Archives For Deep Thoughts of a Preggers Momma

We’ve had a baby boom in the office lately – and how convenient that we work for Preggers!  And as ladies tend to do, we’ve been talking a lot about the current pregnancies, as well as past ones.  It’s inevitably moved into the realm of old wives’ tales and how much truth there is to them.   And just for fun, we thought we’d explore this, because seriously, they’re wrong just as often as they’re right.  And everyone has a ton of fun predicting!  So, check out our old wives’ tales below and tell us your experiences.  Did your babies prove them right or wrong?

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Here is a breakdown of our Mama test subjects. 😊

Mama #1 – This mama has had 4 babies – 2 boys and 2 girls.  She’ll be a great example when it comes to those gender predicting old wives’ tales!

Mama #2 – This mama has had 3 baby boys!  It will be interesting to see how they differ and how they’re the same!

Mama #3 – This mama has had 2 boys and a girl – including the most recent new baby in the office.  She kept the gender of each of her babies a surprise!

Mama #4 – This mama has had 1 baby boy and 1 baby girl!

Mama #5 – Our newest mama!  Her first baby is due this January!

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Prediction #1: Heartburn means a lot of hair

Tradition states that when a pregnant mom has heartburn, her new baby will have a lot of hair.  Believe it or not, this one might actually have some truth to it.  Johns Hopkins did a study of 64 pregnant women ranking the severity of their heartburn and then rating the hair volume of their newborns using photographs.  The smart folks at JH actually had a complicated math formula and determined that there may actually be a correlation between the severity of heartburn and the amount of a newborn’s hair.  Who knew!?  We put this one to the test:

Mama #1 – She had heartburn with her first baby and he had no hair!!  And she had no heartburn with the other three.  All had hair – tons!

Mama #2 – This lucky mama had no heartburn with any of her babies . . . . and they all had hair!

Mama #3 – First pregnancy gave her a little bit of heartburn and baby definitely had hair.  The second and third gave her bad heartburn – and funny, one had hair, the other didn’t.

Mama #4 – This mama had no heartburn with her first baby and he had a lot of hair.  The second pregnancy gave her a lot of heartburn, and that baby also had a lot of hair, but slightly less than the first.

Mama #5 – This mama has had some heartburn, but not too bad.  Only time will tell how much hair her baby has. 😉

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Prediction #2: Dry vs. Oily Skin

The prediction on this one says that dry skin is an indicator that you’re having a boy, while oily skin signals a girl.

Mama #1 – This mama had dry skin with her first boy – score one for the old wives’ tale.  But, she had normal skin with her other three – another boy and 2 girls.

Mama #2 – Mama #2 says she had normal skin with all three of her boys.

Mama #3 – This mama said she had oily skin with her first boy, and normal skin with her other two – a girl and a boy.

Mama #4 – Here’s a mama that had dry skin with her baby boy and oily skin with her baby girl.

Mama #5 – Our expectant mama says that her skin has been oily.  Girl?

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Prediction #3: Pregnancy Glow

Tradition states that a girl will steal her mama’s beauty, so the mama will get compliments on her “glow” with boys, but not with girls.

Mama #1 – Mama #1 got “glow” compliments with all four of her kids – 2 boys and 2 girls.

Mama #2 – This mama had the “glow” with her three boys.

Mama #3 – LOL!  This mama had the opposite.  She got “glow” compliments with her girl, but not as much with her two boys.

Mama #4 – This mama doesn’t remember “glowing” with either her boy or her girl.

Mama #5 – Sweet Mama #5 says she hasn’t gotten any “glowing” comments yet.  Girl?

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Prediction #4: The dreaded acne

Girls are said to give their mamas acne (makes sense with all that oily skin).  Boys are kinder to their mamas in this regard.

Mama #1 – Poor Mama #1.  She had acne with all four of her kids – didn’t matter the gender!

Mama #2 – Mama #2 had acne with her first BOY, but her other two boys were kinder and gave her none.

Mama #3 – This mama had acne with her first boy, but none with her girl or her second boy.

Mama #4 – This mama had no acne with her baby boy, and only a little bit with her baby girl.

Mama #5 – Finally, our expectant mama says she is experiencing a little more acne than normal.  Girl?

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Prediction #5: Hair – Thick and Glossy or Dull and Limp

Thick and glossy is said to indicate a boy, while dull and limp means you’re having a girl.  (Seriously, girls!)

Mama #1 – Gender didn’t matter here.  This mama found her hair thick and glossy every time.

Mama #2 – Three boys meant three times this mama had thick and glossy hair.

Mama #3 – Another instance of gender not being a factor.  Mama #3 had thick and glossy hair every time.

Mama #4 – Mama #4 never noticed any change to her hair with her son, but did have thick and glossy hair with her daughter.

Mama #5 – Mama #5 finds that her hair is dull and limp.  Girl?

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Prediction #6: Cravings

Women can crave some crazy things when pregnant, but rumor has it that salty things foretell a boy, while sweet things predict a girl.

Mama #1 – This mama craved salty stuff with her youngest boy and sweet stuff with her girls.  Her curve ball oldest boy gave her cravings of jalapenos.  Spicy!

Mama #2 – This mama craved chicken sandwiches (salty) and whoppers candy (sweet) with her first.  The other two only gave her ice cravings.

Mama #3 – This mama’s craved ice cream with peanuts with her first (sweet and salty).  Her second gave her chocolate cravings, and her third it was fudgecicles.  Sweet kids regardless of gender!

Mama #4 – This mama craved spicy foods and anything lemon-flavored with her boy and sour sweet tarts and iced tea with her girl.

Mama #5 – Our current Preggers mama tells us that she craves salty things, but also fruit. Boy?

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Prediction #7: Nausea

This Old Wives’ Tale says that the more pregnancy nausea you have, the more likely a girl and the less nausea, more likely a boy.

Mama #1 – What a lucky mama!  Four pregnancies and no nausea – with her boys or her girls!

Mama #2 – Another lucky mama!  Three pregnancies and no nausea!

Mama #3 – Mama #3 had some nausea with her older son; very little nausea with her daughter; and the worst nausea with her youngest son.

Mama #4 – Mama #4 had a little bit of nausea with her son, but not too bad.  Her daughter gave her more trips to the bathroom, but still nothing too awful.

Mama #5 – Our pregnant mama says she’s definitely been feeling the nausea bug. Girl?

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Prediction #8: Cold feet

Boys are said to give their mamas super cold feet, while girls don’t have the same affect.

Mama #1 – Might be true.  This mama says her boys gave her cold feet, while the girls did not.

Mama #2 – All three boys, all three cold feet!

Mama #3 – No cold feet for her girl or her oldest son, but cold feet for the younger son.

Mama #4 – Cold feet for her boy, but not for her girl.

Mama #5 – It’ll be hard to tell on this mama, as she’s a congenital double amputee!  She has no feet to determine if her baby makes her feet cold. 😉

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We are all excited to find out if Mama #5 is having a boy or a girl!  Mama thinks a boy, but our Old Wives’ Tales lean toward girl!  Tell us about Old Wives’ Tales that you know and whether or not they were accurate predictors of gender or amount of hair, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As both a Mom and a Daughter, I completely believe in homemade Mother’s Day gifts.  I love getting these sweet gifts from my kiddos and I totally love giving them to my mom and my mother-in-law.  Sometimes the creativity is just not flowing, though, and I look all around for new ideas.  This year the Knit-Rite/Therafirm team got some inspiration from our own products.  The best part is, we were able to use products from several of our brands to create these adorable sock bouquets.  They’re cute and easy enough for the kiddos to do, too.  Watch our demonstration video below!

List of Supplies Needed:

• Socks of multiple colors, shapes and sizes
• A pair of tights, pantyhose or a piece of fabric of similar size and length
• Rubber bands
• Safety pins
• Your favorite vase

We used some discontinued colors of our Preggers and Therafirm brands, as well as current colors of TheraSport, SmartKnitKIDS, SmartKnit and Therafirm.  Happy bouquet making!

Should you work right up until your due date or take time off before delivery?

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Take time off before having a baby?  I can see how this would have gone for me.  Day one: bag packed, check; baby’s room all in order and ready for its occupant, check; house cleaned, check; dishes and laundry done, check.  Now for that rest and relaxation they talked about.  Butt on couch, remote in hand.  And reality sets in: daytime TV is awful!!!  Seriously!  How much can one person take of old sitcom reruns?  And don’t even get me started on soap operas!  Off goes the TV.  How about one of my hobbies that I never have time for?  This works for a while, until my thoughts migrate.  Wonder what’s going on at work?  9:00 on Monday?  Time for our weekly meeting.  Wonder what the husband wants for dinner?  I’ll call him.  Bad idea.  He’s busy.  I saw an ad for a sale at the baby boutique.  I’ll just go check it out.  And $150 later, I’ve got 3 sets of going home outfits.  Time for lunch.  More of the same through the afternoon and end of Day one.

As you can see, checking out of work early to prepare for baby was not for me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE my time off.  But, there is something strange to me about being at home while everyone else is at work.  Makes me sort of feel like staying home sick from school.  Of course, it’s a world of difference once baby was actually here and at home.  Suddenly, my days were totally and happily occupied.

I envy the people that can enjoy their time and do the relaxing they’re supposed to be doing.  However, it’s just not for me.  To each his own, right?  I opted to work right up until the day before my baby was born.  And I’m glad I did.  Once my little bundle was here, I wanted to soak up as many days with him as I could before returning to a job I love.  I truly enjoyed every ounce of being off with my baby.

So, if you’re like me and planning to work right up until your water breaks, here are a few tips to help you’ll want to consider:

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  1. Create a Plan with Your Employer – Any good employer will want to balance the needs of the employee and the needs of the company. Perhaps there are things you won’t be able to do, like lifting heavy objects, mixing certain chemicals, or traveling to the regional sales meeting during your final month.  Your employer will want to make sure the work gets done, so they may want to redistribute some duties to have everything covered.  You’ll also want to know what the employer expects of you when you have to be gone for appointments, etc.  Once a plan is in place, stick to it as much as you’re able to.  It will show your employer that you’re committed to being a good employee and a good parent.
  2. Create a Plan with Your Doctor – Let your doctor know what your working plans are. Make sure the doc knows what you do from day to day, so they can weigh in on things that may cause a danger that you haven’t thought of
  3. Have a Good Backup Plan – Even the best laid plans can be disrupted. Many women can work right up until their water breaks, but some are not so lucky.  Health considerations may sideline you earlier than you expect, so make sure you’re prepared for all possibilities.
  4. Know What to Do if You Go Into Labor at Work – What happens if your water really does break at work? Yikes!  If that happens is your co-worker driving you to the hospital?  Your boss?  Or, is someone calling your husband?  Are you going home first or is your bag already in the car?  What is the best route to the hospital from work?  All things to consider when putting together your “Going Into Labor At Work” plan – just like you do for your home plan.
  5. Know Your Limits – You may have the best intentions, but understand that pregnancy changes many things. We all know about the fatigue, morning sickness, trips to the bathroom, etc.  All the things that go along with pregnancy can affect your ability to do your job at your normal levels.  Don’t overdo it.  You may need to take more frequent breaks or sit down and put your feet up if you stand a lot during your job.  Try a pair of Preggers Maternity legwear.  Compression tights, leggings, pantyhose and socks will help reduce and prevent swelling and energize your tired and achy legs.

Remembering these tips will help you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy at home and at work.  Today’s working mama can have it all!

This evening at 9:30 p.m. CST will conclude our “Deep Thoughts of a Preggers Momma” Caption Contest on Facebook. Congratulations to this week’s winners (so far)!

(Winners: To claim your cake, please email us at preggers@therafirm.com within 72 hours. If we don’t hear from you, another winner will be chosen.)

The jury is still out on who will win the flourless chocolate truffle cake, so if you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook and enter for your chance to win!

Monday’s Winner: Erin Tveter

Three-Layer Chocolate Cake

Tuesday’s Winner: Colleen Missana

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cake

Wednesday’s Winner: Melissa Langlois

German Chocolate Cake

Thursday’s Winner: Mary Dowling Nesbitt

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Friday’s Winner: Lisa Petracca Fuller

Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

Winter PregnancyJoin us for a Preggers Slowvember*: a month of slowing down using the acronym S-L-O-W as a guide.

S – is for ‘savor’. This is an invitation to appreciate the
time we have and the things that lie before us. Rather than
rushing through something or getting aggravated, we are
invited to savor the richness life presents.

L – is for ‘listen to your inner clock’. With everything
happening fast and being immediately accessible through
smartphones, ‘listen to your inner clock’ invites us to do
things at our own (leisurely) pace. No need to rush and
hurry and create a frenzy in your soul and the world around
you.

O – is for ‘others before technology’. Skype, Twitter,
Facebook, email, etc. don’t count for quality interactions.
When you are at the dinner table, be present. When you are
talking with your family, be present. When you are by
yourself, reading a book or enjoying a sunny afternoon, be
present. Real people, including yourself, must come before
technology.

W – is for ‘will this matter a year from now’. As David
Hochman wrote, this one was “…the ultimate test of every
activity and experience.” The invitation is to ask ourselves:
will this matter in a year? How many things do we do
under the tyranny of the urgent that, in the end, don’t matter
now and definitely won’t matter a year from now. By
asking ourselves this important question, we are invited to
discern and attend to the important in the midst of the
urgent.

I think we can all agree that sometimes life gets hectic – especially when you are expecting.  What will you do to slow down this precious time?

*I read about this concept in Spirit Magazine – if I could find a link or the author I would share it but I searched and searched and came up empty!
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