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post #181 of 348
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Joanie, it's not uncommon to experience lightening at this point.  It tends to happen earlier in first pregnancies than it does in subsequent pregnancies.  In fact it is not uncommon for babies to wait to drop and engage just prior to or actually during labor with subsequent pregnancies.  This was true of my second.

post #182 of 348

We do Vitamin K. There isn't anything even remotely definitive on it causing harm. There was a correlation found years ago between the Vitamin K shot and childhood leukemia, but it has since been disproven. And there are just too many instances when it could be too late to know the baby needs it, so I don't risk it. We do decline the eye ointment and Hep B though.

post #183 of 348

We do not do Vitamin K, none of my 3 have had it. We clipped ds1's tongue and he had no bleeding issues.  But I can certainly see a ped insisting on it, if they asked and didn't assume it had been given.  I tend toward the theory that there must be a reason that all babies are born with this lower level for the first week.  There has got to be something that benefits the baby about *not* having higher levels, or we would have evolved away from that.  Now I've never known what that might be, but I trust in nature's wisdom... then the other day I read a theory that made sense to me: someone's midwife said she thinks that not having so much clotting agent in the blood at first makes it so that the newborn's heart doesn't have to work quite so hard, all on its own after the birth.  All I know is that I don't want to mess with what is likely a very good system the body has set up, so we would only go get it if there was some major birth trauma and bruising.

post #184 of 348

Yeah, I get sensations like that all the time.  Sometimes it feels like my baby is doing somersaults and other times it feels like a head is ready to fall out.  It's really normal, even it it sucks..

 

And the other day I went to my best friends house and her dog was IN LOVE with me.  He rarely pays any attention to me, but he kept resting his head on my stomach and staring at me like I was his long lost love.  It was strange..

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Has anybody experienced their baby drop already? Or how early have you had it happen with prior pregnancies?

 

I saw my midwife on Thursday for my prenatal checkup and she said that she thought my baby will engage early. I think it might've happened already today, but I don't know? It has me nervous because this is all so new to me. I've been having abnormally intense BH contractions since yesterday but just for a little bit. Then when I woke up this morning and walked past the mirror, the first thing I noticed was that my belly looked lower. I was scratching my head wondering if I was imagining it. I asked DH what he thought and he agreed that my belly dropped lower. Then I was walking around the mall and had more BH contractions like yesterday. Baby has been moving like crazy. Now in the past few hours this evening I've felt burrowing down low by the baby, a weird tingling sensation down low (which has me nervous about my cervix?), and I had some slightly sharper jabs of tightness in both sides of my uterus. I just went to the bathroom and when I stood back up, I stopped in my tracks for a second. I felt a weird pressure in my cervical area like it's super heavy. And suddenly I'm able to get up off the couch super easily and everything feels lighter and lower like I'm not restricted in my upper belly area anymore. Should I be concerned or are these normal things? Gah! I know I was excited when my midwife said the baby might drop early and she reassured me that it doesn't mean the baby would actually ARRIVE early, but I can't imagine walking around with this cervical pressure for another 8 weeks. It feels like the baby is gonna fall out! lol

 

Oh, and the last thing that's really freaking me out is that one of our cats has been acting CRAZY since yesterday... My DH was joking with me that he senses my hormones and baby coming soon so he might just be acting weird because of that. But since I experienced all of this today, the kitty is freaking me out! He keeps following me around the house meowing at me NONSTOP in a weird meow he doesn't usually do. He looks so distraught. greensad.gif He keeps trying to lay on me and is looking so worn out. DH is even commenting about it because it's just so out of the ordinary. Gah! Anybody else's animals do this late in your pregnancy?

 

 



 

post #185 of 348

Mine seems to be quite a bit lower than he was 3 weeks ago. With my DD, she dropped slowly over the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy. It made things very painful for me in the end. My DS dropped significantly at 37 weeks, and then the day before I went into labor he went way down. This one seems to be dropping slowly, like my DD, but it's not super uncomfortable like it was with her.

post #186 of 348

I think mine is engaging and coming back up into a semi-transverse lay every few days.  I can feel it in my hips and back when I sleep- there is a noticeable difference in the way I feel, and how much pressure I have.  Some days I when I stand up I swear she is trying to escape.

post #187 of 348
Hi girls,

I have gained about 30 pounds already, but I'm aiming for 40. Gained 27 with my first and I was a walking skeleton afterward. I was 20 pounds below my pre-preg weight at 2 weeks post partum and it took me 18 months to get back up. With my second pregnancy I gained 45 and I took a few months to get back, so I think 40 would be about perfect for me.

I'm also in the vit k only if there seems to be a reason camp. It just doesn't make sense that we are all born wrong.

This baby is carrying low. My second was engaged at 32 weeks, my first was toward the end. I think the cervical pressure is pretty normal, I have felt that on several occasions.
post #188 of 348

I hear you on the weight gain- I was at my pre-preg weight by one week post-partum with DS1 and my weight kept dropping.  I was ravenous- eating all the time, huge portions- and I still couldn't keep the weight on (my DS, however, was off-the-charts huge, like over 100th %ile.  I guess I know where all the calories were going!)  I know it will be better for my breastfeeding body if I have a few extra pounds... but the thought of being even 5-10 lbs heavier than I normally am makes me so anxious....

I gained 20 total with DS1 (despite eating a ton- but I worked on my feet so I think that kept my weight gain to a minimum), and I am up to ~18 lbs this time.  It's so hard on me emotionally to gain weight- I don't know why.  I think it's the thought that "I've never been so heavy" that gets me.  Obviously there is nothing I can do to stop the weight gain, and I know my body is doing what it needs to do, it's totally normal, I'm pregnant not overweight, etc.... But knowing those things intellectually doesn't help my self-esteem when I see the numbers on the scale (or even just look in a mirror....)  I get self conscious when I think about my birth team (3 women) looking at my pregnant body during labor (I keep thinking they'll just see my cellulite and judge me.  I know, I need to get over it, they won't be thinking those things, etc....)  Still, knowing that they won't care (and I won't care in the moment, maybe- though I was quite modest in labor with DS1) doesn't make me feel any better.

 

Sigh.


Anyone else having trouble with self-esteem?  So many women feel sexier and more beautiful than they've ever felt when they are pregnant... I am clearly not one of those people. redface.gif


 

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Originally Posted by seraf View Post

Hi girls,

I have gained about 30 pounds already, but I'm aiming for 40. Gained 27 with my first and I was a walking skeleton afterward. I was 20 pounds below my pre-preg weight at 2 weeks post partum and it took me 18 months to get back up. With my second pregnancy I gained 45 and I took a few months to get back, so I think 40 would be about perfect for me.

I'm also in the vit k only if there seems to be a reason camp. It just doesn't make sense that we are all born wrong.

This baby is carrying low. My second was engaged at 32 weeks, my first was toward the end. I think the cervical pressure is pretty normal, I have felt that on several occasions.


 

post #189 of 348

I feel as if I've been low all along so I'm curious to see when mine will drop. I do have a very long torso though and shorter legs.

 

Thanks for the link! I didn't realize another November mama had a question already about vitamin K.

post #190 of 348

Oh, and jbk, I'm feeling very self-conscious too. I hate thinking that I'm going to be surrounded by clothed women who can see all my fat and grossness while I'm in labor. blush.gif

post #191 of 348
I'm not especially self concous. I don't love the idea of pooping in front of anyone, but I think a body is a body. I'm a nurse in geriatrics, so I see quite a variety and don't think much of it. I figure birth professionals are the same.

I do NOT feel sexy. I feel like a house who moves with the grace of a drunk prom date.
post #192 of 348
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I do NOT feel sexy. I feel like a house who moves with the grace of a drunk prom date.

 

Totally!
 

 

post #193 of 348

I hate gaining the weight and I hate being a size 12 pp.  However, I have 2 pregnancies behind me that say that I NEED the weight to breastfeed.  I quickly lose the baby weight and then struggle to stay at a healthy weight.  My DH would like it if I weighed 130lbs, but I can barely manage 120lbs when I'm nursing a baby.  I have to trust that my body is doing the right thing by gaining 45-50lbs during pregnancy.  I know that I'll be back in my pre-pregnancy jeans before I know it (that is, if my little sister hadn't stolen them all!!).  :) 

post #194 of 348

See, I don't gain a lot, but I hold onto 10 pounds extra while nursing.  When they start eating solids I lose another 5 ish pounds, but that means I still have an extra 5 from each of my two previous pregnancies sticking around.  My milk supply drops before those 10 pounds do, so I try not to worry too much about it.  I imagine I would have lost it when they weaned, but I've always been nursing and pregnant.

post #195 of 348

Another big gainer in pregnancy. not pregnant, my body "likes" to be around 120, so I hover around there, give or take. i gain at least 50lbs per pregnancy... and I think this will be a record breaker, because i'm up around 45-50ish already :/ lovely. I do lose it pretty easy. After ds I was down to around 115, maybe even a few pounds less, at the lowest. As he got older and on solids I think I got a little closer to 120, then when af returned, I gained another 5+lbs practically overnight! It was interesting, since after dd I didn't have a ppaf, just got pregnant. Not sure exactly how much I'd gained simply from hormone changes is all I can assume, that came with return of cycles. I might have even been closer to 130 *shrug*. Since I'm not positive my pre-pregnancy weight its hard to measure total weight gain. But yeah, its weird. The only mirrors in my house are in the bathrooms and the bathrooms are really small so there's no backing up to "zoom out" and seeing full body reflection. So when I'm in public and pass a mirror and see my profile its kinda shocking. My whole body shape is changed! I'm trying to not be bothered by it.. I know from prior experience that I'll be tandem nursing, producing buckets of milk, probably will pump to donate because I make ridiculous excess in the beginning especially.. and it'll fall right off. Trying to trust my body knows what its doing gaining all this weight! And looking forward to pigging out on holiday food, being a bottomless pit, and losing weight at the same time ;) score!! After ds was born and how ravenous I was, I remember saying that I wanted to have my next baby in early november to put that appetite to good use. And I didn't even plan this ;) lol

post #196 of 348

Oh my gosh, yes, pigging out at the holidays.  Thank goodness for breastfeeding to help lose the baby weight!  
 

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Another big gainer in pregnancy. not pregnant, my body "likes" to be around 120, so I hover around there, give or take. i gain at least 50lbs per pregnancy... and I think this will be a record breaker, because i'm up around 45-50ish already :/ lovely. I do lose it pretty easy. After ds I was down to around 115, maybe even a few pounds less, at the lowest. As he got older and on solids I think I got a little closer to 120, then when af returned, I gained another 5+lbs practically overnight! It was interesting, since after dd I didn't have a ppaf, just got pregnant. Not sure exactly how much I'd gained simply from hormone changes is all I can assume, that came with return of cycles. I might have even been closer to 130 *shrug*. Since I'm not positive my pre-pregnancy weight its hard to measure total weight gain. But yeah, its weird. The only mirrors in my house are in the bathrooms and the bathrooms are really small so there's no backing up to "zoom out" and seeing full body reflection. So when I'm in public and pass a mirror and see my profile its kinda shocking. My whole body shape is changed! I'm trying to not be bothered by it.. I know from prior experience that I'll be tandem nursing, producing buckets of milk, probably will pump to donate because I make ridiculous excess in the beginning especially.. and it'll fall right off. Trying to trust my body knows what its doing gaining all this weight! And looking forward to pigging out on holiday food, being a bottomless pit, and losing weight at the same time ;) score!! After ds was born and how ravenous I was, I remember saying that I wanted to have my next baby in early november to put that appetite to good use. And I didn't even plan this ;) lol



 

post #197 of 348

My first was born December 16th and when we ate our big Christmas dinner, I ate so slowly because of holding DS that I didn't even eat that much before I felt full. :( Midnight snacking! hehe

post #198 of 348
Thread Starter 

Ugh... so yesterday ds took his nap early and it was too short.  I thought maybe he'll go to bed early for the night!  Of course not... he stayed up late and I wasn't feeling well- just big, tired, a little nauseous.   Finally he went to sleep at 10:30pm and I went to bed.  Ds tossed and turned and so did dh, so I got up around 2am and went to sleep in the guest room.  Not even an hour later dd woke me up b/c she had a stomach ache.  I sat in her bed with her for a while, rubbed her belly, etc. she seemed to relax some and finally had to go back to bed b/c I was so uncomfortable and tired.  I told her to come get me if it got worse.  Not 10 minutes later she came staggering down the hallway and barfed on the carpet outside the bathroom, three times.  Fortunately she felt much better after that and was able to sleep the rest of the night. But unfortunately for me, I was up cleaning the carpet and then laying in bed thinking every little noise was her getting back up to vomit more.  So that would make less than 3 hours sleep for me and at 30 weeks, it's just intolerable.  I feel dizzy, nauseous, irritable...  I can't wait until dd goes off to school today- thank goodness she's fine- and ds takes his nap.  I need to lay down!   sleeping.gif

post #199 of 348

I am like Paigekitten, I don't gain a lot (20-25 lbs last pregnancy, 15 so far this one) but have a terrible time losing it.  Last time I lost 11 pounds giving birth and then nothing until DS started eating solids reliably (10-12 months) and I felt comfortable to "diet" without sacrificing milk supply.  I struggled to get a full supply so it wasn't worth cutting calories and risking the milk supply.  He didn't wean until I was pregnant with this one so I still had about 5 pounds leftover from his pregnancy when I started gaining. 

 

I try not to stress about the scale and focus on eating nutritious food when I'm hungry both before and after baby arrives, but it was hard for me to be a completely different size and shape for over a year after giving birth to my son.  Now I am a little more comfortable in my mama body, and find a certain beauty in the fact that you are not the same person as before and your body is not the same body.  I will eventually try to lose most of the weight, but am always jealous of the women for whom it just melts away with breastfeeding!

post #200 of 348

duh.gif Oof, Jaimee. That sounded like a really rough night. I'm glad your dd feels better and you can rest a little more today!

 

My thyroid medication had to be increased again and I'm feeling so nauseous and dizzy. eyesroll.gif Hopefully my body will adjust in a few days so I don't feel so on edge. Has anybody else here had to deal with hypothyroidism and med adjustments while pregnant? I'm curious if I should expect to have a really rough adjustment period after the baby is born... I have this fear that I'll suddenly get really sick when the baby is out and my thyroid will go wacky. I haven't had a chance to address that fear with my endocrinologist yet.

 

As for weight, I've gained 33 lbs during my pregnancy and don't anticipate gaining too much more since I started out heavier to begin with. I'm hoping and praying that I'm one of those lucky women who peels off the weight really easily with breastfeeding! I'm not getting my hopes up too much, though, since I've always had a hard time losing weight. irked.gif I can't wait to be exercising again without this belly! I miss my really intense workouts.

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