Birth Parents Blog

"What is Pica? Should I Worry?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 23, 2017

Question: "My sister just told me that when she was pregnant, she had pica syndrome. What is pica? Should I worry that I may have this too since she did?"

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy help, pregnancy nutrition, pregnancy health, healthy eating, pregnancy pica syndrome, pica syndrome during pregnancy

Do I Have to Change What I Eat When I'm Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 25, 2016

If you were a healthy eater before you become pregnant, you probably just need to make a few adjustments. Pregnant women don't need any extra calories in their first trimiester. But once you enter your second trimester, it's recommended that you eat 340 more calories a day, and that number goes up to 450 more calories a day in your third trimester. (Source: American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA suggests that pregnant women eat a total of 2,500-2,700 calories daily.

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy health

The Top 4 Online Pregnancy Tools

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 6, 2016

As you might remember reading about, we blogged last month that  there are tons of free pregnancy apps to choose from. But maybe you don’t have a smartphone, or like using a computer better. There are lots of online pregnancy tools to help guide you through your pregnancy.

From due date calculators to personalized pregnancy calendars, pregnant women today have so many online tools to choose from. The sites listed here will let you learn even more about your pregnancy...

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Topics: pregnancy tips, pregnancy health, online pregnancy tool, online pregnancy tools, pregnancy websites

What’s Restless Leg Syndrome?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 30, 2016

Many pregnant women get restless leg syndrome (RLS), which means an uncontrollable urge to move your legs to get rid of an uncomfortable, "pins and needles" feeling. It’s not a signal that’s anything’s wrong in your pregnancy, but it can disturb your sleep (which is a royal pain in the butt.)

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Topics: pregnancy health, pregnancy conditions, RLS, restless leg syndrome

5 Workouts That Are Safe During Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 29, 2016

Exercise is so great to do when you’re pregnant! It can improve your mood, make your recovery time after delivery quicker, and help with the nausea, constipation, and the tiredness you’re probably experiencing right now. All of the exercises listed here will make your muscle tone, endurance, and blood circulation to rise. You’ll be thankful for all that health when you’re delivering!

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Topics: exercise during pregnancy, pregnancy health, prenatal Pilates

What is Preeclampsia?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 16, 2016

If you have high blood pressure, a high level of protein in your urine, and swelling in your feet, legs, and hands, you may have a condition called preeclampsia. Your doctor will be keeping an eye out for this, so make sure to ask him or her if you feel like you have those symptoms.

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, preeclampsia, pregnancy health, pregnancy conditions