What Do Labor Contractions Feel Like

Contractions are the most painful process of the pregnancy but do not worry if you know in advance. Women have to experience such conditions to have a healthy baby.

But in general, what do they feel like if labor contractions during pregnancy? If you feel something like contractions, you do not have to harry to run somewhere, because they are still very feeble, but the feeling is – if you have PMS, pulling the stomach, somehow it hurts waist. When battles to behave calmly, do not panic and do not cheat yourself, such as, “how can I face,” Calm down, parents, and if this is the first child, the circumstances under good seven hours just parents.

So, it took another two hours and the contractions become frequent, it is time to take a bag and forth, in a maternity home. There you will draw up, will do all that is needed for delivery and sent to the ward, waiting for the start. When the contractions become more frequent and more painful, try to breathe properly, namely a nose to inhale and exhale mouth, you’ll see that it’s easier. Mouth breathing can you override the child oxygen, and it has a lack of oxygen – it is born purple, you do not want to! Do you feel that you have PMS, but a thousand times more painful, but you are a strong woman.

Doctors will come to watch how the disclosure in the womb, listening to the heartbeat of the child, well, and of course you have to comfort and tell jokes. When battles recommended more walking and do not drink the water, but see for yourself, of course liters of drinking water is not necessary, but in the prone position, you may find it easier to transfer it all.

Then, when the disclosure would be 10 cm, and attempts to start, but that’s all it is time to family room, and everything happens quickly.

Council for future mums: Listen to whatever the doctor tells you and you give birth very quickly and without additional pain. I wish you light delivery and healthy babies! I think this article will help you to do everything in right way and to prepare yourself for the best moment of your life.

Increase Vertical Jump Exercises

Increase Vertical Jump Exercises – List Of Top 55 Will Give You Ridiculous Hops

If you have been looking for a list of exercises to jump higher that will increase your vertical jump fast, then look no further.

This is a  list of amazing jumping exercises that has everything you need to train your body to jump higher.

It is very important to know that in order to increase your vertical jump, you need to train and strengthen your ENTIRE body.

You see, jumping high requires almost every muscle in your body to perform at peak performance.

In other words, you can’t just focus and train one area of your body such as your lower body, and think your going to dramatically improve your vertical.

You have to remember that your entire body is nothing more than a three linked chain.  Your upper body, core, and lower body.

All three of these areas require equal emphasis in your training!

If you have a WEAK LINK in your chain, you will not increase your vertical jump much at all.

Eventually the weakest link in your chain will break and you will get injured.


Here it is, a list of the top increase vertical jump exercises that work the WHOLE body and will get you flying high – FAST.

1.  Box Jumps                                                31.  Hanging Bent Leg Raises

2.  Reactive Jumps                                        32.  Lunges

3.  Sitting Jumps                                            33.  Bench Press

4. Spring Hops                                               34.  Dumbbell Rows

5.  Bounding                                                   35.  Push Jerk

6.  Depth Jump Landings                              36.  Dips

7.  Split Squats                                               37.  Military Press

8.  Vertical Jumps                                          38.  Lat Pull Downs

9.  Jump Squats                                             39.  2 Way Arm Raises

10.  Burpees                                                   40.  Romanian Deadlifts

11.  Tuck Jumps                                             41.  Glute-Ham Raises

12.  Bulgarian Split Squats                           42.  Hanging Belt-Leg Raises

13.  Squats                                                      43.  Elevated Split Squats

14.  Stiff Leg Deadlifts                                   44.  Cable Pullovers

15.  Pull-Ups                                                   45.  Split Lunge Jump

16.  Push Press                                              46.  Heavy Step Ups

17.  Decline Bench Press                              47.  Hanging Speed Scissor-Leg Raises

18.  Bent-Over Dumbbell Lateral Raises     48.  Subparallel (ATG) Squats

19.  Push-Ups                                                 49.  Yielding Isometric Squats

20.  Bent-Over Barbell Rows                        50.  Good Mornings

21.  Dead Lifts                                                51.  Pistol Squats

22.  Box Squats                                              52.  Hang Snatches

23.  Power Cleans                                         53.  Reverse Crunches

24.  Power Snatches                                     54.  Sit-Ups

25.Flying Step-Ups                                        55.  Superman Holds

26.  Plank

27.  Side Plank

28.  V-Ups

29.  Hanging Leg Raises

30.  Sprinter Sit-Ups

Remember…Train the whole body – Get your 3 links (upper body, core, lower body) strong and explosive and you will be amazed at the results!

Watch the video to discover how Adam, a frustrated farm boy from Virginia turned his hatred for his lack of athleticism into a 50 inch running vertical leap (only 5′-10″ and can touch his head on the rim).

He became winner of a Powerade Dunk Contest that landed him his very own Powerade Commercial that aired live on ESPN!

He did this using every one of the exercises on the list.

This list of exercises will increase your vertical jump… and it may just change your life as it did for Adam.

Proposed Corporate Incentives for Wellness Programs

Corporate incentives for employers offering wellness programs???? If healthier employees and reduced health insurance claims is not enough for an employer to start their own worksite health promotion program then maybe offering a corporate tax incentive program would be.

Corporate IncentivesLast year two senators proposed to create a “Healthy Workforce Act” bill that would hopefully encourage businesses to keep employees healthy and prevent disease among their workforce.

Senator Gordon Smith, Iowa and Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa would like to propose future legislation that gives employers a 50% tax credit if they implement a worksite wellness program to help control costs.

Of course employers will need to meet certain criteria for this credit which includes the following important components:

A health education and awareness campaign, which would involve implementation of a health risk appraisal, health screenings, and biometric testing.

Behavioral change programs–such as wellness coaching/counseling, presentations, seminars, or self-help materials to encourage healthier lifestyles among employees.

Supportive environment-involves inclusion of employee incentives for participation like reduction in health insurance premiums, allowing time for participation in programs during work hours, and providing healthier choices onsite.

Creation of a wellness committee–that would be responsible for tailoring programs to fit the needs of the organization and the employees.

As a professional in corporate health, I think this is a great first step in improving our health care system and encouraging employers to take responsibility for the health of their employees. If this legislation is passed, I believe this is another way to help remove one of the health promotion challenges most employers face which is finding funding to support wellness initiatives.

Giving employers a tax incentive allows them designate more funding to the development of a sound wellness program and continuation of effective programs. Of course I hope that employers will initiate a program even if this bill is not passed.

Recipe Granola Bars

I have been trying to make snacks for my little ones that are healthy and not processed that they will actually eat.  I have a picky three year old and not so picky one year old so the best non-fruit/veggie snacks are handheld like crackers, cookies, and bars.  I’ve tried a few things that didn’t turn out but I finally got a keeper with these granola bars.  I will likely leave out the whole flax seeds next time and use flax eggs instead.


3.5 cups of regular rolled oats
1 cup of nuts (I used a combo of cashews, almonds, and pecans)
3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
2/3 cups of unsweetened coconut
2/3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1/3 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
? teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
? cup of coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk)


Combine oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut in a large bowl then spread on a cookie sheet and toast for 10 minutes at 350 degrees – stirring at 5 minutes.  Cool.

Combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt then set aside.

Combine sugar, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, and milk then combine dry ingredients.  Once mixed thoroughly add oat mixture.  Spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet or large cake pan.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, let cool for a few minutes then cut.  Yeilds 20 large bars.

What are your children’s favorite snacks?

Basics of Cord Blood Donation and Storage

New parents are often faced with a tough decision – Should they donate their child’s cord blood, or store it in case the child needs it one day?

Cord blood is a potential treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and several other diseases. You can see a list of conditions that can be treated with cord blood and/or bone marrow here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is not recommending cord-blood-banking as “biological insurance” (for future self-use). Costs are relatively high, and it is difficult to predict what percentage of children will need the blood. The AAP also warns that:

The policy also points out that if cord clamping is done too soon after birth, the infant may be deprived of a placental blood transfusion, resulting in lower blood volume and increased risk for anemia later in life. (scroll down for source)

Here are some good resources if you are looking into storing or donating your child’s cord blood, or you just want to learn about this interesting issue:

AAP Cord Blood Statement – The AAP’s statement against “cord blood banking for future transplantation”.
Cord Blood FAQs – From Marrow.org, the National Marrow Donor Program.
About.com article – Deciding whether or not to bank cord blood, good overview and pros & cons.
Cordblood.com – The Cord Blood Registry