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  1. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @msredbeansandrice: Ugh. Sorry about your sinus infection. I got one during my last pregnancy and endured it for several weeks before we figured out how to clear it up (ended up needing a few doses of Sudafed and lots of Neti pot usage). Hope you kick it soon and your platelet situation improves.

  2. Phillybaby2013

    kiwi / 520 posts

    @Shantuck: I'm 36+4 today and feeling very pregnant. Sleep isn't great, my body hurts and my hands and feet are swollen when I wake up. My Dr cancelled my appt this week so I'll be getting my first cervical check and GBS swab on Monday which is also my 35th birthday. I asked to not be checked again after that so it doesn't make me crazy. I was 8 days over with #2 before being induced so I'm not putting any stock into anything. We also still have some house stuff to do, put the car seats in and pack my hospital bag so I'm not necessarily wanting anything to happen just yet. I can't believe we're so close to the end here! I don't know how you all feel but the thought of adding this 3rd baby into our already crazy lives is stressing me out a little bit!

  3. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Phillybaby2013: I feel nowhere ready for a new baby from a logistics standpoint. I've been struggling with how to fit 3 across in the back of my new car and have an appointment with a car seat tech next week to help me figure it out. The nursery is also still housing my desk for when my husband or I need to work from home because we're waiting on Pottery Barn to deliver some new office furniture (ordered in December!) into our new office space. It seems pointless to move our current furniture to the new space only to move it out in a few weeks. I also still haven't bought all the baby gear I need to replace yet (baby bottles, diapers, winter appropriate baby clothing, etc.). I feel so disorganized!

  4. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Sams Mom: Ahhh! How exciting, February 25th! Keep us posted if your date moves sooner.

    I'm 35 weeks today. Baby girl is measuring average. Overall I'm feeling great, except for at night. I get up quite a few times just because I'm uncomfortable. I feel tight and achy all over, it feels good to get up a walk around for a couple minutes before switching positions. I'm still on my bike 3-4x a week and started back with yoga. I have to say, I'm going to really miss being pregnant. This pregnancy has been pretty easy and I just love it. It took us so long to get pregnant and just when I finally started excepting that this is really happening it was more than half over! I'm going to miss her kicks and keeping her safe inside of me. Now I'm going to have to share her. lol

  5. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    Long post here... I'm thinking about not having any cervical checks until my due date. Anyone else do this? With the way my appointments are scheduled, looks like my first one will be when I'm 36w6d. They normally check at 36 weeks and again at your DD. Since they are already in there checking my cervix, they also double check to make sure the head is down. They normally feel from the outside at every appointment. I go to a birth center and will be delivering with midwives. I'm not sure if I have some PTSD from years of infertility treatments but I do not want anyone poking their fingers in there if it's not necessary. I've also heard of some bleeding after checks, trying to avoid this. They have an US machine where they can verify the baby's head is down if I decline. I'm also getting a dating US at MFM the week before and they can verify. She has been head down for weeks now but I know they can flip. Maybe I'm just being too sensitive and not ready for this pregnancy to end. I was a big ball of emotions at my last appointment. Not sure how to start accepting that I'm going to have a newborn in a few weeks.

  6. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: I have only had my cervix checked at one appointment in 2 pregnancies. It was when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my son, and already had my pants off for my group B strep swab. I also hadn't settled on a c section at that point.

    I'm now 37 with my daughter and won't have any cervix checks at all. I posted this on another thread (can't remember if it was yours), that my doctor doesn't care and only HAS to do a cervix check if you're in labor in front of him. So animals say no if you don't want them.

    I didn't have to go through a ton of fertility things but I still had almost a year of monthly pelvic exams on my period for clomid and fermara cycles, so I feel not wanting to be poked and prodded anymore than necessary.

  7. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Sams Mom: Yeah, I think I'm going to skip the check until 40 weeks. I'll chat with them about it at my next appointment. I believe they will be doing the group B swab then. Thanks!

  8. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: I posted about the cervical checks on the main board a week or so ago. I plan to decline them as well. I had checks with both of my older two kids starting at 36 weeks and I did have spotting. In addition to not being particularly helpful, I've also had my water break both times around 38 weeks. The first time, my water broke at 37+6 and I delivered on the day that I turned 38 weeks (and a cervical check that day showed no progress). The second time, I think I may have had a slight tear in my amniotic fluid because I seemed to be losing fluid but it wasn't detected when I went to triage. However, the ultrasound kept showing less and less amniotic fluid so I was induced at 39 weeks. With the second, my check at 36 weeks had my doctor telling me that I should expect early labor, which of course terrified me. I've read that there is a risk of cervical checks causing your water to break so I'm not going to risk it this time around around.

  9. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Shantuck: Thanks for sharing! How scary regarding losing fluid and not knowing. Thats the thing, they are not particularly helpful! I don't want to get my hopes up or get discouraged either. Also, if I go into labor or have to be induced earlier than 37 weeks I can not give birth at the birth center. They won't have a problem with me declining, I'm sure I'm not the only one.

  10. beckysue

    cherry / 186 posts

    @Sams Mom: Is today the day? Good luck!!

    How is everyone else doing? I am definitely uncomfortable. I voiced wanting to go to 40 weeks if the baby didn't come on its own before then and my Dr agreed. I may be regretting that now (not really but sometimes )

    I hope everyone is doing well. Looking forward to seeing some arrivals start soon!!

  11. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @beckysue: yep, still in recovery, but all is well.

    Hazel Kennedy 9lbs 1oz 22" and a 15" head

    We had to have a NICU eval in the OR, a little time on cpap, but she was back on room air before i was closed up.



  12. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Sams Mom: Ahh I was just coming on here to check on you! Congrats, Mamma! The pic isn't loading for some reason, ugh, I have to figure out why!

  13. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    Overall, I'm doing well. I'll be 37 weeks this Friday. Starting to lose steam by mid-day and the motivation to exercise is starting to diminish. Baby is head down and really low. At just shy of 36 weeks baby was an estimated 5lbs 7oz.

    I am struggling with a recent diagnoses. Turns out I have level 1 uterine prolapse. I feel really sad about it at times and find myself thinking about it often. I'm planning to meet with a pelvic floor specialist to hopefully try to improve this after birth. As of now, I'm making sure I get my kegels in. I've googled a ton and it seems this is a common issue that no one really talks about!

  14. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: i don't know why it won't work 😭, but it worked on the January 2020 Due Date

  15. msredbeansandrice

    coffee bean / 37 posts

    @Sams Mom: yay! Congrats. I came specifically to check on you. Obsessed with the name! So jealous she is here. We are likely going to induce our babe on March 16/17 (39 weeks) due to my platelets.

    @Mrs Lavender: hang in there! I’ve had multiple friends with similar (or worse) diagnoses. PT is a godsend and a lot of it may correct itself on its own. I assume you’re experiencing discomfort though, and I’m so sorry for that. This boy is way lower than my DD and it is so weird and not super fun.

  16. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Sams Mom: Congrats! She’s beautiful! Glad you and baby are doing well!

    I’m 37 weeks over here and despite my discomfort, I’m hoping this little dude hangs out until week 39. My tentative plan is to induce on March 12th (2 days before my due date). I feel so behind in preparing for this baby and an extra weekend (or two) would be incredible to get me to a state of readiness. I’d also love an extra weekend with my two bigger kids to have a little fun before our lives get turned upside down! Best of luck with all those deliveries, ladies!

  17. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @msredbeansandrice: Thank you. I was told it could correct itself after birth, which I'm really hoping is the case. It's hard to not think the worst at times and go down a rabbit hole. Pregnancy emotions are also not helping! My next appointment is on Thursday with a different midwife and will get her opinion on it also.

  18. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: I've never had uterine prolapse but I did do PT after my first for a weak pelvic floor that was causing urinary incontinence when my son was about one year old. I never knew that there are physical therapists who specialize pelvic floor issues before seeking therapy. I found PT very helpful for my issues. Pregnancy really does a number on our bodies. Hopefully everything corrects itself on its own!

  19. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    Now I'm really hoping this baby can hang in there for a another week or two. My daughter just got diagnosed with influenza A and I'm really hoping we can get her well and keep everyone else healthy in the interim. My husband had the flu back in December so this is now the second time the flu has worked its way through our house this season (despite the fact that we have all been immunized).

  20. msredbeansandrice

    coffee bean / 37 posts

    Hi all! I had my 37 week check today. Baby is head down and I’m 1.5 cm dilated. I know it doesn’t mean much but I didn’t dilate with DD until I was induced so I feel like it’s good, I guess! Now I wait on the status of my platelets!

    Looking forward to having this little boy but weirdly sad that I won’t be pregnant any more. Bag is mostly packed and my car seat base is installed. So now I just have 1000 work projects to wrap up.

  21. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Shantuck: Just saw this update! How is your daughter doing?

    @msredbeansandrice: That's exciting! I declined my cervical check... but now I'm wondering where I'm at! lol Do you have an induction date?

  22. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    I got my GBS results back, it's negative. I started googling the test and read that it can be taken a few different ways. The most accurate is taking a swab from the lower vagina and rectum. I was only swabbed from the lower vagina. What does your OB/midwife do? Now I feel like I want to retake the test!

  23. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: My daughter is much better and so far she is the only one who got the flu . I couldn't exactly avoid her when I was the one she wanted to cuddle with while feeling so awful but hopefully I'm in the clear now that it has been 4 days since she was diagnosed.

    I tested positive for GBS. I was swabbed both vaginally and in the rectum. I have been positive for GBS with all three births, which is such a bummer. I did google this after my test because I wanted to make sure that a rectal test was proper protocol since I don't remember that from my prior pregnancies (though it's been a long time) and it does appear that it is recommended. However, I'm not sure I understand why they test rectally.

    For anyone else who tests positive, make sure you and baby get on probiotics after birth. I'm planning to bring them to the hospital even. It really screws up your microbiome and I ended up with thrush last time. I also plan to ask for penicillin G rather than ampicillin this time as I've read that is the preferred treatment for GBS and much less harsh on the microbiome.

  24. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Shantuck: Glad to hear she is doing better!

    I asked about the rectal part of the GBS test today at my appointment. I was told they drag the swab down towards/around your rectum, they do not actually stick in the swab. Apparently they did this and I had no idea. The test was so quick and I had other things on my mind while she was down there. lol

  25. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: My test was a direct insertion... which maybe is why I tested positive! I remember thinking, wow, you're putting the swab there?!?

  26. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Shantuck: So odd. Now I really wonder what every other OB does!

  27. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: @Shantuck: mine was just a swab from vaginal opening back to rectum, don't think he actually put the swab in.

  28. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Sams Mom: Good to know my practice isn’t the only one doing it this way! How are you feeling? How’s baby girl Hazel?

  29. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @Mrs Lavender: not bad, my incision was stinging some earlier today and I think I have a yeast infection 😕.... BUT she's doing great and sleeping & eating well.



  30. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    Double post

  31. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @Sams Mom: She is too cute and I love her little nose! 😍 Glad to hear she is eating and sleeping well. Hope you get some relief soon, yeast infections are soo annoying.

  32. beckysue

    cherry / 186 posts

    Hi ladies,
    How are you all doing? I have been increasingly uncomfortable this last week and finally caved in to scheduling an induction for 3/11. In a way it is a relief to have a set end date and also to be able to better plan care for my daughter. But I did not like pitocin my first time around so I am nervous.

    I hope you all are doing well!! We are in the home stretch!

  33. beckysue

    cherry / 186 posts

    @Sams Mom: So cute! Hope you are feeling well!

  34. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @beckysue: I actually feel really good for being almost 2 weeks post C-section. We've been dealing with some cluster feeding at night, but nothing terrible thankfully.

  35. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @beckysue: Ahh in 2 days?! Exciting! Hoping pitocin isn't too bad for you this time around.

    AFM, I'm 38w3d. Soaking in these last couple weeks being pregnant with baby girl. I'm still having a hard time saying good-bye to pregnancy. I started eating dates, drinking red raspberry leaf tea, and inserting primrose oil a little before 37 weeks. As of now, I'm not planning on inducing. If baby isn't here a couple days past DD, I'll get a membrane sweep and go from there.

  36. msredbeansandrice

    coffee bean / 37 posts

    @Shantuck: do you have a probiotic that you recommend?

    @beckysue: That’s amazing that you’re so close!

    @Sams Mom: Glad you’re doing well. She is precious.

    @Mrs Lavender: I’m also having a hard time saying goodbye. My platelets have stayed high enough that my induction is scheduled for the 22nd. I’m 2.5 cm dilated as of now (38 weeks) but I know it doesn’t mean much. I’m hoping I’m able to go into labor on my own. I’m having lots of strong BH contractions but I don’t think they are anything more.

  37. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    @msredbeansandrice: Not the cheapest option but I’ve been taking Jarrow Fem Dophilis and just stocked up on more for postpartum. From all my thrush research from my last postpartum recovery, I think you want a women’s formula to help avoid a yeast overgrowth.

  38. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    I’m being induced on 3/12 at 8:30 am. I’m 39 weeks and 3 days and definitely feeling it. I’m just anxious because I didn’t have the smoothest experience last time (retained placenta issues and a much harder recovery than I had with my first) and am still a little traumatized by that. Good luck ladies! We’re all so close! And @samsmom, Hazel is gorgeous!

  39. Phillybaby2013

    kiwi / 520 posts

    @Sams Mom: she's such a sweetie! I'm glad you're doing well post csection. Can't believe it's already been 2 weeks.

    @beckysue: I'm 40w1d today and so done. I have my next appt on Wednesday and they will schedule induction for sometime next week which sounds so far away still. Last week I was still only 0.5cm dilated, soft and high (same from 2w ago) and my Dr attempted a sweep but wasn't very successful. I'm hoping they'll be able to do a better one on Wednesday and I'll go into labor on my own by the grace of God before next week. This will hopefully be my 2nd VBAC (3rd induction) and I was really thinking that my body would get it's act together this time around.

  40. Mrs Lavender

    apricot / 302 posts

    @beckysue: Thinking is you! Hope today is going well!

    @Shantuck: Good luck tomorrow! Hope everything goes smoothly for you.

    Ahh the babes are coming!

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