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My belly grew again! November 17, 2009

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I got back from my routine doctor’s visit today and was elated to find out that I did not gain any weight from last week. I’m topping the scale at 150 pounds at the moment and surely hope that I do not gain anymore!

Despite the lack of weight gain, I swear that my belly grew again, and my belly button is hurting from the waistline expansion (again!)

Dr. Tai is scheduled to be on call at the hospital (Toronto East General Hospital/TEGH) from Friday morning until Saturday morning, so we wonder if our little baby will make an appearance then to meet the doctor who has been looking after us the entire journey. Though it might be a cool idea, Andy is planning to write his accounting finals on Saturday, so I hope that he doesn’t get distracted by the baby on the way…

Belly pic @ 38 weeks November 16, 2009

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Look at how big my little buddha has gotten in my belly! I’m so proud of her for being so healthy, big and strong despite giving me horrible ugly stretch marks (yikes!). I’m so excited for lil’ Madelyn’s arrival. Just the other night, I dreamt about bring her home in her car seat from the hospital 😛

I’m sure I can do something about the stretch marks later on, and I have been lathering up on all sorts of oils and creams since I was 5 weeks pregnant. I guess it’s truly genetics when it comes to stretch marks, o’ well… as long as my baby is healthy, happy and strong, that’s all that matters!

 

Maternity Photoshoot November 16, 2009

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I took the opportunity to capture the wonderful moment of my life of expecting my little baby when a friend of mine recommended her friend who is a photographer. These pictures were captured when I was in my week 35. My belly has grown quite a bit since then (it’s now 38 weeks!!)

Thanks to Emma from Emma McIntyre Photography who is based in Toronto for the beautiful shots!

Round Ligament Pain November 5, 2009

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Lately, I have been feeling unwell because of a certain kind sharp, stabbing pain on the right inner thigh and around the groin area. I thought that I have pubic symphysis disorder, but apparently if that was the case,  I would not be able to even go to work. Some women even report that they can hear a grinding noise coming from their pelvic bones if it they have PSD. Therefore I have decided through self-diagnosis that I have round ligament pain.

So what is round ligament pain? Here’s what I found:

Round ligament pain is due to normal changes that take place in the body during pregnancy. It is caused by stretching of the round ligaments attached to the uterus. More commonly it occurs on the right side of the pelvis.

Typically in the non-pregnant state the uterus is about the size of an apple or pear. There are thick ligaments which hold the uterus in place in the abdomen, referred to as round ligaments.

During pregnancy, your uterus will expand in size and weight, and the ligaments supporting it will have to stretch, becoming longer and thinner. As these ligaments pull and tug they may irritate nearby nerve fibers, which causes pain. The severity of the pain in some cases can seem extreme.

Some common symptoms of round ligament pain include:

  • Ligament spasms or contractions/cramps that trigger a sharp pain typically on the right side of the abdomen.
  • Pain upon waking or suddenly rolling over in your sleep.
  • Pain in the abdomen that is sharp brought on by exercise or other vigorous activity.
  • Moving very slowly while engaging the core muscles

Anyway, I have been in pain and this makes me feel that I am so done and over with this pregnancy *guilty*. I am fine when I am seated or lying down, but the worse is having to climb the steps, which I have to do since I take the public transit to go to work. I am still able to walk slowly (or waddle, if you look at me now) but yesterday, I had to run across the street to catch the bus and I had to use my hands to lift my belly to minimize the pain. I thought enough was enough, and everyone kept asking me if there was such thing as a support belt to help lift the weight of the baby.

So with just a few weeks left in this pregnancy, I refuse to buy anything else that is maternity related (at least not for post-partum), I looked for a maternity support belt on Craigslist. I saw a new one that Medela sells for $45 and I thought that was wayyy too much for something that I will only be using for a few weeks, but I found a used one that by Emma Jane that was being sold for $10.

I bought the belt from the seller and it helped quite a bit, but not completely. A few things that I have been doing that had helped with the symptoms along with using the belt includes:

  • Inhaling and engaging the core muscles (sucking in the belly button) before I stand up or put any weight on my feet to help lift the weight of the baby – this helps tremendously
  • Doing my Kegel exercises
  • Taking a warm shower
  • Rest as much as I can

What makes my lil’ baby kick… October 22, 2009

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I should probably document this just because it would make for good reference when Madelyn is out. She is very likely to kick (hopefully because she is happy or excited) for the following:

  • Second Cup’s Vanilla Bean Steamed Milk with Whipcream
  • Sweet stuff like strawberry jam on buttered toast, and sachima.
  • Durians
  • Bubble tea (Mango or green apple milk green tea with bubbles)
  • Occasionally when I watch UFC with Andy
  • When Andy talks to her, she would sometimes kick his nose or mouth
  • When we read to her
  • During Babyplus lessons (although this is debatable because it feels like she is kicking the machine away rather than kicking out of enjoyment)

Now, I’m usually not into sweet stuff, but this baby sure has a sweet tooth! I’ve been tested for gestational diabetes and thankfully it’s negative.

Anyway, we went to see Dr. Tai yesterday for my routine pre-natal checkup and was told that our little chubster is a good size baby, and is already about 6 pounds at 34 weeks. She is scheduled to arrive on time (Nov. 28) so far and she will weigh at least 7.5 pounds, or maybe even 8 pounds. Andy and I were little babies at 5 or 6 pounds, so if lil’ Madelyn does become an 8 pounder then it’s great! As long as she is healthy, that’s all that matters. This is quite surprising to us and many people since I’m vegetarian and I hadn’t really binged on any type of food since I got pregnant. So far, I have put on 30 pounds and currently weigh 146 pounds. I am concerned though, that if our baby is this big then I might have to go for Caesarean to get her out. We’ll see!

Sleeping on the right or left? October 15, 2009

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Some of you might have wondered why we are told to sleep on our left during the pregnancy, while for the rest of our lives, we should be sleeping on our right. During my yoga training and in all of my yoga classes, we were always told to roll over to the right after Savasana (final relaxation pose) unless your blood pressure is low (like me).

I did a little research, and here’s what I found:

Sleeping on the right: You may lower your blood pressure and heart rate, which is good for individuals suffering from heart conditions. Lying on the left side decreases your heart’s ability to function properly.

Sleeping on the left: The reason for this is the position of your liver. When you sleep on your left side, you take the pressure from your uterus off the liver, since the liver is on the right side of your abdomen. Women will see benefits of increased heart function by sleeping on the left side. The heart is able to pump blood better, which allows for better circulation of blood to the vital organs as well as the fetus and uterus.

During the pregnancy, sleeping on the left also improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and it helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate waste products and fluids from your body. That, in turn, reduces swelling in your ankles, feet, and hands.

Apparently, sleeping on the left can be bad for your heart for those who are not pregnant, especially if you are suffering from chronic heart failure. Sleeping on your left side will decrease the sympathetic nervous activity in your body. This activity normally controls blood pressure and the heart rate.

Sleeping on your back is a big no-no when you are pregnant, especially during the 2nd trimester onwards. According to Jodi Mindell, a pediatric expert on BabyCenter:

“During the second half of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back, a position that puts the full weight of your uterus on your spine, back muscles, intestines, and the inferior vena cava (the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart). Back-sleeping can also put you at risk for backaches and hemorrhoids, inefficient digestion, and impaired breathing and circulation. Lying on your back in the second and third trimester can also cause changes in blood pressure. For some women, it can cause a drop in blood pressure that can make them feel dizzy; for others, it can cause an unwanted increase in blood pressure.”

There’s also a lot of information about sleep and sleeping positions from the ayurvedic point of view that is worth investigating, and you can read about it here. The optimal sleeping positions (and direction and times) varies for each individual’s body type (vata, pitta or kapha).

At any rate, sleep is challenging during pregnancy, and truthfully, I miss being able to sleep on my back. With the help of my Snoogle, I had been sleeping on my left faithfully, and although I do roll on to my back, my body still leans to the left since it is wedged by the  pillow. I’m happy to be able to just be able to sleep through the night these days 😛

Double leg cramps last night! September 25, 2009

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Ahhh… the joys and perils of pregnancy. Last night, I was rudely awakened by 2 episodes of leg cramps. The first was when I was sleeping on my left like I should be, and my left calf started to cramp up. So I got up and stretched and went back to sleep, this time on my right. A few hours later, my leg cramped up again. This time it was my right calf. Oh if only I could sleep on my back and not wake up feeling suffocated or end up with a backache.

I have done everything that I was told to avoid leg cramps including increasing my banana and milk intake. My O.B. said that leg cramps are caused by lack of calcium and not potassium. I figure, what the heck, I’ll drink more milk and eat more bananas just in case. Although, the Chinese believe that bananas will cause the baby to be phlegmy when he/she is born. I don’t know how true this is though but I need to deal with my leg cramps now.

From what I have read, here are three reasons why women get leg cramps during pregnancy, and I quote from Babycentre:

Your heart, kidneys, and circulatory system work extra hard to help you function normally during pregnancy, and your muscles, which are bearing the increasing weight of your pregnancy, feel the strain, too. So as a result, your tired leg muscles may seize up and cramp in protest, especially during your second and third trimester. The pain can wake you from a deep sleep.

Muscle fatigue isn’t the only reason you may be suffering from leg cramps. Too much phosphorus (found in processed meat, snack foods, and soda) and too little calcium and potassium circulating in your blood can also cause muscle spasms.

And a third reason is that as your uterus expands, it can put pressure on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.

I also noticed that if I had been on my feet a lot during the day, such as from walking around town from morning until night, that’s when I’m prone to leg cramps. I should probably stretch before I sleep …

Did my baby just dropped? September 22, 2009

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I’m so confused. I woke up this morning with a lot more room in my lungs to breathe and I remember reading something about dropping or lightening in the 3rd trimester. I did some research this morning, but apparently this doesn’t usually happen until about 4 weeks before labour. But I’m only 30 weeks! Did we miscalculate? I’ll be seeing Dr. Tai (my O.B.) on Friday and I will find out more.

Does anyone have any idea if it’s normal to experience lightening at 30 weeks?

Belly button officially popped! September 21, 2009

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I have not posted my other pregnancy picture, but 2 days ago, I realized that my belly button has officially popped. It is Week 30.

It looks really weird to me… kinda looks like a little pouty mouth that says “feed me” all the time, LOL!

My belly used to hurt a lot in the 2nd trimester whenever the baby goes through a growth spurt, but she must have slowed down lately since I don’t experience anymore pain around the belly. The pain used to radiate about 2 inches around the belly button and it could be because I have a very deep innie.