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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]
We Do Not Sow
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.
no pictures please
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.
no pictures please
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?]
lucas, chihuahua
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.
5th-Dec-2013 10:35 pm - Is this normal? 20 weeks pregnant.
I'm 20 weeks with my 3rd. Yesterday my left breast got really painful. I know tenderness is common, but this feels more like when I stopped breastfeeding my other kids-- unbearable pain, hard, etc. It's only on my left side though and it hurts to even move. I grabbed it out of shock from the pain last night and it did leak, which I've never had happen this early in pregnancy before. Could this have something to do with the pain?
I tried googling but everything I could find were from people that were 37+ weeks along, which wouldn't really concern me at that point, and I didn't see anything about it only hurting on one side.
5th-Dec-2013 01:45 pm - #3!!!
I literally just confirmed that I'm pregnant with #3!!!  I am beyond excited!  My husband doesn't come home until tomorrow, so I can't tell anyone yet.  I don't know what to do with myself.  Is there an August 2014 community yet?
3rd-Dec-2013 02:02 pm - Placenta Previa [placenta previa]
love, hearts
I'm due with baby #2 on April 14, 2014. I already have a girl, Evelyn who is 2 and a half! I'm quite excited to have 1 of each but sad that I won't get to re-use all my awesome girl clothes LOL! Oh well I guess that means time for me to shop! :)

Anyway, everything is going pretty well. The first trimester was super easy... had some nausea if I didn't eat anything but nothing that really BOTHERED me.

This morning, however, I got a call from my OB. She was reviewing my ultrasound from last week and is concerned that I might have Placenta Previa (where the placenta is too close to/covering the cervix). She left me a message this morning telling me not to worry (yeah right) and to call her if I had any questions. I called her back once I got up, but haven't heard back from her yet (she was unavailable). She said I will have another Ultrasound when I go in on the 27th to see if the placenta has moved at all...

I've been reading about the condition and it basically says that most times it resolves itself on its own as the uterus grows, but if not, it can cause bleeding and complications during delivery (resulting in a c-section). I was already planning on a c-section with this baby anyway, so that's not what concerns me. I just don't want him to have to be delivered any earlier than 39 weeks AND i don't want to be put on bed rest! BOO!

The doctor also mentioned "avoiding intercourse" but then said "if you haven't had any problems thus far, then it should be fine". So I wanted to get her clarification on that lol. I haven't had any bleeding or anything thus far this pregnancy, so I'm hoping everything will be OK and that she's just being proactive. On one hand I can't help but wonder/worry/be anxious, but on the other hand I'm glad that she took a closer look and wants to make sure she addresses this early if it is an issue.

Anyone have experience with this? I'd like to hear what others have had happen...
lucas, chihuahua
Pregnant, panicking. Bear with me if you can, this is kind of convoluted. I've been a heavy drinker for some time. Did not plan on getting pregnant, was on the pill. I quit drinking altogether the third week of November. However, before I quit I did binge drink and consequently, forgot two pills and .. Suddenly, pregnant. Clear Blue Digital test today says I'm only 2-3 weeks. I figure the embryo should be ok. However, when I go to the Doc, she makes me paranoid as hell that my last period (Oct 25) was implantation bleeding because it only lasted two days and I may have already been pregnant (and drinking). However, I took a preg test at the time and it came back neg (I always test on short periods, paranoia). Blood was also bright red and not just spotty - there was a fair amount of it. In the years I've been drinking I've also had many short or weird, irregular periods.. AND The first time I was pregnant I was also violently, violently ill with morning sickness by eight weeks. So.. I'm probably only those 2-3 weeks along if the test is right, right? Apparently it's difficult to get an ultrasound quickly (they have no idea when I'll get it) so I'm relying on this stupid digital test to make me feel better.
3rd-Dec-2013 12:16 pm - Early pregnancy and medicine

So I'm probably about 3.5 weeks pregnant with number #3 (not officially confirmed just yet! This is probably our last biological baby and I'm trying to enjoy the process!) and having pretty terrible shoulder pain.

Does it matter what kind of pain medicine I take right now? It's still so early but I don't want to hurt the baby at all. Foggy head/baby brain has already kicked in and whew, it is really rough. You would think I would remember more but I just.... Don't. Thanks!

My second baby, Madeleine Joy, was born on November 23rd into my hands.

I wanted to share my birth story here. I'm no writer and I certainly haven't had time to edit so please ignore my mistakes. :)
27th-Nov-2013 02:57 pm - Food poisoning recovery? [nausea]
no pictures please
Anyone had to recover from food poisoning while pregnant, particularly in the nauseating first trimester? I lost nearly 5lbs since Saturday from god knows what. I'm at 13 weeks, and I'd already lost five pounds over the past two months from nausea. I've managed to gain back over one pound already, but my gag reflex is still particularly strong in the mornings. I'm unsure whether it's just normal preggo nausea or leftover twitchy gut, but it's tremendously uncomfortable to be around most food for most of the day.

I'm taking two chewable Pepto tablets in the morning to help me make breakfast for my son without yarking, and the bottle says not to take for longer than 14 continuous days without talking to a doctor - today would be day 3 or 4, I guess. I have my 2nd appointment with my midwife tomorrow, and I think I might finally cave and get some Diclectin. Can't have baby starving on my account. :-/

Any advice on what to eat? Pickled ginger and Gatorade are my friends right now, with the occasional bowl of soup. I just can't stomach crackers anymore. Yesterday (Tuesday) was the first day I ate two whole meals in a 24-hour period since Saturday: both soup, but still. I just want to get over this already! I'm sick of being sick! :(
27th-Nov-2013 07:49 am - Gender Reveal
Yesterday we found out that 2.0 is a boy (yay!!!), and are doing the reveal tomorrow when we have the family all together. The plan is to head to Michaels today and get the supplies to decorate a tee for our 19 month old daughter to wear tomorrow and just wait for folks to notice it, but I'm kind of at a loss as to what to put on it.

I was thinking maybe 'Ask me about my little brother', but am not sold on it. Any suggestions for wording or decorating ideas? Bonus points for pictures :) TIA!!
boston, swan
Hi mommas- I hope all of you are well tonight.
Quick question-

I developed a cough on Monday, started taking medicine (after calling my doctor), hoping it would go away. On Thursday I was still coughing my lungs out, so I went to my doctor who suggested a different cough medicine. It's now Sunday and the cough is still going strong!
Have any of you had an epic battle with a cough? I'm 30w3d so I'm thinking this is probably a normal third trimester thing? I don't have a fever or anything.

I also have GERD- this has been an issue due to a previous surgery and I'm wondering if it's just severe enough to now cause a chronic cough? Sometimes I'll cough out reflux (not phlegm). I have had a cough with reflux before (I ended up changing reflux meds- I had more troubles breathing than I did with coughing), but this is almost bronchitis like coughing. Except I know I don't have bronchitis- my lungs sounded clear when I was at the doc!

What have you ladies done for a cough that does not go away!
Other things I have tried:
Cough drops
Cool mist humidifier
Drinking a lot of water
I also take tylenol for my sore abdominal muscles. Oh how they ache. :(

I just want to stop coughing. :( My husband and I are traveling on Tuesday to visit family and I don't want to be coughing. I WANT THE COUGH TO GO AWAY!!

== ETA ==
Thanks for all who responded!
My doc called me back today and started me on an inhaler + a zpac. We'll see how this goes!
19th-Nov-2013 11:10 pm - July 2014 group
Hope this is ok to post here, please let me know if not!

Apparently there wasn't a July 2014 group, so I made one!  If you're due in or around July, please feel free to join!
18th-Nov-2013 10:05 pm - How to reveal? [announcing the pregnancy]
no pictures please
I'm 12 weeks along with our second, and we've yet to tell our families. My husband's family all lives nearby, and I've been getting glances at the belly from his mom already. My parents, however, live nearly 2000km away, so our interaction is generally via Skype or the odd text.

There's a possibility my parents could be visiting for Christmas, so the original plan was to reveal then when we'd meet them at the airport. But a review of our calculations meant I'd be nearly 17 weeks by then, well into the "showing" stage. I'm thinking it's unfair that my folks would literally be the last people to know (apart from Facebook), so I want to tell them earlier, but I'm not sure how.

Last time around, my mother visited us by herself for a few days, then flew out to visit one of my brothers for a week, then came back. In that week that she was gone, I passed the 13-week mark and finally felt comfortable with the idea that this one was going to stick around. When she got back, I told her I'd gotten a new tattoo while she was gone, did she want to see it?

My poor mother made a face and said, "Do I have to?" I lifted up my shirt a bit to show the ultrasound picture taped to my belly. After a few seconds to read the text I'd had printed on it, it finally clicked. "Oh. OH. OHHH!" My dad, who wasn't able to take time off to visit at the time, I told that same night after I suggested he spend some of his recent lotto winnings on visiting his first grandchild in the spring. We pulled the same stunt the next day when we invited the in-laws over for lobster dinner.

So, assuming this will be a Skype reveal for my parents, and an in-person reveal to my in-laws, anyone have any suggestions that aren't too sappy? Funny or tricksy is more our style, but low-key. (My husband is extremely introverted and hates making a fuss.)

Also, is it really terribly tacky to announce one's pregnancy at someone else's retirement party? My boss recently retired and her party is this weekend. I only ask because my due date is also her birthday, so it'd be a sort of, "I know we all chipped in to get her something, but I also thought I'd get her an advance birthday gift, ha ha." Too much? (My husband says yes, yes, for the love of god don't do it.)
17th-Nov-2013 02:07 pm - gestational diabetes [food, gestational diabetes]
sjp lovely

I'm unexpectedly 12w5d pregnant with #2 and my OB GYN wanted to test me super early for GD as I had it with baby #1. I had it from 22 weeks onwards (as soon as I did the test and failed) and was able to successfully control it with diet and exercise (although it got really hard by the end). I found out that with the family history I have (my mother had GD and my aunt on my father's side also) plus my very low birth weight (1788g) that it was very likely all my life that this would happen. After baby #1 was born I was retested and found to be completely healthy and fine. Baby #1 was born at 3.5kg (7 pounds 13 ounces) and in perfect health. He's now 18 months old. Baby #2 is due on Baby #1's birthday!! Oops!

I'm somewhat overweight (size AU14) but fairly active (more active now since having a baby!) and my current weight is sadly identical to when I conceived #1 (I lost 7kg overall during that pregnancy) although I'm 2 clothes sizes smaller. But I figured that the changes between pregnancies weren't enough to really make a difference and I was right - boom! - failed the test again and now I've got GD for the next 6 loooong months (including Christmas and Easter! noooooo!!!)

I've been looking around and not been able to find a GD community on LJ (does anyone know if there is one?) but I was wondering if any members had some useful recipes and meal ideas and exercise activities for me? My endocrinologist said that with subsequent pregnancies if GD develops this early that it can be hard to avoid insulin but I would like to try at least. I figure that because I'm going to have to do it for so long I am going to need lots of variety, so any (and ALL) advice/suggestions/motivation would be PERFECT!
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