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6th Week – Pregnancy and Heartburn

It’s my 6th week of pregnancy and I have been experiencing heartburn. Since the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I always feel bloated. I have done a few readings and I learned that heartburn is to be expected in early pregnancy. My stomach feels really hard and I keep on burping.

There are foods to avoid during pregnancy. These foods trigger acid reflux. But in my experience, everything that I eat causes heartburn! What to eat now????

If you are pregnant too and experiencing what I am going through, here are some information that will help you better understand the reasons behind heartburn in early pregnancy. I found them really helpful and hopefully, you learn from them too.

In early pregnancy, heartburn is caused by the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles to fit your growing baby – and also relaxes the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. – http://www.thebump.com

 

One of the key contributing factors to experiencing more gas during pregnancy is the increased levels of progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone that causes the muscles throughout your body to relax. … This allows gas to build up easier and creates bloating,burping and of course flatulence. – americanpregnancy.org

Heartburn (also called acid indigestion or acid reflux) is a burning sensation that often extends from the bottom of the breastbone to the lower throat. It’s caused by some of the hormonal and physical changes in your body. During pregnancy, the placenta produces the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus. This hormone also relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach, allowing gastric acids to seep back up, which causes that unpleasant burning sensation. Progesterone also slows down the wavelike contractions of your esophagus and intestines, making digestion sluggish. Later in pregnancy, your growing baby crowds your abdominal cavity, pushing the stomach acids back up into the esophagus. – babycenter.com

Remember the old wives tale that heartburn causes hairy baby? Well, this is me right now:

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Well, let’s see if the heartburn will go away in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

5th Week – Pregnancy Surprise

What a surprise when I found out I was expecting last Feb 28. I had a one day spotting on February and as I realized it was already the end of the month, I was scared I might have some sort of physical illness so I planned to get checked the next day. I told my husband maybe I should do a pregnancy test first to rule out pregnancy from my reasons of missed period. We were totally not expecting pregnancy because after 14 years, who would have thought this will be a possibility?

So I took the pregnancy test almost a hundred percent sure it will be negative but to my surprise, it was positive! I was shocked and didn’t know what to say. Equally shocked was my husband, my son, and the rest of my family! I think I’m too old to still get pregnant. I am 35 and God has a surprising way of putting me on the last trip to motherhood.

So to confirm the result, we went to 2 Ob-gynes. Yes, I really wanted to make sure. I had 2 ultrasounds too which I realized may not be good for the baby but what’s done has been done. Anyway, here is the image of the ultrasound I had.img_6484

The baby is not yet visible as it is too early. On my first ultrasound, I was told that there was no baby yet, it was just the amniotic sac. The second ultrasound I had was transvaginal and I think it showed clearer result. The little white spot inside the black circle is apparently the tiny heartbeat of the baby. It was too early to actually see something.

From the ultrasound, it was determined that I am on the fifth week of pregnancy. I haven’t had any major discomfort. I feel a little sick in the morning, like I have a fever or stuffed nose but apart from that there is nothing major discomfort that I feel.

I was asked to take folic acid and hormone replacement supplement which I always forget to take. Perhaps this is one of the effects of pregnancy, I am more forgetful now.

I was also asked to drink pregnancy milk which is such a pain to take. I don’t like the taste but hey, I have to do it, right?

I don’t have any food cravings but my son was craving for pasta yesterday. Is it possible that he’s the one craving for me? I remember when I was pregnant with my son, my husband was the one craving for food and not me. It’s an old wives tale that if you walk over someone during pregnancy, that person will be the one craving and not you. I know there is no logic to it but who knows? LOL

This has all been a surprise to me and I hope to document my journey to help expectant mothers too. We can all learn from each other.

Why You Should Rent Out Your First Home

So, you’re looking for your very first home to buy and live in. Maybe you should put the thought of living in it aside and consider renting it out instead. Investment properties are a very lucrative market right now, according to thepattisallgroup.com. More people are deciding to purchase homes in order to rent them out as soon as they do. Now, the majority buys their first home (and sometimes their second) before investing in a property like this. You should seriously think about starting before this. Here’s why investing in real estate for rent early on is a good option.

You’re Young, Wild, and Free

As a young person, the feeling of independence is exhilarating, to say the least. You are finally the master of your own destiny. You make the rules, no one else. You can live wherever you feel like living, buy whatever you want to, and go wherever the world takes you. However, this freedom can start to taste a little stale pretty fast, especially when deep down you know that you want something else.

You could take all the money that you’re spending on temporary pleasures right now and spend it on an investment in your future. You can start saving and building your credit right now – it isn’t as impossible a task as you might think. Both these actions will help you be more eligible for mortgages in the future. While the life you’re living right now might be fun, battening the hatches and saving hard can make for a ton of secure fun in the future.

Investing in Property Right Now Saves Money

Home prices are constantly on the rise, aren’t they? Every time you do research, that’s the one theme that recurs every single time. The cost of living is increasing like never before. However, there are many people who haven’t been able to afford the cost of living and have had their homes foreclosed. These homes are sold at auction by the banks that repossessed them to the highest bidder. The sales are fast and easy, and the prices are significantly less than their actual value because banks want liquid assets. You could purchase a foreclosed house as an investment property for a low price, as long as you check it and make sure you can afford it first.

Extra Income is Always Welcome

When you start renting your first house out, you get to supplement your income with more. The profits are vast, and allow you to pay off debts you didn’t think you could. You can even use the rent payments to help pay off the mortgage on the house, killing two birds with one stone and setting you up for ownership of a mortgage-free property in the future.

People are moving to the suburbs more often today. You have the opportunity to capitalize on it by allowing your first house purchase to be a rental. Consider the many benefits, weigh them against the risks, and make the right choice for yourself and your bank account today.

 

Where Lawyers Do What They Do

No two lawyers are the same. In TV and movies, you see them all doing the same thing each time. They are always running to trials and standing in front of juries. Most lawyers only go to trial when necessary. There are many places for them to work and many specialities they work in their fields. From personal injury lawyers at firms like http://pacelawfirm.com/blog/know-hire-personal-injury-lawyer/ and more, the diversity is vast indeed.

    1. The Different Specializations of Lawyers

There is a specialization in law that enables an attorney to work trials alone. In trial law, this can be either civil or criminal in nature. There is also appellate law, which allows them to help you out, if you are appealing a decision made by a court of justice. Other specializations include bankruptcy law, real estate law, trust law, tax law, communication, employment, labor, environment, healthcare, immigration, and much more. As many as there are cases in court, there are branches of law to deal with them too.

    1. Private Practice Lawyers

Almost all lawyers work in a private practice or firm. Many of these lawyers work on their own, having started a practice right after law school. Others tend to work in small enterprises with less than twenty lawyers first. The majority of lawyers work in businesses that employ hundreds of agents with multiple branches across the country. An associate is a newly hired lawyer. As they get cases and wins, they work their way up the ladder towards partnership.

Nearly all lawyers’ company eligibility is determined by how much they bring to the firm’s coffers.  They recognized that achievement through their maximized billable hours. They keep a record book that displays how much they billed their clients each day.

    1. Special In-House Attorneys

Some lawyers are employed solely by one client. They work in-house for that person. These lawyers are usually hired by large enterprises to handle any and all legal issues related to the business. The legal department in a larger company is typically pretty big, so lawyers from different specializations are hired to make a well-rounded team of attorneys who can tackle nearly any case that pops up.

Most in-house advocates gain their clients due to their experience working with them while at a firm. If they do their jobs well enough at this time, the company can ask them to work for them in-house. This is a very coveted position because the lawyers who work in this way don’t have to log billable hours – they are regularly paid by the company that hires them.

One last type of lawyer is the government agent. These are the attorneys employed by federal and state offices like the District Attorney’s Office. They are usually prosecutors in cases of “The People v. XXXXXXX”. These attorneys are also selected to represent clients in court trials where the defendant can’t afford a lawyer of their own. These aren’t the only places where legal advisers  work, of course, but they are the most common.

How to Prepare for the Arrival of Your Newborn

When it comes to your newborn baby, even before they arrive you’re ready to do anything for them. The excitement of having your child will be overwhelming and you should be able to enjoy it as much as possible!

That’s why we’re going to help you prepare for the arrival of your newborn. This way, you’ll be ready when they come and instead of scrambling to get prepared, you can enjoy this precious time with your little one!

Understand Maternity and Paternity Leave

When it comes to maternity and paternity leave, laws vary from state to state. It’s important to make sure that you understand what you’re entitled to where you live when it comes to maternity and paternity leaves. You can be given several weeks of paid leave and sometimes longer. First time parents often get 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Whether your leave will be fully paid, partially paid, or unpaid and the length of time you’re given varies depending on where you live and some specific circumstances. Be sure to understand what you’re allowed and how it will work for you!

Lots of Poop

While you’ve been warned about how much of a mess your baby will be, nothing will prepare you for the mountains of poop that arrive with your baby. For such a small human, it’s actually pretty astonishing.

There are ways of getting ready for this before the baby arrives. This will help you keep your home less of a mess and much less stinky!

You’ll definitely want to stock up on diapers before they come so you’re ready. However, some babies are big and may skip the smallest sizes of diapers. Others will grow fast and grow out of a size fast. You don’t want to be stuck with diapers that won’t be used, so try to be conservative when stocking up on diapers as you don’t know what will fit properly (or for how long).

Another must-have is a diaper pail. These handy contraptions keep your baby’s waste in one place and help to control the odor effectively. This lets you get rid of odor problems more efficiently and make sure that it isn’t stuck in your home!

Budgeting and Expenses

There is no arguing that a baby costs a large sum of money. It’s important to consider the added expenses for when the baby arrives – including clothes, food, supplies, and extra gear – and prepare for them ahead of time. By planning ahead of time and knowing what to expect will help you budget properly for life with your new baby.

It will inevitably take some balancing and adjustments, as this is a big responsibility and huge burden. However, if you plan ahead, start early, and budget right, you’ll be prepared for the baby before it arrives!

By taking some steps to get ready before the arrival, you should be prepared and able to handle anything that comes your way. Don’t panic; breathe and keep pushing forward. Hopefully, preparing early will let you spend more time enjoying your child!