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How To Have A Healthy, Happy Pregnancy

Pregnancy Community OutreachSometimes you may think that you would feel better during your pregnancy if only you had the right information. This advice comes from our experienced mothers on staff who have scoured their personal experience knowledge base to help you mentally and physically prepare for your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Tips:

  • Although pregnancy is a time for much deserved pampering, be cautious about what services you receive. Avoid anything that involves high temperatures, such as saunas and hot tubs, since high body temperatures are unsafe for pregnant women. Also avoid certain massage oils, like rosemary and juniper, which can cause contractions.
  • It is important to exercise and stay fit during pregnancy. You should do low impact exercising like walking and yoga. This will make sure you stay your healthiest during pregnancy and also stay stress free. You should talk to your doctor before you decide to start exercising to make sure it’s safe.
  • It is important to see a doctor once you have a pregnancy test that is positive. It is recommended that for the first trimester, you see your practitioner once a month. Typically, most women are seen between 8 and 10 weeks gestation. At this time, blood work is done and your urine is checked for protein and sugar.
  • It is important to love and appreciate your body when you are pregnant. By not appreciating it, you could cause yourself unnecessary stress or even depression. Keep in mind that once you have your baby, you can work on getting your body to look the way it did before you were pregnant.
  • When you become pregnant, make sure to tell your boyfriend or husband as soon as possible if he does not know already. It is under your discretion as to when you should tell your parents and friends as you should only do this when you feel comfortable in revealing this information.
  • Do not get worried if you haven’t gotten pregnant in the first year of trying. The general consensus among doctors is that it takes a year of actively trying to become pregnant before there is cause for concern. If you have been trying for a year with no success, see your doctor for an evaluation.
  • You want to make sure you have the infant car seat all ready to go before you give birth. They can be very complicated to set up, and you want to have the time to make sure it is right. There are many police stations you can go to that will check your car seat for you, and many state laws won’t allow you to leave without it.
  • Take a lot of pictures of yourself before the baby comes. You never know if you will be pregnant again, and it will be good to have the memories saved for you in photographs. Your child will also enjoy seeing these when he or she gets a little older. Be proud of the amazing work that you are doing!
  • Ask your doctor to check your thyroid if you are considering becoming pregnant. Hypothyroidism is a fairly common disorder that can affect your ability to carry a baby to term. It can also cause learning disabilities in your unborn child. If you are already pregnant, there is a simple, safe test that can be done to determine if you have an under-active metabolism.
  • Stop smoking before you get pregnant. Smoking can affect your ability to conceive, so find something that will help you stop. You should talk to your doctor to see what recommendations they have to help you quit. There are many options available such as pills and patches.
  • Remember to really experience your pregnancy. With swollen ankles, a squished bladder, and a bulging baby bump, it is easy to look at your pregnancy as something you have to endure to end up with your bundle of joy. However, it is important to take a Zen-like approach and be in the moment. You are only pregnant with nine months, so make the most of the experience while you have it.
  • Everyone has some fears when it comes to pregnancy. For nine months, your body and emotions are drastically different than any other time in your life. It can be difficult to know what to do and how to act. By listening to the tips given here, though, you can ensure that your pregnancy goes well.

Study Links Child’s Behavior Problems to Father’s Mental Health

Fathers StressIn a study reported recently by Medical Daily, a Father’s mental health condition can be linked to his children’s behavior as early as age 3. While already known to researchers the impact a pregnant mother’s stress levels can have on their babies post birth, this new research now traces the impact between a father’s psychological stress and his children.

The report goes on to to say that the Norwegian study observed 31,000 children from Norway. Researchers discovered that at week 17 or 18 during the pregnancy a percentage of the fathers reported to have mental health problems. Further analysis found that children whose fathers had high levels of psychological stress at this period were more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems as toddlers.

Even more important, the behavior problems shown by the toddlers of these fathers remained even after the researchers accounted for mother’s mental health and other factors like education and marital status that might have affected the child’s behavior.

James Paulson, an associate professor of psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, said that in the past decade, researchers have found a relation between mothers’ mental health and the growing child’s mental health. The new study shows that even father’s depression during pregnancy can have adverse effects on the child’s health as postpartum depression.

Is There a Pregnancy/Maternity Spa Near You?

Spa Services for Pregnancy SearchNow that you are pregnant you have at least one good reason to welcome any soothing comforts and seek a day off from any lingering stress from your rapidly changing life. Have you thought about spending an afternoon or maybe a whole day at a pregnancy spa? It could be there is a “Belly Friendly” spa already located in a city near you!

After doing some quick searching here are a few popular spas around the U.S. that offer prenatal massage and related services (not listed in any particular order):

Pregnant Mom and Her Son1. Austin, Texas – Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center

Offering 4D ultrasound technology, Blooming’s RDMS medical sonographers will perform a limited diagnostic scan that will allow you to see how your baby is positioned, see the heartbeat, and watch him/her move a special collection of therapies to help the body, mind, and spirit prepare for and acclimate to motherhood.  Blooming also provides therapeutic massages, facials and pedicures. Learn more about Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center.

 2. Portland, Oregon – Zenana Spa and Wellness Center

Offers organic facials featuring Eminence Organics Skincare line from Hungary along with safe, gentle waxing for body hair removal, acrylic-free, natural nail services and relaxing and therapeutic massage. Learn more about Zenana Spa and Wellness Center.

3. Metropolitan New York Area –  Oasis Day Spa Serving 3 LocationsOasis at  1 Park Ave., Oasis Westchester, Oasis at the Affina Dumont Hotel)

A full service spa in 3 separate locations, Oasis offers Prenatal Massage treatments, according to their website. There listing states that the therapeutic massage they offer should be performed in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, focuses on the special needs of your pregnancy as your body goes through dramatic changes. Oasis states that the benefits of prenatal massage include relief from headaches, sinus congestion, backaches, leg cramps, swollen ankles, sciatic pain, and sleep issues. This massage can be performed side-lying or face down with our special supports.

4. Delray Beach, Florida – Amazing Births and Beyond

 Amazing Births and Beyond pampers you using Bali inspired massage techniques. First they start you with a foot massage and then migrate their expert hands to a prenatal massage treatment. Amazing Births and Beyond says their massage will increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles, improve skin elasticity and reduce water retention. Amazing births also offers chiropractic care for pregnancy. Learn more from Amazing Births and Beyond.

5. Boston, Massachussets –  Bella Sante

Bella Sante offers prenatal massage that provides, like the other spas, a relaxing and nurturing treat for both you and your baby. Their therapists use specialized prenatal cushions that will accommodate your changing body. Since this is a prenatal treatment, the therapists focus gently on areas of discomfort, such as lower back, and swollen ankles and joints.  Also Bella Sante uses basq products to enhance the massage.  Learn more from Bella Sante.

6. California – Total Woman Day Spa

With about 14 locations across California, chances are there are some benefits to being a regular member of this spa that would also enable you to have access to multiple spa locations around this beautiful state. And with a name like “Total Woman” there a certainly some practitioners there that would be qualified for prenatal massage and treatments. Learn more about the spa services of Total Woman.