Wee Urban in PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE

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Yes, Wee Urban was featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

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PNMAG is one of the best pregnancy magazines in existence, they have a great reputation and their quality exceeds all expectations.

We are honoured to be featured, and associated with quality people and quality products. So thank you to Shea, who reached out to us, and thank you to Pregnancy and Newborn, but most importantly, thank you to their fans and readership. The fact you’ve been able to keep a magazine like this alive as the world changes into the digital age is not only a testament to their quality, but also to your commitment to that quality.

 

~WU DS ~

How to Come to Terms with Your Postpartum Depression

Mental Health is often overlooked, Brooke has a great blog post on postpartum depression that you definitely need to read.

 

 

The act of giving birth drains you physically, not to mention the whole process playing havoc with your emotions. Changes in hormones greatly impact your emotional state and your ability to deal with the new responsibilities in your life.

Although few women pass through the birth of a child without some form of emotional stress, certain signs point to a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Unlike the regular baby blues during the first two weeks after birth, postpartum depression lasts longer, and yields much more dangerous results.

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Women who experience persistent anxiety or guilt, accompanied by feelings of worthlessness and recurring thoughts of self-harm likely have postpartum depression, and require professional help. If you think you are feeling out of the ordinary sadness, anxiety, and stress talk to your doctor to see if you can get an official diagnosis.

Seeking Help

Even you can tell when something may be wrong. If you think you may have postpartum depression, do all you can to get help. Countless women have struggled with this condition, and it’s no shame to admit you can’t deal with it on your own.

Once you obtain the help of a professional, they can make an accurate diagnosis, leading to the appropriate medication and or therapy. Find a counselor who has been qualified with a USC master of science in applied psychology or equivalent. In addition to these treatments, here are some ways to deal with and cope with postpartum depression:

Care for Yourself

Although many affected women feel guilty and overwhelmed, it’s important to practice self-care.

This includes getting enough sleep, which may sound impossible with a newborn. Recruit the help of a family member at least every two days to ensure you get enough sleep. Instead of trying to do household chores during the baby’s naps, take the time to nap as well.

Eat a balanced diet. To stay healthy and promote proper healing, eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol and caffeine. When you put goodness in, you’ll get good out. Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but the endorphins it produces will make it worth it.

Cry

The body normalizes its hormones in part through releasing tears. Crying provides a natural way for your body to secrete hormones that may be overly high now that you’ve had your baby.

Accept Help

Many sources of help lay in wait to give you the boost you need. Whether this comes in the form of a spouse, close friend, or sibling, accept help. Now is not the time to say you’re fine and don’t need any help.

If you let others lend their time, you’ll feel loved and more able to cope with what’s happening. Confide in your spouse to help them understand how you feel. Joining a local mothers’ group wouldn’t go amiss, as it helps you feel less alone in your struggles as well. The important thing is to get a good gage on how you’re feeling and find people you can trust to tell your fears and anxiety to. With time, you can begin healing and find more of the positives that come with having a baby.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

High-Risk Pregnancy: What Expecting Moms Should Expect During the Third Trimester

High-Risk Pregnancy What Expecting Moms Should Expect During The Third Trimester

If you are expecting and you have a high-risk pregnancy, every day that passes is a milestone as you continue to carry your baby. Whether you have an underlying health condition, you are an older woman, you have a history of miscarriages, or some other risk factor, you face special challenges while you are expecting. Making it to the third trimester is cause for celebration. The finish line is in sight and you have a greater chance of carrying your baby full term. Now you need to prepare for the final stretch and know what to expect.

Visits to a High-Risk Obstetrician Increase
Most expectant mothers see their obstetrician once a month until the last month when visits will become monthly. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will likely be referred to a maternal-fetal specialist (Source: Dr. Gilbert Webb). Expect to make visits to the doctor’s office more often in the last three months as you continue to carry your baby. You and your baby will be monitored closely in anticipation of any complications. The goal is to reach the 36 week mark if at all possible to avoid a premature birth.

Expect Tests and Screenings
As you head into the last stretch of your pregnancy, your obstetrician will request testing to head off any problems that may arise. Expect to be screened for a GBS infection, otherwise known as a group B streptococcus infection. This is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in the vagina for many women without any adverse effects. However, it can cause a life-threatening infection for your baby upon delivery. If the bacteria is present, you will be put on antibiotics when you go into labor to protect your baby. A non-stress test is likely as well. This test is generally performed after you have reached the 26 week period. The doctor will be monitoring your baby’s movements and heart beat in order to gauge response to stimuli. A buzzer may be used if your baby is sleeping or inactive in order to trigger a response. An ultrasound will be performed to check your baby’s development, including the development of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Ultrasound is used in order to guide your doctor during an amniocentesis procedure. Amniocentesis is common in the third trimester for high-risk pregnancies to ensure your baby’s lungs are developed enough in the event of an early delivery. The doctor can check for infection in the amniotic fluid as well.

Be Prepared for Possible Complications in the Final Stages of Pregnancy
As a mother with a high-risk pregnancy, you may be more likely to develop complications, such as gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that will resolve itself after pregnancy. Ask your doctor about being tested. Preeclampsia is more common at this point as well in which you have a sudden, dramatic spike in blood pressure. If you have a severe headache, problems with your vision, or intense pain in your abdomen, seek medical attention to avoid the risk of stroke and seizures. Your water may break early or you could go into preterm labor. You may also have issues with your placenta, such as previa placenta that causes the placenta to become implanted over the opening of your cervix. Heavy, sudden bleeding is an indicator of this problem. Be sure to see your doctor if this should occur.

A high-risk pregnancy brings many challenges with it. However, making it to the third trimester is reason for hope. Keep your appointments with your obstetrician, follow all instructions to the letter, and take care of yourself. Listen to your body and rest when you need it. Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor if you have any concerns in order to have peace of mind as the end approaches.

 

 

~ Lizzie Weakley ~

 

Thanks Lizzie for this great article!

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 ~

Beauty and Cosmetics during Pregnancy: The Good and the Bad

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Every pregnant woman wants to look her best during her pregnancy, but it is hard to use the same makeup you used before you got pregnant. Pregnancy changes your body chemistry, the composition of your skin and the way your body looks in the light. Your makeup, fragrances and skincare regimen all must change during your pregnancy, and you may find they will stay changed after you have your baby.
How Your Makeup Reacts to Your Skin

The makeup you normally use may not react to your face as it always has. The color you use on your face may not look the same as it has in the past, and these colors may not stay on your face as they once had. It is possible that your makeup will cause you to break out in hives, or you may form a rash. You should consider changing your foundation, blush and powder during your pregnancy. The change in your body chemistry may require you to maintain this change in your makeup after you have your baby.

Skincare

The skincare products you use may not give you the same results they once did. You are counting on your lotions and moisturizers to protect your skin, but these lotions may not do the job they once did. You cannot continue to use the same moisturizer if it does not help you, and your skin may dry out much faster than it would otherwise.

Your skincare regimen may need to increase when you are pregnant. Chronically dry skin is going to plague you when you are pregnant, and you may consider using more moisturizer than you did in the past. Many women resort to moisturizing their whole bodies every day, and you must keep up with this routine to prevent stretch marks. Do as much as you can to keep your skin moist and soft.
Sunscreen

A woman who is not accustomed to wearing sunscreen may need to start using sunscreen during her pregnancy. Your olive complexion may have helped you a good bit at the beach, but you must start wearing sunscreen because your skin is so much more sensitive.

Women who do not typically use sunscreen may turn to a foundation that has sun protection built-in. You need to keep your skin from being damaged in the hot sun, and you must take steps that will prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Skin Irritation

You may go to bed with your makeup on after a long day, and your skin has never reacted poorly to your makeup. You must start washing your face every evening to ensure your skin is safe. You will likely feel a good bit of irritation when you leave your makeup on for too long, and you may need to use a professional makeup remover.

Daily Makeup Application

You should change from pads to sponges when you apply your makeup, and you may consider scaling back the amount of makeup you are putting on every day. Reduce the amount of makeup you are using to help your skin cope with your pregnancy. Your pregnancy is going to make your skin reject a good bit of your makeup, and the makeup that you choose to wear going forward should be as light as possible.

Your body will not respond well to all the makeup you typically wear. You must make a change that is going to help you look your best during your pregnancy. You may choose to keep these makeup changes after you have your baby, but you must make careful changes for the health of your skin. If you are unsure about certain cosmetic products while you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a physician like Dr. Gilbert Webb, to see what is safe for you.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Guest Contributor

Pregnant With Your First? 5 Ways to Prepare

Giving birth is no easy task, hence the term “labor”. The expectant mother has most likely read tons of material for preparing for the birth of their first child, but sometimes a quick checklist is the most helpful way to get ready for this life-changing event. Preparing ahead will help you feel more confident and in control. These five ways to prepare for your first can do just that.

 

Follow a Schedule of Prenatal Visits

Make a doctor’s appointment with your OB-GYN or specialist as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will be able to confirm your pregnancy and check your health as you progress. Expect a schedule that begins with monthly check-ups and ends with weekly ones. The doctor will check the growth of the fetus and perform special tests that can detect problems like high -risk symptoms early. These visits are important to avoid any complications that may arise with your pregnancy. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy then visits with a maternal fetal specialist, like Dr. Gilbert Webb, are all the more important.

 

Pre-register and Practice Checking In

Most hospitals and birthing centers are more than happy to have expectant parents pre-register for the event. This allows them to take care of your paperwork and insurance matters in advance. It is a good time to also find out what you should do to have the new family member added to your health insurance policy. Ask for a tour of the birthing area and nursery. Ask about your options. Scope out parking and entrances. Pretend it is 3 a.m. and you have just arrived!

 

Stock up on Supplies

Cooking up a few meals for the freezer will save you and your family time and energy once baby is born. Heat-and-eat meals will allow you more time to rest and be with your baby. Don’t forget easy-to-grab non-perishable healthy snacks like granola bars and dried fruit.

This is also the time to decide whether you are going to breastfeed or put your baby on formula. If breastfeeding, purchase a couple of comfortable nursing bras and a breast pump. For formula feeding, get a case of formula and your choice of bottles. Disposable ones will make life easier in the beginning.

Stocking up on plenty of “incidentals” will cut down on errand-running after the baby arrives. Don’t forget maxi-pads, baby wipes, a gentle stool softener, and, of course, newborn diapers.

 

Recruiting Outside Help

Friends and family will be invaluable during those first few weeks of new parenthood. Now is the time to ask and recruit. Have a cleaning service come right before your due date. Bringing home the new baby to a clean and neat home will feel good. Enlist the cleaners on a temporary basis while you get established as a new mom. It may sound like splurging, but you will find that it’s worth it to save your own energy for being with the baby.

 

Planning Transportation

It’s never too soon to purchase and install a proper infant car seat. Hospitals won’t allow you to leave without one. If you must take a taxi, practice installing it in another car a few times. Make sure the car has gas, or if you are using a taxi service, decide on which one and have the number in a handy spot. Plan out the best route from home to hospital. Consider possible traffic jams at certain times of the day and any road construction that is in progress. Together with your partner, take a few practice runs.

Waking up at 2 a.m. with labor pains or having your water break while at work or lunch are not the times for packing your bag for a hospital stay. At least two weeks before your due date, pack up and put your bag in an easy-to-spot location. Pack a comfy gown and robe, slippers, and personal items you will need. Don’t forget a coming-home outfit for you and the baby.

These tips can help first-time mothers feel in control. And being in control can help you relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience,

 

 

A great guest blog from our friend Brooke Chaplan!

 

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Healthy Pregnancy: How to Adjust Your Diet for a Growing Baby

Healthy Pregnancy How to Adjust Your Diet for a Growing BabyEating healthy is important, but especially so during pregnancy. The food you eat will be used by your baby as they grow and develop. How can you be sure that you are eating healthy during a pregnancy? Here are some tips and ideas for how to stay in tip top form.

Make Each Calorie Count

During pregnancy, you’ll need to increase your calorie intake. However it’s important to increase your intake with healthy foods. Chips, candy, cake, and soda have a lot of calories, but lack vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you and your baby need. Think before you eat, and make up a calorie counter if it helps you stay on track.

Listen To Your Body

If you are craving meat or other iron rich foods, your body may be trying to tell you something. Within reason, you should pay attention to your cravings and make the necessary changes. Cravings can vary from woman to woman. Some women crave spicy foods while others are drawn to milk and cheese. While you don’t want to be a slave to your taste buds, give into what you want every now and then. It may be something your baby just needs more of.

Take A Multi-Vitamin

During pregnancy, it is important to take vitamins designed especially for pregnant women. These vitamins will contain nutrients like folic acid which has been shown to decrease the risk of certain types of birth defects. Some women find that prenatal vitamins cause nausea. If this is the case, a maternal care physician, Gilbert Webb suggests taking your prenatal vitamin just before bed.

Other Adjustments

Constipation is very common during pregnancy. Some women find they need to increase their intake of foods with fiber to alleviate the problem. Other women find that taking a dietary fiber supplement works better. In addition to increasing your intake of certain minerals and vitamins, you should also be careful to drink enough fluids. A pregnant woman should drink at least eight glasses of fluid per day.

Eat A Variety Of Foods

Try your best to eat a variety of foods during your pregnancy, including whole grains, low fat meat and cheeses, vegetables, and fruit. This may be very difficult during the first trimester when you may experience morning sickness. On the other hand, if your morning sickness is so severe that it affects your ability to get the nutrients you need, you should contact your doctor or local St Lukes hospital. In most cases, morning sickness will resolve itself during the first trimester.

If you have specific questions about eating healthy and adjusting your diet during your pregnancy, you may want to contact a nutritionist or your doctor.

Guest Blog by Brooke Chaplan, Freelance Writer and Blogger

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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What to Pack in Your Emergency Hospital Bag

Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/64148767@N00/6693570575/">penelope waits</a> via <a href="http://compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>As the baby’s due date approaches, many moms (often on advice from their doctor) like to prepare a bag of essential items for their big day. If your labor happens suddenly and progresses quickly, the last thing you’ll want to do is pack a bag. Here are some essential items for your hospital bag.

Maternity Clothes – Unfortunately, your body won’t snap back the day after the baby is out. Even though you’ll be anxious to get back into your old jeans, that will have to wait a bit longer. A bathrobe for your day in the hospital might be handy too.

Camera – If you don’t have a smartphone, make sure your camera and extra batteries are in the bag. You don’t want to miss those Day 1 photos!

Pillow – Hospital pillows leave something to be desired. Use a non-white pillow case so it doesn’t blend in with the hospital’s supply.

Slippers/Flip-Flops – You’ll move around the hospital at some point and you won’t be in the mood to lace up shoes. You also might want to wear them in the shower.

Nursing Bra – If you’ll be breastfeeding, don’t forget to bring your new garment. Also, consider tucking a few nursing pads in your bag just in case.

Sensible Underwear – Child birth creates a lot of stress down there and there will be some strain for a little while. Bring something sensible that offers coverage so you feel secure.

Toiletries – Most hospital stays are pretty regular, but sometimes you have to stay longer than you anticipated. Make sure to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, glasses, contact lenses, hair ties, a brush, etc.

Book/Magazines – Some labors involve a lot of waiting. You’ll want something to do to keep your mind of the tedium of it all.

Birth Plan – If you have a specific idea of how you would like your birth to go, jot down some notes and give to your spouse. Make copies if necessary.

Going Home Outfit – Pack something easy to wear for yourself to go home in, like a maxi dress or yoga pants. You’ll also want something cute for your little one to wear too, but something practical and comfortable so your baby doesn’t get upset on the car ride home.

Diapers – Most hospitals will give you some, but you’ll probably want a few extra just in case. Bring a couple size ones as well; you never know how big your baby will be.

Insurance/Hospital Forms – If you need any paperwork to get into the hospital and to a room, make sure it’s in an easy-to-grab spot in your bag so you don’t delay.

Snacks – If you deliver after the hospital cafeteria closes, you might be hungry and need something to eat. Throw something healthy that gives you energy in your bag along with a couple bottles of water.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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