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During my pregnancy, I add articles to this web site that describe helpful things I have encountered on my journey. I hope you can find useful information here that will help you during your pregnancy.
There are also many helpful articles that address issues like what is safe and unsafe during pregnancy. You can even browse their forums and read comments from other expectant mothers, such as what they are feeling and how they are dealing with issues that arise during pregnancy.
Books to read during pregnancy - These are some great books I have read and found very helpful during my pregnancy.
Help for belly & breast itching
As your belly and breasts grow, they can get pretty itchy. Here are a couple of things that have been helpful for me:
Leg Cramp & Low Back Pain Reliefposted 8/28/2009
When stretching, standing, or walking doesn't really get rid of leg cramps, I found that herbal heat pads work really well for me. I use the kind that takes a couple of minutes to warm up in the microwave, but when applied to my leg, it soothes the cramp almost immediately. I found this out because the cramps come especially when my legs get cold. One day, I put my cramping leg near a heater and found that it relaxed the cramp. Then I tried the heat pad, and it relaxed it even more. I use the shoulder heat pad because it is fairly large, and feels really good on my shoulders when they get tense. The heat pad also works wonders on my back, when I have lower back aches.posted 10/14/2009
This heat pad also works really well for back labor pains towards the end of pregnancy. It is very soothing and relaxing.posted 2/19/2010
Wow, this same herbal heat pad really comes in handy even in postpartum. It has been a great heat compress for relieving clogged milk ducts.posted 3/5/2010
I also used this heat pad for warming up my baby's bassinette prior to putting her down in it. It was a tip I got from a friend of mine who used that technique to get her collicky baby to sleep. It worked wonders for my newborn, too. I could see how she relaxed into her bassinette as I put her down, as opposed to being startled as she usually would be when I put her down.
Baby Blessings Ceremony
If you are interested in getting your baby baptized but don't belong to any specific church, a nice alternative is a Baby Blessings Ceremony. You can also coordinate exactly how you want this to proceed, and you do not need to follow all the specifics used in any one religion. This is what we are planning for our little baby girl. Here are some ministers in our area who officiate these ceremonies. You may be able to find ones similar in your area. Just do a Google search on "baby blessings ceremony (insert your area)". This is a fun thing to start planning while you are pregnant.
Bible Verse for Baby
This is a beautiful bible verse that my Dad showed me. It would be a great verse to be read at the baby blessings ceremony.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
Listen to Baby's Kicks, Heartbeat, and Hiccups
It is so wonderful to begin feeling your baby kick! It reminds me that the baby is alive and well. I love feeling my baby kick. It's also fun to listen to your baby using this Prenatal Heart Listening System. My baby's kicks are pretty loud and obvious, even at my 21 week time frame. But I'm still waiting to hear her heartbeat.
This device allows us to record these sounds and email them or put them on a web page. We are also going to buy some of those recording gizmos that you can put inside a scrapbook, and hopefully put these sounds on there. Using this device has been lots of fun for me and my husband, and I'm sure will become even more fun when we start to hear more of her!
I am now 6 months pregnant, and I have still not been able to hear my baby's heart beat with this device, just her kicks. Maybe I'm using it wrong, I don't know. Maybe there is a better listening device out there.
I finally got to hear my baby's heatbeat using this device! I had tried using it several times and couldn't get it to work. I recently stumbled upon the manual while going through some stuff around the house. The manual said to make sure to use the strap. I had stopped using the strap and was just using my hand to hold the device to my belly. According to the manual, that doesn't work. So I tried it again while in my 9th month, using the strap this time, and I was finally able to hear her heartbeat! Amazing! How nice it was to finally hear and record her heartbeat. Here is a clip of it:
Preparation for Baby
Here are some good articles to help you prepare for the your new baby.
Here are some good videos on baby care:
Baby Care DVDsposted 8/28/2009
These are some DVDs that I have watched or been told to watch, and have yet to watch, that are great for caring for your new baby.
It's really fun to get a 3D/4D ultrasound of your baby! It is a little spendy, but it is worth it. You get such a great glimpse of your baby and what he or she will look like. Here are some of the pics of my little angel at 27 weeks:
I love looking at her pictures. It has helped me through the hard times of my pregnancy to look at these. They just make me smile and warm my heart. I think I'm going to bring some of these pics to the hospital for my delivery. My friend told me that just focusing on holding your baby can help you mentally get through labor.
Baby Moviesposted 8/28/2009
Here is a list of funny baby movies to watch during pregnancy. I got these great suggestions from my brother.
Oh, and we also recently watched Father of the Bride 2. It was hilarious. I loved Martin Short's character on this one even better than the first Father of the Bride.
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