One of the most exciting things to plan for while awaiting the birth of your baby is your baby shower. They are a great way for friends and family to gather and celebrate the birth of your baby. Mine is one of my happiest memories, and I want yours to be too. To help make sure your shower is a beautiful experience, I have prepared some quick tips to make the process of planning your baby shower a remarkable one. Below are some guidelines you should follow:
1. Create a Registry: Creating a registry is a great way to list the items you like so that your guests can pick a gift from your favorite things. You should pick 2 or more stores so that your guests can have more flexibility in choosing where they will go to get your gift. Among popular… Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce that Baby in Bloom was recently featured on The Parent Start Ups podcast with Owen Soba. We shared how my husband Mauricio and I are working together on Baby in Bloom to make this the best pregnancy resource available with special focus on first time pregnancy. I even shared how I met my husband met and much more. Check out the interview right here
Teratogens are substances that can cause harm in a developing fetus resulting in birth defects or fetal death. Teratogens affect growth and development of the baby. The effect of the teratogen depends on the specific substance and how much exposure has occurred. Common teratogens include alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and medications.
Alcohol should be avoided in pregnancy. The effect on the baby depends on how much alcohol is consumed. In early pregnancy excessive alcohol can cause miscarriage or premature labor. Exposure to alcohol throughout pregnancy can cause mental retardation resulting in a condition know as fetal alcohol syndrome. These babies are born with both mental and physical ailments.
If you have an alcohol problem it is important to talk to your health care provider. It is important to be honest about how much alcohol you are consuming. Remember no amount of alcohol… Continue reading
Its that time now. The nine months that originally felt like they were going by so slowly, are suddenly here. All those weeks of anticipating the birth of your baby are over. Here you are: 40 weeks pregnant (maybe a little more or a little less) and its time to have your baby. Are you ready for the delivery of your baby? There are a few things you may want to make sure you have thought about. We are going to review them here.
Your Birth Plan: Your birth plan is a list of things that you want to exclude or include during labor. It can include who you want involved during your labor. This can include your partner, parent, other relatives or other children. Remember not all hospitals have the same rules regarding how many people can be… Continue reading
Pregnancy is a time when infections are common. This is a result of hormonal as well as anatomical changes your body is going through. Among some of the most common infections during pregnancy are urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. These 3 infections will be discussed here. Other more serious infections include Toxoplasmosis, Listeria, Parvovirus and sexually transmitted diseases. These infections will be discussed in a later article.
Urinary Tract Infection
One of the most common infections in pregnancy is urinary tract infection (UTI). These infections are common in pregnancy because of the anatomical changes in the urinary tract. The urethra (the tube that carries the urine to the outside of the body) becomes shorter allowing bacteria to enter more easily. The weight of the growing uterus can also… Continue reading
As many of you already know, morning sickness can be a real drag in early pregnancy. Instead of enjoying your early weeks of pregnancy, you spend your mornings (and often most of the day) retching in the bathroom and having aversions to foods that used to make you happy. The good news is that morning sickness is usually limited to the first trimester, peaking between 5 and 7 weeks. Also there are many ways to improve or prevent your symptoms. This article will review 10 ways to ease your nausea.
1. Keep saltines/crackers bedside. Most women who have nausea upon awakening benefit from having a small snack that is easy to digest as soon as they wake. A salty cracker will often do the trick.
2. Avoid hard-to-digest foods throughout the day. Greasy or spicy foods can trigger nausea.… Continue reading