In our previous post we discussed what foods to avoid during pregnancy. Now we are going to move on to the fun stuff…foods you can have! Here is a list of the best foods you can while you are pregnant.
In our previous post we discussed what vitamins and nutrients were essential for a healthy pregnancy. From that it’s safe to say you would have a strong understanding of pregnancy nutrition basics. But do you you know what foods you should avoid during pregnancy? If so, (hand clapping emoji) if not, no worries we are going to discuss that today.
So you are pregnant, Congrats! Now everything you do for the next 9 months will be for you and your baby. This includes eating for two, and WhyBlackBabies wants to ensure you and your baby(s) flourish! The following are some of the most crucial vitamins and minerals you and your baby(s) will need:
- Play-time– try dancing, playing catch, practice crawling or walking anything to get your baby to tire itself out.
- Mommy & Baby TV-time – place your baby in a safe stationary spot like a bouncer or playpen and let them watch their favorite cartoon, movie, or TV show.
- Baby Bath-time – a nice warm bath will help relax and calm your baby
- Mommy & Baby Quiet-time – before bedtime, your baby should have some time to chill out and relax. Cuddle with our baby, swing time, bouncy chair that vibrates, etc.
In our last post we shared some tips on what you can do with your baby in the morning. Today we will discuss some quick tips on things you can do with your baby in the afternoon.
What to do with your baby in the Afternoon
- Household tasks – put your baby in a front pack baby carrier and carry her with you as you wash dishes, start laundry, etc.
- Highchair Play-Time – put your baby in a highchair, bouncy chair or a baby swing while you prepare lunch.
- Mommy & Baby Nap-Time– lay your baby down for a nap in its bed and try to lay down for nap yourself or have some time to read or relax.
Today we will be sharing some quick tips on what to do with your beautiful new baby in the morning.
What to do with your baby in the morning:
- Change diaper
- Baby Dress up time ( dress the baby)
- Tummy Time ( playtime)
- Mommy shower time – Place your baby in a safe stationary environment like an exersaucer, bouncy seat, or playpen so you can chat with your baby as you shower.
- Story Time
- Morning walk – It will keep your baby entertained and it is healthy for you as well. Use a front baby pack or stroller and enjoy a mommy and baby adventure.
In previous posts we have discussed many topics involving your pregnancy and pregnancy care. Currently we are discussing post pregnancy care or postpartum care. For this post we will be specifically focusing on and discussing postpartum depression and what you can do to beat it so you will be able to care for your new baby.
What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth. It is not a character flaw or a weakness it is a condition. For some women it is simply a complication of giving birth. Postpartum depression occurs in nearly 15 percent of births and may begin shortly before or any time after childbirth, but commonly begins between a week and a month after delivery. Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer. (more…)
In previous posts we have discussed many do’s and don’ts during your pregnancy. This time we are going to discuss post pregnancy, or the postpartum period, and how to care for yourself so you will be able to care for your new baby.
Post pregnancy, or the postpartum period, begins after the delivery of the baby and usually ends in six to eight weeks. Now that your baby is here, your body is changing…again. The postpartum period involves many changes, both emotionally and physically, on top of learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required with becoming a new mother. Emotionally you will experience a wide range of emotions like stress or possibly postpartum depression. Physically you will experience perineum soreness, afterbirth pains, cesarean section pains (if you had a c-section), breast engorgement, and many other changes that we will discuss in a future blog. A mother needs to take good care of herself in order to take care of her new baby. In order to rebuild your strength, you will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.
When you’re striving for a healthy pregnancy, you tend to focus on things like eating well, exercising and following all of the guidelines set forth by your doctor. However, there may be something you’re forgetting that ranks right up there with avoiding high-mercury fish: your stress level. Pregnancy can be nerve-wracking; not only does it entail a lot of physical changes, but preparing to become a parent can take a lot out of you, emotionally and physically. You may figure that it’s just par for the course, but did you know that being under extreme stress while pregnant can actually cause problems for your baby?