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Lifeguard and Starling: so sorry about the GBS! What a bummer.

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Originally Posted by Katico View Post

I'm starting to wonder if I have the mental fortitude to get through what could potentially be another 5 or 6 weeks.

 

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Originally Posted by starling&diesel View Post

Katico ... You know you're done being pregnant when the prospect of pushing a baby through your loins without the aid of medication sounds WAY more appealing that dealing with pregnancy and all it entails.  winky.gif


Ha! Both of these. I felt great up until about a week ago, and then I think baby dropped...now my feet are unrecognizable, I feel like I'm about to start my period, BH contractions are non-stop, I'm peeing every 30 minutes (or less, if I happen to cough or sneeze), and rolling over in bed is a Herculean effort.

 

AKislandgirl: First, I'm glad you're over your cold! Second, you probably don't remember, but you replied to one of my posts last week about our planned anniversary trip, and you said that it really sounded like I'd be happier/more relaxed just staying home. I really didn't want to think so because I was so looking forward to the trip, and I was afraid that DH would be terribly disappointed as well if we bailed, but your advice kept running through my head and the more I thought about it the more I realized you were right. So...we stayed home, and it was WONDERFUL. We still took two days off work like we'd planned, but we just puttered around the house nesting and cuddling and playing games and just really appreciating these last few weeks together before baby comes. So I guess I just wanted to say thanks redface.gif...it turned out to be just what we both needed, and we had a lovely anniversary at home (as DH said...hey, we live 5 minutes from Mt. Rainier. We're already in a vacation home!).
 

 

post #82 of 200

Originally Posted by LaBruja View Post

Ha! Both of these. I felt great up until about a week ago, and then I think baby dropped...now my feet are unrecognizable, I feel like I'm about to start my period, BH contractions are non-stop, I'm peeing every 30 minutes (or less, if I happen to cough or sneeze), and rolling over in bed is a Herculean effort.

 

Yup! I'm suddenly very uncomfortable.
 

 

post #83 of 200

I've been wondering about requesting a re-test for GBS. I've not been tested yet, but seems like if there are treatments, you ought to be able to retest? My friend's midwife (homebirth) let her and she is retesting weekly and coming back negative with continued treatment...

 

 

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Originally Posted by starling&diesel View Post

Katico ... You know you're done being pregnant when the prospect of pushing a baby through your loins without the aid of medication sounds WAY more appealing that dealing with pregnancy and all it entails.  winky.gif



ROTFLMAO.gif

 

post #85 of 200

So fun to read everyone's progress, even though it's now almost impossible to do personal replies.

 

Went to the prenatal appt today with my MIL. I'm GBS-negative (good luck, Rosemary, about retesting!) and measuring on schedule. I asked the midwife to guesstimate size and she said perhaps 5 1/2 to 6 lbs. In the beginning, I was wanting a big American baby, but as I get closer to delivery, I feel like I wouldn't mind if she came closer to the Asian averages. haha. But I'm so pleased that she won't be underweight, if the midwife is accurate.

 

I've been cleaning and nesting, but every time I succeed in tidying the apartment, someone comes in like a cyclone. A few days ago it was DP with his modeling project for work. Lots of moss and hot glue and wood sticks laying about. Got that cleaned up, and then yesterday it was MIL coming into town with more stuff from the baby shower (we couldn't fit everything into the truck). At this point, I have 36 bibs! Not to mention countless onesies, blankets, sleepers . . . 

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Originally Posted by LaBruja View Post

AKislandgirl: First, I'm glad you're over your cold! Second, you probably don't remember, but you replied to one of my posts last week about our planned anniversary trip, and you said that it really sounded like I'd be happier/more relaxed just staying home. I really didn't want to think so because I was so looking forward to the trip, and I was afraid that DH would be terribly disappointed as well if we bailed, but your advice kept running through my head and the more I thought about it the more I realized you were right. So...we stayed home, and it was WONDERFUL. We still took two days off work like we'd planned, but we just puttered around the house nesting and cuddling and playing games and just really appreciating these last few weeks together before baby comes. So I guess I just wanted to say thanks redface.gif...it turned out to be just what we both needed, and we had a lovely anniversary at home (as DH said...hey, we live 5 minutes from Mt. Rainier. We're already in a vacation home!).
 

 

 Yeah! I'm so glad!!!
 

 

post #87 of 200

labruja - the anniversary sounds lovely.

 

starling - I hope the swelling goes down for you - that just doesn't sound comfy at all.

 

Sounds like a lot of us are just plain uncomfortable right now. I find myself huffing & puffing & groaning a lot when doing the simplest tasks - very attractive! I don't remember being this uncomfortable with ds but I also was not as active with him so I could spend a good chunk of the day in bed/on the couch if I wanted to.

post #88 of 200
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Originally Posted by lifeguard View Post

 

Sounds like a lot of us are just plain uncomfortable right now. I find myself huffing & puffing & groaning a lot when doing the simplest tasks - very attractive! I don't remember being this uncomfortable with ds but I also was not as active with him so I could spend a good chunk of the day in bed/on the couch if I wanted to.


its really different when you already have kids! no slowing down really possible, at least not for me.

 

post #89 of 200

Not fabulous ... my systolic is tending towards reasonable, but my diastolic (the bottom, more worrisome number) is on the high side.  This morning I was 135/87.  You?


 

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Boo. How is your bp?



 

post #90 of 200

I'm 38.5 weeks today, which is exactly when I had my DS. I've been having erratic contractions since about 1:00pm, but no real pattern and intensity/frequency are not increasing. I did have a mw appointment this evening and decided to have her check me. I've never had a cervical check except in labor, because I think they are useless, but meh, I let the curiosity get the better of me. I'm 3 cm and 80% effaced. Which tells me exactly nothing, just like I knew it would. lol.gif

post #91 of 200

Ok, totally off-topic but I have to vent. Someone I know on fb just posted this article. The clinic cited at the beginning of the article that won't treat women with higher bmi's is the one that dh & I went to looking for help. After waiting months to get an appt we left the appt more than a little disappointed. I cried for days afterwards because of how the woman we saw spoke to me - my worst nightmare - lose weight & then come back, your problem is simply that you're too fat. She literally said that was my only problem (even though 6 years of ttc for ds (at different bmi's over that time period) never allowed me to conceive). Anyway, what really burns me about this article is that the founder of the clinic clearly states they do not treat women with higher bmi but at no point were we told that - wouldn't it be simpler & kinder to put it out there right when you are trying to get an appt & save everyone the time, money & heartache? Argh.

 

And for what it's worth I conceived while at the same weight I was when I went in to see her. I'm not arguing being overweight is good or healthy but treating me as less than is just so unnecessary.

post #92 of 200

I am 35 wks 5 days and am exhausted. I think i have given up entirely on nesting and just decided to try and keep up with my standard to do list... get kids to school, entertain the little ones, p-up kids form school, cook dinner, etc. That is about all I can do right now.

I am slightly overwhelmed and I think it just hit me that I will be managing all of this with a nb! Really hoping this baby doesn't have any serious special needs as what we are dealing with now is already enough. Just had ds's iep yesterday and he is doing great but it made me freak out that I could be adding more therapy appts, more dr's visits, special diets, etc.

I have been in denial about this pg and think that it is just finally hitting me and now, well I think I am freaking out a bit.

Hope everyone is doing well.

post #93 of 200

lifeguard- we posted at the same time, that is awful the way you were treated!!! terrible :(.

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Wow, lifeguard. That would make me so mad. There's something so unethical about that. I've been amazed at how few comments doctors have made about my weight during this pregnancy... but it still shocks me that there are people out there who have such a mindset.

 

I'm stressing out big time tonight. DH got poison ivy about a week ago. He's pretty badly allergic, and it was all over the place on his legs, oozing and weeping terribly. We thought he was on the last leg of it... and in the last 2 days his feet and ankles have ballooned. He's so swollen he can't bend his ankles, and they itch and ache terribly. He's been icing, compressing, and elevating, but it doesn't seem to help. Being off his feet makes it more comfortable but it's still bad. He started saying he was cold, covering with a blanket, and shivering now and then, but his temperature is normal. He doesn't have health insurance, so the thought of having to make a hospital trip is horrifying. But then again, the thought of NOT taking him to the hospital, and what if this is really dangerous... it's killing me. He finally got to sleep but I'm just sitting here afraid he's going to start seizing or stop breathing or something. Probably illogical (especially since I'm usually the calm one) but I think my pregnant brain is messing with me. I'm never going to sleep tonight. Doesn't help that my back is KILLING me, but I've been lifting his legs to wrap/ice/rub them all night. Ugh.

 

For once, though, I'm less paranoid about the baby and the darn kick counts and such.

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trinket - that is a little scary. Dh is very sensitive to poison ivy - he once ended up on iv because of it. The lack of insurance really sucks but you really should consider seeking medical advice. Make sure he is getting enough fluids.

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lifeguard, so sorry for how you were treated. the reasons for supposed infertility are not as simple as doctors would believe, and the field of reproductive technology is so tainted by money. I was told I had about a 5% or so chance of conceiving, given my age and how long we had been trying. At the time the dr. was pushing IVF, and I just didn't believe her. We ended up getting pregnant naturally after we had tried two IUIs at their clinic. My sister, on the other hand, was started on a course of Clomid and other fertility treatments while no word was said to the fact that at 5'2", she weighed maybe 85 pounds and had periods only every few months. You would think the first thing they would say would be to gain some weight, but the biases and the financial motivation in the field (though I guess in Canada the motivation might be to not push treatment? as opposed to in the U.S., where it's mostly out of pocket and treatment is pushed) skews how people are treated.

 

trinket, can you find a critical care clinic or free clinic in your area? It sounds like something that should be looked at. Also, my sister's friend, whose husband is a doctor, said that as long as you made some kind of payment towards your hospital bill every month--even as little as $5--the hospital will not (or perhaps cannot legally? I'm not sure) do anything to you. She told my family this when we were worrying about how much my dad's hospital bill might end up being and how we'd pay for it. this was in texas, but I imagine it might be the same elsewhere.

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Lifeguard: That SUCKS.  If that's their (misguided) policy, they should at least be upfront about it and save you the time and energy!!  

 

Terrible sleep last night, up every hour, wierd upper (?!) back pain, and then woke this morning with horrible diarrhea.  Like, awful.  

 

DD is going through an intense, boundary pushing stage and labour/hospital stay is starting to sound like a wonderful vacation.

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Originally Posted by Katico View Post

 

DD is going through an intense, boundary pushing stage and labour/hospital stay is starting to sound like a wonderful vacation.


I know!!!

with dd I wanted to stay in the hospital for - like - 5 days....someone to cook, clean, no pressure or responsibility - just baby and even then the nurses will always tkae them so you can shower or rest :)

 

- but I was lucky to get 5 hours....lol

 

It sucks being soooo far away from any friends or family and dh had to work the morning after I had dd

 

...soooo this time we are planning a home birth - still do not have anyone who can def watch my kids, but at least in a pinch dh can and I can birth without him :)

 

but....I still dream of a hospital vacation....aaaahhhhh


 

 

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lifeguard, without even clicking or hovering, I knew which article you were talking about. For what it's worth, it's possible it wasn't an official policy when you saw them. However, it is becoming official policy at some clinics. I know a researcher who does work in this area and she has written some very thoughtful papers. My take is that it's a tough bioethics issue (because there are some genuinely higher risks) but it's also incredibly messed up by fat bias. And using BMI to set cutoffs is just ridiculous.

 

theboysmama, hugs. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate.
 

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Originally Posted by lifeguard View Post

trinket - that is a little scary. Dh is very sensitive to poison ivy - he once ended up on iv because of it. The lack of insurance really sucks but you really should consider seeking medical advice. Make sure he is getting enough fluids.


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trinket, can you find a critical care clinic or free clinic in your area? It sounds like something that should be looked at. Also, my sister's friend, whose husband is a doctor, said that as long as you made some kind of payment towards your hospital bill every month--even as little as $5--the hospital will not (or perhaps cannot legally? I'm not sure) do anything to you. She told my family this when we were worrying about how much my dad's hospital bill might end up being and how we'd pay for it. this was in texas, but I imagine it might be the same elsewhere.


yeahthat.gif

 

Do you have a community health center or clinic near you? (You can check here.) Give them a call and ask how their process works, what they recommend you do, etc.

 

Katico, lol.gif and hug.gif.
 

saoirse, I hope you have someone around to help when you need it.

 

AFM, tired and very, very cranky pretty much sums it up. And I wish I could experience my family's calls and emails, which I know are intended to be supportive, as such. But instead, they feel incredibly intrusive to me. Ugh.

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saoirse, I hope you have someone around to help when you need it.

 

No worries- we are pretty used to being on our own,

but the dang midwives are sooo uptight about having all this support in place for having a homebirth....they are making me crazy -

one mw told me that I needed someone to help for two weeks - and minimum a week - I was  like what planet are you from??????

 

 

...and cranky...oooooo...I am snap happy!  I really need some sleep -

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