After you test yourself with the help of home pregnancy kit , if it gives you a positive result, next step is to consult a doctor immediately hoping that an appointment will be available on the same day, otherwise you would definitely become restless wondering if you are pregnant or not. Make sure you choose a specialized gynecologist to avoid further difficulties while going for regular checkups. If you are lucky enough you should be given the appointment on the same day to confirm bout your pregnancy. Now in this modern world with high technology, you can get to know things lot quicker than what you expect. Don’t be shocked if you come to know about your pregnancy the very next day by a pleasant congratulation greeting from your doctor.
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you need to take all the possible precautions to be fit and fine. Be prepared with the answers for the questions which will be asked to you when you go for the initial check up , it would be relate to your family and medical history which is specific to you – for example –about your previous pregnancy , any sought of illness in the family etc.. Make sure that you are aware of the answers to the questions which are asked by your doctor so that you can make the visit useful. Also don’t forget to ask all the questions which you have in your mind, to keep yourself fit. Carefully go through the books or pamphlets which she provides you with to build up your knowledge which will be of good use to you. Make a note of the next schedule date which she advices for the second visit. Be prepared with all the possible resources which might help you increase your knowledge about delivering the baby healthy. Don’t miss on anything which is advised by your doctor because the initial stage of baby’s growth is very important for a normal delivery.
It is very important that you take all the prenatal vitamins as advised by the doctor during pregnancy as it a critical period. In case of any problems with the suggested medicines, you can let your doctor know about it and a substitute will be given to you which should not be a problem. Somewhere around 20th week you should be undergoing ultrasound ( US ) test this actually finds out the sex of your child , it would definitely be your choice of course. In some cases as a precaution, some doctors would like to have an US much sooner approximately around 10th 0r 12th week to make sure that the fetus is in t he correct location within the uterus and also to check if everything is going according to the plan. A test will be done to find out if you have or will be at risk of developing gestational diabetes.
The appointments with your gynecologist during the first 36 weeks will be every 4 weeks. Once you reach the 36 week mark, your schedule will changed and weekly appointments will be planned till the date of your delivery. This close check every week will help you reduce your nervousness and allows you to enjoy the process.
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Here is a cheap and innovative way to extend the life of a kid’s outgrown sweat shirt another year. This craft works best with plain sweat shirts without zippers, due to the fact you are adding a stripe of a contrasting color to the shirt. Note that a sweater with a design will not work for this craft, other than being a source of scrap material.
For this sweatshirt sewing craft you will need:
Kid’s outgrown sweat shirt
Scrap sweat cloth of complimenting color
Gather all the outgrown kids sweat shirts for this craft. Because the shirt will have a stripe of contrasting cloth added to it, select sweat shirts with this fact in mind. Obtain sweat cloth material in the contrasting color. Sources can include old sweaters not suitable for this craft, legs cut from sweat pants shorts, cut-off sweater sleeves, or old clothes. One old sweater can be used for several sweat shirts. In the absence of sweat cloth material, any cloth could be used, but expect varying results.
Craft step 1: Cutting the sweat shirt:
Turn the sweat shirt inside out, lay the sweat shirt flat and fold in half. Line up the shoulders and cuffs of the sleeves. Line up the shoulder and collar of the T-shirt with the sweatshirt so you can use the taper of the end of the T-shirt sleeve to guide the sleeve cut. A short sleeve is longer on top and shorter on the underside, your cut should taper inwards. A “straight” cut across the sleeve always comes out slanted and is undesirable. Cut through both sleeves with sharp scissors where the stripe is to be added. Unfold the shirt, and cut across the middle in a straight line after lining up the front of the sweatshirt with the back.
Craft step 2: Obtaining the cloth for the stripe:
Cut two strips of cloth from the scrap material about three to four inches wide and a quarter inch longer than the length of the cut sweat shirt midsection. Then cut two strips of three to four-inch wide material long enough to construct two tubes to extend the sleeve. Remember to leave an extra quarter of an inch to allow for sewing the open ends of the strip together.
Craft step #3: Sew the sweatshirt:
Sew the strips of sweat shirt material to the sweat shirt midsection, lining up the seams on the cloth strips with the side of the sweat shirt. Sew the strips together, and sew the bottom of the outgrown sweat shirt to the added material. With the sleeves, line the ends of the cloth tube so the seam connects with the seam of the sweatshirt sleeve. Then sew the cutoff sleeve ends on and your sweatshirt is reconstructed. This sweat shirt reconstruction is green in two ways; not does it only conserve resources, it also saves money.
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Source/original article: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2253873/extend_an_outgrown_sweat_shirt_by_adding.html?cat=46.
I have observed many things along the way that have helped my wife go through pregnancy with a little more peace in mind, and have given her the confidence that I will make a good father. During this time, women are most sensitive and vulnerable, wanting to have in their minds that the father-to-be will be caring for the child with her, even before he or she is born. The good news for you worried future fathers is that I have some advice for you that will help you prove to her that you were a right choice for her to have a child with.
Take a Deep Breath and Relax!
No lady out there wants to be around a man that is constantly worried while she is pregnant. This just brings anxiety into her environment. Try your best to relax and speak softly with her. Remember that she is going through a lot of changes in her body at a rapid rate. Consequently, she will not be in the mood for constant worry. You must realize one thing: women’s bodies are designed to endure the demanding task of bearing a child, making them much stronger than even you at this time. You may not believe it, but women are indeed stronger than men in this aspect.
She can Handle Herself
Unless she asks for help, do not hover over her trying to do everything she normally does. She needs space sometimes. When you see her struggling, it would be a good time to offer her some help, but if (and I stress the “if”) you see her getting along well with something she is doing (and she did not ask you for any help), let her do what she must. It is good to carry on as much daily activities as possible during pregnancy without overworking oneself. If you keep on butting in and trying to help her at the inappropriate times, she will most likely feel like you are trying to prove to her that you are superior. In pregnancy, there is such a thing as caring too much.
Make sure She Eats Enough
Her eating patterns will get a little odd during the extent of her pregnancy. You will notice that she will eat more and more as the days pass. This is absolutely fine. Her child needs nourishment, and the best way to do this is by getting plenty of the right food to do so. Make sure that she eats many small meals, instead of few big meals in the day. Also, ensure that the food she eats is well-nourishing (in other words, no junk food, or snack food). However, do not flood her with advice on how to eat. Otherwise, you will just annoy her.
Go to the Doctor with Her
You should consider taking time off to go to her doctor appointments with her. First, ask her if she wants this, because sometimes she might just want to go alone. Other times, she would greatly appreciate having company. My wife was particularly nervous every time she had to go to the doctor, and I always went out of my way to make time to go with her and have a little lunch somewhere after that. Of course, not all of us have flexible schedules, but when you can, take time off for her. She will really appreciate this.
Be Mindful of Your Character
I don’t know about you, but my wife got very sensitive especially in the later months of her pregnancy (like right after the first trimester). You really have to watch what you say around your lady, because she gets very sensitive at this time, and more sad than offended if you say something that would hurt her. Even if you were joking, she might take it the wrong way. For these months, just meditate on being loving company for her, and remind her with your actions, not with mere words, that you love her and you will be there for her.
Massage Her Often
As more weight starts appearing on her, she will start to get tired more often, and pains will emerge in places like her back frequently. Even if she does not ask for a massage, go ahead and offer to massage her after every long day. You should massage places like her back, her neck, her shoulders, and her feet, as these are the most affected during pregnancy. Not only that, but if she asks you to massage her somewhere else, do it! After the massage, have her lay down and caress her belly softly and kiss the baby good night.
Remind Her How Beautiful She is
Women during pregnancy sometimes feel fat or ugly because of obvious reasons. My wife’s self esteem took a plunge when she approached the fifth and sixth months. It always took a little convincing to get her to go out with me. The best thing to do when a woman feels like this is tell her that in your eyes she is still the gorgeous girl she always was, and mean it! Make love to her tenderly at night when she feels up to it, and hold her in your arms after you finish. Making love will make her feel like she still is the lovely girl she always was, and she is. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but society has taught women that it is ugly. Prove them wrong and treat her like she is beautiful.
Ultimately, women want to feel loved and in company during pregnancy. It is a natural part of life that she wants to share with you, and wants to know that you will share with her. What kind of a dad will you be if you cannot take time off for the child even before it is born? It is time you show her how responsible, caring, loving, and sensitive you are.
One more piece of advice: Do not EVER think about letting her go to the ultrasound alone. In my experience, it was worth every struggle to make time to see my own child live. I was touched by the experience greatly, and I am in peace knowing that I saw my healthy little girl right there, moving her little feet and her little hands. My wife is glad I came with her, and we are totally excited about it. It was one of the experiences that touched us before the moment that she will deliver. We expect our child to be born around mid-November. I hope my advice was helpful to all you future dads out there, making the experience easier for both young and old couples alike.
Diapers come in a wide variety of options and sizes these days. There is the obvious difference between disposable and cloth diapers. This guide will break down disposable diapers for you.
Diapers such as newborn swaddlers provide a cutout in the front for the umbilical cord. This means the diaper won’t rub up against the umbilical cord causing it to fall off prematurely. If you don’t want to purchase these types of diapers, you can either cut out your own tab or you can fold the diaper down after securing it.
Regular disposable diapers are fairly familiar to anyone who has been around a child. They come up through the legs and are secured by tabs on the sides. Generally they will have some form of design on them from sesame street characters to designs.
Pull-ups are diapers that your child wears when learning to potty train. They give the impression of underwear however are absorbent to prevent leaks in the event of an accident. The advantage to disposable diapers is that some will have indicators when the diaper has been used. This means on some an image will appear if the diaper is urinated in. Others will provide a cold sensation to your child to let them know they are having an accident and to get to the bathroom immediately. You can tear the sides of a pull up to get it off easy.
When it comes to diapers, sizing is very important. A lot of new parents will stock up on diapers prior to the baby’s arrival. It’s important to pay attention to the sizes you are buying. Diaper sizes are dependent on weight. This means that a newborn diaper generally will fit up to an 8-9 lb baby. This means if your baby was born at 8-9 lbs then you won’t get much use out of newborn sizes and will end up with a lot of left over diapers. Make sure to purchase a lot of size ones as these will be used for a few months.
Also, you will want to consider the value of generic vs. brand name. In some instances, the phrase “you get what you pay for” does apply. Some diapers have leaking problems. You may have to try different brands of diapers (both name brand and generic) to find one that fits your budget and needs. Brand name isn’t always best but don’t rule it out as an option.
One more tip to give you is to look for coupons. You will spend a lot of money over the course of your baby’s first years on diapers. Sign up on the website of your diaper company of preference and they will send you special offers and coupons.
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