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More Fetal Safety Issues 1

Fetal Safety and Household Chemicals: According to the article: Household chemicals causing "silent pandemic" found at www.canada.com:

In nine months, the fetal brain grows into ''a complex organ consisting of billions of precisely located, highly interconnected and specialized cells,'' the report says.

The growth occurs within ''a tightly controlled time frame, in which each developmental stage has to be reached on schedule and in the correct sequence.''

This creates ''windows of unique susceptibility to toxic interference'' that can have permanent consequences, say Grandjean and co-author Philip J. Landrigan, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Click here to read the full article at www.canada.com Sheryl's comment: The scary part of industrial chemicals is that you cannot see them, smell them or taste them, yet they can adversely effect fetal development and permanently alter your child. These chemicals are in your home, your air, your water, your food and your toiletries. There is simply no escaping them for they are in the atmosphere. You can only do the best you can. Detox your home prior to conception if possible. Be aware of potential dangers such as carpeting and by all means never install carpeting if ttc, pregnant, nursing or if you have crawler/toddler in the house. Use air and water filters and eat as organic as possible. Do not have metal fillings put in or taken out if a fetus or baby in any way receives nutrition directly from your body. (Ideally have them removed at least three months prior to conceiving). If you have metal fillings never chew gum while pregnant, minimize hot beverages and try to chew as little as possible (ie: forgo a bag of potato chips). Do not eat microwaved food and if you would rather not err on the side of caution, then never microwave in plastic containers or with plastic wrap unless you want a nice girly little boy. Please use organic bath and beauty products. This is very important because beauty products are not regulated. An even better solution is to get some recipes and make your own bath and beauty products with food grade ingredients from your own kitchen. It is especially important during pregnancy to remember to not put anything on your skin that you are not willing to eat. Are these scare tactics? No. I have no reason to scare you. We are talking about chemicals with unknown properties that can have permanent effects on your unborn child. Is your convenience really worth your child's IQ? Or risking autism? You make the choice.

Should You Keep a Weekly Pregnancy Calendar? 4

weekly pregnancy calendarMotherhood is an exciting journey. There is so much to learn during this journey and at the same time there is so much to enjoy as well. A weekly pregnancy calendar can help you to understand the growth of your fetus in a better way. If you maintain a weekly calendar you are able to record the important dates - when the morning sickness arrived (or hopefully did not), the changes in your body and breasts, when you started feeling weary, when the baby started kicking, when your tentative due date is, etc. In fact, instead of being anxious you can start enjoying every sign of pregnancy if you maintain a pregnancy journal. There are many sites, which offer a free weekly pregnancy calendar, which help you chart the growth of your baby, week by week. They also guide you about the nutritious food you should eat at every juncture of your pregnancy. They often offer prenatal fitness instructions and tips as well. One site on the internet, Pregnancy.org, has divided pregnancy into trimesters. It guides you through all the important aspects of pregnancy. According to a Chinese calendar you can even predict the gender of your baby, if you calculate the date of delivery according to the calculation given there, using your age and the date of conception. A pregnancy journal can also be a revelation for the father of the baby. It entails all the physical symptoms experienced by the mother, during the nine months of pregnancy as well as records the week-by-week growth of the baby. A pregnancy calendar is a chronological record of the growth of the fetus into a baby, therefore a pregnancy calendar helps in the calculation of the due date of the baby. Usually, the calculation starts from the last period of the mother and extends for the next forty weeks. During the critical last weeks of the pregnancy when everybody is on tenterhooks with anxiety, if you are unsure of the delivery date, you may fall prey to a condition known as 'false labor', wherein, you experience false pains in the body and abdomen similar to when you actually deliver. These contractions can easily be mistaken for labor pains and a carefully maintained pregnancy calendar may help you distinguish between real and false labor. Keeping a pregnancy journal is not only fun but it can help you remember those fleeting magical moments of pregnancy forever. Try to remember to record what you are thinking and feeling and not just the time and date of the memorable moments. Your pregnancy journal can be something that you share with loved ones and even your child someday. You may choose to keep your pregnancy journal as an online blog or diary. Many services offer free blogs (like Blogger) and they are very easy to set up. That way you can keep digital photos of your changing body and make it easy to share with anyone who is interested, no matter how far away they live. One last benefit of a pregnancy journal is that it may come in handy if you are in need of medical care. While I advocate taking control of your pregnancy and even doing your own prenatal care, there are situations where some women will need to seek professional medical care and in that case they will most certainly be interested in your medical history. You can record your own blood pressure, weight and blood sugar levels right in your pregnancy journal. For instructions on how to do your own prenatal care, please visit Unhindered Living.com Author: Alien Sheng About the author: Alien writes for Early pregnancy signs Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/ke-ta/484850435/

Risks Of Smoking During Pregnancy 1

Smoking During Pregnancy We have known that the effects of smoking during pregnancy endangers unborn children for decades. Smoking is often a part of your life, whether you smoke or not. It can be a detrimental factor in anyone's life but particularly for a developing fetus. Surveys show that many mothers smoke during their pregnancy. The mothers often believe that it does not affect their baby at all. Sometimes these are mothers that do not care for their unborn child, but more frequently they simply are not educated or aware of the great dangers smoking poses to their baby. They might quit if they knew that smoking is one of the major causes of infant deaths in the world today. Mothers who smoke while pregnant run a risk of ectopic pregnancy. This is especially true when the mother is a heavy smoker during the first trimester of her pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy happens when the embryo implants outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tubes. When ectopic pregnancy occurs, the pregnancy has to be terminated because this kind of pregnancy will never go to full term. This fetus will never survive outside of the uterus where a fetus gets all the nourishment and protection that it needs. Prolonging an ectopic pregnancy will also risk the mother's life. Smoking also increases the probability that the mother will develop complications with her placenta. Reports show that placental problems occur in about 1% of pregnancies. The most common problem is "placenta previa" where the placenta is connected very low in the uterus and partially or completely blocks the cervix which obstructs the birth canal and the baby must be delivered by C-section or both the mother and the babies lives are at risk. Another problem is the deterioration of fetal growth. Smoking during pregnancy results in low infant birth weight. For many years now, reports show that there had been significant difference between babies with smoking mothers than those who have non-smoking mothers. There is a correlation between low birth weight and certain conditions like cerebral palsy and mental retardation. They are also more likely to die of SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. Babies born to smoking mothers are also at increased risk of developing asthma, behavioral problems or learning disabilities. The dangers from smoking mothers does not end at childbirth. This is especially true for babies who are breastfed by smoking mothers. Studies have revealed that nicotine can be passed on to the baby through breastfeeding. There had been experiments that proved the presence of nicotine in the babies system through urine testing. It later showed that higher percentage of nicotine was found on babies who breastfeed from smoking mothers. Most experts contend that the problem lies within the mother's urge to get back to smoking right after they gave birth. They say that it is safe now because the baby was born already. They insist that they stopped smoking during their pregnancy. Babies should be given the right to live a decent, normal, and healthy life. To all smoking mothers out there: please remember that there are many harmful effects of smoking during and after pregnancy. Give your baby the very best start by simply not smoking. Author: Tina Dean About the author: For more information about how to give up smoking please visit www.giveupsmokingforever.com so that you and your child can have healthier lives. Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/superfantastic/166215927/

Symptoms Of Pregnancy 0

Pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. It is very easy to confuse symptoms of other illnesses with symptom of pregnancy. There are a few symptoms that appear during most if not all pregnancies. Listed below are some of the most common sign of pregnancy. Morning Sickness Morning sickness is a very common early pregnancy symptom. It is also a very annoying signal for many would-be mothers, who are yet unaware of their pregnant state. The common complaint of vomiting and feeling of nausea usually happens after a month of pregnancy, and slowly ebbs in the later stages of pregnancy. Morning sickness may appear earlier in some cases too. Missed Period Missing a period is another symptom of pregnancy, which appears soon after a month of pregnancy. In fact, this is the most important signal, which indicates that you are pregnant. Although, there may be other reasons for missing a period like polycystic ovary syndrome, stress, pills, losing or gaining too much weight, etc. In such cases, you have to search for other sign of pregnancy. Always try to maintain a pregnancy journal to overcome anxiety. Breast Changes Another symptom of pregnancy is the initial tenderness of the breasts. Later in the pregnancy you will notice that your breasts get heavy as they prepare to nourish your newborn. You get used to this feeling as you progress through your pregnancy and usually have to switch to a larger bra size. Side by side, you will also notice the darkening of the areola, which is another pregnancy symptom. Need to Pee Frequent urination may be another symptom of pregnancy. There are two reasons for this condition. The first reason is the reduction in the size of the urinary bladder, due to the growing uterus. The second is the rising level in the hormone progesterone in the body, which gives a feeling of fullness in the bladder. Other symptoms of pregnancy Constipation and a sour mouth can be two other annoying symptoms of pregnancy. Constipation gives you a bad taste in the mouth and everything you eat tastes insipid as well. The joys and pains related to pregnancy are borne by the mother alone. Other persons related to the mother, including the father, can only play a supportive role. Therefore, never take this issue lightly. It is the duty of every mother to be assertive and informative. If you are strong-willed, you will do everything which will be the best for the baby. Author: Alien Sheng About the author: Alien writes for Early pregnancy signs He also writes for Makeup tips & Natural medicinal herbs. Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/97445131@N00/250732453/

Video: Prenatal Yoga Cat Cow 3

PRENATAL YOGA - CAT COW This is another great prenatal yoga cat cow video clip of the prenatal yoga cat cow pose . Bookmark this page to practice daily throughout your pregnancy.