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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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My Baby Shower

I thought I would share some pictures and thoughts about my baby shower on this blog before I start writing about baby shower ideas.

My baby shower was planned by my husband and three beautiful friends R, Sa and Sw. I totally couldn’t believe that they would plan all this for me and I love them so much for that. Two of them Sa and Sw flew all the way from East Coast to throw me a party and I think that was the best gift ever. I love my husband for making sure everything that my friends planned fell into place. He also managed to sit through half the party without getting too embarrassed among all the ladies.
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My shower was not a surprise as my friends and hubby were not very sure who all to invite. I was new in Las Vegas and was missing all my friends from Raleigh, NC but I still managed to invite 15-20 new friends and colleagues that I had made in this new town. And several of them were present to celebrate our new beginning.

The baby shower venue was chosen to be Verandah at the Four Seasons . The venue was sophisticated yet comforting and beautiful. We had rented a private dining room that seated around 30 people. I was actually invited by my husband and R to choose the menu a couple weeks before the party in order to finalize. I totally loved their Oreo Cheesecake they had for the tasting and was one of the desserts I distinctly remember. It was not something I would otherwise order but I ended up trying it and loved it.

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Sa and Sw flew in a day before to prepare for the party decorations. Sw made and decorated a delicious cake for me with a “boy” theme The baby topper was the cutest! The theme for the invitations, balloons and centerpiece decorations was animal theme. The return gifts and the cake were in a “boy” theme. I don’t remember everything we had on the menu but if I find it in my email I will post it on the blog as an update. My friends had planned funny baby shower games for the party like guessing how large my belly was , whose water will break first, guessing whats in the poopy diaper, etc. And there were prizes for correct guesses too!
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Towards the end we cut the cake and also opened presents. I must say it was all very overwhelming at the end, everyone was so nice and showered me with wonderful presents for the baby and it made me realize how close I was to giving birth and how my life was going to change soon. But the best part was that I was surrounded with so much love during this time.
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Baby Moon Destination 2 – San Diego

DSC_0421 My next baby-moon destination recommendation is San Diego, California. It is just a very happy place in my mind and so beautiful. And with so many “To-DO” options to choose from.

Beaches : Coming from desert, ocean and the sound of waves seem very fascinating to my soul. San Diego has 17 different beaches to choose from with options to go surfing (which I am hoping people don’t do while pregnant unless they take permission from their doctors), just lie and read a book on the sand, go swimming, just walk by the beach or on the pier , make sand castles, watch sunset, etc.

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Balboa Park : An awesome place with lots of parks along with the famous San Diego Zoo , museums, lot of cultural and perfoming art venues. It also provides a perfect scenery to get maternity pictures taken. DSC_0525

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Gaslamp Quarter : Gaslamp Quarter offers large number and variety of restaurants, shopping boutiques, accomodations. If you are a party person and want to get most of the crowd, this is where you should definitely plan to visit and spend a day.

Cruises : From the San Diego Harbor you will have options to many dinner cruises or whale watching cruises. DSC_0464

Wine tasting : For the dads (I do not recommend even a sip of wine or any other alcohol when pregnant) there are quite a few local wineries to choose from.

Old Town San Diego To get close to local mexican culture and delicious mexican cuisine you must visit this place. From history tours, parks to art festivals, shopping , music and entertainment , this place has a lot to offer.

There are hundreds of other things that I would want to mention about San Diego and this post will not be enough for it. Pregnant Moms will have a gala time here and that I guarantee!! If you want to email me more about how to plan a babymoon in San Diego please email me at ninemonthsofshower@gmail.com

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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #2 Sleep Sleep Sleep

Pregnancy can give insomnia to some mommies and I know things can be uncomfortable and it might be difficult to sleep but you must sleep and take rest as much as you can. A good night’s sleep will help you feel refreshed for the next day. It may probably help relieving your aches and pains,  your acidity and heartburn and other issues you may have. Also once baby comes  you might be sleep deprived and you need all the stored energy during the first couple years of the baby/toddler stage.

Some ways to fall asleep that worked for me when I was pregnant were:

1. Read books before sleeping.

2. Watch a very boring movie

3. Write your diary at night. Once you have everything in your head out on paper, you probably will sleep better.

4. Drink a cup of warm/hot milk sometimes with a pinch of turmeric.

5. Get a nice back rub or foot massage from your partner. While getting a foot massage make sure your ankles are not massaged. I am not sure if it is an old wives’ tale but someone told me that there is a point on the ankle which if massaged, can put you in labor. Unless you are past due, then that needs a whole different post 🙂

6. Ask your husband to tell you a story.. i know this sounds stupid but it worked for me so many times.. I used to fall asleep within one or two sentences 🙂

7. Close your eyes and count the sheep!

8. Talk all your worries out with your partner, parents or close friends before sleeping.

9. Listen to soothing music

Please feel free to add to this list in your comments. Hope you all have a good night tonight! If not feeling sleepy yet, try one of the above and tell me if it worked for you!

 

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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #1: Pregnant Belly is Not Buddha’s Belly! Stop Rubbing it!

I decided to start a new “tip of the day” category. Let’s see how many tips I can come up with 🙂

Today’s Tip of the Day : Pregnant Belly is Not Buddha’s Belly! Stop Rubbing it!

People somehow think it is ok to rub a pregnant woman’s belly! Be prepared to face this situation!  While some pregnant woman are ok with it, some really get offended! If you don’t like being touched like that by strangers on the street , neighbors or even co-workers, come up with a reasoning to give people  and stick up to it! Religious reasons really work well with general people so even if you are not really religious, you can use it to save you from unwanted physical contact. Or if you are pretty straightforward, you can just directly ask people to not rub your belly. If you don’t want to be called mean after being straight forward , feel free to blame it on pregnancy hormones and mood swings!!!!

 

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Crochet Baby Cap!

When I talked about stress busters during pregnancy I forgot to mention “crochet”. I learnt crochet and have made two crochet projects only based on youtube videos and books and internet instructions.

Here are the best instructions out there for crochet on the internet on the following website :

http://www.crochetgeek.com/2008/04/newborn-head-circumference-13-14-hat.html

I made this hat for my baby which really fit him when he was around 6 months. The hat was a one-two day project and it really took my mind off of all the little worries I had during those two days. And the art instructions made it seem so simple that I really enjoyed what I was doing.

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What will you be  making on your own or you made already for your newborn? Please share your ideas!

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If there was a pregnancy survival kit..

If there was such a thing as a pregnancy survival kit, I would include the following :

1. Nausea Medicine, Tums and others in this criteria

2. Morning Sickness Tea/Ginger Tea

3. Pregnancy Books including one for the new Dads

4. Pregnancy Yoga and Exercise DVDs

5. List of Restaurant menus with delivery/pickup options

6. Massage and Movie gift cards

7. Pregnancy Pillow

8. A good Tummy butter/oil to keep stretch marks at minimum

9. Jean and Bra extensions

10. Loose clothing

11. Maternity belt

12. Postpartum belt

What would you add to this pregnancy  “must have”list?