Friday, December 08, 2006

Mirrored Height Chart

Isn't this just a fun mirror to have in your child's bedroom? They can easily check their height daily without a problem. Instead of always having to mark the wall, their are no marks here! Designed by Mungai Mirrors, the chart's designed to be shatterproof. The numbers are cut through, and the marker can be slid into position. Pretty handy, huh? This is a great Christmas gift for your growing child. Source: babygadget

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Avoid Varicose Veins

I just found this article and became interested, because I have varicose veins. I got them when I was pregnant and now they are here to stay. I can honestly say that I absolutely hate them! When I went to the doctor regarding my unattractive legs, she mentioned that it would be helpful to put ice on them 3 times a day, so they won't be as visible. Now I just need to find the time. Below are some great tips to help avoid getting those gross veins. _______________________________________________ Those blue, bulging veins that creep up the legs of some pregnant women are called varicose veins. They are generally just a cosmetic concern; however, for some women, they can cause aching pain and discomfort.

Varicose veins that appear during pregnancy are caused by the increased pressure on your pelvic veins, due to your growing uterus and baby. Some women may develop them during childbirth as the high pressure exerted during pushing. All this extra pressure makes it difficult for your body to pump the blood from your legs back up to your heart, so it ends up pooling in your lower legs. But before you resign yourself to wearing long pants the rest of your life, there are a few things you can do to prevent them:

Wear support hose - Pull on a pair of support stockings to apply pressure to the veins and keep them from bulging outwards.

Stay hydrated - Drink your eight glasses of water a day (at least) to help prevent varicose veins.

Elevate your legs - Whenever you get a chance, sit down and put your feet up. This helps gravity by encouraging the blood to flow back out of your legs.

Don't cross your legs - When you are sitting, keep your legs uncrossed and elevate them slightly by resting them on stacked books or a box.

Don't stand still - Avoid standing for long periods of time. If you must stand, shift your weight from one foot to the other every few minutes.

Stay fit - Be sure to get in your 30 minutes of low-impact exercise several times a week. Activities that strengthen your legs (like walking) will improve circulation and vein strength.

Source: MaternityandStyle

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Top 10 celebrity baby searches of 2006

Yahoo has just released it's list of top 10 celebrity baby searches of 2006. All the popular celebrity babies I can think of are on this list. Pretty interesting. But, in all honesty, who is searching all these babies besides the media anyway? Check out everyone who made the cut: #10)Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern #9) Barron William Trump #8) Grier Hammond Henchy #7) Moses Martin #6) David Banda #5) Kingston Rossdale #4) Sean Preston Federline #3) Jayden James Federline #2) Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt And the #1 celebrity baby name search of 2006 - no surprise here - is Suri Cruise. Source: celebritybabyblog

Why Should A Pregnant Woman Quit Smoking

For a pregnant woman, smoking is extremely dangerous to her. The toxic and poisons will directly channel to your unborn child. If you are ever going to plan to have children and one of your family member is a smoker. It would be best to find out about certain facts on how smoking or second hand smoke can affect the baby. Because the baby nutrients depend on the mother intake, smoking will have a direct effect on the baby. For starters, the baby will have a less resistant body and will also affect the baby growth. Studies have showed that mothers who smoke during their pregnant will have children which are shorter in height. A baby will need all the oxygen it can get when in the mother’s womb. Smoking deprives the baby from getting the best supply of oxygen. Studies have shown that if a mother is a smoker, the infant mortality rate is 50 percent higher than mothers who are non-smokers. Children born to smoking mothers can die of infant death syndrome, or crib death. Another issue for smoking mother or parents is lack of moral responsibility. A mother will have no responsibility of the child’s health if she does not even take care of her own. A child support from the mother is crucial but this is not possible when a mother lacks of this sense of responsibility. Children born to a smoking family would have to suffer the consequences of second hand smoke. Second hand smoke is actually more poisonous compared to a first hand smoker. Thus, by deciding not to smoke anymore is as though you are rendering a totally new life for your children. Of course, quitting tobacco would be difficult but same goes for everybody who smokes. But so many people have been successful to stop smoking. There are many support centers which can help you. Enroll yourself in a program or and see the person in charge for your health care and solutions. Find out more programs on how to quit smoking and one of the way you can do it is through the Internet. You action to quit smoking is probably one of the best gifts you can give your child. Source: easyquitsmokingsecrets

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Choosing The Right Foods

So you need to gain weight but don't want to gain too much weight during your pregnancy right? There are many things that you can do to improve your diet and ensure that you gain a minimal but healthy amount of weight during pregnancy. Choosing the right foods is important because you will be able to loose weight more quickly after delivery if you manage your diet during pregnancy. So here is what you need to do during pregnancy to ensure weight loss success after: Tip #1 Choose whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are dense in nutrients. Think wild rice, whole grains, and unprocessed foods. Whole foods don't include waffles and pancakes! Tip #2 Add calories during the second trimester. Eating for two doesn't literally mean eating for two. In fact during your first trimester your baby is about the size of a small bean! Most women don't actually need to start adding 300 calories a day to their diet until the second and third trimesters. Tip #3 Be sure you get a serving of protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal. It will help you if you break your meals into six mini meals per day. This will help rev up your metabolism. Next be sure that you eat some protein, carbohydrate and fat at each mini meal session. This will help nourish your body more completely and help prevent cravings later in the day. Tip #4 Choose foods high in fiber. High fiber foods will help fill you up when you are ravenous during pregnancy, and they will also help relieve constipation and help you feel great! A high fiber diet is good for anyone, whether or not they are pregnant. Tip #5 Drink extra water. You'll be thirstier than normal anyway during pregnancy. Drinking water helps flush toxins from your system and helps prevent excessive edema. Believe it or not you can actually fight weight gain associated with edema if you drink more water! Remember that pregnancy is a short period of time in the long journey that is your life. You should enjoy every moment of it. By following the tips above, you can gain the right amount of weight and feel great throughout your pregnancy. Article by Beverley Brooke

Monday, December 04, 2006

? OF THE WEEK: Do You Agree With Attachment Parenting?

Before I can say anything I would like everyone to watch these videos: Now after watching these videos, what do you think? These parents are difinitely loving and would do anything for their children, but I think they are a bit extreme. I don't think its mentally healthy or even necessary for a child to be breastfed at six years of age. These children are also definitely spoiled! They don't have any boundries and are never told "no." It will be hard for them to adjust to society once leaving their families and accept getting denied and told no. They just might return living at home, probably just what Mommy wants. "Yay! You pooped on the floor!" Just sounds distrubing. I don't think anything is wrong with a diaper and I think it's great to potty train at an early age, but pooping on the floor- not so much. These are very interesting videos on Attachment Parenting. If you had the opportunity would you quit your job and conduct raising your child in a similar fashion? Or do you prefer using bottles, pacifiers, diapers, and eventually public schooling as the norm to raising your child?

An open letter: What to say to a pregnant woman?

For starters, anything but, "You're huge!" says Jorji Marx, of Hampton, who sent the Daily Press this letter in hopes of steering the rest of us away from some common faux pas. We'll let Jorji's letter speak for itself, but we want your thoughts, too. Dear Everyone, Being 32 weeks pregnant, I have recently been experiencing what I would call improper pregnancy etiquette. Not pregnant women having improper etiquette, but people having improper etiquette around or toward pregnant women. A lot of it comes from people that I don't personally know, such as store clerks. So, I figured I would write this to refresh your memory, or maybe teach you something you don't already know. Be polite. As you should know, pregnant women are very emotional and sensitive, especially during the last trimester. So, just because you think that she is abnormally large for as far along as she is, you really do not need to say, "Wow, you're really big for being seven months pregnant," or "My daughter/niece/sister is due before you, and she isn't near as big as you." And it is most definitely rude to say, "Are you sure you're not expecting twins?" Not all pregnant women are the same! Some may gain only 15 pounds, and some may gain 80 (yes, carrying only one child). All pregnant women are beautiful. Now, I know you may disagree, but hear me out. Every pregnant woman is carrying her own little miracle. Men, you may have been the one to help make that miracle. Be sure to tell her, often, how beautiful she is. Even though her hands and feet are swollen, and she has a large belly, remember why she looks that way. Remember that precious life inside her waiting to be born. Stress that is placed on the mother is also placed on the baby. The same goes for happiness. Keep rude opinions to yourself. While you may think that it's very funny to tell a pregnant woman that she is going to have a huge baby, believe me, it's not. It may have been funny at one time. One time. But after eight months of hearing it, it gets really old. And another thing: One of the parents may have been a little hellion when he or she was a child, but telling the mom-to-be that her child is going to be a little hell-raiser, just like her or the father, really doesn't do anybody any good. What she needs to hear is that she is going to have a beautiful baby, and that you wish her the best of luck. This is her baby. Just because you went through childbirth with no drugs doesn't mean that she wants to. That being said, it is O.K. to offer your opinion, but do not, ever, force it on her. This goes for many other topics, including breastfeeding, sleeping position, discipline and so on. Also, you may offer her lots of help, which is great, but please do not assume that she owes you anything in return. Like that you should be allowed in the delivery room. Be supportive. Dads/dads-to-be, remind her why you are having that baby with her. Remind her that you love her. Do not get caught checking out another woman. Your girlfriend/wife may be feeling very insecure, and now is not the time to make her feel worse. And yes, it will make her feel worse. Moms, remember how much support you received, or would have liked, when you were pregnant. Remind her that you made it through this, and that she can, too. I hope this sheds some light on the subject for you or for someone you know. Please share this with people you know. I, and the other pregnant women of the world, would sure appreciate it.