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!

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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/

Honey, Rub My Feet!

Foot massage can help relieve swollen feet and ankles during pregnancy

Swollen ankles are common for pregnant moms and foot massage is often an effective form of relief when it’s coupled with other adjustments to your lifestyle during your pregnancy. Ankle swelling may also be accompanied by your shoes becoming tight. You may be “forced” to buy those new shoes you’ve been eyeing (hehehe) to accommodate the one-half to full-size increase in your shoe size especially during your third trimester.

The good news is that you have a perfectly sound medical reason to say, “Honey, would you please rub my feet?” If your hubby says he’d rather watch the football game, just wave this advice from Mayo Clinic at him.

Rarely are swollen feet and ankles a major problem during pregnancy and the condition usually subsides once your baby is born, but it’s wise to arm yourself with a full set of things you can do and signs to watch for when swelling can indicate something serious. These online resources will help:

Advice from NHS in the United Kingdom:
Swollen ankles, feet and fingers during pregnancy

BabyCenter.com:
Swollen extremities (edema) during pregnancy

WhatToExpect.com:
Edema During Pregnancy (Swollen Ankles and Feet)

Prenatal Cradle products by It’s You Babe helps relieve the pressure on the lower extremities any may help you reduce the amount of swelling you have in your feet and ankles. Talk with your local dealer or give us a call at 1-877-661-9682 to find out more.