QotD: Midnight Snack

What's your favorite midnight snack?

This is more of a "You Know You're Pregnant When"…..

You're up eating fish sticks and french fries at 2am. The other night it was a poptart…..the night before that raisin bran.

I don't normally get up to snack outside of this pregnancy thing, but I think I enjoy the raisin bran the most- It's the one item that leaves me with zero guilt and no heartburn.

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153 days to go!

Thanks to babyfit keeping track of where exactly I am in my pregnancy I know that I've only 153 days to go.  Honestly it seems SO much closer than it once did.  I mean, considering that my little bean has been cooking for 127days.  Before you know it- I'll be at home trying to blog and nurse at the same time.  So here it goes at 18 weeks:

Your Baby This Week

You're gaining weight and your baby is too, weighing over 5 ounces (.14
kg), and measuring more than 5 inches (13 cm) in length. What an
adorable pair you are!

Baby's rapid growth period is beginning to slow down, but his
or her facial features are starting to form. Your baby can now yawn,
frown, smile, and make other facial expressions. Taste buds have
developed, and your baby can sense bitter from sweet, and swallowing
reflexes are now present. He or she may even start getting the hiccups!
Because baby's eyes are still developing, they're very sensitive. If a
light is shined onto your belly, your baby might flinch and try to
cover his or her face.

Your Body This Week

Now that your uterus is about the size of a cantaloupe, you may begin
to experience backaches. A shift in your center of gravity (upward and
outward), along with increased hormone production, can cause some
joints to loosen. As a result, you're more prone to twisting your
ankles or wrists, so take care when exercising. Your heart is working
about 50% harder now, so don't be surprised if you feel a bit out of
breath.

Am I Gaining Enough Weight?

As you
get further into the second trimester (already?), it's a good time to
revisit your weight goals and make sure you're gaining at a healthy
pace. Remember, pregnancy is NOT the time to diet. While you should
always watch what you eat, the most important consideration is that
your baby gets enough energy and nutrients to grow. In the second
trimester, a normal weight woman should gain an average of about 1
pound per week. Underweight women should gain about 1/2 pound more,
overweight women about 1/4-1/3 pound less. Of course, you should always
discuss weight issues and strategies with your doctor. Review BabyFit's
weight gain guidelines.

Exercise Your Right To An Easier Labor

If it hasn't already, your mind may soon be turning to the realities
and worries of labor and delivery. With these thoughts may come some
fears about pain and complications. Wouldn't it be nice to find a way
to reduce both? There is! By exercising and familiarizing yourself with
this term: pelvic floor. Studies show that developing the pelvic floor
and body core through specific exercises leads to shorter, easier
labors, particularly within the pushing stage. Kegel exercises are the
most famous, but other options can help as well. Learn how exercise is
the secret to easing labor pain.

QotD: Teenagers & Car Accidents

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Partly due to inexperience with driving, partly this feeling of invincibility that ALL teenagers have, another part of driving as fast as possible from one point to another even if it's in between traffic lights- then mostly…..TEXTING while driving.

And this is not me being the crabby old woman(at age 27), but it's from me driving with my teenage brother and watching his driving habits.  He's inexperienced so he has a bit of discomfort behind the wheel where when he changes lanes he hesitates forever to actually do it, then when he does it's a VERY sharp, VERY swift movement where the whole car goes into the lane all at once- it's not a smooth transition and it makes the drivers around all slowdown or switch lanes suddenly to avoid the car that looks like it's out of control.

Then iI see the texting and fumbling with the phone the whole time(which I usually take from him and turn off as to spare our lives and the lives of everyone driving around us).  AND he treats the space between lights like a freakin' drag strip.  it's like once the light changes, there's no smooth transition from your stop to going- it's rubber burning, gas pedal slamming takeoff! It's like he's in a hurry to stop at the next red light.  I don't get it.  Maybe it's because I didn't start driving until I was 20 or so.

Muffin for the “move”

Hello World!

As some of you may or may not know, pregnancy tends to come along with some very unsavory effects.  I'll spare you the details, but I got a recipe today from one of my community pals over at babyfit that will definitely get things, er…"moving".

Muffin in a Minute

Serving Size: 1

1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet splenda packet or tsp sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 teaspoon butter

Put the dry ingredients in a coffee mug.
Stir.

Then add the egg and the butter. Mix.

Microwave 1 minute. Take out. slice, butter(or cream cheese), eat. Set mug to soak immediately.

HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!?!  It's full of flax seed so it's bound to do the job! AND as a plus….it's low carb for anyone watching out for those.