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post #41 of 85
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Originally Posted by andaluza View Post

I haven't experienced the racing heart yet. But something really weird happened to me tonight on my way out of the supermarket. I was pushing the cart over a really bumpy cobblestone-like area of the sidewalk and after I stopped crossing it, I was extremely dizzy and almost had to sit down on the ground to recover. Maybe vertigo? Is that common in pregnancy? It was about 6:45 and I had only eaten a ginger chew since a substantial lunch (12:30), but it didn't feel as though I was starving (or even hungry) or low in blood sugar. I still didn't feel completely normal until I was sitting in the car for a few seconds.



That sounds like low blood sugar to me. You don't need to feel like you have low blood sugar for it to be low. I feel dizzy and faint whenever mine is low and I have to eat something before I can feel alright again.

post #42 of 85
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Originally Posted by andaluza View Post

I haven't experienced the racing heart yet. But something really weird happened to me tonight on my way out of the supermarket. I was pushing the cart over a really bumpy cobblestone-like area of the sidewalk and after I stopped crossing it, I was extremely dizzy and almost had to sit down on the ground to recover. Maybe vertigo? Is that common in pregnancy? It was about 6:45 and I had only eaten a ginger chew since a substantial lunch (12:30), but it didn't feel as though I was starving (or even hungry) or low in blood sugar. I still didn't feel completely normal until I was sitting in the car for a few seconds.



This happened all the time with my first.  I second the low blood sugar comment since mine got better when I stopped working and didn't forget to eat.

post #43 of 85

When my blood sugar gets too low, I start sweating, my heart rate increases and I feel weak.  Only once did it get so bad that I got so I thought I was going to pass out.  I have never gotten dizzy, per se, when I have low blood sugar.  But I have hypoglycemia...so maybe it's different for people who dont? 

 

I do sometimes get dizzy when I stand up too fast.  So if I get off the couch, I'll find myself at the stairs, just standing there until it passes.  Had you just gotten out of your car? 

post #44 of 85
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With all the stress you've been feeling lately, it might be a mini panic attack. I used to get panic attacks when I had a lot of anxiety and my heart would race. In any event, just try to relax!

 

Its possible. Yesterday was a really long day for me (I basically moved our apartment and then packed all evening while DS had a horrible tantrum) and I think I ate mostly chocolate the entire day and by evening I was really in a panic about somethings.. its happened now 2-3 days the last week.. hoping it doesn't pick up whatever it is/was.

 

 

andaluza this happened to me in the first trimester, I had been walking a bunch that day around the city, probably hadn't eaten enough or drank enough, but didn't feel hungry. I was at a conference 'social drinks hour' and suddenly felt extremely dizzy when walking to the bar to refill my juice.. I felt like I should sit down, very vertigo/dizzy, so I headed toward the bathroom where I knew there was a couch- but next thing I knew I started to black out (the bathroom was a ways away) and sort of passed out in a chair in the hall for a few minutes before throwing up every where.. it only happened once but scared me enough I was sure I was dying for a week or so after.. never happened again though.. I still think it was from not drinking enough water, over doing it or just going to long without food (it was about 5-6 hours).

 

Had you drank enough? I have low blood pressure too.. hmmmmm

post #45 of 85

andaluza, I second the low bp thing too.  I had vertigo-like weirdness multiple times in my first trimester, especially on uneven surfaces.  Getting into a plane was fun once.  Ugh.  I just attributed it to preggo weirdness.  I don't think it was low blood sugar or dehydration because every time it happened I had recently eaten and I was chugging water like a camel (or the opposite of a camel) throughout the whole first tri.  It's worth mentioning to your doctor, though if you're like me it will go away on its own.  I have low bp, so that might be a contributing factor.

post #46 of 85

It could either be low blood sugar or blood pressure. I have both. Both have made me dizzy. Either way, slow down and eat some more snacks! :-P

post #47 of 85

 

DesertSunsets - how exciting to see you little girl, huh?  So glad everything went well.

LeAnn - good luck tomorrow on your scan!!

Veritas - I can't believe you have 6 preggo ladies in your group!  Must make for a lot of fun conversation throughout the day.

SallyRae - Loove the chickies, how cute!  Thanks for sharing...

 

My GF experienced a lot of rapid heart palpitations during her recent pregnancy as well.  She was so convinced she was having a heart attack that she went to the ER (turned out to be ok).  I've normally had low BP and hypoglycemia prior to pregnancy (always had to get up slowly and never let myself get too hungry).  So I've been really mindful of that these past months.... however lately (about twice a week) I'll get a sweeping dizzy spell while not even moving or getting up, or being hungry.  Fortunately I'd been sitting during these occasions so I just stayed put, but thought "what if I were out somewhere?  I would surely have fallen flat on my face!".... Also, since my first trimester, I can clearly hear the blood rushing through my head, pounding my ears when I lie in bed some nights.  Same happens when I reach the top of the stairs, and also with any kind of sudden stress.....It must have to do with the increased blood volume our bodies are making....  

 

ithappened - You are such a well seasoned traveler, but a 10hr flight is still a looong one! Any flight over 2 hrs for me and my feet swell up now... Fortunately you'll have your family with you (some backup from DH!).  Good luck, and stay fed and hydrated!

post #48 of 85

Sally, I love the chicks! I want to squeeze them, so it's probably a good thing we're separated by the internet.

 

I had my checkup this morning and it went really well.  I just love my doc.  I didn't realize until I left that she spent almost a full hour with me.  Such a change from my OB practice.  I'm measuring 23cm at 22.5 weeks and the babe's heartrate is a healthy 150.   The doc did note that my lead levels are a little higher than normal (not high to worry about, but higher than she usually sees) and I think it's because we live in a super old house and we've been renovating.  Must be better about vacuuming and washing hands before meals.  She has me getting it tested again at my next bloodwork appointment, so hopefully it's ok.  Otherwise, everything is looking good.  She set me at ease about some tightness I was feeling after exercising and generally gave me the all clear.  Next stop is the bloodwork and the stupid glucose test.  Ugh.  The stuff looks disgusting.  I have a few weeks before I have to choke it down though.  Hope everyone's weeks are going well!

 

post #49 of 85

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies! Now that it has happened once, I'll try to be more conscientious, but usually I am really in tune with my body.

Before pregnancy I tended to have pretty low bp, experiencing the wooziness when standing on occasion, so that might be it, although I haven't really had that wooziness while pregnant, and my bp hasn't been significantly lower at my appointments. This happened at the end of the shopping trip, on my way to the car, intime0, and I really think that the jumpy cart on the cobblestone was the trigger, which is why I was thinking something like vertigo.

 

I have been drinking tons of water lately, ithappened, especially when working at home and at night. At work I drank about 40 oz of water from noon-6pm, but nothing for the 45 minutes before the incident. Your incident sounds really scary and I'm glad it hasn't happened again. I did not feel nausea with this, though.

 

NewMumJoy, now that you mention your experience, I have also noticed that I can feel the blood rushing/pulsing in my head (and gums, and belly) and I also attribute it to the increased blood volume, but I don't recall experiencing it lying down.

 

So glad you had a great checkup, LilyTiger! Sounds like you have an amazing doc. I have been worrying a bit about lead myself. Everything was newly painted in here, some new walls, etc. when we bought the house in 2009, but in a few of the rooms they used a weird paint on the old baseboard molding that has been peeling (although it is not removing the paint below it). We need to get that checked. In other parts of the house they installed new molding, so it's not a problem everywhere, at least.

 

On that note, I am wondering what the consensus is here on building up savings vs. home improvements. We are pretty comfortable with the updates that the former owners have made and could probably live in the house as is for a long time, although we need to do small maintenance work here and there. The former owners left a good deal of the bamboo flooring they had installed in the living room and other areas, and I really want to install it in our bedroom (the bedrooms are carpeted), but dh is not really responding to my hints to do that ourselves--he'd rather hire someone. Another project that we've been considering, this would be the most expensive, is upgrading our fence and installing an automatic gate for the driveway. We've had a slight uptick in crime around here (mostly opportunistic--someone stole dh's truck's spare tire, which was surprisingly expensive to replace, break-ins to houses in the area being remodeled by flippers, the worst being a break-in through the garage and the homeowner had not turned on her alarm, so they pretty much cleaned her out) and we have been thinking that the fence across the driveway (leading to our garage entry) would be good for dh to park and be a further crime deterrent. But, another part of me really wants to keep building up our savings and doing routine maintenance only until we know how the baby and, especially, childcare will affect our finances. 

 

post #50 of 85

Andaluza, we're struggling with the same thing.  We decided to do a bunch of home improvement projects before the baby comes even though it entails eating almost our entire savings for the following reasons:

1) getting rid of carpets and our asphalt driveway will be healthier for the baby and make it easier to keep things clean.

2) adding organization and shelving to our small house will help preserve sanity when baby arrives

3) if we don't do it now, we probably won't have the energy ever again.

 

That being said, we now have a registry where we're relying on relatives and friends to buy us stuff.  Not a huge deal in one sense, because our parents are super excited to buy things and we're going pretty minimalistic.  We're also getting secondhand stuff from my SIL and others.  But I also feel weird not really buying anything for the baby. 

 

It's hard to balance.  We feel we have a pretty good safety net in that both of our jobs are secure and our parents are financially able to help out in catastrophic circumstances.  The one thing we majorly prioritize is retirement.  I put in close to 20% of my income every year... that's non-negotiable for me.  So I think you can look at your overall economic health, how much support you have in case of emergency, how stable your jobs are, and so on to get an idea of whether home improvement projects are worth it or not.  For us, the two big questions were "will this make life easier after the baby is born" and "will it be healthier for baby"?  In both of the big cases, the answer to both was "yes".  That being said, we're over-budget on both projects, which is a little stressful!  eyesroll.gif

 

(For what it's worth, installing bamboo flooring is very easy and almost never worth paying a professional unless you find a really good deal.  And depending on how handy DH is, my husband made our gate for across the driveway and it works really well.  They were just too expensive for us when we first bought the house.)

post #51 of 85

Andaluza, My BP at all appointments during pregnancy has been good but I have gotten dizzy even with frequent eating and good hydration.  I don't even have to be doing anything in particular, once I was even in bed resting (safe place when you think about it, but also doesn't make sense).  I also have had times when I felt my heart was racing.  It doesn't bother me because I figure it is part of the increased volume of blood while pregnant.  Speaking of that I don't have allergies and my nose never runs so we didn't even have kleenx in the house.  But a few weeks after I got pregnant until really recently my nose was stuffy constantly and we bought and went through kleenx by the multi-package boxes. Strange...It still does a little bit but nothing like it did in the 1st and early 2nd tri.  That was a hidden cost of pregnancy, lol, that and the amount of TP we suddenly fly through.  

post #52 of 85

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Good luck to everyone on their scans this week! Okay, we got our baby chicks this morning and I just had to post a photo. They are so freaking adorable.

 

oh man, those chicks! super cute.

 

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Scan was AWESOME! Have never seen anything like it in my life. We are having a daughter, and she is a real firecracker! Thankfully, she was great about giving us the girly bits shot, but she gave the tech a hard time with her head.
We are so in love.


Congrats! sounds like the girls are catching up. 

 



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anyone experience really rapid heart rates for brief periods of time? The last few nights I've had these bouts where my heart feels like I just ran a race or sprint for a good 10-20 mins then is normal again..

 

 


I've definitely had this and it can be really disconcerting. I also have a mitral valve prolapse so I wonder if this has something to do with it too, in addition to pregnancy. I also wonder sometimes if it has to do with drinking coffee blush.gif

 



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On that note, I am wondering what the consensus is here on building up savings vs. home improvements. ... But, another part of me really wants to keep building up our savings and doing routine maintenance only until we know how the baby and, especially, childcare will affect our finances. 

 


I think about this a lot too. When I was a kid, my parents never had any savings and money was always tight and that was stressful. So having a nest egg is pretty important to me. That being said, we're in the middle of spending about $25K to upgrade our kitchen. eek! it won't entirely eat up our savings but it will take a big chunk out. it's something that we've been talking about for a long time and will definitely improve our daily quality of life. plus to LilyTiger's point, it's not something we would probably do after the baby came...also, it was something that we'd been planning for and thinking about long before i got pregnant.


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Originally Posted by LilyTiger View Post

 

It's hard to balance.  We feel we have a pretty good safety net in that both of our jobs are secure and our parents are financially able to help out in catastrophic circumstances.  The one thing we majorly prioritize is retirement.  I put in close to 20% of my income every year... that's non-negotiable for me.  So I think you can look at your overall economic health, how much support you have in case of emergency, how stable your jobs are, and so on to get an idea of whether home improvement projects are worth it or not.  For us, the two big questions were "will this make life easier after the baby is born" and "will it be healthier for baby"?  In both of the big cases, the answer to both was "yes".  That being said, we're over-budget on both projects, which is a little stressful!  eyesroll.gif


I think LilyTiger gives good advice here...and other thing that my husband always reminds me is that if we prioritize our retirement, that money is always there in case of EXTREME emergency. I'm not esp comfortable with drawing on our retirement for home improvements and such (to each their own for sure, it's just not something we would consider) but, if something awful were to happen, we have that money. 

 

 

AFM, we had our anatomy scan this morning. the baby weighs 10 oz and looks "great." the only glitch was that it appears that we have a 2 vessel cord. From what I can tell, this doesn't seem to be a huge deal (according to wikipedia orngtongue.gif, 75% of babies with 2 vessels are totally fine). I have a fetal echo scheduled for 4/18 so hopefully that will go well. they also recommend an additional ultrasound at 32ish weeks to make sure the baby is growing properly. so that's where we're at. i guess i feel pretty good but was hoping for a 100% great appointment. 

 

colleen

 

post #53 of 85

I've been having a lot of dizzy/vertigo feeling spells too, and generally feeling a bit light headed.  

post #54 of 85

At 21.5 weeks, is it unusual I don't feel the baby moving most of the time during the day while I'm sitting/standing/walking but I can feel pretty significant movement when I lie still? When have you ladies noticed in the past that you can start to feel movement more regularly throughout the day?

 

post #55 of 85

I'm 22 weeks tomorrow and mostly feel things when I'm lounging on the couch in the evening or laying in bed. I'll get a few flutters/kicks during the workday (usually after eating), but most days the baby is pretty still all morning and just isn't as active when I'm busy. 

post #56 of 85
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At 21.5 weeks, is it unusual I don't feel the baby moving most of the time during the day while I'm sitting/standing/walking but I can feel pretty significant movement when I lie still? When have you ladies noticed in the past that you can start to feel movement more regularly throughout the day?

 


I think it's pretty common for the baby to be more still when you're doing things to "rock" him/her to sleep and to be more active when you rest. That's how both of my pregnancies have gone.

post #57 of 85

Boots I am 23 or 24 weeks I forget which but I still don't feel the baby most of the time during the day.  Most days I also don't feel pretty significant movement when I lie still.  My doctor isn't concerned.  I have an anterior placenta.   

 

post #58 of 85

Boots, normal for me at least. Barely feel baby at all yet, although I know he/she is there because of the occasional flutter or cervix punch (fun!). Or after I cheat and eat some ice cream hide.gif

post #59 of 85

I'm at 19 weeks and also feeling only very irregular movement, and only down low. Turns out I have an anterior placenta, which probably explains why I don't feel anything at all up higher.  But even without an anterior placenta, I think it's pretty normal to have only very irregular movement at this stage. My doc says its realy only after about 32 weeks that you should worry about a lack of regular movement.

 

We had our scan today.  One apparently healthy, very active baby girl!!!  It's exciting and was a lot of fun to see her!  But I have to say, it's funny. I was  worried I was going to be sad if I found out I was having a boy, so I've spent the last month or so trying to get really excited about the idea of a boy.  Apparently it worked--I have a tinge of regret that we are not going to have a boy, especially for my husband's sake, who I know in his heart really wanted one. It's weird how sometimes your emotions can be so unexpected.  But as my husband said, in someways there would have been a little sadness either way, just because we know this is almost certainly our last child so we were either never going to have that little boy or never have another girl. And I do love the idea of my daughter having a sister relatively close in age and the ease of having two girls in terms of our two-bed room house, all the clothes we already have, etc.  Apparently, we don't grow boys in this family--three generations now of only girls :)

post #60 of 85
Aw, Rebecca a girl! Lots of girls in our Ddc, makes me wonder who is in my uterus.
N I agree about how our emotions can trick us sometimes. I really wanted a boy with my first and found myself weeping after the ultrasound, revealing girl. I have to wrap my mind around the new idea of not finding out since we don't do an ultrasound at 20 weeks with the midwives.
I am hoping the thrill of birth and a healthy baby will be more important then gender, because that would be horrible for disappointment to set in after baby is here.

Ok, that was my late night, sleepy tangent. Sorry y'all.
Can it just be August already? I wanna meet this baby!
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