Hi! First step is to check with your insurance company to see what options you have; then start asking all your friends and co-workers for their recommendations. Another idea, is to contact Labor and Delivery at the hospital where you will be delivering - ask to speak briefly with the charge nurse, she will have good "behind-the scenes" suggestions for both OB's as well as Pediatricians.
Good Luck! Sarah McMoyler RN www.thebestbirth.comView Thread
I would deficitely check in with your OB/Gyn, as you may have miscarried, although you may be having a weird period. When in doubt - check in, as you do want to have any remnants of a pregnancy left, early or not.
According to the news this week, more couples are opting for separate bedrooms - with surprising results. At first glance- it would appear there are troubled waters- when actually the trend to have a more restful sleep by sleeping solo seems to be catching on.
How about you? Would you vote to sleep apart — no guilt attached? Would your Partner agree or disagree?
The age - old approach to "easing" the pain of childbirth with the use of nitrous oxide seems to be making a comeback. This morning's news included "laughing gas" as an option for laboring women, to help "distance themselves from the pain." Unlike the popular epidural, which blocks the pain, nitrous affects the 'perception' of the pain — so the pain doesn't "bother" her anymore.
Nitrous oxide is less invasive and inexpensive; I remain curious to see whether the medical community is prepared to go back in time. Stay tunedâ€¦
How about you? Would you choose to use "gas" as an option for pain management?
Baby Blues can happen within hours, days or weeks of the baby being born. Here are the primary symptoms: -Mood Swings -Anxiety -Sadness -Irritability -Crying -Decreased Concentration -Trouble Sleeping ALL of the above are common with new mothers!
Postpartum Depression is not as common as Baby Blues; although the numbers are rising. Symptoms may include: -Loss of appetite -Intense irritability -Overwhelming fatigue -Lack of interest in life -Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy -Sever mood swings -Thoughts of harming herself or the baby ***Relatives and/or close friends NEED to contact her OB/Midwife for assistance. The good news is that there is help available to support her through this unique life transition.
Have you had any of the above symptoms? Share your experiences here so that we can all learn and support you.
You are correct to be aware of swelling- particularly when there is sudden swelling in the face, sometimes referred to as "moonface." On the other hand, swelling in the feet is common. The one test you have not mentioned is a urine test to determine if you are spilling protein in your urine- this is something that your MD will want to check on. The other symptom for you to be aware of at home is headache - a sign that your blood pressure could be rising.
Pay attention to your body and stay in touch with your MD,as Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) can have sudden onset and serious results if not monitored.
You definitely could be pregnant...several variables that we do not know- primarily- your age. The menstrual cycle shifts dramatically with age - and early pregnancy symptoms vary woman to woman. (My own sister bled steadily through her entire 40 week pregnancy and delivered a healthy full term baby.) In other situations, bleeding is a sign of a problem- which brings me to my final thought: whenever you have a question or concern: CHECK WITH YOUR OB/MIDWIFE. Better to safe than sorry or worry yourself to pieces.