Is it Safe to Use Bug Spray When I’m Pregnant?

Posted May 29th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

As we head into the warmer months, you and your bump will start to spend more time outdoors – at concerts, in the park, at the pool, etc.  Of course, mosquitos just love a nice, juicy pregnant woman.  You really want to use bug spray to keep the pests away, but before you put your finger on the trigger, you wonder, is it safe to use bug spray when I’m pregnant?

Most experts agree the answer to this depends on what type you use and how much:

Natural Spray

Repellents that contain nonchemical ingredients such as citrus, citronella and chrysanthemum are, for the most part, cleared for use.  However, natural products may not be as effective as the sprays that use chemicals.

Chemical Spray

The stronger, more effective sprays do have some toxic capacity so it’s recommended that they be used in small amounts.  Animal studies have shown a link between DEET (a common spray ingredient) and cardiac birth defects – but we are talking only when used at very high levels.  If you’ve spritzed yourself once or twice, don’t worry, but do take precautions with future use.

Tip: For better protection, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and then apply the repellent to your clothes.  If you must, you can pat a tiny bit on exposed skin – like wrists, neck and face.

A great way to avoid bug bites is to wear unscented lotions, avoid being outside at dusk and stay clear of standing water.

As always, we are simply sharing our pregnancy stories with you. Please consult your physician to discuss your concerns or questions about bug sprays.

 

My Mother-in-Law and My Pregnancy

Posted May 22nd, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Lets face it – mother-in-law (MIL) relationships can be tricky.  She used to be the most important woman in your spouse’s world and now you are.  You can’t blame her all the time for her behavior (okay, maybe you can). Now that you are bringing a baby into the mix your relationship will be entering into unchartered territories.

Try following these suggestions for managing your MIL while you are pregnant. You might just be able to bring your relationship to a better place.

Give Her a Part to Play: She just wants to be involved and she cares so much already about the little person growing inside of you.  Is that such a bad thing? Give her a project (but just one) that she can help you with.  Maybe it’s something you’re dreading doing – like washing all the baby’s clothes before they arrive.  You’ll make her feel a part of “team baby” and at the same time you’ll keep her busy and out of your hair for a little while.

Just Let Her Do It: If she’s been bugging you about taking you to lunch, buying something for the baby or asking if she can help with anything, just let her do it.  By denying her involvement just to be spiteful, you might push her away.  And when that baby comes, you’ll want any help you can get.  Trust me!

Get Your Partner Involved: Remember, it’s your spouse’s mom and just because you’re the one carrying the baby, doesn’t mean he gets to bow out of the conversation.  Try to ensure that your partner does his part to show his mother that he respects your approach to caring for your self and the baby.

If you and your MIL did not jive from day one – don’t expect your little bundle of joy to make her your new best friend.  But the baby will bring you closer together and that’s a good thing.  Baby will benefit from having a mama and a grandma that get along.

 

 

Five Things to Eat While You’re Pregnant To Better Your Baby’s Future Health

Posted May 15th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Does your pregnancy diet consist of ice cream, Taco Bell and more ice cream?  While those may be the only things you can stomach, there is some truth to the old adage you are what you eat.  And what you eat while you’re pregnant can affect your baby’s health for the rest of its life. 

You don’t have to go running to the nearest organic food store right this second, but making a few changes to your diet can go a long way for your developing baby.

Here are five things to incorporate into your diet over the next nine months:

OJ:  Folic acid (found in oranges and bananas) is really important, especially during the early stages of pregnancy, as it reduces neural-tube defects.  Studies have shown that supplementing with folic acid for a year before pregnancy can help reduce the risk of pre-term delivery.  Down a glass of orange juice every morning, plus supplement with a pre-natal vitamin.

Fish: Getting enough DHA (found in seafood) is one of the most important things you can do for your baby’s health.  DHA boosts baby’s brain development before birth, leading to better vision, memory, motor skills and language in early childhood.  So eat at least 12 ounces a week of low-mercury fish, or take a DHA supplement.

Meat: During pregnancy, your iron (found in protein) needs double to support your 50 percent increase in blood volume and promote fetal iron storage.  Iron transports oxygen, and your baby benefits from a healthy supply.

Cheese: Aim to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day (found in dairy products).  Your baby needs it for tooth and bone development in the second and third trimesters.

Produce/Whole Grains: A diet high in fiber (found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains) helps prevent constipation and keeps you feeling full so you are less likely to over eat.  High-fiber foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals essential to your baby’s overall development.

Remember, make each calorie count by choosing whole, healthy foods for your pregnant belly and developing baby!

Lullabelly Question: When listening to your Lullabelly pregnancy music belt, what song brings on the cravings?

Sniff, Sniff…Do Preggos Really Have a Heightened Sense of Smell?

Posted May 8th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Remember those early days of pregnancy when every little smell sent you running for the toilet?  You couldn’t walk past the Abercrombie & Fitch store at the mall without holding your breath to avoid the perfume wafting from the store.

Well, research shows it may all be in your head.  While many women say their sense of smell got stronger with pregnancy, research has not confirmed that women’s olfactory senses increase.  There have been several studies done on the subject and results are mixed. 

But ask any pregnant woman and she will tell you that she sure had experienced an altered sense of smell – especially in early pregnancy.

So why is your sniffer super sensitive now? 

Some scientists suggest that an aversion to smells might be a protective mechanism – like the spoiled meat doesn’t smell good, so you don’t eat it.

So trust your belly’s instincts.  If something doesn’t smell like roses to you, avoid it.  It may not cause food poisoning, but it might make you sick.

Breast Milk Can Do What?

Posted May 1st, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

If you’re still on the fence about whether to breast or bottle feed, The Lullabelly Belly Blog can help you decide – we’re moms too who appreciate all things baby! 

We all know breast is considered best for baby as far as nourishment goes, but what you might not know is that breast milk has some other added benefits that have nothing to do with feeding time.

Experts say that breast milk may be better than hitting up the drugstore for common ailments.  Just a few drops of breast milk can help clear up the following:

Unstuff Noses – Skip the saline drops!  Instead, squirt two drops of breast milk into each nostril and clear out the mucus with an aspirator.  Exposure to your milk’s antibodies may help relieve irritation.

Correct Conjunctivitis – For mild cases of pinkeye, two drops of in each infected eye twice daily proves to be an effective antibiotic.

Cleaning Ouchies – Clean cuts and scrapes than dab on some breast milk instead antibacterial cream.

Itchy Scratchy Relief – Use a cotton ball to blot dry spots of eczema with breast milk, which is a great lubricant.

Oh and if your baby suffers from a mild case of diaper rash, breast milk has been known to heal tushies slightly faster than zinc oxide ointments. 

Breast milk really is liquid gold!

Tip! To help relax and stimulate milk production, pop on your Lullabelly musical belt’s headphones and listen to your relaxation playlist. You can use your Lullabelly even when you’re not pregnant – it’s easy to attach to your rocking chair and then listen away!

 

 

 

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