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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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    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 16th Apr 18, 12:52 PM
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    39+1

    Still no baby
    Originally posted by lauradora
    Any news??
    • NBDS
    • By NBDS 19th Apr 18, 7:43 AM
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    Sorry for my absence guys - worked until 38 weeks and it was hectic, as has maternity leave been (and couldn!!!8217;t remember my password). So glad to see babies have arrived safe and well!

    I!!!8217;m 41 weeks today and slowly losing my mind...
    • sweetilemon
    • By sweetilemon 19th Apr 18, 4:40 PM
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    Sorry for my absence guys - worked until 38 weeks and it was hectic, as has maternity leave been (and couldn!!!8217;t remember my password). So glad to see babies have arrived safe and well!

    I!!!8217;m 41 weeks today and slowly losing my mind...
    Originally posted by NBDS
    Oh no hope things get going soon. Do you have a sweep or induction planned?
    • Bosscout
    • By Bosscout 19th Apr 18, 7:51 PM
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    Hi all...just moved over here from the 'less than 12 wks' board, as my scan has dated me at 13 (My estimations weren't toooo far off, I thought I was 11+6)! Now got a DD of 25/10.

    So..hello
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 20th Apr 18, 10:51 AM
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    Hi Bosscout

    Congratulations

    There is a 12-24 week pregnancy thread before this one (obviously you can post wherever you like!)

    I think it may be empty at the moment but if some more people will be moving up from the 12 week thread soon, should be busier again
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 21st Apr 18, 4:26 PM
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    GTT results came back all normal as I expected really! Physio referral for my SPD/PGP really is dragging it's heels. pelvis chronic at the moment even had a few tears this week with the pain.

    Home birth team visited.... other then that all quiet on the western front so to speak!

    How is everyone else getting on?
    Living in a superhero induced haze
    "You did good Kidda!"
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 21st Apr 18, 8:46 PM
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    Hope you get the referal soon Mary!

    All ok here. OH's blood pressure is measuring very low. Last pregnancy her platelets dropped all the way through but never reached dangerous levels thankfully. Went back to normal afterwards.

    Baby was breach at growth scan which explains why all the kicks have been so low this time. But at her midwife appointment a few days later babies head was down. Kicks have been much higher since then.

    Although of course the baby could flip around multiple times before he settles into final position.
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • Bosscout
    • By Bosscout 22nd Apr 18, 9:22 PM
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    Hi Freddie - thanks, found the other board

    Mary Hinge - I hope your physio appointment comes through soon. I was told to call up for an appointment, but this morning got a letter telling me when my appointment was! Before I'd got around to calling. Stuff seems to vary so much from place to place.
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 22nd Apr 18, 10:28 PM
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    I waited 10 weeks for my physio appointment - by the time I got it they had to give me crutches. I say I waited 10 weeks, after 10 weeks I gave up, found a private specialist who gave me advice on chasing up my nhs appointment myself as well. I'm keeping moving by restricting moving (for me!), Pilates and until the recent weather, hot baths and hot water bottles. Funnily enough I don't feel like the latter two at the moment...
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 27th Apr 18, 9:46 PM
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    Crap at the moment. OH is under ridiculous pressure at work. It's reached the point that she's coming home in tears every night and even breaking down at work.

    She's feeling physically sick at the thought of going back on Monday.

    It's not just workload it's constant negativity from leadership. It's all being piled on more and more each day.

    There's only 4 week to go til her maternity leave starts but she doesn't feel like she can even manage another day.

    We're going to contact her manager tomorrow morning and explain the situation explicitly, in writing, expecting that they will make some allowance because if not she's likely to end up being signed off with stress.
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 30th Apr 18, 10:51 AM
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    She has now been signed off til the start of her maternity leave. Thank goodness!

    Been really worried about her the last couple of weeks - not her usual self at all.

    She's got a decent chance to recover now and enjoy the rest of her pregnancy. Will contact Union to make sure they're aware of the situation in case things are bad when she does return to work.
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 6th May 18, 11:03 PM
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    Growth scan fine again, following the same curve.

    Got appointment letters through for 37 and 40 week growth scans.

    Hope you're all well and enjoying the long weekend!
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 7th May 18, 8:58 PM
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    I came out the other side of third trimester sickness last week, baby dropped at 33 weeks (engaged more than usual, not reading anything into that...), so I've now had 10 days since I was last sick and I've eaten more than just toddler portions/nibbling biscuits. Far too uncomfortable to sleep, and PGP/SPD still giving me jip but I'm on the home stretch now. What's another 3-8 weeks without sleep...?!

    I'm booked into a birth centre rather than hospital now, and they gave me a personalised growth chart. The hospital midwives I saw a month ago decided I was difficult to measure because of my stomach muscles but the consensus has been that I'm measuring at the bottom of the normal range. My personalised growth chart says I'm smaller than average therefore my bump is smaller than average too, and actually everything is fine. Hopefully one day it'll be the standard way of measuring growth in pregnancy in the NHS to reassure where there's no reason to worry, and pick up on actual problems sooner.
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 12th May 18, 5:41 AM
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    Sorry that you're having a tough time Lavendar.

    Doctor called on Thursday to tell OH, after chasing up her last blood test with midwives, that her iron levels are really low - which would explain some of the problems she's been having with exhaustion and dizziness.

    So we're on an iron binge - been adding spinach to everything!

    She's got an appointment on Monday for another blood test.
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 12th May 18, 7:11 AM
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    Ah - that would explain it! I have amazed everyone with my good iron levels, given that I've previously had anaemia. But it's only because I've taken supplements the whole way through so I'm basically cheating

    Got 2 weeks left at work, it's getting difficult now. With baby engaged I'm waddling like a duck, shattered, getting some rotten days with my joints, never ending braxton hicks strong enough to stop me in my tracks and I can only think the baby is headbutting my cervix. Work is very busy so it'll be a fun fortnight!
    • Dot.1991
    • By Dot.1991 13th May 18, 11:06 PM
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    Hi all please can I join you? I went 24 weeks on Friday

    Iím due on the 31st August, though hoping il go into September for school reasons!

    Pregnancy going quite smoothly so far, Donít know the gender as wanted to keep it a surprise. Lots thinking boy because Iíve had no sickness. I donít mind either way but had a feeling last few weeks that itís a girl, I donít know why.

    Hope everyone is well xx
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 14th May 18, 6:58 AM
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    Don!!!8217;t know the gender as wanted to keep it a surprise. Lots thinking boy because I!!!8217;ve had no sickness. I don!!!8217;t mind either way but had a feeling last few weeks that it!!!8217;s a girl, I don!!!8217;t know why.
    Originally posted by Dot.1991
    Hi Dot, nice to see you on here.

    With our first baby (boy), OH had no sickness at all. Second baby completely different, sick only a few times but bad nausea constantly for quite a while. Really off her food and lost quite a lot of weight at the start.
    Also OH was convinced that she was having a boy with our first, right from the start - but this time she didn't have any feeling about it at all.

    So I was convinced that the baby must be a girl.

    But it's another boy. Every pregnancy is different.



    We couldn't hold off knowing until the day. We discussed it for a while and had toyed with the idea of having a 'surprise'. But I was desperate to know.



    We've started doing a deep clean of the house and we've got some well rated crib sheets ordered that should fit our Chicco Next2me without being as stupidly expensive as the Chicco branded sheets!

    I've also finished painting the staircase - which has been one of those nightmare jobs that I wish I'd never started - but it does look good now it's finished! If I ever have to paint another spindle it'll be too soon!
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • Dot.1991
    • By Dot.1991 15th May 18, 10:26 PM
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    Hi Freddie
    OH was also desperate to know and has given me a bit of a hard time about it some days but I just really wanted to keep it a surprise, if we have another I might let him find out.

    Agree with you that every pregnancy seems to be different, for every story of no sickness at all and it being a boy thereís the same for someone having a girl.

    Good job with the staircase, I would love to paint ours but we have 2 long flights of stairs so would take a long time and we have 2 cats that like to use it as a scratching post so I fear it would end up looking shoddy again!

    Weíve had a Next2me bought for us from OH brother and sister in law, which sheets have you bought for it? I really donít want to pay for the Chicco ones either!
    • FreddieFrugal
    • By FreddieFrugal 16th May 18, 8:35 PM
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    We got these ones : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01C5B70HC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    And the same make but in blue too.

    £7.99 and 6.99 so 4 sheets for the price of 2 Chicco ones. I wouldn't have minded if the more expensive Chicco ones were top quality but they weren't particularly well reviewed.

    These ones fit the next2me really well. There's a little extra material length ways but because they're elastic and it fits snugly at the sides the extra material is just pulled underneath. When it's in place it looks like a perfect fit.

    They look and feel nice for cheap sheets
    Mortgage remaining: £42,260 of £77,000 (2.59% til 03/18 - 2.09% til 03/23)

    Savings target June 18 - £22,281.99 / £25,000
    • LavenderBee
    • By LavenderBee 18th May 18, 1:25 PM
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    I'm feeling very exasperated at being pregnant now. Everything hurts all the time, the baby keeps head-butting my cervix, Braxton hicks every time I dare to move/breath/be alive, he has been engaged for 3 weeks now (not fully, but enough!) yet my ribs still hurt, I am exhausted but I have another week at work.


    And then this morning, the midwife says I need a growth scan. I am so busy at work I'm dreading taking more time out. And unusually for me, I'm not freaked out, I'm not worried, I honestly feel that baby is fine. He/she is incredibly active; and every time someone looks into it the answer is I am small, so odds are my uterus is small and just perhaps I will have a baby smaller than 7lbs 5oz (after all, for that to be average, surely every other baby has to be smaller?); and he/she did drop at 33 weeks and contorts him/herself into odd positions (NB I have hypermobility syndrome and also contort myself into odd positions ).


    I do appreciate the concern and I am glad they are being thorough, but they couldn't see me today at the hospital today because they are too busy. I just feel like time and resources would be better used on someone who really needs it.


    Just let me finish work and I'm ready for this baby to come out!
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