Just because I'm pregnant again by no means makes me an expert at this growing-a-baby thing. I was reading my go-to pregnancy book, and all sorts of things jumped out at me that I don't think (pregnancy brain?) I ever knew before. Such as:
Don't drink green tea.
What??? I think I drank a lot of Trader Joe's Candy Cane green tea when pregnant before. Tea is one of the drinks I pick up during gestation when coffee sometimes doesn't sound too appealing, and diet soda is out (stupid fake sweeteners). Apparently green tea interferes with the absorption of folic acid, which we all know is super important for a growing baby.
By the time you miss your period, and discover that you're pregnant, 80% of the baby's organ development has ALREADY occurred!
Whoa! There I was, living life as usual, and my body was growing another human's organs before I even knew! It's amazing! And also, how can anyone be pro-choice?
Women who experience morning sickness have a lower percentage rate of having a miscarriage. People always told me that sick mom = healthy baby, but I thought they were saying that to make me feel better as I was living with my head inside the porcelain throne. You know, like how rain on your wedding day = good luck. No. Rain on your wedding day = crazy hair and a wet dress.
The more weight you gain in your first trimester, the more likely you are to have a bigger baby.
This definitely holds true for me. I gained the most weight at the beginning with Alexander (like this current bambino, I have to eat every few hours or I feel terrible) and he was my biggest baby at 8 lbs. 14 oz. The times I couldn't keep food down and lost weight my first trimester, my babies were smaller.
Now for some things I learned from other experienced mothers that I wish I knew earlier...
I am definitely going to try Hallie's trick of taking Liquid Calcium to ease the postpartum cramps, which seem to get worse and worse after each baby (amiright?). SO glad I know about this in advance!
I had never heard of wearing a girdle during pregnancy, but I do remember being "in the family way" with the fifth baby and feeling a lot of muscle cramping and achiness in my lower abdomen. It's like my muscles were just overused, in fact it kept me from running any longer than the 5th month. Kendra suggests wearing a girdle to help with all that achiness, and I'm definitely going to try it this time around!
I don't know who told me this when I was pregnant for the 3rd or 4th time and sick as a dog (I'm going to stop talking about morning sickness, pinky swear no take backs) but the Sea Bands really do help me. I'm the type of person who gets car-sick, sea-sick, motion-sick, and morning sick, and they all feel pretty similar, so for me wearing the bands help. Even if it's only in my head, I'll take whatever relief I can get. Mama H does not agree with the magical powers of the bands, but she's so funny that we'll agree to disagree.
Have a wonderful weekend everybody! And if you have any other helpful hints or tricks to share...please do!!