Friday, March 18, 2005

What Do You Most Love About Being Pregnant?

I saw this on the Pregnancy Weekly June 2005 forum and thought I would pose this question on the blog. What do you love about being pregnant? For me, it's the ultrasounds, the heartbeats, having husband and kiddo#1 talk to the Belly and knowing that the Belly is growing. Happy Friday. Ps. Anyone can leave a comment on this blog so a special shoutout to the PW June 2005 subscribers for giving me inspiration for today's post!

Waiting to find out whether your baby is a girl or boy is always a test of patience and wonderment. Of course in JumpStart's case, they get both a girl and a boy! (Courtesy of Comics)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

How Did You Know You Were Pregnant?

Other than a home pregnancy test and your doctor's confirmation, what made you suspect you were pregnant? Can you imagine what it must have been like when blood and urine tests and home pregnancy tests didn't exist? For some women, it might have been a real surprise! In Egypt long ago, women who thought they were pregnant would drink a mixture of pounded watermelon seed and the breast milk of a woman who gave birth to a son. If she couldn't hold the drink down and vomited, she was pregnant! Another crazy "test" the Egyptians did was pouring the woman's urine into bags, one filled with barley and one filled with wheat. If they sprouted, you guessed it, she was pregnant. Not to be outdone, Greek and Roman doctors would take a red stone on the woman's eyes. If the color permeated, she was pregnant. Along with this, they also looked for the same symptoms that we pay attention to: loss of appetite, upset stomach, exhaustion, swelling belly, enlarged breasts, dark splotches on the face (chloasma). Have you ever heard of the phrase, "the rabbit died?" In 197 it was discovered than when a woman's urine was injected in a rabbit, the hCG hormone would cause large masses to develope in the rabbit's ovaries. The scientists had to kill the rabbits unfortunately to study the ovaries so this "test" of a woman's pregnancy wasn't exactly valid. Frogs were another animal this was done to. If the frog laid eggs the next day after being injected, it was confirmed that the woman was pregnant. Decades later in 1978 was the first released home pregnancy test. Of course, errors still happened. This test was often referred to as the ring test because a positive result was a ring at the bottom of the tube. After all of that, consider yourself lucky that home pregnancy tests are private and fairly accurate -- although there is always room for error!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Pregnancy Myths

Following the trend of pregnancy Old Wives Tales, there are also pregnancy myths that remind me of the game, "Telephone." You tell a person something and as it is passed from person to person, it turns into something completely different than how it started. Here are some popular pregnancy myths. Some of which you have read about already on this blog. The Spicy Food Fraud Spicy food will bring on labor. "For the most part, pregnant women can eat just about anything, but there are certain foods that we tell them to look out for, or to try and avoid," says Dr. Stone. Those include very soft cheeses, unpasteurized cheeses and raw-milk cheese. Though rare, they may contain a bacteria called lysteria that has been associated with miscarriage or pre-term labor. The Fetal Heart Rate Fallacy If your baby's heart is low, you're carrying a boy. If it's high, it's a girl. The You-Can't-Be-Too Careful Yarn If a pregnant woman raises her hands above her head, she'll choke her baby. The Steamy Sex Superstition Making mad, passionate love will induce labor. "Sex is not going to cause you to go into labor, but we tell people to go ahead anyway," says Dr. Stone. "It's worth trying." The Old Heartburn Harangue If a pregnant woman has frequent heartburn, her baby will have a full head of hair. The Sty-in-the-Eye-Lie Those who deny a pregnant woman the food she craves will get a sty in their eye. The Ugly Stick Trick If a pregnant woman sees something ugly or horrible, her baby will be ugly. "That one's wrong on two counts — one is there's no scientific evidence, but number two is that there's no such thing as an ugly baby," says Dr. Eddleman. The Old Java Jive A baby born with light brown birthmarks (known as cafe au lait spots), the mother drank too much coffee or had unfulfilled cravings during her pregnancy. Again, a myth! The Gender Bender If a pregnant woman's face breaks out, she is carrying a girl who will steal all of her mother's beauty. Says Dr. Stone: "The thing about it is that it's so chauvinistic — why is it that a girl's going to steal her mother's beauty? — anyway, it's not true, it's ridiculous. The Poor Complexion Connection A woman who carries wide, is having a girl. A woman who carried forward, is having a boy. "It's a common myth, but it's not true," says Dr. Eddleman. (Drs. Joanne Stone and Keith Eddleman, partners in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and authors of the book Pregnancy For Dummies.™) * Do you know of any myths?

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Favorite Pregnancy Websites

What are some of your favorite pregnancy websites? I have some links listed on the blog but I'm curious as to what you like to frequent, visit... Whether it's about pregnancy or parenting, health, fitness, shopping. Anything baby related, I want to know! Drop me an email or leave a comment. :) (And if you visit pregnancy forums or message boards, what are some things you like or don't like? Feedback would be great!)

At some point, you'll probably notice that sleep doesn't come to you as easily as it used to. Popping in and out of bed to go to the bathroom doesn't help. Neither does the fact that it's somewhere between difficult and impossible to get comfortable at night. There is very little you can do about the reduced capacity of your bladder that doesn't involve dehydration and suffering of another sort, but there is one simple thing you can do to help yourself get comfortable in bed, and it will cost you relatively little. Go to a bed and bath store, or pick up a catalog that sells bedding, and you'll probably find a body pillow. Body pillows are long, skinny pillows filled with down, or cotton, or any number of less expensive synthetics. When you get into bed at night, position your body pillow in between your breasts, around your stomach, and in between your thighs. This will give your body the support it needs, and will finally allow all of your muscles to relax.When looking for a body pillow, know that there should be one within every price range, and that you will regret anything but a washable cover. Know too, that with your body pillow in place, your significant other may become lonely and jealous, so make sure to pay attention!

Monday, March 14, 2005

Mark this for your Calendar, Planner or Tivo. "Conception to Birth" on the Discovery Channel this Thursday at 9 pm (Friday at Noon, Sunday at 4 pm). It's a good watch from the very beginning to that first wail you hear after delivery.

How Many Diapers Will You Change?

I hope you all had a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who gave book reccomendations on the last post! I hope that was helpful. It seems as if they are coming out with more and more new pregnancy books everyday! So there's this blog, Trixie Update, which tracked how many diapers Trixie used, although it no longer does this. Today I read about a new program, BabbleSoft you can download which will help you manage: - Breastfeeding times - # of times you pump - Diaper Changes - Bottle feeding and amount I personally would not like to know how many diapers I've changed because it feels like a trillion billion million. But for those of you who are interested, well then shell out the $21.95 and compute away! ; )