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Your Newborn: 30 Tips for the First 30 Days

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Breastfeeding:

It's been six weeks since our daughter, Clementine, was born. She's finally sleeping better and going longer between feedings. She's also becoming more alert when she's awake. My husband and I, on the other hand, feel like we've been hit by a truck. I'm amazed that we've muddled through. Here are tips from seasoned parents and baby experts to make your first month easier.

Hints for Nursing:

Babies eat and eat and eat. Although nature has done a pretty good job of providing you and your baby with the right equipment, in the beginning it's almost guaranteed to be harder than you expected. From sore nipples to tough latch-ons, nursing can seem overwhelming.

1. Women who seek help have a higher success rate. "Think of ways to ensure success before you even give birth," suggests Stacey Brosnan, a lactation consultant in New York City. Talk with friends who had a good nursing experience, ask baby's pediatrician for a lactation consultant's numbe.

2. Use hospital resources. Kira Sexton, a Brooklyn, New York, mom, says, "I learned everything I could about breastfeeding before I left the hospital." Ask if there's a nursing class or a lactation consultant on staff. Push the nurse-call button each time you're ready to feed the baby, and ask a nurse to spot you and offer advice.

3. Prepare. At home, you'll want to drop everything to feed the baby the moment she cries for you. But Heather O'Donnell, a mom in New York City, suggests taking care of yourself first. "Get a glass of water and a book or magazine to read." And, because breastfeeding can take a while, she says, "pee first!"

4. Try a warm compress if your breasts are engorged or you have blocked ducts. A heating pad or a warm, wet washcloth works, but a flax pillow (often sold with natural beauty products) is even better. "Heat it in the microwave, and conform it to your breast," says Laura Kriska, a mom in Brooklyn, New York.

5. Heat helps the milk flow, but if your breasts are sore after nursing, try a cold pack. Amy Hooker, a San Diego mom, says, "A bag of frozen peas worked really well for me."

6. If you want baby to eventually take a bottle, introduce it after breastfeeding is established but before the 3-month mark. Many experts say 6 to 8 weeks is good, but "we started each of our kids on one bottle a day at 3 weeks," says Jill Sizemore, a mom in Pendleton, Indiana.

Sleeping:

If your infant isn't eating, he's probably sleeping. Newborns log as many as 16 hours of sleep a day but only in short bursts. The result: You'll feel on constant alert and more exhausted than you ever thought possible. Even the best of us can come to resent the severe sleep deprivation.

7. The old adage "Sleep when your baby sleeps" really is the best advice. "Take naps together and go to bed early," says Sarah Clark, a mom in Washington, D.C.

8. Take shifts. One night it's Mom's turn to rock the cranky baby, the next it's Dad's turn. Amy Reichardt and her husband, Richard, parents in Denver, worked out a system for the weekends, when Richard was off from work. "I'd be up with the baby at night but got to sleep in. Richard did all the morning care, then got to nap later."

9. Stop obsessing about being tired. There's only one goal right now: Care for your baby. "You're not going to get a full night's sleep, so you can either be tired and angry or just tired," says Vicki Lansky, author of Getting Your Child to Sleep...and Back to Sleep (Book Peddlers). "Just tired is easier."

10. What if your infant has trouble sleeping? Do whatever it takes: Nurse or rock baby to sleep; let your newborn fall asleep on your chest or in the car seat. "Don't worry about bad habits yet. It's about survival -- yours!" says Jean Farnham, a Los Angeles mom.

Soothing:

It's often hard to decipher exactly what baby wants in the first murky weeks. You'll learn, of course, by trial and error.

11. "The key to soothing fussy infants is to mimic the womb. Swaddling, shushing, and swinging, as well as allowing babies to suck and holding them on their sides, may trigger a calming reflex," says Harvey Karp, MD, creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block books, videos, and DVDs.

12. Play tunes. Forget the dubious theory that music makes a baby smarter, and concentrate on the fact that it's likely to calm him. "The Baby Einstein tapes saved us," says Kim Rich, a mom in Anchorage, Alaska.

13. You'll need other tricks, too. "Doing deep knee bends and lunges while holding my daughter calmed her down," says Emily Earle, a mom in Brooklyn, New York. "And the upside was, I got my legs back in shape!"
15. Soak to soothe. If all else fails -- and baby's umbilical cord stub has fallen off -- try a warm bath together. "You'll relax, too, and a relaxed mommy can calm a baby," says Emily Franklin, a Boston mom.

14. Warm things up. Alexandra Komisaruk, a mom in Los Angeles, found that diaper changes triggered a meltdown. "I made warm wipes using paper towels and a pumpable thermos of warm water," she says. You can also buy an electric wipe warmer for a sensitive baby.

Getting Dad Involved:

Your husband, who helped you through your pregnancy, may seem at a loss now that baby's here. It's up to you, Mom, to hand the baby over and let Dad figure things out, just like you're doing.

16. Let him be. Many first-time dads hesitate to get involved for fear of doing something wrong and incurring the wrath of Mom. "Moms need to allow their husbands to make mistakes without criticizing them," says Armin Brott, author of The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (Abbeville Press).

17. Ask Dad to take time off from work -- after all the relatives leave. That's what Thad Calabrese, of Brooklyn, New York, did. "There was more for me to do, and I got some alone time with my son."

18. Divvy up duties. Mark DiStefano, a dad in Los Angeles, took over the cleaning and grocery shopping. "I also took Ben for a bit each afternoon so my wife could have a little time to herself."

19. Remember that Dad wants to do some fun stuff, too. "I used to take my shirt off and put the baby on my chest while we napped," say Bob Vonnegut, a dad in Islamorada, Florida. "I loved the rhythm of our hearts beating together."

Staying Sane:

No matter how excited you are to be a mommy, the constant care an infant demands can drain you. Find ways to take care of yourself by lowering your expectations and stealing short breaks.

20. First, ignore unwanted or confusing advice. "In the end, you're the parents, so you decide what's best," says Julie Balis, a mom in Frankfort, Illinois.

21. "Forget about housework for the first couple of months," says Alison Mackonochie, author of 100 Tips for a Happy Baby (Barron's). "Concentrate on getting to know your baby. If anyone has anything to say about the dust piling up or the unwashed dishes, smile and hand them a duster or the dish detergent!"

22. Accept help from anyone who is nice -- or naive -- enough to offer. "If a neighbor wants to hold the baby while you shower, say yes!" says Jeanne Anzalone, a mom in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

23. Got lots of people who want to help but don't know how? "Don't be afraid to tell people exactly what you need," says Abby Moskowitz, a Brooklyn mom. It's one of the few times in your life when you'll be able to order everyone around!

24. But don't give other people the small jobs. "Changing a diaper takes two minutes. You'll need others to do time-consuming work like cooking, sweeping floors, and buying diapers," says Catherine Park, a Cleveland mom.

25. Reconnect. To keep yourself from feeling detached from the world, Jacqueline Kelly, a mom in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, suggests: "Get outside on your own, even for five minutes."

Out and About with Baby:

26. Enlist backup. Make your first journey to a big, public place with a veteran mom. "Having my sister with me for support kept me from becoming flustered the first time I went shopping with my newborn," says Suzanne Zook, a mom in Denver.

27. If you're on your own, "stick to places likely to welcome a baby, such as story hour at a library or bookstore," suggests Christin Gauss, a mom in Fishers, Indiana.

28. "Keep your diaper bag packed," says Fran Bowen, a mom in Brooklyn. There's nothing worse than finally getting the baby ready, only to find that you're not.

29. Stash a spare. Holland Brown, a mom in Long Beach, California, always keeps a change of adult clothes in her diaper bag. "You don't want to get stuck walking around with an adorable baby but mustard-colored poop all over you."

30. Finally, embrace the chaos. "Keep your plans simple and be prepared to abandon them at any time," says Margi Weeks, a mom in Tarrytown, New York.

If nothing else, remember that everyone makes it through, and so will you. Soon enough you'll be rewarded with your baby's first smile, and that will help make up for all the initial craziness.
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Thick White Vaginal Discharge? and what they mean?

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One of the vagina’s main functions is to produce discharge. The thick white vaginal discharge that is generated serves as the body’s way to rid the vaginal canal and cervix of harmful bacteria and viruses as well as eliminate dead skin cells. A woman can know that her body is doing its job by the presence of white discharge that may occur several times a month. This white vaginal discharge is entirely normal and a sign that a woman’s body is healthy and free from reproductive diseases that could negatively impact her overall wellness.

The creation of white vaginal discharge continues during every stage of a pubescent woman’s life, even when she is pregnant or going through end-of-fertility stages like perimenopause or menopause. It remains one of the body’s primary ways of keeping infections out of the vaginal canal and away from the reproductive organs. It also serves to keep the reproductive areas hydrated and lubricated. Proper lubrication is necessary for sexual intercourse and childbirth.

White vaginal discharge can be thick or thin and watery. As long as it is not green or yellow in color and free from odor or a cottage cheese-like appearance, it poses no risk to a woman’s health. If a woman sees off-color discharge or experiences pain, itchiness, cramps, or notices a distinct odor with the discharge, she should see her doctor immediately. She may suffer from an STD or a yeast infection for which treatment is necessary. Discharge that is white in color typically does not require that a woman wear a sanitary napkin or tampon. In fact, inserting a tampon to absorb the discharge could lead to irritation and cause the vaginal tissue to dry out and become damaged. If the discharge becomes distracting, a woman may choose to wear a panty liner.

What Is A White Discharge During Early Pregnancy?

Pregnant women may be alarmed to see white discharge in the earliest weeks of their pregnancies. However, the vagina does not stop producing discharge simply because a woman is pregnant. In fact, discharge in early pregnancy indicates that the cervix has closed to protect the developing fetus inside the uterus. Discharge that is mucus-like and thick also indicate that the cervix and vagina are working together to keep viruses and bacteria away from the unborn baby. Given these facts, a pregnant woman should view the discharge as a positive sign rather than something to be afraid of or try to halt.

Discharge during pregnancy can warrant concern if it takes on a certain appearance or it is accompanied by symptoms like swelling and itchiness. When a woman becomes pregnant, her hormones start to fluctuate. This fluctuation can cause the delicate chemical balance in her vagina to be thrown off, resulting in a yeast infection. Yeast infections are one of the most common minor, yet annoying complications of early pregnancy. The discharge found with one of these infections may be white in appearance, but also accompanied by symptoms like extreme itching and swelling of the interior and exterior vaginal tissue.

Women in early pregnancy are always advised to see their doctors for prompt treatment of yeast infections, especially if this is the first yeast infection they have experienced. The doctor can prescribe medications that are safe to use during early pregnancy. The discharge from an early pregnancy yeast infection may look thick and clumpy, much like cottage cheese. It also may have a bread-like odor from the yeast that cause the infection to develop. Yeast infections are not life-threatening, although they are annoying for women who are pregnant and those who are not. They are also easy and inexpensive to treat.

Is A White Vaginal Discharge A Sign Of Pregnancy?

Along with generating discharge to flush out bacteria, viruses, and dead skin cells, the vagina also is tasked with protecting a growing pregnancy. As the entryway to the cervix, the vaginal canal could be a portal of potential threats to a growing unborn baby. The vagina creates discharge that will filter out toxins like bacteria and viruses and also prevent the cervix from being compromised by diseases. When a pregnant woman notices discharge during early pregnancy, she may wonder if it is normal or something about which she should notify her doctor. As long as she is not in physical distress and the discharge does not have an odor, she should regard the discharge as normal and even expected during early pregnancy.

As you near the end of the pregnancy, a woman may notice that her discharge becomes more mucus-like and gelatinous. This discharge could be an indication that delivery is near. During the 37 to 38 weeks leading up to delivery, the cervix maintains what is called a mucus plug to keep toxins away from the pregnancy. As delivery nears, the cervix will slowly start to open in preparation for childbirth. As the cervix opens, the mucus plug will loosen and work its way out of the body.
What a woman could mistake as discharge could actually be the cervical mucus plug indicating that labor is within days or hours of starting. A woman may tell her obstetrician about this mucus-like plug so that the doctor knows that his or her patient may be delivering soon. Even after the plug is expelled from the body, the vagina may still continue to produce discharge in a bid to keep viruses and bacteria way from the opening cervix and full-term pregnancy.

What Is A White Discharge After Ovulation?

Vaginal discharge tells much about a woman’s overall health and where she is at in her menstrual cycle. Right after her period ends, she may notice that her discharge is thin and watery. As she nears the midpoint of her cycle, her discharge may become thick and white in color. This white, thickened discharge means that she is nearing the peak fertility in her cycle and could conceive a pregnancy if she were to have sexual intercourse during this time frame. Many women who want to have children use this thickened discharge as an indicator of when they can get pregnant.

The discharge during this peak fertility time is the result of hormones that work together to cause ovulation and the release of an egg from one of the woman’s ovaries. The hormonal influx makes itself apparent in the discharge that the woman’s vagina and cervix create during this cycle midpoint. As soon as the egg is released into the fallopian tubes, the hormones start to wane until fertilization has taken place or the egg is flushed from the body during a regular period. As the woman nears her period, the discharge may become thin and watery again until her period starts in full.

Women who are eager to start a family are advised to monitor their discharge and to engage in sexual intercourse when their discharge is at its thickest and whitest. For most women, this thick discharge occurs near the 14th day of their cycles. Some women ovulate sooner, however, while others ovulate after the 14th day. As long as the discharge is not yellow or green in appearance, thickened like cottage cheese, or accompanied by itching, swelling, or pain, it is no cause for alarm and even to be expected during a woman’s monthly cycle.
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How a Toy Can Change Your Kid's Life

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Kids toys are not only designed and meant for play pleasure, relaxation, games and fun -they are also essential as great tools in health, mental and academic development of kids.How can a toy change your kid's life? You may ask. When a child involves in processes by playing, they tend to become creative and develop abilities that would go on to build their academic prowess.Toys are undoubtedly beneficial to kids and can help to change their lives in no small way. A toy can change your kids' life in different ways. Toys serve as the building blocks for the future of your kids.Toys educate your kids about themselves and the world. One way a toy can change your kid's life is by sending messages and communicating values generally, some of the ways a toy can change your kid's life are in the development of:

1- Social & Emotional Abilities:
Dolls and stuffed animals are best for representing human beings through make-believe roles. Children develop security, happiness, sharing and cooperation via play.Stuffed toys, musical mobiles can give soothing remedy and luxury to a child in trauma. While other toys for make-believe like get dressed-up clothes, toy automobiles, vans, video games, musical units, and books assist children in constructing self-expression and confidence.

2-Physical Abilities:
Playing on swings, monkey bars, skipping, assist in building physical dexterity, strength and balance in kids. Other toys which include toy vehicles, wagons, motorcycles, brooms, and shovels also broaden their physical or muscle improvement.

3- Language Development:
Reading and playing with image books help increase listening and communication capabilities in kids.

4-Creativity:
Great motor abilities required for writing and creative artistic development may be developed in kids through drawing, painting and art sports. Toys for creative and highbrow development include clay, crayons, paints, books, paper, and scissors.

5- Cognitive and Problem Solving Capabilities:
Playing with nature based activities like sand toys and play dough; water toys assist youngsters with turning them to be good at investigating and experimenting because their sense of interest, curiosity, and discovery is ignited.Playing with boxes, puzzles, and blocks, also teach them the way to group, manage and categorize objects.Some toys fit into more than one category, and kids need to enjoy playing with the toys from different categories for total development.

6- Mathematical Skills:
it's never too early too early to construct a "can-do" mindset towards math in your kids' lives!Toys that encourage counting, simple operations and figuring out shapes are right tools to begin getting to know about math. Despite the fact that this is frequently the challenge in which kids lack self-assurance, here's your chance to get your kids to feel he can be a hit at it in an enjoyable and less stressful manner!Now you know how a toy can change your kid's life!

7- Logical Reasoning:
Exposing your kids through toys to logical reasoning at an early age, enables the kid develop his/her mind and create an essential basis for their ability to examine and make connections in data reasoning in the future.Distinctive studying tools like puzzles and building blocks assist in beefing up a baby's potential to sequence, conceptualize, and sooner or later troubleshoot problems.

Conclusion:
Toys can change kids live positively in no small measure.Toys are great in building the mental capacity of your kids.Never deny your kids access to great toys.
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Teach Children to Read Food Labels

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Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. More than one out of every three children is now overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. And that number is going up each year. Do you think this epidemic isn't such a big deal? Do you think that it's nothing to worry about because "all kids eat poorly" and they'll just grow out of it?

Studies actually show that most of the eating habits we have as adults are developed during childhood. Think about those foods that you consider "comfort foods." We bet that in most cases, you first started eating them when you were a child. Studies also show that 80 percent of the health issues we face as adults today are a result of poor lifestyle choices; only 20 percent are due to genetics. For kids, the childhood obesity trend is deadly serious. For the first time in history, today's children are not expected to live as long as their parents!

Society likes to point fingers whenever there is a problem. We hear it all the time: It's government's responsibility to regulate unhealthy foods, or it's the school's job to teach our kids about nutrition. Well, as parents, it's our job to oversee what our kids eat!

Parents who practice a healthy lifestyle are the best, positive influence on the lives of their children. It's often said that "children are terrible listeners, but they are great imitators." When parents have healthy eating habits, those habits are quickly adopted by their kids. And studies show that most of our adult eating habits are first developed in childhood.

One great place to start teaching your kids about healthy eating is at the supermarket. Teach them to read labels. This not only teaches them about healthy eating, it also helps them learn to read and improves their math skills too. Take your kids with you to the grocery store next time you go and point out these items found on the Nutrition Facts panel of almost every packaged food:

Sugars: Simple sugars are a type of carbohydrate, and should be eaten in very small amounts because they contain a lot of calories and little nutrition. Sugar can come in many forms including high fructose corn syrup, which is in the news these days. It is important to know that all simple sugars are processed the same by the body - none is substantially better than another.

Serving Size: Packaged foods often contain more than one serving - this may be news to your kids! Learning this one aspect can lead to a lifetime of "portion control." Many people think that a "standard" portion is an entire package.

Nutrients: This is a pure numbers game. You should teach kids to look for lots of protein and vitamins on food labels.

Good Fat versus Bad Fat: Unsaturated fats can be beneficial, but should still be limited because of their high calorie count. Saturated fats (mostly from animal products and additives) should be limited because of their link to higher cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease. Trans fats (often listed as "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils) should be avoided altogether. These are artificial fats and pose a number of health risks.

Understanding the information found on most common food products is a great place to start teaching kids about healthy eating.
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Tips To Inculcate Healthy Eating Habits in Toddlers

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It is important to nurture good eating habits in a toddler. Every mom wishes to ensure that the child eats healthy, nutritious and especially the home cooked food. With toddlers, it is a constant battle to feed them healthy food. Our focus should be on the nutritional value of food that we offer to our kids. Childhood is the best time to learn the healthy eating habits.

Once we introduce solid food to our toddler, our research for healthy baby food starts. Toddlers of around 2 years of age are known to be fussy eaters at times as they enjoy the freedom to eat on their own. We can easily find baby food timetable on the internet and plan the meal routine accordingly. Toddler hood is an ideal time to start teaching them about healthy eating habits. Here are few tips which will help in inculcating healthy eating habits in your toddler:

1- They observe and learn:
Kids are amazing observers which is why we should be role models to them. Eat healthy snacks and meals with your child whenever possible. Your actions make a huge impact on how and what they eat.

2- Breakfast is important:
It is one of the most important meals of the day and should never be skipped be it for kids or adult. Offer kids different breakfast option every day and let them eat on their own.

3- Offer a variety of food and let them eat on their own:
Offer your toddler variety of healthy food and please don't be disheartened if you don't find them enjoying it. Eating on their own might create a mess for you to clear but it will help them in the long run. Introduce new foods to toddlers gradually.

4- Be persistent, not insistent:
The key here is to never force a child to eat. Set a routine and meal plan. Be consistent with your routine and let the toddler understand that when the clock ticks the certain time it is time to eat.

5- Involve your kids in food shopping or preparing meals:
Try engaging them in food shopping or preparing a meal. This will increase their interest towards food and on the other hand, you will also get to know about their food preferences. Preparing baby food timetable can be a really fun experience for both of you.

6- Make healthy meals and snacks:
Being a parent it is our responsibility to offer the kids with healthy meals and snacks option which will eventually help them in adopting healthy habits. Do not get worried if toddlers do not finish their meal, as long as their diet is balanced and they enjoy eating, they will be fine.

Toddlers are all about independence and curiosity so keep offering them a variety of food and let them choose. Parents should avoid using food as a reward or punishment because this can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food. Kids learn from you, so be a role model and they will follow you.
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Can Alcohol or Drugs Affect a Pregnancy Test?

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Something many people want to know when taking a pregnancy test is whether or not outside factors can affect the outcome of the test. Are results going to change if a woman had a glass or two of wine before taking the test? Is she going to have a different result if she is on drugs prescribed by her doctor? There are a number of questions regarding whether or not drinking alcohol can affect a pregnancy test.

Alcohol cannot affect a pregnancy test result. If you find yourself asking, “Can alcohol affect a pregnancy test?,” after taking a test and wondering if your results are accurate, the answer is no. Alcohol cannot affect the outcome of your test. The way that pregnancy tests work has nothing to do with the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. It has everything to do with a chemical that’s in your urine. Located in your urine if you are pregnant is a chemical called human chorionic gonadotropin. This is the pregnancy hormone. You might know it more as hCG as that’s how it’s most commonly referred.

Alcohol consumption does not affect the amount of hCG found in your urine if you are pregnant. However, if your levels are below 5 mIU, you are not pregnant and a positive result will not appear on your pregnancy test. Naturally, it takes the female body a week or more to begin producing hCG after an egg is fertilized. From that point, it takes even longer for the hCG levels in a woman’s urine to rise. In fact, it takes anywhere from two to three days for levels to double. Since they start so low, it can take a few weeks before they are high enough to be detected by a home pregnancy test.

Will Alcohol Affect My Pregnancy?

While alcohol will not affect your pregnancy test results, it will affect your pregnancy. Before you begin to panic thinking that you’ve harmed your unborn child, it is important to understand that many women consume light to moderate amounts of alcohol in the earliest weeks of pregnancy as they have no idea at this point they are expecting. Provided you drink no more alcohol once you find out you are pregnant, your baby will likely be completely fine.

However, if you do continue to consume alcohol throughout your pregnancy, your baby is at risk for many different issues that stem from fetal alcohol syndrome. These can include anything from premature labor to low birth weight to learning disabilities and many other birth defects. If you are trying to become pregnant, stop drinking. If you weren’t trying and it happened regardless, don’t let a few glasses of wine cause you to panic thinking that you’ve harmed your baby. In fact, call your doctor and discuss this with him or her to help you ease your fears and continue with an otherwise healthy pregnancy.

Can Taking Drugs Affect A Pregnancy Test?

There is one fact you should know about drugs; whether they are legal or illegal, they will not affect the results of a pregnancy test. However, you should not engage in illegal drug use while pregnant or at any time in your life. The risks might not include an inaccurate pregnancy test result, but they are far worse.

Many women who are attempting to become pregnancy wonder if they would take drugs if it would affect the result of their pregnancy test. Drugs will not do this. On that note, however, it’s also important to discuss that some prescription medications can affect the results of an at-home pregnancy test for several reasons.

Can Fertility Drugs Affect A Pregnancy Test?

Many woman face troubles becoming pregnant with a child they so desperately want. Some are over the age of 35 and find that they need the assistance of fertility medications to help with their conception. Others have fertility problems in their own bodies and have to take fertility drugs to help increase their chances of becoming pregnant.

If you are taking fertility drugs to become pregnant, your doctor will discuss with you the risks you take if you decide to use an at-home pregnancy test. Since pregnancy tests are designed to help stimulate egg production in the female body, they often come complete with their own levels of hCG. When the pregnancy hormone is present in your body, it’s going to show up in your urine if the levels are high enough.

For this reason, doctors who deal with women on fertility medications discuss with their patients the importance of not taking at-home tests for fear that a false positive pregnancy test result will occur. A false positive test is one that shows you are pregnant even though you are not. It’s exceptionally rare for this to happen, but it does happen to women who have hCG in their urine for reasons other than pregnancy; the most common reason for this is the use of fertility drugs.

If you are using fertility drugs and attempting to become pregnant, do not take an at-home pregnancy test. Wait to see your doctor of a blood test in his lab to determine pregnancy. There are few things in life more devastating to a woman who wants a child than a negative pregnancy test. However, one of those few things is a false positive. To think you are pregnant only to find out your test was incorrect can cause a level of heartbreak that you may not currently understand.

In short, drugs and alcohol will not affect your pregnancy test results unless those drugs are prescription fertility drugs. However, this is not a permission to indulge in recreational drug use or the consumption of alcohol if you suspect you are pregnant. On that note, take the aspirin you need to cure your headache or the cold medicine that’s going to get you back on your feet. They will not affect your pregnancy test results in any way. Nor will they affect your overall health in a negative manner.
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4 Tips to Survive Market Day With Kids

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You've been there before. You're strolling down the grocery aisle, looking through your list and picking out food items and cleaning supplies to put in your cart. You have a system in place, so you're on autopilot manoeuvring the aisles. That tiny music you can blissfully ignore is playing on the PA, with the occasional interruption of promo announcements.

All of a sudden, a piercing shriek shatters your reverie. There, a few yards away from you, a small child sitting in a grocery cart is throwing a tantrum (and foodstuff) because his mom said "no" to getting more candy.

Feeling lucky that it isn't your child? But what if it is? In case you find yourself with children on a market day, here are a few survival tips to keep sane.

1- Make sure they are well-rested and well-fed:

A sleepy child is a grumpy child. A hungry one in a supermarket? Disastrous. Before leaving the house, make sure your kids have gotten enough sleep and eaten a substantial meal. This will keep them from throwing tantrums or whining about getting snacks because they're starving.

2- Let them "drive" the grocery cart:

Install your little one in the seat in front of the grocery cart and make sure to strap them in securely. This way, they can see you and all the grocery items lined up in the aisles, but can't run around grabbing things and knocking over them. While pushing the cart, say things to your child like "Can you take us to the cereal aisle?" and let their imagination work as they pretend to be controlling your supermarket route.

3- Give them little tasks:

It will make them feel important and instil in them a sense of responsibility. Small things like comparing sell-by dates, picking out the reddest apples, and locating the checkout counter with the shortest queue will let kids know that they also have a role in running the house. Don't forget to thank them afterwards!

4- Play a grocery game together:

Give your kids a piece of paper and a crayon each. Ask them to list down all the grocery items they will see that:
start with the letter 'C' .
are blue .
are round.
When you're in the car or at home, you can tally who has the longest list for each category. The winner gets to pick out the reward of his or her choice on the next market day. Come up with new categories they can work on to keep them occupied while you do the grocery shopping.

Grocery shopping need not be a tedious task but is still an essential life skill to teach your kids. With a little bit of patience and creativity, they can be helpful hands when picking up groceries.

When all else fails, you can always turn to online shopping at the comforts of your home or during your lunch break. Better yet you can introduce them to grocery shopping from home via the internet then work your way to the sometimes overwhelming aisles in your local grocery. Happy shopping!
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3 Mistakes to Avoid in Kids Shoes Shopping

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Kids' feet grow so fast that buying increasingly larger shoes for them is inevitable till they finally reach adulthood. That's why buying footwear for children could be very frustrating - not only the constant spending, but also the knowledge parents have to possess to choose right pair of shoes. Here are some tips on how to avoid top 3 mistakes parents make in kids shoes shopping.

1- Frugality Could Cost More:

Some parents are tempted to buy ill-fitted shoes, intentionally. Though sounds surprising, it's true because many thrifty parents still have misconception about buying shoes. Some just ignore the fact that shoes bought last years or even several months ago can be too small and incur pain or blisters in kids' feet. More believe buying kids' shoes a few sizes too large can save their money because kids won't need new ones in the next couple of years.

However, kids might suffer from their parents' frugality. According to a survey conducted in the U.K, 90 percent of kids wear ill-fitted shoes and their parents don't even notice that. As we've discussed in another article on kids shoes, while larger shoes for children might mean saving a little extra money for parents' pockets, they could be very dangerous for kids. A little space between toes and shoes gives kids feet room for breath and wiggling, but too much space could cause them trip and get hurt. So it's generally OK for some parents buy larger clothes for children, but the same frugality should absolutely not apply to shoe shopping.

2- Measure Kids Feet Frequently:

Next time you take your kids to a shoe store, have a salesperson who really knows about shoe sizing measure their feet. Distract your kid when trying new shoes if they're nervous or wouldn't put their feet in place.

Remember, before 3 years of age, kids grow really fast and their feet grow half a size every 2 or 3 months. So, make sure measure their feet every month to see if their shoes still fit. Blisters or calluses indicate that they need a pair of new shoes.

3- Kids' Shoes for Different Occasions:

Finally, another important aspect of choosing a pair of well-fitted shoes is that they should have different shoes for different purposes. While Velcro makes it easy for kids to put on shoes by themselves, children that are very active and can keep running and hopping for hours had better wear sneakers with laces because they prevent shoes from falling off their feet easily.

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