Understanding Fetal Movement during Pregnancy

Feeling your infant action for the very first time is a magical minute. What starts as a scarcely apparent flutter quickly becomes a full-on kick as your youngster starts to make her presence felt and by the end it can feel as if she is dancing a jig inside you. You will most likely also view a foot or a hand making out from time to time in the final maternity stages – pregnancy miracle.

Having an energetic bump not simply functions as a remarkable way to bond with your baby however it is likewise an excellent indicator that is well inside the bump. So just what should you be feeling as well as when? Right here is what to watch out for with the infant’s movement in maternity.

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When will I feel my infant for the very first time?

If this is your very first maternity, you will probably first really feels something at around the 18 to 20-week mark, although it can be later. However, if you have actually currently had a child, you might begin seeing that tell-tale twinge a little earlier.

What does it seem like?

In the first stage infant’s activities in maternity can feel like a gentle flutter, just like the butterflies in your belly you obtain when you are nervous. By week 24, you ought to be feeling precise kicks in addition to the dizzying squirm as she executes somersaults in all her vacuum. Child is still very small so don’t run scared if you go a few hours and even a number of days without activity At 29 weeks, area is becoming a little bit more confined as you move through the different pregnancy phases and the movements will be smaller sized and also a lot more defined. The child’s activities in pregnancy have the tendency to tail off from week 32 as well as instead of the normal pummeling of little kicks; you will feel a big lurching movement as your child changes position in her cramped quarters.

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Being familiar with your baby’s activity.

Once you have learned to recognize exactly what is a kick (and what just caught the wind is), you will begin to get to know your infant’s program. Some come to be a lot more energetic in the evening as throughout the day they usually sleep as you enter. Others obtain spooked after you eat as the surge in your blood sugar level gives them a rush of power. The same could take place if you are nervous and producing adrenalin. You may even have the ability to realized the routine jerky movement as your child obtains the hiccups.

Suppose the motions quit?

It is typical to not feel your infant relocate constantly. She will certainly often sleep or simply desire a rest. By week 32, your infant’s activities in pregnancy will reduce significantly as room ends up being tight. However, if you observe a continual fall in movements over several days, a large decrease in movements or assume that she has actually quit moving completely; call your midwife or General Practitioner promptly.

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Taking Medication for Depression Doesn’t Mean I’m Weak

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“How long have you been experiencing symptoms of depression?” the doctor asks, and I laugh awkwardly. Not because it’s funny, but because I can’t remember.

“Since high school. Maybe before,” I answer, trying not to think about all the hours I have spent feeling depressed. Fifteen years is a long time. He scribbles in my chart.

About a year ago, I started taking an antidepressant. Until then, I had been terrified of meds, even when my first therapist told me she thought I needed them. At the time, I was 22, unhappily married, and more depressed than I had ever been.

“Depression without medication is like cleaning your house with a ball and chain on your ankle,” she said softly, knowing I was afraid. “When you take medication, you still have to clean the house, but without the ball and chain.”

Even with that analogy, I saw medication as a sign of weakness. Depression wasn’t a chemical imbalance; it was the result of a disorderly life. If I could get my marriage, my career, and my writing in order, I would be happy. It was my fault I felt this way. Medication was a cop-out and proved how weak I was against the symptoms of my depression.

When you take medication, you still have to clean the house, but without the ball and chain.

“I want to feel what I’m going through,” I told her, believing I deserved every terrible feeling. She didn’t bring up medication again. I saw her weekly for almost two years. Talk therapy helped, but the intense symptoms of my depression remained. Sometimes the tools I learned through therapy helped, but on my worst days, I didn’t stand a chance.

Fast-forward to last summer. I could feel myself spiraling, but now I couldn’t point to unhappy life circumstances. Since my two years of therapy, I had gone back to school for mental health counseling and had learned many additional therapy skills. I had also left my marriage; graduated; gotten a decent job; and was in a happy, healthy relationship. We were planning for our future. Even still, I needed additional help.

Almost seven years after my first therapy appointment, I agreed to try medication. I started taking Wellbutrin because a friend of mine had good response with it. “I didn’t have many side effects,” she told me. “I just felt stable.” That sounded great, so I got a prescription and had it filled.

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The first week or so on Wellbutrin was a blur. We were in the process of moving from Louisiana to Texas, and I felt a little like I was on speed. Wellbutrin contains a stimulant, so it’s different from other antidepressants in that way. I found I couldn’t drink too much coffee or alcohol, because both brought on horrible side effects when combined with the medication. I was clenching my teeth and shaking my leg a lot more, but I also wasn’t coming straight home from work and crawling into bed or spending three hours in the bathtub crying, so I accepted the side effects. Eventually, I got used to it, and the effects lessened. It helped for a while.

A couple of months ago, I found myself spiraling again. I was now living in a beautiful apartment, in the city I’d always dreamed about, with a man who loved and supported me. I had finally received my professional counselor license, a huge career step, and had a great job at a private practice. So why was I feeling out of control? Why was I sobbing uncontrollably and having daily anxiety attacks and passive suicidal thoughts? Why was I feeling like there was a crushing weight on my chest that wouldn’t go away no matter how much self-care I attempted?

I talked to my psychologist about a med change, and he agreed. In the state of Texas, he is unable to prescribe, but is extremely knowledgeable about medication. We spent the better part of two sessions talking about med options, and I did my own research as well. He wrote a letter to my prescribing doctor, who wrote me a prescription for Lexapro.

I’ve been taking Lexapro for two weeks now, and to be honest, it’s been terrible. Usually, medication takes about a month to fully take effect, so I’m waiting for that. I haven’t been feeling as anxious, and I certainly haven’t been feeling as depressed—I haven’t been feeling much of anything. This is common with SSRIs, or so I’ve been told. I’m sleeping better, almost too well, but not doing much of anything otherwise. I put all of my energy into my work with my clients and have very little to spare at home. I have more mental clarity and am able to think externally, but am having a hard time processing how I feel internally.

In my personal life and in my work, I have seen time and again how necessary these medications are, despite their side effects. The stigma of mental health treatment is slowly shrinking, in large part due to people being more vocal about the treatment they are receiving.

Regular talk therapy and a personalized self-care regime is as important as finding the right medication.

An important thing to remember is that medication is not enough by itself. Regular talk therapy and a personalized self-care regimen is as important as finding the right medication. Having a good support system is also invaluable, and I don’t know where I would be without my friends and my supportive partner. Talking about medication—what’s working, what’s not, what you like, and what you don’t—are all critical parts of finding the right medication. I have clients who will go months and even years on the wrong medication because they’re convinced that they’re the problem—or they don’t want to complain, again, and ask for yet another med change. But that’s the thing about meds. What works now might not work later, and it’s important to do regular check-ins with yourself and your symptoms.

My experience with medication has proved to be challenging, but not as terrifying as I originally thought. With the right professionals and support systems, a hefty dose of self-empowerment, and finally, the assistance of modern medicine, I am confident I am getting the help I need.

This post originally appeared on LaurenHasha.com and was republished with the author’s permission. Lauren Hasha is a writer and mental health counselor living in San Antonio, Texas. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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GreatistYou Day 11: Darby and Adrienne Sweat Their Collective Butts Off

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are back at it again! Though Darby was sore from SoulCycle last night, that didn’t stop her from going on a run around the neighborhood. She also has two classes planned this weekend: one at The Bar Method and another at Mile High Run Club.

Adrienne is still in D.C. for work, but she isn’t treating the trip like a vacation. She’s been spending a lot of time in the hotel’s fitness center and packed her foam roller and resistance band for some on-the-road physical therapy.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) was seriously tempted by McDonald’s while waiting at the airport but ultimately opted for cheddar cheese and egg whites on a whole-wheat bagel with a side of grapes. Also, quick question: What exactly happened with the sink here to make it your nemesis?
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) posed a question we all want an answer to: Why is there still no bacon emoji? But she shouldn’t let that stop her from incorporating bacon into every single meal.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is trying her d*mndest to avoid junk food and almost resisted the urge to steal a coworker’s french fry. But hey, french fries might be one of the most difficult foods to say no to.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) always knows what to say when things get tough. “Pro tip: Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with compassion. You don’t need to be mean to be motivated.”

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GreatistYou Day 8: Regina Closes In on Her Goal

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

This weekend our contestants proved to be GreatistYou warriors by keeping up their routines despite a blinding heat wave and the allure of the beach.

Regina (@greatistregina) is still keeping a close watch on her diet, but the appeal of a bagel and lox was too much to handle. Hey, a little smoked salmon never hurt anyone… aside from the salmon, of course.

Still, she ended up only 0.6 pounds away from her goal weight on Sunday. And in case you’re wondering, your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds per day, so we’re def calling this one a win.

If you couldn’t tell by the above Instagram post, this week has Regina pumped. We like to think it’s because Grokker offered her three months of free videos. But don’t be too jealous: The company is offering Greatist readers a hearty discount too. Work out at home and watch TV: win-win.

Meanwhile…

  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is feeling the pain of healthy eating and has made it clear he won’t be giving up his tortilla addiction anytime soon. Stay strong, Brandon. Tortillas are a nasty habit to kick.
  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) pose some powerful questions with their latest Instagram posts: Can one love and hate a foam roller at the same time? If you work out in an empty gym, does it still count? These ladies are flexing their brains as hard as their their muscles.
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) has discovered a major perk of the Whole30 Program: Bacon is allowed! Here are a few other insanely tasty, Whole30-compliant meals to keep the party going (the salmon and artichoke recipe is to die for).
  • Jessi Kneeland (@greatistmentor) continues to inspire our contestants and dispel health myths. Yesterday’s advice? “Due to natural human body fluctuations, weigh-ins can be useful to track TRENDS, but not exact progress. Try weighing yourself weekly instead of daily for weight loss goals, and remember that the number on the scale has nothing to do with your self-worth!” Amen.

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Vacations Won’t Feel Too Short If You Follow These 3 Steps

Vacations are great until you find yourself back in the office asking, “How did that go by so quickly?” Since most of us work more than 40 hours per week, all we want to do on vacation is rest and recover, preferably on a beach. But as Quartz points out, the less time you spend lying around, the longer your time off will feel. Next vacation:

  • Do something challenging. Take a road trip. The scenery is always changing, which forces you to focus on the present. Marc Wittmann, author of Felt Time, told Quartz that all of these new things make a trip feel exciting and memorable.
  • Try journaling. Rather than letting the days blur together, keep a log of what you do, so you can remind yourself of the amazing memories from your time off.
  • Don’t overdo it on planning. Planning makes time seem like it’s moving faster, Wittmann says. If you’re constantly thinking about the what’s next, you can’t actually pay attention to what’s happening in front of you. Make a general plan for the important things, like hotel reservations or flights, but keep your schedule more flexible on a daily basis.

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Men Were Uncomfortable When This New Mom Wore a Bikini to the Pool, but She Doesn’t Give a Damn

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New moms find themselves under more and more pressure to “bounce back” with a super-fit and sexy post-baby body. It’s unfair, and it’s unrealistic. Missouri mom Lexi Sinclair witnessed this body shaming firsthand when she wore a bikini and took her newborn to the community pool. Another woman came up to her to explain that her stretch marks made some men uncomfortable. (Really, guys?!)

She shared her story—and her inspiring response—to the Love What Matters’ Facebook page:

So today I took my 4-month-old son to the pool. While putting Christian’s pool hat on, a woman (maybe mid-50s) comes up and makes conversation with me about Christian. Asking me his age, how much he weighs, how he sleeps, etc. She then proceeded to tell me that the men at the pool would feel more comfortable if I was in a one-piece swimsuit because a bikini isn’t appropriate for a mother, especially one who’s “still recovering.”

Anyone who knows me knows I had a few words for this crazy, ballsy woman. But instead I just smiled, kissed my son and told her, “I’m proud of my body. In just one year I’ve gained 50 pounds, and lost 37. I’ve grown a human and given birth to a beautiful miracle. My body provided food for my child. So, no, my body might not be the best sight for other men to see. My stretch marks and tummy pudge might not be sexy. But they’re proof that I’ve done something amazing, and I have a man that loves me and finds me even sexier and more beautiful now. To be honest, I don’t give a tiny rat’s ass what other men think. Have a nice day though.”

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We Know They’re Just Trying to Sell More Bras, But This Aerie Ad Makes Us So Damn Happy

Most lingerie ads leave women feeling crappy about their bodies. But Aerie’s commercial for the launch of the Sunnie bra makes us want to get up and dance. The pop ballad “Love Yourself” blasting in the background may have something to do with it, but these women—a mix of models, designers, bloggers, and Aerie fans—really look like they’re having the best time.

They’re not trying to be anything but themselves, and it’s just fun to watch. “Don’t worry about fitting in,” says Yecca Zeng, an Aerie bra designer. “Standing out is way more fun.” We like the sound of that.

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Who Has Better Orgasms: Men or Women?

Orgasms feel pretty great for everyone, but does one sex have it better? As this video from asapSCIENCE explains, that depends on how you answer this simple question: Do you prefer frequency or duration? It sounds like a physics equation, but we promise we’re talking about masturbation.

The sticking points: Men’s orgasms last somewhere between 3 and 10 seconds. For women, it can be upwards of 20. But guys tend to get off more often than women. So really, we’ve got a hung jury.

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Skirt Steak and Coconut Lime Rice

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Serve up an impressive-looking yet super-simple meal that doesn’t take as long as you might think—the steak and rice cook at the same time, and there’s virtually no active prep. Toss together a side salad and serve with a cocktail (a spicy margarita, perhaps?) at your next dinner party… or maybe just for dinner tonight.

Note: Quick-cooking rice is essential to this recipe for its shorter cooking time. Regular brown rice cooks for at least 45-50 minutes.

Skirt Steak and Coconut Lime Rice

Recipe by: Diana Santos
Makes: 4 servings
​Ready in: 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the rice:
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1 cup quick-cooking brown rice
1 cup coconut milk
1 lime, juiced
Salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 sprigs cilantro, chopped

For the steak
1 pound skirt steak
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. To make rice, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a medium-size pot over high heat. Add rice, coconut milk, lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes.

2. As rice cooks, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil.

3. Season steak with salt and pepper. Place in pan, fat-side down. Cook 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.

4. When rice is done cooking, remove from stove with lid on. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add coconut and cilantro.

5. Serve warm steak over coconut lime rice.

Eat Me Video: Skirt Steak and Coconut Rice

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Chocolate Fruit Bark

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Not that plain chocolate is lacking in the flavor department, but it sure wouldn’t hurt to experience extra taste and texture with some crunchy, chewy additions. This bark recipe uses dark chocolate as its base, and apricots, figs, raisins, and cashews sprinkled throughout for a healthy dose of antioxidants and fiber.

Chocolate Fruit Bark

Recipe by: Glow Kitchen
Makes: 8 servings
​Ready in: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

12 ounces 70 percent baker’s chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cashews, chopped

DIRECTIONS

1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler until smooth.

2. Pour chocolate over a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spreading to about 1/4-inch thick.

3. Evenly sprinkle dried fruit and cashews over chocolate.
Place bark in refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until chocolate hardens.

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