January Updates

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from framerican51008. Show framerican51008's posts

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    [QUOTE]Jan - How exciting! Good luck... I'm sending positive thoughts! Fram - Did our paths cross again? I also went to a childbirth class at BIDMC this weekend (Sunday). I'm right there with you in not being freaked out... In fact I'm very confident that I can handle it.

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    That would have been funny!  We went to a class on Saturday at a Harvard Vanguard.  I agree that the class was good for DH.  I think it will keep him from feeling helpless and he will be the one more likely to remember to change positions, keep eating and drinking, etc.  I feel the same way, as crazy as it may sound.

    Poppy and I have the same crib.  Based on our measurements the mattress she bought is 1/4 inch too wide, so I'm guessing that the measurements on BRU.com are not completely accurate since her mattress obviously fits in her crib.  As long as it's close, I am just going to pick one and cross my fingers... maybe... we'll see... lol
     
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    Hey all...so I went to the hospital to have my level 2 ultrasound today.  It wasn't the baby's whole head that was measuring larger, it was actually the ventricles.  Turns out the scan today also showed them enlarged, but the doctor said only VERY slightly.  She said that everything else looks perfect, so they aren't worried about Down's, spina bifida, or an infection (though they are going to do a blood test to rule that out completely).  She did say that ventricles vary in size in everyone's brain, and it's more than likely nothing to worry about...just a normal physical characteristic.  She also said that she sees this type of thing all the time.

    Now they want to send me to Children's Hospital to do a fetal MRI.  I'm hesitant to go through with it, because all these tests are stressing me out and not giving me any closure.  Unless a doctor can tell me with 100% certainty that nothing is wrong, or they can pinpoint exactly what is wrong and what they're going to do to treat it, I'm not going to feel any better.  I'm going to talk to my OB and see what she thinks, but I'm tempted to just stop the testing now and just have the baby checked when she's born.  I'm tired of hearing "we think it's nothing, and you shouldn't worry, but we'll do some more tests anyway."  It's so frustrating!

    What do you ladies think? 
     
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    Is there a big risk getting an MRI? I am assuming that there is a small risk doing this while pg.  I think this is a personal choice, it's YOUR choice, so I don't want to give you advice, but I will tell you that knowing myself I would want to go for the MRI just to know.  I can get caught up in what ifs and I think it would drive me insane.  I would want to rule anything out.  That is just me.  I know that if there was perhaps something wrong, I would want to know all the details behind it so I could be prepared for the future. I like knowing all the details.  That's just me, and I think you need to decide with your DH.  Sorry you have to go through this!  Drs. make you worry so much! 
     
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    Pugs, I can't offer any advice either. You'll know what is best with you and that sounds like it might be to halt the testing and wait and see. Go with whatever you feel you need to do.

    I'm sorry you are going through this! I'll keep thinking good thoughts for you and your little one.
     
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    Pugs, I was referred to Children's for extra testing too. My husband had serious birth defects and the midwives thought I should get the baby's heart and soft tissues checked out. I was pretty nervous when I went in and totally at ease within a few minutes of being there -- the staff at Children's is SO kind, so professional, and so reassuring. You might find that your concerns are finally put to rest after the visit. Or, if there are problems, at least you'll know for sure what the problems are.
     
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    Pugs, I'm so sorry to read your last post!  I can only imagine how stressful it must be.  I think if I were in your situation (1 month to go?) I'd probably feel the exact same way as you.  There is nothing you can do about it, so just relax the testing and appointments and just enjoy the last month.  Then again I would definitely talk to my DH and find out his wishes.  Best of luck to you!  I'm sure everything is fine and the docs are just being careful.
     
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    Thanks for your responses ladies!  I feel much better today.  I always feel stressed and anxious after going to these appointments and being poked and prodded and not getting the answers that I want.  I truly believe in my heart that everything is fine and the doctors are just being cautious.  I've already had two doctors pretty much tell me that there's nothing to worry about, without officially making that statement.  The doctor yesterday told me that on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being best case scenario and 10 being worst, I'm a 1.

    Trouble, like you said, at this point (36 weeks today), even if they found a problem (which is unlikely), there would be nothing they could do until the baby is born anyway.  And if I did do the MRI and they told me again that "it's probably nothing and you shouldn't worry," I think I'll lose my mind.  For legal reasons, I don't think any doctor is willing to assure me that absolutely nothing is wrong with my baby, because there's always a chance that problems will show up when she's born or when she's older. 

    I know it sounds like I've already made my decision, but I totally haven't.  I'm just kind of thinking out loud here because I really don't know what the right choice is.  I really wish they never did the ultrasound last week in the first place.  Then we never would have had to stress about this, and I'm sure it would never be a problem.  Now I can see why most doctors don't do ultrasounds after 18 weeks...  :)
     
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    Pugs, so scary!  I've done some reading about fetal MRI as it relates to possible brain abnormalities found by ultrasound.  It seems that it's particularly indicated if you're being counseled to terminate the pg due to being a "10" given what they are seeing on the ultrasound.  If your situation is a "1," I'd say (medically, not emotionally speaking) you're in the opposite boat, thankfully. 

    Of course, I understand that doesn't necessarily correlate to your emotional needs which no one can speak to but you.  But, medically speaking, you're not even close to needing to figure out if you need to terminate which, from what I've read, is what the MRI is most commonly used for in brain development cases.
     
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    Pugs, hang in there, whatever you decide. It truly is your decision how to move forward and you have total support whatever you decide to do.

    My only other advice is that I am a big believer in going with your gut.

    Soon enough, you'll get to see her and you'll confirm that everything is a-ok. :-)
     
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    Pugs, what a stressful situation and with no concrete answers either way it makes it very frustrating.  I would talk to your OB about it and try to get their opinion.  When pregnant with DD I had high results for Downs and went back and forth about an amnio, I talked about it with my OB and she really recommended the amnio which helped in my decision. 

    I also had asked if the birth would be any different if we new that DD would be down syndrome and she said yes that there would be a high risk team in the room.  I then asked if I did not have the amnio if I would be putting the baby at risk at the time of birth and the answer was NO because the high risk Dr's are always available (This was at SSH and I thought you said you have said were delivering there). 

    From what you have said it seems like a 1 is great and there is most probably nothing wrong!  As I have said before, my DD caused a lot of drama during my pregnancy and she is a very healthy girl - I think girls like to cause drama!
     
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    Pugs - whatever you decide will be the right decision.  I think you have to listen to your reasoning and understand that no doc is going to give you a 100% guarantee, so I imagine you are taking all the testing with a grain of salt.  On the flip side, the specialist at Children's may do this kind of testing all the time and may give you a much better understanding of the chances/odds than perhaps the docs you have seen already... so that might be a consideration.  Perhaps inquiring with your OB as to what types of screening options/specialists will be available to your LO after delivery at your hospital will help guide the decision. 
    Hang in there!! 
     
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    Pugs - I am so sorry you're going through this!  At this point in your pregnancy, after all the appointments and everything you've been through, I completely understand why you'd be hesitant for more tests.  Hope it turns out to be nothing!!

    You ladies would NOT be proud of me.  I did not force the OB to answer all my questions this morning.  I did force her to touch my belly and show me where the baby's body parts are...  She said the baby is head down, but who really knows!  I wish they would just do an u/s.  She said she hasn't had to poke and prod because when she feels around for the heartbeat she's also feeling the position and also because I don't have extra weight around there making it difficult for her to tell.  I guess that makes sense.  I feel fine about saving some of my questions for the NP next week... but I need to ask the OB about things involved with the delivery, like how often she ends up doing episiotomies, etc.
     
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    Twin, thank you for sharing that.  It's nice to hear of someone going through the same thing and having a positive outcome!  Do you know by any chance if the MRI determined that the ventricles were normal or if she just had to wait until he was born to find out?

    My doctors have also told me this is very common.  The doctor at the hospital said she refers people to Children's a few times a week for these types of things.  KT, I am delivering at SSH and that's where I was yesterday; they've been great.  I'm glad to know you had such a positive experience with your daughter and that they were ready for any situation.
     
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    Pugs, so sorry you are going through this.  I am not sure what I would do in your situation, either. 

    AFM, I went to the dr this morning for the pain I have been having and she thinks I have a hernia.  She said there is not much they can do other than watch it as this point as they don't want to do surgery if they don't have to since I am pregnant.  She thinks the pain will lessen by week 24 or so, only 5 weeks to go!  So I guess I get to live with the pain for awhile.
     
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    Twin - I hope it doesn't last too long!  I was nauseous and exhausted from about weeks 5-11 which isn't too bad in comparison to others.  I just kept eating little snacks all day, despite that fact that I was so not hungry.  I ate a lot of pretzels, peanut butter crackers, crackers & cheese, animal crackers, etc.  I would try to hold off, but then I realized I was just torturing myself.  I made sure to eat more veggies with meals to balance all of the carbs I was eating to keep from feeling awful.

     
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    Pugs, I am sorry for what you are going through.  Is there a possibility that you would deliver at a different hospital with the outcome of the test results?  Maybe one with a higher level of care for the baby or one of the hospitals right near children's?
     
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    Pugs, sorry to hear you're going through this! If your gut is saying everything will be okay, trust that. I'm not sure I'd want to go through an MRI while pregnant. Go with your gut.

    Twin-wishing you the best in no more morning sickness.

    AFM: about to hit the 5 week mark and the shock is starting to wear off.
     
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    Well twin, if I hadn't just got off the phone with Children's and made my decision, your post would have convinced me.  :)  After talking to my NP and a woman from Children's I decided that I'm going to go in for the MRI.  Children's said that any results we get shouldn't change my plans for delivery or the hospital, so that's a good thing.  Even she said that usually these things turn out to be totally normal.

    I have an appointment on Friday, so a couple more days of waiting and worrying and then hopefully this will all be behind us.

    Oh, and twin, I had horrible morning sickness until about 14 weeks, and the only thing that really helped me was regular Coke with a spoonful of sugar in it (to take out the bubbles).  That was always my mom's cure for stomachaches when I was growing up, and it definitely helped with the m/s.  Plus it's SO overly sweet and delicious.  :)
     
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    Pugs - What a stressful thing to be dealing with.  It does sound like you are leaning more one way and I think that soon enough you will meet this little one and love it no matter what.  It's very difficult to know what to do.  I am actually going for a level II US tomorrow to rule something out.  In some ways I don't even want to do that because I know it won't change what we are doing now.  Plus, I hate to stress about the "what-if" when really you won't know for sure until the baby is here.  I'm sure everything will work out either way! 

    Fram - glad to hear you are not "freaked out" either.  I am wondering what it will all be like, but kind of excited to see how I manage.  I'm excited to use all the breathing that I have learned at yoga and so glad that the class I am taking said it's better to eat during labor! 

    ajuly - who is your teacher?  I take a class on sundays in reading, but I know my teacher has a class on sat in melrose.  I really like it and was looking to take another class during the week. 
     
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    The teacher is Kathy Kenneally. Is that the same teacher as in reading?
     
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    ajuly - yes that is the same teacher!  I hear you have a lot of people in your class.  we only have about 5, which is kinda nice and we are all due around the same time which has been good too. 
    She is thinking about doing mommy and me yoga after we all have our babies, which I am so excited for, so i hope she does!
     
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    Boston, good luck at your u/s tomorrow.  I hope you get the reassuring news that you're looking for!  :)
     
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    Pugs, glad that your NP and the people at Children's were able to help you make your decision. 

    Fram, your post about your appointment made me laugh!

    AFM I had my 32 week appt yesterday and everything is going well, baby is measuring right on track.  I tried to come up with a reason for another ultrasound but that didn't work - oh well.  I also have a c-section date scheduled for 3/16, I am excited to have a date!

     
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    I know some of you moms to be are interested in the bob stroller.  Today's deal on kidealy is 28% off of the revolution.

    http://www.kidealy.com/

    I love following this website on deals for kids.  They find the deals for you and then send you to the site for the deal.  Someone from here posted it a while ago and I really like it!
     
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    Boston- that mommy and me class would be awesome!

    Anyone have a lot of braxton hicks contractions? I have the painless kind, the kind where your uterus tightens up and it's uncomforatable.  At first I didn't know I was having them and my MW told me what it was. Yesterday was pretty uncomfortable and I felt I had them a lot more than usual. I tried to keep track of them since I read and heard from my MW if I have more than 4 in an hour to call...but it's really hard to keep track, especially when you are teaching 20 5 year olds.   I have no other symptoms, and seem to be doing better today, but it was just kinda scary. When i got home I had lots of water and put my feet up, they didn't completly go away...
     
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