Baby Sleep

Comfortable Step You Can Make Your Baby Sleep 

Baby Sleep, One size doesn’t fit all, when it comes to sleep because every baby is different. We’ll help you to fix which bedtime rituals and nap schedules work for your family. You’ll also learn when and how to get your baby to sleep through the night without disturbance nor crying — whether you decide to let your child cry it out or use a no-tears method of sleep training, and whether you put your baby in his own room from day one or have a family bed.

Creating a good sleep habits early can stop baby sleep problems before they start. Learn about baby sleep at every age, why a routine matters, and how to swaddle your baby (text and video). Get and learn different tips from other parent too on how your baby can have a good sleep.
If you’re not one of the lucky few whose baby sleeps through the night at an early age, you may be wondering what you can do. Find out what sleep training means, learn the myths about baby sleep, and read how to handle tricky set-ups (if your baby shares a room, for example).a warm bath, a night-night story, and two kisses before lights out? Whatever your sleep routine, a soothing ritual that’s the same every night can help send your baby to dreamland not only that but will sleep well just like the normal saying “i slept like a baby”. Here you’ll find songs, stories, and routines to make your baby’s bedtime something to look forward to.

As every parent do have an idea, the world of newborn sleep is exotic and wired. Newborns doze at odd times. They seem oblivious to differences between night and day. They awaken frequently.It’s a recipe for exhaustion, but understanding the science of sleep can help you cope.

 

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Labor What It Feels Like?

LABOR HOW IT FEEL LIKE
Learning about various aspect of childbirth is definitely important, but even the thickest medical textbook won’t answer the question that burns brightest in many expectant mothers’ minds: What does labor actually feel like?
Labor is like a box of chocolates
In our reseach we fine out that Labor is different for every woman, with pain ranging from mild to extreme. Even the epidural reactions varied widely. One mom used the words of Forrest Gump to describe it: “Labor is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

Here’s a list of how some women described labor pain:

My pain was irritating but not unbearable.
I had excruciating pain.
My contractions felt like muscle spasms and weren’t very painful.
The pain was all-encompassing.
At first I didn’t know I was in labor and thought I needed to have a bowel movement. By the time we got to the hospital, I was at 10 centimeters. It hurt, but it wasn’t that bad.
I felt like I was being run over by a train.
I begged my husband to throw me out of the car on the way to the hospital, it hurt so bad.
It was close to painless, thanks to all the training and prep work I did during pregnancy.
I was induced and got my epidural early, so I only felt minor contractions. It was all fairly easy!
The epidural didn’t get rid of everything, like I had hoped. I felt the pressure of each contraction and the pain from the crowning.
I had period-like cramps until I got an epidural. Then I just waited.
Painful, until I got the epidural! It saved my life!
I still felt most of the pain, even after the epidural was in.
Cramping

Many Women told us that their contractions felt like an extreme version of menstrual cramps, while others compared them to cramps from gas, the stomach flu.
My contractions were like menstrual cramps on steroids.
The cramping went from the top of my stomach down to my pubic area.
It was like gas pains times a thousand.
A horrible cramp that started in my back and radiated into my stomach.
Very painful cramping and tightening that started at the top of my uterus and spread downward and through my back.
Strong menstrual cramps that came and went. They would start low and radiate up my belly and around into my lower back.
Like the cramps you get with a really bad stomach flu, but they last longer!
Labor feels like charley horses in your lower abdomen.

Pounding

Mostly women described labor as more of a pounding or punching feeling.

Having contractions felt like being hit with something really hard.
Each contraction felt like getting punched in the stomach – the type of punch that knocks all the air out of you.
It was like getting punched in the back and the stomach at the same time, but only when the epidural wore off.

Tightening

Most women described the contractions as a “tightening” sensation rather than cramping.
It felt like my entire stomach was tightening down into a painful little ball. But the contractions were not unbearable at all.
I literally felt my uterus muscles tightening.
The contractions felt like my whole body was clenching.
It was like someone was grabbing all the skin in my back and pulling very slowly until it was tight, then holding it for a minute and releasing.
I had tightening all over my belly, radiating into my lower back and rectum.
It felt like someone was squeezing my belly every two or three minutes.
It was like someone was squeezing my insides as hard as they could.

Stabbing

In most case labor pain became decidedly much sharp than dull.

It felt like I was being impaled on a hot fireplace poker.
It was like someone took a serrated knife and stabbed me in the top of my stomach slowly, slowly sawed downward to my pubic bone, and then stopped for a few minutes and started all over again.
It felt like a knife going through my cervix.
Back pain 

We tend to think of labor pains as occurring in the abdomen, but for some, the pain is in the back.

I had terrible back pain. I didn’t have any contractions in my stomach like you see in the movies.
It felt like a really bad backache.
It felt like a Mack truck running over my spine over and over again.
It felt like a knife in my back with every contraction. I was literally trying to get away from my own back.

Burning

Several moms felt a burning sensation during the contractions and crowning.

I was expecting the contractions to feel like intense menstrual cramps, but it felt more like burning.
I felt a burning pain that spread across my lower abdomen and then slowly eased up as a contraction ended.
During crowning there was a definite burning sensation, but I did tear, and that made it feel so much better, believe it or not.

Pain in other areas

Legs, hips, and the rectal area were also fair game for pain.

I had rectal pain with each contraction from the very beginning.
I had an hour of labor before my epidural was placed with really bad cramping along my upper thighs.
It felt as though a 400-pound man was pressing down on each hip.
I felt sharp aching in my hips.
It felt like someone was stabbing me in the butt and hips from the inside. I had no pain in my back or tummy.
Pressure

Lots of women felt pressure, even before the pushing stage. The most common analogy used to describe the sensation? All decorum aside, think having to poop.

After the epidural, it just felt like so much pressure. I was surprised that it felt like I had to have a bowel movement rather than pressure in the vagina.
You feel like you want to poop really bad, and there’s some pressure pushing down.
It felt like a big poop, to be completely honest.
When my contractions started, I thought I had to have a bowel movement.
I felt extreme pressure on my rectum.
I had lots of pressure in the groin area.
I had extreme pressure on my tailbone and vagina.
It felt like I had to take a giant poop! Honestly! The pressure was insane!
Transition made me feel like I had to move my bowels.
When the contractions were beginning, before they really hurt, it just felt like I had to go to the bathroom!

Waves

Labor certainly isn’t a trip to the beach, but many women described the wavelike effect of contractions.

Each contraction felt like a wave of pain that rose, peaked, and fell.
I could feel each contraction coming on, building and building, then peaking and coming down. When the contraction was over, I felt completely fine.
I had very intense waves of pain, coming right on top of one another.

Pushing

Many women do see pushing as a relief, while others found it painful.
There is a ton of pressure, and once you start pushing it hurts so bad to stop.
My contractions were manageable but the rectal pressure was intense! It was relieving to push and incredibly relieving to push him out.
Pushing felt awful, like I was constipated times a hundred and trying to push a baby out of my butt!
Pushing was great because I could finally do something.
I felt contractions during pushing that were pretty bad, but the pushing made them stop hurting.
I had deep waves of intense pain up until I was able to push. Then the pain became part of the background noise, as though I was in an altered state.
Our bodies, ourselves

While some women felt very present in their bodies during labor, others felt separated.

I felt like I was not in control of my whole body.
My body wanted to take over and do its own thing.
It felt like an out-of-body experience.
I was stuck between agony with my contractions, ecstasy when I sneaked a push in, and feeling like I was trying to stop a freight train (trying not to push when the urge was there). I have never been more in my body.
It was very calm. I was working with my body and felt very empowered.
I felt like my body knew what to do, and I went with the flow. I think being fearful contributes to the pain level a lot. As the fear lessened, the pain became less grueling.

Exhaustion

They don’t call it labor for nothing. Moms definitely acknowledged how much work was involved.

It was very consuming. I was unable to think of or do anything else after contractions started.
It was a lot of physical work, kind of like doing weight training at the gym with heavy weights.
If I could describe it, I would say it was the hardest work I have ever done in my life.
It was exhausting. I hadn’t eaten, so I had very little energy and had to be on oxygen for about half my labor.
The pushing made time fly, but at the same time really exhausted me in a way that I wasn’t prepared for.

The Sunny Side of Labor

It was the most beautiful pain I’ve ever felt.
It was amazing. Painful, yes, but I could see (with a mirror) my baby coming out!
I was cracking jokes between contractions. I had a blast and was not afraid.
It felt natural, like my body was meant to do it and I should just let it happen.
It was painful, of course, but it was a different pain. I had never really felt pain with a purpose. Somehow knowing the end result and that it was normal made it easier to bear.
Emotionally, it was amazing. Many people say the pain disappears once your child is in your arms, and they’re right!

Childbirth Class

What will I learn from a childbirth class?

A childbirth class is a powerful way to prepare for labor and birth. Base on where you go, classes range from a one-day intensive workshop to weekly sessions lasting a month or more. The good example of a class consists of lectures, discussions, and exercises, all led by a trained childbirth instructor or guider.
While approaches differs, the goal is to provide you with information to prepare for childbirth, help you make informed decisions, and minimize your fears. You’ll also learn techniques to help you relax and cope with labor.
Most hospitals offer classes, or you can have your personal instructor. Classes range from courses that begin early in pregnancy and continue through the postpartum period to one-shot refresher sessions.
Look for a class that covers:
1.The signs of labor
2.The normal progress of labor and birth
3.Techniques for coping with pain
4.How your partner can help you during labor
5.When to call your doctor or midwife

Furthermore, childbirth classes generally cover some of the more common childbirth complications and how they might be handled. Most show videos of both a vaginal birth and a c-section.
Classes may also put your through on the basics of breastfeeding and newborn care. (If you’d like more detail about nursing and baby care, you can generally find separate in-depth classes on these topics. Early pregnancy classes are usually available as well.)
In childbirth class you will the opportunity to meet with or people in similar position with you and experience and learning can pass through your discussion with the participant.
What sorts of childbirth classes are offered?
Some classes teach a particular childbirth method, but many – such as the ones offered at a hospital – don’t promote any particular technique. You may want to research the classes available in your area so you find one that meets your needs.
If you want to give birth without an epidural, for example, look for an instructor who spends a lot of time exploring the different natural methods of pain management. On the other hand, A course taught by a stringently anti drug instructor may not be you if you’re sure you’re going to ask for an epidural or another form of pain medication.

Here’s a look at some options:

Lamaze classes
According to Lamaze International, the goal of Lamaze class is to help women learn to trust their inner wisdom and make informed choices about their healthcare. In Lamaze class, women learn various simple coping strategies, breathing and movement techniques, and different ways to comfort themselves during childbirth.
The Lamaze philosophy stipulates that “birth is normal, natural, and healthy” and that “women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.” But Lamaze also educates women so that when interventions are needed or pain relief medication is desired, women are able to give consent that is well informed.

Bradley Method classes
The Bradley Method embraces the idea that childbirth is a natural process and that, with the right preparation, most women can avoid pain medication and other medical interventions during labor and birth. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of diet and exercise during pregnancy, teaches deep breathing techniques to manage pain, and involves the husband or partner as an integral participant in the birth process.

ICEA classes

Some childbirth instructors are certified by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). ICEA provides education and training programs for prospective teachers, and helps expectant parents find classes with certified instructors.
The ICEA doesn’t promote particular techniques, so class content differs depending on the instructor. If you’re thinking of using an ICEA-certified instructor, ask what information and which techniques for coping with labor will be covered in class.

HypnoBirthing classes

HypnoBirthing, or the Mogan Method, teaches women how to use deep relaxation, visualization, and self-hypnosis to experience “a calm, serene, and comfortable birth.” While the focus is on natural pregnancy and birth, the techniques are also useful for mothers who require medical intervention during labor and delivery.

Other methods and techniques

There are other, less well known (and, in some instances, less widely available) childbirth techniques. Here are a few that you may want to look into:
Birthing From Within is a spiritually focused approach to preparing for birth and parenting.
Birth Works encourages the pregnant woman to have faith in her body’s knowledge about labor.
The Alexander Technique, a movement-awareness method, can help women physically prepare for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood by focusing on freedom of movement, balance, support, and coordination.
How can I find a childbirth class in my area?
Many hospitals around you offer this program. at least is the lest expensive though is usually crowded
The International Childbirth Education Association has a certified member’s directory that allows you to search for instructors by state.
Birth centers often offer their own classes, which are basically toward their particular birth philosophy. If you’re interested in exploring other options, ask your midwife for suggestions.

Signs of Labor Review

What is pregnancy labor?

The inception of labor is the most expected event of pregnancy. Many pregnant women due to fear they they develop the notion that they will miss the early signs of labor and not be ready for the delivery of their child. luckily, the body provides several signs that the beginning of labor is already near. There also are clues of pre-labor that indicate that the body is ready for delivery in the next or two weeks to come. Since a normal gestation is 40 weeks, signs of pre-labor may be apparent at 38 or 39 weeks’ gestation. In some cases, labor begins between 37 and 42 weeks after the beginning of the last menstrual period. Yes, in some cases, labor may start prematurely. in predicting, gestational age can be helpful when the signs of labor or pre-labor will develop, there is no proven way to predict precisely when labor will begin.

What causes pregnancy labor?

Yes, No one knows exactly what stimulate the begining of labor. Hormonal changes within the fetus cause the placenta to produce increased levels of a substance known as corticotrophin-releasing hormone according to some reseachers. This changes the balance of the mother’s hormones, which have kept the uterus in a relaxed state. Once the process is stimulated, the cervix begins to soften and thin out. In most cases, contractions signal the initiation of labor.

True pregnancy labor vs. false pregnancy labor

Let say, On some point or the other, it is not possible to distinguish between true and false labor. If a woman is doubt, it is always advisable for her to go to the chosen facility to rule out labor. Generally, in true labor the contractions increases in frequency and intensity over time, while those of false labor remain irregular, vary in intensity, and will frequently disappear over time. The contractions of false labor also decrease with ambulation or movement. contractions persist despite movement and/or change of position in true labor. With false labor, discomfort is typically located only in the front, whereas pains generally begin in the back and migrate forward in true labor.

How do I prepare for pregnancy labor and delivery?

It is very essential for both you and the health-care professional (for instance, family doctor, obstetrician, midwife, or nurse practitioner) to plan an suitable and proper course of action once labor starts. Important topics to discuss comprise the choice of a hospital or birthing center, the anticipated travel time to the facility, and what personal items will be needed during the stay. Such considerations should be considered long before the anticipated beginning of labor.

What are pregnancy labor signs and symptoms?

The Pregnancy Labor Signs And Symptoms can be as follows;
Lightening
Also referred to as the baby “dropping”, The descent of the baby downward into the pelvis is refers to “lightening”.
Usually, women experience less shortness of breath, as the diaphragm extends downward and the lungs have more room to expand.
A feeling of heaviness or pressure may be felt in the pelvis, and the frequency of urination may increase.
With the first term pregnancy, lightening usually happen particulary a weeks prior to the starting of labor.

Bloody show

As the cervix thins and begins to dilate in preparation for delivery, small capillaries burst and cause a pink or brown vaginal discharge. The cervix begins to soften in anticipation of labor (“ripening”).
Cervical mucus, produced by glands lining the cervix, is expressed as the descending fetal head exerts pressure on the cervix. Blood-tinged mucus (i.e. the “mucus plug” or “bloody show”) may be discharged from the vagina due to pressure from the fetal head on the cervical glands.
Bloody show can occur anywhere from time time and several weeks prior to the begining of labor.
There may be a problem with the placenta, If bleeding from the vagina is profuse, and the provider of obstetrical care should be notified immediately.

Nesting instinct
Must times some women may observe a burst of energy a few days before going into labor.

Nausea and diarrhea

An upset stomach, cramps, and diarrhea can be caused by Hormonal changes early in labor an
Braxton Hicks contractions
Several weeks untill to the beging of actual labor, the woman may develop irregular contractions of mild intensity. They tend to increase in strength and frequency as the onset true labor approaches.
“False labor pains,” can be said to be Braxton-Hicks contractions, as they do not cause any change in cervical dilatation or effacement (i.e. thinning).

Rupture of the membranes (“water breaks”)

The disruption of the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby, usually resulting in leakage of the amniotic fluid from the vagina is know as the Rupture of the membranes . This fluid may be expelled as a sudden gush or as a slow trickle. Although most women will be contracting when the membranes rupture, in some cases it may happen before the begining of labor. In these latter cases, labor usually develop shortly after the membranes rupture. , the designated obstetrical care provider should be notified immediately, If spontaneous leakage of fluid from the vagina occurs.

When you should call a health-care professional for pregnancy labor and delivery

  1. If you suspect rupture of your membranes
  2. If you have vaginal bleeding (more than bloody show), fever, or severe abdominal pain
  3. Any time that you have signs of labor or pre-labor before 37 weeks’ gestation
  4. If you have severe headaches, changes in vision, or abnormal swelling.
  5. If you notice a sudden decrease in fetal activity.

Being Pregnant Can Fun And Exciting

Being Pregnant Can Be Fun And Exciting

There are many rumors and old wives’ tales about being pregnant. You need the right information to get a good idea of what is going on with your body. The below article provides some of the best pregnancy advice that can help assist you more information on this topic.

Learn how to track your menstrual cycles if you want to conceive. Knowing your cycles helps you know the best times to get pregnant.

Make sure to keep all your doctor appointments so as to catch any developing situations that might crop up. The reason they make the appointments are at important times during your pregnancy for monitoring purposes.

Try not to gain excessive amounts of weight while you are pregnant. Gaining too much can create health risk to you later and make it hard to lose later. A woman should generally gain around 15-30 pounds during the whole pregnancy.

See your dentist if you are pregnant and maintain good oral hygiene during your pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause gingivitis and immune system vulnerable.See your dentist if you notice any problems.

Try not to pump gas stations when pregnant or having your passenger or partner fill the tank while you’re in the car. The fumes can be dangerous for your baby. It’s better idea to ask for help rather than to take that risk.

Cleaning solutions are the biggest culprits, so start replacing them with more natural solutions. After you have a baby, try to keep these things away anyways so that the child can be safe.

You should join up with a pregnancy classes as soon as you find out you are pregnant.Learning in a classroom setting will help to ease your situation. You will be able to ask any and all questions that you may have regarding the future.

Take a home pregnancy test immediately if you think you are pregnant. If you wait to find out if you are pregnant, you may miss the opportunity to receive important prenatal care or experience preventable complications.

When pregnant, you should give your body support, while you sleep. There are special body pillows available that are made to cradle the pregnant belly for comfort and support when sleeping. Try a pillow under your one knee and your stomach.

If you must travel while pregnant, do not go to a remote location where you do not have access to immediate health care. You want to stray to far from a doctor throughout your pregnancy in case any emergency or complications where to come up. If you’re traveling, ensure you have a cell phone available at all times.

Don’t wait a long time to schedule the dates since babies don’t always control when the appointed time.

Stay away from saunas or hot tubs while pregnant. An overheated body can be very bad for your baby. You need to avoid clary sage, clary sage, and juniper.

Pack a suitcase for your hospital bags during your third trimester. Putting off this important step is simply tempting fate.You need a camera, insurance cards, memory cards, and batteries.

Take time out for yourself. After you deliver your baby, you life will be even more complicated that it presently is, and you won’t have much time to pamper yourself. Take the time to see friends, visit with family and friends, or spend time doing something you enjoy.

Keep your stress under control during pregnancy by staying proactive on your priorities so that the important tasks will be done first. You can even delegate some things to friends and friends.You may also get things done on your list by yourself.

Floss and brush your teeth every day while you are pregnant. This is something that you are pregnant or not. It’s more important when pregnant. Pregnancy can leave women more vulnerable to gingivitis or gum disease. These problems can be exacerbated if you don’t care for your teeth.

Folic acid is very important for your growing baby. A lot of nutrients are needed for a pregnant woman to be healthy, but you can reduce the risk for neural tube defects if you consume 600 mgs of folic acid a day. 400 milligrams a day are what you will want to aim for even if you’re not pregnant yet.

A doula can be a very helpful support system for some assistance with delivery. A doula’s a pregnant woman. She can offer you emotional support during the pregnancy, work with her to facilitate a natural birth, and even a source of advice postpartum.

Gaining a lot of weight when pregnant can cause higher blood pressure, high blood pressure, and high blood pressure. You can avoid gaining weight gain by eating only healthy foods in the correct amounts.

How do you figure out which advice is true and which is questionable? Fortunately, everything you’ve read here will allow you to feel more informed and in-touch with your body and its changes.

Pregnancy 101: Everything You Need To Know

Everything You Need To Know

Many women think that good information on how to handle the challenges of pregnancy is hard to find, but it will seem simpler after you read the tips here. The tips mentioned here will help you have a successful pregnancy.

Learn how to track your cycles if you want to conceive. Knowing your cycles helps you by scheduling the perfect times for attempting to get pregnant.

Your doctor will likely recommend a prenatal vitamin. You need to take these every day.

A doula is a person who can help coach you through your delivery. They can offer experience and comfort and help your partner provide the process.

Ensure that your diet has plenty of protein while pregnant. This nutrient is beneficial to both you and your baby.

If you are pregnant and feeling constant cravings, try not to give in to them. You and your baby have nutritional needs.If you eat too much of one thing, you may not take in the proper nutrients that your child needs; therefore, not your unborn child.

You should avoid caffeinated during your months of pregnancy. Caffeine can interfere with your ability to get the sleep that you need. Try to eat crackers throughout the day if you are suffering from nausea.Your sleep patterns are sure to benefit from a proper diet.

Tell your doctor if you notice a large quantity of vaginal discharge.

Pack your trip to the hospital bags during your third trimester. Putting off this step opens up the chance that you won’t have your supplies available to you if the baby comes earlier than expected. Be sure to pack your insurance information, your birth plan, and your birth plan.

Human skin does have room to stretch thanks to elasticity, but the skin can only stretch so much. Hot water is not good for the natural oils out of your skin causing it to itch. Use a heavy moisturizer such as petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, vitamin E or cocoa butter. Wear clothes that fit loosely, and avoid scratching!

Pregnancy will change your body for the time being, so why not take pictures of your belly as it develops? Once your baby is born, pregnancy will recede into the past, making it easy to forget the special moments of pregnancy.

Don’t treat acne with salicylic acid if you’re pregnant. It is helpful in cleansing the skin, but it may be dangerous for your baby.

Wait until after you’ve eaten to go to shop at the grocery store. Pregnancy can sometimes cause cravings for junk foods.While it is okay to indulge occasionally, try to eat healthy for your baby and you. When grocery shopping on a full stomach, you will be much less likely to get items you didn’t have listed.

Make sure to floss and flossing every single day. This is something that is important whether you should do all of the time. It’s even more crucial when your body is sustaining another being.Pregnancy can leave you more vulnerable to gingivitis and other gum problems. These problems can get worse if you don’t care of your mouth.

Meditation and yoga can help with pregnancy mood swings experienced during pregnancy. Both yoga and meditation are completely natural relaxation strategies. Ask your partner or spouse to join you for added benefits.

Once the excitement hits you that you want to have a baby, you may find yourself getting a lot more excited than you need to be. Make sure your physical health remains a priority at all times however. If you have a problem being overweight, work on losing some weight as a way to avoid complications in your eventual pregnancy.

If you do not wish to let everyone know you are pregnant, rest assured that you can find a number of ways to avoid alcohol without appearing suspicious. You could say that you are taking antibiotics.You can also pretend your drink is alcoholic such as claiming that water is vodka by putting a glass of lemon or lime in your glass. Your partner can support you in this charade however.

Heartburn is common complaint during pregnancy. Suggestions to prevent heartburn is to avoid carbonated drinks, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices because of their acidic content, and spicy, fatty or fried foods.

Take care of your friend or babysit infants that you know. This helps you realize what it will allow you to learn all that needs to be done when you’re looking after a baby. It can also help you once you have your own baby.

This might even more ups and downs if you are unmarried. Don’t let the judgments or opinions of others think get on your nerves.

Do not think that you have to eat for two’ literally. The baby is small and does not require a grown adult.Just consume about 300 more calories each day is all you and your baby are well fed.

Change your habits and your diet for the better as soon as you start trying to become pregnant, or immediately after finding out. Eating a healthy diet is better for both you and your developing baby, but it gives your baby a good start in life since they are getting accustomed to these foods while in the womb.

The valuable information in this article will prepare you to handle any challenges you may encounter during pregnancy. Keep in mind that your baby is counting on you, and you will soon see that baby’s face.