Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of a woman’s life. However, carrying a new life in your body and nurturing it until it’s ready to meet the world can take a huge toll on your body’s resources.
To make sure that your body can provide all the minerals your baby needs to grow strong and that you maintain your health at the same time, you’ll need extra sources of vitamins and minerals other than food, such as organic prenatal vitamins with DHA.
Do you think you’re pregnant? You’ll need to visit your primary health care provider to confirm if whether or not you are indeed pregnant. If you are, then you’ll undergo a series of lab exams, such as blood tests, urine tests, and basically a complete physical exam.
All these tests are performed to make sure that your body is prepared to handle a baby. You may be tremendously healthy, but this can be tested during the following months as the baby will sap most of your energy away.
To ensure that your body will be able to cope with the tremendous strains of pregnancy, you’ll need to take vitamin supplements. Most doctors inform expecting mothers that they need to stock up on folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and several other vitamins. As a group, they’re called prenatal vitamins.
Over the years, it’s been proven time and again that organic food and supplements are more beneficial to the body. This is because they contain less chemicals used in the manufacturing process that can actually be unhealthy.
Organic is defined as substances derived from living matter. These can be plants, animals, or anything else with life. So, in essence, organic vitamins for pregnant women have vitamins that are derived from living matter and not synthesized from some form of chemicals.
When searching for organic vitamins for pregnant women, the first thing you should ensure is that whatever brand you want to try is in fact organic.
You’ll need to check for labels that claim that the products are 100% natural. Some may state that the product is natural. However, in reality, it only contains certain ingredients that are natural and not the entire product.
Organic labels will also list the type of food the product contains and not just chemicals.
If the list of ingredients of organic vitamins for pregnant women have any chemical sounding names, then there’s a good chance that the product isn’t 100% organic. Remember that you’re looking for products that are completely organic.
DHA is important in the proper eye and brain function. It also plays a role in ensuring that the heart functions properly as well. So making prenatal vitamins that contain DHA a necessity for expecting women.
DHA passes through breastmilk so that the infant can continuously benefit from this substance. However, for this to happen, the mother must have a sufficient supply.
Organic prenatal vitamins that contain DHA will help the mother maintain her fitness. It also stocks her with a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals (including DHA) to pass on to her child.
If you’re pregnant, you must stay away from harmful chemicals. That includes ones presented as food items or supplements. Always make sure that any product you take is organic. It is especially important that your prenatal vitamins that contain DHA for added benefits.
Organic Gender promotes a healthy way of living and pregnancy through the consumption of all-natural products. This is including organic prenatal vitamins with DHA that are provided to expecting mothers.
Helpful information from Texas Health Resources for new moms and dads on caring for their newborn baby after returning home from the hospital.
Here’s some important information to help you adjust to changing priorities and demands on your time.
Let’s get started as you and your newborn really get to know each other and establish a routine.
The information here is general in nature and not a substitute for the advice and medical care from your healthcare professional. If your Pediatrician recommends different instructions that are specific for your baby, please follow his or her advice.
Your baby’s follow-up appointment with the Pediatrician usually comes 2-14 days after your discharge from the hospital depending on how long you’ve been in the hospital, your baby’s weight and other factors. At that time, your Pediatrician will track your baby’s growth and development along with weight gain, jaundice, and feedings.
It’s tragic, but true, that the first baby often sinks a marriage. You’d think that it would be the other way around, that a baby would draw a husband and wife closer together. However, there are very good reasons why children in general, and babies in particular, tend to make marriages worse, not better.
It has to do with problem solving skills. Prior to the first arrival, a couple’s ability to resolve conflicts is not really put to the test. Peace and order usually reign in marriages before children arrive. There may be conflicts, but they are few and relatively easy to resolve. After the first child arrives, a couple is faced with conflicts they’ve never seen before, and they often do not have easy answers.
Bringing your little one home is exciting. No matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re bound to be surprised as you learn about your new baby — and new life. Our readers have sent in the following questions this week asking about their new baby.
The questions and answers below cover some of the basics of what you can expect in your baby’s first week. With time, you, your partner, and your infant will get the hang of being a family.
You’ve probably heard that all a newborn baby does is eat, poop, cry, and sleep. Sounds simple, right? It may become simple, but chances are it won’t seem that way at first. Knowing what to expect from your newborn will make your first days home together a little less overwhelming.
To help map out what’s in store after the big homecoming, we turned to pediatricians and mothers Laura Jana and Jennifer Shu, who literally wrote the book on the topic. The second edition of their book Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality was released in September 2010 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Because their stomachs are so tiny, newborns need to eat small amounts – about 1 to 3 ounces – frequently. Some want to nurse or have a bottle every two to three hours, while others will be hungry even more often.
While some babies announce their hunger with strong cries, others will give more subtle cues such as sucking on their hands, smacking their lips, or rooting, which is when a baby purses her lips and turns her head toward the breast or bottle.
In their first few days, newborns typically lose about 7 percent of their body weight. While this is normal, you’ll want to feed your baby every two hours or so until she’s back at her birth weight.
Newborns are sleepy, so you may need to wake your baby up to feed and give her gentle encouragement to stay awake while eating. Try undressing your baby down to the diaper, rubbing her head or back, or talking to her. The goal is for your baby to be back to her birth weight at her 2-week checkup.
Some newborns need to be burped frequently, others burp on their own and need very little assistance from you. If your baby is fussy or uncomfortable during or after a feeding, that’s a cue to burp her.
You can also try burping your baby when you switch breasts, after every 2 or 3 ounces, every 10 to 15 minutes of feeding, or when your baby’s finished eating. After a day or two of feedings, you’ll find a pattern that works for your little one.
No need to bang your baby’s back like a bongo – a gentle circular motion or soft pats will bring up the bubbles. There are several burping positions to try, including holding your baby with her head resting on your shoulder, sitting her upright on your lap with the fingers of one hand supporting her chest and chin, or laying your baby tummy-down across your lap.
Don’t be alarmed by hiccups or spit-up. Hiccups are normal for new babies and don’t cause them discomfort. Likewise, spitting up during and after feedings – in small amounts or what may seem like the entire feeding – is pretty normal.
If your baby’s spitting-up seems excessive or is accompanied by her arching her back or crying, read more about the difference between reflux, which is normal and improves with your baby’s head control, and gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which requires treatment. Whatever’s causing it, if your baby’s a spitter-upper, you’ll want to keep a burp cloth handy.
A breastfed newborn will have at least five wet diapers a day. A formula-fed baby may have even more than that – up to ten per day.
There’s a large range for what’s a “normal” number of bowel movements, too. Breastfed babies tend to poop more than formula-fed ones, since formula takes a bit longer to digest. But breastfed babies vary widely, going as seldom as once every four or more days to as often as once per feeding. Formula-fed babies typically poop a few times a day, but it can range from one poop every other day to several poops per day.
You’ll want to keep track of your baby’s pee and poop schedule, as the doctor may ask about her urine and bowel movements at the first checkup.
The very first bowel movements – usually occurring during the first day or two, often when you’re still at the hospital – are called meconium. These first poops have a black, almost tar-like consistency. The ones that follow won’t look much like grown-up poop, either. Be prepared for greenish, light brown, or seedy, mustard-yellow poops from a breastfed baby. A formula-fed baby’s poop tends to be pastier and vary in color. Call the doc if your baby’s stool contains whitish mucus or streaks or flecks of red, which can indicate a problem. (Red is a sign of blood in the stool.)
Normal poop consistency also ranges from very soft to watery, with breastfed babies having looser poop. This can easily be confused with diarrhea. Basically you want to keep an eye out for a change from your baby’s usual pattern or consistency – which is admittedly hard when your baby is first creating a pattern. When in doubt, check with your doctor.
“If you’re confused, just remember this,” says Jennifer Shu. “Whether we’re talking about pooping, eating, sleeping, or crying, every baby is different. Normal is actually a big range. What matters most are sudden changes – and that’s when you should contact your doctor.”
This article, Must-Read Tips for Your First Week with Baby helps give you some ideas on how to get equipped for your first week together.
You already know the obvious things, like the crib, the clothes, the diapers and setting up the nursery.
But there’s a great ocean of things you don’t necessarily thing of right off the bat. Read on to avoid being caught flat-footed the first week home.
Having a new baby is not all peaches and cream. The happiness of having a new little entity in your life is balanced by the feelings you might have of loss of control, loss of other opportunities, the over-whelming sense of responsibility.
Sometimes mommies get the blues. If you do get the blues, don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it.
When I was pregnant with my first child, ten years and a million sleepless nights ago, I went about pregnancy the same way I had gone about my college courses: by reading everything I could get my hands on, studying notes, attending classes, and joining message boards. I was always a great student — and definitely an overachiever — and now I intended to get an A-plus in Motherhood 101.
I diligently attended my birthing classes, toured the hospital, and dragged my husband to the breastfeeding prep class. I washed all the bodysuits and the gowns in hypoallergenic, dye- and scent-free detergent. I practiced my kegels.
Then, I had a baby.
And, like postpartum women everywhere, I found myself in my bed, body fluids oozing from far and near, stitches in places I didn’t know I had, my breasts growing at an exponential and alarming rate, my hormones crashing down around me, and all I could think was, “Nobody told me about this. There was no chapter that said anything about this!”
There are a number of essential products, items, salves, creams, potions, poultices and paraphernalia you simply have to have when the new baby arrives.
Enjoy this video which gives you a lot of great tips on exactly what you need.
I didn’t always buy into the clichés about women being emotional roller coasters due to pregnancy or postpartum hormones. After all, I was still myself during my pregnancies, albeit with a shorter temper and a fuzzier memory. Really, I thought the stereotype was one more way for people to joke about a woman’s mental state without exploring the real reason for her hurt feelings or emotional outburst. A pregnant woman’s PMS, if you will.
But after my second child was born, I couldn’t deny that I had become what I previously thought was merely a sitcom-created mothering myth: a postpartum crier.
Of course, it’s hard when you’re getting up several times a night with an infant (plus an early-rising preschooler) but really, did I need to cry about everything? Certainly, there were overwhelming, real reasons I cried. But I’m not talking about the “why is no one sleeping,” “have I ruined my life,” “what is the greater meaning of dedicating myself to a child who is only going to hate me in 10 years and never call me in 20″ kind of existential parenting crises. I’m talking about the silly, unnecessary, definitely hormone-related reasons I’ve cried or gotten teary since having a new baby. Here are just a few of those reasons…