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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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An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

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Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start

I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

Parenting and decision overload

Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.

Proof that toddlers can't be left unsupervised - ever

Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.

Baby's adorable reaction to wearing glasses for the first time

Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.

Police officer buys supplies for family after mum of six caught shoplifting

When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.

Why pregnant women on antidepressants shouldn’t panic about birth defect claims

The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.

Arrests made over children's birthday party brawl

Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement

Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.

Young warrior Owen defies doctors' predictions

Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old

Advice for dads: when to approach your wife for sex

The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.

I might be fat, but I don't need saving

I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.



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