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post #101 of 117
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Thanks, carmen. I feel better knowing I'm not alone! Aphel- I recognized your name and looked in your posting history. Looks like we were both in the January DDC. Hi again! Hoping we all end up holding our babes in August!

 

Hi coffeebean! Yes, I hope this one goes better for both of us.

post #102 of 117
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Originally Posted by CraftyMcGluestick View Post

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Congrats Porcelina! I knew you'd been cautious about joining but glad to see my Sept 10 DDC buddy!
Welcome to all the mamas! Looking forward to sharing highs and lows and pregnancy woes over this journey together.


Thanks, Crafty!! So funny to be in same DDC again! I hope this time things go easier for you...!

post #103 of 117

Hello there! Wanted to introduce myself in this thread too. I am 32, will be 33 in January and live in Portland, Oregon. 3 days ago, I found out I am pregnant with baby #2.  I am cautiously excited because I had my first early miscarriage last cycle and then ended up ovulating 16 days later and here we are.  I am really hoping this baby sticks!!!

 

I have one DD who is 2.75 and she is so ready for a sibling.  We have had such a lovely experience being her parents that we kinda took our time getting pregnant.  I quickly got pregnant with her and this time around, it took a few months.  My pregnancy with her was kinda rough.  I had spotting at 6 weeks and my midwives thought I was miscarrying but we saw her little heartbeat at 6wk2ds and then morning sickness hit me HARD and lasted until about 14 weeks.  I missed many days of work it was so bad.  2nd trimester was a breeze and then I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which I failed by one point.  I controlled it through diet and exercise but hated every minute ;) Then, at 36 weeks, my midwives were doing a home visit and discovered a had high blood pressure.  I was put on bedrest and tried every herb, acupuncture and natural way of getting it down.  It never came down. I had all the testing for pre-eclampsia but in the end, it was just pregnancy induced hypertension.  My birthing plan quickly changed and at 37 weeks, I had a stress test where the doctors were concerned that my DD was really small so I ended up with a c-section :(

As a doula and supporter of med-free, natural births, I was pretty devastated. 

 

I am really really hoping for first, a sticky bean, second, a different pregnancy and birthing experience.  Not sure what I can do to avoid the GD and hypertension. I am a petite woman--5 feet tall about 118 pounds.  90% of the time, I eat organic, whole, non processed foods.  I drink a green juice every morning and am just generally healthy.  Am always open to more suggestions of how to improve my diet and how to avoid the above issues.  I have a treadmill to walk on during the cold, winter months.

 

I am going for a HBAC if all goes well. 

 

My husband is in grad school and we have been happily married for 7 years--we keep falling more and more in love :)  I went from being a social worker>doula>mother>Montessori teacher>photographer.  Life is pretty good and I am looking forward to adding our final baby to our family.  My DD talks about a baby in her belly (even though we wont tell her until we hear the heartbeat) but she is so ready for a sibling and will be an amazing big sister and help!

 

Thanks for letting me share!! Look forward to reading about your journeys too!

post #104 of 117

Welcome, Oregon!  Jealous over here, Portland is one of our favorite cities to visit.  :)  If we didn't have so many ties to WI, we may very well be living there instead.

 

My son has been talking about a baby in his tummy for a year, even though I keep telling him that it's kind of impossible.  lol.gif  Sounds like she's going to be a great big sister, I hope your pregnancy goes much smoother this time around!

post #105 of 117

Hi everyone! I haven't been here in a couple of years, but I just found out this week that I'm expecting again, so I decided it's time to come back. This is my first due date club :) 

 

I live in Huntsville, AL and I have a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. It's going to be strange having a teeny one around again, but I'm very excited.

post #106 of 117
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Originally Posted by oregon2010 View Post

 

I am really really hoping for first, a sticky bean, second, a different pregnancy and birthing experience.  Not sure what I can do to avoid the GD and hypertension. I am a petite woman--5 feet tall about 118 pounds.  90% of the time, I eat organic, whole, non processed foods.  I drink a green juice every morning and am just generally healthy.  Am always open to more suggestions of how to improve my diet and how to avoid the above issues.  I have a treadmill to walk on during the cold, winter months.

Hi Oregon,

 

I had GD with my first and am now full blown diabetic.  The first and best and easiest thing to do is get a glucose monitor and test after you eat your main meals.  It should be under 140 after an hour, under 130 after an hour and a half and under 120 after 2 hours, so that will help you gauge what you need to be depending on when you test.  If its higher than those numbers, go on a meat and veggie and one fruit a day diet and then see if that helps, if not you might need more help than just diet and exercise.  I hope you don't!  Walking every day will help too.  Let me know if you have anymore questions.

post #107 of 117

It looks like I am out.  Didn't ever feel quite right, and this is my first loss.  I really feel at peace, and if it's to be, I'd rather a loss at 6 weeks. :)  Good luck everyone! 

post #108 of 117
Sorry, Harmie. I'm glad you are at peace with it.
post #109 of 117

Hi ladies, I'm Nikki and I'm 28 years old. I am so excited to be joining this group. The road to a BFP for DH and I was not an easy one. We've been TTC #1 since early 2007 and have experienced 4 early miscarriages and one loss at 14 weeks. We began seeing a fertility specialist in the summer of 2011 and have since gone through two specialists, 5 IUI cycles (on both medications and injections), and finally turned to IVF. Our first IVF cycle gave us our BFP! We transferred one embryo so we are hoping for a singleton. I am still feeling nervous since we are still very early and have had losses in the past, but we are both feeling good about this pregnancy. Our estimated due date is August 17th!

post #110 of 117
Harmie- I'm sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself.

shesaidboom- Welcome and I am hoping for the best for this pregnancy! I've had so much anxiety these past few weeks, so I know somewhat how you feel.
post #111 of 117
Shesaidbloom, wow, such a long journey it has been for you! Will be thinking extra thoughts for you for this pregnancy! It must be comforting to know you are doing everything you can for a healthy pregnancy. smile.gif
post #112 of 117

coffeebean - Thank you! I hope your anxiety gets better as you get further along. It really does feel awful. I'm sending lots of good thoughts!

 

porcelina - Thank you so much for the good thoughts, they're very appreciated. I'm sending good thoughts to you too! It will be wonderful when we're all sharing pictures and stories of our new babes.

post #113 of 117
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Originally Posted by harmie0515 View Post

It looks like I am out.  Didn't ever feel quite right, and this is my first loss.  I really feel at peace, and if it's to be, I'd rather a loss at 6 weeks. :)  Good luck everyone! 

 

I'm sorry for your loss. Take care!

post #114 of 117

Hello to everyone from Maryland, via Oregon (my home state) and West Africa (where I lived for years and met my husband)!

 

I just discovered this site and the forums seem less wacky than others I've seen, so I decided to try it out.  I still don't know all of the different acronyms being thrown around though.

 

I'm 37, pregnant with my first, and due August 18th.  It's taken awhile...we've had to go the IVF route and this is our third attempt after a miscarriage, a second attempt which didn't take, and now hopefully one that will stick around! It's even a little tough to take the step of joining this forum, having so many fears of another miscarriage.  The first time I didn't have any symptoms like morning sickness or fatigue, and miscarried around 7 weeks.  This time I have plenty of both, which is somehow comforting but I had no idea it would be so consuming!

 

Most of you seem to be very experienced moms so I'm hoping I can learn a lot from you!  smile.gif

post #115 of 117
Hi Green, welcome! Where in Africa did you live? That must have been exciting!

Last night I dreamt that we were fostering a teenage boy from west Africa, and then this morning I read your post. Funny coincidence, right?
post #116 of 117

It's so exciting to have so many more mamas in here! :D Welcome, all.

Toubab - my family lives in central Africa (Rwanda), where we are muzungus, but and I went to uni for a year in Dakar (UCAD). As a fairly well traveled young person, West Africa was easily my most challenging experience. How long have you been "home"? How's your partner adjusting (wait, is he a toubab too?)? Hope you're not culture shocking too terribly much. :)

post #117 of 117

Thanks for the welcome, Banana and Quantumleap!

 

I've lived in five different countries in Africa, and my husband is from the Ivory Coast (not a muzungu!).  We've been in the US for almost three years now, and some days we wish we were back in Africa, other days we're happy to be where we are :). If it weren't for having to go the IVF route we would probably still be living somewhere on the continent.

 

Quantumleap, I was in Kigali last March for a workshop and loved it, albeit it was a brief visit.  Hope I'll have a chance to go back again sometime! What do you do there? 

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