27 Weeks: Passing Out at Work

I didn’t pass out but I almost did! Three times today! I started feeling really lightheaded in the car this morning at 2:30, then it got worse when I got to my desk.

I took off my panty hose because I thought that was the problem…By the way I was laughed at when a girl at work heard I still wear panty hose. Not because I am pregnant but because they are “sooooo out.” Whatever, I wear the black tights under black pants only.

Anyway, that didn’t work, then I unbuttoned my pants…I thought I was cutting off the blood circulation. Nope. Still about to fall over. I managed to get through the show but it was rough.  So at 7 I ran over to my mom to be mentor Afton (KMOV web producer) to ask what the deal was.

DEHYDRATION.

She said she ended up in the hospital because of it when she was pregnant with her first child.  It’s now 10:15, I’ve had three bottles of water and I feel better but still not quite right.

I just read pregnant women are supposed to drink at least 8 ounces of water an hour! Holy Pee Breaks Batman! Seriously???

I will drink more but I’m still wearing panty hose with my black pants! I hate that flash of flesh that breaks up the black flow from the pants to the heels.  Know what I mean?

Here’s Afton and my video blog about the mini crisis this morning.

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Zen Mommy Minute: The Words We Use


Here are some thoughts about the words we use and ideas on how words can help or hurt us in our parenting. Whether you are pregnant with your first or raising teens, we can all benefit from watching for a few important words like should, try, need and MY/MINE and the messages they convey.

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28 Weeks: Pregnancy Calf Cramps to Wake the DEAD

mummyIf you are or have been pregnant, odds are you know what I’m talking about. Over 50% of pregnant women suffer (and I mean suffer!!!) from these horrible, jaw clenching seizures in the muscles of the legs, usually in the calves, and (for me anyway) the sneaky little devils like to strike in the middle of the night.

I started getting them every other night around 2a.m.  about two weeks ago. One was so bad it lasted into the next day and had me limping… considering a cane or a crutch as I was going to a convention downtown and needed to walk a ton. Ego prevented me from going to that extreme so I just limped along for the day and sat as much as possible.

I’ve figured out a few things that work to help my cramps and hope they help if you are suffering from them too!

  1. Sometimes if I freeze (much like a deer in the headlights) those nasty leg cramps will pass me right on by. I love when this happens but have to say, it’s the exception… not the rule.
  2. When they do strike, I get right out of bed and put some weight through the leg. this not only flexes the foot putting the spasm-ed calf muscles on stretch, but weight bearing is supposed to have a mellowing effect on spastic muscles… a trick I learned as a physical therapist.
  3. Massage the muscles. I use the same massage oil I use for belly massage and to prevent stretch marks. If I’m lucky, I wake my husband with all my moving around (not to mention the sounds of pain that come from me, enough to have anyone in earshot swearing I was in labor) and he works my calves with the oil. One of only two perks I can think of from the whole calf pain thing.
  4. The other thing I do, and the second “perk” (if you can call it that) of having calf cramps to wake the dead in pregnancy… is that it gives me a chance to pretend I’m in labor. Yup. I actually have decided with each spasm to pretend I am indeed in labor… to soften my other muscles even as the one in questions locks into a spasm. This is exactly what occurs in labor, except that it’s my uterus doing the seizing not my leg muscles. I breathe in the mantra “I am love” and breathe out with “I am enough”. This really does help. Mind over matter? I think so.
  5. Following nights where the cramps were super bad, I wake up and soak my legs in as hot of water as I can stand. This REALLY sets me up to win… taking me from limping in pain to limp free in 20 minutes.
  6. And finally, I have started eating a banana, handful of almonds and glass of o.j. a day as I’ve read all of these can help. I think they do. That and being sure I remain hydrated through the day, but I tell ‘ya, if I drink any more water than I already am, I’m bound to float away.

I know I’m not the only one out there so I’d love to hear from you, misery loves company… do you get calf or leg cramps? when did they start? and what do you do about them that seems to work?

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How Spirit Moves

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

Week 27: Holiday Maternity Fashion Tips

More of Me Maternity Black DressThis week I’m thinking about THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR’S EVE!!! All these big parties coming up. I just hope I’m mobile enough to enjoy them all… the end of January feels just around the corner. Am I ready? I may not have the nursery done.. but I know what I’ll be wearing come Christmas. Ha. That’s gotta count for something!@#@!!!

If you are pregnant, here are some tips to help you prepare… well… at least your closet anyway… for the holidays.

TIP #1: Save Energy:
Shop online for maternity clothes. This allows you to shop the high fashion name brands and more affordable lines all in one place, and frankly, I just don;t have the staying power to shop multiple stores in a row to find the right outfit and a good deal like I used to. There are also a number of free shipping offers and deals around the holidays. The main idea here is to sav your energy. Shop smarter… not harder! And if you are hitting the stores, shop early and avoid the crowds. Getting out to shop on Black Friday is NOT be at the top of my to-do list…

TIP #2: Buy Versatile Maternity Clothes:
Plan a few festive outfits you can mix and match that will work for ALL the upcoming holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s. Don’t wait until the night of the party to figure this out… have it planned. You’ll end up saving money and getting alot more wear out the the items you do end up buying!!! Here are a few good picks when it comes to being “versatile” items.

  1. This black skirt from Japanese Weekend is also a killer black halter top maternity dress and only $78. That’s alot of bang for the holiday clothing buck.
  2. Dress up your jeans with a dressie top. I like this one in Black Eyelet from Maternal America and plan to wear it on Christmas day with the family with jeans and black boots.
  3. Pick a few maternity tops that can be dressed up/down and worn well past the holidays as well like this off-white one… off-white is a great color for winter and the holidays.

TIP #3: Buy at least ONE Dress

Pregnant or not every girl needs a Go-Dress! To help you get the most mileage out of this specail dress:

  1. Pick a classic solid color so that different accessories can easily be added.
  2. Look for a maternity wrap dress as these are adorable over jeans and can be worn with funky tights/boots or really dressed up with heels.  Look for one in red, a great color for the holidays.
  3. Look for “smart buys” when it comes to selecting your go-to dress; one that is sure to work for many occasions, many seasons and even future pregnancies. Classic cuts and colors will take you MUCH furture than trendy styles here.
  4. FINALLY: The trend in Maternity fashion is fitted so have fun showing of your beautiful belly bump! It truly is something to celebrate. Here I am showing off mine on a local St. Louis morning show going over tips for Holiday Maternity Fashion.

I hope your pregnancy is going well and that you are in the holiday spirit!!! If you have any great maternity fashion tips or questions, I’d love to hear them below.

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How Spirit Moves

due logoThis Zen Mommy Minute is published in partnership with Due Maternity, a great place to shop online for holiday maternity clothes.  xoxo

Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

25 Weeks: Back to BABY NAMES

25 week biggerOK. I’m opening it up. I would LOVE to hear your BEST BABY NAME ideas for our twins, now 25 weeks along and pushing two pounds each. Be sure your comment links to an email or web site so I can track you down and thank you if we go with your suggestion! And so you don’t feel like you’re just randomly throwing names out there, let me give you some background on names from where me and my big-belly sit.

  • Our girls are Reilly (9) and Morgan (almost 7). Note they have two syllables AND 6 letters each, that both are also last names AND both could be for a boy or girl (though more on the girly side if you ask me.) Freaky coincidence or obsessive compulsive parents? The former. These parallels didn’t even dawn on us until after we’d picked the name Morgan.
  • I love using family names, especially for middle names, and we have a big family with lots of names for the picking. Reilly’s middle name is Cecelia after my husband’s grandma (who was the LIFE of the party kind-a-gal and could tell a dirty joke and kick back  a few vodka tonics better than most) and Morgan’s middle name is Kathleen after my baby sister who just had a baby of her own. Morgan was well named as everyone in the family says she looks like my gorgeous younger sister.
  • We’ve always had trouble picking boy names. We have two girls so you’d think we’d have a long list of boy names ready and waiting…  but in fact, we have about 3 girl ideas to every 1 boy idea. Our top picks for a boy in pregnancies past included William (and call him Liam), Mitchel (not even sure if I’m spelling that right) and Leo (my dad and my big brother’s name, unused through 13 grandchildren, only four of which are boys on my side of the family.)
  • The man that married us (straight from Ireland – all LOVE-able, intelligent, KIND, five-foot four-inches of him) is named Liam Collins. We’ve often thought how cool it would be to use all or part of this incredible man and dear friend’s name.
  • Some other family names include Alice, Hadley, Ivy, Jane, Elizabeth, Dean, Callahan, Pericles, Demetrius, Mark, and of course Shawn (my hubby who always wished his parents had spelled it “Sean”) and Suzanne (me, named after my mom “Susan”).
  • What else? Oh yeah, one of my favorite women in the world is Amelia Earhart (post I wrote about what a Bad Ass she was/is.)

Was any of this helpful? Or now are you as confused as we are? I hope you can see some creative potential in all I’ve shared, or just forget everything I’ve said and give me your best shot. A fresh new perspective might be just what we need. Send me your favorite one only… a first and middle name for baby girl and baby boy. I’ll let you you know our top five picks VERY SOON.

And speaking of names… what is your full name? Do you like it? And why did your parents pick it?

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This Zen Mommy Minute is published in partnership with Due Maternity. This week Zen Mommy is especially grateful for the fashionable maternity tops Due has… making room for her growing belly!  xoxo

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher.Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

Zen Mommy Minute: Fun Halloween Tips for Parents


This Halloween, keep it safe for sure… but also keep it FUN! Here are three simple tips to keep you and your kids smiling all Monster Mash night long:

  1. Share stories from Halloween past with your kids. Tell them about when you were little. What were your favorite costumes growing up? Favorite candy? Family traditions?
  2. Look up the meaning and origins of Halloween on the internet with your kids. Tweens might especially get a kick out of this.
  3. Keep the pressure off, especially around costumes, telling jokes and going to a certain number of houses to trick – or – treat. There’s no right or wrong here. Focus on the F-U-N. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the things your neighbors are doing but remember (especially for young kids) less is more. [Read more…]

How to Massage Your Pregnant Belly

Put on some relaxing music and follow along with this video on prenatal belly massage for a therapeutic bonding time with your baby!

Tips:

1.  A good time to start is the middle to end of your second trimester, especially if you are already feeling your baby(s) move.

2. Sit on your bed or a couch with a couple pillows behind your back. Avoid lying flat.

3. Use oil over lotion as lotion tends to dry out quickly. Pick something that will help you avoid stretch marks.

4. Use light pressure and work at a comfortable pace.

5. Remember to breathe and have fun. This is a special time for you to connect with your baby. xo

I’m really feeling our sweet little baby boy and girl move now. Though I’ve claimed to feel them for many weeks, secretly I’ve wondered, “Am I just having some serious trouble digesting something?!?!” These kicks lately are undeniable…  to the point where my husband and the kids can put their hands on the growing bump and feel them too. Awww. This has got to be one of the best parts about being pregnant; these sweet, not-yet-painful little love bumps that say, “Hi mom, we’re in here!!!” Just felt one now. How’s that for timing? *smiles*

Now, as any veteran pregnant women will tell you, I am fully aware that these love bumps have the power to turn into a whole ‘nother thing entirely. I have not forgottenthe foot lodged in my right lower rib cage for the final 8 weeks of carrying Miss Reilly, our first. I have not forgotten being woken up in the middle of the night by Miss Morgan, our second, and her late night raves in the final few weeks of that pregnancy.

These love bumps make me want to do some bumping back. Thinking about how much I like massage… how much my own babies and the babies whose parents I teach Infant Massage like massage, I figure now is the time for me to begin massaging our twins regularly. Yep… it’s Belly Massage time!!!

I just got oil for preventing stretch marks and it’s perfect for this. As it’s made from some of the same oils I recommend using on new babies (Almond and Grapeseed) among other things, this bottle will take me right into when I’ll actually massaging our sweet little babies after birth too. Click here for details and the video on how you can do this too. That way if you want to tell your baby(s) “I love you” in their first language (touch is the first sense babies develop inutero),  if you want to bond with your baby(s) well before they are born via massage, and on a practical level, if you want to help yourself avoid stretch marks, you can!

Write and tell me if you are enjoying feeling movements from your little peanut yet. And if you’re not pregnant now but have been, around what week do you remember feeling your babies move? Finally, if you ever done belly massage and/or  Infant Massage with your babies, tell me all about it. (One of my favorite things to talk about in the world!)

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When we follow our bliss, anything is possible. I hope you walk with me and other moms here because motherhood (and life) is better when we’re holding hands.

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Zen Mommy Minute: Unscheduled Time

How important is unscheduled time in your life? For your children? This week, join me in making down time a priority for yourself and your family; for truly, it is in these moments of “doing-nothing” time that the magic and wonder of childhood (and life!) happen.

It’s in our “being-ness”, not our “doing-ness” that we feel connected to life. If you are feeling disconnected, where can you say “no” in life and perhaps schedule yourself some much needed unscheduled time? :)

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