Eh, no change this morning. BH's haven't even been waking me up at night, but I did notice them throughout the night last night. I doubt that has anything to do with the EPO and everything to do with them just picking up as time goes by. The cervix is identical to last night though.
And, I was expecting it, but it still threw me off, so a word of wisdom to anyone who uses EPO vaginally - the gelcaps will mostly dissolve, and then fall out at some point. Don't get all excited and think it's your plug. LOL. It was the middle of the night, and it took me a few seconds to remember what it was.
Just took my first black and blues dose. My mind is boggling a bit at how many pills I'll take today. Since I started at 8:30 and am supposed to keep it up until 4-5pm, that's 9 doses, which is 27 pills, plus 1 prenatal makes 28, plus I'm supposed to be getting around 20 alfalfa's a day at this point, that's 48, plus for good measure, I went ahead and took 2 more EPO's orally. FIFTY pills today! And I'll be getting double the black and blue tomorrow. good grief!
My goodness.... I'm sure I'll hear you rattling around here in Australia
Oh, and thanks for the EPO tip, will remember that one.
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Still nothing. BH's were rather strong last night, a few hours after having stopped the pill-popping. I don't know if the pills were the cause or not. Cervix is still the same this morning, after another EPO night. I'm wondering if I need to do some belly binding. He's not hanging way out there, but I've read about belly binding to pull the baby toward the spine and put more direct pressure on the cervix. Because right now, my cervix is around, almost behind his head.
In other news, I suddenly find myself with a backup midwife! I don't expect to need her, but just in case, it's good to know she's there.
When I was at the chiro on Monday, he mentioned that he has a new client who is a midwife and is pregnant, and that she just recently moved here. I almost asked if she did homebirth, but so seriously doubted it that I just didn't bother. I got home and checked email, and a friend (sorta, I guess... we've been emailing for a couple years and she's local but we've never met!) who is a non-practicing midwife (due to legalities here in NC, she doesn't want to risk it) had emailed me about a new homebirth CNM and gave me the name of her practice to google.
So, I googled, found her site, got her number, and called, Monday evening. She came over yesterday so we could meet, and agreed to be a backup. She seems nice. Ideally, I'd have time to get to know her better. But then, the whole idea is that if we were all alone, we'd have to choose between doing it totally unassisted, including newborn care and assessing my bleeding, or head to the hospital. So even someone who is not a perfect fit would be a better choice than either of those. And maybe she is a great fit - it's just that we just met.
Yay! Hopefully, your midwife will make it in plenty of time, but having a backup just in case is nice.
I am taking notes about what all you are taking in case I decide someday I am really done being pregnant and willing to take that many pills at once- LOL! I hope it gets things moving for you soon.
Just talked to Lulu. It really sucked to have to say, "yep, I'm taking everything you recommended, but no progress." sigh.
His head is so low, that when I try to check my cervix, I bump into a skull just about an inch in. If that far. Yet, just BH's at night and no effacement yet. I can't tell for sure on dilation, because I can get my finger in the cervix, but not to the inner opening.
I have a headache. I want to nap, but I'd miss doses of the cohoshes if I did. Every 30 minutes is about to drive me crazy. I'm praying I go into labor by tomorrow morning, because I really don't want to do another day of these pills.
LOL, Chims, it's okay, I haven't been posting a lot until recently.
So, yesterday, my headache just wouldn't go away. I listened to the Hypnobabies fear release while Xander sat beside me watching cartoons, then he went to sleep and I decided to nap. I set the timer on the oven every 30 minutes, and had Aaric waking me up to make sure I got up to take the herbs. Mom was out with Mikayla, having a girls' day. I'd set the alarm to take a 4:30 dose, but just couldn't muster the energy to get up to take yet another pill! (or 3) Right around 5, I took tylenol, and 30 minutes later took one more. I still had the headache.
Mom and Mikayla came home, then dh came in from work. He and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, knowing I needed to do some walking. I was just SO tired. Not like, physically hurting tired, but wanting to sleep tired. I'd gotten a little lightheaded, so I ate a protein bar and drank some water as we walked around. (dh teased me about stealing. I say no one is going to get between a pregnant woman and her snack!)
We got home and I went straight to bed. It was around 8. I was REALLY hopeful that my feeling this miserable was the signal to my body to sleep, to prepare for a big day when I woke up.
I napped for about an hour, then woke up and the headache had gotten worse. At 10, I took 2 more tylenols. Dh took my BP to make sure it wasn't skyrocketing. Nope. My old norm was 100ish/60-70. My "new norm" had become 115-120/80-85. Monday, it had hit 123/90. Last night, it was 108/78. Sounds like a significant enough drop to cause a headache. I'd read that blue cohosh can affect BP, so I'm betting that's it. Anyway, at 11, dh recommended caffeine, but I didn't want to wind up awake all night. But, I could be awake and in pain or just awake, so I let him make me a cup. I went to sleep probably 5 minutes later.
And so, here I am, 8:30 am, no labor, but at least no headache. And about to start my herbs for the day. I would love to never pop another pill.
Oh, and due to the headache, I jsut didn't care, and didn't do the EPO last night. I hate that, but oh well.
Today, it's 4 blues and 2 blacks, every hour.
Oh, Kelly, I'm so sorry things seem not to be working. But you never know.
If it were me, and considering that the BP seems to be in a "safe" zone, I think I'd scrap all the efforts and just take a day for me. Of course, I realize that with 3 other kiddos, that might not me too realistic.
Taking the pills hourly isn't nearly as bad. It's still not fun, but every half hour was just plain annoying. Even though I'm taking 6 every hour, it's better. And I bought sprite, because water yesterday was just bad. Water + cohoshes = day of yuck.
Lulu says that if there's still no progress by tonight/tomorrow, we'll just wait a bit and see. I've read that blue cohosh can lower BP, so I bet it's responsible. Assuming she recommends similar to what I've read online, I figure we'll take the weekend off from the cohoshes, and maybe try again next week. I've read they can be hard on the body (liver maybe? Or kidneys?) if taken for very long at a time.