Friday, April 28, 2006

Stool Softener in My Prenatal Vitamins

Given that I am seeing a doctor at a women's clinic, I eventually had to see all the other doctors at the clinic. The reason for this is because I cannot be guaranteed who will deliver the baby when she is ready to join us. We will have to see who is working or who is on call when the little one decides to come. Yesterday, we started our rotation of doctors. The one we saw was super nice and really young looking. She was very kind to ask, on several occasions, what questions I had. At one point, I asked Dr. Guerra whether the fact that I am extremely regular in my bowel movements and the fact that the stool is much softer now is okay or normal. By the way, I don't know about other pregnant women, but, I tend to be pretty explicit with doctors when I have questions about changes in my body. At any rate, to make a long story short, I found out that the prescribed prenatal vitamins I have been taking, Prenatal Elite, has a stool softener in it! Thank goodness I don't have the opposite problem, constipation; that's all I've got to say on this matter.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

How to Avoid Gas

Pregnancy Weekly sent me tips for this week. This week's tip involves how to avoid gas. Some of these foods aren't hard to avoid. For example, baby has decided she doesn't like broccoli, now. But, I can't bring myself to give up on some of these foods. Boo!

Gas and bloating are common problems during pregnancy. Here are some foods to avoid while pregnant to help eliminate excessive gas production:
  • beans
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • green peppers
  • onions
Can't we just use the excuse that pregnant women, as a general rule, are going to be more gassy anyways? Heh, heh, heh.


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Do I Have to Pee or Is the Baby Doing Aerobics on My Bladder?

Perhaps this is more information than desired, but lately, a question I'm constantly wondering is, "Do I have to pee or is our little munchkin doing aerobics right on top of my bladder?" Glad that she 's having fun in my uterus, happily bouncing around everywhere.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Leek and Zucchini With Ground Turkey Soup for the Baby

A few nights ago, I was conversing with my fourth grade best friend, Abirami, and telling her about still not liking my own cooking. She went online immediately and started looking at recipes for pregnant women, which tends to include nutrients pregnant women are supposed to be ingesting regularly. She read one recipe to me that sounded interesting, Zuccini and Leek Soup. Those of you who know me are aware of the fact that I never cook strictly according to any given recipe. I took the recipe as a jumping off point for negotiations. Here are the ingredients I put into my version of the soup:

Lily's Leek and Zucchini With Ground Turkey Soup

1 sweet yellow onion
6 large cloves of garlic
organic green onions
lean ground turkey
3 leeks
organic celery
organic carrots
red potatoes
can of organic corn
can of organic diced tomatoes
organic chicken broth
soy sauce
pepper from a pepper grinder

I found that the key to making any soup with meat tasty, the meat must be stir-fried separately. I stir-fried the onion using only some chicken broth (with no oil). Once the onion was well done, I added most of it to the soup pot, and started stir frying the ground turkey with garlic I had pressed into the frying pan. When the ground turkey was nearly fully cooked, I ground some pepper into the pan with the turkey and added some soy sauce as well as the green portion of the green onions.

Once everything in the soup pot had been boiling (for roughly 30 min.) and the food in the pot was ready, I added the turkey to the soup. After the soup boiled, the soup was ready to eat.

I must say, my hubby, the baby (in the tummy), and I enjoyed the soup! I served the soup over a small bed of rice. Yummy, yummy.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Possible Solution to the More Serious Acid Reflux Problems

I've resigned myself to the reality that I'll likely face acid reflux, in one form or another, through the remainder of my pregnancy. But, I think I have in hand a solution to the more serious acid reflux visits. I think a remedy to the more serious and intolerable acid reflux difficulties I've been experiencing is to eat more frequently! During the times the acid reflux isn't quite so bad, I'm eating every hour to hour and a half. On the nights that I allow myself to sleep longer, I need to try and drink some drinkable yogurt (or something) after I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. We'll see if this helps.

The alternate plan is to call my doctor's office and say that I'm ready for the last resort (or what my doctor suggested using as a last resort) - Zantac. Okay, I luv ya, bub-bye!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Pregnancy Headaches

Yesterday, late afternoon, I had a super bad headache; my head was throbbing. My solution was to lay down and sleep it off (at least for a brief nap). By the time I stirred, my head felt better, but I wasn't completely over the headache.

Just ran across some information about pregnancy headaches from PregnancyWeekly. Somehow I feel consoled that this is a general difficulty that arises in pregnancy, and I am not somehow a freak.

Handling Pregnancy Headaches

Pregnancy-related headaches are caused by the hormonal and circulatory changes that occur when you're pregnant. Pain relief medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen are not recommended during pregnancy; however, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is considered safe when taken occasionally. Before reaching for any medication, try the following tips:
  • Take frequent relaxing breaks, breathe and stretch. Consider taking a prenatal yoga class.
  • Wean yourself gradually from caffeinated beverages. However, don't try quitting caffeine all at once as this may cause serious migraines.
  • If you have a sinus headache, apply a warm towel to your forehead, eyes and nose. If you have a tension headache, apply a cold compress or ice pack at the base of your neck.
  • Ask your partner to massage your neck and shoulders, as well as your face, temples, and the bridge of your nose.
  • Maintain your blood sugar by eating smaller more frequent meals.
  • If you wear glasses, check to see whether they fit properly.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Acid Reflux Experience from Hades!

I'm experiencing acid reflux from Hades! Since late afternoon, I've been experiencing acid reflux almost non-stop. No amounts of Tums have helped. And, when I've consumed Mylanta, liquid antacid, in the past few days, that hasn't helped either. I'm frustrated!

I have been avoiding and continue to avoid all the big no-nos, things that worsen acid-reflux:

  • laying down after eating.
  • eating larger quantities in any one sitting.
  • eating and talking.
  • eating and drinking.
Yet, my problem continues to persist. On the one hand, that might be good news. Perhaps it's a sign that the baby is continuing to grow. But, it's impacting my eating. When my throat's burning or I feel like stuff might come back up, I don't want to eat.

When I visited my Ob-gyn last week, I asked her about Zantac. Her thoughts were that Zantac is a last resort, only after trying Tums and liquid antacid. Well, I'm ready for that last resort. Help!

Ways of Avoiding Listeriosis, Especially Important for Pregnant Women!

These are tips offered by, which, I think, are especially important for pregnant women to keep in mind:

  • Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as beef, pork, or poultry.

  • Wash raw vegetables thoroughly before eating.

  • Keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and from cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods.

  • Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk or foods made from raw milk, such as unpasteurized cheese.

  • Wash hands, knives, utensils, dishes and cutting boards with hot, soapy water for at least 20 second after handling uncooked foods.

  • Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.

  • Avoid foods from deli counters, or thoroughly reheat cold cuts before eating.

  • Heat leftovers and ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs, until steaming hot just before eating.

  • Avoid soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined and Mexican-style cheese. (Hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt need not be avoided.)

Listeria: What you need to know to stay safe
USDA's Listeriosis and Pregnancy: What is Your Risk? Safe Food Handling for a Healthy Pregnancy
CDC's Listeriosis FAQs

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Fraternal Twins Born to Biracial Parents, One Twin White and The Other Black

The fraternal twin girls, Remee and Kian, were born in April 2005. Both parents of the twins are biracial. Kylie's mother is white and her father is black. Kylie's partner, Remi Horder also has a white mother and a black father. Remee, born first, weighing 5 pounds and 15 ounces, had blonde hair and fair skin. A minute later, Kian was born, 6 pounds, with black hair and darker skin.

Skin color, reportedly, is determined by up to seven genes working together. In the case of Remee and Kian and how they were conceived, two eggs were fertilized by two different sperm. A sperm containing the genetic coding for white color exclusively fertilized an egg containing genetic coding for all white color. And, a sperm containing the genetic coding for black color exclusively fertilized an egg containing genetic coding for all black color. That was how two babies of dramatically different colors were born. The likelihood of such fraternal twins occurring is a million to one chance!

As you can see, the birth of these twins didn't exactly occur yesterday. But, I'm not quite on top of all the news. I think the occurrence is fantastic. But, there's a part of me that wonders whether the world will make a circus of this young family. I don't mean to add any negative pressure to this family by talking about the wonderful twins on my blog; I find it wonderful and amazing! The parents were still teenagers when the twins were born. Starting a family can be and often times involves a tremendous amount of stress. I wish the best to this family . . .

  • Black and white twins
  • Friday, April 14, 2006

    Kegel Exercises

    Doing Kegel exercises are beneficial to women for a number of different reasons. One such reason is that it assists a woman in the labor and delivery of her child. For those who are unfamiliar with what the Kegel muscle is, next time you go to the bathroom do the following: while you're peeing, stop your pee mid-stream. The muscle you use to stop your pee is called the PC muscle. Exercising that muscle, by flexing it, is a good idea, from what I hear; such exercises are called Kegel exercises.

    Check out the following article is from Huggies' Happy Healthy Pregnancy:

    What's A Kegel?