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Day 7 — 12 Days of Christmas: Pretty Pushers

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What to Expect When Expecting

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Maternity is the period during pregnancy that typically lasts for around 9 months. While pregnant, there are many different concerns that you may have regarding the safety of yourself and your baby, what type of clothes you’ll fit into, things that you’ll need to buy for the baby, what to expect during labor and much more. This can be an exciting time during any new parents’ lives. During pregnancy, there are a few things that you will need to know and be prepared for to make the very best of the new life that you’re bringing into the world.

1. Safety – One thing that many parents-to-be are concerned about is keeping their baby safe. While medical complications can occur in some circumstances, this may not have anything to do with anything that you have done during pregnancy. The best things that you can do during maternity to keep your baby safe include taking prenatal vitamins, attending doctors’ appointments, consulting a physician is there is any pain, getting good nutrients into your body and simply by being careful. Avoid bumpy rides or attractions at theme parks that are not recommended for those who are pregnant.

2. Maternity Clothing – As your belly continues to grow during pregnancy, some changes will need to be made to your wardrobe. Maternity clothing can be purchased at a number of major retail locations. These clothes are designed to fit your growing body in a comfortable and stylish way. From tunic tops to flowing dresses and stretchy waistband pants, it is important to be comfortable and feel good while pregnant. Rather than spending a fortune on maternity clothes that will only be worn for a few months, try visiting local consignment stores that carry cute maternity clothes at affordable prices.

3. Baby Items – During maternity, many choose to buy essential items that they will need for their baby. From decorating the nursery to shopping for newborn clothes, this is one of the most exciting parts of getting ready for the birth of your little one. Some baby item essentials that you will need include burp cloths, swaddle blankets, hats, pacifiers, onesies, several select outfits in varying sizes, diapers, wipes, baby wash, formula or a breast pump if breast feeding and blankets. Other items that you may choose to get include a bassinet, crib, baby swing, bouncy seat, bedding set and more. A great tip is to create a registry or list of everything that you think you will need for your baby.

4. Labor – One thing that many mothers think about during maternity is what labor will be like. This can be different for everyone. Consider pain relief options such as an epidural for a more comfortable labor.

Maternity is a time in your life that you will never forget. In addition to preparing, it is important to cherish the memories that you make while caring for your little one before birth.

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Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at]

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The Bloom Blog Archive: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord

Following is a post from February 2010 from The Bloom Blog. This is our most popular article on our blog, so I thought I would bring it to the forefront to share.


When to Cut the Umbilical Cord

I came across an interesting blurb in the March issue of American Baby about the advantages of delaying clamping the umbilical cord. Did you know that a two- to three-minute delay in clamping the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels for this first SIX months of life, according to a new study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Following delivery, iron-rich blood continues to flow from the placenta to the infant, and clamping and cutting the cord within seconds – a common practice in many hospitals – leaves baby with indadequate blood volume. Missing out on extra iron can hinder motor and cognitive developement. “Ahead of time, when discussing other aspects of your birth plan, ask the physician about delaying cord clamping,” suggests study author Camila Chaparro, Ph.D.

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels.

Researching a little further, I also found the following articles: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord: Advantages of Delayed Cord Clamping

It makes sense to me. If I was having another baby I would definitely be having this discussion with my OBGYN. What are your thoughts?

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The Epidural Window

When I was in labor the furthest thing from my mind was an orgasm. I wanted to scream, “GIVE THE EPIDURAL!” But I was so much pain that my husband was the one who was screaming for the epidural. He was afraid I was going to miss that “epidural window.”

Looking back I think I had been in labor for three days before my water broke. Since this was my second delivery I was pretty positive I knew what labor felt like — and believe me when I say those contractions sure did intensify immediately after the water breakage.

As I breathed through 3-4 minute contractions in a large 10-bed room, with each area separated by curtains, the nurse softly whispered questions I was suppose to answer. The problem was I couldn’t hear her very well because she was concerned about violating my HIPPA rights.

When I asked her why I wasn’t headed to my delivery room, she responded that she had to verify I was in labor. My mind went to a >>>screeching halt>>>> What? I was literally crying in pain, I had shown her evidence of water leakage, and on top of it all she said I was only 3cm dilated (only 1 cm larger than I had been 5 days earlier).

That’s when my husband went running down the hall looking for the charge nurse. He for one didn’t believe I was only 3 cm dilated — and neither did a second nurse. After all, measuring the cervix is all speculative in my opinion. Nobody has the same finger width, and that folks is what they use for measurement.

After all is said and done, I delivered a beautiful baby three hours later. Note: epidurals slow down labor.

I passed on my L&D epidural wisdom to my friend Cassandra who was due a couple of months later. She delivered at the same hospital, and she probably got my same check-in nurse because Cassandra wasn’t so lucky. She missed the window.

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The Orgasmic Birth

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During my first pregnancy with Sunbeam, I was fascinated by all the labor advice was I was given by friends and total strangers. The most advice seemed to have been from men, of all people. I was told to go for the natural childbirth, no I should consider the Bradley Method and hire a douhla. Others would tell me that an epidural was the only way to go.  Why prove my womanhood by going through so much pain?

If I had heard about this other birthing method while pregnant, I doubt I would have chosen this approach. Alicia Silverstone blogs about it over at her site The Kind Life. Honestly, having an orgasm while delivering my male child isn’t how I want to remember him coming into the world.  However this approach might appeal to a few of you — after all, why not have a little pleasure while you’re hyperventilating while pushing for your’s and your baby’s lives.

However if an orgasmic birth isn’t for you, then here’s a list of 12 methods that might be an option for you.

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