Yoga is one of the simplest and most beneficial forms of exercises one can perform. It focuses on creating a balance between your body and mind through postures and physical exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. You can practice yoga to suit any fitness level. If you are pregnant, you should consider prenatal yoga as a good way to relax, stay in shape, and remain supple.

Can you practice yoga during your pregnancy?

Most definitely! When you are pregnant, you will need to find the right exercises and activities that will keep you fit while not exhausting you. Pregnancy is actually a great time for you to begin yoga.

Your beginners’ course will include postures that are much simpler than what most people believe. Your yoga instructor will put you on a simple program where you can start slowly and gently. As you progress, the instructor will advance your postures to suit your progressing stages of pregnancy. Your instructor is an expert in yoga, so you should listen to them and follow instructions. Do not forget to pay attention to what your body is saying too. Do not strain yourself and you can stop if you feel any discomfort or pain.

One advantage of starting a yoga class is that you get to interact with other expectant mothers. Starting a class together with other mums-to-be will help you make friends, interact, and discuss your pregnancy terms.

The advantages of prenatal yoga

Once you have found the perfect yoga program for yourself, you can start practicing either in a class or even with some DVDs at home. Some of the benefits of prenatal yoga are:

  • It helps you build strength and stamina required for your changing body and carry the increasing weight of your growing child. Yoga postures help you strengthen your arms, shoulders, hips, and back.

  • Helps you maintain balance as the fetus grows within you. It also helps you maintain a strong mental balance. This is crucial as you can suffer from mood swings due to ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone levels. Yoga helps you fine tune your emotional and physical balance.

  • Lowers tension and stress on specific muscle groups in your back, hips, neck, shoulders, and chest. Your increasing belly can add a lot of weight and pressure, which can be relieved through yoga.

  • Yoga helps your increase circulation to your joints and within your muscles.

  • Helps you prepare for labor as you learn to balance your breathing and maintain a calm composure.

Speak to your doctor before you begin your yoga course. As your pregnancy progresses, you should slowly decrease the time you spend on this exercise. Completely stop all yoga when you reach your tenth week of pregnancy.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN® Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.

Are you trying to get pregnant? Knowing your fertility cycle will help you to be more familiar with how and when you could conceive. Your menstrual cycle defines your fertility cycle, so pay attention to how long your period lasts and the duration between your periods.

Ovulation

Generally, your most fertile period is the day you ovulate and the five days that lead to it. This is usually between 12 and 16 days before your period begins, which is roughly halfway between periods. It is important that you identify your own individual time of fertility.

Your body will give you signs which will tell you if you are ovulating. These signs could come in the form of abdominal cramps, acne, pimples, and a high basal body temperature. Your hormones are on full swing while you are ovulating.

The process of ovulation is typically but not always part of your menstrual cycle. It occurs when a mature ovarian follicle releases an egg which then travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus where it will lay in to become fertilized. The entire process is controlled by two hormones – luteinizing hormone and the follicle-stimulating hormone. Some women ovulate monthly while others every few months.

How to detect ovulation?

You can identify when you are ovulating using detection kits such as the KNOWHEN® Saliva Ovulation Test. It is a small handheld microscope that helps you monitor your ovulation using only just a drop of your saliva. The KNOWHEN® Test is known to be over 98% accurate, completely reusable for years, and you can track your daily-test results using their smartphone application with a built-in calendar. Knowledge of your fertile period will help you plan your sexual activity for the coming weeks with more ease.

If you have sexual intercourse in the days that lead up to your ovulation as well as on the day you ovulate, your chances of becoming pregnant are dramatically heightened. Your chances of fertilization go up by 27-33%. You need to have identified your individual fertility window and calculate the days when you will be most fertile. Time your intercourse during those days to ensure a much higher probability of conception. Do not forget to track your cycle everyday using the KNOWHEN® Saliva Ovulation Test kit. If you have an average 28-day menstrual cycle, you can expect your day of ovulation to occur around the 14th day. The most fertile days during a cycle like this are 12, 13, and 14. If your cycle is longer or shorter, make sure to calculate your fertile period accurately so you do not hamper your chances of becoming pregnant.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN(R) Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.

Nursing your newborn is such a beautiful experience. The bond that is created between mother and child through the process of breastfeeding is indescribable. From the minute your baby is born, you are its provider and protector.

When should you breastfeed?

It is recommended that you start breastfeeding within the hour your baby is born. The first milk produced is called colostrum and it is very essential for the infant. It is highly nutritious and is very easily digested. It aids in the production of bilirubin and prevents the child from contracting jaundice. It also helps boost the baby’s immune system. Nurse your baby as often as it wants to feed, sometimes every two to three hours a day. The child will have to be nursed for at least six months for proper growth and development.

What are the problems you could face while breastfeeding?

Although the experience of nursing your baby is a beautiful one, you can expect some physical issues that are rather common with breastfeeding mothers. Here are some of these issues and how you can find your way around them.

  • If you are a first-time mom, it is normal for your nipples to be sore when you begin breastfeeding. Usually, it is the position at which your baby is latching that could be causing the discomfort. The most comfortable way is believed to be when the baby’s mouth covers a larger area of the areola below rather than above the nipple.

  • You could suffer from cracked nipples due to improper pumping, dry skin, latching problems, or thrush. Check the baby’s positioning, wash your nipples with warm clean water, and use a moisturizer with lanolin cream.

  • Clogged milk ducts can cause lumps, redness, or some soreness which can be really uncomfortable. See a doctor and avoid tight clothing. Apply warm compress whenever necessary.

  • If your breasts are engorged, it can become difficult for your baby to latch on. The chances of breasts engorging are much less if you nurse frequently.

  • You could develop a bacterial infection called mastitis which causes flu-like symptoms. It is caused by cracked skin, engorgement, or clogged ducts. Antibiotics and hot compresses are your best bet against mastitis. You could also contract a fungal infection called thrush, which can be easily taken care of by using antifungal medication.

  • Inverted or flat nipples can be a challenge while breastfeeding. Using a pump and breast shells are known to help.

If you are a new mother, do not panic if you experience any of these conditions. They are pretty common and can be easily handled. Focus on maintaining a healthy diet and nurse your little bundle of joy as often as you can to make sure she grows into a strong child.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN(R) Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.

Your entire world changes when you find out you are pregnant. Your perspective, your habits, and your lifestyle will all change when you know a baby is on its way. Regarding all your habits, the one that you should monitor closely is your diet.

Now that you are eating for two, you cannot afford to be too relaxed about your diet. Expecting mothers should monitor their diet and eating habits so they do not consume something that could affect their health or the health of their baby. You have to make sure you eat healthy meals consisting of the most nutritious products. There are also some foods you should avoid when you are pregnant. The list of these foods is rather long and has faced a lot of debate over the years, so it sometimes becomes difficult to decide what is safe and what is not.

List of foods you should not eat when you are pregnant

  • Raw eggs: These can be contaminated with salmonella, a kind of bacteria that can cause you to develop a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Stay away from eggnog, raw cookie dough, and other dishes where the egg is not cooked completely. You will not face the risk if the eggs are completely cooked.

  • Unpasteurized juices and milk: Beverages that have not undergone pasteurization stand to be contaminated with bacteria and toxins that could cause you to fall sick.

  • Sushi: Uncooked sushi is very unsafe as they can house parasites. Cooked sushi is not much of a threat.

  • Some species of fish: You might be a big fan of seafood, but some varieties of fish are very unsafe because they could have methyl mercury in their systems. This compound is very dangerous as it could affect your developing baby’s nervous system. Focus instead on fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the development of the baby’s brain.

  • Caffeine: This food item has faced debate as some studies say that caffeine in small quantities would not cause any harm, whereas other studies say that caffeine intake can increase health risks in the unborn child.

  • Alcohol: This product is a big no when you are pregnant. Not even a small glass of wine is safe for your child.

  • Food rich in nitrates: Cured meats, sausages, and bacon are a bad idea when pregnant because they contain nitrates which can affect the child’s development.

  • Cheese: Some kinds of cheese such as feta and Brie are considered harmful because they could contain listeria bacteria, which when passed to the fetus, can cause a miscarriage or premature delivery.

Make sure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products. Also ensure that your meats are well cooked. Take in regular mineral and vitamin supplements to make sure you are getting the required amount of nourishment for your baby.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN(R) Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.

 

 

Are you feeling moody ? Have you been trying to get pregnant for a while? You should know that your care for the baby does not necessarily begin after you give birth. You have to prepare your body to be able to take care of that little blessing even before you conceive.

How food affects your fertility 

Priming your body for fertility does not mean diagnostic treatment with medications and invasive procedures. You can improve your fertility right at home. The best way to do this is through a healthy nutritious diet and exercise. Choose food and beverages that boost your ability to conceive. Also make sure to watch your weight. Being overweight or underweight has been identified as one of the leading causes of infertility.

Nutrition plays a major role in your fertility. A healthy body is the right environment for a baby to develop. Only a healthy mother can transfer the right kind of nourishment to her baby. Here are some foods that will keep you healthy and also boost your fertility.

  • Whole milk: Dairy products are important if you are trying to get pregnant. Full of calcium, milk helps with bone development and your reproductive health. It also helps you overcome issues with ovulation.
  • Lean meats: Increase your iron intake with foods like meat. When you have enough iron in your system, you have higher chances of getting pregnant. Lean chicken, beef, or turkey is perfect to boost your iron levels.
  • Protein foods: Plant foods that contain high amounts of protein are a blessing to your fertility. For some people, a lot of animal protein can actually lower your fertility. Lentils, beans, tofu, nuts, and edamame are great choices for plant protein.
  • Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, herring, and sardines help you boost your fertility since they are packed with omega 3 fatty acids. These help produce reproductive hormones and lower stress.
  • Fruit: This is pretty self-explanatory. Fruit helps with everything, including your fertility. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Pay attention to what fruit you eat, some of them can cause some complications if you are already pregnant.
  • Olive oil: Use olive oil for cooking or in your salads as it helps with ovulation, conception, as well as the early development of your child.

Along with adding these items to your daily or weekly consumption, you also have to pay attention to not consuming food items that could negatively affect your fertility. Junk food, chips, fried foods, packaged snacks, and trans fats should be avoided. Make sure you read the labels before you consume the product. 

About Helen Denise 

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She passionately believes women need to know that with the right information, they have the power to control their fertility, naturally expedite the conception process or identify the right time to ask a doctor for help. Helen is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN® Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.