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Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-15-2014, 11:05 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about all of this, Laneybug! I...

I'm sorry to hear about all of this, Laneybug! I can't really speak to the prolapse and ab issues, but I can offer some advice on hemorrhoids, which I've had off and on in addition to other...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-12-2014, 06:24 AM
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Posted By cactuspear
help for back pain

Lower back pain was the bane of my last pregnancy and now I can already feel it rearing up again at 13 wks. I do yoga and walk/run, which helps, but do you have any other suggestions? What are your...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   06-11-2014, 07:44 PM
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Posted By cactuspear
A regular meditation practice (although lately it...

A regular meditation practice (although lately it hasn't been so regular) and exercise help me to stay clam and focused. I had a lot of traumatic family stuff happen at the very beginning of this...
Forum: Spirituality   05-31-2014, 08:04 PM
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Posted By cactuspear
I started a few years before becoming a mama with...

I started a few years before becoming a mama with a general interest in the Buddhist worldview. Then I went to beginner's meditation instruction at a local Shambala center and then a Vipassana...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   05-31-2014, 07:47 PM
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Posted By cactuspear
I'm up 2 or 3 pounds at 11 weeks. Last time I...

I'm up 2 or 3 pounds at 11 weeks. Last time I gained mostly at the end, about 33 pounds total. It all came off within a year, from nursing and/or the stress of my partner's major knee surgery soon...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   05-25-2014, 06:57 PM
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Posted By cactuspear
What's your "most wanted" list or must haves for this baby?

I would love a jogging stroller that can accommodate both a toddler and infant.  I keep checking craigslist for a used one that I can afford.
 
The only other thing I need/want is something for...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   05-25-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By cactuspear
Will this be your last baby?

This one is #2 and definitely our last.  We have almost no family help, so it will be difficult to manage our little brood as it is with two working parents.  That said, I'm really excited to have a...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   05-21-2014, 02:13 PM
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Weekly Chat Thread 5/19-5/25

I had my first prenatal appointment on Monday (10 wks) and got to hear the heartbeat!  I've had so many negative things happening in my personal life lately that it felt wonderful to finally get...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   05-06-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By cactuspear
Midwives?

The nice thing about CNMs with hospital privileges is that if something does go wrong and you need a more extreme intervention, they can stay there with you and continue to be a part of managing...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   04-25-2014, 02:54 PM
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Posted By cactuspear
Diet/Nutrition...what are foods you are trying to eat lots of?

Quote:Originally Posted by LilyTiger http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: December 2014 Due Date Club   04-19-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 149
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Posted By cactuspear
*~*~*~*~* December 2014 DDC Roll Call Thread! *~*~*~*~*



EDD: Mid-December 
Age: 35
State or Country: TX
How long it took to you to get your BFP: 1 cycle after m/c at 6 weeks, got my fingers crossed
What number child is this for you: 2
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Forum: Breastfeeding Challenges   10-19-2011, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,950
Posted By cactuspear
My daughter is 8.5 months old and I've had...

My daughter is 8.5 months old and I've had similar issues when ill, stressed (going back to work is harder than you think it will be, right?), or even strenuously exercising.  Here's the strategy...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-19-2011, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,981
Posted By cactuspear
Wow, lotsa views and not one reply.  Kinda...

Wow, lotsa views and not one reply.  Kinda disappointing.  Well, if you were interested in this thread, I've got an update:
 
Surgery was possible, but not necessary, so I opted out.  The internal...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   07-06-2011, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,981
Posted By cactuspear
I had a 2nd degree perineal tear with a nuchal...

I had a 2nd degree perineal tear with a nuchal hand birth 5 months ago.  My CNM stitched me up, but I was still having pain and tenderness at my 6 wk checkup.  She said that was normal, but it never...
Forum: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico   03-13-2011, 09:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 309
Posted By cactuspear
If you want a great outdoor activity and you...

If you want a great outdoor activity and you don't mind a little drive, you should visit Hamilton Pool.  It's about 40 minutes outside of Austin, but it's a really beautiful and peaceful place to...
Forum: February 2011   02-08-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,966
Posted By cactuspear
the old wives' tale about heartburn and hairy...

the old wives' tale about heartburn and hairy babies certainly rang true for me...
 
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Forum: February 2011   02-02-2011, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 525
Posted By cactuspear
My beautiful daughter was born last Thursday,...

My beautiful daughter was born last Thursday, January 27th (38w + 5d) at 7:17 am!  She was 7 lbs, 13 oz, and 21 1/4 inches long.  I've just now had time to post...
 
Our birth story:
I started...
Forum: February 2011   01-23-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By cactuspear
Here, here!  I'm only working at home now, so it...

Here, here!  I'm only working at home now, so it seems like time has come to a near standstill.  I feel lost without my old routine and it's hard to focus on anything but the upcoming big day. ...
Forum: February 2011   01-21-2011, 05:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 399
Posted By cactuspear
 Thanks, everyone!  I have big breasts compared...

 Thanks, everyone!  I have big breasts compared to my rib cage, so regular bras are already hard to find and expensive for me.  I think I'll live in the tanks and stretchy stuff until my size...
Forum: February 2011   01-20-2011, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 399
Posted By cactuspear
Moms who've done it before - is it best to wait...

Moms who've done it before - is it best to wait until my milk comes in?  
 
That's what they said at the breastfeeding class, but I got a gift card for Christmas and I feel like this is one more...
Forum: February 2011   01-11-2011, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By cactuspear
All this crotch-grabbing talk is so funny!  I...

All this crotch-grabbing talk is so funny!  I think sometimes I look like the little kids that put their hands between their legs and hop around when they have to pee.  Every time it happens I just...
Forum: February 2011   01-11-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 717
Posted By cactuspear
Most US hospitals won't let you eat anything...

Most US hospitals won't let you eat anything (except ice chips - how nourishing!) during labor because they're afraid you'll go into surgery and aspirate.  Since the cesarean rate is on average 30%...
Forum: February 2011   01-10-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 513
Posted By cactuspear
I had them REALLY bad last night - for hours,...

I had them REALLY bad last night - for hours, impeding my sleep and tightening my whole front and back.  I saw the MW today and she said I need to drink more water, because dehydration makes them...
Forum: February 2011   01-10-2011, 03:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 744
Posted By cactuspear
Congrats on your beautiful babies!  And both of...

Congrats on your beautiful babies!  And both of you can breastfeed - what a great bonus for two moms!
Forum: February 2011   01-05-2011, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 513
Posted By cactuspear
I asked the MW yesterday, too, and she said not...

I asked the MW yesterday, too, and she said not to worry.  All the books say that BH are not supposed to be painful, but some of mine really are!  (Maybe I'm more of a wimp?)  Anyway, the MW said...
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