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Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms
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Stress effects pregnancy; Learn to relax; Boost your baby's potential
Stress effects pregnancy; Learn to relax; Boost your baby's potential

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"Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom: Tools for Reducing Stress, Anxiety, and Mood Swings During Your Pregnancy" by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. and Sheila Curry Oakes is a new book published by TarcherPerigee an imprint of Penguin Random House this year.

I just reviewed this new book and want to recommend it in particular to all first-time pregnant women who have lots of questions about the changes in their moods and bodies. Written for young women who are surprised to find that pregnancy isn't living up to their dreams, Dr.Domar ends with an appendix of several mind-body and meditation techniques that will help any woman "find the calm." It is a good easy read and makes a good companion to "What to Expect when you are Expecting." It is good to see advice from a mature point of view written in an easy-to-read style. Check it out.
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Learn what getting a good night’s sleep can do for you.
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CHILDREN SUFFER FROM STRESS, TOO

Children probably will not recognize that they are stressed. Parents may suspect stress if the child has experienced a stressful situation and begins to have physical or emotional symptoms, or both. Some behaviors or symptoms to look for can include, changes in eating habits, new onset of headaches, changes in sleep pattern (nightmares, bedwetting, middle of the night awakening, resistance to going to sleep), upset stomach or vague stomach symptoms, anxiety, worries, inability to relax, fears that are either new or return (of being alone, of the dark, of strangers or new situations), clinging to you, and easy tears. Aggressive, stubborn or oppositional behaviors are also possible signs of stress in children.
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A recent post by Dr. Ed Ring explains how important sleep is to our health. His explanation of how quality sleep affects children, pregnant moms, and all us adults is easy to understand and succinct. To read Dr. Ring's full post see his guest blog at http://stresssolutionsforpregnantmoms.com/blog/quality-of-sleep-critical-for-mom-and-baby/
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Stressed people often don't take the the time to reduce it. Commit to taking two 5 minute breaks each day. Do breathing and practice clearing your mind. Gradually add to the number of breaks you take and the variety of techniques you use. Plan it; literally put it in your day calendar if you can't remember to do it.
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AWESOME NEWS:
Winner of the Gold Medal for Parenting
2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms: How Breaking Free from Stress Can Boost Your Baby’s Potential
Susan Andrews, PhD (Twin Span Press)
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Great News!  Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms received a generous review on the April 2013 Health/Medicine Shelf of the Small Press Bookwatch.  Soundbite:

"A healthy mom births a healthy child. "Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms" is a guide to parenting that encourages mothers ................. With much in the way of practical advice throughout, "Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms" is a sage and practical read with plenty to consider, very highly recommended reading."

You can find the complete text here:  http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/apr_13.htm#Health/Medicine.

Many thanks! to James Cox, Editor-in-Chief for the Midwest Book Review for kindly including it!
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Monica, I whole-hearted lay agree that lavender helps you sleep! Essentials oils are so valuable. Thanks for sharing.
If you having trouble relaxing or falling asleep, forget the sleeping pills and turn to lavender. I put a few drops on the bottom of my feet at night and I sleep wonderfully. I also take digestive blend of ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander, and anise with every meal. If you have heart burn or acid reflux, give this essential oil blend a try before popping another pill. If you have breathing problems, a respiratory blend of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways. No more allergy pills!
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