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    @quartz02 - Oh balls! Hopefully they can save a spot for you! I'll keep my FX for you! 

    @Heathereaddy - I think it really depends on the child and their skin sensitivity for the bath products. Aveeno (and almost everything else) made DD's skin break out. I've had luck with Aquaphor and Honest Co. I especially love the Honest shower gel/shampoo bc it smells like oranges and doesn't dry out DD's skin. I was surprised that it didn't affect her since it does have a mild scent to it. 
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    @Heathereaddy I did Burt's Bees, I like their stuff for myself but I figured I won't stock up on that stuff until I know what works for baby so we just got a small gift set. 
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    @Heathereaddy - I only had my work shower so far but people bought me some random bath items so I figured we'd just try a few and see what we like. So far I have a bottle of gluten free natural baby wash, a few bottles with Sesame Street characters and a few generic ones. I had registered for Burts Bees but I took it off because I figured I have plenty now! 
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    Thanks, Ladies! I'll just register for a few different brands and see what baby likes. 
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    I just read an article about it being better for birthing moms to eat during delivery, has anyone else heard about this?  What do your doctors/hospitals say about such a thing? I plan on asking mine at my appt. Thursday.
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    @randishane011804 Once I was hooked up to an IV, wearing a baby heart monitor, and had a catheter inserted, all I could have was popsicles or ice chips. It depends on your plan, I guess.
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    @randishane011804 it depends on your hospital policy too. There is a lot of research that eating during labor is helpful for keeping up your energy which can make it easier towards the end and keep you from feeling defeated or too tired to keep going. My hospital allows you to eat during labor as long as there is no indication of a problem. The main reasoning I've heard for not eating is that if you were to have to have a c-section and go under anesthesia there are increased risks if you have food in your stomach but like I said, it depends on the hospital. 
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    kellz14kellz14 member
    @randishane011804 As I understand, that is the policy of most hospitals, not just individual doctor policy.  I've heard various stories about some hospitals being more strict to enforce than others are -- i.e. they will look the other way if your partner sneaks you a snack - whereas others are more strict about it.  Hopefully I can labor at home as much as possible and eat something substantial (but not too greasy/heavy) beforehand so I've got enough energy for delivery!
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    I just read an article about it being better for birthing moms to eat during delivery, has anyone else heard about this?  What do your doctors/hospitals say about such a thing? I plan on asking mine at my appt. Thursday.
    Yes, I've read about it in Ina May's "Guide to Childbirth" book. Our hospital policy is ice chips only during labor. 
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    Thanks ladies! I'm going to talk to my doctor and email the hospital about that policy.  I can't seem to find anything on their website about several questions I have, and I'm not able to do a tour because they have very stupid times as to which they do tours.
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    Just a FYI,  an Epidural will increase the issues with nausea.  Not all mom's with an epi get nauseated but many do.
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    @randishane011804 @mrsllove My DD's birthday is about 6 weeks after baby's EDD, and given my last pregnancy, I expect them to be closer to 4 weeks together. I'm also trying to figure out how to manage something nice for her with a newborn. At least she's only turning 2.

    @randishane011804 My doctor once mentioned to me that you can't eat once in labor at the hospital at a random appt. It is hospital policy because just in case you have a serious complication and have to be put under for a c/s (pretty rare) they don't want ou to choke on vomit. No one at the hospital ever told me not to eat and there usually wasn't any hospital staff in my room during labor except to just check on me, so I ate some snacks we brought when I wanted to. I only ate light foods because that's what I felt like, but some women have quick laboratory and eat beforehand not knowing what's coming. I felt okay listening to my body and breaking the "rules."
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    edited May 2016
    My hospital has a no food policy during labor, just sips of water and if really needed, a sports drink, the juice ones. Nothing like red bull or anything like that. We were told to bring snacks for after labor for the ward as meal times are set and you'll more than likely be hungry during meals. Saying that though, my hospital is in the middle of town and there's like 4 supermarkets within a 3 minute drive so it's fine.

    Just a note on the hospital bag, maybe make a list of what you would take and keep it close by in case of emergency's, that way your husband/partner can pick up a few things and you don't have to worry. 
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    Speaking of marathons, it took me a while to find it (darn work, getting in the way of important baby research), but on the August board, a mom mentioned she brought honey gels ( https://www.honeystinger.com/gels.html ) in her hospital bag. I think I'm going to try a few to see if they are to my liking, and, if so, have a few in my hospital bag.
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    edited May 2016
    erin7264 said:
    While I understand the surgery concerns, I think not allowing eating during a hardcore strenuous physical marathon like child labor is absolutely asinine. If the woman has no appetite,  that's cool,  but forced fasting 'just in case' isn't exactly conducive to the strength and endurance needed to push a baby out, mentally or physically. 

    Also,  bought my dermoplast/tucks/depends today. I was oddly excited about the depends - not mortified like I expected to be when I got to the checkout counter. 


    That's basically what this article was saying, and this wasn't just a random non-educated person this was a doctor speaking to the obstetrics and gynecological association wanting to change the guidelines.  It said that it's extremely rare or aspiration to occur in a healthy adult.  I also said that fasting leads to longer and more painful labor and it's not conducive to the health ad well-being of mother and baby.  He compared it to running a marathon on an empty belly. Let me see if I can find it again.

    https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2015/10/eating-a-light-meal-during-labor

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    erin7264 said:
    While I understand the surgery concerns, I think not allowing eating during a hardcore strenuous physical marathon like child labor is absolutely asinine. If the woman has no appetite,  that's cool,  but forced fasting 'just in case' isn't exactly conducive to the strength and endurance needed to push a baby out, mentally or physically. 

    Also,  bought my dermoplast/tucks/depends today. I was oddly excited about the depends - not mortified like I expected to be when I got to the checkout counter. 


    That's basically what this article was saying, and this wasn't just a random non-educated person this was a doctor speaking to the obstetrics and gynecological association wanting to change the guidelines.  It said that it's extremely rare or aspiration to occur in a healthy adult.  I also said that fasting leads to longer and more painful labor and it's not conducive to the health ad well-being of mother and baby.  He compared it to running a marathon on an empty belly. Let me see if I can find it again.

    https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2015/10/eating-a-light-meal-during-labor

    EDIT: For reference.

    Some hospitals are starting to let laboring moms eat, but many are still not. My hospital tells us on the tour that we are not allowed to eat while in labor, so try and labor at home for as long as possible, that way we can keep up with the calories. Hoping there will be more changes sooner rather than later in regards to eating while in labor. 
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    Considering the British medical journal published an article back in 2009 saying just about the same thing... I'm not too hopeful.

     I wonder if encouraging women to labor at home as long as possible due to silly convenience rules like this might lead/have led to an increase in unplanned home births? I suppose there isn't really a legit way to compare since we're all different and all pregnancies are different.
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    This week is going to fly by! Doctors appointment, hair appointment, hospital tour and maternity pictures tomorrow, birthday on Thursday and shower on Sunday! Not that we're doing anything for my birthday, it's kind of been forgotten about with all the baby stuff going on but still :-p 
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    My sister in law is going to be over soon to watch the finale of bates motel. I need to clean up my kids' mess in the living room but I can't make myself move. I just want to keep reading Harry Potter until showtime 
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    I haven't posted in forever! Forgot my username and password! Seems like some crazy stuff went on here and lots off ppl are gone! What a shame! Happened in my last bump month group too around this same time! 
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    .rnyland1 said:
    So my son has been battling the most horrible eczema outbreak to date (he's 2.5, almost 3). I feel like I've tried everything: regular unscented, senstive lotion, Vaseline, Aquaphor Eczema cream, Hydrocortisone cream, different soaps, free and clear laundry detergent. I was thinking maybe it's the milk. He still drinks about 3 cups of milk a day (at breakfast, lunch, and dinner). However, I had him tested for a milk allergy and as far as I know he's not allergic. I've thought about trying some almond milk in place of cow's milk for a week though to see what happens. I might give him an oatmeal bath tonight to see if it can help relieve the itching. Last time I went to the doc with him I got a prescription for Hydrocortisone cream, which of course, can be bought over the counter. So that was not very helpful.  Anybody have any ideas or products that they swear by?
    @rnyland1 Ugh I'm sorry! DD has eczema exacerbated by certain foods, it's the worst seeing them so uncomfortable.

    When hers first started she was under 2 and I was told they didn't like to do allergy testing at that age because often kids will outgrow allergies by 2 years old, so we were advised to do an elimination diet to test what was causing the reaction. I started by cutting dairy as that was supposed to be the most common cause, but no change for DD. Then we cut soy and wheat (and kept the dairy away) and her eczema cleared up slowly (also using prescription steroid cream I'm blanking on the name - might have been hydrocortisone but a higher concentration? You can't buy it OTC). We kept those three things out of her diet until her rash was gone, and then we started adding foods back in one at a time with a 2 week wait between food groups. We started with dairy, and there was no reaction. Two weeks later we added wheat, and initially there was no reaction but after 2 days she got a minor eczema rash, so we cut it out again until her rash cleared. Then we added soy back in and immediately she reacted and got a patch of eczema on her lip where the food touched. So for her, soy is the primary trigger and wheat is a minor trigger. She's still currently wheat and soy free, although she recently had some goldfish crackers at daycare and didn't have a reaction, so we're thinking we'll try reintroducing wheat soon. Still hopeful she'll outgrow her food intolerances

    Other than the prescription cream and the diet, I didn't find any great tricks aside from what you've already used, unfortunately. I wish I had better advice :(
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    DobbysSockDobbysSock member
    edited May 2016
    I just read an article about it being better for birthing moms to eat during delivery, has anyone else heard about this?  What do your doctors/hospitals say about such a thing? I plan on asking mine at my appt. Thursday.
    For most of my labour I didn't want anything to eat, but once I got my epidural (at about 8cm) and I was able to relax a little I was hungry. They brought me in dinner and let me eat. I was a little surprised since I was so close to 10cm, had an IV running, epidural going, etc. but they had no issue with me eating a meal. I guess it depends on your hospital/doctor? Or maybe because it took for freaking ever to get to 8cm they assumed I'd be in for a long stretch and took pity on me

    ETA: I should add for those that don't know my labour story, I had a rough go of things before my epidural (2 weeks overdue and very long, difficult induction), and I ended up with a c-section shortly after, and they still let me eat a decent meal. This was at a birthing centre attached to a hospital so maybe slightly different policies than a typical hospital.
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    @kendallandkate6714 Stinger gels are the only gels my stomach can tolerate during races. They are a thousand times better than GU if you are familiar with that taste and consistency. For a non-running event where you have a choice what to eat I think I would prefer real food over gels.
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    Currently sitting in L&D. Had a decrease in movement the past 3 days and today I haven't felt him at all and all this combined with period like cramps. So when I called L&D to see if I should come in or hold out until my appointment tomorrow morning they told me to come in. Well just like last time as soon as they hook me up to everything he starts moving away, active as ever. Don't get me wrong I'm happy everything is fine but I swear he does this on purpose to make me look like the over paranoid FTM lol my DH is sitting next to me and I'm waiting for the "I told you so". 
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    Well period like cramps are contractions but they're not regular so they're sending me home.
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    @Shelby00519 It's better safe than sorry. I went in after not feeling him move for like 12 hours when he is normally very active, and he went nuts as soon as I got hooked up. The midwife did tell me that it's our motherly instinct to be nervous about it, and we are the lucky ones who aren't having issues or anything. Some moms aren't so lucky. Tell your hubby to kick rocks if he tries to pull "I told you so."
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    How this kid is supposed to grow for 6 more weeks is beyond me. These kicks/movements are starting to hurt! 
    My baby's movements don't hurt yet, but it sure feels like they are twisting around my insides while they spin. I'm not sure which is worse. I keep thinking "I hope don't need that!"  :#
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    @notsoblissylissy I have been wondering the same thing. I have seven weeks left (although he measures at 36w apparently) and I'm being woken up every night to an attack from the inside. My belly button actually feels bruised today
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    @notsoblissylissy I'm only 30+2 and I swear he's going to drive me mad before he gets here. I don't mind the occasional jab here and there but my god when he's twisting it actually feels sore. He's all over my right side, I dread to think what way my poor organs are going to be left!

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    @Shelby00519 I'm so glad everything's OK!!
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