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Pregnant at 44: Tips and Information to Promote a Healthier Pregnancy

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pregnant-at-44You often hear that getting pregnant at any point over age 35 might be dangerous, but more and more women are starting to get pregnant at 44 and during those perimenopause years. Knowing about your body and pregnancy at this stage in life is important because there are risks that are higher for women over age 35. Knowing what these are gives you the chance to be proactive so that you can work toward making sure that you are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy.

Getting Pregnant Later in Life

When you are older, it is harder to get pregnant unless you are using some type of fertility treatment. This is because you are getting close to those perimenopause years, a stage in your life where your female reproductive system is starting to change. Of course, at this point, you are also experiencing irregular ovulation and this makes it far harder to conceive a child. Now, while it is more difficult, this does not mean that it is impossible. If you pay attention to the news, especially celebrity news, you have surely seen that many women are opting to have babies later in life with success.

Risks for the Baby

When women wait until they are older to get pregnant, this does increase the risk of your baby being born with a variety of issues. The most notable are chromosomal abnormalities. When you wait to have a baby until you are 44 years old, there is a greater chance that your baby might be born with Down syndrome. You can learn about this while you are still pregnant so that you can adequately prepare for having a baby with special needs. Since the risks for the baby are higher, it is critical that you see your doctor regularly and have all of the recommended testing done on time throughout your pregnancy.

Risks for Mom

Now you have a better idea about what risks your baby is at a higher risk for should you wait to get pregnant, but there are things you have to think about for yourself too. Women who wait to get pregnant until they are older are at a higher risk for a number of pregnancy-related medical issues, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Due to the increased risk, you must be very mindful of your diet, exercise and other components of your lifestyle.

Now you know more about being pregnant at 44 and what to expect if you get pregnant later in life. This is important because there are certain things you have to be aware of so that you can make sure that your pregnancy is as healthy as possible. As you can see, your lifestyle and nutrition are of utmost importance and when you are doing these things right and seeing your doctor as scheduled, you have a much greater chance of having a healthy pregnancy despite the potential risks.

Pregnancy Facts: What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

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pregnancy-factsThere are a number of pregnancy facts that you should know about. These are fun facts and some of them downright odd. However, knowing these facts is going to aid you with your pregnancy. It will also serve as some entertainment as you go through the motions for the next nine months.

Bringing on Labor

There are a number of old wives’ tales about what can cause you to stimulate your labor, but there is only one way that is scientifically proven: nipple stimulation. This method works to encourage oxytocin release. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes you to start having labor contractions.

Average Pregnancy Length

On average, a women is pregnant for approximately 280 days. However, a woman in Los Angeles was once pregnant for one year and 10 days. This is the longest pregnancy on record.

In Womb Baby Food

When you eat while pregnant, do you think about how your baby might enjoy the flavor? If not, you might want to consider this. While babies do not taste most things, there are certain strong flavors that are capable of passing into the womb via the amniotic fluid, such as garlic. Another cool fact is that research shows that babies show a preference for carrot juice after birth if mom drinks this regularly while pregnant.

Twin Incidence

In the developing world, women in Central Africa are most likely to give birth to twins. Women who are trying to increase their chances of having twins might want to meet men who were born in this nation. It is known that African Americans do have twins more often than Caucasian Americans.

Urine in the Womb

You probably do not think about it, but your baby does urinate in the womb. This begins around the second trimester. Since babies also drink the amniotic fluid, this means that they drink their own urine. Do not worry because it is sterile and is not causing any harm to your growing baby.

Bowel Movements

Around 21 weeks of gestation, your baby starts making his or her first stool. Unlike urination, however, your baby does not have bowel movements in the womb. He or she passes the first bowel movement after birth and this is referred to as meconium.

Heartburn and Hair

You often hear that if you have a lot of heartburn during pregnancy that there is a greater chance of your baby having hair at birth. Well, this old wives’ tale is true. Experts believe that this is associated with higher amounts of progesterone and estrogen encouraging the growth of hair. These hormones can also relax your esophagus, which can result in stomach acids refluxing up into your esophagus and causing that burning feeling.

Babies Cry Before Birth

When your baby is born, hearing that first cry is a sign of strength and health. However, did you know that your baby also cries in the womb? Thanks to the newer 4D scans available, scientists have been able to better measure what your baby is doing while still in your womb. They learned that unborn babies do cry as a result of analyzing their breathing patterns. Now, scientists believe this is just your baby practicing for the world and he or she is not actually upset.

Getting Bigger

You already know that your belly grows to accommodate your growing baby, but did you know that other body parts also get larger. Your feet swell and become larger during pregnancy due to your ligaments stretching more during pregnancy and fluid retention. Your heart also gets bigger because you have more blood volume when you are pregnant.

Uterine Stretching

You know that your uterus is essentially your baby’s home as he or she is growing and developing throughout your pregnancy. However, have you really thought about how much your uterus stretches throughout your pregnancy. Your uterus when you are not pregnant is about the size of a standard peach. By the time you hit nine months, it is about the size of a watermelon.

Smelling More

If you have been pregnant before, you know that you can smell far better than you could before conception. There is a purpose for this enhanced sense of smell. When you can smell something very strongly and find it unpleasant, your body is telling you to avoid this food or drink because it might not be good for your baby.

Skin Changes

Things like stretch marks are something all women are aware of as their belly grows. However, the tone of your skin can also change during pregnancy. In fact, this is something approximately 90 percent of women experience. The skin tends to return to its normal tone after you give birth.

Pregnancy Frequency

In the United States, at any given time, approximately four women are pregnant. At this time, more boys are being born, but this tends to change every few years. However, in this country, women still outnumber men.

Baby Helps Mom

When you are pregnant, you are thinking about your baby and keeping him or her healthy. However, your baby can help to promote your health too. If you happen to experience organ damage when you are pregnant, your baby goes to work to repair the damaged organ. This is due to your baby sending stem cells to the organ.

Your Due Date

Your due date is an approximation and not a guarantee of birth. In fact, when it comes to the exact due date, only about 10 percent of babies come on this day. Within two weeks of this date, about 90 percent of babies enter the world. Within a week of the due date, about half of all babies make their entrance into the world.

Use these facts to make sure that your pregnancy is moving in the right direction. Make sure to take any pregnancy concerns to your doctor so that you can get the facts. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy.

What Not to Do (and Avoid) When Pregnant

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what-not-to-do-and-avoid-when-pregnantWhen you are pregnant, you often read about what you should be doing to maintain a healthy pregnancy, but what about what not to do when pregnant. You know about the nutritional changes and other things that will help to keep your baby healthy, so now it is time to learn more about what you should kick to the curb for the next nine months. There are a number of lifestyle choices and other things that can be dangerous for a developing fetus. You want to know what these so that you can not do them until you give birth.

Smoking and Your Unborn Baby

You surely know that you should not smoke when you are pregnant, but it is important to understand exactly why. There are 4,000 chemicals in an average cigarette, including things like lead and cyanide. When you are smoking, all of these chemicals flood your bloodstream. Remember that your bloodstream goes directly to your baby, so your baby is being doused in these chemicals.

All of the chemicals in cigarettes are bad for your baby, but two in particular are especially bad, including carbon monoxide and nicotine. Almost every pregnancy complication associated with smoking are due to these two chemicals. Both of these chemicals will decrease how much oxygen your baby is getting by narrowing the blood vessels.

When your baby is not getting enough oxygen, both development and growth are adversely affected. Every cigarette smoked contributes to the risk that your baby will have problems in the womb and after birth. The following show how your baby can be affected by cigarette smoking during pregnancy:

  • Size and weight: Low birth weight is one of the most common effects of smoking during pregnancy. You can decrease weight by at least one pound if you are smoking two packs per day.
  • Lungs and body: If you smoke when you are pregnant, your baby’s lungs and body can be underdeveloped. This can result in your baby needing to spend time on a respirator after birth.
  • Brain function: Women who smoke during pregnancy are putting their baby at risk for lifelong brain function issues. These can include things like behavioral problems, learning disorders and relatively low IQ.
  • Heart: Heart defects are a major issue to be concerned about if you smoke while pregnant. In fact, there is up to a 70 percent chance of this issue in women who smoke.

Drinking Alcohol and Your Unborn Baby

You have probably heard that a glass of red wine per night during pregnancy is okay, but experts and public health officials disagree. Do not drink any alcohol during pregnancy because even the smallest amount might negatively affect your baby.

When you drink, the alcohol rapidly makes its way through your bloodstream and gets to your baby by crossing the placenta. This increases your baby’s blood alcohol level and their level increases more quickly than your does.

Stillbirth and miscarriage are two very prominent concerns if you choose to drink when you are pregnant. Even a single drink per day makes it more likely that your baby will have low birth weight. Other issues associated with a single drink per day include issues with learning, attention span, hyperactivity, speech and language.

Women who have a single drink per week are putting their children at risk for delinquent and aggressive behavior later in life. One study discovered that girls are at a higher risk for mental illnesses if their mom consumed alcohol while pregnant.

Other issues that your baby might experience as a result of drinking during pregnancy include:

  • Poor growth
  • Central nervous system damage
  • Abnormal facial features
  • Abnormally small brain and head
  • Anatomical defects
  • Intellectual disability
  • Behavioral problems
  • Hearing and vision problems
  • Birth defects

Excessive Exercise and Your Unborn Baby

If you are exercising during your pregnancy, this can certainly be a good thing. However, you have to take it easy and make sure that you do not exercise excessively. Excessive exercise during pregnancy may cause the following:

  • Decreased fetal movement: If your baby’s movement reduces suddenly, this is a sign to stop what you are doing. You should also be mindful if your baby starts to move less than he or she normally does, even if this is not sudden.
  • Dizziness: It is easier to get dehydrated and experience anemia when you are pregnant, and both can cause dizziness, especially during intense exercise. This is especially concerning if it occurs along with headaches and fatigue.
  • Overheating: Getting warm during exercise is common, but if you are getting too hot, you must immediately stop. This occurs when your body is unable to regulate your internal temperature. It can cause things like nausea, racing heart, headache and cramping.
  • Heart palpitations: Heart palpitations during exercise can signal severe anemia, a heart problem, dehydration or thyroid disease. It is important that heart palpitations are promptly checked out to determine the underlying cause.
  • Calf swelling: If you experiencing swelling in this area after exercise, you should get immediate medical attention. This could indicate a deep vein thrombosis. This is a type of blood clot that can be life-threatening.
  • Vaginal bleeding: If you notice vaginal bleeding during exercise, this might indicate a miscarriage. Later in your pregnancy, it might indicate things like placenta abruption or placenta previa, both of which must be immediately treated.
  • Blurry vision: This is often due to your blood pressure dropping and it might indicate dehydration or preeclampsia.
  • Fainting: This can indicate circulatory problems or dehydration.
  • Abdominal or chest pain: This can actually indicate labor or something very serious like placental abruption.
  • Fluid coming from the vagina: This indicates that you are going into labor.

When any of these issues occur, it is a good idea to call your doctor. You want to make sure that your baby is okay.

Food and Your Unborn Baby

When you think about things that are potentially dangerous to a fetus, food is something that is likely not on your mind. However, it is important that you do not eat certain foods or use certain food preparation methods when you are pregnant because there is the potential for harm to your baby.

You know that there are certain types of seafood that you have to be mindful about when you are pregnant. Keep the following information in mind:

  • Undercooked or raw shellfish or fish
  • Unless you heat it completely, you must avoid unpasteurized pickled or smoked fish
  • Fish that includes a high amount of mercury, including swordfish, tilefish, shark and king mackerel
  • When it comes to albacore or solid white canned tuna, keep your consumption to under six ounces per week

You have to be careful when it comes to eating meat during pregnancy. Keep the following in mind:

  • Undercooked or raw poultry or meat
  • Undercooked or dry sausages unless you cook them completely
  • Unless heated completely, avoid refrigerated meats

Eggs are great for pregnancy nutrition, but you can never eat them raw. This increases the risk of you experiencing salmonella. You also have to be mindful about foods that contain raw eggs, such as various homemade sauces and desserts, and raw cake batter or cookie dough.

When it comes to cheese and milk, avoid those that are unpasteurized. Just read the label to ensure that these products are pasteurized before eating them.

There are 10 specific foods that you must avoid completely and these include:

  • Feta cheese: This food increases your risk of listeriosis
  • Brie cheese: This food can also increase the risk of listeriosis
  • Deli meats: These can increase the risk of listeriosis
  • Liver: This food will provide too much vitamin A
  • Unwashed produce: This might have pesticides present
  • Raw sprouts: They can cause bad food poisoning
  • Pre-made salads: You have no way of knowing if these were properly cleaned
  • Herbal supplements: These can be very dangerous for you and your baby
  • Nitrate-rich foods: These foods do not have nutritional value and can potentially cause problems in high quantities
  • Leftovers: Due to the risk of improper storage, it is best to avoid leftovers and stick with fresh foods

Caffeine During Pregnancy

You can consume some caffeine during pregnancy, but you must keep it to a minimum to ensure safety. The general recommendation is that you do not get more than 200 milligrams per day. On average, this is approximately 12 ounces of coffee.

Remember that coffee is not the only thing that contains caffeine either. You also have to be careful with things like tea, chocolate and carbonated beverages.

If you consume too much caffeine during pregnancy, you are at risk for stillbirth and miscarriage. Low birth weight and preterm birth are also possible in women who drink too much caffeine during pregnancy.

Stress During Pregnancy

Stress is something that everyone experiences, but if your stress is excessive or chronic, it might have negative effects on your baby. Low birth weight and premature birth are the two biggest concerns when it comes to stress during pregnancy. Both of these can cause issues throughout your baby’s life.

Stress might contribute to issues with your pregnancy due to causing problems with your hormones and your immune system. As of today, researchers are still trying to determine exactly how stress affects your baby and how these affects occur. Some research shows that chronic stress might also cause problems with your child later in life with things like attention span, immune system and brain development.

Other Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

In addition to the information above, you also have to avoid other things during pregnancy to make sure that you and your baby stay healthy. These include:

  • Never take any illegal drugs because these can cause central nervous system damage, withdrawal effects, heart murmurs, low birth weight, impaired neurobehavioral development, physical malformations, facial feature abnormalities, problems with internal organs, eye defects and cleft palate.
  • Unless your doctor prescribes them or tells you it is okay to take them, avoid medications during your pregnancy. This is because certain medications are known to be dangerous for unborn babies.
  • Do not hold reptiles when you are pregnant. There is the potential for you contracting salmonella from them.
  • Do not take any vitamin A supplements unless your doctor prescribes them, especially during your first trimester. This supplement can cause birth defects.
  • Do not get X-rays when you are pregnant, especially in your first trimester. While the risk of problems is small, there is still a risk.
  • You should avoid electric blankets for the same reason you should avoid X-rays.
  • Be mindful of pesticides and avoid areas where they are sprayed. Pesticides can be very dangerous to a developing baby, having the potential to cause everything from miscarriage to birth defects, depending on the exact pesticide used.
  • Do not expose yourself to household chemicals, such as paint thinner and ammonia. There is the potential for problems for a developing fetus.
  • Do not clean your cat’s litter box during pregnancy. This increases your chance of developing toxoplasmosis.
  • Avoid increasing your body temperature when you are pregnant and anything that might cause you to overheat.

Now you know what not to do when pregnant. When you avoid all of these things, you are working toward maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Make sure that you take note of all of these and if you are doing any of them, stop right away and talk to your doctor. If you stop as soon as you learn that you are pregnant, you and your baby are surely going to be okay. Remember that you only need to avoid these things for the next nine months, so it is a temporary change in your life to ensure a healthy baby.

6 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect

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6-weeks-pregnantWhen you are six weeks pregnant, you are approximately halfway into your second month of being pregnant and almost done with your first trimester. This is often the time when people start telling their friends and family that they are pregnant. This is an exciting time because your baby is really starting to take shape. Knowing about how your baby is progressing and what you can expect for yourself at this point in your pregnancy gives you a chance to fully enjoy the experience.

Your Belly at 6 Weeks Pregnant

At six weeks pregnant, you are starting to get a small baby bump and you can start to see it when you wear form-fitting clothing. If you are overweight, you might not see a visible belly at this point, but you will notice your belly starting to get a little harder. There are a number of other things that are happening with your body to know about too:

  • You are more moody and noticing some mood swings
  • You might be gently spotting, but if you notice any blood at all, talk to your doctor to ensure that it is harmless spotting and not something more serious, such as ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage
  • You might still have some fatigue and morning sickness hanging around at this point

Getting an Ultrasound at 6 Weeks Pregnant

At this point, many women are not eve aware that they are pregnant, but if you had a positive blood test result at your doctor’s office, your doctor might recommend that you have an ultrasound done. If he or she does not, this is okay too since your baby is very small at this point and there is not a lot to see on an ultrasound. If your doctor recommends an ultrasound at this point, it will likely be a traditional ultrasound and not the 3D version.

Your Baby at 6 Weeks Pregnant

Exciting progress is happening with your baby at this stage. To start off, his or her little heart is beating at a whopping 100 to 160 beats per minute. Blood is flowing, intestines are developing, the pituitary is forming and the lungs are starting to bud. Your baby’s brain, bones and muscles are also getting started. Your baby is approximately the size of a lentil and he or she is just a quarter inch long. At this point, your baby is starting to develop the characteristics of a tiny person.

At six weeks pregnant, you want to really start focusing on your nutrition. It is critical that you are eating well and getting all of the nutrients that both you and your baby need. Pay particular attention to nutrients like calcium, potassium, magnesium and the B vitamins. If you are having trouble getting enough of these vitamins in your diet, talk to your doctor about a high-quality prenatal vitamin. This works as a supplement to ensure that you and your baby are getting all of the necessary nourishment.

5 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect

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5-weeks-pregnantAt 5 weeks pregnant, your baby is really starting to take shape and become a tiny person. This is a big week for growth and development. Seeing how your baby is developing, knowing what to expect with your own health and having a basic idea about the nutrition to focus on is very important at this week of your pregnancy.

Your Belly at 5 Weeks Pregnant

You may or may not have a visible belly at this stage, depending on your body type and your pregnancy. How much of a belly you have at this stage is fully dependent on the individual. In addition to your belly changes, there are a number of other things that might be happening to you:

  • You might be experiencing morning sickness
  • Fatigue is common at this point in your pregnancy
  • You are likely noticing that you are urinating more frequently at this point
  • Your breasts might be sore at this stage of your pregnancy
  • You might be having changes in your overall mood

Getting an Ultrasound at 5 Weeks Pregnant

Ultrasounds are not generally done at this stage of your pregnancy, but some doctor’s will do them to confirm a pregnancy. If your doctor recommends an ultrasound, it will be a quick and painless process. It also gives you the chance to get a quick glimpse at your growing and developing baby. At this stage, your doctor will likely recommend a traditional ultrasound and not a 3D version.

Your Baby at 5 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby looks similar to a tadpole at this stage of your pregnancy and it approximately the same size as a sesame seed. However, he or she is growing rapidly and consists of three layers, including the mesoderm, ectoderm and endoderm. As time passes, these three layers will start to become the tissues and organs that make up your fully formed baby.

The neural tube is starting to develop and this will include your baby’s nervous system. The ectoderm is responsible for this, as well as your baby’s:

  • Skin, nails and hair
  • Sweat and mammary glands
  • Tooth enamel

The mesoderm is going to give way to the circulatory system. In fact, your baby’s tiny heart is pumping blood and forming chambers. This layer is also responsible for:

  • Muscle and bone
  • Cartilage
  • Subcutaneous tissue

The endoderm is responsible for a number of vital organs, including:

  • Lungs
  • Urinary system
  • Liver
  • Intestines
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreas

Since the neural tube is starting to sprout at this stage, it is critical that you are getting adequate B vitamins, especially folic acid. If you are having difficulty getting nutrients due to morning sickness or other issues, make sure to talk to your doctor. A good prenatal vitamin will ensure that you are getting these nutrients and the others that you need. Proper develop of the neural tube is critical for preventing problems like spina bifida.

Best Breast Pump Reviews 2016

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Breast pump has become one of the key needs for the mothers. Feeding babies at any point of the hour has become very convenient with the availability of the breast pumps. It should be remembered that every mother is different and so, their needs are going to vary. Some mothers need to attend office and hence, storing the milk is a good option. For other moms they may want to maintain their breast shape and require a breast pump! Just know what is right for you and you will always find it.

The good news is, breast pumps come in different budgets starting from $20 and going up to $400. Thus, you have got a bunch of choice to choose from. Let’s find out the best breast pump available in the market.

Top 10 breast pumps

[top_item number=”1″ text=”Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra”] [/top_item]

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This product has topped the chart.

Advantages: This breast pump is not only affordable, but also efficient. The best part is you don’t need your hand to pump. It helps all the moms to multitask while pumping! The secure bottle holding design counts every drop of milk and there is no room for leakage.

Why to choose: The breast pump is versatile, comfortable and adjustable to your changing shape. This is an electric pump and works great for all mothers irrespective of your size or occupation. Don’t forget to check out this product. It might prove to be of immense help.

[top_item number=”2″ text=”Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump”] [/top_item]

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If you are looking for a manual breast pump and don’t want to go for automatic ones, then you may have this as a second option. It depends on your preference.

Advantages: This product is budget friendly and has many things to offer. It is lightweight and BPA free and offers 2-phase expression technology, swivel pumping and soft touch. The product includes bottle stand, manual pump, 5oz bottles with lids, nipple with collar, membranes and cap.

Why to choose: Too many features included in a manual pump!

[top_item number=”3″ text=”Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump Starter Set”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: This is a high end model that guarantees protection and convenience both to the mother and the child. This is a double electric breast pump with power adapter. The best part about this product is it is compatible with all types of standard size bottles. In case the bottle of this breast pump loses its life you don’t have to spend extra money on buying bottles!

Why to choose: The product has patented 2-phase expression technology and includes carrying bag with handle along with two side storage pockets. This item has everything to offer you. It may pinch your pocket but you will be a relieved mom for sure!

[top_item number=”4″ text=”Philips Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump”] [/top_item]

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If you are looking for a complete kit that consists of every little thing a mother would require then this is the product for you. If you are thinking about price then yes, it is a bit pricy but the features it offers has won many hearts.

Advantages: The product is made of high quality material and is BPA free. It includes built in bottle holders to avoid spill, can be plugged in or run on AA batteries, 2-phase expression technology with one touch let down button, insulated cooler bag and ice pack, 24mm breast shields, personal fit connectors and valves. Store breast milk whenever required without worrying about bacteria invading in!

Why to choose: ensures quality without burning your wallet!

[top_item number=”5″ text=”Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: Philips has always been a trusted brand and there is no doubt that this breast pump has served many mothers in the best way possible. All you have to do is sit straight in order to pump. The breast pump has a built-in massage cushion to stimulate the milk flow. Your baby would never feel the difference as the bottle offers a real feel. It has an ergonomic handle and no complicated features. It is within everyone’s budget and serves as a great manual breast pump.

Why to choose: This product is meant for all types of mothers.

[top_item number=”6″ text=”Medela Freestyle Breast Pump”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: Want an advanced breast pump solution? Why not try the Medela freestyle breast pump? The product includes double breast pumps, 2 breast shields, 2-phase expression technology, memory button, lithium ion battery, 1 set of tubing, 2 freestyle breast shield connector bodies, 1 hands free accessory kit, 150 mL BPA-free breast milk bottles and lids, AC adapter, insulated cooler bag and ice pack, tote bag, and a special LCD display.

Why to choose: Basically you are getting everything in a single product. Buying things separately may cost you a fortune. It is best to go for kits if this is your need.

[top_item number=”7″ text=”Medela Breastpump – Swing”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: Want to have a single bottle that with all the features? Get this bottle and your purpose will be solved! It includes features like 2 phase expression technology, bottle stand, two breast milk bottles, AC adapter, breast shield connector, valve, membranes, shoulder strap and bottle stand.

Why to choose: This is the lightest, smallest and the most affordable electric breast pump. Don’t forget to take a look at this product.

[top_item number=”8″ text=”Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pumpe”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: It also has night light and timer to offer convenience. The product is known for its comfort and great motor performance. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort while pumping. You may use this product as a single or a double pump. The touch button enables you to choose the speed and rhythm. The product has different modes to choose from and you would be glad to have this at your home!

Why to choose: This product looks different and comes within your budget. It is compact, lightweight, quiet, and has fully adjustable program to suit your body.

[top_item number=”9″ text=”Spectra Baby USA Double/Single Breast Pump with Rechargeable Battery”] [/top_item]

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This is another model of the Spectra brand. If you are planning to spend a little more then this product is what you need.

Advantages: It comes with a rechargeable battery and weighs only 3.3 pound. The look of the product says it all. The product boasts ample features to make your life easy. It has a maximum suction strength of 350mmHg and has the ability to be used as a single or double pump. It includes digital controls, massage mode, 2 bottles and 2 bottle stands.

Why to choose: Complete quality assurance and great performance.

[top_item number=”10″ text=”The First Years Breastflow Memory Pump”] [/top_item]

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Advantages: It features an easy-to-use digital touch screen. This automatically tracks and stores data for up to 10 sessions! The unique handle allows you to double pump with one hand. The product includes custom designed tote bag, cooler bag with removable ice pack, 2 sizes of Flexi-fit breast shields, rechargeable battery pack and two 5 ounce Breast flow bottles with storage lids.

Why to choose: this is a breast pump below $70 that has all the features stored in. You must take a look to know more about the product.

How to buy a breast pump?

There are different types of breast pumps in the market to suit every mom’s needs. Let’s take a look:

  • Moms who want to pump more than once a day– There are top-end electric breast pumps for mothers who have the need to pump more than once a day. It saves a lot of time and energy as compared to manual pumps. A trusted brand will always provide the best quality pump. There are kits available where you can use both breasts to pump milk.
  • For pumping just once a day– You may choose either manual or a mid-ranged electric breast pump that does not cost much. These are lightweight and portable.
  • Using the manual pumps– Manual pumps are inexpensive and are great for mothers who want to pump milk in rare occasions or maybe once a day. These are lighter, quieter and easier to carry.

How to use a breast pump

Note: The breast pump used should be used only by a single person. You should never share the breast pump. Sharing may cause diseases that include HIV, cytomegalovirus and Hepatitis. Droplets of milk may contain bacteria and spreading is a common phenomenon if shared.

38 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect

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38-weeks-pregnant-what-to-expectWhen you are 38 weeks pregnant, what to expect is something you want to have the details about. This gives you the chance to get fully prepared because it is time for birth. Once you hit 38 weeks, your baby can come at any moment and when labor begins, you want to be ready to grab your bag and be driven to the hospital to bring your baby into the world.

Your Belly at 38 Weeks Pregnant

At this point, your belly is as big as it is going to get. Most women are feeling the weight of their belly and the increased size is throwing off your center of gravity. Your belly is making it more difficult to get up from a lying or seated position. You are walking different too due to the weight of your belly.

At this point in your pregnancy, it is also common for the ankles and feet to have some swelling. Due to your baby starting to descend, there is pressure being put on your bladder, causing you to need to use the bathroom more frequently. Since your baby can come at any moment, you want to take as much time as you can to rest.

Getting an Ultrasound at 38 Weeks Pregnant

Most women will not have an ultrasound at this point in their pregnancy. However, if your baby is breach or your doctor wants to do a quick check on your baby an ultrasound can be performed. Your doctor will usually do just a regular ultrasound at this point since the point is just to see where your baby is and how he or she is sitting in the womb. If you need an ultrasound at this point, it will only take a few minutes and will help to ensure a smoother delivery.

Your Baby at 38 Weeks Pregnant

At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is fully developed and ready to make his or her entrance into the world. At this week, your baby is approximately 19.5 inches in length and is weighing in at about 6.8 pounds. All of the body systems are fully developed and unless your baby has a medical condition, he or she is fully ready to live outside of the womb.

Preparing to Deliver Your Baby

You can give birth at any moment, so you want to make sure that you are fully prepared for the moment when it happens. Make sure that your hospital bag is packed and that whoever is driving you to the hospital is ready to go. Take care of any special arrangements and rest up for the birth of your baby.

At 38 weeks pregnant, what to expect gives you some control over what is going to happen over the short period of time before your baby officially makes his or her entrance into the world. The information above will help to ensure that you are prepared for this week and the birth to follow.

How to Get Pregnant with Twins

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how-to-get-pregnant-with-twinsWhen it comes to how to get pregnant with twins, there are no guarantees, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances. If you are someone who wants twins, start by having your health evaluated because it is more taxing on your body to grow two babies. A complete physical with your doctor is a good place to start. Tell your doctor about your intentions too so that he or she can help you to better understand what is necessary should you become pregnant with twins. This will ensure the best chances at a healthy pregnancy.

Are Twins Common?

Twins are more common today than they were several decades ago, especially due to things like in vitro fertilization. However, compared to single baby births they are still not common. Now, it is time to learn more about how to increase your chances of a twin pregnancy.

Ways to Increase Your Chances of Having Twins

There are several ways that might increase your chances of having twins. Ideally, you want to combine as many of these as you can to give you the best shot. These methods include:

  • Wait until you are older to start having kids. Women older than age 35 have a greater chance of conceiving twins.
  • Conceive children with someone who has a close family history of twins.
  • Have another child before you start trying for twins since twins are more common in women who have had other children.
  • Have a larger family since this statistically increases the chances of having twins.
  • Immediately after stopping oral birth control, start trying to get pregnant since this increases the chance of getting pregnant with twins.
  • Have a body mass index that is overweight, but not obese. Women carrying around extra weight have a higher incidence of twins.
  • Use fertility drugs and procedures to increase your chances of having multiples.
  • Those who are African American have a higher chance of having twins.
  • While this is not something you are able to control, if you are tall, you have a higher chance of having twins.

Now you know how to increase your chances for how to get pregnant with twins. This will help you to realize your dreams of bringing two babies into the world. Take the time to explore the options for increasing your chances and choosing the ones that are going to be best for you.

18 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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18-weeks-pregnant-ultrasoundWhen you are 18 weeks pregnant, knowing what to expect helps you to get prepared for caring for your baby now and in the future. There are several things to know about this week of pregnancy that ensure that you are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy. You want to know about things like your belly, how your baby is developing and growing and what to expect at an ultrasound should your doctor schedule one at this point.

Your Belly at 18 Weeks Pregnant

Your belly is definitely noticeable at this point in your pregnancy and it might itch a little because it is stretching. To reduce the itching and the potential for stretch marks, you want to make sure that the skin on your belly is moisturized. A good thick lotion is ideal and you want to gently massage it in at least once a day, preferably after you bathe so that it soaks in well. You are also likely feeling a lot of kicks at this point because your baby is starting to really move around.

Getting an Ultrasound at 18 Weeks Pregnant

Not all doctors will do an ultrasound at week 18, but you typically have one between 18 and 20 weeks. If you did not learn the gender of your baby at 15 weeks, you will likely learn it today as long as your baby is in the right position. You can see your baby’s tiny hands and feet during the ultrasound, as well as his or her face. As you are looking at your baby, you also get to hear the heartbeat so that you can really get a feel of who your baby is becoming. Your sonographer can do a 3D ultrasound at this stage too, so you can see even more.

Your Baby at 18 Weeks Pregnant

You are halfway to the average delivery date and your baby is developing and growing rapidly. At this point, your baby is about the size of a bell pepper at approximately 14 centimeters in length and 200 grams in weight. His or her nerves are now developing a protective covering to ensure proper function after your baby comes into the world. He or she is far more active now and you are probably feeling those kicks. The genitals are fully formed and babies now have hand strength.

At 18 weeks pregnant, you now know more about what to expect at this stage of your pregnancy. You can use this information as a guide for what to expect at this week of your pregnancy. If you notice anything odd or concerning, make sure to talk to your doctor right away. This will help to ensure that any potential issues are quickly addressed and that your baby is growing and developing on schedule. Make sure that your nutrition is on point at this stage because your baby is growing rapidly and needs the critical nutrients.

15 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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15-weeks-pregnant-ultrasoundAt 15 weeks pregnant, knowing what to expect helps you to ensure that you are properly caring for your body and your growing baby. You are into your second trimester and things are really starting to progress. You want to know more about what is happening to your body and exactly how your baby is progressing. Make sure that you are mindful about your own personal care and that you are doing everything that your doctor recommends. This ensures that both you and your baby are as healthy as possible.

Your Belly at 15 Weeks Pregnant

You belly is very noticeable now and you have gained an average of five pounds. You are likely starting to explore maternity clothes to ensure comfort as your belly grows. In addition to your belly growing, there are a number of other things happening to your body that you want to know about.

Pregnancy rhinitis is very common at this stage of your pregnancy due to increased mucous membrane blood flow and hormonal changes. This can cause you to start feeling like your nose is constantly stuffy. You might also experience nosebleeds due to this. If you do not have a bleeding disorder, the bleeding is low and these are not terribly frequent, you are fine. However, mentioning them to your doctor is still a good idea.

Getting an Ultrasound at 15 Weeks Pregnant

At this point in your pregnancy, you might be able to learn your baby’s gender during the ultrasound. If not, do not worry because you will know very soon. You can choose between a regular ultrasound or a 3D ultrasound at this point, depending on you and your doctor’s preferences. You will be able to really see your baby starting to take shape and becoming a little person at this stage of your pregnancy.

Your Baby at 15 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is approximately 2.5 ounces and four inches long at this stage of your pregnancy. This equates to about the size and weight of a general-sized apple. Amniotic fluid is going through the baby’s upper respiratory tract and nose, helping to encourage proper lung development. All of the baby’s limbs and joints are moving and they baby can sense light, even though the eyelids are still closed. Taste buds are forming, but of course, your baby is not eating anything that really requires them to taste.

At 15 weeks pregnant, your baby is really progressing and you might even get to learn the gender. This is an exciting time because you are into your second trimester and many people are preparing to tell their loved ones their baby’s gender or they are allowing the excitement to grow. Make sure to be mindful of your nutrition since growth is rapid and both mom and baby need an array of nutrients to ensure adequate health. Keep in close contact with your doctor and make sure to follow all instructions.