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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:48 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:49 pm 
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Awww, thanks, guys! So according to the dating ultrasound, my due date is around February 26, +/- a week. Yay! Sucked not having one, and what was "guesstimated" before was February 4, so this gives us a little extra time to make appropriate provisions! This was probably my last appointment with this Dr., as she is just a regular Dr. that sometimes delivers babies, and I am now being referred to an ob-gyn and considered more of a high-risk preganancy. Which definitely sucks, because my first pregnancy was not . Mind, that was 10 years and 80 pounds ago, so being considered high-risk due to pretty much my own making of the combination of being obese and having chronic hypertension stinks. Oh well, I could tell this dr. is relieved to be putting me in better hands and felt out of her element advisising me, and frankly, I will be feeling much better knowing that I am at a hospital where they are able to handle possible complications. No point worrying though, things are looking fine thus far.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:02 pm 
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Will being high-risk make much of a difference in your prenatal care though? I wouldn't stress..they're just wanting to be extra careful. :)
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Congratulations on the new pregnancy!! Hopefully your risk-status won't cause you any/much extra stress and you can get on with growing that new little person! : )


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:08 am 
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Congrats!!! I was all stressed out about having to see a perinatologist and an endocrinologist in addition to my OB, but they are just being extra cautious because they want to make sure the babies and I are doing well. I was also a little bummed about moving to different hospital for delivery, but once I realized it was because they have the biggest, best NICU in the area, I felt better knowing I'd be there "just in case." So far, I've had absolutely no issues. I'm hoping everything goes smoothly for you, too!

Like you said, though--high risk just means they take extra precautions, not that something will go wrong. It's kind of an annoying label, though--like "advanced maternal age." It sounds like you're pretty calm about it, which is great!

It's that time--I'm going in for my glucose tolerance test next week. I guess it's a little late to worry about the amount of cake I've eaten this pregnancy. Also, the bottle is huge...and while we're on the subject, why orange?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:21 am 
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i just noticed this thread now.
im in the middle of my 7th week and this week has sucked. every week leading up to this week was not too bad. very mild nausea, etc.
ive been having lower back pain when i wake up in the morning but that seems to be the only time.

this week i am exhausted, i feel nauseous all the time and i feel like im going to pass out asleep at any moment.
ive slept a good 9-10 hours for the past 2 nights and im still exhausted.

i dont have the energy to make any nutruitious food so have been living on simple dinners at home and ginger ale and carbs at work.
i NEVER drink soda but ive had like 4 ginger ales in the last 24 hours and it's full of HFCS :-(

i just have a general feeling of bleehhhhh all over.

according to the internet my due date is 4/22
i have my first u/s on 9/20.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:30 pm 
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giggles at "according to the internet" Well, then it must be true :) J/K...congratulations!

FWIW, I think the exhaustion usually gets better by that magical second trimester. I never was as tired as I was around 6-12 weeks on. I fell asleep on the bus on more than one occasion!


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LisaPunk-- have you ever tried RW Knudsen? They make a natural ginger ale. I never drink soda, but when I was pregnant sometimes water just wasn't enough! http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products ... ginger-ale

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ive never seen taht brand before but ill be on the lookout!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:00 pm 
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ive never seen taht brand before but ill be on the lookout!

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 Post subject: Re: Pregnancy Updates Thread
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:03 pm 
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designedtobekind wrote:
It's that time--I'm going in for my glucose tolerance test next week. I guess it's a little late to worry about the amount of cake I've eaten this pregnancy. Also, the bottle is huge...and while we're on the subject, why orange?

I have a midwife appointment tomorrow and have no idea whether testing for gestational diabetes is even a standard procedure here... I guess I'm about to find out!
Taking the test sounds almost as unpleasant as having gestational diabetes in the first place - hope yours goes well!

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FWIW, I think the exhaustion usually gets better by that magical second trimester. I never was as tired as I was around 6-12 weeks on. I fell asleep on the bus on more than one occasion!

yeah, this. Probably took till more like 14/15 weeks, but the early part was definitely harder. Will have to wait and see how tough the final weeks are though... : /


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:08 pm 
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I've posted in the conceiving thread, but after seeing the heartbeat today, I'll actually post here too. I'm a few days shy of 9 weeks, due April 19th. Sorry to rub it in LisaPunk, but I've had no symptoms except some slightly sore boobs. That actually made me so paranoid because I thought something was wrong. It was such a relief to see that heartbeat today. Although talking to my mom and sister they both had late morning sickness starting around week 10-12, so perhaps I'm in for it then.

After over a year of trying, 3 months of clomid, weekly acupuncture, and meeting a fertility specialist to discuss IUI, I think I was still in disbelief until today. Best fertility specialist ever...met her one time and ended up getting pregnant naturally before our next appointment. Guess there is something to that taking the pressure off and being able to relax. Just so much easier said then done.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:22 pm 
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Congratulations chiveggie! I hope you don't get any morning sickness.


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Yay for a heartbeat and being able to relax!

The funny thing is that even though I dislke feeling really nauseous and throwing up (of course), there was the odd feeling of reassurance that I really was pregnant. Pregnancy seems so unreal sometimes that I feel like I need to be reminded that I'm carrying babies. Sore boobs are good for that reminder as well :).


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I have a midwife appointment tomorrow and have no idea whether testing for gestational diabetes is even a standard procedure here... I guess I'm about to find out!

It's not compulsory but I agreed it's probably better to know for sure so I am doing the test in two weeks, not much looking forward to that...

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Congratulations, chiveggie! So amazing how often you hear of people conceiving naturally after going to see fertility specialists etc! And great you got to see a heartbeat so early too, to put your mind somewhat at rest. I hated that looong wait till we could confirm there was a healthy fetus by ultrasound which we did at 11 weeks this time, but it still felt very tenuous and scary to me till we heard the heartbeat with a doppler at 15 weeks.
Hope your lack of sickness keeps up!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:11 am 
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I was kind of scared, but I didn't think the orange drink was that bad. It got kind of hard towards the end of the bottle since I don't really drink a lot of sugary stuff, but I made it without getting sick or passing out. Now I just wait for what is hopefully no news! Even the blood draw wasn't bad this time--they seem to have gotten rid of/moved the vein mangler to another office. The babies are doing well, and everyone is telling me to keep doing what I'm doing.

Both babies are still breech, which is kind of a bummer since they're going to start running out of room, but we're all healthy, so that's the important thing.

Congrats, chicveggie! My sister-in-law didn't have any morning sickness either, at least with her first. Maybe you'll get lucky!

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Glad things went well dtbk! You still have time for them to turn too. If you're interested, acupuncture/moxibustion combined have a pretty good record of convincing babies to turn. I don't know if it matters if it's not a single pregnancy though.


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You can also check out the Spinning Babies website! http://www.spinningbabies.com/

Its also cool because it helps you identify what all the lumps are so you can properly appreciate that there are two people in your belly!

Until I looked at the site, I thought I was constantly petting Leela's back, but then realized it was my giant fibroid...

Also, BELLY PICTURES PLEASE!

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I'm still pregnant. I'm 41+4 today and had to have a test this morning to make sure the fetus is healthy. I was really anxious about the test (like getting an ultrasound meant everything would be medicalized for me from here on out), but it turned out fine and it was really cool to see the fetus on the screen. First I had to put on some belts with two dopplers attached to my stomach, and i had to ping a button every time the fetus moved. At first it was sleeping, so they gave me some really sweet juice to wake the fetus up and then it was jumping all over the place, heart rate increasing every time it moved, perfect. Then we met with the doctor who gave me the ultrasound. Because the fetus was all tweaked out on sugar, it was harder for the doctor to do the ultrasound measurements. Don't know why they don't reverse the order of the tests :). Fetus is proportioned properly (she measured its head, stomach, and thigh bone), it has fluid in its stomach and bladder so it is swallowing and peeing like it should, the flow through the umbilical cord is a healthy rate (which means the placenta is healthy), I have the right amount of amniotic fluid. So me and the fetus are in great shape.

The doctor gave me a membrane sweep at my request and I was bleeding and feeling like I was having menstrual cramps, but a two hour nap later, no bleeding or crampy feelings any longer. She said if the membrane sweep works, I will go into labor within 24 hours. My cervix was completely closed and she could only fit one finger in. It was a very uncomfortable procedure for me.

We have another appointment tomorrow morning. The doctor said they will probably want to give me a foley catheter (a balloon is put between the amniotic sac and the uterus and then inflated which causes the cervix to open mechanically) if I am not in labor yet. I will decline- the fetus is healthy and so am I, so I don't see any reason to start messing around with inductions yet. I'll ask instead for another set of fetus measurements on Monday (42 weeks).

Tomorrow (Saturday) is my last day to birth at the birthing clinic. After tomorrow I have to give birth at the hospital. So at the appointment tomorrow morning (unless I get lucky and I go into labor today/tonight) I'll ask for a tour of the hospital birthing facilities. It sucks. I'm super healthy, the fetus is super healthy, but they have deadlines and rules so I'm probably not going to be able to birth where I have been planning to. I don't have any hope for labor starting today.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:46 pm 
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Ah, what a mixed bag. Glad to hear that you are feeling pretty well though, it sounds like. Definitely good on the fetal tests. When I went over, we were "requested" (read, something that it's pretty worthwhile to do so you don't end up getting visited by social services) to have one done every day past 42 weeks. Slightly annoying, but I didn't worry too much. Baby was fine, I felt fine just a bit sleepy from being kicked from about 9-2 a.m each night. :)

Did the midwife give you any idea about the baby's station/how far she'd dropped? The midwife I had for prenatal care suggested that this was a more likely factor in the onset of labor than the opening of the cervix, partly because the pressure of a way-down-low baby can help the cervix to open. Supposedly some things you can do to try and help this too..birth ball, etc. We didn't have any luck (still at -2 during active labor), but well, it gave me something to do, heh. I do have some belief that the acupuncture I went for the day before labor started helped to kick things off, though I don't have any objective data to support that belief I suppose. :)

Will the birthing center not take you until 42 weeks? That's the general guideline for baby being born at normal gestation, and what they use here for determining when you become "high risk".

Sending you speedy labor vibes.


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good luck getting labor to start. I know my acupuncturist does sessions to trigger labor as well. Something you can look into if you have a acupuncturist nearby. At least less invasive than membrane sweeping.


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