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post #101 of 122

Yes, very itchy, especially my belly. After I scratch, new stretch marks appear within days. Soo fun, LOL! 

post #102 of 122

It's my birthday! Woke up to some good snuggling with DH. I've been seriously craving steak, so he's taking me out tonight (I don't know where yet, I just want steak, LOL!). It's so hard to believe I'm 30! And Baby was 30 weeks on Saturday. smile.gif

 

We had a super weekend. DH was off both days (rare right now), and we got a *ton* accomplished on the house... unpacked more boxes (only a few left, yay!), organized, re-arranged the living room, took a walk in the gorgeous fall weather, and even had a maternity photo shoot! I'll upload some pics to the belly thread.

 

It wasn't without some discomfort, of course. ;) I think Baby has turned face out. Got some pretty sharp jabs right about my waistline with what felt like an elbow. But what a wonderful and refreshing weekend!

post #103 of 122

Happy Birthday, Jesusfollower!

 

post #104 of 122

Happy birthday, JesusFollower! Mine is on Oct 31! I'm "only" be 28 though...I actually thought you were like 23 based on your pics ;-)

 

So I had a pretty eventful weekend...

 

Friday I had reddish urine all afternoon/night and pain in my left lower back, Saturday the pain was still there but my urine looked pretty normal all day and I was working making over $100 take home per day which is WAY more than I make at my FT job so I did not want to pass that up, so I waited it out...my SIL got admited to the hospital for having blood in her stool (ironic huh) so I went to her house to watch her kids instead of going to urgent care (I was thinking I had a kidney stone which I had right after DS2 was born and a couple times since), finally I leave her house at like 9pm and call my midwife, she says it sounds like a possible stone and admits me to labor and delivery for monitoring and to check my urine. My urine "looks good" but they are keeping me for like forever and keep asking me if I feel contractions (I said I didn't think so) and looking puzzledly at the monitor, finally the midwife put her hand on my stomach for like 10mins and said she thought it is possible that at least some of the contractions showing up on the monitor were actually just baby moving, she then said I could go home and just avoid caffeine and increase fluids..no stone no infection, nothing...my back was still hurting, but, whatever..I was just glad baby was ok. Then Sunday morning I fell down the stairs of my house, and I think I might have just about undone all the therapy I've had because now my hips are hurting a lot and also my ankle and elbows (I think I just strained it all trying to catch myself and avoid landing on my belly - which I did avoid, so that was good at least), then today I have had a horrible headache and felt like I'm in a fog all day (lack of sleep or lack of caffeine or both I'm thinking). Oh and my back still hurts :-/ I'm guessing maybe that is the "contractions" but since I hardly felt them in my belly I just thought kidney stone.

 

Oh yeah and I also had to fire an employee today to add to everything...argh...tomorrow is a WIC recert for my kids, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we qualify again (we are on and off it constantly depending how much OT DH is able to get) so I am really hoping tomorrow gets better...if nothing else I have an excuse to leave work 3 hours early...and that means I might get some rest...oh the good part about today is that DH let me "off the hook" and I don't have to cook hehe.

 

 

post #105 of 122
Thread Starter 

so i think november is a pretty great time to start the new chat in the social group and start weekly threads?! as we are counting down! babies are going to start appearing!

post #106 of 122

Sounds like a plan!

 

Oh mamas, I am feeling so very very 'done' today. Yesterday at work was very very long and stressful, on my feet all day (which is normal, but I barely got breaks or rest times), not eating well enough, etc etc. Today I feel like I got hit by a truck. I'm tired, I'm not sleeping well because I'm in pain all night, and then you add standing for 9 hours, and I just want to crawl into a hole and be DONE!

 

*sigh* Baby girl is not ready to come yet. I know that. I want her to stay in for at least another 4 weeks, but I just... wish that I could spend them lying at home in a suspended bed, with someone constantly feeding me, and attending to my every whim. That's realistic right? lol

 

It's worse too because DH still hasn't found a job, or really made a 100% effort to find a job, and helllooo, I'm off work in three weeks. I'm trying not to be angry about that, but I am.

post #107 of 122

Sounds good, rustydaisies.  Jenine - that sounds like a terrible day!  I'm envious that you can even manage it.  If I stand for too long or even walk too much (like grocery shopping!!), I can't sleep well that night either.  I've been telling people that they need to help me, I'm tired of being tired!!  

 

I go to my OB today.  It's the last of the monthly appointments!  We are moving into the bi-weekly for a few times and then it's weekly! I'm actually sort of FREAKING OUT at how close I am getting.  It probably won't happen, but my ds1 came 4 weeks early (7lbs, 6oz) and that's only 2.5 weeks away for me!!!  Yikes!!!  I want to be done by then so that I can relax and focus on getting ready to birth this baby out of me!!  I feel so tired and worn out already, I don't know how I'm going to make it through a birth.

post #108 of 122

We're starting the bi-weekly's tomorrow! I forgot, when do they do the pelvic exams???

I really don't like the pelvic exams.

post #109 of 122

If you wish to, you can decline the pelvic exams, or at the very least discuss with your provider whether or not any useful information will be gleaned from the exam.

 

For me, personally, finding out how thin or dilated my cervix is - in the absence of any good reason to find that out - does not qualify as useful information. I could walk around at 3cm dilation for 3 weeks before going into labor, or I could go from a firm, completely undilated cervix one day to being in full blown active labor the next day. But if I'm feeling strong contractions and have not yet hit term, then it makes sense to have an exam and find out if the contractions are productive. Make sense?
 

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We're starting the bi-weekly's tomorrow! I forgot, when do they do the pelvic exams???

I really don't like the pelvic exams.



 

post #110 of 122

I know they test for GBS at one of the exams, but in other pregnancies my MW just gave me the swab & instructions and sent me to the bathroom to collect it myself. The first time I had a regular check-up exam at one of my first appointments because I was due for it, but other than that I've had no exams until I was in labour.

 

I have a MW appointment in a few hours and DH is coming with me! He hasn't been to an appointment for a few months, so I'm excited! I'm off to shower now & get ready :D

post #111 of 122

Agreed. I'm not doing in-office pelvic exams. Not sure if my OB knows that yet... lol. But if she brings it up, I'll be declining them for the time being anyways. I'm 35 weeks on Thursday, my next appt, and we'll be doing the GBS swab, but I asked last time, and she's allowing me to do it myself, so that's nice. But other than that-- I've been doing occasional exams on myself (mostly in response to something else- ie I had a ton of mucus looking discharge the other day, but I can't even really reach my cervix right now. I'll keep checking myself as I feel the need to, but I don't really see any need for her to check until labor (and maybe not even then...) unless I'm worried about something. 

 

We've been doing appts every three weeks since 25 weeks... I'm hoping I can keep that up for one more cycle- so have a next appy at 38 weeks... after that I'll do every week if she wants. But really, we're not learning anything at them that I don't know. I'm checking my weight myself, we have a doppler, and anytime I start feeling something 'off', we've been checking on baby. DH is also monitoring my BP. That's all she does in office other than palpate. So I guess we'll see. 

 

Wendiz-- I think the problem is that I'm -not- up to it, but forcing myself through it anyways. And I feel absolutely spent. By the end of the day my calves are so swollen that they actually hurt. But I don't feel like I can really stop working any earlier until DH has a job... which brings us full circle... Anyways, We just got out of the hot tub, and DH spent about 20 minutes massaging my hips and that, so I feel a bit more human right now- but the thought of going and standing for 8 hours tonight has me wanting to cry. 

 

And I totally get what you mean about being 'nervous' about the birth-- not about labor in general, but just about not going into it in the physical state that I want to. I'm really hoping baby girl holds out until after 40 weeks, that will give me a full three weeks at home off work to kind of recoup, get myself in better physical shape with sleep and nutrition and stretching out my poor body. 

post #112 of 122

Is it weird that I want pelvic exams??  :)  I want to start getting this baby moving at around 37 weeks and want to see where my cervix is.  I also want the irritation to perhaps jump start labor.   I know, terrible.  But I am SO ready to have my body back and if we can get things moving naturally, then I'll do it!!  As long, of course that this baby is ready to come out.  Like I said earlier, my ds1 came out at 36 weeks and he was perfectly fine so I'm having a hard time rapping my mind around 7 more weeks of pregnancy.  I don't mind going in for the pee test because I'm still not eating meat (makes me puke still!) and I want to make sure my iron levels are good.  I eat other sources of protein, but I still worry about it constantly.  

 

Jenine- you poor thing.  That's nice that he gave you a massage!!  I hope you do get some time to rest up and get ready for labor.  Seems for me that even resting up (ie laying in bed) seems to wear me out anymore.  I look like a 90 year old when I get up in the morning.  :)  I'm sure the energy will come from somewhere for us!

post #113 of 122

Is it weird that I want pelvic exams??  :)  I want to start getting this baby moving at around 37 weeks and want to see where my cervix is.  I also want the irritation to perhaps jump start labor.   I know, terrible.  But I am SO ready to have my body back and if we can get things moving naturally, then I'll do it!!  As long, of course that this baby is ready to come out.  Like I said earlier, my ds1 came out at 36 weeks and he was perfectly fine so I'm having a hard time rapping my mind around 7 more weeks of pregnancy.  I don't mind going in for the pee test because I'm still not eating meat (makes me puke still!) and I want to make sure my iron levels are good.  I eat other sources of protein, but I still worry about it constantly.  

 

Jenine- you poor thing.  That's nice that he gave you a massage!!  I hope you do get some time to rest up and get ready for labor.  Seems for me that even resting up (ie laying in bed) seems to wear me out anymore.  I look like a 90 year old when I get up in the morning.  :)  I'm sure the energy will come from somewhere for us!

post #114 of 122
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Is it weird that I want pelvic exams??  :)  I want to start getting this baby moving at around 37 weeks and want to see where my cervix is.  I also want the irritation to perhaps jump start labor.   I know, terrible.  But I am SO ready to have my body back and if we can get things moving naturally, then I'll do it!!  As long, of course that this baby is ready to come out.  Like I said earlier, my ds1 came out at 36 weeks and he was perfectly fine so I'm having a hard time rapping my mind around 7 more weeks of pregnancy.  I don't mind going in for the pee test because I'm still not eating meat (makes me puke still!) and I want to make sure my iron levels are good.  I eat other sources of protein, but I still worry about it constantly.  

 

 



Nope, not weird at all.  I had forgotten about pelvic exams, I had one with my son at 40 weeks and was in labor a few hours later.  Not sure how much the exam had to do with labor starting...I mean 40 weeks is 40 weeks.  Labor was due to begin any time.  

 

 

Like wendizbaby, I am really ready to be done with pregnancy.  I have started vomiting again and am so tired of being so sick. I am hungry, ravenously hungry, but I barf about half of my meals.  I lost my breakfast this morning and am close to losing lunch right now.  If I can jump start labor a bit, I will certainly give it a try.  Not yet, I am only 31 weeks, so I need to hold tight for a while.  

 

By 37 weeks though, I will be doing all sorts of kooky things to get labor moving.  All of the wive's tale's are just that and don't work, but it will give me something to do while I am going stir crazy.  winky.gif

 

post #115 of 122
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Is it weird that I want pelvic exams??  :)  I want to start getting this baby moving at around 37 weeks and want to see where my cervix is.  I also want the irritation to perhaps jump start labor.   I know, terrible.  


Not terrible!  I hadn't considered that at all.  That's my favorite thing about our ddc and about my childbirth classes.  There are so many perspectives that have never even entered my mind.

 

I'll be asking my OB about his approach to pelvic exams tomorrow at my appointment.  I'd rather avoid them if everything else seems normal, but I'm not steadfastly against them.  If he has a compelling argument, I'll consider it.

 

I'll be asking about food too.  Has anyone thought about food they want?  I don't anticipate actually wanting food, but I do anticipate needing a boost of energy.  I'm trying to figure out what type of sport birth is most like, lol ... I plan on having energy drinks and maybe those energy gummies, but I'm wondering if since it's such a long process if a quick and slow protein source would be good as well.  Like skim milk or something?  But maybe labor is too intense and protein would just make me more nauseous ... Do they ever give sugars in the IV drip?

 

post #116 of 122
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I'll be asking about food too.  Has anyone thought about food they want?  I don't anticipate actually wanting food, but I do anticipate needing a boost of energy.  I'm trying to figure out what type of sport birth is most like, lol ... I plan on having energy drinks and maybe those energy gummies, but I'm wondering if since it's such a long process if a quick and slow protein source would be good as well.  Like skim milk or something?  But maybe labor is too intense and protein would just make me more nauseous ... Do they ever give sugars in the IV drip?

 


I have never had an IV drip and have no appetite at all during delivery.  It feels like my digestive system shuts down completely during labor -- I always start my labors with terrible diarrhea that sort of cleans out my system.   Yes, I know....that was TMI, but that's the truth.  

 

I have short labors though and have never had the 24+ experience that I hear about from other mothers.  I think having some snacks would be a good idea...focus on easily digestible stuff -- for me that would be sports drinks and fruit slices.  I could see some cold peaches and apples being really good.  

 

Now after delivery?  I want a sandwich, a big one with meat and cheese and all the heavy stuff.  When I was pushing out my first son, all I could think about was food.  Of course when he was born, I was all wrapped in new baby love and adrenaline, but soon after, I was eating a nice, big meal.   eat.gif

 

post #117 of 122

With my son, I had some toast during labour, and reheated pizza after he was born. With DD I had oatmeal for breakfast and ice cream cake after she was born, and mom brought over yummy chicken stew for supper. The kids want pizza, so we'll probably do that again. I think just about anything is okay, as long as you just nibble at it... you don't want to be full!

 

I can't imagine wanting a pelvic! I  need an ativan to get through one at the Dr's office. I'd probably be slightly better in the midwife's office, and I do okay when I'm distracted with labour... but I wouldn't accept one unless necessary.

 

The midwife said I can have the IV at home if I have GBS! That takes a load off my mind, I can totally deal with that. Transitioning in the car when I had DS was not fun! We went in for the IV because I'm allergic to penecilin, but this midwife can write a prescription for another kind of IV. And I can do the test myself, phew!

 

There was some doubt as to whether the baby was head down or not, so I asked about breech birth... the MW can't do it, the hospital where they have privileges won't do vaginal breech birth, but there's a new clinic for breech births that she could refer me to, as long as it's not a footling or a stargazer. They became more confident that the baby was head down after they got out the fetoscope. The baby started fighting back at that point, s/he was tired of being prodded!

post #118 of 122

My baby is head down - yay!!! DS2 tricked my midwife hehe and they ended up doing an U/S because they thought he was breach and I kept saying he was head down...he was just super engaged so they couldn't feel his head. GL with any mamas who still need their babies to spin!

 

IVs aren't typically given at my hospital unless one needs/chooses some type of med...I may ask for one though because I have long labors (about 41hrs for DS1 and about 30 for DS2) and just cannot eat/drink much for some reason. That said, I am going to try...I kinda know eating won't happen, but, I will probably try some smoothies and some gatorade etc...I will eat enough for an army after birth though and I know my midwife will order me the best milkshake ever - I am already looking forward to it haha

 

I have my check up tomorrow and I am confirming what I need to do to keep my placenta - I already have a girlfriend who is going to encapsulate for me so hopefully the hospital will be cool with it.

 

I like pelvic exams too, but, my midwives/OBs aren't too into them so I am not sure if I will have anor not...certainly not until 39 or 40 weeks I wouldn't expect one...could be surprised though...for some reason I like to know what my body is doing...its jsut cool lol

post #119 of 122
Thread Starter 

ok i am having a few day span of being incredibly sick of being pregnant.. im not even that incapacitated by it, no real complaints although all of a sudden i feel as though i hit a brick wall and i have to sleep constantly, ugh its depressing to not be able to keep my eyes open for more then 6 hrs at a time.  that and the rib kicks and the contractions while doing "it" i think thats the worst part.  can't wait to have my body be my body again  ahh

post #120 of 122

Dude, I am feeling that way, too, Rusty.

I feel like I have aged about 20 years over the past week! I am cranky, short tempered with my kiddos, tired, sore, exhausted! And fatter than ever.

I CANNOT wait to be back to "normal". Of course, It will be a new normal, LOL, but I am counting down the days until December 20th! 

I am just about finished with Christmas shopping and wrapping and the nesting list is getting crossed off, slowly, but surely, but I am pooped and just want to hibernate.

 

We can do this! I just don't feel like I want to put much effort into it. Grow babies, grow, so we can push you all out!!

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