i can personally vouch for the wonderful comfort of their capris!!! (and admitingly, i wore them again this summer )
I'm nervous about birth too. I had an "emergency" C section last time. Emergency because after they CRANKED up the pitocin, my babies heart rate dropped. They induced me because my fluid was "low" but not low enough that it didn't take then 12 hours and like 15 people examining me to decide if it was low enough to induce, while we were stuck in the triage room with no food. And the unprofessional behavior in the OR still makes me so angry. It's like I wasn't even there. They were actually fighting and one was pissed because it was unplanned and she had a date afterwards and her hair was now a mess!! : And there was no plus size gowns so the thing was half on me. I kept asking and finally got one, the next day!
I half blame myself for being too ignorant to stick up for us. I shouldn't harbor so much resentment. I have taken steps to keep all this from happening again by getting a (size friendly) midwife and changing hospitals. But I know it's normal to grieve c section births, espcially one that went as badly as mine did. I know it's possible that I will end up with another CS but it sure will be on MY terms if I do!
I'd love a home birth but unfortunately I'm not that confident that I can go w/out something for the pain. I know that belief and attitude have a lot to do with that too and I'm working on it. I'm happy with the hospital I chose and also the midwife so :
I'm really hoping to have a homebirth, but I'll probably have to continue prenatal care with my OB due to the combination of lay-midwifery being illegal here, and the need for a second parent adoption, during which who knows what will be examined!
I noticed a few of you refused or intend to refuse the GTT, which I would like to do as well. I'm extremely nervous that the thus far respectful attitude will change dramatically when I start refusing tests left and right. It's been like pulling teeth to just get the CNM to tell us what tests are coming up at each appointment and what they are for. They seem to be really into the idea that a mother-to-be need not be concerned with what is being done to her body. Gag.
It's great to meet all of you and I hope everyone has a blissful pregnancy and birth!
With my last pregnancy I gained 22 lbs all together, started out at 235. This pregnancy I started at a few pounds more than that and have yet to gain anything. Actually, at my last appointment my midwife said she would like to see me gain at least a pound or two by the next appointment. One thing I can say that is good, my midwives NEVER bug me about weight!
I'm interested in declining the GD test also. I didn't have it last time, I don't have any signs of having it this time and the test makes me feel like CRAP!: I'm curious what others experiences are in declining, any tips?
the plus size pregnancy link i posted has some info on GD test alterantives. You may be able to convince your MW to opt for one of those instead.
you can also just watch your urine for sugars in it every visit, and if they are ultra nosey and want to know, you could do a finger prick test every visit to.
My father has Type II diabetes and I had a fasting blood sugar done once before I got pregnant and it was on the higher end of normal, so I was okay with the test during preg #1. This time, the practice gave me a glucometer and I took a week's worth of morning blood sugars and a few after meals. Yup, had GD again. I like this detection method better than the 1 hour and 3 hour ordeals! If you are opposed to the glucose test because of all the needles and all that sugar, maybe this could be an alternative that would work?
PS -- Could someone please tell me how to add a signature? I feel naked!
When does your MW/OB check for fundal height? When did they start? I'm wondering because mine hasn't checked yet, and I'm wondering if it's because of the extra padding there, or if it's too early (I'm 20 weeks). I hate having my stomach exposed anyway, so I don't mind that it hasn't been checked!
Originally Posted by sophiamama
My mw didn't start checking until a little later, maybe after 20 or 24 weeks? I have an appointment next week, I'll let you know if they do!
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Originally Posted by Saramomofmany
I have a little gripe. I started my pregnant about 180 pounds. I'm planning a homebirth with a midwife. At the first appointment, she mentioned how important diet/exercise is for a healthy pregnancy and basically said if I don't gain any weight for the pregnancy that is just fine since I'm starting out quite a bit more than I need to be at. Ok, yeah, like I didn't know I was overweight. :
I refused the gtt. I have a glucose monitor already and I basically told my dr that we both knew that if I gave my body such an overload of sugar we knew I'd fail. So what was the point. She let me get away with it as long as I monitor my sugar. I then report to her at each appt. Lowest/highest fasting and avg for post meals. So much better than doing the tests.
Actually, I refused pretty much every test except the ultrasound (I didn't do the quad test, so this was our chance to look for physical problems) & GBS this time. My dr hasn't been thrilled, but she's understood my reasoning and let me get away with it. So I guess, research each test, ask lots of questions, don't say yes unless you really want the test.
I just had a pair of jeans modified into maternity jeans by www.bellyjeans.com....Cheryl is sweet to work with and they are SUPER comfy!
I weighed 226 pounds when I got pregnant with her. Before I delivered Abigail, May 2005, my weight was around 249, so I think I gained only 23 pounds. I quit working after I had her and quit exercising, but my weight dropped to 220 pounds.
After 2 months, it was back up to around 230 (and my period started) even though I was breastfeeding. When she was just 5 months old, I got pregnant again and at that time I weighed around 240!
I am now 38 weeks and weigh 260 pounds, so with this pregnancy I have gained 20 pounds so far. It's a bit depressing to think I am back where I started, but at least this time I'm also pregnant, so I know it's not all me.
I was really good exercising and eating healthy all through my first pregnancy. This time, not so good. I hardly exercise and I can feel it. Even though my weight isn't that far off, I feel softer... especially my legs, butt and back.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed being pregnant the first time (had her when I was 31), this time I can't wait to not be pregnant and have my body back to normal, to feel like I can move again.
Katreena, 39 year old Alaskan Mama to 1 and 1
Katreena, 39 year old Alaskan Mama to 1 and 1
Off topic -- I can't sleep tonight. It is 3:30 AM here and I am wide awake. It has been so hot! The a/c makes me sick : and the fan is just not enough. : Plus, I am really hungry!!!!!
Research Briefs from The Parent Review
Obesity affects pregnancy more than asthma.
A recent study of asthmatic women found that those who were also obese were more likely to suffer pregnancy complications. The study included information on both asthmatic and non-asthmatic women, and a percentage of both populations was obese. Obese women, whether asthmatic or not, were more likely to experience complications such as preeclampsia, cesarean birth, or gestational diabetes and to suffer more serious asthma attacks."
Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology 108 (2006): 77–82.
Not sure what to say about that one!