Sunday, June 14, 2009

Preheatin' the Oven

You've all heard the saying "A Bun in the Oven." Well I call preparing for pregnancy preheatin' the oven. Dirk and I are not trying to get pregnant but I suppose we're also not trying not to get pregnant.

As most of you know I am a planned person. I want conditions to be perfect for every situation and pregnancy is no different. I have been doing all sorts of things to "preheat my oven." I'm taking prenatal vitamins, just bought a recumbent exercise bike to keep up my cardio and now I'm looking into foods and meds to avoid. I don't want to wait until I find out I'm pregnant to stop eating harmful foods, as you're usually a month into your first trimester by the time you find out your pregnant and the first trimester is the most vulnerable and vital to the baby's spinal health.

One big thing I've been trying to research is coffee consumption.

I love my coffee but of course would be willing to give it up. I've searched and searched and can't find much that is conclusive. One book, "Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven: A Gutsy Guide to Becoming One Hot (and Healthy) Mother!" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin says this about coffee, "Caffeine is a diuretic...and it drains fluid and calcium from the body, both of which are vital to mom and baby. It can also interfere with your body's ability to absorb iron, which is also detrimental...It can affect your unborn baby: decreased birth weight, smaller head size, jitters, metabolic problems, and even mental retardation." They also go on to say things about increased rate of eventual diabetes and 2 cups of coffee a day increases your risk of miscarriage so why drink one?

Now, I don't believe everything I read and this book so far seems to be on the very extreme side of healthy, one of those take what you believe and leave what you don't type of books. However, without conclusive evidence and the potential of risks to pregnancy I guess I'm going to have to give up my morning coffee. Starting this week I'm going to mix decaf and caffeinated coffee to start weaning myself off of caffeine.

For those of you who are pregnant or have kiddos. What did your doctor tell you to do? What did you do? I don't want to be one of those over paranoid, over planned people, I just want to be rational :)

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  1. Start taking folic acid vitamins too! It really helps in the first trimester, because it helps with the development of the baby's spine, so it will close properly, so your baby didn't end up with spinabiphida(sp?).
    If Dirk keeps going away I think you'll have a baby sooner than you think! LOL

  2. Staying healthy is a good way to start your family. It helps you not to gain a ton of excess weight when you are pregnant.. Also my doctor told me not to "do it" every day every other day.. Drink lots of water.. That helps too..

  3. First of all, SO excited!
    Like Alyssa, I was concerned about getting enough folic acid in the first trimester. However my Dr. checked my prenatals and said there was plenty in those and that I didn't need an extra supplement.
    I don't drink coffee but I do love Diet Coke. Following the 2 cups of coffee a day rule, I decided I could still drink Diet Coke. I researched and everything I read said that soda has 1/3 the caffeine as coffee, so I decided that 1 Diet Coke a day rule was fine. One thing though, pregnancy makes you TIRED, so if you decide to completely cut out caffeine, be prepared to crave it more than ever before. Also, if you don't drink it now and also want to nurse, it may be a really long time until you have it again. Non-caffiene drinking moms tend to notice a huge change in their babies when they drink a coffee then nurse. For me, I never stopped drinking caffeine and never noticed a difference in Harper. Food for thought!

  4. I won't give you a bunch of unsolicited advise because I am sure you will get plenty of that. However I don't really know of many people cloth diapering so if you ever want to see them in person and feel them just let me know. I have so many different brands and styles. That way you can have a better understanding of all the different types. It took me awhile to find what I love (fitted made by bagshotrow bamboo) and I could have saved some money if I had a friend to show me there stash before I went and bought every kind known to man :)

  5. Hi, I linked to your blog from Holly's. I have a comment for you about coffee. When I was pregnant, the smell of coffee made me want to vomit -- so I had no problem giving it up! I had planned to allow myself one cup per day, but I ended up avoiding it from the time when I found out I was pregnant b/c of the nausea issues until my twins were about 6 months old and I started back to school and needed that extra boost in the morning!

  6. Try and enjoy the allowed amount while you can, because you should definetly stay away from caffiene when your breastfeeding (if you choose to do so). Most things are ok in moderation. I enjoyed about a 1/2 cup of coffee a day, but never soda. My kid was born at a healthy 8 lbs 2 oz!!

  7. Not so much anymore!!!! :)