Congrats on your lodge, Christa! It sounds like your body might be gearing up for your big day. It must be challenging to balance the demands of your son and the demands of your body. Hopefully Grandma can come over and take care of your son for a little bit so that you can get some well deserved rest!
Congrats on your lodge! Here's to an easy labor! Hope the swelling stays away!
Thanks everyone!! I am going to be doing a lot of walking tomorrow (shopping and then trick-or-treating with DS if I'm up for it)... I figure if that doesn't trigger labor then I'm definitely not ready. LOL
One thing that does have me a little anxious is how easy DS's birth was. Even with Pitocin, my active phase of labor was really only about 3 hours. Pit gave me a hard and fast transition and then pushing only took 20 minutes... but some of that was DS's small size. He was just 5lbs. 4oz. at 37w (and came out all at once, so I still tore).
At my 32w u/s the tech estimated Evan's size at 5lbs. 4oz.! Now I know third trimester u/s can be notoriously "off" for size/weight estimates, but I'm still a little nervous about how long this might take after all. Can anyone share any similar experiences?
One other thing that's been on my mind... my quad screen result returned 1/61 odds of Down Syndrome. The u/s's turned up no markers, but I know they only find about 60% of cases. I'm a little nervous that something will be wrong after all... a Down's-related defect or something, KWIM?
Just jumping in here...are you wondering about size and tearing??? My first was 6lbs. 13oz.~I had a second degree tear. My second was 8 lbs. and I had exactly the same second degree tear. My first labor was 20 1/2 long hours....second was 5 hours.
I don't think that you have anything to worry about as far as length of labor. MOST of the time, unless some major complication were to happen, second labors are shorter.
What were the reasons that your quad screen came up so high if they saw nothing on the u/s? Did they give you the specifics? Really, try not to worry about that too much...those tests are notorious for false positives.
Collette~mom to Grace (2/28/05) and Libby (07/08/06)
Actually I don't care as much about tearing - I recovered from that OK. It was more about the length of labor, extended pushing time, etc. Just an irrational fear, really - like DS's birth was TOO easy! KWIM?
My quad screen was high because of the chemicals found in my blood. AFP was on the low side, HCG high, UE3 normal, Inhibin-A very high. Those ratios indicate not just Down's, but also pre-e. (Interestingly, and quite anecdotally, my cousin got a screen positive for Down's and then had to deliver her DS at 30w due to severe pre-e.) So those numbers led the drs. to recommend a Level II u/s, which turned up no markers.
I wouldn't say I am "worried" about it... just trying to prepare for the possibility, KWIM? (But thank you!)
Totally understandable...thanks for the info on the quad screen. I never had one so I'm really not familiar with how they work.
I think that you were blessed with a short labor...and should be ready for a second short labor. Good for the Level II being great!
Congrats on your lodge!
I hear you on the concerns/fears/worries - they never stop, do they? Try not to stress though (I know, easier said than done) you need to focus on positive things in the days to come so you're prepared for (a very short) labor and delivery!
Welcome to your lodge!
I agree that a longer labor is unlikely, but prob not a bad idea to be prepared. I hope that all the walking does something for you tonight if Evan is ready to come meet the world!
I think I'd be nervous about the Downs as well. Chances are strong that he will be healthy, but pregnant women are notorious for worrying!
A short labor again would be great. Your body did it once before, so it should probably do the same again...
Well, it's time for me to relax about an early baby. LOL Seriously... for some reason I had in my head (going back months ago, even before I was pg) that I would have an October baby, but I find it highly doubtful he'll arrive in the next hour and a half! I'm just going to TRY to enjoy this time - despite the bruised rib... and the allover backache... and the pelvic soreness... and the inability to move... LOL
Tomorrow is my 37w appt. My aunt is coming with me and I think I'll try to let my DS hear his brother's h/b. He's been kind of freaked out by the movement so hopefully the sound at least will interest him!