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  1. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    @Kemma: @birdofafeather: Seeing these pictures make me SO excited for my NT scan! I love baby pictures at this stage!

    @HappyBaker: My OB sends everyone over to a MFM for the NT scan and the anatomy scan also. They've never recommended an amnio for any of my previous pregnancies- I'm interested to see what they say this time.

    I have an appointment with my OB next Tuesday (10/17) and my NT scan is the following week (10/23). I can't wait!!

    We were TG for our last baby so I'm really shocked by how anxious to find out the gender that I am this time. Maybe it was because last time we knew before we even got pregnant that we weren't going to find out so it never really entered my head and now that I know we WILL find out I want to know right now

  2. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    Andddd I'm going to start a bump thread for us for fun!

  3. MamaB

    cherry / 234 posts

    Y'all. The CRAZIEST thing happened to me tonight. I was sitting outside earlier watching LO ride her bike, and felt something sting/bite me on my butt. I figured it was an ant, and just ignored it. An hour later, I thought it felt itchy. 30 min later, I told DH that I felt like I had a bunch of bug bites on my back. I went to the bathroom, took my shirt off and I was COVERED in HIVES!!! This has never happened to me before, so I started freaking out! I jumped in the shower in case it was something on my skin, by the time I got out, they were all over my arms, legs, neck and started to come up on my face. I called my midwife because I was so freaked out. They told me to take some Benadryl and if I started having shortness of breathe to go to the ER. So, I spent the next hour panicking about my breathing. I've finally calmed down, and the hives are starting to go away. I've never had any sort of allergic reaction, so it scared me! The worst part is that I don't even know what it was that stung/bit me!

  4. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @Running Elley: Is it just me or has this board been pretty slow lately? I remember with LO1's due date board, I could barely keep up!

    @MamaB: That's crazy! How scary! Have the hives continued to die down? How are you doing?

  5. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    Does anyone else hate announcing their pregnancy? We just started telling our families at a little over 12 weeks, and I always feel awkward making the announcement. There's no graceful way to slide it into conversation without saying "Attention everyone! All eyes on me!" I've never really enjoyed being the center of attention. I don't really care that people know (it was nice having a secret just between us two for a while, but I'm tired of fake drinking and avoiding certain foods without an excuse), it's just the initial big reveal that makes me uncomfortable. No advice needed, just commiserating

    In other news, anxiously awaiting my 1st trimester screen tomorrow morning. Baby had a good heartbeat on Friday (yay!), but I'll probably keep being generally nervous before each appointment for a few more weeks yet.

  6. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    Have y'all seen? Kate should be on our board!
    "Prince William and Princess Kate announce their third child is due in April 2018" https://twitter.com/ABC/status/920323615165485056

  7. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    @MamaB: How are you feeling?

    @nanilani: We announced to the office yesterday evening. (DH and I work at the same church). We have an online office communication tool, and I posted there that we are expecting. The fun part is, a coworker and friend is also due in April, so she chimed in and announced at the same time. it's been fun at work today - everyone is really excited for all of us! (She & I talked about this ahead of time, so neither of us felt like our thunder was stolen!) I feel so much better now that it's out there - I am wearing actual maternity clothes for the first time today and it's nice not have to try to hide! I greatly preferred letting people know digitally to in person, though, with a group as large as our staff! Good luck!

  8. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    @MamaB: Did you ever figure out what it was?? How scary!

    @ineebee: Definitely quieter than my past pregnancy boards! But I am also quieter, probably because I have more kids at home/less time online haha

    @nanilani: It definitely makes me uncomfortable. With this one I was especially nervous because we don't know any other families who have had/are planning on having their 4th and it's definitely not the norm in our immediate families. The family announcements ended up going out pretty well though! My husband is going to announce on social media next weekend and I'm relieved that we'll be completely out and not just telling people here and there!

    @HeartAbandoned: My sister told me right after she found out Kate was expecting!! Their other 2 kids are close in age to 2 of mine so I find it irrationally exciting that we're pregnant "together" again LOL.
    Congratulations on a successful announcement and not having to hide!!!

  9. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    I have my normal OB appt this afternoon and my NT scan next Monday! Can't wait!

    And it's amazing..... the day after I hit 12 weeks I felt like a new person. I hope it continues!

  10. MamaB

    cherry / 234 posts

    Hi! All is well here. The hives cleared up within 24 hours, and I never had shortness of breath (except for the slight panic attack over the whole situation- ha). Thanks for checking in! No clue what bit/stung me which is scary, but I'll just carry Benadryl in the diaper bag from now on.

    I'm glad everyone is doing well. I'm *really* ready to start enjoying the 2nd trimester, if only my nausea would go away. 😉

  11. agold

    grapefruit / 4043 posts

    @nanilani: Just jumping over from the May thread to say that I hate announcing a pregnancy. I would rather fake drink all 9 months.

    @HeartAbandoned: I think that a church would be the only place of employment I would be excited to announce my pregnancy at! How sweet that you and your husband both work there!

  12. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    @Running Elley: How was your OB appointment? Just a few more days till your scan!

    @MamaB: Glad things cleared up! Hope it won't happen again!

    @agold: Thanks! It's been really fun. We are lucky to both be working here - very family friendly and just wonderful people (well, most of the time...we are human! )

  13. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    Just had an awesome NT scan and she was able to tell that baby is a BOY!! She said she's 100% sure (13w3d). Everyone is going to be so excited!!!

  14. HappyBaker

    nectarine / 2240 posts

    @Running Elley: Ah congrats! That's crazy she could already tell!!!

  15. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @Running Elley: Wow, that's awesome!!! Congratulations!!

    I think my NT scan with LO1 was the same with the nurse already able to tell - though I'd already found out the sex from the blood tests. I was like, "WHAT? You can already see that??"

  16. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    @Running Elley: Congrats! The MFM clinic that does my scans has a policy against guessing gender at NT scans, but I would love to be surprised by finding out early.

  17. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    @HappyBaker: @ineebee: @nanilani: Thanks! It was SUPER obv ious! She said with boys if they see something they can be sure- they're obviously super cautious both ways if they don't see anything. With my oldest son they guessed girl at 11w5d and obviously that wasn't right This was our BOY photo

  18. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    Just got back the final report from my NT scan last week (lowest reportable risk factor for Down's and Trisomies 13&18, yay), and I noticed a line stating "Recommend MSAFP at 16 weeks gestation, if the patient desires." A quick google sounds like it's another blood test that screens for fetal abnormalities. I don't recall having this done in my last pregnancy, and looking back in my file, I don't see the same statement from the scan report done in my previous pregnancy (although the two were done at different locations, so maybe that's the difference there). I'll obviously ask my OB at my next appointment, but I'm curious whether any ladies here have any experience with this?

  19. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @nanilani: After my totally normal NT scan, my OB said to come back for another scan at 17 or 18 weeks. I don’t remember if it was specifically for checking for abnormalities, but she made it sound routine. I’m 35yo, so maybe it has something to do with my “advanced maternal age”? Maybe it’s routine but just doesn’t sound routine?

  20. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    @nanilani: I definitely think it's another standard one like the screen that goes with the NT scan. At the MFM that I go to for my NT scans they do 2 sets of bloodwork (at least they have with all 4 of my pregnancies)- one between 11 and 14 weeks and one later in the second trimester. I have a feeling the later one is the same test that you're wondering about!

  21. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    @ineebee: @Running Elley: Yeah, the report makes it sound standard, but I was wondering how standard could it be if I wasn't offered it just two years ago? The only bloodwork I remember doing after the 1st trimester screen was the glucose test around 28 weeks. I'll have to see what my OB says at my next visit in two weeks.

  22. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    Hi, ladies. I’m 17w3d over here, and I’m not feeling the baby move yet. I looked at my old journal entries, and it was right at 17w at my last pregnancy when I was consistently feeling baby move. Trying not to worry cause there’s nothing I can do, and I’m sure there are so totally normal reasons why I haven’t felt her move yet, but I just need to express the worry somewhere. My next scan is a week from today, so I’m sure that’ll be a relief.

    It’s been a while - how’s everyone doing?

  23. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    @ineebee: It's so hard not to worry, isn't it? I hope the next week passes quickly for you so you can find your peace of mind! I didn't feel DS move until around 18.5w last time and even then it was just the occasional popcorn feeling when lying very still, so you're certainly still in the normal range. Maybe your placenta is in a different location this time? Or maybe you have a very chill and relaxed baby

    Part of me wants to think I felt this LO move for the first time last night, but part of my brain knows it felt different from the usual early movements. I commonly feel pressure/heaviness around my pubic bone when lying down (I'm still allowed to sleep on my back for a few weeks, yay), and last night I swear I felt a rolling sensation along with a very quick little jab. It was over almost as soon as it began, but I barely moved a muscle for what was probably 15 minutes waiting for more. I'm not sure I'm going to officially count it unless it happens again over the next week.

  24. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @nanilani: Thanks for the encouragement! Yeah, the placenta location has been my first thought- I’ll definitely ask about that at the u/s and adjust my expectations accordingly if that’s the case.

    How far along are you? I wonder if ther people experience different sensations with different pregnancies. I wouldn’t be surprised since seemingly nothing about one pregnancy or child is consistent with another, haha! I hope you feel more sensations soon!

  25. nanilani

    apricot / 374 posts

    @ineebee: I'm 15+4 today. So it still seems a little early to be feeling anything, but I have heard that STM tend to feel LO2 sooner than LO1. The again, maybe I was feeling the power of suggestion more than the baby, haha. Last time I had a fundal placenta and this time it's posterior. I don't know how much that makes a difference in my case.

  26. Kemma

    grapefruit / 4291 posts

    @ineebee: with this pregnancy I felt light movement bang on fifteen weeks which is also about when I felt it with my second babe. And to be fair, both my older children were active in the womb and active once born (early crawlers and walkers) so it's probably not a surprise that they were active in utero. I'm now seventeen weeks and regularly feeling movement throughout the day.

    I had an appointment with an OB ten days ago (my primary care is with a midwife) to discuss the partial 3rd degree tear from my last birth and to discuss the potential for GD in this pregnancy and she already mentioned possible induction! My previous OB let me go to 41 weeks (diet controlled GD) so unless there's a specific medical concern or reason for induction then I'm likely to push back for as long as I can (and my babies tend to go overdue!). Apart from that the OB was happy with my low weight gain (1-2 pounds at 16 weeks which is equivalent to a loss based on my BMI) and doesn't want to see me again unless I'm diagnosed with GD or develop any other complications.

    And in other news, I haven't announced at work and nobody has said a thing about me being pregnant! I told my boss 5-6 weeks ago and I'm not purposely trying to hide it but I guess I'm doing a better job then I thought 😂😜

  27. travelgirl1

    cantaloupe / 6630 posts

    @ineebee: I'm 18 weeks and not feeling much movement. I do feel some little jabs but only when I'm laid down and quiet. My midwife didn't seem concerned at all when we discussed it today. I have my anatomy scan next week so hopefully everything will be okay then. I'm not worried about not feeling much movement yet though. As @nanilani: said, I feel a lot of pressure and heaviness lower down. My bump is insanely big (people have been confidently congratulating me since about 12/13 weeks) and I'm still throwing up every morning so hopefully that's a good sign.

  28. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    @ineebee: with my second, i had an anterior placenta and didn't feel movement until much later. i've been feeling movement much earlier this time around so i'm thinking that an anterior placenta could be it too!

    had an appt today at almost 16 weeks. just a quick check and they did a blood test to test for markers of spina bfida. we know two different families with kiddos with it who are doing great, but i know how important finding out earlier was for their parents.

    don't have my anatomy scan for 4 weeks (almost 20 weeks!) and i'm excited to find out the sex. do we have a running list of that yet?

  29. CarDad

    coffee bean / 45 posts

    We had the anatomy scan today. It’s a girl! I am so excited!

  30. sorrycharlie

    hostess / watermelon / 14932 posts

    @CarDad: yay congrats!!!

  31. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @CarDad: Congrats!!

  32. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    @CarDad: Congrats on a sweet baby girl!

    @ineebee: Did you have an appointment today? Any word on the location of the placenta? Feeling any movement?

    Our anatomy scan is tomorrow and I’m about to explode in anticipation!

    Maybe we can start a fresh List with due dates, baby #, and we can add gender as we learn? Will everyone repost this info?

    EDD: April 17
    Baby #: 2
    Gender: until tomorrow!

  33. ineebee

    pear / 1580 posts

    @HeartAbandoned: Thanks for checking in! The u/s went great and baby girl is healthy and strong! Turns out the placenta IS in the front, so that explains the muted movement. I’ve been feeling some shifting movement in the past few days though - nothing like the little punches I felt with #1. - makes sense! They also changed my due date...

    EDD: April 13
    Baby: #2

  34. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    So exciting to see more gender announcements!

    EDD: April 28th
    Baby: #4

    Does anyone already have a name or some options?? We were TG for our last baby and had both a boy and girl name that we loved. We ended up having a girl so I'm 99% sure we are going to end up using the boy name. So chances are pretty high that this baby will be Ezra John or Ezra James 🙌

    I have an appt with my OB this Thursday. &@ excited to finally get to talk to him. The text at my NST mentioned that my placenta was completely previa so I really want to ask him about any potential restrictions/check to see if it's moved up at all.

    Our family is on day 4 of a stomach bug that's moving through the ranks here. DH and DS haven't succumbed yet. It's times like this where I realize that when we have 4 kids for sicknesses to work through we'll probably end up quarantined for a month at a time 🙈

  35. Running Elley

    coconut / 8681 posts

    @HeartAbandoned: Cant wait to hear your gender update tomorrow!!!

  36. HappyBaker

    nectarine / 2240 posts

    EDD: April 16th
    Baby: #3

    Just had our anatomy scan this morning, and they found that the umbilical cord only has one artery instead of two. She said this could be a sign of other chromosomal issues but in our case the heart / kidneys / brain all look well formed and normal, and they probably wouldn't if there was another issue. She also said this could cause growth issues, so we'll have more frequent ultrasounds and possibly see some other specialists to make sure the heart is okay. She again said we could do an amnio, but everything else looked fine - so in my head I feel like we just wait it out / keep an eye on things? What would you guys do? An amnio would provide more information but at the same time we are wouldn't terminate or do anything like that so I feel like it might be more knowledge than we need at this point!

  37. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    @HappyBaker: I’d be too anxious to do an amnio without more compelling reasons due to risk. Are there other options to show risk/diagnosis without it? Did you get any of the blood tests to show risk? Sorry you’re dealing with unknowns!

  38. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    @HappyBaker: I'm sorry to hear this! I think if it were me, I'd stick to the additional ultrasounds and pass on the amnio. Since everything else looked good today, I think the stress and risks of the amnio would outweigh the benefits if it were me. Love & hugs to you!

  39. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    @Running Elley: I'm so sorry you're dealing with the stomach bug! Get lots of rest and I hope your DH and DS make it through unscathed!

  40. HeartAbandoned

    clementine / 933 posts

    Our anatomy scan today went perfectly, and we're expecting our second ! We can't believe it! Baby is measuring in the 90th percentile, which cracks me up because DS1 is a peanut. The doctor said a half an ounce moves the baby from 50th to 90th at this point, though, so it doesn't mean too much. We're over the moon!

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