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post #141 of 442

heartbeat via doppler when overweight?

Ok, so I've heard A LOT of people say if you are fat, you probably won't be able to hear the baby's heartbeat using doppler. I've heard my baby's heartbeat on doppler at 10 weeks, before he/she started moving up. I have my 14 week appointment today, and I really want to hear the heartbeat again, but I'm afraid that now that the baby is moving up into my fattier area, we won't be able to hear it. What are all of your experiences with doppler? I guess I could just wait and see, but, no, I really can't!
post #142 of 442
we heard ds fine, except for him being a mexican jumping bean and running away from it every two seconds.
post #143 of 442
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Originally Posted by romans_mum
we heard ds fine, except for him being a mexican jumping bean and running away from it every two seconds.
I agree! If you have already heard the heartbeat it shouldn't be a problem afterwards. The only time I have had a problem was in the beginning (before 12 weeks.) Once that heartbeat was found, they always found it right away afterwards!

I will say the only thing I have had problems with (and this only matters in the hospital) are those stupid external contraction monitors. The nurse keep telling me I wasn't in labor and the doctor was gonna send me home. I keep telling her those things didn't work on me and they had to use an internal monitor with my first baby, she wouldn't listen and keep telling me they were gonna send me home. I wanted to smack her.

When the doctor came in they decided to break my water and put me on an internal monitor and guess what? My contraction strength doubled. The nurse just said, Oh I guess you really were in labor. Yea.. you think!

I don’t remember them using a monitor at all with my third but I had a midwife that time, and my water had broke so there was no chance they were gonna send me home anyway.

Anyway I just wanted to share how unreliable those things are in case anyone has problems with them later.
post #144 of 442
i think that was my problem with my "false" labors, they kept saying i wasnt contracting, even in the hospital, but I was feeling them every 3-4mins still, but they were only showing up on the monitor every 9-11mins.
post #145 of 442
Mine were showing up but only measuring in the low 40s. The nurse was treating me like a big baby and almost has me convinced I was! I couldn't' believe it cause I had been in labor since 5am and didn't go in til 2pm. When they finally put the internal in it jumped to the upper 80's.

You would THINK they would realize that those things don't work on everyone and not be such buttheads when they get a patient in that is not the norm.

This was my only experience with going into labor before my water broke. My water broke with my other two hours before I was to be induced.
post #146 of 442
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Originally Posted by aniT
I will say the only thing I have had problems with (and this only matters in the hospital) are those stupid external contraction monitors. The nurse keep telling me I wasn't in labor and the doctor was gonna send me home. I keep telling her those things didn't work on me and they had to use an internal monitor with my first baby, she wouldn't listen and keep telling me they were gonna send me home. I wanted to smack her.

When the doctor came in they decided to break my water and put me on an internal monitor and guess what? My contraction strength doubled. The nurse just said, Oh I guess you really were in labor. Yea.. you think!

Anyway I just wanted to share how unreliable those things are in case anyone has problems with them later.
This same thing happened to me with my first! In the hospital where I was there were four tv screens in each room so the nurses could monitor several women while with one of them. All the other women's contractions were almost hitting the top of the screen and mine were just little blips--but I was totally throwing up and having pretty intense contractions. The nurse used that to finally get me to give in to the epidural--that my contractions just weren't as powerful as the other women's and yet I was in so much pain. Wouldn't you know when they put in the internal monitor, my contractions were right up there: I was so
post #147 of 442
Wow, thanks for everyone's replies on the doppler. We did hear the heartbeat again today, good and strong. And especially thanks for all the heads up info on the contraction monitor situation. It will be really good to know that going in!
post #148 of 442
Hey! Last pregnancy I weighed 303 right before I gave birth. I didn't even consider a birthing ball at the hospital (long story, but basically, they wouldn't let me out of bed so it didn't matter : ). This time around we'll be at home (YAY!!!!) and I'm wondering if I'll need to look for a special, BBM (Big Beautiful Mama) birthing ball or if a regular one will do. Anybody know?
post #149 of 442
Mamas! I need help! I posted this to my ddc also, but I am in desperate need of a new bra. I'm busting out of the one I own!

I wear a 38H and prefer underwires for more support and "lift", as my boobies need all the help they can get! I wore Bravado bras last time and I hated them! Not enough support for me and I am not partial to the uniboob look either.

So, I need something that goes up to an H cup, something support, but will still look nice undershirts and make it look like I have breasts and not a large lump hidden beneath my shirt!

Any suggestions? Looking at nursing bras is making me crazy!:
post #150 of 442
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Originally Posted by heathenmom
Hey! Last pregnancy I weighed 303 right before I gave birth. I didn't even consider a birthing ball at the hospital (long story, but basically, they wouldn't let me out of bed so it didn't matter : ). This time around we'll be at home (YAY!!!!) and I'm wondering if I'll need to look for a special, BBM (Big Beautiful Mama) birthing ball or if a regular one will do. Anybody know?
the normal one worked for me......but Its all up to personal preferance.......they have those big long capsule shaped excercise balls now, those ones look more fun to me
post #151 of 442
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Originally Posted by sophiamama
Mamas! I need help! I posted this to my ddc also, but I am in desperate need of a new bra. I'm busting out of the one I own!

I wear a 38H and prefer underwires for more support and "lift", as my boobies need all the help they can get! I wore Bravado bras last time and I hated them! Not enough support for me and I am not partial to the uniboob look either.

So, I need something that goes up to an H cup, something support, but will still look nice undershirts and make it look like I have breasts and not a large lump hidden beneath my shirt!

Any suggestions? Looking at nursing bras is making me crazy!:
:

I am falling out of my Bravado XL++ now. Of course that could be because they are 2.5 years old and the elastic is shot.

I bought a new nursing bra at 20 weeks fit good, room to grow.. I am now falling out of the cups on the loosest setting and the damn shoulder straps constantly fall down. I tighten them and an hour later they have worked their way loose again.

Oh and don't bother with the new style Bravado. I looked EVERYWHERE for a place that carried the bigger sizes, finally found one, only to find out it was too small at 20 weeks. The lady said they ran really small.

The only thing I can suggest is going to a maternity bra store and get fitted. Only problem is, your bound to grow out of it again before everything is said and done.
post #152 of 442
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Originally Posted by sophiamama
Mamas! I need help! I posted this to my ddc also, but I am in desperate need of a new bra. I'm busting out of the one I own!

I wear a 38H and prefer underwires for more support and "lift", as my boobies need all the help they can get! I wore Bravado bras last time and I hated them! Not enough support for me and I am not partial to the uniboob look either.

So, I need something that goes up to an H cup, something support, but will still look nice undershirts and make it look like I have breasts and not a large lump hidden beneath my shirt!

Any suggestions? Looking at nursing bras is making me crazy!:
Have you tried to do a search for one on the web?
Maybe more selection?
post #153 of 442
ah, yeah.

Sorry, but I just spent the last 2 hours looking at bras, reviews and everything I can find.......I just don't know what to buy!
post #154 of 442
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Originally Posted by sophiamama
ah, yeah.

Sorry, but I just spent the last 2 hours looking at bras, reviews and everything I can find.......I just don't know what to buy!
Buying bra's on the web is a very iffy thing when you wear bigger sizes. Each brand is different for the same sizes. Some run big and some run small. You have to try them on, and unfortunately, ones that seem to fit well when wearing for 5 minutes tend to stretch and droop after a couple of hours. Or my favorite, you start popping out the top.
post #155 of 442
Yeah, this is part of the problem! I feel like I'm going in circles. And there is no where near me that actually sells bras in my size, so trying them on beforehand is almost totally out of the question. I may just have to buy some, try them on and then send back the duds......not my fav option though!
post #156 of 442
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Originally Posted by sophiamama
Yeah, this is part of the problem! I feel like I'm going in circles. And there is no where near me that actually sells bras in my size, so trying them on beforehand is almost totally out of the question. I may just have to buy some, try them on and then send back the duds......not my fav option though!
I have driven an hour to find places that carry nursing bras.

Have you tried some of those stores that carry reconstructive bras or whatnot for people who have had mastectomies? Around here a lot of them carry nursing bras as well. I don't know what one has to do with the other, but they do.

Also many stores that carry the brand of bra, but just not your size will special order specific sizes so you can try them on and you are only charged for what you buy. They just keep the ones you didn't in stock. Chances are someone else will need them.
post #157 of 442
I love my Goddess nursing bras, but they don't have underwire. I did find this website that is awesome for both plus-size nursing wear and plus sized maternity clothes. Check it out!!
post #158 of 442
AniT.....I hadn't ever thought of a reconstruction place, I'll have to see if there is one around here......I wouldn't have even thought of that! I'll also have to try the mall that is further from us, they have more stores and I might be able to find a place that carries different bras there. Thanks for the suggestions.

treemom2, do you find the Goddess one supportive enough? That was one of the bras that I was looking at. I like to wear v-neck shirts, does it come up really high? How long have you been wearing it? I'm wondering about lasting power......my dd nursed for almost 2 years!
post #159 of 442
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Originally Posted by sophiamama
treemom2, do you find the Goddess one supportive enough? That was one of the bras that I was looking at. I like to wear v-neck shirts, does it come up really high? How long have you been wearing it? I'm wondering about lasting power......my dd nursed for almost 2 years!
Honestly it is the best one I have found for support and I like how easy it is to unlatch (I can't stand the ones that are hook and eye--they take forever for me to latch/unlatch). I wear all v-neck shirts and haven't noticed them showing, although if they are thin t-shirts you can see they are nursing bras because of the lines in the fabric. I have worn the same two bras everyday for the last 22 months and although they don't give me the same support as they did when I bought them, they still work. I bought them at Leading Lady and they have pretty good prices but not the nicest phone sales people.
post #160 of 442
Awesome! That was just the kind of info I have been looking for!
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