What’s wrong with my Hair?

Two months after I gave birth to baby Z, I notice that my hair has been shedding more than the usual. And it actually bothers me a lot. The volume of my hair loss doubled more than the usual hair loss. It even made me think I might be suffering from cancer.
I did a research and it helped me not to worry much about it. According to baby center, it is the occurrence of hormonal change that causes hair loss more than the usual. These usually happen 12 weeks after giving birth. In a day, we normally lose about 100 to 125 hairs but after delivery, mothers might be losing about 500 hairs a day. Though it’s normal and therefore inevitable, there are still few ways that might help reduce the volume of hair loss. Personally I find these tips helpful and effective.

1. Avoid frequent shampooing and conditioning. Usually, I shampoo and
condition my hair everyday. On my fourth month after giving birth, I tried
doing both every other day. Say on Monday, I’ll just shampoo my hair,
and on Tuesday I’ll just use conditioner. That way, I noticed less hair fall
everyday.

2. As much as possible untied your hair. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid this
especially to mothers with long hair. Therefore you might consider cutting
your hair short.

3. If you have the budget, a hair spa will be of good help. Though I haven’t tried it, some mommies claimed that their shedding hair stopped after having a hair spa. And I am actually close on booking a hair spa this coming weekend.

Usually hair losses occur up to six months after delivery. After six months or so, expect your hair to be back in its pre-pregnancy state. But you might notice the texture of your hair is not exactly the same as your pre-pregnancy hair. It might be straighter or wavier, more oily or dry than it was before your pregnancy. According to baby center, this might be due to the hormonal upheaval that you’ve just experience.

If your shedding hair doesn’t seem to be slowing after six months or more, try seeing your dermatologist or your healthcare provider.

The Importance of Water during Pregnancy

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Did you know that water can be the answer to lighten many side effects of pregnancy?
Fluid acts as our body’s transportation system that carries the nutrients through the blood to the baby, thus water has an important part of pregnancy. Water also helps prevents urinary tract infections which is common in pregnancy.

Dehydration during pregnancy could be very serious, so it is very important to keep our body hydrated not only during pregnancy. Most of the water intake is use in the amniotic sack, which helps to ensure that the baby is well protected inside the womb.

In later stage of pregnancy, dehydration may cause contractions that might lead to premature labor. It is recommended that we drink at least eight ounce glasses of water each day pregnant or not. There are many benefits a pregnant woman can get from having plenty of water inside the body. This includes, a healthier skin, less chance of pre-term labor, less acne, washing away unnecessary sodium and better bowel movements. During early pregnancy, having plenty of fluid between meals can also prevent nausea or morning sickness, this has been recommended by many doctors. It is also essential when you are having your exercise routine, pregnant or not. Fluids is lost through perspiration while having your exercise and that fluid loss needs to be replace.

Water has a very important part in pregnancy, making the mommy and the baby healthier. So let’s get our body very much hydrated mommies….

Constipation During Pregnancy

Early in my pregnancy I have been dealing with moderate constipation which was really uncomfortable. I started researching and I have found out that it was normal to be constipated if you are pregnant. Increased in progesterone hormone which slows the food movement through our digestive tract is one cause of constipation during pregnancy. In addition, the iron supplement that we, pregnant women take may worsen constipation.

Constipation may also be a symptom of another problem. If you have been experiencing severe constipation with an abdominal pain or if any trace of blood in your stool, you have to consult with your health care provider so you can be evaluated.

Meanwhile, here are some tips to avoid constipation during pregnancy.

• Drink plenty of water – drink at least six to eight glasses a day. A glass of fruit juices, (cranberry, prune, orange, buko juice) may also help. Some fruit juice may help prevent urinary tract infection like cranberry & buko juice.

• Exercise Daily – swimming can be a very good exercise for expectant moms, it provides good cardiovascular benefits. Walking, yoga and sitting in a stationary bike can help ease constipation plus it will also help you feel healthier physically.

• Eat high in fiber foods – you may consider increasing you intake of high fiber foods such as fruits & vegetable, cereal and whole grains bread.

• Never bridle your urge to go to the bathroom.

Dealing with Lower Back Pain

During my first trimester, I felt lower back ache at night and everytime I woke up in the morning. I asked mr.google what would be the cause of these, and how could I prevent the pain. I found out that, it’s my growing uterus and hormonal changes that causes the back pain.

During pregnancy, uterus expands and its shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. The extra weight you’re carrying means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints, which is why your back may feel worse at the end of the day.

In addition, hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.

If you go through a detailed research, you will find out a lot of ways on how to prevent back pain. Here are some common and simple ways in order to avoid back pain:

1. Start an exercise program to stretch and strengthen muscles that support the back and legs, including your abdominal muscles. Be careful to stretch gently because stretching too quickly or too much can put further strain on your joints, which have been made looser by pregnancy. Swimming is a great exercise option for pregnant women because it strengthens your abdominal and lower back muscles, and the buoyancy of the water takes the strain off your joints and ligaments. Pelvic tilts can also help. Don’t forget to consult with your health care provider before you start any exercise program.

2. Stand up straight. This gets harder to do as your body changes, but try to keep your bottom tucked in and your shoulders parallel with your ears. Pregnant women tend to slump their shoulders and arch their backs as their bellies grow, which puts more strain on the spine.

3. If you sit all day, be sure to sit up straight. Supporting your feet with a footstool can help prevent lumbar pain, as can using a small pillow called a lumbar roll behind your lower back. Take frequent breaks from sitting. Get up and walk around at least every hour or so.

4. It’s equally important to avoid standing for too long. If you need to stand all day, try to take a midday break and rest lying on your side while supporting your upper leg and abdomen with pillows.

5. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid high heels. As your belly grows and your balance shifts, high heels will throw your posture even more out of whack and increase your chances of stumbling and falling.

6. Always bend from your knees and lift things from a crouching position to minimize the stress on your back. This isn’t the time to risk throwing your back out, so let someone else lift heavy objects. Don’t reach for high objects, either, and try not to twist your back.

7. Take care when getting out of bed: Bend your legs at your knees and hips when you roll to the side, and use your arms to push yourself up as you dangle your lower legs over the side of the bed.

8. To get a good night’s rest, try sleeping on your side with one or both knees bent and a pillow between your legs. As your pregnancy advances, use another pillow or wedge to support your abdomen.

9. Listen to your body. If you find that a particular activity or exercise makes your back hurt, then avoid doing it!