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Stray
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Oh I know, I'm just bored at work and seeking distraction [Wink] I totally understand, it's her news to share.
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I'm full of girls! Aaaaaaaaaah! Well, I'm not getting my tubes tied now. D'oh!

My cervix funnelled a little, but not down to the stitch. Not even close, but it does make me a little nervous.

The Magnolias are facing each other, which is sweet. They're side-by-side now, which is probably better for my cervix.

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Mrs. M, do you have other daughters, then?
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She has one daughter, Aerin.

Congratulations, Mrs.M! Three girls is such fun. [Big Grin]

I'm picturing matchy outfits galore!

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Congrats!!! : )

I don't really understand what that means, the funneling part. I'm gathering that it has something to do with the length of the cervix (like how at my 25 wk appt he measured me at 26 cm?) but I can't find anything that explains it very well.

You call them Magnolias? Cute... We call Chloe (well, probably chloe anyway...) Pineapple...

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[Big Grin] Congrats, Mrs. M!
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Congrats to you all!
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Thanks, y'all.

Funneling is when the cervix opens from the inside (the part closest to the baby). That's probably the worst explanation ever, but I'm so tired. We called Aerin Ladybug when I was carrying her, so we wanted to continue the tradition of Southern womb nicknames.

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quote:
Originally posted by cmc:
Congrats!!! : )

I don't really understand what that means, the funneling part. I'm gathering that it has something to do with the length of the cervix (like how at my 25 wk appt he measured me at 26 cm?) but I can't find anything that explains it very well.

You call them Magnolias? Cute... We call Chloe (well, probably chloe anyway...) Pineapple...

26 cm is the height of the top of your uterus, not the length of your cervix. The cervix starting to funnel means it's starting to open, so it has to be watched closely if there's a risk of premature labor.
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Duh, dkw. When you wrote that, it seemed like such a dumb thing I typed. Hey - I'm new at this, still gotta get the lingo down... ; )

Another potentially dumb question - when someone goes into actual labor, does the cervix open from the other end?

I'm thinking closed, unfunneling thoughts for you, Mrs. M...

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I have three girls! It's a lot of fun. [Smile] Hooray, Mrs. M!

When I was pregnant with Suki, we called her The Zeke. "How's Zeke today?"

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Mrs. M uses lots of lingo I don't know. [Smile] But it sounds like this pregnancy is overall having less complications then the last, despite being twins.

Girls are the best!! I was so glad to have a girl because while I would rather have a mix, if I have all girls I'd be happier then all boys.

I call my friend's baby Eustace because she thinks that is the worst name possible for a baby. She said it could be the in utero name though.

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quote:
when someone goes into actual labor, does the cervix open from the other end?
Yes, that's the part of your body that dilates to 10 cm during labor. [Smile] It also thins out prior to and during labor, and that's called effacement.
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Got it... but is does it open from one specific side (closer to the baby or farther away from the baby) when all that goes on?

I'd not ever even thought about it until Mrs.M mentioned that with funneling it's the side closer to the baby...

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Same side -- closest to the baby.

Here's an animation.

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Thanks... : )

That was a really good video. Slightly frightening, but good.

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I think I actually felt contractions while I watched that video. It was very intense.
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Here we go again.

My OB called last night. After talking to Dr. Christmas (my perinatologist), they've decided that if my cervix funnels more in the next 2 weeks, I'll have to go on bedrest. I'm praying for home bedrest and I'm optimistic about my chances. My mother has her suitcase packed and she'll be coming up to take care of me. I'll be able to go to Aerin's first day of school, but I'll probably miss her birthday party. I'm pretty bummed.

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I'm in the better safe than sorry camp right about now, but I'm still thinking those non-funneling thoughts for you right now!!! : )

BOOOOOO to missing birthday parties.

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[Frown]

I'm sorry Mrs M. I hope that your cervix stays put where it is and bed rest doesn't have to eventuate.

(And congratulations on your girls! [Smile] )

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Yay for the baby girls!! I hope your cervix will stop funneling and you will not need to go on bedrest (and miss Aerin's party)!
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Thoughts and prayers for a tough cervix here, at least until the birthday party!!!
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Ditto here. Put your feet up and drink something cold.
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Thanks, y'all. We had kind of a scare on Friday, but the babies are fine and I'm fine.

Friday morning I started to feel really crummy during my shower. I had some pelvic pressure and back pain and stomach upset. These are common with twin pregnancies, but they can also be signs of preterm labor. So I put my feet up and drank a glass of water. Didn't help. There was no bleeding or discharge, so I knew I had some time. I cancelled my knitting circle and packed a bag, in case I had to stay in the hospital. I got Aerin in the car and drove to my OB's office (which is in the hospital). They all assured me that I was right to come in. There were no contractions and my cervix was so closed and long that it looked like I never had a baby at all (to paraphrase the doctor).

Since then I've felt okay, except for a lot of round ligament pain and belly itching. I can feel my uterus stretching out and I swear you can almost see my belly expaning every which way. I feel like an elephant.

Richmonders are extremely nice and very family-oriented, so I get many, many comments from people who mean well. The lady at the checkout today said I was brave to be shopping so close to my due date. It's getting harder to laugh about this as I get more and more uncomfortable.

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Poor thing! I'm never sure what's worse, to get comments that assume you're further along, or to get no comments...
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(((Mrs M))) I'm glad it was just a scare and nothing worse.

I'm starting to get odd pelvic pains that extend down my legs - I think it's just things stretching and loosening. Uncomfortable though.

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Uggg, imogen, I hate that. After a while my legs (especially teh left) would actually go numb, then hurt like crazy when I moved. Silly baby lying on my nerves...
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imogen, I had sciatica REALLY bad for a while. It's still there, but not nearly as bad as it was before. I guess she's shifted her most comfortable spot or something. Mine was on the right side and sometimes it was almost like I couldn't move the leg and when I did, it felt like it was going to fall off it hurt so badly. The doc had me do some stretching stuff with mostly my hips and a little bit of my leg and that seemed to help a bit... Basically just taking my ankle and putting it up on the opposite knee and trying to get the knee as far down as I could. Also just sitting like that and sort of bringing my shoulders forward helped, too.
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Glad to know I'm normal. [Smile]

I'll try some stretching.

I told my Mum (the GP) who helpfully told me that she never had anything like that with any of her pregnancies. Thanks Mum. Though really, I've felt so well so far, I've nothing to complain about.

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quote:
Originally posted by imogen:
I told my Mum (the GP) who helpfully told me that she never had anything like that with any of her pregnancies. Thanks Mum.

I had the same conversation with my mother (who's a doctor, but not the kind that helps people [Wink] ) about morning sickness. Yeah, no so helpful.

For me, the best stretch for sciatica was the wheelbarrow. (Hey, I have that book!)

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When I told my mother that I could feel the babies, she said I couldn't be feeling them because she didn't feel me move until 5 months. She also helpfully informed me that she had no round ligament or back pain. BTW, she's 5 inches taller than me and had 1 child. [Roll Eyes]

I had an ultrasound yesterday. My cervix is totally closed - no funneling whatsoever! The babies are great. They're each 9 ounces. Baby A moved back to the low center of my womb, right above my cervix. Very uncomfortable. I'm on half-day bedrest - half the day lying flat, half the day doing normal activities within reason. Since I was pretty much doing that anyway, it's not a hardship.

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Yeah!!!
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Yay for closed cervices!

I am lucky to have a mother who may say "I never had that" but follows it with "it sounds awful." Or something like that, so I know she knows it's real!

And, I've heard you often feel twins earlier, just because there's double the chances to feel it! I felt Emma at 14 weeks.

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I get that Magnolia is a southern tree and hence nickname, but I don't get the connection with ladybugs... they aren't especially southern are they?
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Yay for Babies A and B and for Mrs M. [Smile]

I saw your photo on facebook Mrs M - I see what you mean about showing early. You have my sympathy.

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quote:
Originally posted by ketchupqueen:
I am lucky to have a mother who may say "I never had that" but follows it with "it sounds awful."

Oh, mine said that. I certainly never thought she thought I was making anything up.

It is very common to feel baby movement earlier in later pregnancies -- you know what it feels like, and recognize it for what it is. I felt movement with #3 at 12 weeks (and we confirmed that I really was with the little ultrasound machine my doctor's office had).

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I don't think my mother thinks I'm making it up - it's just not entirely helpful. (Especially when I'm sort of asking what could be causing the pain.)

I felt this baby at 17 weeks, I think. It's funny, comparing the kicks (thumps) now to those first little movements.

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quote:
Originally posted by imogen:
I don't think my mother thinks I'm making it up - it's just not entirely helpful. (Especially when I'm sort of asking what could be causing the pain.)

Exactly!

How's the sciatica?

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Not too bad. It's fairly intermittent - most of time I'm fine, but occasionally (especially when I have been sitting or lying in a particular way for a reasonable length of time) it's quite painful.

But brief. [Smile]

I'm belatedly celebrating my normal glucose test with a donut for breakfast. (Glazed baby!)

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See, that's the other good thing about my mom; being an RN and OTR, she usually either fixes it for me (apparently some PT and OT training overlaps) or gives me helpful advice on how to deal with it.
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imogen... I celebrated with a whole mess of Twizzlers. And I loved it. ; )
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I had milk & cookies.
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I'm on bedrest.

I had an ultraound today. I'm funneled enough that they want me flat and inactive. Fortunately, I haven't funneled down to the cerclage and I'm not having contractions, which is good. My mother is coming a week from Thursday and we've got things covered until then. I do have permission to go to Aerin's birthday party this Sunday, but that will be my last public appearance (in the words of my perinatologist).

The babies are fantastic. They are extremely active, just like their big sister was.

I'm bummed out, but at least I'm not in the hospital.

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Oh, man, no fun. Glad that there's no contractions, and no problems with the babies, though!
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(((Mrs M)))

I'm glad the babies are doing so well. [Smile]

I'm at 31 weeks tomorrow. My entire family is now having baby dreams. (It's contagious!)

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Mrs. M- how far along are you?
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I'm still three days behind, imogen... ; ) How are you feeling?

Mrs M - at least you're making it through the party, but still a bummer...

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Pretty good, cmc. Some little niggles, but overall ok. You?

Edit - Oh, I meant to tell you, I've been getting 'small bump' comments. They really started over the last couple of weeks or so. The midwife says I'm measuring right on target though, so I'm not too concerned. Just happy a lot of my normal (though admittedly loose fitting) clothes still fit. [Smile]

I think you're going to beat me to actual baby though. Just a feeling.

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I was that way with my first pregnancy, imogen-- I was able to wear a lot of my elastic-waist skirts and looser, larger t-shirts through the whole pregnancy, I had almost no maternity clothes.

With my second, I was in maternity clothes by 4 months, despite having started out weighing LESS than I did before my first (once you counted in chest size.)

With my third, where I had put on some weight compared to then, I was in maternity clothes at about 6 weeks, at least for pants/bottoms. [Embarrassed]

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The things I have to look forward to next time, huh? [Smile] (Not that I'm planning that to happen anytime soon!).

Though I was in a maternity bra from about 10 weeks. And I am going to have to go buy some more pretty soon, and get remeasured.

(I really didn't need that part of me to grow... *grumble*)

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