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post #61 of 91

I've had a 1/2 glass of wine a handful of times. And they were delicious!!

post #62 of 91
Onemore, I was thinking the same thing as Sarah~~ Dodie could totally be a nickname for Dorothy!
post #63 of 91

I worked with a girl named Dodi (no e) and it was short for Dorothy!!! Such a cute name :)

post #64 of 91

I've known a few girls named Dodie/Dodi over the years, and I've always thought it was such a pretty name. For those of you not up on your Hebrew, it means, roughly, beloved. It's from the phrase "ani l'dodi, v'dodi li", I am my beloved's, my beloved is mine. Onemore, I'm sorry your husband isn't into it!

 

I saw my midwife today to take my glucose test. It was the simple test - drink the liquid, wait an hour, get the vial of blood drawn. That part went pretty easily, but unfortunately, I'm still spilling ketones pretty heavily. She said that if I gone to a hospital and they saw those levels, they'd stick me on an IV immediately. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm under orders to eat every 3 hours and drink tons and tons of liquid. She suggested alternating between coconut water, water and a gatorade-type drink. I have to go back in a week for monitoring. Blech. What am I doing wrong?

post #65 of 91

I had that problem with my first pregnancy with DS and was seeing a midwife. There were ALWAYS ketones in my urine and the midwives made a pretty big deal about it. They said it was from burning fat and muscle instead of using the more immediately available glucose, and it was because I wasn't eating enough or often enough.

 

The funny thing is, my OB never checks my urine unless my blood pressure is high or I tell them I have symptoms of a UTI. I thought I would have so much more monitoring this time around with an OB instead of a midwife, and I actually have less.

post #66 of 91


Thanks Cookie!

I guess in my excitement I forgot to explain that - isn't it pretty??? I think DH *may* be warming up to it. He still gives me that "You're a crazy pregnant woman. this too shall pass" look, but he knows I'm pretty set.

Every time it has come to name our baby he is completely silent and lets me name the child. So if on birthing day, I decided to pull a 'trump' card and name it Dodi, that would be her name and he wouldn't say a word otherwise. The mother has ultimate sayso on name according to him. Its exactly his loving attitude that makes me want to please him and have him love the name as well!

 

If the babys name is going to be Dorothy, I may as well just call her Dorothy. He's not into nick names as names either. Good suggestion, but I like Dorothy enough to just call her Dorothy...but it hasn't felt exactly perfect yet.

So...I suppose when she is born if I see a "Dodie/Dodi" she'll be my Beloved, and if I see a Dorothy, she'll be my gift from God. :)

 

At this point she is my *pain in cervix* (transliterating that one without using four letter french words will prove difficult) and I am getting uncomfortable.
It feels like she is all over the place. I can feel her in my cervix, I can feel her in my ribs.

Seriously, if I didn't know better I would swear there were two in there. Shes a big baby, I can already tell. Maybe another 10 pounder by the time its done...

 

I started taking 1 evening primrose oil capsule a night (nordic naturals brand, as suggested) ---- too early perhaps? I do tend to go 42-43 weeks (someone kill me now. lol)

 

Here is a list of my supplements, I am curious what every one else is taking and doing as we enter the last leg of pregnancy:

1 rainbow light every day womans

1 400iu d3

2 nettle leaf capsules

1 cranberry extract

1 super b complex

2 flax

2 fish

1 epo

 

trying to drink at least 3 cups of RRL/nettle/oatstraw tea a day.

Eating oatmeal for breakfast every day, salad for lunch, and whatever for dinner.

exercise is absolutely minimal at this point.I know I keep making excuses and I am seriously beating myself up over it.

 

 

ok thats my update. :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by cookie_ View Post

I've known a few girls named Dodie/Dodi over the years, and I've always thought it was such a pretty name. For those of you not up on your Hebrew, it means, roughly, beloved. It's from the phrase "ani l'dodi, v'dodi li", I am my beloved's, my beloved is mine. Onemore, I'm sorry your husband isn't into it!

 

I saw my midwife today to take my glucose test. It was the simple test - drink the liquid, wait an hour, get the vial of blood drawn. That part went pretty easily, but unfortunately, I'm still spilling ketones pretty heavily. She said that if I gone to a hospital and they saw those levels, they'd stick me on an IV immediately. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm under orders to eat every 3 hours and drink tons and tons of liquid. She suggested alternating between coconut water, water and a gatorade-type drink. I have to go back in a week for monitoring. Blech. What am I doing wrong?



 

post #67 of 91

Hey- sorry Ladies, I had to just jump in here! I had the worst nightmare last night about DH dying and I was so deeply sad, I laid in bed and sobbed from 5:30 until the kids woke up at 6:45 this morning. I have always had detailed dreams and nightmares but not usually about losing DH. He was on an overnight shift so he wasn't even there when I woke up but we did talk on the phone. In some ways, it was a good thing- I needed a little reminder to appreciate him more. Nothing makes you fall in love all over again then the feeling that you were losing him. OMG I am going to cry right now.... I need to stop crying. I am trying to get my make up on for my OB appt. I know a lot of you had nightmares this week, I guess I'm just joining the club.

post #68 of 91

Cristeen- oh wow, sounds like you're having a terrible run :( I second (third?) a small glass of wine. I've had a bit with each pregnancy (as in, 3-4 half glasses total per pregnancy). I'm not going to do the cliched "and my kids turned out FINE" but it's a decision I'm comfortable with. It has been shown to soothe irritable-uterus type contractions. Also look into additional magnesium and epsom salts baths. Epsom salts baths actually make a huge difference. Add lots of salts- like 2 cups to a quite warm bath- and it should help soothe the contractions. Sorry about your kid's teeth, too.

 

Maryam- it is broken? Sucks! I guess the "best kind of fracture" is good. My MIL fractured her foot, it was not a good kind. It's been about 3 months and it's still tender and swollen and she's limping still. My coworker broke her foot, they told her it's "a very good break" (???) and she can walk normally now about 3 weeks later.

 

Urine checks- I get urine checks every appointment, but I just pee on a test strip and tell her if the colour on the strip comes back abnormal. I think it's just checking protein and sugars, though?

 

Cookie- spilling ketones sounds scary. Do you know what you're supposed to eat? I'm assuming high protein would make the most difference? What about getting a protein powder shake and drinking those every now and then? Or a meal replacement drink to get your calories up if eating isn't working out?

 

Linnie- nightmares suck :( I woke up hugely emotional after a nightmare recently where a car was going to run down me (preggo belly and all) and the two kids, and I was in the middle of the "what kid do i save, we can't all live" decision when I woke up. I've been getting a LOT of nightmares recently, I average at least 1/night but sometimes I'm getting 2-3+ a night. Someone at work suggested my adrenals might be stressed- possible for you, too, with all the sickness you've been battling! She suggested a back massage in your lower back around your kidneys with a warming oil like sesame oil, or sitting with a hot water bottle at your back for about 10 minutes before bed to soothe the adrenals (they're responsible for managing stress). Since I started doing that, I've noticed a big difference. Way less nightmares.

 

Kids were both up at 5:15 this morning. They both went to bed on time, but were so overtired last night it was insane. DH is in his depressive phase where he doesn't do anything useful and couldn't be bothered to put them to bed until I got home from work. Spending this morning catching up on the cleaning I couldn't do because I've been working and had other commitments before and after work, and no one else has done a thing since Sunday- when I cleaned everything in some crazy spurt of nesting. I'm working my last full week this week, and I am SO relieved. My feet and legs are killing me already, at 8:30 this morning, and I'm working from 12:30-8:30. After this I only work two 8 hr shifts a week.

 

Bought a wooden baby basinet that rocks from a thrift store 2 days ago, and I LOVE it. It doesn't have a mattress, though... can you buy mattresses somewhere?

 

 

 

Onemore- I work with a Dorothy. It never even occurred to me as a baby name, but I love it (the Dorothy I work with is a lovely woman as well, which always helps!) Dodie is neat, too.

 

What I'm taking:

 

1000 mg vit C

5,000 IU vit D3/D6

2 raspberry leaf capsules

3 prenatal vits in a brand I can't remember

2 prental fish oil with DHA capsules (400 mg/iu/?? of fish oil, 200mg DHA)

And my iron supplement. I think 30 mg of iron per dose.

 

Going to add in my EPO soon, starting at 1 capsule a day. I just can't remember to buy it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #69 of 91

My midwife's tip for high ketones was actually more carbs than more protein, because the culprit is a lack of glucose to burn for fuel. When we eat a high protein diet we actually go into a state of ketosis, which is wonderful for burning fat, but when we're pregnant the baby uses up large amounts of glucose, which the immediate fuel our body stores from carbs. She suggested things like fruit, yogurt, cookies, smoothies, cereal, etc.

post #70 of 91

Great idea to list supplements!

 

Mine are:

 

800 mg folic acid

B-Complex

Prenatal vitamin (I actually eat those ridiculous gummy ones because my stomach won't handle anything else)

baby aspirin (on the recommendation of my OB because of previous miscarriages)

raspberry-leaf tea (I brew and drink it)

3 capsules cranberry extract

1-3 packets of emergen-C (1,000 mg of vitamin C)

post #71 of 91
Thread Starter 

I haven't been great about taking the vitamins...

 

I take 4 capsules of fish oil

1 rainbow light prenatal

an additional iron, although not every day

and emergenc-C (Bs and Vit C) maybe once a day, but not every day...

at least one cup of red raspberry leaf tea

And extra vit d-800 mg

 

edit to add: I'm curious about why a littlesandy, you take a B and folic acid--doesn't the B have all the Bs and have folic acid? 

 

Between that and remembering to drink enough water and eat food, I feel like it is too much! I need to refocus on food and nourishment, though.  I've been kind of running in 'high stress' mode and need to calm down a bit. 

 

Today is about eating, resting, and light cleaning... and of course, playing with my kids!  Life is so busy, its hard to remember to chill out a bit.

post #72 of 91

Here's what I'm taking:

 

1 multi vitamin

1 mineral supplement (goes w/ the multi, but a separate pill)

2 probiotic pearls

2 cranberry capsules

9 alfalfa capsules

1 shot of apple cider vinegar (about 2oz. - might start doing it 2x a day, if I can convince myself it won't kill me)

RRL/nettle/alfalfa tea when I can remember
 

 



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Originally Posted by LinnieThree View Post

Hey- sorry Ladies, I had to just jump in here! I had the worst nightmare last night about DH dying and I was so deeply sad, I laid in bed and sobbed from 5:30 until the kids woke up at 6:45 this morning. I have always had detailed dreams and nightmares but not usually about losing DH. He was on an overnight shift so he wasn't even there when I woke up but we did talk on the phone. In some ways, it was a good thing- I needed a little reminder to appreciate him more. Nothing makes you fall in love all over again then the feeling that you were losing him. OMG I am going to cry right now.... I need to stop crying. I am trying to get my make up on for my OB appt. I know a lot of you had nightmares this week, I guess I'm just joining the club.

 

That's terrible.  :(  I hate nightmares.  Especially when they seem so real.
 

 

 

post #73 of 91
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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post


Thanks Cookie!

I guess in my excitement I forgot to explain that - isn't it pretty??? I think DH *may* be warming up to it. He still gives me that "You're a crazy pregnant woman. this too shall pass" look, but he knows I'm pretty set.

Every time it has come to name our baby he is completely silent and lets me name the child. So if on birthing day, I decided to pull a 'trump' card and name it Dodi, that would be her name and he wouldn't say a word otherwise. The mother has ultimate sayso on name according to him. Its exactly his loving attitude that makes me want to please him and have him love the name as well!

 

If the babys name is going to be Dorothy, I may as well just call her Dorothy. He's not into nick names as names either. Good suggestion, but I like Dorothy enough to just call her Dorothy...but it hasn't felt exactly perfect yet.

So...I suppose when she is born if I see a "Dodie/Dodi" she'll be my Beloved, and if I see a Dorothy, she'll be my gift from God. :)

 

At this point she is my *pain in cervix* (transliterating that one without using four letter french words will prove difficult) and I am getting uncomfortable.
It feels like she is all over the place. I can feel her in my cervix, I can feel her in my ribs.

Seriously, if I didn't know better I would swear there were two in there. Shes a big baby, I can already tell. Maybe another 10 pounder by the time its done...

 

I started taking 1 evening primrose oil capsule a night (nordic naturals brand, as suggested) ---- too early perhaps? I do tend to go 42-43 weeks (someone kill me now. lol)

 

Here is a list of my supplements, I am curious what every one else is taking and doing as we enter the last leg of pregnancy:

1 rainbow light every day womans

1 400iu d3

2 nettle leaf capsules

1 cranberry extract

1 super b complex

2 flax

2 fish

1 epo

 

trying to drink at least 3 cups of RRL/nettle/oatstraw tea a day.

Eating oatmeal for breakfast every day, salad for lunch, and whatever for dinner.

exercise is absolutely minimal at this point.I know I keep making excuses and I am seriously beating myself up over it.

 

 

ok thats my update. :)

 

 



 


I meant to comment on this too.  I have the same sensations.  She simultaneously kicks/punches/headbutts me in the cervix, ribs, AND side.  The midwife said she felt big too.  Not bigger than she should be, but on the big side of normal.  I was kind of counting on her being on the small side.  I finally decided to buy newborn diapers and newborn clothes (instead of smalls, or 0-3 months) because I figured she'd be small like DD1 (6lbs 11oz.) .  I hope she gets to wear them!

 

post #74 of 91

Astraia- Thank you for your advice about the lower back massage! That will be happening tonight for sure!!!! Also, when we used our century old wooden cradle with the first two (and by used I mean it sat in a corner while the baby slept in our bed), we bought a heavy duty, very firm piece of foam (yellow like sponge). It was cut to fit the cradle. I think my mom picked it up a sewing centre. I didn't have fitted sheets to fit it (none of us sew) so I just tucked receiving blankets around it tightly.

 

Ohhh supplements. I suck at remembering to take things! I try to remember to take my iron (which I REALLY NEED), prenatal, and 3 capsules of omega 3,6,9. I won't lie to you, I may take a flintstone vitamin every once and a while too- they are sooo good! lol

 

Also I had a great OB appointment this morning. I have started measuring large but that's no surprise. I am 29 weeks 4 days and I am measuring over 32. We are pretty certain that the c-section date is May 2!!!! My son will be here two months from today!!!! Also, my OB has agreed (without a fight at all-he is very sweet and chilled out- I adore him) to have my mom AND my husband in the OR with me! This never happens. I have never heard of a friend having two support people in the operating room before (in Canada). This is the fifth grandbaby for my mom and she has never been there when one has been born. She is so excited and so am I!

 

I suspect that I made a lot of errors in this post but I'm too tired to re-read it. Have a great day ladies!

post #75 of 91

Supplements: Prenatal. 

 

LOL, you guys take way more stuff than I do :P  And I forgot my prenatal a good 70% of the time, too!!  I suck.

post #76 of 91


Linnie this is so sad, I'm so sorry you had this dream!  while the way it played out in your subconscious seems a bit harsh, it seems like it must be related to feeling distant or detached with pregnancy/another on the way, no?  Anyway, don't want to put words in your mouth/thoughts in your head? I'm obviously projecting my own stuff here! hug2.gif regardless. Nightmares suck.  I have had terrible dreams every night since the night I dreamt I was being chased by the lion (!?!).

Last night I dreamed I dropped my new baby at daycare without any breast milk for the whole day - so he was starving. greensad.gif

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Originally Posted by LinnieThree View Post

Hey- sorry Ladies, I had to just jump in here! I had the worst nightmare last night about DH dying and I was so deeply sad, I laid in bed and sobbed from 5:30 until the kids woke up at 6:45 this morning. I have always had detailed dreams and nightmares but not usually about losing DH. He was on an overnight shift so he wasn't even there when I woke up but we did talk on the phone. In some ways, it was a good thing- I needed a little reminder to appreciate him more. Nothing makes you fall in love all over again then the feeling that you were losing him. OMG I am going to cry right now.... I need to stop crying. I am trying to get my make up on for my OB appt. I know a lot of you had nightmares this week, I guess I'm just joining the club.



 

post #77 of 91

Thank you so much for the support, ladies.  I really appreciate it.  It was a very stressful week.  Thankfully the contractions seem to have stopped, and the tenderness is passing finally.  DS is doing just fine - other than not understanding why I won't let him eat an apple or a granola bar (his front teeth are too loose right now, they need to heal first). 

 

I've spent the last 2 weeks cleaning the kitchen - and I mean CLEANING it.  It's cleaner now than it has been in close to a decade, I'd imagine.  It took me 2 hours/day or so over the last 2 weeks to get it there, and it's not done yet, I still have rearranging to do, but it looks fabulous!  smile.gif

 

Ketones - these can be nothing, or they can be something.  Take a good long look at your diet.  I'd probably be starting a diet diary at this point.  How much starchy/sugary stuff are you eating in a day?  If you're eating a fair bit of it (over about 100g/day), then you should not be spilling ketones, and it's a bad sign.  If you're not eating much at all (maybe less than 50g/day), and sticking mostly to protein and vegetables, then spilling ketones is pretty normal, but since your MW is freaking out about it, I'd just work on increasing your carbs - add a bowl of oatmeal or a bowl of rice to your day.  But there is also a difference between presence of any ketones and presence of LOTS of ketones, so it may be worth clarifying with her.  A trace amount during pregnancy is considered "normal" for some women (I'm one of them).  Doesn't matter what I eat.  However, if that amount suddenly increased, my MW would rightfully be concerned, and ask me to start minding my diet, and retest in a few weeks. 

 

However, if you are purposely following a low starch or grain free diet for whatever reason, then the presence of ketones may be completely natural and not something to be freaking out about.  That would be something to discuss with your MW as well.  Some medical professionals are not comfortable with grain-free or low starch eating, but it is perfectly healthy (even during pregnancy), so long as you're eating plenty of vegetables. 

 

Linnie - hug2.gif  The dreams during pregnancy can be really tough. 

 

Maryam - Hope your DH is feeling better!  Thank you for the offer of help, it is appreciated. 

 

Oh, and in theory I have no problem with a 1/2 glass of wine, except I'm not a wine drinker on the best of days.  I actually tried every bottle we had (open) in the house the other day and I couldn't stomach any of them, so I actually wound up making myself a stiffer drink (Kahlua and cream).  It tasted really good, but it didn't really help any.  I didn't want to open the bottle of mead for just half a glass, although next time I will. 

post #78 of 91

Been super busy, but I'm still reading along, and occasionally post somewhere random on MDC.  Mostly I read on my cell phone late at night, so I can't post.

 

Anyway, I just have a second, but wanted to suggest a pbj sandwich before bed for those having nightmares.  I often keep one by my bed for if I wake up feeling funky in the middle of the night.  Sometimes, the bad dreams can be caused by a dip in blood sugar while you are sleeping.  You may not wake up to the hunger cues, so your body compensates by producing adreneline...which manifests as a nightmare.  Eating something with protein can stabilize the sugars over the long over-night strech of non-eating, and stop the bad dreams.  

 

And, I also wanted to say that I am so mad for all you ladies dealing with frustrating medical professionals.  I'm dealing with my share of stuff right now and I'm just livid about it all.  The "system" is so, so, so...!  Arg!  I just want to curl up and cry sometimes.  (That's probably due mostly to being exhausted and pg, but, hey, I really am that frustrated.  Non pg, I would probably make a few civilized phone calls and write a few letters, but I'm just not up for that at the moment.)   :)

 

 

 

 

post #79 of 91

I'm not taking many supplements. I probably should be, but I just haven't been! I do take my prenatal vitamin, and have my RRL tincture or tea when I remember and the occasional zinc supplement (at the beginning of the pregnancy the midwife suggested it because my hair was falling out instead of getting thicker). I need to start getting serious with my RRL!

Today was Dr. Seuss' birthday, and we celebrate it at work as "Read Across America Day". We read The Cat in the Hat or some other Seuss book to all of the students and incorporate Seuss characters and activities into all of our lesson plans. My coworkers and I dressed up for the occasion and I was "Thing 2", so we cut out a little circle of paper and made a "Thing 2 1/2" sticker for my belly. One of the many reasons I love working in a school. Where else do you get to wear a goofy hat, read Green Eggs and Ham, play Cat in the Hat tic-tac-toe, and get paid for it?! Here is a pic: 

 

Read Across America Day.jpg

 

Ugh, it won't let me rotate the pic. At least you can see my huge belly and "Thing 2 1/2" sticker... 

post #80 of 91

Just1more- I bet you are right about the dip in blood sugar. I actually woke up STARVING this morning and I never ever wake up even the slightest bit hungry. Thanks for another good tip.

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