questions of a first timer on being pregnant

Peggy - posted on 10/02/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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1.) I have recently learned that I am about 7-8 weeks pregnant I haven't really had any symptoms no morning sickness, no heartburn, so far no weight gain either, is this a bad sign? I haven't really gotten to speak to a dr yet to ask these kind of questions just briefly when I went in for the testing.
2.) I am a very petite woman 5'2 at most and 90-95 lbs. I have had basically everyone tell me that there is a C-section in my future is this true?
3.) I have been having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps every so often but they don't last as long and aren't as painful, is this normal or reason for concern?
4.) the first 3-6 weeks I had an elephant appetite, but since then I have experienced a decreased appetite is this normal? How do I deal with a decreased appetite when im pregnant and should be eating more? I have how ever been forcing myself to eat when I know it has been a while since eating last usually if I haven't eaten in 6 or more hours should I be doing this?

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1. Everyone is different so no this is not a bad sign, make the most of it!
2. Not sure on this one
3. Yes this is normal, just showing that things are happening in there
4. You should try and eat little and often, but I did not have an increased appetite either. You should carry on eating as you normally do but healthy foods rather than loads of junk - your baby will eat what you do

Danicia - posted on 10/06/2013

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1. enjoy the lack of symptoms! they'll catch up with you eventually ;) heartburn usually strikes in the later trimesters and you are one of the lucky ones without morning sickness :) I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have actually lost weight this go around, just maintaining now- no gain yet. every preg is different.
2. that is bull that you are destined to have a C-section. i'm 5'1'' and I had a vaginal delivery no prob. your height size does not predestine your delivery. size of baby, how your labor progresses, how your hips shift, etc- those affect your delivery type.
3. those cramps are more likely than not your uterus expanding to accommodate your little baby. I had them for the first trimester of both my pregnancies, they are annoying more than anything.
4. being that you are in the first trimester still, just focus on eating healthy and hitting your pre-pregnant calorie consumption. your baby is small enough currently that you do not need to focus on increasing your consumption as much as it will be in the future in the next couple trimesters.
congrats on your new addition in the making!

Peggy - posted on 10/06/2013

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Denikka That is good to hearim only about 9 weeks but I like to be VERY prepared for things. As my husband says he thinks ill make a good mom because I tend to "over investigate things" and I guess that me "investigating" a water birth is just me being me :)

Denikka - posted on 10/05/2013

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With a water birth, it's quite likely that you won't need anything for the pain anyways. The water itself relieves a LOT of the discomfort. With my first and third pregnancies, I spent most of my labor in the shower under running water. With my second, I was actually able to labor (but not deliver) in the tub. It was great :D If I had been able to deliver in the water, I wouldn't have even requested anything for the pain, and I'm a TOTAL wimp :P

I don't know about the policies where you are, but I know in BC at least, if you are delivering in the tub, they cannot give you any medication for pain. You may want to talk to your doctor about that.
I would highly recommend going into things with the intention of not getting any medication. Have the choice available to you, but tell your doctor (beforehand), that until and unless you request something for pain, not to give you anything.

Peggy - posted on 10/05/2013

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Thank you Denikka for that I really don't want to have a C-section. I also didn't realize that many C-sections are unnecessary and I actually want to try and do a water birth but do want something mild for the pain but not an epidural.

Denikka - posted on 10/05/2013

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I have 3 little ones, and you sound totally normal :) I didn't really put on any weight until my third trimester, other than actually getting sick (the flu) I had pretty much no pregnancy symptoms until I started to feel movement, and didn't really eat much extra until I was into my third trimester as well.

As for the c-section, with you being so tiny, your doctor may try to encourage you to have one. It seems to be a growing trend in the USA especially, and many c-sections are unnecessary. Definitely talk to your doctor, but go in educated. Look up the statistics and the reasoning behind why c-sections are preformed. If you want a natural or even just vaginal birth, research into it and stand firm. If and until something goes wrong, there's no need for a c-section.
Many first time moms don't realize that they do have options, and instead, they just go with what their doctor tells them. Do your research, know what you're going into, and make the best decisions for yourself with INPUT from your doctor. But unless they have valid reasons and can/do explain them, don't get pressured into doing something you don't want to do :)

Peggy - posted on 10/03/2013

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Thanks Lana this is good to know and comforting..... cuz im completely clueless when it comes to pregnancy!

Lana - posted on 10/03/2013

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Hi!

1. It is not bad to feel no symptoms no morning sickness, no heartburn, so far no weight gain either. you will start to gain weight in your second trimester.
2. only your dr can tell you. c sections are for when the placenta is covering your cervix or your baby is in stress or if you have preclampsia or any complications
3. as long as you are not bleeding you are fine. the cramping is from implantation and if it only last for a few seconds you are ok. also your uterus is preparing to grow so the area and muscles are expanding
4. decrease in appetite is normal because your uterus is growing and squishing your other organs - i am in my second trimester and not craving food. eat small meals. you should be eatting every 2-3 hours (small meals) you should never put yourself longer than 4 hours as you need the energy

hope that helps:) second time mother;) and good luck!

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