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Fine As Vintage Wine Moms (Over 35) - Pt. 5 - Page 6

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Reply by BGGirl » Mar. 28, 2013 6:28pm

Okay girls.. went to my doctor's appointment today.. no weight gain for the whole month (I guess due to the diet thing) and BP was great but because of the bloody mucus I have been having, she checked me again. (she checked me last month and everything was high and closed) She said that this time my cervix is softened but the internal cervix is still closed. Not sure what in the world that means. She did was is called a fetal fibnectin test which can tell if I am likely to go into labor in the next two weeks. I should get the results of that in a few hours. Also after the appointment, I went to the bathroom and had not only the pink mucus but had some thick dark red blood/mucus. I am hoping that is just from her checking me. I had to go by L&D earlier to drop off the Fetal Fibnectin test and they were full!!! There were about 25-30 people standing outside of the doors waiting on people who were in labor and then there was a poor girl there that was just waiting for some tests that had to stay out in the hallway until a room opened up! CRAZY! I was glad just to drop off the tube and leave! I am hoping that they will not make me go back and get checked but I feel like I need to tell them about the thicker red blood.

Anyone know if your cervix being softened at 31w is normal?


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Reply by cjpalaska » Mar. 29, 2013 12:18am

I went into early labor at 33 weeks last time.... but I was 1cm dialiated for awhile before that.... then I was 2cm.... until around 37 when they induced me. It is good they are doing the fetal test - I had that done when I had preterm labor and mine was negative. They still gave me meds to stop it and gave me steroids to help develop the lungs just in case! They probably would have put me in the hospital if it had been positive and on bed rest. I was just put on bed rest at home and then I had non stress tests twice a week after that. I think some women can be soft or dialated a little for awhile (many weeks) before they deliver. But it could mean you are susceptible for preterm labor like I had. But the test they did can tell them alot! And there are things they can do if that is indeed the case. Were they concerned about the bloody discharge at the dr.? Are they going to check you again soon? Hopefully it all calms down and the tests are negative! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!



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Reply by BGGirl » Mar. 29, 2013 1:24pm

Thanks cjp! I talked to the doctor's office yesterday and they said that the FFT was negative so I am not likely to have labor in the next two weeks. Yay!! I am really not ready. LOL Still had a little more bloody mucus yesterday afternoon/evening but I am hoping that was just from her checking me. I will be interested to see how my cervix changes in two weeks. Hopefully it will stay the same. Just let me make it to May and I will be a happy girl!

How is everyone else?


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Reply by cjpalaska » Mar. 29, 2013 1:43pm

Just got back from my dr. apt. this morning. Baby's heartbeat was 152! Scared me though because he couldn't find it at first...... But all was well. Although I did lose weight because of all the pregnancy sickness so he refilled my prescription for zofran and said to take vit. B6 also to help. I also have to go to a high risk pregnancy dr. in two weeks for more tests ect. because I am over 35 yrs. I didn' thave to do that last time because we moved here after I was already 20 weeks and they do the tests before 18 weeks. Makes me nervous! Otherwise same old same old ..... hoping this sickness goes away soon!



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Reply by MountainMama » Mar. 29, 2013 4:35pm

Hello everyone! So good to see faces old and new. Welcome to all the new mamas, sticky vibes to you and a healthy,happy 9 months to all.

I'm gearing up for this kid's birth. Twice now I have had 6 hours and 13 hours of good, strong regular birthing waves five minutes or less apart in the past week. I'm only 36w1d so I was a little nervous earlier but am pleased to say it was all great toning and Hypnobabies practice!

My little guy seems happy and doing well through all of this and that is exciting. I cannot wait to meet him, but not at the expense of finishing baking him. :)

I pick up my birthing tub this weekend before heading to the in-laws for Easter. My older kids are with their daddy this spring break so dh and I have enjoyed an amazing baby moon. We really needed it.

I hope you all get one, too.

Be good to yourselves,
MM


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Reply by hopefulat40 » Mar. 30, 2013 4:39pm

MMama...sounds like your body is doing all of the right things prepping for the big day! I had so many contractions from 34 weeks on...that in the beginning I was a little scared, but realized my ole' body needed a little extra practice! You sound healthy and great - I love the baby moon.. :) Sending you tons of positive energy! Can't wait for your big day! Woo!

BBGirl- Well from my understanding - the cervix softens before labor but it certainly doesn't mean that you will go in to labor early! ;) The FFN test is wonderful and I love that you have a negative result! Go Body, go! I had one done too and I believe the results are in the 90% percentile for accuracy. Good stuff! Spotting? Keep watching it - checks certainly can cause some of that - and maybe since you are softening you are more prone - but if it continues I would check in with the doc. :)

CJP - The only things that helped me were sucking on jolly ranchers and pepermint tea.. Good luck! I hope you feel better soon... :) I love the spacing between these too...they will be so close!

Hope everyone else is smiing! Happy weekend and happy Easter!

xo T


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Reply by SeeNix » Mar. 31, 2013 6:10am

I got my second Hcg number:

19DPO was 1238
22DPO was 4885

Doubling under 36 hours. High it looks like to me, but I have nothing to compare for my others weren't taken.

Single, Multples, we will love s/he(s) all the sameJsut so very happy to see the numbers goin up - looks like a strong one or more.

Happy Easter to all.


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Reply by hopefulat40 » Apr. 1, 2013 1:46am

Happy Easter!! :)

Yay Seenix!! Those are fantastic!

T


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Reply by cjpalaska » Apr. 1, 2013 2:06pm

Hi ladies! I am soo thankful to be home again after a trip to my sisters this weekend..... No place like home :) I didn't get much sleep and our little girl didn't sleep much either- making for a very tired mommy! But we didn't have too many problems with the not baby proofed house.... it worked out ok in the end. I am still having sickness though... like today- my little girl has diahrrea and everytime I change her the smell is making me gag and almost throw up.... and that is with the Zofran! OMG though my nephew is 15 now and has quite the attitude!! I was shocked at how he talks to my sister.... I would not allow that at all! He is glued to his phone at all times.....even dinner! I couldn't believe he has no consequences or restricitons..... Makes me think more about my kids and how I want to teach them to behave and respect around adults and other people. Even if they are teenagers!
Otherwise on the baby note I have to drop in my OB and give blood this week for the chromosone ect. testing and I have to do a 24 hour urine as a baseline since I have high blood pressure. I also should be getting a call this week about my apt. with the high risk dr. That should be within the next 2 weeks. Anyone else had to go for testing with the high risk dr.? Just wondering how involved it is and if it made you nervous?



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Reply by mommasami3 » Apr. 1, 2013 2:53pm

Hi ladies!

New here so I hope you don't mind me joining you.

Cj, I just had testing with maternal fetal medicine due to my 1:25 results for Downs. I'll give you some info about me and tell you how my appt. went.

I'm 37 (38 when baby is born). I'm married and have 2 boys, ages 18 and 11. I'm currently 22w2d pregnant (due August 3rd) with another little boy. I have a history of m/c (4) so I was high risk from the start of this pregnancy. I haven't had any complications but my Ob has been very informative and stayed on top of every 'worry' he had. I was diagnosed at 4.5w with Hyperemesis and hospitalized twice. I lost a total of 15 lbs. but have since gained it back. I had that severe morning sickness until 14 weeks 5d or so. At 10 weeks my uterus was measuring a little bigger than it should and my Ob suspected my Adenomyosis had flared up. By 12 weeks, everything was measuring on target. At 12 weeks I was diagnosed with placenta previa. At 18 weeks it had moved up and was anterior. As of today I feel baby moving all over, all the time.

My quad screen results came back 1:25 for Downs so my Ob sent me to a specialist. I met with the geneticist first. She was wonderful, explaining everything to us about the testing we had and the u/s we were about to get. We went through the entire family history on both sides of our family. She said there were no red flags and no reason to suspect anything abnormal was going on with baby per our family history. She even confirmed to us that the quad screen gives a lot of 'false positives'. The u/s was immediately after and lasted about an hour. It was very detailed and the tech was fabulous! I just loved her. While she was taking some measurements, baby gave us the thumbs up and we got a great picture to take home. Although the tech was talking to us and telling us what we were seeing, she didn't give us any information about the measurements. She can't, of course. We waited about 30 minutes after the u/s to see the Dr. He went over the results with us in detail and that took about another 30 minutes. Baby is measuring within normal limits for every measurement! He does have a choriod plexus cyst on the right side of his brain, which we were told is probably going to go away by birth. And even if it doesn't, it doesn't necessarily mean anything. A lot of baby's have them, even after birth, and are perfectly fine. They're keeping an eye on it but over all, they told us we could do amnio if we wanted to, but it was our choice. Since we had 3 losses in the last few years we didn't want to take the chance (less than 1% chance of miscarriage with amnio). Whatever the outcome was, we would love our baby regardless. I have done a boat load of research on Down's and have a lot of resources available to me so I'm confident I'll be able to get any information I might need once the baby is born. From what I understand, the quad screen gives a lot of 'false positives' and a lot of expectant mothers may get a high risk result but have a perfectly healthy baby. Either way, we're prepared. At my 20 week follow up appt. with my Ob., he did another u/s and baby was looking fabulous, once again. This time, however, my Ob. said my amniotic fluid was a little high. The normal range is 5-20cm (some say 5-25) and mine was 22. He said at this point the amniotic fluid is mostly baby pee. Ew. And that it's likely baby is just peeing a lot. He's not 'worried' but will keep an eye on that as well. Like a fool I googled 'high amniotic fluid' when I returned to work that day and saw that there were other things that could cause it. For now, I'm going to trust my Ob. and hope that my next u/s on April 16th shows a not-so-high fluid level.

We've been trying for this baby for 11 years (off and on) and been through a heck of a lot. So this time around I've tried to stay on top of everything. I want all the information I can possibly get. This will be our last baby as well.

I'm so excited to have found you ladies on here and really hope you won't mind me hanging around for a while.

Congrats to you all!!!


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Reply by cjpalaska » Apr. 1, 2013 4:59pm

Sami: Thanks so much for the info... it gives me an idea of what to expect and makes me more excited to know we might get a great chance to see more of our baby! And it eases my mind some. My OB sends everyone who is over 35 to have the high risk dr. assessment regardless of the outcome of the regular tests. Mine came back fine so far ..... By the way.... I am the same age! I will be 38 in August. I am still struggling with sickness! Last pregnancy I had hypermeis gravidarium and was in the hospital too several times. This time that hasn't happened but I have been very sick and had to take zofran twice a day to keep from throwing up.... and I still sometimes do when I have to change my daughters diapers. Hoping it goes away soon! I lost weight though since last dr. apt. because I have been sick. I am also measuring big but the dr. isn't concerned yet- not sure why either. Baby is measuring perfectly fine.
Welcome! Hoping the rest of your pregnancy goes better and you have fewer complications!



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Reply by BGGirl » Apr. 1, 2013 5:39pm

Welcome Sami!!! Sounds like you have a great OB who has been on top of everything!!

cjp- I am 38 too. I had to go to a high risk specialist just due to my age as well. We had the NT scan which I wish we would have just skipped now. The u/s portion of the scan was absolutely fine but the bloodwork came back as being high risk for Downs (1 out of 49) The specialist felt that since we had no red flags in the u/s or family history just like Sami, that it was probably only due to my age. Had I had the same blood test results and been 28 instead of 38.. it would probably would not have flagged as high risk for Downs. We had the MaterniT21 testing done (we weren't going to but they ran it instead of the quad screen by accident) and it showed that the baby did not have Downs or Trisomy 13/18. So I was all worried and stressed about the NT results for a couple of weeks for no reason. We decided against the amnio as well because we didn't feel that the risk of the amnio was worth it because we would love the baby regardless. Had the anatomy scan at 19 weeks and all seemed fine. Amnio fluid was on the low end of the scale and then I had the flu so I got dehydrated. That scared me that it would drop my fluid even lower. However we had to go back at 22 weeks to get the rest of the heart measurements for the anatomy scan where she wasn't quite cooperating at the 19 weeks, and my fluid had actually gone up so that made me feel better. After the last anatomy scan was fine and all the measurements were taken, and the Downs ruled out, I haven't had to follow up with the specialist any more at all. I kind of thought with the whole GD thing that I might have to go back again but instead they sent me to a dietician for blood sugar monitoring/diet/weight checks. I go there every 2-3 weeks.

SeeNix-Great numbers!!!! :)

Hopeful- the bleeding did subsidy Friday afternoon so that made me feel better. No other issues really since. Glad to know that the cervix softening already isn't a sign that she will come early. I certainly am not ready!! LOL

MM- sounds like you are getting everything ready. I hope the babymoon was helpful! Doesn't look like we will be getting one at all. DH is too stressed out with work and all the changes going on there. We can't even think about going or doing anything right now. We will be lucky to get the crib put together in the next few weeks!

Hope everyone else is doing well. :) Happy Monday!!






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Reply by cjpalaska » Apr. 3, 2013 8:03pm

Hi ladies!! Just stopping in and saying hi! How is everyone doing lately? I went to visit my sister in Louisville this weekend and I think I got myself too tired- not enough rest because the last two days I was super sick again. Today though is the first day I felt more normal again! Not actually gagging and feeling sick for once! I actually ate normally today and got to do some errands and go to the store ect...... I felt more like a human! Hoping I have more days like this coming! Otherwise I had to do a 24 hr. urine (for my blood pressure issues) and a blood test. Then I have a high risk dr. apt. coming up......

That's it for me for now....... I hope everyone else is doing good



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Reply by SeeNix » Apr. 3, 2013 10:47pm

I am almost 6 weeks along and lately my uterus has been tender. Not cramps, but tender to the touch or if I bend over or stand up too quick. I don't think this is round ligament pain, so is it normal? I tried measuring my fundus at home last night and I noticed the uterus (I think) was more tender than earlier in the day, but it helped me find the top. If I am measuring the right thing it measured 13 cm. I have to have the wrong thing I am measuring - maybe its the bladder - I am so confused. I made a dr appt on the 25th so hopefully I will get answers.

Great to hear you are all doing well.


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Reply by MountainMama » Apr. 11, 2013 10:57am

I hope everyone is doing well. Welcome to Sami!

Nothing much to report here just waiting on baby boy to decide on his birthday.

Well wishes to all of you,
MM



MM - 47 yo and pleased as punch about it
Mom to DDs (20, 17) and DS (4) , wife to the most amazing man on the planet and maybe baking our second kiddo together.


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Reply by BGGirl » Apr. 11, 2013 3:52pm

Hey MM!! Funny I was just thinking about you last night and wondering if were any closer to the big day!! What does the doctor say?


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Reply by cjpalaska » Apr. 11, 2013 8:49pm

Hi ladies.... just seeing how everyone is doing!!


I am just hanging in there.... up until the past three days I had still been taking Zofran for naseau twice a day just to keep from throwing up! But keeping my fingers crossed because the past 3 days I haven't had to take it!! Hoping that means it may be going away finally!!

My next apt. is on the 25th when we go to the high risk specialist...... makes me nervous a little
I am hoping we can find out the sex during that ultrasound....we will see!



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Reply by BGGirl » Apr. 12, 2013 1:50pm

Hey cjp!! Glad to hear that the morning sickness is getting better!!! For some reason.. I have been getting nausea lately..I feel like I am back in the first trimester again!

I am sure that you will be able to find out the gender at your scan. I found out mine at 15 weeks with no problem. I will keep my fingers crossed for you and can't wait to hear what they say!!!

I had to go to the high risk specialist too just due to my age. It was no big deal other than just another set of doctor appointments and tests that I had to keep up with! I stopped going after my anatomy scan when everything looked fine.


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Reply by Rjandjd » Apr. 14, 2013 4:32pm

Hi to all!
I recognize a few names from count down to pregnancy site... Don't know if anyone remembers me?

RjandJd (Becky). I am 42 and after 3 long years and countless test, drugs and doctors we finally made it!! We conceived around March 17th
"All-natural" no drugs, no doctors

I have 3 children from prev marriage (23, 20, and 15)

I am soooo happy and nervous at the same time that we have no problems!

Seen doctor on the 12th (4 weeks along) for beta it came back 515 and prog. was 30. Go back in couple days for another

Thanks for letting me say hi


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Reply by cjpalaska » Apr. 15, 2013 2:07am

Hi Becky! I believe I remember you ...... I tried for 2 years for our first and had to do infertility treatments; we were on our last chance before we would be sent to IUI when we got pregnant with our little girl! She was born 11 months ago now! But we got pregnant naturally with our second...... !!! To our surprise! Yay for you! I am happy and excited you have joined us here! Welcome!


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