When you become pregnant, it can be a busy nine months preparing for the arrival of a new little one. Purchasing all the necessary baby supplies, coming up with a birth plan, visiting your OBGYN, and the list goes on. One thing that expecting mothers may not think about during this time is their dental health. However, good dental health during pregnancy is essential to carry your baby safely to term. I have been working with pregnant women and their dental health for over 20 years and have compiled a list of information so other mothers know the importance of their dental health during pregnancy and how to have good oral hygiene.
Going to the Dentist While Expecting
One question that pregnant women often have is if they should visit their dentist during their pregnancy, and how often. It’s recommended that adults visit the dentist once every 6 months, or twice a year, to have routine cleanings and x-rays. If you are due for a dental checkup during your pregnancy, it’s important not to skip it. Dental cleanings and x-rays are safe for both you and your baby, just be sure to let your dentist know that you are expecting and they will be more than happy to accommodate you.
If you aren’t scheduled for a regular dental visit during your pregnancy, try to schedule one with your dentist. There are some dental risk factors during pregnancy that we will talk about in the next section, so it’s important to receive a dental exam to make sure you aren’t suffering from any oral issues. Visiting the dentist will help prevent and treat any dental problems as well.
Dental Risk Factors While Pregnant
The biggest risk to dental health during pregnancy and the most serious is gum disease. Because of rapidly changing hormones that a woman experiences, gingivitis-causing bacteria have a better chance of growing in a woman’s mouth causing dental issues. Gum disease is serious because it can have adverse effects on a woman’s pregnancy, such as premature birth and low birth weight. About 18 out of 100 premature births are caused by gum disease, but it is treatable. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist during pregnancy. Your dentist will be able to give you a deep cleaning to remove plaque and other bacteria, as well as prescribe antibiotics to help combat the disease.
Pregnant women may also be at risk of tooth decay from food cravings and morning sickness. It’s normal for women to experience some amount of cravings during their pregnancy, and this can sometimes lead to indulging in food and drinks high in sugar content. While it’s okay to eat sweet treats in moderation, it’s important that this doesn’t become a habit and that you always brush your teeth afterward.
Morning sickness is one of the common side effects of pregnancy and causes many women to vomit at some point throughout the day. This can put women at risk for tooth decay as well. If you do experience morning sickness, you may want to grab your toothbrush right away. However, there may be stomach acid left in your mouth so it’s best to rinse your mouth with baking soda and water to help neutralize this acid before brushing.
How Your Diet During Pregnancy Affects Dental Health
Your diet during your pregnancy can play a big role in your dental health, too. As mentioned, indulging in food and drinks that are high in sugar can put you at a higher risk for tooth decay. However, sugar isn’t the only thing that can affect your oral health.
Pregnant women should aim for having a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients to not only help with the development of their baby but to help protect your bone mass in your mouth and teeth. Expecting mothers should increase their calcium intake during pregnancy to help with this. Foods such as milk, cheese, unsweetened yogurt, and cottage cheese are great sources of calcium that can be eaten as is or mixed in with other foods. Vitamin D is another important vitamin that helps the body utilize calcium. Sources of vitamin D include cheese, fatty fish like salmon, and eggs. Try adding some of these foods to your favorite recipes to help your teeth and bones stay strong throughout pregnancy.
Having a baby is undoubtedly an extremely exciting part of life. With doctor’s appointments, hospital tours, trips to the baby store, and more, it can be easy to forget about your dental health. However, good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health and is important when it comes to safely carrying your baby to term. Knowing the risks, visiting your dentist, and watching your diet can all help you prioritize your dental health during this time to keep you and your growing baby happy and healthy.
Hi, I’m Calvine G. Castro and I am a Licensed Acupuncturist. I have been in practicing acupuncture for 16 years. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UC Riverside and a Masters in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. I am a second generation acupuncturist with my mother being both an acupuncturist and medical doctor.
Growing up at a young age I was able to see how impactful acupuncture can be to patients suffering from many different types of ailments. Time and time again, my mother’s patients would hobble in suffering from back pain and needles were placed at locations on the patients body and within a short time patients left the clinic feeling better and walking upright. I realized without medications I could help many people with the use of acupuncture needles as my tool.
I came across Mom Culture through my wife, Tina. After we had our three year old son, my wife was looking for products that she could relate to in regards to motherhood and she found Mom Culture. She loved the shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs that Mom Culture offered. She even loved it more when she found out that Mom Culture had a Facebook community where all the moms can share their experiences as moms. In other words my wife is a big fan of Mom Culture.
When I first met my wife, she didn’t believe in acupuncture but I was able to treat her for her monthly abdominal cramps and opened her mind that acupuncture is another way to relieve her of her pain instead of constantly taking pain relievers. When my wife was pregnant with our first son she experienced excessive vomiting, cramping of her legs in the morning, fatigue and headaches. I treated her with acupuncture and was able to help her with her symptoms.
Knowing how I am able to help my wife and many of my patients with their symptoms I wanted to reach out to the Mom Culture community to let everyone know that acupuncture is another option for all your health conditions and symptoms. I have treated women with anxiety, stress, tension headaches, muscular skeletal disorders such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain and upper shoulder/neck tension.
Acupuncture is also good for preparing women to get pregnant. It helps regulate the mensuration cycle, short cycle, long cycle, heavy bleeding, scant bleeding to create an environment more favorable to getting pregnant.
The following are some of the conditions that I’ve treated my wife and patients with acupuncture:
2nd Trimester pregnancy symptoms- Mental clarity, start of back pain, sciatica and hypertension.
3rd Trimester pregnancy symptoms- Circulation, swelling feet and legs, back pain, sciatica, insomnia, cramping in legs, discomfort, restlessness, and anxiety associated with preparing for childbirth.
Post pregnancy- postpartum depression, difficulty breastfeeding obstruction and pain, regulation of hormones, and balance.
Middle age women- Menopausal symptoms- hot flashes, night sweats, arthritis.
Those conditions that I’ve mentioned are just some of the many conditions that I’ve helped my patients with and I’d like to let everyone know the benefits of acupuncture especially for women. There are many acupuncturists all over the country and if you find one local to you, that would be a great tool to help you. I have clinic locations in Temecula and Menifee here in California.
I first found acupuncture 7 years ago when I was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum during my final pregnancy. I had tried every trick in the book and nothing was helping the awful daily nausea and I was beyond desperate. My sister-in-law had mentioned how acupuncture had helped her and suggested I give it a go. I, of course, had this preconceived image of giant needles being stuck all over my body and was honestly a little terrified. It's funny how desperation forces us out of our comfort zones and sometimes it's for our own good.
My experience was anything but scary; it was honestly so relaxing and very therapeutic not only did it help treat my pregnancy symptoms but it helped with anxiety and sleep too! I saw my acupuncturist throughout my entire pregnancy and again during postpartum for hormone maintenance.
Have you tried acupuncture mamas? Did you know that there are so many benefits to this holistic treatment and practice?
Some of the benefits:
Reduced Stress Reduced Back Pain, Neck Tension and Relieve Joint Pain in the Hands and Arms Relief from Headaches Reduced Eye Strain Improved Immune System and Reduced Sick Days Enhanced Mental Clarity and Increased Energy Relief from Digestive Conditions Allergy Relief Reduced Cigarette Craving Fewer Injuries on the Body Due to Repetitive Strain Mental-Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia
I've been a believer in the benefits that acupuncture brings to the table from my pregnancy symptoms to dealing with a pinched nerve from a lipoma and as a way to help with stress it's in my permanent bag of health tricks to keep my self in-check with this practice.
Are you ready to give acupuncture a try, mama? My go-to acupuncturist is Dr. Calvine Castro.
As parents, there are numerous things that you have to keep a close eye on when it comes to your children’s safety. The Internet can be a rather dangerous and overwhelming place for a child. As it may be full of intriguing games, exciting and educational pages, without some precautions and safety regulations, children can easily get into the dangerous zones and get lost in the ‘web' of lies. In order to make sure your kids use the Internet safely and without fear, here are some suggestions on how to get you (and your children) started with safely surfing the net.
Set up some basic guidelines
Very often kids tend to mimic their parent’s behavior, therefore the first thing you should do is limit your Internet usage when you are around your children. Next, make sure that you explain and find a good guide about safe surfing for kids so that you can know what is at stake. However, the essential guidelines are that they should never give their personal information online like telephone number or email. Advise them that before they wish to hand out their personal information on social networks, they must always consult you. Advise them to never click on strange massages or links since they might get entangled into cybercrime.
Track their online activity
Even if it can be rather rude and impersonal to meddle in another person’s life, when your kids’ life is at stake, it is always better to be safe than sorry. To protect and keep your kids safe at all times, set up a home page with child-friendly fun pages that are suitable for children. If they wish you can make an e-mail address for them so that they can submit it for certain games provided that you know their password until they come of age. Enable a Safe Search option in your search engine to ensure that the questionable and unsafe websites will be filtered out. From time to time, go through History option to see what websites your child has visited and to ensure safe usage for the future.
Social media perks and blips
Preteens and teenagers will desperately want to set up a social network account, and no matter how hard you struggle, that is unavoidable. There are many downsides of social medial like cyberbullying, cybercrime, and other malicious contents as well as advantageous ones. The positive point is that most social networks have legally set the minimum age limitation at age 13, so until they set up a private profile you can encourage them to open some family-friendly applications or social media sites where you can altogether keep up with the trends and practice safe Internet surfing.
Strive for smart ‘time management’ guidelines
Setting some strict time limitation might be the most important point when striving to keep your children safe while surfing the Internet. Set clear time limitations to form the start as this will widely affect their Internet usage in the future. An hour per weekday during school is a good start, later you can increase to 75 minutes, and so on. Monitor the usage and time spent online. If possible, change your router’s password so that your child won't be able to wirelessly connect whenever he or she desires, but when their time is next.
Encourage communication and watch for the warning signals
If your child is performing poorly in school or you have noticed some distracting behavior, that might be the signal of excessive Internet usage. Keep an eye on weird and bizarre actions, since your child can easily copy some wrongdoings that he or she saw online. Promote open communication and advise your kids to always speak freely of their wishes and troubles. In that way, you can spot cyberbullying and get to know how your child spends time on the web and control it wisely.
Stay open-minded and always speak openly with your child about the positive and negative things that surfing can bring. Act like a normal parent and suggest that they always come to you for help when they encounter some dangerous site online.
What are your rights as a breastfeeding mom? And feeding in public for the first time.
Hey guys it’s Lindsay, owner of The Little Milk Bar. I’m here to talk all things breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is hard… like really hard. It’s one of those things that no one really talks about until you’re in the middle of it, up at 2am in tears wondering if you’re doing it right. Or wondering if your baby’s getting enough. Throw in the fear of having to actually feed outside of the home, because let’s face it…. you have to leave the house at some point. And you’re on a whole new anxiety level. You just got her to latch properly, how are you supposed to do this in front of strangers?
I want to start off by letting you know that it’s 100% legal for you to feed your baby in public, with or without a cover, in all 50 states. Yup, you heard that right. No longer are the days of moms feeding in dirty bathroom stalls, parked cars or dressing rooms.
And no longer are the days of store managers asking you to leave and “go do that somewhere else”. Major win for the breastfeeding community!
Today I’ll be informing you of your rights as a breastfeeding mom and getting over your fears of feeding in public for the first time. So if you’re a breastfeeding mama, this post is for you. And I really hope you keep reading because it could change your life. No joke!
P.S. I’m all about supporting all breastfeeding mamas, because let’s face it… we could all use a little encouragement. So I put together 3 FREE “Thank you for breastfeeding in public” downloadable cards that I hope you print off, keep in your diaper bag and hand out to every breastfeeding mama you see. You can download them HERE.
In 2018 Utah and Idaho (the two remaining states ) finally legalizing breastfeeding in public. Honestly, what the heck took so long?
As the last hold out state, Idaho sponsor Republican Rep. Paul Amador and father of then 5 month old son, called it shameful in this age that breastfeeding moms were offered no protection.
“Personally, I find it disappointing that we’re in 2018 and we still haven’t passed this law in Idaho. I think we can take a proactive stance here through legislation to promote the natural bond and health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child.”
It’s about time the U.S. get caught up with the rest of the world when it comes to laws protecting nursing mothers.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way. And we now know we CAN breastfeed in public, let’s talk about the stresses that come with feeding in public for the first few times.
Most people don’t care.
First off, I know it can be scary… reading all the stories in the news, or watching Facebook videos where people say all kinds of rude comments to breastfeeding moms.
I want to set the record straight. 90% of the time, people don’t care. 90% of the time, people don’t even notice you’re feeding your baby. 90% of the time, no one is going to give you dirty looks or walk over and say some snarky comment.
I’ve had two babies and breastfed them both. My second I fed any and everywhere I needed to, WITHOUT a cover for almost 2 years and only had ONE person say something negative, one!
Focus on you and your baby.
It’s important to ignore everyone around you. Focus only on you and your baby. It’s simple… your baby is hungry and you need to feed him. That’s it, there’s nothing else to it. Don’t worry if you’re “offending anyone”, their opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter.
Your baby comes before anyone else and filling that little belly of theirs should be the only thing you’re worried about.
Lose the cover (if you want to).
The law states that you can feed your baby with or without a cover… meaning, you can ditch that nursing cover you got at your baby shower… if you want to.
One of the things I hear most often is, “it’s too hot for a cover, my baby sweats”... or “my baby always pulls down the cover, she hates it”. Did you know that being able to see mom while your baby feeds is an essential part of breastfeeding (especially for newborns)? It’s part of the bonding process, it’s what makes them feel safe. They want to see your face while they’re feeding. So when you put a cover over their face, it’s not uncommon for them to cry or try to pull it down, they can’t see mom :(
Some babies have no problem being covered, sweet!
But if they do, and you find it more of a hassle than not, then feel free to #dropthecover.
Try the 2-shirt method.
If you haven’t already heard of the 2-shirt method… be prepared for it to change your life! No joke. It’ll save you a TON on “breastfeeding friendly” clothes… spoiler, you don’t need any. And it makes it SUPER easy to feed in public, keeping your tummy and breasts covered while your babe eats with ease. Easy peasy.
I made a video so you can see exactly what the 2-shirt method is. Check it out below.
They say the more you see of something, the more normal it becomes. So I’ve made it my personal mission to post as many breastfeeding pics as possible on our Instagram account @thelittlemilkbar_.
If you’re looking for some more breastfeeding support… or just wanna hang out with some pretty badass breastfeeding mamas, you can check out our blog here with tons of breastfeeding tips & tricks, and follow us instagram.
And don’t forget to grab our FREE downloadable “thank you for breastfeeding in public” cards here. Print a bunch off, keep ‘em in your diaper bag and hand them out to all the breastfeeding mamas you see.
“Use your voice even if it shakes… we have your back.”