why you shouldn’t worry about these common pregnancy fears

Pregnancy can be a rollercoaster of intense emotions. You’ll experience a lot of joy and a lot of worries. You’ll feel stressed by planning, the body changes, and the endless list of things to do, and the fact that you’re growing a human life inside you. Being pregnant is a high-stakes thing to do, so it’s normal to feel worried about something going wrong. 

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Some of those fears might be warranted, but many of them are not. These are some of the most common fears that pregnant women have, and how much you should really worry about them. If your fears are taking over, it might help to talk to your midwife or a therapist to get better coping tools. If something does go wrong, you may be able to get help from skilled birth injury attorneys

What If I Accidentally Crush My Baby?

Many women feel scared that they will somehow roll onto their stomach while they’re sleeping and accidentally crush the baby. This fear might seem silly, but it’s a common one. 

The Reality

If you usually sleep on your stomach, it is understandable that you will worry about rolling back to that position in the middle of the night. However, the truth is, you can relax. Your body knows how to protect your growing baby. In the early stages of your pregnancy, it’s actually safe to sleep on your stomach. Once your baby, and your stomach, starts to grow, it won’t be comfortable or possible to lie for a long period on your stomach anyway so it’s likely that any changes in position that you make in your sleep won’t be anywhere near long enough to do any harm to your baby.

What If I Ate Something That Will Harm The Baby?

If you’re reading a lot of pregnancy books, you might also be obsessively reading labels to make sure you aren’t eating things like natural cheese or nitrates or too much caffeine. Many pregnant women worry a lot about what they’re consuming and end up over-researching.

The Reality

You will get a lot of advice about things that you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy, which makes it easy to obsess about everything on your plate. Obviously, it is important to follow the guidelines on what to eat and drink during your pregnancy, but also keep in mind that these lists are made out of caution. Women can get overly worried about making sure they’re doing everything single thing perfectly, when in fact, it’s very unlikely that one mistake will result in any harm to the baby. 

Most warnings are intended to ward off food poisoning, which can cause complications during pregnancy. One of the biggest concerns is listeriosis, a bacterial infection that you can get from eating contaminated cold cuts or hot dogs, but this infection is very rare today. For example, a pregnant woman would need to eat around five million servings of soft cheese before she could get a case of listeria. 

You should avoid problematic foods, such as alcohol, raw meat, raw seafood, and unpasteurized milk and cheese. But if you accidentally ate a piece of unpasteurized brie that you didn’t realize was on your salad, you probably won’t have anything to worry about. 

What If I Lose The Baby?

For most expectant mothers, their biggest fear is a miscarriage. This can be a horrible, constant fear because, at the end of the day, there is nothing much you can do beyond eating healthily and resting to keep your baby safe and healthy. Every moment that you’re still pregnant can make you feel incredibly grateful but doesn’t do anything to ease your fears. 

The Reality

It is very tough to handle the often all-too-real fear of experiencing a loss. Your worries are a natural part of being human and it’s normal and okay to feel worried about it, especially if you or someone you know has been through a miscarriage before. Unfortunately, a loss like this is something that you can’t control or prevent if it’s going to happen. If it does happen to you, remember that you are not alone.

It’s important to know the states. An estimated 1 in 10 clinically recognized pregnancies ends in early loss, with around 80 percent of those losses happening during the first 12 weeks. Bu the time you reach your second trimester, the risk drops to less than 1 percent. So if you have made it past the 14-week milestone, you can probably relax.

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acreage renovation: a relocated dog run

For the past 2.5 years that we have lived on this acreage, our big dog run was located at the front of our property. It was actually one of the selling features of this house! We had never come across a fully fenced acreage, let alone one with a dog run that was bigger than our previous yard.

The dogs used it daily and we loved it. However, as time wore on, we began to rethink its location. Little Truman is a barker and barks and everyone and everything that goes down the road. It’s great for protection, but 99% of the time is unnecessary. Po, on the other hand, does not. Yet when she goes to the bathroom she leaves a huge pile behind. That is also visible to all passerby’s until we cleaned it up.

In order to cut down on the barking and the mess, we decided to move the dog run to the warmest and highest corner of our yard. It was always the place that I had wanted to put chickens, but since we are so undecided about what other animals to bring in, we chose to put the dogs there instead. (And possibly a barn in the future.)

Geoff went to work and set up the posts. He reused the ones we had, and finished the run off with wire fencing. We researched which trees or shrubs to plant for shade and settled on lilac trees.

We aren’t yet done with the planting and what shelters we may be adding, but for now, this is our country dog run. 

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4 benefits of upgrading your commercial lock

Commercial locks are one of the most important things when it comes to security. Upgrading your commercial locks can give you peace of mind. A reliable local locksmith Markham can easily do the job for you.

This article lists the benefits of upgrading your commercial lock.

Ensured security 

Upgrading commercial locks provides better security. They are made to protect buildings and businesses and make it impossible to break in.

As a business owner, your job is not only to make sure your business is well-maintained, but also secure. Having a high-security lock system in place can ease the burden of worrying about security and lets you focus on the other aspects of your business.

Standard pin tumbler locks are a security risk. They are the easiest to manipulate. High-security commercial locks are much more difficult to pick because they use diagonal cuts or biaxial cuts on the pins. By upgrading your locks, you prevent lock-picking intruders from entering your business unauthorized.

Upgraded locks are durable 

Locks should be replaced after some time for the best security, so upgrading your locks gives you a more durable and long-lasting lock. Different locks are more durable than others, so you should choose one that won’t need to be replaced for a longer period of time. This can help save you money in the long run. 

Customizable locks 

Most commercial locks are customizable, meaning they are designed to be customized for various purposes. By upgrading your commercial locks, you can customize your lock based on your needs. 

Rekey options and key tracking 

A lot of commercial locks allow you to reset your locks anytime. If any key is lost or stolen, you can reset your locks by changing the system so that the stolen key will no longer be accepted while the other keys will still work. 

Electric doors with commercial locks allow you to track keys with tracking software. You can administer a key system that lets you keep track of where keys are. This will help you find lost keys and determine which keys can be used where if you have different locks at multiple entry points. The keys provided with commercial locks also can not be duplicated. The best part is that you don’t need any IT specialists to help you, and a reliable locksmith can easily set up the system for you. Then you can just use it efficiently.  

 Using a professional to upgrade your commercial locks is the smartest decision you can make when it comes to security. It is worth the money to invest in a reliable, quality lock system, especially when you think about what is at stake. Moreover, a smart lock might also increase the curb appeal of your business by matching the styles of the windows and doors.  

A quality lock system should last years, and having a professional locksmith install the system ensures you get the most out of the lock system.

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5 uncomplicated ways to make your home safer

The new year: the ideal time to take a look at your home security. It feels good to start in 2021, knowing that our homes and families are safe and secure.

The safety of your home might not be something that comes to mind straight away when making resolutions. Many of us are still in the clutches of winter, with dark and cold nights looming. While it’s a perfect time to make the most of hot drinks and books in front of roaring fires, no-one wants that tarnished with the stress of old locks and security systems. 

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Here are some simple ways to update your home security to feel comfortable in your home through winter, and the new year ahead. 

1. Secure Doors And Windows

Your front door is the most popular way for unwanted visitors to enter. So even though making sure your front door is secure seems almost too simple, it’s the most essential thing on this list. 

Thankfully, it won’t take much effort for you to ensure the frame is strong and the locks are working. You can consider adding in a deadbolt for extra security, or a video doorbell, so you know who’s wanting to enter. If you’re relocating into a new home, it’s a great time to change the locks. That way you know the locks you put in are top of the line. 

Don’t forget your windows! The latches on windows aren’t always the most secure – if the windows are old, they’ll be even more flimsy. You can ramp up window security pretty easy with some new latches. 

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2. Light It Up

Suppose someone’s sneaking onto your property when they shouldn’t be. In that case, they aren’t going to appreciate being in the spotlight when your outdoor floodlights activate. This makes ample outdoor lighting another straightforward way to make your house safer by making it less appealing to burglars. 

Make sure to have lighting cover front and back yards and entry points like the front door and garage. Solar lights are brilliant as they provide just as much coverage while saving you some pennies. If you’re going for something more high tech or mains connected, make sure to hire an experienced electrician. It pays to get them installed properly – plus, expert electricians can give great advice when it comes to choosing the nest product for your needs. 

3. Top Notch Security

Whether your home is new or old, it’ll most likely already have some sort of security system in place. It’s worth taking the opportunity to see if it really gives your home enough protection. There are plenty on options out there when it comes to home security systems. The sheer variety of them means you can choose something that will meet your needs, and tech level, exactly. 

Consider whether you want to install yourself. If you’d prefer a professional installation, it can change what system’s right for you. Most importantly, choose something you’re truly comfortable with. You’ll be the one using it after all!

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4. Get A Safe

Again, this seems pretty simple! But that’s exactly what this list is about – straight forward, easy options for you to feel safer at home. If the worst happens and someone unwanted manages to get inside your home, having a safe will mean those things most valuable to you are protected.

Like all of these suggestions – choose something that fits your life. Think about what’s important to you and the space you’ll need to protect it. Whatever option you go for, there are 3 things you’ll want to look for. Whether the safe is fireproof, waterproof and heavy enough that it can’t just be picked up and walked away with! 

5. Be Concious 

Some of these suggestions might be a little on the expensive side. So if you’re strapped for cash, the best thing you can do is be conscious of your home and surroundings. Knowing every little nook of your home and property leaves you in a better place to protect it. 

Check the perimeter in the evenings, check windows and doors are locked before leaving and know every inch of your property. Most importantly, though, get to know your neighbours! Even if your neighbours aren’t close, they are an invaluable tool for looking out for your home when you’re not around. Plus, it helps build a real sense of community and belonging, which is wonderful to encourage!

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Hopefully, you’ve been empowered to make positive home safety decisions. There’s a little something for everyone, and you can take out as much or as little from it as needed. Here’s to a bright, healthy and safe new year. 

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