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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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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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Using a Heating Pad While Pregnant: Is it Safe?

Can you use a heating pad while pregnant? This is a commonly asked pregnancy question, and a very good one. Heating pads can be effective in relieving sore muscles, aches and pains. If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that you have lots of physical discomforts during pregnancy.

Naturally, many pregnant women are worried about heating pads, because experts have advised them to avoid saunas and hot tubs in pregnancy, due to the risk of raising their core body temperature.

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Green Tea in Pregnancy: Benefits and Risks

Green Tea During PregnancyFor over 4,000 years, Asians have sipped and enjoyed green tea as a warming beverage and a form of traditional medicine. Green tea has its origins in China, but it’s beloved in all the Asian countries – including Vietnam, China, Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan. In traditional medicine, green tea is believed to help with digestion, regulate blood sugar, and control bleeding.

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Tanning When Pregnant – Is It Safe?

Tanning While PregnantAll the physical changes that occur during pregnancy can make you feel unattractive. From acne breakouts to bouts of gassiness to swollen feet and ankles, being pregnant isn’t the sexiest feeling in the world. So naturally, tanning while pregnant sounds like a good idea. After all, having sun-kissed skin looks great, and it can do wonders for your self-esteem.

But just how safe is tanning when pregnant? Is it something to stay away from, or is it generally considered safe? The answer depends on the method of tanning.

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Riding a Roller Coaster When Pregnant

roller coasters and pregnancySpending a day at an amusement park is a fun family activity, but if you’re pregnant, you’ll want to avoid the main attraction – the roller coaster. It’s probably safer to play games in the arcade, game booths, or another activity that keeps both feet planted on the ground.

Although there is no scientific data that says roller coaster’s and high-speed theme park rides are dangerous before the second trimester, there’s also no research that says that it’s safe either. It’s always best to play it safe rather than be sorry later.

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Pregnant and in Prison: Shackling Pregnant Inmates During Labor and Delivery

shackling pregnant inmatesOne of the biggest hurdles pregnant women in jail have had to face is securing the right to have a dignified labor and childbirth process. Most have to endure grueling pain while exposed in a room with a law enforcement escort and with their legs shackled together – even as the newborn was exiting the birth canal.

Currently, 13 states outlaw the practice of shackling pregnant state prisoners. Federal law already prohibits prisons from doing this to women inmates. Thirteen other states have introduced bills to ban the practice, as well. Those states include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

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Should You Buy a Handheld Doppler?

doppler ultrasound The idea of listening to your baby’s heartbeat in the comfort of your own home sounds pretty appealing. And if you flip through baby and pregnancy magazines, chances are you might run across an ad featuring a handheld Doppler heart rate monitor that you can use at home. But should you buy a handheld Doppler?

Portable Doppler ultrasound devices that you can buy online are pocket-sized, battery-operated machines that are placed on your belly, and they send out high-frequency ultrasound waves. The waves pass through your skin and bounce back. The bounce is translated into a sound that you can hear.

Dopplers are perfectly safe to use over a long period of time. In fact, the British Medical Ultrasound Society issued a statement in 2000 that basically said that there has been no evidence that using ultrasound technology – Dopplers included – will harm a pregnancy. Ultrasounds have been used safely for the last 40 years without any problem.

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Pregnant with a Piercing – Now What?

Pregnant with PiercingMany pregnant women have a piercing of some kind. You might have an ear piercing, a tongue piercing, or a navel piercing. No matter where you have a piercing, chances are you’re wondering, Now that I’m pregnant, do I need to take out my piercing?

There is no simple answer to this question. Every woman’s skin reacts differently to pregnancy hormones. You may find that your jewelry, which you’ve been wearing fine before you became pregnant, is starting to bother you now. Since it’s common for pregnancy to make your skin more sensitive, keeping the jewelry in may be uncomfortable. If this is the case, you should probably take it out.

If you decide to take out your jewelry, it’s a good idea to contact a piercer for advice on how easy it will be to refit after your baby is born.

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