You Should Know
Try munching on sesame seeds. That’s right; these humble seeds can be used to gently remove plaque and tarter without damaging teeth. Simply pop a handful of sesame seeds into your mouth and chew them up, but don’t swallow them. Then dry brush your teeth with your toothbrush while the seeds are still in your mouth. They will act as a scrub and delicately scour the surface of stained teeth. Who knew?
If you simply must clean while you’re pregnant, choose non-toxic or organic brand cleaners. Avoid mold cleaners, oven cleaners and Clorox bleach altogether. It’s important to steer clear of dangerous chemicals and overpowering, toxic fumes during this fragile period of development. Most likely, your heightened sense of smell won’t let you near them anyway. It’s just one of the wonderful ways our bodies know how to keep us safe… even if we (or our nesting instincts) don’t. Nauseous are we?
Don’t put your baby’s feeding spoon in your mouth or offer your baby a bite from yours. Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed through mom’s saliva into baby’s mouth. That’s one thing we don’t want to give our babies! Since decay can happen as soon as baby teeth first appear, it’s just best to keep our silverware separate.
Marriage is hard. Marriage with children - harder. But don’t despair. Studies of successful, happily married couples with children show that embracing an ethic of “marital generosity” (of putting your spouse’s welfare first) results in happier marriages. The kicker is that both husband and wife must embrace the ethic and work to serve each other in small, but meaningful ways - like making a yummy cup of coffee in the morning or giving a back rub at night. Regular date nights, shared housework, commitment, and a shared faith help too.