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  • Infant Care Basics

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    6/1/11

    infant cprMy husband Josh and I went to the Early Pregnancy Fair at Ministry St. Clare's Hospital last month which was an introduction to all the other classes Ministry Health Care has to offer. We got to talk to a pediatrician, a lactation specialist, a nutritionist and many other people about what we can expect from the other classes and what we need to be prepared for come November.

    We are 5 months along now so we're ready to start learning about the important stuff. Ministry Health Care offers lots of great classes for expecting parents. My mom is jealous because when she had us ALL they had for classes was lamaze which is still available and I intend to take it as D day draws nearer. There's a laundry list of classes you can choose from that teach you everything from how to install a car seat to proper breastfeeding techniques. I want to go to all of them! Some are free and some have a small fee.

    We are taking the Infant Care Basics/Infant Safety class next week at Ministry St. Clare's Hospital. This class teaches expectant parents the basics of caring for their new baby. It will also give us helpful tips on making our home safe and teach us infant CPR (though this is not a CPR certification class). It's three hours long and it only costs $25. 

    As soon as we found out we were pregnant Josh said, we need to take infant CPR. He is certified in CPR, but the certification class focuses on people 8 and up with a brief mention of small children and babies. So when I found this class on the list of classes offered through Ministry Health Care I knew we had to take it. 

    Like I mentioned there are a lot of great classes offered through Ministry Health Care. Josh and I are taking one each month so we are prepared. If you want information on classes available please visit http://ministryhealth.org/eventscalendar/COE.aspx

    I will let you know how this one goes in next week Wednesday's blog.

  • Cell Phone app

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/31/11

    dental I'm having so much fun with this app I found. Both me and my husband have it loaded. It's a pregnancy tracker app for your phone that tells you week by week what's happening to mom's body and baby's body. It also offers daily advice. 

    I just finished week 16 and I learned that pregnant women often have red, swollen gums that may even be sore and bleed. Luckily I'm not one of those pregnant women. I haven't had any problems with my gums. In fact I went to the dentist a few weeks ago and he warned me about "pregnancy gingivitis" though I had no signs of it he wanted me to remember to keep flossing to prevent it. I haven't missed a day of flossing since he told me about it because gingivitis can progress to an infection of the bones and tissues supporting your teeth and this can also cause premature labor and preeclampsia.

    I also learned that in the 16th week our baby is growing quickly, already 4 and a half inches from crown to rump. It's sucking, breathing, and swallowing. It's also doing aerobics in there, though I can't feel it yet. By now, the ears have moved up from the neck into their proper position and the eyes have moved from the sides of the head to the front of the face and though they're still fused shut they can detect light.

    Oh and one more cool thing, our baby can sweat! I don't know why I think that's so weird, but I do.

    Now I'm beginning week 17 and this week I found out that I could get nosebleeds and I will probably be congested. I'm usually congested this time of year anyway thanks to allergies so will I be able to tell the difference?

    The baby can hear this week! That's exciting! Like everyone else the baby will probably recognize me by my laugh.

    It has eyebrows and eyelashes, but it's skin is still translucent. 

    It's so neat to be able to follow along like this. It's like a pregnancy book one page at a time.

    Do you or did you follow along with each week's development?

  • New Sponsor

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/27/11

    ministryI'm excited to welcome a new sponsor to the Baby Blog, Ministry Health Care and the Women and Infant Center at Ministry St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point.

    This blog has been wonderful up to this point, but with the addition of our new sponsor you can expect so much more. I'll have access to health care professionals to answer your questions and I'll have lots of great information available to me for the blog. There may also be some opportunities for readers to win prizes!

    I have chosen to work with St. Michael's Hospital throughout my pregnancy and I am excited that they too have chosen to work with me on the Baby Blog. In order to make this partnership work well for you too I encourage you to ask questions, please submit questions in any of the following ways: email them to nikki.montgomery@mwcradio.com, put them in the comment section of the blog, you can also put your questions on facebook as a comment under the blog post or feel free to Tweet me your questions @NikkiWDEZ. 

    Once questions are submitted I will do my very best to find an expert at Ministry to talk to and I will post those interviews in the Podcast section of wdez.com and I will link them to the Baby Blog. 

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my baby blog and follow me on my pregnancy journey. It's quite an adventure and I'm happy you want to share it with me. 

  • I need an elephant

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/26/11
    elephantIt's time for me to get a pet elephant. If it's true what they say, "an elephant never forgets" I need to have one by my side at all times because this pregnancy brain is killing me!
    It is so bad I can't remember if I washed my hair while I'm still in the shower only seconds after I've rinsed it. Unfortunately my pet elephant won't fit in my bathroom. I forget if I've called so and so to tell them such and such and I'm starting to forget whether or not I fed the dogs and let them out. Thank God I've got an understanding husband who is very good at reminding me to take my vitamins.
    I'm wondering how bad it's going to get because riding an elephant to work sounds fun, but is just not feasible. Will I forget to tie my shoes? Will I overdose on the lotion because I can't remember if I put any on?
    What causes this forgetfulness? There's no proven cause so experts think it's just because we're distracted. Pregnant women are so distracted thinking about baby related stuff that they simply forget unimportant things. Research shows that nothing really happens to our short term memory while pregant I guess it just can't hold everything on our minds.
    The cure for forgetfulness? Make lists, relax and assign a specific place for things you tend to lose. For instance if while pregnant you cannot remember where you put your keys, when you get home always put them in the same spot so you don't have to try to remember what you did with them.
    Did/do you have pregnancy brain? What did/do you do to deal?

  • Ghostly white spring/summer

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/25/11

    tanningI am not a sun worshipper by any means. I don't make a habit of laying in a tanning bed and I don't lay out on the beach or by the pool or even spend time outside without sun screen on. However, I do like to have a little color going into spring and summer so I use sunless tanning gel and I've even been known to do 5-10 sessions at a tanning salon before a big event. 

    This spring/summer I'm a little concerned about being ghostly white because I don't know if tanning is safe. Sunless tanners are filled with chemicals and tanning beds are just all sorts of bad for you. 

    I was curious about the dangers so I looked it up. Here's the info I got from a dermotologist's blog: the ingredients in self tanners are harmless she says so they're safe to use. They stay on the surface of the skin so should have no affect on the baby.

    Tanning beds are another story. We know that they're not ideal for anyone, but there are particular dangers to pregant women though there is no conclusive evidence that they're harmful to the developing fetus, they are proven to be dangerous to you so why take the risk? Melanoma (one of the most deadly forms of cancer) is the only type of cancer that can be passed through the placenta to your baby. Melanoma is caused by the exposure of UV rays which you will get directly pumped into your body through a tanning bed.

    Lying in a tanning bed can also raise your body temperature above 102 degrees which can cause spinal malformations in your developing baby! This is also the reason pregnant women should avoid saunas and hot tubs.

    Another concern is that lying on your back too long can restrict blood flow to your heart and to the baby. That's why the doctor will suggest you sleep on your left side during pregnancy too. Which is super difficult for me because I am a back sleeper. I catch myself on my back pretty much every night when I wake up to pee. 

    Is it really a big deal for a pregnant woman to be tan? Am I being silly to be concerned about going out in my maternity sun dress with white legs?

  • Ouch!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/24/11

    exercise bandI totally freaked my husband out the other day. Not on purpose of course. We were busy running around all day and when we got in the car to drive home all of a sudden I got a sharp pain in my side. I winced and let out a pain filled breath while pressing my hand against the side of my belly. It lasted only a few seconds and was gone. Neither of us knew what it was so when we got home I whipped out my handy pregnancy book I got from the nurse at our first appointment and looked it up. Round Ligament Pain. 

    Round ligament pain is totally normal. Starting in your second trimester, you can feel a sharp pain if you move quickly, cough, get up from a chair, roll over in bed or it can even present as a dull ache after a lot of activity. 

    The uterus is surrounded by the round ligaments in your pelvis, but when you get pregnant your uterus needs to grow so those ligaments have to stretch just like the exercise band in the picture. 

    If you could trace the pain it would run from your groin up your bikini line to the top of your hip and you can feel it on one or both sides. So far I've only felt it on my right side.

    To relieve the pain my book just says I should relax. Sit with your feet up. If that doesn't work curl your knees up to your chest. You can also lay with a pillow under your belly and one between your legs.

    Did you ever have something freak you or your partner out during your pregnancy that you later found out was totally normal?

  • Heartburn

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/23/11

    heartburnThis morning I was woken up by a terrible case of heartburn. I don't get heartburn very often and if I do it's usually from white onions. I can't eat onions at all right now because they make me sick, so I know that wasn't the cause of my discomfort. 

    It was just after 2am which is miserable because my alarm doesn't go off until 3:30 (and I usually hit snooze a few times) I woke up with a horrible burning pain in my chest. I remember reading that laying on a couple more pillows can help ease heartburn so I did that and no luck. I also remember hearing that milk can help so after a while I poured myself a big glass of milk and sat on the couch for a while. It seemed to help a little, but I'm still dealin with it today. 

    I wasn't sure what kinds of antacids I could take considering some brands contain aluminum and some contain asprin. I talked to some friends and people in the office and found out that Tums is the way to go, but one of my friends said that Tums didn't work for her at all so her doctor had to prescribe her something for the heartburn.

    Because of my misery I had to do some research to find out what causes heartburn. Of course the old wives tale says you'll have heartburn if the baby has hair, but I don't recall there being a Montgomery baby in history born with hair. Through my research I found that a hormone produced by the placenta relaxes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus allowing stomach acid to seep back up the esophagus. AKA acid reflux. 

    I also read that this will likely continue for the duration of my pregnancy. Which is not something I'm looking forward to. I will by buying a big bottle of Tums on my way home today.

    Did you suffer from heartburn? How did you deal with it?

  • Emotional Changes

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/20/11

    theater masksI've heard that some women cry over commercials and reading through hallmark cards, and some women blow up at the drop of a hat. These types of mood swings are totally normal, it's hormones. I haven't been on the emotional rollercoaster yet. But I'll tell you what irritates me is when something bugs me and someone says, "It's hormones." If I get crazy I'm gonna know it I don't need you to tell me. And if I do get crazy be supportive and understand that it will pass. Luckily, my husband is not the person saying, "It's hormones" and I don't think he ever will. He's been so great so far I can't imagine him ever being mean even if I am.

    It's a very stressful time for both of us right now. Making sure things around the house are ready for the baby and worrying about being good parents. Understanding that we're both stressed will help us communicate better. Helping each other focus on the tasks of today will keep us from worrying too much about what is to come. I don't think you can ever really be ready for a baby. You can't tell what kind of parents you'll be until you actually start parenting. As long as we are on the same team and work together we'll be fine and I know we can do that.

    Did you go through some serious mood swings? How did your partner deal with them?

  • Maternity Clothes Advice from listeners

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/19/11

    belly bandThank all of you who chimed in and offered me advice about maternity clothes. I got great advice about what styles are good and what stores and brands are the best.

    I have to give a special thank you to Jill who answered my question about belly bands on Facebook. It sounds to me like that might be just exactly what I need right now!

    As I mentioned in yesterday's blog I'm not sure I'm ready for maternity clothes yet, but my regular clothes aren't really working any more either. Jill sent me a link to info about belly bands so I checked it out. This website says that you can use these belly bands or sleeves throughout your entire pregnancy and even after. Early in pregnancy you can wear them low around your unbuttoned regular pants to help hold them up and cover it up and it just lookes like a tank under your top. It can also be used to hold up maternity pants that are a bit too big yet. Mid to late pregnancy you can continue wearing it for the early pregnancy reasons and to cover up your belly in your regular shirts that might be getting a bit too short. It can also help relieve back pain. Plus the belly band also helps prevent your belly from pushing down your pants. Then after you have the baby you can use it to cover your belly during breastfeeding and help you transition back to your regular clothes.

    So after reading this information that Jill kindly sent over I decided this really is a must have and I ordered two one in black and one in white. I'll let you know how they work when I get them.

    Please keep sending along advice and sharing your stories I love reading them. I will also be working with some doctors as we go along so if you have any questions or topics you'd like me to discuss with them please comment below.

  • Maternity clothes

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/18/11

    materntiyAm I ready for maternity clothes? How do I buy them? Where do I go? How much stuff do I buy? To answer all of these questions I called my best friend and mother of 2 lovely boys. I'm now 15 weeks along and I still have 2 pairs of jeans that fit and a couple more that I can still button, but they're pretty uncomfortable. I have long sleeve tops and tank tops, but very few t-shirts that I can fit over my already a size bigger boobs. So I thought maybe it was time to go shopping, but I don't know if maternity clothes grow with you or if you need to continue to buy them as you get bigger. Well, my BF suggested the places to shop, though we only made it to one of them. She helped me pick out two t-shirts and one pair of capris. She told me that I need to allow room to grow, but plan to shop throughout my pregnancy. I had a good time shopping with her though I didn't buy much.

    I now have my first official maternity outfit for spring/summer. How much more do I buy? I know I'm going to need at least one pair of jeans. But what style? There's low rise that just have an elastic waist band, mid rise that have a half spandex/cotton band, and then there's the full belly pants which are the ones that have the full belly coverage with the spandex/cotton band. I imagine the low rise ones will be as uncomfortable as my regular jeans are starting to become. Do the mid rise fall down? Are they comfortable? I know I'm not ready for the full belly jeans yet, but my friend told me I can just fold them down until I'm bigger. 

    Who would ever think that I'd be stressed out about shopping? And of all the things going on with me right now, pregnancy wise of course, why am I most stressed out about shopping?

    Do you have or did you have a belly band? I saw this in the maternity section at the store yesterday. What is it and why do they call it a pregnancy necessity? 

  • Pregnancy is not so pretty

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/17/11

    mr yuckSo people say it's one of the most beautiful experience in nature, but in reality there's nothing beautiful about it. Or at least not much.

    You know how when you first start dating a guy he's convinced you don't fart or poop. Well in my house the "females don't fart" myth lived on in my house until about 3 months ago. Once you get pregnant there are no more mysteries.

    Gas becomes a common problem. Constipation and diarrhea are hot topics at every doctors appointment. I have more zits than I did at 15. It's really not pretty at all.

    Vomiting is a problem I've been lucky enough to avoid, but another disgusting side effect of the miracle of life.

    If I had trouble growing nails in the past I'd be really excited, because these prenatal vitamins make them grow like crazy, but I've always had nice nails so for me it's kind of annoying that I have to trim them and file them all the time. My hair has been great thanks to the vitamins so I guess there are two beauty pluses.

    I'm sure as I move along I'll have more not so pretty stuff to share with you and I will be happy to do so. And feel free to share your stories with me.

     

     

  • Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    5/16/11

    food pyramidFood food food! In the first trimester I was hungry all the time. I have gotten better since I started the second, but I'm still pretty hungry. 

    I tried so hard to eat healthy. When it came to snacks I'd eat nothing but fruits, veggies, cottage cheese and yogurt. But one day I went to the store and Pop Tarts looked really good. Then fruit snacks sounded like a good idea. Don't forget the occasional candy bar. It was like all will power went out the window when I was actually shopping. Not good! 

    My breakfast usually consists of a grain (cereal, granola bar, or oatmeal), dairy (milk, chocolate milk, or yogurt), and fruit (juice, applesauce, or orange). Lunch is usually not so well rounded and pretty much whatever I have or whatever I'm in the mood for. Then dinner consists of a lean meat, starch (potato, whole wheat pasta or brown rice) and vegetable (usually broccoli because that's my favorite). 

    I'm not gonna lie to you I have eaten sausage for dinner as my meat which is not lean at all, but sure does taste good. I also have gotten lazy a few times and eaten Hamburger Helper or pizza.

    I have this food chart that is supposed to help me make good food choices and to get enough servings of everything that's good for me, but man that looks like a lot of food. I mean yeah, I'm hungry all the time, but I'm also tired and I need a nap plus I have work to do. 

    I did learn that the more often you eat small portions the less likely you are to get sick from morning sickness. Maybe that's how I avoided it. I kept a sleeve of saltines in my desk drawer just in case I needed something to much on or in case I felt nauseous. I found whole wheat saltines that in my opinion taste just like the regular ones. My husband says he can tell the difference, but they're still good. 

    I will have to make a deal with myself that if I have one of my lazy days in the kitchen I'm gonna have to take the dogs for a longer walk from here on out.

    What foods did you have a hard time avoiding?