Stars and Baby Weight

Stars and baby weight – There’s just no escaping the splashy full color photos of stars and their “miracle” weight loss after baby. In 3 months or less, they’re back in their teeny size 0 jeans while we still carry an extra 10-15 pounds, maybe more 6 months later. They make the rest of us normal human moms feel like lazy slobs. But are we really?

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Stars And Baby Weight – The Super “Secret” Of The Stars

There’s no denying that we’re absolutely fascinated with stars and their baby weight, or lack of weight just a couple of months after giving birth. But few would want the pressure of having to lose weight fast or get fired. The super duper weight loss “secret” of the stars is stress and pressure.

Many are under contract with studios and TV stations to look a certain way or maintain a certain weight. Often they must give birth and be back into their pre-pregnancy shape within 1 to 3 months or risk losing their

Fitness for Mom and BABY

Ya know – when I was pregnant I exercised faithfully every day – one hour. Yes – we have to make modifications to our exercise routines for both Mom & baby safety – however I was at it at least one hour a day. I attributed my very speedy deliveries to my exercise & I was thrilled with that. However, if I would have known 24 years ago when I was pregnant with my first – all that I do now about prenatal fitness for baby’s health – I don’t think I would have stopped – ever – my physical activity during my waking hours. As a Mom – we know everything is all about our kids – we will do anything for them. We take our prenatal vitamins & hopefully eat a healthy diet, stop smoking (forever I hope) stop drinking – getting our exercise while we are pregnant is right up there in terms of taking care of baby.

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Healthy Eating Habits for Healthy Moms

If you have just welcomed your little one into the world, then it is important that you remember to eat healthy in all the hullaballoo surrounding a new baby. A nutritious diet is crucial for breast-feeding moms because they are the vesicles of nutrients at a time when crucial physical and psychological developments are taking place in their babies. The less toxins and preservatives you allow into your system while breastfeeding, the better your baby’s chance of developing into a strong child and later adult. If you are a new or expecting mom, here are a few tips for maintaining an optimally healthy and baby:

· Stay hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated when (if) you are breastfeeding. Drinking lots of water will help you replenish the fluid you lose from breastfeeding. Drink at least 8 if not more glasses of water a day.

· Eat your fruits and veggies: All of the vitamins and nutrients we need to support physical development and maintain our immune systems are found in fruits and veggies, and the

Keeping an Eye on Mom and Dad

Recently a 75 year old customer called with a sad tale. He and his 95 year old mother live in a Florida Condo. She has dementia and probably should be in an assisted care facility but like so many Americans who have grown used to being independent she will not hear of it. He still works occasionally at a business he owns.

Bill has a nurse come on a regular basis for his mom and a housekeeper visits twice a week. Therein lies the problem. He suspects that they are ripping off his mom.

As more baby boomers hit the “retirement age” whatever that may be they must prepare for the next big responsibility in their life. I call it “being parents to your parents”. What does that mean?

For millions of Americans who can’t afford a nursing home or assisted care facility living with their adult children or by themselves with their kids nearby is becoming a reality. Many of my neighbors fall into that category for a variety of reasons.

One neighbor needs her kids to write out checks for her so

Mommy, Daddy, And Baby Connections

Prenatal yoga is a life saver for babies, moms and even dads actually. You can all exercise together to relieve negative symptoms in the body while facing the present moment of becoming mom and dad. Bouncing back on your real and well-conditioned shape is important to meet a perfect physical condition. All ages are actually welcome to do the yoga exercise and it’s recommended for all.

Expert prenatal yoga instructors are aware of the best practices to do for both pregnant moms and with their dads. It is perfect to reconnect to one another and that would perfectly offer a harmonious motherhood and fatherhood relationships for the baby.

There are personal prenatal yoga trainings being offered for the entire family such as:

Baby Basics Seminar– This is needed to learn more about how to raise a baby and how to take care of them while they are not yet capable of letting his or her parents know what he or she needs.

Training Sessions for Fitness Evaluation– Moms and babies need to undergo physical tests to check if there are existing complications or possible

Cost of Health Care and Insurance Plans

The state of pregnancy, especially a woman’s first pregnancy, can be both a traumatic and exciting time. Having access to excellent health care is a must during this time, for the health of the mom and baby alike. Prenatal care is extremely important in order to monitor the baby’s growth and progress, and to make sure that there are no preventable deformities or other health conditions. The mother’s diet and vitamin intake should also be closely monitored during this time.

During pregnancy, there is the need for about 14 doctor’s visits overall, as long as there are no complications. During the first two trimesters, a woman should see her obstetrician once a month for regular checkups and ultrasound tests. During the final couple of months these visits will then increase, to make sure that everything is on track for the delivery. This is a critical time for the family, and it’s best not to skip any of these visits. For this reason, it’s vital that a woman have a health care plan that is able to cover a large number of routine visits without demanding large amounts of out-of-pocket costs each time.

The Hormonal Benefits for Mothers and Babies

Production of certain hormones before, during and after pregnancy not only aid in the physiological process of child bearing, but in the emotional process as well. Certain hormones are produced which promote the mother and child bond. Kangaroo Mother Care or KMC began as a method for caring for premature babies and is now recommended for all newborns. KMC consists of three parts: skin to skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding and the mother/infant dyad. Interestingly, the methods of KMC compliment the workings of both mother and baby hormonal systems in a way that is, well…natural.

Skin-to-Skin contact: KMC recommends continuous skin to skin contact between baby’s front and mother’s chest. Continued skin to skin contact causes continued release of oxytocin for both mother and baby. Oxytocin produces feelings of love as well as feelings of calm and well being. Oxytocin production increases before labor and continues through delivery. It results in you as a Mom being sensitive to your baby’s unique scent and being and this is the same for your baby.

Exclusive breastfeeding: Mother’s milk provides everything that a baby needs. Prolactin is released in response to your baby’s sucking

Baby Carrier Slings

Baby Carrier Slings are all about being close, comfortable, and secure. They are not backpacks, but comfortable wraps that keep your baby close to you. Babies love to be close to their Mothers, the warmth and security of hearing, feeling, and smelling their Mother is very calming to a baby.

Baby pouch Slings have been worn for years in many different parts of the World. They have become more popular in the US over the last 10 years. A Sling allows Mothers to do chores and remain very mobile while they are caring for a small infant.

In countries this was a necessity as Mothers were expected to do frequent amount of physical labor, such as carry water, food, wood, and other supplies that the families needed. The baby being carried in a sling allowed them to do this with the knowledge that their infant was secure and safe.

Most Carrier slings are made of cotton, log lasting and durable. there are many different styles to choose from ranging from fun and classy, to hip and camouflaged styles. One of the great benefits has been to the

Mommy and Baby Exercises

If you’re a new mother, you probably have a very strong bond with your new baby. So strong that the thought of leaving the little one to workout makes you feel apprehensive and nervous. While you want to get in shape and get your pre-pregnancy body back, you also can’t stand the thought of not being with baby. The good news is that you don’t have to. There are a number of mommy and baby exercises that you can do that will not only help you get in shape, but strengthen the bond you share even more.

Here a couple of obvious exercises that you can do and keep baby close. To start with, you should do Kegel exercises. You can do these regardless of what else you are doing, such as feeding baby, bathing baby, rocking them to sleep. This is the number one recommended exercise to do after you have a baby to help strengthen your vaginal walls.

Walking is another great exercise that you can do with baby and a friend. Depending on how long it has been since giving birth you will want to take your

The Advantages For Both Moms and Babies

There are so many advantages to breastfeeding your baby when he or she enters the world, and you may be surprised to hear that there are also benefits for you as a breastfeeding mother. Of course the greatest benefit is the nutrition a baby gets from breastfeeding. You will be offering your baby the most complete nutrition he or she needs in the first months of their life, and likely the only form of food they will need. You can carry on breastfeeding for many months and continue offering your baby this very complete nutrition, and ensuring that your baby gets all the best food that your baby needs.

Not only will you be offering your baby nutrition, but the first few feedings you give you baby will also give him or her essential colostrum, which is essential to boost immune functions and develop your baby’s ability to fight disease. Mother’s milk, in the first feedings, is composed of this colostrum and important to allow your baby to stimulate all the natural defenses that need to develop in their body. Your milk contains these defenses, and your baby will get it through breastfeeding,

Insurance Options for a Healthy Mom and Baby

If you are pregnant it’s important to know that federal law prevents health insurance providers that cover pregnancy from declining coverage to you based upon a “pre-existing condition.” There is one caveat though. The federal law only applies to group health insurance plans. What that means for you if you are pregnant is that if you happen to change group health plans during your pregnancy, your new group health insurance provider cannot deny your pregnancy related health care claims. This is good news if you change jobs during your pregnancy or quit work and go onto your spouse’s group health insurance plan.

What about if you find yourself pregnant and without health insurance at all? Maybe you have put off getting insurance for yourself because of the costs associated with paying premiums, but if you are pregnant, you should not put off getting insurance any longer. Your baby is depending on you for proper nutrition and care, which includes proper prenatal medical care. Proper prenatal care ensures that you and your baby are healthy throughout the pregnancy and that your baby develops normally. In this situation, it is likely that you will not

Mom and Baby at 31 Weeks Pregnant

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby keeps packing on the weight and fat this week. At week 31 of pregnancy, your little bundle of joy weighs almost 3.3 pounds, and he/she might be as long as 16 inches from the top of the head to the bottom of the toes. (But there’s a lot of variability between babies now.)

  • As more layers of fat accumulate underneath your baby’s skin, he/she won’t look as wrinkly as he/she did weeks ago. The skin is smoothing out, while the arms and legs start to fill out.
  • Space in your womb is getting more limited by pregnancy week 31. Your baby has less room to move around, but when he/she moves, the movements are strong. You may even gasp unexpectedly with your baby’s sudden movement changes.
  • Around this week, many babies will have already turned into the head-down position for birth (the best position for a vaginal delivery). Only about one-fourth (25 percent) of babies remain in the breech position (head up and legs or buttocks near the bottom of the cervix). Fortunately, a majority of babies will turn before it is time for delivery.
  • By 31 weeks pregnant, your baby has an established cycle

Choosing Organic Skincare

Turn over the back of a shampoo, lotion, or body wash bottle. Is the ingredient listing recognizable and easy to pronounce? If not, it is time to consider a switch to natural and organic skincare. Much attention is placed these days on the chemicals that go into our foods, so isn’t it important to understand the chemicals going on our skin? Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, so taking care of it is essential.

Why choose organic skincare? Certified organic skincare will be free from pesticide residues, genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s), hormones and antibiotics. Currently, personal care products are not defined under organic law. However, the ingredients used in organic skincare can fall under the same standards set for organic food. When researching natural and organic skincare lines, check to make sure the ingredients are free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, pesticides, SLS’s, artificial colorings and fragrances. Look for product lines made from 75 – 99% certified organic ingredients or the USDA certified seal which means 95% of the ingredients are organic. One of the most important factors in determining which skincare product to buy is reading labels.

Mom and Baby at 29 Weeks

BABY DEVELOPMENT

It won’t be long now until you meet your little boy or girl. Only eight weeks to go until your baby is considered “full term” and less than eleven weeks until his/her estimated due date. At pregnancy week 29, your baby weighs 2.5 pounds and he/she is probably over 15 inches long from head to heel.

  • Your baby’s head is growing larger this week to make room for his/her developing brain – which is busy forming billions of neurons every day.
  • From week 29 and onward, your baby continues to pack on the body fat. The more fat your baby has on his/her body, lanugo (fine, downy hair that insulates and regulates your little one’s body temperature in the womb) starts to shed.
  • The bones in your baby’s body are full developed now, but they continue to be soft and pliable. Your baby’s skull will be flexible until the very end so that your baby can easily go through the birth canal during delivery.
  • You may have noticed that your baby has a regular sleep-wake cycle now. Did you know that he/she has started to develop REM (rapid-eye-movement) sleep – aka, the dreaming stage of sleep?

A Healthy Pregnancy Diet For Mom and Baby

Everything that you put into your body during your pregnancy can affect the health of your baby. Your body is providing that growing fetus with all of the nutrition it requires for growth and development. Pregnant diets should start even before pregnancy, and continue through until delivery of your baby.

Even before you experience the first signs of being pregnant and know there is a baby inside of you, your baby is receiving nutrients from your body. Taking folic acid as a supplement prior to conceiving your baby will make sure that enough is available to support healthy development and avoid birth defects such as spina bifida.

A healthy diet during pregnancy includes the right number of servings from each of the food groups. Aim for nine servings of healthy whole grains, three servings of fruits, four servings of vegetables, and three servings each of proteins such as lean meats and dairy products. You should also ensure adequate fluid intake to stay hydrated and avoid constipation.

Your diet might change as your progress through your pregnancy month by month, but the important thing to remember is to

A Checklist for Healthful Cleaning and Baby-Proofing

Baby-proofing and cleaning your house for the new baby requires excellent cleaning skills and constant vigilance for baby safety issues. Here is a checklist which can be useful in preparing a safe, healthy, clean house for your first baby. In fact, this list can be expanded and modified for your specifics and used as a schedule for yourself, your maid, cleaning service, nanny and/or baby care-giver to make sure baby’s health and safety are always accommodated and the healthful house for baby is maintained.

Healthy House Cleaning for Baby

  • Top to Bottom House Cleaning. Cleaning your home thoroughly is as important as assembling baby’s crib. If you can afford it, hire professionals. When you bring baby home, you will feel wonderful that you have cleaned in advance to ensure a safe, clean home.

  • Remove Pet Dander, Dust, Allergens. Use anti-allergens and vacuum carpets and do a thorough dusting. Use anti-allergen sprays to remove as many allergens as possible since newborns have not fully formed their immune systems.

  • Finish or Contain Home Improvement Tasks. Any projects that didn’t get finished before baby’s arrival need to be finished and any extra dust

Omega 3 and Pregnancy

The importance of nutrition to a pregnant woman can not be over-emphasized; deficiency in essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy has been found to lead to adverse health conditions in both the mother and fetus. Hence the relationship between omega 3 and pregnancy is so vital that health practitioners recommend daily consumption of this essential nutrient for pregnant women.

There are different sources of this vital nutrient such as fish oil and flaxseed oil; fish oil is better because it contains DHA and EPA while flaxseed (like other plant based sources) contains ALA. ALA has to be converted to DHA or EPA before it could be used by the human body; unfortunately these conversions are very restricted.

Research shows that DHA and EPA fatty acids play major roles in the development of a healthy baby; unfortunately human body can not manufacture these essential nutrients on its own. Therefore we get them through diet or supplementation; however studies show that our modern diet is deficient in these vital fatty acids. Studies on omega 3 and pregnancy show that a pregnant woman’s level of omega 3 is depleted because

Mom and Baby at 35 Weeks

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Only two weeks left to go until your baby is full-term and ready for life outside the womb. At pregnancy week 35, your baby probably weighs over 5.3 pounds, and he/she may be 18.2 inches long from head to heel. (But remember that some babies will weigh more or less than this average, and some are longer, or shorter.)

  • Most of your baby’s physical development is complete by pregnancy week 35. From now until you deliver, your baby is working diligently on gaining more fat to plump him/her up.
  • Your baby’s suckle reflexes are well developed now. So if your baby was born premature this week, he/she will be able to breastfeed with little trouble.
  • Room is becoming limited in the womb, so your baby is no longer doing somersaults, flips, or flops. But the number of the times he/she kicks should remain the same. (Call your doctor if you notice a decrease in your baby’s kicks.)
  • Your baby’s kidneys are fully developed at 35 weeks, and his/her liver can process waste products. The lungs continue to mature, and they won’t be ready for life outside the womb for a couple more weeks. Since week 32, your

The First Trimester Mom and Baby

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Your body is going through some very rapid and miraculous changes. Hormones are flooding your body and directing it to do just what is needed to create a new life within you. This is a beautiful gift that the female body has been given, but at times the side effects may leave you reeling. The purpose of this article is to make you aware of what those potential side effects are so that you can face them head on and with confidence, knowing that they are normal, only temporary, and oh so very worth it.

Nausea:

Often referred to as morning sickness during pregnancy, but has been known to strike at any time of day – each woman is different, and some may not experience it at all. It is likely caused by all those hormones we mentioned above which can cause the stomach to empty much slower. Pregnant women also tend to have a heightened sense of smell and this can trigger the nausea. To lessen this nasty side effect try eating small frequent meals with lots of fluids and do the best

Benefits for Mom and Baby

Making the decision to breast-feed is a very personal matter, but you and your baby are unique and the decision is up to you. Here’s information you can use to get started with confidence.

Benefits for baby:

This is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child, breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat, everything your infant needs to grow. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Nursing reduces your baby’s risk of having asthma and allergies. Infants that are nursed tend to gain less unnecessary weight and tend to be leaner. This may result in being less overweight later in life. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do formula. The physical closeness, skin to skin touching, and the eye contact all help your baby bond and feel secure with you. The longer a mom and baby breast-feeds, the greater the benefits are for both mom and baby.

Here are the ABCs of breast-feeding:

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