of speaking to a psychiatrist. A study conducted in 2013 and reported by CBS News found that mom’s depression can be bad for babies’ brains. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore found that the brains of babies whose moms were depressed during pregnancy develop differently, which very slightly increased  their risk for mood and anxiety disorders later in life. So whether you choose to take medication or look at other mood boosting techniques, it’s important to tackle your depression head on rather than ignoring your thoughts and feelings.

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Planning a Budget-friendly Pregnancy

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Introducing new life into this wacky world of ours is tricky. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are an expectant mother, you are one of approximately four million women in America. Pair pregnancy with inflated prices for common household goods, and your budget can get completely thrown out of sorts. Single parent or not, when expecting, the task of determining what is most important budget-wise is daunting. You want to make sure your newborn is cared for, while still having money left for other expenses. Use the following four tips to minimize costs for basic needs so you can ensure a bright future and balanced budget.

1. Breastfeed

Newborns require specific and appropriate nutrition. That’s why so many new mothers turn to formula. However, formula can be costly, especially when the alternative is free. Also, breastfeeding has been known to reduce the odds of sudden infant death syndrome by 37 percent. Choosing to breastfeed instead of purchase formula can save you anywhere between $1,200-$1,500 total, according to womenshealth.gov. This savings is quite substantial, especially since The Affordable Care Act provides services for breastfeeding equipment coverage without co-pays.

2. Use Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are a healthy alternative to disposable diapers. The Real Diaper Association reports disposable diapers contain chemicals such as sodium polyacrylate, which has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and associated with severe diaper rash. Not to mention, the environmental waste disposable diapers produce is substantial. Greenchildmagazine.com states 49 million diapers are disposed of each day, each diaper taking between 200-500 years to decompose. Cloth diapers on the other hand, can save you up to $2,000, while also saving the planet.

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Daughter? Easy Diet to Conceive Baby Girl

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Having a daughter is a dream for many parents.
How is it possible to increase your chances to conceive baby girl?

There are several different ways to have a girl. Among them special baby girl diet, Chinese lunar calendar, ovulation based methods, hot bath before sex for a man and many others. Now I would like to discuss girl diet.

According to scientist if you eat special food you can make your chances to conceive baby girl more than 80%.

So what to eat if you want to have a girl?

It must be a food with high levels of calcium and magnesium, such as green vegetables.

Such diet rich in fruit, vegetables and rice in the nine weeks before you plan to attempt to conceive increase the levels of calcium and magnesium in your bloodstream and so increase your chances to conceive a girl.

Drink suggestions: Milk, Cranberry, Diet Cool-aid, Aquafina, Dasania (Aquafina and Dasania both are made with reverse osmoses which naturally lowers the pH of water to about a 5-6) and Cranberry Juice.

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“GIRL DIET”
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Pregnant and Moving? 5 Tips to Survive the Move

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There are some events that some women prefer experience only once or twice in life: moving and pregnancy are two. While both can be planned for, they also happen to occur unexpectedly. And, sometimes, for an unlucky few, they overlap. But what’s a gal to do when her husband’s got a killer job offer while she’s right in the middle of morning-noon-and-night sickness, doing some serious nesting or wondering just how much bigger her belly’s going to get? Realize the universe has other plans, get a few tips and get to work.

Pregnant while moving image by Rob! via Flickr.

Whip Our Your Planner and Notebook

Now’s the time to channel your inner organization freak by being obsessive about making packing lists and all the little check boxes that accompany the move. Stock up on Sharpies, boxes and bubble wrap. Keep a notebook just for moving-related information, such as potential moving dates, people to enlist to help and things to do before and after moving. When everything’s in once place, you’ll feel some control over all the chaos.

Call In The Movers…

Resist the urge to be super-mommy and trying to do the majority of the work by yourself. Hiring a moving company will be well worth the money. An article from The Moving Blog says to be sure to check out the company’s rating with the Department of Transportation, as well as the Better Business Bureau, to make sure you’re working with a good team. Finally, leave the heavy lifting to the guys. After all, that’s what they’re paid to do.

…And Some Reinforcements

Moving a household of two is drastically different than an established family with kids. If you’ve already been through the whole pregnancy thing before (or have a fur baby or two) ask the grandparents to come watch your other kiddos. This will be done preferably off-site so they’re not in the way to slow the grown-ups down.

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Getting Ready For Labor and Delivery

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Perhaps one of the most memorable moments a woman could have in her entire life is having a baby. Getting ready for labor and delivery for the baby is very important because this is a matter of life and death situation. You really can’t afford to make any mistakes here because if a mistake is done it might become dangerous for the baby and the mother. For those couple s that still expects a baby, getting into situation will become confusing because you will tend to lose your calm. This is always natural if it is the couple’s first experience when it comes to this situation.

So, it would be advisable for these couple to know what is really needed to be done whenever this situation comes. There are many helpful tips that you can get from websites online. This is really advisable especially for the husband who is going to be a daddy soon. Labor is not limited to packing the things needed by the woman, it is more than that. An expectant husband should be always prepared for whenever the labor starts; he should be alert and most importantly is that to remain to be calm. He should be very supportive in this situation.
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Five Tips to Avoid Excess Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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For many pregnant women, their famous last words are the well-known excuse, “I’m eating for two.” One of the joys of pregnancy is being able to enjoy an abundance of delicious foods because you need to nourish your growing child and yourself. However, excessive weight gain can lead to pregnancy complications down the line. Plus, no one wants to deal with seeing high numbers on the scale post pregnancy. For a healthy and balanced pregnancy, be mindful of your meal choices and lifestyle starting from the moment you find out you’re expecting.

Make a Meal Plan

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Lamaze Birthing Classes

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Getting an education in childbirth will prove to be a very wise decision when you’re expecting a baby, especially if this is the first time. You can learn a lot of information from the childbirth education. There is much information that you should know about childbirth. Like for example, on how to prepare yourself for labor and delivery. Childbirth education is really important to all expectant mothers because this will help them on how will they handle the situation when the time for labor and delivery comes. This is really advisable to everyone even if this not the first time.

Childbirth classes are prove to be helpful to all expectant mothers , in result they are now advisable for a woman who is expecting to have a baby. There are many types of childbirth classes; all of them are proven to be very helpful. For example, the Lamaze birthing method, it is one of the most common classes that are usually chosen by expectant mothers. It is because it helps an expectant mother to gain the confidence that is really needed with the ability of an expectant mother to give birth. Lamaze classes teach birth methods that will enable the expectant mother to deal with the pain and at the same time to be also give comfort while delivering.
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Breathing Techniques for Childbirth

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Giving birth to a child is one of the most painful experiences that a woman could have in her life. The woman will feel so much pain in laboring and delivering. There are many techniques that can be used on how to help ease the pain that a woman suffers while giving birth. Breathing techniques for childbirth is really useful when it comes to easing the pain. Breathing should always be focused depending on how the woman is comfortable. There are many breathing techniques for childbirth that can be applied when a woman is in labor or delivery, all of them is really important.

How can an expectant mother learn breathing techniques for childbirth? An expectant mother should be able to learn breathing techniques if she gets herself a childbirth education. A childbirth class can teach a woman on how to breathe properly when in labor or delivery. It is advisable that an expectant mother should always practice her breathing all the time, whether it’s a patterned breathing or rhythmic breathing. The expectant mother should be able to learn on how to remain focused in her breathing so that she can be comfortable in labor or delivery. It will help her on how be satisfied on how she is doing with her labor.
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Simple Steps on How to Conceive a Baby Boy or Girl

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Choosing what gender your child will be always something which cannot be controlled, however one can do these simple methods in order to influence the conception in order to conceive either a boy or a girl. These are some of these simple steps.

In order to conceive a girl, you must:

  1. Have an accurate tracking of the monthly menstrual cycle. It is important to know when you ovulate as this is necessary in order to influence the conception in order to conceive a girl. Imagine that the demarcation line between conceiving a boy or a girl is the day of ovulation.
  2. Once the ovulation date is pinpointed to a certain level of accuracy, remember to only have sexual intercourse at least 2 days before the ovulation date. This will make sure that only the slow swimming female sperm cells (those that contain the female chromosome) remain to fertilize the egg, as the fast swimming male sperm cells will have died before even the egg cell is released from the ovaries.
  3. Also, remember to only use sexual positions which have shallow penetration. It will also ensure that only the slow swimming female sperm cells remain to fertilize the egg.

    In order to conceive a boy, you must:

    1. Again, keep track on the menstrual cycle of the female partner. It is important to be certain on the date of ovulation. Once it is certified, it will be an important part in influencing conceptions,
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    Is Planning Your Baby’s Gender Possible?

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    Choosing your baby’s gender even before conception has always been the dream of parents everywhere at any time. In ancient and medieval times, having a boy as the first born is always seen as a great fortune. This resulted into all sorts of superstitious beliefs on how ensure that the first offspring of a new couple is a male.

    These superstitions range from time of day when to have sex, to sexual positions used, to the food the parents eat.  It has been an important thing to ensure that the first born of families are males, during these period and they will do everything just to make sure it happens. However, in today’s standard, those practices seriously believed by ancient people to be effective are now considered as superstitious beliefs. Continue reading