Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Week 22 for Mommy!

I love the website They always have realistic descriptions of what is happening to me, and baby in real life, so I know I'm not a freaky preggo lady!

Here is MY FORECAST for Week 22: For past month or so, you’ve been in your pregnancy honeymoon phase, where everything is all rainbows and unicorns -- no nausea, your sex drive is back, and you get to eat cookies! But this week things might start to kick up again (and not just those tiny toes in your belly). If constipation and heartburn are your constant companions right now, we recommend lots of water and staying away from foods that aggravate heartburn: tomatoes, spices, etc. If you are having trouble with leg cramps, it might be due to a lack of calcium and potassium. Add some sliced banana to your yogurt at snack time and you may get some relief. And, because your belly is so swollen and full o’ baby, you might even be having some trouble breathing. You can alleviate this by maintaining Poppins-perfect posture and sleeping semi-upright (which will help the heartburn, too). Just be sure not to take any over-the-counter or prescription medicines before consulting your doctor.
This is also about the time your doctor may tell you to stop sleeping on your back. As your baby grows, and your uterus with it, all that weight is placed on your spine, intestines, back muscles and vena cava, the large vein that transports blood from your legs back to your heart. In your second and third trimesters, lying on your back can actually cause changes in blood pressure, so it's best to avoid it altogether. Some experts even recommend sleeping on your left side as opposed to your right. There's nothing actually wrong with sleeping on your right side, but sleeping on your left side does take pressure off of your liver. It also increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta, which is hard at work nourishing your baby. Tuck a pillow between your legs to take some of the stress off your back, and try to have some sweet rainbow-filled dreams.

Just this morning, my sweet teacher friend Kara brought me a SNOOGLE, which is this long snake-like pillow that is supposed to support a chubby pregnant lady's body in all the right spots and make it easier to sleep. That, to me, sounds like a miracle!! I am been sleeping alright, but I am a belly sleeper, which has posed a problem with this ever-growing entity in my tum-tum. However, today brings hope for tonight. I cannot wait to see if I have found my sleeping savior!

1 comment:

kristi said...

i have a snoogle and can't live without it during pregnancy. i too am a tummy sleeper.

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