When waiting for baby’s arrival, your expanding belly is often a cause for attention from onlookers and loved ones. As a mom-to-be, your bump will likely create a constant concern for its contents and as time progresses, discomfort from stretching to accommodate your growing bundle of joy.
A study published in May in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that expectant mothers are 42 percent more likely to have serious car crashes than in years before or after pregnancy. In her second trimester, a mom-to-be demonstrates her greatest risk during the nine-month period, comparable to someone with sleep apnea, due to fatigue, pains and stress.
In a separate report, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that motor vehicle crashes are responsible for four of five deaths that occur when unborn babies of expectant mothers who experience trauma.
Although these statistics may make you want to avoid getting behind the wheel altogether, a car seat called the Tummy Shield can help mitigate trauma risk while maximizing comfort when driving a car or riding as a passenger. Taking the seatbelt from across your waist to between your legs like a skydiver’s harness, it shifts impact away from the fetus in the event of a crash.
Computers & Cell Phones
Avoiding radiation exposure is a recommendation of The American Pregnancy Association for reducing the risk of miscarriage. Protecting your baby from radiation exposure means more than merely avoiding x-rays at the dentist, too.
Although still considered inconclusive, studies published by the New York Times and research done by Dr. Henry Lai at the University of Washington indicate a biological impact exists from radiation emitted by cell phones and wi-fi. Biological impact includes affecting the way DNA replicates, brain cell function and how cells grow, which is critical during pregnancy and early childhood, when complex and rapid cell development is occurring.
Belly Armor offers a two belly bands (the original Belly Band, or the Embrace which provides support and a more snug fit), tee shirts, a belly blanket throw and a nursing cover to cancel out ambient radiation exposure and neutralize incoming electromagnetic waves. Each item is lined with RadiaShield® Fabric – a highly conductive silver textile that provides shielding properties equivalent to a 1/4-inch thick sheet of aluminum.
When a big bump begins to cause back pain Upsie Belly can bring fast relief and increased range of motion. Made with bamboo textile composed of viscose materials and a trademarked SecureStretch material with 12″ of adjustability to accommodate your growing belly, it molds to your body to provide a stable fit and soft closure free of constriction or digging. A pocket in the Upsie Bellie holds an included pack that can be heated or chilled to further soothe your aching lumbar region. Using it can minimize stretch marks, help to relieve bladder discomfort, and increase circulation and blood flow. Using the band can also help to decrease varicose veins, hernias and hemorroids – a common side-effect of pregnancy.
When expecting, an ounce of prevention will go a long way when it comes to avoiding stretch marks, also known as striae graviae. Ample hydration inside and out can help skin stay supple and elastic, so from the first trimester through postpartum, sip and slather frequently for a stripe-free midsection.
Dream Belly Butter from Fairhaven Health, has a thick creamy texture derived from plant sources and is packed with antioxidants from grapefruit and rosehip oils. It’s mellow nutty scent is delicious and it rubs in quickly and completely with no greasy residue.
Get relief from itchy belly in the second and third trimester with a one-two punch by layering Bump Gloss Stretch Mark Oil and Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks from The Spoiled Mama of San Francisco. The non-toxic pair is formulated with organic ingredients that complement one another and can be used post-pregnancy for erasing existing stretch marks or minimizing a scar from a C-section. After leaving the shower, massage the oil into your skin using circular motions to stimulate blood flow, then follow with the butter until absorbed.
Using Apothederm Stretch Mark Cream after baby is born can help restore your skin to its natural state using Heptapeptide-7 – a collagen-boosting peptide made by combining seven naturally-occurring amino acids commonly found in the skin. Massaging the fast-absorbing emollient cream will infuse your skin with a blend of natural oils and butters that will hydrate away stubborn red and silver stretch marks.
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