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weekly rambling chat Sept 18--24

post #1 of 121
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Sorry I am a bit late starting this new weeks chat!  But it probably makes more sense to do it Sunday to Saturday.

 

 

Name:

Weeks/Days along:

Appointments:

Symptoms:

Food:

Exercise:

Body changes and other milestones:

Thoughts:

post #2 of 121
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Name: ForestMushroom

Weeks/Days along: About 6 weeks....

Appointments: I haven't made an appt. yet.  I think they like to wait a bit (10 weeks) and also, since there is a good chance we are moving, I will need to go see a new mdwife/OB, etc.... so I am just being lazy now. 

Symptoms: All day nausea.  Emotionally wack-o!  But at least I'm not as bloated.  Tired!

Food: Food is okay.  I can only eat a very little at a time, though, or I feel very ill.

Exercise: I have been walking, but feel too ill to do my usual stuff. And running/ jogging makes me pee. 

Body changes and other milestones: my brain is rather mushy these days....

Thoughts: hhmmm... think... what do I think?  I wish our potential move was settled so I knew for sure if we are staying here in Portland or moving back to California... that is really stressing me out! 

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Name: Maryam

Weeks/Days along: 7 weeks 6 days

Appointments: first OB visit on Friday (so that my insurance will cover my ultrasound(s) and labs), first midwife appointment a week after that

Symptoms: pretty nauseous, but not as bad as it could be. food aversions and cravings. bloated to the point where some of my favorite shirts don't fit well anymore. exhausted around 4:00 every afternoon. my skin doesn't look great.

Food: I'm not totally happy with my diet right now. I'm usually so healthy, but all I want lately is so junky by my standards. Lots of bread (even if whole grain), melted cheese, crackers, potatoes, desserts... at least I'm really into salads now. I'm trying to get more protein and I'm doing ok with that.

Exercise: I've been walking a lot (3-6 miles a day) and doing some resistance exercises too. Swimming this week for sure.

Body changes and other milestones: Just so bloated!

 

Thoughts: I don't want to travel by plane for the rest of this pregnancy unless I absolutely have to. Last weekend really threw me off, and I have a feeling that a number of my worsening symptoms are because of that. I don't mind going on short trips around northern CA or something, but no more air travel. 

 

I woke up yesterday with a sudden urge to plan my Thanksgiving menu. I'm really excited about Thanksgiving stuff now. This is so weird for me.

 

I have to say I have the best partner ever. He's been so helpful and reassuring even though I can tell he's stressed with work, his parents' divorce, house stuff, and preparing for this baby. I'm so glad we're doing this. He'll be a great dad.

 

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Name:  Alissa

Weeks/Days along:  7 weeks

Appointments:  ultrasound tomorrow!

Symptoms:  I am exhausted, no appetite, and eggs sound disgusting (usually love eggs).  Also,  I seriously get close to vomiting anytime someone (including me) blows their nose.  Weird, but it was just like this with ds.

Food:  just eating small meals whenever I feel up to it.

Exercise:  chasing around my 2 year old, and walking/biking a lot.

Body changes and other milestones: bloated!

Thoughts:  I am starting to get a little nervous about my ultrasound tomorrow.  I have kind of a weird situation... I nursed ds until he was 22 months old.  Got my period back when he was 20 months and had 2 normal cycles.  The cycle after we stopped nursing was the cycle from Hades.  It went on and on for 6 weeks and got heavier and heavier until I finally went and saw my midwifery group, and then referred to the OB/GYN's they work with.  My family has a pretty ridiculous history of pre-menopausal uterine (endometrial) and cervical cancers, so we did an ultrasound and my uterus looked terrible! My lining was more than double what it should be in some places and very uneven when it is supposed to be pretty consistent.  So we tried a "hormonal d & c" where I took progesterone for 10 days (made the bleeding stop) and then stopped taking it (causing the worst period of my life).  It was terrible.... I was going through a super plus tampon and then soaking through the backup pad in a half an hour for daaaaayyyyyss.  My iron dropped really low and I just felt terrible.  After that terrible bleed I went back in and my scan looked WORSE.  ugh!  All of that and it wasn't any better.  So we scheduled a d & c to biopsy everything and I met with oncologists and all that.  Well, right before my surgery I found out I was pregnant!

 

So basically, I might have cancer. And I am pregnant. Which is sort of confusing and scary.  The OB/GYN's seem pretty confident that I will miscarry pretty early if there is abnormal/cancerous growth in my uterus, and that if things go well they will almost completely rule out cancer.  So my ultrasound tomorrow is pretty important.  I am hoping to see a healthy baby and heartbeat in there with a good looking start to the placenta!  If my scan tomorrow looks good I will be able to transfer back to my midwives which will be stellar.

 

Phew! Prayers/positive vibes appreciated!

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Deverduo- OMG!bigeyes.gif What a rollercoaster of emotion you must be going through! I hope that your ultrasound tomorrow looks beautiful!

 

 

Name: pregnova

Weeks/Days along: 5 weeks

Appointments:none

Symptoms:well, feeling GREAT today, but I have been feeling super exhausted and dealing with some pretty hard-core cramping over the past week. 

Food:Doing great food-wise. We keep to a 'nourishing traditions/real food' type diet anyway, and I'm loosely following the Brewer Diet again for this pregnancy. So far, I've not had a problem keeping up with it. I get tons of protein in anyway, am constantly hungry, and totally can't stand the thought of eating anything sweet or junkie....so yay for that ;-)

Exercise: chasing around the 2 year old. 

Body changes and other milestones:bloating, or else I've already got a baby belly! And, my breasts have filled out a bit. 

Thoughts:Starting to wonder about why I feel so Good. I know it's still early though, so I'm sort of hoping that I'll start feeling more symptoms as this week progresses. I feel a bit surprised that I haven't started experiencing any MS yet...and sometimes I don't even feel preggo...I find myself already very attached to this pregnancy. 

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Name:  Katie

Weeks/Days along:  6 weeks exactly

Appointments:  None yet. Had 1 u/s. Saw the yolk sac but nothing else yet, but I was only 5w4d at the time.  I'll have another u/s next week.

Symptoms:  Exhausted!  Major headaches all day long. Dizzy/lightheaded, especially when I get up and down. Nauseous almost constantly.  And sort of symptom - horrible pain in my butt from these progesterone shots I'm doing.  I limp around for 3 days after each shot and the day it starts to feel better is the day I get the next one.  Sigh.  

Food:  Hungry - and it's painful! I wake up with my stomach growling and when I'm hungry during the day, my stomach growls and almost makes me feel nauseous.  It's weird.  

Exercise:   I was trying to keep doing the hour classes I was taking at the gym but I can't make it through without feeling like I'm going to die. So I'm doing 20-25 minute workouts on the elliptical.  

Body changes and other milestones:   Just bloat and more difficulty sucking it in than I used to be able to do!  lol!  

Thoughts:  I'm feeling more hopeful about this pregnancy. I feel HORRIBLE which is a nice relief.  I definitely feel differently than I did with my two miscarriages.  I'll feel much better if I can see a heartbeat on the u/s next week.  

post #7 of 121
wow denverduo! I will keep you in my thoughts! I hope everything works out. Please keep us posted!
Name: lightheartedmom
Weeks: 5 weeks today, or maybe 5w2d. Depending on conception. ;-)
Appointments: none yet. I'm waiting at least two more weeks to call to make the appointment. I'm not scheduling it any earlier than 10 weeks, probably more like 11 since I want to avoid early u/s. Have to straighten out some insurance issues anyway (I have the PPO from hell).
Symptoms: extra smell sensors, vague feelings of nausea occasionally, finicky taste buds, sooo tired, peeing lots and bloated. Normal stuff. :-)
Food/diet: this is a sticky issue for me these days. Weve been following a somewhat extreme diet since the Japan eq and nuclear meltdown. People think we're nuts. I'm not eating any fresh produce from the northern hemisphere and all the water I drink is bottled, pre-fukushima. We normally don't eat any dairy besides raw cheese and that is still safe because it is aged but in a few months I'll cut that out too as they're finding radioactive cesium in California milk. Unfortunately, we haven't had much choice regarding eggs and meat so I'm still eating that...for veggies thankfully (NEVER thought I'd say this) there's a good supply of stuff from countries like chile (organic apples yum!) at trader joes. Don't know how long we'll continue this diet, but with pregnancy and two little kids in the house, for now we see it as the best of many bad options. I'm supplementing with kelp and placing an order tomorrow for some chlorella (dr mercola) which are good nutritional supplements for protecting the body against those kinds of contaminants.
Exercise: nothing serious. Walks with the kids, qigong, a little yoga here and there.
Body changes/milestones: today I have officially outlasted my most recent miscarriage (5 weeks), that's nice, next up are 9 weeks and 12 weeks. Those dates feel significant. No major body changes. I'm weaning DD2 from 5-6 nursing sessions/day to 2 and feeling mild cramping after she nurses.
Thoughts: lots! On weaning: I hope DD understands how much I love her even though we're coming to the end of breastfeeding. I hope she loves this new baby (basically the same hopes and fears I had about dd1 before 2 was born). I keep thinking of how amazing it will be to feel this baby move for the first time. For some reason that sensation is burned in my memory and I cannot wait for it this time. I am nervous for the next seven weeks, trying to be at peace...
post #8 of 121

Denverduo, praying for you and baby!!!!

 

 

Name: MaggieMae81

Weeks/Days along: 5 weeks today

Appointments: Tuesday!

Symptoms: very tired, sore nipples, itchy boobs, some cramping, HUNGRY all the time, up early in the am

Food:eating well so far.... only aversion so far is to beets, one of my fav. roots. 

Exercise: jogging, walking my dog and light yoga

Body changes and other milestones:bloating, and my boobs have def. gotten bigger. Pants are a little tight and got some maternity undies already. think it may just be the bloating though as I haven't gained weight. 

Thoughts:hoping that everything goes well on Tuesday.... pregnancy still not feeling real as I have not really had morning sickness yet. 

post #9 of 121

Alissa, many prayers to you.  Update us when you get info from the u/s!  

post #10 of 121
Thread Starter 

Alissa: sending you the good vibes!  Let us know how it goes.

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DenverDuo Praying for you! Let us know how it goes!!

 

 

Name: Erin

Weeks/Days along: 

Appointments: Not until October 11. I have talked to my midwife and my doula for this birth. Hopefully they'll both make it this time. 

Symptoms: I just feel like crap. I'm tired and nothing sounds good to eat. I'm in that early stage "blah" feeling. I've started to feel a little nauseous, but nothing too bad yet. 

Food: Nothing sounds good. So yeah...

Exercise: I've been taking walks daily, but I'm still sticking with the whole "getting out of bed counts" 

Body changes and other milestones: Nothing major. I'm still nursing DS #4 so not much has changed in that department except that it's not comfortable for me. Oh and hot flashes. For some reasons lately I'm having some major hot flashes and it's driving me nuts. Since the baby really isn't much bigger than a poppy seed, I'm blaming my "bigger looking belly" on the fact that I just don't care as much and I'm not sucking it in like I used to. 

Thoughts: I'm getting excited. It's starting to really sink in now. It hit me the other day that next May I will have 3 kids 3 and under. We're in the process of telling family slowly. I'm a little apprehensive about telling my side...so it's something I'm avoiding. Other than that we're just hanging out. 

post #12 of 121

Deverduo- Definitely sending some good vibes your way for you and baby! 

 

 

Name: Janelle

Weeks/Days along: 6 weeks, 3 days

Appointments:This thursday is my first appointment!  As this is #1 for me, I am SUPER EXCITED!!  Having a doctor appointment makes it a little more real!!

Symptoms:ugh.  I was feeling rather good until the 6 weeks mark came along.  I am still crampy, headachy less but still sometimes, super smelling power!!, and now my tummy kinda always hurts.  I just feel sick all of the time.  Hot flashes, too.

Food:So, it started.  Last week, I was hungry all the time and was willing to eat anything!  It was awesome!  Now... food aversions have hit.  I am hungry but nothing looks good.  My tummy is always hurting and I am never sure if it's cuz I am hungry or cuz I am just not feeling well.  In the morning I wake up with a wicked hunger feeling but it's seriously hard to find anything I want to eat.  Everything looks gross.  I have all this healthy food from trader joe's and I want NONE of it!!!  The only things that look edible are prepared meals from restaurants and such.  I can handle that stuff, but.. what, am I supposed to eat out for every meal LOL?  It's rough right now!!  Also, water and crystal light and mio and all of that kind of disgust me, but I know I need to drink water!  So I have been drinking lots of juices, tons of extra calories but I need liquids and I am having a hard time getting them.... ugh!!  This is the worst symptom for me right now.

Body changes and other milestones:My nipples are white at the tips when I take my bra off at night.  What the heck is that? 

Thoughts: I am usually really god about eating a healthy diet but with these food aversions, I feel like I am letting my baby down.  I wanted to eat totally healthy while pregnant and stocked up on healthy foods, and now I am eating "ok" stuff but nothing great.  It's hard and kind of makes me feel like a failure.  It is my responsibility to make sure I am eating the proper nutrition.. and I am not. greensad.gif 

 

Other that that, I am also a tad worried about insurance as my hubby got a new job right before we found out I was pregnant, and he lost insurance.  We have it until the end of this month, so my first appointment will be covered but after that... who knows!  We can get COBRA for about $650 per month (UHHHHH might as well just pay cash at that point!!!) but what I want to do is get Oregon Health Plan (the medicaid program here).  Since I am pregnant, I am hoping they will accept me, but I am unsure of income qualifications.  I am not poor, but definitely would appreciate some help...I just hope I don't make too much for it.  I have a pre-existing condition that prevents me from getting most individual plans, so I am kinda stuck right now.  Trying not to worry too much, but unfortunately life is about money, sometimes.

post #13 of 121

Bah! I had a whole thing typed up, then saw something I wanted to reply to and clicked "quote" and lost everything I'd typed :( Boo. So this will be much shorter.
 

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Thoughts: lots! On weaning: I hope DD understands how much I love her even though we're coming to the end of breastfeeding. I hope she loves this new baby (basically the same hopes and fears I had about dd1 before 2 was born). I keep thinking of how amazing it will be to feel this baby move for the first time. For some reason that sensation is burned in my memory and I cannot wait for it this time. I am nervous for the next seven weeks, trying to be at peace...


We are weaning also. I'm worried about that because she really is SO heartbroken when I won't let her, or if she can't stay on as long as she wants to (she nurses for the length of one song of her choice, recently Twinkle Twinkle).

 

I am also obsessed with feeling the baby move. I keep feeling gas and being like, "ooh was that!?! no, of course not, that's impossible"

 

Babycatcher- hot flashes? Yes. I'm melting and sweating at work, so I take off my multiple layers only to be freezing 10 minutes later. I used to be pretty comfortable most of the time but now I live in one of the two extremes.

 

Janellody- white nipples. You can maybe look up Renaud's Syndrome (might be misspelling both of these, but try it!) and vasospasms. I had that while breastfeeding my second. I can't remember how to fix it, but it's a circulatory thing. I also get white pinky fingers while breastfeeding and postpartum, same issue.

 

 Food- try not to feel too badly. Try to eat the healthier version of whatever sounds appealing, if possible. At this stage anything you can get down is important. Once the nausea fades out a bit you can really concentrate on making up for it. Also juice is good- one study I read recently showed that kids who drank juice (small amounts!) instead of their water-only counterparts had higher levels of some vitamins from the juice. Get a good 100% juice, water it down a bit if your stomach will let you!

 

 

And now I need to leave for work... as soon as my childcare wakes up enough to come upstairs :/ (my brother is living in our basement for a bit).

 

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Name: Crystal

Weeks/Days along: 6 weeks 2 days

Appointments: I just emailed my Midwife to set up my first appointment.

Symptoms: Extreme exhaustion, pukey some days, food taste either amazing or gross.

Food:  Pizza, hot wings, pasta, fruit

Exercise: Uh..... yeah.... about that....

Body changes and other milestones: My boobs still hurt like a mother, and my pants are tight.  I think that I look tubby.

Thoughts: I am already over the first trimester.  I want to feel better and not so tired.

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Deverduo- Definitely sending some good vibes your way for you and baby! 

 

 

Name: Janelle

Weeks/Days along: 6 weeks, 3 days

Appointments:This thursday is my first appointment!  As this is #1 for me, I am SUPER EXCITED!!  Having a doctor appointment makes it a little more real!!

Symptoms:ugh.  I was feeling rather good until the 6 weeks mark came along.  I am still crampy, headachy less but still sometimes, super smelling power!!, and now my tummy kinda always hurts.  I just feel sick all of the time.  Hot flashes, too.

Food:So, it started.  Last week, I was hungry all the time and was willing to eat anything!  It was awesome!  Now... food aversions have hit.  I am hungry but nothing looks good.  My tummy is always hurting and I am never sure if it's cuz I am hungry or cuz I am just not feeling well.  In the morning I wake up with a wicked hunger feeling but it's seriously hard to find anything I want to eat.  Everything looks gross.  I have all this healthy food from trader joe's and I want NONE of it!!!  The only things that look edible are prepared meals from restaurants and such.  I can handle that stuff, but.. what, am I supposed to eat out for every meal LOL?  It's rough right now!!  Also, water and crystal light and mio and all of that kind of disgust me, but I know I need to drink water!  So I have been drinking lots of juices, tons of extra calories but I need liquids and I am having a hard time getting them.... ugh!!  This is the worst symptom for me right now.

Body changes and other milestones:My nipples are white at the tips when I take my bra off at night.  What the heck is that? 

Thoughts: I am usually really god about eating a healthy diet but with these food aversions, I feel like I am letting my baby down.  I wanted to eat totally healthy while pregnant and stocked up on healthy foods, and now I am eating "ok" stuff but nothing great.  It's hard and kind of makes me feel like a failure.  It is my responsibility to make sure I am eating the proper nutrition.. and I am not. greensad.gif 

 

Other that that, I am also a tad worried about insurance as my hubby got a new job right before we found out I was pregnant, and he lost insurance.  We have it until the end of this month, so my first appointment will be covered but after that... who knows!  We can get COBRA for about $650 per month (UHHHHH might as well just pay cash at that point!!!) but what I want to do is get Oregon Health Plan (the medicaid program here).  Since I am pregnant, I am hoping they will accept me, but I am unsure of income qualifications.  I am not poor, but definitely would appreciate some help...I just hope I don't make too much for it.  I have a pre-existing condition that prevents me from getting most individual plans, so I am kinda stuck right now.  Trying not to worry too much, but unfortunately life is about money, sometimes.


Apply for OHP.  You can do it pretty easily online. http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/healthplan/app_benefits/main.shtml  Just ask you healthcare provider for a letter confirming pregnancy (proof of pregnancy I think they call it). I had my last baby on OHP and it was great.  It is basically what most other states have for pregnant ladies who otherwise don't have insurance-- so apply it can't hurt!  COBRA is crazy, huh? 

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Apply for OHP.  You can do it pretty easily online. http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/healthplan/app_benefits/main.shtml  Just ask you healthcare provider for a letter confirming pregnancy (proof of pregnancy I think they call it). I had my last baby on OHP and it was great.  It is basically what most other states have for pregnant ladies who otherwise don't have insurance-- so apply it can't hurt!  COBRA is crazy, huh? 


I'm definitely going to apply, but I was waiting until my actual insurance ran out, so I can answer no when they ask if I have insurance.  We got chosen for the regular OHP once but were denied because we had had insurance inthe past 6 months, so it was a HUGE disappointment.. I have no idea how this one works but am trying to make sure I have all my bases covered before I apply.  I am going to get a pregnancy test from planned parenthood (I have heard this is a great way to provide proof of pregnancy) and then apply at the beginning of October when my insurance runs out.. I am hoping I get accepted.  I really am.  Cobra is not a good backup option as the insurance we had before was awful anyway, so paying $650/month for it PLUS the out of pocket expenses that will be around 5k-6k means that I won't really get much of a discount... and who has that kind of money laying around??  Having a baby shouldn't be this hard.

 

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Name: Meredith

Weeks/Days along: 6 weeks 3 days 

Appointments: 1st ultrasound tomorrow! And I am super super nervous. I want to see a little heartbeat so bad. 

Symptoms: sore nipples, bloating, sleepy

Food: I seem to be craving the least healthy foods. Last week it was nachos. Now all I want is macaroni and cheese. Why can't I crave fruit and veggies?! hehe

Exercise: just chasing my sweet toddler around

Body changes and other milestones: pudgier than before & ACNE

Thoughts: I am still kind of a nervous wreck because I don't have any morning sickness, not really any food aversions....just sore nipples, acne, and a little bloating so I am not feeling like this pregnancy is really real yet, you know? I am hoping and praying that everything looks good at tomorrow's ultrasound. Send positive vibes my way!
 


Alissa, OMG!!! You're in my prayers. 

 

Janelle, I don't have much experience with white nipples, but if your bbs are getting bigger, maybe your bra is just way too tight and cutting off circulation or something? Just a guess. And keep us updated on that insurance situation. We have insurance but it is HORRIBLE. $4500 deductible. Sheesh! Its basically like we're self-pay. 

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I didn't read the other posts yet, I'll try to catch up soon, but Alissa, yours caught my eye.  I'm so sorry for that awful rollercoaster you are riding. You'll absolutely be in my prayers tonight.

 

 

Sigh.  I have been wanting to join you ladies for days, but I just flat out have no time.  I am a busy homeschooling mama to 4, ages 6, 4, 2, and 11 months.  I'm due May 17th. 

 

Right now I am hiding in my room while everyone sets the table for supper and typing as fast as I can...and kids keeping coming in. :)  But, I SO want to talk babies!  I am so excited. 

 

Uhm, I know I'm not following the format, I'm just trying to hurry.  So, I feel a little sick off and on, but could tell I was pg long before I got a test from all the random weird symptoms I always get.  Like, my heart races, my knees hurt against each other when I lay on my side, and other strange things.  Yeah, like I can't keep my mouth shut. :)

 

I'm looking forward to things hopefully slowing down a bit, and to really enjoying this pregnancy.  It sounds strange, but I worried so much about my other 4, but this time it all just seems good.  It's a boy, and he's coming in May.  No biggie.  Strange that I can't even get worked up when I try. 

 

Looking forward to getting to know all of you!

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Name: Holly

Weeks/Days along: 4 weeks, 4 days

Appointments: I made my first apt for 2 weeks from now

Symptoms: light cramping, sensitivity to smells, some nausea, slight breast tenderness and bloating, also tending to feel pretty tired.

Food:  fresh fruits and veggies, pickles and homemade tortellini

Exercise: I really want to start doing yoga again, but I feel like I want to have my sonogram first, and not put any excess stress on my uterus, is this silly? also lots of walking in general (I live in nyc/brooklyn :)

Body changes and other milestones: My belly already feels bloated and not enjoying super tight things on it, its been less than a week since I got a positive test, so no milestones yet

Thoughts: I'm looking forward to having stronger or more consistent symptoms, in my last pregnancy they were off and on, and never moved past cramps, very tender breasts and slight nausea, I don't think I will be able to relax till we have our first apt, but trying to stay as calm as possible!

 
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Name: Lisa

Weeks/Days along: 6 weeks today

Appointments: none yet....1st appt. scheduled for next Tuesday with a WHNP.

Symptoms:  Very uncomfortable boobs....and tiredness, but that seems to be lessening.

Food: I am loving it so far.....only had a couple small bouts of nausea.  REALLY like Edy's grape popsicles :)

Exercise: Um....none.  I promise to start some prenatal yoga soon, though.

Body changes and other milestones: My belly is definitely growing already, but this is #4 so I'm not surprised.  And the boob thing....wow. 

Thoughts: This is definitely happening!!!  We were so surprised (I got pregnant using birth control) but everything happens for a reason.  I'm excited about names and stuff like that.  I ordered about 2 dozen newborn dipes on DS the other day....they seem so tiny!

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