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WebMD, The iPhone And Using Both During Pregnancy

We’ll talk about the giveaway a bit more down the page. For now, I want to bring the discussion back around to my talk with Dr. Hansa Bhargava, the lead pediatrician for WebMD.

She and I conversed over the phone because she was promoting the new iPhone app from the online medical resource. It’s called WebMD Pregnancy and it’s an interesting experiment in just-in-time information management.

Bhargava said the app is a good thing to have for pregnant dudes and dudettes because, even if you don’t know what to ask or when to ask, the app gets personalized with your information and will start letting you know about developmental milestones, medical issues you should look out for and questions you need to ask when you go in for your next doctor visit.

Dr-Bhargava

“It has a lot of fun features as well as the pragmatic ones,” she said, adding that the app can be used to record things like fetal weight or size at various times in the pregnancy. “It’s also about how best to organize your life. There are checklists for many things, including what to pack for when you go to the hospital.

“What I really like as a physician is that it really helps the doctor-patient relationship in that it helps you organize your doctor’s visits. So, before you go in, you can actually take a list of questions that the app offers up. You can put down the answers and then share them with your partner.”

I’ve actually downloaded the app and been playing around with it. No, don’t worry, I’m not pregnant. Nor is my wife, known to me at this exact second as She Who Must Be Laughing Out Loud At The Mere Possibility Of That Being Mentioned. I just wanted to do a little due diligence before talking it up.

Dr. Bhargava’s right. It’s a tremendous little app. I’m quite jealous of the dudes and dudettes who get to download this free app onto their futurephones and use it to help them navigate what can be an appallingly stormy nine months.

My favorite parts of the app are the personal journal to record your thoughts and feelings as you go through pregnancy, the scheduler to keep track of appointments and places you gotta be (I think it was me who coined the phrase P.I.S. for pregnancy-induced senility because a certain someone couldn’t find her butt with two hands and a head start when she was pregnant.), and, best of all, the bump tracker. This little feature lets you take a picture each week so you can watch as the baby bump grows throughout the pregnancy. Yeah, this is the goods.

“You open up the app and it’s going to tell you information that’s relevant,” she said. “The personal journal allows you to put pictures in or record things, like what your cravings were, for example. When you felt the baby’s first kick, or something nice your partner did for you.”

So, yeah, dudes and dudettes, this is highly recommended from us here at A Dude’s Guide. . . to Everything! We like it. We like it a lot.

Now let’s talk swag. The fine folks at WebMD sent along some prime swaggins for you. There’s swaddling blankets:  SwaddleDesign Ultimate Receiving Blanket, a digital thermometer:  Vick’s Baby Rectal Thermometer, towel & washcloth:  Aden & Anais La Mer Towel & Washcloth, the most recent issue of the WebMD magazine, and more stuff from WebMD on pregnancy.

This, my friends, is a good deal. And, to win this lovely prize, all you have to do is send me an e-mail detailing — in 100 words or less — what you said when you first learned you were going to be a parent. On purpose. I’ll pick out a winner randomly and send along the goodies. You need to get the e-mail to me no later than midnight March 27. That gives you dudes a good week to get working.

You’ll also get a very special extra prize: You’ll receive a copy of A Dude’s Guide to Babies autographed personally by both Barry and me, Richard. How’s that for a great gift? Pretty darn amazing, I’m thinking. And that’s in addition to the great stuff from WebMD.

Get crackin’, dudes. Send me those e-mails. I’m waiting.

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Men, Don’t Touch That Woman: Women, Don’t Touch That Man

by Richard

Read and obey, dudes. Seriously.

Unless you want a nice little package to come screaming into your life in about nine months, today is not the day for you to get up to any hanky pankey.

Seriously.

Well, as seriously as you can take any survey put out by Britain’s number-one online seller of sex toys.

Lovehoney, the aforementioned sex toy retailer, added up some figures and applied some basic math and came up with some interesting conclusions.

To wit: Today, Dec. 11, is the most fertile day of that year.

Say what?

National birth records show that the most popular birthday is September 16th and with a typical pregnancy lasting 40 weeks, the majority of babies are conceived on December 11th.

Okay, sure, those birth records probably were from Britain, but I’m going to go with this anyway as I’m much too lazy to do the kind of research this will take to compile. I mean, it’ll probably take more than 10 minutes to google up the answers.

Well, call me a liar. I went online and actually found that, yeah, Sept. 16 is the most popular birthdate for the US as well. So I guess I’m not a complete fraud. Well, either that or my google-fu is complete rubbish. Could be either, really.

Anyway.

Say what? Still?

Scientists suggest the fertility is increased in the winter months as sperm quality is higher in the cold. Lovehoney also found that people are more likely to have sex in December due to it being the festive season!

Since this means absolutely nothing, I thought I would get it out there. So, yeah, it seems today (in some extremely non-scientific ways) is the most fertile day of the year.

Now, my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Absolutely Certain Contraception Works, and I have taken. . . steps to ensure we are not blessed with a fourth little dude. We thought about trying for a girl, but were pretty sure we’d end up with twin boys. The universe is funny that way and we don’t have a good enough sense of humor.

Anyway. Again. Even with precautions, I think I’m sleeping on the couch. Call me careful, but you can’t call me daddy. Again.

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Taking A Break From The Sun

by Richard

There’s that old saying about something being as smooth as a baby’s bottom. That means something is very smooth and soft. Not because it is wet and sticky and smelly. They’re talking post change, not pre change.

Anyway, baby skin is so smooth and soft because the only thing it’s been exposed to was a nice nutrient-packed bath for nine months or so, followed by pampering and suchlike.

As opposed to, say, older dudes who have done things to their skin, horrible things. Who here hasn’t made a long, sliding dive into gravel? Or on the asphalt? Or worked with lawn tools or just plain tools long enough that you start developing blisters? Yeah, I didn’t think I’d see any hands up with those questions.

However, one thing babys definitely have over us in the race for soft skin, is that theirs hasn’t been damaged by the sun for almost every day of every week of every month of every day of their lives.

It’s only relatively recently that people have begun to recognize the importance of protecting our skin from the sun’s Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays. UVA and UVB are what cause sunburn and blisters.

Fortunately, there is a better protection for our skin than sweating it out in long sleeves and long pants, or staying indoors with the curtains drawn all day. It’s called sunscreen.

We’re supposed to be using it every day, according to dermatologists. I’d love to, but I have a constitutional aversion to walking around all day feeling greasy.

Little dudes, on the other hand, don’t get much say in the matter. In addition to having delicate skin that really needs to be protected as much as possible. That’s where we come in.

You need to make sure you’ve added some good sunscreen to the little dude’s diaper bag before you go out. There’s two types of sunscreen, ones that block the sun’s rays from being absorbed and ones that destroy the damaging rays after they’ve become absorbed. It’s those last kinds that are known to cause stinking. And, dude, believe me, you don’t want to be the one who puts the stinging kind of sunscreen onto a little dude’s face. That is not fun.

Try to find a sunscreen that is designed to physically block the sun’s damaging rays, one that will not sting and one that is intentionally formulated to be used on the face. It’s not that hard, but we’ll leave that as an exercise for the student to complete.

While you do need to make sure you cover your little dude’s face well with the sunscreen, you don’t have to trowel it on. Just get a good, even coat. Try to apply it every day, especially during the summer. Just as important, try and keep the little dudette out of the most powerful sun’s rays, between 10 am and 4 pm. That’s a bad time for soft, fragile skin to be out and about.

After all, we want that skin to stay smooth and soft for as long as possible.

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