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post #41 of 155
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Originally Posted by tatermom View Post
n my case, I watch the u/s tech make many many measurements (I'm kind of a nerd and like to know exactly what she's measuring, what all the abbreviations mean, etc) and each time the computer calculated estimated gestational age and on EACH body part it showed up as between 31.5-33 wks GA, rather than 30 wks 1 day which is what it should have been. But stories like yours make me doubt the accuracy of those measurements, plus I know that individual variation counts for a lot. It was just that baby was so consistently big, yk?? Hmmm...
Heather, this advice doesn't offer anything definitive, but it might help you narrow it down.

First - Did you have an early ultrasound for dating? If you did, whatever date that scan estimated is likely to be the most accurate one. After 10 weeks fetal age, the baby's size starts to be determined more by genetics and is less universal. The more a pregnancy advances, the less accurate the dating becomes. Remember that the measurements they take are plugged into an algorithm that compares your baby's measurements against the average of lots of other babies. There is plenty of room for variation, especially at this stage of pregnancy.

In fact, with all of my ultrasounds I have measured, and the baby has measured, spot on for my known dates (and I was charting, so I know the exact day of conception) - still the technician was amazed that every measurement lined up identically with my EDD. Because they normally see a lot more variation than that, even when the dates are 100%. The point is, even the u/s tech acknowledged that measuring spot on for dates is an unusual event - not the norm.

Second - Before early ultrasound dating and for 100s of years (and even still now), midwives relied quite a bit on the quickening milestone to estimate due date. They would ask mamas to make note of the week they first felt strong unmistakable baby movement (for me, it was 18 weeks with this pregnancy) and then add 22 weeks for the EDD. How does that milestone match up for you with your original due date? How about with the one the ultrasound is predicting?
post #42 of 155
Colposcopy today. Doc says mild dysplasia that looks the same as last time. She also says my cervix looks "more pregnant."

It's also a fingertip dilated externally - normal, interesting. The good thing about that is it gave her a better view further up to look for dysplasia (it can hide up there sometimes and be risky) and it all looked good.

So - knock wood - I'm done with the cervical poking and prodding until my postpartum pap. With any luck these abnormal cells will have shed by then.

Oh, other good news - they got all the blood they needed for my GD screen in those two painfully extracted vials. So also - knock wood - done with needles.

Getting comfortable is getting hard.

I'm not exercising enough.

The mental picture of the cats made me .

Floradix tastes yucky. But it might just be helping with my energy levels.

For swelling (which is starting, but only mildly), doc suggested that I double my protein to 80g (sigh) and an hour submerged to my neck in the pool. It might be nice if Phx would get HOT already so the pool would be warm enough for me to withstand an hour of submersion.

Oh ETA: I was reading the consent form for the colposcopy and there was a recommendation about not having sex for 2-4 weeks after the procedure. WHAT??? I'm thinking DH will not buy that for a second - I'd better get a copy of this sheet to show him if THAT is indeed true lol. But my doc reassured me that's only if biopsy is performed (most people who have colp also have biopsy). Phew.
post #43 of 155
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Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
Second - Before early ultrasound dating and for 100s of years (and even still now), midwives relied quite a bit on the quickening milestone to estimate due date. They would ask mamas to make note of the week they first felt strong unmistakable baby movement (for me, it was 18 weeks with this pregnancy) and then add 22 weeks for the EDD. How does that milestone match up for you with your original due date? How about with the one the ultrasound is predicting?
This is very interesting...now I am trying to think about when I actually felt it...well, I felt it at 10 weeks...but I don't think I can go by that..so I am trying to think of when I felt it regularly....maybe 15 or 16 weeks? Hmm....I will have to look back through the thread to see if I noted it...ahh, my life through MDC . Okay, going to look and see if I can find it in my old posts.
post #44 of 155
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Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
Second - Before early ultrasound dating and for 100s of years (and even still now), midwives relied quite a bit on the quickening milestone to estimate due date. They would ask mamas to make note of the week they first felt strong unmistakable baby movement (for me, it was 18 weeks with this pregnancy) and then add 22 weeks for the EDD. How does that milestone match up for you with your original due date? How about with the one the ultrasound is predicting?
Interesting... I looked back at my notes and saw that at 16 weeks I had felt definite kicks, but at least a week prior to that I was feeling "flutters". Add 22 weeks to that and we're looking at 2 weeks earlier than my current due date. But then again there was that early "unofficial" u/s where the fetus definitely did not look 10 weeks old (just looked at some more u/s pics online to compare). :

I feel like I agree with IamPink that I should just stick with the original date and not question it any further, and if baby comes early, hopefully he'll still be inside the birth center "window". Thanks, everyone, for your advice-- I really appreciate it! :
post #45 of 155
lol supermuma - I never would have remembered either if I hadn't blogged it. I was writing about flutters and such from about 15 weeks (but confessing they could be gas. By the 17/18 week mark I was saying, oh yeah, no mistake, that was a baby kick - I could even see the tiniest of twitches externally. And by my 19 week ultrasound I could feel movement that coordinated with what we saw on the monitor.
post #46 of 155
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Originally Posted by tatermom View Post
I feel like I agree with IamPink that I should just stick with the original date and not question it any further, and if baby comes early, hopefully he'll still be inside the birth center "window". Thanks, everyone, for your advice-- I really appreciate it! :
I think that's what I'd do, too. And if labor does start in that earlier window, you potentially have this card to play...
post #47 of 155
just jumping in to sub.
excersize? hahahahahah does walking to the fridge count?
chasing two toddlers?
rolling over in bed?

thats about as excersizey as i get.
post #48 of 155
subbing too -
getting ready to walk out the door for a much needed mom's night out - meeting with fellow MDC mamas for dinner and coffee - YAY me!

Exercise - I have been trying to walk at least 2x a week - but other than that - not much - and it is sad considering I am a prenatal yoga instructor- but the only yoga I have done is when I have been teaching a class (once every few months) : It is hard for me to do yoga at home because DD insists on climbing on me or pulling my hair... But I have to try to do it more - it SO helped with my last pg and a quick and easy labor...

I am really going to make an effort to relax, exercise, and pamper myself in the next couple months - I treated myself to a prenatal massage and a pedicure on Saturday as an early mother's day present - this pregnancy is going by so fast and I really want to try to enjoy these last couple months...
post #49 of 155
, Nic... I hope things work out!

love and peace.
post #50 of 155
Poor baby! I went for a walk, and now it's hiccupping like mad! See where exercising got me??
post #51 of 155
Well, Clara, it was my turn to fall this evening. I landed on my hip though, and my hand, so it only startled my tummy, nothing more. Boy do I have a nice bruise on my hand though, of all places. Hope you're not feeling the effects of your wipeout!
post #52 of 155
Ouch, Bethany! I just felt some soreness for a couple of days, and I have two very 8 year old style skinned knees (and some raw hands), but the belly seems fine. I hope you recover well! Falling on your hip truly must have stunk. Hip pain is so huge for me now, I can't imagine falling on it!

Careful, mamas! We're total klutzes now!

Clara
post #53 of 155
Hiya~ My Dh is away for work, so I have a lot more time on my hands so i thought id jump in here, forgive me if i disappear again , Ill try hard not to!

i don't exercise not because i don't want to , I'm not allowed to! I really WANT to though..... i guess housework and laundry and chasing the 2 year old at the ball field will suffice!

I haven't been to the boars here in quite sometime... i am 27 weeks tomorrow and this baby AMAZES me with how much it moves. I don't ever remember my others wiggling so much!

I am in pain, I have these HUGE varicous veins and I am sure wehn my OB sees them she will knock me off my rocker and slam me into bed They really hurt though, so I guess i'll oblige. Anyone have any remedies for them, other than hose? i am NOT wearing hip to toe hose in the middle of summer..forget it!
post #54 of 155
I still don't think I've felt hiccups with this one yet.. I'm still also wondering if my placenta is in a different place than it was in my previous pregnancies. I'd have to say this one doesn't move near as much as my boys did. I think she does though I just really don't feel it. The pain in my butt is intense.. I'm thinking this must be pelvic pain. I have never felt this before either.. I am able to go to the bathroom so I don't think I'm constipated. I'm just so uncomfortable already.. I've had a couple instances where I actually have considered calling the doctor or just going in. I've never had an early baby though.. I always go past dates.
post #55 of 155
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Originally Posted by Mumof3Nic View Post
Bethany.. I don't think it's unpacked yet but I feel really bad about returning it.
heck with that! swap it in for what you need, maybe she'll learn to listen to what you want! if she says anything, just tell her she must have misunderstood, and condescendingly spell it out: "I asked for a S-L-I-N-G, not a S-W-I-N-G. although I appreciate your intent, we just don't have the room for something we'll never use." I absolutely do not understand people who do this. I mean, we cloth diaper, but I don't give dipes to friends who I know will use sposies! my mom is pretty good about listening in this regard (although she's been awful about the girlie clothes)-- perhaps because she knows I'll ditch anything I don't want-- but my in-laws are positively dreadful. ds has so much plastic trash that his storage drawers are spilling over with literal junk. I have tried the tactful "this stuff just doesn't last" (many toys are broken, which devastates ds) but no one listens. at easter we had a little get-together with them and it made me remember why I was so glad ds was a boy... all the things I avoided with him are coming crashing down on me already! :

I went to the chiropractor today-- hooray! maybe after tonight's sleep I'll actually feel rested!
post #56 of 155
Heather, another piece of info for you-- two people can meaure you VERY differently! I had one person measure me at 31 weeks, by fh, and the other measured 24 weeks, at the same visit!! I was supposed to be 26 weeks at the time!! :

oh gosh, who posted about the varicose veins?? well, I'd try witch hazel (externally!). just rub it on your skin with a cotton ball or rag, where the veins are enlarged. and of course drink lots of water and keep your feet up... the other herbal remedies I know for that aren't safe during pg, I don't think. and if for some crazy reason you're wearing heels, stop!! switch to birkenstocks!
post #57 of 155
I've got a little spider cluster of dark purple varicose veins on the inside of one knee- exactly where my mom developed a cluster when she was pregnant with me! If this baby is a girl, I can bet where she'll get a cluster of v.v. when she has a baby someday!

Clara
post #58 of 155
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Originally Posted by goddessjulia View Post
Heather, another piece of info for you-- two people can meaure you VERY differently! I had one person measure me at 31 weeks, by fh, and the other measured 24 weeks, at the same visit!! I was supposed to be 26 weeks at the time!! :

oh gosh, who posted about the varicose veins?? well, I'd try witch hazel (externally!). just rub it on your skin with a cotton ball or rag, where the veins are enlarged. and of course drink lots of water and keep your feet up... the other herbal remedies I know for that aren't safe during pg, I don't think. and if for some crazy reason you're wearing heels, stop!! switch to birkenstocks!
it was me I have them bad, and no not the spider veins. Some are like as long as my leg, and I hardly ever wear shorts. I live in my Birkenstocks, or Crocs Thanks I'll get some witch hazel and try it.
post #59 of 155
Morning ladies! I am 31 weeks today, and I am thankful for every week I can keep this baby where "she" is. We may go swimming with some friends this morning if the pool isn't too cold from the 2 a.m. storm. We have been in a serious drought for maybe a few years, and it has rained close to 2 feet in the last month. Crazy weather!

I am loving Hypbirth! It is kind of a pain to put aside 45 minutes of my day or should I say it is rather difficult with a 3 year old to find time each day, but it is helping. I think I am sleeping much better as long as I have a cold room.

I finally made my first cover yesterday! Yea me! I have made a ton of diapers, but I can't seem to get myself to make the silly covers. Benji's baby doll is wearing it now. It is so cute! He is calling the doll baby Bella now so he is starting to make a connection. She is now allowed to wear diapers like his lovey Roar. Yea!!!!

Ok ladies! Everyone needs to stop falling! I know the babes will be fine because our bodies are miracles in and of themselves, but we need to be careful! Falling scares me!
post #60 of 155
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Well, Clara, it was my turn to fall this evening. I landed on my hip though, and my hand, so it only startled my tummy, nothing more. Boy do I have a nice bruise on my hand though, of all places. Hope you're not feeling the effects of your wipeout!
Bethany.. I think it's time for that vaca together now. Once ya start getting clumsy I'm going to have to put you out of commission.. we can sit on the beach and sip tropical (virgin) drinks.
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