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Sex during pregnancy

Sex during pregnancy 0

If your pregnancy is normal, you may still continue having sex until the time your water breaks or when you go into labor. Having sex while pregnant will not hurt your baby in any way as the uterus is made up of strong muscles and when you add that with the amniotic sac, they both provide adequate protection to your baby. The cervix too has a thick mucus which helps to protect the mother and the baby from infection.

An erected penis cannot go beyond the vagina, therefore, chances of the penis reaching the baby are very slim. Sexual stimulation and orgasms can not trigger labor nor lead to miscarriage. However, orgasm and nipple stimulation may cause milled uterine contractions which are temporary and harmless.

Some women report more pleasurable sex during pregnancy while others may find it less pleasurable. More pleasure is caused by engorgement of the genitals resulting from increased blood flow around the pelvic area. Such women may also experience vaginal moistness and increased discharge.

In some women, the genital engorgement may make them uncomfortable and may feel contractions during and after intercourse.

In some cases, breasts may feel tingly and quite sensitive to touch in the first trimester. In some cases, the heightened sensation may turn some women on while others will prefer that their breasts remain untouched.

 

 

 

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Tips for Maternity Shopping this Holiday Season 0

From the familiar fragrance of pine trees to the fairy lights that have descended on houses and the festive cheer in the air, Christmas is here! This is the time of the year we have all been waiting for, to let our hair down and look our best in festive dressing.

To be honest, as much as it may sound like fun, I have been at my wit’s end trying to figure out the ‘right outfit’ for these special occasions. However, with two pregnancies during two holiday seasons, now I am amped up with practical style ideas to construct a look which is beautiful and comfortable at the same time. In this blog I have listed the hottest trends in maternity fashion according to each trimester.

First Trimester

Women in their first trimester go through minimal outer body changes like putting on a few extra kilos, getting fuller breasts, depending on person to person, according to Whattoexpect.com. Mums also usually guard the good news through their first trimester. So dressing-up options could include chic oversized jumpers teamed with your favorite pair of jeans or skirt and finish the look with big solid earrings. You can also go for black or other dark colors as per your personal style to accentuate your look while keeping your weight camouflaged.

Avoid outfits that are figure hugging or tight like body-con dresses from your closet and stick to flowy silhouettes. This will also ensure you don’t have to shell out a lot to look effortlessly gorgeous.

Buy a trendy jumper in bold colors or a nice tunic dress and construct a look with accessories from your wardrobe.

       

 

Second Trimester

In your second trimester the bump is visible but it may not be the cute round shape, yet. In my personal experience when I was five months pregnant, I would try and wear only extra-large clothes to feel comfortable. However, when you can look beautiful during pregnancy too, then why not take your fashion choices a notch higher. As Christmas brings in a lot of glitter and sparkle, get inspirations from your surroundings. Invest in sequined dresses and A-line princess cuts to look feminine and beautiful.

Avoid extra-large tops, or balloon sleeves which will make you look chubbier then your current size. The key is to dress up around the belly and not look oversized. Add belts above your bump and accessorize for an elegant look.

Buy a sequined dress or top and keep the overall look minimal. If you are buying a top then pair it with a favorite pair of jeans for a fashionably comfortable outing.

 

Third Trimester

If you are in your third trimester your bump will be fuller and bigger. You will start to feel huge and lot of clothing options could be uncomfortable. So ditch the pants and opt for a maxi dresses or even a bodycon at this point. Own that bump by wearing bodycon dresses which will highlight your baby bump as well as accentuate your overall figure. Add an overcoat to look classy and match up to your pregnancy glow this holiday season.

Avoid dull colors and experiment with different shades. Invest in coral colors as it is the Pantone shade for the coming year and be fashionably forward during your last stage of pregnancy. Try bold and bright colors as well, to create a statement look.

Buy a bodycon dress or a maxi dress and finish the look with an overcoat from your wardrobe.

 

     

 

During pregnancy your body goes through a lot of changes. Feeling comfortable should be your top priority to enjoy the festivities and otherwise. Your wardrobe may have to be updated constantly for the different stages of pregnancy. Hence, always note that try and play with the clothes you already have in your closet. Attach waist bands to your denims or pants to make it comfortable. Buy clothes that can be recycled later to fit you once you’re back to your normal size. There may be family members or friends who might still have their maternity clothes intact. You can always borrow a few pieces to create your own new look.

Tips to Style Your Outfit

  • Experiment with accessories to accentuate the look and take the attention off the problem areas
  • Add the right amount of layers to look chic and not overdo it
  • If you’re new body shape is busty then opt for off-shoulder outfits to emphasize your shoulder frame
  • In case you are heavy on the legs, try wearing maxi dresses to look leaner and tall.  

Again each bump is different and can be styled differently. When it comes to footwear, stick to shoes or kitten heels to make walking at your new size, extremely comfy. Apart from taking cues from these style formulas, stick to your personal style to own the outfit in every way possible. On that note Happy holidays, ladies!

 

P.S: Pictures are just used for representational purpose in this blog and cannot be used when publishing the article.

  • Dan Canfield
Teaching children good eating habits

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Teaching children good eating habits is important since it helps them to remain healthy. First of all, it is important to understand that these are toddlers and their digestive systems are not fully developed, so it is necessary that you start by giving them soft foods such as mashed bananas and cereals. Ensure that their hands are clean to allow them to use their fingers to explore as they eat and introduce them to new foods as time goes by since young children love new flavors and textures.

Their Relationship with Food

How children relate to certain types of foods is important. As a parent, observing how they relate to the meal you have prepared can help you find out their favorite food.

Encouraging Them

Just like any other activity, accidents can happen when eating. As a parent, it is important that you ignore minor messes and focus on encouraging children when they experience some level of success. Serve meals that they can take with spoons and those that they can take with their fingers. Demonstrate how they can eat each of the meals.

Eat Slowly

The child will be taking cues from you, so, it is important that you encourage your child to chew and enjoy the meal.

Eating Atmosphere

Ensure that you create a positive atmosphere around the table. Switch off the TV and stop working while eating. Keep talking to the toddler and encourage them to eat bit by bit. If they throw the food, don’t get angry but let them understand that there are consequences if they continue misbehaving. It helps to develop a good atmosphere and attitude.

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How to teach your baby to crawl

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The process of teaching a baby how to crawl is complex because it involves cognitive and psychomotor skills that are yet to develop. However, you must take your time to teach the child how to go about it until it masters the skill. Babies must learn to coordinate arms and legs to help strengthen the muscles and allow the arms to support their weight.

You will notice that babies will want to jump forward while others will just want to scoot backward so encourage them to move forward and reach the object they want to hold. In fact, the best way to do this is to place the target object a few feet away from them. Note that these lessons should earnestly start at the age of 6 months. Start by encouraging the baby to alternate the left hand and the right knee followed by the right hand and the left knee, this ensures that the baby remains stable as they try to move.

Alternatively, baby should be made to lie flat on the belly and thrust himself forward using his arms. Don’t be in a hurry, encourage the kid to roll as much as he wants because it helps to strengthen the muscles and will help him learn to use those arms and legs. You will notice that some kids may skip some stage of crawling and move straight to walking but this should not surprise you because there is no standard procedure to be followed when learning how to crawl and walk. What does matter is the ability of baby to support himself and move around. 

 

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Bringing up identical twins

Bringing up identical twins 0

Identical twins come about when a fertilized egg splits into two and results in children with the same DNA. Not many parents have a chance to experience bringing up identical twins. It comes with challenges that make it difficult to raise up these children. 

First, it is critical that you foster a sense of personality in each of the children. It helps them to understand that they are different from child their twin.  Avoid the temptations of calling them twins because when you do this, it helps to lump them into one person.  Also, it is critical that you avoid contrasting and comparing them because it fosters rivalry.

Have a clear routine for the children and ensure that you follow it. It helps to ensure that the children are fed, bathed and even have their diapers changed. Having a journal in which you list how much each child has eaten can help you decide on which one should be fed first.

 

 

 

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The importance of preschool

The importance of preschool 0

Pre-school education plays a critical role in brain development. It comes when brain development is at its peak. At this point, the brain is forming critical paths which influence the ability of a child to learn. Children at this age learn fast and are ready to learn new information.  The brain is ready to absorb as much information as possible and store it. If the child gets 10 hours or more of sleep each day, the brain will be ready to learn more information. In preschool, the child interacts with an environment that is content rich. and is exposed to materials and information that helps them think and learn more.

Secondly, preschool provides the child with a structured environment that stimulates brain development. Trained pre-school teachers show children the love they require to help their brain to develop. The classroom layout, the textures, sounds and varying activities stimulate the child to learn more. Their classes are designed in a way that gives children a sense of belonging and security. It helps them build a perspective about schooling and understand schooling environment.

Lastly, it is in pre-school where the child gains key social skills. Here, they learn how to listen, how to talk, apologize and interact with children from other cultures. It helps them learn how to speak in groups, how to empathize and how to feel compassionate.

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