What is a Birth Plan? And Why You Need One

I’m sure you can agree that giving birth to your little one will be one of the most significant moments in your life! It is something that you will never forget. So of course, you want everything to go smoothly and the way you imagined. While it’s impossible to plan for the unexpected and you remain somewhat flexible, having a general plan (like a birth plan!) can be a game changer when you’re preparing for labor.  If you don’t know what a birth plan is and you are now pacing and thinking “but what is a birth plan? I don’t have one!”. Don’t worry, mama, I’ve got out! I remember when I had my 10-week appointment with my daughter and the nurse asked me what my birth plan was and I stared at her blankly. I was still wrapping my head around pregnancy and trying to survive morning sickness– so I had absolutely NO idea ha.  A birth plan can = peace of mind For now, it is enough for you to know that a birth plan can help you to decide on the most relevant questions regarding the process of labor and delivery. So when the time comes, you can focus on giving birth to your baby instead of worrying about making important decisions- because, to be honest, no one can focus or…

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White Discharge During Pregnancy: Main Causes and What To Do

Having a white discharge during pregnancy is common and considered normal, as it normally occurs due to the changes that happen in the body during pregnancy. However, if the discharge is followed by other symptoms, such as pain or burning sensation when urinating, itchiness or foul smell, it can also be a sign of infection or inflammation in the genital area, and it is therefore important to visit a gynecologist, to get a correct diagnosis and adequate treatment. It’s important that the cause of the discharge be identified and treated - in serious cases - to avoid complications during pregnancy, which can place the baby in danger, or to prevent the baby from getting infected during labor. The main causes of white discharge during pregnancy include: 1. Hormonal changes A white odorless discharge during pregnancy is absolutley normal and happens due to the pregnancy hormonal changes. Therefore, this type of discharge it is not a reason to worry. In addition, it is normal for the expectant mother to notice more discharge as the pregnancy progresses due to the increasing pressure on the uterus.  What to do: normally no treatment is necessary, however, it's important that the expectant mother continually checks if there are other signs or symptoms that could indicate an infection, such as foul smell, itchness or pain. If so, it is recommended to visit a doctor, so a diagnosis can be done and adequate treatment started. 2. Candidiasis Candidiasis is…

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8 prepare for labor yoga poses for the third trimester of pregnancy
yoga poses of pregnancy

8 prepare for labor yoga poses for the third trimester of pregnancy

yoga poses of pregnancy yoga poses of pregnancy When it comes to giving birth to your child, you have to be prepared both mentally and physically. And the following yoga poses will help get your body ready to push the baby out and prepare you mentally for what might happen. Yoga is the best practice during pregnancy because it will prepare your mind for “the big day”! And if you pass over the morning sickness and you’ve gained some weight then you’re probably expecting the big moment, and the following yoga poses will help you a lot in bringing your treasure to this world! The second trimester of pregnancy requires, above all else, making some space in your home… yoga poses of pregnancy and body! But this is a great time, if you have a pregnancy like mine, because you enjoy every moment, especially that the mother-baby connection is even bigger. The best part is that I never gave up yoga, and daily exercising helped me a lot during pregnancy and labor. I have to mention that this is my first pregnancy! Ok, the following yoga poses are perfect for the second trimester of pregnancy, and are pretty safe because I, personally, tried them, and we are safe and sound! So, future-mom-to-be, you can start “yoking ” around to be in the perfect…

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skincare tips during pregnancy
skin care tips during pregnancy

skincare tips during pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through so many different hormonal changes, which, of course, have quite the effect on the skin. While every woman reacts differently to these changes, here are some skincare tips to ensure that you are able to maintain your beautiful glow, all the way through your pregnancy. Drink Plenty of Water  While drinking water is essential even if you are not pregnant, it becomes even more important if you are. Water really helps to filter and clear away all of the toxins from within your body, while maintaining the correct amount of amniotic fluid. Try to drink at least two liters of water a day, as this is the optimum amount for both you and your baby. Pay Attention to Ingredients  Unless you purchase skincare products that are completely natural and organic, then it is likely that your standard skincare products contain ingredients that could be harmful to your baby. With everything from your shampoo and shower gel to your moisturizer and eye cream, you need to pay extra attention to the ingredients that these formulas contain, doing a bit of research into each one to ensure that they are safe for your baby. Alternatively, speak to your doctor about the best products and ingredients to use during this time. Avoid the Sun  All of the hormonal fluctuations…

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