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<p><strong>hildare,</strong> fingers crossed for you, and I hope next week gets here in no time.</p>
 

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<p>I have my first appointment with my midwife on Thursday!! Can't wait :) :) Well, first real appointment other than being stuck with a needle to check betas. <img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif"> I have to bring both of my boys 5 & 3 and no DH. Should be fun.... </p>
 

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<p>I had my first appointment on Monday. Everything looks good. I had to have a pap done because I was procrastinating about the yearly. Got an ultrasound and saw babies heartbeat. Baby was measuring right at 6w5d which is what we though. All looks good for now. I have to do an early glucose test at my next visit (13 weeks) because of my strong family history and my last baby was 10lbs 3oz, though I passed the glucose test with her so... we shall see!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Jaysmylilpunkin</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1316500/the-health-check-thread/20#post_16517477"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I had my first appointment on Monday. Everything looks good. I had to have a pap done because I was procrastinating about the yearly. Got an ultrasound and saw babies heartbeat. Baby was measuring right at 6w5d which is what we though. All looks good for now. I have to do an early glucose test at my next visit (13 weeks) because of my strong family history and my last baby was 10lbs 3oz, though I passed the glucose test with her so... we shall see!</p>
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<br><br><p>Just wondering if you had any spotting or cramping after they did your pap?  I have been feeling really crampy today and had to a slight spotting this morning but nothing since.  Anything for you....or anyone else?</p>
 

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<p>I didn't have any spotting, but I did get slightly crampy during the pap. Almost like round ligament pains. As long as your spotting isn't bright red, I wouldn't worry about it. But if you are, maybe call your dr?</p>
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<p>I'm going in for a pap this coming Monday and the doctor warned me that I will likely have some minor bleeding/spotting afterwards.  It's just your cervix that bleeds though, so it's nothing to worry about.  </p>
 

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<p>I'm dreading my pap!! I hate them. Ugh. Oh well, it's necessary. </p>
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<p>I had my first real appointment today!! My kids were NUTS. My DH had to work because he is covering for someone that has time off from possible breast cancer... so how could I possibly argue with that and pout about him not coming. I have no sitters or family in the area so the kids came. Yeah. FUN. They were excited to see the baby, only to be disappointed! My uterus is tilted backwards and we couldn't see much because it is so deep in my pelvis. You could see a round, not collapsed uterus and my midwife was happy with that. She wants me back in 3 weeks to check again. Can't wait! And I'm sure she'll do the dreaded pap then. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mamanoish</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1316500/the-health-check-thread/20#post_16519707"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My uterus is tilted backwards and we couldn't see much because it is so deep in my pelvis. </p>
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My uterus is tilted too, so the ultrasound tech couldn't see much and opted to switch to a transvaginal ultrasound, which was kind of awkward (and DP wasn't allowed to come in).</p>
<p>I wonder if having a tilted uterus will mean that it will take longer to hear the heartbeat by doppler as well.</p>
 

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<p>I had another appointment today.  I lost 5lbs in 4 weeks due to morning sickness, and now I am feeling pretty bad about it.  I got a prescription to help with the nausea, so hopefully I start feeling better soon.</p>
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<p>I also booked an appointment to do a nuchal translucency ultrasound.  Anyone else doing it?  </p>
 

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<p>yes we're going to do the NT.. but...</p>
<p>we had an u/s today (rescheduled from friday) and i saw baby buck's heartbeat!  <span><img alt="luxlove.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/luxlove.gif">  we're so excited.  chances are better after that point that all will be ok!  i'll go back in 2 weeks for another one, i imagine that will be for the NT at that point...</span></p>
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<p><span>however, i'm very tempted to refuse the pap.  just not interested.... </span></p>
 

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<p>Yay for seeing the heartbeat!  My NT scan is in 3 weeks, and I am really looking forward to seeing my little one again.</p>
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<p>My pap today was awful.  Way more uncomfortable than usual, and despite being prepared for "totally normal" spotting afterward, it still freaked me out when I saw some streaks of blood in my underwear.  </p>
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<p>We're doing the NT scan, just to be prepared if it looks like something could be wrong and because it's a free ultrasound in between my dating one last week and the 20 week one. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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I wonder if having a tilted uterus will mean that it will take longer to hear the heartbeat by doppler as well.</div>
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<br><br><p>It did for me with each previous pregnancy. It also made it harder for them to find it throughout my entire pregnancy. But a plus, my midwife said that she thinks thats why I have crazy fast babies, because my uterus most likely doesn't tip forward and stays whatever position it's in, nestled down in my pelvis. First labor was 3 hrs, second was 4. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>hildare</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1316500/the-health-check-thread/20#post_16525910"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><span>however, i'm very tempted to refuse the pap.  just not interested.... </span></p>
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<br><br><p>I am considering this as well. I know all is well down there and I am REALLY not in the mood for spotting after 2 miscarriages. I don't want to see blood again until it's a mucus plug! </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mamanoish</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1316500/the-health-check-thread/20#post_16526074"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><p> But a plus, my midwife said that she thinks thats why I have crazy fast babies, because my uterus most likely doesn't tip forward and stays whatever position it's in, nestled down in my pelvis. First labor was 3 hrs, second was 4. </p>
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<br><br><p>Interesting!  Hopefully I can test this theory out in the near future <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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Well I'm not sure my needs are normally what is suggested for pregnancy, but I'll be happy to share! With my last pregnancy I gained 90 lbs, I had high blood pressure and was retaining a ton of fluid. At the end I was gaining 10 lbs/week. That said my ob never said a word about my diet. My ds was 10lbs 5 oz, and delivered by c-sec. So in trying for a vbac, a smaller baby would help. Also i still have 25lbs left from my 1st pregnancy so i'm considered overweight to some point. Although it's all on my belly and boobs, everything else is back to normal. So basically we talked about going on a semi diabetic diet. No sugar, very little fruit and juice, few carbs, low fat/no fat dairy and meat. I live on fruit so it's going to be hard! But I'm willing to try it to get my vbac.</div>
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Have you checked out the <a href="http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/" target="_blank">brewer diet</a>? This site has great charts, I have done a lose brewer diet with my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies (and will now again with my 4th), I gained 50lbs with my 2nd, 20 lbs with my 3rd.<br><br>
Pregnant women need healthy fats. Things like fresh caught fish, avacado, nuts, etc are all fatty and so good for you and your baby. Water retention, 90lbs, and high BP to me is a body demanding more protein and salt. All pregnant women need to eat to hunger, drink to thirst, salt to taste. Make the best choices you can when it comes to diet. Think of things in terms of good, better, best. Example: Juice is a good choice, fresh fruit is a better choice, and fresh fruit high in fiber or paired with a protein (apples and peanut butter) is the best choice. Also, a craving for sugar is usually the body asking for more protein, a handful of almond often satifies the hunger, if you still need a little something sweet then go for the fruit.<br><br>
I am a plus sized mom, I have had a cesarean, and a VBAC, and a UBAC. My first VBAC baby was 10oz bigger with a head circumference 1 inch bigger (15 inches) than my cesarean baby.  My next VBAC baby, same diet, was nearly 1 pound smaller than first VBAC baby.</p>
 

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<p>All the posts are so interesting to read!  I didn't know that spotting after a pap is common.  I had some bright red blood during my pap on Tuesday.  No blood since then.  I also have these tugging feelings in my uterus, doesn't hurt.  </p>
<p> I am having just an awful day.  I have been feeling so good and positive but I"m a wreck today.  Lots of tears.  I need to get out of the house and get my mind off of everything.  </p>
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<p>Had my first midwife appt yesterday! Was so good to see her!</p>
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<p>Nothing much to report. She doppler'ed but it's too early to hear a heartbeat. (We could see it on the little display, though. It was sensitive enough to pick it up but not loud enough for us to hear anything.)</p>
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<p>I had to sign a release form for a Home VBAC. That was a little stressful. :p Something the state makes her do.</p>
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<p>I'm heavier than my starting weight with my first pg, so I hope to gain a little less!</p>
 

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<p>Whew and Hurray!  I saw the heartbeat today! </p>
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After my spotting last week (after DTD) I've had a little bit of spotting on and off but then Tues night it was rather a lot of brown discharge.  I freaked a bit and while reassuring me not to worry, my midwives office also ordered a sonogram "to provide some peace of mind".  And, hurray, we saw a heartbeat (139).  The measurement was right on (7 weeks, 5 days) and the tech was able to find a very tiny subchorionic hemotoma which is likely from implantation to explain the bleeding.  I feel so much better.  And, much more excited. </p>
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<p>That said, I forgot how much I hate having u/s.  The techs always feel compelled to comment on how challenging my body is to them!  In addition to my "exceptionally long and curved cervix" which I knew about from pregnancy #1, my uterus is now tilted way back.  I was interested to read the comments about how that might mean quick labor! </p>
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<p>I have my first actual appointment in another 2 weeks but I'm so happy to see that all is well. </p>
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<p>I had my first u/s yesterday and we are having TWINS!! we saw and heard both heartbeats and  both babies measured 6w5d</p>
 
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