Monday, April 26, 2010

Week 16- I am 4 Months Pregnant!

Whats is Baby S up to?
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
Well I guess we have to watch what we say now. Tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Oh God, I better stop yelling at my husband. My hormones have been crazy this week. Everything he does or says just pisses me off. I have also been exhausted. I thought that was supposed to get better? I think it is mostly I am up every hour going to the bathroom. My body must be preparing myself to be up with the baby every hour.
Here are a few belly pictures I took this morning. Wednesday I have an ultrasound and doctors appointment. I will post the ultrasound pictures.
I cant believe I am 4 months pregnant! I have only 24 more weeks to go!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My love for music and I Haven't Met You Yet

I always had a love for music. I grew up singing with my sister Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer songs. I also could appreciate classical music as well. I remember when I was little I would sit and listen to my older brother playing classical music on the piano. I could sit and listen to him all day. Then I would go to my grandfathers and he would always be listening to an opera or the three tenors, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. That music would just move me to tears. I remember crying when I heard Giacomo Puccini's Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot and Vesti la Giubba from the opera Pagliacci.
I have been listening to classical more these days as well. I heard its great for the development of the baby. On my hour commute in the morning I put on the classical station and let the baby listen to the beautiful music. It also relaxes me. Sometimes sitting in traffic can be stressful and it really helps with that. I take deep breaths and just enjoy the beautiful sounds and think of my baby how he/she is enjoying it as well.
I also can appreciate other music as well. I love all kinds of music. Country, rock, oldies and top 40 hits. I can only imagine my baby is dancing around in there and just having a party.
There is one song that I love and it makes me think of my sweet baby. It’s the new Michael Buble’ song called, Haven’t Met You Yet. The song is for someone who hasn’t met the love of his life yet, but I think of the love of my life I can’t wait to meet, my son or daughter.

The lyrics are just perfect. My heart has been broken so many times with my losses. I tried so hard not to lose it and I knew one day it would all work out. Your love is going to change me. I promise you kid, I will give it all I have. Whenever the timing right you will come into my life. I haven’t met you yet, my sweet baby.

Lyrics to Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble’

I'm not surprised, not everything lasts
I've broken my heart so many times, I stopped keeping track
Talk myself in, I talk myself out
I get all worked up, then I let myself down

I tried so very hard not to lose it
I came up with a million excuses
I thought, I thought of every possibility

And I know someday that it'll all turn out
You'll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, that I give so much more than I get
I just haven't met you yet

I might have to wait, I'll never give up
I guess it's half timing, and the other half's luck
Wherever you are, whenever it's right
You'll come out of nowhere and into my life

And I know that we can be so amazing
And, baby, your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility

And somehow I know that it'll all turn out
You'll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, I give so much more than I get
I just haven't met you yet

They say all's fair
In love and war
But I won't need to fight it
We'll get it right and we'll be united

And I know that we can be so amazing
And being in your life is gonna change me
And now I can see every single possibility

And someday I know it'll all turn out
And I'll work to work it out
Promise you, kid, I'll give more than I get
Than I get, than I get, than I get

Oh, you know it'll all turn out
And you'll make me work so we can work to work it out
And I promise you kid to give so much more than I get
Yeah, I just haven't met you yet

I just haven't met you yet
Oh, promise you, kid
To give so much more than I get

I said love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love
(I just haven't met you yet)
Love, love, love, love
Love, love
I just haven't met you yet

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week 15- Ouch bladder infection.

Baby S is 4 inches long and weighs more than 2.4 ounces now! If you were to peek inside your uterus during pregnancy week 15 you would still be able to see your baby's blood vessels through his paper-thin skin. In fact, the blood vessels forming in your baby's body make him look rather like a map! This week, your baby will start producing lanugo, which is fine hair that will cover your baby's body up until a few weeks before birth. Lanugo covers every part of your baby in utero, except for the palms, soles of the feet, lips, penis, nails, and inner fingers and toes. Typically babies will shed this hair by the 8th month of pregnancy, but it can persist in some newborns for a short period of time. Pre-term babies are more likely to be born with lanugo than full term babies. Your baby might start sucking his thumb this week. The bones in your baby's body are also starting to get harder during pregnancy at 15 weeks and will continue to do so throughout your pregnancy. Your baby is spending most of his time practicing breathing, by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. Believe it or not, the very act of doing so will help your baby's air sacs develop during pregnancy. Your baby continues to form taste buds at this point in time.

Friday I called the doctor in the morning. I have been feeling pressure and it hurt when I went to the bathroom. They told me to come right in. They close early on Fridays so they told me to get in the car and come over. The doctor was pretty sure I had a bladder infection. They gave me antibiotics and she said the results wouldn’t come back until Tuesday because of the long weekend. She said to take the antibiotics anyways and if it comes back negative I will simply stop taking them. I got a call today that I do in fact have a bladder infection. I feel much better than I did before. I guess it is very common in pregnancy.
A urinary tract infection (UTI), also called bladder infection, is a bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract. Pregnant women are at increased risk for UTI's starting in week 6 through week 24.

Why are UTI's more common during pregnancy?
UTI's are more common during pregnancy because of changes in the urinary tract. The uterus sits directly on top of the bladder. As the uterus grows, its increased weight can block the drainage of urine from the bladder, causing an infection.

What are the signs and symptoms of UTI's?
If you have a urinary tract infection, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
· Pain or burning (discomfort) when urinating
· The need to urinate more often than usual
· A feeling of urgency when you urinate
· Blood or mucus in the urine
· Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen
· Pain during sexual intercourse
· Chills, fever, sweats, leaking of urine (incontinence)
· Waking up from sleep to urinate
· Change in amount of urine, either more or less
· Urine that looks cloudy, smells foul or unusually strong
· Pain, pressure, or tenderness in the area of the bladder
· When bacteria spreads to the kidneys you may experience: back pain, chills, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

How will the UTI affect my baby?
If the UTI goes untreated, it may lead to a kidney infection. Kidney infections may cause early labor and low birth weight. If your doctor treats a urinary tract infection early and properly, the UTI will not cause harm to your baby.

How do I know if I have a UTI?
A urinalysis and a urine culture can detect a UTI throughout pregnancy.

How is a UTI treated?
UTI's can be safely treated with antibiotics during pregnancy. Urinary tract infections are most commonly treated by antibiotics. Doctors usually prescribe a 3-7 day course of antibiotics that is safe for you and the baby.

How can I prevent a UTI?
You may do everything right and still experience a urinary tract infection, but you can reduce the likelihood by doing the following:
· Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day and unsweetened cranberry juice regularly.
· Eliminate refined foods, fruit juices, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.
· Take Vitamin C (250 to 500 mg), Beta-carotene (25,000 to 50,000 IU per day) and Zinc (30-50 mg per day) to help fight infection.
· Develop a habit of urinating as soon as the need is felt and empty your bladder completely when you urinate.
· Urinate before and after intercourse.
· Avoid intercourse while you are being treated for an UTI.
· After urinating, blot dry (do not rub), and keep your genital area clean. Make sure you wipe from the front toward the back.
· Avoid using strong soaps, douches, antiseptic creams, feminine hygiene sprays, and powders.
· Change underwear and pantyhose every day.
· Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants.
· Wear all cotton or cotton-crotch underwear and pantyhose.
· Don't soak in the bathtub longer than 30 minutes or more than twice a day.
AAH the joys of pregnancy! I feel so much better already. I have been on the antibiotics since Friday and what a difference. Don't ever hesitate to call your doctor!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

12 week and 14 week ultrasound pictures.

12 weeks:
14 weeks:

Week 14

Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.

I had my 14 week appointment yesterday to check my cervix. The ultrasound tech was not saying anything. I said, "your not saying anything, you are making me nervous!". My husband was there and said, "Its ok I see him moving around." Thank god. My heart stops when I get an ultrasound until they tell me all is ok.
My cervix is stable. It didn't get shorter but my doctor still wants to check it to 20 weeks. Cool! I will keep on seeing the baby for a little while more.

I will post some belly pictures and ultrasound pictures soon!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

13 weeks, 3 days- Hello second trimester!

Whats happening with baby:
Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords... savor this, their non-functional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only one third the size of the body. Intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy. (Much more convenient.)

I can not begin to tell you how happy and relieved I am to be in the second trimester. WHOO HOO!!!! I never made it this far and it feels incredible. I want to shout it from the rooftops. I am PREGNANT!!!! Talk about a huge hurdle. I am starting feel like its more real. I feel more like I am going to be a mom in 6 months and I can not wait! It has been a long time coming. I am still petrified something could go wrong. I cant help it. When someone asks me when I am due I am afraid to actually say it. Will I jinx myself by saying it out loud? Yes, its silly, but I cant help but feel this way. I had to switch to maternity clothes already. I was so afraid to buy them. They feel so much better though. They are so worth it. I went shopping one day and I was so happy to actually do this. For the longest time I couldn't wait to be able to buy maternity clothes. With the other pregnancies I never made it to this point and yes I am wearing them and proud of it!

I am sporting a little, umm well actually a big bump for how far along I am. I am concerned that I am getting so big so quickly. I guess everyones body is different. I am seeing my doctor on Monday and will voice my concerns and see what he says.

Also this week I feel like I can actually walk and workout a little. I was given the OK almost 2 weeks ago but I have been afraid and frankly too tired. Its a beautiful day today and I want to go out and walk on my lunch hour. I will tak it slow and steady. No power walking for me.
I am also going to do some of my prenatal fitness DVDs I have.

Here are a few that I have and I will be trying soon.

Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy
Summer Sanders' Prenatal Workout
Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea
Crunch Yoga Mama - Prenatal Yoga