If you are comfortable in skirts you could get a couple of those peasants skirts that have a drawstring top so you have something to wear postpartum as well while your body goes back to normal... I am going to make a couple after baby is born. Partly because I will have the time and partly so I have something to wear that isn't maternity clothes.View Thread
I know. I just really wanted to go on my own. I feel like I am being cheated out of the whole 'honey it's time!' thing... In a way I am not because I could still have that moment since DH will not be staying there Sunday night (he might as well get a good nights sleep!) and I will have to call him if I go into full labor with the tape... but it is disappointing in away. Takes some of the surprise away. I am glad we don't know what we are having though, at least something is still a surprise!View Thread
Don't be too jealous! It will really put a crimp in my plans if I have to be tied to a bunch of things while not using pain meds.... they have a cordless belt I can wear to monitor heart rate and contractions and I am really going to fight to not get an IV unless I need the pitocin... but who knows if it will go my way...View Thread
Ummm it's a 'who knows' question! Mostly because your EDD is an estimate made off of our last cycle... My mom was 'late' with both of her boys and I was two weeks early according to the doctor. BUT according to her she felt that my oldest brother was only two weeks late (the OB thought he was four weeks late, granted this was 1979), my middle brother and I were on time to her... soooo...who knows who is right? She also had really short labors. 6,5 and 4 hours respectively. I have hope that my labors will be short as well.. but my mom's sisters were all 10 hours or more so again it's a 'who knows' question. I guess I will find out in the next couple of days...View Thread
Planned surprise! We did injectable fertility drugs and I didn't think it worked (we had been trying for two years at this point so I was a little pessimistic) I even had a beer and to prepare myself before getting a blood test I took a HPT that morning... imagine my surprise when it read PREGNANT! I just about flipped Originally I had planned on getting the test done right before work (I work at a hospital) so I quickly got dressed and headed over because if I got a false positive that morning it would have been devastating and I would want time to find out for sure... blood test was positive as well! I still have that paper too! I plan on putting it in baby's scrap book (I just can't find a neutral one so I have a box of things that I will put in there) and now we are just anxiously awaiting this little one to come out!View Thread
At least you DH had the sense to call 911! Most EMTs have never seen a live birth so they don't want you to push! I am surprised they didn't have you deliver in the ER THEN take you upstairs! That way baby was at least out! Well... at least you will have a great story to tell! How many people's birth stories are that awesome?View Thread
Ok so it is weird to think that tomorrow night I will be induced and I could literally be holding my baby any time after that... ACH! It's nice to know the end is near but at the same time I am concerned about being induced.... I really wanted to go on my own but I don't think that will happen. My cervix just doesn't want to dialate... Anyways... since we are still on the Yellow team I thought it would be fun to have a quick poll to what you ladies think I will be having!
So the beginning I didn't even think I was pregnant and even had a beer since I was so sure of it. Found out at 5 weeks that I was, around 8 weeks started having morning sickness, my breasts became tender (stayed that way too!) and I had an aversion to pretty much all proteins and to tomatos. I just could not stomach any type of tomato sauce! Around 20 weeks my morning sickness stopped and around 25 weeks I could start eating tomato sauce again. Since then things have been a breeze! Until 36 weeks I didn't even want to be touched then suddenly it was like a switch got flipped and our sex life came back from the grave. I never got the spark of energy everyone talks about and literally this entire pregnancy I have wanted to sleep. It's exhausting!
Well... Uganda is a politically stable country and yet has a lot of health care issues. Lets say you do get a waiver and go - there is a lack of quality healthcare in the country so if you do get sick it is much more likely to be a bigger problem then if you were to get sick in an industrialized country such as the US or UK.
I found an article about protecting yourself and another that lists the vaccine (you have to do a lot of scrolling though). Those health warnings are put in place for a reason. Mostly to protect travelers from getting sick in places that do not have adequate medical facilities available.
I guess you will have to decide for yourself if the risks of going to Uganda are worth it. Is this a trip that can't be put off until after your pregnancy? I understand you really want to go. I have had a lot of friends travel to Africa for various missions. One of my friends actually lived there with Green Peace and then later with Doctors without Borders for almost two years. She literally went from one to another with barely a break. You should get a second opinion from another doctor about the risks of going. I am sure your PCP/Family doctor would talk to you about it.View Thread
What is your induction method? I am going in Sunday night and I am about the same dialation wise. I am getting the cervidil tape overnight to ripen mine and hoping that will be enough to send me into full labor. If it's not I am getting started on a low dose pitocin protocol and instead of being turned up every half an hour I am getting it turned up every hour.
DH and I have been having sex every night to hopefully get a little more dialated before I go in. I have had a lot of good, strong contractions the last couple of weeks but it's like my body realizes it's not doing anything and stops so I will have it for a few hours and then it will go away. It really sucks.
Good luck and I hope everything goes well for you!View Thread
That is actually pretty normal since your pubic bone is separating. DH once complained that I complained too much about my hips hurting while walking and I looked at him and told hem - lets separate your pubic bone into three pieces and see if you like the feeling! LOL
Ok... well there are some ways to relieve it. You can do the hula... well seriously doing the hula movement with you hips will help stretch and prepare the ligaments. Get a labor/exercise ball (it needs to be able to square off your legs when you sit) this will take pressure off of your backs and support you. Doing the hula on it will also help you stretch out. You can also get a pillow to sleep with between your legs which will take pressure off of your sides and align your back. For immediate relief when you come home at night you can try a warm bath or a heating pad.
Unfortunately I do not know what you do at work all day so I can't tell you how to make it better. If you stand all day then maybe request a stool to sit down often and take pressure off your back. If you sit all day on a hard chair maybe bring in a cushion to sit on and stand up often to stretch. You can also make sure you are wearing good supportive shoes and get a belly band.
You should describe the type of work you do to your doctor and they can also give you other suggestions. Your work does have to offer reasonable accomodations (such as the stool) for your medical condition. Most jobs all you have to do is request it while others you have to bring in a note from your doctor. Don't just come in with problems and expect them to solve it. If you believe something would make your job easier and is reasonable then suggest it!
Also if you work for a larger company many times they have a person trained in ergonomics. They can be requested to come down and take a look at your work area and make improvments. Their job is to make sure you don't get injured while on the job and if you raise a concern it might just be because of pregnancy but it could be something that needed changing all along.View Thread