RCAF- that is so strange that you were not informed until now of an abnormality on the ultrasound! I know how it feels to be worried though, will you get another ultrasound to set your mind at ease? If they don't schedule one, I would ask for one just so you don't have to keep worrying for the next 12 weeks! Although all of your blood work came back normal right? I would think something would have come up in that if there were a serious problem. As far as your hips goes, do you have very narrow hips? I do, and I had severe hip pain with my first pregnancy, they sometimes felt like they were cracked or broken they hurt so bad! It started very early in pregnancy and lasted up until the end, I also had sharp knife like pains in my pubic bone during the third trimester, it would hurt so bad I would have to stop walking and I would be afraid to take another step! My doctor said it was normal and that it was just my hips widening and changing shape to prepare for labor. The bad news is my hips stayed wider, and even though I weighed less after pregnancy than before none of my same jeans fit, my hips are wider now and always will be. The good news is I have hardly any hip pain this pregnancy, in fact I had zero hip pain until very recently and I only have it now if I'm laying on one side too long at night. Also, my hip pain was gone as soon as I delivered, so it wasn't an on going problem aside from having to buy new pants I hope its the same for you, just a first pregnancy body adjustment thing!
Trytofind- I know what you mean about having people say "you could have 5 more weeks" its annoying to have people put a timeline on such a big event! Mine is sort of the opposite of you, I'm annoyed with everyone in my family saying "Well she is due in 6 weeks but her first was born 4 weeks early" I know they mean well and are just excited, but I can't take 8 weeks of thinking "it could be any day" you know? Its both an exciting event to meet my new daughter and a scary event because I'm worried about tearing again and having 6 weeks of pain and not feeling right down there for months...also the post partum depression and having to lose weight are all things I've been thinking about having to deal with during the holidays. I just wish everyone could assume she will come near her due date and stop making me so nervous LOL.
Oh and RCAF as far as the musty smell, I feel like I smell sort of musty down there, so maybe its just a hormonal thing since those are the two areas affected the most by it? I don't know, but I shower and use baby wipes trying to get rid of the smell, and this is tmi but DH said he doesn't notice a different smell, and that its just my highly sensitive nose picking up a smell that no one else can. Maybe he is right? I know I am very sensitive to certain smells like the smell in the library which is musty as well. Pregnancy makes us crazy
Hey both! Hope ur both ok. Any update rcaf? I hope all is well?
I've had the musty smell too - it's a fungal thing. Basically the more skin we have and the sweaty moist bits lol I asked my mum about it and she said use an anti fungal cream we have canesten cream here which can be used for thrush too. It's really helped me! Plus using the hair dryer to dry under ur boobs and in between ur legs helps keep it dry (sorry for the weird tip!)
We definitely have the opposite problem Brit - I want him out now!! Fed up of being pregnant I just want to be a mum! I am nervous though... I would ask for tips on inducing pregnancy but u seem to have the opposite problem too lol
Trytofind- Here are some tips for inducing labor, some things I did that I think put me into labor early with my daughter and am avoiding now anyway.
1. Sex...the semen works to help efface your cervix. My doctor didn't restrict sex with my first pregnancy and I went from 25% effaced and 1cm to 75% effaced and 3cm after three days and we had sex twice during that time.
2. Walking up and down stairs, I swear this is what put me into labor with my daughter and I told a friend who was 39 weeks to go up and down her stairs to start labor and she had her daughter within 24 hrs. Its something about the movement that helps baby engage deeply.
Ok so I guess I only have two things to try, but maybe something will help! If I end up getting to 38 weeks I'm sure I'll be ready for her to come out too! I'm getting so uncomfortable, I've been trying to take hot showers or baths every night to relieve the contractions, but the warm water seems makes the veins in my legs ache. Thanks for the tip on the musty smell, I'll have to try the hair dryer even though I may look a bit strange doing that haha!
RCAF- Hope everything is well and you got some good news at your last apt!
Went to the doctor for my 35w apt yesterday. I'm officially dilated, last two weeks bottom of cervix was dilated to 1cm but the top was still closed. Now the whole thing is open and dr can feel my amniotic sac. He said I'm a little more than a cm dilated at this point but with her head right there and this being a second pregnancy things could move fast if they start to move at all. Still 50% effaced so not much change there, although he said I felt more effaced than last time. I feel like the shots are making it harder for my cervix to change this time even with all the contractions. My doctor recommended 2 more shots at 36 and 37 weeks just to give me all the help I can get to make it to 38 weeks, but he said at this point it could be any time and he said if he had to guess he would give me 2 more weeks. Now that I'm dilated all the way through though I'm having a lot of pressure on my nether regions. Its very uncomfortable to sit down for any length of time, it feels like the baby is trying to push her own way out!
Trytofind- I hope you get good news at your apt and baby is engaged! Once they engage its a lot easier for your cervix to begin to soften and dilate. Will they do a cervical check as well? Can't wait to hear how it goes! Either way you only have a max of 3 weeks (21 days sounds better haha) left right? Here they usually induce by 41 weeks.
RCAF Hope all is well and you aren't starting to get too uncomfortable with that growing bump! I know it was around 28 weeks that I began to have trouble sleeping at night.
I called the prenatal diagnostic center myself last Friday and I spoke with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who went over my file with me. He said that the ultrasound didn't show enlarged ventricles BUT it showed a choroid plexus cyst! Sounded scary to me too, but he explained that it is a pretty common thing in fetuses and it is largely disassociated with any brain dysfunction/anomalies, but he said it has a very small chance of being related to trisomy 18 (chromosomal disorder they check for in the first tri screen). He said he would normally associate the cyst with trisomy 18 but since the level I ultrasound came back normal showing no other organ abnormalities, he is strongly leaning toward the cyst being "just one of those things". He apologized profusely because he had originally requested for me to be seen at a follow up appointment 4-6 weeks after my initial scan, but the order got lost in the grapevine and no one called me. So he made a point of getting me an appointment with him asap for a level II ultrasound to recheck all Ian's organs and the brain for the cyst and other issues if there's any. I go in tomorrow afternoon for the scan and there's a good chance DH will be able to make it. We were so worried (especially after reading google) that we were happy to have the soonest appointment. I will update you guys tomorrow when I know more what's going on.
So the midwife wasn't entirely incorrect, but she got the issue wrong making me think he had some other horrible issue in which the brain tissue deteriorates due to the enlarged fluid-filled spaces at the center of the brain! Although, trisomy 18 is also pretty bad since the fetuses with it either are stillborn or die shortly after birth So DH and I have been praying without ceasing for little baby Ian, hoping that he ends up being alright and healthy. So I will tell you guys what's up tomorrow when the appointment's over.
All pregnancy ailments can be blamed on hormones I suppose lol! My hips are narrower than most women I guess, but not too much. My prepreg pants size was between a 5 and 7 depending on the brand and style. I hope you're right Brit about the hip pain going away for the second one. I told DH I'm not sure I could do it again for a second baby, even though I want more children after Ian! It's not as bad as it was but there are the odd days I get significant pain and stiffness, especially if I run a lot of errands, walk too much, or do too much around the house. It frustrates me that I have to slow myself down this much, but it's worth it if I don't end up with hip damage!
I am starting to get uncomfortable now, especially when I sleep. Can't seem to get more than 5 or 6 hours at a time. Naps are more frequent now for sure! I've also started to feel heavy in the groin area when I walk or stand up from sitting. I've been doing my pelvic floor exercises to help with that.
Hope you all are doing well and that your cervix holds up until full term Brit! And that little Oliver comes soon TrytoFind -- for your comfort anyway hehe. One of my friends who was 12 weeks ahead of me delivered her son on the weekend at 36 weeks. She was due Dec 5th. Both are healthy and at home though so it all worked out. She and her husband ended up with a Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day baby, and it's especially fitting because her husband is currently deployed in afghanistan and he missed the birth. Hoping for healthy strong babies for you both!! Can't wait to see a picture and hear the great news!
Also, what are your best recommendations for winter outwear for newborns? So far I have a sherpa-lined sweater jacket, a sherpa-lined faux suede hat with ear covers, fleece pants, and lined boots to bring him home in. I was going to put a thick blanket over his leg area in the car seat when we bring him home since there probably won't be another layer under his fleece pants. Winters here in OK aren't anywhere near as cold as they are in Canada, but being that he'll be a fresh human out in the cold, cold world, I don't want him to get chilled
Wow what a lot for u both to take in rcaf - hopefully it's just the doctors being extra precautious. Sometimes I think we know too much with the scans and it becomes scary and then everything's ok. My friend was told her son had his bowel on the outside but next scan it was fine!
Well midwife went very well - he is 3/5 engaged!! Yehy! However now measuring 43cm... His heartbeat is all good and he's no longer back to back fx. Relieved!
Brit how exciting! As long as ur past 37 weeks they don't class vayda as prem is that right? Fx for u, she will come before Oliver I know it!
Had a nice long exam with the prenatal specialists and all of Ian's anatomy was checked again. Brain cyst is gone hallelujah! And everything else looks good, except now his kidney is showing an enlargement that could signify a renal blockage...*sigh* this baby is already worrying us and he's not even born yet!! So I have two follow up scans, one in four weeks then four words after that one, to see if the kidney issue has resolved. They said it's not down syndrome since my first trip screen was negative and he has no other structural problems, so it's probably like the brain cyst where it's just one of those things. Doc says she sees it very often and most times it's normal and is resolved before 32 weeks. If after my second follow up scan and no resolution of kidney issue, they will decide that he had a kidney problem that may require a surgery and a urology specialist visit. So here's hoping this is like the brain issue!
On a happy note, Ian is still a boy! I had a dream that he was really a she and when I told the ultrasound tech this, she checked his parts for me lol! He's 1 and 3/4 lbs today and looks like he'll be a long baby and probably won't need newborn sized clothes ;-) good thing I only bought two things in that size and still have the tags on!
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