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It’s obvious that pregnant women need to be extra careful about what they put in their bodies. Avoid aspirin and avoid cold cuts, raw shellfish, and other harmful substances.

What about your skin?

When checking your cervix, OBs often don’t think about skincare. If you have any concerns, be sure to mention it.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Many people don’t realize that what you put on it can make a big difference.

Your skin is an organ that absorbs all you put on it. Then it goes into your bloodstream. This is how your baby will be able to absorb it.

You won’t believe what I said, so try it out. You can actually smell and taste garlic by rubbing a clove of garlic on your feet.

This cool video explains the science behind.

What does garlic have to offer skincare?

Pregnancy is a time when your skin matters as much as your mouth.

Although they may make products smell and look nice, toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and parabens can cause serious health problems.

Many of these ingredients have been associated with allergies, hormone disruptions, and deven diseases.

This is definitely not something you want your unborn child exposed to.

Before we dive into the good stuff let’s first look at some things you should avoid…

What skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

Your skin can undergo dramatic changes during pregnancy, just like the rest of your body. This is due to the hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy. Many women experience dry, darkened skin and an increase in acne during these blissful nine months.

Mamas with skin conditions that are pre-existing often experience worsening symptoms.

You might have a variety of skin problems, but you can change your skincare routine.

Here is a list of ingredients that you should avoid during pregnancy.

  • Retinoids – This includes: Accutane and Retin A.
  • High-dose salicylic acid
  • Hydroquinone
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • All Hydroxy acids, including Alpha, Beta and Poly
  • CBD/Hemp
  • Formaldehyde
  • Salicylates
  • Licorice root
  • Sunless tanners – including Dihydroxyacetone
  • Kojic acid
  • Laser therapy
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Prostaglandin analogues
  • Chemical sunscreens
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Tetracycline

Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients

It might seem that there are a lot of things you can’t use. But what about the stuff you can put on your skin while you’re pregnant?

These are some safe pregnancy skincare ingredients. Here’s what they can be used for.

1. Glycolic Acid

You can safely use glycolic acid and azelaic acids during pregnancy to lighten your skin, reduce fine lines and combat enhanced pigmentation.

2. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide

These ingredients are important to look out for when searching for safe sunscreen for pregnant women. These sunscreens are mineral-based and protect the skin and body from harmful UV rays.

3. Vitamins C and E, K, A, B3, and Green Tea

All of these ingredients can be used to fight wrinkles and anti-aging.

All of these vitamins can boost your immune system, and help you fight off harmful free radicals. Vitamin C is known for its ability to maintain collagen, protect the skin’s vitality, and brighten the skin.

4 Natural Moisturizing Ingredients

It’s obvious that pregnancy can cause your skin to become dryer, particularly in the belly.

You can also drink enough water to keep your baby hydrated. There are natural moisturizers that can prevent stretch marks, and help keep your pregnancy glowing.

These include coconut oil and cocoa butter, as well as hyaluronic acids and peptides.

You can see that there are more things you should avoid than safe.

You can create a flawless skincare routine with just a little bit of research.

Safe Skin-Care Products for Pregnancy

Companies are now aware of the importance of safe skincare for pregnant women.

There are so many brands to choose from. Here are some that you can be sure that all their products are safe for pregnant women.

  • Belli skincare
  • BeautyCounter
  • Erbaviva Organic Skincare
  • Earth Mama Organics
  • The Spoiled Mother

This website can be used to verify that what you’re using is safe.

You can enter a brand, product or ingredient to get a safety rating as well as tons of data.

This is a quick example of BeautyCounter’s All Bright Vitamin C S Serum (click on the link to see the complete in-depth description of ingredients). For checking out products in your home or on the move, you can download the Android app.

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Your Personal Post-Pregnancy Problems: There are many things new moms need to know about the postpartum period. The reality of the postpartum stage is that there may not be as many children.

Post-pregnancy is the time when all pretenses are gone. You are capable of full recovery, regardless of your gender or the method you used to give birth. Birth is always traumatizing to the body.

There are sometimes issues that must be addressed after a pregnancy.

How can you tell what is normal and what is an emergency?

Let’s get started.

There are some post-pregnancy complications to be aware of:

Sepsis symptoms

This is not meant to scare you. However, you may be less likely to get infected after you give birth. It could become septic if the infection spreads quickly. This indicates that the infection is spreading into your internal organs. This is a life-threatening and serious condition.

Utirating can cause pain or burning

Uribe is a painful process, especially if there have been any tearing. If it feels particularly painful, consult your doctor. It could be a infection of the urinary tract or a problem with your kidneys. You should seek immediate treatment if you feel lower back pain or discomfort. The worse it gets, the longer you wait.

Fever

It is normal to not feel your best after giving birth. Take your temperature if you feel feverish. A fever above 100.4 Fahrenheit should be taken seriously as there are many birth injuries which can cause a fever.

You should look out for the following symptoms:

– Chills
– Sweety or flaky skin
– Rapid heart rate
– Fast breathing
– Confusion
– Extreme pain/incontinence

Depression, apathy and hopelessness

PPD (postpartum depression) and related disorders have become more common after childbirth. It’s not something to be ashamed of. PPD is a condition where you don’t feel connected with your child, or are sadder or more anxious than normal.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you are feeling unwell for more then ten days following giving birth. You might have postpartum anxiety or PPD (postpartum depression).

Vision changes, headaches and swelling can cause vision problems.

These symptoms could be signs of preeclampsia after a pregnancy. This is a serious form of high bloodpressure that can rapidly escalate. If you have high blood pressure in pregnancy, you are at greater risk. These are symptoms that may indicate your organs might not be functioning properly. Talk to your doctor immediately.

Extremely heavy bleeding following a birth

If your bleeding is greater than normal, it could be postpartum hemorhage. PHH can occur anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks after birth.

Conclusions

It can be confusing to know what’s normal or what’s a medical issue after giving birth. If you have any questions, speak to your doctor. Because these conditions can be serious, it is better to be safe than sorry.

These conditions don’t need to be stressful if you are feeling well. You’ve got enough in the pregnancy time to be comfortable.

Be present to your body, and be open to hearing what you think is wrong.

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Are you expecting a new baby due soon? It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or tenth child. We’ve all heard “advice” from well-meaning acquaintances. However, with all the advice available, what do you know which ones to trust? For your convenience, I can go directly to an OBGYN anytime I need. Doctor. Victoria DeSantos is a working doctor from New Jersey, a mom of three children, and my sibling.

I talked to her via phone to listen to her top 10 suggestions to have healthy pregnant women.

tips for a healthy pregnancy

Top 10 tips for a healthy pregnancy.

1. Eat healthy:

Especially vegetables and fruits. Also, be mindful not to overdo carbs. It is also essential to consume the right amount of food. The old saying of eating two meals a day isn’t the case. You can eat for yourself. Keep in mind that a baby is tiny when compared to your own. Therefore an infant that is the size of a small seed isn’t going to need its meal—exercise appropriate portion control. Naturally, if you’re hungry and want to eat, then you should eat. However, you don’t need to make yourself eat, or be that you have to eat for two. If you begin to feel well, you can eat some snacks. Small snacks throughout the day are beneficial if you suffer from sickness or nausea. However, make sure that the foods are nutritious.

2. Fitness:

If you workout regularly, then continue doing the things you’re at ease doing. If, for instance, you were a CrossFit person before having a baby, for example, continue to do it. You can continue doing it until you are uncomfortable. If, however, you’ve never done significant exercises before your pregnancy, this isn’t the best time to get started on doing something so intense. If you’re not a regular fitness enthusiast, a 30- minute walk every day is sufficient.
Prenatal vitamins are essential to Take any over-the-counter prenatal product is okay. Hot tip: look up your insurance to see whether they’ll cover the prenatal vitamins. A lot of them will!

3. Prenatal vitamins are essential.

Take any available prenatal over the counter is acceptable. Hot tip: look up your insurance to see whether they pay for one. A lot of them will!

4. Reduce stress

It’s particularly difficult when you already have a child living at home, and also since we live in a time of unprecedented stress. Try to limit the stress to the extent you can. Do things each day that will make you less anxious.

5. Sleep as much as possible

This is sometimes much more complicated than it sounds however, do it anyway.

6. Keep hydrated

It will help alleviate constipation and cramps which can be frequent during pregnancy.

7. Avoid drinking alcohol and taking substances

It’s evident, but it still must be stated.

8. Have your vaccine for the flu

Women who are pregnant are more vulnerable to complications caused by the flu, so protect yourself by getting your flu shot. Plus, it could aid in passing on antibodies to the infant.

9. Get your T-Dap vaccination:

Your T-Dap vaccine helps increase the amount of antibodies that are transferred to the baby through the placenta as well as the breast milk. This, in turn, can aid in protecting against whooping cough which can be fatal to babies.

10. Maintain your regular doctor appointments throughout the duration of your pregnancy.

Regular regular checks are performed to ensure your weight and blood pressure, are under control. Every urine test you take at these appointments will help ensure that you are getting the right levels of certain substances like sugars and proteins. “We are more than simply check the baby’s heartbeat. We also check the health that the mom is in,” says Dr. DeSantos. “Routine examinations are crucial in identifying issues such as pre-eclampsia.”

Healthy Pregnancy tips

Be aware of when to call the doctor.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed below If you experience any of the following symptoms, the Center for Disease Control recommends contact your physician:

  • Vaginal bleeding or leakage of fluid
  • Contractions that last 20 minutes apart or less
  • All kinds of pain
  • The cramps are intense.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Affright or dizziness
  • The baby’s activity is decreased
  • Breathing shortness

Conclusions

Whatever tips you follow no matter what advice you take, one thing is certain, pregnancy happens rather quickly in the overall scale of life. Take your time to enjoy your pregnancy and take it easy. Take it easy mama. You are developing into a human being. Best of luck and all the best!

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National Breastfeeding Month

It is August, the month for National Breastfeeding and we are at the beginning of World Breastfeeding week . This week, we’re sharing breastfeeding stories, encouraging as well as battles and strategies to make breastfeeding more comfortable.

Thank you to all our breastfeeding models for taking part in this series that promotes World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. We are grateful for your support for this series. ***

My son’s birth was a time when I was committed to breastfeeding him for a full year. I was convinced that breast milk was the preferred and was lucky enough that everything went according to plan. Our breastfeeding relationship lasted 14 blissful months. There were certainly issues, but overall I enjoyed breastfeeding! When I became pregnant with our daughter, I believed that I would follow the same pattern one year later or less and then I’d be done! As is the norm for me I continued to research about breastfeeding while pregnant , and began reading about the benefits of extended breastfeeding. It’s interesting… extended breastfeeding? What are the advantages for having a TODDLER nursing? Why do I wish to wear nursing bras and smell like milk for more than 24 months? Well…

Children who were breastfeeding from 1-3 years old have been observed to have less illness as well as illnesses that last for a shorter time and lower mortal rates.
In one research study, the breastmilk was responsible for 32 percent of the child’s energy consumption.
A vast amount of research into the connection to IQ with breastfeeding revealed that the most significant gains are for babies who breastfeed for the longest.
Breastfed infants have a lower risk of developing heart disease, diabetes as well as central nervous system diseases (like the autoimmune disease known as multiple sclerosis).

What was the most significant benefit that you have derived from breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding lowers the chance of developing breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. It helps protect against rheumatoid arthritis as well as reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
So so far Drew me and Drew have both been nursing over the past 19 months. We’ve definitely faced more struggles than I did with my son. Drew would not drink milk for three months (and nearly disliked the bottle for the whole time we utilized it) She is also averse to breastfeed covered, and she has had a poor latch the majority of the times (lots of discomfort for me) However, it has been so satisfying because she loves nursing. I can feel it soothing her, I can sense the bond we share and it is truly special. I’m not sure the date we’ll end our relationship. My aim is to stay for 24 months but beyond that is entirely the baby’s decision. I know I’m very happy that I decided to breastfeed my child!

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Not too many grocery deals this week, but some awesome CVS deals!


I had $16 in ECB’s left over from last week. These are the deals that I focused on:
Clearasil face wash, $3.99 w/$3.99 ECB reward; Revlon Nail Polish, $3.99 w/$3 ECB reward; Playtex Sport, $3.99 w/$3 ECB reward; Band-aid $2.99 w/$2 ECB reward;
Colgate Total $2.99 w/$2 ECB reward; Speedstick Pro, $3.99 w/$3.99 ECB reward;
Post Trail Mix Crunch Cereal, BIGIF

Transaction:
1 Clearasil face wash at $3.99
1 Revlon Nail Polish at $3.99
1 Playtex Sport at $3.99
2 boxes of Band-aids at $2.99 each
1 tube of Colgate Total at $2.99
2 Speedstick Pro at $3.99 each
2 boxes of Post Trail Mix Cereal at $4.97 for both

Used 1 $5 off $25 coupon that printed out for me at the machine
Used 1 $2 off any Clearasil product coupon from 4/19 SS
Used 1 $1 off any Revlon Color Product coupon from 4/26 SS
Used 1 $1 off Playtex Sport printable coupon
Used 1 $1 off Colgate Total coupon from 5/10 SS
Used 2 $2 off Post Trail Mix printable coupon
Used $16 in ECB’s from last week.

Total value of products: $33.89
Total OOP: $3.89
Total ECB’s received for next week: $23.97
Saved: 90%!

As for groceries, I was a little disappointed in the lack of sales. However, Stop and Shop had their natural hamburger buns on sale 2/$4, so I picked up some of those, and I also took advantage of their great sale on corn on the cob: 12 fresh picked ears for only $1.99!

My best deal this week came from Big Y. Once again, they offered double coupons in their flyer, and they had Miracle Whip on sale for $2.99 (reg. priced at $4.99). With my $1 off printable coupons that were doubled, I got three jars for only $0.99! They also had their sliced cheese on sale for only $1, so I stocked up on those, since it’s the best deal I’ve seen so far for sliced cheese.

Did you get any great deals this week?

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PM_BOOK_COVER_2tn_I love Precious Moments. Not only do they create fantastic and adorable figurines, but now they keep coming out with great tools for moms and little girls.

These days, letting your child explore the Internet can be a little nerve wracking. Now, thanks to Precious Moments, there is a safe place for your child to go online and have fun: the Precious Girls Club. At the Precious Girls club, your child can create her own profile, meet new friends, play games, and get ideas for crafts and other fun activities.

Not only is the Precious Girls Club a great place for your child to connect with other children online, but it also helps mothers to communicate and connect more with their daughters.

The Precious Girls Club is set to launch in a few days. Right now, if your child pre-registers, she can get two free gifts! So head on over and watch the introductory video and learn how the Precious Girls Club can be your child’s favorite online hangout.

The Precious Girls Club also has a great series of books for girls that celebrates what makes each little girl unique and precious. The first book, A little Bit of Faith, tells the story of a girl who moves to a new town and overcomes the challenges of being a newcomer. The Mermaid and I loved reading this book together; the story line is great and the pictures are adorable.

GIVEAWAY: Two lucky winners will receive their own copy of A Little Bit of Faith, plus a FREE premium Rainbow Membership trial to the Precious Girls Club. To enter, just browse the Precious Girls Club website and come back and let me know what your favorite part of the site is. Easy Peasy. For extra entries, you can link back to this giveaway on your blog and/or subscribe to my feed. Please leave a separate comment for extra entries. This contest is open to US residents only (sorry Canadian moms!) and I will announce the winners on September 30th.