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08-15-2014 06:18 AM
cagnew Duchess: My boobs took their sweet time this time too, but now they are definitely here. DH noticed the other day and said, "Wow. Usually when you stop breastfeeding you get kind of flat. This time they've perked all up. Nice!" Hahaha.

Braxton Hicks: With my first pregnancy I started getting those around 16 weeks and they continued through the whole pregnancy. The OB said I had an irritable uterus. None of my other pregnancies were like that though. I've definitely heard of them starting even earlier than 16 weeks though.

forest: I've been feeling a lot worse lately too. I'm 15 weeks. This morning I was actually feeling a little angry that I was nauseous still. I even gagged! That's not typical for me at all. I wonder if a diet change of some sort is needed. It just seems odd that it's getting stronger when it should be going away. Maybe I am not eating enough. Or maybe it's IBS related. I might start keeping a food diary.
08-15-2014 06:10 AM
forestlover75 Glad to report SI pain has mellowed. Maybe my tilted uterus has moved forward, or had just grown beyond that triggering nerve? I don't know. But the WORST nausea of the pregnancy has set in (at 13 weeks no less...what's that about??) and I have thrown up twice now. I am really feeling for all of you who throw up regularly... it is HORRIBLE. Luckily, I feel a million times better afterwards. Both times it was an hour or so after eating yogurt and fruit... starting to wonder if this babe is allergic to strawberries or something. Hope not, but planning to lay of strawberries for a while.
08-14-2014 05:13 PM
DuchessTergie My boobs finally came. Yippee!!!! Goodbye, so-sad-weaning-boobs.

Also, Braxton Hicks? Is it even possible now? My uterus is tender, but at intervals. Maybe baby bumps it?
08-11-2014 08:41 AM
cagnew I'm still getting random days of nausea as well. It's getting discouraging because I am 15 weeks and *supposed* to be over this. Last night was rough.

I think I'm on the hormonal side right now too. I went to a baby shower yesterday and it was mostly people I used to be friends with. It's a really long story, but I left feeling lonely and depressed. Unfortunately, that depressed and blue feeling has crossed-over into today and I can't seem to shake it. I don't have depression problems, so I know it will pass. For now though, all I want to do is be alone and cry (which, of course, I cannot do because mommy has to be mommy all the time).
08-11-2014 07:40 AM
Valerie11 alivewithyou, I am with you. Usually when I come in the kitchen and the smell of flour or something like that hits me I just dry heave for a bit and then get breakfast and go about the day. I feel better doing it on an empty stomach because then at least I'm not wasting food.
08-11-2014 06:41 AM
alivewithyou 12 weeks almost and still hurling in the morning. I don't really feel too bad but then it just hits and my stomach has to empty.. which is pretty fun when it's just stomach acid.
08-11-2014 12:43 AM
gabeyho
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Anybody dealing with or have tips on managing sacroiliac pain?

I just started having it a few days ago, right around the time I started feeling a bit better so began taking longer walks (I have gained 10+ lbs and want to nip that in the bud). It hurts sometimes when I am compressing my food during walking, or standing up, and seems to ease momentarily when I walk up stairs or do squats. Unfortunately, when I looked it up I saw some scary stuff about "incarcerated uterus" being linked with sacral pain. Now I am half freaking out that either my tilted uterus isn't moving forward as it should, or that I have 6 months of SIJ pain to look forward to!

Any helpful tips or thoughts about this are welcome!

Thanks

Umm, so not much advice but lots of
Commiseration. I have had this pain as a muscle spasm since my last pregnancy, and it's been back to the good old pinch in my left lower back that I get every pregnancy. I do notice that it is much lessened when I exercise regularly.
08-10-2014 04:50 PM
DuchessTergie The first part was supposed to quote Luckiest-- I have no idea what happened.
08-10-2014 04:46 PM
DuchessTergie If you have low adrenal output or are under lots of stress (of any kind), your adrenals won't be able to do their part to keep your pelvis stable and you can end up with a wonky pelvis and lower back/SI pain.

THIS is interesting. I had PSD my 2nd pregnancy and had to see a chiro starting at 17 weeks or so. I thought it was because I was running too much (which was FAR less than my previous PG). Well, this theory sheds some light: my husband was sent on back-to-back deployments (7 months at sea, 4 months at home, another 8 months gone) and my DD1 was in the peak of her tantruming phase. The stress was INTENSE. As the tension mounted at home, my pelvis hurt more and more and my chiropractic visits increased to twice a week some weeks.

Maybe I can address any potential adrenal fatigue NOW to prevent being so wrecked in a few months.
08-10-2014 01:18 PM
luckiest Chiro care really helped my SI pain with my last pregnancy, although it was never really bad. Even not pregnant, I tend to have a chronic "stuck" feeling in my left SI joint; not painful, but definitely there and rather annoying. Like it really needs to pop but won't. It won't hold an adjustment for longer than a day, either.

A bizarre factoid - your adrenals glands are involved in keeping your pelvis stable. I'm not very clear on the exact mechanism going on, but it's something Dr Goodheart discovered in the 50s or 60s. If you have low adrenal output or are under lots of stress (of any kind), your adrenals won't be able to do their part to keep your pelvis stable and you can end up with a wonky pelvis and lower back/SI pain. I think one reason SI pain can crop up in pregnancy (in addition to just general physiological changes) is that the first tri is such a taxing event on your adrenals. I hadn't been noticing my SI joint feeling "stuck" for a while, until right after I got pregnant and it cropped back up.

In my nutritional therapy class, one of the group leaders is a chiropractor who knew of Dr Goodheart's work and was getting frustrated by how many of her peers were treating pelvic instability just with adjustments and not with addressing a potentially underlying adrenal problem. Really interesting.

Here's a more in depth explanation:

http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout....s-in-the-body/
08-10-2014 11:35 AM
cagnew I had SI pain with the last pregnancy, and it still pops up from time to time, especially if I am laying flat for a period of time. I expect it to return during the second half of the pregnancy I found some exercises/stretches that gave temporary (sometimes VERY temporary) relief. If you google "SI exercises" some stuff on youtube comes up. I am planning on trying a massage therapist this time around to try to help it. If we can find the money, that is. I never heard that about the connection with a tilted uterus. I have a tilted uterus...hmmm. I will say that even though it royally sucked with the last pregnancy, it wasn't a problem during labor at all.
08-10-2014 03:00 AM
forestlover75
Sacral pain

Anybody dealing with or have tips on managing sacroiliac pain?

I just started having it a few days ago, right around the time I started feeling a bit better so began taking longer walks (I have gained 10+ lbs and want to nip that in the bud). It hurts sometimes when I am compressing my food during walking, or standing up, and seems to ease momentarily when I walk up stairs or do squats. Unfortunately, when I looked it up I saw some scary stuff about "incarcerated uterus" being linked with sacral pain. Now I am half freaking out that either my tilted uterus isn't moving forward as it should, or that I have 6 months of SIJ pain to look forward to!

Any helpful tips or thoughts about this are welcome!

Thanks
08-09-2014 05:30 PM
TeeThatsMe I'm pretty inconsistent about it everywhere except at work, but when I'm sitting at my desk I am a hydration machine. And I am definitely one to go from zero to "OMG must pee" in a matter of moments, even when I'm not pregnant. So, yes, there is definitely that.

I wonder what the actual anatomical term for "pee receptor" is.
08-09-2014 04:26 PM
Valerie11 Tee, are you drinking a ton of water? I know I'm not drinking what I should be, so of course I'm not peeing like I should be. But I do notice that even if it feels like I don't need to pee, and I sneeze or start vomiting, I always wet myself. Unless I just went to the bathroom. Maybe my pee receptor is turned off unless it gets to a certain amount.
08-09-2014 02:09 PM
TeeThatsMe Here's something odd that's happened to me three or four times over the past month or so: If I'm super-hydrating or perhaps have had something diuretic to drink like coffee, and also happen to have a bowel movement in the offing, I'll go to the bathroom, handle the solid waste, and then go about my business... and then, not five minutes later, HAVE TO PEEEEEE as if I haven't visited a restroom in hours.

I'm wondering whether maybe my colon has gotten scrunched up in such a way that, when full, it's somehow blocking the part of my bladder with the gotta-pee receptor? So then, when it's emptied out, suddenly all the urine goes "hooray, into the bladder I go!," and my bladder wakes up in a big hurry? (This is, of course, the most highly technical explanation that exists.)

Any thoughts? Anybody else experience something like this? It doesn't bother me per se, but it sure is weird!
07-31-2014 10:26 AM
luckiest @bren94 - adrenal fatigue can be easy to miss and hard to pinpoint...biggest signs are fatigue, brain fog, reactive hypoglycemia, dizziness upon standing, intolerance to bright light, insomnia.

Things leading to adrenal fatigue - high sugar/carb diet, nutrient poor diet, poor sleep, and any stress whatsoever - physical, emotional, lifestyle, unknown food sensitivities...people can have an excellent diet and still have poor adrenals due to lifestyle stress, and some people manage to have relatively poor diets and still have functional adrenals. A lot of times people have an event that triggers symptoms of fatigue - divorce, death of a loved one, an illness that they just never fully recover from.

A simple home test to gauge your adrenal health is to buy a medical penlight, then sit in a darkened room for a minute or so, then shine the light at one eye at an angle and watch your pupil. It should construct and hold, but if it pulses or releases the construction then that's a sign of fatigue. But fair warning before anyone tries this and freaks themselves out - in a room of forty people who are extraordinarily health conscious, ONE person actually held a pupillary construction. This is the first sign of any degree of fatigue, so you can "fail" the test and still have pretty good adrenals. A better indicator is how your blood pressure changes when you stand, but that's pretty difficult to check.

Anyhow, I don't think not having first tri fatigue and nausea is a bad sign, and the only reason we tend to view it as a good sign is because most people don't have high functioning adrenals, and therefore have those first tri issues. But common doesn't mean normal or ideal.
07-31-2014 09:39 AM
Valerie11 I don't know about you girls, but I feel like I am getting a little dumber every day. And so absent-minded. I mean it feels like my brain just won't work even though I want it to. I did quit caffeine over a month ago, but I don't think that's it. Just brain fog.
07-31-2014 06:22 AM
bren94 My apartment smells like sausage right now for absolutely no reason known to me. I'm thinking our neighbors made something smelly for dinner last night (as they do quite often) and it's just affecting me even worse with my sensitive nose.

Luckiest - how does one know if they have good adrenal health? What you said kind of worried me because I still haven't had any morning sickness whatsoever, only slight nausea here and there.
07-30-2014 09:53 PM
entiti One thing that really has helped me (and countless others) with adrenal health has been lugol's iodine, taken with the right source of selenium and vita C. Which I always recommend sodium ascorbate as a supplement ( non gmo-corn derived form), or pine needle tea for Vita C(although there has been some controversy about pine needle tea and pregnancy...so do your own research, and use good judgement.).

I had no idea how much more life could be enjoyed until I focused on my adrenal function. I truly think I suffered from adrenal fatigue for most of my life without ever realizing it....because the symptoms are so 'normal' for everyone. I feel like a super human compared to before! lol...

On another note....I can't stand how pregnancy makes me pick apart every.little.thing. about my house. If it's not perfectly clean than I feel like I'm going to have a melt down! Or I suddenly can find a million things that would take me ten years to accomplish to try and list as a to-do "before the baby's born."
Yeah right ....
07-30-2014 02:19 PM
forestlover75
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Pregnancy is a highly oxidative event, plus vitamin C is your adrenals number one needed nutrient. Just have to be careful not to take more than a gram a day, and to take it as a food-based complex (not cheap ascorbic acid chewables), and to not stop taking it suddenly.
Hmmm... I have been finding that lemon or lime in my water helps me A LOT. In fact, I pretty much have to have it in there or I feel nauseous when I drink water. Do you think this could be why?

Also, I was just talking to my sister who tells me her nausea and exhaustion intensified in the 2nd trimester with all 3 of her pregnancies! Praying that's not genetic.
07-30-2014 12:38 PM
Valerie11 I did get some magnesium from my epsom salt bath a couple of nights ago, maybe that's also helped. I had been without it for so long being tired and short on funds. The store where I usually get them is undergoing renovations, so my last trip I couldn't find them, then my husband picks up some lavender scented ones and I was like "NOOOO!" because I can't do any scented anything right now. So finally took them back and exchanged them for some regular ones. And I do notice I've been doing a lot better since.

But today my energy is running out. I just came in here to take a break from cleaning the bathrooms because all that standing up and scrubbing is making me tired. At some point I need to get up and go back in there and put everything back the way it was. I also had plans to clean out the fridge and clean the countertops in the kitchen today, but that is not happening. I did, however, come across some rancid things in there that I threw out, so I guess that counts a little.
07-30-2014 08:04 AM
sarahknavy 12 wks and 6 days today! Both my kids slept all night and I feel like a lady in her 2nd trimester with all this energy!
07-30-2014 07:40 AM
luckiest Well, I might've spoken too soon - I do still feel a lot better than last week, but I did have to take a break from making breakfast to go throw up. The smell of the cooking eggs is what did it. But at least I was able to eat them afterwards! That's a big improvement over choking down fruit and yogurt.

Valerie11, that would be ideal! And if there was more emphasis on preconception nutrition, to maybe avoid the misery to begin with! I'm pretty well convinced by my adrenal theory, and when I brought it up to my instructors they were like, "duh of course it's adrenal fatigue," but it's so frustrating how little known this information is. Most doctors don't even think adrenal fatigue exists. And even among alternative care practitioners - my midwives always cheer for morning sickness as a "good" sign. And yeah, if you don't have optimal adrenal health and also don't have morning sickness, that's probably bad news. But that doesn't make morning sickness good! And even the real food bloggers, always touting magnesium as the big m/s cure...close, but not quite. Sigh.
07-30-2014 07:18 AM
Valerie11 Luckiest, wouldn't it be nice if OBs and other doctors were also nutritionists (or worked closely with them) and gave supplements to pregnant women to help instead of medicine for nausea?

I finally figured out how to take my prenatals without gagging. I was putting one in my mouth and then drinking liquid to get it down, but that always makes me smell it and then it won't always go down. So now I put the liquid in my mouth and then pop the pill in there and swallow. I have noticed a lot more energy (not enough to be normal, but more) since I've been taking them this week.
07-30-2014 05:51 AM
cagnew I've felt better the last couple of days, but I had a rough night last night. Bad dreams and peeing constantly. This morning I am nauseous. I'm hoping it's just the last, final horrah (sp?). Actually, I am wondering if my night was just thrown off by having shortening on my feet. My heels are really dry and cracked and I read that putting shortening on them over night (and wearing socks) would help a lot, so I tried it. I kept waking up and being grossed out by my oily feet, so maybe that was the source of my disturbing dreams....
07-30-2014 05:42 AM
luckiest I started two things that I think are really helping with the nausea and fatigue - working on the theory that it's adrenal fatigue causing most of these symptoms, I started putting vitamin C (acerola) powder in my water and taking a supplement that's meant specifically to regulate blood sugar, specifically for hypoglycemia. It's a Biotics supplement called Bioglycozyme Forte. Since starting that I've been feeling so much better, especially in the mornings.

In one of my classes we did a tissue vitamin C test and I failed pretty miserably. Pregnancy is a highly oxidative event, plus vitamin C is your adrenals number one needed nutrient. Just have to be careful not to take more than a gram a day, and to take it as a food-based complex (not cheap ascorbic acid chewables), and to not stop taking it suddenly.
07-30-2014 04:44 AM
forestlover75 Had a few days of relative normalcy (so of course I felt worried), but alas yesterday the nausea and sore boobs returned along with an incessant need to yawn. No throwing up for me (sometimes I think I am going to puke and I yawn instead -haha). I always have an appetite (mostly because eating is what eases the nausea for me), but wow, that feeling of eating and being nauseous at the same time is no fun! Oh, and last night I slept through the night and didn't get up to pee (my average is 3-4 times a night usually). What a treat! But yeah, I probably need to drink more water...
07-29-2014 10:18 PM
dentonmidwife My blood sugar is so out of control right now. I have to eat almost constantly to keep it from dropping too low and making me puke. I have resorted to hard candies just to make it sometimes.
07-29-2014 05:53 PM
bren94 I haven't thrown up yet but I gag at EVERYTHING. I started a new nanny job and I was changing the baby's diaper today and oh my gosh. I couldn't breathe I just kept gagging over and over. I've been changing dirty diapers since I was 7, so I know this was definitely the pregnancy talking.
07-29-2014 12:13 PM
murrelet I'm so sorry Alive! Puking up acid is the worst.

AFM: I'm cautiously optimistic as the last 3 days have been fairly nausea free. A little bit here and there, but not as much. Of course, I had a couple of good days last week too, and then Th/Fri/Sat were really, really awful. Here's hoping that I am actually turning a corner! It would be a record for me to be coming out of it this early, so I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high. It's hard though. I just want to be done feeling like garbage!
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