Pregnancy is a wonderful experience

9 12 2006

I found this picture truely amazing. I remember seeing my kids feet poke out of my belly, but never this detailed. What an amazing way to cherish those memories….

Baby Feet

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Am I pregnant?

5 12 2006

Every month you always ask yourself “what if I am pregnant?” I always did that when we were trying to conceive last year. It only took 2 months of activly TTC to get pregnant. Here is a great article and some things to look for in early pregnancy!

1. Presumptive Evidence
A woman suspects she is pregnant based upon the following perceptions:

Lack of menstruation. Other things can cause this, but pregnancy and menopause top the list of possibilities.

Breast changes. Breasts are tender early on; later the nipples become darkened and enlarged. Later still, there is colostrum discharge (a precursor to milk).

Chadwick’s sign. This old-fashioned term refers to a bluish discoloration of the vaginal tissue, caused by venous congestion in the area.

Abdominal striae, affectionately known as “stretch marks.”

Increased pigmentation. The “linea nigra,” or black line, runs up the center of the woman’s abdomen and usually fades after pregnancy.

Nausea.

Increase in urination, due to the pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder.

Fatigue.

“Quickening”, an elegant and old-fashioned term associated with the thrilling perception of movement between 16 and 20 weeks.

2. Probable Evidence of Pregnancy
An examiner determines that the patient is likely pregnant based on these symptoms:

Enlargement of the abdomen, presumably due to increase in size of the uterus. The uterus can usually be felt through the abdomen after 12 weeks. This sign is more obvious in the abdomens that have been “pre-stretched” with a previous pregnancy.

Changes in the size, shape, and consistency of the uterus. “Hegar’s Sign” is when the uterus becomes so soft, usually at 6 weeks that it is felt separately from the firmer cervix. Softening of the cervix usually occurs at about the same time. This occurrence is called “Goodell’s Sign.”

Braxton Hicks’Contractions. These are irregular and unorganized contractions of the uterus.

Ballottement. This is a mid-pregnancy sign in which the fetus can be pushed from the mother’s abdomen and felt to bounce back.

Continue reading “Am I pregnant”





Doctors repair heart born outside baby’s body

24 11 2006

I found this article and wanted to share….

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Using a piece of Gore-Tex fabric to make their repairs, doctors performed corrective surgery on a baby born with his heart outside his chest and said that the youngster should be able to lead a close-to-normal life.

Naseem Hasni underwent surgery to put his heart inside his chest hours after being delivered by Caesarean section Oct. 31 at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

continue to full article here





Should extreme preemies be saved?

16 11 2006

I thought of this article a little bit disturbing. If I was the parent of a preemie, I would do everything in my power to save his/her life. Unfortunately, life is tough and sometimes cut short, but I do not agree with destroying a life even if the doctors tell me it’s the right thing to do.

LONDON – Premature babies born before 22 weeks gestation should not be given intensive care treatment to keep them alive, according to a report released in Britain on Wednesday.

What are your thoughts about this? If you, as a parent, went into early labor and the doctors said that there is a small chance of your baby surviving and that they should not let him/her survive anymore suffering, what would you do or say? I would love to hear your input!

FULL STORY HERE





Facts, Truths, and Beliefs on S.I.D.S – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

19 10 2006

Facts:

Nationally the leading cause of death for babies between 1 month and 12 months of age (2-4 months is the biggest risk area)

SIDS is the cause of death for approximately 2, 500 babies per year

Nationally the highest number of deaths occur between 2-4 months; 91 % occur between 1 and 6 months.

More SIDS deaths occur in winter months than any other season (Nov-Mar)

More male babies die of SIDS

Unaccustomed tummy sleeping increases the risk by as much as 18-fold

Exact causes of SIDS are unknown, but it is not caused by immunizations, vomiting, or choking

SIDS is NOT the same as suffocation

Risk Factors:

Low birth weight (less than 5 pounds)

Premature (less than 37 weeks)

Maternal smoking during pregnancy

Multiple births (e.g. twins, triplets)

Maternal age younger than 18 years

Less than 18 months between births

Babies at risk for SIDS:

Babies who breathe secondhand smoke (2.5x greater risk)

Babies who sleep on their tummies (have 5x greater risk) {NOTE: Babies who can roll from tummy to back or back to tummy, they are okay to sleep on their tummies if they choose to. But always put baby on their BACK to sleep}

Babies put on their tummies to sleep who usually sleep on their backs as much as 18x greater risk)

Bed Sharing

Can be hazardous

No adults (parental or other) or children (siblings or other) should bed share with an infant

An adult bed is not made with infant safety in mind

** The safest place for a baby is to sleep alone in a safe sleep environment and position

A safe sleep environment or Crib:

No tears in mesh or fabric

No loose or missing slats (slats need to be 2 3/8″ or less apart)

No missing, protruding or loose screws, bolts, or hardware

No sharp edges, points, or rough wood surfaces

Corner posts or decorative knobs should be 1/16th inch or less ( so as not to catch on babies clothing)

No splits or cracks in plastic or wood

No soft bedding, comforters, pillows, bumper pads, wedges/positioning devices, toys and/or stuffed animals, loose blankets, etc..

An unsafe sleep environment includes:

Chairs, recliners, sofas, water beds, adult beds. This means do not place baby to sleep on a sofa with pillows around them as this may cause positional asphyxia.

Safe Sleep Environment:
Warmth Provisions:

Be a wearable blanket or sleep sack

* allows for a diaper to be changed without removing it

* moves with the infant without danger of entanglement
Infant Positional Asphyxia

Occurs usually in a sleep setting when an infant’s body position or an object prevents the child from breathing.

* Infant’s mouth and nose don’t have to be completely obstructed for suffocation to occur.

Common causes:

* Inappropriate sleep surfaces; not firm

* Entrapment of head; between slats

* Items in sleeping environment; bumper pads, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals.

Unintentional Infant Suffocation Chart

Using a Pacifier

* A pacifier can be used at naptime and bedtime during the first year

* Some preliminary research indicates pacifier used reduces the incidence of SIDS

* A pacifier should not be forced on babies who do not want it

* For nursing babies, pacifiers should be introduced after breastfeeding has been established.





Do you have a story or news to share?

18 09 2006

I would love to hear your TTC story…or any other story you might have to share. Whether it is about pregnancy, being a mom, a teacher, a grand-parent, a dad, or a sibling. ALL stories are welcome….

I will be posting my birth story of my beautiful 5 month old baby girl soon. I also will post my other 2 childrens birth stories as well. I will also be sharing what it was like growing up with an autistic brother.

Cannot wait to hear from you!

~Angie~





Welcome!

29 08 2006

I want to introduce myself. I am Angie and I am a proud parent of 3 beautiful children. I wanted to create this site so it gives parents a chance to express their thoughts and opinions, as well as give/receive advice. If you have any concerns, feel free to post them or you may contact me personally at aconn73@gmail.com