Third Trimester

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27 wks and Counting


Well what can I say...I'm 26 yrs old and pregnant for the 4th time but this will be my 3rd child.

I lost a baby August of 2005 and now I'm due August of 2006. We found out in March that we are having another little boy and we can't wait..This pregnancy seems so fast yet soooo slow...lol...

Anyways it's been a pretty good pregnancy up to this point.I have been feeling him kick since about 2 1/2 -3 months along and boy is he is kicker. He kicks first thing in morning then naps then starts again around 6pm and doesn't stop..

He is just like his big brother Jayson..a handful. I can already tell. But I don't care. I will love him anyways...Well maybe I will write more later. It's time for our nap...

Belly Rubs to all the mommys

Brandie






my pregnancy

My husband and I got married in Oct. of 2005..... three weeks later, I found out that we were pregnant. It was a bit of a shock due to the fact that we had wanted to wait a couple years before we started a family.. We are both very young, I am 20 and so is he. We found out about six weeks ago that we are having a girl. She looked perfect and I can't believe how much love you can feel for something you've never touched, held, kissed... or really seen for that matter. Im so happy to be experiencing this. To all you ladies out there, Congrats on your little angels and good luck.

lori






The nonglowing pregnant woman

I always thought during pregnancy that I would be glowing and just full of energy. I would watch pregnant woman before me and be in "awe" of them because I just thought it was so cool to be able to make a child.

Between the backaches, headaches, swelling and fatigue, I find it hard to glow. Don't get me wrong, i am so excited to be having my first child, but it takes a toll on your body that I wasn't aware of. So don't feel bad for being down and tired sometimes......our bodies are stretching and carrying more weight than it has in a while...smile, rub your belly and just think, a couple more months and you will be holding your precious baby!!
-Melissa

Melissa






Pregnant teen

Well, you saw the title. My doctor suggested that I share my story on this site. So if you're interested, then here's my story: I'm six months pregnant, and I'm fifteen years old. Before that, though, even though I had Depression, everything was fine. Then, the day came that I found out I was pregnant. I was terrified. My boyfriend had dumped me just that morning, so I didn't have anyone to fall back on. I was scared of what my family would say. My Dad kicked me out, and I had to get emancipated (I live on my own). The father of my baby, a girl, denies that he is the father. I was suprised. I never expected that out of him. As for my family, my Dad refuses to let my relatives know. Many have confronted him about the 'rumor,' and he says that I'm lying.

I don't know what these next few months hold for me. But let me clear this one up; I'm not a gangster girl. I'm not a rebel. I've never told a lie in my life, and I never get in trouble at school, or when I was home. I just made a mistake. And if anyone else out there is dealing with the same thing I am, then I want to remind you you aren't alone.

For those of you reading this in disgust, then that's fine with me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinon. Just remember, I'm still a normal teenager. I'm just a normal teenager who happens to be pregnant. Other than that, nothing is wrong with me. I'm about to be a single mother. Yeah, it'll be hard. The hardest thing I'll ever be up against. But I can do it. I have faith in myself. No one seems to anymore, so I have to support myself.

Good luck to you other single mothers, and you younger people. Both of you are brave people.

Jessie






Cholystasis in Pregnancy

I was 18 when I fell pregnant with my first child, 19 when she was born. The pregnancy was awful from the time I was 6 weeks. I was admitted to hospital twice with severe dehydration in the first trimester and my morning sickness lasted up to 7 months. When the morning sickness stopped I thought great, now I can have a normal ending to my pregnancy. I was so wrong.

When I was 36 weeks I started to scratch myself. The doctors told me it was normal to get itchy on my belly as the skin stretches, but once I started to scratch bad enough I made myself bleed. They told me it was a rash but I had no marks on my skin. By the time I was 38 weeks I had had enough and went to the hospital. I was admitted and told that I would be induced the following wed. My daughter however was not going to wait and she came the next day. The doctors never told me what was causing my itchiness I found that out in my next pregnancy.

My second pregnancy was great. I had no morning sickness, could eat and drink anything I wanted and never felt tired. I thought I was going to have the perfect pregnancy, until around 30 weeks when I started scratching again. This time it was worse. I slept about 2 hours a night and all I could do during the day was scratch. I would pick up a brush and scratch my arms, legs and belly til I bled.

I had seen a doctor who told me it was all in my mind, and I never saw that doctor again. After 5 weeks I could not take it anymore, I was constantly crying and started having feelings of not wanting my baby. Still to this day I can't believe that any woman could feel that way towards the life inside them, but I was so depressed I never thought about that. My partner had had enough of watching me go through that so he took me to the hospital. I was admitted and started taking steroid tablets, only for three days as any longer would be harmful to the baby. While I was on the tablets the itching ceased but as soon as I was off them it started again. The doctors still weren't sure of what was wrong with me.

After a week of being in hospital I was induced. I had a tiny little boy 5 pound 14 ounces, not too bad a weight for a baby born at 36 weeks. The itching stopped around about a week after having my baby.

My third pregnancy started off the same as my second, it also ended the same as my second. This time I started scratching when I was 28 weeks. I finally found out I had Cholystasis, which I was told is very rare in pregnancy and has to do with your liver. One doctor asked me if I was an alcoholic because that is what it is usually associated with. I have never been a big drinker and if I do drink, two or three glasses is enough for me. I was quite shocked. I was told that if you get it in your first pregnancy you are 50% more likely to get it in other pregnancies. My baby was born at 37 weeks and weighed 7 pound 5 1/2 ounces.

Tania Bell







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