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Jun 4, 2014 - Health    2 Comments

My Breastfeeding Journey

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When I was pregnant I thought breastfeeding would be weird, hard, and I didn’t had any hope that I would have enough milk. The last bit looks so silly to me now, because I’ve learned so much since then. I thought I will be stressed with everything and I will loose the milk. I thought it was going to be hard for me when we go back home, with no help, with my mother in law lurking around and giving unwanted advise, but it turns out the stress level should be pretty high to loose the milk, and even then all is not lost forever.

So the baby came and I gave formula supplements like an ignorant fool because I didn’t do any research and I trusted the doctors that advised me to give it. I didn’t want to get my hopes up that I will successfully breastfeed because I didn’t know too many mommas that did it, so when supplementing was introduced I somehow expected that outcome. But being on a mommy group and meeting a girl with so much experience in breastfeeding that continuously pointed out that the baby doesn’t need formula, that I have enough, that the more formula I give, the more the baby will not get from me, made me HATE her so much in the beginning. The fact that I never gave up and always put the baby to nurse every single time before offering a bottle helped tons, but I ended up with a 1 month old baby that gained 2 lbs 15 oz in his first month and giving him 27 oz A DAY. Which even for a preemie is A LOT.

THEN I started to question the formula intake, and started listening more closely to that girl that never gave up on me. She kept insisting that I should start lowering the formula intake because I don’t have anything to worry about, the baby was gaining MORE than usual, so I listened and started the slow process of removing the formula. Maybe I should’ve got rid of it faster, but the pace helped me feel safe.

Now I know that 98% of women are able to breastfeed their babies, more can do it exclusively, some with help from formula or breast milk, but they can, and they should IF they want to. Now I know that I made breastfeeding hard for myself when it should’ve been as easy as taking a walk in the park. Now I know I can’t fully loose my milk if I keep putting the baby to nurse every time he asks for. Now I know that even if I somehow loose milk do to illness or very special circumstances, I can always re-lactate. Now I know that the country I live in has more to gain if a woman gives formula than if she breastfeeds her baby. Now I know that breastfeeding after 6 months, the usual recommendation, gives the baby SO MANY nutrients, antibodies, good for brain development, for immune system, and I could go on and on.

Formula is what the name calls it, a formula, containing the same stuff, in the same amount, in the same form, for every single day. Where breastmilk contains different stuff every day, or every hour, depending on what baby needs at that moment. It can be watery if he’s thirsty, fat if he’s hungry, more minerals one day, more vitamins the next, with antibodies if mom has a flu, or with melatonin if mom is sleepy. You can eat whatever you want and drink whatever you want, IN MODERATION! No one says you can get drunk and breastfeed, but if you drink a glass of wine right after you nurse, and not get dizzy from it, you can enjoy your rest of the night without worrying, the baby will not get dizzy because of it.

I don’t blame mommies that don’t breastfeed, I don’t care what others do, I just wanted to share this info with those that are misinformed and want to do it as much as I did. I wanted to write this down, to never forget the mistakes I did because I didn’t do proper research of something I wanted so bad. I just needed this truth to come out, and make myself aware of how much I’ve “grown” since 11 months ago. I had to tell myself that I had a bad start, a hard road, felt myself in a rollercoaster at times, and that I should be proud now, that I have a 11 month old baby that still breastfeeds, that weights 22 pounds (10 kilos) and measures 30 inches long (76 cm). He gets solids 3 times a day, 2 bottles of formula (STILL) of 2-3 oz, never managed to get rid of it entirely, but still better than 27-30 oz a day, and nurses during the night and whenever he feels like it, and we did it because I fought for my baby, and never gave up, and because the fighting and the tiring were a good price to pay for what I give to my baby.

I always said “a happy mommy, a happy baby, no matter what you feed your baby”, and the fact that I was able to breastfeed was more satisfactory and made me happier if I did it, than if I did NOT and got some rest instead. I would’ve been depressed not to succeed doing it and I would’ve resented myself not being able to do something so natural and good for my baby. But that is just me, because I just wanted this so bad.

Never thought I would go THIS far, I just hoped for the 6 month mark, but here I am, with a well developed baby, that continues to get what he needs from me and more. I am grateful for every ounce I gave him and for taking it this long. I’m also grateful that the girl I met never gave up on me. So thanks Tabitha, I love you forever! I’m so grateful and so happy to know so much stuff, that it made me want to learn more and help others too. I just hope I can convince more women, that they CAN breastfeed IF they WANT to breastfeed, that NO FORMULA in the world can be THAT accurate and in tune with the baby’s needs as breastmilk is, and they should look for answers away from doctors that don’t have proper training in lactation.

Get informed! Do some research! And don’t forget to be happy! Enjoy the bounding and the beauty of feeding your baby even if is just for a little bit. Every drop is good for him! But if you are not happy doing it or are getting too stressed about it, then it doesn’t benefit anyone!

Aug 23, 2013 - Health    No Comments

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Having a preemie gets you focused on one thing only, the fact that he has to gain the weight he was supposed to, no matter what. So when the neonatal doctors told us to supplement after breastfeeding we didn’t question that decision at all.

Eric is now 7 weeks old and I’m struggling to reduce his formula and increase his breastfeedings, which is taking so long and lots of effort from both of us.
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I somehow got to 750 ml of formula supplements and now I managed to reduce that to 550 ml per day, in the last 11 days. This means I have to feed him more often, around 9 times a day, when before he reached 7 feedings, and smaller amounts, so that I should produce the rest. The process is slow so that we can monitor his weight every week and see that doesn’t affect his growing.

Some growth spurts are usual around this time, so taking down his supplements gets frustrating to see him hungry and unhappy. I am struggling, is not an easy job, but I’m doing my best. I don’t like when my husband gets  frustrated because baby seems hungry and wants to give him more formula. I’m scared of the day I have to weigh him, because if he doesn’t get 200 grams in a week my husband will use it as an argument to make me give up the plan of more breastfeeding and less formula. I read so much about breastfeeding, but nothing helps if my husband is not on my side. I wish I had his support and he would trust me with this and not make me feel like I’m starving my baby…

My mom gets me sad too when she is full of joy that my baby emptied a formula bottle, when I’m sulking that I wished he would’ve got enough breast milk and not eat the entire bottle. My husband seems against breastfeeding in public too, so when baby gets hungry, when we’re in the park, I can’t find the courage to put baby on my breast to at least sooth him till we get home, because my husband doesn’t support me, so I’m feeling that is something to be ashamed of.

My mom didn’t nurse me more than 1 and a half months, and I turned up just fine, but I wish to do this with all my heart and I am fighting everyday.

Nursing your newborn baby can be a challenge. You can fight your loved ones believes, or lack of support, you can fight your newborns fussiness when he doesn’t get breast milk as fast as formula from bottles, you can fight yourself trying to convince yourself baby gets enough food and you are not starving him, you can fight stress, you can fight growth spurts, you can fight strangers disapproving looks when you breastfeed in public, but in the end you have your baby’s best interest at heart, so is worth fighting for. Challenge accepted!

This a site where I found all my answers and helped me with reducing the formula the best way for my baby: Kellymom

You don’t have to enjoy breast feeding, that is not the point. And you are not the only one hating it, if you do, but if you think is worth the struggle and you can find the will to do it, just do it, if don’t that doesn’t mean your a bad mother. Every mother is the best mother a baby can have, no matter the decision you take or the path you find yourself that doesn’t include breastfeeding, you are the best thing your kid has. You can still bond when you feed him formula and you can still have skin on skin contact without breastfeeding. No one should judge you and no one knows how hard it is but yourself, is better for you to be happy because your kid will be happy too.

Jul 21, 2013 - Health    4 Comments

Baby is Here

Eric Rafael2Eric Rafael, born July 2nd, 2013 at 35 weeks and 2 days at 9:08 PM. We were on or way to our godmother with some cookies freshly baked and he put his legs through my membranes and broke my water in the middle of the street at around 7 PM. I made a small pool under me like you see in the movies. He run out of space apparently. Luckily we were close to our destination and our sweet godmother picked us up.

We tried to stay positive on our way to the hospital, which took us less than we expected. Called my doctor and she said she’ll come after she hears the results of my monitoring. I arrived there and told the receptionist my water broke, she smiled and sent me to the on call doctor. The nurse smiled at me too and then asked what week am I in. When she heard 35 her smile disappeared. She put an IV on to take some blood and put the cardiotocogram monitor on my belly.

The on call doctor came in and checked my cervix, I suppose. She then called my doctor and said she could feel his feet already. Some contraction started and suddenly the relaxed state I was in disappeared and I started shaking like I was cold. This memories are very blurry. I know my husband and mother started filling some paperwork, which I found later they didn’t had time to finish and they only signed as I was on my way to the operating room. The room was filled with girls, nurses, anesthesiologist and my doctor, who were all chatting and complementing my hair and asking me questions, completely equipped and ready to go. They explained some paper work I had to sign but wasn’t time for me to read them, and apologized for the unusual situation.

I didn’t think for a second that I was an emergency. Everybody kept smiling and keeping calm, but doing things very fast, I realize this just now. I tried my best to keep myself from shaking while they were putting a needle through my back, but I couldn’t stay still when the needle punctured my back because I was focusing on not shaking.

A nurse asked why I was shaking and I said because of fear, I guess. I didn’t even know, and is still a mystery. I started feeling what they were doing, but no pain of course. I heard my doctor say his umbilical cord is twice around his neck, so I was right about that. Baby wanted to turn with his head down but couldn’t because he was tied to the umbilical cord and when he tried his heart rate went down. I read somewhere that a mothers instinct is more powerful than any tests mechanism in the world. They couldn’t see his umbilical cord around his neck at the ultrasound, but I knew it was there.

They took him out and I didn’t hear him cry and got scared. But my doctors face appeared after the sheet and told me baby was fine. Soon after that I heard him cry and I thought he sounded like a kitten. They brought him to my face and let me kiss him and tears run on my face because that was the happiest I felt in my entire life. He had the softest skin I ever touched and I couldn’t say just then if he looked like my husband, but I know the staff in the operating room was sad he didn’t had curly hair. For me he just looked like a baby. Maybe I was more happy to know he was safe and healthy, but I can’t say he is beautiful. He simply is perfect! He has all his fingers, toes, normal ears, nose, eyes and mouth, and that is just what I wished for, a normal looking but healthy boy.

Eric Rafael

He weighted 2,530 kg and measured 45 cm. He scored 9 and he didn’t need an oxygen mask. He tried his best, this little guy, but couldn’t stay there any longer. He is now 2 weeks old and gaining weight fast. He had some jaundice and we had to stay 3 more days in the hospital because he was suspected of having an infection, and was put on antibiotics.

He spent a lot of the day time in my room, with me and my husband. Nurses came in and explained how to change his dipper, how to feed him, how to give him a bath and clean his navel, how to burp him. And every question we had got answered.

My recovery was a little slower than they expected. I was in so much pain, when they thought I was ready to get up and walk to the bathroom they couldn’t be more wrong, because I fainted. I usually faint when I feel too much pain and the menstrual cramping I had was the worst I had experienced because it didn’t go away, even with all the epidural shots they gave me. But after I called the nurse in charge more than 5 times over night she gave up and put me on inflammatory IV. After that I didn’t need anything for more than 10 hours, and I finally could get out of bed and use the bathroom, and I’m not going to tell you what I had to do the previous night for that.

I am still scared of him. I somehow know what he needs and I try to breastfeed him as much as I can but he needs supplements too because I can’t produce as much as he wants. I fear every minute for him and I wish he could tell me he is fine once in a while. This probably gave the panic attacks I have sometime. They come and go, but don’t last too long as I try to focus on other stuff and not the fear I’m feeling, but I feel week because of them, and I want to be strong for my baby.

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I love him with all my heart. I loved him since he was in my belly, and when I saw his little face it felt odd, it felt like I knew him for so long and his face was so familiar, I just knew he was mine and I had no doubt about how much I will love that little wrinkled face of his forever.

Jun 10, 2013 - Feelings, Health, Problems    2 Comments

Thirty Two Weeks Pregnant

Thirty Two Weeks Pregnant

Today I had my third trimester ultrasound appointment and everything looked fine from the waiting room, at least. Until we got in the doctors office. I laid down and baby made a big, huge, like never before, lump that felt very very tight inside and outside and pushing on my right side almost to the back with his head. The doctor measured his head, as he always does, and told his assistant the numbers, and it seemed he was not concerned about the lump. Then we, me and my husband, and the doctor of course, could see his little heart on the screen which seemed, even for some inexperienced parents to be, very slow. He then tried to move the baby with his Doppler device, tapping on top of my belly with it.

My husband took my hand in his and hold it tight, we could see that the baby situation didn’t change and we were afraid. I kept saying to myself that he was ok, because in the waiting room he was moving and kicking like he always does. I was trying to remember where are all my medical papers and stuff for the hospital. The doctor then asked who was my ob and they immediately called her in putting an accent on emergency.

Until my ob came, the doctor in charge said: “Please don’t be scared, I have to push on your belly for the baby’s sake.” And he started to push the big lump inside with force a few times, my belly hurt, but I didn’t care and he tried again with the Doppler. Then my ob came in and he told her that the baby’s heart beat is 56 beats per minute for about 5 minutes and she should take me and see if anything changes or if not she should think of an emergency C-section right away. The baby’s heart rate should be between 110 and 160, so you get the concern, right?

In my head I was feeling more secure with my ob there and I was thinking that is good that I have the contract I signed with the hospital for giving birth with me, and if the emergency C-section is included in it. I was trying to think positive and believe that my baby will be fine, once he was out, but if he could not change position really soon my belly would not be safe for him anymore.

Staying positive so that I would not scare my husband, because I was thinking of him and his blood pressure problems too, and stay cool and collected so that I could take the right decision if I had to make any. All this time I could feel in my heart everything was going to be fine, and baby just has a bad day, which proved a little later on.

Then my ob took me to a room with 3 beds and 2 other pregnant ladies connected to heart rates monitors. I was put to one too, and also she made me stay on my left side, not on my back and push a button every time I felt movement, which was very soon. They put me on IV with vitamins and calcium and a nurse kept an eye on me and was very nice and comforting. We heard his fast heart rate very soon after I was connected to the machine and we both, me and my husband, relaxed and smiled to each other. I stayed with the IV and machine for about an hour, then the doctor that took my ultrasound came in and was not panicked anymore, but said that I have to come to see him Thursday, which seemed like an order more than a request. He looked very upset about the situation and he wanted to make sure everything else was ok because he didn’t had a chance to finish the examination and look anywhere else.

My ob got into surgery and had to wait 45 minutes for her, or more, and than she got to see my tests, agreed with me that I should repeat the ones I was sure they didn’t take them right, after explaining everything to me and making me a schedule for the next months appointments and heart beat monitoring and tests, she said she hoped the baby will stay inside till July 29th, when she wants to schedule my C-section.

So apparently baby moved on my vena cava, and couldn’t move from there because I was on my back and he was very contracted in my belly and it affected him until I changed my position and lay on my left side. I’m not allowed to stay on my back and I have to try and drink more water, but other than that all is fine. I’m just stressed every time baby tightens my belly like he did so many time before, but now the coincidence of him moving like that and his heart rate dropping so low because he sat on the vena cava makes me worry about every time he does that, which is a few times a day.

When we arrived home I struggled to hear his heart beat with a stethoscope, got very worried for 10-15 minutes and after a few tries and my husband assuring me he can hear it with his ear, I succeeded and relaxed a bit.

It was a stressful day, we had our share of scary stuff happening, and we realized how much we love this baby and what I would give for the baby to be safe for ever. We also decided that the middle name should be something more that what it was, we looked for names of saints so that our baby could be protected, this is a tradition in our country, but decided to go with the name that was second on our list and has something to do with God, but doesn’t have a big day of celebration in our Orthodox calendar, which is alright anyway.

I’m now glad we didn’t announce the name to many because now we would have to change it.

We also have a CD but is troubling to watch as you can see his little heart beat so weak and slow and you can also see when the doctor agitated the Doppler on my belly. I don’t think I want to watch that too soon.

Symptoms: Acid reflux, backache, head ache, gas, which I forgot to put it in the months that passed maybe because I got used to it, but it’s there, even if it’s gross and shameful, it’s a part of pregnancy that no one tells you about. I still have a small bladder that my baby likes to kick, but other than that, and the event we had today, nothing else happen.

New measurements:
Baby weight: 1702 grams (ours measured 1965 grams)
Baby head to toe: 42.4 cm

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight nineteenth week: 72.4 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust nineteenth week: 98 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist nineteenth week: 94 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips nineteenth week: 97 cm

Butt before: 95 cm
Butt nineteenth week: 105 cm

Bump before: 77 cm
Bump nineteenth week: 104 cm

Apr 4, 2013 - Health, Problems    No Comments

Kidney Problems in Pregnancy

Kidney Problems in Pregnancy

On Monday, as I said, I called the doctors office in my town to make an appointment. She called me the moment she opened her office, around 2 o’clock, even if she had her scheduled patients at that hour.

When I entered my phone dropped on the floor and to pick it up took me a few minutes and she got to see first hand how bad it was for me. The pain in my sides was gone, for now, and I was left with only the ones under the belly, so I was hurting every time I bent. It also hurt if I need to go to the bathroom or when I go and do it, just under the belly.

She looked at my urine tests, she gave me a check-up inside to see if anything was sore down there, which it was but not that much to explain the pain. I asked her for an ultrasound of the baby, because I wanted to see if he was causing the pain if he stayed really low, which he didn’t, and I also wanted some pictures of him as last time the CD from the anatomy scan was unfortunately empty.

She gave me a treatment, which I was scared to follow, for kidney sand. No-spa and Scobutil injections for 3 days, in the morning and at night, and some antibiotics treatment for 7 days. And lots of water and rest till the pain is gone. So I called my usual doctor, the one from the big city, told her everything and about the treatment I received and she agreed with everything. And I didn’t listen, again, even if I know in the second trimester it’s safe to take antibiotics.

I went back to work the next day because I had no pain Monday night, nor I had in the middle of the night or in the morning when the alarm went off. But after a couple of hours of ups and downs on the stool at work to serve my clients the pain returned and I had to close early. I still didn’t want to do the treatment, I just hope drinking water and rest will help me eventually, but I see myself tomorrow going to do the injections at least because it’s getting painful everyday, and last night I couldn’t sleep to well because of the pain.

Mar 31, 2013 - Feelings, Health    No Comments

Twenty Two Weeks Pregnant

Twenty Two Weeks Pregnant

Today I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, as I usually do, cuz if I wait till morning my belly hurts very bad. But last night I was already in so much pain in my right side, like the feeling you get when you run a couple of miles, but somewhat different from that. It also hurt under the belly, ligament pain I guess, and much more when I sit down in just one move. If I sit more slowly it doesn’t hurt that much. The pain in my side lasted all day, the one under the belly too, and till now I feel some changes in my left side too.

I took some No-spa pills, but didn’t help and I tried to find some answers on the internet. I THINK it something related to kidney, more so that my doctor advised me to drink more water cuz I had some calcium oxalate in my urine sample the last time I did my tests. I read that can cause kidney stones or sand. I think is not that bad, even if it hurts so much, because it doesn’t hurt when I pee…yet.

I drank 2 liters of water today, didn’t help but I hope it will in the future. Tomorrow I will call the doctors office to make an appointment and I will insist she’ll have to see me right away.

Symptoms: I still have a headache, and the heartburn got very strong this past few days, and I didn’t had the chance to try Haley’s remedy (another mom to be in the same month as me) of eating pineapple, but today I sense it will be the day to do it cuz it hurts bad. Some acid reflux has bothered me also, but other than my crucial pain in my side I didn’t notice anything else.

Baby is moving like crazy. My sweet young friends (9 years younger than me or less) are so excited about touching my belly to feel him move, and I noticed I don’t mind, I feel my baby is already a star. I felt awkward a little when someone kissed my belly, but that, I guess, it was a weird situation.

New measurements:
Baby weight: 450 grams
Baby head to toe: 27,8 cm

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight nineteenth week: 65,6 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust nineteenth week: 94 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist nineteenth week: 83 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips nineteenth week: 94 cm

Butt before: 95 cm
Butt nineteenth week: 101 cm

Bump before: 77 cm
Bump nineteenth week: 96 cm

Mar 28, 2013 - Health    No Comments

Gender Announcement

We had an anatomy scan on Monday and we saw our healthy baby again. We found out the gender, heartbeat and the approximate weight.

So we are having a…..

Gender Announcement

The baby looks healthy, even if he was sleeping in that moment, but we had a clear view of his parts. He stood with his little hands in his head, covering his face with his tiny fists. He still measures ahead 5 days.

Heart beat:
150 beats per minute
Approx. weight: 497 grams (this represents a 22 weeks pregnancy)

If you see the previous post they say on the internet he should have 360 grams and 26,7 cm. I don’t know if he is longer now, cuz they didn’t do the length, but it’s a big boy. His father is so proud of him.

Unfortunately the doctors assistant made a mistake and gave us an empty CD. We hoped we could see our baby moving from home too and could show our families our little boy, but I don’t think I can recover that as I left the town already.

My doctor said the blood tests don’t show anything bad for now. I just have to drink more water and eat more iron rich foods so that I won’t become anemic and I should monitor my blood tension two times a day, in the morning and at nigh, till my next visit.

We are both thrilled that our baby is healthy and we can’t wait to meet him. My husband already thinks of making him a sister, but we will see how hard it will be for us with this little one and then decide.

Belly Face

Mar 17, 2013 - Feelings, Health    No Comments

Twenty Weeks Pregnant

Twenty Weeks Pregnant

My belly bump at twenty weeks is, as you can see, getting bigger and bigger. My husbands nick name for me is “little barrel”, but I don’t mind. I don’t think I got bigger as in fat, just bigger baby bump.

I love my active baby. It’s moving all the time and it makes me smile. He makes lumps in my belly, I don’t know with what part of his body, but he’s cute. He’s all over the place but he stays more in the lower right part of my belly. I keep thinking he should go up cuz I’m scared of making him too tight with the pants waistband.

Tomorrow I get my blood tests results and I hope everything is fine. Saturday we are going to the city, my mother can’t wait to see me, and the next Monday we have the baby ultrasound at 21 weeks and a gender scan. Can’t wait for that!!!

Symptoms: besides my usual gas, back pain, nose congestion, fatigue, headache, frequent trips to the bathroom and swollen gums, this week I got some new ones, acid reflux, heartburn and leg cramps.

New measurements:

Baby weight: 255 grams
Baby crown to rump: 15-16 cm

Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight nineteenth week: 63,5 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust nineteenth week: 94 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist nineteenth week: 80 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips nineteenth week: 93 cm

Butt before: 95 cm
Butt nineteenth week: 100 cm

Bump before: 77 cm
Bump nineteenth week: 92 cm

Feb 19, 2013 - Health, Tips    2 Comments

Finding Out Gender

Finding out Gender

Monday I had my 16 week ultrasound. I had it in my town because it was just a check-up to see everything is ok. And it was, regular heart beats, surviving skills ready, putting finger in mouth after first trying in his/hers eye, swallowing amniotic fluid. Me and my husband were so thrilled seeing our baby moving and showing his/hers entire body.

At the end we examined for a while the private parts and apparently he’s a boy. I think we will be more sure after 20 weeks, but my husband was all happy about it, but he was also a little sad because he got used to the idea that a baby girl would be so cute. So now he thinks we should try to have a girl too, even if before he said he doesn’t want more than one baby cuz he would want to offer as much as he can to one, so that he would have plenty. Now he has second thoughts, he says is a big chance we will try again in a couple of years if we have the means necessary to raise two kids.

So I’m thrilled my baby is healthy and big. I don’t believe he’s a boy, yet. I’m waiting for the more advanced ultrasound. He is growing fast, big for 16 weeks, but he doesn’t stay still for a moment and he’s so cute. He has 5 fingers at each hand, and we also saw a cute butt and his perfectly shaped spine.

I’m beginning to gain some weight, like a couple of hundreds grams per day. I hope is not too much. I still can’t eat meat, but I like eating something sweet from time to time, sometimes the sweet thing can be an apple, but chocolate is good too. So according to some sayings that if you crave sweet things is a girl, and sour/salty is a boy, I also crave cheese, so I can’t say if it is true or not.

Some other myths about gender are:
– If you pour salt in a pregnant lady’s head, without her knowing, and she scratches her nose, the baby is a boy, if she takes her hand to her mouth it’s a girl.

– If you are pregnant and dream rats, you’ll have a boy, if you dream flowers, it’s a girl.

– If you have the pregnancy glow, you’ll have a girl, if you don’t have anything special, it’s a boy.

– If you put your wedding ring on a thread above your belly and the ring moves back and forward, it’s a girl, if it moves in a circle, it’s a boy.

– If the baby’s heart rate is under 150 it’s a boy, if it’s above, it’s a girl.

Is fun to play with this myths, but I don’t know about you, but I like knowing for sure. We’ll go in march for fetal morphology and we will found out so much more about our baby.

Feb 4, 2013 - Health    No Comments

Fourteen Weeks Pregnant

Fourteen Weeks Pregnant

I’m fourteen weeks pregnant and I miss my baby’s fluttering. I didn’t felt anything for the past week so no other happy excitements. Besides my back ache, which is a constant pain and I can’t do anything about it, I had some arrhythmia that scared me a little.

This morning I felt exhausted and couldn’t stand on my feet to long, which is hard because I work standing up, and I had to go back to my bed cuz my pulse was 105 after 1 minute of standing up, and I felt a tremble all over my body. I said “enough is enough” when my breathing started to race, my heart was pounding, I felt hotter and started to sweat and I just felt I was going to pass out, which I didn’t want to happen on my job, were strangers could only look at me to a window and no one could get in and help.

My blood pressure, when I got to my room and sat down was normal, the pulse was starting to lower and I had some diarrhea and nausea but after I relaxed a bit I was good to go.

I gave another try and went back to my clients, but when they started to come one after another with no pause for me to sit, I stared to feel the tremble in my body again, and the pulse raising and my legs shaking and week. I could say it is from my back ache but I don’t know for sure, and I was just scared that I will pass out and hit my head or harm my baby.

The thing that I didn’t like was some arrhythmia that I felt from time to time, for a few days now, but today was more often and worsen by the passing out feeling. So I tried to get an appointment with a cardiologist and the famous one from my town is available only on 25th February and I made an appointment with him anyway, but searched for something earlier than that. I called a cardiologist from a private clinic and she was available no sooner than 13th February. I don’t know if it matter I am pregnant and if I’m a priority because of that, so I didn’t said anything because I’m shy.

Anyhow, I will wait for the appointments and hopefully they will not find something bad in my heart. I had this arrhythmia for some years, many doctors said they hear nothing wrong in my heart, the EKG test showed nothing, they probably didn’t bother too much because I was too young. Just one doctor, a few years back, said she can hear something but she doesn’t know what it is and maybe with an ultrasound, which was not available that soon, she can say what it is for sure. But now they have to listen to me and do whatever it takes to find out what this feeling is and if it can harm my baby in any way so that I know how to protect my self and my baby.

I feel scared, and tired and week, but my husband helps me a lot, lifting my mood up and taking care of me. I love him so much, and I’m so hormonal that I shared a tear writing that down.

New measurements:
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight fourteenth week: 59.5 kg

Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust fourteenth week: 92 cm

Waist before: 67 cm
Waist fourteenth week: 78 cm

Hips before: 92 cm
Hips fourteenth week: 92 cm

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