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ID-100214179Two New Pregnancy and Postpartum Must-Haves

Mom” is always on the lookout for sound nutritional products or herbal remedies for pregnancy and postpartum. Two new products have made their debut in the last six months that have “Mom” raving – BabyCare Prenatal Essentials and MILKY!™

USANA Prenatal

BabyCare Prenatal Essentials
A healthy mom means a healthy baby! For complete nutrition through pregnancy and while nursing, USANA Health Sciences now offers BabyCare Prenatal Essentials, which are prenatal vitamins that provide the proper levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fill in many of the gaps in a mother’s daily nutrition. The new BabyCare Prenatal Essentials includes USANA’s Prenatal Mega Antioxidant vitamin supplement and Prenatal Chelated Mineral supplement with added iron to help support a healthy pregnancy for mom and healthy growth and development for the baby. www.usana.com

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MILKY!™
Celebrated TV stars and new moms Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley have a new product line, Need™, which includes healthy, innovative products for moms and moms-to-be. The first product in the line for postpartum moms is MILKY!™, a 2.5 ounce, lactation-enhancing herbal tea supplement created for moms who choose to breastfeed. MILKY!™ is a healthy and all-natural product to assist all breastfeeding women including those coping with milk production issues. When consumed twice daily, MILKY!™ increases both the quality and quantity of breast milk a mother produces. Moms can say goodbye to brewing and consuming a cup of harsh-tasting fenugreek tea three times a day and can now enjoy the same benefits with a delicious strawberry flavor (which “Mom” loves!) and on-the-go convenience of MILKY!™. www.needbrands.com. (Consult your healthcare provider about the use of herbs when nursing a baby. NOT FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY.)

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece. Top image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.*

5 Most Effective Natural Therapies for New Mom Blues

It’s not unusual for new moms to experience a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. From the discomfort felt after giving birth, to the stress caused by chasing after toddlers for the better part of their day, the things that a new mom has to deal with can be overwhelming. For a new mom, or the mom of small children, it’s important to take time out of the day to care for one’s self.

Here are five natural therapies that can help calm the discomfort, stress and anxiety that new moms can experience:

Healthy Diet

By making healthy food and beverage choices, they can alleviate a wide range of ailments. There are foods that can replace lost vitamins and minerals, foods that can relieve stress, and those that can release pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain. Eliminating stimulating foods from the diet is just as important as making healthy food choices. Caffeine and sugar, in particular, can amplify feelings of anxiety and stress.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has been shown to have significant effects on depression without the risk of the side-effects of prescription medications. By taking 900 mg of the herbal supplement a day, new moms can gain relief from their feelings of depression and anxiety. St. John’s Wort is perfectly safe, though moms will need to inform their physician that they are taking the supplement before they are prescribed any medication.

Witch Hazel

During a natural childbirth, the perineum is stretched. This stretching can result in tearing or the necessity for an episiotomy. With or without an episiotomy, this area of the body will be mildly sore for several weeks after giving birth, causing anxiety, or even depression. To alleviate the discomfort that the new mom will be or is experiencing, soak a folded wash cloth in witch hazel and lay it on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Because witch hazel is perfectly safe, one can repeat this treatment several times throughout the day.

Tapping

Tapping is based on an ancient Chinese method of using the body’s meridian energy fields to relieve physical and emotional discomfort. By tapping one of nine acupressure points on the body, or by being tapped by someone else, with varying levels of intensity, anyone can rid their body of pain, discomfort and emotional distress. These natural, emotional freedom techniques use the human body as its own healing tool.

Yoga

Yoga is one of the best stress-relievers that there is. By practicing yoga while the kids are sleeping, a mom will learn how to breathe correctly, quiet her mind and stretch her body; all of which will help relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Yoga will also help her lose weight, lengthen her muscles and help her body return to its pre-baby shape.

Whether a mom of a newborn or a toddler, no one should feel guilty about any feelings of stress, sadness or depression that they are feeling. These emotions are just as natural as any physical discomfort that they may be experiencing. By using the natural therapies above, they can soon return to a physically healthy body and an emotionally sound state of being.

About the Author

Ann Bailey is a mom, former journalist, and contributing writer for the health industry dedicated to teaching and sharing emotional freedom techniques such as tapping. By discussing these techniques of meridian energy field tapping, the health and wellness provider professionals at tappingsolutions.com bring this ancient Chinese healing practice into the 20th century, helping to benefit health-conscious parents of today.

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Mom” is a huge fan of swaddling newborn babies – for security, comfort and warmth in those first precious months of life! Her favorite swaddling blanket is the Halo SleepSack® Swaddle as not only does it make swaddling your infant much easier than using a blanket that may unwrap itself during the night, posing a risk to baby, but it provides the proper positioning for the legs and hips, helping to prevent hip dysplasia. Were you are aware that hip dysplasia is the most common abnormality in newborn infants? The SleepSack® Swaddle is a wearable blanket that provides a warm and toasty environment for baby to sleep in, while at the same time, allowing the arms to be tucked in or out for freedom of movement!

Mom’s” first daughter was quite a fussy infant, and the swaddling blanket truly helped to soothe and calm her when it was time to rest and to sleep. As “Mom” is expecting again, the Halo SleepSack® Swaddle is an absolute “must-have” for this new little one about to make her debut! An added bonus to the SleepSack® Swaddle is that other caregivers such as grandparents can easily swaddle baby without an issue!

There are various sleepsacks available by Halo, including an organic cotton sleepsack swaddle, and you can learn more or order online at HaloSleep.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Are you an expectant or new mom who wants to get back in shape after baby? Below are 5 “get fit tips” that new moms can do to get back in shape – without starving themselves, spending a lot of money, or driving themselves crazy!

Get Fit Tips for New Moms

1. Acknowledge that your body has been through a major change.

As with anything worth doing, getting started on the way to post-pregnancy fitness involves acknowledging the fact that your body has changed in ways that are less appealing. This is perfectly fine, and it is something that every new mom (including celebrities) has had to go through. That being said, look your body over in the mirror and try to be as objective as possible about your appearance.

2. Make time to be active.

If you wait around until you have the time to start getting active, chances are you will never be. You need to make time whenever possible. Sure, it can be rather exhausting to take care of your baby, the house, and job all at the same time but getting fit will really make a difference in how you feel about yourself. Being active does not necessarily entail going to the gym—even short bursts of exercises can add up to a lot throughout the day. Do 20 lunges while waiting for the laundry to finish, or get onto a bike and take your baby for a pleasant ride during the cooler hours of the day.

3. Stop eating for two.

When you were pregnant, you probably indulged yourself with desserts and other sinful treats more often than you did before. If so, you have to start watching what you eat more carefully. Eating healthy does not always mean depriving yourself; it only means making better choices and knowing when to stop. For instance, have ice cream after dinner but watch your portions.

4. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Yes, easier said than done but this is important. For new moms, it is very easy to feel like you have to take charge of everything. Accept that with a new baby in the house, you simply won’t be able to clean the house as completely as you did before. Prioritize so that you cover all the basics and get enough rest. We are more likely to eat when stressed, which makes us feel crappy, and so we eat more. Stop the cycle.

5. Shop for a new wardrobe.

Yes, give yourself permission to shop! Why try to squeeze into your old jeans or wear maternity pants when no longer pregnant? Both will make your feel worse about yourself. Instead, buy a few key pieces of clothes that flatter and fit your new body. Go on, you deserve it!

About the Author

Chrystal is a writer for MattressNextDay, the top online retailer for beds, mattresses and other sleeping needs in the UK. As a mom to an active toddler, she credits daily playtime with losing a total of 30 pounds to date.

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Mom” is expecting, and one of the most important items she wanted to have on hand prior to this little one’s arrival is a new nursing pillow. She had tried various nursing pillows with her first daughter, and was amazed at how many more choices there are now compared to just three short years ago! She was introduced to the mombo™ by Comfort & Harmony, which is exclusive to Babies R Us, and wow – this is the nursing pillow that beats them all! She cannot wait to start using it in just a few short weeks!

What does “Mom” love about the mombo™? Everything! That is not an exaggeration – this innovative nursing pillow features a two-sided design called Firm2Soft™ which offers a firm, supported area for baby to lay while breastfeeding, which props the baby up close to the breast area, which is more comfortable for both baby and mommy. The soft side of the Deluxe mombo™ is made of a plush fabric surface called Boa, which is the ultimate in snuggly soft fabric, and gives your little one with a cozy place to lounge or be propped for some tummy time action! But what “Mom” finds to be the best feature of all is the soothing vibration unit that can be placed inside the mombo™ to provide your precious cherub with the ultimate relaxing experience! For fussy babies, this is a must-have! (Why hasn’t anyone thought of this brilliant idea before for a nursing pillow or infant positioner?!)

Whether you choose the Standard mombo™, the Deluxe mombo™ or Nude mombo™, you can select from a variety of removable and machine washable slipcovers to cover the mombo™ fashionably. An extra slipcover or two is a must-have for any nursing mama, as baby spit-ups and messes are inevitable!

To learn more about the mombo™ by Comfort & Harmony, to locate a Babies R Us near you, or to order online, please visit BabiesRUs.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Breastfeeding Tips for Working Moms

Whether for financial reasons, self-fulfillment or both, many moms need to work. If you plan on working while nursing you can still accommodate your baby’s breastfeeding schedule. Here are a few tips to help new mothers successfully breastfeed and keep their job:

Keep Your Options Open: You may have had a particular career track and lifestyle for many years, but once a baby arrives, your interests, priorities and goals may very well change. If you find that having a baby has you reassessing your career path, speak with a counselor about possible career options that will give you a better work/life balance.

Consider Telecommuting: More and more moms are considering the many benefits of telecommuting. Working from home allows you the chance to earn a living while breastfeeding and caring for your child. Speak with your employer to see if telecommuting may be either a temporary or permanent option.

Let Baby Visit Your Work: If your place of employment is fairly close to your home, have your caretaker bring your baby to work at some point during the day. This will give you the chance to breastfeed and offers some extra bonding time during the day.

Find a Support Network: Work and motherhood can be a challenge but there is no need to struggle on your own. Seek out other working mothers in your community and ask how they are juggling work, breastfeeding and other duties. If you live in a small town or rural area, consider joining an online group for new moms. Check to see if there is a La Leche League chapter in your city; a wonderful support group.

Find Childcare Close to Your Workplace: While it is understandable that many new parents tend to seek out childcare services near to their home, if you are planning on working and breastfeeding, a childcare provider near your work may be the better option. Having your baby nearby would allow you to breastfeed during your lunch break and perhaps even during other breaks during the day.

Practice with Your Breast Pump: Don’t wait until your maternity leave is over to start learning how to operate your breast pump. Start 2-3 weeks ahead of your return to work so that you are familiar with how it works and how it should be cleaned and stored. This time will also help your body adjust to the breast pump as well.

Don’t Worry About Not Producing Enough Milk: Some new mothers worry unnecessarily that they are not pumping enough breast milk. It takes time for your body to acclimate to the pump. It may also be that there is not enough milk for you to pump in between feedings. Speak with your healthcare provider or lactation counselor if you have any concerns.

Freeze Small Amounts of Milk: Since thawed milk must be discarded after 24 hours, if you must leave home to work during the day, freeze your milk in several small amounts that can be quickly thawed. Once you have a better “feel” for how much your baby consumes at routine feedings you will be able to more accurately determine the proper portions to freeze and thaw.

Take Your Pump to Work: Many working moms bring their breast pumps to work. A number of pumps can be carried to work so discreetly that many of your co-workers probably won’t even know that you have it with you. Before pumping, find a private area where you can use your breast pump and store your milk.

Be Candid with Co-Workers about Breastfeeding’s Benefits: If you start to hear grumbling from coworkers be honest with them about why you are breastfeeding. Explain the many health benefits that breastfeeding provides and how breastfeeding encourages a closer mother/child bond.

Be A Considerate Coworker: Most employers and coworkers are happy for new moms and want to be supportive. But if you are taking time off from work or asking for others to fill in for you while you breastfeed or pump your milk, make sure to acknowledge your coworkers and thank them for helping you. Colleagues who have helped you will also appreciate offers from you to reciprocate when they have family emergencies or personal issues that may pull them away from the office.

Breastfeed as ften as Possible: Most mothers are able to breastfeed a minimum of 4 times daily and so can you: Once in the morning prior to getting your day started, twice after getting home from work and once before bedtime. Remember, nursing will help produce more milk than the pump, and ½ the benefit of breastfeeding comes from the skin-to-skin contact and bonding with your baby.

Remember that if mothers around the world have been able to successfully combine work and breastfeeding for thousands of years, so can you. With some forethought and support from family, friends and other new moms, you’ll be able to manage work and motherhood with ease.

About the Author

Sharon Anderson is the mother of three and also works as a marketing consultant. She enjoys creating business cards from template choices available online. She says to check out this flickr page for a photo set of great looking business cards.

Yes, breastfeeding mamas – this tops “Mom’s” list of absolute must-haves when purchasing items for a new baby! My Brest Friend has been a tried and true friend throughout breastfeeding as it is firm and attaches to you so your baby can lay comfortably when resting or feeding. It is not floppy, bulky or unstable – plus, with the strap that goes around your body, it stays put! Initially recommended by another friend who breastfed her son, My Brest Friend has lasted through infancy and beyond in “Mom’s” house! Even other family members have been known to wear it when feeding baby with a bottle of breast milk – because it is nice and firm, it makes both bottle feeding and breastfeeding a breeze.

If you are an expectant mom searching for the essentials to buy before baby is born, My Brest Friend should be at the top of your list, and if you are searching for a gift that will really be appreciated by the mommy-t0-be, this is it! (well, this and a cleaning service!)

To learn more about My Brest Friend, or to order online, visit www.onestepahead.com.

*Images provided by One Step Ahead.*

 

Nursing mamas want to feel comfortable and confident when feeding their little ones while on-the-go! The Simply Good Nursing Cover Duo makes this possible – the cover stays firmly in place with high-grade Velcro tabs, and it is lightweight so it will keep both mom & baby cool. Plus, the larger ridged opening at the top makes it easy for mom to view her little one as the baby is nursing. With an attachable burp cloth to quickly wipe up dribbles and drool, this nursing cover duo should be renamed the dynamic duo!

For fashionistas who don’t want to throw the baby’s swaddle blanket loosely over their chest & shoulders, the Nursing Cover Duo is available in two gorgeous color patterns & styles – all with a matching burp cloth! Stylish and practical, the Nursing Cover Duo is the perfect gift for any expecting mom or even seasoned mom in need of something a bit more colorful to use while breastfeeding. “Mom” loves that the cover comes with a cute little carrying bag and additional matching burp cloth (because you just go through so many of them in a day!).

Fabulous features of the Nursing Cover Duo include:

•Interchangeable burp cloth and additional burp cloth included.
•Front pocket for storing pacifier or pad.
•Large enough to cover the entire upper body to nurse in privacy and comfort, or even to pump at the office.
•The wide rigid opening enables mom to see her baby at all times and ensures that the baby can breathe freely.
•The wide rigid opening allow mom to check that baby has latch correctly while nursing.
•The Nursing Cover and Burp cloth feature high-grade Velcro style fasteners, ensuring the cover will stay in place.
•It can be used as a shade for your baby’s delicate skin on sunny days (provides no UV protection) or even a light blanket on windy days.
•Reduces the need for mother to buy expensive specialty nursing apparel.
•Includes a matching carry bag, so moms can easily take the cover with them, or use it for dirty baby clothes.
•Includes an additional burp cloth to help ensure that one cloth is always clean and ready to go.
•Fabric is 100% quality Cotton, very breathable.
•Machine Washable.

To view tips on how to use the Nursing Cover Duo, or to order online, visit www.simplygoodus.com.

*Company generously provided samples & images for this review.*

Your Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Good nutrition plays an important role whenever a new mother decides to breastfeed. Nursing babies are dependent upon their mothers to provide the best possible nutrition via breast milk. If you are a new mom, a healthy and balanced diet should be a priority for you while breastfeeding. Below are a few tips to help you and your baby get off to a good start.

Up Your Calories: When you are nursing, you are expending at least an additional 500 calories per day. Since your body needs to be constantly producing milk for your baby, you will have to keep your energy going strong. Speak with your doctor about what your target weight and appropriate calorie intake should be while nursing to keep you and the baby healthy.

Drink More Water: Breastfeeding mothers may feel thirstier than usual so drink at least ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day. While breastfeeding it is also important to gauge your fluid consumption. A lack of water while breastfeeding may lead to increased fatigue and constipation. You can determine if you are getting enough water by checking the color of your urine; when it appears dark and concentrated, your body’s telling you to drink more water.

Stay Clear of Alcohol: Lots of things that you consume can wind up in your breast milk – including alcohol. Alcohol can also leave you feeling drained and tired, can impact your baby’s sleep cycle, and may alter motor development and inhibit your baby’s weight gain. While the American Academy of Pediatrics says that occasional use of alcohol while breastfeeding is acceptable, it’s certainly not encouraged. If you have a drink, experts suggest waiting 2-3 hours after drinking before you begin to breastfeed.

Drink Caffeine in Moderation: While small amounts of caffeine are usually fine, some infants may be sensitive to its affects. Caffeine is approved by The American Academy of Pediatrics for breastfeeding mothers, but one study suggested that large amounts of caffeine might deplete the iron content in breast milk. Speak with your physician about your caffeine consumption and how it may impact both you and your baby. If in doubt, stick with water and juices.

Consume a Diverse Diet: A diverse diet means that a lactating mother will be able to obtain a variety of micronutrients from many sources. If you are breastfeeding, you should get your nutrients from a wide array; make certain that your diet incorporates different fruits, vegetables and grains.

Vegetarian is Fine: There are plenty of healthy vegetarians and vegans (who don’t consume any meat, eggs or dairy products) who are moms and who have successfully breastfed their babies with no ill effects. If you have either a vegetarian or vegan diet, just make sure to eat properly and take a multivitamin that’s been approved by your doctor.

Eat Frequently: While breastfeeding, how often you eat is just as important as what you eat. One of the best ways to keep your energy up is to eat several small meals each day rather than the standard three. Multiple meals will help to keep your energy levels consistent throughout the day.

Increase Your B Vitamins: B Vitamins are a group of nutrients often found together in various foods, and they promote healthy cell metabolism. When vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 are combined they are known as “B Complex.” Since they are water soluble (meaning that excess amounts are excreted by the body through the urine), B vitamins should be taken daily.

Up Your Folic Acid, Iron and Zinc: Folic acid is instrumental in creating red blood cells and warding off anemia. Iron transports oxygen throughout our bodies and helps store it in the muscle. Zinc promotes healing as well as normal growth and development. Women who are nursing often need greater amounts of these three nutrients. Speak with your healthcare provider and ask them to recommend the amount that will be most beneficial to you and your baby.

Consider Nutritional Supplements: If you are a nursing mother who regularly suffers from certain medical conditions such as anemia, you should speak with your doctor about nutritional supplements. In some cases, both mothers and their babies will benefit from this extra nutritional boost of vitamins and minerals.

Breastfeeding is an important part of motherhood that contributes to the well being of your newborn child. Speak with your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your nutritional requirements while breastfeeding. Together you will be able to develop sound guidelines certain to keep you and your baby healthy and happy.

About the Author

Carrie Atkins feels fortunate to have been able to nurse her three children as a stay-at-home mom. She also writes content for sites conducting reverse phone lookup services.

Top Tips on Breastfeeding

Although breastfeeding is actually a natural life progression, most mothers aren’t aware of the benefits that it could have on their babies. And, since a lot of negativity seems to surround the topic, first-time mothers end up getting dissuaded from maintaining this very beneficial practice. Learn more about it here.

The first couple of days after delivery, mothers don’t actually produce any milk in their breasts. Instead, they produce colostrum, which is filled with all of the nutrients that newborn babies need. Colostrum is also easy to digest, helps prevent jaundice, and provides babies with protective antibodies.

What most mothers are worried about during these earlier days is that their babies aren’t getting enough to eat. What they don’t know is that newborn babies have tiny stomachs, so instead of eating a lot at once, they need to eat small portions more frequently instead. Besides, the more frequent a mother feeds her baby, the better her milk production will be in the long run.

Another thing you should know is that babies who breastfeed exclusively don’t need any water yet since breast milk can give them all of the fluids they need. The foremilk that comes out during the beginning of each feeding quenches thirst, and if your baby is still hungry, he will stay on your breasts a little longer in order to benefit from the hindmilk that is more filling. Conversely, babies who drink formula milk need water in order to prevent constipation.

If you want to encourage breastfeeding in your baby, it would be highly recommended not to give him any pacifiers or bottles during his first month of life. Your baby has to learn how to breastfeed, too, after all, and introducing a pacifier will just confuse him since the suckling action for a pacifier isn’t the same as that of breasts.

Introducing bottles early on can cause certain problems, too. Babies are very smart and they will soon realize that it is easier to get milk out of a bottle as opposed to from a breast, so your milk supply might get destroyed faster this way. Although some babies have no trouble interchanging between breasts and bottles, this doesn’t happen all the time. So, when it comes to bottles, proceed with caution – most of all if you want to continue breastfeeding for some time.

In case you didn’t know, breastfeeding is actually encouraged for the first six months of a baby’s life. In fact, your baby won’t need any other kind of nutrition aside from your breast milk during this time. After those six months, you can start introducing solids if you want; but it would still be advisable to keep breastfeeding since babies can benefit from it up to two years of age.

About the Author

This article was written by Allice L. who writes on behalf of w3Toledo, a web design and Toledo SEO firm that recommends this Toledo storage facility.

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