Friday, February 11, 2005

The Baby Name Wizard Launcher

It's not magic nor potions nor spells but a cool website, the Baby Name Wizard, an interactive graph showing the popularity of names through the years. Way cooler than those lousy charts.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Sharing the Baby News...I'm Pregnant!

Telling your spouse, telling your friends, telling your coworkers, and especially telling your family that "I'm Pregnant! We're going to have a baby!" is perhaps one of the best parts about being pregnant.

As soon as hubby and I were married, everyone began asking...when are you going to have kids? Then when we had kiddo#1, everyone said, when will kiddo#1 get a baby brother or sister?

Some people wait to tell everyone that they are pregnant while others can't keep a secret. The old wive's tale is to wait until after 13 weeks because otherwise it's bad luck. Some people tell their spouse/family/friends in clever and creative ways other than "I have good news!"

In last month's issue of Fit Pregnancy, they had a short story about a woman who announced her pregnancy to her husband by making a mock betting card drawn up when she and her husband went to a horse race. All the horse's names were changed to be a clue. Names like "Big Brother Ben" and "Baby's on the Way" and finally, "Annie's Pregnant." He finally got it.

And then there's that commercial I remember about Father's Day and a wife presenting her husband with a Father's Day gift and he started to cry...and it was obvious that she was telling him that she was pregnant.

When hubby and I were pregnant with kiddo#1, we waited a few weeks to announce our pregnancy. We tried to wait until week 13 but Thanksgiving rolled around and we were having two dinners with each side of the family and when it came around to say what we were thankful for..."We're thankful for our family and for finally starting one of our own..." It was probably one of the most memorable Thanksgivings I can remember.

With this current Belly of mine, we took a picture of kiddo#1 with a tshirt "I'm going to be a Big Brother!" and sent it out to friends and family.

How did you tell your significant other? Family/friends? Leave a comment or send an email my way.

Feeling Pretty While Pregnant -- Some Beauty Tips

Pregnancy is full of ups and downs as you go get on the rollercoaster ride of first trimester, second and third trimester. In a past post, I wrote about the importance of indulging yourself. It is important to remember the small details to make you happy admist the aches, pains, exhaustion, and constant trips to the bathroom. When I was pregnant with kiddo#1, my DH often took me out to dinner or for fun excursions around town and I found joy in figuring out a festive fun outfit and making myself look pretty. Girly, yes..but what's more girly than being pregnant? Some tips below for your pretty days. Got any tips that perk up your day? Send me an email. Bathtime Indulge in the tub with bubble baths, milk baths, oatmeal baths...any kind of bath! Just keep the temp to a warm 98 degrees and avoid any bath oils which can make the tub slippery. Au Natural Going with mineral based makeup can be better than regular makeup whose chemicals can be too harsh for your skin during pregnancy. Some may have more sensitive skin than others however. Yum, what's that smell? During your morning sickness months, perfumes can be too overwhelming so try to find a nice light scent that won't make you nauseated. Or find a nice scented bodywash that will leave your skin a nice sweet smell. Polished toesies and fingers You might not be able to see your toes, but you still want them to look pretty! Manis and Pedis are okay but avoid polish that contains DBP which has been found to cause birth defects in animals. Make sure you check the ingredients before you use! Can't bend over to reach the toes? Splurge on a pedicure or convince your hubby you need one (I did this many a was fantastic). A Glowing Face If you've got acne, avoid Accutane, REnova, Retin-A and any other vitamin A based treatment. Use anti-acne treatments that have salicylic acid and erythomycin. Those are much safer options.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness has to be the least popular symptom of pregnancy. About three quarters of pregnant women suffer from it. It usually starts in the 5th to 7th week of pregnancy and disappears between the 12th and the 15th. It usually strikes most brutally in the morning, but the nausea and vomiting we call morning sickness can strike at any time of day and at any stage of pregnancy. The two most commonly cited culprits for morning sickness are extreme swings in blood sugar levels, which tend to be lowest in the morning, and hormones, which run rampant during pregnancy. There isn't a lot you can do about your hormone levels, but if you focus on keeping your blood sugar levels steady, you may be able to alleviate or eliminate your distress. It can be hard to get enough calories down during the first trimester because you're tired and sometimes a little nervous, smells bother you so much, and your stomach acids are at a high boil much of the time. The best way to gain control over your blood sugar is to eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three square ones.The first of these meals should be consumed before you even get out of bed in the morning. Keep juice and crackers or a cookie by your bed, and set your alarm back twenty minutes. When it goes off, drink your juice and eat your snack and then lie in bed for another 15 minutes. When you get out of bed, you should be ready to face the day with a full and settled stomach. But you should eat breakfast too, as soon as you can.Breakfast should include complex carbohydrates, some fat, and a little protein. These will give you the fuel you need to maintain high blood sugar levels for a longer period of time, or at least until your next mini-meal. When you do feel like throwing up, do so right away and then calm your stomach and fill it up again with yogurt and ginger ale. If your nausea and vomiting are severe and seem unrelated to your blood sugar level, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor will be able to provide you with reinforcements in your fight against morning sickness, and can also make sure that it's not a symptom of a more serious condition (which is unlikely). It's not fun and it's not pretty. Everyone has had their own remedies for morning sickness. Mine is peppermint ice cream. What's yours?

Pregnant Goldfish

A pregnant goldfish is called a "twit."

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Pregnancy Workout Tips

I was reading a fellow pregnant blog the other day. This gal is a runner and is 18 weeks pregnant. In 4 weeks is a marathon which she was interested in participating in. She was wondering if she should go ahead and sign up. I'm not a runner. It's not my sport. Sure, I run after the dog when he runs away, and I run after kiddo#1 when we are playing a game of Tickle-Me-First and I'll run if someone dangles a favorite food in front of my face. In reading her blog, it got me thinking about exercising and working out. Prior to kiddo#1 being born, I was a workout gal. I took Yoga classes, went to the gym and enjoyed hiking with my husband. When I was pregnant with kiddo#1, I was afraid of working out but took some pre-natal yoga and frequently took the dog and kiddo#1 for walks. For the times I couldn't get to a yoga class, I bought a Yoga DVD and did the yoga exercises at home. Kiddo#1 was so intrigued, he started doing it with me and was thrilled when I bought him his own mat. Now it's one of our favorite morning activites. There are benefits to remaining active while pregnant. There are some things to consider however... - Don't try anything too new from your usual routine. For instance, now might not be the time to take up ice skating or the luge. - Drink lots and lots of H2o. - Don't push yourself too hard. Remember you're not looking to lose weight here. So don't push yourself to extreme limits. Take it in moderation. Even a stroll through the neighborhood can be a good workout or window shopping. - Keep your heart rate consistent. This falls into the same category of not pushing yourself too hard. - Above all else, check with your OB and pay attention to your body and your belly. * Just as a note or disclaimer. I'm not a doctor (although I play one on TV....jk) so this is all from my own personal philosophy based on my own pregnancy, pregnancy of friends, family members and countless books and magazines that I've read.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Science Fact: The Beginning of your Baby

Implantation Once the blastocyst gets to the uterus, it searches for a spot to settle down. It will divide into two parts. The half attached to the uterine wall becomes the placenta, the support system that nourishes your developing baby. The other half will become your baby. Nerve growth begins when a sheet of cells on the back of the embryo folds in the middle to form a tube, which will become the spinal cord. At one end, the tube enlarges to form the brain's major sections. What will become amniotic fluid begins to collect now. In the weeks and months ahead this fluid will cushion the fetus. By the end of the first month, the embryo will be about 1/10 of an inch long, smaller than a grain of rice. The heart, no larger than a poppy seed, will have begun beating. A poppy seed! I'll never look at a poppy seed muffin the same way. * A cool website to see images every 23 weeks of the first trimester and every two weeks of the second and third trimester: