March 2018 - BabyQ

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When can I travel?

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Whether you’re traveling by bus, car, plane, ship or train, as a pregnant traveler there are a few things you should consider.  In general, travel is safe for pregnant women in the second trimester, weeks 14 to 28.  However, if you are considered “high-risk” or are at risk for hypertension, bleeding or diabetes, you should consult your doctor prior to any extended travel. Travel is not recommended in the first trimester because of an increased risk of miscarriage, and the third trimester should be avoided, as there is an increased risk of preterm labor.  Thus, doctors often recommend that pregnant women not travel beyond a 100 mile radius of their health care provider or chosen medical care facility, especially within a week or two of their due date.  To prepare for a long trip, women should pack a few essential items including records of their vaccinations and medical exams, particularly…

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Linea Nigra

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Linea Nigra is a dark strip of pigment in your skin that stretches from your naval to your pubic region.  Linea nigra, along with the darkening of the aureola around your nipples, and the so called “pregnancy mask” of the face, are some of the skin changes that take place during pregnancy.  Your hormones are at the root of these skin color changes.  These changes are temporary and will go away once you deliver.

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Is One Glass of Wine OK for the Baby During Pregnancy?

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There are many adjustments an expectant mother needs to make during the months she awaits the birth of her baby. She needs to pay attention to her diet, follow guidelines for exercising during pregnancy, and she might need to adjust her social activities as well. For some pregnant moms, giving up that glass of wine shared with girlfriends can seem like a hard adjustment to make, but there are many reasons why doctors strongly advise against drinking while pregnant. What Does Alcohol Do to a Developing Baby? When a pregnant mother drinks alcohol, the alcohol is passed on to her unborn baby through the blood and into the baby’s tissues and organs. Not only is the alcohol passed on to the baby, but then the baby’s organs have to process the chemicals in the alcohol, and this is done much more slowly in a baby than in an adult. This…

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Can My Baby Hear?

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An unborn baby has many experiences in the womb based on the actions of the mother – the foods she eats, exercises she does, and medications she uses all impact her developing baby. The senses of an unborn baby are also developing and interacting with the environment. There is much research that shows that babies can feel, taste, dream, and react to stimuli such as sound long before birth. So – does this mean your baby can hear? Yes. An Unborn Baby’s Ears and Hearing In the first trimester, just around the 8th week, a baby’s ears are forming, and as early as 18 weeks they begin to perceive the sounds of the womb (blood pumping, fluid moving, etc.) as the tiny bones of the inner ear mature and the auditory portion of the brain more fully develops. Research shows that infants recognize their mothers’ voices long before birth and…

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Seven Weeks

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I started nesting too early. I still have seven weeks until I deliver and I’m completely ready for baby number three to arrive. I know I should feel reposed about this; however, I don’t know what else to do to satisfy my incessant desire to nest.

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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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101 Things My Kids Have Taught Me: Lesson 100

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100: If Toddlers Could Vote, Mickey Would Be President. And Toodles would be VP.  I’ve been a pretty strict mom when it comes to TV viewing, but somehow Mickey entered my son’s life and there’s been no turning back.  I can’t pinpoint the exact time when Jack discovered Mickey, because I’m not even sure how he discovered Mickey.  I’m thinking it had to be about six months ago, because that’s when I remember this obsession beginning.  The marketing geniuses at Disney somehow got to my son and now Mickey is everywhere.  How do I get Jack to eat all of his peas? I tell him, “Mickey eats peas.” All of the sudden it’s “MMMMM peas! I like peas!”  On the flip side, if we’re shopping and Mickey is on the packaging, Jack screams says, “I need this!” He’s two.  He doesn’t “need” anything – besides love and affection, and the…

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babyQ Fish Scale

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It’s that time of year again – when fish and seafood are incorporated into many diets. Whether it’s for religious reasons or not, eating more fish can be very beneficial for pregnant women; however, there is a lot of contradicting information regarding the consumption of fish during pregnancy. Seafood gets a bad reputation because of the rising levels of mercury in larger fish. This is due to water pollution. Heavy metals (like mercury) pollute the oceans from various sources. Fish that are bigger and have a long life span (sharks, albacore tuna, swordfish, mahi-mahi) consume more little fish (salmon, sardines, shrimp), which leads to higher mercury levels in the bigger fish. On the other hand, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are crucial for baby’s brain development and can help raise your babyQ score. So what’s a mama to do? Avoid fish? Load up on fish? No and no….

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What to Avoid During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant you are probably thinking about the various dos and don’ts when it comes to eating, drinking, medications, and anything else that might affect your growing baby. Alcohol is definitely something that should be avoided during pregnancy as no level of alcohol has been shown to be safe for your baby’s development. Smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke also pose dangers to your and your baby’s health, so take steps to quit if you do smoke and try to stay away from others who do. These aren’t the only health risks you have to worry about, though, and some of the following dangers might surprise you. What Else Besides Alcohol and Cigarettes? Heat – Whether it is from the hot tub at the gym or a sauna on vacation, excessive heat should be avoided during pregnancy. In fact, spending as little as…

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