Pregnancy Signs, Christmas Shopping & Baking and Daylight Savings Time

15 Nov

Symptoms and Signs of Pregnancy

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or are not sure if you are pregnant, you should know the common signs of pregnancy. Many women don’t recognize these symptoms and signs right away, but the first trimester is a very important one for baby’s development, so the sooner you know that you are pregnant, the sooner a healthy pregnancy can be established.

Common Symptoms and Signs of Pregnancy

There are many symptoms that can indicate you may be pregnant, though some of these symptoms may also occur during your menstrual cycle as well.

  • Tender and swollen breasts: Two weeks after conception, hormonal changes in your body can make your breasts tender or sore. Breasts may also feel heavier and fuller.
  • Fatigue: As the levels of hormones and progesterone soar, you may feel very tired. Lower blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and more blood production can also contribute to fatigue.
  • Minimal bleeding or cramping: This is known as implantation bleeding, when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus lining. It is light bleeding and will be lighter in color than a regular period. Cramping, similar to those of menstrual cramps, is also a common symptom of pregnancy.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting: Also known as “morning sickness,” early pregnancy symptoms often included nausea with or without vomiting.
  • Heightened sense of smell: Many pregnant women are sensitive to certain smells and exposure to certain scents may lead to nausea.
  • Food cravings/aversions:Craving certain foods is common if you are pregnant and so is being turned off by certain foods. These cravings or aversions are most dramatic during the first trimester due to major hormonal changes.
  • Headaches:Increased blood circulation can trigger headaches.
  • Constipation: Increases in progesterone will lead to food passing more slowly through your intestines and may result in constipation.
  • Mood swings: Hormonal changes can increase your chances of becoming overly emotional. Being weepy and emotional is a common sign of pregnancy.
  • Dizziness or fainting: When blood vessels dilate your blood pressure drops and results in lightheadedness or dizziness, and some women even faint. It can also be due to low blood sugar, which is common in early pregnancy.
  • Raised basal body temperature: Your oral temperature first thing in the morning is called your basal body temperature. It raises after ovulation and drops off during your period. If the temperature is at continued elevation, it can be a sign that you are pregnant.

Changes in Appearance May Indicate Pregnancy

Women who suspect they may be pregnant can also be on the lookout for certain changes in their appearance, including the following:  Continue Reading…. Symptoms and Signs of Pregnancy: Are You Pregnant?

Chocolate Truffle Recipe from JR Watkins

Christmas is a special time for baking and trying both new and traditional recipes. From holiday desserts to classic main dishes, Christmas is a festive season full of joy, family, friends and food.

Food and Dessert Recipes from J.R. Watkins for Christmas Holiday Baking

As an Independent Watkins Manager, I try many of the classic Watkins recipes online and give them my own rating. Some recipes I have tried have not turned out according to the directions, perhaps due to my geographic location and elevation. So I like to try the recipes, modify them if needs be and then let my family, friends and customers know about them. This chocolate truffle recipe is delicious and easy to make – they also make great gifts!!! Continue Reading…. Christmas Holiday Baking Recipes: J.R. Watkins Chocolate Truffles

When Does Daylight Savings Time Happen in Canada?

Daylight Saving Time is observed in most of Canada and the United States. It is also observed in many other countries across the world. In the spring, the clocks will go forwards one hour. In the fall, they go back an hour.

Why Daylight Saving Occurs and the Benefits

Most countries participate is Daylight Saving Time to make better use of the evening daylight. The extra hour of daylight is said to have many benefits including:

  • reducing nighttime accidents while driving
  • allowing children more time to play outdoors
  • boosting tourism
  • lowering energy costs

When Does Daylight Savings Time Begin?

It used to begin on the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October, but in 2006 those dates changes. Daylight Saving Time now begins three weeks earlier; on the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of NovemberContinue Reading…. Daylight Saving Time in Canada: When Does it Happen, Where & Why?

Christmas Shopping: Online or In the Stores?

Every year, billions of people are celebrating Christmas and making a list of gifts to buy for family, friends and co-workers. In today’s online world, you don’t have to brave the crowds in stores and venture out to buy Christmas gifts anymore. You can easily buy everything you need online, from the convenience of your home; if you already know what you want to buy everyone for Christmas.

Benefits of Shopping Online for Your Christmas Holiday Gifts

If you already know what you want to buy for the people on your list, shopping online has many advantages over in-store purchasing, like:

  • Ability to price-compare on various stores
  • Avoid the hassle of going out, finding parking, and dealing with crowded stores
  • Less chance of other impulsive purchases
  • Shipping right to your door
  • Access to unique items that others may not have or buy already

But there is also a downside to online shopping like:

  • Items may get back-ordered and you may be scrambling for a gift last minute
  • Sales may be better in the stores and not reflected online
  • You don’t get to physically see or touch the product
  • Product may arrive damaged during shipping and leave you in a hurry to replace it
  • If you get gift-wrapping option you don’t even get to see the product as it will already be wrapped when it’s delivered to you
  • Can be more costly on delivery charges, especially if you buy from many online stores

Continue Reading…. Christmas Holiday Shopping Benefits: Online or In the Stores?


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