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Coping with a Flu During Pregnancy

coping with flu during pregnancyGetting sick when you’re pregnant is scary business. Not only do you feel awful, but there’s also a worry that your developing baby is at risk – especially if you’re unable to keep any fluids or food down.

Pregnant women are at higher risk for illness during pregnancy because your immune system is weakened during those 40 weeks. Mother nature is a miraculous thing, and your body changes so much when you’re pregnant. When you’re expecting, your immune system becomes weakened to tolerate the unborn baby, since it is a “foreign substance.” To prevent your body from attacking your growing child, your immune system naturally takes a back seat and alters its immune responses. So you are more vulnerable to getting sick. [click to continue…]

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Trying to Conceive: How to Increase Cervical Mucus

Prenatal TestsOvulation kits are great, but there’s one easy way to check out if you’re fertile – your cervical mucus. The changes in those secretions in your cervix play a huge role in your fertility and ovulation. During your fertile time, cervical mucus aids and helps sperm swim through the cervix to reach their final destination.

When you’re fertile, you will be moist and sticky. Your cervical mucus will be white or creamy, and it breaks easily when you stretch it between your fingers. When your cervical mucus is thin, watery, transparent and has a similar consistency as an egg white, that’s when you are at your most fertile and most likely to conceive if you have unprotected sex.

During the parts of the month when you’re feeling dry down there, you aren’t fertile. Not having much cervical mucus may also be a sign of a fertility problem. It could mean that you’re not ovulating, and this is especially true if you are missing periods or your cycle is irregular.

There are many reasons why you not be producing enough cervical mucus, including stress; how old you are (in your 30s and 40s, your fertility decreases and your days of having stretchy, slippery, fertile cervical mucus also decreases); lower estrogen levels; side effects of medications, and other reasons.

If you’re looking to increase your cervical mucus, the following may help improve the amount of cervical mucus: [click to continue…]

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Green Tea and Fertility – Will Drinking Tea Help Me Get Pregnant?

Green Tea and Trying to Get PregnantIf you’re trying to get pregnant, you can desperate to try anything for a baby. Why not enjoy a hot, relaxing cup of green tea? There is some research that drinking green tea can boost your fertility and potentially improve your chances of getting pregnant.

For thousands of years, humans have consumed and enjoyed tea. Today, it’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, with water being the first.
Not only is tea soothing, but it has medicinal purposes as well. Green tea, in particular, is one of the healthiest varieties of teas.

Green tea, first cultivated in ancient China, is packed full of unique antioxidants, which protect you against free radicals that can cause cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease.

There is some research that suggests that polyphenols and hypoxanthine – the two main ingredients found in green tea – are correlated to a higher chance of having viable embryos. Studies have indicated that these two compounds can help egg maturation, which may lead to your eggs being more fertile. [click to continue…]

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Why is My Period Late?

Late PeriodMy period is always on time – always! – but a few weeks ago, when I went on vacation, overseas, I found myself panicking. My period was late. And not only by a few days, but over a week late.

I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but the idea of having a baby completely scared me. Like most of you, pregnancy is a life-changing event and one of the scariest experiences if you’re not planning on having a baby anytime soon. I mean, having a baby is a game changer (and really expensive too boot.)

Fortunately, my period came and went, and I realized it was all the stress and the few extra pounds I had put on, due to the holidays and yummy holiday food I was binging on, and my oversea travels that threw my body for a loop. I went 52 days from one period to the next – so it definitely freaked me out! [click to continue…]

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Countdown to Baby: 7 Tips to Help You Prepare for Having a Baby

Countdown to Giving Birth

Once the excitement of your baby’s presence has set in, and your pregnancy progresses through its beautiful and sometimes challenging phases, there are many important tasks to focus on as you prepare yourself for “go-time.”
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Introducing Preggie Baby Boutique – My New Baby Store

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I am so excited and thrilled to announce the launch of Preggie Baby Boutique – my *new* and completely awesome pregnancy and baby online boutique. It is an extension of this blog, My Pregnancy Baby – Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Baby. I wanted to introduce my loyal readers and followers to pregnancy and baby products that I trust and love.
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Sleeping with an Electric Blanket while Pregnant – Is It Safe?

electric blanket and pregnancyElectric blankets offer a cozy and convenient way to stay warm during the wintertime and when it’s cold outside. But is it safe to use an electric blanket while pregnant?

In general, it’s probably fine for you to an electric blanket when you’re pregnant; however, you shouldn’t sleep with it on.

Sleeping with an electric blanket while pregnant poses several health concerns. For one, you don’t want to fall asleep with an electric blanket on and accidentally end up overheated, if it’s not at the right temperature. In the first trimester, when your baby’s neural tubes are forming, becoming overheated can disrupt fetal development and may increase the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. There is also an increase risk of miscarriage when you’re overheated in early pregnancy. [click to continue…]

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Epsom Salt Bath While Pregnant

Epsom Salts in Pregnancy

One of the best and safest ways to relieve your pregnancy aches and pains is taking an epsom salt bath while pregnant.

Epsom salts (scientific name is magnesium sulfate) look similar to regular table salt, but it’s different chemically and has different uses. Beware, epsom salt has a distinct bitter taste and is not for flavoring foods. Instead, it is a natural laxative (if you can bear the bitter taste). However, it should not be consumed by pregnant women.

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Using a Heating Pad While Pregnant – Safety Tips

Heating pads in pregnancy

Using a heating pad while pregnant is considered safe, and it offers a safe alternative to having to take medications to deal with every day pregnancy aches and pains.

Heating pads are wonderful for treating achy backs, leg cramps, and achy joints and muscles in pregnancy. You can also ease your pain by taking a hot – but not too hot – bath with epsom salts.

An epsom salt bath is also perfectly safe for pregnant women. But just make sure that the water is not too hot. [click to continue…]

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