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Midwives Day

January 8, 2016 — Leave a comment

Today, January 8, 2016, is Midwives Day!  Are any of our Preggers mamas planning on delivering with the help of a midwife?  Or maybe you know someone who has or plans to use a midwife.  In the US, the rate of midwife deliveries is still pretty low compared to the numbers delivered by OB-GYNs, but the trend is definitely on the rise.  In honor of Midwives Day, we thought we’d explore midwifery and its rising trend and practice in the US.

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History

Midwifery has been around as long as childbirth itself.  Of course, midwifery in the ancient and medieval world was not the practice that it is today.  But, the idea was the same.  It was not until the last couple of centuries that women began to labor and deliver with the help of trained doctors, and even more recent that births were moved to hospitals.  Despite this transition in countries like the US, the art and practice of midwifery has always been in practice in undeveloped countries, as well as other developed countries around the world.

Trend

The percentages of midwife deliveries in the United States is still low compared to OB-GYN deliveries, but is definitely on the rise.  According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in a June 25, 2012 article in Time Magazine, roughly 1 in every 8 vaginal deliveries is assisted by a midwife.

Benefits

Why is this trend on the rise?  The reasons are different for every mother, but many of the reasons include the following:

  1. Interventions – Many women want to give birth without medical interventions. Using synthetic drugs like Pitocin to induce labor can lead to an increased risk of C-Sections, another thing many women want to avoid.  A lot of these mothers also look for a more natural method of pain relief rather than the standard epidural used in hospitals.
  2. Cost – Let’s face it. The cost of childbirth is very expensive.  Insurance will pick up a lot of it, but mothers must usually meet deductibles – sometimes very high ones.  And each intervention done also adds to the already high cost.  The cost of a midwife delivery can be drastically lower than a traditional delivery, especially when done outside of a hospital.  Before choosing this route, however, make sure your insurance will cover using a midwife.  Many plans will, but some may not.
  3. Hands-On Care – Pregnant mothers are not the only patients that OB-GYNs will see during a given day, making them very busy. Most midwives can spend more time with their patients, developing a stronger relationship.  When it comes time for delivery, the laboring mother will have the undivided attention of the midwife.
  4. Personalized Birth Plan – There are a number of things mothers can do during labor to help move things along, as well as manage pain. A growing number of mothers like to have a specific plan in place that may include use of a birthing ball or bar, a tub for water birth, or maybe your favorite music or candles.  These are all things that are more likely to be accommodated when delivering outside of a hospital.

Types of Midwives

There are two different types of midwives to choose from – Certified Nurse-Midwives and Direct-Entry Midwives.  According to the website whattoexpect.com the differences are:

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Midwives can be a great option for pregnant moms.  But, one thing that everyone agrees on: any high-risk pregnancy (high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, etc.) should be handled in a hospital with an experienced OB-GYN.

If you like the sound of a midwife delivery, do your research and find out what is best for you and your baby in your area.  Make an informed decision based on your individual needs.  Happy Midwives Day and happy delivering, mamas!

Labor Day is this Monday, September 7.  But, don’t worry mamas, it probably isn’t your “labor day”.  For most of us, Labor Day Weekend is the gateway to the fall.  Cooling temps, beautiful leaves, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner.  Which means it’s time to give your wardrobe a boost!

When you look at boosting your compression hosiery, you’ll want to include Preggers Maternity Tights.  Along with all the super benefits that Preggers Maternity hosiery usually offer, our Maternity Tights will also keep your legs warm during those crisp fall days.

As with all Preggers Maternity socks and hosiery, our Preggers Maternity Tights contain gradient compression, which is compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it moves up the legs.  Important for all Preggers mamas, our tights are comfortable.  They are made with super soft yarns and smooth seams that won’t dig into your tummy.  The supportive top expands as your belly grows and can be folded under the belly or pulled over.  Our light compression (10-15mmHg) comes in fashionable everyday colors, as well as trendy seasonal colors.  And Preggers offers Maternity Tights in higher compression levels, too, in most of the fashionable everyday colors.

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Since we know all of you mamas that will be sporting a baby bump this fall will want to buy a pair of Preggers Maternity Tights in every color available, we thought we’d help you out with a little break in the price!!!  Between now and September 15, you can get any of our regularly priced Light Support Preggers Tights (or any other Light Support Preggers hosiery or support product) at 20% off.  Discount is reflected in the cart, no codes needed.

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And finally, for those mamas that will spend this Labor Day truly laboring, we wish you happy delivering!  Don’t forget to pick up a Preggers Nursing Bra or Postpartum Tank.  They’re included in the sale, too, and you’re going to need one!

Happy Labor Day to all our Preggers mamas and their babies.


Back Pain

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Chief among complaints of many pregnant women is the infamous back pain.  And it’s no wonder since there are several factors that can lead to pregnancy back pain.  Women typically gain between 25 and 35 pounds in a normal pregnancy.  The added weight that the spine must now support can lead to lower back pain.  Hormone changes can also contribute to increased back pain.  The hormone relaxin kicks into gear to help loosen joints in preparation for childbirth.  This includes the ligaments that support the spine.  The way your body moves also changes as your baby grows, due to an altered center of gravity, and can affect your posture leading to increased back pain.  Changes in abdominal muscles also play a role.

But, fortunately, most mamas can find various sources of relief for some or all of pregnancy-related back pain.  The following remedies are great doctor-approved ways to reduce back pain.

  1. Proper Shoes – Pregnancy is not the best time for high heels. High heels can shift your pregnancy weight directly to you lower spine and hips.  You will also want to avoid unsupported shoes.  Wear a low-heeled and comfortable shoe that includes arch support.
  2. Sleep Position – Sleeping on your side with your knees bent is the most comfortable position for pregnant mamas. Using support pillows (under abdomen, behind back and between knees) while you sleep is also a good idea.
  3. Physical Activity – Regular exercise can help keep your muscles strong, which can relieve some back pain. Swimming is one of the best exercises for pregnant women because of the reduction in pressure of the spine.
  4. Support Garments – The right supportive garment will hold your belly up taking some of the pressure off your lower back.

Preggers Maternity Support Tank is a great option for mamas.  Expanding to fit during a full pregnancy, the Maternity Support Tank has a unique design which helps you to maintain correct back posture, prevent lumbar pain AND support a growing belly.  Made with stretchy yarns and knitted into a super soft and seamless garment, this tank is the optimum in comfort.  The smooth, shaping support of the Maternity Support Tank is the perfect undergarment for expecting moms.

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The good news about pregnancy-related back pain is that it will likely ease and go away after your baby is born.  Ligaments that loosened up regain their rigidity and are able to better support normal weight.  But, until then we hope the tips above will help to make your pregnancy more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

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It’s August.  Raise your hand if you’re hot and pregnant!  Raise your hand if you’re very hot and very pregnant!  No one put their hand down, did they?

Pregnant bellies need extra support, especially in the later months, and bands like Preggers Maternity Support Band give mamas that extra support they need.  And even though the Preggers Maternity Support Band is super soft and super comfortable, no one wants an extra layer around their midsection right now, right?!  What about if you could combine the support of the Maternity Support Band with your regular maternity underwear?  That would be great, wouldn’t it?  The support you need without an extra layer.

Enter Preggers Maternity Hipster Support Panties, which give you all the great support of the Maternity Support band with the coverage of maternity underwear in one layer.  Preggers Maternity Support Panties expand with growing bellies to fit during all stages of pregnancy.  The unique design helps to lift the belly and support the back.  The panties are seamless and are made with super soft and very stretchy yarns providing the ultimate in comfort.

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Now if Preggers could only tackle the heartburn, trips to the bathroom . . .

 

Everyone knows that pregnancy is about growing: the baby grows, your belly grows, your family grows.  But, have you ever wondered what other things will grow and change during your pregnancy – the less obvious things?  The team at Preggers put together this chart to highlight all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful things that grow or change throughout your pregnancy.  With all these crazy things to look forward to, it’s kind of a wonder that we choose take this incredible journey.  But then, one look at your sweet baby’s face, and you know it’s all worth it.

V2-PlacesYoullGrow (2)And, as you’re growing, remember that Preggers legwear and support products are designed to grow with you.  Feel supported and help prevent swelling in your legs and feet with Preggers maternity support products, leggings, tights, footless tights, pantyhose, knee highs, trouser socks  and casual socks.  Don’t forget our postpartum support products to help you feel great and supported post baby.

 

 

Fatherhood Playbook

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As the dad, you might have been somewhat of a spectator for this pregnancy thing, but Coach is about to put you in the game.  So, since Father’s Day is right around the corner, the Preggers team put together a list of tips for new dads – think of it as your playbook.  Like football, parenting is a team sport and Mom needs you on the first string team.  Put on your helmet and pads and keep your eyes open for trick plays.  Kickoff will be here before you know it!

 

  1. Sleep – Forget about sleep. It’s nothing more than a fond memory.  It may return again in . . . well, it’ll never be what it was.  Your wife has probably already said goodbye to sleep, since housing your offspring often makes sleeping difficult.  And once Baby is here, he’ll be up every few hours to eat – meaning that someone will have to get up to feed him.  If you’re bottle feeding, you should take some of the feedings.  And when you finally reach the point where Baby sleeps through the night, you’ll be so ecstatic, you won’t even notice that you’ve forgotten what sleeping in feels like.  It might be years before you do this again.  PLAYBOOK ADVICE: People have always told moms to sleep when the baby sleeps, but this should apply to everyone in your house.  If your baby is sleeping, SLEEP.  It may be all you get for a while.
  2. Poop – You will spend more time talking about and dealing with poop than you ever imagined. Most parents remember the first time their child had a full blown blowout diaper – the kind the poop goes up the child’s back and out the leg holes of the diaper . . . probably ends up in her hair.  Just know that as you’re cleaning the poop off of everything within a mile radius, one day you’ll be laughing about this.  This and the 18,563 other poop stories between now and your child’s high school graduation.  Okay, we kid, you’ll get it figured out before that. PLAYBOOK ADVICE: Whether you’re going to the mailbox or across the country, always travel with extra diapers, extra wipes and extra clothes . . . for baby, but also maybe for you.  Never know when that blowout is going to happen or where the poop will end up.
  3. Vomit – The baby variety is known as spit up and the very young ones will do this quite a bit. Eventually, they get the hang of things and won’t spit up.  The really bad stuff is when they’re older.  And when one of them says to you, “Daddy, I don’t feel so good,” you have exactly 5 seconds to get your child over a toilet or trash can before the vomit explosion. 5. . .4 . . .3 . . .2. . . .1 PLAYBOOK ADVICE: Be prepared.  If it’s baby vomit, keeping a burp cloth handy is all you’ll need.  If it’s the child variety, I suggest keeping your child in close proximity to the toilet/bucket/trash can . . . and possibly wear a rain poncho.
  4. Crying – Baby’s cry, everyone knows this. But, sometimes it feels like the crying has gone on forever and will never stop. You’ve fed him and changed him and you can’t figure out what could possibly be wrong.  He won’t stop crying and he won’t go to sleep.  PLAYBOOK ADVICE: Strap your little one into his carseat and take him for a ride in your car.  It doesn’t matter where you go – driving around the block will work.  Sometimes the vibrations of the car engine will sooth your baby enough that they will fall asleep.  Hopefully, he’ll stay asleep once you decide to call it a night and head home.  But if not, don’t get frustrated.  Put him down in a safe place like his crib and step away for a few moments of peace.  He’ll be okay if it’s in a safe place and you haven’t gone too far away.
  5. Children’s Shows – Whether it’s princesses and ponies or ninjas and cars, your TV viewing is about to change . . . drastically! Your DVR may be full of episodes of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad right now, but it won’t be long before you’ll be sitting down to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Yo Gabba Gabba and Doc McStuffins.  PLAYBOOK ADVICE: Embrace it!  Learn the names of the characters and talk about the episodes with your kids.  You’ll be the coolest dad ever!  We promise you, they won’t be stuck on these shows forever.  Their viewing preferences will improve with age . . . sort of.

Well that’s a good start to your Fatherhood Playbook.  But, a good playbook always needs new plays.  We encourage any experienced dads (and moms!) to add your Plays in the comments or on social media. #preggerspapasplaybook.

Happy Father’s Day, Dads – Rookies and Veterans – from the Preggers Team!

Should you work right up until your due date or take time off before delivery?

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Take time off before having a baby?  I can see how this would have gone for me.  Day one: bag packed, check; baby’s room all in order and ready for its occupant, check; house cleaned, check; dishes and laundry done, check.  Now for that rest and relaxation they talked about.  Butt on couch, remote in hand.  And reality sets in: daytime TV is awful!!!  Seriously!  How much can one person take of old sitcom reruns?  And don’t even get me started on soap operas!  Off goes the TV.  How about one of my hobbies that I never have time for?  This works for a while, until my thoughts migrate.  Wonder what’s going on at work?  9:00 on Monday?  Time for our weekly meeting.  Wonder what the husband wants for dinner?  I’ll call him.  Bad idea.  He’s busy.  I saw an ad for a sale at the baby boutique.  I’ll just go check it out.  And $150 later, I’ve got 3 sets of going home outfits.  Time for lunch.  More of the same through the afternoon and end of Day one.

As you can see, checking out of work early to prepare for baby was not for me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE my time off.  But, there is something strange to me about being at home while everyone else is at work.  Makes me sort of feel like staying home sick from school.  Of course, it’s a world of difference once baby was actually here and at home.  Suddenly, my days were totally and happily occupied.

I envy the people that can enjoy their time and do the relaxing they’re supposed to be doing.  However, it’s just not for me.  To each his own, right?  I opted to work right up until the day before my baby was born.  And I’m glad I did.  Once my little bundle was here, I wanted to soak up as many days with him as I could before returning to a job I love.  I truly enjoyed every ounce of being off with my baby.

So, if you’re like me and planning to work right up until your water breaks, here are a few tips to help you’ll want to consider:

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  1. Create a Plan with Your Employer – Any good employer will want to balance the needs of the employee and the needs of the company. Perhaps there are things you won’t be able to do, like lifting heavy objects, mixing certain chemicals, or traveling to the regional sales meeting during your final month.  Your employer will want to make sure the work gets done, so they may want to redistribute some duties to have everything covered.  You’ll also want to know what the employer expects of you when you have to be gone for appointments, etc.  Once a plan is in place, stick to it as much as you’re able to.  It will show your employer that you’re committed to being a good employee and a good parent.
  2. Create a Plan with Your Doctor – Let your doctor know what your working plans are. Make sure the doc knows what you do from day to day, so they can weigh in on things that may cause a danger that you haven’t thought of
  3. Have a Good Backup Plan – Even the best laid plans can be disrupted. Many women can work right up until their water breaks, but some are not so lucky.  Health considerations may sideline you earlier than you expect, so make sure you’re prepared for all possibilities.
  4. Know What to Do if You Go Into Labor at Work – What happens if your water really does break at work? Yikes!  If that happens is your co-worker driving you to the hospital?  Your boss?  Or, is someone calling your husband?  Are you going home first or is your bag already in the car?  What is the best route to the hospital from work?  All things to consider when putting together your “Going Into Labor At Work” plan – just like you do for your home plan.
  5. Know Your Limits – You may have the best intentions, but understand that pregnancy changes many things. We all know about the fatigue, morning sickness, trips to the bathroom, etc.  All the things that go along with pregnancy can affect your ability to do your job at your normal levels.  Don’t overdo it.  You may need to take more frequent breaks or sit down and put your feet up if you stand a lot during your job.  Try a pair of Preggers Maternity legwear.  Compression tights, leggings, pantyhose and socks will help reduce and prevent swelling and energize your tired and achy legs.

Remembering these tips will help you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy at home and at work.  Today’s working mama can have it all!

Love Grows Here

March 20, 2015 — Leave a comment

“Lavender’s Blue, Rosemary’s Green . . .”

Spring is here and soon enough the flowers will be blooming – not unlike you, Preggers mamas!  We’re celebrating spring with a site wide sale.  Everything on our website is 25% off between now and April 15.**  It’s the perfect time to pick up some extra pairs of Preggers maternity compression hosiery.  Your legs will feel as good as they look – especially in the beautiful spring colors.

Since you’re blooming, let’s have a little fun!  We’re including an extra special surprise in each Preggers web order placed after March 24 – a special flower seed paper packet!  Plant your flower seeds and watch them grow along with you.

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Historically, individual flowers have held special meaning.  Along with your flower package from Preggers, plant some flowers that represent thoughts and ideas that you have for your growing baby.  Here are a few that give us good thoughts for blooming babies:

Aloe                                  Healing, protection, affection
Basil                                 Good wishes
Chamomile                        Patience
Crocus                              Youthful gladness
Daisy                                Innocence, hope
Heliotrope                          Eternal love
Holly                                 Hope
Honeysuckle                     Bonds of love
Hyacinth                           Constancy of love, fertility
Jasmine                            Sweet love
Lilac                                 Joy of youth
Lily-of-the-valley                Sweetness
Marjoram                          Joy and happiness
Pansy                              Thoughts

Get to planting and share your sweet garden with Baby.  Ready, Set, Bloom!

 

** Offer ends April 15, 2015.  Excludes 15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg, Clearance and Discontinued items.

Surviving Daylight Savings

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That’s right, folks!  On Sunday, March 8, we lose that hour of sleep as we all move our clocks forward one hour.  And when you’re pregnant and sleep is hard to come by anyway, that lost hour might be hard to swallow.  We know it’s hard, so your good friends at Preggers came up with a few great tips to help us all get through the transition.

  1. Transition into the time difference gradually. – Get up and go to bed 15 minutes earlier everyday between now and Sunday. Taking baby steps toward the earlier day will make the transition a little bit easier to bear.
  2. Add a nap into your day. – Adding an afternoon nap for a few days will help your body adjust to the time difference a little bit quicker. Just make sure it isn’t too close to bed time.
  3. Keep your normal number of sleep hours. – It might be hard to convince your body that it’s bedtime, but it’s important to do so. You’re getting up early already, so make sure to carry that over to bedtime.  Keeping your number of sleep hours and avoiding staying up that extra hour, will help you adjust to the time difference quicker.
  4. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants at bedtime. – You’re probably trying to avoid these anyway, but don’t be tempted. Going to bed an hour early might be hard enough, but adding caffeine will make it harder.
  5. Take advantage of Free Shipping** from Preggers! – That’s right, in honor of Daylight Saving Time, we’re giving you free shipping on all your orders of Preggers. You’ve probably nixed that extra cup of coffee, so get yourself a pair of Preggers.  Maternity leggings, tights, pantyhose and socks are great for reducing and preventing swelling and energizing tired and achy legs.

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Okay, now that we’re all ready to Spring Forward, Preggers says Bring it On!

 

** Free Shipping is good for contiguous US orders ($4.99 value).  You must select the Flat Shipping option.

There are so many things to consider when preparing for a new baby.  If some of your family members are of the four-legged variety, you’ll want to remember them in your planning.

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When my husband and I were preparing for our son’s arrival, we had two fur babies at home – our two beloved cats.  I had no intention of giving them up, so I had to make sure that our home was safe for our human baby, and our fur babies smoothly transitioned into the new dynamic.  The first thing I did was to call our family veterinarian.  He said that my questions were common among his patients and gave me a list of things to remember to ensure that everyone in our home stayed happy and healthy.

Tips for pets, pregnancy and baby:

1. No litter boxes, ladies!  First things first. Pregnant mommas should not handle cat litter boxes due to the risk of toxoplasmosis.  Yay!  I gladly handed over this job to my husband (and it’s still his ladies, you never know!).  Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a nasty parasite.  The harm to the already born is pretty minimal, but womb residents are at a pretty severe risk for stillbirth, long-term structural and neurological damage, and other unpleasant things.  Thankfully, the chances of contracting toxoplasmosis from your felines is pretty slim when they are strictly indoor kitties, and especially if they are kept to a diet of commercial cat food.  But, it wasn’t worth the risk, so the hubby is the only litter handler in our house!

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2. Visit your veterinarian regularly. There are other things that you can be at risk for while pregnant, so it is always important to make sure that your animals are all up-to-date on vaccinations and have regular visits with their vets. This will help to keep you, your baby, other family members and most especially your pets safe and free of disease.

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3. Let your pets adapt . . . Help your animals get used to all the new things associated with baby. My cats love to investigate every new thing brought into our home – especially if it is associated with a new scent.  Let them sniff out and investigate baby gear ahead of time.  They’ll be less likely to investigate later when baby arrives home.

4. . . . But not adopt. Watch for things that they may want to adopt as their own and correct their behavior right away. You may want to teach them to steer clear of baby’s bed, or maybe even the whole room.  My cats tried to adopt a bassinet and a vibrating bouncer chair.  We sprayed them with water each time we caught them sitting in either one to help them understand that these places were off limits to them.

5. Gently introduce Fifi and Fido to Junior’s scent. Use an object to help introduce baby to your fur family. Most vets suggest a hat that baby wears in the hospital or a blanket he’s wrapped in.  (Make sure that it is a blanket or hat the baby used AFTER his first bath.)  Have your partner or another family member bring the item home the day before you and baby arrive and let your animals smell it and get used to the baby’s scent.

6. Never leave baby alone with pets. One important thing to remember is that no matter how much you’ve prepared your animals and how much you trust them, you should never leave baby alone with the animals. It is their nature to act on instinct and you never know when a dog or cat may feel threatened by your child.  Just be safe and make sure you or another adult is always in the room if your pets and baby are together.

7. Desensitize pets to a kid’s roughness. One of my best girlfriends has dogs. For several months before their first pregnancy, they played rough with their dogs – pulling their ears and tails.  They were desensitizing them to what a young child might do.  Their dogs were ready for all the “abuse” a toddler would delve out in the coming years.

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8. Provide a safe zone for your pets. Give your animals a safe place to hide. Sometimes, they’ll just need to get away from baby and they need to know there is a place in your house where they can do that.  When my son was a toddler he was very generous with his “love”.  His “love” included regular body slams to his kitties.  Ouch!  Thankfully, by this time, our cats had thoroughly accepted our son and were even somewhat protective of him, so they never returned his “love” with bites or scratches.  But, whenever they had had enough, they knew there were places they could go where he just couldn’t.

With proper preparation and planning, you can create a happy home for the human and fur babies in your life.  And you’ll probably be fostering a love and friendship that will last for years to come.

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For other advice, check out these guides to pets and babies from the American Humane Association and the Humane Society.