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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 03:13 AM   751
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Hey!

Well the hospital bag is a work in progress! It's hilarious - at about 16weeks I was so ready to pack my ass off I'm now 29 weeks and it isn't finished! I need to get the car cleaned too before I put them in there as the dog goes in my car, only in the boot though thank god...

Ooooh how exciting to find out! I was so glad we did - I'd absolutely convinced myself it was a girl but after a couple of weeks I can't imagine anything other than our beautiful boy keep watching loads of birthing videos at the moment and anything related to birth on tv. I can't help it! We looked around the hospital last week and it was much better than I'd imagined because I am consultant-led I can only go to delivery suite so I just expected to see a bed and doctors waiting to cut u open! Sorry ladies I am a pessimist, that way I get pleasant surprises....

In a way it seems to have flown by and in another it seems we've been pregnant for ages. I don't think the shock and disbelief has gone anywhere and I'm sure it'll resurface when oli does but I'm getting so excited to meet him and to cuddle him! Dh is starting to worry about me being in pain but I've said he's there to support me through the pain not get rid of the pain bless him.

How you both getting on? Toddlers and babies can be a very cute mix, they can also be dangerous so u will definitely have ur handful Brit!

Hope the scan goes well rcaf!



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2013, 03:13 AM   752
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Oh just seen I'm finally a new fruit! Squash yehy!



 
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Old Sep 16th, 2013, 01:32 AM   753
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Hey ladies!
It's been a while!

I would go and do our hospital tour now but it's totally too early haha! I gotta save some of the fun stuff for the third tri hehe.

Brit, I hope your toddler is a little nicer than my friend's toddler. My friend just had a son, and her 2 1/2 year old would try to push the baby off the bed with her feet, and she would run back and forth while the baby was lying on the floor, with no regard for stepping on him! She wasn't too keen on him in the beginning but I think she may be getting better

I hear ya about the heat! We're dying for some rain here in OKC! I think it'll help with this ragweed pollen -- i feel so muddled with all the sneezing and blowing my nose, ugh! I have really bad ragweed allergies. At least my nose hasn't started clamping shut at night when I'm sleeping. Not cool to wake up gasping for air!

My midwife says I need to gain at least 8 lbs by my 20 week appointment! She says to cut out "low-fat" anything, and eat things like ice cream and whole milk, and avocados and nuts. I can manage all those things except for the avocado, so we'll see how that goes. My problem is that I don't have a bigger appetite. Since the ms has stopped, I have my pre-preg appetite back, and can't seem to get more food in me! I feel like I have to literally stuff food in, just to get the "required calories" I am hoping my baby isn't suffering for my lack of weight gain. Maybe it's just that I'm losing muscle mass and replacing it with fat and that's why my weight isn't really changing on the scale. Who knows? I know the midwife wasn't trying to alarm me, but I'm easily "alarmable" nowadays!! I never thought I'd say "Gee, tomorrow I gotta remember to eat my daily recommended ice cream and almonds, with a side of chips!"

I also think I'm getting the round ligament pain I've read about in books. One friend of mine said my bump is really small compared to her other friends when they were around 16 weeks like me. And now i'm paranoid! What's happening to me?? lol



 
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Old Sep 16th, 2013, 03:12 AM   754
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Oh ignore the bump size stuff! I had that nearly every day from my bitch of a manager. I didn't gain any weight until 25weeks now I've gained approx 3kgs. The baby doesn't gain much weight until then anyway so don't panic. If u had a big bump at 17weeks what on earth is ur bump going to look like in 23weeks time?! Ur midwife sounds like she's concerned that the baby might not be getting a varied diet but it seems odd that she's concerned that you should gain 8lbs exactly? How is that 8lbs especially going to make a difference?! The logic is that u only need 500 extra calories in pregnancy which I've read is the equivalent to an extra banana so unless ur malnutritioned it seems odd advice but hey she's a qualified midwife not me! They don't measure ur bump til 25weeks here and he was measuring bang on and at 27 weeks he was measuring 29 so I'm obviously doing something right (hopefully!) the growth scan was fine too so try not to panic I know it's easy to do but bump size is completely individual to the woman and the pregnancy. Trust me - enjoy the smaller bump when u wake in the night with what feels like his feet tickling ur lungs its not pleasant!

How u getting on Brit?



 
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Old Sep 16th, 2013, 13:50 PM   755
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LOL @ feet tickling your lungs! I'm sure that feels super weird, but it sounds so cute!

Well she said in the second trimester one should gain at least 10 lbs (since a normal weight individual is expected to gain between 25-35lbs by the end of the pregnancy). She said 8 because I've only gained back 2 lbs since ms ended, so by halfway through the pregnancy at 20 weeks, I should be halfway through the expected weight gain (10lbs in the first 20 wks; 10-15 in the second 20 wks). At least, that's how I understood it When I told my mom, she was yelling at me on Skype to go out now and get two tubs of ice cream and drink half the jug of whole milk right away! She's nuts sometimes lol -- some things I just can't tell her. Yeah i agree with you on the extra calories for baby growing. Over here, they say an extra 350 calories is all you need to add to your diet, but that's assuming a 2000 calorie-a-day diet. I don't count calories so I have no idea what my regular diet is, but i'm pretty sure it's close to that number. When the midwife measured me at 16 weeks, she said I was measuring at 17 weeks 2 days, so she said it looks like baby isn't suffering or anything. She also says measuring 1 week ahead or behind the current gestation is within the normal ranges. I'm glad to be measuring ahead though!



 
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Old Sep 16th, 2013, 14:38 PM   756
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Hi ladies! Third trimester today for me! I also have an apt this afternoon and am getting my GD 1 hr test done. I am nervous because the shots I am getting raise the risk for GD and it runs in my family. Hopefully I will pass, I've never had trouble with high blood sugar before.

Trytofind- have you been having a lot of Braxton hicks as you are progressing in the third tri? Also I have been having so much trouble getting comfortable to sleep at night, have you been having any problems sleeping? My stomach feels like I ate a ton of bricks at around 2 or 3am and I feel like I can't breath very well...its awful!

RCAF- It seems like your dr. is sort of a by the book kind of dr. giving you numbers based on what is "normal" by what time. Unless you are actually underweight for your height or not eating I wouldn't worry about what the scale says. Each woman is different in how pregnancy affects them and each pregnancy is different. I had only gained 6lbs by 20 weeks with this one and my dr. never even mentioned it was a problem (I started out 5'4" and 119 lbs), since then I have gained 2lbs per week and am now up to 139!! My dr. isn't worried that I gained less than normal for the first half of pregnancy and am now gaining more than normal per week because I'm eating healthy and exercising and my baby is measuring on track. Also you won't be halfway to your weight gain goal by 20 weeks, the average weight gain is 1-5lbs for the first 13 weeks and 1/2 to 1lb per week there after. The baby is still under a pound at 20 weeks and gains rapidly in the third tri so that is when you will see the most weight gain. The main thing is you shouldn't be LOSING weight during the second trimester, that could signal a problem. As far as bump size, if your bump looks small you have awesome ab muscles my bump is so much bigger and more noticeable this pregnancy because I never got my abs back in shape after having my daughter, I'm also carrying lower because of that. Here is a little bump progression to hopefully ease your mind:

Here is me at 16 weeks and at 25 weeks



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Old Sep 16th, 2013, 16:09 PM   757
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Thanks for posting the pictures! I feel a little better now. My bump is like that too. I haven't lost any weight so that's good. I will just continue with what I'm doing (plus the whole milk haha) and see how it goes

Happy third trimester, Brit!!



 
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Old Sep 17th, 2013, 17:18 PM   758
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Yeh getting pretty uncomfortable now! Had some horrible shooting pains up and down my spine and neck earlier... They eased off after a bath thankfully. So many pillows to help me sleep! The breathing thing is horrible though, feels like there's a pressure underneath so u can't breath as much. He must have had a bad dream earlier because he was thrashing about in there!! Only 10 weeks to go. So excited to have him out and look at and cuddle him



 
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Old Sep 19th, 2013, 14:39 PM   759
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Hi ladies had my 27 week check up. Gd test came back fine and everything looked good. I have another ultrasound and cervix check at 29 weeks, can't wait to see her again!

Rcaf when is the big ultrasound again? I know it's coming up soon do you have any feelings girl or boy?

Trytofind I started taking tums at night after my dr suggested it and its helped my discomfort significantly and it's even helped the breathlessness. I had no idea indigestion could cause trouble breathing!



 
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Old Sep 21st, 2013, 02:12 AM   760
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YAY for normal GD results, Brit!

I got a call today to confirm my anatomy scan/blood work on the 25th!! I'm so excited! I'm glad DH will be able to make it too because he missed the 12 week scan and didn't get to see the baby at 16 weeks like we thought (that was the day the doppler finally picked up the baby's heart beat. The first two appointments, the mw couldn't hear the heart on the doppler so she used the ultrasound machine and so DH hasn't seen the baby on u/s since 8 weeks!!) I'm mostly excited for DH to see the baby again, but also for the gender reveal! Can't wait!!
One of my friends suggested today that I text her the gender and she'll make some cupcakes with either blue or pink cake in the center and bring them to our quilting class to reveal to everyone there, before I put it on fb! hehe How cute is that?? I will let you ladies know of course



 
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