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I think it seems like a lot of you are gaining more weight because you didn't carry extra weight to begin with, and your body just decided you need it. That is why I like to trust my body to know what it is doing. I was fairly overweight pre pregnancy, 5'8" and 215 lbs. I'm lucky in that my body type is pretty hourglass, which regular MDs consider to be healthier, so usually people don't think I'm *that* overweight. But my BMI is obese, so I'm obese. I think I've only gained 8 pounds because I only am gaining uterus and baby and don't need the extra fat. And I'm good with that. Just really surprised. I eat healthy, but I don't watch what I eat and I haven't been active due to symphysis pubic dysfunction. So I was overly concerned about weight gain due to inactivity. I'm extremely glad that my midwife hasn't even cared if I weigh myself. I'm even measuring a bit big and she says I carry extra weight, that can happen. No big deal. I love this attitude because it keeps me grounded, you know? I don't need overly worried health care professionals, I do enough worrying on my own.
 

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<p>That's great news. </p>
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<p>I took and passed my 1 hour test too (at 24 weeks).  I was nervous since I have low blood sugar issues but 50 g of sugar would make it spike first then drop real low.  Luckily, it dropped before the 1 hour mark so I did not have to do the 3 hour test.  When I was a teen I took the 3 hr test and had a blood sugar of 90, then 64, then 35.  Yeah, 35.  Scary.  I would not want that issue with a baby growing inside me. </p>
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<p>I fear my doc and/or the hospital will need some serious convincing before permitting me to eat during labor but I insist.  I have found my doc is a little more traditional when it comes to hospital procedures than I wish.  When I mention new research that I very competently looked up with reliable source he suggests I read a bogus article (as a double masters degree librarian I am completely offended.  I know how to research. lol).  He may be the doctor, but I am the mother, you know?  When I got my wisdom teeth out the doc allowed me to drink a clear liquid protein drink an hour before. It worked out very well.  It looks like water with about 45 grams of protein and no sugar.  I hope he will agree to that.  If I have to, I will make my own ice chips out of it and sneak them in.  lol</p>
 

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<p>That's great news. </p>
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<p>I took and passed my 1 hour test too (at 24 weeks).  I was nervous since I have low blood sugar issues but 50 g of sugar would make it spike first then drop real low.  Luckily, it dropped before the 1 hour mark so I did not have to do the 3 hour test.  When I was a teen I took the 3 hr test and had a blood sugar of 90, then 64, then 35.  Yeah, 35.  Scary.  I would not want that issue with a baby growing inside me. </p>
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<p>I fear my doc and/or the hospital will need some serious convincing before permitting me to eat during labor but I insist.  I have found my doc is a little more traditional when it comes to hospital procedures than I wish.  When I mention new research that I very competently looked up with reliable source he suggests I read a bogus article (as a double masters degree librarian I am completely offended.  I know how to research. lol).  He may be the doctor, but I am the mother, you know?  When I got my wisdom teeth out the doc allowed me to drink a clear liquid protein drink an hour before. It worked out very well.  It looks like water with about 45 grams of protein and no sugar.  I hope he will agree to that.  If I have to, I will make my own ice chips out of it and sneak them in.  lol</p>
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<p>What clear protein drink did you have?  I've heard amino acid supplements help for hypoglycemia, too, but have yet to try it myself. </p>
 

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I decided not to do the GD test this time.
 

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<a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/239814/skyview222">@skyview222</a> I know people live in places with less options than me, or have weird insurance, but I have to ask... Why are you going with a doctor you disagree with? I switched to a home birth/birth center midwife from a hospital midwife because of that. And also, in a birth center, you can eat food while you are in labor! I just don't understand why you wouldn't try finding a care provider that is on the same page, even if you want to stick to a hospital. They really do exist!
 

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<p>With my first I gained 28 lb (roughly) and he was 8lb8oz.  My second I gained about the same and he was 8lb7oz.  My last one, however, I craved poptarts, poutine and other not-great-for-me-but-perfect-at-the-time foods, which caused me to gain 45lb.  He topped out at 10lb4oz, but he was so strong and content.  I'm really hoping that this one will be back at the 8lb range - 10lbs didn't necessarily hurt more, but it was much harder work lol!</p>
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<p>I had an unfortunate incident last week.  I was ladling boiling hot stew into a bowl to cool, had a muscle twitch and dumped the broth down the side of my belly.  It hurt so bad I froze and made a weird noise, which fortunately caught my DH attention.  He rushed over and started cooling compresses on my belly, but I still got some nasty burns and a couple of small blisters.  I still have marks, but they're not at all tender now.  Thank goodness that DH and I both have first aid training and got it under control.  </p>
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<p>So sorry about your accident!  I have definitely become more clumsy in the past week or so.  One thing I can definitely recommend for all the ladies here is to get a few really healthy aloe plants.  Keep them in/near the kitchen.  As soon as you get a burn tear off a piece and put it on the area.  For further relief/care put an ice pack *on top* of the leaf.  It will cool the aloe which will then be next to your skin.  <br>
This is seriously the best treatment I have ever found and while I do love aloe plants for other reasons, this is why I'm a little stingy giving away any of the big ones I have.  :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>jessdiamonds</strong> <a href="/community/t/1398886/march-chat-vent/20#post_17590938"><img alt="View Post" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/239814/skyview222">@skyview222</a> I know people live in places with less options than me, or have weird insurance, but I have to ask... Why are you going with a doctor you disagree with? I switched to a home birth/birth center midwife from a hospital midwife because of that. And also, in a birth center, you can eat food while you are in labor! I just don't understand why you wouldn't try finding a care provider that is on the same page, even if you want to stick to a hospital. They really do exist!</div>
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<p>I am ridiculously blessed in SoCal, but . . . I'm still having issues.  I have yet to have my first appointment with the independent birth center and if for any reason they reject me, I'm SOL - sorta.  (Good luck trying to fund or get support for what I really know is best for me/my child.)<br>
There is a great article about what midwife care or homebirth options really mean in different parts of the country, but of course I can't find it right at the moment.  Hoping someone else who knows what I'm typing about will have easier access to it. Can't remember if I posted it here and/or Facebook a while back.  </p>
 

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<p>I am ridiculously blessed in SoCal, but . . . I'm still having issues.  I have yet to have my first appointment with the independent birth center and if for any reason they reject me, I'm SOL - sorta.  (Good luck trying to fund or get support for what I really know is best for me/my child.)<br>
There is a great article about what midwife care or homebirth options really mean in different parts of the country, but of course I can't find it right at the moment.  Hoping someone else who knows what I'm typing about will have easier access to it. Can't remember if I posted it here and/or Facebook a while back.  </p>
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Wow! That is stressful. I'm so sorry you have to deal with that. I'm in Seattle. My insurance covers the freestanding birth center I am going to, all I have to do is fill out a form and give it to my midwife and I am in. I could have gone there or with home birth with my particular midwife's office. The only stipulation is that there are birth centers not yet on my insurance that are closer that I can't use, and I can only use Certified Nurse Midwives, vs just licensed midwives. But the birth center I get to go to, while a little farther away, is where my sister in law had both her babies and loved it. So yeah, in Seattle, we have a lot of options and we're pretty lucky. I forget sometimes that isn't the case everywhere. I feel so dang bad for those of you who are having trouble with practitioners they don't love or agree with on everything. My midwife is so supportive of my choices and is very relaxed and unconcerned about just about everything. Which in turn helps me feel so at ease about it all. I could hardly imagine having someone who I was at odds with, that would cause me so much stress!</p>
 

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Im not having the GD test this time. It just doesnt make sense to me. Lets give her something SUPER sugary without having eaten make her wait another hour to eat and see if her body metabolizes all of the sugar we loaded her with. People dont metabolize regular soda very well let alone that sickeningly sweet orange drink and they want women to do it "normally" with the orange drink? No thanks. Not necessary. Havent had GD any other time, I know the symptoms and if i get two or more I can treat myself accordingly as if i were diagnosed.
 

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<p>This is just a vent... I just discovered my toddler is allergic to carrots. Seriously, carrots?</p>
 

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<p>Ugh-- I need to vent a bit. I hope that's ok! Today has been so stressful--- business stress, financial stress, and marital stress all piled on top of one another (DH and I own a business together, so they're all related but stressful in their own individual ways.) You know that feeling when you're so upset/frustrated/angry that you can actually feel your stomach in knots and hot blood running through your body? (or maybe I process emotion weirdly....) Anyway, that was my day. I hate to think what poor baby feels when all those angry/stress hormones are flowing through my body! I had a really stressful pregnancy with DS (we were completely broke, DH lost his job, and we were considering divorce....it was rough) and I wonder if my stress levels during that pregnancy have anything to do with DS's *intense* personality. I promised myself that this pregnancy would not be the same and so far, it's been much, much more peaceful, but I still feel bad when I get stuck in the stress/anxiety/anger cycle. I try to channel all my energy out through my breath and visualize the baby in a safe little bubble, but I'm sure those hormones still get through. Tonight calls for a long bath and a meditation session!</p>
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<p>And <span class="huddler-mention">@jessdiamonds--</span> I thing your theory about weight gain makes a lot of sense.  I had lost all the baby weight, plus 5-10 lbs by the time DS was 9 months-- I was close to being underweight. , I just I think my body knows it needs to add a bit of extra weight to keep up with the demands of breastfeeding.</p>
 
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<p>little vent here: I'm getting annoyed that a bunch of my maternity tops area already too short, and a few other things are too tight now. I have almost three months to go, I shouldn't be having to worry about not having clothes that fit yet! Anyone else?</p>
 

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<p>little vent here: I'm getting annoyed that a bunch of my maternity tops area already too short, and a few other things are too tight now. I have almost three months to go, I shouldn't be having to worry about not having clothes that fit yet! Anyone else?</p>
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My tops that fit perfectly at full term with DD less than 3 yrs ago ... are much too short now! I'm currently over my total weight gain from either of my previous pregnancies .... and thinking I may need to go buy (yet again!) a few longer tops.</p>
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/235895/ecnarwold" style="display:inline-block;">@ecnarwold</a> I'm having that happen to me too. The tshirts particularly are too short for me, especially if I'm not wearing a full panel skirt/pant. This is my first pregnancy and I've only gained 8 pounds, so there is no reason why this stuff should be not fitting right. They need to make more room in the belly, isn't that what maternity stuff supposed to be is for?</p>
 

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I don't know if this will be helpful about shirts- I haven't gone maternity clothes shopping in 8 years or so, so I may be out of touch! I had a shared stash of maternity clothes with a friend. she happens to be pregnant at the same time this time, and I knew they wouldn't get me through a twin tummy, so I gave them all to her. A few different friends have given me their maternity clothes that were a little bigger, and a few shirts are doing well. One is a medium from motherhood-nice and stretchy-I think it may last full term. Another is h&m. I am thinking of looking at the kind that scrunch up on the sides-they might work well. So sick of pulling up my pants!!
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/127796/eaustin" style="display:inline-block;">@eaustin</a> Well, I know part of my issue is that I was already in XL sizing to begin with, so I buy all maternity XL and I'm likely on the outside edge of that size. I will say this, though. I bought two XL Motherhood brand nice dresses used on ebay last week and they both fit great, they are just short. I think things are made for not tall ladies. I'm 5'8". I think things aren't quite long enough for me.</p>
 

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<p>I'm not that tall, and I still find that a lot of dresses are too short, once the belly takes up much of the length! Leggings work well though under dresses, so that you end up with more of a tunic + leggings combo, instead of a true dress :)</p>
 

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I am thinking of looking at the kind that scrunch up on the sides-they might work well. So sick of pulling up my pants!!</div>
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I was given a handful of ruched tops this time around and they are amazing! They have the perfect amount of room in the belly (with plenty of room to grow) without going halfway to my knees in the back.<br><br>
I've only gained 12lbs so far, but I started out 15lbs heavier than last time, so I've had to get a whole new wardrobe in mediums since the smalls were not cutting it all, even very early on.
 
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I wear the pants with the full panel so my shirts stay in place instead of riding up and if my shirts get a little short it wont show my belly. Not sure what ill do in the last weeks as itll be too hot for pants...
 

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<p>I've had more success with long shirts rather than 'maternity shirts', this time around. Luckily longer style shirts are in style and easy to find. I like that I don't feel like I'm wearing a tent and it's a bit more form fitting.</p>
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<p>Is anyone else have trouble sleeping, and pains in their legs?</p>
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<p>Saw my midwife for my 29 week appointment and I need to start taking Magnesium supplements for the leg muscle pains.</p>
 
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