Newbie Here!

Hi all! My name is Elyssa, I am 24 years old, and will be 29 weeks pregnant on Friday. My due date is November 29, 2013.

This will be my first baby, though not my first pregnancy. I have a long history of miscarriages, and one still birth. So far this pregnancy has been a complete blessing and everything has been going beautifully.

My only worry at this current point in time with the pregnancy is my second glucose test that I have to take Thursday. I was told that my first glucose test was a little high and thus they wanted me to come back in to take the three hour test. I am being hopeful that I do not have gestational diabetes, and based on the fact that I had a large portion of ice cream after midnight the night before my first testing, it is a good hope.

I am having a little boy.

I have on other worry though it is not particularly the pregnancy. I have been feeling very depressed the past week and a half and am becoming increasingly concerned with it. Depression has been something I dealt with my entire life, though up until recently I have had no issues and have been extremely excited about my pregnancy. For some reason this past week and a half I am extremely stressed out about it and I feel very inadequate. I'm not sure what to do about this, so if anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

Anyways, that about sums it up. I'm glad to be able to meet other mothers due in November as well. I wish you all a happy and healthy pregnancy and birth. :)

Early baby

I've been meaning to post for a few days but haven't got to it (and didn't want to freak anyone out). I just wanted to let you all know that my daughter was born on 7 Sept at 28w6d, and is currently mostly stable in the NICU. I had a beautiful, healing, empowering VBAC labour and delivery, and would be happy to share that birth story if anyone is interested. Hope you are all feeling well, and much love to you and your families and your wonderful, still-in-belly babies! I may or may not need to quit the communities, I'm going to see how I feel.I've been meaning to post for a few days but haven't got to it (and didn't want to freak anyone out). I just wanted to let you all know that my daughter was born on 7 Sept at 28w6d, and is currently mostly stable in the NICU. I had a beautiful, healing, empowering VBAC labour and delivery, and would be happy to share that birth story if anyone is interested. Hope you are all feeling well, and much love to you and your families and your wonderful, still-in-belly babies! I may or may not need to quit the communities, I'm going to see how I feel.

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A more active November community

Hi folks,

How is everyone doing? I've been meaning to post a belly photo, but want to make myself look halfway presentable first!

I stumbled across another November community. Apparently it was started in March, but I wasn't able to find it at the time, which is why I started this one. It's pretty small, though slightly larger than this one and appears to be more active. I was thinking that perhaps all of us should hop over there to grow the community, and get a bit more chatter happening. Here is the link: http://nov2013babies.livejournal.com/profile

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Me again... Lol. I had my appt with the high risk doc today. He says we aren't going to worry about my platelets for now since they're "high enough". If they cut in half we will start monitoring closer. In other news, they did my anatomy scan while I was here. Baby Audrey still hates having her picture made but we got to see everything that was needed finally. We even got a profile pic printed and learned she sleeps just like her daddy. The only thing mentioned was her heart. The left side is slightly smaller and there is a bit of reflux with the blood flow. Doc says this is a soft marker for DS. I opted to decline the test for DS since there is nothing I could or would do about that anyway and there's no since in stressing over the possibility. Especially since there are so many false positives. Again he said he wasn't overly concerned about this issue since its pretty common and in no way means there is something wrong with her. He will check again in 6 weeks to be on the safe side. Eish! I feel like every visit there is something new to panic over.

Half Way There!

How is everyone doing? What's new in your life and pregnancy? Are you all feeling better? Do you have a bump happening?

This week will be twenty weeks for me. I'm feeling much better, but holy smokes, is my bump ever big! I don't recall being this obviously pregnant this early on. Also, I already feel quite heavy in my lower abdomen, and again, I don't remember feeling this way until the third trimester in previous pregnancies. I'm carrying super high (which is typical for me), and I'm very tall and long waisted, so I'm still able to wear most of my pre pregnancy pants - they fit under the bump. I've started wearing the bella band with a few of my pants - the smaller ones.

The kids are getting excited, and we're finally making progress on the naming front. We have a boys name. The girl's name is still a subject of heated debate, though :-).

The one thing I'm starting to feel is some back pain *cry*. After not having to go to my chiropractor for a year, it looks like I'll be needing to see him this year. I can't afford to ignore it, though. I ended up with really bad sciatica after my third child was born, and we have such a busy household, it would be a real pain for me to be incapacitated like that again. I borrowed a book on pre-natal pilates from the library. I guess it's time for me to open it, and start doing the exercies :P

We're on the west coast, and it's starting to feel like summer. My other three children are spring/summer born, so I've always been at the end of my third trimester just when the weather is getting nice. This will be the first time when I fully get to enjoy the entire summer. Generally, I don't get swollen feet, and low on energy until sometime in my eighth month, and by that time, summer will be over. So the timing of this baby is pretty much perfect.

18 weeks today!

It feels like I suddenly got really PREGNANT over the last couple of days! I went from "A Bit Tubby" to "Hey, Look At My Bump!" and then I started feeling heavy and finding it harder to stand up from the ground on my own (and with a toddler, I spend a lot of the time on the ground...), and then overnight the fluttery feeling turned into actual kicks and flips! So exciting!

Mostly I've been feeling well. The major symptoms/problems I had last time were blood noses and SPD; this time I've only had a couple of nosebleeds, and I seem to be managing my movement well enough to avoid SPD so far. With any luck, I can pay close enough attention to how I'm feeling to avoid the worst of it. *fingers crossed*

We've now told all the important friends and family, and I'm deciding whether to actually make An Announcement on FB/LJ, and how. Perhaps I'll just stick up the anatomy ultrasound and be done with it. That'll be the 8th July, can't wait! :D

How are you all?

First time mom

Hi! I'm right around 17 weeks with my first. I'm 32 (33 on delivery) so it might just be my only, depending on how this one goes. I had some insurance issues with work so I didn't make it to the doc until last Monday. Doc was out delivering but I did see the ultrasound tech and do blood work. (It's a girl!! She waved at her daddy when he walked up to the screen to get a better look.) I got a call the day after that appt about my platelet levels being really low and that I needed to come back in for another blood draw. The nurse on the phone said it could possibly be a specific disorder but gave no further information. I went back Wed to give more blood and after we left I noticed a missed call from them. That message stated my vit D levels were off. I'm so freaked out now that I can't see straight. I have an appt today with the actual doc. Hopefully, there will be good news but if not... Anyone have any ideas about the wonky blood word? Possible issues with the baby? I feel absolutely great. No morning sickness at all, even early on. I'm not tired. I don't see any of the symptoms for low platelets or low vit D that I found online. Weird.

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Yaaay! I was waiting for this community to pop up so that I could finally share stories, experiences, etc with other mamas going through the same thing :)

I'm 29, and this is my 2nd child. My daughter just turned 6 years old in February. I'm due on November 1st, so today marks Week 14! I'm glad I'm in the second trimester, but still experiencing morning (all day) sickness. We have a good strong heartbeat between 160-170 BPM each time, and I've seen the little peanut on ultrasound a couple of times (in the Dr's office and at the ER), and he/she looks great :)

I've been put on high risk because I had a LEEP procedure done, and with the pre term labor issues I had with my daughter, my OB wants to keep a close eye on me. So, we'll be having ultrasounds done every 2 weeks starting at my 15th week! We have the anatomy ultrasound in about 4 weeks, and we plan on having a gender reveal party with our family and friends to find out what we are having!

I am so excited for this baby, but really wish I could start enjoying it soon, since this is going to be our last. I was sick with my daughter until 26 weeks, and I just can't do this again!

Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Intro

Hello and welcome,

I'm 38, located in British Columbia in Canada, and this will be our 4th child. We have a ds 13, dd 11, and ds 5. I'm currently 12 weeks, though at my dating ultrasound, I was measuring 13 weeks. My babies usually arrive late, so I'll stick with 12 weeks. My due date is either November 7th (according to ultrasound), or November 14th (according to me) :-).

We are super excited, but unlike my pregnancies with my previous three children, this one has not been a cake walk. I expected to sail through without any bumps, but sadly this has not been the case - I usually feel like I've been run over by a truck by about two or three in the afternoon.

I miscarried about a year ago, so I have a bit of anxiety about this pregnancy, but seeing the heartbeat on the ultrasound was very reassuring. None the less, I am feeling rather uncomfortable with the thought of sharing my exciting news with anyone that I know IRL, so instead, I've created this community so I can be excited with everyone here.

No names yet. My dh and I have very different tastes with regard to naming, and we never manage to settle on a name until very close to the due date.

I'm very excited to meet everyone!