Will I Poop on the Table When I Give Birth?

Posted December 27th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

You lie in bed awake at night thinking about it.  You’ve heard stories and wonder if it’s just a myth.  You think it would be mortifying if it happened to you.  As your due date draws closer you may have more anxiety about it then actually giving birth.

What are we talking about?  You know it, pooping during delivery.

Not everyone experiences it, but yes, poop happens. Before delivery, your body has to get into “delivery” mode and that sometimes means cleaning out your bowels.

If it does happen to you know this…

  • It’s not unexpected and your doctor and labor and delivery nurse have seen it happen (a lot) before

  • There won’t be that much and it will get wiped away quickly – you may not even know about it and they may not even tell you.

  • When you’re in the moment, you won’t even care that you did it and you might not even know it happened.

If you are really concerned about it:

  • Give it the old college try and head to the bathroom while you’re in early labor to try and empty your bowels.

  • Don’t invite anyone into the delivery room that you are not comfortable letting it “all hang out” in front of.

  • Talk to your doctor. They will help you understand why it happens and calm your nerves about if it does. Your doctor will know best!

Remember, if you do go #2 on D-day, life will go on and the memory will be short-lived once you have that beautiful baby in your arms. 

 

 

Forget Labor Pains, Do You Suffer From Mommy Brains?

Posted December 20th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

I just came back from lunch where I spilled or dropped food five times on myself.  Before pregnancy, I was clean as a whistle at every meal.  As an eight month pregnant lady, I’m a food catching mess!

 

Throughout the day, I am dropping or knocking things over constantly and having to bend over to pick things up or clean up my own accidents regularly.  I can’t remember dear friends names or come up with words to express how I’m feeling.  Oh and I have to set reminders on my iPhone to make sure I do simple tasks around the house (Did you run dishwasher? Did you fold laundry?).

 

Yes, it’s true, I have a serious case of pregnancy brain.  This is when pregnant women feel scattered during pregnancy.  Typically organized women (such as myself) feel completely out of sorts.  It’s driving me mad!

 

Are you feeling the same way? Are you concerned that your brain will be a complete blob once baby arrives?

 

Well, studies show that a new mom’s brain actually grows after pregnancy!  The areas of the brain that drive nurturing instincts expand after the first few months of birth.  The result is that your mind is more primed for the demands of motherhood, such as feeding and responding to cries. 

 

Oh, and the more in love mom is with her baby, the bigger the surge in brain volume.  Scientists believe that this surge in brain growth motivates mom to take care of her baby and feel happy and rewarded by doing so.

 

Enough about that, now where did I put my keys?

 

About the Contributor: Amy G. is the mom to a beautiful baby girl and pregnant with baby #2 (due January 2012). She is a regular contributor to The Belly Blog, a blog for pregnant women and is sponsored by Lullabelly, a prenatal musical belt.

Bump Up Your Pregnant Holiday Wardrobe

Posted December 13th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

In the Lullabelly blog’s last post, we told you how to sip on mocktails at holiday parties.  In this post, we’ll be dishing on what you should wear for the holidays so that your “bump” shines just like you.

Yes, maternity clothes are expensive and we know you hate to splurge on something you’ll only be able to wear just a handful of times.  But take it from us, wearing a cute outfit that flatters your bump will make you feel like a million bucks.

So what should be in your pregnancy holiday wardrobe?

  • A sparkling dress with an empire waist to flatter your bump.  Throw on some tights and your favorite pair of fancy shoes and you are ready to rock all night (well, at least until 9:30 P.M.). If you have a plain black dress, consider adding sparkling tights or a sparkling scarf to dress it up holiday style!
  • Basic black pants or black pencil skirt – both are great staples for the office holiday party or a nice evening out on the town. Pair with patent leather shoes to make a bigger splash.
  • A fun blouse or two – keep it classic and go with a beautiful red or black. Dress up basic black with chunky necklaces, sparkling scarves or a beautiful holiday broach.

Beg & Borrow. If you’re just not into purchasing some new pieces for such a specific time of year, or don’t have the budget, there are always alternatives to adding to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. 

Friends. Ask your friends if they have any dressy maternity clothing they’d be willing to lend you – it doesn’t cost a thing! 

Rental Sites. There are also different websites popping up where you can rent maternity clothes.  This is perfect for not only the holidays, but if you have weddings or other special events to attend.  Check out minefornine.com or www.fashionforwardmaternity.com for selection and pricing!

Accessorize. Even a simple black t-shirt and cardigan can shine. Simply add a little bling, sparkly shoes and  “going-out” makeup and you’ll look and feel beautiful!

Remember, the holidays are a time to show off your bump and your pregnancy glow. Enjoy!

Pregnant – Mommy Mocktails To Get You Through The Holidays

Posted December 7th, 2011 by Lullabelly

 

I’m not a huge drinker, but I love to have a glass of wine with a nice dinner or a festive drink for a celebratory occasion.  Being eight months pregnant, alcohol is certainly off-limits, and with the holidays coming up, I’ve realized how many parties I will be attending where I won’t be able to enjoy an adult beverage. 

 

That’s why I was so excited to pick up the latest issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine this week and find recipes* for some fun and festive “mom-to-be mocktails.”

 

Raspberry Champagne

4 to 6 fresh or frozen raspberries

6 ounces pasteurized sparkling apple cider

Pour the sparkling cider over the raspberries and start sipping.

 

Sparkling Cosmopolitan

3 ounces cranberry juice

5 ounces orange-flavored sparkling water

1 lime wedge

Mix juice and sparking water, then squeeze in a splash of lime.

 

Smooth Navel

2 ounces peach juice

5 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice

Peach slice, for garnish

Pour juices over ice and stir.

 

*Recipes featured in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine and Alyssa Gusenoff’s Margarita Mama: Mocktails for Moms-to-Be.

 

Here is one of our own for you to enjoy!

 

The Lullabelly Fauxgarita

½ cup of orange juice

½ cup frozen cherries

½ cup frozen mango

1 fresh banana

Put ingredients into blender and garnish with a cherry.

 

With these faux drinks you won’t miss out on the toasts and can feel like you’re giving yourself a special treat! Plus, many of them are packed with Vitamin C and lots of great nutrients, so it feels good to indulge!

 

About the Contributor: Amy G. is the mom to a beautiful baby girl and pregnant with baby #2 (due January 2012). She is a regular contributor to The Belly Blog, a blog for pregnant women and is sponsored by Lullabelly, a prenatal musical belt.

 

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