Pregnancy

Winter Pregnancy Dresses

Selecting winter pregnancy dresses can be a bit
trickier than selecting clothes for the summer. For
one, you cannot buy in advance because the clothes
might become old-fashioned and you will have no idea
of the size you will need by the time winter comes
around.

Next, winter clothes are pretty bulky so if you’re in
your first term of pregnancy, you might even be able
to fit into your old winter clothes. However, this
becomes more complicated if you get bigger.

In such a scenario, consider wearing your old coat but
without buttoning it up. If you can accessorize well
then you might be able to carry off a stylish winter
look.

Since desperate times call for desperate measures,
borrow your husband’s coat. It might not be very
fashionable but at least it will keep you warm and
snug.

If you must absolutely wear women’s coats, well, then
you might like to trawl the flea markets and buy a
nice quality second-hand coat. Alternatively, a shawl
or a poncho is also good substitute to a coat.

Or perhaps you might like to add some layers to your
clothing instead of wearing one coat. If you team up
the clothes with eye of colors and textures you might
actually be able to hide the flab as well.

Think about a warm top, a color coordinated pull over
with a woolen skirt and some warm leggings with
matching muffler and mittens. Such an outfit will keep
you warm and trendy at the same time.

Why Cotton Is The Preferred Pregnancy Fabric

Not only are cotton clothes stylish but they also seem
to be the preferred choice of pregnancy dresses across
the world. In hot and humid countries like India,
cotton is the number 1 selling fabric by default. But
for pregnant women in all countries across the globe
it is a god-send for many reasons.

Cotton allows your skin to breathe, which is very
helpful during the advanced stages of pregnancy. This
means you remain comfortable during hot flashes and
even otherwise, the fabric allows air to pass through
it easily. This means you get natural ventilation
which helps aid good hygiene and comfort.

Cotton is easily available almost everywhere. And
what’s more, you get cotton in different cuts and
styles which means, your pregnancy wardrobe can be
varied and interesting.

While cotton fabrics are difficult to care for, they
make-up for this shortfall by keeping you cool and
comfortable during difficult times. Your body goes
through many changes so it helps to wear pregnancy
dresses that don’t leave you itching, scratchy,
swollen, or bruised any more than is necessary.

Cotton is also considered to be the fabric of choice
of the upper elite. So it allows you to look chic and
yet you are as comfortable as possible in your cotton
pregnancy dress.

Cotton also molds itself in your body curves which
lends a slim, lean look. So don’t hesitate for a
minute before you buy cotton pregnancy dresses because
you will get a rich pay-off in terms of comfort,
style, and over-all well being.

The Survival Kit For Pregnancy Dresses

During the 9 months of pregnancy, many would-be
mothers keep repeating the same mistakes over and
again. Here is a survival checklist for all first-time
mothers so that your pregnancy wardrobe is stylish and
comfortable without pinching your wallet. While
shopping for your pregnancy dresses, ensure that you
keep this checklist handy.

All pregnancy dresses should be made from soft
materials which are natural. Avoid man-made materials
like the plague. The material should be almost cotton,
preferably 90% and yet it should have some percent of
lycra – not more than 10% – so that it gives a little
stretch during the months when the tummy balloons and
flab appears all over the body.

Check the lining of the clothes you buy. It should not
irritate the skin and select colors that are soothing
to the eye. Opt for hues like cream, off-white, navy,
beige, black (just for its slimming effect), and of
course, pure white.

Baby pinks, light shades of blue, pastel colors are
also choices with which you look good during these
months.

Most would-be mothers make the classic mistake of
« making do » with their old clothes. They keep wearing
their old clothes till it literally falls apart at the
seams. Avoid this at all costs.

Do spend a bit of money and try to spruce up your
appearance during the pregnancy months. Not only will
you look good, you will also feel good about yourself
if you have a good selection of pregnancy dresses.

Pregnancy’s Beautiful Stretch Marks

The minute you find out you are pregnant you know things are going to be changing, from your waist size to those little stretch marks that pop up. Stretch marks are exactly that, red or purple marks left in your skin because it has stretched. The most common areas for it to appear is the buttocks, thighs, stomach, breasts and even arms. 90 percent of all pregnant women will get them, whether they get a lot or a few depends on the body and how they are preventing them.

There are a ton of lotions out there that claim to help prevent stretch marks, such as scar serum, cocoa butter or Maderma. Make sure your skin is always moist, this helps in stretching the skin and not tearing it. There are new discoveries every day, ask your doctor what he/she recommends. Try them out yourself first and see if they work for you. This isn’t something you just put on one time during your pregnancy, you’ll have to make this a daily effort in order for it to work. That’s where most women fail, they just stop doing it.

During your pregnancy try to eat healthy and stay in shape. This can help to keep off any access weight. The recommended weight gain for the average, 25-35 healthy pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. Make sure you drink plenty of water, staying hydrated helps keep the skin healthy. The moment your skin dries out you can begin getting stretch marks.

If you’ve had one or more children your chances of getting more stretch marks will increase. Your skin has already been stretched out and you are about to do it again. Large babies and multiple babies can increase your chances of getting stretch marks too. Begin using preventing creams and lotions with vitamins A and E in them, as soon as you find out your are pregnant and try to lessen your chances of getting them.

After the pregnancy if you have any stretch marks you may still have a few stretch marks, even after all the care you took. These do fade over time, so don’t worry about the way you look. If they are unbearable to you and you’ve waited a while, you can choose to have a tummy tuck or laser removal. Make an appointment with a dermatologist to see what he/she has to tell you. You may discover that you can live with them after all.

Besides caring for your skin daily and eating right, there isn’t much you can do to prevent these beautiful pregnancy marks, however this doesn’t mean you don’t have to try. Take comfort in knowing that half the woman you know that have been pregnant probably have a mark or two, they may even have a little road map. Think about it as you’ve just been initiated into the gang of motherhood. No woman should ever feel ashamed of her stretch marks, they may not be the prettiest thing in the world but they do represent one thing…your child. Remember that the next time you are getting disgusted by them.

Select Pregnancy Dresses For Style And Comfort

Today, pregnant women live in a society where they
don’t feel shy in showing off their bulging stomachs.
After all, why should pregnant women cringe at the
thought of what other people will think and say about
their protruding tummies?

In fact, being pregnant is one of the best and most
memorable times in a woman’s life. Therefore, you must
dress yourself with style.

However, it is appropriate for a pregnant woman to
wear a pregnancy dress for comfort as well as for
fashion. Many women don’t have any idea of the type of
pregnancy dress that they should wear.

Women should see to it that the pregnancy dress is
loose and comfortable and, at the same time, a little
stretchable so as to accommodate the growing bulges.

The old fashions and dresses worn by pregnant women
have today given way to smart dresses. You might have
seen many high profile celebrities sporting smart
pregnant dresses and the trend has picked up
considerably.

You should wear pregnant dresses that match your
personality. Also choose a dress with clean lines
which takes attention away from your tummy. A
stretchable jumper will be just about fine.

Also you can spend money buying comfortable and roomy
maternity jeans. A good brand will add to your
personality and comfort. Bias cut, wrap-around tops as
well as dresses are the in-thing today as they are
very suitable for day and evening wear.

They can fit well and are good enough to last you for
the entire nine month pregnancy cycle. You can also
wear stylish ballet pumps with your pregnancy dresses.

Save Big Bucks On Your Pregnancy Dresses

Maternity clothes are probably the biggest money drain
for any pregnant woman. Not only do they have a small
shelf-life (after all, you will use them only for a
few months) they also tend to become old-fashioned in
a jiffy.

So how does someone plan their pregnancy wardrobe
without allowing it to make a big dent in their
budget?

Consider borrowing from friends or relatives. Almost
everyone hangs on to their maternity clothes and they
will gladly allow you borrow it for some time.

Plunder your husband or your partner’s closets for
baggy shirts, large-size shorts, and roomy socks.
Frequent yard sales and garage sales where housewives
might be disposing their maternity wear.

Run the clothes through a good dry cleaning service -
you don’t want to catch all the germs, mites, dust,
etc that might have collected on old clothes. Open the
seams of your old clothes – you might be surprised at
how long you can wear your regular clothes when you
are bulging with pregnancy fat if you can make them
roomier.

Stepping out for a party and you need something more
trendy? Well, consider buying last season’s pregnancy
dresses. Everyone at the party will be busy cooing
over your pregnancy glow to even notice your clothes.

Also, you might be excused because everyone buys
pregnancy dresses well in advance and if you are just
a season behind, well, that’s actually quite sweet.
And anyhow, pregnant mothers are forgiven a lot more
than out-of- fashion pregnancy dresses, so relax!

Sartorial Expectations When You Are Expecting

Most mommies gain about 30 pounds during their
pregnancy and are often, sartorially, at a loss. In
the first couple of months, between weeks 8 and 16,
clothes with elastic waists will suffice.

You will notice weight gain primarily around the hips,
the waist, the thighs, and upper arms. While your bone
structure will remain pretty much the same, the fat
content of your body will increase dramatically. So
your pregnancy dresses must also be able to cope with
such weight gains.

In the first trimester, pants and skirts with flexible
or elastic waists, or clothes without any form-fitting
shape are ideal. Opt for loose and baggy tops which
conceal your slightly protruding tummy. Always select
fabrics that stretch because these are the clothes
that will see you through most of your pregnancy.

In the latter, half of the pregnancy you will be
spoiled for choice. Almost all maternity clothes are
made for this part of the pregnancy and you might
almost feel human as you try on these clothes.

Whether you opt for designer, tailor-made, or
off-the-shelf clothes, you will soon be spending a
pretty penny on your wardrobe. Try to make sensible
purchases, for example, pregnancy dresses with a
tie-up on the back or the side, wrap around skirts
with adjustable waists, and so on.

Such clothes will see you happily attired even after
the baby is born. You can always mix and match and
select combinations judiciously pre and post partum.

Preparing the kids for Pregnancy

The moment you find out your pregnant you want to tell everyone, including your kids. The way you tell your child depends on their age, an older child will understand what it means when you tell them you are pregnant or that they are going to be a brother or sister soon. However, a toddler is a little bit harder to explain this too.

Think about your child’s personality when it comes time to tell them. You know your child best. They may enjoy being sent little clues like you did with daddy, or they may just want you to tell them straight out. You could get lucky and have them walk in the room while you are announcing it. This happened to me when I was expecting child number four. I had just walked out of the bathroom waving the wand in the air to show my husband. I had no clue that my kids had walked into the room until I heard them screeching I was pregnant. Oops.

Their Reactions
Don’t be shocked if at first your child acts distant, many children will respond to the news in their own way. One of your children may even start to pretend to be pregnant right along with you, mimicking everything you do. While another child may tell you they don’t want you to bring home a new baby. These are all common reactions to the news, the way you handle it will determine the outcome.

If your child seems reluctant to want another child in the home you may want to find out why. The only way to find out what’s bugging him/her is to ask. Maybe they are just scared that you are going to stop loving them, or that everyone will forget about him/her when the baby is born.

Showing them They are Important too
A good way to do this is to make sure they get something the moment the baby is born, some have had the doctors give the sibling their own baby doll when their sibling was born. Try reading children’s books with them to show them that it’ll be a good thing. Dad can always spend some one on one time with them.

Involving Your Child in the Pregnancy
This is their baby too, have your children accompany you to a few of the doctor visits. Let them hear the heartbeat of their little sister or brother. Watch their faces light up when they see the baby for the first time on the screen. There are many ways you can involve them, you can encourage them to help you decide on a name. Try letting them feel the baby kick for the first time by placing their hand on your swollen belly.

It’s easy to prepare the siblings for your new arrival as long as you involve them in the pregnancy along the way. They’ll be happy to be part of it and feel more of a connection to the baby when he/she is born.

Staying Fit During Your Pregnancy

Keeping fit during your pregnancy is great for you, not only will it help you keep your body toned but it also can help when it comes time to push that baby out. Every pregnant woman wants to be able to go back to her pre-pregnancy weight after the baby is born, but the only way to do that is to make sure you can. By excising or working out every day you are making sure you don’t add fat to your body. During labor it’ll be much easier to push the baby if you’ve been strengthening your leg and stomach muscles. Who knows, it may even make labor a little bit shorter. Isn’t that what we all want?

Plus when you are tired and just feeling a little blue, just by exercising you actually increase your energy.

Here are a few quick things you can do to stay fit during pregnancy, without really having to break out a sweat. I’m sure by now you’ve heard of yoga, this is a very good thing for you to practice, especially if you haven’t always been in the best of shape. Not to worry, there are beginning levels here, you don’t have to jump into the human pretzel right away. Try purchasing a set of small weights that you can use throughout the house, like hand weights or wrist weights that can use while walking. Instead of just laying on the couch while you rest you can be lifting small weights.

Get a chair and try doing a couple crunches, 5 to 10 in the beginning to make sure you don’t pull anything. Don’t worry you can always add to it as the weeks go on.

Try running, walking or jogging outside. Not only will this boost up your energy but it’ll also help get your spirits up, especially if you’ve been inside all day. Remember, if you are going for a walk to always bring a drink with you. You don’t want to dehydrate out there. Always make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes, before you leave the house. If you didn’t always run, ask your doctor if you can. Sometimes a doctor may suggest you walk around the block at first and increase it from there, if you didn’t always do it before you were pregnant.

If you can you may want to try going for a swim or try bicycling. However, if you find that you are accident prone you may want to stay away from the bike. A bike accident is something that can easily happen, even when you’ve always road a bike. Swimming can help you relax and stay cool. Take a dip in the pool near you, they may even have a swim class for pregnant women in your area. This would be a great way to meet other moms.

Whenever you are doing exercises, make sure you aren’t overdoing it. If you believe you could be stop immediately and take a break. You never want to do anything that’ll harm the pregnancy.

Concerns During Pregnancy

There is nothing more stressful than to have something go wrong during pregnancy. It doesn’t matter if it is your first time being pregnant or your fourth. There are many things to be concerned about during your pregnancy and it is easier when you know what they are.

Vaginal bleeding- This may also known as spotting, but make sure that is what is going on. There is a difference between actively bleeding and spotting. Spotting is lightly bleeding kind of like your period, the blood can be red, pink or even brown. If you are bleeding actively with any pain call your doctor, if you can’t get a hold of him go immediately to the emergency room. Bleeding can be a number of things from implantation, ectopic pregnancy, labor, infection or even miscarriage. Always let your doctor know, so everything can be ruled out, you’ll feel better too.

Stomach pain or cramping- During the pregnancy it may be hard to decipher the difference between a growing pain and an actual stomach pain/cramping. However, if you do get a pain of any sort rest. After a few minutes if it doesn’t subside, call your doctor and describe the pain to him. Don’t worry about it if you find out you only had gas or were having Braxton hicks contractions, at least you know everything is okay with pregnancy.

Gush of liquid- This could mean you are in labor and that your water broke, however if it isn’t close to the time of birth it can be something else. Call your doctor immediately and head for the emergency room.

Dehydration- While you are pregnant it is easy to become dehydrated, especially if you have morning sickness or just don’t drink those 8 glasses of water. If you find yourself pale, dry mouth or dizzy, you could be dehydrated and should be seen by a doctor. Dehydration can cause premature labor and/or distress on the pregnancy.

Painful urination – Could be a urinary tract infection, also known as UTI. This can be easily treated with medication or by drinking lots of fluids and cranberry juice. A urinary tract infection isn’t something to be embarrassed about, it is very common amongst pregnant women. The growing belly pushes against your ureters and makes it harder for it to flow through. Which of course can cause infection. Another way to find out if you have it is if you have a foul odor when you pee.

Pregnancies can be scary enough, there’s no reason to add to it. If you are ever in doubt or have a concern talk with your doctor. It is common that first time moms are worried about many pains that they feel. Never fear calling because you are afraid of waking the doctor up or because you feel silly. Being silly might just save the baby. While you are worrying, you are only causing stress on you and the baby, find out what’s wrong and relieve your anxiety.