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April 2023 - We’re nearly half way! ✨ 🍼

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Cuppasoupmonster · 03/11/2022 19:01

New thread! Hopefully this one will see us through 20 week scans and crossing the halfway point! πŸ’•

As ever if you’re missing from the list give me a shout and I will add you:

Cuppasoupmonster second baby 7th (induction 37w) πŸ’–
Milkandfenty third baby 1st πŸ’›
Searchingtheskies second baby 2nd πŸ’›
Biscuitsplease first baby 2nd πŸ’–
Chocolat first baby 3rd πŸ’›
Bluebubbles12 second baby 4th πŸ’›
Erber third baby 4th πŸ’›
CariadBB first baby 5th πŸ’›
Skylark1990 second baby 7th πŸ’›
Melissa2023 first baby 8th πŸ’™
Tubbytele second baby 14th (CS 39w) πŸ’›
Alwaysseeingstars first baby 9th πŸ’›
Lj2022 first baby 10th πŸ’–
Emeal123 second baby 11th πŸ’™
DBS94 first baby 11th πŸ’™
tattlytote second baby 12th πŸ’›
Bernesemum first baby 12th πŸ’›
Lid88 second baby 13th πŸ’›
Ncbn first baby 14th πŸ’™
Kennadams fourth baby 16th πŸ’›
Margo34 second baby 16thπŸ’›
Aliceinslumberland first baby 16th (CS 39w) πŸ’™
Appleandcheese first baby 18th πŸ’›
Xalexandra first baby 20th πŸ’›
Piggybean first baby 20th πŸ’›
Tropicana1 second baby 20th πŸ’›
Puddingbear 27th (CS 39w) πŸ’›
Springblooms08 first baby 21st πŸ’›
Hannah223344 first baby 21st πŸ’™
Gilm0reGirl second baby 21st πŸ’›
Pommy1 first baby 22nd πŸ’–
Deek88 second baby 24th πŸ’›
Marshmallowmountain first baby 25th πŸ’–
LauraA31 first baby 26th πŸ’›
Peachesthecat third baby 26th πŸ’›
Allfurcoatnoknickers second baby 28th πŸ’–
Limoncelloo 29th March second baby πŸ’–
MamaMenna second baby 30th πŸ’–

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PiggyBean · 04/11/2022 05:12

Thanks for new thread and thanks for the list @Cuppasoupmonster πŸ˜„

MamaMenna · 04/11/2022 05:42

@Cuppasoupmonster long or short names but if I'm bring picky then long that can be shortened. Any ending, but an a would be good. Granny chic / old / traditional, not modern.

I also cloth nappy, but do a mix, e.g. Will use a disposable when out. I second reading the nappy lady website to get your head around firstly the different types of reusable nappies and then different brands so you can work out what you think you'll prefer. I recommend trying just one or two first of all and seeing how you get on with different types and then investing once you have sussed it out a bit. It's a confusing world to begin with. Very happy to share any more info if it helps anyone!

Peachesthecat · 04/11/2022 06:37

Checking in and catching up ❀️ Just thinking about the chat about movement….I have been feeling bubbly knocks and some swirling for about a week only in the evening, past 3 days nothing πŸ€” I’m a bit panicked after some of the advice now! I was okay as thought inconsistent was normal at this stage 😭What do you think? 16 weeks on Monday xxx

PuddingBear · 04/11/2022 06:40

@Peachesthecat Inconsistent is definitely okay at this stage!

DBS94 · 04/11/2022 06:44

Just place marking. Hope you're all well - Friday at last πŸ₯°

Peachesthecat · 04/11/2022 07:39

PuddingBear · 04/11/2022 06:40

@Peachesthecat Inconsistent is definitely okay at this stage!

😬😬😬 thank you xxx

Quinny2288 · 04/11/2022 08:17

@Cuppasoupmonster thanks so much for starting a new thread. It’s a lot of names on the list! I don’t know if you’re able to add me to the list, too? My due date was on the last thread but just for ease it’s 24 April and first baby. Let me know if that’s OK to add me to the list :)

alwaysseeingstars · 04/11/2022 09:01

@Biscuitsplease I'm having my first but definitely planning on reusables, they have come on SUCH a long way from when I was a baby and the horror stories of leaky nappies/stabbing yourself with a safety pin πŸ˜‚
Thanks for the info @ancienthouse @MamaMenna, I'm thinking of using the totsbots (I see they do different ones for day/night so will get a mix) and probably only use disposables if we're out and about for the day. I assume it's best to buy some disposables for the first few days though whilst getting used to things etc, and in case the baby is smaller than the 8lb minimum recommendation on totsbots?
@Peachesthecat I'm 17+5 and the verrrry light movements I'm having are also very inconsistent!

Chocolat · 04/11/2022 09:04

@PuddingBear @Cuppasoupmonster wow the differences in sleep between your two DCs is crazy πŸ˜…. Thanks I will go into this with 0 expectations re sleep.


does anyone feel a pressure like sensation in their lower tummy/where bump is? Not sure if it’s just in my head but it feels uncomfortable there when moving/bending. Not a pain, just a feeling that there’s something in the way (which there is 🀣).

alwaysseeingstars · 04/11/2022 09:10

@Chocolat I don't feel it all the time, but if I even vaguely need the loo I have a very full/pressured feeling in the lower tummy!

Cuppasoupmonster · 04/11/2022 09:14

Bit worried. Baby hasn’t moved much since yesterday - I’ve had the odd small kick but nothing like the few days before that. Just phoned the community midwives, hoping they’ll do a Doppler or something to put my mind at rest πŸ™πŸ»

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ancienthouse · 04/11/2022 09:16

@alwaysseeingstars yes I'd get some disposables for the first few days - new babies are a shock to the system!
If anything, using disposables for a few days made me realise how much better the reusable nappies were. My husband was really sceptical about cloth nappies before we used them but he was a total convert, and he ended up doing most of the nappy washing and changing!

I also get that pressure feeling when I need the toilet, it's a weird feeling that gets heavier as the baby grows and I remember the relief last time after the baby was out and it felt so roomy inside!

ancienthouse · 04/11/2022 09:19

@Cuppasoupmonster I'm sure they're just having a little rest but I hope you can get seen to put your mind at ease.

My movements have no pattern yet, I just shake my hips and give my tummy a prod if I want to feel something and the baby usually responds!

alwaysseeingstars · 04/11/2022 09:19

@ancienthouse thank you, I'll make sure we get some disposables! Luckily my DH is insistent on reusables for most of the time so that's helpful. What are nurseries etc like with reusables, are they happy to use them and just put them in a bag for you to take home? I know this is a long way off but that's how my mind works πŸ˜‚(and sadly I don't think I'm going to manage very long on mat leave so will need to work out some form of childcare πŸ˜₯).
Re the pressure feeling, I honestly wasn't expecting it until much later in the pregnancy haha!

MamaMenna · 04/11/2022 09:28

No pressure feeling yet, but already feeling like it's helpful to hold the bump when moving from lying to standing.

Just translated my test results and read 'placenta on anterior wall' πŸ™„ Wish they'd have bothered to tell me. Anyone else have experience of an anterior placenta and when did you feel movement? Was it minimal throughout the pregnancy? I don't think an anterior placenta is anything to worry about beyond less ability to feel movement?

ancienthouse · 04/11/2022 09:30

@alwaysseeingstars We were surprisingly the first to use cloth nappies at our nursery but they were so great! I showed them how to use them and they picked it up quickly and just put all the dirty ones in a wet bag to take home. They used my reusable wipes too. We started a trend for wet bags because they had been sending dirty clothes home in single use plastic bags but we asked them to use our wet bags instead and then other people started bringing them too! So much nicer.

I think they're becoming more common so nurseries are more on board. Totsbots are great for nursery because they're just velcro and all in one so easy to fit.

ancienthouse · 04/11/2022 09:32

@MamaMenna my placenta is anterior and it was last time too. Didn't stop me feeling movement at all - I got so many strong kicks and could still see feet protruding on the outside!

I think the only thing is that if the baby likes facing the placenta, which mine seems to, it makes back to back labour more likely.

Skylark1990 · 04/11/2022 10:10

@MamaMenna I had an anterior placenta with DD, and I first felt movement at 18 weeks but v light, and then probably had stronger and more regular movement after 20/22 weeks. I never had strong kicks or little foot prints through my stomach etc, but lots of rolling movements and prods. She'd still make my whole tummy move once she was big! Lots of thuds to the sides rather than feeling them right at the front. She wasn't back to back either for labour, although I was worried about this as I'd heard it can make it more likely, and then she did end up being in an awkward position, I feel like maybe I manifested it πŸ˜…

Skylark1990 · 04/11/2022 10:12

Reusable nappy chat very interesting! I would so love to do it but I am worried about the extra work and admin πŸ˜… but @ancienthouse if you keep saying how wonderful it is maybe you'll convince me! We use eco disposable nappies most of the time with DD, which I like to think at least minimises her exposure to chemicals etc and maybe makes them breakdown quicker but it's probably more green washing than anything else.

Skylark1990 · 04/11/2022 10:13

We did get cheeky wipes and used them a lot- got some for her face too and they're excellent after mealtime . They're great, the packs they sell are wonderful to get you started! If you have a baby shower lost put them on!

Skylark1990 · 04/11/2022 10:15

@Cuppasoupmonster baby is probably just facing inwards and so you can't feel as easily! Hope you get some good kicks soon or get to hear on the Doppler x

Cuppasoupmonster · 04/11/2022 10:18

Thanks a midwife is going to pop out for a Doppler this afternoon if they haven’t had a wriggle around by then!

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MamaMenna · 04/11/2022 10:27

@ancienthouse @Skylark1990 Thanks both, that's reassuring. Hopefully I'll still feel lots. I never saw any footprints last time and it was more rolling than kicking, then I had back to back labour so I wonder if I had one last time too, I never thought to ask πŸ˜‚

alwaysseeingstars · 04/11/2022 10:52

@Skylark1990 thanks for the tip re cheeky wipes, I'll be looking into those too!
@Cuppasoupmonster hope all is ok and you feel movement soon 😊

bluebubbles12 · 04/11/2022 11:22

At my 16 week appointment the midwife said to only contact them if I've not felt movement by 24 weeks or if the pattern changes after 25 weeks (i.e. it doesn't matter if you feel them loads now and then nothing for a few days as long as you're less than 25 weeks) so your midwives sound very helpful to be doing something about it at this stage!

I had a posterior placenta last time (they didn't tell me this time so that'll be a question for my 20 week scan) and I hardly felt movements during the whole pregnancy, but I knew that was her normal, so always trust your gut.

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