How are you STELLA?

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Registered: 07-15-2005
How are you STELLA?
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Thu, 01-10-2008 - 12:53pm

How are you feeling Stella? You are almost there!


With only 35 days to go, you must be pretty excited.

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Sat, 01-12-2008 - 12:33am

Hi Krista,


Thanks for asking!


I'm pretty darn uncomfortable, lol!


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Sat, 01-12-2008 - 2:31pm

Glad to hear that you are well -- back pain aside. Yes, being pg at 41 is tough enough, but with a toddler to chase, it can be extra-challenging. Heck, I just have the toddler and 41 part and I am challenged -- but hoping to also be pg real soon. Your DH sounds wonderful. Hope you make it to labor

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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 5:15am

I am reading very carefully and with trepidation what you are saying about being pregnant with a toddler. My Anna is very demanding and I think that if my pregnancy goes that far (still feeling highly nervous of m/c) I've got tough times ahead. I can't expect it to be an easy pregnancy as my first one was! Already I've been having headaches and feeling a bit weary, neither of which symptoms plagued me during my first pregnancy. (Actually, I only found out I was pregnant at 8 weeks, so if i had been having headaches I would have put it down to the awful trial of turning 40!)


I concur entirely with the wish to avoid epidural...I'm sure you know about TENS...I slapped it on much too late for it to help me much, but it can provide relief. One thing I learnt at my antenatal class was the importance of getting DH to massage daily the vaginal opening, especially the back part which can tear so easily. DH massaged me faithfully with sweet almond oil for about 3 weeks between 6 and 3 weeks before the birth and I didn't tear at all (surprising since Anna shot out like a pea from a pod!)


I think the second baby should come out more easily anyhow, though, since we've already been stretched once. Or am I wrong.


In any case, courage for the last weeks. And good on DH for being such a brick!


Torielle

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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 9:44am
My pregnancy is going very well...so far no problems. I'm also 41.
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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 12:36pm

Yay, glad to hear you are doing well!


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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 12:40pm

Hi Torielle,


What is TENS?


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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 1:26pm

A TENS machine has electrodes you stick at various points across your back and emits electrical pulses at an intensity you can choose. You should test it before hand to be sure where to stick the electrodes and then start using it when your contractions become painful. But dont start too late...my contractions went from tickles to full-blown nasties in minutes and by the time I had got the TENS machine in place even the fullest intensity did nothing for me. But used correctly, it can be effective and free from side-effects, or so friends of mine tell me. I hired mine off the internet - just google TENS.


Good luck!


Torielle

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