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post #61 of 259

Whoo, I'm exited!  The scale at at the hospital shows I weigh 4 pounds less than my scale at home, so that means I'm under my max pregnancy weight by 4 to 5 pounds.  Yes!  lol  I must enjoy small miracles.  :D

post #62 of 259

heldt123, Haha, that's cute and adorable and I know exactly what you mean. We are also twin months, maybe quite possibly even date months because I think my due date is 5/4 at the earliest. Did you have an exam today?

post #63 of 259

lol  I'm trying to fight off the sadness of pulling out my old maternity clothes and realizing that they fit NOW, and I'm not even showing yet.  *sigh*

 

We are the same age too!  I've calculated my due date as 5/8, based upon my correct August 15th ovulation.  Yesterday at my appointment, they calculated my date as 5/5, with an automatic ovulation date of the 12th.  I always give birth early, so theirs is probably going to be closer.  My last was two weeks early, so I could have an April baby.  

post #64 of 259

Thank you, skycheattraffic!  :love

 

Ultrasound appointment went well.  I estimated my LMP to be August 1st, but it was just a guess.  :Sheepish  The ultrasound measurements have me a due date of May 14, 2014.  So I conceived around Aug. 21st.  That makes me 5 weeks today!

 

Everything looks fine.  Doctor is my age, and a man.  He didn't mention anything about my weight.  Luckily for HIM!  LOL!

He just asked if the pregnancy was planned.  Nope, just a really big surprise!  My son will be 14 when this baby's born!

I feel like a lot has changed since I was pregnant in the late 90s.  Not pregnancy itself, of course, but knowledge about it, norms of medical care, testing.  I feel like I have so much to learn!

Congrats to the rest of you, mamas! 

 

P.S.  Is it possible to have cravings this early?  I'm really digging cheese and mustard sandwiches.  :lol

post #65 of 259
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This pregnancy is different for me, not only because of the health issues and age difference, but I'm starting out at my max pregnancy weight.  Oh yay.....  I have my first appointment, and I'm not looking forward to being told not to gain as much weight.  I already know that.

When is your first appointment?  I totally relate to being out of the pregnancy loop!  LOL!

post #66 of 259

I meet very healthy, plus size, pregnant (and not pregnant) women all the time since I work at The Bra Lady (custom fitted bra shop). I wish we could bust (no pun intended) the myth that you can't be plus size and healthy. Many of our customers are full figured, healthy and active. I wish retailers would get on board with this reality. We have had customers ready to give up on nursing their babies because they can't find a comfortable nursing bra in their size. That is just unacceptable. We will even convert regular bras into nursing bras if we can't find the right size. We hear your frustrations everyday and we hope to see things change soon. We are here to "support" you! (pun intended)

post #67 of 259
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When is your first appointment?  I totally relate to being out of the pregnancy loop!  LOL!

 

I had a sort of short appointment here this week, but my first official prenatal appointment is October 16th.  They did a vaginal ultrasound this week, which threw me off.  I've never had one before, so it was pretty weird.  They wanted to do another one next week to confirm my dates, but I'm switching providers.  The lady I was seeing seemed like she wanted to micro-manage everything, and I'd rather just let things take their course.  

 

How about you?

post #68 of 259

I'm 8 weeks pregnant with my third child. I'm 39 years old and weighed 260 before this pregnancy began. I have two children, ages 8 and 7. I have some thyroid issues that caused me to gain 40 pounds in 6 months, but tests show normal function despite the more than an inch in diameter thyroid nodule on my right thyroid gland. I had to stop taking Lisinopril (for high blood pressure) and Advair (for my asthma), but I'm still taking most of my usual medications. I am taking the garden of life raw prenatal vitamins. I don't smoke, hate that I had to quit my weekly one-to-two alcoholic drinks. I work full time Monday through Friday as an infant teacher in an early learning center. I go to the gym three times a week after work, and I'm studying for my CDA (child development associates). I am wondering if there is something like the belly band or similar item for supporting the belly during pregnancy that is designed to fit a plus size person. I wear size 20 loose waist jeans, grew out of all my 16's and 18's since January. I do wear XL in some of my exercise pants, though, Sizing is hard for me when picking out anything. I really hate shopping. My breasts already increased one or two bra sizes, and this soon after I bought three new, and expensive, bras from the ONLY place in town that sells bras in my size, which is a 36 GG, or was, I should say. I think they're38  H's now.

post #69 of 259

I love the maternity support I bought from motherhood.com . I got the size L which is for size 17 to 20.  My prepregnancy size was 20/22 and the support really has helped me make it through the day when I have to be standing. If I sit for too long it can cut off circulation to my legs, but I think that is because I am having twins and have gotten huge in the bottom.

 

I am looking at these bras and these bras on motherhood.com. I had bought 3 bras from bravado in size XL but they are getting too tight and uncomfortable. I started out 42B and I think I am 44 or 46 now with my twins expanding my rib cage crazy big. I need to measure myself again and get some new bras since I am 26 weeks right now.

post #70 of 259

Thanks for the tip about motherhood maternity. I'd forgotten about that company. Unfortunately, their bras don't go up to my size, a 36 HH. There are 38H, but then the bra would droop down and the styles available in that size do not separate the boobs. I'd have a huge shelf of breast tissue flattened out on the whole of my chest wearing one of those. I can see it now.

post #71 of 259

I am also a plus sized mom.  I was irritated by the same lack of consideration for sized moms with various providers.  http://plus-size-pregnancy.org/ has awesome, supportive and technical information on pregnancy for women of size that I found very helpful through my pregnancies.  Size bias is almost a disease itself among OB.s!  So you really have to advocate for yourself.  My 2nd baby's OB, who I met the day I went into labor after a failed attempt at homebirth, cut my incision lopsided and extra long to accommodate the "larger size" he was sure my baby would be... turned out my baby was a whopping 7lbs and 8oz- one whole ounce larger than my first baby.  The shape of my stomach has never been the same since- I probably have some bitterness to work through yet over that one but it's been over 7 years since then.  C-sections are truly the gift that keeps on giving- and not in a good way.  But in anycase, my 3rd born I spent the entire pregnancy surrounding myself with women who believed in me and believed in birth.  I had researched birth for almost 4 years and after a couple go arounds with the OB/medpro community, I wised up and birthed my baby at home, with just my husband and myself.  A supportive midwife I hired showed up about 30 minutes later and helped with the transition out of the birth pool and with clean up.  It was an incredibly healing experience to have my baby is such a gentle way, low lights, no one yelling at me, poking, prodding or taking my baby away afterwards.  I'm not saying birthing unassisted is for everyone but I just wanted to throw out some encouragement to you guys that it is far more important how you nourish your body than that you fit into the size bracket that some doctor defined as "normal".  Obese women CAN and should birth babies without being hassled and shamed for their size- and dog gone it- turns out when left to myself, I was pretty darn good at it!!!  And you can be good at it too!  You were MADE to birth.  Don't let anyone tell you differently!

post #72 of 259
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I am also a plus sized mom.  I was irritated by the same lack of consideration for sized moms with various providers.  http://plus-size-pregnancy.org/ has awesome, supportive and technical information on pregnancy for women of size that I found very helpful through my pregnancies.  Size bias is almost a disease itself among OB.s!  So you really have to advocate for yourself.  My 2nd baby's OB, who I met the day I went into labor after a failed attempt at homebirth, cut my incision lopsided and extra long to accommodate the "larger size" he was sure my baby would be... turned out my baby was a whopping 7lbs and 8oz- one whole ounce larger than my first baby.  The shape of my stomach has never been the same since- I probably have some bitterness to work through yet over that one but it's been over 7 years since then.  C-sections are truly the gift that keeps on giving- and not in a good way.  But in anycase, my 3rd born I spent the entire pregnancy surrounding myself with women who believed in me and believed in birth.  I had researched birth for almost 4 years and after a couple go arounds with the OB/medpro community, I wised up and birthed my baby at home, with just my husband and myself.  A supportive midwife I hired showed up about 30 minutes later and helped with the transition out of the birth pool and with clean up.  It was an incredibly healing experience to have my baby is such a gentle way, low lights, no one yelling at me, poking, prodding or taking my baby away afterwards.  I'm not saying birthing unassisted is for everyone but I just wanted to throw out some encouragement to you guys that it is far more important how you nourish your body than that you fit into the size bracket that some doctor defined as "normal".  Obese women CAN and should birth babies without being hassled and shamed for their size- and dog gone it- turns out when left to myself, I was pretty darn good at it!!!  And you can be good at it too!  You were MADE to birth.  Don't let anyone tell you differently!

Thanks for the encouragement! Ttc for baby 2... My midwives ended up being a thorn in my side. Told me everything I wanted was good etc, then suddenly changed and it became a nightmare around 34 weeks, where they just focused on my size (18-20) and refused to let me home birth. They caused so much anxiety and I truly still to this day won't recommend them to anyone. I believe because of them I ended up with a csec. I only gained 5 lbs my entire pregnancy and they kept insisting I would have a 10 lb baby. My son was born almost 2 years ago, weighing a bit over 6 lbs. because of the csec my baby was sleepy and had trouble latching, my midwife suggested formula/sugar water - I could.not.believe.my.ears. I still have some anger towards them... I will look long and hard for my next midwife...

So thanks again for the encouragement! I needed it!
post #73 of 259
Hi! Im new on the site. Im 42 have 6 children including my stepkids and im 7 weeks pregnant. Im concerned about my age and that im heavier than ive ever been. Size 18 and 220 lbs. Worried about all the things that can go wrong at my age and weight. Dont have high blood I pressure or any other diseases but still worried.
post #74 of 259

When I gave birth I was around 300 lbs or more.  I'm not advocating that being that big is healthy or a good idea- it's much easier to move during labor with less weight on.  However, I think it's healthier for mom's of size to focus less on their weight and more on their nutrition.  Instead of thinking, "oh my gosh, I'm huge, I can't do this.  I must be broken because my body mass index is out of "normal" range!"  It would be better to consider how the "worry" is going to serve you during pregnancy and birth.  Is worrying going to help you?  If it serves to motivate you to each fresh veggies, healthy protein, and fruit, instead of soda and chemical laden boxed food than great!  Exchange your worry for healthier choices and let the worry go.  Or does the worry, quite likely, simply serve to erode your confidence and turn you into a self-doubting neurotic, lab-number-obsessed wreck?  That is an  unhealthy level of worry that is not going to help your pregnancy or birth.

 

Blessings for a peace-filled gestation for all you pregnant moms out there!

 

Lori ~

post #75 of 259

Great advice, Lori.  And congrats, Herreramoon!

 

I saw something on Pinterest yesterday that said something like "Teaching us to hate our bodies is not the way to make us take better care of them."  And it's true.  I definitely do believe it's possible to be big and healthy!  But we have to love ourselves enough for that.   To make the effort to be healthy when it's not just focused on weight loss.  It might not be the perfect answer, but it's a great start.  We (and our babies) can only benefit.  <3

Good report!

I just had an ultrasound at 6 weeks, 4 days and I saw and heard my baby's heartbeat!  Woohoo!  AND my OB said he doesn't consider me to be high risk because I'm 38, or 234 pounds, or even because I have Crohn's disease and PCOS.  My regular doctor labelled me high risk and told me I'd have to see a perinatologist.  My OB said nothing indicates that to him.  I call that great news!

 

Because of the PCOS, I am continuing the Metformin once a day through 12 weeks.  My doctor told me it helps stabilize hormones in women with PCOS until the pregnancy can maintain them after 12 weeks of pregnancy.  (Just sharing in case there are any other PCOSers out there.)

post #76 of 259
ReadingMama, that is great news! Always nice to be told you are not high risk!

AFM, I failed the one hour GD test. I had a blood sugar of 189 when it is supposed to be under 130. Boo! Now I have to take the 3 hour fasting test. I haven't fasted for 10 hours this pregnancy. I often wake up and eat a nighttime snack greensad.gif With twins I always seem to be hungry.
post #77 of 259
Bummer on the fasting! Do you have any nausea when you haven't eaten in awhile?
post #78 of 259

Yep, nausea from fasting and nausea/acid reflux vomiting from eating sugary stuff.  I am just praying that tomorrow goes well and that my body is doing what it is supposed to so I don't have to finger stick blood sugars for the rest of my pregnancy.

post #79 of 259
Well I'm sending you positive good news vibes! I hope it's easier than you expect.
post #80 of 259

ReadingMama, I hope it is easier than I expect. I have been drinking a lot of water all night long (basically every time I woke up I drank another 2 cups) so that my veins are big and ready to be poked for blood without much effort. I am so hungry. The test isn't for another 1.5 hours. I hope all goes well.

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