Monday, January 4, 2021

Confused About What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag


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Are you puzzled about when to have your hospital bag ready or what to pack? Usually, it is best to have it prepared once you enter your last trimester. Keep in mind that yes, your Obstetrician gave you a due date, but sometimes babies make surprise appearances. So you wouldn’t want to leave it for the last minute because there is so much to remember in packing and to put any stress yourself is not good. I can recall my first pregnancy; I had no idea what I needed and packed things that weren’t necessary. After that experience, I took the time to learn and become better prepared for the next time. Here you will find a list of things to pack for yourself and your newborn as well.


The Necessities:



Essential documents


Bring your ID, Insurance cards, and any documents considered vital to you and your baby during birth and stay at the hospital. 



Medications


Pack your medications in a sandwich or freezer bag, so it’s easily accessible, and bring a list of any medications your doctor allowed you to take during your pregnancy. So it’s kept on file while you are there.



Pediatrician Information


Be sure to have selected a pediatrician for your baby before going to the hospital and have that information on hand because the delivery nurse will contact your baby’s doctor once he or she is born.



Phone Charger


It’s always good to have an extra one that you can pack up in your hospital bag because of the fewer chances of you forgetting to pack one up because it’s not in use daily.



Money


Be sure to bring whatever form of payment you feel comfortable using. Such as cash, debit, or a credit card to purchase something during your stay if you are up to it from vending machines, cafeteria, or at the gift shop.



Notebook and a Pen


You may need to write things down. Things you may need to get or do once released from the hospital with your baby.



Items to help with Relaxation


Pack any item you enjoy doing or even help you relax. Also, remember these items will help you kill time during labor. It can be a book, puzzle books, magazines, headphones to listen to music or watch a movie on your phone if you have movie apps downloaded on your phone, to name a few.



Items for Mom:




Toiletries


You will need your toiletries like deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick to keep your lips from getting dry, hairbrush and comb, scrunchies to pull your hair back. Trust me; You will need it to keep your hair out of your face. You can also bring your sanitary napkins (heavy flow or overnight), but the hospital will provide some to you. But if you don’t want to use theirs, you can get your own but bring plenty because you will need them.



Clothing


Some people will either wear the hospital gown given to them during their stay or even wear their pajamas from home. It’s your choice. If you decide to bring some, be sure they are loose-fitting pants, and the tops are easy to open if you choose to nurse. If you are going to breastfeed your baby, be sure to pack nursing bras and nursing pads. The nursing pads will help with the leaking, and you must frequently change, usually after you nurse—pack up a few non-skid socks and comfy slippers. Don’t forget to pack an outfit to wear when it comes time to go home.



Items for Your Baby:



Car Seat


You need to have one to leave the hospital with your baby. Be sure to have it properly installed ahead of time.



Outfit to Leave-In


Pack a few outfits since you don’t know which size will he or she fit in. Bring newborn and size (0 to 3 months old) clothing and a few infant hats to keep their head warm. Depending on where you live, you may need a sweater or a coat, a thin or heavy blanket for your baby.



There are a few things for the baby you don’t need to worry about packing. Such as bottles, formula, diapers, and wipes. The hospital will provide these items to you.



Thanks for reading, until next time, and please comment below if you have any tips.😊









Monday, November 30, 2020

What You Need to Get Done Before the Baby's Arrival

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Are you wondering when is the best time to get your nursery ready, and what will my baby need during his or her first year of life? It’s so easy to feel so overwhelmed by it all, but trust me, many women go through these same thoughts. I was one of these women. And I knew that this was supposed to be a wonderful time. Still, unfortunately, I couldn’t enjoy this wonderful time. I was so clueless about when to get the room painted, select the right furniture and clothing, when to make purchases, and what is the right time to set things up nicely. After my first pregnancy, I learned by trial and error that it’s okay to buy baby items after the first trimester. Here are some tips I hope you will find to be a resource.



Painting the Nursery
 

It is usually best to paint the nursery around the beginning of your last trimester. Depending on what you are having will determine the room’s color theme, but if you want to be surprised, it can be a neutral color. It’s best to err the side of caution and have someone else paint the room for you, a spouse, another family member, or even hire someone. Ventilate the room, have all windows open, and use low or zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) paint.



Furniture


You can read reviews on products or even watch the reviews on YouTube about a particular product you may be interested in getting. Also, be sure there aren’t any recalls of any items you are looking to purchase. It’s usually available on safekids.org. Don’t forget to sign up with your email to receive it. Whenever one comes, you will get it through your email. You can purchase the furniture after they paint the nursery.



Clothing


There are many options for clothing, both indoor and outerwear. If you know what you are having, it is easier to select your baby’s clothes, but It’s okay if you want to be surprised because there are neutral clothing colors. It’s best to know your baby’s weight because there are preemie sizes for under 6lbs, and Newborn sizes run from 6 to 9lbs. If you find out your baby under 10 lbs in your final ultrasound, then purchase a small amount of preemie and or newborn clothing but preferably get 0 to 3-month sizes because it’s for 9 to 12.5 lbs. The next size up is 3 to 6 months for 12.5 to 17lbs; after that is 6 to 9 months for 12 to 21 lbs.




 Baby Essentials 


  • You will need a crib, mattress, four fitted sheets, seven baby blankets, and a few comforter sets. There are many styles of cribs and different mattresses. Be sure to have 2 inches between the crib and bed. 


  • Baby Monitor: This is one item that is a must-have. It’s a helpful way to help you monitor your baby.



  • Changing table: You will need a place to change your baby’s diaper. Also, you can keep your diapers and wipes neatly organized and accessible.



  • Infant Car Seat: This is another item you must have because the hospital will not leave with your baby without showing this seat. Look into the reviews before purchasing because you will need something to protect your baby in case of an accident.



  • Stroller: There are many choices out there, so take some time to look into the reviews to see which one would be best for you and your baby.



  • Baby Bathtub: Your baby doesn’t have the strength to sit up yet, so he or she will need something to keep safe during bathing the baby.



  • Diaper bag: It’s essential to have one of these so you can store diapers, wipes, diaper cream, extra clothes, bottles, and blankets while you are on the go.



  • Breast Pump: If you decide you want to breastfeed your baby, this will help. It helps establish your milk supply, and also, you can store the milk, so if you ever need to go out, your baby will be okay.



  • Bottles: It’s a good idea to have at least ten bottles. There are many options to choose from, so look at the reviews to see which is best.





If you would like to share any tips, please feel free in the comments.😊


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

7 Tips to Assist You While on Bed Rest During Pregnancy

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Did your Obstetrician just put you on bed rest? Usually, he or she will put you on it because of a threatening miscarriage, high blood pressure or other health conditions, or preterm labor. Keep in mind those a just a few reasons. There are a few different types that your doctor can put you on. First is a limited activity, which means to shorten your workday and limit any daily activities and take frequent breaks—also, no heavy lifting of any kind. The second is complete bed rest, either at home or a hospital stay. That is strictly in bed. But only get up to use the bathroom and to take showers. Remember this to increase your chances of having a full-term baby, which is considered after 37 weeks.


I can recall being on both limited and complete bed rest. The first time was because of a threatening miscarriage during my first trimester, and the second time because they knew me to be of high risk due to my previous pregnancy. Both times were hard for me because I’m the person who enjoys being on the go and doing things for myself. Here are some tips to help you during this challenging time, and remember this is in the best interest of you and your baby’s wellbeing.


Have a support system


Don’t be ashamed to ask for help from either your family or friends. Trust me. You will need it, especially if you have other children in the household. Dependent on what type of bed rest, your doctor says you must do.  You will need help with the home’s upkeep, such as the cooking, cleaning, and laundry and taking care of any other children you may have in the house. 


Work from Home


Let your employer know what has happened. Have paperwork because he or she may need it for documentation. Then ask what options you have during this time for working at home.


Paying your Bills

Thanks to technology, it has become much easier to pay your bills now. You can now schedule all your bills paid directly out of your banking accounts when it’s due without you having to do it in person. 


Food Shopping


Now you can either call or place your order online to get your groceries delivered to your house. Many grocery stores will provide this service to you. Sometimes you might experience long wait times for your groceries, but try ordering at least a few days or a week in advance. If you need it sooner, then ask a friend or a family member to help you out.


Activities to keep yourself occupied


Take this time to look into some hobbies such as knitting, scrapbooking, crossword puzzles, word search, and reading books. There are so many activities you can do during this time. Whatever activities you do, keep close to you.  Also, watching documentaries, movies, or catching up on your shows, either cable tv or streaming apps such as Hulu, or Netflix, just name a few.


Connect with your circle


You may feel lonely during this time since you won’t be able to connect with people socially outdoors, so keep in touch with your family and friends. Even invite them over for a movie, or just to talk. Another option is to do video calls if someone is sick and lessen your chances of getting sick.


Get Comfortable

 
Try to purchase comfy clothing, sheets, blankets, also a pregnancy pillow. Depending on what type of bed rest you are on will determine if you can get these things yourself or online. You will need to be comfortable during these times. 


If you have any tips you want to share, please feel free in the comments. 😊




Friday, November 6, 2020

Exercise While You Are Pregnant

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Are you wondering if it’s safe to do any type of exercise while being pregnant, and what are their benefits? Believe it or not, there are some safe ones out there, and so many uses for doing so. But don’t forget to discuss it with your doctor first before starting any type of exercise. You will need to get clearance from them before doing anything while pregnant, especially if it may pose a risk to both you and your baby. When I was pregnant with my first, I walked every day until a month before giving birth. It felt great, but the further along I became, the harder it was for me. If you get the okay from your doctor, be sure to use your judgment while exercising. Don’t push yourself. Whatever you do, do it in moderation.



Here are some benefits of exercising : 


  • You will maintain a healthy weight gain, which will help you out in so many ways during your pregnancy—fewer chances of getting any health complications that need medical attention during or post-pregnancy.


  • It will help you remove your bowels easily and regularly.


  • You will see your sleeping habits getting better. Many women struggle with sleep problems while pregnant, but doing a little exercise will improve your sleep. 


  • Reduces any amount of stress you may experience. When you get stressed, you release a cortisol hormone, which isn’t right for you or your baby because it can cause serious health complications, such as an early miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, just to name a few. 


  • It will improve your overall mood, especially if you have mood swings, because it releases those feel-good hormones.



Safe exercises to do while pregnant



  • Remember, first to ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to do any exercises. It is important to get clearance from him or her. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Such as your overall health and dependent on what stage you are in your pregnancy. 


  • Go for a brisk walk. If you have always been walking, keep doing it, but start small if you haven’t. You can even ask your doctor how many mins and times a week is appropriate for you. Remember to wear good shoes, always have water with you to stay hydrated. Don’t go walking when it’s hot. 


  • Try prenatal yoga. It helps ease stress, helps you with your sleep and overall health, and gets clearance first from your doctor.



Avoid these Activities 


  • Any contact sport can put you at risk of getting hit in the stomach, such as basketball and soccer.


  • Activities you have a risk of falling—Bicycling, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and balancing.


  • Any activity that you can get overheated. Like, “Hot” yoga or pilates.


  • You can also ask your doctor for a listing of activities to avoid.



When to Seek Medical Attention Immediately


  • Remember not to overwork yourself, and stay hydrated.


  • Vaginal Bleeding


  • Feeling dizzy


  • Headaches


  • Any feeling of discomfort just to be on the safe side or pains (contractions)


  • Your baby isn’t moving like he or she usually does during the day.





If you have any tips, you would like to share. Please do in the comments.😊


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

A Helpful Guide to Prepare You for the First Prenatal Visit

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Congratulations on this exciting news! Now that you have found out you’re pregnant and took some time to deal with this great news. It’s time to make your first prenatal appointment. Once that’s done, you are probably left wondering what will go on during your first prenatal check-up? Well, this will be one of your longest ones because so much is involved in it. 


Things To Prepare for in Advance


  • Have a list of all current medications and vitamins you are taking, so the doctor is aware of this and can let you know what is safe for your baby, and whatever is not, he or she might suggest an alternative.


  • Jot down all your medical history, your family’s, and your partners
    Your doctor will need to know this information. It will be of help to you, your baby, and your doctor. Then he or she can take any necessary precautions for any potential health problems or hereditary diseases.


  • Take some time to write a list of questions you or your partner may have. You can either have it in a notebook or on your phone. Usually, there is an app on the phone for notes. If not, you can download it on your phone.




The Day of the Appointment


  • Bring your information with you that you had prepared in advance, either in a notebook or on the phone.


  • Urine test- to confirm your pregnancy and also check for any infections or problems with your urine. 


  • Complete Physical Exam and Medical History- especially getting baseline numbers of your blood pressure to follow you through all your appointments. Also, check your height and weight to make sure you gain the appropriate amount of weight that may not cause health concerns to both you and your baby. He or she will be asking you questions during this time about you, your family, and the partner’s medical history.


  • Pelvic Exam - to check for any STD’s or Cervical Cancer. If you recently had one, you may not get looked at again, but if you had an abnormal result, he or she would conduct another one.



  • Blood Work- to see your blood type and check for your HCG levels, infections, or any problems in your blood. Also, check RH status to know if you are either RH positive or negative. If you are negative, you will have to take certain precautions during your pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss that with you.



  • Ultrasound- this test will give you an accurate due date and how long you are in your pregnancy.



  • Questions- Don’t forget to ask your doctor any questions you have prepared in advance, so you don’t feel unsure about anything in particular. Such as what is safe to take for headaches, fevers, eat, exercise, just to name a few.



  • Schedule - Remember to schedule your next appointment and always be sure to keep up with them all. It’s crucial for both you and your developing baby.





If you have any tips, you would like to share. Please do so in the comments. Until next time.



Saturday, October 10, 2020

Just Finding Out You're Pregnant, Now What?

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Did you just recently found out you are pregnant? Are you going through some mixed emotions? Trust me; it’s perfectly normal. Many women will experience mixed feelings, both happy and sad. I can recall how scared, shocked, and then delighted when I found out all three times. Take the time you need to process the news, and once you have done that, there are a few things you will need to take care of to have a successful pregnancy.



Refrain from Stress


Stress can do a lot of harm to you and your baby. Such as an increase in the risk of miscarriage or premature births and also cause health complications to yourself. So it’s vital to prevent any of it, but sometimes it’s out of your control so try to limit it. If you see yourself getting stressed, go for walks around your area, or take part in prenatal yoga. (Fit2B Studio)  It improves sleep and also reduce stress and anxiety. Be sure to ask your Obestrician first before signing up for a program. Here are some extra tips to help you reduce your stress levels from another mom blogger, Rashmi.


Your Diet


Make sure to eat healthy meals for you and your baby. It’s crucial for your baby’s development and growth. There are foods you should stay away from raw seafood, rare meat, hot dogs, deli meats, raw eggs, and also any fish products that contain high mercury, such as Swordfish, King Mackerel, Tilefish, Shark, and Tuna. It can cause damage to your baby’s brain development and the nervous system. You can ask your obstetrician for a list of foods that are safe to eat and not eat. So you can hang it on your refrigerator and be mindful of what you are eating.



Search for an Obstetrician 


You can either ask your friends who have had babies or look online for one. You should feel comfortable with the doctor you select since you will be seeing him or her throughout your pregnancy up until the day you give birth.



Drink Plenty of Water


Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. You should drink about 8 to 12 glasses daily. It’s essential for both you and the baby. Especially during the third trimester because it can cause contractions to occur before its time. 



Maternity Wear


You may start to feel uncomfortable in your regular clothing as your belly starts to grow but don’t worry. There are plenty of maternity clothing options that can be purchased either online or at a brick and mortar store.



Sleep


Try to get a good 7 to 8-hour sleep nightly. It’s okay to find yourself needing more rest in your first trimester because your body is doing much more than its use.



Enjoy this Moment


Don’t forget to enjoy every moment of your pregnancy because it’s such a wonderful experience of seeing your belly growing as your baby develops inside you. You can even talk to your baby,  play light music by placing headphones around your stomach, and even read stories. It’s a great way to connect with your baby during this time.





If you have any tips to share, feel free to share them in the comments.😊







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Confused About What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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