While the evidence to date suggests that autism stems from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, it is thought that prenatal folic acid may reduce the risk for autism. This is according to a Norwegian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Check with your OB/Midwife for their recommended prenatal vitamin, all of which contain folic acid.
Baby Blues can happen within hours, days or weeks of the baby being born.Here are the primary symptoms: -Mood Swings -Anxiety -Sadness -Irritability -Crying -Decreased Concentration -Trouble Sleeping -Difficulty bonding with the baby
Postpartum Depression is not as common as Baby Blues, although the numbers are on the rise. Symptoms may include: -Loss of appetite -Intense irritability and anger -Overwhelming fatigue -Loss of interest in sex -Lack of interest in life -Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy -Severe mood swings -Withdrawal from family and friends -Thoughts of harming herself or the baby
Relatives and/or close friends should not be shy about contacting her OB/Midwife for assistance. The good news is that help is available to support the new mom through this unique life transition.View Thread
Here's how to check in on your baby's well being from home:
Once you are 27 weeks, begin doing Kick Counts once a day —evening is a good time:
-After supper, that included some fluids and while you are resting —feet up, relaxing -Begin counting "kicks" or movements, like swishing, swirling, grinding or real kicks -You are looking for five movements in an hour (most will feel five within minutes!) -If your baby is being "quiet" and not giving the reassuring kicks — call your OB/Midwife or Labor and Delivery
They will probably want you to come into the hospital for further investigation.
Kick Counts are recommended once a day after 27 weeks, including during labor at home. Once you get to the hospital, your nurse will take over monitoring the baby.
Thank you Princess Kate for letting the world see your "mummy tummy!"
How empowering and inspiring for the pregnant women of the world to see 'royalty' showing it like it is. Too often the view we see in People magazine is of celeb's holding newborns while wearing their skinny jeans; only way that's happening is airbrushing or postpartum Spanx!
And it only got better as William (the future King) not only held his son on the way to the car- he seat buckled the baby Prince into his car seat and drove his new family to his in-laws house. 'Real people' doing what real parents do.
As glitzy and glamorous as the movie stars make it look, the truth is that when you exit the hospital, you will look seven months pregnant! What we did not get a good look at were Princess Kate's feet; "cankles" are another common accompaniment to the early days. This is caused by fluid pooling in your ankles, the result is that there is no difference between your ankles and calves. Hence the name "cankles."
Oh the joys of transitioning back to your old pant size. Give it a year!
There are too many variables to really pinpoint what is happening here. Your age, menstrual history, pregnancy history etc. all need to be factored in. An early pregnancy test (EPT) will likely answer you question and/or a visit to your MD to see if there are any other medical situations involved.
The answer is yes, although I would recommend against wearing it in labor and delivery! What you don't yet understand is that this is going to be a messy affair!
During labor, I strongly recommend that you where the hospital gown, while not a fashion statement, it is very functional. You van have a clean (warm!) gown as often as you need one. You need to think of bodily fluids flowing from places you didn't know they could come!
You are going to go through more than a few gowns, plus, you don't want to be thinking about the mess occurring on your own nightie. The time to consider wearing your own gown is in postpartum, and even then, it needs to be a shortie, opens in the front for easy breastfeeding access and you are still going to want to hike it up before settling back in bed, as initially there is a heavy flow of lochia, the postpartum period that lasts 4-6 weeks.
The piece of labor and delivery garb that you will want to bring is one to two pair of thick athletic socks (instead of new pristine slippers.) This will allow you to be up and out of the bed and keep your feet warm.