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    Hi Angela, thanks for your info I hope your appointment shows no pre-e today so you can stay prego a little longer. Welcome to your lodge.....even though it may be only a few hours before your a mom!!

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    Welcome to your lodge, Angela! Hoping and praying that the news at your appointment is good!
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    I'll post more tomorrow, but am tired! lol Unfortunately I did get diagnosed with pre-eclampsia today and put on bed rest for the duration of the pregnancy. My peri is hoping to get me to next Thursday.

    On the very, very positive side of things, though, I've had a lot of contractions today - so it looks like I may have a spontaneous birthing after all and have a real shot at using my hypnobabies and keeping things as natural as possible given the situation. =)

    And *yay* for having a lodge!
    Angela

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    Boo for pre-e, but yay for cx and your lodge!
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    Sorry to hear about the pre-e diagnosis. I figure since you're doing hypnobabies that you know about the Brewer diet and are already making an effort to get enough protein. I hope your birthing time does start on it's own! If you do end up needing to be induced, there are some birth stories of people who used hypnobabies for inductions here http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.c...th_stories.htm that you might find helpful.

    ETA: I was just looking through the birth stories on the site I linked to above and I found chimmy's (watermellon_gypsy) story from her DS4's birth (Seamus)! Cool! Laura (winky_the_houseelf) was her doula.
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    Sorry to hear about the pre-e. I'll be hoping you go naturally and get to use your hypnobabies. Looking forward to following your lodge!
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    Okay, so since I'm new here and it seems like a lot of the other moms on this board have gotten to know each other through previous births, I suppose I should start with a proper introduction! lol

    This little man is my first baby and has long been hoped and prayed for. The short version is that I was diagnosed with an incurable chronic pain condition when I was 13 known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It affects both of my legs from the knees down and has caused pain 24/7 since I developed it. The treatments are experimental at best, so I've tried a lot of different drug regimens, been hospitalized a lot, and had numerous surgeries to implant or repair devices designed to help with the pain. Oddly enough, when things got really tough, it was hopes and dreams for the future (chiefly one day having a husband and kids) that really kept me fighting through the pain.

    Thanks to the variety of doctors I saw through my teen years (both good and bad) and a lot of prayer, I became convinced my future lay in medicine. I feel that chronic pain is something that is incredibly difficult to understand without having lived it. Most people with my condition are unable to work outside the home at all, let alone in such a demanding field. I am incredibly blessed to be well enough and have the support system to embark on this career path, and am currently a second year medical student.

    I met my wonderful husband three years ago online of all places! I was focused on my education and not really into the dating scene. My younger sister had been giving several online dating sites a try and become engaged to a man she'd met on one of them. I lived 12 hours away from her, so she asked me to look up his profile online to get to "meet" him. I had to create at least a minimal profile in order to see his, and within a few hours of my doing so, my husband had found my listing and begun emailing me. He emailed me and IM'ed for days - and I kept hitting the site's "reject" button.

    Finally, as he tells it he had one of those incredible nothing's-going-to-get-you-down kind of days, and he was so persistent with his IM invites (like 15 in a row- lol) that I finally opened one just to demand he leave me alone! I gave him my phone number after about 2 months of talking online (a girl can never be too careful, you know!), and we began dating shortly thereafter. Around a year later he proposed on a beautiful southern California beach at sunset, and we were married last November.

    We both wanted to have children, but agreed it would be best to wait until I was done with medical school to start our family. Unfortunately, none of the treatments currently used for my pain condition are safe during pregnancy, so we knew I may have a more difficult pregnancy than most since I would be dealing with the pain on my own. We don't believe in the use of birth control other than natural family planning for religious reasons, and attended all the classes, read all the books, got all sorts of outside help...but still had a very difficult time with my cycles. They just weren't following any sort of pattern, so we went to a gynecologist for help this past spring.

    At that appointment I was devastated to learn that I had fairly severe polycystic ovarian syndrome. The gynecologist that performed the ultrasound of my ovaries said they were in such bad shape that he would guess I might ovulate once per year if I was lucky. From my studies, I knew how difficult it is for some women to conceive with PCOS, and I became very frightened that I would be doomed to a struggle for conception. My husband was incredibly supportive, but I still had a very difficult time with the news. The doctor also wanted to get me on birth control pills to regulate the hormone imbalances with PCOS, which my husband and I really struggled with given our religious views. After weeks of prayer, we finally agreed that I would start taking the pill after my next menstrual cycle.

    I think that emotional struggle with the possibility of struggling with fertility was another blessing in my life. When my next cycle never came, and then we found out I was unexpectedly pregnant, there was nothing but joy over the news even though the timing was not what we had envisioned. We knew the pregnancy may be difficult since I was still in school, but we agreed to just take it one day at a time, discontinued my pain management treatment, and started looking ahead.

    I am one of four children, and my parents had both always spoken about how my birth was the best experience of them all. While all of my siblings were traditional medicated hospital births, mine was a water birth at a birthing center. My husband and I agreed that we wanted to have such a birth for our child and began researching our options. Unfortunately, the only center in our area was a little uncomfortable with my chronic medical conditions.

    We were sent to perinatologists who discovered I also have a blood clotting condition that often results in first and second trimester losses - I was 22 weeks along at the time, and again felt that this baby was completely meant to be. I started having more frequent appointments and ultrasounds and started taking daily injections of blood thinners and aspirin to help minimize the risk of further complications. I first started showing symptoms of preeclampsia at around 30 weeks (headaches, visual disturbances, nearly passing out, etc.) and have been watched closely since then.

    My husband and I have decided to use hypnobabies for our birth, thanks in large part to things I'd read on this board. We know we want to have as natural of a birth as possible, and get a little added support from our physicians because I am not a candidate for a spinal or epidural given my surgical history for the pain condition. Thankfully, although the pain condition has worsened, I'm still able to walk at this point (definitely not a given), and I'm able to literally flip a switch and turn on a device that helps minimize the pain as soon as I give birth. This pregnancy has not been easy, but focusing on finally having our little boy in our arms has been such a source of motivation and hope!
    Angela

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMangoBabe View Post
    Sorry to hear about the pre-e diagnosis. I figure since you're doing hypnobabies that you know about the Brewer diet and are already making an effort to get enough protein. I hope your birthing time does start on it's own! If you do end up needing to be induced, there are some birth stories of people who used hypnobabies for inductions here http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.c...th_stories.htm that you might find helpful.

    ETA: I was just looking through the birth stories on the site I linked to above and I found chimmy's (watermellon_gypsy) story from her DS4's birth (Seamus)! Cool! Laura (winky_the_houseelf) was her doula.
    Thank you so much for the link! Those are good, positive stories for me to focus on during my bed rest! =)
    Angela

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    Welcome to your lodge! I was going to mention protein but I see someone else already did I hope your bedrest passes quickly and that you get the birth you want! I'm looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds!
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    lol - yup, I've been loading up on protein, taking calcium and magnesium for weeks, was on baby aspirin until last week, and was getting osteopathic manipulation all in an effort to stave off the pre-e (I had blood work early on showing I had a high likelihood of developing it based on my baseline hormone levels). I think it's one of those things where my body is just under a lot of stress from all the medical conditions and pregnancy.
    Angela

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