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#1 ~A2~

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Hi all

New thread time

Previous thread

Regards

Ali


#2 BBV

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

Gold?!

#3 BBV

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

Copied from last thread. Let me know if any changes original.gif

~Due in March 2013~

28th Feb 2013
lozoodle, Children: 2 (DD3y, DD1y), EDD: 28/2/13 (overdue with last 2), Location: Sydney
Serapod (Sera), Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?

1st March 2013
klizanne (Kimberley), Children: 2 (DS5y, DS3y), Location: Brisbane
bear78, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
readynow, Children: 4 (DS22y, DD20y, DD17y + DD2y to new DH), Location: ?
Studybug, Children: 1 (DS2.5y), Location: Brisbane
BloomLuka, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?

2nd March 2013
SurferBoys (Lyndell), Children: 3 (DS5y, DS4y, DS1y), Location: Central Coast
Aminila (Tasha), Children: 2 (DS4y, DD2y), Location: Perth
Jellybean4, Children: ?, Location: ?
clm1982, Children: 1 (DD2y), Location: Adelaide

3rd March 2013
CoconutBaby, Children: First time mummy, Location: Brisbane
happybubba2, Children: 1 (DS4y), Location: ?
magalee (meg), Children: first time mummy, Location: South of Sydney
SarahVandooo, Children: First time mummy, Location: vic

4th March 2013
parker22, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
Hence, Children: 1 (DD4y), Location: Adelaide
Cookie23, Children: ?, Location: ?
MooMooMum, Children: 1 (DS7m), Location: ?
Nataliah, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
AJ35, Children: 2 (DD6yr, DS13mths), Location: ?
Zackcat (Lexy), Children: First time mummy, Location: Sydney

5th March 2013
mama123, Children: 3 (4yo, 3yo, 18mo), Location: ?
ChrissyE (Christine), Children: 1 (DD1), Location: Bundaberg
tishka, Children: 1 (DS22mo), Location: Sydney

6th March 2013
EmmaLee (Emily), Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?
~shannon~, Children: DD6, DD2. Location: Central Qld... going to Cairns for the birth as I am aiming for a VBAC water birth.

7th March 2013

8th March 2013
BabyBug44, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?

9th March 2013
Jojo38 (Jo), Children: 1 (DS 3yo) Location: Hong Kong

10th March 2013
sarah_fly (Sara), Children: 1 (3yo), Location: Pilbara WA
linzy, Children: (DS2ys,DS5yrs,DDbornsleeping), Location: ?
Ladeeda (Anna), Children: DD 1 yr, Location: Melbourne
mytimenow, Children: First time mummy, Location: Canberra

11th March 2013
ingrid82 (Ingrid), Children: First time mummy, Location: Sydney
lorywhol (Loretta), Children: 1 (4yo), Location: Perth
Waiting..., Children: ?, Location: ?
3lillboys (Sam), Children: 3 (DS10 DS5 DS4), Location: Blue Mountains NSW
Cloria, Children: First time mummy, Location: Woolongong

12th March 2013
Pium, Children: DS3, Location: Adelaide
Meteorite, Children: 1 (DD17mth), Location: ?
SC99, Children: First time mummy, Location: Woolongong

13th March 2013
Brinny, Children: DS2 DS1, Location: ?

14th March 2013
SlyMonkey, Children: ?, Location: ?
6littleducks (Kirsten), Children: 6 (DD18y, 2xDS13y, DD9y, DS7y, DS1.5), Location: Newcastle
Dreamer_86 (Amy), Children: 1 (DS15mths), Location: Adelaide
Beanbag (Shveta), Children: First time mummy, Location: Brisbane

15th March 2013
Kazzauk (Kaz), Children: First Time Mummy, Location: Sydney
Ozrose (Cristy), Children: 4 (DD14, DS11, DS8, DS2 - DS2 is DH first), Location: WA
LittleSpoon, Children: First time mummy, Location: Victoria
BBV, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?

16th March 2013
becomingmum, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Sydney
BaileyBunny (Bec), Children: DS - 9 months old, Location: Brisbane
Tonberry (Jenna), Children: 2 (DS2.5y, DD1y), EDD: 8-14/3/13, Location: Newcastle
Weis Children: 1 (DD2) Location: Montreal, Quebec
MrsBobby, Children: First time mummy, Location: Perth

17th March 2013
InsertAwesomeHere, Children: 3 (DS6mths, DS2.5yrs,DS5.5 yrs), Location: Western Sydney
*Kell*, Children: First time mummy, Location: Penrith NSW
kungfugirl, Children: 3, Location:?

18th March 2013
theevilcarot, Children: DD 3 yrs in September and DS11mths, Location: Sydney
5ratbags (Suzanne), Children: 7, Location: ?
AugustRush. Children: 4. Location:?
Darwinmummy, Children: first time mummy, Location: Darwin

19th March 2013
kerrymur, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Chermside, Brisbane
antigone_, Children: Two; aged 7 and 5, Location: Sydney

20th March 2013
nikkibaby1 (Nikki), Children: 1 (DS21mths), Location: Brisbane
Meff, Children: 1 (DD23mths), Location: ?
Redmum77, Children: 2 (DD 8, DS 4.5), Location: Brisbane
Stickymicky (Emily), Children: 1 (DD2), Location: Pilbara WA
ness07, Children: DS1, Location: ?
Sparrowfall, Children: FirstTimeMummy/DSS3yrs, Location: Melbourne

21st March 2013
Cyaira, Children: ?, Location: Sydney
cowpermurray, Children: 1 (DS10mths), Location: Central Coast, NSW

22nd March 2013
Peapea, Children: FirstTimeMummy Location: ?
Baire, Children: 1 (DS10mo), Location: Melbourne (predicting a girl)
Minxybug (Karen), Children: 2 (DS 3y, DS 2y), Location: Wales UK, aiming for VBA2C
Clarial, children: first time mummy, location: goldcoast

23rd March 2013

24th March 2013
CarlyCM (Carly), Children: 1 dogchild, Location: Perth
Zombiekitten, Children:1 (DD,11 months) Location: Sunshine Coast/Brisbane Northside

25th March 2013
4plus1make5 (Nicole), Children: 4 (DS 9, DD 5, DD 4, DD 11mths), Location: Sydney NSW
Adl (Anna), Children: 1 (DS2yrs), Location: Sydney
BeccaBoo88 (Bec), Children: 1 step son, Location: Sydney

26th March 2013
Linda6 (Linda), Children: none unless you count the 6 dogs, Location: Northside Brisbane
Swarley, Children: 4 (DS 9yo, DS 7yo, DD 4yo, DS 2yo) Location: Wagga Wagga NSW

27th March 2013
AllegraM (Allegra), Children: 1 (DS- 4 October 2011), Location: North Qld
deefordoula (Dee), Children: 5, Location: Perth
lucky star, Children: DS, Location: Darwin
Angelus (Marina), Children: 1, Location: ?

28th March 2013
lucky star, Children: DS, Location: Darwin
Axleen (Alex), Children: 1 (DD9) Location: Melbourne
mummy.to.one (Nicole), Children: 1 (DS22mths), Location: ?

29th March 2013
WhimsicalDragonfly, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: Sydney

30th March 2013
maybereadyagain (Melissa), Children: 1 (angel Born sleeping 11/12/2007), Location: Adelaide

31st March 2013
*Katey* (Katey), Children: First time mummy, Location: Minden, QLD
Donuts08, Children: First time mummy, Location: Bunbury, WA
Naturalgoodness (Sarah), Children: 4 (DS1 19, DD1 17, DS2 7, DD2 4), Location: Adelaide


EDD tbc March 2013
G.K (Georgina), Children: 1 (DD1y), Location: ?
Scrambled Eggs 32, Children: First time mummy, Location: ?
JamieLee85 (Jamie), Children: 2 (DD4y, DS2.5y), Location: Baccus Marsh, Vic
Mardee, Children: FirstTimeMummy, Location: ?
TenaciousC, DS1 - 1 year (14 months), Location: Canberra
robotsimone, Children: ?, Location: ?
reesan, Children: expecting twins, Location: ?
Six.and.Out, Children 5 (DS14, DD13, DS11, DS4 and DD1), Location?

~ANGEL BABIES~

Missing our little angelsā€¦ gone but never forgotten.

Corchen (Belinda) - baby girl Fae at 20 weeks
Only_Ethan
Bubaburns (Amber)
Mashie (Ash)
JuliaD (Julia)
Kellzz
emmy-g
Mrs_G
Enharmonic
Mrs Franks
pinkplane
geckogirl
Chervin (Cherie)

Edited by BBV, 11 November 2012 - 06:21 PM.


#4 MJCplus1

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:28 PM

Hi all just a quick hello :-) had our scan today and we are having one boy and one girl!! Super excited and rushed out to buy a couple of cute outfits only to find that we could barely find anything 00000 :-( I was very disappointed.

Katey are you the only one left to have the scan??

Wondering how to do a boy/girl nursery hmmmm lol how are the other twin mummies doing??

I love reading everyone's stories however I never find I have that much to say lol sorry ladies

Have a great night :-)

#5 LittleSpoon

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

Bronze?

Thanks for doing the list BBV original.gif  Hope you're doing well.

Congrats MJCplus1 - great news!  Boy/girl nursery would be a fun challenge.  I'm going for a forest theme, which is pretty neutral.

MrsBobby - not frightened of labour? Good on you!  I don't think I'm scared, in a way I'm looking forward to it, but a bit nervous about how it will all go.

Alxeen - I'm impressed you're so organised.  I guess with twins you'll have to be.  But you'e obviously well planned things.

WhimsicalDragonfly - nice to hear from you!  Glad the scan went well.  I haven't had any leakage... yet original.gif

Cloria - funny about bubs at the concert, i often wonder if kicks are a like or dislike reflex!  Great news about your cot and change table too... nice to have the friend with the spray booth!

5ratbags - congrats on the scan and the little girl.  Glad the diet is going well too, that must be a relief!

Studybug - sorry you've been having a tough few weeks.  I hope you and DS feel better soon.

Minxybug - yay for good scans! original.gif


AFM - just heard from my mum who is in emergency with suspected appendicitis.  I'm hoping everything is ok and they can treat it ok.  Waiting up to hear back from her about a CT scan...

I've been having really bad upper abdominal pain over the past couple of days and it's worse tonight.  I wonder if it is muscles splitting/seperating.  It's just under my ribs, about where my bra strap is, slightly to the left side.  Anyone had anything similar?  Anything to worry about?

Hi to everyone else - hope you are all doing well.



Edited by LittleSpoon, 08 November 2012 - 09:50 PM.


#6 BBV

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

MJC yay one of each - how lovely.

We haven't even started thinking about nursery yet...better get thinking!

Anyone else watching one born every minute? Love my Thursday nights!

#7 LittleSpoon

Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE (BBV @ 08/11/2012, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
MJC yay one of each - how lovely.

We haven't even started thinking about nursery yet...better get thinking!

Anyone else watching one born every minute? Love my Thursday nights!


Yup... every Thursday!  I feel like it's my education in the wide variety of births...

I didn't think that heavily drugged girl was going to make it for a while there!


#8 BBV

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:03 PM

She was so out of it...I don't want to be like that!

#9 tishka

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Congrats on all the recent scans folks! Just finished scrolling through the pages of threads that I had to read.  I wish there were more hours in the day.....
Nursery ideas go to pinterest! OMG some of the sweetest and coolest rooms. There are complete boards of ideas on shared rooms. I've been slowing pinning my favs and am finding it hard to narrow it down.

Katey I would take yourself to the docs after you've finished breastfeeding to get checked. I had colostrum pre kids, and it turned out I had elevated prolactin due to pituitary gland tumour. There are very few other things that can cause it.  It sounds more serious than it is so don't be alarmed or rush to check, but it can cause significant probs if unchecked.  I just took tablets to fix.  


Active birth I wanted to go this way first time round, but because I had to have a drip, the midwifes encouraged me to stay in the bed.  I'll have to have a drip again, but I'm planning on staying more active and dragging the drip around. I'm also doing pilates with a physio who specialises in pregnancy to get the pushing muscles as prepared as possible.

Latest scan was this morning with OB. There are still people at work not realising I'm pregnant (I'm 23w), and OB was saying that I extend to the sides rather than the pot belly cuteness. In other words, I just look fat, not with child. Ugg! It will take another few weeks until I pop out in front.

I have started already to get odema in my feet. Has anyone else's feet already started puffing up? I'm remembering how uncomfortable and strange it felt. *sigh*

Camping I've foolishly agreed to one night on air matress supervising a school camp. I hope it's not as uncomfortable as you've said. Gulp. What was I thinking!

Saying that, I should be asleep now. Reading and posting has taken longer than I thought on my phone, and now it's almost tomorrow. Later folks.

#10 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:03 PM

QUOTE (adl @ 08/11/2012, 01:39 PM)
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5ratbags - is this number 7???  ohmy.gif   wow ... I am jealous of big families, being one of 5 ...but you go girl  cool.gif

I just got flowers ...pink.... delievered ...c ard sas 20 weeks xxxx DH... my husband's initials are DR?   wub.gif


Aw... That is so sweet!! And signed from DH!! Too funny!


QUOTE (Darwinmummy @ 08/11/2012, 02:34 PM)
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hey ho all-

I've just discovered that www.clothingattesco.co.uk ship for free/very low cost to Aus. The clothes are excellent for basics, and really very good value (5 body suits for $10).

take  a looksy.

Okay - this is dangerous, but yes I will look!


QUOTE (*Katey* @ 08/11/2012, 09:44 PM)
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I've had colostrum in my boobs ever since I went had the implanon inserted 4 years ago. Within a month of having it inserted, I could 'squirt' a metre across the room if I squeezed my boobs. Even though I had the implanon taken out, it never went away and now I'm noticing it again more that I'm pregnant. If I squeeze, I can get enough that it will dribble down to my belly.


Wow! Mine is not at all that much. GP did a breast exam and tried to milk my BBs - Bit of a weird experience seeing it was my third appt with her! But she was happy nothing came out. DH didn't know where to look so suddenly started looking at his phone! I also mentioned it to the midwife and she just said 'Great!'. About the colostrum I mean, not the attempted milking incident!
Have you had your situation checked out?
QUOTE (adl @ 08/11/2012, 09:47 PM)
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Shopping - don't forget about eBay ...boori &  other brand stuff is ridiculously cheap....some great bargains to be had....


Whimsical D - not sure if you have read other threads currently going on on here...but and this is meant to be a friendly suggestion, I would be careful with that particular book, there are some very strong opponents and if you are reading a variety that's great, as different strokes for diff folks etc....And you should explore options and viewpoints ...


I asked and DH said yes he meant to put that on the card as that's what I call him here online wink.gif

Redmum- I think it's like a pinch skin test on yr arm for iodine? But yes blood test as well i think ...hope you are feeling better

Must go sleep..sweet baby dreams all

I haven't seen the other threads but I'd like to check them out. Where were they?
I'm not sold on any one philosophy yet so am happy to check out lots of ideas and opinions, and have been trying to read widely.  Think I'll need a breast pump either way for for flexibility so would love to hear advice about manual vs electric.  Electric seem expensive, but may be worth it?


QUOTE (MJCplus1 @ 08/11/2012, 10:28 PM)
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Hi all just a quick hello :-) had our scan today and we are having one boy and one girl!! Super excited and rushed out to buy a couple of cute outfits only to find that we could barely find anything 00000 :-( I was very disappointed.

Katey are you the only one left to have the scan??

Wondering how to do a boy/girl nursery hmmmm lol how are the other twin mummies doing??

I love reading everyone's stories however I never find I have that much to say lol sorry ladies

Have a great night :-)

Congrats on your boy - girl duo!! We're just having the one bub but are doing a neutral type nursery - colours will be red, grey, white and light brown.


QUOTE (LittleSpoon @ 08/11/2012, 10:31 PM)
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Bronze?

Thanks for doing the list BBV original.gif  Hope you're doing well.

Congrats MJCplus1 - great news!  Boy/girl nursery would be a fun challenge.  I'm going for a forest theme, which is pretty neutral.

MrsBobby - not frightened of labour? Good on you!  I don't think I'm scared, in a way I'm looking forward to it, but a bit nervous about how it will all go.

Alxeen - I'm impressed you're so organised.  I guess with twins you'll have to be.  But you'e obviously well planned things.
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WhimsicalDragonfly - nice to hear from you!  Glad the scan went well.  I haven't had any leakage... yet original.gif

Cloria - funny about bubs at the concert, i often wonder if kicks are a like or dislike reflex!  Great news about your cot and change table too... nice to have the friend with the spray booth!

5ratbags - congrats on the scan and the little girl.  Glad the diet is going well too, that must be a relief!

Studybug - sorry you've been having a tough few weeks.  I hope you and DS feel better soon.

Minxybug - yay for good scans! original.gif


AFM - just heard from my mum who is in emergency with suspected appendicitis.  I'm hoping everything is ok and they can treat it ok.  Waiting up to hear back from her about a CT scan...

I've been having really bad upper abdominal pain over the past couple of days and it's worse tonight.  I wonder if it is muscles splitting/seperating.  It's just under my ribs, about where my bra strap is, slightly to the left side.  Anyone had anything similar?  Anything to worry about?

Hi to everyone else - hope you are all doing well.


Hi! Hope your mum is okay and gets better soon.
I haven't had the pain you're talking about but had random lower right abdo pain the other day for about a minute. No idea what that was.

Anyone had nose bleeds? I had a massive nosebleed about a week ago in the middle of the night.  Took 45 min to stop and was almost going to hospital but it finally stopped. Was so glad, as I really just wanted to go back to sleep, I was exhausted.





Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 08 November 2012 - 11:15 PM.


#11 redmum77

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:13 AM

Hi all! Sorry I feel like I've been slow lately... Here goes...

QUOTE (Cloria @ 07/11/2012, 08:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's so funny I was looking at someone else pregnant today and I thought "when my belly sticks out more than my boobs, that's when I'll really look pregnant"   laugh.gif

Books - MrsBobby - I agree with Redmum, I'm reading Active Birth by Janet Balaskas and I'm really enjoying it! It's very positive and encouraging in an empowering sort of way. I haven't read anything on hypnobirthing, but I figure training the mind with positive information is a similar sort of concept original.gif

Redmum - Was it low or high blood pressure you suffer from? My cousin (8wks behind me) has just been told hers is very low and she needs to bump it up by eating lots of hot chips?? I thought there must be a healthier way?

AFM - I went to a concert last night and finally felt some regular movement! I've felt a few things here and there but then when I stop to concentrate it stops too. I guess she liked/didn't like the sound and the reverberations lol
Our cot & change table (which we bought second hand) are being sanded back and repainted for me by a friend who has a spray booth. He said it should be ready by next week so I'm really excited to see how they both look!  ddance.gif


it's low bp, and hot chips sounds like a strange cure! I can't really eat lots of fatty things on my diet anyway. I haven't found any good cures yet, but am keeping up the coconut water and moderate movement... But it happened again yesterday and it sans so embarrassing because I had just arrived at my friends and had only walked from the car - looked like I had run the whole way there! Great news on the movement, we watched glee last night and one song sent bub into the squiggles, hilarious!

QUOTE (Darwinmummy @ 07/11/2012, 02:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol. I too have noticed that people with bellies sticking out past their boobs 'look pregnant'... I'm there if I blow mine out! I was a bit worried out baby was growing too slowly to be honest, as I was pretty much a no-show until 18wks, but the Morph scan measured fine, and now I am growing at an alarming rate-- in fact stretch marks are a very real concern... slapping on the bio-oil....


Pmsl, everyone will be looking to see when their bellies are past their boobs now. It was so sudden and then now I just look so big! And stretch marks are hereditary, and nothing helps apart from drinking water. Apparently bio oil and vitamin e creams/oils are proven to very slightly help with healing them up, same as all scars.. Also if you don't go to term youll get less, just from sheer size. Just so you don't feel like you've failed at all if they start to appear! I love mine, a sign of my motherhood original.gif

Littlespoon, I hope your mum is ok! Scarey. I love the forest theme, great idea original.gif The curtains in the nursery are already jungle animals here, so I'll stick with animals, but I don't really decorate... And we rent, so there are limits. Dd (DS shares with her now) has gorgeous Australian forest fairy curtains, they are blue and green with gum nut fairies and trees etc, love them.

Alexeen - great to hear about your scans! The positions sound good, I hope they stay put for you. I'm finding it hard to get organized too. In my mind the Christmas break is when I have to get moving!

Mjcplus - happy news for you too, yay for all our twins!

Study bug, oh dear! Did you miss your assessment then? Sounds likes rough trot. I people your DS is ok, I've never seen convulsions before, I bet it's scary.

5ratbags, you must have worked so hard to have the GD under control! Do you feel better? Were you getting lots of symptoms from it? And yes, baby weight is different for everyone. I just thought as BBV was so similar in figure and habits to me she would be the same as me, but that was presumptuous...

Whimsical - hey there! Glad to know you're still ok original.gif . If someone tried to milk my boobs Id start start laughing so hard! I couldn't, I know how to do it myself thank goodness. So I know there nothing at the moment!

Katey, wow! Thats a lot of milk! I could get out a blip of something until last year and now it's all gone, lol. Is your scan next week?

Adl, that's so sweet about your DH! Awwwwwww

BBV, haven't watched it yet, but sounds interesting! Recorded for tomorrow night to watch..

Tishka and minxy, great news on the good scans original.gif

My breaky has just arrived. It's my birthday and DH has forgotten to say happy birthday this morning lol! But he just brought me tea and toast, so I'm just trying not to chuckle. Then off out with some friends to a women's choir thing tonight, cool. Kids are back tomorrow so we will do it all then anyway. I'm officially an elderly gravida now!


#12 adl

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:32 AM

at work so quickie from me

I think my belly has nearly almost be with my boobs froever but is just past now...

Whimiscal D - read Pinky McKay - there is an article here on EB home page about sleep myths busted,  

I dont subscribe to these must dos... and strict dictates,  I believe we are built to have babies and therefore we have the instinct to care for them without all these rules and should nots and "bad habits"
Pinky McKay has a more natural relxed instinct style and every baby is different as they are a unique individual...not a sheep

I think so much has been taken away from letting us do what feels right and natural when it comes to feeding and caring for kids... and certainly its been proven that some of it is totally wrong like treating boys and girls the same in raising techniques and emotional development,  about not giving boundaries and discipline...   about the silly food rules...

maybe I am just too lazy to get into it so strictly?? I just went more with the flow? , anyway off my soapbox!!! back to work!!!  


I really recommend you watch the movie "Babies" ... seriously it really helped me cut through all the BS the so called modern parenting world... if you enjoy One Born,  I think you will love it!

big day must   really must get started!!!!

PS congrats on  bbluestork.gif  ppinkstork.gif


#13 Cloria

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:28 AM

Alxeen - Good to hear you are getting into a better head space for yourself original.gif
The book by Janet Balaskas has pregnancy stretches in it to prep your body (encourages stretching and strengthening of important muscles for birth) as well as loosening you up. Even though I am enjoying the book I only got to try doing the stretches yesterday. I felt so friggin good afterwards!! I have this niggle in my back where one of my ribs is - it came out of place once when I was younger and the chiro basically has told me when pressure builds up in my back, that will be the release point because it's gone once before. So yesterday it was giving me grief and I did these stretches from the book and I felt so refreshed and loose and limber afterwards!
I understand some people that have pre existing problems can't always do complete stretches etc but I would encourage anyone that's starting to feel tight in places to give these a go.

I would like to try pregnancy yoga but I can't even seem to make it to regular classes that I used to go to so I feel like I couldn't commit to a new scheduled class. I do have free time it's just a bit random at the moment.

fear in labour - I think there are studies to show this does slow things down - It's got to do with your body's hormone release. When you are scared your body releases a lot of adrenalin because your body goes into fight or flight mode. On one hand adrenaline is ok because it does give you a bit of a kick but in labour you want your body to relax and release oxytocin which has a calming effect and also encourages your bodies contractions etc as well as natural pain relief (sort of the way adrenalin would normally do in an emergency). Oxytocin is also released during sex - when you are relaxed, euphoric etc. That's why you can sometimes bring on labour by BDing wink.gif

Whimsical - glad your scan went well. Can't say I've been leaking although I will admit I gave my nipples a bit of a squeeze the other day just to see if anything happened lol (nothing did btw). Hilarious about your DH and the milking.

Littlespoon - hope your mum is ok. I noticed my stomach muscles have split already (I'm not THAT big yet I don't think :\) because I was laying down and when I sat up (sort of like a crunch?) you could actually see a lump in a line shape where the muscles split. I know what it looks like because funnily enough my dad's muscles have the same split from a surgery he had  a little while ago. I haven't suffered from any pain though - just when I'm really full from eating that's where I feel the pressure.
I think we are going with a mild forest theme too. Maybe. We can't decide lol

tishka - I haven't noticed swelling in my feet but last night I had  pants on that had elastic around the bottom of the legs which sat at about 3/4 length. When I took them off I had dents in my legs for ages where they had been and I wondered if that was from fluid retention that I wouldn't otherwise notice?

re. what adl mentioned about books (I don't know if I've lost track, but was it in reference to Janet Balaskas??) anyway I read a good article yesterday where the journalist pointed out her disappointment that everything in pregnancy and parenting has to be so polarised. It was the first time I'd really read anything that brought this up and I think it's a really important point. The majority of people seem to be sooo one way or the other. And they treat it like the way they are/think is the only way that's "right". It's sort of what adl is saying about reading a variety of things. It's not like the only options are completely natural vs. completely medical etc. And when you do some reading sometimes people are a little umm... too enthusiastic lol. I am all for natural, active birth but some of the things I've read I'm quite aware they are a bit extremist in some ways and everyone puts forward the "stats" so they make their own case look better. It's a bit of a foreign land when it's your first (that's me!) and it's easy for some people to put pressure on. I think you just have to go with your gut and even if you read something that you don't completely agree on it's still possible to take something constructive from it. Conversely, if you're not getting a good vibe from a book at all I would say you may as well stop. Pregnancy, to me, really seems the most important thing is being comfortable with how you want to do it (same goes for parenting).
Also agree with adl about going on instinct and too many "rules" (though I haven't read Pinky McKay but I will look into it)!

Sorry for the rant! Not trying to be pushy, probably more talking to myself than anything haha It's a bit lonely in an office by yourself all day sometimes

oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY redmum !

#14 *Katey*

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:35 AM

QUOTE (WhimsicalDragonfly @ 08/11/2012, 11:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow! Mine is not at all that much. GP did a breast exam and tried to milk my BBs - Bit of a weird experience seeing it was my third appt with her! But she was happy nothing came out. DH didn't know where to look so suddenly started looking at his phone! I also mentioned it to the midwife and she just said 'Great!'. About the colostrum I mean, not the attempted milking incident!
Have you had your situation checked out?


Yeah, it's all been checked out, I've had scans anbd bloods and things, and apparently it's just all down to hormones and nothing to worry about original.gif

In other news, morph scan was this morning and everything went perfectly original.gif

Everything is working as it should be, and bub is measuring a week ahead of schedule and apparently has a big head, haha. So it seems to be thriving!

And my gut instinct was right.......  bbluestork.gif

No mistaking it, legs were wide open and there was a big doodle and balls staring us in the face! We're both so happy  blush.gif

Edited by *Katey*, 09 November 2012 - 09:38 AM.


#15 Darwinmummy

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

Gah... I've been feeling great for the whole pregnancy so far (I know- lucky me original.gif), but yesterday I got hit with some mega heart burn/indigestion and back ache so bad.

so, okay, today I am feeling really very pregnant, and finally get what everyone has been saying about the symptoms making you 'feel' pregnant. I'm over my 'symptoms' already, but fear they may be only the start... here we go!

Meanwhile, feels like baby is doing star jumps in me- and on occasion I have this image of her pushing with all her might against my tum--- and then suddenly it goes 'ping' as if she's thinking, 'ok, I give up--- it's just so damn cosy in here!!!'

original.gif oooo. now I feel all happy. original.gif

#16 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:29 AM

Happy birthday Redmum! I had to giggle about the elderly gravida comment! It's such a funny phrase for such a young person! Hope you have a lovely day.
Adl - thanks for the info. I saw Pinky McKay speak at the baby show I went to recently. She seemed pretty cool. I think I read that article too. Maybe I'll check out her books and the BF biscuits!  The Save Our Sleep plan does seem very full on, especially with all the expressing! My thought is to read about all the options, be prepared to use them, and find a style that suits me. And guess what, after the scan yesterday we did a little shopping and I bought the Babies DVD. I'm looking forward to watching it.
Cloria - yep, it certainly was a funny sight. I just though, oh well I guess this is the start of the weirdness, I can't even imagine what will go on in labour!
I've started pregnancy yoga at home due to my lack of time and motivation to attend yoga classes regularly. I find it more flexible (haha) to be able to fit it in at home, rather than have to travel somewhere. Having said that my prenatal yoga DVD isn't the best. Any recommendations would be great. I used some great yoga DVDs before I was pregnant but unfortunately they don't have a pregnancy one.
I did start Aquanatal classes last week, which I absolutely loved!
Katey - glad you had the milk issue checked out. And congrats on your little boy. I had a look at your bump photo ages ago, and my guess was a boy!

#17 Alxeen

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

MJC+1 Ooooh congratulations!! a  bbluestork.gif  and a  ppinkstork.gif original.gif I know what you mean about small clothes, I've been trying to get some too and yep....no luck. I'd really like some hospital outfits that will actually fit small babies (I'm anticipating that they will in all likelihood be small). Anyone else know where to get very small baby clothes?? Think Twins have a website with lot's of cute/novelty boy/girl outfits.

Littlespoon I get occasional pain at the top/sides as well and put it down to ligament pain. I think for your first it can be a bit more painful too (first time they have ever had to move like that!)

One Born Yes watching it every week! You can get it on SBS On Demand - there's an app for it, so we often watch it on a Sunday night or other times when we get a free moment.

tishka I had a very active birth with a drip and near constant monitoring so it's very possible. Just make sure whoever is attending you will be alright with it. I ended up giving birth squatting on the floor! But for some reason it was where I wanted to be.

Whimsical  roll2.gif about your milking episode! Sorry, it's just rather amusing. A friend leaked colostrum throughout her pregnancy and had to start wearing breast pads! It got a bit embarrassing for her walking around with two wet spots on her t-shirt. From what I've heard it's all good though, and just the hormones starting up. I had a manual pump with DD and it was a PITA, my arms actually just got tired and it didn't help me to relax (which is best for good milk flow). You can get electric pumps second hand, nothing to be weirded out by and you can always replace the shields and tubing if you want. ABA also hire them out and if you're a member they are pretty cheap, so it always possible to just hire and see how you go and what you might prefer.

Redmum Happy birthday! Sounds like a lovely night and weekend ahead original.gif Another one here with belly out in front of boobs, and yes I checked! wink.gif

Katey Ha, well your feeling was right!! Congrats on your  bbluestork.gif  and a good scan.

Another vote here for Pinky McKay, her ideas really resonated with me as a new Mum and made a lot of sense, which was basically just - do what you want to do. In general, I am vary wary of anything parenting wise with a label. Just sounds to me like some kind of philosophy that should be subscribed to. Seems to me that in western cultures we love to over-intellectualise everything, and not even babies and parenting have escaped it!

#18 nikkibaby1

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:05 PM

Hi ladies, just thought i would do a quick update for those not in facebook group. I had my first morph scan last tuesday and got the results thursday, They found 2 markers fro trisomy 18 in my ultrasound and i needed to have a tertiary scan to re check everything. The 2 soft markers were the 2 vessel cord and a choroid plexus cyst (pocket of fluid on the brain that is seen in 1 in every 50 babies. Both markers are "normal in 1% of the population" when seen exclusively but when seen together become a cause for concern. They also could not get a proper view of the entire heart. they thought bub may have been a girl. So after a week of crying stressing and worrying i went for my 2nd morph scan yesterday.
The lady doing the scan was a wonderful wonderful lady. She could tell i was anxious so she described exactly what she was seeing/doing through the whole scan. The cyst was gone! The heart was perfect. she did need to get someone else in to scan the heart as she couldnt get a good view and this freaked me out but in the end all was good. All other organs were good as well as hands feet and face etc. Still has the 2 vessel cord obviously but the right artery is present, the left missing. when its the other way around there is cause for concern but the little artery was working double time to make up for its missing partner. All in all i have a healthy looking  bbluestork.gif

Yep he is a little boy and he looks just like his big brother on the 3d scan. I am soooo excited. A girl would have been nice but i really really wanted a boy.
Will need further scan for growth because of the cord but i am so so relieved thaat there is no thoughts of trisomy 18 any longer.

Sorry for the long post.

havent read far back but congrats Katie on a little boy! and sorry i dont remember has the boy girl twins but congratulations that is very very exciting too.

hope everyone else is well.

#19 5ratbags

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:10 PM

Hi everyone,

small outfits for little babies I have seen them online at mothercare they have a few premature clothes here
https://www.mothercare.com.au/c-770-prematu...y-clothing.aspx
and they do small sizes in newborn as well wink.gif
https://www.mothercare.com.au/c-680-newborn...by-12-mths.aspx

Target does do 00000 in some things I have seen them there  wink.gif Yup here you go here is something online the size is called tiny baby!
http://shop.target.com.au/3-pack-coveralls-ballerina

This is where I am going to have some fun shopping. But I have to behave until christmas is done. Dh has told me no shopping until then sad.gif
http://www.nextdirect.com/au/en/shopping/girls/newborn-girls

Nikkibaby1 congrats on the boy and woohoo on the positive sounding scan eexcite.gif  Hopefully the next ones are all good too!

Katey Congrats on the boy too. Isnt it funny when you just look at the screen and there is no mistaking the extra tackle tongue.gif Ds#2 I knew straight off as soon as he started scanning he was well endowed even at that point!

Redmum HAPPY BIRTHDAY REDMUM!!! tthumbs.gif  tthumbs.gif  tthumbs.gif
Is your heart condition something like super ventricular tachardia(SVT) because if it is thats what I have and yup pregnancy can cause it to trigger off! Unfortunatelty not much you can do except wait it out when you have an episode and I also use very chilled water to try trick my heart back into rhythem which is what the cardiologist suggested.
The hot chips suggestion is to do with salt, so dont worry about eating them up your salt intake instead wink.gif

Littlespoon I hope your mum is ok ohmy.gif  Appendicitis eek !!!
The pains will be everything being stretched and moved around,everything expands out to accomodate baby.  wink.gif

MJC+1 Congrats on boy/girl twins!

Arrggh going to have get off here kids are home and everyone wants to talk to me!

Take Care
Suzanne

#20 Studybug

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

yay nikkibaby1, happy for your good scan!  congratulations.

Happy birthday Red!!!!!!

And congrats to MJC+1 and Katey on your boys (and girl MJC+1)

Now, I'll read back like usual...

Txo

#21 *Katey*

Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (nikkibaby1 @ 09/11/2012, 02:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi ladies, just thought i would do a quick update for those not in facebook group. I had my first morph scan last tuesday and got the results thursday, They found 2 markers fro trisomy 18 in my ultrasound and i needed to have a tertiary scan to re check everything. The 2 soft markers were the 2 vessel cord and a choroid plexus cyst (pocket of fluid on the brain that is seen in 1 in every 50 babies. Both markers are "normal in 1% of the population" when seen exclusively but when seen together become a cause for concern. They also could not get a proper view of the entire heart. they thought bub may have been a girl. So after a week of crying stressing and worrying i went for my 2nd morph scan yesterday.
The lady doing the scan was a wonderful wonderful lady. She could tell i was anxious so she described exactly what she was seeing/doing through the whole scan. The cyst was gone! The heart was perfect. she did need to get someone else in to scan the heart as she couldnt get a good view and this freaked me out but in the end all was good. All other organs were good as well as hands feet and face etc. Still has the 2 vessel cord obviously but the right artery is present, the left missing. when its the other way around there is cause for concern but the little artery was working double time to make up for its missing partner. All in all i have a healthy looking  bbluestork.gif

Yep he is a little boy and he looks just like his big brother on the 3d scan. I am soooo excited. A girl would have been nice but i really really wanted a boy.
Will need further scan for growth because of the cord but i am so so relieved thaat there is no thoughts of trisomy 18 any longer.

Sorry for the long post.

havent read far back but congrats Katie on a little boy! and sorry i dont remember has the boy girl twins but congratulations that is very very exciting too.

hope everyone else is well.



That's wonderful news original.gif

#22 redmum77

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

DH s so lovely this morning! He came into the bedroom with a brand new gorgeous hard guitar case biggrin.gif I nearly cried! Love love...

5ratbags, I don't know what my heart thing is called. When my previous doc checked it with the ECG she has to get out her old med book to find a name and I didn't write it down... But she had no advice. At the time it was random, but now happens with anxiety so I think she said to get it checked again. Obviously loads of extra blood too! Ill try the cold water trick original.gif

Great news Nikkibaby original.gif what a journey.

Ohh he just showed up with take away curry, Yummo.

#23 adl

Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:58 PM

Happy birthday redmum....great you for spoilt!!

No not the JB book .and not about birth... But sleep amd strict routines etc

Although I agree that there is little balance in the polar views, it's one way or nada....
My OB floated the option of VBAC ...on my recent visit ...mmm...not really sure.. So as per my usual ...we will just see what happens...if baby is coming out then it comes out .... If not then plan A...

..but that Save our Sleep... I was reading how you have to wake and feed and start your day @7am regardless...heck no if everyone is asleep we stay asleep...I do have one rule..she who wakes sleeping baby will rue the day wink.gif

but this completely misses the point that a baby may have fed at 5am, back to sleep 5.45-6... So really it's so strict .... To hear some views check out the thread called ' She who shall not be named" in vent or WDYT

If you are BF successfully, and I bow to the bf mums here...do you have to continually express?  I thought the baby regulates the supply etc... If you keep pumping doesn't it throw it out of whack???

Also you can hire a pump from chemists...

Milking- "shivers" that was a bit creepy for me...

Katey - wow congrats and I think I said boy!!!

Little spoon - hope all is ok....

Junk food tonight...frozen pie, peas and ppmash followed by golden gaytime...tomorrow I hunt and gather snickers ice cream bars.....

#24 tishka

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

Katey and Nikki congrats on the little boys. Are we getting more even across the spread of blue and pink?

Adl Pumping won't throw it out, but may increase supply a little. I had to express for the first 2 weeks due to low supply after blood loss at birth, but once milk came in, I didnt express much until I went back to work. Then I had to express when  DS would normally feed, which at that stage was twice in the working day.

Breastfeeding is worth persisting at if not for bub, then at least for convenience and financially. But I dont think badly either of anyone who gives up on it for whatever reason. Despite what some try to tell you, it hurts, it's tiring, your time is more restricted, and it can be distressing for some people. I'm glad I persisted, but it definately wasn't easy. I would recommend either buying a breast pump (if you have the money ~ they're pricey), or making sure you can hire one from chemist/hospital in the early days. If you have trouble early on with supply you'll need one. Also, there's a medication you can be prescribed if you have low supply. Don't be afraid to ask, and ask early for it. It would have made my first month as a mum sooooo much easier.

#25 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:18 PM

Nikkibaby - that is wonderful news!  You have been through so much, so glad things are looking good! You must be so relieved.

Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 15 November 2012 - 05:58 AM.





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