Unplanned Pregnancy, Healthy Habits, and Medications to Avoid


Medications and Your Unborn Baby

Sometimes life takes us by surprise. You may not have planned to become pregnant, but now is the perfect time to begin caring for your unborn baby. Let’s explore some ways you can provide a healthy start for your child.

Healthy Habits During Pregnancy

First and foremost, you must find an obstetrician or other pregnancy healthcare provider who you trust. Ann Arbor Adoption can direct you to the appropriate resources if you feel you can not parent. For the duration of your pregnancy, you will need to have regular medical checkups to ensure that you are healthy and your unborn baby is thriving.

It is more important than ever that you eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Listen to your body’s hunger cues, and eat regular meals and snacks. Whenever you can, choose fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain carbohydrate sources like beans, and lean proteins like skinless chicken breast.

Pregnancy can be tiring throughout all three trimesters. Get adequate rest. If possible, go to bed and wake up at consistent times each day. Whenever you have the chance to catch a quick nap, take it! As contradictory as it may seem, exercise can actually help you get better sleep. If your doctor approves, aim to get in 30 minutes of exercise at least three times per week.

Reduce stress as much as you are able. Take time to relax and let yourself have “the little things.” For example, you may like to fill the tub with warm water and soak your feet. You can ask a friend to paint your toenails. (This is especially helpful in the third trimester, when many expectant mothers cannot reach their toes!) Enjoy your favorite meal. Visit a location that soothes you, such as your favorite park, library, museum, or place of worship.

What to Avoid

You may already know the basics: avoid alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and risky activities like contact sports. But did you know there are some medications you should avoid during pregnancy?

Several potentially harmful and confirmed dangerous drugs during pregnancy are as follows:

Proton Pump Inhibitors – Gastric problems like acid reflux are very common in pregnant women, with 30–50% suffering from heartburn. In order to relieve this discomfort, you may reach for an over-the-counter Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medication like Nexium, Prilosec, or Prevacid. However, know that there is insufficient research to confirm the safety of these medications during pregnancy. While they could be safe, your doctor may encourage you to use an alternative method for heartburn relief, like chewing antacid tablets or drinking a glass of milk. (Always ask your doctor before you use any medication during pregnancy, even antacid tablets.)

Retinoids – Acne medications like Accutane are among the most dangerous drugs to use during pregnancy. They can cause severe birth defects in your unborn baby. Never use oral or topical retinoid medications while you are pregnant. If you suffer from acne during pregnancy, talk to your doctor about safe ways to reduce this problem, such as non-medicated face washes.

SGLT2 inhibitorsInvokana and other SGLT2 inhibitor diabetes medicines lack adequate research to determine safety. Animal studies indicate that these medicines could impact your baby’s kidney development. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about the best way to control your blood sugar during your pregnancy. Only your doctor can decide if SGLT2 inhibitors’ benefits would outweigh their risks for you.

Some antibiotics – These powerful infection fighters should only be used with caution during pregnancy. Tetracyclines like doxycycline and minocycline should never be used while you are pregnant, since they can damage your liver and discolor your unborn baby’s teeth. Studies have shown that some other antibiotics such as trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole may cause birth defects. Always consult your doctor before using an antimicrobial.

 

As you continue your pregnancy, remember that your baby’s health must remain your top priority until you give birth. Whether you choose to experience the joy of parenting or the joy of adoption, you will reap the rewards of caring for your baby.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4495872/

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/antibiotics-and-pregnancy/faq-20058542
Sarah Teach regularly contributes to DrugWatch.com, along with other publications. Her natural curiosity and childhood dream of becoming a writer propelled her to earn a degree in writing, rhetoric and technical communication from James Madison University.

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Choosing a Quality Adoption Agency: A Guide for Expectant Parents


There are many factors you should consider when choosing an adoption agency.

The importance of choosing to place your child is unmatched in the parenting world of most.  Aligning yourself with professionals that are looking out for you and what is best for your baby is key. A quality agency will make you feel supported and informed as you move through the process of adoption. Here are seven ways I would share with someone I love who is looking to choose a quality adoption agency.

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3 Things I Learned by Not Experiencing Pregnancy


I thought about what to title this post for over a week. Learning to talk about how I felt when I was mourning the loss of pregnancy is a piece of me that I wanted to share.

There was a time (it seems like a lifetime ago) that I had a goal to be finished building my family before I turned 30. I used the phrase ‘Done having babies’. My vision for myself was filled with baby bumps. Me, the hot mom with a perfect post pregnancy body. I was ready. Fast forward a few years: not pregnant, not yet, and not ever.  Choosing not to experience pregnancy is a loss that I mourn.

When I was first learning to own this new reality, it was not easy to talk about. I was ashamed and embarrassed. I felt like I was less of a woman. Wrapping my head around the fact that something so common and so easy for some was not going to be my reality wasn’t simple. I didn’t realize how much of my self worth was tied to having control of my family building or how profoundly different my life was turning out than my peers.

Everyone around me was getting pregnant. They were planning showers, complaining about pregnancy, and doing maternity photo shoots. Around every corner, there was a baby bump or a shower invitation.  My friend and I both started to ‘try’ around the same time. We would fantasize about our kids being the same age and experiencing motherhood together. She ended up pregnant not once, but twice! I watched as her family planned her gender reveal, her shower, and decorated the nursery. Pregnancy is an event where women rally around one another. They share stories and experiences. It’s a bond. I wanted that. It felt like a right of passage.

There wasn’t a congratulations ‘you can speak about infertility without getting hives shower’. Or a ‘never going to be pregnant photo shoot’. It was isolating. I felt like I would never fit in with other women or other moms.  I felt like I was one of the boys.  Where was my ‘building my family through adoption never gonna be pregnant woman tribe’ party?

Not being pregnant helped me to learn so many things about myself and the world I live in.  Here are three of them…

  1. Pregnancy is a journey and an experience.

It’s a life changing amazing experience. Most people are pregnant to become a mother. You can be a mother and a parent without being pregnant.  I originally thought that pregnancy was a journey to motherhood. It is not the only journey. I was writing letters, creating photo books, and making online profiles. I was learning adoption language, practicing adoption language, taking classes, and being finger printed. I was discussing my weaknesses with our social worker at my kitchen table. Believe it or not, there is not a cake cutting at a ‘we’re adopting reveal’.  This is my journey to motherhood. My experience.

2. Not experiencing pregnancy is also amazing.

It’s different not being pregnant. People have a harder time relating to things they themselves did not experience. Being pregnant is amazing, I’m sure. I’m sure because everyone tells me so ;p. Not being pregnant is also amazing. My journey is a testament to how much strength and how much love it took to bring my child into my world (reference your favorite facebook video or meme about labor/ delivery/ pregnancy here) The fierce unconditional bond that flows between my son and I is truth that my journey is amazing.

3. Motherhood is a privilege and an honor.

Infertility was one of the first times I had to learn to accept and live with things out of my control. When I let go of my expectations for myself in regard to pregnancy, I learned that I am enough as I am. I can do hard things. I am worthy of the best life I can dream up. No one is entitled to be pregnant. No one is entitled to be called mommy. Motherhood is not a given. Living with infertility allowed me to own the shape of my life. Having the time (oh, so much time) to consider life without being a mother allowed me the freedom to see the gift of the fray of motherhood.

 

How has infertility changed you? Was it a surprise?