If you’re having trouble swallowing your prenatal vitamins, see if you can find one with a slicker coating. Pills without calcium tend to be smaller (calcium takes up a lot of space), so you may want to try one of these (but be sure you get enough of this essential mineral in other ways). Chewable prenatal vitamins are also an option — but don’t expect great taste. If you find that your vitamin makes you constipated or gives you gas, it could be the iron. Talk to your doctor about alternatives.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
(1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional, degreed crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
In a study published in Biology of Reproduction, researchers recruited a group 117 healthy men, ages 21 to 35, who tended to eat what’s consider a standard Western diet. (In other words, not so healthy.) Researchers randomized them into two groups: one which was told to keep eating their regular diet but to avoid eating any tree nuts, and the other was told to add to their regular diet a serving of 75 grams of walnuts every day.
To help with compliance and consistency, the walnut eaters were given easy to use pre-weighted packages of walnuts. All participants had blood work and semen analysis done at the start of the study and 12 weeks later.
Researchers found that the walnut eaters had measurable improvements in their semen health. The walnut eaters’ sperm had better vitality, motility (movement), and morphology (shape.) The theory is that this is from the increased levels of omega-6 and omega-3 received from the walnuts.
Respect to Birth Mothers
Birth mothers deserve all respect and admiration. They have difficult decisions to make and choosing adoption is an act of love for their child. If we are fortunate to adopt, we will always speak positively about the birth mother and reassure the child that having two sets of parents who love him or her is not only normal, but also a special blessing.
Anonymous asked: How can I limit pain during labor? I know labor still hurts even with the epidural? I'm of course going to have an epidural because I'm only a kid and I still have to think about myself. I've actually been criticized by other moms who say I'm selfish because I'm getting an epidural and I'm not thinking about how it affects the baby. You know, the typical "all natural no epidural" mom who actually subscribes to those boring parenting magazines. But anyway I'm still a teen.
I have posted some articles about labor, they might be helpful for you. For example this one or this or this. (Don’t be discouraged, these articles do mention all-natural birth but you can do most of the mentioned things even when you choose an epidural.)
You’re right, labor hurts. But it’s not nearly as bad as all those horror stories people love to tell make it sound. There’s no reason to be scared of labor. In fact, being afraid of the pain you’ll feel will make the pain worse because you’ll focus on it and it can create a mental block during labor. So, the most important advice i can give you is: Don’t worry too much. And don’t let other moms make you feel guilty. You and your doctor are the only ones who can decide what’s right for you. And if that’s an epidural, that’s fine! Epidurals are very safe nowadays, both for mom and for baby. Also, keep in mind that every birth is different. For many moms, “all natural no epidural” is great. For others, epidurals are the best option. There’s no golden rule. If you want to know how much labor will hurt in the worst case, there’s a trick my doctor once told me and i think it helps: Put your index fingers in your mouth, the left one in the left corner, the right one in the right corner. Now, pull the corners of your mouth apart, until it hurts - and that’s it. That’s the worst kind of pain you’ll feel during normal labor. It’s not comfortable but it’s nothing taken straight out of a horror movie, either.
Anonymous asked: I'm very fearful of my mother giving birth. She is going to have a csection and I'm scared of all the complications that could occur and also affect the baby. How can a c-section negatively affect a baby?
Don’t worry. C Sections are very safe today. They’re routine in hospitals. Complications are rare and it’s even less likely that they will affect the baby. It’s possible that your mother will be a little bit sad because many women hope for and dream of a natural birth. But there are good reasons why some mothers choose (or have to choose) to have a c-section instead. In many cases, it’s easier for the baby. He or she doesn’t have to pass through the narrow birth canal. It’s great that you care about your mom! If you want to help her, be there for her and the baby after the c-section. Help her with household chores, for example, i’m sure she’ll appericate that.
For stressed, time-challenged moms, a baby who sleeps soundly is a blessing. Infants younger than 3 months old do not produce their own melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. But you do, and the milk your baby gets during the night is chock-full of this magical hormone, which induces infant sleepiness and reduces irritability and colic.
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Some of you sent me messages and asked if i’ll publish results. There are indeed some interesting statistics i can share with you:
The average follower of A blog for young mommys is 18-20 years old. Over 50% are pregnant for the first time. The topics most of you want to read about are “Newborn care” and “General pregnancy advice”, closely followed by “Birth & Labor” and “Breastfeeding”.
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