Friday, February 10, 2006

3D/4D Ultrasound

I am planning to get my first ultrasound in a couple of weeks when

I reach my 11 or 12 weeks. I am a bit nervous and I hope they'll tell me that everything looks normal. I'm sure everything will be okay, but there's always that bit of doubt.

Since I am always online, I found another awesome website. Has anyone heard of 3D/4D ultrasounds? I just discovered this yesterday and had to post it on my blog. I don't know how long this has been around, but its definitely new to me! This is the first time I'm pregnant, so I'm a newbie with everything pregnancy/baby.

This is an image of a sleepy little baby at 28 weeks trying to get some rest. How adorable! I am blown away by how vivid the pictures are. If you are interested in checking out 3D/4D ultrasounds I recommend going to the Prenatal Peek website and see if there's a location near you!

Prenatal Peek Website: http://prenatalpeek.com/ Let me know if anyone has done this. It's really amazing!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Baby Shower, This Way ----->

I know that a baby shower is still a bit early for me, but maybe not for other pregnant woman. I have talked about having a baby shower in my previous blogs that is because I am super excited! I've been wanting to have a baby for some time and now that I am pregnant I can't wait for it to come. I've celebrated many of my friends' baby showers and even organized one. It's such a special day! It's a day to celebrate the forthcoming of my first baby. I found a wonderful site called ABCFavors that sales baby shower supplies, such as party favors, game prizes (for winners and losers), decorations, party bags that you can design, lollipops, and much more! It is such a cute site. I love it! Check out ABCFavors: http://www.abcfavors.com/index.asp Have fun searching for a creative baby shower!!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

PregnancyWeekly's Hannah Had Her Baby!

I just want to give Hannah from PregnancyWeekly's Mommy Diary and big CONGRATULATIONS! She made it to week 40 and has a little girl, Olivia Rose! What a beautiful name. I am so excited for her and her family. Olivia was born on January 31st. Welcome Olivia! Has anyone been reading The Mommy Diaries on PregnancyWeekly? I have been hooked! I love her blog, especially reading women's opinions on the advice column! I feel like I know Hannah just by reading her entries. They are all great. Even though I've read all of them, I'll go back and check out the blog entry for the week that I'm currently in. So, since I am on my ninth week now, I'll have to see what Hannah went through on her ninth week. I love reading about what other pregnant women are experiencing and seeing how they're coping through their weeks. Thats why blogs, message boards, and chatrooms are great. I enjoy the fact that we have something in common. We're pregnant! I really do feel like I've made some great connections! Thanks! Check out Hannah's Mommy Diary: http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/the_mommy_diary/diary.asp

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

PregnancyWeekly Guest Comedian- Carrie

A husband and wife were expecting their first child. Around the 6th month, the wife decided to stop working as to prepare for the baby. Her husband had other ideas. He came to her one evening as she was putting the groceries away and stated......"Woman, now that you are barefoot and pregnant and staying at home, things will change around here. First off, with all your free time there are a few things I expect. I expect to have a gourmet dinner on the table when I get home from work. After I am done eating, I expect to be served a sumptuous dessert. After the dessert, we are going into the bedroom to have sex the way I like it. Then you will run me a hot bath so that I can relax a bit. You will wash my hair and scrub my back for me as well as rub my feet. When it is time to get out, you will dry me off. Do you want to guess who will be getting me dressed and combing my hair for me?"The wife replied, "The damn funeral director would be my guess!"

Car Seat Safety

Its still too early in my pregnancy, first trimester, to start thinking about things to buy for my baby's care... well, maybe not. But a car seat might be one of them. To be completely honest, I'm hoping to get some great gifts if I have a baby shower! Cross my fingers! That way a lot of pressure to purchase baby gear will be off me. Check out this link to see some great, safe car seats for your baby: http://www.maxi-cosi.com/ Oh, Britney: I'm not one to really talk about celebrity gossip, but once I saw this picture I just had to post it in my lastest entry. Unfortunately, Britney Spears doesn't find it Extremely Dangerous to drive with your baby on your lap. Babies should never ride in the front seat and never hold your baby in your lap while driving! Apparently, Britney Spears drove with her bodyguard to Starbucks while her baby was in his car seat in the back. When the body guard went inside to get the drinks she took him out of his car seat. Photographers approached the car and began harrassing her. When the bodyguard got back into the car she drove off with her baby on her lap. Not the greatest idea! She put her baby in harm. Here's an important link to children's car seat safety guide: http://pediatrics.about.com/library/car_seats/blsecure_car_seats.htm

Monday, February 06, 2006

Exercise!

I am the sort of person who feels guilty if I don't go to the gym and get in a good workout at least a few times a week. Since I've reached my 9 weeks of pregnancy, I've continued to workout, but with the conscience that I have a baby growing inside me. Its a wonderful experience to know that you are creating another being, but very important to take the right precautions and not overdue it!

If you have no medical problems with your pregnancy, regular physical activity (30 minutes per day, most days of the week), can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and labor. It also helps to lower your risk for having health problems like high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. And you will have an easier time getting back into a healthy body shape and weight after the birth.

Normal, low-impact activities, like walking and swimming, that don't involve a lot of bouncing, stretching your muscles to their greatest extent, or deeply bending your joints, are good for you. Because your connective tissues stretch much more easily during pregnancy, high impact or high resistance exercises that involve a lot of bouncing and extreme muscle stretching can increase your risk of joint injury. If you haven't exercised regularly before becoming pregnant, you can still begin an exercise program. Just start slowly and progress gradually. Talk with your doctor first about what types of exercise or activities are best for you.

One type of exercise that can help your muscles prepare for delivery, help support your uterus during pregnancy, and help you to control your urine are pelvic floor exercises (also called Kegel exercises). Pelvic muscles are the same ones you use to stop and start your flow of urine. You can do this exercise standing, sitting, or lying down.

Kegel Exercises tighten the pelvic floor muscles for five seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 times. You can also talk with your doctor about how to do this exercise.