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    • becca0417
    • By becca0417 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
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    MSE Pregnancy Club 28
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    • 10th Feb 14, 7:07 PM
    MSE Pregnancy Club 28 10th Feb 14 at 7:07 PM
    MSE Pregnancy Club 28

    Official MoneySavingExpert.com Insert:

    What's it about?

    Back in July 2006 Bailey started this thread to help all pregnant MoneySavers and their partners save on anything pregnancy-related plus give each other moral support. It's been hugely popular and now has a long list of pregnant mothers-to-be.

    Now it's not just for those that are pregnant but also those trying to conceive and MoneySavers that have probably already given birth and yet are probably too tired to let everyone know.

    What should you do?

    As well as being a great source of tips, baby-related bargains spotted, mutual support and help MoneySavers here have also gradually built up a list, adding themselves to one of these categories (the last one, people are moved to for obvious reasons!):

    EDD (Estimated due date if you're pregnant)
    TTC (trying to conceive if you're not) we now have 2 seperate threads for people TTC - 'Trying for a Baby' and 'Trying for a baby (12+ M/not straightforward)'
    Birth List
    Probably given birth but too worn out to log on list

    If you want to add yourself to the list follow these steps:

    Click on the link at the top of this page that says "Last" (it'll take you to the last page of the discussion)
    Scroll down until you find the message with the very latest copy of the list in (if you use one further up the discussion other peoples' changes after that will be lost)
    Copy that (highlight it and click control+c)
    Click reply at the bottom of the thread to open a screen where you can past it (click control+p)
    Add yourself to the list then click save
    And don't feel shy. Introduce yourself, say hello and ask a question if you need to.

    Plus, if you're thinking of how to cut down on nappy costs remember to have a read of the Nappy MoneySaving article too and for later down the line if you need childcare first read the Childcare Vouchers article.

    Also please don't forget that this is a public forum and anyone could be reading it. Don't let this put you off discussing anything personal, just please be aware that the people posting on the thread may not be the only ones reading (it may just be that these people, aka lurkers, are too shy to post).


    If you're new to the Forum it can look scattergun but read down and remember it's a conversation, starting with first post, scrolling forward for the latest. To reply you'll need to join the Forum but it's free to do.


    This is a continuation of this thread which will be closed due to it's length.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 08-09-2014 at 11:47 AM.
    First baby due 3/3/14 - Team Yellow! Our little girl born 25/2/14
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    • snowscreamer
    • By snowscreamer 20th Mar 17, 10:21 PM
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    snowscreamer
    1. cats2012 - 12th March
    2. clarabell1984 - 31st March
    3. penguingirl - 20th May
    4. vanilla - 24th May
    5. ellesbellesxxx - 31st May (x2)
    6. april87 - 3rd June
    7. firebird082 - 14th June
    8. snowscreamer - 21st June

    When you see this post do your pelvic floor exercises

    Hospital Bag List here
    Supplement List and Dosage here

    ***BIRTH LIST*** - Within the last month or so

    Sexymouse - Benjamin Logan - 11th February - 7lb 4oz
    Big5 - Harrison Michael - 16th February - 7lb 12oz
    Cuidadosa - - 18th March - 3lb 7oz; 4lb 5oz - awaiting names

    PROBABLY GIVEN BIRTH BUT TOO WORN OUT TO LOG ON TO LIST
    [Allow 2 weeks after EDD before transferring to this list (Max 6 weeks)]


    CONTRACTION MASTER TIMER

    Please post your birth stories here when you have time/energy
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    Enjoying sending hundreds of pounds a month to savings rather than debt repayment!
    • snowscreamer
    • By snowscreamer 20th Mar 17, 10:30 PM
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    snowscreamer
    Now I'm back home on my computer I tidied the list up a bit; moved Cuidadosa to births and added firebird082 plus I know you said you were expecting a girl cats so added that as well.

    Pushchair arrived today. The seat unit is a little worn from use but I suppose at £54 on eBay I can't complain too much! Seems perfectly functional which is the main thing. We'll have the new carrycot so if after the carrycot stage we do decide to replace it, it won't be a disaster! The frame is perfectly fine so it will definitely work well as a pram / travel system.

    I feel like the third trimester is starting to catch up with me now which is a bit sad. I've enjoyed such a wonderful second trimester with loads of energy and no illness at all. But I'm now starting to get (currently pretty mild) heartburn / acid reflux and starting to find stairs a bit of an effort and bending down painful. Very frustrating for somebody who's used to being slim and reasonably fit and active. Tying up shoelaces / putting on socks is becoming a bit of a mission too. Having to use a stair or table now where before I could lean over and do it on the floor with ease. Plus my hips are starting to feel the burden of the extra weight. It's manageable for the moment so I'm really hoping none of the above get worse at too fast a pace... Oooh, leg cramps in bed are another - I was really glad to see others mention it as I didn't know it could be pregnancy related. I had been assuming it was me getting old and unable to cope with the walking I'm now doing as part of my train/tube commute (used to drive to work).
    Cleared my credit card debt of £7123.58 in a year using YNAB! Debt free date 04/12/2015.
    Enjoying sending hundreds of pounds a month to savings rather than debt repayment!
    • arbrighton
    • By arbrighton 20th Mar 17, 10:35 PM
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    arbrighton
    Snow, could you add me on for 4th Jule, copying and pasting on tablet is a bit hit and miss

    Saw movement on bump when bean kicked today. Oh has got conf of receipt of pat leave docs so I need to get mat b1 sorted.

    Growth scan on weds so a bit apprehensive
    • april87
    • By april87 21st Mar 17, 7:50 AM
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    april87
    Snow I am with you on the heartburn/reflux. No amount of Rennies/Gaviscon seems to help either which is frustrating.

    Hopefully your scan will go well Arbrighton.

    Absolutely shattered this morning, decided to hit the gym after the 2nd/3rd time I woke up around 3. Sitting at my desk now, not sure that was the best idea. May have to crack out the normal coffee today. Just hoping the day passes quickly and I can be back at home before I know it.

    Penguin, which hypnobirthing track is it your doing?
    • penguingirl
    • By penguingirl 21st Mar 17, 9:15 AM
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    I've been doing the first track on this page https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/book-talk/mindful-hypnobirthing/ we did it again last night, although we both got the giggles as OH had been doing a spoof version of it beforehand. But we perservered with it and it still was good. I feel like I'm sleeping a bit better, although having lots of labour/ pregnancy dreams but they're not stressy so I don't mind them. If you google mp3 hypnobirthing there's a few other tracks around too, so I may try some of them too.

    Snow I'm with you on the frustration around energy. I tried to do masking tape to paint the skirting boards the other day and it was really hard work! OH ended up doing all the painting and I just sat on the birthing ball watching him like a spare part. Where possible I'm going for slip on shoes now the weather has improved a bit.
    • Lifestartsat40
    • By Lifestartsat40 21st Mar 17, 9:21 AM
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    Another one here struggling with the energy, although in my case it could also be age related as well as pregnancy related - I felt about 100 years old yesterday, everything was an effort!
    I am 28 weeks this Saturday and I'm celebrating Mothers Day by going for one of the 4D scans, will be lovely to see little one again even if some of the 3D pics can look a little weird
    Ive finished work now, I officially start Mat leave at 32 weeks, but with 2 weeks school holiday immediately prior and a sick note for my SPD running up till then, I'm now a free woman!!
    Trying to make the most of it and have planned some trips to the swimming pool, getting the nursery ready, lots of reading, but can't be as active as I would like as I'm hobbling about on crutches.
    • firebird082
    • By firebird082 21st Mar 17, 12:39 PM
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    Tying up shoelaces / putting on socks is becoming a bit of a mission too. Having to use a stair or table now where before I could lean over and do it on the floor with ease.
    Originally posted by snowscreamer
    Ha, with you on that one - although I am a lot more used to propping feet on chairs for doing up shoes, because of my existing back issues.

    I was feeling totally exhausted before holiday, but having such a relaxing and lazy week away seems to have done wonders for my energy levels. Also helps that I've stopped playing tennis now, so my only evening out is to aquanatal - much easier!

    OH ended up doing all the painting and I just sat on the birthing ball watching him like a spare part.
    by PENGUINGIRL
    This made me laugh - that's exactly how helpful I've been too. Although we did manage to entirely clear the outhouse on Sunday afternoon, and OH had to keep telling me to stop doing things! "Put that down. Tell me where you want the sack of potatoes, and I'll move them for you"!

    I'm home alone again this week, which is good for sleep. Had the 28 week midwife appointment yesterday - bump still around the 50th percentile or slightly under, which is good news - OH's family are all very small, and I'm 6ft, so in reality the baby could be any size really Seeing the anaesthetist tomorrow to make sure there aren't any potential issues with having an epidual related to my previous spinal surgery - potential perfect storm there if they can't, and the placenta has stayed blocking my cervix, but I'm trying not to think about that...a cesaerean under general is about my worst nightmare for birth Hopefully it won't come to that, and there's no point worrying until it becomes an actual problem rather than just a potential one.

    I'm off to pick up the travel system tonight - spotted the Uppababy vista secondhand on Gumtree, so all being well that will come home with me later. Bit annoyed with Mothercare for being useless at the moment - it's impossible to find out when their expectant parent evenings are, so ended up messaging them via facebook. Have missed the local one, and they weren't able to tell me when any future ones might be. So I think we'll be spending the rest of our John Lewis vouchers on baby stuff instead.

    Fingers crossed for your scan tomorrow Arbrighton - hopefully everything will be positive.

    Enjoy your time off, Lifestarts - I've got 8 weeks left at work, and I can't wait to finish and have a bit more time to do the little things around the house. And it's beautifully sunny today too - make the most of it!
    • arbrighton
    • By arbrighton 21st Mar 17, 12:50 PM
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    Thanks firebird as far as i know it's precautionary due to the small risk i was exposed to zika but a bit anxious all the same.
    Need to write myself a couple of notes to ask about, not least mat b1 as oh not with me so i might forget

    They probably won't know either way yet if i'll have to keep going to see consultant and labour ward rather than midwife led unit but i'll ask anyway.

    The more i think about last scan, at 20weeks, the more i realise that the fat little tummy comment might need checking more than anything else

    Still using the hypnobirthing track. was lovely last night as I was all relaxed until the end then very definitely needed to get up to bathroom, Oh was just awake enough to ask if it had helped (didn't subject him to it, on headphones)
    • firebird082
    • By firebird082 21st Mar 17, 12:55 PM
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    Still using the hypnobirthing track. was lovely last night as I was all relaxed until the end then very definitely needed to get up to bathroom, Oh was just awake enough to ask if it had helped (didn't subject him to it, on headphones)
    Originally posted by arbrighton
    We both do the relaxation track together - might not be a very good idea now I think about it, as if we put it on during the birth, it might put OH to sleep as well!
    • penguingirl
    • By penguingirl 21st Mar 17, 1:46 PM
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    We both do the relaxation track together - might not be a very good idea now I think about it, as if we put it on during the birth, it might put OH to sleep as well!
    Originally posted by firebird082
    Yep we've been doing it together too. Apart from the giggling it's been really nice. We got the giggles during the nct class too when practicing massage and the teacher said laughing during labour would definitely help with pain.

    Arbrighton, I have to get up for the toilet after it too (baby is very active in the evening so I tend to take about 3 trips until I can settle!), but I'm getting better at not really waking up to go. And last night I then only had to get up at about 3am which is pretty good for me. Hope your scan goes OK tomorrow.

    Firebird- hope the anaesthetist goes OK tomorrow.
    Last edited by penguingirl; 21-03-2017 at 1:49 PM.
    • snowscreamer
    • By snowscreamer 21st Mar 17, 7:27 PM
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    snowscreamer
    1. cats2012 - 12th March
    2. clarabell1984 - 31st March
    3. penguingirl - 20th May
    4. vanilla - 24th May
    5. ellesbellesxxx - 31st May (x2)
    6. april87 - 3rd June
    7. firebird082 - 14th June
    8. snowscreamer - 21st June
    9. newthrift - 30th June
    10. arbrighton - 4th July

    When you see this post do your pelvic floor exercises

    Hospital Bag List here
    Supplement List and Dosage here

    ***BIRTH LIST*** - Within the last month or so

    Sexymouse - Benjamin Logan - 11th February - 7lb 4oz
    Big5 - Harrison Michael - 16th February - 7lb 12oz
    Cuidadosa - - 18th March - 3lb 7oz; 4lb 5oz - awaiting names

    PROBABLY GIVEN BIRTH BUT TOO WORN OUT TO LOG ON TO LIST
    [Allow 2 weeks after EDD before transferring to this list (Max 6 weeks)]


    CONTRACTION MASTER TIMER

    Please post your birth stories here when you have time/energy
    Cleared my credit card debt of £7123.58 in a year using YNAB! Debt free date 04/12/2015.
    Enjoying sending hundreds of pounds a month to savings rather than debt repayment!
    • snowscreamer
    • By snowscreamer 21st Mar 17, 7:37 PM
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    arbrighton - added you to the list and also newthrift - I think I remember you were 9 days behind me which makes your EDD 30th June - I hope I have calculated that correctly?

    As cats2012 has posted most days over the last few weeks and nothing today I'm really hoping no news for us is good news for her!

    As for me, we are hopefully finally starting the last few bits of work to the house and garden that we wanted to get done before baby / before we sell. The house was in a pretty poor state when we bought it and our plan has always been to do it up and then sell to get somewhere bigger once children started arriving. It will actually be fine for 1 baby/toddler (2 big bedrooms, 1 small) and possibly 1 toddler and 1 baby but that would be my absolute limit before moving on. Especially as it's on a very fast country lane and I am terrified of the road + toddlers...

    The last couple of bits are the stairs (currently pretty open - need banisters!), downstairs loo (currently 70s style) and finally removing our front garden to expand the driveway to create more flexible off-road parking space. Our joiner to do the stairs and downstairs loo has given us a start date next week and then the landscaper is starting mid-late April (no confirmed date yet). Can't wait for it all to be complete! Hoping the disruption won't be too hectic...
    Cleared my credit card debt of £7123.58 in a year using YNAB! Debt free date 04/12/2015.
    Enjoying sending hundreds of pounds a month to savings rather than debt repayment!
    • penguingirl
    • By penguingirl 21st Mar 17, 8:48 PM
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    penguingirl

    As cats2012 has posted most days over the last few weeks and nothing today I'm really hoping no news for us is good news for her!
    Originally posted by snowscreamer
    That's what I thought too! Let's hope it's good news.

    Sounds like you're doing a great job with your house. Our upstairs is nearly finished, a couple of bits of paint to touch up and I think we are going furniture and carpet shopping this weekend. Can't wait as feel like we've been camping in it for 2 years! The garden, kitchen and lounge still need to be done, but we haven't got any plans to do those right now (well we might pay someone to do the garden, but no more diy for now!)
    • sweetbabu
    • By sweetbabu 21st Mar 17, 9:05 PM
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    Hi,

    May I be added to the list, please? 12th June for us

    As cats2012 has posted most days over the last few weeks and nothing today I'm really hoping no news for us is good news for her!
    Originally posted by snowscreamer
    That's what I'm hoping, too! I know the whole due date thing is pretty much guesswork, but when you've been told a date and you go over it, it's horrendous!

    Massive congrats, cuidadosa! My girl was 2.55kg and she was teeny enough - I can't begin to imagine your boys! I hope they are growing and thriving x

    I have to say, I'm going to go against the grain a bit here and, yes, I do have heartburn (though I think I remember it worse in my last pregnancy?), and yes I do wake up with restless legs (thankfully not cramp yet!) in the morning - BUT, I am sleeping right through till morning! I can't remember when I started to get up during the night last time, but once I'm asleep, that's pretty much me till the morning. I am waking up slightly earlier than usual, but that never hurt anyone! I think I've discovered my second trimester energy!

    I'm also still able to put socks on and do up my shoes - though it does take a bit longer if he's lying at the top of my bump!

    Speaking of bump, he had quite a few fits yesterday - my belly was moving like mad and it tickled as well! Made me giggle

    OH and I had a few days off towards the end of last week, so we spent it in the garden. Him shovelling mud from the pile left from the decking - and me holding the bag open and feeling like an extra wheel We were at the garden centre loads and are the proud new owners of more litres of compost than I could care to admit! He built a couple of wooden planters and I painted them. Then we planted the bedding plants and grasses that we bought. Then he told me off for daring to lift half a bag of decorative stones - I felt like a child

    Hope everyone is doing well, and fingers crossed for cats!
    • cats2012
    • By cats2012 21st Mar 17, 9:54 PM
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    Haha you observant lot!! Yes Baby B is finally.here, no name yet. Arrived 9.10am this morning weighing just 5lb 9oz. Unfortunately birth plan went out the window due to a big bleed in early.labour and then an issue with her heartrate dipping so it was a very quick but very medical labour and we're staying in overnight to make sure feeding etc works out given the interventions.

    We're both safe and well though and staff were amazing. I'm a bit sore and very tired now but otherwise all good :-)
    Officially Mrs B as of March 2013
    TTC since Apr 2015, baby B born March 2017
    • arbrighton
    • By arbrighton 21st Mar 17, 10:22 PM
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    Congratulations Cats and eeeeeeeeeeeeek by the sounds of it. Hope you have a good night
    • cats2012
    • By cats2012 21st Mar 17, 11:38 PM
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    Didn't mean to scare anyone - it's actually a story of how you just don't know what will happen but the NHS are amazing. My mindfulness/hypnobirthing still definitely helped as I only had gas and air, except some local anaesthetic due to the complications but that was only at the last minute.

    It's funny how plans just don't matter when baby's safety is priority :-)
    Officially Mrs B as of March 2013
    TTC since Apr 2015, baby B born March 2017
    • april87
    • By april87 22nd Mar 17, 7:43 AM
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    Congratulations Cats. Glad to hear you are both doing well, that's the main thing!
    • Tinks05
    • By Tinks05 22nd Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    Congrats Cats! Have been checking back waiting for news from you. Glad you and baby are doing well xx
    • newthrift
    • By newthrift 22nd Mar 17, 8:27 AM
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    Congratulations Cats, glad to hear you and baby are doing well.

    Snow you got my due date right, thank you very well remembered, I have full on baby brain at times and forget the simplest of things - which does lead to a lot of paranoia at work and triple checking stuff haha.

    I can get the socks and shoes on but I have to be sat down and usually put my foot on to the other leg. Funny how the simplest of tasks become difficult. I actually felt proud of being able to still shave my legs in the bath last night, DH has already been told he'll have to do it near the end, oh the glamour
    Christmas is the most magical time of the year
    Baby Newthrift due June 2017
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