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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.

Prenatal Cradle Plus: Pregnancy comfort for mountain climbers? Probably not.

The Matterhorn in the Pennine Alps

The Prenatal Cradle Plus may look intimidating, but pregnant women tell us they couldn’t live without it. Over and over again. Erika, from Baba G & Me, considers the Prenatal Cradle Plus one of her two pregnancy “must-haves,” but her initial reaction to it was amusing:

When I first saw it, I thought it was a sort of mountain-climbing gear for pregnant chicks. But no, it’s something that you actually need (if you were as uncomfortable as I was walking around, that is).

Her reaction changed once she wore it:

 After I put this thing on, I was extremely mad at myself for not buying one sooner. I would’ve been so much happier. It makes you feel like you’re more compact—that’s the best way I can describe it. During the first few months I was wearing it, I’d almost forget I was pregnant. Near the end of my pregnancy, I was never without it.

What do all the straps do?
The straps on the Prenatal Cradle Plus by It's You Babe surround the tummyThe flannel backed, medical grade elastic bands are designed to surround and support the entire tummy. The lower womb support band provides the gentle lift and support necessary to improve circulation and relieve pelvic pressure. The side expander bands support the pregnant tummy and reduce back and forth sway. They also relieve side pressure while turning from side to side in bed at night. Shoulder straps that criss-cross in front simply hold all the other support bands in place. They’re not weight bearing so they don’t stress the shoulders.

Adjustable straps allow you to comfortably provide the support you needThe PC Plus has a detachable compression bridge that offers relief from painful vulvar pressure and varicose veins. This breathable bridge velcros to the support band in front for easy release when going to the bathroom.

Two adjustable straps on the back allow you to easily find a comfortable amount of compression. Slipping this on in the morning can provide tremendous relief throughout the day.

The Cradle portion of the PC Plus can be worn alone for gentle support of your tummy, adding the V2 Bridge only when you need the vulvar compression to ease swelling, painful vulvar varicosities, or the “feeling that everything is going to fall out the bottom.”

I am in my second pregnancy and the pain started very early on… after wearing the prenatal cradle plus, I can walk without the pain and it is 90% pain free. I am 5′ 5″ and I bought size M/L and it fits perfectly. I’m wearing it everyday. This is a must have item if you have the pain. I am very glad that I purchased it!!!! Super!!!!

The features of the Prenatal Cradle Plus by It’s You Babe make it an ideal maternity support for women experiencing multiple aches and pains associated with pregnancy. We won’t endorse Baba G’s mountain climbing fantasy, but if your healthcare professional tells you it’s okay to climb the Matterhorn, we’ll be happy to post your selfie planting a flag at the peak on this blog. 🙂

It's You Babe, Manufacturer of Pregnancy SupportsIt’s You Babe would like to help you find the relief you need so you can have a more enjoyable pregnancy! Talk to your doctor or call us for more information on how our maternity support garments can help you ease the aches and pains often felt during pregnancy.

Matterhorn Photo Credit: The Hiker via Wikipedia

Reducing the Risk for Early Labor and Birth

March to Full Term: Babies need time to grow

More than 11% of babies born in the United States arrive before their due date. During the month of March we will be featuring ways to reduce the risk of preterm labor and birth as part of the March of Dimes’ March for Babies® campaign.

2013 BMC Top Choice for the It's You Babe Best CradleLearn more about reducing the risks of preterm labor and birth by following the recommendations offered by the March of Dimes.

Your healthcare professional may also suggest reducing the strain on your tummy with a maternity support. Consider using our award winning It’s You Babe Best Cradle or It’s You Babe Prenatal Cradle for a comfortable fit that surrounds and supports your entire tummy.

“Around 15 weeks into my twin pregnancy I developed vulvar varicosities and I knew that my growing belly would also become a problem. Now I’m almost 36 weeks and still wear my Prenatal Cradle Plus every day. When I take it off my contractions start up, so I know that it is taking weight off of my cervix, thus allowing me to carry these babies to a healthy point.

“I was so worried about preterm labor, but thanks to the Prenatal Cradle Plus that hasn’t been a problem. I haven’t needed bed rest and have been able to carry on my regular life and care for my toddler.

THANK YOU for such a great product!!!” – Megan

Many moms-to-be have found the benefits of our products include better circulation, more restful sleep, and added comfort throughout the day. Call us for more information and free brochures, 1-877-661-9682 Toll-Free in USA.

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/

Your Baby’s First Valentine is from You

Your baby's first Valentine's Day card is from you

Mom to Babe, Heart to Heart
Eating well and taking good care of yourself during your pregnancy provides the essentials your unborn child needs to arrive healthy and strong. During Heart Health Month, give some thought to the bond between you and your baby sent through your circulatory system. If you’re lower extremities are swelling, talk with your healthcare professional to see if one of It’s You Babe’s medical grade pregnancy supports might relieve the pressure on veins bringing blood back to your heart.

I typically have large babies (over nine pounds) and the support that I get from the cradle is tremendous! The cradle takes the weight of the baby off my abdomen and eases the back pain. In my third trimester I definitely can tell the difference on the days I wear the cradle and the days I do not. I generally have so much less pain on the days I wear my cradle.

– Traci, MI

Good circulation is important for your baby’s growth and nutrition. Let us help you achieve optimum conditions for your pregnancy as you anticipate your little one smiling up at you as they present Valentine’s Day cards year after year.

Get involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

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