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#1 ~A2~

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:27 AM

Hi all

New thread time

Previous thread

Regards

Ali


#2 Atticus_Smith

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:34 AM

QUOTE (StrawberryMilk @ 28/11/2012, 10:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Woyapp - I'm in Canberra too. Looking forward to the hot weekend??
Which hospital are you going to? I'm going to Calvary. We live on the south side but with our first we were in Gungahlin so Calvary was closest and since we had a good experience there and we are familiar with it we decided to go back. It's probably only an extra 10 minutes away.


Hi StrawberryMilk, Not really a fan of hot weather, so unfortunately not looking forward to the weekend! I'm thinking I'll hibernate inside, where it's nice and cool. How about you?

I'll be going to The Canberra Hospital. I live in the Inner South, so it's nice and close. Plus I'm low risk, so no need to go private. As far as I know the new maternity ward at TCH is really good. I have my first antenatal appt. on 3/12, so I should get to have a bit of a look at it.

Nice to know someone else in Canberra is on here original.gif

Sorry to hear about your horrible experience Bettinae. Some people really aren't nice. Hope today brings you something must more pleasant.

And KeyGal, I had a look through all the replies, to your post and I agree with others here, some really disgusting stuff was said. I know you probably don't need more opinions, but I  agree with everyone who said that this was a two person effort, so both your feelings should be considered. I'd be apalled if my DP decided to go overseas with friends that late into the pregnancy. Especially when it's your first, of course you're worried. Overcautious or not, those are my feelings and I'm the person he's chosen to have a child with.

Hope everyone else is doing well original.gif

Also, GOLD!

Edited by Woyapp, 28 November 2012 - 09:38 AM.


#3 StrawberryMilk

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

Yay Silver! I'm always too slow and seem to spend a whole day catching up on the first few pages of these threads.
Finally the wait is (almost) over, I have my NT scan tomorrow, first scan of this pregnancy. A little nervous as the last scan we had was back in August when we miscarried at 6 weeks, but I'm guessing that due to still feeling a bit off most days as well as the fact that I am wearing maternity pants things are progressing.
I am also very nervous about the possibility of multiples, we have them on both sides of the family so there is always a high chance!

Hoping to get a picture from the imaging place so I can announce to work on Friday. I'm surprised that nobody has guessed yet, I really do stick out quite noticeably.

Hope everyone else is starting to feel better, thank god that 3 months is over! Now bring on the swollen ankles and heartburn and leg cramps and stretch marks!!

#4 key_gal

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:06 AM

Bronze ?

Ah yeah.. all these reprimanding of irrational, emotional, illogical, precious etc etc.. Many just think abt the DH away bit not the why he is away bit. And being told not to depend on partner / husband as long as deal with things by myself make me wonder what are ppls expectations these days?

Yeah if its work and stuff its unavoidable n I sld accept it. But if its hols and fun I think it can wait. Anyway, at least we are talking abt it not yelling abt it like last week. He is saying he din think it the plan will go ahead anyway cos his friend is too busy. Oct may be a go ahead if I go to parents. Previously hoped for family time together but if he wants hols he can go then since I will have more support. Thanks gals for the support shown here.



#5 LisaM07

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:25 AM

Hi Girls!!!

Nervy i know I've been MIA I just can't even describe the work pressure at the moment it's insane but I've grabbed a quick minute to jump on in and say HI  waves.gif

It sure sounds like there is a lot going on in our group I'm sorry everyone seems to be having such a dodgy of time of late sad.gif

Some great scan news though ladies so that's very positive indeed, Bettinae I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience though what is with people??? Do they not have feelings???

I feel terrible for not keeping up with everyone's news so I'm sorry that I haven't really don't any personals sad.gif

Does anyone else fall asleep before 9pm each night but then wake up at ridiculous times like 3am unable to go back to sleep because you're stressing about stupid things? Is anyone else feeling like maybe they are the only ones not coping so well with all this stuff when all the pregnant people you see seem to be fine? Anyone else already forget what it was like to function without these crazy thoughts and emotions and on a full nights sleep and without crying A LOT?

Sorry to be depressing sad.gif

Hope everyone has a good day and I promise I'll try to check in more!

L xxx



#6 aleksandrap

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

I'm sorry to put a negative post in, but I will be leaving the group. At my scan last Friday (9weeks, 4days) it turned out that my pregnancy stopped developing around 6 weeks. I have been booked in for a d and c tomorrow and coming to terms with all of this that been really hard. I've been off work all week and am an emotional mess.

I wish everyone all the best for the rest of your pregnancies. Take care of yourselves xx

#7 Atticus_Smith

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

QUOTE (aleksandrap @ 28/11/2012, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm sorry to put a negative post in, but I will be leaving the group. At my scan last Friday (9weeks, 4days) it turned out that my pregnancy stopped developing around 6 weeks. I have been booked in for a d and c tomorrow and coming to terms with all of this that been really hard. I've been off work all week and am an emotional mess.

I wish everyone all the best for the rest of your pregnancies. Take care of yourselves xx


Don't apologise, I'm sorry that you're going through this. I hope you're looking after yourself and have a good support system, it's such as horrible thing to have happen. Good luck with everything in the future and take care.

Sorry that you're feeling so bad LisaM07, I can't relate, I'm managing to sleep like a rock for about 10 hours a night, that is if DP doesn't decide to keep me up by trying to talk to me about his day for hours... I reckon that so many others are having similar experiences though, they just seem normal during the day, and when they ger home is when it's hard. So don't feel alone.

#8 RellBell

Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

QUOTE (aleksandrap @ 28/11/2012, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm sorry to put a negative post in, but I will be leaving the group. At my scan last Friday (9weeks, 4days) it turned out that my pregnancy stopped developing around 6 weeks. I have been booked in for a d and c tomorrow and coming to terms with all of this that been really hard. I've been off work all week and am an emotional mess.

I wish everyone all the best for the rest of your pregnancies. Take care of yourselves xx


So sorry to hear, please take care if yourself xx

I'm most scared of this happening at my 12 wknd scan (i'm 9 weeks 3 days)... Early pregnancy is just a big waiting and worrying game sad.gif

#9 Tammoi01

Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

QUOTE (Woyapp @ 28/11/2012, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry that you're feeling so bad LisaM07, I can't relate, I'm managing to sleep like a rock for about 10 hours a night, that is if DP doesn't decide to keep me up by trying to talk to me about his day for hours... I reckon that so many others are having similar experiences though, they just seem normal during the day, and when they ger home is when it's hard. So don't feel alone.


I'm sorry Woyapp, but I had to laugh at your comment about if DP doesn't decide to keep you up. As I had the same thing the other night with my DP who had been pottering about on his laptop in the lounge room with me without saying a word and then as soon as we go to bed and i'm almost comatose, he starts talking. I very quickly shut that conversation down!!

To aleksandrap. Not sure if you'll come back to read this. But I agree with Woyapp, there is no need to apologise to anyone. Just take care of yourself!

#10 CraftyGinger

Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

Unfortunately, I've also come in with some bad news.
I had some cramping on Friday, and started bleeding Sat night. After ultrasounds at ED, we were told that bub was measuring about 8 weeks, when it should have been 11.5, and tere was no heartbeat. We went home to wait. Sunday night the pain started, and I got no sleep. I decided I couldn't handle the pain and waiting around, so had a D & C Monday arvo. We are heartbroken, but have been given the go ahead to start TTC whenever we're ready, so hoping for a BFP very soon.
Good luck to you all for the rest of your pregancies, and enjoy every minute. xx

#11 LisaM07

Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

So so sorry for you losses girls xxx


Thanks for your thoughts Woyapp I know I'm just being silly  blush.gif

#12 misty123

Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

Alec & Crafty - i'm so so sorry to hear your sad news today.  I'm thinking of you both and hoping that with time things get easier.  Best of luck for new BFP's very soon.  I'll try remember your words to enjoy every second Crafty!  Sometimes it's too easy to to take things for granted.
xxx

#13 key_gal

Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:06 PM

Oh dear, for a short few days I actually thought this group was getting close to the safe dates... So sad to hear these news. I hope you two take plenty of care and rest well. Best luck to the new cycle ahead.

#14 bettinae

Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

ALEK & CRAFTY x Sending you lots love and thoughts be kind to yourselves and just know your in my thoughts and prayers xxx bbighug.gif  bbighug.gif

AFM: I am sooo contipated I am sure the baby (with no feet grin.gif) is going to be easier to give birth to than this...... laughing2.gif  I will go back on the metamusil... I am waiting for the OB to call I phoned at 4.30pm and the receptionist...nice lady from yesterday said that she was waiting to speak to him and explain whats happened and she will call back...... ...

I was reading about this post and how others attacked the post author poor NERVY but a post up in another part of this forum when we were all super new to this group and she got hammered about her Doppler.....its just amazing that like some of you said that we are all here in the  same its just maybe some people don't think.....but still not acceptable as I have said no one knows what goes on in peoples houses and lives and should just be sensitive to others.....

We have a great group here and im sure by the end of our time togeather we will know more about each other ....its great I think that I am very blessed to have bueatiful ladies in my life to share this journey and I am very privliaged to be sharing yours x bbighug.gif  bbighug.gif


Yes I am waking up in the middle of the night and I ca't get back to sleep either and I am going to the loo like 4+ I am sooo tired when I lay down if I get the chance during the day  I just don't want to get up I am exhausted....

xxx  bbighug.gif

#15 RellBell

Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Agreed. I can't sleep properly at night - I am constantly going to the toilet, and when I manage to fall back to sleep I have nightmares and wake up yelling random things like "YOU STOLE IT" and "STOP BITING ME YOU FERAL". Then I wake up at 5:30am every single morning (even on weekends) DP says "it's no wonder you're tired, you never sleep!".

I finally booked my 12 week scan today (it's on the 20th of December - when I get back from overseas). I am going on a cruise to the pacific islands and i'm going to TRY not to stress about having a missed miscarriage (now i'm having fears that my baby is already dead and I don't know it). I worry about miscarrying, I worry about money, I worry about being a parent - I am just one giant stress ball at the moment. I am SO SORRY to hear about the losses ladies, and I hope your next baby is a sticky one.

Good luck to everyone who is having the 12 week scans and hopefully mine will come out as positive as some of you ladies.

#16 jmaz86

Posted 28 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

Hi all,

To those who have had bad news, I am so sorry for your loss may you be able to move forward and get a sticky BFP very soon.

Relly - I totally feel for you, I too am having awful sleep at night, cant get comfortable or have to pee. I also have all these fears about missed m/c and have been counting the days until the 12/12/12 when I will be 12 weeks and get my scan.

I think that part of the problem is we are all better educated that to the wonders of the world wide web and we can read the good, the bad and the ugly of pregnancy. Here is hoping that for all of us still counting down, the days go quick. I take comfort in being sick, having sore (.) (.)'s...as they are my signs of bub.

AFM: I am trying not to stress out to much, have all hell breaking loose at work and on the verge of loosing my job but hopeful as I had a phone interview today for another job...in two minds whether I have to tell them I am pregnant though...can anyone shed any light on this?

Hope everyone due to have scans in the next few days/weeks has a wonderful time with lots of happy exciting news.

#17 kahm

Posted 28 November 2012 - 06:44 PM

I'm sorry to hear people's sad news.  Take care of yourselves, give yourselves time and space.

jmaz, I'd wait until you're actually offered the job before you tell them you won't be there long, if you know what I mean.

#18 bettinae

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

Evening Ladies just an update ...... all ok I got the call from the OB office about 6.30pm and of course the lady was loverly...I asked her what they should have looked at in the scan she said hang on and she put the OB I felt like such a nuesence...but it was nice..I asked should she have looked at the heart and the vaules and the blooding flow in there and the cord and the skin at the back of the neck he said yes I said well they never ...he saidthats just not good enough that he had put in a letter of concern...and he is getting his rec to organize another scan and I will NOT BE leaving till I am satified!!!  rant.gif  

The Ob says that the baby will have feet but she should have put the effort in to find them......

I do feel a lot embarrest to go back the other ladies were so nice to me and I feel like they are going not like me....."oh thats the lady that complianed....!"

????? maybe I should pop in there and see the nice desk ladies and just let them know that they ahve been wonderful to me...it was just her.....????

I am really nervous about it lol

Ill keep you posted xxxxxx bbighug.gif



#19 gonggirl

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

That's good news bettinae

Sorry to hear about the losses ladies, it's heart breaking and I'm hoping u both are UTD again when your ready

Another one here who is so knackered i sleep early but am awake at all hours in the morning. This is by far my most uncomfortable pregnancy, and I'm only 12w4d sooo long to go, I can't wait just want that little person in my arms original.gif

#20 tigers17

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:35 PM

Hi guys, so sorry to hear of the recent losses in our group. My thoughts are with you and I hope you get the rest and support you need.

My constipation has just started to ease, thank goodness not sure how much longer I could have  taken it.

Have my 12 week scan on the 19th of December, it's going to be a long 3 Weeks. Jealous of those having their scans now


#21 kate_123

Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

Very sad news about the losses. bbighug.gif
Bettinae, try not to stress about how the others view you when u go back, I'm sure her coworkers are just as sick of her attitude as you were. Good on you OB for putting in a letter of concern.

Tigers17 my scan is the 18th so with you on the wait! On FB so many women have post these amazing pics of their bellies. Im not 10 weeks yet and have a retroverted uterus and its my first...but I got nothin! I want a bump dammit! My pants are falling down not getting tighter cause Ive lost 2kg with ms. Anyone else still not showing or am I the only lame one that looks like a sham! My boobs are bigger tho so something is at least growing!

I am also exhausted but thats mostly due to my husband having to get up at 2am the last 2 nights to work through the night for work in the room next to me. Its amazing how loud and irritating typing can be! grrr

#22 kahm

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:32 AM

Yeah Kate,
it's my first too, so I got nothing to show in the belly department.  I don't think I will until mid January, really.

I've been loosing weight due to MS too, although I'm sure that most of it has relocated to my boobs.  My boobs have inflated THREE WHOLE SIZES in the last 9 weeks (hit 11 weeks yesterday) so no wonder they were sore.  Holy patootie they're enormous.

I have noticed a slight thickening about the waist and DP is convinced he can feel a growing uterus in there if he pokes around enough but realistically, it just means that my tops are getting tight but my trousers are falling down.  Good look that, not.

#23 StrawberryMilk

Posted 29 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

I finally have my 12 week scan today! I'm quite nervous that there will be nothing to see like the last scan I had in August when we miscarried but...fingers crossed.

I had a dream last night that I went for the scan and as soon as the lady put the probe onto my belly I saw 2 babies. THEN the woman actually said 'there could be up to 10'.
Whaaaaat!!
Then it flashed forward to when they were about a year old and I had triplet boys!!!!

Freaking out even more now lol.

#24 Mizadele

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:00 AM

My heart goes out to those with losses.

Still waiting for my scan. Only a week and a half to go.
*Kermit flail*
Although I'm quite nervous as my symptoms have decreased so much. (except for the nose. OMG the smells! Especially cooking red meat)

I jumped on the WiiFit this morning for a measure, as I haven't looked for 3 weeks, when I was up 2 kilos. This morning, I've lost those two, plus an extra one! But I have gone up a bra size, from 16C to 18D, and can't button up the bottom 2 buttons on my work shirt.

I have a months holiday after Xmas, so I just need to get through the next 4 weeks without needing a new shirt. Then I can order a maternity shirt while I'm away.
I'm hoping to keep 'mum' about this pregnancy until I go back in February, just after 20 weeks.

Oh, and to everyone having funky dreams, last night I actually dreamt about giving birth. Here's hoping that's a good sign!

Good luck today StrawberryMilk! I'll be stalking for happy news and pretty pictures!

#25 Gel_Bel

Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:17 AM

Hi Ladies,

I am sorry I have MIA but I have been busy at work and with family stuff. I was very sorry to hear about the losses.

I have just had my nucal scan and I couldn't be happier! My risk was 1:10000 which is geat news! They were also able to find a nasal bone, a nice strong heart beat, the back bone and 2 hands and 2 feet. The sonographer was lovely! She had to poke and prod "squishy" to get it to turn over but it was great fun. I have a very active baby!

My morning sickness is subsiding and I don't need the wafers anymore. I am still very tired and hot all the time, but I am feeling a lot better. I am also showing...I no longer fit comfortably into my jeans or any of my pants...and I have gone up a cup size too. I think it's time to go shopping!

Hope everyone is well!
xx




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