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Irrational Pregnancy Fears: Delivering the Baby in the Toilet

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Toilet (Photo credit: homespot hq)

At just about nine months pregnant, I have this irrational fear of pushing the baby out into the toilet.  Whenever I sit down to, well, do number two, I’m freaked out that I’m going to look down and see a baby.  I think I may have watched one too many episodes of “I didn’t know I was pregnant”!  That seems to be a common theme in that show, all of the babies end up in the toilet…

This is completely ridiculous, I know.  For one thing, Josie’s not anywhere near ready to come out.  The doctor said she’s still way up in my uterus and I’m not dilated at all.  For another thing, those women on that show don’t actually know that they are pregnant… I know I’m pregnant.  Really pregnant.  I think I would figure out what was happening if a baby started coming out of me while I was trying to… uh… take the Browns to the Superbowl.

Anybody else have this crazy fear?  Any other completely irrational fears relating to pregnancy?

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Bundles of Baby Joy: Breastfeeding – How Important Is It?

Take a minute to check out my Guest Article on Bundles of Baby Joy!

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, but it is one of the best things you can do for your new baby.  It is common knowledge that breastfeeding offers babies all kinds of advantages, but this wasn’t always the case.  Because so little was known about the benefits of breastfeeding, it didn’t used to be nearly as popular as it is today.  Fortunately, doctors now realize how beneficial breastfeeding is and they strongly encourage new mothers to at least try to breastfeed their new babies…. Click Here to Read More!

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What they don’t tell you about pregnancy: Sausage Fingers

So, it happened.  I woke up this morning with the dreaded SAUSAGE FINGERS!  I’m not entirely sure why… maybe I didn’t drink enough water yesterday, maybe it was the pizza I ate last night before bed or maybe I just slept wrong.  Who knows?  All I know is that I woke up this morning and could barely bend my fingers they has swelled up so much!

Why doesn’t anybody tell you about sausage fingers?  They do, kind of.  Generally pregnant women are warned about swelling during pregnancy, but aren’t usually told about the joys of super swollen fingers.  There are three main places where swelling occurs during pregnancy: your lower legs (cankles), your face (giant-nose syndrome) and your fingers.  Most first time mamas don’t realize how much their fingers have swollen until they are attempting to butter up their fingers to get their rings off.  I recommend removing all rings prior to the end of your second trimester, so you aren’t panicking wondering if you are going to have to get your wedding ring cut off!  If you would like to still wear your wedding ring, I suggest getting a matching chain and wearing it around your neck (kind of brings you back to High School, huh?).

During pregnancy, your feet can swell up an entire shoe size and a half!  My first pregnancy I was due in the middle of winter, so I purchased a cheap pair of larger shoes to get me through.  This time around I’m due in the middle of the summer, so I’m planning on sandals and bare feet (yes, I will be barefoot and pregnant). Keep in mind that your feet don’t necessarily go back to normal right after you have the baby… or possibly ever.  Mine eventually did, but I’ve heard of moms whose feet were permanently one size bigger!

My sister-in-law’s first comment to me when I told her I was pregnant again was “Does this mean I get to see your nose get huge again?”.  She was really excited to see my nose spread across my entire face…. Usually this facial swelling is a sign of preeclampsia, but I have been lucky enough to avoid that so far.  I just end up with a giant nose and a distorted clown face!  Don’t worry if this happens to you, it will go back to normal.  Eventually.  My face wasn’t completely back to normal until my son was one year old!

What causes swelling during pregnancy?

  • Retaining water

  • Pressure on Veins in legs from Uterus

  • Preeclampsia

  • Blood Clots

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What can I do to avoid/reduce swelling?

  • Drink more Water

  • Increase potassium intake

  • Decrease sodium

  • Decrease Caffeine

  • Get off of your feet

  • Cool off

  • Cut back on the hours you work, if possible

  • Invest in support socks

  • Massage the swollen area

  • Ice the swollen area

  • Wear comfy shoes

  • Don’t cross your legs

  • Exercise

If you are concerned about your swelling, please discuss it with your doctor.  Although some during pregnancy is perfectly normal, swelling during pregnancy can be a sign of a serious health condition.

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Bundles of Baby Joy: Counting Sheep? We have some advice to help you get those much needed Zs.

Take a minute to check out my Guest Article on Bundles of Baby Joy!

Having a baby is one of the most joyful times in a parent’s life, but it’s also arguably the most exhausting.  Before you have a baby, you can’t truly understand what it is like those first few months.  Sleeping (along with showering) is a luxury that most new parents don’t get nearly enough of.  Although I can’t promise you a full night’s sleep (or really even five hours straight), I can give you some helpful tips for surviving those first few months.

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Exhausted, but the Crib is FINALLY up!

The crib is finally up.  And it was one heck of a day!  I honestly feel like I can barely move at this point.  We cleaned out and then rearranged the bedroom so we could fit it in here…  It seems so much more real now that we’re going to have a crying, pooping, wiggly, red faced little bundle of joy soon.  What in the world did we do?! lol  I’m still not ready.

My stomach is HUGE!  I was a little concerned when I got out of the shower tonight that I would be the first pregnant woman who’s stomach actually exploded from stretching too far. I don’t know how it could possibly get any bigger in the next two months!

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Big Fat Pregnancy Belly Casts

Really?!  I just want to know WHY.  Why is this appealing?  First of all, sitting around having someone place wet plaster strips on my stomach doesn’t sound like a great time.  (Might be alright with the right drinks, but unfortunately being pregnant does not allow for such activiites.)  It sounds wet, slimy and cold.  Not fun.

Second, what the hell are you going to do with a plaster cast of your pregnant stomach?  Is that something you really want hanging on your wall for all of posterity?

And third, why in the world would I want to remember how incredibly HUGE I am right now?  How about after I get back in shape post-baby we’ll do a belly cast.  Get a nice ab-cast going on.  That’s something I’ll want to remember forever!

Who am I kidding?  I’m a lot more likely to drink a few glasses of wine and make a plaster cast of my ass than actually have the abs to make a decent ab-cast.

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by | June 12, 2013 · 6:15 pm