Weird Pregnancy Symptoms | 23 Things About Pregnancy That No One Tells You

Weird Pregnancy Symptoms | 23 Things About Pregnancy That No One Tells You

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of fun and excitement. It’s a little different for every mama and everyone has an opinion about how it will go for you. 

But some surprising things happen that many don’t talk about and some weird symptoms often show up that can be confusing. 

In the list below I go over strange things about pregnancy you may have not heard of until today. 

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Morning Sickness Is All Day Sickness

 

Morning sickness often doesn’t go away in the mornings. It sometimes lasts and lasts all day long. 

You may have heard of this before, it’s pretty common knowledge. 

 

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But you just can’t imagine how bad it can be until you’ve experienced it. Luckily there are safe medicines you can take if it gets out of control. 

It can also last your whole pregnancy so if you feel like you need something talk to your doc and get a prescription to help. 

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There are some simple things that can help too like these pregnancy pops and these bands for your wrist. They are for motion sickness but work well for Morning Sickness. I used them myself so I highly recommend them. 

 

Food Aversions are a thing

 

This is something I totally didn’t expect. You’re told that you’ll be so hungry during pregnancy and want to eat so much. 

But for some ( like me ) everything will seem gross. Apples will taste and smell like onions and meat will be a complete no go. 

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This is more common than you think and many don’t mention it when talking about pregnancy. 

You feel sick when you don’t eat yet everything seems too nasty to ingest. I ended up drinking liquid cream just to get enough calories. 

I have no answer for this issue. All I can say is I hope it is not as bad for you as it was for me. 

 

You Shouldn’t  Actually Eat For Two 

 

If you’re one of those lucky gals who can eat then make sure you keep it in check. Don’t believe the old wives tale that you’re eating for two. 

If you do this you may gain way more weight than you are supposed to. 

You actually only need 300 to 500 extra calories a day throughout your whole pregnancy so keep that in mind when you’re enjoying all that food.

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The Tiredness Is Out Of This World

 

We all know that being tired is part of being pregnant, especially in the first trimester. I mean you’re building a brand new human and that takes a lot out of a person. 

But the tiredness you experience is so intense it’s like a sickness. You feel SICK from exhaustion and this happens to most pregnant mamas. It’s very common. 

I would go to work, get off at three and go to bed by six. This happened my whole first trimester. 

 

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I was that tired. If I were able I would have stayed in bed 24 hours a day for three months.

So prepare yourself for this exhaustion by making plenty of room for sleep. Don’t make plans during that first trimester and warn your partner that you’ll need lots of extra rest. 

 

 

You May Get Varicose Veins In Your Vagina

 

This one can be a real nasty surprise. You can actually get these thick bulging veins known as Varicose Veins that stick out of your vagina. 

One morning during my third pregnancy I woke up and took a shower and I felt discomfort, itching, and swelling. I checked myself and what I found was crazy and scary. 

Overnight I got huge veins just sticking right out of there. I called the doc and they said this is actually not that uncommon, especially if you’ve had more than one pregnancy. 

So don’t freak out if it happens to you. It usually goes away after pregnancy and doesn’t become any sort of problem. 

 

And Hemorrhoids

 

As your uterus gets bigger during pregnancy, the pressure it puts on veins can cause them to swell,  also leading to hemorrhoids. 

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and rectum and are common during pregnancy, unfortunately, especially in the third trimester when the enlarged uterus puts pressure on the veins. 

 

So you can expect this as well. Here’s a good cream that can help if this becomes an issue for you as well.  A good donut pillow is an excellent idea for the whole area while pregnant and especially after during your postpartum recovery. 

 

It Can Hurt To Poop

 

Once your Uterus gets really large having a bowel movement can be painful. Especially if you become constipated. 

While pushing you can touch some of the nerve systems inside of your body and it can hurt to push past them.

It only hurts for a moment but it is NOT good. 

 

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This was happening to me and that was how my doc explained what was going on. She said it doesn’t happen to every pregnant mama but it does to some, especially if your baby is big. 

I had three pregnancies and it only happened during my first with my biggest baby. 

Hopefully, this won’t occur with your pregnancy but if it does now you’ll know what’s going on. 

 

Your nose will be stuffy

 

Your nose may become very blocked during pregnancy. It’s extremely annoying because on top of everything else you cannot breathe well. 

It usually happens in the second trimester and lasts through the rest of your pregnancy. 

If it does contact your doc, you may be able to take an oral decongestant. 

 

You Can Get Carpal Tunnel

 

If you have tingling, numb and painful hands during pregnancy, especially at night, you likely have carpal tunnel syndrome.

CTS is very common in pregnancy. It happens when there is a build-up of fluid in your wrist and it puts pressure on the nerves in the area. 

If you have CTS in one pregnancy, you are likely to have it in later pregnancies as well.

This condition typically goes away after you have your baby so don’t worry about it too much unless the pain becomes unbearable. 

 

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You Are Smelly

 

While pregnant your body is producing a crazy amount of hormones and it can make you smell strong. And because you’re pregnant you’ll be able to smell it much more than you otherwise would because your senses are heightened. 

You may need to bathe often to wash away that hormonal residue so that you can feel more comfortable in your own skin. 

Something else that is not often talked about is the smell after birth. 

After birth, your body is spewing even more hormones as many changes begin to occur. You’ll smell double strong and it can be seriously unpleasant. 

You’ll also have an intense smell from down there. It smells like a wound healing because, well it is. 

Your placenta was ripped from the walls of your uterus and it has to heal. All those blood vessels were attached to it and it is, in fact, an open wound. 

That wound smell can last for a couple of months unfortunately and it can be embarrassing.  You can use a peri bottle like this to help cleanse yourself and you can bathe often. But until the inside of your uterus totally heals the smell will likely stay present. 

 

Sex Will Change

 

Sex can go two ways during pregnancy. It will either disgust you and you’ll want nothing to do with it or you’ll be horny. 

It seems that when women are pregnant with girls they’re more interested but with boys, it’s the other way around. 

Or at least that is the pattern I’ve noticed with myself and others I have interviewed. 

But everyone is different and we all respond to pregnancy hormones in our own way. 

 

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Your Skin Will Grow Things

 

Pregnancy hormones stimulate the hyperactive growth of certain cells in the top layer of skin. This can create unusual yucky bumps like skin tags. 

Many women get these on their face, neck, underarms and around their breasts during this time, but they usually go away after pregnancy. If they don’t head to the dermatologist. 

 

There Will Be Cramps

 

Sometimes while pregnant you’ll have cramps and they can be scary.

During the first trimester as your uterus grows you can have them, or during the second trimester when your ligaments start to stretch. 

It’s usually nothing to be alarmed about unless the pain is accompanied with blood in which case you should call your doctor right away. 

 

You May Feel Sad

 

Not everyone is super excited to be pregnant. Even when you can’t wait to meet your baby you still may have depressed feelings. 

It’s those pesky hormones that cause so many ups and downs so don’t expect to be over the moon all the time. 

If you’re feeling down the best thing to do is get some extra rest. This will likely make all the difference in how you feel.

 

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Heartburn Can Be Awful

 

Heartburn can be a real problem for mamas because of progesterone, the hormone that relaxes muscles during pregnancy.

It relaxes the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. The growing uterus crowds the stomach as well, forcing acid into the esophagus.

You can avoid heartburn as much as possible by following the tips in this post on Healthline. 

 

You’ll Be Constipated

 

Constipation in pregnant women is thought to occur due to hormones that relax the intestinal muscle and by the pressure of the expanding uterus on the intestines.

To avoid it as much as possible drink plenty of water and get lots of fiber. That will help some but you’ll have to live with it until you have your baby for the most part. 

 

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Your Feet May Get Bigger

 

The pregnancy hormone relaxin, which loosens the joints around your pelvis so your baby can make her way down into the birth canal, also loosens the ligaments in your feet, causing the foot bones to spread.

So your feet will be wider and this tends to be permanent. Just use it as an excuse to buy some new shoes. 

 

Your Nose Will Get Bigger Too

This is one of the weirdest things that happen during pregnancy. 

Nose swelling is due to increased estrogen levels, which helps blood flow to the mucous membranes and plumps up your nose as a result.

It does shrink back to normal after your baby is born though so at least there’s that. 

 

It’s Hard To Breathe

 

When your baby is pressing up and all your organs are crowded breathing can become difficult. 

It will feel like you just can’t take a deep breath and it’s exhausting. But like all other things in pregnancy, it will be over before you know it and you’ll be able to take that deep breath you’ve longed for all those months. 

 

And You May Pee Yourself

 

When you laugh, when you cry, when you sneeze or cough. Or when you’re just breathing. These are all instances that you may wet yourself. 

This is just one of the many woes of pregnancy but after your baby comes all the pressure will be gone and your muscles will strengthen back up. Usually. 

 

You May Not Enjoy Being Pregnant

 

Pregnancy can be hard and not everyone enjoys it. I did for the most part but plenty of women can’t wait for it to end. 

Don’t feel guilty if this is you. With all those changes comes a lot of discomforts so it’s no surprise that some women feel this way. 

 

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Just take it one day at a time and know that it will come to a glorious end and all that hard work will pay off and you’ll have your beautiful baby. 

 

You’ll Be An Emotional Wreck After Delivery

 

Once your baby is born your body will move so fast that your mind cannot keep up. The changes that happen immediately are so profound it’s like being punched in the stomach. 

Not to mention the emotional factors of having a baby, the relief that the birth is over and the overwhelming feelings of what will happen next. 

You will be a wreck. It’s unavoidable but if you know to expect it that will help you keep some sense of calm and things will be just a tiny bit easier because of it. 

So just be aware that there’s a storm coming. Take a few deep breaths and face it bravely. 

 

 

Your Belly After Childbirth Will Be Horrifying

 

It sucks that our belly’s don’t just shrink back to their former glory. 

But they certainly don’t and the crinkled saggy yet hard thing before you can be alarming.  You have to accept that it will take time for things to get back to normal. 

Most mamas know that this is the case but there is still some level of shock and worry when you’re weeks postpartum and you still look six months pregnant. 

Give your body time to heal and then move into a fitness routine that is created just for postpartum mamas. 

That is the safest and quickest path to recovery and weight loss. I highly recommend The Postpartum Cure if you want to get your body back as soon as possible. It’s the most popular program of it’s kind and it has helped thousands of mamas get that flat tummy back. You can see it here. 

 

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Pregnancy can be really fun but it also comes with a lot of weird surprises and I hope this list has helped you prepare for some of the unexpected! 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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First Weeks With Newborn |13 Tips On How To Survive The First Six Weeks With Your Newborn

First Weeks With Newborn |13 Tips On How To Survive The First Six Weeks With Your Newborn

There’s nothing harder than those first six weeks at home with your newborn.

You may feel prepared but once you get home it hits you. You will feel unbelievably overwhelmed but there are plenty of things you can do to make it less scary. 

Here are some really good tips that will help you survive the newborn phase. 

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Sleep Is On The Top Of The List

 

Naps. You need to take many naps. Every time your baby goes to sleep you should sleep too. 

I know you feel Like you have a ton of stuff to do but just let some of it go. Your body is healing and you cannot function well with little sleep as you well know. 

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And if your babies are anything like mine they’ll be up all night for the first few weeks and sleep more in the day. This is very common and very hard on you. 

Make sleep a top priority so you can feel your best and your body can heal. This will help ward off any feelings of depression too. 

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Prepare For Postpartum Pain

 

This is a big one. Most mamas don’t prepare for postpartum pain as well as they should. 

They prepare for everything else yet leave this out. You’ll be in a good bit of pain that first week or two home and it can be difficult. 

But there are some easy things you can do to help. Check out this post right here to learn what you need to do to get ready for postpartum pain. 

It will make all the difference in how you feel. 

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Take Note Of Your Emotions

 

Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed or fall into postpartum depression. This can happen easily if you ignore your own needs. 

Your body is experiencing a flood of hormones and it will certainly affect the way you feel. 

But there’s a difference in hormonal changes and full-blown postpartum depression. 

 

If you start to feel like you’re going beyond adjusting and the emotions that come with that, then you should talk to someone right away. 

Postpartum depression can make you ill and it can also be dangerous so call your doc as soon as you start treading those waters. 

 

Get Help From Your Partner And Family 

 

Getting help from your family and partner are vital to your survival after birth. 

This is a time of huge change and adjustment and you’ll need help until you can swing things on your own.

 

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Have your mama stay with you the first week or have your partner take several weeks off work. 

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Stock Your Kitchen And Meal Prep Before Baby 

 

You should prepare freezer meals before your baby comes so that you don’t have to spend tons of time in the kitchen. 

So when you’re in that nesting stage and you get that sudden burst of energy take advantage of it and prepare and freeze as many meals as possible. 

You’ll be glad you did. Here’s a list of 150 freezer meals you can choose from. 

 

Keep Vistors At Bay For The First Several Weeks

 

Tell your friends and family that you would love for them to come see you but not until the third week when you’ve cleaned up some and feel more like yourself. 

Be firm with them. You need your space right now and you don’t want a crowd hanging around unless it’s your mama helping you out as I mentioned before. 

They’ll get to see the baby soon enough. 

 

Dry Shampoo Is Your Friend 

 

Those first few weeks it will be hard to make yourself presentable. You’re exhausted and you have a baby to take care of and you’ll hardly have time to take a shower. 

Dry shampoo can help make you feel a little less gross. Here’s a good one to try. 

I remember before my first baby ten years ago I would shower daily. But that all changed the second my babies were born and to this day I still don’t have time for that nearly as often as I would like. 

 

 

Have Mom Friends If You Can 

 

Having mom friends you can call will help you feel less isolated. They can answer your questions and lend support. 

Or even come and help after the first few weeks are over. Having friends who have been there, done that can be very helpful and studies show that this type of friendship helps ward off depression. 

So make sure you have a good friendly support system. 

 

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Learn How To Swaddle 

 

Learning to swaddle your baby well will be a great comfort to your child. In the womb, they’re wrapped tight. This brings feelings of relaxation and calmness to your infant. 

It will help her sleep better and it will also keep her from startling so much. 

Babies have a startle reflex where they throw their arms up in the air often. It’s a normal part of development but it can be disruptive and stress them out so swaddling can help prevent this. 

Here’s an awesome video to show you how!

 

 

 

Go For Walks

 

Getting some sunshine and exercise is just so important during the first six weeks. It will give you energy and strength and make you happy. 

Those walks will also help you with the baby weight and that will put you one step closer to feeling like yourself again. 

The sunshine is also helpful in getting your hormones back in order and it will help fight those baby blues. 

 

Throw Aside Your Physical Insecurities

 

It can be easy to look in the mirror and feel bad about yourself during the postpartum period. It happens to every new mom and those feelings can be strong and ugly. 

But you need to cut yourself some slack. You just gave birth and your body has been through a lot. You are recovering slowly. 

It took nine months for your body to make all those changes and it will take some time after birth to feel like yourself again. You have to respect that. 

Don’t rush into trying to get fit again. Allow time to heal and then slowly move back into your fitness. 

 

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Eat Well And Plenty

 

Eating enough good and healthy food is vital to your energy and mood. It’s even more important after you have a baby. 

Good food will promote healing and happiness so you’ll be able to function optimally. 

Some women start cutting calories right away but this isn’t the best time to start losing the baby weight. 

You need to wait a bit and let your body recover, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Cutting too many calories will cause low milk production. 

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Don’t Forget About Your Partner

Although it may be easy to ignore your partner’s needs as you concentrate on your own recovery and parenting strides, try not to do this. 

Your partner goes through a lot after your baby is born too.  There’s a lot to adjust to. So take note of his emotions and ask him how he is doing. 

Simply connecting with him can be really helpful in letting him know you care. 

I hope this all helps in making the first six weeks with your baby just a little bit easier. Rest, relax and enjoy this special time with your little one. 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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The First Hour After Birth | What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

The First Hour After Birth | What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

You did it! You just had your baby and it was the most amazing thing you have ever experienced.  

Now the moment you’ve been waiting for is here and they hand you your sweet baby. There really is nothing like it in the world. 

The feelings physically and mentally are completely overwhelming and if you’re like me you will just cry for joy. 

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From your baby’s point of view, she just experienced the biggest event of her life thus far as well. 

And all she wants is mama. 

So what happens next and how can you make the most of it? This is what I want to talk about with you today. 

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An Undisturbed Hour Should Be The Goal 

 

In the past, mother-child bonding often took a back seat to medical procedures immediately following a baby’s birth.

The baby would be passed from person to person before it finally reached mother’s arms.

 

 

They would bathe and weigh the baby, give it vitamin K drops and so on. Then they would swaddle the baby where he couldn’t even really move and hand him over. 

This is not optimal for baby’s development in any way. 

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So What Should Come Next?

 

The first hour should be focused on baby’s first breastfeed and mother-baby and family bonding.

The baby should be placed on the mother skin to skin so he can make his way up to the breast naturally and attempt his first breastfeeding session. 

 

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There are nine stages right after birth that occur during this time and they are as follows:

 

  1. The Birth Cry is the first stage. Your baby will cry immediately after birth and his lungs will expand
  2. Once the baby stops crying the relaxation stage begins. The baby will relax his limbs for a moment and just rest
  3. The third stage is when the baby becomes more aware and begins to look around, moving the head and shoulders and he may move his mouth in a sucking motion
  4. The activity stage happens 8 to 10 minutes after birth and he begins to make more sucking motions with his mouth and he may demonstrate a rooting reflex
  5. Then the baby may rest more. He may rest in between any stage
  6. Then the baby will start the crawling stage where he finally starts making his way towards the breast
  7. The seventh stage is called familiarization. During this stage, the newborn becomes acquainted with the mother by licking the nipple and touching and massaging her breast
  8. After the baby has attempted nursing he may fall asleep. Sleeping usually occurs about 2 hours after birth

 

These stages should be accomplished in a natural way without interruption. 

 

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Babies don’t want to be bathed and be handled by strangers right after birth. This is a stressful time and they want to relax and become acquainted face to face with their mama. 

All mammals are like this. They all crawl towards mama and then attempt nursing. It’s natural and it’s what should always occur after the birth of our babies. 

 

How Breastfeeding Right After Birth Helps

 

Skin-to-skin contact as well as the baby’s suckling at the breast release hormones that help the mother connect to her child and cause the uterus to contract and stop bleeding.

Research has also shown that nursing within the first hour of life improves infant survival rates and makes it more likely that a mother will continue to breastfeed longer.

Babies that are skin to skin are better able to regulate their body temperature and respiration. Newborns don’t have the fat to do this as well as older humans so this is very helpful. 

Being with mama also reduces the risks of Low Blood Sugar ( hypoglycemia ). 

 

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You can let the hospital know that all this is very important to you by creating a birth plan. You can find a free birth plan template to download right here and that way everyone will be on the same page and know your expectations. 

 

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What Else Happens During The First Hour 

 

Spending time with mama helps promote a healthy attachment between you and baby. 

Oxytocin receptors in a woman’s brain increase during pregnancy, so when your babe is born, you will feel a strong love and attachment to her. 

 

 

Oxytocin is also produced in large amounts when breastfeeding and holding babies close so this makes these feelings of bonding for both you and her even stronger. 

Mothers who have these bonding experiences with their baby feel more confident and comfortable mothering later on. 

 

Different Circumstances During Emergencies And C-Sections

 

Sometimes things don’t work out as planned.

If a baby needs medical attention or extra stimulation to start breathing, the child can be moved from the exam table to the mother’s chest as soon as the baby is stabilized.

If you need a C-Section, after a quick assessment, the baby can be moved to the mother’s chest while the obstetrician finishes taking care of you.

At this point, the baby can stay at her mother’s side until she is settled into the recovery room and ready to nurse.

So even during these circumstances, you can spend most of the first-hour bonding and creating the best possible situation for your baby. You may just be delayed by a few minutes. 

The first hour is such an important time for you and your baby, so make the most out of it.

Your baby is stressed right after birth and there’s no need to make it worse by allowing the baby to be passed around for procedures that can wait a couple of hours. 

 

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Make it clear to the staff what you expect with your birthing plan so that you can do what’s best for your baby. 

You’ll both enjoy the experience this way so much more. 

Best of luck to you and your baby! 

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Epidurals And Labor Pain Management | What It’s Like To Get An Epidural

Labor pain can be SO intense and there really is nothing sweeter than getting that Epidural when you need it. I had Epidurals with all three of my babes and it was great! 

As much as I would have liked to go natural, I just couldn’t do it, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with getting one and it can make birth so much more enjoyable.

In fact, two-thirds of mamas use them with great success.  

Since you’re here I’m assuming you’re close to birth and thinking you may get one so I’m going to tell you EXACTLY what to expect. After you read this you’ll know what’s coming and you’ll feel prepared. 

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It Will Take Some Time

 

It would be great if you could have an Epidural THE SECOND you decide you’re ready, but it doesn’t work that way. 

Once you feel like you want one, they will need to order the procedure. This can take quite a bit of time, unfortunately. 

Like up to an hour and a half if they’re really busy. It’s pretty much torture when you’re ready for relief. 

My advice to you is to not wait until the pain is completely out of control if you’re absolutely sure you’re getting one anyway. Let them know and expect to wait a while. 

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And Here’s How An Epidural Is Done 

 

Here’s exactly what to expect when they are getting ready to do your epidural. 

An anesthesiologist will come in and have you sit on the edge of the hospital bed. They will wipe the area that they plan on sticking the needle in with an antiseptic to help prevent infection. 

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After this, they’ll give you an injection of a local anesthetic to help numb you some because getting an epidural can be pretty hardcore. 

Then they will position a large needle between the bones of your spine in your lower back, making space for a catheter (a small plastic tube) to be inserted into the area just outside the cover of the spinal canal.

A mixture of anesthetic and opioids will then be injected into the catheter. 

After all that it will take about 10 minutes to feel complete numbing relief from the belly down. 

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Sometimes It Takes More Than One Try

 

Sometimes they are not successful at getting the epidural in just right. This means they’ll have to try again and it sucks.

Some women I have talked to had them fail three or more times until they finally got it right. 

So be prepared for this knowing that they may have to stick you several times. 

 

 

 

It Will Really Hurt

 

I hate telling you that, but it’s true. You’re already going through very painful contractions but to get the epidural in you’ll have to experience a different kind of pain. 

Occasionally it’s not that bad. During my first childbirth, It didn’t hurt too much, but the other two were really bad. 

The type of pain you feel when they give you an epidural is nerve pain. It’s like this terrible dull ache when they hit a nerve in your back. 

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It feels similar to when you are drinking something hot or cold and it hits a nerve in a tooth. That sort of shooting, consuming pain.

Not trying to scare you here, just prepare you. The good news is that it’s over very quickly and the relief comes soon after for most. 

 

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You’ll need An IV

 

There will be a needle taped to your spine and it will have to stay in there the duration of the epidural. That’s how the medicine will flow into the spinal canal. 

It feels a little annoying but that’s just part of having an epidural. 

 

And A Catheter

 

You’ll also have a catheter so that you can urinate. Since you’re essentially paralyzed from the stomach down your bladder will not be able to empty itself so you’ll need a little help. 

They often will just give you an ” in and out ” catheter but some hospitals will leave one in. 

It’s uncomfortable when they put it in despite having an epidural. Or at least it was for me but it’s over quickly. 

 

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But Then It May Not Always Work

 

This is the most unfortunate thing about Epidurals. Occasionally they don’t work. Ugh! 

It’s just something that happens sometimes and it often has to do with the skill of your anesthesiologist. 

I was lucky and all three of mine worked great but my sister’s first Epidural was not successful. Meaning it didn’t work at all. 

Some women experience pain relief on only one side of their body too. They have full relief on one side and full labor pain on the other. 

But I guess half is better than nothing. Don’t worry too much though, it’s rare that it doesn’t work but it’s a possibility you should be aware of. 

 

You May Get The Shakes Or Puke

 

It’s very common that you will begin to shake all over after you get the procedure done. It has something to do with adrenaline. 

This happened to me each time I had one and the first time I was alarmed by it. It feels like intense shivers as if you’re cold. 

You may also vomit. It’s just your body’s reaction to the medication. 

 

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It Can Make Pushing Harder

 

It sounds strange to say that you won’t know how to push if you have an Epidural but it’s true. 

If you can’t feel your lower half you can’t necessarily engage and contract the right muscles to do effective pushing. It can be difficult. 

Studies show that you can push an extra hour or longer when you have one. 

I pushed for three and a half hours with my first because I could not push effectively ( plus he was huge at 9.3 Pounds ) and it was super exhausting. 

But still, I enjoyed the whole birthing process so much more because I wasn’t in agony. So having an Epidural was definitely worth it.

So that’s it. Now you know exactly what to expect if you decide to get an Epidural. 

Either way, I wish you lots of luck and I hope you enjoy your childbirth experience. 

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26 Critical Things To do In 3rd Trimester

26 Critical Things To do In 3rd Trimester

The Third trimester has crept up on you and here you are, about to have your baby. It’s a very exciting and busy time and the things you have to do to prepare seem endless. 

So I have created a monster list just for my readers of all the things that need to be done, ( that you can download as a pdf with the purple button ) to get you fully prepared for baby while you’re in nesting mode.

I’m proud of this list because I read tons of posts from others on this subject and most fall short. I don’t leave anything out here so this is a great resource to help get you ready. 

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Write Your Birth Plan 

 

Writing your birth plan is an important step in getting you ready for childbirth. It will make you feel very prepared and it will help others around you know what you expect. Often times birth plans don’t get followed too closely because things happen and change. 

But it still helps everyone stay on the same page with your priorities. You can download a birthing plan that you can fill out for free right here. 

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Put Together A Hospital Bag

 

It’s a good idea to go ahead and put together your hospital bag pretty early during the third trimester. It just seems like a wise thing to do. 

It’s not likely that your baby will come early but in the off chance that she does, you’ll want to be fully prepared in every way. 

Here’s a list I have created that is really thorough. It has everything for mama, baby and breastfeeding too. You can download a checklist for your bag as well.

 

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Get Car Seat Installed In Car

 

Getting a good car seat installed is important too. You cannot leave the hospital after your baby is born without one. So get a good one now and go ahead and have your partner install it very tightly. 

Here’s a good one from Safety 1st. It’s the one we used and I highly recommend it. 

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Figure Out All Baby Gear

 

This is an important step in getting ready for baby. You need to figure out how all your baby equipment work. Some of it can be surprisingly tricky. 

For example, be sure to know how to pop open that stroller and know where all the settings are on it.

Equally important is knowing how to break it back down to put in your car. I always had trouble with this and so do other moms so give it some practice runs.

 

 

 

 

Take A Childbirth Course

 

If you haven’t already you should take a childbirth course. These are so helpful in preparing you and helping you understand exactly what to expect. 

You can take one online in just a few hours if you don’t want to go somewhere else to do it. I know that’s tiresome when you’re pregnant and already busy. Who wants to go to a class when you have a thousand other things to do? 

Here’s a really good online course that was created by a labor and delivery nurse named Hilary. You can take the first part of it absolutely free so that will get you started. Sign up right here. 

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Learn Ways To Cope With Labor Pain 

 

This goes back to taking that course. It will teach you how to deal with the pain of labor. But if you just want to learn coping mechanisms I have added a video below that will at least help some. Check it out. 

 

 

 

 

Download A Contractions Timer App

 

Downloading a contractions timer app will be really helpful when you think your labor is about to start. Often times you’ll have a lot of Braxton Hicks at the end of pregnancy and sometimes it will feel like real labor. 

You will be able to tell the difference by timing the contractions. This will help you know if it’s real or false labor. 

Once real labor starts it will also help you decipher when it’s time to go to the hospital. Here’s a popular one called Full Term Contractions App. 

 

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Tour The Hospital

 

Visiting the place where you’re planning to give birth before you deliver can help relieve some pre-birth anxiety and make your birthing experience more fun. It will allow you to have a sneak peek at what will happen on your big day and you may even get to meet some of the staff. 

Seeing who you may be working with and seeing a familiar face when you go into labor can be comforting. 

Overall it will help you feel much more prepared and you’ll feel like you know where you’re going. Call your local hospital to set up your tour and get it scheduled. 

 

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What To Expect The First Week Home With Your Newborn

How to Get Through Labor Transition Without Crying 

10 Last minute things you’re forgetting to do before birth 

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Learn About Delayed Cord Clamping 

 

Have you heard of Delayed Cord Clamping? It’s when they wait to cut the cord for a few minutes and the benefits are incredible. You can learn all about delayed cord clamping right here. It’s easy and totally free and it will do your baby a world of good. 

 

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And Consider Blood Banking

 

The blood in your baby’s Umbilical cord is an amazing source of Stem cells that can be used in the future if she becomes ill. It could also be used by another child in your family if needed. 

If you decide to bank your baby’s cord blood make sure you use a bank accredited by the American Association Of Blood Banks. You can learn all about Blood Banking right here. 

 

Learn About C-Sections Just In Case

 

No one plans for a C-section ( unless there’s a medical reason for it ) but sometimes it just happens. It’s good to be prepared and aware of how things would go in this situation. It takes the scare out of it. 

Here’s a great post on Surviving C-section and here’s another about postpartum recovery. 

 

 

Plan for Postpartum Correctly

 

Most women don’t plan for postpartum.  I guess it’s because they’re so focused on baby afterward and no one really teaches you about what will happen to your own body and how you’ll feel in the aftermath. 

But this is a huge mistake. You need to be educated on how you’ll feel after birth and how to deal with the pain and issues that come up. Honestly it should be part of pregnancy education but unfortunately, it’s not. 

The hospital staff can and will help some but a lot of it is on you and how prepared you are. 

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and your “ Postpartum Survival Kit ” to better prepare yourself for this turbulent time. 

 

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Stock Your Freezer With Make Ahead Meals

 

Planning ahead and cooking a bunch of meals for the weeks ahead is a brilliant idea. You won’t have time to be in the kitchen nor will you feel like it. This just makes things so much easier. Here are 40+ Freezer meals you can make ahead of time. I hope it helps! 

 

Choose A Pediatrician

 

Choosing a pediatrician is very important because they will need to see your new babe in the hospital before you can go home. They have to do the initial exam to get care started. 

Make sure you read reviews on your local pediatricians because all are not created equal. Let me tell you when I had my first child we went through a couple of really bad ones until we met the right one. Our mistake for not checking better. So choose yours wisely. 

 

Prepare To Breastfeed The Right Way

 

Many new mamas make the mistake of not preparing for breastfeeding. They assume it will be an easy process or it will come naturally. That is rarely the case and only some hospitals offer support. 

It’s up to you to learn ahead of time so it won’t be so stressful and hard for you and especially your hungry baby. 

You should absolutely take a course ahead of time and you can do so very cheaply online. The most popular one online is called Milkology and it’s only $19. Thousands of moms have taken it and learned to breastfeed easily and successfully on their first try. 

You can see the course right here. 

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Create A Breastfeeding Station

 

Creating a nice Breastfeeding station with everything you need is a good idea. You’ll want a quiet place with all your stuff in arms reach. Here’s a breastfeeding guide that shares everything you’ll need. 

 

 

Create Your Baby Book

 

If you are wanting to create a baby book now’s the time to get started. You can buy one of those ready made books or you could just create your own scrapbook. Here’s a lovely floral one on Amazon that I like. 

Or you could use Blurb once your baby is born to create your very own hardcover books of all the photos you take. It’s really easy, you just upload your photos, order your books and they send them to you. It’s pretty cool. You can check out Blurb with the banner below.

 

Take Maternity Photos

 

Speaking of photos and scrapbooking, many women like to take maternity photos for their memory books these days, and I think it’s a brilliant idea.

This was not on trend when I had my three babes and now I really regret not having photos of my pregnancies. Well, I have photos but they’re not professional ones. It’s disappointing. 

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Get those pretty pictures made. 

 

 

Get LOTS Of Rest

 

This! Get SO much rest. Then get some more. You will not sleep for a month once your baby is here. 

I mean you will some… but not REAL sleep. Sometimes you may go much longer. It will all depend on how well your baby sleeps and what kind of schedule they develop. 

So take advantage of that bliss that only your bed can bring you and enjoy every minute of it. 

 

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Get A Hair Cut

 

You should definitely get a hair cut before baby arrives. You just won’t be able to after for the longest time. You think you will be you won’t. 

You will hardly have time to even bathe. 

I know what you’re thinking. You won’t become that mom. But you will, believe me. It may only last the first year but that’s just the way motherhood goes. 

 

 

Have Sex. Seriously.

 

Sex during pregnancy is so good. All those hormones make your body go crazy and they will really affect your orgasm.

Best. Ever.  And you have to keep in mind that after baby comes you’ll have to sustain for at least 6 weeks. That can seem like a long time for some so get in some good sessions and Enjoy yourself. Then get some more sleep. 

 

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Begin Perineal Massage

 

Perineal massage is the stretching of the opening of the birth canal. This type of massage done in the last month of pregnancy will increase your chances of having a natural vaginal birth and it will also help prevent tearing. 

You can learn more about preventing tears and Perineal massage here.

 

 

Wash All Your Baby’s Clothes 

 

It’s best to go ahead and wash your baby’s clothes before she wears them in a gentle detergent like Dreft. 

Your baby’s skin is really delicate and there is often dust and chemicals on new clothes that can cause irritation and rashes. 

New babies are really prone to becoming rashy so doing this will really help prevent skin problems. 

 

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Clean Your House When You’re Getting Close

 

When you feel like you’re getting close to birth give your house a really good cleaning. But I don’t really have to tell you this. 

You’ll go into nesting mode and clean everything in site. It’s good to do this because it will be a lot less stressful after the baby is born if everything is in order. 

 

Pay Bills Ahead Of Time

 

This is a big one. If you don’t pay bills ahead of time you’ll forget! I know you think you won’t be you likely will unless someone else takes care of it for you. 

It won’t even come to mind. When I had my babes it was like the outside world didn’t exist. It just all falls away and it’s hard to remember certain responsibilities. 

I learn this the hard way by the time I had my third. I Paid everything in advance for two months so I wouldn’t forget again. 

 

 

Buy Any Last Minute Items That You Didn’t Get On Your Registry

 

You probably have most of what you need by now but there may be one or two things you didn’t get on your registry or that you just forgot. Grab them now so you’ll have them handy. 

 

 

So this is your 3rd Trimester list of Critical things to get done. I think I covered just about everything and I hope it helps. If you want to download it as a pdf for reference you can use the purple button below. 

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Exclusive Pumping | Tips That Will Make Your Journey A Whole Lot Easier

Exclusive Pumping | Tips That Will Make Your Journey A Whole Lot Easier

Sometimes instead of feeding from the breast you decide to pump exclusively. It could be because of latch problems or supply problems or perhaps you just want to do it that way because that’s what suits you best.

Or maybe your baby was premature and cannot breastfeed, or you have to back to work right away. 

Whatever the reason, exclusive pumping can be really tricky and a whole lot of work. With that being said, plenty of moms do it and are successful at it. It’s so worth the effort to give your babe that pure liquid goodness. 

 

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Create an Exclusive Pumping Schedule

 

First and foremost you must have a schedule for pumping. This will ensure that you keep up your milk supply. 

Many times it’s recommended you pump every two hours for 20 minutes and at least 8 times a day. But you could stretch that out a bit after the first month or so when your milk has really come in. 

You could pump every three to four hours and get more milk in each session instead of doing it every two hours and only getting a few ounces. This will help save your sanity because pumping takes a lot out of you and you’ll already be super busy with your new babe.

But again, you need to wait to stretch out your schedule like this until your milk is really established. 

 

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As time goes on you will be able to pump less and less because your child will begin eating solids. But make sure you build up a freezer stash for times when you cannot pump. 

All of this and more is covered in the Exclusive Pumping course I mentioned above. You should take a look. 

 

How Much Milk Will You Need?

 

While your baby is small he will drink small amounts often. As he grows he will take larger amounts in each sitting. 

Here’s what you can expect from the beginning:

  • During the first few days after the birth of your baby, you will only be able to pump and collect a small amount of colostrum. Colostrum is the first breast milk. It is concentrated and very nutritious, so a tiny amount is all your baby needs.
  • After the first week, you should be able to pump two or three ounces every couple of hours or so. 
  • After the first month, you’ll need 24 to 34 ounces a day. To get this amount you’ll need to pump about every three hours but everyone is different so you may need to adjust your schedule accordingly. 
  • When your babe reaches the six-month mark he’ll need 36 to 50 ounces a day, so continue to pump often. You will have a very established milk supply by this time so it shouldn’t be difficult to pump that much.

 

 

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Now let me give you some good tips to make this thing a whole lot easier.

 

In The Beginning Months, Power Pump

 

Power pumping can really boost your milk supply. This is important because it’s not as easy to keep your milk up when pumping as it is when breastfeeding alone. It has to do with hormones, specifically Oxytocin. 

It ( power pumping ) will mimic cluster feeding to really get things flowing. You can follow this schedule to help boost supply:

Pump for 20 minutes then rest for 10 minutes. Pump for 10 more minutes then rest for another 10. After that pump for 20 minutes straight again. 

If you want you can do it more then once a day at first. It takes a lot of commitment but it will ensure you have a steady flow of milk for your babe at all times. 

 

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Download a Pump App

 

Downloading a pumping app can help you keep up with your schedule and show you how well you’re progressing with increasing your milk supply. Here’s a great one called Pump Log. You can get it on iTunes.

 

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 The 4 Different Stages Of Labor 

18 Pregnancy Hacks Every Mama Needs To Know To Survive! 

6 Things Doctors Don’t Tell You About Induction But Should!

12 Things you need to know about Epidurals before you have one

 

Ignore The Judgy Advice

 

A lot of people won’t get why you exclusively pump. They’ll have all kinds of questions, judgments and things to say.

But just ignore them, they don’t know what they’re talking about. No one understands the decisions you’ve made but you and that’s all that matters. 

 

 

 

 

If your Supply Starts Dropping add In Sessions

 

If your supply begins dwindling at any point just add in more sessions. You can also Power pump more often and use the app mentioned above to log everything.

Don’t panic if you do get a sudden drop. You’ll be able to get it back up with persistence and patience. 

 

 

Lubricate Your Breast Shields For Comfort 

 

Lubricating your breast shields will make your non-stop pumping a lot more comfortable. 

All that squeezing just gets really uncomfortable after awhile. You get used to it and your nipples toughen up but creating some slide will make the process much easier. 

You can use coconut oil to lubricate them. It’s safe, moisturizing and it just feels nice. 

 

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Get A Hands Free Pumping Bra

 

You will definitely want a hands free pumping bra if you’re going to be exclusively pumping. This device will make your life so much better. 

You can pump doing anything and everything hands-free. Here’s a great one On Amazon you may like. 

 

 

Get A Battery Operated Pump That Will Work With Your Car Charger

 

 

This is important if you EVER want to leave your house. And obviously, you do. Medela makes the best pumps around and they have a car charger for most of their pumps. 

 

Have A Manual Pump For Emergencies

 

You should also have a manual pump for emergencies.  Sometimes life happens. Your pump breaks or the power goes out. 

You won’t have a way to pump that liquid gold without a nice manual pump. It’s a super important tool in your pumping arsenal. 

Medela also makes a great manual one and you can find it right here. 

 

 

 

Invest In Good Breastfeeding Covers 

 

A lot of moms who exclusively pump don’t think to buy Breastfeeding covers but you’ll really need them. 

When you go out in public you’ll still need to follow a pumping schedule and the best way to cover up is to use one of these babies right here. 

 

Use A Good Nipple Cream

 

Your nipples take a lot of abuse from the pump and a good nipple cream is essential. There are so many good ones but I really love this one right here and it’s what I used with all three of my little ones. I highly recommend it! 

 

 

Boost Your Milk Supply With Herbs

 

There are some good herbs out there that will help keep your supply high and steady. You may have heard of a few of them before. 

One in particular Fenugreek has been used safely for centuries. 

You can find Fenugreek in Pink Stork supplements along with other milk boosting nutrients. I am a big fan of Pink Stork products, they offer the best lactation supplements you can buy.  Here’s one with everything you need to boost your supply. 

 

Use Other Lactation Boosting Products Too

 

There are great lactation recipes all over the internet, especially on Pinterest ( Follow Me!), but if you want to make things easy on yourself you can buy special protein powders and products specially formulated for lactating moms. 

There are these Milkmaker Lactation cookies and this Milkflow Tea. 

The choices are endless and all of them support your Pumping Journey. 

 

Other Exclusive Pumping Resources:

Exclusive Pumping Course 

ExclusivePumping.com

BreastfeedingUSA.com

 

The biggest takeaway from all this is to just create a really good schedule, Power pump in the first few months and have really good pumping supplies on hand. 

Also, keep up a record of your progress, use lactation boosting products and make sure you stay comfortable and keep your nipples healthy. 

It’s all a lot of work but it’s so worth it and it does get easier over time.

Breastmilk is such a blessing for your babe and if you’re able to give it to him one way or another, you’ll be glad you did. 

I wish you all the luck in the world. 

 

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