Understanding Fetal Movement during Pregnancy

Feeling your infant action for the very first time is a magical minute. What starts as a scarcely apparent flutter quickly becomes a full-on kick as your youngster starts to make her presence felt and by the end it can feel as if she is dancing a jig inside you. You will most likely also view a foot or a hand making out from time to time in the final maternity stages – pregnancy miracle.

Having an energetic bump not simply functions as a remarkable way to bond with your baby however it is likewise an excellent indicator that is well inside the bump. So just what should you be feeling as well as when? Right here is what to watch out for with the infant’s movement in maternity.

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When will I feel my infant for the very first time?

If this is your very first maternity, you will probably first really feels something at around the 18 to 20-week mark, although it can be later. However, if you have actually currently had a child, you might begin seeing that tell-tale twinge a little earlier.

What does it seem like?

In the first stage infant’s activities in maternity can feel like a gentle flutter, just like the butterflies in your belly you obtain when you are nervous. By week 24, you ought to be feeling precise kicks in addition to the dizzying squirm as she executes somersaults in all her vacuum. Child is still very small so don’t run scared if you go a few hours and even a number of days without activity At 29 weeks, area is becoming a little bit more confined as you move through the different pregnancy phases and the movements will be smaller sized and also a lot more defined. The child’s activities in pregnancy have the tendency to tail off from week 32 as well as instead of the normal pummeling of little kicks; you will feel a big lurching movement as your child changes position in her cramped quarters.

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Being familiar with your baby’s activity.

Once you have learned to recognize exactly what is a kick (and what just caught the wind is), you will begin to get to know your infant’s program. Some come to be a lot more energetic in the evening as throughout the day they usually sleep as you enter. Others obtain spooked after you eat as the surge in your blood sugar level gives them a rush of power. The same could take place if you are nervous and producing adrenalin. You may even have the ability to realized the routine jerky movement as your child obtains the hiccups.

Suppose the motions quit?

It is typical to not feel your infant relocate constantly. She will certainly often sleep or simply desire a rest. By week 32, your infant’s activities in pregnancy will reduce significantly as room ends up being tight. However, if you observe a continual fall in movements over several days, a large decrease in movements or assume that she has actually quit moving completely; call your midwife or General Practitioner promptly.

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These Hilarious Comics Nail What It’s Like to Live With a Disability in 2016


Two sisters are putting a hilarious spin on the crap people with disabilities have to put up with in 2016. Jessica and Lianna Oddi, two illustrators who use wheelchairs, created a blog called The Disabled Life to show what it’s actually like to deal with everyday situations (including Tinder) when you have a disability.

“To be honest, it really started as a way to share our personal experiences in a funny way,” Jessica told Refinery 29. “But as it continues to grow, our underlying goal is to help make disabilities a common topic. It’s 2016; we can all talk about diversity, share our thoughts, and treat everyone like human beings!” Check out some of the powerful comics below:

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This Woman Is Owning (and Wearing) Every Word Someone’s Said About Her Body


When it comes to our bodies, it seems like everyone has something to say. Even when those remarks are “positive,” they can make us feel like crap— especially since we aren’t asking people for their constant judgment. Plus when the comments are negative, they can lead to a lifelong body-image struggle. That’s why Jojo Oldham, a designer from the U.K., decided to do something about all the things people have said about her body over the years.

She took all the phrases—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and painted them onto a white dress. By wearing and owning them, not only does she looks like a total badass, but she also proves that we are way more then what what people say about our bodies:

Photo: Lucy Ridges You’ll notice that there are both nice (“stunning”) and nasty (“porky”) remarks, and that’s part of what makes it so powerful.

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges As she explains on her blog, Oldham didn’t make this dress for your pity or to show off the more positive comments. Instead, she’s trying to celebrate the newfound love she has for her body and hopes to inspire others to do the same:

“I’ve reached a point in my life where I finally feel at peace with my body. I still long to be in just one photo wearing a sleeveless top where my upper arms don’t look like giant hams. Or to find a pair of denim shorts that my thighs don’t bulge out of like sausage meat making a desperate escape from the confines of its casing. But I am very happy with my lot. I’m healthy (cross fingers touch wood), strong, and have a body that enables me to do all the things I love (dance, walk, wear tropical print jumpsuits, fling kettlebells around, and sit on my arse watching back to back episodes of The Walking Dead). So what if my upper arms continue waving long after my hand has stopped? Those same upper arms enable me to carry massive boxes all by myself, punch punchbags really hard, and wave my arms in the air like I just don’t care for a really long time.

I respect my body and I look after it. Occasionally I test its limits by trying to cram too much pizza or wine into it, or dancing a bit too enthusiastically, but on the whole we’re good. I’ve stopped treating exercise as a means of bullying my body into fitting into things it’s never going to fit into. Now I exercise in celebration of it, not in battle with it.”

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges Oldham also opens up about her own body-image struggles:

“The urge to delete unflattering photos of myself is overwhelming, even when they represent really happy moments which I never want to forget. I had an absolute blast at my wedding. I felt on top of the world and my husband and I loved every minute. But when I first looked at my photos, my stomach lurched. My eyes skipped past the smiling face, knockout dress and movie star hair and all I could see were chins and bellies. Everywhere. I had a go at myself for not sucking my tummy in more and not learning to smile in a more photogenic way when I’m ecstatically happy. Then I got over it. Turns out that when I’m having the best day ever my chins come out. All three of them. And frankly who can blame them. It was one heck of a party.”

jojo oldham dress Photo: Lucy Ridges Her message is one we can all get on board with— loving your body is not easy, but we all deserve to love the person we are right now:

“I’d rather be the me that isn’t afraid to go out or to eat the cheese or drink the wine or do the running man at wholly inappropriate times, than the me who’s half a stone lighter. And if that means I’m never going to find a pair of denim shorts I feel great in, and that my arms are probably always going to look like giant hams in photos, then I’m good with that. Because we should all be able to celebrate and love ourselves without fear of criticism from others, whatever shape or size we are.”

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#WhyWomenDontReport Sexual Assault Is Trending (Thanks, Trump)

In the last few weeks, more than a half dozen women have come forward claiming Donald Trump sexually assaulted them. Most of the alleged incidents happened over a decade ago, leading many to ask: Why are these women coming forward now? First off, women have spoken up about Trump’s inappropriate sexual advances in the past. But there are also plenty of legitimate (and upsetting) reasons victims of sexual assault stay quiet for so long. People are using the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport to share the unfortunate realities that often stop survivors from coming forward. Here are just a few examples:

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Domino’s Shames Women for Eating Salad, and We’re So Not OK With It

Choosing a healthy dinner is hard enough—the last thing you need is someone making you feel sh*tty about that decision. That’s exactly what happens in Domino’s latest commercial announcing its new salad menu. The pizza chain’s ad implies that people who opt for mixed greens over a slice (or two) are the worst. See for yourself:

We get the ad is supposed to be over the top, but it shouldn’t make people feel ashamed about eating greens. And we couldn’t help but notice women were the only ones ordering salads in the ad, sending the not-so-subtle sexist message that it’s just females who want or need to eat healthy. Domino’s should be advocating that a balanced life includes pizza and salad—the company want to sell you both, after all.

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Woman Shamed for Getting Dessert, Because Apparently That’s Everyone’s Business


It’s so messed up that we live in a world where people think it’s OK to comment on what we choose to eat. (Are you sure you want another slice of cake?) Rebecca Jane Stokes, an editor at Your Tango, experienced this firsthand while traveling home on the train with a bag of Insomnia Cookies (um, yum!).

Another rider approached her and said, “You’re so lucky, just eating whatever you want and not caring. I’m a dancer so I can’t do that.” Did this woman think she was giving Stokes a compliment? Did she expect Stokes to saying something like: ‘Yes, it’s so freeing just letting yourself go’?

The comment caught Stokes off guard (who expects to get called out for walking around with cookies?), but then her thoughts started swirling. She perfectly nails all of the things you want to say to someone who body shames you in public in an essay she wrote recounting the incident. Here’s an excerpt:

Do I tell her that I first knew I was fat when I was 7?

Do I tell her I saw my first nutritionist, started counting calories, and working out at the gym when I was 12?

Do I tell her that even on my good days I don’t look in the mirror and automatically like what I see there?

Do I tell her that every day is a battle to love myself?

Do I tell her that I’m still half convinced the last guy I dated didn’t want me in the end because I was too fat?

Do I tell her that the fact I am on a subway carrying a box of cookies is one of the bravest things I’ve ever done?

Do I tell her that she has just made one of my biggest nightmares come true?

Do I get snotty and say I can tell that she doesn’t eat much because of her wrinkled skin?

I am professionally glib. I’m a writer. I’m witty all day, or at least, I try to be. But it was after 10 and I was hot and tired.

So instead I just said “f*ck you” and left it at that.

Then, I shared this story on Facebook. I was touched but not surprised when so many of my friends reached out to express their indignation. I almost didn’t share the story at all, because I didn’t want to appear like I was fishing for what people view as compliments. “You aren’t fat, no!”

I wasn’t looking for false reassurance, I was looking for a place to share my anger.

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#YouGoodMan Reveals the Struggles of Dealing With Anxiety and Depression as a Black Man

Earlier this week, Kid Cudi went public about struggling with depression and anxiety in a sobering Facebook post. The hip-hop artist’s brave move inspired many black men to share their own struggles with mental health, which is often seen as a taboo topic in African-American communities.

There’s power in realizing that anxiety and depression affect everyone—they’re not just “white folk problems.” We can’t say it any better than these men already did:

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11 Easy Moves That Make Running Way Less Miserable


Running can be polarizing—some people love it; others hate it. The most common reasons for shunning running are: it’s boring, you feel slow, or you get injured. All of these are valid. (Seriously, who wants to slog through a bunch of slow, snooze-fest miles just to end up with a bum knee?) But the solution to them is simple: Improve your running form.

“Once you learn how to properly run, how to plant your feet, and how to conserve energy, running isn’t miserable,” says Andia Winslow, a sports performance coach, master certified fitness professional, and professional athlete. “You get faster, you get more out of it, and you can go farther without getting injured, so it’s a hell of a lot more fun.”

We tapped Winslow to create some basic running drills to help you perfect your form and make running fun again. Not only will you learn proper technique, but the moves can also be used as your actual workout. Once you start seeing improvement, you’ll be hooked. Ready to fall in love with running?

How to use this list:

Perform each move below for 25 yards or about 30 seconds (refresher: 1 yard equals 3 feet or one giant step). If you’re not on a track (most outdoor tracks are 440 yards), use a GPS-based running app or simply estimate by using the length of one block.

To create your own workout, choose 5 to 7 of your favorite drills, perform each for 25 yards, jog or walk back to start between drills, and complete 3 to 5 sets. Or try the short but highly effective workout Winslow created at the end of this article.

High Knee

High Knees

You’re probably already familiar with this move; you just want to put a little extra pep in your step. Stand up straight and engage core. Draw right knee up as far as hip flexibility will allow (try to at least get your thigh parallel to the ground) as you lift up onto ball of left foot. Keep right foot flexed so your knee doesn’t collapse when you land. Maintain a straight back and chest without leaning back. Switch legs and repeat while staying on balls of feet and pumping arms like you do when you run. Do this in place and then progress to walking forward.

Make it harder: Run forward with short, very quick steps.

Butt Kick

Butt Kicks

Stand tall with core engaged. Bend right knee to send right heel back to butt, keeping right foot flexed and lifting onto ball of left foot. If you can’t quite tap butt, go as far as you can until you get stronger and more flexible. Switch legs and repeat. Remember to pump arms as they help dictate where your legs go. You can try this in place or walk forward.

Make it harder: Run forward while kicking.

Side Shuffle

Side Shuffles

Stand tall with core engaged and feet more than hip-width apart. Rise onto balls of feet. Using inner thigh, push off with right leg to take a big side step to the left, landing on left foot. Allow right leg to follow and then push off with right leg again. At the same time, swing arms up and overhead (like you’re making a snow angel). Continue to repeat in one direction for 25 yards or around 30 seconds. Then switch directions to engage opposite leg.

Quick Skip

Quick Skips

Remember skipping around as a kid? This is pretty much the same thing. Start by standing tall with core engaged. Lift right knee and rise up onto ball of left foot. Switch legs and repeat. Continue to repeat faster each time while pumping your arms like you would while running. Stay on balls of feet. The emphasis is on speed.



Stand with core engaged. Lift right knee as high as possible (the goal is to get thigh parallel to ground) and rise up onto ball of left foot. With knee still raised, skip a step forward with left foot. Quickly switch legs and repeat while pumping arms. Stay on the balls of your feet and listen to the rhythm (it should sound consistent). If it sounds muffled, you might be letting one of your heels drop.



Stand tall with core engaged. Rise up onto balls of feet. Lift left knee as high as possible toward chest and lower foot back down. Then lift same knee up and allow hip to open (so knee moves out to left) and then lower. Repeat on right leg while pumping arms (this will come naturally). The move will help open your hips to improve your stride.

Straight Leg Bound

Straight Leg Bounds

Stand tall with core engaged so you don’t pitch backward. Lift right leg straight up as you rise onto ball of left foot. Lower onto ball of right foot as you lift left leg straight out. Continue to switch legs as you run forward with straight legs on the balls of your feet and pump arms. As flexibility increases, try to get leg higher without leaning back. You don’t want to look like a drum major here!



This one is all about coordination. Stand tall with core engaged and arms at side. Staying on balls of feet, step left root in front of right. Step right foot to the right. Step left foot behind right. Step right foot to the right. Continue to repeat as you twist your hips and dance your arms (kind of like a grapevine dance step). Your core and obliques will create torque and open up hips. If you’re intimidated or find this tricky, try repeating this in your head: “Step in front, step behind, step in front, step behind,” and so on. Repeat for 25 yards or 30 seconds in one direction and then reverse, leading with the opposite foot.

Power Skip

Power Skips

Whereas quick skip was all about speed, this one is all about power. Lift right knee, bound up, and skip forward. Repeat with left knee while pumping arms. Aim for a 90-degree angle with your ankle, knee, hip, and elbow. When you lift off the ground, drive off ball of foot with torso erect and eyes and chest up. Your body line will follow your eye line. Swing elbows back to get more leg power. (Imagine there’s a brick wall behind you and you’re trying to knock the bricks out with your elbows.)



This is like an exaggerated run. Similar to the move above, you want to generate power and forward momentum with every step. Just like you would when you run, lift right knee and use left foot to launch into the air. Land on ball of right foot and repeat with left knee as you pump arms. When you’re in the air, hold the position to maintain the angles.

Leg Swing

Leg Swings

Stand facing a wall, table, or railing for support. Lift off left heel and dangle right leg to create freedom. Swing right leg out to right then across to left while keeping hips square for 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat on opposite side. As you get stronger and more flexible, you’ll be able to swing leg higher. The rhythm is like a swing set or a metronome.

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Special thanks to Andia Winslow, sports performance coach and certified fitness professional, for curating and modeling these exercises for us. She wears a Lululemon top, her own Under Armour shorts, and Mizuno Wave Catalyst running sneakers. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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Life After GreatistYou: Catching Up With Our Contestants

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Can you believe it’s over? Watching our contestants get through six weeks of personal goal-crushing has been inspiring, fun, and informative. We’re proud of each and every one of them! Now it’s time for one final check-in to see how they’re doing.

  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are still feeling that sense of accomplishment that comes from running a six-plus-mile race like it’s nothin’ at all. They hope to keep up with their running routine, as well as all the other healthy habits they formed.
  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is trying to get back on track after a Panda Express run and a battle with his pants. Don’t let your pants tell you how to live, Brandon; show them who’s boss!
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is loving every minute of her post-Whole30 brunch. But she’s not straying too far from her new way of eating. Eggs and spinach over an English muffin is leaps and bounds better than, say, a big pile of syrup-soaked pancakes. Keep it up!
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is finally relaxing after beating people up last weekend. She’s long overdue for some rest, so we hope she spends the weekend chilling out with a Camelbak full of ice-cold white wine. Just kidding, you probably shouldn’t do that. Probably.


  • Our beloved mentor, Jessi (@greatistmentor), came by Greatist HQ to chat with us about the first season. Check out the video to get her take on the competition.

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Why We Screw Things Up When Life Is Good


No Regrets With Susie Moore Have you ever heard of the Oscar Curse? Neither had I until I read an article about how many actors’ careers are plagued after winning the golden statuette.

What!? Wouldn’t logic dictate otherwise? Curious, I Googled around and found many other articles, everywhere from Vogue to the New York Post, confirming this theory. (Halle Berry and Adrien Brody are two often-cited examples.) How can this be?

After more research, I made a connection to a popular self-help theory: Self-sabotage is most common when life is at its best. In The Big Leap, best-selling author Gay Hendricks calls this the “upper-limit problem.”

We do something—entirely subconsciously—that cools our bliss and halts our forward trajectory.

What this means is we only feel comfortable with things going really well in our lives for a certain period of time. When we hit our set threshold of happiness, something inside of us says, You don’t deserve to be this happy, and we do something—entirely subconsciously—that cools our bliss and halts our forward trajectory.

Here are a few common examples:

  • A successful entrepreneur sells a company at profit and then announces he’s getting a divorce.
  • A woman falls in love and gets married but experiences drama with family or close friends.
  • A politician finally hits career milestone and then binges on drugs or alcohol, or has an affair.

This isn’t intentional. Most people don’t mean to screw things up on purpose. But sometimes, our sneaky, fundamental human fears get in the way. Hendricks says this type of self-sabotage is rooted in four hidden barriers that prevent us from fully enjoying success.

  1. Feeling fundamentally flawed: This belief tells you to play it safe because you don’t deserve to be rich/happy/successful. This way, if you fail at something, you fail small.
  2. Disloyalty and abandonment: This belief prevents you from reaching your full potential because it causes you to feel disloyal to your roots. Guilt over leaving behind people from your past or—despite being successful—failing to meet the expectations of your parents causes you hit the brakes and hold yourself back.
  3. Believing success brings a bigger burden: Whenever you have a positive breakthrough, the feeling that your success is a burden upon others dampens it.
  4. The crime of outshining: This barrier is common among gifted and talented children and continues into adulthood. Innate skills are accompanied by a feeling of, “Don’t shine too much—you’ll make other people feel bad or look bad.”

Do any of these feel familiar? Do you ever experience guilt for “doing better” than your parents, outshining a sibling or friend, or feel scared when things are going too well because deep down you may not “deserve it”? Knowledge of these fundamental fears allows us to help release their power over us.

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Next time life is going swimmingly for you, but suddenly the upper-limit problem creeps up, ask yourself:

  • How am I getting in my own way right now?
  • How much love/success/happiness am I willing to let myself experience?
  • What harmful belief(s) can I release in this moment?

This theory of the upper-limit problem has manifested in my own life more than once (now that I am aware of it). When my business is going great, I realize that I tend to initiate fights with my husband. Whenever I get great news, I tend to overindulge—in partying, shopping, or eating sugary stuff.

Now, I’m able to recognize the feeling of This is too good to be true—it can’t last! and the inner pull to bring myself back to a familiar emotional set point of good instead of great. I try to identify my self-sabotaging tendencies as evidence of things going right, not wrong, in my life. This can provide a huge sense of relief!

Where can you increase your happiness tolerance right now? What part of your life can benefit from you kicking off the artificial lid of how good things can be? Understanding that we have limited ourselves can release a new energy in us. We view opportunities differently. We can see the present moment more clearly. We allow (and welcome) the flow of good feelings more fully.

Transcending your upper limits is possible. You can choose an upward spiral. Your very own big leap awaits.

Susie Moore is Greatist’s life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Her new book, What If It Does Work Out?, is available on Amazon now. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

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Hate Trump or Clinton? This Website Uses That Anger to Help You Lose Weight


Setting goals is one thing, but actually sticking to them is, well… yeah. The aptly named website Trump Your Goals is here to help, whether you want to lose weight or run a 5K—albeit in a pretty messed up way.

Here’s how it works: Enter your goal, set the deadline, choose the amount of money you’ll pony up if you fall short, and answer the question: Who do you hate more, Trump or Clinton? If you don’t complete it, the site donates the cash to your least favorite presidential candidate.

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This all sounds pretty backward, and to be fair, there’s not much accountability here. You just have to say you completed your goal—and we know how easy that is.

Science does back up the so-called anti-charity form of motivation. Studies have shown people are more driven by the possibility of a punishment than a reward. There’s also research that supports attaching money to your goals and making them public.

But there are plenty of ways to stick to your goals that don’t involve inadvertently supporting a cause you’re fundamentally against. Apps such as Commit and Strides can keep you on track, or if you’re really the type that needs to put your money where you mouth is, tell a friend you’ll buy them a drink if you fall short. Because life does get in the way, and it’s not worth compromising your values.

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