Friday, April 14, 2006

18th Week of Pregnancy

This information was taken from StorkNet's Pregnancy Week-By-Week Guide. Fetal Development:

In week 18 the baby is starting to look more human. Its exciting to know that the fingertips and toes are developing pads, and the eyes are looking forward rather than out the sides of the head. Meconium, the baby's first bowel movement, is accumulating within the bowel. And if your baby is a boy, his prostate gland is beginning to develop.

If you notice your belly making jerky movements in sync, don't panic; your baby may have the hiccups.

Maternal Changes: Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint are normal during pregnancy. These symptoms aren't harmful unless they occur frequently or severely. "Postural hypotension" is low blood pressure due to a change in position and happens frequently in pregnancy because your cardiovascular system doesn't react as fast.

Your uterus is just below your belly button now.

If you're having an ultrasound to verify fetal age or for other reasons, your careprovider will probably schedule it between now and 20 weeks. It's often possible to determine your baby's sex at this stage, and you'll be able to tell arms from legs and all sorts of delightful details!

Relief from Back Pain

Half of all pregnant women suffer from lower back pain. As your pregnancy progresses, your posture changes to accommodate the increasing weight you are responsible for bearing. With simple good sense, however, you can reduce or siliminate you lower back pain.

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Avoid standing for a long period of time. If necessary, do so with one foot on a low stool and switch feet occassionally.
  • Consider investing in an ergonomic chair for more support.
  • Immerse yourself in water to relax your muscles.
  • Talk with your doctor about exercises for the lower back.

Check out Pregnancy Weekly's health and fitness section for more information on back pain.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Pics of Celebs with their Babies

Denise Richards and her 10-month-old daughter Lola in Santa Monica on Thursday. Seal and Heidi Klum with their seven-month-old son, Henry Gunther, make it out to lunch at the Ivy in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are with four-month-old daughter, Violet. This was taken during a visit to the Doctors on Saturday in Beverly Hills.

Brad and Angelina Shopping for Baby

Brad and Angelina stocked up on baby clothing at a store in Paris according to an article in People Magazine. Could they be shopping for their new little one? An observer tells People that they purchased dresses, socks, a bonnet and a layette. "We think it's a girl, but we're not 100-percent certain." The actress also purchased a gray T-shirt with the word "boy" on it . . . "just in case." Besides, she said, "since I already have a boy and a girl, it doesn't really matter." This must be a really exciting time for them. She is getting ready to bring a baby into the world for the first time. Where ever she might have the baby, I wish her and her family the best and a healthy labor.

Better Dietary Decisions

Being overweight and pregnant can put you at greater risk for complications but your pregnancy is not the time to go on a weight-loss diet. Instead, your pregnancy is a great opportunity to make better dietary decisions. Here are some ways to eat right for you and your baby:
  • Eat small meals and snacks throughout the day to prevent overeating.
  • Remember to eat breakfast because it can help curb the munchies at the end of the day.
  • Choose healthy, nutritious snacks such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active with in a low-impact exercise program (i.e. walking or water workouts).
  • Manage your calorie intake from liquids by limiting soda, juices, and sweetened teas.
  • Find out why you eat and when you eat be keeping a food diary. This may help you manage your feelings of fatigue, stress, or boredom without having to eat.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New Blogs Added to the Blog Roll!

Just wanted to let you guys know, I updated the blog roll today with new blogs of expecting parents and moms. If you haven't checked out the blog roll yet, check out all the links on the left side. There are some great blogs of both moms and dads and soon-to-be parents. Take a read!

Spa Do's and Don'ts For Pregnant Women

Nurture your inner diva by treating yourself to a day for two at the spa. Here are the basic DOs and DON'Ts of "spa-ing" for two. First Trimester DO remember to spill the beans about your pregnancy the moment you call to book your day at the spa. That way, the staff will be able to help you steer clear of any treatments that aren't recommended for mothers-to be -- basically any treatment that involves high temperatures (whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, heat wraps, etc.) or the use of any herbal or botanical products that could potentially be harmful to the developing baby. DON'T forget to let the therapist or esthetician who is treating you know if you're battling morning sickness. Once the person administering your treatment is aware of the problem, she can take steps to ensure that the treatment room is well ventilated and she can avoid using any strongly scented spa products that might inadvertently trigger your nausea. Second Trimester DO indulge yourself in a mid-pregnancy facial. Facial treatments designed to unplug oily pores can help to minimize the severity of the hormonally-driven acne breakouts that are a pregnancy rite-of-passage for many moms-to-be. DON'T go near the tanning bed. Not only is the heat from the tanning bed potentially harmful to your developing baby, but the manmade "suntan" you acquire in the tanning bed will only serve to accentuate the butterfly-shaped area of pigmentation that can occur on the cheeks and forehead -- the so-called "mask of pregnancy." Third Trimester DO treat those tired tootsies to an ultra-soothing foot massage and pedicure. Trying to apply nail polish to your own toe nails is pretty much impossible at this stage of the game, so let someone else give you the ultimate pre-labor send-off: some fire engine red toenails to flash while you're givingbirth. (Oh, baby!) DON'T overlook your belly. Instead of neglecting your belly, treat it to a moisturizing body scrub. This particular spa treatment will help you to get rid of the buildup of dead skin cells that can otherwise lead to an itchy belly -- a perennial source of annoyance for moms-to-be. At the same time, it will help replenish some of the moisture that's being lost as a result of hormone-induced skin dehydration

Gwen Stefani- It's a Girl!

Gwen Stefani, 36, and Gavin Rossdale, 38, will be welcoming a little girl into the world according to Star Magazine. They are expecting the baby in June. A source close to the couple tells Star, "They're having a girl, and they're both totally excited to finally be able to let everyone else in on their little secret!" This a cute picture of pregnant Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale outside of a Beverly Hills Hospital on Tuesday. Gwen was headed in for her pre-natal checkup.

Baby Sean Preston Falls

Making fun of Britney Spears' parenting skills is all fun and games - until the baby really gets hurt. Seven-month-old Sean Preston in early April took a tumble from his high chair, but it wasn't until six days later, Friday, that Spears and husband Kevin Federline noticed that the infant was sleeping more than usual and rushed him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a minor skull fracture and a blood clot, according to Star magazine. The injury set off alarm bells at California's Department of Child and Family Services, which on Saturday dispatched an investigator - accompanied by an LA County sheriff's deputy - to visit the Spears-Federline family's Malibu home. Such visits are required by California law whenever babies are brought to the hospital with serious injuries, Star reports.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Helena Says the Baby is Gorgeous!

Model Helena Christensen has visited Gwyneth Paltrow at a New York hospital. After a couple days of giving birth to Moses, Christensen brought a gift for the new mother. "I got her a silver gold necklace with three hearts," she said. Mother and baby were said to be both "100 percent." Information given by a Uk News source. When leaving the hospital Helena Christensen was asked by reporters who she was visiting, she said, "who do you think?" before laughing and adding, "The baby is gorgeous!" No further details about the arrival of Moses were being disclosed, spokeswoman Emily Yomtovian said.

Week 18

This is day number 123 and I'm 18 weeks pregnant! 22 weeks left, and I'm 45.0% of the way there. I'm almost half way along my pregnancy! How exciting. I feel that my belly has been growing more quickly as the time goes by. Its nice have a little belly, knowing that my baby is growing inside me. What a crazy thought! I'm going to be someone's mommy!

Last weekend I went to the mall. I'm not one that really likes to shop. I always wish I was a bit thinner and I could find clothes easier than I do. Since shopping has never put me in a good mood, I usually avoid doing it. I realized that since I'm getting bigger I'm interested to see what is out there for a pregnant woman like me.

The best purchase I've ever made since my belly has grown is the Tummy Tube. It is wonderful! I can still fit in many of my jeans, but they no longer zip up. This is where the Tummy Tube comes in perfectly. It wraps around my waistline and holds my pants up. It helps me continue to use my old clothes without spending more money buying new maternity wear. Tummy Tubes are one size fits all and machine washable. What a wonderful product! I bought 2- one white and the other black.

I am sure that I will need to go back and visit maternity stores very soon, but I'm happy with what I have right now. No need to spend money quite yet.

Easy Ways to Incorporate Fruits and Veggies In Your Diet

Getting the right nutrients can help you prepare your body for the strains of labor and to recover faster from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the USDA both recommend eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. The following are fun and easy ways to sneak in your daily servings of fruits and vegetables:
  • Keep raw vegetables or fruits (e.g. carrot sticks, sliced apples, raisins) handy.
  • Add fruit to your morning cereal, pancakes, waffles, or yogurt.
  • Choose a salad with dark green leaves and other vegetables for lunch.
  • Snack on dried fruit or add dried fruit to a basic trail mix.
  • Try frozen fruit and vegetables
  • Combine or add extra fruits and vegetables to your main courses.
  • Have pre-cut produce ready to be gobbled up in your refrigerator. Slice up 2-3 times more fruits and vegetables and store them in plastic containers or bags for the next day's snack when you might not feel up tp preparing anything.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Welcome Son!

Over the weekend Gwyneth Paltrow, 33, gave birth to her second child with husband, Chris Martin of ColdPlay. They welcomed a boy to their expanding family. This was confirmed by ET Online. The couple named their baby Moses. Moses is a title of a song that Chris Martin, 29, wrote about his wife in 2003. I know that this sounds bad, but could they have chosen a worse name for a child? Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin now have two children, a girl named Apple, almost 2 next month, and a newborn boy, Moses. Congratulations to them both! I wish them the best!

Health Tip: Your Baby's Teething

Teething usually starts during a child's first four to seven months. If your infant doesn't show any teeth until much later, don't worry. This may be determined by heredity, and it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is wrong. Teething occasionally may cause mild irritability, crying, low-grade temperature (but not more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit), excessive drooling, and a desire to chew on something hard. Usually, the gums around new teeth will be tender and swell. To ease your baby's discomfort, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you try gently rubbing or massaging the gums with one of your fingers. Teething rings are helpful, too, but they should be made of firm rubber. Pain relievers and medications that you rub on the gums usually aren't useful, since they wash out of the baby's mouth within minutes. If your child seems particularly miserable or has a fever higher than 100 degrees, teething probably isn't the cause. You should consult your pediatrician as soon as possible.