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Pregnancy Love Month: #11: ‘Rock The Bump’

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love, I want to take a moment to celebrate 

Rocking the Baby Bump!

 

When I think about Maternity Wear/ Fashion , I am impressed. Styles have evolved to women showcasing the beauty of the baby bump.

I reflect on the 1950’s when Maternity Wear was more along these lines:

                              (pictures from google.com – BlogSpot-a little bit of everything & time-go.ru & pixabay.com)

While 1950s maternity fashion was  cute. (I am slightly bias , as I love anything vintage. ) Fashion was focused on loose flowing clothes that camouflaged the pregnancy.

Today, instead of hiding the bump, we can CELEBRATE the baby bump.img_7321img_7320

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picture source: Bossfight.com

There are so many stylish , cute, chic, elegant maternity fashion.

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Picture taken at Target ( One of my favorite places)

 

Pick your style, pick  your look

make it you

 and don’t forget to

‘ROCK THE BUMP’

with

Confidence

 

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Pregnancy Love Month: # 9 You are Not Alone

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

You are Not Alone!

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You walk with the glow of confidence , knowing your baby is with you. You can feel their kicks , rolls and flutters. Your love for them is already all consuming!

Your Pregnancy Journey, is miraculous. It is the one time in your life  where you physically walk with the one you love every day, every moment , every breath. It is the time in your life where you are truly helping with the miracle of life. A time in your life where you are sustaining and nurturing your little one-without even touching them .

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picture source: https://pixabay.com/photo-1910302

 

 

This pregnancy journey is a precious time as you connect and bond with your little one, even while they are still in utero. It is AMAZING when you think about when you are pregnant; your baby can hear your heartbeat from the inside, feel your emotions and form a connection that is far greater than anything you could imagine.

Today, celebrate #pregnancylove ,

celebrate the pregnancy journey

that let you walk

heartbeat to heartbeat

with the one you love

who’s within.

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picture source: https://pixabay.com/photo-847664/
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Pregnancy Love :#7:Your Maternal Fetal Medicine Team

 

Focusing on #Pregnancy Love,

 

I want to take a moment to celebrate 

 

moms who are having a high risk pregnancy

 

and their

 

Maternal Fetal Medicine Team (MFM)

 

For some families, the pregnancy journey is not easy. It is met with challenges and dips and bumps in the road. This is the story for moms with High Risk Pregnancies.During #Pregnancy Love Month , I want to celebrate your endurance and strength and wisdom when choosing the perfect Maternal Fetal Medicine Team to have with you on your journey.

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For families who are experiencing High Risk Pregnancies, they meet their High Risk team in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department. Today, for #PregnancyLove Month, I want to celebrate familes who have an Amazing Maternal Fetal Medicine Team.A team who takes a personal interest in their patient’s pregnancy and goal is to have a healthy mom and healthy baby.

For those moms with high risk pregnancies during #Pregnancy Love Month. I want to not only celebrate your strength and endurance and hope . I want to celebrate you for picking  a wonderful MFM team to have on your side as you travel your Pregnancy Journey.

 

 

 

Healthy Mom/ Healthy Baby

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Working While Growing a Human

Working while extremely tired, nauseated, bloated, vomiting, back aching, legs heavy, urinating every 10 minutes, performing on your job at 100% can be difficult while growing an entire human.  This can be an emotional and physically challenging task as you carry and prepare for the birth of your baby.  However, it can be done and be manageable.

My hope is that your journey while working and pregnant is stress free, manageable, positive and comfortable.

When writing this post from a Working Mom and Registered Nurse Point of view-I wanted to create the perfect formula.

If you do this + Do this + Eat this  The result will = working while pregnant a smooth/fun experience!

The truth is there is not 1 easy formula. Every pregnancy, woman, job, situation is different.

There will be days when the snooze button wins- and you are rushing to work and a few minutes late. There will be days when there is an 8:00am meeting and at 7:58-you have to vomit then urinate then vomit again – not necessarily in that order.

There will be days, when all you want to do is sleep. There will be days when the snooze button will win and you may be a few minutes late for work. There will be days when you are in the bathroom urinating more than data inputting. If you are in healthcare, there will be days when you are 38 weeks pregnant, wearing a maternity belt and still pushing, pulling, turning patients. There will be days when the smell of the morning coffee makes you run to the bathroom to vomit again.

There will be times when you want to be that pre-pregnant woman who is top of her game- The truth is at this moment in time- you are not her. You are doing a full-time job of growing a Human- and it’s okay to have these moments.

Don’t lose hope yet, because I can tell you; there will be times (especially in the second trimester) when you are winning. There will be times when you are on time, your tasks are completed, your team is ahead of schedule, and your in-box is complete.

I can also tell you that You can do this.

As long as there is not a health reason and your doctor approves- you can work until your delivery day. There will be challenges but there are ways to make it easier for you and your little one.

The main goals are: 

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Working Hard &  Enjoying her day!

 

  • To say healthy
  • Keep Baby healthy
  • Stay Productive at work
  • Remain Stress free and enjoy this pregnancy

My desire is your pregnancy journey while you work is stress free, manageable and convenient.

I have 10 RN tips that will make your work experience a little easier; everything from telling your manager to managing your pregnancy symptoms while on the clock.

1.Telling your Boss/Manager/Supervisor

Depending on your work environment and the relationship you have with your superiors, it can be intimidating to speak with our Supervisor; much less to inform them of major life changes.

Most women wait until their 2nd trimester to announce their pregnancy; and wait even longer before telling their co-workers. You are in your right to tell your news when you are comfortable.

I would advise telling your Supervisor first- even before your closest colleague.

More on How to tell your Supervisor and colleagues in another blog post (Stay tuned for another post in the coming week)

2.Nausea and Vomiting

“Morning Sickness” which can last all day is hard to manage when working. If your vomiting becomes severe –please notify your doctor.

If you are able to tolerate it; eat something in the morning. You are less nauseated when your stomach is not completely empty.

Bring snacks to work. Try to nibble on crackers at work and other bland foods. Sucking on peppermint helps as well

3.Exhaustion

Try to develop a consistent night routine that allows you to get a full 8 hours sleep. This can be difficult if you have little ones at home with added discomforts of pregnancy. However, if you can accomplish this- it will help you during the day.

Water! Water! Water! Stay hydrated  

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Featured Mommy To Be: Traschelle Williams: Winning 2nd trimester while working!

Staying hydrated will help. Keep a BPA free water bottle at your desk- to sip on throughout the day. The American College of Obstetrics

4.Eating Healthy

Don’t skip meals

It is important to eat healthy while you are pregnant.  It’s a great idea to meal prep healthy meals and snacks to take with you. Meal prepping will help you reach your caloric intake goals and avoid the sugary tempting vendor & cafeteria meals available.image  

Also, meal prepping ahead of time- will save you time to rest later in the week. Pack 3 days worth of refrigerated meals at a time -pop in fridge and grab as you go.

5.Maximizing your Breaks

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Relax During your Breaks

Take advantage of the  breaks you have during your work day. I would advise not working through your breaks or working on your personal to-do-list. Take time to eat a healthy snack-put your feet up and if you can catch a few zzzzzz’s; a power nap works wonder).

6.Organization is Key

“Placenta Brain/Baby Brain”, may not be a technical term , but mother’s can contest-there are times when you are pregnant – details and recalling information can be a tad bit “fuzzy”. 

Try to keep you work task organized. Making list, prioritizing, setting reminders. It will help you stay on point, and your team members will be appreciative.

7.Accept Help

Its nice when you have a co-worker that have traveled this journey before you. Or someone who understands what you are going through and offers help. You can accept the help- it doesn’t mean you are lazy or not capable. Remember, you are carrying an entire human- and that’s hard work.

8.Listen to your Body

If your body is saying : you have  arrived at the point in your pregnancy where you cannot work, or work at the capacity that you were previously; it is okay. Especially towards the end of your pregnancy ; you may feel more fatigue and more pregnancy symptoms such as pressure, Braxton hicks contractions, fatigue. Do not feel guilty or ashamed. Have a plan, speak with your supervisors and Doctor.

9.Work Restrictions

Some jobs require tasks that are safe in pregnancy. Being around chemicals , lifting heavy items, repetitive bending twisting pulling pushing.  Speak with your human resource department and Doctor. Your doctor may be able to write you a letter stating what you can do and not do while working and pregnant.

10.Prepare

Preparation is key to having a smooth transition to exit the work place for maternity leave. Speak with Human Resource to confirm your Family Medical Leave is covered. Ask specific questions regarding how much time off you can take off with your baby, will you be paid during your time off. Speak with your doctor and supervisor to determine your estimated date  you will start Maternity leave.

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Prepare as you Wait on Your Little One

Your main goal is Healthy Mom/Healthy Pregnancy. You want to be safe and keep your baby safe while enjoying this Amazing journey you are on. If you are a working mom (mom-to-be)- listen to your body, trust your instincts while working and growing a human. It may not be easy, but it can done.

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Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby 

Mary E., RN,BSN, MSN

Wife/Mother/Nurse/Champion of All Pregnant Women

contact: theamazingadventuresopregnancy@yahoo.com

(Featured Mommy-to-Be: Traschelle Williams- mother of 2,working full time in her 2nd trimester & Looking FAB and managing 40 hours a week!)

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The Journey of a High Risk Pregnancy

Maternal Fetal Medicine Monday

 

“Thank you. Thank you for taking a situation that could have been difficult, stressful and overwhelming and making it manageable.”

 

I will never forget these words spoken to me by a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) patient. That one sentence sums up why I do what I do, and why I love what I do.

 

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I will protect the name of the patient for confidentiality and call her Mrs. X.  Mrs. X was  39 yo, pregnant with her second child; she and her husband was excited to welcome a new baby into their home. During a routine ultrasound, Mrs. X’s baby was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell. The name Hydrocephalus means “water on the brain”. The plan for Mrs. X’s baby was to transfer after delivery to a local Children’s Hospital to receive the care needed.

I recall meeting Mr. & Mrs. X and their adorable 2yo during their MFM consultation. Understandably, the family was overwhelmed, worried and nervous.  On top of the health concerns for their unborn baby and the apprehension of being separated shortly after birth; the family also had the additional stressors of insurance and logistics of appointments.

I remember telling the family: let me handle the insurance, let me handle arranging appointments, let me handle the little details. Your main concern at this time is to focus on your baby and yourself.  I noticed a little sigh of relief, yet wariness in their eyes. So I did what I do; called the insurance companies, obtained prior authorizations as needed, arranged appointments that coordinated with the patient’s convenience, and took care of any concern they had.

Prior to delivery on their last appointment with the MFM team; I wished them well and informed them to please call if they needed any further assistance. My patient went on to deliver; the baby was transferred to Children’s Hospital and I heard all was going well.  I thought of them often, but knew most likely I would not see them again until the next pregnancy; as the postpartum care would be with their primary Ob/Gyn.

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Countdown to delivery; nervous but hopeful

 

 

Many months later; I received a call to come to the front desk. Standing at the front desk with her baby and older sister was Mrs. X.  Baby X was beautiful and doing well, mom looked happy, the big sister was excited. Mrs. X came back just to say

“Thank you. Thank you for taking a situation that could have been difficult, stressful and overwhelming and making it manageable.”

 

For anyone experiencing a high risk pregnancy; it can be overwhelming as you travel the unfamiliar road.  I want you to focus- day by day– do not try to figure everything out at one time. Trust your MFM team, let them worry about the little details. Take each moment to focus on you and your baby.

Remember, your MFM team’s goal is the same as yours:

Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby

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Mary E., RN,BSN, MSN

Wife/Mother/Nurse/Champion of All Pregnant Women

contact: theamazingadventuresopregnancy@yahoo.com

(article source: Written by Amanda Delgado and Valencia Higuera Medically Reviewed by Steven Kim, MD on September 26, 2015 Found online: Healthline)

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The Journey Begins

Congratulations!

 

You may have just taken a home pregnancy test which shows………………

Positive for Pregnancy!!!

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This is the most exciting time of your life as you begin one of the most Amazing Adventures of your life. This may be your 1st pregnancy or even your 5th— each pregnancy is special, unique and miraculous.

 

Get ready to embark on a journey that will literally leave you breathless at times, prove that you are stronger than you ever thought and wiser than you imagined. Get ready to expect the unexpected and be prepared to feel joy unmeasurable as you reach your destination of

 

                                     Motherhood

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With the positive pregnancy test you may experience many emotions:

  • Happy

  • Confused

  • Anxious

  • Excited

  • Nervous

  • Fear

  • Relief

  • Joy

     

Every emotion you are feeling is normal: This is a new experience at this time in your life- embrace the journey.

 

As you enter into the 1st trimester of pregnancy, defined by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) this trimester will last 0-13 weeks; remember this part of the journey may not be easy. Your body is working hard to create your very own little human; and it will be worth it. 

I call the 1st trimester “Climbing the Hill”, as this trimester is an uphill climb to the 2nd trimester. The 1st trimester is filled with new symptoms, aches and discomforts as your body adjusts to pregnancy. It is also filled with the wonder of your capability to grow life.  Pretty Amazing, right?

 

My 3 Main tips for this stage of pregnancy: Newly Pregnant

  1. Enjoy and Reflect on the miracle your body is creating

  2. Start taking a daily Prenatal Vitamin

  3. Schedule your first doctor’s visit with your Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/Gyn). This appointment usually is scheduled between 8-10 weeks

     

On the next post we will talk more about the 1st Prenatal Visit and what to expect and prepare for.

 

Thank you everyone so much for stopping by. Please leave your thoughts, comments and questions.

 

Talk to you soon  Welcome to your Amazing Adventure of Pregnancy; I’m excited to be on your journey with you.

                                                  Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby

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(Article Source: ACOG No:611 10/2014)

 

 

Mary E., RN,BSN, MSN

Wife/Mother/Nurse/Champion of All Pregnant Women

contact: theamazingadventuresopregnancy@yahoo.com