Fatigue or Difficulty Sleeping in Pregnancy

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Posted July 7 2010 12:11pm
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Fatigue or difficulty sleeping during pregnancy is quite common for a number of reasons. Early on, your body is experiencing numerous system changes. These changes require a great deal of energy and can therefore affect normal sleeping patterns. As pregnancy continues, the growth and development of the baby puts more demands on you, thus causing fatigue.

By the end of pregnancy, there can be many things that keep you from getting a restful night's sleep. The physical size of your belly, heartburn, pressure on the bladder, which makes you have to pee, as well as the baby moving around are a few common reasons.

Fatigue is a sign that the body needs more rest. So how can you solve this problem? Know what can and can't be done in a day and take time out to rest. Eating smaller meals several times a day and trying a few relaxation activities (like a relaxation exercise or a warm bath) may also help you sleep better.

Find our more about Sleep and Pregnancy.  


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Baby Monitors

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Posted August 4 2010 02:45pm


Baby monitors allow parents and caregivers to watch or listen to a sleeping child when in another room. For some parents, the ability to watch or hear their child at all times is comforting; for others, non-stop monitoring of a child may be cumbersome, agitating, or anxiety producing.
Baby monitors come in two basic types: audio and video. Video monitors use a small stationary camera to transmit images and sound to a TV-like monitor in another room. Audio monitors operate on a selected radio frequency to transmit sound only.
Monitors should not be used to leave a playing child alone. Baby monitors are not medical devices. They should not be used in place of prescribed heart or breathing monitors to detect conditions such as sleep apnea. Nor should they be relied on to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the cause of which is still unknown.
Choosing a safe baby monitor:

  • Monitors come with many features at different prices, but the choice between listening and watching will be your first choice.
  • Choose a monitor that allows you to change frequencies to reduce interference. 
  • Choose a monitor with an appropriate signal range for your home. 
  • Consider your home and lifestyle; some monitors offer two receivers instead of one, others come with clip-on attachments for belts, some are water-resistant for monitoring while showering or bathing, some feature an intercom or finder detection. 
  • Decide how often your child will be monitored. Monitors are not must-have baby equipment, especially if you live in a small house or apartment. 
  • Check the return policy. Monitors are often not available for testing in stores, and the model may have to be returned for a variety of reasons.

Baby monitor safety:

  • Do reduce interference by changing the operating frequency band of the monitor if it interferes with similar items such as cordless phones.
  • Don’t expect the monitor to be free of static. 
  • Don’t place a monitor close to a similar device such as a cordless phone, which can create static. 
  • Don’t use a monitor to keep tabs on your baby when awake. The only time to use the monitor is when your baby is asleep.


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Toy Boxes and Chests

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Posted August 4 2010 03:06pm


Toy boxes and chests are a convenient way of keeping bedrooms and play rooms tidy, but they present several hazards to children. Children have been hurt when lids have fallen on young fingers, heads and necks. Some children have also suffocated after being trapped inside.
Children have been known to climb inside toy boxes and chests and close the lids on themselves or other children. Therefore, ALL toy boxes and chests must have holes to prevent child suffocation. If a box or chest does not have holes, drill them yourself. If a box or chest is an antique or heirloom, and you do not wish to add holes, do not use it. Remove it from any area to which your child has access.  

Choosing a safe toy box or chest:

  • Choose a toy box or chest that has a lightweight lid.
  • Choose a toy box or chest that has a spring-loaded hinge that will hold the lid in any position. 
  • Choose a toy box or chest with holes in the side or front, so that a child trapped inside can still breathe. 
  • Don’t place older toy boxes or chests in a child’s play area without checking for safety features. Remove any box or chest that does not have a hinge mechanism or does not have breathing holes.

Toy box and chest safety:

  • Drill holes in the top or sides of a toy box or chest to prevent suffocation of a trapped child.
  • Inspect the toy box or chest regularly to make sure the hinges are secure and well-maintained.
  • Remove the lid of the toy box or chest if it does not have a spring-loaded hinge. 
  • Test the lid of a toy box or chest to make sure it can be opened from the inside.
  • Don’t assume that because a toy box or chest was used by friends or relatives that it is safe. Check for the proper hinges and breathing holes.


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Labour, Delivery and Postpartum Nurses

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Posted August 25 2010 12:52pm
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Labour and Delivery nurses are registered nurses who provide care to both moms and babies during labour and birth.  In most hospitals, Labour and Delivery nurses provide one-to-one care. This means that you are the only person being cared for by your nurse while in labour and for the time immediately following the delivery of your baby.

The benefit of this type of care is evident in the ongoing support provided by your nurse during your birthing experience. For example, your Labour and Delivery nurse closely monitors your baby before and after delivery, provides helpful education regarding breastfeeding, and advocates for your wellbeing while at the hospital. Labour and Delivery nurses are happy to assist you and your baby with breastfeeding immediately following birth provided you are both stable. These nurses work closely with the doctors, midwives, and doulas to ensure your comfort and safety for the duration of your stay in the hospital.

Postpartum Nurses provide care to mom and baby during the postpartum hospital stay.  These nurses also work closely with your other care providers.  They can assist you with breastfeeding and learning how to care for your new baby.

In some hospitals, the labour, delivery, and postpartum areas are combined and may be referred to as combined care.  In these hospitals the nurses provide you care in labour, delivery and postpartum – you may have the same nurse care for you for your entire stay.

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