Third Trimester

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Connections


I am going into my third trimester, this however is not my first child. I have a 5,4, &3 year old at home. I was married for 7 years to my ex husband, he was great through out my pregnancys and never did i doubt he would be a great father, but shortly after my youngest was born we had our issues and filed for divorce. I have been divorced and a single mom of three young kids for 3 years now.
2 years ago i met the man of my dreams, i love him with all my heart, and he adores my kids. He however does not have any of his own, and we had talked about having one together in the future, we live apart right now in our own places. Well Around christmas time i found out i was pregnant, the shot had failed me.
So we were rushing around trying to figure out what to do and get a place. We ended up buying a place off family, and started remodling it, we were halfway done when he had to go in for reconstutive foot surgery, and so we are at a stand still. Because we havnt moved in together yet we dont get to spend alot of time together, we live about 45 minutes away from each other and i work 10 to 11 hours a day to support us since he is off work right now for his foot. So you would think every chance he would get he would want to see me and my growing belly to know how his son is doing.
But instead he goes fishing everynight with his buddy and doesnt seem to make plans to come see me, and expects me to come see him on my days off. I feel like he isnt very concered about the pregnancy even thou it is his first. He never asked to feel the baby or how im doing when we talk. Seems like all he is worried about is his next fishing spot for the night, I hope this goes away by the time the baby comes, but we will see it seems to be causing alot of stress on me and not mention us not having the house done yet, i think it would be different if we lived together but than again girls never make assumtions because people can change!! I am trying my best to think of ways for him to connect with the pregnancy and not seem so distant, I am thinking of anything we can do together to help :)

Alisha






Let me tell you

Here I am entering into my third trimester. I thought that pregnancy lasted forever until now. I am a 19 year old college drop out, for now. An old friend came home from prision and with our chemistry, and now that we were both newly single, we were together everyday until I left for college. I went to a university only 3 hours away and we made it work. Towards the end of the semester I noticed my body was feeling wierd, and those cigarettes I smoked were making me sick. My roomate joked about a pregnancy test and even bought me one. I took it as a joke. As we sat in the bathroom laughing about how silly it was and how I was not the kind of girl that a pregnancy scare happens to, we kept the test under the paper instrustions until the timer went off. She looked at me and said "Bre! I'm so sorry!", the test had a little plus sign. I didn't believe it. A trip to walmart and seven tests later, I called my boyfriend. At this time it was 4am and he was sleeping. I had no one to turn to and the next day was the first day of exams. I sat outside in the cold for hours in disbelief. I was on birth control and didn't miss any days. But I loved my boyfriend and would never kill our child. The next day I didn't hear from him until I called him crying. I thought he didn't care and didn't want to be apart of this new life we created, but when I called him he said he was in the parking lot of my school. It was so sweet and such a surprise. Needless to say, I didn't go to any of my exams. I ended up failing every class. We packed my room and came back home. After a visit to my obgyn, we found out we were 12 weeks pregnant already! Now, me and my baby's father live with my father helping foot the bills. I am 29 weeks along and waiting patiently for my baby to grow as we get ready for his arrival. I had an easy pregnancy compared to the horror stories every woman loves to tell. Morning sickness wasn't too bad and I haven't had much heartburn or stretchmarks. We found out we are having a boy and with my boyfriends' familys strong genes, i'm sure he will look just like his daddy. The twist in our story is that I'm unsure if my baby will get to meet or get to know his father. My boyfriend got in some trouble shortly after we got together and now he is waiting to go to trial. We have a great support system and are trying to create a beautiful family, but of course there is a bump in the road. I have goals of going back to school and getting back in the work force, but being a single mother isn't going to be easy and living with my father isn't ideal. I heard stress was suppose to increase the chances of having a girl, but clearly that isn't the case. Wish us luck!

bre






Our Miracle Baby

I have a very unique and perplexing pregnancy story. My husband and I have three children, all boys, ages 7, 5 & almost 3 years old. I have always wanted 4 children, so my husbnad and I decided to try for one more...that elusive baby girl we were both yearning for. :) We found out we were pregnant in November of 2010. We were really excited and told all the family. Little did we know that we had a very long year ahead of us.5 weeks later I had mild cramping and spotting. My doctor informed us that I had miscarried at around 6 weeks. We were a little shocked, as I had never had this complication in the past. Our doctor assured us that miscarrying was very common and if you miscarry once, its very very likely that you will miscarry twice. So when we found out we were pregnant again in January 2011 and then miscarried in February again...we werent too surprised. My husbnad and I kept trying all that year and ended up with a total of 6 miscarriages. The doctors were stumped. They put me on high hormone drugs one month, fertility drugs the next month....nothing seemed to explain why I was miscarrying at 6 weeks (which is the inplantation period). So my husband and I, frustrated with all the disappointments, decided that God had spoken and we were only suppose to have our three boys. The next month, which would have been October, 2011, I had an IUD put back in. Needless to say....2 weeks later I started feeling horrible cramping. I thought it was my regular period returning after suh a long time. a day or two later I started having "morning sickness" like symptoms. I went back to my doctor a week later and he confirmed I was pregnant. After an ultrasound it was determined that I was 8 weeks pregnant!! I had made it past the 6 week mark! This gave me a little hope, which grew and grew each week that I didnt miscarry. Today I am 28 weeks pregnant with a very normal and healthy pregnancy and am due July 4th...with our baby girl! :) Who can understand God's ways?

Stephanie






The Two Loves of My Life

My name is Chelsea, i am soon to be 17 years old, and I am 7 and a half weeks pregnant with my sweetheart of 5 years. The first love is Ben, and the soon to be second is Jordan. I have received lots of support from Ben, family, and my friends. Although it has been hard, mainly from school with Ben getting in trouble because of how he lets peoples words get to him, it has been an experience I am grateful for. I am currently in my junior year of high school with a 3.887 GPA, so to any of the teen moms and soon to be teen moms out there, don't think about quitting school. I have seen too many of my friends drop out because of teen pregnancies, so I made a vow to myself that I would keep my grades up. The father of my child wanted to drop out of school, but he has a job that he has had for 2 years now, and he keeps his grades up, so to the soon to be teen fathers, don't think about dropping out either. The key to a good childhood for your child is to believe it's a gift, not a burden. I thought our child was a gift from above from the start, but Ben didn't think so until 3 months after the pregnancy. The reason I am posting this is that I hope to give other teen moms or soon to be teen moms hope by reading my story. I love Ben, and I love my soon to be angel, Jordan.

Chelsea






Hi

Dear Jayotsna, I can understand what you must be going through. Just hang in there. You have to be strong, both physically and mentally, for your baby. Whatever you feel right now, will affect your baby when he/she is born. Have you tried talking to your husband. Try and join some antenatal classes somewhere where you can share your problems with your fellow classmates and the doctor. Maybe the doctor could help you and speak to your husband. Eat right and rest as much as you can. I know, with us working women, there isn't much time for rest. But we just have to make time for ourselves. If your body gets tired now, it'll be hard recovering after delivery. Go to your mom's place.

Chelsea







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