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What Stress Relievers do you Use?

by Maxine
Posted July 15 2011 10:43am
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We all likely have strategies to cope with the stress in our lives. Are you looking for some new strategies to try?Check out the list below and try one the next time you are feeling stressed.

Contact a Support Person. When we are feeling stressed or down, it is often helpful to talk to someone who will just listen and be positive and supportive. When you want to de-stress, make sure you are connecting with someone you feel secure with – someone that will provide positive support. You can call, e-mail or visit, depending on where your support person is. You may want to start the conversation by simply saying, "I am feeling stressed and just need someone to listen

Explore Nature. Nature is all around us in many forms, but we often get caught up in our busy lives and do not take time to stop and "smell those roses." A great way to de-stress is to slow down and take a moment to enjoy and explore nature around us.

As you go through your normal day, take a moment to see how amazing nature is. Notice the grass growing through the asphalt and wonder about the amazing power of a blade of grass. Notice the colours of the trees, leaves, flowers, sky, etc. Look up and appreciate the shapes of the clouds or how the wind picks up a piece of paper.

You can also explore nature in books, in magazines (such as National Geographic or Canadian Geographic) and on websites. If you find something that particularly catches your interest, take time to explore that interest further.

Laugh. Laughter is the natural way to de-stress. It diminishes muscle tension and increases endorphins dramatically. One of the simple recipes for reducing stress is to inspire yourself and others to laugh. Try one or more of the following ideas: Read a joke book. Check out a joke website. Watch a comedy show on TV, on video or live. Think about something funny that happened to you or someone else. Take a Bath -taking a warm bath is a great way to de-stress... Nothing soothes the body more than relaxing in a tub of warm water. And pay attention to your comfort – a towel or plastic cushion behind your neck can help you to relax more fully. Add candles, music and/or a book to maximize the experience. You may want to blend in some aromatherapy at the same time.

Massage. There’s nothing like a great back rub or a foot rub to relieve the pressures and stresses of life. Pick a day each week and commit to each other this wonderful gift of relaxation.

Moviethon. Close the curtains, turn off the lights, make some popcorn and create a double or triple feature – day or night. Escape alone or together with your partner to another world, a different world and feel the tensions leave your mind and body.

Music. The beneficial qualities of music have been known for centuries. Music has been used to help cope with pain, promote relaxation, decrease stress and anxiety, and promote healing. When selecting music, consider whether you wish to produce feelings of energy, calm or relaxation. Find a comfortable position and give yourself permission to enjoy the music for 5 to 10 minutes.

Visualization (imagery use). This activity requires conscious effort. It takes daydreaming to a new level, consciously imagining a situation or anything else you can conjure up in your mind’s eye. The technique of visualization has been used for years and has helped people to manage pain, counter stress and anxiety and promote positive perceptions. Imagery involves using more than just mental pictures. It can include the use of all the senses; vision, hearing, smell, taste, movement, position and touch.

To begin your visualization, always find a position that allows you to be comfortable. Relax and start by taking a few deep breaths.

Walking. Walking is well accepted as a great low impact exercise, much easier on joints and bones. It is also a great stress reducer. Walking, like any exercise, is associated with the release of endorphins, which both relieve pain and stimulate relaxation. When walking, create a rhythm of movement and set your own pace. Walking alone or with a companion is a wonderful way to ease tension and create a positive outlook.

 

Have you used these methods to cope with stress? Are there any others that you'd like to share? Let us know and leave a comment below!

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What is an Obstetrician?

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 11:47am

An obstetrician is a licensed medical doctor with extra years of training in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Obstetricians offer care during pregnancy, labour, childbirth, postpartum and in women’s health. They give care to pregnant women with both low- and high-risk pregnancies (where there are medical problems with mom or the baby).

Obstetricians can use one or more hospitals. They may work with a group of obstetricians or in their own practice.

Regarding labour: Obstetricians are rarely with mothers during labour, except for occasionally checking on your condition, and at the very end of labour, just before delivery. They rely on the maternity nurses to work with you through your labour and inform them of your progress. Nurses are very well trained and are experienced in helping moms and dads through labour.
Regarding delivery: Your obstetrician may or may not deliver your baby. If your obstetrician is in a group practice, the group shares being on call at the hospital. This may mean that your obstetrician will not be present for your labour and delivery and one of the partners or the doctor on call at the hospital will deliver your baby. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers obstetricians’ services. Caesareans are done only by obstetricians.

Regarding postpartum: Most obstetricians check on new moms regularly at the hospital. Maternity nurses help you through her time in the hospital after birth. Obstetricians also see new moms for a postpartum check-up in their offices at six weeks after delivery, or earlier if a problem arises.

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Swelling (Edema)

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:26pm
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During pregnancy, your circulation can slow down and the pressure of her growing uterus can press on major blood vessels in the abdomen. This can cause your legs and feet to swell. This is called edema. As a matter of fact, about 80% of women experience this during pregnancy. Warm weather and prolonged standing or sitting can make the problem worse.

Try some of the following suggestions to help control swelling:

  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Make sure that clothing around your legs and waist is not too tight and restricting.
  • Elevate your feet and legs at least twice a day.
  • Apply cool uncooked cabbage leaves to help relieve discomfort. This may sound odd, but it works.
  • Increase your physical activity. Try walking or swimming.
  • Ask the doctor about using support stockings.

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Choosing a Care Provider

by Maxine
Posted July 27 2011 01:52pm

Your choice of caregiver will affect how happy you are with your care, as well as your risk of having procedures such as cesarean surgery or episiotomy. The choice can also affect your health and that of your baby — for better or worse. This handout features some tips on the best way to approach this key decision.

 

Download the Choosing a Care Provider handout (PDF)

 

This information was provided with permission by:

Injoy-MothersAdvocate-Lamaze
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