Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I went to my OB last week. They have watching my cervical length and my placenta is low. Well length is good and the placenta moved up. I was so happy with that.
My only complaint I have is my legs hurt, I have varicose veins. My OB said I should think about getting support stockings.
I am still tired at night but do have more energy during the day. I feel pretty good.
What varicose veins during pregnancy are:
The large, swollen blood vessels found predominantly in the legs, but that can show up almost anywhere in the lower half of your body. (In fact, hemorrhoids are nothing more than varicose veins in the area around your rectum — but at least you don't have to look at those.) When they swell above the surface of the skin, they create those distinctive purplish bulges women love to hate.
What causes varicose veins during pregnancy?
The extra volume of blood you produce during pregnancy is essential to support two growing bodies. It does, however, put extra pressure on your blood vessels, especially the veins in your legs, which have to work against gravity to push all that extra blood back up to your heart. Add to that the pressure your burgeoning uterus puts on your pelvic blood vessels, and the vessel-relaxing effects of the extra progesterone your body is producing, and you have the perfect recipe for varicose veins.
What you need to know about varicose veins during pregnancy?
You may not like the way varicose veins look (who would?), and they may itch or ache, but they're unlikely to put either you or your baby at any risk. The good news is that in most cases, if you didn't have them before you got pregnant, your varicose veins shrink or disappear altogether within a few months after you give birth. The not-so-good news? If you have another baby, there's no way of preventing varicose veins that time around (the same veins are likely to pop out again). And like many other pregnancy symptoms, including stretch marks, varicose veins tend to be hereditary. If your mother had them during pregnancy, you're more likely to have them, too.
There is some remote risk that a varicose vein could become inflamed, possibly indicating a blood clot, so be sure to keep your practitioner informed and aware of your varicose veins.
What to do about varicose veins during pregnancy?
Preventing varicose veins isn't a perfect science, but these tips can definitely help:
Keep the blood circulating. Get off your feet whenever you can, and keep your legs elevated when sitting. When standing, put one foot on a low stool and alternate legs. Flex your ankles every so often, and break the habit of sitting with your legs crossed (this strategy will also help keep spider veins at bay).
Exercise is key in preventing varicose veins. Take a walk (or even better still, several walks) each day, or do some other form of low-key, circulation-increasing exercises.
Make sure you wear clothes — including underwear — that fit well and don't bind, especially around the tops of your legs. Don't wear tight belts or socks with tight elastic tops, and stay away from tight-fitting shoes and stiletto heels (as if you could balance in them anyway).
One kind of tight that's helpful though: support hose, which can counteract the downward pressure of your belly and give the veins in your legs a little extra upward push. Put them on before you get out of bed in the morning to prevent the blood from pooling. (Okay, not your sexiest pregnancy moment!)
Keep your weight gain during pregnancy down to what your practitioner recommends. Extra poundage only increases the demands on your already overworked circulatory system.Sleep on your left side to avoid pressure on your main blood vessels, and keep circulation going strong.
Don't strain. Heavy lifting or straining on the toilet can add to vein visibility.
Get your daily dose of vitamin C from your balanced diet, which keeps veins healthy.
If the veins don't go away after the baby has arrived, you can think about having them medically treated or surgically removed then — but not during pregnancy.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
So I have broken down and broke out the maternity clothes. I was in them at 12 weeks with Luca. So I feel pretty good. I am still staying active. I am teaching 2 days a week a muscle class and walk on the other days.
I am waiting for the second trimester to really hit and for symptoms to lift a little. I am still really tired and I go to bed when Luca does.
All in all I feel pretty good.
Friday, October 12, 2012
We again cleared out out family room like we did for his first birthday and set tables up. We had pasta, salad, coldcuts, sausages and onions, and calzones. He loved it and the weather ended up being ok to have the pinata outside.
There is a milky membrane that surrounds your baby. It is pierced by the umbilical cord and is made up of two layers, which are fused together. Your placenta provides most of the nutrients and oxygen that your baby needs. By this week, the placenta is well formed and ready to take over hormone manufacture from your ovaries. The placenta will produce progesterone and estriol. These hormones will be crucial in the maintenance of your pregnancy. Tissue that will form your baby's bones is being laid down, especially around the head and limbs. The nose and chin are becoming more prominent. Your baby's eyelids meet and fuse together and they will not open again for nearly four months. The eyes started out on the side of your baby's head and they are now moving closer together on the face. The ears come to lie in their normal position on the sides of the head. If examined outside of the womb, you will be able to distinguish male from female at this time.
The sockets for all twenty teeth are formed in the gums, and vocal cords are beginning to form.
I have to say I'm pretty happy to be in the second trimester. I remember with Luca feeling so good and it was the easiest trimester. This time around chasing a 2 year old I think its going to be a little challenging.
My baby turned 2 and we had a Caillou Birthday party. I will post pics in next post.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
I am pretty excited this is the last week of the first trimester. I am looking forward to getting my energy back and just enjoying the honeymoon trimester.
We are getting ready to celebrate Luca's 2nd Birthday this Saturday. I can't believe my baby is going to be 2.
He is such a great boy and he amazes me every day. We turned his car seat around facing forward and he couldn't be happier. He is excited to get in his "cool car seat!".
He is in love with Caillou so I asked him what kind of birthday he wants and he says "Caillou Birthday!". So that is what he is getting!