Happy Mother’s Day from Bellysonic

Absolutely one of the cutest videos for pregnant mothers – we had so much fun making it. Enjoy!

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.

Clinically Proven Baby Sleep Routine

Johnson's Baby Sleep RoutineJust came across a good method here for helping your little infant get calm before sleep time!

Here’s the first 2 steps of the routine (see more at http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/bedtime/proven-baby-sleep-routine) :

Step 1: A Warm Bath with JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Bath

Help your little one let go of the day’s excitement with a warm bath. JOHNSON’S®
Baby BEDTIME® Bath
is formulated with NATURALCALM® essences – a special
blend of calming aromas. Held to our high standard of safety, this NO MORE TEARS®
formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water.

For a bubblier start to your nighttime routine, try JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME®
Bubble Bath & Wash

Step 2: A Gentle Massage with JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Lotion

Follow the bath with a gentle massage. JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Lotion is
formulated with NATURALCALM® essences, a special blend that releases soothing
aromas. Clinically shown to last all night long, this CLINICALLY PROVEN MILDNESS
lotion formula is dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic.

The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective

Smart Baby at CollegeIn 2008 Cindy Zahn wrote a paper titled, The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective.

Here is an excerpt from this well researched and nicely written article that shows the connection between listening, or being taught music, at a young age and developing an aptitude for math:

“It turns out that there is much evidence that supports the positive effects of music on one’s ability to do math. Most research shows that when children are trained in music at a young age, they tend to improve in their math skills. The surprising thing in this research is not that music as a whole is enhancing math skills. It is certain aspects of music that are affecting mathematics ability in a big way. Studies done mostly in children of young age show that their academic performance increases after a certain period of music education and training. One particular study published in the journal ‘Nature’ showed that when groups of first graders were given music instruction that emphasized sequential skill development and musical games involving rhythm and pitch, after six months, the students scored significantly better in math than students in groups that received traditional music instruction.”

Read more from this paper at Serendip Studio –  http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1869 .

An online “digital ecosystem” for exploring a range of subjects in an open format, Serendip Studio is maintained by Bryn Mawr College students  and professors.