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[QUOTE=Lawgirl]We should start seeing some "big ultrasounds" around this group. Mine is scheduled for 11/16. Who else has one coming up?

Because it's too early to start a girls vs. boys list, how about a who's finding out the sex and who isn't?

Lawgirl, u/s 11/16: DEFINITELY finding out!

Who else?[/QUOTE]

Lawgirl, when is your due date? My next u/s is on the 16th, too ! I will be exactly 18 weeks at that time and I will also be able to find out if it's a girl or a boy. I just had an appt. this past week on the 2nd at 16 weeks. It was pretty routine, my appts. usually go quick because I don't really have that many questions to ask my dr. because I do a lot of research online. My BP was kinda low at the time that I went in (100/50) and the nurse told me that it's probably because I don't drink enough water and I hadn't eaten yet for the day (I know, that's bad, but I sure made up for it the rest of the day, as always). It's sooo hard for me to eat healthy and drink water !!! I also got some samples of a chewable prenatal vitamin to take because I haven't done well with the ones I was first prescribed, but I don't know if it has enough supplements in it because it seems more like a children's chewable vitamin than anything else. When the dr. tried to look for the baby's heartbeat, I was scared at first, because she had a harder time finding it than the first time, and was moving the Doppler all over my belly, but she finally did find it and said it was normal at 145. The weird thing is that the baby is still pretty low, at about the same place s/he was at my last appt., which was far below my belly button and just above my pubic line. I read somewhere that it should have moved up a little by now to just below the belly button, but the dr. said that it was okay, so I guess I shouldn't worry about it. Also, I really wish someone could give me a really good description of what fetal movement feels like. I've heard it described as bubbles, or butterflies, or like having a bag filled with water bouncing around in your stomach, but all of these things could also describe the way plain old gas feels, and I think I've been having a lot of that lately. Also, when should I start feeling the baby move from the outside? I'm really anxious for my BF to get more involved with this little miracle inside of me, and I want it to seem more real for him, since he can only go by what I tell him it feels like to be growing a living thing inside of me. He really wants to find out that we're having a boy when I go for my u/s on the 16th, and that makes me feel kind of bad, like he won't be as excited about this if it's a girl, even though he SAYS that he'll still feel the same way. Sorry this post is so long, but I have a lot of things to share and a lot of questions to ask. Okay... one more thing. One night me and my BF were having sex, and it got a little rough, well he turned me around and started doing it "doggy-style." I guess he doesn't understand how uncomfortable it is for me to be in that position with my belly just hanging down like that. (Sorry this is so graphic...) Well, I let him do it for a few seconds, but it felt really weird and wrong somehow, like he was hurting the baby by poking my stomach out, even though I know everyone says that the fetus doesn't feel a thing. If my fetus is still so low inside of me, and he is fairly well-endowed, isn't there a chance that he would be making contact with it somehow? Also, after it was done and I went to use the bathroom, there was a slight trace of pink when I wiped and it burned a little when I peed, and also for a few days afterwards, but it seems okay now. I assumed that the blood was from an external cut on my labia, or just inside my vagina from foreplay, and that it burned because of the urine. But I looked up some of these symptoms online and it came back that I could have some type of vaginal infection caused by having unprotected sex, called Bacterial Vaginosis. I don't know if I should call my dr. and make another appt. with her regarding this, because I just had my prenatal visit with her on the 2nd, and I could have told her about it then, but I didn't think it was that serious at the time, until I read online that it could affect the fetus if the infection spreads up into my uterus. I'm not sure if they test my urine sample for this type of infection, or if they would have to take samples from my cervix. I just feel stupid calling so soon because when my dr. asked if I was having any problems, I said no, because I was just thinking that she meant problems with the pregnancy, but DUH! I forgot that she's a gynecologist who also deals with other types of "women issues." And technically, it could cause a problem with the pregnancy if I don't treat an infection down there. It seems like the burning and spotting went away, but there is still some discharge that comes out, but I don't know if this is a normal type of discharge that comes from being pregnant. Hmmmmm .. when is a good time to start buying things for the baby? I know some people get really excited and start right away, or maybe right after finding out the sex, but it all just seems sooo overwhelming to think about what kinds of things we will need to get. I don't even know where we will be living when the baby comes or if we will even have our own place!! (I sure hope so.) I don't think I'll be having a baby shower, so must of the basic things we will need will have to be bought on our own, or handed down from my BF's brother and sister, who each have little baby daughters who are now 4 and 5 mos. old. My BF comes from a family where there are always lots of babies around, but I am not that close to them, so I would feel awkward asking for things from them. But I guess it will have to come down to that, because buying all that stuff can get really expensive. I am signing up for the WIC program, but I don't know how much help they will be. Also, there are so many other things to think about like safety with newborn infants, and all kinds of gadgets and fancy stuff that I wouldn't even know where to start. I've looked at a couple baby registries on Amazon and it seems like babies just need sooo much to take care of them, but a lot of it also seems unecessary. I guess as long as it is clothed, fed, and has a warm bed to sleep in and diapers, all the fancy stuff will have to come later when we are more financially stable and when the baby is at an age where s/he won't grow out of something withing a couple months and need a new one right away. Gosh, I can't believe all of this is only 5 months away and I feel sooo unprepared, but I guess I will have to make it all fall into place at the end. Well, I didn't expect to ramble this much .. thanks to those of you who actually read this whole thing. I guess I just don't feel like I have a lot of support with this whole pregnancy thing right now. I wish there wasn't such a stigma attached to young, unmarried mothers so that I could be proud of the experience I am going through right now, instead of lost and ashamed.





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