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I’m currently 6 months pregnant and I’m carrying a healthy little boy! I’m finally starting to show and have been feeling little man move and kick for over a month now. BUT I would not have gotten to this point without a few helpful tips and toys that I picked up along the way.
First of all, if you have some spotting don’t stress! I had spotting at 7 weeks and again at 9 weeks and both times I was fully convinced that I was losing my baby. I sobbed and freaked and called my doctor who graciously brought me in for ultrasounds. Each time I was welcomed and reassured everything was fine. So lesson learned, spotting is normal for some people. Your body is expanding down there and can cause you to bleed some. I also noticed some spotting after Darling Husband and I would BD or after I would have a Bridesmaid or Best Man. So unless your spotting is accompanied by more heavy bleeding and cramping, I would try not to worry about it.
Second, I couldn’t stand waiting until my doctors appointments to hear the baby’s heartbeat so I went onto Ebay, yes Ebay, and bought a Fetal Heart Doppler for $45 and it was worth every penny! Now I will tell you that I got it when I was around 10 weeks and looked up plenty of YouTube videos on how to use it and where to put the probe. The first two attempts left me scared shitless! I couldn’t find a heartbeat and I was just positive baby had died. Well after eating some breakfast and filling up my bladder, I tried again and pushed down hard and aimed alot lower than I had originally looked. And BOOM! There it was! It was the most wonderful sound ever! And it made me feel 1000000x better! Each day I would get it out and listen to baby and it eased my mind tremendously! SOOOO in short, if you feel like you’ll be a worry wart like me, I highly suggest investing in a Fetal Doppler.
Third, I highly recommend joining in on your “(month due) Mama” board as soon as possible because there are ladies on there going through the same things and you can discuss your concerns with people in the same situation. I love my December 2013 Mama’s so much and I am so thankful for their support throughout my pregnancy!
I wish all who read this luck and baby dust! And fellow mama bee’s if you have anything to add please feel free to!
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@SouthernSunshine: Thank you so much for this post. It is so scary being a first time mom. I am trying not to worry about things. The newest thing for me is how fast and hard my heart beats sometimes, especially when I lay down at night. I had to call the ER last night just to make sure I was ok, and she assured me it was just anxiety. She recommended a warm bath. I ended up crying myself to sleep instead because I felt helpless, but I think that release helped. It also helped proping my head up a bit more. It is so scary becuase you feel like you’re going to die, but you aren’t. You body is just producing more blood and oxygen to accomodate the growing baby 🙂
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1. DITTO. I spotted from week 5-17 and got freaked out and upset each time. I don’t know if I could ever not get nervous, but it’s good to know that it is 100% normal!
2. I am kind of against the whole home-doppler thing. There are too many risks/unknowns that I’m not comfortable with to recommend it…but to each their own!
3. BIG DITTO! I loved my Due Date Club over at JustMommies, and still communicate with many of the ladies there. They helped me SO much during my pregnancy, and I was SO prepared for anything that could be thrown at me. Those groups are so much fun and educational.
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@megz06: Oh and I also experienced shortness of breath a ton!!! My old job, I had to do about 25 oral presentations a day, sales pitching my way through a town and I would have to stop about a minute in and take a deep breath. It was scary at first but I found out it was completely normal.
@urchin: I researched the doppler before I got it but my real comfort came from my grandfather who is a doctor. He told me it was perfectly safe and he even got it out and listed to baby with my family. He told me I got a really nice one and that it was fine to do it everyday if I wanted. I actually haven’t done it but maybe two or three times since I started feeling little man move and kick. Just feeling him is comfort enough now. But like you said to each their own 🙂
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@SouthernSunshine: I just love our month board 🙂
The only advice I have is that: It is normal to not feel normal AT ALL.
I also second the advice to join your month board, even if you don’t post and just lurk a lot of my first trimester remedies came from the other ladies on my board!
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@SouthernSunshine: Which doppler did you get?
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We are 26w with our first and everything is very nerve wracking. We also bought a doppler and was worth every cent. I haven’t used it in over a month because i can feel baby move all day, but from weeks 12-18 it was amazing.
Also – if you have no symptoms, every symptom in the book or somewhere in between, don’t worry about what you do or don’t have! Everyone is different. I had no MS, no spotting, no cramping, no tiredness… no nothing and have had a wonderful pregnancy so far. Lots of girls have some or all of the above, and also have a healthy pregnancy 🙂
Try not to stress too much, listen to your body – when you need to rest, take some time and do just that. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the bee’s and your friends, and definitely join your “month” group!
@SouthernSunshine: thank you for posting, I think this will help a lot of ladies!!
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@awakemysoul: This is one similar to the one I got. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FDA-FETAL-DOPPLER-baby-heart-monitor-Gel-with-Sound-/220691734511?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3362409fef
@harperlynn: Our board is great! 🙂
@StaceyA: Thank you! If it helps just one girl out there then I’m happy 🙂 I know I would have appreciated this kind of thing back in the early days
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club
@SouthernSunshine: And we love you right back!
My big worry was cramping. I got a lot of aching and stretching, but my GP as well as the ladies on my month board were all very reassuring.
My MUM was not so reassuring because she never experienced cramping. She also never experienced a lot of my other symptoms, and reached milestones at different stages (she showed much earlier, I ended up feeling kicks much earlier). What I learnt from this experience is that despite what my girly magazines used to say – My pregnancy is nothing like my Mum’s. All pregnancies REALLY ARE DIFFERENT!
I also stressed that because I was struggling to eat or keep any food down that my baby wouldn’t grow, until someone explained to me that babies are like super cute parasites that you can’t help but love. They will take all of your nutrients before you take any yourself, so unless you’re on the verge of hospitilisation just eat what you can even if it’s just popcorn for dinner (guilty as charged) and try to keep your prenatal vitamins down.
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sorry if this is a super dumb question, but where are the month boards?
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@SouthernSunshine: Thank you! This information is very comforting! I will definitely be getting a doppler once I hit 12 weeks!
Post # 14
Seriously, not to brag, but we’re totally the best 😉
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@SouthernSunshine: thanks for this. I’m just past 6 weeks and have been losing my mind.