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Book Review: Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves

by heather
I think most mothers can identify with the title of this book, because parenting is hard and just because you want what is best for your kids (like have them eat their vegetables), it doesn't mean that they're going to cooperate. And sometimes the results are hilarious. In Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves, Robin O'Bryant shares some of these hilarious moments she has experienced with her three adorable and patience-trying daughters. She shares her concerns and her love Read more [...]

Varicose Vein Surgery

by heather
 When I was nineteen I started developing varicose veins. It's genetic. I started wearing support stocking religiously, but let's face it, I picked the wrong profession if I wanted to protect my legs and veins. And having three babies didn't help either. When I had Thing 1, I was told that I needed to wait until I was done having children before I did anything about fixing them. Technology has advanced since then. (Which is good because after my pregnancies and standing on my feet for so many Read more [...]

Getting Ready to be Outnumbered

by heather
With any luck by the time you are reading this I will no longer be pregnant. Hooray! Pregnancy itself is a generally an unpleasant experience, but being 9 months pregnant in August in St George, UT makes it worse. With Thing 1 I was sent into labor by being hit by an industrial flat-bed truck. With Thing 2 from the time I started having contractions to the time I was complete was twenty-five minutes, going into labor that fast put my body into shock. So let's hope that Miss Cindy Lou-Who arrives Read more [...]

Book Review: Full of Life

by heather
It is my belief that just because this is my third baby and I have a BS in Nursing doesn't mean that I know everything there is to know about pregnancy and having babies. So I picked up Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant by Nancy O'Dell, hoping for some new insights. This book is not an encycolpedia reference for pregnancy and motherhood, however it was more enjoyable to read than any of the other pregnancy books that I have read. It didn't tell me anything Read more [...]

3 Things That I Recommend to Every Pregnant Woman

by heather
I am pregnant with my third child, and there are few things that I wish I had known about the first time around that I thought I would share.1. An exercise ball. My husband is a computer programmer which means that he spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. A co-worker recommended this for lower back pain. After trying it out he bought one for me too. Whenever I am sitting at a computer for more than 2 minutes I sit on this. It eases lower back and pelvic pain. Frankly it's a good idea for more than Read more [...]

Vitamin D during pregnancy could prevent RSV in infants

by heather
 This week a study was published online from the American Academy of Pediatrics that found that a deficiency of Vitamin D in cord blood is associated increased rate of RSV in infants. So it stands to reason that if an infant is not starting out Vitamin D deficient, they are decreasing their chances of catching RSV. The study suggested that if pregnant women increased their Vitamin D intake, it would decrease the rate of RSV by about 20%. That is AMAZING! And not only would it decrease the number Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Pregnancy

by heather
Last Saturday my husband and I were sitting in the shallow end of the pool watching our kids play in the water.My husband patted his stomach and said "I need to exercise more."I patted my stomach and said "I also need to exercise more.""That's not fat. That's a baby." It's not that I think I am fat. It's just that since I became pregnant, exercise has dropped down to less than once a month. I need to do better, but growing a baby just makes me tired.I grabbed a love handle and said "This is not a Read more [...]

Helpful info for Moms who have had bladder issues after childbirth

by heather
 A few months ago I was talking with a good friend and I came to the realization that there are a lot of women out there who have been done a disservice by their post-partum nurses and OB-GYN's. She (and many others) have no idea what Kegel exercises are and how they are helpful in getting your body back to normal after childbirth. Perhaps many of my readers are already well-informed about this, but if I'm able to enlighten one woman who wasn't, than my time is well-spent. Pregnancy and Read more [...]

Why You Should Probably Be Taking a Prenatal Vitamin Even If You Aren’t Pregnant

by heather
The process of growing and breastfeeding a child for six months sucks out 5 years worth of nutrition from your body. This means that if you are not supplementing your diet while pregnant and/or breastfeeding your body will remove mineral and other nutrition stores from your body in order to create/ feed that little bundle of joy. Your body will actually take calcium from your bones and give it to your baby. This is one of the reasons women are more likely to suffer from bone loss. (There also another  Read more [...]

When Looking for a Doctor, Ask a Nurse

by heather
 Today's post is about something that I wish that I had learned much earlier than I did. When you need a good doctor for something, the best recommendation you can get is from a nurse. Even if you don't know a nurse who works with the kind of physician you're looking for, you can still call the hospital and ask for recommendations. The best time to do this is on a Sunday afternoon when things are generally slower and nurses have more time to answer all of your questions. The nurses generally Read more [...]

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