My sister was just recently pregnant with her second baby boy, scheduled for her second C-section and for the second time was diagnosed at 30 weeks with preeclampsia. Her symptoms began with severe swelling as well as high blood pressure.
Because of this, she quickly became a high-risk pregnancy, so what did she do?
First, she went straight to her doctor when the swelling began and that’s when her doctor recommended weekly visits every Friday to check on her and baby.
This was to check that baby’s heart rate was good and that the lungs were developing fast enough to be able to deliver at any time. Mama was given a steroid shot to help them develop quicker.
Also, it was to check on mom to make sure she was able to keep carrying baby. At 34 weeks she was put on bed rest to help with the swelling and an attempt to stabilize blood pressure.
Second, she went to her friends and family and asked for help. There is so much that needs to get done before baby arrives and naturally, at 34 weeks, she did not have everything done. She turned to her loved ones to help her complete the tasks that she was unable to do because of her preeclampsia. For example, putting away clothes and diapers, assembling the crib and packing her hospital bag.
DON’T be afraid to ask for help, people are more than willing to help you in your time of need!
Third, play the waiting game. Pay close attention to all of your symptoms and tell your doctor about every single one.
In my sister’s case, at 36 weeks, she woke up with the most painful headache she had ever experienced. This was the day baby came because, for my sister’s safety, she could no longer carry him.
My sister was never scared, and you shouldn’t be either. As long as you have a doctor that you trust and supportive family and friends, you will be in good hands!
It’s six o’clock and you haven’t even thought about putting dinner on the table yet, oops. It seems like the only options are the dusty box of pasta in the back of the pantry or fast food. But wait; what if I told you there was another option? Yes, meal subscription boxes might be the answer to your prayers that come in the form of pre-packaged food with easy to follow ingredients that can arrive on your doorstep every week. Sounds perfect, right? Well before you turn your car around and leave the golden arches of McDonalds behind let’s discusses the positives and negatives of meal subscription boxes. Continue reading “What You’re Really Getting From Meal Subscription Boxes”
It happens suddenly one day when you’re playing with your baby; you notice the red rash and bumps on their cheeks or scalp. Eczema. Don’t panic. A few things you should know is that about 20% of babies have this condition, it’s more likely to show up if another family member has it, it isn’t contagious and there’s a good chance your child will outgrow it by age 2. Breathing easier yet? No? No need to worry, I’ve got a few tips to help calm both your baby’s skin and your mind. Continue reading “My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?”
It’s 4 a.m and the baby monitor in your bedroom bursts to life thanks to the hungry baby in the next room over. Oh, you haven’t heard? 3 hours of sleep is the new 8 hours of sleep. Don’t stress, there’s a way to skip the tired fumbling around in the dark as you struggle to get a bottle of formula together. How you ask? Imagine a Keurig for babies where formula mixes with pre-heated water and drips directly into a bottle, the three products listed below do just that. I’ve listed the pros and cons of each machine and attached a link where you can purchase them but before you make up your mind let’s get into the Battle of the Baby Formula Kuerigs: Continue reading “Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs””
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” (EE Cummings). Putting yourself out there and setting yourself up for rejection is always scary, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction you feel when that risk ends up paying off. Applying to an internship then being told you were accepted is similar to jumping into the deep end of the pool when minutes ago you had floaties on. You feel like some horrible mistake was just made, are they sure I’m the best choice? What if they ask me do something I haven’t learned yet? What if I end up being terrible at my job? While this may seem a bit dramatic to some these were some of the thoughts I had when I was told was going to be a summer Public Relations intern at Kid Care Concierge.
Continue reading “My First Week As A Public Relations Intern”
In this age of social media what one posts online holds more weight now than ever. A fact that 10 prospective Harvard students found out the hard way when their acceptances were revoked due to what they posted on social media. We’ve all heard this song before and like any other top 40 hit it won’t be the last time it’s played, but what can we take away and learn from these students? Continue reading “Parental Guidance: Getting Smart with Social Media”
Green tea has long been known as the magical tea. Research has shown the green tea is packed full of antioxidants and healing properties. These antioxidants are known as Catechins. The less processed the tea is, the more of these Catechins it contains. So let’s take a look at some of these benefits.
- Can help prevent a range of heart conditions, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure, because it lowers cholesterol and increases blood flow.
- Keeps your blood sugar level.
- Protects your body against negative effects from a high-fat diet.
- Improves memory and brain function.
- Can help relax and destress due to a natural chemical called theanine found in green tea.
Not only has green tea been proven to help all these areas in your body, but it also can remind us to take a tea break here and there. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of the day, so take a break and let the tea do the magic.