First home meeting with my mw (XP)

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First home meeting with my mw (XP)

That appt went great!!! My blood pressure is perfect, LO's heartrate was 130s and his/her position is LOA (woop woop!). My iron is low so I'm upping my supplement and drinking some supplemental smoothies. It amazes me still after having had 2 appts with my mw the kind of care you get from a mw vs an OB. My mw is concerned about the iron levels because low iron levels can lead to more pp bleeding issues, whereas my OB would've just given me pitocin after the birth as standard practice instead of having me "fix" the problem beforehand. She also said I still have excess amniotic fluid so I'm off to the health food store to get a kidney function supplement to "fix" that. She said the extra fluid can make for longer gestations because it keeps LO floating instead of putting his/her head on my cervix. It can also give baby too much room to squirm around and go from a great position to a bad one. They suggested I really try to keep my pregnancy belt on, I've been neglecting it because it's just so darn hot here. They helped me put it on today and showed me some tricks to getting it tight enough to be effective. She said that since I'm on #4 that I need the extra support to keep baby vertical instead of letting baby lean out over my belly which is what (s)he was doing. It looks like I lost 30 lbs in my belly but she's right, I can most certainly feel baby putting more downward pressure on my cervix versus just hanging out over my belly and putting pressure there instead of where it needs to be. I can feel much more pressure on my cervix and much less pressure straining my poor stretch marked stomach, it feels quite good actually. She was saying having baby hanging out over the belly instead of going vertical can start and stop labor and causes a lot of prodormal labor for mommas that are on their 3rd+ child so I'm willing to do anything to keep labor from dragging out like that. I've known so many women (online) that have been plagued with prodormal labor and it is not something I want to go through!

I haven't had a chance to talk to DH and see what he thought about the mw and her assistant yet as he had to scamper back to work as soon as they left. I'm excited to see what his reaction is.

I feel so bitter sweet about this. I'm not ready for my pregnancy to be over with but I'm so ready to nurse a sweet newborn. This is our last baby and it's just so sad to think my baby bearing days are almost over. I had my first 14 years ago so I've been at this baby making for a loooooonnnnnnggggg time Smile And now that I have this amazing care from a mw I feel like I was completely RIPPED off in my previous care from OB's. It's just so nice to have (individualized) preventative care instead of (standard) reactive care.

I can't even tell you girls just how happy I am and how much I want this for every woman, maybe not being at home if you're not comfortable with it but in a birth center with a mw, a real midwife, not a medwife! It's amazing and empowering!!!

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Great update! I am glad it went so well.

What exactly was the kidney function supplement she told you to get? I want to ask my midwife about it at my appt. tomorrow cause I have tons of excess amniotic fluid and I am nervous that baby is just going to float also and not put any pressure on my cervix which will cause me to not go into labor when I normally could/should. If this supplement can reduce the amount of fluid, I want to try it also.

I also need to put my belly band on. I wore it a couple days but then took it off again cause of the heat...but if it can help baby be in the right position that much, I will do anything. I am desperate to get baby head down and putting pressure on my cervix so I can go into labor on my own and also have a natural vaginal birth.

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okay, I called my chiropractor today to get a supplement from him, he's my drug dealer Biggrin

He did some research and found exactly what I needed AND, bonus, he had it in stock. The brand is Standard Process (it's the same brand I always take in supplements and it's one of the best quality there is. the capsules and tablets are stringently tested for how they break down which is important because a pill isn't worth a crap if it's capsule doesn't dissolve easily or the tablet doesn't break down). The kind of supplement is "Renafood". I was told by him to take 3 pills a day for now (can take 3-9) and just see how I do with it. He said I'll notice more output (pee) and should see a difference in my belly. When my mw had me lay down today on my back she showed me how much of my belly was just really wiggly (for lack of a technical word) and baby is over to my left side but my whole belly was huge but squishy when I was laying on my back.

As for the back brace, like she said today, baby will eventually come but wearing the belt will help keep labor from starting and stopping so many times. I've known so many ladies on here and elsewhere that have had long prodormal labors and once I thought about it I realized that most of them were not FTM's, they had a couple children already. It makes a lot of sense. I know my babies get carried way out front, I just never put it together that it could cause a problem. My stomach muscles feel SOOO much better this evening with this belt on and I can really feel the pressure down below that I should be feeling now. Get your belt out girl and strap it on good and tight!!!

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Great update. Good to hear that you like your midwife so well. Thanks for sharing that bit about the fluid. My fluid at my last BPP was 18. They said it's supposed to be around 8. It makes so much sense as to why this kid wiggles all over the place. I'm afraid if I took something that made me pee more though I'd live on the toliet.

Let us know if the supplement works.

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It is so important to be comfortable with who you chose! My friend had a midwife for her son and from tr beginning the lady was an unreliable flake. My friend stuck with her and had a horrible experience. She has chosen someone else this time and feels sooooo much more comfortable and understands a lot better what went wrong last time and why which has given her lots of reassurance that she may have a positive vbac experience this time around.
Good luck. Glad you found the right person fo this job.

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Great appointment! I can't imagine spending more time peeing than I already am though LOL.

I had an OB with DS1 and can't believe the difference between the care since I've had a midwife for DS2 and this one. Just the time spent is a huge improvement.

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Oh yeah Allie, I've spent more time in two meetings with my mw than I have in 3 PREGNANCIES with my OB!!! It's just crazy to me.

I'm not peeing more often with this supplement so far. My chiro said what will happen is I'll pee more when I go rather than peeing more often. So far last night with just 2 pills he was right. It actually felt more like a relief each time I peed too if that makes sense.

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"momW" wrote:

Oh yeah Allie, I've spent more time in two meetings with my mw than I have in 3 PREGNANCIES with my OB!!! It's just crazy to me.

I'm not peeing more often with this supplement so far. My chiro said what will happen is I'll pee more when I go rather than peeing more often. So far last night with just 2 pills he was right. It actually felt more like a relief each time I peed too if that makes sense.

totally makes sense. That's what I miss the most, that satisfied feeling after I go LOL

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"momW" wrote:

okay, I called my chiropractor today to get a supplement from him, he's my drug dealer Biggrin

He did some research and found exactly what I needed AND, bonus, he had it in stock. The brand is Standard Process (it's the same brand I always take in supplements and it's one of the best quality there is. the capsules and tablets are stringently tested for how they break down which is important because a pill isn't worth a crap if it's capsule doesn't dissolve easily or the tablet doesn't break down). The kind of supplement is "Renafood". I was told by him to take 3 pills a day for now (can take 3-9) and just see how I do with it. He said I'll notice more output (pee) and should see a difference in my belly. When my mw had me lay down today on my back she showed me how much of my belly was just really wiggly (for lack of a technical word) and baby is over to my left side but my whole belly was huge but squishy when I was laying on my back.

As for the back brace, like she said today, baby will eventually come but wearing the belt will help keep labor from starting and stopping so many times. I've known so many ladies on here and elsewhere that have had long prodormal labors and once I thought about it I realized that most of them were not FTM's, they had a couple children already. It makes a lot of sense. I know my babies get carried way out front, I just never put it together that it could cause a problem. My stomach muscles feel SOOO much better this evening with this belt on and I can really feel the pressure down below that I should be feeling now. Get your belt out girl and strap it on good and tight!!!

Thank you so much for your reply and info! I am seeing my uncle today and will ask him if he has the supplement in his office. I am familiar with Standard Process. I really hope I can start taking it also and it helps with my excessive fluid also. And I don't have a pregnancy belt but something like a belly band that I hope will do the trick also.

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Allie - I am right there with you. I said that to my DH today. I can pee and still feel like I have to go but can't.