Support Groups - Pregnant and Staying Fit JUNE 2001!




Scully
06-09-2001, 09:37 AM
Hello all, Happy Saturday!
Does anyone else here wake up really early every morning on thier own? It's crazy, because I wake up at about 5:30 to use the potty and then again before 6:30. I keep having this feeling like I have so much to do, but when everyone else is sleeping, I come and check out the computer so I don't disturb everyone else.
Do you think that it is because my body is preparing to be up a lot more very soon? :dizzy:

Well, we have officially finished 1st and 4th grade yesterday, and the weather has taken a good turn again. Looks like we'll be heading to the pool sometime today, after our last T-Ball game. We'll have one "playoff game" after this, and then the "party"...do kids love parties or what? I was in charge of ordering the trophies and I think that the boys are gonna love them! It is the highlight of thier lives - really. It makes them feel so special. I am happy to be able to participate in this area with my son. It is a great social thing to do, as you tend to meet a lot of people. I like that. My other son is a highly creative/ imaginative spirit. He shows no interest in sport related things, and is really more of an introvert in some ways. He is more of a one to one kind of guy. He likes the water and so I have decided that he is going to continue to take swimming lessons with the hope that he may make this "his" sport. I am happy that he a creative, because his dad and I are both artistic as well, but I am definitely and outdoor person, and they are more inside people. It's hard to balance it all sometimes--all the different personalities in our home, and yet #3, AKA "Bellybean is going to have his own personality and I wonder who he is!
Anyone else have children in sports or arts that wants to share?
I can never remember how old everyone's kids are...


As for the stretch mark dilemma...
Hmmmm. Well, I had minimal stretchmarks from my younger days when I was larger and lost a lot of weight. Mostly on my arms, and some on my stomach. Nothing too hideous. When I got pregnant with my first in 1990, I weighed about 140 and ballooned up to 206 at the end of the 40th week. I still never got bad stretch marks the way some people do. I was 25 and my skin probably held a good amount of elastin in it. I have a friend who was smaller than me and got them all over her tummy and things really bad.
With my second pregnancy, I didn't get them again, but I never went over my old weight either. I started at 170 and went up to 204 by the 40th week.
Now with #3, I am starting out at 206 :( and so far I have tried to keep my gain slow and steady. I hope to stay at a 20 pound gain, and no more than 25, as it will put me at my highest weight ever. But, at 24 weeks, I have gained about 7 pounds (according to my scale - at last weigh in). So far, I haven't noticed any "more" stretch marks. I think that genetically I must have elastin in my skin--either that, or I am related to stretch armstrong. :lol:
In my opinion, you are gonna get them or your not. I think it is a good idea to use a heavy cream to keep your skin moisturized in those areas that feel stretched. I have another friend who used to tell me that she felt like her skin was ripping, and it was very uncomfortable.

About piercing, wow, I have thought that I would love to get my bellybutton pierced, but not while preggo. I'm a little chicken, I'm sure that it really hurts! But it is kind of sexy. When I was going to weightwatchers last year and after I lost 26 pounds, I was thinking of doing it. Okay, I'm 35 years old now, and maybe this is my version of having a middle aged crisis. :devil: Tattoos, nope not for me. When I'm 90 and my skin is all wrinkled, I think a tattoo would look really wierd. With a piercing, you could always let it close.

Well, I have gone on and on again. See what happens when I get up early on my own? I hear the pitter patter of footsteps upstairs and I should go anyway.

I hope that everyone is happy and healthy today! Let's keep our group going strong here. Have a fab weekend!

hugs,
Scully and Bellybean


Jen
06-09-2001, 06:07 PM
I didn't get any stretch marks on my arms or breasts, just my stomach and hips. I'm starting to get just a little tiny purple mark on my abdomen but at the rate I am ballooning out I know there are more to come.

Scully - I'm an indoor person who aspires to be an outdoor person! That sounds kind of funny I know but there are a lot of things I would like to do outdoors I just never seem to get around to them! I have been out in my garden a lot more this year. I probably won't do much this summer but next year I am definately playing baseball again.

Not much new, my cold is a bit better but my back is worse today. C'est la vie.

geneve
06-12-2001, 05:38 AM
Hi y'all,
Sporty? Well I used to be, swimming every day (I'm a good swimmer, used to be very good at school/college) played rugby, lacrosse and hurdled in my youth. As a slightly larger adult went to the gym, kept on swimming, lots of walking. It's the answer fro me, all the time I was very active i kept reasonably slim. I lost the thread badly starting from my early days of marriage and having Ted.
I'm a painter so yep, very arty, and usually have a few comissions to top up the family income. i paint large oil landscapes/seascapes, fairly abstract and have won some prizes and awards for my work.
DH plays cricket as much as he can but to be hinest he's not very fit, you don't have to eb for cricket.
Ted, just coming up for 4 looks to be very sporty. He is very tall and strong and can already swim unaided, hit a cricket ball and plays pretty good soccer in the garden. I take him swimming as much as I can, Ihave hopes he'll be Englands Thorpedo one day!
Must dash time for antinatal.


Jen
06-12-2001, 08:01 AM
Morning all. Scully this is one of those rare mornings when I stay up after the DH goes home and usually manage to get a lot done opposed to the days I go back to bed til 11 and are lucky if I get anything done. there is a lot to be said for getting up early! (some days!)

Not much new here with me. Made an appointment to go to physiotherapy for my back. It has been giving me some problems at work. I've taken off 3 sick days in the last week or so because of the cold and then my back. At this rate I won't make it til August. Hopefully physio and massage will keep me going.

Geneve - it must be wonderful to be arty! That is something else I aspire to, I can be sporty when I want to be but arty is something else altogether. I have the interest but not the talent.

Scully - talking about getting up at night to use the bathroom, I must have been up every hour last night. It was kind of a sleepless night, can't imagine why I didn't go back to bed but I just don't feel tired. Probably go for a nap later.

Well hope everyone is keeping well. Talk to you again soon.

bensmom
06-12-2001, 08:55 AM
Good morning, everyone!

My weekends seem so busy and there are not many left. My son loves baseball (and he is very good at it, too). But Saturday he had to miss his game and go to the doctor. He has a rash on the back of his leg that got hard and hot but did not itch at all. Of course, here in the NE I thought of Lyme disease right away even though it didn't look like a Lyme rash. But the doctor said it definitely looked like a bug bite that just got infected. So he is on antibiotics for ten days. It started looking better after a day so I am pleased. Kids are funny though. He hated the idea of missing his game even though he was in pain. But he got to play in a make-up game on Sunday.

I go to the ob tomorrow for my last two week check up. They will do the strep b test then too. This was new to me. I didn't have it with my son. My biggest complaint right now is that my feet and ankles are swelling. My ds was born in January so I didn't have this problem.

Be well and happy.

bootwoman
06-12-2001, 01:04 PM
I just noticed that today is your birthday, so Happy Birthday!
I also am a Bensmom, except my little boy is 20 years old!
Anyway, I was just browsing around and wanted to say hello and happy birthday to another bensmom.
I hope everything goes well with the new baby.
Ramona:)

Scully
06-12-2001, 03:26 PM
Okay you gals, I weighed myself today and I am up 9 pounds on my scale! That means that I am gaining at a rate of 1lb/wk.!!!
My goal was to gain between 15 and 20 pounds and it doesn't look very good right now.

I will be beginning my 25th week tomorrow, and I am getting concerned. I guess that I need to evaluate my food intake more, huh? And I can't remember the last time that I used my tapes.

Okay, now I am a little depressed and P/Oed at myself!

I went to the pool yesterday, and it is going to be a stressful, self-conscious summer for me. I couldn't help but compare women there and I was already anticipating what shape my body might be in by this time next year! Isn;t that bad!!?

Oh well.
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Happy Birthday Bensmom! I hope it is a great one!

Take Care everyone

Scully and Bellybean

bensmom
06-15-2001, 08:40 AM
It has been so hot and humid here that I feel like doing hardly anything at all. My feet and ankles are a bit swollen now but not as bad as the other day. The worst part is I can't get too many shoes on. The doctor said to take it easy and keep my feet up as much as possible. If I drink any more water than I am I will float away. I constantly have a bottle of water with me.

Ramona - Thanks for the birthday wish. But my birthday was in April. It was a very nice gesture and I appreciate it.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. My son's baseball team is in the playoffs on Tues. but his last game of the season is tomorrow. I hope the temp is a little cooler.

bootwoman
06-15-2001, 10:01 AM
sorry about the birthday mixup. You were listed at the top of the page as having a birthday that day.

Jen
06-15-2001, 11:08 AM
scully - after reading your post i went and got on the scale and currently am reading a 23 lbs gain for 28 weeks of pregnancy. YIKES!!!!!

I know that I will probably drop a few pounds because I tend to retain tons of water during my work days but still like you I really need to watch what I am eating. As for exercise...I haven't done anything in ages. I should start trying to walk a bit. It is better than nothing. Not today though as we have a smog warning in effect. So far my ankles are staying unswollen. Don't worry about what your body will look like this time next year. I fully intend to have lost a lot of weight!!!! I am due in September and figure on getting on a very very serious diet/exercise program at least 4-6 weeks after delivery. I am taking a year off for maternity leave and I am really serious about getting all the weight off in that year. I figure that if I don't do it now when I don't have to worry about work than I probably never will do it. Maybe I am being naive about what it will be like to have a newborn baby but I really have to do this, not only for myself but for my family. My hubby knows what I am planning and he is going to help ie. knowing that I won't be home all the time and he is going to be looking after the baby sometimes while I am exercising. I have heard other fathers say that they are babysitting, it isn't babysitting when it is your own kid!!! My hubby knows this too and is fully supportive. Anyway I have babbled on enough here. Take care all, have a nice weekend.

Scully
06-15-2001, 03:08 PM
:dizzy: Hey Jen! When is your due date? Mine is 9/26/2001...

Yeah, it just sucks to watch the scale go up. I feel like I am still being conscious, but not overtly so and my goal was to gain around 1/2 lb./ week instead of my going rate. LOL

I suppose that gaining around 10 pounds total in 25 weeks isn't horrendous, except that taking my pre-pregnancy weight into consideration isn't helping. I know, I know, we are supposed to gain some amount of weight during pregnancy, but being the weight obsessed person that I am--well, it doesn't help. I know someone who was a lot heavier than I am starting out and she didn't gain anything. Not sure how she managed that?!

Anyway, as I feel my baby moved, I am reminded that as long as I am eating healthy, the weight will be easier to lose.

I was able to reach 10% goal at weight watchers last year, and I'm with you. 6 weeks post partum, I am back there in a heartbeat.

Okay, I'll stop going on and on about it!

What are everyones plans for Fathers Day? I invited my FIL to come and we're going to take him out to dinner. I still have to shop for DH, hopefully this afternoon! So much to do, so little time!

I think that I have finally found the perfect bedding for Bellybean. It is a neutral beige and cream. We picked a beautiful border that has hunter green in it, it's theme is kind of "Toys / Toy soldier". It's really nice. I already did Disney theme with #1 and a bright Jungle theme with #2 son, so I am intent on keeping this room workable for when he is a tot later. It is very exciting! I want his room to be just so!

Has it been So HOT everywhere else? Chicago has been unbelieveable and we do not have air conditioning! I am SO looking forward to JULY AUGUST and SEPTEMBER!!! :o
I think we are going to have to buy a new window unit or I might go mad :s: :lol:

Well, I hope everyone is feeling well. Other than the hot weather, I am doing really well, and enjoying the pregnancy so much! Allergies are kicking in and moving into my chest though which is frustrating. At night it gets worse and I sound like a really hoarse "Demi Moore". When I was pregnant with my 2nd boy I develped pregnancy induced asthma in the 3rd trimester...and I am less than 2 weeks from entering that!! I hope that I don't have to start using an inhaler again. I will, but I hope not to.

Blessings to all of you! Have an awesone weekend!

Scully and Bellybean :cool:

geneve
06-15-2001, 06:39 PM
Hello everyone,
I'm sorry to hear you are all worried about the weight gain, maybe you know this but as I understand it the larger you are the less weight you can expect to gain whilst pregnant.Also you gain more with the first pregnancy than subsequent ones. I have also read that larger women tend to have larger babies, which apart from the actual delivery is supposed to be good, there was a study done just as I had my 10lb bouncing baby boy which said bigger babies had higher IQ's. I remeber I cut it out and stuck it in his baby book!
I am up maybe 16lbs with 8 weeks to go, but I remember I piled it on in the last few months...well, it was hot, I was huge and there was little to do but laze about eating ice cream!I'm terrified of gaining weight but I want to have a healthy babe so I'm trying hard to listen to my body...not easy, I have spent much of my life ignoring what my body wants in favour of emotional eating. I have a great deal of hope riding on losing some and getting fitter after the big day. I won't be having any more kids and I want to look back and say' I may have been big in my baby years but I was strong enough to take control afterwards'.
It has just started raining here after a really hot spell. DH has a great tan and I am totally covered in freckles which is what passes for a tan with me!
DH will be spending father's day watching cricket (yawn), I had my father here today and beliebe me, that's enough for another year!
Happy weeknd,
Geneve

Jen
06-16-2001, 11:38 PM
I think we are all torn about the weight issue. On one hand we want to gain weight in order to have a healthy baby, on the other hand we don't want to gain too much on top of the weight we already have too much off. It is a catch-22 no matter what we do.

I spoke too soon about the swollen feet. They ballooned up yesterday and it seesm like the swelling is here to stay. I thought at first it was because of the humidity. Thursday and Friday were brutal here. We don't have air conditioning, usually the ceiling fan is enough to keep it comfortable but there was just no way last night. It was a very miserable night, couldn't sleep til early morning when it had cooled down a bit. Luckily we had a nice rain that took the humidity away instead of making it worse so it has been a very nice day today. I was outside doing a bit of gardening and got a tiny bit of a burn on my face and neck.

I'm a bit worried about developing pregnancy induced hypertension. I went to the drug store and had my blood pressure taken on one of those machines and it was 149/77 where at my last dr's visit it was 109/68. Then I went to another drug store 4 hours later and used their machine and it was 145/78. I'm hoping this isn't going to last but I'm going into work tomorrow even though it is my day off(I work as a RN in a hospital) and get my b.p. taken there again. Has anyone else been through this? I'm worried if it is still up about going into work on Monday. I am on my feet practically all day. Unfortunately I won't be able to talk to my dr til Monday so I don't know what to do if my b.p. is still up. Also I have gained more weight in a very short time so I am worried about having too much fluid and this is what is causing the increased b.p. It is hard to know what to do. Do I drink more water in hopes that will flush out the rest of it or will this make my b.p. worse? If anyone has any words of wisdom I'd love to hear it.

Scully, I am due Sept. 6. I guess we are in the same boat with the air conditioning. That is going to be the first thing on my list when we go to buy a new house in a couple of years!

Geneve - sorry but I have blown your theory about heavy women gaining less weight during pregnancy. I've already gained what a "normal" sized woman should have gained during the entire pregnancy and I still have 12 weeks to go! Oh well, I'm not obsessing over it. Like I said before losing all the weight I need to is a top priority after the delivery.

Take care all. Jennifer

bensmom
06-18-2001, 06:54 PM
Hello, all moms-to-be,

I hope everyone had a somewhat enjoyable weekend. Here in NY the humidity dropped today so it is a much more pleasant day. The weekend was brutal. My DH and I have been holding off putting the ac in the window. I found if I take a shower (lukewarm) before I go to bed I sleep much better. My feet and ankles are just about back to normal. But I think it is going to get humid again this week.

I went back to the dr today and my bp is back to normal (122/74). Last Wed. it was 148/84. So they wanted me back sooner than a week this time (Jen - I think they were worried about PIH too). I also lost 6 pounds in those 4 days. I really did not have much of an appetite in the heat and I kept drinking water and liquids all the time. The only things that actually tasted good to me were watermellon and cucumbers.

I. too, have gained more weight than I originally wanted to. I read somewhere last week that if a woman loses a lot of weight shortly before getting pg, her body tries to compensate for that loss plus the baby. I am not using this as an excuse in any way. I just found it interesting. I know exactly where my weight gain has come from. I gave myself permission to eat a lot of things I normally would not have allowed myself to eat.

Stay cool and comfortable.

geneve
06-22-2001, 09:50 AM
Hi everyone,
Sun still shining here, even I have managed to get a decent tan under all my freckles. All the extra melanin, they tell me.
Apart from that things are pretty grim, I've been in a bad mood for days, feeling unappreciated by a husband who is apparently too special to get involved with housework, especially when he can be in London watching the test match with his mates all day.
I have a pain in the heart...as you may know most health care here in the UK is free, no insurance involved. I used to get private health care when I was working,but no more. I really wanted a private room to stay in after the delivery, I'm a real bad sleeper and no way could I sleep on a ward with other women and babies, he agreed, but then backed out when he found out the cost of the rooms! Combined with a few other rows I feel like I don't want to see him or talk to him, I don't have the energy to argue , I just feel hurt, and I don't understand when he became in charge of decisions like that...i thought we were democratic.
My B.P is high, but it fluctuates so I'm allowed to stay out of hospital as long as Iget it checked each week. Itwas quite high anyway (I really should lose weight, my family all get strokes)so they don't seem too clear on the best way to deal with it.
My pelvis has also softened too early...nothing awful but stepping sideways is agony so getting out of the car takes me ages.
Oh, roll on the next 6 weeks I cannot wait to get this baby out and get on with life.
I'm a right moaner aren't I?Sorry, hope things are going better for all of you, stay cool
geneve
:cool:

Jen
06-22-2001, 11:05 AM
Geneve - I can relate with the rows with the husband. We are getting on okay right now but there was a period there when everything he did and said just got on my last nerve and it seemed like we were fighting like cats and dogs. Lately I have been feeling very placid, not much is bothering me much these days. I put down on my hospital forms for a private room too, I am covered through my work for a semi private but I don't care how much I have to pay for a private, I'm not going to be there very long probably anyway. I don't know about England but generally they process healthy women and babies in and out with 24-48 hours. Has your dr decided yet if you are having a C-section or are they still waiting?

bensmom - my bp is back down to normal. I think a lot of that was due to all that humid weather and I seem to retain a lot of water anyway so I probably had extra then as well. we don't have ac either though there have been a couple of nights that I would have sold my soul for one. It is such an expense when in truth it is only needed for those couple of nights. I don't mind the heat so much in the day. Our house stays fairly cool downstairs and with the ceiling fan going it is comfortable. That is what I do too, I take a cool shower before bed and with the fan it is usually okay except for the hottest days. Right now it is really cool because of all the rain we've had the past 2 days.

I have to go for an ultrasound this afternoon because my abdominal measurement is way bigger than it should be at this stage. So it could be a big baby or excess amniotic fluid or my guess is that it is just my extra fat that is making the measurement larger. Well I'll know this afternoon what is going on.

Take care all.

Scully
06-22-2001, 11:07 AM
Hey Geneve
You can come here and vent anytime you need to. Indeed, the democracy of a marriage can be complex. We each have our ideas of what we need to do in these types of situations. Men can certainly look at things in a more practical sort of way. There are things I give and then there are things that I insist on...overall, there should always be an open line of communication when something is in need of being heard. I'm not sure of your Medical system, and it really would be off to have someone in my room who also had just had a baby and has visitors in and out. Of course your comfort level is important. Perhaps you will find a way to communicate the level of importance that this is to you. Is there something that could be given up to replace the cost of the additional cost of a private room?
I know the one thing that I seemed to have forgotten about was how much is really costs throughout the year to have a new baby. I swear we receive a bill in the mail just about everyday. It stresses me out so much.
I sure hope things get resolved for you soon. I hate having things unresolved between my hubby and myself. I hate confrontations and I'm lucky in the sense that he really tries to hear me and see things from my point of view a lot--but it is still very difficult to engage when there is a problem. He is much better at that than I am, and I admit, it's probably more of a masculine tendency to do that. But it always feels better to get an issue resolved rather than to stew about it. It breaks my heart, and I always feel very uncomfotable inside when we are at odds about something.

As for me, thankfully the weather here has cooled a bit. We've been busy little beavers with swimming lessons, art classes, and now karate! I am so enjoying the summer with my boys. Admittedly, I think I am going to need a sitter to give me an occasional break! They can drive me batty!

My pregnancy is progressing wonderfully and I am so enjoying it! I have reached my 6 and 1/2 month mark--only 96 days to go...
I am already sad that it is so rapidly coming to an end...
I love feeling the baby move. He is getting bigger and stronger everyday. I really can't wait to meet him, and yet, I am sure gonna miss pregnancy. I am just one of those women who loves to be pregnant. It is about the closest thing to God that I can think of. It is such a delight to be able to do this. I feel like this child has his own mission for his life--ya' know?
I really feel for the women who have morning sickness for the duration of the pregnancy. It would be hard to enjoy a pregnancy when you are constantly sick.

Well, I am busy preparing the nursery--stripping old wallpaper and cleaning the walls. We decided to paint the baby's room Linen White with a high white ceiling. The border is a rich hunter green with a toy soldier/toy theme. I found a wonderful bedding that is a neutral beige and cream. It has some dragonflies on it. It's very beautiful. Preparing the room makes this so much more real. It's our first home, so it's also our first nursery. I am delighting in that so much too.

Well I hope that everyone is happy and healthy ~ and enjoying the days of summer. I am looking forward to the weekend as my hubby is taking our oldest boy, Lucas to a campout and I have Liam all to myself. There is so much going on this weekend, it's so hard to choose what to do! The 4th of July is coming and that is always a blast here! There is always a wonderful Firework display at the Lakefront in downtown Chicago - that I LOVE to go to. My only drawback is whether or not we'll have good bathroom access. Otherwise, we'll have a BBQ at our house and go to the local high-school field where they have a pretty decent firework show--and is within walking distance to our home. (Does this sound like a no brainer?) It's a fun event because you really get to see everyone from the community comeout.

*sigh* I LOVE SUMMER!

Sara B, are you out there girl?

Bellyrubs all around,
Scully and Bellybean

SaraB
06-22-2001, 03:04 PM
Hello, dear pg friends!

Yes, indeed I am still here. It's good to hear I am not the only one suffering in this heat. Out here in CO most homes don't have air conditioning because up in the mountains it's not supposed to get that hot. (Plus there's little humidity.) Well, I am here to say it's been in the 90s and hot as you know where!! Thankfully it does get cool at night, because I can't stand to be hot when I sleep. But the days just kill me -- I just want to sit in front of a fan all day and not move!

I have big news... drum roll please...we are having a baby BOY!!! I wasn't scheduled for an ultrasound or anything, but yesterday after my regular visit, the doctor asked if I would like to have another ultrasound to check on the sex. Of course I said yes, and right away she saw that it was indeed a boy! With already having two girls, we are excited!!! (And shocked -- I had really figured this was another girl!)

I am still feeling great. I guess this is God's gift to me after puking for 5+ months. Except for tired and a little sore, I really feel fine. I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts. I can SO relate to everyone's feelings about weight gain. I've been doing a little better, now that there's lots of fresh fruit and veggies in season, I eat TONS of those. (But I get in plenty of ice cream, too! :) ). My exercise is sporadic at best.

I have been measuring big this pregnancy -- this last visit I measured 32 weeks even though I am at 29. This makes me a little nervous that the baby will be big and they'll have to induce. I don't want that! I don't know how accurate that all is... with my first my weeks were right on (and I was heavy then, much heavier than now), with my second the doctor said it was going to be a 8-9 lb baby and she was 6 1/2 lbs. I don't get it... anyone have any insight? Can they tell weight of the baby with ultrasound?

Good to read everyone's posts. I haven't been on the computer much, so it was good to have a lot of them to read.

Blessings,
Sara

bensmom
06-23-2001, 02:43 PM
What a weekend it has been already. My son went on a campout with the cub scouts last night. I took him and set up camp and my DH met us there and stayed with him (I was not going to sleep in a tent - what a sight I would be trying to get out of it). They called me this morning to come and help them take everything home. It has been pouring rain. I felt bad for them. Some people were staying but I was glad they wanted to come home.

Sara - Congratulations on your little boy! I know you would be just as happy if you knew you were having a girl. I know how much you really wanted to know the sex of the baby. I am glad he coopereated this time.

Scully - I love going to the fireworks too. I guess I have to play it by ear this year though.

Jen - I was glad to hear that your bp is back to normal too. That can be pretty scary when it shoots up like that. Hope everything went well with your ultrasound. Let us know.

Geneve - I hope things are going a bit better for you. I know for me about a month ago, I went through a hormonal surge of somekind. It was awful because no matter what my DH could do or say to me it was magnified.

Have a great day, everyone.

JeanneMc
06-28-2001, 12:32 PM
Hello, preggos!

I just wanted to pop in and see how everyone is doing. I had my baby, Will Carter, on March 17th. I only came back to work a couple of weeks ago, so I haven't had a chance to come back and tell you about my boy!

He was born by c-section--after I pushed for 2-1/2 hours the dr determined that his head was turned sideways and he was stuck, so they had to help him out. They gave me general anthesia (long, terrible story!), so I wasn't awake to see him when he was just born. Huge bummer! But that's OK, because he's healthy and happy and we're loving every minute of our new roles as parents.

I just wanted to encourage you all to keep/start working out--I walked throughout my pg, and I'm convinced that's what helped me have such a short recovery period. Within a week I was feeling just great and able to get around just fine with very little pain from my surgery, and then only when I really overdid it.

Hope everyone is doing well!!

Jeanne

Scully
06-28-2001, 01:57 PM
Oh Jeanne! First of all, congrats on your baby boy!!! :smug: Boys are the best! (I mean, having 3 of them makes it so) :lol:

I'm happy that the birth went along safely and that you are okay!

BTW, I hope that you guys are Irish, considering that you had Will on St. Paddy's Day! What a lucky kid already!

Many Blessings to you!

Love,
Scully and Bellybean

bensmom
06-28-2001, 06:05 PM
Congratulations, Jeanne! I am glad you came back to let us know. Enjoy him now. They grow so fast.

I am 38 weeks today. The heat and humidity are really bothering me now. My dr appt went well yesterday. Do dilation yet. But last week she measured at 37 weeks. This week she is at 35. So she has come down a lot. I knew I was in false labor the other day. But the dr said it is really pre-labor. He said it could be any time. I am ready for her. My DS is too.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying cool.

Scully
06-28-2001, 07:18 PM
Hey there Cassandra
I just wanted to take the time to wish you a wonderful and safe birth. I can't believe that you are almost there already!
The heat and humidity are hard for me too! I find it difficult to be in the sun for too long, and so I have actually been avoiding the pool. It seems that the hormones make my skin turn so much browner, I try to not tan and end up very brown even with a high sunscreen on. Plus, my 7 year old wants me to continually play with him in the pool, where I would like to play for a while and then just swim on my own. Oh well, he's 7 and I am still his best toy in the world. Of course, daddy plays "pirate" and wrestles a lot harder than I do even when I am not pregnant.

I am now at 27 weeks, and doing really well. I start to see my doc every two weeks now, and it is hard to believe that it is that time already! I have to go for the glucose test sometime next week. I'm not too worried about it. My baby boy is moving more and more - and I find it amazing and wonderful still! I sure am going to miss pregancy so much. As women, we are blessed indeed!

Blessings to all!
Scully and Bellybean

Jen
06-29-2001, 07:51 PM
Hi all. Well there has been tons of activity in here in the last week. It is great to hear from everyone especially Jeanne and Sara.

Jeanne - congrats on your baby. It is fantastic that you are doing so well and are back to work. I wish I had the energy to exercise, oh well. :)

Sara - congrats also about learning you are having a boy! I did want to know the gender but then changed my mind especially as it is my first. I am also measuring big. At 29 weeks I was measuring as if I were 35 weeks. That is why I had to go for the ultrasound. and yes they can tell you the weight. My baby is weighing in at 3 lbs 2 oz as of last Friday. The tech couldn't or wouldn't say if there was too much amniotic fluid but I haven't heard from the dr so I am assuming everything is okay for now.

Scully - I wish I could say that I was getting the nursery ready as well but the DH is moving like a snail getting his stuff moved around. It is happening but slowly.

Bensmom - congrats in advance since you'll probably deliver soon. I personally am ready now but 10 weeks early is a bit too early :lol: 2 weeks early would suit me fine. I hope you let us know how everything goes. We'll be thinking of you!

Well as for me everything is going okay. I'm hanging in there at work. My last day will be August 8, if I make it that long. Everyone is expecting me to go off any time. It is because there were 5 pregnant women in the last year and so far I have worked the longest without going on sick leave. I figure the longer I stay at work the longer I will have for maternity leave. The nasty weather we've been having hasn't helped much though. The hospital has practically no air conditioning, it is a really old building and I am drenched in sweat about 80% of the time in this heat and humidity. The house isn't much better but at least I can sit still in front of the fan and stay cool. the nights haven't been too bad, last night was actually quite pleasant. I slept pretty good.

Oh I have to tell you that I went for massage therapy on Tuesday and it was heavenly. My back has just been fantastic since. I plan to go again in a couple of weeks. I wish I had gone sooner!

My ultrasound went well (see above), the tech was great, was telling us what we were seeing the whole time unlike the first one who barely said two words the whole time. We saw a close up of the baby's face and we have a picture of the baby sucking his/her thumb.

Well take care all, have a nice weekend, take it easy.

geneve
07-08-2001, 12:30 PM
Hi, anyone still out there who hasn't given birth/wilted in the heat?
I'm just about hanging on but very little sleep and everything swollen apart from my brain which won't work at all.
I wish it was all over,but only about 4 weeks now, in which time I have 2 lots of guests coming to stay (why is it that my 'nos' must come out sounding like 'yes'?) and my sons 4th birthday party (pirate theme) to arrange. Part of me secretly hopes I'll be carted off to hospital early and be able to avoid it all!
It's getting a real struggle to do anything at all, but I'm thinking of you and waiting for more birth announcements.....
Geneve

bensmom
07-09-2001, 12:29 PM
Hi, Ladies,

Guess what I have? A beautiful baby girl named Rebecca Rose. She was born on July 5 after about ten hours of labor. We came home yesterday and are still in the process of getting used to each other.

I hope everyone else is doing well. I will be popping in soon.

Scully
07-09-2001, 12:45 PM
:D Oh Cassandra! Congratulations!

Welcome to the world Rebecca Rose, Happy Birthday ! You must be a beautiful baby girl!

I hope that you are having a wonderful time with your new family! I wish that you have a speedy recovery, and that your adjustment to each other is quick and delightful!

Blessings and Love,
Scully and Bellybean!

P.S. Today is my son's 10th birthday, and it has been an unbelievable 10 years! July babies are WONDERFUL!

geneve
07-09-2001, 03:08 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! WELCOME REBECCA ROSE!
:D
Oh Wow! I'm so pleased for you,when you get a minute please write and tell all about her.
I agree with Scully, July babies are great, I have one too!
I can't think of anything else to write apart from another CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Geneve

Jen
07-10-2001, 09:24 AM
CONGRATULATIONS BENSMOM!!


What fantastic news! I'm so happy to hear about your new arrival, please, please more info please!

We need to keep everyone up in this group and have a postpartum group as well. I think I'll need mucho support especially with this being my first and also we all want to get back into shape so it would be helpful to stick together. Any thoughts?

geneve
07-10-2001, 03:16 PM
Jen , I totally agree, we should try to stick together because there are different factors to consider in trying to get into shape after having a baby...I know, I put onmost of my 'extra' in the 2 years after mine was born. It's harder to find time for the gym, and I know in my case I was too busy to make myself a healthy meal so kept myself going with sweet snacks....
Plus I would like to know how you all get on and hear about the babies, it's so nice to be able to share those milestones that mean so much to a mother and can be deadly dull to others!
OOOHHH I'm getting quite excited now! I'm making the most of may last sociable weeks and have a busy time lined up meeting friends and seeing people, and I'm afrain indulging in my beloved curries..well, it's supposed to bring on labour, and also to be bad for breast feeding (although I'm not convinced, I'm sure Asian mothers manage pretty well) so I'm all spiced up!
:o
WHO WILL BE NEXT!?!
shei