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post #41 of 66
Thread Starter 

Glad you're powering through Liz!

 

Lilly-I'm not even taking my prenatal at all right now. The gummys are a great idea!

 

I'm sorry for all of you having migraines. That sounds awful.

 

At home with a sick babe today. Seems to have some stomach stuff. Poor lil guy. As all of us preggies know..stomach stuff is the worst!!

post #42 of 66

I've never tried the gummy prenates.  I should try them; I'm not really taking anything consistently as I often just can't stomach the idea of them. :(  Maybe I'll have to pick a bottle up.  Sorry you guys have bugs and migraines! :(  That really sucks. 

 

We're still nursing around here, and my staunchly anti-eating toddler has been consuming more *food* lately, so I think maybe my supply is dropping.  Regardless of that, he's still nursing constantly at night; and he's a light sleeper so I can't move at all or he fusses.  I'm terrified of nursing him and a sibling next summer.  I tandem nursed for a year last time, but my middle child nursed way less often.  This little guy still nurses constantly at night...I don't know how to juggle two nurslings at night. :(

 

That's about it around here.  My latest craving: vanilla ice cream with gummy bears, crushed oreos, and chocolate syrup.  Deadly for sugar, but delicious...so I just keep dreaming! ;)

post #43 of 66
Thread Starter 

I love frozen yogurt with gummy bears...

GREAT! Now I'll prob. start to crave it and have to find a way to get some! eat.gif

Yup, I feel a craving coming on!

post #44 of 66

I'll take the gummy bears, lol... and leave the rest. I'm not a big fan of chocolate (gross!) or ice cream, lol.

 

My Marah still nurses a lot as well... it's not as frustrating to me as it was to nurse her older sister when I was pregnant with her. I'm grateful for that because she's so little still (only 13m) and still could use boobie benefits.

 

Jamie, my 3rd little guy was so super sensitive and tuned into me when I was pregnant with my 4th that he actually had morning sickness and smell aversions right along with me. Poor little guy... I do hope he feels better quickly!

post #45 of 66
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Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama View Post

^^^ That's a good question, and if you haven't tested as having low iron, it's something to be careful of-- iron is not really something you want to take in excess of what your body needs. 

 

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/iron-000309.htm

"On the other hand, too much iron in the body can lead to a condition known as hemochromatosis, which can cause diabetes, liver damage, and discoloration of the skin. Unlike other nutrients, excess iron cannot be excreted by the human body. For that reason, you shouldn't take iron supplements on your own -- ask your doctor if you need extra iron."



Actually, floradix is a non-heme source.  Meaning you can't overdose on it.

 

Some symptoms of low iron:  Tiredness (but aren't we all????), weak, pale, lack appetite, cold/chilly, brittle hair and nails.  Being vegetarian. 

 

(Found on Floradix website but read from other sources as well.)

 

Another sign of low iron is the nail beds, the crescent at the bottom, being white.  That's really deficient.

 

I don't get tested, but I just know my body so well that I when I'm low. One thing that always tips me, is something like climbing the stairs and needing to sit down. Not just the being winded, but the actual exhaustion from climbing the stairs.  Or walking for a few minutes and needing to sit down from just being overly tired.  In two days, I will be feeling better after the iron.

 

And just FYI, in a matter of a couple of weeks, in early pregnancy, you can become slightly anemic because of the increase in blood.

 

So, it's always something to think about if you think you are more tired than you should be. 

post #46 of 66

I'm meeting a potential doula today for lunch. She's worked with my Midwife before and most of the midwives at the hospital I'm using..So in the event my midwife isn't available - I'll at least have a doula that has worked with most of them. She's also VERY familiar with the hospital we're using. That's a plus. She's actually still in undergrad but has assisted over 300 births. I'll let you know how it goes.

post #47 of 66

Good luck at your lunch, Thebyr. Hope it goes well!

 

B and I went to our first appointment and heard the heartbeat.  156 bpm at 7w3d!  My little amorphous blob.  I measured exactly with my due date, well, 1 day off, so I guess the due date is now August 29th. Plus they gave me a prescription for a prenatal that will hopefully be a bit easier on my sensitive stomach.  

post #48 of 66
I am wanting some advice.... This is my fourth preg, third hopefully baby. First pg was a blighted ovum that I finally miscarried at like 12 weeks. Never saw a heartbeat. W the other two we were using a fertility doc and I was doing acupuncture etc so I knew the minute I was pg. Had multiple ultrasounds the first trimester. This time i didn't find out until almost 7 weeks and so are only using our midwife. They don't routinely do ultrasounds. Just checking w the Doppler at 13 weeks. Bc of my history w the blighted ovum I am feeling nervous about the same thing happening I am feeling super pg very nauseated etc etc very different from the m/c but do you all think I should ask for an ultrasound and pay out of pocket for it or just wait it out for three weeks?
post #49 of 66

Hey Cillian. I know EXACTLY how you feel. My last pregnancy was a blighted ovum. I found out at 8 weeks that the baby had stopped growing at 4.5-5 weeks - so no fetal pole and no heartbeat. I told my CNM at the first appointment that I was nervous about another blighted ovum and ask asked me if I wanted an ultrasound. How many weeks are you now? If you don't want to wait until you're 13 weeks for the doppler - I would certainly request an ultrasound if that would make you feel better. Sometimes seeing that little flicker is enough to calm you down until the next appointment. If you don't want to pay out of pocket for an ultrasound - you can always voice concerns about spotting or cramping at the emergency room or urgent care and they will check you out. of course - I'm not suggesting you be dishonest - but if those are concerns - they will give you an ultrasound. I also know of clinics, especially near college campuses that offer cheaper ultrasounds. Might be worth checking out. I basically drove myself crazy for 6 weeks wondering if my baby was actually in there. With my blighted ovum I had morning sickness - so I didn't trust it this time. Good luck - keep us posted.

 

 

AFM -

My meeting with the doula was FABULOUS!!! She was so awesome because she has worked with my midwife and at the hospital where I'll be birthing. She gave me all types of info that I wouldn't have known to ask. One thing she recommended was to refuse the vaginal checks - that way if I dilated slowly - they wouldn't know and wouldn't stress me out about not doing it fast enough or push petocin. She also said that it's common practice for the hospital to offer a petocin shot AFTER birth to aid the uterus to contract and stop bleeding - something else I'm NOT interested in. She also told me about the after birth process for baby and that I can refuse the hep B vaccination.

post #50 of 66
Thread Starter 

cillian- I think you should do whatever will make you comfortable.

 

thebyr- That's great! Doulas are the best! thumb.gif

 

I was such an idiot this morning. Of course, my stomach is most sensitive in the morning. And when I woke up, I immediately smelled something funny and went to find it and get rid of it. I figured it was the chicken in the fridge. So I decide to put it right up to my nose and take a huge whiff.  OMG! My head was in the trash can. For real!! I couldn't even make it to the bathroom. Grabbed the lid off the trashcan, threw it to the ground and that was that. I've never actually had to throw up like that before in my life. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry, but mostly I felt like crying b/c I didn't really have anything on my stomach, so it was mostly dry heaving. What a way to start the day! duh.gif

post #51 of 66

Just checking in real quick still in hospital but baby is doing good.  joy.gif

post #52 of 66

So happy to hear great news from you, Sol_y_Paz!!  joy.gifflowersforyou.gifflowersforyou.gif

post #53 of 66

Intuitive Jamie, i know how you feel.  We had chicken the other night and it didnt get wrapped properly.  When I went down later to get some milk I almost lost it. 

post #54 of 66
I'm starting to feel anxious because my symptoms went away right around Christmas. I chalked it up to being too busy to notice them then, and then I was sick for two weeks. Now I'm starting to wonder. I've had no bleeding or spotting at all, and I still have to pee a lot and am tired, thirsty and hungry, but that's it. No cravings, no sickness, no aversions.

Admittedly I haven't had a lot of symptoms the whole time. So I guess it's possible that I've just been blessed with an easy pregnancy, but I'll feel a lot better once I hear that heartbeat next week.
post #55 of 66
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Originally Posted by IntuitiveJamie View Post

cillian- I think you should do whatever will make you comfortable.

 

thebyr- That's great! Doulas are the best! thumb.gif

 

I was such an idiot this morning. Of course, my stomach is most sensitive in the morning. And when I woke up, I immediately smelled something funny and went to find it and get rid of it. I figured it was the chicken in the fridge. So I decide to put it right up to my nose and take a huge whiff.  OMG! My head was in the trash can. For real!! I couldn't even make it to the bathroom. Grabbed the lid off the trashcan, threw it to the ground and that was that. I've never actually had to throw up like that before in my life. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry, but mostly I felt like crying b/c I didn't really have anything on my stomach, so it was mostly dry heaving. What a way to start the day! duh.gif



Jamie, I had that happen last pregnancy... something smelled foul in my kitchen and I couldn't figure out what the hell it was. It was starting to permeate other areas of the house and was driving me nuts. There is NOTHING like the smell of rotten chicken. NOTHING. I finally took EVERYTHING out of the fridge to find the source of the smell... and gagged the whole way though. Gross. I'm so sorry you had to do that first thing.

Great to hear Sol!!!

 

Ninetales, I had a bit of a reprieve in my symptoms but now they are back in swing... I'm hoping the pukies ease up again soon. That's proving most difficult for me right now... though it usually happens in the evenings for me.

post #56 of 66

I feel extremely lucky that my husband is fine with cleaning out the fridge! lol.gif It's always been his job, because I have always had a very sensitive nose, even when not pregnant.

post #57 of 66

Glad you and baby are doing well Sol!

 

These days I feel GREAT during the day and like DEATH at night. I keep saying - "ONE MORE WEEK." I seriously hope that's true.

post #58 of 66

Yay Sol-y-paz!!  I am so glad to "hear" from you.  Glad baby is doing well...and hopefully your recovery is going smoothly!

post #59 of 66

For those of you struggling with prenatal vitamins, I picked up some MegaFood "Baby and Me" vitamins at the coop. They are spendy (about $41 for a month's worth), but they are not making me gag. I can take them without feeling any nausea at all. The downside is that you're supposed to take 4 a day, but I figure anything is better than nothing...right? I took only one yesterday. :) You can also cut them in half if you want. As for smell, they kind of smell like raisins...not like catfood like the Rainbow Light vitamins I was taking. Those things made me SOOOOOO sick!

 

I also sampled the Floradix brand multivitamin liquid and it was pretty good. It tastes like mangoes. That's another option for y'all! It's also cheaper, but not made specifically for pregnant women...so the vitamin levels aren't exactly the same.

post #60 of 66

I was told Megafood vitamins are much better quality than Rainbow Light. I've tried the Megafood ones, our co-op had sample packs- I didn't feel nauseated from them either.  The smell was .. ok. Not pleasant but not as horrible as some. 

 

Vitamins are such a complicated subject, I think it's really frustrating trying to figure out who to trust and listen to.

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