@Linnie - I'm sorry to hear about the kidney problems! THE WORST! I had problems with DD1 in the first trimester...first they said it was a kidney infection, then they said kidney stone, they finally settled on "renal colic" because there were no stones on u/s. Hurt as bad as labor and landed me in the emergency room once and OB triage once. Ugh.
Re: heartburn and baby hair...I never heard that particular old wives tale. I had mild hb with both girls but both were bald as bowling balls for well over a year. And I love my bald, roll-y babies. Nom nom nom.
Appointments: Next Monday...I'm hoping to bring DD2, she hasn't been to an appt yet. She's a little ambivalent (in her 2yo way) about the baby and DD1 loved going to my check-ups when I was pg with DD2...the midwives are always awesome about letting the kids help find the heartbeat, etc.
Symptoms: We have colostrum. I don't know why that made me excited...my boobs are miserable, my nipples are dry like sandpaper (and I am too lazy to remember to put oil on them) and I almost constantly feel that painful tingly feeling you get when you're a few days post partum and your milk comes gushing in...except, no milk. But still, I'm a dork and it does make me a bit excited.
My hips have been killing me off and on. I think it's the SPD that I had with DD2 flaring up, but it's just in my sacrum and hips right now. I took a long walk with MIL last week and could barely walk the next day because my hips kept locking up. I feel it when I roll over in my sleep too...nothing more dandy than waking up in the middle of the night to sharp shooting back pain.
The baby, who has been pretty mellow up to this point, has started moving more consistently (and responds very specifically to salty and spicy foods - couldn't care less about sugary stuff). It's fun to feel all that movement and I try to remember to talk to him/her when I feel movement.
Food: Nothing new or exciting. The foods I enjoy, I enjoy a LOT...I'm into fresh fruits and cold asparagus sprinkled with rice vinegar and soy sauce...thai style chicken legs (look it up on Smittten Kitchen - AMAZING recipe, the longer you marinate the better though....2 days is good!). I'm worried I'm eating too many pesticide-laden foods because all the fruits I want to eat aren't organic and they're ALL on the dirty dozen list...peaches, cherries, grapes...Oh well. Hopefully baby isn't born with 4 legs.
Exercise: I am shocked to say it, but I actually have been getting walks in consistently - usually at least 4-5x per week. This past week I walked 2 miles with MIL one day and on Saturday we went on a short-ish family hike, and several other days, I took walks by myself or with the girls. I weighed myself a few days ago and was 4lbs shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. I've been closer to equal or slightly below (2lbs) other days recently, so I'm hovering around that weight. I keep telling DH my weight because i'm so flipping excited to not be gaining weight quickly and each day I weigh myself and don't find i've suddenly packed on 10lbs overnight (like I did with DD2), I'm shocked and delighted. He thinks it's weird that I'm so excited...but once I explained to him that my delight stems from the fact that it feels like this is my first pregnancy where my mind and body are in sync - he got it. I started out 30lbs overweight this pregnancy (er...more like 35-40?) and have been dreading the supposedly inevitable surge to being MORE overweight (and I am just not one of those women who drops all her pregnancy weight right after birth). So to find that my body is doing the apparently sensible thing and burning some of that fat (while CLEARLY nourishing a baby and a belly - which continues to grow - it's huge), I'm happy.
That's a long explaination but again...I am a dork.
Milestones: Colostrum (see above)....and that is about it for now.
Thoughts: I haven't been able to keep up with posting lately because MDC crashes my iPhone browser. I mostly feel bad for not keeping up with the spotlight threads - I love reading about each of you individually and feel like there have been such awesome questions.
The more I read about it, the more I am seriously considering doing placenta encapsulation...if I can scare up the $250 to have someone else do it (there is just no.way. I am doing it myself). I'm nervous about the logistics of doing it with a hospital birth, but from what my midwives have told me, they have lots of moms who do it and there's a woman they recommend who actually comes to the hospital to pick it up after the birth. Any moms here who have done it with a hospital birth - I would LOVE to hear your experiences! Acutally...I would love to hear from anyone who's used their placenta as a supplement after birth. I've struggled with mild-moderate PPD after both births and miscarriages and I find myself dreading that part as I get closer to the birth...I'm really ready to do almost anything to help prevent/ease that gloominess that tends to settle in a few weeks PP.
And on that note...Have a great week ladies