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Weekly Check-In Week of 1/10

We made it another week, friends!

Estimated due date/ weeks + days:

FTM/STM/TTM+:

Team blue/pink/green:

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How are you feeling?

Rants/raves:

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Re: Weekly Check-In Week of 1/10

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    kiwi2628kiwi2628 member
    edited January 2022
    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: April 4/ 28 weeks

    FTM/STM/TTM+: TTM

    Team blue/pink/green: pink!

    Upcoming appointments: chiro Wednesday, thank god. Next week next midwife and glucose test

    How are you feeling? Starting to get really sore from SPD

    Rants/raves: third tri!!!

    Questions: none
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    @winterviolethope and @kiwi2628 Yayyyy for third trimester! 


    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: Apr 13, 26+5

    FTM/STM/TTM+: STM, DS4

    Team blue/pink/green: Pink! 

    Upcoming appointments: Not for two weeks. And then they’re every two weeks for a while!

    How are you feeling? Mostly good still. The belly is getting more and more obvious, which is fun, but I also get out of breath walking upstairs lol. 

    Rants/raves: Rant- freaking COVID. My hospital is having a horrible outbreak, with more and more staff and patients testing positive every day. There are so many that we can’t even move positive patients to a designated COVID ward, they just have to shelter in place. As an evaluator I go to three or four different wards each week, and I’m getting tons of exposure notices 😩

    Questions: natm
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    @winterviolethope I didn’t know you could do it at Walgreens! I’ll have to look into that… Maybe I could find a Target that does it lol and your sprinkle sounds so fun but I totally get the worries about sickness. Glad to hear baby was doing well at your scan!

    @kiwi2628 Yay third tri!
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    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: 4/28, 24+4

    FTM/STM/TTM+: 
    STM, DD6

    Team blue/pink/green: 
    Green

    Upcoming appointments: 
    Tomorrow for my last cervical measurement… Ready to be done with these transvaginal ultrasounds! Ugh.

    How are you feeling? 
    Good. After all the drama last week everything turned out to be fine. Baby is estimated at 1 lb 8 oz (although I don’t really trust ultrasound estimates) and in 65th percentile, so even if they came earlier they’re (hopefully) on the bigger end which would give us an advantage. 

    Rants/raves: 
    The sonographer that we saw at Duke for the second opinion was great, but she took screenshots of the gender and mixed them somewhere into the group of digital ultrasound photos we were sent on my online medical chart, so now we’re afraid to look at any of them! I asked if she could just delete the gender ones or put them at the end of the group and she said, “we don’t do that.” And then I made the mistake of telling my mom and now she (jokingly) keeps asking me to give her access so she can look and be the one who knows what baby’s gender is. I know she wouldn’t tell us on purpose but I’d be afraid she’d slip up. Oh, well, if this is the biggest problem I have this week then I’ll take it. 

    Questions: 
    Natm
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    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: April 9 / 27 weeks + 2 days

    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM

    Team blue/pink/green: 💙💙💙

    Upcoming appointments: Next week Friday. They’ve started scheduling me every 2 weeks now and with a new OB this time, since they’d like me to begin rotating doctors so I can meet them all before giving birth.

    How are you feeling? Pretty horrible. Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat and developed muscle aches and chills. I tried gargling with peroxide but I think I went too aggressive because it made me gag and then throw up. 😣 All morning I’ve been running around between employee health, our hospital, and finally our walk-in clinic trying to find someone who will give me a COVID test with me being symptomatic (it was way harder than I thought it would be.) I tested negative for strep, so now I’m just waiting on the PCR test to figure out if it’s COVID or flu (as an employee they should turn around the results today.)

    Rants/raves: I feel terrible physically, but I’m really struggling here with the guilt too. I feel devastated, ashamed, and defeated, like I failed at my one job during this pregnancy to keep the baby safe and healthy. Unless we both worked from home and never left the house, I honestly don’t know how we could have been more careful— I wear double masks everywhere, I’m vaccinated, I avoid any social gatherings, and I’ve had no exposures or risky social encounters. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’ll be the flu, but either way I’m just so worried about the baby’s health and placenta integrity.

    Questions: Does anyone have recommendations for teas or supplements that help with uterine circulation or placenta health? I’m just looking for anything I can do to help at this point.

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    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: April 16, 26+2

    FTM/STM/TTM+: FTM

    Team blue/pink/green: Pink

    Upcoming appointments: Just had one today! Next one is Feb 10, but will be doing a growth scan hopefully soon!

    How are you feeling? Feeling pretty good...I have some back pain still, and sleep can be hit or miss, but I'm dealing with it. Also, finally got the schedule for childbirth education classes, and realizing there is really only one class available until I am due! Dang...it's going by quickly!

    Rants/raves: Rave: I passed my glucose screening, which I had been a little worried about all throughout this pregnancy as I am overweight, and I keep hearing from every angle it seems about how I'm so at risk for everything. But I passed! Phew. Rant: My sister-in-law is 11 weeks behind me in her pregnancy, and she found out she is a carrier for CF, so my brother has to now take a test, but he just diagnosed with COVID, so they're a little stressed while they wait COVID out so he can be tested. But of course my whole family now has been asking me what my carrier screening said, and I don't think the testing I did covered CF (still waiting for my doctor to verify). And....now I have a little anxiety about CF...but I'm also like oh well at this point in my pregnancy, what good does it do to see? Anyway, still waiting on my doctor, and hoping my brother recovers quickly and they get good results back from his test.

    Questions: natm
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    Thank you @aloha_mama, I really needed to read that right now. I know a lot of other mamas on here have unfortunately been in the same situation as me recently and come out the other side doing okay, so I know I just need to keep trusting that my body will protect my baby.❤️
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    bluecampanulabluecampanula member
    edited January 2022
    @rbflei I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s grandma! That’s tough. 

    @winterviolethope haha, I don’t think I could shop during my glucose test. My labcorp did give the option to wait in my car, but they didn’t seem very busy today (or else everyone else was in their cars) so I staked out a corner with my audiobook and crochet

    EDD/ weeks + days: April 16, 26+2

    FTM/STM/TTM+: 4TM 

    Team blue/pink/green: 💚

    Upcoming appointments: Did my glucose this morning. Next midwife visit is at the end of the month. 

    How are you feeling? Gross! I’ve passed the glucose every other time (waiting on my results from today still) so hopefully I passed again - but it really wrecked me for the rest of the day. Which I guess isn’t surprising, if I skip a meal even not pregnant it throws me off for a day too. 

    Rants/raves: more of a FFC - I haven’t taken down my Christmas tree yet. DS6, who was the most impatient to put up the decorations right after thanksgiving, was also the first to insist we take them down. And so he did most of them a few days ago. And then DH, who likes to pretend he doesn’t like Christmas decorations, was sad and asked to keep the tree up. Maybe I can get the two of them to put it away without me 🤞

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    @aloha_mama that’s so weird that she would take shots for gender when you weren’t even asking to find out. I’ve always thought that was more like a bonus out of the kindness of the tech’s heart. 
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    @bluecampanula I thought so, too! This is my third anatomy scan and the other two times the techs took a look at it for the chart just to make sure everything looked okay but didn’t record it anywhere. She warned us when she was “down there” so we could close our eyes. I wasn’t sure why she couldn’t just delete those photos since they were coming to me and then just left the report on the chart for the MD but whatever. I got some “safe” print outs so I’ll just have to make do with those!
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    Apr 19/26w

    FTM

    Team blue 💙

    Upcoming appointments: Early February 

    How are you feeling? Overall pretty good but had a scary moment of lightheadedness yesterday. I had had a small breakfast and a little water before church, knowing we would be having a larger breakfast with my husband’s family after. Between that and all the sitting and standing in church, I suddenly felt dizzy,  hot, and queasy and had a ringing/buzzing in my ears. My FIL got me some water and I stayed seated for a while and then was fine, but I was afraid I was going to pass out for a second there!

    Raves: I made a cute round rug for the baby’s room! Has anyone else worked with that yarn with the loops in it that you basically knit without needles? I used the Lion Brand “Off the Hook” yarn in Lemon Drop (https://www.lionbrand.com/products/off-the-hook-yarn?variant=32421635293277&variant=32421). 

    Rant: Trying to talk to insurance about getting a breast pump. 🙄 I was told to call the number on the back of my card and they would direct me to a website with my options so I could order. Called that number and talked to a guy I could barely hear even though my phone was on speaker with the volume all the way up. He said he would have to transfer me to another department, asked if I needed anything else, and then hung up without transferring me. 🤬 Next I tried the live chat because I don’t really like making phone calls in the first place, and that person gave me a completely different number to call (presumably the one I was supposed to be transferred to). I haven’t called it yet because I was exhausted by that time. It was on my to-do list yesterday… which I guess means it’s now on my to-do list today. 
    Me: 30 // Hubs: 31
    Married May 2019
    Baby #1 due April 19, 2022
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    @missa_lyssa That yarn looks so soft and dreamy! I’m finishing up baby’s blanket and was looking for my next project. I was thinking of making little booties that have the strip that buttons over the top to actually keep them on those teeny feet. Do you have a rug pattern you followed?
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    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: 24 + 4, April 29

    FTM/STM/TTM+: TTM

    Team blue/pink/green : BLUE!

    Upcoming appointments: Telehealth today. At some point in the next few weeks I must have an appt for glucose, but its not showing up in my portal. 

    How are you feeling? Pretty ok. Constipated, I don't want to eat a lot. 

    Rants/raves: Rant: new covid rules again. We're closed today and tomorrow for staff shortages and they took away surveillance testing in place of rapid at home tests they are supposed to give us but we don't have those supplies yet. While there is a gap in testing, its of course impossible to get antigen tests, so I'm not sure how we're supposed to figure out if symptoms are Covid. I'm just so used to getting tested every single week. Rave: Two days off! I know its going to make it stressful at school because the teachers will be stressed if this keeps happening, but its nice to have time to get caught up on home things. 

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    @robbenson Ooooo my husband got me a prenatal massage gift certificate for Christmas I need to book it!  It sounds so dreamy
    IAmPregnant Ticker
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    Estimated due date/ weeks + days: 26+2

    FTM/STM/TTM+: TTM

    Team blue/pink/green: pink

    Upcoming appointments: glucose next week woof.

    How are you feeling?
    Pretty good! And very glad to be at 26+ given my recent hospital overnight and two-week bedrest. I’m off bedrest and so happy things are trending in the right direction but I really miss working out. Wonder if it would be ok to just lift some light weights….

    Rants/raves:
    It’s so hard being a parent in the age of Covid. We have chosen to keep our kids home for the time being, which ended up being the right call since DD4 had a case at school and now the whole class is quarantining until 1/18. Fwiw, I’d rather have healthy kids home than sick ones. DD6 school is pretty much acting like I’m crazy to keep her home even though they are having a severe outbreak and staffing shortages.

    Part of me feels crazy, but then then the other side of me is like no I think everyone else is crazy!

    Questions:
    With my current insurance I can’t get a pump until after baby is born. How did other moms manage that? How long does it take to process and order once you have baby? I usually start pumping the day I get back from the hospital to build up a supply, but now that won’t be an option I guess.
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    @Ivorytower2 That’s so odd! Last time my insurance made me wait until like a month before my due date to order it, but I’ve never heard of having to wait until after birth! I know a lot of hospitals let you rent hospital-grade pumps from them, so maybe check with your hospital to see if you could do that until yours arrives?
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    @Ivorytower2 I had the same situation as mostera13 where I just had to wait to order it until the last month. But I started pumping at the hospital with their pump.
    It took less than a week to get my pump though. I had a spectra and it seems that they all understand it's a big deal so they don't make you wait.  When I had an issue with my pump they overnighted me a new one with almost no questions asked. Maybe you can call the manufacturer and see what options they have for you.
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    @Ivorytower2 Yes, look into renting a hospital pump until you can get yours— turn-around is usually pretty quick with insurance, although it’s kind of strange they won’t let you order one now. Some insurance companies cover rentals. Another option would be to see if your insurance will reimburse you if you were to buy it now and send your prescription and forms in after baby arrives. One last thing I would suggest if you can’t or don’t want to get a rental is to get a manual pump to tie you over until your electric one arrives from insurance— your supply in the first week will not be that substantial that an electric pump is vitally necessary, and the best thing to do during the first few weeks for your supply is to feed baby on demand as often as they ask for it. Medela makes a good one that is sold in most drugstores and at Target and Walmart.
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    @Ivorytower2 I have gone to a medical supply store both times to pick up my pump-so I didn't have to wait until it was shipped to go get it, although I was allowed to do it within the month I was due. I had no problem with availability of the pump I wanted even here in VT-maybe going to pick it up would be an option for you so you wouldn't have to wait. Or someone could go get it for you.

    Also-I can't remember if you tend to go past your due date but do they make you wait until delivery or until your due date? 
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    @Ivorytower2 with DD3, I could order before birth so I did, but it took like.... 2 days to arrive lol. I ordered through Aeroflow I think? Which managed my insurance etc for me. That said, there are so many shipping delays right now, I don't know that I'd trust it would be the same speed. You can definitely rent through the hospital or you could just get a cheap manual hand pump right now to tide you over. I just hand pumped the first month as needed. And if I needed to fulltime pump I definitely would want that hospital-grade pump the first month anyway.
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    Thanks everyone. I will call my insurance co and look into all of these great suggestions. 
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    @aloha_mama Here is the pattern I used: https://www.lionbrand.com/products/striped-circle-rug?variant=32916861026397
    The link shows a price for the materials, but the pattern itself is free if you scroll down. I didn’t do the stripes since the yarn I chose is variegated.
    Me: 30 // Hubs: 31
    Married May 2019
    Baby #1 due April 19, 2022
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    @Blondesweety444 I feel like thats my main issue sleeping, too— I have to wind up to roll over and then my heart is pounding like I just ran 10 miles lol
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    @Blondesweety444 ugh that sounds awful! What do you do for work again? 

    Also I hear you on the sleeping...I hate turning over! 
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    @SmashJam I work at a big bank doing Financial Planning & Analysis. I love my boss as a person but she is constantly thinking up new ways to analyze and summarize our budgets which creates a shit ton of work for us on top of our day to day job. We lost 2 people on our immediate team last year and didn’t back fill either of them so I’m basically doing 2 jobs. If I wasn’t pregnant I would probably be part of the “big resignation”. 🙄
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    @aloha_mama 🤣🤣🤣 “wind up” that literally explains it perfectly. Lol.
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    @missa_lyssa I love that rug pattern!! You’ll have to post a pic when it’s done!

    @robbenson A prenatal massage sounds absolutely amazing right now. Such a good idea!

    @Blondesweety444 @aloha_mama Ditto to the “wind up.” 😂 And then every time I roll over, baby wakes up and thinks it’s time to party, so he starts going nuts in there!
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    @dinomeetsjedi please please please see a pelvic floor physical therapist. Pain with sex is ALWAYS a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. It can cause cascading issues like pelvic girdle pain and back pain, it can make labor and delivery harder, like so many things. I had the same issue with DD3, and I wish I had known there was a fix!!! Sex was extremely painful for me until like a year postpartum too, and it did not have to be. It did not have to be! Don't be me! 

    But also yeah DH and I have had sex once since early August? We've never had sex that frequently overall, and I don't think my constant farting is helping matters. My pelvic floor PT says that I have a vaginal tissue type that does need something in there to maintain tone, etc, though so I have a pelvic wand (completely different than a dildo or dilator or something) that I try to remember to use to massage the tissues a bit where I get tightness, and now that I'm in third tri I can use it to do some perineal massage (I mean you can do that sooner it just isn't necessary in any way). 
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    @dinomeetsjedi yes it will get better! All the weirdness of pregnancy is temporary. Sometimes it is just weird/different/uncomfortable for whatever reason but like @doxiemoxie212 said, if you are experiencing pain definitely get that checked sooner rather than later. So much can be done. 

    Also, this sounds really weird, but it’s possible to develop varicose veins in your vulva/vaginal tissue, so that’s another possible reason for discomfort. 
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