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November 29th, 2010, 12:35 PM
Hollybear's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hey guys---hope it is okay for me to drop in

I used to post here a little more when I was pregnant, I had an unsuccessful natural delivery (induction at 39w5d due to severe pre-e + an epidural to bring my bp down) and I really want to avoid this next time by all means possible.

DH and I have suddenly seriously started discussing TTC #2 way sooner than later, I just was curious what I could do this time BEFORE I got pregnant. Although, I feel like I did everything I possibly could last time while I was pregnant I was just hoping there was more I could do BEFORE. I ate tons of protein, we did Hypnobabies....and I understand everything was necessary....I still am not wanting to give up on this dream.

On another note, I have been losing a ton of hair---my hairdresser said she believed it was related to the epidural. I figured someone on here would have more information on this, I'm seeing my doctor in a few weeks as well.
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November 29th, 2010, 01:50 PM
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All you can do is your best with regards to avoiding pre-E again. Look into the Brewer diet, it's supposed to help, but it's not a guarantee.

As for the hair loss, that's VERY normal after pregnancy. Most women get that a few months post-partum. It's from the hormones. During pregnancy your body produces hormones to keep the baby (normal body response would want to rid itself of any "alien" material). Those same hormones help your hair from shedding its normal amount. After pregnancy when that hormone leaves your body all the hair that hasn't fallen out during the pregnancy suddenly falls out, so it seems like it's a TON, but unless you are actually having bald spots form, it's totally normal and will go back to normal after a few months. - hopefully that explanation made sense...
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November 29th, 2010, 05:34 PM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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I don't have any advice about avoiding pre-e, but hopefully you won't have to deal with it a second time.

As for the hair loss- it's normal. I just stopped losing my hair when Abri was around 6 months. My hair was very thin and looked like I had a receding hair line. Now I have a bunch of short wispy hairs in the front that look a little ridiculous.

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November 29th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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My midwife recommends staying in good shape, eating "real" foods (not boxed, artificial, etc) and keeping up with your well visits. You might want to go in for a stress test at a cardio as well to rule out any other health issues. And in your next pregnancy, start taking magnesium at the beginning of your pregnancy.

And hope, pray, laugh a lot, be active when you can, and take it easy when you need to

I have had two inductions bc of high blood pressure and doing these things made a big difference. I also nursed through the majority of my last pregnancy and I have no idea if that made a difference. But everything that I did combined together seemed to be just what I needed. No BP issues at all with Liam.
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November 29th, 2010, 07:38 PM
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Yoga and working out in general.

I've lost so much of my hair that DH had to unclog the drain over the weekend.
Mariah, AP Mommy to Juliana

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November 29th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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I've lost so much of my hair that DH had to unclog the drain over the weekend.
DH cleaned out our shower drain last month and so much of my hair was in there he said it looked like a hamster had gotten stuck in it.
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November 30th, 2010, 12:28 PM
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I know I say this a lot, but have your thyroid checked also. The hair thing is likely just as the ladies said, but pregnancy does a number on the thyroid gland also...and hair loss is a symptom.

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