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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is anyone else excited for the Olympics?  The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will begin on February 9.  I pretty much become an Olympic-aholic during this time – summer and winter alike, so I am looking forward to a few weeks of Olympic watching.

Did you know that there have been several athletes that have competed in the Olympics while pregnant?  This is amazing to me, because I certainly wasn’t in Olympic shape during either of my pregnancies.  Okay, I’ll be honest, I’ve never even been close to Olympic shape, but especially not then.  But, that’s just me.  I know that lots of super mamas are still able to be super athletes while carrying a little extra special cargo.  Here are a few of these super Olympic mamas.

Magda Julin – The First Pregnant Olympian
Magda Julin was a Swedish figure skater who competed in the 1920 Olympics and won the gold medal.  At the time of the 1920 Olympics, Julin had only participated in one world championship – 7 years earlier in 1913!  Just before Julin began her Free Skate, she had to change her music.  The world at that time was still reeling from World War I and there was widespread anti-German feelings.  Since Julin was planning on skating to Blue Danube by German composer Johann Strauss, she had to make a last minute change.  She won the gold anyway – all the while being four months pregnant.

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Juno Stover-Irwin – The Pregnant Diving Olympian
Juno Stover-Irwin was an American diver active in the 1950s winning medals at both the 1952 and 1956 games.  Her first medal, a bronze, in 1952 was won while she was 3 ½ months pregnant.

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Anita Spring and Kerri Walsh Jennings – The Pregnant Olympian Beach Volleyball Players
Everyone remembers American Kerri Walsh Jennings and her 2012 Olympic Partner Misty May winning gold on the beach in London.  Jennings would later learn that she competed while in the very early stages of pregnancy.  Jennings also won gold in 2004 in Athens, and 2008 in Beijing, as well as a bronze in 2016 in Rio, albeit not while pregnant.  Before Jennings, there was Anita Spring, an Australian beach volleyball player.  She competed in the 1996 games in Atlanta while four months pregnant.

Amelie Kober – The Pregnant Snowboarder Olympian
Amelie Kober, a German snowboarder competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver while 2 months pregnant.  Although Kober didn’t medal in 2010, she did bring home a silver in 2006 and a bronze in 2014.

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Diana Sartor and Kerstin Szymkowiak – The Pregnant Skeleton Olympians
German skeleton athletes Diana Sartor and Kerstin Szymkowiak both competed while two months pregnant – Sartor in 2006 and Szymkowiak in 2010.  Szymkowiak won a silver medal.

Cornelia Pfohl – The Twice Pregnant Olympian
German archer, Cornelia Pfohl has competed in four separate Olympic games (1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and 2004 in Athens).  She competed while pregnant in the latter two.  In 2000, she won a bronze medal while in the early stages of pregnancy with daughter Mara.  Her daughter Roselinda was born only 57 days after Pfohl last competed in an Olympic games in 2004.

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Martina Valcepina – The Pregnant with Twins Olympian
Martina Valcepina, an Italian short track speed skater competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, while pregnant with twins!!  And she won the bronze medal, too!

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Athletes of all kinds are amazing people, and Olympians especially.  But, hands down, I’m going to say that these ladies take the cake.  And honestly, they put me to shame.  What an amazing story they can share with the special children they were carrying, while competing in the greatest sporting competition the world knows.

 

 

picmonkey-collage2In a few days, March 8, 2017, women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day.  According to their website, the day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  And the day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

In 2017, the achievements our gender has made in society are more visible than ever. We can vote, true, and we’re nearing on the 100th anniversary of suffrage. And the strides have been even greater than that. We’ve seen women holding high office.  Madeleine Albright became the first woman to hold the office of Secretary of State in 1997, and since then 3 of the last 6 have been women.  We’ve seen a female Attorney General, four different women on the U.S. Supreme Court, and many other cabinet positions.  The first woman elected to the U.S. House happened in 1917 and the first U.S. Senator a handful of years later in 1932.  And most recently, we’ve seen the first woman to run for President for a major political party.  We see women owning companies and heading corporations.  They are doctors, lawyers, scientists, astronauts.  Our gender has cracked the glass ceiling, but there is still work to do.

Attention for women’s achievements ebbs and flows in news cycles, but seems to be at the forefront of late.  Women, as a whole, are still not paid equally to their male counterparts.  Women are still not present in equal numbers in business and politics.  And globally, many improvements are still needed for women’s education and health, as well as the disproportionate numbers of violence against women.

The 2017 theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange.  Change is still needed.  At our current rate of speed, the gender gap won’t close entirely until the year 2186, according to the World Economic Forum.  But, if we are bold for change, we can make that happen faster.

Change can be big or small.  What kinds of things can we, as women, change as individuals?  Below are 5 things we can work on to better ourselves and to help leave our mark on the world.

Perspective

Have you ever heard of the phrase “mind over matter”?  I’ll bet you have.  That’s what I mean by perspective.  The first step to making change in our lives is changing our perspective of things.  I hate getting groceries every week or doing laundry.  But, since they are necessary chores to the well-being of my family, I do them.  I can look at them with dread, or I can be thankful that I have the funds to buy food for my family.  I can clothe my children and keep their clothes clean.  Maybe, I have a family member or co-worker that is difficult to be around.  I can choose to avoid them or be unkind to them.  Or, I can change my perception and look at things from their perspective.  Looking at things from their perspective will give me a better understanding of why they are difficult, and possibly I can help them.  Changing perspective can apply to almost anything in our lives.

Career

I think this is area that is most reflective of the #BeBoldForChange theme. Most of us spend 8 – 10 of our waking hours per day at our jobs.  This is time not spent with family or friends or doing things we love.  With so many hours spent doing a job, it had better be something you enjoy doing.  If not, make a change.  Get a new job or go back to school.  But, be happy in your career.  Maybe you love your job, but feel that a raise or promotion is overdue.  It’s time to make a change.  Be bold and ask for what you feel you deserve.  You may not get it, but as long as you are courteous and professional, you’ll go a long way in making cracks in that glass ceiling.

Relationships

This is such a tough one for us women, but is an area of such importance.  Evaluate your relationships, including friendships and family relationships.  Nurture the good relationships – the ones that are good for your well-being; the ones that bring you joy; the ones you learn from and who show you kindness.  Repair the fragile ones that are worth saving.  And cut ties with the toxic ones.  Life is too short to let others bring you down.

Health

There are so many things we can do to change the state of our health.  The obvious one is diet and exercise, but be careful in that.  There are so many harmful ones out there.  If you diet, choose one that includes healthy foods and doesn’t make you feel bad or lacking.  Choose an active lifestyle, but know your limitations.  Don’t participate in exercise that is harmful to any condition you are living with. Chose exercise that makes you feel good and something you like to do.  You’re more apt to keep up with it if you do.  Other things you can do to become healthier or to maintain good health include brushing and flossing your teeth, getting plenty of good sleep and avoiding or limiting things like tobacco, caffeine or alcohol.  Drink plenty of water.  Most doctors and nutritionists recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  Finally, follow your doctor’s suggestions to improve your health.  This includes wearing your compression! 😉

Legacy

Most people want to leave a legacy on this world, but your legacy can be whatever you want it to be.  Many women leave their legacy with meaningful careers – doctors, teachers, politicians, businesswomen, police officers, etc.  Or your legacy may be motherhood.  Parents are the first teachers of every child and raising well-adjusted and contributing members of society is such a huge legacy in itself.  Or perhaps your legacy is the mark you leave on the world in other ways – volunteering with veterans or the homeless, fostering a child, cleaning up a local park, or even just spreading simple kindnesses to strangers.

Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to make changes happen in your life.  Have faith and courage and be bold.  And from all of us at Knit-Rite/Therafirm, Happy International Women’s Day!

 

 

 

On November 7, 2015, 36-year-old Moninda Marube won the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon in Santa Barbara, California for the fourth time with a time of one hour, eight minutes and 41 seconds.  The event was the culmination of Moninda’s 3,700-mile journey that began last July in Auburn, Maine.

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Moninda grew up in Kenya.  A lack of steady money and political violence contributed to a difficult life as a youth.  But, his talent for running allowed him a way out, and his journey landed him in the United States.

In the U.S., Moninda began training, but ran into financial difficulties.  To help out, he began training with other Kenyan runners under a manager.  It was with this manager that Moninda fell victim to human trafficking.  The manager would keep winnings from the races the Kenyans ran, leaving little for living expenses.  Moninda lived in a house infested with bedbugs with no air conditioning and very little food.  Finally in 2012, Moninda met Dan Campbell, the technical director of the Santa Barbara Half Marathon.  He ran the Marathon and broke the course record.  Campbell helped him get out of his situation and relocate to Auburn, Maine, where life is finally good.

Becoming involved with the Auburn, Maine Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and motivated to help others, he began The Moninda Movement to help bring awareness of human trafficking.  The Moninda Movement consisted of Moninda’s one-man goal of running 3,700 miles in four months and finishing with the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon. This amounted to running roughly 30 miles per day, 6 days a week.

Early into his journey, The Moninda Movement gained two sponsors – Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies located in central Maine, and Therafirm, a compression hosiery manufacturer based in Hamlet, North Carolina with corporate offices in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supplies has a long history of serving its local community.  As a small, family-owned and operated business headquartered in Auburn, Maine, they are a company that cares about their customers like family. Providing the community with the best quality medical supplies and equipment available is how they strive to inspire and empower individuals to take life’s challenges as they come, and to live life on their terms. They are also proud to be one of the last independent pharmacies in the state of Maine.

Moninda’s mission was a perfect fit for Therafirm.  The U.S. manufacturer produces true gradient compression socks and hosiery including a line of athletic compression socks and leg and arm sleeves.  Gradient compression in athletic socks and sleeves feature compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to help increase energy for endurance, better performance and reduces muscle fatigue and recovery times.  But, equally important, Therafirm, as well as parent company Knit-Rite, Inc., holds improving lives as its mission, not only in the products it makes, but also in the many causes it supports locally and beyond.

The co-sponsorship included Therafirm-branded compression socks and sleeves and Moninda’s athletic apparel.  Custom screen printing on Moninda’s apparel advertised The Moninda Movement’s message.  Bedard and Therafirm also donated a portion of the proceeds from retail sales of Therafirm’s athletic compression products over an eight-month period to Moninda’s foundation in support of ending human trafficking.

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Originally, The Moninda Movement’s 3,700 miles was to be a cross-country journey where Moninda would run from Auburn, Maine to Santa Barbara, California stopping in several cities along the way.  Unfortunately, the logistics of getting his team of supporters through each leg of the journey proved difficult and the cross-country run had to be scrapped.  Moninda did not let the setback discourage him from his goals, however.  He continued to run his 30 miles each day from his home in Auburn, Maine making sure he reached the 3,700 miles it would have taken him to run from Maine to California.

Moninda finished his 3,700 mile run in time to catch a flight to Santa Barbara to run in the Santa Barbara Veteran’s Day Half Marathon – a race that he won for the record-breaking 4th straight year.

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Breastfeeding Mamas

 

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August is National Breastfeeding Month, and there is no shortage of controversy attached to this subject.  Some of the many include: Is breast really best, or is formula okay?  Can you breastfeed in public?  If you do, should you cover up?  How long is it okay to breastfeed?  Should employers provide a room for employees to pump?  Should women publish or post breastfeeding photos?  How old of a child is too old?  Should you use surrogate breastfeeders or use milk from a milk bank?

There are so many opinions on this subject that it seems best to leave them all at the door.  Breastfeeding and everything involved with it is a personal choice and one best made by each mama in hers and her child’s best interests.  That said, the team at Preggers thought that the National Awareness Month deserved a little recognition, as well as a few tips to help out those mamas that choose this route.

7 Breastfeeding Tips for Mamas

  1. Lactation Consultants – For some mamas, breastfeeding is easy and natural. But, that doesn’t mean it is for all mamas.  And that’s okay.  There are a number of things that can make breastfeeding challenging for mom and baby.  Lactation Consultants are great resources to help moms work through their challenges.
  2. Water – Drinking water is ALWAYS important, but most especially for nursing mamas. You can become dehydrated, which could affect your ability to produce milk.
  3. Food – You’re focused on making sure that your baby gets the nutrition and calories he needs, but it’s important to get enough for you both. Your baby will receive all the calories he needs from your breast milk.  If you do not consume enough for you both, you will be lacking in the nutrients and calories needed for your body to function.
  4. Create a Breastfeeding On-the-Go Plan – It is not realistic to think it will always be quiet and private unless you’re planning to park it at home for the next several months. Decide what will be your breastfeeding plan when you’re on the go.  Will you be comfortable with public breastfeeding?  Will you always be searching for a private place to go?  Will you use a cover?  Don’t be afraid to do what makes you most comfortable.  But, be aware that others may disagree.
  5. Pumps – You will probably want to invest in some sort of pump. Most likely you will be away from your child at some point before you’ve weaned him.  You’ll need a pump to prevent yourself from becoming engorged, as well as to ensure your baby will be fed while you’re away.  If you’ll be using it a lot – like a working mom – you’ll want a really good one.  Don’t skimp, as it will become very necessary when you return to the workforce.  If your moments away from baby will be few and far between, you can settle for a cheaper model or even a hand pump.
  6. Moisturize – It’s inevitable that your nipples will become dry and chapped at some point. Painful on its own, it’s even more so when trying to nurse an infant.  Make sure you have nipple cream on hand for these moment.  In a pinch, you can use olive oil or even your own breast milk.
  7. Nursing Bras and Tanks – You’ll pretty much live in these until you’re done nursing, so you’ll want to make sure you choose a few that meet all your needs. Fortunately, Preggers has options to match most needs.  Comfort and good support are key features for the perfect daytime bra.  Many women choose to wear a sleep bra through the night as well, opting for something with optimal comfort, but some support.  A fantastic third option is the nursing tank.  The right tank will provide good core support for a body that is gradually returning to its pre-pregnancy shape.  The easy access straps mean you won’t have to practically undress at each feeding.  A tank will also make a comfortable and nursing supportive “shirt” to wear under a zip-up sweatshirt, hoodie or cardigan sweater.

Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra – This everyday daytime bra is made from super soft and comfortable material.  Better yet, it’s seamless, so you’ll have no uncomfortable seams to rub and irritate.  A three-position back clasp and adjustable straps allow for a better fit.  A front clip makes opening and closing the cup effortless, even with only one hand.

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Preggers Sleep Nursing Bra – Look high and low and you won’t find a more comfortable sleeping option.  The Sleep Bra offers light support and is made of super soft and seamless material for the optimum comfort.  The smooth wide straps and high back help to keep it in place throughout the night.  Instead of clasps or clips, the Sleep Bra offers easy front access simply by pulling the cup down.

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Preggers Nursing Support Tank Top – This tank has so many great features.  It’s made of the same super soft and seamless material, but also offers great elasticity and compression for your torso.  It supports the abdomen and back to aid in recovering from pregnancy.  Nursing access is by an easy pull down front.  Classic black color is perfect for layering under a zip-up sweatshirt or cardigan.

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Post pregnancy belly wrapping seems to be quite trend in the pregnancy and postpartum communities.  While the trend may be relatively new in the Western world, it has actually been known in other cultures for a long time.

Long pieces of fabric have been traditionally used to wrap around the belly multiple times to provide abdominal compression.  These wraps have gone by many different names in each part of the world, but the goal is the same – to assist in weight loss and toning of the abdominal muscles after birth.

As the western world has grabbed onto this concept and altered it for the modern mama, many women have adopted the claim that belly wrapping will give them a slim and toned belly much quicker.  But, does it really work?

The jury is definitely still out on this one.  Some physicians and other experts say that, without a doubt, belly wrapping will give a postpartum mother back her pre-pregnancy shape much quicker, claiming that the abdominal compression reshapes the abdomen, returns a uterus to normal size, promotes skin healing and even returns a woman back to her normal routine all in a faster amount of time than a traditional postpartum recovery.

But, as with every debate, there are other physicians and experts that disagree.  Their argument is that the only true way to return to your pre-baby body is with a healthy diet and regular exercise.  Most experts on this side of the debate say that although the wraps don’t really help, they also do not really hurt, saying that wearing a belly wrap can help you fit better into some clothing, as well as making you feel more comfortable and therefore more likely to move or exercise.  However, there are some that claim that the wraps can be counterproductive in that belly wraps prevent a mother from strengthening her core abdominal muscles.

While the debate continues on, there is one thing that almost everyone can agree on – that gentle abdominal support and compression does help a postpartum woman feel more comfortable (especially after a c-section) and promote recovery.

The Postpartum Support Band from Preggers is the perfect bridge to this debate.  Our Postpartum Support Band gives new mamas gentle support and compression to the back and abdomen promoting a quicker and more comfortable recovery.  The seamless and super soft material is comfortable against the skin and not irritating.  The support band can easily adapt to most body shapes due to its super elasticity.  It gently clings to your body allowing it to be worn discretely under clothing.

Before wearing the Preggers Postpartum Support Band, or any other type of post pregnancy product, check with your healthcare provider to make sure it is the right product for you.

Made in the USA

Once upon a time in America, manufacturing was king.  American manufacturing intensified in the early 20th century, become the driving force behind the US economy and effectively carved out the American middle class.  We rose to global economic super power status on the backs of American manufacturing workers that produced things like cars, refrigerators and televisions.  Manufacturing gave Americans an alternative opportunity to farming, and raised the average income and standard of living.

After decades of trade surplus, things began to change in the 1970s.  Floating exchange rates and new trade agreements increased the value of imported goods.  In 1960, only 8% of Americans’ purchases came from foreign goods.  Today, 60% of our purchases come from overseas.  This drastic change has created a trade deficit totaling $40.9 billion (US Dept. of Commerce and reported by ABC News).

The United States has fewer manufacturing jobs now than we did in 1941.  This is why investing in the American economy and the American manufacturing sector is so important to Knit-Rite, Inc, the makers of Preggers.  In 2013, Knit-Rite opened a newly renovated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hamlet, North Carolina.  The North Carolina facility is in addition to our first manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Knit-Rite products are manufactured right here in America.  “We are proud of our 90 years in the medical textile business and our continued commitment to producing American made textiles,” says our President and CEO, Mark Smith.  “Along with that, we are grateful for the opportunities we have to contribute to innovative solutions for our customers and good jobs for our people and the US economy.”

When you buy our products, you can be assured that your money is going to American workers and the American economy effectively improving things for us all.  This Independence Day we encourage you to buy American.

Happy Independence Day from your friends at Knit-Rite and Preggers and Happy 239th Birthday, America!