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Pregnancy Symptoms: How Early Do They Appear?

In most cases, women know they may be expecting a baby when they have a missed period or start to feel nauseous. If this happens shortly after having unprotected sex, the odds are high. However, there are other pregnancy symptoms that can occur in the first weeks of gestation.

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Do you think that you may be expecting a baby? If so, in this post, we’ll talk about the most common symptoms at pregnancy early stages. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Early symptoms of pregnancy

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Among women, there’s a frequent question about pregnancy symptomshow early do they appear? Well, the first symptoms can show up during the first weeks after fertilization. Usually, the most frequent are:

  • Missing menstrual period. This is one of the classic symptoms. If your period occurs regularly and you notice a delay, you may be pregnant.
  • Dizziness and fainting. This is another common sign. The dilation of your blood vessels and low blood pressure can cause frequent dizziness. On the other hand, fainting can also happen due to low blood sugar levels.
  • Morning sickness. Usually appears in the first two weeks of gestation, due to the rapid increase in estrogen levels. Also, pregnant women have a higher sense of smell, so certain odors can cause nausea in early pregnancy.
  • Slight bleeding. This happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It occurs from 10 to 14 days after fertilization, and it’s different from menstruation by its paleness and short duration.
  • Aversion to food or cravings. Do you feel a craving for a specific food? Or you suddenly feel disgusted by some foods that you usually like? This is another typical pregnancy symptom, and is due to hormonal changes that the body experiences. Don’t worry, it’s absolutely normal.
  • Swollen and tender breasts. In the two weeks after conception, hormonal changes can cause pain, tingling, or tenderness in your breasts. Also, you can even feel them heavier than usual.

Other early pregnancy symptoms

Couple expecting a baby

Other symptoms can manifest in early pregnancy, either in the first weeks or in the first months. Some of them are:

  • Humor changes. Although they’re associated with advanced pregnancy stages, it’s common that they also show up in the first weeks, due to the massive amount of hormones in your body. Therefore, it’s not unusual for you to feel weepy or unusually emotional during the first weeks after fertilization.
  • Headaches. Increased blood circulation due to hormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause frequent headaches. These aches are usually mild.
  • Constipation. This symptom, quite common during pregnancy, is due to increased progesterone levels, causing food to pass more slowly through the intestines.
  • Cramps. During the first weeks, some women experience abdominal cramps, which are similar to menstrual cramps.
  • Fatigue and tiredness. This symptom is due to increased levels of progesterone in the body. Also low blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and increased blood production, all together, can lead to exhaustion.
  • High basal body temperature. It consists of the oral temperature when waking up in the morning, which increases shortly after ovulation. If the temperature rise continues for more than two weeks, it may be a sign of pregnancy.

How can I know if I’m pregnant?

Although some of the pregnancy symptoms that we’ve described are usually associated with premenstrual syndrome or sickness that you may have, the best way to find out is by taking a pregnancy test. It could be through a blood test, or with a home test that you can purchase on a drug store. Either way, that’s the best form to check if a baby is growing in your womb.

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If you’re pregnant and live in Canada, at Pregnancy Info you will find information that may be of tour interest. There you can clear any doubts you may have about pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

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Parenting and Homeschooling: A Quick Guide

For some parents, schools are not the best option to educate their children. In fact, more and more people combine parenting and homeschooling. The main reason? Provide quality education, adapted to their needs, and in a favorable environment for their kids.

However, this is not as simple as taking a lot of books and having your child do homework every day at the kitchen table. Despite its growing popularity, homeschooling is only legal in some countries and must follow local regulations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you want to know more about this type of education, keep reading! In this post we’ll talk about homeschooling and give some tips for those who want this type of education for their children.

How Does Homeschool Work?

As its name implies, it consists of educating children at home, disregarding public and private educational institutions.

While some choose this education as a way to overprotect their children, there are cases where combining parenting and homeschooling is necessary.

Parents generally choose to homeschool for the following reasons:

  • Remove children from adverse school environments, especially in cases of bullying or school violence.
  • Obtain a high-quality education, including knowledge that the educational curriculum does not contain.
  • Improve children’s social interactions. By having flexible schedules, there’s more time for other activities outside the home: visiting museums and historical sites, community activities, etc.
  • Create an environment where children enjoy learning, minimizing the stress that scholar pressure can cause.

Also, there are some exceptional cases where homeschooling is the best alternative:

  • Child athletes whose travel and practices may interfere with their education.
  • Disabled children who require an educational environment that supports them.
  • Child artists with tight itineraries that include rehearsals, work, and presentations.
  • Families who frequently move from city or country. This is common in military, diplomatic, and business families.

Parenting and Homeschooling: Where to Start?

If you decided to educate your children at home, but you don’t know how to begin, don’t worry! Following these steps can be useful:

  • Define why you’re doing it. This isn’t as simple as “I don’t want my kid to go to. Period”. Remember: homeschooling is not an easy task. Therefore, it’s essential to be clear about the reasons why you will do it.
  • Stick to local regulations. Homeschooling is legal only in a few countries. In Canada, it’s legal, although each territory or province has its laws. By complying with your local regulations, you won’t have problems in the future.
  • Be part of support groups. On the Internet, you can find networks and groups made up of parents who are also homeschooling. This is ideal for exchanging ideas and experiences. Also, it’s a way for your children to meet other homeschooled children.
  • Choose a curriculum. This may be the hardest part. Today there are different ways of homeschooling: classic homeschooling, online studies, Montessori’s method, Charlotte Mason’s method, unit studies, or bringing the classic curriculum from school to home. Do your research, and choose the one that best suits your case.
  1. Have a plan. Yes, homeschooling must also follow a plan to be successful. Define in a clear way the schedules and thematic structures that you’ll follow. By doing so, the educational process will be more effective.

Parenting and Homeschooling: Final Thoughts

As you can see, choosing to do parenting and homeschooling at the same time is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before making any decision, analyze your particular situation and determine if it is essential to choose this alternative.

Also, remember that regulations for homeschooling in Canada are different by province or region. In fact, in some of them it’s necessary to do a previous registration and describe what the educational program will be like.

To finish, keep this in mind: by choosing to homeschool, you will be the teacher. You’ll be the primary role model for your children and their leading guide when it comes to learning.

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Mum and Postpartum Depression

Becoming a mom is one of the most wonderful sensations in the world. Finally, having in your arms that child who was in your womb for several months brings many feelings: love, joy, joy, and much more. However, it’s not always like that. There are cases where postpartum depression can appear, and turn the first months of motherhood into a hell.

Post partum depression

Due to how common this disorder can be, in this post we’ll talk about postpartum depression, its causes, and how you can treat it. Shall we begin?

What is postpartum depression?

Also known as postnatal depression, it’s a psychological disorder that usually appears one month after giving birth, although it can show up any time during the first year.

This depression can often be mistaken with baby blues, which usually happens during the first two weeks after giving birth. However, if that feeling of sadness after giving birth lasts longer than that time, then we’re talking about postnatal depression.

Depression
Depression is a condition that needs treatment

So, why does postpartum depression happen? While the exact causes are unknown, hormonal changes during and after pregnancy can affect a woman’s mood.

Besides, there are other factors that usually affect this type of depression, such as body changes, feeling less attractive, lack of sleep, concern about the capability of being a good mother, having less time and less freedom, etc.

Postpartum depression: signs and symptoms.

While every woman is different, there are very common signs and symptoms among women with postnatal depression. Some of them are the following:

  • Depressed or anxious mood.
  • Appetite loss or overeating.
  • Weight changes.
  • Fatigue and sleep disorders.
  • Lack of interest in things or activities that you previously enjoyed.
  • Frequent physical aches and pains.
  • Decreased concentration and inability to think clearly.
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness or overwhelming.
  • Frequent crying or for no apparent reason.
  • Irritability, bad mood, anger or fury.
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

How to treat postnatal depression?

Due to the usual confusion with baby blues, many people think that postnatal depression is temporary, and that it slowly goes away as the first months of motherhood pass. However, it’s still a depressive disorder, and if it’s left untreated it can turn into postpartum psychosis.

There are ways to help a mother with postpartum depression. Some of them are:

  • Therapy. Getting advice from a qualified therapist can help get you back on track and overcome depression. These cases are usually treated with different kinds of therapy: individual, group, for couples, cognitive behavioral, among others. 
  • Medication. Taking antidepressants or other appropriate medications can be of great help, even more in cases of moderate or severe depression. This should be done under medical supervision, especially during lactation.
  • Light therapy. According to studies, there are mothers with postpartum depression whose symptoms have improved after being exposed to special types of artificial light for 30 minutes a day.
  • More emotional support. Your partner, your family and your friends play an important part to overcome this situation. As with any depression, the emotional support you can receive from them is truly helpful.

Help with postpartum depression in Canada

If you’re a mom, you gave birth recently and are suffering from postnatal depression and have not been afraid to seek help. If you are in Canada, on the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Postpartum Support International websites you’ll find information about specialists and helplines that will provide you the help that you need.

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How to build your child’s social skills?

Something fundamental during parenting is building your child’s social skills. Because your kid will not always be under your supervision or guidance, it’s essential to develop these skills appropriately. In this way, the children won’t have difficulties in their daily life, whether in their childhood or adolescence and adult life.

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If you don’t know where to start, keep reading! In this post, we’ll share tips to build and improve children’s social skills with you. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Teaching a child social skills: The basics.

While there are many social skills that children must develop, it’s better to start with the basics. Here are some primordial skills that your children need to learn:

  • Personal space. Many children usually don’t understand that each person has their area and that it must be respected. Teach them to interpret people’s body language and find out that when people tense up, back off, or cross their arms, those are signs that they are invading their space.
  • Basic conversation skills. Children are usually unsure of how to talk, and they often don’t pay attention, interrupt speaking, or raise their voices. Take your time and explain the basic rules of conversation, greetings, how to take turns speaking, and how to ask for what you want without being aggressive.
  • Basic manners. It’s vital that children, from an early age, learn basic courtesy rules such as saying please, thank you, excuse me, etc. In fact, these are the most natural skills to promote in daily living, especially when they misbehave or ask for something.
  • Teach them to be empathetic. It can be difficult for children to understand how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. A practical way to help them understand empathy is by stimulating their imagination. Have them imagine how they would feel in someone else’s place: a boy being bullied at school, a character from a movie or TV show, etc.
  • Expression of wants and needs. Children can use inappropriate words to express what they really want to say. For example, when a kid says, “my brother is bad because he won’t let me play” to express that he doesn’t like to feel excluded. Observing when these situations happen and correcting immediately is one way to help them to build sincerity when they manifest.

Activities that can teach children social skills

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On the other hand, there are activities with which your children can develop their social skills. Some of them are:

  • Read to your children. According to scientific studies, reading fiction books helps to create feelings of empathy in children and adults. Classic children’s stories are perfect for this.
  • Be a role model. In order for your child to have a better understanding of social skills, his best example to follow is you. Seeing you being respectful to others, being kind to the cashier in the store, or talking to the neighbors can make your child admire you and learn good habits.
  • Have your child play games that require eye contact. This is a fundamental social skill. In fact, in some cultures, maintaining eye contact is a sign of listening and paying attention. Some games, such as eye contests, “eyes on the forehead”, and swings at the park, are ideal for promoting such skill.

Developing your child’s social skills. Final thoughts.

In addition to these tips, we recommend you to encourage your children to have friends, play team sports and do extracurricular activities according to their hobbies. By doing so, their social skills will constantly be improving.

On the other hand, you must keep an eye on your child’s social skills development. In case your child has difficulties developing them, you can ask for the professional help from a therapist to improve this situation.

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