Friday, October 14, 2005

Taking Accutane? Pregnant? Read This.

If you are taking Accutane and you're pregnant, please stop. Anyone taking Accutane or a generic version should not be doing so while pregnant. This is a huge pregnancy don't. While the drug is certainly effective for acne, they can cause birth defects if you continue to use while pregnant. Because the rules haven't been too strict in the past, the FDA has recently launched a new program called iPLEDGE. It requires anyone who is prescriping, giving or using to follow certain guidelines: - Signing an informed consent form provided by their doctor. - Personally registering with iPLEDGE. - Getting two negative pregnancy tests within 7 days of starting the drug. - Agreeing to use 2 forms of birth control. - Getting a negative pregnancy test within 7 days of seeking their monthly drug refill. Home pregnancy tests will not count - you have to do them at your doctor's office. For more information, you can read this article on WebMD.com

PregnancyWeekly Guest Writer!

Hi Everyone - Happy Friday! I hope you are doing well and I hope you have some fun plans lined up for the weekend. We have a birthday party this weekend - it seems like every weekend is a birthday. For today's post, I wanted to post a lovely poem written by Anna. Anna wrote this for her 17 month old daughter. Thanks Anna for sharing! - DAUGHTER… Your face as angelic as can be You look up at me with wide eyes filled with questions that can not yet be asked With answers not even begun to be understood Your voice a sweet melody Though misshapen words spill forth Intangible yet blessed with delight On your head a mass of dark curls, soft to the touch As aromatic as a bouquet of flowers I long to bury my face within and inhale innocence Your laughter enlightens my soul Lifts my spirits beyond dreams Into a Mothers rhapsody The very essence of you is intoxicating My precious baby girl

Thursday, October 13, 2005

PregnancyWeekly Guest Writer

Sometimes pregnancy is not always the most joyous occasion. While some of us have family and friends to support us, there are many who don't have that support. I received an email the other day from Samantha who wrote of her hard times with her pregnancy. What do we say to situations like this? I think we admire any women who goes through pregnancy and has the strength and courage to be pregnant despite any disapproval or hardships. Thank you Samantha for writing. - I am 19, young yes but I have been able to go thru 29 weeks of appointments, hard times and everything else that comes with pregnancy alone. The father has not talked to me since I was 8 weeks pregnant. I am hoping that he will come around when our baby girl is born, but its looking like he will not. I have not asked him for anything except to be around for our little girl when she arrives. I do not want his money I do not want a friendship just a father for my baby. I never thought I would be in this situation, I was headed in the right direction, where I wanted to be but things got in the way and I am here. It has been the hardest thing I have had to go through. I just want to know if there is anyone out there that can give me support and knows where I am coming from. My family looks at me with disgust like I am the worst person to have a child and not be with the father. I hate it. I wish they could just see what I have accomplished by doing this alone. I know it has definitley made me stronger and I love this little baby more than anything in the world. As of now she is all I am going to have, friends have dissappeared and those who havent completly are only around when they need something. If anyone has any advice I would love it, I need all i can get.

Maternity Wear

So now you're sporting the bump..or the bun in the oven and you're finding that your pants aren't zipping, your shirts are too tight. Time to go maternity clothes shopping! Lucky for you, clothes for a preggers woman are just as stylish as what you wore pre-pregnancy. And no matter, what your budget, you can find the essentials. Here are some of my favorite maternity clothing websites. - Liz Lange is a great designer and has great stylish pieces for the maternity fashionista. I associate Liz as being the designer for the working professional - all the clothes are beautifully made in great fabrics. - Old Navy - Old Navy just relaunched their website to make online shopping easier. I love their basics - jeans and tees, as well as skirts and dresses. Plus, all the prices are great for anyone' s budget. - Bella Blu - Sometimes when I look at the Bella Blu website, I forget that I'm looking at maternity clothes. The clothes are so beautiful (and can be pricy) that I get lost in all the stylish ways I could dress. And then I wonder, do they make clothes for non pregnant women?? - Maternity Mall - This "mall" includes Motherhood, Mimi Maternity and a Pea In the Pod. This is probably the largest collection of clothes devoted to the expectant mom and you can probably find what you want here if you can't find it anywhere else. If you're looking online, I'd check the sales because the prices are pretty good. - Due Maternity - This is a great place if you're looking for some trendy pieces. - Japanese Weekend - I love Japanese Weekend because it has funky pieces for the pregnant mom. So you're not just stuck wearing tshirts and jeans. I love the patterns and how they look so different than other maternity clothes. - Target - Liz Lange also has a line through Target if you can't afford her personal line. Always great for anyone's budget. Where are your favorite places to shop for maternity clothes?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Colorado Pregnant Women Too Skinny?

Okay, not *all* pregnant women in the state of Colorado are pregnant. But according to an article today, a quarter of expectant mothers are not gaining enough weight. This means there is potential for problems especially for a low-weight baby. Babies who are low-weight are those born who weigh less than 5.5 lbs. What I found interesting in the article was they mentioned a couple who run ads in newspapers and call themselves "America's Healthiest Couple." Apparently, Jennifer Polimino (one half of the healthiest couple) only gained 19 lbs during her pregnancy and lost it within 5 days after birth. And while her husband said she was very healthy and had little body fat - OBs are coming back with the fact that it is women with little body fat that need to gain the most. So what does it all really come down to? Watch your body and what you're capable of doing. If you feel like a bowl of ice cream, by all means have a bowl of ice cream! Your baby's health versus your image - it's obvious what the answer is. If you're underweight • Gain: 30 to 40 lbs. through the pregnancy • 0-13 weeks: gain 4 to 5 lbs. total • 14-plus weeks: gain a pound a week If you're normal weight • Gain: 25 to 35 lbs. through the pregnancy • 0-13 weeks: gain 2 to 4 lbs. total • 14-plus weeks: gain ¾ to 1 lb. a week If you're overweight • Gain: 15 to 25 lbs. through the pregnancy • 0-13 weeks: gain 2-3 lbs. total • 14-plus weeks: gain ½ to ¾ lb. a week

PregnancyWeekly Guest Writer - Germaine!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I've gotten some great submissions in my inbox and today I'd like to feature Germaine. Germaine hails from Kansas and is mom to one and is expecting another in April 2006! Here's what Germain had to say about her birth story and she offers some advice. * I arrived at the hospital with my husband, mother and sister in tow. I checked in and went straight to my room. My induction went fine and around 9 am the next day I began to have contractions. By 11 o’clock they were too strong for me to handle them. By the time my husband finally asked for something for me, it was 1pm and I was given a drug called Nubane. It worked very well and I slept for the next two hours. Around 3:30 I received my epidural. My labor lasted just over 12 hours and I pushed for 50 minutes before my beautiful baby girl was born. After experiencing labor there were several things that I wish someone had told me. 1. Insist on things that will make you more comfortable during your hospital stay. (room temperature, properly fitting gowns, etc) 2. Ask for your epidural at the first thought of “I want an epidural”. Your doctor will then advise to whether you are dilated enough to receive one yet. 3. Don’t be afraid to ask for pain medication. 4. You may experience nausea and vomiting. The hormones in your body increase at such a rapid rate during labor that your body doesn’t know how to handle them. 5. You may also experience the shakes. This is also related to the influx of hormones. 6. You may notice and odd smell once you start pushing, this is normal. Birth literally “stinks”. 7. Once your baby is born the doctor or nurse may push on your belly several times over the next couple of hours to expel anything that remains in your uterus. This is a very strange sensation because you are used to your belly being hard when it’s pushed on. It now feels like a huge bowl of Jell-O. 8. You may continue to bleed heavily for several days and lightly for several weeks. 9. Enjoy your first moments with your new baby. Don’t be afraid to ask for help over the next several weeks if you need it. You will feel much more comfortable knowing that there are people who will come at a moments notice if need be. 10. Your swelling (or edema) may be worse after you have the baby than before. I had a massage two weeks post-partum and peed out twenty pounds of water in two days. 11. Don’t be afraid to ask for non-smoking nurses. Especially those who will care for your baby.

Monday, October 10, 2005

So What Are You Feeding Your Kids?

Are you one of the millions moms feeding your baby rice cereal? Would you be surprised if I said, don't feed your kid rice cereal? According to this article, rice cereal might not be the best food. Research states that, " child's first experiences with food shape later eating habits, doctors say battling obesity and improving the American diet may mean debunking the myths and broadening babies' palates. It's easier -- and harder -- than it sounds. Easier because experts say 6-month-olds can eat many of the same things their parents do. Harder because it's tough to find detailed guidance for nervous parents. " As many of you know, we start with rice cereal and gradually switch to solids but it's a slow process when it comes to feeding our kids. According to this article, kids over 6 months old can eat almost anything their parents eat with a few exceptions (nut allergies, choking hazards). Other countries around the world don't follow the rice cereal diet. Many cultures embrace the "They eat what we eat" theory which is there are no "kid friendly" foods - but kids eat what their parents eat. Does your kid like all kinds of spices? There is folklore that if you breastfeed your child, they become accostomed to what you put in your body. So if you had spicy sausages, the idea is your child will develop their own taste for them as well. So what can we conclude from this article? My take is that if you want a non-picky eater and some variety in your child's diet, it could start from what you as a parent eat and what you expose your child to. And that if your child is more content eating artichokes rather than rice cereal, then don't feel pressured!