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.😊


Confused About What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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