Pregnancy is a fragile time when a woman’s body needs special care. Though pregnant woman are not normally advised to receive spa and beauty treatments during pregnancy, there are several feel-good treatments you can indulge in that will not harm you or your baby.
A massage is perhaps the most relaxing beauty treatment of all, but it is even better during pregnancy. Certain positions become naturally uncomfortable the bigger the belly gets and the more pressure the baby puts on the back and internal organs. Many massage salons have special tables made to accommodate a growing belly, as well as specific massages that are good for your aching muscles.
It is best to lie on your side in your second and third trimester to take pressure off your back. The masseuse will perform the massage using careful touch. Make him or her aware of any sensitive areas you may have so as not exacerbate joint pain or possibly cause a contraction.
Oils like chamomile and jasmine are safe to use during your prenatal massage because they are light scented and do not trigger allergies for most women.
During pregnancy, your skin can either become very clean and clear or pigmented and broken out with acne. Facials are a good way to keep your skin and natural oils balanced so that you do not have to deal with the stress or discomfort of bad skin. Most spas offer appropriately designed prenatal facial and spa packages.
To avoid the expense of going to a spa, you may opt to make a homemade scrub by mixing together 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/4 cup each of liquid soap and jojoba oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey. The brown sugar is the exfoliate while jojoba, soap and honey help keep the skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Mix all ingredients together and get into the bathtub. Apply the scrub from your feet to your chest, but not your face (it’s too sensitive). Once you are covered, draw yourself a warm bath and gently wipe off the scrub into the water. Not only is this treatment good for your skin, it will lessen the severity of the stretch marks that begin to appear due to your growing belly. For a healing effect, melt some shea butter into the scrub mixture.
Manicure and Pedicure Fumes from nail polish chemicals have not been proven to harm an unborn child, but if you are concerned, wear a surgical mask over your mouth. You can find them in drugstores. A lot of women appreciate pedicures when pregnant because the feet and legs become swollen six months into pregnancy, and having someone pamper your toes and massage your calves is a welcome luxury.
Many expectant parents are concerned about the dangers of having sex during pregnancy. Some men fear that they may hurt their wives or babies by laying on them or by accidentally placing too much internal pressure on the womb. Rest assured, pregnant women have been having sex for thousands of years.
There are a few occasions when sex may not be advisable, but generally, sex during pregnancy has more benefits than risks. That’s right, it’s a good thing.
In early pregnancy, women burn more calories per hour than a mountain climber. Building a placenta is exhausting and can cause a low libido. For some women, especially those who have been stressed about conception, the idea that their body is capable of carrying life is empowering and can cause an increased sex drive. Additionally, not being concerned with preventing pregnancy can be a relief, even if the pregnancy wasn’t planned. There’s usually no reason not to have sex in early pregnancy.
Increased Blood Flow
In early pregnancy, blood flow to the groin is increased, and can result in ultra sensitivity. For many women, this can mean increased orgasms, which can strengthen the walls of the uterus. The uterus is literally a bag made of muscles and the contractions that cause orgasm are beneficial, increasing blood flow and strengthening the pelvic floor. Sex during pregnancy is usually beneficial to the woman’s body.
For women whose placenta has grown closer to the mouth of the cervix, doctors may recommend avoiding sex after 20 to 24 weeks. Doctors generally diagnose a low-lying placenta with ultrasound, and midwives with stethoscope or doppler. When the placenta is low, there’s a risk that it can begin to detach as the cervix thins and opens during labor. Checking for the position of the placenta is a standard part of prenatal examinations and not likely to be a surprise.
History of Preemies
Toward the end of pregnancy, the prostaglandins in semen can ripen the cervix and the contractions of an orgasm can be too much for a sensitive cervix to handle. Women who are prone to premature deliveries are generally advised to avoid sex toward the end of pregnancy. Conversely, women who do not have a history of preemies may be encouraged to have more sex toward the end of pregnancy, because the hormones in semen are beneficial to the cervix and orgasms can keep the uterus muscles toned.
In some cultures, a woman who is pregnant is not expected to have sex, and is “spared the duty” until well after she has recovered from childbirth. Sometimes, these are the same cultures that allow a man to have multiple wives, or sexual partners. Some believe that the women are unclean or otherwise not pure during this time, according to “Is man Naturally Polygamous?” and article on All Africa.com. Other cultures believe that women in the throes of regeneration are sacred and revered. These are generally spiritual views, and not backed up by medical science. Couples from different cultural backgrounds should discuss their views before conception to ensure that a healthy relationship can continue without causing undue stress.
Bleeding After Sex
Because of increased blood flow to the cervix, the physical pressure that’s placed on the cervix during sex can cause teeny blood vessels to break. This is generally not painful but can result in a bit of blood being passed after sex. While it may be alarming, it’s generally not cause for concern. This is most common past the mid-point in pregnancy when the cervix lies low in the vaginal canal. Unless it’s more than just a small bit of blood (a tablespoon or more) or accompanied by mucous or severe cramping, there’s probably no reason to be alarmed. When in doubt, a quick examination can be reassuring.
Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid lying on their backs after 16 weeks of pregnancy. The risk is associated with crushing a major vein that feeds the uterus. Many women are relieved to know that this vein won’t be crushed simply from having sex. When this vein is crushed, the woman’s legs will go to sleep, causing a painful pins and needles sensation that inspires her to change position. A few minutes on her back isn’t going to do any damage. If she’s uncomfortable or concerned, then it’s best to experiment with other positions that don’t put as much pressure on her back.
Finding out you have genital herpes may seem like the end of the the world when it happens, but it really isn’t. The psychological effect of having herpes is usually much worse that the outbreaks themselves. Especially when you first find out.
You may feel that you can’t ever have an intimate relationship ever again or let anyone get close to of fear of passing on the genital herpes virus.
This is so far from the truth. You can have intimate relationships and as long as you stay aware of what is happening in you body and stay smart, you are very unlikely to pass it on to anyone.
Once you become more informed about genital herpes you will realize that there are millions of people just like you who live happy and fulfilling lives with herpes.
HSV-2 may seem like an inconvenient but it depends on how you look at it. You can see it as an annoyance or a sign from your body that something isn’t right. Genital herpes outbreaks are more often than not caused by stress, fatigue and your immune system being low. Which means you need to take better care of yourself. I like to look for the silver lining in every cloud.
When dealing with any kind of disease its your attitude towards it that counts. If you can’t accept it, how do you expect anyone else to accept it in you?
How do I deal with having genital herpes?
So you got the news you have genital herpes. And most people will go through emotions of despair, depression, rage and feelings of being dirty. These are all normal reactions when you first find out. Your world has changed.
So now you know, its time to deal with it. But how? The best way to learn how to deal with it is to be informed. Learn about the herpes virus, read and absorb yourself in what is the new influence on your life. Knowledge is power. And with this knowledge you will learn several primary things:
– Millions of men and woman like yourself have genital herpes
– Genital herpes in woman, 1 in 6 have it
-Genital herpes in men, 1 in 8 have it
– It will not kill you
– You can be in control and it never has to bother you
– Nothing else about you has changed, you are still just as attractive and a beautiful person as you were before
– There is a lot of support to help you with this
– Herpes virus is as common as a cold. 1 in 5 people have herpes, 1 in 8 have genital herpes
– There are many people who you can talk too; doctors, counselor, support groups ect..
– There are all kinds of treatments for genital herpes
How do I change how I think about having herpes?
Having genital herpes shouldn’t change how you think about yourself but unfortunately it does for some of us. So I suggest a few tips of how to change how you feel about having genital herpes.
1. Look in the mirror, has anything changed? Do you look different? No, you don’t. So nothing has changed. Remember: “You are still the same wonderful person you were before you contracted herpes.”
2. If you do have an outbreak, think of it as if you are unwell like having a flu. You usually wouldn’t let your partner be intimate with you when you had a flu just in case you gave them the bug, so you wouldn’t be intimate with them when you have an outbreak. Simple.
3. Change your perception and how you think. You are in charge of your state of being (how you feel); be accountable for it. No one can make you feel anything you don’t want to. You are the master of your emotions. Learn more about how to change, different techniques are in The Solution to Herpes treatment.
4. And most of all, list all the good things about yourself. Write a list of what is GREAT about you. ie. your kind, you help others, you treat people with respect, you are a good person ect… Listing all the good attributes about yourself and read them when you wake up in the morning. It will put you in the right frame of mind and project positivity.
Dealing with Genital Herpes every day?
So you are working on being more positive and taking charge of your emotional state when it comes to having genital herpes. But how do you deal with it daily?
Very simply put, let it go. If you think and worry about something everyday then that is what you will notice in your life. However if you focus on the good things in your life like your loved ones, what a great job you have, how wonderful your pet makes you feel. You will produce a better state of being.
You don’t think about breathing air to survive everyday do you? no. But if you didn’t have air for 5 minutes you would die. You may have genital herpes in your body but its not going to be active everyday of your life, especially if you learn how to suppress the herpes permanently. So let it go and only think about it when you have to.
A Story of success:
I found out I had genital herpes virus about 8yrs ago now. When it happened I lost it, I cried, I hated myself and I was depressed.
Why? Because I wasn’t informed and mostly because I couldn’t see past the fact that I had a disease. I was selfish and stuck in my head about woe is me, why did this happen to me….
Then I eventually dusted myself off and started to be informed, I researched about it, I paid attention to my body and what it reacted to. I started to take medicines suggested to me from my doctor, and then I started to try my own remedies when this didn’t work. I was having 1-2 outbreaks a month in the beginning.
I looked into focusing on the good aspects of getting genital herpes. I reminded myself that there are far worse things in life to have rather than herpes. People can die form other diseases, this was just a mild inconvenience.
I started to learn that I was the main influence on my body. Now this took a long time.
Years in fact. It took me to study Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and meditation until I started to understand the mind body connect and how WE influence all that happens to us. And especially learnt that I could STOP MY BODY FROM HAVING OUTBREAKS!!!! I was so excited. I started to share what I had found with other men and woman with genital herpes. And they had the same results, NO OUTBREAKS! I was so happy and that is why I produced this treatment.
Now its been years since I have had a herpes outbreak and I live a wonderful life with the love of my life. And herpes doesn’t bother me anymore. How to Get Rid Of Herpes
Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. The biggest reason for this is that it is so very easy to pass along.
A person doesn’t even have to know that they have it to pass it. It can be passed by genital contact, as well as oral contact and even just by having the virus on fingers.
Genital herpes doesn’t just appear on the genitals themselves. It can be anywhere in the area including the anus.
There are actually 5 common herpes viruses that people can get. Herpes simplex 1 is the kind that causes cold sores. They are usually in the same place on the face, usually around the lips and nose. The virus can get into a person’s eyes can cause conjunctivitis.
There are a lot of things that can trigger an attack of simplex 1, but they are only contagious by direct contact with the sore or the fluid inside the sore.
Herpes simplex 2 is the kind that causes genital herpes. Once a person has this kind of herpes they will always have this kind of herpes. It shows up as small ulcers that are very painful.
The sores will last for up to 21 days. A person who has herpes simplex 2 can also have problems with urination, as well as fever and headaches.
Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster strain of herpes. Epstein-Barr and cytomegalovirus are the two other forms of herpes.
Once a person has been infected the initial infection shows up somewhere between 2 and 8 days. The problem is that not everyone knows they got infected because they don’t see any signs at all. The first signs for people who do have symptoms are red blisters.
This stage is over very quickly as the blisters turn into open sores. The person might also feel like they have the flu and/or have problems with painful urination.
After the sores heal the virus itself starts moving from the initial infection site to the nerves in and around the spine where it will continue to live and reproduce itself. The body will produce antibodies but there is no way to get rid of the disease.
After a person has been infected they will always have genital herpes. They can spread it even when they are asymptomatic. That’s why it gets spread so easily.
A person doesn’t have to have a sore for it to be passed. Even when a person does have a sore it isn’t always easily seen.
The best way to avoid getting genital herpes is to use a condom whenever having sex. The barrier of the condom can keep the open lesion from coming into contact with a sexual partner. It’s also important for an infected person to share that knowledge with any sexual partners.
While there is no cure there are treatments. There are antiviral medications that are specifically geared towards treating genital herpes.
Cyclovir and Famvir are just two of the medications that can be taken. The infected person takes the medicine at the first sign of an outbreak. It can lessen the length and intensity of the outbreak.
Having information about genital herpes can make it easier for a person to avoid them or treat them.
No one is ever able to stop the growing older process. As you get older, do whatever you can to help the getting older process flow gracefully. The advice in this article will help you take proper care of yourself as your age.
When dealing with your aging, you need to stop focusing on the numbers. Focusing on numbers like height, weight and age will distract you from what’s important. You pay your doctor to worry about your numbers, so throw them out of your mind and focus on things that are more fun instead.
Having healthy relationships and maintaining them is a very important thing to have for healthy getting older. A consistent level of local community activity has been shown to increase your life span. To get the most benefit from your social interactions, focus your time into the relationships that involve intimacy with those you can trust and talk to about anything.
Take resveratrol. It has been shown that eating a low-calorie diet can slow down the aging process. Resveratrol is found in both grapes and nuts. It is also prevalent in Japanese knotwood, which is sometimes the ingredient in Resveratrol supplements. There is also reseveratrol in a south American bush called Senna quinquangulata.
Keep your brain active by learning. The old are the wisest and you should continue your path to intelligence. Take a class at your community college or do some puzzles, they will keep your mind active.
Slow the aging process by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Your diet should contain low amounts of saturated fat, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and other sources of natural fiber. Your body will then be full of vitamins and nutrients that you need to stay healthy.
Look at life as a journey that should be enjoyed and explored. Find goals for yourself and do your best to achieve them. This will help you stay motivated and feel accomplished.
Hormones play a big part in how we age, and any imbalance should be addressed. Hormone imbalances can lead to weight gain, loss of sleep and depression; each of these three conditions can lead to further problems that are only intensified during the getting older process. Ask your doctor if hormone therapy is appropriate for you.
Have fun with your life! Now that you have achieved this stage in life, you have more freedom and knowledge to engage in what you like. Fill your days with the people and things you love.
Eat more fish and reduce how much red meat you eat to keep your heart healthy. Red meat can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries, which increases your risk of heart diseases and many other health conditions. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish actually clean your arteries, counteracting the negative effects of red meat consumption.
There are so many ways that your years after retirement can be happy and enjoyable. Do all you can to keep your mind and body healthy. You can get ideas of what to do by reading newsletters and articles about retirement. If you wish to live a long and healthy life, make sure you are trying new hobbies and focusing on having an active lifestyle.