pregnancy

SEX OF THE BABY BLOOD TEST


PREGNANCY & PRENATAL SCREENING TEST


Finding out the sex of you baby is as easy as ever. It was an almost painless (as long as you're not scared of needles) few minutes of blood draws and that was pretty much it! I had the test done as early as I could, at nine weeks pregnant (with my first). It took around ten days for my physician to get the results, which they were able to communicate to me over the phone. The nurse told me the screenings all looked good and before she was able to get the sex of the baby out I asked if I could pick up the results in an envelope.  We changed our mind and ended up deciding to wait the entire pregnancy to find out. 

ABOUT THE TEST

Panorama is a noninvasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) that reveals your baby’s risk for genetic disorders as early as nine weeks. Panorama analyzes baby's (placental) DNA through a simple blood draw from your arm. It tests for trisomy which is a genetic condition caused by extra copies of a chromosome. These include Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome. This test also screens for sex chromosome abnormalities, Microdeletions, Triploidy, and reports the babies gender. Panorama has the highest published accuracy in determining the baby's gender. 

TRAVELING WHILE PREGNANT


PREGNANCY & TRAVEL 


If you have a healthy pregnancy then flying anytime before you hit 37 weeks is completely safe. If you are traveling later in your pregnancy always check your specific airlines policy regarding flying while pregnant. I've been on two very long flights at 6 months pregnant and I highly recommend traveling during the second trimester. With the days of morning sickness and exhaustion hopefully behind you and a new found energy before the third trimester lull, it really is the perfect time for travel. 

TIPS SPECIFICALLY FOR FLYING

THE DO'S:

DO get a seat at the front of the plane because there is better air circulation (preferably an aisle seat making it easier for those bathroom runs) 

DO get up and walk around every hour to help with the heightened chance of blood clots during pregnancy. 

DO make small movements with your feet and legs while seated to help with blood circulation

DO wear compression stockings which work WONDERS when is comes to combating the nasty side effects of pregnancy. Compression stockings can fight the effects of being inactive, helping your legs stay healthy and lessening the chances of varicose veins, DVT and swelling. They also will improve your comfort levels drastically. 

DO drink plenty of water

WHAT TO AVOID: 

AVOID carbonated beverages and anything that can cause excess gas to build up in your stomach both before and during the flight. I made this mistake while pregnant with both seltzer and broccoli, I was in complete discomfort the entire flight. To be safe avoid all foods that encourage intestinal expansion, as the nature of the pressurized airplane cabin promotes further bloating which is heightened while pregnant. This isn't limited to but includes, fried and super-saturated dishes, and even healthy foods such as onions, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, lentils, broccoli, apples, and kale. 

AVOID tight fitted clothing. I highly recommend sticking to loose fitting or clothing with stretch when flying while pregnant. Even if you are in the second trimester and still squeezing into your non-maternity skinny jeans this might not be the case as you reach a high elevation and your stomach begins to expand. Stick to leggings or joggers and a tunic when in the air. There are enough options these days, you can still look cute while being comfortable. 

AVOID uncomfortable shoes. There is an increased chance of swelling to the legs, feet and ankles while traveling when pregnant. This can be especially heightened when traveling to warm climates.For these reasons opt for comfortable footwear that can expand with your feet if they decide to swell. 

**I figured I would spread the word to help other mothers thinking about flying while pregnant. During my first pregnancy I flew from NY to LA while 6 months pregnant with my skinny jeans (that already didn't fit) unbuttoned in extreme discomfort from the seltzer water I drank before take off. 

AFTER THOUGHTS

Though the Transportation Safety Administration says it’s safe for all travelers, including pregnant passengers, to go through the agency’s Advanced Imaging Technology and metal detector systems as they do not use x-rays but non-ionizing electromagnetic waves to produce an image I personally always opt for a pat down. 

 

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CONCEPTION, PREGNANCY AND DEVELOPMENTAL APPS


PREGNANCY, VOL 2


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Three of my favorite apps for conception, pregnancy and that first year with your baby

CONCEPTION

GLOW Ovulation & Fertility tracker

 Glow launched in May 2013, and was founded by Max Levchin, the founder of PayPal, Slide, and Affirm. Glow applies the power of data science to health. I knew nothing about fertility or getting pregnant when my husband and I started trying with our first. It can be a very stressful time for many of us and having something that helps simplify those first few months of trying to conceive can be very helpful. I found Glow very easy to use, straight forward, and educational. I'm the type of person that likes to dive in and learn. Glowing.com overs a wealth of information, including getting pregnant, fertility treatments, and egg freezing. They even have a Glow fertility program. It's also the only app that can track male fertility. Glow caters to all types of people, which is another reason I'm recommending it. If you don't want all the background info simply put in your numbers and it does the work for you.  

GLOW OVULATION & FERTILITY RUNDOWN 

  • Fertility Calendar: Plan better by knowing ovulation ahead of time

  • Daily Health Log: The more data you enter, the more accurate your predictions
     

  • Health Insights: Your personal data translated into well-researched insights

  • Partner Connected: Get your partner involved, because it's a shared journey

PREGNANCY

GLOW Nurture

Glow Nurture is an app to use after you conceive. I love feeling very connected when going through something as big as carrying a baby. I enjoyed checking the growth and developmental changes, keeping track of how much water I was drinking each day and most importantly obsessively checking how much longer I had to go!

"The good, the bad, the downright gross… Glow Nurture’s got your back"

GLOW NURTURE RUNDOWN 

  • Due Date Calculator: Find out your due date and get daily info about your developing baby

  • Everyday Health Log: Keep track of your pregnancy through daily logging

  • Health Insights: Personalized insights guide you through a healthy pregnancy 

  • Appointments: Glow Nurture takes care of the planning for you!

 

THE WONDER WEEKS

The Wonder Weeks was very helpful, especially for those 'witching hour' months when your baby just decides to cry for hours. I was so shocked how accurate this app is. It would predict what type of mood my baby would be in during certain weeks so I could prepare. I relied heavily on the information this app offers. It measures when your babies leaps will take place (leap: sudden change in the mental development of your baby), what your baby is experiencing and delivers that information to you. It also offers information around development that is very interesting. If you are a new mom, I highly recommend downloading this app. 

“For parents of newborns and young babies, The Wonder Weeks app can be a lifesaver during those times of wondering what on earth is going on. Babies change drastically and quickly, often resulting in fussy phases, poor sleep and poor appetite. The Wonder Weeks app helps parents track developmental progress week by week as young babies develop.”

 

THE MRS. NIPPLE 5 TOP PREGNANCY TIPS


PREGNANCY, VOL. 1


The following information worked really well for my first and so far my second pregnancy (4.5 months). I understand everyone is very different, but if you don't have medical complications restricting you, I would highly recommend giving these tip a try. The weeks I did not follow these I had less energy, felt bloated and was not as mentally sharp. I am shocked that my doctor rarely spoke to me about any of the following information, which I believe is so important. 

 

  1. WATER: I have a BKR 1L glass water bottle that does not leave my side. Yes, it's on the heavier side, but it will last forever.....It's worth the weight. The few days I forget to bring it with me, I hardly drink any water. Having a water bottle by your side is half the battle, the other half is actually drinking the water. I try to drink three to four liters per day, around 12 to 16 cups of water. I know it sounds like a lot of water but just try it for one week and see how you feel. There are so many health benefits to drinking water, pregnant or not. 

Drinking water regularly while pregnant will help:

-morning sickness

-acidity, heartburn & indigestion

-maintain body temperature

-prevent urinary infections

-ease constipation, hemorrhoids and *WATER RETENTION 

*The more water you drink, the less water your body will retain. This is so important during pregnancy, especially during that last trimester. Water retention can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles and legs. If you are pregnant, water is not just your friend, it's your best friend. 

    2. MOVEMENTI know the gym is most likely the last thing on your mind, but the benefits of moving especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimester are endless. Just focus on getting through the first trimester and when that 2nd trimester energy boost hits, start making movement part of your daily routine. I'm not expecting anyone to hit the gym seven days a week. Movement does not have to be going to a workout class, just be active and get your blood flowing for at least 30 minutes every day. Go outside and walk a mile, there is your movement for the day. Though, I would recommend getting in a good workout at least twice a week.

  Exercising while pregnant:

-Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating & swelling

-Can prevent and treat gestational diabetes

-Increases your energy & improves your mood

-Helps you sleep better

-Improves posture & promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance

-May improve your ability to cope with labor (all of that pushing)

       3. PROTEIN: While I was pregnant with my first, I worked with an incredibly intelligent Doula, Silvie Falschlunger, Ph.D, CCE,CD,CLC. She drilled it into my head that I needed much more water and protein (150g) than was recommended by the APA and I'm so glad I listened. When I made those changes to my diet, I not only felt better, but felt good knowing my growing baby was reaping the benefits. Pack protein into every meal of the day. This is crucial during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, when your baby is growing the fastest. 

Protein sources:

lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, tofu, lentils, peas, hemp seeds, quinoa, nuts  

4. SLEEP: Especially during your first pregnancy!! I'm pregnant with my second and this one is not really an option any longer. I know it's easier said than done, but make sure to prioritize sleep while you can. Your body is working on overdrive and rest is crucial for both your growing baby and yourself. Somethings to help with uninterrupted sleep at night can include, a pregnancy pillow, not drinking water too close to bedtime and taking your prenatal vitamins in the morning instead of at night. 

5. EAT WHOLE FOODS AND LOTS OF GREENS: This one's pretty simple. Try and pack extra whole foods into your daily diet. These are foods that come straight from the ground and are just pure whole foods. Think fruits and veggies.