or Connect
Mothering › Groups › December 2013 Due Date Club › Discussions › October Chat Thread

October Chat Thread - Page 3

post #41 of 161

Lily, I was having the same thoughts "November may be when I see my boys". Wild.

post #42 of 161

There will definitely not be a November baby for me. As impatient as I am for her to get here I won't 37 weeks until December 9th. Crazy to think some of you ladies might have babies next month though!


I hear ya on the money thing. Things have slowed down for me at work (always happens in the fall/winter.) DP works on commission and has lost a few accounts recently so that means a little less money each month. So between a baby coming and Christmas right around the corner funds are tight. Fortunately I already had a ton of materials on-hand for making diapers and clothes so I think we're good in those areas. I also have my nursing bras, tanks, and cloth nursing pads from last time around. The only "stuff" we really have to have now is a car seat. But the one I want (Diono Radian RXT) is expensive. At least it's the only car seat we'll need to buy for the entire time she needs to be in a carseat/booster. Of course there's a whole list of stuff that I'd really like to get so I'm keeping an eye on Craigslist, OfferUp, and checking out the thrift stores for deals on the rest of the stuff. I keep trying to tell the kids they're getting a baby sister for Christmas but I don't think they're going for it, lol!


I had my 28 week appointment today. Everything looks perfect, I've gained 3 lbs in the last 5 weeks (only about 5-7 lbs total this pregnancy.) I did the GD test this time, never did it in previous pregnancies so I'm not sure why I did it this time. Luckily I didn't have to drink the orange syrup. My MW just had me drink some fruit juice an hour before my appt. I really feel like for me regular prenatal appts are kind of a waste of time. This is baby #4 so I don't really have any questions and I trust my body to know how to grow a healthy baby so I feel like I'm just going through the motions with the appointments. I'm suppose to be on every 2 weeks now. I'll keep my appt in two weeks because DD will be out of school to go to that one, but I think I'll try to push the next few out to three weeks apart so I only have one at 33 and 36 weeks instead of 32, 34, and 36.


I'm getting the anatomy scan tomorrow. I've never done this before either but it's something DP said he would be more comfortable getting. I kind of think he's just hoping they find a penis this time, lol! Hopefully I get some pics and/or a dvd from it since he won't be able to go with. DD gets to go though and she's super excited to see the baby again.


MissBrea, is there a JoAnn Fabrics near you? If you get on their mailing list or download their app they always have coupons for fabric. I don't think I ever pay full price for anything there.

post #43 of 161

Trish, what is OfferUp, never heard of that? I love the JoAnn's app so I have coupons without having to remember the flyer.  Really nice.

post #44 of 161
Thread Starter 
Sorry to everyone with money woes. We did a credit card deal in the spring that gave you enough bonus points for $500 of gift cards (we got mostly Amazon) so we're using those for the baby stuff and Christmas. The deal was actually on slick deals again recently if anyone is interested. It is a Southwest card. We don't use credit cards often but needed one to pay my midwives anyway (don't have $6250 just hanging around. We'll reimburse ourselves with hsa money when we get it) So it was a great deal for us.

Other than that I'm thirty weeks today! Big milestone. Trying to just hang in and be positive until baby comes. I have my Womens prayer group today and I'm just tired. Not sure if I'm going to make it. We are very blessed that we will get a few weeks worth of meals from those ladies after the baby comes. I'll probably have the meals start when dh goes back to work.
post #45 of 161

OfferUp is pretty much an upgraded version of Craigslist. There's a website (https://offerupnow.com/accounts/login/) and an app.

post #46 of 161

Cool, Trish, I like the visual interface of it. Not too many people close by that use it yet but I could definitely see that as an excellent upgrade from craigslist.

post #47 of 161

Baby girl is still a girl. Everything looks perfect with her. Her leg bones are measuring a few weeks ahead but her abdomen is a few weeks behind so it equals out for right on track...long, skinny baby, maybe? Found out I have a partial previa. I've had a suspicion that was the case because I would always start spotting after sex or any straining. It actually hasn't happened in 6 weeks now but the placenta is only 1cm from my cervix so they're calling that a partial previa. I'll have to go back in 6 weeks to get it rechecked. I might have gotten a little too happy when the doctor said "no intercourse"...I should have had the previa confirmed months ago, lol! Now I can use that as a reason instead of just, "I don't want to." DP will be more accepting of doctor's orders than flat out rejection ;)

post #48 of 161

Trish, I'm dealing with a low placenta too.  I'm actually really frustrated.  My placenta measured .7 at 20 weeks and 2.7 cm at 28 weeks.  According to my internet research docs requirements for vaginal births are somewhere between 2 and 3 cm depending on the doc.  Knowing I've had 5 kids and I have a stretchy uterus, seems like I'd be in the clear.  But my doc says he'll recommend a c-section unless it's 3 cm.  I'm planning a homebirth with just family and my best friend, and I don't like the idea of saying flat out to a doctor, "Well, thank you very much but I'm not going to follow your recommendation" because then I worry that I'll be worried about labor/birth subconsciously or something!  ugh.  I go back at 34 weeks for a "final check."  Hopefully it'll be another .3 cm higher then so I won't have to worry about it.  Also don't like that that will be my 4th ultrasound.  Makes me feel guilty for that selfish early peek ultrasound I did at 16 weeks, thinking I'd just be doing that and the anatomy scan.  

Now when baby flips breech I'm all worried about why it's doing that and if it's related to the placenta being in its way or something...

I obviously want to have a homebirth, and honestly the idea of having a cesarean is terrifying and makes me sick to my stomach.


Yes, and money totally sucks.  I mean, not having it totally sucks.  I'm down about half in income b/c my preschool enrollment is so low this year, and now my husband's teacher union is threatening to strike because their contract is being totally hacked up.  It's awful.  If he strikes he doesn't get paid for those days and who knows how long that could be.  Stressful!!


Also my sister has been here for almost two weeks with her one year old, which is great except that I'm not getting any time to myself/down time because I'm babysitting her baby a lot b/c she has a lot of counseling appts.  I am exhausted!

post #49 of 161
ugh, yes on the money woes. I can't get any of the things I am needing to do the re-organizing/ preparing I want to do. 30 weeks this week, too, though! yay! Supposed to be switching to the two-week appt schedule, but really don't want to be bothered with it. It is nice to hear the heartbeat, but its hard having to take the toddler along. I've been reading every sleep manual known to man- she is STILL waking many times a night, wants to nurse, and wants to be in my bed. Not sure whats going to happen with the new fellow- but trying to stay chill about it.
all the movement makes him seem so much more real than the early stages!
post #50 of 161
Jenny, would you/ your doc be open to having a monitored hospital birth in case of a low-lying placenta? That is what a friend of mine did, though she had been planning a homebirth. She had to switch docs, though, because the first wanted her to have an epidural in case they needed to do a c/sec, but the second doc was ok with no epidural, but she made it clear to my friend that in case of an emergency it would mean a general anaesthesia.
post #51 of 161

I'll have to wait to see what my mw says about the previa but I'm not overly worried about it. If it's at least 2 cm at the 34 week u/s I'm comfortable still having my homebirth. If my mw can no longer legally attend I'm fine with it because I was originally planning a uc (and I've kind of been thinking about "accidentally" waiting too long to call her so she get there right at the end or just after.) I don't how much it will actually help, but a doula friend of a friend with some herbal knowledge recommends taking homeopathic Cinnamomum cassia 200c in the morning and at bedtime, generally for about three days. I figure it's worth a try. I'm more worried about the fact that she had her left hand up next to her head at both our 16 week and this 28 week u/s...that will not be fun to push out! 


I bought a My Brest Friend nursing pillow from someone off of OfferUp today for $20. The lady said she didn't end up nursing and it still looks brand new. I found the exact same one on Amazon for $60 so I'm pretty stoked about that deal :) 

post #52 of 161
Isnt it quite possible it will all still move? I know my cousin had a low placenta until the third tri, but it was all fine by the due date.
post #53 of 161

Oh, yes there's plenty of time for it to move still. From my reading bottom part of the uterus does a lot of growing in the third tri so the placenta will "move up" as the uterus grows/stretches upward.

post #54 of 161

Hope all those placentas move up :goodvibes


Yesterday was interesting, I was at the hospital where I gave birth (and am planning to give birth again) to visit a friend who had her baby two days ago. I was surprised by how I felt, mostly excited, a bit nostalgic, and not in the least bit apprehensive. I felt happy and looking forward to give birth again. I guess this is a huge step forward from where I was a few months ago (freaking out about birth). 

post #55 of 161

We are having the ultrasound to check on the placenta again a week from Monday.  I opted not wait until 32+ weeks in hopes of not having to go back twice.  I asked today what the guidelines are at my office, and they said the like to see it 2 cm away, if it is closer than that, they refer to a MFM specialist, which they said will often ok a vaginal birth for as close as 1.8 cm, assuming whatever else the look at looks good.  3 cm sounds overly cautious to me.  Hopefully yours moves up and away, and you don't have to worry/fight anymore about it!

post #56 of 161

Thanks everyone, all of that info/perspective on lower placentas is helpful.  2.7 is fine for me.  I'm tempted to just not go back at all, but I probably will.  

post #57 of 161
Originally Posted by lilacvioletiris View Post

The only "earth shattering news" was that for gestational diabetes, I am not supposed to eat fruit or drink juice or milk at breakfast. I guess that is when pregnancy hormones mess the most with insulin. Basically they said eat dinner for breakfast. Carb counting is the other big thing, but I had been doing that already. 15 grams of carbohydrate is one carb exchange and my dietician gave me how many carb exchanges I am supposed to eat at each meal and snack - 6 times a day. Learning how to take my blood sugar was a trying experience. It is a tiny needle of which I am thankful, but it still hurts. Thankfully my fasting blood sugar was well below the max value this morning it was an 86 when it is supposed to be less than 95. When I did my test for gestational diabetes, I had a fasting blood sugar of 96.

Hi Lilac, I'm new to the group/site and catching up on chat, I know this is reply a little late. I am dealing GD too, a real borderline case kinda like yours. It's been 6 weeks or so now and I feel like I am getting the hang of it, though my fasting numbers are still the trickiest (my midwife wants them under 80!). I do what you said with dinner for breakfast, then any fruits or whole grains with lunch as my blood sugar is rock steady during that time of day, and again a protein heavy dinner that isn't too late. I always take a long walk after dinner too then a snack like cheese or yogurt and almonds right before bed as I am usually starving by then and it doesn't affect my morning numbers. Monitoring it is so time consuming though! I try to spend a few moments after each meal visualizing all that glucose in my blood getting assimilated properly, I don't know, it seems to help me remember that my body is not a lemon which brings my stress level down... a bit smile.gif Haha.
post #58 of 161
Originally Posted by whitneymcmike View Post

Monitoring it is so time consuming though! I try to spend a few moments after each meal visualizing all that glucose in my blood getting assimilated properly, I don't know, it seems to help me remember that my body is not a lemon which brings my stress level down... a bit smile.gif Haha.

whitney, I am glad my dietician wants my fasting glucose under 95. I am usually 86 each morning. Once I was 93, this morning, since I slept in it was 75. Food is so tricky. It seems like if I have any thing that is processed - cheetos for an on the move meal, store bought vegetarian meat substitutes - my numbers are high. Trying to remember that my body is not defective (i.e. a lemon) is something I need to change my mindset for. This is my first week on the GD meal plan and I don't want my dietician to tell me that I need to take insulin. I just don't want anymore shots. GD makes me want my babies to come as soon as they can so these placentas that are doing me wrong can exit my body, but I want my babies to grow as much as they can so they don't need medical intervention at birth.  DH keeps trying to be positive - "we can eat like this together, it is only for a short time, not the rest of your life, etc". It just makes me mad that eating well and exercising before the GD test didn't make any effect at all. Hormones are just making my life more work.Ugh. End of rant.

post #59 of 161

Hey, all!  Last week I had several folks ask me when the baby was due, and I've been saying that I expect her around Thanksgiving (38'ish weeks). Now that I say this, I bet she will make me wait!


:Hug, Lilac!  Try not to be too hard on your placentas! They are a miraculous part of your body, and they are giving your babies all the good nutrients that they need. You are growing ***TWO*** healthy little babies right now.  Your body is doing miracle work right now!  Plus, it sounds like you are managing the GD well. Also, sounds like you have an awesomely supportive husband! 


Hugs to everyone worrying about weight gain! I have gained 17 lbs so far, and I can sense the weight coming on faster. (I started out about 20lbs overweight.) As others say, I am trying to stay focused on eating nutritious foods and exercising when I can..and I will just have to deal with my weight post-partum.  It will take time. For those who are planning to nurse, it is good to remember that they do not recommend losing more than 2lbs/ wk when breastfeeding. Supposedly, rapid weight loss will release your body's stored up toxins into the breastmilk. 

post #60 of 161

I've gained 30 pounds so far. I'm not concerned. :)

  Return Home
  Back to Forum: December 2013 Due Date Club
Mothering › Groups › December 2013 Due Date Club › Discussions › October Chat Thread