Swimming While Pregnant

March 31st, 2014

I spent a lot of time in my maternity swimwear because I tried to swim a couple of times a week. I was surprised when my doctor recommended it as a great way to exercise though most of my pregnancy. He said it was low impact and was a great way to work all of the muscles in my body.  He also said that as I put more and more weight on, it would be refreshing to be in the water and have that sense of weightlessness one gets when floating in the water.

I started out swimming when I was just a couple of months along. I took it very easy and my workouts were limited to what my doctor suggested. In the beginning I was able to wear my regular swimsuit, but by the time I reached four months, it was no longer comfortable. I felt like it was beginning to be a little constrictive. I purchased my first maternity swimsuit then.

It was good for a couple of weeks but it had a lot of fabric to the top of it. I found that to be annoying when I was swimming. So I went back and found another maternity swimsuit that was more form fitting. I used it all the way until the day my doctor recommended that I stop swimming which was five days before I went into labor.

After I gave birth and was cleared by my doctor, I returned to swimming. It has become an exercise routine I plan to continue the rest of my life, and that includes through the rest of my future pregnancies that I am planning on having.

Protecting Your Baby

March 29th, 2014

It wasn’t long after Brandon was born that we heard that baby sleeping bags were gaining popularity due to the belief that they somehow reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

That wasn’t why we started using them, but it didn’t hurt to know that we were possibly giving Brandon some added protection by doing so.

We actually started using baby sleeping bags after seeing one being used at a friends place with their baby.

I was fascinated from the moment I saw little Melanie in hers. She looked so snug and comfortable with her body wrapped in this fabric sack with just her head and arms sticking out.

I wondered what was going through her mind at that moment and if it was all pleasant thoughts.

It reminded me of trying to stay warm on a camping trip only Melanie’s sleeping bag fit her much better than the one-size-fits-all style I picked up for myself at the sporting goods store.

Brandon has already outgrown his first baby sleeping bag and we have been careful to make sure he is properly fitted for the one he is using. I suspect we’ll be adding to the collection as he grows but that’s alright with me, as I know he is safe and secure whenever we put him down for a nap or to sleep for the night.

I think that knowledge combined with the SIDS protection we heard about after Brandon was born puts our minds at ease so we can get a good night’s sleep as well.