Prenatal relaxation

Leisure activities during pregnancy

It is important for mothers to remain relaxed and active during pregnancy. This helps them to have better physical and mental condition and so the baby remains healthy as well. Exercises help to keep fit and regular exercises are recommended by doctors too.

The leisure activities that pregnant women could try are sports activities, weekend outings and family picnics. Indoor leisure activities are reading books, listening to music and watching movies.

Listening to music

Researchers have carried out various studies on pregnant women to find out the effects of music on the unborn babies. Results show, unborn babies who were exposed to music while in the womb show a significant improvement in their overall mental, cognizant, behavioral, sensory, psychological and emotional development as compared to those who were not exposed to any music while they were in the womb.

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The type of music you listen to depends largely on your personality & mood. There is no rule that you should only listen to a particular type of music while you are pregnant. But it’s better to avoid from loud music. Exposing your unborn baby to very loud music is said to be risky as it could lead to premature birth.

Outings during pregnancy

It is possible to travel by air during pregnancy, getting prior notice from the doctor that relaxthere no risk of premature birth. While travelling by air, pregnant women should take enough fluid, take a walk around every hour so that thrombosis is prevented. If the journey is longer, then in between breaks must be taken.

It’s better to avoid hot climates during holidays otherwise it could cause extra strain for the blood circulation.

Reading during pregnancy

Babies can recognize their mother’s voice in the womb, so why don’t you read aloud while you’re pregnant? And when your baby arrives, reading to your newborn is a must. The baby won’t understand your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and helps him develop listening skills, promotes language development, babyconcentration skills and information synthesis

After 10 months she’ll also start to hear sounds from the outside world. Hearing your voice while she’s still in the womb helps your baby feel attached to you quickly once she’s born.

 

What you should read?

From the beginning, your baby can pick up the rhythm and tone of the sentences and will respond to how the mother responds to whatever she reads. Selecting soothing, lighthearted and fun reading material is the best way to entertain your baby during pregnancy, and children’s books are a good resource for short stories that may benefit both the mother and the infant.

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Also, its important to you to be knowledgeable so here are some books that recommended for read

  • How can reading books help you during pregnancy
  • Books With Pregnancy Humor
  • Pregnancy Books For Dads
  • Books On Pregnancy Health
  • Diet And Nutrition Books On Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Books On Development
  • Pregnancy Journals
  • Pregnancy Books On Yoga And Ayurveda
  • Pregnancy Fact Books

 

Many people will advise you during the pregnancy period but before listening to other it’s trying yourself. For that, the best method will be reading books. You can gather information about what to do and what not to do. Above books will give you full knowledge about pregnancy period regarding things.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

 

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Healthy Baby from Healthy Mom

If you are worried about your little one before he or she comes into this world, it’s the time for you to take care of yourself. Normally, the physical condition of the womb and entire body is important to fetal development and improvement. So, it’s important to take care about your physical as well as your mental health.

Rest Well

While another life is growing inside your tummy, you will feel more tired than before. Due to discomfort in 3rd trimester you may find it hard to sleep well. Therefore, it’s better to sleep as much as you can in 1st and 2nd  trimesters!

The best position for you to sleep in is “SOS” (sleep on side). But it’s better to sleep on left side, because your left side will expand the measure of blood and supplements that will reach the placenta and your infant.

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For more comfort, keep your legs and knees bowed and put a pillow between your legs.

 

Working out

h2Exercise is so beneficial, the ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles to handle the physical demands of pregnancy and the postpartum period without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby. Also, research suggests that prenatal exercise may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, exercise can help you manage the condition and prevent complications. Healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies aim to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day with moderate intensity on most or all days of the week. You do simple exercises like swimming, walking and yoga.

 

Healthy Diet

h4During pregnancy, the goal is to be eating balance nutritious meal most of the time. It’s better to avoid fast food, processed food, and foods high in sugar, alcohol, unpasteurized food, saturated fats and also avoid from fish which contain high level mercury (such as shark, swordfish and marlin). There are a variety of safe foods you may have such as fresh vegetables and fruits, fish-contains essential fatty acids, whole grains, iron and B-vitamins. At least half of a pregnant woman’s carbohydrate choices each day should come from whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta or breads and brown rice.

 

Mental Health

The next important thing is the mental health of a mum. Because most people believe that happy healthy babies are coming from happy healthy moms.  High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone responsible for the body’s fight-or-flight response) in pregnancy are associated with babies who cry more and sleep less after birth. One reason for low weight birth is chronic stress of mum. So, it become more important to pay attention to one’s emotional state. You can relax by doing yoga, listening to your favorite music, doing meditation and taking a warm bubble bath.

 

Be Careful

It’s better to minimize exposure to chemicals that we are using day today life. Like household cleaners, secondhand smoke, stay away from cat litter, gardening soil, solvents, paints and beauty products. Avoid lead dust, which can be generated during renovations in older homes. And steer clear of bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen found in countless products, including plastic containers and thermal cash register receipts.

If you eat organic food, as a habit you can avoid from pesticides, growth hormones and other chemicals. Wash all the vegetables and fruits because risk in obesity, infertility, attention deficit disorders and cognitive problems in children can be increased due to pesticides.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Decorate your baby’s room      

Before your bundle of joy comes home you should be keen to get the baby’s room ready in time for their arrival. The decorations will depend on gender of your little one. Decorating your baby’s room makes new beginning to your life and it will give a pleasant feeling to both mom and the baby.

Research have found that in the early stages of your baby’s life, they can only see shades of black, grey and white and their best vision is 8-12 inches away. The best way to decorate your newborn’s room is to use monochrome colors and patterns. This provides your baby with the best form of visual stimulation, it will also assist in brain growth and development.

Their eyes are sensitive to bright light, so will probably open their eyes in low light. Sometimes your newborn’s eyes will cross or drift outward (go “wall-eyed”), this is normal until your baby’s vision improves and eye muscles strengthen.

By the time your baby reaches three months old, it’s believed that they can see colors. And so, bringing some vibrancy into their nursery is essential for their continued development. Contrasting patterns, and movement are the things newborns like to look at most.

If you start with a monochrome base for your newborn, there should be no trouble finding a color that works with your room.

Welcoming a baby girl into the world is an exciting time and the beginning of a new chapter in life. Being the first space, she gets to claim as her own, her nursery is a room that should be styled and personalized to provide a warm, welcome home.Picture4

  • Most of the times you just go for soft pink and yellow, but there are much more endless colors you can see varying from muted earth tones to vibrant and bold.
  • But it’s better to avoid from using dark colors.
  • You can use wall stickers, flowers, dolls and teddies.

 

 

When you go to decorate your baby boy’s room, it’s going to be little different from colors and toys.Picture5

  • Most of the times people go for blue color.
  • You can make bold statement or be a mellow sanctuary on the space.
  • Also, you can go for themes like super heroes.

 

 

If you are still not sure about the gender of your baby, just go for unisex themes as follows:

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Here you can select colors and themes which can use for both baby girls and boys. Also, you can hang some decorations to take attention of your baby.

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You can use these things for birth day decorations also. From all these ideas lets Welcome your new member by decorating and creating the perfect space to grow up.

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Think you might be Pregnant?

Even before you miss a period, you may suspect that you’re pregnant. For some women, early symptoms of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception.

Pregnancy symptoms can also vary in their intensity, frequency and duration. The following early signs and symptoms of pregnancy checklist are only a guideline. Many early pregnancy symptoms can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Symptoms of Pregnancy: The Classic Clues

Tender, swollen breasts: Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.

Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. The cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.

Light spotting: Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.Picture1

Headaches: Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.

Constipation: Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation.

Increased urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

 Mood swings: The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester.

Cramping: Some women experience mild uterine cramping early in pregnancy.Picture2

Cravings: When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

 

Missed Period: Perhaps the most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is when you’ve missed your period. This possible sign of pregnancy is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms.

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Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you’ve missed your monthly cycle.

Unfortunately, these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these symptoms.

Still, if you miss a period and notice some of the above signs or symptoms, take a home pregnancy test or see your health care provider.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Prenatal Beauty Treatments – “beauty with the bump”

 

 

Picture1Pregnant mothers crave some pampering during their pregnancy. Most of them don’t want to show up like pregnant mothers and want to be stylish, beautiful as usual. They deserve to indulge themselves and enjoy a day or two at the spa. Before indulging in a little spa action, however, most expecting moms need to know which beauty treatments are safe for their baby.

Manicures and Pedicures

Just because you’re pregnant does not mean you have to forget about your manicure and pedicure appointment. But we have to be cautious about the chemicals that will create complications. The nail polish fumes tend to sometime cause mothers to be to feel nauseous, the brief exposure in the salon won’t cause any harm to your baby. However, the nail polish does contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and toluene that can be harmful if you use it often enough. You can ask your nail technician if she can use nail polish that’s free of these chemicals. You may also prefer to avoid the nail bar during the first trimester.

Facials

A facial can be a wonderfully relaxing to help keep your skin beautifully healthy. Basicfacial facials are a great way to pamper your skin, especially considering that your hormone levels change during pregnancy. However, not all treatments, are safe for all pregnant mothers. Aromatherapy, chemical peels, hot stones, and electric stimulation should be avoided until the arrival of your baby.

Waxing

Just bear in mind that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, but getting a wax is considered safe. When you’re pregnant your hormones are on super drive and thanks to that, your hair grows at a faster rate!

 Hair Dye

According to the professionals, chemicals found in hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. When you are getting your hair dyed the small amount that is absorbed by your skin is not enough to reach the baby. For worried pregnant mothers, some doctors recommend not dying your hair during your first trimester.

Tanning

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Many Doctors do not recommend that pregnant women soak up the sun, whether its from direct sunlight or in a tanning bed. The high temperature can raise body temperatures and be very dangerous to your baby, its better off avoiding it all together until you have the baby.

 Botox Treatments

Many doctors would advise against pregnant women to get injections of the popular drug. Doctors urge pregnant women to remember that the combination of hormones and increased blood flow will make your face “glow” anyway during pregnancy and suggest that cosmetic procedures are likely to go unnoticed amid an already-transforming body.

Saunas and Steam Rooms

Like tanning expecting moms should avoid saunas and steam rooms when you’re pregnant, saunas can cause hyperthermia, which can lead to an increased risk of birth defects during the first trimester.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

Prenantal Exercises – “it’s all about being strong”

Doing exercises during pregnancy bring lot of positive impact on the health and fitness of a pregnant mother. Prenatal Exercise is so beneficial that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies aim to exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day with moderate intensity on most or all days of the week. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain, and prepares your muscles to handle the physical demands of pregnancy and the postpartum period without causing undue physical stress for you or the baby. Also, research suggests that prenatal exercise may also lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes . If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, exercise can help you manage the condition and prevent complications. E1

Consult your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. If you get the go-ahead to work out, be sure to listen to your body. Don’t overdo it, stop if it hurts or feels uncomfortable. And before you put on your sneakers, learn the rules of safe pregnancy exercise. Many gyms and community centers offer fitness classes designed specifically for pregnant women and have instructors who can offer expert guidance on exercising safely.

Initial exercises for a pregnant woman:

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  • Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Stretching and etc.

 

 

And also, there are specific exercises that you can do trimester wise, specially you should be careful in the 3rd trimester. For safe pregnancy exercises, better to check with your healthcare provider first, get enough calories, skip dangerous sports, wear the right clothes, warm up, drink plenty of water, don’t lie flat on your back, keep moving, don’t overdo it, don’t exercise in high heat or humidity, get up from the floor slowly, cool down, make it a habit.

While the exercise has been established as a safe practice for women who are pregnant, there are risks that can make it dangerous for some women with medical conditions. Firstly, the hormones stimulated during pregnancy have the potential to induce premature contractions, although the actual risk of this event has not been investigated. Exercise also causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placenta.

Potential mechanisms behind why exercise during pregnancy can be a risk have been identified, yet there have been no studies that have shown these have a significant effect on fetal wellbeing. The major concerns include:

  • Premature contractions can potentially be induced by the hormones that are stimulated by exercise
  • Increased glucose consumption from working muscles could affect fetal glucose levels
  • Exercise causes blood to be redistributed from internal organs to skeletal muscle and as a result there is a significant transient reduction in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the placental site
  • Overheating will challenge maternal thermal regulation and is best avoided, especially in the first trimester. Therefore, participating in vigorous exercise in high temperature environments throughout pregnancy should be avoided.

Having certain other conditions mean you need to exercise with caution. Ask your provider to recommend a safe exercise routine if you have;

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone or joint injuries
  • History of heavy smoking
  • Signs of a potential health problem or pregnancy complication.

Even if your doctor gives you the go-ahead to get regular physical activity, pay attention to signs that may indicate a problem with your health or the pregnancy. Stop exercising immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you have; Decreased fetal movement, dizziness or a feeling you might faint, headache, heart palpitations, calf pain or swelling (which could indicate a blood clot), vaginal bleeding, chest pain, recurring abdominal pain or contractions, fluid leaking (or gushing) from your vagina, shortness of breath (this is common during pregnancy but can sometimes signal a problem such as asthma or fluid in the lungs.)

Benefits of doing exercises during pregnancy :

  • Improve the maternal fitness
  • Reduce glucose levels – blood sugar
  • Helpful to have a good sleep
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease complications happen during pregnancy
  • Ease the labor

 

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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.

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.