Stay Away – Please mommy??

Today I want to write about something that we all know about but avoid any conversation on. Please stay away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes mommy.  From that very first day of his/her life, that little baby growing inside you gets everything from you, good and bad things. If you decide to eat a well-balanced diet, it not only benefits you, but your growing baby as well. If you are too tired constantly to eat a healthy diet, how can you expect your baby to grow healthy? There are so many unknowns in this world and sometimes no matter what we do; things don’t turn out the way we expect. Leave nosmokingthat part to God and do what you can do to make the right choices for you and the baby. Once you decide to take on this mommy task, everything is shared between you and your offspring, for the rest of your life. What you do today will have a significant impact on your child and what they will do later in their lives. There is no space for ignorance or selfishness. Most congenital brain and nerve system disorders are linked to smoking, alcohol and other illegal drug consumptions by the mother while pregnant. Effect of prenatal exposure to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine all have been well studied. I would like to share with you some of these findings today.

According to an article published by American Academy of Pediatrics, almost all drugs cross the umbilical cord (placenta) into the fetus. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition that affects the baby’s whole life and is not reversible. It is 100% preventable by a mother staying away from the substance abuse. Babies born with FAS can show either physical or mental birth defects.

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Pregnancy and giving birth is such a precious time of a woman’s life and it is all over in such a short period of time as nine months. The effects of your actions can last a life time for your baby who is, for nine months, completely depended on you for nutritious food and healthy life style.  Prenatal substance abuse continues to be a significant problem according to Marylou Behnke and the researchers. While the mothers are constantly reminded by the primary care doctors and health workers of the impact of drug use on the fetus, the pediatrician’s role also include prevention, identification of exposure, recognition of any medical issues after the baby is born, protection of the infant, and follow up on any further exposure. In a study conducted in US alone, it was found that use of illegal drugs in pregnant women between 15-17 year olds is a mind blowing 16% and between 26-44 year olds is 1.9%.

Medical community uses two basic methods to identify prenatal substance abuse; self-report and biological specimen testing. Self-report suffers from trust of the patient, recollection of timing and other issues. Biological specimen testing can be done using urine, hair and blood sampling.

Alternatively, exposure to drugs in secondary methods can happen; passive exposure to the drug, ingestion of other products contaminated with the drug or use of prescription medication that are contaminated or metabolized to the drug.

There are many ways exposure to drugs can affect the growing baby. Alteration of neurotransmitters and their receptors and brain organization are considered direct effect of drugs. When a pregnant mother is a drug user or an addict, the fetus may be effected by other secondary ways related to drug use; poor nutrition of the mother, decreased help or compliance with healthcare personnel, exposure to violence and increased risk of mental illness of the mother, which all of these can affect the baby in the long run. For example, impulsivity and attention problems have been associated with nicotine during pregnancy. Hyperactivity and short attention span have been noted of children exposed to opiates prenatally and older exposed children have been shown to have memory problems.

 

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Although a lot more research is needed to explain how the drugs penetrate to the fetus and how it alters the brain structure and development of the baby, the correlation of drug use and birth effects of the children born with prenatal drug exposure is clearly shown by many evidences. It has been reported that there are no safe amount of alcohol for a female who is trying to get pregnant, or is pregnant already.

Some consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome are given below.

  • Abnormal facial features, such as cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Low birth weight
  • Underdeveloped head size
  • Stunted growth and height
  • Coordination problems
  • Behavioral problems, such as poor attention or hyperactivity
  • Learning disabilities, especially in math
  • Communication delays, such as with comprehension, speech, and language
  • Reduced judgment and reasoning ability
  • Nursing and sleeping issues
  • Impairment of the senses, such as vision and hearing
  • Complications with the heart, liver, and other internal organs

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Certain types of antibiotics, antidepressants, caffeine, cocaine, cold, allergy and pain medications, some prescription drugs taken during labor and breast feeding are all shown to have effects related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Please stay away from drugs mommy!!

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

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Fetal Development : “it’s all about getting excited”

 

vietnam-those-pregnancy-woman-157925A mother’s joy and happiness begins when a new life starts growing inside her tummy.  After confirming the news, a pregnant mother is curious about the life inside the tummy. During the first visit with the Gynecologist a pregnant mother will get to listen to the heartbeat of her child. That moment will be a very emotional and a touching moment one can ever experience in her life.

It is always good to have an idea about the fetal development or the life growing inside. That will help you to be actively connected with the baby even before she is born. Most of the ladies are inquisitive about the fetal growth, basically the conversion of a fetus to a baby inside the tummy.

Glimpse of the fetal development

First Trimester :

2-RiyaDuring the first 2 months of the pregnancy, baby will grow to a fetus_10weeks_wikimediacommons_lunarcausticembryo which will eventually develop into a baby. During week 5 and 6, baby’s heart will begin to beat. Also facial features start developing, such as the eyes and nose. At this stage arms with very tiny fingers and legs will start growing. During the last month of this trimester certain main organs such as kidneys, brain, liver, intestine will grow.


Second Trimester : 

One of the most significant facts during this trimester is that the gender of the baby3-Riya will become apparent. Also the circulatory system will begin pumping blood and bones will harden. The baby can see light coming and the eyes tend to open slightly. You will start to feel the baby kick and move. The hearing also improves. The baby can feel the pregnant mother move too. During the later part of the trimester taste buds are developing with a rapid growth in the brain. Babies usually start sucking their thumbs during this trimester.


Third Trimester : 

downloadAt the beginning of the last trimester of pregnancy, baby’s eyesight develops, which may enable her to sense light filtering in from the outside. She can blink, and her eyelashes have grown. Your baby will now start turning his/her head from side to side. A protective layer of fat is accumulating under the skin, filling out the baby’s arms and legs. Baby’s central nervous system is maturing, as are her lungs. During week 35, kidneys are fully developed and the liver can process some waste products.

 

 

A normal, full-term pregnancy can last anywhere from 37 to 42 weeks. Your due date given by the doctor is really an Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD).  It’s dated from the first day of your last period, even though you actually conceive two weeks or so after this date. Usually this dating system works well for women who have fairly regular menstrual cycles. I know pregnant mothers are very much excited to meet the life growing inside for the first time. Your Gynecologist will give you a due date, but exactly what will lead up to that moment is unpredictable, and it’s natural to feel nervous too.


Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

 

Pregnancy Diet – “ Bump and the balanced diet”

It is always recommended to have good nutrition during pregnancy, since it is very important for your baby to grow and develop. When consuming food and drinks you should always think of the life growing inside your tummy. Although nausea and vomiting during the first few months of pregnancy can make this difficult, try to eat a well-balanced diet and take prenatal vitamins. Here are some recommendations to keep you and your baby healthy. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. pregnancy_625x350_41448621471Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched, such as whole-grain breads, cereals, beans, corn pasta, as well as fruits and vegetables. Although it’s best to get your fiber from foods, taking a fiber supplement can help you get the necessary amount. Always discuss with your doctor before starting any supplements. If you take a fiber supplement, increase the amount you take slowly. This can help prevent gas and cramping. It’s also important to drink enough liquids when you increase your fiber intake.

Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant. You should take a prenatal vitamin supplement to make sure you are consistently getting enough vitamins and minerals every day. Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter brand or prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you.

Vitamins that you need to take during pregnancy

The main vitamins that we need to take during pregnancy are:

  • Folic acid – helps prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord.
  • Calcium – helps prevent pregnant mothers from losing her own bone density as the baby uses calcium for its own bone growth.
  • Iodine – is critical for a woman’s healthy thyroid function during pregnancy. A deficiency in iodine can stunt physical growth, severe mental disability and deafness. Also not enough iodine can lead to miscarriage.
  • Iron

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    Foods to take during pregnancy:

  • Dairy Products – consuming more dairy products will help maintain the necessary amount of Calcium needed.
  • Broccoli and leafy greens – These include fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate and potassium.
  • Meat – Iron is an essential mineral that is used by red blood cells as a part of hemoglobin. It is important for delivering oxygen to all cells in the body.
  • Fish liver oil – The oil is very rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for29fishoil-facebookjumbo fetal brain and eye development. Fish liver oil is also very high in vitamin D, which many people do not get enough of. It may be highly beneficial for those who don’t regularly eat seafood or supplement with omega-3 or vitamin D.
  • Berries – These contain water, healthy carbs, vitamin C, fiber and plant compounds. They generally contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is also important for skin health and immune function.

 

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

  • Alcohol
  • Fish with high levels of mercury
  • Unpasteurized food
  • Caffeine

 

Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

 

It’s ok to be not so perfect – Do it your own way

Probably one or more of my many mom friends told me these but I am pretty sure it went through and through, or I actually had an invisible barricade against any ‘seemingly negative’ kind of advice then. Sharing these with you so you can read it first, squint your eyes at it, go pass it and even roll your eyes, but remember you can always get back to it again if you feel like it. Sometimes a mother knows the best and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. These might seem negative to you but believe me, after raising three kids, I have found that the life gets much easier if you just take it easy on yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  1. Now you are a mom, your life is changed forever. It has changed forever but that does not mean you have to give up what you love to do, you are still the same amazing person you have been and babies are great at adjusting to your style. So, go out with your friends, go for walks, go shopping – life with a baby is not that hard as many would think.

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  1. Babies love to be held – for the most part, but not 24/7. Unless you have decided to be a permanent baby carrier for six months, put that baby down and give him some space to explore. He will actually be happier when you put him down on a clean floor mat under your watch. I love the floor mats with sensory attachments. My second baby was fortunate enough to stay home for two years without hitting daycare and that’s when I discovered that he really loved spending time on his play mat. Not anything fancy, but a fabric with different textures for him to chew on, a soft rattle or a toy with different textured surfaces, like these DIY extra-large sensory blocks from Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/205899014191386933/

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  1. Expect yourself to be in constant mood swing – and that’s ok – you are extra happy when the baby finally naps and you successfully managed to walk away without waking him up, but for only ten minutes. Then you are extremely sad because you never got your chance to blow dry your hair, another bad hair day. You are super hungry and ate a good portion of the garlic herb pizza and the next moment you are guilty if the baby is not going to drink his milk tonight with all that smell and taste of garlic in his food. Well, mood swings are part of motherhood. Just try to take it easy and be kind to yourself.
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  2. Nobody else knows the needs of YOUR baby – yes, not me, not your doctor, not your mother, not any of the aunts and especially not your nosy neighbor. So do what you think is right for your baby and do what is easy on you and your baby. Would have been great if the baby could sit through the very long family thanksgiving dinner, after all, the other perfect parents around the table are already giving you the corner eye – but walk away if it is too much excitement for your baby and you. Walk away, just say you have to excuse and go find a calm place for him, you might even be able to catch a good conversation while trying the pumpkin pie with that one cousin you didn’t get to see much this year.

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  3. Take a very good care of yourself – if you are tired, say so and look for help right away. A tired mother is not going to settle down a tired infant. Here’s an interesting article about the study of postnatal hospital stay. It discusses the benefits of resting mothers in the first few days of giving birth and the impact of overcrowded, noisy and shared hospital rooms on baby’s crying. I remember so well that when no one else was home and I had a constantly unhappy baby that I can’t seem to calm down, I would put him in his bed, on his back, on a safe position and give myself a five-minute bath with the best smelling soap. Most of the time, the baby has calmed himself down by the time I come back and if not, I was calm enough to carry him and walk around smelling like an angel.
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  4. You will feel like ‘selling them to the zoo’ was actually an option – but its not. So instead of constantly worrying myself thinking “where did I go wrong raising these two overly rambunctious toddlers “ – I sometimes just laugh at the mess and hose them down and take them inside for a warm bath followed by milk and cookies. Most of the time I am too busy with my other duties to do this but then I tell myself – one day they sure will calm down – so what if they aren’t ready yet, at least I lived another day to see them grow up. High pressure and high expectations can actually kill you faster.

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  5. The messy they are, the better it is – yes, in grandma’s house they can blame you for your inadequate parenting skills all they want, but guess what, your kids will be happy for twenty minutes of messy play time and you will have to stop what you are doing and clean them before heading to the dinner table – but I guarantee that it will save you hours of crankiness and they sure will gobble up what you put in front of him at the table, remember they are in a very good mood.

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  6. If I could afford to buy that diaper genie – yeah me too, but guess what, all of us have our own list of ‘have to haves’ and most of the time it’s not of a big deal unless you make it a big deal. Remember the word ‘essentials’ has a different meaning for different people. Elvis Presley thought he had to have a 24K gold plated seat belt buckle on his airplane but I bet you it served the same function as the economy class stainless steel buckles that are in all the other airplanes that carry you and me. So, do what is comfortable for you and your family. The children cost more as they grow up, and their essentials change to more expensive things than just diapers.

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

 

Babies are portable – Flying with a new baby

While stranded in Toronto Pearson airport for nine hours, waiting for a delayed flight to Kansas City, a thought popped into my mind – what better time to write about traveling with a baby other than now – Like many other working mothers, I usually don’t get this opportunity of being stuck in a brightly lit, lively, busy airport by myself. So, like Dr. Seus says, that ‘waiting place’ is not for me, I take full advantage of this free time that fell on my lap unexpectedly, and would like to share with you a bit of my experiences of traveling around the globe with my boys. First of all, there is no ‘absolutely correct’ ways to do this ‘mom’ thing, just find what fits you and things will work out. You already welcomed this chaos to your life when your little one joined you on this earth, enjoy these hard times – because it will be gone so quick, you are going to miss it.

5-13_kids_airport_andriy_bondarev_ax2nxcWe took our first son on his first flight to Denver, Colorado on a five-day work/family trip; a three hour flight, two adults and one infant. I took my second son to Chicago for a Christmas weekend trip just to walk around the windy city – he barely had started walking. The third son was on a flight to Toronto when he was just two months old accompanying me on a full-day interview – yes I breast fed the baby while on breaks during the interview process. Including these, there were many domestic and international trips either as a whole family or few at a time. We flew for either work/family trips for a week or month long trip overseas. You have to believe me when I say I have seen it all and tried it all. My friend just wrote about how my life looks chaotic with three boys but I always seem to come on top of it with a smile on my face and that’s how I would like you to picture yourself as a mother or mother to be – always with a smile, no matter what – because motherhood is a wonderful thing.

Prepare ahead – make tons of phone calls.

For a stress free – at least low stress – air travel, what you cannot avoid is preparing ahead. From the moment you book the flights, you need to work on making this trip as easy as possible for you; always remembering to keep your baby’s health and wellbeing your priority.

Call airline companies to check on available facilities for babies on board. I found out that our car rental company can provide a car seat free of charge at the destination, so we didn’t have to carry our own all the way from here. We put the baby on the bassinet that the airline provided free of charge. Once we requested the bassinet, they also upgraded us to an economy plus seat with more leg room and of course room to keep our bassinet. We carried the baby on a Baby Bjorn – the best kind of baby carrier I have ever used –  across airports going from one gate to the other, got a very nice car seat from the rental company, wiped it clean with disinfectant wipes I carried everywhere with me. For a whole week, the baby traveled around safely buckled in the car seat. United Airlines lets you carry your own baby car seat, breast pump and a diaper bag in addition to the carry-on baggage allowance.   For a full list of baby items that are allowed in United, visit https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/infant.aspx.

Packing

Take minimum amount of stuff you need. Chances are you’ll be in a place where you can get a small pack of diapers for the baby, so why pack diapers for two weeks in your check-in luggage? Same comes to clothes. Layer, mix and match is a great way to stay stylish on the go without having to carry the whole wardrobe with you. Remember babies clothes are very easy to just hand wash and hang to dry overnight. I usually pack two-days-worth of supplies for baby in my carry-on luggage in case my check-in does not show up at the destination.

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On flight 

Be mindful of others around you, but you don’t have to give up your happiness for theirs either.

When I travel with little babies, I bring small bags of chocolates or packets of M&Ms for everyone around. No one says no to chocolates and M&Ms. These little bags of M&Ms do make the baby cries seem less loud and less annoying than it actually is. Rarely, you’ll find a sad soul who will complain about ‘that crying baby’, but hay, they’ll get over it, just ignoring those comments is the best medicine for your sanity.

Young baby looking out of the window at the clouds below while flying in an airplaneIf you are still breast feeding the baby, it is a well-known secret that feeding the baby on the takeoff and landing, keeps him calm and ease the pain in his ears. That strategy worked perfect for me and an added bonus was that my son fell asleep right at the take-off while feeding and slept all through the two hour flight.

Waiting in airports

If your baby is small, put the baby on his blanket on his back. Once you find your gate, you can usually find a quieter corner and place the baby on the floor and relax. I used to bring a play mat with soft sensory toys attached to it. Letting him stretch out, play and make some baby noises while waiting will get him to relax before that long flight. Wait on the feeding for take-off as we already mentioned. Waiting time is good for changing his diaper and a good wipe-down. I use wet baby wipes to clean his toes and fingers and give him a massage with the baby lotion. When its waiting with my toddler, I bring small matchstick cars and a collapsible small track. I let them walk around as much as they can and airports now have play areas for toddlers to hang out if you have a longer transit.

One final advice on travel, find ways you can save money and your energy throughout the trip getting there, because you are going to need a whole lot of both at your destination when you get there. Whatever the reason you are taking that baby on board, a fun trip will be a memory to cherish for a life time to come.

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

Pregnancy related anxiety – What recent research can tell us about it?

I am a firm believer of non-visible disabilities and anxiety is one of those that we do not see but exist in many of us.  Everyone is anxious about something at any given point in their lives. But pregnancy is a time that many first time mothers experience an increased level of anxiety. I remember during my first pregnancy, I was still a graduate student, so was my husband. We had research jobs on contract, stable income, a roof over our head and were doing well. Though we were ready for our new baby to arrive, there were many ‘What if’s”. With continuous help from my very supportive husband and my mother, I kept my anxiety at a level that was manageable by religiously following my physician’s advice and educating myself by reading about it.

Today, I would like to share with you some new research that has emerged on effect of stress and anxiety on pregnancy complications.

Researchers all over the world agree that it is critical to identify signs and symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety during the prenatal period. It has shown that there could be a direct correlation between these conditions and pregnancy outcomes as pre-term births, low-birth weights and infant abnormalities. It is estimated that the occurrence of depression among pregnant women are about 16% symptomatic and about 5% diagnosed.

Negative effects

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A 2015 review by Schetter and Tanner shows the possibility of a correlation between low-birth weight and different types of stress the mothers undergo during pregnancy, including but not limited to unemployment, racism and discrimination. Furthermore, pre-term birth has been correlated to pregnancy anxiety at levels higher than effects of known risk factors such as smoking and medical risk. Maternal destress have also been related to negative neurodevelopmental outcomes such as long-term learning, motor development and behavioral issues.

A Swedish study of 2900 participants by Fransson, Ortenstrand and Hjelmstedt showed a significant effect of prenatal stress on low birth weight babies. Being of age over 35, a primipara and experience of a previous miscarriage have also been identified as factors that are associated with low-birth weight.

Clinical Screening

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A significant need of clinical-screening and intervention has been recommended by the researchers for prenatal and postpartum stress and anxiety based on the review of over 50 research articles in clinical psychology. While this level of screening and research findings vary widely for different countries with the wide array of culture and socio-economic backgrounds of the mothers and expecting women, it is safer to talk to your physician to keep you in check for those conditions no matter where you are.

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It is important to remember that the continuous support and understanding from the partner, family, friends, neighborhood and larger community is crucial to influence a women’s mental health and responses to a diagnosis of a disorder. An increased level of awareness and acceptance of these mental conditions by the community will significantly lower the risk of pregnancy complications of the mothers in their own community.

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

Maternity Dresses – “ Bump with style”

Being a mother is discovering inner strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed. Also, it’s one of the best things that can happen to a lady in her life. When you’re pregnant, dressing can be a major fashion challenge even for the trendiest mom-to-be because your body undergo lots of changes and you don’t knpregnant_woman_vintage_pregnant_vintage_retro_pregnancy_maternity_test_pregnant_test_book_pregnant-554301ow which clothes in your closet are going to fit. Suddenly, you’re dressing this body that seems totally foreign to you and you have no idea what’s going to look good.

You can spend on your pregnancy clothes depending upon various aspects such as; your lifestyle, your budget, etc. You can also choose clothes according to your professional guidelines, that is if you work in the corporate sector, then you obviously are required to go for the crisp office look. But never compromise your comfort. One of the most crucial factors to keep in mind while choosing maternity or pregnancy dresses is the level of your comfortability while you are wearing them. Your clothing should evolve as your body changes every week.

Different types of dresses to try out during pregnancy period

  • Empire Dresses

Empire waists dresses have become very significant and trendy among most of the pregnant women mainly during the last two trimesters.

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  • Shirt Dresses/Tunic Maternity Tops

These are much more comfortable and you don’t feel that you are pregnant.

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  • Flowy dresses/tops, layered dresses/tops

When you are pregnant being modest is a challenge. You will always have to give priority to the life growing inside the tummy.

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Be conscious about what you wear… Why?

During the maternity period, your body undergoes drastic changes such as; Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, morning sickness and weight gain. Dressing properly is one way to feel relaxed and comfortable. I would say it is a treatment to your mood swings too. After all, who doesn’t cheer up when dressed comfortably? Properly chosen maternity wear will be light on you and give proper support to your growing belly. It will cause less irritation due to sweat and heat. A good pair of footwear will help ease the pain in your legs due to swelling and muscle cramps.

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Pregnancy fashion is now becoming a new trend as more and more celebrities flaunt their baby bumps in designer maternity wear. In the allure of television, expecting women should always remember that people they see belong to the world of fashion. Imitating them and wearing a tight fitted dress/heels or accessories might not just feel bulky but also put you in severe risk.

Who said pregnancy need be nine months in the sartorial wilderness? Pregnancy style can be challenging but you still can make your maternity work for you with right mix of clothing that is safe, comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

 

Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.