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#1 of 58 Old 08-18-2014, 06:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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weekly chat 8/18-8/25

Hi Ladies!

This has been the craziest month ever for births in our area. Our hospital has been totally swamped and my friend who works for another area hospital said the same. We had 19 births just on the 15th of august and are still averaging 12-13 births a day. (normal for us is around 6-7). I worked the last 3 out of 4 days and I am so tired right now. My poor pregnant feet were so sore and swollen last night when I finally went to bed.

So, anyway... off for a few days and finally had time to catch up with all of you!

How is everyone? How are your babies? My little girl is 24 weeks and super strong and active now.

Continue to send Galatea your love until we get an update. She updated the board on the last weekly chat thread if you didn't see it.
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Hey @Chapsie ! Kudos to you for keeping up with everything you've got going in your life! I'm constantly impressed

My prayers and positive wishes are with @Galatea

I'm 23 weeks and little Titus is still sort of sporadic with his bursts of energy. Some days he is highly active and others I barely feel him.

I've been drinking decaf coffee lately. Do you guys have personal experience with the safety of it? I've read everything on the internet about it, including the methods used to decaffeinate.. I'm just being neurotic and wondering if I've felt him less because of the slight bit of caffeine I've added into my diet (since it's never totally decaf). If anyone here has experience with drinking coffee during pregnancy I would love to hear about it. I've heard women even drink regular coffee during pregnancy but I really don't like how caffeine makes me feel I just love the taste of coffee.

I've felt very... Trapped .. This week. I just really want to get into our own place and be able to get all of our things out of storage. I accidentally packed away my journal so i haven't been writing and I've had so much I want to write about. I also am craving creative time. So I'm feeling kind of antsy but I don't even want to exercise because it's so dang hot outside and this isn't my house so it feels weird to exercise in someone else's house. Oy. I'm trying to be flexible though. Everything will happen in due time.
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I'm one of those women who drink regular coffee (and sometimes diet coke, although I am trying to replace that now with pregnancy tea) - except for the first trimester when coffee is really not appealing to me in the morning. I don't always finish the cup, but it helps me to stay regular While I'm in full confession mode, I also have an occasional glass of wine or beer (but only 1!)

I'll come back to chat more later
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I am doing my best to stay awake right and type this update. I had a very long and busy weekend. We drove my youngest brother back to college early Saturday morning only to get there and discover that his assigned room was full of dead bugs and there was a wasps nest just outside of the door. Needless to say, my parents were not happy about that so we basically spent the rest of the day trying to get him another room on campus. We didn't get back on the road to return to Atlanta until that and I literally passed out when we got home.

Sunday my mom and I went out to check out a baby store a friend of fine told me about. I don't know why I offered to do the driving. Halfway there, and I was ready to go to bed. It was about 40 minutes away but it felt like an out of state road trip. The store was awesome and worth the trip. I managed to snag a great support belt but I think I need to go down a size. The rest of Sunday was spent lounging around doing nothing but resting. Which brings me to today....

I woke up at 6:30 because DS had a dental apt at 8. We were still late but his teeth are great and that's finally out of the way. I dropped him off at school and then stopped by my doctor's office to do the blood for the quad screening, that I kept forgetting. Note to self: never try to get bloodwork done on a Monday. It was so crowded! After finishing that, I picked up the rest of DS's school supplies before heading into the office. I was >----< close to telling my boss I was going to work from home until she told me she had to leave for a dr's apt was well. Glad I came in though because we had a crisis here at work that could have gone wrong really fast.

Anyway, now I'm sitting here at my desk trying to will myself to stay awake for 45 minutes before I leave out for the day. The baby is doing great and kicking up a storm. I think his feet at the bottom of my tummy because I feel everything down there and they are STRONG.

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I've drank regular coffee through most of my pregnancies. Usually one big cup in the morning. Less in the 1st tri when everything is gross, and a little more now.

Every once in awhile I also have a cup of black tea in the afternoon, though never in the 1st tri.

3surfboys, I think that's pretty normal in European countries. It's just in the US we are so hyper afraid of a drop of alcohol in pregnancy, as far as I understand. Although I don't drink during pregnancy at all myself, I always have one more nice, delicious beer the day I get my pos pg test, "to tide myself over 9 mos". Lol Once or twice I had a beer with my (enormous) first post partum meal.
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@3surfboys & @zjande you both have made me feel much better! And Titus is being far more active today so I was just connecting that to the coffee for no reason. I'm just silly.
I haven't been drinking anything alcoholic, but I have been craving a good beer, which is odd since even when I'm not pregnant I really don't drink often. But man oh man I've been craving a good beer.

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I'm drinking coffee a bit more regularly again. Nowhere near as much as I use to, but enough to keep me going. I also use to drink a lot, and now the smell bugs me. My hubby still drinks, but he's had to drink less around me because it makes me nauseous.

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I drink 1-2 cups of strong black tea every day and sometimes a cup of coffee on top of that. I can't write or research without it. My brain feels totally foggy. I went cold turkey on caffeine altogether with my daughter and kept hoping I had kicked the habit altogether. Nope. It turns out that for me at least, life is much better with caffeine in it. I've been trying to limit it more to one cup of tea a day, but the exhaustion has kicked my butt this time and I just need the extra pick-me-up midday.

I also drink a glass of wine or beer now and then with dinner. The largest study to date was very reassuring and I'm careful to drink it with food.

In other news, classes start next week. I just turned in my final grades for the summer session and I'll admit I'm really struggling with how unproductive and stressful this summer has been. And now I'll be teaching literally until the baby is born. I at least responded to some of the stress by taking items off my plate that didn't need to be there. I canceled the conference I was planning on going to in October because my co-author will be there to present for us and I reduced the number of articles I'm working on to a more realistic load. It felt good to cut some stuff off the to-do list.

I'm thinking a lot about @Galatea and hoping everything is ok. @Chapsie , I can't imagine being on my feet all day like that with this pregnancy. I'm exhausted! I hope you get a break soon. Do you work all the way up to your due date?
@NaturallyMo , I am in the same boat with the exhaustion. By around noon I'm fighting to keep my eyes open. I need to get active again, I think it would help. But it's so hard to motivate.

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I drink a cup of coffee a day as well. I NEED my bulletproof coffee in the morning for the good fats brain boost. And the energy. : )
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Gestational diabetes test this morning. I haven't even had the drink yet, and I'm puking up stomach acid. I need to remember to ask about that this time. After they do the test, I get an in depth ultrasound! That's exciting because of how fast she has been growing, getting to hear and see her, and finding out if my placenta has shifted enough. If it has, I don't need to see the specialist next month! Fingers crossed because I despise that specialist.

I hope @Galatea is doing well. Prayers for her still.
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Things have been going well for me albeit slow. This pregnancy has been so different than my first 2 that I don't feel I have any comparable experience. I have been really tired and lethargic and my brain is in a constant fog. I learned at my appointment last week that my blood pressure is low for me. Not something they are at all concerned about, but I think it is affecting me since it is 15-20 pts lower (on both systolic and diastolic) than I usually am. I also learned at my last appointment that I have a marginal cord insertion so I have to go in for another ultrasound at 30 weeks. Somehow I went from planning on one ultrasound at most to having 4 so far. I am kinda done with it. Anyone have any experience with this? They didn't seem concerned so I am not, I guess, just never had issues like this before. At this point I am just looking forward to having a healthy bundle to cuddle.

I had a house guest for the last week and although I love seeing my cousin the one time per year I do, I am so excited to get my house back finally. We are trying to catch up with all of the things we wanted to do this summer and didn't that things have been way too hectic. On top of that my 3 y.o. DS has been CRAZED. He has so much energy and is so head strong, it is exhausting. I love him to pieces and he is awesome, but woah. There is a level of energy needed that I just don't have. I am hoping that we move out of the not listening destructor phase soon.

As for caffein consumption I drink 2 cups of regular coffee daily, I don't think I would survive without it.
As for alcohol, I have ordered a drink with dinner when we have gone out a few times. I usually drink about a quarter of it and then my husband gets the rest, which I know he doesn't mind. I like the taste, but my stomach doesn't handle it well.

I love everyone's updates and wish I could take the time to respond personally to more posts. This DDC really helps me connect to my pregnancy more. Maybe that is weird since it is virtual, the pregnancy just hasn't really been a focus of my busy life lately. Good luck ladies, we are getting close!

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I've got my fingers crossed for you, @badwolf092087 !!

Okay, everyone is making me feel MUCH better about caffeine thanks guys

It sounds like you've got plenty on your plate @LilyTiger ! I can't imagine being as productive as you've been through pregnancy. I've only been motivated to do things like read pregnancy books and learn new recipes, or be creative.. I've been so lazy about working since JB moved us away from my easy, well-paying job. I haven't had an opportunity for a good job since, so I'm not willing to take a step down by accepting a lesser (lower paying crappy work) job just for a little extra money. My sanity during pregnancy is more important I think haha... Still sometimes I feel a LITTLE lazy.

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This morning I dragged my butt into work almost 3 hours late. I texted my boss at 5:30 this morning and said I was going to work from home half the day and then in late. My body was completely exhausted. I had such a rough night of sleep. I couldn't get comfortable, I was peeing every hour on the hour and the baby is knotted up on one side of my tummy. That extra sleep really helped but I almost didn't come in all together.

I feel ok though. Hungry as usual LOL

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Hey @Chapsie ! Kudos to you for keeping up with everything you've got going in your life! I'm constantly impressed

My prayers and positive wishes are with @Galatea

I'm 23 weeks and little Titus is still sort of sporadic with his bursts of energy. Some days he is highly active and others I barely feel him.

I've been drinking decaf coffee lately. Do you guys have personal experience with the safety of it? I've read everything on the internet about it, including the methods used to decaffeinate.. I'm just being neurotic and wondering if I've felt him less because of the slight bit of caffeine I've added into my diet (since it's never totally decaf). If anyone here has experience with drinking coffee during pregnancy I would love to hear about it. I've heard women even drink regular coffee during pregnancy but I really don't like how caffeine makes me feel I just love the taste of coffee.

I've felt very... Trapped .. This week. I just really want to get into our own place and be able to get all of our things out of storage. I accidentally packed away my journal so i haven't been writing and I've had so much I want to write about. I also am craving creative time. So I'm feeling kind of antsy but I don't even want to exercise because it's so dang hot outside and this isn't my house so it feels weird to exercise in someone else's house. Oy. I'm trying to be flexible though. Everything will happen in due time.
I haven't read anything good about decaf even organic is not good. So I figured I was better off drinking 1 cup of regular coffee per day than the chemicals in the decaf. I waited until after my first trimester though. My dr has always told me 1 cup per day is fine.
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Sorry I haven't read through. I'm feeling really under the weather. It started out as allergy/ hay fever over the weekend, now I feel it in my chest. I have this very dry unproductive cough and I just feel the congestion sitting in my chest. I feel very achy and tired too. I'll see how it goes and if I'm not feeling better I may go to the dr. No fever though or cold symptoms. It's very odd. My car got wet in the back last week so I vacuumed it and febreezed it and I did inhale some febreezed and I'm hoping that's not the cause.
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I had a midwife appt today and am measuring 27 cm! (I am 24 weeks). Whoa, that's a growth spurt! (a month ago at 20 weeks, my fundal height was level with my naval, about 20 cm).

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They never tell me or even check mine. They just listen to the heartbeat. Weird. They haven't measured my belly with the measuring tape either and they did that last time.
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Had my GD test yesterday. I'm clear! But my iron sucks so I need to take supplements again. My finger refused to clot from the prick test for nearly 30 min. I filled two gauze pads. No more prenatals for a while. They're causing me to puke up stomach acid. Seems I'm getting too much of something from them, and my body is getting rid of it.

We are registered for the October 18th birthing class. That's exciting for me! Hubby doesn't see why he needs it. I wanted to take Lamaze classes but they cost too much out of pocket.

Madison is still in the top 95 percentile for her growth, which is cool. She was doing all sorts of cute things on the scan yesterday. Stretches, kicks, hands in front of her face, and she yawned! We got a picture of it! When she kicked, it was hard enough to mess up a measurement, lol. If you were pumped on an orange sugary drink and wanted food, you'd kick as well. I ate 4 bagels afterwards. And drank half a gallon of oj. Yum. She's great. I'm still suppose to be resting, but if I feel comfy, I'm allowed to do things that won't push my body overboard. Aka take the move and let everyone else handle it as I sit back. I'm trying.

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<snip> I also learned at my last appointment that I have a marginal cord insertion so I have to go in for another ultrasound at 30 weeks. Somehow I went from planning on one ultrasound at most to having 4 so far. I am kinda done with it. Anyone have any experience with this? They didn't seem concerned so I am not, I guess, just never had issues like this before. At this point I am just looking forward to having a healthy bundle to cuddle.<snip>
Testing is always your choice. You can stop the scans at any time. What are they looking for? How likely is it? What would the treatment be? How many follow up scans will they want to do- and is the next step amnio? Maybe the risks involved in amnio, even with ultrasound guiding the needle, are clearer after reading Galatea's experience. And even with US guidance, baby can shift during the procedure and get injured! I know despite wanting to know gender it was very easy for me to decline the blood testing after what happened to Galatea wit h that- I don't need that kind of worry in my life, and I wouldn't change my birth plans or end my pregnancy based on results, so there is no point doing it. But yes, "they" are not concerned with how many scans you have done, because they believe they are safe, and will continue to believe that until the evidence becomes overwhelming and presented with force in the mainstream journals. WHO and ACOG guidelines have had little to no impact on routine scanning and inductions, it will take a long time for change to happen. Some pregnant women were still getting x-rays in the 80's! There is no informed consent when the providers are in denial that the information exists. It is up to you to ask the questions and make the decisions- they will always take the road of reducing their liability, checking every possibility just in case, and yes, if your insurance covers it, they'll do it. You are the only one who can put the brakes on in this process. It is not their job to trust your body or baby, sadly, but it is in your power. HTH

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@crunchymama27 , the idea is not amnio or genetic testing. What they are looking for/wanting to know is how far from the center of the placenta the cord inserts. The midwife indicated that while the baby is in-utero there is little risk to me or the baby. The risks they worry about are during child birth. If the insertion is too far from the center there is risk or hemmoraging or placenta retention after birth. I understand that I have the right to decline testing and do decline most testing. I was just wondering if anyone can give me any personal anecdotes with this diagnosis. I still have over a month to decide what to do.
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@crunchymama27 , the idea is not amnio or genetic testing. What they are looking for/wanting to know is how far from the center of the placenta the cord inserts. The midwife indicated that while the baby is in-utero there is little risk to me or the baby. The risks they worry about are during child birth. If the insertion is too far from the center there is risk or hemmoraging or placenta retention after birth. I understand that I have the right to decline testing and do decline most testing. I was just wondering if anyone can give me any personal anecdotes with this diagnosis. I still have over a month to decide what to do.
Battledore placenta (marginal cord insertion) is of little clinical significance if you rule out velamentous cord insertion / vasa previa. If it were me, I would want to know... I would have the scan done to determine if it was velamentous (the vessels attach to the placenta in the membranes and are therefore unprotected for a short distance (because they aren't surrounded by wharton's jelly in the cord). Vasa Previa is when the velamentous cord insertion is on the lower segment of the membranes, covering the cervical os, which can be very dangerous during rupture of membranes (because the vessels can tear/rupture). For your own peace of mind, I would consider having this ruled out prenatally. Good luck mama!
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Hello ladies! I've been reading, but too busy to respond... @Galatea , I've been praying for you and your little girl!
We went on a mini vacation with my family the past few days. Went to a water park and had lots of fun! Got a wee bit sunburnt though... :P

I discovered that vitamin C helps tremendously with my allergies! I drank three glasses of OJ one night and my allergies all but dissapeared. So I've been drinking lots of OJ and taking some C also!

Babe is growing lately, I feel like my stomach got a ton bigger... And I can feel so many kicks too!

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Another coffee drinker here! Except for stopping in the first trimester (coffee made me sick), I'm back to drinking 1 cup a day. Sometimes I have tea as well, but never later than 1pm, otherwise I'll have trouble falling asleep. I found that I can no longer function with less than 7 hours of sleep, unlike in my younger days, lol.

My 3yo dd started preschool yesterday, and boy did she cry and scream at the door. I felt bad, but her two teachers are nice and there are only 10 kids in her class, so I hope she has fun. I put her in the full day class so I get time off to work and take care of the baby later, but I feel kind of guilty about it.

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They never tell me or even check mine. They just listen to the heartbeat. Weird. They haven't measured my belly with the measuring tape either and they did that last time.
My clinic just listens to heartbeat with a doppler. In my appt this week, the doctor used a tape measure and it was the first time I'd seen anyone do that.

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I'm also a coffee drinker. I have had at least one "cup" (a mug of about 8 oz) a day in all my pregnancies and throughout nursing. Regular (not decaf) coffee.

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Hmm I just can't do the caffeine in regular.. It makes me too anxious. It's intense. I drink organic coffee that has been decaffeinated with the "royal water process," so there are NO harmful chemicals OR by products, no toxins to me or the baby. I'm obsessive over that kind of information. I feel dreadfully selfish if I do anything that might not be healthy for little Titus. It's all about him now

Anyway it's great to hear a bunch of you guys chiming in about your caffeine intake! I definitely feel reassured.

I have felt so lazy lately and I've felt bad about it, so yesterday I took my in-laws dogs for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.. Then I got back to the house, took a shower, and started to read but ended up taking a four hour nap! So I suppose I'm being lazy for a reason.. My body must need the energy for baby making.

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@girlspn - My little guy (almost 3 years) and I visited the local preschool Tuesday and today we are going back and I plan on leaving him there for a hour... Will see how it goes! He has never been with a babysitter or anyone else, but grandma for a few hours so this is a BIG thing. I'm hoping he likes it and is comfortable there by the time baby arrives.

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Hmm I just can't do the caffeine in regular.. It makes me too anxious. It's intense. I drink organic coffee that has been decaffeinated with the "royal water process," so there are NO harmful chemicals OR by products, no toxins to me or the baby. I'm obsessive over that kind of information. I feel dreadfully selfish if I do anything that might not be healthy for little Titus. It's all about him now

Anyway it's great to hear a bunch of you guys chiming in about your caffeine intake! I definitely feel reassured.

I have felt so lazy lately and I've felt bad about it, so yesterday I took my in-laws dogs for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood.. Then I got back to the house, took a shower, and started to read but ended up taking a four hour nap! So I suppose I'm being lazy for a reason.. My body must need the energy for baby making.
I would just read about it bc I've read even with the organic decaf water process it's still not very good for you. I don't think it will harm your baby just wanted you to be aware.
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My clinic just listens to heartbeat with a doppler. In my appt this week, the doctor used a tape measure and it was the first time I'd seen anyone do that.
I thought measuring fundal height isn't accurate until over 20 weeks (maybe 24?). I haven't been measured yet, though my midwives feel my uterus and tell me it's on target. I don't remember any measuring until around 24 weeks with my daughter's pregnancy either.

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mamanicole, good luck!!! The preschool staff always assure me it's harder on the parents than the kids, lol. My dd was in a toddler program at 20 months or so for a year, but she still makes it clear she prefers to stay with her mama, even though she does have fun with other kids.

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