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Nature’s similarities

Have you ever really looked closely when you cut an apple or an onion in half?. Or maybe studied certain flowers as they open?

A varied selection of flowers, fruits and vegetables can be so easily compared to the vagina in its many appearances.

Take a look next time you cut into some fruit or buy a bunch of flowers. Take a quick picture and send it to us. we would love to see it.

 

Helpful ideas to reduce morning sickness symptoms

Here are a few ideas you can put in to practice to minimise unpleasant morning sickness symptoms:

1) Get plenty of rest

A pregnant woman resting

You must ensure you get a good night´s sleep – wear a sleep mask, or even dark glasses, to block out as much light as possible. You might also consider a maternity body pillow that will properly help you support your back and stomach.

Sometimes taking naps during the day may help.

Avoid moving around straight after eating.

2) Get up slowly

Don’t be in a hurry to get out of bed when you wake up. Take your time.

3) Avoid some types of foods

Avoid fatty and/or spicy foods. Avoid caffeine as well.

4) Food portion sizes – have small ones.

It is important to always have some kind of food in your stomach, as this will lower your chances of experiencing nausea – and if you do, most likely symptoms will be milder. If the stomach is empty, the acids have nothing to workon, except for the stomach lining, resulting in worsening nausea.

A selection of fruits

Have some salty crackers, peanut butter snacks, or some other protein snack before you get out of bed in the morning.

At breakfast, cold apple sauce, pears, bananas or any citrus fruit will help you feel satisfied early. Baked potatoes, although, less tasty for many, are highly nutritious. The fruit’s potassium may help prevent morning sickness. At night, try eating something high in protein snack/meal before going to bed, as this will help regulate your blood-glucose levels.

5) Avoid computer monitor flicker

The rapid, almost unnoticeable flickering of the computer monitor could cause morning sickness. If you are susceptible to morning sickness due to monitor flicker, try to avoid using a computer completely. If you must, you should adjust the screen by making the fonts bold and larger and changing the background to a soft tan or pink color – this will help reduce eye strain.

6) Be physically active

Some mothers may find it hard to move around if they feel lousy. However, being physically active has been found to improve symptoms in many people.

7) Ensure good fluid intake

Being hydrated is crucial for good health, and very important during pregnancy. Some mothers with morning sickness may not feel like consuming their recommended eight glasses of water per day, especially if their stomachs seem not to let them. However, the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you will become.

If drinking water is hard, try adding apple cider vinegar and honey. Some mothers say flat Sprite helps, or decaffeinated cola. Sucking ice cubes made from water or fruit juice is also an effective method. The colder the drink, the easier it is to consume

8) Ginger

A glass mug of ginger tea

For many years, ginger has long been publicized as a stomach soother, and studies have shown that it may help relieve nausea symptoms. Sipping cold ginger ale, or adding a slice of raw ginger to water or tea may help sooth your stomach.

Snacks such as gingerbread, or ginger cookies will all effectively help prevent nausea.

Thank you Holly for your comments:

Hi I just wanted to message to say that I ordered the bellyband and groin straps from you on monday and they arrived with me tuesday morning. I hadnt paid extra for expedited delivery. I am seriously impressed with that service and the quality of the product. Thank you.

Pregnancy Support in Bed

Pregnancy support in bed

Getting a good night’s sleep when you’re pregnant can be difficult but there are ways to help.  If you are using a pregnancy support belt during the day, it is worth considering wearing it at night.

The benefits include helping to  decrease lower back pain, reduce pressure on the bladder, increase circulation and decrease swelling.

Whilst some maternity belts are designed to lift the belly, others provide comfortable compression and additional support.

The Babybellyband Support System provides it all.

Overall comfort will contribute to a better nights sleep

Wearing a maternity belt will not harm your baby or cause any issues to you in bed. If you feel you need the added support give it a try.  If you find that it is too uncomfortable, considerate wearing it for a couple hours in the evening before bed, and that might help alleviate the pain you are experiencing during the night. If your concerns continue however it is worth seeking professional advice.

Exercise and Pregnancy

Caution During Exersise
Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise tips when you’re pregnant:

  • always warm up before exercising, and cool down afterwards.
  • try to keep active on a daily basis: half an hour of walking each day can be enough.
  • if you can’t manage that, any amount is better than nothing.
  • avoid any strenuous exercise in hot weather
  • drink plenty of water and other fluids
  • if you go to exercise classes, make sure your teacher is properly qualified, and knows that you’re pregnant as well as how many weeks pregnant you are
  • you might like to try swimming because the water will support your increased weight. Some local swimming pools provide aquanatal classes with qualified instructors. Find your local sport and fitness services
  •  horse riding, downhill skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics and cycling, should only be done with caution. Falls may risk damage to the baby
  • Exercises to avoid in pregnancy

    • don’t lie flat on your back, particularly after 16 weeks, because the weight of your bump presses on the main blood vessel bringing blood back to your heart and this can make you feel faint
    • avoid  contact sports where there’s a risk of being hit, such as kickboxing, judo or squash
    • don’t go scuba diving, because the baby has no protection against decompression sickness and gas embolism (gas bubbles in the bloodstream)
    • don’t exercise at heights over 2,500m above sea level until you have acclimatised: this is because you and your baby are at risk of altitude sickness

10 REASONS TO USE A GOOD QUALITY PREGNANCY SUPPORT SYSTEM

Cheaper products may be around but Babybellyband has won awards and professional approval due to its proven ability to provide excellent support, yet still be comfortable and discreet

  1. Helpful if you are still working and on your feet a lot during your pregnancy.
  2. Useful if you’ve gained excess pregnancy weight or have polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid).
  3. Especially helpful for all aspects of multiple pregnancy.
  4. Provide relief for the symptoms of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), common issues during pregnancy.
  5. Hip and pelvic pain caused by the release of Relaxin

Relaxin is a hormone produced by the ovary and the placenta with important effects in the female reproductive system and during pregnancy. In preparation for childbirth, it relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix”

  1. Relief for sciatica – a common nerve pain which can spread down the back or leg
  2. Relief for round ligament pain – common stretching pains in pregnancy.
  3. Support for women who suffer from hernias in pregnancy.
  4. They can be used to help your muscles strengthen and be supported (along with exercise) after having your baby.
  5. Whilst there is no proven evidence, wearing a support band may help to reduce stretch marks.

5 Reasons for wearing the Babybellyband

1. Belly bands help decrease your pain.

Back and joint pain during pregnancy can be frustrating and make it difficult to participate in everyday activities. A study in Spine Journal investigated the prevalence of back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. They found that 71 percent of women report low back pain and 65 percent report pelvic girdle pain. Belly bands can be worn during pregnancy to help support your lower back and baby bump during activities, which may result in decreased pain overall.

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain

SI joint pain also frequently occurs during pregnancy as a result of the increase of relaxin, an appropriately named hormone that causes the hip joints to become loose and less stable.

It’s a sharp and sometimes excruciating pain in the lower back adjacent to the tailbone. Belly bands and braces that support this region help stabilize the joint, which may prevent pain during activities.

Round Ligament Pain

This occurs during the second trimester and is yet another annoying pain of pregnancy. It’s described as anything from a dull ache to a sharp pain on the front of the hip and below the belly. Caused by the extra weight and pressure on the ligaments that support the growing uterus, it’s a temporary but sometimes unbearable problem! Belly bands help distribute the weight of the baby across the back and abdomen, which may help relieve the pressure on the round ligaments and reduce pain.

2. Belly bands provide gentle compression during activities.

Ever go for a run without a sports bra? Sounds awful, right? The same principle applies to a growing baby bump. Gentle compression of a belly band can help support the uterus and reduce discomfort from movement during physical activity. A word of caution: Too much compression on the abdomen can impair circulation, and it can cause negative effects on blood pressure. It can also contribute to heartburn and indigestion.

3. They provide external cues for posture.

Belly bands provide external cues to your body to facilitate proper posture. By supporting the lower back and torso, belly bands encourage correct posture and prevent overextension of the lower back. The typical “sway back” appearance of pregnancy is due to the extra weight being carried in front of the body in combination with the stretching and weakening of key core muscles that support the spine.

4. They allow you to engage comfortably in daily activities.

Exercise during pregnancy has many positive health benefits. A study in Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine indicates that prenatal exercise has a positive effect on health.

Exercise increases muscle tone and endurance and decreases the incidence of hypertension, depression, and diabetes. Many women are unable to exercise or continue working during pregnancy due to pain and discomfort. Wearing a belly band can help decrease discomfort and allow participation in daily activities, resulting in physical and financial benefits.

5. They can be worn after pregnancy for support.

Decreased core strength is common in the weeks following birth. Muscles and ligaments that were stretched and strained during pregnancy require time to heal. Weakness combined with the demanding job of caring for a newborn can be challenging and lead to injuries.

Many women find that wearing a belly band postpartum provides additional support to the abdomen and lower back, decreasing discomfort. A belly band can be beneficial to women who have experienced a separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) by physically bringing the abdominal muscles back together. Combined with specific exercises, this may assist in closing the gap between the abdominal muscles.

Remember, a belly band is a temporary fix. It does not heal the underlying condition or dysfunction. By supporting the abdomen, it can “turn off” the muscles underneath, causing increased weakness long term.pregnancybellyband_a

“The single most worthwhile purchase of my pregnancy to date”

This is a wonderful endorsement for our Babybellyband, from Kerry, one of our latest customers.

I am currently 33 weeks pregnant. I’ve only had the support for a couple of days but it has already made a tremendous difference to the quality of my life. Prior to having the band and support straps I was really struggling with intimate swelling and finding it impossible to get comfortable sitting or standing. Moving about also a painful experience. I started maternity leave earlier than I’d originally planned as it was getting unmanageable. I was dreading spending the remainder of my pregnancy immobile and in such discomfort.

In desperation I went to the GP and was diagnosed with vulvar varicoses. With research I stumbled upon the bellyband and groin support and with Bev’s reassurance and advice took the plunge and purchased it.
It arrived the next day and when I put it on I felt immediate relief.

With the groin support I have been able to do all my normal daily activities again. I still need to have rest periods but whereas by the end of the day I was collapsed on the sofa in agony I now can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and watch a bit of telly to unwind! Infact this morning I had enough energy to want to go to the gym for a bit to do some gentle exercises,  something I’ve been really missing. I’m now really looking forward to the next few weeks of maternity leave before baby comes since the bellyband and groin support have given me back my independence so I am physically able to make the most of the time to get bit and pieces prepared.

I spoke with my GP about this support and she had never heard of such a thing but said that physiologically it makes sense since you would treat varicose veins in the legs with compression stockings. The compression helps hugely and the system is completely adjustable and customisable to your needs for a perfect fit. It doesn’t look that attractive but it’s actually pretty comfortable to wear considering. Also I’ve worn it under a pair of maternity leggings and it’s barely noticeable.

I cannot thank Bev enough for her help and would recommend anyone with dreaded vulvar varicoses to spend the money. It has been the single most worthwhile purchase of my pregnancy to date.