February 2019 - BabyQ

It’s a Boy!

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Rory Gerard was born July 24, 2013 at 7:53pm.  As I predicted, this labor and delivery was nothing like my other two; however, Rory is just as healthy and perfect as Jack and Charlotte. I labored for 15 hours, had two different epidurals, and pushed one time; it was a long and painful labor, but a very easy delivery.  Overall, the emotions were the same.  Having a baby never gets old.  No matter how many times I’ve done it, or will do it, delivery is the coolest, most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life and nothing can ever top it.  I absolutely love it. Of course, it’s easy to say that a month afterwards. Rory is a month old today and already so much bigger than when he was born.  It’s crazy how fast his first few weeks of life have gone. Having three kids in less than…

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Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy: is it normal?

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Although few women would admit it, as many as 20-50% of pregnant women experience hemorrhoids.  Hemorrhoids are unsightly, pea or grape size swollen blood vessels in the rectal area. They are sometimes called piles. Hemorrhoids are actually varicose veins that arise inside the rectum or protrude out the anus; thus, they are classified as internal and external hemorrhoids and the external hemorrhoids are “graded” 1-4, based on severity and extent of protusion.  Pregnant women suffering from hemorrhoids experience itching, burning, uncomfortability, pain and less frequently rectal bleeding. Causes—increased pressure in the pelvic area, enlarging uterus, increased blood flow leading to swelling, bulging & dilating; constipation aggravates, straining to have a bowel movement Prevention—drink fluids, mostly water, increase fiber (fruits and veggies- 20 to 30 grams), Kegel exercise and incorporate over-the-counter stool softeners; sleep on your right side; move around—don’t sit or stand for hours; don’t strain; wipe clean; avoiding heavy…

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Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are not uncommon during pregnancy.  Just remember your hormones are in charge.  Estrogen especially opens up your blood vessels.  The blood flows through the skin and makes you feel like you are on fire.  You feel very warm and uncomfortable.  The best thing to do is find someplace cold, like a cool shower or bath.  If it’s winter, you can step outside.  Grab a cold wet towel and place it on your face or across your chest and abdomen.  Ironically, once pregnancy is over, you will probably be far more sensitive to the cold then you will be to the heat.

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Should I Avoid Over the Counter Medicines Now That I’m Pregnant?

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Pregnancy is a time of many changes for your body, and one of those is what you can put into your body. Medications taken during pregnancy can sometimes result in birth defects, complications for the mother, low birth weight for the baby, and other significant health issues for both mother and child. Your healthcare provider should discuss with you any prescription medication needs and decisions during pregnancy, but don’t forget to talk with him or her about any use over the counter medications (OTC) for pregnant women that should be avoided. What is an over the counter medication? Over the counter medications, also known as OTCs, include more than the obvious headache and cold medicines. They include such things as: Pain relievers Allergy medications Dietary pills and supplements (even those shakes) Some teas Herbal medications Topical ointments – they are absorbed through the skin and circulate through the bloodstream Vitamins…

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Don’t lose sleep over that.

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“Don’t lose sleep over that”, is common advice for a good reason.  Sleep deprivation has emerged as a significant risk factor for many diseases, from diabetes to high blood pressure and heart attacks.  How about pregnancy?   What are the causes and consequences for mother and baby, and what are the solutions? There are many reasons for lack of sleep during pregnancy. The most common are: Discomfort and pain Snoring, more common in overweight women and over the age of 35 Excessive caffeine consumption in coffee, soda and energy drinks Fluid retention during daily activities causing excessive nighttime urination Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Rhinitis and sinusitis Physicians now realize that sleep loss is a significant risk factor for many diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.  Poor sleep during pregnancy has been associated with: Pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure Gestational diabetes Excessive weight gain Mood disorders including postpartum depression How to…

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What if you drink during pregnancy?

I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant. Should I Be Worried?

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Should I Be Worried About My Baby’s Development Because I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant? This issue has caused a lot debate in the medical community. The position of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has been and continues to remain that “no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy” in spite of any research to the contrary. That’s because drinking while pregnant is a well known cause of mental retardation and birth defects. In addition, using alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, and stillbirth. “The bottom line according to ACOG: Women should avoid alcohol entirely while pregnant or trying to conceive because damage can occur in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, even before a woman knows that she is pregnant.” Is There Any Medical Association That Believes That Having Used Alcohol Before Knowing You Were Pregnant…

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Sciatica or Leg Pain

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Sciatica is irritation of the sciatic nerve.  This is the major nerve that comes out of the back and runs through your pelvis and down your leg.  It allows you to move and supplies sensation to your leg.  With all the changes taking place with your body, especially in the pelvis, it is easy for the sciatic nerve to get irritated during pregnancy.  This is called sciatica. There are many ways to treat sciatica when you are not pregnant.  These include medications, injections and sometimes surgery.  However, none of these options are appropriate during pregnancy.  Physical therapy can sometimes be helpful, sitting in an easy chair with your back flexed and your feet up can also make it feel better temporarily.  Walking on a regular basis can ease sciatica, but not always.  Tylenol is felt to be safe during pregnancy for an occasional episode of sciatica, but is not a…

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101 Things My Kids Have Taught Me: Lesson 99

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99: The Best Toys Are Not Toys Being pregnant, not feeling well, and having two toddlers with the flu has rendered us homebound for the last couple of days. While my kids would be perfectly happy curled up on the couch watching movies all day, I can’t help but feel guilty about doing that, so I’ve been trying to think of new activities to occupy us. Lately, my kids have been getting bored easily and quickly with toys. Maybe it was overload with Christmas, and did I mention my husband and I took the kids to Disney World right after Christmas? But that’s a whole different story. Traveling with kids is always interesting. Anyway, toys haven’t been doing it for my kids; however, non-toys – pots and pans, my spice cupboard, the mudroom junk drawer, and water – have been occupying my kids for hours. Seriously. I’ll give Jack three…

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What Are Symptoms I Might Be Pregnant?

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Even though on the outside it might seem like there are no signs or symptoms of pregnancy, on the inside your body is going through tremendous and significant changes. Many of these changes will trigger symptoms even in just those first few weeks that when all put together point to the same answer – you are pregnant. Early Signs of Pregnancy One of the very first signs of pregnancy a woman might notice is very light bleeding, which can happen 10-12 days after conception. This is known as implantation bleeding from the fertilized egg implanting in the uterine wall. For women who do have implantation bleeding, many think that it is just an early, light or slightly unusual menstruation period. Don’t assume you’re not pregnant if you don’t have this symptom – many women become pregnant and never experience noticeable implantation bleeding. There are many other signs and symptoms of…

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“I’m feeling Sad” Is this normal?

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At what should be one of the happiest times in a woman’s life, many pregnant women experience fatigue, irritability, sadness and mood changes.  When these feelings also include trouble sleeping, inappropriate guilt or hopelessness, and a sense that nothing is enjoyable anymore, this is characteristic of depression.  If you are experiencing these mood disturbances and behavior changes, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimate that 14-23% of pregnant women experience depression at some point in their pregnancy. Given the hormone surges during pregnancy, women often feel “highs and lows”. Even so, if these hormonal fluctuations cause dramatic changes in mood and behavior, such that you are having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, immediate action should be taken by seeking medical help. When symptoms of depression are mild, such as intermittent fatigue and sadness, women might misinterpret these as normal…

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