Layout 1Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Light Support Maternity Leggings are featured in the Fall 2018 Buyer’s Guide issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  As the crisp fall air settles in, you’ll want to be sure to have a pair (or five!) of Preggers Light Support Leggings.  Not only will your legs stay warm and your outfit be fashionable, but you’ll experience the amazing benefits of true gradient compression, which will help to reduce and prevent swelling and energize tired and achy legs!  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers legwear benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Maternity Support Bands are featured in the December 2018 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Preggers Maternity Support Bands provide an expectant mom with superior comfort and gentle support during pregnancy. The seamless garment is made from super stretchy fibers and expands during the varying stages of pregnancy. The supportive band helps ease back discomfort and provide active moms additional abdominal support.  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

We’ve had a baby boom in the office lately – and how convenient that we work for Preggers!  And as ladies tend to do, we’ve been talking a lot about the current pregnancies, as well as past ones.  It’s inevitably moved into the realm of old wives’ tales and how much truth there is to them.   And just for fun, we thought we’d explore this, because seriously, they’re wrong just as often as they’re right.  And everyone has a ton of fun predicting!  So, check out our old wives’ tales below and tell us your experiences.  Did your babies prove them right or wrong?

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Here is a breakdown of our Mama test subjects. 😊

Mama #1 – This mama has had 4 babies – 2 boys and 2 girls.  She’ll be a great example when it comes to those gender predicting old wives’ tales!

Mama #2 – This mama has had 3 baby boys!  It will be interesting to see how they differ and how they’re the same!

Mama #3 – This mama has had 2 boys and a girl – including the most recent new baby in the office.  She kept the gender of each of her babies a surprise!

Mama #4 – This mama has had 1 baby boy and 1 baby girl!

Mama #5 – Our newest mama!  Her first baby is due this January!

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Prediction #1: Heartburn means a lot of hair

Tradition states that when a pregnant mom has heartburn, her new baby will have a lot of hair.  Believe it or not, this one might actually have some truth to it.  Johns Hopkins did a study of 64 pregnant women ranking the severity of their heartburn and then rating the hair volume of their newborns using photographs.  The smart folks at JH actually had a complicated math formula and determined that there may actually be a correlation between the severity of heartburn and the amount of a newborn’s hair.  Who knew!?  We put this one to the test:

Mama #1 – She had heartburn with her first baby and he had no hair!!  And she had no heartburn with the other three.  All had hair – tons!

Mama #2 – This lucky mama had no heartburn with any of her babies . . . . and they all had hair!

Mama #3 – First pregnancy gave her a little bit of heartburn and baby definitely had hair.  The second and third gave her bad heartburn – and funny, one had hair, the other didn’t.

Mama #4 – This mama had no heartburn with her first baby and he had a lot of hair.  The second pregnancy gave her a lot of heartburn, and that baby also had a lot of hair, but slightly less than the first.

Mama #5 – This mama has had some heartburn, but not too bad.  Only time will tell how much hair her baby has. 😉

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Prediction #2: Dry vs. Oily Skin

The prediction on this one says that dry skin is an indicator that you’re having a boy, while oily skin signals a girl.

Mama #1 – This mama had dry skin with her first boy – score one for the old wives’ tale.  But, she had normal skin with her other three – another boy and 2 girls.

Mama #2 – Mama #2 says she had normal skin with all three of her boys.

Mama #3 – This mama said she had oily skin with her first boy, and normal skin with her other two – a girl and a boy.

Mama #4 – Here’s a mama that had dry skin with her baby boy and oily skin with her baby girl.

Mama #5 – Our expectant mama says that her skin has been oily.  Girl?

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Prediction #3: Pregnancy Glow

Tradition states that a girl will steal her mama’s beauty, so the mama will get compliments on her “glow” with boys, but not with girls.

Mama #1 – Mama #1 got “glow” compliments with all four of her kids – 2 boys and 2 girls.

Mama #2 – This mama had the “glow” with her three boys.

Mama #3 – LOL!  This mama had the opposite.  She got “glow” compliments with her girl, but not as much with her two boys.

Mama #4 – This mama doesn’t remember “glowing” with either her boy or her girl.

Mama #5 – Sweet Mama #5 says she hasn’t gotten any “glowing” comments yet.  Girl?

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Prediction #4: The dreaded acne

Girls are said to give their mamas acne (makes sense with all that oily skin).  Boys are kinder to their mamas in this regard.

Mama #1 – Poor Mama #1.  She had acne with all four of her kids – didn’t matter the gender!

Mama #2 – Mama #2 had acne with her first BOY, but her other two boys were kinder and gave her none.

Mama #3 – This mama had acne with her first boy, but none with her girl or her second boy.

Mama #4 – This mama had no acne with her baby boy, and only a little bit with her baby girl.

Mama #5 – Finally, our expectant mama says she is experiencing a little more acne than normal.  Girl?

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Prediction #5: Hair – Thick and Glossy or Dull and Limp

Thick and glossy is said to indicate a boy, while dull and limp means you’re having a girl.  (Seriously, girls!)

Mama #1 – Gender didn’t matter here.  This mama found her hair thick and glossy every time.

Mama #2 – Three boys meant three times this mama had thick and glossy hair.

Mama #3 – Another instance of gender not being a factor.  Mama #3 had thick and glossy hair every time.

Mama #4 – Mama #4 never noticed any change to her hair with her son, but did have thick and glossy hair with her daughter.

Mama #5 – Mama #5 finds that her hair is dull and limp.  Girl?

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Prediction #6: Cravings

Women can crave some crazy things when pregnant, but rumor has it that salty things foretell a boy, while sweet things predict a girl.

Mama #1 – This mama craved salty stuff with her youngest boy and sweet stuff with her girls.  Her curve ball oldest boy gave her cravings of jalapenos.  Spicy!

Mama #2 – This mama craved chicken sandwiches (salty) and whoppers candy (sweet) with her first.  The other two only gave her ice cravings.

Mama #3 – This mama’s craved ice cream with peanuts with her first (sweet and salty).  Her second gave her chocolate cravings, and her third it was fudgecicles.  Sweet kids regardless of gender!

Mama #4 – This mama craved spicy foods and anything lemon-flavored with her boy and sour sweet tarts and iced tea with her girl.

Mama #5 – Our current Preggers mama tells us that she craves salty things, but also fruit. Boy?

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Prediction #7: Nausea

This Old Wives’ Tale says that the more pregnancy nausea you have, the more likely a girl and the less nausea, more likely a boy.

Mama #1 – What a lucky mama!  Four pregnancies and no nausea – with her boys or her girls!

Mama #2 – Another lucky mama!  Three pregnancies and no nausea!

Mama #3 – Mama #3 had some nausea with her older son; very little nausea with her daughter; and the worst nausea with her youngest son.

Mama #4 – Mama #4 had a little bit of nausea with her son, but not too bad.  Her daughter gave her more trips to the bathroom, but still nothing too awful.

Mama #5 – Our pregnant mama says she’s definitely been feeling the nausea bug. Girl?

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Prediction #8: Cold feet

Boys are said to give their mamas super cold feet, while girls don’t have the same affect.

Mama #1 – Might be true.  This mama says her boys gave her cold feet, while the girls did not.

Mama #2 – All three boys, all three cold feet!

Mama #3 – No cold feet for her girl or her oldest son, but cold feet for the younger son.

Mama #4 – Cold feet for her boy, but not for her girl.

Mama #5 – It’ll be hard to tell on this mama, as she’s a congenital double amputee!  She has no feet to determine if her baby makes her feet cold. 😉

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We are all excited to find out if Mama #5 is having a boy or a girl!  Mama thinks a boy, but our Old Wives’ Tales lean toward girl!  Tell us about Old Wives’ Tales that you know and whether or not they were accurate predictors of gender or amount of hair, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a first time Preggers Mama?  If so, we have some advice for you!  Enjoy it!  Seriously, enjoy this Mother’s Day, because it is the only one that will be like this.  Sleep in.  Maybe you awake to breakfast in bed prepared by a doting husband.  Or, maybe you dress in a cute maternity dress and go to brunch with your family.  An afternoon pedicure.  Quiet time reading a book in the sunshine.

These all sound glorious!  Don’t get me wrong, any Mother’s Day is wonderful because it celebrates our most important job – being a Mom!  But, let’s face it, you’ll never have another Mother’s Day like this one.

For example:

Early Morning Snoozing

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Wake up gradually with the warm sun streaming through the window.  Hear the birds chirping and maybe the smell of breakfast cooking.

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Wake up to your pregnant belly hanging off the bed because your other children are occupying the space.  Someone is probably screaming.  Someone might have wet the bed.

Breakfast

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Your darling hubby has been up for an hour making you breakfast in bed.  You leisurely have breakfast together and talk about how wonderful it will be once the baby is here.

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You turned your back for just a moment and breakfast became a scene from a disaster movie.

 Afternoon Activity

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You spend the afternoon getting pampered at a salon.  Or maybe your husband even helps you with your pedicure.

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Here you are on the sidelines watching soccer game number three for the day.  Only two more to go.

Evening Wind Down Time

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You finish off the day with a relaxing bubble bath.  Candles burning.  Calming music in the background.  The scent of lavender floating in the air.

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This time you’re preparing the bath and trying to bathe kids without getting your own clothes wet.  Don’t get soap in your child’s eyes.  And actually it’s a bubble bath because the other child dumped a whole bottle of shampoo in the water.

In all fairness, the 1st Time Preggers Mama scenario is probably a little too perfect.  And even though the Veteran Preggers Mama spent the whole day busy with her kids, she probably wouldn’t change a second of it.  It’s why we’re mamas, right?!

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Preggers!

 

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week.  We hope that none of our Preggers mamas have had to tackle this challenge, but since infertility affects more than 5 million people of childbearing age, statistically speaking I’m sure that some of you have.  If you are reading this, and you are one of the 5 million, then most likely you’ve overcome this hurdle.  This week, we recognize your struggles to build your family with some facts that perhaps many people don’t know or understand about infertility.

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  • 1 in 6 couples struggles with infertility.
  • The clinical definition of infertility is a couple who has been having unprotected sex for one year and hasn’t conceived. This changes to six months if you are a woman over 35 years old.
  • Infertility is NOT an inconvenience; it is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body’s ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.
  • In about 40 percent of infertility cases, a medical issue with the woman is the cause. In 30 percent of cases it is the man. And in 20 per cent of cases, both the man and woman are the cause. Approximately 10 percent of infertility cases can’t be explained.
  • There are many different causes of infertility: lack of regular ovulation, a low sperm count, low sperm motility, premature ovarian insufficiency (early menopause) and anatomical problems, such as blocked Fallopian tubes and problems with the uterine cavity. In some couples, there is no obvious cause, which is called unexplained infertility.
  • A woman’s age often plays a role in infertility. According to Health Canada, a 30-year-old woman has a 90 percent chance of getting pregnant. That chance drops to 77 percent by age 35 and 55 percent if you are 40 or older.
  • Twelve percent of all infertility cases are a result of the woman either weighing too little or too much.
  • Men and women who smoke have decreased fertility.
  • Up to 13 percent of female infertility is caused by cigarette smoking.
  • Irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for approximately 25 percent of all female infertility problems.
  • Investigation into potential causes of infertility can usually be completed over one menstrual cycle.
  • Most infertility cases — 85% to 90% — are treated with conventional medical therapies such as medication or surgery.
  • While vital for some patients, in vitro fertilization and similar treatments account for less than 3% of infertility services, and about (or approximately) seven hundredths of one percent (0.07%) of U.S. health care costs.
  • IUI has a 10 to 20 percent pregnancy rate per procedure—a healthy woman under 35 can expect a success rate of about 19 percent per procedure. Each insemination costs $300 to $500, plus the cost of medications.
  • IVF costs $6,000 and up per cycle, depending on add-ons chosen and whether eggs or embryos are frozen after the cycle.                       blastocyst372

Everyone’s journey toward motherhood is different.  If your experience included more than just you and your partner – more like a room full of doctors and scientists –  know that you’re not alone.