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    Apr 2005

    Default Sleeping during Pregnancy

    During pregnancy you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleep positions may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons that cause this new discomfort, but there are some positions that you can try that may help you get your much needed rest.

    Why am I so uncomfortable in my normal positions?

    When you are pregnant your body goes through a variety of changes. These changes tend to disrupt your usual peaceful slumber. Reasons may include:

    * Increased size of abdomen
    * Back pain
    * Heartburn
    * Shortness of breath
    * Insomnia

    What are the best sleep positions?

    The best sleep position during pregnancy is "SOS" (sleep on side). Even better is to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side will increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby. Keep your legs and knees bent and a pillow between your legs.

    * If you find that you are having problems with back pain, use the "SOS" position and try placing a pillow under your abdomen as well.
    * If you are experiencing heartburn during the night, you may want to try propping your upper body with pillows.
    * In late pregnancy you may experience shortness of breath; try lying on your side or propped up with pillows.

    These suggestions may not sound completely comfortable, especially if you are used to sleeping on your back or stomach, but try them out and you may find that they work. Keep in mind that you may not stay in one position all night and rotating positions is fine.
    What positions should I avoid?

    Sleeping on your back: This can cause problems with backaches, breathing, digestive system, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure and decrease in circulation to your heart and your baby. This is a result of your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels (the aorta and vena cava).

    Sleeping on your stomach: When you are farther along in your pregnancy, your abdomen undergoes physical changes and makes it more difficult for you to lay on your stomach.

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    Last edited by minisoji; 04-07-2011 at 05:47 AM.

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    How to Travel During Pregnancy

    1: Check with your doctor first.

    Before embarking on a trip, check with your doctor to make sure traveling is okay. In most cases, travel is acceptable if youíre having an uncomplicated pregnancy.

    2: Schedule trips for the second trimester of pregnancy.

    This is usually the best time to travel during pregnancy. Youíve probably already experienced the symptoms of morning sickness and will feel most comfortable confined to a plane or car during this time. Itís best to avoid air travel after thirty-six weeks in the event that pre-term labor should occur.

    3: Take frequent breaks.

    When traveling either by car or by air, itís important to walk around at least every hour to reduce the risk of blood clots. If traveling by car, stop at rest areas and take a five minute stretch and walk.

    4: Locate medical facilities in your designated travel area.

    If youíll be traveling during pregnancy, particularly during your third trimester, it will be important to know how to reach hospitals and clinics in your area that can handle pregnancy related problems or complications. Make a list of hospitals and clinics along with their phone numbers and keep them handy in the event of an emergency.

    5: Wear comfortable shoes.

    Legs and feet tend to swell when youíre pregnant, particularly in warm climates. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and support hose, if necessary. Try to elevate your legs as much as possible to reduce swelling.

    6: Drink lots of water.

    When youíre pregnant, itís important to stay well hydrated. Bring along a thermos of water to drink at regular intervals on your trip. Make sure you have access to a bathroom since pregnancy can increase the need to urinate.

    Keywords: women health, travel care, pregnanacy, pregnanancy care

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    12 summer tips for pregnant women

    1. Donít risk dehydration, drink as much liquids as possible (water, tea) and eat vegetables which contain a big amount of water.

    2. In order to refresh yourself, take a warmish shower and wrap yourself up with a towel taken from the fridge. If you are on vacation, let some cold water fall on your joint.

    3. Wear comfortable clothes, made from silk. Donít wear synthetic clothes as they warm up easy.

    4. Donít you ever forget the fan. It will help you feel more comfortable on hot summer days.

    5. Wear roman style sandals or some with less straps as they let the feet free to ďbreathĒ.

    6. Use a refreshing spray which contains menthol, eucalypt or any other fresh aroma.

    7. It is imperious necessarily to have air conditioning at home or at work. It can also be replaced by an electric fan.

    8. Keep some humid paper serviettes at the fridge which you can wipe your neck or face with. Also you should always have some ice for drinks.

    9. Donít suntan Ė as much as you like to suntan donít spend to much time and always use a special tanning lotion.

    10. Rest as much as possible in linen or silk sheets and keep as much shade in the place you are.

    11. The sun umbrella will be very useful if you are courageous enough to go out on hot days. Donít avoid using it. You can try wearing a hat or a cap if you are not very pleased with an umbrella.

    12. Keep cucumbers and vegetables in the fridge and make yourself a mask from them. It will help you refresh.

    Keywords: Health care, pregnancy, pregnancy care,
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    Tips To Avoid Back Pain During Prenancy

    About 75% of pregnant women mostly experience back pain during their pregnancy. Generally the back pain is pregnancy related, and it usually subsides once the baby is born. The growing uterus and the developing baby lead to many changes in the womenís body and cause back pain during pregnancy.

    The main cause of back pain in pregnancy is the extra weight of the baby which changes the center of gravity of the womanís body leading to constant back ache. Loosening ligaments, hormonal changes are also other contributory factors to back pain.

    The treatment for back pain during pregnancy does not contain any medications but is entirely based on the way a pregnant woman handles her posture. Back pain can easily be controlled during the pregnancy by keeping an eye on the posture.

    Maintain The Right Posture

    It is very important to try to keep the right posture. Avoid slouching and sit properly. Do not put all the weight on your back, simply keep pillows behind your back on the chair to keep your back straight.

    While standing keep your feet a bit apart, do not join them. Keeping your feet close to each other puts weight on your back and causes back pain. So while you stand try to stand straight, with your feet apart. Do not stand with your right foot in front and left foot at the back throwing your belly in front, though this is the most convenient way to stand, it is also an excellent posture contributing to back ache. Avoid standing for long periods. Proper rest and sleep is adequately required to avoid back ache.

    Wear The Right Footwear

    Keep away from high-heeled shoes and only wear flat shoes during pregnancy. High-heeled shoes help a great deal in causing back pain, and are also dangerous during pregnancy.

    Wear Maternity Belt

    To avoid back ache during pregnancy, wear maternity belt around your back as it helps to offer extra strength and stability to the spinal cord and saves you from backache. Maternity Belt can be easily purchased from all stores dealing with maternity clothes

    Right Sleeping position

    To have a comfortable sleeping position is very important in preventing back strain. Try not to sleep on your back, instead sleep on the side with pillows. Pillows help to support your tummy and back. Keep a pillow behind your back and put one pillow between the knees to hold the tummy. Sleeping with pillows support helps to stabilize the pressure on the back.


    Exercise like Yoga, Pilates and swimming are very good to prevent back ache. Gym Ball exercise is an excellent remedy to back pain. Swimming or aqua-aerobics are excellent as water gives a weightless and gravity free environment, relieves the pressure from the joints immensely. Join yoga, Pilates or swimming classes which are especially designed for pregnant women and meet other women sailing in the same boat as yours. Exercise classes for pregnant women serve as a very good place to make friends with Moms to be.

    Remember back ache is one of the common ailments of pregnancy and it surely subsides after the delivery of your baby. Maintain the right posture and keep your self active at all times to prevent back pain.

    Keywords: Health care, pregnancy, pregnancy care, women health, Exercise,Yoga

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    Apr 2011


    I got one of those long pillows and slept with it under my hip on my side, which alleviated the pain of the hip bone well enough to sleep for a couple hours at a time.

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    Skin and Hair Care Tips during Pregnancy for Looking Beautiful

    Looking beautiful and enjoy hair care tips, go hand in hand during pregnancy. Pregnant women are known for the beautiful light they radiate. So just because your body may be going through many unexpected changes, wearing beautiful in this whole process is still possible. The tips of hair care, use of pregnant women may serve only to improve your health and beauty in general.

    No woman wants to look beautiful resigned only because she is pregnant. Therefore, practice good habits during pregnancy can make sure you maintain your beauty. One of the first things women can do to prevent heart always shine, is receiving the proper amount of rest. Rest is important, not only at the beginning of pregnancy, but throughout the entire experience.

    When a pregnant woman lies not need it, tends to show his face. In other words, lack of rest will suffer in their appearance. In most cases, if only to listen to your body, youíll know when rest is needed. This is one of the great advantages of being pregnant. You can fuss with extra relaxation, and everyone understands.

    Pregnant women, who care to look beautiful, to watch their diets too. Getting vitamins and minerals in their diet only to promote their appearance. Diets that are rich in protein, fruits and vegetables serve two purposes. Not only increases your energy levels but also help your appearance.

    Your skin, as well as your baby really needs the nutrients that provide good food. In the same way that the consumption of health benefits that eating poorly reflects negatively on you. Unhealthy foods that can promote not only nausea but also skin problems. Most doctors will tell you to watch your fat intake, fatty meals.

    Another thing to remember when considering your diet, a pregnant woman, is what you drink. Drink sufficient amount of water a day may help to look pretty. The consumption of 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, not only affects the appearance of his face, but her hair too. A great hair care advice is to get enough water in your body.

    Another tip is to wash your hair regularly. This is the best way to not only clean the hair, but to get rid of excess fat. The practice of this habit ultimately will provide a wonderful hair, people will notice. It is common knowledge that pregnant women are more likely to sport a fantastic mane of hair.

    The hair is maintained properly with the right shampoos and conditioners will look even more beautiful during pregnancy. It is important to buy products that benefit your specific type of hair. If you have very dry hair, buy products that add moisture. And if your hair is oily, find products that work well in your hair.

    There are many products for hair care in todayís market, to ensure all hair types. Some women decide to cut or style your hair differently during pregnancy. Find easy ways to keep hair looking great, itís a way to get the maximum performance from their appearance during pregnancy.

    Keywords: Health care, pregnancy, pregnancy care, women health, Exercise,Yoga, skin care in pregnancy

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