23 weeks…Some fun with a little scare!!

party(The hubs and I at our friends house)

Time is flying by! I can’t believe I’m already 23 weeks along!!! This week was filled with some fun get-togethers with old friends and family, but also a small health scare. About two years ago I was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia called paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, which basically means every now and then my heart beats at an irregular rate. Because of this underlying condition, from the start of my pregnancy was being followed by a high risk OB, also known as Maternal Fetal Medicine physician. They were monitoring me and the plan was for me to just take my medications as needed in hopes of avoiding medication during pregnancy. But things changed yesterday. While I was taking a nice stroll to the local Starbucks during my work break, I started to feel my heart racing, sweating profusely and felt lightheaded…unfortunately all part of what happens when one of the episodes kick in. Thankfully one of my besties that’s also a physician was with and got me back to the clinic so that I could get my medication ASAP and some medical attention. Thank goodness after a few doctor visits and ultrasounds, everything is still going well with the pregnancy and out little one is growing perfectly! The downside is now I have to have closer monitoring for the duration of my pregnancy from my regular OB, high risk doctor and cardiologist…talk about trying to fit all those doctor appointments in! Also now I have to take my medication daily to help keep my heart rate regular. Hopefully things will stay in tune for the duration of the pregnancy.

I’m sharing this because I think it’s a good eye opener that not everything goes as planned during your pregnancy. I really did not want to have to take medication daily, but if its for the health of my little one I’ll do anything I have to. If your doctor needs to start you on medication for any medical reason throughout your pregnancy, make sure to do your research and ask all of your questions. There are lots of medications that are safe in pregnancy as long as you have close monitoring. Hope your pregnancy is going well! Enjoy every second of it….it flies by so fast!

Staying hydrated during pregnancy

Last weekend, while laying poolside in the 104 degree Las Vegas heat, from the corner of my eye I saw a glowing preggers. She was probably a good 7 months, laying in her gold studded tankini soaking up the rays like the rest of us. After thinking, “wow she looks great”, quickly my overprotective mama bear doc personality kicked in and I had to physically hold myself back from walking up to her to hand her a cup of ice cold water!
Keeping hydrated is extremely important during pregnancy, especially in the later months when you are at risk of preterm labor. Normally one should drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, but a pregnant women should try to have anywhere from 8-12 glasses daily, if not more while in the heat. Keeping hydrated is extremely important not only during your pregnancy, but also during the postpartum period. Adequate hydration helps the liver and kidney function both in mom and baby; it helps the cells of the liver flush all the toxins out. Also, during pregnancy, the body’s blood volume increases, therefore you need to keep hydrated to help your body in as its fluid volume expands. Poor hydration can lead to the obvious like constipation, thirst and fatigue, but it can also increase your risk of preterm labor, worsening braxton hicks contractions and even miscarriage.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. More chances than not, by the time your body signals your thirst, you are already dehydrated. I always recommend filing a large water bottle and sipping it throughout the day. I personally love my bobble. I fill it in the morning and sip it throughout the day. When it runs out I can easily refill it from the sink at work because it has a filter attached to it so it does not matter what water source you use (now don’t go using river water or anything ;-)). Whatever your reservoir for water is, find one that fits your lifestyle. Try to stay away from beverages with high amounts of sugar or caffeine. These drinks not only do not count towards your daily total hydration, they actually subtract from it because they do just the opposite and dehydrate you. Remember, water, water, and more water! What’s your favorite way to stay hydrated?!?!