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It seems that many women are trying to get pregnant and finding it isn't as easy as they thought. It takes more than having a lot of sex to conceive, despite beliefs otherwise. The truth to the matter is that each healthy couple really only has a 20 to 25% chance of falling pregnant each ovulation period. However, some tips and tricks may help improve your chances.

Anything that is going to make it harder for the sperm to reach the egg is something that decreases your chances. When trying to make a baby, leave the lubricants, oils, and other similar products out of the lovemaking. Even saliva may slow saliva down, so hold off on oral sex. Although some products do not contain spermicide, they may have something else in them that could affect or harm sperm.

Take your vitamins and herbs. Certain herbs can help a woman who has problems with her ovulation cycle by regulating it. In addition, some can improve sperm count and quality. A healthy body is a body ready for pregnancy, so eliminate all the unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking to give your body the best chance possible to conceive.

Stay out of the hot tub if you want to have baby making sex. Spicing up the lovemaking is a good thing, but doing it in hot water is not. That can decrease the production of the sperm and slow it down. Plus you have to think about all the water you are in; you want the sperm swimming in the uterus not the hot tub.

Choose your sexual positions wisely. While you avoid sex in the hot tub, also avoid sex in the shower. The reason behind this is simple gravity. You are standing, so sperm doesn't even have a chance to get to the egg before gravity pulls it out. The same can go for woman-on-top sex and sitting sex. Choose positions that increase your chances like doggy-style, side-to-side, and missionary.

After the sperm has been released, the man needs to keep his penis inside for as long as possible, and as deep as possible. The woman must also continue to lie on her back for five minutes or so. Both of these actions keep sperm from leaking out, increasing the chances of conception. For an added boost, the woman can lift her pelvis, keeping it elevated to help sperm stay in.

Timing is everything. You can eat all the right foods, use all the right positions, and tilt the pelvis for hours, but none of it matters if you are not having sex on the right days. The woman's cycle must be determined to find out which are her fertile days. Once that is determined, then sex needs to begin two or three days before ovulation and continue right up until the period arrives. This makes sure that there is always sperm inside waiting and ready for the egg.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to get pregnant, but sometimes you do need to increase your odds with a few tips and tricks. Using a combination of the tips mentions, like a healthy diet, the right sexual positions, and timing can help improve your odds of conceiving. It is important to remember that while you do things to increase your chances, you avoid those things that don't.

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Girls in Southeast Asia have learnt in their early women life from grandmother wisdom that they do not engage in any activity, distorting their regular period. Menstrual disorder should be treated immediately, otherwise, it may cause a wide range of women diseases, such as infertility, according to Traditional Chinese medicine. Damp wind is considered as a condition of excessive fluids accumulated in the body's organs and tissues, after a prolonged period of time of eating cool and cold foods or/and engaging in activity that requires to be presented in a damp-cool environment. Under extreme conditions, it causes rebellion Qi attacking the lower part of the body, including reproductive organs and joints.

1. Wei ling xian (Clematis recta)
Wei ling xian has been used in improving the circulation of the clematis meridian by expelling the wind-damp caused by blockage of the channels, after a prolonged period of fluids accumulating in the women's lower part of the body, thus relieving menstrual cramps and pain.

2. Qin jiao (Bitter root or macrophylla root)
Qin Jiao has been used in strengthening the meridian gallbladder-liver-stomach by improving the stomach's food digestion and smoothing the qi absorption of the spleen, thus decreasing the rebellion qi flow of the lung and liver causes of menstrual disorder, such as menstrual cramps and pain.

3. Du huo (European angelica and garden angelica)

It has been used in smoothing the qi flow of the kidney-bladder meridian by strengthening and smoothening the kidney qi, improving the functions of the kidney in fluid distribution and blood flow to the reproductive organs, thereby lessening the risk of development of damp wind, disturbing the lower parts of the women's body.

4. Mu gua (Stephania root )
Mu gua has been used in TCM in improving the function of the meridian liver-spleen, thereby smoothening the qi flow to the spleen and liver, resulting in reducing dis-harmonization of the stomach and spleen in food absorption.

5. Fang ji
Fang ji has been used in treating the meridian bladder-spleen-kidney blockage. By smoothening the qi flow of the spleen and kidney and increasing the bladder function in urinary secretion, the herb decreases the risk of dampness accumulation in the lower part of the body. It also helps to expel the wind from the body, thus reducing the damp wind causes of abdominal distention.

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You're having a baby! Congratulations! Though you might have found out recently, or be coming close to delivery, you're probably experiencing many physical changes and discomforts. Low-back pain is an extremely common complaint for pregnant women, at all stages of pregnancy. In fact, more than half the population of pregnant women goes through a period of low-back pain at some point. The causes are primarily hormonal changes and a shifted center of gravity.

Many women will be surprised that they feel back pain so early in their pregnancy. Progesterone, a hormone produced early in pregnancy, is responsible for much of this low-back pain. This hormone, which is essential to embryo implantation and gestation, softens the ligaments and disks in your back as well. This reduces the support required by your upper body, often resulting in muscle spasms and cramps in your lower back.

Further on in your pregnancy, your body increasingly produces the hormone relaxin. This hormone is essential to labor and delivery; as the name implies, relaxin relaxes the joints in your pelvis, which enables the baby to pass through the birth canal with ample room. However, the hormone can lead to inflammation and pain in your other joints, as it may cause other joints in your body to move abnormally.

Several changes resulting from the growth of your fetus can contribute to low-back pain. As your uterus expands from the growth of your fetus, your abdominal muscles are pushed beyond their usual limit, in order to accommodate the surplus growth. This effectively keeps your abdominal muscles from helping to support proper body posture, transferring the additional weight from your torso to your lower back.

As you carry your child to term, your center of gravity undergoes significant change. On average, a woman will gain 7-8 pounds of weight from the baby itself, 1-2 pounds of placenta, 2 pounds of amniotic fluid, and 2 pounds that can be attributed to uterine tissue. The outcome of all this extra weight is that the center of gravity shifts forward, putting still more strain on the lower back.

Back pain is a serious issue, however common it might seem in pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any low-back pain, to be confident that you are not suffering from an undiagnosed, deeper condition. Dull backaches, felt low and in rhythmic intervals, might indicate labor. Many women have "back labor," which just means that they feel the labor in their back. Another possibility, if you suffer from severe back pain, particularly if accompanied by a fever, may be infection.

There are many things you can do to prevent and manage low-back pain while pregnant:

  • Exercises that focus on stretching, like pelvic tilts.

  • Standing straight and tall, maintaining your shoulders down and back, and aligning your buttocks under - all the elements of proper posture.

  • Try not to stand for extended periods of time, though, if that is unavoidable, you can take some of the strain off by elevating one foot on a small object like a box or step stool.

  • Try placing a small pillow behind your lower back while you are sitting.

  • Beware of high heeled shoes! Flat shoes with adequate arch support are a much better choice.

  • For a little extra support, find maternity pants with a wide elastic band that you can wear under the belly.

  • You can find maternity belts, or girdles mean specifically for expecting women in healthcare and maternity stores. You may also find that your insurance company covers such a purchase when prescribed by your healthcare provider, so check in with them.

  • Keep a pillow between your legs at night, sleeping on your side. Also, if possible, use a firm mattress that supports your back better than softer ones.

  • You might try using a maternity pillow, a specially designed pillow for pregnant women that can alleviate some strain in your back.

  • Remember the adage: lift with your legs and not with your back. Of course, try not to lift heavy things at all.

  • Rather than carrying a single big load, divide larger bundles into smaller, manageable portions.

  • Keep fit! If your healthcare provider thinks it's wise, try walking or swimming.

  • See if you can find a trained pregnancy masseuse. You might discover that your partner or friend can provide adequate relief with gentle rubbing or kneading on the sore spots on your back.

  • Warm compresses can be effective. A heating pad set to its lowest point, an adequately warm bath, or arranging yourself on your hands and knees in the shower to direct warm water at your lower back, may all offer relief.

  • Look into chiropractic care, which is considered safe and may benefit many women - of course, discuss this possibility with your doctor first.

  • Also look into acupuncture treatment - again, only after consulting your doctor.

  • Acetaminophen - the active ingredient in Tylenol - is a painkiller safe for use by pregnant women.

Naturally, you won't find a "magic cure" that will instantly relieve your back pain, whether you go to a chiropractor or not. On your search for a treatment option that leads to a pain-free life, you are in charge of your decisions. As oftentimes back pain is the result of discrete moments of strain or injury, you may discover that it takes weeks to discern a change in your conditions, so you must remember to be patient.

No matter what the individual symptoms of your pregnancy are, make sure to note all the details in your changing physical condition. Don't let anything unusual just slip by your attention that you would have ignored in normal circumstances - remember, you have to worry for two, now. Especially for first-time mothers, get ready to experience dramatic, surprising changes to your body, regardless of how much research you've done. This is to be expected. Stay focused on your body, treat low-back pain seriously, and take pleasure in the process of being an expectant mother!

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A catastrophic or major medical insurance plan is a deductible and comparatively cheaper form of health insurance with an element of speculation to it. A deductible is the amount you pay out of your pocket for medical expenses before the insurer pays the balance. For instance, if your deductible is $5,000 and the hospital bill is $12,000, the insurance company will pay only $7,000. The general rule is the higher the deductible, the lower the premium. When you opt for this plan, you're gambling that you will not face major medical problems in the near future.

It is a calculated risk. According to one survey, the annual medical expenses of 90% of the U.S. population are less than $2000; for 73%of the population, it is below $500.

Two groups that normally opt for catastrophic health insurance are young people in their twenties who are confident of their health condition, and older men between fifty and sixty-five who are still waiting for Medicare eligibility.

Catastrophic health insurance coverage is only meant to protect against major hospital charges and not routine medical expenses. It normally does not cover maternity care, doctor's visits and prescription drugs. Certain pre-existing medical conditions and cases involving mental health and substance abuse are usually excluded from the coverage. A catastrophic health insurance policy can be purchased as an individual plan or as part of a group plan. In fact, there appears to be a trend among employers to encourage employees to opt for this type of medical cover. The maximum lifetime limit could be as high as $3 million.

Rates vary according to where you live and your age. In certain states, the saving on premiums could be two-thirds. For example, a 21 year old, non-smoking female may pay as little as $30 per month as a premium.

It is advisable to seek professional guidance from insurance companies and/or agents and compare quotes before making a decision.

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Women today have choices about what type of health care provider they want for maternity care. Due to the fact only 20-40% of women may experience a high-risk pregnancy, many are choosing to utilize a more natural approach rather than their obstetrician. This includes what type of caregiver they are using and the type of birthing center they want for their family.

One of the most common choices that women are making is the use of a midwife. A CNM or certified nurse midwife, has a nursing degree from a college as well as a certification in being a midwife. A CNM typically has more training then just a midwife who is not certified or licensed. A major reason for you to choose the CNM is that certification does allow for proper study and thorough testing.

Why would I choose a midwife?

A midwife is someone that will take the time to get to know you and learn about what your birthing plans are. A midwife will focus on individualizing your birthing plan and provide you with the best chance to deliver your baby naturally. Medical doctors may sometimes do this, but often times their choices are highly swayed by unnecessary medical procedure.

Another reason for choosing a midwife is that your pregnancy should be a joyous and wonderful time. The entire nine months as well as the hours, days, months and years to follow, are critical to forming a bond between mother and child. Your midwife will most likely help you with the precious minutes and hours that follow the immediate birth and allow for you to slowly develop the bond that connects you and your baby

The hour following birth is undoubtedly one of the most critical phases in the life of human beings. Remember that this is the first time your baby will have to use its lungs. Even just waiting an extra two minutes to cut the umbilical cord has been shown in studies to increase your young baby's health.

Other Choices Women Make

When it comes to choosing other health providers, more than 80 percent of pregnant women have reported that seeing a chiropractor for spinal alignment during pregnancy, significantly eased back pain. Extensive studies also show that pregnant women who utilize chiropractic during pregnancy have almost a 30 percent shorter labor time. If you are a mother giving birth, the shortened time can make a huge difference; not only reducing the pain and trauma of birth for both the mother and baby, but also significantly reducing the recovery time after giving birth.

Many people who are new to chiropractic often wonder if it is safe for pregnant woman. The answer to this question is yes. It is much safer than pain medications, and it is one hundred percent natural. The idea that chiropractic treatments are dangerous to the woman or the fetus during pregnancy is a misconception. Adjustment from a doctor of chiropractic are gentle, safe, and noninvasive. It is a relatively common practice to be seen by a chiropractor during pregnancy and thus many insurance companies cover at least part of the cost.

How about other benefits to Chiropractic?

Another great reason to visit a chiropractor during pregnancy is for what is known as a breech baby. A special technique known as the "The Webster Technique" is one of the most popular pediatric treatments and is well known for turning breech babies. It has been featured on The Learning Channel written about in Mothering magazine and Midwife Today. The technique is non-invasive, extremely gentle and used for many years. The technique is extremely successful and should be your first option if ever faced with the unfortunate complications of a breech baby.

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If you have experienced sciatica during pregnancy then you're well aware of the extreme shooting pain to the point where you would give anything for relief and treatment. Sciatica during pregnancy typically occurs when the baby's head presses against the sciatic nerve of the mother. Sciatica and back pain can occur at any point during pregnancy, but mostly occurs during the second and third trimester. This is because the baby is usually in a lower position in the abdomen.

Sciatica during pregnancy involves sharp and shooting pains that occur when the sciatic nerve which runs down the spine and through the pelvis and all the way down the back of the thigh, gets pinched and or becomes inflamed. In addition to the sharp pain, it can also cause numbness and tingling in the buttocks and down one or both legs. This can leave the expectant mother immobile, miserable and helpless. Needless to say, with the other typical pains and discomforts pregnancy brings on, treatment and relief from sciatica can't come too quick!

It may seem like little or anything can be done to relieve the pain until the baby is born, but who wants to wait several months for relief from sciatica when there very well may be techniques available to relieve the pain? Many will say that sciatica during pregnancy should be treated with regular chiropractic adjustments. While some pregnant women may find this beneficial, others have turned to alternate techniques to relieve the pain of sciatica during pregnancy.

The pain can get worse as the pregnancy goes on. This is due to the expectant mother's ligaments and tendons loosening which is part of the body's way to prepare for childbirth. Many women suffering from sciatica during pregnancy may be tempted to treat the pain with prescription pain killers, but most doctors advise staying away from prescription painkillers whenever possible during pregnancy. Instead, temporary sciatica relief can come from bed rest, and also heat pads to help calm muscle spasms, and/or ice packs to reduce inflammation.

Although little can be done to prevent the onset of sciatica while pregnant, exercise can bring some relief, and possibly make the pain less severe or more manageable. This is because women with good muscle tone find it easier to support their body and can have greater control over their range of movement while experiencing the pain of sciatica. But what if there existed a proven technique to relieve the pain of sciatica that DIDN'T involve tedious or strenuous exercise or chiropractor visits? Don't you wish there was something you could easily do to relieve and treat sciatica during pregnancy and make you much more comfortable?

Well there is! Recently a doctor discovered and developed a technique that involves what's referred to as gentle therapy or "gentle moves". It is non-invasive and so gentle that it is not even considered massage or chiropractic manipulation. I cannot even begin to fully explain this technique here, so I've created a link to the doctor's site which can provide more detailed information on this fascinating technique.

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If you're expecting but have no insurance, there may be alternatives available to you that will lower the money you would have to pay the necessary medical expenses generated by your pregnancy. Failing to research your alternatives can mean that you are paying for your son's or daughter's birth for years to come.

Your alternatives for maternity insurance if you're already expecting include employer-sponsored hospital and surgery insurance, government-sponsored medical insurance. If these are not available to you some non-insurance programs can lower your expenses by helping you get get a lower rate from your hospital.

If you are employed and will have a health care insurance open enrollment period before your baby arrives, you may be able to acquire medical insurance through an job-sponsored plan. If you're married, you should research alternatives with your husband's or wife's job in addition to yours.

If you are going to tie the knot and can do so before your son or daughter arrives, you may be able to be added to your spouse's insurance before the annual open enrollment period. With most group health insurance plans when an employee gets married their spouse is entitled for a special open enrollment period.

You may be qualified for health and maternity policies that are available through your local, county or state. In many cases these health care programs will accept women who are currently pregnant.

These policies may have some restrictions. They may limit what they pay and who they will pay. They may limit the doctors and hospitals you can go to.

There may be income requirements. Some plans may require that your income be under a certain level. Others may have no income limit but will ask those with higher incomes to pay more for the same medical insurance.

You can contact your local health department or Planned Parenthood for information on programs available in your area. If there are medical insurance choices for currently pregnant women in your area, they will probably know about it.

If you're unable to get hospital and surgery insurance that will cover your pregnancy, there are still things you can do to lower the costs you will have to pay. You can see which hospital in your area has the lowest rates. Hospitals can charge very different rates.

If you can pre-pay your maternity expenses, you will probably get a lower rate from your hospital. Discuss this option with the hospital you chose if you're able to do this.

You may also find that there are non-insurance programs available that will allow you to pay discounted rates to your hospital. If an insurance company pays for a person's medical bills, they typically pay what is known as the negotiated rate. This can be half what the hospital charges those who have no medical insurance. Even if you do not qualify for an insurance policy, you may be able to qualify for the same kind of discount.

You will have more choices available to you if you're able to get health and maternity insurance before you are pregnant. However, there may be choices available to you even if you are pregnant before you begin looking for pregnancy and health insurance.

Be sure to investigate all your options if you're currently pregnant and have no insurance. Doing so can save you a lot of financial pain.

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Let's face it shopping for funky newborn baby clothing is so much fun! And every new mummy wants their new offspring in super cool threads.

Well... there is no shortage of choice, there are literally thousands of shops and online stores that sell newborn baby clothing.

Finding the best shops and stores that you like, suit your taste, quality standards and budget is the hard part.

The good news is our team have spend hours trawling around hundreds of these shops and stores and have established a list of favourites that we recommend, trying to meet all the above requirements.

As well as finding funky newborn baby clothing we have also established an 'essentials' items kit that must be on every new mums list of 'must haves'. These are the extra comfortable, practical newborn baby clothing items for optimum newborn sleep and days at home.

The newborn baby clothing we have found is certainly a little bit funky, a little bit cute, quality is good, prices are affordable, and they are definitely a little bit cool!

The newborn 'essentials' clothing kit on our favourites list includes things like, singlets, socks, hat, bodysuits, wraps and more. With this 'essentials' newborn baby clothing kit you also receive a newborn 'essential items' free baby samples bag, that includes things like, a soother, milk/food storage cup, disposable change mat, baby wipes, breast pads, creams and more - free.

All favourites on our list cover baby boy clothes and baby girl clothes.

Having a newborn baby is such an exciting time, it can also be quite a challenging time, expending all your time and energy. As well as providing newborn baby clothing information and places which is so much fun. We also provide essential free information to assist all the beautiful new mummy's out there. Just about every baby subject is covered, such as breastfeeding, postnatal depression, newborn sleep, crying baby information, baby weeks and stages, newborn care and generally baby information, and if its not we will help find the answer for you!

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For many women, it is difficult to know that they are 1 month pregnant. It is only until the symptoms of pregnancy become evident that these women knew about it. So what are these symptoms? The first indicator is usually a missed period.

Then it may also be accompanied by sore breasts, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, light spotting, or mild cramping. If you are 1 month pregnant and is using the calendar method of calculation, it means one month since the start of the last menstrual period.

Ovulation usually occurs around the fourteenth day or midway through the menstrual cycle, and after the egg has been fertilized by the sperm, it takes another ten to fourteen days for the newly formed embryo to implant in the uterine lining. During implantation it is quite normal for some light spotting to occur, but if bleeding is heavy or bright or dark red then a physician should be consulted, that is if the woman knows she is pregnant. Otherwise, the spotting could be seen as the start of the menstrual cycle.

During the first month of pregnancy a lot is happening. Hormones are fluctuating, and periods of being extremely happy are exchanged for times of crying for no apparent reason! No wonder the women's partners can't quite figure out what is going on. This may be the reason why the women may cry for no apparent reason even when presented with her favorite food. Do look out for her strange behaviors too!

In addition to crazy hormone changes, appetite may change too. At 1 month pregnant nausea may occur from time to time, especially in the morning, and foods that were once favorites may smell too pungent to eat and cause a mad dash to the nearest restroom. Other significant changes are also occurring at this time. The amniotic sack is forming as is the umbilical cord, and until this process is complete, the yolk sack protects and provides nourishment to the developing fetus.

With all these changes going on at once, being 1 month pregnant is a significant time. Some women may not even know they are 1 month pregnant, and may not even suspect until the second month or so. These women may have experienced a lighter flow during their cycle, but not suspect anything until they miss their next period completely.

A planned pregnancy is much different because these women know before they are even 1 month pregnant that they are expecting; they know as soon as their cycle is a little off because they are looking for all the little signs of pregnancy, no matter how subtle. 1 month pregnant is just the beginning for the parents in this long journey of parenthood. You may have to go through this several times. Just take care of yourself and visit your gynecologist regularly.

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Depression can be more than just being sad. Depression Symptoms. It is a medical illness that involves the Mind and Body. It can affect the way you behave, and cause you physical and emotional problems. It can also make you feel as if living is no longer worthy. Depression usually requires long term treatment, much like high blood pressure

Some of Depression symptoms include:

* Loss of Interest
* Feeling down
* Hopeless
* Sleeping Problems
* Trouble concentrating
* Doubltful
* Unusual weight loss/gain
* Restlessness
* Easily aggrivated
* Feeling weak or with fatigue
* Thoughts of suicide
* Unusual headaches or back pains

Some other types of depression are Monopolar depression and dysthymic disorder, Bipolar disorder - which alters mood level with increased mental and physical activity, Manic disorder, which is characterized by abnormally elevated moods, or unrealistic optimism.

Depression can also start by something. For example...

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Some natural treatments for depression can range from slowing down a stressful life of too many activities, getting good nutrition and plenty of rest, physical exercise and meditation. Some supplements of vitamins and antioxidants and aminoacids can be helpful too.

Some stimulants like coffee and teas may help against depressive feelings, as long as they are taken in moderate amounts. If you are a heavy user of these stimulants, you should cut down on your consumption.

There's also nutritional products marketed to help against depressive symptoms. They contain ingredients that the brain uses as building blocks for neurotransmitters. They also contain vitamins and minerals that the brain uses as tools to produce neurotransmitters, especially with vitamin B6

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The joy of bringing a baby into the world is overwhelming a most exciting period in many lives. It is also a time of changing emotions, body shape and the unknown for first time mothers. Aromatherapy can be very important during this time.

When considering the use of aromatherapy during pregnancy there a several oils that should be avoided as they could harm both the mother and the baby.

Ensure that the oils you are using are pure essential oils, as adulterated blends or synthetic oils can have a less predictable effect.

OILS TO AVOID:

Any oil that has toxic in the description, along with the list below.

Arnica, Aniseed, Basil, Bay, Birch, Camphor, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Comfrey, Cypress,

Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Melissa, Mugwort, Myrrh, Origanum, Pennyroyal,

Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Savoury, St John's Wort, Tansy, Thyme< Wintergreen, Wormwood.

These oils aside, aromatherapy can be used very safely and be extremely beneficial to maintain the general health of the expectant mother, to aid in minimising the discomforts associated with pregnancy as follows.

MORNING SICKNESS:

Choose chemical and preservatives free fresh food. Eat small portions often during the day. Avoid heavy meals late at night and junk food. Ginger tea herbal infusion is a safe and effective remedy.

Peppermint tea is better avoided.

BACKACHE:

Lower back pain is common as the pregnancy advances due to the increase in weight of the baby and changing body shape. A massage with essential oils will bring great relief and help to tone the muscles. The lower back should be massaged lightly during the first four months, during this time though back ache is not always a problem, it is usually after the six month period and then a firm massage is perfectly safe.

Neroli or Mandarin oil at 2% to a base oil say Almond, Apricot or Olive Oil or Stretch Mark Oil can be used which contain these essential oils along with a rich cocktail of base oils that penetrates deep into the skin.

TENDER BREASTS:

As the breasts expand during pregnancy they need extra care and attention. Use a gentle massage again with Stretch Mark Oil or a base oil with 2% essential oil, Neroli or Mandarin. If breasts are swollen, make a cool compress out of rosewater and place over the breast while resting.

BREASTFEEDING:

Essential oils can be very helpful in easing some of the discomforts of breastfeeding. Insufficiency of milk and cracked nipples are two of the main reasons that many mothers abandon breastfeeding. Engorgement can sometimes be the cause as well. To promote th flow of milk Fennel, Caraway, Dill and Aniseed is widely used mostly in the form of herbal tea infusions, fennel being the most popular choice.

To reduce the milk flow Peppermint oil can be used on cold compresses - Use a basin of water with 4-5 drops of essential oil use clean fabric or a washer and immerse in the water, wring out then place on the painful area.

It is IMPORTANT to wash off all traces of essential oils before feeding the baby. It is dangerous to give the oils to the baby internally even relatively safe oils.

CRACKED NIPPLES:

Can be extremely painful and slow to heal. Calendula is the most healing plant known for this condition. Some Nipple Butters contains Calendula and is safe to use whilst nursing. Apply the butter immediately after feeding so that the nipples have the maximum time to absorb the beneficial properties prior to the next feed.

Products containing lanolin are often used for cracked nipples but some tests have discovered traces of toxins in the lanolin from sheep dipping, so wise to avoid these products.

HEARTBURN:

Avoid rich, spicy foods and heavy meals. A Peppermint, Fennel or Chamomile tea infusion can speed up relief. A gentle massage of the stomach with a soothing oil such as Lavender, Chamomile or Marjoram will assisst.A hot compress using one of these oils can be placed over the stomach as often as needed. Just 2-3 drops in a basin of water for compress and the same with 50ml base oil.

SLEEP PROBLEMS:

The baby kicking and other discomforts in the last few months of pregnancy makes it difficult to get a good night's sleep. A relaxing bath with stretch mark oil 10mls or a total of 6 drops of either Neroli or Rose pure essential oil in a bath before bedtime. The water should not be too hot as this is stimulating rather than relaxing.

An aromatherapy massage with stretch mark oil, the combination of gentle therapeutic touch and relaxing essential oils will work both on the mind and body to reduce the level of stress, and sleep will follow quite naturally.

CONSTIPATION:

Eating of high fibre foods, including plenty of fresh garlic and drinking ample filtered or bottled water is important during pregnancy to avoid constipation.

Aromatherapy treatments are complicated by the fact that many of the oils used in the treatment of circulatory problems are those to avoid during pregnancy. However, lemon essential oil at 2% dilution can be used to gently massage. Tension can also be a contributory factor, so try a relaxing bath using stretch mark oil or 6 drops total of neroli or rose.

STRETCH MARKS:

Massaging daily is an excellent way to reduce the risk or intensity of stretch marks during

pregnancy, Massage provides stimulation of the tissues underlying the superficial layers of the skin, using gentle strokes it is both effective and safe in pregnancy. Gently make small repetitive circles all over the tummy, thighs and breasts using a stretch mark oil regularly.

Continue massaging these areas after the birth for at least four months until your weight has returned to normal. Avoid stretch mark oil on the nipples if breastfeeding.

SWOLLEN ANKLES:

Swelling (Oedema) of the ankles and legs is often a problem in the latter months of pregnancy. If severe you should consult your Doctor in case there is a kidney problem, but mild puffiness of the ankles usually after standing or at the end of the day, can be effectively relieved by massaging the legs with one tablespoon of base oil to 2 drops of Geranium. Ideally this would be more beneficial carried out by a professional but you or your partner can apply the oil with firm strokes always moving from the ankles towards the thighs.

A cool to warm foot bath with 2 drops each of Benzoin, Orange and Rose can help reduce the swelling.

Rest the feet higher than the head on raised cushions or pillows.

Avoiding salt, strong tea, coffee will also help to reduce swelling, drinking plenty of bottled or filtered water is also advisable.

VARICOSE VEINS:

During pregnancy the bulk and weight of the growing baby can cause pressure on the veins and arteries of the lower abdomen, causing circulatory problems and the veins to dilate. One of the best oils for circulation is Geranium, but this should be very dilute for pregnancy. No more than 4 drops to one tablespoon of carrier oil, massaging the legs with a gentle upward movement. Do not work directly on the veins or apply too much pressure. You can also add 4 drops to your bath.

LABOUR;

To create a relaxing atmosphere in the labour room, use several drops of Lavender in an atomizer or Rose, Yang-Ylang or Neroli to fortify you as the labour progresses. Any of these oils can be used in a massage blend for the lower back to aid contractions.

POST NATAL:

Some women can suffer from post-natal depression for up to a year after childbirth, some more severe than others. A bath with jasmine and ylang-ylang can help them feel better 3 drops of each. Or a massage with 5 drops each of Geranium, Orange, Chamomile..

To ease perineal pain Organic Bath Herbs, a collection of wound healing and anti-bacterial natural ingredients and essential oils with powerful antiseptic and healing benefits for internal wounds and stitches.

AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE

The simple touch of massage movements can help to relieve many of the stresses and discomfort of pregnancy, back massage in particular is very welcome during labour.

Aromatherapy techniques can be used very safely and beneficially to maintain the general health of the expectant mother. It aids with various discomforts during this time.

The positions to work in need to be adapted to suit her comfort, she needs to be well supported.

- Check the oils to be avoided

- Use lower concentrations of essential oil to base oil 1/2 to 1% is desired.

- Stokes should be lighter than usual for a massage.

- The back - massage can be done on a chair after the fourth month of pregnancy as it becomes uncomfortable to lie on her stomach, a chair or a pillow wrapped in a towel for her to hold in front for support.

- The abdomen - as the weight of the uterus can constrict the important blood vessels is the pregnant women is laying flat on her back, so she must be supported with plenty of pillows, bolsters or rolled towels to make her comfortable. Under the knees should be supported with cushions. After four months a gentle massage all over the abdomen can be very soothing, very often the developing baby responds to the massage given to the mother. Very often if the baby is lively and kicking causing discomfort to the mother will calm down and be quite for some time after. Babies whose mothers have received regular massages during pregnancy are usually very peaceful when they are born.

- The legs - Gently stroking the legs from the ankles to the knee to begin, then continue with firmer pressure is very soothing. It can relieve swelling, varicose veins or cramp. (See varicose veins for further information). Gentle stroking around the ankles is also appreciated. Avoid any reflex movements on the feet.

- Head - With both hands at the back of the neck at the base of the cranium, apply slow, light, circular pressures with your fingertips in an upward direction to release tension and to finish the massage.

Allow a 15 minute rest and then gently help her get up.

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The health insurance that you should get will depend on the type of coverage that you need. Insurance is very expensive. Some people think that it is too expensive and never actually even get a quote because of that feeling. There are some expensive plans, but you can also find many that are very reasonable.

Families with children should look into managed care insurance plans. There are several different types to choose from and they are a pretty good price. These are best for people with children because they allow you as much time in front of a doctor as needed. Anyone with kids will tell you that they need the doctor a lot. You want that to be easy, seeing the doctor when needed.

The opposite of that would be someone single without children to worry about. There are many healthy young people that rarely see a doctor and only need low premium high deductible insurance for emergencies basically. This works if there is no regular need of a doctor or of medication.

You might want to think about adding maternity care to your policy at some point. You may not be planning on having a baby any time soon, but sometimes life surprises you. You have to have the coverage in place well before conception or they will not cover any of it. It can be really expensive to go through childbirth. More than you could possibly imagine.

Insurance is the best way to protect your future finances. If something happens to you and you need some hospital time, you will be in a world of debt. You could also become very ill with something that is simple to catch in the early stages, if only you were checked for it. Whatever insurance that you decide on it is a good decision.

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People's food intake has a different range of nutrients. Some of these nutrients provide the elements what a human body needs. One of those elements is energy that makes the body able to produce outputs. It also provides essential components for growth and maintenance of the body.

Macronutrients like fats, carbohydrates and proteins require a person a relatively good amount of intake of these nutrients. These macronutrients provide energy and building blocks responsible for the growth of the body and maintaining it healthy. Vitamins and minerals that belong to micronutrients though require only a minimal intake of the same, but they are classified essential for they play a great role as they are to keep the body healthy.

As anticipated in food nutrition, most people are expected to eat foods containing all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy lifestyle. An adequate understanding concerning nutrients and their implications to everyone's health is also necessary for the benefit of proper nutrients intake. Undeniably, not every single person has to take all of these nutrients for it will depend on the need of the individual body's intake. These nutrients have specific functions to the body. Pregnant women for instance are strongly recommended to have a large amount of folic acid supplement to avoid having instances of babies' deformity.

Below are the nutrients with their implications they affect to everyone's health:

Macronutrients

Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are coming from starchy foods such as: rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, and cereals. These are also found in starchy vegetable, milk, sugar, and preserves like fruit jams. As mentioned above, it provides energy to the body. Adequate intakes of carbohydrates will help keep the body reserve energy. On the contrary, too much intake of it will cause serious problems in health. That is why it is advised that a person should monitor his/her carbohydrates intake to avoid unfavorable and undesired results.

Protein. This nutrient provides Amino Acids which is responsible for building blocks that a human body can not make alone. It is essential for growth development of the body. Without protein, a human body will not be as strong as what is it expected. This nutrient can either be found in a lot of food sources such as fish, meat, eggs, dairy foods, and cereal products such as soya products, bread, pulses and nuts. Or through supplements like food supplements which only focus on providing protein to a person's body.

Fat. This is found in dairy foods, oily fish, biscuits, pastry products, meat products, crisps and chocolate. Interestingly, it plays a vital role basically in providing and maintaining healthy skin and hair and insulation of body organs against events that introduce shock. As people perceived it, fat is somewhat destruction for their diet but on the contrary, it provides more energy source and it maintains body temperature. Without fat, the ability of the body to digest foods will be impossible. When this nutrient is consumed properly and not too much, it will give a good impact to everyone's health.

Micronutrients

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin). This is found in meats, whole grains, fruit, nuts, fortified breakfast cereals and vegetables. Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is essential for it is responsible for releasing energy coming from the carbohydrates. Moreover its active involvement with the nervous system and heart is needed. Hence, without this nutrient, a human body will not be able to function well and will be unable to meet what is expected from the body. With this, unreleased energy from carbohydrates will translate into undesired results to the body.

Vitamin B2(Riboflavin). This nutrient can be enjoyed from eating green vegetables, mushrooms, fortified breakfast cereals, legumes, liver, milk, rice and eggs. Its main function is being responsible for discharging energy coming from macronutrients such as carbohydrate, protein and fat. Another function it does is its involvement with iron's transport and metabolism. It is also in charge of the skins' and body linings' normal structure and functions.

Vitamin B3(Niacin). Wheat and maize, eggs, meat, dairy products and yeast intake is the natural way to enjoy this nutrient. Vitamin B3 is necessary for healthy nervous system, brain function and sex hormones. Functions and benefits it gives to the body include being a great help in detoxifying or removing body toxins that normally cause harm to the body. It helps to have a good digestion and producing healthy skins. Vitamin B3 also can increase blood circulation and decrease cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine). Good food source of Vitamin B6 includes brewer's yeast, Oats, Wheat, Sardines, Beef, Mackerel, Free range eggs, Poultry, Bananas, Avocado, Cabbage, Brown rice, Dried fruit and Molasses. Vitamin B6 boosts immune system and helps relieve muscle cramps, vomiting and morning sickness. It is best also in helping with skin and nervous disorders and it contains anti-ageing components. Moreover, this vitamin protects against the rootless attack of cancer. Lack of Vitamin B6 intake will deprive the body from having enough Vitamin B12 absorption.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)To get this vitamin, one should have an intake of the following foods: Liver, Cheese, free range eggs, Kidney, Beef, Oily fish, Milk, Fortified cereals, Lamb and Pork. Keeping the nervous system healthy and making red blood cells are what Vitamin B12 is working on. It is one of the most important vitamins among the B-group insomuch that people who are strict vegetarians are recommended to have supplements from this vitamin. Its scope of functions are into protecting against anemia, increasing energy, being a good element for growth and increasing appetite most especially to children. It is likewise significant for brain functions improvement and in keeping healthy nervous system. The vitamin may also protect against cancer and soothe menstruation plus it fights against postnatal depression.

Folate/ Folic acid. Good food source of Folic acid are as follows: Liver, Peanuts, Almonds, Citrus fruits, Carrots, Green leafy vegetables, Apricots, Cantaloupe melons, Avocados, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, and free range eggs. It is part of vitamin B-complex and one of the most neglected vitamins for intake. This is somehow a substitute for Vitamin C supplement. However, a person is required to have a large amount of intake of folic acid to keep up with what Vitamin C can do to the body. Folic Acid is needed for involvement in formation of healthy red blood cells. This will help also for the development in unborn babies' nervous system and prevention against "spina bifida" (a bony defect in the spinal column). Just like the aforementioned, this also looks after for definite types of cancer probabilities. Folic Acid is also into helping digestion improvement and appetite enhancing.

Vitamin C. Good food sources for Vitamin C are Blackcurrants, broccoli, green peppers, kiwi fruits, Brussels sprouts, lemons, oranges, strawberries, cabbage and all other types of fruits with the similar or the same components from the mentioned fruits containing Vitamin C. And other types of vegetables which contain Vitamin C.This vitamin serves as an antioxidant (the substance that prevents damage to the body) and an important element for having body tissues organize and operate normally. It greatly helps the body during its absorption of iron from non-meat intakes. It also helps in healing process of any wounds caused by any types of physical damage. Vitamin C also is into protecting against cancer. Considering the fact that the vitamin does the prevention and fights infection, an individual can highly expect protection against the risk of having heart disease, deadly diabetes and arthritis. Vitamin C also helps overcome male's infertility.

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A lot of people incur medical costs during the year, but do they know they can receive medical tax deduction benefits from this? If they did they would be able to save huge amounts of money when it comes to medical expenses. As long as the cost is more than 7.5 percent of their gross income they can begin to qualify for tax reduction.

Of course as with other deductions there are a few rules and such in regard to the medical tax reductions that can be used. One was already mentioned in regards to 7.5 percent of the gross income. To fully take advantage of this you should count every medical expense of those listed on your tax return. This includes any dependents such as children. This even allows you to calculate and include amounts spent on anyone who may have died during that year, to get the full advantage of the tax reduction. Even dental bills are included under the header of medical tax deduction benefits.

Including the cost of transportation can even be considered part of tax deduction entitlement. This means if you calculate your cents-per-mile according to the Internal Revenue Service website in regards to your transportation for any medical treatments you can save money. Other things that can be included in tax reduction include long term care insurance (depending on your age), uninsured treatments (eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.) and even some weight loss programs can all be included in the reduction benefits.

Special needs can also be included under these benefits. This includes wheelchairs, crutches, and the like. If your doctor tells you, you need to add a ramp or widen doors on your house to accommodate a wheelchair the cost of this can be included in your tax benefits. These may only be partially deductible.

There are several other things that can be deducted as well. These can include anything from drug rehabilitation to nursing homes to prescriptions to ambulance service. If you keep careful records you can deduct anything related to medical use and save money. That is except for a few exceptions that include, cosmetic surgery, gymnasium payments, hair transplants and electrolysis, bottled water, dancing lessons, teeth whitening, maternity clothes and diaper services which cannot be included in the benefits.

Once again if you keep careful records of your bills and receipts you can take the most advantage from this tax deduction. With the high cost of most medical treatment, who wouldn't benefit from the tax deduction benefits that are available?

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Are you feeling sick inside yet simultaneously wracked with guilt at the amount of jealousy you are actually feeling from news of yet another pregnancy. Here you are, struggling to get pregnant when everyone around you seems to be, maybe feeling disgusted with yourself for feeling this way yet unable to change it.

There can come the endless barrage of questions and hurtful statements such as:

"when will it be your turn?"

"don't you want any children?"

"you're not getting any younger."

Or even perhaps, "why did you wait so long to try?"

The list is endless. How have you even coped, when all you have ever wanted was to become parents and hold your own baby in your arms.

Then can come possible negative emotional aspects such as:

- are you beginning to feel inadequate as a wife, unable to give him a child?

- do you even feel the same about having a child anymore and does he even want a child?

Possible facts:

- you are ovulating regularly each and every month.

- your blood tests have come back absolutely normal.

- there are no apparent signs of endometriosis.

- a laparoscopy has concluded no underlying abnormality that could be preventing you from conceiving.

- his sperm count is excellent, as is the motility.

- you are both healthy with no underlying problems in either one of you.

So why are you struggling to get pregnant?

These are some of the questions and emotions you may be going through but what about things you can do right now?

- Read as much as you can about infertility, ignorance is certainly not bliss, you are struggling to get pregnant yet inadvertently at the mercy of the information and advice that is being bombarded at you, due to lack of awareness.

- Never forget both you and your partner are in this struggle together, he knows what is happening because he is on exactly the same path as you. Feed from the comfort and reassurance from each other.

In your struggle to get pregnant it is very easy to lose sight of one another, they can become invisible, why not suggest a movie, perhaps a night out, things that you can do together as a couple.

- It is not about denying the pain of infertility but if you cannot express it outwardly why not try channeling your emotions by writing them down. It is a great way to release all the anger and disappointments.

After you have written them down burn the piece of paper if it helps. This is symbolic and very therapeutic as it can help release built up emotions.

- Let people into your world, give family and friends a chance to help you instead of shutting them out. On your own you are but one person, however, if you put one and one together it becomes eleven, remember that there is definitely strength in numbers.

- However, if nothing is helping, seek professional help, there is no shame in confiding with a stranger, that is what they are there for.

These are just some issues couples may face regarding infertility but my belief is just because you have been struggling to get pregnant and been told you are infertile does not mean another will also.

No one can predict the future but you can do everything in your power to change it for the good.

It might simply just mean the method needs to change.

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The health insurance marketplace is certainly challenging, but count your lucky stars that at least you have choices. To that end, this article is going to explore the pros and cons of group health insurance.

Group Health Insurance Pros

  • Group health premiums are subsidized by the employer. Generally, an employer must contribute at least 50% of the "employee only" premium. As such, if you are the employee, you can likely get a richer health plan for less premium than you would pay in the individual health marketplace. However, the cost to add your dependents to the employer's plan, may be cost prohibitive. In this case, and assuming that your dependents can qualify, then you may want to put them on an individual health plan.

  • Group health premiums for large families are the same as for small families; whereas in the individual market, you pay a separate premium for every family member. So, if you have a large family, you may be able to get a better deal by adding them to your employer's plan. As with any insurance change though, don't make any changes without consulting with an experienced insurance advisor in your state.

  • Group health insurance in most states is guaranteed issue - meaning that you can't be turned down because of pre-existing health conditions. This is a real blessing if you or a family member has a medical condition that prevents you from qualifying for a individual plan. But, this is a double-edged sword. While being guaranteed issue is a huge benefit for those with pre-existing medical conditions, it does come at a price. This one feature alone accounts for most of the disparity between group and individual insurance premiums. Yes, that is right - in most states, individual health premiums are almost always less expensive than group health premiums.

  • Most group plans cover maternity. So, if you are planning on having more children, you should definitely consider hopping on to a group plan. While you can add a "maternity rider" to individual plans, these riders tend to be expensive, restrictive, and otherwise provide less value than the coverage you can get in a group health plan. That being said, if you are considering having more children, we recommend that you contact a health insurance advisor in your state for advice about what is best for your family. The right answer is different for each unique family.

  • Economies of scale can benefit employees of large employers. It is true that the larger the group, the larger the risk pool is in which to share the risk which CAN result in lower premiums than are available in the individual health market. However, the guaranteed issue "issue" CAN wreak havoc on this type of plan. For example, a large employer with good benefits tends to retain employees for long periods of time. Eventually, the average age of the group starts to creep up and so do premiums. In addition, people with large medical needs (expensive medical conditions) tend to be attracted to large plans because they are guaranteed issue with good coverage. And so, over time, not only is the group's average age increasing, but the group is also attracting employees with large expected health costs. This is the dilemma that we see with large health plans like the U.S. auto-makers and even government plans. Eventually, those with lots of medical needs begin to outnumber those with little or no needs and so premiums are driven higher and higher.

Group Health Insurance Cons

  • Group health insurance can be more expensive than individual health insurance. ln fact, if you don't factor in the employer's contribution towards premiums, then individual plans are almost always more affordable than group plans. However, as we discussed earlier, not every one can qualify for an individual plan.

  • What happens if your employment is terminated (by you or your employer)? Yes, you will likely have some benefit continuation rights (through COBRA or state continuation programs), but these benefits can be very expensive and the term limited. So, eventually, you either have to secure another job with benefits, an individual health plan (assuming you are insurable), or possibly join a government health insurance program for the uninsured (if you are not insurable). Let me emphasize, that you should NEVER be without some form of major medical health insurance. Being without this insurance puts you and your family in serious financial jeopardy. In fact, a recent Harvard University study found that 50 percent of all bankruptcy filings were partly the result of medical expenses.繒 To the same point, every 30 seconds in the United States, someone files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem. Don't let this happen to you.

  • Group health insurance premiums are rising faster than individual health insurance premiums. Why? Because most group plans are guaranteed issue and since they accept "all comers", they tend to attract those with high medical costs. On the other hand, most individual health insurance plans are medically underwritten. This means that the insurance company can say "no thanks" to any application that it deems to not be in its interest. Put yourself in their shoes - would sign a contract to provide $30,000 in annual benefits to someone that was only going to pay $3,000 in premiums (for a net loss of $27,000) if you didn't have to? Hmm...let me me think about that one. The answer is a resounding "NO!". Because of this underwriting process for individual health insurance, insurance companies can control their risk and more effectively manage their profitability, resulting in more stable prices.

As you can see, there is no clear cut answer as to which type of insurance is the best. The answer depends on a number of factors and is different for every unique situation. The best advice I can give you as you consider your health insurance options -- get good advice from an experienced health insurance advisor.

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New mothers can learn how to reduce unwanted postpartum belly fat and improve overall health in only 4 steps. Read about some healthy living information you can start using right away.

Step 1: Nutritional Supplements

Good nutritional supplements are a wonderful insurance policy, especially when combined with healthy eating habits. In today's modern world we can't all be farmers and grow all our own food fresh in our back yard. Almost all of our food goes through some sort of processing, or at the very least, some waiting around before getting to our table.

Especially for fruits and vegetables, waiting means losing nutrients. For this reason it's very difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through food alone, but combining proper nutrition with nutritional supplements is very powerful.

The one supplement everyone including new moms should be taking for sure is a good multi vitamin and mineral. Eating well is crucial, but a quality multivitamin and mineral supplement can assure you that you're getting all the nutrients your body needs. This is especially important if you are nursing your new little one.

Step 2: Nutrition

Most people these days know that good nutrition is important, but it's especially important for new mothers to get the right nutrition. You really are what you eat, and if you're a nursing mom, your baby is what you eat too.

Make the commitment to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more fresh and unprocessed foods and less of foods that are processed. It sounds overly simplistic, but it really works. Sweets don't have to be completely off your list, but reserve them for special occasions, and then, keep your indulgence to just a taste or a small serving.

Develop the habit of reading the labels of the foods you're buying. Avoid anything that's more than 50% fat, and watch out for salt. Even some innocent-looking crackers can pack quite a wallop in the fat and salt department, so be sure to educate yourself.

You may think it requires superhuman willpower to avoid all those delicious unhealthy snacks, but you'll be amazed at what how much better you'll feel when you start to eat better. Your body will love all the sweet fruits and good foods it's getting, and it will want you to keep improving your nutrition. Your body will reward you with greater energy and vitality in a very short period of time.

Step 3: Exercise

When it comes to improved health, many people leave out the final piece of the puzzle - exercise. There are so many benefits of exercising. Some of these are stronger bones, increased vitality, improved sleep and higher libido - so it's a very simple choice to start doing it.

Make it your goal to exercise 3-5 times a week with a combination of strength work and cardio exercise (but make it less than 1 hour per workout session). Work at a moderate pace. You should still be able to carry on a conversation while exercising, so don't overdo it, especially when you're just beginning.

Unfortunately, you can't spot-exercise away that postpartum belly fat and flabby abs. In fact if you work your abs too much you'll actually make your stomach bigger. Do some crunches and other traditional abs exercises, but in moderation.

A more effective abs exercise is to draw the stomach all the way in towards the spine, hold for 10 seconds, and let it out slowly. Repeat this 10 times. This will tone those muscles so that when the fat is gone, you'll reveal lovely, flat ab muscles.

If you add 3 pounds of muscle to your body, this added muscle will burn as many calories as if you ran 1 mile. Muscle burns calories, even at rest! So the more lean muscle your body has, the faster you'll burn off the fat. Grab those weights and start lifting!

Step 4: Stress Management and Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep each night, plus managing stress, are essential for good health. With a new baby, getting a full night's sleep can be pretty difficult; so make it a point to nap when the baby naps. If that's not workable for you, recruit someone to care for the baby while you get your rest.

Your body uses its sleep time to repair itself, and your mind needs that time to rest as well. Try to get 7 to 9 hours' worth of sleep per night. Two good ways to help ensure you get all the shut-eye you need are to get plenty of exercise, and avoid eating late at night. Your body can rest much better when it doesn't have a heavy meal to contend with as well.

Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue doing damage to your body. Here are two tips that should help: Every morning, prioritize your day. Plan to accomplish what's most important. If something isn't critical, it can wait. Your main focus right now is the baby. The other tip is to practice deep breathing exercises. Just stopping and focusing on deep breathing for a few minutes can work wonders for stress reduction.

Now that you have the basics, you can find out more for yourself. Find out what works for you, and build upon those findings. If you're consistent and have a little patience, that belly will shrink away in no time. Good luck and enjoy that beautiful baby.

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The entire journey of pregnancy until you deliver the baby consists of the surfacing of several symptoms nausea; pregnancy constipation is one of those. Usually constipation refers to irregular bowel movements. This tends to linger through the early stages of pregnancy to the post delivery phase.

What Causes A Painful Constipation During And After Pregnancy?

The causes of constipation before and after delivery are different. Post delivery, the episiotomy or the torn rectal issue that was repaired after delivery, may lead one to experience an agonizing constipation. Women, who have undergone a caesarian delivery, may find themselves afflicted by ileus or the condition in which the bowel movements are deferred for a short period. Pregnancy constipation symptoms are caused by other factors too. Following are the reasons that cause pregnant women to complain about unnerving constipation -

  • Changed diet habit

  • Side effects of medicines

  • Increased stress level

  • Low intake of fluid

  • High consumption of dehydrated fluids like caffeine enriched tea, coffee, and alcohol

  • Insufficient amount of sleep

  • Some diseases induce constipation like Parkinson's disease, stroke, diabetes, uremia, scleroderma and diseases of GI tract et all.
  • For relief from pregnancy constipation, consult with your physician. Besides, the medical experts' advice, you can try some measures of your own to stabilize your bowel movement.

    Tips To Cure Pregnancy Constipation

    To remove pregnancy constipation symptom, take special care and follow tips provided for you in this article. Among all the remedies for constipation problems, exercise has been seen to be a constipation reliever. Avoid heavy exercises, instead expectant mothers could be advised to go for a walk. A light or moderate practice of walking can be effective in the reduction of pregnancy constipation and will lessen the bloating for pregnant women.

    The second solution will be adequate consumption of fluids including water as constipation hardly takes place in the presence of sufficient hydration in the body. Some calcium and vitamin supplements, especially composed for pregnant women can be taken to obtain relief from pregnancy constipation. Some women also seek relief through stool softeners. Though these stool softeners are useful to bring relief within a short time, it is not recommended that you make a habit of use of it. You may also use homemade or natural remedies that include lower risks of side effects. You can take homemade remedies during the interval of consuming foods and drinks. Beat constipation with the help of a sensible diet and exercise program.

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    Looking for the help to become pregnant? Take into account that women over 35 may take longer to be able to conceive. There are so many positive things about having children when we are older. On the other hand there are some risks you have to take into account. I know exactly how you feel, because that's just how it was for me. When I tried to get pregnant I was nearly 33 years old. I married my second husband and we both yearned to have a baby...

    1. Women over 35 may take longer to be able to conceive.

    This is related to those eggs we have had since birth. We don't make new eggs as men make new sperm. Our eggs are with us almost from conception. They don't always age well. They can lose quality and there can be fewer of them. This is one reason to seek help to become pregnant from your health care provider if you have been unable to achieve pregnancy after trying for 6 months.

    2. There is an increase in spontaneous miscarriage.

    There is an increase in spontaneous miscarriage with an approximate risk of 25 percent in women age 35-39 and 51 percent in women 40-44. If you look at this another way, women 35-39 have a 75 percent chance of not having a miscarriage.

    3. Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities

    The concern many women over 35 hear about most often is Down Syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. At 35 a woman's risk of any clinically significant chromosome abnormalities is about 1 in 200. Her risk of a baby with Down Syndrome is about 1 in 365. In other words, the odds of having an absolutely normal baby would be about 99.34 percent.

    Have you tried so many things to help get pregnant? Are you frustrated... disappointed... or truth be told, even a bit angry that you're not pregnant yet?

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    If you have never heard of blue eye drops you are really missing out. This type of product is not new it has been around many years however until recently it was never approved for use in the United States.
    They have been in use by French Women for years to enhance and intensify the intensity of their eyes color and bring out the beauty. While the rest of the world was ignorant, make-up artists have kept this fabulous beauty secret to themselves. But now the secret is out and thousands of women are clamoring for this amazing product that will naturally and effectively enhance their color while at the same time work on increasing the appearance of alertness, beauty and intensity.

    Manufacturers have heard the cries of American women and have answered that call bring these blue drops to the United States under the names of Collyre Bleu Laiter, Innoxa Gouttes Bleues and Eye-Brite. Women have fallen in love with this amazing product and are loving how it magically and easily enhance their color without the risks and discomfort that colored contact lenses can cause.

    While this is a great product it is limited. You cannot use it on contact lens wearers. However, you can use them if you have any color, like Blue, brown, Green or Hazel.

    They have many benefits for the user:

    繚 They can make you look clear and bright.
    繚 Help you increase the appearance of alertness and awakeness.
    繚 They enhance your colors intensity for photographs.
    繚 Plus they also eliminate the appearance of redness.
    繚 They also can eliminate yellow-ness in your sclera (the white part) for a bright white color.

    In conclusion, if you can find these amazing eye drops you should definitely use them. They will add a little sparkle and clarity to your face that will stun everyone you meet. If a first appearance can make or break you, shouldn't you look the best you possibly can.

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