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Is Melatonin Safe During Pregnancy?

While you lay awake, tossing and turning, you have probably asked yourself the question, “Is melatonin safe during pregnancy?”. Especially if you were taking melatonin before your pregnancy, and you see the bottle sitting over on your nightstand, you can begin wondering what would happen if you were to start supplementing with it again. But, how will it affect the little one growing inside you? Struggling to fall asleep is nothing new for expecting mothers. You are likely well aware that certain sleep drugs can be harmful, but since melatonin is natural, maybe it is ok? When you have a developing fetus inside you, nothing is quite this simple. Let’s dive into what some of the research says regarding melatonin...

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Momsomnia: How to Cure Mom Insomnia

The phenomenon referred to as “momsomnia” is real, and it can sometimes be unbearable. Knowing you have no reason for being awake at 3:30 am, yet your unable to drift into sleep, is something many new mothers are familiar with. While this frustrating “condition” is very common, it's also pretty easy to fix! Before we give you some advice, let’s explain why this it’s happening in the first place. What is Momsomnia? “Momsomnia” is a clever term used to describe new mom insomnia. If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably aware expecting mothers struggle with sleep. You also understand that your baby is going to dictate your sleep cycle for a while. But, you may not have known that...

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Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

With the constant midnight bathroom trips and late night baby activity, there’s no doubt you’ll struggle to sleep. But to make matters worse, you’ll likely experience leg cramps during pregnancy while sleeping. Leg cramps can be painful enough as it is, but when they prevent you from getting a good night's rest they start to take a mental toll as well. These are unfortunately an expected side-effect of your pregnancy, but we are going to share a few things you can do to prevent them.  What Causes Leg Cramps During Pregnancy? There are lots of reasons expecting women get more leg cramps than normal, and when we explore them, it is no surprise. It’s very likely that more than one...

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Benefits of Magnesium While Breastfeeding

Many new mothers have questions about taking magnesium while breastfeeding. This essential mineral can have profound effects on your health, along with your newborn’s.  Since your baby’s diet is dependent on the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals you consume, it is important that you know everything there is to know about taking magnesium while nursing. But before we go in-depth, let’s cover some general information about magnesium.  What is Magnesium, and Why is it So Important? Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and an essential part of a healthy diet. Magnesium intake is particularly low among women (even more so if you are pregnant), making supplementation very important. It is not uncommon to be deficient in...

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Are “Doctor Approved” Sleep Drugs Safe for Long Term Use?

Trying to fall asleep while pregnant can be a nightmare, and sleep drugs can appear to be a “quick fix”. Expecting mothers struggling with this issue often wonder if prescription sleeping pills can help them. Not only can this lead to complications with pregnancy, but sleeping pills may not be as effective as most people think, especially in the long term. We are going to explore whether prescription and over the counter drugs are safe or not. But first, let’s cover some of the common drugs doctors prescribe for insomnia. Common Sleep Drugs Doctors Prescribe Before writing a prescription, doctors try to examine the root cause of your sleep issues and the type of sleep issue you experience.  For example,...

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