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.

Buy now through It's You Babe's shopping cartPurchase our products through our own website or through most of the major online merchants, boutiques, and medical sources. If you’d prefer to shop locally, contact us and we’ll help you locate a retailer near you. Call us toll-free 1-877-661-9682 or email us at info@itsyoubabe.com

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/

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.

Buy now through It's You Babe's shopping cartPurchase our products through our own website or through most of the major online merchants, boutiques, and medical sources. If you’d prefer to shop locally, contact us and we’ll help you locate a retailer near you. Call us toll-free 1-877-661-9682 or email us at info@itsyoubabe.com

“The Wait and the Reward”

The Wait and the Reward by Anna Rose Bain

"Self Portrait with Red Lipstick" by Anna Rose BainThis wonderful oil painting on linen caught our eye because it epitomizes the women we serve with our maternity supports.

Home-schooled then classically trained at Michigan’s own Hillsdale College, Anna Rose Bain resides with her husband, Steve, in Garland Texas now, but she was raised in Wisconsin. She writes on her Facebook page:

“Okay… I am putting this one out there. It’s a self portrait I started while pregnant (about 34 weeks), and couldn’t complete until little miss Cecelia arrived. The peek-a-boo bear in the bottom right-hand corner was my husband’s when he was a kid.”

You can see/purchase her original paintings at www.artworkbyannarose.com or purchase greeting cards and reproductions of “The Wait and the Reward” at FineArtAmerica.com

How to spend 9 months creating a birth announcement

Tom and Giovanna Fletcher in a New York Central Park selfie
A selfie in NYC’s Central Park

It’s You Babe loves uplifting stories about couples enjoying the time they spend together as their child is brought into being. One such couple recently achieved Internet fame with their creative efforts.

Tom Fletcher and his lovely wife, actress/author Giovanna, spent their first pregnancy photographing Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher as he developed. After his birth on March 13, 2014, they announced his arrival via YouTube to the cheers of their worldwide fans:

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Marriage and Pregnancy in the Public Eye
Tom is the lead singer/songwriter for the British Pop Rock Band, McFly, and co-author of the children’s book, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas,” which has sold 72,000 copies. His wedding speech in December, 2012, was a compilation of songs he penned for McFly with new lyrics and has been viewed by more than 12 million. Tom and Giovanna had a long courtship. They met in school when they were only 13 and their romance blossomed five years later. As a couple with ten years in the public eye, they have set the stage to be wonderful parents.

It’s You Babe wishes Tom and Giovanna well in their life together.

Enjoy Your Pregnancy
Our company provides maternity supports for pregnant women to help couples experience all of the joy expecting a child can bring. Our It’s You Babe products relieve the aches and pains sometimes felt during pregnancy so moms-to-be can remain active at work and play.

Your Heart During Pregnancy

Protect Your Heart During Pregnancy

Because of medical advances, more women survive congenital heart disease into their reproductive years. As a result, there is an increase in cardiac complications during pregnancy even in women who have had no previous symptoms of heart disease. Age may also be a factor as more women are establishing a career before becoming pregnant.

Women with congenital heart conditions need to consult with their Cardiologist before becoming pregnant. According to Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, MPH, FACC, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Pennsylvania Hospital:

“Some women with repaired congenital heart disease can have a safe pregnancy with little risk. However, the normal physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, particularly those during the second and third trimesters, can worsen symptoms of congestive heart failure and arrhythmias and cause problems to develop – even in women exhibiting no symptoms before pregnancy. And no two patient situations are alike. A woman with heart disease should see a cardiologist for a full evaluation and risk assessment prior to conception, and a tailored course of treatment personalized to address her particular needs throughout her pregnancy.”

Heart attack risks increase in the last trimester of pregnancy
According to Uri Elkayam, a professor of medicine and obstetrics –gynecology at the University of Southern California:

Heart attacks affect about one in every 16,000 deliveries, occurring mostly in the last three months of pregnancy or first few weeks after delivery.”

Heart health is important for you and your unborn babyDuring pregnancy a woman’s body is under more stress than normal so there is an increase in heart attack risk. The heart pumps 40–50% more blood between mother and unborn child. The average heart rate of a pregnant woman may increase by 10 -15 beats per minute. A woman’s cardiovascular demands mimic mild exercise during the third trimester of pregnancy. Hormonal changes may make pregnant women more prone to blood clots. Changes in posture and weight distribution may decrease the body’s ability to return blood from the lower extremities to the heart.

Reduce Your Risk of a
Heart Attack during pregnancy
Prior to pregnancy, consult with your Healthcare Providers to assess your cardiac risk factors, if any. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, you can still have a healthy, full-term pregnancy but it is imperative you discuss pregnancy with a Cardiologist. Your Healthcare Providers will help you develop a heart healthy plan including dietary guidelines, exercise, weight monitoring, medications, and risk reduction. Even though it goes without saying, we’ll say it again: watch blood pressure, limit sodium intake, and stop tobacco, alcohol and risky substance use. Most of all, learn the warning signs of a heart attack. The chances are slim, but you need to prepare yourself so you can take immediate action.

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Mom to Babe, Heart to Heart
It’s You Babe medical grade maternity supports may increase venous blood circulation and improve posture during pregnancy. Talk to your Healthcare Provider to determine if one of our garments might relieve your specific circulatory conditions or help you reduce aches and pains during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Heart Conditions Resources:
http://news.pennmedicine.org/inside/2012/03/pregnancy-heart-disease-more-common-than-you-think.html

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2012-03-25/Pregnancy-increases-fatal-heart-attack-risk/53769008/1

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/congenital-heart-pregnancy

https://www.goredforwomen.org/know-your-risk/birth_control_pregnancy_heart_disease/how-to-stay-heart-healthy-during-pregnancy/

https://www.goredforwomen.org/know-your-risk/birth_control_pregnancy_heart_disease/pregnancy-and-heart-disease/

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/162004-overview#a1

http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/cardiology/pregnancy-and-heart-disease/

It’s National Wear Red Day for Heart Health

It’s You Babe is proud to bring attention to National Wear Red Day, February 7. This is the tenth anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. It’s helped women of all ages to become more aware of how to live a heart healthy life to avoid heart disease.

It's You Babe, Manufacturer of Pregnancy SupportsAs manufacturers of pregnancy supports, we’re happy to help moms-to-be find out more about heart risk factors and want to spread the word that our Best Cradle and Prenatal Cradles may help improve blood circulation as blood returns to the heart from the lower extremities, a reason pregnant women sometimes get swollen ankles, legs, and feet.

So wear red today but also become well read about heart health throughout this and every year in your future. Read all about the Go Red for Women campaign at http://GoRedforWomen.org

10 years of success with the Go Red for Women campaign

Heart to Heart: Mother’s Bond before Birth

Learn how The American Heart Association is
Encouraging Pregnant Women to stay heart healthy

A key to heart health during pregnancy is maintaining proper blood circulation.
It’s You Babe’s Best Cradle and Prenatal Cradles support the tummy to ease pressure on veins bringing blood to the heart. Swollen ankles, feet and legs can be reduced making pregnancy more comfortable for moms-to-be.

I am currently 7 months pregnant with twins and have been wearing the Best Cradle for 2 months so far. It has been a life saver! The support … has truly kept the swelling on my legs and ankles down. If I am not wearing the cradle I notice immediately! It has also allowed me to continue on with my daily schedule and the doctors have all stated how impressed they are with my progression for a twin pregnancy … Thank you so much for this amazing product!!
— Stephanie G. from Maryland

Discover theheart to heart connectionbetween mothers andunborn babies
from the University of RochesterMedical Center, New York

Learn more aboutGo Red for Women
http://www.goredforwomen.org

It’s You Babe Maternity Supports are recommended by healthcare professionals to bring comfort and relief from aches and pains to moms-to-be:

Best Cradle
Prenatal Cradle
Prenatal Cradle Plus
Mini Cradle
Hip Brace
Hip V2 Supporter
V2 Supporter

Need Help Selecting a Product or Finding a Dealer Near You?Use the resources on our web site, email or call us. We’ll gladly help!

Tell Us Your StoryWe’d love to hear about your heart health during pregnancy. Your experience with our It’s You Babe maternity supports may help others find relief from medical conditions and pain. Leave a comment (below) we can share with other moms-to-be. Thank You!