Archives for December 2008

10 Ways to Prevent Preterm Labor

The frightening story of Kim Cowan’s delivery at 31 weeks, in a Parenting.com article called Can You Prevent Pre-Term Labor? is a story that is being told more frequently today, due to the “widened use of fertility treatments (and the related rise in multiple births) and the older age at which women today begin having children.” Preterm birth (one that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the number one cause of neonatal death in the first month of life, and it can trigger health problems such as developmental delays, chronic lung disease, and cerebral palsy. It affects about 480,000 babies annually, or one in eight live births, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

As such, it is not something to be taken lightly, and any steps that can reduce the risks should be carefully considered. Although the effectiveness of common treatments for preterm labor are unknown, new research is beginning to hint at both the causes of preterm labor and ways to prevent it.

Here are 10 ways to reduce your risk of pre-term labor from Parenting.com.

1. Get early prenatal care. See your health care practitioner as soon as you know you’re pregnant, or if you are trying to get pregnant. Your doctor can advise you on how to eat right, gain weight properly, and screen you for infections that can harm your pregnancy. He can also give you a prescription for a prenatal vitamin, which contains essential nutrients including folic acid, a key B vitamin that can prevent neural-tube birth defects like spina bifida (an opening in the spine). New research also suggests that folic acid may also lower the risk of placental abruption (when the placenta separates from the uterine wall) and preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy), two conditions that are responsible for about 20 percent of early deliveries. Read more here.

2. Know your risks. Certain pregnant women are more likely to deliver early. Risk factors include a prior early delivery; smoking or illegal drug use; high blood pressure or diabetes; carrying multiple fetuses, such as twins; a uterine infection during pregnancy; an age of 35 or older; pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia; being over- or underweight; and being African-American. Talk to your doctor about ways to minimize these risks, such as improving your diet and exercise habits, or treating a uterine infection. Read more here.

3. Get tested. Uterine infections that can begin in the lower genital tract may be responsible for up to half of all preterm births, particularly those that occur before 30 weeks’ gestation. It’s been known for years that infections and sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia increase preterm birth risk. But doctors are now looking at other suspect infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition that can cause an unpleasant odor and gray discharge. It’s more common in African-American women who also have higher rates of preterm birth. Treating BV in high-risk women appears to reduce their rates of early delivery, but BV doesn’t always cause symptoms. Recognizing and treating infections early on may hold the key to lowering preterm birth rates as much as 30 percent. Gen screened for other risky conditions including periodontal (gum) disease, untreated urinary-tract infections, and trichomoniasis. It can improve your odds of having a healthy baby. Read more here.

4. Visit the dentist. Regular cleanings may help prevent preterm delivery. It’s believed that the same chain of events initiated by a uterine infection can occur if you have a dental condition such as periodontal (gum) disease. Hormone changes that occur during pregnancy make women more susceptible to gingivitis — a condition marked by swollen, red gums that are more sensitive to the negative effects of plaque — which can lead to gum disease. Visit the dentist before or early in pregnancy to be checked for gum disease, maintain regular dental checkups, and brush and floss after meals. Read more here.

5. Watch your weight. The average woman should put on 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Gain too much and you up your odds of complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which increase preterm labor risk. Overweight and obese women are recommended to gain less weight (usually 15 to 25 pounds) and follow a nutritious diet and safe exercise to lower your risk. Underweight women with a body mass index (BMI) under 20 (a healthy BMI is 20 to 25) are less likely to carry their baby to term. These women may be prone to nutritional deficiencies that adversely affect the fetal environment. You may have your doctor recommend a nutritionist for help with proper diet and weight gain. Read more here.

6. Eat right. A nutritious diet during pregnancy can be vital to healthy fetal development. That means whole-wheat carbs, healthy sources of protein and dairy, and an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Recent studies suggest that women who have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (found in such fish as salmon) have lower rates of preterm birth, so it’s worth including them in your diet. Other preliminary studies suggest that calcium and vitamin C may help prevent preterm labor. It’s recommended that pregnant women consume 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day (the equivalent of four 8-ounce glasses of skim milk) and 85 mg of vitamin C, roughly the amount in one orange. Read more here.

7. Excercize. Regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing gestational diabetes, and recent research suggests that it may help prevent preeclampsia as well. Women who walked for exercise during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy lowered their risk of preeclampsia by a third. Severe chronic stress may kick-start labor, and exercise can help you relax. Talk to your doctor about pregnancy-safe workouts such as swimming, walking, and yoga are good options. Of course, you must stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and using unprescribed drugs, all of which drastically increase your odds of early delivery. Read more here.

8. Check medications. Pregnant women who are depressed or anxious have a twofold increase of preterm birth, according to Dr. Lockwood, so treatment is crucial. One recent study, however, suggests that a class of antidepressants used to treat these conditions, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may be associated with a slightly higher risk of preterm delivery. Another option, tricyclic antidepressants, did not show this association. (Neither type of medication has been shown to cause birth defects.) However, it’s important to remember that many women have used SSRIs (such as Prozac and Paxil) safely during pregnancy, and the benefits of treating depression often outweigh any risks. Consult your doctor if you feel you should consider switching medication. Read more here.

9. Talk to your doctor if you’ve had a prior preterm birth. A recent groundbreaking study found that a progesterone-like hormone reduced the risk of preterm birth by 34 percent in women who had a prior early delivery. It’s not clear why the hormone helps, but it may be because it’s a muscle relaxant that inhibits contractions and reduces inflammation. Since the drug is widely available, inexpensive, and considered safe for pregnant women, doctors could begin prescribing it now, says Dr. Meis, who uses it in his clinic. If you had a prior preterm birth, you can discuss these findings with your doctor. Your doctor may also recommend that you use a condom during sex, since semen contains prostaglandins, the chemicals that initiate contractions.

10. Recognize the signs of early labor. Although little can be done to reverse the course of preterm labor once it’s started, delivery can usually be delayed for a few days to a week using tocolytics, drugs that suppress contractions. During this critical window, a doctor can administer corticosteroids, which can improve fetal health by speeding up lung maturation. (Without treatment, a preemie may suffer from respiratory distress syndrome, a breathing complication which can lead to health problems and even death.) Delaying labor also allows time to transfer a woman to a hospital with a more sophisticated NICU.

Recognizing the signs of preterm labor

It’s important to recognize the signs of preterm labor, even if you don’t think you’re at risk. According to the March of Dimes, they include:

  • contractions that occur every ten minutes or more

  • fluid leaking from your vagina

  • pelvic pressure

  • lower back pain

  • menstrual-like cramps

  • abdominal cramps that begin in the back and move to the front.

False labor (also known as Braxton Hicks contractions) may stop when you change position, is often weak, and is usually felt only in the front. If you’re not sure it’s the real thing, call your doctor right away.It’s essential to remember that a full 80 percent of women who have symptoms of preterm labor will not deliver early, and the vast majority of pregnancies result in babies who are born healthy and full-term. While medical strides in preventing and reversing the course of preterm labor have been slow, our ability to care for premature babies has skyrocketed. Between 90 and 95 percent of babies born after 30 weeks’ gestation survive, with most growing up to be healthy adults.

Photo: nih.gov

Best Dressed Maternity Styles for the Holidays!

It’s holiday season, and even the pregnant ladies want to dress up for the family Hanukkah party, Christmas party at the office, or the big New Year’s bash. But when none of your party dresses fit like they used to, it’s time to start shopping again! Here are some gorgeous dresses to set you on the way to looking your holiday best! And you can avoid the holiday crush by browsing online from the comfort of your own home!

Japanese Weekend Sublimation dress from Blossom Maternity. The rosy foliage and square neck make this a stunning choice for any party! Or how about this sleek Olian dress, also from Blossom Maternity, in a rich cocoa:

Old Navy is always a good stop for stylish, affordable maternity clothes. This season’s dresses are simply gorgeous! My two favorites are this red knit front-tie dress and this luxurious satin paisley dress. You’ll be the belle of the ball!

If you want to mix ‘n’ match, Due Maternity has some fabulous dressy tops, like the Cobalt Floral Strapless top, silver, sequined silk cami, or pink Twig top.

Another pretty option, also from Old Navy, is this elegant voile tank with cut-out bodice that can be paired with your favorite skirt or pants. You might also like the satin puff sleeve top. Best part: They are only $12.50 each!

But what to wear with these fabulous tops? The Over Bump Skirt is a fabulous option, with kick pleats and belt. If you prefer pants, try these comfy velveteen pants or shiny straight leg trousers.


If you want something super sassy to show off your blooming figure, the Boob Shiny Maternity dress is a real attention-stealer. (Just don’t ask me why the designer is named Boob… must be a British thing. They do ship to the US, though!). For something more conservative and elegant, the Satin Bow Dress is stylish and and classy.

Of course, when in doubt, there’s always a little black dress. Strapless and V-neck wrap dress from Due Maternity. The Japanese Weekend wrap dress is lovely for something more modest. Also check out Liz Lange for Target, which has over 30 styles of black dresses at affordable prices!

If you need something for a black-tie event, you can’t go wrong with a floor-length, black stretch-lace dress. I also think this green lace gown with scalloped lace detail is beautiful… and LOVE the white ribbon gown!  I reccomend that you check out Maternity Clothing Fashion for lots more super gorgeous, glamorous dresses.

It’s chilly outside, so you’ll need something pretty and cozy to keep out the cold! This cardigan from Mimi Maternity ties in the front with a gorgeous satin bow. For full coverage, try their wool front button maternity coat.

And… just for fun (since not many of us can afford a$1,540 Amethyst maternity gown or $1,340 Gold fish gown):

Ooh la la!! Now THAT would make a statement at your office holiday party!

Did you find the perfect party dress online? Let us know where to find it!

12 Benefits of Ultrasound

The first ultrasound is exciting, and each one, where the baby is a little more identifiably human, is anticipated more and more with each visit. By eight weeks the image resembles a lima bean with a pulse; by fifteen weeks the ultrasound image can show baby’s major organs; by the 20th week, the ultrasound pictures can often confirm the sex of your baby.

Twenty-year follow-up studies of thousands of mothers and babies who received diagnostic ultrasound have shown no apparent harmful effects. It is certainly safer than x-rays. There is a theoretical concern about whether the sound waves striking growing fetal tissues can cause any damage the cell. The National Institutes of Health Task Force on Diagnostic Ultrasound concludes: “We could find no evidence to justify the recommendation that every pregnancy be screened by ultrasound. In the face of even theoretical risks, where there is no benefit, then the theoretical risks cannot be justified.”

This means that, as fun as it is to see your growing baby on screen, the use of ultrasounds is really to check the baby’s progress and make sure he is developing properly. Dr. Sears lists 12 benefits of ultrasound:

1. Verify whether or not the mother is pregnant, when pregnancy tests and the usual signs of pregnancy are unclear.

2. Detect a possible ectopic pregnancy .

3. Obtain a more precise determination of baby’s gestational age when there is a discrepancy between uterine size and estimated due date. In the first half of pregnancy ultrasound can accurately date baby’s gestation within 7 to 10 days. In later months it is not as accurate and is useless for dating the pregnancy.

4. Evaluate baby’s growth if other signs, such as uterine size, suggest a problem.

5. Determine the cause of unexplained bleeding.

6. Confirm how baby lies in the uterus (breech, transverse, vertex) if the clinical signs are unclear late in pregnancy.

7. Detect suspected multiple pregnancies if mother’s uterus is growing faster than expected.

8. Detect problems with the placenta, such as placenta previa (the placenta being positioned too low or over the cervix) and abruptio placentae (the placenta is separating prematurely, causing bleeding).

9. Measure the amount of amniotic fluid if mother is losing amniotic fluid or not replenishing it at a normal rate.

10. Detect abnormalities of the uterus, especially in women with a history of previous miscarriages or problem pregnancies.

11. Detect developmental abnormalities in the growing baby that would influence where baby should be delivered and what preparations need to be made beforehand. Abnormalities of heart, lung, and intestinal development can, if detected early, alert parents and healthcare providers to deliver the baby in facilities equipped to begin management immediately after birth. Oftentimes, early recognition and early treatment can be lifesaving.

12. Assist in medical or surgical procedures: amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, trying to turn a breech baby, fetoscopy, or intrauterine transfusion.

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The Flu: What you need to know about protecting and treating your baby

Winter is here with its accompanying illnesses. Just last week my baby and I were sick with the flu, and if there’s anything worse than a sick baby, it’s being sick yourself at the same time! Because Mommy’s just don’t get to take sick days!

WHAT IS THE FLU?

One of the most common winter ailments is the flu. We turn to Dr. Sears for info on where it comes from and what to do about it if it strikes your family!

The flu is a virus (called influenza). It hits between November and March, and is probably responsible for 1/3 to ½ of all sick visits to our office during the winter. Keep in mind, the flu is a VIRUS. It is therefore NOT treatable with antibiotics.

How can you tell if your child (or you!) has the flu? There are two typical forms of the flu:

  1. Fever and one or two other symptoms such as sore throat and headache – some flu illnesses are more simple, and cause just a few symptoms.

  2. Multi-symptom flu – this is the more miserable kind of flu. It can include many or all of the following symptoms:

    • High fever, chills

    • Sore throat

    • Headache

    • Nausea

    • Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Abdominal pain

    • Body and muscle aches

    • Stuffy nose

    • Clear or green runny nose

    • Cough – dry or productive

    • Irritated, red eyes

    WHEN TO VISIT THE DOCTOR

    Most children with the flu don’t even need to see a doctor. Here are some guidelines to help you decide if a doctor’s visit is warranted:

    • Fever more than three days – while this may still be just the flu, it’s best to double check with your doctor.

    • Moderate to severe dehydration – see our site under dehydration here.

    • You have a gut feeling that your child is unusually ill.

    • Severe cough with chest pain AND shortness of breath. This may mean pneumonia is setting in.

    SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET A FLU SHOT?

    Click here to find out the answer.

    Worried about strep throat? Many patients come into our office during the winter because of sore throat of a day or two. Most of these cases are NOT strep, but rather just part of the flu. See our site under sore throat to help you decide if yours may be strep or not.

    Click here for a link to our full discussion on the flu and how to treat it.

    BOOST YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM THROUGH THE WINTER

    Want to help your kids avoid these illnesses altogether? Here are some ways you can boost their immune system and keep them in school. Take as many of these supplements as you feel is appropriate every day:

    • Echinacea – this natural herb will enhance your own immune system. Many research studies have proven its effectiveness. Click here for dosing information for you and your kids.

    • Vitamin C – this simple vitamin can fight off invading germs. Younger kids up to age 6 will benefit from around 250 mg per day. Older kids and adults can take 500 mg per day. Available as a powder, chewable, or capsule. Click here to read more about vitamins.

    • Fruits and vegetable supplement – the immune-boosting properties of nature’s food is remarkable. If your kids won’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, I recommend Juice Plus fruit and veggie supplements. Click here to learn more.

    • Zinc – this mineral is a safe and effective way to boost the immune system. Children up to age 6 years can take 10 to 20 mg per day. Older kids and adults can take 20 to 40 mg per day.

    • Probiotics – the common name used for this is Acidophillus. These are healthy bacteria that live in our intestines and help with our immune system. The best species of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Available as liquid, powder, and capsules, children and adults can take as directed.

    • Avoid weakening your own immune system – Click here to read what habits can weaken your own immune system.

    Click here to read a full discussion on how to boost your immune system naturally.

    IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD GET SICK, STARTING ECHINACEA AND VITAMIN C RIGHT AWAY MAY MAKE YOUR ILLNESS SHORTER AND MILDER

    Click here for more info on other winter-time illnesses such as RSV (Respiratory Syncycial Virus), Coughs and Colds, Croup, Rotavirus diarrha,dry skin and chapped cheeks!

    Book Suggestions for dealing with miscarriage and subsequent pregnancy

    Whether you have gone through a miscarriage or are experiencing pregnancy again after the loss of a baby (high risk or normal pregnancy), the right kind of book at the right time can be a real source of comfort. For someone facing adversity in their quest to build a family, Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. and Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D (pregnancy.org) have a few suggested reads.

    Every woman should know that fears are normal, especially if you have experienced one or more miscarriages. Here are some of their suggestions to assist in identifying your feelings and helping you cope with them.(NOTE: I did not read these books! The following reviews are copied from pregnancy.org.)

    Embracing Uncertainty: Breakthrough Methods for Achieving Peace of Mind When Facing the Unknown, by Susan Jeffers (St. Martin’s Press, 2003.) It is a comforting book that explains how to let go of the outcome and trust the process when you are facing change or entering uncharted territory; accepting your destiny, finding treasures in adversity, following your intuition, finding meaning and purpose in whatever journey you take.

    Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, by Deborah L. Davis (Fulcrum, 1996), has several chapters specifically on the emotional aspects of pregnancy after experiencing the death of a baby, as well as lots of support and information around grieving, which can add to your coping ability.

    Trying Again, by Ann Douglas (Taylor, 2000) looks at subsequent pregnancy from timing it through delivery, with some on the emotional aspects, as well as lots of medical information that you might find helpful as you progress through the different trimesters and decisions about prenatal care. This book is written especially for bereaved mothers who need a pregnancy book that takes care of their special needs for reassurance and understanding.

    Music, Pregnancy, Preemies, and Healing

    I found a really interesting blog today, which I’ll have to go back to and look over more thoroughly when I have the time!  But just to kindle your interest (as it did mine!)…the focus of Pregnancy and Preemies blog is on “using music to heal and bond with your infant and to document the proven effects of music in these situations.”

    Singing lullabies to your baby is one of the most natural things a mother does.  However, sometimes, people tend to underestimate the power of simple things.  In this case, the research is there:  singing to your baby, both before and after birth, creates a bond that is the foundation of healthy relationships…  The research documents that lullabies:

    1. Create a sonic bond of love and caring, even before birth

    2. Ensure that baby comes into world knowing mother’s voice and associating that with being loved and cared for

    With preemies, this is even more critical.
    Amazingly, when Mom sings to baby the effect is:

    1. Stabilized blood pressure

    2. Stabilized body temperature

    3. Stabilized pulse and heart rate

    Resulting in:

    1. Less time in NICU

    2. Faster weight gain

    3. Healthier baby at discharge from NICU

    The blogger, Dr. Alice Cash, trained as a classical, concert pianist who stepped into the world of music as medicine in 1990.  Now working as a clinical musicologist, she is the mother of three daughters, all of whom heard these lullabies before and after birth.  All three are now professional musicians or artists!

    Pretty Baby Gifts and Gift Baskets

    If someone special just gave birth, you are probably looking for a gift that is unique, lovely, and let’s the new mom and dad know how truly excited you are about the latest addition to the family! If you are looking for an online store that sells every imaginable baby gift, check out prettybabygifts.com.

    You’ll find tons of gifts that are both pretty and practical! There are baby boy gifts and baby girl gifts, gifts for twins, and even something special for the big brothers and sisters! Books, toys, and clothes… eco-friendly, organic gifts… baby jewelry… nursery decor… travel gear… diaper bags, and more! This is really a one-stop shop for all your new baby needs!

    The Personalized Baby Girl’s Overstuffed Gift Tote (you can get one for boys, too, of course!) features a classic 100% cotton canvas tote bag, trimmed in pink!  Inside, you’ll find 2 personalized thick diaper burp cloths, a fluffy satin-trimmed embroidered baby blanket, a monogrammed baby bathrobe in soft terry cloth with gingham trim…and an adorable Baby Girl’s Personalized Monogram Sweater. All the pieces are embroidered with baby’s initial!

    Baby Keepsake Savings Block is a savings bank that grows with the child. It comes with a permanent marker for recording milestones…like baby’s weight and height at different ages, baby’s first smile and so on!

    When there’s a baby around, you find that you’re always looking at the clock! Keeping track of nap time, fedding time, and bedtime becomes a pleasure with the Musical Nursery Clock, which sweetly playing Brahms’ Lullaby and beautifully accentuating a baby boy’s nursery décor. (It also comes pink, of course!)

    “Welcome to the World” Baby Wagon Gift Set is a gorgeous gift that combines a beautiful keepsake wagon and practical baby essentials. The wagon is packed with a layette and bath gift set, made of soft 100% interlock cotton.  Adorable!

    “My First Set of Pearls” Heart Baby Bracelet is handcrafted in 3mm rice freshwater white or peach-colored pearls with sterling silver. Your little girl will really look like a princess now!

    Those are just a few samples. Start browsing now at prettybabygifts.com and you’re sure to find the absolutely perfect baby gift for that precious little bundle!

    Your teeth need extra attention during pregnancy!

    There’s a saying that goes, “Have a baby, lose a tooth.”

    Dr. Dana Keiles, who practices dentistry in Yorktown Heights, N.Y, calls it an old wives tale. “But there are a lot of hormonal things going on during pregnancy that can cause serious problems, so it’s important to practice good oral hygiene.”

    On top of that, about 50 percent of women experience pregnancy gingivitis, a gum disease caused by elevated hormone levels, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. The hormones react with plaque at the gum line, causing inflammation. Studies show that women with gum disease are more likely to give birth prematurely or bear full-term babies with low birth weights, which puts the infants at risk of developing serious health problems such as cerebral palsy, blindness and deafness. In addition, a study published in the April 2008 issue of the Journal of Dental Research suggests that women with gum disease are more likely to develop gestational diabetes.

    The transfer of bacteria from a mother’s mouth to her unborn child and the rest of her body is probably to blame for these systemic health problems; however, other factors such as stress may come into play as well, says Dr. Jennifer Holtzman, assistant professor of clinical dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

    In the general population, gum disease has been linked to heart disease and stroke.

    “The best way to prevent and control gum disease is to make sure you clean the plaque off your teeth,” Holtzman says, adding that there are over-the-counter “disclosing agents” people can buy to dye and reveal any bacteria they missed while brushing and flossing.

    Keiles recommends that women undergo a thorough dental exam if they are planning to get pregnant and that they have their teeth professionally cleaned every three months once they’re expecting.

    She also recommends that pregnant women who suffer morning sickness or nausea rinse their mouths out if they vomit because stomach acid can damage tooth enamel.

    Source: NY Daily News

    Dancing through your pregnancy

    I came across a dance blog with reference to pregnancy. I’m sure some dancers out there are wondering how becoming pregnant will affect their ability to perform, so I will post the following entry from Teaching Smart. I hope it is helpful!

    I am just into my pregnancy and work as a contemporary dancer and physical theatre performer. I hope not to stop my work and performances until my 7th or 8th month. However I know that I will have to modify my work and I’m game for that. I can’t seem to find a good resource — a book, a detailed article, anything! — that explains what activity should be modified and how to modify the activity as time goes on. Most of what I’ve found is very general or specific to elite athletes like runners. Do you have any recommendations?
    Sincerely,
    Lucy

    I don’t know of any specific resources to send you to, Lucy, so I will give you my personal opinion after having 3 of my own – and counseling a few friends through their pregnancy and births.

    The first is – your iliopsoas is going to take a beating with being pregnant. As the baby gets bigger, the pull on your lower back is significant. The one stretch you cannot stop doing is some form of iliopsoas stretching. (I actually have a youtube video on 3 different ways to stretch your psoas) The one stretch that I don’t have on this video is a sitting stretch – but here it is on the right.

    Ballwork all around the pelvis will be very useful for keeping the muscles looser. As your belly pulls the pelvis into a forward tilt, the abdominals contract to counter that and the gluteals also tend to contract more than normal to keep your pelvis upright.

    Continuing dancing will help keep the abdominals in good shape – and stretching and ballwork will definitely help the gluts!

    Those are my primary tips for a healthy pregnancy. It goes without saying that listening to your body is key – and – it is an amazing process that you are engaged with. Typically, the pregnant dancers I’ve known have, for the most part, had easier pregnancies than non-dancers. They danced as long as they were comfortable – and easily modified their movement. (for example, rolling down the spine becomes almost impossible – so do hamstring stretches standing with your leg on a chair instead) I truly enjoyed all 3 of my pregnancies. Best wishes and…
    Congratulations!
    Deborah

    How to Create a Digital Pregnancy Memory Album

    Source: WikiHow

    A baby memory album will help you collect and save memories of your pregnancy – the moment you found out you were pregnant, the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat, that mysterious ultrasound photo. You’ll be able to cherish it forever and share it with your child. The best part about making a digital book is that you don’t have to be artistic. Anyone can create a beautiful baby memory book these days! Choose your preferred book-making application; below are some options to look into:

    Free Systems that allow large quantities of text and many pages

    Photo Books – (photos with captions)

    Professional Software ($600+)

    • Adobe inDesign Page layout and design software for creative professionals

    • Quark Makers of design, page layout, publishing, enterprise workflow, personalization, and content management software.

    Now it’s time to get started! Here are some tips on how to go about it:

    1. Keep a camera and film on hand at all times.
    2. Put together your baby memory book as the pregnancy progresses, or assemble your different stories in a notebook and make it all at once.
    3. Collect memorabilia. Include things like photos of mom taken every two weeks (stand next to the same object for comparison). Save tags from maternity clothes and pressed flowers from the night baby was conceived and scan them into your book.
    4. Don’t forget to include an account of how mom told dad she was pregnant, a photo of parents assembling the crib, and photos of when you were decorating the nursery.
    5. Document food cravings. Tell funny stories about midnight runs for those cravings.
    6. Document expanding sizes, new developments and changing name choices.
    7. Make a family tree.
    8. Tape interviews with family members for ideas about what will change, what the baby will be like and what their hopes are for the future. If you are using a collaborative memory book system (e.g. iMemoryBook, Snapjot), invite them by email to come and add their insights (If your system of choice doesn’t have collaboration, just have them each write on a page).
    9. Be sure that both mom and dad write a special section full of their individual hopes and dreams for the new baby.
    10. Don’t forget to include space for sonogram photos, hospital photos and items, and birth pictures.

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