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Expecting a new baby is one of the most wonderful times in your life! Every friend and family member watches with anticipation as the mother’s body changes, growing a little more each week. Of course, the mother often has to endure a few aches and pains along the way. Every woman will describe pregnancy in a little different way, depending upon her personality, tolerance level and symptoms.
While the changes may vary from woman to woman, there are generally some key changes that take place within the body of most expectant moms. You may not be able to stop the changes, but knowing what to expect can help eliminate worry. The more you learn about the way your body may change, the less you will be concerned and the more you will know, in order to help your body stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.
Of course, the most common complaint of expectant mothers is morning sickness. This is due to the changing hormones in the body. Most women are only sick for the first three months and then start feeling much better. Other expectant moms are sick the entire pregnancy. The best way to combat morning sickness and nausea is to always keep something in your stomach. Plan to eat every couple of hours and carry small snacks if necessary. When the stomach is empty, that is when you will most likely get sick. It may be helpful to keep some protein snacks by your bed at night. That way, if you wake up feeling hungry, you can eat a little bit to get through the night.
Many pregnant women also experience aches and pains within their bodies. This might mean a sore back due to the extra weight and also the ligaments loosening as the body prepares for childbirth. Some of these problems may be able to be eliminated by getting some exercise every day. Some ladies experience heartburn, which is also due to the changing hormones within the body. The heartburn can sometimes be avoided by avoiding spicy and heavy foods. Read the rest of this entry »
Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, is a book by Janet Balaskas, a book that covers pregnancy and the postnatal period of pregnancy, and it is written in such a style as to be accessible to the public and promote a sense of comfort and security. In this book, you can learn all about the importance of natural childbirth and natural safety. It is written in a simple manner so that no matter what knowledge you already have on the subject, this book will guide you through the preparations of natural childbirth so you will know what to expect and you will be ready when the time comes. Filled with tips and tricks and exercise positions and maneuvers, you will have a book that is chock filled with the essential aspects of what to do when you are getting ready for the birth of your baby.
James F. Clapp III has a book called Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, a book about all the regular benefits of exercise as well as the ways that you can return to your pre-shapes sooner even after you have your baby. But what’s more the book talks about ways to cut and reduce stress and also to help you avoid thinking stressful things. Sometimes women feel like exercising will lead to miscarriages or malformations of some kind and the author insists that this is not the case as he determines the ways that they can help the mother and affect the growth of the baby as well as what it contributes to milk production and what kinds should be avoided.
Baby Barbells, by Joshua Levitt is a book about how to help dad get back into shape after the baby is born, not necessarily to get his shape back, but how to use baby in his exercises so he can help get buff while bonding with the new baby at once. Really a two birds, one stone experience, there are funky, full color pictures that show how dad can exercise while holding the baby in his arms and bonding with the child as well. Read the rest of this entry »