Anyone here taken/practiced hypnobirthing before? I got the book and I've been listening to rainbow relaxation everyday. I keep falling asleep during it...I don't hear half of what is said. Just curious if this is happened to anyone else. :)
Weekly Chat - May 21-27 - Page 2
Low energy -- I ran out of my Floradix and totally feel it. Nowhere local carries it, so I really need to order some. I need to be getting things done!
At church on Sunday, there were two lovely Hispanic women (I dated one lady's son briefly in high school!) who swore to me that this baby is a boy! "I can tell by your face," Martha said... (which of course then I wondered what was wrong with my face! Lol). It got me thinking that this baby *could* be a boy. Yes, that might be obvious to soje, but after four girls, I "think pink" by default. I still think this baby probably is a girl, but It's fun to dream
I haven't gotten on the big computer (I'm usually only on my phone) pretty much all week. But right now I'm laying by dd4 who is still sleeping, so I figure I can take the forever time and post instead of just lurk
I'm 24w4d, which means there are just 15.5 weeks left and somehow that seems too close! I feel like there's still so much to get done!
Dd is waking. Phone time over.
I didn't do hypnobabies, but our instructor, when I asked her about it says that if you 'wake up' at the end of the cd or near then end then I'm not really sleeping but in a DEEP state of relaxation. Which is fine. I'm still getting what I need out of it.
I gotta start looking for my CD and start listening to it. Thanks for the reminder.
ascher - yes, I did hypnobirthing with my last pregnancy and always fell asleep. DH always fell asleep first which pissed me off! I think it is normal! It is on my list to start listening to tat CD.
It feels like the baby is in my stomach. I have a little bump but I think he is mostly spreading up instead of out and I am getting a bit uncomfortable. i feel like doing a back bend would be the only way to make it feel better! I did the yoga positions cat/cow last night and that helped a bit!
I've been super swamped at work, but I turned in all grades and final paperwork yesterday. YAY! and thus have 4 whole days off (6 if you count the weekend) for summer break I do have a "light load" this summer, though, just 2 classes -- and my favorite ones to teach at that.
Also! DD had her second birthday. I blogged about it.
I've also just been exhausted lately -- nothing at all like the incredible rush of energy I got second trimester with DD. I know that some of it has been working and taking care of a toddler, but I'm wondering if I need to do something about iron. Should I get my levels tested or just start with floradix (or that pur absorb)?
DH felt the baby move this weekend! We don't have a lot of time to just lay and cuddle right now, but we all slept in on Sunday and baby was active when we woke up, so Daddy finally got to feel him!
I haven't really listened to my relaxation CD in forever. I do kinda 'meditate' to fall asleep at night and try to get myself into some kind of relaxation but there are so many things that distract me. I guess it will be me and my ipod once labor comes around and before that...I have to practice.
I took the kids to the beach today. I have a maternity bikini but I'm thinking SCREW IT. Too much fabric. I kept rolling it up cause I didn't like that it was cold and wet on my belly all the time :). I took a photo (you know, those self photos you take, you see them on FB all the time LOL..minus the duck mouth) and I carry sooo high. It looks so weird. Comparing it to the pregnancy with DD it looks about the same though.
Anyway, the beach was fun, I just can't stand the sand, argh. The kids had a good time, we were there for two hours and ended up in our pool once we got home LOL. DH came home for a few hours cause it was so hot outside, he couldn't really work. He played with the kids in the pool for two more hours and the babies were OUT LIKE A LIGHT once bedtime came around. Tomorrow is last day of school and after that I get to drag them to work with me again...yay.
Oh, we did take a walk with the dog before bedtime. DS rode his bike and DD has a little balance bike that she cruises on. We come past someone's front yard and DS goes "Look mom, there's MANGOES falling from the tree". Turns out it was peaches and the people had cut down the tree with the peaches on it...WHAT? We went back home to get a baggie to put some peaches in LOL. Some of the branches were laying by the curb and the owner came out and said that we can just grab whatever is over the fence. How awesome is that. He said that the squirrels always pick em, eat a bite and then throw them in his pool. We filled up our tummies and our baggie and there's now a big bowl with peaches on my counter...how exciting. I also filled up more of our honey into jars. Even more awesome. That should be honey for the next years :).
Other than that...I have energy for three. I could go on and on and on. I feel like an energizer bunny.
I'm SO jealous of you mamas that live by a sandy beach. Here in the NW our beaches are rocks. Not exactly swimsuit appropriate.
I think during pregnancy is the ONLY time i'd feel comfortable in a bikini without major workouts months prior. With the boobs that 'popped' recently and the not quite taunt baby belly, i'm still more then happy to wear a bikini, if the situation warrented. Cause, i'm pregnant darnit, not out of shape. ROFLOL
Those peaches have me salivating...
So I checked my weight on the wii today. I'm only 23 weeks and I'm 4 lbs over where the pregnancy calculator said I should be. :( I'm not eating anything terribly fatty, I drink a ton of water, I eat my fruits and veggies...I'm not sure what is up with this. I'm up to 19 lbs?? I'm so worried I will be too heavy by the end of this. I have this irrational fear of gaining too much weight, because that is what my family always told me happened to my mother, and she ended up with a c-section. Anyone have any reassurance? I'm 5'7" and I was 147 before I started, which is average BMI. I don't want to feel discouraged from eating.
Don't worry too much about it Ascher - sounds like you are doing well. You could just be retaining extra water. Did you weigh first thing in the morning? How much protein do you eat each day?
The Hypnobabies is great in theory, but when I tried listening to the CDs last pregnancy I couldn't stand the woman's voice unfortunately :( Maybe there is a similar program I could try?
I am so relieved that some of my symptoms are improving after food eliminations and extra vitamins. It's quite amazing. No dairy or wheat for me at all. I'm now reducing my sugar intake too and I'm feeling more energetic, hardly any wheezing left, and the cough is just about gone finally. It's so good to sleep better the last few nights without being woken with violent coughing!! Baby tends to get really active and kicks up a storm when I lay down for bed.
ascher21, i'm pretty much spot on with where you are as far as weight gain (and height and starting weight, actually), and i was worried for a while. i gained eight pounds in the first trimester because instead of morning sickness, i would get woozy every two hours if i didn't eat!
my midwife said women gain at different paces, and as long as i'm eating well, feeling well, and getting some exercise, there's nothing to worry about. then my mil said that she gained most of her weight in the first six months or so of her pregnancies and then not much after that (and all four of her babies were of normal size and healthy). so don't worry too much!
I think weight gain depends a lot on the person's body. My weight when not pregnant is pretty normal but I gain a lot when pregnant - 45+ lbs with my first pregnancy (and that was not including making up the 10 lbs I lost at the beginning from hg so yes, my total shift from low point to high was 55lbs!). I had a very healthy pregnancy, a fairly easy delivery and a 7lb14oz baby. I'm already up at least 20lbs although I did start a little lower this pregnancy because I was (and am) still nursing my DD so I'm pretty sure I'll be gaining at least as much this time around. I think my body just knows it needs to gain the weight because I'm the type that looses it very quickly when I nurse and I had trouble with that and would feel sick and dizzy a lot even though I was trying to eat enough. Luckily my midwife isn't concerned and it a lot easier not to worry this time but even so I do hate looking at my baby app when it says I've gained almost double what it says I should have. And now at 24 weeks I'm starting to outgrow a pair of maternity pants (luckily they were loaners and not ones I purchased) and that does hurt the self esteem a bit but since I'm not normally very curvy, I think DH likes the preggo weight which helps in that area.
We're having a pretty good week. After our wild stomach bug, we're finally settling back into a normal routine. DD2 had a brief replay, throwing up Friday evening and having diarrhea Friday night through Saturday morning, which had me really worried, but it cleared up pretty quickly. Last week DH and I were fighting plenty, which was undoubtably due to stress. Our relationship is overall in a very good place right now. This week has been WAY better. We're eating good food, getting back on track with home schooling for DD1, and preparing for a very big next week.
Saturday is DH's 32nd birthday. Sunday is a big dance recital for both of my girls. They have a dress rehersal in the morning and the performance that night. Both sets of grandparents are coming in town for it. I finally ordered big canvas prints from a family photo shoot we did in November, which will arrive tomorrow, so we can have them up before everyone comes. I'm over the moon excited about having them and getting them hung right away.
My ILs haven't been here in about 18 months (we visit the town both sides live in 4-6 times a year), so I'm feeling antsy about their visit. They tend to parent DH (and I) and I feel judged They also get anxious being here, looking for things to do. So, they come in and create projects. It could be great if the tone was different. DH and I have been together since high school, we married young, and he's the baby of 4, so I think they just aren't ready to think of us as grown up - even 13 years into the marriage with 2.5 kids, a mortgage, and a minivan. Fortunately, this time they're staying at a hotel. I'm so glad we crossed that bridge. It will work SO much better to have them come visit, especially with a newborn, if they aren't actually staying here. When they stay here, they get up much earlier than us, and poke around looking for things to do - like clean and "fix" things. I feel totally invaded. They don't ask first. I will grant them, we don't have a TV to just turn on, so I guess what else are they supposed to do. They watch LOTS of TV (there is always at least one on at their house)and do LOTS of yard work at home, and spend lots of time caring for local grandkids without the parents around. They don't know what to do if we aren't leaving them in charge of the kids, or the house, or the yard, and they can't even turn on a TV. They'll stay and spend Monday with us, but my parents will really just be there for the day Sunday. I'm hoping it all goes well.
Then next Friday we leave for a week at the beach I'm so excited. We rented a house on a small barrier island on the gulf. It'll be a drive, but fortunately I've been fine with car rides so far. When I was pregnant with DD2 she had some strong opinions about the seatbelt, and would really complain about car rides as early as midsecond trimester! I was nervous about that this go round.
I haven't been sleeping well the last couple of nights. I've been pretty prone to upset stomach since we all had the stomach bug. I'm very ready for that to pass.
As for weight gain, I agree that it depends greatly on each woman's body. I've never gained less than 45lbs. :-/ Do I like gaining that much? Nope. But, it just seems to be what my body needs. I ate exceptionally better in my 2nd pregnancy and gained just a few pounds less than my 1st. This time I'm eating even better and am behind that weight gain, but still ahead of what "they" tell me I should be at. I'm not worried about it. And just fyi - fat doesn't make you fat!!! There is such an overwhelming amount of evidence that contradicts all the "traditional" knowledge out there - you're far more likely to gain weight from refined carbs (well, certain carbs in general like wheat) and sugar.
Yeeska - I'm 22+3 and my uterus is right under my belly button still. I think the belly button can be tricky - only because some days it feels a little below, some days a little above ,and some days right at. Are you feeling movement and all that? As long as you're feeling movement I wouldn't worry.
Flower of Bliss, I hope your stomach settles down and you can get some sleep soon. I'm glad you worked things out so your ILs won't be too imposing on their visit :). A week at the beach, how fun!
Yeeska, I think fundal height is really not an exact thing and it varies from woman to woman, and from pregnancy to pregnancy. But put a call in to your care provider for reassurance, that's what I would do if you are feeling concerned.
I think I'll be calling my midwife today, too. I got a note home from the kid's school that they were possibly exposed to 5th Disease - which usually is no problem at all for a pregnant woman to be exposed - especially if you had it as a child you will be immune and won't get it again. But I have no idea if I ever had it. I may have. But in the event that a pregnant woman gets it, it can cause complications - they are quite rare especially if it happens after midway through the pregnancy but it still freaked me out to read about it!
Flower of Bliss--glad to hear you're settling out of the stomach thing.
Yeeska--I was behind during my last visit and my midwife wasn't worried at all. I've also read that fundal measurement can vary just based on how much water you've had that day and how full your bladder is!
Worldshakerz--I hope everything is ok regarding 5th disease. I've never heard of it. I don't think I ever had it either.
As for the weight thing: I know about the sugar and refined stuff. That's why I try to eat whole grains and limit processed foods. I only try to take in the "good" kinds of fat. I think my diet is pretty spot on, so perhaps I'm just destined to gain a bunch. But reading all your posts, I'm not so worried anymore, so thank you. We gain what we are going to gain, I guess. As long as I'm getting excercise and eating well, then I guess I'm ok. And now I'm going back to the supermarket...
Hi Everyone - Happy Friday!
For the weight thing, I am kind of having the opposite problem. I only gained 18lbs with my DD. I am 5'7" and typcally weight 120-125 when not pregnant. During pregnancy with DD my midwives were always concerned with how small I was. Turns out that my maternal grandmother never gained more than 20lbs in any of her pregnancies either (same small frame as me). I am 25 weeks and have only gained 8 or 9 lbs. I was telling DH the other day that I can tell baby is growing (the movements are much bigger this week than last) but I think the rest of me is shrinking. I am not complaining, just wanted to give a different perspective and insight on how every woman is different. the nice thing is that now I have a pregnancy history so my midwife is not concerned at all about my weight, in fact it is my choice on whether I want to weigh myself or not. By the way I am TRYING to gain eating ice cream peanut butter and avocado and other fatty things but my body is just plain silly!