Tag: pregnancy

Hospital packing list

Hospital packing list

I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t thought of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not. My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List For Me – General: Sweat pants Several /t-shirts Robe Sports bras/ Underwear Pads Warm socks Slippers Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that […]

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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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My body is amazing.

My body is amazing.

As my pregnancy is drawing to a close, I wanted to reflect upon the amazing journey my body has been going through. Ladies, this body that we have – it is amazing! It can do amazing things that I didn’t appreciate until now. Being the typical girl, I’ve always had body issues and was never satisfied with the way I looked. It wasn’t until I agreed (finally, after many years of people wondering if I ever would) to try out this whole baby thing, that I realized how amazing my body really is. I’ve watched my body change and grow […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 34 Comments
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3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

I’ve posted a funny post previously about some of the not so fun things that creep up on you during the third trimester. That was more tongue-in-cheek sillyness, but this one will be a little more serious. Some of the biggest issues I’ve had have been lower back pain, pelvic pain, and just other all around pains. You just get so dang big and everything is pressing on everything. Sleeping gets hard because you have to sleep on your side, but all that weight cause my legs and hips to cramp up. So I’m constantly waking up and rolling over […]

Posted October 27, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 9 Comments
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The birth plan I wanted, and the discussion with my doctor

The birth plan I wanted, and the discussion with my doctor

At my last appointment I brought in the following draft birth plan. That was when the doctor told me about the likely early induction and of course now my birth plan will need to change. But I wanted to share my original thoughts. *If no medical complications arise, the following is my birth plan: During labor • Allow in delivery room: my spouse, doula, my mother • Planned delivery: vaginal • Stay hydrated with clear liquids and ice chips • Eat and drink as approved by my doctor • Intermittent fetal monitoring while I’m still mobile • Heparin or saline […]

Posted October 22, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, / 23 Comments
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Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

On Friday I had a bit of meltdown at/after my doctor’s appointment, because my timeline is being cut in about half. It started out like a normal doctor’s visit, but this one was a little more involved because the doctor took the Group B strep culture and I also got my flu shot and my Tdap vaccine. I also brought a copy of my draft birth plan because I wanted to go over it with my doctor before meeting with my doula. My original thinking was I’d go into labor and wait it out a bit at home until the […]

Posted October 20, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, / 8 Comments
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5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

There are things we are commonly warned about that occur in pregnancy, such as stretch marks and nausea. But there are also other interesting tidbits about being pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester, that maybe not all of us are aware of. Here are a few observations I’ve made recently that show just how UN-glamorous pregnancy can be. Come have a chuckle with me and enjoy the list. 5 things that make pregnancy oh-so glamorous. Hemorrhoids. Yep, apparently these are common. Yech. Not only are you constipated a lot, but when you do go, it isn’t all that pleasant. TMI? […]

Posted October 15, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 26 Comments
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Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Late in my second trimester I had to do what every pregnant woman gets to do in the mid-20th weeks – take the glucose tolerance test. Well, I failed the 1 hour test, as many people do, and I was really trying to be optimistic about having to take the 3 hour test. Unlike the 1 hour, you have to be fasting for the 3 hour. So not only do I have to skip breakfast, but I have to have my blood taken 4 times, before, and at each hour after drinking the extremely sweet stuff, and not be able […]

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Why would you say these things to a pregnant woman?

Why would you say these things to a pregnant woman?

There’s this one lady at work who every time she sees me will say things that are quite inappropriate. She doesn’t say them in a rude way, but what she says is not something I feel good hearing. Seriously, why would someone say such things to a pregnant woman? Here’s what I mean: * You’re due in November? Oh there’s no way you’ll make it that long as big as you are. [Umm.. so you’re telling me I’ll have a preemie just because I’m big?] * Are you sure you’re just having one? [Yes, just one, thanks for calling me […]

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Welcome to Third Trimester

Welcome to Third Trimester

Today I am at 29 weeks pregnant, so I’m well into in my third trimester. I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect upon the end of the second trimester and everything we’ve accomplished so far. I took this photo a few days ago so I thought I’d share it as part of this post. Smurfberry’s accomplishments: By the end of the second trimester, Smurfberry: * Weighs about 2 pounds (or more, since we’re measuring bigger) * Can kick and poke (and oh boy does he!) * Has thickened layers of skin, some hair and body fat. * […]

Posted September 1, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 22 Comments
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