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Fatigue or Difficulty Sleeping in Pregnancy

by Guest
Posted July 7 2010 12:11pm
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Fatigue or difficulty sleeping during pregnancy is quite common for a number of reasons. Early on, your body is experiencing numerous system changes. These changes require a great deal of energy and can therefore affect normal sleeping patterns. As pregnancy continues, the growth and development of the baby puts more demands on you, thus causing fatigue.

By the end of pregnancy, there can be many things that keep you from getting a restful night's sleep. The physical size of your belly, heartburn, pressure on the bladder, which makes you have to pee, as well as the baby moving around are a few common reasons.

Fatigue is a sign that the body needs more rest. So how can you solve this problem? Know what can and can't be done in a day and take time out to rest. Eating smaller meals several times a day and trying a few relaxation activities (like a relaxation exercise or a warm bath) may also help you sleep better.

Find our more about Sleep and Pregnancy.  

 


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Do Dads Experience Pregnancy Symptoms?

by Maxine
Posted July 24 2010 02:14pm
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Having Food cravings? Gaining weight? You may be experiencing sympathy symptoms in response to your partner’s pregnancy.

Dads’ are you developing food cravings? Is your weight starting to increase as the pregnancy progresses? Many expectant fathers experience at least one or two sympathetic pregnancy symptoms as a common response to their partner’s pregnancy.
 
When expectant fathers experience one or more symptoms of their partner’s pregnancy, they may be experiencing what is called Couvade Syndrome. Couvade is a recognized syndrome and may also be referred to as sympathy symptoms.
 
The percentage of men in Western countries who experience sympathetic pregnancy symptoms is larger than most people think.  The estimates range from 11- 97 men in 100 among fathers in Western countries, depending on the subgroup that is counted.

Scientists still do not understand the purpose of sympathetic pregnancy symptoms in men, but the symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, weight gain and heartburn, food cravings and diarrhea and sometimes abdominal pain. If you do experience abdominal pain and diarrhea, you should check them out with your doctor.

Some expectant fathers may feel that the symptoms they experience affect their metal well-being. These can include mood swings, nervousness, irritability and difficulty concentrating.

These symptoms typically appear during the first trimester of the pregnancy and often peak during the third trimester or during delivery. However, they can start at any time depending on the circumstances. Fathers who experience pregnancy symptoms can usually expect them to end just after delivery. Although he, like mom, may have to work hard to lose the extra weight.

Couvade’s syndrome in expectant fathers is a normal reaction to the mother’s pregnancy and is found worldwide in any culture.

If you are noticing that you are experiencing symptoms of Couvade’s you should discuss them with your doctor. We all handle stress in different ways and these symptoms indicate that you might need a physician’s help. Even if this is Couvade’s syndrome, you should see a doctor for persistent symptoms or if you are experiencing severe or unusual headaches.
 

 


If you're pregnant or thinking about having a baby, check out www.welcometoparenting.com. These interactive, online prenatal and parenting classes will provide information on pregnancy, labour and delivery, your relationship and a community of expectant and new parents just like you! Watch the overview video!

 

 

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Playpens

by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 03:03pm

 

Playpens and play yards provide babies with an enclosed space for playing or napping. Playpens are usually stationary, whereas play yards are designed for portability, whether that means moving them within the home or folding them for travel. Some play yards also feature change tables, bassinets and a playpen.
 
Countless playpens have been recalled for safety reasons. Children have died due to the sides of playpens that have fallen and trapped their necks. Check for recalls before choosing to purchase a playpen or play yard, even if the pen or yard is a new product.

If the playpen has been recalled, stop using it right away. Stop using a playpen or yard as soon as the child first attempts to climb out. Find out if the company will replace the playpen or fix it. If the playpen cannot be fixed, throw it out.
 
Choosing a safe playpen:

  • Choose a playpen that has a mesh or mosquito-type netting; the openings in the mesh should not be bigger than 6 millimetres or ¼ inch.
  • Follow the product instructions for use every time. Do check to make sure the playpen has not been recalled before you purchase it.
  • Choose a playpen with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where, and by whom it was made. 
  • Choose a playpen with top rails that lock automatically when lifted to set up the playpen.  

Playpen safety:

  • Supervise your baby when he is in the playpen.
  • Make sure the sides are securely locked in the upright position at all times. Do not leave your baby in the playpen with one side down—your baby could become trapped and suffocate.
  • Follow the product instructions whenever using the playpen and check for weight and age restrictions.
  • Remove any bibs or anything tied around your baby’s neck before placing him in the playpen, because these items can become caught and pose a choking risk.
  • Remove toys strung across the playpen as soon as your baby can push up on his hands or knees. He can become caught in these toys and choke. 
  • Stop using a playpen as soon as your child attempts to climb out.  Do not use a playpen that has large openings, rips in its mesh, loose parts or padding that does not fit snugly and firmly.    
  • Don’t put large stuffed toys, pillows, thicker mattresses or thick comforters in the playpen. These items can suffocate your baby.

 
 

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Indoor Safety Checklist

by Maxine
Posted August 25 2010 12:41pm
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Although it will be a few months before your new baby is mobile, your goal will be to keep your precious child safe. Sooner than you think, your baby will be reaching for things, and most likely putting them straight into his mouth, so it’s important to make your home safe right away.

A checklist has been provided below as a guide to help you keep your home safe. In addition to the points provided, be sure to look carefully around your home to see what else you can do to ensure your child’s safety. By doing this, when your baby does start to reach for things or crawl to things, you won’t have to worry about baby’s safety.

 

Use the following checklist as a guide to help you keep your home safe. You may want to print a copy of this checklist and keep it close by as an easy reference.

  • Post all emergency numbers by the phone.
  • Post the emergency number for poison control centre.
  • Post the emergency number for police.
  • Post the emergency number for fire department. 
  • Post the emergency number for ambulance. 
  • Post the emergency number for local hospital. 
  • Post the emergency number for the hydro—in case of a power outage.
  • Post the emergency number for gas—in case of a gas leak. 
  • Put safety coverings on all electrical outlets.
  • Lock up all hazardous products.
  • Lock up drugs and medications (many children can take off childproof safety tops)—don't forget those that are in purses or jackets of guests, such as grandparents.
  • Lock up cleaning solutions. 
  • Lock up cigarettes, tobacco, matches and lighters. 
  • Lock up alcoholic beverages. 
  • Lock up garbage.
  • Lock up soiled diapers and diaper pails. 
  • Lock up skin care products and container caps, cornstarch and diaper pins. 
  • Lock up plastic and dry cleaning bags.
  • Lock up cat litter boxes and pet food.
  • Lock up electrical, computer and telephone cords and cables.
  • Lock up batteries.
  • Lock up breakable materials.
  • Lock up items that are personally valuable. 
  • Lock up all guns in a cabinet that is secured to the structure of the building.
  • Lock up the ammunition in a separate container; secure the gun with a trigger lock that needs a special key or wrench; and keep the key or wrench locked up separately from the gun. 
  • Ensure that all cleaning materials, medications and toxic substances are clearly labeled. Never store hazardous products in drinking bottles. 
  • Remove all objects that your child could use to reach dangerous items or climb out of the crib or playpen. 
  • Remove all locks on the inside of doors so your child cannot lock himself in a room. 
  • Keep all hanging curtain or blind cords out of reach. 
  • Keep free-standing lamps behind heavy furniture. 
  • Ensure all windows that open have screens and locks. 
  • Secure loose flooring or rugs. 
  • Check for tiny objects buried in rugs. 
  • Toss a towel over the top of the door—this prevents doors from slamming shut and hurting fingers. 
  • Ensure furniture is sturdy, splinter-free and without sharp edges. 
  • Block open stairway—do not use pressure-mounted gates at the top of a staircase—one good punch by your child or pet and all will go tumbling down. 
  • Keep purses out of reach, including those of visitors; they may contain medicines or sharp objects. 
  • Block wet areas (such as, freshly washed floors) so your child doesn’t slip and fall. 
  • Ensure you child is safe while you are answering the phone or door.
  • Use a seat belt when your child is in a highchair, stroller, portable swing or any other piece of equipment. 
  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector(s) in your home. (NOTE: smoke alarms are now required by law in Ontario.) 
  • Supervise your child constantly. 
  • Never leave your child alone on a change table or bed. 
  • Never leave your child alone with a bottle. 
  • Never leave your child alone in the bath (children can drown in as little as 4 cm (1 1/2") of water). 
  • Never leave your child alone in a highchair. 
  • Never leave your child alone on a bean bag chair or water bed (children can roll over and smother in the soft fabric). 
  • Never leave your child alone on a balcony.
  • Never leave your child alone with a pet, including sleeping with a child (jealous or curious pets can hurt children). 
  • Never leave your child alone in a car—not even for a very brief time.
  • Never leave your child alone in the house—not even for a very brief time.
  • Remove all poisonous plants from your home and yard.

 

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