I'm Eva, WAHMama to Gretchen 3 1/2 and Koen just turned 2.
I have antiphospholipid syndrome which evidently has been the cause of our 4 losses. I'm on daily aspirin currently and will be starting heprin injections on the 15th. Whatever it takes. It looks like I'll be followed by both the base clinic and a perinatalogist up at Bethesda. I would REALLY love to be able to have this baby in the wonderful birth center up near Annapolis but I don't know yet if that's a good idea or not being high-risk. We'll just have to wait and see. The good news is the hospital I'd be delivering at otherwise, allows water births!! If we do get to go to the birth center it'll mean at least an hour and half long drive... yuck but definitely worth it. And the hospital is an hour away... oh the joys of living in the middle of nowhere!
Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Wow... we are all going to be sending you the best vibes for this pregnancy to go well and your baby to come healthy and cute
I am Poli, have 3 kids myself (1 girl and 2 boys ages 6, 4 and 15 months) and have had 2 pregnancy losses (the first was a blighted ovum, and the second - 6 months later - was twin boys at 17 weeks due to TTTS).
My last pregnancy was very stressful because I was afraid I was going to lose that baby too, but everything went well. Now, 15 months later, I find myself pregnant again and I hope everything goes well this time.
PS So you are the DuckyBuns wahm! I began doing cloth diapers with my youngest and plan to CD the new baby too
I'm Karen, momma to Tristan who's going to be 4 at the end of September. Prior to his birth I was a surrogate mother and made two daddies out of two men In case anyone was wondering, I wouldn't have had it any other way; everyone was concerned that having a baby for someone else first before I had one of my own was very dangerous. I thought quite the contrary and think even moreso now after I had Tristan. I don't know that I could give a child away now, even if it wasn't biologically mine. But that's the short version of the story!
The surro birth was the dreaded c-section. I was induced. Need I say more?
Tristan's birth was a VBAC. Also induced. Do I ever learn? Thank goodness it turned out well. 3 hours after having my water broken with no other interventions besides literally fighting off an IUCP and having several arguements with my ob, my son was born.
I was induced with him because he was "large". At 38 weeks (which was true since I'm a charter), he was 8lb 12 oz.
This time... My dream is to have a 10 pound baby at home on the first day of Spring!!!
I'm trying to figure out my course of care. I have the names of two lay-midwives in the area. I called the one I'm pretty certain about but haven't gotten a call back yet. Hmph. Trying not to put too much thought into that one lol. I'm sure the woman is busy
I want to have a heart to heart with her and try to find my path; if I want to forgoe all testing and just use her or see someone else as well during the first 20 weeks.
Anyhoo, other than that, I'm 29, live in a teeny tiny rented house and am hoping to buy something before the baby is born. I do medical exams on people applying for life insurance nights/weekends and my husband writes service for a car dealership.
My son is calling for boobies so I have to go because I can't concentrate with "boobie boobie!!!" in the background
Nice to meet you all!!!
Due somewhere around 3/17/05
My name is Kylie, and I am mom to 3 wonderful boys. Ryan (5 1/2), Brandon (4), and Nathan (17 months). I am due on 3/2/05 but am hoping for possibley 3/4/5 because it's such a neat date and it happens to be my birthday. I'm fighting morning sickness right now, I typically have it for at least 7 months, with my first I was nauseated until the moment he delivered. This will be my last baby so I'm trying to enjoy what I can and forgive the rest. We finally told my in laws and my mother, nobody was negative or rude about it which was nice. So far I've only had a few rude responses (in regards to it being my 4th) but most people just assume it was either a surprise or we were still trying for the girl.
Here's to a happy healthy pregnancy with you ladies!!
I'm Melissa, mother to 3yo Anna. This is my third pg; I had a m/c in April. I'm due on March 16th. As far as symptoms go, I'm exhausted all the time, peeing most of the time, hungry all the time, and my boobs have gone up a full cup size and feel like rocks! They are so painful I'm starting to consider cutting them off! The worst part is that they have been this way for two weeks, and it's starting to get REALLY old!
I'm in the middle of a major life change: I'm leaving my full-time job of 6 years to take a part-time job for less money. My job was starting to consume me and my DD was paying the price. So, this happens at kind of a crazy time for me. I won't hear if I have the job I really want until 7/15, so any good thoughts at this point will be GREATLY appreciated. My last day of work is 7/23. I can't wait!!!
Our daughter, Maya, is 20 months and such a delight. When you ask her where the baby is, she points to my belly. She adores babies, and we hope that fends of jealousy come March.
We're looking at a homebirth right now, though a few things are complicating our prenatal care decisions. Since we're moving to Pittsburgh, but don't know when, we have to figure out if the baby will be born here or there. If we can move during this pregnancy, I can give birth in a birth center, which is what I long for!
I'm excited to have other expectant women to chat with! We haven't told many people yet, and all of my pregnant friends are due this fall.
Wife to j, homeschooling mom to five wonders
I am hoping that I will have just a regular old delivery like last time but with less ripping!! LOL! I had Sarah fast for a first baby (<6hrs) so I had a stage 3 tear with her......no, I was not induced. Evidently I am not a slow poke when it comes to labor.....I am glad to see so many people to share with in the next few months!!!
I'm Kash, mommy to nearly-4-yo Gillian. I just tested this morning at 13dpo, though I've been pretty convinced I was pg since late last week. Yesterday's beginnings of nausea were a big clue, too.
Gillian's birth was a 'nearly' natural birth; I had some Nubain about four or five hours before she was born. In retrospect, I was mainly just dehydrated! We're planning a homebirth for this one, and have already interviewed a few midwives (though direct-entry midwives are 'alegal' at present in Georgia).
Karen, I'd love to hear about your surrogate experience some time - it's something I've considered after dh and I are done, because chances are I will be 'done' before my 30th birthday.
Oh! I'm due March 21st, or 20th if you go by LMP instead of ovulation. I'm going with the 21st, though.
and Brigid Eleanor (11/20/08)
I'm Molly, almost 30 years old, and I'm newly pg with my third and most likely, last baby. So, I intend to enjoy every second of this pregnancy! I have 2 boys, 10 and 2. My little one is still nursing a lot - we're nak right now.
I'm hoping to have mt 1st homebirth. My last two births were unmedicated and the most recent one was about the least medical hospital birth possible, but I wan't to stay home where no one will tell me what to do and I don't have to travel anywhere!
I ovulated about 6/27, so Fertility Friend is giving me an EDD of March 19. I'm hoping for an equinox baby!
I'm hoping for an equinox baby too! If we all talk about it enough, it may happen. You know how when you're around your friends long enough, you cycle together? That even happens to my friends that I have on an email list that was formed back when my 3.5 year old was born (and during pregnancy). One of the girls I have been joking with for the last few months to have sex when *I* was ovulating so she'd get pregnant.
Guess who found out right when I did!?!? lol!
Email me if you want (or PM me) about surrogacy. I'm actually going to see my surrobabe (who is turning 5 in August) in a couple of weeks.
There are different types of surrogacy, obviously. We went the AI route which means artificial insemination using my own egg. Reason being, this was two men and they had no reason to use a donor egg if the surrogate was willing and able to be a biological birth mother.
I don't think I have met another woman who did it the way I did, meaning, before having her own kids. I wouldn't do it any other way. Not sure if I could do it after birthing my son and nursing him and all of that stuff that goes along with it But who knows!!!!
As far as my care goes, I did talk to the midwife I'm going to be using. I'm really positive about it, and found out that she can order testing if needed or wanted. I had told her I was torn about it and didn't know if I wanted parallel care or not. Matter of fact I don't, but if I wanted a sonogram at 20 weeks, I thought I'd have to. Not the case! So I'm at ease now and feel like God willing, all strings to traditional medicine have been snipped. She doesn't start seeing clients until 12 weeks which is fine with me. I know how to care for myself during that time and she also doesn't want to use a doppler until at least then too. She may even accept my insurance which is a bonus.
Next to owning a home (hopefully happening within a year's time), having a baby at home has always been one of my dreams. I was born at home, although accidentally
Take care ladies!
We were in NYC for the 4th and everytime we visit I think about how absolutely cool it would be to raise a child there. How do you like it and where do you live?
As a childbirth educator and doula I am sure you have the proper resources and support for an HBAC!
I definitely get 100% support on the HBAC from other doulas and CBEs, that's true, and I'm grateful for it, but I unfortunately don't get that much support from others about it . Homebirth is just not something that's very common, even here in the hippie village, and especially not after a c/s. I feel pretty alone in that respect!
Just got my positive this evening, after 2 1/2 years of trying. The shock still hasn't worn off.
I'm due March 20th and two of my other children are also March babies so I guess it's "my" month.
My oldest was born at a childbirth center (he's 13 now) and my other two (9 and 4) were born at home. We're planning another homebirth this time as well. We haven't told any family yet, maybe next month, but I can't wait to call my midwife tomorrow. This will be our last baby, so I'm going to savour every moment!
Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) and .
I am Rebecca,mother to three wonderful little kiddos.They are ages 6,4 and 2.I am a SAHM and i make jewelry for a side gig.I live in Southern Cali and it is hot here as we speak.I will be having a homebirth just like with my other 3 kiddos.I am due March 1st and i am feeling sick,sick,sick!
One of the big draws back to the UK was free midwifes and homebirths on the NHS, so I'm glad to be able to make use of that, now, as well as subsidized childcare and a generally more child-friendly culture. Hey, you get free dental care here if you're pg or nursing; luckily I'm both!.
We had a m/c before DS, and another this past Dec, but I feel very differently with this pg. It feels like it's here to stay, even though I'm only 4.5 weeks right now. I am soooooo tired all the time.
citygirl, when I was pg with DS I had a very vivid dream that it was a girl and she told me her name was Lila! We looked up meanings and discovered what a cool name it is. Where did your name come from?
Kailyn - 5 Hospital Birth w/Epi, epesiotpmy, rips internal and external (She shot out), IV, on my back and a total 7hr 15min labor. She was 7lbs 6oz. I was treated like crap throughout my labor. But was treated extreamly well during my postpardum stay. I guess that once all the nurses saw that I was breastfeeding my baby that I was no longer the typical hated young single mom. ~rolleyes~ Anyway.
Brennen - 2.5 (will be 3 in Oct.) Hospital Birth w/Epi, no cut but small tear externally, IV, and on my back again and a 3hr labor. He was 9lb 11oz And since he was so bid they wouldnt allow me to nurse him until they cked his blood sugar. GRRR..... (I know better now.) And he wanted the boobie immediately so I had to hold him and try to calm him while screamming for boobie. They tryed to give him a bottle instead but we wouldnt let them so they finally had to let me nurse him. They keep sticking his heal to ck his blood sugar. Poor baby. He was fine ofcourse. Then the nurses keep trying to talk me into giving him formula.. "These big babies need more right away". I just keep to my guns and said NOPe, Mommies milk will be just fine. ALL of my babies had GAINED weight before we left teh hospital so obvoisly mommies milk is jsut fine! lol Oh and Hes still nursing strong.
Donovan - 15 mnths Hospital water birth All natural, 2 hr labor. Only a short 5 minuites on my back in teh bed. Midwive was intentionally tryign to slow me down. The pool wasnt ready yet. lol You can see in teh video my midwive comming in looking at the pool, looking at me, and then saying soemthing to the nurses and then all of a sudden you see them dumping buckets of water into the pool to help it fill. Almost didnt make the water. I didnt think we were going to, but we did just in time. I didnt get to labor in the water but It was nice birthing in it.
This baby is going to be a home water birth with a midwife if all goes well.
Glad to met you all and hope to get to know you all better and hope to see us all with strong healthy babies come March! Oh, my due date is March 19th according to LMP.
I am 27 and mama to Niamaya a 13 month old girl. She was delivered by c-section after being transferred to the hospital from home. I am pregnant again (surprise I never got my cycle back after my daughter) and due some time in January. I am a stay at home mom but before this I was a preschool teacher. I am going for another home birth with this baby so I am always interested to hear of successful HBACs. I hope everyone has smooth pregnancies. Oh, I am just getting out of my sick phase and something that helped was eating the strings from a banana.(make sure to eat it with a piece of banana because it is pretty bitter) My midwife suggested it and it worked well for me.
My name is Christine. DH and I got married on 12/20/03 and we weren't *planning* to start a family for another year or so (which makes us bad Catholics) but here we are now. This will be our first. My edd is either 3.2.05 based on my LMP or 3.5.05 based on the date of O.
My SIL, who is a doctor, is also pregnant with her first right now. It's been interesting to get her take on things. She is very medically mainstream and I think my ILs already think of me as haveing "theories" on birthing. I am planning an unmedicated waterbirth in an alternative birthing center in a hospital. The ABC was a good compromise for my husband as he still can't imagine any sane woman choosing NOT to birth in a hospital setting!
My husband works close to 60 hours a week (sometimes more) so I imagine that I'll be doing everything solo (not something I look forward too - I'm scared!). I'm currently looking into getting a doula.
After the birth, I hope I can quit my job and stay home. We're close to working it out financially, but the numbers are still falling short about $850 a month. Any PT/WAH ideas?
It's awesome to see other women going through the same stage of pregnancy as me. I've had bits of nausea and some changes in food preferences. Fairly consistant cramping too. My water needs have increased from 2 to 2.5 liters/day (I'm trying to hit 3 which I think my body could use). I'm prone to edema and it's been kicking in to the tune of 8 lbs in one week! So far I've lost 3-4 lbs of that water though it's hard to tell since I may have gained 1-2 lbs of pregnancy weight.
The worst symptom so far is fatigue. I already have CFIDS so having MORE fatigue is just a joy. I can't do much in the gym anymore (I'm fairly restricted anyway but now I can't do hardly anything) and I have to rest a lot and lie down for a few minutes in the middle of most days.
My big worry right now is that the pregnancy won't keep going. At my age MC is more common than with a younger woman and it's still pretty high for anyone at this stage. But I know that every day that passes improves my chances. Also, my mom had bunches of MC's all at 12 weeks.
I am 21 years old, I have been a doula for nearly 2 years now. I discovered that I wanted to become a doula when I couldn't have one for my sons birth (they were all too far away then) but of course, once it was time for a training, we were moving (getting out of the military)
Even before Jack's birth I had been reading up on homebirth. I asked dh about birthing at home, he said "not with this one, please" I agreed, besides I was already 35 weeks by then (turned out the HB midwives there were too far away as well) When ended up being ok, because I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, and had an induced labor, which lasted 9 hours (including 2 hours of pushing, didn't help being flat on my back with Mag sulfate and an epidural!) About 3 months after his birth, I was back researching homebirth, and let dh know that we were homebirthing out next baby, he was fine with that so long as I promised that if something was 'abnormal' we would have the back up with the hospital, and an OB. I agreed to that.
So here we are nearly 3 years since the birth of our son, pregnant with baby #2, and planning our homebirth. No clue how we will afford it, I'm hoping for an extention on the payment plan for past the birth, because it may take that !!
Anywho, that's me....I could go on and on, but ya'll don't want to know everything just yet, we have quite sometime together!
Enjoy your pregnancies!
well I am a 36 yo stay at home mama to a beautiful 6 yo ds. I am planning a homebirth this time around, hopefully a water birth. I had ds at a birthing center with midwives.
we are vegetarian, we homeschool, ap, do not vax, ds is *still* in the family bed, and I will cloth diaper and breastfeed as I did the last time! spiritually I am a pagan attending a local uu church that has a pagan group. I love to knit, garden, read, write, listen to and play music, sing, dance, cook, and play with our dogs.
I consider myself very lucky in that dh is super supportive and I have a great group of mama friends here for friendship and support. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and share these very special weeks together!!!
I am a 30 year old SAHM to my almost 3 1/2 year old dd and almost 21 month old ds! My first two births were unmedicated in a hospital with an OB! This time I am looking into a midwife and possibly waterbirth, I can't convince dh of a homebirth though I have tried!
I have been tandem nursing for the past 20 months but I think dd has weaned herself, it has been about 3 weeks since she has asked to nurse,we'll see! Ds is still nursing, although I feel like already he his nursing less and feel he will probably wean during pregnancy.
I had preterm labor with hospitalization and bedrest for my first and she still came a month early and then a very intense labor and birth for my 9 lb. 7 oz. ds! I could not deal with the L/D nurses saying things like we want to help you, why won't you let us give you some Stadol! You HAVE to get back on the monitor, no you can't eat anyhthing, etc. after it was all "approved" in my very detailed birth plan! Argh! This is just the tip of the iceberg on why I would like to try a midwife or maybe even a family practice doctor! Anyway, sorry to give you my life story, I'm just so excited to be pregnant again!: Pregnancy and birth are just my "thing" and I love coming to Mothering to read and share about our journey!
mom to five on earth (11 ,9, 7 and 5) and one on the way October 19, 2012
One in heaven July 2006
I had a hard time getting pg with Kaelan. Took 18 months and 4 cycles of clomid to get him. Chandra we didn't prevent at all after k's birth. We then started charting and taking vitex after 14 months of hoping for an oops. I got pg and m/c'd at 4 weeks. Then got pg with Chandra the next cycle. K had just weaned. Both of the kiddos were born at home. K's was a 4 hour labor w/ no cuts or tears. Chandra was a 3.5 hour labor also no cuts or tears. With both of them my water broke and my contractions started up very fast and hard. I'm really excited to do another homebirth.
Congrats to you all.
Rachel , wifey to best friend Karl ,
SAHM to Kaelan (11) Chandra (9) Liam (7) Lachlan (5) Killian (4),Riordan (1), Baby Boy EDD 11/14. All born at home!
I too had to work to get pregnant with Nathan. I started charting from moment one, I had an annovulatory cycle, was diagnosed with PCOS, went on glucophage and Clomid together and thankfully conceived on my first med. cycle after 8 months of seriously ttc.
I did get the mini pill after Nathan and took it a handfull of times but Dan and I eventually decided to let God decide when our family should grow as our faith became stronger.
The nice things about being pregnant and finding out now are that Dan's grandfather (we're moving to be near him and he has terminal lukemia) will most likely get to see the baby's birth. Hopefully that will inspire him to live healthfully until the baby comes and perhaps even after possibly buying us all some more time together. Also, finding out now helps me know to look for a sit down job when I get to Hawaii (part time) and to not work too hard during this move so I'm very thankful I found out quickly.
Anyway, I'm very nervous and anxious and just want to get past this 1st trimester quickly so I can relax and enjoy this pregnancy. I'm happy to be surrounded by such a diverse and great group of ladies!
I have 3 bio children and 1 stepson and now surprise baby due late March.
I am having a homebirth with a midwife, hopefully it will be a waterbirth. My last baby was born at home UC and I would love to do it again but. . .we are military and the housing rules regarding homebirth are stricter here than they werein HI so I am having the midwife as backup. I am very hands off when it comes to my prgenancy and labor.
I guess thats it about me. Congrats to everyone!