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post #41 of 92
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TMI: what happens if I get a yeast infection? I am a little itchy today...
If you have a yeast infection, you need to get it taken care of asap!!! The last thing you want is to be dealing with yeast, if you plan on breastfeeding.

I would suggest using peroxide directly on the infection to cure it locally. But more importantly you need to cure it systemically.

I highly suggest ordering "candistroy" from vitacost.com. Take it as directed. I would also suggest getting on a high quality probiotic, and eliminating refined white flours, sugar, corn, and potatoes from your diet for right now. Also, even natural sugars need to be eaten in major moderation. (fruit and natural syrups) You can still eat whole grains . . . but not too much.

I would do anything and everything I could to make sure that the yeast was out of my system before baby arrives. There is nothing worse than dealing with thrush and a newborn.
post #42 of 92
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Originally Posted by Gillian28 View Post
All the kicks are up in my ribs so I'm assuming he's still head down, but then every so often I feel something that feels like a head. I have no idea.
I said the same thing to my midwife and she said that I'm feeling the baby's bum. And then she copped a feel and confirmed it ... head down, butt up. Maybe the same for you?
post #43 of 92
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TMI: what happens if I get a yeast infection? I am a little itchy today...
In addition to the natural treatments mentioned upthread by Larissa, you can also try Grapefruit Seed Extract. The liquid form is typically 10-20 drops per ounce of distilled water. Apply externally and you can soak a tampon and use that as well.

We've had wonderful success with this treating yeast issues. I highly recommend it. Be sure to also wash any undies and towels/wash cloths in very hot water. Add GSE or clear vinegar to the wash/rinse cycles and dry on high heat to kill any residual yeast. If you use peroxide to treat the yeast, I would test it first to make sure it's not going to irritate you, just in case.

OTC yeast treatments are considered safe by most practitioners, as long as your waters are intact, and you're careful not to insert too far up -- but it's usually not necessary to use the applicator as far up as it will reach anyway. If you decide to go with an OTC, use Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotriman). It is more effective than Miconazole (Monistat).

Probiotics are key no matter which topical application you choose though. The Dr. Ohhira's brand is outstanding. It's great for keeping yeast issues at bay. And I agree with the recommendation to avoid sugary/yeasty foods if you can.

Sorry you're suffering. I hate yeast. And I totally agree you do not want to deal with thrush and a newborn. That is a nightmare. BTDT and wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Good luck!
post #44 of 92
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If you have a yeast infection, you need to get it taken care of asap!!! The last thing you want is to be dealing with yeast, if you plan on breastfeeding.
Eh, I have had a little bit of yeast down there from time to time-- you know, the itchiness-- I never do anything about it, besides realizing that it means I've been eating too much sugar and empty carbs! My normal diet is pretty healthy and contains probiotics-- and, probiotics, Vitamin C and a normal, healthy diet should take care of yeast easily on it's own rather quickly.

I've never had yeast issues with breastfeeding, ever, and I nursed two little boys into toddlerhood! So I wouldn't really worry about it.
post #45 of 92
It's true that it won't affect everyone that way, but I would worry about it. And the truth is, it is something to be concerned about. If you have yeast in your system, it's best to take care of it, and get it out of your system . . . even if it doesn't affect your newborn through thrush. I would imagine that anyone would want to be as healthy as possible. And if you get yeast infections locally . . . then you have yeast in your system. Ridding yourself of the yeast can go far to improve your greater health. Yeast can cause you to not have energy . . . among many other things. Just my opinion, but I do think it's something to be proactive about.
post #46 of 92
I use Boric acid in gel caps for 7 days and fermalac suppositories for 7 days and a vinegar rinse locally to treat yeast infections. I am not very good about eliminating sugars from my diet but it usually happens when I've slacked on taking probiotics.

Saw the mw today. She's a little concerned that I've lost a little weight and haven't gained at all in 6-7 weeks. Also I've been sick almost constantly for 6 weeks. She thinks I need to really cut down on work. I'm going to look at what I can do. I really want to keep working even if it is for shorter shifts.
I really need to get in for acupuncture too.
On a happy note I bought myself some cute boots and new purse today. I got dh's christmas gift too. Only a few more to buy for. I have to shop in short spurts as I get tired and sore easily.
post #47 of 92
Well, I'd never had bad yeast issues, but it turns out that for whatever reasons, my daughter is very prone to yeast and it is heartbreaking to have a newborn who's suffering from oral thrush, which is extremely painful (despite what some peds may say I guarantee none of them have ever had oral thrush).

So while it may not be a big deal for the mom or for some nurslings even, if left untreated it can turn into a big deal for mom or the baby, even without prior issues. And even though I'd never had yeast problems prior (maybe two yeast infections in 37 years? If that), the thrush from Guinevere got into my milk ducts, plus my nipples were raw, bleeding, and peely. It was agony to nurse. It hurt all the way down my side. And it nearly destroyed our BFing, at only two months.

It may be that a little itching is nothing to fret over and I certainly hope that's the case here and with any of us who may experience it. But if it becomes obvious it's yeast, definitely treat it, however you choose. The longer you wait, the worse it can be to treat.
post #48 of 92
I just got back from my OB appointment. I got another peak at our baby . . . and my doubts were put to rest. . . definitely a girl. . . no confusion anymore for me. I can't help but be skeptical, though, because we were told girl with our first son. . . and obviously that was wrong. But we saw clearly that she is definitely a girl. So, I am happy about that. The whole family went, and my oldest son kept saying, I hope that it is a girl, I really want a sister. So, he's happy!

Now, I really need a middle name for this little one!

Oh . . .and everything else is perfect. Heartrate was 164, my bp was 110/60, and about a 21 pound weight gain. Next appointment I'll be almost 36 weeks . . . and to the weekly appointments!
post #49 of 92
Yay on the little girl Larissa!

Anyone feel like their little one is trying to escape? I am amazed by how strong these movements are now! It feels like her little hands are pushing on the inside of my right hip bone and then I can feel really hard pushing by her back or butt on the left side of my belly. Like she's using the leverage from my hip to push up above. It's starting to feel a bit uncomfortable actually. I guess that means she is getting bigger and stronger though, which is great.

I have my last birth class tonight! I think it's just a potluck and hearing some stories of moms who have delivered at my birth center - not learning anything new. I can't believe classes are done already! I'm also curious to find out if anyone from class has had their baby - 2 couples were do last weekend.

Cindy
post #50 of 92
I've been shocked at some of the movements lately, to be honest. They take my breath away. It's like all the sudden, out of nowhere her little hand (or foot?) DIGS into some tight crevice inside and I gasp. OW. Oh my. Whew. Thankfully it doesn't last long. I'll rub my belly and whisper shushing sounds. But dang, sometimes it's intense, for sure.

I'm really working hard on getting things ready, and that includes finishing the basement (being turned into a playroom), and the secret hideyhole room under the stairs -- which is now pink and awaiting a mural of sorts whenever I have some time. Thankfully mr. nighten is off work after Wednesday, until the end of the year! He rarely takes vacation, and there are only 5 days that will roll over to the new year, so I'm hoping we can get everything done easily between Thursday and the new year, and then I can relax a bit, knowing new baby can come whenever she's ready after that.

Anyone else an emotional wreck these days? I'll be fine one minute then out of the blue I'm crying. It's embarrassing and annoying....
post #51 of 92
My homebirth midwife called me yesterday... I told her about all my issues with my current OB and how things weren't working out the way I had hoped. She was very supportive and said that if I need her at the end to just call. Not only is she willing to catch in the case of an "unplanned" homebirth, she also volunteered to be my doula at the hospital! I am so relieved to have her on MY side...

ARRRGGGGGGG!!! I hate all the trouble I've had with my diabetic supplies!!! Yesterday I called my OB first thing in the morning (8am) to request the prescription for my new insulin. I called the pharmacy (11am) and they hadn't got it yet. I called the diabetic clinic (1pm) to see if they could call it in, they said no it had to be from my doctor (even though they called it in for me last time). I called the pharmacy again, no script yet. I called my OB again, they said she was in clinicals until 5pm AND that she doesn't change insulin, the diabetic clinic does. So I go to the pharmacy (5pm), still no insulin. THEN they test strips I called in a refill for the day earlier, was "stuck in the computer". It took them half an hour JUST to print out the label and stick it on the box for me!

I'm losing weight again trying to keep my carb count low enough while I'm out of insulin. Then like last night I can't help it and I get a post-meal of 171...
post #52 of 92
My midwife just left. Everything is going smoothly, I feel great and baby is doing well. Blood pressure was something like 110/58 (or was it 68?) and the baby's heart rate was about 150. I have a very mild amount of swelling but only in my shins, nothing in my hands and face and another perfect urine strip. My hips ache and turning over at night is hard but that's nothing odd for being about 33 weeks. baby is head down and low. Last night as I was trying to fall asleep it felt like it was digging it's hands or head into my cervix, ouch! I can feel when it turns it's head from side to side. It seems to prefer to keep it's feet towards my right side but not always. Next appointment is right after Christmas.
post #53 of 92
The fetal echocardiogram I had today showed NO structural abnormalities and only a minor rhythm issue (and not even the rhythm issue we went for...apparently hear heart dips down a little low during it's normal rhythm...she's generally around 145, but she was dipping a little low--not enough to be concerned with though). And the nonstress test today only showed 2 PACs in 20 minutes!

Apparently baby girl's heart is fixing itself! YAY!
post #54 of 92
AllyRae, that's great!

DH and I are doing better w/ the housework issue. Without even reading this post, he hugged me when he saw how stressed I was, and said "I'm sorry I'm so lazy." Then we blitz-cleaned for about two hours and I felt much better. Yesterday we sent Kalten to Nana's to make crafts, and we finally got our Christmas tree up. Kalten's face was priceless when he got home!

I was just realizing that in two months, I'll have a newborn around! I bought some fabric to make the boys matching rompers. I'm pretty excited.
post #55 of 92
I have been taking Grapefruit Seed Extract tablets for the entire pregnancy as a preventative. I got two nasty yeast infections earlier this year and just didn't want to have to deal with it during pregnancy. I've also tried to be careful with my diet, but sugar is so hard for me to resist! My mom told me that they've done some studies too about passing yeast on to baby during birth and how it might cause immune disfunction disorders. She really struggled with yeast and thrush with my younger two brothers. They also got sick much more often than my older brother and I did. There might be a connection there. I think there are many good reasons to go on probotics next month. I'll have to talk to my midwife about it.

The baby is moving a lot. We've had fun watching my tummy roll and move. People were watching me during church. This baby doesn't let me forget that I'm pregnant.

Also, I had someone notice that I was pregnant the other day. Yay! A woman I hadn't seen for a year saw me in the grocery store. She asked me what was new, etc. And when I said I was expecting in February, she said that she'd guessed and guestured toward my tummy! Yay! I'm a pregnant woman in public. People who smile at my widened, waddling frame know that I'm a gestating mommy! Now just watch. In two weeks they'll be asking, "Are you having twins?"
post #56 of 92
AllyRae, that's awesome news!!!

I had a good, but kinda rough day. We went to the store, then headed across town to a little boutique where they sell really nice children's clothes and stuff. They happen to have really pretty wooden letters for the wall and it's where I got Guinevere's letters before she was born. So I need some that spell out Eowyn.

So off we went. Only when Guinevere and I got there, there was a sign on the door saying they'd be back in 30 minutes. It was really cold and raining, but Winnie had on her rainboots and coat, so we went in search of the "perfect puddle" and when she found it, she stomped for 30 minutes. Thankfully I had a change of clothes in the car for her. Went back to the store and it was still closed. We ended up waiting over an hour and a half and honestly, I don't know how pregnant mamas do it, who have to stand for an hour and a half at a time. I was seriously hurting. I finally left a note on the door w/my cell phone # and we walked to a Subway so I could sit.

Anyway, it wasn't awful but it reminded me that I definitely cannot do things as easily as I used to.

(The letters are adorable, BTW, and were worth the wait. They were on sale too, which was great!)
post #57 of 92
Does anyone else ever feel like baby is using their bladder as a stress ball. I was walking through Wal-Mart today and I was seriously afraid I would pee my pants in the store. I didn't really need to go that badly, but every few seconds it was like she would just squeeeeeze on it. Very uncomfortable. I keep watching my belly and it looks like a little alien in there when she moves around. Ya know that part on the movie "Alien" when the guy has the alien break through his stomach? That's what it reminds me of!

We had a snow day today, which means I missed yet another day of work. I just can't afford that at this time of year. I'm missing a whole week for Christmas next week with school being out. I'm part time, so I don't get paid for these days. We ended up getting several inches of snow, which was beautiful to watch fall. But apparently we have freezing rain coming tomorrow and Thursday, so I'm a little concerned about getting work in for the rest of the week. But I did get some wrapping of presents done and went to get a hair cut, which I badly needed before baby comes.

I had my first child care interview tonight! This couple is due the beginning of February, so our little ones will be buddies from the start! It went well, although I was stressing about it pretty bad before they got here. I wasn't nervous at first, but DH did a good job of stressing me out right before they got here, so I was on edge when they arrived. Do the husbands ever understand? I keep waiting for him to. I asked him to do two things before they arrived tonight: 1. Take out the trash. 2. File bill stubs that were strewn all over the desk. He got home from work and immediately called his dad to come over to help him work on Christmas presents in the garage. Then, got angry with me when I told him I really needed him inside before this family arrived. Then, 20 minutes before they arrived he was laying on the couch having done nothing I'd asked him to. He didn't understand why I was so upset with him and just kept telling me to calm down. Argh! That was frustrating.

Okay, enough of my rant. I really didn't mean to ramble. The interview went well. They loved my policy handbook and said it answered all the questions they had and was exactly what they were expecting. I'll be hearing from them after we both have our babies to set up a meeting (and play date for the little ones) and get the paperwork underway. I'm a business owner!!
post #58 of 92
Mal85, I've got the bladder issue too... I did some marathon x-mas shopping today and was getting those bladder squeezes periodically. Apparently my little one is using my bladder for a pillow.

I saw the midwife today and she said baby is low. I don't know if that is because I walked around so much today or what. She suggested an internal exam next visit to see what's up ... since my others came early and I recently had some raspberryleaf tea induced contrax. She put me on "pelvic rest" I guess this means no sex/orgasms, heavy lifting etc.

I'm glad I got my x-mas shopping done today. I was feeling pressure to get it done - because it is supposed to snow and because I knew the midwife was going to tell me to take it easy... I really meant to be done much earlier! Sigh...
post #59 of 92
Busy work day today and feeling extra sore today. I really want to be finished working but have to hang in there a while longer. I'm so glad I gave my last day 2 weeks before my due date. Adding just 2 more weeks seems unbearable.

I had my appt on Monday. Heartrate is good and baby is staying head down. I meet with my potential Doula on thursday which I'm so excited about. I need to make my list of questions for her tomorrow. Any suggestions?

We toured the hospital today. I was hoping that the tub would be bigger but it is probably smaller then my tub at home. Bummer. Just another reason to wait a long time to go to the hospital. We live 3 minutes away so I think I'm going to wait as long as possible to head there. The rooms are a good size though and being a small town it's likely I'd be the only one there. I'm going to make the best of it as I have no choice but to deliver in the hospital.
post #60 of 92
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Originally Posted by Vegan Princess View Post
Anyone feel like their little one is trying to escape? I am amazed by how strong these movements are now!
Yes! It makes me impatient to have her out, too! Two more months . . . pretty much exactly, probably. Yikes! :

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Originally Posted by AllyRae View Post
The fetal echocardiogram I had today showed NO structural abnormalities and only a minor rhythm issue (and not even the rhythm issue we went for...apparently hear heart dips down a little low during it's normal rhythm...she's generally around 145, but she was dipping a little low--not enough to be concerned with though). And the nonstress test today only showed 2 PACs in 20 minutes!

Apparently baby girl's heart is fixing itself! YAY!
Yay! That's wonderful!!!!

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DH and I are doing better w/ the housework issue. Without even reading this post, he hugged me when he saw how stressed I was, and said "I'm sorry I'm so lazy." Then we blitz-cleaned for about two hours and I felt much better.
Dooney, that's awesome! I know I feel so much better when everything is neat and clean.

I need to do more decluttering again.
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