The all-too-familiar anxiety started welling up just a couple of months (probably weeks really) into my pregnancy. I saw my body starting to change, and I didn’t know what to do. Or rather, I didn’t know what I was going to be able to do after my daughter was born…
I had heard all of the stories of women who had gained excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy and then struggled to lose it after the births of their children. While I wanted to be one of those mamas with the “perfect little baby bump,” I couldn’t fathom gaining the weight to get that picturesque look.
Stretch marks are a relatively common trademark of pregnancy. In fact, nearly 90% of women get stretch marks at some point during pregnancy. With those statistics in mind, I knew I wanted to do everything I could to prevent them, so I came up with my own personal approach to ward off this hallmark sign of pregnancy. When it comes down to it, though, my “strategy” was pretty simple and could apply to keeping your skin healthy whether pregnant or not. So, if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, try these things.
I worked very hard prior to getting pregnant to prepare my body to carry a baby and to generally be in good shape to make a pregnancy easier. As I did so, it was also my goal to make losing the baby weight post-pregnancy easier as well. That preparation along with staying active doing the pregnancy and eating a relatively balanced diet helped me stay within the guidelines of how much I was “supposed” to gain throughout the pregnancy.
While some of the weight did come off once Baby Girl was born and will continue to gradually come off with breastfeeding, it’s my goal to get back in a good routine and lose the leftover baby weight. I’ve allowed myself a bit of a break in these first few weeks to adjust to mommyhood and will continue to do so as needed while breastfeeding; however, I also have a plan in place to help me stick to my goals. And these aren’t really specific to losing weight after having a baby as I wanted to be able to continue with my efforts even after I’ve lost the baby weight. So, if you’re looking to lose a little weight yourself or just want to tone up and get in better shape, consider these options. Continue reading →
You may remember that we received a marginal cord insertion diagnosis pretty early on in our pregnancy. The diagnosis came at 18 weeks and was confirmed at 22 weeks. It was a pretty surprising diagnosis, as I was theoretically at very little “risk” for the condition. However, I am grateful to have thorough doctors who while positive about the issue are still taking the time to treat it.
When the phone conversation begins, “We don’t normally call patients with their results because they typically have questions,” you know you’re probably going to get some news you weren’t necessarily expected…I got the call on a Tuesday afternoon and the emotions that followed hit me like a freight train despite my efforts to stay calm, trust my doctor, and have faith that God had our baby in his hands. The diagnosis we received following our full anatomy ultrasound was that I potentially had a marginal cord insertion that could adversely affect the baby later in the pregnancy.
The nurse with whom I was speaking assured me that the baby was fine now and that the issue was not a grave threat. However, later in the pregnancy we’d have to monitor more closely to insure that the baby grew appropriately. I accepted her reassurance and immediately started googling the condition once we got off the phone.