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#61 of 66 Old 02-21-2003, 01:27 AM
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I've introduced myself on a few boards and thought i'd join you all.
I'm Barb.. i'm 37 and have 13 year old and 2.5 year old daughters. I'm due august 9th with #3. We're planning to vbac after 2 emergency cesarean births and are working on hypnobirthing with some tapes/cd's a friend gave us. I have a great midwife and everyone is very supportive.

I'm feeling well finally, just congested (bad bad cold). I measured 4 weeks ahead at my last appointment, but we think its because i had been diagnosed with a fibroid at my one year ppd appt from my daughter Zoey. Midwife figures its growing , but will do no harm. Won't know for sure thats what it is till my one ultrasound which i think we'll do the end of March. Only having one, and only because we're declining all other testing.

anyway, nice to meet you all. Looking forward to sharing and learning with you.

oh - we cloth diapered zoey and plan to with this babe, will breastfeed till he/she wants to wean, cosleep, sling... we're quite an attached family.

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Thought I'd pop in here. I'm a long time member, very new poster...

My name is Heather, 21 years old and mama to 19 month old daugher, Bailey. I am due on August 10 with twins-- don't yet know their sexes or if they are identical or fraternal. Since twins usually come early and my OB is talking about inducing me at 37 weeks (for healthier babies), I may deliver far earlier than that.

I have my first perinatologist appt on March 11 for more in-depth ultrasounds (I had one at the hospital at 8 weeks and one at my OB's office at 13 weeks). Maybe then we'll know the sexes!

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Hi all,

It has been quite a while since I last posted on any regular basis... I have lurked once in a while over the last 2 1/2 weeks, but just needed to have a little distance for a while. Monday, it will be three weeks since we found out that we'd lost Mica.... It's been as difficult as you might believe, and slowly, I am regaining hope that Sam will be okay.

We see the Dr again next week, he scheduled us to come back in three weeks after that first appointment with him... the appt is Tuesday the 25th at 11am. I am confident he will want to do another ultrasound to check on Sam.

Some of you may remember (from a long time ago) that I work as a National AIDS Fund AmeriCorps member doing HIV Testing and Counseling at Planned Parenthood. The Midwives at work have been extraordinarily supportive and have done weekly (very brief) ultrasounds for us to check on Sam's progress (as a gift).

The first week, April didn't get to be there, but Sam was sucking her/his thumb and moving around alot. Last week, April was there for the ultrasound but Sam was sleeping and didn't want to wake up to play. This past thursday, we did another ultrasound. Sam was looking right at us, had a hand up by his/her head as if resting on it and at one point waved her/his hand as if to say hi. Each time, his/her heartbeat was strong, the placenta looked really good and growth was obvious. I am at 15 weeks, 2 days today. (The official due date is August 15th.) We have 5 more weeks to get through before we get past 20 weeks and into a lower risk timeframe....

I know there is a lot of controversy on MDC about the use of ultrasounds -- but to tell you the truth, I can't imagine having any hope that Sam would survive at this point if it were not for the ultrasounds the midwives have done for me.

I think I will rest easier once I can begin to feel movement. Unfortunately, the Midwife told us today that the placenta is attached to the front of my uterus and that this will probably delay feeling movements by a couple weeks. She said not to expect to feel movements until at least the 20th-22nd weeks (or later) and not to worry.... (much easier said than done!)

I expect we will back off all the ultrasounds soon, especially since Sam is appearing okay at this point.

Hope all is well with all the other August mama's...

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Hello fellow August mamas -

This is my first post to this thread, so I'll jump in. I'm a single mom by choice, age 50 (51 in April!), hyper-high-tech pregnancy natch. I'm 15 weeks along and finally over the most brutal tummyaches I've ever experienced. Not nausea, more like heartburn but right smack dab in the middle of the abdomen. (Possibly due to the supplemental progesterone I took for the first 12 weeks.) This plus aversions, insomnia, fatigue -- yuk! I am so glad to be through with the first trimester.

I am cautiously optimistic -- or is is optimistically cautious. This is my second pregnancy; my first (also hyper-high-tech) was two years ago and ended at 25 weeks from a very low-tech, NON-age-related pathogen by the name of group B strep. My little son James lived for 24 hours, in my arms. That is a pain I would not wish upon another human being. Those of you who have been there know.

I spent most of the following year trying all sorts of ways to bring another child into my life, including a very long and hard effort at adopting internationally. Red tape, bureacratic delays, random nonsense, and an intransigent homestudy agency that kept making the same sloppy errors in my homestudy, over and over, made me so frustrated that I decided to try the fertility route again.

Sure enough, just like my first time through, I became pregnant easily using the right technology. And so here I am.

Now over the first-trimester miseries I am beginning to feel wonderful. My two prenatals so far have been perfect. My practitioner is a perinatologist who is said to be very hip and accepting of the midwife model. (I started out with a perinatologist/midwife team, but the powers that be nixed that. Being 50, I might as well wear a scarlet letter 'high risk' on my breast -- even with a peri on my team evidently the midwives aren't allowed to go near me.) A partner peri of my doc, who is an infectious-disease specialist, has a protocol planned for me that will effectively eliminate the risk of another group B strep disaster. And of course, I will hire a doula and am hoping very much for a waterbirth or water labor at least.

So ideally the bases are as covered as they can be at this point.

My due date is August 16, which happens to be my mother's birthday and that of my peri as well. So far I haven't gained an ounce ... but I do have the beginnings of a little tummy. Enough such that I have started to use the private shower at the gym where I swim daily. At my age, I won't be assumed pregnant by fellow bathers but merely just letting-myself-go ("That woman needs to do some sit-ups in a hurry!" I imagine them thinking). Anyway, that's my little ego thing. I think when I am big enough to where it's clear what's going on, then I'll return to the big shower, Proud, 50 (uh, I mean, 51 by then), and more than a little PG ...

Glad to be among you folks - Martha
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I haven't posted too much on this thread lately cuz frankly, it is just getting too long for me to follow. I think I'll start a new one. Matter of fact, I'll do tht right now. Won't you please join me?
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hey just want to put the link to the new thread so we don't lose you all
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