Friday, February 17, 2006

Pregnant- Know When Not To Worry

Following are the most common concerns among pregnant women, with information about why you probably don’t need to worry—and when you should. Of course if you have any questions or concerns, call your doctor.

Nausea Though morning sickness feels bad, it’s not bad for the baby. In one of my previous postings, I have focused on nausea. There you can find a bunch of tips for some relief. And it really helps, trust me! When to call the doctor: Nausea is a concern when severe vomiting causes dehydration. Infrequent urination, as well as urine that’s dark and strong-smelling, are key signs. Also call your doctor if you can’t keep food down or are losing more than 1 pound a week.

Bleeding For many women, bleeding is perhaps the scariest symptom they might experience because they associate it with miscarriage. But bleeding during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, is more common than many realize: About 25 percent of women experience some type of bleeding in the first 13 or so weeks; of those, more than half go on to have perfectly healthy babies. When to call the doctor: Regardless of the possible cause, any bleeding—no matter when it happens—should be reported to your doctor right away.

Cramping Many women feel something akin to menstrual cramps in the early stages of pregnancy. That achy heaviness in the pelvic area is caused by increased blood flow to the uterus and pelvic organs and is a normal part of early pregnancy. When to call the doctor: If you notice consistent cramping on only one side, tell your doctor so she can rule out an ectopic pregnancy or ovarian cyst. Serious cramping in the second or third trimester is more worrisome, as it could indicate early labor, so report that right away as well.

Contractions Many women experience random contractions, often called Braxton-Hicks contractions, after 24 weeks. These are normal as long as they are irregular and sporadic. When to call the doctor: If contractions seem regular (time them to be sure), call your doctor. She’ll want to make sure you’re not in real labor.

Reduced Movement Women usually start to feel their babies move sometime between weeks 18 and 24. After that first kick, the movements gradually become stronger and more frequent; it can be scary if they suddenly seem to cease. Less movement can be a simple matter of a woman being so busy that she doesn’t notice her baby moving. When to call the doctor: If you haven’t felt your baby kick by the 20th week, call your doctor. Chances are the baby has been moving but you simply haven’t felt it; your doctor will determine whether she wants to follow up.

Discharge Unusual and excessive discharge is a part of pregnancy. Your cervix is undergoing many changes, which create normal mucous discharge. When to call the doctor: If discharge is accompanied by burning, itching or a foul smell, see your doctor. You could have an infection.

Wetness When a pregnant woman sees wet sheets, she thinks, My water has broken! But more likely, that little wetness on your sheets or underpants is only urine. Because pregnancy can put pressure on the bladder, many women leak urine without realizing it. When to call the doctor: If the wetting persists or seems like a lot, call your doctor. She’ll want to be sure you’re not leaking amniotic fluid, which is a concern before the 37th week because such leakage could trigger labor or lead to infection.

Swelling Pregnant women retain excess fluid because of the extra water-retaining hormones in the body. In addition, a woman’s blood volume increases by 30 to 50 percent in preparation for labor and delivery. When to call the doctor: Sudden swelling accompanied by a headache may be a sign of preeclampsia, a dangerous condition of pregnancy. Call your doctor if you experience this after your 28th week.

I hope these concerns help ease your mind. Remember a vast majority of babies come out just fine. Good luck!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Baby Rock Star

I found another great clothing website for children and babies. This site brings rock and hip-hop style into cool baby t-shirts, onesies, and kids shirts. Check out this site: Baby Rock Star shirts are made for infants, toddlers, and kids. The shirts are parodies of classic rock, hip-hop, and punk icons. For example the picture to the left is of a little boy wearing a onesies with the Parody of Nirvana's Nevermind album cover. Cute! This site is absolutely adorable and funny! I love it! I think its really creative. Not only do they sale shirts with their own designs, but you could always create some awesome rocking designs. If you have an idea you can submit it for a t-shirt. More Cool Rockin' Sites: Great sites for parents who like to rock with their kids!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Doctors Visits

I've never felt this way before, but lately I've been enjoying my doctors visits. My doctor is great and he makes me feel very comfortable at each visit. I notice that I count down the days until my next visit. I feel like she reassures me that everything is going well and I'm going to have healthy baby.

Good Advice: During these special months of pregnancy, especially the early ones, visiting your doctor regularly is very important. Your doctor will schedule you for regular check-ups throughout the next nine months to keep your baby healthy and avoid problems with delivery. Become a partner with your doctor to manage your care. Keep all of your appointments — every one is important! Pregnancy typically lasts 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last menstrual period. The first trimester lasts 12 weeks, the second from 13 to the end of 27 weeks, and the third from 28 to 40 weeks. Your doctor will refer to your pregnancy by the age of the fetus in weeks.

What to Expect: During the first prenatal visit, your doctor will discuss important parts of your health history that may have some impact on your pregnancy. These include diseases, operations, and other pregnancies. There also will be questions about your family's health history. You will have a complete physical exam, lab tests, and a Pap test. From now on, your blood pressure, urine, and weight will be checked at every visit.

For special genetic or medical reasons, you may need other lab tests, like blood or urine tests, cultures for infections, or ultrasound exams. Your doctor will discuss them with you during your visits. Your doctor also will figure out your expected delivery date and answer questions about any concerns you might have.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Can't sleep?

I meet up with a pregnancy group at least once a week. Some of the woman are further along than I am and complain about having trouble sleeping. I'm only in my 10th week and all I want to do is sleep. And so, this posting is dedicated to all the women who can't sleep! When you lie down, babies finally have room to stretch and move around. These movements are fascinating, but can interrupt your sleep, especially if the baby has hiccups. Toward the end of pregnancy is when sleep problems are most common. Your body's metabolism increases, causing insomnia. Frequent trips to the bathroom, leg cramps and the normal anxieties about being a new mom can make for a tough night. There are no easy answers but remember, this is temporary. Some Advice: -Mild exercise may help relieve stress and improve sleep. -Avoid eating large meals three hours before going to bed. -Discuss your concerns with your partner or a close friend. -Keep a journal of your thoughts. -Read or engage in a quiet activity if you absolutely cannot sleep. -Don't try and do as much during the day if you have had a bad night. -Short naps are okay, but long ones may interfere with your night's sleep. Hope this helps the mother's in their third trimester! Before you know it I'll be there too!

Monday, February 13, 2006

37-Pound Woman Gives Birth To Healthy Baby Boy

Did anyone hear this story on the news? I read about it on Thursday, February 9 that a 37-pound woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy in San Joaquin Valley in California. Eloysa Vasquez is 3 feet tall and suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta which causes her bones to be soft and break easily.

She was told that it would be difficult for her to give birth because she has little room for a fetus to grow. She has suffered two previous miscarriages, fortunately the doctors at Stanford delivered her son by a cesarean section on January 24. The baby was delivered eight weeks prematurely because of the mothers condition.

The great news is that the boy, Timothy, is doing well and he also did not inherit his mother's genetic condition. If you would like to read the complete story about Vasquez, click the link below.

37-Pound Woman Gives Birth To Healthy Baby Boy: I found this story absolutely amazing! I am so very happy for the family and I wish them the best of luck with their miracle baby.