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post #21 of 43

Hi everyone! I just returned from a 5 day trip to June Lake, CA - my brother got married to a wonderful woman, I got to spend tons of time with the rest of my family too. It's the first time Ive been around my dad with a big pregnant belly - he must have kissed my belly a dozen times :) One of the best parts was having a 10 hour drive each way, just me & my boys. Oh, and sharing a bed with my 6-year old - so nice to just cuddle up with him at night in our cabin as the temperatures dropped.

 

Like others of you, I don't feel like I could do justice to individual replies, so I will just say that it seems like many of us are doing better; I worry too, so I can understand all of those posts!

 

Oh, and the Hemerhoids have cleared up, thank goodness!!!!

post #22 of 43

Yay for a break from the 'roids, sego! ;)

 

mamabeakley, that was my ds1, too! He didn't go longer than 2.5 hours without nursing ALL NIGHT LONG that whole time, either. So I night weaned at age 2, and made a huge, hairy deal about his own bed, his own space, and he loved getting to fall asleep holding my hand, and all I had to do to settle him back to sleep if he were stirring was to put my hand on him. Honestly, I felt stupid for not making the decision earlier, lol. DS2 was easier, since he could share a queen with his big brother, but he still comes into our be about once a month or so in the middle of the night. 

 

AFM, I *woke up* this morning with heartburn. WTF? I used to have gastic ulcers and esophageal ulcers from acid/reflux issues and fought tooth and nail to get off all the proton pump inhibitors and such (by eliminating a huge, long list of food intolerances). I've had to take Pepcid for at least 4 days in the last week. I don't want to go back to that misery & I'm worried I'm making it more likely by taking the freaking meds, but can't really function without them. Stupid relaxin acting on my esophagus and stupid short torso allowing such early pushing against my stomach by my other innards. I guess I'll live, though, lol. I've been having a lot of BH, as it seems several of us have. I've also noticed that I'm starting to retain a bit of water. Still nowhere near edema-level, but my feet and ankles aren't bony and my normally-falling-off wedding band actually took effort to get back on today after some icky food prep. I wonder if that's not related to the BH. I'm trying to make sure I get tons of salt, as that has always helped to regulate it for me in the past, but maybe I need to pick up the water EVEN more? 

 

In non-pg-related news, DS1 and I had a fantastic homeschooling day today. It took us forever to finish our list of subjects, but that was only because we kept getting into fabulous conversations about other, somewhat tangential stuff, digging deeper into what he was interested in learning about, etc. (For better or worse, he's the young male clone of me, it seems, and I LOVE that he adores the same subjects as I do and learns in much the same way--I get to dig into things I didn't get a chance to investigate as fully as I'd have liked because we had to switch subjects all the time in school.) 

post #23 of 43

stegan - so sorry to hear about the heartburn - I've already gone through a whole giant bottle of tums this pregnancy, and need to get another.... it's awful!

 

Last night I had a dream that I gave birth - now at 25 weeks. Baby was BIG and FINE, which was cool though perplexing. The weird thing was that I was lying there looking at all of the photos of the birth that had just occurred, and I didn't remember any of it! DP was feeding me salsa in one, lol, and I was thinking, I ate SALSA in LABOR???? It mostly made me sad, like I had missed out on this experience I had been so looking forward to. But I was grateful for a healthy baby, and once again I got my girl in my dream, so.....

post #24 of 43

Stegan & Sego - OMG, I have been struggling with acid reflux on and off this pregnancy! I used to take the proton pump inhibitors too and have not needed them for many years. It's such a bummer. I have some alternative suggestions if you're interested.

 

Here is what I've learned/tried. Sometimes the acid reflux can be from a lack of acid so taking an antacid allieviates the symptoms, but doesn't help in the long run. So you can try adding acid with meals. Drinking a few Tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice with meals. Another option is hydrochloric acid tablets. The hydrochloric acid seemed to work for me until a few weeks ago when it seemed to make things worse.

 

Papaya enzymes, usually chewable tablets can help with digestion and sometimes helps for me. I either take with meals or when acid reflux comes on. But my naturopath said if you take too many it can make things worse. So don't overdo it.

 

Massage right below your zyphoid down towards your fundus. Just repeatedly stroking. This actually helps me sometimes.

 

If you think your esophagus is inflamed from the acid - try DGL - dyglycyrrhized licorice tablets. It helps heal the lining. My naturpath recommended that one. Take one with each meal. But you shouldn't need it for more than a few weeks. The dyglycerrhized bit makes the licorice safe for pregnancy.

 

Liquid cal-mag. This is basically antacid without all the other stuff they put in it. Your basic tums is mostly calcium. The liquid is soothing too.

 

My chiropractor has also been doing things to help. Neuroemotional Techique (NET) stuff and some adjustment.

 

Stego - glad your homeschooling went so well yesterday!

 

Stego - crazy dream!

post #25 of 43

Hi Ladies!

 

I am crazy busy today but wanted to pop in and share a placenta update. Had to have a trans-vaginal u/s thanks to Jude's head being in the way of my placenta/cervix). My placenta has moved up a bit and is now about a centimeter away from the cervix, which is good news since it was partially covering the cervix at the last ultrasound. The goal is to have it at least 3 centimeters away from the cervix and I will go back for another ultrasound in a month (ugh) to check on that, but I am really not worried about it. We had a really great ultrasound tech yesterday (best one so far) who was great at explaining everything she was seeing. The baby looks great otherwise and as much as I hate exposing her to the extra ultrasounds, it is, I admit, always reassuring and exciting to see her. 

 

Hope you ladies are having a great day! 

post #26 of 43

Yay for the good news, Kate!!!

 

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post #27 of 43

Great news Kate! I think that you have a really good chance of the placenta moving another 2 cm by the end of pregnancy! The uterus grows so much at the end.

post #28 of 43

Oh my gosh guys, I just have to pop in and complain a sec about my heartburn...or whatever it is. It's driving me crazy! It happens between meals and when I drink water and nothing seems to help....I am barely drinking any water and I know that cannot be good for me. I've only had heartburn in the past that seemed to be related to something I ate, but this is different. It's bizarre and getting worse. Anyone dealt with this before?

post #29 of 43

Hi ladies!! Just wanted to pop in before the week was over! This week, I am 27 weeks, officially starting my third trimester! Crazy, right?!?! With fall right around the corner, we are just not slowing down, are we! 

 

Yay, Kate! I'm so glad!! I hope it continues to move out of the way for you! Also- your picture in the belly thread- so great. I love the graffiti.

Marilyn, Are you eating a ton of acidic foods? I had a good round of heartburn when I was on  a tomato kick earlier this summer.  I really liked taking the papaya enzyme for it. You could also try upping your protien- my MW seems to recommend that for all of my ailments and it's helped. Sometimes, heartburn just likes to stick around though :/ Hope you get some relief!  Also- did you see Lulu's post a few above yours? She's got some great advice up there, too. 

 

We've still been cooped up inside, as KS has not got the memo that it's supposed to cool off a bit in September. The heat index yesterday was 108.  I've resorted to knitting and rewatching Both seasons of Downton Abbey to cope.  DD1 started her first ever group class today- a ballet class given by and for homeschoolers. She had a ton of fun and we had more friends there than I realized would so it was like a mini playgroup for DD2 and I. 

 

Hope you all have a great rest of the week! 

post #30 of 43

Glad to hear a positive "placenta moving out of the cervix's way" story! orngtongue.gif I found out at 19 weeks that I had complete placenta previa (anterior) and was told I was going to have another u/s about 10 weeks later. Well, since then I have switched care providers and on the 12th (I'll be 27 weeks) they are going to do another ultrasound. I am PRAYING that my placenta has moved away from my cervix. I do not want to have a c/s, plus with my placenta being anterior, that seems it would bring more complications if they had to do a c-section. Now, for those with or have had placenta previa, I have a quick question. My doctor has put me on "pelvic rest" (no sex!), but they never said anything to me (and I forgot to ask) about orgasms. What have you all been told about having orgasms (from outside stimulation) while having complete placenta previa? Any information would be helpful.

post #31 of 43

Hate to say it, but my understanding is that pelvic rest includes no orgasms.  Because what you're trying to avoid is stimulation of the uterus and cervix, and orgasm causes contracting of the uterus and cervix.  :-(

post #32 of 43

Last week of 2nd trimester here!! WOW!! This pregnancy is flying by and I am so happy about it. I have waited so long to meet this spirit baby earthside and I cannot wait!!!!!!!! I plan on wrapping up all of my nesting projects, with exception to the doll house I am redoing for my DDs X-mas gift, and to get a semesters worth of a class done in the next 3 weeks so that come 30 weeks I can just concentrate on labor/birth prep and enjoy the tail end of living as a family of three--make some new memories and make room for our new life ; )
And even though it is still i the 90s here the sun is changing and I swear I can see a Fall glow in the air. My FAVORITE time of year even though Florida doesn't really do any justice to it. Full of excitement and appreciation!
I have started some work on getting this babe vertex this week. I had been operating under the notion that transverse/oblique lie was fine at this point, but then my MWs and I really bumped into the very real possibility of me having a 'funky' uterus {bicornuate/unicornuate/septum} and made the realization that babe needs to get vertex by 30 weeks or I could be facing some challenging scenarios for birthing. Since we don't have a firm diagnosis and we will not have one during the pregnancy--I have no real choice but to assume funky and plan accordingly. I have done well emotionally on this. Having lots of chiro, myofacial releases and other bodywork, some unwinding by a wonderful and profoundly psychic friend to get to the root of the issue and hear the message held within the body--mine and baby's, and some craniosacral work all in the coming two weeks. I will continue on with moxibustion if this first round of attention doesn't change anything. I am very open to the Divine Source and knowing that the perfect birth has already been planned for this spirit and I--even if that means that we are somewhere I had never planned or intended to be, however, it was a BIG realization for me a few weeks ago--the idea that no matter what I do or plan I could end up having an unwanted cesarean. That even after fighting for a vaginal birth last time and 'winning' that battle and proving that my body wasn't broken and that i could do it that didn't guarantee a vaginal birth for future births. That there are truly scenarios where cesareans are necessary--i think that we as women {at least in MDC or my circle of friends} have become so accustomed to hearing about UNnecessary cesareans that we had actually forgotten or written off the fact that there are some that are so very necessary. If this kid stays oblique/transverse there will be no other option. I know there are so many unknowns--if I have a normal uterus then none of this likely matters and even with a funky uterus there is still much that can happen, but just remembering that I knew from the beginning that this expereince wasn't gonna be about the 'fight'--I wasn't gonna fight for the respect and the care that was right for me--that it was gonna come effortlessly--it just feels very surreal now to be faced with such a big version of what I previously would have had such a strong need to try to control.....but there is no control over these things=Peace in whatever happens. Calm. I am a stranger to that and I am finding it so welcome now and so appreciative of it in this situation!

Sorry so long {by now you mamas should know I am long winded ; ) Just thought I would share and release....

Hoping that the week is treating you all well and that you are finding your peace, too! light and love, beautiful mamas!

post #33 of 43

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Edited by nhklh - 10/22/13 at 1:48pm
post #34 of 43

What is it with the heartburn, ladies? I'm so sick of it. Everything already feels so squished and the big growth spurts are still yet to come. I feel so stretched out and heartburn-y after a meal. Today I put a timer on my phone to remind me to eat more often. Hope we all find some relief. Good luck to all the mamas on the placenta train. Mine is low too but my follow-up U/S isn't until 34 weeks. Basically the idea is it will either move or it won't move so we'll take a peek closer to the end. Each day I take time to visualize it at the top of my uterus like an umbrella, but then I have to remember to picture baby upside down, lol. All this talk of positioning is very of the moment. This feels like the month when posture is going to really start to matter. I've been putting those changes off as long as I could, lol.

post #35 of 43

Yes, I'm thinking positive thoughts for the placentas to move out of the way for kateadelle and purplemama!

 

Then, positive position and nice vertex babies for mamaharrision and nhklh!

 

A note on positioning - as far as I know I don't have a funky uterus - and since I have had ultrasounds, one would hope that they would have detected that.... my baby is moving position a lot! After I tracked it from vertex to transverse to breech and back last week, I keep checking in. Last few days it's flipped again. I can't actually tell the flipping movements from the other baby movements. Some movements are definitely bigger than others though. I'm not positive on position though. I can palpate it some, but mostly I go by where the heartbeat is on the fetoscope. Last night before bed I found the heartbeat at the upper right and could feel what I thought was the head up there... then a few minutes later DH is feeling my belly right round my belly button - to the left of it actually and he's like what is this and I feel and I think it feels like a knee or something and think that makes sense if the baby was breech and on the right. Then I grab the fetoscope to listen and in that few minutes, the baby moved transverse. Knee was gone and head had moved and heartbeat had moved down. Amazing! This morning. I found the heartbeat down at the bottom almost center so back vertex I guess! I'm 28 weeks and I would have thought that the baby would not have enough room to move around so much!

 

Any thoughts on this? Anyone else notice this or am I just a pregnancy geek tracking this sort of thing!

post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by lulubikes View Post

Yes, I'm thinking positive thoughts for the placentas to move out of the way for kateadelle and purplemama!

 

Then, positive position and nice vertex babies for mamaharrision and nhklh!

 

Ditto to those, for sure! And lots of good tummy vibes for all of us with heartburn!!!!

 

Movement/positioning has been on my mind as well. A few nights ago, I fell asleep, and in the morning DP was so excited to tell me he had sat with him hand on my tummy for probably half an hour getting nudged & kicked - he has felt a few little kicks but this was his first time feeling the circus that exists in my belly, lol. AND I found FEET a few nights ago - right up near my right ribs, so good for position. They were tint little feet - probably 1 inch or so - but definitely a pair of feet. So sweet :)

 

MW is coming over in an hour, I can't believe it's been a month seen I saw her last!

post #37 of 43

I noticed this week that I can really tell whether baby is stretched out (probably vertex) or all scrunched up in my pelvis.  I am SO uncomfortable when baby is all scrunched down low.  I know the amount of sitting I'm doing is not a good thing (promotes the scrunched up ness) but I don't have much choice right now.  But at 25 weeks this baby has LOTS of room to move around so I'm not too worried about eventual positioning atm.

 

I had the weirdest sensation last night - I woke up on my back, which is never a good thing but instead of just my hands or arms being asleep, my whole body was freezing cold - and the room was not cold at all.  I didn't have a fever - I honestly thought I was having chills at first.  I was shivering like I was naked outside in a snowstorm.  It took a while lying on my side to warm up enough to be able to go pee.  Scary!  Baby is moving normally today, though so I guess everything is probably okay.  I hope.

 

I really hope my brain goes back to normal function after this baby is born.  Discovered this morning that I had totally screwed up two credit card bills, putting a bunch of stuff on one card that I am carrying a balance on (the MW fee, actually) and therefore incurring interest on, when it was supposed to go on another (which we pay off every month).  So I need to find ~$500 BEFORE my next paycheck instead of AFTER.  Fortunately, I have just about enough in one savings account, but it's so upsetting to me to mess things like this up because it is so unlike my normal on-top-of-it-ness.  :-(

post #38 of 43

Sending more good placenta-moving vibes to kateadelle and purplemama!

 

Ugh, I am with everyone on the heartburn. I also get that whole "feeling like I need to burp" thing in the late afternoon (is that acid reflux? not sure...) which isn't painful, but annoying.

 

I've been nerding out on cloth diaper stuff this week, which has actually been pretty fun. We are still waiting...waiting...on visa stuff for our move to the UK. It's starting to get harder because we won't know what we're doing until we get a decision back. We plan to go to the UK either way, but it might end up being for 6 months on our regular US passports. Which will work, and just means we have to come back to the US to apply for full visas, but it also means no "free" birth with NHS. We have money saved but I'm really praying everything will work out so that we don't have to use it. I've talked to a few doulas over there, and am encouraged by some of them still being available, but we need to get over soon so I can meet them. Please send expedited visa thoughts our way! We are ready to get moving!

post #39 of 43

omg, I was killing time on fb, saw a post from Frontier about chia pudding...a couple of clicks later, I find this link to pumpkin chia pudding, which also has a link to her butternut squash smoothie post (the recipes are pretty much the same). OMG, now I'm irritated that I didn't see it an hour ago so I could make some up before heading out for our afternoon classes! 

 

YUM--and I think I'll use the initial blogger's advice to use maple syrup in it. Doesn't that sound heavenly?! 

 

I'm hungry. yummy.gif

post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by purplemamaturtle5 View Post

Glad to hear a positive "placenta moving out of the cervix's way" story! orngtongue.gif I found out at 19 weeks that I had complete placenta previa (anterior) and was told I was going to have another u/s about 10 weeks later. Well, since then I have switched care providers and on the 12th (I'll be 27 weeks) they are going to do another ultrasound. I am PRAYING that my placenta has moved away from my cervix. I do not want to have a c/s, plus with my placenta being anterior, that seems it would bring more complications if they had to do a c-section. Now, for those with or have had placenta previa, I have a quick question. My doctor has put me on "pelvic rest" (no sex!), but they never said anything to me (and I forgot to ask) about orgasms. What have you all been told about having orgasms (from outside stimulation) while having complete placenta previa? Any information would be helpful.

Ditto what mamabeakley said. No orgasms in order to avoid the uterine contractions. Believe me, I feel your pain. 

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