How Long is a Typical Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborn Infants?

If you are about to have a baby, you probably have a lot on your mind. Your hospital stay might be the last thing you are thinking about, but as the day draws closer, you will want to know how many days you will be staying in the hospital. This will allow you to make plans around your stay and provide you with an estimate of when you will be arriving home with your newborn baby.

If you are getting close to giving birth, read on to find out more about the typical hospital stay for healthy term newborn infants.

How Long is a Typical Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborn Infants?

In most cases, a hospital stay for vaginal delivery will be up to 48 hours while a hospital stay for a Cesarean delivery will be 96 hours.  This gives doctors enough time to determine whether any problems will arise and it ensures that the mother has recovered from the birth enough so that she is prepared to care for the newborn when she takes it home.

However, just because mother and baby are healthy, that doesn’t mean the baby will always be taken home so quickly.

Health care workers will also want to make sure the parents have access to social support and childcare. If it is determined that the parents do not have the resources to properly care for the child, it may prolong the hospital stay and the child may even be taken to child care services before a determination is made as to where the child will be sent.

Other Complications

In some cases, it will be determined that the child is not ready to be taken home due to health complications. Some common issues that arise include:

●      Jaundice

●      Cardiac lesions

●      Gastrointestinal obstruction

●      Maternal complications such as endometriosis

If these complications are identified, the hospital may decide to keep the mother and/or child in the hospital for extended periods of time. 

Determining Factors

Doctors will examine the baby carefully to make sure he or she is ready to leave the hospital before discharging them. Here are some things they will look for.

●      Healthy vital signs

●      Possible abnormalities

●      Regular urination

●      Ability to complete 2 successful feedings

●      Signs of jaundice

●      Signs of sepsis

The hospital staff will also examine the mother to determine whether she is experiencing excessive bleeding, whether she has the proper vaccinations, whether she is using drugs and whether there is any reason to believe the child will be abused or not well cared for.

They will also review childcare requirements with the parents to make sure the child will have a car seat and that other safety precautions are being seen too. They will also make sure their child is on schedule to have regular doctor’s visits.

If you are about to have a baby, the typical hospital stay for healthy term newborn infants shouldn’t be more than 48-96 hours, but every parent and child is different. Talk to your OB-GYN to make sure you are well prepared. Good luck moving on with this exciting time of your life.

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Does Swimming in Cold Water Burn More Calories?

I’m sure most of us would rather get into a nice warm pool than an ice cold one. But if you are looking to burn an optimal amount of calories, you may want to sacrifice some comfort for terrific results.

Swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise, and studies indicate that doing so in cold water can really increase that calorie burn. So if you’re wondering, does swimming in cold water burn more calories, the answer is, yes absolutely. Read on to find out more about how it works.

The Study

Does swimming in cold water burn more calories? Yes, it does. And if you don’t believe us, here’s some scientific proof.

One study conducted by the University of Florida serves as proof that swimming in cold water burns more calories. Results showed that men who exercised for 45 minutes in a 68-degree pool burned an average of 517 calories as opposed to men who exercised in a 91-degree pool and burned 505 calories.

How It Works

Brown fat is a type of fat that controls body temperature. It burns calories in order to create heat. In cooler temperatures, it must burn even more calories to keep you warm.

Also, when the body is cold, the blood moves closer to the body’s core to keep vital organs warm. This speeds up the functioning of the heart and lungs, which also contributes to calorie burn.

Other Benefits of Swimming

In addition to speeding up calorie burn, swimming also provides the following benefits:

●      It boosts the immune system: The changing conditions cold water provides increases white blood cell count to boost immunity.

●      It improves circulation: The cold water improves circulation by forcing blood to the surface to warm extremities.

●      It gives you a natural high: Exercise, and swimming in particular, is known to boost endorphins to provide a natural high and minimize depression.

●      It increases libido: Cold water was once thought to be, well, a damper in the libido department. But current studies show it can actually boost estrogen and testosterone to increase fertility and libido.

●      It reduces stress: Studies have shown that cold water swimmers are calmer and more relaxed.

Other Ways to Burn Calories

If you are really focused on losing weight, there are plenty of supplements that can make your exercise even more effective. The Nutri-Dyn Ultimate Fat Burner is one that is recommended.

The Nutri-Dyn brand is committed to providing quality nutraceuticals that boost health and longevity. Their ultimate fat burner is an all-natural supplement that contains L-carnitine, chromium picolinate and African mango, all of which help promote weight loss. It is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy free, and vegetarian. 

Hopefully this article has provided an answer to the question, does swimming in cold water burn more calories? The drop in temperature makes your body work harder to help you achieve your fitness goals. In combination with a healthy diet and the right supplements, you should be in great shape in no time.

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Are Pets Allowed in Beauty Salons? (And Other Salon Etiquette)

Nowadays, there is a huge emphasis on animal rights. As a result, we see more people bringing their dogs into stores and businesses.

However, many people will question the legality of bringing pets into these places. While different people will have different opinions about having animals around while going about their business, it’s important to know how the law weighs in on all this.

This article will focus on the spa and salon industry answering the question, are pets allowed in beauty salons?

Are Pets Allowed In Beauty Salons?

It is not unusual to see a pet in a beauty salon. Owners, in particular, may choose to bring them in rather than leave them at home during their workday. As long as the animal is well behaved, it’s likely that customers will not have any problem with this.

However, the State Board of Cosmetology and the Board of Consumer Affairs have specific rules and regulations stating that animals are not allowed in a salon at any time with the exceptions of service dogs.

Customers should also be aware that service dogs and emotional support animals are two different things and while service dogs are allowed in salons, emotional support animals are not.

Service dogs are classified in the following categories:

●      Hearing Alert: These dogs will alert owners of sounds if you are hard of hearing.

●      Guide: Guide dogs help guide owners who have difficulty seeing.

●      Medical Assist: This type of dog can help alert others if owners are in physical danger due to a health issue.

●      Mobility: Mobility dogs provide physical support if owners have difficulty getting around.

●      Psychiatric Service Animal: PSA’s are helpful if you have an emotional disability that gets in the way of performing life tasks. These dogs will help owners perform these tasks.

●      Seizure Alert: These dogs are trained to look for signs of a seizure and alert others if their owner is having one.

Emotional support animals, on the other hand, mitigate emotional symptoms associated with the owner’s disorder. These animals do not need to be trained to perform any specific task to help with the owner’s condition. They are allowed on planes and can help owners qualify for no-pet housing but no other special accommodations need to be made by other businesses.

Other Forms of Spa Etiquette

If you frequent salons and want to be well liked by the people who work there, not bringing a pet will be a good first step. Here are some other things you can do to earn brownie points. 

●      Tip: Salon workers expect to be tipped –  15-20% tip is typical.

●      Show Up on Time: Salons work on a schedule. If you don’t show up on time, don’t expect to get your full treatment.

●      Cancel Your Appointment: Most spas have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you don’t provide enough notice for your cancellation, you may be charged.

●      Turn off Your Cell Phone: In most instances, it will be considered rude to answer your cell phone in the middle of your service. It’s best to turn it off all together.

Now that you know the answer to the question, are pets allowed in beauty spas, and know the basic rules of spa etiquette, you’re ready to book your next appointment. What service will you be getting?

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How to Grow Mustard Seeds Indoors

Mustard seeds are known for giving a slight spicy kick to foods. They can be eaten raw and added to salads and other dishes or they can be roasted to bring out their flavor and made into sauce.

Mustard seeds are also quite good for you. They are rich in manganese, calcium, omega 3s, iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. They are good for skin and for digestion. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and have been known to be beneficial in reducing the severity of asthma attacks and rheumatoid arthritis.

Considering the health and taste benefits mustard seeds provide, it is no wonder why you will want to have some on hand at all times. And what better way to do that than to grow your own at home? Read on to find out how to grow mustard seeds indoors.

How to Grow Mustard Seeds Indoors

Here are the steps you will need to take:

1.         Start with a tray of pre-moistened soil.

2.         Take one tablespoon of mustard seeds and evenly spread them over the soil.

3.         Take some pre-sifted soil and sprinkle it over the seeds so you get a thin but even layer. Pat the soil down gently.

4.         Now take a humidity dome and put it on top of the tray making sure the two vents on top are closed. Keep the dome on for 2 to 3 days, or until you start seeing the seeds sprout through.

5.         Once you start seeing your seeds poke through, you can put them in a cultivator if you have one. If you don’t have a cultivator, simply put them in a warm, sunny spot. Seeds should be watered every four days.

6.         After about 2 weeks, seeds should be ready to harvest.

Harvesting Mustard Greens

It is best to harvest mustard greens when they’re fresh, so start immediately at that two week mark. At this point, your plants should be 3 – 6” long.

To harvest, simply pick the plants from the tray and snip off the outer leaves of the plant discarding any yellow leaves you find.

Once seeds are harvested, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you are not planning on eating them that soon, you can store them in the freezer for longer periods of time.

Note: If the environment gets too hot, the plants will begin to seed and grow a flower stalk. This means no new plants will grow.

At this point, you can either dig up the plant or leave it there to seed. Once the seed pod on the plant dries, you can collect the seeds to start the process all over again.

It is best to collect the seeds before the pod splits open. However, seeds that disperse into the soil will probably begin growing on their own in time.

Now that you know how to grow mustard seeds indoors, how will you be using them to add flavor to your dishes and boost your health?

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How to Get More Focused on Fitness After Pregnancy

The old saying is true, a woman’s body is never quite the same after pregnancy. This is not always a bad thing. Some women develop a physique that is shapelier than ever.

On the other hand, others may struggle to get into shape. The stomach area in particular, can be problematic. Once skin is stretched out it can be hard to get those abs firmed up again.

Many will be eager to get their bodies back, but this can be hard to do when you are trying to take care of a new baby. However, women who are committed will be able to find the time. Read on to find some tips that are valuable for women getting focused on fitness after pregnancy. 

3 Ways to Get Focused on Fitness

Take the Baby with You

Babies need fresh air. Taking walks with your baby is the perfect way to get fit.

Some women will even take their babies along on jogs and runs. However, it’s important to realize that high intensity exercises are not recommended for women who just gave birth. Therefore, you might want to wait a few weeks before you are ready for intense workouts. 

Another option for taking your baby with you while exercising is stroller fitness. These are classes that allow moms to take their babies along. They will get a chance to socialize with other new mothers while finding intensity level options that are right for them.

Insist on Some Me Time

While it is possible for mothers to take their babies along while they exercise, me-time is important too. If you are focused on fitness and have friends and relatives that are available to help out, don’t be afraid to ask them to step in. It’s likely they will enjoy spending time with your child.

While they are watching your child, take some time to exercise and while you’re at it, why not throw in a bit of shopping and an hour or so at the spa?

Try to Get Some Sleep

Many new mothers are sleep deprived and that just isn’t good for fitness. A lack of sleep makes you feel less motivated to work out, and even if you force yourself to exercise, you will be sluggish and won’t get the most out of the activity. Beyond that, a lack of sleep can also affect your physical and mental health which is not good for you or your baby.

If you have a partner that can help you out, try caring for the baby in shifts. If possible, have one parent stay up late with the baby while the other wakes up early. That way, each of you can get a few hours of solid sleep. 

And once again, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help. See if you can get someone to watch your baby so you can get some nap time.

Getting focused on fitness after pregnancy is not easy, but if you have the right mindset and a good support team, eventually you will be able to get back in shape. Take it slow and you are sure to start seeing results in no time.

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