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Feb 13 - part 3!

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Panzee Fri 28-Sep-12 17:42:49

I'm not one for fancy titles, but I see the last one is full, so here it is...

I remember my first, he 'flicked' me from the inside too. This one is swirls and somersaults. smile

Gbnewbie Fri 28-Sep-12 20:33:08

Hi Panzee, I didn't realise I filled up the last - sorry!
Flicking seems to be a pretty good description for how it feels.
Sounds like your little one is quite the acrobat!! What's your due date?

Panzee Fri 28-Sep-12 20:54:27

12th Feb. I had a 'very active' baby last time too!

Gbnewbie Fri 28-Sep-12 21:43:35

Snap! I'm due on the 12th too! grin

StrangelyCalm Sun 30-Sep-12 23:52:37

Ah ha - a part 3!

InTheNightGarden Mon 01-Oct-12 10:31:59

hello ladies!!! I'm due 17th Feb, finding out the sex tomoz!! super excited smile

Splinters Mon 01-Oct-12 11:04:00

Flicking and a kind of bumping is what I can feel, I'm just not totally confident that it really is the baby and not just my insides rumbling!

Gbnewbie Mon 01-Oct-12 18:33:26

Good luck inthenight!
Splinters - I wasn't sure at first but as it increases you'll definitely know.

Is everyone feeling that they're really showing now? It's still not common knowledge at work and I feel really self conscious. Considering outing myself by wearing something which really shows it but still a but chicken!

InTheNightGarden Tue 02-Oct-12 07:41:50

thank you gbnewbie !! I'll let you all know how it goes later smile

I don't really have a bump yet :-/ ....only when I'm led on my back you can see a small bump but apparently I'm not carrying much water so that's why!

take the plunge and wear something to show it off smile !!!

Want2bSupermum Tue 02-Oct-12 17:37:13

Had my scan this morning. We are having a boy. Will be nice to have one of each. My blood pressure is a little raised and he is showing a little small so I have to go back in 8 weeks for another scan. I had preclampsia with DD so they are keeping a close eye on me.

I look pregnant from the side but not the front apparently. In maternity jeans that I picked up at walmart for $20. I refuse to spend money on clothing for 5 months. Once my belly comes out of the bottom of my tshirts I will wear DH's shirts!

Gbnewbie Tue 02-Oct-12 22:56:57

Congrats want2b! I hope your blood pressure evens out.

For work I've picked up a couple of pairs of work trousers for £5 each... Not prepared to spend lots. Would like some decent skinny maternity jeans though, anyone recommend any reasonably priced ones??? Unfortunately no other half to borrow clothes from.

Inthenight - am wondering how you got on?? Hope alls well.

Want2bSupermum Wed 03-Oct-12 01:15:57

Thanks Gbnewbie

Not sure why there is a link in my post... I didn't link it! Asda have the maternity jeans that I got here in the US. The are GBP16 in the UK which is still a good deal considering the only other pair that suited me for 7 for all mankind at $200 a pair.

I was impressed with their maternity range. It isn't too expensive and a lot of the clothes were flattering. I got myself 6 dresses for work with DD. It was a good strategy because at the end I was huge and the dresses had much more give in them.

Gbnewbie Wed 03-Oct-12 07:50:13

Ah! Thanks. My trousers came from asda. Didn't know they did a maternity range so will definitely check them out wink

Want2bSupermum Wed 03-Oct-12 12:34:53

I think their maternity range might be online only. I bought mine up in Canada in the middle of nowhere (about 3hrs south of Alaska!). They weren't able to ring them up and my cousin told me that they were probably ordered online and returned to the store.

InTheNightGarden Wed 03-Oct-12 15:52:44

HAVING A BOY!!! YAY!!! I have a dd so family will soon be complete smile smile smile excited isn't the word! hurry up 17th Feb!!

InTheNightGarden Wed 03-Oct-12 15:56:47

all is well gbnewbie !! smile baby is a little small but that's expected as my dd was only 3lb 10oz!! but other than that all is good smile dd was 8 weeks premature so having scans and checks on my cervics every 2 weeks. just happy that he's doing ok in there!!! smile smile smile

Hi ladies - hope you all don't mind me re-joining. I was part of the first Feb '13 thread but sort of lost touch with MN when I fell ill with hyperemesis around week 6/7. Since then I've been hospitalised 3 times and spent quite a lot of time off work lying in bed feeling sorry for myself and any posts I made would have been me moaning and not a lot else blush. I'm still sick now but feeling much brighter in recent weeks and recently found out we're having a little girl smile This is the first DC for DH & I, due 15th Feb, and we can't wait. Looking forward to chatting with you all (again!)

MJP1 Wed 03-Oct-12 21:26:09

Hi ladies I am due 11th feb 2013 (its our 1st and a little girl) bump has appeared and it all seems very really now, all very exciting and good to meet some other Mummy's who are due around the same time xx

Gbnewbie Wed 03-Oct-12 22:20:57

Congratulations inthenight!! YAY indeed!!! Lots of Feb boys on the way smile

Queen - sorry to hear you've been so poorly sad welcome back.

MJP1 - hello!

It's lovely to check in and find new posts and to be able to share news and experiences!

Congratulations to all of us grin

InTheNightGarden Wed 03-Oct-12 22:36:13

thank you gbnewbie!!! smile smile

queen - sounds like you've had a right time of it poor thing! hope you get better as your pregnancy progresses, congrates on your lil girl! my first was a lil girl and she's a delight! enjoy all things pink and princess like!! haha.

MJP1 - another lil girl!! to weigh out all the lil boys smile lovely! congrates!

Thanks for the welcomes smile I've bought a few pink bits since we found out and have started planning her little room and stuff - can't wait to meet her!! The sickness is so much easier to deal with when I picture the end result smile

Apologies if you ladies have already talked about this, but have you all chosen prams/pushchairs yet?

InTheNightGarden Wed 03-Oct-12 23:43:03

aww sounds lovely smile

I don't think thats been talked about... I havnt even thought about it yet lol!!

Panzee Thu 04-Oct-12 07:25:24

I've still got my mahoosive travel system from last time, I'll use that.

Want2bSupermum Thu 04-Oct-12 12:14:55

Queen Bless you! I had MS with DD but nothing compared to what you have been through. I thought it was just part of pregnancy so kept my mouth shut and soildered on (and yes no one in RL wants to hear you moaning!). Luckily this time I have not suffered nearly as much. I have had a couple of incidents but nothing compared to last time.

I am a bit of a planner and went with the citiselect with DD. We were planning on a 3 year gap but she will be 18 months old when our DS arrives. I am going to see how it goes but DD has reins and a kickboard. I would prefer to not buy another as we already have 2.

Gbnewbie Thu 04-Oct-12 16:30:12

I've bought one from eBay (pushchair)... Also quite a few blankets and a Moses basket... An trying to be sensible and not buy things I don't need and getting used things where possible. I don't see any harm in my bundle of fun having used things as long as they're in good condition and clean! I know some people would be horrified at the thought.

Considering trying reusable nappies too hmm any thoughts??

Panzee Thu 04-Oct-12 17:09:16

Had a consultant appointment today, asked about water birth (previous C section). He said there was no problem as long as baby is happy and labour progressing well. They do not insist on continuous monitoring either (unless there are any problems), so all is looking good for as normal a birth as anyone. smile

Thanks supermum it has been horrible and I was like you, just thought it was part of my pregnancy so said nothing for ages, it was what led to me being hospitalised the first time really for dehydration - I had just thought I had normal morning sickness but seeing doctors and getting medication has definitely helped a bit.

Nothing wrong with used things gbnewbie We're first timers so need absolutely everything and it was a bit of a shock when I realised how much everything costs new - all the £10 changing mats and £100 car seats definitely add up!! Don't think we'll be trying reusable nappies though, but thats prob more to do with laziness on my part than anything else! blush

panzee good that your appointment went well smile I'm hoping for a waterbirth too.

ImPeppaPigOink Thu 04-Oct-12 21:45:20


I was on the original thread but ended up losing the thread and just found it again.

I am having a DD so baby will be DD2. DD has named her and is super excited for having a sister.

I'm due 3rd Feb.

Want2bSupermum Fri 05-Oct-12 02:40:45

Queen It also might be worth trying different prenatals. I am here in the US and they make you take them. Once I found the right one for me the MS became bearable. I totally agree with you on nappies. If I can get a job in the next month I will be taking 6-8 weeks off and returning to work. I don't have the time to be washing crappy nappies.

Def get 2nd hand if you can because you will be shocked at how quickly they grow out of everything. DD is 14 months and half of our basement is a graveyard of jumperoos, exersaucers, infant car seat, bumbo seat etc. I have 8 buckets of clothes too for 0-12 months. I think I could set up a daycare center with all of the stuff we have!

Gbnewbie Fri 05-Oct-12 08:57:55

Hello to all the returners!

I'm hoping for a water birth too smile

WitchityBroom Sat 06-Oct-12 10:52:44

Hi all. Sorry for the long absence. Spent the last week in absolute hell as was told at 20wk scan last Friday that baby had two severely dilated kidneys. We were told to come back for a repeat scan in a week, i.e. yesterday.

I had a terrible week, imagining all sorts of awful scenarios, only to be scanned again yesterday and told that the previous doctor had read the results wrong: the baby is fine and only has borderline to mild dilation of one kidney which will probably self-rectify. Phew! Stupid doctor. Very glad she was wrong though. smile

Now I can relax and look forward to the arrival of my boy. grin

Gbnewbie Sat 06-Oct-12 11:08:10

Oh thats awful Witchity, don't know how I would've coped. Everything crossed that it will correct itself.
I've forgotten if you already told us you were having a boy (another case of sieve brain) so congrats if I haven't!?

WitchityBroom Sat 06-Oct-12 13:17:20

Nope, haven't mentioned the sex until now, so thanks for the congrats. smile

I'm quite confident that all will be okay now. It's a pretty common problem in its mild form and the doc said it's unlikely he will need any treatment other than some anti-biotics post-natally. How I feel now doesn't even compare to the torture of the past week so it's all good in the Broom household. grin

Want2bSupermum Sat 06-Oct-12 13:48:26

Witchity That is great news! I am afraid to say I know how awful that wait is. I had my scan at 18 weeks with DD and there was an issue with her heart. We went back at 21 weeks for a 2nd scan and everything was fine. I couldn't function for those three weeks and I can't describe the weight that was lifted from our shoulders when they told us that everything was fine.

Panzee While there is a natural birthing suite at our hospital I will need constant monitoring as I had preclampsia with DD.

I am trying to do as much as I can to control my weight gain as the dr said they only wanted me gaining 20-25lbs in total as this should reduce the risk of me getting preclampsia again. So far I have gained 4lbs but the exercising is getting harder as the SPD is ramping up.

witchity & want2b that must have been so scary for both of you as you waited for more news. So glad to hear that everything is ok.

Thanks for the advice re prenatal vits - I have a doc's appt at the beginning of the week and plan on discussing this with him. I am taking a few bits already (when I can keep them down!) but feel like I might need something extra as just so exhausted all the time and no energy. Hoping he can suggest something that could help.

Panzee Sat 06-Oct-12 16:17:27

The delivery rooms, pool and an operating theatre are all in the same little area at our hospital. Maybe that's why they're more relaxed?

alranson Sun 07-Oct-12 21:01:54

Evening all.
I am due on 27/2/13. Desperate to meet other first time mothers due around then in the Marylebone/W1 area. I know everyone says go to NCT but I wouldn't last five minutes.

Thank you.

Want2bSupermum Mon 08-Oct-12 01:37:45

Queen I found the chewable tablets were much better for me because I didn't need fluid to wash them down. I am in the US and they push prenatals on everyone. I was given a dozen of so different types and told to keep going until I found the right one for me. It took a couple of weeks but I got there.

While it was horrible to go through it I appreciate good health so much more now. I also booked my scan this time as late as I could to avoid putting myself through the same stress as last time.

WitchityBroom Tue 09-Oct-12 10:08:35

So, what buggy is everyone getting? Top of my list is the Uppababy Vista. Is it too early to start buying stuff? I don't want to get carried away too soon.

Want2bSupermum Tue 09-Oct-12 14:16:22

Witchity I think it is a good idea to go look at what is available because there is so much choice. The Uppababy Vista was my first choice but the basket could only hold 5lbs and I didn't like the way it folded. I was worried that I might accidently fold the thing on the baby when trying to extend the handle!

I went with the babyjogger citiselect because I wanted the option of a 2nd seat. I really like it and miss it when we have to use the maclaren. If you don't want or need the option of the 2nd seat I would suggest you look at the citimini. Part of me regrets not getting that one and then upgrading to a double now I am going to have two that are 18 months apart.

want2b chewable tablets would be perfect for me as I've never been good at taking normal tablets. Plus some mornings when I take my anti sickness meds I throw the water back up, meaning the tablet comes back up too. It's a shame I don't think the meds come in chewable form but I'll definitely look out for some chewable vits etc, thanks for the suggestion smile

witchity I've looked at the uppababy vista too and thought it was fab. It's on my shortlist at the mo. Another favourite is the mamas and papas sola. They work out at about the same price too when you include car seat, carrycot etc.

WitchityBroom Tue 09-Oct-12 22:04:33

Queen I'd heard bad reports about the Mamas and Papas buggies. A few people on MN said that the wheels lock and break after about 3 months. My friend has a Sola, though, and it's been fine for her.

Want2b Thanks, I'll look at the Babyjoggers. I'm not sure about needing another seat. This'll be my first baby, but I do want to have at least one more, if possible. I think there is an add-on for the Uppababy, but I don't know what the age range is for that. Difficult to plan ahead that far. confused grin
Re. The Uppababy handles, I think we'd probably have it extended all the time as I'm quite tall and DH is extremely tall. I do have a mini-mum though and she'd definitely need to make it smaller, so it's something I guess I'll have to consider.

Got to find a decent co-sleeper cot, too. Not much choice in the UK. All the websites seem to be American.

philippameadows Tue 09-Oct-12 22:19:36

hello everyone ,, i am due on the 5th of feb with my 3rd baby have got 2 boys and have just found out that we are having a little girl sooooo excited smile

witchity I know a few people with a sola too who've not had any problems but it's good to get all perspectives. Still might go for the uppababy anyway! Have you looked at icandy prams at all?

Hi philippa congrats on your little girl! smile I'm having a girl too but this is my first.

WitchityBroom Tue 09-Oct-12 23:07:43

Queen, I got the impression (perhaps unreasonably) that the iCandys were sort of glorified fashion accessories. Probably just being snooty though. grin

Hi and welcome, Philippa. smile

WitchityBroom Tue 09-Oct-12 23:11:12

Also, the reason I was thinking about the Uppababy was because I heard it's good for tall people and DH is 6ft9. It's also good for tall children, just in case the baby takes after his daddy.

Want2bSupermum Wed 10-Oct-12 03:09:44

Hi Phillipa Congrats on your DD. I have a DD who is 15 months. DC#2 will be a boy for me. Dressing up girls is the best. I have DD in dresses all the time.

Witchity Get your DH to go with you to test drive the ones on display. DH is 6ft3 and his Dad is 6ft6. Both are ok with the citiselect but kick the wheels on the maclaren which has higher handles when they are fully extended. The Chicco cortina travel system also worked but I found it too heavy. Was a shame though because the price was good.

Panzee Wed 10-Oct-12 06:49:55

My Mamas and Papas buggy did get a bit stiff but WD40 sorts it just fine. It is heavy but I coped last time post C section and don't really want to fork out for another. There's a Chicco buggy and a Baby Jogger in the house too. The BJCM is the best pram I've ever pushed and folded bar none. I don't think mine fits the carrycot but to all the first timers there I recommend the BJCM. It's fantastic.

I thought the icandy prams were ok, but a bit expensive for what they are? Have seen cheaper ones that are practically the same thing or sometimes better?!

We don't need to think about something for tall people, me & DH are both short arses grin

sarah8787 Wed 10-Oct-12 18:38:00

Hi Im due on 7th of feb, Can't wait!

WitchityBroom Wed 10-Oct-12 21:05:22

I'll definitely have a look at the Babyjogger. I guess the main consideration is whether or not it'll be okay for DH height-wise.

Another question: what are you all doing about ante-natal classes? I was wondering if it was worth paying for NCT classes or if I should just stick to the NHS ones, since I'll probably read a load of books about everything anyway which should pad out any shortcomings the NHS classes may have. Plus the NCT ones run right up to my due date so if the baby arrives early then I'll end up missing some of them.

monstergoose Thu 11-Oct-12 00:01:50

Hi all,
Can I rejoin please?! I joined a while ago but then everyone disappeared off on facebook and it got a bit quiet! I'm due on the 5th feb with a girl.

Getting quite excited now as my DH has finally allowed me to start buying stuff for her and we've already been give some cute clothes from excited relatives! Picked up our pushchair today-we're got a Jane trider as we do a bit of walking and it had good reviews for being an 'off roader' and it has a really cool lie-flat car seat/carrycot. Was a bit pricey luckily we've had some family help for it so feel very grateful for that.

How are everyone's kicks coming along?! I wasn't sure at first whether or not it was her or just major tummy rumbling but she's a proper little ninja now! She's awkward though-every time my DH tries to have a feel she stops kicking!

Quick question-has anyone got dogs on here and if so are they just planning on rocking up at home with the baby or are you 'practicing' first with a doll?! My DH wants to get a doll so that the dogs get used to something in our arms as they can be a bit manically giddy happy with life but I think its a bit of a daft idea-my dogs aren't stupid and pretty sure they'll realise its a toy and not human (especially as they small so plasticky) and worse case try to play with it because its a toy and therefore terrifying my DH!

monstergoose Thu 11-Oct-12 00:06:27

wrt antenatal classes I've signed up for the NCT ones. My sister in law did them recently with her 1st and said they were useful for info but also good for meeting other new mums. I can't do the NHS ones as not giving birth in my PCT so I'm not eligible apparently! (live just on the border of different PCT with better hospital). I thought they were pretty expensive though-hopefully they'll be worth it! Mine run up to about 2wks before my due date but they did have another course running a month or so before mine so if you think you'll drop early maybe you could find an earlier course?

Want2bSupermum Thu 11-Oct-12 00:34:21

We have a dog and the transition has been interesting. Our golden is my PFB and the transition was ok. DH brought home a blanket from the hospital and let him smell it. When I came home with DD we introduced them and the dog ignored her. He has slowly come around but he doesn't like the unpredicatable movement, the screams or when she pulls at his coat.

Funnily enough our dog goes funny when I am pregnant. He is glued to my side and has his snout on my lap. It was his behaviour that lead me to take a pregnancy test. It will be interesting to see if his attitude towards our future DS will be any different. I will say that the dog has been very protective of me through both pregnancies.

Hi Sarah & monster smile

I was going to ask about antenatal classes too- have any of you done the nhs ones before and think they're worth going to? We're having quite a bit of work done on the house before baby comes as well as buying all the baby bits, plus got christmas thrown in too! So needless to say we don't really want to have to pay for nct classes too! Also does everyone take their DH along to the classes or go alone? Prob silly question but I'm a first timer so really have no idea!

Re dogs, I'm a bit worried about it as my dog has always been like my baby and I can see her possibly being a bit jealous of the baby at first as she gets less attention. She normally adores kids though and loves it when friends bring their DC round to play with her! So hoping she will get used to the baby fairly quickly.

WitchityBroom Thu 11-Oct-12 16:31:30

Not sure if I'll be early or not - I've got no reason to think I will be. The final NCT class is just two days before my due date though, so is that taking too much of a risk? Not bothered about meeting people (social misfit grin) just want the info so not sure it's worth it.

Has everyone already booked their NHS ones? The midwives haven't mentioned it since my booking appointment and I keep forgetting to ask.

I have cats so can't advise re. dogs. Think the cats will run a mile at the prospect of a screaming baby.

Want2bSupermum Thu 11-Oct-12 17:34:19

I found the days after my EDD the longest so this time I won't be overdue until I get to March. I am due on the 15th so I should have gone by the 28th. It is purely mind games but whatever works....

I did prenatal classes at our local hospital here in the US. They didn't give much info on CS and I was unprepared for the realities such as vigorous shaking while being wheeled into recovery. My lips were blue and DH thought I was dead. He could have done without that scare! Also, DH wasn't sure what to do with DD while they waited for me. Through nerves he kept telling the nurse that DD wasn't to be bottle fed, even though she wasn't asking and was trying to line up a lacatation consultant to assist me with the first feed.

witchity I haven't booked any nhs classes yet- my mw told me we'd talk about it at my next appt, which is when I'll be 25wks. I'm not bothered about meeting people at the classes either! But I'm wondering just how useful the classes are for info etc- if it's all just stuff I can read up on before the birth then I may just give them a miss altogether? Will discuss more with mw next time I see her though.

Want2bSupermum Fri 12-Oct-12 00:27:55

I think it is good to go to them but also do the reading up. I wish I had read more about what happens when you have a CS. I found the procedure to be a little more daunting than I thought it would be. I think I could have prepared myself better for it by doing a little bit more research.

For natural births the Ina May childbirth guide is very good imo as a reading resource.

monstergoose Fri 12-Oct-12 05:15:20

Its my 1st so no idea what nhs classes are like-my mw said they were basically a condensed version of the nct ones. My sister in law took her dh to the nct classes-apparently most people had someone with them-I guess it depends on how keen he is to go-mine is a bit concerned about being in a whole room full of pregnant ladies all talking about gory birth stuff (which is precisely why I'd like him to go so he is also aware of what might happen!)

has anyone thought about nurseries/childcare etc yet? (if you are going back to work afterwards) there have been some threads about waiting lists being a year or so which is worrying me a little! We live in oop north so i'm hoping thats just a london thing but am planning on going back to work after 6m as can't afford not to so not sure whether I need to be looking at them now or not? what do people think about childminder vs nurseries? I'm gutted I'll have to leave the baby at all at that age, although hopefully it should only be a few half days as work night shifts (hence random night postings!) so should be able to juggle with DH work to minimise the childcare

WitchityBroom Fri 12-Oct-12 22:18:39

Okay, good to know I haven't missed out on the window of availability for booking NHS classes. I haven't seen the same midwife twice so far, which means that there isn't any continuity of conversation from visit to visit. Bit shit really but they never seem to give any new information that I haven't already read about anyway. Am more worried about questions I don't know to ask, IYSWIM.

DH probably won't be around to go to classes with me because of working away so often sad so I suppose I'll take my mum along. Won't be the same though.

InTheNightGarden Mon 15-Oct-12 08:27:04

Anyone else 22weeks with literally no bump??? :-/

this happened last time then it turned out to be dd's kidneys not functioning properly... then she arrived at 32weeks! Shitting this happening again and don't have another scan for a lil while!

Gbnewbie Mon 15-Oct-12 09:21:17

Inthenight, sorry you have that worry. Surely with the history they'll do another scan/some checks for you to put your mind at rest. Get hold of your midwife,failing that your gp. Be persistent!

InTheNightGarden Mon 15-Oct-12 13:18:41

I've got appointments at hosp but they're mainly cervical checks and next ones not for 2 weeks. I've literally still got a flat stomach, I have a couple of pregnant friends one is also 22weeks and the other 19weeks, both very visibly a lot bigger! I've rang the midwife several times and left 2 messages and not heard anything back! So useless! Although baby is active I can't help but feel the same thing is happening again!! :-/ hmmm...

Want2bSupermum Mon 15-Oct-12 13:18:58

im 22 weeks and barely have a bump. I interviwed last week and was offered the job. They were very surprised to learn that I was so far along. My neighbour who is an obn was also surprised when I told him I was 21 weeks along. He said that at 21 weeks on a 2nd pregnancy most look much bigger. I look like I did when I was 10/12 weeks. I have gained 5lbs since my first dr appointment. This is fine as here they want you gaining 10lbs in the first 20wks and at least half a pound after that.

Panzee Mon 15-Oct-12 17:25:20

I hope you are just tiny and nothing else. Fingers crossed!

I am 22 weeks and am gigantic. grin

Mummiesarescary Tue 16-Oct-12 09:31:28

Hi everyone, I'm shuffling in late at 23 weeks tomorrow. Ds5 is due on the 13/02

I've left it until now as I lost ds4 at just before 20 weeks due to incompetant cervix after my cervix failed at 18 weeks last sept. He was due 17/2/11

I had a stitch placed at 14 weeks this time and I'm also on progesterone suppositorys. Cervix is looking fine this time.

Mummiesarescary Tue 16-Oct-12 09:32:53

Ds4 was due 17/02/12 even!

Want2bSupermum Tue 16-Oct-12 14:05:58

Bless you Mummie Welcome and great to hear that this pregnancy is progressing :-)

InTheNightGarden Wed 17-Oct-12 10:45:25

Glad to hear of Another small bump smile smile smile want2be did your first pregnancy go ok?
Aww mummie hope all goes well for you this time! Glad to hear your doing ok this pregnancy! smile

Want2bSupermum Wed 17-Oct-12 13:40:00

Inthenightgarden First pregnancy was not too great. I had preclampsia at the end and I was huge. My former employer had me commuting into Manhattan which was killing me. I could barely walk because my back was so sore and I had a huge heavy laptop to carry.

I am much smaller this time around but it is early days and I expect to get much bigger in the coming weeks. Here in the US they send you to a dietatican at around week 12. I am on a low salt diet and will be for the entire duration of this pregnancy. We have a treadmill at home now and I walk for 30mins a day which also helps keep the fluid off my legs.

monstergoose Wed 17-Oct-12 20:48:21

Another one here with a small bump as well-I'm 24weeks tomorrow and am still in the 'not sure if your pregnant or porkie' phase! I look pregnant in certain clothes but in work clothes (mainly scrubs) just look fat! Hope everyone is doing well, my little one is getting stronger and stronger with her kicks-started keeping me awake at night with them which is annoying in a nice way!

Thanks everyone.

My bumps very small, it always is at this stage though. All the babies have been big for gestation though. (ds2&3 were prem) ds1 was term and 11lb 2 and I still wasn't in maternity clothes untill 6+ months.

I didn't even tell family I was pg until 2 weeks ago and noone noticed and this baby was measuring nearly 2 weeks a head of dates at the 20 week scan.

Sorry nc back from mummie to moomins (rubbish Halloween nc)

Gbnewbie Thu 18-Oct-12 08:57:04

Hello to all, especially the new additions!
I finally wore something to work yesterday which clearly showed my rather pronounced bump but didn't actually go into any areas where anyone who doesn't already know sits blush. Had 2 visitors who both noticed straight away! I will try to brave the rest of the office today!
I've got my stinger and regular movement from the little man too, love it!! grin

Have a food day all.

Want2bSupermum Thu 18-Oct-12 13:16:50

I am starting in a new job next month and am rather nervous about my wardrobe now. I have 6 dresses and am fine to wear them but I worry that they are not professional enough. I don't want to spend money on clothes for 3 months of use. Although DH and I want more children we don't know if we are going to be able to do it. We would both love 4 kids but I think it would be a logistical nightmare. We can handle two kids....

Hi all, hope everyone is well? I'm almost 24wks now with enormous bump (I'm only 5ft 2" though so maybe that's why?) so I've been in maternity clothes for quite a while already. want2b have you tried getting normal clothes but in a size or two bigger? Should do you for a while after the birth too. I bought a pair of maternity jeans so have been wearing those or leggings with loose tops most days.

sarah8787 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:16:45

I have started to get a noticable bump now which is nice, but bad indigestion, leg cramp and crying! Whats been happening to other mums to be? smile

Want2bSupermum Fri 26-Oct-12 19:49:10

Queen Would do that but suits that I wear to work are around $300-400 a pop. The dresses go under the jackets for the suits I already have. I have to be suited for nearly all of my clients which sucks when you are pregnant. Would never get away with wearing leggings to work.

sarah I drink a hot cocoa at night which helps with the indigestion.

NAR4 Sun 28-Oct-12 17:04:30

Can I join?

My baby is due 14th Feb. Already feeling very impatient for its arrival.

I used re-usable nappies for all of mine and have never had a problem with them. Look at the real nappies website, it has loads of useful info on it. I use Terries squares because they last the whole time your little one is in nappies and also dry quickly after washing. The shaped ones can work out very expensive and take a long time to dry. Will need muslim squares to start with for first few months though as Terries are too bulky for tiny babies.

Gbnewbie Sun 28-Oct-12 17:35:50

Hi NAR4 and welcome! How many children do you have?
Thanks for the info re reusables, I'd really like to give them a try. Have looked at that site and the fancy shaped ones seem to get food reviews so it's nice to know simple terry ones might be as good/better. any advice on any of this stuff is most welcome as its my 1st.
Have been trying to find a good co sleeping cot but info is hard to come by... Anyone found/know anything helpful?

Hope everyone is doing ok!! smile

NAR4 Mon 29-Oct-12 08:31:27

This is my 5th pregnancy (and baby), but contrary to what some people think (not on here I have to add) it is still not easy being pregnant, with all the side effects and a house full of children to look after.

Nappy stuff I bought;
2 nappy buckets (it depends how often you want to wash, but I found 2 buckets full was one machine load).
5 pairs of the white multisize nappy covers (poppers to convert to different sizes)
tea tree oil (for putting on soaking nappies)
nappy nippers (great invention and much easier than nappy pins)
fleece liners (bought one pack and then realised it was cheaper to buy some fleece from a material shop and cut out my own).
2 packs of joe joys terry nappies
1 nappy sack (to put wet nappies in when out)
I think you can buy a starter set with most of this stuff already in it (this works out cheaper than buying seperately)

Remember you can always start with disposables when baby is born and then build up to using washables. When baby was tiny I used disposables when out and for bed. Put a tennis ball in the tumble dryer with them, if you use one. It helps fluff them up and feel soft.

Most/if not all local councils will give you a grant towards the cost of washable nappies. I think I got £30 towards the cost of mine. It was on the council website under waste management. Check before you buy because my SIL council only give a voucher for a certain shop, mine pay the grant upon production of itemised reciept.

Don't know about a co-sleeping cot as I have never used one. Just put baby in my bed. There are other threads somewhere on here about co-sleeping, with loads of info.

Do you know what sex your baby is? My hubby wante dto find out, but they couldn't see. I', secretly pleased because I wanted it to be a surprise as I prob won't be having any more. Couldn't fit more in the car or house and they get really expensive as they get older.

Baby sales are great and you can get loads of stuff good as new for only a few pounds.

Gbnewbie Mon 29-Oct-12 08:44:53

Wow! Thank you, all that us really helpful smile
Double wow for 5!!! How could it be easier when you've got to look after all the others?? Amazing. This little one will be my only little one. He was my planned and the dad wasn't/isn't at all impressed...

I'll have a look for the co sleeping thread too.

I'm having a little boy, for some reason I'd convinced myself I was having a girl so was a bit hmm about it.

Have a good day.

queenrollo Wed 31-Oct-12 19:00:04

hello everyone - I was around for the earlier threads but have mainly been on FB and in the PESH antenatal thread.
I'm due on 10th Feb, second DC for me but first for DH.

Trimpampusik Sun 04-Nov-12 07:19:54

Hi Ladies! Great that i have foudn a live thread for Feb 2013 smile This is my first pregnancy and I am 24 weeks pregnany with twins - boys. They are due on 24th of Fenruary smile but I was told by the midwife and consultant, that they normally come out earlier, as may not have enough space inside the bump. But we will see ....

Want to hear how you are all coping with pregnancy? I have been having a few early mornings, when I wake up because they boys kick inside, as if they are having a party. What's the best way to calm them down? xxx

queenrollo Sun 04-Nov-12 10:07:13

there is no way to calm them down I'm afraid!! you just have to wait for them to get it out of their system and settle again. I'll be 26 weeks tomorrow and am currently having a regular wake-up call at 4am when baby wakes up for a little party of it's own. This goes one for about 20 mins by which time I'm fully awake and it takes me ages to get back off to sleep, added to needing the loo and getting cold getting out of bed.
Welcome to the thread and congrats on the twins smile

GwendolynMoon Wed 07-Nov-12 14:33:12

Hello all, can I please join in? Have been lurking for a wee while but new to Mumsnet. 1st pregnancy and I am nearly 28 weeks, due 4th Feb and can't wait to be a mum.

GwendolynMoon Wed 07-Nov-12 14:34:50

Oops, newbie error and posted early.

Meant to add: Been feeling pretty good so far but starting to find it rather difficult to concentrate at work as head is full of baby stuff!

queenrollo Wed 07-Nov-12 14:58:19

hi gwen and welcome.

GwendolynMoon Wed 07-Nov-12 15:06:42

Thanks queen smile

Trimpampusik Thu 08-Nov-12 23:41:06

Just returned from Dublin - was my last work trip, which went ok, the twins enjoyed the flight there and back, and I feel really tired. Been waking up around 4-4:30 too, with a party inside. had a scan on Monday for my 24 weeks, which went ok, and actually saw on the screen how twin1 used one of the legs to kick the twin2 in the face!!!! Good they are in separate sacks...lol but they are already sorting out who is in charge!!!!
Queenrollo, thank you for welcoming me to this thread smile and Gwen, welcome to you too smile

GwendolynMoon Fri 09-Nov-12 10:59:22

Thanks trimpampusik

My little one is causing enough of a ruckus at times all on his/her own so twins having a party must be crazy!

Panzee Sat 10-Nov-12 18:44:25

Hello all, how are we?
I'm 26 weeks now and really struggling at work. I'm exhausted! Want to drop my hours but can't afford it really.
How's everyone else doing?

Trimpampusik Sat 10-Nov-12 19:50:08

Hi Panzee! I get really tired and sleepy at work around 15:00 o'clock, and can't concentrate, but thankfully most of my teaching is finished by then. On the weekends I tend to sleep a lot during the day to catch up with sleep. Sofar does help. smile

aldan Sun 11-Nov-12 12:35:24

Hi, adding myself to feb 2013, DS2 is due on the 27th smile

GwendolynMoon Mon 12-Nov-12 14:44:52

Hi Panzee I am 28 weeks today and feeling ok, am exhausted by the time I get home from work but just about managing through the day. A weird thing I have noticed is that if I forget to drink lots of water/herbal tea during the day I feel much more knackered by about 3pm....may just be me!

Really looking forward to two weeks off around Christmas and NY and then only 2ish weeks left at work before maternity leave starts, can't wait.

Hi aldan

aldan Mon 12-Nov-12 15:36:36

That doesn't sound like long left at work for you smile

GwendolynMoon Mon 12-Nov-12 15:51:31

I know! Realised when I was in the process of compiling handover notes for my maternity cover and doing a work plan for finishing off projects that it is only about 7 actual working weeks! Am ecstatic (and a teeny bit terrified! wink)

Panzee Mon 12-Nov-12 16:47:16

I'm finishing at Christmas and have 2 weeks annual leave before maternity. Can't wait. smile

aldan Mon 12-Nov-12 19:46:53

I only work part time so I have 27 days left to work and I finish on 25th Jan gringrin

InTheNightGarden Tue 13-Nov-12 16:43:40

Any of you ladies got milk yet :-/ ... I've just starting "leaking" sorry tmi haha... only 26weeks, surely this is early??

queenrollo Tue 13-Nov-12 17:27:37

no that's not too early. I've been leaking for weeks now, but not loads - I just noticed one night when I got undressed that I had 'crusty nipples'. It's not every day for me and some days I can tell i'm going to leak more because my boobs feel kind of 'electric' shocks in them.
It never happened at all in my first pregnancy though.

aldan Wed 14-Nov-12 07:54:58

No leakage yet, didn't last time either though!

GwendolynMoon Wed 14-Nov-12 14:00:23

I've not had any leakage so far....my boobs have grown a ridiculous amount though, I hope it's not a steady trend as they're actually starting to be rather uncomfortable! and I've heard when your milk comes in they increase drastically....

NAR4 Wed 14-Nov-12 18:38:11

Completely shattered at work and I only work part time (evenings). Want to work as long as pos. pref. until due date, as that way I get the maximum amount of time off afterwards.

Know from experience I will be even more tired when doing night feeds, than I am now. Not looking forward to that bit, but hope I will not be too out of the swing of it as my 20 month old only dropped night feeds about a month ago and is still getting up several times a night now.

My nan had 13 children. I often think how much I would like to talk to her about that, if she was still alive.

This pregnancy really seems to have taken its toll on my body and its only my 5th. How did she manage 13? No multiple births either.

Not got a massive bump and luckily haven't put on loads of weight, but now clearly look pregnant.

bangersmashandbeans Wed 14-Nov-12 19:01:09

Hi, I'm due tenth of feb and wanted to join in and say work is exhausting me! I only work four days but have an hour and a half commute into London each day and I'm finding it so tough. The thought of working till mid January is depressing me! Last pregnancy I dropped an hour so did 8-3 towards the end and I'm wondering if it's too early to ask for that? I get zero done after 3 so there's no much point in me being there anyway!! Moan moan moan...sorry ladies. Hope you're all doing ok.

queenrollo Wed 14-Nov-12 19:48:25

NAR4 my nan had 13 too, really have no idea how she coped!

I'm not working this time round and am still shattered!

aldan Wed 14-Nov-12 22:40:41

13 wow, my grandma only had my dad!

Got a random day off tomorrow, DSs school is shut for police election thing so we are going shopping for some school shoes for him and as it's my birthday on Sunday I think I deserve a treat too grin

Trimpampusik Thu 15-Nov-12 08:10:38

No leakage sofar, but boobs are getting really huge! My colleague at work commented that normally my boobs look huge anyway in comparison to the rest of the body, but now, my bump looks bigger, and they look smaller - haha!!!!
Hope all of you girls are feeling well....

GwendolynMoon Fri 16-Nov-12 14:45:42

NAR4 I think the fact that you're on your 5th is pretty impressive, 13 is just inconceivable!

Bangers I wouldn't think there was any harm in asking if you could adjust your hours? What I've really realised lately is how vastly different pregnancy is for different woman...and within that how different each pregnancy can be for a woman. This is my first and I know I have been extremely lucky so far with regards to morning sickness, tiredness and other potential 'issues'....I have friends and colleagues who have had vastly different experiences.

Btw, comment in the text section of the Metro this morning really annoyed me. Vanessa from Surrey said 'You're pregnant, not ill. If you can go to work you can stand on the train' in response to a pregnant woman who had (I assume as I didn't see it) complained about not being offered a seat on her commute. What a charming woman Vanessa sounds! I am lucky enough to get a seat on my train as a general rule so not really an issue for me but as I have low blood pressure I am quite prone to feeling a bit dizzy/faint while pregnant, I know I am not ill but obviously it is nice to sit down and avoid the possibility of fainting!! I don't think it is unreasonable for pregnant ladies to expect to be offered a seat if they're standing and I see that happening a lot so luckily the world is not full of Vanessas!

GwendolynMoon Fri 16-Nov-12 14:47:29

Oh and meant to say, aldan I hope you got your treat [smile}

bangersmashandbeans Fri 16-Nov-12 15:45:43

Stood all the way to work on the train yesterday. Was in the aisle of the priority seating area with a fitted dress on showing my large 28 week bump yet amazingly no bugger seemed to notice! Ordered my baby on board as soon as I got to work! Vanessa sounds like a dried up bitter old cow who can't get a man and is jealous of pregnant women!!!angry

GwendolynMoon Fri 16-Nov-12 16:55:57

That is awful Bangers makes me furious on your behalf! Clearly my train crowd are a nice lot as I have frequently seen more than one person offer to get up when a pregnant woman has got on. Hopefully the badge will improve things!

Lol, yes, hmph to Vanessa and her ilk wink

NAR4 Sat 17-Nov-12 13:24:22

Gwendolyn I think people do forget that pregnancy is different for each women and each one can be different for the same women.

The whole 'your pregnant not ill' annoys me, because for some women it is worse than being ill.

I often find men a lot more sympathetic to the fact I'm pregnant than women. Kind of brings out the protective side in most men.

bangersmashandbeans Sat 17-Nov-12 20:19:30

On a different note - is anyone else having constant braxton hicks and finding them exhausting? Had them on and off for the last week and it's getting me down sad

aldan Sat 17-Nov-12 20:57:37

No pregnancy isn't an illness but it can make your back hurt, your feet ache, and your stomach twinge. I guess if you haven't experienced pregnancy then you'd never know!

Went shopping on Thursday with money in my pocket - found nothing, typical smile ordered myself (and to share with DS) an iPad mini last night [excited].

Birthday tomorrow, had a lovely meal out earlier with family and friends and going to see father Christmas tomorrow.

No braxton hicks yet, checked my diary and got them at 30 weeks last time, only 26 weeks now so I guess they'll start soon!

queenrollo Sat 17-Nov-12 21:56:40

bangers i'm getting some really strong Braxton Hicks, but they usually start early evening with me so I think it's when my body is tired. I was having real problems with them being painful but a bit of reading made me realise it was because I was dehydrated. Since I've been making an effort to drink loads of fluids they've been less intense.

bangersmashandbeans Sat 17-Nov-12 22:05:56

Yeah I've read about dehydration too and have felt even more thirsty than normal the last few days so I guess I need to up my fluid. I also definitely have it worse when I've been busying around - but having a two year old pretty much cancels out much time for relaxing! Off to bed for an early night and will make sure I drink more tomorrow!

NAR4 Sun 18-Nov-12 12:58:22

bangers I have been getting some really painfull Braxton Hicks contractions, on and off. About a month ago I had to be seen on the labour ward because the midwife thought I had gone into early labour. As queen said, it turns out I hadn't been drinking enough. Since making an effort to drink more I haven't had as many or as strong. The same as you, they do coincide with having a busy active day. Like you I have a little one (20 months) so that is most days.

My midwife said that it means I should have a quicker labour. I'm not convinced though because I have never done 'quick' labours before. Fingers crossed though.

bangersmashandbeans Sun 18-Nov-12 17:45:42

My first labour was less than two hours so maybe I should be preparing for a home birth in that case!!

GwendolynMoon Mon 19-Nov-12 09:16:33

I think I've had a few mild braxton hicks where my bump goes a bit tight all over but as a newbie I'm not entirely sure!

We have our first NCT class this evening and am quite looking forward to it. We booked it aaages ago and it seemed like it was so far into the future and now it's time...makes this whole baby thing seem much more real wink

We also ordered a nursery furniture set yesterday and I got ridiculously excited about that too! smile

queenrollo Mon 19-Nov-12 09:51:12

gwen the tightening sounds about right.

GwendolynMoon Mon 19-Nov-12 10:46:07

Thanks queen I thought so

bangersmashandbeans Mon 19-Nov-12 16:28:57

Had a chat with my MW this morning and she said the dehydration thing is an old wives tale and has nothing to do with braxton hicks. She said they are just a sign of a 'healthy and active' uterus and often mean you will labour well. Hurrah!!

aldan Mon 19-Nov-12 16:40:55

Enjoy your nct class gwen smile

GwendolynMoon Mon 19-Nov-12 17:37:47

Sounds good bangers I am thinking the 'tight' feeling is def. braxton hicks so if that is a good sign then bring them on I say.

Thanks aldan I feel a bit like it's the first day of term, lol smile

bangersmashandbeans Wed 21-Nov-12 16:52:58

Gwen how was NCT? I'm doing mine in January and didn't with DD1 so am a bit nervous but really want to make some more mummy friends!

GwendolynMoon Thu 22-Nov-12 10:25:20

I really enjoyed it actually bangers....there are 7 other couples in the class and the teacher seems great so far (at first I will admit that she was a bit rambly and seemed rather, as one of my more cynical friends would say 'new-agey', so I felt a bit sceptical but as the class went on I liked her more and more) and really placed the emphasis on 'this is about providing you with as much information as possible for you then to make your own choices about what is right for you and your birth'. My DH and I felt that while we didn't learn anything that we didn't kind of know already it was really nice to be able to ask questions and to have a set time to really take in all the info.

It was quite funny in that we were all clearly eyeing each other up and as soon as we left my DH was like 'right, who do you want to be friends with then?!' but actually it seemed like a lovely mix of people and I am looking forward to future classes and getting to know everyone better, even if I don't make lifelong bosom buddies I think it will be fun to even just go through this last trimester with a group of women at the same stage. Don't be nervous, it was really quite relaxed and as soon as we started some of the 'group activity' type components everyone got chatting soon enough.

Sorry....rather rambling post!

aldan Fri 23-Nov-12 18:11:22

Sounds good Gwen smile

Had a midwife apt earlier and DC is measuring large, at 26 weeks. DS measured big all through my last pregnancy and came a week early weighing 7lb 14. Another early one would be great!!!

bangersmashandbeans Fri 23-Nov-12 20:02:48

Is all ok though Aldan? Do they want to scan you or not yet? I saw the midwife this week too, baby has turned head down after being transverse for a while so that's a relief. BP also really good which is fab as last pregnancy it was through the roof! All going well so far! Hope you other ladies are all keeping well x

aldan Fri 23-Nov-12 21:39:42

Yes all ok. Think it's just my body, baby grows out as much as it can, I've no room inside grin. Booked a 3d scan in 2 weeks so our 4 year old DS can see his brother, can't wait....

aldan Fri 23-Nov-12 21:41:17

And glad your bp was ok bangers. Ive never had a problem but my friend is being induced next week because of raised BP and possible pre eclampsia. Shes pleased though as her due date is 26th dec!

queenrollo Sat 24-Nov-12 10:18:18

I had my 28 week bloods done yesterday, wondering if I'll be anaemic? My levels were down slightly this time last pregnancy but I'm keen to avoid the ferrous sulphate this time so if it's dipped I'm going to ask for a re-test in a couple of weeks and address it by other means.
Have been feeling a bit down/overwhelmed, not sure if it's just hormones or winter blues.
The bedside cot arrived yesterday though! Was excited to unwrap that smile

Gbnewbie Sat 24-Nov-12 15:33:06

Hello all
Queen,sorry to hear that you're feeling a bit blue. Could you get a but of vit b down you (even some marmite unless you're a hater)? A little boast. Have been a little bit sad too... Hormones seem to have been ok but that's just my perspective...
Which cot did you opt for? I've been looking and confusing myself but the bedside ones look great for bf'ing but I'm a complete novice.

queenrollo Sat 24-Nov-12 21:03:48

we got a secondhand Babybay off ebay. I had a moses basket and then standard cot with my DS and know I found it hard dragging myself out of bed for night feeds. I want to optimise my chances of breasfeeding being successful this time (limped along for 8 weeks last time) and also hoping to maximise sleep as I won't be able to catch up in the daytime as easily with this one as I did with DS. Am not comfy with the idea of the baby actually being in bed with me so this is a happy compromise.
I remember being totally overwhelmed by the choice of stuff when I was expecting DS, and it's so expensive and so you don't want to get the wrong thing! I've bought hardly anything this time round as I learnt that so much of it I just don't really need!

bangersmashandbeans Sat 24-Nov-12 21:11:40

DH got all the prem and newborn clothes out of the loft this afternoon!! So excited to start going through it. Determined to get myself organised this side of Christmas so in January I don't have too much to do when I'm feeling fed up and whale-like! Mucked out DDs playroom this evening too. Feeling rather pleased with myself! Also bought car seat this week (seriously good offer on amazon) Anyone else got any suggestions for how I can get organised? Just thinking with a toddler around I won't have the luxury of time to do stuff when baby is asleep.

Gbnewbie Sun 25-Nov-12 08:47:57

Love all the tips! I will have a look at babybays. I've been very restrained with buying things. So many people have offered clothes so shouldn't need any of those! I do need to find a car seat but again that feels like a minefield!!confused

NAR4 Sun 25-Nov-12 17:38:07

SPD/PGP is really bad now and bearing weight on one leg when walking is agony. Can't have any physio though due to Placenta Previa.

Been really tearful this week, don't know if it is hormones or the pain, or prob both.

Scan in 3.5 weeks to see if placenta has moved. Fingers crossed for me. If it has the first thing I will do is phone the physio for an urgent appointment.

Don't know how I will manage the school run tomorrow! Even getting upstairs to the toilet has proved a massive struggle over the weekend. Dreading hubby going back to work on Monday and having to manage alone.

bangersmashandbeans Sun 25-Nov-12 21:17:23

You sound really down NAR sad I only have mild SPD and even that is really crappy so it must be awful having it so badly. Standing on one leg is a no go for me too - feel very daft having to sit fond to put shoes and socks on etc! Not sure if you're working but can you get signed off for a bit? I know you have another child and there's no getting signed off from mummy duties! Have a nice bath and try to get a good nights sleep. Good luck with the scan x

Want2bSupermum Mon 26-Nov-12 06:22:58

Hi everyone. Had a very stressful month. Got caught up in Hurricane Sandy, started a new job and DD has started with the temper tantrums. DS is rather active but I think it is due to my stress levels being rather high.

I had horrible SPD with DD. Is seeing a chiro an option? If your placenta has moved see if you are able to book yourself in for more than one treatment a week. By month 7 I was in agony and my obn increased my chiro appointments to 3 times a week for a month. After 4 weeks I was sorted and able to reduce my appointments to 2 times a week for the remainder of my pregnancy.

NAR4 Mon 26-Nov-12 17:35:45

bangers I have 4 other children, so no rest at all unfortunately. Physio recommended complete bed rest (yeah right). I told her outright that that wouldn't happen, as I have noone to help me.

Want2b I will def be chasing up to get some more physio appointment if my placenta has moved. Still miffed it means no manual therapy as surely walking up the stairs causes more movement? Spoke to pysio on the phone and she said it isn't just NHS policy not to manipulate with Placenta Previa, but Association of Physios (or something like that). In other words if someone agrees to do it then they prob aren't reputable.

Just frustrated as much as in pain really and hubby getting pissy about having so much to do in the evenings after work, because I can't do much now. Thought he would be more sympathetic but think maybe I need to howl in pain a lot more for him to understand just how much it is hurting.

Still at work, but I am a Youth Worker and only work evenings. Can sit around and chat with the young people as much as I want and no need for me to do anything that hurts. At the moment it is proving a welcome break from home. If I was signed off I would prob end up doing housework instead to stop hubby wingeing about having to do it.

Almost hoping for Placenta to stay were it is/was and have a C section because I would get to have baby in 10 weeks and have enforced bed rest in hospital for a few days, at least.

Sorry moan over.

Pregnancy is not normally this crap - to all the first time mums out there. Don't let me put you off.

bangersmashandbeans Tue 27-Nov-12 20:49:07

NAR4 don't know how to do the funny icons and stuff but wanted to send you a hug and some flowers! Hope you've had an ok day and aren't feeling too low smile

Want2bSupermum Wed 28-Nov-12 03:06:29

NAR4 I hear you. I didn't realise how bad my first pregnancy was. This time round is so much better.... so far. The SPD I had with DD was horrible. My mantra was 'THIS IS TEMPORARY'. Take a look at the calendar.... Feb will be here before you know it.

The other thing is that once you have the baby SPD can linger for up to 5 years after. My obn had me continue post baby with the chiro for 3 months after to nip it in the bud so to speak. My obn also said it can be related to urinary problems in later life. She might have said this to me just to scare me though! I am rather relaxed compared to other patients.

queenrollo Wed 28-Nov-12 11:37:44

nar4 i really feel for you. Like want2b i'm having a much better second pregnancy and commented to DH yesterday that the few shops we walked past in town in 5 mins would have taken me 20 mins in my pregnancy with DS.
It's so unfortunate/annoying for you that the placenta issue means you can't have manipulation. I swear that seeing an osteo in the first trimester has helped me this time, though the major factor for me is that I am not working this time.
I walked far too much on a day out at the weekend and have been in agony with my pubic bone for two days.

I've been to see the midwife this morning. Everything is fine, including my 28 iron level. She had a feel and baby is head down, very low in the pelvis.....I'm hoping it's going to stay in that position

aldan Wed 28-Nov-12 20:57:11

How are you feeling today nar4?

Glad alls going well for you queenrollo, I've not had any bloods done yet, pointless really I'd refuse iron if I was anaemic anyway!

Had a lovely pregnancy massage yesterday but spent the hour cheating to the therapist instead of chilling smile

queenrollo Thu 29-Nov-12 10:15:17

aldan I have told the midwife that I won't have ferrous sulphate if my levels are low as it's just awful stuff.....I have been prone to low blood count in the past though so wanted to have it checked so I can address it with diet/natural supplement if need be. This time though I am eating a different diet due to non-meat eating DH and so I think I am accessing more natural iron than I was in my previous pregnancy.

NAR4 Thu 29-Nov-12 15:29:18

Thankyou everyone for your encouraging messages.

Had the Whooping Cough jab yesterday and I am feeling rather unwell today. Hubby came home at lunch time to take care of me and the children, so I could rest in bed. Although I feel unwell, resting in bed (pillow under knees) has really helped with my pelvic pain, so actually feeling much happier.

Sorry for the babyish moan a couple of days ago. The pain had just really got to me. Physio rung me and said to go and see her on Monday, so she can show me how to walk with some crutches. She feels taking some of the weight off my pelvis might help with the pain.

NAR4 Thu 29-Nov-12 15:33:16

Hope your iron levels stay aldan and queenrollo, anemia is rubbish.

queenrollo Thu 29-Nov-12 18:00:55

Nar moan away!! it's not just the pain it's the sheer bloody frustration of the limited mobility.
We've been out today, I accompanied DH to a meeting (i do his admin) and then I excused myself halfway through to go shopping (make the most of being somewhere with better shops). I didn't get any of the Christmas shopping done that I wanted to because my ligaments were hurting so much from the walking/being on my feet. I bought two very cute babygros in John Lewis and a couple of bottles to have on standby in case the breastfeeding doesn't work out.
On the way home we stopped to get milk and my pubic bone was agony when I got out of the car. So that's it.....I really cannot cope with lots of walking. I'll be doing the Xmas shopping online.....
So I can understand why you felt down about it nar - hard when you have other kids too. I have my son 4 days a week and he wants me to sit on the floor and play Lego etc and I just can't....he's 7 so does understand, but I still feel guilty that I'm limited to what I can do with him at the moment.

Right......i'm going to attempt a bath. Have reached the stage where DH has to help me in and out!

NAR4 Thu 29-Nov-12 21:28:51

queen you are so right, half the problem is the frustration of it all. I did my Christmas shopping on-line on Tuesday, so just have to wait for it all to arrive now.

Want2bSupermum Fri 30-Nov-12 00:54:12

I got very frustrated towards the end of my pregnancy with DD. I didn't feel well at all. I was so tired and everything took such a huge effort.

queen I was so careful with DD that I didn't dare have a bath once I got to the point where I couldn't see my toes.

NAR Spoke to my obn today over the phone as food choices here are limited and I had awful headaches two nights in a row. She told me she was reading through recent research and doesn't want me walking up or down stairs if i can avoid it. Apparently this aggrevates SPD as more pressure is put on pelvis. Thought I would share. Also, no heavy bags, she wants me using a rolling bag.

Kellz92 Fri 30-Nov-12 10:33:55

Hi. Im due on 5th Feb with a little girl. As excited as I am to meet her im getting nervous. Shes already weighing in at slightly over 4lbs and measuring a few weeks bigger. Not really sure what to expect with this being my first

NAR4 Sat 01-Dec-12 09:11:36

Thanks want2b, unfortunately my toilet is upstairs though and not practical to spend the day upstairs with a 20 month old. Physio has said she will sort me out with some crutches on Monday to take some of the weight off my pelvis when I walk. Won't help when I leave the house though because I can't see how I will be able to use them with my toddler as well.

aldan Sun 02-Dec-12 22:00:18

Hi kellz92 don't worry about the expected weight, where did you get that weight from, an extra scan?? You do worry more with your first though smile

Nar4 hope the physio apt tomorrow helps.

Went to see rise of the guardians today with my 4 year old DS I highly recommend it. Also fancy nativity 2!

Kellz92 Mon 03-Dec-12 10:06:33

thanks Aldan. I had a private growth scan. was meant to be 4D but there wasnt enough fluid to see her clearly. Yeah im not really sure what to expect. I worry too because instead of just the 2 scans at hospital ive already had 4 and still got 2 to go. Plus my husband was 13.3 when he was born lol. Im sure ill be fine smile

evilhamster Mon 03-Dec-12 18:21:13

Hi. I'm having a little girl (I've already got two- and a boy) estimated Feb 14, so Valentines day! She'll be my fourth (and my last probably) and for some reason I feel more nervous about her than with DD1. First time I've given birth in the UK too (others were in Iceland) so it' probably not being used to the differences.

NAR4 Wed 05-Dec-12 14:17:02

Hi evil my baby is due the same day as yours.

Aldan physio gave me crutches to use, which have helped with the pain when walking, but now make me even slower. Feel a real wolly using them though as people keep asking what I have done. I'm sure I will get used to them and am glad they reduce the pain.

Want2bSupermum Fri 07-Dec-12 14:46:27

I am having a couple of extra appointments because of having preclampsia with DD. The dr told me yesterday that I developed it a day after delivery which is why this time I will automatically have a 72 hour stay in hospital. I get my own room with ensuite bathroom so ok with being grounded for 3 days.

The scan yesterday went well and I had to go back for another glucose test because the first one was borderline. DS measured in at 3lb11oz which is a weight they were very happy with.

They want to check on me and DS again at 36wks. Will have so many pictures of him!

MrsHBaby3 Sun 09-Dec-12 02:46:43

Hya! I'm due end of Feb. Currently wide awake as baby kicking lots and setting off Braxton hicks. To be honest, it was an excuse for midnight munchies!
I'm happy if baby does move, he's been transverse since before my 20week scan. Today my mum and I tried to massage him round to be head down, but didn't really do much. Midwife has said not to worry but I don't fancy mad panic at the end.

Trimpampusik Mon 10-Dec-12 02:06:11

Keep waking up in the middle of the night ;(

We went to TAMBA antenatal training session this weekend - full day with other 7 couples run by an experienced midwife. Everything went really well, and I am feeling a bit more confident about the labour and other stuff... As I am 29 weeks and expecting twins, its been very useful to learn about what happens during labour. In my week 28 scan i found out that both boys are now heads down, and the lower placenta has moved a bit (3cm) from the birth canal. Sofar, all looking ok.

Went shopping with Mum yesterday and bought a few clothing items for the twins, as apparently should have had the hospital bag ready in week 24.... Hope everyone is doing well.

GwendolynMoon Tue 11-Dec-12 11:13:22

Sounds good [trimpampusik] smile

Hope everyone is doing ok and looking forward to Christmas smile

I am on holiday from next week Tuesday and counting the days...so preoccupied with baby thoughts atm especially as we have nearly finished the nursery and started our hypnobirthing course on the weekend....feeling very impatient to meet our little one now!

FestiveFannyFarts Wed 12-Dec-12 13:42:02

I here for my bimonthly recruitment drive.... We are on facebook also, there is 42 of us lovely ladies who would love for you all to join us if you would like.
Send me a friend request and i will add you. Here we are

Aldan Wed 12-Dec-12 18:20:13

Glad seeing the physio helped nar4. I've slowed right down when walking I get pains under my bump and I'm so slow now, very frustrating for the Christmas shoppers stuck behind me when I'm out!

Mrsh, same here about being kept awake. The other night he work me at 5am just wriggling, very weird feeling, cannot be bothered leaving my nice warm bed to get food though grin

Enjoy your hypnobirthing Gwen, I do hypnobirthing and it is so good. I just need to start on myself now. Think ill leave it til 35 ish weeks though.

Off to centre parcs next Friday DS will love it. He had his nativity earlier sooo cute grin

NAR4 Fri 14-Dec-12 10:33:49

Hubby is off over Christmas for 2 weeks, yeah! I can't wait for him to take over with the other children and hopefully get some much needed housework done.

I'm usually very active and have mild OCD, meaning my housework gets done everyday else it drives me insane. I have been known to stay up throughout the night to get it done when my children were babies and I didn't have the time during the day. Just can't manage to work through the SPD pain anymore and am starting to go slightly crazy about the mess now.

Already worried about him going back to work after Christmas though. Just no pleasing me at the moment.

Scan next Wednesday to see if placenta has moved and I can have a vb. Nearly in tears already at the possibility of needing a CS. I know I'm being pathetic but just can't help myself at the moment. This pregnancy has truely been rubbish and I can't wait for it to all be over.

Hopefully Christmas will provide a welcome distraction for us all and once into the new year it won't be long before we start having our babies. grin

NAR4 Wed 19-Dec-12 11:18:39

Had my scan today and am thrilled to say my placenta has moved and I have been cleared for a vb. Yeah!

Also found out I am having a boy. Need to think of a name now.

Gbnewbie Wed 19-Dec-12 18:59:22

Great news nar, really pleased for you. Congrats on your baby boy news too! grin

Aldan Wed 19-Dec-12 21:35:40

Yay nar4 a boy, same here grin

BoomBoomBoom Wed 19-Dec-12 22:47:27

Hi I keep coming on and off the thread (I might have nc but happy with this name)
I'm currently 33+3 (due 3/2).
I've had Steroid injections as baby is low on fluid and weekly scans.

Does anyone else just feel that their bump is so heavy?

LancsMum88 Sun 23-Dec-12 14:59:14

Hey everyone not been on here in soo long! I'm 31 weeks tomorrow : )

So loving my little boys face watching all the Christmas films on at the moment, he's only 2 and bit so still too young to know 100% that it's Christmas not gone overboard on the presents for that reason, even if his grandparents have!

Best wishes to you all xx

Aldan Sun 23-Dec-12 15:54:17

My DS is nearly 5 and really gets it this year. Just got back from a weekend at center parcs too so feeling very christmasy now grin

MrsHBaby3 Tue 01-Jan-13 19:25:48

Ive seen a chiropractor and its done wonders. spd managable now (I wouldnt say gone) and baby is happily moving around all the time, he or she gets hiccups really low in my pelvis, but has been all over my belly in last couple of weeks.

where does everyone else feel baby hiccups and what position is baby in?

apparently now the twist is gone in my pelvis, baby has more room. i'm pleased he or she is not transverse anymore, that was uncomfortable, but it was breech at last mw appt so i hope that wont last! next mw appt is on 9th and if mw thinks breech again, I will demand a scan.

NAR4 Thu 03-Jan-13 15:24:43

Hi MrsH how many weeks are you? At my last midwife appointment (32 weeks) midwife thought my baby was breech and has said if it isn't def head down by 36 weeks I will be given another scan to confirm breech position. I asked if I could still have a vb but she said def not if breech.

I feel what is like kicks really low down on my bladder, which I never had with other pregnancies, but can honestly say I have no idea if baby is breech or not. Not sure how well midwifes can actually tell either.

Just curious as to what you get told. Hope your baby turns head down, I have been doing the exercises on the spinning babies website (can't hurt).

Aldan Sun 06-Jan-13 12:51:32

This one is head down and has been for ages, still time to turn though! I feel hiccups really low and kicks in my ribs a lot.

Started packing hospital bags last night and got some baby things out of the loft. Consequently I have done far too much and today I can barely move, my back hurts so much. Back at work on Tuesday after a nice week off with DS not looking forward to it in this much pain hmm

Happy new year to everyone, hope you are all doing well smile

plonko Sun 06-Jan-13 22:39:30

Hi all, I've come to reintroduce myself. I haven't been on the antenatal boards since the beginning of the summer but as D-day (February 27th) looms ever nearer I increasingly find myself turning to Mumsnet to calm my nerves!

Am 26 years old, 33+4 with my first and starting to get anxious! I finished work two weeks ago- busy retail, exhausting, inflexible hours/boss and my blood pressure had shot up so I felt I had little choice in the matter! Now of course I feel ok again and have to find something to occupy my time grin.

How's everyone else getting along? I'm glad to say that besides being knackered and the joy of very jumpy legs every evening, it's all been nice and straightforward. I've had lots of comments about my 'neat, little bump', which cheers me up no end when I feel huge and grumpy!

Aldan Mon 07-Jan-13 21:51:02

Hi plonko, we have the same due date wink. However, I'm still trying to decide if I should try for VBAC or another section. Had an emergency section with DS nearly 5 years ago due to foetal distress and when I saw the consultant she said the same may or may not happen again so it's up to me whichever I decide. I really dint know what to do. Is anyone else in the same situation?

Aldan Tue 08-Jan-13 20:14:46

Can I ask those with other DCs if you will reuse your mattresses? I've bought a new crib mattress as it was only £10 but I had DS in a travel cot in my room until 5 months and bought a £100+ mattress for that. It has a removable washable cover. Any thoughts???

CackleALot Tue 08-Jan-13 22:50:16

Hi all, hope you don't mind me popping back in. I introduced myself in the early days but have found it difficult keeping up with having DS around this time! When I was pregnant with him my OH couldn't get me off of MN! grin

I'm due on 24th Feb, we don't know what we're having this time. Still got 3 1/2 wks of work left which is tough due to having SPD sad

Aldan - I had an emergency section with DS as he was frank breech which they had missed, thinking he was head down but measuring small. a late scan confirmed he was breech but went into labour day before section planned shock - he came 5 days early. I have a scan on 28th to check position and decide on delivery method. I too am undecided. Normal delivery scares me!

Re mattress, I'm using same ones from DS as still in good condition.

Want2bSupermum Wed 09-Jan-13 03:34:09

Hi everyone. Thought I would check in as I have gotten into that final stretch.

aldan I had an EMCS with DD and today my obn told me that she really didn't want me doing a VBAC if possible. She said there was a good chance I would need an EMCS anyway and with not having family around she is a lot more comfortable with me having a scheduled CS rather than being exhausted after labouring and then having an EMCS. All that is left is to do decide on the date. I want to push it out as far as possible but policy is 40wks at the latest.

I am still in shock at the lack of scans in the UK. I was scanned again this morning to check on the position. The obn said that while he was head down his neck was twisted. Quite cool that she called up the chiropractor and got me an emegency appointment to have him manipulated. I can't believe I made it to work for 9am!

Our neighbours have a proper high end baby mattress that they have given to us which will put in DD's crib. We are really lucky that way. Our friends have given us their crib as their son has now graduated to a proper bed.

NAR4 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:54:53

Not long now ladies. Keep on smiling, its nearly over! grin

Trimpampusik Wed 16-Jan-13 16:38:00

At my last appointment with consultant I have been given my induction date smile 11th of Feb - can't wait to see my twin boys!!! grin

Panzee Tue 22-Jan-13 21:44:14

Haven't seen this thread for ages! 37 weeks now, due 10th Feb. I think baby is head down now but not sure - supposed to have a hospital appt on Thurs to check position, but haven't had the appointment letter yet.

Bag is packed and the waiting begins! smile

How is everyone?

CackleALot Wed 23-Jan-13 20:10:45

Hi Panzee, its very quiet on here! I'm 35.5 weeks. Got scan to check position on Monday and to discuss birth options (CS last time as DS was breech).

Looking forward to finishing work next Friday, so tired now!

Hope your appointment comes soon!

Gbnewbie Thu 24-Jan-13 22:29:33

Hello all, I'm 37.2... Feeling v.nervous as its my 1st. Absolutely wiped out doing anything (pathetic). 6 days of work left, can't wait to be done. Due on the 12th... Good luck everyone!!!! grin

NAR4 Fri 25-Jan-13 09:45:34

Hi everyone. I'm 37wks now and have been having mild contractions and period type pains since Tuesday evening and a small show. Day Assesment Unit have said it could be very early labour and will hopefully build up to proper contractions, so fingers crossed. This will be my first natural labour if it does.

Currently trying to motivate myself to do the hula hoop on the wii fit as another mum at toddler group swears it started her labour off. No energy though due to such disturbed sleep caused by pains.

Aldan Fri 25-Jan-13 14:13:03

How are you feeling now nar4?

Went to see consultant this morning. Have decided on vbac, going to see her again in 4 weeks when ill be 39+2 for a sweep. I said I don't want to be induced so I will have a cs at 40+10 if I need one. DS came at 39 weeks so I don't think I'll be overdue but you never know. Feel good about my decision, really need to get listening to the hypnobirthing discs now.......

NAR4 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:47:25

Hi Aldan still the same. Mostly period type pains now with only the odd more painfull contraction. Would go for a long walk but don't think I could manage it with my SPD. Will try to persuade Dh to go with me for one this evening, so if I do find it too painfull, he can go back for the car.

Had a go at the hula hoop on the Wii but couldn't manage much, due to hip pain. Think I might have to just grit my teeth and get on with it if I want to start labour off properly. Rather that than being induced with the drip again.

If my pains carry onto next week I think I will phone Day Assesment Unit again and beg for a sweep to try and get things going. Don't rate my chances of them agreeing though from what other people have said on MN. Often won't do them before 41 weeks apparently. Oh well, if I don't ask then I definately won't get.

Hope the sweep works for you, if you don't go into labour before. Sounds hopeful that you had DS at 39 weeks.

Panzee Fri 25-Jan-13 15:50:30

I had mild spd that was fixed by a trip,to the osteopath. Something to consider?

Aldan Fri 25-Jan-13 15:51:32

How about bouncing on a birthing ball?

NAR4 Fri 25-Jan-13 16:05:54

Bouncing on my ball doesn't hurt, but I thought that was just meant to help the baby's head engage. My baby is back to back, like all my previous ones, so won't engage anyway. Do correct me if this is wrong. Think I will give it a go after the school run as soon as I have got tea on. Can't hurt.

Haven't been able to find a local physio or osteopath who is willing to treat me for SPD. Live in a rural area though, so not a lot of choice about.

Even resorted to what put the baby in, in the first place, last night. Took a lot of persuasian for Dh to agree and didn't seem to make any difference at all.

Aldan Fri 25-Jan-13 17:42:52

I never even questioned what the bouncing does I just know it helps grin

NAR4 Sun 27-Jan-13 13:24:16

Spent Friday afternoon bouncing on the birthing ball and went for a brisk walk around the village. All pains stopped Friday night and none since.

Seems I will have to wait a few weeks longer after all.

Aldan Sun 27-Jan-13 17:05:22

Oh dear, are you ok?

Just back from DSs 5th birthday party superhero and princess fancy dress. Was great but I'm sooo tired now grin

LazyMachine Mon 28-Jan-13 06:15:39

Hi all - I think I dropped in for a post or two in our first trimester, but was very busy with work and all. Now I'm on ML and twiddling my thumbs. EDD is the 9th. I swear, my symptom spotting has gone into overdrive and it reminds me of the TTC days.

Is there a Feb stats list? I'm curious to follow the pattern of EDD/actual DD. I've kept my eye on January and have been pleasantly surprised at how many babies came early!

I'm currently curried, sexed and raspberry leaf capsuled...anyone else attempting to coax an early birth?

hildainstant Mon 28-Jan-13 12:58:55

Hi Folks,

I'm new on this thread - due 26th but booked in for ELCS on 20th Feb due to previous pre-eclampsia amongst other things.

I'm at that fed up stage now. Had a growth scan last week and baby was showing as way off the charts at (est) 9lbs at 34+6 weeks (you probably all know the average is less that 5.5lbs at that stage). My DS was 9lb10oz which I thought was huge but this is taking the mick - to put it into perspective I'm only 4'11" so look like I'm carrying multiples!! Where we get these big babies from I don't know as DH is only 5'8" and quite slim build!!

Anyhoo, whinging won't change anything but starting to struggle energy wise and finding my rest times at work sat in my Office rather than running after a 2yo at home!

Needless to say I'm terrified on progressing naturally into labour incase an EMCS isn't possible/available.....just wish this next 3 weeks would fly by!! Baby is also breech and back to back to v uncomfortable, mixed with incessant itching and heartburn I'm a realy bundle of joy atm!!

Anyone else know they're having a big'un and feeling quite anxious about it all?

NAR4 Mon 28-Jan-13 14:50:55

Pains started up again last night, but I am so tired now after several nights of not getting much sleep, that I just can't be bothered to walk about or bounce on the ball any more. It didn't seem to be moving things along anyway.

Phoned midwife this morning and begged for a sweep, but she said they are not allowed to do them before 40 weeks. Bugger!

Have now resigned myself to this just rumbling on until at least 40 weeks (2.5 more weeks) but am eating lots of curry and pineapple to try and at least get my body ready to pop on time. Would desperately like to go into labour on my own this time, as its likely to be my last baby.

Hildainstant you seem to have my worries in reverse. Poor you, that does sound a massive baby.

Love the party theme Aldan but can imagine you must me shattered after a five year olds party.

hildainstant Mon 28-Jan-13 15:07:23

Even my maternity clothes are starting to be too small now!! Sticking to dresses and leggings rather than trousers/jeans - shoving them on eBay while I've got the time!

These last few weeks are always the worst - the waiting game is pure torture, as is the unknown!! We'll all be fine though!

Have any of the February babies been born yet? Apologies but can't face going back over all of the pages (lazy-itis!)

Aldan Mon 28-Jan-13 21:34:22

Got an apt for monitoring in the morning. Had a really itchy chest with a rash and then yesterday my hands and feet started itching. Been ok today though so I'm unsure about keeping the appointment now???

Hope you get some sleep tonight nar4...

Big baby indeed Hilda, I'm sure you'll be ok with your cs

And yes maternity clothes... I can now only wear 2 pairs of trousers, I have lots of dresses but cannot get the tights on, I'll have to try leggings under them too smile

hildainstant Tue 29-Jan-13 10:15:01

Hope your apt goes well Aldan, let us know. I've been really itchy these past couple of weeks across my tummy as well as arms and legs. They tested me for that obstetric coleost-whatever it's called!! Heard nothing back so assuming I've not got it!!

Why do we do it to ourselves, this pregnancy malarky!! I'm really not very good at it.....but it'll all be more than worth it at the end!

I've had a terrible night with my DS. He decided last week that all his dummy's were broken so he's taken himself off them (thank God!) - he only had them for sleep anyway. But, the slightest thing is waking him now and with a mixture of howling wind and a neighbours security light going on and off all night it's been a challenging one! Now sitting at work typing this when I should be doing more dull meaningful stuff because I don't have the energy to concentrate!!

I'm not usually this miserable....promise. Come and see me in a couple of months time and I'll be my usual bright and positive self!!

Panzee Tue 29-Jan-13 10:25:18

Nice to see this thread waking up again! I got my consultant appointment, baby is head down and all well. I'm glad I went as I had an appointment for a sweep at 39 weeks which I was going to refuse, but he said he didn't want to do it then and rebooked for the week after. The downside of never seeing the same doctor at each appointment! But he is my named consultant so I'm happy we both think the same. I won't be induced (previous CS) and he is happy for me to go to 42 weeks before a section.

Hope everyone is well, I'm going to wait a bit longer before trying the natural induction methods, what is everyone else doing?

LazyMachine Tue 29-Jan-13 11:37:13

hilda are you really ebaying your mat clothes this early? 38+3 and my jeans, etc. are no longer comfortable either, but I assumed I would be wear them post-birth and for the next 6 months. At least I hope so, because during this pregnancy I've bought some really nice, upscale jeans and trousers. And I've fallen in love hidden elasticated waistbands!

Panzee my plan is to wait and see. Although once I pass my EDD I might be feeling up for some sweepage. It's so hard waiting, isn't it?

I asked earlier about a Feb stats list - shall I start one?

LazyMachine Tue 29-Jan-13 11:41:18

Feb. 13 Stats

Add yourself according to EDD:
Name, age <nosey>, DC#, EDD, gender (if known)

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 2/9/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured

hildainstant Tue 29-Jan-13 13:00:35

Lazy the trousers I sold were 'under' the bump ones and since I'm having a section I'm planning on getting most wear out of the over the bump jobbies. I'll def not be selling my big jeans etc as you're right, last time I wore them til they practically fell off me!! I'm hoping this time I'll be motivated enough to lose the weight fairly quickly though (may be a bit deluded at this point!!)

Here's my stats as requested

HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26 Feb 13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour

Aldan Tue 29-Jan-13 14:44:44

All fine at the hospital, just have to go back if no improvement in a week.

My stats,
EDD 27.2.13, boy DS2

Gbnewbie Tue 29-Jan-13 22:25:09

Hello all again

I'm glad to see a little more activity here too Panzee... I check in to see if there's anything new every now and then.

I feel very fed up. Midwife appt yesterday showed my blood pressure was up and she made the mistake of asking if my partner was supportive (mostly totally absent and when around completely selfish and stresses me out)... I've had period type discomfort, definitely no pain and what she said seemed like it might be a bit of a show so she said I could be in the very early stages of labour and should carry spare trousers etc etc which freaked me out more!! Time has flown by and my little one wasn't planned so I'm very unprepared in some ways and also very much trying to go with the flow being an optimistic person. Sorry!! I'm on a rambling mission it seems. Am very ready to meet my little one but very nervous about the final journey to get to see him.

Aldan - glad hospital appt went ok!
Hilda - yes to the itchy, it's horrible... I had no idea it happended. Even covered in a lovely greasy cream I'm still itching.

Good idea Lazy -My stats
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy

Sorry for the really long post. I look forward to seeing the thread fill up with news of healthy happy arrivals!!

NAR4 Wed 30-Jan-13 08:07:27

Aldan one of my cousins had that terrible all over itching and they decided to induce her at 37 wks in the end. Luckily she went into labour that night and didn't need the induction. Hope it all settles down for you, being heavily pregnant is enough in itself without added problems.

NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy

I fibbed a little earlier (by accident). I have found out that my local private clinic does accupuncture which is reported to be quite successful at starting labour within 72 hrs. Have an appointment booked for this evening, so fingers crossed for me. Nothing else left to try though after this, except a sweep at 40 wks.

Never had any of these pains with my other children so can't help but get my hopes up that this time my body is going to go into labour by itself. At this rate the head will be out before I believe I am actually in labour, if it does happen by itself. Oh well, my neighbour has had four DCs as well, so between us I'm sure we would manage.

Panzee Wed 30-Jan-13 17:29:33

I'm on my laptop now so can cut and paste!

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 2/9/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26 Feb 13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aidan EDD 27.2.13, boy DS2
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Panzee 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy

Had midwife this afternoon, baby still in the right place but bobbing on the pelvic brim. Is it ball bouncing and walking to sort that out?

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 30-Jan-13 19:21:03

Hi All!

I'm new to Mumsnet but my impatience is starting to wear thin on DH so thought I'd seek out others in the same boat!

BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy.

DD, Katy, is two and a half. Our due-any-time-son is to be called Casper and will be our last. All my friends have girls and are pregnant with girls, but I see all us February lot on here are expecting boys (plus Hilda's Lucky Dip!). Weird!

DS is engaged and I've been having a few cramps and, ahem, 'evacuations' these past 24-hours, but instincts are telling me his appearance will be next week (39wks on Monday) at the earliest. I have been FED UP these last few weeks. The whole pregnancy this time around has lasted a lifetime but good lord, January has lasted two! A photographer friend of mine practised a shoot on me yesterday and it took a LOT of makeup to turn this mama from 'hassled' into 'blooming', put it that way!

If he's still not here by next Wednesday, I think I might go for reflexology. How are you guys feeling at this stage? I read in Bounty's WEEK 38-39 section: '...you may not want this special time to end' and nearly laughed out loud!


hildainstant Thu 31-Jan-13 13:10:02

Hi BoxOfMonkeys*, the age gap of my two will be exactly the same at 2.6!! I'm dreading it - he's such a good little boy but soooo demanding (as 2 yo's are!)....when will we rest!!

I know what you mean about the last month lasting an age - my pg has flown by until the New Year hit and now I'm sick of hearing myself complain!!

How strange that everyone's expecting boy's - makes me more curious to see my flavour now.

Do we know where each other lives? It would be nice if someone was nearby - I'm in the North East.

NAR4 Thu 31-Jan-13 14:05:11

Panzee yes it is walking and ball bouncing that is meant to help with babys head engaging. Sometimes if you have had a baby before, it won't engage until you are in labour though. More likely the more you have had.

In order of EDD;

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 2/9/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26 Feb 13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aidan EDD 27.2.13, boy DS2

BoxOfMonkeys Thu 31-Jan-13 15:41:23

Hi Hilda, Panzee and gang. Oh yes, I've been wondering where that all important rest time will come in too. The only thing that's helped settle the daunting prospect of it is a. watching '16 Kids and Counting' on 4OD, and my husband saying, 'well, your mum did it so surely you can too' ...which is a fair point because frankly I'm surprised my brother and I made it to adulthood she's so ditzy (I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course wink).

This might just be wishful thinking again, but I think today has brought about another stage closer to d-day. This morning the pressure down below was incredible, felt like my waters were going to go with a gush and could barely walk. It eased off after lunch but came back when I took DD for a gusty walk. now my pelvic bones ache. Surely a good sign? However, I'm still convinced it will be late next week and so have booked reflexology for Wednesday. Even just doing that has made me feel that tad bit more in control and accepting that I may still have weeks days left yet.

Hope today is treating you lovely ladies well and oooOOooo we're getting closer to meeting our wee laddies/lassies every day! grin

PS: I live in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Used to live in Crook, Co. Durham though, and my best friend lives near Yarm in Teeside.

BoxOfMonkeys Thu 31-Jan-13 15:49:03

Sorry NAR4, meant to address that last message to you too. Baby-brain, sorry. Thank you for adding me to the stats list and great idea to have it. Do you ever get nervous about coping with another baby or do you take it in your stride? Do you ever get any time for a relaxed wine/bath (or ideally, both at the same time), having 4.5?

Aldan Thu 31-Jan-13 21:14:56

Anyone else getting horrible and painful cervical pains they make me shout owwww!

Had such a nice day, DSs birthday today grin now that's over this baby can come any time now...

Trimpampusik Fri 01-Feb-13 06:40:18

Hey girls, ended up in the Maternity assessment on Sunday night, as have early labour signs, and high BP, but got released on Wednesday as all pains, tightenings, etc stopped. So am at home again, and well. Not long to wait now, and apparently the boys can come out any day...

Want to give the details, bit not sure what DC means...

Gbnewbie Fri 01-Feb-13 07:20:39

Hi Trimp, how disappointing... Far better for him to come when ready though (trying to look on the bright side!).
DC is 'dear children' so mine will be my first so DC1.

Good luck!! grin

bangersmashandbeans Fri 01-Feb-13 07:53:28

Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a while (might actually have posted previously but can't remember!)

I'm 31 and have dd1 who is 3 on Sunday and am due on the tenth and don't know the sex.

Oh, and I'm sooooo fed up! I had cholestastis with dd1 so was induced at 38 weeks so didn't have to play this waiting around/assessing every sodding twinge game!

Also I have some painful problems 'down there' so am pretty much immobile at the moment and doc says I need to lie down as much as possible when really I need to be jumping around to get this baby moving!
The thought of going past my due date makes me want to cry!
Anyone else given up on sleep completely? sad

Trimpampusik Fri 01-Feb-13 07:54:03

Thank you Gbnewbie! I agree the longer they stay inside the better, but I am thinking its the boy thing...

Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys

Gbnewbie Fri 01-Feb-13 08:26:30

Trimp - it's the twin thing re usually coming early isn't it? From posts and things I've read I thought they virtually always came early but I am far far from an expert wink

Bangers - I hardly dare say it out loud (whispers) i seem to have slept a little better the last few nights?? I hope yours improves!

My last day at work today!! Very excited and scared at
The same time.

Wishing a productive day to all whether it be with rest, stepping closer to meeting little 1(s) or any other good things!!

NAR4 Fri 01-Feb-13 08:56:17

Morning Boxofmonkeys I have three teenagers and a toddler, so do get time to myself (occassionally). Best chance for a bath is during the day and putting my toddler in with me if she wants. I work evenings (I'm a youth worker) so go to work as DH gets home and don't get back until 10pm, so just ready for bed by then. Have to admit that going to work can be a welcome break at the moment. I find this suits me well though as I have all day to sort out the housework and do fun activities with my DCs. I do enjoy mother hood and even all the madness that comes with it. Each child is so different its throughly intreging watching them grow up.

DH puts them all to bed and does bedtime baths, stories etc. He also makes sure everything is ready for the morning eg school bags and lunch boxes. He has always been a very hands on father and throughout my pregnancy has made sure I get a lay in every Sunday (other than breast feeding my toddler, up until about 6 months pregnant). He is naturally very calm and layed back, which also helps ease any tensions in the house whenever they arise.

I would have loads of children if DH agreed and am really looking forward to having another one. Have to admit I felt quite jealous when I watched 16 and counting. Especially of her super quick and seemingly easy labours. Due to finances (DH just took a large pay cut to work a lot closer to home) and the size of our house and car, my head says this should be my last child.

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 2/9/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26 Feb 13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aidan EDD 27.2.13, boy DS2

Repeat after me ladies "Not long now, not long now, not long now".

BoxOfMonkeys Fri 01-Feb-13 11:36:04

Morning all!

NAR4, wow - like '16 Kids and Counting', your family sounds lovely, organised (as can be!) and very happy. What a difference a supportive husband makes too. My bezzer has 3 girls but her husband isn't exactly the best in the world and the poor woman's run ragged as a result. Greg (my DH) is great too and it makes such a difference when you equally enjoy your family and just generally being good to each other.

Trim Congrats on carrying twin boys! Oooo any time now!! Sorry to hear about a fruitless Sun-Wed - that must have been frustrating. Bet they make an appearance next week though. I'm also due on the 11th but have a strong feeling he'll arrive next week.

Aldan Just today and yesterday I've started feeling pains and aches that defo seem to signify progression. Hope what you're experiencing isn't too painful. It's all moving in the right direction! I like the physical stuff, even when it gets a bit breathtaking, as I find it far easier to deal with than the emotional stuff that I've felt this time (first time I was all romantic and in awe: this time I've been all 'humph' and whingey).

GB Congrats on your last day of work! Hope they treat you to something nice to see you off with.

Bangers I was feeling sooo fed up last week. I look at the bed on a night and sigh because I know I won't sleep, but the pains that you're having are a good sign and glad DC2 has been patient enough not to arrive on his/her sister's birthday!

Have a good day y'all and thanks for being so welcoming. I'm usually shy online (have a website and Twitter, but never been on Facebook or chatrooms). I just really needed to connect with people near the end so I appreciate it very much. thanks

PS: Last night, our 2.5-yr-old DD declared that when she grows up, she wants to be a triangle in the bath.

hildainstant Fri 01-Feb-13 12:01:39

Morning all!

Box how cute of your DD! My 2.5yo DS just had major melt-down at bath time last night while I just sat there in sheer panic thinking "I can cope with it now, but how will I cope when there's 2 of them!".

My DH works shifts and while he's off we both do bath time etc so it's not so bad, but when he's at work I'm dreading it! I suppose my tolerance levels are really low at the minute which won't help things. It took us 45 minutes this morning just to get my DS to agree to change his nappy, get his coat on and get his shoes on (dropped him off a grandparents who dress him etc) so I'm on a bit of a downer today.

On top of that, I had a bit of a melt-down to DS last night too. At times I just feel like I don't get enough emotional support from him. Very rarely told he loves me (I know he does, and don't feel like I'm in a loveless marriage but I want to hear it more than quarterly!!), feel like he doesn't appreciate how hard it is measuring 43cm at 36 weeks and carrying a baby that measured at about 150 centile right now, whilst still working full time, having a toddler and everything that goes with having a house/child etc, and still expects me to be able to competently fulfil everything I used to before being pg without the littlest offer of a cup of tea or the washing up etc!!

Now don't get me wrong, my DH aint work-shy but in his eyes we should do everything TOGETHER so there's total equality. So....if he washes, I have to dry. We cook together, we both have to take turns at emptying bins yada yada yada.

All I want is for one night for him to say - Hilda, you sit down, get your PJ's on and I'll sort out bath time, make the tea and tidy up. Or even to say - you stay in bed a while longer and I'll take DS downstairs. I love my husband, I do, and he's a very good man and I adore him, but he's not a 'taker carer' he's very much an 'equal partner' and right now I want/need to be taken care of.

On top of that, The Who seemed to sell out this morning before the lines even opened!!

Sorry for whinging girls, I just need a vent today as feeling sorry for myself and I know you all have sympathetic ears and seem like very nice ladies!!

I need chips, biscuits and a weepy film. I hate pg hormones!!

Oh, and another for Box - I'm Sunderland so just a tad too far for a cuppa!

NAR4 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:58:59

Thankyou Boxofmonkeys, you might not say that if you were one of our neighbours. Luckily on one side is an elderly gentleman who isn't there most of the time and the other side is a women with four children, who is also expecting her fifth. We get on really well and although rarely get time to get together for a coffee, regularly chat over the fence.

Can't wait for all our babies to start arriving. As soon as the first one arrives it will be sooooo exciting waiting for each one to follow. My moneys on Trimp being first.

Aldan Fri 01-Feb-13 16:53:40

I can't believe how much housework I've done today- I've even washed my curtains (not like me AT ALL) consequently I'm now in pain. Sat on the sofa with a hot water bottle. I never experienced nesting with DS shock

Trimpampusik Sat 02-Feb-13 09:30:09

Thanks Gbnewbie, NAR4, BoxOfMonkeys! My money is on the twins as well, but who knows, they have been very quiet recently. I can't walk properly anymore, as the weight of the bump has squashed the pelvis / bladder, whatever is there in their entirety!!! smile lol

I have noticed that everyone is expecting boys as well. Two of my friends recently gave birth to boys too. Interesting....

As of Thursday I have started my maternity leave, left it a bit too close to the EDD, but at least will have plenty of cash for any late internet purchases smile

Sainsbury's has got 30% of toys, etc in their baby and toddler event - I have ordered a few very quite toys last night...

P.S. my husband has been wonderful, has been cooking, cleaning, washing-up, doing laundry, walking dogs, working, etc...

BoxOfMonkeys Sat 02-Feb-13 09:52:23

Sorry to hear you had a bad day yesterday, Hilda, and hope you feel better today. I find one day I just burst into tears and want to vent about everything to everyone, and the morning after I wake up feeling completely fine. Have you spoken to your husband at length about the toll pregnancy takes? He sounds like a good guy so it could make a big difference in these final weeks... shame our dear toddlers aren't quite as easily told though, eh?! I have definitely been able to tell the difference in my husband with this pregnancy. It's as if the novelty has worn off now it's more 'business as usual'. He's a fantastic father and husband but the amount of times I've had to say 'Greg, I'm PREGNANT!' to him is mental!! Emotionally as well I've really had to ask for cuddles and love this time. This might cheer you up though:

1. Look for other ways in which he is supportive and concentrate on them. I read this somewhere recently. Men show support in different ways to women, so he may be being extra aware in his own mind, but it just doesn't come through as obvious to us as it's not the way we'd do it.

2. My friend gave birth in early December (second pregnancy) and she's still basking in the glow of no longer being pregnant and says the difference between being pregnant and not is phenomenal. She says her energy levels are up and that having a baby and a toddler is so much easier than being heavily pregnant with a toddler. Whenever you have an anxious wobble about coping, remember that you won't feel like this when you're no longer pregnant, so immediately that makes life after a lot lighter, so you'll feel far more able to cope. Don't imagine you'll feel this bogged down with a baby on top of it all, because as soon as that muchacha is outta there, you'll no longer be supplying for two and therefore diminishing your resources. I think we've felt like this for so long, it's easy to forget how we normally are.

NAR4 you lucked out with your neighbours. I would say I understand but we live nextdoor to my father-in-law! Nah, it's alright really. Well, now it is, but there were some boundary issues for the first couple of years. Give me an understanding woman in the same position and a man that's never in any day though!

Funny to hear of Aldan's manic nesting and I wouldn't be surprised if Trimp was pushing as I type. Fingers crossed for me next week too, girls. I was 9 days over with DD but got a feeling DS will come early, being the second. I think he might come on Friday to be exact. I know this sounds kooky (because it is), but my instincts have shot through the roof so far with this pregnancy. They never did the first time, but this time lots of weird/psychic things have happened. My mum's side of the family are sensitives so who knows, I might be carrying the world's next Colin Fry. Watch it, I'll have just cursed my 'predictions' for his birth date now and will go two weeks over! Jeeze, I better not...!

Have a lovely weekend, all.


PS: Sorry for really long posts all the time. I'm a writer and find it hard to even write texts that are under three pages long. Twitter's a nightmare! wink

LazyMachine Sat 02-Feb-13 11:46:13

Hi all, I'm exactly 39 wks today, but feeling like this pregnancy could easily go on for another couple of weeks. confused angry sad

Trying to stay positive. My cousins have started a silly betting pool on my delivery date, weight and length of LazyBoy. I am so surprised that everyone but me thinks he'll come between now and the 9th. I put my money on the 21st!

HermioneE Sat 02-Feb-13 13:03:04

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 2/9/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/2/13, girl
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26 Feb 13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aidan EDD 27.2.13, boy DS2

Hi all
Thought I had better come and say hello as I'm having a girl and February seems to be having some gender equality issues grin

I've just started maternity leave so am hoping baby will stay put for a little bit longer so I can clear this tip of a house up relax and bank a bit of sleep. <puts feet up on birthing ball>

Hope you are all having a good weekend smile

hildainstant Sat 02-Feb-13 13:41:59

Thanks for the support Box, feeling loads better now than you! We had a good chat, or should I say I talked at him, and it turns out he's really stressed too atm and working really hard either getting DS's big boys room ready, working his shift or doing overtime to compensate for the reduced wages we'll get. He really is a good man, but sometimes doesn't see the signs when I need him.

Well ladies, it's fast approaching for us all - that life changing moment when we welcome a tiny person into our family! It's not been very real for me up til these last few days but maybe now we're in Feb it's hit home. Yes it'll be tough but it'll be amazing far more than its tough.

Maybe I'll have a girl too to balance out the gender equality!! It seems I'm the only one of us who's waiting for a surprise too....and that was me having willpower through 5 different scans!!

NAR4 Sat 02-Feb-13 17:09:47

That is amazing willpower*hilda*. I wasn't going to find out but when I had an extra scan at 32 wks it was very obvious and DH asked the soniographer to confirm it was a boy.

Had a quick visit to the hospital today re reduced movements. All is fine. Seems odd to think next time I go up there I will (hopefully) be in labour. The midwife was lovely and cheered me up saying how slim I still was with a really neat little bump. She prob says that to all the mums but it still made me smile. Feel like a buffalo personally and can't remember how thin I used to be any more.

Panzee Sat 02-Feb-13 18:31:55

Glad all is well NAR4.smile I am getting loads and loads of Braxton Hicks and walking is getting difficult! How is everyone else?

Gbnewbie Sat 02-Feb-13 19:31:57

Glad all was well too Nar. Hello to all. I am very much wishing things would start but am very nervous too. Lots of braxton hicks for me too!

Have a good evening all grin

InTheNightGarden Sat 02-Feb-13 23:15:34


he was due on the 17th but made a shockingly quick appearance while I was at work today! Labour - 3 hours 15mins!!! crazy stuff, he's doing brilliantly and I'm now back home, can't get the hang of this breast feeding stuff tho!

Smiles smiles smiles!!!

InTheNightGarden Sat 02-Feb-13 23:16:20

Harvey 6lb 8oz smile

hildainstant Sat 02-Feb-13 23:39:04

Ah congratulations!!!! The first of our Feb babies!!

Sounds like you've had a lovely, drama free and very amazing birth...and what a lovely name!

Congrats again xxxx

LazyMachine Sun 03-Feb-13 07:08:45

Welcome to the world, Harvey!

HermioneE Sun 03-Feb-13 10:56:12

Congratulations NightGarden!!

That is one fast labour... When you say 'while you were at work', do you mean that literally?! grin

Gbnewbie Sun 03-Feb-13 11:12:51

Congratulations InTheNight!!!!! gringringrin

NAR4 Sun 03-Feb-13 12:18:12

Congrats NightGarden. Give us details when you can, I'm intrigued by the had him at work bit.

There is a feeding bit on MN if you want advise on breastfeeding. You can put a message on here too and I will see if I can help at all. I breastfed all mine.

Panzee Sun 03-Feb-13 13:30:07

Congratulations! smile

InTheNightGarden Mon 04-Feb-13 02:51:55

Thank you ladies, I love himm!

Well I was at work , waxing a clients legs when I suddenly had period type pains, absolutely nothing else!...so I ignored it (stupidly) then they just got more and more painful to the point I walked out of work, drove home and climbed into bed by which time my dp was in panic mode as I never just go to bed so started to time my "period pains" which were every minute and a half and lasting 40secs... he then rang hosp who said I need to go straight in, jumped in the car...whizzed to hosp and by the time I got there I was fully dilated and he was born 20mins after arriving! all this happened in the space of about 3 hours which 1 paracetamol as pain relief! I felt like a hero hahaa!

NAR4 going to go get nipple shields tomoz! my milks not even come in properly yet and they are stupidly sore! They almost look blistered after I feed Harvey sad and they sting the whole duration of a feed which is about 20mins but feels like 2 hoursss! almost gave up on the last feed but I know I'd feel like a failure if I did! midwife at hosp said she was really happy with "attachment and position" ...but it killsssss!!! May ring hv tomoz, see if they can help :-/

Gbnewbie Mon 04-Feb-13 09:02:31

Amazing InTheNight!! That's exactly the birth story we need!! So very pleased for you and your little 1 smile

I'm sure the experienced amongst us will have more for you but I've seen and heard this organisation spoken about so do have a look - http://www.laleche.org.uk/

The Savoy cabbage leaf tip is meant to work on soothing the nipple too.

All the best!

hildainstant Mon 04-Feb-13 11:57:58

OMG you lucky thing, your birth sounds amazing! Congratulations again!!

Hang on in there with BF, it's bloody hard at the beginning. My experiences sounded similar but ended up with me giving up after 5days and putting DS on formula. Was a bit of a scary time as he'd lost 1.5lbs in 5 days and no poo's so we ended up back in hospital. Dr's were determined I keep trying but I knew my lo needed a good feed so made my decision and he was right as rain after that and we never looked back!!

I don't tell you that to sway you into a decision but I tell you it so you know that whatever decision you make will be the right one - people (the NHS!) will try to pressure you one way or another but only YOU know what's right for you and baby. A midwife once said that the worst thing for a tiny baby is a stressed Mam and that's what I was. You'll be racked with guilt either way, that's just being a Mam!!!

I loved the closeness of BF'ing but for me, the trauma of my DS's experiences are swaying me to formula straight away. I know BF has more positives but if I have no milk I'll be starving the poor bundle!! It's such a hard call but I'll trust my instincts when the time comes!!

I wonder who's next to welcome their bundle?!

LazyMachine Mon 04-Feb-13 12:01:47

Me, me, me!! Please let it be me next!

<realises the sheer enthusiasm of that response alone probably cursed myself to a super late birth>

LazyMachine Mon 04-Feb-13 12:06:13


Anyone else feeling more specific twinges? Panzee? Gnew?

Hope you're enjoying the newborn snuggles NightGarden (& that the nipple shields or cabbage leaves do the trick). Fantastic birth story, btw. Did you finish with the client or were they left with a half wax??!

Panzee Mon 04-Feb-13 12:21:47

No, nothing specific. Felt like I had PMS yesterday but that's all. Anyone else?

Hi everyone, baby arrived on the 1st of feb, at 38+2 by elcs weighing 7lb 11. he still has no name!

Came out of hospital yesterday, everything fine although taking a while to bf.

hildainstant Mon 04-Feb-13 14:27:36

Congratulations Moomin!!! The rest of us seem to be getting very jealous here!!

Let us know his name once you've decided.

I get the odd mild cramp and I feel like I could eat eat eat, there's no filling me right now!! I'm probably the only one here who doesn't want to go into labour - petrified of not being able to have my elcs. Midwife soon so we'll see how big I am today!!

NAR4 Mon 04-Feb-13 15:28:51

Congratulations Moomin

Nightgarden try rubbing vaseline all over your nipples inbetween feeds. It helps with healing. Just need to wipe them with a soft cloth before you feed baby, but won't hurt baby at all.

Ask HV for details of your local breastfeeding group. Face to face support is often best to help you continue breastfeeding. Not all drs or HV have training in helping mothers to breastfeed, so check before you follow their well meaning advise. Has baby been checked for tongue tie? Some hospitals check routinely but others don't. If it is mild then baby can often manage to feed but it tends to make you sore. My fourth baby had this and I got the sore nipples you describe.


All the above have helplines where you can talk to a breastfeeding councellor and get details of your nearest support group.

Hope things get better for you soon.

Panzee Mon 04-Feb-13 15:35:11

Congratulations Nightgarden smile hope the feeding goes well.

Gbnewbie Mon 04-Feb-13 17:30:21

Yay Moomin! Congrats!!

I'm sure I had a contraction yesterday, a whole different type of discomfort so now I'm on high alert for further 'signs'. Also franticly cleaning yesterday. Will probably be another 2 weeks till he puts in an appearance tho wink I've got a hypnobirthing lesson on weds so it'd be good if he could wait till then!

Come on ladies, more straightforward birth stories needed!!

Sending happy relaxing wishes to all.

Trimpampusik Mon 04-Feb-13 19:35:00

Congratulations Nightgarden and Moomin!!! Well-done!!! it's great to hear positive stories!!!!

Had my final growth scan today at 37+1 weeks, and guess what I am carrying two very very heavy boys - one 3.5 kg and the other 3 kg!!!!!

I am ready to pop any minute!!!!! Please let the labour come soon!!!!!

BoxOfMonkeys Mon 04-Feb-13 21:07:13

Yey! Congratulations Nightgarden and Moomin! Ooo it's encouraging that we're starting to drop now and love that both births were good uns. GB I am feeling exactly the same about Wed'/running maximum over. Wed' for me is reflexology, midwife app. and big shop day (inc. pineapple and all that) and although I've got a feeling he'll start making his way out Thurs/Fri, the other half of me is thinking that's wishful thinking and that I'll either be preggers right up until 42-weeks or just basically forever.

Trimp I hope you're not hearing this 100 times a day and have it irritate the heck out of you but... WOW your lads must be comfy in there! Good on you for carrying them so far along and keeping sanity to boot - man, you deserve a BIG chilled glass of Champagne once you give birth (or two... after all, you are carrying two)! Glad all is talked through and good again Hilda and welcome Hermoine (a girl - yey! smile).

Other than the tiniest bit of period-like pain for about 2 minutes in bed over the past few nights, and loo goings-on (the less said about that the better), I could be 20-weeks as much as 39-weeks. Think part of me just can't believe I'm actually 39-weeks and that labour will ever happen. Ee well, at least some of us are moving and that gives me hope.

Thinking of you all xxx

bopfactory Tue 05-Feb-13 15:18:43

Hi all,

Haven't been on this thread for ages - can't believe the big day is nearly here! Am 39 weeks exactly today and saw midwife this morning, who gave me the 'induction' leaflet - really hoping it won't come to that though! Hoping baby will appear next week as it's half term and will be easier not having to worry about getting the other DCs to school!
Having loads of twinges all the time and bladder constantly feels like it's about to burst, but nothing else happening...
Congrats to those who've already 'popped' and good luck everyone else!

NAR4 Tue 05-Feb-13 15:25:16

I'm thinking the same as you bopfactory. I really hope my baby puts in an appearance at the end of next week, then I have a whole week (half term) of not having to worry about the school run.

Still having loads of back pain and period pains, mostly during the night and also the regular number twos, as my body prepares itself, but no labour yet.

CackleALot Tue 05-Feb-13 15:58:58

Hi all - I've been reading posts and now finally have time to reply! Started mat leave this week so having brew & browse on here! is all very exciting now! I'm 37+2.

Could someone please add my details to the list...

CackleALot 29 DC2 EDD 24/2/13 waiting for a surprise!

(well done HILDA for getting through 5 scans! I nearly cracked at my 3rd scan, I want to know whats I'm having now!! smile )

INTHENIGHT congratulations on the safe arrival of Harvey! thanks I remember the troubles of bfing the first time. from maybe day 4-6 my nipples were agony - bleeding & cracked. I dreaded each feed & cried, it was awful. MW checked latch & said it was fine. I found nipple shields & lansinoh nipple cream helped and it DID get better after couple of days. l agree with HILDA don't feel pressured into continuing if its too distressing - best to aim for relaxed mum & baby & enjoy these early days.

MOOMIN congratulations! thanks Have you decided on a name yet? We're still trying to decide on ours...

GB I look forward tho hearing about your hypnobirthing session tomorrow.

TRIM I take my hat off to you for carrying those twins! makes me think I should stop moaning about how uncomfortable I feel with just 1 in there grin

Now I'm on mat leave I'm on proper count down now. Had consultant appointment & scan last weeks as DS was breech. Scan all good with this one - head down & average size! Found it really difficult to decide ELCS or VBAC. Decided to try for VBAC but to get booked in for section at 41 wks if nothing as I don't want induced and not sure if I can bare SPD for any longer!

Very nervous about this birth because I've never done the 'normal' delivery.

Hope everyone having a good day - sorry for long post!

Gbnewbie Tue 05-Feb-13 17:04:26

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 09/02/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, D*C5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aidan, EDD 27/02/13, boy DS2

Aldan Tue 05-Feb-13 19:48:00

Just altering my stats

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 09/02/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, D*C5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy

Aldan Tue 05-Feb-13 19:55:37

Not been on for a couple of days and I feel like I've missed loads!

Inthenightgarden congratulations grin hope the BF is going better and congratulations to moomin hope you are looking after yourself post CS.

I'm the opposite bopfactory and nar4 I do not want this baby next week while its half term, I want to spend as much time with DS as possible smile

Panzee Wed 06-Feb-13 11:01:02

Things are moving slowly but surely! Baby is now 2/5 engaged, I knew he was getting heavy! The midwife said the only sure thing to help induce labour was sex. Not sure how I feel about that!

CackleALot Wed 06-Feb-13 23:07:02

Thanks for adding me GB.

Had MW today, she said "oh, you're ready to go anytime...I'll give you 6 days!" Now, I know she can't predict the future but hoping her experience makes her right! grin

We decided on a name, Joseph John. Staples came out today but a bit of the cut is opening up so need to phone the mw in the morning. Hopefully it will just be a case of having some more glue to help close it!

Mixxy Thu 07-Feb-13 04:09:07

Oh this thread seems to be the one to be on as people are actually having babies on it. Can somebody add me to the list please?
Aged, 34, Due 17/2/2013, First child, boy.

BoxOfMonkeys Thu 07-Feb-13 10:10:09

Hi Mixxy, good thread innit? All the ones that I've nosied on in the past tend to go overdue so hopefully this will bring us luck!

I thought I was going into early labour last night. Had period-like cramps every 20 minutes for three runs but then it just stopped and today I feel much more agile today than I've felt in weeks. Anyone know what that could mean? I better check under the bed and make sure he didn't slip out un-noticed in the night (chance would be a fine thing).

At 39+4, I can't believe I'm actually at the end and very soon to meet our son. I feel anxious this time around (was all excited and rose-tinted about labour with Katy - which turned out to be long and arduous as she was back-to-back) so am just about to have a look for some free hyponbirthing podcasts on iTunes to listen to tonight in the bath.

Hope you're having a good week all.


Mixxy Thu 07-Feb-13 14:43:21

Oh back to back labour makes me worry! Good luck Boxfmnkeys!

NAR4 Thu 07-Feb-13 14:50:55

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 09/02/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy

Midwife had finally agreed to do a sweep at 39 wks because I have been up most nights for the last 2 wks with strong BHs. Got to appointment only to find she was off sick and her stand in said I def couldn't have a sweep before 31 wks. Aaaaaargh! Had convinced myself the sweep was going to get labour started properly. Feel so very tired now and really dreading another induction, especially because it looks like I will have to be in hospital alone.

hildainstant Thu 07-Feb-13 17:59:35

Ah Nar4, I feel your pain! What a bummer that the replacement MW wouldn't do a sweep, sounds a bit mean to me.

This thread seems to be getting lively now!!

Moomin - lovely name! Will it be shortened to JJ? Or will he have his full name?

And welcome Mixxy!

Well, today was my last day at work ...thank God! Was a good feeling walking out knowing I'd handed everything over and other people's worries are no longer my own (I work in HR!). I'm was using the office to get some physical rest though since my DS demands so much attention but its a nice feeling nontheless!! Less than 2 weeks wait for me now, I love the fact that I know the exact date and that this time in 2 weeks I'll be snuggling my day old bambino! That's if labour doesn't happen of its own accord!

Who's next do you think?

Can87 Thu 07-Feb-13 19:35:21

Can I be added to the list please, been following the thread for a while but now actualy have time to post

Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise

No signs for me yet, he/she is obviously too comfortable, fingers crossed for next week! Congrats for those who have already had their little ones, and good luck to those still waiting!! Xxxx

Gbnewbie Thu 07-Feb-13 22:14:13

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 09/02/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy

Gbnewbie Thu 07-Feb-13 22:25:57

Hello oldies and newies!

Slow progress here.. have had a few of the period type twingse too boxofmonkeys, quite a few yesterday eve but just vague lower back ache at times today.

Increasingly frustrated with getting tired when walking the shortest distance as I'm desperate to take my wonderful patient dog out for a proper walk!!

I'm happy with my hypnobirthing "top up". Have been listening to a cd and reading a book too but needed that 1-2-1 session.

Oh Nar that is so disappointing!! Can you give them a call tomorrow and find out if she's back? Maybe she'll fit you in? Worth a try!

Hilda yay for finishing work!!! I was really scared about stopping but wasn't coping. Can't believe I've been off a full week tomorrow.

I'm sure someone will post another "mines arrived" message by morning grin

Mixxy Thu 07-Feb-13 23:26:09

There's a blizzard warning for NYC (where I live) in effect right now with 18" predicted over tonight and the next day. The book on when baby is coming is apparently doing a roaring trade where I work. Thanks guys hmm

BoxOfMonkeys Fri 08-Feb-13 12:25:20

Morning Ladies!

Oooo good luck to you all with twinges and sweeps and adverse weather conditions! I'm wondering about Trimp too! Wonder if her little wee lads have arrived?? I do hope she pops back on after she's had them to tell us about it.

At about 2am this morning, my milk started to leak in response to DD coughing in her sleep (she has a cold), so I couldn't sleep with excitement, thinking 'labour's imminent!' Alas, it wasn't.

Mixxy, you'd have laughed at our country last week when we had a bit of snow and totally shut down (as ever!). Luckily you guys have good snow provisions out there so fingers crossed you'll be fine and if he's born during the blizzard it will be an interesting story when he's older. Hopefully though he'll hang in there until it thaws a bit.

NAR4 Fri 08-Feb-13 14:27:28

Gbnewbie My midwife only holds appointments in my area for three hours every two weeks, so can't even request one now until I am 41 weeks.

Had super hot curry for lunch and dinner yesterday and just had another for lunch today. Lots of pains today, especially during the food shopping and now part way through cooking pies, stew and shepherds pie, for the freezer. DS number two has an after school detention, so will need picking up from school, which is a two hour round trip. Sods law says I go into labour then. Failing that DH has important business meetings on Mon, Tue and Wed next week, so that might just jinx it into happening then.

Gbnewbie Fri 08-Feb-13 15:29:51

Oh Nar, rats!!!! Though your prediction re the drive and sods law sounds it may well be highly possible. I wish you labour proper once you are back from the drive wink

I'm getting a few more period like twinges.... So bored...

HermioneE Fri 08-Feb-13 18:18:25

Feeling a bit shamed by your cooking there NAR. So far my efforts consist of writing 'make soup' on the to-do list!

BoxOfMonkeys Sat 09-Feb-13 08:40:00

NAR4 Sod's law dictates he shall indeed appear during one of said business meetings, for sure!

Mixxy, your snow storm is the No.1 read story on our BBC news website this morning. Hope you're okay.

Well, I officially hang up my psychic hat. He's still comfortably in there and all it caused was depressing disappointment to me! My bezzer says it can just strike at any time (she has 3 girls and in Dec' her waters broke suddenly - with neither vibe nor warning - in bed at 2am and she had her at 3pm)... However, with DD it was a loooong, sloooow process and I just can't imagine I will stand up and have it start without at least 24-hours' of incling first. Thing is, my DD was b2b so the labour started on Wed but she wasn't delivered until Friday night, but DS is not b2b, so there is every chance that it could just, well, happen. I can't get my head around that though. My official due date is Monday but now I'm wondering if I'll go over. Do some women just carry their babies for longer? All threee of my bezzer's were 2-weeks early. I hate her.

HermioneE Sat 09-Feb-13 10:24:55

Do some women just carry for longer - not a clue but don't the French calculate due date as 41 weeks rather than 40? So maybe some of us have continental babies...

HermioneE Sat 09-Feb-13 10:26:45

Hmm and if I was your best mate I'd have a 4-day old by now. Is that the trick? monkeys if I swear to be your BFF will it make baby happen?!

NAR4 Sat 09-Feb-13 11:22:36

Had so many strong BH now that have come to nothing, I don't think I will believe I am in labour until the head comes out. Thats assuming I don't need to be induced again.

Labour vibes to everyone. These last few weeks are driving me insane.

Mixxy Sat 09-Feb-13 19:11:10

boxofmonkeys I'm fine here in the snow, thanks. Nowhere near as bad as I thought. Though if I still lived up in Boston, I'd be significantly worse off.

Sorry to hear that our collective wills haven't managed to break one set of waters. I'm in two minds of whether I want to deliver instantly or leave it another week. I've been having terrible nightmares (when I can get to sleep) about the child being born with FAS (see, I didn't know I was pregnant until 7 weeks, drank like a sailor beforehand). Don't know that gong into labour this stressed out will help the process sad.

My DH got all excited yesterday as apparently or babies will all be born in the Year of the Snake on the Chinese New Year Calander. Why this excites him, I don't know. But apparently it's very good for our babies!

hildainstant Sat 09-Feb-13 20:50:16

Mixxy, try not to stress and don't worry about getting drunk before you knew about baby - most of my friends have done so before finding out about their pregnancies and our children are all fine!! My midwife explained its prolonged alcohol use that's the most causing of concern.

I've just done a quick search and read about the year of the snake - I don't know if I like what I read!! Apparently our babies will be very smart but have a tendency to use it in a cold and calculating manner!!!! But then again, when I read about my sign (Goat) I'm nothing like it so I'm taking it with a pinch of salt!!

I'm at the hospital on Monday to see our consultant. I'm inclined to lay it on thick and persuade her I'm massively struggling and will find it hard to go to the 20th....she may even bring it a bit forward for me! I am huge to be fair, so she may take pity on me!!

BoxOfMonkeys Sun 10-Feb-13 00:47:07

Ha, ha, well it seems to work for her, HermioneE so sending BFF vibes your way in hopes your waters suddenly break!

Glad to hear you've not got the brunt of the snow, Mixxy, and good luck for Monday, Hilda.

NAR4 I feel exactly the same as your last post tonight. You'd think that the closer we got to the 42-week mark (the very, very longest we know it could go on for), the more the frustration would lessen but for me the hope that 'this could be the evening' makes it worse when it then turns out not to be.

(***I just spent about half an hour writing a massive rant about a comment a friend made to me yesterday that I found supremely irritating, but then realised how hormonal the whole thing was so have just deleted it!!!***) GOD! HORMONES!!!!

Anyway, it's 00:37 and I've maxed out my daily allowance of heartburn tablets so I shall bid you all a good night. XXX

Trimpampusik Sun 10-Feb-13 06:47:54

Hey All, I am getting slowly very frustrated with the boys, as they are very comfortable inside and have no intention to come out. I have had all sort of signs including the period like pain for a long time which then passes, strong ( but not regular) tightenings, have been jumping on my birthing ball for hours, walking a bit ( as it is very painful now that they weight sooo much ), even tried to have sex ( lol ) - guess what - nothing... they are not coming out on their own. So we have issued the boys a notice to vacate the premises by Tuesday.

Going to be induced tomorrow smile have to call the hospial at 7:30 in the morning... bag has been ready for weeks...Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait, will let you know as soon as, as taking my ipad with me to the hospital smile

Thank you everyone for your best wishes smile xxx

Aldan Sun 10-Feb-13 06:55:24

How's the snow mixxy? We were forecast some today but nothing yet which I'm glad about smile

Trimp good luck for tomorrow, your boys will be here very soon

I was woken up at 5.50 this morning by the neighbours cat talking, I wasn't sure what it was at first so I got up to check it wasn't DS having a bad dream but no it was the cat complaining about the food blush. Decided to stay awake and listen to my hypnobirthing recording. I really need to make more effort with it all now and listen every day. Read my TENS instructions last night so I know how to work it now and got the pram out of the loft and cleaned it so I think I am good to go grin

Gbnewbie Sun 10-Feb-13 09:43:59

Hey all

I'm sure my boy is way too comfy to even consider making an appearance (sigh)...

Had the spiciest curry I could manage l.night,worth a try. Nothing happening of winkcourse. Boo!!

Midwife tomorrow for me so will ask for a sweep as suggested by my hypnobirthing teacher who is a MW at the same hospital.

So glad for you that you've got the induction Trimp, I can't imagine carrying 2. The best of luck to you.

The best of luck to all grin

Mixxy Sun 10-Feb-13 17:22:49

Snow is fine, main roads are all ploughed. That's the advantage of living in Manhattan. Others are not so lucky.

Having a bit of a hormonal wobble. Luckily MIL as invited herself round to run her white gloved fingers around our apartment. Helpful.

So jealous of you guys back across the pond with sweeps. We have nothing like that here. Just straight to induction. Also have no gas and air for delivery, just straight to epidural.

Still waiting on that nesting burst of energy. Any day now. Maybe even after this 5 hour power nap...

Good luck ladies!

hildainstant Mon 11-Feb-13 08:51:46

Think I'm glad I'm in the UK - usually the US are so much more advanced than us etc but glad to know we have good mw support!

I think things are starting to move about down there - hopefully not a sign of full on labour but I think a show is imminent. I'll mention this at the hospital this avo and maybe, just maybe they'll take pity and bring me in a tad earlier.

A BF question for you - when you squeeze your boobs (for those of us still pg) how much 'milk' do you see come out? I only ever see 2-3 tiny droplets and others I know have full on squirts!! I had problems BFing my DS so much so we ended up back in hospital after he lost 1.5lbs in 5 days, I was starving my poor little pudding!!

Think I'm going straight to formula this time as I can't bear the thought of the same happening but hoped for an insight from you if possible....ta!

BoxOfMonkeys Mon 11-Feb-13 10:36:49

Good luck Trimp!! Soo excited for you!!!

Mixxy, I didn't realise you were deprived of gas and air over the pond. After 9 months of not being able to drink, I really look forward to it, ha ha!

Hilda, I dare not squeeze my boobs as I have scar tissue deep inside one from an accident at 15, which as a result means I have hang-ups about pain involving them (BF for 4-wks last time but DD also lost weight and was relived to switch to formula after suffering wildly over it). However, I leaked a couple of drops the other night but that was it. I've read that pregnancy colostrum is totally variable from woman to woman, so don't worry if not much is happening yet, it doesn't mean anything and your actual milk supply will come in when your baby's ready for it. I'm going to try to BF again but not going to be a martyr about it if it makes both me and DS miserable. I think a happy mum and full baby is healthier than weeks and weeks of prolonged starvation and pain if it's just not working.

Well, today's my due date and I couldn't sleep last night for excited expectancy! I keep thinking I'm going into labour late in the evening but it must just be the day's-worth of food intake pushing my bump down because now it's morning all 'signs' have stopped again. I'm okay with him not coming today though because I need to clean this house and do (another) 'last' big shop... oh, and Black Mirror starts again tonight!! wink

hildainstant Mon 11-Feb-13 12:44:30

Happy due date Box!! I totally agree with your attitude to BF, and that's the sneaky advice my MW gave me with DS1 (off the record!!). Think I'm going to give this one colostrum then switch if its too traumatic...no guilt attached!

HermioneE Mon 11-Feb-13 13:01:17

Good luck Trimp, hope it's all going well!

Box am amused that you are waiting for Black Mirror tonight. I didn't like to tell DH that I wanted labour to hold off till after that blush

Hilda no milk at all here, mind you my nipples are a bit inverted so that might be why. But I've also been told that some women don't have any milk before baby is born so I'm trying not to worry about it.

Well, nothing much happening here, had a bit of a show and some crampy BH yesterday but everything's subsided overnight. So it's another day of bouncing, box sets and laundry for me grin

NAR4 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:54:16

hilda I breastfed all four of mine and intend to breastfeed this one. I have never leaked colostrum or milk before having the baby and then it takes about 5-7 days for my milk to come in. All my babies were fine though, so it was obviously enough. If you really want to give breastfeeding a go, then get some advise before you have the baby, it will make you more confident and relaxed when the time comes. Look on line and phone up a breastfeeding counsillor and find out where your nearest breastfeeding group is.

Trimp good luck with your induction. Please update us when you have time.

Have now managed to get a midwife appointment at a different surgery for Thursday (my EDD) and will be begging for the promised sweep, that I was turned down for last week.

Gbnewbie Mon 11-Feb-13 16:21:40

Nar, really good to read your positive words on bf'ing... Seems to be so much negative talk far too often in this country. I went on a fantastic nhs workshop which dispelled so many myths and stereotypes that give such a negative slant. There is a lot of support out there, it just seems to be a bit hidden. I'm going to give it my all. Of course there are people it just doesn't 'work' for, I just hope I'm not one of them!!

Great about your appt! I had my mw appt today (40 wks tmw) and they refused the sweep despite me being told last week by a mw from the same hospital that I could absolutely have it done today, not happy... Have an acupuncture appt at 5 to hopefully move things along gently!

Wondering if anyone else has now met their little one and when we'll get to hear. Fingers crossed for us all!

hildainstant Mon 11-Feb-13 17:37:06

I'm fresh back from my latest consultant apt - saw my baby on scan for the last time again and it's still breech. Forms all signed, swabs all taken (to make sure I'm not harbouring the Lurgy!) and got another apt for Mon booked in before all systems go next Wed!

I've started to get quite excited now - not that I was dreading it but having Gabriel to focus on has taken my mind off it, and the fact I'll meet my baby 'next week' it's become all very real!! We're all very lucky ladies to be in our position!

Ooh, I hope the next announcement arrives soon...I hope all is ok with the twins' arrival

Aldan Mon 11-Feb-13 22:33:14

I didn't leak any milk in pregnancy last time and BF DS for 13 months. No leakage yet either but not worried smile

Having loads of braxton hicks again today and baby's head was grinding on my cervix all round ikea. I started to think maybe things would happen soon but now I'm thinking not!

Mixxy Mon 11-Feb-13 23:49:26

Have a headache that won't go away and can't get out of the loo for more than 20 minutes at a time. My doctor is sending me to L&D to watch for PE. Cross your fingers this LO gets to come out of his own accord!

Gbnewbie Tue 12-Feb-13 00:11:53

Mixxy, sorry to hear that hmm fingers and toes crossed. Best of luck

irismom Tue 12-Feb-13 06:08:40

good morning all,
could anyone please add me to the list?? I knw it is lastminute, but just found out this thread.
irismom, 32, Dc2, edd march 2nd, Elective CS on 25th Feb/boy

Congrats to those who have already poped out. and all the best for those who are in line, esply trimp. Hope everything went well with her.
Love to read through the posts, surprised to see no complaints- queries abt cramps/pain/BHs. Had cs for dd1 and was only on 37 weeks, so dint actually have any symp (was not in UK then). now dont know what to expect, other than expecting a hospital visit everyday now, due to periods like cramps..

keep posting.

NAR4 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:53:21

LazyMachine, 38, DC1, EDD 09/02/13, MiniMachine = boy flavoured
Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys popped?
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

I apologise in advance if I have listed you here and you have now popped. My memory is shocking.

Gbnewbie Tue 12-Feb-13 10:18:09

LazyMachine has posted on the other thread that her little boy was born on the 7th and all sounds very well smilesmilesmile!

Mixxy Tue 12-Feb-13 15:02:05

Ooh well done Lazy! Released from hospital after been given fluids. No sign of anyone budging down there. T-5 days!

Panzee Tue 12-Feb-13 15:37:18

Glad you're feeling better. smile
I told my boy I wanted him today! Absolutely no signs though. sad

BoxOfMonkeys Tue 12-Feb-13 19:37:50

Hey all,

Went to the hospital today for a sweep (40+1 now) but the neck of my womb is closed still so the consultant wouldn't perform it. He said that this at this stage in the second pregnancy is rare. Awesome. hmm It's looking like I'll be having another well overdue baby. They've booked me in for another try at a sweep next Tues. Failing that, an induction on the 25th. I also had my third set of blood tests for anaemia as I've suffered with terribly low iron in the second and third trimester. Been taking iron tablets for two weeks now and feel a heck of a lot better though. Although it wasn't the 'gosh! You're 9cm dilated!' news I was hoping for today (wink), at least I'll stop clock watching now as that has been doing me no good. In some ways, accepting I'll be waiting for a long time yet is a relief.

Hope you are all well.


Want2bSupermum Tue 12-Feb-13 21:12:00

Hi everyone. Mixxy I am in Northern NJ with a due date of the 15th. DH is in Dallas and going to Houston this evening before returning tomorrow evening. Nothing has been going on over here!

While they don't do gas and air here they have epidurals on demand or the natural birthing suite and you get your own room afterwards with ensuite bathroom. I am not allowed to do the natural birthing suite as I had preclampsia with DD. In fact, I am hoping to make it to my scheduled CS on the 25th at 10am! I have taken it easy today and sofa surfed all day. I felt bad for dropping off DD at daycare but I have to take care of myself and get things done before DS arrives.

NAR4 Wed 13-Feb-13 09:00:19

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys popped?
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Congratulations lazy machine. February is def the month for boys it seems.

What a shame Boxofmonkeys. Now you have relaxed and are just looking forwards to 25th Feb, maybe something will happen. I think the more excited we get about our due date arriving, the more tense our bodies get, delaying labour.

Gbnewbie Wed 13-Feb-13 09:47:08

Hello all, some movement here as has def had my show and the cramps are stronger than they have been. How many days will it be now???

Anyone else feeling anything?

Panzee Wed 13-Feb-13 09:55:49

Great news gbnewbie! I had a couple of twinges in the night, some up high and soe down below, but am stressing about baby's position. Hope you keep progressing. smile

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 13-Feb-13 09:55:55

Thanks for the stats update NAR, and congrats on being one day off d-day. Well, would you believe it, I had my show last night, right after I placed the message, so I think you're right, you know. They say similar when trying for kids, don't they? Relax and it will happen. Even though the show was a move in the right direction, I didn't let it send me back to waiting and as a result, had a great night's sleep. Belated congrats going out to LazyMahine and hope all reading are doing well and in high spirits. smile

Gbnewbie Wed 13-Feb-13 10:04:29

Thanks Panzee smile (fingers crossed). Just like Boxof says, I think the edd holds so much power foolishly that I certainly built too much on it. I also slept well so perhaps the relaxing helped??
I hope all of those wanting to progress do!
I hope your little one turns, I can't find a mention of what position your little one is in (mine was b2b last time he was checked).

hildainstant Wed 13-Feb-13 11:01:56

Welcome gbnewbie, another from across the pond! You're very welcome!!

It sounds like a few of us are having some developments! I went over with DS1 and remember the torment of waiting.

I still can't believe how many boys we're all having! Maybe one of us having surprises will balance it out a little! It seems that the majority of people opt to find out the baby's gender rather than wait for a surprise!

Well, I'm now on official countdown. This time next week I'll either be in theatre or in high dependency after having my bundle!! It's a weird feeling though knowing exactly when it'll happen, but one I'm glad of (....sorry for those who are waiting!). My baby is still breech, which doesn't matter, but it feels like I have a foot in each hip from time to time. Def the weirdest feeling I've experienced! I suppose the size of it, it needs to find all the nooks and crannies it can to have a bit room! I must remember to ask them to measure me before the op to see what my final measurements are....I guess 46!!

Ninjacat Wed 13-Feb-13 13:03:24

I know it's a bit last min but can I join you?
I had an ectopic back in March so have been quite low key on this pg but booked in for a elcs on Feb 22nd at 40 weeks so guess this really is going to happen now.

Congratulations to all the arrivals smile

NAR4 Wed 13-Feb-13 13:13:11

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
Trimpampusik, 37, DC1, EDD 11/02/13, twin boys, popped?
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
Gbnewbie, 37, DC1, EDD 12/02/13, boy
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Please correct or amend as necessary.

NAR4 Wed 13-Feb-13 13:16:47

Bless, my DH just phoned from work (during his lunch break) to check I was alright and tell me to rest.

Now I have done four loads of washing and put it all away, plus two dishwasher loads, cooked shepherds pie for tea, cleaned the toilet and fed my DD and me, I am of course resting. I think he thinks the house pixies come in during the day whilst I rest in front of the TV.

Gbnewbie Wed 13-Feb-13 14:42:57

My waters have broken... Off to hospital. Eek!!!

Want2bSupermum Wed 13-Feb-13 15:22:13

Good luck GBnewbie

Panzee Wed 13-Feb-13 15:23:23

Yay! Good luck grin

NAR4 Wed 13-Feb-13 15:36:45

Very exciting Gbnewbie and only a day past your due date. Please let us know when baby boy arrives.

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 13-Feb-13 15:58:46

Wow GBnewbie!!! Good luck... and it looks like the good sleep/relaxing did help after all. Thinking of you....!

Welcome Ninja, iris and want2be. I only joined this thread a week or so ago too - it's when it gets this close that you really need to let off steam with those in the same position so I bet loads of threads fill up in the final weeks.

Panzee, assuming Trimp now has her hands full with two brand new boys, we're the only ones on the list past their due date and not in labour! What's going on?! wink

Right, off for another bath now that the day's chores are done (DD goes to nursery on a Wednesday so I can write all afternoon, but pregnancy brings on writer's block so I just rattle around these days, wishing I could get back to normal. That's another reason why I find pregnancy so difficult).

Keep us all updated, girls! brew thanks

Chefhayley86 Wed 13-Feb-13 17:53:20

Hi all. I'm counting down the days. Due 25/2/13 first baby and its a girl. Very fed up now after being off work for 9 weeks already. Couldn't work in the kitchen doing 15 hour days while pregnant.

Nicky1306 Wed 13-Feb-13 18:27:31

Hi posted on here ages ago......not long to go now! I'm due a lucky dip flavour on 16/02/2013 feeling rather rough today.....really tired with a bit of an upset tum......hoping this Is the start of things! If not I've got a sweep booked for tomorrow x

Want2bSupermum Wed 13-Feb-13 20:07:01

Had another check up today and the dr said that DS is very high up and there is nothing going on. They offered me an earlier CS but I need a break before DS arrives. I have not stopped since DD was born 18 months ago. This is my last chance to relax and I am taking it!

CackleALot Wed 13-Feb-13 20:23:28

Hi to those of you joining us!

Looking forward to hearing news GB!

I've had awful day - feeling really down & fed up. Have felt like crying all day and finally burst into tears at dinner time when DS wouldn't eat his meal!hmm I'm just awful to be around just now, moody, snappy & tearful - poor DS & DP sad

Had MW today, baby lying oblique with its head on a nerve on my pelvis sending pains down my left leg.

Urgh, sorry for moan...

Hope to hear nice birth stories from you girls over edd soon

Mixxy Wed 13-Feb-13 22:03:38

Oh I'm sorry to hear you're having a bad day cackleAlot. I really can relate on the moody, snappy, teary breakdowns. Hope you get some good rest tonight. You'll feel much better if you do. wink

bopfactory Thu 14-Feb-13 08:13:39

Hi everyone, not posted for a few days... am 2 days overdue now but nothing happening despite lots of twinges, back ache etc - and excruciating bladder pressure! Having a sweep tomorrow morning so hopefully that might get things going! Feeling very fed up... though strangely am sleeping like a log at night so I guess I should try to enjoy that before the sleepless nights begin!

Want2bSupermum with my last baby I had a check up on my due date and was told baby was high up and nothing going on... then the very next day I bent to pick something up and as I stood up I literally felt his head bump down onto my cervix, contractions started and he was born about 4 hours later!

NAR4 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:15:46

Good luck with your sweeps everyone. Hope we will have more birth announcements soon. So far all the births seem to be alright. No horror stories.

irismom Thu 14-Feb-13 15:17:26

any updates anyone???

have u all decided the name??

NAR4 Thu 14-Feb-13 15:19:33

No name yet. DH won't agree to anything at all. He did this with my 3rd DS and then suggested a name when I said I needed to push. Funny but I just agreed. This time I am prepared and have a list of possible names that I like and will be repeatedly suggesting throughout labour. If he knows whats good for him he will agree on one.

irismom Thu 14-Feb-13 16:45:44

lol.. funny about your DS3. Same here, I had a list from 6th month. He is not agreeing with anything at all.. Now waiting for his turn to make a list.. men!!! dnt think it will happen anytime soon.. With DD1 we couldnt agree on anything, and her Birth certificate came, "Not Named Yet" and then we had to add. later on. Dnt want that to happen sad

NAR4 Thu 14-Feb-13 17:15:58

Had my sweep and midwife says my cervix are very favourable and she would be surprised to see me at 41 weeks. Lets hope she is right.

Want2bSupermum Thu 14-Feb-13 19:11:13

We have a name for DS.... I stopped by the hospital yesterday to pick up the forms that need to be filled in after birth. I have prefilled them in with the name. The rest the dr fills in from her tablet and she is aware that we need to submit by 12pm for his birth certificate & social security number to be processed by Friday lunchtime. I am scheduled for 10am so timing is going to be tight if we are to make it to the Danish consulate for the following Monday.

With DD we didn't have a name until about a week before. She was going to be called Helena but the day after I had been through the ringer DH said he preferred Anna. I was not well enough to argue but didn't mind the name Anna so just nodded. Helena is her middle name, which was a mistake because if we have a 2nd girl neither of us have a name that we can both agree on. My brother wouldn't allow Astrid for fear she would be called Ass or astroglide! Once he said that DH vetoed the name.

Aldan Thu 14-Feb-13 20:29:04

Hope everything is going well gbnewbie. How was your sweep nicky?

I know what you mean about wanting to get some rest want2b, I'm in no rush for this baby to arrive grin

Hope you had a better day today cackle...

Nar4 sounds like things are going to be happening soon for you grin

We have a name sorted, DH wasn't sure but has come around and DS has chosen the middle name which has been vetoed by all but me and my dad (other middle name choice is my dads name!)

CackleALot Thu 14-Feb-13 21:11:18

Good luck with all the sweeps ladies smile

Thanks Mixxy & Aldan - looks like I may have had a bug or something. Went to bed early with really sore bump all over ( felt like trapped wind) pain was awful, spent two hours rolling around the bed. Had massive vomit at 12.30am & pains stopped. Up again at 3.30am with same trapped wind feeling. Had reduced movements today - got checked out and all ok. bit blush as baby started moving as soon as I got on monitor!

Really can't face another 3 wks of this - Think DP may also disown me! seriously reconsidering decision for vbac.

Anyhoo...enough about me! looking forward if not abit envy of soon arrival of more babies!

Want2bSupermum Thu 14-Feb-13 21:15:13

Cackle Hope you feel better soon.

My rest today consisted of doing our taxes! Not much rest when I found out the DH hasn't been paying his estimated taxes for federal or state taxes. The one group you don't mess with here in the US is the IRS.

Aldan Thu 14-Feb-13 21:30:53

Eek want2b hope alls sorted now.

I'm going for VBAC too cackle, if I was going for CS it would all be happening next Wednesday oh well, I kinda like the not knowing when it will all happen smile

irismom Thu 14-Feb-13 22:21:47

Nar4 excited for u!!! hope u will come back with the announcement soon smile
oh no !!!! Cackle last thing u want to go thro' .

Trimpampusik Thu 14-Feb-13 23:05:07

Finally able to tell everyone my good news!!!!! Twin boys were born around 5 o'clock in the morning on 13.02.2013 ;) great valentine's present ;)

The boys and I are feeling well, recovering from 30 hours of induction ( 24 hrs and 6 hours), then 7 hours of contractions after the waters were broken for the first twin, then 1 hour of sleep for the mother fully dilated and 2 hours of pushing the first twin out, hence needed assisted delivery with vantouse. First twin came out at 4:51. Second twin had to be manipulated, and then came out 15 minutes later also with vantouse ;) i needed some stiches, but feeling ok now.

Still no names agreed... Who else delivered already?


Best wishes to everyone....

CackleALot Thu 14-Feb-13 23:19:32

Congratulations Trimp! thanks Wow that sounds exhausting! Glad everyone safe & well. look forward to hearing names smile

Aldan - wish I was as patient as you!

Gbnewbie Fri 15-Feb-13 00:02:10

Well ladies, I'm lying here with my little boy. Quite a traumatic set of events but the important thing is we are both doing great. My little one was born at 7.11 this am with aid of a suction cup. Got to 9cm with no pain relief but not the birth I'd hoped for at all as bp v.high so no water birth, constant monitoring so pretty much the whole time spent static on the bed hmm more twists and turns but he's here and perfect. I am completely in love a my mind is blown!!! So incredibly happy! Am still in the hospital for monitoring. smilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmile

Gbnewbie Fri 15-Feb-13 00:04:15

Congrats trimp!!

Who's nextgrin

Want2bSupermum Fri 15-Feb-13 03:15:14

GBnewbie Great news! Hope you don't develop preclampsia.

Trimp Can't imagine delivering twins but wow and congratulations!

I got a call this afternoon from the hospital asking if I wanted to do my CS tomorrow or early next week. They said there is a good chance I will have gone into labour by 41+4. There is a good chance but I don't think it will happen.

Aldan Fri 15-Feb-13 06:48:46

Congratulations trimp grinthanks and gbnewbie grinthanks

Cackle, I'm the least patient person ever I just remember how little sleep you get with a newborn!

Want2b what did you decide?

Panzee Fri 15-Feb-13 07:01:41

Congratulations Trimp and Gnewbie' hope your recoveries go well.

My sweep was a bit rubbish. On is booked for Thursday so have a few days left to get him out! I have plans for a long walk this morning. smile

Panzee Fri 15-Feb-13 07:02:36

No idea how my phone got "on" when I typed "c section" grin

NAR4 Fri 15-Feb-13 08:37:51

Congratulations Gnewbie and Trimp.

Sorry to hear your sweep was rubbish Panzee. How was your sweep Limeleaf?

Disappointed to say I have not had so much as a little niggle since my sweep. Next one is booked for Wednesday, its the soonest there is a midwife in my area again.

I saw one of my friends yesterday, who is a midwife and she said that yo often won't go into labour if you are ill. Mother nature likes to wait until you are well and rested. That's us out then Limeleaf.

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
HildaInstant, 33, DC2, EDD 26/02/13 (ELCS booked 20 Feb 13), Lucky dip flavour
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Ninjacat Fri 15-Feb-13 09:12:33

Congratulations to the two new arrivals!

Thanks for adding me.

this is dc3 for me and despite going two weeks over with both my boys I am still convincing myself that every twinge is me going in to labour grin

Wishing some more safe arrivals soon

hildainstant Fri 15-Feb-13 09:24:34

Congrats to trimp and gbnewbie!!

I too saw my little boy arrive yesterday so a fab Valentines surprise!! Waters broke while DH was at work at 1:30am and I was sound asleep! Hospital wanted me to go straight away to check it wasn't wee (DEF wasn't wee!!) and admitted about 2:30 for Dr to decide when the section would be done. Contractions started about 5ish (thank God) so they moved me to the front of the queue for the daily sections and Nathaniel (Nate) was born at 9:06 weighing a much lighter than expected 9lb 6oz at 38 +2!!! I'm feeling great and hoping to leave hosp tomorrow.

Best Valentines pressie EVER!! xx

irismom Fri 15-Feb-13 09:28:31

congrats trimp and GBnewbie thanks
who is next???

Panzee Fri 15-Feb-13 09:37:30

Congratulations Hilda, great news grinthanks

Aldan Fri 15-Feb-13 09:43:38

Congratulations Hilda thanksthanksthanks

Want2bSupermum Fri 15-Feb-13 10:53:05

Aldan I am keeping the 25th. We have nothing ready at home. My due date is today and last night I was pulling out stuff from DD. Also, my DD has a hearing assessment next week that I would like her to attend. Her speech is delayed a llittle and I would like to have her seen now so I can take her to follow up appointments before I return to work.

Hilda Congrats! I agree that you know when your waters go... it def isn't wee. I was shocked at how much came out when mine were broken in the hospital with DD. My friend told me they had to send a cleaning team in to mop the floor after her waters were broken! Hope you don't need a new mattress.

Mixxy Fri 15-Feb-13 11:33:55

Oh congrats to all the mothers! Well done ladies! thanks for you all!

BoxOfMonkeys Fri 15-Feb-13 12:24:31

Wow!!! What a lovely lot of news to open the laptop to! Massive congratulations to Trimp, GBnewbie and Hilda (another boy on the thread grin). Good work all and happy recoveries all around. wine Cheers, girls! thanks

Well, Panzee and I are still treading the boards it seems, joined by NAR who is now also overdue. I have a sweep booked for Tuesday and bet I get there too (and beyond). I found out I was pregnant in spring, and now the snowdrop flowers are blooming again, so it feels like spring again. HOW have I been pregnant a YEAR?!! confused

For those of you that are fed up with waiting, something simple that has really helped DH and I relax and get some sleep recently is what my best friend said: 'when you're in labour, you're contracting regularly. Until that happens, there's no point in trying to second guess and symptom spot it.' So simple but since that sunk in, I've been feeling a lot more relaxed.

I thought I had my show hours after posting that I was quitting expecting labour, but it turns out that too was nothing, it was that my cervix had been bruised during the failed-sweep. Apparently, if you have red/brown mucus up to 48-hours after an internal or intercourse, it's not a show.

NAR4 Fri 15-Feb-13 13:31:32

Hilda congratulations, a lovely early surprise.

BoxOfMonkeys a bruised cervix sounds very uncomfortable, poor you. It must have been a really rough sweep.

From reading a different thread, I think Limeleaf is in hospital today having an induction.

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Nicky1306, EDD 16/02/13
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, DC3, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
ChefHayley86, EDD 25/02/13
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
plonko, 26, DC1, EDD 27/02/13
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Please add to or amend the list above, I know some people are missing off it still.

CackleALot Fri 15-Feb-13 21:28:00

Congratulations ladies! grin

Nicky1306 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:11:56

Hi.....well HE is here!! Born yesterday at 225 pm after a very quick labour of 2hrs 40 mins name still to be decided

Panzee Sat 16-Feb-13 18:13:17

Wow, congratulations! smile

Aldan Sat 16-Feb-13 19:27:05

Congratulations nicky gringrin

Mixxy Sun 17-Feb-13 07:15:33

Congrats nicky! Do let us know what you name him. It really is a month for boys, huh?

NAR4 Sun 17-Feb-13 11:47:20

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, DC3, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
ChefHayley86, EDD 25/02/13
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
plonko, 26, DC1, EDD 27/02/13
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Congratulations Nicky.

Want2bSupermum Sun 17-Feb-13 16:21:29

Congrats Nicky! Im still here and hanging in. DD had massive tantrums yesterday so I took her to the supermarket with me so DH could study in peace. Had a headache all day and was super tired. I ended up having a 2hr nap while DD slept and another hour nap at 5pm. I still managed to pass out at 11pm and the dog woke me up at 7.30am this morning begging to be let out. Twas great to only get up once last night too.

NAR4 Sun 17-Feb-13 17:50:50

Possibly tmi but just wanted a bit of advice re show. I have had (what I am sure is) a large show on Saturday morning and lots more since. It is just like jelly but there is no pinkness to it as lots of sites say there is when you have a show. Now I am bleeding a bit. It is bright red blood, but like I said, only a little bit. This is coming out seperate to any more show.

I have never gone into labour naturally before and never had a show (not that I noticed anyway). Can someone just tell me if this all sounds normal.


hildainstant Sun 17-Feb-13 20:26:03

Hi Nar, I had clear jelly like discharge when my waters broke, but didn't have any 'typical' type show which looks a bit bloody like you describe.

If I were you I'd call the midwives on the delivery suite for some advice re the bleeding. They might want to have a look at you, but at least they'll be able to reassure you.

In my experience midwives would much rather you get their reassurance....don't think you're bothering them xxxx

Aldan Sun 17-Feb-13 20:33:57

I had clear jelly last time too hope it's the start of things nar4

NAR4 Mon 18-Feb-13 08:12:14

Thankyou ladies. I phoned the day assesment unit and they said that as long as it is only light bleeding then it will just be caused by my cervix dilating, which they said it must be in order for me to have had a show.

No labour pains yet though. sad

Taking DSs clothes shopping this afternoon, so hoping that might start things off.

Also need to collect new moses basket, which I ordered on Saturday after DH finally got the one we had out of the loft (2 days past my due date) and found it was mouldy. [hmmm]

bopfactory Mon 18-Feb-13 11:28:53

Hi ladies,

Just updating after a busy weekend! - Our baby girl arrived in the early hours of Friday morning after a fairly short labour - still in shock as we were sure we were having a boy!!!

So pleased though, we have two of each now and she is just gorgeous!!!

Congratulations to everyone else who's popped so far, and good luck to everyone else who's still waiting!


Want2bSupermum Mon 18-Feb-13 11:52:01

Congrats bop. DH was convinced DD was a boy and that DS who I am now pregnant with was going to be a girl!

Mixxy Mon 18-Feb-13 14:09:03

Congratulations bop! Sounds like your new baby girl could have quite a few male suitors to pick from wink

Aldan Mon 18-Feb-13 14:34:33

Congratulations bop grinthanks

BoxOfMonkeys Mon 18-Feb-13 15:02:50

Congratulations Bop and Nikki! How are things getting on for you NAR? Any more progressions? Panzee?

I was pacing around from 1am on Saturday morning until 5am, with period-like contractions coming every half hour. However, they never progressed and there's been nothing since. Tried everything now (including DH's homemade madras, which was so hot I had to eat it with yoghurt chasers) but I just don't feel he's ready yet still. Got another attempt at a sweep tomorrow at 2pm, so please all cross your fingers that I go into labour before then so don't have to have it. Even the thought of re-trying is making me cringe! With DD, I went into labour 7 days overdue, had her at 9 days overdue. Today is my 7th day overdue so my hope levels are - probably unwisely - rising again.

Panzee Mon 18-Feb-13 15:36:28

Congratulations to all the new arrivals!

I'm still here, lots of Braxton Hicks but that's about all. Another sweep today, midwife said the cervix was miles away. If nothing happens by Thursday I'm having a section.

Good luck to all those waiting (including me!)

Aldan Mon 18-Feb-13 20:35:18

Daft question but what's the difference between braxton hicks and contractions? Had a couple of what I thought were BH but I had to breathe through them???

Want2bSupermum Tue 19-Feb-13 02:23:37

I was induced with DD. BH were tightenings that went over the top of the belly. Contractions for me were more like very strong muscular pains in your lower pelvic area. I wasn't able to think straight with a contraction while I could carry on with BH.

Hope that makes it clearer.... it is why so many women rush to the hospital for it to amount to nothing.

Aldan Tue 19-Feb-13 02:54:50

Pretty sure it's just BH but getting lots of them and finding it hard to sleep. Just can't get comfy, everytime I move I get another...

Can87 Tue 19-Feb-13 05:13:43

Wow great to see so many have met their little ones over the last few days! Congrats all.
Mine still seems to be staying put, booked in for a sweep on Wednesday which i'm not particularly looking forward to, but other than a few niggles nothings happening so i had better get used to the idea!

smile waking up at stupid hours in the morning is also starting to drive me insane, in prepared for it with a baby, just not yet. thank god for mumsnet!! Xxx

NAR4 Tue 19-Feb-13 08:45:42

Congratulations Bop. Fingers crossed you go into labout before Thursday Panzee and Box anything happening as a result of your sweep?

I have a sweep tomorrow at 10.30am so really hope this one does the trick because they are booking my induction at the same time. Good luck to all you other ladies having sweeps done, I hope it produces a baby for you.

Panzee, 36, DC2, EDD 10/02/13, boy (CS 21st Feb)
BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, DC3, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
ChefHayley86, EDD 25/02/13
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
plonko, 26, DC1, EDD 27/02/13
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Want2bSupermum Tue 19-Feb-13 20:23:21

Ended up having a sweep today as the dear doctor got me mixed up with someone else. When she examined me she had a go at manipulating the baby so his head would go into my pelvis and then did her worst. She said the good think about SPD is that it makes your pelvis a little more roomy!

I will tell you I screamed out in pain as my back was killing me. She asked me if I wanted to be induced and I told her 'hell no'. She then told me that I was 1cm dilated. Weather here is horrible so I went to the mall for walk around to see if things get moving. Nothing happened so had chocolate cake and coffee!

Mixxy Wed 20-Feb-13 02:47:14

Hey Can! Doctor said the 'throbbing' or pulse-like twitches are probably the increased blood flow to the tummy, so essentially it's own pulse.

I have to go back and see her again on Thursday and Friday I have a non-stress test at the hospital. If they give me the choice between induction and an elective c-section, I'm taking the latter. Which will probably be for Monday. Hope you've got something moving down there.

How's the rest of us all doing?

irismom Wed 20-Feb-13 09:42:24

NAR4 How did ur sweep go? any progress. BTW ur mosses basket incident made me think abt out situation. No names decided yet sad hopefully he will agree to something atlest during labour.
I am getting period like cramps (cant sleep/ walk)through out the nite and musucs like discharges- only at nites.. and kind of leaking too sad but nothing to be alert/ going into labour kind of.. Very uncomfortable though. I dnt remember any of this from my first one.. What about everyone??
want2besupermum Oh no!!! hope things will get moving sooon.. I wonder how do you walk around the shops and malls ; U super mom ;) I envy those who still can walk around and all that. I am house bound, more to the point, tied to bed/couch.
enough moaning for the day I think, sorry abt that..
Waiting for more arrivals!!!

Can87 Wed 20-Feb-13 11:59:51

Thanks mixxy, my midwife said pretty much the same thing smile
Had a sweep done & apparently everything is pretty much ready to go, so just need to sit back and wait now.

Hopefully things will get moving soon, I'm definitly getting pains so fingers crossed! They won't induce me until the beginning of March so I'm hoping I don't need to wait that long to meet my LO.

Any update since the sweep NAR4? No names for us either irismom, we just can't agree. Xx

NAR4 Wed 20-Feb-13 12:32:58

Saw a different midwife again today as mine is on holiday. She said I was only 1cm dilated confused. When I told her my midwife had said 3cm last week, she said she didn't know why she said that because it was def only 1cm and she struggled to even squeeze a finger in (she had tiny hands too). She asked if I wanted a very through sweep and warned it would hurt, I agreed because I would rather that than induction again. I was really upset and I think she took pity on me. She is coming out to my house on Friday to try another sweep before my induction on Wednesday.

Hope everyone else is having more luck than me.

Aldan Wed 20-Feb-13 13:46:23

Sorry nar4 hmm let's hope it works though. I have a sweep booked on Friday, never had one before and I'm a bit nervous.

NAR4 Wed 20-Feb-13 14:31:23

The first sweep I had didn't hurt, it was on the same level of discomfort as a smear. The one I had today was painful and she warned me it would be if I wanted her to do a really through one. She said to tell her to stop if it got too much. I managed it with shear determination, to give it the best chance of working. Def worth it. Doesn't hurt at all as soon as it is finished. Aldan ask your midwife to tell you how much she thinks it will hurt you, before she does it. Then you can prepare yourself mentally.

I would rather have a really good sweep done, even if it hurt, than a gentle prod, which seems a waste of time.

Want2bSupermum Wed 20-Feb-13 15:11:28

iris Nothing super about me! It really hurts to walk around. I did the mall yesterday because it was raining and the mall (its a really nice one) has lots of lovely sofa's for me to sit on. It also helps that they have a bathroom every 30ft! I figured that since I had a sweep I might as well get on with it.

At about 10.30pm last night I got blury vision. I assume it was due to tiredness but have called the doctor this morning. She wanted me resting today as she said it sounds like my body is preparing to go into labour. I have to say i am exhausted. I have tightenings but no real progression.

Can87 Wed 20-Feb-13 15:11:43

I agree with NAR just ask your midwife before hand what she thinks Aldan mine was lovely & talked me through everything she was doing.

I wasn't looking forward to it, but it was actually ok (havnt had a smear but my guess is it's quite similar) it just felt like quite strong period pains as she was "sweeping", but mine was pretty textbook apparently & cervic etc was all in the correct position!
If it gets the baby moving then its definitly worth it smile

Fingers & toes crossed that today's is more effective NAR4 xxx

NAR4 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:06:11

Thankyou Can87. Have done the brisk walk and don't feel like I will be able to walk at all until at least Friday now. If it was possible to cry a baby out, then I would of today. Have never felt so down about induction before. Think its because midwife really got my hopes up last week and I was convienced I wouldn't need one. Just feel very sorry for myself and completely cheated after 4 already and looking like another one.

Sorry for the pathetic moan, I'm even annoying myself now!

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 20-Feb-13 18:52:18

I can't believe the extent of which we're all in the same boat!

I would be gutted too if one midwife said 3cm and the other, after, said 1cm, and hope you're feeling a bit better about it now, NAR. Luckily for me hmm both said the same: closed. Not even 1cm! So she couldn't actually perform a sweep due to it still being closed, but did 'walk the baby's head forwards' so it's now in a better position. Since the internal, even with no sweep, I've been bleeding (brown, not bright red, so normal) but still nothing else. As the week wears on, Monday's induction gets closer.

Hope you're all well despite all this not knowing, waiting and discomfort. We're sooo nearly there now, ladies! xxx

CackleALot Wed 20-Feb-13 19:10:29

Hi Ladies, sorry to hear frustrations re sweeps etc, hopefully things start moving soon.

warning - moan coming up....

My SPD has taken turn for the worst I'm in bloody agony, can't get off sofa without sliding to floor first! MW called by today - said she couldn't do a sweep due to previous CS & thought physio doing any manipulation may make pain worse.

MW said Consultant may bring section forward. I have a meeting with consultant on Monday to discuss elcs at 41 weeks (I'm 39+3), even this appointment feels too far away. Would any of you try calling consultant to discuss elcs earlier than appt on monday? I'm not sure what to do, just don't want to spend potentially next 2 weeks in tears, pain & housebound sad

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 20-Feb-13 20:00:46

Oh Cackle, your situation sounds awful, no wonder you feel like poo. Yep, there's no harm in asking if you can have your app (and even CS) sooner. Two weeks is a long time to be in so much distress so hopefully he'll be able to help. Good luck and really sorry you're having such a cruddy time. Moan anytime - that's what we're here for, and we understand. xxx

Aldan Wed 20-Feb-13 20:02:37

Cackle, you would still be in pain for another 2 weeks if you have an ELCS. If you really want the VBAC then hold off if you can. I could've had my ELCS today if I wasn't aiming for VBAC which sounds quite nice now as the thought of labour is not appealing at all. Just got to keep thinking I want a VBAC to make my life easier with DS1 smile

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 20-Feb-13 20:11:28

PS: A couple of nights ago I felt so fed up I sobbed for ages. Felt a bit silly to start with but felt good after a while, like a release, and have felt a lot better since. Was happy not to go into labour yesterday though as was meeting a friend today and looking forward to it, and had a big shop to do... but I've been hoping things might get moving tonight what with one thing and another, so got a feeling I'll be back on here tomorrow night a bit upset!

PPS: Was in a queue of five ladies at an otherwise very quiet Argos today, and four of us five were heavily pregnant! Seriously! The only one that wasn't (an older lady), pointed out we were all pregnant and declared 'there must be something in the water around here.' It was so weird! smile

CackleALot Wed 20-Feb-13 20:31:39

Thanks Box & Aldan

grin at Argos queue Box Sorry you've been down too, bloody hormones! I actually did cry over DS spilling milk at lunch today then laughed at myself! hmm

The more I think about it the more I realise I'm not fussed about delivery method really which is why I'm thinking of giving up on vbac so easily. Had relatively good recovery with last CS and felt much more human than I do now! After delivery I'll also have much more help as parents & in laws taking holidays (they live 200 miles away) after the baby is here once DP goes back to work but at the moment its just me and DS & I can't do anything with him.

Aargh! so many pros & cons, I might try call Doc tomorrow and see what he says. Can't hurt to talk it through at least.

Panzee Wed 20-Feb-13 21:04:52

My body does not seem to be the slightest bit interested in labour, so I shall be off to get my CS in the morning. Hopefully won't be off Mumsnet for too long!

Aldan Wed 20-Feb-13 21:19:57

Good luck panzee smile

Cackle, do whatever feels right. If you have help, your recovery will be much easier. Let us know what they say tomorrow smile

CackleALot Wed 20-Feb-13 21:27:10

Good luck Panzee ! How exciting!

Thanks Aldan smile

CalamityJ Wed 20-Feb-13 22:14:16

Can I join the overdue club please? 40+4 and despite all the signs being there (100% engagement, Braxton Hicks for 2 weeks, 1cm dilated at my sweep) Baby Calamity doesn't seem to be going anywhere! Last few nights I've slept better than I have in weeks/months so is that my body's way of giving me the energy to labour or baby being incredibly well settled?? Never thought I'd be complaining about sleeping too well grin

Want2bSupermum Thu 21-Feb-13 02:50:53

Cackle Sod calling the consultant. I would be hounding them and pleading for your CS to be brought forward. I have milk SPD and my goodness it hurts like heck. Having to get through 2 weeks of pain is probably going to result in your recovery taking longer.

Can87 Thu 21-Feb-13 07:39:30

cacklealot im in agreement with the others, definitly ask to move forward if you can. The thought of 2 more weeks like that must be driving you insane.

NAR hope your feeling a bit better today sad it sucks that the midwives have given such different info, Sending lots of natural vibes in the hope that you don't need to be induced. It's the one thing I'm really not looking forward to either.

calamity were in the same boat! I actually feel better today after the sweep, slept well and less pains than the last few days, which I'm sure isn't a good thing, ahhhh!!

Best of luck to those who do get moving in the next few days, and crossed fingers for those now overdue!! Xx

CalamityJ Thu 21-Feb-13 16:16:43

Be careful what you wish for! Had a terrible night's sleep as I was itching all over - bump, arms, legs. Been to doctors for Oilatum & hydrocortisone cream. Fingers crossed they bring some relief! Anyone else had itching/itchy bump? I've had it for a few weeks but hoped the baby would come along & I'd not need to see anyone about it! Wishful thinking... They've also booked me in for a blood test tomorrow morning to make sure my liver is functioning OK. So close to the finish line & yet so far!

Mixxy Thu 21-Feb-13 17:21:24

Quick, possible TMI, fanjo-related question ladies. Does anyone else feel really tender down there? Like you just came back from a very exciting honeymoon or something. Because I most certainly haven't yet it feels like I have. Feel a bit pissed off actually: no sex, no baby and sore fanjo.

CalamityJ Thu 21-Feb-13 17:50:45

With my pelvic girdle pain I feel I've been kicked down there! Is it that sort of pain (potentially baby's head being engaged?) or another kind of soreness?

Mixxy Thu 21-Feb-13 18:03:44

No, not kicked down there, more of a tender feeling, like waaaay too much sex. Which sadly, couldn't be further from the truth : (

irismom Thu 21-Feb-13 21:59:19

Had pre-Op appoinment today. Told mid wife about the discharge and leaking.. They couldnt decide wthr it is the water breaking (not together, but here n there). So came a Dr and did an Insertion. Which was the last thing I was prepared to go through. With all other uncomfortable feelings, Now I have got pain in "there", only to be told TO COLLECT THE RESULTS WEN i (SORRY ABT THE CAPS) go for C-Section. Asked to go back, if it soak a pad. They were discussing-- thrush-- in b/w. which I dnt understand. As far as i knw it is knd of infection, but I dnt have any other symptopms, no itching, no soreness down there. Now more confused and shock

irismom Fri 22-Feb-13 08:50:51

sorry ab the moan!! may be more coming, after a sleepless nite sad(
just thought it will be better for someone to know with discharge/leak, what is going on.. I look here before asking anyone including midwife..
cALAMITY how did ur blood test go? wen r u going to get the result. BTW how did u differentiate this itching from dry skin?? mine is normal-dry skin and i was getting this teriible itching thro out the nite for several days, especiallyy on palm andfeet. but my feet becomes so dry and with the weather and the radiator in full swing, i thought it is dry skin, and managing with bio- oil and santuary spa massage oil for hands n legs sad
really thought of going to midwife, but yet again, it is another day of getting ready/ going out.. which will keep me in bed for the rest of the day.. I am more like a 93 yr old now!!! oh god!! another 3 days to go!!

CalamityJ Fri 22-Feb-13 09:19:40

Irismom just back from the doctors where it took them 3 attempts to get the blood hmm The nurse said they'd only call me if they found anything wrong so I guess I'll have to call them to find out everything's fine to put my mind at rest!

Mine wasn't on the palms & feet - I think they're the classic places for this liver problem though (says Dr Google) so it might be worth mentioning it to your midwife. I'd put up with it for 2 weeks & was starting to affect my sleep (just when I'd started sleeping OK for the first time in weeks) so that's what prompted me to go to the doctors. It's on my forearms, calves/shins, shoulders, tops of thighs & on my bump. Weirdly lots of places but also quite specific to just those places i.e. not my knees for example which are between my thighs & my shins grin

My midwife suggested it might have been triggered by Bio oil which apparently can cause irritation (I'd been using it OK since Christmas but with this extra stretching maybe it did irritate it)

Ultimately it's a pain to get things checked out (becoming a pin cushion for example!) but you'll be more comfortable if you do & this liver thing is linked to stillbirth (don't want to panic you but just repeating Dr Google) so might be worth putting your mind at rest.

NAR4 Fri 22-Feb-13 12:03:48

Well midwife has now been out to do my last sweep before induction on Wednesday. Had a massive bloody show this morning before she came and when I bathed it resembled a shark attack. Told midwife but she said baby was fine and it was normal for this to sometimes happen with a show. Midwife said she managed to stretch my cervix to 2cm grin but didn't think it likely I would go into labour any time soon. Have some pains now, which again is normal after a sweep, but I didn't have with the others.

Not going for a walk this time as still in so much pain with SPD after the walk on Wednesday.

Good luck to all you other overdue ladies. Keep saying 'not long now'!

MIL has kindly announced today that she thinks my 16 yr old is old enough to take care of my toddler whilst I am in hospital and he can phone her during the day if there are any problems hmm. I don't think so, so it looks like I will be having the baby on my own whilst DH takes care of the other DCs. My MIL keeps on changing her mind now the time is approaching, which really isn't helping to put my mind at rest.

Hope CS went well Panzee.

BoxOfMonkeys, 30, DC2, EDD 11/02/13, boy (induction booked for 25th Feb)
NAR4, 37, DC5, EDD 14/02/13, boy (induction booked for 27th Feb)
Want2bSupermum, EDD 15/02/13 (ELC 25th Feb)
Mixxy, 34, DC1 EDD 17/2/2013, boy
Can87, 25, DC1, EDD 17/02/13, Suprise
HermioneE, 31, DC1, EDD 20/02/13, girl
Ninjacat, DC3, EDD 22/02/13, (ELCS 22nd Feb)
CackleALot, 29, DC2 EDD 24/02/13 waiting for a surprise!
ChefHayley86, EDD 25/02/13
Aldan, 37, DC2, EDD 27/02/13, boy
plonko, 26, DC1, EDD 27/02/13
irismom, 32, Dc2, EDD 02/03/13, (ELC 25th Feb) boy

Aldan Fri 22-Feb-13 12:23:25

Oh dear nar4 MILs!!!

Went for my sweep today and there was no chance, CS booked for 6 th march. Got another sweep booked next Friday so we'll see what happens then. Feel ok about it, and happy with my decision smile

Want2bSupermum Fri 22-Feb-13 13:21:03

Had a fab day yesterday. I had brunch with my friend and her little boy who is perfect in every way. He asked if he could give baby a hug and when I said yes he 'hugged' my belly. It was so cute! After I visited my friend who had her baby in December. It was great to catch up and have newborn snuggles.

I started having had the initial signs of prelabour yesterday morning. I was exhausted last night and I think it is 50/50 if i make it to Monday for my CS.

NAR I hear you on MIL. Mine hasn't been well so I am trying to be patient but I need to know the dates they plan to visit in April as this affects my return to work date and daycare. It also had financial implications because we pay for their flights. Also, my father has offered to cover the final gap so DS will be able to start daycare at 12 wks. He just doesn't want to be here at the same as the PIL. They are like chalk and cheese. I want to scream at my PIL and tell them to make a decision.

Aldan Hear you on booking a CS. I was induced with DD. Hell will freeze over before I let them do that to me again. So happy I have my CS booked.

NAR4 Fri 22-Feb-13 14:03:12

Want2b are you having a CS if you go over due rather than an induction then? Didn't realise that was even an option. Have to admit I am really dreading the induction and found the drip pretty horrific. Epidural has a large risk of not working as well, due to previous surgery on my back. Can't even think about how I will manage without the option of an epidural that works.

Having discussed the induction with DH I am going to insist they use the gel first, before any atempt is made to break my waters and then wait as long as possible (pref 24 hours) to see if labour starts, before they put me on a drip. Basically I want to avoid the drip as long as possible. Hospital are not keen on this but have said they won't do anything I am not happy with, so took that to mean they would have to do what I want ultimately, as long as I insist.

Want2bSupermum Fri 22-Feb-13 14:34:58

NAR You could call my CS elective but it isn't really elective per se... I had preclampsia with DD and my obn wasn't keen on an induction this late into my pregnancy due to the increased risk of me developing preclampsia. She really wanted me to be having this baby at 39wks and I had to push hard to gestate this long. Only reason I was not in on Tuesday this week was because my obn is on vacation this week! I am 41wks today.

The drip isn't great. When I was induced they first had the chiropractor manipulate me and the acupuncturist do a treatment. They inserted the pessary and an hour later gave me an ambien to help me get to sleep. I was 3cm at 6am. I then had another acupuncture treatment at 7.30ish and that really got things going. I wasn't a believer at all. They then broke my waters at 9am ish as I was 5cm. I didn't progress from this point because they found I had developed preclampsia and I was put on a drip that took away from the effectivness of my contractons. Before they put me on the drip they started an epidural. When they jacked up the drip I was in agony and needed a top up of pain medication after a few hours of super strong contractions.

After being induced I would strongly suggest that unless you have 60% plus chance of delivering vaginally you go for a CS. I was in labour for 24hrs before they did a CS. I was exhausted and it was 3am when I finally got to my room. I slept for almost 24hrs after and only woke to feed.

irismom Fri 22-Feb-13 15:13:15

clamity thank u for the info.
NAR4 MIL - classic!!! Mine is here, just came two days before, only to see her sitting on couch/ sleeping.. coz it is too cold to walk around(cant blame them, they came from around 35 degree to our ice cold British weather). I now think it would have been better for us to be alone, at least, I wouldnt have to worry about their comfort smile and Oh such a joy!! not to mention spoiling DD.
about CS, u could opt for CS even now, they will do whatever You want as per last yrs law; just tell them u dont want to be induced, they will give u options. there is no point in going thro all the pain and agony of induction and then later on going for CS.. hope everything will go acc to ur plans
want2bSupermum What time is your CS on Mon? I dint get a time yet, but have to be there at hospital by 6.45am. All the best !!!

Want2bSupermum Fri 22-Feb-13 16:50:11

I am scheduled on Monday for 10am. They want me there at 8am. Have you been for your blood tests? I am going tomorrow morning.

irismom Fri 22-Feb-13 19:45:15

want2bSupermum Yeap, went yest, they will only get the list today, so dont know the order, but fill be over before 12, they said sad Am a bit scared.. tbh
calamity btw, was thinking and thinking abt what u said, but i dnt have any choice i think, as I am going for CS on Monday. they did check the HB yest and it was fine.. hopefully everything will be fine.

CackleALot Fri 22-Feb-13 21:33:43

Evening Ladies...

Nar sorry your sweeps are causing you so much grief, hopefully things start moving before wed. My MW won't offer me a sweep because of previous CS.

Good luck for those of you booked in for Monday - there's going to be a mass exodus on the thread soon!

I tried calling consultant yesterday morning re SPD but secretary called back at end of day to say she couldn't reach him and she (secretary) was off today so I should just wait til my appointment.

Hoping LO arrives before Monday (due Sunday).

Getting lots of BH this evening...going to be a long weekend!

Want2bSupermum Sat 23-Feb-13 01:23:23

Iris I am Jewish so I was drained of blood both times at 12 weeks. I counted 15 vials this time and there were over 20 with DD. They did a full genetic screen of me and were able to pull DD's and DS's DNA from my blood to screen her too. Quite cool though that they are able to do this.

NAR4 Sat 23-Feb-13 03:45:53

Want2b my last labour I needed 38.5 hours on the drip with it turned right up. Contractions were almost constant but every time they tried turning it down the contractions stopped, so they just had to leave it turned up. Consultant came in and out throught the labour to keep reassessing whether they would let me continue or do a CS but I wanted a VB. Ultimately it was horrible and I don't want to go through another birth like that, but once its done, its done and a CS stops you from returning to normal for weeks. No medical reason other than fear ultimately.

Cackle I have my fingers crossed for you that labour will start soon. If not I hope they agree to an earlier CS for you. Didn't realise they couldn't do a sweep if you had had a previous CS. What is the reason for that?

I have been having strong pains since about 4pm, roughly every 15 minutes. (Almost 12 hours now). Have now given up trying to sleep. Hoping they will get closer together soon and turn into established labour. Still worried it will all stop and come to nothing though.

BoxOfMonkeys Sat 23-Feb-13 07:08:42

Woohoo!!! At 12 days over and with the induction booked for Monday, I didn't think there was much chance of it happening on its own but I'M IN LABOUR!!!! FINALLY!!!! Mild, BH-like contractions started at midnight but I've been excited then disappointed about them meaning anything before so I ignored them and went to sleep. At about 4am, a sharp contraction woke me and after 2 more, I started timing them. I got up at 5.30am and they still didn't die down. It's now 7am and they are increasing in frequency (but still very manageable) so I feel confident in thinking that this really is it!!! Think I'll watch this series for a bit longer then get a bath before DD (and DH) gets up. Hopefully we won't need to start making tracks to the hospital until this afternoon (I really HATE the thought of being told I'm only 1cm or something and then sent home again so will leave it as late as poss'). I can hardly believe this day is here, seen as we've been expecting him since mid January and I've found this pregnancy such a long, tiring slog. I've spent each night of the past week sobbing incredulously at the fact that he's even later than my first (and also I've getting more and more snappy and hormonal!) so it's a massive, massive relief. Will drop a message when we've had him - hopefully at some point this weekend. xxx

Mixxy Sat 23-Feb-13 08:23:15

Best of luck Boxofmonkeys! Very happy for you. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you this weekend.

So had ultrasound, baby has enough fluids, heart acceleration is great, had a contraction that I couldn't feel while hooked up to the moniter. I'm 40 & 5, but baby measured 40 &2. Why does that freak me out so much?

NAR4 Sat 23-Feb-13 10:49:51

Congratulations Box. Sounds like your labour may be progressing quicker than mine. Hope it isn't too long for you and you have your baby in your arms very soon.

My contractions gradually built in length and strength until 5 minutes apart and lasting a couple of minutes. Had a bath ready before going to hospital and contractions have now become eratic, lasting anywhere between about 1-2 minutes and coming anywhere between 5-20 minutes apart. Def don't want to go into hospital until contractions become regular again as they may decide to put me on the dreaded drip due to failure to progress (this happened with my first).

Aldan Sat 23-Feb-13 10:56:13

Good luck box and nar4 grin

Want2bSupermum Sat 23-Feb-13 11:20:13

Box that is great news!

NAR That sounds awful. I do like it that once you are full term they will give you 24hrs once your waters are broken. After that they wheel you in. The other one is a limit of pushing of 3hrs. After that they consider if you need a CS. I think the set up here is quite different to the UK for aftercare. I had no 'hang' after DD and will def be keeping an eye out for it this time. I will need to go back in for my muscles to be reattached so I will get them to fix me up elsewhere if needs be!

CackleALot Sat 23-Feb-13 13:10:19

How exciting Box & Nar grin Hope things keep going steady!

Nar not really sure why MW wouldn't do sweep, in hind sight should have asked why!

BH calmed down when I went to bed last night, all quiet again...

Want2bSupermum Sun 24-Feb-13 02:14:32

Went to the hospital this morning for my preadmission blood tests. It was only three vials and they used a butterfly thing instead of a needle so I didn't feel anything.

Had a huge row with DH tonight. He decided to study from his employers office today and said he would be back by 2pm. I got about 4hrs sleep last night as DH fell asleep on the sofa where I have been sleeping which prevented me from getting to sleep. He finally woke up at 1am and went upstairs. I had tried to wake him up numerous times and he just wouldn't wake up. I was falling asleep this afternoon while looking after DD so I called DH at 2pm to find out where he was. The arse told me he would be home shortly... he came home at 4pm. Thank goodness for elmo's world...

In the meantime I started having very strong BH today. I really thought I was going into labour. At this point I quite want my CS. I am huge and I think this baby is going to be bigger than 9lbs.

Mixxy Sun 24-Feb-13 09:05:20

Hang in there supermum! At this stage I too will take a c-section, thank you kindly. I'm too big to push.

Panzee Sun 24-Feb-13 18:19:16

Hi, just popped in to say my gorgeous boy was born on Thursday morning by C section. They tried one last sweep or attempt to break the waters that morning but was nothing doing. My section was-dare I say it- actually enjoyable! They pulled the screen down so i could watch the birth and talked through everything. I was out on Saturday and so far recovery is going well.

Fingers crossed for everyone still hanging in there! Is there a post natal,thread? grin

Want2bSupermum Sun 24-Feb-13 18:38:54

Well DH out did himself last night. At 11.30pm he casually mentioned that he would most probably be picking me up on Thursday evening. I am allowed 4 sleeps at the hospital under our 'current' insurance. Only thing is that DH didn't tell me that we switch to a different health insurance on March 1st which is Friday. The new coverage only provides for 3 nights. Also, we don't have insurance cards yet. We will have a follow up appointment on Saturday morning with the paediatrican which will have to pay out of pocket and fill out the paperwork to get the money back.

I am flipping furious that (a) this came out at 11.30pm last night, (b) DH thought it was more important to write his assignment rather than listen to the health insurance rep who came to their office 10 days ago to explain the new plan and (c) none of the paperwork has been filled out let along submitted. I have now filled out the paperwork and faxed it to the broker so we might have cards by Thursday/Friday.

DH got the silent treatment last night but this morning I just yelled at him for about 20 minutes calling him everything under the sun. If it was him going in for a CS he would have made darn sure that everything was in place. I texted the boss's wife and she is furious that her dr isn't part of the new plan. DH and the boss spoke this morning and he has permission to put any out of pocket expenses from the hospital we have to pay on the company credit card as if something goes wrong and he ends up in NICU we are talking $20K a day after March 1st until the paperwork is processed.

irismom Sun 24-Feb-13 18:45:32

panzee congrats!!
supermum same here, had strong contractions during noon for almost three hrs but far apart. called the hospital, they asked mne to wait till i get within 10 mins apart.. nothing happend aftr that..
All the best for tmrw!!!

NAR4 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:29:17

congrats panzee

Torben was born at 9.48pm on Saturday, in his bag of waters, which is meant to be lucky. He had the cord wrapped tightly around his neck three times but was fine, so that is very lucky in my book.

Good luck to all those with a CS coming up and hopefully Box has had her baby now, also.

CackleALot Sun 24-Feb-13 22:11:13

Congratulations Panzee thanks

Congratulations Nar glad you didn't need induction, lovely name too! thanks

Want2b no wonder you're furious, I hope it all works out OK.

EDD here and nothing...had constant back pain in middle of back all day, and felt so restless & uncomfy. Getting shooting pains down my right leg to my foot. Come on baby, I want to feel 'normal' again!

Want2bSupermum Mon 25-Feb-13 02:21:56

Thank you everyone! I am still fuming with DH because there is DD's dr appointment for her hearing, my obn appointments, the paediatrican and my annual physical with my GP that has to be redone with regards to paperwork. DH took the day off from studying today thank goodness. While DD napped he helped me get dinners portioned out for the week. I have DD's food in ziplock bags with what needs to be added each day. The freezer has a shelf for DD and one for DH with his lunches and dinners.

Can't eat past midnight so took advantage of my low calorie day tomorrow and ate a chocolate bar with chocolate ice cream for dinner. It is likely that this is our last baby so it was nice to indulge for the last time. I am one of those who gains easily so eating ice cream, let alone a whole tub of ben and jerrys plus a ritter sport, is not something I do. I took a chaser of Gas-X too as I had terrible gas pains which crippled me after emcs with DD.

Aldan Mon 25-Feb-13 06:03:54

Good luck want2b

Congratulations panzee and nar4 thanksgrin

Been awake most of the night as the cats keep waking me up, they are worse than children!

Can87 Mon 25-Feb-13 09:13:22

Congratulations panzee & nar, that's great new you didn't have to be induced this time around smile
I still don't think my baby is going to make a appearance before induction, but we'll see. I'm fed up of doing things to try to start labour now, so that's it I'm just waiting from this point forward!

Good luck to those of us still left, and congrats for everyone already holding their little ones smile xxxx

Mixxy Mon 25-Feb-13 11:16:31

Congrats to all! thanks. It's starting to get a little lonely around here.

Hey can. Pretty elite group left, huh? confused

Aldan Mon 25-Feb-13 13:02:10

I think I'll be here until march, section booked for 6th march if nothing happens before then wink

Can87 Mon 25-Feb-13 13:04:30

Yep were definitly getting rather low on the grounds mixxy.
How are you doing, any signs yet? Xx

Mixxy Mon 25-Feb-13 13:14:33

No signs yet. Going to demand to be induced today I think. My Mum flies home tomorrow : (

CackleALot Mon 25-Feb-13 14:43:17

Hi Ladies...I'm still here too!

Had appointment with consultant today, she did an internal & sweep (the word 'sweep' is misleading - ouch!) said cervix was soft but not really favourable yet. Spoke about induction with balloon catheter which didn't sound much fun so I'm booked in for section this wed!

Mixxy Mon 25-Feb-13 18:21:21

I'm in the hospital being induced. Wish me luck ladies. I'll be thinking of you guys too.

Can87 Mon 25-Feb-13 18:26:06

Good luck if you did end up being induced today mixxy let us know how it goes smile

God cackle balloon catheter? Even imagining how that works scares me a little, good news about the CS, only 2 more days, how exciting!
At this rate Il be the only one left by Thursday, ahhh!!! Xx

Can87 Mon 25-Feb-13 18:27:35

Ooo looks like paths crossed as i was writing that post! Best of luck, you'll be cuddling your little bundle before you know it smile yay xx

Aldan Mon 25-Feb-13 19:54:15

Good luck mixxy grin

Can, I'll be here until march!

NAR4 Mon 25-Feb-13 20:24:35

Good luck mixxy

Can87 Mon 25-Feb-13 20:31:05

Me and you untill the end then alden, I'll also be March if i have to wait for induction!

Were nearly at the end either way i suppose smile xx

Mixxy Tue 26-Feb-13 01:13:22

Yup, just got offered the balloon thingy. I'm going to pass on it. Here for 9+ hours and 0.00cm dilated. This baby just does not want to come out.

Want2bSupermum Tue 26-Feb-13 03:51:53

Hi everyone. Mixxy I don't blame you to passing on an induction.

I had my CS this morning and we are now proud parents to DS, Philip, who weighed in at 10lbs 6oz. So happy I went for the CS!

Mixxy Tue 26-Feb-13 06:50:50

Congrats wanttobe! What a big boy! thanks

I didn't pass on induction, just on the balloon thing.

Want2bSupermum Tue 26-Feb-13 08:55:57

Oh Mixxy I hope things are moving along for you. I remember when I was induced with DD. It took a while.

Aldan Tue 26-Feb-13 09:02:24

Congratulations want2be grinthanks

Hope things get moving soon mixxy

NAR4 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:34:48

Congratulations want2be and hope things are starting to wrok now Mixxy.

Aldan Wed 27-Feb-13 07:48:08

Due date today grin

Baby moved last night from having his back along my side to being straight down the middle of my tummy. Felt like a BIG movement. Things are definitely heading in the right direction...

Can87 Wed 27-Feb-13 11:19:08

That's great news Aldan hopefully things will start moving along soon smile
Im just sat at the doctors waiting for my midwife appointment, would be good if this sweep works and i don't need to be induced Friday.

A really smelly guy has just sat down next to me in the waiting room, and its actually making me feel a bit sick, but i don't feel like i can move, ahhh....

Aldan Wed 27-Feb-13 14:37:18

Oh no can, yuck. Hope sweep was ok smile

After last nights moving, baby has given no more signs today, thought it might happen today. Oh well, more waiting...

NAR4 Wed 27-Feb-13 16:42:07

Hope the sweep works Can. I'm sure it was my third sweep that got my labour started. (Sweep was at 9.30am and labour started at 4pm).

Nicky1306 Wed 27-Feb-13 17:27:09

Hi everyone! I have added a postnatal thread in here called feb 13 babies sleepless nights and stitches x

CalamityJ Wed 27-Feb-13 18:31:15

Sweep yesterday has led to plenty of bloody show (TMI?) but no labour! Induction booked for 2nd March so desperately trying to encourage the baby out! Looks like some of us could end up with March babies!

Mixxy Wed 27-Feb-13 19:42:47

After almost 39 hours in labor, a c- section brings my son Cian Alexander to the world this morning at 3.16am. 8 lb 14 oz and 21.5 inches of perfection. I'm so in love!

calamityJ better look into some pineapple and curry stat!

Aldan Wed 27-Feb-13 20:05:45

Yay congratulations mixxy gringrin

BoxOfMonkeys Wed 27-Feb-13 21:57:52

Hi guys!!!

Will have a read through who's dropped and who's waiting in a sec' but just wanted to check in to say it's done and dusted and our little boy is here at home with us now... a full 2 weeks over and officially post mature!

Casper Josef Kirk, 7Ib.11oz arrived on Feb 25th (Monday - a full moon), which was my date for induction but I didn't need to be induced as I went into established labour the night before. With DD a couple of years ago, I was on the birth centre and honestly, I don't know how I managed it without all the drugs that I had this time, lol! I had Codeine, gas & air, pethidine and an epidural on the ward this time and am SO GLAD I did! The labour was a LOT happier this time around, although the pushing was harder. Early labour started on Saturday but they smacked me up with Codeine and Red Bull and sent me off into the moors for a long walk - it was surreal (Red Bull and the moors weren't exactly prescribed to be fair!), but then everything stopped in the evening and I nearly had a nervous breakdown. However, Sunday teatime the contractions started up again and we followed our instincts and made our way to the hospital at what turned out to be just the right time. The care was second to none, lovely midwives and one-on-one all the way through, which was massively appreciated as I was quite nervous about the vulnerability of giving birth this time around. He arrived at 11am on Monday, brought him home yesterday, and now our family is complete. Our DD adores him and mothers the poor bugger more than DH and I put together!

Congratulations to all who've come through the other end, and thinking positive thoughts and pushing vibes to all those still waiting.


BoxOfMonkeys Wed 27-Feb-13 22:10:07

Wow and yow, depending on whether you're waiting or not! Massive congrats to Panzee, NAR4, Mixxy and want2b and thinking of all you imminent lovely ladies. Will pop back and also onto the new thread 'feb 13 babies sleepless nights and stitches' - see you on the other side and GOOD LUCK all! wine thanks smile

CalamityJ Wed 27-Feb-13 22:53:53

I've just discovered the most amazing thing in the world. Dermacool aqueous cream with 1% menthol. Heaven in a tube! I've been so mega itchy for weeks & the hydrocortisone was doing nothing so I did a bit of research & ordered it from my local Boots. 24 hours later I feel like I'm in a menthol igloo! My skin is so chilly it's amazing! Similar relief to sitting in a cold bath only I can actually go to sleep. I think I might buy shares in it grin Made my day after tramping round the park trying to evict our baby!

Can87 Thu 28-Feb-13 01:15:58

Looks like I may just make it into Feb at this rate, I think my sweep today probably worked as my contractions seem to have started. smile Yay!
They are coming around every 6 minutes at the moment, so need to wait for them to get a bit closer before heading to the hospital, but hopfully we'll get to meet our little one soon. Will keep you all updated smile xxx

Want2bSupermum Thu 28-Feb-13 03:57:32

Congratulations to everyone.

Monkeys I love the name Casper and Mixxy - I wish you a speedy recovery.

Can87 good luck!

CalamityJ It is funny how some of the things you find in pregancy make such a huge difference to your comfort. I hope your baby arrives soon!

NAR4 Thu 28-Feb-13 14:55:42

Congratulations Box.

Hope it all goes well Can.

Now to pop into the post natal thread.

Can87 Thu 28-Feb-13 21:52:44

Our baby boy Ellis James was born at 8.40 this morning after around 9 hours of labour smile weighed in at 6lb 10, which considering i was 41 +3 was much smaller than i was expecting (which was a good thing) ended up having a few tears so needed internal stitches, which IMO hurt just as much as the labour! We've had to stay in over night just to make sure he's feeding properly, but other than that all good and we should be home tomorrow!

heading to the post natal thread now but thought id let u all know how we got on smile good luck to anyone left, how are u doing aldan any signs yet?? Xxx

Aldan Fri 01-Mar-13 05:36:47

Congratulations can gringringrin no signs for me yet, knew I should've joined the march thread!!

CackleALot Fri 01-Mar-13 12:03:02

Hi Ladies! Congratulations!

Baby Ellie Rose born via VBAC on 27.2.13 - day before ELCS! 8lb 1oz. Quick labour - went in at 10.30am, Ellie here by 16.45pm. some internal tears & extremely painful piles but very proud of myself for VB! grin

Hope its not too long for you now Aldan....

Looking forward to catching up with everyone on post natal thread with brew & biscuit ...

Aldan Fri 01-Mar-13 16:45:44

Congratulations cackle and very well done on your VBAC grin

Been for anaesthetist and midwife apt today. Was told I'd have a sweep. When I got there they said it's not an ante natal apt it's a pre-op apt. So no sweep hmm

CackleALot Sat 02-Mar-13 09:32:01

How frustrating!! will they do a sweep before the 6th?

Aldan Sat 02-Mar-13 09:40:03

No so it's either go into labour before then or section on wed hmm

Panzee Sat 02-Mar-13 09:55:54

My surgeon attempted a sweep on the morning of the op. you could ask? I really sympathise, I was nowhere near ready for labour so it was a CS for me too.

irismom Sun 03-Mar-13 18:51:52

sorry Ladies.. couldn't update sooner
Congrats ladies!!!
Had C- Section as planned on 25th Feb, went very well, despite I was scared to death sad
Lovely boy, Christian Linz Jose finally came into the world, weighing 8.6 pounds and healthy. Came home after 3 days. going through sleepless nights. see you all there on the new thread grin

CackleALot Sun 03-Mar-13 21:37:12

Congrats irismom thanks

Aldan Mon 04-Mar-13 12:39:15

And congratulations irismom grin

CalamityJ Tue 05-Mar-13 18:38:48

Would you believe 15 minutes after my last post my waters 'popped'! 24 hour labour ending in an emergency c-section & DD was born! 9lbs 2oz no wonder she wasn't coming out easily! My DH's boss recommended ankle massage to get labour going & 5 minutes after doing so spontaneous labour started! And the Dermacool really helped in the hot hospital so still glad I got it especially as that was what my DH massaged my ankles with! grin

hildainstant Thu 07-Mar-13 07:08:31

Congratulations Calamity!! Are you joining us on the postnatal thread now?

CalamityJ Thu 07-Mar-13 11:00:29

Hilda popped over there to join in the night feed fun! Good luck to all of those whose due date was February but you're still waiting in March thanks

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