Thursday, October 27, 2005
Britney? Already had hers? Jen and Ben? Soon enough! Janet? No child whatsoever. Brooke Shields? Pregnant! Due in the Spring. Gwenyth? Maybe, maybe not. Victoria Beckham? maybe, maybe not. Angelina? Not pregnant - may adopt another soon. Phew. It is SO hard keeping up with celebrities these days.
- Choose a Pediatrician Your newborn will be checked within 24 hours of their birth along with regular appointments after 2 weeks so it's good to have a pediatrician beforehand. Doing this ahead of time can give you the assurance that you have the best possible doctor and that you feel comfortable with him/her.
- Clean House! The last thing you want to do when you come home is to have a messy house so if you clean now, you'll just feel better and you can focus all of your attention on the newest member to the family.
- Install Your Car Seat This is a biggie! I've covered this in the past - it's important to install your car seat properly and correctly. Visit seatcheck.org to find an inspection site in your city.
- Child Care? If you plan on working, it's best to look into your child care options. Ask friends, ask your neighbors - weigh the options between day care, a nanny or a family member.
- What's In Your Medicine Cabinet? You don't need the whole pharmacy in your cabinet, but it's good to have the basics: Tylenol, cotton swabs, diaper rash ointment, alcohol, ibprofen, infant medicine dropper, baby nail clippers, nasal bulb syringe, saline nose drops, oral electrolyte solution, digital rectal thermometer.
- Decide on Circumcision If you are expecting a boy, you will want to have this decision made. Whether you look to religion, your family, your doctor for the answer - consider all the options.
- Decide on Cord Blood Banking Cord blood stem cells have the potential to save over 80 diseases - are you going to bank or not? Many who choose to bank consider doing so as a form of life insurance in the case that you hope you would never need it.
- Best Route to the Hospital If you are giving birth at a nearby hospital or somewhere else other than home, consider all the ways to get there and plan on how you will get there.
- Pack that Bag! Half of all deliveries come early so be sure to have that bag packed!
- Take a Nursing Class If you are breastfeeding, it will come naturally to some and it won't for others. Taking a nursing class can help you figure out what's going on. Bonus
- Enjoy This Time!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
Sometimes the best gift doesn't come wrapped up in shiny paper with a big bow. The best gifts can come from simply doing something for another. I have done an informal poll on the PregnancyWeekly boards and of my girlfriends and they all agree that the best present they received during pregnancy or post pregnancy wasn't something on their registry. What did they love the most? Many many people said that they loved it when friends came with frozen prepared meals that only needed reheating. Another loved the fact that her mother-in-law came with lots and lots of groceries. Someone mentioned that having friends who simply came over and hung out with the new mom was the best because she had some company. A lucky new mom got a one-time housekeeping service so that she could relax. A foodie took her pregnant friend out to lunch many times during pregnancy and sent over take out after the baby was born. Babysitting for a friend was a big one! So if you're looking for a gift for that pregnant mother or new mom - consider baking a dish or some cookies or offering to babysit one night. I know that my best friend was great because she came over and not only babysat while I could take a shower but she also helped with the dishes, walked the dog and cooked both Dh and I great meals. What nice things has someone done for you while you were pregnant or post-pregnancy?
There will come a point when you will be too big to bend over, but what are proper ways to bend and lift during your pregnant months? It's somewhat the same as if you weren't pregnant. Don't bend over and lift but squat, etc. The tips below are from WebMD and outline how to facilitate heavy objects. If it looks too big to carry or you envision it will be too big to lift - simply ask someone else to do it for you! What Is the Correct Way to Lift Objects? -Ask for help when lifting heavy objects. If you must lift something, do not try to lift anything that is awkward or heavier than 20 pounds. -Before you lift an object, make sure you have firm footing. -To pick up an object that is lower than the level of your waist, keep your back straight and bend at your knees and hips. Do not bend forward at the waist with your knees straight. -Stand with a wide stance close to the object you are trying to pick up and keep your feet firm on the ground. Tighten your stomach muscles and lift the object using your leg muscles. Straighten your knees in a steady motion. Don't jerk the object up to your body. -Stand completely upright without twisting. Always move your feet forward when lifting an object. -If you are lifting an object from a table, slide it to the edge to the table so that you can hold it close to your body. Bend your knees so that you are close to the object. Use your legs to lift the object and come to a standing position. -Avoid lifting heavy objects above waist level. -Hold packages close to your body with your arms bent. Keep your stomach muscles tight. Take small steps and go slowly. -To lower the object, place your feet as you did to lift, tighten stomach muscles and bend your hips and knees. For more tips on how to sit, stand, walk, sleep, check out this article.
One of the pregnancy tips has been to limit your intake of fish while pregnant. There was cause for concern with the mercury levels in tuna. And you can't eat raw fish (no sushi!). However, according to a study conducted by Harvard University, fish might contain essential nutrients that will help boost your baby's cognitive brain power. And with the FDA strongly recommeneding against too much fish, expectant mothers are denying their unborn children those essential nutrients. The study performed tests on 6-month-old infants and their cognitive ability in comparison to the amount of mercury in the their mother's hair and their fish intake. What did the study determine? While elevated mercury levels in mothers were associated with infant cognition deficits, the study also found that higher fish intake by mothers was associated with higher infant cognition, especially after the researchers adjusted for mercury levels. Infants who scored highest on the cognitive tests had mothers who ate more fish during pregnancy and had lower levels of hair mercury. So if you want a good recipe for dinner, seek out fish with low counts of mercury such as salmon, light tuna or even sardines. Yum!
I got a super cute email from the folks at Polka Dot Whale and of course I had to check out their website. Super cute! They even started their own blog! This is what I LOVE about the internet. If you live in the middle of Alaska with no access to baby boutiques or anything of the sort, the internet provides all of this at your fingertips. And Polka Dot Whale is right up the PregnancyWeekly alley with gifts for newborns, infants, and new mothers. They really do have a great selection of items from pampering a new mom to clothes to accessories. And a bonus? They gift wrap for free - one less thing you have to do! Some of the items I liked - They have some gorgeous nursing covers in beautiful prints for new mothers. There is also a gorgeous small tutu for the aspiring ballerina which I am eyeing because when else am I going to be able to dress my second offspring in pink and flowers and all things girly? If she's anything like me, she will argue against every dress, every shade of pink when she learns to speak. Polka Dot Whale also has some great diaper bags - many of which are not just for the mom but are gender neutral and fun in a modern kind of way. If you are looking for a stylish gift for your wife, yourself or for a friend, I highly recommend Polka Dot Whale.