Eep, I've heard that can be very painful. I hope it heals quickly! Do you have to take any precautions for the baby?
Thanks mamas! Dr. said risk of transmitting virus to baby at this stage is low, it would be much worse if I had it during delivery. Plus baby would be protected by my antibodies. She put me on an antiviral, says we came in in time for it to be effective. I am also on a painkiller, she said the only side effect of that to the baby is increased drowsiness but baby still seems pretty active. She thought there might be a bacterial infection on top of the shingles so also prescribed an antibiotic, but then told me to hold off on that for now because the only one they can give me (because of my drug allergies and the pregnancy) causes diarrhea in pregnant women.
Apparently it is not nearly as contagious as chicken pox is, she said it's only really contagious for anyone in contact with the rash.
My mom had shingles years ago and told me it was one of the most painful things she has ever gone through, and now I have to agree with her. We do selective/delayed vax, and I was undecided on the varicella, but ended up getting it for DS (delayed) because his preschool required it, and now I am glad I did because I don't want him to have to go through it someday too.
Somegirl-Glad you got some answers, sorry its shingles! My mom had it this winter and she was in so much pain. She recovered pretty quickly (I think she was put on valtrex), and I hope the same for you too-
Coffeebean: I measured four weeks ahead about a month ago (so I don't really have experience with it at 34 weeks), and was sent for U/S. I was really annoyed, knowing that its just an estimate. Everything was fine but they wanted to check the fluids and size of baby. Fluid was normal as was baby's size. Honestly, I think it was the bagel that i ate that morning which makes me extroadinarily bloated (although i don't know if that truly impacts fundal height). I guess, its probably important to remember that even U/S findings are only an estimate of size of baby. if its simply the size of the baby on US, I would ask your provider what their response would be. I think you make a very good case for reasons why not to do anything differently since your last baby was delivered without complications and you don't have GD.
hugs Edelweiss, may your little ones stay cooking and well. Hopefully the next few days will only bring more work on your baby blanket.
After some very wiggly days Iggy is having a quiet one. I actually poked her to check and got some kicks and a cervix punch for my trouble. Still transverse, but at 32 weeks, trying not to let that bother me.
I had a pregnancy dream last night about gauze prefolds with big polka dots, but someone small took them and hid them. Thankfully my pregnancy dreams tend to wards mundane with a side of just odd.
Perhaps it inspired me because I did buy a pile more fabric today. I needed fold over elastic and my favourite shop online had a 25% off sale today. Of course that did not mean I needed the die cut felt for garlands, or the fabric for my quilt, or the rainbow polka dots. I did need some to make outfits for our Disney trip this winter and got a great deal on 100% cotton for four outfits for each of the girls.
I had another dying fit and now some of the stained little baby clothes (and stained toddler ones) are a rich purple and the sickly neutral green ones and stained big kid ones are denim blue. Much better.
Somegirl- sorry to hear about the shingles! I hope it clears up quickly and with little pain.
Edelweiss- I'm thinking of you and the twins. Hopefully you can get back home soon and keep growing the babies!
Coffee- I'm also measuring ahead (I think in my case it is extra inches on my waist) and had an ultrasound at 28 weeks to check the placenta and cord. Everything was fine, but because baby is "large" the high risk OB and midwife want me to get another at around 36 weeks to check size. I have no idea what the obsession with size is about. Women give birth to large babies all the time.
DS was 10lbs 3oz at birth, accurately predicted by an ultrasound a week earlier... I was induced with him and it "failed" and ended in cesarean. I didn't realize at the time that induction had such a high fail rate, so I definitely think induction should be for legitimate reasons, not a "big" baby. (No GD here either)
Well, nothing too exciting here other than my first noticeable braxton hicks. I'm not feeling very productive at all and haven't done much of anything to get ready for the baby... haven't even made a to-do list.
edelweiss, thinking of you! I hope those babies stay put for a few weeks yet!!
coffee, I measured 2 weeks ahead with DD throughout the pregnancy and had a homebirth with a 9lb 7oz baby - no complications :)
Afm: I had my 2 week appt with the endo, nurses, dietician, etc (*sigh*) and then my midwife. Endo said everything looked normal on my u/s except baby's belly is measuring in the 99 percentile which is a sign that the GD has affected him or her. The other measurements were all over 80% as well so a good sized baby even without that. I'm still measuring 3 weeks ahead and he's happy for that to remain the same....it's been consistent for a few measurements now. So, nothing new there.
My appointment with the midwife was good. I cried a lot and got some stuff out which was good. It looks like my birth plans will change though. It's still my choice but I've decided to look at birthing at women's hospital...still with our midwife and doula as primary care. The other thing that has come up between the OB (who I haven't seen yet) and the mw is that I will likely be offered to be induced between 37 and 39 weeks depending on how the baby does in terms of size and how I'm doing with the insulin, etc. I'm actually really healthy which is good, excellent blood pressure, etc :) I asked lots of questions and have a lot to think about but everyone is reminding me that I will hold this baby in my arms one day no matter how I get him or her here. I almost believe them but I'm not quite there yet.