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How do I know I've miscarried

How Can I Tell if I have Miscarried?

FAM, health, pregnancy By February 18, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 5 Comments

There aren’t many scarier experiences in a woman’s life than when she is thinking she may be having a miscarriage. Statistics tell us that around 50% of pregnancies do end in miscarriages, but most of those women have no idea they were even pregnant in the first place. The majority of miscarriages happen in the first two weeks after conception, and the woman thinks she is just having a slightly heavier menstrual cycle than normal. However, when miscarriage happens further along in the pregnancy it can be truly devastating, especially to those parents who have planned and perhaps waited for years for their baby.  Many women will ask – how can I tell if I have miscarried? 

Signs of Implantation - When Pregnancy Begins

Signs of Implantation – When Some Say Pregnancy Begins

baby, FAM, pregnancy By February 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 63 Comments

Some scientists say that implantation is when and where pregnancy begins. What is implantation and are there any common signs of implantation? Implantation occurs when the egg that has been fertilized by the sperm attaches to the inner wall of the uterus about 7-9 days after conception. Having traveled down the fallopian tube and divided several times, the fertilized zygote has reached its final destination in the warm and nourishing uterine lining. Now it can receive the oxygen and nutrients from mom to begin to grow and develop into the beautiful baby it will become. Implantation must occur for pregnancy to continue.

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Conception and Food

Conception and Food: What to Eat and When

baby, baby, EAT, FAM, pregnancy By February 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in antioxidants and high in nutrients is important, but there is more to it than that – it can boost fertility. Surprisingly, it’s not just what you eat, but when you eat it. Our bodies have different nutritional needs over the course of the month, so it makes sense that there is a link between conception and food.


Inexpensive Maternity Clothes

GEAR, style By October 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Seeing as the entirety of pregnancy lasts about 9 months, the need for maternity clothes lasts at most the same length of time.  Why should you buy a whole new wardrobe to wear for a maximum of nine months, none of which will fit you after?  The answer: You don’t have to!  Maternity clothes are for the most part, expensive and not very flattering—when let’s face it; you need to feel that you look as good as possible when you’re pregnant!  No matter your dedication level to the idea of having inexpensive maternity clothes, you do have options.

Make your own clothes.  There is a variety of levels you can make your clothes from but no matter the skill level, altering your clothes to fit your growing body parts is a skill that will save you tons of money.  Many women have problems with their shirts not fitting in length once their belly starts expanding even though the shirt seems to fit in all the other ways.  For this problem, you can take your shirt that you want to wear, cut it below your ribcage and piece in the midsection from another t-shirt and reattach the bottom from the first shirt.  If you pick fabrics and colors that will go well together, then you will have just made a unique shirt for yourself.  Instead of layering tanks underneath to hide your belly, you will be getting compliments on your cute and different shirt.  Plus, a band of contrasting color on a shirt is a cute way to accent your growing belly!  Another common problem for pregnant women is the waistband in jeans.  While the jeans may still be wearable for another few months everywhere else, the waistband doesn’t allow for any of the growth that is happening.  So, just make all your pants a belly band to fit in wherever there is a fly, button or zipper.  A belly band is simply an attachable piece of elastic you fasten onto bottoms wherever they do up.  You can wear your pants unbuttoned or unzipped and since you now have longer shirts, no one will know!  For more advanced seamstresses, you could make your own wrap skirts, and loose fitting tops out of your choice of fabric and prints.  The most important thing to keep in mind though, when making or altering your own maternity clothes,  is that you will be growing so make or alter things that will be adjustable for you so that you can continue to wear these pieces and be comfortable in them.

Shop New Stores.  While you may be used to shopping for clothes in a mall, that’s not where you’ll find the best priced maternity clothes.  Instead, shop your favorite vintage stores, thrift stores and consignment stores.  These places are where other women have taken the new maternity clothes they bought and didn’t want hanging around.  Most maternity clothes you find will be only gently used and some may even be basically brand new!  Shop at the vintage stores that you are close to or the ones you know to be a bit more stringent on their donations, you may pay a bit more here but you will find clothes that are cuter and in need of less repair.  Another good place to find maternity clothes is garage sales.  Search neighborhoods that are child friendly and prestigious to find the best steals on maternity clothes—you never know what else you may find for baby!

If you must shop, shop for both.  If you can’t fathom wearing someone else’s clothes even for only nine months, then there are a few things you can look for in the regular stores that can be worn during pregnancy and after.  Maxi dresses, or anything with an empire waist works perfectly.  There is no restriction of the belly and these are so in style right now!  These can even be dressed up for formal wear if you have to go to something fancy while you’re pregnant.  Tunic tops and leggings are always cute on anyone and are the perfect casual pregnancy outfit.

No matter what you choose, make sure you are comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing.

– Allie Samborn

What is Safe During Pregnancy

What is Safe During Pregnancy?

FAM, pregnancy By August 25, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Many a newly pregnant woman has several panic attacks when she realizes that pregnancy means changing some habits.  What is safe during pregnancy?  Can I dye my hair? Eat Sushi? What about nail polish fumes and second hand smoke?  And the stress that all of these questions are causing. UrbanMommies has pulled together articles and advice from our medical experts to help you navigate the beautiful months while pregnant.  Breathe, relax, and remember that moderation and instinct should always remain in the equation.  As with anything, your doctor or midwife should be consulted if you are concerned about any issues you are having.

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Mom's thyroid hormone levels may affect baby's IQ

FAM, pregnancy By January 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, brain abnormalities and low IQ are some of the complications that may affect an unborn infant if the mother has untreated thyroid disorder. So, are women at particular risk of developing thyroid disease when they are pregnant?

If certain known risk factors are present, the answer is: Yes. These include a family history of thyroid disease, signs and symptoms of thyroid disease, the presence of goitre, type 1 diabetes, or other autoimmune diseases.

Yet another risk factor is that the mother’s hormone levels may fluctuate during pregnancy. Thyroid disorders include the gland being under-active (hypothyroidism) or over-active (hyperthyroidism).

For the unborn infant, it is vitally important that the mother’s thyroid hormone levels be normal, especially during the first three months of pregnancy.

Here’s why: Thyroid hormones are critically important in the development of the infant’s brain. So thyroid hormones provided by the mother during the first three months of pregnancy are especially important. The infant’s thyroid becomes functional at approximately 12 weeks.

To be sure your thyroid gland is healthy, ask your doctor for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test.  This simple quick blood test is the most accurate way to diagnose a thyroid disorder.

Thyroid disorders are among the most common medical conditions in Canada. It is estimated three million Canadians have a thyroid condition – and half may be unaware of it.   Hypothyroidism represents the most common thyroid disorder and affects women three times more often than it does men.

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Maternity Clothes in Canada

FAM, pregnancy By July 21, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , , 22 Comments

Maternity Clothes in CanadaRemember when maternity fashion was an oxymoron?  When insipid little rosebuds on a mu-mu were au courant?  Canadian designers are among the top in the world, and as our reputation grows as a world-class travel destination, our shopping options do as well – even for maternity clothes.  We are featuring stores that carry maternity clothes in Canada and the ones below are Canadian-based stores dedicated to the belly.  We’ve also got a section on nursing bras and nursing wear.  Let us know if you have any additions!

Maternity Stores in Ontario

Hatch Maternity

Kick Maternity
Belly Maternity
Seven Women
Room for 2
Rhonda Maternity
Ranghaman Designs

Maternity Stores in Quebec

Bloom Maternity
Mama Mia
Apso Bibi

Maternity Stores in British Columbia

Hazel & Co.
Room for 2
Indulge the Baby Bulge
La Mama

Maternity Stores in Alberta

Ella Bella

Baby and Me Maternity
This one’s neat – maternity rentalsThe Maternity Closet
Yoyomama Maternity
AmyLou Boutique

Maternity Stores in Nova Scotia

Spoil Me Rotten Maternity

Breastfeeding/Nursing Wear

Edamame Kids
Bumblewee Nursing
Ample Mama

Best of luck with your pregnancy and also the dressing, and if you need more help, well, our Maternity Clothes on a Budget and our Pregnancy Fall and Winter Fashion Trends could also help.

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What Cleaning Products Are Safe to Use During Pregnancy and Beyond?

LIVE, wash By May 6, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Sorry, moms-to-be, being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t use cleaning products.  (i.e. You can’t use pregnancy as an excuse to hire a maid—unless you just want to..)  In years past, cleaning products were much harsher and more dangerous than they are now, but that doesn’t mean that everything is safe or recommended for use while pregnant. Luckily there are lots of options out there to choose from. Here are some helpful tips regarding cleaning products during pregnancy and beyond.


When Will I Feel the Baby Kick?

FAM, pregnancy By April 29, 2011 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Every woman waits breathlessly for that moment when they finally, definitely, feel their baby kick or move within them. Being pregnant, especially for the first time, is full of scary and amazing experiences, and that is one of them. There is something magical about knowing that the new life you knew was percolating in there has finally expressed itself in a way you can’t doubt. Every mom to be will eventually ask – when will I feel the baby kick?