Friday, January 28, 2005
It's never too early to give up bad habits like smoking or drinking alcohol. Correcting bad behaviors now will help you to have a healthier system to grow your baby, so stop those bad habits today! When you conceive, maybe sometime within the next two weeks, your system will be well on its way to having far less toxins that affect your baby.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Are you suspecting you're pregnant? Schedule an appointment with your doctor or midwife. Even if you've taken an at home pregnancy test (once, twice or more!), most offices will want to confirm your pregnancy by completing a blood serum pregnancy test. So as soon as you seen a blue line, a positive sign or any indication that you're pregnant, make a call. Most women don't realize they are pregnant until sometime around six to eight weeks, your first OB appointment will probably take place around eight to twelve weeks. At your first appointment, you will share your medical history with your doctor or midwife as well as any concerns to think ahead and bring a list of questions you might have. Make sure you have names of all the medications you mgiht be taking (prescription or over-the-counter). And if you didn't start taking prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant, you might ask about getting started on them now. Your doctor or midwife will give you a complete physical including pelvic exam, and a Pap smear to test for cervical cancer. A blood test will be taken to identify your blood type, Rh factor and whether you're deficient in iron. You will also be tested for immunity to German measles (rubella) as well as for sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis. Depending on your ethnic background and medical history, you may also be tested for sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease, and thalassemia. African-Americans, Jews, French-Canadians, and people of Mediterranean descent are most at risk for these illnesses. If you're significantly overweight, have high blood pressure or a family history of diabetes, are an older mother, or previously gave birth to a large baby you will be tested for diabetes. And finally, afer all that is complete, the most important thing in your mind will be when your doctor or midwife will determine your due date! It's just the beginning!
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
TTC - Trying to Conceive Getting pregnant starts well before conception. Bringing a baby into the world should be one of the most important things to consider in your life. Having these questions answered will help you determine your parenting philosophy. The impact your baby will have on you and your partner's lives is immeasurable, so you must ask yourself: Marriage/Relationship: Do we have a stable, loving marriage/relationship? Do we share similar philosophies/beliefs on raising a child? What are our expectations of one another once we have a child? How will having another child affect the other sibling(s)? Timing: Is this a "good" time to have a baby? Should we wait until our lives are less stressful? Can my partner and/or I take leave from work or school? Will I be able to get help if I need it? Will I be able to maximize my health insurance deductible if needed? Finances: Can we afford a child? Do we have the income level needed to raise our child? Do we need to purchase additional health insurance coverage for our child? What would the financial impact be if one of us decided to not return to work, or work only part-time? How much would a nanny or child-care provider/center cost? Health: Are we in good general health? Are there any medical conditions or age-related factors to consider for me or my partner? Are there any medical/dental procedures, surgeries or vaccinations we need to complete before becoming pregnant? Are there any habits my partner or I need to change or stop before becoming pregnant? (For example: smoking, drinking, use of recreational or certain prescription drugs, caffeine, etc.,) Does our doctor recommend any medical procedures before becoming pregnant (including genetic screening, fertility tests, etc.,)?
Monday, January 24, 2005
You are beginning a miraculous journey - the development and growth of a baby inside of you! Many women remark that they enjoy being pregnant because it is such an amazing orchestration of the human body, while others see pregnancy as something that must be endured. What everyone agrees upon is that the outcome is worth the hard work and effort - a beautiful new baby to love and care for. If you have been actively trying to get pregnant, this may be your month! Make sure to continue to take your temperature, monitor your other signs of fertility and then do the "baby dance" when all the signs are right!