Hi - Yeah Az, we're nuts here too! 6+yrs. but she's a big helper and wanted this babe as much as I did...for her own reasons, of course! For heartburn (which comes and goes) I just take DH's extrastrength Tums, which have the bonus of Ca, which I don't get a ton of since I can't do dairy. I don't do otc stuff, usually, but this seems to help. Also I'm taking a tea called Women's Blend which is intended for pregnancy and post-partum and has slippery elm and nettles in it...I guess good for both iron and indigenstion (my MW swears that her ladies bleed WAY less who take this tea)! For iron I'm taking Perfect Prenatal (vitamins) which have a ton of iron. I had to cut down to 3/day, instead of 4. Also I do eat "white" meat and occasional ground lamb. I haven't had any signs of anemia, but haven't been tested, either. My 19wk US was with some water, and I DID have to pee pretty badly before it was all over (just push a little harder over there, why don't you!). I think I drank one 20 oz. water bottle. I don't remember them asking me to, I think I just did it. They left me hanging for 45 mins. before telling me they were running "a little" late. Poor DD and DH sitting there the whole time, too. Drag...but the pic we got is so amazing
. Hard to imagine doing that now - I do have to pee an awful lot! On the bath, I am not enjoying cold water at ALL (not even to brush my teeth). I think this one is a hot blooded little monkey! I too have the pulsing swollen feeling...I mentioned it to my MW today and she asked about it, since I had a GBS UTI earlier in pregnancy. She's a little concerned, but if it is a vericose vein, there isn't much to do but keep it from rupturing (Ugh!) and do the exercises.
Picked up a ton of stuff from a friend today - 3 lrg. bags of clothes, a bouncy chair, a gymini, a bath tub, one of those hang from the doorway swing things, a snap-n-go stroller...too much! I offered to compensate, but she wouldn't... I am so grateful! We got rid of almost everything we had from DD, and it really would cost a small fortune to get it all again! Yikes! Thank god babies grow so quickly that people can pass stuff along that's in great shape!!! Ok, time to get these feet up! andy