Is it normal to be pregnant for weeks with no morning sickness?

Is It Normal to be Pregnant for Weeks with No Morning Sickness?

A pregnant woman would want her and her baby’s condition to be as healthy as possible. One of the typical signs of pregnancy is feeling morning sickness or nausea, and also vomiting. However, what if you’re pregnant but you don’t feel nausea? Does it mean that your pregnancy is not healthy?

What Causes Nausea in Pregnancy (Morning Sickness)?

While the exact causes of morning sickness in pregnancy is not yet known, it is strongly believed to be connected to two important hormones: human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen.

hCG hormone is produced in early pregnancy by cells that form part of the placenta. Good pregnancy development depends on sufficient levels of hCG.

During pregnancy, hCG levels will increase, causing nausea and morning sickness for some women. This happens for up to nine weeks of pregnancy, then it will begin to fall. The placenta will then produce increasing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones, which will take over the job of maintaining your pregnancy at 12 weeks to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Levels of hCG will fall again to much lower levels, which is why at around 16 weeks to 20 weeks of pregnancy most pregnant women would no longer experience nausea or morning sickness.

Estrogen is also associated with an increased frequency of nausea and vomiting.

Do These Hormones Always Cause Nausea (Morning Sickness)?

Some women are more sensitive to nausea than others. Those who have had nausea before being pregnant, will be more prone to morning sickness during pregnancy.

But since this is different for every woman, it is normal to be pregnant and experience little or no morning sickness at all.

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What is the Best Laptop for My Daughter for College?

What is the Best Laptop for My Daughter for College?

Nowadays, it’s hard to do school homework without a laptop. So what happens when your daughter goes to college? No matter what major she takes, today’s college student life is even more digitalized, with students assignments given online by professors, your daughter will need to do various research and write her papers using a good computer. A laptop is light enough to carry anywhere while being very functional. Most modern laptops for students have a stylish look and come in a selection of colors, so there is always a way to suit your daughter’s style.

1. Check Your Daughter’s Choice

First, you need to check if your daughter has made up a choice or a selection of choices. She may have been browsing herself or want a laptop similar to her friend’s. As she will use it pretty much everyday and a laptop is a very visible part of college student life, she must be comfortable with the laptop being around her most of the time.

2. Select The Laptop Brand(s)

There are macOS laptops from Apple and there are Windows laptops from PC makers. With Apple, the choice boils down to MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro. Good PC brands include Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Asus. Generally, unless her study requires specific software that are only available exclusively for macOS or Windows, the choice comes down to personal preference. Creative & Arts majors will usually use MacBooks due to better support of software for graphic design and music. Some branches of engineering require Windows-only software to be installed.

3. Select Specifications That Are Needed

In general, digital arts & design, science, and engineering majors will require better processing power, than a major in literature or public relations. The 3 most important specifications that you should know are: processor, RAM (memory), and storage type.

Intel processors come in Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/m3, Core i5/m5, and Core i7/m7 variants, in order of performance (and price). Avoid the Celeron and Pentium ones as they don’t have necessary performance for school or college work. A laptop with Intel Core i3/m3 processor is good budget for many student purposes. If your daughter’s study requires better performance, I recommend at least a Core i5/m5 processor or you can go for Core i7/m7 one if you have the budget. There are also processors from AMD brand, with similar performance to Intel ones but with less expensive pricing.

RAM starts at 4 GB which is adequate for basic tasks like web browsing, watching videos, and writing assignments, but for convenient usage your daughter may need 8 GB RAM. Heavy usage will require 16 GB of RAM.

As for storage, most laptops come with 1 TB of spinning/regular hard drive called HDD, which is good enough for most tasks. However, if budget allows it, it’s always a good idea to upgrade to an SSD based storage, which is much faster (about 5x times faster than HDD). The minimum SSD storage size needed for practical usage is 256 GB, and you can upgrade to 512 GB or 1 TB SSD.

As for price, MacBook laptops tend to be pricier for the similar specifications than Windows laptops. However, price shouldn’t be the only deciding factor here. As there are valid reasons to require a MacBook laptop, especially usage of Mac-specific software.

Best Laptops for Your Daughter

MacBook

Apple MacBook: a blend of style and functionality.

Apple MacBook: a blend of style and functionality.

An Apple MacBook is the go-to laptop that has a good balance between performance, looks, and price.

MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air: lightest laptop for casual use.

Apple MacBook Air: lightest laptop for casual use.

For most cases the thin and lightweight MacBook Air will be sufficient, it also looks stylish. Because it is light, it can be taken frequently and conveniently anywhere.

MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro: laptop for design and creative arts professionals.

Apple MacBook Pro: laptop for design and creative arts professionals.

There are few cases when a MacBook Pro is a necessary buy, and that is if your daughter majors in graphic design, music, media studies, broadcasting, and film production. MacBook Pro laptops are the most expensive of the MacBook product line, and that is because it’s packed with the highest-performance Intel processors, SSD storage, and at least 8 GB of RAM. A MacBook Pro is also slightly bigger, heavier and has less battery life than other MacBooks (even though it comes with big battery, the power required to run it also increases). Your daughter should already know this, as it is a fact of life shared by all her classmates.

Windows Laptops

Dell Inspiron Laptops

Dell Inspiron laptops are economic and functional.

Dell Inspiron laptops are economic and functional.

HP Envy Laptops

HP Envy laptop is premium-looking and versatile.

HP Envy laptop is premium-looking and versatile.

Lenovo Yoga Laptops

Lenovo Yoga convertible (multipurpose) laptop is known for its strong build and stylish looks.

Lenovo Yoga convertible (multipurpose) laptop is known for its strong build and stylish looks.

Asus ZenBook Series

Asus ZenBook series laptops combine slick looks with high performance.

Asus ZenBook series laptops combine slick looks with high performance.

Your Experience?

What is your experience in choosing a laptop for your daughter? Do you have any questions not answered in this article? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to be as helpful as I can.

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Gift ideas for daughter's sweet 16 birthday

Sweet 16 Birthday Gift Ideas for A Girl

A friend asked me, “What gift should I buy my daughter for her sweet 16th birthday?

For young girls, being sixteen years old is a special occasion that only happens once in a life time, and she will want this day to be special as it marks the start of her exciting journey into being a woman. As the song “Sweet Sixteen” by Billy Idol says: “I’ll do anything for my sweet sixteen”. So if you had a chance to fulfill your daughter’s wish for her sixteenth birthday, what would it be?

To some girls, having her closest friends would be first in mind; and she’d want to make a great impression on her crush, too). Some girls would want a party full of candies, after all, candies are pure sweetness. She’ll want everything in fresh, vivid, happy colors. But not the kids-style anymore, as she has grown up now. She would want to look beautiful and in her best shape. Glitter and sparkles would accompany her birthday party.

So, what gifts would be perfect to give for your daughter’s 16th birthday? Let’s check out the ideas for several different personalities and moods.

Gifts for Tech-savvy Girls

In this digital era, no girl can survive for a day without gadgets. If you have the budget, upgrading her gadget is always a safe bet to make her day. Please also make sure to have friendly discussion with her on how to use social media and the Internet safely and responsibly.

iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7: the latest smartphone from Apple has a quality display, takes gorgeous selfies, and abundant apps to express her creativity. An easy way to make her happy on her sweet 16 birthday.

Apple iPhone 7

The latest smartphone from Apple has a quality display, takes gorgeous selfies, and abundant apps to express her creativity. An easy way to make her happy on her sweet 16 birthday.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 as sweet 16 birthday gift

Samsung Galaxy S8 as sweet 16 birthday gift

The flagship Android smartphone from Samsung sports a new “edgeless” design, iris and fingerprint recognition, as well as one of the best smartphone cameras in the world for beautiful photos.

MacBook

Apple MacBook: a blend of style and functionality.

Apple MacBook: a blend of style and functionality.

A MacBook is not just stylish, but also a highly functional device. While she may primarily use it to surf the Internet and social media, it also allows her to do her studies and homework. macOS is one of the most secure operating systems, keeping her safe from malware with minimal effort.

Cute iPhone Case

This cute dog bottom iPhone case would be a nice refresh.

This cute dog bottom iPhone case would be a nice refresh.

Gifts for Fashion-conscious Girls

Prada Heels

Prada Heels for daughter's sweet 16 birthday

Prada heels shoes would be a welcome addition to her shoe collection.

Prom Dress

An elegant prom dress can do wonders for her self esteem.

An elegant prom dress can do wonders for her self esteem.

Céline Tie Tote

This mini tie bag from Céline is less expensive than a Hermès Birkin, and makes her fashionable and awesome.

This mini tie bag from Céline is less expensive than a Hermès Birkin, and makes her fashionable and awesome.

Gifts for Sporty Girls

GoPro Hero5

A GoPro Hero5 effortlessly records all her action no matter how active she is.

A GoPro Hero5 effortlessly records all her action no matter how active she is.

Fixie Bikes

A fixed-gear bicycle allows her to stay fit while hanging around with friends.

A fixed-gear bicycle allows her to stay fit while hanging around with friends.

Gifts that Touch the Heart

Flower Bouquet

A bouquet of roses can make her smile and brighten her day.

A bouquet of roses can make her smile and brighten her day.

Gifts for Girls Who Love Reading

Kindle

Amazon Kindle ebook reader

Amazon Kindle e-book reader

A Kindle is highly functional e-book reader that can accompany her anywhere, with comfortable display for reading and long-life battery for weeks at a time.

Gifts for All Girls (but not All Parents, hehe)

A Car

A used Honda Civic car would be a good choice.

A used Honda Civic car would be a good choice.

A car is “traditionally” the go-to gift for a daughter’s sweet 16th birthday. For a few lucky parents, a shiny new car won’t be a problem. For the rest, a used car is an option, and your daughter should be already grateful for this. If you do opt for the car gift, please make sure get her proper driver’s license first. It’s not worth it to risk her safety and getting fines (ugh).

What’s Your Favorite?

How’s your experience with your daughter’s 16th birthday? Let me know in the comments.

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