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I'm currently 40 + 4 with #3 and a VBA2C patient.

I'm pretty much freaking out at this point. I had my first NST today, which was fine. He's just cozy up in there. My induction (which I found out is going to be a Foley) is scheduled for the evening of April 9th - 10th which will put me at 41 + 5/6.

While I'm very happy/grateful to have a provider willing to let me go so far giving me the best chance to go into spontaneous labor, the longer this drags out the more freaked out I'm getting. I was NOT thrilled to find out that his first method of choice is the foley catheter. I know that I shouldn't really be questioning it because this doctor has the highest VBAC+ rating in the entire state of Texas, but still...ehhh. I was induced with my first and it was so traumatic (at 40 weeks exactly) that induction is anxiety-inducing for me in the first place, much less a method that I'm not very familiar with. I did read up on it, but I wanted a completely natural birth (which I would have achieved with my first had the doctor not intervened unnecessarily. I dilated to 10 with no meds). I'm also worried about the induction failing and me getting another section. I don't think I can do it, not with a 2 year old that climbs me like a monkey STILL at this stage of pregnancy. He's not going to understand a giant painful hole in my body!

I don't even know what I'm looking for here. We've tried all the "tricks" to get him to come out. Nothing. I'm at a 0 station with 80+% effacement as of last week, but with negligible dilation. I didn't have a cervical check today. I felt it wasn't necessary at this point. He's either coming in the next 8 days or he's not. I'm just worried/scared/anxious and just want him to come out already. 
1st-Apr-2014 11:20 am - Due in November?
just a girl and a tree
Are there really no people who are due in November? My son's due date community was super active (4 years ago) and I made great friends, so I'm bummed I can't find more people to join nov2014babies :(
My sister keeps giving me unsolicited advice and it's kind of irriating.
I showed her the sonogram pics because I thought she'd want to see them and be happy for me. First, she said: "oh, you're going to keep it?" and then started telling me that her next door neighbor who is bipolar took medication the entire pregnancy and now has a baby with heart problems.

I explained to her that I asked my doctors what they think and they said it was ok to stay on all but one drug. Then my sister said something about how she quit all her meds during pregnancy like Adderall. Well, I am pretty sure that a medication like Adderall is a lot different than something like a beta blocker or a mood stabilizer.

After that, she proceeded to tell me that babies are a lot of work (no, really?), how she got no help from her boyfriend for quite a few months, and so on.

And sure, while my boyfriend wasn't happy about the baby at first, he's being more supportive and I am sure he'll be a great dad. He has a full time, good paying job and we are on track to buy a house before the baby is born. I don't undersand what the problem is exactly, but I am guessing it's my sister projecting onto me.

Hey pregnant,

So I'm 36 weeks + 4 days. On Tuesday we went on a tour of the hospital where we are delivering. It was about an hour long or so with a lot of standing and walking, much more than I've been doing all at once lately. My back was really hurting by the end. I went to go get a water from the gift shop and I suddenly felt sharp shooting and burning pains on the outside of my left thigh. I noticed that my left upper thigh was also numb and I definitely had a pins and needles feeling. After sitting down and drinking some water it began to go away. I also felt baby shift slightly after I finished the water and that seemed to relieve a little of the residual pain.

Just now I was standing up hanging and putting clean clothes away and the same thing happened. It was pretty painful and uncomfortable, to the point where I verbally cried out. I laid down on the couch and put my feet up (which were also swollen after a long day) and drank some apple juice which seemed to help. I have an OB appointment on Friday in the late afternoon, but this is definitely a new symptom. Has anyone had anything like this before? Is it just baby sitting on a nerve or something? Is there something I can do to alleviate the pain? I've been going to pre-natal yoga, so I'm wondering if this is a nerve thing if some gentle stretches or positions to get baby off the nerve might help.

Also, is this something I need to call about now? Or can I wait until Friday to mention it to my OB?

Thanks all.

26th-Mar-2014 07:24 pm(no subject)
im between 8 and 9 weeks pregnant 4 weeks ago i had light pink discharge that lasted 4 days and the same today im worried that something is wrong, iv been nausious, dizzy, constipated, had cramps, swollen tummy, really exhausted etc can someone please help
20th-Mar-2014 01:32 pm - Mature placenta, odd kidney
I fell two days ago and went in for bleeding (turns out it was from a cervical exam, nothing to do with the baby) but they admitted me anyway and I was under observation for 24 hours. I had an in depth ultrasound (that showed I was 37 + 5, even though I'm 1000% sure I'm on target because I was charting when I got pregnant) and I'm 39 weeks today.

They said that my placenta was mature. I was in a lot of pain at the time and super tired and didn't ask what it meant. I'm just curious. The baby also has a sickle shaped kidney that was a little large. None of this was discussed with me, just observations I made and put in the back of my mind. Otherwise, he's just cozy up in there and I'm not holding out hope he's coming till around 40 weeks or more.

Nothing was wrong, I just got holed up in the hospital for a day for the observation and was sent home with instructions to stop stepping over baby gates and tripping.

39 weeks, 3rd pregnancy
13th-Mar-2014 04:09 pm(no subject)
Hi all!

Recently pregnant with #3. By my estimation we'll be 5 weeks tomorrow. My question is to any other out there that have 3+ - did you feel pregnant more quickly? Not in terms of symptoms, but actually physical feeling. I swear I feel pressure low in my belly, like just above my pubic bone, when I sit curled up on the couch. I don't remember being able to feel anything like that until later with my other pregnancies, but of course the memories fade somewhat.

Any other third time mamas out there?
11th-Mar-2014 09:49 pm - Glucose Test [glucose testing]
It's 9:45pm. At 7:30am, I start drinking the delicious juice for the glucose screening. I had one test earlier on in the pregnancy because my doctor wanted to do one early one because of my weight. He wants to repeat it now just in case, so tomorrow's the day. The first time they didn't tell me anything about changing what I eat. This time, she said some stuff but I forgot. I suppose I need to write this stuff down. I'm starving; can I eat a bowl of regular cereal? I had dinner early but I think thinking about not eating breakfast is making me go crazy atm. Sigh.

The one thing I hate about anything during pregnancy is the being told I can't eat. Labor with my son was terrible mainly because of the fact I was so hungry. I swear I don't typically overeat, but after his birth they tried to get away with giving me only crackers until the morning. I demanded pizza. And ate an entire large pizza on my own.

So, anyway, thanks for listening to me complain and... tell me the cereal won't hurt anything? =)
24th-Feb-2014 05:33 pm - weight gain clarification [weight]
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Hi ladies. I had an argument with my mother the other day about how much weight I'd actually gained during this pregnancy and my last. My last pregnancy I started off at 129 lbs, dropped to 120 from nausea/food aversions, and then delivered at 152. I've always been telling people that I gained 23 lbs (i.e. 152-129), but my mother says that's wrong, I gained 32 lbs (152-120). I maintain that because I was catching up to my pre-pregnancy weight it doesn't count.

The topic came up when I mentioned that I went for my GTT at 24 weeks this time around instead of 28 like last time, and she wondered if it was because I'd already gained 11 lbs by that point (I'm 26 weeks today). I said, "No, I've finally just passed my pre-pregnancy weight this time." This time I started off at 140, dropped to 131 from food aversions and a nasty bout of food poisoning at 12 weeks, and today I'm 143.

So who's right? Have I gained 3 pounds or 12? did I gain 23 pounds or 32?
19th-Feb-2014 08:53 am - Dizzy at 6 weeks

Did anyone feel really dizzy/lightheaded early in pregnancy? What helped you feel better? I have a lot to do today with a toddler in toe but I can barely get up off the couch :(


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Hi ladies. Anyone know of any exercises/movements one can do to ease round ligament pain? It's worst for me in the mornings, though I can get it any time of day; I can barely sit in a chair or bend over. Fully upright or lying down is the only thing really comfortable for me, the latter of which is not really feasible with a 3-year-old around.

12th-Feb-2014 10:59 am - Mucus plug at 6+3?
Hot dog.
Hi there,

I'm 6 weeks 3 days today, and when I wiped after peeing this morning, there was a clump of what I can only assume is the same material mucus plugs are made of on the tp. About the size of a thumbnail. It was way thicker and more gelatinous than any other discharge I've ever had.

I can't seem to find anything official online, just messageboards of people asking similar questions. From what I can gather (if those replies are correct), it could just be some leftover from my mucus plug forming?

Should I be concerned? Did this happen to anyone else? I had a miscarriage the cycle before this pregnancy, so I'm a bit on edge!
I took the liberty of creating a community for those due in or around October. I hope there are enough of us to form a community. Please feel free to come over and join!

I need to be calmed. I just got back from the doctor and so while I'm not looking for medical opinions, I would like to some anecdotes; does anyone else have experience with this?

At the 20 week anomaly scan, our baby was measuring small. Everything else looked fine except they wanted to see a better shot of the spine and couldn't find the kidneys yet(fluid was fine, though). Well, I went back today so they could check all of that out. We got a better look at the spine and found the kidneys. However, she's still measuring extremely small. She's gained since last time at a "good pace" but she's in the 2ND percentile! I'm supposed to be 24 weeks. They questioned the dates for a while but the doctor said that the due date was based on the first ultrasound which is more accurate. He doesn't want to change the due date but just wants to keep making sure she's still gaining weight by more ultrasounds. My son was 8 lbs 9 oz when he was born and since then has always been bigger. I'm not sure how to handle this. The doctor says everything else looks normal but this is really bothering me. Could there be something wrong? Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone else had this happen?

Also... there was a difference when the tech was measuring her head v. her legs and things like that. She didn't point this out to me but I was noticing it on the screen. Her head was showing up 23 weeks and legs were like 21 weeks. What's up with that?
6th-Feb-2014 01:47 pm - Hunger [weight]
Snow Green Hush
I'm 20w1d and the past two days I have been starving, which gives me a lot of anxiety, because...

I've got a BMI of 39 and was losing weight at a good pace before becoming pregnant. This is my second child and with my first I did gain 15 lbs during pregnancy, all of which were gone the day after delivery, and I do remember having a lot of stress about how much to eat and whether I was eating too much. Both times, my midwives told me that my goal should be to "gain no weight" at all during pregnancy, which is why I was very stressed about that 15lbs last time.

At 20w1d I have gained 1.5 pounds total, which I think is pretty good, but I've done that by tracking everything I'm eating and keeping my exercise up. I don't think I'm limiting my calories, as I allow myself 2900 calories a day, and extra on days I exercise. And I've been feeling great.

But yesterday and today I have had this hunger I simply cannot stop. It doesn't matter what foods I choose or how often I eat or how much I eat, I am still hungry. Granted, this is only the second day, but yesterday I did not exercise and I ate 3300 calories. I thought "hey it's one day and I am hungry so maybe the baby needs this."

But now that it's day two I am getting worried that I am eating too much or inappropriately interpreting signals as hunger that aren't really hunger. I've upped my water, which only gave me heartburn to add to my hunger.

I know hunger and pregnancy are normal and this is a time when the baby is growing quickly, but my question is, is it okay to, as an obese person, give into the hunger? To what degree should I eat to fill the hunger, and to what degree should I say "the baby is healthy I don't need this second lunch, even if I am starving"? Everything on-line about obesity and weight in pregnancy talks about limiting calories and reducing weight gain, which sends me the message that this is what I should be doing, ignoring the hunger and limiting calories. But I'm seriously hungry to the point of pain/nausea.
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23 weeks, 3 days. Finally back to my pre-pregnancy weight, baby is doing well, if the belly squirms are any indication. Hint: my husband wants to change the baby's nickname from "Grapple Loader" to "Pack of Starving Weasels".

So, how steadfast is the "don't sleep on your right side or you'll constrict your femoral artery" thing anyway? I generally sleep on my left side anyway, with a wedge pillow supporting the belly and a roll pillow between my knees. But I've been suffering from what I suspect is round ligament pain combined with gas, and sometimes it is so painful. And by sometimes I mean I'm forced to lie on my back or side at least once a day, and the pain subsides almost immediately. I'm going to talk to my midwife about it next week.

Anyway, I remember militantly trying to avoid sleeping on my right side during my last pregnancy, resulting in my now-preferred left side position. But sometimes it just feels soooo good to lie on my right side. So how bad is it for me/baby?
boston, swan
I'm a bit late posting this, but Oliver was born on January 22.

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Baby stats:
6 lb 5 oz
19 in long (later at ped office, he was measured at 18.5 in long)
Born ONE week and one day early

He scored perfectly on all newborn tests. After all my body has been through I'm so happy he is healthy! He is tiny, adorable, and extremely snuggly. He is SO WORTH EVERYTHING I WENT THROUGH as well. And he is very mellow. He hardly cries.

Here are some pics

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Trying to breastfeed- it's hard. So I pump and supplement with formula. Oliver has lost some weight so I'm working hard to help him gain, but I've lost a CRAP ton of weight. I'm now teetering between 94 and 96 pounds!!!! Trying to eat but pumping is wearing me away!! Otherwise all is well. :)
31st-Jan-2014 10:21 pm(no subject)
A friend of mine is 10 weeks pregnant. She sent me a text earlier this evening and said that she had an ultrasound today and they couldn't find a heartbeat. She has a repeat ultrasound on Monday. I know she has had at least one ultrasounds already around 7-8 weeks that were normal as far as I know (they announced at church 2 weeks ago and she showed me the ultrasound pictures and I was preoccupied with my toddler at the time so I admit I was distracted when she was telling me) She said she has had no cramping or bleeding, and her hcg levels were "normal" today, whatever that means. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else had seen a heartbeat, then not, but everything was okay? I also have no clue why she was having another ultrasound already if she had one at 7-8 weeks. Here the general rule (if everything is progressing normally) one ultrasound in the first trimester, and then anatomy scan. I've been through a loss and the waiting game before and I wouldn't wish this on anyone :(
27th-Jan-2014 04:25 pm - Birth Announcement and Question
Iron Man!
Hello All,
I have not had to post much this pregnancy, but I am happy to announce that Logan Cain Boots R (we did two middle names with both our children since my husband and myself both have two middle names as well) was born via c-section on January 15th. Everything went really well, but as this was a repeat I was much more nervous than I was with my first c-section. With my first I only knew the day before it happened that I was going to have a c-section. This time I knew the date about a month in advance, which was a bit nerve wracking! But the surgery went off without a hitch and it is wonderful to have my baby boy here. My daughter loves him too. She just turned 3 on the 26th so they are about 3 year apart exactly!
I have one question though, well maybe not question but asking for advice. When my doctor was opening me up, she asked me if this was only my second c-section. I replied that it was and then she asked if I was in labor at all. I told her that I was having some mild cramps but nothing major. She then tells the others around her that it looked like my uterus was in labor for a while now and that my uterus lining was "very very very thin." She informed me that she was going to reinforce the stitches. After the baby was out and she started the close, the doctor told me that we should think very hard about ever wanting to have more children. Or if I ever moved to a new doctor, ensure that I tell them how thin she said the lining was.
Has anyone been told they had thin lining before? I know someone that had it and they ended up having their uterus rupture and they almost died. My husband is now very against having anymore children even though we wanted one more someday. I am just looking for some stories from anyone who has been in this situation before.

Thanks All!
21st-Jan-2014 05:16 pm - Update to previous "is this legit"
thinspiration ; tattoo
An update to this post :

4 Pregnancy tests later and it appears I am indeed pregnant.
This isn't planned and it's kind of a shock considering it is with my ex of two and a half years that recently broke my heart for no real reason this past October. We continued to sleep together occasionally and well, it only takes one time I guess. My ex has taken the news in an extremely mature way and is willing to be there through everything. So that was some what relieving.

Anyway, I guess I'm just looking for some support / advice?
I'm having a hard time believing this is the real deal. I mean, you'd think 5 positive pregnancy tests would make it real for me but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I don't feel pregnant. I mean, My breasts have grew a ton and are somewhat sore and heavy but nothing totally out of the ordinary. I have felt some what off in the mornings but like i said, nothing crazy and it could very well be me overthinking things.

As much as I didn't plan this, I am going to do everything I can for this child. I've already went into mom mode and have given up coffee cold turkey (HUGE coffee drinker over here) and begun to watch what I am eating/drinking. My only fear is, I'm afraid to believe this 100% and invest myself when I know that anything can happen this early. At this point I'd only be about 4w 4d. Its my understanding that it's obviously very early so as usual anything can happen. I realize I probably won't feel better until the first appointment where I hear the baby's heartbeat/have an ultrasound. Which is around week 9 i've been told? I haven't made an appointment yet just because I've been busy since and am unsure of which doctor I am going to use. So for now I figured I would ask here for some advice/support/experiences. When did you first hear the heartbeat/get an ultrasound? When did you really feel this was really happening for you?

Thank you all in advance.
The internet makes me worry too much sometimes.
I know I just made a post earlier today, but I've been looking at ultrasound pictures all day. I have two questions.

First - in the early ultrasound picture we got back in October, there are two black circles in the picture. I didn't think anything of them until I got home the same day and then I started to wonder what they are - but figured if it was something abnormal, the doctor would've said something. Now it's bothering me I never found out what these are. Is it possible that they were empty sacs? If so, what does that mean for this baby?

Second - Am I really having a girl? I was really excited to hear that, as I already have a boy. The woman doing the ultrasound said right off the bat "it's a girl!" and was sure the entire time. It looks like girl parts to me, but then again I'm no expert. We just ordered an adorable(and expensive!) bedding set that has HER name on it, so now I'm freaking out thinking "could this be a boy?" This pregnancy has been far different than the one with my son, and I feel like this is a girl... but your thoughts?
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20th-Jan-2014 07:37 pm(no subject)
Dominc Matthew <3
Hey Gang!
  I haven't been around much this pregnancy...everything has been pretty normal this time around. My pressure Is normal and No Diabetes for me this time! Anyways, Im 31 weeks and going for a check up on Wednesday. The last few days, Ive been feeling a lot of pelvic pressure.Nothing timeable, because its more of a constant pain. I get sharp pains, occasionally in the birth canal area too. So theres really no belly pains at all. Should I be worried? Im tiny, work in healthcare and Im constantly on my feet. Im worried this baby is just going to pop out. I carried my first till 36 weeks, went to be induced cause of my pressure and I was already in labor. Any advice?
20th-Jan-2014 08:09 am - no IV? [natural childbirth]
Hi everyone! I'm new here. I used livejournal/this community years ago when I was pregnant with my son and it helped me so much. I'm pregnant again now - and I DON'T want to have a similar birth situation that I had with him. Honestly, I'd prefer to have a midwife but they're essentially illegal here. With that said, I want to talk to my ob/gyn about what I want the birth to be like. It makes me scared because he(along with all other doctors here) doesn't accept written birth plans. I'd REALLY prefer not to have an IV and to be able to move around as I chose... but I'm afraid he's going to tell me that's not possible or the hospital doesn't allow it. What options do I have if he says that?
19th-Jan-2014 08:48 pm - Low blood sugar
So, the lab that my birth center sends my blood work off to has a nifty feature by which you can get yor results online. Super nifty, at least, until you get a weird result on a weekend. A long weekend, even!

My glucose level for my gestational diabetes test was low. 47, which I gather is pretty dang low. Has this happened to anyone else? What might it mean? Obviously I intend to talk to my midwives once the office reopens. If it were you, would you call, or just wait for them to call you? (generally they call with abnormal test results)
19th-Jan-2014 10:13 am - Is this legit ? [pregnancy tests]
thinspiration ; tattoo

Help? My period is 4 days late. I took a test this morning.... I know in general the rule is a line is a line is a line.... I guess I just need some reassurance considering this was so far from planned.

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Hi! My husband and I are planning our first pregnancy. Both of us took antibiotics (doxycycline) for 10 days in the end of december. We used condoms that cycle, because this medication was not compatible with pregnancy. My doctor says that we can already start TTC - by the time I ovulate our bodies will be free of antibiotics for about 28-30 days.

But I heard that many other doctors suggest waiting for 72 days/2-3 cycles before trying! They say that a woman's body is free of any toxic elements after menstruation, but a man's sperm is 'renewing' very slowly and is currently defecive, and a couple should wait and use contraception, or the future baby has high chances of being born with different genetic abnormalities. :-(

Is this correct?! Did your husband/partner wait for 70+ days after taking antibiotics? Or can we TTC already?
17th-Jan-2014 03:25 pm - Listeria Cheese Recalls
corset binding

The Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese products have been available for sale at independent supermarkets in Victoria and Tasmania only. The Emporium Selection Pepper Cheese has been available for sale at Aldi Stores in Victoria, Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

Although last time this happened there was a bunch of other cheeses that got added to that list.
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I'm 20 weeks today with Grapple Loader (another boy, we found out last week), so hooray for halfway!

I'm 5'2", and started off my pregnancy at an uncomfortable 140 lbs. I lost five pounds during my first trimester from preggo nausea, and then another four pounds from horrendous food poisoning/stomach bug at 13 weeks. Since that time, I've only regained about five or six pounds. I'm not super-worried, since I'm feeling okay apart from a bit of toddler fatigue, but I'm wondering if I should be expecting a sudden jump in weight or what. Last pregnancy I lost 10 lbs too, and IIRC I'd regained it all by about 20 weeks, but every pregnancy is different, yadda yadda.

So we had the morphology scan last week and everything looked good. The baby seems a teensy bit smaller than Henry was at the same time (his scan was at 18+6, and he was 14 cm, this one was at 19+3 and he was 13 cm). I'm wondering if this is because of my slow weight re-gain, or just because it's a different baby or what? Our appointment with the midwife is this week, so I'll discuss it with her, but I'm just looking for your thoughts.

Also, nothing is tasting as good as the things I'm not supposed to have. I had an ice-cold Coke this morning, and although I meant to savour it because it was the last one in the fridge leftover from Christmas, I downed that sucker in about five minutes and it was goddamned delicious. Almost as delicious was the tuna sushi I had at dinner Saturday night, and the deli ham sandwich I had for lunch that same day, and the the ounce of red wine I nursed for three hours Friday evening. All I need is some toast with unpasteurized honey and I've got Taboo Bingo.

Man, I want another Coke... Gah.

ETA: I'm not succumbing to my cravings for the forbidden as much as that last paragraph suggested, it was just a really long week.
baby bump
I posted previously about doing a home birth while being in the military. ( At my appointment yesterday, the hubby and I asked the doctor what should we do after if we do deliver at home hypothetically speaking? We wanted to know how soon we should come in after the birth, where to go, will I be admitted, etc.

She starts off by saying she's opposed to home birth VBACs because of the risk of rupture even if the risk is extremely low (which it is in my case). Then she says we should come in right away to L&D to be admitted because she's heard stories of CPS becoming involved after home births. She couldn't give us any more details on those situations not because she couldn't, she didn't know any.

Now I like this doctor and believe she was coming from a genuine place. Still the hubby and I were like, why mention it when it doesn't seem plausible that CPS would become involved just because of a home birth? We had planned to come in w/n 24 hours after everything goes smoothly (positive thinking). Now I'm thinking w/n 2-4. I want to get the placenta delivered, get cleaned up, start breastfeeding, and relax for a minute.

No matter what happens, CPS better not try to take my baby or be involved in our lives in any way shape or form over a home birth. There's no medical reason for me not to have a VBAC at home.
8th-Jan-2014 09:27 pm - Diclectin
Has anyone else in here taken diclectin for morning sickness? If so, how long did you feel drowsy for? I just started taking it, and while it definitely seems to help lots with my nausea I also felt like I was on the verge of passing out all day. Just wondering whether or not I can expect that feeling to go away, as it is way worse than normal pregnancy exhaustion and making it through the workday plus chasing my toddler this evening was a challenge. Trying to weigh the pros and cons of what's worse - this extreme drowsiness or the 24/7 awful nausea! Thanks!
7th-Jan-2014 09:29 pm - Posterior Babies [posterior presentation]
Chesire Cat

Anybody have any experience with posterior babies?

My babe is ROP to be exact and has been for weeks. I'm not anxious to turn as I read only 5% of posterior babies actually remain posterior during delivery.

5th-Jan-2014 06:28 pm - Loss of symptoms
I could use a little reassurance from anyone who may have been in the same shoes...

I'm about 8 weeks 2 days pregnant, and I haven't felt pregnant for the last 4 days. I was feeling queasy or nauseated before, especially if I was getting hungry or shortly after eating a meal. Foods tasted really strong for me, so I didn't like anything unless it was bland. I felt thirsty a lot. I was very fatigued. I had minor cramping off and on.

I know it's normal for symptoms to come and go, but I don't feel anything at all, other than a sore back (which could be just normal back pain for me) or a little bloated (which could also be from a cyst I have), and it seems early to lose all symptoms this early for this long. I've had a missed miscarriage before at 6 weeks, in which I woke up one morning and all my symptoms were gone and it wasn't confirmed until my 8 week ultrasound. I was also pregnant with twins, and my symptoms lessened around this point, but not altogether- the fatigue in particular remained for the 1st trimester. I have an ultrasound scheduled on Tuesday afternoon, so there's no point going in sooner. I just can't help but worry.
2nd-Jan-2014 12:48 pm - Just curious...
George w/Ghost Baby
When did your baby drop in relation to your due date? After dropping, how long before you went into labor?

Additionally, what is your favorite natural induction method? Did any of them work more than the others? It's probably hard to know that for sure but I'm just trying to get an idea.

I'm 39 weeks today with my first and she hasn't dropped yet. I'm 3cm and 80% effaced and went into labor early at 36 weeks which was successfully I'm trying to get an idea how to get this going naturally.
22nd-Dec-2013 09:42 pm - It's official! [home birth]
baby bump
I'm having a VBAC homebirth with a midwife and doula. They're excited! I'm not excited. I'm not nervous (at least trying not to be) really or scared or anything like this. I don't think I was excited about going into labor the last time. Probably because I was so uncomfortable I was just ready for my body to do its thing. This time I'm so sleep deprived, it's a wonder I haven't just dropped. Insomnia is terrible! No exaggeration. I have no idea how I'm going to be able to make up this lost sleep time and what's to come.

Anyway, in preparation for the birthing process, my doula suggested I listen to Hypnobabies. (I didn't see a tag for it.) Read more...Collapse )

I also have some questions for those that did a homebirth:
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20th-Dec-2013 11:42 am(no subject)
It seems as if the name of my liveournal account has become outdated in record time--I'm 4W2D!

I've gotta ask though--is it normal to have horrible smelling gas in early pregnancy? It's only been for the last week, my diet is the same. I've been taking prenatals and DHA for 3 months, so I don't think it's either of those.

What gives? I stank my husband out of the bedroom last night :(
17th-Dec-2013 01:07 pm - Formal/Semi-formal Maternity Wear
I'm an independent consultant for a home based jewelry company. We have a convention in February with a dinner and award ceremony on the last night. It's semi-formal to formal. I will be just over 6 months and I don't have anything that will fit (I didn't do cool thing during my first pregnancy). I want to start planning a little early so I can budget appropriately and watch the sales, etc. But I don't know where to start. So far all I have is Motherhood and their semi-formal section is slightly too casual. I'm asking for help finding places I can get a nice dress that isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg.
15th-Dec-2013 02:27 am(no subject)
I'll be 31 weeks in a few days and for the last 1.5 weeks I have been experiencing period like cramps every day for a few hours a day along with alot of vag soreness. Is this normal or unusual? It gets uncomfortable, but never painful.
12th-Dec-2013 04:45 pm - Workplace Hazards [fears and worries, is it safe?]
chihuahua, lucas
Sorry, more (probably really lame) worries. I have a part time job where I'm stuck in a poorly ventilated area with a fork lift running on diesel a good chunk of my shift. The fumes make me cough and feel lightheaded, but could it damage the small being I'm packing? I read online diesel fumes aren't the best for pregnant women. I can quit.. I have one more shift tomorrow and I'm thinking of telling them I can't do it anymore. Being paranoid again?
So the results to the ultrasound were not good.

I have had no fetal growth since the last ultrasound.

So the dr. is running another hormone test. If my hormones have plateaued or declined then I am having a stalled pregnancy, or a miscarriage. If my hormones are still climbing then she is going to push for another ultrasound.

But she is leaning towards a miscarriage, there should have been some growth and there was none ... but I had to point out that the ultrasound machine crapped out half way through the ultrasound, she had to reboot it and my dr. did not know that.

I went for the blood work, so now it is a waiting game.

Either way, I am surprisingly doing ok .... maybe my break down on Tuesday helped or if I am in denial or acceptance, either way I feel good.

Has anyone heard or experienced this?
12th-Dec-2013 10:28 am - Follow-Up
Wake Up
I wrote this entry yesterday in the afternoon as a follow up/still having questions about the pain I was having.

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But didn't get a chance to post it because I ended up going to the hospital. It's official, I'm one of those silly people who don't know they're in labor! LOL. Contractions were coming 2 minutes apart, 3cm and 80% effaced. Dr. wanted to admit me but I was near my job, no where near my home and I hateeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the hospital that is near my job. It's called Shady Grove but often refereed to as "Shady Grave" though their Labor and Delivery is known to be super but it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy. PACKED with people. So I left and headed up to my hospital. <3 Which is so amazing by the way! :) There wasn't a sole in site and everyone is so friendly and they're huge on breastfeeding and they're getting rid of the nursery and I just love it. But anyway...

They gave me a pill, tons of fluids and then two shots. The shots...omg they burned!!! They were so painful but all of that stopped my contractions, thankfully! They also made my heart rate race like crazy which made me shake and feel dizzy but it worked so oh well! :)

So now my question...should I expect to go in "real" labor soon? I was pretty shocked at the effacement, that's serious progress, right? I just want to make it to 38 weeks if I could. I knew I was going to go early! LOL I just knew it...but I'd really like to hold off as long as possible. I was so worried about having to be induced that I didn't realize she'd come on her own this early. lol Dr. wrote me a note so I can telecommute since I live about 45min-1hr in traffic away from work and getting stranded there would be awful.
hello cthulu
Hi all!

I'm Jess and I just turned 27 in October.

I've been mad clucky for years and always watched this community like a hawk, but it's SO exciting to finally be able to post! I got my BFP yesterday - twice - and another one today (just to be sure haha), our first month of trying (SO lucky). I'm exactly 4 weeks today and due, I guess, in the middle of August (is there a community?).

My situation is a bit unusual, though. I'm very, very non-monogamous/polyamorous - this is my first biological child, but my partner has two children - H is 5 and K is about to turn 2. We live together - that is me, partner, the two kids, their mum (his other partner), and her other boyfriend. Our close friends know, but we generally don't announce the fact to the general public (school etc) - but with a new belly bean on the way, it's sort of unavoidable. Has anyone else done this in an 'alternative' kind of relationship?

We live in Australia which is hardly known for its forward thinking and all I can do is worry about making things really hard for everyone. Anecdotes, advice, anything to make me feel less alone in this or like I'm not going to screw things up irreperably would be awesome.

(For what it's worth, H and K are two of the brightest, happiest, most loved and well adjusted kids I know.)

All this in compounded by the fact that I'm mentally ill, but actually, I've felt better the last two weeks - unmedicated and all - than I have in years. Makes up for the fact that I almost puked on the office door this morning!
Hey folks,

I'm at a lost, scared and freaking out.

I am 8 wks 2 days pregnant and I went for my second ultrasound, the tech would not tell me much. All she would say was that it was "inconclusive" and that she could still not see a heart beat.

She did not mention the fetal pole which was visible at the last ultrasound.

Should I be panicking?

I have an appt. with my dr. on Thursday but my mind is going a mile a minute with the worst possible outcomes. I know this isn't a medical form but can anyone tell me if they have gone this far and not seen the heart beat but yet continued to have a healthy pregnancy?

Thank you in advance everyone.
Hot dog.
Hi everyone!

I'm currently TTC and am wondering about the changes in the smell of your cervical mucous after ovulation/in very early pregnancy. Did you notice a change? When? What did it smell like? I keep hearing people mention it, but rarely what it actually smells like.
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