The hospital that I'm going to be birthing in encourages women to have a dressing gown/house coat that opens in the front to wear during labour if they would prefer to not wear hospital gowns. So yesterday I went out and bought mine. It's super cute, kimono style and it was on sale, so I won't feel bad when I bleed and goo all over it. :)
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I don't *plan* to go to a hospital... but regardless of where I birth.. that sounds so cute!
I want some happy birthing... something to wear. I'm hoping to end up in a tub, but I'd like some pictures so I guess I'd better come up with at least a (new, cause what I own is trashed!) sports bra or hmmm... It's spring, there's got to be a cute bikini top I can get out there somewhere.
im having a hard time walking and was really beating myself up about how out of shape i am.
it *really* wears me out and my pelvis starts screaming for a day or so after so i've been avoiding it. eep!
it gives me inspiration to keep trying because you guys are trying despite the discomfort it causes you, too. i started out pretty fat and have only gained 10 pounds. well i gained as much as 15, but have recently lost again. so at least i havent been gaining like mad. i dont need any more weight to battle after all is said and done. at age 41, weight comes off only with concerted effort and extended time.
33 weeks along and feeling pretty good excepting the pelvic pain. i will take pelvic pain over preeclampsia any day of the week.
Not having a good morning. Had a rough evening at Bible study last night. Mama Bear nearly brought the claws out last night, but that's another story for another forum. Then I started having BH contractions and pubic pain. Then I had a nightmare that really messed me up this morning, now I'm up, DS is up, my pubic pain isn't letting up, I'm depressed and there's NO CHOCOLATE here.
*hug* to geekgolightly and becca
Re: being out of shape. I am overweight, too, and by end of every pregnancy I am chastizing myself for not being more active and trying to get fit...but then the baby is born and all of the sudden the things I was struggling with (stairs, the little hill by my house) are easy again. So I am trying to remember not to be too hard on myself, that pregnancy takes its toll and it's not ALL about how active I was/wasn't over the last few months. And I'm so happy to hear that your BP etc are doing well, yay for no preeclampsia!
Morning all! I've had a rough week, but am in a better place now so can post without being too down. Pregnancy's great, dealing with some disfunctional team issues at work though.
I'm really starting to feel closer - on my walk yesterday, was feeling major cervix/pelvic stuff going on - ouchy! Someone at work had a baby this morning and the pic of the baby made me want to lactate and melt at the same time. Holy hormones, batman!
finally feeling the need to support the belly more...
feeling out of shape whenever I climb stairs (and walking ain't as easy as it used to be), but swimming is... easy :)
I have a cluster of stretch marks that showed up on the underside of my belly... I swear they weren't there yesterday morning, but they were there after my swim yesterday night.... WTF!? I knew stretch marks might probably happen, but... WAAAAAAH (any belly balm suggestions? I'm using a few different cocoa butter infusions... guess I have to be more vigilant about them.)
Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! Trying to think of something "green" to do today with the kids. Besides recycling - we do that every day, haha. And I have no green foods or things to turn food green with. I have green tea... but that reminds me - I have a gf getting her master's, I believe in Public Health (bless her, she's trying so hard not to go to "the dark side" with medicine, and we have some of the best conversations about what she's learning vs what I'm learning or have experienced), and she told me yesterday "they've" found a fairly compelling link between drinking green tea during the first 3 months of pg and a doubled possibility of neural tube defects in the baby... Have you any of you heard of this? Is it all over the usual baby info sources and I missed it as a mom who didn't read much to begin with since I have two kids already and didn't buy any new books this time? Is this even a good place to ask or discuss this?
Hugs Becca & Geekgolightly - I've been so grateful for my hip pain mysteriously going away, I really hope you both experience some relief from the pelvic pain!
Cause pain just sucks!! :)
It's supposed to be in the low seventies here today, and I am DETERMINED to get off my butt and walk. This neighborhood is so pretty, so many flowers and what I assume to be dogwoods all bloomy and happy. Plus there's just enough hillishness that I can get some fairly good exercise without having to go too far. We have just two tiny windows in this basement apartment and my brain is begging for more sunshine. I feel for those of you still wrapped in a more wintry world!
I am *so* happy that this pregnancy seems as easy as Z's was, at least with how active I'm able to keep being! I've gained a bit more, but also started out lower, so I am actually less than I was w/ Z at this time, so I am sure that helps a bit. Today I biked to work and played ultimate frisbee at lunch. I'm still running a bit on the weekends but not more than 4-5mi at a time.
but yeah, its like my pelvic bone itself is aching afterwards. I kind of think I should ice it, but its odd to put an ice pack in one's crotch
reelgeek, where did you get your gown? That is a good idea, I think I'd have been happier in a more comfy gown w/ Z, though I guess it wasn't on the top of my mind
I got my gown at Macy's because I figured it would be the easiest place to see a lot of options in one spot. There are no Targets or other large stores in San Francisco other than Bloomingdales and other more expensive options. I totally love mine, I'll have to take a picture.
I love the Pretty Pushers gowns :)
You can often find them on sale for 15-20 bucks online
I had my 33 week appointment today. Not my best one...everything is fine, just little things. 2 weeks ago, my midwife had to really work to find the head, but she was satisfied that babe was head down. Her partner did my appointment today and had an equally tough time feeling around for head. In the end, she wasn't certain enough to commit to saying which end is head and which is bum. Rascally little baby! I have had a couple of moments this week doubting what I'm feeling up at the top of my belly, so this was disconcerting. I have my next appointment with her as well (my primary midwife is on vacation this month), so if there is still doubt we will do a quick ultrasound. The up side is that the heart tones were very strong down low, which would lend some support to head down. Here's hoping!
Baby's heart skipped a 3 or 4 beats while we were listening, which my midwife assures me is normal, it's just not something I've ever heard in my other babies so it made me a wee bit nervous.
And she asked to weigh me (I haven't been weighed since December!), which I would rather not do period...she just wanted to have a more recent weight on file for hospital records, for estimating drug doses etc. I've gained less than I did at this point with DS2 (or 1, for that matter), so I guess that's something.
Anyway, everything is fine, I just am thinking back on it and feeling like I didn't come away with the floaty, happy feeling I normally do (which has nothing to do with the midwife, she's lovely).
Bluepetals I think there's just something in the air. All the crazy legislature political stuff looming the earth quake the tsunami all the alarmist out there the nuclear meltdown.. there has got to be something going on astrologically as well!
It kind of brings me to what I wanted to discuss... hope it's not too heavy. What do you guys think? Are we in danger of radiation? Anymore than we already get? I have some alarmist type friends on facebook posting all kinds of alarmist things about the radiation coming to the states even already arriving. When I look into it most of it is shot down by what sees to be people who know what they are talking about. Do you think the government would tell us if there were a real threat? I don't see what they would gain by not telling us. I wish I knew a source to go to that I knew I could trust.
Also are kitties really a problem with newborns?
Mama_rich, my best friend is a Nuclear Health physicist. His entire job is assessing radiation risk and keeping people safe. There is nothing to worry about in the U.S. The media is having a field day and getting people all freaked out over something that, while horrible, is not a danger to us here, even for people in Hi.
I am reposting some of his blog posts here. Some of his language is a bit intense, but he's really frustrated right now by the bad information on the news.
This his more informative post:
If you do not live in northern Honshu, you do not have cause for panic. The radiation release from the reactor has been localized to the immediate vicinity. A downwind plume exposure pathway emergency planning zone (~10mi radius) as already been evacuated. A wider 50 mile radius will be drawn for confiscation of foodstuffs to minimize any potential ingestion of radioactive iodine & cesium.
- Normal operations of a nuclear reactor involves the operation of air and water monitoring stations in the facility itself and area environmental monitors for many miles around. A tsunami is likely to have broken more than few of those, but many more mobile units were rushed to the scene. This is how we are keeping track of what has been/is being released to the surrounding area from the reactor.
- Radioactive materials are being released to the air in the form of radioactive steam and water. Dissolved metals in the water and small particulates are particularly prone to becoming activated and thus radioactive, especially without a functional cooling and filtration loop to clean the water up. The radioactivity is very short lived, in general on the order of minutes to about a week, but rather nasty while it is present.
- Reports have indicated the presence of small quantities radioiodine and radiocesium in monitoring. This indicates that some of the nuclear fuel cladding has been damaged due to overheating.
- Unless ordered by a medical professional, DO NOT self-administer prophylactic iodine or Prussian blue treatments to protect against radioiodine & radiocesium uptake. These treatments carry some significant metabolic risks at the body saturating doses necessary to offer protection.
- The symptoms of acute radiation sickness (ARS) begin with vomiting. There’s an awful lot of things that may cause vomiting in a disaster situation like this, not the least of which is stress and psychosomatic response. At this point we will segregate you and watch for further advancement of symptoms. At present, only one person who has presented with symptoms that has had an actual radioactive materials uptake; his dose was less the 1/10th the what is normally associated with associated with ARS.
This is his more recent one (slightly more irate, but still really good info I think):
Instead of several reactors venting steam/smoke, I would instead like you to imagine this area in Sendai covered with a grove of trees in area comparable to the nuclear power plants.
I would now like you to light it up, all the trees on fire. Look at the smoke. Now, go to your mapping software of choice and look at your position on Planet Earth relative to Sendai.
If you don't think you would see the smoke from a fire of this size (rather small) at your current location, then you no have reason to be concerned about the fallout because the atmospheric transport mechanisms are exactly the same. In fact, fallout of the radioactive materials of concern are a bit less of a worry because the elements and isotopes of highest concern tend to be rather dense and not travel well. To move it around the world by getting material to the high winds of the stratosphere, you have to have a very large and/or very energetic fire.
Of course, moving material to that height in the air column also means global dilution as you spread it everywhere. Other than the immediate reactor vicinity, no one place gets particularly crapped up.
With that, please go back to contemplating the horror of the two disasters that actually happened to Japan rather than the one people are working hard to prevent. The reason the reactors are such a pain in the butt to get under control right now is because it is taking Japan...JAPAN, people!!!...nearly a week to get emergency power supplied to the pumps for these reactors. That is how badly the earthquake and tsunami have fucked up the basic infrastructure of the area.
I'm pretty tired of explaining things to people that seem to want this to be catastrophic nuclear doom for the world.
me again: I hope that helps a little. I know that having an expert to talk to has been amazingly helpful for me. I have stopped watching the news entirely because it's so sensationalized that it's kind of blowing my mind.
Especially since I'm in FL, I'm not worried about the nuclear risk. I don't think I'd be worried anyway. Although, part of me thinks about preparedness in general and I want to look into having an "emergency kit" with the products for preventing radiation exposure.
Had a fabulous appointment with our doula last night. She went over a lot of things with us about positioning, comfort measures during labor, etc. Then we talked for an hour and a half about almost everything LOL!
I feel *somewhat* ready for birth. I told her when I finish the Hypnobabies course I'll truly feel ready. She just got her Hypnobabies instructor certification, so when we finish the home course, she's gonna do a birth practice with us.
Happy Friday!! I'm so looking forward to this weekend!!
This week has been super busy. We've had at least one thing going on every night this week. And today we are driving 5 hours to see my family and have our last baby shower. It'll be the last time I see my mom while I'm not a mom myself and that is much more emotionally powerful than I thought it would be.
I've had a lot of pubic bone pain this week. It's the worst when I get up from sitting for a long time. On Wednesday we had baby ed class and I had been sitting for an hour and when I got up I almost yelped. Are there stretches I can do to help or is just the new pressure of a low baby? I went on a walk yesterday to try and stretch everything out. I'm going to try to keep that up, even if it's only a 10 minute walk.
I've finally hit that place in pregnancy where it's hard to sleep. I just can't get comfortable and the pubic pain isn't helping. If I move in the night I get woken up by the pain and then I just am awake for at least 30 minutes.
I think that's mostly it. I won't be on until Monday. Hope you ladies have a great weekend!
Sigh... I can't catch a break.
Just now, DD was rolling around on the couch and fell off. She didn't hurt herself, but her entire body weight took her knee into my foot. OUCH! OF COURSE it would be the foot I have tendonitis in... I haven't tried walking on it yet (happened about 30 minutes ago). This stinks.
I DO think there is something in the air/water/stars going on right now, I've definitely had a mercury in retrograde type of week where things don't seem to be moving forward or even staying the same, it's like NOTHING works! In the midst of a merger at work, moving to a home office, getting all the tech set up and working with VPNs is just such a PAIN in the rear!!!
I've almost been glossing over the Japan thing - listening but trying not to think too hard about it because I'm certain I could just break down and weep endlessly about it thank you hormones. I hope that doesn't sound crass and I'm definitely wishing the best to those that are there.
But anyway, It is warm and sunny and blue skyed in VT so I'll take it. I'm done with work for the week and have just to go do some yoga and teach some yoga tonight. Maybe I'll go out this afternoon and sit somewhere and have tea and work on a birth plan.
RE: PUBIC BONE PAIN. OK yeah. I haven't had back or hip pain but my bikini area bones are pulling apart and I guess that extra 30 lbs is putting pressure right there!!! Very sore.
Swimming has been good this week but even yoga puts strain there. I try to support with some kegels.
Home stretch ladies!!! It's beyond mid-march!
re: hip and pubic bone pain - I find it's the worst when I'm sleeping and I have to get up - so bad I can barely walk when I stumble out of bed in the middle of the night to use the toilet... UGH! Apparently I'm moaning and groaning in my sleep - probably because I'm so uncomfortable, but I was given some positions to use for sleep that are also beneficial for positioning the baby for birth, and those have helped a bit.
re:Japan - it's overwhelming and I don't believe half of what's said by news outlets anyway... everything is either oversensationalized or played down to avoid panic.. It may sound selfish, but there's not much good that can come from MY worrying about the situation, so while I'll send good vibes to my friends that are in Japan, and I'll take whatever preparations/precautions necessary to keep myself and my family safe, I guess I'm kind of "glossing over" the whole thing like annaconda said.
I had my 33 week appt. with our midwife yesterday - I passed my 1hr glucose tolerance test with FLYING colors (late, I know, but I started official prenatal care late), and my bloodwork looks GREAT, the baby's a good size and in a good position - DP and I got to feel the butt, spine (the head is under too much other stuff - the midwife felt it, but she's used to using A LOT of pressure when palpating her mamas)
She told me that everything I eat at this point is just being sucked up and added to the baby (okay, that's oversimplification, but...)
she banned grains (no problem, actually a GOOD thing - I was an atkins-for-lifer who shifted to a more primal approach, but DP was always trying to get me to eat grains, and I totally craved multigrain bagels and bread in early pregnancy), told me to cut down on fat, even "healthy fat" (I'm going to miss olive oil and flax seed meal and my full-fat greek yogurt), and to watch portion sizes... oh, and sugar (which I don't eat much of anyway) is out too, other than occasional bits of super-dark chocolate. I'm supposed to load up on the protein and veggies - which is my ideal way of eating anyway.