A Mother’s Reflection on Mother’s Day

Now that my kids are older, I don’t get the cute little cards that I used to get. The parenting dynamics have also changed since it’s not focused on diaper changes, play time or reading together anymore. There are days that I get a lot of questions like  why the world is the way it is, why everyone has to work hard and whats going to happen…

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My children indeed have grown. If you told me 10 years ago that time would pass by so fast, I wouldn’t have believed you because I was mostly physically tired during those early years of parenting. From not being able to sleep through the night to nurturing the family throughout the day, I was happy doing all of these for my family but I was also physically exhausted. Now that my children don’t need me as much physically as they can now do things on their own, I am no longer physically drained. But I learned that I need to continue to be intentional in spending time with them and building that relationship with the children. I need to be present with them. I need to be engaged with them.  As they enter their preteen years, I am learning that parenting has become more emotional, mental and spiritual.

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We need to have fun and relaxing times together as much as we need to go through hard work and stressful moments. There should be a balance between being strict and being fun. I also need to listen to the questions they ask and answer them truthfully and really listen to the questions that they are not asking as well. I must inspire them to be who God has called them to be and help them through their own insecurities as they slowly discover themselves.

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I used to think that parenting would be easier as they grew but I was naive to think that. Parenting is a relationship so it is dynamic and changes over time. Truly, God is changing me each day as I continue on with parenting.  I’m learning to discern what God wants me to focus on and what to let go and to trust in the work of the Lord in the lives of my family as well.

As I celebrate my 12th mother’s day tomorrow, I am grateful for the motherhood journey that the Lord has allowed me to take and I am thankful that as I continue on this path, the Lord is constantly maturing me to be the woman He wants me to be.

Are You Having A Baby? Here are Some Preparation Tips

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My son Toby and I

When I found out I was pregnant many years back, I felt excited and anxious. Who will my baby look like? Will he or she like me? Will everything be okay? Will I be a good mom to him or her? Questions that can only bring fear and hope to a new mom like me. To help ease the uneasiness and the anxiety, I am sharing some of the preparation new moms-to-be can do.

Physical preparation. Go and get yourself checked by a trusted OB-GYNE. The doctor will perform a series of tests that can help you be sure that the pregnancy is going well and that the baby is growing and developing. Regular ultrasound procedures in Adelaide sonography can be scheduled to ensure that everything is well.

Mental preparation. Aside from the physical changes, you need  to be aware of the physiological changes that you will go through. Read pregnancy related books and talk to your mom friends to have an idea what to expect in the coming months. Each trimester of the pregnancy brings changes to the body of the mother. Parenting books will also help ease the worries of moms and dads as they begin to understand what sort of care they should give to their newborn child.

Financial preparation. In the Philippines, preparing for child birth is a must. Make sure that you save for the delivery of the baby and the arrival of the baby. The hospital costs are quite expensive and anticipating the needs of the baby can help you plan your finances.

Spiritual preparation. Caring for a new baby is not just a physical job but a spiritual one as well. It is important to learn that being a mom also means leading your child spiritually to God. You begin doing this as soon as your baby is born and it will be a whole lot easier if you start early.

Quiet Time for Mommy

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Being a mom is certainly a full-time position. While there always seems to be one more game to take the children to and more meals to create, moms need quiet time in order to receive the relaxation and peace that is necessary. There are some helpful times in order to receive the peace that is needed at home.

Spa Time
A good starting point for quiet time is to create a spa-like experience. Consider purchasing some bubble bath and having a long soak in the tub. There are many different kinds of bath salts that are designed to rid a body of toxins. When it is time to open and cleanse skin pores, consider investing in a steam sauana. There are plenty of units that are available with plenty of steam sauana accessories that can make such an experience feel amazing. Do not forget to purchase some lotion that hydrates the skin and leaves a smooth feeling that does not go away. Buy a special bathrobe to wear during spa time. It can help remind oneself and others that it is a special time that should not be interrupted.

Reading Time
There is many times where a mom would love to catch up on reading. There may be specific magazines or books that sit in the magazine rack unread for weeks if not months. Therefore, take advantage of the quiet time and get reading. Find a cozy nook in a home or read in bed. Set aside a block of time to get lost in reading. If nothing at home is interesting, go to a bookstore and buy a book that is intriguing. Make it a point to read the book only during quiet times. When that is done, it gives a mom incentive to have frequent quiet time.

Still Time
Being still is a great idea for a mom who may have plenty of things on her mind. It is good to focus on other items in order to give the mind a break for a brief time. Some moms find that having a short power nap is a huge lift. Others find prayer or doing specific exercises to be a wonderful way of being still and relaxing.

Remember that moms have to create quiet time. It does not happen by itself. When moms have quiet time to themselves, they can feel revitalized and refreshed.

Photo source: Stuart Miles from www.freedigitalphotos.net

Mom 24/7 Planner for 2016

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The 2016 edition of Mom 24/7 Planner is now here! It is a 6×8 inches, sturdy and spiral bound planner.  It helps moms like you and me to be more organized, efficient and successful in the coming 2016! From planning your monthly, weekly and daily activities to putting in your children’s activities alongside too. There is also a section where you can write your goals for yourself, family, home and work.

 

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The Mom 24/7 Planner encourages you to take a #MindfulMom Moment too. Each week, there is a question which seeks to help moms live life in a more conscious, mindful manner.

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There are other useful pages like the menu maker, household staff file, menstrual tracker, family vacation planning pages, party planning pages and money management and more.
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It is a planner made specially for us moms! You can now get your copies from the Mommy Mundo online shop and selected Fully Booked branches starting December 1. For your inquiries, email info@mommymundo.com or text 09088657245.

Will Pineapple Help Increase IVF Success Rates?


Infertility is definitely an issue that is depressing. That is especially the case for the couple that has been trying for a really long time. Based on the problem that causes the infertility, treatment options are discussed and chosen. You can click here for a list of the different options that are available but one of the really popular options is IVF (in-vitro fertilization). This is a procedure in which the sperm and the eggs are combined in lab conditions. As the egg is fertilized, it would form an embryo that is then placed inside the woman’s womb for a normal pregnancy.
In-vitro fertilization is highly complicated and expensive. Success rate is not as high as we may want to think so it is quite obvious that women would do anything in order to increase possibilities. A trick that is recommended at the moment is increasing consumption of pineapple. It was mentioned that one pineapple that is eaten before and one that is eaten after the implantation will increase the chance of having a successful IVF cycle. Is that the case?

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Pineapple Health Benefits
Pineapples contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that has various health benefits. Besides this, pineapple will be loaded with various vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1, B6, C and folate. Also, we have high dietary fibers. Pineapple is a delicious fruit and promotes proper health in various different ways. We have anti inflammatory and anti oxidant actions, offering a protection from various disease numbers. This does include heart disease. At the same time, pineapple will improve immunity and will enhance digestive function. You will want to seriously consider pineapple consumption because of various reasons.

Pineapple Consumption And IVF
Pineapple does have many health benefits, just as it was mentioned below. However, we do not have definite proof of how the fruit will increase IVF success rate. This is something that has to be considered. If you want to think about pineapple, you should be aware of the fact that bromelain presence is the reason why this may be the case. It was proven that bromelain has an effect like aspirin. It will act as a really good blood thinner and anticoagulant. That will increase uterus blood flow, just as with taking aspirin. In case you did not know, aspirin is prescribed to the woman that has recurrent miscarriages during the IVF cycle.

Bromelain’s anti inflammatory properties will favour embryo implantation and conception. If you want implantation to be successful, your body has to become stronger from an anti inflammatory point of view. Pineapple would increase IVF success rates because of this.

Conclusion
Although we can say that there is no proof that pineapple consumption will help during IVF cycles, it does not mean that you should not consider this possibility. There is basically nothing wrong with consuming pineapple. In fact, it is really important that you improve your nutrition because of the fact that this is going to have only associated health benefits. Do remember that!