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Questions: Week of 12/17

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  • I, myself, have a STM+ question: when are y'all thinking of doing childbirth classes (if you are) or when did you find was a good time with your first?

    I'm thinking early Feb, but am I gonna forget what I learned by April?
  • The classes at my hospital filled up FAST. We weren’t expecting it and ended up having to go a lot later than we wanted. Actually I just looked and it was exactly two months before our daughter was born. I was the furthest along in our particular class. Also we had to take the infant cpr class at a different hospital because we couldn’t get into ours before she was born. 
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  • @ngolimento yep, same! I didn’t want anyone anywhere near me during labor. Don’t even TRY to touch me, dude. 
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  • Yeah, I sadly found my hospital birth class woefully lacking. I'm glad we did it, it helped prepare me to understand the logistical stuff that @kmalls pointed out, and gave us some breathing (stupid...) and pain management techniques. I liked the counter-pressure things DH learned but we weren't really able to use them until DD's birth. Like @ngolimento said, everything we learned pretty much went out the window with DS's birth when my water broke and active labor didn't immediately kick in.

    @ftm_ohio I don't think February is too early, but I know our hospital tries to encourage later term pregnancies to take the class. You might be in a class full of 34+ weeks ladies.

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  • @ftm_ohio I don't think February is too early. I honestly don't remember when I did the birth class, but I remember a lot of what the women above said. The logistical and practical stuff, you won't forget. It was super helpful to take the class offered through my hospital because we got to see the labor and delivery area. Our instructor also had a natural/med-free birth bias, and almost had me convinced I should try it myself, but I'm glad I didn't put too much energy into that when it actually came time to deliver. Watch out for any biases from your instructor and take good notes on the practical stuff, you'll be fine!
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  • We went to our childbirth class at the hospital about 2 months before our due date. It was a 2 day class. First was about contractions, childbirth itself and a tour of labor and delivery. The second day was about childcare. We also took a separate breastfeeding class as well.

    I’m glad we took all the classes. The childbirth class didn’t necessarily make childbirth easier but it was easier to retain than just reading and it helped to feel a little more “prepared” when my water broke. I knew where exactly I was going, some practical info about what to bring (a pillow for example since there’s a shortage of pillows at our hospital) and the process for reserving a private room. The breastfeeding class was VERY helpful especially since none of my family members breastfed. 

    I don’t feel the need to take any of them again though since DS is only 2 1/2 and I breastfed up until a couple of months ago. I don’t think I’ve forgotten too much.
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  • Is anybody’s baby head down consistently yet? I know it’s still really early (especially for me, an end of April EDD) but I swear my other babies were at least mixing it up by this point (but I can’t remember for certain. Which is sad since this is my fourth freaking kid). Now all I’m getting is kicks to the crotch and hoping for at least a little variety sometime soon.  :D

    (And if you have no idea what position your baby is in and you’re curious, I think this has some useful tips. I normally can tell just based on hiccups and kicks. https://www.google.com/amp/s/pregnancy.thefuntimesguide.com/baby_position_in_womb/amp/)
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  • I think we're head down for the most part now.  I feel kicks all over some days but mostly upper area of my belly now.  No hiccups just yet to go off of.  We were breech at the 20w but I assume they are still doing tons of moving at that point.
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  • @lindsye my kiddo is all over the place.  She mostly likes to be head up, but also likes to lie sideways a lot as well.  Less commonly she is head-down, but it does happen.
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    I want to add on to @julzy's comment! We took three classes, only one of which was about birth. We also took the newborn care class and a breastfeeding education class.

    Our newborn care class felt silly to me since I have siblings that are way younger than me (10 years) but if you've never handled a newborn, it might be helpful (learning how to put on a diaper, give baths, and swaddle).

    I'm really glad I took the breastfeeding class. I highly recommend taking one and meeting with a LC before delivery for anyone that wants to breastfeed. There's SO MUCH about breastfeeding that isn't intuitive and makes you feel certain there is something wrong (she JUST ATE, how can she want to nurse again?; why is my baby crying all night unless he/she's attached to my boob?; Am I creating 'bad habits' by nursing on demand?!; 'they' say he/she needs to go three hours between feeds but she won't! what do I do?; AM I MAKING ENOUGH I MILK?!?; etc etc etc). Educating myself about these things helped chill me out (I still freaked out a shit ton with DS, but we attended weekly breastfeeding support group meetings and those helped too).

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  • @ngolimento sideways could be more likely somedays.  I swear the baby is like coming out of my side at times.
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  • I'm pretty sure mine is upside down. Hiccups pretty low last night.

    Also, we chose to do a newborn care class instead of a birthing class, and it worked out. But I am so glad we went to the newborn care class, we learned so much stuff that would have freaked me out if we hadn't. I swear for the rest of my pregnancy DH kept going around tellig people baby girls can have periods, and I was right behind him explaining what was actually happening. We were the first of our friends to have kids so, he was freaking people out.

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  • lindsye said:
    Is anybody’s baby head down consistently yet? I know it’s still really early (especially for me, an end of April EDD) but I swear my other babies were at least mixing it up by this point (but I can’t remember for certain. Which is sad since this is my fourth freaking kid). Now all I’m getting is kicks to the crotch and hoping for at least a little variety sometime soon.  :D

    (And if you have no idea what position your baby is in and you’re curious, I think this has some useful tips. I normally can tell just based on hiccups and kicks. https://www.google.com/amp/s/pregnancy.thefuntimesguide.com/baby_position_in_womb/amp/)
     :D :D :D :D :D

    No way man. This kid is in their flipping around every hour of the day. Every appointment she's in a different position too. 

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  • @lindsye cool link! At the A/S, baby was laying length wise according to the tech. I haven't noticed any hiccups yet. I feel most of my kicks lower in my belly, and sometimes in my crotch. I think he's flipping around in there a lot. 

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  • Does anyone remember when they start checking for positioning.  I.e. the doctor used to feel from the outside for positioning but I can't remember when that started.
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  • @ekendall09 my U/S techs will talk positioning now (but caveat their comments with a statement that it means nothing at this point). My OB team doesn't start checking for positioning on the belly until 36 weeks. Right now they just measure bump growth to estimate uterus size and make sure everything is tracking.

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  • None of the OBs I have seen have ever done any sort of bump measurements or checks during my pregnancy. Is there a certain point at which they typically start? 
  • @icalynn mine hasn't started external measurements at this point.  I'm guessing they will around 28-30 weeks!
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  • @ngolimento I am guessing they will start when I am further along. They haven't ever done any physical examinations. The time I spend with the OB is usually just her asking if I have any questions. It might have something to do with the fact that I don't really have a distinguisable "bump" yet.

  • Piggy backing off the labor and delivery classes, any Third Time Moms have any advice on STM refresher material? I totally don't want to take the whole class again, I just need the Cliffs Notes... Books? Websites? Literally anything that doesn't require me to sit in a class for 8+ hours?


  • @julzy @ladythrice

    I already scheduled a prenatal breastfeeding class on the 10th that l'm pretty excited about. Plus I've found a local support group through the health dept so I know there are resources once I have this LO.
    Thanks for the recommendation!
    ladythrice
  • icalynn said:
    @ngolimento I am guessing they will start when I am further along. They haven't ever done any physical examinations. The time I spend with the OB is usually just her asking if I have any questions. It might have something to do with the fact that I don't really have a distinguisable "bump" yet.

    This is probably pretty true but I imagine they will start very soon even if it's just the laying back and poking your belly to find out how high your uterus is.

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  • @icalynn they didn’t start measuring me until my last appt which was the first one I really had a bump, so that might be it! The only other physical thing that’s ever happened in exams besides a pap at the first one is just listening to the heartbeat on the Doppler each time. 
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  • @lindsye - that was a cool link! I really thought the first video was a spoof and an alien was going to burst out  :D

    Boy is transverse. he’s always situated that way when we see him, and his movement supports it. Girl has been head down and transverse, but I think she moved to head down again yesterday.
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  • I have no idea how to tell what direction this baby is! She was transverse at my A/S 3 weeks ago but who knows what she is up to these days.
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  • @icalynn both my first and second pregnancy they (different providers)  started taking measurements at 24 weeks. Before that they would feel my belly for general uterine and baby size, but didn't take any measurements

    @lindsye my firat was always head down. This one is all over the place, but seemingly more head up/transverse then anything. Which has been worrying me a bit beings #1 was always head down. Today I've gotten a few rib kicks so I was getting excited, but it feels like it's transverse again this evening.  :|
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  • My little guy is breech right now according to my midwife. All I feel are kicks to the bladder and crotch so I believe it! 
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  • @lindsye that video was the CREEPIEST thing I've seen in awhile! Really cool article though! Thanks for linking it!!
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  • I'm pretty sure babygirl is head down almost all the time.  Well it actually seems like she is head down, but slightly diagonal.  I feel kicks mainly in the same spot every time...upper left.  Then there are smaller pushes in the bottom right, which I figure are her hands.

    Does anyone ever get a feeling in there like  "shivering?"  It feels like it's where baby is, but it's like there's an internal shivering.  Didn't know if it's some kind of weird muscle twitch or what.  It doesn't last long..pretty short.  Just thought it was weird, lol.


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  • @psuxray07 I’ve felt sort of vibrations in a specific spot. I’ve think it’s probably weird hiccups.  
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  • @psuxray07 the shivering is normal,  I have felt it with both kids.  I believe they are hiccoughs, but who knows what those kiddos are up to!

    Just wait until third tri when you can feel every little thing they are up to.  My last kiddo would pop her shoulder joint, and my belly would click loud enough people could hear it.
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  • Mine is transverse most of the time also. He still feels SO LOW compared to what I remember from the first time.

    I'm not taking childbirth class again... most of it was a waste of time. Although I'm glad we went so DH got an idea of what was going on.
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  • @dirtyboots I've felt the same anxiety! With my first two, the docs never even talked position until about 36 weeks and both were always head down. A silly U/S tech commented on this pregnancy when I was about 21 weeks that baby was breech and I freaked out for a hot second. Then my OB was like, that means nothing, that baby is going to change positions so much between now and the end. We'll talk again at 36 weeks lol. Sure enough at our U/S last week she was head down... 

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  • @psuxray07 I've felt the "shivering" feeling (or like a quick fluttering or buzzing) up just under my ribs on the left side for a couple months, since long before I could feel movement or my uterus was even big enough that it could be the baby. I have also felt the same feeling from time to time down near my hip joint on the inside/pelvic side. I have just out it down also pregnancy weirdness and thought it was just a muscle thing.

    As for birth classes - at our hospital they're offered in the evenings, once a week for 4 weeks. They alternate Spanish and English months, so we'll be going in January, even though it might be a touch early.
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  • @psuxray07 I have felt that and always attributed it to baby trying to suck his/her thumb, just based on what I remember from DD1 using her pacifier. I could be wrong! I felt it with DD1, too, and know that both girls were totally into thumb sucking in utero lol.
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