Third Trimester: Tips to Handle the Home Stretch

The third trimester of pregnancy is a time of both exciting and nerve racking for mom. It can seem to drag on forever, but for some, the last months may seem to go by quickly. Here are some ways to handle this last portion of pregnancy with finesse.

Things to Do for Yourself
During the third trimester, the added weight of your growing baby causes more pressure on the spine, so it’s important to pay attention to your posture. Sit on a chair with a sturdy back, and sleep on your side at night, with a pillow between your legs for greater comfort.
It’s especially important to eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water during this time, which will help with constipation. Many women in their third trimester suffer from heartburn, so stay away from spicy foods. If you do get heartburn, try drinking some ginger tea to relieve it.
You will probably feel more tired at this stage, so take frequent naps when needed. Try to follow a mild exercise program each day, which will help with bodily functions and help you to get a better sleep at night. Frequent urination at night in the third trimester is normal. To keep it to a minimum, try not to drink fluids before you go to bed.
Above all, try to avoid getting stressed out. Although you may still have a regular job or other children to take care of, try to find some time each day to pray or meditate, which will help to alleviate stress.

Things to Do for Your Baby
Your baby can definitely respond to your voice and touches at this stage. Speak softly to your baby, and try massaging it several times during the day. Some expectant mothers find that babies in the womb enjoy certain types of music. Try playing some relaxing music, which will help to soothe both you and your baby.
By now you probably have a birthing program set up and ready to go. Try to spend some of your time in the third trimester learning as much as you can about breastfeeding and recommended ways to take care of new baby. The more you learn, the less concern you will have after baby is born, and the better you will be able to care for it.
The third trimester of pregnancy is a good time to begin searching for a good pediatrician for your baby. Your baby’s first visit to a pediatrician should be soon after he or she is born, so it’s definitely not too early to begin the search. Ask friends or family for references. Choose a doctor who is situated nearby, can accept your health insurance, and has working hours convenient for you.

Things to Do with Your Doctor
You will be having regular visits with your doctor of choice in your third trimester, probably as frequently as once a week. Let your doctor know if you notice anything unusual happening with baby, such as less frequent movement. Dr. Gilbert Webb also suggests you let your doctor know about any unusual changes in your own body, such as bleeding, pain during urination, nausea, or early contractions. Regular visits to your doctor will reassure you that your last trimester is proceeding as normally as possible.
If you have any special medical conditions that could interfere with birthing, your doctor may refer you to a high risk obstetrician or maternal-fetal specialist. It’s important to follow the instructions of these medical experts as closely as possible, to insure a safe delivery.

Third trimester can be a challenging time, but following these guidelines will help make it less of a challenge and more of a joy.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

5 Quick Ways Sports Help Your Kids Grow

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Sport participation in North America is on the decline, and childhood obesity is on the rise. This is a problem, based on the fact (as I contradict myself by writing a blog) that technology is on the rise, and so is how much money organized sports cost. With the cost of living getting higher and wages not keeping up, we understand how hard it is for kids to get into sports at a young age, especially if you have multiple kids. That being said, if you have any money left over, and have been thinking about it. Here are 5 ways why sports is so important to a child’s development, some of which you may not think of.

This is straight from our very own Devin Sarges, who as a kid playing sports, has first hand experience with what they can do.

 

#1) Physical Activity

Yeah it seems redundant. Everyone talks about how kids need to get physical activity everyday to live a healthy life. They’re right, it is truly essential that kids stay physically active and there is no better way to do it then through organized sport. It is way more fun for them as the element of winning and playing is intertwined into a moderated and officiated where physical activity is encouraged. It is creating a space that is away from home, school, or just plain old outside. This is a place where expectations to move and run and play are encouraged for all. It is also more enjoyable for you parents who get to see your kids play and have fun, it’s as entertaining for you as it is for them.

#2) Teamwork

Especially in team sports, the ability to work together with your peers is something that transcends to every day life as they get older. It doesn’t matter what profession they go into, they will have to work and coexist with other people. Sports teaches kids to respect others at a young age and to recognize strengths and weaknesses of others and themselves while working towards a common goal. Many people cast away kids as unintelligent, but they really do notice these things even at a young age. They are able to recognize the differences between themselves and others, because sports gives them a platform where that is a non-issue. There is always differences in sports but as long as you can play, there is a team that you can play on. Whether it be house league, or AAA, the need for teamwork is still there.

 

#3) Friends

From teamwork, comes friends. Personally speaking, I have more friends that have stuck with me that I made through sports than I did anywhere else. Even my friends from school, our relationships were further cemented by a mutual love of a sport. Don’t get me wrong, sports are not for every kid, but every kid should at least try something out. You never know what can happen. These friends that I made also shared in some of my fondest memories growing up. Some people see sports only at face value, but in fact there is a much deeper connection between the friends you make while on a team. The funny thing is, no matter how well you perform on the field, ice, pitch, court, it’s the memories in the locker room, at team parties, at hotels for tournaments… Those are what stick with you the most, and those are what further form our children to make lifelong bonds.

#4) Accountability

Sports actually gives our children a heightened ability to be accountable for mistakes and actions. You give the puck away in hockey, make a bad throw in baseball,  and it costs your team something. In the grand scheme of life, this one act has absolutely no barring on anything. Yet, as our children live in the present, and think in the present, it matters a lot to them. It becomes a safe environment where they can do things wrong, make mistakes, and the repercussions are limited and realistically, do not matter in day to day life. I learned at a young age that there are certain things that are acceptable in sports and in life and they actually mirror each other. It’s wrong to say something mean to a Referee or Umpire, just like it’s wrong to do the same to a Police Officer. In Sports, like school our kids are taught to be accountable for their actions, the only difference being, on the field, you don’t get any cooler by doing things wrong, or being bad.

#5) Accepting Defeat

Oh isn’t this just the Cats Pajamas? You mean sports teaches our children the SINGLE most important thing that they can learn in childhood? Yes it does. No matter how good someone is at a sport, they will lose. It’s impossible to be perfect in games that are imperfect. Your children will fail in sports, a lot… and that my friends, is a good thing! Kids failing at sports, not a big deal, failing in school, bigger deal, failing at life. HUGE DEAL. That being said, in every facet of our life, we are going to lose. Whether it be when we go after a boy or girl in high school and they end up liking someone else, or we apply for a job and don’t get it. We will lose and because I lost in sports many times as a kid, I know that the sun will come up the next day regardless if I lost out on that girl, or job or game. I know that no matter the outcome, I will be able to move on and move forward. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids, to have the ability to learn when they are young so they can keep moving forward and becoming smart and caring adults. When they lose, they know what it feels like. So when they see someone else lose, they are empathetic. Sports may create rivalries and a sense of entitlement to a certain team or athlete, but it also makes our kids empathetic. They are taught the ability to feel sorry for the losing team, or the one kid who made a mistake, because they have been in the same shoes before.

 

 

The Sporting world is a metaphor for every day life. Those who work harder, will achieve more. They will still lose, but they will have the ability to move on from defeat. They will learn to be empathetic, to work as a team, they will grow in terms of fitness and they will make everlasting friends.

Kids in sports is a dying trend, but it shouldn’t because as a University student who is extremely passionate about his studies, I can confidently tell you this. Sports taught me more things about life, than school ever did.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Devin Sarges.

3 Key Ways Pets Influence Children

A Wee Urban Guest Blog from Melissa Stevens!

Raising a child may be the most fulfilling process a human can experience, but it is truly based on a bittersweet mixture of events and emotions. Of course, the bitter part emerges from all the worries and anxiety that being responsible for another (helpless) human being can cause. The sweet part comprises all the beautiful moments that make up parenthood. If a parent wants to make a child’s upbringing even more interesting and colorful, getting a pet is a fabulous way to do it. Pets affect children’s development in an extraordinarily beneficial way.

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Boosting Imagination

One of the most important things that should be encouraged while a child is growing is the development of imagination. The evolution of the cognitive part of the child’s brain should be boosted from the earliest age. Sure, reading stories and playing with your child will give incentive to the development of both kinesthetic and mental skills, but if you add a pet to this cognition-boost set, the outcome will be even better. You can introduce different pets to your child and encourage him or her to become interested in them, as well as develop a higher level of empathy. In addition, reading to them about animals will help bolster your child(ren)’s imagination even more. As they get older, they will develop a life-long, animal-friendly attitude.

Stronger Family Bonds

Many families have problems when it comes to spending time together, but a pet can turn the things upside down and give birth to a special bond within your family. Instead of staring at TV every night of the week, you could spend at least a couple of nights playing with the pet and teaching your child how to treat it in the best way. Also, such occasions are a great opportunity to create a sense of togetherness, and teach your child that many things can be done more easily if all the family members participate. It could be mere dog/cat brushing, but you could also be something more involved, like a flea and tick or cleaning up after the pet, to introduce your child(ren) to some less pleasant duties that come with pet owning.

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Pet-Related Duties For Better Working Habits

A child can be brought up in many ways and every mother develops and applies some special rules of her own. But making a pet become a part of your child’s life usually has one common effect in most of the pet-having families – they become organized in a better way. Smaller pets, like tortoises and budgies are not that demanding, so they could be very attractive first pets for the beginning of your child’s active pet-owning life. For starters, kids will learn to feed them on a regular basis and become aware that animals also need emotional approval from their owners. Perhaps once children learn those skills, they may be ready for a cat or a dog. That way they will be taught that a larger pet causes more responsibility, just as it is the case with real life.

It is clear that a great bond can be established between a pet and a child, but every parent should understand that only with their help will children be able to develop special feelings for pets, and learn how to behave towards pets (and people) in an appropriate way. A pet can be great fun for the entire family, but it also requires a lot of care and attention, just like a child.

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About author

Melissa Stevens is healthy lifestyle and environmentally friendly living enthusiast and huge animal lover! All relevant information for this article she got from experts from Stefmar. She is interested in practical solutions for simpler and more convenient life, and she likes sharing them with others. Thank you Melissa!

 

Tips for Giving Kids Responsibilities Around the Home

give kids responsibilitiesFamilies are a unit and they function the best when everyone is working toward the same goal. Even though your children require you to care for them, that doesn’t mean they are entirely helpless (although some kids end up that way). Use these tips to give your kids some responsibilities around the home.

1. Give them reasonable tasks.

If you ask your six-year-old to organize the garage, of course she is going to resist. She can’t move many of your items, let alone manage a project that size. You have to give them tasks that are within their abilities to complete, even if those tasks are just pieces of a whole. For example, your child may not be strong enough to push a vacuum cleaner, but she can run the extender along the edges and underneath furniture.

2. Let them make decisions.

Any time you can give your child an opportunity to make decisions, you will cement them in the process. This gives them a sense of ownership over the task or chore. For example, ask your child if she would like to put away toys or dust the shelves. By simply making the decision she’ll feel empowered to complete the task.

3. Patiently answer questions.

It might seem, at first, that your child is asking questions or faking confusion to get out of the chore. Often this isn’t the case. You’ll need to give very specific instructions to your child for even the most basic tasks. Remember, she hasn’t swept a floor before, so you’ll have to walk her through holding the broom, brushing the floor and scooping up the debris.

4. Involve them, even if it’s not practical.

In order to instill a habit, you have to start young. Have your children help you around the house, even if their “help” makes the job take longer. Don’t be tempted to blur through the house getting things in order. Tote your kids along with you and teach them the steps. Think of it like an investment: the more time you spend now teaching them, the less you’ll spend later.

5. Write everything down.

If you’ve gotten to the point with your children that you’re designating responsibilities, it’s time for a chore chart. A chore chart can be anything – a calendar, a list, a wheel, or something clever you invent yourself. Use anything you can to write everyone’s responsibility down. This gives them accountability. They can’t say they forgot or didn’t know if the chart clearly defines their chores.

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting

how to deal with bed wettingIt’s completely normal if your child has been wetting the bed. It’s actually quite common. One in eight second graders will wet the bed several times per month. For many kids, the problem is neurological – the brain isn’t sending his or her bladder the right signals to hold urine during sleep. Here are six tips to help.

1. Put a nightlight in the hallway

If your child’s route to the bathroom is dark and scary, they aren’t going to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Try putting a nightlight in the hallway, so that when they wake up and have to go, they aren’t afraid to use the bathroom.

2. De-stress

If you have recently moved, or there is a lot of stress in your family right now, your child could be wetting the bed because of stress or anxiety. If you suspect this is the culprit, talk to your child about their current stresses and try to relieve some of their anxiety.

3. Talk to their pediatrician

Although this is fairly normal, you should still talk to your child’s pediatrician to rule out any health issues. It is likely that nothing serious is wrong, but better safe than sorry!

4. Cut out liquids close to bedtime

A lot of parents let their kids bring water to bed with them, or even let them drink a glass right before bed. This could be a huge reason as to why your child is wetting the bed. Try cutting out any liquids to close to bedtime. You can wet the bed when your bladder isn’t full!

5. Wake them up before you go to bed

One strategy you could use to eliminate bed wetting is to wake them up right before you go to bed to use the bathroom. Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before they go to bed, and then a few hours later when you are headed off to bed, have them go again. Don’t put the lights on in the bathroom when they go, this way they won’t be too awake and unable to fall back asleep.

6. Double up your sheets

If you know that your child is having an issue with bedwetting, put two layers of sheets on their bed. This not only helps to protect their mattress, but also makes it easier on you to change the sheets.

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