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Little muffin yesterday with growth almost a week ahead of schedule.  The one with the heartbeat is mid turn and the other was the "wave" that daddy thought was just for him.  I'm 5'3" and hubby is a bit over 6" so growth is apparently from dad.  My frequent ultrasound schedule is going to mean one hefty baby book.

 

 

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badwolf (I wanted to call you badkitty before I scrolled back up to get it right, lol), one of my friends had a ton of ultrasounds throughout her pregnancy because she was high risk for a few reasons, and she ended up putting all the little strips into one of those little cheapy photo albums that she could whip out and show people. Her baby had a TON of hair when he was born, and they could even see the hair on one of the ultrasounds. It was cool. smile.gif In the picture, it looked like his little head was on fire, lol.

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badwolf (I wanted to call you badkitty before I scrolled back up to get it right, lol), one of my friends had a ton of ultrasounds throughout her pregnancy because she was high risk for a few reasons, and she ended up putting all the little strips into one of those little cheapy photo albums that she could whip out and show people. Her baby had a TON of hair when he was born, and they could even see the hair on one of the ultrasounds. It was cool. smile.gif In the picture, it looked like his little head was on fire, lol.

Haha, he kept moving his head around!  Literally, just tons of movement.  We were lucky to get the photos we got.  Makes me wonder what's going to happen at gender reveal day.  If little muffin gets my genes, he/she will be bald.  Or if Daddy is the dominant one, there will be a fuzzy head.  I'm definitely going to tell him and see if he notices the sort of "fire" thing, lol.


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DH and I were both bald as newborns, and our babies have ranged from a full head of hair that never fell out and was able to be put into little pigtails at just 9 weeks old to a baby who was born bald as a cue ball.

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Badwolf, that is super cute! Love that they put the heartbeat at the bottom.

AFM, I have my first OB appt Friday and they are going ahead and doing an ultrasound then. I'm not sure if it's because of my BP issue and MC history or because I will be near 8 weeks (I'll be 7w5d). I am excited to have the pictures from it! My SO and little sister (she's not really little, she's 21) will be going with me. I can't wait to see the difference of what just 3 days can be!

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Maof1- glad to hear everything was ok! Looking forward to hearing the results for your appt on Friday!

Sarah- keep those pics coming! Yay for baby growing so well!
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Harmony96- yeah, pregnancy dreams can be so freaky! I've woken up so many times in a panic!

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AFM felt a little better today. Hope it stays that way. At 10w3d you'd think the nausea would start to slow down. Oh well. Just telling myself it's a good thing!

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Danielle- my nausea keeps randomly happening. And with no warning. I'll be peeing and have to grab the trash can just to avoid getting it on the floor. And I'm 10w6d. I found peach ginger ale so it helps a lot more.

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AFM felt a little better today. Hope it stays that way. At 10w3d you'd think the nausea would start to slow down. Oh well. Just telling myself it's a good thing!

Oh, you all can call me Danielle, if you'd like.

Hope your MS calms down soon. Mine disappeared except for once in a blue moon. Like yesterday. Had Chinese and baby said NO! Lol!

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Hi all. Hope everyone is well or at least getting by. Had my 3rd appt in Monday and I am not entirely sold on my provider choice. So I made another appt elsewhere. Wish I could just be comfortable but I'm not. I want a VBAC so I need whoever I choose to be totally on board. I can't be hearing stupid ass things like "we will need to induce at 41w" bc that shit ain't happening. I'm just not comfortable with anything right now. Now that the MS is gone it's time to get serious about who I want to see. Also, not entirely sold on the 20w ultrasound. I didn't have one last time. I'm afraid they are going to start using stuff from the US to scare me, like "it's a big baby" or "it's breech" which one is an estimate and one could turn during labor. UGH!!!! My mind is racing!!!!!

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I have a rather odd complaint/rant about work relating to being pregnant. I'm just over 5 weeks and my mind is spinning with all the things that could go wrong.

Over the next week I have to take pictures of tissue slides under the microscope. No big deal, I do this all the time. But because life sometimes throws curve balls, this week it is tissue slides of things relating to pregnancy: uterus, ectopic pregnancy, various pathologies relating to the pregnant uterus and the placenta, healthy placentas, full-term placentas, non-full-term placentas, etc.

I spent the morning preparing by reading up on the topic to make sure I take pictures of all the relevant portions and cells and I just want to go home and curl up under the covers. Talk about anxiety-inducing!

 

I can't not do this, and I'll get through it, but it is just so ironic. I've been doing the same work for 6 years and the second I get pregnant I'm asked to take these pictures. I guess I'll try to appreciate the irony and plan out the conversation I will have with the person who assigned this once I'm ready to take this pregnancy public. Scheming up a little retroactive guilt-trip :)

 

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@Kita4i just drank a whole jar of pickle juice!
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I have a rather odd complaint/rant about work relating to being pregnant. I'm just over 5 weeks and my mind is spinning with all the things that could go wrong.
Over the next week I have to take pictures of tissue slides under the microscope. No big deal, I do this all the time. But because life sometimes throws curve balls, this week it is tissue slides of things relating to pregnancy: uterus, ectopic pregnancy, various pathologies relating to the pregnant uterus and the placenta, healthy placentas, full-term placentas, non-full-term placentas, etc.
I spent the morning preparing by reading up on the topic to make sure I take pictures of all the relevant portions and cells and I just want to go home and curl up under the covers. Talk about anxiety-inducing!

I can't not do this, and I'll get through it, but it is just so ironic. I've been doing the same work for 6 years and the second I get pregnant I'm asked to take these pictures. I guess I'll try to appreciate the irony and plan out the conversation I will have with the person who assigned this once I'm ready to take this pregnancy public. Scheming up a little retroactive guilt-trip smile.gif

OK. All done whining. Back to work, time to start taking those pictures.
That is a little ironic. Well, look on the bright side, at least now you'll know what it all look like. Lol!

Hope everyone is feeling well. I for one could hurl right now but am forcing myself not to.
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Louise, I've had some ironic work/pregnancy situations, too. I have an infant loss in my past, and the work that I do is transcription (but it's research transcription, like people doing interviews or focus groups or whatever while researching for their master's or PhD). One of the first files I did after I came back to work after my loss was about a heart monitor for NICU use. My lost infant was a preemie whose whole life was in the NICU. It was emotionally difficult to get through that audio. I've had a few other similar ones that were difficult to get through for various reasons, but that one in particular still sticks out in memory since it was just such a WHAM one.

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Louisa, I've been on WIC since I was pregnant with my now four-year-old. Depending on the area you live in and how busy the office is, appointments can take up to two hours, so be prepared with something to do to pass the time (it's a lot of waiting, then labs, then meet with the nutritionist, then waiting, then possibly meet with the breastfeeding counselor, then waiting, then receive your benefits and your next appointment (which will possibly be a class that you can take online instead of having to take one in person)). They've never asked me for any proof of pregnancy at either of the offices I've gone to (like by taking a test there or by asking for a letter from my care provider or anything). When you have your baby, you'll call right away and they'll want you back in the office within a week or so to change from the pregnant meal plan to the postpartum meal plan (and breastfeeding, if that's what you'll be doing, which is more food and for longer than just a postpartum mom).

I had my WIC appointment and it seems pretty straightforward. Went in, did paperwork, got iron level checked, got WIC checks. It's a lot of milk, jut under 6 gallons a month, I'll have to come up with some creative uses. I got two months' worth of checks and don't have to in again until July. The appointment took about an hour, but about 3/4 of it was signing up and verifying income and iron testing and they won't have to do that again. I asked for the first appointment of the day, which they were actually hesitant to give until I told them I worked full time and then they made a note to always give me the first appointment of the day. Looks like it'll be worth it. They claim that it's $72 of food per month but that's if you max out each check (each check has items on it like milk and cereal and and you pick the items for a certain max amount). It'll be more like $45-50 but that's a quarter of our monthly food budget so it's definitely worth the (fairly small) hassle. I even got my husband signed up so he can go to appointments instead of me if needed.

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So there was an actual *minor* issue from my follow up appointment on Tuesday.  I have my first UTI ever.  Ughhhhh.  It's apparently extremely mild and will add a bit more discomfort to my body until the antibiotics do their thing.  My OB gave me a pill to try because most of his patients don't like the cream and it's not severe enough to have to deal with attempting to use it.  So I'm on a 5 day antibiotic, that I can't forget to take twice a day.  

 

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Sorry about the UTI. They are quite common during pregnancy. I also didn't know I had one until my doctor told me.

 

AFM, I am feeling sick again today. I talked to a pharmacist at lunch time, and she told me there was nothing other-the-counter I could take while pregnant. Even ginger is not recommended. So I came back to the office and told my coworker that I might go home early today because of how I am feeling, and she gave me some fennel seeds to chew on. That made me feel better until I did an online search that showed fennel seeds are NOT recommended during pregnancy. It is a hormone and DNA disruptor.  Most of the websites at least pointed out that this was at high doses. A few seeds is not a high dose, right? I spat out what was left in my mouth. But I guess if I throw up now it will be for the best. Now that I think about it, I have had fennel seeds at least one other time during this pregnancy. Oh well. 


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Sorry about the UTI. They are quite common during pregnancy. I also didn't know I had one until my doctor told me.

 

AFM, I am feeling sick again today. I talked to a pharmacist at lunch time, and she told me there was nothing other-the-counter I could take while pregnant. Even ginger is not recommended. So I came back to the office and told my coworker that I might go home early today because of how I am feeling, and she gave me some fennel seeds to chew on. That made me feel better until I did an online search that showed fennel seeds are NOT recommended during pregnancy. It is a hormone and DNA disruptor.  Most of the websites at least pointed out that this was at high doses. A few seeds is not a high dose, right? I spat out what was left in my mouth. But I guess if I throw up now it will be for the best. Now that I think about it, I have had fennel seeds at least one other time during this pregnancy. Oh well. 


I haven't felt much nausea beyond a tiny bit of queasiness, but I've researched my options for when I do. There IS actaully something OTC you can take: Unisom and Vitamin B6. Here is pretty much the go-to-guide on how to use Unisom and B6 for nausea http://www.drwalt.com/blog/2009/12/09/my-recommendations-for-eliminating-nausea-and-vomiting-morning-sickness-in-pregnancy/

Now, with that being said, I fully plan on asking my midwife to give me Zofran. I have to teach (90 mins at a time without a break) during weeks 7-10 and unless I'm super lucky I'm pretty sure I'll be feeling sick for at least some of that time. I can't be sick  while trying to give a 90 minute lecture and sipping on tea or eating hard candies is a definite no-no while lecturing.


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Hello ladies! Just wanted to give a quick update. I did have my appointment today. Everything went well. They are making me do a 24hr urine collection due to my "high BP". However when I went in today it was only 130/77 which is my normal range. 😏
They didn't do an ultrasound today because of the one I had 2 days ago. So they said I'll have one at 18wks! Talk about a wait! Maybe I can find somewhere to give me one when I want if I pay. Lol!
Now I have to figure out a way to tell DS he is going to finally be a big brother?! Haha.

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OT, but I'm so frustrated with breadmaking attempts. I've been caring for a sourdough culture that I made from scratch this past winter, and every so often, I try to make some bread. I've tried with the mixer, by hand, everything. I either end up with a brick of dough that rises well enough but then is still dense and after I bake it, it's only edible that first day (and only with a lot of butter) and then turns into a crouton after about two days.

I was excited about how that particular loaf was rising and how the consistency was, but apparently my "feel" was off again because it wasn't a stellar loaf at all. But when I was still hopeful about it, I posted in one of my FB groups about it, and one of the repliers linked me to a video from Cultures for Health. I watched THAT video a few times and tried that recipe. After trying in frustration again today, I posted this.

I think I should just give up on trying to make sourdough bread and just use my starter to make things like crepes and pancakes. :/ I watched the Cultures for Health video and tried that recipe. I've been feeding my sourdough with the ratios in the video, but hers looks almost gelatinous and mine's still more soupy than anything. I added the minimum amount of water to the dough but still ended up with an amoeba-like substance. It wasn't at all like in the video, where she actually has a self-contained mass of dough that she can lift up. I dumped it on the table and tried to knead it as best I could even with its super-moist texture, and I kneaded it by hand for a solid 30 minutes (occasionally adding flour) and it's STILL not windowing. And it's a good thing that the recipe makes "two" loaves since enough stuck to the mixing bowl and the table and my hands that I'll maybe end up with a single loaf. I want that "cool feeling" of knowing when the dough is kneaded enough that she mentioned. I just want DOUGH instead of an amoeba (or a brick, which is what else I usually end up with).

I dumped my amoeba-dough into its pans and am going to just go ahead and let it rise anyway and see what happens overnight. Worst case scenario, I've wasted a bit of time and a bit of flour. Not like i'm making fancy gourmet breads here or anything.

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Has anyone seen the documentary: The Business of Being Born ?? 


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OT, but I'm so frustrated with breadmaking attempts. I've been caring for a sourdough culture that I made from scratch this past winter, and every so often, I try to make some bread. I've tried with the mixer, by hand, everything. I either end up with a brick of dough that rises well enough but then is still dense and after I bake it, it's only edible that first day (and only with a lot of butter) and then turns into a crouton after about two days.

I was excited about how that particular loaf was rising and how the consistency was, but apparently my "feel" was off again because it wasn't a stellar loaf at all. But when I was still hopeful about it, I posted in one of my FB groups about it, and one of the repliers linked me to a video from Cultures for Health. I watched THAT video a few times and tried that recipe. After trying in frustration again today, I posted this.

I think I should just give up on trying to make sourdough bread and just use my starter to make things like crepes and pancakes. :/ I watched the Cultures for Health video and tried that recipe. I've been feeding my sourdough with the ratios in the video, but hers looks almost gelatinous and mine's still more soupy than anything. I added the minimum amount of water to the dough but still ended up with an amoeba-like substance. It wasn't at all like in the video, where she actually has a self-contained mass of dough that she can lift up. I dumped it on the table and tried to knead it as best I could even with its super-moist texture, and I kneaded it by hand for a solid 30 minutes (occasionally adding flour) and it's STILL not windowing. And it's a good thing that the recipe makes "two" loaves since enough stuck to the mixing bowl and the table and my hands that I'll maybe end up with a single loaf. I want that "cool feeling" of knowing when the dough is kneaded enough that she mentioned. I just want DOUGH instead of an amoeba (or a brick, which is what else I usually end up with).

I dumped my amoeba-dough into its pans and am going to just go ahead and let it rise anyway and see what happens overnight. Worst case scenario, I've wasted a bit of time and a bit of flour. Not like i'm making fancy gourmet breads here or anything.

This sounds like something I could've written! I have a little bit of experience with sourdough and the advice I can offer is
1. If you store it in the fridge, Are you letting your starter grow at room temp and feeding it every 4-6 hours for 24 hours before making anything with it?
2. Do you get hooch on top of your starter? If you do, pour it off.
3. Lengthen your rising time to 12-24 hours.
4. If you have the equipment, grind fresh flour or buy as freshly ground flour as you can.

That's all my sourdough wisdom. I kept at it for a few months a few years back but it got too tedious (read: too many failed loaves)

Good luck and please let us know how this latest batch turned out smile.gif

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OT, but I'm so frustrated with breadmaking attempts. I've been caring for a sourdough culture that I made from scratch this past winter, and every so often, I try to make some bread. I've tried with the mixer, by hand, everything. I either end up with a brick of dough that rises well enough but then is still dense and after I bake it, it's only edible that first day (and only with a lot of butter) and then turns into a crouton after about two days.

I was excited about how that particular loaf was rising and how the consistency was, but apparently my "feel" was off again because it wasn't a stellar loaf at all. But when I was still hopeful about it, I posted in one of my FB groups about it, and one of the repliers linked me to a video from Cultures for Health. I watched THAT video a few times and tried that recipe. After trying in frustration again today, I posted this.

I think I should just give up on trying to make sourdough bread and just use my starter to make things like crepes and pancakes. :/ I watched the Cultures for Health video and tried that recipe. I've been feeding my sourdough with the ratios in the video, but hers looks almost gelatinous and mine's still more soupy than anything. I added the minimum amount of water to the dough but still ended up with an amoeba-like substance. It wasn't at all like in the video, where she actually has a self-contained mass of dough that she can lift up. I dumped it on the table and tried to knead it as best I could even with its super-moist texture, and I kneaded it by hand for a solid 30 minutes (occasionally adding flour) and it's STILL not windowing. And it's a good thing that the recipe makes "two" loaves since enough stuck to the mixing bowl and the table and my hands that I'll maybe end up with a single loaf. I want that "cool feeling" of knowing when the dough is kneaded enough that she mentioned. I just want DOUGH instead of an amoeba (or a brick, which is what else I usually end up with).

I dumped my amoeba-dough into its pans and am going to just go ahead and let it rise anyway and see what happens overnight. Worst case scenario, I've wasted a bit of time and a bit of flour. Not like i'm making fancy gourmet breads here or anything.

Bread making sounds intense. A friend of mine has a start from like 100 yrs ago or something! Crazy! I would love to learn to make sourdough someday.

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Yes. Have u? It really is a gateway into a different thinking behind having a baby in this country. There is so much to take from it and research to learn more.

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Yes I watched it. But then I read all the horror stories of home births gone wrong wink1.gif.

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Yes I watched it. But then I read all the horror stories of home births gone wrong wink1.gif.
my first birth was stated at home. Unfortunately, I was transferred to a hospital due to complications that would have happened no matter where I was. If my DH wasn't afraid of homebirth, i would try it again. People too often read the stories of 'failed' homebirths, not realizing there are just as many (if not more) 'failed' hospital births. They just aren't as publicized...
I personally have witnessed more than 5 homebirths that were awesome.

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*I want to clarify that I have no problem with women who prefer hospital births. Both of my children were born via C/S, obviously in hospitals. I'd like to try for a VBA2C this time, but either way would still be in a hospital. It just makes me sad that homebirth gets such a bad name, when I know that it is amazing more often than not. My mom was a midwife, so I was around it a lot.

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Home birth isn't even an option for me since I went into this high risk, and after all the complications that came with Connor. If it was an option, I wouldn't want it. This house is a rental and I feel completely uncomfortable here on a regular day. Giving birth to my child here wouldn't be the happiest of experiences.

I'd love to have a home water birth. That would be so beautiful.

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*I want to clarify that I have no problem with women who prefer hospital births. Both of my children were born via C/S, obviously in hospitals. I'd like to try for a VBA2C this time, but either way would still be in a hospital. It just makes me sad that homebirth gets such a bad name, when I know that it is amazing more often than not. My mom was a midwife, so I was around it a lot.
I have a friend who has done a home birth with 2 of her daughters and plans on doing so when her DS is born in a few months. She loves it because she is in a more comfortable environment as well as her children get to be involved.
They don't allow VBAC's here unfortunately. If you want one then you have to find a Dr about 2 hours to the north of us. It really sucks bc I wanted to try one but can't.
Really though, as long as baby is healthy I won't mind.
AFM, we are telling DS today he is going to be a big brother! I can't wait to see his face! He has wanted a sibling since he was 4! He is 8 now.
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hello everyone, i'm new here.   i've come from the Infertility One thread, as a surrogate.  i have a cousin who has been struggling with trying to have a baby on her own, and has suffered through multiple miscarriages.  her last loss was a tubal pregnancy that ended in massive blood loss and emergency surgery.  so, a few months back, her doctor recommended they not try to carry on their own anymore, to seek a surrogate.   that's where i come in!!  on may 1st, i went to her doctor to transfer one of her embryos to me.   the embryo isn't genetically related to me at all (cousin's egg, her hubby's sperm)... and yesterday, we got our BFP.  we are excited, but cautiously optimistic, considering her history with miscarriages.  there's no reason to think i'll miscarry, but you never know.....   anyways, if all goes according to plan, this babykins will be due in mid-january.

 

other info on me:  i have three kids of my own, a 12 yr old son, a 10 yr old daughter, and my little 6 yr old daughter.  my kids do not know anything about our surro situation yet, we are going to wait to make sure this baby sticks first.... my older daughter would be especially heart broken if she found out that we had a loss.  so waiting for ~12 weeks to tell them.

 

my girls were both home births, my last one being a home water birth (i even caught her myself!).  we are planning another home water birth, as long as no risk factors present themselves.   my cousin lives 9 hrs away, but will come up to stay with us before the baby comes, so she can attend the birth.

 

oh, and i'm in ontario.. just a hour or so outside of toronto.  looking forward to meeting you all :D

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