34 Week Pregnancy Update
I took this pic this morning and when I saw it I was like WOW! I always feel smaller than what I look like in pictures! I have been having some Braxton Hicks contractions for about a week and a half now. They aren’t painful at all yet and some only last 10 seconds, while others have been up to 2 minutes. On Friday, I freaked because I was having a bunch, but I drank a bunch of water, laid down, and they would go away. Every time I got back up, they would start again, so I rested a lot that day. If I walk a lot, I have them more, so I have tried to not go to the store for very long or do anything else that will bring them on more often. I need a few more weeks to prepare!!
Other symptoms I’m having: I have been nauseous a few times in the past week and also having some cramping later at night too. All completely normal and my body just getting ready. I have also been nesting a lot more. All of our cloth diapers are prepped and cloths are washed up.
I’m working on some more projects, that I will keep you updated on soon 🙂
So how do you prep your cloth diapers? I’m no expert by any means (this is just my first time doing this) but I’ve put together a little list of helpful tips solely based on the types of cloth diapers that I am using. This is only when prepping diapers for the first time.
- You should wash them a minimum of 5-6 times in hot water. This will move the natural oils that the prefolds are made from. You should dry prefolds between each washing. It will take up to 10 washes before prefolds reach their maximum absorbency; however, leaks shouldn’t occur if properly prepped 5-6 times.
- Many pockets just need to be washed one time
- You should dry them once in the dryer to seal the PUL and after that sun drying or air drying is fine
- You should read the washing instructions on individual brands in case they make alternative suggestions for their diaper
Always make sure you are using a cloth diaper safe detergent and follow the suggested amount of detergent on the package. Using too much detergent can cause a build up and affect absorbency.
I am not an expert in cloth diapering. All content in this post are my opinion. We’re Parents!? is not responsible for any defects or issues caused by these instructions. Water types and washing machines vary and any issues you may have should be taken up with the manufacturer of your diapers.
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One of the first decisions I made once I found out I was pregnant was to cloth diaper. Among many reasons, I knew that it was going to be a better investment for us. What I didn’t know was that there were many “accessories” that I also needed to consider investing in for my cloth diapering journey as well.
#2: Hanging Wet Bags. Some people opt for diaper pails. But I have 2 hanging wet bags. You need two do you still have an extra when one is in the laundry. A smaller sized one is also good to keep in the diaper bag. You use these for putting your dirty diapers in until laundry day, then the bag and all can go right into the washing machine.
#3: Cloth Diaper Friendly Laundry Detergent. Many “regular” detergents have additives that over time will cause build up on cloth diapers and not rinse out completely. Eventually this will cause your diapers to leak over. It’s best to protect your investment and just use an approved cloth diaper friendly detergent.
#4: Cloth Wipes. It only makes sense if you are going to use cloth diapers that you use cloth wipes as well. It’s much easier to just use the wipes and throw in your wet bag with the dirty diaper rather than having to remember to put one thing in the wet bag and the wipe in the trash if you are using disposable wipes!
#5: Wool Dryer Balls. Just like with the laundry detergent, softeners and dryer sheets can ruin your cloth diapers. The alternative is to use wool dryer balls. The more you use, the faster dryer time. The great thing is this isn’t JUST a cloth diaper essential, but if used all the time can drastically cut down on drying time, saving you costs on energy and electric. Read our review of LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls.
I will preface this post that I didn’t do enough research up front and found out too late my Glucose Tolerance test Alternatives. Like many first time moms, I am somewhat overwhelmed with all the choices there are to make that I never knew before getting pregnant. I already know that *if* I am lucky enough to have another child, there will be many more questions asked up front of my doctors and many other changes that I will consider doing differently.
|This picture came from here.|
So why do I say I’ll do things differently? Let me start by saying that gestational diabetes is something to be taken very seriously and can have harmful side effects to mom and baby if not properly treated. With that being said, let me also share what my researching has found and possible help more women know their options.
There are several risks factors that put you at a higher probably of having gestational diabetes. They include:
-Family history of diabetes
-Being overweight prior to pregnancy
-Being a member of a high risk ethnic group (Black, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian)
-Being over 25 years old (especially over 35)
-Given birth to a 9+ lb baby previously
-Have high blood pressure
While there are other factors, these are the majority. For me, I didn’t fall into any of them except that I’m 26. Slightly over the age category. However, I didn’t know that there were alternatives until a few weeks before my test had already been scheduled and the office that I’m currently at will not accept alternative to the sugared beverage.
Why wouldn’t I want to just drink it? The drink is loaded with chemicals, a ridiculous amount of sugar, and is simply unrealistic to the normal sugars that the human body consumes which unnecessarily causes many women to have false positives during the one hour test, have to go back for the 3 hour test, only to pass that one after having to consume even more of the chemical-laden drink (Luckily, I did pass my 1hour test).
What are the side effects? For some women, extreme nausea occurs, including vomiting. You are not allowed to eat or drink anything during this hour (including water) and if you vomit, you will have to re-drink. Additionally, some babies do not respond well to the fast increase in sugars and premature contractions can occur forcing the mother (and baby) to undergo more testing.
What are the alternatives? Midwives and/or smaller practices are much more reasonable in allowing alternatives from what I’ve read. Alternatives include:
-eating a high carb breakfast (usually pancakes or waffles with syrup and orange juice).
-tracking blood sugar at home over the period of usually one week
-eating candy that consists of the same number of grams as the Glucola (typically 50g and usually jelly beans are recommended)
The main point is that we, as women, have choices about everything in our pregnancy and it’s up to us to ask all the questions. I also really don’t like that all women are tested, when there is little to no research that says all women need to be tested.
Disclaimer: These are simply my opinions. I am not a medical professional and all choices made during your pregnancy should be discussed with your medical professional.
I wanted the option to nurse in public “privately” but everything I find seems so similar to aprons, until now. Since there’s still a great neckline, I will still be able to have eye contact with my baby. Unlike many other covers, this one has a front and back (hence the “shawl”) so it’s stylish and completely blends in with any outfit you would wear. It can be used as a pregnancy poncho, canopy for stroller or carseat, and/or a lightweight blankie, in addition to being a nursing cover.
I decided to wear this out with a pair of leggings one day and loved how you couldn’t even tell it was supposed to be a nursing cover and the lightweight feel it had when I tried to see if I would get hot under it while holding my loved one.
*Disclaimer: I received this product from the company in order to review. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own and I was in no way compensated for this review.
We’ve realized with our first pregnancy that there are so many decisions. More than we ever realized we were going to have to make. We are trying our best to make informed, educated decisions and share that with our readers in hopes that it educates someone else as well. I have learned to question EVERYTHING and not just accept the norm. **Disclaimer: With that being said, the below is my own opinion. I am not a medical professional and all decisions you make about care of your newborn should be researched and discussed with your medical personnel.
So what exactly is the eye ointment for newborns? Before being pregnant the first time, I would always see pictures of this eye goop in people’s newborn baby’s eyes. But I had no idea what is was or why this eye ointment for newborns was being used.
In most places it is required that the hospital give it to your newborn, however you can sign a waiver declining. I have heard horror stories where the baby still gets it and has a reaction, so make sure everyone is on board and knows your desires.
What is it? An antibiotic. Usually erythromycin or tetracycline is used; however, there are still places where silver nitrate is used.
Why it’s used? In order to protect a newborn’s eyes from syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. If one of these diseases comes in contact with your babies eyes, they can develop pink eye.
Why decline? What the drops protect from are all diseases you should have been tested for during your pregnancy. The antibiotic makes the baby’s eyes sore, swollen, and red and can also cause blurry vision. It can cause bonding issues in the beginning, which can in turn affect breastfeeding. According to the CDC, the eye drops are also one of the four causes of pink eye in newborns.
Summing it up. Essentially a newborn receives the drops to protect against STDs a mother may have (but has already been tested for), so the baby does not develop pink eye at birth from coming in contact with the STDs. However, the drops themselves can cause pink eye.
So why are we giving babies drops to prevent an infection that itself can cause the infection? Andrew and I have opted to decline this procedure at birth.
We got so many great things that we still needed.
A beautiful cake (with our nicknames—everyone in his family has a nickname).
I cut the cake and we all simply had a great time.
When I found out I was pregnant I was ecstatic. However, I quickly realized that my regular clothes were not going to fit for long. By just week 6 I couldn’t fit my thighs into a few pairs of my jeans or shorts. I was devastated. I didn’t think I could have gained weight that quickly and even more worried that if I was already outgrowing my clothes how much was I going to have to spend on a maternity budget.
Determined to not go broke, I had to come up with some smart solutions.
- #1…Set a budget and stick to it. Before you buy it, ask yourself if you really need it (you should do this all the time, not just when shopping for maternity clothes).
- Determine what in your closet you can continue to use. You would be surprised how many dresses or longer shirts can be paired with some leggings and continued to be used your entire pregnancy.
- Buy a Be Band. I did a review on this product a few weeks ago and I’m happy to say, it’s probably the best investment I’ve made so far. I am still, at 24 weeks, able to use this product regularly. I never tried it, but you could always go an even cheaper route and do the rubberband trick.
|Wearing my Be Band with a tank top and shorts that were already in my closet|
- Don’t limit yourself to just “maternity” clothes simply because you are pregnant. Since being pregnant, I have only bought the Be Band new. I have bought 6 other dresses from the regular clothing sections of stores. The price on maternity dresses seems to be raised just because they are “maternity”. I found a maternity dress I liked in Target for $40, but went over to the regular dresses and found an even nicer one for just $25. The great thing is that I will continue to be able to wear this post-baby and feel better that it’s just a “regular” dress and I’m not still wearing maternity clothes.
|Just a regular dress I got at Target.|
- Ebay, craigslist, and facebook yardsale groups can be lifesavers. I got an entire box of maternity clothes for $40 off facebook, picked out a few pieces that I could use and turned around and resold the remaining pieces for almost what I paid for the entire box.
- Shop clearance racks at stores that have maternity sections or look at discount stores like Burlington Coat Factory. I was able to find jeans there for just $9.99. I even found a nursing bra on clearance for $3 and most other nursing bras were just $9.99.