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CathyMoran said:
I still feel ill which is good and the baby is still kicking (well s(he) was the last time I checked). It is a worry and there is not much I can do at the moment. Thanks.


Hey hun, just wanted to give you a quick hug *hugs* and my thoughts are with you. xxx

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The_Conductor Moderator
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melsbells said:
newmammy, have you used avent before? they seem to be everywhere!

its so confusing, trying to figure out also, now this is a stupid question, but how many bottles do i buy?! i know if i need extra when babs arrives i can buy some but just to start me off how many?
can you spot how little i know


The steriliser only takes 6- and it only takes a few minutes to do a cycle- so strictly speaking you don't need more than 6.

Moonbeam Moderator
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We were unimpressed with the avent bottles and mot impressed with the tommee tippee anti colic plus,followed by the tommee tippee ctn ones.
We have an electric steam steriliser and a microwave steam/milton one.It looks like a lunch box and can go everywhere.

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liliq Registered User
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So... found out last Thursday that I'm pregnant. Wasn't planning it so it was definitely a surprise but am starting to get my head around it now- sort of!

Figure I'm 7 weeks + 2 so probably a little on the late side finding out.
Have no idea what to do next though! Have seen a GP and although he was nice and helpful etc., he basically just did an open referral letter for me and sent me on my way...

Any advice (or a full instruction book!) would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!

kco2010 Registered User
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Hi liliq, In the same boat here but a few days behind you. You just have to research and decide which hospital suits you and then get a list of consultants or see if anyone can recommend a consultant. If you have health insurance , call and see what you are covered for. Thats where I am at the moment anyway which is why im on here now..... Congratulations x

Could anyone recommend a female consultant in the Coombe? I heard Dr. Murphy is great but there are two Murphys, Cliona and Deirdre. Also tried calling today and the phone rang out. How do you book an appointment or what way does it work? Any help would be much appreciated.

Little My Registered User
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Squiggler said:
I don't want to worry or upset you, but there have been animal studies that show that high consumption of linseed during pregnancy causes problems with the development of the reproductive organs of the offspring. Might be worth doing some research. I know that Flaxseed is definitely contraindicated during pregnancy for that very reason. Foods that stimulate or mimic hormones might be helpful for pregnant mommy but maybe not so good for developing baby.

Winnie, eating slowly, and little and often is supposed to be very helpful for avoiding indigestion and trapped wind.


Have you a link for this?

I asked the nutritionist at UCHGalway anti-natal class specifically about it and she said it was totally safe during pregnancy & heartily recommended it to all pregnant women there.

January Category Moderator
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Not a woman, but I can recommend Dr. Gunther Von Bunau.

I was in his public clinic a year ago and he was absolutely fantastic!

Moonbeam Moderator
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girls, if you aren't going public book asap.
I booked Holles st @ 4/5 weeks this time and most of the consultants were booked out,last time I booked @ nearly 7 weeks and their were hardly any spaces left.

Congrats to both of you

liliq Registered User
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Thanks kco2010! And congratulations to you too!
Will start some more in depth research and see what I come up with! So far am thinking Holles St...


Eep! Thanks Moonbeam! Read on their website that you need to get a booking reference number first before I can book an appointment? Did you have the same? Also... do you mind me asking which consultant you were with and how you got on with them? Or was it the case that you only saw the actualy consultant once or twice anyway and saw reg's or midwives most of the time?
Thanks again!

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Little My said:
Have you a link for this?

I asked the nutritionist at UCHGalway anti-natal class specifically about it and she said it was totally safe during pregnancy & heartily recommended it to all pregnant women there.


Here's one of many. Like everything there is conflicting information out there, and in moderation it is probably ok, maybe.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/flaxseed/NS_patient-flaxseed/DSECTION=safety

The use of flaxseed or flaxseed oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended. Animal studies show possible harmful effects, and there is little information in humans. Flaxseed may stimulate menstruation or have other hormonal effects and could be harmful to pregnancy.

liliq Registered User
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Called Holles St. and got the booking reference number etc, and have made appointments for semi- private... they said that they don't do hospital only with semi- private, only combined care?
Apparently I'll only see the consultant once anyway for 20/22 week scan so tbh I'm not really fussed who I see!

I'm not really sure what the pros/ cons of either are... it's handy enough for me to get to either Holles street or the GP, and I know I'll get good attention in the GP, won't be rushed in and out the door, but are hospital visits any more thorough or do anything more than a GP would?
Is fully hospital any better or worse? The only thing that is putting me off combined care is that I'd be more familiar with the hosptal and staff if I was hospital only.

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liliq said:


I'm not really sure what the pros/ cons of either are...


for us, the only pro was that we had an early scan and had to get it followed up - what was great was that we saw the same doc each time, so obviously she knew our story and that made things easier. There was one appointment where our doc wasn't there, and the stand-in was perfectly good, but didn't know our backstory

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lynski Registered User
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liliq said:
Called Holles St. and got the booking reference number etc, and have made appointments for semi- private... they said that they don't do hospital only with semi- private, only combined care?
Apparently I'll only see the consultant once anyway for 20/22 week scan so tbh I'm not really fussed who I see!

I'm not really sure what the pros/ cons of either are... it's handy enough for me to get to either Holles street or the GP, and I know I'll get good attention in the GP, won't be rushed in and out the door, but are hospital visits any more thorough or do anything more than a GP would?
Is fully hospital any better or worse? The only thing that is putting me off combined care is that I'd be more familiar with the hosptal and staff if I was hospital only.

In my experience the gp visits are at least as thorough as the hosp visits.
Gp checks urine, bp, gen health, does abdominal exam, listens to baby's heartbeat. the hosp visits are see midwife for urine/bp/gen check then wait an hr at least to see consultant to have a miniscan (if u r lucky) an abdominal exam and a review of what midwifes have recorded.
This is my 3rd so I have seen the consultant a total of 1 times for approx 7 mins, just gp and midwifes and my next cons app will be in wk 40.
With No2 I was also on combined care, but with various little issues I saw the cons approx every sec visit and a few extra ones too. Had 6/7 scans and a few mini scans.
With No1 I was on combined care and had the prescribed no of visits, 2 scans and a few mini scans. had a private room for half my hosp stay also.
All public.
I can't imagine a single reason to go private or semi, you get the care you need as a public patient, all the care you need. You get no guarantees that you will see consultant or have them present at birth or that you will get a private room regardless of public/semi/private. IME you are better off the less you see of doctors when pregnant unless you have a reason to.
Congrats and good luck on the greatest journey of you life.

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just back from checkup, everything perfect. Little dude is in the right position for blastoff as well. I'm away for the next three weeks, gonna be torture!

CathyMoran Moderator
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Had very bad low blood sugar last night, had a high blood sugar earlier and overcorrected - ate late which did not help and was totally exhausted going to bed.

Our son baby Shane was in really bad form on Monday, know why now, he is getting more lower teeth, for him at least the upper ones so far have been easier - have my little giggle monster back.

Did not go to hospital with thing earlier in the week, is a tough week for us as we lost a baby in 2009 this week so avoiding the place if possible.

Baby still kicking away which is good - we are getting the gender determination on Saturday (was supposed to be Sunday but I have been upset this week and wanted to see my baby to make sure that (s)he is OK) - have always thought that I knew the gender of this baby but do not care if is a boy or girl.

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