Ashley, I'm not sure if it's normal, but I'm assuming it is. I know for a fact that you can pick up different things (placenta, etc) and that you can pick up echoes. For me I also know that I almost always can get a beat in the range of 140-150 and another in the range of 160-170 in another spot. DH suspects that the rate speeds up and slows down with stress, movement, etc and that the baby has moved thus accelerating their heartbeat. Don't know if that's accurate, but seems logical? So my vote is yes, it can happen.
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Adoremybabe--funny story (since you mentioned you're expecting your kids to go ask your husband if you're dying...
My best friend just delivered #3 but before she told her 7 yr old and 4.5 yr old that she was pregnant, she was VERY sick, throwing up a lot. Her 7 yr old had just studied in school about where germs can most often be found around the house and one of the places that stuck in his mind was 'the telephone' since it's pressed up against the face and held by the (dirty) hands so much. One day, my friend heard her 7 yr old telling the 4.5 yr old 'It's no wonder mommy's so sick--she talks on the phone too much!' Of course she had to relate the story to me over a nice long phone call just to prove their point!!
Oh, as a bit of a tip, for anyone still playing "where's my fundus" try looking for it shortly after an orgasm. I've had a hard time finding my fundus amongst the lumps o fat and the c-section scar, but if I can trigger a BH contraction it's pretty obvious.
Bonus points, it's fun too! :)
I don't know if i thought i was feeling it or I was feeling it when i had to pee badly but my midwife found it in a lot different spot then I thought I had found it.
so I am really close to all my sisters. i have 3. When I had my first they were all there., when I had my second and third only 2 of them were there. Now with this baby my last sister, my twin will have moved away. I will have no sisters. I am pretty depressed about it right now. My kid watching support system was gone after the first 2 left, but I still had companionship and a sister around with me and the kids. Now she is moving too and no one will be at the birth or there after the birth, the kids really want to be at the birth but I won't have anyone to be with them. My one sister was NO HELP at all while I was in labor but afterwords she was excited!. The ones that helped after baby was born are already gone, that's why I don't have any babysitting support anymore, but to have none of them here at all is just so sad. My mom is here, but gosh she is usually more work then help. She'll come around and be excited at least, and she'll probably cook me food, but gosh I am so close to my sisters. They are my best friends. They love my kids as much as I do. they'll be stoked like no one else will be.
Thursday Girl, you are so lucky to be so close to your sisters. I'm much closer to my sister than I used to be, but not "friends" really. She's nice to my kids, but never makes an effort to see them, forgets their birthdays, has never gotten them a gift for holidays (not that that kind of thing matters to me, but it's all part of the selfish package). She was at my homebirth, but kept making phone calls and looking at her watch, asking "How much longer do you think it'll be?" My mom is worse, she's really quite a nasty person.
I'm just glad I have DH because he's REALLY supportive, and the midwife is great, but they'll be the only ones at the birth. I know what you mean about it being sad not to share it with someone special, but I guess that is something we have to go through sometimes. I hope you are at least able to see your sisters soon after the birth so they can be happy with you!!!
I'm sad to say that is how it is for me and my brother and his kids, and really for all my sisters and my brother. he moved out and went into the marine corps before all the really hard stuff happened, so us girls formed a bond that we didn't with him. I love his kids but they live in new york, I don't see them often and I don't really know them well. I actually just got a lot of support from my friends, which is nice, but just not the same as the bond of my sisters. I mean they are just pretty awesome.
Thursdaygirl- totally know what you mean about sisters. I have three sisters and one brother and we are all very close. My older sister was a doula and even more for me during DS's birth. I don't think the mw would have gotten there in time if it weren't for her. It was just nice to have someone there who I didn't have to explain anything to but she understood it all. My youngest sister was also able to come, as well as my mom (ok we are all ridiculously close) and it was amazing to know I had all of these women supporting me and loving me. I didn't want to interact with them at all but having them in the room was so special. Some of the parts of DS's birth I remember most vividly involve my sisters and my mom. I am having a hard time this pg because I am all by myself up in NY. I was the one that moved away for DH's job and it is hard to not be with my friends and even harder to imagine labor and birth without them. We are desperately trying to move back before the birth (as in, if you pray, could you send one up for us?) and I really hope it works. There is no substitute for family. To top it off, my brother just got married to an awesome girl who is fast becoming like a sister as well. It makes for a full house, but it is so awesome to have that many people who know how to support you. Ok, ending novel.
My fundus is maybe halfway up to my belly button? 12 weeks today. Some days it feels like it must be that high and other days not so much. DS has been super sick but seems to be turning the corner which is nice. Rest is so helpful with my nausea.
As far as maternity clothes go, I didn't start wearing any until about 20 weeks last time and I was able to wear them all the way through. The pants were a little baggy at the beginning but I got some of the ones that have an adjustable waist band and that was nice. I borrowed the majority of my clothes and donated the ones I bought before we moved so I am starting from scratch! I really hated the over the belly ones, it made my belly itch like crazy! I am planning on getting a pg support belt that has a panel that stretches over the belly, though, bc my belly button and abs hurt so much from stretching! Also planning on getting the belly bandit, I don't know if it was from pushing almost 5 hrs or just postpartum but my abs and back hurt for weeks! I will welcome the support!
Tomorrow I have my first official mw appt and I CANNOT wait to hear the heart beat. I was all chill and whatever about not hearing it at the interview appt but then it made me desperate to hear it, I have just tried to keep myself busy to keep my mind off of it. I am pretty sure I have felt movement from 9weeks 6days....beat out DS by one day! I am scared to claim it like I did with DS but it is always in the same spot and small little flutters just like movement. So much more regular in the past couple of days. Some day I will get around to posting pictures, I feel like I see the growth but it might just look like pics of my stomach to others
Ok, I was going to be even more specific with responses but seeing how I have already typed a ton, maybe another post!
Thursday Girl- I have 3 sisters as well, and one is my twin! I thought that was interesting is all. I don't have any brothers. My twin is married to a Marine. She was living near by with my dad earlier this year, but her husband got home from deployment, so they moved back to NC. My other two sisters live closer, but I don't have very close relationships with them. My twin did not meet either of my kids til they were a few months old, and the same will probably be true of this one. I did jest buy a plane ticket to go visit her at Christmas time, so we are looking forward to that.
ThursdayGirl, I'm sorry about your sisters moving away. I have no family here, only my IL's, and I have no idea who I will have help w/ DD @ the birth. They are IL's, even though they are family, it's different than MY mom or my family, ykwim?
Sunflower, I don't know why, but I am nervous about 2 being in there! I have no indications that there might be 2, but am very anxious to hear the heartbeat in a few weeks to make sure there is only 1.
Well, I had my 2nd appointment and ultrasound today. Everything looks great and the baby is measuring right at 11w6d and had a heartbeat of 164. The ultrasound was to check my blood vessels in the uterus to make sure they were getting blood to the placenta properly (an early indicator of pre-eclampsia) and the doctor said they were working perfectly. With that information we are really hoping for an easy pregnancy this time. My belly really popped and with the good news from the doctor, we are telling extended family and friends on Saturday when there is a big get together. Everyone will be really excited for another baby in the family.