"This is all great advice. I would caution, though, after having 2 c-sections: don't push yourself. Listen to your pain and your fatigue level and don't do more than you feel you can. If you do, you will regret it later as your recovery…"
"I know how that is! It's so frustrating, and unfortunately it's a big part of pregnancy with type 1. Do some browsing of older discussions on this group and you'll find lots of tips for preventing the spikes. A big one is…"
"Congratulations! I ate a very paleo-influenced diet with my second pregnancy, and had better control than I had with my first, during which I ate more carbs. I would say cram in as many vegetables as possible, and then think about high-quality…"
"Hi, I'm only one year in to my T1 journey but started out with MDI, then onto Dex G4, and then added in T:slim. If I had to choose it would be G4 hands down.
I have learned so much about how I personally respond to the foods I eat and how I…"
"Hi Elizabeth. I'm Kim, and I just found your April entry. Shoot. I have been on Dexcom CGM 4 since March of last year and have had the Medtronic pump for maybe 10 years. I'm wondering how you have been doing on the Dexcom CGM (if you…"
"An update for those who are interested:
Our second daughter was born December 18th, and we are all doing very well.
My story had an unexpected twist, which was that between 37 and 39 weeks, my amniotic fluid level went down significantly. When I…"
My prenatal yoga DVD claims that yoga squats can induce labor, so I'm going to try to do lots of those. I would try walking a lot except that my hip is bothering me quite a bit, so I guess that's out. Anyone have any…"
"Hooray for lack of exponential growth -- indeed something to celebrate :)
Will be praying for you!!! Keep us posted when you can!!!
Are you trying methods to naturally induce labor? (not that I know they work, just curious)"
The work set up sounds good. I'm sure it will be a bit stressful for you (and your husband), but you will find your rhythm. It took me about a month after starting up work to feel less stressed about things.
Also, just to warn you, I have heard many say that the 6-8 weeks after the due date are a "fussy" time for many babies. They are going through changes with sleep hormones that be a tough time for them. We did not struggle with fussiness much, but those weeks were tough!! Things did get better though. Not sure if you will experience that too, but just thought that I would mention it :-)
Are you planning to still breastfeed when you return to work? When you said your colleagues were supportive about pumping, did you mean insulin pumping or breastmilk pumping?
I am not able to pump between the courses that I teach (just not enough time). So I go 8 hours without pumping or feeding once a week. That was sometimes painful, but thankfully didn't effect my milk supply. I *only* leaked once during class. Oh well.
Sorry to hear that you are dealing with c-section pain. Honestly, I didn't try to walk far after the birth -- I pretty much hung around our apartment for the first 4 weeks. I was able to move around pretty comfortably in the apartment. I had pain mostly in the motion of going from sitting to laying down.
I went for my first longer walk outside the apartment after 4 weeks and it went slowly. By 6 weeks, I was feeling much more mobile. I know there is a large degree of variation in this. As much as possible, don't push yourself if you are feeling pain! I hope that it will go away soon.
I still need to finish my PhD, but I have taken some time off from it. I am teaching one course at the university, which was been a good balance. So I am full time at home and just one afternoon a week, my mother-in-law watches our son. I do need to occasionally use a babysitter when I need to meet my students. In general, it is nice to be doing some work, but it is quite tiring when I can only do my lesson planning late at night. But we found a routine by now. Do you plan to work?
Glad that you are both doing fine now!! (Sorry I just saw your comment now!!!)
I had a scheduled c-section and our little guy had already filled the amniotic fluid with meconium -- so the doctor said that if she had waited another day, we might have faced the same. I had just completed my 38th week. But that told me that he was really ready to come out!
I hope that you are coping OK with the recovery. I don't know what your experience will be like, but I found the first days to be SO exciting and then came a very tiring period (months 1-3). I didn't realize how intense newborn care would be!! But now my son is 5 months old and I am finding life more manageable again (I even take a shower everyday -- imagine that!).
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