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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #6 Drink Lots of Water!

Drink Lots of Water! Or at least 8 cups of water per day at the minimum. Water helps relieve muscle cramping. It also helps with reducing chances of urine infection which is common during pregnancy. Many pregnant women also have found that drinking water helps with constipation, the dreaded hemorrhoids, gases, etc. I never had swelling on my ankles or legs or any part of my body during pregnancy and I feel it is because I really kept track of how much water I drank during pregnancy. The more water you drink, the less your body will tend to retain.
Even after delivery, it is best to keep drinking enough water , especially if you are breastfeeding as it helps in milk production and prevents you from getting dehydrated.

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Expecting Mommy Tip of The Day #3 : Kegels and more.

Your friends may find this difficult to discuss with you or it may not come across their mind to warn you about this when they first hear that you are pregnant. As awkward as it may sound, urinary incontinence is a side effect of pregnancy. It is very important to keep doing Kegels throughout pregnancy. Kegels are exercises for the pelvic floor muscles that can easily be done at home. These helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Strong Pelvic muscles also help during pushing your baby out during delivery. Your doctor/doula or midwife or your yoga instructor can help you show how to do these daily.

Also in order to avoid awkward situations like “peeing in your pants while sneezing or coughing or even vomiting, due to weak pelvic muscles” always carry extra underwear and maybe use pads or panty liners. This tip will surely help in saving you from embarassment in office meetings or other important public places or even at home with guests around.

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What did you crave during pregnancy?

I craved “Aceitunas rellenas y aceitunas ‘FerránAdrià’ (Olives stuffedwith anchovy and piquillo and ‘Ferrán Adrià’ liquid olives )” from Jaleo a stylish Tapas Restaurant at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas..

http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/taste/restaurant-collection/jaleo.aspx

Alas, I never got a chance to visit Jaleo during my pregnancy so my craving was never satisfied really… 😦

Another thing I craved was Paneer and Tiramisu.. Both my favorite foods even before and after the baby. Though I did not eat any Tiramisu during my pregnancy as I didn’t want to have alcohol during that time even though it would have been a tiny bit, I ate a lot of Paneer.

This post is making me hungry! While I go fix me something yummy for lunch before my baby wakes up why don’t you gals take a look at my Pinterest Cravings Board?

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Why Pregnancy takes nine long months?

One word : Patience! If you have been an impatient person throughout your life, here is a chance nature is giving you to develop patience. Pregnancy does create lot of questions and anxieties during nine months. How will the baby look like? Will it be a boy or a girl? Will everything be normal with him/her? What name to choose? And to know most of these you have to wait for nine months. Well yes, technology has changed and you get to know gender and looks from the ultrasounds. But still a woman needs patience to wait for nine long months before she can hold her baby in her arms or before she can start sleeping comfortably in her bed (or so she thinks she can do after the baby is born, but thats a talk for another time…:))

And after the baby is born , parents are very much eager to see baby reach different milestones like oh he is a month old, he is smiling now. Or she is only 3 months and she rolled on her tummy! He is walking at 6 months old or oh, she is not walking yet and her first birthday is next week. The other babies in her music/baby gym class are already running..

All the phases of a baby like  first smile,  hand and eye co-ordination, stomach roll, crawl, standing and pulling up, walking are exciting phases. But all these take time to develop. There are monthly milestones for a human baby. And as a parent you learn to be patient so your little one takes his or her own time to meet these milestones. Sometimes as a parent you look at other babies and wonder when will yours start to do the same thing. And pregnancy taught you patience and made you wise to use it since then!

This education that nature gives us can be put to use during potty training, babies’ sicknesses, messy eating habits, separation anxieties, tantrums and so on. And trust me if I have become calm enough to deal with all this and put up a smile at the end of the day then you can too! Motherhood is tough but with a little patience you understand that it is totally worth it!

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How to choose a gynecologist?

When I was pregnant and new in town I had no clue how to look for a gynecologist.  Also my insurance limited a lot of gynecologists that I could choose from. That did not help me much but even from that small pool there was a task in front of me to make sure I chose the right practice.

Before actually looking for one, make a list of what is important to you, for example

1. Someone who has a more holistic approach and  not a pill pusher

2. Someone who is willing to honor your birthplan or someone who is able to guide you to make one and help stick to it in most circumstances

3. Someone who encourages waterbirth if you are looking for one or someone who is ok to not give you epidural or maybe someone who wants to give it to you right away

4. Someone who is rightly qualified and reliable

5. Someone who is not outright mean or if you want one then someone who is very straightforward and right to the point and sometimes mean

6. Someone who practices in a certain hospital that is close to you or reputed in your area, etc.

These are just examples of what you may or may not want from a doctor. It is not a complete list or a go to list of what you may want in one but it is a good starting point.

Once you have the list  of what you are looking for then you can go searching for one using a guideline as listed below!

1. Go through your insurance list and see who offers services under your plan

2. Then first check who are the closest to you

3. Now go to the internet and check ratings. Look for comments and reviews.

4. See if this doctor reviews tell you what you want him / her to be based on your needs listed above.

5. If not, take an appointment to just have a conversation with the practice to get a feel for it. Then make a decision. If you dont find him/her satisfactory move on. Though remember some doctors don’t take new patients if you are far too along in your pregnancy already while looking for a change. I am not sure if a gynecologist will just meet you for a conversation but you can always call and check and sometimes they wont charge you for just an introductory visit.

6. If you have friends with kids in the same town ask where they go and ask for their recommendations. If you do not know anyone in town, consider joining a club for new mommies or see if your area has meetups for new moms. Meetup.com has great resources for finding people who are going through everything you are and form an excellent support system.

Hope these tips help you find the doctor you want!

If you have any more tips please let me know and I will add them here!

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Asking for help when Pregnant and After Delivery.

At work or at home, please feel free to ask for help. If you need to carry weights for more than 20 lbs, please check with your doctor for a limit and a note. If you are dealing with morning sickness try to reduce your work timings or change them to more suitable ones. Try to get your work responsibilities changed to less stressful ones if possible.

If you are not able to cook/clean, ask someone from your family to come and help. My mother in law offered to take care of me during my first trimester as my husband was in law school and I think that was the best thing that could have happened! My morning sickness was controlled in a few days after she arrived and I got delicious and healthy home made food I was craving for! Not everyone gets along with their MIL so if you don’t want to call yours that is perfectly fine.

But don’t say no to any kind of help that you can get. If your friends want to do something for you, ask them to bring you fresh food or help you with the groceries or take care of your first child for an hour or two while you catch a nap.

Our subdivision does a MealTrain (http://www.mealtrain.com/) for new moms for almost a month from due date. I think it is the best support you can get when everyone is so busy and tired after the new arrival. My point for this post is REST as much as you can because once the baby is here, you will forget what resting peacefully was!