Friday, January 27, 2006

Lets Talk About Weight Gain- 1st Trimester

I've been concerned about gaining weight. I am always active. I exercise and watch what I eat. I am hoping to take care of my weight and nutrition especially now that i am pregnant. I hope that I don't gain too much and keep it on for many years in my life. My mother had recently lost the weight that she gained from her first pregnancy. I am very proud of her. I hope that I am able to do the same. Here is some interesting information about weight gain: Weight gain during your pregnancy depends on your height and how much you weighed before you became pregnant. All weight gain during pregnancy should be gradual, with most of the weight gained in the last trimester. During the first trimester, it is normal to gain only a small amount of weight, about one pound per month. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) if you were underweight before becoming pregnant, you should gain between 28 and 40 pounds during your whole pregnancy; if you were overweight, you should gain between 15 and 25 pounds during your whole pregnancy. Recent research shows that women who gain more than the recommended amount during pregnancy and who fail to lose this weight within six months after giving birth are at much higher risk of being obese nearly 10 years later. Check with your doctor to find out how much weight gain during pregnancy is healthy for you.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

PregnancyWeekly Guest Writer- Dana

Five Minutes of Wonderful


Throughout this whole experience, this is as scared as I’ve ever been.

Today we hit the eight week mark of our pregnancy. Tomorrow we will be having our first ultrasound. At this point, our baby should have tiny arms and legs, eyes, all the organs, and a visible heartbeat. I am afraid that we will see none of these tomorrow. I am afraid that this child does not exist.

My friend Jen reminded me of a line from Steel Magnolias: “I’d rather have five minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” These past two and a half weeks have been the happiest of my life. I have allowed myself to believe, really believe, that this baby is in there, that I am really pregnant. My body is making this pretty easy, for which I am grateful. Every discomfort serves as a reminder that this is really happening.

We even took the chance of telling some of our closest friends about the pregnancy. It was WONDERFUL. It made it REAL. They talked to the baby, patted my belly. We speculated about gender, appearance, personality. Made plans to go shopping for maternity clothes. It was so NORMAL. Undoubtedly this is the most wonderful “five minutes” of my life. I got to experience those things that I thought I may never experience: a positive pregnancy test, telling our friends, morning sickness. At least, I tell myself, at least I had this.

I just checked out a website to see what my little one should be doing in there this week, and found myself suddenly staring, silent and in awe, at an indescribably beautiful photograph. It was the most amazing little creature--an eight week old fetus, alien in appearance, yet completely magical at the same time. Not the grainy little peanut you see in the black and white ultrasound pictures. No, this creature had arms, tiny fingers, legs, eyes, a brain…those things that make us so markedly human. And I wonder, does my baby look like that? Right now? And then the fear kicks in. For so very long, we had nothing to lose. Every visit to the specialist, every painful test—nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Now…I feel like I have everything to lose. My biggest fear is that I will look on that ultrasound monitor, and see…nothing.

And I suddenly realize…when you decide to bring a child into your life, your heart is no longer safe. There is no greater responsibility, and thus no greater opportunity for abject failure or wild success. I am ready to embrace that. My heart is wide open, ready to be broken for sure, but also ready to be filled to bursting with the most amazing love I will ever know. So I will accept this fear, I will experience it, live it, and get through it, because it is part of the whole package. If I am unable to feel this fear, then I am also unable to fully feel the miracle. So I make this choice, here, tonight…I will feel the miracle. I will open myself to heartbreak in equal measure as to joy, to fear as to anticipation, because I cannot fully experience one without also being willing to receive the other. My hope is to see that beautiful grainy peanut on the monitor tomorrow, to see the flutter of a tiny heart, to hear the mysterious “whoosh whoosh” of this other life within my body. But if I do not, if this is not the baby we were given to have forever, I will be forever grateful to have had these last two weeks, these “five minutes of wonderful”. And I will go on to have a lifetime of wonderful because of it.

I'm On The Run... Again!

I am always running to the bathroom! I am a peeing machine! Does such a thing exist? Well, Yes, I am it. Once I start getting comfortable I realize that its just not worth it because I'm up and running toward the bathroom again.

I notice a more frequent urge to pee more than ever. I know that pregnancy plays a role. I guess this is one of the symptoms of creating a little buddy. I've already heard about this, but never realized that it would be so intense!

From what i've been reading is when you are pregnant their is alot of extra fluid in your body that causes you to pee a lot. Starting usually when your 6 weeks pregnant. Well, everything is going according to plan and my body the ticking clock! But when does the relief come?!

By avoiding coffee, tea, and alcohol (which I don't touch anymore!) I will see a little bit of relief. Hopefully, giving a fewer nighttime runs to the bathroom. I also read this tip that I though was great: When you pee, it is good to lean forward to completely empty out your bladder. Isn't that funny? I had never thought of that before! But the important thing is that you don't hold it in. By doing so this can cause "stress urinary incontinence" that causes you to pee a little when you cough, laugh, sneeze, lift heavy objects, or do certain types of exercise. Nobody wants that.

I guess I just have to wait it out. Be patient. This is just part of the journey!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

This Must Be Morning Sickness!

Okay, I've been trying to stop myself from bringing this up, but I just can't help it. I have the worst case of morning sickness!!! It doesn't seem to be getting better and doesn't seem like its going away anytime soon. I don't want to sound like I'm a complainer, but I just don't know what to do at this point! I don't just feel nauseous in the morning, this is ongoing throughout my day. I'm reaching out for help.

My mom told me that she also had a bad case of morning sickness, so this must run in the family. I've heard from others and read online that this will go away after the first trimester. Well then, just 6 weeks to go! No problem! Yeah, Right!!! Its horrible.

At work I run to another floor to use the restroom so my co-workers won't suspect anything. I don't want them to hear me throw up! I think I've played it pretty cool by now. Quietly slipping to the staircase and running up or down to another floor. I just can't wait for this to end.

So, I looked online and found some tips to help my nausea. I thought that other moms-to-be going through morning sickness might find it interesting as well.

  • Eat frequent, small meals (6 to 8 small meals a day, rather than 3 large meals)
  • Avoid fatty, fried, or spicy foods.
  • Try starchy foods, like toast, saltines, cheerios, or other dry cereals. Keep some by your bed and eat them before you get out of bed in the morning and when you get up in the middle of the night. Also keep some with you at all times, in case you feel nauseous.
  • Try drinking carbonated drinks like ginger ale or seltzer water in between meals.
  • Ask your doctor if you should stop taking your prenatal vitamin for a while if it adds to your morning sickness.
  • Ask your doctor if you should take vitamin B6 treatments for severe nausea and vomiting that doesn't get better with the dietary changes listed above.

If you are vomiting a lot, you might want to call your doctor to make sure you don't get dehydrated (lose too much fluid in your bogy). When the nausea and vomiting begins to go away, try to resume a healthy eating plan, and take your prenatal vitamins.

Hope This Works!

Monday, January 23, 2006

What Trimester Are You In?

You and Your Baby

Pregnant? The foods you eat before and during pregnancy help prepare your body to support the growth of your baby. Sensible eating gives your baby the best chance of a healthy beginning. After your baby is born, good nutrition, including being breastfed for most babies, is also important for your baby's growth and development.

First Trimester 0 to 12 weeks By six weeks your baby is the size of a pea. By seven to eight weeks all the baby's major organs are partly formed. Your body creates two special organs to support and nourish your child. The amniotic sac surrounds the baby with fluid and acts like a shock absorber. The placenta is your baby's life support system. It feeds your baby, brings oxygen and gets rid of wastes through the blood. Anything you eat, drink, or smoke, including drugs, will be delivered to your baby through the placenta. Good nutrition is required so that your body has the right building blocks for a healthy pregnancy.

Second Trimester 13 to 28 weeks During this trimester your baby starts to hear and may startle at loud noises. Sex organs are maturing. Hair grows on your baby's head. He or she can cough or hiccup. Your baby is very active. You need to drink plenty of fluids and eat sensibly to help your body support your growing baby.

Third Trimester 29 to 40 weeks Your baby does most of his or her maturing now. By six months your baby weighs less than one kilogram (less than two lbs). At birth the average baby will weigh between two and a half to four kilograms (six to nine lbs). Brain cells are growing very fast. Calcium is especially needed now for proper bone and tooth growth. Your baby is getting ready to be born.

Healthy Eating for Two!

Choose Healthy Foods During your pregnancy you will need extra food and nutrients. WHAT you eat, as well as HOW MUCH is important. The following nutrients are especially important. IRON is needed for healthy blood, placenta development and growth of the baby. -Good food sources of iron are red meat, liver, dried beans and peas, dried fruit and fortified cereals. -Iron from plant foods is best absorbed if eaten with foods rich in vitamin C. -Good VITAMIN C sources are broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, green pepper, tomatoes and tomato products, orange and grapefruit and their juices, strawberries and melons. FOLIC ACID or folate is necessary for healthy blood. -A folate supplement is recommended for all pregnant women. -Good food sources of folate are dark green lettuce, green peas, green beans, broccoli, dried peas and beans, oranges, and melons. CALCIUM and VITAMIN D are necessary for strong bones and teeth. In the summer, some vitamin D is made by your body when your bare skin is exposed to sun. In the winter you need to get vitamin D from foods. Fluid milk is fortified with vitamin D and rich in calcium. Cheese and yogurt are good sources of protein and calcium but not vitamin D. If you do not like to drink milk, try the following ideas: -Use milk in soups, puddings, sauces and casseroles. -Add skim milk powder to casseroles, puddings and soups for extra calcium and vitamin D. -Add cheese to casseroles, soups, salads and sandwiches. -Use plain yogurt as a vegetable dip and fruit yogurt as a fruit dip. Blend milk, yogurt and fruit together for a fruit shake. If you cannot digest lactose (milk sugar), lactose reduced milk is available in most grocery stores. Other food sources of calcium are canned salmon (with bones), sardines, tofu (made with calcium), and broccoli. Ask your doctor, community health nutritionist or registered dietitian for other suggestions. Other Foods Taste and enjoyment can also come from other foods and beverages that are not part of the four food groups. Some of these foods are higher in fat or calories, so use them in moderation. Caffeine Very high intakes of caffeine may be harmful to your baby's development. -Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate and certain drugs. -Two to three cups per day of coffee or equivalent are considered safe. Herbal Teas and Herbs Many herbal teas and herbs can act like drugs. The following herbal teas are considered safe in moderation (two to three cups per day). -Blackberry leaf, melissa or lemon balm, orange petals, chamomile, peppermint, fennel seed, raspberry leaf, rosehip, linden flowers, and spearmint. -Check with your doctor, community health nutritionist or a registered dietitian before using any other herbs. Artificial Sweeteners Moderate amounts of the artificial sweeteners aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), or acesulfame K (Sunette) are considered safe during pregnancy. Vegetarian Concerns Well-planned lacto-ovo vegetarian diets that include a wide variety of plant foods along with milk and eggs can meet the nutritional needs of pregnant women. -Poorly planned vegetarian diets can be low in iron, zinc and vitamin B12. -Strict vegan diets consist only of plant foods. They can be low in calories, iron, zinc, B12, B6, calcium and vitamin D. -If you have concerns about your vegetarian diet talk to a registered dietitian. Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Food is your best source of vitamins and minerals. The nutrients from food are in the right balance and are far better absorbed than those from pills. Even so, supplements may be recommended. -A folate supplement of 0.4 mg per day is recommended during pregnancy. -Read vitamin labels carefully. Do not take extra vitamins over what is recommended by your doctor because they may be harmful. -If calcium supplements are recommended, avoid natural sources such as bone meal and oyster shells. They may contain traces of lead and mercury. -Your doctor may recommend an iron supplement if your iron stores are low. -If you feel you are eating poorly or missing whole foods groups discuss this with a registered dietitian or your doctor. Water and Salt You need plenty of fluids during your pregnancy to help carry nutrients and wastes in the blood and to help keep you cool. -Drink six to eight glasses of fluid per day. -There is no need to cut back on salt.