Great question ! There is a name for this , it’s called lighting crotch !
At the end of the third trimester, the baby settles, or drops lower, into the mother’s pelvis. This is known as dropping or lightening. Dropping is not a good predictor of when labor will begin. In first-time mothers, dropping usually occurs 2 to 4 weeks before delivery, but it can happen earlier. It’s so painful and doctors don’t bother to explain
It to a pregnant mom ! A mom with Hyperemesis Gravidarum is already emotional but OBGYN don’t inform most and this is scary . Women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum are at a higher risk for preterm labor .
“The majority of nerves in the uterus are actually right by the cervix,” “Regardless of the baby’s position, if something’s pressing on your cervix, it can stimulate
pain might be due to varicose veins that pop up in your labia and vagina during pregnancy, There’s increasing pressure from the enlarging uterus, so the blood from everything below it doesn’t make its way effectively upward as it typically does. That pressure changes cause dilation of those veins,Your veins usually have valves that stop blood from flowing backwards, but because of all that pregnancy-induced pressure in the area, they might not work as well as usual. Hence, varicose veins that can cause tingly pain in your Vagina! To ease lightning crotch, you can try wearing maternity compression pantyhose, some of which go all the way up to your belly button. “They hold everything in and help prevent blood from pooling in the lower extremities and vagina,” the discomfort is suppose to be short-lived: but it’s not always the case in why mom. The vomiting and force can make Baby press on those nerves and make the pain worse in my book. Varicose veins in the vaginal area usually go away once you give birth, or at least get much smaller. This is so pain and something in pregnancy all women should know and no one talks about !
Talk to your doctor more then likely it’s lighting Vagina !
I’m so sorry the doctor was so mean to you !
I was treated so bad my entire pregnancy and badly in the aftermath I understand ! I feel your pain and I never wanted anyone with Hyperemesis Gravidarum to ever get poor treatment after my nine months of hell !
Excited for my book and bringing the #HGMovement forward !
Sister Starr Andrews Strong
Birth Annoucement: Rose Rush had her baby boy on November 21, 2016 at 9 pm . Her beautiful baby boys name is Dakari Antonio Zyaire Wright weighs
6lbs 14oz and is 24 inches long! Rose had a very hard Hyperemesis Gravidarum pregnancy .
Hyperemesis Gravidarum was a nightmare but they overcame the odds
HG is nine months of hell for a life time of heaven !
If it wasn’t for the strength of her fellow HG sisters family and friends she would of been so lost and thanks you all of you for the support and prayers ! How many likes/loves can we get for beating HG!
Welcome to the world little one
Rose, we are so excited to share this birth announcement we are always here for you !
HG Before During and the aftermath team
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Today question of the week is what are signs labor is coming ?
Detectable Braxton Hicks contractions can begin as early as the second trimester, around 20 weeks, but they state that most commonly experienced in the third trimester. I had them in the second trimester, around 20 weeks, but most HG moms commonly experienced them early due to dehydration and malnutrition.
Your baby may kick in earlier and be more intense.But during each pregnancy can be different.
Pre-labor: One to four weeks before labor look out for :
*Your baby “drops”
* Your cervix dilates.
* You feel more cramps and increased back pain.
* Your joints feel looser.
* You have diarrhea.
* You stop gaining weight (or lose pounds) hard to say in Hyperemesis Gravidarum moms because we are sick !
* You feel extra-tired…or you have an urge to nest.( don’t ask me why doctors say YOUR have the urge to nest while in labor ) 🙄
* Your vaginal discharge changes color and consistency.
PRE-LABOR: ONE TO FOUR WEEKS BEFORE LABOR 12 signs to look out for ;
1. Your baby “drops”
A few weeks before labor begins, your baby will start to descend into your pelvis (for first-time moms; in future births, this “lightening” doesn’t usually happen until you’re truly in labor). Your baby is getting into position to make his or her exit: head down and low. Yes, you might feel you’re waddling even more than you have been up until this point — and you may be back to taking very frequent bathroom breaks like you did way back in your first trimester, because baby’s head is pushing down on your bladder too, I felt like my baby was going to fall out I needed a medical c section so I was scared she may fall out . She was still really high up on me so the dropping different on every mother .
But the good news is most moms have a little more breathing room, since baby is moving away from your lungs. Your just going to pee every 2 seconds! 😭
2. Your cervix dilates
Your cervix is starting to prepare for birth: It starts to dilate (open) and to efface (thin out) in the days or weeks before you deliver. At your weekly check-ups, your provider may measure and track dilation and effacement via an internal exam. But everyone progresses differently, so don’t be discouraged if you’re dilating slowly (or not at all yet). I never did dilate at all ! Zero zip no dice !
3. You feel more cramps and increased back pain, I had such bad back pain before I knew what contractions are . Being a first time mom contractions can feel like cramps in stomach or back !
if this is not your first pregnancy, you may feel some crampiness and pain in your groin and lower back as labor nears. Your muscles and joints are stretching and shifting in preparation for birth.Everyone different !
4. Your joints feel looser
Throughout your pregnancy, the hormone relaxin has made all of your ligaments soften and loosen (it’s also responsible for your bouts of clumsinessthis past trimester if you have had any . Did you know your feet grow and get longer , my feet were so fat even 5 years later I can not fit in shoes I did pre pregnancy because my feet grew) Before you go into labor, you may notice your joints all over your body feel a bit looser and Relax , not everyone will notice with Hyperemesis Gravidarum your just so over it and want your baby out !
it’s just mother nature’s way of opening up your pelvis for your little HG tough guy or girl to make his or her way into the world.
5. You have diarrhea
Just as the muscles in your uterus are relaxing in preparation for birth, so are other muscles in your body — including those in our rectum. That can lead to loose bowel movements. Though annoying, this is normal; stay hydrated ( hard with HG but try if on home health fluids more though IV and remember it’s a goodsign!
6. You stop gaining weight (or lose pounds) as doctors say but with Hyperemesis Gravidarum this just not a good sign to go by ! I’ll tell you what doctors say though ……
Weight gain tends to level off at the very end of pregnancy. Some moms-to-be even lose a couple of pounds! This is normal and won’t affect your baby’s birthweight.
still gaining, but you’re losing due to lower levels of amniotic fluid, more potty breaks like you will pee stand up and have to pee again ! I would lean forward without falling on a chair or wall I had a bar in my bathroom to lean forward to try to empty my bladder !
7. You feel extra-tired… Between the active bladder and the exhaustion, sometimes you can feel like you’ve traveled backwards in time. That super-size belly, along with the smooshed bladder, can make it hard (even impossible) to get a good night’s sleep during the last days and weeks of pregnancy. Pile on those pillows and take naps during the day if you possibly can and not vomiting your guts up ! That is, unless you’re feeling the opposite of fatigued: Some moms get a burst of energy as birth-day nears, and can’t resist the compelling urge to clean and organize everything in sight. That’s okay, as long as you don’t overdo it Hyperemesis Gravidarum is draining so rest as much as you can !
8. Your vaginal discharge changes color and consistency
In the last days before labor you’ll notice an increased and/or thickened vaginal discharge. You may also notice the loss of your mucous plug — the cork sealing off your uterus from the outside world. It can come out in one large piece (it looks similar to the mucous you have in your nose, but with faint streaks of blood) or lots of little ones (though you may not notice it at all if you’re the flush-and-run type). This thickened, pinkish discharge is also called the bloody show and is a good indication that labor is imminent (though without labor contractions or dilation of three to four centimeters, labor could still be a few days away!).
9. You feel stronger, more frequent contractions
10.Contractions are an early sign of active labor! Have a smart phone download a free app to time them!
11.You can experience Braxton-Hicks contractions for weeks and even months before delivery. I did even 1 min apart mine were from dehydration !
12.You’ll feel their pinch as the muscles in your uterus tighten in preparation for their big moment (pushing that baby out for the moms that can I couldn’t !
How can you tell the difference between real and false labor contractions? Look for these signs of real labor:
* If you’re active, contractions get stronger instead of easing up
* If you change position, contractions don’t go away
* The contraction pain starts in your lower backand moves to your lower abdomen, and possibly your legs
* Contractions progress: They get more frequent and more painful, and sometimes fall into a regular pattern
Your water breaks
While movies would have you think you’ll learn you’re in labor only when your water breaks (of course in the middle of a romantic dinner date at a busy restaurant), that’s a very unlikely scenario. It’s actually one of the final signs of labor most women notice — and it happens in less than 15% of births. So don’t count on it as your only labor sign!
Still feel like you won’t know when to announce “It’s time!” and get ready to meet your baby? Try not to stress about it. spot all the important signs.
AM I GOING INTO LABOR? SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR?
If you think you’re going into labor, your practitioner should have advised you on what to do when your contractions become regular: “Call me when they’re coming about five minutes apart for at least an hour,” for example. Contractions won’t all be exactly spaced, but if they are becoming pretty consistent, it’s time to check in with your doc. If you think you might be in labor but aren’t sure, get on the phone; your provider can advise you on what’s going on. Don’t feel embarrassed or worry about calling outside of office hours (your doctor or midwife knew this would happen when she got into the baby-catching business!).
You should always call if:
* You experience any bleeding or bright-red discharge (not brown or pinkish).
* Your water breaks — especially if the fluid looks green or brown; this could be a sign that meconium is present (which is your newborn’s first stool; it can be dangerous if your baby inhales or ingests it during birth).
* You experience vision changes, a headache, or sudden or severe swelling. These can be symptoms of preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension.
Follow The 5-1-1 Rule :
The 5-1-1 rule means that contractions come every 5 minutes, each lasting a full minute, and have been that way for an hour:
5 = Every 5 minutes
1 = Lasting a full minute or more
1 = Lasting for at least 1 hour
However, this rule may not apply to everybody and may be different for women who have their first pregnancy versus those who have had a baby before. More recently, recommendations, especially for those who have their first baby, are 4-1-1 (four minutes apart) or even 3-1-1 (three minutes apart).
I GET ASK OFTEN STARR HOW TO GO INTO LABOR?
Not in labor just yet…but full-term and itching to get things moving along? There are a few natural tricks that may help induce labor that you can try at home yourself, including walking, sex, spicy food and acupuncture. That said, there’s not a lot of research to back any of these methods up, and you should talk to your doctor first before trying anything intended to prompt baby’s birthday. Your almost there and your nine months of hell will be over
Sister Starr Andrews Strong HGactivist ❤️
Toxemia of pregnancy is a severe pregnancy condition that sometimes occurs in the later weeks of pregnancy, but can happen sooner. I often get asked Is Preeclampsia the same thing ? Preeclampsia is also called toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). It only occurs during pregnancy, but it can occur earlier than week 20 in some cases.Approximately 5 to 8 percent of pregnant women get preeclampsia.
Toxemia is characterized by high blood pressure; swelling of the hands, feet, and face; and an excessive amount of protein in the urine. If the condition is allowed to worsen, the mother may experience convulsions and coma, and the baby may be stillborn. It’s pretty scary to swell up ! I swelled up so badly but wasn’t able to deliver early and could of died !
Several diseases are more pronounced during pregnancy, and several more affect only pregnant women. Diabetes is no longer a life-threatening complication, but can lead to big babies .
Most pregnancy go okay and moms are healthy and remain so until delivery of the baby. Aside from a variety of minor problems — for example, backache, morning sickness ( if only we had this and not HG , ) and constipation ( Zofran Constipation ugh so bad ) the woman generally tolerates the many changes in their body that result from pregnancy. In some cases, however, either the mother enters pregnancy with a medical problem or a problem develops during pregnancy. Some of these conditions can affect only the mother, while others may affect both mother and baby and can kill mother and child !
Toxemia of pregnancy is a severe medical condition that sometimes occurs in the later part of pregnancy or earlier. Remember Toxemia / preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure; swelling of the hands, feet, and face; and an excessive amount of protein in the urine. If the condition is allowed to worsen, the mother may experience convulsions and coma, and the baby may be stillborn. If you start swelling getting pitting edema , moon face and your body start to swell DEMAND A 24 hour urine test to check your protein levels !
Like Hyperemesis Gravidarum without treatment you can die !
It’s important to Monitor your blood pressure at home !
The symptoms of toxemia of pregnancy (which may lead to death if not treated) are divided into three stages, each progressively more serious:
1. Mild preeclampsia symptoms include edema (puffiness under the skin due to fluid accumulation in the body tissues, often around the ankles), mild elevation of blood pressure, and the presence of small amounts of protein in the urine.
2. Severe preeclampsia symptoms include extreme edema, extreme elevation of blood pressure, the presence of large amounts of protein in the urine, headache, dizziness, double vision, nausea, vomiting, and severe pain in the right upper portion of the abdomen.
3. Eclampsia symptoms include convulsions and coma.
Preeclampsia and eclampsia cannot be completely cured until the pregnancy is over. Until that time, treatment includes the control of high blood pressure and the intravenous administration of drugs to prevent convulsions. Drugs may also be given to stimulate the production of urine. In some severe cases, early delivery of the baby is needed to ensure the survival of the mother.
There is no known preventive for toxemia of pregnancy. Though the restriction of salt in the diet may help reduce swelling, it does not prevent the onset of high blood pressure or the appearance of protein in the urine. During prenatal visits, the doctor routinely checks the woman’s weight, blood pressure, and urine. If toxemia is detected early, complications may be reduced.
SISTER STARR ANDREWS STRONG HGACTIVIST ❤️
Source healthline and how stuff works
your OBGYN checks your belly with a measuring tape This old-school test can be the first indicator of intrauterine growth restriction, or IUGR, which occurs in an estimated 2.5 to 3 percent of all pregnancies. That’s because the size of your pregnant womb to the naked eye isn’t a good measure of how well your baby is growing — but the fundal height (which your doctor way of measuring with that tape) can be. The fundal height is the distance, in centimeters, from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. If it’s shorter than expected, your OBGYN will do further testing to diagnose IUGR.
Officially, IUGR is defined as an estimated weight below the 10th percentile for gestational age — though any baby who is smaller than normal during the second half of pregnancy can diagnosed with the condition, HG mom are 90% more LIKElY to have IUGR. While some babies who appear to be smaller in the womb are born healthy and a normal size at birth, others may have a condition that prevents them from growing normally. WITH Hyperemesis Gravidarum many baby will stop growing , hello we are pregnant and starving ! Please don’t be alarmed!
Doctors are stupid and uneducated about Hyperemesis Gravidarum and IUGR . It very common it happens they won’t tell you but they sure in the hell make you feel it’s your fault ! My daughter was first in the 10% percentile!
WHAT CAUSES IUGR
About 40 percent of a baby’s birth weight is determined by genetic factors, so some babies are what doctors call “constitutionally small.” If an mom or dad is short in stature and was a tiny newborn her or himself, their baby might be perfectly healthy — just small.
However, some babies with IUGR have other conditions, like chromosomal abnormalities or heart defects, which limit their growth, but please know Hyperemesis Gravidarum causes this it’s usually the other things if your a older mom and don’t have hg !
IUGR can also occur if the health of the placenta or its blood supply is impaired. It also happens if the mother’s nutrition, ( HG, this is us ) health or lifestyle prevents the healthy growth of her baby
WHO‘S MOST AT RISK
IUGR is more common in women who:
* Are pregnant for the first time, or pregnant for the fifth time or more
* Are under the age of 17 or over the age of 35
* Had a previous low birth weight baby (however research shows having one baby with IUGR only modestly increases your risk of having another one — and, to your advantage, each subsequent baby is actually likely to be a bit heavier than the previous one)
* Have high blood pressure or heart disease
* Have an infection such as rubella, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis or syphilis
* Have placental problems or uterine abnormalities, like placental abruption
* Have pregnancy complications including preeclampsia and hyperemesis gravidarum
* Please don’t worry my baby was 6 p 10 oz no baby fat and now is a 60 pound 5 year old
Starr Andrews Strong HG activist
Hyperemesis Gravidarum before during and the aftermath !