Are you Planning to have a Baby?

There are a few things you may want to do before you go to that important next stage. Here are a few things to consider before taking that next step.

In my opinion, the most important would be talk to your doctor. We may not know all the facts or be updated with all the latest health issues that need to be addressed before conceiving. Your local doctor can keep you informed.

A full health check is advised. If you already have health issues such as diabeties, depression, high blood pressure or epilepsy these symptoms may worsen by pregnancy. Your family doctor can guide you through this to make your pregnancy experience the best possible one. Another factor to consider is the health of your gums. Hormones change and can make gums more easily irritated and inflamed. It is important to look after your teeth and gums by regular brushing to avoid infection or tooth loss.

We all need to be educated in certain areas, some things we may not even consider is important but may impact the overall health of our new little one. Here are a few things that may harm your baby.

Alcohol, cigarettes and drug use can harm unborn babies. Quitting smoking might be easier said than done. There are aids to help reduce and hopefully stop smoking such as nicotine patches, gum and inhalers. Of course no smoking would be the best case scenario. If you are aware of what smoking may do to your baby it might help you find that needed willpower to keep you going. Smoking may cause premature babies, under weight babies, babies may have lung problems, there is a higher chance that babies may die from SIDS. We need to give our new borns the best possible chance right from the get go.

Heaving drinking in pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. When you drink the alcohol goes from your bloodstream into babies bloodstream and may harm the baby, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. Even if this occurred before you even know you were pregnant. Don’t panic if you find out you are pregnant and start remembering a few big nights you had. It is the continued heavy drinking over a long period of time that causes problems.
Over the counter or prescription drugs may be harmful in pregnancy. If you are thinking of taking any medication in pregnancy check with your doctor, mid wife or pharmacist first. Be aware that your regular painkillers including aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs etc may cause problems in pregnancy.

Disclaimer: The information supplied is general in nature and may not be relevant to your specific circumstances. Nothing mentioned above should be taken to replace the need to seek professional advice.

Goose Bumps clothing is an Australian owned family business run by Tracy, a mum to two beautiful little girls.  Tracy displayed a natural flair for design at a very young age. After graduating from school she followed her dream and landed a job with fashion designer Katie Edmonds, leading into an internship with a local fashion house working with a team of designers and alteration experts.

At the young age of 20, Tracy and one of her older sisters Manon established their own Children’s Clothing label Kunnuk Kids. They pursued this journey together for a few years until Tracy decided to broaden her studies by travelling the world and learning about the beautiful cultures and colours it has to offer.

On soon returning back to Australia with her very supportive husband,” Goose Bumps Clothing” was born when Tracy first became pregnant and she saw the need to create stylish and functional clothes to meet the needs of her changing body. When Tracy struggled to breast feed her eldest daughter and was nervous about feeding in public she designed an easy to use breast feeding range that provided discrete coverage. As the girls have grown Tracy has enjoyed finding inexpensive, quality clothing for them and Goose Bumps Clothing has now expanded to include baby and children’s clothes.

June 30, 2014 — Tracy Verboom