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Old 08-04-2014, 08:54 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Weekly Chat 8/4-8/10

Happy August!

Hope everyone is doing well today

I am so incredibly clumsy these days. I keep hurting myself in small, annoying ways... dropping something on my toe, bumping my head, getting a paper cut between my fingernail and finger (ouch!), hitting my elbows on everything, biting my cheeks or the inside of my lip, etc. I whacked my head on my son's metal bunk bed today and it sooo bad. It still hurts. I was so frustrated that I just crumpled up in ball on the floor and cried for a few minutes. Then got up and moved on. Sheesh. I hope this ends soon or I am going to be black and blue!

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Me too--so clumsy!! Gashes everywhere, because I just keep smashing myself on furniture hard enough to break the skin. My legs are super-lovely, I tell you what. Bashing your head is the WORST, though, cagnew, I'm so sorry! The initial awful pain, the tenderness for days... Ugh. No good. I hope the memory of this one will fade fast.

My boss's Thai roommate cooks for the office occasionally and today it's chicken curry with jasmine rice, and I tell you what, if we don't start eating soon everybody's going to come into the break room and find me licking an empty pot with curry all over my face.

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Tee: Hah! I hope you get to eat soon

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Ha ha! Yes I am so hungry all the time, but still enduring a lot of naseua and vomiting every morning and most nights - ugh. My wrists are bruised and sore from my sea bands . I'm at 11 wks...DH is exhausted from taking care of me and LO. We can't wait till this sickness lifts! Any time now
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Hungry hungry HANGRY.

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
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I had my midwife appointment today. I have a dang kidney infection. I know that it is because of sucking on all those hard candies in an attempt to control my nausea. I have been showing other signs of too much sugar like this yeast rash that I get on my chest.
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I had my midwife appointment today. I have a dang kidney infection.
Can you do warm lemon water (warm water + 1/2 lemon squeezed) to help gently cleanse the kidney? I've read other things, too, but nothing I was willing to try at the time. I can't remember now, but I thought it was celery and something else. My MIL has one functioning kidney left that doesn't function at 100%, so I've been reading some things about natural ways to help the kidneys.

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I felt baby move for the first time yesterday. I'm 14 weeks. So I was surprised. Its such a nice little reminder of the little life growing inside of us!
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I had my midwife appointment Wednesday. Couldn't find the heartbeat, but we did hear the placenta working. So I'll have to wait 4 more weeks to hear the heartbeat again. I was only 11w2d at my appointment, and I think the placenta was in the way. Sounds like it might be located where it was last pregnancy, which made finding an early heartbeat difficult. But otherwise everything looks good. Uterus is growing nicely and is a few finger widths out of my pelvis (but baby was probably down in my pelvis, hiding from the doppler ).

The difference between OB appointment and midwife appointment was wonderful. OB = waiting in the waiting room for 45 minutes to see the doctor for about 5-7 minutes, and my bp was 150/90 (white coat hypertension... plus I was irritated that I got there early and had to wait 45 minutes past my appointment... I was actually waiting over an hour!). Midwife = get there and sit down immediately with my midwife and her assistant, chat for a while, take bp (120/62!), find fundus, attempt to listen to heartbeat, go pee in a bowl (which is brilliant, I might add... a small bowl is easier to pee in than a smaller cup!). Total appointment time was a fun-filled hour, and my kids got to play with my other midwife's kids, since it was at her house (she just wasn't there that day). My middle son said the appointment was too short, and he wants us to talk longer. So glad I only have to go back to the OB for the 20 week u/s, and there's a chance that the wait won't be as long, since it's the u/s tech I'd be meeting and not the OB. But we'll see. Someone else I knew who went to the OB had to wait in the waiting room for an hour and 45 minutes! And then she talked to the OB for a total of 7 minutes (she timed it). His office isn't even busy, so I don't understand the wait times when he's there. I could understand if he was off delivering babies or something, but he wasn't. Weird. I've heard that it's always that way. Oh well.

I was starting to feel a little less queasy the last couple days, but today it's ramped up again. I just keep reminding myself that that's a good sign, in lieu of having heard the heartbeat as I thought I would this week.

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I would totally get a new OB if I had to wait 45 min each appt to see him. Nope! That just irks me. Be respectful??

I have never waited 2/3 min past my appt time.

My kids Have been complete bears this week... Hopefully next week they will like me again. I hope daddy comes home sooner than I think cause they are not handling this well at all.
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I would totally get a new OB if I had to wait 45 min each appt to see him. Nope! That just irks me. Be respectful??

I have never waited 2/3 min past my appt time.

My kids Have been complete bears this week... Hopefully next week they will like me again. I hope daddy comes home sooner than I think cause they are not handling this well at all.
You must live in a state where medical malpractice insurance for obs is not through the roof. In states where it is, like Illinois, there are fewer providers and that leaves the ones that are still here (and especially in areas where population is dense) with overcrowded practices. Ridiculous wait times here are the norm.

Which is just one more reason I prefer my midwife practice.

Had my first trimester appointment today and all was well. One great thing about this office is that it is in the same building as my chiropractor. I am going to start scheduling those appointments back to back. He is a major part of the Humpty Dumpty team. Lol! Gotta make sure everything is put back in its normal place after delivery. And it helps if nothing is majorly out of whack going into it! I had very painful pubic symphysis with my first. And I strained my hip flexor a few months ago swinging my kettle bells, so, I am over due for some Humpty Dumpty work as it is.

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Can you do warm lemon water (warm water + 1/2 lemon squeezed) to help gently cleanse the kidney? I've read other things, too, but nothing I was willing to try at the time. I can't remember now, but I thought it was celery and something else. My MIL has one functioning kidney left that doesn't function at 100%, so I've been reading some things about natural ways to help the kidneys.
I am taking d-mannose and cantharis homeopathic while drinking lots of lemon water. I need to get back on my nettle as well.
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I would totally get a new OB if I had to wait 45 min each appt to see him. Nope! That just irks me. Be respectful??
If I had to use him regularly, I'd absolutely look for someone else. But he's just a backup OB. I'll see him twice the whole pregnancy. The fact is, midwifery is not looked well upon in this state. There are no CNMs allowed in hospitals in my area. I've heard there is ONE working a couple hours away. There are probably a handful in the entire state allowed to deliver in a hospital, if that. Out of hospital birth is perfectly legal if you go unassisted, but the minute you have a trained professional at your side, they are breaking the law. :P It's stupid. So... with all that, the OBs in the area are not usually midwife friendly, nor are the hospitals. This one that I use as a backup is perfectly fine with the midwives, and he will happily do minimal appointments to get insurance to cover bloodwork and u/s visits for midwife patients. He also even did a few waterbirths at a local hospital - though he would only do them if a waterbirth-knowledgeable midwife was present as doula. The hospital shut that down after rumors were flying amongst the nurses that babies were ending up in the NICU and such (they weren't!). I personally know one of the women whom these rumors were flying around about, and she said her baby had perfect APGARs and never left her arms. This was a baby that the nurses in the hospital were saying went to the NICU. So no more waterbirths.

I have to drive across the state line just to give birth with my CPMs. Thankfully, I live very close to the state line, so I'm actually closer to the house that we rent for one night (that happens to have a hot tub ) than I am to the nearest hospital I'd be willing to deliver at if I needed a hospital.

I don't know why my OB is so slow with the appointments. He isn't full. There are tons of OBs in this area. When I was in there, I was the only one in the waiting room for much of that time. There was one other lady when I walked in. She got called back shortly after I got there. Then one lady came out and went home. Then another lady showed up, plus one lady with a newborn (6 week checkup) who was apparently running late. They took the lady with the baby back almost right away. Another lady came out and went home. Then the other lady got called back. Finally, I was called back. I don't know if they were waiting on the u/s room (since it was an 8 week appointment, and he does a dating u/s around 7-8 weeks), or if it was that the doctor wasn't ready to see someone else. My wait IN the exam room was not long at all, thankfully.

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That is crazy. (Meaning that is just what you have to do to get good care) I live north of Seattle and have to drive 45 min to go to this hospital that allows VBACs. I'm
Not sure about the other options since I'm on military insurance and I just so what they say. My sister is in Memphis and there are a lot of OBs there and she wouldn't be waiting either. I think it's dumb that common courtesy is not extended to patients.


We are also lucky enough to have certified nurse midwives in our practice so maybe they feel the need to compete or they would lose clients ?
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Denton, I hope you feel better and soon!

Cowchick-- yea for movement!

Honeybun, I loved your "Humpty Dumpty Team!" So funny, so true! I added a Physical Therapist to my own team this week. I was referred to her for my veins, which she addressed at the appointment, but she addressed so much more! I feel like a million bucks after her adjustments and exercises she gave me. She's also a pelvic floor specialist which I am thrilled about. My labors are crazy fast and thus far they have caused some damage, so I'm glad to get help now to prevent yet another tearing trauma.

This week has been great. I declared it to be Paper Plate Week to cut down on the time I spend doing dishes. I also declared my work ends at 7:00 this week. Whatever state a room is in it stays in the state until the next day. I usually keep my home tidy, but I'm giving myself a stay-cation.

We picked peaches earlier this week and had a beach picnic tonight for dinner.
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boscopup- I usually don't have much of a wait at the OB, but every now and then it'll be on the longer side for no apparent reason. I really like my OB (as far as OB's go) so it's worth it to me to wait whenever that happens.

honeybun: You have reminded me that I need to look into finding a new chiropractor, if possible. I just don't think mine is effective during pregnancy. I am going to talk to DH about doing a bi-monthly appointment with a massage therapist in town that is very...what's the word I am looking for...physical therapy centered (not the word, but it'll do). I don't want one that's just going to rub me down and be relaxing. I want one that DOES something for me, if such a thing exists. I really want to try hard to tackle my back problems this time.

Denton: Sorry about the infection! I hope it clears up soon. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to heal up quickly.

Sarahnavy: I hate those weeks (and they do seem to come a week at a time) when the kid's turn into gremlins. It always makes me feel like I am out of control and a failure. Thankfully, they always pass!

duchess: Love paper plate week! And that's a great rule. It takes a smart person to know their limits and when they need to rest. I've been really bad about doing dishes ever since getting pregnant this time. I just have no energy after making dinner to clean up, so I leave it. I hate doing it in the morning though... it makes me feel like I start the day already behind. Still, it is what it is and it will pass.

AFM: Had an appointment this week and all was well. Found the heartbeat right away and that makes me hopeful that my placenta will not be anterior this time. I am feeling quite a bit better- just some fatigue and random waves of nausea.

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I had my first (and most likely last) OB appointment on Monday. She was a really sweet doctor but I'm switching insurance so I can get the midwife I want. The appointment was a little stressful, she couldn't find the heartbeat and had to bring in an ultrasound machine (which took her about 15 minutes) I had to have an std screen and papsmere, both of which I wasn't informed about and it was just so rough and uncomfortable, then when she did find baby's heartbeat she told me it was extremely high at 172. She made it sound like I should be very concerned and then casually said "we'll just have to wait and see what happens." That obviously terrified me as a 20 year old first time mother so at the end of the appointment I asked her what I could do and if I should be worried and she told me she wasn't worried and that it was totally fine. So I left really stressed and confused. Still not sure if 172 is abnormal for a 10 week fetus. Just trying to not think about it and feeling lucky that my first 11 weeks have been puke free!
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Thanks ladies. I have an appointment with a urologist on Tuesday to establish care. If things aren't better by then, I will end up getting a prescription for it.
Bren94 - don't stress too much about your lousy appointment. It can be really hard to get heart beat before 12-13 weeks sometimes. 172 is a little higher than normal, but I frequently see that at the beginning is pregnancy and as the baby gets bigger it falls into the normal range.
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bren- with my last pregnancy they couldn't find a heartbeat until 14-15 weeks. It was so stressful! It turns out my placenta was anterior and that made it hard, even as the baby grew. Ten weeks is pretty early to find a HB with a doppler. I looked up normal heartbeat rates and 172 doesn't sound like anything to be worried about.

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Hey ALL!!!

Glad to see everyone is doing pretty well!

OB. When I had an OB with my first, ugh, the wait times were terrible!!! I would wait 45min-1hour in the waiting room and then have to wait another 15+ minutes in the examination room! That part would annoy me the most! It is called an examination room for a reason. It is not a waiting room! Gah! lol. Now I don't deal with that... with a HB midwife. Sometimes I will wait a few minutes when I go to her. Or, if she comes to me, maybe she is running late, but at least I am in my own house!

denton- I do hope you feel better!

Bren- I am glad you are able to leave this practice and find a mw you like. That OB sounds pretty insensitive. I ditto what the above women said about not worrying. ((HUGS))

Sarahknavy- I hope the kids turn around for you. I hate bad weeks! I also pray your DH gets home sooner than you thought. It is so hard to be apart.

cagnew- yeay for heartbeats!!!

Tee- You always make me smile! Thanks!

HUNGRY!!!- YES! Me, too! I have added a new meal to my life. I have been calling it second dinner.

AFM- I have been busy with a bunch of nothing! I literally can't figure out what has me so busy. Maybe the being on call for the past 3 weeks... But I have done long stretches of that before with no stress! The more I think about it, the more I think it might just be my season in life. I find the ages 15 months to 2 years incredibly challenging, and that is right where my son is at. :/ He is really tantrummy and my normal "tricks" (Mostly "Happiest Toddler on the Block" techniques) aren't working this go around. It's a bit frustrating.
Other than that, I have been feeling mostly nausea free!!! Yeay! My belly is growing (despite losing 12 lbs) and is in that in between "I don't fit in any kind of clothes" phase. And, I am starting to feel DAILY movement!!! Wahoo!!! So reassuring. Especially after a miscarriage scare a week and a half ago. I was having terrible back pain and cramps that actually made me... no doppler girl... go get a doppler check, which of course found no hb at 12 weeks, making my paranoia stronger! But, no bleeding, a lot of prayer, the cramping ending and lots of movement later and I am in a good place again.
Lastly, I want to share what has me very excited this week! I am part of a bartering group locally and a massage therapist was looking for someone to do a sewing project for her in exchange for massage. I contacted her to inquire more and ask if she is ok with prenatal massage. Turns out that is her specialty! She does fertility, prenatal and postpartum massage and mayan abdominal massage! Yeay! So, I am making her Bengkung belly binders and fajas for her business and in return, I will get 2 massages and a lesson in how to do bengkung belly binding for post partum (which is something I wanted to do last time but had no idea where to start!!). So, in addition to the two massages that I budgeted for this pregnancy, I get 2 more! 4 total! Yeay!! I am thinking that I will get 1 per month in the last trimester, along with 1 post partum!

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then when she did find baby's heartbeat she told me it was extremely high at 172.
http://pregnancy.about.com/od/fetus/...heart-rate.htm

"By the beginning of the 9th week of pregnancy, the normal fetal heart rate is an average of 175 BPM. At this point it begins a rapid deceleration to the normal fetal heart rate for the middle of the pregnancy of about 120-180 BPM."

Also, is she going by LMP date or an early dating u/s date or a known ovulation date? My LMP dates are always 3-4 days off my actual ovulation date, since I don't ovulate on CD14. So when I went in for my dating u/s, it said 7w3d when by LMP I was 8w0d. I'm going with the dating u/s date, as it's usually more accurate for me and my longer cycles (later on, I measure a couple weeks ahead and give birth a few weeks early to a normal newborn size baby, but I know from ovulation date that I really am what the dating u/s said I was early on, since I chart). So if you were really 9.5 weeks instead of 10 weeks at your appointment, a 172bpm would be perfectly normal (my last baby was 175 at 9w3d).

My babies usually have heartrates in the mid 160s through most of pregnancy, but if they're very active, they can be up in the 170s. If you were 36 weeks, it wouldn't be that high, but at 10 weeks? It doesn't sound abnormal to me.

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I am on vacation this week with my extended family. It's hard because this is always an active vacation and it is hot and humid here. Yesterday I summoned the strength to take my kids bike riding. It was only 7 miles, but my 50lb 5 year old was on a trailer bike attached to mine. And did I mention it w s hot and humid? Think 88 degrees and very high humidity.

And we walked on the beach this morning. I feel like I need a nap after each activity. Including eating! My poor 8 year old is frustrated with my lack of activity. She's used to much more from me on this trip.

This is really the first activity I have had in weeks.

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Thank you everyone! I asked my grandpa who's an amazing OB and he t's me it was totally normal and that my doctor had no reason to worry me. Huge relief!
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Hi ladies.. My next ob check up is in an hour. Nervous since we will be checking for the heartbeat with a Doppler. Just hoping it's super easy to find so I don't worry. If everything goes well I plan on buying some baby shoes for our announcement pictures this weekend.
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Good luck, @alivewithyou ! I am thinking about you and praying that everything goes smoothly. You make sure you show us a photo of those cute little shoes, okay?

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Just got home from my NT scan. It was really, really nice. The tech was lovely and chatty and let me watch the whole thing on a big screen. Babe cooperated really well and she got all the measurements she needed right away. Then I got to watch babe roll around and show us feet, hands, heart (160 bpm), brain, spinal column and face. So, so lovely and reassuring. Babe is measuring 13w0d by them which is very close to my dates (and impossible given DH was out of town), so I expect the midwives will keep my dates as there is a +/- 5 days on the US estimate. we won't get the actual results until the end of the month, but at least babe looks happy and healthy for the moment

All in all a very nice afternoon and some small consolation for DH being out of town all week. Good luck alive! I think they should have a good chance at this stage to find the HB by doppler.

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Thank you everyone! I asked my grandpa who's an amazing OB and he t's me it was totally normal and that my doctor had no reason to worry me. Huge relief!
How nice to have a resource right in your family!!

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Hi ladies.. My next ob check up is in an hour. Nervous since we will be checking for the heartbeat with a Doppler. Just hoping it's super easy to find so I don't worry. If everything goes well I plan on buying some baby shoes for our announcement pictures this weekend.
I hope all went well today!!

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Thanks for all the well wishes. The appointment went great! The first nurse had a rough time with the doppler and could not find the heartbeat.. I didn't panic too much though because I could tell she was struggling more technique wise. As soon as they brought another nurse in they found it in like two seconds. Baby's heartbeat was 158-160. So I officially feel like I am going to keep this little one and I am so excited. We bought some shoes and onesie for our pictures this weekend. DH was trying to buy a crib already lol but I want to research more first.
@murrelet , I am glad your scan went well!

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murrelet and alive: I'm happy you had great appointments! Beating hearts are so wonderful

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I had my appointment with the urologist yesterday. Some parts went well and some not so well. I did get on antibiotics and I have an ultrasound on my kidneys scheduled for Friday.
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