Tuesday, April 29, 2008

@ bebé às 11 semanitas :)

11 Semanas

A uma semana da fatídica data do (tchan-chan-chan-tchaaaaannn) 1º trimestre!!!
Percebo perfeitamente os medos, o peso nos ombros, o receio, afinal de contas a percentagem de abortos espontâneos no 1º trimestre é bastante elevada, é muito comum acontecer, mesmo sem razão nenhuma aparente. Mas que hei-de dizer...a mim não me bateu. Tanto que não conseguimos resistir e pusemos a "boca no trombone" logo às 4 semanas, a nossa posição é, se temos amigos com quem queremos partilhar esta alegria, também teremos caso aconteça alguma coisa menos boa.
Claro que às vezes "bate" aquela insegurança, mas atira-se para trás das costas! Eu quero é curtir cada dia desta gravidez maravilhosa ao máximo :D.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Quase nas 11 semanas mas sem tempo para "postar"

Your pregnancy: 10 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

At your next prenatal visit, you may be able to hear your baby's rapid heartbeat with the help of a Doppler stethoscope, a handheld ultrasound device that your practitioner places on your belly. Many women say that the beating of their baby's tiny heart sounded like the thunder of galloping horses and hearing it for the first time was very moving.

Before you got pregnant, your uterus was the size of a small pear. By this week, it's as big as a grapefruit. Though you're probably not ready for maternity wear, you may find that your regular clothes are becoming uncomfortably tight and your blossoming breasts are straining the seams of your bra. The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating at this point. In these transitional weeks between regular and maternity clothes, pants and skirts with forgiving elastic waistbands (or low-rise waistlines that sit below your belly) will provide some much-needed comfort.

Depending on your level of fitness, you can most likely participate in a wide range of activities during pregnancy. Swimming and walking are excellent choices for the whole nine months. Exercise promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance — three qualities that can help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labor, and make it easier to get back into shape after your baby is born. (Unfortunately, there's no evidence that regular exercise shortens labor.)

Dealing with evening sickness "My version of morning sickness developed every evening around dinnertime. I couldn't eat anything, but I was starving (and cranky) nonetheless. Things improved after I adjusted my schedule, eating my big meal in the morning and something light — usually crackers and cheese or cereal — for dinner." — Susan

3 Questions About�Infections during pregnancy

Q1. What do I need to know about urinary tract infections during pregnancy?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infection during pregnancy. Higher levels of progesterone are partly to blame. The hormone relaxes your urinary tract, which may slow the flow of urine, giving bacteria more time to grow. Later in pregnancy, other factors come into play as well.

An infection occurs when intestinal bacteria travel from your rectum to your urethra and make their way up your urinary tract, where they continue to multiply. Sometimes they cause a bladder infection called cystitis. Symptoms of cystitis include pain, discomfort, or burning when urinating, a more frequent urge to pee, and pelvic discomfort or lower abdominal pain. Your urine might look cloudy and have a foul smell.

It's important to see your caregiver if you think you have a bladder infection. Untreated cystitis can lead to a kidney infection that can make you seriously ill and increase your risk for preterm labor. If you do have cystitis, your practitioner will prescribe antibiotics that are safe during pregnancy to help prevent further problems. The antibiotics will likely relieve your symptoms within a few days, but remember to complete the entire course of treatment to destroy all of the bacteria.

Bacteria can also multiply in your urinary tract without causing any symptoms (a condition called asymptomatic bacteriuria), which is why your practitioner sent a sample of your urine to the lab at your first prenatal visit. You'll need to be treated with antibiotics if you have aymptomatic bacteriuria.

Q2. What do I need to know about bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a genital tract infection is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that usually live in small numbers in your vagina. You may not have symptoms with BV. If you do, you may notice a thin, milky white or gray discharge with a foul or fishy smell. (This odor is most apparent after sex.) You might also have some irritation or itching around your vagina and vulva, although at least half of all women with BV have no symptoms.

BV has been linked to an increased risk of preterm labor and preterm rupture of the amniotic membranes surrounding your baby. If you have symptoms of BV or if you're at risk for preterm labor, your caregiver will screen for the infection and treat you with antibiotics if the results are positive. If you're not at risk or don't have any symptoms, your practitioner won't screen you.

Q3. What do I need to know about yeast infections during pregnancy?

Yeast infections are common vaginal infections that are even more likely when you're pregnant. They're caused by microscopic fungi in the Candida family. These fungi are found in the vaginas of nearly one third of women and only become a problem when growth is so rapid that the yeast overwhelms other competing microorganisms. Your increased estrogen level during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. (Some researchers think estrogen also has a direct effect on yeast, causing it both to grow faster and to stick to the walls of the vagina better.)

A yeast infection won't hurt your developing baby. If you have an infection when you go into labor, there's some chance that your newborn will contract it as he passes through the birth canal. Yeast may cause a common infection called thrush, which is recognizable by white patches in a baby's mouth. Thrush isn't serious and is easily treated in healthy newborns.

This Week's Activity:

Buy some new bras and undies. If your breasts are sore, get a good supportive cotton bra. Maternity bras can offer extra support, so try a couple on to see whether you like them. Your breasts might increase one or two more sizes, especially if this is your first pregnancy, and a knowledgeable sales associate can help you with sizing. Maternity briefs, bikinis, and even thongs — if that's your thing — can also make a bigger difference in your comfort than you may realize.

A pipoca tá tramada ;)

Não escapa...a pipoca já teve direito ao reportório completo, "E depois do Adeus", "Grândola", Zeca, Zé Mario, Adriano...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

@ bebé

Mas porque é que um bebé há-de ser um..e não uma?
Raio de sociedade de homens, tudo gira à volta deles.
Porque é que por eu tratar a minha bebé no feminino a vou traumatizar mais (caso seja menino:) do que traumatizaria caso o tratasse por ele e fosse uma ela? Porque as mulheres têm mais fibras e foram feitas para sofrer...:S??
A Ana achou piada eu escrever @ bebé, mas quando falo digo sempre ela, e mai' nada!

A minha Doula é LINDAAAAAA

A minha Doula é linda! É maravilhosa! É a "máior"! É serena! É sábia!

...Quando eu fôr "crescida" hei de ser como ela :)...

A maravilha da técnica!!

Realmente...temos tão pouca confiança no nosso corpo que a gravidez só se torna real quando a vemos vemos num monitor, na ecografia,nas análises.
É incrível nestes primeiros tempos, julgamos sentir tudo, depois achamos que não sentimos nada, a barriga, as mamocas...
Estamos na fase S.Tomé...heheheheh... ver para crer!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Your pregnancy: 9 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

See what's going on in your uterus this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

You still may not look pregnant even if your waist is thickening a bit. You probably feel pregnant, though. Not only are morning sickness and other physical symptoms out in full force for most women, but you may feel like an emotional pinball as well.

Mood swings are common now — it's perfectly normal to feel alternately elated and terrified about becoming a parent. Try to cut yourself some slack. Most women find that moodiness flares up at around six to ten weeks, eases up in the second trimester, and then reappears as pregnancy winds to a close.

When to break the news at work "I waited until after the first trimester to tell my boss. By then I wasn't as worried about something happening to the baby and had time to think about a maternity leave plan." — Kristin

Decision Guide: When to tell at work?

Some women spill the baby beans at work right away. Others wait as long as they can for fear that their pregnancy will affect how their boss or co-workers view them. Many women wait until they're in their second trimester, when their pregnancy is well established and the risk of miscarriage has declined significantly. What's the best time for you to announce? Here are some factors to consider:

Are you having any complications? If you are, and you have frequent visits to your caregiver or are very preoccupied, you might feel relieved if you told your colleagues early in your pregnancy.

How sick are you? If you're suffering from near-constant nausea or frequent vomiting, you may have to tell your supervisor about your pregnancy earlier than you'd prefer. Before you tell her, figure out what you want: Compassion? Time off? A flexible schedule until you get through the worst of it? Ask for what you need and then assure her that most women feel better by the end of the third month.

Is your job strenuous or potentially dangerous? For your baby's sake and your own, you'll probably want to come clean early on. Making your announcement right away will allow you to talk about changing your job responsibilities in a timely manner.

Will your supervisor and colleagues be supportive? This will depend on your workplace culture, the extent to which your workplace has been affected by other women's pregnancies, and your relationship with your supervisor. If you're confident that your employer will handle the news in a professional manner, announcing your pregnancy early means you can take advantage of any employer-provided services that can help make your pregnancy healthier and less stressful.

Unfortunately, some employers may be less than enlightened about pregnant employees. If you're concerned about your employer's reaction, proceed cautiously, and consider waiting to tell your boss until you're starting to show. You might also want to quietly take aside a colleague who's been pregnant at work and ask her how she was treated.

Finally, be aware of your legal rights. A federal law called the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prevents covered employers from firing, demoting, or compensating women differently just because they're pregnant. In addition, many states have similar laws that prohibit discrimination against pregnant women.

What do most women do? Here's when thousands of BabyCenter members announced their pregnancies at work:
• 23 percent spilled the beans right away.
• 23 percent waited a few weeks until they absorbed the news themselves.
• 36 percent waited until after their first trimester.
• 14 percent waited until they started to show.

The good news: The vast majority had a positive experience — 83 percent said their boss was supportive when they revealed their baby news.

Got a question about your rights? Get confidential advice by calling the hotline at 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women: (800) 522-0925.

This Week's Activity

Start a daily ritual to connect with your baby. Diane Sanford, a clinical psychologist who focuses on pregnancy and postpartum adjustment, encourages women to set aside two five- to ten-minute periods a day to think about their baby. Just after waking up and before going to sleep works well for many expectant moms. During these times, sit quietly and gently rest your hands on your belly. Focus on your breathing and then start thinking about your baby (your hopes and dreams, your intentions as a parent, etc.). It's a great way to initiate the bonding process and to help you plan for the kind of parent you want to be.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Preparação para o Parto

Isto foi o que me passou pela cabeça quando a enfermeira me disse que eu seria contactada lá pelas 27 semanas para fazer preparação para o parto lá no Centro de Saúde.
Acredito que o método psicoprofilático seja muito útil para algumas mulheres, mais não seja porque antes esse que nenhum, mas eu não penso ir por esse caminho. A minha preparação para o parto vai ser feita com Sofrologia e Yoga para Grávidas. E mais alguma coisa que apareça entretanto que faça sentido para mim.
Mas como diz a Cat, a célebre frase "Encha o peito de ar, feche a boca e agora faça FORÇA!", não me parece que me traga grandes vantagens.

Gostei :D !

Tive ontem a minha 1ª consulta :D.
Como reparou uma amiga minha, já tinha ido ao Acupunctor, já tinha Doula, até consulta de Florais de Bach...só não tinha ido à médica! hihihihihih
A minha grande preocupação era não ter um médico a impingir-me exames, e ecografias, e possibilidades de doenças e azares com @ bebé. E então a minha doula aconselhou-me a ser acompanhada pela minha médica de família. Boa dica! Eu ainda nem tinha pensado bem no caso, mas realmente é a melhor hipótese, fica mais barato que uma ginecologista particular, e só nos mandam fazer os exames estritamente essenciais, porque são esses que estão abrangidos pelo SNS(Serviço Nacional de Saúde).
Antes da consulta com a médica fui atendida pela Srª Enfermeira (que faz anos no mesmo dia que eu :D viva o maravilhoso mundo das coincidências!). Ela mede, pesa, faz indicações básicas sobre alimentação, etc..
Depois passámos à Srª Drª. Não me deu os parabéns;)...mas foi simpática, e sempre com um sorriso nos lábios. A minha principal preocupação para já era não ser abalroada por um exagero de ecografias, ela marcou para as 13 semanas e eu fiquei logo mais descansada. Falou-me no ácido fólico, que eu já estava a tomar, e passou-me alguns exames. De resto disse para eu não abusar, porque ainda estava no 1º trimestre e havia algum perigo de aborto, mas para fazer a minha vida normal.
Gostei, não foram alarmistas, nem negligentes!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Agora sim...uma Feijoca!!!!

Your pregnancy: 8 weeks

How your baby's growing:

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

See what's going on in your uterus this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

You may notice that your bra is getting more snug. Soon you'll likely need a larger size with better support. Rising levels of hormones cause breast growth and other tissue changes, all in preparation for lactation. Your breasts may continue to grow throughout pregnancy. Don't be surprised if you go up a cup size or two, especially if it's your first baby. Keep this in mind, and allow for room to grow when investing in a new bra.

Feeling fatigued? Hormonal changes — in particular, a dramatic rise in progesterone — may be contributing to your sluggishness. Nausea and vomiting can certainly cost you energy, too. And you may be having trouble getting a good night's sleep at this point, especially if you're uncomfortable or find you need to get up to pee.

Walking to beat fatigue "Taking a short 15- to 20-minute walk helped me cope with the overwhelming fatigue that hit me in the first trimester. It was the only way I made it through a day at work without a nap!" —Gabriela

Decision Guide: Which prenatal tests are for you?

Your healthcare provider will offer you a range of genetic screening and diagnostic tests during your pregnancy. Some are simple blood tests, while others involve more invasive procedures — and all are optional. Before you agree to any test, ask your caregiver to explain what it is, how it's done, whether the test itself is risky in any way, and what the results will tell you. Many prenatal tests are for screening rather than diagnostic purposes. Screening tests give you a sense of your risk for certain conditions. But only a diagnostic test can tell you for sure whether your baby has a problem. Here are your options during the first trimester:

First-trimester combined screening test: This relatively new screening test combines a nuchal fold scan (using ultrasound to measure the clear space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck) with a blood test to measure two proteins. The scan is performed between 11 weeks of pregnancy through the end of 13 weeks, and the blood test may be done at the same time or possibly a few weeks earlier. First-trimester combined screening gives you information about your baby's odds of having Down syndrome and may tell you whether your baby's at higher risk for a few other problems as well. Although it's not diagnostic, the screening is essentially risk-free and may help you decide whether you want invasive diagnostic testing such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, which slightly increase the risk of miscarriage.

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS): This diagnostic test involves collecting cells from the placenta, which are then sent to a lab for genetic analysis. CVS can identify whether your baby has any of hundreds of chromosomal abnormalities and other genetic disorders. It's done in the first trimester, usually between 11 and 12 weeks, making it an earlier alternative to another diagnostic genetic test called amniocentesis, which is done between 16 and 20 weeks.

Get a complete overview of the testing for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities available to you during your pregnancy.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

“É mais fácil desintegrar um átomo do que um preconceito”

Albert Einstein

Sonooo...muito sonooooo

Ai meninas...que sonoooooo!!
Eu sei que é da praxe! E além disso eu já era dorminhoca! Mas que raio...
E digo-vos mais, eu estou desempregada, para o bem e para o mal, mas ao menos posso dormir, mas admiro as mamãs que conseguem passar esta fase E trabalhar das 08h às tantas!!!


Wednesday, April 2, 2008


O Ric Jones disse uma coisa muito interessante, que um bom indicativo para escolher o médico que acompanhe a gravidez é...aquele que nos der os parabéns pela gravidez! E já agora de uma forma sincera e feliz.
Eu não sei como vai ser com a minha médica, só tenho consulta marcada para dia 10. Mas quanto às pessoas com que me cruzo, os amigos, a família, é muito interessante ver a reacção das pessoas :).

Apenas uma não me deu os parabéns, e falou apenas dos seus assuntos.
A maior parte pergunta pelos enjoos, que eu não tenho, mas é sem dúvida o tema-tipo do início da gravidez(tal como a dor é o tema-tipo do parto).
As que já foram mães falam do que as marcou na sua própria gravidez, o medo do parto, as proibições alimentares, os enjoos, a enorme felicidade, a saudade da barriga...
O que noto, e acho engraçado, é que raras são as pessoas que reagem pela pura felicidade da notícia de uma gravidez , a maior parte perde-se no meandro das sinapses da sua própria história de vida.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

7 semanitas

Your pregnancy: 7 weeks

How your baby's growing:

The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.

See what's going on in your uterus this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

Your uterus has doubled in size in the past five weeks, and eating may feel like a chore — or worse — thanks to morning sickness, which by now may be in full swing. (If you're feeling fine, don't worry — you're lucky!)

You may need to pee more than usual, too, thanks to your increasing blood volume and the extra fluid being processed through your kidneys. (By now, you already have about 10 percent more blood than you did before you were pregnant. And by the end of your pregnancy, you'll have 40 to 45 percent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your full-term baby.) As your uterus grows, pressure on your bladder will send you to the bathroom as well.

About half of the women who feel nauseated during the first trimester will find complete relief by about 14 weeks. For most of the rest, it'll take another month or so for the queasiness to ease up. It's unlikely, though, that the need to pee more than usual will ease up. In fact, research shows that both the frequency and volume of urine tends to increase over the course of pregnancy.

3 Questions About... Prenatal checkups

Sometime in the next few weeks is the perfect time to see your healthcare provider for your first prenatal visit. Good prenatal care helps give your baby a healthy start in life.


How should I prepare for my first appointment?

Write down all of your questions and bring them with you so you can use your time effectively and get the professional advice you're hungry for. Mention everything you're feeling or wondering about, no matter how insignificant. Also:

• Bring a list of all your medications (prescription and over the counter, including supplements) so your caregiver can assess whether they're safe to take now.

• Look back over your calendar and note the first day of your last period. Your doctor or midwife will use this date to estimate your baby's due date. (Don't worry if you haven't been keeping track or have irregular periods. If you don't have a reliable menstrual date, your caregiver can schedule an early ultrasound to date your pregnancy.)

• Take some time to review your family medical history and your partner's. If you're not sure whether anyone in your family has a chromosomal or genetic disorder, check in with your parents or another close relative. Your caregiver will ask you about this to help guide her prenatal testing recommendations.


What happens during these appointments?
Your practitioner will generally start by asking how you're feeling physically and emotionally, whether you have any complaints or worries, and what questions you may have. She'll have other questions as well, which will vary depending on how far along you are and whether she has specific concerns.

The goal of prenatal visits is to see how your pregnancy is proceeding and to provide you with the information you need to help keep you and your baby healthy. Your midwife or doctor will check your weight, blood pressure, and urine; measure your abdomen; check the position of your baby; listen to your baby's heartbeat; perform other exams and order tests as appropriate; and closely monitor any complications you may have and intervene if necessary.

At the end of the visit, your practitioner will review her findings with you, explain the normal changes to expect before your next visit and the warning signs to watch for, counsel you about lifestyle issues (such as the importance of good nutrition and avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and drugs), and discuss the pros and cons of optional tests you may want to consider.


Should my partner go with me?

That's up to you. Some couples find that they benefit from going to prenatal appointments together — especially the biggies like the first visit, the ultrasound exam, and anytime key test results will be revealed. Here's what other BabyCenter couples say: 57% of pregnant women who took our poll said they always want their partners to attend appointments with them. 37% of partners say they go to every prenatal appointment.

If you're not happy with your caregiver, look for another. The average woman has about ten to 15 prenatal visits, so it's important to choose someone you like and trust. For more information, see How to choose a prenatal caregiver and What to expect at prenatal appointments.

• Some moms-to-be want their partner to join them for every prenatal appointment. Others are happy to go on their own. How do you feel about it?

This Week's Activity:

Take a photo of your belly. Have someone take a picture of you this week — before your pregnancy starts showing. Then keep taking photos once a month until your baby arrives. It's a great way to track your progress, and you'll love having the keepsake. Tips for a great shot: Consider wearing the same outfit, standing in the same spot, and striking the same pose (profiles work best) for each photo. Black-and-white shots and nudes or semi-nudes can be especially beautiful.
Nunca tinha pensado em fazer um baby-blog...mas...já que vem aí uma pipoquinha a caminho...
é verdade!! tenho uma feijoquinha na barriga!
e assim, deixo de ser só aprendiz de doula, sou também aprendiz de mamã, que grande felicidade :D

Formação Pedagogia Waldorf