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#76 Hollag26

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:42 PM

Red nut Welcome!!! Love the name! My husband is a ginger so i have a very soft spot for all things Red!

Thank you Gisses, smooth sailign from here original.gif

#77 Leafprincess

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

Testing my ticker...

Ok, I can't do it.... Keeps deleting it or it says the code isn't valid

Edited by yipfazel, 02 April 2012 - 05:08 PM.

#78 andrea79

Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

I can't keep up with this thread!!

Yipfazel - agh that's so annoying when you lose a post. When I'm doing a big one I now type it in word and copy and paste! I'm hearing you on feeling sleepy! I really felt it last Thursday at work, it just seemed like I hit a wall at 3.30-4.00 and could have just fallen asleep on my desk! I only work 3 days too (Tuesday - Thursday) so will be interesting to see how I go tomorrow! Oh and I reckon I'll finish about 3 weeks before DD. that's what I did with DS and he arrived 11 days early so I only had 10 days off! And I'm from Tasmania

Hollag26 - yay fantastic news! Enjoy your scan on Wednesday too!

amy26 - I wouldn't have thought it was too early to test your immunities? And what does "not convincing" mean?? A positive is a positive and if you're still quite early anyway then it would only make sense that the doctors test was faint as theirs aren't as sensitive as the home tests. I'm sure everything will be fine so I wouldn't worry about any of that. And my gender predictor test said a girl too, although I did it for DS and that said girl too! So not sure how much weight I'll give that?!

gisses - hi! Yeah I sort of think the same way as you about telling people. I've told my mum and dad, best friend, another close friend who is also pregnant and only 2 weeks ahead of me! And my brother and sister. I know they will be there to support me if anything goes wrong. DH hasn't told his family yet, he's erring on the side of caution a bit more! Let us know when your dating scan is!

Red nut - hi and welcome! And don't worry about testing early, I think the majority of EB members test early!! And I've already POAS 3 times and will probably do another one (and my last!) before I see my doc on Thursday!

Hi everyone else and a big hello to all the newbies! I planned to go onto the computer and do proper personals but didn't happen today. So on my phone so could only see the last 10 posts!

AFM - well things going well I think! After the brown discharge on Friday there's been nothing since so feeling a littler more positive now. Don't see my GP til Thursday so not sure what will happen with bloods, might wait til after Easter. I have these little time frames and hurdles in my head that I like to get past - the first was that it wasn't a chem preg which after my HPT yday I'm pretty sure I'm safe there. The next is no spotting in week 4 - I know this is silly but I had this when I ended up miscarrying so I'll feel better if I make it this week without any. The last one is making it to week 8 as I miscarried at 7 weeks.

That all sounds a little silly when I read it back?!! Oh well, anything to get me through these first few weeks!

Agh really not looking forward to work tomorrow or the following 2 days but better get used to it I guess!

Hope you're all well and the symptoms aren't hitting you too hard


#79 JuniorGandR

Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

Grr just lost a post. Stupid wireless internet.

Welcome to red nut, LJA, butterfly, cosmic, mandy, miss monica and congratulations!!!!  Sorry if I missed anyone, too scared to go back and look as I might lose my post again.  I will try and update the list in a few days time.  

Andrea & Hollag glad that everything is going smoothly for you.  

Amy grrr to your doctor.  I know that horrible feeling which cuts right through you - my doctor rang me to say that my blood test results were "not encouraging".  And I wouldn't have through 12DPO was too early to test for HCG - not sure about immunity, I have only had HCG done so far.  I think they usually do the immunity tests more around the 10 week mark so maybe that is what the nurse was commenting on?

Went and had a look at 2 chinese gender prediction sites, and one predicted a girl and one a boy?????  I am thinking girl.

Although not sure how this pregnancy is progressing.  Very minimal symptoms so far, and my doc has freaked me out about my HCG levels.  She says they are low - and has asked for 2 more blood tests (had 2 last week, then 1 today and another on Wed).  But I have just doctor googled, and my levels seem normal.  After a miscarriage last November, I am now on edge, just waiting for the results, or for cramping and bleeding to start.  Or 6 weeks to roll around so that I can have an u/s.  

Is anyone else having minimal symptoms?  I know a few of you are feeling  sick.gif, you poor things.  Hopefully it eases up shortly, and in the meantime it is a good sign original.gif All I have a is a bit of cramping and weird dreams.  And for those going private - I have booked into my ob and first appt is 11 weeks - but can I ring up and get an earlier one if I am concerned?  My first pregnancy was a breeze so I never had to think about all this stuff.  

#80 aurora sleeping

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

yip I was meant to finish about 3 weeks before EDD with my DS but he came early so only had 7 days!!! Haven't quite thought that far yet, but perhaps I'll finish 4 weeks before, maybe 3. As I'll be taking mat leave, I want to take the most time off with my bub that I can, so I try to go closer rather than further away. Also, I'll have to do reports etc (I'm a teacher) before I go and it will just be a mad rush if I leave very early. Wondering how long I can wait before I tell work... I think people are already starting to guess...

Also, for my ticker yip, in the final page on Lilypie which shows the codes I do this: find the 'Forum Signatures' one in the list, then click on the 'UBB code' option. Copy and paste the code into your signature on EB but delete the bits before 'http' and after 'png'. It should work for you then... That's for a ticker at the bottom of your post - is that what you wanted?

Hi Red Nut! Congrats!!!!!! I'm bad at keeping my own good news to myself too!!!! It's all I can do to not shout it from the rooftops!!!!! I say give in to the testing lol!

AFM - Got my blood test back today: definitely positive. From my calculations (and clearly positive OPKs) I definitely ovulated on CD 15 so should only be 4 weeks and 4 days - my level was 3115 which sounds a bit high... So I'm going to get a dating scan and book in with my OB. Hopefully will do that next week.

Man, my eyelids are involuntarily closing, time to sign off. xxx

#81 emiboo

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:23 PM

Joining you ladies here as of tonight original.gif

Got my BFP today.

Still can't believe it. Can't wait to go to doctors tomorrow for bloods.

#82 MuppetGirl

Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

QUOTE (yipfazel @ 02/04/2012, 05:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
for those of you who have little ones, when did you finish up at work?

Yip - With my daughter I was working full time and I worked up til they asked me to stop laughing2.gif which was 37 weeks. I went almost 2 weeks overdue so I had just under 5 weeks at home. With my son I was only working part time so I worked up until the week I had him, also overdue, 10 days.

You need to do what you feel comfortable with though. I had a GF that just suffered from such extreme tiredness in her 3rd trimester she had to stop work at 31 weeks.

QUOTE (JuniorGandR @ 02/04/2012, 07:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is anyone else having minimal symptoms?

Me! I cannot remember exactly though but I think it took til about 7 weeks for me to get full on symptoms with my other kids. I am only just over 5 weeks now. I have had some reflux which I don't normally get and a couple of small waves of nausea. I like having MS, it lets me know everything is ok. Weird I know!

Welcome to all the latest BFP ladies!

#83 LittleJacksonOne

Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:49 PM

Hi everyone! Wow so many already! Congrats!!!

Just popping in to join you all as after three days of BFP's (very faint, quite faint and slightly faint haha) I am finally confident to call it a BFP!!! YAY!! Getting bloods done tomorrow to confirm though original.gif

Normal calculations say I'm due on the 6th but my doc thinks I must have ovulated late (only picked up BFP 4 days after AF was due, and after a neg blood test) so I guess I wont really have a due date until the dating scan. (Would love to be due on the 12/12/12 hehehe)

When can I get a dating scan?

Will read through the thread to get to know you guys more, it was really long and I really wanted to tell someone so I skipped that bit for tonight hehehe Tounge1.gif

#84 andrea79

Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:38 AM

JuniorGandR - I'm sure everything is fine as the levels of "normal" hcg vary between different sites and I'm sure I've read even between labs so I know it's easier said than done but try not to stress. Will you get your next lot of results before Easter? As for symptoms I have some but I'm pretty sure it was about 5-6 weeks before I really felt them with DS. Oh and my cousins wife had NO symptoms at all! It freaked her out but she now has a beautiful baby girl. She didn't even get sore boobs!

aurorasleeping - Yay on the positive blood test and I think we're all hanging out for you to have your scan to see if you have two little bubs in there!!

emiboo - wow!! CONGRATULATIONS and another TTC#2 grad!! March was an amazing month in there!! Welcome to the group!

LittleJacksonOne - welcome and congratulations!! Dating scan is normally done around 6 weeks so I'd have it done at 6 weeks based on your later date or even a week later to give you a better chance of seeing that heartbeat.

Hi everyone else  waves.gif

I guess I better start getting ready for work! Feel tired already, daylight savings is mucking DS around as he decided to get up at 5.00 this morning  blink.gif hopefully that doesn't last long. Did another HPT this morning (I know, I'm an addict!!) and I didn't think the control line was going to show! But it did eventually so things still going ok! And my boobs are sore this morning whereas they are normally worse of a night.

Hope you all have a great day

#85 Hollag26

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

aurorasleeping I had a scan done at 4 weeks 4 days and hcg done at the same time and my hcg was 4634....

Does anyone else have symtoms that vary? ie really sore boobs one day, not as bad the next then sore again the day after? Maybe it is just because its my first that i am wondering if everything is normal and not knowing what to expect.

#86 Teeny Bopper

Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Hi Ladies!

Wow!!  This thread is impossible to keep up with!!  I come in to catch up with everyone a few times a day but I rarely get time to post so you'll all have to bear with me.

WOW aurora sleeping and Hollag26, those HCG numbers are through the roof!!  You must be feeling very confident and reassured right now. That's awesome!

andrea79 - i'm already feeling exhausted too, and it doesn't help when you have to get up to pee numerous times during the night!

LittleJacksonOne - Welcome and Congrats!!  I kept doing HPT's every morning too, waiting for that damn second line to get darker. It did for the first 2 days, then the 3rd day was the same strength as the 2nd day so I started freaking out. Luckily the next day was MUCH darker so that was a massive relief! Apparently sometimes, it can take a while to kick in.

MahnaMahna - I can't wait for the MS!!  I'm only 4.1wks so I know I have a couple more weeks before it kicks in, but BRING IT ON I say!!!  Like you, I'm sure I'll find it the most assuring sign that the pregnancy is progressing normally. It's funny the things we look forward to isn't it??  I normally HATE throwing up, but I'm happy to do it if it means I get a beautiful, healthy baby in Dec  biggrin.gif

emiboo - Welcome and congrats!!  Good luck with the bloods, let us know how you go

JuniorGandR - what were your HCG levels and how many DPO were you when you had them tested?  Mine have been fairly low as well but doubling at good rates, so I'm happy with them. At 10DPO HCG = 7. At 12DPO HCG = 49. At 14DPO HCG = 174. Much much lower than aurora sleeping and Hollag26 but as long as they're increasing steadily, then I'm confident that everything will be ok. I know that I'm well within range so I'm not stressing and I don't think you should either (easier said than done after previous losses, I know)

andrea79 - i know what you mean about the hurdles in your mind. I have them too. I lost both my previous pregnancies at 17DPO. I am now 15DPO so if I can get through the next few days and still be pregnant, I think I will finally allow myself to feel a teensy bit excited!!

A big waves.gif and a bbighug.gif to everyone else I've missed!!

AFM - I am 4.1weeks today and starting to stress a little. I have a mantra that I keep repeating in my mind that calms me down and removes all the negative thoughts whenever they creep in. I just wish the cramping would stop!!  I know that it's perfectly normal, but I find it very unsettling. I keep poking my boobs to make sure they still hurt and I'm still pregnant!!  

No symptoms yet apart from frequent peeing, sore boobs, constant hunger and a skin break out. I've had hormonal acne pretty much since I stopped taking the pill 5 years ago, and the pregnancy is making it worse!!  Because it's hormonal, nothing topical seems to help so I'm preparing myself for extra horrid skin for the next 8 months!!

Also starting to get a little concerned that I'm going to miss out on having an NT scan. We're going overseas for 4 weeks from week 10-14 so I think I'll miss the testing window completely!! I am booked in to see my OB and have a scan at 7weeks so I will see what he has to say about it. Hopefully it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

DH and I have agreed not to tell anyone (not even parents or siblings) about the pregnancy until we get back from overseas and can confirm that the heart is still beating. It's going to be very hard to keep this a secret for the next 10 weeks!!

#87 Hollag26

Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

Teeny Bopper You made me laugh!  "I keep poking my boobs to make sure they still hurt and I'm still pregnant!!"
I do the same thing original.gif

Edited by Hollag26, 03 April 2012 - 11:49 AM.

#88 lady chattalot

Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:48 AM

Wow .. So many BFPs! Welcome and congrats to all the newbies!

Hollag - my symptoms are all over the place too... Some days nothing.. Others plenty of nausea, sore boobs etc.. It was the same with DS early on as well from memory

Yipfazel- I worked until the end of my 36th week with DS and he came a week early so I ended up with two weeks to myself. It was the perfect amount of time to get things ready and catch up on some me time although the last couple of weeks at work were a real struggle. Also they make you get a doctors certificate after 34 weeks to say you are ok to keep working.

AFM - I went to the doc yesterday to get bloods done etc but the fill in nurse was hopeless .. Took a few goes at both arms and still couldnt get enough blood. I have big bruises today and have to go back tomorrow to have it done again grrrrr

Digital Dorothy - I'm going private again (norwest in Sydney) and using the same ob as last time as we were really happy with him.

Hey to overyone else:)

#89 LittleJacksonOne

Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

QUOTE (Teeny Bopper @ 03/04/2012, 11:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LittleJacksonOne - Welcome and Congrats!!  I kept doing HPT's every morning too, waiting for that damn second line to get darker. It did for the first 2 days, then the 3rd day was the same strength as the 2nd day so I started freaking out. Luckily the next day was MUCH darker so that was a massive relief! Apparently sometimes, it can take a while to kick in.

MahnaMahna - I can't wait for the MS!!  I'm only 4.1wks so I know I have a couple more weeks before it kicks in, but BRING IT ON I say!!!  Like you, I'm sure I'll find it the most assuring sign that the pregnancy is progressing normally. It's funny the things we look forward to isn't it??  I normally HATE throwing up, but I'm happy to do it if it means I get a beautiful, healthy baby in Dec  biggrin.gif

I keep poking my boobs to make sure they still hurt and I'm still pregnant!!  

No symptoms yet apart from frequent peeing, sore boobs, constant hunger and a skin break out. I've had hormonal acne pretty much since I stopped taking the pill 5 years ago, and the pregnancy is making it worse!!  Because it's hormonal, nothing topical seems to help so I'm preparing myself for extra horrid skin for the next 8 months!!

Also starting to get a little concerned that I'm going to miss out on having an NT scan. We're going overseas for 4 weeks from week 10-14 so I think I'll miss the testing window completely!! I am booked in to see my OB and have a scan at 7weeks so I will see what he has to say about it. Hopefully it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

DH and I have agreed not to tell anyone (not even parents or siblings) about the pregnancy until we get back from overseas and can confirm that the heart is still beating. It's going to be very hard to keep this a secret for the next 10 weeks!!

Thanks Teeny Bopper! It was slightly darker today but thats reasuring! I had a blood test today so we'll see what the number is original.gif
I completely agree and I'm sure we might say different after we've been throwing up for ages but right now I dont feel much at all so it would help me really believe it! hehe AND I totally poke my boobs too, and they're getting really big!!
I have heard that acne is only bad in the first trimester and generally goes away after that (and then you get the 'glowing' skin hehe, but thats just what I've read as this is my first hehe!
I'm telling my family pretty soon (parents, parents in law, step parents, 12 brothers and sisters and maybe the 10 neices and nephews) But only because I want to tell my family whom I'm close to and I dont feel it would be fair not to tell the other family members, I just wish there was less then that haha! I also would love their support if something went wrong.

Thanks andrea79 and Hollag26, I have a doc app next week when I'm meant to be 5.3 weeks so thats perfect timing to ask her original.gif Will probably get one at 6.5 weeks.

Hollag26 I have had very varying symptoms and sometimes it seems like none! It's my first too so I would love more frequent symptoms to help me feel pregnant but I'm sure more will come before we know it!

#90 amy26

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hi All,

I get my blood results back tomorrow afternoon, hopefully HCG levels are good so I'm not going to get the 'not very convincing' comment again. I don't know why that bothers me but it does, just a little patronising.  He's a good GP in that you get in when you want and you never wait in the waiting room more than 15mins. My female GP you can sit waiting for over an hr! but he never explains ANything you have to pry it out of him.

I'm a total Test-a-holic too, I had to talk myself out of buying a digital today. Have a box of lullaby - did another test this arvo and has come up after 5mins as dark as the control line! a good sign

Anyone know why do they seem to add weeks to the actual pregnancy in the due date calculator?? I ovulated on 15th March so should only be 2 weeks but all calculators come up with between 3.5 and 4.4.?

Symptoms: bigger sore,boobs. Peeing alot more so during the night, gone off the taste of coffee (same as with DS)

Will do personals later - got to pick up DS from preschool

#91 lady chattalot

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

Just a quick one Amy -they calculate the due date as 40 weeks from the start of your last period, not the day you ovulated .. I think it has something to do with accuracy given the variation in women's cycles

#92 digitaldorothy

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

Hi Ladies, just got my first scan to work out due date.....and I got 29 Nov.....guess I'm off to join the November group.  Thanks for all your support , best wishes and good luck!

Hi Ladies, just got my first scan to work out due date.....and I got 29 Nov.....guess I'm off to join the November group.  Thanks for all your support , best wishes and good luck!

#93 Cuddlesnkisses

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

Hi Ladies

POAS yesterday and today and got a BFP original.gif 2nd bub, I have a 4yr old DD. Due 10th

I'm a single parent and decided to stay that way, so this baby was conceived with a donor, first go.  Bit surprised because at 37, I thought it would take a little longer.

Glad to join and looking forward to the next 9 months.


#94 cosmic79

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:37 PM

Guys, I'm so sorry in advance.  I just know I'm going to be pathetic keeping up with everyone and replying with personals, etc, so please forgive me!!   blush.gif

I'm not sure who asked (I think maybe JustDance) - I'm in Melbourne so happy to help out if you have any questions... Was anyone else from Melbourne?

I'm still totally symptomless, but not tooooo concerned about that as its as the same with my last two pregnancies and I have two healthy boys.  Fingers crossed it stays that way.  But, as a few of you have said, I guess it is reassuring to feel a bit NQR at least for a little while!

I've been getting a bit of ovulation-like pain today (and so sets in the paranoia that will stay for the next eight months!).  Anybody else?  I'm hoping it's just those 'normal' twinges that I keep reading about.

#95 NICOLE83

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:48 PM

Hi Ladies, thought i'd do personals tonight  original.gif

Andrea - Nothing wrong with having time frames. Actually think it would make it easier to get through the long wait.

Junior - This is such a stressful time without having health prfessionals give off handed comments. Try not to read anything into it. With DS2 i was told at first scan it was ectopic, went for 2nd scan and was told not ectopic but no hb and told pg not viable, a couple of days later i had a big bleed so thought it was all over, had another scan after an agonising week long wait and got to see our bubbas strong hb! He is now turning 4 next month! Good luck tomorrow and think positive!

Aurora - That's high HCG levels. I'm still thinking you have two on board lol! Cant wait for you to have your scan!

Just Dance - 13 wweks is a long time to wait to tell MIL but would be a good surprise telling her in Paris! Just so long as no one else you tell would let slip to her beforehand.

Yip - With DS1 finished 2 weeks before, DS2 & DS3 i finished 1 month before (was only working 2 days).

Amy26 - WHAT A SMALL WORLD!! I will be going to Nepean Private. Had DS1 & 2 at the private and DS3 at the public. Can you please let me know any info you have on the calm birth, i am interested in that. Hope your 2nd test goes well, when i went to GP my urine test came up neg!

Gisses - What is hypnobirth? Are there classes or is it a book?

Hollag - Must be a big relief with those numbers and having a scan. Being so early were you able to see anything?

LittleJackson - Your family sounds like mine! One of the reasons we're not telling them just yet. I cant trust they wont let it slip to extended family members.

Congrats Emiboo and Cuddlesnkisses!

Cosmic79 - I'm getting O type pain aswell. The worry does not get any less with each pregnancy. I feel like i'm pg with no 1 again not no 4! But always good to know others are experiencing the same  original.gif

AFM - Booked my OB appt but couldn't get in until 7th May  sad.gif  I was going to go to GP today to ask for a scan just to check everything is where it should be but decided not to. We are going camping over easter long weekend so going to wait until we get back, will see GP and see if he will do more bloods or dating scan. Dont think i can wait another 5 weeks to make sure all is ok. Have symptoms on and off throughout the day and night. Boobs tender sometimes, feel  sick.gif sometimes and other times feel i need to constantly be eating! Oh this whole waiting game does not get any easier with each pg. I feel a little stupid for being so scared and worried but i just cant help it! Lets hope the next couple of weeks fly by! Also hoping i can keep it secret from our friends this weekend. They know we were TTC so i know they will be watching for any 'signs'!

#96 grasshopper10

Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

Hi Ladies,

New to the forum, this is my first ever post to EB so keeping it fairly brief.

Wishing everyone all the best in your pregnancies and looking forward to reading your posts.

AFM, POAS on April Fools Day, the pink line brought a smile to hubby. Had been to the Melbourne Comedy Festival the night before; the hot topic was parenting. A sign perhaps?

First OB appointment today. EDD 1 December 2012, bring on summer!

#97 amy26

Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:15 AM

Hi all,

Nicole83: Both Calm Birth and Hypnobirth are equally good but very few hypnobirth classes/practitioners in Australia. I used Hypnobirth and Calm Birth - Meditaion cds last time but want to actually do the workshop this time. There's a calm birth website with links to classes, there's a practioner in glenmore park and a few lower mountains. But I was given the julie clark meditaions from my doula last time and I still use them when ever I suffer anxiety or can't sleep as they work a treat so might do the workshop with her at Sylvania. Where are you located - I'm Emu way

That makes me feel slightly better about the BFP at GPs  rolleyes.gif

I'm thinking about getting first scans done with a private OB and paying? I did his last time round.But went to Blacktown as someone had recommended me an OB.

A few have had scans already here?? how many weeks along were you and did you see OB/ get a gp referal.

ladychattalot: Thanks for that, makes sense now original.gif

Edited by amy26, 04 April 2012 - 06:17 AM.

#98 Leafprincess

Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:31 AM

waves.gif To  all the new comers, we are become quite the group now.

Bye to digital dorothy, you had the reverse of what happened to me, I migrated from the nov group to here after a scan at the OB

I'm off to work today, should be interesting since I wont be able to do my usual afternoon nap and I'll be presenting to 10 people. Hope they stick me in a room near the bathroom in case I  sick.gif

Thanks for the replies on whe to finish up work. I think I will at the middle of NOV, it will give me enough time to rest etc.

I don't have enough time for personals, just wanted to say "hi y'all"

#99 SoTired

Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:33 AM

Cuddlesnkisses- Welcome and congrats! Wow and well dont to you on being a single mum and having another bub with a donor. I have so many prying questions I would like to ask, but maybe we should get to know eachother a bit better first! wink.gif

amy26- Good luck for the results this afternoon. I am getting the NT (Down Syndrome) scan/blood test at about 11 weeks. You have to request it and you will be slightly out of pocket but seeing as we have decided not to get a dating scan, it will be a good opportunity to work out my due date.

cosmic79- I am from Melbourne- the northern suburbs. We will be having number 2 at the Mercy Family Birthing Centre. No 1 was born at Northpark Private. Private was brilliant but soooo expensive.

NICOLE83- Wow, what a rollercoaster ride with DS2. Glad everything turned out well in the end.
Hypnobirthing or CalmBirthing teach you methods of dealing with pain when giving birth and learning how to relax. Scientific studies show that women who are scared/frightened during labour/birth have increases of a certain hormone in their system that can be counterproductive to a quick and lower pain labour. I have to admit, it isnt for everyone- you need to practice meditation etc but it did work for me. In the end, we had DD in about 3 hours and it was really intense. Hypnobirthing made it the best experience of my life and I will be doing a refresher for No 2. The lady we took the classes with was brilliant- her name is Esther:

grasshopper10- Welcome and congrats! Is this your 1st?

yipfazel- Goodluck for your presentation! With starting mat leave, I think it depends on your workplace and if you have any contract clauses that state when you have to leave. For some government roles, it is 34 weeks. For me, I worked up until 37 weeks but was then so bored out of my brain that I went back to work to say hi to everyone! Shocking, i know. DD was born spot on her due date- i would have gone nuts if I went later. This time I will probably to the same thing but I am considering maybe working a week later and leaving at 38 weeks. Will just have to wait and see.

AFM- Lots more pains than with no 1! But apart from that I am just waiting for the nausea to kick in as it did at about week 7 last time. At this stage I think i am 6 weeks as of Friday.
My skin is horrible and breaking out. Last time I had it all the way through and just got it back to looking okay- bugger!
Cravings are setting in and are pretty much the same as last time- HOT food. Dont really care what it is, as long as its hot.

Someone in one of the previous posts mentioned morning sickness and wanting to get it so they feel pregnant. To be honest, I wouldnt wish morning sickness on my worst enemy! Mine was so bad that I threw up up to 12 times a day and was really close to ending up in hospital on a drip. I had trouble keeping water down and was barely able to function until about 16 weeks. It was the most horrendous thing I have ever experienced and having it with no 1 means I have a 90% chance of suffering from it again. Please dont wish for it as you might get exactly what you wish for and more!

Hi to everyone else I may have missed!

#100 Hollag26

Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

I had my appointment with my OB this morning to follow up last weeks bleeding. Just so happens that i started bleeding again this morning. He did an ultrasound and it looks good but will have to see what the hcg levels suggest. He said that it is not noraml but very common. I have had more blood tests today and have to get the next lot on Saturday.

I never imagined how much of an emotional rollercoaster this would be. You think when you have such strong hcg scores that everything will go well.

I am doing my best to be confident but at the same time feel very flat.

Sorry for the misrable post!

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Have you seen these missing children?

The Australian Federal Police has released the following information to locate some of Australia's missing children through the Family Law Court.

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Keira Knightley welcomes first child

British actress Keira Knightley has become a first-time mother.

IVF patients in the dark over which clinics are least successful

Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Couple forced to defend their decision to become parents

They met, fell in love and got married. Then, just like couples everywhere, Simon and Vicky Moore decided it was time to have a baby.

The one parenting tip that made all the difference

Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.

Five lies you tell yourself when you're pregnant

You can see it all now: glowing mumma with her gorgeous babe ... you know exactly what you're going to be like. Or perhaps you know exactly what you're not going to be like.

Family expecting fourth set of twins

A couple is expecting their fourth set of twins in five years.

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

The universal working mother experience

These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Obama feels full force of toddler tantrum

Shopping centres, restaurants, the White House ... the list of places toddlers like to throw tantrums is endless.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

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Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.


Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.


What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.


Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

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