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post #21 of 108
I'm getting itchy!!! My bewbies and right around my navel! It's not unbearable and doesn't require any special lotion but it's definitely annoying.

We've been busy this weekend. We're buying small pieces of furniture (shelving, cabinets, fish tank stand, etc) to rearrange our house so it looks more put-together and less cluttered. It's also helping organize things we had to take out of the nursery. It's all a work in progress but I'll feel so good when it's done! I HATE clutter and no matter how clean or organized our house is, it always feels cluttered so we're fixing that.

My next prenatal is this Friday. Shouldn't be anything exciting...just the normal weight, BP, fundal height, heartbeat. Bradley class #2 tomorrow night. All these little things we go to feel like extra date nights for DH and me....love that. He's home more now (like 6:30pm instead of 8 or 9pm) than before we were pg and I really enjoy that too. We actually went to dinner with my Mom and sibs last night and then we went to a movie, just the two of us. We saw Wall-E...it was super cute. I recommend.

Have a wonderful end to your weekend and start to your week ladies!
post #22 of 108
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After reading the start of this thread I feel so empty without having anything ready like the rest of you.
I did notice that this is the first baby for some of you who are so wonderfully preparing...maybe that's why I'm behind - I just don't need much and I'm taking care of my other two. This baby won't even have its own room.
Heh. I have NOTHING ready. I have my prefolds already, and some onesies and sleepers from Salvation Army, but nothing's been washed. And this is my first. On the plus side, I'm going shopping with my two best friends next Friday for baby stuff! So excited. I won't be having an actual shower ('cause I don't want one and I don't have a lot of friends to come to one anyway), so we'll just get everything ourselves. Really looking forward to it.

The itchies. Oh sweet heaven above, the itchies. I have had BAD itchies on my legs and arms since day 1, I kid you not. And since I have a skin disease that makes me extra sensitive, this means I have literally scratched my skin raw in multiple places on multiple occasions. (New scars! Oh joy! ) I've tried using different lotions, not using lotions, using different soaps, not using soap, keeping my skin extra dry, keeping it extra moist, etc. etc. etc. Nothing helps except scratching! My next experiment is using spray anti-perspirant on my arms and legs, to see if that helps. Doubt it though, since I don't sweat very much, even for living in Texas. I just pray that I go back to my typical only slightly dryer than average skin once this pregnancy is over. I can deal with this for three more months, but I can't for the rest of my life. (Dang, I sound awful melodramatic! )

Amber, that's excellent news about school and your job! So great.

Carrie, hope your afternoon of rest made you feel much better.

26 1/2 weeks here, and even though the alien within moves plenty, I still can't determine what body part is what. The midwife was able to determine that the critter was head down at my last appointment though. I'm hoping it stays that way.
post #23 of 108
I'm not itchy at all...my skin still has room to stretch

But, I do get funny little twitchy movements from the baby. It's hard to describe them but it's when your eyebrow twitches and doesn't stop for a minute. That's what these are like...is anyone else getting those?
post #24 of 108
^ I'm pretty sure those are hiccups!

Ok, I really don't want to be overreacting, so are these BH contrax happening with anyone else? Are anyone else's regular? Not painful but uncomfortable? B/c I'm googling and most of what I see is that they're normal, should go away with rest, and that if you have more than 4-6 per hour you should call you care provider. That's all good and fine. But is this happening to anyone else?

Babe is moving around great but these contrax are still 10 min apart and have been for an hour (the hour that I've been resting and timing them). They only last about 30 seconds.

Just so strange. I can't be the only one, right?
post #25 of 108
^Everything I've read says that unless they get to be at least 3-4 min apart and 60-70 sec long, then it's probably just BH or "false labor". I sure hope you get to feeling better and your uterus is just practicing for the real thing in 3 months, not now! Maybe you'll just have a really strong uterus and you're labor will be simpler because of it.
post #26 of 108
Carrie, in the end, it doesn't matter if they're happening to others... it matters that it's happening to you, and has been for days now! Please call your mw!

I'm having BH, too, but they're not regular now. When they were, it totally freaked me out. In fact, I'm having an uncomfortable night, too, but it's mostly because my belly is growing so fast, the muscles are really tender... oh, and Baby B is pushing up against my diaphragm, and it's extremely uncomfortable.

Please call your mw, sweetie! You'll get better reassurances from her/them than we can give you. I hope I'm not being a jerk, I'm just worried for you!
post #27 of 108
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I do agree that you need to at the very least make your MW's aware that you're experiencing this. We can reassure you that it's normal but they're the ones caring for you and this is part of your experience...they need to know that.
post #28 of 108
I know you guys are right. Thanks for the dose of reality though, sometimes since I really have no one IRL to talk to about these things (as in someone who has been through this before) I don't want to cry wolf and worry/call them over something silly. But it's sillier to just sit here and worry.

I'm calling first thing in the morning, regardless if the contrax continue or not.

Thanks again ladies!
post #29 of 108
Carrie I just want to relay something that happened to me.

When I was pregnant with DS around 32 weeks I SWORE that the baby had "dropped" into place and was scared that I was feeling signs of preterm labor, such as back pain. Well, I didn't want to make a big deal about it especially when I mentioned my fears, my MIL and mom both said that I was just "overreacting" and that it was normal. Well, lo and behold less than 2 weeks later with a jumpstart to contractions from an outside source (DH came for the weekend and we DTD) I went into preterm labor. And as much as they tried to stop it, they couldn't, not with whatever shots they gave me (3 of them) and not with the horrible magnesium whatever IV they gave me.

I am not saying that this is what is actually happening to you, but call your MW, and know that what you are feeling inside is what matters! If you have ANY fleeting doubts, any at all, get checked out. I do not want to see anything bad happen to you OR your sweet little babe!!!!
post #30 of 108
Carrie - Are you drinking RRL tea? If so, this is what could be causing your BH. RRL tea causes the uterus to tone which is done so by BH.

You should still call your mw but I don't think you really have anything to worry about. They might to a VE to see if you have any dilation and if your cervix is unripe then you'll be good to go.

Every womans body is different so we can't really compare experiences but I had a lot of BH with my second and it really is a good thing to have all of them now if you end up going full term b/c I believe it will make your labor much shorter.
post #31 of 108
About some questions people asked about Hypnobabies on the last thread-I'm copying some stuff out of my book so it's more accurate than me just spouting off =P
Anyway, you DO know what is happening with birth-this isn't just all about hypnosis. There is a lot about how birth works and what to expect, etc.
The reasons for not taking any other classes are (these are paraphrased from my book, way too much to type it all out!)
1. The hospital prep classes are more toward teaching you to be a good patient, not teaching you about birth. Also they will sometimes teach you things that can be detrimental to your health and the babies (for instance, shallow chest breathing that can cause hyperventilating) Also, they talk a ton about epidurals. These things induce a lot of fears that will be super hard to get rid of through hypnobabies, and gives you a conflict of belief systems.

2. All natural childbirth classes will show videos of unmedicated (non-hypnosis) moms getting through labor however they can, many times screaming, crying, in pain-and this can be very confusing when you're trying to use Hypnobabies. It makes you doubt that anything can take away the pain you're seeing these women in, not even hpynosis. Also, your inner mind gets imprinted with these images of what birth is-even though it's not that way for everyone. This creates more fear.

3. The philosophies of other classes are so opposite of Hypnobabies that you can't maintain your positive belief system about birth. ie Is it natural and not painful like Hypnobabies says? or Could this other class be right in teaching us pain-management techniques because it will be painful?

Anyway, I hope that helps some. I went through a lot of research on all the classes myself before picking one.


24 week appt with a new OB today. Let's see if I can get more than 2 min. with the doctor and actually ask some questions this time!

Does anyone else have like tiny mole-like things growing on their breasts? Some are dark like moles, some aren't, but they're all tiny (most smaller than a pinhead) and on my breasts and nipples. Just not sure how normal that is.
post #32 of 108
i just want to clarify that i think hypnobabies sounds like a newer verson of hypnobirthing. honestly, i cant tell a difference in them. hynobirthing is definitely not what hypnobabies seems to be warning against.
post #33 of 108
I agree that I think Hypnobabies is a newer version of Hypnobirthing. There is so much more info out there on Hypnobabies regardless.

Anyways, I'm not drinking RRL tea. I have no idea what's causing the contrax but I left a voicemail this morning for my midwives and I'm hoping they completely put me at ease when they call me back. The contrax continued all through the night. It's not that they wake me up, so to speak, but when I do wake up, I notice how hard my uterus is, and it makes me worry and then I can't fall back asleep. So, it makes for a rough night regardless.

In other news, I have my first childbirth class tonight! I'm looking forward to going and meeting the other couples and the instructor.

Have a great day, ladies!
post #34 of 108
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^ I'm pretty sure those are hiccups!

Ok, I really don't want to be overreacting, so are these BH contrax happening with anyone else? Are anyone else's regular? Not painful but uncomfortable? B/c I'm googling and most of what I see is that they're normal, should go away with rest, and that if you have more than 4-6 per hour you should call you care provider. That's all good and fine. But is this happening to anyone else?

Babe is moving around great but these contrax are still 10 min apart and have been for an hour (the hour that I've been resting and timing them). They only last about 30 seconds.

Just so strange. I can't be the only one, right?
Yep. Didn't feel them my first pregnancy...have been feeling these regularly since about 22 weeks and they have been painful enough to make me pause.

I did call my OB< and well, you can see what she told me in one of my posts on the previous page. I'm just guessing this little girl is hanging out a lot lower than her sister did and has settled comfortably into a not too comfortable angle in my pelvis (with her little head digging into my sacral joint adn causing me to have SPD related pain)...so, any contraction is actually causing pain in my back, which is making them feel owier to me.

I'm trying to convince her to move...I know she's posterior just like big sis and I'm trying to talk her into turning around...at least htat would relieve her big bony head pushing on my lower back.

Little buggers....cheeky naughty things already!
post #35 of 108
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I know you guys are right. Thanks for the dose of reality though, sometimes since I really have no one IRL to talk to about these things (as in someone who has been through this before) I don't want to cry wolf and worry/call them over something silly. But it's sillier to just sit here and worry.

I'm calling first thing in the morning, regardless if the contrax continue or not.

Thanks again ladies!

One more thing to add in general....better to call and feel like you are being high maintenance and have it be nothing...than to not call and regret it.

I live next door to a labor nurse and she says they'd all prefer someone to come in than not with adverse repercussions.

Just think, the best news you could get is that you and baby are ok, and then you only have to deal with the physical discomfort and not the anxiety over it.
post #36 of 108
Ok, so I'm going in first thing tomorrow morning for my midwife to check if I'm dilating or not. She's also going to do the fetal fibronectin test to make sure the baby is going to stay put for at least another 2 weeks. Whew, I'm glad I called. Now I just have to finagle tomorrow morning off of work, and my boss seems to be in a mood today. Wonderful.
post #37 of 108
I'm itchy, too! It's driving me nutty. The sciatic and crotch pain aren't helping my mood any, either.

Any one else due for their GTT this week? I've already done it once since I had GD with DS and passed. I have to go in for the 3 hour again on Thursday and I'm absolutely dreading it. Ugh.
post #38 of 108
^ I'm having the 1 hr test on Thursday, but my mw does it with OJ. I'm not too worried about it, but it's in the back of my mind. Good luck with your test! The 3 hour one does sound absolutely miserable.
post #39 of 108
Daleah, yes, I've noticed that too. If you're describing what I think you are then I'm pretty sure it's just Montgomery's Tubercles. They secrete a substance that helps keep your nipples moisturized when you're nursing I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I've only read about them once but I do have them.

Carrie, you know I'll be thinking about you over the next several days as you see your MW's for the BH and the GD test. Amy, I hope all goes well with yours! Why are they doing the 3 hour one first instead of just the 1 hour one? I didn't think they did the 3 hour unless the 1 hour was abnormal.

AAM: We're still in the waiting game with DH's Grandpa. He hasn't communicated or eaten/drank for over 2 days and Hospice is administering Morphine. This is the point where he's not lucid and I really just kind of wish the whole thing would end.
post #40 of 108
Baby Cakes- I'm so glad you called your midwife. Remember that it is a different model of care and they are here to support you all the way through. My MW got upset that I hadn't called her when I had an issue she could have helped me with. Good for you.

Itchy, oh yes. I have this spot on my jaw that I can't scratch enough. What a pain!

We just got back home from 4 days away and my sciatic completely cleared up, and my hip was fine. (I'd dreaded the 10 hour round trip in the car for exacerbating this, but it didn't happen.) Then, when I started climbing my stairs last night and sitting on my dilapidated couch, boom, the left side is so sore again. So, back to the chiro this week because my house is making me sore!

Planning DD's birthday party #5 today-- Ashley, adorable pictures. My dd is gift-crazy. Her toy storage is stuffed, so I told her she has to give away one toy for each one she gets. The inlaws showered her with gifts over the weekend, and thought I was the cruelest mom for saying she had to give a toy away for each gift she received! Arghhh!
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