Keto and Fat Loss: What You Need to Understand

Keto and Fat Loss: What You Need to Understand

The keto diet has been around for ages. It has been used by bodybuilders all over the world to get lean and shredded during contest time.

But it has helped many lose hundreds of pounds too. I have been practicing the keto lifestyle myself for two years and I have never been more strong or lean.

And that’s after three kids.

I wanted to go over the guidelines of how to go about eating a keto diet so that you can get started today!

It’s not at all hard and once you get used to it you won’t crave sugar and you’ll be more satisfied with your food than you ever have been.

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The main principle of the keto diet is to consume a diet that’s very high in fat. You’ll be required to consume 75 to 80 percent of your daily calories in the form of fat.

Fats that are recommended in the keto diet are:

  • Avocado
  • Avocado Oil
  • Cheese
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut Oil.
  • Cream
  • Eggs
  • Fatty fish (Mackerel, salmon, sardines, halibut, etc.)
  • Flaxseed
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Nut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Olive Oil

 

There are many other foods besides the ones listed above. You’ll need to do your research and see what they are. What matters is that your diet is comprised of these foods and that you follow the macronutrient guidelines religiously.

 

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20 to 25 percent of your calories will come from protein.

 

Most people will not be able to wrap their heads around the fact that they need to consume so much fat. They’ve been led to believe that eating fatty foods makes you fat and raises your cholesterol levels.

However, just by observing the obesity epidemic plaguing the US, we can tell that most people don’t have a clue about fat loss. Eating fat actually encourages the body to lose fat.

The real culprits for weight gain are sugar, processed foods, junk food, and excessive starchy carb consumption. The keto diet puts an end to all of these causes of weight gain.

When most of your diet is fat, two things will happen.

First, your body starts adapting and realizes that it needs to use fat for fuel, instead of the glucose that it is used to consuming. So, it gets its calories from fat.

Second, it realizes that since it’s getting ample amounts of fat, it doesn’t need to stubbornly cling on to its fat stores for future use. It will then be more willing to shed stubborn pounds.

So now, you have a body that burns fat for fuel… and it sheds the excess fat much faster. This is the best place to be if you want fast and effective weight loss.

 

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The reason so many people struggle to lose weight is because they have been misled about what it really takes to lose fat.

The body is burning glucose for fuel, instead of fat… and it doesn’t want to let go of the fat it’s holding on to.

The keto diet solves these problems very swiftly.

Do note that while the keto diet works wonders, the principles of weight loss remain the same.

You’ll need to be at a caloric deficit of 500 calories a day.

 

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Even on a keto diet, if you consume more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight. So, you must be at a caloric deficit.

Once you’re expending more calories than you consume, your weight will come off much more easily, and it will mostly be fat.

You’ll lose a good deal of water weight too, in the beginning, because carbs hold on to water.

Your body will become leaner, more vascular and turn into a fat-burning machine.

It will take anywhere from 4 to 7 days to reach ketosis, depending on the individual and their compliance to the diet.

Once you reach ketosis, combine your diet with intermittent fasting and a regular exercise program and you’ll shed all your excess fat in no time at all.

You will be shocked at how well it works!

Best of luck to you!

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How To Make Creative Homemade Hot Chocolate For Wonderful Winter Fun!

How To Make Creative Homemade Hot Chocolate For Wonderful Winter Fun!

Hot chocolate is seriously the best, most indulgent winter treat you can enjoy in December or any of the cold months.

It’s especially fun around the holidays! It can become a really creative and fun activity too if you use marshmallows and a bit of candy.

Your kids will love making these marshmallow snowmen to top your delicious homemade hot chocolate.

Check out the recipe below and get creative with your kids!

How To Make Creative Homemade Hot Chocolate For Wonderful Winter Fun!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate First

 

To create the perfect homemade hot chocolate you’ll need Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.

Adding chocolate chips is what gives this perfect recipe it’s creamy authentic chocolate flavor.

 

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  • To start, Place your milk in a saucepan over low heat. Using whole milk is definitely the best choice to make this like liquid chocolate cream but you can use a milk alternative or lower fat milk if you want. It will still turn out fabulous.
  • Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar, and heat until good and warm.
  • Once everything is heated, add chocolate chips, whisking until they melt completely.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract to add full-bodied flavor,
  • Serve immediately but if you plan to make the marshmallow snowmen, make those first!

Check at the bottom of the post for the exact recipe and amounts for the ingredients.

 

Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar, and heat until warm. Once the milk is warm, add chocolate chips, whisking until they melt into the milk. Add a splash of vanilla extract. Serve immediately, topped with your favorite garnishes: marshmallows, whipped cream, chopped chocolate, crushed candy canes or more.

 

What you’ll need to make these cute snowmen:

  • medium size marshmallows
  • straight small pretzel sticks
  • candy corn
  • toothpicks
  • and melted chocolate

 

How to make: 

Use a pretzel to put the three body parts together including the head, middle and bottom. Just gently stick the pretzel through the marshmallows to hold the snowman together.

After that, melt a bit of chocolate in a small tray. Wait till it cools slightly but not till rehardens.

Once it’s a thickened consistency use a toothpick to draw the features of your snowman on with the toothpick using the melted chocolate.

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Then put a bit of chocolate in the center for the nose. Stick a piece of candy corn on and hold it for about half a minute or so while the chocolate hardens. It will act as glue to hold the candy in place.

Make your hot chocolate and drop your snowman on top!

You can also create other things with the chocolate and marshmallows. Get creative and enjoy!

 

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk (preferably whole or 2%)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

And here are the instructions again:

  • To start, Place your milk in a saucepan over low heat. Using whole milk is definitely the best choice to make this like liquid chocolate cream but you can use a milk alternative or lower fat milk if you want. It will still turn out fabulous.
  • Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar, and heat until good and warm.
  • Once everything is heated, add chocolate chips, whisking until they melt completely.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract to add full-bodied flavor,
  • Serve immediately but if you plan to make the marshmallow snowmen, make those first!

 

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Getting sick is part of life, it happens to the best of us.

But as a parent, you’ll want to minimize illness and create healthy habits that will help bolster your children’s immunity right from the start.

Taking a few common-sense steps will go a long way in boosting your child’s immunity for life.

While some parents are already masters of this art, we can always learn something new from Mother Nature when it comes to finding the best ways to help them become stronger and their immune systems tougher!

Below are some good ways to boost your child’s immunity from an early age.

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Prevent their exposure to cigarette smoke

 

Before we skip to introducing new habits, how about we cover the one that should be abandoned for good?

This will be an excellent way to set the stage for great role-modeling, but also a crucial change in your kids’ health since secondhand smoke is known to be dangerous even for adults, let alone our youngsters.

It can impair their lung development and cause a range of diseases, all the while making them more prone to respiratory issues.

If you‘ve been looking for a perfect way to motivate yourself to quit or to inspire your spouse to do so, your kids’ health should be your top priority in that regard.

 

Create a sleep schedule

 

Just like you can barely think straight when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, imagine how poorly the lack of rest can affect your little ones and their developing brains.

Yes, they are active little rascals, but provide them with ample opportunity to be active during the day, limit their screen exposure before bed, and they will soon develop a healthy sleeping schedule.

 

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Getting enough Z’s is crucial for keeping their immune systems up and running optimally since night is the time when our bodies rest and repair, and a consistent sleeping timetable lets your kids’ circadian rhythm become stable and healthy.

Lack of sleep, on the other hand, can be harmful to their defense mechanisms since it causes inflammation and poor hormonal function that will make them more prone to getting sick.

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Get active as a family

 

Your kids are growing fast, and in order to have healthy bones, enough muscle mass, and maintain their weight at a normal level, they need to be active very often and avoid a sedentary way of life.

Once again, teaching them to find other ways to have fun instead of watching the TV can help them build healthy habits, and why not make those a family tradition?

 

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Regular field trips into nature, cycling to school and in the park, walking your pooch, and hiking can all come in handy for optimizing their energy levels and keeping their cardiovascular endurance high.

If they are too young to take up cycling on their own, you can find a child’s bike seat to attach to your own bicycle and take them on rides regularly before the time comes for them to go it alone.

 

Think plant thoughts

 

This has become as clichéd as it gets, but it’s still an essential part of your parental efforts to boost your kids’ immune system: teach them to never skip their fruits and veggies!

Greens are a pivotal part of their diet that will help them grow properly, ensure they have a balanced gut flora with ample prebiotics, and of course, you’ll give them enough vitamins and minerals through food to satisfy their daily needs.

Sometimes, you can add various natural supplements that will help you strike the right balance in their nutrition in case their diet isn’t enough, but make sure you get advice from your family doctor to avoid any nutritional deficiencies.

 

Clean your home wisely

 

Finally, keeping your home clean at all times is always a priority for parents, but perhaps it’s time to re-visit your cleaning approach in case you’re using chemicals that could actually be harming your kids.

If you take a look at a typical label on a store-bought product, you’ll see they are packed with toxins that are not just bad for the environment, but also dangerous for your family.

You can remove the germs and potential disease culprits with simple ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, baking soda and water, and there are numerous recipes you can rely on to make your own safe mixtures for all your cleaning efforts!

 

So these are just a few great tips that will help boost your child’s immunity. They may not seem like much but they will help tremendously.

Good luck to you mama!

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9 Ways To Get Your Baby Into A Gentle Sleep Routine So You Both Can Rest Easy

9 Ways To Get Your Baby Into A Gentle Sleep Routine So You Both Can Rest Easy

When you’re a new mom or expecting a baby one of the biggest hurdles is sleep.

You don’t have to feel helpless though because there are some good strategies to get your baby on a sleep routine.

Hang on tight mama, sleep is on the horizon. Check out these tips to get the sleep rolling for you and your little one.

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 Wait until your baby is old enough

 

You should give it a little time in the beginning.

That first couple of weeks, your baby is figuring out life. They need you to hold, cuddle, and love them!

Don’t get overly anxious about starting a sleep routine when they are newly born.

After everything starts to settle down you’ll be able to begin working on a gentle routine that will allow you both to get enough rest.

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Start to establish a routine early

 

Your baby doesn’t have to be a great sleeper for you to start a sleep routine with them.

Reading a book, cuddling, taking a warm bath are all great ways to lullaby your baby to sleep.

You can start this routine when they are first born up until they don’t like it anymore. Spending that extra quality time with your baby will never be something you regret.

 

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Developing the perfect sleep environment 

 

When you are preparing your nursery you should consider different elements that will help your baby sleep better. Dark curtains that don’t let in too much light are a good idea.

A fan or a white noise appliance can be very soothing too.

There are some great ones on Amazon like the Cloud B Sleep Bear. We own this and it’s seriously awesome. I used with all three of my little ones and it’s lasted the test of time.

The temperature is important too. You don’t want your babe to be too hot or cold

. No one likes to sleep when they’re sweating or freezing and your babies are no exception.

 

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Prep the nursery with the right gear

 

When I was pregnant, it was super important that I had the right gear for my baby.

I always researched to make sure we got the best and safest products available.

 In doing research, I visited the Women’s Choice Award website and saw that Sealy Baby had earned the Award consistently since 2013. 

They’re highly recommended by 9 out of 10 of their customers as well as moms across America.

So if you’re planning your nursery, make sure you add Sealy Baby’s mattress and bedding to your list.

The Sealy Select 2-Cool 2-Stage Crib Mattress and the Sealy Stain Defense Crib Mattress Pad are both products a new mom needs to have in the nursery.

 

The Sealy Stain Defense Crib Mattress Pad is great for protecting your crib mattress from potential blowouts.

It has stain repellent and releases technology to help keep stains off the mattress.

Plus, this crib mattress pad is hypoallergenic and will keep your crib mattress like-new for many years. 

 

The Sealy Select 2-Cool 2-Stage Crib Mattress offers everything you could possibly want in a crib mattress.

It offers your baby the firmness of an ultra-sturdy and lightweight polyethylene core with a Cool-Tex waterproof and stain-resistant fabric cover that resists bacterial and fungal growths and many viruses for luxury and comfort.

Flip sides when your baby becomes a toddler for the cooling comfort of soybean cool gel. The square corners help enable the mattress for a snug fit for most standard cribs and toddler beds. 

 

This is my favorite product as far as mattresses are concerned, I cannot say enough good things about it. It’s the best money can buy at an excellent price point.

 

Swaddling 

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of swaddling.

Swaddling can help calm and control your baby’s startle reflex.

When she startles she can suddenly wake up and it can cause a lot of broken sleep for everyone.

Swaddling your baby tight will keep them more relaxed and she will sleep deeper. The Halo Sleepsack is a great option.

 

Dreamfeed

When your baby is still really young and needs all those breastfeeding sessions you can use this technique.

Breastfeeding them for a good while right before bed will help them sleep longer because their little tummies won’t be as empty.

Once they’re older it’s good to find other ways of soothing them to sleep but before they’re 4 months old you can dreamfeed them So they’ll sleep more soundly.

 

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Don’t rush in every time your babe cries

 

Sometimes he will make little sounds or cries at night.

He may be dreaming or startling and you may want to rush in to check him. But chances are, at least some of the time, that he’ll go right back to sleep.

So give it a moment and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get lucky.

With that being said, if your baby starts really crying, go on in.

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I don’t believe in letting a baby ‘cry it out ‘. When a baby cries it’s because they need you and when you don’t come they can feel confused, abandoned and frightened.

Crying is the way your babe communicates with you so respond, don’t ignore. Whoever came up with the method of allowing a baby to ” cry it out ” is lazy and crazy.

Just my opinion and I’m not afraid to share it.

 

 Take care of yourself, mama

 

In the route to get your baby on a sleep routine, take care of yourself.

This includes going to bed at a decent time and taking naps when the baby naps. 

This can be hard if you feel out of control busy but getting your rest will help you be a better, happier mom. 

 

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 Take a break when you need it

Getting a baby on a sleep routine can make you feel bonkers.

That is why taking turns with your spouse is a good idea.

Let your baby get used to both of you during the night time sleep routine.

This is a great idea, just in case one of you needs to be absent during an evening.

 

The Last Word

The best thing to do to get you both on the right path is to make your baby as comfortable as possible and get them used to sleepy time cues and you’ll both work your way to a better night’s sleep.

Good luck Mama and If you have any techniques you’ve used with your babe that worked share it in the comments below!

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How To Get Your Home Ready For Baby

How To Get Your Home Ready For Baby

A baby’s arrival is a source of great joy for soon-to-be-parents.

But, as anyone who’s ever had to deal with a miniature human being surely knows, your home has to be super baby proofed. 

That’s why fresh-faced parents should always take the time to adequately prepare their space for the arrival of a new family member.

With that in mind, here are some excellent baby-proofing strategies that every house or apartment can benefit from!

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Set up your baby’s room

 

If you’ve been expecting a baby for some time now, chances are you’ve already figured out where the baby’s room will be located.

Now all that’s left is setting up the room itself.

From installing a crib and a changing table to purchasing decorations, now’s the time to turn this average-looking room into a veritable baby wonderland, complete with everything you need to take care of your little one nearby.

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Declutter the entire home

 

Decluttering is the first step toward getting ready for baby to arrive.

Aside from being difficult to navigate, clutter can also be quite damaging to your baby’s still-fragile body.

Dust particles can pollute the air, while the messy atmosphere can negatively affect the behavior of your child as he or she grows up.

Take the time to instill some order in your household, and you’ll be rewarded with a cleaner, safer environment that will also boost the home’s overall value.

 

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Identify safety hazards

 

Babies are vulnerable to hazards that adults and older children are generally not threatened by.

Simple things like sharp corners or small toys can prove to be disastrous when it comes to your little ones. You can buy a baby-proofing kit on Amazon right here. 

Baby-proofing will likely be an ongoing effort, so try to have a handy checklist nearby that you consult to make sure you’ve covered all the bases.

 

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Invest in a proper baby monitor

 

Baby monitors can make a world of difference in the early stages of infant-rearing when you’re still not used to how your baby will act.

Make sure you purchase one from a reputable company and place it near your child so that you can hear his or her sounds clearly. Here’s a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a high-quality monitor.

If you’re on more of a budget here’s a great choice with tons of excellent reviews.

If you want a little bit of extra security, invest in a baby monitor that also has motion detection capabilities and a video feed.

 

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And so we’ve come to the end of our shortlist covering the most important things you can do to prepare your home for a baby’s arrival. 

There are really tons to do in preparation for a baby but for the home, if you’re in a rush this would be the bare minimum for you to do.

Although you’ll likely experience quite a bit of stress as you try to get everything in order, remember to also take a step back and enjoy the miracle of life in all its glory. 

Good Luck To You!

 

24 Pregnancy Side Effects That May Surprise You

24 Pregnancy Side Effects That May Surprise You

Being pregnant is definitely a wild and exciting ride.

Things happen to your body that can totally freak you out. Some are a bit uncomfortable and some are downright funny.

But it’s all worth it in the end.

Read the list below to see the 24 pregnancy side effects you may not be aware of. Some of them may surprise you and I added a bunch of funny gifs to this post just to make you laugh!

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Orgasms During Sleep

 

Let’s start with my favorite one! Many women have orgasms while sleeping during pregnancy. It’s very common and it happened to me all through my three pregnancies. FUN Right?! Sweet dreams mama!

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Lots Of Discharge

 

You’ll have lots of discharge usually beginning at the 6-week mark. Often so much that you need to wear panty liners. You’ll be leaking a lot, so keep a big stash with you at all times. This 300 pack is cheap and convenient.

 

 

 

Some Bleeding Is Possible

 

Speaking of Pantyliners, you may need them for bleeding too. Some bleeding in pregnancy can be normal.  I know it’s super scary but most of the time when a woman bleeds,  everything’s ok.

If you have heavy bleeding, however, you should contact your doc immediately.

 

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Headaches And Lots Of Them

 

Headaches are a side effect of the huge hormonal fluctuations that women have during pregnancy and depending on your history with headaches they can be brutal.

Luckily Tylenol is safe during pregnancy but always talk to your doctor first.

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Constipation

 

Not Being able to poop is another crappy pregnancy symptom that’s no fun. Your doc may prescribe some Miralax or something to help give your body a gentle push in the right direction.

 

 

Hot Flashes Aren’t Just For Menopause

 

We’ve all heard of hot flashes during menopause, but did you know they’re very common during pregnancy too? I would be freezing one minute and feel like I was on fire the next. It’s pretty intense.

This happens because of the hormonal rollercoaster your body is going through while your babe grows. All you can do is push through it, and open a window, even if there is snow on the ground outside.

 

Metallic Breath

 

Having bad breath is part of being pregnant and it’s not fun. You’ll have a metallic taste in your mouth non-stop for 9 months. Sort of tastes like pennies. All you can do is brush often and use mouthwash. Good luck with that.

 

 

 

 

Feeling Dizzy Is Common

 

Dizziness is another annoying side effect of being preggers. Some mornings you may wake up and feel like your world is spinning.

Or if you’ve sat for a while and you stand up it can happen. This is known as orthostatic hypotension and it’s caused by changes in your blood pressure. Just make sure you get up slowly and consider that you may feel dizzy so you don’t fall or faint.

 

All Day Sickness

 

Morning Sickness? Ha! Many who suffer from nausea have to deal with it all day long, and sometimes at night too. This was one of my first main pregnancy symptoms. I woke up every night around week five to go to the bathroom and when I would stand up I would feel a bit queasy. I just knew I was pregnant and I was.

 

 

 

Serious Food Aversions

 

What makes morning { All Day } sickness worse? Not wanting to eat because everything tastes like onions to you.

Food aversion is a pregnancy problem that you don’t hear about too often but it’s a huge issue. You feel constant nausea and you know the only thing that can really help is eating a good meal but everything seems so gross to you. It really sucks.

 

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Varicose Veins You Know Where

 

Some women get varicose veins in their vagina area during their third trimester. It can be really alarming to wake up one morning to feel strange pressure and itching, only to check yourself and find that your lady parts are purple with giant veins that are 5 times the normal size.

This happened to me during my third pregnancy and it scared the heck out of me! It just happened all a sudden and it was really uncomfortable. The good news is that this condition almost always corrects itself right after you have the baby.

In some instances, when it doesn’t go away on its own, you may need surgery, but this is extremely rare.

 

Stuffy Nose

 

Stuffy nose is also a common issue. Your nose can feel completely plugged up, yet you cannot use any really good medication to remedy this because it’s not considered safe.

What you can do is this:

  1. Drink plenty of hydrating fluids.
  2. Elevate your head with extra pillows when you lie down to rest or sleep.
  3. Take a warm shower and linger in the steamy bathroom. …
  4. Try saline nose drops or saline nasal spray, available over the counter at drugstores.

 

I always ended up sleeping sitting up by the third trimester. It was the only way I could breathe and be comfy. I’d use a bunch of pillows to prop myself up. It wasn’t that easy but it was better than feeling like I was suffocating.

 

You’ll be Gassy

 

When You’re preggers your digestion will slow down to a snail’s pace. This happens so that your body can squeeze every ounce of nutrition from the food your eating.

In turn, you’ll have a lot of excess gas. Yuck, but it’s just one of those things that comes with the territory.

 

 

 

Snoring A Lot

 

Snoring is just part of it all. It happens to most pregnant women, at least by the end if not sooner. Many pregnant women start snoring because of nasal congestion, and the increase in abdominal girth causes the uterus to press on the diaphragm. Sitting up or elevated while sleeping can help a little.

 

Nose Bleeds Can Happen

 

Nose Bleeds are common during pregnancy. They happen because you have tiny blood vessels inside your nose and the increased blood volume can sometimes damage those blood vessels and cause them to burst, resulting in a nosebleed. Changes in your hormones during pregnancy can also contribute to nosebleeds. They’re not fun but for some women, it’s just part of the pregnancy life.

 

Hemorrhoids Are Misery

 

Hemorrhoids are no fun. They hurt, itch and burn and if you’re pregnant then you’ll likely get them too.

As your unborn baby grows, your uterus gets bigger and begins to press against your pelvis. This growth puts a lot of pressure on the veins near your anus and rectum, and these veins may become swollen and painful as a result. This is what causes the hemorrhoids.

Luckily you can find some relief with a good cream and a donut cushion {that you can use when you have postpartum pain too} will be a lifesaver.

 

 

 

Leaking When You Sneeze Or Laugh

 

That’s right. You’re gonna pee yourself. Those muscles have a lot of pressure down there and sometimes they just can’t take it. When you sneeze or laugh hard the sudden movement can squeeze out urine.

All you can do it practice doing Kegels to help control the problem. Yet another reason why to have that panty liner stockpile.

 

Your Skin Can Go Crazy

 

Your skin can become very reactive during your special time. From Pimples to yeast infections and mystery bumps, the list goes on. It’s just the way pregnancy treats us. All those hormones really turn your system upside down.

Luckily this too shall pass… once you have your babe.

 

 

 

Big O’l Nipples

 

Yes, your nipples are going to get bigger. Like SO MUCH bigger. This happens so that your babe can easily see and find the nipple during breastfeeding. It can be alarming but they go back to normal after childbirth and breastfeeding.

 

 

 

Your Feet Get Bigger

 

Your feet may get larger while pregnant and it may be permanent. It didn’t happen to me during my first two pregnancies but it did in my last.

A pregnant body produces the hormone relaxin, which causes your pelvic ligaments and joints to loosen, and also relaxes the ligaments in your feet, allowing the bones to separate a bit. This is why they get wider during and after pregnancy. But hey, it’s a good excuse to buy new shoes, right?

 

Hip Pain Is Common

 

Your hips may ache later in your pregnancy, especially at night. You may also feel stretching in your abdomen when you lay on your side, even early in pregnancy. This is the ligaments stretching and it can be painful and surprising.

Bringing your legs up to your chest for a few moments can relieve the muscle spasm in the ligaments.

 

More body Hair

 

You may start to grow some hair on your face during pregnancy. Many women often grow it on their bellies too. It’s pretty strange but it should go away after your babe is born. It’s just another side effect from all those hormones.

 

Pooping On The Table

 

Yes, there will be poop and there’s not much you can do about it. I’ve read the articles online about how to NOT poop on the table during labor but I’m here to tell ya that you’re going to poop.

You use the same muscles to push and the pushing is so vigorous that some of what is in your bowels WILL be expelled. Sorry.

 

 

But your docs and nurses have seen it all and if you’re worried about your husband, boyfriend or partner seeing you then maybe have them stay up top with you till the baby actually crowns. There still may be poop even at that point but it’s much less likely so there’s less of a chance of them seeing.

But you know, I’m going to guess that they already know that you poop just like them so it’s all good.

 

You May Get Anal Fissures

 

And.. Last but not least you have Anal Fissures! Many women get constipated during pregnancy and they get hard stools. This will cause anal fissures which are terrible little tears around your anus.

They will bleed and it can be quite painful. You can reduce the issue by keeping hydrated and taking a stool softener. You can reduce the pain locally when having a bowel movement by putting some vaseline around your anus to soften and lubricate.

So there’ s your list of not so talked about pregnancy side effects. Many are uncomfortable, some are gross but hey mama, you’ll have a sweet bundle of joy by the end, so it’s totally worth it. Enjoy!

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