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Ack! All this talk about being full term... I'm less than 2 weeks away from that!!! But it's exciting too! We have everything ready... Except for the car seat. We were "gifted" two used sets, both very nice.... One is an Italian peg-perego travel system complete with two bases for the seat and a stroller, the other is a Eddie Bauer travel system with the same components. They were both manufactured in 2004. I have recently been doing research on safety issues with older models and I just don't know what to do... I think I've concluded that less than 10 years old should be ok, but I'm not sure I want to take that sort of risk... Any input? Suggestions? Experiences?
 


i am carseat paranoid as well and would not use the seat, but  would still use the stroller! I won't use ds's old infant seat because i found some rust on it, and  we were given a carseat that was said to not be used, but I am just leary of it because it was from a friend of friend...So I bought a new infant seat, and i don't regret it all. I got an on board 35 so it should last for well over a year, it was 50% off and I will be using amazon credit and extra money i earned to buy the matching stroller frame here in a week or so after my baby shower just in case someone decided to buy the frame for me since i have it on my registry. i have a graco comfort sport for back up in dh's car or whatever...

 

so i am 33 weeks today! I took ds out all afternoon, to the museum, lunch, pet store and park and I am beat. It feels good to get out and about but boy i feel out of shape being cooped up all winter getting all  huge and preggo. Next appt is on thursday, I have my one mandatory obgyn visit then since my CNM is off this week and all CNM patients have to meet with an obgyn 1 time during the pregnancy to be evaluated i guess to make sure all is well for CNM to deliver me. According to my scale my weight has gone down, but it is not very reliable, we'll see what the scale says on thursday. I would be happy to be the same or only up a pound or so after that big 10 lb gain in one month, but I am not starving myself or anything, but the christmas candy did run out, so maybe that is a good thing...

 

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wow you guys are all starting to make me a bit nervous with all the talk of your weight gain. I'm 34w1d and only up 7 lbs from my starting weight. Midwives haven't said anything and I'm eating alright but it does kind of concern me that the baby is weighing in at around 5 lbs plus there's the weight of the amniotic fluid, placenta, etc. and I'm still only up 7 lbs... I trust my body that it knows what it's doing so I'm really not stressing or anything but that does seem a bit low, huh? eyesroll.gif
 

 



 

I 'm only up about 12, and I am 34w1d also.  My m/w is fine with it and I figure your body gains what it needs to.  I gained more with my others, but I started off at a lower weight with them, so it works out.  AS long as you aren't trying to limit weight gain to a numbe rthat small, I think it is fine. 

post #23 of 107

I'm so tired right now! I just took on two kids for fulltime childcare. They're pretty easy kids so far, but dealing with DS2's reactions and jealousy is wearing me out.
 

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With all the stories on the other boards of people with unplanned UC's I'm feeling the need to get prepared for that.  I think I'm going to get some cord clamps and stuff.  anyone else NOT planning a HB but prepared 'just in case"?  One of my worst fears is that I will go into labor at work and not make it out of there and have to deliver in the hospital by default!!

 

 

I'm not preparing for an unplanned UC as such, but if it happens, it happens. I'm fairly confident we'd be able to manage just fine. Were your other labors very quick?
 

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Anyone else having a hard time sleeping? Oh man, I just canNOT get comfortable! Stupid hips. And stupid sensitive skin. I tried sleeping naked because the seams on my jps bugged me, but now my soft, flannel sheets feel rough on my hips. Gah! On the up side, whenever I am lying awake, the baby starts moving around, reminding me of why I am doing this. I love that. :-)

 

Oh yeah, definitely. I'm waking multiple times a night. Peeing more often, and my hips -- oh my hips! 



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From what I understand, carseats 'expire' 6 years after the date they were manufactured.  I remember seeing test where many seats failed 10 years after manufacture, but I don't know where in between 6 and 10 years the real danger zone is, so we don't use them after 6 years.  I have kept one around for a little after the 6 years as an emergency backup, but I don't think I would be comfortable using it full time.  Chceck the family safety board on here, they are VERY knowledgeable ladies!

 

 

I'm in a dilemma about car seats too. A friend gave me a newer seat (she bought it last year) but it's a brand I don't know much about (and can't remember the name of offhand). I keep meaning to look up safety data on it. carseat.org right?  I hope we don't have to buy a new one, but I would much rather be cautious than sorry.
 

 

post #24 of 107

yes 7lbs seems low but if everything looks fine and your MW isn't worried, i wouldn't stress.there are so many factors to consider. your height/weight beginning BMI ect  I have an eating disorder and have been recovering for about 5 years. its always been hard and the MW knows that. i have never let my issues affect a pregnancy so this is odd for me. i am trying to eat, but I am so busy and so stressed most days. I don't always remember until i feel like I'm passing out. i think my MW was more concerned this past appointment because I actually lost weight. baby looks fine though

 

as far as the car seat someone mentioned (spaghetti brain cant remember) under 6 years and if you KNOW for sure it has not been in any kind of accident or anything then I would say yes. older than that or any question and  I just wouldn't.

 

BTW I'M NOT READY YET. nothing is done for this baby, but I just cant wait to meet this little person . for the first time ever I am terribly in love with the little being inside my belly. totally connected in a way I never have been. I never really connected very much with my babies before birth
sounds terrible doesn't it

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wow you guys are all starting to make me a bit nervous with all the talk of your weight gain. I'm 34w1d and only up 7 lbs from my starting weight. Midwives haven't said anything and I'm eating alright but it does kind of concern me that the baby is weighing in at around 5 lbs plus there's the weight of the amniotic fluid, placenta, etc. and I'm still only up 7 lbs... I trust my body that it knows what it's doing so I'm really not stressing or anything but that does seem a bit low, huh? eyesroll.gif
 

 



 

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So-so dr appointment yesterday. The baby looked great on the NST but my bp is still up and with my protein being over 300 on my 24 urine last week the dr said he really doubts I'll get to 37w at this point. I'm doing another 24 hr urine today (thankfully at home and not in the hospital). I'm hoping to get to at least 35 weeks-just 10 more days. 36 would be great though!!

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Erica--I'm in a similar position--I've gained 10 lbs. I asked the doctor about it and she said it's fine--baby is measuring fine. She said I'll end up being on the low side of normal but the main indicator is the baby's size. My theory is, because I gained around 10 lbs over the year before I got pregnant, perhaps that weight ended up going to the baby--whereas my body may have actually lost weight. I haven't been doing anything to restrict or add calories, I've just been eating what feels right, so I figure my body's doing what it needs to do. The doctors said they'll let me know if they have any concerns about baby's size.

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wow you guys are all starting to make me a bit nervous with all the talk of your weight gain. I'm 34w1d and only up 7 lbs from my starting weight. Midwives haven't said anything and I'm eating alright but it does kind of concern me that the baby is weighing in at around 5 lbs plus there's the weight of the amniotic fluid, placenta, etc. and I'm still only up 7 lbs... I trust my body that it knows what it's doing so I'm really not stressing or anything but that does seem a bit low, huh? eyesroll.gif
 

 



 

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Stacey- hope your 24 hr urine is good and hope you can hold out for another 2 1/2 weeks!!!  will keep my fingers crossed for you. 

 

This horrible tiredness is AWFUL!!  I need an energy burst!!! 

 

I started taking my EPO today.  MW said I could take it orally starting anytime and we would start vaginally at like 37-38 weeks.  I'm also going to make a big batch of raspberry leaf tea to drink.  she also recommended that I get some pads and put some witch hazel on them and put them in the freezer.  So I think I will do those up soon,.  I got all of the things I ordered in except the herbs.  I went with the Polly Jeans 6 week formula.  I'm' hoping I get it in a timely manner.  havent received any shipping confirmation yet.  its supposed to be a 5week formula but they said they send instructions to start it later.  Hopefully I get it by next week at the latest.  Got my belly cast, too.  I think I'll do that around week 38.  anyone else doing one??

 

 

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Starcat--What's the EPO for, again? And how do you do it vaginally--just put the capsule up by the cervix?

Also, I had been meaning to try RRL tea for uterine toning but never got around to it--I had been assuming it probably wouldn't do anything this late in the game, but maybe I'm wrong?

 

The last couple of weeks I started having more persistent pelvic/crotch pain. It used to be just on the left, where my inner thigh meets my crotch. Now it's on both sides and is stronger, mostly when I walk or get up from standing. I rode my bike yesterday for the first time in months and I was surprised how tender everything felt against the seat--almost bruised! I do know the baby is low and head down, so I wonder if that's part of it.

 

Anyone else experiencing this type of pain? Have you found any exercises or anything that helps? Walking is uncomfortable, but I'm starting to worry that I haven't done enough to prepare my body for childbirth. I need to get an exercise book from the library or something--would do a DVD but we don't have a tv, only laptops, so the screens aren't practical for exercising.

post #29 of 107
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Starcat--What's the EPO for, again? And how do you do it vaginally--just put the capsule up by the cervix?

Also, I had been meaning to try RRL tea for uterine toning but never got around to it--I had been assuming it probably wouldn't do anything this late in the game, but maybe I'm wrong?

 

The last couple of weeks I started having more persistent pelvic/crotch pain. It used to be just on the left, where my inner thigh meets my crotch. Now it's on both sides and is stronger, mostly when I walk or get up from standing. I rode my bike yesterday for the first time in months and I was surprised how tender everything felt against the seat--almost bruised! I do know the baby is low and head down, so I wonder if that's part of it.

 

Anyone else experiencing this type of pain? Have you found any exercises or anything that helps? Walking is uncomfortable, but I'm starting to worry that I haven't done enough to prepare my body for childbirth. I need to get an exercise book from the library or something--would do a DVD but we don't have a tv, only laptops, so the screens aren't practical for exercising.



Sounds like it could be SPD. Check out this site for a good description of what it feels like: http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm scroll down to symptoms. If that is what you think you have, going to a chiropractor has been the ONLY thing that's helped me in all 3 pregnancies. You have to find one who is familiar with pregnancy and SPD (or pelvic girdle pain as it's sometimes referred to) in order to get yourself feeling better. Hope you find something soon! SPD sucks!! lol.

 

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That had crossed my mind. If it is, I'm guessing it's related to already flexible joints/misalignment (I'm pretty sure one leg is longer than the other, and my joints always crack really easily--purely anecdotal evidence!) and not a hormone thing because hormones have not affected me at all in any really noticeable ways! No morning sickness, no sensitive smell, no mood swings, no weird tastes...

 

It's not severe at this point--more of an annoyance--and I noticed going on the elliptical machine seems to help or at least doesn't irritate it the way walking does. But I would like the pain not to get too much worse. Thanks for the link!
 

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Sounds like it could be SPD. Check out this site for a good description of what it feels like: http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm scroll down to symptoms. If that is what you think you have, going to a chiropractor has been the ONLY thing that's helped me in all 3 pregnancies. You have to find one who is familiar with pregnancy and SPD (or pelvic girdle pain as it's sometimes referred to) in order to get yourself feeling better. Hope you find something soon! SPD sucks!! lol.

 



 

post #31 of 107
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evening primrose is a natural prostaglandin.  helps to soften the cervix; not necessarily help with labor per se.  I never did it with the 1st 2 but would prefer not to go too far postdates this time if I can help it.  MW said that orally would be fine to start now.  I'll start vaginal around 38 wks,  I guess you just insert the caps vaginally at bedtime and they dissolve.  OR you can break them open and just insert the oil vaginally.  Haven't done it before, like I said, so it will be trial and error for me. 

 

don't think its too late at all for th rrl tea.  I've been sporadic with it at best.  But I'm going to try to be better over the next few weeks. 

 

I feel you on the hip pain.  its agony!!  mine is definitely made worse by work and feels better on the ball or with massage.  But really the only thing I know will help 100% is having a baby!

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its similar to what im going through. some days I  cannot even move my leg or turn over. it hurts. i cant cross or lift my legs. i can barely walk. plus it also turns out the throbbing I was getting down there is a vein that is bulging. it looks horrible!

Originally Posted by Blanca78 View Post

Starcat--What's the EPO for, again? And how do you do it vaginally--just put the capsule up by the cervix?

Also, I had been meaning to try RRL tea for uterine toning but never got around to it--I had been assuming it probably wouldn't do anything this late in the game, but maybe I'm wrong?

 

The last couple of weeks I started having more persistent pelvic/crotch pain. It used to be just on the left, where my inner thigh meets my crotch. Now it's on both sides and is stronger, mostly when I walk or get up from standing. I rode my bike yesterday for the first time in months and I was surprised how tender everything felt against the seat--almost bruised! I do know the baby is low and head down, so I wonder if that's part of it.

 

Anyone else experiencing this type of pain? Have you found any exercises or anything that helps? Walking is uncomfortable, but I'm starting to worry that I haven't done enough to prepare my body for childbirth. I need to get an exercise book from the library or something--would do a DVD but we don't have a tv, only laptops, so the screens aren't practical for exercising.



 

post #33 of 107

I've been having the same pain, just on the left side. Also lots of pressure on my hips. I feel like my legs are going to fall off some days! When it felt like the baby was breech, I stopped having any kind of pressure or pain, but I started having it again a couple of days ago, so I'm taking that as a sign that baby is head down. I didn't have any of these problems at all with DS and he was breech the whole time, so another good sign for head down.

 

Tomorrow is the big day - we're moving 90 minutes away. We are about 70% done with our packing, so it looks like DH will be making a couple of extra trips up here, but the vast majority will be moved tomorrow. I'm really excited to be out of here. My roommate is making me CRAZY.

 

I had a job interview today for another branch of the company I've been working for the past 2 years. I really hope I get it, but she was kind of uncertain because this is the higher-end location and she'd have to train me just for me to leave in 6 weeks. But at least she wouldn't have to train me from scratch, right? She said she'd talk to her district manager about it. I hope they decide to give me a shot. Even if I can only get 15 hours a week, that would be plenty, just to make sure we will be ok on money until the baby's born. Fingers crossed everybody!

 

Can't find the belly pic thread, so I thought I'd share on here. This is me at almost 33 weeks. I love my cute little bump!

 

Belly.jpg

post #34 of 107
My mom came over and helped wash baby clothes and a TON of other stuff. She said she's going to come over weekly until Ryan gets here so she can help with laundry, picking up here and there and getting ready for baby. We got so much accomplished today that would have taken me weeks to do. Love her!


Im agreeing that its SPD you have...I have it and you have the same symptoms I have.

I told my chiropractor that my left leg is longer than my right one and he laughed at me. He said that they are they same length it's just that your pelvic area isn't aligned. So if you can, try to go to a chiropractor to see if they can get you realigned.


I'm feeling VERY pg these days. I can't believe I will be 35 weeks mon. I *could* have a newborn in just a matter of a couple weeks...whoa.

I had a really bad anxiety attack this morning around 3am. I had to wake up DH(that wakes up at 5am to get ready and go to work) an hour and a half early to calm me down. I felt sooo bad, but I needed his help. I finally fell asleep out of pure exhaustion around 5 this morning. So I got a out 5 hours of sleep. But I did get to take a nap this afternoon..about 2 hrs...it felt really good. I could so fall asleep right now though.
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Good  Luck with your move, Mandy!!!  That is very exciting!  I know you've been looking forward to it,  Good Luck with the job, too. 

 

I have the vein thing, too.  It's not comfortable and I don't like it.  Didn't have it with the girls pregnancies.  It;s new and fun this time around. 

 

Jennifer- That's awesome that your mom came over to help out.  I could use that.  I could probably get a bunch done but when I'm home by myself I have no motivation to do stuff.  And for some reason I am nervous about washing baby clothes. Most of our stuff is VERY boy oriented.  What if he comes out w/o the boy part.  (like they made a mistake!) guess in that case she would just wear lots of blue. 

 

we have 2 nurses out for a while because of a death in the family and a bad accident.  I offered to 'take call' today and of course they called me in.  I'm hoping I will be able to be on call (and not called in) either Saturday or Sunday because I am scheduled to work both and I worked yesterday.  4 12-hr shifts might put me into labor.

 

35 weeks today!!  YAY! YAY! YAY!

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The last couple of weeks I started having more persistent pelvic/crotch pain. It used to be just on the left, where my inner thigh meets my crotch. Now it's on both sides and is stronger, mostly when I walk or get up from standing. I rode my bike yesterday for the first time in months and I was surprised how tender everything felt against the seat--almost bruised! I do know the baby is low and head down, so I wonder if that's part of it.

 

Anyone else experiencing this type of pain? Have you found any exercises or anything that helps? Walking is uncomfortable, but I'm starting to worry that I haven't done enough to prepare my body for childbirth. I need to get an exercise book from the library or something--would do a DVD but we don't have a tv, only laptops, so the screens aren't practical for exercising.



I just recently started experiencing this pain this pregnancy. With DD2 it started way earlier and was much worse. It hurts to lift my legs, walking is definitely uncomfortable, it's painful to roll over in bed or get out of bed, etc. I'm going to make a chiro appointment next week, hopefully that will help!

 

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I started taking my EPO today.  MW said I could take it orally starting anytime and we would start vaginally at like 37-38 weeks.  I'm also going to make a big batch of raspberry leaf tea to drink.  she also recommended that I get some pads and put some witch hazel on them and put them in the freezer.  So I think I will do those up soon,.  I got all of the things I ordered in except the herbs.  I went with the Polly Jeans 6 week formula.  I'm' hoping I get it in a timely manner.  havent received any shipping confirmation yet.  its supposed to be a 5week formula but they said they send instructions to start it later.  Hopefully I get it by next week at the latest.  Got my belly cast, too.  I think I'll do that around week 38.  anyone else doing one??

 

 


How much EPO are you taking? And where did you get your RRL tea?
 

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Tomorrow is the big day - we're moving 90 minutes away. We are about 70% done with our packing, so it looks like DH will be making a couple of extra trips up here, but the vast majority will be moved tomorrow. I'm really excited to be out of here. My roommate is making me CRAZY.

 

 

 

Good luck with the move!

 

 

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I can't believe it's March 4th already and I haven't checked in here yet. I will be 35 weeks tomorrow and am feeling like 37 weeks is so close but 40-42 weeks is still so far! dizzy.gif

The only things I have left to do are finish deep cleaning the house (kitchen, dining room, and living room left, but it will be the second time through each room, so fairly simple stuff) and make lots more freezer meals. We ran out of room in our freezers (fridge freezer + 2 chest freezers) several weeks ago so I'm about a month behind where I wanted to be by now. We will be picking up an upright freezer from a friend this weekend so I'll be cooking my butt off for the next few weeks to get caught up. It's a good thing all the birthing supplies are here and organized and all the clothes and diapers are washed and put away because I won't have time for much else other than cooking for the rest of March, it looks like.
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Woohoo, almost there! Starcat, I totally hear you about not wanting to buy new maternity clothes for just a few weeks. But I think I may break down and get a pair of maternity sweatpants. I have been getting by with my normal sweat pants so far, but they are getting awfully tight, and I'm thinking comfort will be key for the next few weeks.

I found an Old Navy gift card that still had $17 on it while I was going through some boxes we never unpacked when we moved 2.5 years ago and ended up ordering new maternity yoga pants. I wore out the pair I had for DS's pg during one of my pgs that ended in m/c. The pair I got shortly before I got pg this time is now threadbare and I'm expecting them to give out any day. Yoga pants are the maternity item that I wear daily from BFP until my pre-pg pants fit again, so I figured it wouldn't be a waste to get another pair. Plus, with the gc, I only paid shipping for them.
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I started taking my EPO today.  MW said I could take it orally starting anytime and we would start vaginally at like 37-38 weeks.  I'm also going to make a big batch of raspberry leaf tea to drink.  she also recommended that I get some pads and put some witch hazel on them and put them in the freezer.  So I think I will do those up soon,.  I got all of the things I ordered in except the herbs.  I went with the Polly Jeans 6 week formula.  I'm' hoping I get it in a timely manner.  havent received any shipping confirmation yet.  its supposed to be a 5week formula but they said they send instructions to start it later.  Hopefully I get it by next week at the latest.  Got my belly cast, too.  I think I'll do that around week 38.  anyone else doing one??

 

 

EPO - I wasn't planning on starting this until nearly 38 weeks (I started it even later with DS) but I have a ton extra so I'm wondering if I shouldn't start taking some orally now.
RRL - I'm still drinking pg tea which is a mix of RRL, Nettles, Alfalfa, Lemon Balm Peppermint, & Rosehips but will be switching to straight RRL and straight Nettles infusions at 36 weeks. RRL is a toner, so as I understand it, it works better the longer you take it BUT I also know that many providers don't recommend starting until 36 weeks, so I definitely don't think it is too late to start.
Polly Jean - I am using a similar herbal formula that is a 5-week one and since I was late with DS, I won't start taking it until 36 weeks so hopefully it won't run out too long before baby arrives. I really don't want to have to buy another bottle just to have the baby before it gets here.
Belly Cast - I decided not to do one because we don't really have any place to display or store it. I did order some henna, though, and am hoping to be able to find someone to help me apply it and someone else to take some nice pg pictures of me with the henna on my belly.
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well. i went to the chiro today and cried my eyes out over my hip and pubic pain. he does agree it is SPD and wants my MW to check to confirm no separation.  The front of my pelvic area is almost buckled. He adjusted my right hip back to center. It sounded like a transmission dropping! it hurt and it has been burning. I have to go back tomorrow again. he also said it would be worse before it gets better, but that he can help me. i will enjoy a hot bath tonight and an ice pack chaser. 

so I'm 34 weeks today! almost there but so not ready at all

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well. i went to the chiro today and cried my eyes out over my hip and pubic pain. he does agree it is SPD and wants my MW to check to confirm no separation.  The front of my pelvic area is almost buckled. He adjusted my right hip back to center. It sounded like a transmission dropping! it hurt and it has been burning. I have to go back tomorrow again. he also said it would be worse before it gets better, but that he can help me. i will enjoy a hot bath tonight and an ice pack chaser. 

so I'm 34 weeks today! almost there but so not ready at all

Aww man, that is ROUGH! If you don't mind me asking, why did you wait so long to go in? I ask because it sounds like it got pretty severe. Do keep going! The adjustments will help. How soon do you go back? Going 3x a week at first is probably pretty necessary for where you are with the pain.  It'll take a good bit for the adjustments to stick longer. Are you sleeping with a rolled up towel between your thighs?  That is absolutely necessary for me to meet each day without existing pain.

 

Thankfully I've been able to keep mine to a mild discomfort this time by starting chiro care around 23 weeks or so. I only need to go every two weeks now.

 

Starcat, if you have an unplanned birth at home, paramedics can cut and clamp the cord. I'd just hangout anyway where I gave birth, and wait for them to arrive. Whether I'd go in with them, I don't know, but they could address some of the medical things.  I don't know how long they'd stay with you though afterward.  That said, if you think your labor could be quick and be at home, it would be good for you and DH to familiarize yourself with "emergency childbirth" to know what to do or NOT do, what to have on hand (ie warm, clean towels, a bowl for the placenta, etc). 

 

And your other comment reminds me that I need to prepare some frozen pads too, that was one thing I kinda kept off my list bc there are so many options for what to do, I couldn't decide. Many have talked about the slushy frozen condoms being GREAT, so I may do some of those too. My m/w said it would be fine to take a labor prep herb mix starting now, (OOPS! I thought I had to wait to 36 weeks, but no, I could have ordered it days ago and started taking it at 34) the one I asked her about was Dr. Christopher's labor capsules that have a mix of herbs.

 

And Becca, I really sympathize with your work schedule. I don't know how you do it.

 

Stayseeliz - sorry to hear about the protein in your urine.

 

Blanca, the tea could absolutely benefit you if you start drinking it now. Definitely not too late. I'm actually not doing as much as others because I had such a profound result from ONE cup of tea on a prior menstrual cycle, before having my DS. I used to have to take 3 advil every three hours for three days to ward off cramps, for YEARS. I drank one cup of tea, and all the periods after that were so mild, I took about 3 Advil period, over three days. It was quite a change for me. So, I feel that a cup every couple of days will do a lot for my body for labor. I use the Traditional Medicinals tea bags, they're on amazon and in many health food stores in the tea section. Many brew loose tea.

 

And yep, that is SPD you are feeling, which is looseness and tenderness in the ligament that joins your pelvis together, right in the pubic area. I have seen a chiro regularly this pregnancy and last, and is the #1 way I treat it. I also have learned other things to do at home to alleviate and not aggravate the pain. Waling hurts me too, but walking on a level path doesn't nearly as much and is quite doable. Hills really hurt, and downhill even makes my glutes feel all tight and tense. and, it could still be hormones though you haven't felt hormonal changes otherwise. All pregnant women have changes in their ligaments b/c of hormones, and some are affected in the pelvis and some aren't. My chiro said for herself, using the elliptical was the alternative she had to choose over walking, so that makes sense it helps you too.

 

With EPO, I plan to, at 37 weeks, take 1 orally and 1 vaginally, then up it to 2 in each place around 39 weeks.

 

minkajane, how did the move go? It'll be great to have that behind you. One of our other April mamas is moving soon too.

 

jennifer, we have the same due date, I'll be 35 weeks on Monday also. And I also agree that God is fantastic! Did you get better rest last night? I'm sorry about the panic attack.

 

Sihaya, I have those ON yoga pants too. I foolishly painted our house last year in my first pair, so I had to buy another one and also got the charcoal color. I seem to hike them up much more this time though, but they are super comfy. I've been wearing them out of the house more and more lately.  It's SO annoying to put them on if I already have socks on though, my feet stick and pull and I even ripped some threads recently stuffing my foot in.

 

AFM, DH is at a funeral in FL until Monday. He left yesterday and we're missing him. My friend took 22mo DS for 24 hours to give me rest and practice for when he stays there for the birth, so I'm all by myself tonight. I made a dutch baby pancake and ate the whole huge thing (4 servings!) and am now so full! I might go get a milkshake later though from a local ice cream place that has salted caramel ice cream. I'm also renting a movie, Night & Day (anyone seen it?) and I took a 2 1/2 hour nap today after I got back from dropping DS off. AND, tomorrow, for the first time in YEARS, I am going to sleep as late as I want to.

 

I cried when I left DS. It was odd leaving him. We've left him twice with my parents fo 3 days each, one time just last week for our anniversary and had no sadness leaving. It's just weird to be here without him, but I'm going to take advantage of the time to rest.

 

As for car seats for us, this same friend has been using our Chicco infant seat for the last year and will return it in a couple of weeks. Her 3yo has to size up on her seat which is good timing b/c her almost 1yr old can use the 3yos seat RF and the 3yo will get a new seat.  Our seat hasn't been in any accidents in the last two years and is only two years old, so we'll definitely keep using it. I'd be comfortable getting one direct from a friend if I knew how old it was, the brand, etc and trusted the friend who gave it to me.

 

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The move has been a total nightmare. It poured like crazy all day and even though I've been begging DS and DH for weeks to pack, we've been doing a good half of the packing today. Guess that's what you get with a 6yo and a guy with ADHD. Finally I gave up and said we'd just take the Uhaul to the new house tomorrow. So DH decided to take his car to go stay the night at BIL's so that BIL could drive the Uhaul in the morning. I get to sleep on my roommate's couch and cram stuff into garbage bags since we're out of boxes. And the weather forecast for tomorrow, both here and at the new place, is for heavy rain. Night. Mare.

 

To make things worse, DH broke down halfway between here and our new town. Our roadside assistance only covers tows of 15 miles, which would get him to either a McDonald's or a condemned farmhouse. So we had to pay $112 to get the car towed to the new house.

 

Can you tell I'm having a tough day?

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