Image by Yerson Retamal from Pixabay There’s an old wives tale out there. Here it is. In the past women were encouraged to reduce their usual levels of exertion during pregnancy. Expectant moms were encouraged to “play it safe” by well meaning but misinformed loved ones, and inaccurate information on various websites. Outdated medical advice … Continue reading Exercise and pregnancy….good for you?
Image by Vitor Vitinho from Pixabay There’s a lot of attention given to how we look – particularly our body shapes and sizes. With pregnancy the body undergoes a lot of changes. Sadly, there are still pregnant teens and women who live with body image issues to the extent it can cause significant harm to … Continue reading Body image, weight gain, pregnancy….what to do?
Well, I don’t know what image you carry around in your head about how a pregnant woman is ‘supposed’ to look, but it might be worthwhile to talk about body image before, during and after pregnancy. Image thanks to Andriele at Pixabay Body image is a hot topic in our culture these days – for … Continue reading Ahhh….body image and pregnancy
While we (and the rest of the world) continue to muddle our way through COVID-19 there are social concerns to which we should be paying attention.Ongoing research about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy directly is not clear. After all, this virus is only a few months old and we have lots to learn about … Continue reading COVID, Booze and Pregnancy
It's arrival time - delivery! More emotions and more hormones! During delivery, your body works to deliver the baby and hormones are in play big time. A simple statement and a complicated system. Your estrogen and progesterone levels change again – rapidly once delivery is complete. There’s an increase in another hormone, oxytocin. This hormone … Continue reading Hormones! Pregnancy! Whoohoo! – Part 2 of 2
Hormones! The fabulous and the wild ride of pregnancy (Part 1 of 2) OK…there are a lot of jokes about hormones. But, kidding aside, during pregnancy hormones are ricocheting around you like 10000 invisible neon boomerangs at warp speed. It’s real. And like everything pregnant, each pregnancy will bring its own experience. What do hormones … Continue reading Hormones! Pregnancy! Whoohoo!
So, I would sleep! Sure…. I have always been a light sleeper and found that I couldn’t stay sleeping because my daughter was making grunting, almost moaning, noises. There was a newly instituted protocol called, “rooming in” where the newborn was to stay in the room with the mother during the recovery period instead of … Continue reading Breast Feeding – Not As Easy As You Think…Part 2
I’m pregnant…do I have to give up coffee? After the elation of receiving the results of a positive pregnancy test, sometimes panic settles in. You started wondering.... Have I had alcohol in the past month? What changes do I need to make to my lifestyle for a healthy pregnancy? Can I still have my morning … Continue reading No more coffee !? Relax. You can have coffee. Read on…
Thinking of getting healthier habits during pregnancy? You're not alone, and it's not New Year's but here's a quick easy-to-read guide for setting goals that is supportive and practical - and it's universal ideas to get healthier habits, any day of the year. Most New Year's resolutions will fail in 6 weeks. Here's how you … Continue reading It’s not December 31st, but is it time for new habits?
I don’t know if this answer will surprize you or not, but here it is. No, not necessarily. And here’s some reasons why. We’re human, not machines Human beings are amazing and sometimes what we can accomplish is mind boggling. And, we also give up, quit, and procrastinate about implementing positive changes. It’s part of … Continue reading Is pregnancy the biggest motivator for a healthier lifestyle?