October 2017 Moms

Ask a STM+ (aka the Stupid Questions Thread)

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Re: Ask a STM+ (aka the Stupid Questions Thread)

  • @roo_baby I think for everyone its different...I had nausea most days from about 6 weeks to 12 weeks and then on the last day of my first trimester I had a really tough day (vomiting all day long).  After that though, the nausea basically went away and my energy started to increase day over day.  
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  • feeislove said:
    Anyone here have a family history of factor 5 (blood clotting disorder)?Did it affect your pregnancy at all? For the record, I've called the doctor's office twice trying to speak with the nurse because I had forgotten to mention testing when I was there for my first appointment. Left messages both times. No response yet. *Insert eye-rolling emoji* I'm afraid to google :X

    I have factor 5 and it made a huge difference in my first pregnancy. For starters I had to inject myself with lovenox from day one of a positive pregnancy test. I continued to inject for 12 weeks after birth too. I also had to see a perinatologist because of it from 12 weeks on. I had to be monitored more closely because it made me much more likely to have preeclampsia. By the last couple of months I had to go to the doctor twice a week. 
    This pregnancy is the same. I'm already seeing a perinatologist because of factor 5 and of course I'd need to see one anyway because of having twins. And I'm doing the daily injections again. @feeislove



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  • @mandmplus1 Oh wow that sounds serious. I'm getting my blood drawn to test for it tomorrow. I'll keep everyone posted. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous  :(
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    Has anyone had any experience with the Sequenom testing Maternit21 or Vitalit? I'm being offered these tests next week but haven't really heard about them. 

    Thoughts, suggestions, feedback all very appreciated 
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  • @nmingram I used disposable last time. I can't imagine having MORE laundry to do with a newborn.
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  • @nmingram, I had an oversupply and leaked like crazy. So I used disposable and was changing them frequently. I had considered reusable (I've heard they're softer on your nipples) but couldn't keep up with the laundry!
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  • nmingram  I used a combination of both.  I didn't leak much so filling them wasn't such an issue.  The disposable ones make your boobs look all lumpy so if I were going somewhere where I dressed nice I would use the reusable ones.  And yes they are so soft and comfy, but I could see if you leaked a bunch that they would be useless.  They are pretty thin. 
  • VLillyV said:
    Has anyone had any experience with the Sequenom testing Maternit21 or Vitalit? I'm being offered these tests next week but haven't really heard about them. 

    Thoughts, suggestions, feedback all very appreciated 
    i do all the tests available bc i dunno i am crazy. it is a personal choice, but for me the more information i have the better. I think my practice offers the panorama which is the same, i did it for DD2 (it wasn't available for DD1 unless over 35). But i dont think not doing them is bad either! just whatever you want!
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    VLillyV said:
    Has anyone had any experience with the Sequenom testing Maternit21 or Vitalit? I'm being offered these tests next week but haven't really heard about them. 

    Thoughts, suggestions, feedback all very appreciated 
    @VLillyV I just had this done, so I'll chime in. It's just a blood test which uses the fetal DNA that mixes with your blood to test for chromosomal abnormalities and can also tell you the sex I'd that's something you're interested in knowing. I had to specifically check the box saying "I want you to test for the Y chromosome" ect, but I don't think that every test has that. I know many women have just been blindsided by the doc saying Congrats it's a ...so be aware.

    The test isn't fool proof, but my doc said it is useful to bring up potential issues so at a later appointment we can explore that further.
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  • Hi STM's! What pregnancy pillow did you use previously? I am a stomach/back sleeper and am thinking I will have to get either a C or U shaped pillow in order for me to be comfortable as I get bigger...
  • @ezavasky I have this one and I love it! You can get similar pillows for less on Amazon but I can't speak for the quality.
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  • @ezavasky I have the Snoogle and I loved it, but I'm primarily a side sleeper. Now sure if that matters.

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  • @ezavasky, I didn't buy a pregnancy pillow. But my nursing pillow was perfect to use as a pregnancy pillow as well. It's the Jolly Jumper one. I love it!!!
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  • @ezavasky I actually just used a regular body pillow last time, and that worked fine for me.
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  • @ezavasky I personally found that giant U pillow really cumbersome. I tried a straight long body pillow and disliked that as well. I ended up using a few pillows but may try out the snoogle this time.

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  • @nmingram. Reusable bamboobies were great! They often have deals (freebies) so keep an eye out!
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  • ezavasky said:
    Hi STM's! What pregnancy pillow did you use previously? I am a stomach/back sleeper and am thinking I will have to get either a C or U shaped pillow in order for me to be comfortable as I get bigger...
    I got the snoogle C shaped body pillow.  It was a game changer for me but didn't do the trick in the later stages (but nothing really does).  I've been thinking about busting it out already since I toss and turn now.
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  • So true what @ForwardnBackward said. Once you hit around the 35 weeks, you are uncomfortable all the time. @ezavasky

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  • @feeislove I'm glad you're getting tested. It's good knowledge to have for pregnancy and in general. 



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  • @VLillyV I did not do the testing with my first pregnancy and I'm electing not to do it this time either. The results wouldn't change anything for me because I wouldn't terminate and I know we will find out more at the 20 week anatomy scan so I'm just going to wait. 



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    • Rainbow Baby DS1 born April 2014 via emergency C-Section
    • IUI #5 February 1, 2017.....BFP due 10/25/17 with TWINS! --9w5d vanishing twin. 
    • Diagnosis: PCOS, Factor V Leiden Syndrome


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  • If it happens you will never know...the nurses will hide it from you and anyone else! 
  • Thank you to everyone who responded! I'm leaning towards the Snoogle so hopefully that will do the trick. :)
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  • Apologies if this has been asked a million times before, but I'm just wondering of the STM+ ladies: how did you decide when to tell your employer? I'm not showing yet, but obviously taking a lot of medical appointment time for bloodwork, US, MW appts, etc. and I'm sure it'll raise suspicions soon enough!
  • @keiraanne With DS I didn't tell until I was almost out of first tri. It was fairly easy because it was around the holidays. This time I've already told them. Mostly because I just don't want to have to worry about the "telling" anymore.
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  • @keiraanne it depends on your relationship with your employer. I told my last employer pretty quickly because I was close with her and I was also puking in the restrooms on a regular basis. We had a pretty gossipy office and didn't want something getting back to her before I had the chance to.

    This pregnancy I also told my boss pretty early for the same reason - puking a lot and my brain seems to be a bowl of jelly for the first few weeks. I have a lot more responsibilities in this new position and I knew he'd notice if things fell through the cracks. We're waiting to tell my direct reports until I'm at the 12 week mark, although I'm pretty sure they suspect something at this point. I also wanted to start the conversation of how my maternity leave would go because I'm asking for a rather unconventional maternity leave. 
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  • @keiraanne I told them the first time when I was about 14-15 weeks. This time, I had to tell my boss around 8 weeks, because we were scheduling court dates in the fall for some of my cases when I'll be on leave. I think it depends on your job and your relationship with your boss and coworkers.
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  • @keiraanne my employer is my parents so as soon as the pee dried haha. but for H's work we told once we felt comfortable which was around 10 weeks. there is no right or wrong, whatever you feel best about. i do think telling sort of takes away from the anxiety of needing to take so much time. this time around we are not telling H's work until like May/June. there is drama going on with his boss. it is better for him to wait until then.
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    @PizzaMonster3 it's likely you're feeling your first flutters! Congrats it's a wonderful feeling to feel the baby finally :smile: sometimes people compare it to feeling gas move around but like you mentioned, it's a different feeling! Yay <3
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    @PizzaMonster3 this came up in our STM check-in. I'm 12w3d today and I swear I'm feeling it too. A few others thought they've felt something. I think it is very early still though. Most don't feel anything until closer to 20 weeks I think. I felt my first at 17 weeks.

    My mom claims she could feel her 2nd moving at 10 weeks, I always thought she was nuts. Now, I'm not so sure.
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  • @pizzamonster3, its possible.  I'm pretty sure I've felt a few flutters already, to me it feels similar to a gas bubble early on, except you never have gas.  I think I was 13 or 14 weeks when I realized that was what I was feeling with my first. 
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    With my first, I felt flutters early. 15 or 16 week, maybe?  I can't remember. I only remember telling myself it couldn't be that because it was much too early but when I mentioned it to my doc, she told me that's probably what is was :-)
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  • edited March 24
    Freaking out over here
    12+2 and I think something's moving down there! It's different from hunger pains (a lot in the last few days because can't keep anything down) and it's almost like butterflies but too low. 
    Am I crazy????

    Did you pass that gas yet? ;)
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  • Lol @ForwardnBackward I never did. But the feeling was too sustained to be the "flutter" everyone talks about so I think it's some sort of new RLP or dehydration cramps. Idkkkkk

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  • @PizzaMonster3 I felt flutters the other day as well.  This is Mr 2nd baby so I knew what it felt like at the beginning.  I thought I felt it around 10 weeks, but I had doubts. Now I'm 12 weeks and I know that's definitely what I'm feeling. It feels like someone is blowing bubbles in my stomach.  I don't get any bubbly feelings when I'm gassy unless it's accompanied by pain from being there too long.  I wasn't in pain and it lasted for about 30 minutes. Then returned at night.  
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