Oh, no! I hope it's just a fluke and you don't experience that very often. But, yay for her liking the shower! My DF said that that's how he and his ex bathed their daughter when she was an infant - they would just take turns holding her in the shower. They didn't bother with the special infant baths or anything.
Having dealt with pyloric stenosis with our son, I LOVED DH taking showers with him. But projectile vomiting requires lots of daily laundry and cleaning up. It is astounding the distances they can shoot for! It is also just plain exhausting for Momma.
I'd suggest keeping detailed records of when she vomits. They may need to check for Pyloric Stenosis at this time and forward. Our son was a month and a half old when he had his surgery. You could really see it clearly if you watched his stomach after nursing. A friend's daughter was much older than that before they figured out the problem. The uncertainty is very wearing.
I hope this is cleared up quickly and easily!
Last edited by gardenbug; 07-20-2010 at 11:53 AM.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Boo for projectile vomit. Yay for liking showers! Are they really slippery during just a rinse? I'd like to be able to just shower with my little lady but I've got this fear of dropping a slippery infant. Perhaps if I were covered in spit up I'd be willing to just hop in .
I'm not worried about the projectile vomiting being anything serious yet since she's only done it once. She only spits up about once every other day or so, and this was the only time it was a crazy amount/distance. If she starts doing it more regularly, I'll definitely get it checked out, though...
Projectile vomit is no fun. I'm glad she enjoyed her 1st shower!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I haven't been on here much (too busy being a new mom!) but I did want to get around to writing up my thoughts on Hypnobirthing before I start to forget too much. People keep asking me about it and I keep saying "I'm planning to write up something about that..." well here we go.
First of all, it's important to state that while I can't have regrets since I ended up with a natural childbirth and a beautiful baby, my one major wish if I could do it all over is that I hadn't let the stupid insurance regulation risk-out policy at the birth center influence me quite so much. I went through 37 weeks of pregnancy believing (rightly) that it was super important to be patient and just let nature take its course...and then the last four weeks aggressively trying to get the baby out with every natural induction method known to man. I truly believe that due to my stress about not getting to birth at the center like I'd envisioned, I undermined my own ability to successfully use the relaxation techniques I'd spent so many months practicing. Because when it came right down to it, I was TRYING so hard to go into labor that I didn't WANT to relax. I was afraid that relaxing would make the contractions go away...I welcomed the pain (at first), because it meant I was getting what I wanted. I wanted nothing to do with making the contractions feel less strong, until it was way too late--I was already in the throes of hard labor by the time I really wanted relief, and by then I couldn't relax because I was already in too deep. Also, it was already established by then that I was having a slow time of it, so again I think I was still afraid to relax because I just kept hearing how I needed to ramp up my contractions...stronger, harder, faster. I know, looking back on it, that relaxing would probably have actually accomplished that and with less pain to boot, but in the moment all I could really believe was that the pain was good because it meant I was "doing" something.
This is all totally against what Hypnobirthing teaches, of course, and I'm ashamed that I fell into the pressure trap, even with eyes wide open.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I am still incredibly grateful to Hypnobirthing for being a major factor in my ability to make it through even a relatively painful and frustrating labor experience. Here are the ways in which it was invaluable:
-During pregnancy, practicing all that deep relaxation was so wonderful and healthy for me and my baby. It helped me immensely to keep from getting too stressed out, to get badly needed sleep, etc., which is all absolutely essential to a healthy pregnancy and birth. It also gave me something positive and focused to "do" while I was otherwise just impatiently waiting to have the baby, which made me feel much more confident and in control.
-The education I got through Hypnobirthing (plus the further research inspired by what I learned directly in the program) was ESSENTIAL in helping me to commit to a natural birth. Knowing so much about what happens biologically during birth and the ways in which interventions actually interfere with all those important processes helped make medical birth (unless necessary) truly not an option in my mind...which in turn helped me stick with NCB even when the going got rough.
-The support education Porter got through Hypnobirthing made him a strong, confident birth partner who was able to be there for me 100% in exactly the ways I needed him to be. And his confidence gave me confidence--I was able to fully trust in him when I was most vulnerable, knowing that we had gone into this on exactly the same page, and he would do whatever necessary to help me have the birth I wanted. I also felt so much less alone in the experience; yes, I was the one going through the physical pain, which he could not carry, but in every other way I really felt like we were in it together, which was a huge help to me emotionally. He was strong for me, and I needed that to be able to let go and focus within. I know a lot of people say they didn't want to be talked to or touched or anything during labor, but it wasn't like that for me at all. And I truly do credit Hypnobirthing with helping him be such a great birth partner. He's a wonderful man, but we went into this with him asking "Uh, am I supposed to stand at the head or the feet?" and freaking out about poop during pushing. After all the Hypnobirthing practice, he ended up being better than the most experienced doula--at least for me, and what I needed.
-I did use the affirmations, and listened to them on repeat a lot during both my overdue waiting period and during active labor. They helped me stay focused and positive, and remember that I REALLY COULD do this.
-I also used some of the visualization, like the opening visualizations. I'm not sure whether they really physically did anything or not, but they gave me something to focus on that felt positive and productive, which in itself was helpful.
So, to sum all of this up, even though I wasn't able to use any of the relaxation or "pain relief" aspects of it during the birth itself, I still think that Hypnobirthing had a lot of value, and I am absolutely glad that I did it. And after talking to other moms from my class, I know that it really can work in the ways it claims, too...if you are able to use it in the way in which it's intended, which I just wasn't. I think if we decide to have another child, I will certainly have learned from this first experience, and hopefully would be able to use the techniques more effectively next time around.
Thanks so much for writing this up! This entire pregnancy, my only source of (pregnancy-related) stress has been that darn 41 week risk out date. I even lied to the birth center about my conception date to give myself 5 extra days. I was told by someone on the October board that this would result in the death of my baby but I believe strongly that it's the best for me and my child. In the past few weeks I've really tried to come to terms with a potential transfer. I don't feel like I'm giving in but rather that I'm giving myself the room to relax in those weeks leading up to risk out day. I've just started the Hypnobirthing course and I've already benefited greatly in some of the ways you've described. The relaxation CD puts me out like a light at bed time and I've been sleeping so much more soundly. Also, the classes really help to connect DH to our pregnancy. He's a mirror image of how you've described Porter . I feel more comfortable knowing that he feels more comfortable with his role during our birth.
Who wouldn't feel the pressure to perform with that awful artificial deadline looming overhead! Do not feel ashamed! You are so strong. 99.9% of women would have asked for pain management in your situation. The vast majority would have succumbed to artificial induction. I so wish the medical and insurance establishments would just let us birth the way nature intended.
Leigh, I really appreciated your explanation of how your Hypnobirthing class helped you. It it helped you meet your goals for your birth of giving birth naturally at the birth center, so it worked in the way you needed it to.
I also experienced pressure to get labor going in my first birth (due to PROM). It's really too bad when birth is judged by arbitrary standards (weeks of gestation, length of membrane rupture, etc.) and not individual circumstances.