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re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Mon Jul 23, 2012 02:48 AM
30 weeks tomorrow. Good heavens, how is it that I only have 10 weeks (give or take) left? Where has the time gone? (Why have I not got the nursery set up yet? Aah, there's still time.)

I bought myself a BellyBean pillow recently, because it's getting more and more awkward to sleep. It's still awkward (to get comfortable at lest), but at least I'm sleeping in longer blocks of time with it. Appleseed treats it as competition, it seems: lie on one side, bash the pillow; roll over to the other, Appleseed bashes that side too. It's certainly an active little seed!

Having a desk job and a long commute is proving to be a little problematic, though, as the pelvic pain/instability feels like it's getting worse, especially if I've been sitting too long (like the 90 minute train journey). It's a real bone-deep ache, at the front of the pelvis and up into my belly, around the hip sockets, the "sitting bones" and the tailbone, worst if my weight is unevenly distributed (like, if I walk or something). I need a good support belt, or perhaps a proper physio session (or both).

(I haven't tried the Bellybean in between the knees overnight yet - hopefully that'll help alleviate some of the pain as well)

I'm starting to get things like nursing tops, now, too. It seems as soon as you mention pregnancy/maternity/breastfeeding/nursing, prices on things skyrocket (like they do for weddings!), so if I stock up now, before I stop work, then it's not going to be such a big expense later on. And I'm still culling my own stuff to make room for it all. Two more big bags of clothes to go to the op-shop. I'm honestly shocked - I knew I had a lot of clothes, but never in a million years would have thought I'd have as much as I did. Time to be ruthless!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Thu Jul 26, 2012 07:09 AM
I had my 30-week checkup today, and all is well. :) Appleseed's heartbeat is around 129 bpm now, measuring pretty much on track (despite big babies running in the family), and generally looking good.

I mentioned the pelvic pain to the midwife, who initially said it was normal, but when I mentioned how intense it was, suggested I ask the physio about the recovery shorts - she swore by them for her own pregnancy. Hum. Conflicting information about these shorts... Everything else (blood nose, puffy ankles etc) are all perfectly normal, but I figured I should mention it all, just in case.

And I had an appointment for a physio this afternoon, as I finally found one who specialises in treating pregnancy aches and pains. I've been assessed with a pretty bad case of Osteitis Pubis and general pelvic instability caused (or exacerbated) by the pregnancy. Fun stuff. They gave me a support belt (cheaper than the shorts, but after wearing it in the car, I may end up getting them anyway because it's not comfy sitting down), exercises to strengthen the core, and a massage. I pretty much need to let it rest for a week or so - no walking, nothing - which isn't likely to happen due to the fact that I still have to work.

(Between paying the final installment of the OB account and this, it's been an expensive day!)

Appleseed has been getting more and more active of late, with bigger and bigger movements. It also appears to like privacy - it kicked the doppler when the midwife checked its heartbeat!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Sat Jul 28, 2012 07:34 AM
I had my prenatal workshop today.

It was meant to be a series of 4 workshops spread out over several weeks, but my timing and their classes just didn't gel for that, so we had the all-in-one workshop instead.

The midwifes who ran the session were lovely, and it was MUCH more informative and useful than the "physio class", covering labour, birthing positions, pain relief, breastfeeding, babycare, a tour of the hospital (including the birthing suite and the postnatal ward) and lots more. They did show a couple of videos, but they weren't the blood-and-gore horror stories I was expecting!

I possibly won't remember a lot of what was covered when it comes to the pointy end of the pregnancy, but it was really interesting anyway.

We got a handout at the end of the workshop, covering most of what was talked about, which will be useful. (Well, I think so at least. I tried to read it when I got home, but I think it was all a little too overwhelming... )
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Mon Jul 30, 2012 07:34 PM
Edited by Caffeine (183827) on 2012-07-30 19:37:26
31 weeks today.

I think the instability is getting a little better, but it's really hard to know, as some days are better than others anyway. I can't wear the brace for long, as it's not designed as a maternity one (and digs quite painfully in to my belly) but if I move more (aka get off my arse and out of my office chair) it's not so bad... Hooray for bladder soccer? Keeping up my physio exercises of course, and I dug out my Bellydance for Pregnancy dvd last night. I wonder if all those hip circles made Appleseed seasick?

One thing that was mentioned in the workshop on Saturday was the idea of having a backup support person to support and take the pressure off partners in the delivery suite. (I've heard stories of men who get distressed seeing their partners in labour because they can't "fix" the problem) I've had someone in the back of my mind for a little while, but ran the idea past N on the weekend. He was fine with my choice. Who is it? C, his sister.

She wanted kids, but is unlikely to have any of her own, so as well as being someone we can lean on (we're all quite close, and she lives close, which is an added bonus), this gives her a chance to be a part of something she may never have got to experience otherwise.

I was planning on asking her after my 32 week scan (in case I have to have a Cesar due to the placenta issue), but on the weekend she was asking about the hospital, just so someone knows where we are when we go into radio silence mode (we won't be announcing when I go into labour, to avoid the endless calls/texts/FB messages of "have you had your baby yet?"). So I blurted it out, and she was thrilled to be asked.

I just hope nobody else (mothers, BiL, etc) will be offended. Eep.

The baby shower is getting closer. I sent C a guest list yesterday, and we've been discussing cool cakes. Note to self: do NOT look at baby shower cakes on Cakewrecks (oh, that's just creepy - of course today's post is about baby shower cakes, isn't it?)

I'm still woefully underprepared with the nursery and generally getting the house organised. I've still got 2 months, right? (OMG, only two months before I have a tiny little person to care for - AAAAAAAAAAH!) I'm blaming being unorganised and in a state of chaos on working full time: after 11 hours, fighting the trains and waddling home, I'm too knackered to do anything. When I finish work in a month's time I should be able to get stuck into cleaning and nesting and all that.

It's do-able, right?
re: Planting an Appleseed
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11196, member since Sat Aug 10, 2002
On Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:38 AM
^Do you have a low-lying placenta?

Helen
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Sat Aug 04, 2012 09:24 AM
^ I did. I'll find out on Monday if it's still low, or if it's stretched out of the way. At 20 weeks, though, it was riiiight up to the edge of the cervix (but thankfully not covering it). If it's still really low, I'll be guided by the OB as to what he thinks is best.
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Mon Aug 06, 2012 07:05 AM
I had my (not quite) 32 week scan today, and all is well. Appleseed is firmly in the right position for action, has a heartbeat of 134bpm, and from the measurements of head/belly/thighbone, it's going to be "above average". From the one thighbone measurement (6.something cm) the sonographer was able to calculate Appleseed's weight to be just over 2kg (or about 4.5 pounds for you still using the old Imperial measurements), which puts it into the 75th percentile for its current gestational age. Given it's still got 8 more weeks before it's fully cooked - OUCH!

We didn't get a DVD this time round (I forgot to ask!), but the sonographer did spend a lot of time trying to get a good photo for us. Appleseed, however, is quite protective it its privacy, and kept its hands firmly in front of its face! We were able to get one 3D image which is amazing, and were able to watch it yawn and stuff a fist into its mouth, too. It's mindblowing what technology can do!

And there's good news on the placenta front, too - it's moved/stretched to give about 5cm clearance, which means I should get the green light to try for a normal labour (this will be confirmed at the OB appointment on Friday).
re: Planting an Appleseed
By oz_helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11196, member since Sat Aug 10, 2002
On Mon Aug 06, 2012 07:49 AM
Mine is low too. I have to have a scan at 32 weeks to determine its position as well.

Helen
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Tue Aug 07, 2012 02:35 AM
Hopefully yours will resolve itself, too, and shift far enough out of the way so you don't have any more complications when the time comes. You've enough to deal with in this pregnancy without adding that to the list too!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Wed Aug 08, 2012 04:01 AM
Hum. Something felt weird last night. Not quite a cramp, but the lower half of the belly just contracted and tightened. O.0 Don't know if it was a Braxton-Hicks or what (I haven't had them to date), but it wasn't like anything I've felt so far. OB on Friday, so I'll chat to him about it then.

Appleseed is still happily squirming around, so it can't have been anything too intense.

There's still so much to do before I leave work in three weeks - tie up loose ends, clean out my desk, finish my (way too comprehensive!) handover notes, not to mention all of the day-to-day stuff that I still have to keep doing. Not enough time in the day some days...
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Fri Aug 10, 2012 02:31 AM
Had my OB appointment this morning, followed by the physio.

All is good from the OB's perspective. He needed the placenta to move about 3cm, so the 5cm clearance I've got means from that perspective it's all go for a normal delivery. And the size of Appleseed isn't an issue either, so it's got the green light there, too. And the scar from the not-a-surperfluous-third-nipple-after-all-just-a-mole is healing nicely, and should settle down once all of this is over. (He suggested using Bio-oil, but I might try the mix of collagen/elastin and vitamin E cream I'm using for the stretch marks first.)

The physio is pleased with my progress: the instability has really stabilised, which is fantastic. They didn't say to make another appointment, so it must be looking pretty good. I'm still a bit sore, but I think it's from doing too much at work earlier in the week: hauling reams of paper from the store room and crawling under desks to set up equipment for workshops are probably things I should stop doing. (Darn this independent "I can still do stuff, I'm not a damsel in distress" streak!)

Definitely getting Braxton-Hicks practice contractions these days (OB's pleased - uterus is doing what it should). Very sporadic, mostly at night, but they're there. Not so much fun while driving, I have to say.

I plan to attack Appleseed's room over the weekend. If I can get one side sorted out and furniture put in place, I'll be happy...
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 02:32 AM
33 weeks today. OMG – still so much to do!

I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to on the weekend. had a bit of a meltdown when it all became too overwhelming, but N sorted me out, then I sorted out the Baby Stuff We Currently Have (as opposed to the Baby Stuff Mum/MiL Have Stashed For Us or the Baby Stuff We Still Need to Buy). I have an idea how I want the room to look when I’m done, but given we’re keeping some of the furniture in there, like the single bed, and we haven’t got the cot yet it’s hard to get it how I want with the space we have available. Furniture Tetris… and I think the game is winning.

I will try and have another crack at it after work during the week, if I’m not too knackered.

Last night was a Bad Night. I know I need to get used to the sleepless nights, but this is ridiculous. Between the reflux (my own stupid fault for eating dinner later than normal), chest wall pain (from flailing with pillows trying to get comfy – I think I pulled something!), the cats (hogging the bedspace) and general insomnia, I think I got a total of about 2 consecutive hours of sleep. Ugh.

On the positive side, though, Appleseed is still nice and squirmy. I think it’s new favourite toy is my bellybutton. It was fascinating last night watching it poke out, pull in, poke out, pull in, over and over and over. :)

And it seems all is getting sorted for the baby shower this weekend, too. SiL is going to send me the list of games tomorrow, so I can nix the really naff ones, and I’ve offered to help cover the costs of prizes/things if needed. Maybe not ettiquettely correct, but many hands (wallets) make light work and all that. I’m looking forward to it… in an apprehensive sort of way – it’ll be fun, but I’ll be the centre of attention! Argh!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By Nyssasisticmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3643, member since Sat Sep 20, 2003
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 03:54 AM
Oh man, I remember those sleepless nights. You have my pity! People told me that if I didn't like how little sleep I was getting then, I'd be in horrible shape when the baby came. It drove me crazy.
For me, when the baby got here I was actually ABLE to sleep- comfortably- for the first time in months. Sure, I had to wake every few hours, but the sleep I got in between was genuine, glorious sleep. I prefer new-baby nights to hugely-pregnant nights. However, I prefer new-baby ANYTHING to being pregnant. ;)

Yay bellybuttons! Babies in utero can be so cute when they figure out stuff here and there. Evie realized she could get me to jump if she tweaked my ribs just right. She loved doing it and to this day has a knack for trying to scare me so I jump. She's such a little sprite.

I'm getting so excited for you! You're going to be such a wonderful mum :)
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Tue Aug 14, 2012 06:52 AM
LOL - Apart from posting here/my blog, I've stopped telling people how tired I am, or why I didn't sleep well, because it inevitably leads to laughter and "You just wait..!" comments. I'm glad to hear that it IS possible to get a half decent night's sleep after bubs is out!

If Evie poked you in the ribs to make you jump both in utero and out, I'm kind of scared what Appleseed is going to be doing to me (between the bladder soccer and the belly button poking, it's going to be .. interesting!) It does feel amazing though - I still can't get over how it feels when it's moving around.

Thanks for the vote of confidence - I'm scared witless about what to do when Appleseed is born! It's so exciting, but scary at the same time!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Fri Aug 17, 2012 03:15 AM
(Not a proper update, just random rambling from the hormonal and sleep-deprived)

I'm scared.

It's all come down to the pointy end of things, and I'm scared. Everything's going to change - everything - and I don't feel ready.

Some days I feel I can barely look after myself - how the heck an I going to be a mum?

The house is still a mess. We're both responsible for leaving clutter lying around, but it's something that really Needs to be Done. But there are usually more important things to be done on weekends than tidy, and I'm just so tired in the evenings these days to do it after work. But I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get some of it done tonight (after a supermarket run) else I'll be Judged (harshly) when I'm picked up for the baby shower tomorrow.

Appleseed's room is still in turmoil, too. Can't really do anything more until we get the cot anyway, but that's not the point. We don't even have a car seat/capsule thingy yet.

There's so much to do at work, as they squeeze every last drop out of me before I go on leave (plus my usual day-to-day tasks). Still haven't finished my handover notes, but my brain keeps wanting to check out early.

N, of course, is not worried about any of this. He's of the opinion that as long as there's somewhere for Appleseed to sleep when it comes home (the bassinet), it's all good - it's an exciting adventure.

I'm still scared.
re: Planting an Appleseed (karma: 1)
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34891, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Fri Aug 17, 2012 05:13 PM
It ends up working out. I know you don't want to hear it. I'll pass on my aunt's advice. I got down to that "OMG, I change my mind, I can't do this!" too, and she went "It's going to be OK. The same day that a baby is born, two parents will be born. It's going to be OK."

And it really will. All a baby REALLY needs is food to eat, a clean diaper, and lots of love. (and you can do that, with room to spare...because that's not that hard, right?). Anything after that is just a bonus.
re: Planting an Appleseed (karma: 1)
By Nyssasisticmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3643, member since Sat Sep 20, 2003
On Fri Aug 17, 2012 07:19 PM
Theresa wrote:

It ends up working out. I know you don't want to hear it. I'll pass on my aunt's advice. I got down to that "OMG, I change my mind, I can't do this!" too, and she went "It's going to be OK. The same day that a baby is born, two parents will be born. It's going to be OK."

And it really will. All a baby REALLY needs is food to eat, a clean diaper, and lots of love. (and you can do that, with room to spare...because that's not that hard, right?). Anything after that is just a bonus.


Quoted for truth. I still had that freakout moment with Charlotte- you'd think I'd be a bit more confident in parenting since the two kids I already had are sweet and well behaved, but no. The fear was/is still there. I think it's an instinctual thing and I'd question your ability to parent a bit more if you weren't at least a tiny bit apprehensive.
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Sun Aug 19, 2012 04:53 AM



Thanks, ladies. :) It's nice to know that I'm not DOOMED because all of a sudden I'm feeling apprehensive about this brand new little person about to turn up!

==

The baby shower went well yesterday. It turned out to be an intimate gathering of good friend and close family, and both SiLs did an amazing job of organising/preparing for it all. Attached is a picture of the cake SiL-J made for me. (No, she doesn't do it for a living!)

We didn't have games, because, really, they're not me. But what the girls organised instead was for the guests to write/draw/create something on squares of calico, which SiL-C will then turn into a quilt for Appleseed. Much more precious than a guess-the-babyfood type games!

I asked for no-gifts (because everyone has been amazingly generous already, and we don't need anything), but said if people really want to bring something, a book for Appleseed's library would always be treasured. I now have copies of all of my friends' favourite books from childhood, each with a little note to Appleseed written inside. <3

I feel so loved - and spoiled! - by my friends and family!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Wed Aug 22, 2012 06:44 AM
Aw, crap.

The dreaded Fat Feet have decided to make an appearance. Swollen ankles at the end of the day I can handle, inflatable toes by noon, not so much. Ugh. Here's hoping a ton of water and an evening of keeping them elevated will reduce the swelling by morning.

(I am guilty of not drinking enough at the best of times, so it's a good - if unpleasant - reminder!)

I've been thinking lately about what to take to hospital. I may not have the nursery organsied, but at least I'll have my bag ready to go! I still need to hire a TENS machine for the labour, figure out what the heck I'll wear during said labour (nothing, hospital gown, or a "birthing gown" [oh the strange things you find online...]); need to get tops/sleepwear for nursing and visitors. And then pack stuff for Appleseed, too: frogsuits, nappies, wraps, nappies, hats, more nappies.

I've got some cloth nappies on order from ebay. They're not the ones all my crunchy-mama friends recommend, but when you weigh up the cost - $30+ for one vs <$50 for 6 plus postage - I'll go with the cheaper ones every time!

And in other news, another department tried to headhunt me for some casual work this week. It would have been good to take, but the timing is way off. In the spirit of "collegiality", I offered them my source code anyway, and let them figure out how to make it work for their purposes. We all work for the same organisation, serving the same goals in the end, so why not share? (A bit of past history: When I worked for myself, I discovered one of our programmers was putting his own name throughout the code he was developing for the company... presumably so he could claim it as his own IP rather than Company's. To say I was furious was an understatement. Perhaps that colours my judgement with things like this.)

6 more working days to go...
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Thu Aug 23, 2012 08:29 PM
Edited by Caffeine (183827) on 2012-08-23 20:30:53



These cannot be my feet!!

34 week checkup

So I had my 34 week checkup this morning. BP normal, wee all good, and Appleseed's heartbeat 137bpm.

He measured my belly, and said Appleseed is going to be a large baby... which we suspected, given the family history (and my own bone structure).

I mentioned to the doc that my stretchmarks had been really itchy of late, to which he answered "Mylanta".

"What?"
"Mylanta. You know how you used to use calamine lotion to soothe rashes? Mylanta does the same thing."
O.o

So the antacid liquid is essentially the same as calamine lotion. Who has a queasy stomach right about now?

He had a look at the stretchmarks, and could see why they were itchy - despite my belly being nice and soft and well-moisturised, some of those stretchmarks are deep and slightly bruised-looking because of Appleseed's size. As long as the itch doesn't turn into PUPPS, I'll be happy.

I also mentioned my fat feet. Again, he wasn't fussed about it because the last two days have been warm ("Aren't you glad you're not pregnant during a 40* summer?"), but he'll keep an eye on them for the next visit. I'd just like to be able to see the bone structure of said feet like I could last week!

So all in all, I'm normal, Appleseed is robust and healthy, and my next appointment is in 2 weeks time. He'll do another scan then - yay! (Although N won't be there to see because he's got class at the same time... Boo.)
re: Planting an Appleseed
By Nyssasisticmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3643, member since Sat Sep 20, 2003
On Fri Aug 24, 2012 03:02 PM
Aw, poor swollen feet! I hated my "fat feet". My midwife was HUGE on water consumption so I didn't really deal with them with the younger 2, but with Digory I remembered HATING them. My hands also swelled so I couldn't wear my wedding rings. I hope your hands are spared :(

I had a friend who was told her baby was going to be HUGE. Turns out she actually had a fairly small baby (6 lbs or 2.7 kg) and a TON of amniotic fluid.

Glad to hear that everything's going well with Appleseed! I love the baby shower cake!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Sat Aug 25, 2012 05:22 AM
My doc and midwife are big on the water consumption, too. But unless I have a big water bottle in front of me, I tend to get sidetracked and forget to drink. Fortunately the swelling has almost completely gone down again, and my hands haven't been affected at all. I've not worn my rings all through the pregnancy anyway, just in case they did get puffy.

I'm pretty sure Appleseed is going to be big - at 32 weeks, the femur was 6.?cm, and from the charts the sonographer had, it was tracking to be in the 75th percentile. It's pretty much guaranteed to have long legs and be slightly taller than average if it's inherited my bone structure. As long as it's not a 15-pound megababy, I'll be happy!

I'll have another scan at the OB's office in 2 weeks (I think to make sure it's still happy and healthy in there, and to see how much bigger it's grown).







OOOO - itchyitchyitchy stretchmarks!
re: Planting an Appleseed
By girlwithghilliesmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1044, member since Fri Nov 26, 2004
On Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:06 PM
^I don't know if it helps with the itching or not, but I've known a couple people to absolutely swear by coconut oil for pregnancy stretch marks. It's an excellent moisturizer and it may be worth a try.

Also, what a gorgeous cake!

*end lurk*
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Mon Aug 27, 2012 02:05 AM



^ I haven't tried coconut oil yet, but I have tried cocoa butter, vitamin E, collagen cream, aloe vera cream, and bio-oil. The skin is really soft, but because somebody keeps pushing their long legs in the same spots all the time, the stretchmarks are pretty angry (and deep). Mylanta, a bellyband (to keep constant pressure) and a TON of willpower is helping with the itchiness - I scratched them once a few nights ago, and it burned, so I know not to do that again!

==

My work colleagues threw me a baby shower this morning. I knew it was going to be a morning tea with my department and a few people from other departments I've got close to over the years, but WHOA. They thoroughly spoiled me!

Morning tea was fruit, a cheese platter, and this cake. (Unfortunately I couldn't eat any of it because of apricots and allergies, but the thought was there, and that's more important!) And after a lovely speech from my boss extolling my virtues (and telling me that work will look really appealing with a new baby), they gave me gifts.

Oh my.

I expected a card, not such a generous outpouring of generosity.

Thoroughly, thoroughly spoiled.
re: Planting an Appleseed
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Thu Aug 30, 2012 03:35 AM
35 weeks 2 days, and a day and a half before my time is my own. For a little while, at least. And I'm not counting down, really, I'm not.

I still have a bit to do on my handover notes, and I'm getting as much other work done as possible, but I think my brain has already checked out and is skipping around in a field of daisies somewhere while my body is going through the motions. :? Oh well. Only a day and a half to go.

Appleseed is getting heavier by the day. It's visibly more noticeable by the day. (And yet I'm still getting elbowed by the throngs as I board peak hour trains. Says a lot for some people, doesn't it?)

I think I may have found the trigger for my oh-so-itchy stretchmarks: Bio-Oil! Seriously, the itching didn't start until I began using it on the stretchmarks as well as my scar (the scar has been itch-free the whole time), so it has to be the culprit. I've switched back to my vitamin E/collagen (or Palmers stretchmark cream) regime, and while they still look angry, the itchiness is easing, big time, and they're no longer covered in red spots.

I guess it's because everything is still so raw and sensitive that it caused a slight reaction? Once Appleseed is out and I start to deflate I'll try the bio-oil again and see what happens.

Now, if only I could get these pesky stretchmarks to feel less bruised, too...
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