Pregnancy Tips: When You Find Out You Are Pregnant

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When you find out you are pregnant, there are so many things that cross your mind. Some are more important than others, and some can wait. Here is a list going over the important things to do while you are pregnant.

Choose Your Doctor

You have the positive pregnancy test, now its time to find an OBGYN if you do not already have one. This doctor will be the one you see throughout your pregnancy, during labor, and they will deliver your baby. Get recommendations from your friends and family members, and even research them online to see others reviews. If you already have one that you get your yearly pap smears from, you can continue to use them for your pregnancy.

Take Your Prenatal Vitamins

Whether you get them from your doctor as a prescription, or you buy them over the counter, they are important to take. They help provide the extra minerals and vitamins that your body and your baby need. It is important to get enough folic acid while pregnant. The folic acid reduces your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects like spina bifida. While you can get folic acid from other foods, this is a much easier way.

If You Smoke, Quit

Smoking isn’t safe during pregnancy. It can lead to low birth weight, miscarriage, placental problems and even preterm birth. It also increases the risk of a stillborn birth.

Follow A Healthy Diet

Your doctor will discuss with you how much weight you can expect to gain based on your current size. They will also discuss healthy eating habits and what kind of prenatal exercise you can do. Cut back on caffeine as it can lead to low birth weight. Eat more fruits and veggies instead of snacks and unhealthy foods. Your doctor can go into more depth with what they would like for you to eat more of, and less of.

Attend A Breastfeeding Class

This is especially true if you plan on breastfeeding. The class will have women who are currently breastfeeding and those who no longer breastfeed but have for a significant amount of time. They will help explain the troubles you may face, but they also will help you learn to overcome.

Other important things you will want to do while you are pregnant is to find a pediatrician for your child, attend a childbirth preparation class. You can also child proof your home because you will be too busy to do it later on, read a baby book, make a list of things to pack in the hospital bag and start to pack the bag, get the baby’s room ready, talk to your OBGYN about a birth plan. You may want to create a will or update yours just in case. You should also think about when and how you will announce your pregnancy (if you haven’t already).

As always, your doctor is your best resource for your pregnancy, if you have any questions you should ask your doctor.

An Exhausted Mom’s Guide to Sleep

Jess was four months old when I realized I had not slept a full night in almost a year. Between first trimester bathroom breaks, third trimester backaches, and newborn nighttime feedings, I was sleep deprived and exhausted. Something had to change.

Perception Reality

Before my realization, our nighttime schedule consisted of watching late-night TV and nursing as needed. I mean, we essentially had no schedule. It dawned on me that our poor baby had no idea what to expect at night, and didn’t know how to differentiate nighttime from nap time. Ah-ha!

I researched nighttime routines and rituals online, and adapted what I read fit our own style. And it actually – eventually – worked!

Our schedule in a nutshell:

7:00 pm – bath
7:20 pm – mini baby massage
7:30 pm – bottle & story time
7:45 pm – baby in crib, lights out

Don’t be misled, it took a little adjusting and quite a few tears, but we found it. I could finally stop rolling my eyes when I read about babies who slept through the night and moms woke up rested. That was me!

I’m not telling you that this will work overnight (pun intended). I promise you that full night of sleep is on the horizon. future.

Here’s to well rested babies and mamas!

When Ellen Met Elias

I’m a fan o The Ellen Show and this episode is just so so fun to watch. Elias is a 7-year-old piano prodigy, but what he brought when he met Ellen was a lot more than just musical skill. This might be one of the most memorable guests in history.

Update! Elias, the young piano prodigy is back on The Ellen Show.

Heartwarming Coca Cola Commerical

I love this Coke commerical and it’s so beautifully done. In the span of 60 seconds, Coke tells the trials and tribulations of parenthood froml the milestones of bringing a baby home to the sheer exhaustion of toddler mischief. At the end of the ad, there is a surprise and the parents’ reaction is priceless. Very funny, very heartwarming.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays!

Tips for Breastfeeding Success

Breastfeeding Tips

Breastfeeding is an intimate and special experience between mom and baby. With that said, it can also be a scary and vulnerable time for a new (or even seasoned!) mother. When things don’t go exactly by the book, moms of infants may feel guilty for “doing something wrong,” or ashamed of “not getting the hang of it” immediately. But thousands of moms experience some level of struggle with nursing before finding a rhythm.

The following are the best of the best tips in breastfeeding success. Pick and choose from the list as the items pertain to your needs. Above all, remember that finding your nursing groove takes time. The bond you and your baby will experience (not to mention the health benefits for baby) make the effort worth it.

BREASTFEEDING TIPS AND TRICKS

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – This is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.

Kelly Mom – This is a great site created by a lactation consultant and mother of three. The website provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

Breastfeeding Video – It’s sometimes useful to see breastfeeding in action. This real-life video gives tips and tricks to make nursing easy.

Nursing Positions – There are many ways to hold baby and position yourself to make nursing comfortable for both parties. Find the best position for you and your infant.

Forums for Nursing Moms – These online groups allow you to ask questions and communicate with real moms experiencing similar struggles and victories at the same time.

La Leche League – This organization has a multitude of resources, including local groups where you can connect with real life nursing moms.

Breast Feeding Inc. – This site has a ton of resources including videos, forums, etc.

Dr. Jack Newman – Dr. Jack Newman is a great advocate for breastfeeding. The site has a loads of info, including videos, articles and troubleshooting information.

NURSING SUPPLIES

While one of the benefits of nursing is that you don’t need a ton of stuff to do it, some of these items help make breastfeeding a little easier.

Nursing Pillows – These comfortable and supportive pillows is a must for all breastfeeding moms.

Nipple Cream – Sometimes your nipples will become sore, and will require some type of additional soothing moisturizer to protect and care for them.

Reusable Nursing Pads – While you are establishing your milk supply at the beginning, nursing mamas tend to leak. Using these pads, you prevent embarrassing spotting on your shirt while out in public. Reusable pads save you money in the long-run.

3 Ways How To Get Rid of Cockroaches Naturally In Your Home

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Cockroaches in the home are never welcome gets and sadly are like those relatives that come to stay and linger for months afterwards. The problem with many store bought products that kill roaches is that they are filled with harmful chemicals that can linger in your home and pose a threat to yourself, your children and your pets. So how do you get rid of cockroaches in your home? We’ve put together 3 ways for you to get rid of roaches without spraying any harmful chemicals around your home.

The Baking Soda and Sugar Method

To get rid of cockroaches naturally mix equal parts sugar and baking soda (about ½ cup each) and sprinkle the mixture around the home, especially in areas where the cockroaches are found most often. The mixture works by attracting the cockroaches to the sugar which they are drawn to like flies to honey. The baking soda once ingested works to disrupt their digestive tracts which ultimately kills the roaches in a completely toxic/chemical free way.

The Diatomaceous Earth Method

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is an odorless and non-toxic power which is made up of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. DE is one of the best natural pest killers that is completely harmless to humans and pets. The shells of the diatoms work by irreparably damaging the cockroaches’ exoskeletons that then dehydrate the roaches and kills them within just a few hours of coming into contact with the DE. DE can be found in a powdered form; oftentimes you can find several pounds of the powder for just a few dollars. Sprinkle the powder around the home in areas that attract roaches such as kitchens; the DE not only kills cockroaches, but acts as a repellant as well, keeping your home cockroach free.

The Herb Method

If you are a gardener you probably know that some herbs planted in your garden nearby fruits and vegetables can help to keep pests away from your prizing winning carrots and the same applies to cockroaches in the home. Certain herb such as bay leaves and rosemary repel cockroaches simply because they do not like the smell of the herbs. Fresh herbs work best as they have the most potent smell and should be placed around the home in strategic places to ward away any cockroaches from the home.

Tips On How To Stop Binge Eating In Its Tracks

Binge Eating

Have you ever sat in from of your TV with a bag of chips and before you knew it the whole bag was gone, leaving you wondering if some chip eating gremlin had wandered in unnoticed by you and ate the whole bag? If you have you know what binge eating is and you probably know what it can do to even the trimmest of figures. Binge eating is not only problematic to keeping your weight down, but to your overall health and confidence as well. The trick to stop binge eating in its tracks is to adapt to better behaviors that help to make it harder to eat that whole bag of chips by yourself.

Always Portion Out Your Food

One of the biggest reasons you binge eat so much might be because you are eating straight from the food container rather than from a bowl or plate. To stop this from happening measure out a specific portion of food and put the rest of the food away so that it isn’t in front of you and easy to eat. To eat more you’ll have to actively get up and go measure out more, making it more likely that you’ll stick with just that one portion of food rather than consciously making the effort to get more.

Use Small Containers to Portion Out Your Food

It’s tempting to get that big bowl and filled it to the brim with your favorite ice cream, but that just enables you to keep eating large portions of food, i.e. binge eating. So to stop that from happening, stick to small bowls, plates, cups, etc when you are getting you food ready so you won’t have room for more of the food that what is necessary.

Don’t Eat in Front of the TV or Computer

Everybody does it now and then, but eating in front of the TV is just a recipe for binge eating. Oftentimes you are just looking for something to do and go reaching for that bag of chips we talked about and before you know it you get sucked into the plot and your eating the entire bag. So, no matter how tempted you are to just sit down and watch a movie with a box of cookies or a bag of your favorite chips, don’t do it.

Fill Up on Water Instead

Sometimes cravings or hunger can be confused with thirst, so keep a steady flow of water into your body throughout the day. Keep a bottle of water on hand at work and at home so that whenever you feel the need to go grab a bite outside of a regular meal you can take a few gulps of water instead. This will not only help to keep your body hydrated, but help to keep you fuller so that you are less tempted to go looking for something to eat to tide you over until dinner.

How To Teach Your Child To Read Without Losing Your Mind

Today, we are going to help you figure out the best ways to teach your child to read while retaining your sanity as well!

Encourage Reading In Children

Tip #1: Start Early

Not necessarily teaching your child to read early, but have books around your house from the time your child is born. Let your child see you reading, and read to your child as much as possible. If books are not a foreign concept, your child will be more interested in learning to read. Make sure your child has books to read and hold and look at, even when they are just a baby. Looking at books and becoming familiar with books is the first step to learning to read. Once your child is old enough to show an interest in reading, you can start beginning to teach them the basics of learning to read. Don’t force them however, and let them take the lead.

Tip #2: Engage Your Child

When reading to your child, ask a lot of questions. Even if it is only “where is the silly dog?”, or “do you see the snowman’s eyes?”, try to engage your children. This is teaching the fundamental basics of reading comprehension that help them when they do learn to read. Try your best to make reading fun and instill a love of books and reading in your child from a very early age. If your child has a particular subject that they like, such as dinosaurs or princesses, or space, get lots of books on those topics and read! Make sure your home has plenty of books for your kids to read whenever they have the urge. When you read, point to the words as you read them so your child will start to make those connections. If your child wants to read the same book a hundred times, just do it. It’s only helping them to learn.

Tip #3:  Name Everything

Start by putting labels on everything in your home, or your child’s room. This can be a great way to develop early reading skills, name association and sight words. If your child sees the word “train” on the train box, he will develop that association. Label anything and everything to help your child develop sight words and help him or her to memorize common words. Oh, and ask a lot of questions. Do you see the fish? Where is the cat? This was always a big one in our house! If your child asks what a word is, repeat it. If they ask a hundred times, tell them a hundred times. Eventually, they will get it on their own!

Tip #4: Don’t Rush It

Your child will learn to read when he or she is ready, and you can’t push it on them before they are ready. Don’t try, you will just both end up discouraged. Engage your child in reading related activities and help them learn words, letters, and numbers. Eventually they will start to put it all together, and then that is when you can help them. By pushing reading onto them when they are not developmentally ready for it, both of you will suffer. Remember, learning to read is supposed to be fun! If you force it on your child, they might develop an aversion to reading, and you don’t want that! By helping your child develop their love of reading at their own pace, you are getting them ready for a lifetime of loving to read!