Another doctor’s appointment! In these early months, every appointment is exciting – but this one is double exciting. Today I will hear my baby’s heartbeat! I barely got any work done at work and kept chattering with my co-worker to help calm the butterflies in my stomach. I arrived at my doctor’s appointment nice and early, not able to concentrate on work any longer. I duly left my urine sample and sat down to wait. Jerry walked in right before the nurse called us to a room.
I lay down on the examining table and and the doctor placed a sticky gel on my abdomen. He ran the Doppler stethoscope up and down, trying to find the heartbeat, and suddenly, there it was. It was the most beautiful sound in the world. It sounded like trotting horses but to me, it was the wonderful sound of life. I made the doctor keep it there for longer than needed, not wanting to let go. The rest of the visit was routine, including blood pressure, weight, and some blood tests. My doctor told me that my baby is approximately 3 inches already! She’s growing so fast! My uterus is about the size of a grapefruit, so I should expect to see a little bulge soon.
Some women have beautiful skin during pregnancy, but some aren’t so lucky. What’s the secret to the “pregnancy glow”? Drink plenty of water and stay away from oily foods. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night and keep applying that moisturizer. And if you’re skin is not glowing, or even worse, if you break out, just remember that everything will return back to normal after pregnancy.
In response to the question, “Should I avoid caffeine? What’s the limit?” – Jenna W. from Arizona
The caffeine effects on a fetus is kind of a gray area. There is no concrete research on whether it’s harmful or not. The FDA recommends that you stay away from caffeine while pregnant because it travels very quickly to the fetus. If you can’t live without your coffee or chocolate, 2-3 servings (300 mg) shouldn’t do any harm.
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