Wonky Allergies

I saw my doula Shannondoah on March 19, 2014 for my massage.  Ivan and I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again, but not for very long since the baby moved towards my back since it doesn’t like the sound of the doppler.  She thought that the baby is a boy since every time a baby moves around so much, it turns out to be a boy.  I told her about how my hands are numb sometimes when I wake up.  She said the massage may help with that.  I decided to go with a regular massage since I just wanted to chill out and not think too much.  It was really relaxing as usual.

A lot of people think it’s a boy since I’m carrying low and I look the same.  The midwive’s tale is that a mummy to be will look worn down if she’s having a girl since the girl is stealing her beauty away.  At first, I thought it was a girl, but I now think it’s a boy.

I have added a Store page to this blog which is listed at the bottom of the page.  It includes books I recommend and other great products and free apps for Mummies to be.  I have talked about some of the books and products on the blog.

On March 20, 2014, Ivan and I went to my parent’s house for a family BBQ dinner.  It’s always great to see the whole family and spend time with them.  I’ve been eating meat during my pregnancy since I have been craving it.  It’s always hard to pass up the meat at the family BBQs when I am pescetarian.

Mum's BBQ chicken

My favorite has always been my mum’s BBQ chicken which my mum marinades and my Dad grills up on the BBQ.

That night, Ivan and I were grabbing a quick snack at Whole Foods before we went to see a movie.  I thought the pizza looked good and got a snack.  I also got a natural energy drink to wake me up since I’ve been so tired lately.

My gums bleed a little when I brush my teeth.  It’s normal since I read it in one of my pregnancy books.  Just weird to see the stuff you spit out is pink and not white.

That night, I was about to fall asleep, but I had to run to the bathroom since I had bad stomach pains.  I had painful diarrhea.  I’m thinking I got food poisoning from the pizza.  I thought I was going to puke, but thankfully I didn’t.

I thought I might feel better on the morning of March 21, 2014.  But, my stomach still felt wonky.  I decided to take it easy.  I sent a text to my midwife Kat to see if there was anything I could take for my bad stomach.  She recommended bentonite clay.  She said put one teaspoon in water and drink it.  I bought the clay at Herbally Grounded.  I’m so glad I have a midwife because if I had an OB/GYN, I would have to make an appointment just to get a recommendation for my stomach.

I put the bentonite clay in water and it clumped up like, well you guessed it, clay.  Ivan thought I should stick it in the blender.  I said put cocoa powder in it, so it tastes better.  He put cocoa powder and honey inside.  It tasted like a water down cocoa drink, but it wasn’t so bad.

I saw my chiropractor Dr. Simoncelli that afternoon.  I told him my allergies have been bugging me lately and my back doesn’t hurt as much.  He did the karate chop to my neck and he even called it that.  How funny!  He cracked my back on each side.  He pushed down really hard an inch below my eyes for a minute.  It was really painful, but I’m sure it’s supposed to help my allergies.  He also pressed down hard on my eyebrow which really hurt as well.  I think I have a high threshold for pain since it hurts, but I know it will soon pass.  Plus, I know it will only benefit me.

The bentonite clay did help calm my stomach down.  Thank goodness, since we went to Pizza Rock for dinner.  I know I was thinking of not eating pizza for awhile since I think it was the culprit of my bad stomach.

The Verdura pizza at Pizza Rock

But, I couldn’t pass up the best pizza in town!

I mentioned in my last post, that my nipples get really hard when it’s cold and it can be painful.  I woke up during the night on March 24, 2014 and my right nipple hurt so freaking bad.  Usually, it’s been just my left nipple that has been hurting.  But, now it’s been both.  I have to make sure to have a jacket, so I don’t get too cold.  It’s hard to nonchalantly rub your nipple in public.  I certainly try though!

I’ve been noticing that my hair and nails have been growing faster since I’ve been taking my new prenatal pills.  I take one prenatal, 4 calcium magnesium pills and 2 drops of Vitamin D.  It’s so good not to have to take 8 pills every day.

I saw Kat on March 28, 2014 for my prenatal visit.  I told her my pregnancy has been going great.  She said no news is good news for her since it means the pregnancy is going well.  I peed in a cup and she read the results.  She said I have been eating more greens.  Ivan and I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for longer today.  Again, the baby ran to my back because of the doppler sound.  She said the baby’s heartbeat was 155 bpm.  She says I’ve been getting enough water.  My belly now measures 17 inches which is normal.  I’ve been gaining weight lately. I’ve gained 9 pounds since I found out I was pregnant.  The baby is lying in a transverse position which means in a sideways position.  I told her about my allergies.  She recommended raw honey which I used to take.  She said it would be best to buy it at the farmer’s market since in the store there are additives.  She also thought I should read an article about essential oils since it could help with my allergies.  I asked about setting up my ultrasound.  I could set it up with the doctor for a few weeks to get my first ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby.  She said I could do another ultrasound if I wanted at 20 weeks to see the anatomy of the baby.  I asked her if that was to see if there was any problems.  She said it was and to see if everything is growing right.

Next, I went to see my chiropractor for my weekly visit.  I told him my allergies were killing me.  It’s been so windy lately.  He did the karate chop to my neck, my back in two places and pressed on my sinuses.  I felt better after seeing him.

Jen at 16 weeks and 5 days

I am now 16 weeks and 5 days.  I feel wonderful!  I’m excited to find out the sex of the baby.  It seems time isn’t moving very fast since I really can’t wait to have my ultrasound.

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Birthday Food

On March 7, 2014, I went to see my chiropractor Dr. Simoncelli to tell him how I’m doing.  I wasn’t sure if I would be adjusted again.  I think I have it figured out.  Dr. Simoncelli talks really soft and it seems like he’s telling you a secret and only talking to you.  I don’t think he’s trying to put me in a trance anymore.  I told him my lower back felt a lot better.

Chiropractic table

I laid down on the chiropractic table.  The doctor cracked my back in two places and also my neck.  He also had me stand against a long pad that was on a wall and he cracked my back again.  He said I should come back next week.

I found out that my insurance did go through and it’s only $5 for the co-pay for each visit.  That’s great news!

It was my birthday a few weeks ago on the 4th.  Ivan’s mum and dad got me a funny pregnancy coloring book and an organic mommy care pack.

Mambino Organics Mommy Care Pack

I have been using the new belly butter which has a toner oil to be put on after.  The belly butter is greasier than the Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, but it smells fruity.  The organic belly butter is thicker and is made from mango, African shea and cocoa butter.  The toner oil has pomegranate, African shea and orange oil.  That’s why I think I smell like an orange after.  Ivan really likes the smell of it.

Ivan and I threw a birthday pinball pot luck party at our house on March 8, 2014.  It was a fun time playing games and eating.  My friends are awesome and bought gifts for me and for the baby.  The baby’s not even born and he or she is getting gifts already!  The baby got a bird hanging decoration for the nursery and lotion, bath gel, shampoo, tender tush and Gentle Baby essential oils.

I sent my midwife Kat my daily diet report which I kept track of for a week.  She thought that I wasn’t getting enough oils and protein.  She laughed when she saw I put Ew! next to the liver section.  She recommended that I have a smoothie everyday with nuts, milk (almond, goat or cow) and flaxseed oil or coconut oil.  I’m glad that Ivan makes great smoothies (he’s seriously known for them!), so he has been making me a smoothie everyday to ensure I get enough protein.

On Sunday March the 9th, Ivan and I met up with my big family for my birthday dinner.  I decided on Carmine’s at the Forum Shops since it’s a great place for groups to share food.  We got lots of food including a platter with different pastas and a big plate of my favorite dish penne alla vodka.

The HUGE Titanic at Carmine's

For dessert, we got the humungous Titanic dessert which has vanilla and chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, a brownie, chocolate sauce and nuts.   They sang Happy Birthday to me.  I had to snap a picture before blowing it out.  It was so delicious especially the chocolate ice cream and the brownie.

I have been feeling weak lately.  I try to lift things and they feel heavy now when they wouldn’t normally.  My midwife Kat said that my bones would be softer and it would be easier for me to bruise.

I have felt like my hands have been swelling up lately since my wedding ring seemed tighter than usual.  I have now switched to wearing my engagement ring which I actually think is prettier, so it works out well.  I wake up and my hands are numb.  Eventually, I won’t be able to wear any rings.

I talked my friend’s wife Shannon who’s about to give birth anytime soon and she said it started with her hands being numb and then her hands swelled up.  I already thought I had small, fat fingers.. they’re going to be fatter soon.

I saw my chiropractor again on March 14, 2014.  Before he does an adjustment, I take a deep breath and then exhale.  He did things to help with my sinuses.  He also pressed on my sinuses which hurt, but not sure it would help.  Dr. Simoncelli said that women who drank caffeine and took medication during pregnancy had a higher risk for their baby getting autism.  I’m not trying not to take my allergy medicine unless my allergies are really bad.

Ivan and I went to the Vegas Seven magazine 4th anniversary private party at Brooklyn Bowl that night with Maria, my cousin Charisse and her boyfriend Kia.  We got a free game of bowling and 4 drink tickets.  Sadly, I didn’t have a drink.  I do miss drinking.  But, I know it’s better for the baby not to drink.

We ate at their restaurant which has food by Blue Ribbon.  The fried chicken is so freaking good!  Kia wanted to get dessert.  I love dessert and we usually don’t get it since there’s no room left to put it.  Kia ordered the chocolate chip bread pudding.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

It was simply heavenly!  Wow, it was the best bread pudding I’ve ever had.  People like to feed pregnant women.  It’s so great!!  I love food.

The last couple of days I’ve been really tired, so much more tired than usual.  Sometimes I will take a nap during the day.

I’ve been debating on mentioning this.  It’ s a little embarrassing since it’s about nipples.  I KNOW that other women have experienced this since I’ve talked to family and friends about it.  When I get cold, my nipples get really hard and my left one hurts so bad and it’s so painful.  It was hurting so bad one day that Ivan and I were walking and I was walking too slow that we had to go back home since Ivan thought it would take us an hour to do a 30 minute walk at my current walking pace.

Usually rubbing my nipple or putting a cloth with hot water on it helps make the pain go away.

So, I’ve been a lot better at drinking a gallon of water a day.  I hate going to the bathroom so much, so that’s why I don’t drink a lot of water.  But, I know it’s good for me and the baby that I get enough water.  I go to the bathroom a lot anyway since I’m pregnant.

My allergies have been killing me the last two days.  I actually haven’t resorted to taking my allergy medicine.. but I might have to soon.  It has been super windy which is probably why my allergies are tripping.

Jen at 15 weeks and 1 day

I’ve been feeling great and I’m now 15 weeks and 1 day.  Sometimes I say I’m fat and it bums me out, but I’m not.. it’s just my belly expanding for my baby to grow in.

I have been craving bagels for some reason.  After my eye appointment today, I saw Einstein Bagels and had to stop in.  I got a blueberry bagel toasted with cream cheese.  It tasted soo freaking good!!

Heartbeat Adjustment

Every now and then I’ll get tired during the day.  I don’t nap, but sometimes I do think it would be a good idea.

My lower back has been so sore.

I saw my midwife Kat on February 25, 2014.  Her intern was with her as well.  Ivan and I were excited to see her since we would probably get to hear the baby’s heartbeat.  Kat found out about my diet and how much water I’m drinking.  I told her I wasn’t sure I was eating enough of the foods on the Dr. Brewer’s diet she recommended.  I have been bad and stopped recording what I’ve been eating everyday.  I’m trying to eat more and eat small meals.  It just seems weird to me.  Ivan is good at reminding me to eat eggs or foods with whole grain and eating my protein for the day. Kat recommended that I keep track of what I eat for a week and send it to her.  Then, we’ll go over it together and she’ll tell me what she thinks.

I laid down on the couch and Kat put the cold gel on my belly.  She showed Ivan and I where the baby was – below the belly button.  You could feel it since you felt resistance compared to other parts of my belly.  Kat went searching for the heartbeat.  She found it and it was pretty fast at 170 bpm.  It was really cool to hear the heartbeat.  The baby ran away from the sound of the doppler.  She said that the baby was smart since it ran away from the doppler sound.  I knew the baby was hiding last time!  She said she had no concern about me getting any of the tests (like Down Syndrome or Cystic fibrosis) that are recommended for women over 35.  She said she would be concerned if the baby’s heartbeat was 130 bpm constantly.

Kat asked if I felt the baby.  I said no.  The intern asked if I felt bubbles.  I have no idea what I’m supposed to be feeling.  I think I felt a bubble the other day… not really sure though.

Kat said my belly was 15 inches which is pretty big since the average at this time is 12 inches.

I had to pee on a long strip which is difficult since it’s hard to pee on the whole thing.  I had to try a couple times since I hadn’t been drinking much water.

Kat thought I looked healthy and well hydrated.  She showed me a hip opener that Ivan could do while I was on my back to help with my sore back.  Also, she said taking a bath with Epsom salt could help as well.  She gave me three recommendations for chiropractors.  She thought prenatal adjustments would be great for me.

I asked Kat when we would get an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby.  She said you could get one at 16 weeks, but it wouldn’t be very accurate.  She said at 18 weeks, it’s more accurate.  We’re both excited to find out if it’s a boy or a girl.  It’s more waiting for us, but it seems like time has been going pretty fast lately.

My parents came over on February 27, 2014 since my mum made me chicken and pork adobo.  She’s still pushing me to eat meat to get my protein.  I told them how we heard the baby’s heartbeat.  My parents still want me to get the amniocentesis.  This is the test I mentioned before for women over 35.  I’ve heard bad things about amniocentesis like injury to the mum or baby or even a miscarriage.  I think my baby will be just fine.  I’m going to love the baby no matter how he or she comes out.

I’m lucky to have such a  husband who loves to cook healthy food.  He made a great healthy pad thai which was very tasty.  He also made a grilled zucchini salad with walnut, pomegranates and mint-tahini dressing with a recipe he found from my Fit Pregnancy magazine.

Grilled zucchini salad with walnut, pomegranates and mint-tahini dressing

Sometimes, I don’t like the dishes he cooks – but I know it’s because some foods don’t taste good to me anymore or some sauce can be too overpowering.  I think my sense of smell is even more magnified now.  I have super smell now.  My husband Ivan was cooking pad thai and as I came down the stairs I was hit with the smell of fish sauce.

I downloaded Plant Nanny for my iPhone which reminds you to drink water and also creates a cute plant.  I’m hoping it will make sure I get enough water for the day.  It reminds me every two hours to drink water.  So far I have been drinking a lot more water.

On March 1, 2014, I met up with former best friend Kori for Prenatal Yoga.  I haven’t seen her since 2008.  Kori is also pregnant but she’s 15 weeks along.  She’s due on August 17.  It was nice to have a friend in class.  I do like Yoga since it’s challenging and it stretches me out.  At the end, the teacher has you relax each body part.  It’s just like hypnosis and it makes me feel really relaxed.

Near the bathroom at Belly Bliss, there’s a bar with a water jug with water and fruit inside.  Also, there’s jars of food filled with Goldfish, little boxes of raisins, pretzels, animal crackers and Dum Dums.

Belly Bliss Chinese takeaway box

I grabbed the cute Chinese takeaway box and filled it with Goldfish, pretzels and animal crackers.  It’s such a great idea since pregnant women are always eating.

I chatted with Kori for a few minutes after class.  She said that her son Kyan would be ending soccer soon, so she’ll be able to go to the Wednesday class more often.  That’s good news!  It was great seeing her again and I know we’ll be going to Prenatal Yoga again soon.

My clothes have been slowly not fitting anymore.  I will have to look for more pregnancy pants soon since I only have two pairs right now.  I’ve been wearing skirts a lot since it has elastic.  I will look for shorts and skirts soon since it’s warming up and it’s comfortable.  I still wear my shirts since I think it’s cute when the shirt is snug and it shows off your pregnancy belly.  Here’s a picture of me after the Miley Cyrus concert on March 1, 2014.

Jen after the Miley Cyrus concert

I’m trying to remain as fashionable as possible even when pregnant.

I was out with my husband Ivan and our friend Michael.  Michael thought the baby was craving bacon.  I was actually craving chicken fingers.  Michael is another person who is pro-meat when women are pregnant.  We went to the Bacon Bar.  Ivan was expecting lots of dishes with bacon in them.  But, there were only a few dishes and a couple drinks that contained bacon.  I was happy that chicken fingers was on the menu.  Michael and I shared the Man Candy which is glazed maple syrup bacon with a hint of cayenne and served with Crown Royal maple infused syrup.  It was really tasty.

Chicken Fingers at Bacon Bar

My chicken fingers were good, but had too much breading on it.  I had one piece left and I asked for a box.  Michael said you don’t have to take that home.  I said I will eat it later.  The waitress said she has plans for it later on.  Don’t try to take a pregnant woman’s food.  That is a bad mistake!

I had my first appointment with the chiropractor on March 3, 2014.  I looked at the reviews of the doctors that took insurance and Dr. Al Simoncelli had great reviews and he looked nice in his picture on his website.

I had lots of paperwork to fill out when I arrived at Mountain West Chiropractic.  I swear it seems like the paperwork never ends.  The receptionist showed me how to check in and change my problem areas on my body.  You can do this on a tv that is placed on the front counter or on an iPad.

I was called a few minutes later and went inside a room.  One of the friendly receptionists told me to take off my clothes and leave my underwear and bra on and put a blue gown on.  The blue gown had a slit that sort of covered you with velcro to close it up.

Jen at the chiropractor

I felt like I was at the hospital in this gown.  I was also told to watch a video on chiropractic care which wasn’t very exciting.

After I watched the video, I cracked the door like I was told.  Dr. Sabol came in.  He asked health questions.  He told me how he met a woman who was having trouble conceiving.  He said she needs to come in and have a chiropractic adjustment.  She did and soon after she became pregnant.

I was told to reach for my feet which I couldn’t.  I told him it hurt near my ankles which he thought was weird.  He made me stand towards the door while he had me turn my head to the left and then the right.  He figured out what my posture was.  He asked if it hurt when I was on my stomach.  I told him I didn’t know since I don’t ever go on my stomach.  He said I would get my adjustment in the other room.  He said to put my clothes back on and go to the other room when I was done.  It seemed silly to put on a gown just for a couple of minutes.

I went to the other room after I changed and waited on a chair.  Dr. Simoncelli said hello and showed me the chiropractic table I was to lay on.  He talked about how his wife was adjusted everyday and all her births were very short ones.  There were other people in the room, so he spoke directly at me.  I don’t if his voice was soft or what, but it seemed to be hypnotizing and I couldn’t stop looking at him.  I think he was putting me into a trance!

I laid down and he explained that the table moves sometimes when he presses down on a certain area.  It doesn’t hurt or anything, it’s just weird to hear the click of the table.  He doesn’t believe in medicine and said that what he did to my neck would help with my sinuses.  He said that I was really tight in my lower back.  My left side was worse.  He loosened it up on both sides, but one wasn’t as loosened as the other side.  He didn’t do anything with my ankles which I thought was weird since I did put that in my areas that I thought hurt and might need work on.  He asked if I could come back on Wednesday to see how I was feeling.  I said that’s fine.  I set up an appointment for Friday since I had a busy day planned for Wednesday.

So, I haven’t had much lower back pain since visiting the chiropractor.  I still have my allergies.  I put in drops in for my eye allergy everyday which helps a lot.

On March 5, 2014, I had a hypno massage with my doula Shannondoah.  It’s great that I don’t have to leave my house to get a massage.

Before the massage, I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again.  I only heard it for a few seconds before the baby moved away.  It’s great to hear the heartbeat and know the baby is doing good.  The baby’s heartbeat was 165 bpm.

During this massage, I got to see a glimpse of the baby.  I didn’t see the baby last time since I have no clue if the baby is a girl or a boy.  I imagined a baby with dark brown hair that looked Asian and had green eyes.

I also got to go inside the house which looked like our house inside.  I also pictured the birth but in a faster birth video this time.  It was nice seeing me and Ivan in bed and I’m holding the baby after I gave birth.

I love hypno massages from Shannondoah since it’s so relaxing.  I always get a great night’s sleep the night after the massage.  If you’re looking for a masseuse in Las Vegas, you should contact Shannondoah.