Hay there! I noticed how far along you were and then a post asking where you were, and then no lodge lol so here ya go!
Welcome to your lodge, Casey. I look forward to joining you on your journey to being a new mommy.
Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge! Wishing you all the best these last few weeks!
Casey, welcome to your lodge! I think you have a wonderful attitude about your pregnancy and upcoming birth. It is so refreshing to see first-time moms educating themselves about having a positive pregnancy and birth experience.
Looking forward to sharing these last few weeks with you!
Casey congratulations! Looking forward to following your journey and ultimately "meeting" your little one!
I too left a birth board... my 09/03 one is great but somehow I never felt I fit the one(s) that lined up with dd's birth. I still lurk occasionally but feel much more at home here.
Congratulations on your lodge!
Casey, for your ankles, try soaking in warm epsom salt bath and elevating your feet above your heart as much as you can.
I know exactly how you feel about the Sept. board. I still go there but am having a very hard time identifying with most of the girls there now and finding it more difficult to actually participate.
Thank goodness we have this board!
Hi, Casey. Your lodge is moving right along! As you know, I too am a Sept. 06 poster; I post there less and less these days...mostly I post just to wish people good luck and give congrats on the new, beautiful babies being born. I can't relate to a lot of the posts. I guess we each need to find the place that is most comfortable for us.
How is your ankle? Better, I hope. Keep up that positive attitude, but know that you are welcome to post about all your feelings here...these ladies are awesome! Take care.
Congrats on your lodge Casey! Another Sept board member here as well....I love this board! I hope your swelling goes down. My ankles look like tree trunks, so I really can't wait to have this baby so mine will go down. Lisa's suggestion of elevating has been the only thing that works for me.
Thanks for the tip Lisa. I am going to try the Epsom soak tomorrow. Do you just get the salt at the regular grocery store?
I get it at the drug store - you definitely don't have to go to a specialty store for it. And it's cheap - you can get a pretty large container for just a couple of bucks
Hi Casey...congrats on your lodge!
Hi Casey, I too left the September board a while ago. I went back to read some posts a few days ago and realized that I am content not posting there. I do read the birth stories at the top every now and then to catch up on who has/hasn't had their babies though. Wishing you all the best in your final part of this journey!
Hi, Casey. Just wanted to see how the NST went and if your ankle/s is/are better. Thinking of you.
I think the plan your doctor is using is probably used more often than you're finding. Its a more conservative approach, and so many women wouldn't want to take such a less-certain approach. If they're going to induce, they want to KNOW its going to happen right then. I woudln't be OVERLY concerned about the BP. How high is it? Elevated BP isn't great, but how high it is makes a difference, as do other pre-e symptoms.
In other words, in your shoes, I'd be very much okay with your doctor's plans. (assuming your BP isn't just through the roof, then I might want to speed things up a bit)
Also, a "natural" induction IS possible! We've had some ladies here who had full on pitocin inductions for medical reasons, and did it as gently as possible, with no pain meds. It can be done!
Is there anything you can do to help lower your BP? Don't they say put your feet up, lie down, drink water, etc? If there was a way to lower your BP then you could avoid all of this. It does sound like your doctor is taking a gentle approach to do what he thinks is best. It sounds like you trust your doctor and have a good relationship with him. That goes a very long way when trying to decide what to do.
Casey, welcome to your lodge!
I'm a staunch birthing naturally advocate, and I had the same situation come up. Ok, for me it was protein in the urine rather than blood pressure, but they're related. Pre-eclampsia can be dangerous, and this is one of the cases when you do need to pay attention because blood pressure can go up quickly.
Here is a quick recap of my story and why this might not be so bad for you:
When I was told I had to have an induction, I got very angry. But like you, I went to the hospital and had doses of a cervical ripening agent (in my case misoprostol, aka "Cytotek"). I only had continuous external monitoring for one hour before my first dose and then for one hour each time after each dose. I had no IV. I had three doses and after I was left alone for a while because someone else came in at 6cm dilated so they went to attend her. My water broke. I labored naturally (no drugs, able to move around as I pleased, nobody checked me at all) for 3 1/2 hours. Then I said I was pushing, and 25 minutes later my baby was born into my dh's hands as planned. I delivered in a standing up position. And the midwife helped with the head. So, other than those three doses, my birth was totally natural. And it was a great birth.
The plan your doctor is proposing is pretty much this, so I say it sounds fairly reasonable.
Casey, I'm glad too that your doc is taking a slow approach to an induction, but I'm wondering how necessary an induction really is. How high was your bp yesterday? How long has your bp ben an issue? Are you showing protein in your urine? Has your doc run any blood panels since your bp went up? Having elevated bp for one day (unless it was dangerously high) doesn't seem like a good enough reason to start talking induction. I'm glad he's going to do a BPP to assess the baby's condition, but the fact that he's already planning the induction regardless of what the BPP shows concerns me. I think at the stage you're at, if it were me, I'd want to try bedrest, or at least restricted activity, as well as water therapy (soaking in a warm bath - very good for bp) before I agreed to an induction - unless you are showing other danger signs besides elevated bp.
Please keep us posted.
Wow...and I'll say it again...wow. Good for you being a strong, educated, resourceful mommy to be. You have many, many things of which to be proud. Also, you are lucky to have a Dr. that is so willing to engage with you on many levels. I do not have any words of advice or any information (I'm about to be a first time mommy myself), but I did want to drop in and say "you go, girl"...we're all here to support you!
(((Casey))) I didn't even realize that your bp has been an issue your whole pregnancy. I've had bp issues as well - I wish I would have known about your issues a long time ago so I could share with you the stuff my mw has had me doing which has had a very positive impact on my bp. Anyhow, it sounds like you are in good hands. I'm so glad you have a doctor who is respectful and gives you individualized care - that is so important, and yet so rare these days. Hang in there and keep us posted!
Dropping by to see how you're doing today...
I read your previous posts and I just wanted to pop in and lend some support
(((Casey))) you're in my thoughts.
Hope things are going well for you today!
Just checking in on you, it looks like today is a big day. I'm glad you understand how serious this is and hope all is well.
Hi. Just wondering how your big day went. Thinking of you.
You've been in my thoughts - sorry to hear that your BP is still high, but it sounds like your body is cooperating a bit with dilating and warming up with contractions. Sending you every good thought, vibe, and prayer for your gentle induction. KUP on how today's check goes.
I know we exchanged posts on my lodge, but I wanted to drop into your lodge and give you some support. I am watching closely and awaiting the results of your gentle induction. Thinking of you.
I just wanted to wish you the best with your gentle induction. Please keep us posted.
Casey, it is so nice to hear that your doc is taking such good care of you and is taking as much of a hands-off approach as possible. Try to get some rest, I'm sure your time is soon!
Hang in there, you're doing great. All these tests, and you still sound good. You are impressive.
What are you looking forward to most once baby arrives?
I'm so impressed by your attitude - so calm and relaxed. I'm just south of you - this weather has been bliss, hasn't it? Cicadas and such, I always sleep better with the sounds of the outdoors. Yuck to the air conditioning.
So glad your docs aren't rushing you into anything. I feel very confident you will end up with the birth you're hoping for.
Just stopping by the check out all the newer lodges, I look forward to following your last little bit before you add to your family. Glad to hear your feeling good and enjoying some great sleep:)
You have such a great attitude! I hope the last couple of weeks continue to be this way for you!
Casey, can I just say that you sound like the neatest person? I wish I could meet you! You really seem so together - I admire you
Hi, Casey. I like that you speak your mind and take care of yourself. I tend to be a "fence mender" myself so I often find myself on both sides of an argument or disagreement in the hopes of keeping peace. I guess we all have a role to play. That said, when it is about my health (and my baby's) there is no doubt where I stand! I hope you got out for your walk despite the rain. Thinking good thoughts for you!
Checking in on you...and bumping you back to the 1st page. Where are you? Are you okay?