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July 8, 2015

How To Keep Healthy While Pregnant

Have the food cravings hit you hard? ‘Eating for two’ your new catchphrase? Are you spending all your free time on the couch stuffing Cheeto’s into your mouth because, to heck with it, you’re pregnant, you can whatever you want!

If you answered yes to all of the above, we need to have a little chat.

While expectant mothers may be tempted to use pregnancy as the ultimate excuse to binge eat and fast from exercising, this behavior isn’t exactly healthy for you or your baby. Your first responsibility as a mother is to ensure your baby comes into this world healthy. Here’s a few key tips to keeping yourself and your little one in good shape.

Eat Well

It’s important to maintain a balanced ‘diet for two’. Although the fact is, you don’t need to be consuming any extra calories in the first six months of your pregnancy. And in your final three months, you only need to increase your calorie intact by 200 a day.

Proper nutrition is vital. Experts recommend plenty of good carbohydrates, five servings of fruit and vegetables daily, and plenty of protein from lean meets, beans, nuts or dairy products.

Many pregnant women develop food cravings and aversions during their first four months. If your aversions are making you gag at the sight of fish, for example, then you can supplement with fish oil capsules. Supplements and prenatal vitamins are not substitutes for a proper diet, but they can certainly help when you’re feeling too sick to eat.

It’s okay to give into food cravings. In fact, giving in might be the only way to keep your sanity. But you can’t go overboard. Perhaps a miniature candy bar as opposed to the king size? Or try soothing your desire for ice cream with low fat frozen yogurt.

Cut out caffeine and alcohol altogether. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you may develop an aversion to it anyway.

Exercise

You’re pregnant, not disabled. You can certainly get up and move around a bit. Regular exercise either at home or joining a training centre has been proven to build up strength and endurance in moms-to-be; which will be helpful in coping with the weight gained during pregnancy and the physical stress of labor.

Many doctors recommend taking up a routine of pelvic floor exercises. A sling of muscles at the base of your pelvis is your pelvic floor. It supports your bladder and vagina. The pressure pregnancy puts on these muscles weakens them, which can put you at risk of developing stress incontinence. Maintaining strong pelvic floor muscles through pelvic squeezes will help to reduce your risk for this, as well as assist in smoother birth.

Plus, keeping up a regular exercise routine— of possibly swimming, yoga, or brisk walking— will help you get back into shape later.

Maintain Contact with Your Doctors

Ladies, this is number one. As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, contact your OBGYN or a midwife. Make sure to discuss organizing your antenatal care. Keep up regular visits, and please, do what the doctor tells you to.


Categories: Mummy Tips


September 19, 2014

Lineable – Wearable Tracker Bracelet For Children

Every now and then you come across a product aimed at children or families and you think the idea is just genius and how could there have been such a gap in the market for so long. The latest find is a wearable tracking beacon for children known as Lineable.

Lineable wearable tracker bracelet

We’ve just returned from a week away in Cyprus and as any parent knows, you can never usually relax 100% in a new place with a small child as you’re always on alert to new places your little one might want to wander off to, or to new things they may want to look at. Our son is coming up to 3.5 years old and is a confident and friendly child who loves nothing more than approaching strangers and asking “What you doing?”. This question is usually aimed at any construction worker he may come across and he has even been known to open his car window to shout across a road asking a worker with a pneumatic drill what he was up to. So, suffice to say, I was a bit annoyed with myself when I realised I didn’t bring our own “holiday bracelet” we keep for him with his name and my contact details on for use when away.

The Lineable wearable tracker beacon bracelet is obviously a step up from a basic name bracelet and looks like an ordinary bracelet a child can wear that sends data via a server to your smartphone on a specific Lineable App allowing you to keep track of your child. If at any point you cannot find your child, you can simply click a report button on the Lineable app then the child’s bracelet will alert other app users who can then contact you directly when they find your child.

It comes with a battery that lasts up to a year and for $5 and with worldwide shipping from February next year, this handy additional element of family safety and security seems to be a no-brainer!

Lineable tracker bracelet


August 29, 2014

Deciding What Baby Products You’ll Need When Pregnant

The baby is on its way and you’re excitedly planning the nursery and lists of things you need to do and when! As the nesting instinct kicks in you may find yourself going to baby shows, events and scouring magazines for ideas and inspiration for everything you think you’ll need in addition to those things you probably won’t, but will get just in case.

An Exciting Minefield!

Organising what you need for your new baby is an exciting time and if you’re a first-time mum it can also be pretty confusing as you enter a minefield of supposed must-haves and essential clothing items and then there’s the things you’ve never heard of before but your best friend says she swore by it with her newborn. How does a pregnant mum decide on what she needs and how much it might all cost?

1)      Asking friends and family for their top tips is always a good place to start. That will help you prioritise items into the actual essentials needed before the baby is born and the luxury items that would be nice to receive as gifts once the baby arrives.

2)      Everyone knows that babies can be expensive, especially as you’re buying many items for the first time in your life. Scouring the voucher websites such as: http://www.newvoucher.co.uk/retailer-644-kiddicare for the latest deals on offers will certainly be a big help when it comes to totting up the tallies, especially for more expensive items such as car seats, breast pumps or pushchairs. There’s usually offers to be had and the bigger baby product stockists and stores such as Kiddicare can afford to offer more impressive discounts so keep an eye out for voucher codes.

3)      Check online reviews of items to find out whether the experiences of other mums out there matches up to the hype of a particular product. I’ve often read baby product reviews when considering what items to buy.

It’s also a wise idea to give yourself time when purchasing your new baby items. Pregnancy can take its toll on the body and as you tire quicker during the latter stages of pregnancy you won’t want to be rushing around frantically worried about what you might not have in the nursery already. Bear in mind that your baby may also decide to make an early appearance so ensuring your newborn sleepsuits are purchased, washed and ready for you in the nursery is definitely a good idea.

Having a baby is a wonderfully unique time of your life and you should be able to enjoy every day of it. Do your preparations and research on what you and your baby will need and ensure you have everything ready in time and just let mother nature take care of the rest!


Categories: Baby Gifts,Baby Products


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