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November 2013 - Boys, Girls and Bulging Bumps!

(511 Posts)
MummaPanda Wed 03-Jul-13 16:33:52

For those wanting to join our facebook group please ask, there's always room for more!!

Animol Wed 03-Jul-13 16:48:35

Lovely - a new thread - just marking my place!

theboob Wed 03-Jul-13 16:49:55

Marking place
No idea how to add people to the group on fb , the lady who can will be along shortly ....I cannot remember her mn name haha

Marking my place in thread no 5 or 6??!!

And def feel free to join on fb!

littlemonkey2013 Wed 03-Jul-13 17:38:50

marking my place too.

so carrying on from movements discussions from the other thread, im still not sure if i can feel anything. i thought i could the other day and when i was swimming. but then yesterday and today nothing. ive tried prodding and didnt get any response. anyone else still waiting for movement. im nearly 20 weeks.

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 03-Jul-13 18:00:52

littlemonkey the movements tend to be sporadic until about 26 weeks I think.
For 20 weeks, it feelsike butterflies and gas.
I'm 22+5 and have felt baby moving loads over the past couple of weeks. Way more than when I was pregnant with DS. This one seems to live somersaults and kicking me and I don't know when he sleeps because he's always on the go!
It'll only be a week or two until you're saying the same!

SuffolkNWhat Wed 03-Jul-13 18:43:39

Hi everyone

Been rather quiet recently, I think harv noticed my thread on Chat on Monday. I ended up in antenatal assessment as I was having contraction like pains after (and don't laugh now) I fell over my cat (I see you sniggering at the back). Well after the usual checks they took my BP which was through the roof, a urine sample showed slight protein so they started to mention preclampsia shock

Luckily my BP came down during my stay and I convinced them to let me come home, I'm now on bed rest for the rest of the week, with a doctors appointment tomorrow to check BP and do another urine sample. If either are too high then I'll be admitted as an inpatient for more tests to see if it is preclampsia or the fact I have a 3 year old, work in a school with Ofsted due any second and who has to deal with that hospital car park each time!

littlemonkey2013 Wed 03-Jul-13 19:33:37

i hope you feel better soon Suffolk!

harverina Wed 03-Jul-13 19:40:46

Just a marking my place.

Impressed that you have managed to wear your normal jeans until 23 weeks Cornish! With my dd I made it until 21 weeks but this time I was I maternity wear at 11-12 weeks blush

Hope you are ok Suffolk - make sure you get plenty of rest. Hoping your bp is down on Friday.

Need to catch up a bit with the thread - been doing uni work past few days and have lost track a bit.

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Wed 03-Jul-13 20:07:35

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Babybump26 Wed 03-Jul-13 20:28:54

Thought I'd drop in and say hi!

Hope all ladies and their bumps are well x

MotherOfCleo Wed 03-Jul-13 20:44:14

Hiya, found you all smile

Is anyone else's oh nesting?!

As I type he's cleaning out kitchen cupboards?!

Babybump26 Wed 03-Jul-13 22:02:24

Fairydogmother - if only!! wink

MotherOfCleo Wed 03-Jul-13 22:05:15

fairy can you send him round mine when he's done yours? grin

But he's making a racket and I want to sleep lol! I'm never happy wink

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 03-Jul-13 22:41:02

My DH isn't nesting fairy, just tutting disapprovingly at the tip DS and I leave the house in for when he gets home!
Good luck with the bed rest suffolk I can imagine that don't be going down well with either you or your little one.
Try and take it easy.

harverina Thu 04-Jul-13 00:48:57

No dh is definitely not nesting and is highly unlikely to at any stage!!!

Angus uni work going ok I think. I have been working hard on it this week and just hope I can get through this module and scrape a pass then I can defer the last module until after I to back to work wink

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 04-Jul-13 01:30:08

Hi all! Thanks for starting the new thread.

Sorry to hear you've been unwell Suffolk.

This is my second pregnancy and weirdly, I've been in non-maternity clothes for longer this time than last. What's that about?! Think this bump is a lot higher than my previous one though so I've been able to wear my regular trousers etc under it.

How many people are in the FB group? I'm not yet but it seems like a lot of people have migrated recently!

harverina Thu 04-Jul-13 03:26:25

Wibbly I am on the Facebook group but I still like to come on here too grin sometimes Facebook doesn't feel so anonymous - although it's a closed group so safe to say most things grin

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Thu 04-Jul-13 03:35:22

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getoffthecoffeetable Thu 04-Jul-13 06:53:06

I agree with harv it's nice to have the anonymity on mn but good to see photos on fb!

HMT13 Thu 04-Jul-13 09:43:27

Can I join the Facebook group? How do you do it?

I didn't have any movement before 20 weeks and I was worried. Although looking back I probably had some but thought it was wind shock
It's getting slightly stronger now though smile

hopefully someone can explain - think you need to be added as it wont pop up in a search as its a closed group. cant be having RL people nosying!

i feel weird today - heart thudding a bit and i'm tired. can feel my bulls**t radar on high alert for some reason lol. another 14 weeks of work and i'll be free of the idiots in my work!

Babybump26 Thu 04-Jul-13 10:05:36

Can I be added to the FB group also please smile

Off for our 20 week scan later today, so excited!!

MummaPanda Thu 04-Jul-13 10:46:37

Those wanting to join facebook group you need to find louise bray on facebook. Her page is facebook.com/louiseebray
If you message her and say you want to join the group she should sort it out for you

CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 04-Jul-13 12:57:57

Good luck for the scan babybump - it's so lovely to see them again (even though I was SO nervous before hand).

I've just booked a 4D scan for the 20th for my birthday - I'll be 25 weeks! Anyone had one before - i'm not really sure what to expect!

In underbump maternity jeans today, they're pretty comfy so far - though the band bit is obviously across where baby is as I can feel him wriggling around underneath it a lot more than when in baggy clothes!!

Looking forward to pulling out the floaty summer stuff this weekend! 27 degrees! :-)

Babybump26 Thu 04-Jul-13 16:55:04

Scan all went went well - happy with baby's progress!

They are booking me in for a 36 week scan though as my placenta is only 2cm from the 'exit' point, as she put it! Hopefully my placenta will move as the pregnancy goes on.

getoffthecoffeetable Thu 04-Jul-13 18:46:16

Excellent news babybump.
There are a few of us with low lying placentas, hopefully they'll all move as babies get bigger.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 04-Jul-13 19:07:54

Hi all, thanks for the FB tips. Might have to give it a go!

I had a 4D scan, but didn't know it was going to be! I'm British but in the US and the Dr was doing the regular 20 week scan and then all of a sudden, without warning, flipped to 3D pics and sound. I nearly fell off the table! Was fab to see though and got great pics, just like a mini baby really! Interesting though that it was the same kind of GE machine they use in the UK, and the same as the one they used 2 years ago when I had DD in London, but 4D scans are a pay for thing back home...

Re low lying placentas - me too. I have a 28 week extra scan to see if things have moved. Fingers crossed as its any excuse to give you a c-section here. One local hospital has a 70%!!!!! c-section rate... I'm not against c-sections per se btw, just it'll be hard to care for a toddler if I have one as have no family support here.

LuckySocks13 Thu 04-Jul-13 19:16:39

Hi all. Just checking in. Had my 20 week scan today. All looks well smile girl confirmed as told at we weeks .

Babybump26 Thu 04-Jul-13 19:20:08

Glad I'm not the only one in the low lying placenta club! wink

Wibblypig - I'm with you on the c-section. Not against them at all, if they are needed then so be it but I really hope I get the chance to have a go at it naturally. Our baby is a right old wriggler, so hopefully that combined with it growing, it will pull things into place!

Babybump26 Thu 04-Jul-13 19:21:02

Congrats luckysocks13 grin

harverina Thu 04-Jul-13 20:15:13

Cornish I could feeling rigging too with my. Under bump jeans on. They felt pretty comfy so I assumed it was ok. Most of my under bump jeans are extremely uncomfy now and have been put to the back of my wardrobe hmm I am going to try and order a couple of dresses online so that I can wearing super comfy stretchy leggings with them grin I am not the most confident when it comes to clothes - tend to stick to skinny jeans and floaty tops or slightly over size t shirts but beggars can't be choosers when it comes to maternity clothes!

I have felt a bit breathless at times today. Not consistently throughout the day but it worried me a bit. I have also noticed that I can't lie on my back anymore without beings breathless which I I know is normal. Anyone else been breathless at all? It was worse after I'd eaten.

HMT13 Thu 04-Jul-13 21:30:02

I'm getting the breathlessness too. Had it yesterday at work and felt quite faint. My blood pressure is low too. The midwife seemed to think it was quite normal?!

Babybump26 Thu 04-Jul-13 21:37:48

A walk up our local country park tonight nearly finished me off! Luckily I had the dogs assistance as he's quite keen to pull!!

I'm having trouble searching the lady for the FB page, any ideas? x

harverina Thu 04-Jul-13 21:51:16

Ah so I'm not alone then. It's about unsettling isn't it?!

I'm def breathless too at times - especially first thing in the morning and going up the stairs to work!

Wibbly - I so want a 4d scan!

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Thu 04-Jul-13 22:02:21

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MummaPanda Thu 04-Jul-13 22:47:24

Welldone angus atleast someone can do it!!

getoffthecoffeetable Fri 05-Jul-13 06:40:48

Urgh, awake since 5am with chronic heartburn. Gaviscon is going to be my friend today!
DS has woken up in a foul temper and is having a monster tantrum over goodness knows what.
It's going to be a fun day!

Animol Fri 05-Jul-13 12:39:56

Was up all night coughing and spluttering - poor DH - don't suppose he got much sleep either. Feeling very breathless a lot of the time but it might just be this wretched cold.

Welcome new ladies

GwenStacy Fri 05-Jul-13 13:49:32

Hello all! I've messaged Louise to be added to the FB group, I only really use FB for groups, I have no personal stuff on there at all!

I've found my local Primark is doing maternity skinnies for £11 a pair which are really comfy - those plus their basic long tees are doing me for work at the moment smile

I'm finding I'm getting loads of kicks in the evening, but nothing J can feel - apparently my placenta is lying on the front, so this might be impeding it?

We're moving house in a couple of weeks to a totally new area of London (anyone live in Harrow?!) so am nervously looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to the commute changing - I currently get the Piccadilly line in, but I'm on the same line as Heathrow, so every morning it's stupidly crowded, and it's getting quite hard. Even with bump and badge, I'm lucky to get a seat, and low blood pressure makes me quite faint if it's warm! Luckily I have a very understanding boss who doesn't bat an eyelid when I'm late in smile Anyone else doing a London commute and finding it tricky?

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Fri 05-Jul-13 15:18:00

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getoffthecoffeetable Fri 05-Jul-13 16:50:59

Hi Gwen.
I'm nowhere near London but with last pregnancy I slightly changed my hours to avoid the rush hour. Would that be a possibility?

CuteLittleToes Fri 05-Jul-13 22:37:51

Hi ladies,

Can I jump in? I haven't been on any of these threads before, simply because I have a terrible baby brain couldn't find them as I was looking in general pregnancy section... confused

20+4 today, so due in November too...

harverina Fri 05-Jul-13 22:40:12

Animol I was checking online about being breathless and apparently it can start in trimester 1 so I feel a bit better knowing that. When I am very full it doesn't help so my aim is to try and eat smaller portions - I haven't been at to manage huge meals anyway recently.went it for dinner tonight and made the mistake of ordering 2 courses. Could barely manage my main course which is not like me usually! shock

I got new bras today for the first time! My cup has been fine but the back was beginning to get very uncomfy. When I was breathless I wanted to rip them off! So I have a bigger back size now and can't wait to wear them tomorrow! M&s had a sale so I managed to get 3 at a decent price. Tried on some of their maternity/nursing bras and they were awful. My breasts were not supported at all and because of that they were not comfortable at all. My aim is to look online for sole decent nursing bras that are also underwired too.

Hope everyone is well.

Getoff I feel your pain with the heartburn, gaviacon is my new best friend wink the dual action ones are very effective but they taste disgusting.

Is everyone's digestive system working ok? Tmi sorry but I am struggling to poo again which is not good. I have a bottle of lactulose but have not been able to look at since I had morning sickness. I spent a lot of time gagging trying to swallow it and the memory is still vivid! Will maybe give it a go tomorrow. It's not like it actually tastes that bad.

So happy that it is Saturday tomorrow grin I won't be getting a long lie as dd will run through at 6.30 as always but the weather is to be lovely and it's great being off work!!

harverina Fri 05-Jul-13 22:40:40

Welcome cute!!

HMT13 Fri 05-Jul-13 22:45:00

I'm struggling in that area too harverina. Got some prune juice coming in the shop tomorrow. If that doesn't help I'm going to try lactulose or probiotics i think. Quite used to this issue but its so much worse with a baby in there at the same time confused

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Sat 06-Jul-13 00:07:43

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notsoold Sat 06-Jul-13 07:55:48

Harverina: I totally sympathize.... Although my problem is the other way around. Like in my other pgs and it is a pain sad

Babybump26 Sat 06-Jul-13 07:58:27

Welcome cute grin

I hate to say it but my bowels have been the opposite which is unlike me as I'm not normally the best at going anyway! The things pregnancy does to you confused

Welcome cute!

Harv and hmt - have you tried senna tablets? They really worked for me! I got tesco own which were pretty cheap and it took 2 doses in a row but boy did they work!

TheBananaStand Sat 06-Jul-13 10:34:18

Hi everyone! I wondered if I could join you?

My wee one is due 24th Nov and we found out yesterday that it's a girl! Well, she was being shy and curling up and my placenta was in the way so the sonographer couldn't get a good look but said that she couldn't spot any obvious boy parts.I was a bit of a tomboy growing up and always pictured myself with a boy for some reason but excited that we have the chance to bring up an awesome little girl! smile

Babybump26 Sat 06-Jul-13 12:22:44

Congratulations TheBananaStand!!

Glad your scan went well, I'm due two days after you smile

harverina Sat 06-Jul-13 14:20:32

Fairy I haven't tried them but will head to the shops later and buy them as i am starting to feel a bit uncomfortable hmm

Welcome banana grin little girls are great, I have a 3 year old girl who is just wonderful (and very cheeky wink)

Hope everyone is having a nice Saturday.

HMT13 Sat 06-Jul-13 21:27:46

Fairydogmother - no I haven't. Will give my juice a go this week and if no luck will try them, thanks. It's a pain isn't it! Quite literally confused

Hi and welcome banana!

I've had a bit of a bad day eating wise - oops. Fried eggs and potato bread for breakfast, fanta and mcflurry at lunchtime, hotdogs and wedges for dinner plus several bits of coffee cake, a pineapple cream bun and 2 cans of fake mojito! Lardy isn't the word!

Got 2 bargains in mothercare tho. A lovely stripy top reduced to £7 and a black body con dress for £16 which will be great for the 2 weddings we have!

theboob Sat 06-Jul-13 21:59:18

For those struggling in the poo department , invest in a toddler step and use this to raise your feet . This will help osition your body in the correct alignment for evacuation lol , it really does help

IRCL Sat 06-Jul-13 22:22:37

can I join?

I'm due on the 17th with a little boy. smile

So far hassle free pregnancy. Touch wood!

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Sat 06-Jul-13 23:38:11

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harverina Sat 06-Jul-13 23:54:16

I didn't manage to get to shops for senna so I have drank a unnatural amount of fresh orange tonight smile fingers crossed! I have a toddler stool so will give that a go too!! How nice eh.

harverina Sat 06-Jul-13 23:54:45

Oh and welcome ircl grin

CuteLittleToes Sun 07-Jul-13 01:22:30

Welcome banana and ircl!

Banana, my initial due date was 24th of November too! But then they moved it to 18th after the scan, so I'm due one day after you ircl smile

Had my 20 week scan yesterday, but we didn't want to know the gender. The sonographer was quite happy as she wouldn't have been able to tell anyway smile

We think it's a boy smile oh well, we'll see...

Animol Sun 07-Jul-13 06:03:09

Welcome Banana and ircl

last few nights I've been up half the night coughing sad

LO is getting incredibly active - goodness know what it's actually doing in there smile

Norfolknway Sun 07-Jul-13 07:40:32

Hello grin
I'm due 4/11 I'd like to join too smile

I have an extremely lively one this morning - I think we need to have a chat about Sunday mornings wink

SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Jul-13 08:51:35

Welcome Norfolk love your name wink

We are due date buddies!

Norfolknway Sun 07-Jul-13 10:18:41

grin Yours is pretty sweet too.

The weeks are just flying by this time, my DD has just turned 2, going to be here in no time!

Hello new ladies!

harverina Sun 07-Jul-13 11:29:51

Norfolk the weeks are totally flying by its amazing - and a little worrying. We moved into a reck of a house in November and have sooooo much to do before baby is born. I know we don't have to be finished completely, and we won't be as we have run out of money to do the kitchen, but we really want to have everywhere else ready - so that means we have a huge hall, nursery, other spare bedroom and little toilet all to decorate in less than 17 weeks shock too ambitious? (Doing it ourselves!)

I have been getting lots more movement too - not all day but have spells where I have constant kicks and can feel the baby turning and swirling round grin it's lovely.

Working on my uni essay again today hmm in the hope that I will be nearly finished by the end of the day. It's due Friday and I am not even confident that I have done enough to pass as I left it until the last minute - couldn't motivate myself and was just so tired every night. But it's nearly finished - well I have about 1000 words to do, so it will get handed in and if it fails I will worry about it next year blush

Hope everyone is well and enjoying this lovely weather.

honey86 Sun 07-Jul-13 20:21:55

theboob grin i lol'd at evacuation lol! welcome to the newbies smile

movements here are getting stronger too smile i can actually rest my iphone on my belly and watch it wobble like a seesawgrin had some quiet days, which my dopplers come in handy for, so i know his heartbeat has stayed normal, and sure enough he starts kicking again. i hope my pregnancy continues being normal though, i have my holiday in 7 weeks and need to be fit to fly xx

harverina Sun 07-Jul-13 23:20:28

With regards to evacuation - didn't need senna. 1.5 litres of fresh orange was more than sufficient blush

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Mon 08-Jul-13 00:19:30

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GwenStacy Mon 08-Jul-13 14:03:40

Hi getoffthecoffeetable - I've considered seeing about working different hours, but as I'm on the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line, it doens't start to quieten down until mid morning - I might try and tough it out for a couple more weeks until we move, when I can get lovely air conditioned trains in!

ilikebaking Mon 08-Jul-13 18:11:07

I have messaged, (I hope) Louise Bray to try and join the fb group as I tend to just lurk on this thread as it moves so quickly and mumsnet is really hard to use on my tablet, whereas fb is pretty user friendly.
Am 20+5 and am feeling lots of kicks from my wee man, qhich is great, DH cant feel a thing due to my anterior placenta.
Am loving the updates from everyone, its so interesting to hear all the differences. Am hoping to join on the fb group soon!

retroelle Mon 08-Jul-13 20:12:34

This baby is going NUTS kicking me now! It's so lovely to know he's in there and ok - could really do without the 4am version though. The first trimester dragged but now time is really speeding by.

Welcome all the new people!

getoffthecoffeetable Mon 08-Jul-13 20:22:30

Hi to all the newbies, congratulations and welcome!
My baby's going crackers too, moving about loads day and night. Way more than DS used to.
Loving the gorgeous weather but not the swollen feet and fingers that go with it!

harverina Mon 08-Jul-13 21:00:46

I am getting lots of movement tonight too - I am sitting watching my tummy move grin your right it is so lovely to know they are ok in there.

My dh said when I was pregnant with eilidh he used to cuddle me at night and he would hold my tummy while she kicked and did somersaults - I slept through it all grin never once woke up with her kicking!

I'm another one with lots of kicks and rumbling about - some even hurt slightly! Feel like a bit of a whale today but I haven't drank as much war as I should have so maybe upping that will help!

I've to fly to England this Thursday - there and back in a day! Going to be utterly wiped

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Mon 08-Jul-13 22:34:04

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harverina Mon 08-Jul-13 22:41:49

No, I wouldn't say that's true. Whilst some children never sleep well, is say that most learn the difference between night and day and that a good routine from early on helps. Although eilidh was still getting up several times a night, at 8 weeks we started a bedtime routine of bath, story, lights low/off, feed, bed. We stuck to that routine even if she was cluster feeding in the evenings for 7 hours and not actually going to bed until midnight!

harverina Mon 08-Jul-13 22:42:58

Meant to say that most of my movements are in the evening and I still feel kicks as I am going to sleep around 11pm/midnight.

harverina Mon 08-Jul-13 22:43:48

Goodness me, I should have said when I was pregnant with dd she kicked all through the night!

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harverina Mon 08-Jul-13 23:59:37

People said it to me too grin

getoffthecoffeetable Tue 09-Jul-13 05:44:42

I've been awake for the last hour, no sign of getting back to sleep again. Baby is wide awake having a party in there too.
I'm going to be worn out by the time I get into work at this rate!

harverina Tue 09-Jul-13 06:30:00

Getoff I haven't been awake for as long but didn't get to sleep till after 1am and dd woke me at half 5 telling her gro clock was yellow little fibber angry

Work will be fun today won't it hmm

retroelle Tue 09-Jul-13 09:21:11

I was awake from 3.30am for an hour or so while the baby partied, my downstairs neighbours rocked in from wherever they had been, etc, but then listened to a radio 4 podcast which soon put me back to sleep!

I have spent this morning looking for a dress to wear to my friends' wedding next month when I will be 30 weeks along. This is not an easy task!

GwenStacy Tue 09-Jul-13 09:56:41

I thought they tended to be more active at night as walking around and moving can rock them to sleep, but when you're lying still, they wake up a bit?

I fell down the stairs this morning, which was pretty scary. Luckily, I somehow managed to end up on my knees, kind of kneeling, which has given me slightly painful knees and ankles, but bump didn't get squashed or knocked, just a bit jolted, and I can feel her moving around loads, so I'm not too worried - should I make an appointment to get checked, or as she didn't get knocked, should we be okay?

EcoHippyMum Tue 09-Jul-13 10:08:27

It's been ages since I've been on here!
GwenStacy I'd call your midwives if your at all worried or unsure. They will put your mind at rest either way.

retro - do you have a mothercare near you? i saw dresses in there in their sale and got a bodycon one for £18. there was another one that was £24 and very nice too.

gwen - i'm sure everything is grand as you didnt actually fall on your bump but if you arent sure then just give your gp or midwife a call to be on the safe side. i nearly fell yesterday - my heart started racing!

retroelle Tue 09-Jul-13 11:25:20

Thanks fairydogmother. Unfortunately I don't really like body-con (or maxi dresses) and am also a bit limited by my height and my cheapness. What I really want is a tea-dress/vintagey type thing, but that doesn't really work with a bump.

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 09-Jul-13 16:16:48

Hi all, checking in to new thread. Welcome to all the newbies!

retroelle, new look have some quite nice and cheap maternity dresses online with a tea dress sort of vibe to them so worth a look if you haven't already. They seem actually to be cotton too which is better than all that poly in this weather (why are so many maternity clothes polyester? Sweat central!)

So this will totally out me if anyone I know is on here but I managed to slip and break my arm yesterday which has made me pretty miserable. Interesting to see others have had wobbles too - take care ladies!

GwenStacy Tue 09-Jul-13 16:57:25

Fairydogmother I'm not too worried really, just wondering if I should be if that makes sense? She wasn't happy with me after, I got a few very sharp jabs ;-)

I've lived in our flat with it's very steep stairs for almost 5 years, and we move in a couple of weeks, and this is the first time I've fallen, so I've not done too badly - thanks for the reassurance though x

Mycat - that's awful! I have broken numerous bones so I know exactly what it's like! Comfrey tea and arnica are both v good for bone healing

O should add that arnica is ok during pregnancy but not 100% about the comfrey!

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 09-Jul-13 21:53:17

Ooh good tip Fairydog, I have some arnica in the cupboard too smile

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 10-Jul-13 00:29:29

mycat how awful for you. Are you managing ok? Is it your dominant or non dominant arm?
gwenstacy hope that you're feeling ok. Get checked out if you're at all worried.
I'm still awake! DH has been helping me sort out a screw up I've made at work. We never normally talk work but occasionally it's good to have your fella in the same profession. I'm really worried about it which I think is why I'm not sleeping, trying not to stress out because of the baby but it's easier said than done isn't it?
I second the New Look tip, I got a lovely just above the knee dress for a Christening from there a couple of weeks ago. Asos have a sale on still too I think.

mycatlikestwiglets Wed 10-Jul-13 09:30:34

It's my dominant arm which is making life challenging! Thankfully though it's just a small fracture and the plaster can come off in 10 days so it could have been worse. Bath times with DS are interesting though!

Hope the work issue can be resolved getoff - these things tend not to be as bad as you think and it's good that you're trying to sort it out

retroelle Wed 10-Jul-13 14:40:04

Boo to injuries!

I am nearly 23 weeks and just deciding what maternity leave date to give to HR. I'm thinking 37.5 weeks is about right as so far my pregnancy has gone very smoothly and I feel healthy famous last words.

MotherOfCleo Wed 10-Jul-13 15:59:16

Retro I've just put mine in as 26th October and my EDD is 7th November so I'll be just over 38 weeks. I've told them that I might need to be flexible with that date though. Tricky isn't it.

Norfolknway Wed 10-Jul-13 16:46:33

Ouch! Poor you! I keep going over on my ankles, burning myself on anything I could possibly burn myself on and knocking into everything within a 2 metre radius of me...have evaded major injury...so far!

I've popped my mat leave in for 12th Oct (due 4/11) only 3 months left at work grin

mycatlikestwiglets Wed 10-Jul-13 17:02:06

I'm planning to stop work at the end of Sept (EDD 28 Oct) so that I have some relaxation time before the baby arrives. Can't wait!

Norfolknway Wed 10-Jul-13 19:54:56

I took 2 months blush before DD1 ( she was 10 days over too) this time work is sometimes a welcome break from toddlerville wink

retroelle Wed 10-Jul-13 21:55:11

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retroelle Wed 10-Jul-13 21:57:54

Sodding phone. I've decided to go for just over 37 weeks but my boss is ace and says we can change it at short notice if I need to. It's just so hard to know how you might feel in 10 or 15 weeks, and who knows when the baby might actually show up.

getoffthecoffeetable Wed 10-Jul-13 22:32:10

I've gone for 5th Sept as last day at work, due date is 1st Nov but have been told I'll be induced at 38 weeks. I want to have a bit of time with DS before the next one comes along!
mycat thank you for the well wishes, work issue is now sorted, I'm so relieved!
I would say hopefully I'll sleep now but it's so muggy!

Animol Thu 11-Jul-13 09:03:58

22 weeks today smile

CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:04:58

I finish on the 18th Sept, and then have annual leave until maternity leave proper kicks in on the 1st Oct( Due Nov 1st). I can't bloody wait now - it's been one of those days in the office!!

As soon as I finish I'm moving back to Cornwall from London too so that should be a challenge!!

I went for 21 oct as mat leave start date with a weeks leave before it. Wondering should I change that to 14 oct and take the leave the week before. Is 21st too late for stopping an office job with a due date of 5 nov?

Mistyshore Thu 11-Jul-13 18:57:49

I can't decide what to do. I went two weeks over with ds so ended up with 6 weeks of doing nothing that I would much rather have had at the end of my leave. I'm already struggling at work though with tiredness, aches and pains and lack of attention span. I'm hoping its the heat so temporary) but feel huge at 24 weeks!

harverina Thu 11-Jul-13 20:45:21

At the moment my official finish date is 27 September - I am due 3 November. That would mean 2 weeks annual leave and 2 weeks maternity leave before my actual due date. I may change this and work on a week - but then I am a bit reluctant to do this in case I need to be sectioned early (which may happen if I get colestasis again) as then I would only have a few days off before giving birth! I plan on thinking about it tonight and putting it in tomorrow - I assume I could change it if it came to it??? I work for a local authority and I am not sure how flexible they are.

This heat is hard work - I love warm weather but not when I work in a poorly air conditioned office hmm today I was out and about doing home visits and it was torture getting in and out the car as it became so hot!!

Getoff glad work issue is resolved. I often waken up worrying about work at night although I am trying hard not to let it affect me so much.

Mycat hope your arm is ok. I can imagine it must be hard looking after a toddler with a broken arm. Glad it seems to be a minor fracture.

I am just home from work. I'm off for the next 2 weeks after tomorrow and want to make sure everything is as up to date as I can physically manage it to be before I stop. Sometimes it seems like more hassle than its worth takin annual leave!!!

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SuffolkNWhat Thu 11-Jul-13 22:25:43

Have antenatal depression again, so that's fun.

harverina Fri 12-Jul-13 07:07:50

Angus - submitted it during the night at1am!! It's due today but I have such a busy day at work so I sat and proof read it when I got in last night and change a few bits then I thought, stuff it! It's going in now!! Its been ok doing it actually. Once I got going I quite enjoyed it. I have spent a lot of time on it though...Last module I got quite a good mark but this time I don't feel particularly confident that I have passed...however if I have failed I won't be worrying about it until next year at the earliest grin so I am trying not to worry about it! Thanks for asking - I am glad I persevered and got it in.

Suffolk so sorry to hear your not doing great. Have you seen your GP yet? Thinking of you and hope you are okthanks

gubbinsy Fri 12-Jul-13 08:08:59

Really interested to hear all your plans for maternity leave. I'm due 5 Nov and trying to decide whether to finish on 7 or 14 Oct - hopefully have 2 weeks leave to stick on the front so maternity leave won't start till towards end of Oct. Worried about getting bored but then lots of friends have said it's the last time you get to yourself which does sound quite appealing!

Suffolk, sorry to hear you've got depression. Hope you're getting some help with it.

I've just about made peace with the fact that we're going to still be in this flat when the baby arrives. Been on the market 6 months and no-one wants it. Baby in one bed flat - anyone any advice! I know they don't need much at the start but there are also steep stairs to contend with. Lord knows how our neighbours will feel about pram in hall and baby crying!

MotherOfCleo Fri 12-Jul-13 08:55:20

fairy you're thinking the same as me, I put last day as 25th oct and Im due on 7th nov. I just have a feeling I'll be overdue and dont want to waste the 6 weeks full pay I do get before smp kicks in. If I save a weeks holiday and then use my 6 weeks starting 26th oct it should take us almost to christmas at full pay. Have a feeling I'll be cream crackered by then though confused guess only time will tell.

MotherOfCleo Fri 12-Jul-13 08:56:53

Oh and suffolk I really hope you're being well looked after! I've suffered from depression before and know how debilitating it is. Really feel for you, look after yourself. thanks

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littlemonkey2013 Fri 12-Jul-13 18:57:32

yay well done Harv for finishing your essay!! fingers crossed you pass it!

harverina Sat 13-Jul-13 02:02:56

Thanks everyone. I will find out in a few weeks. Feel like can relax a bit now and start preparing for the baby!

Animol Sat 13-Jul-13 10:39:54

Well done Harv

I've still got a stinking cold - nearly two weeks now - and pain in my ribs whenever I cough, which is most of the time sad

Start of my 6th month today though and baby is very active smile

littlemonkey2013 Sat 13-Jul-13 20:59:10

Animol i am the same with the cold/hayfever had it for a week, started as non stop running nose and sneezing, now just a cough. but a very annoying cough all the same

firsttimemum12 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:06:22

How do i join the Facebook group?
It'd be nice to speak to people going through the same thing as me smile

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harverina Sun 14-Jul-13 13:44:05

Thanks animol - hope your feeling better soon thanks when I get a cough it last for weeks so I feel your pain sad

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 15-Jul-13 10:18:20

Suffolk, sorry to hear about your AND, especially after your recent baby stress. Hope you are getting lots of support and taking care of yourself.

Anyone else having difficulty sleeping? What with the heat, needing to pee 4 times and the discomfort of an arm in plaster, I feel as though I hardly slept at all last night!

harverina Mon 15-Jul-13 10:42:44

Mycat I am not sleeping great either- I don't have a broken arm to bother me though! It's just my hips get sore and tingly so I have to turn lots as I can't lie on one side for too long hmm

How is your arm? thanks

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 15-Jul-13 11:39:43

Arm ok thanks - discovered this morning that I can still drive despite the plaster so I don't feel quite so helpless!

I know what you mean about tossing and turning too, so hard to get comfortable at the moment. Only 15 weeks to go for me!

getoffthecoffeetable Mon 15-Jul-13 13:55:22

Add me to the 'unable to sleep list'
I'm loving the weather and want it to stay but it's def much more difficult to sleep. I think I'd probably end up not being able to sleep whatever the weather though so don't want to wish it away.
Have got some mosquito bites on my ankles which are currently driving me lulu. Anyone got any top tips on how to stop the itching?
Have got mw appointment this afternoon do will pick her brains too.

Flossy78 Mon 15-Jul-13 16:09:43

Hi can I join too? How do I join the FB page. I'm due on 6 Nov, a little boy smile And yes I'm melting in this heat too. Especially at night...oh and all day wink

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IRCL Mon 15-Jul-13 18:23:37

animol same here.

I can't breathe, eyes are all puffy and my cough is really starting to piss me off!

Getting really fed up of people saying oh just enjoy the weather, difficult when it causes you to feel like absolute rubbish!

Does anyone else feel like its going rather quick?

harverina Mon 15-Jul-13 23:45:26

Yes it's going too quick! I want to meet baby but I have too much to do...it's seems like only yesterday that I was saying "8 months to go, plenty of time to get organised!"

getoffthecoffeetable Tue 16-Jul-13 07:45:45

It's definitely going really fast. Can't believe we have to serve notice at DS's nursery at the beginning if August.
Bad start to the morning so far. Standing up on the train yet again. Not impressed with the complete lack of manners of some people!
Still got lots to organise. Haven't done a thing yet!
Went to see the midwife yesterday and heard baby's heartbeat. She had someone else in with her, didn't ask which was rude and yet again she's not given me my prescription form even though I specifically asked for it!
Think I might have the rage this morning lol

Animol Tue 16-Jul-13 10:38:38

Was at the docs this morning - I've got bronchitis and a trapped nerve from all the coughing - it's a bit grim but I'm quite relieved it's nothing worse! Got a quick peak at LO and everything seems fine smile

IRCL Tue 16-Jul-13 22:59:01

Glad it's not just me thinking it's going fast!

Just a heads up..

Amazon currently have the red cabriofix car seat for £68.00 however if you join Amazon family you receive £10 off, making it like £58.00!

This is a bargain for a new highly rated carseat considering everywhere else sells it for £95+ it goes on our travel system without adaptors. Bonus!

Hope this helps someone. smile

harverina Wed 17-Jul-13 14:06:28

Aw animol hope your feeling better today hmm its horrible being unwell normally, even worse when you are pregnant.

Animol Wed 17-Jul-13 16:33:01

Thanks harverina I'm still coughing but the pain from the trapped nerve seems to be easing off - or the new pills are working, I don't really care which! Feeling a lot more hopeful today!

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Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 19-Jul-13 20:00:46

Angus - I'm in the US too. Has your OB got you booked in for a gestational diabetes test? Mine has and seems they're standard here though they're not in the UK. How do you find your care in general? I like my Dr, but feel like a bit of a fraud seeing a Dr every few weeks when in the UK last time round it was generally midwife led.

Also, have you found some baby stuff is way more expensive here than in the UK? Prams etc seem a lot cheaper, but nappy bins and bags seem a lot costlier to me - I mean, who wants a premium plastic bag for poo?!

Hope everyone in the UK is coping in the heat. Currently 100F+ where I am in the States, it's brutal!

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harverina Fri 19-Jul-13 22:02:42

Omg I feel like I can't complain about how hot I am when you guys must be so much warmer!!!

I actually love the warm summer days but not in an office with no air con!!

My cravings have been healthier recently - tomatoes are a current one, and I'm loving rocket salads too smile but I also love curries, cheese and chocolate too hmm I don't want to get too heavy - I am already overweight you see. I am confident I will lose it afterwards but I don't want to feel uncomfortable.

Angus - will I post you a scotch pie? My dh bought me one last week and I couldn't stomach it. It was from our local butchers too and they are renowned for their amazing pies. Too greasy for me right now.

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 19-Jul-13 22:02:45

So I thought I was coping well with the heat but for the last 2 days when I've got home from work I've discovered I've developed cankles sad. How you ladies in the roasting US are coping I don't know!

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harverina Fri 19-Jul-13 22:15:32

Oh good. Glad you are able to indulge your cravings - I couldn't imagine what it would be like to crave something and for it not to be available at all! Some of my cravings have been very strong - when it was lettuce I ate a whole iceberg lettuce in one afternoon. When it was ice lollies I ate 6 in one day blush and not much more!!

Well done for trying to be healthy - I haven't been so successful hmm have just been stuffing my face with giant milky buttons!

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 19-Jul-13 22:28:11

harv I've been incredibly unhealthy too - this baby likes cake blush

HMT13 Fri 19-Jul-13 22:51:53

Harverina, my cravings are exactly the same as yours. Do you know what you're having?

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harverina Sat 20-Jul-13 00:03:56

No we are team yellow! Do you know what you are having?

I cut up the lettuce - I put it in a big salad bowl and went to get a plate then thought "stuff it, who am I kidding" and just took the salad bowl and fork into the dining room shockblush it was delicious at the time!!!

HMT13 Sat 20-Jul-13 07:14:59

No, team yellow too. Thought u might give me a clue!! grin

harverina Sat 20-Jul-13 14:07:20

Haha no clue - although I didn't crave anything like this last time and I had a girl...so we must be having boys wink

Wibblypiglikesbananas Sat 20-Jul-13 14:23:41

Hi all, I guess we're lucky with the air con thing, though mine seems to be struggling to get anywhere below 80F now it's so hot outside!

Angus - thanks for the tip - I'll give Cigna a call. We have a hospital tour booked in too, as well as a sibling class for DD to see where I'll be! Only in America, eh?!

I watch out for the free shipping too! Also, do you have any friends who work for the embassy, as they can use the BFPO addresses so free UK delivery for everything.

We were home last month so I had a whistlestop tour of John Lewis, M&S, Mothercare and so on. We also brought over loads of DD's tiny baby stuff (well, the generic stuff as at that point, we didn't know this one was a boy). MIL and FIL are over soon and bringing more. With hindsight, we should have shipped all baby things when we moved, whoops! Feeling pretty organised as we have been given loads of boy things by friends here so just need to get a new double pram and changing table and then odds and ends like a new nappy bin.

Brands I've found good here are Carters, OshKosh and BabyGap - my local one seems to have a permanent sale on and 40% off on a Tuesday randomly! Have you signed up to Zulily here as every now and then they do half price Bugaboos, Uppababys and so on?

Aarrgghh! My heartburn is starting up again! I had it from 9 weeks with DD so I guess 25 isn't too bad this time around but I hate it! Off to find the equivalent of Gaviscon here today.

Have a lovely weekend all x

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mycatlikestwiglets Fri 26-Jul-13 22:35:22

Thread has been very quiet! I wonder if you're all too busy concentrating on keeping cool to bother posting - I for one have enjoyed rediscovering ice pops this week!

Another one here suffering from heartburn/indigestion again after having had a few weeks' respite. I bought a huge box of Rennie this morning and have been chewing them down all day! Think it's because I'm now rather sizeable and the bump is crunched up while I'm at my desk all day (and the saga of the cankles has continued too which I'm also blaming on work grin)! I keep having random people ask me when the baby's due lately - they seem incredulous when I tell them October (I make a point of not saying "late" October too!).

Anyone else properly mahoosive in the bump region now?

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Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 26-Jul-13 23:11:33

Aha, people are back! I wondered what had happened - maybe it's just the holidays...

Yes, the old bump is getting big now! And the whole thing is becoming a bit more real. We have another check at 28 weeks and a 'childbirth refresher' course at the hospital soon, so that should be interesting!

lilstar Sat 27-Jul-13 12:06:57

I havent posted on this thread before but hoping some of you lovely ladies can help me with a question as you are around the same stage or slightly ahead than me. I am due 27/11 and am in my 22nd week but for the past few days have been having braxton hicks. I seem to remember having them alot later with dc1 and am wondering if its normal at this point? Is anyone else gettig them already? Thanks in advance for any replies :-)

Babybump26 Sat 27-Jul-13 13:16:39

Hi lilstar, I'm a first timer so I'm afraid I can't help you with this one from experience but I gave read it can happen that early? Hopefully one of the other girls will be able to help more smile

harverina Sat 27-Jul-13 20:42:15

Grrrrr just posted a huge reply and lost it!!

Lilstar - I have never had braxton hicks but I know others on this thread have spoken about having them since fairly early on. Hopefully someone will come and reassure you but think its not uncommon to have them.

lilstar Sat 27-Jul-13 20:49:07

Thanks for the replies. Been having a look around and put up a post in the pregnancy section and it seems its not too uncommon to have them this early so feelig better about it now. Hope you all are keeping well too :-)

Wibblypiglikesbananas Sun 28-Jul-13 16:45:58

Welcome lilstar - I don't have them as yet but my friend does, so you're not alone!

MummaPanda Mon 29-Jul-13 19:08:08

Yes I had A LOT of BH's with my first from about 20weeks onwards. Some quite strong ones too. This time round have been feeling them from about 14weeks. It isn't anything to worry about unless they get really crampy and painfull and are regular for a few hours, and walking around / changing position doesn't stop them.

Yes I think sadly the fb group has killed the MN thread sad


Monkeyandanimal Mon 29-Jul-13 21:09:57

Hi, I've never used this site before. Also due Nov 2013. Is the facebook site private? Would posts show up on my own facebook page? I'd rather keep the undignified details of my pregnancy secret from my family and friends! And how do i join?

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getoffthecoffeetable Tue 30-Jul-13 09:00:22

Morning all. Count me in with the heartburn. The other night I didn't sleep a wink because I'd had fajitas for dinner. I knew as I was eating them that I shouldn't have but we were visiting friends so couldn't turn them down and they were delicious
I'm cramped up at my desk all day. Counting down until maternity leave - only five weeks to go, scary stuff. Although goodness knows how I'll be keeping DS entertained when he finishes nursery and I just want to lol about like a beached whale!

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 30-Jul-13 10:26:57

getoff I can recommend Rennie Ice for the heartburn - have been crunching them down regularly and they work pretty quickly for me.

Lucky you having only 5 more weeks until maternity leave! I think if one more person asks me when I'm going off I might have to lamp them - I'm going at the end of Sept so not exactly leaving it late but it still seems like AGES away!

Hello all sorry I haven't been on mn for ages!

26 weeks today and doing grand grin

getoffthecoffeetable Tue 30-Jul-13 11:34:51

mycat thanks. I'll give them a try.
I'll be induced mid October so there'll be plenty to do in the interim I'm sure!

harverina Tue 30-Jul-13 15:11:30

Urgh I have heartburn too sad mostly at night when I lie down. Gavison dual action are very effective - at night I now try having 1 or 2 and sitting up on bed for a while before I go to sleep. I also have an extra pillow which I find helps when it's bad. It often keeps me awake too for a few hours. I get to sleep eventually but 5 hours sleep is just not enough hmm

I am currently sitting in maternity triage waiting on blood results. I have has itchy feet and hands the past few days aswell as a general itch elsewhere so getting a liver function test. Had monitor on for a whole, it was lovely to hear baby's heartbeat although I get so nervous in case it suddenly stops!

Can I ask, how much movement is normal? Should I be getting movements all day? I don't and I can't remember what my movements were like when I was pregnant with dd.

retroelle Tue 30-Jul-13 15:29:54

Hope your liver is ok! I get movements every few hours and also quiet times where I assume he's having a snooze.

I've had BH since about week 16, and it's my first pregnancy. I think it's normal; for me it is usually triggered by not drinking enough water.

mycatlikestwiglets Tue 30-Jul-13 15:42:12

Hope all ok harv. I've been itching a bit lately too (although mainly on the bump so I'm not concerned) and after bio-oiling up today it seems a bit better.

27 weeks today and movement fairly sporadic, some quiet periods and some where baby goes a bit crazy so I think it's normal not to feel movement constantly. I can't remember much from my last pregnancy but I think it was similar.

I am going slowly crazy due to restless feet. Have been taking a magnesium supplement in the hope that calms it down but my word it's annoying, especially at night!

harverina Tue 30-Jul-13 16:13:43

Hey thanks - I asked the midwife and she said I should be getting at least 12 movements per day at this stage. My movements sound similar to you guys - sporadic with quiet times and busy times and well over 12 per day. It's nice sometimes to have a bit of clarity about what is normal! A few people have asked me today if my movements have been ok and I said yes then I wondered to myself what they actually expect?!

Some of the results have come back - iron levels are low but not worryingly - I will start supplements and hopefully that will help with tiredness and breathlessness.

littlemonkey2013 Wed 31-Jul-13 13:09:47

harverina i just asked about the movements thing on the count the kicks thread because im confused. i had read 10 movements per day is nothing to worry about. but is it each kick or a group of kicks. for example baby will kick like 5 times in a row with a few seconds between each, does that class as 1 or 5? if its each and every kick then im sure ive got nothing to worry about.

MummaPanda Wed 31-Jul-13 13:35:27

I really want fajitas now! Thanks whoever had those! wink

mycatlikestwiglets Wed 31-Jul-13 21:47:58

Guess what I had for dinner tonight?! Thankfully my heartburn seems only to be a problem at work so fajitas haven't troubled me!

1stwriggler Wed 31-Jul-13 22:01:01

Hello girls! Could I join your Facebook group! I'm due 15th nov with my first! So excited for the arrival :-) looking forward to sharing everything happening to us! X

harverina Wed 31-Jul-13 22:35:49

Littlemonkey mmmm I am now not sure. Are you worried about movement?

1stwriggler I am actually not sure how to add you to the Facebook group but if you pm me your Facebook URL I am sure I will work it out grin welcome btw!

harverina Wed 31-Jul-13 22:38:16

It doesn't seem to be typical heart burn foods that cause me to have heartburn. It just comes regardless! Worse if I bend down lots, which I tend to do when getting dd organised at bedtime. Lying down also brings it on. I had fajitas on Sunday and veggie curry on Monday and heartburn was no worse!

Mycat are you sitting at a desk all day? That might be why you have it at work if you are hunched over at the computer?

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littlemonkey2013 Thu 01-Aug-13 09:44:32

i am worried about movement but just because i have been reading about it the last few days i think i have become obsessed. i have only been feeling movement for the last 2 weeks i guess so i havent really sussed the pattern.
i think he was moving loads more on monday tuesday but less last 2 days but probably only to what he was before. also the placement of kicks has moved so i think he may have turned inwards.
i think i am sitting waiting for him to move and he doesnt and when i dont think about it he does. he certainly likes to move when i got to bed at night. last night he discovered kicking downwards.

i certainly get more than 10 kicks a day

littlemonkey2013 Thu 01-Aug-13 11:53:34

after i posted that i made coffee and went to the bedroom to go and wake DH up.
as i lay there he kicked at least 40-50 times in the space of 25 mins. i timed the first 10 and it was 2 mins 5 seconds. (before drinking coffee)

i guess i should just take note and see when he does his kicking frenzies in the day. he probably has longer quiet times in between. i think i got caught up in the "your baby has sleep periods that mostly last between 20 and 40 minutes, and are rarely longer than 90 minutes" (from count the kicks) and expect if i sit down for an hour i should feel some kicks.

need to breath and relax!

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mycatlikestwiglets Thu 01-Aug-13 22:24:02

Yep harder a my heartburn is definitely desk induced - it doesn't seem to be a problem outside of work at all. Roll on maternity leave!

mycatlikestwiglets Thu 01-Aug-13 22:24:32

harder a? That should be harverina!

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lilstar Sat 03-Aug-13 10:02:46

I have been trying to figure out how to pm someone so i can send my url to get added to the fb page. Cant figure out how to pm on the mobile or desktop site lol. If someone could message me so they can add me to the group that would be great. I find it tricky keeping up with these threads and hoping it might be a bit easier on fb. I'm due on 27/11 with dc2....i'm team yellow, don't know what I'm havig...Gotta luv a surprise!

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Smartino82 Sun 04-Aug-13 19:56:22

Hello lovelies! I'm new to this. 24wks due 24th Nov. my baby was conceived by Ivf on our 3rd attempt. Mine and hubby's first child, I'm 31.

harverina Sun 04-Aug-13 21:02:02

Hello smartini! Welcome and congratulations grin

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 05-Aug-13 11:13:52

Congratulations Smartino and welcome to the thread! It's a bit quiet around here at the mo but there are a few of us still lurking for a chat!

harverina Mon 05-Aug-13 14:30:09

Hello everyone - yes the thread is quiet. The Facebook page is busy as ever.

I am sitting in soft play letting dd run off her energy! I am still feeling really tired although feel like the iron tablets have kicked in a bit as I am not as tired as I was and haven't been as breathless

Hope everyone is well grin

heartonsleeve Mon 05-Aug-13 21:13:08

Evening all. This is my lack of movement story. This weekend, I noticed a lack of movement and a change in strength of movements. I came into hospital to get it checked out I'm still here, and our baby is in NICU having been born by Emcs last night. He was 27+2 and weighs 2lb 3oz. he is stable but sick. We are in for a long tough road. I will post more when Im not on a phone. But if you have ANY doubt about movements, get it checked out. Our boy may not be fighting now if we hadn't.

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 05-Aug-13 21:29:09

heartonsleeve congratulations on the birth of your baby boy. Wishing you well and sending lots of positive vibes for the little guy - thank goodness you went for a check up. Thanks for sharing and do keep us posted if you feel able to - he was a decent weight for such an early baby so hopefully he's a fighter x

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MummaPanda Mon 05-Aug-13 21:39:43

Oh my heartonsleeve hope your holding up ok. Stay strong and we are all thinking of you and your little fighter.

honey86 Mon 05-Aug-13 21:40:54

oh hunni sorry to hear that, but congratulations im glad they acted quick enough to help him .. got everything crossed for a steady recovery thanksthanksthanks

O heart congrats and huge hugs to you and your wee boy. My niece was born just over 2lbs and she's just finished her degree with honours - keep fighting wee man x

harverina Mon 05-Aug-13 21:44:55

Heartonsleeve congratulations on the birth of your baby boy. What a shock you must have had over the weekend - I am thinking of you, your little bundle and your family and I am keeping everything crossed for him. Hope you are ok.

firsttimemummyy Mon 05-Aug-13 21:45:01

Just come over from the Facebook group as someone mentioned heart's story and wanted to say hope you and your little boy are ok (and also congratulations!) Sounds like he is a little fighter so far flowers

LovesTheChoas3 Mon 05-Aug-13 21:48:05

Hope you are ok heart Congratulations on the arrival of your son, everything crossed for you all. flowers

Congratulations heart, thinking of you and your little boy, hope you're ok. What a surprise for you it must have been, thank you for sharing with us thanks

theboob Mon 05-Aug-13 22:05:07

Hearts congratulations on the birth of your son , thinking of you both and agree he does sound a fighter xx

SuffolkNWhat Mon 05-Aug-13 22:07:01

Congratulations heart on the birth of your son. We are all behind him as he fights through this. Many hugs to you all xx

TiredFeet Mon 05-Aug-13 22:14:29

another one popping in from the facebook branch (!) to say congratulations on the birth of your son heart I hope you are both doing ok, it must feel overwhelming at the minute. thinking of you both and praying for your little boy xx

Mistyshore Mon 05-Aug-13 22:27:10

Congratulations on the birth of your son heart. My nephew was born at 27 weeks and is now nearly 3 and doing brilliantly. Best wishes to your family x flowers

getoffthecoffeetable Tue 06-Aug-13 06:42:57

Congratulations heart on the birth of your little one. Sending prayers and best wishes your way. Such a good job that you got checked out when you did x

suprisepitstop Tue 06-Aug-13 07:58:00

heart, congratulations, im so glad you got it checked out
best of luck for the little one and for you xxx

littlemonkey2013 Tue 06-Aug-13 08:18:18

congratulations heart on the birth of your boy. thank you for sharing your experience about movement. hope you are doing ok and best wishes for your little boy. xx

Animol Tue 06-Aug-13 10:01:38

Dear heart congratulations on the birth of your little boy - thinking of you and praying for you both - lots of love xxxx

ilovemiltonismybestfriend Tue 06-Aug-13 10:05:18

Yay a new thread!

ilovemiltonismybestfriend Tue 06-Aug-13 10:12:12

I realised after my last message that it was "new" about a month ago! Fail!!

ilovemiltonismybestfriend Tue 06-Aug-13 10:16:19

Thinking about you heart! Congratulations on the birth of your little boy!! He obviously has a very awesome mummy for listening to him so carefully and knowing when he needed you to be strong. Believing that he will be strong now just like you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Xx

lilstar Tue 06-Aug-13 17:08:14

Not really posted much on this thread but just wanted to send best wishes to hearts at what must be a worrying time. Congratulations on your little. Praying for strength especially for him. Hope you are keeping well too.

CornishFirstTimer22 Wed 07-Aug-13 13:06:06

Sending loads of luck Heart! I hope your little boy is doing well, congratulations!

notsoold Thu 08-Aug-13 13:43:39

Congratulations Heart!!!. My dh was 2lb when born and is a giant of a man ....

littlestink Thu 08-Aug-13 14:23:53


Hope things are going well heart - we are all behind you and your wee boy x

retroelle Sat 10-Aug-13 07:17:01

How scary for you, heartonsleeve, and how fortunate that you were on the ball with the movements. I hope your little boy fights hard and you'll be at home with a healthy baby soon.

suprisepitstop Sat 10-Aug-13 18:34:27

hope everything is going ok heart. x

harverina Sun 11-Aug-13 11:25:09

I'm in agony hmm Dh and I were at a wedding yesterday and I wore lovely high heals which I am now paying the price for now...woke during the night and could barely walk with the pain in my pubic bone, hips and back. I actually got a fright as I wasn't sure where the pain was if that makes sense. But when I lay down again it was fine.

I am going to be a moan today! And it's all my own fault....smile

Saundy Sun 11-Aug-13 15:14:52

I'm another FB defector that's just popped back I was thinking of Hearts and wanted to say congratulations and I hope he is progressing well. Sending lots of positive vibes your way xx

Harv they do say you have to suffer for beauty, I'm guessing that was a lesson learned for all of us!

notsoold Sun 11-Aug-13 18:40:30

* hearts* how is your baby??? Xxxx and hugs

* harv* I hope the pain is better now... I will try to remember that when I miss my high heels! Xx
Gosh it gets really quiet here....

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 12-Aug-13 09:50:42

Harv I can sympathise with the shoe-induced back pain - I'm rarely seen out of heels when not pg but this time I had to stop wearing anything remotely resembling one at about 10 weeks because the aftermath was such agony! It's so annoying because pregnancy is a time when a bit of leg-lengthening is helpful to avoid the "weeble" look (i.e. a round ball, which is pretty much the look I'm sporting these days!).

I've had a combination of itching bump and hot/restless feet driving me crazy for the last week. Midwife did an extra blood test to check for choleastasis (or however you spell it) but haven't heard the results yet so I guess everything's fine and I just have to put up with the irritation for the next 11 weeks or so. I had a lovely dream last night that I was on my way to work when I realised I'd forgotten I was already on maternity leave. Talk about wishful thinking!

heartonsleeve, hope your little boy is continuing to improve and that you're taking lots of care of yourself too.

heartonsleeve Mon 12-Aug-13 11:57:45

Hello all

Thank you so much for your love and support - I posted my earlier post in the middle of a down dip on the emotion-coaster, and you made me blub. Thanks! blush

Baby heartonsleeve is doing remarkably well. He's still in NICU, in the highest care room, but he's progressed well over the week. I was discharged on Thursday evening, and had my suture out on Saturday. I'm on a high dose of iron, so my guts are not happy, and I'm pretty wrung out emotionally, but otherwise fine.

Following his initial blood transfusions, he has had his ventilator removed (on Tues overnight) and is on Vapotherm, which keeps his lungs open but he's breathing well on his own.

He's beginning to tolerate my milk now - that's been a bit backwards and forwards this week, but he's had a good 24 hours and now they're talking about increasing the amount he gets. I'm expressing milk, and it's pretty tough getting up in the middle of the night without a screaming child as an incentive at home.

We had our first cuddles with him on Saturday, and also a longer cuddle yday. He reacts well to kangaroo care, and it's so lovely to hold him - I was convinced at first that he would break, but that's not happened yet...

I got to change his nappy yday, which was fun, and quite comforting as I hadn't seen evidence up until then that he is in fact a he!! grin

So all in all, all is going well. The staff here are unbelievably wonderful; they're all so lovely and dedicated. But most of all I'm thanking God for hearing prayers, and looking after him.

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Mon 12-Aug-13 12:46:41

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CornishFirstTimer22 Mon 12-Aug-13 12:47:25

Awww Heart I'm so happy to hear that your little man is progressing well. It must be so emotionally draining.

We are all thinking of you and wishing you all the luck in the world!!


harverina Mon 12-Aug-13 12:54:24

Hi heart,

It is wonderful to hear that your baby boy is doing so well. I have been thinking about you lots and praying that your little boy would be ok.

Your first cuddles sound really special. Something we take for granted so much of the time.

Hope you are ok - looking forward to hearing more wonderful news as the days and weeks pass xxx grin

Saundy Mon 12-Aug-13 13:00:35

Heart that's brilliant news, such a relief. I'm so pleased for you that he's progressing so well. Look after yourself and your family, everybody is thinking of you xx

Babybump26 Mon 12-Aug-13 13:11:04

Hi Heart, thank you for the update. So pleased to hear he is doing well, sending love to you all x

Brilliant news heart! Thinking of you and your family x

MummaPanda Mon 12-Aug-13 13:13:45

Aww so pleased he is doing well! Keep us updated! smile

theboob Mon 12-Aug-13 13:15:37

Fantastic news hearts , please keep us posted on his progress and of course yours x

SuffolkNWhat Mon 12-Aug-13 13:43:13

So happy to hear baby heart is doing well and keeping everything crossed he continues to thrive, so lovely you've had cuddles xxx

TiredFeet Mon 12-Aug-13 14:12:06

really pleased to hear that he is doing so well heart I have been thinking of you! lovely to hear about the first cuddles and nappy change smile

getoffthecoffeetable Mon 12-Aug-13 16:07:09

So pleased that your little boy is doing so well heart I've been keeping you and your family in my prayers.
It must have been so special to hold him for the first time.
Hoping that he's soon at home with his family where he belongs x

honey86 Tue 13-Aug-13 14:55:52

arr well done bubba! and well done on staying so strong heart thanksthanksthanks

Wickedgirl Thu 15-Aug-13 18:31:15

Just popped on here from the October board to find out how mummy and baby are doing......... Heart, I hope everything works out well for you and that you have lots of support in real life. Take care of yourself and your new baby flowers

clementine82 Fri 16-Aug-13 14:27:49

Hello all - is anyone's bump really hurting? I'm 28 weeks now and my bump feels so stretched. This is my first and am pretty slim normally so I guess that's got a lot to do with it. But anything I can do? Ouch!

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Fri 16-Aug-13 15:21:45

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harverina Fri 16-Aug-13 17:31:42

Angus that made me laugh...scrubbing your floors for your parents coming grin that's the sort of thing I do (and I pretend they are like that all the time wink)

My bump has been a bit sore over the past few days but its only when i have been in bed and I am tossing and turning.

I am so tired today hmm I can't wait to crawl into bed. Have to get dd fed, bathed and into bed first!

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Sat 17-Aug-13 00:37:36

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Lozcat86 Sat 17-Aug-13 05:16:51

haven't posted on here since i was about 11/12 weeks and im now 27 weeks! hope everyone's feeling good.
Cant wait for my little lady to arrive EDD 16th Nov

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 17-Aug-13 07:46:32

My bump's a bit uncomfortable at times too - it feels very tight now (I'm also very slim usually) so it's like I can feel it growing! I've found that moisturising it regularly helps it feel a bit more supple somehow. Starting to get so uncomfortable at night though - I keep waking up on my back because I'm so uncomfortable on my side! I think it's because the baby's lying sideways (transverse?) at the moment so she's getting squashed.

Nearly 30 weeks here now and the excitement is growing!

CornishFirstTimer22 Sat 17-Aug-13 11:23:03

I know what you mean about the uncomfortable nights! 29 weeks here and waking up through the night with either cramps in my legs or numb arms/ hands.

Anyone else get this? My shoulders are so sore in the morning too, I must not like sleeping on my side :-(

Starting to get 'nesty', feel like I need to organise things now! Unfortunately only a certain amount I can do until moving at the end of next month! have to make do with harassing the OH instead ;-)

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 17-Aug-13 13:48:42

Oh god the night cramps! I get them in my calves - have realised though that I can head them off when I wake up with one coming on by bending my ankle really firmly. Strangely it works!

I've been in the middle of some decorating since breaking my wrist a few weeks back and am desperate to get it all finished now. At the moment the first few weeks of maternity leave are looking like frantic new baby prep instead of the rest I was hoping for!

littlemonkey2013 Sat 17-Aug-13 19:17:07

mycatlikeswiglets i think my baby lies transverse at night too. i can change sides and he starts kicking loads into the bed. different sides at different times. if hes there then im not getting to lie on that side!

im most comfy on my back but with a pillow half under 1 side so im more tilted to 1 side. which is strange because im usually a side sleeper.

Must post on this thread more often.

Is anyone else getting really weird flippy movements when they get up suddenly? It's like the baby's startled and flips over, my belly goes all hard and then drops again suddenly. Very strange.

I'm feeling the nestiness, but have absolutely nothing to get nesty over. Baby won't have a room of her own until we move in January, until then she'll be in with us sidecarring it... I've crocheted myself out and I've renovated the moses basket, but there's nothing else I can do! Someone give me something to obsess over please grin

harverina Sun 18-Aug-13 19:31:34

I am nesting too! Weirdly I only started to feel the urge today!

I have no room to do yet - it's currently like a building site but will e ready in a few weeks hopefully grin so today I have just been trying to clean and organise the rest of the house - I am incredibly messy so this is not an easy task (I hate being messy!)

Could you start getting the babies clothes ready? Pack your hospital bag?

I've done it all! Apart from the hospital bag. I do need to pack one even though I'm homebirthing, just in case. Just getting round to buying the stuff for it, I don't own any nighties and I don't fancy being transferred in my usual holey bed tshirt.

That'll be my next project then, sourcing and putting together my hospital bag. Meanwhile the carpets need washing, because the baby will notice if the carpets aren't freshly cleaned...

LuckySocks13 Sun 18-Aug-13 20:56:31

Thinking of you hearts x <3 x hope your little boy goes from strength to strength.

I'm with you on the calf cramps whoever said they were getting those. Oh my so painful at night!

Kirjarva- I'm also planning a homebirth and although we not moving my DD will be side caring in our room as I'm hoping this will help with the night feeds! Wish I was crafty! Feel free to make crochet me a blanket ;)

clucky80 Mon 19-Aug-13 09:27:37

Hi all, I have actually been lurking on this thread since I first found out I was pregnant but haven't posted until now as I have very high risk pregnancies and have been so scared of tempting fate - even now I am a bit nervous about it! I have had a double organ transplant and was told that i would never have children but i have so far proved the doctors wrong twice! I am now 27 + 1 and due Nov 17, we don't know what we are having. I also have a toddler DS who will be 3 the day before my due date!
I would love to join your Facebook group if that's ok and if someone could let me know what to do?
Also, does anyone have any hints for easing white coat syndrome?! When I was pregnant with DS if I was spilling protein and had a higher than normal blood pressure (which mainly seemed to happen when I was at the hospital but not at home!), I would be admitted. I am trying to avoid hospital admission for as long as I can this time because of DS (but obviously if there is anything truly wrong I am happy to be admitted!). I have hospital tomm and am already getting nervous!
Thanks everyone, hope you have good days smile

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 19-Aug-13 10:42:48

clucky you can get a portable blood pressure monitor which will show any spikes induced by "white coat" syndrome - it shows the reality of whether high blood pressure is an issue or just down to being in the doctor's surgery. Might be worth discussing with your midwife/GP if you're concerned about this. Welcome to the thread anyway and congratulations on defying modern medicine!

clucky80 Mon 19-Aug-13 13:59:07

Hey mycat, thanks for your reply. I've got a home one and actually just checked my bp and it was really good, it seems to be a bit higher in the morning but not too high thank goodness! With my first pregnancy with DS my obstetrician would say that she would see me after I'd had my blood pressure and ctg monitoring done and of course that would send it rocketing! If it was high she would say that she just couldn't let me leave the hospital with it that high so would admit me but luckily that would be for 1 night stints as typically as soon as I got to the ward it would be normal again and they would just watch me overnight and discharge me the next day!

Welcome Clucky! Belated congratulations grin

I had a bit of white coat syndrome after I gave birth to DS, my BP would skyrocket every time they'd take it and I had to stay in. When I told them that I felt fine it's just that they made me nervous they calmed me down by talking to me for a bit before taking it, it was all normal. Sorry not much help but I totally get it!

Clucky what's your email? PM me and I'll try to add you to the FB group, though I haven't done it before so no idea if it'll work!

clucky80 Mon 19-Aug-13 16:13:26

Hi Kirjava, thanks for your message smile it's amazing how much what goes on in our heads can affect our blood pressure! Brilliant thank you, I will PM you now.

vix206 Mon 19-Aug-13 20:01:37

Hello. I hope you don't mind me posting. Not sure if anyone remembers me but I was amongst you for a while until I miscarried at 7 weeks. I really appreciated the support I got from the women on this thread grin

Anyway, am now 18 weeks pregnant and all is good. Due January 22nd. Just wanted to share. I hope you are all doing well and not suffering too many aches and pains smile

I remember you Vix, congratulations!! Lovely to hear you're back on a bus thanks

vix that's brilliant news! Please keep in touch x

harverina Mon 19-Aug-13 20:45:10

Hey vix! Great to hear from you grin great to hear that you are now 18 weeks yay!

Please keep in touch - you gave us lots of support in the early weeks too.

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 19-Aug-13 21:19:12

Congratulations vix on your wonderful news!

MummaPanda Mon 19-Aug-13 22:47:32

Congrats vix! Soo pleased for you!!

getoffthecoffeetable Tue 20-Aug-13 08:03:15

Congratulations vix that's fantastic news! So pleased for you x

littlemonkey2013 Tue 20-Aug-13 17:37:52

congratulations Vix great news!

also welcome to clucky

vix206 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:12:10

Thanks everyone smilesmile

honey86 Tue 20-Aug-13 22:09:58

omg vix!!! smilesmilesmile im so chuffed to read this, it was awful to see u go through your mc, so happy you got your turn. congrats thanksthanksthanks

harverina Wed 21-Aug-13 03:29:33

I'm wide awake grrrrrrr angry

Woke to go to the loo at 3am, felt so tired but now I can't sleep!!! Yesterday morning bit was 5am...and of course once I am awake I start to worry about work!

clucky80 Wed 21-Aug-13 14:26:44

Thanks littlemonkey smile
Congratulations Vix!
I am delighted as looks like I am keeping myself out of hospital for another 2 weeks at least! I was spilling lots of protein on my urine dip yesterday but because everything is complicated for me because of my transplants it doesn't seem as significant as it sounds ifykwim. My consultants words were 'watch and wait' which is good for me! It means we can go to Peppa Pig world with DS on Sunday now - not sure if its the best idea with all of the queues but DS will love it and we probably won't get many more chances to do things just the 3 of us.
Hope everyone is well today smile

Hellington Wed 21-Aug-13 23:07:31

Hi everyone. Hoping to rejoin having posted briefly at the start but dipped out as I was feeling so rubbish until about 15 wks and reading about everyone else feeling ill made me feel worse! Now doing good and due on 6 Nov.

Had midwife appt today and told I've got mild PGP symptoms and measuring small but in normal range.

Can someone let me know how to join the FB group?

Hey Hellington. Good to hear you're feeling better!

Clucky did you manage to get onto the FB group with the invite I sent? If not I'll add you as a friend and add you in that way smile

Hellington if you PM me your name I'll do the same thing.

clucky80 Thu 22-Aug-13 17:04:46

Hi Kirjava, I didn't get the invite - ill pm you my name and Facebook user name/profile thingy (I'm not v technical!). Thanks so much smile

clementine82 Thu 22-Aug-13 22:44:17

Such good news, Vix!

I went for a checkup today. Everything has been normal so far, but today the midwife said I had some glucose in my urine and that my baby was measuring 31 weeks instead of 28.

I'd had a fairly sugary muesli bar not long before. I'm also normally a size 10 and have hardly put on any weight apart from the bump, eat well and exercise.

Also I realised I'm actually 29 weeks tomorrow and I've always thought the dates weren't quite right - my menstrual cycle was generally shorter than 28 days. Plus my husband is 6ft 5 and weighed over 10lb when he was born! Eek!

So this may be all be nothing, but I've got another scan week after next and a glucose test next week. Not looking forward to the latter as I have to fast for nearly 12 hours for that and I feel so sick these days if I don't eat.

Anyone else going through this?

getoffthecoffeetable Fri 23-Aug-13 08:43:53

clementine I had glucose on my urine last test but had the GTT and all was fine. Try not to worry.
clucky I suffer with high bp and last pregnancy I kept a daily diary or bp readings twice a day, this seemed to keep the doc's happy.

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 23-Aug-13 09:27:50

Try not to worry clementine - if you're 29 weeks and your bump is measuring 31, it's actually only 2cm difference in the "ideal" fundal height. That could easily have been caused by the midwife measuring from the wrong place, having the tape measure a bit slack etc. etc. It's really not an exact science - plus if your husband is big you may well just have a big baby. Even if it's GD though it can usually be managed by a few changes in your diet.

Fwiw I was sent for a growth check in my last pregnancy because I was supposedly measuring the same at 32 weeks as I did at 28 weeks. When the consultant at the hospital measured me he clearly though my midwife was mad because he measured me spot on 32 weeks - and I went on to have a fairly large DS at 8lb11.5oz (which given that I'm tiny and DH is only 5'8", was pretty good work).

clucky80 Fri 23-Aug-13 09:40:38

Hi getoff thanks for that and definitely good to keep a record. Actually just remembered, when I was pregnant with DS my consultant asked me to provide an Excel spreadsheet and graph detailing my blood pressures and 4 x a day blood sugar readings - I may do that again! The hard part with me is that when my levels are increased it is difficult to know whether it is pre eclampsia or pressure on my transplanted organs (one of which was a kidney). The kidney sits in my lower left side in my abdomen so the fear was that it may get a bit squashed as I got bigger and then the blood supply to it would be compromised. The other transplanted organ is higher up on the right side of my abdomen. At the moment I'm just trying to do anything I can to avoid being admitted soon so I'm drinking lots of water, checking my levels and keeping my feet elevated when I can. Obviously at the same time I don't want to take any risks wrt this baby so it's a bit of a waiting game to see what happens at the moment...

heartonsleeve Fri 23-Aug-13 10:05:55

Hi all

Sorry to hear about all your woes; I managed to avoid the GTT by having baby heart early, but I was really dreading it, so I understand how you feel. The only reason I had to have it was because my Mum has Type 2 Diabetes. She is a very large lady, and I am very slight, so I felt it was a little pointless, but in the end didn't need it! Not that I advocate having your baby early under any circumstance!!

I've been missing my belly these last couple of weeks; irrational, I know, but just one of those things that interesting to come to terms with.

Baby Heart is doing very well (thank God) at the moment. He was promoted out of NICU and into HDU this week, and is up on full milk feeds for his weight (6ml per hour; I'm producing 10 times as much!!). He had a rocky end to last week, as he got an infection, but that seems to have come under control now, and he's doing fine. He is on Vapotherm still, but his flow rate is down to 2 litres per minute. He's quite a chilled out baby, but still ever so wriggly. I thank God that he was a wriggly so and so, otherwise I wouldn't have noticed that he stopped moving!

Anyway - hope you're all getting along okay. If anybody needs advice on expressing milk, that's my specialist topic at the moment smile.

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 23-Aug-13 10:40:06

Great to hear that all is still going well heartonsleeve. Your little boy will be home before you know it!

CornishFirstTimer22 Fri 23-Aug-13 12:00:39

Very happy to hear all is going well Heart, it sounds like he's a little fighter! Fingers crossed you get to take him home in not too long. x

getoffthecoffeetable Fri 23-Aug-13 13:24:29

heart it sounds like your little boy is getting stronger everyday! So pleased for you.
Have you been able to give him lots of cuddles now?
If you're producing lots more milk than DS needs are you able to freeze it for him or is there the possibility to give it to NICU for the sick babies whose mums can't give them their milk? Just a thought.
clucky it sounds like dusting off your Excel spreadsheet will be good for your white coat syndrome. I think you're really brave to have a baby with everything you've already been through. I bet your three year old can't wait to have a little sibling.

GwenStacy Fri 23-Aug-13 13:35:01

Heart - so glad it all seems to be going well!

I've handed in my maternity leave forms today, so only 37 days left at work now :-D

I had to have the GTT, but that came back okay, and everything seems to be plodding along quite nicely. New commute is proving much easier, despite being a bit longer, so that's helping a lot with my tiredness, and our new flat is gorgeous - and we have a garden!

We're starting NCT next week which I'm looking forward to as we literally know no one in our new area - don't suppose anyone lives near Harrow do they? ;-)

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 24-Aug-13 04:35:18

Argh I'm wide awake! Tomorrow is not going to be fun at this rate sad

DittyRatt Sat 24-Aug-13 15:48:10

Hi everyone haven't posted in a while as have been helping the family out with e few issues.
heart I am so happy to here that you and baby are ok after what you went through fingers crossed you can take him home soon enough
vix congrats glad to see your back on a bus
I have to go for another scan at 32weeks as I was measuring small at my appointment last week I was measuring 24 instead of 28. But I don't think it will be anything to worry about as DD was a small baby too.
I also moved into my new house the other week so am hoping to have it ready before the new baby arrives.
Now just waiting to have my maternity leave date confirmed by my line manager but she is on holiday at the moment so have to wait till she is back


clementine82 Sat 24-Aug-13 23:01:05

Thanks all - I'll let you know how the glucose test goes x

MummaPanda Sat 24-Aug-13 23:12:14

That's great news little heart is out of nicu heart! so pleased things are going smoothly for you smile

harverina Tue 27-Aug-13 07:36:23

Eeeek gwen! 37 days left at work wow that's amazing! And makes maternity leave see so much closer!

Hang on a sec...just checked my calendar and I only have 16 days left OMG!!! I have 3 days off due to dd starting nursery so it would have been 19.

On the one hand, I absolutely cannot wait and on the other hand, I have a huge list of tasks to complete before I go, not to mention a heap of filing that I need to try and make a dent in hmm...deep breathes!

These kicks are leaving me breathless, my poor cervix sad

Wibblypiglikesbananas Wed 28-Aug-13 18:45:46

Hi all.

Heart - glad to hear all is going well. Sounds like you have a little fighter there.

So - has anyone else packed their hospital bag? I haven't but have most bits to go in it. Just got a bit panicked yesterday as a friend who is 31 weeks along like me had reduced fetal movement and went into hospital. All was well in the end but they were talking about an emergency c-section at one point. It made me think, I need to sort out a bag, a list of emergency childcare contacts for DD and buy some newborn nappies!

So - they're my tasks for the weekend. By 32 weeks I want the nursery sorted out - just need a new changing table I think. Got a double pram this week so that's another thing off the list.

It's so much fun counting down the days left at work! Enjoy! Not having that this time round as I'm a SAHM now but loved it two years ago. In fact, I finished just before the Augusg bank holiday last time and four weeks later, along came DD.

Take care all - not long to go now!

harverina Thu 29-Aug-13 09:20:05

Hi wibbly,

No haven't packed bag yet but like you have most things to put in it. Need to buy some new pyjamas so plan to do that today possibly and then will pack bag. I am 30+4...I have a friend who is 37 weeks and hasn't packed her bag and has very little to put in it! I think she is keeping me calm! It is dc2 for both of us so I think there is less panic this time plus we have all the big things (except I actually now realise I don't have a cot for our bedroom yet shock) so it will be ok smile

Work is stressing me out as I have so much to do and so little time to do it. I have outstanding reports and filing that HAS to be done. I will need to prioritise them next week when I go back to take some of the pressure off.

Hope everyone is well.

Heart hope your little boy is still going from strength to strength.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 29-Aug-13 18:36:49

Hi Harv, good luck at work next week. I started declining to take anything else on towards the last month. I told people there wasn't much point as I wouldn't be able to see projects through to the end etc and blocked my calendar! Any persistent askers were told I could easily go into labour early and they wouldn't want something half done now, would they?! Soon shut them up, hahaha!

getoffthecoffeetable Fri 30-Aug-13 08:09:23

I have three days left at work! A stash of paperwork and filing too, no idea how I'll fit it all in!
I've not packed my hospital bag yet either, 31 weeks today. The only thing I've bought is a packet of maternity towels!

Fab news heart!

Another one packing a bag at the mo - don't want to leave it too much longer! 30+3

diege Fri 30-Aug-13 12:17:43

Hello! Infrequent poster here, but have been reading when I can. 33 weeks on Tuesday and now panicking about my hospital bag grin. Back at work next week too and due to finish end of sept (due date 22/Oct, brought forward a bit so think I may be one of the first after heart of course, many congrats btw!). Will be glad to get back to work for a rest from the dcs tbh blush. Pretty uneventful pregnancy so far, though was admitted briefly after being whacking in bump with an errant tennis ball at the park hmm. All fine though. Have scan in 2 weeks to see if my placenta has 'moved' up - bit anxious but absolutely nothing I can do if it hasn't!
Will try and keep up more - can't believe how quickly we have moved/are moving into the third trimester!

CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 05-Sep-13 19:35:00

Anyone else had/got a 32 week scan? I have mine tomorrow, they're standard at Kings apparently. Looking forward to seeing the little man and finding out how he's getting on!

CuteLittleToes Thu 05-Sep-13 21:14:37

Anyone on here who hasn't got much of baby stuff yet? We haven't bought anything... To be fair we are moving house next week, and staying with OH's parents atm, so no point in stocking up... and we will have some hand-me-downs, including cot and car seat.

It is making me a bit upset though, and really panicky as I keep thinking we will not be prepared when the baby comes! 29+3 today...

CuteLittleToes Thu 05-Sep-13 21:16:40

Oh, and no Cornish, I will not be having 32 week scan as far as I know, although changing hospitals and trust, so I don't know if their policies are different.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 06-Sep-13 01:37:22

Hi Cornish - I have a 32 week scan tomorrow, but I'm in the US (British but live here) and they're a bit snap happy with the old 4D scanning machines. I've had scans at 9/12/20/28 and now 32 weeks! As far as I can tell, there's no real reason for them apart from insurance company bills - though it's nice to have lots of pics.

I hope yours goes well and will report back tomorrow. Here they tell you not to have a full bladder after 20 weeks btw - not sure if that's the same back home? Good luck!

clementine82 Fri 06-Sep-13 09:00:01

Hey all - Just wanted to update you on my potential diabetes/ massive baby story. Turns out all is fine. No diabetes and yes the baby is on the large side, but the sonographer could tell it was in the genes looking at my v tall husband. So very relieved but suffice to say I'm not going to buy any "newborn" sized clothes as if he's more than 9lb which is pretty likely, they won't fit!

On the 32 week scan situation - I understand that some hospitals do them e.g. I know UCH does in London, but I'm at the Whittington and just got one because they thought the baby was too big. Anyone else there?

NCT classes start tomorrow in Walthamstow and natal hypnotheraphy couple of Sundays after that - v excited!

Norfolknway Fri 06-Sep-13 16:14:51


We have a car seat, wooden crib and a bouncy seat thing and I'm 32 weeks shock
We do have bits and bobs in the loft still from DD1 (2.3), but they're still in the loft.

We haven't started on the nursery yet, it's still full of StarWars memorabilia and other piles of DP's crap things grin

Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 06-Sep-13 17:22:59

Hi, so 32 week scan revealed nothing new - just a chunky little guy who's on the 80th percentile and who has flipped back to being breech after being head down two weeks ago. Dr said not to worry until 36 weeks - at which point they'd think about ECV (don't want that!) or scheduling a CS (don't want the either!). Eek! Fingers crossed he'll flip of his own accord.

CornishFirstTimer22 Fri 06-Sep-13 19:08:02

Good to hear Wibbly! I just had mine too - all good and healthy. They reckon he's weighing about 4 pounds 13oz at the moment (32 weeks exactly) which is apparently above average but 'not big' according to the sonographer... hmmmm. I guess it all depends when he decides to show up :-)

Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 06-Sep-13 20:25:02

Great news Cornish - it's weird to see the pictures looking so baby like now, isn't it?

CuteLittleToes Fri 06-Sep-13 21:02:22

Aww Wibbly, I'm sure it'll turn!

I had my 28 week appointment this week (well, I'm actually 29 weeks), and mw after touching my belly scribbled in my notes "cephalic". I wonder how can they tell? When I touch it I can't really tell where is the head or bum... I knew it was head down, but only because I could feel the feet wedged into my ribs, actually very uncomfortably today grin

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 07-Sep-13 16:15:00

Hi all, just checking back in for an update. Very envy to hear that some of you are having extra scans! Although having said that I might get one if the baby doesn't turn by my next mw appointment in 2 weeks - nearly 33 weeks now and she's very firmly transverse with no signs of getting in a better position! In fact her feet seem to be implanted on my bladder based on the constant need for toilet breaks I've been experiencing blush.

Like a lot of you, I've bought nothing for this baby yet and am starting to feel a bit frantic in case she comes early, although at least I still have all DS' newborn stuff so we'll certainly manage. Need to buy some nappies though!

CuteLittleToes Sat 07-Sep-13 21:09:00

We've bought a pram today! Yay!

It's Graco Evo, stroller + baby car seat.

Went to Kiddicare just to have a look, as so far we've been only researching online, but I thought we need to actually go and try out and see what feels best. But after trying out different ones, we decided to just go for it. They also had 15% off offer, which ends on Monday, so it turned out a really good buy.

Really pleased with this pram! The baby must know, as is overexcited as well and just keeps constantly moving and kicking me in the ribs!

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I reckon she will Angus - so long as she can bill your insurance company for it! ;o)

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Mistyshore Mon 09-Sep-13 11:21:09

Just popped over from the Facebook group (which is still welcoming new members) to see if there's any news on our eldest baby. How is it going Heart we're all still thinking of you and mini heart x

honey86 Tue 10-Sep-13 11:13:07

i was wondering the same thing smile hope theyre both well x

harverina Tue 10-Sep-13 19:52:56

Yeah I have also been checking to see if there is any more news. Hope you and baby are ok heart.

I had my 32 weeks scan today and it was great. Saw baby opening their mouth and closing it again gringringrin growth wise we seem on track to have a baby of a similar size to dd.

That's me now until I haven't 36 week check. Anyone else have a c section last time and considering their options for this birth?

Hello, not been on in an age! Could I join the fb group and how please? I'm currently 31+3 and still on insulin for my gestational diabetes. Think baby is breech and should be delivering around 36 weeks if things continue as they are but I have a lot of doubts and worries. Not sure I can manage being induced again, contemplating asking for a section and half thinking about homebirth but I'm v high risk and had a stillbirth nearly 3 years ago at 37 weeks.

Currently scared of everything and wanting the baby out safely. I'm now in for weekly ctgs and also weekly consultant appointments.

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heartonsleeve Thu 12-Sep-13 16:51:25

Hello! Gosh - sorry it's taken me so long to update you all... life is a little bit hectic, and when we get home from the hospital each day we just race straight to bed (a long time ago we used to do that for another reason...grin).

Babyheart is doing rather well, thank you all for asking smile. He is in Special Care now, and weighs 1.5kg - in English money that's 3lb 5oz. He came off his Vapotherm about 2 weeks ago, onto Nasal Canula oxygen, and this week has spent about 8 hours 'in air' as he was starting to be very stable with oxygen saturation.

He moved house on Saturday, into a cot with a heated mattress, and they took away the heated mattress on Tuesday as he was getting too warm. It's much easier to get at him in the cot, although it's much lower than the incubator and I have a really awful back at the moment.

Today has been epic so far, as last night they moved him onto 3 hourly feeds, to help him be more awake. And he has. When I phoned at my 3am express time, he was wailing away in the background because he was hungry, poor mite. Then also today, the lovely nurse helped me have him to breast for the first time. That was an experience for both of us! He was mildly interested, and opened his mouth well, and even sucked a bit, but as his suck/swallow/breathe coordination isn't developed yet, he got a bit out of breath. The nurse tube fed him while he was on me, to help him associate full tummy with Mummy, and when we were just cuddling after he started wailing away, and the nurse had disappeared. I didn't know what to do!! So I popped him back in his cot and tucked him up and ran away to have lunch. Poor boy.

Emotionally I'm still up and down and this week I'm contending with the return of AF - poo. Another thing to write on my list of things-you-miss-out-on-by-having-a-premature-baby!

Do hope you're all okay, and that the next few weeks fly by safely for you all. It's means a lot to know you're all rooting for us smile. We've got a few more weeks to go in here yet, and then when we get home we'll have to start all over again. That's why I laughed out loud when the Midwife asked whether our contraception was sorted...

PS - whoever it was upthread that bought a Graco Evo... good choice. That's what we went with. When we'll get to use it I have no idea, but it looks great sitting forlornly in the corner of the spare bedroom/study/dumping ground/nursery...

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Brilliant news heart! He sounds like he's coming on leaps and bounds.

cheese fab to hear from you!

getoffthecoffeetable Thu 12-Sep-13 19:18:54

So pleased with your great news Heart.x

harverina Thu 12-Sep-13 23:12:11

Thank you for updating us heart- so glad to hear that baby heart is doing so well! I almost sobbed when you spoke about breastfeeding him for the first time. Each little milestone must seem so huge for you given how far he has come.

Cheese - hello! Lovely to hear from you. Will see you over on FB soon grin

Is gwenstacey still here? If so and you still want to join the Facebook page let us know - louby didn't get a notification saying that you had asked to join and says sorry!

mycatlikestwiglets Fri 13-Sep-13 08:26:35

Aw that's brilliant news heart, thanks for keeping us updated. Baby heart will be home and causing chaos before you know it.

Hope everyone else is keeping well. Anyone else feel that these last weeks are flying by?

honey86 Fri 13-Sep-13 13:58:22

excellent news heart smile sonice to hear bout u both x

harverina Fri 13-Sep-13 22:30:54

Btw I don't get private messages on here as I am using the app - just in case anyone messages me about the Facebook page!

JJ1225 Sat 14-Sep-13 16:25:23

Hey everyone grin Hope you're all okay!
Hopefully not too late to get involved with everything, I've tried before but work takes up a lot of my time!
I'd also like to join the Facebook group if possible, but I don't actually know how to pm on here hmm
Be great to talk to people due around the same time and see how they're getting on, if you don't mind a late joiner x

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JJ1225 Sat 14-Sep-13 16:45:37

I think I've done it confused
apparently not as clued up as I thought x

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JJ1225 Sat 14-Sep-13 16:51:15

ah thank you!
bit late with the joining seeing as coming up to the last 8 weeks but better late than never

Hi and welcome jj!

harverina Sun 15-Sep-13 10:02:13

Hello jj! It's never too late to join grin

Babybump26 Mon 16-Sep-13 15:39:36

Hi JJ - welcome to the chaos! smile

Lovely to hear your update heart, sorry - I don't check on here very often but do think of you x

BigKicker Mon 16-Sep-13 22:46:41

I've been on mn for a while now and can't believe I totally missed out on this group! I've 7 weeks left so really am a late joiner! I'm guessing most people on here quite a while so feel a bit rude jumping in now.

harverina Mon 16-Sep-13 22:55:46

Hi bigkicker! Not to late no, welcome!! When are u due?

BigKicker Mon 16-Sep-13 23:00:37

Thanks Harverina! Due 6th November and it can't come quick enough! At the moment I'm nearly more excited about finishing work, want naps! How bad is that.

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Hi bigkicker! You're due the day after me grin

Wibblypiglikesbananas Tue 17-Sep-13 20:09:56

Hi all,

Anyone else super tired at the mo? I could sleep forever! Obviously not an option with a toddler as well but would be nice!

Welcome to the newbies! Hope you're feeling ok!

Angus - they're crazy with the scans here. I've had 5 compared with the 2 in the UK last time round. Hope it's all ok x

BigKicker Tue 17-Sep-13 22:17:32

Thanks for all the welcomes!! smile I'm feeling like it's the first trimester all over again with the tiredness, not sleeping well at all and when I can sleep I'm at work!
Today's big issue was shaving my legs, such a simple task yet proved so difficult!

harverina Tue 17-Sep-13 23:18:17

Yes I am feeling tired too. Sometimes I feel unbearably tired like I just can't do anything else but sit and close my eyes - but like you say, not possibly with a toddler!!!

Big kicker I feel the same...I don't think I can get properly excited until I stop work! I am of course excited and making lots of preparations but I am still too focused on work to properly enjoy it all. I finish next Thursday thank goodness! When do you finish?

BigKicker Wed 18-Sep-13 00:39:06

Oh lucky you! I have another month left sad but I'm not sure if I'll make it. Getting alot more dizzy spells now and it has happened a few times on my drive in and out of work which was quite scary so dh wants me signed off sooner rather than later.

Lozcat86 Wed 18-Sep-13 07:25:58

I finish for ML on 4th Oct, when ill be 34weeks. Technically i only have 5 12hr shifts left as I've got annual leave this week etc. I cant wait! Its a little early but my commute to work is long, so are the shifts and my job is Tiring.

BigKicker Wed 18-Sep-13 17:57:57

This week is not going as planned. Been signed off as BP is on the rise and I've started being sick again. sad baby is head down and the pain and pressure is just horrible. Only good thing about being off is that I get to make up for my lack of sleep at night with multiple naps throughout the day.

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CornishFirstTimer22 Thu 19-Sep-13 11:27:03

First day of Maternity Leave/ Holiday today! Thank God!! The lovely peeps at work got me a pregnancy massage as a leaving gift so off to have that later. :-)

Big house move this weekend, then I can finally start to get things in place for the baby.

Hope everyone is doing well! Not too long to go now hopefully :-)

mycatlikestwiglets Thu 19-Sep-13 22:32:26

Lucky you Cornish - enjoy your r&r! I finish work on 30th and am also thinking a spa visit is the way to go...!

We've just had the spare room painted so it's starting to feel more like a nursery now. Less than six weeks to EDD here!

RubyWindsor Sun 22-Sep-13 22:42:13

Hi all! I was around at the beginning of the nov 13 threads, having a quick look through the posts I can see a few names I remember!

Can I please come back and join smile

Hi ruby! How are you getting on?

Just shout if you'd like to join the Facebook group grin

RubyWindsor Tue 24-Sep-13 12:46:56

Hi fairy getting on ok thank you... Yourself? I'm currently 34+1!

Yes please re Facebook group, what's the name?

I'm doing grand - just the usual moans lol

I'll get someone to tell you how to join the fb group - I can't remember! Can you pm me your name and what your profile pic looks like so the right person gets added?!

GwenStacy Wed 25-Sep-13 18:09:06

I'm really regretting agreeing to work until 38 weeks, I've still got 3.5 weeks left!

Honestly though, I'm struggling a bit at the moment emotionally. I'm constantly fighting back tears it feels like, and finding out that my iron levels are just under the threshold for the birthing centre has really set me off this week. I'm not anaemic, so I feel fine, it's just that mine are slightly too low so I might end up on the labour ward.

We've moved house as well, and I can feel some of my friends already slipping away now that we're not as close to them. I'm going to NCT classes to try and meet people but I'm so rubbish at making friends, and I'm just feeling lonely. Everything is just so overwhelming at the moment and I'm terrified that I'm going to be a rubbish mum and I just don't feel like I can do this.

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Rach8341 Thu 26-Sep-13 16:45:18

Hi all, been lurking around a while and wondered if I could also join, although at 34 weeks I am a wee bit late!!
Expecting second child due date 5/11/13, two weeks left before annual leave and maternity leave and my god I have had enough of all the juggling now (I know, I know a new born is hard work but could do without the pressure of my job, whinge whinge!)

Look forward to chatting to you all ..

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Rach8341 Thu 26-Sep-13 21:02:20

Hi again, thanks smile Probo being thick here but can't send you a PM - tried clicking on your name?

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Hello all, I know I am very late to the party but could I possibly join you? My due date is 12th November

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Emmabombemma Thu 26-Sep-13 22:56:26

Hello. I'm due on the 15th November - can I join in?

Me too.

CS booked for15th.

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littleomar Fri 27-Sep-13 18:54:32

Hia. 32 weeks with twins and booked for induction on 1 November so don't know whether to go for Nov or Oct. A little bird told me there are some other twin mothers on this thread. How are you all doing?

Hiya, can I join the facebook group please?

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getoffthecoffeetable Mon 30-Sep-13 12:24:17

We do have another mummy having twins, pm Angus (who is cleverer than me) and she'll add you onto our FB group, you get instant messages back that way.
Ps my due date is 1st Nov but I'm being induced on 18th Oct. they're a lovely group!

GreenGiant3 Mon 30-Sep-13 13:54:10

Hi ladies! Can I join in smile currently 35+1 and just had a call from the midwife, iron levels have dropped even more so and I'm definitely anaemicsad anyone else experiencing this? What could this mean for my labour?

Who has their hospital bags packed? I haven't blushconfused need to get a move on!! Any thing I should take apart from the normal things?

Thanks x

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 30-Sep-13 22:27:18

I'm anaemic too GreenGiant - my iron levels are about 9.8 despite being on iron tablets for the past 4 weeks. The midwife doesn't seem too concerned though - I need to ask at my next appt whether it has any implications for the birth (I'm 36 weeks). I read somewhere that low iron could mean no chance of giving birth in the MLU but hopefully that's not true!

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 30-Sep-13 22:27:46

P.s. welcome to all the new people!

GreenGiant3 Mon 30-Sep-13 23:28:31

Hi mycat- I heard that too, i read on dr google that it could also mean once having your baby midwives will have to monitor blood loss etc and could possibly lead to a transfusion, I'm not seeing my midwife until the middle of October so will be sure to get all the information I need, my iron was low and it just seems to have gotten lower despite my attempts at bringing it up through medication and diet I even bought spa tone and have x2 sachets a day with large fresh orange sad hopefully everything will be ok! Pregnancy can be such a worry xx

Monique2013 Wed 02-Oct-13 13:20:58

34 weeks, been put on bed rest for a few days I have an infection ( not sure what yet...urine was sent for test) so I am on antibiotics....still to pack my hospital bag, I'm beginning to panic now.

mycatlikestwiglets Wed 02-Oct-13 14:58:28

Sorry to hear that Monique - try not to worry though, you should still have plenty of time to get your bag packed. I'm over 36 weeks and haven't done mine yet although now that I'm on maternity leave I'm starting to get myself organised at last!

Monique2013 Wed 02-Oct-13 17:19:09

Have no idea what to pack, don't want to pack too little and at the same time don't want to pack too much...will try and find a list online.

KirjavaTheCorpse Thu 03-Oct-13 08:58:47

I still haven't packed mine. I really need to get a bloody move on! 35+4!

It still feels like I have ages left when I really don't, arrggghh.

mycatlikestwiglets Thu 03-Oct-13 10:15:19

This is my 2nd DC and I still don't know what to pack! I'm sure I had far too much last time though. Don't forget the snacks for during/after labour! I had Pringles for breakfast the morning after DS was born grin

Blondie276 Sat 05-Oct-13 15:37:48

Hi all! Wondered if I could join too please ( only just found this thread !) am 32 weeks and due end nov with my first. Not a clue what in doing so looking for all support and hand holding ;) will pm my details for fb group !

getoffthecoffeetable Sun 06-Oct-13 01:28:37

I'm feeling enormous, bored of being awake most of the night because of heartburn, backache and baby's head pushing on my foofoo like he's practising coming out! 36 weeks now, let the countdown commence!
Sorry for the whinge, off for an early morning snack now!

MotherOfCleo Sun 06-Oct-13 09:50:40

Hi ladies, sorry Im a bit late to the party, I was on the early threads but then fell off so to speak.

Im 35+3 weeks with baby number1. Due 7th Nov, although tbh Im ready to evict him now. grin

I have pgp which is making sleeping tough. Only have 9 days left at work though which makes everything seem better wink

GreenGiant3 Sun 06-Oct-13 12:43:07

GetOff- I can definitely relate, I feel like he's trying to break out, some shooting pains up my foo are agony! Wish it was eviction time already!!

I heard movement is meant to slow down due to lack of space?? Not with my little one, he seems to be getting more active by the day, rolling around and kicking where he shouldn't be grin xx

harverina Sun 06-Oct-13 20:37:32


Mycat I have semi packed my bags - taking 2 - one for me one for baby and even though this is dc2 for me too, I can't quite think what to put in mine either! Baby's is all packed with vests, baby grows, hats, muslins, nappies, scratch mits, a sponge, a little brush and comb and cotton wool. All I have in mine so far are jammies!!

I am 36 weeks today so hope I still have plenty of time. If I did go into labour early I would just need to deal with it!

I am still getting huge movements - can now feel a foot swirling last at the top of my tummy which is nice to feel. Movements shouldn't decrease towards the end but they are likely to feel different as baby has less room.

I am having lots of back pain and pelvic pain. I have also been getting bad pain in my sides which my gp and midwife think are muscular. They said I should go back to physio but I kinda think it's a waste of time now???

Hope everyone is well - Monique sorry to hear you are poorly, hope the antibiotics kick in soon thanks

HMT13 Mon 07-Oct-13 04:51:43

Hi, haven't posted for a while but seem to be waking at 4am every morning now so I'm at a loose end! Might have something to do with my husband being due home from a 4 month work trip this morning though. So excited to see him and finally have someone to look after me. Starting to slow down a lot now which is frustrating as nesting is seriously kicking in. The kitchen cupboards got emptied, cleaned and reorganised on Saturday. Then yesterday the whole house got bleached, wiped, washed, descaled etc.
I'm 34+2 now and was told last week the baby is back to back - anyone else with this? I've bought a gym ball to bounce on on the midwife's advice. It is worrying me though. Although I posted on the main forum and a few people said there is plenty of time for the baby to move. It's my first so still no idea what I'm doing. And the hospital bag still needs to be packed, thanks for the tips!

MotherOfCleo Mon 07-Oct-13 07:30:29

hi hmt. Wow, exciting about your OH! Enjoy grin wink

Re thwle back to back baby Im scared re this too, although mine is ok at the mo. I was told lots of aitting leaning forward as the weight of babies spine will help him stay the right way round. So sit leaning forward, either on ur gym ball or on a dining chair but facing the back of it. Also cat/cow yoga pose is good. There is a website called 'spinning babies' which might have other tips. grin

I am 35+4 and agree re nesting, I organised all my tupperware yesterday confused and feel the need to make jam blush Very odd.

GreenGiant3 Mon 07-Oct-13 08:01:03

HMT you must be very excited to see your hubby! thanks

I also am worried about back to back, my first born was back to back, they had thought he'd turned but he didnt, I'm not sure if it brought me extra pain or strain as it was my first but I did tear pretty badly, that is what I'm dreading now. I'm 36wks and my MW was on holiday lasy week, the MW stepping in for her didn't feel my stomach to tell me baby's position, so I don't have a clue where he is!!

Hope baby turns for you, you do have a lot of time, if you also try going on all 4's and crawling around the house, this can help baby turn too xx

HMT13 Mon 07-Oct-13 08:26:04

Ha thanks. My DH will think I've turned into a strange woman when I tell him I need to crawl on all fours around the house! Willing to try anything though!
I sit on a saddle seat at work so I'm surprised the baby is back to back cos my positioning is pretty much as it would be on a gym ball. But no bouncing at work obviously!
I'm very excited. Mostly about not having to walk 2 very energetic dogs on my own anymore, haven't told DH that though wink
He's been delayed now though til later this evening so going to get some batch cooking done for the freezer grin
Hope all is going well with your pregnancies x

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 07-Oct-13 08:44:40

harverina I'm in the same position with back pain and PGP. I saw a physio a couple of weeks ago who said I have loose ligaments in my back and a pulled muscle in my pelvis confused and gave me a massive tubigrip to wear around my lower back. It's so uncomfortable though I hardly wear it and like you I don't really see the point of going back at this late stage! I'm getting by with a lot of grunting and general complaining!

For those with back to back babies, try not to worry as they often turn during labour. DS was found to be back to back when I was in labour despite me having used a gym ball for weeks beforehand and while it wasn't a good experience, he did turn before he exited.

I'm a bit worried about the position of this one as I'm sure she's still transverse/oblique at best. All the kick haves been right over on my left side and pretty low down, and her back very obviously is right across where my belly button used to be. The midwife hasn't said anything though so I'm contemplating a private scan to check the position properly.

harverina Mon 07-Oct-13 09:18:39

Hmt how exciting! You must be so happy to have him home grin

Mycat I also have a tubie grip but it makes my already rubbish heartburn utterly unbearable!! So I have ditched it which I probably shouldn't have shock

honey86 Mon 07-Oct-13 10:23:32

hi again motherofcleo smile

i feel your pain with the pgp, im using crutches atm cos my hip joints keep twisting and popping shock
my movements have gone right down too, but still getting enough to assure me. got midwife today at long last. after the last 2 weeks of on/off false labours im hoping he'll at least have dropped down.
if hes still high up after all that im going to be gutted sad ive always had difficult births i want it to be normal this time x

MotherOfCleo Mon 07-Oct-13 10:33:29

Hi honey smile oh wow that sounds painful!! sad Hope you're coping ok!

I am now taking rasberry leaf tea and evening primrose oil, plus sitting on my ball each night, walking, doing some yoga positions and cleaning floors etc to try and get him in position....its so attractive being pregnant wink

honey86 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:42:46

ooh me too... been on evening primrose oil too and just started popping one up 'there' at night... caused some stabbing pains down there and some irregular contractions but its always died off again x

Kittyb78 Mon 07-Oct-13 17:24:43

Hi ladies, another latecomer here, hope you don't mind me joining too!

I'm 34+4 and due on 15th November - our first baby and he's a boy! I'm already on maternity leave (started last Tuesday) so it's definitely feeling like the home stretch now.

I feel mahoosive and am seriously wondering where the next 6ish weeks worth of baby growth is going to fit hmm but thankfully am feeling fit, well and mobile so I'm not complaining!

Midwife appointment tomorrow and being evaluated for the local birth centre... Fingers crossed!

Not sure what happens on the FB group but will send a pm to you Angus to add me there too please.

honey86 Mon 07-Oct-13 19:52:27

hi kitty smile same as- absolutely crammed full of baby x

MotherOfCleo Mon 07-Oct-13 20:57:13

how far along are you honey I'm guessing I should wait till I start ML before I go all out and join you with the EPO in the other end blush

Hi kitty, yep so much baby so little room!

honey86 Mon 07-Oct-13 22:23:56

the other end grin
im 36+3 today going by lmp or 37+4 going by scan date. so anytime between 24th oct and 1st nov. babys not dropped yet though so it could take a while x

MotherOfCleo Mon 07-Oct-13 22:36:57

haha, I couldn't think of a 'lady like' way of putting it. wink

ohhh so you're a week or 2 ahead of me....exciting. grin I've got a MW appointment on Thurs, hoping he is getting into position and isnt getting too comfy in their!! My bumps not dropped as far as I know but hes the right way round which is something. My friend is a week ahead of me and hers is already engaged....the bloody cheek of it! shock

BummyMummy77 Tue 08-Oct-13 20:54:16

Hi! Another latey here. 35 and 6 days with number one.

In pain but excited! smile

honey86 Tue 08-Oct-13 22:32:57

welcome bummymummy smile

i feel your pain- literally. im pretty sure theres a cramp slowly building up in my calf confused gaghh x

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Monique2013 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:03:52

The time is getting closer ladies.....next month this time some of us will have their little bundles. I'm due November 12 ��

MotherOfCleo Sat 12-Oct-13 22:32:28

Can't bloody wait monique, Im due Nov 7th.

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 12-Oct-13 22:35:14

It's quite exciting when you can start talking about days until EDD instead of weeks - 16 days to go here. Eek! Hope everyone is doing well despite the heartburn, PGP and general mahoosiveness!

MotherOfCleo Sat 12-Oct-13 23:09:18

26 days here cat, grin grin Im not feeling too huge saw a friend today who is due a week before me and she made me feel tiny plus no heartburn......am suffering with pgp though....guess I cant get off scot free. wink

Hello all - welcome to newcomers!

Must get round to actually posting here more often!

36+5 and really wanting an end to this soon!

Emmabombemma Sun 13-Oct-13 18:10:57

Monique I'm due November 12th too smile X

harverina Sun 13-Oct-13 20:12:30

21 days till due date day for me shockabr believe how fast this pregnancy has gone!!

Heartburn was horrendous for me but I hve been prescribed Zantac and it has been wonderful - I still feel the burn but not nearly as bad!

Hope everyone is well grin

heartonsleeve Mon 14-Oct-13 07:43:11

Just to let you all know that baby heart came home on Friday, 68 days later! He weighs 4lb 14oz now and is fully breast fed ( something I'm proud of under the circumstances). Would write more but have my arms full of small and snuggly 10 week old. Thanks to all of you for your messages of support and I pray all of you have safe deliveries once the stock gets going in s couple of weeks!!

Heart that's brilliant! And very well done to you for managing to keep bf going.

honey86 Mon 14-Oct-13 08:25:50

heart im so happyfor you smilethanks what a journey but u got to the end. congrats! feel free to come over to the fb page if u get the time! xx

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 14-Oct-13 08:29:11

That's wonderful news heart, congratulations! So glad to hear the thread's early arrival is doing so well - and yes, we'll done you on the bf, it's a great achievement to have kept going in the circumstances.
It won't be long before there are some other thread babies to tell you about I'm sure - it's amazing there haven't been any other early arrivals yet!

SuffolkNWhat Mon 14-Oct-13 09:09:21

Wonderful news heart, enjoy those cuddles xx

MotherOfCleo Mon 14-Oct-13 09:54:30

wonderful news heart! HUGE congrats grin thanks

Question for you ladies, I'm 37 weeks on Thursday and this little man isnt engaged yet, I've been using my birthing ball, doing preggo yoga, walking etc and he is head down and very low but not engaged. Anyone else in the same situation? I know some babies dont engage until labour and that they can engage and unengage up until labour but I'd still like him to engage soon! confused Any tips?

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 14-Oct-13 15:15:00

I wouldn't worry MotherofCleo - I don't think baby being engaged is a true sign of anything really. My DS was engaged from about 32 weeks but still turned up 10 days late! If yours is head down and low that's a good start.

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BoyMeetsWorld Wed 16-Oct-13 19:45:56

Late joiner here too! 34 weeks tomorrow. Fat, waddley & looking forward to the finishing line smile

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MotherOfCleo Wed 16-Oct-13 21:54:50

I'm 37 weeks tomorrow angus an feel the same shock have period type pains - BHs I'm guessing -and pgp too....oh the joys.

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MotherOfCleo Thu 17-Oct-13 14:01:46

Ahhh lovely news! grin grin grin grin

NotYouAgain Thu 17-Oct-13 14:29:46

hello! I can't believe I've only just found this thread, I'm 34+3 with dc2 and due 26 November. Can I be a late late comer please?

Excited2meetmyprincess Thu 17-Oct-13 14:35:33

Hey I've only just found this thread and have my c section booked for the 12th of November so can I join please!! Also how do I get a place on the Facebook group?? Could do with all the support available as I am now stressing out because everything had suddenly become real since booking section date (only done yesterday).
This is my first baby and although I work with babies and children all day every day I am suddenly forgetting everything and thinking I am not going to be able to look after my daughter!!
So is it just me that feels like this or is it normal to totally stress out?!? Lol x

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Excited2meetmyprincess Thu 17-Oct-13 16:08:01

I have just sent the request so you should receive it soon x

harverina Sat 19-Oct-13 21:24:57

Excited...I think with your first you quite often feel like you have been thrown in at the deep end...I couldn't believe that they just left me walk our of that hospital ha! A lot of oate rind comes from instinct and your experiences of being patented. So you will do things without a thought - and other things you will need to ask people for help and advice...there is no way we can know it all before giving birth, so don't worry!! grin

harverina Sat 19-Oct-13 21:25:40

*our parenting skills

So many typos sorry hmm

Wibblypiglikesbananas Sat 19-Oct-13 22:34:11

Congrats Heart - that's great news. Must be lovely to be back home and relaxed after the past few weeks.

I am now 38+1 and having a c-section on Friday at 39 weeks as this little guy is breech. My due date was 1st November so we'll actually end up a tad early. It's a bit of a shame as DD was just 7 hours start to finish 2 years ago, vaginal birth, but this little guy has been the wrong way up since 28 weeks and nothing has moved him - not moxibustion, not acupuncture, nothing.

Will keep you posted. Been having stomach cramps/Braxton Hicks on and off all day so hope he doesn't decide to put in an even earlier appearance!

Good luck to everyone - not long now for any of us cake flowers

Hello all how is everyone doing? 37+5 today and still having lots of back pain and on/off contractions sad

Induction booked for 30 October if he doesn't make an appearance before then

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 10:10:59

Hi fairy 37+4 here and ready to meet this little man! I felt shocking yesterday, very weak, lightheaded and dizzy, hopfully will have a better day today!

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 10:12:42

ooops actually 37+3....dd is 7th Nov so could have ages left...<drums fingers impatiently> wink

Hi mother hope you have a better day today! I ended up as an in-patient on Tuesday night as he wasn't moving much that I could feel and the fluid levels were a bit borderline. Still cooking away tho but being monitored every few days. I'm so ready for this to be done!

How have you been getting on? Is Cleo ready for a sibling?!

mycatlikestwiglets Sun 20-Oct-13 13:28:02

Hi all, exciting to hear about some early csections/inductions - good luck to everyone! Fairy sorry to hear you're still in discomfort - at least you have a date for things to start happening for real now.

38+6 here but not expecting this one to be early as DS was 10 days overdue. I am hoping she'll make an appearance by bonfire night which will be 8 days over so hopefully not too optimistic! I've been in agony for the last couple of days after deciding to decorate DS' bedroom (seemed a good idea at the time but my back has been torture ever since!) and if that hasn't brought on early labour nothing will grin.

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 16:28:41

fairy I had a panic a few weeks back that bubs wasnt moving, was at work so couldn't do much but called triage who suggested I had some ice water and that sorted him out.

Cleo is actually my dog blush she's uber clingy at the mo, so think she may be a bit upset about sharing me. confused

I'm ready to meet bubs now, really really hope I don't go overdue kind of know I will though

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 16:29:45

cat really hope yoir back is better soon!!!

I know Cleo is your dog! I have 2 as well lol

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 17:07:18

phew wink yeah she definitely knows something is going on, don't think she's prepared for all the crying though!! wink How are yours? Are they more clingy like Cleo? I'm sure she'll be fine when we bring him hom, think she might adopt him as her pup.

I may have overdone it on the woodland dog walk! My fanjo bloody kills now, the pgp pain has kicked it up a notch I think....wowsers its sore.Walking like john wayne lol.

MotherOfCleo Sun 20-Oct-13 17:08:14

How was your overnight hospital stay fairy? Ok I hope!

Wibblypiglikesbananas Mon 21-Oct-13 04:05:23

Hi - update - baby boy is here!!!

He was born at 4:25 Sunday morning and weighed in at 7,7 - not bad considering he was 38+2. All scarily quick - went to bed as usual, had some stomach pain when I woke up but thought it was wind, then my waters went at 2:45! So much for the Braxton Hicks I wrote about yesterday!

Straight into hospital cos of the little guy being breech and emergency c-section - was having contractions every 3-4 minutes by this point. Honestly, it seemed like they popped him out in about 2 mins!

Just recovering now - stomach tender but have managed to breastfeed which is great.

Looking forward to hearing more good news stories!

harverina Mon 21-Oct-13 05:19:25

Congratulations wibbly!! gringringrin

That is super news - glad all went ok in the end. Seems like it was all so fast!!

Hope you are well and not in too much pain thanks

mycatlikestwiglets Mon 21-Oct-13 05:47:15

Congratulations wibbly, what fab news! wine

Congrats wibbly! Fabulous news

MotherOfCleo Mon 21-Oct-13 08:15:18

wow huge congrats wibbly

Congrats wibbly, great news.

I'm 37 weeks today and hopefully in for a growth scan and try and chat to a dr or my consultant if she's around about a plan as I couldn't make clinic or my scan on Friday.

All feels very surreal. Cannot wait to meet our little girl but stressing a lot.

How is everyone this morning?

Norfolknway Mon 21-Oct-13 09:01:52

Yey smile congratulations!!

Hope you are all doing well!


PennieLane Mon 21-Oct-13 09:05:32

I'm on Nov 2012 thread and just wanted to say good luck to you all smile hope everything goes smoothly. This first year has flown!

MotherOfCleo Mon 21-Oct-13 09:25:32

Hi everyone. cheese I am trying to make myself get up after an awful nights sleep or lack of
Slipped while on a wet woodland dog walk yesterday and think I pulled a groin muscle....ouch, so getting comfy is even harder than usual. Perhaps an hours woodland walking at 37+3 was a tad ill advised?
Having my hair cut today which should be nice....if I can get in an out of the hair wash chairs blush wink

MotherOfCleo Mon 21-Oct-13 09:36:43

does anyone else go to sleep on their side only to wake up on their back? I know laying on your back isnt good but dont know how I can stop myself in my sleep?

GreenGiant3 Mon 21-Oct-13 09:37:15

Congrats Wibbly!! smilethanksthanks Xx

GreenGiant3 Mon 21-Oct-13 09:39:17

Mother, have you tried surrounding yourself with pillows? This has worked for a number of expectant mums I've spoken with, or a maternity pillow?

Hope you start feeling better soon, xx