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Tips for a Better Sleep for Pregnant Women

Some pregnant women experience disturbances in sleeping than at any other time of their lives. This is common and it usually begins early in the first trimester when pregnant women tend to make more trips to the bathroom due to the rising of the level of the hormone progesterone and the faster clearing of the blood protein creatinine. To make sleeping easier for pregnant women, here are some tips to remember:

Make a consistent sleep-wake hours, limit naps, and avoid caffeine. You can also establish a relaxing routine before going to bed like drinking hot milk or reading a nice book.

Reduce stress and get into relaxation techniques instead. You can do meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

Limit fluid intake after 6pm to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom.

Be relieved from lower back pain through massage, local heat, and special pregnancy pillow support.

Use stimulus-control techniques like using the bed only when you are sleepy and getting out of bed in the event of prolonged awakenings.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol totally to prevent insomnia. If it persists, see a doctor to get expert advice.


Pregnancy Workout


We all know that engaging in a meaningful physical activity and other forms of exercise does wonders and benefits to our health.  However, many women become afraid to do any workout during pregnancy because of the harm that it may cause to their baby. While this is understandable as they want to protect their baby as much as possible, studies have already unfounded that pregnant women can exercise safely with minimal risk to herself and her baby.

Exercise can actually help pregnant women decrease swelling,  improve circulation and digestion, get better sleeping patterns, achieve high energy levels, and, for beauty-conscious pregnant women out there, read: less varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and easier time getting back in shape after giving birth. Before beginning any form of workout, it is important to get a doctor’s approval first. Here are some guidelines to a safe and effective pregnancy workout for you and your baby:

Eat well. Take in nutritious food to make up for the calories that you burn through workout. Keep your weight gain at a normal, healthy level.

Avoid high-risk exercise or sport that has a high risk of throwing you off balance like bicycling outdoors. You may opt to ride a stationary bike instead. As your pregnancy progresses, lessen also the intensity and duration of your workout. When performing aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, dancing, etc., limit its duration to a maximum of 45 minutes to avoid any injury.

Drink plenty of water every 15-20 minutes to stay cool. Do your workout in a well-ventilated place. After workout, do not use hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms. If you feel hot, remember that your baby feels even hotter.

Listen to your body. Stop your workout and seek your doctor if you experience any of the following warning signals: severe headache, fainting, sharp pain on chest or abdomen, bleeding or sudden gush of fluid from the vagina, extreme nausea, or blurred vision.



Frozen Egg Donor

When starting a family, it is important to know the helpful facts in currently available family planning methods to help you make an informed choice. Family planning is defined as achieving  desired family size and proper birth spacing. It saves mothers’ lives by avoiding high-risk and unintended pregnancies and promotes children’s health through spacing. It also improves the quality of life of women, their partners, and their children.

Family planning is not just about popping a pill everyday but first and foremost, it is about a couple receiving adequate, appropriate and accurate information to enable them to make free and well-informed decisions. Informed choice requires full information about the risks and benefits of the methods available. On the other hand, if you have issues with infertility or maybe not ready to have a child but wants to conceive when you are ready, then it is best to consult with a reputable reproductive health facility about the choices that you can take as a responsible future parent.

It is always best to consult a trained service provider before making the decision on what method to use. Your provider should be able to assess your reproductive needs and current medical conditions, and discuss appropriate methods based on your needs. Since the efficacy of most methods is client-dependent, a full understanding and knowledge of correct use is very important. A very good help to couples who are having difficulty bearing a child is to consult with a doctor about the benefits of frozen egg donor that help achieve patients the same clinical success rates as traditional egg donation programs. In such cases, you would want to deal with a reputable bank who has a good track record of successful pregnancies. In most cases, starting to talk with a doctor will help you get good advice if you are looking for egg donation. Using an egg bank with frozen egg donor has many benefits including substantially lower cost, high success rates, convenience as there is no need to synchronize the recipient and donor cycles, and it allows recipient to control the donor selection process.

A reputable facility would give its recipients full access to all the information available for every egg donor within their frozen donor egg data base. You will also be assisted by highly experienced clinical staff is throughout the egg donor selection process and in finalizing your egg donor selection. There are a number of choices that a couple can take in starting a family, it is best to consult with the health experts in raising a healthy child and ultimately a healthy, happy, and fulfilled family as a whole.