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15 Tips To Get Your Body Ready For Having A Baby

15 Tips To Get Your Body Ready For Having A Baby

Are you planning on having a baby? Pregnancy, giving birth and raising a child are three of life’s most miraculous things, and the task can often feel slightly intimidating. Check out 15 tips here to help prepare your mind and body for having a baby.

1. Improve Your Diet

If you want to grow beautiful flowers, you will prepare the soil first and make sure it is packed with nutrients and life. The same applies to your body; the healthier your body is, the better it is prepared for pregnancy and feeding a baby.

2. Know Your Cycle

Your cycle begins on the first day of your period, so imagine that as day one. The time your body is most fertile is around two weeks before your next period, so you are most fertile from around day fourteen.

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3. Arrange A Check-Up With Your Dentist

Pregnancy can play havoc with your gums; it can cause your gums to bleed, and teeth can become loose. Stay ahead of the curve and check that your teeth are in great condition before you become pregnant.

4. Make Your Gut Healthier

A healthy gut will help to prepare your body for pregnancy and make the pregnancy easier for you. Check out 8 supplements that will help to heal your gut here.

5. Nourish Your Body With Smoothies And Supplements

There are smoothies and supplements that can help to boost your fertility, such as folic acid. These smoothies and supplements can also help to prevent neural tube defects such as Spina Bifda.

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6. Focus On Lowering Your Stress

Stress is pretty unpleasant for you, but it can be pretty horrible for your body too. Stress can boost cortisol levels, which can suppress ovulation and decrease sperm count. There are various ways to lower your stress levels; yoga, meditation, massages, reading or exercising.

7. Turn Negativity To Positivity

Your mind is very powerful, so avoiding thinking negative thoughts like “I’m too old to get pregnant” or “it is too hard to get pregnant.” Instead, focus on thinking positive thoughts regularly, such as “my body is strong and healthy and ready for pregnancy.”

8. Act Like You’re Pregnant

Many women treat their bodies better when they are pregnant, as they are considering the needs of their child. If you act like you’re pregnant now, you will notice yourself making better decisions for your body.

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9. Have Sex

It may seem obvious, but if you want to get pregnant, having sex is one of the most important things you should be doing, so get down to it!

10. Set Up An Acupuncture Appointment

Acupuncture has lots of benefits if you want to get pregnant; it can improve ovarian function to help produce better quality eggs, and it can increase blood flow to the uterus. It has also improved the success rate of IVF, so setting up an acupuncture appointment is a great idea if you are planning on having a baby.

11. Eat More “Fertility Foods”

Lots of foods will help to increase your fertility, such as eggs, yams, asparagus, almonds, salmon and leafy greens.

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12. Know It Will Happen When It Happens – You Can’t Force It

Wanting something badly and not getting it when you want can be very frustrating, but for some women getting pregnant takes time. Understand that it will happen when it happens, and you can’t control when that will be.

13. Increase Your Trying Time

If you have become disheartened because you have tried getting pregnant a few times for a month at a time, increase your trying time. Instead of trying for a month, try for four months. This will increase your chances of getting pregnant and it will help you to relax.

14. Make Sure Your Relationship Is In Good Shape

It is important to make sure you and your partner are happy in your relationship before you have a child, as it will be harder to solve difficult relationship problems then.

15. Get Into A Great Exercising Routine

Starting a good exercise routine is difficult once you’re pregnant, so it is handy to start one before you become pregnant. Exercise helps you to sleep better, it reduces stress and eases constipation, and it boosts your mood, so casual exercise during pregnancy is very useful.

What did you think of this list? Share this list with your friends who are planning on having a baby to see what they think!

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Published on November 7, 2018

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

Figure Out the Laws

Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

Decide on an Approach

Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

Supplies/Resources

Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

Find a Community

Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

7 Different Homeschooling Methods

1. School-At-Home

Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

  • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
  • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
  • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

2. Classical

One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

3. Unit Studies

Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

  • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
  • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
  • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

4. Charlotte Mason

This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

5. Montessori

Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

6. Unschooling

Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

7. Eclectic/Relaxed

As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

Email

Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

Google Drive/Calendar

Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

Ebooks

Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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E-Courses

When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

Some recommendations:

Youtube

Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

Some recommendations:

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

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