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****Maggie's (acqualin21) Birth Lodge!****

Welcome to your lodge Maggie! It won't be too long now!

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Welcome to your lodge!!!

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welcome to your lodge!

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I can;t believe it is time already!!! My Birth Buddy has a lodge!!!

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Welcome! :goodluck:

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Ack, is it time for this already??? Thanks Joy! I am excited to have a lodge, I can't believe I am there already. Guess I have to work on an intro. I'll do that tonight!
In the meantime, please help by sending low BP vibes! My doc today started grumbling about possible pre-e and I had to get some extra labs done. My BP has been high the last 2 weeks and I am just PRAYING it goes down by Friday when they re-check it. I really don't want to have to be induced.

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Here's my intro:

DH and I met about 6.5 years ago, and it took us 5 years to decide to get married. We got married in August of 2007 in northern California, where we currently live. He's 32 and I'm 30.
DH is from Pittsburgh, I'm from Maine. But we are loving northern Cali and we've been out here for about 4 years. It's difficult being so far away from our familiies, but we love it here. I'm the Education Program Manager for a non-profit environmental organization, and DH is in the outdoor education/adventure industry, so it has been great living up here.
After a little agonizing, we decided we weren't getting any younger and there was never going to be a perfect time to have kids, and since we knew we wanted them, we decided to go for it, despite being a a little anxious about money and giving up our carefree California lifestyle Wink Then it still took us some time to actually decide to start trying. We figured we would have 4-6 months or so of trying before we conceived. Wrong! It happened pretty much on the first try. It was a bit of a shock at first, and took both of us some time to get over the initial "woah!" but now we are both so excited and can't wait to meet this little dude.
This is our first baby and according to the ultrasound we had at 20 weeks, it's a boy. DH met a little kid in the airport named Griffin (who came up to him and asked to look at his Surfer magazine--cute!) and he really liked the name. It took me some time to warm up to it, but I really like the name now too, and we plan to call him Fin for short. Donovan is a family name and that will be his middle name.
When I first got pregnant, I was already afraid of labor. I knew I wanted to do it naturally, but was so terrified I wasn't sure I'd really be able to do it. I went in assuming I would get the drugs if I felt like I needed them. But then I read a few books, including the Henci Goer Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Ina May Gaskin's Guide To Childbirth and realized it wasn't the labor as much as the hospital setting and clinical nature of modern birthing that scared me. So I was sold on the natural birth thing. Somehow I came across Hypnobabies and decided to give it a try, so I have been practicing that, and after doing a little research we also decided to try a water birth. So, that's the plan right now.
Unfortunately, my BP has been elevated for a few weeks and my doc is keeping an eye on me for pre-e. If my BP isn't down by Friday, we have to discuss possibiliites. So, I am trying to relax and chill out over the holidays and hopefully get my BP down so I can go ahead with the birth I have planned. Below is a pic from our wedding day, our furbabies Lexie and Angus and a belly pic of me taken on Thanksgiving.

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You guys are sooooo cute! Great intro also. How did you find out you were pregnant? What happened when you found out?

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Oh, I guess I left that part out.
I had bought some pregnancy tests and was waiting until it was late enough to test without getting a false negative. I had been having some minor symptoms, mostly I noticed my sense of smell was stronger than normal, so I suspected but also thought it could be wishful thinking.
I woke up on mother's day having had a dream that I was inside my body and saw a bloody slimy thing and in the dream this meant I was pregnant. It was tubelike, so maybe a fallopian tube or something?
Anyway, it was still too early to test, but then I thought about how perfect it would be if I found out on mother's day! So I took the test expecting it to show up negative and I'd be disappointed and annoyed with myself for not holding out. But then there was a faint positive line! I jumped up and down around my house. DH was out of town, so I called my parents and only my dad was home, so I told him and then I called my mom and told her, and she screeched into the phone (which is NOT like her, I think she was not expecting that news yet). It was a good mother's day present for her.
I didn't tell DH yet b/c I wanted to tell him in person. I wrapped up the test like a gift to give to him as a surprise. I had to wait 3 days for him to get home, it was torture!!
A few days later I had some spotting and figured I was miscarrying (another reason not to test so early), but I tested again a week later and the line was even stronger. It's been a relatively easy pregnancy, the first trimester was a little unpleasant, but since then it has been pretty smooth sailing up until this BP thing.

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Great intro!!

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Hi Maggie! Welcome to your lodge!

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Hi Maggie! I haven't been around a whole lot during this pregnancy, so I haven't gotten the chance to get to know you (and a lot of others!) but I am sure I'll be more involved now that I'm having to slow down and spend more time sitting!
Interesting that we're both doing hypnobabies and having some potential pre-e issues! I hope your bp comes down some. Any other symptoms?

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No pre-e symptoms to speak of yet, no spilling protein, no headaches, no major swelling. I did see some sparkly stars for a while, and have had some shortness of breath, but who knows if that is pre-e related. I just have the high BP. It may not be pre-e, we just have to keep monitoring it. I'll go back Friday for a recheck.
We have a blood pressure cuff, so DH will be checking my BP every day too.

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Congrats on your lodge...sending you low BP vibes. Have a wonderful week and good luck Friday. Smile

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Did you get checked today for you BP? How are you feeling?

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How are you doing? Hope your bp has come down some.

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How's that BP Maggie?

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Thanks for asking! My BP was normal today at my appt! Yay! 120/80, which is in normal range for me and definitely better than the 140/100 from last week. I think I was just stressed out with DH being gone and the holidays and all.

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What is he DOING in there? Since baby dropped last week, I get these sharp pains (feels like my cervix) when he moves sometimes. Tonight, he was really pushing hard on my cervix, it felt like he was trying to push his little fist through it or something. It really hurt! Do contractions ever feel like sharp cervical pain? I know I can deal with menstrual cramp type sensations or pressure, but the sharp knifelike pain is tough to deal with. If it's going to feel like that, I don't know!
Is anyone else having that kind of pain? Or have you had it?

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I get those sharp cervix pains sometimes when he moves around... OUCH! Smile

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I get those sometimes. That is not what I remember of labor, fortunately. Somehow those sharp pains are much more distracting to me than labor was because it comes in waves and you can prepare for them sort of. (though labor was much more all encompassing. . . like your whole body/abdomen is working really hard.)

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Nothing really to report here. The BH contrax seem to be picking up a bit, or maybe I'm just more aware of them. I've been getting that sharp cervical pain every night, funny it always happens at the same time of day. Don't know if it could mean any dilation or anything going on. I'm not too worried about it considering my due date is still 3 weeks away.

I'm full term tomorrow! Yippee!

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Congratulations on your lodge! I'm excited to follow your journey and I'm glad your bp is down for you. Your wedding pic is so cute, and your belly sure looks compact:) Are the dogs acting like they know something is going to change? Hope you have a relaxing day!

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The dogs really haven't shown any sign they have a clue there is a baby coming. It's possible they know and just don't care. It will be interesting to see how they react. One of our dogs will not care at all, the other one will probably be a little jealous for a while, and then protective. I think they'll both be interested in the baby when we first bring him home. Lexie, the cuddly one, still climbs all over me wanting me to pet her, and I have to protect my belly from her lying or stepping on it.
We have been totally rearranging the house, which has them a little confused. I worry a little about the baby crying a lot and the dogs not liking the sound, but otherwise I think it will be fine.

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I've had the cervical pain too. I don't know if it's been when I've dilated or not though. It hurts!

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I don't know why, but I cannot handle the cervical pain at all. It makes me want to cry. I'm so glad to hear that contractions don't involve that sensation. I think it's the baby stretching and pushing on it, since it happens when he is most active, which is between 9-11 p.m. I am starting to dread that time of day!

Hmm, just noticed I seem to be having contractions every 15-20 min or so. I'm sure it's nothing, it's too early, but kind of exciting that they have formed a pattern for the first time!

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yay for full term! We were very nervous about our dogs when dd was born, we bought a doll and carried it around (that doll is dd's fave btw), and really they didn't care at all. One just sniffed her, and the other gave her kisses. I think the one knows something is up with me, she has been very "in my face" the last few days.

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Just wanted to throw in a "hello" from a fellow Northern Californian! Where do you live? You wedding picture is beautiful.

When we had our first we were worried about how our dogs would react. We were told to bring home the blanket or towel that they use to wipe the vernix off of the baby and let the dogs smell it. It seemed to work. They dogs had no problem adjusting to a new person in the house. The crying, that was different! My female always tried to "help" me with the baby when he cried. Usually just by getting in the way!

Good luck! I am looking forward to reading more of your lodge!

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Just wanted to throw in a "hello" from a fellow Northern Californian! Where do you live? You wedding picture is beautiful.

When we had our first we were worried about how our dogs would react. We were told to bring home the blanket or towel that they use to wipe the vernix off of the baby and let the dogs smell it. It seemed to work. They dogs had no problem adjusting to a new person in the house. The crying, that was different! My female always tried to "help" me with the baby when he cried. Usually just by getting in the way!

Good luck! I am looking forward to reading more of your lodge!

I live in Humboldt County on the coast, so way north. You?
I am exhausted today! DH and I really went to town rearranging and cleaning the house yesterday (he seems to be nesting too, he is cleaning things I didn't even know he realized were dirty, and organizing! He never does that). Then I stupidly stayed up until 12:30 a.m. for no good reason and got up early to go to a prenatal yoga class (which I desperately needed) and then off to work. So, I need a nap!

I have my 37 week appt tomorrow and I'm nervous because I'm going to bring up possibly declining the strep B antibiotics even though I'm positive. I don't think they will like that! I hate antibiotics. I'll give them a chance to change my mind, because I don't want to put my baby at risk unnecessarily, but my sis was positive and didn't get the antibiotics and her baby is a happy healthy 1 year old now. I feel like the risk is pretty slim. I don't know, I should do some more research I guess.

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Congrats on full term! And it's great that your BP is normal, hopefully it'll be that way tomorrow, too!

I know I've read that the risk of GBS being transmitted to the baby is rather slim, even in a GBS+ woman. However, I would also expect a LOT of opposition if you tested positive and declined the meds. Have you considered doing some of the natural treatment options now and requesting a re-test after a week or so, if you don't go into labor before then? I think that's the route I'd go for now, if it were me. But either way, I say just do the research, print off the best info you can find that supports skipping the drugs, and go in prepared to show that to them. Good luck!

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Maggie, I am down south in Oakdale,on the highway to Yosemite, but still pretty much in the valley. My RL-BFF went to Humboldt State and my aunt lives in McKinleyville part-time. Do you have a doula? I think I know someone up there that is a doula and very NCB minded.

Good luck on the GBS. I declined the test this pg myself. Yay for you getting up to do yoga! You are a better woman than I am!

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I would agree, if you want to skip the meds, go in there with info supporting your decision, and maybe say I am willing to take that risk, were you the one saying you were allergic to antibiotics on another thread, if that is the case, i would think that is much more risky than being GBS+ for baby.

The info my mw gave me says 98-99% of babies born to mothers who are GBS+ will not be affected. Of those infected with early onset GBS, 15% will die. It doesn't list a source, but that is the info I have.

An option could be to give the baby antibiotics if symptoms are present. It also says that in my info, but doesn't list what the symptoms are.

Good luck, I am sure you can find some good info.

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ok, maybe if I would turn the page:rolleyes:.
symptoms of early onset GBS include:
fever or abnormally low body temp, jaundice, poor feeding, vomiting, seizures, difficulty breathing, swelling of the abdomen, and bloody stools.

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I hope you have a great day!

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Had my 37 week appt today. BP is back up. They are not super worried because it went down to normal, and then went back up, so it is most likely stress related. So, I just get to stop working sooner! It's kind of a relief, to be able to just rest and get ready for the baby (still so much to do!), and I really don't think I have pre-e so I'm not too worried.

My boss is being really cool and said my number 1 job is to take care of myself and my baby right now, so is totally supportive of me leaving work earlier than planned. She said maybe it is nature's way of getting me to shift gears into mommy mode, which is true, I need to get my head in the mommy game!

Baby is doing fine, but has flipped so he is posterior (still head down, which is good) and has moved so his back is on my right side (he was left occipital anterior before, so I'm kinda bummed he has moved to a less favorable position). I'm going to do the spinning babies thing and see if I can get him to turn anterior and move so his back is on my left again over the next couple days. I'd rather not have back labor if at all possible Wink Anyone have any tips for getting him to move?

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check out spinningbabies.com and try sitting on a birth ball, my OB said especially during contractions to help them settle into the right place.

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My DD was posterior at the beginning of my labor and then flipped over. It wasn't too bad when she was posterior and she came really fast after she flipped! I wold also say that you should put off AROM if she is still posterior unless something is wrong and they need to for other procedures (internal monitoring, amnioinfusion, etc).

All that to say, do everything you can to get him to flip before! I am doing the spinningbabies stuff this time for sure. I wish I had known about it before, though I did some of the same techniques. Good luck!!!:D

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did you talk to the doc about the meds for GBS? Just curious how it went.

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I did talk to the doc (actually, midwife) about the GBS meds a little. She was sort of vague as far as how resistant they would be if I declined. She told me there are a couple different antibiotics they use, and told me how they are administered and what the risks are if I don't take them, that they would prefer I take them although I can decline anything as long as I sign a piece of paper saying I understand the risks. She said I can also try some other things between now and then (probiotics, putting yogurt up there, etc) to try and get it negative before birth. So I may try that and ask to be retested.

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I have heard good things about cleansing with witch hazel. That is what I have done before my previous tests.

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I am glad they are open to retesting. I would definitely try to get a negative before labor. I am in the process now of trying to get my self clear before I test. I am doing echinecea, vit C and probiotics orally and then I am starting to do the garlic inserted. Interestingly, there is actual studies showing the effectiveness of garlic that are documented by the CDC and a current study underway to verify the results. Here is the link: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gbsCohain.html

I was tested twice with DD since I went postdates. Also, results can change in 10 days (or even less) so it doesn't hurt to try!

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Happy new year everyone!
Last night DH and I went to a movie (Benjamin Button, it was good!) and then ordered some chinese food.
Baby has been moving a lot the last couple days. BH contrax are definitely getting stronger and more frequent, but I'm pretty sure this guy is staying put for another week or two.
I love craigslist! We've been able to get most of our baby stuff that way, and all of it is pretty decent. I got a nice and practically brand new changing table for $50, and yesterday we went and picked up a pretty nice glider/rocker for $30! We'll probably be moving across the country in the next 2-3 years, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money on nicer things that I will want to keep and have to lug across the country. We can easily resell all of the stuff we got for cheap on craigslist. I love it!

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Happy New Year Maggie! I'm glad to hear all is well, sounds like a fun day. I wish our Craigslist was that good, not much get's listed and it's not ususally very nice stuff. Hope you have a nice weekend!

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That's so cool that you were able to find so much off of craigslist. I'd love to find a glider, but haven't yet.

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Awesome about craigslist! We were hoping to find a new dresser there, but no luck so far. With this being my 4th, we don't need much else, LOL.

About baby's positioning, you were asking about earlier: Xander kept spinning around all the way up until the very end. He was very commonly LOA, but it certainly wasn't uncommon for me to feel around and not be able to find his back at all, just limbs. He was still changing position every couple days throughout the last few weeks. When labor started, I can't remember if he was LOA or ROA, but I know that when the midwife got to my house (after 13 hours of early labor so far), he was anterior until she checked me, and while she was checking I had a contraction so she waited a minute and started over, and he'd spun to posterior. He stayed that way for a few hours, as I was walking around trying to get things to get going (I tend to have long early labors, we were ready to kick it into high gear!) I finally decided that I did NOT want to progress any further, or get him any further engaged, until he spun his little self around again. I got on all fours for a while, supported by my birth ball. It was probably an hour or so later when she checked and he'd finally spun back to LOA. I stayed on all 4s or on my left side for another hour or so, until I hit full on active labor.

So, moral of the story - Spend some time on all 4s now, to encourage the baby to get into the right position. If he keeps spinning, don't freak out, but plan on spending some time on all 4s while in labor. I'd say even if he's ROA, spending some time on all 4s will help him consider switching sides. Either way, you know that any anterior position is better than posterior, so don't stress too much about it either way.

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Thanks Kelly. I spent some time hanging on my birth ball last night and I'm trying not to spend too much time reclining or in a position that will encourage him to stay posterior. He's been in the position he is in for about a week, so he seems pretty comfy there, but hopefully he still has time to flip over.

Last night I started having regular (painless, BH) contrax around every 5 mins or so for a little while when DH and I were watching TV, but they stopped. Then around 3 a.m. I woke up and knew that I'd been having contrax and that's what woke me up. They were 3-5 mins apart for about an hour and a little painful, but not too bad. It was howling rain and wind and I was tired and was not interested in going to the birth center in the middle of the night in crazy weather, esp. for a false alarm, which I was guessing it probably was, so I decided to try and go back to sleep and see what was happening this a.m., which is nothing. I've had a few contrax, but nothing regular. But, seems like things are getting ready and it could be sooner rather than later! But who knows. He could be faking it again Wink

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That sounds promising even if it turns out that it isn't time just yet. I hope all this practice helps with an easy labor. Wink

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Still having a lot of contractions here and they are getting a bit stronger each day, sometimes regular but also will go hours without any. I'm hoping they are doing something so I'll have less work to do when I go into labor. I don't feel like I'm in labor, but I am a bit paranoid because of my sister's birth experience (by the time she knew for sure she was in active labor, she was already 8 cms and barely made it to the hospital). I would love it if my labor was similar and didn't get painful or intense until the end, but I also don't want to go along thinking I'm not in labor and then end up rushing/stressed out at the end and not getting my waterbirth, etc.

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So...I have an appointment on Thurs, but I've been having semi-regular contrax for the past couple days, as you know. I'm wondering if I should call and see if I can be squeezed in just to check and see if I really need to be worrying about going into labor yet, or if I should just wait til Thurs, and go to the hospital if things pick up?
What do you all think? What would you do?

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I'd just wait and see if you make it till Thursday. Hopefully you wont make it till then! Smile

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I'd just wait and see too. I am also afraid that I won't know when I am in active labor since I was induced with dd, and pitocin contractions are much stronger, but I guess I'll just keep track of how close together they are, and take it from there, but unlike you I would love to get to the hospital at 8 cm and be about ready to push. Last night I was picture myself walked the parking lot of the hospital until I felt pushy then going in. Biggrin

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