December 2011

Keep a Pregnancy Journal

When I was pregnant with my first child, my mother-in-law gave me a pregnancy journal called The Belly Book.  The Belly Book has separate entries for every week of pregnancy, allowing you to track things like how you felt, the music you were listening to, big world events and your measurements.  Each week has a spot to put a photo, which I found to be overkill, but if you like tracking weekly it’s a great option.

Rosalie's Birth Story

I have been waiting for a while to be able to write my own birth story for this blog, but last week our daughter Rosalie was born, and I am excited to share her story with you.

Rosalie is our third baby and first pregnancy after a second-trimester miscarriage about a year ago.  My pregnancy was easy and healthy, up until I received a diagnosis I knew to expect: cholestasis.  Cholestasis is a rare pregnancy condition that can cause spontaneous stillbirth, meaning the baby will die with no indication or way to prevent it.  The only cure and treatment is to deliver as soon after 37 weeks as possible.

Making Babies

Infertility seems to be an increasing problem in our country.  Unless you have suffered it yourself, it is difficult to imagine the feelings of frustration and inadequacy fertility trouble can bring.  Sometimes, there is no physical barrier to conception, but a lack of knowledge and tools.  In other cases, additional tips can really help enhance the effectiveness of medical fertility treatments.