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mamarsupial's Avatar mamarsupial 08:05 PM 08-04-2003
hey all. thought i would go ahead and get a new one started. 4 pages is a lot. should we restart roll call????

anabean's Avatar anabean 08:14 PM 08-04-2003
good on ya! that thread was too long for its own good.

i just posted about pregnant hot flashes... *fans herself*

anyone?
mamarsupial's Avatar mamarsupial 08:40 PM 08-04-2003
i am one long hot flash! hee hee. luckily, things have cooled off here this week.

time for dinner!
Hikaru's Avatar Hikaru 08:58 PM 08-04-2003
Does anyone else get nosebleeds? I got them when I was pregnant with Ds 4 years ago and this time (I'M 30 weeks) they
are much worse. It's not a gush, just an annoying dribble out of the left nostril that just takes forever to stop.
Sabrin's Avatar Sabrin 12:53 AM 08-05-2003
Just wanted to stop in and say hi Not much longer now, only about 8 weeks or so.

Anybody else feel like they've been pregnant forever? Most of us got pg in December or January. Do you realize that we've been pregnant the ENTIRE year of 2003?! Not exactly how I'd expected to spend this year....but whatcha gonna do?:

I'm anxious about how my 19 month old is going to take having another baby in the house. She's been so loved and doted on, that having to share us with someone else is going to be difficult.

I hope that everyone is doing great....
plum's Avatar plum 01:14 AM 08-05-2003
Boo to hot flashes. When I was staying with my mom, I had to have the fan on me and I felt bad cause I didn't want to freeze her (we stayed in the same room). Then, at my parents' house, I actually got up and slept on the couch under the air conditioner cause I was so hot. I went to see Dh in the morning and he was shivering in the room I'd started out in. I still thought it was hot in there, and that night it had been 58 degrees.

I have 5.5 weeks left. What seems really weird to me is that I haven't had a period since December.
ladylee's Avatar ladylee 02:57 AM 08-05-2003
Hikaru-yes to the nosebleeds! I've had them all throughout, off and on. Conventional lit I read says it's not enough Vit C. Holistic sources say it's too much Vit C. :
StarMama's Avatar StarMama 05:32 AM 08-05-2003
No hot *flashes* just HOT all the time... I never got sweaty before I was pregnant... now, yick. Its not fun...

Now that it's August I can tell people that I'm due NEXT MONTH. I'm having a baby NEXT MONTH. OMG. Nervous, excited, nervous, excited.

We're moving in 10 days! Woo for moving. Boo for still have lotsa stuff to pack and unpacking! :LOL At least we will have a home for all of the baby's stuff, as well as I'll get to decorate! I could just do without having to unpack. And having to help as much as I'm able, which means long periods of standing which HURTS now.... *Sigh* Here's hoping all of our moving friends really show up to help huh? Dh's Dad and Brothers offered to help, so that would be a great amount of manpower we'd sure appreciate!!

I'm 34 weeks along now and have no idea where this child is going to grow anymore. My fundus is *right* against my ribs when I sit, and he wiggles around like I'm squashing him... no where to go but outwards kiddo! :LOL At least that's how it feels.
Hikaru's Avatar Hikaru 07:06 AM 08-05-2003
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Originally posted by ladylee
Hikaru-yes to the nosebleeds! I've had them all throughout, off and on. Conventional lit I read says it's not enough Vit C. Holistic sources say it's too much Vit C. :
LOL. Why does that contradiction not surprise me at all??

I think I will just go ahead and continue to consume whatever the heck I want (within reason of course)....
seven_lux's Avatar seven_lux 07:45 AM 08-05-2003
Yes to the nosebleeds! Sometimes I'll just be standing around and all of a sudden...*guuuush* goes my nose & there's lots of blood everywhere.

Also, the past week or so I have noticed a significant "numbing" of my belly. I can't feel the baby moving very much unless I put my hands on my stomach and then I realise that it's booting up a STORM. Probably a good thing though in some ways...if i could really feel how much it was kicking all the time, i'd go crazy & probably it would make me a bit queasy

I'm almost 34 weeks...tehe!



I have been noticing babies everywhere! I just want to cuddle them all sooooo badly. I don't think I'm showing all that much really and I usually wear a coat (it's winter here), so all the mums generally seem quite put off by my starey-ness. Like they think I'm going to steal their babies or something. When I'm out with my partner, I'm all "ooh look at the little teeny baby....awwwh", to which he replies *cluck, cluck, cluck*. God, it's so true.

Just got to keep telling myself...soon you can cuddle your own as much as you want! Woo
ladylee's Avatar ladylee 08:10 AM 08-05-2003
"I think I will just go ahead and continue to consume whatever the heck I want (within reason of course)...."-Hikaru

My reaction completely!:

Another symptom to my list-insomnia. I was doing so well! But the phone rang at 2 am and I cannot get back to sleep. Overall, I feel T riffic though.
dallaschildren's Avatar dallaschildren 11:59 AM 08-05-2003
Good morning mamas,

Well I am at 33 weeks and 4 days today. Original due date was 9/27/03, but I am scheduled to deliver via C on 9/18/03. We are having another baby boy! Yahoo!
mamarsupial's Avatar mamarsupial 12:11 PM 08-05-2003
we're 31/32 weeks. due oct 4, full term sept 12. once we're full term we're doing all we can to get labor started!

i had some nosebleeds w/ e. not this time though.

we had a prenatal last week friday morning. very low key. we saw all of the 10 midwives at practice last time. this time, we've just stuck to a few favorites. one had mentioned possible induction if the baby is big (which it WILL be). ummm, NO? we were induced with e for PIH and we're NOT doing that again. we were very pleased to talk to jill (she's one of our favorites) about it this week, though. she basically said what we've been thinking already "there's no evidence to show that induction helps in the case of a big baby. smaller baby if you induce early, but then you're forcing you body to do something its not ready for. wait, and the baby is bigger, but your body is more prepared." so, she will not suggest induction. hurrah. all of our prenatals around the time we are full term are with jill, so we shouldn't have any battles. all looks good. at this point with e, i was going in every week for non stress tests and i was swollen up like a balloon. this time, the cnms have been saying instead "oh, you should prolly be coming in every two weeks....but come back in four...things look great."

e has been sleeping better, but i haven't. we're hoping to order our new natura bed this week. now all we have to do is sell a few organs to pay for it!
Eman'smom's Avatar Eman'smom 12:39 PM 08-05-2003
34 weeks tomorrow, I can't believe it

Still nothing is ready except me, there is no longer baby room. X is up to and I feel past my ribs. I'm already as big as I was when I delivered my son so this baby need to get ready quick.

I can't believe I'm do next month, heck I can't believe in 2 weeks the midwife will say "if you go into labor we won't stop it". I'm not at risk for or expecting an early delivery but right now in the 100 degree heat a little early would be nice.

Despite how horrible this pregnancy has been I still can't believe it's almost over and how fast it's gone by.
Ravin's Avatar Ravin 12:52 PM 08-05-2003
My pregnancy is the one thing that HASN'T been horrible about this year!

I've had a chronically bloody nose, but it doesn't really bleed actively, it's just my poor nasal passages are so dry they bleed instead of secreting mucus!

It probably sounds goofy, but I just noticed my stretch marks yesterday. They're like this vertical striping pattern along the underside of my belly. Since I haven't been able to SEE the underside of my belly for quite some time, I hadn't noticed them until I happened to be in front of the mirror yesterday. DH was all "yes, dear, they've been there for quite some time now." and full of reassurances that I didn't resemble a zebra, the stretch marks aren't that prominent or contrasting. (This followed my "I look like a zebra" comment.)

He's such a dear.
dallaschildren's Avatar dallaschildren 01:23 PM 08-05-2003
Can anyone dispute that ultimately no matter how a woman has her baby, as long as they are both healthy, it doesn't matter?
Sabrin's Avatar Sabrin 01:29 PM 08-05-2003
DallasChildren....

Well, no. As long as both are healthy, the ultimately it doesn't matter. However, when you have your heart set on one certain set of events and then things spiral way out of your control, you can feel some disapointment and sadness over that.

But in the end it all comes down to having a healthy baby and mom. I hope that no one has made you feel like having a c-section is bad or wrong. It comes down to what decisions you are comfortable making.

Good luck with yours. I know you can't wait to meet your newest addition.
halah's Avatar halah 02:07 PM 08-05-2003
hello again...

Yes to nosebleeds, more like a chronically bloody nose as someone put it. I think the tissues in there thin out and bleed easier much the way your gums sometimes will. I always feel stuffed up too, even when they're dry.

Yes to hot flashes. I was convinced the a/c was broken again last night. I had it down to 73 and still felt hot all over.

To round out my litany of complaints, my pelvis is aching and my feet get swollen at night now...I just don't want to move after a certain hour but I get so damn STIFF....going to a chiro on Wed or Thursday, hope it helps.

On a happy note, my GD test was normal and my belly is finally rounded and nice looking, I think. I carry close in so it took forever to look pregnant and not just fat. I just bought a load of nursing clothes at motherwear...they're usually too expensive for me but they're having a 60% off sale right now so...go check it out!
Louise's Avatar Louise 05:23 PM 08-05-2003
I am loving being pregnant in the summer! Geesh I should have planned the others this way. I feel fantastic. Have an amazing wardrobe. It is great. This is our fourth and final and I suppose we are going out with a bang. I am loving every minute of it. Time seems to be flying soooo fast this time around. I suppose the boys keep me so busy I don't have much time to be anxious. If only I knew the sex.... I hate not knowing....
mamarsupial's Avatar mamarsupial 06:21 PM 08-05-2003
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Can anyone dispute that ultimately no matter how a woman has her baby, as long as they are both healthy, it doesn't matter?
ultimately no...but it IS an experience you carry with you forever, and it should be as positive as possible. my birth was dd was very similar to the birth a friend had with her first. the same things happened (induction, some intervensions, etc.). i left the birth feeling good. we had done our research, had a doula, were active in the choices that were made. she felt she had no power and no choice. so, how you go into birth, and what you do to prepare DOES matter. your health and your child's health matter more, but it is also important that you do what you can (including keeping an open mind) to keep the experience positive.
kerikadi's Avatar kerikadi 06:31 PM 08-05-2003
Hi there,
Are there other homebirthers due in September or October?
I am behind most of you in that I am just now 28 weeks and not due until the end of October, 12 more weeks to go
I have been pretty fortunately with this pregnancy, a couple of nose bleeds but not bad. My biggest complaint is that I feel like a have a pulled groin muscle, it's been uncomfortable for about a month and seems to get a little bit worse just about every day
I have a nursing 13.5 month old and am concerned about what she will be doing during the labor. I am hoping to go in the middle of the night and maybe she'll be asleep I can dream, can't I?
This is #4 for me and likely our last and I feel a bit guilty because I haven't been keeping a journal like I did last time - I really need to get on that. I also plan on having my picture taken professionally near the end

Keri
Nik's Mommy's Avatar Nik's Mommy 07:12 PM 08-05-2003
I'm 32 weeks tomorrow!! Wahoo!!! I am so excited about seeing this little baby. The anticipation is killing me!!

The weather has cooled off a bit (but only a bit), and the a/c is fixed at work, so I'm feeling a bit better..... but still tired. I told HR my last day at work would be September 12th..... but now I sort of thinking it may be the 5th. I don't know if I could make it another week..... I guess we'll see. My manager said he would let me stop working whenever I felt I had to.

I pretty much have nothing ready. This is so not like me!! I finally got around to buying some small diaper wraps (I am selling all of the ones I used with ds, because they didn't work well for us.) I still have all the diapers, but still want to buy 3 or 4 or 6 small ME Sandy's and a couple AIOs. I need to sell my "not being used" diapers before I do that. I think I'll try and post them on e-bay tomorrow. I need to wash all the diapers and find the "baby" clothes and get those into the room as well. I have no idea where I will find the energy to get this done. Plus, I wanted to have some cute small diapers sewn for baby to come home in (and for the nurses to comment on)..... and I wanted to have the Halloween costumes sewn this month as well. AUGH!!! I think I'm in over my head.
Hikaru's Avatar Hikaru 09:26 PM 08-05-2003
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Originally posted by dallaschildren
Can anyone dispute that ultimately no matter how a woman has her baby, as long as they are both healthy, it doesn't matter?
I wouldn't go that far but yes, a healthy mother and baby is certainly the goal. I had an unexpected c-section with Ds three years ago and was totally devastated that I didn't get to have this empowering natural birth. Finally told myself to Just get over myself since I was actually resenting the baby for not cooperating in **my** birth experience. Ridiculous, no? It was just my big fat ego, when really the birth was about giving my son the best start in the world, not about me!

That said, La Leche League says that a mother should be aware and actively involved in the birth experience, and that Mom and baby should be together "early and often" in order to promote successful breastfeeding. Along those lines, even a hospital birth with necessary interventions (and yes, sometimes interventions are necessary in spite of all our planning) can still be empowering.
Anmarie's Avatar Anmarie 10:06 PM 08-05-2003
Dallaschildren, you are right, ultimately it doesn't matter.

I'm telling that to myself today after receiving some distressing news yesterday. I found out I'm GBS+

I'm almost 36 weeks and have been planning a homebirth. Yesterday I thought for sure that meant I would have to have a hospital birth (which wouldn't be so terrible - its the 48 hours of observation in a "semi-private" room afterwards that depresses me). So today I've been reading everything I can get my hands on on GBS. I have an appt with my midwife this Thurs and my OB next Wed. Hopefully, between the three of us we can come up with a plan. I'm trying now to boost my immune system (Vit C and Echinacea) and am looking into other homeopathic remedies.

I feel like I'm being selfish still wanting a HB, but so much to me depends on a good beginning - with bonding, breastfeeding, etc.

Can I put in a plea for good thoughts???? And if it comes down to having a hospital birth, help me to remain positive... Because ultimately it boils down to a healthy child.
kerikadi's Avatar kerikadi 12:06 AM 08-06-2003
I was GBS+ last time and it did not impact my labor/delivery at all. I had a home waterbirth. The plan my MW and I decided on was that IF my water broke, after a certain amount of time - I forget how long - we would administer antibiotics for 20 minutes every 6 hours. I wasn't keen on the possibility of an IV but tried not to worry. DD was born 10 minutes after my water broke so no abx at all. Also no internals.

Keri
halah's Avatar halah 12:24 AM 08-06-2003
Keri I'm due right about the same time you are and also planning a home birth (my 2nd)

I remember last time I would get an awful cramp or sprain feeling in the right side of my groin, right where the leg joined the body on the inside, it made it difficult to walk. It usually coincided with B-H contrax. My baby was very low for the last month, don't know if it had something to do with it or if it's the same thing described as "round ligament pain". (It was painful, all right!)

As for the GBS+, my midwife recounted the same scenario and protocols if I turn out to test positive. I will put up with the possibility of IV antibiotics if it means staying at home and probably needing no interventions with it at all.
Anmarie, talk to your midwife and see if they will do the same for you at home.
StarMama's Avatar StarMama 04:11 AM 08-06-2003
I'm planning a homebirth as well Keri! 34 weeks along today!

Anyone have GBS+ and is allergic to penicillin? I'm wondering what my midwives will do for me if I am (haven't found out yet) because I'm also allergic to erythomycin and emoxicillin, and some hospitals will use one or the other of those instead... so I have no clue what my midwives would have available... I'll have to ask them, but at my last appt I totally forgot...

I'm SO busy with appointments right now! I have to see my midwives every 2 weeks, and until I get all my labs, have to see Kaiser every 2 weeks as well. Then there are my 3x a week chiropractor appts (for upper back and neck issues), and then this sat is my baby shower, and the woman throwing it and I had words and she isn't doing it anymore, so I get to do it myself (I started a thread on it if anyone wants the juicy details)... and I'm gonna strangle the photographer who is supposed to do my pregnancy photos! She did our wedding photos, and they were beautiful, so we spoke in email, she said August is fine, but we haven't nailed down a day, and she doesn't answer her business line (I don't know if thats normal for her, I never contacted her by phone and know the photography is a 2nd job for her) and isn't replying to her emails. ARG! I don't have anyone else lined up to do it for the reasonable price she's going to do it, and I really LIKE how she does photos... Here's hoping I get ahold of her *soon*
kerikadi's Avatar kerikadi 10:39 AM 08-06-2003
Lisa,
I am also planning on getting some pg pics done but I haven't found a photographer yet - I need to get on that!

I was GBS+ last time. The agreement my MW and I came to was that a certain number of hours after my water broke I would receive abx for 20 minutes every 6 hours. Well, my water broke and DD was born 10 minutes later so it wasn't even an issue. We also didn't do any internals as that can increase risk. I thought I would want her to check me but I was so glad that she didn't feel that she needed to - I didn't want anyone anywhere near my cervix! I had a waterbirth, got in the water after my water broke.
I have not been tested for GBS yet but I expect if I am + again we will have the same plan, no big deal really.
I have not seen a dr. at all this pgy just my MW ever 4-5 weeks. I will start seeing my chiro again in September to start doing the Webster

Keri
dallaschildren's Avatar dallaschildren 02:02 PM 08-06-2003
Hi All,

Anmarie...thank you...I'm sure all of us can agree that a healthy baby and mom are our ultimate goal whether we end up with a homebirth, waterbirth, hospital birth, or a C section.
The reason I asked was because of the unwanted militant sounding response/advice I received from Weesej on my post asking those what their pain experience was if they've had more than 1 C section. It made me feel bad, not to mention p*%&*$( off. I'm doing what I feel is best for my next child and although all of us dream of having an unmedicated uncomplicated natural birth where everyone ends up honkey dorey, that is not the reality for some mamas. And the kicker is weesej is an apprentice midwife......it is exactly her type of atttiude that will end up turning woman off to alternative birth choices.

Ok enough of that....

Last night I threw a party for 150 of my neighbors...I am the neighborhood crime watch chairwoman and it was National Night Out yesterday. It was 103 degrees and needless to say, my OB and family did NOT want me to partake in the soiree, but I was responsible and felt obligated to follow through. It turned out really well, I drank a ton of water, and sat down alot. My feet look like sausages, but hey...I always get swollen at this stage of pregnancy. My Group B test came back negative last week and we are scheduled for our last sono next week. All in all things are moving along, and I am still "nesting" a bit every day. If I can finish prepping his nursery, I will feel a lot better.

Thanks for letting me vent. Hope all of you are doing well and feeling excited....5 more weeks for me !!!! Yahoo!!!!!!
Have a great day!

mamaley's Avatar mamaley 04:12 PM 08-06-2003
I'm 32 weeks now, and went to my mw appt today. I told her about some "symptoms" I've been having--lots of pelvic pressure, increased discharge, more BH that are a little painful, and it feels like the baby is REALLY low. So she felt around my belly and said she couldn't find the babies head, she was that low. So she then checked me, and baby is a -2 and I'm 1 cm. They put me on modified bedrest and told me to call if I have more than 4 contrax of any kind in one hour. I'm trying not to worry, but it's hard. The strange thing is, I've been having a strong feeling that this baby is going to come early, and I've had dreams about preterm babies.
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