Stripping Membranes: A Drug-Free Alternative for Inducing Labour

FAM, pregnancy By August 17, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

We know that many of our readers prefer to go the natural route for as many of their birthing processes as possible. Sometimes inducing labour is necessary and is often conducted with the aid of drugs. But there is a simple, drug-free alternative when inducing labour is necessary: “stripping membranes” (also known as “sweeping membranes”).  Sounds kind of scary, eh? So what does it entail?

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Implantation Pain – is it Normal?

FAM, pregnancy By August 11, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

Implantation pain – is it normal? Some women experience some cramping and pain when implantation of the fertilized egg into the lining in the uterine wall occurs (when you are officially pregnant).

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The Miracle Blanket

GEAR, style By August 10, 2009 Tags: , , No Comments

Miracle swaddling blanketThe Miracle Blanket’s unique, patented design is the first product to combine two of the most effective solutions to calm a fussy baby – classic swaddling and the lateral belly wrap. Securely wrapped around the baby, the blanket provides gentle pressure on the abdomen to reduce fussiness. If you don’t believe us, watch the video and you will be convinced. We often have special promotions on products like this one – sign up for our free monthly newsletter to be kept in the loop.

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How Can Your Partner Help During Early Labour?

FAM, pregnancy By August 10, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

SO many spouses and helpers ask how they can help during early labour. Often the pregnant woman gets irritated if her partner doesn’t know exactly what to do, and everyone ends up frustrated and stressed – which doesn’t help the birth process. Early labour is usually the longest phase of labour.

What’s happening in early labour?
– The cervix softens (ripens), begins thinning (effacing) and dilates to 3 cm.
– You may have show.
– 10-12% of women have their bags of water break at the beginning of labour
– Soft bowel movements increase

Often contractions are sporadic at the beginning of labour. Gradually they develop into a rhythm becoming longer, stronger, and closer together. Often they are quite short at the beginning (15 to 20 seconds) and they become longer as the labour progresses. The contractions begin, peak and end. They come like waves. The pain ebbs and flops with the contractions.

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Seventh Generation

GEAR, style By August 7, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Seventh Generation iPhone AppWe’re all about hip and funky.  And if you can save the environment and your own health in the mix, that’s a big bonus.  (Kind of like getting a daily calf massage after a night in 4 inch heels).  Did you know that 87% of Canadians believe that household cleaning products are safe even though only 10% of the chemicals used in the typical products have been tested?  Or here’s a scary one.. apparently housewives face a 55% higher cancer risk due to their exposure to household cleaning products… Nice.  Seventh Generation has come out with a super-cool app for the iphone or free download for your home computer.  While you are shopping or surfing, you can search a directory of common cleaning products to see what ingredients are inside.  Merci!

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Baby's Eyes Needs UV Protection Too

baby, FAM By August 5, 2009 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

MEC Dragon SunglassesEven though babies can’t wear traditional sunglasses, they still require UV protection for their eyes, warns the B.C. Association of Optometrists. Cranbrook optometrist Dr. Bednarczyk says damage from ultra-violet light has a cumulative effect, so it’s better to start protecting children’s eyes while they are young.  “Over time, UV radiation can damage the cornea, lens or retina of the eyes, and can be linked to a number of eye disorders including cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer,” says Dr. Bednarczyk.

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