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Are You Experiencing Anemia During Pregnancy?

Are You Experiencing Anemia During Pregnancy?

by Susan Tanner Anemia during pregnancy is most commonly caused by an iron deficiency. Being tested for anemia early in your pregnancy is a good idea, but may not be enough, since anemia may still develop as your pregnancy progresses. Although anemia is caused by an iron deficiency in your body, you will not need to worry too much about your baby, since he will be sure to get as much iron from you as he needs. Your baby will only be in danger of suffering from anemia if the situation is completely ignored. How will I be able to tell if I am anemic? Anemia should be easily identifiable in the blood tests that you take frequently throughout your pregnancy. The baby will start drawing on your iron reserves much more heavily around week 20, so you may develop anemia later in your pregnancy. Common symptoms of anemia during pregnancy include: * Feeling exhausted or weak * Pale or light skin * Fainting spells * Palpitations * Breathlessness Who is most at risk? Pregnant women who have poor nutrition, due to nausea and vomiting or simply bad habits, are more at risk of developing anemia. Also, women who are carrying multiple fetuses may be at a higher risk, as two babies will deplete iron stores twice as much. Women who have two or more pregnancies relatively close together may be at risk for similar reasons. How much iron should I be getting? The recommended daily allowance of iron is around 15mg for women trying to conceive. Pregnant women will need to consume about twice that much each day.... read more
5 Positive Affirmations for the New Mom

5 Positive Affirmations for the New Mom

Just had a baby, and feeling those baby blues? You’re not alone. According to the American Pregnancy Association, an estimated 70 – 80% of new mothers experience mild postpartum depression within the first two weeks of delivery. It’s usually caused by a whole slew of factors: hormones, exhaustion, overwhelm, labor. These feelings eventually dissipate for many. But for as many as 11-20% moms, they will go on to have postpartum depression, or struggle with other mood related disorders during the first year after delivery. It’s a subject that’s not often openly talked about, but if you’re not feeling quite yourself, it’s important to seek help and reach out. Talk to your doctor and seek support. However, on a day to day basis, keeping a positive mindset can be helpful in combating those temporary dips in morale. Here are some useful positive affirmations to keep your mood up. I am the perfect mother for my baby. I have the strength to take care of all of my baby’s needs. I grow in strength with every forward step I take into motherhood. I believe in myself as a capable and wonderful mother. I am good enough in all that I do. But remember: if your feelings of depression persists though, it’s important to seek help. Affirmations can help but they aren’t enough! Take care of yourself first and foremost. Motherhood is a long journey, and you have to be kind to yourself on the... read more
5 Things to Eat While Breastfeeding

5 Things to Eat While Breastfeeding

First of all, eat for your health. A healthy mama is a healthy child! So don’t count calories and be too worried about losing weight – all of the weight will drop off over time with breastfeeding and moderate exercise.

Also, with all the toxins and chemicals found in food these days, it’s good to go for food options that contain fewer pesticides.

“As of 2011 the “dirty dozen” that tested highest for pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, were apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines and grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and kale and collard greens.”

Here are some things you can include in your diet:




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4 Tips on Doing Yoga with Kids

4 Tips on Doing Yoga with Kids

Do you have a yoga practice? Is it an essential part of your life, no matter how busy you are as a mother and all the other roles that you juggle? Well, we think that’s great! It’s also possible to blend these aspects of your life, and to maximize the joy you get out of them. One way is to get your kids to do yoga with you. It’s possible at any age, including when they are just babies.




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5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

Are you in your last trimester? Then this article is for you. The final trimester brings with it a lot of emotions, like excitement for the new baby, some anxiety – and probably even ‘I can’t wait for it to be over!’ After all, you may be feeling huge, need to pee all the time, and in general, just over being pregnant. One major thing that many women experience at this stage is pregnancy fatigue. Fatigue and loss of sleep is particularly common in the last trimester for a few reasons:




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Regular Nursing Bra or Nursing Sports Bra?

Regular Nursing Bra or Nursing Sports Bra?

Breastfeeding moms would probably agree that having great support and comfort is essential for breastfeeding success. No pokey wires or uncomfortable fabrics – the process can be eased by picking a great bra that is not only comfortable, but gives you an easy breastfeeding experience.

Are you thinking of which nursing bra you should invest in? Here are some considerations:




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