Your baby isn't just sitting around (on your bladder) doing nothing, he's working hard preparing for life outside the womb—perfecting his lungs and packing on the pounds. He'll gain ½ pound this week alone. Other highlights this week:Things are starting to get a little crowded inside the old womb as baby grows bigger and bigger. Your ribs are probably pining away for the good old days when they didn't have a foot permanently lodged between them. Hate to break it to you, but it's going to get worse before it gets better. -This is what I keep thinking/hearing, but I am going to ask the doctor about it next week, my rib pain is pretty bad and constantly in one spot, could that be his favorite spot for his foot?
Your baby's ears are fully functional now. And since they are, you may notice that loud noises and sudden movements can startle the little bugger. He's getting used to the everyday sounds inside the womb: the sound of your heart beating, your lungs inhaling and exhaling air, the growling of your stomach! - Just another obvious reason I would love everything out of mine and Luke's mouth to be happy and loving, instead of the opposite. Were working on this, and every once in a while Luke will whisper to baby Wilson, it is very cute!
No this picture is not me, but this IS what I will look like next weekend, details to follow!
Well there is no denying it is summer, in Saint Louis that means hot and humid! So far things have not been too bad for me. For 1. I work in an office, sometimes I have a space heater or sweater on, not kidding! 2. when we are outdoors we are usually somewhere fun which helps! 3. Mocktails!!! Favorite one right now is club soda and lime, super yummy and refreshing!
However, I remember right when we announced the pregnancy the first thing out of so many peoples mouth was how miserable I was going to be come summer, (thanks.) and how we didn't plan this too well, (ha! is there any planning when it comes to this sort of thing?)
With your belly getting bigger and bigger just as we head into summer, you may find yourself wondering if you’ll make it out alive. But don’t worry -- while it’s true that a summer pregnancy isn’t always easy, here are a few tricks to ease your hot-weather woes.
Summer Bummer #1: DehydrationGetting enough fluids is especially tough in the hot summer months. Ordinarily, you should try to drink two liters of clear liquids every day, but in the summer, you need to add eight ounces for every hour you spend in the heat, according to NYC nutritionist Lara Englebardt Metz, MS, RD, CDN. That’s basically the amount you’ll be sweating out.
Cool Fix: Icy concoctions Since you’ll be constantly sipping, make your drink a fun one. Try out Lara’s favorite mocktail: chilled seltzer with a splash of mango juice and lime. The mango is loaded with vitamin C and iron. Pretend you’re relaxing on a tropical beach by sipping from a super-cute cup like this coconut-shaped one from Target ($16.99 for set of 4, target.com). Or, if you get sick of sipping, go for a homemade Popsicle. Lara suggests blending nonfat yogurt, walnuts, and blueberries and pouring into Popsicle molds for a sweet snack loaded with H2O (not to mention omega 3s, calcium, antioxidants, and fiber).
Summer Bummer #2: Swelling Edema can be worse in summer, causing your calves, ankles, and feet to become one wide, bloated mass. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Cool Fix: Kick up your heels!“To help reduce swelling, make an effort to keep your legs up whenever you can -- even in the office,” says Lara. For an extra-relaxing way to lounge, try a comfy hanging seat like the colorful, handmade, Mayan hammock chair (from $38.99, hammocks.com). While you're outside, slather on Burt's Bees DEET-free insect repellent (or their natural bug bite cream, if it's too late for protection) to help avoid future issues ($8 and $6, burtsbees.com). For double relief, grab your partner, hand him a bottle of Mama Mio massage oil ($19, mamamio.com), and let him go to work. If your swelling persists, Lara suggests munching on watercress, celery, citrus fruits, or small bits of parsley, which may act as natural diuretics.
Summer Bummer #3: Extreme heat Obvious but true: It’s steaming. You’re huge. It stinks.
Cool Fix: Get wet Water is a mama-to-be’s best friend, so don't shy away from the pool! An afternoon dip will not only lower your body temp, the buoyancy will also ease the stress on your squished organs, and splashing around provides a great low-impact workout. Plus, you’ll have the chance to really show off that belly! Go on -- be brave and bare your bump in a colorful printed suit like the sungarden bikini from Maternal America ($92, blossommaternity.com). No access to a pool? Try the plastic kiddy version. Baby can use it later. Just make sure you've got sunscreen on while you're outside.
Summer Bummer #4: Sticky sweat Okay, so the summer may have you chafing a bit. But the best thing about a summer pregnancy: lightweight and comfy maternity clothes!
Cool Fix: Breathable maternity wear For maximum cuteness and comfort, go for loose, light-colored clothes. This helps keep you from overheating and allows sweat -- especially beneath and between your boobs -- to evaporate, preventing nasty rashes. Some cool options to try: Gap’s smocked tube top ($24.50, gap.com). Plop a floppy Cabana Life hat with built-in SPF 50 ($28, cabanalife.com) on your head, and you're ready to go!
Summer Bummer #5: Boredom The simplest way to keep your body temp on track? “Stay indoors in an air-conditioned home,” says Lara. But how’s a girl to keep her sanity when she’s hanging out on the couch in the living room all day?
Cool Fix: Fun summer rentals Beat the heat with a few belly laughs courtesy of some baby-focused DVD favorites. Your, er, “condition” might have you looking at a couple of ’80s and ’90s classics in a whole new light. Remember Junior? How about Father of the Bride Part II? Look Who’s Talking and Nine Months are great for a chuckle too. Renting (rather than hitting the theaters) will give you the freedom to pause the flick and walk around to ease your aches (or pee every 10 minutes).
-- Erin van Vuuren May 20, 2009
Baby Wilson must of liked this blog post, he just had a party the whole time I wrote it (mine and Luke's terms for when he moves a lot) Must of been the dierbergs salad!