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Baby is the size of a(n):
How are you feeling?:
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season?
EDD / Weeks + Days: 28 + 5
Baby is the size of a(n): Eggplant or a Kit Kat Clock 🐈⬛
Team blue/pink/green: 🎀
Upcoming Appointments: 2 weeks! Had one today also.
How are you feeling?: Pretty good lately!
Rants/Raves: Rave - got moved into our apartment! My son is with my in-laws for a couple days while I get it set up and it feels so good to finally nest and get everything ready. We also have an appt tomorrow with the design team of our new house and I’m super excited to see what it’ll look like!
I’m excited for pie on Thanksgiving! I’ve been laying off the sweets so I can eat extra 😋 For Christmas I’m excited to go to the walk through Christmas story nearby and just enjoy the all around spirit of Christmas.
EDD / Weeks + Days: 28w, yay third trimester!
Baby is the size of a(n): eggplant
Team blue/pink/green: blue
Upcoming Appointments: Monday 11/28 w/ pediatric cardiologist and OB
How are you feeling?: good overall. My hips have definitely been bugging me the past couple days but it’s to be expected.
Rants/Raves: Rave- we’ve finally gotten back on track meal planning and haven’t had to stress about dinners/meals this week and for that I’m super thankful.
Questions: none currently
I love the traditional stuff: traditional foods, events, family time, etc.
@amccurls, a walk through the Christmas story sounds lovely!
EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 4/29+2
Baby is the size of a(n): acorn squash
Team blue/pink/green: blue
Upcoming Appointments: tomorrow
How are you feeling?: mostly good, now that leg cramps are in the rear view mirror
Rants/Raves: Our neighbors had a combined baby shower for me/sprinkle for another neighbor’s 3rd pregnancy yesterday, and it was super sweet of them. And my boss surprised me today with a bassinet and a changing pad, which was entirely unexpected. It’s so nice to know that we’ve got so much support, especially since we’re a few hours away from family and my professional field isn’t known for being particularly family-friendly.
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? Getting together with family and enjoying our old traditions, like Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day breakfast with extended family. Next year we’ll be changing all of that so that we can have Christmas morning in our own house and start our own traditions, which is bittersweet ❤️
EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 8 / 28 + 5
Baby is the size of a(n): Eggplant
Team blue/pink/green: Blue
Upcoming Appointments: I had an appointment today. My next appointment is on December 7. I'm starting to go every two weeks now.
How are you feeling?: Much better after my appointment. I was having a good bit of anxiety and had a lot of questions to ask today. I feel better after talking to my OB.
Rants/Raves: I found out today that I'll most likely be induced at week 39 due to my advanced maternal age. I was really hoping for laboring at home for as long as possible, having a very quick active labor in the hospital, and going without an epidural. This was my wish list, even though I knew it was probably unlikely. I'm super happy to be delivering before 40 weeks! I'm ready to no longer be pregnant. However, I'm nervous that the labor will feel super long now since I won't be able to labor at home, and I worry about having to resort to pain meds. I have nothing against pain meds, but I'm terrified of having a needle stuck into my spine. I'm going to try to start with nitrous oxide first before going to other pain meds.
Questions: Has anyone been induced with previous pregnancies? I'd love to hear your stories. Did the pain feel terrible because you go from 0-60 with contractions? How long was your labor? Do you have any tips or recommendations?
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? I typically don't enjoy much about Thanksgiving other than being around family. I really don't like Thanksgiving dinner/food. Typically, we go to my in laws, but they are out of town. So, we'll be having a relaxing, untraditional Thanksgiving dinner at home, just the two of us. I'm kind of excited for that. I'm also excited to put my Christmas tree up Thanksgiving night and to start wrapping Christmas presents. Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite holiday activities. Christmas will be a little sad. This was my year to go see my parents in WV, but I'm not allowed to travel that late in pregnancy, so we are switching years and going to my husband's parents (two hour drive). I'll miss my family, and it's weird to think that they saw me when I wasn't really showing and won't see me again until the baby is born. But, we'll make the most of it at my in laws and expect to have a snowy Christmas!
EDD / Weeks + Days: 27 weeks tomorrow
Baby is the size of a(n):Terrarium
Upcoming Appointments: in 2 weeks
How are you feeling?: Pretty good. I waddle a lot and I'm a bit warn out from adjusting to being home part time and working part time.
Rants/Raves: rave: 'Im getting used to giving up some of the homeschooling/homemaking control and my husband has surprised me quite a few times by me coming home to a house that's cleaner than what I had it when he came home from work and getting our 6 year old closer to reading.
Rant: really struggling with my restricted diet, especially this time of year. I see a commercial with a sandwich and crave it but realize I can't eat any of it but meat and lettuce and I emotionally shut down towards food and have no desire to eat anything I can have but have to eat because I'm growing a person.
Questions: when do you all plan to wash and put your baby clothes away? I'm really excited to do this again.
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? Being done with my temporary job and then going on a Christmas break from homeschool shortly after...just relaxing with the family and focusing on my hypnobirthing.
EDD / Weeks + Days: 26w 3d
Baby is the size of a(n): bunch of kale or scallions.
Team blue/pink/green: 💚
Upcoming Appointments: This Wednesday with my midwife.
How are you feeling?: I’m a bit anxious too. I’ve been watching my blood glucose closely and in spite of my best efforts to eat a keto friendly diet (which is 90% of the time) and exercising 5-6 days of the week with tennis, pilates, and walking, my fasting blood sugar is rising. It’s really frustrating because I’ve looked up the clinical recommendations and if I start taking anti-diabetic meds of any kind, the guidelines recommend an induction anywhere from 37-39 weeks and expectant management will be off the table. I feel like the walls are closing in on me on having the opportunity to have a natural unmedicated birth with all of my high risk labels that I’m trying to navigate through: IVF pregnancy, advanced maternal age, gestational diabetes… It‘s so annoying! I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy and to have the birth I would like to have but I may not be given the chance to do so. I’m praying that my midwife will be willing to bend the rules for me. I’ve been reading up on the literature and I have some clinical points that I think might be persuasive to keep expectant management as a possibility. We are human beings after all and not a clinical flowchart!
It seems like the topic of induction is on a lot of moms’ minds in this community this week, including mine. I highly recommend reading about inductions on Evidenced Based Birth. Everyone’s case is different and you have to weigh the pros and cons as well as know what are your options are in terms of induction. But one thing I know for sure, I will not allow an induction unless my Bishop score is high enough to show that my cervix is ripe and ready enough to have a successful induction with Pitocin and therefore lower the risk of getting a c-section. And furthermore, if I do have to get an induction due to gestational diabetes, I don’t want it any earlier than 39 weeks based on the evidence I have read so far.
I personally do not want an induction and prefer expectant management if my midwife will let me. Based on my conversations with other mothers who have experienced inductions with pitocin and unmedicated births, the pain is worse when induced than managing through natural contractions. I suspect the likelihood of getting an epidural is higher if you get induced with Pitocin. I want to be in touch with my body and adjust my movement to support the labor and delivery process. I feel like an epidural will obscure that experience. Additionally, the epidural will affect my baby’s cognition upon delivery and their ability to breastfeed successfully early on will be compromised. I want that beautiful latch and bonding moment during that golden hour right after delivery.
As for my Rave: I just discovered a keto baking recipe book and I’m excited to try out the recipes. I think I have found my way through surviving the holiday season! In fact, I just finished baking my first recipe from the book tonight: blueberry muffins. I’m eating a muffin as I write this post as a late evening snack before I head to bed. I’m pretty happy with the outcome! 😋 For those of you who are interested, the book’s title is “The Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking: master all the best tricks for low-carb baking success” by Carolyn Ketchum
This year will be a quiet holiday season. Both of our parents live far away and neither plan to travel to celebrate the holidays with us. My in laws are still afraid to leave their home because of COVID and my parents don’t see the point in coming when they plan to stay and help us with the baby for two months starting in February. I’m actually ok with that. My husband just finished a stint of work projects and he needs the space and time to decompress this Thanksgiving. This will give us the opportunity to focus on preparing our home for our first child. I still look forward to cooking and baking delicious meals for the holidays and spending the last few months bonding with my husband before everything changes.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it! 🦃🍁🥧
EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 16/ 27w 5d
Baby is the size of a(n): cauliflower
Upcoming Appointments: 28-week growth scan & mini-glucose test on Friday
How are you feeling?: I'm actually feeling really good (aside from having another cold). The bump is starting to be in the way and I definitely am feeling more pregnant in the sense of my body being trickier to maneuver around. A guy gave me a seat on the train last week because "I saw your bump" so it's now clear to the rest of the world, too, which is nice. Give me your seat, fellow commuters!
Rants/Raves: Had a great visit with my mom and it was a milestone birthday for her and her first birthday since my dad passed away. It was nice to be able to support her. Only 3.5 weeks until I start my Christmas vacation and I can't wait! I am *very* busy until then but it'll be wonderful (not counting the trans-Atlantic flights) and when I get back I'll be 33 weeks and nearly baby time!
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? Spending Christmas at my Uncle's house. I haven't done that in many, many years (certainly it's been more than 15?) and my kids are going to get to play with their second cousins and it's just going to be so fun.
@karbaud and everyone else interested in labor stories: TL;DR - hormone-augmented labor was much more painful for me than labor without a hormone drip, but I managed the pain with nitrous both times. Personally, I will avoid induction if possible and don't plan to discuss it until 40 weeks if I make it that far unless growth scans require an earlier conversation. Long version below.
With my son, my water broke at midnight, went in to get checked at 10 am the next day, not many contractions and not dilated much so sent home to come in for an induction the following day if no progress. While waiting to leave hospital, MWs call to say there was meconium (baby poo) on the mat where I was so the baby was going to be born today. I return, they get me to a room around 2 pm. Contractions are getting stronger and have a bloody show around 2:30 or so. However, due to the meconium they required the baby to be continuously monitored which was a pain-in-the-a** because it restricted my movement and they also wanted to put me on Pitocin to speed up the labor. It was very uncomfortable & painful on the hormone drip and I did my best to move around while tethered to the monitor and drip. At about 5:30 the MWs said "We'll check your dilation at 8 pm." I said to my then-husband "I don't think I can do this. I think I need an epidural" and he said "why don't you try the gas and air again (nitrous)" so I did and at that point it worked well for me (no pain meds prior to this point). The MWs were looking at me and the monitor and were like, huh, maybe we should check you now and sure enough I was fully dilated and ready to push. My son was born at 6:20. After all of that, I had significant tearing and they had to give me a spinal tap to stitch me up. So only nitrous for labor pain relief but then fully numb from the waist down for post-birth. The spinal tap was absolutely fine. In contrast, with my daughter my water broke at 11 pm and I went to the birth centre around 5 am. She was born at 8:40 after a nice mellow labor with gas and air for pain relief. I didn't even have to push with her, I just breathed her out. Since I have had both experiences I can say that for me, the hormone-augmented birth was significantly more painful than the unmedicated birth. I managed pain with nitrous both times but preferred the second labor and do not want to be induced. Having said that, due to my history the doctors think that just breaking my water would be enough to induce me without the hormones. I'd still prefer to wait (and avoid the hormones at all costs if I can). The spinal tap was totally fine.
EDD / Weeks + Days: 28W1D
Baby is the size of a(n): coconut 🌴
Upcoming Appointments: Ultrasound happened this morning, and I have a standard checkin on Monday post-Thanksgiving 😊
How are you feeling?: Tired, sore back. Overall, I can just tell I’m getting to that phase where my gigantic uterus is crushing my insides, lol. I’m actually at my lab work right now for the gestational diabetes and a couple of other tests, so good to get those out of the way.
Rants/Raves: Rave- had a good ultrasound today and spoke to the ultrasound tech. She was kind in saying that I didn’t look nearly as waddle-y as one of her coworkers who is about 6 weeks behind me, lol. The baby looked really great in this morning’s ultrasound- very active and getting so much bigger and more baby-like!!! Rant- as I said, my giant uterus feels like it’s crushing my digestive tract daily, so that’s not fun. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a severely tilted uterus (basically completely reversed I’ve been told) and I think that hides my bump to some degree but also puts more pressure toward my spine. The ultrasound tech told me it makes it harder for her to see what’s going on with baby during our scans because of how I’m situated. Fun!!
Questions: Like a few of you, I’m also trying to avoid getting induced or having a c-section following my last pregnancy. Last time was an emergency c-section, but because of the direction of the incision, I’ve been told I should be able to deliver VBAC so long as it’s not too delayed. The problem is that both of our other babies have waited past 40 weeks to show up, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be in labor at 39 weeks. I don’t want to risk anything for the baby, but I’d rather push him out vaginally than to get induced or have to surgically deliver him.
I’m looking forward to having a low-key holiday season. More people are probably coming to visit us over the next month and a half so we won’t have to drive so much. I’m nervous to be on the road too far from my medical facility, plus our toddler has little to no patience for car rides longer than 3 hours. People have been very understanding thankfully!
EDD / Weeks + Days: 28+1
Baby is the size of a(n): coconut
Team blue/pink/green: green 💚
Upcoming Appointments: growth scan on Dec 5. Just had an appointment yesterday and waiting on my glucose test results. I felt like crap after that 😫 but the appointment was otherwise uneventful.
How are you feeling?: like crap. I caught the cough that my husband and kiddos have had and my heartburn just aggravates it and makes it worse. Also the pelvic pain and the constant pressure on my bladder is tiresome. Especially when I cough and it causes me to pee a little😳 3rd child and my muscles in that area have given up.
Rants/Raves: my sons pink eye finally cleared up and everyone in the house besides me seems to be feeling ok. I got to go out for a work happy hour last night which was fun. I don’t get a ton of time out by myself.
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? I love holiday traditions and coming up with new holiday traditions. Also experiencing the joy from my children’s perspective is fun. My only bummer is no holiday plans with my family because they live so far away and I don’t have time off since I’m saving what little I can for when baby comes. So I’m stuck with my in laws for both holidays and I don’t really enjoy that. 🤷🏻♀️
EDD / Weeks + Days: Feb 26th- 26+3
Baby is the size of a(n): butternut squash
Team blue/pink/green: blue!
Upcoming Appointments: Dec 6th- I'll do my glucose test then, a little late but my doc wanted to combine that with some other tests, including RH factor since I'm Rh-. Maybe just trying to save my arms? Not sure!
How are you feeling?: Pretty good! Still have the pelvic pain, but PT has helped. I've had the worst cold though for weeks! My daughter keeps spreading all of her kindergarten germs to me! Besides that, physically pretty good. I've been resting a lot, and I think I need to swap that with some stretching, or yoga to add some activeness.
Rants/Raves: none really! I know y'all we talking about inductions and unfortunately I'll end up being induced. I live on an island with no hospital. No bridge, ferry to the main land only. It's quick (18min), but they don't run during certain hours of the night (10:55PM-5:30AM for where I'm going. Seattle there is a less of a gap at night, so if I had to I would do that). We do have midwives, but my first labor was precipitous and I had a 4dt. It's a hard decision because I know induction you risk tearing, since your chance of epidural is higher, but I also don't want to get stuck having a car baby, or a stressful home birth if I have another 4dt. I'm so back and forth on it, but my and my doctor have talked a lot about it and this seems like a good choice. I'll also have a back up midwife on island in case of spontaneous labor at home. I know I could a home birth, I have it in my, but again... The 4dt, and needing to go to a hospital anyway if it happens really worries me.
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season? Just family time. It's so much fun with my daughters age, and I am thankful to have 3 grandparents still, and lots of cousins close by. Excited to catch up with everyone.
EDD / Weeks + Days: 2/7, 29w2d
Baby is the size of a(n): apparently like a Guinea pig today 🤣
Team blue/pink/green: 💙
Upcoming Appointments: next Thurs for my 30 week!
How are you feeling?: Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid, so I’ve been fighting the good fight since Sunday! I woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and my throat was on fire, and all of Sunday I thought I had another bad cold (I literally just got over being sick) with pregnancy aches, but I opted to test on Tuesday once I wasn’t feeling any better & got two separate BFP within seconds. Although, I’m very grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted because the symptoms this round are soooo much more milder than before when I got it back in Jan 2021 before the vaccine came out (not to get political in any way- to each their own body). I’ve mainly had the horrible wet cough and congestion, but not being able to take NyQuil is the only misery.
Rants/Raves: Rave- I adore this time of year with the changing of the seasons. Although I’m a summer girl through and through, especially as a teacher, I never get sick of seeing the changing colors outside on my daily walks. Really makes you appreciate the beauty in the small things 🍁🍂
Questions: Is anyone else’s Braxton Hicks starting to get more intense? I’ve been having really intense tension lately, and even my OB felt it as my last appointment. Now with my kick counts I’m also supposed to be monitoring my tension/cramps time and location to rule out signs of early labor (which seems terrifying!). Anyone else??
GTKY: What are you looking forward to with the upcoming holiday season?- This is our last holiday season as a family of 2. Sometimes my heart breaks thinking of how I should have a four month old baby right now bouncing along with me throughout the house, but I try to appreciate the tiniest things in life right now and stay grateful to what I have and have been blessed with 💙🌈 with me getting COVID my husband and I are just at home playing every board game, card game, and dice game with have in the house and this companionship goes beyond any present he could ever gift me (maybe minus the healthy baby boy in my uterus right now, that gift trumps all 🤪🤩)!