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Is anyone else besides me UPing? If you are, what are you going to be keeping records of? Or are you just going to let nature do it's work?

I'm at least going to be recording my BP and tracking my blood sugar later on down the road periodically.
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sorry, tell me what up ing is ?

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unassisted prenatal, meaning you do all the prenatal care yourself

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I'm doing UP/UBAC, again. Last time around I just weighed myself once a month and used the fetoscoope once the baby was big enough. I think I used the drug store blood pressure machines a couple times, but honestly they hurt *a lot* on me. My arm is too short & too big for them. I thought about getting some pee test strips &/or a blood sugar monitor, but I never got around to it. I might this time, though. Strips, at least.

I did get my gp to order an ultrasound so I could find out where the placenta was, but that was the only real testing I did.

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unassisted prenatal, meaning you do all the prenatal care yourself
Yup, that
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Late reply but for the most part, I am UP/UC too. We are considering an US in the 3rd trimester to check the position of the placenta too, and to make sure there are no silent heart probs or other things that would preclude a safe UC. But other than that, It's me, my baby, and my intuition.

I have a blood pressure monitor for home, I will take a monthly weight (for my own interest!), and last go round I had the pee sticks, will probably get those too. Can't think of anything else.
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My last pregnancy was a UP/UC and I checked my BP at a drugstore, measured my fundal height, listened to heart tones, and recorded my weight-more out of curiosity than anything else. I thought about doing the pee sticks but never got around to ordering them. We got a 3d u/s because the parents really wanted to know the baby's sex.

You can get wrist blood pressure cuffs at Wal Mart for like $40. If it's something you want to keep an eye on it would be nice to have one at home.

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I'm slow, but I'm here.

Ugh...I've been debating the keeping records issue. Probably will...once we're into the 2d trimester. I just don't like feeling watched.

DD3 was the most peaceful pregnancy yet...until MIL harassed DH into politely requesting an OB at 33 weeks. hahahaha...

We'll see I guess.

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I'll be UP/UC...my third baby, six UP.The last three were late term miscarriages.

I don't keep records UNLESS something looks bad, then I'll track until it gets better.

I'll probably get an us in the next few weeks (I'm eight weeks) to verify due date. With Ava, I did visit an OB twice to get blood tests done because I was so horribly sick. UP doesn't mean NEVER getting outside help, it means getting it when it's necessary and being in charge, right?

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UP here too.

No record keeping, but I monitor me weight, BP, fundal height, and FHT once in a while. I have a BGM (blood glucose monitor) where I do random testing to see if I am on track. I have never been diagnosed with GD but I have it on hand JIC.

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I may be doing an UP as well. I want an UC, and the only midwife in the area is not supportive of UC, so depending on how I like her (we meet her next week), I might just go unassisted all the way. I did have an u/s last week to see the baby's heartbeat and be sure everything is ok (it was!) because I've had 2 blighted ovums. But I doubt I'll need any other medical tests, unless something goes wrong. I figured I would just track bp, pee sticks (protein and sugars), and fundal height (maybe weight, but I don't want to *worry* about weight, so I might not). Good luck to everyone doing UP!

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So, last night after answering this, I figured I'd start poking around...anyone sure of fundal height yet? Last pg I didn't even check this early hehe and now I'm curious.

I think I'm feeling uterus...much much harder than everything surrounding...but I definitely can't feel defined edges.

Anyone else?

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I am really starting to think about UP. I have decided not to do anything with any OB for the pregnancy which pretty much rules out all testing. The only thing I want to know is, if I could have twins. I just feel so big for my due date. What am I to do? I don't plan on having ultrasound so when would a midwife be able to hear heartbeats? I have no equipment for that so I'd have to rely on someone else to tell me.
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Doppler should be able to hear heartbeat(s) by 12 weeks. I'm not sure if they'd be able to detect twins at that point or not.

I keep debating about having an ultrasound & one reason is to find out if it's twins or not. The other reasons are placental position (because of having a previous cesarean) and gender.

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I think I'm feeling uterus...much much harder than everything surrounding...but I definitely can't feel defined edges.
Well, if it's where I think it is my fundus is at my belly button already. Everything under there is quite firm when I press on it, & everything above is a lot squishier.

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I am UPing. This will be my third UP/UC. I have always measured after 20 weeks but really just for fun and sometimes check my blood pressure when I think about it and am at a store that has one. Every so often I will check my weight if I can find a scale at a store that isn't packaged! I did have a fetoscope for the last 2 that I would use for entertainment towards the end but I don't have that this time. I might see a chiro towards the end for SPD. I had it with both of my last 2 pgs and I am sure I will this time.

I don't plan on seeing a doctor at all but if I felt like something was wrong that a doctor could help me with, I would. UC, to me, is about being aware of how you are feeling, eating, etc. and being responsible for it yourself.

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