Brittany's (D.R.Britta's) Lodge! (prenatal)

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Brittany's (D.R.Britta's) Lodge! (prenatal)

Mama, you need a lodge! Please share your story with us and let us know how we can help and support you during your last few weeks. You can do it naturally!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Congrats on your lodge!

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Ooooh! How exciting!!! Let's see here...

My husband, Nick, and I met in 2001 at a youth retreat. We didn't start dating for quite a while after that. We mostly were good friends. Our first date was prom.
In Nov. of 2002 Nick left to serve a mission for our church (the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--aka Mormons) I left for college in summer of 2003 out here in UT.
when he returned (Dec of 2004) we started dating again and found that we meshed even better than before! We were engaged in March of 2005 and married in May 2005.
About 3 months after we got married we decided the time was right to start trying for a baby. We conceived that cycle. I had a great pregnancy. No problems, I LOVED being pregnant. Until 33 weeks. I ended up in the L&D for ptl. They stopped it. They did the fetal fibronectin test (which came up negative) and sent me home with no restrictions other than "take it easy" since she wasn't coming. 2 weeks later, to the day, I woke up and lost my mucus plug with some bloody show. I went back to bed and woke two hours later with more bleeding...on my way to get my phone to call and I felt more leakage, so I headed to the bathroom and my water broke. (From my journal:)
I decided to go to the bathroom first and clean myself up a bit. Well, on the way to the bathroom my pants were suddenly all wet. So, I ran to the bathroom and sat on the pot. It kept leaking and leaking. That's when I realized my water must've broken. I called to Nick and he was all excited. I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry. A sudden wave of fear over came me.
As I sat there I didn't know what to do! I knew I couldn't go to the hospital without my pants but how was I going to get up off the toilet when I wouldnt' stop leaking! So, I calmed down and put on a pad. Then I started to calm down some more and think a little more reasonably. I started telling Nick what needed to be done. I told him to call our parents and tell them and I started trying to gather things together. I grabbed some clothes and things and we headed to the hospital.
We got into the room at about 10:30 and got settled in. They checked and sure enough, my water had broken.
My contractions were coming fairly normal at this point. I really couldn't feel them much, though. At about 11:30 The nurse, Penni, checked me. She said I was 3-4 cm dialated and 80% effaced. I tried to ask her questions...infact more than just that once but she wasn't really informative and she wasn't really friendly either.
At around Noon my contractions started to get a LOT worse. I had started feeling them sometime before this but they were really getting bad. I was soo scared of an epidural though so I just kept ignoring them.
Around 12:45 I said I wanted the epidural. I couldn't handle it anymore. (let me add here...they scared me into thinking that if I didn't get the epi I would have to be put under because my chances for a c-sec were high at this point (WHY???) and that if I didn't get it now I wouldn't be able to later)
Kira and Chris showed up around 1. At 1:40 the epidural was in.
After that everything was great. I was able to focus on relaxing and prepping for delivery. It slowed down the contractions and so they put me on some pitocin.
At 2:30 I was 4-5 cm dialated and 90% effaced. Almost halfway! I mostly talked with Kira, while Nick and Chris did their thing with computers.
We watched some Seinfeld stand-up comedy thingy. I fell asleep during it and got a much needed nap. It was just chilling and having a good time until...
6:30 I was checked and was 6-7 cm dialated and 100% effaced. This is where I started to freak out. I have no idea why...but I was sooo afraid of pushing. I was afraid it would be painful. I was afraid I would hurt her. I was afraid of having a c-section. I was just scared out of my mind. I started to shake all over.
At 7 the nurses switched and I got the sweeeeetest Nurse in the world. Her name is Vickie. She answered all my silly questions and calmed me so much.
At 8:40 she checked me and I was 9 (maybe more) cm dialated. but my cervix was still posterior. So, it was looking like I might have a possible c-section. They upped the pitocin to try to get more effective contractions and put in an internal monitor becuase Madisen's heart rate kept dropping after each contraction. They also put oxygen on me. That seemed to help and Madisen's heart rate went back to normal.
At 9:15 I started to feel pressure. She checked me and said I was almost 10 cm. I just had a little "lip" left on my cervix. She said we would start to push at 10.
At this point (after the nurse left) I started crying. I told Nick I couldn't do it. I was soo scared. Nick and I had a very private and sweet moment where he comforted me. I was still scared but felt like as long as Nick was there it would be ok.
At 10 we said "adios" to Chris and Kira as they went to the waiting room and we started getting ready for "pushing time"
After the first contraction of pushing I wasn't scared anymore. I had a new goal and an end in site. But after the next couple pushes I was losing hope. I couldn't feel the contractions, I wasn't pushing effectively and it was looking more like a c-section.
Then, the nurse started to see her head. Just a tiny bit, but that was all the hope I needed. Nick saw it and his encouragement lead me to do the best pushing I have ever done in my life. That was at 10:30.(This is where I started to feel the contractions too...I was able to tell when to push before the nurse told me) At 10:50 she called the doctor in and so c-section was at almost 0 possibility!!!!
Nick was sooooo good. He was so encouraging. The nurse was great too, but without Nick's sweet words of encouragement and praise after each push I don't think I could've done it.
At 11:01 Madisen Rayanne Rodgers was born. She didn't cry at first and it freaked me out. They sucked out some stuff in her mouth and then the tears came.
I started laughing and crying. "That's my daughter!" I exclaimed. "I'm a mom!!!"
Nick was able to cut the umbilical cord but then they had to take her off to the nursery since she was premature.
I was able to take a quick look but then they had to stitch me up. I had to have an episiotomy. I was too little and my cervix still wasn't quite right.
They stitched me up while Nick and Madisen were at the nursery getting taken care of.
After thy stitched me, I delivered the placenta...I almost asked to see it until I rememberd the advice from someone off of the pregnancy board I go to....
Nick then came in with Madisen and I was able to hold her.

She's 19.75" long and 6 lbs 8 oz. Her apgars were 8 and 9. She's precious and beautiful.

She had no rooting reflex and couldn't suck on anything but one kind of bottle for quite some time (gerber comfort latch) So, I didn't end up breast feeding. I pumped for a month but PPD was rough and I decided that pumping wasn't the option for me at that time.

When Madisen was 6 months old we went to San Diego. There we decided we wanted to start TTC for number 2 in Jan. We weren't careful enough (i guess) with our condom usage and got pregnant (SURPRISE!) in Nov. And here I am due in Aug.
My pregnancy started out WAY Differently. I actually dreamt that I was pregnant and decided to take a test the day my period was due, for kicks and giggles. At around 8 weeks all my m/s (which was not bad at all...i didn't throw up ONCE) faded. At 10 weeks there was spotting (red blood) so i went in for an u/s. My placenta was low. But by 19 weeks it had risen and we found out I was having a BOY!
I have been in the L&D several times since July 1st, being monitored for ptl. I've been having regular and irregular contrax. several times. Once was for a UTI the rest no body knows. So, they had me "take it easy" (which this time they defined and it was pretty much bed rest) until 36 weeks. Now I'm still have irregular contrax but nothing considered "labor"
I'm in pain a lot...not sure when i'm supposed to know it's "the real thing"
At my last appt i was measuring 2.5-3 cm and 50 percent effaced. Last night I lost a huge chunk of my mucus plug and then a smaller chunk in the middle of the night. No blood, though. Don't t hink it means much.
I'm just really crampy (typical) today...
So now that you have my life's novel.....thanks for the welcome and my new lodge Wink

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Welcome August Mommie!

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It sounds like your body is getting ready! And congrat on making it to term this time! Biggrin

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sounds to me like your starting the journy with your baby to welcome him to the world. Good Luck!!

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Congrats on your lodge and making it this far with number 2!!!

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Yay Britta!!! I'm so happy to see another Aug 07 mommy here!!!!! I've been feeling a bit lonely over there in induction land. LOL!!!!

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Hey Britta, It's great to see you over here! Congrats on your lodge. I'm so thrilled that you've made it this far and he didn't decide to come early too.

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Thanks girls! I'm so excited for this warm welcome!!! Bobbie, I know you how you feel! It seems like everybody is getting induced and it's not even t hat far into August! My induction is set for the 31st (10 days past my due date) because they think it's dangerous to carry past term. I feel good about it. Don't think I'll make it to there (and neither do they...)

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Hey Britta! Even though I already know you, I had to read your story all over again. Wink I remember reading Madisen's birth story last year after you had her, and thinking how brave you were, especially being one of the first May 2006 moms to deliver, and so early!

I'm also psyched that you've made it this long carrying Cole. It sounds like you're close (though we all know you can be close for weeks, right?) I know you'll find lots of strength and support here--I loved having a lodge. Biggrin

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Congrats on making it past 37 weeks!

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Helina, I don't know how you did this!!! Seriously. I'm only 37 some weeks and I'm dying. I'm so sick of being pregnant....how in the world did you go over!!!!! I feel awful for complaining when so many women go overdue...but I really am hating this right now.
Anyone got tips for sleeping through cramping? I only want to wake up when its THE REAL THING....no more of these false alarms please....
Also....how important is writing a birth plan. I have no desire to write one. Would it be a mistake to not write one?
I'm planning on talking to the midwives about monitoring and also about Nick catching Cole and about water laboring at my next appt. Is that good enough?

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It sounds like you're having the baby in a hospital (L&D), so I would definitely have a written birth plan! Even though your midwives might be really NCB friendly, the nurses and staff at the hospital may not be and you don't want to have to tell them in the middle of labor what you do and don't want done. You might try www.birthplan.com - I think they have templates that make writing the plan a lot easier.

I'm not even 36 weeks yet and I'm sick of being pregnant (doesn't help that the last month has been really difficult), too! I think my attitude changed when someone mentioned to me that the things in life that SHOULD have the highest priority are often the things that we wish away. They weren't talking about pregnancy, but that hit me like a ton of bricks. Try to relax - sleep as much as you can - and enjoy the next couple weeks!

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I keep saying I'm going to write a birth plan but I never do. I think what will end up happening is I'll write out a few important things (don't offer me meds, let me tear naturally, immediate skin to skin contact, bf-ing only, etc) so they know, and the rest, Ryan and I will have to be very vocal about what we want. I don't think its necessary to have one...but it makes things easier, I'm sure.

I know what you mean about wanting this to be over. Pregnancy is getting old...fast.

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I used that site! What a useful thing it turned out to be!! It had so much that I didn't even think about. Thanks Deanna...Here's my birth plan then:
Labor
I would prefer to avoid an enema and/or shaving of pubic hair.
I would like to be free to walk around during labor.
I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.
I would like to be able to labor in water, if I so choose
Monitoring
I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of Cole.
I do not want an internal monitor unless Cole has shown some sign of distress.
Labor Augmentation/Induction
I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless signs of fetal distress require internal monitoring.
If labor is not progressing, I would like to have the amniotic membrane ruptured before other methods are used to augment labor.
Anesthesia/Pain Medication
Before considering an epidural, and if the situation warrants, I would like to try an injection of narcotic pain relief (Nubain, Demerol, Stadol or similar).
Cesarean
Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean.
If a Cesarean delivery is indicated, I would like to be fully informed and to participate in the decision-making process.
I would like My husband present at all times if Cole requires a Cesarean delivery.
I wish to have an epidural for anesthesia
If Cole is not in distress, Cole should be given to (blank) immediately after birth.
Episiotomy
I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby's safety.
I would appreciate guidance in when to push and when to stop pushing so the perineum can stretch.
I would like a local anesthetic to repair a tear or an episiotomy.
Delivery
I would like to be allowed to choose the position in which I give birth, including squatting.
I would like My husband and/or nurses to support me and my legs as necessary during the pushing stage.
I would like to have Cole placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
I would like Nick to be able to catch Cole during delivery (guidance might be necessary)
Immediately After Delivery
I would like to have My husband cut the cord.
I would like to have Cole evaluated and bathed in my presence.
If Cole must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, My husband or some other person I designate will accompany Cole at all times.
I would prefer to hold Cole rather than have (him/her) placed under heat lamps.
I do not want a routine injection of pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta.
Postpartum
I would like a private room, if available.
I would like Cole with me during the day but in the nursery at night, but brought to me for breastfeeding. (Note: Be sure to check the breastfeeding preferences below)
Breastfeeding
I plan to breastfeed Cole and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.
Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to Cole (including glucose water or plain water).
I do not want Cole to be given a pacifier.
I would like more information about breastfeeding.
I would like to meet with a Lactation Consultant.
Circumcision
I would like Cole to be circumcised before we check out of the hospital.
Photo/Video
I would like to take still photographs during labor and the birth.
Other
I would like my other child/ren to be able to visit me and Cole in the hospital.
I would prefer that no students, interns, residents or non-essential personnel be present during my labor or the birth.

Nick's got a concert he's going to tonight. I know I shouldn't be mad...he never goes out with just him and the boys...but I am. I'm so worried he'll end up missing the birth. It's an hour away--the concert. I will fret and worry for nothing. I swear this baby is never coming.
I often wonder if what I'm feeling is normal or if it's the beginnings of PPD. I just feel like all I can think about is how miserable I am being pregnant. How I just want this kid out and how sad I am that I haven't had him yet. It's so dumb, cuz i know the longer he bakes the better....

Oh and in other news...I'm gonna have to ask them to change my induction date. If Cole isn't born before August 28th I will have to pay 1000 dollars extra for insurance coverage because our insurance is dumb. Basically we're on a student health plan. The new semester starts August 28th and we have to pay o ur insurance premium then. So, if I'm still pregnant we'll have to include the maternity coverage (1000 extra dollars) even though I'd only be pregnant until the 31st. RIDICULOUS. So if they could just move my induction up before the 28th then I wouldn't have to pay 1000 extra bones. Granted, I hope he comes before then, anyway.

Anybody know if Raspberry Leaf Tea really helps to condition the uterus? I was thinking about drinking some to see if it helped with uterus pains or with labor to make it go smoother when it (finally?) comes...

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Your birth plans looks great!!

That sucks about your insurance...but yo uhave to do what you have to do, right?

I've heard that respberry leaf tea does condition the uterus, it can't hurt to drink it, right?

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Doesn't sound like it'll be long for you now... How are you today?

Love,

Sarah-Jean

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Looks like a good plan Smile Now, take this advice from someone who knows- put it in your bag NOW, or you will forget it. It is not helpful when it is at home, lol!
Another thing is that when you are at the hosp, you can ask for a nurse who is ncb friendly- everyone has preferences, and itf they have someone who is really into it and good with it, they would be a great support person, rather than a nurse who is into encouraging the epi.

I drank a lot of RRLT at the end of my pg with Noah- and I had a LOT of contractions too, all the time, but that is the norm for me, so I can't say if it made a difference or not. But it certainly didn't hurt!

(((HUGS))) on the irritation with Nick- I got so weepy and crotchedy at the end of my pgcy's- I think it is from all of the excitement at the end of it all, and the cramps all of the time, and the constant not-knowing all of the time gets you on edge.

That is SO lame about your insurance! If you do change your induction day you may want to change it to a day earlier though- depending on what time you guys are going to get there and get everything started it could end up being late before he comes, no point in worrying aobut it while IN labor, ykwim?

Hope you are feeling better today!

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Looks like a great birth plan! I think the process of spelling it all out for yourself (and Nick) is really helpful, too, because there are so many things that you otherwise wouldn't have thought to discuss with eachother. Nick will be right there and if he knows the game plan, he will be better able to help make sure it's followed. Make sure you talk about it the next time you see your MW, too.

As for how I made it to 42wks, early June in VT is a lot different than Aug. in UT! Plus, I was working in AC all day, and not chasing around a toddler! I felt very well up until the end (you know I wanted them to let me stay pregnant til I went into labor on my own), but I know that my next pregnancy will be harder on my body. Complain all you want, you've earned the right!

How are you feeling??

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I'm 38 weeks today. I am sure it's good. Maybe he'll be born with the rooting reflex. Hopefully I can breastfeed this time.
I'm tired. I'm depressed. I want to lie in bed all day. I want to be in labor.
I suppose I should get dressed and take a belly pic at some point today.
I don't know what else to do with myself. The hospital bag is packed (including clothes for me and Cole, breast pads, nipple shield, the birth plan, wel..pretty much anything you can think of)
Cole's bed is set up. Madisen schedule is written out for those watching her. Mentally I'm ready....
I honestly don't know what else needs to be done...so COME OUT COLE.

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my belly:

The front just for Valerie...

Some of me and Madisen:

And the beginning of the pregnancy:

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Hang in there, Britta!!!! It won't be long now! I know UT summers can be miserable (Arizona isn't much better), but soon you'll have your dear LO to hold!!!!

I've been really tired lately, too, and cranky. This will pass soon!

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Good news. Nick looked into our insurance matter further and we don't have to pay for the insurance until Sept 17. So, I don't ahve to be induced before the 31st (my original date)
I feel better about taht. But I'd like to go naturally before then anyway:)

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Hurray!! AT least that takes the pressure off a bit!!! Hopefully you'll go naturally before that!!!

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That's good news on the insurance front!

I'm anxiously awaiting news of today's MW appt! Smile

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Great birth story about Madisen. I will be sending you labor vibes! Great news about your insurance too.

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So, my appt today:
I was really excited cuz I was seeing my favorite midwife, Melissa. She is so compassionate and really takes the time to listen to what you have to say. So, we talked about my birth plan and she said that what I wanted was pretty much their standard anyway. With Nick wanting to catch Cole, they'd probably have to get his head out first and then they'd direct him....unless the shoulders needed some particular maneuvering.
She then checked me and said I'm still 2.5-3 cm dialated but now I'm 75 percent effaced!!! (yay) At my last appt they had to have me put my hands under my bum because my cervix was still pretty high. This time she didn't have to "dig" so I'm low. I forgot to ask what station his head was at though. When she was done she said "oh look! Some blood" So, that's exciting....Though I'm not spotting so I guess the blood is content to stay there...
What else??? She said we could try evening primrose oil but that she wasn't sure of it's effectiveness. She said she would hold off on the caster oil until 40 weeks (my plan anyway) but that she didn't think I'd make it to then anyway. I asked if they would strip my membranes and she said they don't do that until 39 weeks. So...we scheduled that for next week. Thursday at 8:45 AM.
As she was leaving I mentioned my "1 year old" and she said "oh...this was a surprise wasn't it?" and I said "yes" and she said "well, what are we going to do about birth control?" So...
we discussed what I originally wanted (the paragard) But, she has seen 3 pregnancies on it and has used it herself and didn't recommend it since I already have rough periods. She recommended the mirena for me. She thought it fit what i was looking for the best. So...that's our new plan.

Since then I've been having minor (and spaced out farther than every 5 mins) contractions....hopefully something will get going! She was impressed by how my cervix was going and said now all we need is the labor to be here!
She recommended ice cream for my nausea and heat flashes Smile

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Your belly pictures are great...beautiful momma and big sister! Sounds like things went well at your appt...enjoy your "prescription" ice cream. Wink

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Sounds like a great appt & MW! I'm glad you're moving forward--Cole will be here before you know it! That's excellent that the hospital's standard procedures are so progressive. My hospital is that way and it was great not to have to worry that they'd do something against my wishes.

Enjoy your prescription!

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Sounds like a good day all around! Good news on the insurance Smile And good news from the m/w!

LOVE the belly pics- and that red shirt too! Biggrin

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Sounds like great news all the way around - insurance, m/w appt, contractions, and ICE CREAM!!!!!

You're looking great and it won't be long now!!!!

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What a wonderful appointment and that she recommended ice cream is definitely a plus! I love your belly pics you look great!!

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thanks for all the sweet things y'all have said.
I talked with my mom and we both feel that it wasn't a wasted trip. Her being out here for "the wait" was so good for my sanity Smile I have some frequent flyer miles so if I get overwhelmed we'll fly her back out here. So...now I'm content to know that I have a max of 20 days left being pregnant.

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Glad ou're at peace with it all!! It is nice to have a distraction during the waiting time. Makes it that much more bearable!

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I have an appt today. I hope it goes well. I'm nervous about no changes and weight gain....

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Hey Britta! Hope the appt went well! I'm curious if you decided to go for the membrane stripping. Hope it wasn't too painful, if you did.

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I'm back.
I decided to go ahead with the membrane sweep/strip whatever the heck it's called. From what I read it won't work unless baby's ready anyway. And I asked my m/w and she's only broken someone's waters in 8 years 1 time. Then i asked what their policy was if your water broke and she said they dont' have the 24 hour c/s rule. The only thing is that if you're not contracting on your own the ob's in the office encourage giving pit somewhere between 6 and 18 hours after the break. I would still be allowed to labor in water, as well. She said the only reason she broke that person's water was they were extremely bulgy and she should've said she couldnt' do the strip without breaking them. The woman was happy regardless lol....
Anyway, so I'm 3 cm (and I forgot to ask how much effaced) Cole's at station -1 and she was really surprised that I'm still pregnant. The strip really didn't hurt at ALL. It was uncomfortable but no more than the check given by the m/w Mindy when she made me put my hands under my butt. Melissa (the midwife taht I love and saw today) said she felt my bag of waters--that it was bulgy but not too much. She said i'd have cramping and spotting today. And hopefully I'd go into labor.
That's it!

*Edited to add* She estimates him a little over 8 lbs at this point

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Sounds like a good appt! I am thinking of you everyday...Cole's almost here! :woohoo:

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I hope the sweep works for you!

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That's great! It sounds like a good appt overall. I bet you're glad that she thinks you're' so close! Smile Let us know if you feel anything!

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Sounds like a good one to me too...glad that you went with the strip and I hope that it works for you. also a good sign that your water is bulgy, at least its down low. I wouldn't worry too much about the size of Cole.

As for c/s here it doesn't apply either. unless after 24 hours (with the last 6 them trying to get your to go into labour if you didn't on your own) they wont do a c/s....

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Everything sounds great Britta - any moment now!!!! YEA!!!

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Britta you have lured all of us May 06 mommies over here to check on you. Sounds like a great appt., glad the membrane strip wasn't too uncomfortable. I sure hope that it works for you. Thanks for sharing Madisen's birth story again, I loved reading about how supportive and sweet Nick was.

Take care, and keep us updated.

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I just wanted to say that I've been having contractions since then. they're painful but not too bad. I haven't timed them. I was going to take anap and if they woke me then time them. Also, i don'tk now if his head is closer to my cervix now or what but if I lean forward his head touches my cervix and it's so painful it makes me want to scream. I just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Yeah Britta! Maybe this is the start of it. I'm so excited for you three!!

When I had my membrane's stripped, it didn't hurt either. I'm glad it was the same for you.

Are you calling someone from the board so we know when you have baby Cole? You know we are not patient women in May '06!! SmileSmile

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I hope baby comes soon for you!! I really loved your belly pics. You look beautiful.

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Hopefully all that means that something is happening!!!! Good luck, girlie!

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Baby Cole is here. 7lbs 13oz 19 inches. The May 06 birth board has a couple of threads and pics.

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Thanks Jenn Smile

My birth story:
Well, at my appt I had my membranes stripped. To be honest I didn't think it would do anything since it didn't hurt. Shortly after i got home though i started having minor contractions. I figured they would die down just like all the others. Around 2:30 I started losing mucus and spotting pink blood. I figured it was just from the strip and didn't want to get my hopes up. We kept pretty busy--me telling my mom what to pack and visiting some friends so that I wouldn't be sitting and "waiting for labor"
Kira and Chris (my aunt and uncle that are my age) came over around 4 or so. The whole time they were here I just couldn't get comfortable. Around 5:45P I decided to get in the bathtub. So, I got in the tub and talked with Valerie online while I soaked with my bubbles. The water got cold fairly quickly though and that made me disappointed. I also got extremely hungry soon, too. So, I got out and ate a bowl of cereal around 6. After that my contactions started picking up in frequency, length and pain. I honestly didn't think that i was in labor but i wanted Nick home for comfort (He was helping some friends to move in to their apartment) That was around 7:30 or 8. When he got home I really wasn't feeling well. I wanted to take a nap. We decided to take a warm shower first to help us relax (he's got a bit of a cold and I was in some pain still at this point) Well, in the shower my pain got worse. I sat on the toilet and then lost a bunch of red blood and mucus. My pain started getting to where I had to really focus to breathe. We called the midwife but the hospital phones were down so it took a while for her to get back to me. At 9 we left for the hospital. Nick needed some cough medicine so we had to stop at Smith's first. At that point I coudn't SIT through contractions. So, i actually walked into Smiths' too. My contractions were 5 mins apart and lasting about 60 seconds long. The 20 minutes from Smith's to the hospital was really long and frustrating. I was to the point where I had to make noise in order to remember to breathe.
I got checked in at the triage at 9:30P. I was 4 cm dilated and 80 percent effaced. So, they admitted me since the contractions were moving me along. They had to monitor Cole for 20 minutes to be sure that the contractions weren't affecting him poorly. That was rough, too because I had to lie there in one position or they would lose his heart beat. I thought I was going to die. I kept telling Nick through each contraction "I can't do this". It took all my mental power to not get out of bed. I knew I could've coped if I just could've moved.
Finally I was admitted and taken to my room with the hot tub at 10:15P. It was heaven. If you don't get an epidural right away I highly recommend sitting with the jets on your tail bone and having your husband slowly pour water over your back. I stayed in for like 45 mins. At that point they had to monitor me some more. I honestly was EXHAUSTED and wanted to sleep and I knew at that point that if I had to be monitored every half hour in the pain that i was in there was no way I'd have any energy left to push. I didn't think about that when I thought of having a natural birth--that is laboring all night and not being able to sleep. I did some major praying and I felt very strongly that I needed the rest. So, I asked for the epi. That was around 11. I spent the next 45 minutes with Nick rubbing my back and standing next to the bed but holding on to it. It was a most awkward position. Not sure how to describe it. It was the only way I could cope with the pain. During particularly rough contractions I felt the need to squat and did. It never helped....but i just was going with the flow. Nick was great. He asked if there was anything he could do and when I didn't know he'd either rub my back or squeeze my hand. He constantly helped me to breathe. He was such a support.
The epidural guy came at around 11:45 and the epi was probably in around 11:50 or so? It was the hardest period of my labor. Trying to sit still with contractions. I kept saying I was dying and that I couldn't do it and that I didn't want anymore kids, let alone this one. LOL.....
Once the epi was in I was able to get the rest I needed so I could prepare for the pushing stage.
At 12:15 the midwife came and checked and i had only gotten to 4.5 cm. So, my body wasn't relaxing enough to dilate. She decided (and I agreed at t his point) to break my waters.I'm not sure what made me change my mind. I think I just didn't care at that point and I knew c/s wasn't a risk just because of time factors. I also knew that if my waters were broken it would speed up labor and the epidural would cost less (*hangs head in shame*) After breaking them I went to a 5cm
I rested after that some more and at 1 they came to check me because Cole's heart rate kept dropping (we later realized this was due to the cord being around his neck). I was at 7 cm and 95 percent effaced. They changed my position and they also put internal monitors on me. The position change helped a bit. Enough that it wasn't something to worry about.
At about 1:45 i started feeling contractions again and got the feeling back in my right leg. I got another dose of the epidural. Weird thing. It made the right side PERFECT and the left side COMPLETELY numb. I felt like that side of my body was a wet noodle. I was 8cm by this point.
I slept for a good long time after that. At about 3A I felt pressure. I called the nurse and she checked me. "9+" I just had a little lip left in my cervix. They had me do some small pushes and the lip dilated. After the small pushes I dry heaved for about 5 minutes. It was awful. After my nausea cleared up they worked to get Cole's head the right direction while I did some more pushing. They got it the right direction and Then I pushed at he was out at 3:18A. I took slightly (and not along my episiotomy...but elsewhere) with a first degree tear. It is WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY better than an episiotomy. I recommend tearing. Anyway, his head came out with the cord wrapped around it once. I guess he was a bit blue. They thought that was the reason for the heart rate drops. In fact, the midwife said she almost had to give me an episiotomy cuz his heart rate started to drop but then I got him out.
He started off crying really well. His apgars were 8/9. His weight and measurements were 7 lbs 13 oz, 19 inches long and 34 cm cone head lol.
After a while he stopped crying and went to grunting. So, that was cause for concern. They took him to the nursery for monitoring and that's where he's been since. Currently they're thinking he may have an infection. Two that they mentioned to me were pneumonia (possibly gotten by breathing in too much amniotic fluid during delivery) or also Group B Strep. Though i was negative there is a slight chance I developed it between the test and delivery.
Time will tell. For now he's off oxygen (Since 10 A) and he's breast fed 1 time for 20 mins (10 on each side) I've tried since then but the little squirt is just too exhausted. So is mommy. Time for a nap!

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