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Homeschooling during this outbreak

Most community quarantines have been set for 1-3 months, while others are on lockdown indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only the businesses are affected but most schools around the world have also closed as citizens have been advised to stay home. Kids have no school and both mom and dad are home too.  As a parent, you worry about your children’s continuous education. You may want to consider homeschooling during this outbreak, as a solution.

How can we keep them learning?
Can we homeschool?
How do we start with our homeschool journey?

There are so many resources online and even parenting groups that parents can access – make it possible to do homeschooling. It seems appropriate to do so as well with the crisis this world is currently facing. But is it for you?

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Why homeschool?

Here are some reasons parents decide to do so.

  • Provide better focus with the parent teaching the child.
  • Want to be aware of what the child is learning.
  • Religious reasons – allow teaching faith in depth
  • Put less pressure on what the child needs to learn at certain ages.
  • Family reasons
  • The home atmosphere is more relaxed, and schedule can be tailored to the child’s needs
  • Focus on growing proper morals
  • Social problems usually encountered with traditional schooling
  • Student behavior problems at school
  • The child has special needs/disability
  • Transportation/convenience
  • Enable family to travel – These only to mention a few.

To help give a better understanding – here are some references on the benefits of homeschooling.

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Benefits of homeschooling

Don’t know how to start? Here’s a helpful guide for creating a lesson plan if you’re keen to do homeschooling during this outbreak.

Academic growth is better and more tailored.

The traditional school entails being of a certain age and having to learn specific curriculums. While this is “standard”, it’s not always at the child’s best interest. Children are unique and have their own pace – so for some, being able to have more freedom of what to learn and not be restricted allows them to learn better – resulting in doing better in academics.

It provides more personalized one-on-one learning opportunities.

A usual problem faced with classroom learning is that there is less focus on a child’s individual progress as a teacher would likely handle a large number of children. Homeschooling helps guide children better as there is more focused attention on one-on-one learning.

Social development.

Contrary to popular belief, homeschooled children are able to better socialize, provided with proper guidance and exposure, as they are not limited to just the kids in a classroom. If you’re a family who travels often, homeschooling provides a vast opportunity for social engagement. Children are able to speak with people not only of their age but with those that could provide wisdom.

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Families can take better vacations.

Because the world is the child’s classroom, they can learn anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes, travelling can be something that’s part of your learning curriculum – the exposure they get always provides something to learn from.

Conclusion

If you’re thinking of taking this time to switch to homeschooling – there are a ton of references online to get you started. You just need to be patient with learning the system and applying it at home.

What can we do during this outbreak? — read our helpful article.

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Child care Food and cooking Health and fitness

Baby food for first-time parents

Giving your baby his or her first food is one of the most nerve-racking moments for first-time parents. When’s the right time? What solid food is allowed and what food is healthy for my baby? These are the types of questions that will run through our mind. Not to mention the recipe. Thankfully, there are now a lot of ways to make baby food around the internet. Read on to know more about feeding your baby plus a few tips.

When is the baby allowed to take solid food?

According to Mayo Clinic, newborns only need breast milk or formula, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk only for the first six months after birth.

Babies 4 to 6 months old are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.

4 to 6 months old: Puree them all!

A good steamer and blender are all you need. It doesn’t take a master chef to feed a baby. We suggest a simple single ingredient puree. You may ask, “why to use a single ingredient?”. Single-ingredient purees are the way to go simply because this will help you identify if your baby has food allergies or sensitivity to certain types of food. If you mix ingredients early on, it would be difficult to tell which ingredient caused the allergy. Make sure to check your baby’s tolerance to food if you are going to combine ingredients.

Tips:

  • You can only cook one vegetable at a time. This will ensure even cooking and a smooth puree, plus it makes the preparation super easy and quick.
  • You can use mild seasoning like cinnamon, basil, garlic powder, ginger and many more. This makes the food’s taste even better.
  • Always have a bib or towel ready when feeding your baby. Expect a messy table.

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7 to 9 months old: Unleash your inner chef

Babies around this age can enjoy various types of purees and mashes. You can now try a more complex combination puree. This is the time to experiment with new flavors and textures. Like we’ve mentioned, there are a lot of recipes floating around the internet that you can follow. On this stage, you can also start training them to hold the spoon and fork properly. In the next few months, they’ll be able to feed themselves and can join in the family meals.

Conclusion

Babies usually reject their first pureed food. Don’t be angry and don’t even try to force-feed them. This is because the taste and texture are new to them. If they refuse, it’s fine, you can try another day or another recipe. If this habit persists, go to your baby’s doctor just to make sure that the resistance is not a sign of a problem.

Being a new parent will require a huge amount of patience and understanding especially because your baby will not like each and every food you will prepare, that’s guaranteed. But whenever you feel tired, just look at your baby’s sloppy tray, gooey hands and sticky face! That’ll crack you up. It’ll be great to capture moments like this too, so when they’re older you can show pictures and videos of them wiping their face with puree!

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What can we do during an outbreak?

The world is now in a pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus. Some countries are in lockdown and cities all around the world are following community quarantine. As parents, we are responsible for taking precautionary measures at home as well. Given the current situation – we shouldn’t fret. We must remain calm and continue to take care of ourselves and our home. 

What can we do during this time of an outbreak?

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A strong immunity helps protect yourself from the virus. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, ensure that you keep yourself healthy so your baby can keep reaping the wonderful antibodies from your breastmilk. 

“The CDC recommends that those with coronavirus continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breastmilk to their child while taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus to them. Given low rates of transmission of respiratory viruses through breastmilk, the World Health Organization states that those with COVID-19 can breastfeed.”

Don’t take everything you see and hear to heart. Always fact check! Fake news is rampant so you’ve got to read and listen from credible sources. 

Worry Less

By limiting your time on social media. There are too many things you can read that can put you in panic. Instead, spend some wonderful, quality family time. Concentrate on creating a happy home for happy hearts.

Don’t panic

Don’t feel guilty for taking extra caution but don’t panic! While it may be tempting to give in and follow suit, panicking never leads to anything good. Avoid Panic buying – If everyone maintains normal buying levels, supply will be steady. Especially parents who are formula feeding, do not take more than what you need. It would be catastrophic if other babies aren’t able to get what they need due to panic buying. Refrain stockpiling formulas.

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Stay clean and sanitize

Wash your hands frequently. The best way to take precautions and be preventive is to stay clean. As much as possible, avoid physical contact with others, respectfully, and frequent hand washing. As recommended by WHO (World Health Organisation), 20 seconds of hand washing is the best way to go about it. 

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The CDC recommends these things in preparing your family for a breakout.

Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan, and discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications, particularly older adults and those with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.
  • Make sure they have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • Get to know your neighbors and find out if your neighborhood has a website or social media page to stay connected.
  • Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

It is always important to maintain a calm demeanor when facing a crisis. Keep calm so that others will follow suit. We shouldn’t be adding to the stressors we’re already facing and when in doubt – always ask – but ask towards credible sources.

Check real-time tracking of COVID-19

Conclusion

Share good and reliable information and refrain from actions that can cause an uproar or further panic.

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Amazing benefits of breastfeeding

You’ve heard that “breastmilk is best” or “breast is best” but have also heard of the horror stories of breastfeeding – and wonder if it’s really worth it? Worry not! Read on to know the amazing benefits breastfeeding has towards baby, mommy, and everyone around.

The Benefits of breastfeeding babies

Breast milk provides your newborn baby with complete nourishment. It is also filled with antibodies that help ward off viruses and infections. 

Breastfeeding provides safety and security to the baby. The first skin-to-skin contact after birth allows the baby to hear your heartbeat, providing assurance that they are safe and in the presence of their beloved mother.

Babies who are breastfed have lower risks of all-cause mortality and are less likely to suffer from illnesses and chronic diseases. If you’re a parent who has been reading articles in preparation for your newborn – you’ve probably heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from this than those that aren’t.

Studies have shown that children who are breastfed have higher IQ scores. Breastfed children are able to develop their brains better as it helps fight against developmental issues like delayed developed motor skills, poor communication skills, and reduced self-expression.

Impressed so far? That’s not even half of it! There’s more to the goodness of breastfeeding. Should you pump breast milk before giving birth?

Long Term effects of breastfeeding

There is a reduced risk that comes with breastfeeding which includes :

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Hypertension
  • Appendicitis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Autism
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis   — And the list goes on!

It also helps improve :

  • Onset menopause for daughters
  • Vaccination effectiveness
  • Bone mass in certain areas
  • Stress release for babies
Amazing benefits of breastfeeding for moms

Though breastfeeding can be a physically demanding task – the rewards are amazing. Weight loss is one of the many benefits that breastfeeding is supposed to provide. There’s a higher chance for breastfeeding mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight soon after delivery.

Chances of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer are very slim. Breastfeeding moms are able to sleep better! It’s so much easier to pop a boob out than to wake up, sterilize bottles and prepare formula. Breastfeeding may help put menopause in pause. Breastfeeding moms have less uterus bleeding and quicker to return to its size.

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Benefits of breastfeeding for the entire household and society

Not only does breastfeeding benefit both mommy and baby – it benefits everyone around who is affected too! Mom and Dad save tons! As there’s no need to purchase formula or even feeding bottles. Because breastfeeding ultimately leads to a healthy mommy and baby – it saves on medical bills as they’re likely to get sick – which provides peace of mind to the rest of the family.

Less waste trail is made when going out – since no prepping is required, no waste is created! Breastfeeding moms are able to help out other moms and babies by donating breast milk.

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Sudden infant death syndrome

Every mom has heard this but is probably confused by what it is – SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, sometimes referred to as “crib death” or “cot death”, is an unexplained death that usually occurs in infants during sleep. While this is known as “Crib/Cot death” it does not necessarily insinuate that it is the crib/cot that causes it – only that it happens often in it. Read on to understand how this sudden infant death syndrome happens.

While the cause of SIDS is unknown, those who have studied this have associated the likeliness if this to happen due to the infant’s inability to wake up from their sleep, low levels of oxygen intake and buildup of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the blood. Because of this, parents have been discouraged to let their infants sleep facing down as they may breath exhaled carbon dioxide.

Up to date, there is still no way to guarantee the prevention of SIDS, however, there are ways to decrease the chances of leading up to it. There are ways that parents can do with and for their baby for safer sleep. The most encouraged tip is to place the baby on their back while sleeping on their first year of life.

What is the most common age for SIDS?

SIDS deaths chances are higher in babies from day 1 up until 4-6 months of age. The majority of SIDS deaths that have been reported are those under the age of 6 months. However, this does not mean that it cannot happen after 6 months of age as SIDS can happen anytime within the baby’s first year of life.

Factors associated with SIDS :

Premature birth

Premature birth usually leads to a low birth weight which is a factor that plays into the cause of SIDS. Along with other complications from a premature baby, because the baby has unlikely completely developed, they have less control over things like breathing and heart rate.

Brain defect

Brain defect is a high-risk factor as the brain controls breathing and this defect could lead to complications including being unable to arise from sleep.

Respiratory infections

Many infants who have died from SIDS have also had respiratory infections – since these can also cause difficulty in breathing.

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practice the following to reduce the chances and risks of SIDS :

Let your infant sleep on their back

Infants sleeping on their stomach or side have more difficulty breathing and if not monitored, could stop midway sleep.

Clear the infant’s sleeping bed

Free from anything that could potentially block their breathing. In the infant’s first year of life, pillows and comforters are highly discouraged. Also, a more firm surface for a mattress is better for them as a soft surface could sink the baby’s head in and block their airway.

Well ventilated and cool area

Keep the baby in a well ventilated and cool area. Overheating is always a problem that leads to further complications – which includes SIDS.

Conclusion

Parents should always keep a close eye on their newborns. Always seek help when something seems off or even the slightest change in your baby that potentially seems harmful.

 

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Baby blues and Postpartum depression

One thing that can be hard to open up and talk about is something that most moms have gone through – “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression.

Motherhood is tough and most of us think that the worse comes to an end after childbirth – but truth is, it’s far from over. Actually, It’s the beginning of an endless journey of ups and downs. No one can really prepare for what’s ahead and the worst feeling comes from feeling “all alone in this journey”.

What is Postpartum depression?

Postpartum refers to after childbirth. Mothers experience a sudden influx of emotions right after giving birth and getting depressed is one of them – quite common too, thus, postpartum depression. This occurs due to the sudden change in hormones after delivery. For a lot of moms, it can become very overwhelming and can happen anytime after delivery. The cause of this is unknown, but a lot of factors come into play – such as stress/fatigue, uncertain thoughts from pregnancy to delivery, etc.

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Is Baby Blues the same as postpartum depression?

Baby blues are less ‘serious’ and perfectly normal. However, one should become wary if symptoms don’t disappear after a few weeks from delivery, which could result in postpartum depression. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is a more serious problem—one that you shouldn’t ignore.

How concerned should one become with either?

Baby blues come from all the hormonal surges coming from post-delivery, as most would feel when overwhelmed from a certain life event. This tends to go away and you should be left with all the ‘good feels’ once everything is settled. Think of it as an emotional phase – mood swings that one gets. However, postpartum depression is a state that can be clinically diagnosed and is where this emotional phase may last – the length of time is indefinite but this gets very concerning because if left untreated or no help is sought out, it leads to unfavorable results.

When postpartum depression becomes severe, suicidal thoughts come in and can become very destructive. It affects the mom’s mental state and how she cares for her new infant.

In a published article by www.postpartumdepression.org

In the United States alone :

Baby Blues

Approximately 70% to 80% of women will experience, at a minimum, the ‘baby blues’. Many of these women will experience the more severe condition of postpartum depression or a related condition.

Clinical postpartum depression

The reported rate of clinical postpartum depression among new mothers is between 10% to 20%.

After giving birth

One recent study found that 1 in 7 women may experience PPD in the year after giving birth. With approximately 4 million live births occurring each year in the United States, this equates to almost 600,000 postpartum depression diagnoses.

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Here are some common attributes to moms who may have postpartum depression:

Increased anxiety

Increased anxiety arising from out of the blue. You may tend to suddenly burst into tears and the feeling of sadness prolongs.

Suddenly feeling distant

Suddenly feeling distant from your partner or from people for no apparent reason.

Feeling guilty

Feeling guilty, wary, and unworthy. Developing thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or even your infant.

Conclusion

These are all red flags for postpartum depression. If you think that you have some of these traits, it’s best that you seek help. Even as simple as talking to your partner or someone close to you so they can assist you in seeking professional help.

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Ways to get pregnant with and without sex

So you’re sitting there, contemplating having a child but have heard that sex isn’t always a 100% guarantee to have one? Well, it’s true. More than just the act of making a baby, there are a ton of things that factor into being able to conceive – like your health and well being, sperm count, when the best day to try and conceive is medical history, etc. You’re possibly also reading this right now knowing that you have some sort of medical problem that could hinder you from getting pregnant. Fortunately, there are ways to get pregnant with and without sex.

It’s 2020 and gladly, there’s now more than 1 way to be able to conceive. Read on to see other ways to get pregnant, and see if one of these might be something you’d consider doing. Already pregnant? check the importance of prenatal checkups.

1.  The most common way

The first and most common way is, of course, through sex. If you’ve been trying and haven’t had luck, you may want to try conceiving following your menstrual cycle. Most doctors will likely tell you that the best time to try and conceive is when the woman is ovulating – best in the beginning. This usually takes place 14 days after the first day of the woman’s last period.

Sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for up to 7 days. So if you’ve been active with having sex during ovulation the sperm will be able to have a higher chance of “sticking around” and trying to latch on the woman’s released eggs for fertilization.

2. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

If regular intercourse hasn’t been successful, another way of getting pregnant is through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This procedure takes the woman’s egg from her ovary and the man’s sperm to fertilize – and having this fertilized egg (embryo) placed inside the woman’s uterus.

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According to mayoclinic.org: “IVF is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology.” Though it may be effective, there’s always a risk factor involved and chances of getting pregnant will still vary. Things such as age and infertility problems greatly affect the chances of having a healthy baby. Also, you’ll really want to do your research and speak with a doctor to consider as this is quite an invasive and costly procedure. But if all has been well prepared for – you could even have the possibility of having more than one fetus! (Multiple pregnancies).

3. Surrogacy

Another way that is still related to the IVF Procedure is surrogacy. The only additional factor is this requires having someone else carry the pregnancy for you.

Everything that’s needed to be done for IVF will apply, except that the fertilized egg would be implanted into another woman. Some women would opt for this when they know their body isn’t in any condition to carry out the pregnancy but would still want to have kids of their own DNA. Surrogate volunteers may require some form of payment, but would usually just be the costs to carry out the pregnancy.

4. Donor

Considering a sperm donor is quite common nowadays. Women can opt to go to sperm banks and choose from a number of profiles, readily available, for Artificial Insemination. Sperm banks are where men can donate or sell their sperm, for the purpose of being given/sold to those who wish to conceive. This may also be used for other medical purposes/practice.

So a woman can get pregnant without having sex through the process of Artificial Insemination. It is when semen is collected and injected into either the vaginal canal, the cervix, or the uterus. It is said that this method has the best success rate as well.

Conclusion

More ways of being able to conceive keep coming up. But before doing any of them, be sure to do thorough research to know which will work best for you. Have faith and keep trying!

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Should you pump breast milk before giving birth?

It’s almost your due date and you’ve been hearing so much about how breast milk is the best way to go for you and your baby. You may even have some milk build-up already – yup! That heavy feeling in your breasts waiting for your baby to feed on. You probably plan to advocate breastfeeding and have prepared so much for it – and also wonder if you should start stocking up on breast milk and start pumping while waiting for your baby – but should you pump breast milk before giving birth?

What is Colostrum?

You may have noticed some cloudy, milky looking secretion from your breasts as your pregnancy reaches its end – this is actually what’s called colostrum – first milk. Colostrum will be your baby’s first food and is rich in antibodies. It’s quite thick and won’t be as flowy as you expect your regular breast milk to be like.

Should I start storing colostrum before giving birth?

Some women may want to start storing this milk during their pregnancy – especially those that have plans on delivering via C-section and may have a hard time breastfeeding or for any emergency related needs. However, it isn’t highly encouraged as it could lead to complications that could harm both the mom and the baby.

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Can I start pumping and storing my milk before I give birth?

Medical practitioners have mentioned that pumping before labor can be harmful. They said it can stimulate the hormones which can cause early labor. The only time it is recommended is if you have consulted with a practitioner to help you begin labor. It’s also worth noting that pumping prior to giving birth won’t actually increase your milk production or even enhance lactation.

Pregnant and still breastfeeding.

If you are pregnant and still breastfeeding, pumping shouldn’t cause early labor. This is of course considering you’ve been seeing your doctor and have a healthy pregnancy.

In Conclusion

It is not recommended to be pumping prior to giving birth. However, there are safe ways to be able to do so, such as hand expressing – of course after consulting with your practitioner or lactation nurse. You always want to do what’s best and safe for you and your little one.

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Pregnancy Myths

Being pregnant is such a wonderful thing but it can also become very overwhelming – and while expectant mothers try their best to do everything to care for their pregnancy and the child within, we hear so much about do’s and don’ts while being pregnant. And a lot of these don’t even make sense! Check the importance of prenatal checkups.

So we’ve gathered a number of pregnancy myths to debunk.

Myth: Eating certain foods can make your baby allergic to them.

We’ve probably heard this so often – “You shouldn’t eat peanuts while pregnant” “Eggplants aren’t good for you” and they all usually end with “that can make your baby allergic to them when they come out!”.

Truth? Nope! Whatever mom eats has no direct link to determining the future baby’s reaction to food. However, there are some foods that would be best to avoid while pregnant but the only person who can tell you that is your doctor as they should know your medical history that includes your food allergies.

Myth: If your baby sits low on the womb – it’s a boy! And vice versa.

“The position of your baby in the womb can tell you if you’re having a girl or a boy” – this is absolutely false. Your baby, regardless of gender, is constantly turning around. Whether they sit at the top of the womb or at the bottom, it has nothing to do with determining the gender. The only way to determine this is to get an ultrasound – and in some countries a blood test.

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Myth: ‘Eating for two’ while pregnant.

You should be eating to keep yourself healthy. For the most, the baby inside the womb is reliant on the mother’s condition. Expecting mothers don’t have to “double up” on intake. This notion becomes a risk to both the mother and the child as gaining too much weight can cause pregnancy complications during labor and delivery.

Myth: Morning sickness only happens in the morning.

The state of becoming nauseous or having nausea while pregnant can happen to some women – not all – and for those that do, it can occur at any time during the day.

Myth: Cream can help avoid stretch marks.

Sorry to burst your bubble but this is absolutely not true. While there are ways to try and lessen the visibility of stretch marks – some will get it and some won’t. Stretch marks can be hereditary and that’s something unavoidable. Cream and moisturizers can help with getting your skin more elastic to help with the stretch marks to become less wide/visible – it does not ultimately avoid stretch marks.

Myth: You can’t Fly while pregnant or travel on a boat.

Your doctor will be the one to determine if you can or cannot. It ultimately boils down to your condition. But even those in their 3rd trimester can still fly – granting that they’ve got the go signal from their doctor and the airline they’re flying with permits them (as some airlines may have strict policies with pregnant women flying – some requiring medical certificates).

Myth: You can’t have sex.

Seems harsh to be sentenced to 9 months of abstinence for the very act that got you pregnant in the first place, right? Well, Gladly this is absolutely not true! The baby inside the mom is completely safe in their own bubble (in the placenta) which keeps them safe and is “impenetrable” – So no, you won’t hit the baby while having sex and the baby will be perfectly fine.

And there it is folks! Myths debunked!

When in doubt, ask your doctor, not your neighbor or google.

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How important are prenatal checkups?

So you’ve found out that you’re pregnant – congratulations! You might be thinking now what to do next? Call and inform your friends and family? Start looking into babywear and gadgets? First things first, get a check-up! Want to know the benefits of breastfeeding?

Visit your OB-GYNE

It is crucial that you visit an OB-GYNE doctor to see the condition of your baby and to know what you can expect throughout your pregnancy.

While everything may seem overwhelming and you’re itching to let people know, the first person that should be well informed is your doctor.

This visit to the doctor while pregnant is what you call prenatal checkups and it should be done frequently. The frequency will vary depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy and the recommended schedule from your doctor. Normally, the earlier you are in your pregnancy the fewer visits there are to make in a month, usually just once a month, and as you get closer to your expected due date, the visit becomes more frequent to become once a week or every 2 weeks. Prenatal checkups are important to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Importance of prenatal checkups

As every expecting mother is at risk and may develop complications, constant and frequent prenatal visits can help lower these risks and prevent possible complications that may arise and ensure a healthy pregnancy. This goes for both the mom and their infant.

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What can you expect during your prenatal check-up?

Going to a licensed and respected doctor

For your questions to be answered. Finding out you’re pregnant can either be a very happy moment or can be scary. Rather than going to Dr. Google to get answers, a licensed and respected doctor will be able to address all your concerns. So jot down a list to bring during your visit.

Knowing your condition

Determine the condition of your pregnancy. It’s vital that you make that very first visit to inform your doctor about your pregnancy – a positive home pregnancy test may not tell you everything. Your doctor will check your medical history and see if there could be possible complications or if you may have a high-risk pregnancy – and the only way to find out is to visit your doctor.

Prepare for the due date

Calculate your due date. To be fully prepared, you’ll want to know when you can expect to bring your bundle of joy into this world. Your doctor will determine this, usually through an ultrasound, based on your last menstrual cycle.

Prenatal Vitamins

Doctors will prescribe you with prenatal vitamins and suggest healthy living. Carrying a baby in you is no big feat. so taking your prenatal vitamins and other prescriptions recommended by your doctor will help reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and following a suggested healthy living lifestyle will increase the chances of a healthy baby and labor.

Rich in folic acid

In a published article by ucrhealth.org, it states that: “In addition, taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily reduces the risk for neural tube defects by 70%.2,9 Most prenatal vitamins contain the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid as well as other vitamins that pregnant women and their developing fetus need.1,10 Folic acid has been added to foods like cereals, slices of bread, pasta, and other grain-based foods. Although a related form (called folate) is present in orange juice and leafy, green vegetables (such as kale and spinach), folate is not absorbed as well as folic acid.”

Monitor your baby

Monitoring of your baby. It’s only in the prenatal visits that you’re able to check the condition of your baby, through lab tests, ultrasound’s, etc., that you’re able to predict the chances of the outcome of your baby as complications can come at any time, these prenatal visits will help you and your baby to ensure that everything runs smooth – or if something may arise, it can be detected early on.

Conclusion

So if you’re an expecting mother, ensure to visit your doctor and make those prenatal checkups. If you haven’t started, make the first step and call your doctor to schedule a visit today.