Posts made in February, 2014

Coping With An Ectopic Pregnancy

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Fit Pregnancy | Comments Off on Coping With An Ectopic Pregnancy

Coping With An Ectopic Pregnancy

For those Baby’s Own Room readers who don’t already know, an ectopic pregnancy happens when the egg implants outside the uterus and fertilization occurs. Since they typically happen in the fallopian tubes, most of us know of them as ‘tubals’ or a tubal pregnancy. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly scary and difficult for the mom-to-be and her loved ones. Some moms have a hard time coping during and after an ectopic pregnancy. Understandably so, as it’s life threatening for the pregnant mother!

Unfortunately, due to my family history, I’m only too familiar with learning how to cope. Every single experience is different and there is no right or wrong way to deal with the medical emergency. I want to stress the importance of not being hard on yourself or looking for blame. The medical community will be the first to tell you, there is still much mystery in the how’s and why’s of ectopic pregnancies.

Remember: Coping with an ectopic pregnancy can be very difficult. However, a couple can be comforted by the fact that many women who have had ectopic pregnancies go on to have a normal pregnancy.

For some of us mothers, coping may come by learning the risk factors and how to avoid the rare situation in the future. While an ectopic pregnancy is not the fault of the mother, there are several factors that can be eliminated to prevent future ectopic pregnancies.

  • Smoking increases the odds of an ectopic pregnancy so quitting can help a lot.
  • Many ectopic pregnancies occur when there has been damage to the fallopian tubes and/or uterus due to current or past infection, i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • After having an ectopic pregnancy, we can pay more attention to vaginal infections that can lead to PID and make dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce them. For example, eating less sugar will lower the rate of vaginal infections.
  • Not douching is a lifestyle change that can be made since douching is well known to cause vaginal infections that can lead to PID.

 

Quick Tip: Often times, it occurs without the mother experiencing any ectopic pregnancy symptoms. Therefore, she may be unaware there has been any sort of problem until the ectopic pregnancy is discovered.

We’d like to strongly suggest you seek supportive emotional help both during and after being treated for an ectopic pregnancy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask your Dr. as many questions as you need answered. You may find that counseling is needed in order to cope. There is nothing wrong with that either. Remember that dad is grieving the loss of the pregnancy too, so lean on each other for support. Lastly, take the healing process very slow. One day at a time, baby steps. Our prayers are with you for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Disclosure: Our Baby’s Own Room bloggers are not medical professionals. Please consult your Dr. for facts on ectopic pregnancies. If you have any symptoms or reason to believe that you may be suffering from a tubal, seek IMMEDIATE medical care.

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Moms On The Run: Finding a Supportive Running Community

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Fit Pregnancy | Comments Off on Moms On The Run: Finding a Supportive Running Community

Moms all over the country are achieving results that they never dreamed possible. Do you want your body back?

Photo Credit: FIT4MOM.com

Sometimes the best motivation can be your crew, BFF’s, best girls, or what ever you call the community of supportive women in your life. As the owner of Baby’s Own Room is an avid runner, it’s only natural that we share her passion and joy of running and fitness. But more importantly, if we can reach just one mom or mom-to-be who wants to ‘get moving’ but needs a little support–then we’re winning! Today we are sharing some pretty cool ways for our Moms on The Run to find supportive running communities and empower each other. GIRL POWER!

  • Organize a group or team in your own community. This can be as simple as heading to your local track or walking trail and chatting with other mothers interested in running. Set up a time to meet and you just may find that you have a lot more in common than just running. Since you frequent the track anyway, why not support and encourage each other?
  • Look for invitations to join other runners via your local Library’s bulletin board. I was surprised at how many useful resources the modern library shares with the community. From garage sale notices, farmers markets, tutors, and of course organized running activities; there is sure to be something for you.
  • Sign up for a local 1/2 Marathon, 5k, or 1k race. Even if you sign up for your first run solo, you will meet runners from every walk of life to possibly bond with. There is a closeness among runners that can’t be beat. You can also make it an adventure and travel to a dream location with your friends to find your runner’s high. Find out when the next race will be held in locations like Hawaii or Disneyland and start training for it. Here are some tips for your first run.
  • Opt for an organized running class. We fell in love with the programs offered at FIT4MOM.com and decided to feature them in this blog post, but there are numerous opportunities to sign up for running classes right in your community. The awesome thing about FIT4MOM is that there’s a program for every level.

 

At FIT4MOM, certified fitness instructors offer a variety of fun class formats both indoors and outdoors. All locations also offer a free Plum Moms Club so moms can form lasting friendships with other moms through organized playdates, moms’ nights out, and activities for the whole family. The Stroller Strides class looks like mega fun!

Find A Supportive Running Community With Stroller Strides at FIT4MOM

Are you a Mom on The Run? Do you want to take the steps to become one and meet other’s who love it? We’d love to hear from you! Join our runner’s pinning community or drop by and leave a comment anytime. See you on the trail. 🙂

Disclosure: We received no compensation from FIT4MOM, we merely think that they ROCK and wanted to share with our readers and friends.

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