Support Groups - Pregnant and Staying Fit ~ November




Lara H
11-03-2001, 05:18 PM
Ok... I decided to start a new thread sooner rather than later this month. ;)

No new news on my end of things except that I wasn't totally able to stay away from the left over Halloween candy. (The :devil: forced me to eat the canybars I swear!) I didn't buy much this year, and gave out at least 2 or 3 pieces to every child that knocked (and I had some repeats :lol: ) but I still ended up with about the equivalent of one full bag that had been opened and I have a bag that hasn't been opened and hopefully will either leave the house or stay unopened. (Hows that for a run on sentence?)

Our ultrasound is Tuesday, and I found out that I can bring a blank video and they will record it for us. I'm really looking forward to that. So we will be able to study the baby at will. :)

Trish; I'm glad that you are passing your finger pricks and that the babys heart rate is good.

Ann; what day is your 3 hour test? Keep us informed.

Tamara; are you still with us? I bet it's been crazy at your house with the kids and Halloween. Don't forget to take time for you and let us know what's going on.

I hope everyone is doing well,

Lara


RoadRunner
11-03-2001, 08:29 PM
Hello all!!I am new to this thread..EDD July 4th soo things are just starting for me..I go to my first OB/GYN appt Nov 29th but I had 3 positive tests and no AF since Sept..Ok, what do I expect???The morning sickness hits in the evenings...I am trying to eat only good stuff and keep weight gain at a minimum of 25-30lbs...Any insight on things to come??????:?:
RR

Lara H
11-04-2001, 12:07 PM
Welcome to the group RR! :wave:

I had to wait forever to get in to the OB too. Is this your first baby? It is our first. Exciting times. :)

My morning sickness hit's mostly in the evenings too, although I did have all day sickness for a few months. The only things that really helped me at all were limeade, ice cold water to sip, and believe it or not really strong peppermints. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day as some dr's say that for some people morning sickness is a sign of dehydration. It can also cause dehydration if you are getting really sick. Another tip is to have a snack midafternoon, veggies and protein are best, as I find that sometimes if I go too long without eating I get sick. Of course, as with all morning sickness treatments/cures YMMV (your mileage may vary). These are only things that seemed to help me a bit.

Also, make certain that you are taking a good prenatal vitamin. It is EXTREMELY important that you are getting enough folic acid. I've tried a few different types and the one I like best is from GNC. It doesn't make me sick and it has higher values for most of the vitamins and minerals than most brands. On top of that it's not as expensive as a lot of the others. I think it was approx $17 for a bottle of 120 as compared to close to $30 for a bottle of 90 of other brands. I also take a calcium supplement and a ton of vitamin C (I like the ester-C). The calcium supplement is important if you can't handle milk especially well, or if you drink a lot of soda. The Vitamin C helps your immune system, I was getting every cold the kids at school exposed me to until I started upping my vitamin C.

I find that reading alound to the baby makes my pregnancy seem more real. There have also been studies that show a possible correlation between higher IQs in children who were read to inutero, and if it is technical reading higher test scores in those areas. Of course, most of those studies talk about it after the fifth or sixth month when the babys hearing is developed, but I have been doing it since I found out I was pregnant... even before I read those studies. Like I said it makes the baby seem real to me -- and that's a big thing when except for the vomitting, fatigue, and sore breasts there were no other signs of pregnancy.

Now that I've written a book, sit back, relax, get lots of sleep, and enjoy being pregnant.

Lara

:wave:


Trish O
11-05-2001, 10:38 AM
Hello all. RR, welcome. I would talk with your dr about the pre-natal (call if you are not on them) Mine are an RX and not sold over the counter...so I don't know if I would mix other vit. with them. Anyway, I am not a usual vit taker so don't know much about that stuff.

Lara: have fun at your ultrasound. They are great fun. I wish I could have one all the time. We have had like 9, but have not had one since 24 weeks. We are 32 weeks now, so I bet he looks really diffrent.

Well, my hubby and I started our baby birth class last night. It is very informative and should be very helpful. Even with reading, there is just so much that I feel I don't know about the labor process.

Well, I am off to the Dr. so I need to get going.

Trish
EDD 1/1/02

Lara H
11-05-2001, 04:45 PM
Oh definitely... I should have said to check with your Dr before you add calcium to any other supplement....

Vitamin C is water soluable and will only give you the runs if you take too much.

But definitely taking some prenatal vitamin is a must. Even if your Dr does want to prescribe one for you in the long run, starting right away with at least something formulated for pregnancy is necessary. The folic acid is so important... deficiencies can lead to neural tube defects like spina bifida etc.

Trish; I'm looking forward to starting Birthing classes too. Brad doesn't like to read much, he is a hands on type person. Of course, in this case I definitely want him to have SOME information before the big day arrives. He wants to go to the classes too so that's a plus.

Lara
:wave:

Trish O
11-05-2001, 05:33 PM
Oh I agree Lara, Pre nats are very important right away. My dr called in an RX for me when I called to make my first appt. I did not have to hold off until the appt I just started taking the RX ones the day I tested + at home. He said they can not hurt to be on. In fact, I really should have started like 3 mo before we started TTC. But I was taking a reg. multi-vit with the recomended folic acid requirement for a while before.

Dr. appt went well. I did not gain any weight (that is good as I gained a little too much last appt and it had only been 2 weeks) and all else looks great.

We had a non stress test last Friday as I was not feeling the baby move as much. But all is fine. One thing to remember is that if you have a meal that is a little more fatty than you are use to it can make the baby slugish. I don't think I did as I try to not eat that, but I thought it was an interresting think to keep in mind.


RR: If I have any advice it is to keep exercising,,,even if it is walking. Talk with your Dr. (I was not allowed to exercise or do much else the first trimester as I was on bed rest then) but I am doing as much as I can now (a lot of walking and water arobics) and it really makes me feel so much better!

I really recomend the water classes. Mine is a prenatal one which is vey nice as I have women to talk to and have gotten lots of advice (even Ped recomendations!). But mostly, I love how the water makes me feel. It really supports the big belly and you can do things in the water I can no longer do on land. So wonderful. I would go all the time if I could. Sadly, only 4X a week.

Hope all is well with you all.

Trish
EDD 1/1/02

RoadRunner
11-05-2001, 06:58 PM
Hello everyone~~Thanks for the welcome~~
I started the prenatal vits in May when I got married, so my body really is used to them and they dont make me sick~~
I am a health nut--and have been at goal weight for over a year now..I also have suffered from an eating disorder in the past soo I am very careful about eating healthy and eating enough..I try to walk 5miles/daily and decided to not run anymore. I am too scared to do weights. This is my first baby and probably the only baby soo I am doing this right~~~ Cant wait to get to know everyone!!!
Vicki

Lara H
11-06-2001, 05:06 PM
I'm so excited!... I'm off to the ultrasound... video tape in hand. :lol: our first home movie of the baby!

I dreamed last night that everytime they moved the wand thingy they found another baby.... hopefully that won't come true... as much of a blessing as babies are I don't want to have 7 at once! :o :dizzy: :o

I hope everyone else is feeling well and doing well.

Lara

Trish O
11-06-2001, 06:06 PM
Lara: let us know how the ultrasound went. I don't have a video of ours, but tons of pictures. Very fun.

RR: I was worried about weight too. I now use small (really small) hand weights when I walk and do some bicepts and tricepts and some back and sholder stuff, but not too much. Also, don't do ab work after the third month or so. You don't want the muscles to be too tight or something. Anyway, I am sure you will do fine with the weight and all. I have found that even though I am gaining weight, it does not look at all like being heavy. It is very different.


TRish

Lara H
11-06-2001, 09:41 PM
Ok I'm back... haven't watched the video yet but it sure was wonderful to see it on the monitor in the exam room.

They will only commit to being 80% positive it's a .......


GIRL!!



The best part though is that it seems to be totally healthy. The place I went specializes in high risk and problem pregnancy. So the Dr was very thorough, both in looking for abnormalities and in letting us know what we were seeing. This u/s put us at 2 days ahead of what our original due date was but he said to just stick with the 23rd of March and not change it.

We are thrilled that the baby is healthy, and will definitely be picking out girls names, although with that 20% chance we are still going to think about at least one boys name. We really didn't have any prefference as to the sex, and in fact we were a little surprised as everyone has been telling us it would be a boy because of the heart rate.

We only got one picture and even that didn't turn out very well, I was very glad we had taken a video tape with us.

I hope everyone else had a good day too.

Lara

:wave:

RoadRunner
11-07-2001, 06:51 AM
How exciting to actually see the baby!!!!I can't wait~~~~
RR

Trish O
11-07-2001, 04:56 PM
Congrats on the girl Lara. It is fun to know I think. I was unsure if we should find out, but I really like knowing now. It makes it seem very real to me. Glad all is well.

Hello RR.

Not much new here. just excited to be near the end. I signed hubby and i up for a how to care for a baby class. It should be good. Between that and the Baby Birth class and the breastfeeding class, hubby will be all baby class out. But it is good for him and I really need the info.

Trish

Lara H
11-09-2001, 05:14 PM
Hi all;

Just a Friday afternoon check in, nothing new to share except that I am now most definitely feeling movement. There's no question about that anymore. :)

RR: It is really amazing to see the baby on the ultrasound. For me it was so moving I cried tears of joy. I was very glad to have Brad there with me. It's this little living being that the two of you made, I really think it creates a special bond between you seeing the baby there on the screen. Especially when it's too soon for anyone else to be able to see or feel the effects of this new life.

Trish: The count down certainly is nearing for you isn't it... that must be so exciting! I know I'm certainly looking forward to meeting this little one!

Ann: Let us know how the fasting glucose test went. I hope it wasn't too horrible for you. Is the little guy more active lately?

Tamara: I hope you are doing alright... we haven't heard from you yet this month. I hope that only means you are busy with the children you have and not that you aren't well.

I hope I didn't miss anyone... Any other pregnant chicks out there please feel free to join our group! We all need to give and get support throughout this important and exciting time in our lives.

Lara

:wave:

icewoman
11-09-2001, 05:34 PM
Hello all,

Boy I have been having a bugger of a month. Between Migrains and the flu I have not had a full weeks work in yet. Hopefully next week is better. I seem to be missing one day a week. The baby sure is moving around in the mornings and the early afternoon. Evening it's pretty calm. I hope that means it will be a night baby and sleep all night :) lol Well I don't have my next appointment until Dec 6 and then the week afterwards he will schedule me for a ultrasound. That way we can see what the sex is. But as I see from Laura there she is just as far along as me so I could have had it this last month like I wanted to. The doctor told me it was to early to see (I know this is not true since I was able to see what my son was about now.) I figured I would let him schedule it when he wanted to. I will definatly know before x-mas what it is. Unless the baby is shy and won't show. :lol:

Welcome RR hope everything goes good for you.

Lara a girl cool. Everyone in my family thinks that is what I am having with the heartbeat so low (145).

Trish you can never have to many baby classes trust me. I wished I would have taken more. I want to send my to little ones through the I'm a big brother/big sister program. I think it would be good for them to learn more about the baby. They teach them how to hold the baby and what is good play and bad play for a baby. It teaches them so much but we will have to see how things go.

Well better go I have to pick up my SIL from work and take her home. Her boyfriend is out deer hunting today.

Take care all.
Tamara

Alex's Mom
11-10-2001, 10:53 AM
Where have I been???????? I definately won't be MIA this long again! Its been crazy here, between my husbands travel schedule, a sick 4 yr old, a flu that went flying through the house, and life in general I feel like I can barely keep my head above water!

Its weird, since I've had the u/s to check on the movement the baby started moving like crazy. I had my repeat 3 hr glucose test on Friday. It wasn't bad at all. Just really boring sitting there for 3 hrs. I passed all 4 blood draws w/ flying colors. I'm glad as I really wasn't crazy about following a special diet or needle sticks. But it did make me aware of how high the sugar content is in some of the foods I eat, so I've given up the nightly Captain Crunch fix. I did have the stomach flu this past week and let me tell you that it is absolutely **** being sick while pregnant. My stomach was hurting, turning, aching and baby is kicking around. Then trying to hurl in the right spot w/ a basketball in the front doesn't help. I did have to force myself to drink constantly as I started having tons of braxton-hicks due to dehydration. But I'm better now! I have my next appt this coming Tuesday, then my 4 yr old and I leave for FL on Weds for a bit.

Lara - How exciting for a little girl!!! I think w/ my daughter they gave us 80% as well. Did they see a 'hamburger stack'? Thats what a lot of OB's refer to viewing girl parts via u/s. Isn't feeling movement exciting!!! It makes it seem all so real!

RoadRunner - Welcome and congrats !!! I never had any type of morning sickness, so I'm sorry I can't offer any advice. I know the weight gain thing can be really scary! W/ my daughter I gained a whopping 52 lbs and she was 6 wks early. So I probably would have ended up w/ a 60 lbs gain. With this pregnancy I've been monitoring my daily calories, just like I did before I was pregnant and I added calories to compensate for being prego and exercising. To date I've gained 19 lbs which horrifies me looking at the numbers, but according to my pregnancy book I should be between 19-25 lbs now. So I guess I'm ok. My OB said my weight has been fine. I have kept up w/ my exercise but have taken it down a notch. I mainly use ellicptical machine and I still use my FIRM tapes, just the 'basic' ones and I've lighten my weights considerably.

Trish-You really don't have a lot of time left!!! You must be getting excited! I've debated about taking a refresher class. I don't think I will. All I know is I want my epidural early. Period. I'm hopeful as I'm more active this pregnancy my labor will be a bit easier. I've checked around here and we don't have a prenatal exercise classes. And the water classes have mainly seinors citizens so I've skipped that!

I think I've said enough and hope I didn't miss anything!

Ann
EDD 1/27/02

Lara H
11-17-2001, 02:22 PM
Wow... we've let our little group fall silent! It's been an entire week since any of us posted... I know we are all busy with the holiday season upon us.

I've been doing a MAJOR Fall Cleaning at my house. My parents are coming to stay with us for almost a week over Thanksgiving. I'm really happy to have them coming down as they haven't been down in forever. My mum's last visit was in February, but my dad hasn't been here in almost 18 months. I did see them both in July when they met me in the Seattle area for 5 days, but it's not the same. Also, having them visit has really lit a fire under me. I don't think my house has been this clean since the last time mum was here.

With the baby on the way I have vowed to get more organised and really keep my house up. To that end I have joined Flylady.net and am really working on having being organized and keeping the house up become habitual. I still have a lot of work to do, but the house is getting there. And as crazy as it first sounded to me, I do like having a shiny sink greet me every morning. Brad thinks I've totally lost it. He thinks I've gone from being a bit of a slob (he was being generous when he said "bit of") to being overly perfectionistic about the house. :lol: He told me this when I asked him to add his milk glass to the dishwasher and then start it rather than putting it in the sink and having me start the load right away. I didn't want ANYTHING in the sink when I got home from work. He thought one cup wouldn't be the end of the world.

So that's what's up in my life... I have a shiny clean kitchen, a clean living room (with room on the coffee table for a drink!) and I'm working on getting the bedroom to how I want it. The office (which will be babys room) is almost ready for my parents to sleep in (we've got a futon). And the bathrooms actually sparkle.

On the baby front, I'm now starting to grow out of my pants, though on the up side I have a pair that I wore this time last year that aren't all that uncomfortable and last year I wasn't 5+ months pregnant! The baby is noticeably moving a lot more often, although I'm still not feeling a ton of movement. I don't know how much I should be feeling though so I'm not sure if this is normal or not. The dr doesn't think there's any problem, just that maybe I'm expecting more movement than is realistic at this stage in the game.

I hope everyone else is doing well. And I wish you all the joy of a shiny sink. ;)

Lara
:wave:

PS... Oh... I gained 4.5# this week at TOPS :( blah. I have been really constipated though and on my scale I'm back down now so I'm not going to change my weight gain in my sig. Lara

Lara H
11-17-2001, 06:31 PM
Just an update since I said I wasn't feeling a lot of movement... Today as I said, I'm cleaning... I have a BeachBoys CD on while I work and boy is the baby moving!! Either she's dancing along or stamping her feet in protest. :lol:

Lara
:wave:

Alex's Mom
11-20-2001, 09:05 PM
Helloooooooooooooooooooooooo.......where is everyone??? I'm hoping this board gets hopping soon!

Lara - How is the plumbing working (so to speak). Did you try any of those OTC remedies? I truly say the WW Taco Soup should do the trick. Great job with the nesting and getting some cleaning done. I need some nesting my way. I have SO much to do and haven't started. I did vow to make a list and tackle one little thing a time.

I'm doing alrighty this week. I've been really struggling with the food and eating WAY too much of it. I know I'm sleeping well so I've been cranky, moody, and just sluggish so I'm not sure if that is contributing to this splurge recently. But I know I HAVE to stop. Still keeping up with the exercise which I'm happy about. I have my next OB appton 11/26--lovely right after Thanksgiving so I'm sure the scale will reflect it. Oh well.

Hope everyone is doing well and Happy Turkey Day!

Ann
EDD 1/27/02

Lara H
11-21-2001, 06:11 PM
Well... I guess I'm going to have to adjust my weight in my sig line... I was only down 1/2 a pound this week from last week. I'm still not totally "regular" but I'm not in pain like I was this time last week.

My Bedroom is still a complete disaster area, but the rest of my house is sparkling. My parents get in tonight so I'm happy to have a clean home for them to see... I don't even have any "I hope they don't peek in that closet" areas apart from my room of course. I am slowly but surely working to organize my whole house and my life. Of course I have to say I'm EXTREMELY thankful that they are renting a car so I don't have to clean that too. That is on my list right after my bedroom though.

Ann: My next OB appt is on the 26 too. I'm not really looking forward to stepping on her scale when BEFORE thanksgiving I've already got a 4# gain. :( I can only hope that I'll come unplugged so to speak and maybe it will all even out.

I hope everyone else is doing well and no one is too stressed out over the holiday.

Happy Turkey Day to us all.

Lara

:wave:

icewoman
11-21-2001, 06:36 PM
Well hello all,

I just thought I would let everyone know we are doing fine. Boy since this is my second baby I know this baby is moving like crazy. Normally when the bladder is full. My next appointment is Tuesday the 27th. I hope from there he will send me over for a ultrasound so I can find out what it is. I have a feeling it's a girl but I don't know. I have been told by so many people that I am having a girl that I guess I started feeling like it. I guess I should get back to work I only have 10 minutes left before I have to leave so I should start cleaning up.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Take care.

Tamara

EDD 18-MAR-02

Lara H
11-29-2001, 11:15 PM
Well, I had my OB Appt... and everything is progressing normally according to her. This is good. :) She measured and I'm at 24 and am at 23.5 weeks so that is normal, baby's heartbeat was around 140 this time. She said that she got the results from the ultrasound and everything looked good there. I know that the Dr at the Ultrasound place had already told us that, but it's still nice to hear it confirmed by the Dr I know.

My parents are back home, and I'm slowly recouperating from their visit. My mum has a TON of energy. Boy can that woman shop! :lol: At one point I had her leave me in the Brookstone Store in the mall for 20 minutes and I sat in one of their massage chairs with my feet on one of the foot massage machines... HEAVEN! I could see going to the mall and fighting for a parking spot just to use that foot massager. (It's $200 so I'd never buy one for myself!) I did love having them here though... I find it hard having them so far away while I'm pregnant.

Glad to hear that all is well with you Tamara... so did the Dr send you for an ultrasound? Keep us updated on the results.

My next appt isn't until after the new year. I'll be having the glucose challenge test at that point. I can't wait. NOT.

I hope all is well with everyone.

Lara
:wave:

icewoman
12-03-2001, 03:03 PM
Hello all,

Just a note to let you know I am fine. I had my last appointment about 1 week ago and this last Friday I had an appointment for the ultrasound. Everything is progessing fine. I did the glocose tolerance test. I have to retest at my next appointment on January 2. The ultrasound was so much fun. I think my mother butted in where my husband should have been but that is OK. We invited her along. The ultrasound tech said it looks like a girl but could not be certain because she was being shy. Everytime he tried to get a good picture of the face she would put her hands in front of it. But I did get a few of them. I am at 25 weeks now. Lara did you realize we are on the downhill side of things. :lol: 15 weeks to go. Still seems like such a long way away but with the holidays coming that time will go by so quickly. These headaches are really going to kill me. I hope they start getting less and less. Yeah right. Well I must go now.

Take care
Tamara
EDD March 18, 2002

Trish O
12-07-2001, 03:52 PM
Tamara: that is so exciting. I girl! When we had our ultrasouns, we got many face pictures right on with hands in front. Our kid always looks like he is giving us the bird. Hubby is like, yup, that's my boy!

I have been doing well. I am 36 weeks (almost 37) and really getting excited. I have almost everything ready and I also have been nesting big-time. Just have to have it all clean...

I think we are getting an ultrasound nect time we go in to the Dr. (monday) to see where the baby is and about how big. I hope not too big! But not too small either. Well, really, just healthy and I will be happy.

I only have one week left of work forever as I am not coming back to work. I am looking forward to that.

Well, hope you all have a great day.

Trish

EDD 1/1/02