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How to Survive Pregnancy: Tips To Make Your Life Easier

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How to Survive Pregnancy: Tips To Make Your Life Easier

The life-changing news struck you like a bomb; you’re about to have a baby! The most glorious moment of your life will happen soon, and your family is going to expand.

After a while, the excitement starts to wear off and your pregnancy starts to impact your everyday life. The physical and mental changes are happening throughout the process, and you will have to change, adapt, and deal with surges of emotions, nausea, pain, discomfort, constipation, a lot of fatigue and sleepless nights, followed by pains. That’s a lot to deal with, especially if you’re a first-time mom.

Read on to learn more about common pregnancy ailments and how to relieve them so you can get through the next nine months with ease.

Nausea

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    The first unpleasant sensation that you’re going to experience is nausea. It will likely begin several weeks in, and last for quite a while. This type of sickness is generalized to be present mostly in the mornings, but this is a misconception. The hormones and your sensitivity to outside factors like smells and moisture in the air can trigger nausea.

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    To prevent morning sickness from happening, or at least shorten the time you’re feeling sick, try altering your diet. Eat high-protein legumes and almonds to ease nausea, and drink herbal teas. Ginger is an excellent cure – make sure to consume it while feeling nauseated. You can either buy powder or capsules.

    Try to have more small meals during the day to keep your tummy occupied. If you forget to eat after several hours, an empty stomach will remind you how bad you can feel during this period. Make an extra effort to stay hydrated. Eight glasses of water a day is a recommended amount for pregnant women. Increase your B-6 vitamin intake, as it is proven to help with nausea during pregnancy.

    Exhaustion

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      The next big thing that is going to hit hard is the wicked pair: fatigue and insomnia. The beginning of pregnancy brings the overdrive mode to your body; hormones spiking and dropping will make your head spin sometimes. Keep in mind that you have a growing human being inside your belly, and the child progressing means energy consumption from your body, both physically and mentally.

      The exhaustion is something that all the moms suffer from in the first three months, and there is no way of stopping that, but you can at least ease yourself. Removing yourself from all demanding physical activity is imperative, alongside making yourself comfortable as much as you can. Use cushions, a comfortable bed, additional sheets and mattress covers, you name it. Everything is allowed. A good idea is to use a pregnancy pillow, which can provide incredible support and superb comfort.

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      Nutrition and hydration are significant factors here. Having a balanced diet with smaller yet more often meals, rich in protein and vitamins, will help you stay energized and able to survive the day.

      Headaches

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        Headaches are also very common during the first three months of pregnancy, as they come as a side effect of hormonal changes and increased blood flow. A lot of things can cause headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Unfortunately, medications like ibuprofen or aspirin are restricted for pregnant women, so you’re not allowed to use them.

        If you’re having headaches, consult with your doctor for some replacements that are safe for you.There are common solutions for headaches during pregnancy, which can help you depending on the type of a headache you’re having.

        The majority of headaches are triggered (or have some connection to) by stress. So by dealing with stress on the ground level, you’ll deal with your headache as well. Lying in a dark room for 15 minutes without thinking about anything will make your mind clear and loosen up the pain.

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        The neck and lower back of the head massage will do wonders for you as well, as you will relieve tension in the region, and stimulate the blood flow. The second common solution includes hot and cold treatment to the head – this technique is quite successful.

        Also, good hydration and exposure to fresh air are recommended.

        Constipation and Gas

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          After the first trimester, hormonal imbalance is something you’re used to, and the following side effects have passed already. The increase of the progesterone in your body will happen eventually, and that will slow the digestion significantly.

          The last quarter of pregnancy often brings constipation and gas because of the child inside the belly pushing the bowels to have more space and combined with all of that, energy and food processing. Pair that with bowels slowing down because of the hormones.

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          Again, these side effects aren’t reversible, but you can ease the process a bit by eatng a diet with increased fiber and drinking more water. (bonus: don’t start eating a lot of fiber at once, it will make things worse; add it slowly and progress)

          Also, it would be smart to reduce the intake of gas-triggering foods, such as dairy products and carbonated drinks. To reduce gas, you need to care about the way you eat. Eating quickly and having big meals and big bites will make you swallow a lot of air alongside your food, enhancing gas production.

          Finally, get moving; sitting still for prolonged periods of time will slow your bowels even more, and prolong the unpleasant state. Whatever you can do in this state – even if it’s a small walk – is better than sitting or lying down.

          Pregnancy can be tough, but in the end, it’s well worth it. It brings us the biggest joy of life, and the biggest change. We wish you all the best!

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          Last Updated on December 7, 2021

          World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

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          World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

          When we think about culture one of the first things that come to mind are museums – it is ingrained in our collective consciousness that we need to visit a few museums when vacationing abroad, so we can then feel free to indulge in hedonistic pleasures because we’ve bowed at the altar of culture first. However, not all museums are created equal. While some may have your standard collections of classic artwork, statues and pottery fragments, there are a lot of unconventional and even fairly quirky museums around the world. If you like to travel and want to experience something new and truly unique, to be awed, then be sure to visit some of the following museums on your next vacation.

          1. Cancun Underwater Museum

          Let’s start off the list with something entirely different. The Cancun Underwater Museum boasts hundreds of beautiful sculptures such as “The Silent Evolution”, a huge crowd of people, and “Inertia”, a fat man sitting on a couch in front of the TV. These sculptures would evoke powerful emotions regardless of their location; however, being situated underwater gives them an air of mysticism and an almost unnerving calm. The marine flora and fauna has already become one with some of the sculptures, making the whole site look like the sunken remnants of an ancient civilization.

          2. Paris Sewers Museum

          We all admire the grand architecture of famous cities, particularly one as iconic as Paris, the city of romance and art. What people seldom stop to look at is the complex labyrinth that is the Paris sewer system. It is an entire network of tunnels as large as the city itself and it is also a museum that tourists can visit and explored, complete with tour guides. It doesn’t smell as bad as you’d think, so if you ever find yourself in Paris and have about an hour or so of time to kill, this is definitely an interesting option.

          3. Franz Kafka Museum in Prague

          A man with a dark and near dreamlike vision of the modern world, where bureaucracy, alienation, lack of empathy and human suffering are the order of the day, Franz Kafka is rightfully considered one of the greatest modern writers. The Franz Kafka Museum reflects some of the main themes of the authors works, which Kafka himself wanted his friend to burn after his death, and their unique atmosphere. The weirdest thing about it is probably the sculpture of two men urinating in a pool shaped like the borders of the Czech Republic, which are, for some reason, animatronic and can spell out words in the pool based on SMS messages that people send.

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          4. Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri

          Art has always been very accommodating, allowing artists to choose from a huge range of different mediums and materials from which to create unique designs. That being said, I doubt you’ve ever considered hair as a valid material for creating works of art. Luckily, Leila’s Hair Museum is here to prove you wrong. With thousands of wreaths and various creative jewelry pieces made out of real human hair, which is said to have been popular in the Victorian period. There are multiple pieces containing hair from famous people, including the likes of Queen Victoria.

          5. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg

          The Kunstkamera houses Russia’s oldest museum, the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, which has exhibits ranging from interesting to bizarre and morbid. Peter the Great reportedly wanted to dispel myths about monsters and mythical creatures among his people, so there are plenty of deformed skeletons, jars with fetuses and rarities like two-headed animals. Some of the exhibits are not for those with a weak stomach, but they are definitely unique and rare.

          6. Iceland Phallological Museum in Reykjavík

          Iceland is known as “The Land of Ice and Fire”, a small and some would say magical island with a long and proud history. It’s no surprise that it would feature a world renowned museum, but what’s unusual about the Phallological Museum is the fact that it is devoted solely to showcasing penis samples from 93 different animal species – including the 67 inch front tip of a blue whale penis and specimens supposedly belonging to mythical creatures like trolls and elves. It definitely offers a unique experience.

          7. Meguro Parasite Museum in Tokyo

          Many museums feature animal exhibits, showcasing everything from dinosaur bones and large stuffed land mammals to unusual insects, but rarely does a museum focus solely on parasites. The Meguro Parasite Museum takes humanities worst nightmares, lays them before you and provides plenty of information on each and every one. Their motto is “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the parasites”, and there really is a lot to learn if you can get over the initial feeling of unease.

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          8. The Iga Ninja Museum in Mie

          Western pop culture has been in love with ninja’s since the 80’s and we have only grown fonder of them with time. If you find this topic intriguing or just want to learn more about the whole ninja phenomenon, then the Iga Ninja Museum is the right place for you. You can see the numerous weapons and tools used by these legendary warriors and enjoy a practical display of some of the traditional techniques and tactics. It is a lot of fun and very informative to boot, great for people of all ages.

          9. Bran Castle near Braşov in Transylvania

          The name might not sound familiar at first, but the geographical location kind of gives it away – yes, this is the castle of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Count Dracula from the Bram Stalker novel and world-famous horror character. Bran Castle is the only Transylvanian castle that perfectly fits Stokers description of the world’s most famous vampire’s castle and has thus been dubbed Dracula’s Castle. It has been turned into a museum which every horror fan is welcome to visit and explore.

          10. Malacca Museum of Enduring Beauty

          The nature of beauty is a topic that has troubled mankind for millennia.  Aesthetic preferences and sensibilities have been very different in different regions and at different times, and as fashions changed so too did people try to change themselves to conform to the various ideals of beauty. The Museum of Enduring Beauty showcases the numerous traditions and the jewelry, tools and practices used by peoples the world over to try and make themselves as beautiful as possible. Practices such as foot binding, neck elongation, inserting huge discs into the lips and many others are explained in detail, which gives us an insight into our nature, and perhaps motivates us to see the current standards of beauty for what they really are – an artificially created set of desirable features based on a subjective interpretation of beauty.

          11. The Museum of Human Disease in Sydney

          Doctors spend years and years in medical school for a good reason – there are a lot of diseases that can plague humans. Some of these are more serious than others, but each one is interesting from a scientific standpoint. The Museum of Human Disease catalogs a huge variety of diseases and their effects on the human body, including the most common causes of death. You can participate in dissection workshops or explore some of the large number of vital organs on display. It is a real eye-opener and highly educational, if somewhat morbid and unusual.

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          12. Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam

          There are, of course, some parts of our history that we are not exactly proud of, and this includes wars and atrocities like torture. However, it is interesting to see just how creative people of the past centuries have been when it came to thinking up different ways of inflicting pain to fellow humans. If you’ve got a morbid curiosity for this sort of thing, the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam has a lot to offer you. There are plenty of weird torture devices, complete with images and even sculptures, depicting the various torture methods that were in use, and the courteous staff is more than happy to answer any questions.

          13. The Skull Tower of Niš

          The Balkans region has had a very turbulent history, particularly in the past few centuries. In the nineteenth century, as Serbians sought to free themselves from their Ottoman oppressors, many battles raged, and one of the most famous was certainly the Battle of Čegar. When the tides of war changed and it became clear that the Turks would win, Serbian commander Stevan Sinđelić sacrificed himself and the remaining Serbian forces in an unprecedented act of bravery, blowing up the gunpowder storage and taking out thousands of enemy soldiers in the process. In order to silence the rebellion and frighten the people, Hurshid Pasha had a ten foot tower built using over 900 skulls of the fallen Serbian soldiers. The original Skull Tower suffered some structural damage over time, and now only 58 skulls remain in the wall, one which is said to belong to Sinđelić himself and is encased in glass. It is a fairly frightening, yet awe inspiring site.

          14. Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona

          Funerals are still somewhat of a taboo topic and it’s certainly something you’d mention in polite society. This is really a shame, since there are plenty of wonderful rituals that have been built around escorting the departed on his way to the afterlife. The vehicles used to transport the deceased have always had a somber tone, but where not without a hint of grandeur, as you can witness by exploring the Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona.  The exhibit consists of 13 beautiful funeral carriages and six coaches that were used to transport departed citizens to their eternal resting place.

          15. Siriraj Medical Museum in Bangkok

          The word “medical” in the name of this museum has surely tipped you off that you are in for something morbid and unusual. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it has a lot to offer. Also known as “The Museum of Death”, you can see everything from the mummified remains of a serial killer and cannibal to a large variety of human skulls and different preserved body parts. There are plenty of interesting examples of fatal injuries in the Forensic wing of the museum, and there is enough material to keep you occupied for several afternoons, if you aren’t squeamish.

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          It is good to sometimes break from the mold and look for something a bit more thrilling and unusual than rusted bits of ancient swords, broken pottery and pieces of jewelry. These museums may be a bit weird, morbid or even spooky, but they will not disappoint. If you are an adventurous soul, be sure to check them out.

          Featured photo credit: Igor Miske via unsplash.com

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