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Welcome to New Moms Forum. Within the pages of our site you will find information and advice written for wannabe, expectant and new moms.

Our site is broken into a number of key categories, all aimed to help you find the information you’re looking for as quickly as you can  :good:

Getting Pregnant covers tips for getting pregnant and the chances of you getting pregnant. Our Pregnancy Symptoms category provides guides on the symptoms of pregnancy. Our During Pregnancy section covers everything you need to know whilst going through your pregnancy including what to expect and what is and isn’t safe to do during your pregnancy.

Our Breastfeeding sections provides support on breastfeeding your baby including alcohol and breastfeeding and the best breastfeeding diet. Finally, our Pregnancy Weight Gain section provides tips on losing your pregnancy weight and contains pregnancy weight gain calculators to help you keep track of your bumps size.

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Diabetes Pregnancy – Management Tips

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Planning ahead is very important if you want to have a baby and you have type-1 or type-2 diabetes. Also Out of every 100 pregnant women in the United States, three to eight get gestational diabetes. So even if you don’t have diabetes, but you are pregnant now then it is a must to diagnose for gestational diabetes, it is always good for you and your baby.

Gestational diabetes: Changing hormones and weight gain are part of a healthy pregnancy. But both changes make it hard for your body to keep up with its need for a hormone called insulin – That is the Pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to counteract the hormone produced during pregnancy that leads to increased sugar levels in the blood called gestational diabetes.

Steps to be taken during pregnancy to fight against diabetes

Meals – limit sweets, eat 3 small meals and 1 to 3 snacks per day, maintain your meal time, include fiber in your meals in the form of fruits, vegetables and whole-grains.

Physically activity – walking and swimming, can help you reach your blood glucose targets if you are gestational diabetes (even may be without insulin) and for type 1 diabetics it is supportive to maintain their normal glucose level in addition to their normal insulin dosage.

Insulin treatment – Some with gestational diabetes and others with type 1 diabetes need insulin to reach their blood glucose targets. Insulin is not harmful for your baby, but controlled blood glucose is beneficial to your baby.

Check blood glucose level – Learn to check your blood glucose level using glucose monitor. Check blood glucose when you wake up (not above 95), just before meals and 1 or 2 hours after your food (140 – 1 hour, 120 – 2 hours)

Ketone test – Test for ketone in your first morning urine, High levels of ketone are a sign that your body is using your body fat for energy instead of the food you eat. Using fat for energy is not recommended during pregnancy. Ketone may be harmful for your baby.

Test for diabetes after baby born – For most women, gestational diabetes goes away after pregnancy.

Breast feed your child: Breast feeding is recommended for most babies, including those whose mothers had gestational diabetes. Your child’s risk for type 2 diabetes may be lower if you breast-feed your baby and if your child maintains a healthy weight.

My best wishes for your healthful pregnancy and healthy baby.

Author: Thiruvelan Ramasamy
Article Source: EzineArticles.com

Aspirin While Pregnant – Can You Take Aspirin While Pregnant

Aspirin While Pregnant - Can You Take Aspirin While Pregnant

We had an exchange with Louise, one of our twitter followers this morning who shared the question “Anyone else been prescribed daily aspirin as a ‘precaution’ only?”

This lead to a little research and a few differing views from some of our other followers.

Our general understanding is that it’s best not to take aspirin during pregnancy, unless your doctor advises you to. The same goes for other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, which might have similar effects.

The effects of taking Aspirin when pregnant on your baby

Generally, the problem when taking regularly full adult doses of Aspirin when pregnant is that it may present problems for your baby. These problems may differ depending when you commence taking aspirin during pregnancy.

For example:

  • Taking aspirin throughout your pregnancy may affect your baby’s growth and slightly increase your risk of a placental abruption. Placental abruption happens when part of the placenta separates from the uterus (womb).
  • If you take aspirin around the time of conception and in early pregnancy, this could increase your risk of miscarriage.
  • There’s a possibility that taking aspirin later in pregnancy could delay labour and increase the risk of your baby developing heart and lung problems after he’s born. It could also cause bleeding complications for you and your baby.

With that said, you may find that your doctor is still keen for you to take a regular dose of Aspirin, even though you are pregnant.

Reasons for taking Aspirin when Pregnant

A daily low-dose of aspirin (81 milligrams) in middle and late pregnancy can significantly reduce the occurrence of preeclampsia among many women. Pre-eclampsia happens when there’s a problem with the way the placenta works. It’s quite a complex condition that occurs in pregnant women and involves an increase in blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. You’re more likely to get pre-eclampsia if you have long-running high blood pressure, severe diabetes, kidney disease, or if you’ve had pre-eclampsia before.

If you have a condition called Hughes Syndrome (antiphospholipid syndrome or APS), it means you are more prone to developing blood clots, and this can lead to miscarriage. Taking a prescribed dose of aspirin, together with the drug heparin is known to contribute towards the potential of blood clots forming as such this treatment can dramatically reduce the risk of miscarriage.

If you have already taken aspirin occasionally during your pregnancy, try not to worry! There is no evidence that taking low dose aspirin in pregnancy will cause a problem to you or your baby if you are healthy and are not taking other medicines that are affected by aspirin. However, you should only take low dose aspirin during pregnancy if your doctor has advised you to do so.

If you need to take something for pain relief or to treat a fever when you’re pregnant, paracetamol is safe to use. Just make sure you follow the right dosage instruction on the packet, or ask your doctor or a pharmacist if you’re unsure.

Do you have your own views about taking Aspirin whilst pregnant? Share them in our comments below  :good:

The Process of Lactation

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Lactation is the biological term used for the production of breast milk. When a baby suckles at the breast, nerve stimuli are sent from the special receptor cells located in the breast to the hypothalamus which is located in the brain. The hypothalamus is then stimulated to activate the pituitary gland ninto producing two different hormones.

These hormones are called oxytocin and prolactin. The hormone called oxytocin is stored in the pituitary gland and acts on muscle cells. These muscles surround the milk glands where milk is produced. Oxytocin causes the muscles cells to contract in turn squeezing milk out of the glands into the ducts.

Prolactin is the second hormone which is involved in the lactation process. Prolactin is also produced by the pituitary gland and is released into the blood stream each and every time the baby suckles at the breast. When prolactin is released into the blood stream, it travels to the milk glands in the breast and stimulates the glands to produce milk. The level of prolactin increases in the mother during pregnancy, but milk production is suppressed by another hormone, progesterone, until its level drops off after birth.

Oxytocin causes what is known and referred to as the “letting down” of milk from the glands. This causes different sensations in different mothers. Some will report shooting pains, others report a tingling feeling and sensation. Some report no sensation at all. All are normal. After this process, the milk is then transferred from the breast to the baby by a combination of two processes:

* Active milk expulsion by the mother due to the let down reflex

* Active removal by the baby who works on the breast tissue with tongue and jaw to receive milk.

The more a baby feeds at the breast the more milk will be produced. The mother needs to bring the baby to the breast often so that her milk supply can keep up with the demands of her growing baby.

Source: MNT Training OCN Maternity Practitioner Award Course Handbook.

Author: Jacqueline Kay Sandell
Article Source: EzineArticles.com

Pregnant Women Go Nuts – For Coconuts!

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In many tropical countries, coconuts have long been lauded as having fertility and pregnancy enhancing properties. In India, for example, a woman hoping to conceive will go to her priest for a special coconut; Thai babies receive, as their first solid food, three spoonfuls of soft coconut meat from their priests; a Balinese woman is forbidden to touch a coconut tree for fear she will drain its fertility into her own; and pregnant women from tropical countries consume large amounts of coconut water, hoping to increase their unborn child’s strength and vitality.

Folklore aside, there is now scientific evidence of the numerous health benefits of coconuts. While these health-boosting properties extend to everyone, they can be particularly beneficial to pregnant women. Here are some of the amazing ways the coconut can be a pregnant woman’s best friend:

  • It alleviates vomiting – coconut water has long been used as a remedy for typhoid, malaria and other illness-induced vomiting. Thus, it should also help mitigate a bad case of morning sickness.
  • It soothes the stomach – in addition to offering some relief from vomiting, coconut water can quell a queasy tummy and lessen the symptoms of nausea.
  • Virgin coconut oil balances blood sugar and controls diabetes – this also helps keep morning sickness in check and offers some protection against gestational diabetes, a potentially dangerous condition common among pregnant women.
  • It alkalizes the body – high in potassium, magnesium and other alkalizing minerals, coconut water can help to create an environment more conducive to conception and perhaps even reduce the risk of miscarriage.
  • It keeps the body hydrated – nature’s “sports drink”, coconut water replaces fluids and minerals lost during physical exertion as well as those extra needed to help support pregnancy and expanding blood volume. Dehydration can be particularly threatening during pregnancy.
  • It is a mild laxative – drinking moderate amounts of coconut water can help to keep things running smoothly and relieve the constipation so common during pregnancy.
  • It cleanses the kidneys and offers protection against UTI’s – Urinary Tract Infections are very common during pregnancy and can be dangerous if antibiotics are not used to treat them. Best to avoid them all together!
  • It keeps the body cool – with excess weight, progesterone, and anxiety, it’s easy to get overheated during pregnancy. Drinking coconut water helps to regulate body temperature and keep you cool.
  • It is great for skin – virgin coconut oil can be applied to soothe the dry, itchy skin associated with pregnancy; it may also help to reduce the occurrence of stretch marks; and, when applied to the perineum in the weeks leading up to labor, can help reduce tearing during birth. Coconut water applied to the face helps to clear blackheads and acne that many women experience with the surge of hormones during pregnancy.
  • It boosts the immune system – virgin coconut oil is comprised of nearly 50% lauric acid, which has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. This can help protect a mother-to-be from a host of potentially threatening infections as well as boost her immunity, which is naturally weakened during pregnancy.
  • It promotes healthy lactation – the only other significant source of lauric acid is human breast milk. Research has shown that lactating mothers who consume virgin coconut oil and other coconut products have higher levels of lauric and capric acids in their breast milk; this increases its antimicrobial and immune boosting properties, while promoting both brain and bone development in the infant. Since the body stores lauric acid in the adipose tissues, consuming coconut during pregnancy may also help to ensure successful lactation.

With all that in mind, pregnant women would be nuts not to go for coconuts!

Author: Ardis Henson

Welcome Tiny New Feet Into Your Lives!

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So now you have those tiny new feet walking into your life. While being a parent is a very happy and fulfilling experience it also attaches a big responsibility on you. That is why it is always better to be fully aware of all the issues and aspects that cover newborn child care.

Let us start with bathing the child. A baby should be given a massage regularly before a bath. This helps in developing a bonding between mother and child. It also strengthens the baby’s muscles and will be a good base when the baby learns to crawl and walk. You will find a lot of information on the internet about good child care massage techniques.

Remember that the baby is prone to a lot of infection near the navel till the umbilical cord falls off. Be very careful around that area and till it falls of give the baby a sponge bath. Some antiseptic cream can also be applied around that area. Tie the diaper below this area.

Another decision that you need to take with your new born is whether you need to circumcise your baby boy or not. Though with some people it is a religious necessity, but it also helps to avoid urinary infections. The foreskin of the penis is removed in this process. Try and do it as early as possible.

Vaccinations are the most important thing you must be aware of. Get your vaccination chart as soon as you leave the hospital and regularly from time to time take your baby to the pediatric for vaccines.

Another child care decision that you have to make is whether you should breastfeed your baby or formula. Though there is no doubt that there is nothing like breast milk it is always a good idea to give the baby one feed of formula in a day. This will get the baby used to outside milk just incase you are not able to feed the baby. Always feed the baby in an upright position and always burp the baby after a feed.

You could use a cloth diaper for your baby or a regular diaper. There are factors like cost that can help you make a decision on this. If you decide to use a cloth diaper you would need to tie a plastic on top of the cloth diaper because if the baby pees he is likely to wet all his clothes as well. Cloth diapers are economical but they need to be changed very often and require labor to be washed regularly.

Another problem that mothers face is baby’s spitting up. The baby takes in a little air with his milk and when the air comes out so does the milk. All you have to do is keep the baby upright while feeding and burp him after a feed. Also don’t try and overfeed the baby. Less food at frequent intervals is better.

Try and make your baby feel as comfortable as possible. Cut the tags at the back of the shirt, which could irritate your child. A baby communicates by crying and soon a mother should connect with the baby and understand why she is crying. With knowledge and love child care can be a very fun and rewarding experience.

Author: Rhea Shak

Facts and Symptoms Regarding Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is an important stage for every woman bringing joy in the family but on the other hand, pregnancy involves many changes in women’s body and lifestyle. Even though being pregnant is not a disease, there are certain symptoms that indicate a possible pregnancy. Much more, pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman but most of them are the same in every case. In addition to this, signs of a possible pregnancy usually occur within a week of conception or several weeks or even cannot be present at all.

For instance, a first sign which may indicate the presence of pregnancy is the lack of menstrual cycle. Moreover some women may have a light bleeding or they can face another pregnancy symptom which usually appears in less than 2 weeks from conceptions and it is known as implantation bleeding. This symptom occurs when the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall, producing in this way bleeding and sometimes cramps.

Secondly, a common symptom of pregnancy which usually occurs or not between 2-8 weeks after conceptions is the morning sickness. Many women feel nausea at the beginning of their pregnancy and even during it and much more they may feel sick because of certain foods and odors. On the other hand, some women may feel the strong desire to eat certain dishes or even foods that used to hate before their pregnancy.

Some other signs which may show a possible pregnancy are some changes that affect the woman’s body. In addition to this some of these changes are the swollen or tender breasts, lower backaches, the sudden rise of hormones in the body that might cause headaches, swollen ankles and also weight gain. Pregnant women may notice some changes on their breasts, the skin around their nipples may get darker, a symptom which may have other explanations, such as hormonal imbalances or may be a leftover effect from previous pregnancies.

Thirdly, other sign which is related to pregnancy is the frequent urination. This sign may confirm the presence of a pregnancy only if it comes along with other signs of pregnancy. On the other hand, frequent urination may be caused by the urinary tract infection, diabetes or increasing liquid intake. What is more is that some pregnancy symptoms may be changes in women’s behaviour like feeling tired or sensitive, some things might made them angry or cry out of the blue.

To conclude, even though pregnancy is a normal thing which occurs to almost all women, it requires lots of attention and the change of lifestyle. Most of women can esily know if they are pregnant and can handle very well the pregnancy symptoms which sometimes may tend to be hard to carry on.

Author: Groshan Fabiola

Pregnancy Health Concerns – Effective Remedies For A Happy Pregnancy

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If you are concerned with the expanding waistline problem, abdominal pains, groin area pains and thighs and so on, then you should not be surprised, as they are pregnancy health issues that affect your entire body. There are many ways by which you can feel better with pregnancy health issues. Body changes, digestion problems, weight gain problem, acnes, pains and backaches can be dealt effectively if one follows a proper routine. To ease some these pregnancy health problems try lying down as much as you can, rest your back and apply heat wherever the pain is awful. If pregnancy heath problems still does not get better with natural methods, it is always better that you consult your doctor.

Initial Problems, Natural Remedies:

The initial signs of pregnancy health issues are the leak of colostrums during the third month. Colostrum is a thick, yellowish fluid that contains antibodies and protects the newborns from infection. Oozing out of Colostrum from breasts can be quite an embarrassing situation for pregnant mothers and this pregnancy health problem has to be dealt effectively. Wash you nipples regularly and avoid the application of soap. Moisturize your nipples regularly to avoid cracked nipples. The use of maternity or nursing bra is advisable as it provides extra support.

An early pregnancy symptom involves dizziness and lightheadedness and continues throughout pregnancy. Fainting is a very rare phenomenon but do occur even in some healthy pregnant women. This is not at all a serious pregnancy health related concern. At this stage, there is growth of more blood vessels and the pressure of expanding uterus is felt on the growing blood vessels. Moreover, continuous urge for food during pregnancy can make you feel dizzy and giddy.

Effective remedies for such pregnancy health related problems, as mentioned above, mainly require you to stand up slowly, and lay on your left side when you feel lightheaded. Do not overeat but try to have healthy snacks and small means frequently. Change your sitting or standing position continuously as eases the problem of dizziness.

Early sign of pregnancy such as weight gain, dizziness, lightheadedness, cramps, needs to be continuously monitored and consulted. Pregnancy health issues especially to matters concerning weight gain generally depend on how much you weighed before pregnancy. Safe sex is something which all doctors will advise under pregnancy health related issues. Pregnancy increases the sexual urge in some women and vice versa. Incase, you face any difficulty during sexual intercourse such as pain in the vagina, bleeding or leaking of fluid from the vagina, vomiting and nauseatic feeling and so on, you should immediately consult the doctor.

Author: Apurva Shree

How to Have a Fit Pregnancy

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Whatever the age there is a lot that can be said about being fit. However, there are superior health benefits to accomplishing fitness while pregnant for both the new baby and the mother. The following are some of the elements needed for a fit pregnancy.

Diet and Nutrition

In regards to diet and nutrition a fit pregnancy is constituted by relative and ultimately up to the mother to be to decide. Comfort zones work for pregnancy and this includes comfort food. Pregnancy is a fit time to make positive dietary adjustments even though spouses, friends and in-laws will have their influence.

Everything from monitoring weight and body fat to in take of fruits and vegetables should come under initial scrutiny even what the cravings are. Some say that certain cravings have to do with the young soul in the womb, but sometimes they are indications of nutritional requirements.

Early on in the pregnancy such concerns and much more should usually be discussed with the OB/GYN. Dietary intake vs. activity level should be looked at for a fit pregnancy. With each pregnancy the recommended daily requirements can vary. Iron rich foods may need to be increased by an active woman while other women who are less active will need to increase their fiber rich veggies and easy to digest food.

During pregnancy you shouldn’t be surprised about cravings that evolve from specific foods to whole food group preferences. Try to add something good to your diet every week is a simple rule of thumb to try Using a Pregnancy Due Date Calculator.

Happy, Healthy and Wholesome

During pregnancy there are several factors involved in achieving a happy fitness balance. Movement with reasonable levels of strenuous exercise, lots of warm up and again a reasonable cool down time are included in a pregnancy fitness program.

A well-balanced yoga regimen that means union is designed for pregnancy fitness and is a really great idea. Ask the yoga instructor for references and do your research to find out about actual moms who have gone through the program.

Oxygen

Important to athletes, race horses and babies is blood oxygen levels. During pregnancy a great way to accomplish this is keeping cardio fit. The baby gets both good amounts of oxygen and steady nutrient flow in the bloodstream as the body works more efficiently which is a real bonus.

On the delivery day, fitness during pregnancy will show. The quick restoration of body tone and normal weight will be aided by the good habits you have established and using them during the recovery days Pregnancy Diary.

Author: Gibran G.Selman

Pregnancy Test

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Are you pregnant? If you have a doubt about your pregnancy you will do a pregnancy test. There are more than one pregnancy tests that will help you arrive at a conclusion. Pregnancy tests look for a hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), in urine or blood. HCG can be found in your urine as early as 6 days past ovulation. You can get accurate results in the privacy of you home.

For the purpose of doing a pregnancy test, it is best that first morning urine is used as sample.
For taking a pregnancy test later in a day, it is necessary to make sure that one does not urinate 3-4 hours prior to doing such a test.

Pregnancy test kits can be bought at practically at any retail store, grocery store or in mega stores like the Target or Walmart. Buying bulk pregnancy tests costs less but give same results like the well packaged pregnancy tests.

Pregnancy tests give results as in one line means negative, i.e. not pregnant and two lines means pregnant. Some pregnancy tests have plus and minus signs on them to show the results instead of two lines. It is important to follow instructions before taking a pregnancy test. Before taking a pregnancy test, it is better to collect urine in a clean cup, and use a dropper to put drops of urine on the test strip. You will have to make sure that dropper is provided in pregnancy test kit. This will avoid any mess and give a clear result of test. Proper time should be given for the pregnancy test to show correct results.

A pregnancy test if take too early can yield incorrect results. Therefore, if in doubt a pregnancy test should be taken after the first period has been missed. If pregnancy test does not yield positive results then one should wait for one or two days and take the test again so that it gives correct results.

With the advancement of science pregnancy tests will become more accurate and will be able to give results earlier. There will not be any requirement to wait till the first period is missed.

Author: Uj Bapat

Pregnancy Calendars

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There is so much to learn about yourself and your developing baby! Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in your life. But you already knew that!

Pregnancy Calendars can be a fine addition to your personal pregnancy journey. Certainly you want to know when to start looking for a doctor or a midwife. A calendar would tell you to do that by the 13th week. Day 14 is 28 days into your pregnancy and will mark the approximate date of conception. On Day 26 You may be feeling symptoms of pregnancy now such as nausea, fatigue, and breast tenderness. Did you know that on Day 76 ( 10 wks 6 days) you might start wearing some maternity clothes? At Day 151 (21 wks 4 days) your baby will start going to sleep and awakening on a regular schedule.
Here are a few hand-selected pregnancy calendar websites.

Pregnancy-Calenders.net , http://www.pregnancy-calendars.net/ , has a nice free pregnancy calendar for you. Using their pregnancy calendar you can chart your baby’s growth and development, see your nutritional requirements based on a custom evaluation, access recipes packed with nutritional value and learn about exercises to keep you in shape!

JustMommies.com , http://www.justmommies.com , fields a good pregnancy calendar. This one is very easy as it only asks you to fill in your due date. You are then transported to a page that reveals your pregnancy, day-by-day, with short observances for each day. This pregnancy calendar concentrates on the development of your baby as do most others.

Pregnancy.org , http://www.pregnancy.org/pregnancy/ , divides the pregnancy into four quarters. These groups are called Getting Pregnant, The First Trimester, The Second and Third Trimesters and “Birth & Postpartum.” There is an active community with approximately 50 bulletin boards available to you.

Chinese Calendars

Legend says that a Chinese lunar chart can predict your baby’s gender. The calculation is based on your own age and the month you conceived. If you are curious about this, Web Womb.com, http://www.webwomb.com/chinesechart.htm , has an interesting presentation of a Chinese calendar.

Share with your husband or significant other

You may not think your guy is interested in such things as pregnancy calendars, but give him a try. You might be surprised at his reaction when he sees how his baby will grow within you. You can print out some of the web pregnancy calendars, so try that and hang it where he can see it every day.

The refrigerator door may be just the right spot he might see every day.

Author: Greg Cryns
Article Source: EzineArticles.com