Originally Posted by sere234
I thought it might be better to do a monthly thread instead of weekly. We don't seem to be an overly chatty group!
I'm 21 weeks now and I assume most mamas in our DDC are 1/2 or nearly there with their pregnancies. What are you thinking about when it comes to birth? I am re-reading Birth Without Fear which surprised my SIL, who asked why I needed to read it since I've already had a baby. Because I am going to give birth without any painkillers! Need to prepare however I can! I dunno, birth still seems so far away though. I'm not worried or nervous, maybe I'm blocking it from my mind? Or maybe I'm just too busy to really give it any serious thought!
A friend of mine IRL was due same time I am and just found out on Friday that the baby passed away. I don't know the details but she went in Friday night to be induced. Oh my gosh, I cried for her. I can't even begin to imagine what her family is going through. They were going in for the 20 week ultrasound and I guess they found out then.
So many mamas I know prefer pregnancy over having an active, needy baby out in the world but dang, not me. Pregnancy is such a scary time due to all the losses family members and friends have experienced. I'm very grateful for an active baby that I can FEEL is alive and strong. And I know I will not breathe easy until this baby is born. DS is a super active and curious kid and I MUCH prefer that to my new little DS that I cannot watch or take care of. I will be very glad to have 2 boys who might climb every high surface, open every container and guzzle it, want to run in the road, or who think fire is awesome. I'd take that any day over the waiting and uncertainty of pregnancy. I need to see my kids and know they are safe and that life is somewhat in my control.
Wow, I'm rambling. And I'm such a downer!
Anyway, how is life for you right now?
I'm new so that's why I'm late to the thread, but better late than never, I guess! :D I've got my excuses all lined up. ;-)
I'm 20 weeks and 3 days. Week 18 was hard for me, as I was feeling short of breath until I finally discovered the cause. Low sodium. I have to consume a lot because of multiples. If I go for more than a few minutes without a sip of my special water recipe I end up first coughing a little, then coughing harder with phlegm and finally wheezing and vomiting. But as long as I drink it I feel perfect all the time. Especially since I also take taurine which helps me regulate my magnesium and potassium levels so I need a little less sodium and can actually sock away some important minerals. And do this while avoiding the headaches I got at week 18. Nasty ol headaches I don't even want to think about. As soon as I started the taurine the headaches let up and I started to vomit less and eat more. But I still puke, like when I got out of the bathtub and smelled broccoli in my kitchen.
Just thought I'd share what I like to drink for water, because it works so well for me. It's got a 1:1 ratio of sodium bicarbonate (aluminum free) and citric acid, usually about 1/4 a teaspoon each per quart, or more if need be. Also per quart is 1/3 cup magnesium bicarbonate. The recipe for the magnesium bicarbonate goes like this, 1 teaspoon magnesium oxide powder in 1 liter of sparkling water, shaken until clear. I usually use distilled water for all of this as the base, but if not then I use my hard but delicious well water, which is very high in calcium bicarbonate.
I am so crammed inside up under my ribs it feels almost suffocatingly crowded to lie down during the day unless I'm absolutely wiped out and ready to sleep. It's not so bad now that I fixed the sodium problem because I'm not actually getting short of breath anymore, but I hate lying down these days. Never thought as a pregnant woman I would hear myself say that. :-P
Chores? What chores? That's what I've got a husband and 5 kids for. Unless the husband is wiped out and my oldest is feeling sick, and then I don't have the luxury of letting someone else handle the essentials for me. And when I feel good I'd rather work in my kitchen until I can't anymore rather than lay down, anyway.