Pregnancy, Parenting & Baby Care

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How to Cope with Pregnancy Bed Rest

Bed rest is no vacation. Activities you normally enjoy are limited. As a result, you risk the following physical, mental, and emotional effects, according to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Fetal Medicine Division: Physical Effects. Reclining for long periods causes muscle cramping, stiffness, and numbness. In addition, pregnancy discomforts such as heartburn, reflux, constipation, and...

Knowing That You are Pregnant

You may feel very happy or excited when you discover that you are pregnant, but you shouldn't worry if you don't. Even if you have been looking forward to pregnancy, it is not unusual for your feelings to take you by surprise. And if your pregnancy was unplanned, then you may feel quite confused. Give yourself a little time to adjust to the idea of being pregnant. Even though you may feel rather...

When Can I ... Start My Baby on Solid Foods?

It is recommended that you not start solid foods until your child is four to six months old. Breast milk or infant formula supplies all of your baby's nutritional needs for at least the first 4 to 6 months of life, so don't be in a rush to start solid foods. Starting solids too early can cause your baby to develop food allergies. Your baby's intestinal tract is not as fully developed during the...

Breastfeeding

Breastmilk is the best food for the new born child. There is no substitute of breastmilk to the children. Apathy toward breastfeeding has led to dire consequences of deaths of children is a large number. According to UNICEF, every year one million children die in the third world because of feeding through bottle. The Institute of Public Health and Nutrition and Breastfeeding Foundation has found...

Problems During Pregnancy

Problems Your body has a great deal to do during pregnancy. Sometimes the changes taking place will cause irritation or discomfort, and on occasions they may seem quite alarming. There is rarely any need for alarm but you should mention anything that is worrying you to your doctor or midwife. If you think that something may be seriously wrong, trust your own judgement and get in touch with your...

Pregnancy Sickness

Pregnancy sickness Does the smell of prawns have you running to the loo? Does your stomach churn every time you think of fried eggs? You may be suffering from pregnancy sickness. It should get better... It's important to realise that 'morning sickness' can occur at any time of the day, although early morning is a common time. It's not unusual for a woman in early pregnancy to wake up feeling sick...

Tips for Healthy Pregnancy

What do You Crave? Where do cravings come from? Hormones, right? Maybe, says Elizabeth Somer, author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy. The extreme hormonal changes women go through during pregnancy can have a powerful impact on taste and smell. But the bottom line, says Somer, is that no one really knows for sure. You should pay attention to your pregnancy cravings -- but not necessarily give...

How Do I ... Feed My Baby?

You should always hold your baby during a feeding. Even when he is older and able to hold the bottle on his own, you should continue to hold him and avoid propping the bottle during feedings. Also, hold the bottle so that the tip is always filled with formula. This will prevent your baby from swallowing a lot of air. Burping your baby every few ounces can prevent stomach distention and discomfort...