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For us, our son will always be called Friday

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Is it safe to take sleeping pills during pregnancy?

While it's best not to take prescription sleeping pills regularly when you're pregnant (especially in the first and third trimesters), occasional use of some sleep medications is considered safe. Here's the deal.

The over-the-counter antihistamines diphenhydramine and doxylamine are safe at recommended doses during pregnancy, even for extended periods. (These are the ingredients found in Benadryl, Diclegis, Sominex, and Unisom, for example.)

The only caveat is: If you take diphenhydramine, don't take it with Restoril (temazepam). The combination of these drugs has been linked to stillbirth, so you'll want to wait until the first drug is out of your system before taking the other one. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out how long this will take for you.

If you're suffering from severe insomnia or anxiety, your healthcare provider may recommend that you take a prescription sleep medication. If you're considering taking one, you and your doctor will have to weigh the risks and benefits and determine exactly how often it's safe for you to take it. Here's what we know.

A 2015 research analysis suggested that two types of sleeping pills – benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines – could raise the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, small-for-gestational-age infants, and cesarean birth. Studies have also raised the possibility that using these medications while pregnant could cause breathing problems in newborns.

Benzodiazepines used for sleeping are Restoril (temazepam), ProSom (estazolam), Dalmane (flurazepam), Doral (quazepam), and Halcion (triazolam). Nonbenzodiazepines include Ambien (zolpidem), Imovane (zopiclone), Lunesta (eszopiclone), and Sonata (zaleplon).

There are also three barbiturates used as sleep aids: amobarbital, pentobarbital, and secobarbital. Although the data are limited, birth defects have been reported with amobarbital when it was taken in the first trimester. In addition, using any barbiturate near delivery can cause sedation in the newborn that can last for several days.

Other prescription sleeping pills include Chloralum (chloral hydrate), Amidate (etomidate), Rozerem (ramelteon), Belsomra (suvorexant), and Hetlioz (tasimelteon). The risk of these drugs in pregnancy is not known but could be similar to those observed with the benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, and barbiturates discussed above.

Avoid taking prescription sleeping pills during late pregnancy. There have been cases of breathing and muscle tone problems reported in infants exposed to these medications at that time.

Finally, be aware that taking more than the recommended dose of any sleep medication can harm you and your developing baby. For example, high doses of diphenhydramine have caused uterine contractions that may lead to uterine rupture or placental abruption.

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The best children's stories for Christmas 2017

We invite you to read the best selection of children's stories that talk about Christmas. They are stories for children whose protagonists are characters such as Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, cookies that come to life, old misers that become generous or nutcrackers that come to life.

On our site we have prepared a series of children's stories for Christmas 2017They are stories full of emotion, adventures and experiences but, above all, full of values ​​so that children learn to be better people every day.

This Christmas 2017 we want to give you the best children's stories so that you can read them with your children and talk about the main values ​​they transmit, values ​​such as solidarity, kindness, respect or tolerance.

The true story of Santa Claus

Surely your children have asked you, who is this man with the white beard? That grandfather to whom children from all over the world write a letter telling him how they have behaved and asking him for a gift for Christmas 2017? This children's story tells their story.

Story about the birth of Jesus

If you want to explain to your children what is the root of Christianity, how Jesus was born and what happened on the magical night of December 24, many, many years ago, we suggest that you read this Christmas story.

The star of Bethlehem

It will be one of the star stories at Christmas 2017. A children's story inspired by that star that shone more than any other, and that was in charge of pointing out the place where the baby Jesus had just been born.

Rudolph's Reindeer Christmas Carol

Do you know Rudolph? He is the best known and most charismatic reindeer of Santa Claus and is that, he is the only one who had a red nose and the last one who pulled the sleigh. You can read his story summarized in this short Christmas story.

The boy who wants it all

Once upon a time, a kid who wanted dozens of presents for Christmas, didn't settle for 1 or 2 ... he wanted 25, minimum. How did your parents convince you not to be so capricious and selfish and learn to be more generous?

A Christmas present

This story is not collected by bookstores, nor is it a traditional Christmas story, however, it is one of the favorite Christmas stories of the readers of our site. A story written by a mother for her little ones.

A perfect christmas

If your child finds it difficult to share his things with others, we suggest that you read this excellent Christmas story about humility and generosity.

Christmas in the woods

A nice story written by a reader of our site that talks about the negative effects of envy. An ideal Christmas story for this Christmas 2017.

A Christmas Carol: The Snowman

A story full of values ​​to read to our children. This Christmas story tells the story of a snowman who lived alone, but one day he decided to see how happy a family was, he wanted to be with them.

The box of kisses

On our site we have selected this story as one of the best for Christmas 2017 because of the important lesson it transmits to children. And it is that, it tells the story of a girl who knew how to teach her family that love is above any material good.

There are stories that, Christmas after Christmas, are the ones that children like the most. They are folk tales, some of them are hundreds of years old, and yet they are still being read.

Charles Dickens Christmas Carol

It is one of the most popular stories every Christmas, this Christmas 2017 too. It tells the story, many times covered, of an old miser who is visited by three ghosts during a Christmas season.

Traditional tales: Nutcracker

The original title is The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, a fairy tale that was adapted by Alexander Dumas. It is also one of the most represented ballets. Do you know the Christmas story of this little nutcracker?

The Gingerbread Man

One of the most traditional and popular stories in the United States. One of the best children's stories for Christmas as children learn that you don't always win.

Christmas Folk Tale: The Little Match Girl

It is also known as The Little Match Girl and is a classic children's story written by Hans Christian Andersen. Although it has a sad ending, we can extract a moral from the story: we have to be more compassionate towards those who are less fortunate than us.

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