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For Two Fitness: My Attempt To Naturally Induce Labor

Disclaimer: Thank you For Two Fitness® for sending me a tank to review.

I talked about my hopes of having my baby before his due date in my last pregnancy update and even then, I thought I would at least have him on his due date. Again, I was wrong. I’m currently overdue at 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant and I’ve being trying everything to naturally induce labor.

From having intercourse to eating pineapples and even taking evening primrose, I’ve done everything the doctor suggested. The only thing that seems to make any difference in the way I feel physically has been exercising.

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Treat Yourself To A Prenatal Massage, You Won’t Regret It

For the most part I’ve had a very easy going pregnancy. I’m only about 5 pounds heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight, I haven’t had any swelling (yet) and I’m moving around pretty well if I say so myself. The only major discomfort I’ve experienced has been terrible back pain and an inability to get a good night’s sleep because of it.

As someone who believes in the power of resting and getting an adequate amount of sleep, this has been more than frustrating. On one hand I try to be positive and look at it as preparation for the late night feedings that are just weeks away, but on the other, it makes me sad. I really need a good, long night’s sleep as often as I can get it for the very same reason – it’ll be unheard of for the next couple of years.

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Happy Earth Day: 7 Ways You Can Save Our Planet

Want to know a #JessicaFact? I’m a “tree-hugger”, I love the earth and I try my best not to take advantage of its precious resources.

During Summer 2014 I taught Vacation Bible School and our study focused on taking care of the Earth. With me being the eco-conscious person that I am, as I was going through the lessons I realized that it was much deeper than living sustainably. It’s our God given responsibility to take care of the Earth and replenish it. Not only that, we honor God by taking care of His creation.

Animal species are going extinct at a faster rate than ever. The Black Rhino, Mountain Gorilla and South China Tiger are not expected to survive 2016. Climate change is caused by humans and our contribution to the greenhouse effect. Sea levels around the globe are rising, temperatures set new heat levels every year and our oceans are extremely acidic.

We have to do something now. Believe it or not, small changes in our daily routines and behaviors can make an impact.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day by changing a behavior to save our planet!

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I compiled a list of 7 things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, replenish the Earth and ultimately help save the planet. Check them out below.

1. Plant a tree.

Trees have a number of benefits! They clean the air by absorbing odors and pollutant gases, they create economic opportunities and they provide food. For tips on how to plant trees, click here. This would be a great community event or a project to complete in groups.

2. Drink from reusable cups.

According to The Water Project, bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to biodegrade and U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles. I know grabbing bottled water is convenient but not only do we waste a lot of water, we are crowding landfills. By using reusable water bottles or other reusable cups we are making an impact, even if it’s small.

3. Go paperless.

Save the trees and have your bills and other statements sent to you via email. Chopping trees reduces oxygen in our environment (one tree provides enough oxygen everyday to support at least two human beings) and transportation of paper documents leads to a greater release of greenhouse gases.

4. Organize a community cleanup.

The benefits of community cleanups extend beyond taking care of the environment. Not only do they beautify our parks and neighborhoods through picking up trash and planting flowers or doing other decorative enhancements, they provide an opportunity for members of a community to exercise, fellowship and demonstrate unity.

5. Recycle.

Recycling has very obvious benefits. By reusing natural resources over and over again, you’re clearly conserving resources and leaving more behind for future generations. The processes that are used to recycle material and turn them into new goods is more energy and water efficient. Recycling also reduces the need to build more landfills. Examples of items that can be recycled include (but are not limited to):

  • aluminum cans, foil and bakeware
  • steel/tin cans (soup cans, vegetable cans, coffee cans, etc.)
  • magazines, office paper, newspaper
  • phone books
  • clear, brown and green glass
  • car batteries
  • computers

For a full list of recyclable items, click here.

6. Up-cycle.

Up-cycling is very similar (if not identical) to recycling, except that you’re reusing and repurposing materials, furniture, clothes and other everyday items you wouldn’t normally think to recycle. Upcycle That has cute ideas for DIY projects.

7. Start a garden.

This is one of my favorite eco-friendly things to do. I love gardening and I even had a small one of my own.  You’ll save a lot of money on foods like lettuce, spinach, fruits and herbs. You’ll also get satisfaction from growing your own food, trust me. It’s very rewarding.

There are many other ways to reduce your footprint and help save our planet but hopefully these will get you started!

For more information about Earth Day and this year’s campaign, visit earthday.org.

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Tips To Help You Maintain Good Oral Health

Are you dedicated to keeping your perfect smile?

Would you like to make sure you always maintain good oral health?

Then you’ve come to the right place. The tips and suggestions in this article should help you to achieve your goals. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no need to spend thousands on expensive hygiene products. Likewise, you don’t have to pay a dentist to whiten your teeth if you look after them properly. No matter what your oral health is like at the moment, you can always make improvements with some advice from the experts.

 

Brush your teeth after every meal

 

It sounds like an obvious move, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who only brush their teeth once each day. That just doesn’t cut the mustard if you want to keep those pearly whites. You need to brush after every single meal if you want to protect your teeth against bacteria and plaque. That could help to boost your general health too. Just make sure you don’t use a brush that’s too hard because you could make your gums bleed and cause infections. Also, try to avoid toothpaste that doesn’t contain high levels of bicarbonate of soda. That substance helps to whiten your teeth every time you stand over the sink.

 

Always floss after brushing

 

Again, you’d think that people would understand this by now, but it seems that’s not the case. Flossing in the best way to remove all those chunks of food that get caught between your teeth. Brushing doesn’t always get into those cavities, and so you need to use specialist flossing products. They help to ensure your mouth is clean, but they also get rid of any bad breath. Rotting food between your teeth can cause a bad smell if you don’t remove it. As floss is so incredibly cheap, everyone should keep some in their pockets.

 

Remove those mercury fillings

 

Most experts now say that mercury fillings are damaging to your health. However, you can expose your body to high levels of the chemical if you don’t remove them correctly. That is why specialists who focus on safe mercury removal have become very popular in recent years. The process doesn’t take long, and it could help to improve your oral hygiene. Many people from the older generation will have mercury in their mouth because the substance was once considered safe. However, times have progressed, and now it’s wise to remove the metal as soon as possible. Don’t worry if you have a cavity in your teeth because the dentist will use alternative fillings to plug the gap.
If you’ve paid attention to this information, you should have no trouble keeping your incredible smile. You just have to get in the habit of brushing and flossing your teeth more often for the best results. While most people have no issues with the mercury in their mouths, it’s just not worth taking the risk. Get it removed and replaced with something a little safer during the next couple of months.

With a bit of luck, your teeth will remain in the best condition for many years to come.

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Improve Your Body Image With This Advice

We all can struggle with our body image sometimes. Not just women, but men too. I know I’ve experienced plenty of occasions as and when I wished something was bigger, smaller or a different shape. A lot of people look in the mirror on a daily basis and wish they looked like someone else. But I want everyone to be happy with the way they look, and maybe to stop caring so much. If you want to improve your body image, there are lots of ways you can work at it.

Have a look below at just some of my favorite ways to accept your body.

Making Changes to Your Body

Sometimes, making changes to your body can help you learn to love it. That doesn’t mean that a negative body image is a sign you need to change, however. But if you’ve tried many other things to accept yourself and nothing is working, changing your body can sometimes make you happier. Healthy changes such as losing weight can take a while to achieve but help you feel better both inside and out. Some people also choose to have cosmetic treatments and procedures. For example, breast augmentation is a popular choice for many women. While plastic surgery isn’t for everyone, it can make some feel much happier with their bodies.

 

Seeing a Therapist

Speaking to someone about your body image can be very helpful. In fact, many choose to do it before taking measures such as cosmetic surgery. It’s important to examine why you feel the way you do about your body. A therapist can help you to get some insight and perhaps start to change the way you think. They can give you assistance with dismantling the negative perceptions. You could soon be thinking more positively about your body.

 

Avoiding Negative Influences

Being surrounded by negative influences can make you feel terrible about your body. However, you might not even realize which things are having a negative impact on you. The media might seem like it’s giving you lots of beautiful bodies to aspire too. But in reality, you can end up having to look at lots of unrealistic expectations. Most of the images you see in magazines and on TV have been digitally altered. Even your friends can have you thinking badly about your body. If spending time with someone makes you feel bad about yourself, it might be time to take a break from the friendship for a bit.

Lessening the Focus on Appearance

We don’t need to be so focused on the way we look all the time. It’s good to take care of yourself and look presentable, but not everything is about the way we look. Try to have less of a focus on appearance in your everyday life. That should include not just your appearance but other people’s too. Avoid having conversations about looks or making comments about other people. Talk to people about feelings and health instead.
It’s tough to deal with a negative body image, but you can change things. I think everyone needs to find their own way of loving their body.