September 2009

What to Expect in the First Trimester: Weeks 7-8

Now that you have confirmed that you are in fact expecting a little bundle of joy, the signs of pregnancy are probably setting in. If you have not been experiencing any signs of morning sickness then consider yourself one of the lucky ones. If you are, then finding natural ways of dealing with morning sickness may help you cope with the next few weeks. But what else should you expect for the rest of the second month of your first trimester 

Pregnancy: The First Six Weeks

By this point you are probably a couple of weeks late for your regular cycle, some early signs of pregnancy may be starting such as moodiness, fatigue, or nausea, and if you have not done so already you are probably ready to confirm your suspicions to find out that you are indeed embarking upon the wondrous journey called pregnancy. Congratulations!

Now, wondering what to expect at this early stage? Amazingly enough, by the time that you

have even suspected that you are pregnant, your baby's tiny little heart is already beating, pumping out 100 to 160 beats per minute. Your baby's tiny little nose along with his ears and mouth are already starting to form and his (or her) body is taking shape.

Dealing with the Discomforts of Pregnancy

From the first trimester until the day you deliver, you'll experience many downsides right along with the ups. Yes, you'll get your pregnancy glow and the enjoyment of the flutters that turn into cute kicks and rolls in your growing belly. The shopping trips to the maternity clothing stores to make sure that you look your best showing off your growing bump are always fun to look forward to but there are also many discomforts that come along with all of it.

Glucose Testing and Screening

Heading into your third trimester, your doctor or midwife should begin discussing with you glucose testing and screening. This is now a standard and routine test that all pregnant women take between 26 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to help detect gestational diabetes.

The first part of the glucose testing is called the Glucose Challenge Screening. If you test positive on this test then you will have to go in for the second follow up test called the Glucose Tolerance Test. This test will actually diagnose whether you have diabetes or not by showing if your body is glucose effectively. Keep in mind that if you do test positive on your first test like I did, it does not mean that you have gestational diabetes. I passed my Glucose Tolerance Test with flying colors so don't panic.

Pros and Cons of Circumcision

Due to the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics has repeatedly stated that they have found that there is no absolute medical indication for routine circumcision of the newborn, most medical insurance companies are no longer paying for the procedure. Now that this procedure has to be paid out of pocket there are a lot more parents out there taking a closer look at the pros and cons of circumcision.

Since the list of the pros for circumcision is much larger than the cons, we'll get the cons out of the way first. Circumcised male's biggest issue seems to be an increased chance of meatitis. Meatitis is a condition where males experience inflammation of the opening of the penis. This is because circumcised boys urethral meatus is more exposed and likely to be chaffed than in uncircumcised boys.

VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cecarian

VBAC or vaginal birth after cecarian is becoming more and more common. Gone are the days of once a c-section, always a c-section. However, there are many different factors that you and your doctor need to look at to decide if you are a good candidate for a VBAC. Thanks to new surgical innovations, 60 to 80 percent of women who have previously had a c-section have successful vaginal deliveries and may be an option for you.

One of the first factors that your doctor will want to consider is what type of uterine incision was used for your previous c-section. Depending upon what type will help determine how risky a VBAC will be for you or even if you are eligible as a VBAC candidate.

Here is a quick overview of possible incisions and risk factors:

Pregnancy and Anemia

So what is anemia and why do so many pregnant women need to be treated for it? Anemia occurs when the number or size of a person's red blood cells are too low. These red blood cells are important because they are what transports oxygen throughout your body and to your baby from your lungs. Usually, pregnant women are tested at their first prenatal visit and then again around 24 to 28 weeks.

Affording Breast Pumps


Nursing moms everywhere know just how important it is to have a breast pump on hand. From moms who have to go back to work all the way to moms who just need a break and every scenario in between, breast pumps are essential to the breast feeding mother. New moms who might be in the market for one has probably noticed that they aren't always as affordable as one might hope if you want to get a decent one that isn't going to leave you raw after every use.