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The moment you find out your pregnant you want to tell everyone, including your kids. The way you tell your child depends on their age, an older child will understand what it means when you tell them you are pregnant or that they are going to be a brother or sister soon. However, a toddler is a little bit harder to explain this too.
Think about your child’s personality when it comes time to tell them. You know your child best. They may enjoy being sent little clues like you did with daddy, or they may just want you to tell them straight out. You could get lucky and have them walk in the room while you are announcing it. This happened to me when I was expecting child number four. I had just walked out of the bathroom waving the wand in the air to show my husband. I had no clue that my kids had walked into the room until I heard them screeching I was pregnant. Oops.
Don’t be shocked if at first your child acts distant, many children will respond to the news in their own way. One of your children may even start to pretend to be pregnant right along with you, mimicking everything you do. While another child may tell you they don’t want you to bring home a new baby. These are all common reactions to the news, the way you handle it will determine the outcome.
If your child seems reluctant to want another child in the home you may want to find out why. The only way to find out what’s bugging him/her is to ask. Maybe they are just scared that you are going to stop loving them, or that everyone will forget about him/her when the baby is born.
Showing them They are Important too
A good way to do this is to make sure they get something the moment the baby is born, some have had the doctors give the sibling their own baby doll when their sibling was born. Try reading children’s books with them to show them that it’ll be a good thing. Dad can always spend some one on one time with them.
Involving Your Child in the Pregnancy
This is their baby too, have your children accompany you to a few of the doctor visits. Let them hear the heartbeat of their little sister or brother. Watch their faces light up when they see the baby for the first time on the screen. There are many ways you can involve them, you can encourage them to help you decide on a name. Try letting them feel the baby kick for the first time by placing their hand on your swollen belly.
It’s easy to prepare the siblings for your new arrival as long as you involve them in the pregnancy along the way. They’ll be happy to be part of it and feel more of a connection to the baby when he/she is born.
Being a pregnant vegetarian is completely healthy, as long as the woman maintains a balanced diet supplemented with prenatal vitamins. Eat vegetarian while pregnant with tips from a gynecologist and obstetrician in this free video on pregnancy. Expert: Dr. Jill Hechtman MD OB/GYN Contact: www.ob-gyn.com Bio: Dr. Jill Hechtman, MD is an Ob/Gyn and vice president of Tampa Obstetrics. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz
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Pregnancy Tips : How to Be a Pregnant Vegetarian
You already know it is important to eat a well-balanced diet, but it is even more important when you are pregnant. Keep in mind now you are eating for two. Whatever you eat, the baby eats as well. In fact the baby actually takes your nourishments so you must eat enough for both of you. The healthier you eat the better it is for the pregnancy and you.
Never miss a meal while you are pregnant, especially breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and your baby has probably been waiting since he/she woke up in the middle of the night. You may learn that if you wait so long before eating you start to feel sick, this is your body telling you to eat. Do it!
Make sure you are getting enough of the food you need daily. It takes 4-6 servings of dairy a day for a healthy pregnancy, this can include some cheeses, milk, yogurt. This provides the baby with calcium which it’ll need to develop healthy growing bones. Adding extra calcium to your diet wouldn’t hurt you either, especially your teeth and bones.
Don’t forget about your fruit and vegetable servings. Lots of green is always a good choice, so are sweet potatoes. Not only will you be giving your body what it needs but you’ll start to have more energy. Try laying off the sweets for a week and replace them with healthier items and see how alive you feel.
Foods to Avoid
Not all foods are safe during your pregnancy, there are a few things you should avoid eating:
- unpasteurized products- brie
- Certain fish- exotic, shark, swordfish, anything high in mercury
- Raw eggs
– Undercooked meats- lunch meats. If you are buying a deli sandwich you can ask for them to eat the meat up a little.
- Caffeine- soda, chocolate. If you find this difficult you can wean yourself off, but the less caffeine in your system the better it is for the baby.
If you are ever unsure of the foods you can eat you can ask your doctor for a list of items to avoid during pregnancy. They’ll be more than happy to share this with you.
You may also learn that your stomach won’t handle certain foods that it would before. Some of those foods may include foods that contain grease, fast foods, meat, and certain foods that have a strong odor.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to cut out all the fun in your life, you can still treat yourself from time to time. Go out and get a frozen yogurt or a smoothie.
While you are making sure you get enough to eat throughout the day, that doesn’t mean neglect your fluid intake. You’ll need lots of water and juices from here on out. The baby will thank you later. Who knows, you may discover that you really enjoy eating healthier and continue it even after the pregnancy.
When does ovulation occur? This is a very important question if you are trying to get pregnant .
Ovulation is the moment when an egg is released from a woman’s ovary to make its way down the fallopian tubes to the uterus or womb, where it may be fertilized by sperm from a man.
Usually, only one egg is released in each monthly cycle. Some women may release more than one egg at the same time. This is known as hyperovulation and it can lead to a pregnancy with fraternal (non-identical) twins. This is more likely to happen if there is a history of fraternal twins in the woman’s family.
Identical twins come from the same fertilized egg, which splits in half to create two fetuses instead of one. This is a random event that could happen to anybody. It doesn’t run in families.
So when does ovulation occur in the woman’s cycle? Many people believe that it is 14 days after the first day of the last period but please note, this is only true if the woman has a regular 28 day cycle.
The truth is that ovulation is the first stage in the monthly cycle. The previous period has nothing to do with it, because that was the last cycle.
The cycle starts with ovulation. Then if the egg is not fertilized, it will leave the body. A woman may or may not notice this happen: some women can feel their ovulation as a slight pain or ache in the womb. Others see a small spot of blood a couple of days after ovulation, which contains the egg that has passed out of the body. (Do not rely on this for contraception, however: blood spotting can happen for many other reasons too.)
Then around 14 days after ovulation (or more accurately, between 12 and 16 days) the lining of the womb, which thickens around the time of ovulation to prepare for a possible pregnancy, will detach and pass out of the body along with excess blood. This is the next menstrual period.
So in a cycle of 28 days, in the average case, ovulation will happen in the middle of the cycle, 14 days before the start of the next period and also 14 days after the start of the previous period.
However, if you have a long cycle, the gap between the start of one period and the next ovulation will be longer than 14 days. For example if your cycle is 32 days, ovulation will still happen around 14 days before the start of the next period, but in this case that will be 18 days after the start of the previous period.
And for women who have a short cycle, the gap between the previous period and ovulation will be shorter. So if your cycle is 24 days, ovulation will still happen around 14 days before the start of the next period, and only 10 days after the start of the previous period. So a woman with a short menstrual cycle may ovulate very soon after her period ends.
As long as your cycle is regular, you will be able to figure out approximately when does ovulation occur in your case. You can figure out when your next period is due to begin and count back from there. But if you do not have a regular cycle at all, so that you never know when your next period is due, you cannot predict ovulation this way.
The information in this article is intended for entertainment only and should not be used as a method of contraception. Knowing when does ovulation occur may help some women to get pregnant , but it is not accurate enough to be used for avoiding pregnancy.
Vaginal discharge during pregnancy is normal, but inconsistent odors, itching or bleeding needs to be handled by a health care professional. Deal with vaginal discharge during pregnancy with tips from a gynecologist and obstetrician in this free video on pregnancy. Expert: Dr. Jill Hechtman MD OB/GYN Contact: www.ob-gyn.com Bio: Dr. Jill Hechtman, MD is an Ob/Gyn and vice president of Tampa Obstetrics. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz
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Pregnancy Tips : How to Handle Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy