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post #61 of 275

I tried looking into daycare once when I just had one kiddo. It didn't take long for me to give up on it and just be satisfied with being home. And then after a year of being home, I realized homeschooling sounded like a great idea. 

post #62 of 275

Trust me Daisycoming, I would leave work to be with my baby 24/7 in a heartbeat if I could.  It would be a blessing for me, but the COL in my area is to expensive to make it on just DH's salary....  I wish it were different.  I'm sure other people in HCOL areas feel the same.  Makes me bitter sometimes.  But, it is what it is.

post #63 of 275

28 weeks today!  Happy 3rd trimester to me.

 

I've been feeling pretty good for the most part and until just a couple of weeks ago, I did sometimes forget that I wasn't my normal self.  Though I did start getting really really awful heartburn/acid reflux with back pain and the feeling of "gargling battery acid".  Ewww...I finally caved and started taking Zantac75 and feel much better.  I take it once every other day or so when I start it coming back and it's been much more manageable.  

 

I have started to get pretty big around the belly (think the classic basketball smuggler) so it's a fun routine every morning to figure out what sweater or jacket I can fit into.  

 

I also recently started noticing the discharge I've vaguely heard about.  It's kinda whitish but then seems very watery.  It's pretty gross how it seems to squirt out.  Today is worse than any other and I'm not really sure what to do about it.  I have an appt on Monday so plan to mention it then.  I've also heard incontinence is common now, but it happens even if I just peed, so I don't think that's what it is.  It kinda smells a little weird too.  Sorry...that's a gross topic.

 

In any case, feeling pretty good, though tired and easily turn cranky.  

 

Hope everyone else is well!

post #64 of 275

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Edited by MamaBakerBetty - 3/22/13 at 11:10am
post #65 of 275
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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

Trust me Daisycoming, I would leave work to be with my baby 24/7 in a heartbeat if I could.  It would be a blessing for me, but the COL in my area is to expensive to make it on just DH's salary....  I wish it were different.  I'm sure other people in HCOL areas feel the same.  Makes me bitter sometimes.  But, it is what it is.

 

I totally hear you.  I would love to leave work and not look back.  Raise the kid, be a homesteader mom, sell my crafty ventures on Etsy and freelance bake for local caterers.  But here in Vermont, our COL is really high as well and there's no way we could make it on Husbands income alone without making some HUGE and somewhat unattainable cut backs in our already pretty tightly budgeted lifestyle.  

post #66 of 275

This is a very interesting article about our brains while pregnant....  (hormones are very powerful)!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2504460&page=3#.UUx3yheyCrk

post #67 of 275
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This is a very interesting article about our brains while pregnant....  (hormones are very powerful)!!!

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2504460&page=3#.UUx3yheyCrk


Yes! Amazing! Has anyone read "Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies" (or listened to the Pregtastic podcast interview with the author)? Lots of fun stuff in there about how our baby and its genes and our hormones are affecting us, and vice versa.

 

Also, I'm 29+ weeks pregnant and so sleepy and tired now. I just finished this awful cold/flu/sinus infection saga, so I'm wondering how much that is to blame, and how much is it just that I'm 29 weeks pregnant. Before I would keep myself going from wake time to bedtime, sometimes dragging but able to keep up. Now I HAVE to lay down sometimes. A bit first trimester-y. I know progesterone and maybe lactation hormones are surging now, but to this degree?! I hope I'm not like this all the way until the babe is born! I have stuff to do!

post #68 of 275
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Also, I'm 29+ weeks pregnant and so sleepy and tired now. I just finished this awful cold/flu/sinus infection saga, so I'm wondering how much that is to blame, and how much is it just that I'm 29 weeks pregnant. Before I would keep myself going from wake time to bedtime, sometimes dragging but able to keep up. Now I HAVE to lay down sometimes. A bit first trimester-y. I know progesterone and maybe lactation hormones are surging now, but to this degree?! I hope I'm not like this all the way until the babe is born! I have stuff to do!

 

I hear you!  I'm extremely fatigued again too.  And suddenly I'm just an overall wreck.  3 weeks ago, I had an emergency dental visit due to excruciating pain.  The dentist essentially did a root canal and removed the nerve, but I wouldn't let him fill it and crown it because I've read how root canals can cause chronic issues in the future. I told him I'd rather have the tooth extracted. He put in a temporary filling and gave me a referral to an oral surgeon.  The next week I had a regulary scheduled dental cleaning and exam. The dentist found a big cavity that he said couldn't wait to fill until baby arrived (one of two that he found 6 months ago and said it could wait.)  He said wait to see the oral surgeon for the other tooth just in case this one is just as bad.  I had an appointment to get that filling last Friday, but the dentist was ill and cancelled.  Saturday I got excruciating pain again and realozed this is a third area!  (The one he thought could wait.)  I suffered all weekend and got an emergency appointment with a different dentist today that I know will extract teeth himself.  I just got back.  He said it's a terrible infection and he can't extract any teeth until it clears up.  He gave me 10 days of antibiotics and an appointment for another exam when they are finished to "come up with a plan."  Argh.  I've never had any major dental work before and now this all falls at once.  I just want this all over and to be out of pain.  I hate being on antibiotics, but guess I have no choice.

post #69 of 275

I've been experiencing INSOMNIA so badly lately.  It doesn't matter if I feel exhausted once I go to bed.  I spent the day running around, packing up my home office, carrying boxes to the garage and then had a hard yoga class last night, felt exhausted when I fell asleep and then woke up at 2, 3, 530 (got up at 530 and finished a book) and then fell asleep from 7-8.  I took benadryl the other night but then felt guilty because within a half hour of taking it, my little kicker stopped kicking and didn't kick much again for about 12 hours.  I don't know if it's hormones or anxiety or what, but it's driving me nuts!  Anyone else ever have pregnancy insomnia? 

post #70 of 275

JNajla: I've answered to this particular thing a few times. But, my insomnia went away when I started taking methyl-B12. I also heard taking magnesium at bedtime is a good idea, which I have been doing lately. I have no troubles sleeping and only wake up once or twice to pee. When I first got pregnant I had very bad insomnia until I started the B12. Hope you find something that works for you.

post #71 of 275

Another thing that helps insomnia is tart/black cherry juice.  I suffer with insomnia on and off for years, and the only things that help me are magnesium (I like ionic fizz magnesium) and cherry juice (1/4 cup before bedtime or 2 Tbsp. of concentrate added to water.)  Melatonin supplements never helped, but cherry juice (which is rich in melatonin) helps me a lot.

post #72 of 275

JNajla,

 

I have had this type of insomnia for my entire pregnancy. Usually I have the other kind, where it is hard to fall asleep, which when not pregnant is more about my busy mind and/or RLS. When I wake up during pregnancy, my mind isn't running a thousand miles a minute or anything--I just feel it's time to stop sleeping.

 

What most sleep experts recommend if you wake up with insomnia is to get out of bed, remove yourself from your room, and do something boring (like read a kind of dull book in slightly dim light--definitely no internet or vigorous activity) until you start to get very sleepy (where you feel you can't stay awake). Only then, return to bed and allow yourself to sleep. This prevents you from developing a negative sleep association with your bedroom or bed.

 

Another strategy is to expose yourself to bright therapeutic light right before bed to try to advance your body's sense of "dawn." It can take a week or two of doing this to work, and it won't work for everyone. I haven't consistently used this yet even though I have a therapy light because I'm afraid it will mess up the first few hours of good sleep I usually get.

 

What works best for me is to go to sleep a bit earlier since I know I'll probably have a harder time sleeping after 2am, and then once the waking up starts, I practice mindfulness meditation or listen to guided imagery to at least help my mind and body relax while I'm not sleeping. (And sometimes it helps me sleep.) Praying is another option. Or imagining what my dreams might be like if I were having them.

 

Sorry you have this! I hope it passes soon!

post #73 of 275
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I hear you!  I'm extremely fatigued again too.  And suddenly I'm just an overall wreck.  . . .  I've never had any major dental work before and now this all falls at once.  I just want this all over and to be out of pain.  I hate being on antibiotics, but guess I have no choice.

 

Wow, jr'smom. What a trial for you! Nothing like severe pain to make you feel awful and even more exhausted! I sincerely hope you get relief soon, and wish you strength in all your difficult moments.

 

I ran into a woman today who is 36 weeks pregnant and asked her if she was really wiped out around 29-30 weeks, and she said yes, that was the start of a major growth spurt for her baby. I also called my mw today to double check that it's normal, and she said it sounds like garden variety third trimester exhaustion. She said I should also try eating more (I haven't gained much weight yet). I have been making an effort to get more sleep in the past couple of nights, and it seems to have helped. I think the hardest thing is that my mood/attitude can be so unpleasant when I'm exhausted. If only I could rise above it!

post #74 of 275

I've felt pretty exhausted too (physcially, but not mentally).  I had my hgb/ hct drawn today and I'm still anemic, so that explains some of the fatigue and the occasional diziness that I've been having.  I'm puzzled as to why I'm anemic despite my prenatal vitamins, spirulina supplement, and all of the veggies I've been eating and OJ drinking....  Now I'm going to have to take another supplement (and I know it is going to exacerbate my constipation!)....  I also have a dentist appt this week so hopefully I won't have to have any work done aside from the cleaning.

 

 

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Another thing that helps insomnia is tart/black cherry juice

 

Thanks for the suggestion.  I ordered some passion flower tea and I will try this too.  I think that some of the issue is my obsessive nesting thoughts....  lol

post #75 of 275
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my insomnia went away when I started taking methyl-B12

 

I've not heard of this either, so I'll check it out.  Thank you!!

post #76 of 275

JNajla: Now that you mention your anemia, that can also cause insomnia. Ferrocel iron or floradex(spell?) should help with that. It is normal for many women to need to supplement with iron toward the end of their pregnancy. I am one of them.

post #77 of 275

I can't stop eating!!  Nothing fills me up.  I don't think I have been full in at least 4 days.  Baby is definitely on a growth spurt as I'm feeling my belly skin stretch again for the first time in a few weeks, but good lord I am eating myself out of house and home!!  And I want meat like crazy.  DP made us some lamb last night and I honestly didn't think I was going to stop eating (I forced myself to stop because it was already 10pm).  I wake up in the morning and am starving, instantly eating whatever is quick and available (usually a banana or apple while I am making pancakes and eggs).

 

I too have been sleeping oddly.  It's not so much insomnia as waking up at 5am and then tossing and turning for a few more hours of restless sleep.  I guess I don't usually lay down to go to sleep until midnight (I find it hard to sleep before DP gets home and he usually works until 11 at night).  This might be TMI, but my recent 5am wake up call has been accompanied by a BM.  Which is super rare for me!!  I usually need to drink at least a glass of water before that happens in the morning.  I guess it's a good thing, but it freaked me out a little the first morning as I wasn't expecting it and hadn't turned the light on in the bathroom when I went to pee. orngbiggrin.gif

 

I am sending tons of love and strength to all of you in financial strain!!  DP just brought this up to me today as a friend of his (with a pregnant wife) is super stressed about time off of work and money stresses.  I have been financially stressed for almost a year now, but I seem to stay afloat and that keeps me in a positive head space.  May we all find peace amidst the chaos that is the financial situation of humanity. stillheart.gif

post #78 of 275

Had an apt Monday and found out why I've felt so uncomfortable right across my middle.  The little guy is laying straight across (which there is much less room legnthwise) instead of vertical.  He's pushing right up against me and some spots are even getting sore.  I think he's been like that for at least a week and it's getting kind of old.  Anyone have any suggestions as to how to maybe encourage him to move out of this position?  

post #79 of 275
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Had an apt Monday and found out why I've felt so uncomfortable right across my middle.  The little guy is laying straight across (which there is much less room legnthwise) instead of vertical.  He's pushing right up against me and some spots are even getting sore.  I think he's been like that for at least a week and it's getting kind of old.  Anyone have any suggestions as to how to maybe encourage him to move out of this position?  

 

Poke at him... LOL I had a friend who her baby's legs would get stuck up in her ribs and it hurt, so she just push the leg down out of her ribs. 

post #80 of 275

I'm pretty sure our baby is hanging out transverse as well.  It's becoming really uncomfortable the past day or so - feels like my lower abs are getting stretched from the inside out!

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