27 Weeks & how was it any different?

I am so close to that third trimester I can feel it (literally, I’m starting to feel very uncomfortable).

*Andrew has been trying to find the baby’s heartbeat with the stethoscope but we haven’t had any luck with that yet.

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*This is kind of ridiculous but during my first trimester I couldn’t stop thinking about this mango salad and this particular dressing from Costa Vida.  Because of Corona, the restaurant stopped offering it because they simplified their menu for takeout for a while.  20 weeks later and it is finally back (after I called and asked each week when it would be back ha) and my pregnancy taste buds could not be happier about it.   It tasted so so good.

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*Whenever I am pregnant I get these mini brown dots all over my stomach and chest… My obgyn says it is due to an increase in melanin and it always disappears soon after I deliver.  Anybody else experience something similar to that?

*My friend posted this and it kind of freaked me out ha.  This is going to be interesting.

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*The last week or so I keep finding myself waking up on my back!  I go to sleep laying on my left side and then wake up on my back so I need to create some way to prevent that from happening.

*32.69 miles of running last week!  The mileage is dropping but it still is there which is making me very happy.

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*I do not hate sweets right now but they just don’t taste the same as they do when I’m not pregnant.  I have already planned my first meal after I have this baby because I remember the first thing I ate after having Skye tasted like heaven and I can’t wait.

*The baby is about 14.5 inches long right now and two lbs!

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When I first got pregnant I definitely did not expect the world to be the way it is right now.   I did not guess that we would be partially homeschooling, wearing masks everywhere that we went and staying at least 6 ft apart from others (although that part is nice in a way because nobody asks to touch my belly).  This baby will be here in around 13ish weeks and I’m not sure that things will be any different than they are right now.  As of right now, my doctor said that we will be wearing masks in the hospital room when others are present, tested for Covid when we first arrive to the hospital and that there won’t be any visitors allowed  My oldest niece is bummed about the last one because she really wanted to be there for the birth because she wants to be an OBGYN.

It is going to be quite a different experience than what happened with the girls’ deliveries but I am SO thankful that as of right now, Andrew will definitely be able to be there.

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Has anyone delivered during this time of Covid-19?   How were things different at the hospital or wherever you delivered?  Tell me your experience.  

Those of you that have had kids before this year—> Was there anything that was different during your delivery that you definitely did not expect going into it?

Those of you that have been pregnant, do you have any changes with your skin/hair color/anything random like that?!

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I had an emergency csection 3 weeks ago and found the situation to be a little more relaxed in person than what was described to me before giving birth. I wore a mask during the operation, but no one made me or my boyfriend wear a mask when we were in the room. There were no visitors allowed, but my boyfriend could come and go to take care of pets as long as he did a temperature check at each re-entry. I did have a Covid-19 test the Sunday before (as my situation was a planned ECV turned emergency delivery), and was treated the same as in any other hospital situation during non-pandemic times—medical personnel wore masks but they did not make me feel like I was in quarantine.

As far as skin issues, I noticed new freckles on my cheeks and found I was way more sensitive to itchy materials. Basically I was limited to cotton clothing! Plus I developed a horrible case of carpal tunnel that I’m still working through.

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Oh wow! Christina, that must have been so scary to go into an emergency c-section and I am so glad everything turned out okay! It’s so good to hear that the situation went better than described to you beforehand. My mom also experienced carpal tunnel during pregnancy, I hope yours is better asap. Please keep me updated on that! Congrats on your new little one and I hope you are getting in all of the cuddling!

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I delivered my first baby almost a month ago in MA during covid. I had to get tested and that was the part that gave me the most anxiety. It was very uncomfortable but also it was over fast so it wasn’t terrible. Once the test came back negative I was able to have my mask off during labor (thankfully!). I tried to put it on as a courtesy when I could but once the contractions were too painful that was over. My husband had his mask on when anyone entered. I was originally disappointed about no visitors but it turned out to be a blessing because we had that time to bond and get to know each other as a family. Try to see the bright side in even the smallest things. Also the nurses are so kind and understanding of this weird time so that helps too. Good luck, and stay positive!

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Thank you SO much for sharing your experience with me Kathleen. I am so glad it all went so well! Congratulations on your new little one and thanks again, I’m excited to have this time to bond and get to know this little one. Thank you and I hope you are getting some sleep!

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Hi Janae! 29 weeks here. The covid situation is causing me a lot of increased anxiety :(. I am a nurse practitioner so I’m worried about being exposed but I am being extremely careful. I can’t wait to eat and drink things that I haven’t wanted this pregnancy and also not have heartburn! Not too much longer for either one of us, we can do it!!! I think your sister should do a guest post soon, we haven’t heard from her in awhile! Maybe about her pregnancy experiences? Have a great evening!

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Erica, we are so so close to each other. I am so sorry that you are feeling these ways and that is extremely stressful. You are amazing to be out helping others as an NP right now! Our first meals back are going to be amazing. YES, I’ll ask her for sure. Hope you are feeling well today!

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I’m 32 weeks pregnant and bought a pillow like this! I was also finding myself waking up on my back and while this pillow doesn’t prevent it, when I roll into my back it means I’m laying on the wedge, so I’m uneven, which my doctor said was fine. And it’s still really comfortable to lay on! It’s nice to have a sleeping position that’s not on the side!

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32 weeks wahoo… you are getting so close! Absolutely going to get this, thank you for sharing with me. Keep me updated with how you are feeling! Thanks Kelsey!

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Hi- look up “Pinard Horn” which is the old-fashioned fetoscope that was used before Doppler devices. They actually work pretty well and are clearer than Doppler or regular stethoscope. Just some quirky medical history for you today.

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Okay, those things are awesome and I have definitely never seen them before! I need to get one! Thanks Erin and I hope you are having a great evening.

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How Janae! I had my first baby six weeks ago, in NH. I was incredibly nervous about delivery with Covid and also really sad that we couldn’t have any visitors in the hospital, but it honestly ended up being great! I was just so thankful that my husband could be there with me…I can’t imagine doing it alone!

My husband and I had to wear masks if we left our room, but weren’t required to wear them in our room. Obviously all of the doctors and nurses had them on when they came in to our room. Our hospital did such a great job, and we honestly forgot we were in the middle of a pandemic! I was really sad that our families couldn’t be there, especially my parents, because it was their first grandchild. However, I think it was really special that my husband and I could focus all of our time and energy on the first couple of days with our son without interruptions. We had so much to learn, especially because we are first time parents, so I think that the visitor restriction really worked out for us, even though I was initially so sad about it, if that makes sense! My parents have already spent so much time with our son, so even though they “missed” the first couple of days with him, I think they’ve already forgotten about it!

I did have random darker spots on my lower back when pregnant! I never asked about it, but looked it up and assumed it was just a pregnancy side effect. However, when I got my epidural, the anesthesiologist was nervous about it, and ended up giving it to me higher on my back than normal! Everything turned out fine, and six weeks postpartum, my skin is looking back to normal!

I am so excited for your family, and know that you will have a great birth experience, despite this crazy time. Sending love from NH!

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Emily! Congratulations on your new little one and thank you for sharing your experience with me! I am so thankful that everything went so well for you! I am so grateful that you guys got that time to truly bond together. I am also so happy that your parents have had so much time with him too. Thank you so much again for telling me what your experience was and I hope you are getting some sleep and just loving this time together with your son!

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I had a baby in June. I had to be masked until my COVID test came back negative and then I could take it off for the rest of labor. Compared to my contractions, the test wasn’t bad! We couldn’t have any visitors in the hospital- at first I was really sad my son couldn’t come meet his baby sister right away, but the 2 nights of alone time with just me, my husband, and the baby turned out to be really nice!
The hardest part was the few weeks before my due date- I was so worried about getting sick then. Or that my mom, who was our only option for watching our son at home, would get sick.

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The brown dot thing on the belly – not me but my mom, she always gets a brown splotch on her arm during pregnancy that goes away right after delivery. Oddly enough, so does her identical twin! :)

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We delivered our first baby in May and while it is certainly a unique time with COVID, it wasn’t too bad! Masks at all times, testing upon arrival, no walking the halls (this was hard during labor to stay in the same room!) and no trips to the car and back so we over-packed EVERYTHING including two small coolers of food/drink (who knows if the cafeteria will be open or full service?)

Good luck and thank you for sharing your pregnancy journey!!!

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I slept on my back my entire pregnancy. I’m tall with a long torso like you seem to be, and maybe that made a difference? My midwife had no problem with it, she said as long as I didn’t notice any ill-effects like numbness/dizziness it wasn’t a concern. Near the end I put a pillow under one knee and kind of splayed my knee out (such a dignified sight, I’m sure), but that also put me at a little bit of an angle. Just thought that might ease your mind a little in case you were stressed about it, it’s so easy to worry a bunch when you’re pregnant!

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Oh boy I remember so much hair growing during pregnancy it was uncomfortable. After the baby was born SO much hair fell out I panicked and thought something was wrong. My doctor assured me this was normal. 🤔 but I’m telling ya it didn’t feel normal!

🤔 you could try pinning yourself into place with pillows all over?!

Take care 😊😊😊😊

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I delivered in NYC in June and had a good experience. I was tested at admission, my husband was with me, I wore a mask except in the postpartum room when we were alone, we never left our room except when moving from L&D to postpartum. We only stayed 1 night but that was mostly because we didn’t want to be away from our daughter longer. Thankfully my mom was able to be here for my daughter-that was our biggest unknown. Toughest thing has honestly been not having anyone meet my son yet as we don’t have family close by and are limiting contact with friends still. Hoping you have a smooth delivery experience too!

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I delivered on April 7th in Bangkok after leaving Bangladesh in March 6 (the last week I could fly). There was a strict lockdown in place in Bangkok and if I tested positive for coronavirus I was going to have to deliver via c section and be removed from the baby and quarantined for two weeks by the government. I was super stressed! But, luckily, I tested negative, my partner and doula were allowed in the delivery room and I delivered normally with no pain meds. The only thing that’s been hard is being so far from friends and family. I think there are also some upsides to the lockdown and social distancing for a newborn and I try to remember that when I’m a bit down.

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I had my daughter in Ca via a scheduled c section in mid May. I had to get tested two days prior. My husband could not be there and had to wait until after we were out of recovery to join us so that sucked. He missed the first two hours of her life! Once in the room we could not leave. We checked out 24 hrs after the surgery to help minimize exposure.

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With my second pregnancy I grew this weird bump on my chest. I thought it was a pimple at first and when I popped it it would not stop bleeding so I left it alone after that. My daughter is now 4 and the bump is still there.

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I delivered my second baby in June in CA. I was nervous about wearing a mask while laboring—I thought it would be suffocating during a breath intensive activity—but in fact I barely noticed it I was so concentrated on having a baby! No visitors ended up being fine because I had an uncomplicated birth, fortunately, and wanted to get home to my first quickly.

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Wonder the size of the placenta now?

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I delivered my first baby back in April. Luckily my husband was allowed to be there but no other visitors. I ended up having an emergency c section so in a way it was nice to not have people coming to visit while I was recovering. We decided to let our parents come meet the baby as soon as we got home but no other visitors for a very long time. In the beginning it was nice to just have that time to adjust as a family of 3 and not have to have visitors. I am soooo glad my mom had been and continues to socially distance because she has been the biggest help. The past month or so has gotten progressively harder because we just want to go places and I’m ready to take my baby out and about and he loves seeing new people. We have slowly started to take him a few places that we think are very safe and he’s slowly met more people (but we still only let a handful of people actually hold him). He started daycare (a small in home daycare with just 5 kids) in a couple weeks so I think that will be good stimulation for him but also hard for me. So it’s definitely been an interesting time to have a baby but we are managing and you will do great too!!

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Hi Janae! I had my baby girl at the end of March in Seattle, so towards the beginning of COVID. She’s my first, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I will say the experience was more normal than expected. It was such an intense few days and I was super focused on our new baby that it was easy-ish to try and forget about everything else. The nurses were super supportive, and it ended up being a positive experience overall.

I’m so sorry you are having to deal with this! It’s such a hard time to be pregnant right now.

I will say that my daughter has been the light of my life through all the chaos that is going on! Our families make it worth it!

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I just had a baby 10 days ago, and our hospital experience felt relatively normal (we’re in Upstate NY if that matters). They tested me for Covid, and my husband had to wear a mask when nurses or doctors were in our room. But I didn’t have to wear a mask once we got into our room! My husband was allowed to be there the entire time (but wasn’t allowed to leave and come back). I was extremely grateful he could be there for the full stay because I ended up with an emergency c-section and it would have been really hard to take care of baby myself for the first night. I think they discharged me a bit earlier than normal (36 hours after my c-section), but I was completely ready to be back in my own home by then so that was actually a perk! Most importantly, we felt very safe the entire time we were in the hospital–all the staff were great about mask wearing, hand washing, and so forth.

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I had baby #5 five weeks ago (my first girl!). We’re in Idaho so there weren’t too many restrictions. We only had to wear a mask in the hallways of the hospital. And no visitors besides my husband who was with me the whole time. Now I’m trying to limit her exposure to people outside our family. So far so good, but now I’m feeling the beginnings of a cold so hopefully I won’t pass it to her! My pediatrician said not to stress to much about Covid for her. He said the flu and RSV are worse for the little ones now so to not worry so much but just keep her away from crowds and people.

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This made me giggle, but if you look at the picture of Andrew checking for the baby’s heartbeat, it looks like he painted his nails pink. :) But nope, it’s just how your hand is placed and how he’s leaning.

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