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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 1:25pm

Hi everyone,

Hoping - congratulations on your scan - great news that you're having a boy!!

Thanks for all the advice. I've also heard that you're not supposed to go back early with a doctors note because of insurance - but also don't know if it's an urban myth. Am still feeling rough anyway so it maybe best to just stay off. And of course, you are all quite right - there'snot only myself to think about anymore - and at the end of the day work is not really that important compared with this. I think I'm going to start telling people towards the end of this week. I asked the doc not to write anything related to pregnancy on the note...but I've since read that time off work for pregnancy sickness does not count on your 'official' sickness record. So I might just add on pregnancy to it and I'll tell them when I'm back.

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 1:32pm

Hoping - congrats on your baby boy news! It's so lovely when you get these little surges of excitement isn't it. Great that you are thinking about breastfeeding already, ask at your hosp/clinic whether they have someone there who can help. We had a midwife specialising in bf visit us before we were discharged and she was a million times more helpful than the class we paid a fortune for beforehand. It's really difficult to mimic the experience before you have a baby. However, one top tip I was given is Lansinoh, Lansinoh, Lansinoh. It's miracle stuff, and apparently if you start using it in advance you can toughen your nips up in preparation. Also, when they do get sore (which they will), the breastmilk itself is an antiseptic so after every feed you can squirt a bit out before smothering in Lansinoh, (sorry TMI).
Hope you don't mind me chuntering on - just thinking about things I would have found useful :happy:
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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 1:46pm

Cheers for the tip on Lansinoh Caz. What is it exactly and where can you get it? How soon would you start using it? Also, would you have to wash it off your nipples before breastfeeding? Probably a stupid question but I really haven't a clue LOL! This is all new to me.

I will definitely enquire at my next hospital appointment about seeing someone who specialises in BF. DH would like to feed the baby too so I will be investing an electric breast pump so I can make some bottles up for him. My mum breastfed me and said it was a doddle yet I have friends who said they really struggled and it was painful. You don't know until you try do you?

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 2:29pm

Lansinoh is a nipple protection cream, kind of the consistancy of vaseline, and it's one of the few that you don't need to wash it off, you can pile it on and it's fine to bf straight away. Available most places like Tesco/Boots etc but about £10 a tube I think, not cheap but worth it. Not sure when it's worth starting to use it, maybe a few weeks? I haven't yet but keep meaning to.

All of my friends have ended up with a Medela Swing electric pump. People who've bought another first thinking the Medela is expensive have said it's a false economy as they've ended up buying the medela anyway! I have one and must admit it was very easy. I follow Gina Ford (not for everyone I know!) so my DH has always done the 10pm feed. He enjoys it, I get a break and we have a very happy toddler who has slept through from pretty early on, (please god send me another the same!!). I think you can rent them?
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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 2:46pm

ohhh liking the BF advice caz!!

I'm definately wanting to BF myself. i don't know anyone that has actually BF for the 6 months u are supossed to though. all my friends have all had to bottle feed due to mastitis or it just wasn't for them. Its like some of them are even trying to put me off BF'ing!!! one of them tried to tell me that bottle feeding was better for the baby. i just said i'm not getting on the BF bandwagon yet as i've not tried it but i'm prity sure BF'ing is better for LO's than bottles.... it is natural afterall!!

so i'm defo wanting to breastfeed but just really hope i don;t have the troubles i hear other people do.

i've written down your cream and breast pump Caz so i think i'll have a look at them.

so is it possible to express and feed with bottle and BF?? As i'd like my dh to help feed Buba too but i thought you had to get them used to BF before using a bottle or they can't feed on the breast properly??

tbh... there's loads of horror stories making it sound like hard work but i'm sure its cos i don;t know the right people to give me advice.

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 2:48pm

Caz

I was looking at the medela swing as well - the reviews are really good and although it is expensive I think a worthwhile investment. I want to BF but want the flexibilty of having expressed milk so that DH can feed her too as well as me having a little bit of freedom (or am I just deluding myself?)

Mothecare do Medela rental for 40 quid a month I think.

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 3:17pm

Just to add to Caz's advice, If any of you have children's centres with breastfeeding support groups you can sometimes hire medela pumps from them for very little (normally a holding deposit or free!) Incidentially I just had a manual pump and got on really well with that but think with expressing half of it is the 'mental' battle as much as the equipment.

Also, it may be worth 'trying' your LO's with a bottle before spalshing out on pumps as not all babies will take bottles...some only want boob. I had a freezerful of boob juice that I had expressed but couldn;t use as my LO would not take a bottle.

With breastfeeding, especially when getting you milk supply established, you still need to express when you would normally feed.

BooBoo, I fed for nearly a year and in the beginning it can be hard work but so can washing bottles. Also, at £8 a tub formula in not cheap!

AFM, it's a girl :0 Will mean we have very little to buy as still got every single vest and baby gro from DD2. Apart from that I will be having a C-section, either due to a low lying placenta if it doesn't move or because I had a nasty tear last time if it does. Just got to get to 39 weeks now!

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 3:51pm

Good point phillipa - we also have a breastfeeding group at the children's ctr near us where I used to take DS to get weighed - your community midwives should be able to tell you about them I'm sure.

I breastfed for 6 months and was then going back to work, can't say for sure if it's related but DS didn't get so much as a runny nose in those 6 months. My issues were spraying people in public (sorry TMI again)! Honestly it was crazy, sometimes I was literally spouting milk. I even tried to find out if I could donate to a local hospital for prem babies but there isn't one in my area that takes it.

It can definitely be a battle as new mums we naturally fret - I was always worried about whether he'd had enough cos you can't measure it like you can with a bottle, and I didn't realise that due to the spraying he was gobbling loads in just a few minutes. We are designed to worry whichever way round it works I reckon. I also had some problems initially getting him to drink from a bottle as he wasn't used to having to suck, but I perservered as really wanted DH to be involved, I reckon I bought every bottle type going and eventually he was comfortable with the MAM ones. I must have spent a fortune!!

Scoffs - think I bought my Medala for about £70 so once established I guess cheaper to buy if you're planning on expressing for more than a month.
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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 7:37pm

I'm loving all this BF talk as well! It's really odd as last night I had a bit of a wobble and ended up properly crying in the bath with poor OH wondering what else was up. Was looking online for alternatives to the mass produced formula in case I had major problems with BF or my milk. (I like to be prepared :smile: ) I was getting so frustrated as I could'nt find anything. I look at the ingredients in the formula and think 'I would'nt drink that' so was thinking 'why would I want to give it to my beautiful perfect little bubba?' Then got to the subject of wet nursing and just got more frustrated. Think its my hormones and coming off progesterone must affect your mood slightly!!
Have heard that the Medela one is the best to go for as well and love the tip about waiting to see if they will take a bottle, but actually just thought now, how do I try that out before I get the pump? Im probably being stoopid!
Had also heard that you should just go breast at first so that get used to it, have read that if you pass the baby over straight to OH after and they have skin to skin contact both their heartbeats will align and form a stronger bond, ooh its making go all weepy thinking about it :snigger: (def hormones!!) Have said to OH that he can sit as close as likes when BF so he feels more in with it all.

I think the sweet tooth is just starting to come back as I used to have one, but have been off sugary things since my BFP, Im mostly a savory person. Had my first weird (and somewhat cliched!) craving this morning, as soon as I sat down at work I fancied an ONION!! So then had to quickly work out how I could do that without looking a freak, and decided that cheese and onion sarny was the way to go...had to wait til half eleven but was straight over the sandwich shop and it was delicious! Tonight Im on the Boursin trip...yum, yum!

The Stokke bargain really was that we couldnt beleive our luck, OH was the one researching all the systems and he found this Stokke online, it was the pushchair and carry cot/pram in green at only for £331!! At the time it was silly early in the process, but had to go for it as we knew it was unlikely to come up again. We got it from Bambino Direct, not sure if they made a mistake, but we got all delivered and thats the price we paid...

may be back soon as dinner is here and need to eat....

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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 8:49pm

Peony, I think with breastfeeding quite often new mums expect it's something that is going to be easy. In some cases it is but in most, it's not and it is something that you've both got to learn and it takes a little bit of time and patience. If you really want to breast feed, expect it to be hard at times and know where to go for help. I would advise going whilst on mat leave and before baby is born to your local childrens centre's and finding out when their groups are (I have about 4 or 5 near me and have email copies of all their timetables) so if you experience problems you know where to go for help. You will get some good advice on here too in the breastfeeding section.

You can hand express so without a pump and this is particularly easy I found in the early days when you will have oodles and oodles of milk so whack some in a freezer bag and you've got it for when you need it

Must say my DH held my DD2 before I did for skin to skin as I was been 'repaired' and she is just besotted with her daddy (as he is with her!) Lovely to see
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Tuesday, February 15th 2011, 9:02pm

Thanks Philippa, I will definitely seek out some BF groups in my area as I really cannot stand the thought of doing it any other way. Will check out the BF section here as well.
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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 10:33am

Hi all

Haven't posted here for a bit. Glad to see everyone is getting on well. I am hoping to get some information on breastfeeding. I had a breast reduction in 1999 and was told i probably would not be able to breast feed so i didn't try with my first baby. But during this pregnancy my breasts have changed and now i'm hoping that BF is possible. My main concern is not knowing how much milk your baby is drinking. Obviously with a bottle you can cleary see how much the baby has drank. I hated having to make bottles up but i think BF will be / can be pretty stressfull during the first few weeks.

I'm begining to get really uncomfortable now. My bump is the size it should be but i think the baby must be in an awkward position as sometimes i'm struggling to breath and i really feel like my belly can't possible stretch anymore. I'm only 27 weeks so still have ages to go. Mustn't grumble though.

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 10:49am

Hi all,

I too would like to breastfeed if possible. Am hoping all goes well with the birth and that i'll be able to give LO as much goodness as possible.
I feel like I have a foot ball stuck to my front at the mo! I feel really big for how far along I am but thats just how my body is I suppose, as long as our little man is growing big and strong I dont care what I look like :)

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 11:42am

Hiya Bug - I was always worried about knowing how much he had - especially as books are so unhelpful and say things like 25mins from 1 breast etc etc without taking into account how different we all are. I think I asked the health visitor every time I saw her how you know how much they've had and she always just told me that he was putting on weight well so he was getting the right amount. I think that's the only way to tell, they apparently can't over feed and the baby will let you know if they're still hungry!

It is hard - there's no denying it - DH always said he hated seeing me cry each time DS latched on in the first week (TMI alert - bleeding raw nips), but for me it was worth it and once you get into the swing of it it seemed much easier than endless sterilising and planning how many bottles to take out for the day etc etc.

AFM - I know I should be in 3rd tri but they're not so chatty (busy giving birth I imagine!) and I love to have a diversion from work :snigger: My bump is def getting quite big now and I feel bruised the kicking can be so hard. Getting a bit nesty, have dug out all DS's clothes and am sorting through and washing them all. Start mat leave in 2 weeks and can't wait!! So so so so tired, chasing a toddler is knackering at the best of times but when also doing a pretty good impression of a beached hippo it's even worse. He's being allowed to watch a lot more telly than usual!! Naughty Mummy :girl_devil:
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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 11:59am

Hello ladies.

caz - i know what you mean about liking a distraction from work :snigger: i'm the same. i usually work in a lab on my feet most of the day running around but i asked to be put on paper work as soon as i got my BFP (don't want my LO exposed to anything nasty). so i get really bored sat on my own most of the day. i'm can't wait til i'm where i can count the days down to mat leave... i have a long way off though yet!!

Loving all this BF talk still cos its only on here i can get advice really. i think on my next MW apt i'm going to have a good chat to her about it and express my concerns but let it be known i really want to try and BF so the more advice and support i can get from her the better.

not liking the sound of sore bleeding nips!! :pinch: is that something that eases as you continue BF'ing?

i must say my main concern about BF'ing is been stuck in the house. Cos i don;t really fancy getting my boob out in public if LO gets hungry. thats why i wouldnt mind expressing too. i've heard like mothercare and places have little area's a to BF when your out and about. Cos do BF babies need to feed more often?

i was also concerned cos i ony have small boobs (i'm only just growing out of an A cup) but i looked on the internet and that doesn't mean anything apparently so xfingers i'll be ok.

its good the majority of us (if not all) are thinking of BF'ing though. its just too easy to go straight for the bottle so no wonder MW's have trouble getting women to BF.

I've also been thinking about work lately and weighing up whether its worth coming back or not. i only want part time (if they'll give me it) when i come back but i travel quite far to get here so don't know if its worth taking a lesser paid job closer to home....lots to think about! don't think i have to let work know though intil a couple of months before my mat leave ends.

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 12:42pm

Don't think everyone gets the bleeding nips - and the Lansinoh certainly helps - it only lasted for the first few days so I suspect it was whilst I was still getting the hang of getting him latched on properly. I only mentioned it as it's that point that my sis and a few of my friends gave up, thinking it would be like that forever or that they weren't able to do it properly, it's just a stage you can get through (if you want to).
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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 2:10pm

Afternoon Girls!

Thanks for all the BF tips - all good advice

Like Caz I should be in the 3rd tri but its very quiet over there and I find FZ a nice distraction from work. After saying I have a neat bump the other day a significant growth spurt has happened and I feel like I'm carring round a medicine ball in my tummy. My eating skills just aren't what they were and a couple of slices of toast makes me feel like I've scoffed a whole roast dinner. I'm officially a wheeble (dunno how you spell that) and my hip/back makes me waddle like I'm a toddler with a dirty nappy :D still she'll be here in a few short weeks.

So nice to see many new faces on here - the second tri is great as you can start to relax. Hope everyone's enjoying their pregnancies - such an amazing thing to have a baby in your belly!!!

Just thought i'd let you know what my cat Steve did last night - he's so funny. I got my husband some squidy ear plus in a vain attempt to drown out my snoring and got some great tips from the girls on here and finally worked out that Bioears actually do the job. Trouble is my cat LOVES them. I had to go and buy some more today as he's eaten them all :happy: they do seem quite chewable but my taste vile,and the remants are all over the room. He's a nutter
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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 3:46pm

Hey mommas! Wow there's plenty going on in here! I'll apologise in advance for the lack of personals so I'd like to say a great big hello to the ladies who have just joined and also those who are stopping for a bit longer, good to see you here.

LOL at Steve the cat eating scoff's DH's ear plugs! nomnomnom!

Peony - ooooh! you're talking about food! I've discovered that cravings aren't what I expected them to be. I thought it might be a gotta-have-it-NOW feeling but its rather more subtle than that, I just like the taste of sweet stuff and REALLY enjoy it when I have some.

Booboo - I'm an A cup too, so its good to hear that it doesn't have an effect on being able to BF, because I'd like to have a go. I found details of a BF peer support group in my local area, just in case I need a bit of help.

Does anybody still get bloating? I swell up over a day, and then go back down in the morning. Jeans that are comfy in the morning feel too small in the evening! DH thinks its marvellous - my bump looks so much bigger. I just feel squished.
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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 8:39pm

Loving all the BF chat!! Great advice girls - thanks! I'd love to breastfeed. I was a DD before I got pregnant and I reckon i've gone up about 2 bra sizes since! Then I was shocked when someone said they get EVEN bigger after giving birth and milk coming in!! Just a quickie tonight with not too many personals, but thinking of you all and loving our sociable thread! I've just got in from a school disco - the joys! Felt like I really needed to help out as my class were going, but it was good - the kids has a ball.

Just out of interest - have you stopped taking folic acid at 3 months or are you still taking it? I never thought about it and have still been taking it, but it says in my book that you can stop taking it at 3 months - if there is no danger to the baby then I might just keep taking it as I take the pregnacare multi vitamin one which has folic acid in it. Will be interested to hear what you lot are doing.

Another thing that i'd like to ask you about...... Beware TMI! I was on crinone progesterone gel - 2 a day until 9 weeks and then 1 a day until 11 weeks. When I went for my 12 week scan I had loads of build up, but the scanner said it would just come away naturally and I could put my fingers up and take some of it away if and when needed. I'm just a bit concerned that I still have some build up - it is going away slowly, but i'm worried that it attracts an infection or something. Anyone else had any experience of this?

Peony - you made me all emotional thinking about the skin to skin contact between DH and our baby! Fab bargain you got with your STOKE!

I've got a pretty busy week, but only another one week to go before the school holidays - they can't come soon enough! Love to you all and bumps! xxx

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011, 9:07pm

Hi girls, not been on for a while so just busy catching up. I have to agree with the medela electric pump. I actually bought the mini one so make going abroad etc more easy. The early days of BF are difficult, there is no getting away from it, I had the invaluable support of friends who had BF their kids. I kept trying to get out to a local support group but DD always either barfed or pooped just as I was leaving.The joys of a BF baby, the poo smells quite sweet, but OMG does it go everywhere :snigger: :snigger:
Lansinoh is great but I preferred medelas own cream ( both are just pure lanolin so don't need to be washed off). I BF for 10 months before my DD just decided she had had enough, its actually an amazing experience. Booboo you can get covers to wear for breatfeeding in public if your worried, but honestly, you'll become so adept that no-one will know your doing it but you ( unless you spray the person sitting next to you..... been there... done that!).
My DH got to hold our DD too before me as I was bleeding heavily and there was a bit of a panic on. She's her Daddys girl still.
I'm still taking my pregnacare when I remember to and will probably just keep going until I stop BF-ing, so a long way to go yet. I remember about every 2-3 days to take it.

AFM just getting porky, have the rampant indigestion again and also ( this will be waaaaaaay TMI for you ladies) my old friend, my vulval varicose vein from the end of my last pregnancy has put in an appearance already......... Attractive, not!



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Thursday, February 17th 2011, 9:13am

morning ladies.

well i think with all this BF talk one thing i have learnt is to get some Lansinoh!!!
Do u ladies who have BF'ed before get used to having to feed in public? i've seen them cloths you can get to cover yourself. i guess when your babies hungry you've gotta do what u have to do.
I've been thinking about it and most milk you get for bottle feeding is powdered stuff isn;t it. i'd rather not feed my Buba powder everyday so hopefully i'll get the knack of BF'ing.

scoffs - your cat sounds like my labrador!! lol. my Lab used to like eating our plastered walls but thankfully she's grown out of it. I'm glad we won;t have to worry about our babies having the same eating habits as our animals.

chillimint - i always find i bloat through the day too. my bump even seems bigger on an evening compared to on a morning, so it must be normal. i think alot of people get bloating in pregnancy, all our digestive systems become sluggish so thats prob why.

Amazing grace - i've carried on with my pregnacare than has folic acid in, but its more for the vitamin content than the folic acid that i'm taking it for now. i think most people stop taking folic acid in second tri.

suki - i'm bad with the indigestion too. i stopped drinkng orange juice and anything citrus and i'm always munching on Rennies and that seems to help.

AFM - well i still haven't felt Buba. Its seems like every other preg lady in the world have felt at least a flutter by week 18 and i haven't. i know things should be ok with Buba though cos we heard her HB last thurs and sunday at the hosp. Maybe i'm trying too hard to feel something....lol.

Hope your all ok anyway ladies.
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Thursday, February 17th 2011, 9:43am

Morning ladies

I must say I am feeling slightly anxious about BF but will give it my best shot. Can't remember which one of you said it but I agree re how do you know how much they have had. At least with a bottle you can see how much has gone down. I guess my little boy will cry if he hasn't had enough LOL! I really want to BF and also use a breast pump so I can prepare bottles and DH can feed him too. My friend who BF said she would BF in the day and then prepare bottles for the night feed so her OH could get up sometimes. This may not be practical though for my DH, moreso in the week, as he will be at work so won't want to be up in the night (he drives a lot to meetings so wouldn't want him falling asleep at the wheel LOL!). I was gonna see if there are any videos on Youtube or the web that show you how to breastfeed. Will have a nosy at weekend.

Booboo - I'm sure you will feel your baby girl soon. You're past 18 weeks now so I bet you will get that flutter in the next week or so xx

Amazing Grace - I take pregnacare which has folic acid in and plan to take it up until the end of my pregnancy, like Booboo said it's more for the other vitamins. I'll then buy the Pregnacare that is especially for mothers who are breastfeeding - sure I saw one for that :?:

Hi to everyone else.

AFM - not really much to report. My belly has had another growth spurt these past few days. It use to look bigger in the evenings but having studied it this morning, sideways in the mirror, it looks as big as it did last night! I put my size 12 work skirt on this morning and I am really struggling now to fasten the side zip. I can't zip it all the way up, whereas I could a couple of weeks ago. I think I need to invest in some dresses for work as I think they will be a lot comfier. My Next maternity pants are OK but they're like bell bottoms and not very flattering really. Think I may venture out at lunch to the shops for a nosy. My boss said I could wear leggings some days for work as I am not really client facing so it won't matter but I do like to dress smart and somtimes organise marketing events and would need to look smarter for these occasions so I think some nice work dresses would be best appropriate.

Like Booboo I don't think I have felt my LO move. I had a bubble sensation last week but it was very low down and only lasted a few minutes and not had it since so doubt that was anything. However, last night I was lay in bed reading and had my hand on my belly - instinct now LOL - and I could feel movement inside my belly. At first I thought it was my pulse but it didn't have the rhythm of a pulse, it was strange and did feel like something moving inside of me. Could you feel movement if you pressed on your belly? I had eaten a bowl of chicken risotto an hour or so previous so not sure if it was my belly just digesting that?!

I can't wait to feel these flutters people say you have. My next scan is just less than 3 weeks off. Feels like a lifetime away!!

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Thursday, February 17th 2011, 11:58am

oooooo lots of chatter in here as always :thumbsup:

Booboo, I was NEVER going to feed in public but you do get used to it and with a bit of experience you can do it without flashing any boob! You'll soon be sat in starbucks with your boobs out (and ANYTHING is better than listening to your baby crying) Most places have bf'ing facilities (some more plush than others) like Boots (rocker chair and foot stools in ours lol), John Lewis (comfy chairs and good clean facilities) to selfridges (a chair!!). Marks and spencer normally have a room too but of not they will give you a changing room to feed in so still lots of options if you really don't want to feed in public. The traff centre actually has feeding rooms at every toilet area too so check out your local shopping centres.

AG, I am normally a 32G and have so far gone up to a 32HH. I can't remember what size my feeding bras were but enormous sums them up! No idea about crinone gel but sounds lovely lol.

I too had bleeding nips for first couple of days but once the latch was sorted they soon cleared up.

Hoping, you're doing really well to still fit into your skirts.

Suki, another baby with hair for you then lol. Mine is ok at the min and nowhere near what is was like last time.

AFM, not a lot going on really just plenty of movement and still struggling to get rid of a cold!!!

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Hi all,

Lovely to hear all the chat in here x

I think i'll give BF'ing my best shot as well Philippa.

My boobs seem to have shrunk recently! I've gone from a 32D to a 36C!!!! So i've lost volume but gained back fat!! I cant find any nice bras that fit well so i've kept my old bra's and am just wearing extenders at the moment. Its really annoying cos i can only use a couple and all the maternity ones arent padded :(

Hoping - I was out of my everyday clothes a long time ago :snigger: My belly has really popped out now, looks like a football :happy:

Chilli - I still get bloated, suppose its just something that will go after our LO's are here x

Suki - Aww varicous veins, not nice x

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Thursday, February 17th 2011, 12:55pm

Amazing Grace - I forgot to reply to your Q's. I got told to stop taking folic acid at about 14 wks by my consultant so I just did what he said. I was also on the gels (horrible things), and had to do them till about 16 weeks then stop them and had allot of build up which was awful and the stuff (when it came out for about 2 weeks afterwards) ended up turning a really bright yellow/green and I went to the doc's and they said it was thrush but I didnt have any other signs. my consultant said its probably just the gel reacting with the bacteria down below. It did go and all is fine now so its just something to live with for a while im afraid xxxxxxx

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Hello everyone one,

Im sorry I havent posted in ages but I do read everyday! Loving all the BF chat too its actually making me even more excited and Im not due until the 28th July!! Im definitely going to give BF a shot but Im not going to give myself a hard time if it doesnt work as unfortunately it doesnt come easy to some ladies. I was a nanny for a number years and all newborns I looked after were bottle fed and were all lovely happy healthy babies so although I absolutely want to try breast feeding if it has to be a bottle and formula then so be it. Out of 12 of my girlfriends 6 bottle fed and 6 bfed so I have lots of people to ask and I will also speak to my mw at my 20week scan on the 9th March (yippeee we are going to find out the sex and I CANT wait) about support groups so thank you ladies for bringing that to my attention as I probably wouldnt have thought about it otherwise! Had a look at breast pumps but do you think its best to see if you can bf before spending money or is it best to have one just in case.....oh decisions decisions!!!! Oh thanks also Caz and Suki for the tips of creams for those nipples definitely worth investing in if Im going to give BF a try.

Pregnacare wise Im also still taking it but like Suki said I do sometimes forget but I guess now we ar efurther down the line it doesnt matter much and Im only really doing it now for the vits! I think us ladies on FZ should have shares in the company though as I bet most of us have been on pregnacare for YEARS which this ttc journey! I reckon I have folic acid coming out of every place imaginable!!!!

Suki - that vein sounds awful, are you in a lot of pain and discomfort with it? My friend is 35weeks this week and she had the same happen to her a few weeks ago and she is in terrible agony with it. Hope you are ok.

Not much to report my end ladies - just working away and hoping to feel the wee one move soon!

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Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:02am

Morning huns

well still no movement from my LO for me yet!! i actually started to get worried and googled but it just says that people are different. if ihaven't felt anything by my 20 week scan then i can mention it there. i was just hoping to feel her soon cos my scan is not for 13 days so seems like ages away...a little flutter would really put my mind at rest.

shelly - u mentioned bra extenders! i didn't even know such things existed so i just got some off ebay. my bra's been really uncomfortable lately, but more because of my back too than my boobies themselves. i don't like maternity bra's either cos i like a bit of padding or i'd look deflated...lol.

Lozza - glad things are going well for you hun. i think you are right about pregnancare and folic acid, i've been on it years too so we should have just bought shares like u said..ha!

philippa - your prob right hun, by the time i get the hang of BF'ing ( xfingers ) i'll be wapping my bap out and not caring :snigger: good to know lots of stores have BF'ing facilities :thumbsup:

Hoping - have u felt your baby yet?? i think i'm trying too hard to feel mine..lol.

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Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:09am

Don't worry about not feeling your little one. I felt mine pretty early but I sleep on my front and I think that was intensifying the feeling. In fact i'd been feeling her for while but couldn't belive how subtle it was so thought it was wind. It is really, really light so maybe you have felt but not noticed. Can feel a bit like your guts doing their thing :) :)

Re maternity bras. I have small boobs and was a b cup before getting preggers and really only wore padded bras. I found mine fitted till about week 22 when they just couldn't hold them in any longer. MOthercare do some maternity bras that are lightly padded and are not vile. I have a couple of these and I think they are pretty good as event though my boobs have significantly expanded I still wanted padding as I kind of felt kindof 'exposed' without it. Mental I know. The ones in mothercare are t-shirt type bras and aren't ugly.
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Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:15am

hmmmmm scoffs....guess who's gunna be laying on there belly later trying to feel there LO :hmm:
That'll be me :!:

Thanks for the mat bra advice. after wearing padding all my adult life i really don't like the thought of having nothing there either. i will have a look in mothercare when the times comes :thumbsup:


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Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:37am

It's Friday happydance

Hello 2nd tri buddies!

Re the bra debate, well mine have grown loads (B to DD) and I must admit I could do with a padded one as I seem to have permanently erect nipples LOL! The problem with padded though they hurt me. I use to have the gel filled ones when I was a B and I definitely can't wear them now.

Booboo - I haven't a clue if I've felt my LO yet. I have some weird feelings in my tummy on and off throughout the day but I wouldn't really call them flutters. In my pregnancy book it says you should start feeling something from 18 weeks but not everyone can feel it straight away so don't worry just yet hun xx

One thing I have experienced the past couple of days is random bleeding gums. I'm sat at my desk and I can taste blood in my mouth and my gums are bleeding! I've read this is a sign so not worrying LOL!

Weird though the stuff that happens to our bodies eh?

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Friday, February 18th 2011, 11:43am

Hoping - i used to be a fan of gel filled bra's too...lol. or wonder bra's....where u take your bra off and 'wonder' where your boobs have gone...ha!
bleeding gums are defo a pregnancy thing. You can get free dentist treatment when preg for that reason cos apparently pregnancy can wreak havoc with our teeth. i think our LO's are taking all the calcium so drinking milk and yogurts ect can be beneficial apparently. Just another preg symptom to add to the list though!! xxxxx


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Friday, February 18th 2011, 12:09pm

Hiya girls!

So blinking happy its FRIDAY - work is really dragging today, feels like late afternoon and its not even lunch time yet! Mind you I probably shouldnt eat lunch as Ive already had 2 slices of toast, a bowl of crunchy nut corn flakes, 4 plums, a banana and 2 shortbread biscuits!!!!!! WHATS THE HECK!!! Baby G is definitely having a growth spurt in my tummy at the moment as I just cant stop eating! Still in my normal clothes at the moment and the only think I have bought is 3 maternity bras which are awful! I am going to do a bit of shopping this weekend though as the MIL is up to stay with us for a week from tonight (wish me luck ladies) and I want to try and involve her as much as I can in the pregnancy while she is here so will look at clothes for me then maybe do more buggy shopping. Booboo I tried the bugaboo last week and it was fab but Im jsut not sure on the price at all, maybe if you know you are going to have more kids it will be worth it but I think we really like the Mamas and Papas sola, Hoping77 was it you that suggested it? If so THANKS I love it!

Booboo you made me laugh out loud and it made my poor wee dog about jumped from his skin when you mentioned about wonder bras!!!!!!!

Hopping77 thats horrible about your gums but as you say its a sign so anything to show your LO is thriving is lovely but not so lovely for mummy!!!! I was at the dentist on Tuesday and everything seems ok but she did say bleeding gums can start anytime. Is it really sore?

Scoffs - Im the same as booboo I will be lying on my tum tonight trying to feel something too!!! I have felt some weird things going on in my tummy over the past few days but Im really not sure if Im making it up or it really is wind - Im just wishing it would happen so much it might all be in my head (Im deffo going a it cuckoo with this pregnancy)!!! One of my friends didnt feel her baby move or anything until she was 7months - I dont think I want to wait that long!

I just had a phonecall from one of my friends who has 2 little bubbas both conceived using clomid and she just told me she is preggers naturally!!! She is in shock though as they tried for 6years with no success then had 1 pregnancy with clomid which had to be very sadly terminated at 5months due to severe illness of the baby which was life threatening to her when the baby would be born and the baby would not have survived 1day after being born (very sad and long horrible story but she is an amazing woman) and she then went on to have her DS who is 3 and her DD who is 10months with the help of clomid - she and her DH have had sex once since DD was born and lo and behold she is 9weeks gone already!!!!! She is one of those stories that I only ever hear on here about people having a baby naturally after years on struggling! Im SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!! And to top it off my Aunty from Australia has just sent me a wee parcel and its got a little cardie with Kolas on it and a gorgeous little teddy too - so 1st presents for bubba!

Maybe today isnt going to be as bad after all - roll on 7pm though! x


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Friday, February 18th 2011, 12:17pm

Hoping - i used to be a fan of gel filled bra's too...lol. or wonder bra's....where u take your bra off and 'wonder' where your boobs have gone...ha!


Loving this Boo Boo!! I feel the same!!! My boobs grew loads first off and now they seem to have disappeared again!

The bra extenders I got were £5 for a set of 3 in debenhams, just means my nice bras are able to last a bit longer :) I got a couple of t-shirt bras (non-underwired ones - as I was advised to stop wearting underwires if wanting to BF) and they dont fit properly and feel horrible - even though i'd been measured!!
Does anyone know if mothercare do bra fittings?

When I first felt my little man, it was like a light bubble near my pubic area (sorry if TMI!) that kept happening in around the same place and didnt follow a windy session!!! :snigger:
Its VERY evident when my little fella is having a stretch now!! Sometimes take my breath away!! :D
Everyone is so different though and its hard not to compare, a lady who is 2 weeks behind me at work is constantly worried as she doesnt feel her LO very much but i'm happy to say that she's been for her 20wk scan today (at 22wks) and all is fine :)

We are all individual and unique people and our bodies are so different so they are bound to react differently to pregnancy xx

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Friday, February 18th 2011, 12:38pm

Hi All,
Loving the boob chat - mine are getting ridiculous. I found some maternity bras online that have a lighter underwire that is ok to use, for a lady with bigger boobies this is a godsend as I can't imagine life without underwire, I'd look horrendous and they'd be around my knees. I think the brand was miranda or similar and I found them on a really bargainous site called something like A4bras I think.
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Friday, February 18th 2011, 12:59pm

Lozza - I eat loads too LOL! I've had a bowl of shreddies, 2 toast, an alpen bar, a lemon drizzle cake and I've just had lunch, which was omlette and salad. No doubt I will feel hungry again in about an hour. I have an apple and a banana on my desk waiting to be eaten LOL! Yes it was me who mentioned the M&P Sola! It's lovely isn't it? I really like it in purple and black but DH has said as we're having a boy he thinks that is too girlie so I need to check out the other colours they do. Did you try it out?

I'm going to go to Winstanleys in Wigan in a few weeks (can't remember who recommended that place?) to have a nosy. Mum is going to come with me as DH has said he is happy to leave it to me to pick the pram. I find when I'm out and about now I am staring at peoples prams and seeing what they're like. The ICandy one looks nice. In fact most of them look nice, it's just which is better suited for my needs. I don't want to spend a fortune.

My gums aren't sore and they're not bleeding loads, it was just a small amount before that I could taste in my mouth, and I had it yesterday too.

Shelley - I had a bubble sensation near my pubic area last week for a few minutes. Haven't had it since though. I thought it was too low down for my LO? Enjoy the baby show xx

Oh I don't think I could lie on my front, it would squash my boobs and I know they'll hurt. I'm not quite 18 weeks yet though so may try it by week 19 if I haven't felt anything. I was hoping to feel something soon because of my posterior placenta LOL!

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Friday, February 18th 2011, 1:30pm

woooah.... i've only been away for lunch and lots of chat sinse then :thumbsup:

Loozza - i'm also on the eating lots bandwagon. why not though, pregnancy is a good an excuse as any! i'm constantly hungry. today i've had cereal, a smoothie, bananna, cereal bar, packet of crisps then for lunch i had pannini and fries...... and thats with another 9 hours of my day left until i go to bed so probably lots more to come...lol.

shelley - thats lovely u've felt your wee man for so long. i hope i'm one of those who feels Buba alot, i don;t even care is she keeps me awake at night!! i got some bra extenders from an e bay shop for £3...bargain!! they might be better than buying a bra with a larger back size for me cos the cup always gets bigger as the back does but not for my wee pair!! btw... as far as i know mothercare do bra fitting.

caz - are u ok with underwire then if BF'ing? i've heard i should get maternity bra's later in the pregnancy and if BF'ing on but i do like a bit of wire!

Hoping - i think i'm going to have a look at the sola this weekend after you mentioned it before too. i don;t know if to get a carry cot bit cos i dont think u need one on the Sola cos the stroller is suitable from birth and with us having summer babies maybe we'll want to show them off rather them been hidden in a pram...lol. love testing buggies out, i'm going to test every one in mothercare and m&p's....heehee

I've just drunk a can of cold fizzy fanta at luch in a bid to get Buba kicking about and feel something but i'm still waiting to feel something...... :whistling:

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Booboo - I think a large part of feeling my LO at 16-17 weeks a was that I was wearing tighter clothes. I was at my 20 week scan and saw LO moving around, but couldn't feel it at all. So I suppose that goes to show that its hit and miss until LO had got some proper weight to put behind a punch, kick or tumble. Now, if LO is facing the wrong way, and kicking against internal organs instead of towards my skin, where the nerves are, I still can't feel much.

Shelly - bra extenders...that's exactly what I need! I keep meaning to order some online from somewhere but if i can get them in Debenhams, I can pick some up tomorrow. Thanks for that! Have a fab day at the Baby Show.

Hoping77 - Ive had random bleeding gums too. And also...this is a weird one...the strong taste of blood but without the blood. I wonder whether that's the metallic taste that people talk about getting in the first trimester? And my DH has been looking at other people's prams too! Normally he goes off in the supermarket to look at DVD's or electronic stuff, but now he comes back to tell me what sort of pram he's seen.

Lozza - aww koalas! how SWEET! And the news about your friend's pregnancy is lovely.

Another weird pregnany symptoms to add to the list...nosebleeds. The last time I had a nosebleed must have been when I was in primary school!

Have a great weekend y'all. All this talk about food...I'm off to find something to eat, which should probably have some calcium in it. Does a cream cake count?
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Friday, February 18th 2011, 4:52pm

Booboo - these are specific bf bras with little clips on the straps. The are more under-plasticed than under-wired but I've used them non stop.
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I've just written a long post and it went!! It is so lovely to come on to lots of chat - its lovely to be part of a thread that is so sociable with lots of yummy mummy to be's! Loving the bra chat too - i'm exploding out of mine and desperately need new ones. Not a bra to fit me at the moment, but holding off until I come back to Scotland next week, then i'll go mad in the shops with bras and all sorts of other things!! My 32DD's are nearer an F now I think! I'm also an underwired fan and don't know how i'll manage without! I was planning on getting some nursing bras now, just because we are abroad and I don't find the quality so good over here. But a friend of mine was telling me to expect them to get even bigger!! :innocent: I've seen some nice bras on Debenhams online at £23 for a pack, but I might just treat myself to a couple of really nice ones from Bravisso I think they were £29 each. I'll see what is the more comfortable.

Thanks for all the messages RE: folic acid and crinone! I'm going to continue taking pregnacare and the crinone isn't concerning me so much anymore as I think it is coming to an end. Not quite there yet, but almost - thankfully!

I think i'm starting to feel more energetic, which is great. I have not been sick in a couple of days, although still feel very sick first thing when I get up and i've been thinking about going to the gym tomorrrow, so I must be feeling more energetic! I've been living in my bed for the past few months as i've been so shattered! Just going to go and sit on the bike for a while, but planning to take it very easy. I'm starting to get quite a little bump and people are starting to notice i'm pregnant, which is good! Gives me reassurance that baby is growing, although I think i'll still go for that scan when we are over in the UK! I will post some pictures in my diary once DH gets home again as not sure how to do it. Loving it! I really am loving it!

Quietish weekend here. Gym and cleaning the house tomorrow, plus need to sort car hire when we are over in the UK and plan out our seeing people bit better! Loads of people to catch up on and only a week to do it in, but it will be loads of fun. Heading for food and the cinema with some girlie friends tomorrow night, then Sunday I meet up with my "stitch and bitch" group! They are actually the loveliest group of girls you could ever meet, so we stitch, but I don't think anyone is capable of bitching! I've already made a pair of norwegian felted bootee things for our little one and am onto my second pair. Really happy with them - they are pretty funky!

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Saturday, February 19th 2011, 12:29am

Hello! Wow, how do I keep up with all the chat when I only manage to get on here every few days?!! I am, however, officially now on holiday so might be on a bit more over the next few days!

Yayyyy!!!! Ok , so we're doing DIY and just enjoying some downtime at home but that means no work and since work has been horrendous this last week (a 60 hour week plus 3 hour daily commute and was home at midnight on Tues - ughhh), no work next week is a very good thing!

Liking the chat about BF - and agree about the whole sticking out nipples thing - it's a nightmare! Shelley - hope you enjoy the baby show. A guy in my team has got me a couple of free tickets so I'm heading there on Sunday. He also said his friend who got the tickets will get me some goodie bags, nipple cream and the like....TMI!! I don't want one of my team talking about my nipples to me at work!

Anyway, going to make a big list of things to do over this week while DH attempts to fit a bathroom! Am sure the list will be way longer than can possibly be achieved but so so nice to have the time to do at least a bit of it. Maybe it's time to clear the 'nursery'.

Boo Boo - on the whole baby moving thing, I'm about 2 weeks ahead of you and have my scan on Tuesday. I have felt what I'm sure is baby moving and kicking but it is just like little bubbles. Definitely isn't happening regularly so there are days when I feel nothing and others when I feel it lots. Feel it most in the evening when I'm sitting back - either chilling and watching TV or at work. And it didn't start for me until the last couple of weeks. Will keep you posted as to whether this is normal once I've had my scan!

DH has come home more than a bit tipsy and he keeps putting me off my thread so I'll post this and say good night!

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Saturday, February 19th 2011, 1:08pm

Just dug out my underwired mat & bf bras and the brand is Anita.
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Saturday, February 19th 2011, 1:32pm

Thanks Caz for that - they sound ideal! I'm away to look at A4bras now, but will wait until i've been properly measured when i'm back in the UK before ordering.

I'm feeling so full of energy today! It has been the first day that i've not been sick or had ANY dry vomitting, so I am hoping this is the start of the "blooming stage" for me! I'm delighted to be feeling so much better, but part of me can't help but worry that something isn't right - silly isn't it, but I think that there will be an element of worry all the way through and I won't quite believe it until i'm holding my little one in my arms.

Had a lie in, but think I deserved it after my busy week and been to the gym. (first time in months also!) Just had a very light workout and did 35 minutes on the lowdown bike and 10 minutes walking on the running machine - feel great for it! I also went to the local garden centre to get some seeds as it is getting the time to think about planting the indoor ones, before putting them out after the last of the frost later on. Thought i'd try some cherry tomatoes too, but will just have to see how they turn out! Now for some housework - not so motivated to do that! xxx

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Saturday, February 19th 2011, 5:34pm

ooh its busy on here, how lovely! More bra chat I'm afraid, I struggled through out my last pregnancy to get any maternity bras that I liked and that were comfortable. I wore mothercares t-shirt style ( so nice round lightly padded cups - ) breast feeding bras for the 10 months I BF and they were quite pretty, came in a few nice colours and were really comfortable, so this time I've just bought some of those to wear for pregnancy! The little plastic clips aren't that attractive but bras themselves give you a nice shape, are really comfy and obviously have no underwiring. My friend has massive boobs and she wore special underwired mat bras throughout her pregnancy, but I think they were a company that specialised in (ahem) rather large boobies only! I'll ask her where she got them from. I'm going to check out the Anita bras though, I'd like even a couple of underwired ones to wear if I get to go anywhere nice.



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Saturday, February 19th 2011, 5:49pm

Wow been away a few days and so much to catch up on!!
I'm definately going to try bf, talked to my sister about expressing as there is a hen party 6 weeks after my due date I'd like to go on but she was very negative, oh well I'll stay positive!!
I have a bloody nose every morning and my gums sometimes bleed when I brush my teeth, I just put it all down to pregnancy.
On the whole I feel so much better this week, only nauseous when I'm hungry or tired which is great. Also managed to go to yoga on tues but ached loads after. Thinking of going gentle in the gym tomorrow morning as at a spa weekend.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend.
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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 4:16pm

Well managed the gym this morning (only 15 minutes but better than nothing) and a few lengths of the pool and that was after going out last night till 1pm dancing (well I was only up for 3 songs the rest was dancing sitting down) as it was a hen weekend, but had to sleep for 2 hours this afternoon to make up for it!!
Feel like I'm getting my appitite back now, which is great, and I put it down to stopping the folic acid. Just a little concerned that people on here are still taking it. Were you advised to or have you just decided for yourselves? I'm evenin going to try and cook this evening, although i'm not really sure that will work out.
Has anyone use the decleor stretch mark creams? When I use them I feel like my breast get smaller and wondered if this is normal. As for bras went and got fitted and she put me from a 32B to a 36B, they are pretty big but seem to give me some support but seem to have plenty of room to grow!! I'm just wearing a T-shirt bra as they are not underwired but slightly more flattering than the maternity ones that she suggested (going to take them back!!!).
Hope your all having a great weekend. I rall must get on and write this assignment. I only have 3 more weeks of my course left and so much to do as I missed out when I wasn't feeling too great.
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Sunday, February 20th 2011, 7:18pm

hello everyone...soooo busy in the week on here! I darent even start on this at work as this will be all I end up doing... :snigger:

Still on the BF, went round to see our friends last night who have 2 DD, was given loads of brilliant advice and asked loads of questions. She has a medela breast pump that she said I can have which is just brilliant. Also spoke to her about expressing some and getting OH to feed, she said just do what suits you, as you get so tired that sometimes its nice to have a break, she also said not to stress about if doesnt work, just dont think that way and you will get there. However, had a quick sneaky peak down the baby aisle in Sainsburys today and it seems the Hipp Organic feed doesnt seem to have that much crap in it, so have pointed it to OH and told him we dont need to worry but if we do have an issue then thats the one he'll have to rush out and get!
Re Bras, I'm wearing the t-shirt maternity bras from Mothercare too, they have a great shape and support and just the right amount of padding to make sure your not looking too 'friendly' at work! newshy My nips have been killing me today though, feels like someone is tweaking them viciously...how lovely!

Starting to get more energy and the nausea is slowly subsiding too, hurrrah!

Cant remember the last time I posted...had my second app at the clinic last Weds, saw the doctor this time, all good with everything still and got to hear the hearbeat...OH was gutted as we thought it was going to be a routine blood and urine check so didnt come! LO gave doc the runaround and hid for what seemed an absolute age but eventaully he picked up the beat and was beautiful, very strong! lurve

We have the 16 week gender scan booked now, cant wait! Will be just after OH 40th bday, what a present!!

Ooh is anyone else going to use or have already used cloth nappies? I'm definitely sold on them, my friend uses them and they are brilliant!

Not much else going on, feeling quite relaxed (in comparison to first tri anyway!)

Love to all of you and your bumps!
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Monday, February 21st 2011, 8:21am

Good morning ladies

Can't believe it's Monday already. The weekend goes far too quick. Had a rubbish nights sleep last night too, tossing and turning. This sleeping on my side really does hurt my hips.

Glad to hear the sickness is easing for some of you. I had a heaving moment on Saturday and brought up some water I had just drunk. I just felt really sick. It passed though. I think I will get random moments of feeling sick for the next few weeks, moreso when I am hungry.

Wow to some of you going to the gym and having nights out. I am too tired to do anything. I said I was going to get back into my walking but haven't yet. I really should. My excuse is waiting for milder weather and lighter nights LOL! I weighed myself at weekend and I am now 10 stone 7 - eek!! I was 9 stone 13 before I got pregnant so I suppose this amount of weight is right for how many weeks I am?!

Just wondered if any of you could recommend any good books for first time motherhood? I downloaded one on my Kindle at weekend by Lucy Atkins called First Time Parent and it is very good and easy to read. I want to get a book for my husband, kind of a dummies guide for dads, so if any of you can recommend any do let me know. As someone who has never even held a newborn before (always too scared to hold friends babies that young, though I have cooed over many!) I really do need to read up on all the basic info of being a mum. This book I have on my Kindle talks about breastfeeding, winding, how often they feed, why they would be crying, how to change a nappy, how often they should sleep etc etc. It's really good. Oh and how to bathe them. Simple but very important things we need to know. The problem with having it on my Kindle is it's not as easy to refer back to pages as it is with a book so I think I may try and find another one for myself, as well as one for DH. Gonna nip to Waterstones at lunchtime and have a nosy.

Oh and I think I have decided on the pram I want - the Mamas and Papas Sola in Denim. It looks perfect for a little boy smile2 I need to go and check it out properly and decide all the extras I need for it but I don't think I will get the carry cot as it lies back flat for a newborn anyway.

Hope you all had a nice weekend. Is anyone having a scan or check up this week? My 20 week scan is on 9 March when I will be 20+3. It can't come soon enough. I'm wondering if I will start to feel flutters this week? I have felt twinges but not flutters. Not sure if that is my LO?

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P.S. Forgot to say I bought my first maternity dress at weekend - off Ebay. Brand new and think it's a Mothercare one. Just plain black but I thought it would be comfier and smart for work. Hopefully it will look nice.
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Monday, February 21st 2011, 8:30am

morning Ladies

i have so much to catch up on on here! congrats on your scan hoping, my 20 wk scan is in 4 weeks but we arent finding out what we are having! ive started feeling movements, like little bubbles bursting against the inside of my tummy! my tummy seems to be growing by the day now! DH is loving it!

i have to see someone from peri-natal as the doctor says im suffering from mental exhaustion (ive had a rough couple of weeks) and working full time, studying and doing hair on the side has got me extremely poorly especially as im still not managing to keep food down much. although i have had a good weekend, but the wretching started again this morning. ive come to the conclusion the baby is allergic to work lol!

hope everyone else is ok
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Monday, February 21st 2011, 9:01am

morning gals

Sounds like you've all had nice weekends...adreamz even going on a night out dancing [zx052] and many of you at the gym :8o: wow i can only just manage a light dog walk at the moment, i must try harder!

i've had a really busy weekend. lots of buggy shopping and after the buggy shopping then realised we aren't possibly going to fit a labrador and a buggy in the boot of our Ford Focus so then we even went browsing at estate cars on sunday morning. a bit of an expense we could do without right now but i can't leave my dog at home everytime we want to go on days out so we're going top have to sort something out and my car is actually 11 years old anyway so its on its last legs.

on the buggy front - i'm with Hoping, i also like the Sola from m&p's. i like the pinky/purple one and you can even get matching car seat. the one draw back is that the carry cot only comes in plain black so i don't think i'd bother with that as the buggy is suitable from birth anyway. we also like the bugaboo though as it seems more suitable for dog walking in parks with uneven grounds (which we do alot) but it comes at a hefty price. so its between the Bugaboo or the Sola (but we might need a 2nd buggy for dog walking if we got that one).

so now its looking for a car with a larger boot for us!! has any of you ladies got dogs and have u thought about where the buggy and dog will go in the car? we have a large dog we we can't let her on the back seat near a baby so she needs boot space for days out..... I'm guessing a car with a large boot is the only answer to not leaving my dog behind.

i was really excited on fri night cos i noticed i have a line down my tum...one of them linea nigra thingys.... :happy: i got right excited cos its another sign of my pregnancy....lol. I'm quite olive skinned but didn't think i'd get one this soon!

i haven't felt buba yet though...... i just can't wait until next week for my 20 week scan so i know everything is ok. i keep spending my life wishing time away getting to the next scan or mw apt..... 10 days and i can see my precious Buba again and know she's ok.

harry- thanks for the reasurrance about not feeling my baby, i feel better knowing its not just me and hearing how people are different. cos i do worry sometimes that i've not felt her yet. hope your scan goes well this week hun.

mindy - sounds like u had a rough few weeks. xfingers it gets better for you soon as your pregnancy gets further along.

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Monday, February 21st 2011, 11:55am

Morning ladies,

Glad to see everyone seems to have had a lovely weekend and it looks like a load of us did the same thing too - BUGGY SHOPPING!!!

I also love the sola girls its so lovely but Im also a little bit in love with the icandy apple but at least I have got it down to 2 now instead of 6 or 7.

Just a really quick post as I have a conference call in 10mins but Booboo Im the same as you - we have a dog too and have been looking at estate cars this weekend. I go everywhere with Archie and I walk at least 5miles a day with him and more at the weekends with DH and I dont intend to stop when I have the baby either (mmm we shall see) so a bigger car and a fab off road buggy is a must (which is why the icandy is so good and the phil and ted explorer but I dont like that as the the baby isnt facing you but my friend swears by it). We do have a golf at the moment and the boot just isnt big enough and Archie definitely need to be in the boot.

Oh and Hoping we are so close on our dates and we have our 20weeks scan on the same day - exciting!!!!

I promise to do more later but just had to say all of that first - haha!


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