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Had a bit more leak while sleeping. I've never had a baby before so nothing to compare to. I assume this is ok, right?
It's perfectly fine. It's a great sign, actually.

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Anyone else low on oxygen? I get dizzy/tired spells because I can't breathe!
All the time! The baby thinks it's great fun to hang out in my ribs and just squish my lungs.

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Had a bit more leak while sleeping. I've never had a baby before so nothing to compare to. I assume this is ok, right?


 Totally OK and normal!  I didn't have any leaking with DD, couldn't even anything out if I tried!  This time around I've noticed some stains in the nipple area on my bras so I think I've been leaking a little too.


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I am so ready to be done with this danged cough!  Both my kids have it also--my son is coughing pretty much non-stop and is on steroids now because the doctor is wondering if he just never recovered completely from the croup a few weeks ago. Yay.  I just love giving steroids to an already cranky 5yo. <sarcasm>

 

And then, lucky me, I get to take them both to the OB's office soon because I need another cervical length check because I was in L&D Monday morning because I had pink-tinged discharge.  So, it isn't an appointment I can really cancel, my mom can't watch them, DH can't take off work unless it is an emergency, and I can't ask my friends to watch them because of their ridiculous coughs.  *sigh*  I am going to call ahead to see if the OB is running on time so I can at least minimize their time in the office.  Maybe we will sit in the hall instead of the waiting area also.  Then, back to the family practice doctor since my son doesn't seem to be improving.  Ugh, ugh, ugh.

 

My mom did make us dinner last night and sent some vegetable soup home with me also so at least I have dinner for tonight.  I'm not sure anyone else will eat the veggie soup so I think it is a leftovers night for dinner.  I love my mom!


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My son is coughing too, called the ped and they call it the "99 day cough".  Lovely.  He's had it since September!!  He only seems to do it at night though and when he runs (which is almost always).  I hope your kiddo recovers soon.
 

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I am so ready to be done with this danged cough!  Both my kids have it also--my son is coughing pretty much non-stop and is on steroids now because the doctor is wondering if he just never recovered completely from the croup a few weeks ago. Yay.  I just love giving steroids to an already cranky 5yo. <sarcasm>


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AFWife - Yup, I get a bit out of breath at times too. Especially after eating a sizeable meal - my stomach doesn't have as much space as it used to.

 

SumnerRain - That stinks about your BP. Since you're monitoring it at home and at pharmacy BP machines, keep track of it. I consider my BP to be easily reactive and often get high readings at doctor's appointments because I get stressed about it. It might be that you are getting stressed over her taking your BP and it just shoots up.

 

Adorkable - Ugh, I had a cramp in my calf yesterday morning. I believe something about pregnancy makes them more common than other times.

 

I can't believe Thanksgiving is coming up already. We don't live near any family so it'll just be me, hubby and the toddler. I'll have to figure out some kind of menu that pleases both hubby and I since making a huge meal for three people is a tad silly. I always try to go simple but he'll say "well, we need to have this and that but oh forget the sweet potatoes." I love sweet potatoes so I want to make those!


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So my BP spiked up yesterday after a 2nd night in a row of 3 hours of sleep, week 2 of my two year old testing her voice (it is loud, shrill, and whiny if anyone was wondering), and her strength (she hits rather well) and words ("shut up mom!" I would LOVE to know where she learned THAT one).  Then hubby told me he may have to fly to the other side of the country for 5 days at the end of December, I am due Dec 27th.  Needless to say my BP was elevated.  142/90 at the midwife's office, 130/86 at home, but only after 2 hours on my side.  My midwife had me come in for Pre-E bloodwork, which was all fine, I am just hypertensive.  She's calling her OB she consults with today and I am REALLY hoping I am not risked out, because it would mean seeing the OB 26 miles of heavy traffic away, fighting with the OB, and the hospital the whole time.  Something I just do not have the strength for a 3rd time, especially with one beautiful, simple, homebirth under my belt, not to mention all the money I have invested in birth supplies, and time I have invested in fighting with my insurance to cover this.

 

I wish I could pull myself out of this funk.  I am moody with my kids, I don't feel like eating, anyone touching me makes me want to crawl out of my skin, and I feel like I am getting a cold on top of all this.  I am now remembering WHY I said I wanted my last pregnancy to be my last, I forgot how stressful pregnancy is and how hormones make everything feel like the end of the world.


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everything's been going fine here except for the fact that my insurance has decided to start rejecting my midwife claims. They were doing just fine for a few months and we were so happy with the coverage as it was occurring. Now we have to resort to threatening them with switching -- which may or may not work.
But if they're going to be this stingy with prenatal care, they don't deserve our premiums!

what makes it all worse is that I just watched 'Sicko' for the first time a few weeks ago. Getting to see all those Europeans with their carefree births and no insurance hassles whatsoever made me so jealous!


gemasita, hope you feel better soon! I started feeling nauseous last week every so often, but no throwing up. Think I needed to up my food intake.


it always makes me frustrated to hear stories of Americans struggling to get insurance to cover their medical care. i'm in canada and just spent an entire week in the hospital. cost to me? nothing. except of course i pay my taxes :) how do you guys find an insurance company anyway? i've always been curious.. it must be a very stressful process!

 

 

is anyone having really bad sciatica? i've had it for some time now, but even my lower legs are aching like crazy, to the point of not being able to sleep at night. i'm lucky i'm a SAHM and can nap during the day, because i'm really in a lot of pain. laying on my back helps, but you're not supposed to do that because of the pressure on the blood vessels. so i only do it for about ten minutes and then roll onto my side again.


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is there any problem with laying on your back if it feels comfortable?

i thought i was once told that if it was causing any sort of problem you would notice, i do certainly notice that certain reclining angles do make me feel bad, like im not getting blood circulation, but flat on my back at times is really nice.

 

should i consider this ok until the feeling changes?

 

 

 

Boy what i miss is flat on my stomach, i'd kill for 20 minutes like that right now!!!


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I lay on my belly all the time... or mostly on my belly.  I have a Tempurpedic Cloud supreme and it is awesome!!!!!!  My daughter likes to play under her bed and once I got down to get her out and man did it hurt!  no wonder people can't lay on their bellies! 

 

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i can lay mostly on my belly, but its just not the same thing at this point.

just to lay flat down and let my kitty curl up on my rump where he loves to and sink into my latex bed, mmmmmmmm


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is there any problem with laying on your back if it feels comfortable?

i thought i was once told that if it was causing any sort of problem you would notice, i do certainly notice that certain reclining angles do make me feel bad, like im not getting blood circulation, but flat on my back at times is really nice.

 

should i consider this ok until the feeling changes?

 

 

 

Boy what i miss is flat on my stomach, i'd kill for 20 minutes like that right now!!!

I have been laying on my back. I am normally a right side sleeper so this left side thing is driving me crazy. When I was just over half way we were visiting friends and I was laying on my back on their floor and she didn't flip out but said that she read that if you lay on your back after 20 weeks in pregnancy your uterus can crush the baby. ????????? Didn't make much sense to me. I haven't looked it up or asked my provider. I do notice that being on my right side is incredibly uncomfortable like my body saying, "ummmm not a good idea".

 


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I sleep most regularly on my back and right side.  I know all the business about sleeping on your left side being better(I do sometimes), but it really isn't comfortable for me AT ALL.  I've heard that sleeping positions can effect your baby's positioning later on in pregnancy, lying on your back leading to a posterior baby. It's funny, because I MADE myself sleep on my left side with my son(my first) despite how uncomfy it was.  He ended up sunny side up with some wretched back labor.  I slept on my back and right side with my DD, and she was positioned perfectly.  Doing the same with this baby, sleeping how I want to.  *shrug*  I figure sleeping well is the REAL measure of what position is going to be the best for your pregnancy, versus going by the book and making yourself miserable, IMO.  :)

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I figure sleeping well is the REAL measure of what position is going to be the best for your pregnancy, versus going by the book and making yourself miserable, IMO.  :)



This is my philosophy as well.  I figure that your body's going to let you know if the way you're lying is "wrong."  Otherwise, whatever feels best and lets you get the best sleep is the way to go, in my opinion


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the reason you're not supposed to spend time flat on your back is, the aorta and vena cava (the biggest blood vessels from and to the heart) run down your back. the uterus exerts extra pressure so that if you're on your back too long, it can compress the vena cava to a degree and decrease circulation to the baby. it's probably not a huge concern but doctors mentioned it to me several times while i was in the hospital recently.

 

it's also the reason why laying on your left side is best - the vena cava is slightly on the right (kind of like your heart is slightly on the left) so that exerts the least pressure, which also helps encourage blood flow to other organs and maximizes kidney function.

 

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So... I was cooking dinner the other night and I leaned over in a way that my arm squished my boob... and it leaked! I was surprised... Especially after teasing Adorkable the other day... lol


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that's cool! i can express a drop of colostrum, but no actual leaking. :)


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Ya know, I've been really surprised to have NOT leaked much at all this pregnancy.  I was the drippy nipple queen with my last two, but this time I may have leaked four or five drops altogether.  Can't even get much of anything if I try.  I don't know what the difference is...  Maybe my breasts are just feeling BTDT and not wanting to bother.  *haha*

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 I figure that your body's going to let you know if the way you're lying is "wrong."  Otherwise, whatever feels best and lets you get the best sleep is the way to go, in my opinion


yeah this seems to make the most sense, i doubt if something was very wrong that our bodies would not tell us. if it really was some silent issue, doctors and midwifes would make a way bigger point of getting the info out. i have heard the no back and no right side thing in my general reading but never once had a health care person mention it at all

 

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the reason you're not supposed to spend time flat on your back is, the aorta and vena cava (the biggest blood vessels from and to the heart) run down your back. the uterus exerts extra pressure so that if you're on your back too long, it can compress the vena cava to a degree and decrease circulation to the baby. it's probably not a huge concern but doctors mentioned it to me several times while i was in the hospital recently.


it funny, but not really in a haha sort of way that when i once was in the prenatal assesment center getting monitored for well over an hour (they were woring about PTL i was just there to ask a simple question and got swept up in the crap) they put me way to recliened on my back in a way that really was not funny (i seem to have more issue with a low reclined slant that flat on my back) and no matter how manny times i mentioned it to them and/or tried to adjust myself they insisted i stay light that! it sucked and was probably one of the only times this pregnancy that i was in a position that truely was not good for me or the babies!

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So... I was cooking dinner the other night and I leaned over in a way that my arm squished my boob... and it leaked! I was surprised... Especially after teasing Adorkable the other day... lol

 

 

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the reason you're not supposed to spend time flat on your back is, the aorta and vena cava (the biggest blood vessels from and to the heart) run down your back. the uterus exerts extra pressure so that if you're on your back too long, it can compress the vena cava to a degree and decrease circulation to the baby. it's probably not a huge concern but doctors mentioned it to me several times while i was in the hospital recently.

 

it's also the reason why laying on your left side is best - the vena cava is slightly on the right (kind of like your heart is slightly on the left) so that exerts the least pressure, which also helps encourage blood flow to other organs and maximizes kidney function.

 

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it funny, but not really in a haha sort of way that when i once was in the prenatal assesment center getting monitored for well over an hour (they were woring about PTL i was just there to ask a simple question and got swept up in the crap) they put me way to recliened on my back in a way that really was not funny (i seem to have more issue with a low reclined slant that flat on my back) and no matter how manny times i mentioned it to them and/or tried to adjust myself they insisted i stay light that! it sucked and was probably one of the only times this pregnancy that i was in a position that truely was not good for me or the babies!
 



I was just about to ask: If being on your back is "bad" then why do they insist you stay that way during labor??? Ugh.

 

 

So, my glucose and CBC test came back. Iron is great and GLUCOSE is low. Weird, right? I thought the hormones during pregnancy affected the way insulin works...


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if you quote a post, by clicking on either the quote or the multi buttons at the bottom of any ones post and then go to the full page editior, you can cut any part away that is extra so you are just quoting the part you want to refer too


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DH and I will have been married 4 years next month. I want to do something neat for him this year (we usually just go out to dinner and have private time that night :lol ) because I'll be SO pregnant that, uh, sexy times probably won't be an option!

 

The traditional 4 year gift is flowers/fruit so I thought I'd send 4 red roses and, if I can find it, 1 red/white rose to his work. (red means passion and red/white means unity) The 4 to represent the 4 years we've been married and the red/white to symbolize the years I look forward to having...

 

 

Is it a girlie, silly gift? Should I figure something else?


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i think flowers are great, and men like them too. you might think about finding flower types that are off the beaten path, i know they can be so interesting.

 

my dh and I will have our 5th aniversary the week before the babies are due (so posible even after they are born) so im wondering what to do as well, let me know how it goes!


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I briefly spoke to one of the midwives at my new OB's office, and the nurse did my prenatal.  Other than the fact it took THREE hours, it was all fine (1 hour driving, 30 minutes for the appointment, 90 minutes waiting).  My blood pressure was normal, so I was kind of irritated the nurse referred to me as being "high risk" twice.  I REALLY liked the midwife that I met, and I plan to meet the other midwife soon.  I am hoping the long wait was a fluke from me being a new patient, no one else seemed to wait long.  I am also kind of surprised they didn't check my urine at all.

 

So in two weeks I meet the OB, at which point I will need to decline the routine ultrasound, get my strep B test, and discuss my birth plan.  I guess I better start doing my homework, anybody have a good resource for birthing plans?  If all goes well, this hospital allows water birth and has telemetry monitoring.  I also know I do not want continuous fetal monitoring, an IV and NO Pitocin.


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I just realized that we might have our baby on our 6-yr anniversary!  That would be neat ... but I hope the baby stays in longer than that.  

 

I am having HBP issues also.  My baseline the entire pregnancy has been 115-120/75-80, today it was 120/88 at the midwife's appointment.  I have been measuring it at work (3 different machines) at least once a week since the first trimester, and it is always around my baseline.  Today when I measure it at work after the appointment, it was 118/72.  For some reason it just jumps at the midwife's office.  I am hoping I don't get risked out too.  I told the MW about taking it myself, and she didn't seem impressed.  Blah.

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yeah, i agree it's dumb to say on one hand, don't lay flat on your back too much.. but to get hooked up to the fetal monitor you need to be semi-reclined for a minimum of 30 minutes. and to give birth (with some providers) you lay flat on your back, hold your own knees to your chest with your feet flailing in the air, and try to push the baby out uphill.

 

doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. :)

 

i do lay on my back on a regular basis, just not for a very long time. i figure switching positions is probably best for everybody.


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