May - Pregnancy

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    Thistle - I got most of my work clothes & jeans from Gap Maternity and most my casual/weekend clothes from Old Navy.  I'm tall-ish so I needed the long sizes.  I have to admit, I wore the same sweaters and work pants over and over again and I'm quite annoyed the Spring hasn't shown up yet so I can stop wearing these sweaters!!! 

    I, like Benice, have also gotten away with wearing maternity tanks under regular cardigans or blazers for work. 

    I do NOT recommend buying any clothes at stops like Pea in the Pod or Motherhood Maternity - they are outrageously overpriced for fairly low-quality clothing.  If you can find Old Navy clothes that fit, go with those!! 

    I'm now wondering what the heck I'm going to wear after the baby is born (due mid-June) and I don't have any summer maternity clothes...  I did buy some pretty tunics and gauzy flowy tops for the summer...hope I can get away with those until the belly recedes. 
     
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    I'll second all the recommendations for Old Navy (if you can find some good stuff). I have some Gap stuff, but those are my "treats" because they can be pricey. I bought a few things from LOFT when they were having one of those 30% off sales, otherwise I found them pricey, too. I have to disagree with Sprout, though, in that I had very good luck with Motherhood Maternity when I went to Destination Maternity. I found their basics to be pretty affordable and they held up pretty well last time and through this second pg. (I really liked them because I am petite--under 5 feet--and their petite sizes ARE really petite.) Good luck!
     
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    Thistle- Congrats on hearing the heartbeat again!  I had my DA last Wed. and heard it as well.  I even recorded it on my cell bc DH didn't come to this appointment, so it's kind of special to have.  I am also excited because the 18 wk u/s is scheduled.  Now DH and I have to decide whether we want to know or not.  I am in the "I kind of want to be surprised" camp and he's in the "I don't feel strongly about either, but I'm leaning towards wanting to find out" camp.  I suppose we still have a couple weeks to figure it out ;o)

    I had a shopping date with my BFF on Saturday (who is pg as well) and we were very successful at Kohls.  I am still ok with all my work pants because they are generally looser and more comfy, but my jeans were not so comfy, even with the belly band.  I bought a pair of jeans (which look great and are so comfortable I'm doubtful that I will ever go back to normal jeans again) and a pair of light pants that you can wear long or short in black and khaki.  I think those pants could be used at work, at least on Fridays.  Today, I decided to try the belly band with my work pants, just to see if it works because it's a little more comfy with the button un-done and they are holding up well.  I'm at 16, almost 17 wks so I am hoping I can play this game a little while longer before I have to buy some work pants. 

    As for tops, I know I will need some, but I am still managing with my regular ones that are looser.  I haven't told work yet, but will probably do so later this week or sometime next week which will help me feel less paranoid about showing in my regular tops.

    I hear that H&M also has some decent maternity clothes, and their prices are usually not too bad, especially if you find things on sale!
     
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    Thank you all for the clothing advice!  I think I will buy some work clothes from the Gap and maybe check Old Navy's website for some more casual stuff.  Benice, I do think I can manage with regular tops for a long time--it seems that fashion trends right now are pretty helpful with that!  It's the pants that are rapidly becoming a crisis.  I finally told my work I was pregnant today because it is getting embarrassingly obviously. 

    Itsallnew, a non-pregnant friend actually told me that she accidentally bought maternity jeans at H&M once!  She just thought they were extra-comfortable :)
     
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    You guys, I'm so bummed and depressed :(  I just got a call from my CNM that I had elevated glucose levels at my GTT last week.  Now I have to do the 3 hour test.  I can't help but feel like this is all my fault and I've been eating too many sweets.  DH has such a sweet tooth.  I'm also angry that it took them a week to call me with the results!  I thought I was in the clear because I hadn't heard from them.  Ugh, I had no problems with #1 either.  I'm just so upset.

     
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    Trouble--that is a bummer! :( I think I mentioned that my OB has a new policy where ALL patients have to do the 3-hour test. Not looking forward to it. BUT, I try to remember that GD is very serious and one needs to be sure about whether or not it is present. Keep in mind that most people pass the 3-hour. And, that it really is not dependent on your diet. And, that you want all the information you can get to keep you and LO healthy.

    When do you have to go? Mine is 6/14.
     
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    Thistle, I would go to Motherhood Maternity. I bought a pair of jeans there and a pair of corduroys for less than $30 each... Motherhood is the affordable store - most everything is on sale there - and they have long and short sizes for pants.

    Trouble -sorry to hear about the glucose test - hopefully the next one will come through OK!
     
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    Thanks for the sympathy ladies..

    Kiwi - I scheduled the test for this Thursday so I know sooner than later. 

    I did some more reading and it seems just a small percentage of women actually need insulin shots.  That's the parrt I was really dreading.  Oh, and of course the damage to the baby! One of my friends had GD and needed the shots so I thought everyone did.  Of course I'm putting the cart before the horse, because as you said it catches a good chunk of women out that actually don't have GD.  And you're right, I guess you can't give it to yourself.  It was just that in her voicemail, the CNM said to eat healthy, and I took that as an implication that I don't.  And it's true, I really don't.  With looking after my daughter, I usually put my own needs last, and that usually results in many skipped meals. 

    Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer! 
     
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    Trouble, I hope things go well on Thursday.  

    Thistle, I also bought most of my things at Motherhood.  They had a sale on tops, buy one get one free so I picked up quite a few then.  I only have a few pair of pants and a couple skirts and I mix and match as much as possible, though I do wear the same things every other week at least.  

    AFM - the baby has been moving all day long today, non stop.  I have also had a bad backache all day today.  Plus, I keep feeling this odd pressure feeling down lower than I usually feel her move.  I don't know if it is a contraction or just a different body part kicking me down there.  
    Does anyone else get a pain in the lower left abdomen when the baby kicks?  That has been the new thing the last few days. It also hurts there if I stand up too fast.   
     
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    Trouble I had that happen to me.  I thought I was fine because they didn't call when they said they would and then when they did call I was so mad bacause I thought I was in the clear.  The 3 hour test wasn't too bad and my results came back okay so hopefully yours will too!

    So sorry that you have to do the 3 hour test though!
     
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    Wed - I don't have pain, but I've been experiencing what I think is a lot more hand-movement in the lower left abdomen lately.  Before the little jazz hands were just tickly down low, and now I think they're actually punching me.  But I wouldn't describe it as pain, per se...just another different feeling.  The babies are getting so big and strong at our stage, I wouldn't be surprised if it were painful! 
     
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    Trouble- I am sure the 3 hour test will be fine and so will the results.  Just bring a book to keep you busy.

    at 31 .4 weeks the movements are out of control and painful for me.  Last night, what I beleive was a heel (at least I hope because it was up high) was sticky out so far it made my stomach look really funny and it stayed there for along period of time.  It hurt so I finally had to push it back in, LOL.   I think DS is much stronger in my belly then DD was even though she moved around quite a bit to. 

    So the sun is finally shining a little today but the humidity is out of control and all I can do is complain about how hot I am.   I was not looking forward to the warm weather but am thankful it was holding off for as long as it did.   I just called DH who is off today to put the AC in the bedroom in.    Being hot is not something I deal with well and now adding on an extra 20lbs is not helping on bit. 

    I dont think we have had a baby born here in a while. Whos on deck?  Benice, lilsprout and wed???
     
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    No, I don't think we have any May babies!  I want to say it's trhoward next week-ish, then Benice, then me, then Wed...this is just from memory, I may be off... 

    I can't believe I'll know if this is a beebee boy or girl I've been carrying this whole time in just a couple of weeks!!  But that means that DH and I will have to come to an agreement on names soon... 
     
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    Trouble- I'm sorry the glucose testing has you stressed out.  I'm sure everything will come back ok after the 3 hr test and try not to be too hard on yourself about diet. 

    For those of you first timers out there (or those who remember their first time), when did you really start feeling fetal movement?  I know they give that range of 16-22 weeks and add the disclaimer that more often than not with the first pg you can't feel them until much later, but I'm just curious what your actual experiences were.  I am definitely anxious to feel the baby inside me!!  (maybe I'm asking too much at this stage as I can barely see the baby bump outside of me...)
     
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    lilsprout, I didn't realize that you don't know the sex of your baby either!  I think we finally came to a decision for a boy name this week - it was getting rather exhausting trying to figure out a name that we both were ok with. Girl names we haven't made a final decision, but we have more than a couple that we'd both be ok with - so if it is a girl (which I'm totally thinking boy) we'll just decide when we see her.

    I'm due 6/6 - I just took a picture of my belly this morning and compared it to my 38 week photo from my first pregnancy - and wow, this belly is so much bigger - its like a beach ball, whereas with #1 the tummy never seemed to get too big - and DD was only 6lbs 14oz.


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    [QUOTE]No, I don't think we have any May babies!  I want to say it's trhoward next week-ish, then Benice, then me, then Wed...this is just from memory, I may be off...  I can't believe I'll know if this is a beebee boy or girl I've been carrying this whole time in just a couple of weeks!!  But that means that DH and I will have to come to an agreement on names soon... 
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    Trouble - I failed my first glucose test by a lot, but passed the 3 hour with flying colors.  Hoping it's the same for you!!
    Everyone told me not to worry, but I couldn't help worrying about the possible effects on the baby.  My sister did have GD.  At first she didn't have to take anything, but as her pregnancy progressed she had to take insulin pills.  Hopefully you have nothing to worry about, but I wanted to let people know about the option of pills vs shots.

    itsallnew - I started feeling DD move around 19 weeks.
     
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    Trouble:  Definitely don't beat yourself up about it.  GD is not necessarily tied to diet before or even in the early stages of pregnancy, but if you have it, you definitely need to watch the carbs (it's not just about sweets).  I was diagnosed with GD early at my 12 wk appt due to various risk factors in my history. We tried diet first which didn't work, then I took Glyburide pills until about week 30 and then I had to do shots for the last 10 weeks or so of my pregnancy.  It was no big deal since I just took each step as it came.  It is really very, very serious so I had absolutely ZERO qualms about doing the shots when it came time.  That being said, I hope your 3 hr comes back fine.  If not, feel free to check back with me and I'll see if I can help you make sense of it all.  I worked at a medical school during my pregnancy so I had a lot of advice, including access to one of my bosses who was a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with friends in endocrinology.  I was able to be seen by the head of the department at Tufts Medical Center and felt very comfortable and confident with my caregivers.

    Re: Maternity clothes...I bought stuff on sale at Motherhood or Destination Maternity or whatever it is called.  I got some great basics for less than $15 each piece.  Some of my stuff was between seasons (I was pregnant in the winter and wore a lot of short sleeve tops layered with cardigans).  I also just got used to wearing stuff over and over.  I had one pair of black work pants, 2 prs of khakis (1 brown and 1 beige), 2 prs of jeans, 2 dresses, and about 10-15 tops.  Like others said, I also used non-maternity stuff that looked the part.

     
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    [QUOTE]Wed - I don't have pain, but I've been experiencing what I think is a lot more hand-movement in the lower left abdomen lately.  Before the little jazz hands were just tickly down low, and now I think they're actually punching me.  But I wouldn't describe it as pain, per se...just another different feeling.  The babies are getting so big and strong at our stage, I wouldn't be surprised if it were painful! 
    Posted by LilSprout[/QUOTE]

    I know what you mean Sprout, it feels like a boxing match some days!  

    Feeling much better today, so that is good.  I am hoping she doesn't decide to arrive this weekend, DH is going out of town from Thursday through Sunday.  Anytime after is fine with me, though the later the better so I get more of the summer off!  :) 

    I think Sprout has the order right of who is next.  36 weeks today!

     
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    Itsallnew--with DS, I didn't feel anything that I could readily identify as baby movement until 22-23 weeks. This time around I started noticing movements closer to 16-17 weeks. I've also read that feeling movements can also be dependent on the placement of your placenta.
     
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    GD happens regardless of weight prior to pregnancy, diet, income, education, race, etc.

    I'm actually an insulin dependent type 2 during pregnancy (pre-diabetic when not pregnant).  With #1 we tried to keep me off insulin as long as possible...I found the diet and the stressing over it far more upsetting and difficult than the shots, which we just started me when I decided it was time to TTC. for #2.  In the end, it's all about counting carbs. 

    I'm 15 weeks today, although I'm not likely to make it to 40 (I had a high bp spike with #1 at 38 weeks, and a decent shot at pre-e again late term, plus some other complications)...I'd be happy for 37.  Yesterday we had a sneak peek at the LO (as a high risk mama I get them at every appt)...with my DD, we found out her sex at this appt.  But #2 decided they only wanted to show off their spine and their butt.  Sigh.  Big u/s is on June 20th and I'm super excited.

    We live in Singapore and recently came home to Boston for a visit.  I had flown a lot with DD and it never bothered me.  With this one I had to make multiple dashes to the bathroom, worried I was about to be airsick.  Coffee, in a small enclosed space, is the WORST SMELL EVER to me right now.  Hopefully I'll feel better before our next trip home...however, my "morning" sickness has taken a turn for the worse in the 2nd trimester, so I'm not holding my breath.  I puked for the entire pregnancy with #1, so it's not exactly shocking.  And yes, I have the good drugs for that....thank Science for the miracle of Zofran.

     
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    Itsallnew - I felt what I knew were distinctly baby at about 20 weeks.  I have described it here before as the feeling you have when your eyelid or bicep muscle or finger twitches randomly.  Just a little low abdominal twitch every once in a while. 

    It's funny, I almost miss those little movements already...now that my baby's so big (they think it's 7+ lbs already at 37 weeks!) it's just rolls and stretches and not kicks and punches anymore.  I just loved those little tiny movements :) 


    Trouble - I'm with everyone else - don't stress until you fail your second test (which you probably won't!).  I know a lot of women fail the first one and pass the second one! 


    Benice - I'm glad you're "team green" (to borrow a BabyCenter phrase), too! :)

     
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    Sprout - So excited for you to find out what you are having. I don't know the sex either. Hopefully you'll get to meet Baby Sprout soon!!!

    itsallnew - Sprout explains the early movements I felt to a T. I started feeling them rather early for a 1st timer (around 15-16 weeks). They got much stronger about 22 weeks.

    wedoct - Hope your baby girls holds out a little longer. I always wanted a summer baby, but I like the idea of fall and being able to be outside for a big, especially if I don't feel like going far, but want to get of the house. It's still fairly warm, but not too hot.

    I'm so excited for all the soon to be new babies!!!! I finally started working on my registry this week. Hope to finish by the end of next week.
     
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    So, I'm having a kind of weird pain in my lower back, on the right side.  Anyone else had this?  It was really bad last night but subsided when I stood up (the chair was uncomfortable, which didn't help) and now I'm noticing it again.  I may call my doctor, but I have to go out of town tomorrow and really can't make an appointment to see her.
     
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    Sciatic pain?  I get twinges there every once in a while...does it feel like nerve/shooting pain? 
     
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    For maternity clothes, I have to second Motherhood.  I got work clothes there that were pretty versatile.  And, I needed a dress and hose for an event.  I really liked the jeans I bought there, but the darn things won't stay up.  That was the only purchase I regret.

    I read something on BDC about post-baby weight raising your risk for GD with subsequent babies.  It's scary, but definitely a manageable and (relatively) common complication.  <Again, coming from someone who's sharing weekly chemotherapy with her LO, so I guess it's perspective. />   But, we make insulin in our bodies already.  If, heaven forbid, it comes to that, think of it as booster shots, really.  Chances are, the 3 hr test will be a breeze.

    Yet another ultrasound today.  Cervix still incompetent (Hate that term!), so my activity restrictions haven't been lifted.  BUT, no bedrest.  Little guy is measuring /> 4 lbs, and head down.  I'm joining the "movements not as cute as before" club.  He's VERY active.  So, at 30.5 weeks, he's doing fine.  Week 5 of chemo part deux yesterday. Seven more to go.  Only downside was that my beeper went off a 2 am and I never did get back to sleep.  Here's to turning in early tonight!  (So sad that it's typical for a Friday night for me these days!).

    Now, here's to all of us facing the heat & humidity for real the first time this weekend.  And, all of the DHs who will carry the window A/C units up from the basement for us.   Stay cool, everyone! 
     

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