Saturday, February 05, 2005

I'll Have the Usual with a side of Baby Quotes and Mommy Tips

Baby Quote of the Day "Babies are such a nice way to start people." - Don Herold Tips From Other Moms Remember that colds are passed from person to person, hand to hand, so be careful and wash your hands frequently. Colds last longer in pregnancy and their symptoms cannot be combated with medications. If you happen to get a cold, get plenty of rest, eat small meals and drink lots of fluids. Suck on ice chips or gargle with warm salt water for a sore throat; take cool baths to fight fever; and use a humidifier to ease any nasal congestion. This is especially important during this time of year when bugs and flus are popping up all over.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Some Lite Reading & Pampering Yourself

When I was growing up, I was a magazine junkie. Come to think of it...I still am. I read all the classics like Seventeen. When I became engaged, I became a huge fan of Modern Brides and all the wedding magazines. When I was pregnant with my first, again I headed toward the bookstore and stocked up on all the pregnancy magazines I could find. Pregnancy magazines tend to be somewhat repetitive about the basics of pregnancy. But where the glossy pages shine are the new gadgets, baby contests, new maternity styles and articles on new topics such as "low carb dieting" (february epregnancy) or cord blood banking. And now since kiddo#1 and I go to the library often, while he looks at his kid books, I often look at the magazines. Thus not spending a huge amount of $$ on magazines each month. And if I do buy magazines, once read and noted, I often donate them to the local hospital to the maternity ward, or my OB's office or other pregnant friends. * epregnancy magazine had an article this month on belly dancing. Appropriate name for pregnant women of course. It got me thinking about dancing. I often dance with my belly on the kitchen floor...we do kind of a waltz sway motion. Kiddo#1 often joins in too. And we sing. in the car, in the bath, all the time. I would like to think that all this singing will mean kiddo#2 will have an excellent singing voice unlike her parents. Dancing and singing is to me a bit of pampering. Pampering is important. Whether it's getting your nails done, or getting a massage, or indulging in an ice cream sundae, a long phone call, a new shirt, fresh flowers or any small joy. Treat yourself. Happy Friday.

Morning Sickness and Bananas?

I read this somewhere and thought it interesting. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. Temperature Control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a "cool" temperature. Who knew?! So I'm thinking of...banana splits, banana smoothies, banana chips. Bring the bananas.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Prenatal Vitamins, Fingernails and Prune Juice -- One Yummy Cocktail

From Ms. Susie Sunshine, courtesy of Underpaid Kept Woman writes of vitamins... The very best reason for taking the horse pills - It's all about THE AWESOME FINGERNAILS! Come on! You can use your prenatal vitamined nails to strip wallpaper off the walls when you are getting the nursery ready and they won't even chip! And on the bummer side of vitamins, women need to be warned that they contain as much iron as a Volkswagon Beetle and that they won't be able to take a dump the entire pregnancy. Most of the belly pregnant women exhibit IS NOT THE BABY. Most the of the crabbiness women experience IS NOT FROM THE HORMONES. It's the damn vitamins backing you up, but you need to take them, so start learning to LOVE the prune juice! This is stuff that pregnancy books never mention. I think women deserve to know the truth. Knowledge is power! * Heh...

Hey! My pregnant belly is for sale too!

You have heard about this ingenious woman who sold her pregnant belly for advertising space? If you haven't...well where have you been? Amber Rainey, from South Carolina, sold her belly for $4050 to an online casino. The website will be temporarily tattooed on her stomach. How brilliant is that? Think of all the diapers you could purchase. Or one of those Dyson vacuums. Or better yet, start a college fund. Imagine if this catches on... Pregnant women all over will walk around with advertisements on their bellies.

Baby Blog From a Man's Perspective

While surfing the web of blogs, I came across a great blog written from a man's perspective. Tim's wife, Diane is pregnant with their first child. From I'm Going to be a Dad! "Diane looked at me, smiled sheepishly and said "Tim, I pregnant". My first thoughts were "Shit, does this mean I have to send my iPod back?". Knowing this is not what she wanted to hear I smiled weakly and said "Thats great". We hugged, and I began to wonder how my life would change - Little did I know! This is a blog to document pregnancy - from a mans perspective. I will make mistakes on this journey. Read this and you don't have to repeat them!" Hilarious. Check it out.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Baby Names

Here are the top baby names of 2004: Emma Madison Emily Kaitlyn Hailey Olivia Isabella Hannah Sarah Abigail Jacob Aidan Ethan Ryan Matthew Michael Tyler Joshua Nicholas Connor I was reading blogs the other day and someone asked why Emma was the top baby name...I strongly suspect this comes from Friends when Rachel and Ross named their baby, Emma. Just a theory though. Speaking of baby names, I know someone who had a math teacher who named their first son, "Adam" and then named their second son, "Subtractem." Cruel....but kind of funny. My sister's eye doctor is named Monica Monica. That's her first and last name. When Dr. Monica was born, her father thought it would be funny to name her Monica Monica. Since the wife had given him the chance to name the baby, she couldn't really object. So Monica Monica it is. And celebs and the naming of their babies...Apple? Coco? Hazel & Phinneaus? Well actually I like Hazel...and I knew a Coco (nickname) but still. Also the spelling of names can be really interesting. Caitlin. Caitlyn. Chaitlyn. Kaitlyn. Catelyn. Katelyn. Katie. Catie. Katee. KatE. Cate. Katey. Kati. Catey. What a headache! I will post the "guidelines" we used in naming our first son sometime.

Pregnancy Weekly's New 'Do

Pregnancy Weekly just relaunched their new website and it is smokin'. Seriously...I love the colors, the graphics. Despite its new look, it still has all the great information and resources. The new layout reminds me of the magazine, Real Simple, one of my favorite glossy reads. One of my favorite sections on Pregnancy Weekly's site is the Health & Fitness section. I'm just a health junkie at heart. :) And of course, baby names since we're trying to figure out names right now...

Pregnancy Tips From Other Moms

Take great care of your teeth and gums, and be sure to have every pregnant cleaning and dental exam without the dental X-ray. Your gums will have more blood running through them during pregnancy, which means they are more likely to become inflamed, swollen and even bloody. If you take good care of your teeth and gums, these problems will not persist and should not lead to infection. * Of course you should always take good care of your teeth regardless if you're pregnant or not!

Baby Quote of the Day

"The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day." - O. A. Battista

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Prenatal Vitamins - Yummy!

Today's entry is l o o o o ng. But it's all about vitamins. Yummy! And I'm not talking about your Flinestone vitamins either. Taking care of your body is so important at this point with eating right and making sure you get the right vitamins. Everytime I took my vitamins, I did a silent "woohoo!" in my head with the mindset that I was preparing myself in the good way. Maybe it's just the inner cheerleader in me... As hard as anyone pregnant or not can try, very few mothers get a nutritionally balanced diet everyday. During pregnancy this can sometimes become even more impossible especially during early pregnancy when morning sickness is a common appetite suppressant and fatigue makes an expectant mother skip eating in exchange for a soft pillow and fresh sheets! These are just two small reasons why taking a good prenatal vitamin is vital throughout pregnancy. A good vitamin does not take the place of eating nutritiously but it can balance the scales in your favor, and your baby's too.Doctors routinely prescribe prenatal vitamins to women trying to conceive and to those who are pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin before getting pregnant and in the early months of pregnancy has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects (spina bifida) in babies. A prenatal vitamin is a multivitamin designed to meets the need of pregnant and nursing mothers. Neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have set guidelines for what has to be in a multivitamin for it to be called a prenatal vitamin. There are some ingredients that are now considered standard in prenatal vitamins such as a greater amount of folic acid (folate), iron and calcium. Expectant mothers, breastfeeding mothers and those trying to conceive need more of these nutrients than the average woman, especially folic acid. Folic acid specifically reduces the chance of neural tube defects. And iron because with pregnancy, your body is making so much extra blood, that you could become anemic without the help of extra iron. Remember, your baby will take what it needs first to develop and grow, and therefore, your body may suffer if you're not getting enough of the necessary vitamins and minerals needed throughout pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins can be purchased over-the-counter at a drugstore or your doctor or midwife may write a prescription for your vitamins. A good prenatal vitamin should contain these: Vitamin C - is essential for tissue repair, wound and bone healing and increases the body's resistance to infection. For mother and baby this vitamin is essential daily as it is the agent that holds newly formed cells together. Helps baby to grow and builds strong bones and teeth. It is also instrumental in the body's ability to absorb iron. Vitamin D - promotes general growth. It maintains proper levels of calcium and phosphorus thus helping to build baby's bones and teeth. B Vitamins (thiamine, vitamin B6, riboflavin) - Thiamine converts carbohydrates into energy for mother and baby and is essential for baby's brain development. It also aids in normal functioning of the nervous system and heart. If deficient during pregnancy, a baby is at risk for beriberi, a serious heart ailment. Vitamin B6 is also vital to develop your baby's brain and nervous system. Riboflavin helps the body to produce energy. It promotes growth, good vision and healthy skin for mom and is important for the development of the baby's bone, muscle and nervous system. Folic Acid - is one of the B Vitamins that is needed to produce red blood cells. It helps synthesize DNA, is conducive to normal brain functions and is a critical part of spinal fluid, thus making it one of the few nutrients known to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Calcium - your developing baby needs this mineral to grow strong bones and teeth, healthy nerves and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. Potassium - is a mineral that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. This mineral helps regulate blood pressure, nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Vitamin A - is important for cell growth, healthy skin and mucous membranes, and resistance to infections. It benefits red blood cell production in both mother and baby. This vitamin is essential for postpartum tissue repair. Copper - a trace mineral found in all plant and animal tissues; it's essential for forming red blood cells-a key process during pregnancy, when your blood supply doubles. Copper also aids tissue growth, glucose metabolism, and growth of healthy hair. It also helps form a baby's heart, skeletal and nervous systems, arteries, and blood vessels. Pantothenic Acid - is a trace mineral that regulates the body's adrenal activity, antibody production, and the growth and metabolism of protein and fats. If you are deficient in this vitamin during pregnancy your baby's growth may be slowed. This trace mineral is required for many essential functions, including growth, appetite regulation, digestion, wound healing, and the maintenance of collagen and elastin which may explain why some doctors think it may also help prevent stretch marks, one of the banes of pregnancy. Iron - makes red blood cells, supplies oxygen to cells for energy and growth and builds bones and teeth. In pregnancy this mineral is so crucial because the body must produce extra blood to support the growing baby. During pregnancy you will need double the recommended daily allowance of iron to insure yours' and your baby's health. More often than not, many expectant mothers find taking a prenatal vitamin increases nausea in early pregnancy and sometimes beyond. If this happens, ask your doctor or midwife to change your formula or it may help to change how and when you take your vitamin. If you normally take it with a meal then try after your meal. If swallowing a large pill is difficult, cut it in half or talk to your doctor or midwife about a smaller tablet or capsule that can be opened and sprinkled on food. In any event just like your mother said all those years, don't forget to take your vitamin!

Monday, January 31, 2005

Pregnancy Blogs and Journals

Clearly someone out there pays attention to the world of bloggers and the world of mommies. Yesterday's NY Times had a story, Mommy (And Me), about families who keep blogs pre-baby and post-baby. An interesting article and good to know that there's a wide audience for these type of things not just family and friends. * I just added a Guestbook to the site. Feel free to leave a comment there! The more I learn about blogs and what you can do, the more I'm fascinated! Keeping a journal of your pregnancy is a great way to track your progress as well create a great memory. Now, I'm definitely a person who types faster than I write so keeping a blog of my pregnancy is very appealing --- especially with all the fun artsy templates and all the things you can do. I can also share it with family and friends who can read about my progress and see pictures. The internet is such an incredible thing. Pregnancy Weekly has a section on creating your own journal online which I think is fantastic for those who want to share and make daily notes. Happy writing! * I also just added some new links! Shopping links to toy safety! Have a favorite mom or pregnancy link? Send it my way!

A Pregnancy Diet: Bulk Up not Slim Down!

For once in your life, the words healthy diet make no reference to deprivation. It's your job as a mother to indulge yourself, but to indulge wisely! Most pregnant women find that they need about an extra three hundred calories a day to maintain their energy and gain the 25 to 35 pounds doctors recommend. If the idea of an extra 25 to 35 pounds depresses you, keep in mind that you will lose 12 to 14 of these pounds within a week of your baby's birth. But your focus now needs to be on bulking up, not slimming down. Here are daily eating goals for pregnancy that your doctor can customize for you: - Breads, cereals, pasta, and other whole grains: six to eleven servings - Milk and fun dairy products like ice cream: four to six servings - Vegetables: three to five servings - Proteins like lean meats, eggs, and beans: three to four servings (protein is responsible for the growth of body tissues, including all of your baby's, the amniotic fluid and placenta, and the increase in your blood volume.) - Fruits: two to four servings Even if you fulfill each of these goals daily, there are three nutrients you will probably not get enough of without supplements. The first of these is folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin responsible for cell division and the development of healthy tissues. It's credited with reducing birth defects of the brain and spine. Calcium is the second, and it's needed to prevent you from losing your bone density as your baby claims a lot of your calcium for bone growth. The third is iron, which helps your blood carry enough oxygen for two. The National Academy of Sciences recommends a supplement containing thirty milligrams of iron, but you will need to be careful that you don't take too much iron, as that also can harm your baby.Taking all of these supplements is a great occasion for drinking more water. You need 64 ounces of fluids a day. That's a lot of liquid to push into an already shrinking bladder. Living through an hour without running to the bathroom and a few other pleasures, you will have to do without until after pregnancy. You should consume no more than one cup of coffee or caffeinated soda a day and if you can skip that one, do so. You should avoid drinking alcohol entirely because higher rates of miscarriage, mental retardation, and low birth weights have all been blamed on alcohol consumption. Skip the artificial sweeteners too, just to stay on the safe side. You should also plan to avoid all potentially contaminated foods. Contamination can occur naturally or come from pollution. Avoid lead contamination by storing acidic foods in glass or plastic instead of crystal or ceramic. Test the lead content of your tap water if you live in an older home. Large fish can be contaminated with mercury, so avoid swordfish and shark and eat no more than one half pound of tuna a week. Fresh fish can be contaminated with pesticides and PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, so avoid wild freshwater carp, catfish, lake trout, whitefish, bluefish, mackerel, and striped bass, and make sure to stick to low fat fish and trim the fat, since PCBs accumulate in fat. You can avoid bacterial contamination by skipping soft cheeses and skipping anything uncooked and unboiled while in a foreign country. Do not eat anything that includes unpasteurized milk, raw eggs, raw or undercooked fish, poultry, or meat, tempting as they may sound. Eating well is one easy and enjoyable thing you can do to nourish your baby, yourself, and your peace of mind. And bring on those weird cravings! Question of the Day: What weird cravings have you heard about or do you have? I think mine were pickles with chocolate sauce and ranch dressing. Yum!