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3 things to keep in mind during pregnancy

I know it is not a surprise but at some point it will hit you that you have a tiny human growing in your body, and that is amazing. But what now? Will you be a good parent? What if something is not right? Might the nosy neighbor be right about eating seafood during a pregnancy can harm your baby or the woman at the grocery shop who said you have to listen to Vivaldi to grow you baby’s IQ?

Well don’t worry, there are many great books about what to expect, what will happen to you, what expert suggest, what you should eat, how you should wear your jeans. Basically, all the information that you felt irrelevant for now turns into super important topics you might worry about. Let me get one thing straight at the beginning! Pregnancy from the point, when you just realized you are pregnant might look an extremely long journey, 3 trimesters, 9 month, around 41 weeks. Believe me, in a year you will miss the feeling and wish some parts would have taken longer, even with the swelled up foot, the mood swings and the weird habit people obtain by touching your belly.

In this article, I would like to give you some tips to keep in mind while you are pregnant and about to start to worry about every little detail, as in your mind they can make or break the situation. And always remember to enjoy every bits and piece of it your pregnancy, there is a reason people call it a blessing.

1.Pick the right information

First things first, educate yourself, get to know the things that you can expect during the pregnancy. The only thing you should always keep in mind is to choose your sources of information wise! The nosey old man from the other site of the street as mentioned before is a no-no, the wide platform of the internet is a big bowl to where everyone can upload any ideas so think about the validity as well.

Choosing a book to educate yourself on topics is always a good idea, as they have to go through editors and publicists before they can be printed, it is less likely that they have false information. Now you might say, okay but if I go to a bookshop the list of books written for pregnant women is pretty extensive.

  • Try to choose something that had been published recently, pregnancy and the practices linked to it changes quite often.
  • Read a bit about the author, how they rate her, read a few lines of the book you are about to choose, as it should be entertaining to read but still should include the most important facts.
  • Ask the opinion of your mom or mommy to be friends, your doctor and the shop assistant at the books store or a librarian what they favour or suggest. The more perspectives you have the better decision you can make.

2. Choose the doctor wise

Do not try to rush things, let it be the nursery, toys, and food for him or her, baby supplies for the everyday life or training on how to be a better parent. You are about the experience something that is totally new and different in some ways for everyone, therefore take all the advice you can get, but filter them. Who have ever experienced the feeling of being a new parent will know how insecure you can be at a certain point in time, they are trying to help you by giving all their best advice.

It is okay to overthink, overreact and make mistakes, you baby will love you with all the flaws and mistakes you might make, you are the perfect mommy to him or her, trust your instincts.

Your instincts accompanied by a good pregnancy specialist (or obstetrician) will ensure that you will have the right guidance through the whole process and source information. And as usual, I will give you some tips on how to pick your specialist other than going to the same pregnancy specialist the whole family visits.

  • Take into consideration any previous medical records (blood pressure, previous C-section, diabetes etc.)
  • Also, try to get to know the doctors you are choosing from, how do they treat people, how patient they are ( as when you are pregnant and about to give birth, patient will be your last priority between contractions)
  • Choose an obstetrician who can explain you everything straight forward and understandable, in summary, someone you can rely on
  • Lastly, ask the people, friends, pregnancy groups in your area, family, friends and anyone who you trust, filter all the information and make your decision

 

3. Pamper yourself with care

Last but not least, always remember you are doing an incredible thing with your body, you deserve to be treated good, especially now. Pregnancy will make you look pretty, they say. Well, to be honest, that might not be the case 24/7 at least in your opinion, but in the eyes of your family, partner and everybody you will look perfect. Either way, you deserve some pampering, take some days off to relax, get a good massage or a fresh haircut whatever you fell like.

There is a reason I haven’t listed a lot of things on the contrary. Your body during pregnancy is a shield around your baby, a shield that distributes everything to your baby, so think carefully what you get in touch with.

  • Baby can receive chemicals what you breathe in, so it is wise to avoid painting walls, changing cat litter or stay around smokers
  • Skin distributes the fewer substances, therefore in many cases with some precautions, you can keep the majority of your beauty practices, like nails and hair care or dye (just don’t inhale too much)
  • By eating things you can influence your baby the most, as he or she eats what you eat trough the umbilical cord, so it is wise to avoid smoked or raw meat and any similar dish that can cause infection

 

In a summary what I suggest to any pregnant woman out there is to trust your instincts, dare to ask and accept any advice, filter them and put to good use.

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Maybe it’s time to kit out the nursery, in which case you can head over to the nursery section and read our reviews of the latest and best cribs. At THHB we’re passionate about baby toys and we’ve created a whole section of our website devoted to researching and reviewing the best baby toys. It’s important that babies get lots of love and attention throughout the their early stages of development. Fun and educational baby toys are a great way to make sure your baby gets the best start in life.

 

Mommy to be – Let’s Yoga

Yoga it up mommies

We all have seen those amazing photos of people in the park wearing those perfect working out clothes doing some crazy positions and looking completely relaxed. And then you look at your mommy to be body and think there is no way you can do that. Thinking about thing like you get tired even from walking up the stairs, or sometimes you fall asleep when just sitting down to catch your breath. No, it’s not something for a mommy, it seems to be too much exercise.

Well, think again! As before I have clarified some myths for mommy to be’s about pregnancy, baby toys and sleeping habits in this part I will tell you why you should start yoga today. How can you benefit from it, what to pay attention to and how can you involve your partner.

 

What is yoga in general?

If we look at a short history, yoga was invented about 2,000 years ago in India and it is basically a philosophical guidebook. There are 8 main types of yoga focusing on postures, breathing, concentration and so on. Yoga is something that can energize your body (which could really benefit a mommy to be), relax your nerves, it can also feed your soul and surround you with positive energy. It is not an actual fitness or physical exercise, it is much more. And there is another good news, namely that yoga is so common in many countries that you can easily find a studio to practice or even do it at home based on some videos (although for a mommy to be I would recommend an instructor during pregnancy).

 

Why is it good for mommies?

Well, the answer is quite simple. It’s yoga, it is good for every generation, for physical and for mental problems people might face, by including relaxation and stretching exercises in a session. And how is it related to you, as a mommy to be? Well it can benefit you on quite some levels, let me give a short list:

  • It can teach you to relax in many situations and have a better control over you emotions and mood
  • Yoga can help you improve your balance and easy fatigue with small exercises
  • By keeping your muscles in a constant use you can get back in shape in much less time
  • By showing you some basic breathing exercise and with the relaxation techniques you can bear the process of labor
  • It also strengthen your muscles and can easy some back pain you might get carrying you baby 24/7 (a huge mommy to be problem)
  • It can relax your baby and reduce your and his or her stress level, moreover you baby is likely to be much more relaxed in the first few month
  • You can meet up during pregnant yoga with other mommies, make friends and get extra advice

 

Always be careful

Now that we have established that yoga can make your pregnancy and the first few month with your baby much easier. And now please read the following suggestions really carefully, as you know sport is extremely healthy but if you do not do it the right way it can have reverse effects. This rule applies to doing yoga as a mommy to be as well, so keep them in mind all times.

  1. Find a yoga instructor, who worked before with mommy to group, or has an expertise in mommy yoga
  2. If you go to a regular yoga class, let your instructor know how far you are, as there are some positions, which are not recommended after a while
  3. Try not to spend too much time on your back, as it can have an effect on the blood flow to your uterus
  4. Stretch, bend and do exercise only to an extent which makes you comfortable and feels good ( this is not the time to stretch your limits)
  5. Be really careful with stretching your abdominal or in general stretching too much to avoid strains and pulls
  6. Do yoga in an environment that relaxes you, fresh air, right temperature (this is one of the most important), good lighting, comfortable mattress
  7. Keep in mind your center of gravity changed, bending, leaning might be trickier

This list might seem long, and include many things but if you really think it trough it is only about doing things what makes you comfortable, and letting an expert guide you.

 

Involve your partner!

I have good news, you don’t have to exclude your partner either, in fact, it is even better if he is around. There are great yoga positions for couples and having him around and doing things together is always nice. From around the 19th week of your pregnancy in the second trimester, your baby can hear you, make use of it.

Taking him to yoga classes where you can meet other parents to be, as I mentioned you can meet other mommy to be’s and make friends but he can have some extra support from other daddy to be’s as well. You can also extend the doing yoga at home, after the pregnancy, and involve him. Both of you around the baby can strengthen the family bond, and get the father and the baby closer.

mommy to be yoga with partner

Some things to prepare

I hope by the end of the article you are already convinced about yoga, and you are about to look up some places where they have yoga for mommy to be’s or calling your mommy friends where do they go.

You will see you do not need a lot of things to do yoga, but let me suggest some things what will make you feel more comfortable going. For the first class, it is good to take the following things with you.

  • Comfortable and stretchy clothes, think about how comfortable they are when you lean, bend and stretch
  • A good mattress, to do yoga on, not too thin or too thick, remember you have to sit an lay on it for some positions
  • Depending on the nature of the yoga class you can also take a thin blanket, some tennis balls or straps

The moves you have learned during mommy to be yoga is also something you can keep doing at home with you baby boy or baby girl after the pregnancy.