Before the arrival of a baby, parents want to do the most they can to welcome their bundle of joy in a warm, loving & comfortable place, where nothing is missing. Since we live in times where we can purchase anything to ease our work, parents may be tempted to create a long shopping list. Although there are plenty of choices for all budgets and tastes, we must question every purchase: Is it essential? For how long will I use it?
Extensive research in the past years has shown that stressed mothers before and during pregnancy affect the temperament and behaviour of the future child. Under stress conditions, the brain releases cortisol, a hormone with certain neurotoxic properties that can seriously affect the development of baby’s brain.
Before using costly treatments to improve your fertility and get pregnant, change your diet. There are foods that if consumed daily will get your body ready for pregnancy and may even help you get pregnant more easily, while others may reduce your chances of having a baby in the near future.
The 9 months of pregnancy represent a delicate period for the mother as well as for the baby. Physical changes are expected and teeth make no exception.
Due to the increasing levels of hormones during pregnancy, the gums may begin to swell, bleed, leading to inflammation and possible dental problems.
Becoming parents and creating a family is one of the achievements that some couples consider as their ultimate step to reach happiness or fulfillment. Any mother you ask would tell you how much she loves her children, how life has changed since they arrived in her life despite the tantrums or toys they occasionally throw.
The miracle has happened and your baby is here! After 9 months of expectations, joy, anxiety, and tiredness, you have just started a new chapter with a new lovely character.
But putting aside all the happiness you are experiencing now, your body has not stopped from changing. If during the 9 months of pregnancy you have been physically challenged, there is a process ongoing: the recovery.
Exercising during pregnancy is a delicate subject that still receives both criticism and recognition. While physical activities remain a great source of strength, it would be worth understanding the pros and cons with the purpose of reducing the misconceptions around the subject.
As much as moms-to-be are thrilled with joy at the thought of hugging their little one for the first time, there is also another thought that may overshadow their happiness: the birth. Not one single mother ever said, “Oh, the birth was so easy”.. It has always been described as an incomparable painful moment that we do not experience every day. And as if the pain was not enough, labor is considered to last somewhere between 8 to 24 hours, which can terrify anyone. Yet, every mother you would ask about her birth experience will say the same thing:“It all disappeared when I held the baby in my arms”.
Planning on getting pregnant? I imagine there are loads of questions and ideas you may have if this is going to be your first pregnancy.
Before thinking about beautiful clothes, fluffy blankets and colorful toys, you need to think about yourself, more specifically, your health. Your body is going to experience the most wonderful change throughout the next 9 months, but also the most challenging. This is one of the reasons why you need to prepare your body at least a year before you get pregnant. It will not only benefit your health, but also the baby’s. As you may already know, the child will live with nutrients and vitamins your body absorbs.
Having a child or a successful career? It is a question that thousands of women ask themselves when they are torn between their maternal instinct and the economic pressure.
Many would argue that millennials are more advantaged than the previous generations as they grow up in a propitious era with more facilities and job opportunities. While there may be some truth in these thoughts, the reality is far more difficult for the young couples who want to create a family while continuing developing their careers.