The Swelling, the Burning and the Fatigue – What Foods to Avoid in Your Third Trimester

Posted April 24th, 2012 by Lullabelly


Your heartburn is raging.  Your feet and ankles have ballooned up.  You are dead tired and can’t shake it.


While these are all common symptoms in the third trimester, avoiding certain bad-news foods can help ease your complaints. Here is the “bad” list.


You should be limiting your intake of caffeine anyways during pregnancy, but high amounts can cause you to retain water.  Skip the afternoon java and take a quick walk to wake-up instead. If you crave Starbucks, you can always sit in the shop and soak in the aroma!



How can any pregnant woman resist the sweet, sweet comfort of chocolate during her pregnancy?  But if your heartburn is steady and constant, put down that Hershey bar.  Acidic foods like chocolate are known to contribute to indigestion. (Ah, a little bit of chocolate never hurt anyone, right?)



When you’re pregnant you need healthy foods that pack a nutrient rich punch to fuel baby’s growth and development.  Don’t waste your calories on empty junk food and candy that will give you a quick sugary boost of energy but cause you to come crashing down.  If you’re craving something sweet, go for the fruit bowl.  You’re post-pregnancy hips will thank you later. (Of course, one Krispy Kreme donut never hurt anyone?)


Avoiding these three temptations will hopefully have you feeling a bit better while in the home stretch of your pregnancy.



Rub a Tum Tum – Prenatal Massage

Posted April 17th, 2012 by Lullabelly


Before you found your self knocked up, you used to indulge in a spa day here or there complete with a soothing massage.  Now that you’re a human incubator, you’d love to take off for a little mama-to-be time at the nearest spa, but you may be wondering if it’s safe to get a rub down.


You’re in luck, because not only do experts say a massage during pregnancy is safe, studies have shown that prenatal massage can reduce anxiety, relieve muscle aches and joint pain and get this…improve labor and newborn health. Yay massage!


But before you slip out of that robe and slippers and onto the massage table, know this:


       Choose a massage therapist that is certified in prenatal massage – they’ve received special training and know how to address specific pregnancy needs and how to handle sensitive lady bits.


       Side-lying is the best position for a pregnant woman during a massage – confirm with the therapist prior to your appointment which position they place clients during the massage.


       Be aware of pressure points – certain areas on the ankles and wrists can stimulate the uterus.  If you’ve been experiencing pre-term contractions alert your therapist.


       Wait until your first trimester is over to make an appointment – many facilities won’t offer a massage to a woman who is still less than 12 weeks pregnant because of increased risks for miscarriage in early pregnancy.


Of course speak with your doc before getting a prenatal massage, especially if you are having a high risk pregnancy, preeclampsia, per-term labor or are experiencing severe swelling, high blood pressure and sever headaches.


Otherwise, go for it! You’re baby bump will thank you!

Do you want a boy or a girl? Does your spouse want a boy or girl?

Posted April 10th, 2012 by Lullabelly


I’ll be honest.  With my first pregnancy, I did not care if we were having a boy or girl.  It was my first time to the rodeo and all I wanted was a healthy baby. 


But when the ultrasound technician announced it was a girl at our 20-week appointment – I did a little happy dance inside my head.  It’s not that I didn’t want a boy.  I was just more familiar with girls.  I’m a girl and I have a younger sister.  I knew nothing about boys until I moved in with my husband (and I still have a thing or two to learn about them).


My hubby was completely freaked when he found out we were having a girl.  He later told me that all he could think about was the wedding he would have to pay for one day.  It took him a while to adjust to the thought of having a girl, but two and a half years later, they have a special bond that he wouldn’t trade for the world.


The second time around, I was kind of hoping for a boy.  My husband and I decided we are going to be a two-kid family, so this was our last chance.  At the 20 week ultrasound I was convinced I would learn I was having a boy, but we found out it was another girl.  I was a little disappointed because it would have been nice to have one of each.  But again, a happy, healthy baby was more important.


My husband was a bit sad for the loss of the boy he would never have – but knew what he was getting into this time and welcomed the opportunity to be a father to another little girl.


The truth is, it’s normal to be happy or sad, nervous or elated, frustrated or excited when you initially find out the sex of your child.  After they are born and you get to know them, they become people.  You’re raising another human being and gender doesn’t make much of a difference when you are teaching them how to be a good person and live their life the best way they can.


And as Beyonce so poignantly says, “Who Run the World? GIRLS!” Oh yeah, that song was on my Lullabelly musical belt playlist. Maybe that’s why I was blessed with two strong-willed daughters!

Estate Planning for Baby

Posted April 3rd, 2012 by Lullabelly


You create a registry, ready the room and make sure you have all of the best gear and baby products before the baby arrives.  However, a step a lot of couples miss when preparing for baby is getting their finances and life provisions in order before junior comes along.


This is probably because this type of baby planning is not nearly as sexy or fun as decorating a nursery, but it should be done and is a very important aspect of being a responsible parent. (Oh man, when did we grow up?!)


Dealing with money matters early in pregnancy will allow for more time to focus on being a parent when baby is born and you’ll get the tough questions answered and out of the way. Whew!


Here are the to-dos you should consider:


Ensure Proper Insurance:  Establish health and life insurance policies (or adjust existing ones) to accommodate for baby.  Remember you’re not the first person in the world to have a child, so no matter how bureaucratic insurance companies can be, they still have standard protocols in place for families with new babies that should ease some of the process.


Will It That Way: Although a morbid thought, putting a plan in place in case your plane goes down is important.  Work with a lawyer to draft a will, he or she will know the tough questions to ask you so that all your affairs are in order including designating a legal guardian and a trustee to handle any money or assets in your place.


Saving Your Pennies: If you haven’t been a big saver, now is the time to change your ways.  College is expensive.  Putting aside a few dollars for baby’s education now will ease the blow later.  Consider setting up auto-payments from each paycheck into a separate college account or look into a 529 plan, which is a popular tax-advantage savings plan specially designed for a child’s future education.


And while you’re at it, don’t forget about your own future.  You won’t be able to work forever, so having a proper retirement plan in place now is a good idea too. After all, you don’t want that baby taking care of you in your old-age. No way!


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