You have probably heard it mentioned before how expensive raising a child can be, especially when that child turns into a teenage son or especially a daughter! Fortunately, most people look at this kind of budget as a year to year expense, and don't often look at it as how much … [Read more...] about Budgeting for Raising a Child
Many dangers lurk in the nursery, dangers you might not expect before they are able to crawl around on their own. So ensure your baby's safety by baby proofing and making your nursery as safe as possible. * Install covers on all electrical outlets * Install a smoke detector in … [Read more...] about Baby proofing a nursery
When shopping for furniture and all the accessories for your baby nursery, don't fall victim to an over-zealous and commission-based sales person when you head to your local baby shop. Because chances are they will try to overwhelm you with "necessities" that aren't really … [Read more...] about Your Nursery Furniture Checklist
You hear about how pregnancy tests check for a pregancy hormone in your urine. But have you ever wondered what exactly this hormone is, and why it is only released during pregnancy? Regardless of what brand of home pregnancy test you take, the test checks for the presence of the … [Read more...] about What is hCG and How Does it Test for Pregnancy?
You have likely heard of Kegel exercises before, but probably not in relation to pregnancy. Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic muscles, which prepare you body for labor and delivery. As you practice these exercises more, you will even be able to relax your pelvic muscles, … [Read more...] about How to do Kegel exercises during pregnancy
Domestic violence is many things. While most people invision physical violence, it can also include verbal abuse as well as sexual abuse (yes, even if he is your partner). Once you are pregnant, domestic violence can become an even larger issue. First and foremost, it isn't safe … [Read more...] about Domestic violence and pregnancy
When choosing a pregnancy test, they vary wildly in the levels of hCG the tests detect. And the lower the level listed on the kit, the more sensitive to the presence of hCG it is, not the other way around like many believe. For pregnancy testing, the concentrations of hCG are … [Read more...] about Does the hCG sensitivity of pregnancy tests differ?
Many women believe that herbal teas can be soothing and relaxing during pregnancy, and herbal teas are often suggested to pregnant women who are suffering from pregnancy related nausea commonly known as "morning sickness" But what many pregnant women do not realize is that they … [Read more...] about Herbal teas during pregnancy – what to avoid
During pregnancy, your body undergoes massive changes, both physical and hormonal, not to mention emotional changes. Pregnancy can cause your cartilage to become softer and loser, in preparation for the flexibility in your hips during birth. Walking is an excellent exercise … [Read more...] about Recommended exercises during pregnancy
If you never exercised prior to becoming pregnant, but have decided that now is the time to start, the risks of exercise be more of a risk than your low level of exercise. Most women build up their strength, stamina and overall fitness over a period of time. Their body's undergo … [Read more...] about I’ve never exercised before, can I start now?
While many realize over the counter sleeping aids are a no-no during pregnancy, many do not realize that herbal supplements can be just as bad, if not even more dangerous, to take during pregnancy. Because herbal remedies are not regulated in the same way prescription and … [Read more...] about Is an herbal sleep aid safe during pregnancy?
Every pregnant woman experiences stress of some sort, whether it is financial fears or just how to assemble the crib correctly. These sorts of stress are common during pregnancy. But some women suffer extreme stress during pregnancy. Certain situations such as domestic violence, … [Read more...] about Dealing with stress during pregnancy
With the many multi-ethnic foods readily available in North America, you might not realize that an ethnic favorite might be off limits during pregnancy. While ethnic dish avoidance is usually passed on from mother to daughter, chances are your mother probably didn't indulge in … [Read more...] about Foods to avoid during pregnancy
You always hear about the benefits of folic acid during pregnancy, and the importance of taking your prenatal vitamin with folic acid. But for many women, this is the first time they have even heard of folic acid, much less taken a supplement for it. Folic acid is a member of the … [Read more...] about What is folic acid?
Your doctor has told you that you must take your prenatal vitamin containing folic acid each and every day. But why is folic acid so important, and what exactly does it do for your unborn baby during pregnancy? (Also read What is folic acid?) Studies have shown that mothers who … [Read more...] about Why folic acid is vital during pregnancy