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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:39 PM
Hello ladies! How is everyone going? It went quiet in here for a few days, I'm guessing because we're all feeling and
Hoping, great news that your spotting stopped. I really hope your scan went well today.
Kate, sorry, I'm not much help on the progesterone level as my clinic does not measure it. I think it does naturally vary a bit though, and it still seems nice and high.
M2ODS, how is your hip pain now?
I am 9w today and had my final scan with my FS. Bean has grown beautifully, was 2.5cm and heart rate nice and fast. It was even kicking it's feet. Crazy! I will admit I had a quick cry before pulling myself together again. I have been holding it in all afternoon, and can now have a good weep of relief now that I'm home. It was sad to say goodbye to my FS in a way, as we've been through alot to get to this point.
Next appt will be my first OB appt at 11w1d, and next scan will be the NT scan at 12w3d.
Gotta say, the nausea is a bit relentless. It even wakes me up at night and I have to get up to eat something. No vomitting yet though, and I'm still managing to do what I need to do (like go to work). I did have to give myself a pep talk to do the grocery shopping on Saturday. I said to myself out loud, "suck it up and get on with it!" that has been my mantra this while crappy IVF journey. Suck it up and get on with it!
I stop the evening pessary from today, then wean off the AM Crinone in a week's time. I'll also start weaning off the prednisone in a week's time too. Can't wait, though I'm petrified at the same time.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:36 PM
Indigo - congratulations on your scan! I'm sure I'll be sad to say goodbye to my FS too but it's such a happy goodbye!Sarah (Kate) - congratulations to you too your hcg numbers are great. My progesterone dipped too and my FS said it naturally changes day to say and as long as it doesn't go under 30 it's ok. In saying that have a chat to your doctor anyway they may want to monitor it. AFM scan went well!! Bubbles is in the right place with a heart beat of 120bpm. The sonographer didn't give us measurements but said everything looks good! I have to go back to the gp to discuss it as I'm not seeing my FS til Wednesday week and my OB appt isn't til 12 weeks which is 5.5 weeks away. The sonographer dated bubs as due nov 7 but that would mean I ovulated prior to the trigger injection so I'm still going with bubs being due 10.11.12!
How's everyone else going?
Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:54 PM
Just a quick one from me as feeling very and tired.
Hoping, glad that your spotting stopped and that it coincided with your 6 week scan so that you could be reassured that everything's okay.
Indigo, great news on your scan today too. I hear you on the nausea! Just threw up for the 3rd time so far this pg. Ate too much at dinner, silly. The killer for me is brushing my teeth. Dry retched all the way to the grocery store the other day too. Gotta remember to carry some water with me as that seems to help.
Sarah (Kate) as one of the other girls said I'm pretty sure it is fine for your prog to fluctuate as long as it doesn't go below 30 or you don't get any spotting. What support (if any) are you on? It's so different conceiving naturally.
Afm, 9 weeks today also and had my first OB appt. OB said bubbs looks very healthy and was dancing around in my belly while he was doing the u/s. Heard the heartbeat too which was really cool
Hi to all you other lovely ladies in here, hope all is well. Will pop back again for more personals soon.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:46 PM
Indigo, my hip is better, I did not see chiropractor in the end.
Sarahkate, I am sure your P4 level is fine. I hear you on bracing for bad news as I experienced the same thing the day I had my second BT. I broke down and cried and was terrified that my levels would be bad.
Wishful, my DS hears me gagging a few times a day and tells me 'Mummy, every time you do that, your whole face turns red.' He finds it funny. Eating the same portion as per before pregnant is a no no for me now. Even with eating a little bit, I feel all bloated and my tummy looks 4 months pregnant! I am eating more often but smaller portions. Did you try green grapes? I find them helpful.
Hooray that your scan with OB went well! One friend was sharing with me on Sunday that when she was pregnant with her DD, she bled a lot and was in OB office every other day. Her DD is now 8.
Hoping, also happy for you that tthe spotting settles down and scan went well.
AFM : Basically feeling sick one hour after waking up till evening...it is pretty handicapping me. I become so ill-motiivated each day. Cant even stand DS bouncing on the couch or DH shaking his legs...all these make me feel sick. DH has been banned to sleep in the living room cos his movements on our wobbly matttress just disturbs my sleep. I am also worrried he may punch my tummy in his dreams.
I went on baby centre and it calculated me to be 8 weeks. I am so puzzled. I thought I am 9 weeks and 3 days now. Just waiting for OB appt next Tues.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:09 PM
Mum2OneDs, mmmm, loving green grapes. The colder the better Great tip, thanks.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:08 PM
I can't get enough fruit at the moment either. And loving icy cold fruit juice too. Going through lots of unsweetened pineapple juice.
Posted 22 March 2012 - 03:18 PM
Been a bit quiet in here lately, hope everyone is travelling smoothly
Indigo and Wishful, I have been on the fruit too. Lots of cold apples, Might get some grapes next time I am out.
OneDS Sorry you are not feeling great. I hope that your scan goes well and helps put your mind at rest. Are you finding your mood any better? I would also go with the dates your clinic gave you. I think that they would be pretty accurate with all the monitoring we go through.
Wishful indigo and hoping Congrats on the scans, Been a busy few days!
Sarah Great news on the HCG. Are you booked in for an early scan at all?
AFM No news is good news, I hope. Nothing to report really. My sleep is a little better, and I am not so exhausted anymore. I am still not super interested in food, especially dinner, but I always enjoy it when I am eating it. I will be 12w on Saturday, and have my mega-week of appointments next week. FS for shared care on Monday, Midwife on Tuesday and NT scan on Thursday. I think I will be able to be completely relaxed after the NT, so I am hoping that everything goes well!
Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:12 PM
Ladies, how are sleeping better? I am a little but still dread bedtime cos I take a long while to fall asleep, but once asleep, I do get some good sleep other than waking up to go to the toilet a few times at night. I saw a thread about not sleeping on our backs and read up a bit just now. Hope it will be useful for you too.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:56 AM
I tried green grapes yesterday myself. I ate so many I felt sick! But they kept me full for a long time. I've started pregnancy pilates classes and am really enjoying them, the lady who holds them is a midwife so it's great to have someone you can ask questions of in between appointments. I also signed up for a research project at Australian Catholic University, a midwife follows you throughout your pregnancy, as much or as little as you want. She can attend all your scans and the birth or just call you on a weekly basis to check in. I think I'll go the whole hog and let her come to scans now we've had the first experience together as a couple.
I'm so exhausted and can't really manage Nanna naps and haven't even been able to get into bed early enough, the tiredness is all consuming. I struggle to get through the work day and I had to call DF on the way home the other day to keep me alert while I was driving. I've had a few weird dreams too so not sure my sleep is as deep and rejuvenating as it should be. No morning sickness though, I feel bad for those of you feeling . I get a tinge of nausea now and then but usually when I'm hungry so if I keep myself topped up I'm ok.
I'm having this fantasy of having fortnightly blood tests and on the alternate fortnight having a scan, I feel like I need to see that everything's going ok. I'm not sure I can wait a bit over 5 weeks for the next scan! How did everyone else handle the wait between scans?
Good luck with the scan next week Lorem, I'm glad to hear the exhaustion will end eventually!
Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:02 AM
I have been munching on the green grapes too! they're so sweet and I love 'em straight out of the fridge. Except I always remember my mum complaining that she ate grapes all through her preganancy with me and that the doctor tsk-tsked her and said they would make her put on too much weight as the grapes are so sugary. SO I'm trying not to hoe into them toooo much lol.
Well after worrying about the massive drop in progesterone between blood tests (184 down to 114) it turns our my memory is completely sh*te, and it actually was only 124 the first week, so there was NOT a massive drop. My evening on Dr Google was in vain. FS finally got back to me and said not to worry as progesterone fluctuates (as many of you girls also said, thank you, that was actually really lovely and helpful). However he said if I was worried I can get another blood test next week. At the moment thought I think I'll leave it. I just end up fretting over the numbers so I think I'd rather leave it in the lap of the gods and not know....
I am waiting for a scan on Monday week, at the FS offices, then after that it's a whole month until another one - at the obstetric clinic (still with FS as he does the whole lot). I totally agree Hoping - a weekly appointment of some sort would be nice for the peace of mind.
I went to yoga yesterday and the instructor told me not to come back until 2nd trimester!!! He said it was fine, but he's not a pregnancy expert, and he recommended I look up a specialist pre-natal yoga class instead. I think I might. I am worried about not keeping up being fit - have been feeling so tired lately that the cardio workouts really don't seem very appealing!! I want to grill FS next appt about what exercise I can do.
Good to know I'm not the only one having trouble sleeping....I feel like I spend each night just tossing and turning from side to side. Didn't realise it was a symptom until you guys have been talking about it. D'oh. Other than that, sometimes I feel a little 'off' - mainly if I get hungry - but really just feel very tired at the moment.
Hope you girls are all travelling well. Lorem your week of scans next week sounds so exciting and reassuring. I'm only just 6 weeks so can't wait to get to the lovely 12. Mum2One, are you still feeling really sick? Hope you are managing to get some good rest in...Wishful that is so cool you got to see your little bean dancing!! Indigo - good luck weaning off the meds - I understand that must feel worrying but I'm sure you're in good hands wiht your FS. Let us know how you are.
Have a good Friday everyone
Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:19 AM
Sorry I am just going to type whatever that comes to my mind so sorry for the lack of personals...my concentration span on the Ipad has been pretty bad...You girls are good being able to type such long posts.
I am also checking out on Preggibellies cos I so want to tone up to cope with my pregnancy. Anyone of you heard of that?
I am 10 weeks today and have been having these very mild prickly cramps yesterday and in the night. Have any of you experienced that? They are nothing like menstrual cramps. They are momentary but I needed to adjust my sleeping positions and see if it was better.
Not feeling that sick now but tired still and dont sleep too well still. Appetite has improved. Heart palpitations have eased too after I started taking FLoravital Iron supplements. Now just waiting to see OB on Tues.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:06 PM
Hi Mum2One and everyone,
Nothing to say really...
Preggibellies sounds pretty nifty, might have to check it out too!
Had started feeling a bit 'off' the last few days but last night was my first bout of actually feeling nauseous. Has been recurring a little bit today in small waves. Munching through the rice crackers. Feeling like I am getting fat already from constantly munching (it seems).
Taking my vitamin tablets makes me gag too....
Counting the days til my first appointment....one week to go, YAY!!!!
Have a good Monday everyone xx
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:16 PM
Hello ladies, hope you're all travelling ok.
Lorem, all the best for your week of appts, esp your NT on Thurs.
M2ODS, I'm still getting cramps pretty much every day. I wondered if it's got something to do with all the scar tissue I have from severe endometriosis. Also feeling quite full and heavy in the uterus area, and can feel a hard lump when I bend over or am sitting. Good luck for your 1st OB appt tomorrow!
Kate, good advice on being aware of the calories in grapes. Great news that all is well with your progesterone levels.
Hoping, the waits between scans are tough. It's only been a week for me since my last one and I'm going nutty already, imagining the worst.
AFM, I've been feeling quite low mentally lately. I don't feel like talking to anyone or doing anything. It's hard to paste a smile on my face at work. Lack of sleep is not helping. I fall asleep ok most nights but wake up around 1.30-2am and then toss and turn till my alarm goes off. My gut is *huge* and I'm bursting out of my work clothes. Have only put on 0.8kg in total though. Had hoped to not put on any for awhile, but I guess it's inevitable, especially when you take into consideration how much I'm eating.
Edited by indigo~, 26 March 2012 - 06:17 PM.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:22 PM
Forgot to say that I downloaded the Sprout app to my iPad and it's pretty good. Gives you week by week pictures of what bubs looks like, info on symptoms, tools to monitor your weight, space to record questions you want to ask dr at next appt, lists of things to buy or pack for hospital. It was around $4.50 or similar.
10w today for me. A week and a day till my first OB appt, but who's counting?
Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:39 PM
Hmmm, where to start....
Indigo, sorry to hear that you have been feeling a bit down lately. Hormones really do weird things to you. I was really emotional with DS but this pg I seem to have 'angry' hormones, lol. That Sprout app sounds pretty cool, think I might download it too.
Sarah (Kate), now I am trying not to eat too many grapes. Problem is I end up substituting chocolate instead!
Lorem, best of luck for your appts this week, let us know how you get on.
Mum2One, I have been getting lots of twinges too. Putting it down to stretching muscles and ligaments. Where are the preggie bellies classes run, are they in a few different locations? I would like to try and maintain some fitness too.
Hoping, good luck with the research project.
Afm, 10 weeks yesterday. Tonight's the first night I haven't thrown up after dinner and feeling a wee bit less tired too. Got a bunch of BT's this week and 12 wk scan booked for just after Easter.
9.30pm so way past my bed time, what a party animal! Goodnight!
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:42 AM
Sorry I have been MIA but with the all day ms If I am not at work I’m in bed trying hard not to vomit. Ended up at the Doctors the other week telling me I either needed to start some meds for the ms or I would need a trip to hospital. Decided to start the meds and had a couple of good days but am now back to the constant dry heaving. I am completely off most food and drink and have to force myself to eat for the baby.
Speaking of the baby I had my 8wk scan yesterday and got to see him/her. The baby had a healthy strong heartbeat and looked so cute. Measurements were 8w1d which they were happy with. Cannot wait for my ob’s appointment on the 3rd to see him/her again.
I hope everyone is doing well. Will read back and try and catch up on personals in thenext couple of days.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:47 PM
Indigo, you have completely described me in your post haha....I did not want to talk much as well...Maybe it is the energy level, maybe we are preoccupied with how baby is doing in our wombs...maybe it is the hormones.. DH thinks I was trying to be difficult and thinks I am not being grateful for being pregnant. He had to have our TCM doctor tell him that on the surface, nothing much is changing but in our body a great deal is happening!!!
I am also getting hungry since I hit the 9 week. I keep needing to eat something but not big portions. I cannot go to bed if my tummy is rumbling so need to get some light supper. I dont gag that much now though there are moments of sickness. Last night I slept much better.
Puffsgirl poor hun, your MS sounds really bad. It is a miserable time and we have to keep telling ourselves it is worth it. I hope it goes away for you once the first 12 weeks are over. Hooray for your scan results and a wonderful heartbeat!
AFM : I am 10weeks3 days today and had my first OB appt this morning. Always nervous as ever for scans! So so happy to see little bean's heart beating away...that was the first thing I looked for!!! OB says little bean is 3.7cm, right on track with weeks/days and its little heart was going 171bpm...today we got to hear the heartbeat loud and clear. I was tearing away and we also let DS watch the screen. I am so relieved to see baby again!
Then I 'donated' 5 tubes of blood for all the tests OB wanted to do including Vit D and Iron and maternal serum test for down syndrome.
Just some info I want to share after asking OB. He says it is fine to take fish oil and separate Vit D supplements apart from prenatal vits. He also said cramps are very common during first trimester esp with 2nd pregnancy.
Regarding nutrition in the 1st trimester, he says the yolk sac does supply baby's needs but by week 9, the placenta is fully formed so good nutrition does help.
Regarding scans, I am a private patient and would be scanned on my 12, 20 and 36 weeks. Other than that, any scan fees will come out of my own pocket. I do wish there are more scans but he said by feeling my tummy he would be able to monitor baby's progress.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:16 PM
M2ODS, fantastic news that your appt with OB went well and bubs was all good. Interesting about the placenta kicking in from 9w. I'm trying to be good with my diet, but am still so tired I crave chocolate for energy esp in the afternoon, and still nauseous much of the time, so snack all day long. I feel so fat.
Puffsgirl, you poor thing! Your m/s sounds really awful. I hope you get some relief soon.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 08:01 PM
Just popping in quickly. I have heard about preggibellies, sounds good but they aren't in my area so for anyone in certain areas of Melbourne I'm going to Fitfor2, the instructor is also a midwife so great for advice and fitness at the same time. I have to go twice a week and she is glad I'm coming before 12 weeks because the longer you come the better the benefits. She said that none of her women so far have had forceps or suction and they tear less. I'm up for that! She also does Mum and Bub classes afterwards too.
I had another scan yesterday when i saw my FS, bubs is still going well and is now 1.5cm and we got a photo!! I also told my boss today because someone asked another colleague if I was pregnant and I thought at least if my boss knows, hearing it on the grapevine won't worry him. He knew I had PCOS etc so he was very happy. I've also been feeling really sick in 2 meetings with him this week so at least if that happens again he can cover and take over when I look green. I tossed up whether to tell him and felt I had nothing to lose, he's not the type to hold it against me, he didn't even ask when I'm due so isn't crazily planning ahead in his mind already. I feel lighter now it's off my chest!
When's everyone else planning on telling their work? Has anyone told them already? What was their reaction?
Hope everyone is well (ms aside)
Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:44 AM
Hoping Great news on your scan. I haven't told my work, because I don't have a job (studying), but like you said if you know your boss well, and are sure you won't be on the rough end of different treatment, then I think that telling definately has its advantages, like you mentioned.
OneDS yay for your scan too. Lovely to hear the heartbeat. Is you little bean looking like a baby yet? I only had the 7 week scan, and baby just looked like a gorgeous blob. I saw preggibellies online too. It is close enough for me, so maybe I'll go and do one class, and see if I like it. My excercise regime has suffered badly, due to tiredness and being a bit too scared to keep road cycling.
Puffs You poor thing hope you are feeling better and keeping your strength up. Maybe some flat lemonade? I don't normally drink soft drink, but have been drinking a little bit when I feel queasy (nothing like you though ), and it seems to help. Although this may be a mental thing as that's what my mum gave me when I was sick when I was little. Also must have been such a relief for you to have your scan. I am so glad that you had a much better result this time
Wishful, thanks for thinking of me, I can totally relate to your party animal ways. Wooo!! a few nights ago I managed to stay up till 10.30!!!
Indigo, Hope you are feeling a bit better. Do you have a support person? (apologies if I have you confused, but I seem to recall that you are going through this pregnancy solo?) Someone you can have a good old complain to, not necessaraly about pregnancy, but just things in general. Anyway, try to do some nice things for yourself. Apologies again if I am out of line, just hoping you are ok
Sarah Not too long to your scan now, hope all is well.
AFM My mega week of appointments went really well. FS visit was pretty straight forward, blood pressure, weight etc. Then the midmife did the same, as well as taking my medical history etc. I also got a show bag, with a few magazines and free samples of various baby creams. They yesterday we had the NT. All went really well. Baby was there and looked like a baby!, no indications for DS on the scan and combined with bloods the risk si something like 1 in 850, which is better than for an average woman my age. Baby was a bit camenr shy, but we did get a few pics. apparantly it's pretty comfy in there too, as the sonographer was trying to make baby move, to get a better view of things, but there was a bit of resistance.
Still not sleeping well, and sleeping on my stomach has just started to get a bit uncomfortable. DH and I also think we can see the start of a belly. Starting to feel a bit real now!
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:17 PM
Lorem, fizzy drinks are in for me at the moment! Not that I keep taking them but I suddenly craved them. ANd I do feel that they make me better. What I do is to use part soda water, part water to add to my ribena syrup and it is yum...
Yeah I could see baby in my 10week scan, the head and the body...i wanted to see its limb but the US machine wasnt fantastically clear, then suddenly OB said look, it is moving now...and we saw its little arm waving...oh so so nice!!!! I am really feeling excited.
I still cant sleep well but I hardly nap, cos I cannot fall asleep. Finding a comfy position is not easy. I am so worried about squashing my baby...think I am very paranoid. I would wake up getting really sore shoulder whichever one I am lying on. I try not to sleep on my back but so far I find that most comfortable. And I can wake up to pee 3-4 times a night. THat's disruptive. Damn I really would love to sleep well, that is something I really really crave right now. Poor DH is still sleeping on the living room couch just to give me some peace at night.
Ok about preggibellies, DH is not happy I go for it, he rather I start swimming once the first trimester is over, plus we are going for a 2month holiday so it would be hard to join too. THey have it in many areas here in MElbourne, one is just next suburb to mine. I also havent cycled since BFP, do miss that, my only form of exercise really.
Lorem, is NT the 12th week scan? How many weeks are you when you got scanned? Mine is scheduled 13week+, I hope I am not too late. Got to check with the clinic. I am already sporting a very visible bump...i think cos it is 2nd pregnancy so it shows faster. DH says maybe there is another one hiding somewhere haha...
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:30 PM
Hi One DS,
The NT was at 12w 5d, which is the date they told me to come after my EDD, although bub was measuring about 4 days bigger, so I would guess that 13+ weeks would be fine, but check with the US place.
Actually I just checked the book about the testing I got fron the hospital, and it says between 11-13 weeks.
I have started swimming too, but have been so slack. I hate actually going to the pool, but enjoy it while I'm there. Must be more firm with myself.
Are you off somewhere nice for your holiday?
Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:44 PM
Lorem, that's wonderful that your NT scan went so well. Really good (low) odds too. It must be a huge relief.
Thanks for your thoughts. I am doing this solo and I live on my own. I have very supportive family and friends, but I don't really feel like I can talk about alot of this stuff with them. They've been wishing me well for the past 18mo of IVF and I feel now that I can't really whinge or speak about anything too negative as I should just be happy to currently be pregnant. Does that make any sense? I'm hoping that after the 12w NT scan I might feel a bit more upbeat. It's this constant limbo of waiting for something bad to happen.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:43 AM
Indigo, that makes perfect sense. We've all been through so much to get to this stage, and complaining makes me feel ungrateful. But your feelings now are just as valid as the ones you had during IVF. Feeling down/sick etc doesnt mean that you aren't happy to be pregnant, just that you are down/sick!
When is your NT? I know I certainly feel better afterwards. Hopefully it will be the same for you.
Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:00 PM
Lorem - that's so wonderful that your week of appointments went well. I liked that you got a show bag too!!! Pretty exciting that you have a little belly also. Good luck with the swimming. I also try to go once a week.
Indigo - I didn't realise you were doing this solo - what an incredibly strong person you must be!! Congratulations. And I really understand about the 'waiting for something bad' to happen feeling. ..... that's me too.
Mum2One - oh my goodness I got teary reading about that little hand waving up at you. What a relief it must be to see the little bean moving around. I hope you are managing to get a little more sleep too.
Hoping - sounds like you are pretty on top of things esp with the Fitfor2 thing - that sounds great. And your boss sounds totally cool!
Wishful - not long til your 12 week scan! and sorry for putting you off grapes - don't take it too seriously!! - I'm still eating them anyway lol
Puffs - you poor girl it sounds like you're having a really awful time with the MS. Does it help to think that each day is one day closer to the end of the MS weeks? You will pull through, one day at a time....and think how worth it it will be when you hold that little one in your arms at the end x
AFM I have started to just feel a bit nausea this week but not too badly and only a few times. Mostly in the afternoons and evenings, when I'm tired. More often than not I just feel a bit 'off' and I can get better mostly if I eat something. I am chowing through rice crackers. I saw my acupuncturist yesterday and she put a tiny needle on my right wrist to help with the MS and I think it has helped. I have my first scan with my FS who is my Ob as well, tomorrow at 7.45am. I will be 7 weeks and 3 days so all being well we might see a hearbeat. I am frankly terrified of there being nothing there, or just a dead blob. I keep thinking, 'why should I be so lucky that it will work out for me?' I find it very hard to trust that my body will do what it is meant to do.... anyway I have been trying not to get very excited about anything as I have been waiting for tomorrow. So, we'll see what it brings. I'll be sure to let you all know....
PS. I watched Bride Wars (for the second time) last night with DH and was a sobbing mess. So, he joked that he hopes I'm pregnant or else I'm going seriously nuts!!!!! (I tend to agree)!!
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