Dressing the bump: What to wear in your first trimester

If you have been pregnant before, you'll find out that the first trimester is always difficult to get dressed. Not to say the second and third aren't hard either, but the first trimester presents its own set of problems. Those problems include- feeling sick, tired, bloated and depending on who you are, more sick or more tired. You also start gaining weight at a regular pace and you're torso begins to expand. You don't look pregnant yet, you look like you just had too much food.  It's the worst.  And your head knows it's part of the whole growing-a-baby-thing...but your self esteem doesn't know how to process it. Here are tips for surviving the first trimester and hiding the tiny belly until it actually looks like an baby belly.

  1. Invest in lots of loose tops and T-shirts. But keep it balanced by wearing fitted pants with the loose tops. Also pull yourself together with bright lipstick, a pair of earrings and a cute bag.
  1. Buy a bigger pant size. Put away your skinniest skinny jeans right away. Like now. Don't ruin them or ruin your day by trying them on and finding out that sure enough- they don't fit. You can have them back in a year or two. Now go buy some denim in once size bigger. They will be new so they automatically feel cute and they fit- so they make you feel normal.
  1. You may be able to keep your old jeans in rotation for a while. But the waistband will get tight sooner or later. Don't be afraid to rubber band them. Loop a rubber band or a hair tie around the button, through the button hole and back over the button. There is nothing worse than a squeezing pair of pants so loosen them up with the rubber band trick. The problem with this trick is that you can't wear a fitted top with it. The top has to be loose.
  1. Say yes to joggers. When you are at home, embrace it. After all, you either feel sick, tired, bloated or all of the above. Give yourself a break! Grab some cute joggers for yourself and don't be afraid to steal your hubby's biggest pair. Those are almost guaranteed to make you feel thin. Jogger pants are super cute to wear out and about and the stretchy waistband is so comfortable. These will ease you into maternity pants.
  1. Invest in leggings- What else will ease you into maternity pants? Leggings. Buy yourself some quality leggings. These will be your best friend for the next 12 months, even if you never wear them out of the house.
Other ideas for boosting your first trimester confidence? Buy new shoes- unless your feet majorly swell up, shoes always fit! What are your favorite tips for dressing during the first trimester? How do you style your bump?    

Super Healthy Weight Gain Foods for babies

Do you worry that your baby is not gaining weight properly? A study says that 85 % of Moms fret over their baby’s weight and are always searching for healthy weight gain foods for their babies. By the way, look at the baby, not the scales. So what is a worried mum to do? Try introducing every new food every week, be patient, don’t expect immediate weight gain. Till the baby is exclusively breast fed, breast milk helps best to gain weight. That being said, here are some super healthy weight gain food for babies.

  1. Milk
If you are breastfeeding then breast milk is the best choice up to 1 year and after 1 year, cow’s milk can be given.
  1. High calorie energy dense nutritious foods
Instead of fatty foods, high calorie energy dense foods increases weight without increasing the bad fat in the baby. If high calorie non nutritious fat foods (like ice cream, chocolates, processed food) are given, then it will create poor eating habits which will be difficult to change later. chubb
  1. Banana
Banana can be given to infants after 6 months of age. Banana is rich in dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and very good source of Vitamin B6, and is a energy dense nutritious food.
  1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes are an excellent first food for the baby. It can be given from 6 months of age. Sweet Potatoes are very low in saturated fat, high in dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamin B6 and very high in Vitamin A and C.
  1. Plain meats
Chicken can be introduced after 8 months of age. Chicken is rich in niacin, phosphorous, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and B12, also it is rich in cholesterol too, so the chicken can be given once a week to babies.
  1. Oats
Another food that indirectly causes weight gain in babies is Oats. Oats is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in manganese, magnesium, thiamine and phosphorus. Oats is the only cereal containing legume like protein. 178153692
  1. Potatoes
Potato makes an excellent first food for babies. It has a soft consistency, is easily mashable and is also the least allergenic food.Start with a small quantity as some babies may develop tummy upset due to gas. The potato is rich in minerals, vitamins and also an assortment of phytochemicals such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Potatoes are best known for their carbohydrate content, with a medium sized potato containing about 26 gms.
  1. Eggs
Eggs can be given after 8 months of age. Start with the yolk  first, and introduce the white later as the proteins in the white yolk tend to cause allergies in children. Eggs are high in proteins and saturated fat. They can be boiled or scrambled, or used in pancakes, egg rice, egg pudding or French toast. Check out a list of egg recipes for babies and toddlers here. Hope this list of healthy weight gaining foods for babies goes a long way in dissipating your worries about your baby’s weight gain! What is your greatest concern regarding your baby’s weight gain? Do let us know by commenting below.

Khloe Kardashian turns down Kim’s surrogate advice

Reality star, Khloé Kardashian who is in a desperate bid to start a family with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson, has reportedly turned down Kim's surrogate advice after months of failed attempt to get pregnant for the NBA star.
According to Life & Style Magazine, her big sister Kim Kardashian who likely is having her next child with Kanye via a surrogate, has been pushing Khloé to take the same step, but according to sources, Khloé wants to do things the old-fashioned way when it comes to her first child with the NBA star.
"She isn’t even willing to discuss it with Kim,” says the insider. “She is determined to get pregnant on her own.”
Khloé is "stressing out over conceiving with Tristan," the source adds, and Kim just wants her to know there is an alternative. At one point, Khloé offered to be Kim and husband Kanye West's surrogate.
But she received some bad news when she went to a fertility specialist.
"These are follicles, these hold eggs, so this is just giving you an idea of how young your ovaries are," her doctor said on KUWTK. "There are fewer follicles than I anticipate for a normal 32-year-old." Khloé was visibly shocked and went on to explain how she is ready to start a family with Tristan, 26.
"I would love to have a family," she said at the time. "We’ve talked about it. He is a father, and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable father. I definitely want to be a mom. But I don’t put the pressure on it. It’s not like, the clock is ticking. I feel in my soul it will happen."

Actress, Vienna Girardi reveals how she lost Twins in miscarriage

One of the hardest and tragic events in life is losing a child or children no matter the age or suffering a miscarriage. Actress, Vienna Girardi famous for her role in The Bachelor has just revealed in a Facebook that she suffered a miscarriage earlier this month while carrying her twins, who were just 18 weeks. Vienna wrote about her devastating loss in an emotional and lengthy post and how she too almost died and had to be in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for four days.

  Read Below... This is the hardest thing I have ever had to write. On Aug 3rd, I went in for an ultra sound bc the Perinatologist notice one of my twins had more fluids than the other which was the first sign of TTTS(Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) this is when one twin takes more nutrients than the other. They said that it did look like it had improved over the last week though. Unfortunately, that was not the case and that evening my water broke due to the amniotic sacs rupturing. I spent the next 2 days in the hospital trying everything to save them. The doctors had warned me that if I did not go into labor and deliver the babies, I was taking the chance of risking my own life and causing an infection in my uterus but they could not survive at only 18 weeks. They also said that there was a very slim chance under 5% that the babies could survive and the fluids in their amniotic sacs replenish themselves so as any mother would do I did everything to save them but their hearts stopped beating on day two which is also when I went into a septic shock with 104 fever. My little angels went to Heaven on Aug 5th and I was rushed into the OR for emergency surgery and was in the ICU for 4 days. I don't know why this happened and I pray the Lord gives me strength to understand why he needed my little girls. After days of laying in bed heart broken and trying to piece what happened back together a doctor asked me if I would consider donating my little girls to science so they can also understand why this happens and be able to save another women who has twins with TTTS. This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life but I knew my little girls were in Heaven already and the pain I feel I would never want any mother to ever feel. RIP My Sweet Angels ? Your mommy will never forget you and I loved you both with my entire heart. I Thank you all for your support and prayers but I would appreciate it if at this time everyone can respect my privacy and allow me to grieve.

Fibroids and Pregnancy: What you should know

Many women of childbearing age are diagnosed with gynecological concerns such as fibroids, PCOS and endometriosis. These frustrating issues take on a whole new level when you discover you’re pregnant. If you’ve been told you have fibroids, you may wonder how they may impact your pregnancy. Will you experience a high risk pregnancy? Will fibroids put you and your baby at risk for serious complications? For some women, fibroids have little to no impact on their daily life, fertility or pregnancy. But for others, fibroids can have a major impact. Fibroids and Pregnancy Here are 8 things you need to know about fibroids and pregnancy: #1: Fibroids Are Common Fibroids are non-cancerous masses of compacted muscle and fibrous tissue, found inside or outside the uterine wall. A fibroid tumor may also be referred to as myoma. With as many as 50-80% of women having fibroids, the condition is actually quite common. pregnant-woman-large-720x479 #2: Fibroids Can Vary In Size Some fibroids are as small as a pea, while others can be as large or larger than a grapefruit. While most fibroids wont grow in size, around one third may grow in the first trimester of pregnancy. Fibroids which grow during pregnancy are the most problematic, as they can result in miscarriage. Given the varying sizes and number of fibroids, symptoms can vary greatly from woman to woman. The location of the fibroid(s) can have an impact too. #3: Fibroids Can Be Problematic Women with fibroids may have no noticeable symptoms, before, during or after pregnancy. For other women, their fibroids come with such symptoms such as: Abdominal Pain Frequent urination, or urge to urinate, Heavy vaginal bleeding , pelvic pressure, pain and Constipation It's important to contact your healthcare provider any time you have vaginal bleeding or pain, as they can also be symptoms. 143409-424x283-Pregnant_Woman #4: You May Not Need Treatment – But You Do Need To Consult A Specialist For most women, fibroids don’t require any treatment. For some women, fibroids are surgically removed, either prior to or after pregnancy. This is especially the case for women with large fibroids which cause pain, heavy bleeding or if the fibroids are impacting fertility (e.g. the fibroid is blocking fallopian tubes). You aren’t able to have uterine surgery to remove fibroids during pregnancy, so if you’re experiencing pain due to the fibroids, your healthcare provider will likely recommend a treatment plan and pain medication which is safe during pregnancy. #5: Complications Are Possible, But Not A Guarantee For women with smaller fibroids that don't grow, there’s little — if any — expected risk during pregnancy. Even for women with large fibroids, they can be low risk, but the size and location of the fibroids is the issue. Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, there is an increased risk of miscarriage, in-uterine growth restriction, preterm birth, breech position, c-section, heavy postpartum bleeding or even hysterectomy. Black pregnant woman eating peanut butter in kitchen #6: Fibroids Can Change During Pregnancy Doctors aren’t certain why, but pregnancy hormones may cause your fibroids to grow or shrink. Your maternity care provider may monitor your fibroids to see if their changes increase your risk of complications. If a fibroid is located near the bottom of the uterus, close to the cervix, growth could block the baby’s passage into the birth canal. If your midwife or doctor has any concerns, they will monitor you and make birth recommendations accordingly. #7: Uterine Fibroids Don’t Automatically Mean A C-Section While there is an increased risk of needing a c-section, many women with fibroids are able to have uncomplicated vaginal births. Unless the size and location of your fibroids is blocking the cervix, or the size and location impact baby’s ability to move into the optimal position, an uncomplicated vaginal birth is likely. As fibroids change in size and as the uterus grows, even if a fibroid appeared to be a concern in early pregnancy, monitoring might show as the pregnancy continues, it becomes less of a concern. If your healthcare provider recommends a c-section during early pregnancy, it’s a good idea to ask for monitoring towards the end of your pregnancy, so you can make an informed decision before scheduling it. Your situation may change and surgery may longer be needed. #8: There Are No Miracle Cures The internet is full of miracle cures for everything; however when it comes to fibroids, you should never self treat or consult doctor Google, because there are no miracle cures. All you can do is leave the medical needs to your healthcare provider, and continue to be vigilant about your diet. By eating a healthy diet, eliminating sugar and processed grains (bread, cereals, pasta, processed foods), you can not only help to prevent and minimise problems associated with fibroids, but other pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes. Pregnancy is a time of excitement, but also a time where common concerns can become worrisome. Fortunately, for most women, fibroid tumors are unlikely to cause complications during their pregnancy and birth.

Maternal matrimony; Embracing your bump

There are many milestones in a woman’s life, and getting married and having a baby are perhaps some of the most special. If you are blessed with experiencing these two milestones simultaneously, then here are our top tips for pregnant brides-to-be. Whether you’re battling morning sickness or juggling planning the nursery and your wedding day, expecting brides have lot more to think about than just organising matching the bouquets with the bridesmaid dresses. To make you’re life a little easier, here are some tips on how to make the most out of planning for a baby and planning a wedding at the same time. Embrace your pregnancy glow Hormones produced during pregnancy such as progesterone increase the colour in your skin, and the extra blood circulating throughout your body will make your skin look plump and brighter. Another beauty bonus is that your hormones will encourage extra hair growth and your hair will fall out less, therefore you will have a very luscious mane of hair on your wedding day, so you can rock those textured waves if you wish! Pregnant-Kandi-Burruss-Places-a-Hand-on-Her-Baby-Bump-in-October-2015 Embrace the kind gestures Being pregnant means that people are often more inclined to want to help you or do things for you, and during this busy time in your life, it may be wise to embrace the extra help. Even delegating tasks to wiling participants, or accepting offers of help you would normally politely refuse will truly take a load off your back. Finding a wedding dress isn’t as difficult as it seems There are so many gorgeous wedding dresses for expecting brides and it is always possible to find a dress you like in a larger size and have it altered to fit you. Or, you can even opt for a made to measure gown, because whether you buy off the rack or have something made you will still need countless fittings to accommodate that growing bump! Remember not to hide your belly behind loads of fabric, but rather embrace it! You don’t have to wear heels cnnn Firstly, no one will judge you if you’re rocking flats on your wedding day, a) because it’s your wedding day, and b) because you’re pregnant! Some women do get swollen feet during pregnancy so choose footwear that is comfortable for you, and if that is a high heel, then that’s a bonus! Your bump is your best accessory You baby bump is your best accessory on your wedding day, so use it in your photographs! Your photographer will direct you on the best angles and poses to accentuate your gorgeous bump, and if you tell your photographer in advance you could take a few pregnancy shots too – it will save you both time and money. Eloping is an option Opting for a private ceremony or flying out of the country to exchange vows are ways to fast-track the wedding, if that’s what you want to do. Planning for a baby and planning a wedding are both large tasks, and for some brides, doing both may not be so appealing. For some mothers-to-be having an intimate wedding or an elopement might be a little more manageable than planning a large wedding. Your baby will be a part of your special day The joy of starting a new life, both physically and metaphorically is the most amazing thing about being a pregnant bride. It is a truly unique and special experience, and one that no doubt you and your partner will treasure forever. Savour the moment, take many photographs and enjoy the fact that you are committing to spending the rest of your life with your partner, and also welcoming a bundle of joy into the world! Turn your honeymoon into your babymoon A babymoon is a fairly modern concept, and it basically means that the expecting parents take a special holiday before the baby is born as a way to relax and spend some quality time together before the baby arrives. Use your honeymoon as a time to relax and unwind, and embrace the experience as it will be the last time you go on holiday before you become parents. However, if you’re having the honeymoon after your baby arrives, your honeymoon will turn into your first family vacation! It is also important to check restrictions surrounding the location you are headed, certain disease or viruses may affect pregnant women, and have a discussion with your doctor about your holiday plans.

Beauty tips for pregnant women

Are you worried the hormonal changes in your body may play havoc on your beauty? Well, these changes are natural. Every woman has a different hormonal cycle and so is their pregnancy. Pregnancy brings the natural glow in any women, that’s because of the joy and excitement one goes through. But if you have doubts that you might not be one of those, then here is our expert guide for you to follow in your nine months, for a healthy and beautiful phase of your life. How to look beautiful during pregnancy is a question every would be mom comes by. As we know a sound mind and body enhances beauty, so to ease your worry so here are effective ways to help you enjoy your beauty during your special phase of life. beautifully-pregnant-african-woman-1

  1. Drinking Water – is the Mantra:
During pregnancy you need to consume lots of water during a day. It will help in filtering and washing out all the toxins from your body. Further, water helps in maintaining the right amount of amniotic fluid in your body. If you have not yet added this essential tip, add it quickly, as this is good for you and your baby’s health. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
  1. Right Food:
You need to be extra cautious on what you are eating and how healthy it is during pregnancy. It’s advisable to consult your doctor for a diet chart, including lists of food types you need to concentrate on. Follow that chart religiously. Eat healthy, as it is important for the growth of your baby. 97cd23c76237504f755ebe0d4e710528--beautiful-pregnancy-baby-bumps
  1. Sleep:
Fatigue is one of the symptoms which expectant mothers experiences, especially during the first trimester. Proper rest is very important, because that’s when your body and mind rejuvenates itself. Make sure you catch enough sleep that your body feels less fatigued. Make yourself comfortable when you go to sleep. Keep your posture right. You might want to use a maternity cushion or something equally comfortable while you sleep.
  1. Right Weight:
You need to watch your weight while pregnant. Some would be mums might take it as a chance to eat anything and everything without being worried about the weight. While it is natural to gain weight during pregnancy, it is not healthy to gain it in a wrong way. Weight gained by eating junk food definitely does not help. Always stick to a right diet, you can consult your doctor for better suggestions.
  1. Exercise:
Yes, it is important! There are certain exercises that are recommended for pregnant women. You can join classes are designed especially for prenatal, and get a chance to meet other expectant mothers and learn from their experiences. You can also consult your doctor and get guidance on gentle sports you can indulge in.
  1. Avoid Stretch Marks:
Most new mummies complain about stretch marks after pregnancy. You might want to take care about this concerning issue during your tenure. Use a stretch mark cream advised to you or you can pick one from the best selling line. Use it on a daily basis and gently massage your belly. You might also want to avoid running, bumping or knocking to prevent these marks.
  1. Enhance Your Curves:
Baby bumps are cute, flaunt them! While going out, make sure you dress in a way that enhances your curves. A woman’s body is beautiful during pregnancy. Pregnant belly gives them extra curves. Use this chance to wear dresses that hug your body nicely and shows off those beautiful curves. tikasumpter
  1. Skin Care:
With all the issues during pregnancy, do not forget your skin. Beauty care during pregnancy includes skin care regimes, preferably plant-based or herbal, after regular intervals. Due to changes in hormones, there might be certain minor skin damages. You can use skin care products according to your skin type, but make sure the ingredients don’t list harmful chemicals.
  1. Make-Up:
A woman can never go wrong with make-up! You have bags under your eyes, use a concealer. Got spots on face due to hormonal changes, foundation is a saviour. Make-up covers up for everything. Again, go with brands that do not use harsh chemicals in their products.
  1. Relax:
Last but most important point to remember is to relax! Include breaks in your schedule. Lie down for a while when you get the chance. Relax your body. Pregnancy can be very stressful, but make sure you do not let that get to you. The more relaxed you are, the prettier you look! We hope our article helps you with ideas to enjoy your beauty during your special period. As it says, save the best for last, we would suggest you to SMILE. Being pregnant is not a disease, so be happy always that will make you look more beautiful! Do you have more beauty tips during pregnancy? Share them with us in the comment section below!

Nurturing your marriage during pregnancy

What's the single most significant relationship you'll have in your new life as a parent?  It's not the one you'll share with that beautiful baby you'll be bringing home some 30 weeks from now. It's the one you share — and will continue to share — with your spouse (a fact baby-crazed pregnancy couples are quick to forget). But after all, fetuses grow up into babies, who grow up into children, who grow up and move away from home (and it happens a lot faster than you can even imagine…trust me!), but a spouse is yours (with a little luck, a lot of hard work) into old age. So it's extra important (and extra challenging) to keep the love alive and maintain a strong relationship during pregnancy. 3044c8abf74df955a0fa8f92779b1dc7--maternity-photo-shoot-maternity-photos That said, there are sure to be some changes in the dynamics of your twosome once baby makes three (or even threatens to make three). These changes and potential strains on a couple’s relationship during a pregnancy are inevitable (little babies tend to make a big impact on their parents' lives). But if you play your cards right (and play them right from the start, which it sounds like you're committed to doing), they can actually be changes for the better. The first thing you will need to do is to start thinking of yourselves as a couple again — instead of just a couple of parents (or a couple of parents-to-be). Of course, you'll want to focus plenty of attention on your pregnancy, and on your baby-to-be — that's great, as long as you also remember to keep your relationship front-and-center (no back burner for your love life). Couples should, of course, nurture the pregnancy and baby-to-be, but don't forget to take the time to — and put the effort into — nurturing each other. Your baby doesn't have to come between you (though your belly definitely will). Wondering just how to nurture your relationship? You probably have some pretty good romantic tricks you can pull out of storage; here are a few other ideas to get you started: Schedule in romance. Now's a good time to start a weekly date night — something you'd be smart to continue after baby's on board (though in the first few months, you may be taking those dates at home.…). Be spontaneous. Sometimes (make that, as often as you can), for absolutely no reason at all, surprise your partner with a come-from-behind squeeze, a weekend afternoon delight, a compliment that makes him blush (or better). Feel free to get frisky (and adventurous!). Just make sure you keep pregnancy sex safe for your baby and pleasurable for both of you with these sex positions. Be naughty. Amp up the passion! Leave him suggestive (or X-rated) messages that he'll find in his pocket when he reaches in for change and that will make him think of you (and think of you, and think of you). Chat him up. Keep your relationship (and romance) first and foremost during pregnancy. Don't just e-mail him 20 times a day to ask him if he's remembered to pick up the clothes from the dry cleaners. Email him sometimes just to tell him you love him — and that you can't wait to see him. Remember the other four-letter word: Talk. Communication is always important in a relationship, but it's especially essential for couples during pregnancy (thanks to their quickly-changing dynamic). Be sure to talk through changes instead of just letting them happen. And keep those lines of communication open even once baby's on the scene, when talking — at least, hearing each other over the sound of the baby crying — will be especially challenging but more important than ever). Get away — while you still can. Plan a romantic getaway (or two) before baby makes a trip for two a lot trickier (if you plan to fly during your pregnancy just get the okay from your doctor before you hit the open skies). Pick a place with comfortable beds and room service.

Motherhood! When Do Babies Crawl?

Crawling is one of the first major steps in your child's journey to independence, so it's no surprise so many parents are keen to know “when do babies crawl?” Once she masters crawling, she'll be able to explore the world around her without relying on you to pick her up. You might be keen for her to start crawling, so you can enjoy the next stage of her development together. It's always exciting when your child learns a new skill. So, when do babies crawl? Read on to find out! Most babies master crawling when they are aged between 7 and 10 months old. Some start earlier than that, and others start later. Some babies skip the crawling stage altogether, and move straight onto pulling themselves up using the furniture. Some babies choose to bottom shuffle, roll or across the room, not all babies crawl in the same way. Some babies seem to learn to crawl over night, but for most it takes a bit of practice. craw You should expect your baby to be good at crawling by her first birthday. Your baby will learn to crawl naturally, as she develops the strength and coordination to become mobile. But firstly, your baby will need to master sitting unaided. This requires muscle strength to stay upright, and move into a sitting position. Then she will discover that she can stay in position on all fours, and rock to and fro. At some point, she will push off from her knees, and become mobile. Once she starts moving, it may take her a few weeks to perfect her crawling style, as she learns how to move each of her limbs where she wants, when she wants. Some babies crawl backwards for the first few weeks, as they try to work out how to get around. Babies need to build up their muscle strength before they are able to start crawling. Since 1994, parents have been advised to put babies to sleep on their backs, instead of on their tummies, to reduce the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While this has been very effective, some experts believe it has caused some babies to reach physical milestones later. Spending less time on their tummies, means some babies take longer to develop the strength to hold their bodies up. There are a number of things you can do to help your baby: crawl 2 Crawling Tip #1: Spending time on her tummy is important for helping your baby to develop the strength to move her body and hold herself up. If your baby cries when you place her on her tummy on the floor, try lying her on your tummy instead. This way, she can still see you and feel safe, but will also be working her muscles. Each time she lifts her head to look at you, she'll be doing a mini work out. Find out more about tummy time. Crawling Tip #2: Being carried around may not sound like the most effective way of building muscle, but as babies shuffle to reposition themselves in wraps and slings, they are strengthening their muscles. As they lift their head out of the slings to see what's going on, they are improving their neck muscle strength. Crawling Tip #3: Make It Fun if your baby is having tummy time on a play mat, entertain her with toys to keep her happy. Dangling toys in front of her, singing and keeping your face close to hers, are all great ways to keep your baby happy during tummy time. Crawling Tip #4: A couple of toys that move may help to encourage your baby to start crawling. Trains, cars and balls are all great toys that may travel out of baby's reach as she plays with them. Crawling Tip #5: Try to limit the amount of time your baby spends in a car seat, pram or bouncer. Babies need time to move and explore in order to master new skills, so give them the freedom to do this. Crawling Tip #6: While you may be desperate to see your baby take her first few shuffles towards freedom, try not to get hung up on it. Don't compare her to other babies, or push her to crawl when she isn't ready. Just wait, have fun and support her as she develops this new and exciting skill. One of the best ways to do this, is to get down on all fours and crawl about yourself. What can you see that might be dangerous to a baby? Dangling wires, sharp corners and cupboard doors are all things that you should look out for. If your baby has access to your stairs, you may want to put in a stairgate now to stop her getting into danger. By safeguarding your home, you can allow your baby to explore her environment (with supervision). You'll need to be stringent about keeping your floors clean now that you have a little adventurer in the house. Remember, babies put pretty much anything in their mouth, and this will include food crumbs, pebbles, and loose change from under the sofa.. If your baby hasn't become mobile (this could be crawling, shuffling or rolling) by her first birthday, you should contact your healthcare provider. If you notice that your baby is only using one side of her body to move around with (for example, by dragging herself around using just one arm), you should contact your healthcare provider.

Rapid labour: All you should know

With each pregnancy, labour and birth can be quite different. Some women follow the typical course of labor, while others may experience delays in labor or find it necessary to induce. Still, others experience rapid labor. Although some women see rapid labor as a wonderful benefit, there are some drawbacks to birthing your baby quickly. Regardless of the kind of labor you experience, it can be expected to have a healthy birth. Labor and birth of your baby consists of three stages:

  • Active labor
  • Birth of the baby
  • Delivery of the placenta
On average, these stages of labor last from 6-18 hours. Rapid labor, also called precipitous labor, is characterized by labor that can last as little as 3 hours and is typically less than 5 hours. 4 ways your body gets ready for labour_0 There are several factors that can impact your potential for a rapid labor including:
  • A particularly efficient uterus which contracts with great strength
  • An extremely compliant birth canal
  • A history of prior rapid labor
  • Birth of a smaller than average baby
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Rapid Labor? The signs of rapid labor vary, but may include any of the following:
  • A sudden onset of intense, closely timed contractions with little opportunity for recovery between contractions.
  • An intense pain that feels like one continuous contraction allowing no time for recovery.
  • The sensation of pressure including an urge to push that comes on quickly and without warning. This can also be described as bearing down and feel similar to a bowel movement. Often times this symptom is not accompanied by contractions as your cervix dilates very quickly.
What are the Difficulties of Rapid Labor? The most obvious difficulty with Rapid Labor is emotional turmoil. Rapid Labor can make it extremely difficult to find coping strategies and can leave the expectant mother feeling out of control. Many women feel disappointment as they look forward to the birthing process and are surprised by a rapid labor. A very practical concern of rapid labor is also the location of the birth. Often, by the time the expectant mother realizes that she is indeed having a rapid labor, there is a narrow window of opportunity to drive to the hospital. In this case, methods of pain medication listed in the birthing plan may or may not be available. Rapid Labor can have a number of other potential difficulties for the mother or baby including: For Mother:
  • Increased risk of tearing and laceration of the cervix and vagina
  • Hemorrhaging from the uterus or vagina
  • Shock following birth which increases recovery time
  • Delivery in an unsterilized environment such as the car or bathroom
For Baby:
  • Risk of infection from unsterilized delivery
  • Potential aspiration of amniotic fluid
How Can You Manage or Cope During Rapid Labor Though you cannot control the speed at which your labor progresses, there are several steps that you can follow in order to take control of the situation in the event of rapid labor. Call for help immediately by contacting your doctor or midwife. Also, stay in control by using breathing techniques and calming thoughts. Ensure your partner is with you at all times. Remain in a clean, sterile place until help arrives. Finally, be calm and lay down either on your back or on your side.