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Week 32

Your Baby:

  • Is about three pounds, 11 ounces and 16 inches long.
  • Is starting to get pretty crowded in there, so you may feel more subtle, rolling-type movements instead of sharp pointy kicks.

You:

  • May notice a slight change in your belly shape over the next few weeks — kind of…downward sloping. Not so much of a nice shelf for your bowl of ice cream as you’ve had in the past.
  • This change also might signal the retirement of some of your maternity clothes and you’ll need longer shirts instead of just roomy shirts. I can pretty much guarantee that the shirts that no longer fit will be the cutest ones, dammit.
  • STAY HYDRATED. KEEP YOUR FEET ELEVATED WHENEVER POSSIBLE. DON’T MAKE ME STOP THIS BLOG AND COME BACK THERE.

So! We had our first emergency visit to Labor & Delivery this week! Hooray! So glad I was able to check that one off of my to-do list.

I’m now officially 0-for-2 when it comes to Unnecessary Freaking Out Over Nothing Hospital Trips, since I went to Labor & Delivery at 23-ish weeks during my first pregnancy because I was convinced that I was leaking amniotic fluid. Which I was not. Was it mucus? Urine? I don’t know. I don’t really feel like I need to know. You know?

This time, it was blood and a lot of tenderness in my lower back. And in my head, I knew it was a urinary tract infection. (Pale pink, watery, only present after peeing.) I knew I could most likely wait until my doctor’s office opened the next morning and everything would be fine. I had the doppler, I heard the heartbeat, I knew this baby occasionally has a quiet day with no real movement or kicking.

I also knew that if I didn’t go to the hospital to get everything checked out, I would be wide awake all night, wracked with worry and fear and guilt and eventually I would probably work myself into a Total Freaking State sometime around 4 am and insist that we go to the hospital Right That Minute, so…in the grand scheme of things it seemed like going to the hospital at 9 pm instead was the SENSIBLE CHOICE.

And you know what? That’s always the sensible choice. Don’t ever, ever feel silly or foolish for calling your doctor after hours. Don’t ever feel like you’re inconveniencing anyone when you have even the slightest reason to worry that everything is not okay. I don’t care if it’s just a hunch or a “bad feeling.” That baby is in YOUR BODY and you know best, even if you’re just a terrified first-timer who mistakes gas for contractions. Call. Go. Get checked out.

Don’t ever, ever feel silly or foolish for calling your doctor after hours. Don’t ever feel like you’re inconveniencing anyone…

I’m sure the doctors and nurses at L&D have seen it all — every possible harmless symptom of neurotic paranoia…but also what happens when a mother DOES wait too long to get checked out. Guess which scenario they prefer.

In fact, one of the symptoms on the “Call Your Doctor Immediately, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200” list the hospital discharged me with was, no lie, Complaint of “not feeling well.” Well, that’s certainly…specific.

And yet…clearly the only way the hospital is able to classify the mysterious yet invaluable diagnostic tool known as “mother’s intuition.” Yep, you’ve already got it, mama. Don’t ever ignore it.

Oh Yeah, THIS: You know, I’ve had a lot of UTIs in my day. Dozens. Hundreds. Dozens of hundreds! And yet I’ve experienced blood in my urine exactly twice. While pregnant, both times. That seems distinctly not-cool to me. Don’t I have enough to worry about going on down there?

New This Time Around: Thank God for AZO cranberry tablets and AZO at-home Urinary Tract Infection Test Strips. The tablets are easier to remember AND choke down than gallon after gallon of cranberry juice, and the test strips at least give me an indication of how my body is fighting off the infection. (Currently: white blood cell count is still SLIGHTLY elevated, indicating things are still a tad inflamed, but the nitrate test is negative for bacteria.) (I’m sorry, did you not WANT to hear about my pee, or something?)

Note from Alpha Mom: I urge you to read the comments attached to this weekly pregnancy calendar entry. In particular the one from a former Labor & Delivery nurse, Lauren. Of the thousands of articles that we have published, this one continues to help families immeasurably. I am beyond proud of Amalah and this community. – Isabel

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About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering ...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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About the Author

Our Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty, was written by Amy Corbett Storch while she was pregnant with her second son, Ezra.

Amy, also known as Amalah, writes the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back here at Alpha Mom. You can follow her daily mothering adventures at her own site, Amalah.

About the Illustrations

The Zero to Forty illustrations were created by the artist Brenda Ponnay, aka Secret Agent Josephine. Brenda is very talented and these images are copyright-protected. You should hire her if you want your own unique ones.

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Sarah
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Sarah

Wait…are you, like, not allowed to take antibiotics? Because you’re pregnant?
Ohmahgawdimgonnadie. I’m going to have to use a surrogate. There is no flipping way I’m going to be able to just LIVE with a UTI and try to treat it with cranberry pills. Holy shit. Um, feel better!

Marie
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Marie

No, there are many antibiotics safe in pregnancy that will treat a UTI. However, in the middle of the night, pharmacies are not usually open, so using Azo tabs and drinking tons of fluids are a great way to get a little relief until you can get to the pharmacy for your antibiotics!

Ulla
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Ulla

Sarah, I believe it’s because Amy is allergic to a lot of antibiotics.
I know this because apparently I am stalker with very good memory.

qwyneth
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qwyneth

Yeah, I wish I’d done this. A couple weeks ago I had FLAMING constipation. It hurt to walk. It hurt to try and go to the bathroom. It hurt to breathe. I hadn’t pooped substantively in well over a week and nothing worked–not fiber, not liquids, not stool softeners, not suppositories. My doctor’s appointment had been canceled because her father died and she had to go out of the country, and the nurse was being NO help. The thing was, it didn’t hurt in my rectum (like the nurse assumed, whenever she bothered to call me back), it hurt in… Read more »

obabe
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you TOTALLY can take (some) anitbiotics when pregnant. i had so many UTIs back to back my first pregnancy that by 15 weeks i was on an anitbiotic once a day for the REST of the pregnancy to ward them off.
UTIs suck.

Lauren
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Lauren

As someone who used to work on the L&D Floor, please don’t wait. Yes, the Mom-Who-Freaks-About-Nothing may be slightly annoying, but she is a Million times better then the Mom who’s 8 months pregnant, doesn’t feel her child move for 3 days, but doesn’t call because she didn’t want to “be a bother” – your heart breaks when she walks by, crying, hand in her husbands, knowing she’s about to spend 15 hours in labor so she can bury her child. DO NOT WAIT. Be a bother, be a royal-pain-in-the-ass, be annoying. Call 50 times a day. Whatever it takes… Read more »

Marie
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Marie

AGREED! At this stage of gestation, babies should be moving at least 5 times an hour. If a mom is feeling unwell, isn’t feeling her baby move, etc, she should call! NEVER ignore lack of movement at this stage!

Amalah
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Yes, antibiotics are not much of an option for me, because I am a Freak. Allergic to pretty much ALL the common ones, including ones that generally “work” on UTIs. I took some weird one in the first trimester during my first pregnancy for a UTI, but it was one that isn’t recommended for the third trimester. Most of the time doctors just look at my allergy list and apologize because there’s just nothing they feel safe prescribing, unless I’m in the hospital and can take in through an IV while being monitored. (Like after my c-section. They had to… Read more »

dana
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dana

Thanks for posting this. I was apx. 8 months pregnant when I got my first Uti ever in my life and it was horrible. I didn’t get blood in my urine and I didnt even have pain when I peed. I got up that morning to eat my usual bowl of corn flakes to find myself sprinting to the bathroom where I proceeded to vomit for an hour. I thought I was going into labor becauseni kept feeling contracting in my belly but when I called and got to LD they said I wasnt that it was cramps and the… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

I am such a paranoid mommy and I pay so much attention to my baby’s movements sometimes I think I am freaking myself out too much! But then I read things like this and say “Hey, I’m not the only one and I’m doing the right thing!” I also harass my midwife with “silly” worries but she always tells me the same thing “A worried mama is a sign of a good mama. I would rather have you call/email me every single day then never, because I know you care about your baby and are doing everything in your power… Read more »

M
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M

Amalah,
I just want to say thank you! I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant, and am suffering from a UTI (I so feel your pain). But that’s not even the worst of it- my boyfriend just left for Iraq on Wednesday and won’t be back until the end of March/beginning of April. I’m due at the beginning of February and will be all alone.
So thank you for giving me something to read week by week. I’ve tried reading other pregnancy calendars and they’re lame and not funny at all.
I’ve been a reader of your blog for years!

charlotte
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Thanks, Lauren, for that comment! Yeah, I had a scare with high blood pressure just last week and ended up in L&D–and I’m usually the person who doesn’t want to be a bother. It took my best friend to convince me to go to the emergency room. Of course, the only thing the nurses did was lay me down, rehydrate me (I was totally dehydrated) and watch my bp go down slowly again. Still, even when I confessed to my ob/gyn what had happened, he told me I’d done exactly the right thing. Kewl to know that the community is… Read more »

Breezy
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Breezy

I, apparently, am trying to copy Amy in her fears/bleeding/freaking out/ER visits. I was admitted to L & D to be “checked out” and “monitored” at 29 weeks. Yeah, a frickin’ yeast infection. I have never had even one until becoming pregnant and both times I had bleeding! AM A FREAK! The doctor and nurse both reassured me that I should always call and that I did the right thing. I enjoyed (har har) a 6 hour stay on a Saturday watching movies and eating hospital food in my backless gown =) The nurse informed me that I should get… Read more »

Gem
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Gem

Thank you so much for the advice to call your doctor even if you feel silly doing so. This last Saturday morning I read your 32 week entry and chuckled a couple of times. That night, I started experiencing some weird menstrual type cramping that I hadn’t had before. I felt silly but keeping your column in mind, I called my doctor to ask if it was normal. She said it probably was but I should go to the hospital to get checked out just in case. Well, it turns out I was going into preterm labor. When I got… Read more »

Gem
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Gem

Six years later I’m once again 32 weeks pregnant and obsessively reading the week-by-week Alpha Mom Calendar. I was extremely fortunate with my first son as they were able to stop my labor. At 34 weeks I was discharged to home bed rest. At 36 weeks I was taken off bed rest. I spent the rest of my pregnancy walking around at 5cm dilated with the Dr expecting labor at any moment. Of course, he ended up induced at 40 weeks 🙂   So far, this baby doesn’t appear to be in as much hurry as his big brother and… Read more »

Margie S.
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Margie S.

Since I’m reading this so soon after Gem’s comment, I can’t help but post to say that Gem, I hope your baby is still on the inside! I’m so glad you went in! I’m at 32 weeks now, but three or four weeks ago I went into L&D because I was having contractions that were too close together and too many in an hour (about eight per hour). I hated going in, and everything turned out to be fine (with a shot of something to make the contractions at least temporarily go away after they monitored me for a while),… Read more »

kristanna
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kristanna

I’ve been reading this since I found out i was pregnant this past August. Thank you for posting this particular story. At 33 weeks, I just wasn’t feeling right. Tired and sore, but I chalked it up to working full time, baby shower, and third trimester catching up with me. But after a few days of resting on the couch and loading up on water, the feeling did not pass. On a sunday afternoon, we headed to the hospital for a quick check-up with the on-call doctor. Turned out I was in active labor (Like Gem) and 2 cm dialated.… Read more »

Mel
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Mel

Yikesie – Lauren your comment was clearly a lifesaver for Kristanna and I know there are others out there who will not think twice if they are not feeling well and call their doctor. Better to be annoying than to be in mourning…

Tiffany
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Tiffany

I am a labor and delivery RN and agree please just come to the hospital or better yet call the hospital first and maybe I can reassure you or at least recommend that you come in for a check so you don’t feel so “crazy”. The patients who upset me the most are not so much the ones that come in with vague complaints and I end up finding nothing wrong its the ones whom Lauren described. I would much rather check you out at 3am then have anything happen to you or your baby, period. If you don’t want… Read more »

Ashley
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Ashley

Tiffany – I have to say, I agree %100 on the round ligament pain. I mean, WHO KNEW??? I thought I had a kidney infection or something equally as weird with the sharp, one sided, knock the wind out of me pain that I was having one night. A trip to the ER told me that hey, it was round ligament pain… I felt like an idiot, but honestly… at least at 28 weeks it wasn’t anything more serious. Now I know what it is and just wait for it to pass or take a tylenol. But honestly, this pregnancy… Read more »

Becca
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Becca

Reading all of this is super comforting! I have not had a scare enough to have to go to the ER this pregnancy (knock on wood) – but I do have a history in my family of complications from deep vein thrombosis. I also have the joy of having super ugly vericose veins pop out during this pregnancy (think: vanity would make me wear pants every day they are so bad – though it being summer, I say “screw vanity”). The pain can be SO INTENSE and to top it off, I have 2 blood clots (topical) and RLS (restless… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I completely agree! I was about 14 weeks along, and I had these shooting pains and flank pain. I was doubled over, crying in pain (I should also mention that I’ve had 6 kidney stones that have sent me to the ER in 10 years). I went in and the doctor admitted me with a kidney infection. They just wanted to make sure the baby would be all right. I am so glad I went in.

Dani
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Dani

First off I absolutely love this blog even thou it was written quite a few years ago. I had my own experience with the weird something is wrong feeling but unfortunately, even thou I went in the moment I felt off, I was already too late. Trust me you have these feelings for a reason especially if you are in tune with your body. Luckily now I’m 17wks with a perfectly healthy, bigger than average little girl, who would not be here had that fateful day not happened earlier this year. You never know what worlds plan is!

Isabel Kallman
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Thank you for your kind words and sharing your story. So happy to hear that you’re expecting now!

Jocelyn
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Jocelyn

Great advice! I just spent a couple of days in the hospital with (AACK!) kidney stones. My nurses were amazing and supportive. And yes- they can give you antibiotic for UTIs- I’ve had two this pregnancy. I love this blog and look forward to each week 🙂

Jessica
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Jessica

I so agree – I read the whole pregnancy calendar when I was about 4 weeks (because, you know, that seemed like a reasonable way to spend a day at the office) and this post really stuck with me and I’m glad it did. After feeling really terrible for about a week, I started having an odd pain in my abdomen at 13 weeks at, naturally, 3 in the morning. After puttering around the house for a while, I decided that it was PROBABLY gas, but I should also probably go to the ER just to be sure because it… Read more »

Isabel Kallman
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Jessica, I am so happy to hear that you and your baby are healthy and doing well. Thank you so much for sharing your story and because of feedback like this, to this day, keeps us doing what we do every day. Thank you and please keep reading and visiting us. 🙂

Liz
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Liz

Wow. I could have written this exact post this week (at 32 weeks into my pregnancy). I saw blood in my urine while at work and immediately panicked. In the back of my mind, I also assumed it was a UTI but the sight of blood, especially when you’re pregnant, is extremely alarming. My husband and I rushed off to L&D and everything was fine, it was a UTI as expected. I felt horribly guilty for bothering everyone but in retrospect we did make the right choice going in AND we got to see our baby girl in a 3D… Read more »

Ju
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Ju

My colleague was in her seventh month, didn’t feel the baby but didn’t want to bother anyone. We argued she could at least call the doctor and ask what to do. He said: when in doubt, always come in and check. Turns out, the baby had a heart problem. They gave mom absolute bedrest and medicine that made her sick while pregnant, but the baby was cured! They are both perfectly well now. 

Julie - Claire
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Julie - Claire

With my first pregnancy, i am now on my 4th.. anyway i was young and didn’t really know anything about being pregnant and I hadn’t felt the baby move for at least 2 days and my dad was the one that was worried.. he gets nervous when I’m pregnant because his mom had  2 still births after the 3rd trimester.. and her warning signs were non movement. so he would make a point to check to see if he moved at least a few times a night, which at the time I thought was completely annoying. so after 2 days… Read more »

Megan
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Megan

Always, always, always go when you feel off! I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby and so far no need to go. But with my 1st I had an ovarian cyst that grew to 7 cm, normal is 1-1.5 cm, and twisted my ovarie. I had immeasurable pain and called the Dr. She said to go to the hospital. There she measured it and said that I has to have surgery right away otherwise it could burst and kill the baby and possibly me too. So at 22 weeks I had abdominal surgery. She was able to… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

I read this post the other day.  I’m 31 weeks (I like to look ahead at the upcoming week) and had severe lower back pain that wrapped around my lower abdomen that came on like the flip of a switch at 8pm on a Sunday.  A warm bath didn’t relieve it, I threw up (I’m one of those that everyone hates because I haven’t suffered from morning sickness).  Called the on call Dr and he told me to take some Tylenol and sip on water and see my Doc in the morning.  Well, tried that and that came up.  I… Read more »

Lindsey
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Lindsey

I had the same thing happen with a greatly enlarged cyst that needed immediate surgery when I was 13 weeks pregnant with my daughter. 5 days in the hospital and most of the rest of my pregnancy on bed rest or light duty,  I wish I had met someone who had gone through what I was dealing with. My daughter is almost three and growing great despite being small when she was born because of the surgery, but now I know i can call L&D any time I need to. 

Regina
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Regina

I was 33 weeks pregnant when I went to the ER bc I hadn’t felt my baby move all day. I almost didn’t go because I didn’t want to be “that woman”. Ten mins after they started monitering me I was having an emergency c-section. My baby wouldn’t be here if we’d have waited to come. Don’t worry about annoying anyone! You know your baby!

Melinda
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Melinda

Man, I wish my midwife was supportive like y’alls doctors! Any time I try to talk to her about a pain or something that’s concerning me, she just brushes it off. She’s laugh and say “Oh, babies are so inconsiderate.”

Uh… yeah… thanks. Now about the strong menstrual-like cramps, nausea, and headaches I’m having?! 

Never live in a podunk town with one birth option!

Sarah
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Sarah

I started having contractions at 6 months with my third pregnancy ( on my fourth). But at first I honestly didn’t know they were contractions in the beginning because it was constant pain, not come and go pain. I called the dr when I got off the couch and doubled over in pain and couldn’t walk, so on the 40 min drive to the dr I started having actual contractions that I could time and when I got to the dr she sent me straight over to the hospital, which thankfully was right across the street, and got to spend… Read more »

Carla
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Carla

I am very prone to UTIs for some strange reason and I started taking cranberry supplement pills even before I was pregnant. Like she said, much easier than chugging cranberry juice and it can help prevent UTIs rather than just trying to help once you already have one. They can be found in the vitamin/supplement aisle at any grocery store or pharmacy!

Katie
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Katie

I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant and 2 weeks ago I woke up at 1am with a very tight stomach and pain, a tight constricting pain. This being my first baby I hadn’t felt a contraction and that was the only thing I could think of. I’d had Braxton hicks but never with pain, especially this bad. Labor and delivery tried brushing it off with round ligament pain and it was only after a lot of poking and prodding and an ultrasound that they thought it might be my appendix. They sent me to another hospital that had a nicu incase… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

You ladies are lucky to have such understanding L&D. I’m one of those people that don’t want to be a bother and I spent 5 years in my twenties with no insurance, so I’ve learned to just suffer through whatever comes my way. When I was somewhere in the 20 week mark I was feeling sharp abdominal pain on my right side, dizziness, and nausea. I called my doctor and he told me to go to the hospital to get checked out. When I did, the nurse mocked me for coming in and treated me like I was crazy. She… Read more »

Isabel Kallman
Admin

I really hope that reading this column and the comments above have changed your mind about going to the hospital. That was one experience with one nurse and ultimately you were RIGHT to go and get checked out. But you will always be right to get checked out even if they send you home with peace of mind that everything is okay.

Miranda
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Miranda

I’m 32 weeks with my 3rd child and lets put it this way – at this point my OB is on my speed dial and I’m pretty much bffs with every nurse who rocks a pink maternity name badge except for one who I can’t stand after my 2nd was born. If at any point you for any reason feel something may be wrong go ahead and bother your dr, annoy the shit out of the nurses in L&D by showing up at random hours of the night. That’s what they get paid for and my ob always tells me… Read more »

S
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S

I was prone to getting UTIs (really bad, peeing blood ones every couple of weeks) for years. I was on antibiotics so often I’m now unable to take most of them. Someone recommended D-Mannose to me, and it changed my life. It’s the part of cranberry juice that helps with UTIs, and it comes in powder or capsule. I just mix some powder in my water (virtually no taste, just a tiny bit sweet), and it prevents me from growing any bacteria in my bladder. This is upper awesome while I’m pregnant and immunity is low. Most doctors haven’t heard… Read more »

B
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B

I know this is such an old post, but it helped me SO much! I felt like something was off last week after having some pretty frequent “Braxton Hicks”, but felt so dumb for wanting to go to the dr. My husband basically forced (heavily encouraged) me to go in and when we got there I was dilated and at risk of having baby! Fortunately my contractions stopped, but in the mean time I’ve gotten steroid shots for baby’s lungs, I’m on bed rest, and we are prepared to go back in for any sort of contractions that may start… Read more »