Week by Week Pregnancy Guide and Pregnancy Tips

All women like following their progress, and that of their unborn baby, through a week by week pregnancy guide.

Knowing approximately how big and how long your baby is at any given stage, or what features she has developed is quite thrilling.

A good online week by week pregnancy guide will also have useful pregnancy tips at every stage and mums-to be can see what is, or should be, happening to their body from conception through to giving birth.

Some pregnancy guides are split into three trimesters. Others are literally a week by week pregnancy guide and for women who like to keep up with every single tiny change that is happening, these are great fun to follow.

There’s also a serious side to them and women can be alerted to any possible problems by following the week by week pregnancy guides. For example knowing at what stage baby’s movements should be felt and knowing why we feel a certain way (and that it’s not unusual) can all help allay any fears an expectant mum may have.

Here are some of the best pregnancy tips you’ll find on many week by week pregnancy guides:

Take care of yourself

Try to eat healthy food, take any supplements prescribed by your GP, drink plenty of water (at least eight to 10 glasses a day) avoid caffeine, try to do without any alcohol and stop smoking.

Don’t overeat

Never think you can now eat for two. You can’t. Any overeating will mean you are gaining fat along with baby weight and it will be difficult to shift.

Style matters

These days there are great maternity fashions or you can adapt most of your wardrobe as ‘anything goes’, but you’ll feel better about yourself if you make some effort to look good.

Exercise

If you didn’t exercise before you were pregnant this is not the time to start working out. But some exercise is important for your general health and also can help reduce stress. Women who exercise – even moderately – during pregnancy have easier labours, recover more quickly from giving birth and can cope better with a demanding baby. At the very least try to walk for ten to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace.

Sleep

Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night and take naps during the day if you can. If you have young children take a nap when they do.

Care for your feet

Wear comfortable, non-restricting shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.

Let others help

Accept any help that is offered from those who are happy to help. And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

You know best

Learn to listen to and trust your body. The chances are you will know if something is wrong. If in any doubts see your GP.

Debra Aspinall is an experienced journalist and the editor and leading writer for the Emma’s Diary website, one of the UKs foremost pregnancy and baby websites. She writes on pre pregnancy advice, ovulation calculator, week by week pregnancy and etc.

Baby Care Tips For You And For Baby

What baby care tips are essential for you and your newborn??

The mother of a baby is the busiest person on earth, and these baby care tips are designed to put a little order and routine back into your day to day routine. In no time at all, these baby care tips will become second nature for you and your baby helping you to get back to a somewhat ‘normal’ life.

Breastfeeding Baby Care

There is, has and always will be a lot of controversy on breastfeeding depending on where you live in the world. In some countries it’s the norm and most people would not bat an eyelid if they saw a mother sit down in a restaurant and start to breastfeed her baby. In other countries such as the UK and the US, surprisingly and quite sadly, breastfeeding is frowned upon by many. I personally breastfed both my children and though I made a point of being discreet, I valued my right to feed my child where, when and how I chose to.

However, I also appreciated the fact that I was lucky to be able to breastfeed as I know many mothers want to but can’t for whatever reason. Even those that choose not to breast feed should not be maligned. The majority of us live in a society where we have a freedom of choice and whatever our feelings or opinions on a matter, we should allow everyone the right to choose what is best for them and their baby.

That said it is common knowledge that there are huge health benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby so that’s why this is key to baby care. Baby’s first drink of breast milk is colostrum which is full of antibodies which help babies immune system and is full of fat and protein to help baby put on weight in their first few days. Breastfeeding also helps mom’s uterus to contract more quickly. A weird sensation when it happens but utterly amazing when you think about it.

Then consider the other positives of breastfeeding to baby care. Milk is on tap, ready to go at the right temperature whatever the time of day and if baby emptied one ‘bottle’ or boob, there was another ready and waiting to go. I did co-sleeping with my second baby as I was concerned about waking the house up in the middle of the night for feeds which worked out well for all as most times throughout the night, she would latch on herself and feed without me being barely aware. Baby care doesn’t really get any easier than that.

I did express so that my husband could also be involved and there were times that he did the night feeds with both children so that I could get a complete nights rest.

Bottle Feeding Baby Care

If you are bottle-feeding your baby then make sure that the bottles are well sterilized and clean. There are many makes of bottle sterilizers that are available. There are some that you can put in the microwave and some that will continually sterilize throughout the day so that you always have clean bottles and teats available to go when you need them.

Also consider your formula well. Check the ingredients and look for those that have the friendly bacteria for the gut. Make sure that you buy the formula appropriate for your baby’s age. To rich and it may cause constipation, too thin and lacking in vitamins etc, and your baby may not gain weight as they should.

Baby Sleeping Baby Care

With your first child, you will have probably read numerous books about how to put your baby to bed and have bought a moses basket, then a cot or cot bed. Come your subsequent children, you then realise though nice to have, the most important thing is whether your baby is comfortable, safe and warm or cool enough. My first child went into his own cot bed when he was 3 weeks old as we couldn’t stand anymore of his warthog snoring. He was also in a baby sleeping bag. Our daughter slept with me in our bed until she slept through most of the night before moving to her own bed. Especially as I was breast feeding both, I made sure that I didn’t drink a lot (the odd glass of wine at a weekend is fine), I don’t do drugs, they weren’t too hot or cold and the room was well ventilated. Use your common sense here regarding baby care and use and do what’s best for you.

Clothing Baby Care

Summer clothes should be light cotton ones. When baby is taken out, make sure that his head does not get the direct sun. Make the most of parasols or stroller sun covers. The covers in particular also help against wasps. An important baby care tip to remember for all – sun cream is essential even if your baby is dark skinned. My children are mixed race and even with factor 50, they still tan.

In winter, there may be sweaters, trousers and other woollens. Just bear in mind that if they are in nappies or diapers still, you need quick and easy access to change them especially when you are out and about. Some changing facilities are tiny or cramped and you don’t really want to spend more time there than you should. Remember a change of clothes too. My son was the worst but they both had explosive poos the force of which sent their poo right up their backs and it was far easier to take the whole lot off than to try and clean around it!

Changing Baby Care

Changing of nappies or diapers whether disposable or not should take place regularly. Sometimes babies will let you know in their own particular way but it’s best to get into the habit of checking their bottoms at least every 3 hours. That way you’ll soon get to know baby’s toilet habits and can adjust it accordingly.

Bathing Baby Care

I hope that I don’t sound too patronising but the best advice here is common sense. Make sure that you have everything that you need BEFORE you start bathing. Have baby’s towel ready on his changing mat, his nappy and night clothes all in place before you start.

Please ensure that the bath water is not too hot and not too cold – 9of or 32c is ideal. It should only be a couple of inches deep if it is in a family bath. At this age baby doesn’t need bubble bath, just gentle no-tears formula soap should suffice.

Ensure that you support baby’s head safely. Once washed and dried, massage a little moisturizing cream into baby’s skin and get him dressed for bed.

Immunisation Baby Care

The baby should be immunized against Small Pox & Measles with BCG within 3 months of its age. The first DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Psertussis, Polio, HIB, Meningitis C) is due within the first 2 months followed by the 2nd and the 3rd one at one month intervals. The MMR vaccination against Measles, Mumps and Rubella should be done within 1 years of age. The boosters should be taken after the baby is 4 years old.

Training and Education Baby Care

Babies learn by watching and listening. Yes I babble baby talk to my two but I also talked sensibly to them like an adult. When getting them dressed I would put their left arm in its sleeve and say to them, ‘let’s put your left arm in your sleeve’. By 18 months both children knew their right from their left, could say things like open door, shut door, roof, bus, sky drink, biscuit etc because I constantly read or pointed things like this out to them. Learning can and at this age, should be fun.

Taking Care of Your Baby’s Skin

The babycare market is HUGH and is continuing to grow, as people (mothers) become more health conscious. In North America, babycare is projected to be approximately 7.5 billion dollars annually. For the first time ever, consumers are becoming better educated and are seeing the need to buy products that are specifically made to meet the needs of young (newborn) skin.

The fact is that your baby’s skin in much different than adult skin… but to what extreme, that would require different care? At the moment the skin is formed, it exists in a very dark atmosphere – submerged in liquid. It is a major adjustment to be out in the real world, and as such, we need to care for it to ensure its health. Skin thickens as we age, and for babies, this means very thin, fine textured skin. Your baby’s skin has many challenges to protect itself from the environment to retaining moisture. Yes, these are issues we all face, however they are greatly increased with young skin.

It is extremely important that the pH of baby skincare be between 4 and 6, to ensure the acid mantel is supported. It is important to look for products that are not made with animal products or by-products, as it is impossible to avoid fragrance if this is the case. Fragrance can be irritating to any aged skin, and particularly to a baby. Make sure that the products are dermatologist and pediatrician “tested”, as opposed to simply “recommended”, ensuring they are hypoallergenic.

Key ingredients to look for include Shea Butter, which is a very moisturizing botanical extract containing Vitamin A and E; Oat Extract, which is a great skin protector, is very absorbent, hypoallergenic and helps sooth and soften dry, itchy, sensitive skin; and Aloe, which penetrates deep into the skin to deliver moisture to the tissues and prevents moisture loss caused by evaporation. Products high in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A and E, palmitate and tocopherol acetate are great to protect against free radical damage.

And lastly, you want very mild surfactants (which are the cleansing agents), such as deco-glucoside, which rinses clean….very gently!! Avoid the surfactant called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which can clog pores and is proven to be cancer causing. The less suds, the better!

Baby Health Care – Essential Skin Care Tips For Your Newborn

Baby health care is one of the many concerns that a new mother needs to think about. A baby is a special blessing, but most mothers are unsure what they should do. Taking care of your newborn’s skin is essential since this provides the foundation of healthy adult skin. Choosing the right skin care line for your child can be confusing since there are many to choose from. Ensuring the health of your infant is truly the most important thing for any parent. There is a recent trend that suggests many parents prefer organic skin care products for their children.

Healthy skin is therefore a central part of your overall health care. Babies need appropriate light creams and baby lotion applied to the skin to keep it supple and moisturized. Caring for your child in this way is more about preventing diaper rash than preventing acne, but nonetheless, it’s an important practice. People don’t often think about the need to care for a baby’s skin, perhaps because it’s so perfect.It is especially important in the first few months. Luckily, most of these early rashes are harmless and go away on their own.

Even before your baby is born, health care is an important thing to plan for. When you are preparing the baby’s room, one often stocks up on diapers and clothes, but there are some simple things that you will also need for taking care of a newborn’s skin. It is important since damage to the skin at such a young age may affect the individual in the future. All aspects of baby health care are important to have a happy and healthy infant.

All of this is a very important aspect of raising a child, just as important as that of your baby’s food. There are also certain food items that may cause some skin problems in your baby.