Are you also fed up with pregnancy health guidelines?

August 312012

Probably I’m not alone who is also fed up with crazy pregnancy health guidelines. There are so much controversies in the world of pregnancy. It’s hard to decide what to believe in. Can a pregnant woman eat salmon or can you go to the gym as many times as before your pregnancy? How much a pregnant woman can eat? There are so many questions to answer.

You want the best for your unborn baby and we also want the best for ourselves. It’s really important to face these questions but who can answer them. I came across this great article on babble.com and I want to share it with you because it’s worth to read.

Let’s face it: We’d all be hard-pressed to find a pregnant woman who doesn’t want what’s best for their unborn baby. And I think we’d all agree that we try to take the best care of ourselves when pregnant – even more so than any other time in our lives.

ut it seems no one, not even the researchers and doctors, can agree on what’s best. The conflicting health guidelines are enough to completely stress you out. But don’t stress out: It’s bad for the baby!

So what are we left to do? I say laugh. I don’t think there’s been a study yet that says laughing is bad…

After the jump, check out 9 Conflicting Pregnancy Health Guidelines That Will Drive You Mad. And remember to take it all with a grain of salt – but just one grain, because too much salt is bad for you.

Yoga is Good For You!
Except for those Dangerous Poses! Yoga can seriously help alleviate prenatal stress, and is a favorite form of exercise among many expecting moms. But be careful with what poses you do, because not all are safe

Source:  http://blogs.babble.com/being-pregnant/2012/08/13/9-conflicting-pregnancy-health-guidelines-that-will-drive-you-mad/

 

Top 5 pregnancy and baby controversies

August 292012

When you’re pregnant there are many controversies that surround us. It’s hard to decide what to do because there are so many things that you don’t know or haven’t had any experience with babies before. Lets check out what to do and what not to do when you’re an expecting mom.

Bottle Vs. Breast
Breast milk is “best” for the baby on a strict ingredients-only analysis. But what’s best for your baby includes more than a list of ingredients. Life for a new mother is complex and only you can know what’s going to be “best” for all involved.

Epidural Vs. No Epidural An epidural is just one way to cope with pain in labor. And all women need to cope in labor. The stereotype is that if you go without one you’re a martyr, but women who don’t get epidurals have tons of other coping tools in play. We also hear that getting an epidural is wimpy but that doesn’t make sense– you’re still giving birth

Find out more about the top 5 pregnancy controversies >>

Green pregnancy tips – top 5

August 262012

Do you want to be a green mom-to-be? How can you avoid dangerous pesticides or toxic cleaners? You want the best for your baby even before giving birth then you should really read this great article by Margie Kelly.

It’s quite shocking to know that:

It’s hard to hear, but toxic chemicals like BPA, mercury, and phthalates have been found in the bodies of pregnant women. More than 200 chemicals have been found in umbilical cords from newborn babies. While it’s not possible completely eliminate toxic chemicals from your body, there are steps you can take to reduce chemical exposures for you and your baby.

There are different resources that you can find in the Internet that can help you to be green during your pregnancy: http://www.fitpregnancy.com/pregnancy/health/going-green 

I came across another great site that’ll give you tips on green parenting, it’s Keen for Green:

There is no better time to green your lifestyle that during pregnancy. Common pollutants that barely impact you and I  can have a much larger effect on your growing baby, in utero and out. Make these simple changes during pregnancy to establish healthy habits for your kiddo.

Here are some green pregnancy tips:

1. Eat locally grown, organic foods. The fewer pesticides you consume the better.  Organic foods, of course, use organic pesticides. The most common foods to be contaminated by pesticides are fruits and veggies, including peaches, apples, strawberries, spinach, bell peppers, celery, and potatoes. Fruits that come with a tough peel, such as bananas and oranges, are less likely to be contaminated.

Source: http://www.keenforgreen.com/b/10-green-pregnancy-tips 

 

10 things that you worried about when giving birth to your baby

August 242012

I gave birth in May and yes I did worried about different things when giving birth to my little baby. There were too many things actually. I was worried about it many times but it turned out they didn’t really matter. What really matters is that your baby is healthy and the rest is pretty insignificant.

I was worried about whether my baby is going to be healthy, the pain that I have to suffer during labor and so on. It was quite miserable to think about but I knew that the most important thing will be to hold my little baby in my arms.

Well, I read an article about this topic and I think it’s quite fascinating and entertaining at the same time. Check this out:

Here are the 10 things I worried about most before giving birth that I realized did not mattered AT ALL once I actually did it:

What to wear
What to wear? What to wear? This isn’t the prom, people. The jig is up. I’m giving birth for chrissakes. What I’m wearing is whatever the hell is going to get that baby out of me fastest and with the least amount of pain. What I’m wearing? Sheesh.
Giving birth on the way to the hospital
Granted I only live about ¼ mile to the hospital as the crow flies (when you live somewhere rural, you’re allowed to say that with a straight face and no irony). But still. I read all of those stories about women giving birth in cabs, on sidewalks, and on transatlantic flights, and I was mortified at the prospect. Even though my water broke at 2 a.m. with my older daughter, it wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. that night until I actually gave birth. It can get really slow, people. That’s why it makes news when it’s not.
What to listen to
A birth mix? Music to have contractions by? Admittedly, my only birth plan was to give birth. But I guarantee you that 9 out of 10 women with birth plans give up somewhere around the 19th contraction and change tunes, as in, turn off the music and scream, “Get this sucker out of me!”

How safe baby products are

August 172012

I’m a new mom and I always want the best for my son when it comes to different baby care products. Moms talk about different baby care products and there’s a big confusion which are the best baby products to use. The most important thing is that the baby care product should be free of:

  • parabens
  • sodium laureth sulfates (SLS)
  • phthalates
  • 1,4 dioxanes
  • propylene glycol
  • PEG’s

Check always the labels if you want to use completely healthy baby products. Thanks to SafeMama she made a list of heatlhy baby products.

It’s also a good news that Johnson & Johnson has created a new site where moms and dads (too) can check how safe J&J baby products are: www.SafetyandCareCommitment.com an initiative to help consumers better understand all the measures they take to make their beauty and baby care products as safe as can be.

Skin Deep is also a great place to check how safe a baby care product is. They break down ingredients list and they also give a ranking to a specific product. Good guide is also a great place to check a specific baby care product.

 I hope I could help, anyway it’s also possible to check every single baby care product in advance, before you buy it. I usually Google the name of the specific product and I always find useful information about it.

 

Breastfeeding vs formula feeding

August 132012

It’s always a big question what to do when you’re a new mom. Breastfeeding vs formula feeding – which is the better? There ‘re moms who aren’t able to breastfeed their babies. It’s not their fault, they just can’t.  In my opinion we shouldn’t judge each other because of this. I’m a new mom and I do breastfeed my baby however it’s not enough for him that’s why I also bottle feed him. There’s nothing wrong with it. The most important thing is that the baby should grow and be healthy. It doesn’t really matter which option we choose when our baby is fed properly.  Please read this great article about this very important topic. It’s pretty controversial and everybody has its own opinion about it:

There has been a lot of controversy lately in the BF’ing world, from the very famous Time magazine cover to Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to hide formula in hospitals. Here is the thing: they are YOUR boobs. Not the lactation specialists’. Not the pediatricians’. Not your husband’s. Not your mother-in-law’s. They are yours. Therefore, it’s YOUR choice what you do with them. No one should be making the decision for you. My heart hurts for those who feel the pressure to breastfeed, especially those who just can’t do it and for those who are miserable because they feel like if they don’t breastfeed, they are a bad mother. Well, let me tell you – you are far from it. You should never feel the need to Google “am I a failure for not breastfeeding?” because you aren’t.

I have 4 girls that are perfectly healthy and none of them were breastfed. Sure, they may have been for a day or so. And sure, we tried to make it work. But, it just didn’t; each time, it was a different reason. Yet they are no different than my many friends who breastfed. Yes, I understand breast milk is the best choice when it comes to feeding your baby; however, I don’t think it is right at all for a mother to feel pressure to breastfeed. It isn’t only “right” to breastfeed your child. You just need to feed them. Period. Breastfeeding, bottle feeding – whatever way you can. It can be very hard for a new, first-time mom to feel the pressure to breastfeed and if for some reason she can’t, even after all the help she gets, she still can’t do it. How do you think that mother would feel? I know I would feel awful, which is why I am totally against pressuring breastfeeding. If you can do it, more power to you. But don’t make those around you who can’t feel like bad moms because their milk supply may be insufficient or the newborn can’t tolerate her milk for health reasons.

I also meet a new mom in the hospital and she couldn’t breastfeed her baby. She felt guilty which she shouldn’t. Read this article and please tell me what’s your opinion.

Source:

 http://blogs.babble.com/being-pregnant/2012/08/06/i-never-breastfed-and-my-kids-are-fine-why-you-shouldnt-feel-pressure/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=babbleeditors&utm_medium=
referral&utm_content=post

Free grocery coupons no sign up

August 72012

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The best way to save money on your grocery bill is to use free grocery coupons - no sign up. Where can we find these grocery coupons and how can we use them? I’ll help you to find the answer to these questions.

Places where you can find free grocery coupons:

  • Sunday papers
  • supermarket’s websites such as Wal-Mart
  • special coupon sites

SUNDAY PAPERS: First check out Sunday papers, it’s basically the Sunday edition of your local paper. Check it out every week and clip out the coupons that might be useful for you in the future. Put them in your coupon organizer folder.

SUPERMARKETS’ WEBSITES: Don’t forget about your local supermarkets’ website either. You can find free grocery coupons on supermarkets’ sites like Food Lion, Pathmarks and Kroger’s.

COUPON SITES: Always check coupon specialty sites because these sites can help you to save money too.

GROCERY RECEIPT: Don’t forget about the back of your grocery receipt because it often serves as a coupon. Always check it when you go to your local grocery store.

COUPON MACHINES: Many supermarkets have coupon machines on certain aisles so you can check it out at your local store. You can use these machines to save on the products you buy the most.

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_5080923_locate-grocery-store-coupons.html

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