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Expecting and Stressed Out? Relax - Relief is on its Way! In our culture, the news media often focuses on negative reports which can be anxiety producing for readers and viewers. This is especially true for expecting and new moms who, by nature, feel particularly vulnerable as they try to provide a safe environment for their developing babies or newborns. You’ve seen the headlines: "BPA in Bottles May Cause Learning Disabilities in Babies," "Pregnant Women in Second Trimester at Higher Risk for Car Accidents," "We’re All Going to Get Cancer From Pesticides." How can anyone feel safe, secure, and relaxed with these kinds of messages swirling around our minds?
Soon after the pregnancy stick is positive, it’s not unusual for expecting parents to begin dreaming about their baby and imagining what the child will be like as a newborn and beyond. Whether they’re focused on the baby’s gender, features, interests, or some other quality, parents may start to paint a picture of the growing fetus and his or her future - perhaps the baby will have dark hair and blue eyes, or be a musician like dad or an athlete like mom? Although there are endless variations of what people might envision when thinking about their soon-to-be-born baby, one thing is certain – most are visualizing a healthy child.
Let’s be honest, pregnancy can wreak havoc on the musculoskeletal system and the back is no exception. During pregnancy, the breasts and belly expand and that extra weight pulls the shoulders and upper back forward. Simultaneously, the lower back begins to curve inward to compensate for the shift in the expecting woman’s center of gravity. As this change occurs, the muscles and ligaments in the lower back become shorter, tighter, weaker, and achy, and women begin to experience back pain in pregnancy.
During the first trimester, when you’re dealing with sore breasts, nausea, fatigue, and constipation, it may be difficult to pay attention to the baby growing inside you. Because you’re not showing or able to feel any fetal movement yet, your early pregnancy is defined more by maternal symptoms than by the baby’s growth and activity.
Earlier this year Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an independent organization that advises the National Health Service, presented new guidelines recommending that all women with low-risk pregnancies be presented with the options of midwifery care and out of hospital birth. We already know from the landmark Listening to Mothers surveys, expecting women prefer to have an array of alternatives when it comes to their care; however, the NICE recommendations go beyond the argument of “choice is good.” The evidence-based report states that midwifery-led care is best for healthy pregnancies due to the achievement of equal health outcomes with lower intervention rates, when compared to physician-led care.
There's no doubt that pregnancy is a busy and magical time - but it can also be draining and exhausting, both physically and mentally. Here are some foods that can help boost your energy and mood.
Make time to do some “nesting” as you sort through clothes and gear from your first baby’s early days – it will get you in a newborn-state-of-mind to once again fold those tiny outfits and make lists of what you need to purchase or borrow this time around. Attend a prenatal yoga class for stretching and relaxation, and sign up for a childbirth “refresher class” so that you and your partner can have time together to focus on this new birth and baby, and to review and process events from your first birth experience.
Many Americans do not eat a diet high in fish, despite the health benefits of eating seafood. Some folks avoid it because they see a burger as the tastier option, but others may be afraid of the mercury that is found in seafood, a concern that is especially prevalent for expecting and new moms. Yet seafood can be particularly beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as their babies.
Did you know your teeth and gums are more vulnerable when you’re expecting? Pregnancy hormones cause swelling, bleeding, and inflammation in the gums, leading to gingivitis or a gum infection. In addition to gingivitis, you may also experience the erosion of tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities, due to the effects of stomach acids that are released from morning sickness. Essentially, pregnancy provides the perfect set up for periodontal disease.
Most women know that, in fact, one isn’t really supposed to “eat for two” when pregnant. The enclosed post discusses weight gain during pregnancy and provides standard guidelines relating to Body Mass Index and risks associated with obesity and pregnancy.
So you missed your period, peed on a stick, and got a positive result – yay!!! But, wait, what now??? Is the mild cramping you’re experiencing normal or a problem? What about your extremely tender breasts – is there anything you can do for that? And, oh that debilitating fatigue!!