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How To Select the Right Prenatal Vitamins for Wherever You Are on Your Pregnancy Journey 

How To Select the Right Prenatal Vitamins for Wherever You Are on Your Pregnancy Journey 

When it comes to prenatal vitamins there are a lot of choices but despite what you may have heard, one prenatal vitamin does not suit every stage of the journey.  

As an adult, you get most of your essential vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. But if you’re trying to conceive, already pregnant or nursing, there’s a lot more to consider when it comes to ensuring you have enough of those key nutrients. For example, regardless of whether you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, folic acid is vital in the prevention of neural tube defects, and iron supports your body in producing sufficient blood supply, which supplies oxygen to your baby in the womb. 

At several key stages throughout your pregnancy and postpartum, both you and your body will benefit from different vitamins and minerals.  

Let’s look at what vitamins your body and growing baby will need at each stage.

  • Pre-Conception:
    Most of us have been taught that if you’re trying to conceive you should start taking a prenatal vitamin. While most prenatal vitamins usually include important supplements like folic acid and iron, many are insufficient when it comes to providing specific nutrients to support fertility and help prepare your body for conception.  

    For anyone trying to conceive, it’s important to build up nutritional stores in your body that can support your reproductive health and fertility. Key vitamins for when you’re trying to get pregnant include zinc, selenium, choline, inositol, iron, and vitamin D which contribute to normal fertility and the regulation of hormonal activity. You will also want to choose a vitamin that includes antioxidants such as beta-carotene, E, and C, as this help with processes like ovulation, oocyte maturation, implantation, and embryogenesis.

    Studies have shown that vitamin B helps support and enhance fertility. B12 can help increase the chance of ovulation and B6 has a role in implantation and early placental development. 
  • First-Trimester:
    Once you’re pregnant you may think it’s time to just grab any prenatal vitamin off the shelf and stick with it until birth. But just like the preconception stage, your body and your growing fetus, require different amounts of vitamins and minerals to support healthy development. You will still need a supplement that includes zinc, selenium, thiamine, inositol, iron, and vitamins A (as beta-carotene), B, D, C and E to support your own body and provide the best support in this early and important stage of your baby’s development. 
    The first trimester of pregnancy also tends to bring along nausea and other uncomfortable side effects as your body adjusts to hormonal changes. A vitamin that includes ginger and B6 can help reduce morning sickness and nausea. You will also want to ensure your supplement includes iron but not enough to increase your likelihood of morning sickness and constipation. You will need more iron further along in the pregnancy but at this stage around 14mg is sufficient.  

    At this stage, you will also want a supplement that includes a high amount of folate (800mg) to prevent neural tube defects and support healthy development.  
  • Second Trimester:
    From weeks 13-26, your baby is going through key developmental milestones including bone and lung development and hearing. At this stage, in addition to key nutrients such as zinc, selenium, magnesium, copper and vitamin D, increasing your iron intake (17mg) is important to support increased blood production. To support their growing skeletal system, there is also a greater need for calcium (220 mg). 

    You’ll also want to ensure your prenatal vitamin includes antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C. These neutralize free radicals and are critical for the formation of many different systems.  

    Note: When it comes to vitamin A, we recommend choosing a prenatal vitamin that includes beta-carotene as your body will only create vitamin A from beta-carotene if needed, so there’s no risk of vitamin A overdose. 
  • Third Trimester
    In the final trimester of your pregnancy, your baby is growing, growing, growing! To support your baby’s huge growth spurt, you will want to make sure you’re continuing to get sufficient doses of important nutrients including calcium (240 mg), iron (30 mg), vitamin B, C, D, and E. These will help to support your vitality and keep you feeling nourished. 

    As your baby begins to rapidly gain weight, blood flow to your womb increases significantly. Iron and calcium continue to play a key role in healthy development. At this stage, your body will benefit from the addition of vitamin K to support proper blood clot formation and chromium to support blood sugar metabolism.  
    As many people experience indigestion at this stage in pregnancy, adding peppermint to your diet or supplement is also beneficial. Red Raspberry leaf is also beneficial in preparing your body for birth. 
  • Post-Partum & Nursing:
    Now that you’ve had your baby you might think you no longer need to keep taking prenatal vitamins, but the truth is, at this point your body is working hard to recover from labour and delivery.  

    At the same time, if you’re breastfeeding, you are literally giving your energy and nutrients to your baby to produce sufficient milk and nourishment for your newborn. Typically, if you’re breastfeeding, you will need to consume an extra 500 calories per day to meet your body’s energy requirements. You also continue to need vitamins and minerals to support and replenish your own body as you continue to supply nourishment and care for your newborn.  

    In the post-partum and nursing stage, it’s recommended that you consume a daily amount of iodine to support thyroid function. The recommended amount is 25mg. Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) is a potent antioxidant and highly recommended for both you and your baby, in addition to Vitamin K, which supports blood clot formation. 

When selecting a prenatal vitamin, look for a quality supplement that will support you wherever you are in your pregnancy journey. Avoid products containing retinol, which could result in vitamin A overdose, and products with added filler, artificial colours or flavours, or allergens like lactose or wheat.  

At Mama Bear Club, we recommend Prenatal Ease Vitamins which have been developed by medical experts to provide optimized nutrition at every stage before, during and after pregnancy. Prenatal Ease is also vegetarian (except the Omega DHA which is sourced from fish), gluten-free, lactose-free, and cruelty-free. Learn more or buy Prenatal Ease vitamins here.  

For more information on prenatal vitamins, check out this article from Health Canada also has provided a Healthy Pregnancy Guide here. 

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How To Use the MamaTENS to Labour Longer at Home

How To Use the Perfect MamaTENS to Labour Longer at Home

When it comes to pregnancy, there’s something we often think about but don’t talk about nearly enough: Labour pain. As you move through your pregnancy, and get closer to the due date, thinking about labour pain management is going to become increasingly important.  

There are a variety of options for pain relief during labour including medicinal options like epidural, morphine and laughing gas. If you’re looking for natural, drug-free options, a Labour TENS Machine is a very effective way to relieve labour pain naturally.  

How Does a Labour TENS Machine Work? 

Our favourite TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine for labour pain is the Perfect MamaTENS from TensCare because it’s very compact and was specifically designed to help you labour longer in the comfort of your own home. It’s safe for both mother and baby and has been proven to reduce anxiety and pain related to labour contractions.  

The Perfect MamaTENS uses electrode pads, placed on either side of your spine on the mid-back and lower back. When you turn on the device, it sends electrical nerve stimulations that release endorphins and interrupt pain signals to the brain.  

Aside from providing pain relief, the MamaTENS machine can also allow you to remain upright and mobile for longer during labour, which can aid in dilatation and the decent of your baby. The MamaTENS comes with a travel kit so you can easily stash it in your labour bag, ready for when it’s time to go to the hospital!  

MamaTens Labour Tens Machine

How to Use the Perfect MamaTENS  

Another thing that makes the MamaTENS great, is how simple it is to use, which is important when you’re dealing with intense contractions!  

Our friends at Mother’s Choice Products have made a helpful video that explains how to use the device. Watch the video for a step-by-step guide to using the Perfect MamaTENS device: 

Getting Ready for Labour 

Planning for labour and choosing how to manage labour pain is very personal. The most important thing is to choose what works for you, but also allow yourself to be flexible because sometimes labour doesn’t go as planned. You can do this, mama! 

Read a personal experience of using the MamaTENS from one of our Mama Bear Club mamas. 

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Why You Should Get The Eboo Squeezable Nightlight For Your Baby

Why You Should Get The Eboo Squeezable Nightlight For Your Baby 

The debate over the pros and cons of nursery nightlights is still ongoing, and the truth is… there is no wrong answer! We think a soft nightlight glow can be a miracle to both babies and parents. Add in a super cute and squeezable option and whoa, you’ve got something special! 

Here’s why we love the Eboo Squeezable Nightlight!

Parents, we know you want to check on your baby, and when there is soft illumination, it just makes things easier.  

When your baby wakes up in the night, it’s a lot less stressful for them if they can see their environment and have a comforting squeezable toy. The act of squeezing a toy they know and love can be very soothing and calming for young babies and can even help them back to sleep more quickly on their own! 

Soft illumination can also help during those groggy midnight diaper changes without waking you up so much that it makes it harder for you to return to sleep.  

Children’s nightlights are for parents too! 

A nightlight’s main function and purpose is to assist young kids with a fear of the dark, also known as nyctophobia. Whether they wake up from a nightmare or unrelated causes, a warm illumination emitted from the device, can help reduce stress without the need to turn on a bright room light. Having this reassurance tends to soothe babies back to sleep as they come to feel the sense of familiarity with their environment. A squeezable night strengthens the comforting sensory experience by giving the child extra touch stimulation and feedback.  
Parents, that means more likelihood that you won’t have to get up to soothe your baby as often – and more sleep for everyone is a good thing!  

Our favourite nightlight is the EBoo Nightlight from TENSCare because it is tactile, comforting and has the perfect amount of light for those nighttime visits or wakeups. 

The Eboo is soft and squishy and emits a delicate soft light that won’t interrupt sleep but will help you see enough to avoid obstacles. Unlike the bright lights of usual lamps, the dim light of the Eboo children’s nightlight doesn’t alert your brain to become active, therefore it won’t jar you or your baby awake. The eBoo is a portable, battery-powered squeezable nightlight, that both baby and parents will love. 

Purchase the Eboo here

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Wrinkle Reduction from the Comfort of Your House – Safe and Natural

Safe & Natural Wrinkle Reduction from the Comfort of Your House  

Plastic surgeries, lasers, chemical peels – there are millions of procedures people undergo to hide the signs of aging. These are often invasive, costly and, unfortunately, don’t do a lot to solve the actual problem.

Thankfully, if we listen to our body and the natural world around us, we’ll discover many natural solutions to address wrinkles and signs of aging without surgery or costly procedures.

As we get older, our skin gradually loses the protein that gives it that tight, smooth surface – collagen. As time goes by, we all end up getting wrinkly. With continuous loss of collagen and thinning of our dermal layer, it may seem that wrinkle reduction is a losing battle, but don’t give up just yet. 

While the process of aging cannot be stopped, there several things you can do to slow the process and keep your skin and body healthy in the process.

Here Are 7 Non-Invasive Ways To Promote Natural Wrinkle Reduction At Home:

  1. Vitamin C: Growing up you have most likely heard that vitamin C is essential to boost one’s immunity against colds. That is not the only benefit. In fact, vitamin C is crucial for your skin too, according to the National Institutes of Health. Keeping yourself replenished with vitamin C will help you with fine lines and discoloration caused by sun damage – all you need to do is either get some oral supplement or an exfoliating topical vitamin C face mask. Or simply rub some fresh lemon juice into your face – be mindful of the amount, though: too much of it can cause dryness or flaking. If that happens, a daily moisturizer will help you. 
  1. Microcurrent Treatment: Human body is full of electric signals – from blood flow to nerve signals that are responsible of us feeling sensations. And thus, adding gentle stimulation to your skin will aid wrinkle reduction as well as lift and tighten your soft tissues. Don’t you want to find something that helps with not just wrinkle reduction but also other signs of aging using this method? The muscle stimulator Perfect BEAUTY is a medically approved device that will help you to reduce the signs of aging.   
  1. Silky Dreams: You might be surprised to learn that quite a few of our wrinkles come from sleep – a process we think of as the time our body regenerates. According to American Academy of Dermatology, sleeping on your side will increase the number of wrinkles on your cheeks and chin, and sleeping face-down results in a furrowed brow. In other words, the only way to reduce wrinkles is to sleep on your back, right? Unfortunately, we do not control our position when we sleep. However, the way our skin resists or creates wrinkles can be influenced not by just our sleeping position but also on what we sleep on. Invest in pillowcases with high thread counts such as satin or silk – they are known to aid wrinkle reduction.  
  1. Banana Mask: Bananas are rich in potassium when eaten, but they also work miracles on your face when you put them on it! Mash up a banana with a teaspoon of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of orange juice, apply it to your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. The potassium will hydrate and moisturize skin cells, while the vitamin A will fight dark spots and blemishes. Vitamin B is the one to prevent aging, and vitamin E will boost your skin’s resistance to UV damage. 
  1. Face Massage:  Working in a similar way to the microcurrent procedure, you can give yourself a face massage using nothing but your finger. With your index and middle finger massage 20 rotations between your brows, then apply light pressure to each temple and jaw joints for 10 seconds while clenching your teeth. This will relax your muscles, stopping them from making the micromovements that cause tension and stress and result in wrinkles. 
  1. Juice Cleanses: You have probably heard that the condition of your skin strongly depends on your diet – and this is true. Vitamins, hydration and minerals are three components the wellbeing of your skin relies on, and most can be found in various fruits and vegetables. So, one course of action is to give your skin and body a three-day cleanse that consists of all these goodies.  
  1. Superfoods: If juices are not your thing, we have good news – there are plenty of foods that provide great replenishment to your skin by giving it water, fats, and proteins. These foods are so rich on useful nutrients that they have been labeled as ‘superfoods’ and they mostly include berries, nuts and veggies. For example, blueberries are full of collagen-protecting vitamin C and high concentrations of antioxidants. Tomatoes contain lycopene that improves the vascular system, in turn giving your skin a natural glow through extra blood circulation. And almonds are packed with skin-plumping and hydrating fats – what’s not to love? 

Aging is a natural process everyone goes through. There is no way of stopping it, but there are ways of slowing it down. Surgery and injections are likely to remove visible effects for a short term, but they won’t address the underlying issue. Wrinkle reduction can be done from the comfort of your house – and it is less pricy than you would assume. Remember, nature if your friend! Try out these natural remedies and let us know how you get on! 

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How TENSCare Can Help Improve The Appearance Of Aging

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Perfect Beauty: How TENSCare EMS Treatments Can Help with the Appearance of Aging

As we age, our faces can begin to show signs of sagging, wrinkles and decreased fullness. This loss of tone and definition is caused by a reduction in muscle mass and strength, and it’s perfectly normal and natural! However, if you’re feeling concerned about the appearance of aging, electrotherapy treatments can help reduce obvious signs of aging.  

Muscle Training & Toning with a TENS Machine 

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) is a muscle training therapy that can help to maintain facial and body tone and appearance. The therapy involves the application of an electric current over the desired muscles, so that a muscle contraction is produced. With continuous contractions, the muscles undergo training and improve in strength and tone. In addition, stimulating muscle activity creates a demand for improved local blood flow, which helps clear waste products and provides nutrients and energy to the muscles and surrounding tissues. 

How Can TensCare Devices Help Improve Signs of Aging? 

TensCare has developed several devices to help with body and facial beauty. Our original is The Perfect Beauty – an EMS device designed to be easy-to-use at home. It comes with several specific programs that target different body areas, including the face, abs, buttocks, hips, thighs, bust, arms, and calves.  

Training of the facial muscles helps to re-gain firmness and lift, common aims of many beauty treatments. As a result, the face looks fuller, and signs of aging can be reduced. Each desired part of the body can also be targeted. Similar to exercise, EMS muscle training provides improved tone and tightness. 

How To Use The TENSCare Perfect Beauty? 

Placement of the electrode pads to deliver the electric current is important to ensure muscle contractions are produced. The optimal placement of the electrode pads is over the bulk of the muscle. If that’s not obvious, simply experiment with the electrode pad position until a full contraction can be seen or felt.  

Regular, continuous muscle training with your Perfect Beauty TENS machine is essential to see and maintain results. For use on the face, the recommended training schedule is one treatment daily, five days a week. For use on the various body areas, the recommended training schedule is three treatment sessions per week. Generally, results can start to be seen from 6 weeks of use. 

Lastly, keeping well hydrated, maintaining good nutrition, and allowing enough time for the muscles to recover are important when performing any muscle training. 

For more information on the Perfect Beauty from TENSCare, watch this video overview: