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20/07/2010 at 12:08
20/07/2010 at 15:59
20/07/2010 at 21:53
Welcome Fiona Sorry to hear you feel a bit down,Audrey is right lots of feet up and relaxation is best,hate swollen feet,such a pain
I'm Rach by the way mum to Tom 3,Jc 2 and 19weeks pregnant-nearly at the swollen stage myself
Congrats on your pregnancy x
20/07/2010 at 22:01
20/07/2010 at 22:25
Yes,as all the ladies have said,rest up,feet up.Keep cool as you can .
Enjoy your last few weeks.
Welcome to the site.
23/07/2010 at 21:16
I had the same problems and was sick of everyone telling me to put my feet up and enjoy the rest while I could. My mother in law gave me a great book "the yummy mummys survival guide" by Liz Fraser. It goes over pregnancy and birth from a realistic mothers view and has some helpful tips.
Thinking about the birth I would strongly recomend getting a TENS machine (just rent them) as knowing I had the extra bit of pain relief calmed me down before the birth. I also used a hypnobirth CD. It didn't do all it said it would, but listening to it and using the relaxation methods kept me calm which the midwife said helped me have a quicker labour.
Is there anything in particular you are worried about during the birth? we all worry about something and if you say I am sure someone has thought the same and can give you some advice.
25/07/2010 at 00:37
If you can push your sofa into the corner of the room. Lay out with your legs up the wall. It's actually quite relaxing. My ankles puffed up so much that I couldn't get shoes on for the last month which was annoying but resist the urge to sit with your feet down like you normally would. I found they got worse after a bath or shower so I used to put cold flannels on them.
I konw what you mean about labour. I never gave it a thought until I was 2 days over due then suddenly it dawned on me that this baby was going to have to come out. The best thing I can say is don't worry. Some people will give you horror stories but I seriously would say relax & if you're midwife etc ask if you're ok or if you want anything tell them honestly. It's what they are all there for. If you feel uncomfy & want pain relief let them know, if you want water. The hardest thing I found was saying I didn't want to breast feed. The second time round I was a lot more confident telling them. It's your baby & your body so let them know what they can do to help you. It's not like you see on tv in most cases. Oh, & have some good magazines on stand-by but try not to read them before you go. It can be a long wait... and snacks. Sometimes they just don't have what you fancy eating & will make you feel better & also, sometimes it is so expensive to buy your snacks etc there. We were waiting 10 hours & because I got meals & Lee didn't we went to the shop. For the whole day through comfort & nervous eating I think we spent about £40 with treats & mags to read.
It'll all go well for you I'm sure & before you know it you'll be on here saying how much you love your new baby & will hardly remember being scared before.
I got a bit fed up at the nearly there stage & found the best thing to cheer me up was to say to friends & family 'cheer me up'. Be really upfront with your close friends & family & let them know this is the time you need some extra support & tlc. You may even get bought some chocolates so it's definately worth telling them. Also, these sort of websites are great when everyone around you says they know how you feel but you dont see how they can. Everyone is here for a chat. You'll make some great on-line friends.
Good luck & don't forget to post & let us all know when you've had you're big day. It is the most amazing day when all you can do is gush with love & pride when you see your baby. X
25/07/2010 at 08:42
I am 23 and 22 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My partner suggested this forum to me after looking online for some advice.
I am too starting to get swollen ankles and have been told that at this stage it is a bad sign, I only get swollen ankles in the evening. After looking onling and finding so much mixed information we are still wondering if this is normal?
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