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post #41 of 92
Poor little Bjorn, and his poor mama! that sounds really yucky. I hope he's better soon! What is the treatment for hand foot and mouth disease? How long will it last?

My streak of nesting energy has lasted through this morning and I made a batch of bread (mixing, kneading, everything by hand...pat me on the back please!) and cut out a bunch of bags which are my new WAH project. I'm supplying them for a local company. That involved kneeling and squatting on my ceramic floor, owie. But I'm glad to have a little dent made, it won't be so hard to get into after baby's here.

I went for a walk by myself yesterday, down a very secluded trail around the lake. I was trying to see if I could get all the cramping to turn into real contractions, and oh boy, I thought I was going to deliver the baby all by myself in the middle of the bush! I had some serious cramping happening. I had a walkie-talkie with me so I could keep in touch with DH, and I was almost going to ask him to drive down and pick me up. I made it home fine though. And I'm still very much pregnant. Tomorrow I'm 39 weeks! I've never been pregnant past 39 weeks +1 so that's pretty exciting.

I'm getting my midwife to do a good stretch and sweep tomorrow to see if we can get this thing moving AT the birth place. I had a precipitous birth with DS and we have an hour's drive from our house so it would be awesome if we don't have the stress of a long drive and possibility of delivering in the van! I feel really good about tomorrow...I think a s&s followed by a brisk walk could really work. I also feel though, that it's safe enough that it won't work if baby isn't ready to come, which is fine with me too.
post #42 of 92
Wow, everyone's so close!!! I think I have a couple of weeks yet, though just standing up long enough to take a shower produced some pretty good cramps.

I've been receiving invitations--personal ones, not just e-mails to everyone in the address book, from people who know just how pregnant I am--to do things I really can't do. "Come to this pub crawl, in 11 smoky bars, they're all within walking distance so we don't need a designated driver."

The most recent? Help build houses for Habitat for Humanity on July 10. ("It's okay if you say yes and then have to cancel because you're having the baby.") Um, yeah. On a good, non-pregnant day, that activity would be pretty perilous for me (I can injure myself hanging curtains--on an existing curtain rod) but it might be worth the risk. 9 months pregnant (or, who knows, a few days postpartum?), where just taking a shower is a challenge?

Oy. Soon.
post #43 of 92
proto..

marja~ I have been doing the same.. walk walk walk.. I'm lucky to live next to a big lake and a river, both having nice places to walk. My DD2 just learned to ride her bike, so I've been going for walks with her while she practices (and I have to try to keep up the pace)

mataji~ hope Bjorn feels better soon! That must suck for the little man.
I have a newly formed cold that started last night -lovely- why now???

slgt~ ahem.. been doing that too. but it goes back and forth whether I've taken my iron supplements or my clay.

I have appointments today to see the MW, chiro and the massage therapist. this will be my first professional massage of the pregnancy, and I intend on making at least weekly appointments after this for both massage and chiro. I might even juggle masseurs, going two days a week. The one I'm going today lives on my street, so that's handy! It's a really small town here. I still have benefits from my job, so I intend to make full use of them until they expire!
post #44 of 92
Just got back inside from stacking wood. Dh stacked it over the weekend and just as soon as he finished it...it fell over. It's in our chicken pen so I could just see my chickens using it to launch themselves over into the neighborhood. Not sure my neighbors would appreciate that. Hoping now that this will help move things along now that my momma is enroute home.
post #45 of 92
38+1...I keep getting lower abdominal cramping. With DD, that meant "guess what, you're in early labor but don't know it!"

With this one, it apparently just means I have a baby pushing on my intestines. Wonder if it's bigger than DD - she was a peanut.

I also have a massage scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. I'm really close to being as done as possible at work, so am hoping I don't go too far off my due date. I don't want to feel like I"m twiddling my thumbs! I guess I'll just have to look at it as bonus time.
post #46 of 92
Getting a few massages here too- got some as a gift. Sooo nice.

The HFM disease...it's just a virus so no treatment, it'll run it's course in a week or so. There are so many spots/blisters!! Thank goodness they don't itch or anything. I feel way more sorry for me, stuck at home for one full week out of only about four that I'd get to do summer things like swimming, berry picking, going to the farmer's market...poor me. We have 4th of July plans but I'm planning on spending all of Sunday out of the house, taking a long walk in the lovely park, going to the pool by myself for hours...!!!

Proto, isn't that funny?! I got an invitation on facebook yesterday from my 21 year old SIL who is having a Bikini Birthday Bash two weeks before I'm due, at a bar, complete with kareoke. I imagined myself in a bikini singing kareoke on stage for a minute. Hmmm, I think not.

Well, at least I'm not feeling miserable physically, since I'm not having a baby any day now like all of you!! I'm glad to feel good, glad baby seems to be doing so well.
post #47 of 92
Hey Mamas, sounds like everyone is busy with nesting and chores and cramps.

Hope Bjorn feels better soon Jenny and that you get some serious R&R on Sunday.

Last night I was up in the wee hours with early labour contractions. They were irregular so I know they were prodromol but MAN.... that was no fun. I just hope this means I'm dilating and when labour finally kicks in it'll be fast. I'm 37+3 and if baby decided to come at 38 weeks (or 38+1 on Saturday) that would be just fine. The other two came on 40+5 and 40+1 ..... but I didn't have early labour stuff like this with them. I had a MUCH MILDER version with dd2 a week or two before I gave birth. Hmmm. I hope this means I will be having ds in a week or two.

Take care of yourselves everyone.
post #48 of 92
So I'm hoping today is the big day for me! My midwife appointment is at 1. I have high hopes. I'm bringing the kids in with me to the appt, and DH is meeting us there. After we'll go for a walk along the boardwalk. I know that will get me contracting!

And if it doesn't work, we'll come back home and enjoy a long weekend home together--Dh has the next 4 days off whether baby comes or not!

Off to clean up the house and do laundry!
post #49 of 92
Ok, in Germany there is NO air conditioning because let's face it, summer is a very short-lived experience here. Some summers you can even mark it as one weekend in the whole year. Good. I've got a decent fan. I think I could use a second one. I live in the top floor of our appartment building which has no attic and it's really, really hot at the moment. I mean, it's hot enough that the kids are getting sent home from school after the third hour until further notice. So pregnant little me can't do ANYTHING except lounge about with me feet up and iced down in front of the fan. It doesn't matter though how easy I'm taking it, my feet, ankles and calves are swollen as if I've broken every bone in my feet. It hurts to walk. If I need to go shopping (on foot as I've no car of my own) then I've got to do it early before the worst of the heat hits and my feet get worse. It really sucks because I still have things to get done like laundry and I just don't want to move. Pfui.

Anyone else with tree trunks for legs? Is there any help for it at all in this weather?
post #50 of 92
[B]Terrilei[n/B] do you have a bathtub in which you can immerse in some cool water? Sounds like you're doing all you can to stay cool. I remember my mom closing all the curtains and walking around in a bathsuit at home in the days before AC. I hear you on it sucking not being able to do laundry, chores, etc.

Marja here's hoping today's your day. You seem to have a really positive attitude though about waiting if you end up having to wait. It's nice that your dh will be home over the next few days anyway.

Majazama and slgt let us know how your lovely chiro, RMT etc appts go!

Momma2doublecuties I can't believe you're stacking wood! Good on ya. And yeah, hope it tips you into labour then.

Expat-Mama I am thinking of you often after your frenzied prodromal labour and wondering how you're doing.

More later, my mom and aunt are here to help with housework. Have a great day everyone!
post #51 of 92
I've done cold water immersion, ice packs, cold shower, massages - everything with minimal impact. It just sucks. I can't wear any shoes after 10 am because they balloon up so much. Here are 2 pics of my poor feet. I don't have any "before photos" to show how dainty my feet were before hand. Just trust me when I say that I've never ever had such brutally swollen feet - not after a sprain, wearing a cast, or tearing ligament. This just beats everything.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_2.jpg
post #52 of 92
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post
I've done cold water immersion, ice packs, cold shower, massages - everything with minimal impact. It just sucks. I can't wear any shoes after 10 am because they balloon up so much. Here are 2 pics of my poor feet. I don't have any "before photos" to show how dainty my feet were before hand. Just trust me when I say that I've never ever had such brutally swollen feet - not after a sprain, wearing a cast, or tearing ligament. This just beats everything.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_2.jpg
I have very little advice, just hugs. Ice packs have helped a little bit. Florida has been brutally hot and I have been working in our restaurants at night way more than I should. My feet look ridiculous by noon and at the end of the day I can't even walk on them. I have never had swollen feet with my other pregnancies, but I tore 2 tendons in my left foot 2 years ago and have had 2 surgeries so i think that is contributing to the problems. I am icing and elevating whenever I'm home, but they maintain their puffiness. We put up blinds all over the house and keep the lights off and blinds closed for most of the day to keep the sun from heating up the house. We have AC, but our house is big and has tons of windows so it doesn't really stay cool. I can't imagine life without the A/C...
Soon.
post #53 of 92
terri~ what we do to help keep the house cool is to leave the windows open all night and then close them in the morning (before it starts getting hot again) and closing the blinds/curtains. Opening the windows just lets in more hot air during the day. We dont have a/c either.
post #54 of 92
Terrilein, hope you find some relief soon.

Marja, hope to see some exciting updates from you soon!

Hope everyone else is doing well.

AFM, had my follow-up ultrasound yesterday. He is now measuring just under a week behind (which is a lot better than the 6 weeks behind from fundal measurements). Radiologist said that is ok for now, but she is a bit concerned that his growth has slowed since my last u/s where he was a couple of days ahead (7 weeks ago), so she is recommending to my OB that I get another u/s in a couple of weeks. I know u/s gets more and more inaccurate the farther along we are, but since my weight and fundal height have plateaued over the last 6+ weeks, she's probably right.

Meanwhile I'm trying to stuff myself with extra calories but it's not that easy!

Everything else looked good, he is currently LOA.
post #55 of 92
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post
I've done cold water immersion, ice packs, cold shower, massages - everything with minimal impact. It just sucks. I can't wear any shoes after 10 am because they balloon up so much. Here are 2 pics of my poor feet. I don't have any "before photos" to show how dainty my feet were before hand. Just trust me when I say that I've never ever had such brutally swollen feet - not after a sprain, wearing a cast, or tearing ligament. This just beats everything.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v8...itz/feet_2.jpg
First of all, I *love* your cute toenails.

Second of all, I have had ankles that look like that with dd2 and am having it a little bit this pregnancy. This is where a lymphatic drainage massage would be very helpful - it's extremely delicate and gentle, and effective.

My MW says eat more protein and less carbs, be well hydrated.

Just throwing this out there in case it's helpful.

I'm sorry you feel so uncomfortable. After the baby is born it should go away.
post #56 of 92
I'm back home, and feeling alright about it I guess. When my midwife checked my cervix, she said she wasn't really hopeful since I was only 50% effaced and fairly tight. I am 2 Cm dilated, baby is at 0 station. She did a fairly aggressive stretch and sweep and that got me cramping a lot. Kids, DH and I went for frozen yogurt and then a nice long walk. We had a good time together. Then I got a great massage from a friend and returned to the midwives' for another check. No change. We decided to go home, and here we are! Still having cramps and contractions that are not regular, and I had a lot of mucous plug come out.

Midwife said that 3rd babies are often later. Boo.

One of my 2 favourite midwives is going on holidays on July 6 and the one I don't like so much is coming back that day. So my next apointment is scheduled with the one I don't love... I really hope she's not the one on call baby decides to come.

I sound a little bummed but I really feel ok with how it went today. Mostly I just want baby to come on his own time, not because we made it happen.
post #57 of 92
OMG...I am worried after reading this birthboard we were going to have no ACTUAL July babies! LOL! thank goodness tomorrow is the first!
Dh's visit went well, dd said goodbye fine but has been a hyperactive typhoon since he left...lovliness.
I had my midwifes apt on monday and as of today I am 38+3 (yeah I think..) On monday I was 4cm dialated and 80% effaced. My dh went white but I was no where near shocked. I was 3cm 80% at 36wks with dd and still managed to go 2 days late after trying almost every trick in the book! At this stage with dd I was 4cm 100% effaced and a +1 station. I will not sneeze this baby out even though my fil is sure that I will go into labor at any second. He was nervous about me driving down to the icecream shop tonight!LOL!
Dh arrives on July 8th and my offical due date is July 12th so I am hoping to go the 10th. That would be IDEAL. I am running around like a crazy women trying to buy all the last minute crap dh has had me putting off and now he is all worked up about the money im spending. LOL. im like well dear you gots to spend it sometime and you have been warned for the last 9ish months!
Still cannot find a coming home outfit for baby. GRRR
Also have some random pinched nerve in my vajayjay...feels great when I walk .
Terri...your feet make me sad, I hope they feel better soon, stay cool and rest is my only advice
post #58 of 92
Thanks for the advice and support ladies. I'm googling lymphatic drainage massage already, but it looks like I'll need a pro for that and at least a few sessions as well. I bet that by the time I can get appointment the baby will already be here. And I have a feeling he might come this weekend, but I really hope not since the absolute worst of the heat wave is supposed to hit on Saturday. So now we've all got our fingers crossed that the baby stays put and we'll see about finding a cooler place to hang out this weekend. And DP now has vacation until the beginning of October. Here's to hoping I don't throttle him by then.
post #59 of 92
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Hi mamas- I've read all the other posts, but I just don't have the energy to respond. I am thinking of you all though...

40 weeks today. Went in yesterday for a stretch and sweep. I've made no progress in dilation and only 10% more effaced. The stretch and sweep hasn't seemed to have any effect either. Still cramping regularly but the contractions I was having/prodromal stuff seems to have really subsided. I only really get any when I'm doing strenuous stuff now. On top of this, my doctor said we have to have "the induction conversation" in case things don't happen. So we did- they want to induce me NEXT THURSDAY at 41 weeks if I'm still pregnant. I'm supposed to go in on Sunday for some time on the EFM, I don't really know what for. I had such a hard time paying any attention to what he was saying after hearing about induction next thursday. DH and I know we're not going to agree to an induction unless there is something wrong with the baby or me, and both of us are physically perfect at this point. But I'm so terrified of a hospital induction- it was something I never imagined I'd even have to think about. And I'm just worn out at this point, I don't feel up for fighting off my doctor etc., even though I know I'll do it if I have to- it's just so tiring and awful to think about. I couldn't sleep at all last night, due to anxiety and worrying about the what ifs and bawled for like an hour. I'm also just getting more uncomfortable and I can't lay in bed without being in pain.

I don't know what to do anymore...obviously the EPO, the sex, the squats/lunges/walking I've been doing have had hardly any effect on my dilation/effacement progress. I'm scared to do castor oil but I might have to. I bought an enema thinking that might work the same in terms of stimulating uterine contractions but might not make me feel as gross as the CO. I was thinking of trying nip stim with/without a breast pump today too. I don't even know what ANY these things will do if I'm not really that dilated or effaced though, kwim?

I just want my baby safe and here, I want to get some rest and stop feeling so terrible. I hate that this is how I'm feeling at the end of my pregnancy.
post #60 of 92
Poor expat-mama! Chin up, sweety. Of course all that prodromal labor has been doing something: your cervix is softening, effacing and dialating, albeit slowly. This is the first time your body is doing this and it needs time for it. And your right in wanting to wait for the induction. Insist on getting more NST's instead and let the hospital know that you won't consider an induction for being "late" until at least 42 weeks. I'm sure the police aren't going to knock down your door and drag you to the hospital to be induced so stick to your guns.
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