Big ((hugs)), Mandy. I'm sorry you are having such a rough time with the stress and MS (no fun). When I was in college, I had a professor spend an entire class period teaching us a relaxation / meditation technique that is supposed to reduce stress. If you have an open mind, you might try it.
I thought it was kinda hokey at first, but it seems to help me a little. It works like this... find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes, and focus on having absolutely nothing in your mind; whenever you begin to think of something, softly say/whisper the word 'out', as if you are pushing the thought out of your head. Repeat 'out' as many times as it takes to remove the thought from your mind.
Like I said, it sounds kind of silly, and might not work for everyone / every situation. Stressing while pregnant is bad for baby and for you, so you might give it a try. And we are all here to listen if you need to vent; what is said on the PAL board is just between friends View Thread
Lots of updates this week! It's so awesome to read the updates each week and see the milestones everyone is reaching
Charlotte and Baby Girl
w/g: around 30 lbs, but no one believes me (My belly looks fake, like a basketball shoved up my shirt LOL!)
s/c: Just the usual hip pain, HB, and occasional contractions; and still feeling generally uncomfortable. Am able to catch my breath a bit easier now, and I'm hoping that means she is moving in to position Dr appt yesterday, and I was a little disappointed that there was no change from last week. OB said she was surprised I was there yesterday, and had expected to get a call over the weekend that I had gone into labor. She did say that she doesn't like to let her patients go past 41 weeks (and the hospital says 42wks is the limit for them), and if I make it to the next appt on Monday, we will need start talking dates for induction (more about that below).
other: So... I'm not really sure how I feel about being induced. I'm not totally against it, but I had kind of set my mind to going into labor on my own. DH and I went for a short, easy 4-wheeler ride Sunday afternoon, hoping to shake something loose, but no such luck. I've been cooking and freezing food, stocking up on easy meals, and we are pretty well ready for her to show her pretty little face!
Mine went from innie... to flat... to outie LOL It was weird when it became flat, and now it pushes out ever so slightly. And you are so right, Heather; it is so soft. Unlucky for me, though, the belly marks are making it soft AND shiny from the all the stretching.View Thread
s/c: I can really tell things are picking up; she definately feels like she has moved into position, and has been pushing on my cervix ALL day. Went to the doctor yesterday, and she checked me for the first time. I am 1.5 cm dialated, and she thinks I am around 75% effaced! EEK! She also said I am at about the -2 station, and I'm like WOW! Pretty sure I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, because I've had lots of SOB and am just feeling uncomfortable in general. Not sleeping too great due to bathroom trips and hip pain at night, and BHC occasionally. Getting closer!!!
other: Finally had a chance to start organizing her room this weekend, after both me and then DH fighting off this nasty flu last week. We spent Saturday morning setting up furniture in her newly carpeted nursery (yay!), and then I went on a dusting spree around the house (nesting, anyone?). My parents came up on Sunday and my mom helped me get some casseroles made and put in the freezer. It's starting to become very real all of a sudden. When I told my office manager how far along I am, she said "Holy cow! You may not be there next Monday! " since I'm supposed to finish going through everything with her before I leave. Doctor isn't too concerned about me still driving to work every day (1.5 hrs from the hospital) as long as I still feel good. The bosses (men) are freaking out Haha
next d/a: Monday 2/6, and 2/13 (which is the day after EDD, so I might not make it to that one...)View Thread
Thanks girls! I really just didn't know; I mean I know they aren't harmful to adults, I just worried b/c she was getting them ALL THE TIME and I always felt so bad for her LOL
I've tried to not let a lot of little things bother me with this pg. With my first (which was discovered almost year ago), I was soooo paranoid about everything: deli meats, cat litter, coffee; I avoided all of those, went by the guidelines... and still lost the baby. So I've tried to be much more relaxed with this one, and she's doing great! Thanks for the great advice, makes me feel a little better, and it put DH at ease too View Thread