Friday, February 03, 2006

The Importance of Brushing Your Teeth When Pregnant

A pregnant woman's teeth and gums need special care. We know that pregnant women with gum disease problems are much more likely to have premature babies with low-birth weight. This may result from the transfer of bacterial microbes in the mother's mouth to the baby during the third trimester of pregnancy. The microbes can reach the baby through the placenta (a temporary organ joining the mother and fetus which supplies the fetus with blood and nutrients), through the amniotic fluid (fluid around the fetus), and through the layer of tissues in the mother's stomach. Every expectant mother should have a complete oral exam prior to or very early in pregnancy. All needed dental work should be managed early, because having urgent treatment during pregnancy, while possible, can present risks. Interventions can be started to control risks for gum inflammation and disease. This also is the best time to change habits that may affect the health of teeth and gums, and the health of the baby. Remember to tell your dentist that you are pregnant! Brush with a soft toothbrush and floss gently at least twice a day.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins! Gross. I hate them. I've had varicose veins before I got pregnant and I can't imagine getting more during my pregnancy. They are on the back of my calf on my left leg. I wish that they would just disappear. Their are treatments, but I never looked into them. I was thinking that if I got more I would definitely look into treating them! It is very likely that women develope varicose veins during pregnancy, because the pressure on the large veins behind the uterus causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. This can cause varicose veins in the legs or even hemorrhoids! That can be worse! In case that anyone doesn't know what varicose veins are they look like swollen veins raised above the surface of the skin. They can be twisted or bulging, and are dark purple or blue in color. They are mostly found in the backs of calves or on the inside of the leg, and could be located anywhere from the groin to the ankle. A good way to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy is by avoiding tight knee-highs or garters. Also, sitting with your legs and feet raised when possible. If you are like me and work at a desk eight hours a day, you can prop your feet on a footstool, box or several books. Even relaxing at home, keep your feet up on a footstool, some pillows on the couch, or another chair. I'm going to purchase a footstool right away. I never thought about using one before, but more varicose veins is something that I don't need!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Angela Bassett Welcomes Twins!

I was just searching online and I saw an article stating that the actress, Angela Bassett, is a proud parent of twins, a boy and a girl. The twins were born on Friday, January 24, 2006. This is the first for the couple. This is a very exciting time for them. The children were born to a surrogate mother. "I thought I would have the option to bear children in my forties as long as I was healthy and took care of myself, but I don't. My body decided what it was going to do. I was unable to carry, but there are other ways you can have children," Bassett said. It is great to see that they are ready for a new chapter in their lives. Especially, taking care of two little ones it will be an adventure! I wish her the best of luck with whats ahead.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I Just Want my ZZZZs!

I notice that I'm starting to feel more and more tried as this pregnancy goes along. I am 8 weeks now. When I get home from work, I eat dinner, and before I know it by 9pm I'm in bed! I use to never be in bed by 9, but with this new life inside of me, I dream about laying down and taking a nap.

Something Important: During your pregnancy, you might feel tired even when you've had a lot of sleep at night. Many women find they're exhausted in the first trimester. Don't worry, this is normal! This is your body's way of telling you that you need more rest. After all, your body is working very hard to develop a whole new life. Tiredness will pass over time and be replaced with a feeling of well being and more energy. When you are tired, get some rest. Try to get about eight hours of sleep every night, and a nap during the day if you can. If you feel stressed, try to find a way to relax. You might want to start sleeping on your left side, if you find it more comfortable. This will relieve pressure on major blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. If you have high blood pressure during pregnancy, it is even more important to be on your left side when you are lying down.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Baby Chic 101!

I just have to blog about this site that I recently discovered. Its a great blog that's directed toward women. Its anything and everything about pregnancy and babies! I love this blog and am so inspired by it. I recommend everyone to check it out. This blog deals with the best of baby's and children's fashion, toys, gear, furniture and much more. If your interested in celebrity pregnancies, popular baby products, maternity and baby Fashion, etc. this is a wonderful site that you'll enjoy. You know one of the first things that I'm looking to get is a stroller. Its a great invention that is definitely not overrated. Especially, the twin stroller can come very useful expecially if you have two young ones! On the right hand side of the site their are TONS of categorized links to maternity, baby fashion, baby shoes, Gear, Toy Nursery, and even travel sites, and much, much, much more! I can't stop clicking through all the links and looking at everything baby and everything new! I find this site very useful and enjoyable for pregnant and new mothers and I just wanted to spread the love!