Tara's Weight Loss Journey
TEST Starting a family is an exciting time. Whether you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you probably have lots of questions about what you need to do. There are some simple ways to make the healthiest environment for you and your baby.
The first and most important thing to do is to quit smoking. By now you know that smoking is bad for you, and maybe you've tried to quit before. Now you have extra motivation to quit because smoking can have serious consequences for your baby. Even if you've tried to quit and failed in the past, there are programs that can help you quit for good, like Commit to Quit.
Another important step to getting your baby a healthy start is to eat right and exercise. Even if you have a history of a sweet tooth or love fast food, its never too late to start eating better for you and your baby. Your doctor can help you come up with a plan that is realistic for your life.
Your doctor will also recommend prenatal vitamins to help you and your baby as he or she develops. Take these vitamins regularly as recommended. If morning sickness makes taking your vitamins difficult, try different brands or alternative formulas, like chewable or flavored varieties.
Finally, use your relationship with your doctor as a resource for advice and information before, during and after your pregnancy. Together, youll form a team to help your baby enter the world happy and healthy.
Below are some videos made by CHI Health OB/Gyn physicians about what you can expect at each stage of your pregancy.
Your 8th Week of PregnancyYour baby is the size of a kidney bean. You may not feel pregnant, but your body is changing. You may have morning sickness. Tell your doctor if you experience spotting or other symptoms.
At this office visit, you will receive a pelvic exam and a PAP smear. Your blood will be checked to ensure that your iron is not too low. Your doctor will review your immunizations to ensure they're up-to-date. You may have an ultrasound to ensure your due date is correct.
Your 12th Week of PregnancyYou may be starting to "show." Your appetite may improve as morning sickness decreases.You should increase your daily calorie intake by 300-500 calories, cut way down on caffeine and drink lots of water.
At this office visit, we will check your weight and test your urine for protein or sugar. Your doctor will check the baby's heart-rate. and discuss with you some optional genetic screening tests.
Your 20th Week of PregnancyYou're half-way there! Your baby weighs about 1 lb. and is 10 inches long. He or she is moving all the time, but you may feel only an occasional flutter. You may have difficulty sleeping, which is normal. You will begin gaining a pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy. You may want to register for Baby and Parenting Classes.
At this visit, we will check your blood pressure and weight. You may need to give a urine sample to test for protein or sugar. You will have an ultrasound at which time you can find out if your baby is a boy or girl.
Your 24th Week of PregnancyYour body is changing, your uterus is tightening and you may be experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. If these contractions are frequent or painful, or if you have bleeding, you should call the doctor right away. Your baby is about 12 inches long and weighs about one and one-half pounds.
At this visit, your weight, urine, blood pressure and uterine height will be checked. You will be given a glucose liquid to drink 30 minutes before your next appointment. This test will screen for gestational diabetes.
Your 30th Week of PregnancyYour baby can hear your voice. Your baby weighs about three pounds, is active and kicking, a lot. You're going to feel bloaty, moody and tired. You may have some spotting, which is normal, but you should call the doctor right away if you have heavy bleeding, or severe pain, especially in your abdomen or head.
At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and, blood pressure. The results of the glucose test from your previous visit will be discussed. The baby's size and heart rate also will be checked.
Your 37th Week of PregnancyYou have only three weeks to go until your due date. Your baby weighs about five and one-half to six pounds and is less active at this stage. You may start to feel some contractions, so you should rest and stay hydrated, when possible. If you experience any bleeding, or your water breaks, call your doctor right away.
At this visit, you can expect the usual tests, but the doctor will check your cervix see if the baby's head is down and if you are dilated. The baby's size and heartbeat also will be checked.
Your 38th Week of PregnancyIt's time to play the waiting game. You may feel increased pressure and swelling. The baby my drop lower in the uterus. Call your doctor if you feel increased contractions that are regular, loss of fluid or any vaginal bleeding. The baby weighs six to seven pounds.
At this visit, we will check your weight, urine and blood pressure. Your uterine height and cervix will be checked to see if you are dilated.
Your 39th Week of PregnancyYou are probably experiencing discomfort from swelling, contractions, lack of sleep, nausea and vomiting. You may even have hemorrhoids. These are all normal symptoms of pregnancy. Tell your doctor about any bleeding or fluid, more contractions diminished baby movement. Your baby probably weighs about seven pounds and is about 20 inches long.
At this visit, you can expect the usual tests, weight, urine and blood pressure. Your doctor will measure uterine height and check your cervix to see if it is dilated. The baby's heartbeat also will be checked.