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Pregnancy over Holidays

by Lori Ramsey

The holidays can be a hectic time of year for everyone. We feel the need to rush to decorate, shop, wrap gifts, cook, and plan and attend holiday events. Regardless of what’s going on around you, as a pregnant mom, you deserve to take this holiday nice and slow. Relax and enjoy the journey. Next holiday season, you’ll have a baby to care for so relish in the ability to rest now. You can blame pregnancy hormones if you feel extra stressed. This is a double-edged blessing, because you will have an excuse to take it slow and easy because “hormones are acting up.” It’s perfectly okay to be lazy without people thinking you are lazy.

Allow your family and friends to dote on you. People love to cater to the pregnant mom so take advantage of it. Let them fetch you some food or drink while you put your feet up. The best thing you can do is rest. Maybe even schedule some extra pampering time for you at the spa or take a nice relaxing bath or a foot massage either by your spouse or by a professional.

Tip 1) Do not be afraid to ask for help for all the tasks you must do. So often moms think they must do it all even if they are worn out at the end of the day. Now is not the time to play martyr with your time and energy. Delegate tasks to others and reach out for help before you feel overwhelmed.

Remember the story about the tortoise? Slow and steady wins the race. The holidays aren’t about how fast you can accomplish everything. Take time to take a breath and slow your pace so you don’t wear out too fast.

Tip 2) Being pregnant gives you the best excuse for getting out of doing things you really don’t want to do. If you are invited to an event you don’t care to attend, feign pregnancy fatigue. Use it as an excuse to duck out early. People are more understanding with a pregnant mom and won’t think any less of you.

Tip 3) Take this time to consider holiday traditions. When you have a little one running around, you will want to create a time of year they will build good memories. Start when you’re pregnant and plan for the days when you can implement the new traditions or continue with old one.

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3rd Trimester Pregnancy

The third trimester is the final one of the pregnancy. During this trimester, you will feel the most uncomfortable and you will have a lot to do to prepare for the upcoming labor and delivery of your baby.

Tour the hospital or birthing facility.
Unless you have a home birth, you will want to familiarize yourself with where you plan to give birth. Doing this will help you to feel at ease when the time comes. Some hospitals require an appointment for touring the maternity wing. If you are taking a childbirth class through the hospital, you will probably have a tour during one of the classes.

Childbirth classes.
If you haven't already, you need to take a childbirth class, especially if this is your first baby. A good childbirth class will help to prepare you for what you will be going through in a few months or weeks. Even if you are planning a cesarean section, you can still benefit from taking a childbirth class.

Infant car seat.
It's the law just about everywhere that you must have a certified infant car seat to carry your baby home. Most hospitals won't even release your child unless you have one. Many will want proof by having you place the baby in the seat before leaving your room or they will walk you to your vehicle. Make sure to acquire one that is certified as safe. Now is the time to make this purchase because you never know when your baby will come and you don't want to be caught off-guard.

Get plenty of rest.
The third trimester brings with it the added weight gain and getting a full night's sleep without tossing and turning and running to the bathroom is impossible. You need to take it easy and relax as much as you can. Watch your feet and if your ankles swell, put your feet up. Lie on your left side to ensure the blood flow is good. Place a pillow between your knees to help relieve pressure and keep your hips in line. Avoid sleeping on your back.

You must drink as much water as possible even though you may not want to due to the constant bathroom runs. If you don't drink enough water, you will become dehydrated and this causes preterm labor. You don't want to go into labor until you are at least 37 weeks and considered full-term. The baby needs the water as well as you and you are drinking for two at this point.

Braxton Hicks contractions.
Braxton Hicks are practice contractions that may have begun during the second trimester. These contractions pick up the pace in the third trimester and it helps to know them from real contractions. Generally, a Braxton Hicks contraction will go away if you change positions whereas an actual contraction will just intensify. The closer to your due date you are, the more frequent these contractions hit.

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Second Trimester Pregnancy Checklist

Second Trimester Checklist

Ah, the second trimester of pregnancy is often referred to as the honeymoon stage. It is a time when the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester becomes a vague memory and it is a time before the excessive weight gain makes you feel miserable. Maternity clothing fits good, you have energy, and you just feel good overall.


Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you should stop the physical activity. Quite the contrary. Doing exercises helps to build the stamina needed to get through the third trimester and birth. Ask your health care provider what types of activities are safe for you to do during this time. Yoga, walking, and swimming are all excellent and safe exercises to do. You’ll find that exercising will also help you to have a good night’s rest too.  Here is an article on relation and pregnancy exercises.


The second trimester is a time when the majority of testing is done. At this point, the baby is big enough to see all their body on an ultrasound. Normally, ultrasounds are done between weeks 16 and 20. Often, the sex of the baby is revealed during this screening. Other blood tests and some invasive testing may be performed such as a multiple marker test or an amniocentesis. These tests are not mandatory and check for chromosomal or genetic disorders.

*Maternity clothing.

Now is the time to wear the special clothing to accommodate a growing belly. While you may wear larger sizes, some clothes need to fit in the shoulders and be larger in the belly. The risk of just buying clothing a few sizes larger is that it won’t fit elsewhere aside from the belly. From here out, your stomach will expand. When shopping for maternity clothes, keep comfort in mind.

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Now begins the exciting time of being pregnant. You’ve had the first positive pregnancy test and you have before you about ten months of baby growth, hormonal changes, and many firsts. To prepare for this exciting time, here’s a first trimester pregnancy checklist.

*First prenatal appointment.

Now that you are pregnant, you will want to schedule the first prenatal visit with your favorite OB or midwife. They will perform a pelvic and draw blood and obtain a urine sample to confirm pregnancy and establish a due date. During the first couple of appointments, you will discover how your prenatal visits will go. You will likely be set up for ultrasounds and possibly other tests, depending on your age and state of health.

*Morning sickness.

Not all pregnant women experience morning sickness, but a significant majority do. Generally, morning sickness hits during the first trimester. It can be mild to severe and it can hit any time day or night. It may only hit during the morning hours. If you suffer from it, ask your physician how to deal with it. Possible treatments may be eating saltine crackers, taking vitamin B6, eating special lollipops or candy drops made just for morning sickness (contains vitamin B6).

*Maternity clothing.

While it may seem like a fun idea to run out and purchase maternity clothing, the truth is you may not even need it until the second trimester. That said, some women will begin to show right away and will want to either wear clothing in a size larger or go ahead and wear maternity clothing. Some women don’t want anything tight or binding on their belly so it just makes sense to go ahead and wear the looser clothes.

*Healthy diet.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start eating a healthy diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. Go light on the sugary junk foods. You will want to avoid fish and soft cheeses as these may carry bacteria (cheeses) and mercury (fish). Eating a well-balanced diet is the smartest thing to do at this point. Don’t skip meals, you are making a baby, but you’re not quite eating for two yet.

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by Patricia Hughes
pregnancy-stagesThe nine months of pregnancy are a miraculous event. During this relatively short time, your baby goes from a fertilized egg to a fully formed newborn. The changes that take place over these nine months are astounding. By the end of the first month, the tiny heart has formed and is beating. The major organs and systems of the body have developed by the end of the first trimester. More on Stages Of Pregnancy – An Amazing Journey

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by Patricia Hughes

the stages of pregnancy

Your baby is just about ready to be born. The lungs finish developing this month. When they are developed, they release a substance called surfactant. This helps the baby breathe at birth. Recent research suggests this substance may have another purpose. It is believed it may signal the mother’s body to begin the labor process.

The baby is settling down into a fetal position. As the baby moves lower in the pelvis, breathing may become easier. This is called lightening. The baby rolls and moves, but kicks are lighter. You may notice more regular pattern of sleeping and waking. Some mothers say their newborns continue these patterns after birth.More on Ninth Month of Pregnancy