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#151 June Bee

Posted 29 January 2017 - 09:45 PM

Congratulations on your marriage EarlyLateBloomer! :-) :-) How exciting! I hope it all worked out the way you had hoped:-)
In my first pregnancy, I found that each scan I had, the earlier my due date would get. This time they said it was around the right date and didn't change it, but I've heard of others having the same experience as I did in my first pregnancy...so thinking maybe it happens sometimes. In the end, I was induced, so no idea what the real due date would have been;) How was your first antenatal appointment?

With my clothes, I kind of just packaged them all up in unused parts of my wardrobe, some in those large plastic tubs to make them easier to access later on. After I had my son, I waded through and gave a lot to charity as I realised my body shape had changed, even after I lost the weight, plus some of my clothes pre-first child didn't seem right anymore or fashion had changed. I've done the same this time, but after this baby (presumably my last), I will chuck much more out I think as I'll have more of an idea what my body will be like after kids...well until menopause haha.

Oh one thing that is great with clothes is to get one of those bands you can wear to extend your wear of regular clothes.

I'm doing the GD test at 26 weeks along with a liver function/bile salts test:-( I hate that drink too, Shirley Sue! And all the waiting. It's so boring.

#152 kate882

Posted 02 February 2017 - 11:26 PM

Hi all my name is Kate this is my 3rd bub. I'm due June 20. I'm not  very good at following these forums.

Edited by ~A2~, 08 February 2017 - 05:44 PM.

#153 EarlyLateBloomer

Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

I have managed to get my hands on an oversize suitcase, that has taken most of my clothes.  

Last week I stopped being able to button my last casual skirt! My partner has suggested some of those sexy stretch dresses... but it is way to hot for me to wear something that clingy.  Got myself some cheap short shorts to try and get by till it cools down. Once I actually earn some money I might buy one of those dresses ;)

My first antenatal appointments at the hospital were thorough I guess.  They have put me in low risk category (despite my geriatric label) and don't even blink at my 7kg weight gain.

I think I will be doing the GD test in a few weeks after my first midwife appointment, if not I will get my GP to organise it.

#154 Romy123

Posted 26 March 2017 - 05:18 AM

Hi everyone, I'm due 1 June but haven't been posting as have been so unwell with hyperemesis. I've had a bit of reprieve in feb and march allowing me to go to work for a few days, but now nausea is returning and sometimes vomiting despite zofran. So gross.

My OB tells me the Bub is on the 8th percentile for size, which is potentially a concern except I've had a couple of recent scans now and all other factors they look for are fine. Is anyone else having size issues?

The babe is moving heaps and certainly does not feel small inside my belly. Belly is getting bigger every week.

#155 KJI

Posted 26 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

Hi Romy,
I'm so sorry you've been unwell. I can't imagine having HG. It would be torture. I'm glad you've had some reprieve. I can't comment on size because my OB has never commented on percentiles for anything. The only indication I've had on bub's size is when I've had the official scans at 12 and 20 weeks and they said my EDD looked to be a couple of days out. In other words bubs has always looked between 1 and 4 days more cooked :) if all the other factors are looking good then I'd say there's nothing to worry about. This trimester our babies nearly triple in weight so there's plenty of time for your little one to put on some puddin and catch up :)

#156 Romy123

Posted 31 March 2017 - 02:09 AM

Hi KJI, how great that your Bub is tracking close to EDD. So interesting that other OBs don't comment on percentiles at this stage. My OB does growth scan as routine at 28 weeks. If I had gone with someone else perhaps I wouldn't know about this percentile issue. Anyway, I'm still measuring on track for growth each week. So despite small, all looking good
Except that now OB wants to induce me at 39 weeks as I'm over 40 years - apparently the risk of still birth increases dramatically at 39 wks when over 40 years. Is anyone else over 40 and encountered this?
I totally trust my OB but disappointed about inevitable induction. I'm thinking I will try acupuncture specifically focused on inducing labour from 37 weeks to see if I can get things started without the drugs.

#157 kittn

Posted 31 March 2017 - 09:40 PM

Hi Romy, I'm in the DIG after you, so sorry for butting in here :)
The risk of complications like stillbirth does increase the further after full term you get (and by "term" I mean after 42 weeks), but we're talking relative risk rather than absolute. So, it's like the difference between 0.01% and 0.02% (pulled those figures out of the air though, don't quote me)!
There's a good post entitled Induction of Labour: Balancing Risks on a blog called Midwife Thinking:


The real concern with waiting beyond 41 weeks is the increased chance of the baby dying (perinatal death). And women need these statistics in order to make an informed decision. A Cochrane review summarises the quantitative research examining induction vs waiting: "There were fewer baby deaths when a labour induction policy was implemented after 41 completed weeks or later." However, it goes on to say: "...such deaths were rare with either policy...the absolute risk is extremely small. Women should be appropriately counselled on both the relative and absolute risks." Hands up all the women who had a discussion with their care provider about the relative and absolute risks of waiting vs induction... hmmm thought so.  
Essentially according to the available research, if you are induced at 41 weeks your baby is less likely to die during, or soon after birth. However, the chance of your baby dying is small either way – less than 1%… or 30 out of every 10,000 for those waiting vs 3:10,000 for those induced. This research article reports the relative and absolute risk of stillbirth at various gestations with waiting vs induction. The authors state that 1476 women would need to have an induction to prevent 1 stillbirth at 41 weeks gestation. The substantial increase in risk occurs at 42 week onwards with a stillbirth rate of 1 in 1000 (Decker 2016).

If it was me - and I'm 41 and pregnant with my first child - if all other signs pointed to bubs being healthy I wouldn't be rushing into induction until well after 40 weeks. But that's me, and I'm no obstetrician or midwife or even something remotely like an expert, just an interested pregnant woman with a thirst for reading all sorts of information (probably too much than is healthy tbh...)

Edited by kittn, 31 March 2017 - 09:46 PM.

#158 Romy123

Posted 15 April 2017 - 04:05 AM

Thanks Kittn for your post and especially the quote. Sorry for my very slow reply. I completely forgot to check back in. Very interesting that you have not been told similar and you are the same age as me. The quote is very good info but doesn't specifically deal with the over 40 years issue which is what I've been told is significant in the risk factors.
I think if there'd been no other issues, I'd probably be less likely to listen to my OB on this. But as the Bub is under the 10th percentile, and I've been so sick through the pregnancy, I'm not dealing with any additional risk very well. Also had 2 miscarriages in the past which again lowers my appetite for risk.
But it is very important to talk to others in a similar position to get a balanced perspective on these things!

#159 kittn

Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

With bub being under the 10th percentile, that changes things a lot. That points to actual growth restriction, which could be from an underlying issue (maybe problems with the placenta) so inducing early is likely to be a good idea.  I had this same discussion with my OB when bub's last ultrasound showed her abdomen measurement was smaller than expected (which has since resolved, phew!)

They always have to weigh up, "is this baby safer inside or outside?" and if they're not getting the nutrition and oxygen that they need in utero...effectively starving/suffocating... then they're better out than in.

#160 Romy123

Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:54 AM

Yeah I know it's either growth restriction or just genetically on the small side. I've been monitored closely last few weeks and so far growth factors to watch are on track for genetically small (a much better option). But I'm getting scans every week and if anything changes at any time, I'll be induced. So far every issue that's come up has been resolved by the next scan. It can be a bit worrying at times, but my partner is cool as a cucumber about it (keeps things in perspective) and it's very reassuring to be monitored so closely. Meanwhile I'm eating lots of protein (stews with bones), resting lying on my left side a lot and finishing work so I can rest more. There's no evidence any of this will help but have to do everything that might assist.
Good to hear your bubs possible smaller tum has resolved. I am so relieved every week that goes by where everything is yet again fine.

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