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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Ummm, I got nothing

Like everyone else, it's too hot to think straight. It's still not Vegas hot. I shouldn't complain. But, I will...only a little. Thank God we got a little rain today. Still pretty steamy.

'Nother week down. NST was good. C-section at 1:00 on the 21st of September. I hate to say it, but I am scared to death of the amnio. You'd think after the 500 some odd needles I've had in the last 3 years, I would not be phased... But, that one, she's a big ass needle. Someone tell me it won't hurt.

Really, lie if you have to.


  • At 6:03 PM , Blogger Monica said...

    OMG Michelle, now it's my turn to be teacher! I had an amnio with Jimmy after he was diagnosed with SUA (single umbilical artery). It did not hurt, however do NOT watch the needle go into your belly. The perinatologist will insert the needle while a tech holds the ultrasound wand. The perinatologist will watch the needle on the monitor so it does not strike the baby. I suggest you either watch the monitor or watch your husband, mother.. who ever goes with you. There is a slight pinching sensation, but that is it. You will probably feel a few slight cramps afterwards. You can do it... just remember what it is for!

  • At 3:22 AM , Blogger Kath said...

    Dear Michelle, I had an amnio at 17 weeks (and, like Monica, I have an SUA), and I agree that it doesn't hurt nearly as much as one would expect. The needle doesn't hurt at all going into the abdomen (I guess there aren't that many nerve cells there) but it did pinch a bit when going into the uterus. That's just a little moment, though, and from then on it's just fascinating watching the monitor.

    Good thing you have a date now. I'm keeping all crossables crossed for you and Natalie.

  • At 5:11 AM , Blogger Kathy McC said...

    No advice...just thinking of you and so excited for September!

  • At 6:01 AM , Blogger Catherine said...

    I don't lie very well...sorry. :o)

    I can't believe you have a birthday! I'm so excited! Pink...I've got to buy some pink and get crocheting. Hat? Blanket? Sweater? Dress? You tell me.

    And I hear that the weather is's already less humid here this morning and the humidity is supposed to keep going down today. Yay!

  • At 8:54 AM , Blogger Heather said...

    It doesn't hurt, but definately do not look. I actually not only didn't watch the needle go in. I never looked at the needle at all. I told them I was turning my head for the whole thing. Lots of hugs!

  • At 9:06 AM , Blogger niobe said...

    I'm with everyone else on not looking. I concentrated on exhaling, and it went just fine.

  • At 2:40 PM , Blogger pipsylou said...

    Honestly? I felt a poke and then nothing. Seriously. The needle is FREAKY looking but it wasn't bad at all.

  • At 8:14 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

    I had an amnio in mid june (and proceeded not to blog about it) and I didn't think it was horrible, but I didn't like it. They did a few shots of lidacane first so the amnio needle didn't hurt going in, but you do feel some strange uncomfortable things from the inside (i'm assuming this was some form of cramps). I've been told that further along they are less uncomfortable than the ones in mid-pregnancy.

    Very exciting about having a date... I'm looking forward to scheduling mine in sometime in the next few weeks. :)

  • At 8:21 AM , Blogger Alli said...

    Never had one - I was very freaked out for all 3 of my epidurals, though, and that's also a huge needle. It doesn't matter how many other needles there are!

    Thinking of you!

  • At 8:59 AM , Blogger Laura said...

    Hooray you have a day and time! I have to have an amnio, too, so it's great to read other's advice on this. I'm scared, too. But I think that I'm more scared to wait until 38 weeks and not have one at all. I can't believe that Natalie is going to be here so soon!! Hang in there, mama :)


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