Tips for Relieving Edema During Pregnancy

At some point during pregnancy, practically every woman will experience edema. Edema is a scary-sounding word that, simply defined, means swelling. A pregnant woman’s body creates extra blood to nourish the baby, and as added fluid accumulates in her blood vessels, it makes sense that some would seep into the tissues causing her legs and ankles to become puffy. Gravity pulls those excess fluids down inside the body to the lower extremities, as the forward weight of pregnancy can bear down, slowing the flow of circulation back to her heart.

There are some simple, effective ways to help reduce the ache and discomfort of edema.

  • Prop your feet up — You can fight the effects of gravity on edema by placing your feet and legs at an incline. This forces those extra fluids back into circulation.
  • Move around — Extended periods of inaction can cause excess fluids to “pool up” in the feet. Exercise regularly and safely, as recommended by your health professional.
  • Drink water — Water helps flush out your body and carries nutrients to your baby.
  • Watch your caffeine — A high level of caffeine consumption can be dangerous.
  • Wear a maternity support belt — Pregnancy belly bands, sold by It’s You Babe, gently lift the weight of the baby without pulling down on the shoulders. This takes some of the pressure off the legs, helping to ease swelling.
  • If you have puffiness in your face and hands that does not go away, check it out with your health professional.

Edema usually disappears after birth, as the body rids itself of the fluid it no longer needs. But there’s no need to suffer needlessly. Use these tips to make you feel better.

Relief in Sight for Swelling During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it’s normal to experience puffy feet and ankles. The body retains extra blood and fluids required to nourish her growing baby.. Up to twenty-five percent of weight gained during pregnancy consists of this extra fluid.

The medical term for this swelling is edema. It tends to begin around the fifth month of pregnancy, but can occur during the third trimester. This can be an uncomfortable condition, sometimes even restricting movement in the affected areas and should be reported to one’s health provider.

Sometimes the ache and discomfort of edema in the ankles and feet can be reduced by wearing a maternity belt from It’s You Babe. Recommended by health professionals, these support devices gently lift the belly off returning veins, redistribute the added weight, and promote better circulation while providing comfort and relief.

The Best Cradle is perfect for women carrying twins or triplets. Soft elastics lift the belly, relieve pelvic strain, and reduce swelling in the legs and ankles.

The Prenatal Cradle provides orthotic support for the belly and the back. This belt also helps ease the discomfort of edema by taking the weight off the legs and redistributing that baby weight bearing down in front. .

The Embracing Belly Boostier fits high nesting into the lumbar region of the back, without any kind of shoulder straps. This provides maximum lift for the abdomen and excellent respite from the effects of swelling in the ankles, legs, and feet.

The It’s You Babe selection of maternity support belts incorporates an open abdomen design, which allows the stomach area to remain cool and comfortable. Since they lie flat, they can be worn under any clothing or lingerie. It’s You Babe maternity support belts allow wearers to finally get comfort back into their lives, even during the third trimester of pregnancy!

Pregnancy Back Pain: Tips and Remedies

If you are expecting and pregnancy back pain, you are in good company for back pain is a common side effect.  As your body goes through many changes and your baby grows, your center of gravity shifts, placing more strain on the back muscles. This usually begins during the latter half of pregnancy. Reasons for this discomfort include weight gain, hormonal changes, and stress.

Here are some ways to deal with pregnancy back pain:

  • Standing — One of the best ways to alleviate this back pain is improving posture. Since the center of gravity has shifted forward with the pregnancy, the natural reaction is to lean back to help maintain balance. Remember to keep your chest high and shoulders back.
  • Sitting — When sitting, use a chair that supports your back or a small pillow to fortify your lower back.
  • Sleeping — New guidelines recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides instead of their backs. Propping with pillows and one placed between your legs with knees bent will help keep your spine in proper alignment.
  • Complementary therapies — Ask your medical provider before beginning any exercise program or complementary therapy. Prenatal yoga is popular for it strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and relieves stress while focusing on mindful breathing. Acupuncture and acupressure both stimulate pressure points in the body that correspond to pain centers. The same can be said for prenatal massage. Studies show that regular prenatal massage relieves pain and helps with depression and anxiety.
  • Maternity beltsWorn during pregnancy, maternity belts redistribute the weight around the body, relieving pain in the lower back. Belly bands also reduce discomfort during physical activity and help correct posture. Even postpartum, wearing a maternity belt like the Embracing Belly Boostier with the wide section in front can help bring together and strengthen abdominal muscles weakened during pregnancy. Remember to always consult your physician before wearing any compression devices.

 

 

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Sibling Tips: Adding a Sibling to the Family

Sibling Tips – Young Children May Need Special Transition Help From You

It’s exciting to bring a new addition home to the family! But if you already have a young child at home, there’s going to be a period of transition. Here are some sibling tips to help make that adaptation period easier, both before and after you bring the baby home.

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Choose the timing of announcing your pregnancy to your older child carefully. Toddlers have little understanding of linear time. Months can seem like years. Give them a milestone to attach your due date to, such as, “The baby will be here the week after your birthday.”

Give your older child age-appropriate information about the pregnancy. You can expect them to ask questions, but an overdose of facts will confuse them.

Here’s one of our favorite sibling tips: involve the older sibling in preparing for the baby. Let them pick items for the nursery. Encourage them to draw pictures for their new sibling, and place it in an focal point in the room. Having them play a part of the process will help them feel grounded.

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Mentally prepare your child for the arrival of a baby. Show them pictures of themselves when they were babies. Let them know that everyone was a baby at some point, and how fortunate the baby is to have them as an older brother (or sister). Read them books about being a big brother or sister. You can find a great list of helpful books here.

Set expectations for your older child about the baby’s arrival. Help them understand that there will be lots of crying and sleeping before the baby will be ready to play with them.

Affirm to your older child the important role they will play in the baby’s life. Your older child may be nervous about their role in the family after the baby arrives.

The more you can do to assure your older child that they are still loved, the smoother the transition will be. That’s at the heart of all our sibling tips today.

While you are looking over these tips aimed at supporting your family when older siblings are involved, take a look at our support page to make sure your back has the right support, too!

Click here to see our maternity support belts!

The perfect gift for moms-to-be this Christmas

Give moms-to-be and their little “Elf in the Self”™ good tidings of comfort and joy this Christmas

Give the gift of comfort and joy!Our It’s You Babe maternity supports are the perfect gift for active moms-to-be experiencing aches and pains that sometimes accompany pregnancy. If they need a little support for their growing tummy, our It’s You Babe Mini Cradle will serve them well when on their feet all day.

The It’s You Babe Prenatal Cradle line provides full support of the tummy, back and torso. Several designs available to meet the needs of every pregnant woman. Review all of our products on our website then place your order by December 15th to be sure your gift arrives in time to place it under the tree.

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Running During Pregnancy

I like to stay fit and eat right most of the time but I found pregnancy to be a great reason to be a little lazy and eat whatever I wanted. Every once in a while, however, we have woman call us and ask where they can get our Best Cradle now! No time to order… they have a race in a couple days. And not just a 5K, these women are running marathons and ½ marathons and desperately needed something to support their tummy!

These moms-to-be have my complete and utter admiration!

So what does the doctor say about running during pregnancy?

Whether running is safe during pregnancy is hotly debated among healthcare providers but new evidence is showing that if you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy and have been a runner when you get pregnant then it’s most likely safe to continue running, however, at a less strenuous level. You need to stay in tune with your body and talk to your healthcare provider. You need to decide together what’s going to be best for you and your baby. If any unfamiliar symptoms or aches and pains present themselves while pregnant and running, talk to your doctor immediately.

Keep these things in mind if you choose to run while pregnant:

Amanda Race Picture

  • Listen to your heart, you don’t want it to beat out of control
  • Make sure you can continue to talk while running
  • Stay off uneven trails and ice to reduce risk of falling
  • Don’t let yourself overheat
  • Stay hydrated with lots of water
  • Wear a maternity support

For Amanda, running got a lot easier once she started wearing our Best Cradle:

My race today went great, I had a lot less discomfort than I have been having on training runs with no support. The Best Cradle alleviated most of the pressure I was feeling, and miraculously, my hemorrhoids didn’t bother me at all…just wearing the cradle for a couple days before the race really helped those heal too!! – Amanda, Ohio

It’s You Babe wants you to have a safe and comfortable pregnancy! Talk to your Healthcare Provider before continuing or starting any strenuous exercise during pregnancy.

Resources:
http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/staying-fit-pregnant
http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2013/06/training-tips/baby-gate-running-during-pregnancy_13431
http://runfargirl.com/2013/02/28/i-wish-i-hadnt-run-during-pregnancy/

Vulvar Varicosities: A painful condition sometimes felt during pregnancy

Wait! Vulvar what?!

There are a lot of things we don’t learn about pregnancy until after we’re pregnant. I guess that’s when our moms and girl friends decide we’re ready for the scary and down-right just gross stuff. One of them is the possible development of varicose veins in the vulvar area, commonly known as vulvar varicosities.

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It’s estimated that 10% of pregnant women will develop vulvar varicosities during pregnancy. They’ll most often occur during a second or third pregnancy and they can get progressively worse with each subsequent pregnancy. Unfortunately, the cause of this vulvar pain often goes undiagnosed. This is because many women choose not to talk to their doctor about the painful, embarrassing thing going on ‘down there’. Also, when you lay down on the exam table, the vulvar varicosities tend to subside so when the doctor gets a chance to take a look, these little stinkers are nowhere to be seen.

Fortunately, Christine Seering recognized there may be a way to relieve the pain caused by vulvar varicosities by designing a product that would apply pressure to the vaginal area. After months of research and consultation with her colleagues in the medical profession, Chris developed the V2 Supporter.

The V2 Supporter was designed for ease of use, comfort and the ability to provide extended pain relief. It’s small profile lays flat and comfortable against the skin, has adjustable compression and, much like other undergarments, slides on and off easily for those frequent trips to the bathroom.

Your V2 Supporter has been absolutely wonderful and a huge help for getting through my pregnancy… You truly have a wonderful product. – Kristen, mom of 3

When using the V2 Supporter for relief of Vulvar Varicosities it’s important to be sure to put the garment on first thing in the morning, if possible before you even get out of bed. It’s best IYB V2-Back-Close-Upto apply the pressure as soon as you can after standing up. This helps prevent the pooling of fluids which is what causes the veins to become distended and painful.

The good news, if there can be good news with this painful condition, is that for most women the vulvar varicosities subside after delivery and they generally do not interfere with the birth process.

Also used for Prolapse
Physical Therapists and OB/Gyns also recommend our V2 Supporter as an effective Pelvic Floor Therapy garment. The V2 Supporter has also been successful in helping women with prolapsed bladder, prolapsed uterus or for the feeling that ‘everything’s going to fall out the bottom’. For some women it has been used as an alternative to surgery. Others have used it adjunct to surgery to prevent painful swelling caused by these conditions.

Whatever your need is for the V2 Supporter, we hope you find it offers you a tremendous amount of relief and gets you back on your feet again.

At It’s You Babe, we recognize life should be enjoyed. That’s why we continue to develop products to help women find safe and effective relief from the aches and pains often felt during and after pregnancy. Find the relief you need with our It’s You Babe V2 Supporter.

RESOURCES:
Pregnancy and You Blog
Vulvar varicosities: I have varicose veins where?
By Mary M. Murry, R.N., C.N.M. September 11, 2013
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-blog/vulvar-varicosities/bgp-20055755

Capital Region Vein Center
Vulvar Varicose Veins/Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
http://veinandlasercentre.com/vulvar-varicose-veins-pelvic-congestion.html

Today’s Parent
Varicose Veins during pregnancy: Symptoms and treatment
By Kate Winn, June 10, 2014
http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/varicose-veins-pregnancy-symptoms-treatment

Christine Seering, RN
Manager and Product Designer at It’s You Babe, LLC
https://youtu.be/fxua3i4md7o
PO Box 535
Lake, MI 48632

Running During Pregnancy

I like to stay fit and eat right most of the time but I found pregnancy to be a great reason to be a little lazy and eat whatever I wanted.  Every once in a while, however, we have woman call us and ask where they can get our Best Cradle now!  No time to order… they have a race in a couple days.  And not just a 5K, these women are running marathons and ½ marathons and desperately needed something to support their tummy!

These moms-to-be have my complete and utter admiration!

So what does the doctor say about running during pregnancy?

Whether running is safe during pregnancy is hotly debated among healthcare providers but new evidence is showing that if you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy and have been a runner when you get pregnant then it’s most likely safe to continue running, however, at a less strenuous level.  You need to stay in tune with your body and talk to your healthcare provider. You need to decide together what’s going to be best for you and your baby.  If any unfamiliar symptoms or aches and pains present themselves while pregnant and running, talk to your doctor immediately.

Keep these things in mind if you choose to run while pregnant:

Amanda Race Picture

  • Listen to your heart, you don’t want it to beat out of control
  • Make sure you can continue to talk while running
  • Stay off uneven trails and ice to reduce risk of falling
  • Don’t let yourself overheat
  • Stay hydrated with lots of water
  • Wear a maternity support

For Amanda, running got a lot easier once she started wearing our Best Cradle:

My race today went great, I had a lot less discomfort than I have been having on training runs with no support. The Best Cradle alleviated most of the pressure I was feeling, and miraculously, my hemorrhoids didn’t bother me at all…just wearing the cradle for a couple days before the race really helped those heal too!!  – Amanda, Ohio

It’s You Babe wants you to have a safe and comfortable pregnancy!  Talk to your Healthcare Provider before continuing or starting any strenuous exercise during pregnancy.

Resources:
http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/staying-fit-pregnant
http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2013/06/training-tips/baby-gate-running-during-pregnancy_13431
http://runfargirl.com/2013/02/28/i-wish-i-hadnt-run-during-pregnancy/