Sugaring vs. Waxing

I asked my OB if it was safe to sugar while pregnant. He had no clue what I was talking about, so it was quite amusing trying to explain it to him. ‘So I can just use sugar to remove hair from my body??’ he asked. Um no, not quite.

I first tried sugaring a few years ago. I came across a great deal on Groupon so I was tempted to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did.

Sugaring is a hair removal process that’s similar to waxing, but so much better! The paste is made from water-soluble natural ingredients so cleanup is really easy. All you need is a damp cloth, compared to an oil-based cleanser for wax. Also, the sugar paste does not adhere to skin the way wax does, so it isn’t as terrible. Plus, it’s not hot, whereas wax could be painfully hot if you’re sensitive.

I’ve tried a few different sugarists in Toronto, and just like any other esthetician, stick with one you’re comfortable with and it’ll be worth it. There are also some home sugaring kits, but I’ve never been successful with those. Maybe some of you will have better luck.

The Home Stretch of a Pleasant Pregnancy

I have to say that this past week has been the most uncomfortable week of my pregnancy. It’s painful to turn around in bed and difficult to walk. So before these last few weeks make me forget how great my first nine months have been, I thought I’d share this now.

I’ve been very lucky to have had a good pregnant, and I’m going to miss it. Knowing that many friends of mine have had dreadful experiences, I do feel somewhat guilty for loving every moment of mine. The worst part of it was my own doing; I’m a natural worrier, so with all this new to me, I worried more than I should have but I’ve learned to relax.

My First Trimester – Weeks 1-13
I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks, two days before my 32nd birthday. My breasts started aching just days before that, which made me wonder. It wasn’t even the fact that my period was a week late. I wasn’t going to bother going by a schedule because I’d just stopped taking the pill the month before and I figured it would take awhile to get back to normal. For 2-3 weeks after that, my symptoms were achy breasts, slight nausea and general fatigue. Nothing showstopping. Just as long as I had something to eat first thing in the morning, my nausea went away. And the sore breasts and general fatigue were ironically comforting to me. It was a reminder that my little embryo was growing. By week 7 or 8, I was feeling back to my normal self. No symptoms. No discomfort. I was looking forward to my first ultrasound, which was at week 10. I saw the little peanut and it was perfect. I did also notice my skin improved during this time and has been the same since. I always struggled with breakouts every now and then, but my skin was so clear that I felt comfortable enough to leave the house without foundation. Not sure if it was due to hormones or the fact that I start using all natural products, but this was great news.

My Second Trimester – Weeks 14-26
I started my second trimester in Europe. Having no symptoms, I was able to enjoy the long walks and all the food in Italy. By the time I started to show around week 15, I started to enjoy the pregnancy talk with friends and coworkers. And the convos always went the same way — with me answering with ‘I’m feeling very good’. Other than the growing belly, I didn’t feel like I was pregnant. I was able to restart an exercise routine, which I think helped boost my energy even more. Also, during my this time, I had the IPS screening completed and the anatomy ultrasound, and everything was going as planned. I also felt those little movements for the first time.

My Third Trimester – Weeks 27-now (37.5)
Other than the occasional backache, my third trimester has been smooth. At the beginning of the third, I was just starting my bootcamp class. And I attended that every week up until this past weekend. During this time, I enjoyed watching my belly grow. I’m going to miss rubbing it and feeling the kicks and hiccups — and even watching the creepy-looking alien movements. I can’t even complain much about my lack of sleep, as I expected this and to me, it’s just mommy-training.

On a side note, I do have two lighthearted complaints about my pregnancy:

  • My breasts did not grow at all! I was looking forward to some increase in size, but with no luck, I’ve had my modest pair all along. Maybe breastfeeding will give me a little boost.
  • During the last trimester, I lost a few pairs of socks. I’d come home with holes in them because of my toenails :( It’s been a struggle to cut my nails so sometimes I’d forget or wouldn’t even bother. I’m looking forward to being able to do pedicures on my own without feeling like a contortionist.

And that’s it! That’s my nine months in a nutshell. I’m as ready as I can be for the next phase–labour!!

37 Week Update

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  • Total weight gain: 34lbs (gained 2.5lbs in two weeks)
  • Sleep: Not enough.
  • Highlight: Setting up baby’s room!
  • Movement: Still very active and strong.
  • Food cravings: My appetite has been lacking lately, but I’m still into those blueberry muffins! Oh, and water. I’ve been so thirsty lately that all I want is ice cold water.
  • Symptoms: Lightning (aka baby dropping). I woke up in the middle of the night a few nights ago, feeling absolute discomfort. It felt like my whole pelvic area was stretching. I liken it to the feeling you get when your teeth braces are tightened and your whole mouth is in pain. That same night, I had to pee every hour! And it’s been that way since. That’s when I knew the baby had dropped. The doctor confirmed it today. He said the baby’s head was well down in my pelvis. No dilation yet though. It’s also been more difficult to walk with all that pressure.
  • Mood: Tired. Anxious. Excited. Scared.

Getting Started with Cloth Diapers

There were several factors we needed to consider when deciding whether or not to try out reusable diapers. One was cost. I almost immediately ruled out diapering services as these were too costly and didn’t seem worth it to me. I found this pretty good calculator that helped give me approximate numbers if we were to do everything ourselves.

The next question was ‘what type of cloth diapers should we try?’ There are a lot of options out there, and each has its pros and cons.

Prefolds

  • Pro – Most cost efficient
  • Con – Time-consuming to put on (requires folding, pinning, cover)
  • Cost – $

Fitted

  • Pro – Has elastic around legs to fit baby and hold in messes
  • Con – Requires pins and diaper covers
  • Cost – $$

Pocket

  • Pro – No pins or diaper covers required
  • Con – Requires some effort to prepare (stuffing inserts into pockets)
  • Cost – $$$

All-in-One

  • Pro – Easiest to use (no prep work before you put the diaper on baby)
  • Con – Hardest to clean and takes longest to dry
  • Cost – $$$$

In addition to the types, there are other choices like snaps vs. velcro, one-size vs. various sizes, etc.

We decided to go with one-size pocket diapers. To start, I purchased two of the best reviewed pocket diapers: BumGenius 4.0 and Fuzzibunz Elite. We’ll get a feel for what works best for us and then get more for our stash.

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Here are some tips I picked up during my research that might help others looking into cloth diapering:

  • Because brands have different fits, try out different ones before completing your stash.
  • Expect to do laundry every other day.
  • Have at least 2-3 dozen diapers to get you between loads.
  • Dirty diapers from exclusively breastfed babies do not need to be dumped/cleaned before throwing it into the wash. The poop is all water soluble.
  • Dirty diapers from solid foods do need to be cleaned before throwing into the wash. Liners help in these situations.
  • Certain brands of disposable liners can be re-used/washed once or twice if it’s just a wet diaper change.
  • Use disposable diapers for the first few days as the poop will contain meconium, which is sticky and not fun to deal with if cleaning a cloth diaper.

After all that, I’m super excited to give this a go. I will post an update after trying them out for awhile. Wish us luck!

My First Embarrassing Pregnancy Moment

I guess I was lucky enough to have held off my first embarrassing moment until my eighth month.

I was out shopping today — lots of energy and feeling good. I was browsing around in a store when I quickly crouched down to see the bottom row of items along the wall. (I must have forgotten that I need to move slowly at this stage because it’s harder to control my body.) For that quick second, I felt my balance teetering, but it was too late to stabilize. I fell first on my ass and then continued to fall completely until I was on my back. At that moment, the salesperson came back to answer a question I had asked her earlier. There I was lying like a beached whale. I rolled on my side and quickly got up as soon as I could. The salesperson looked a bit concerned and asked if I was okay, but I could tell she felt awkward for me. I was in a La Vie En Rose, a lingerie store of all places — not somewhere you’d often encounter these situations. “I’m fine. I just lost my balance,” I replied and quickly carried on with our previous conversation like nothing happened.

So humiliating. Funny, but humiliating. Anyone else up for sharing their embarrassing moments?