Top Pregnancy Hacks To Make Pregnant Life Easier

Top Pregnancy Hacks To Make Pregnant Life Easier

Pregnancy can be a magical time, but it can’t be denied that being pregnant is hard work. Your body is going through a lot of enormous changes and doing the hard task of growing a new life, so you’re sure to be tired, as well as experiencing a range of aches, pains and sickness. There are some pregnancy hacks you can try out to make being pregnant a little more comfortable for you.

Comfort Is Key
Pregnancy is a great excuse to be very demanding. You need to prioritise your comfort. Whatever you need to feel comfortable, do it. Whether that means you buy new pillows for the bed, or buy the same pair of maternity jeans in three different colors, don’t be afraid to ask for anything that will help you to feel as comfortable as you can, especially in the later stages of your pregnancy. Don’t feel awkward asking for things, especially from your partner. It’s not unreasonable to expect them to be ready with a foot rub or the offer of a cup of tea.

A great comfort trick to help you sleep better is to sleep on your side with a pillow under your bump and another under your knees. This helps to align your back comfortably, without putting pressure on your bump. Proper pregnancy pillows can also really help you to get into a comfortable position, so consider investing if you’re struggling to get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is important, as pregnancy is very tiring, so make sure you do find a way to feel comfortable at night.

Late Night Snacks
It might sound strange, but a snack in the early hours of the morning can really help with morning sickness. Keep some snacks like saltine crackers on your nightstand so you can grab them easily if you wake up in the night. Nausea can be made worse on an empty stomach, so if you’re awake in the early morning for a wee or any other reason, nibble a small snack before you go back to sleep and you should feel less sick in the morning.

Keep Your Bra In The Freezer
Being pregnant during the summer can be even more difficult. It can feel impossible to keep cool with the extra weight of the bump and all the work your body is doing. To help head off some of the sweaty feeling, put your bra into a plastic bag so it doesn’t get damp and then pop it into the freezer for a few hours before you put it on. You can cool down quickly with this trick, even if you do feel a bit silly doing it.

Enjoy A Massage
Lots of spas offer special massages that are safe for pregnant women. If you’re struggling with the discomfort of pregnancy and you’re struggling with a lot of back pain, a massage could help a lot to make you feel more comfortable.

A massage with oils can also help to reduce pregnancy stretch marks and restore smooth skin. Spend some time pampering yourself with nice smelling oils to feel more relaxed, and reduce those stretch marks. You can use specific body oils, or just raid the kitchen cupboard for olive oil or coconut oil.

Head Off Heartburn
Many pregnant women experience severe heartburn which can be very uncomfortable. To avoid it, try eating more, smaller meals instead of three large ones. Avoid fried, spicy or rich foods, and try to drink less while you’re eating. If you’re really struggling, a shot of apple cider vinegar can work wonders for heartburn.

Eat Bananas
If you’re struggling with uncomfortable leg cramps, you can help to soothe them by having a glass of water and eating a banana. The potassium in the banana can help the cramps.

Invest In A Bra Extender
One of the most difficult parts of pregnancy can be getting dressed. Maternity clothes are expensive and it can be hard to work out what sizes will be comfortable. Bras are particularly difficult, even if you’re wearing maternity or nursing bras. A bra extender can be a lifesaver to give you a bit of extra room if you feel like your bra is too tight around your ribcage. Having a bit of extra space is a lot more comfortable.

Use Ginger
Ginger is known for its stomach-settling properties, making it a good friend to any pregnant woman. If you’re feeling nauseous, whether in the morning or not, snacking slowly on a ginger biscuit or sipping ginger ale can help a lot to settle your stomach. Keep ginger candies in your purse, and you can suck on them if you feel sick when you’re out and about.

If you don’t like ginger, watermelon is another favourite for pregnant women. Some people find that lemonade and potato chips work well too when you can’t keep anything else down.

Wear Workout Shoes
Convert your gym shoes into pregnancy shoes. The cushioned support in shoes designed for exercise are great for sore pregnant feet, and can help with a bad back too. If you’ve reached the point where bending over to tie your shoelaces is difficult, you can swap your laces for elastic laces which you can leave tied, converting your shoes into slip-ons, as the elastic will stretch when you pull the shoe on your foot. No bending over required.

Book All Your Appointments Early
While you’re pregnant, you’ll be going to see your Doctor a lot for different appointments to check on the health of you and your baby. When pregnancy brain sets in, it can be hard to remember to book all these different appointments, so book them all as soon as you know which appointments you’ll need when. This way, you won’t forget to book something important. If you book early, you’ll also have more choice of appointment times and have more time to arrange with work and other commitments to get the time off you need to see the Doctor.

Stock Up On Snacks
Pregnancy cravings can be intense. More than one Dad-to-be has made a panicked trip to the all-night garage at midnight to buy an important snack for his partner who is craving something that isn’t the fridge. To avoid this, keep a stash of common craving snacks in the fridge or freezer, ready to go. Pickles, french fries, ice cream and ginger beer are all common cravings, and are a good start for your snack stash.

Keep Kitchen Tongs In The Shower
Bending over gets more difficult the more pregnant you get. If you’re in the shower, dropping your shampoo or your washcloth while heavily pregnant can be very frustrating if you can’t bend down to pick it up again. Keep a set of kitchen tongs in the shower, and you can use them to grab whatever you’ve dropped, without having to bend over as far.

Stay Hydrated
Keeping well hydrated is important at the best of times, but it’s even more essential for the health of you and your baby. Try to drink plenty of water. You could keep a water bottle with you to remind you to keep sipping. If you’re finding it hard to drink enough water while also needing to wee a lot more often, you can boost your hydration with what you eat too. Eat foods with a high water content, like cucumber or radishes. You’ll be more hydrated without putting as much pressure on your bladder.

Try A Salt Soak For Your Feet
Swollen, bloated feet can be very uncomfortable, especially after a long time standing up. To reduce the swelling and soothe tired, aching feet, make up a soak with epsom salts or sea salt dissolved in warm water. Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil for a refreshing soak that will make your feet feel as good as new.

Try Prenatal Yoga
Look for a yoga class designed for pregnant women. These classes are great for a number of reasons. Certain yoga poses can actually help with nausea, which you’ll be very thankful for in the midst of morning sickness. The class will be relaxing too if you’re finding the pregnancy stressful. You’ll be getting in a good workout, which will help you to maintain your fitness levels while pregnant, bounce back quicker after the birth, and you’ll be helping to stretch out sore muscles and joints from carrying around the bump. You’ll also be meeting other pregnant women, who can sympathise with your struggles. Having some friends who are also pregnant gives you someone to talk to who understands if you’re ever finding things difficult, or a bit overwhelming. You might even make friends for play dates when all the babies are born. Those friendships could be very valuable to you when you have a small baby and feel a bit lonely in the early days of parenthood. Your baby will also benefit from having some same aged company when they start to get a little older.

Preparing For The Future In Every Way That You Can

Preparing For The Future In Every Way That You Can

Life changes when you become a parent. Every parent will have said that to someone else at some point in their lives. Whether you are hearing it for the first time because you are expecting a bundle of joy, whether you are in the full throws of parenthood, or you are in the later years of your life enjoying grandchildren, we can all agree that life is never the same. One of the main reasons is that your priorities change. No longer do you think about yourself first, there is your family to think of. They are what is important now. So many of us want to safeguard our families future, if anything to take some of the worry away. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can do that.

Write a will

No one wants to think about leaving their family behind. Be that in an accident or by a life threatening illness. But the truth be known we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. As it isn’t something that can be predicted, it’s more important than ever to get your assets and wishes written down in a will. This can help you to put in place your wishes for things like the assets you have such as the family home, or any outstanding finances and savings that you have accumulated over the years.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself

When you become a parent it’s easy to put your needs behind everyone else’s. But this is when you can find yourself in hot water. The last thing you want is to become ill, rundown or fatigued because of everyday life. So try and ensure you get a little time for yourself to rejuvenate. It might be to take a hot bath, or go to the gym. Maybe you want to work on meditation or yoga practises to clear your mind. You will also want to ensure that you keep up with regular health checks, otherwise long lasting ailments like tinnitus or diabetes can sneak up on you. Whatever you do take care of yourself, because you are the one that takes care of everyone else.

Ensure you’re covered for unforeseen circumstances

We made a valid point earlier, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. That also means we don’t know if we are going to suffer with an injury or critical illness. But yet life still has to move forward at it’s usual pace. Children will need to go to school and bills will still need to be paid. So it’s important to have provisions in place for every eventuality. Just to give you some peace of mind. That might be insurance policies to take away a financial burden.

Start saving for the future

Money is what makes the world go round, and while you many not want to place too much emphasis on it, you do need to ensure the bills get paid. So it’s important to set up savings accounts. Perhaps thinking about your children’s future for college or university fees. Or even just setting money aside for a rainy day should you need it. More often than not that money could be used every now and again for treats like vacations, but at least you are planning for the future to take away some of the financial burden of raising a family can have on you.

Let’s hope these tips help you safeguard your family’s welfare in the future.

How To Take Care Of Your Extended Family

How To Take Care Of Your Extended Family

Our closest relatives are often those who live in the same home with us. Our children, our spouse, perhaps even our pets. These are the people we see every single day, and are more than happy to do so. They are the people we build our lives around, including where we work, how we arrange our days, and more.

Our extended family are those we may see less but are by no means important. Sure, you may not see all of your distant relatives for some time, but your elderly relatives? Your siblings? These people matter, and they are the people we share our lives with, unless something unfortunate takes place.

For that reason, it’s also quite important to consider how to take care of your extended family, too. Odds are, this inquiry can help you feel much more considerate and understanding of their needs, and this attitude of support will often run two ways and become mutually supportive over the years. At least, this is how family is supposed to work, and taking the initiative can be important.

Using the following advice, we’re sure you’ll take care of your extended family well:

Consider Your Elderly Relatives

Your elderly relatives are often the most needful in that without help, they can struggle to get by. It might be that through allowing one to move in, coming to their place to help them arrange their week and perhaps help them with groceries, or researching and booking a place at the best assisted living facilities, you are able to correctly assess their needs and move forward with the measure you deem most appropriate.

Arrange Reunions

Arrange reunions with your loved ones. Odds are, you aren’t quite aware as to how much they miss you, or how much you can get along if only you are in the same environment. For example, it might be that you have a wedding coming up, and inviting your extended family in a curated list can help you once again meet them in a connected manner. It might also be that another life milestone is worth the celebration. Or, alternatively, it might be that despite an upcoming family event taking place miles and miles from where you live, you decide to attend with your children and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Include Them Where Appropriate

Include your family where appropriate. For example, if your elderly relative is in need of help, do not make the decisions simply because you are closest to them. Confer with your siblings, Ensure that you can speak to your family and respect their opinions. Even if you are estranged from them for good reason, sometimes matters of importance like this take precedence. It’s in this way that you can become a reliable and respectable node within your family unit, and it’s likely that others will follow suit.

With this advice, we hope you can take care of your extended family appropriately.

Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Not Scary Halloween Movies for Little Kids

Halloween is tomorrow!  This year it falls on a Friday, perfect for parties, trick-or-treating, and other fun activities for everyone.

A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  A Halloween movie is a great way to end the night filled with activities and candy.  Watching an age appropriate movie is a great way to wind the night down and get the kiddies ready for a good night’s sleep.  The sooner the kids settle down the sooner adults can make the most of the rest of the evening!

Here are a few not so scary Halloween movies that kids of all ages should enjoy without having nightmares.  It’s not to late to find them at your local discount store or order them on NetFlix or whatever video service you use.

A Halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, is aired annually on network TV and is available on DVD.  It follows the Peanuts gang as Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin whom Linus believes appears every Halloween to give good children presents.

Heffalump is an adventure with the cuddly Winnie the Pooh characters confronts their fears of lurking monsters.  It teaches kids to confront their own fears.

One of my favorite.  The Goonies has all the ingredients for a fun adventure: treasure, good guys and bad guys.  It also teaches compassion for those less fortunate. A true childhood classic!

Halloweentown premiered on the Disney Channel in 1998.  It has since spawned several sequels.  It’s about a teenage girl who discovers she comes from a long line of witches.  She visits her ancestral home in Halloweentown and solves the mystery behind the disappearances there.

What happens when the monster under the bed doesn’t scare you?  Find out in this new Disney Classic Monsters, Inc.

How can anyone be afraid of Casper the small friendly ghost?  This heartwarming story about friendship will have kids and adults cheering for the good guys.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

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Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

With Halloween just around the corner many of us a busy with last minute preparations including finding the perfect Halloween movies.

I know one of the the favorite activities during this season is watching scary movies, everyone wants to be scared for just a little bit.  But it seems that  Halloween movies get bloodier and gorier each year and the higher the body count the more popular the flick is.   I personally don’t like blood and gore.  Watching zombies chew up body parts are not my idea of a scary Halloween movie, gross but not really scary.  I much prefer classic Halloween movies that don’t involve too much blood and guts splashing across the screen and screaming high school kids frantically running from zombies or monsters.

In my opinion classic Halloween movies that play on your mind are much more scary and can really send goosebumps up your arm for days if not weeks to come.

So pop some corn, grab your movie partner, and get comfy, I’m going to share with you 6 of my all time favorite classic Halloween movies.  If you prefer the blood and gore then pop one of John Carpenter’s Halloween movies in your DVD.  I hope you enjoy them, but if you’re looking for something that’s subtly scary read on!

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classic halloween moviesThe Sixth Sense

“I see dead people” the boy whispers, it never fails to send chills down my spine.  The movie hooks you in from the start and ends with an unexpected surprise.

I love this movie!  If you haven’t seen it you must, if you’ve seen it before it’s definitely worth seeing again.

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classic halloween moviesPsycho

When I say Psycho I mean the original 1960 version, not the recent remake.  Although I have to admit watching the series for a while, it was pretty good.

But the original version of Psycho is classic Hitchcock.  Easy on the gore; heavy on the suspense.  The soundtrack is enough to bring on nightmares!

Did you know that Hitchcock filmed this movie in black and white because of the infamous shower scene?  It’s true, he did because he didn’t want the bloody scene to be too gory.  He felt it would detract from the story line.

 

 

classic halloween moviesWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This classic movie is a real thriller.  Jane, aka Baby Jane in her child star days, and her wheelchair bound sister, Blanche, also an aging child star, are forced to live together in an old Hollywood mansion.

Watch the sisters’ plot and plan as one is bent of revenge and the other desperately trying to regain her childhood career.

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classic halloween moviesThe Exorcist

This movie was released when I was in 8th. grade.  After much begging I finally got my parents to agree to let me see the movie.  I had nightmares for months!

The whole movie is about a teenage girl played by Linda Blair, who somehow gets possessed by the devil.  The desperate mother turns to a Catholic priest who spends days trying to rid the child of the evil entity.

Ever since I first say this movie I’ve never been able to eat pea soup again!  Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

 

 

classic halloween moviesBram Stoker’s Dracula

A list of classic Halloween movies wouldn’t be complete with out at least one vampire movie and Dracula is probably the most famous or infamous vampire.

Over the years since Bram Stoker’s classic novel was published in 1897 there have been numerous movies produced.  It’s actually hard to choose one as I actually like a couple of them.  Old time favorites are  Christopher Lee’s  1958 movie The Horror of Dracula and Bela Lugosi’s 1931 Dracula.

But recently those 2 favorites have gotten to seem a bit campy, what with all the new fangled special effects they use these days.  So my current favorite is the Francis Ford Coppola 1992 production.  It does not disappoint!

 

 

classic halloween moviesThe Good Son

This 1993 thriller with child star Macaulay Culkin of the Home Alone movies fame is a lesson in good and evil and that things or people aren’t always what they seem to be.

These are just 6 of my all time favorite Halloween movies, I hope you find them enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie?  Please share it with us!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Baby on Board: 4 Tips for First-Time Nanas

Baby on Board: 4 Tips for First-Time Nanas

A survey by the National Association for Grandparenting in 2018 revealed that about 23% of adults had no memories of bonding with their grandparents. Having grandparents involved in the life of a child is proven valuable to their overall development and well-being. There is a special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, as it is something different from that of siblings and parents. However, if you are a grandparent-to-be, there are expectations you need to ensure you are giving your family the best help possible. This step is critical, especially when the new families are often overwhelmed and unsure of how to handle a newborn during the beginning stages.

Catch Up on New Parenting Methods

You will face many challenges transitioning from being a parent to your adult-child to a grandparent. Parenting rules have changed over time, making babysitting a new child more challenging than it was decades ago. You can expect to have a rough time with the new parents when you offer parental advice regarding feeding, bathing, clothing, or putting a baby to sleep. Learning the current methods of parenting can help you establish a smooth relationship with the newborn and the parents. Consider seeking advice from friends who have already welcomed their first grandchild, educate yourself through books, or take classes specifically for grandparents. Alternatively, you can ask the new parents to provide guidelines about their style of parenting.

Consult Before Buying Baby Items

With a new baby, you might feel tempted to go shopping and pick what you think is appropriate for them. But before you do so, communicate your plans with the parents. Chances are, they have received dozens of baby clothes and toys or would prefer you buy specific items if you insist on shopping for the baby. It is understandable if you want to go overboard and shop for essentials like a playpen or carrier. Nonetheless, you still need to check with the mother before buying what you think is best for them. With a variety of choices available, any mother would want to weigh their options first to ensure they are choosing the right baby gear that fits their needs. It is best to give them time to shop around for baby carriers that offer comfort and support when carrying the child around.

Follow the Parents’ Lead

Naturally, you will feel responsible for sharing your experiences and opinions about everything related to raising a baby. However, to avoid any conflicts with the new parents, always offer advice that is non-judgmental and non-critical. Keep in mind everything about parenting has changed since you became a parent. Thus, respect the decisions new parents make from birth procedures to baby naming, proper feeding and even sleeping routines.

Allow Bonding to be Natural

Grandparents expect to build that special bond with their grandchildren right from the state. Unfortunately, bonding does not happen automatically. Newborns will cry when you hold them despite making funny faces and baby talk. Instead of setting self-expectations, focus on ways you build a strong bond with your grandchild. Give them time to adapt and feel comfortable near you. Once the bond grows, it will surprise you when they want to spend more time with you.

Becoming a new grandparent is an exciting time, but it also comes with new challenges. If you are looking forward to building a strong relationship with your grandchild, you will need to prepare for the changes along the way. Brush up on current parenting trends, offer support without overbearing, and enjoy your new life has a beloved nana. Remember, you have a vital role in your grandchild’s life, so strive to create a bond while they are still young.