Deanna (Deannaaz) Lodge (pre-natal)!!

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Deanna (Deannaaz) Lodge (pre-natal)!!

Welcome to your lodge Deanna!! I can't wait to hear all about you and your pregnancy.

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Congrats on your lodge!! Can't wait to read it!

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Congrats and welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to share your journey!

Love,

Sarah-Jean

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Thanks, Carla! At this point, I'm just glad that this LO is still baking and I still have a chance at a NCB, but we'll get to that later!

I'm Deanna (age 32 now) and I met my DH, Chris (age 35) in Sept 2002. We dated for about 3 months before I left AZ for 2 weeks to go home for the holidays (trip planned before we met). When I left DH said he couldn't even say he loved me yet. Then, he proceeded to call me every night I was gone and we would talk for hours. Before I left, my mother made me find a picture of what I wanted for my wedding dress (my Mom made my dress). Needless to say, we got engaged on Valentine's Day and were married the end of May 2003.

DH is an engineer for a company that makes vascular prosthesis (blood filters, artificial veins, shunts, stints, etc.). I'm a Realtor and have a home office, which has been very nice during this pregnancy. If I had to get up and go to an office, I don't think I'd make it there very often.

Shortly after we got married, my parents separated after 34 years of marriage. This made everything more difficult in my life. I was on an emotional roller coaster due to being the go-between for my parents. It wasn't long before I had to put a stop to that - my poor DH didn't know how to handle any of that! What was even worse was the birth control pills. I was put on a few different types/brands, but they all screwed with my hormones so bad!!!! After 18 months of wacked out hormones, we decided enough was enough and I quit taking them.

We used natural family planning as a method of birth control for a few months until we moved from our first house into our current home. Then we decided we wanted to start our family. That was May 2005. We never imagined the emotional roller coaster and frustration that we would feel as we were TTC!!!! Month after month went by without any success.

After a year of TTC, I started having severe abdominal pains...so I went to the OB to see what was going on. When they did a pelvic exam, they said I had a cyst on my left ovary. By the time the vaginal u/s was scheduled to check it out...it had disappeared. But I was still having pain. After 3 months of testing between the OB, my FP doc, and a gastroenterologist...they finally figured out that I had severe acid reflux in both my esophogus and my intestines. The GI doctor said that I would have to take a prescription antacid every day for the rest of my life. That was the last time I ever spoke to him...I didn't believe that was the answer then, and I still don't now. That began my search for natural answers to what is going on with my body...which is what led me to choose NCB when I became pregnant.

Anyway, after a miscarriage last August at 6 1/2 weeks (which was in the middle of all the testing they were doing on me), I gave up mentally and emotionally on trying to get pregnant. DH and I both knew that we didn't have years to try to go through fertility treatments like some of our friends had due to our age, so we were looking into adopting or doing foster care. We talked about what our goals were and if we were ready to jump into being parents right then. We decided to wait one more year so that we could be where we wanted to be financially.

I guess that's what we needed to get us to relax and allow my body to work correctly!!!! It wasn't but a couple months later that I got pregnant. Of course, I didn't even try a HPT until after 45 days (that's how far along I was in August when I miscarried).

Anyway, if you've read this far, I'm amazed!!!! I'll post more about my pregnancy later...

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Welcome! Glad you've made it this far!!! Smile

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YEYE Welcome to your lodge!!!

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Okay...now for this pregnancy. In early January, I started feeling nauseous all the time. I was afraid that I had picked up the stomach flu from DH's family during the holidays. After three days of feeling nauseous without getting sick, I decided to take a pregnancy test (actually had to go to the store to get one because we had given up and I didn't have any on hand). It was about 10:00 am when I went to the store and when I took the test, I think it took all of about 15 seconds for the results to show up and it was a dark second line!

I called my husband at work and he was thrilled! I think I had come to terms with not being able to have a child and I wasn't all that excited...and especially not if I had to feel nauseous for the next who knows how long.

I'm not sure if it was lucky or not, but I only threw up twice in the entire first trimester. Unfortunately, the only way to not feel nauseous was to eat...so I started gaining weight way too fast. Luckily, the nauseousness ended about week 12.

I started researching tons of things - epidurals, inductions, childbirth classes, etc. Since this is my first, I felt like I knew nothing and I certainly didn't want to go through my pregnancy blindly! I heard all sorts of stories - some from family, some from friends - both for and against interventions. I knew I was going to have to make my own decisions.

DH was not really supportive when I told him I wanted to do NCB with no pain medicine. Doesn't help that DH works in a medically related field and his brother is a doctor (FP). I signed us up for Bradley Method classes so that he could gain some knowledge and hopefully be more supportive. I also wanted him to just realize that this is real, since he was so distant during the entire first trimester and into the second. I don't think he was open to researching anything until we started writing the birth plan.

This pregnancy was pretty non-eventful for the first six months. No spotting, strong heartbeat for baby, good BP for me...nothing major going on...except that my OB/NP team were very unattentive and I felt like a number in their office. Their waiting room was always full and I had to wait for usually an hour after my appointment time before I was seen. Then it took them two weeks to call me and tell me that I had failed the 1 hour glucose screening...so I decided it was time to switch doctors. That was week 27.

I started interviewing new doctors since the only midwives on my insurance were about an hour and a half from my home and the hospital they delivered at was over two hours away. Homebirth was NOT something my DH would be open to. My Bradley Method instructor gave me a recommendation and that's the one I ended up going with. My new OB is a DO (osteopathic doctor), not an MD. She's very NCB friendly and didn't even change one thing on my birth plan when I discussed it with her...which amazed even me!

I'm so glad that I switched doctors. July was incredibly eventful!!!! I got a UTI mid-month and my only symptom was that I couldn't keep anything down. Ended up in the hospital that night so that they could rehydrate me and get the UTI taken care of. Four hours of constant monitoring sucks!!!!

The day after being in the hospital all night (got home at 1:30 am), DH and I both got food poisoning when we went out to lunch. That made it worse...nothing was staying in me all weekend. It was awful!!!! My OB had me get Gatorade and Pedialyte to keep hydrated rather than going back to the hospital.

Then Monday came - the first day that everything stayed in me - and I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics they gave me for the UTI. That was completely miserable - itching uncontrollably from head to toe!!!! Kept me up all night.

The itching kept going for weeks. After two weeks of itching, they decided to test me for cholestasis. That was at 34 1/2 weeks. Of course, like everything, I did research to see what this was, the symptoms, risks, etc. Basically, this is a condition where the liver produces too much bile as a result of increased pregnancy hormones. I won't go into all the details, but one of the major problems associated with this is that mommy's body creates a toxic environment in which the baby is trying to grow and develop. Also, according to statistics, the occurance of stillbirth in mothers with this condition goes through the roof after week 37. I knew that if I did have this, I would have to be induced and since my body would be no where near ready for labor that early...it would likely be a c-section.

It took a week for the lab to get my doctor the results...which was more than frustrating! During that time, my sister (who has never been pregnant and probably never will be) reminded me that stillbirth runs in both my Mom's and my Dad's families. I certainly didn't need to hear that - I'm hormonal and emotional enough as it is!

Well, that was last week. My next appointment is Thursday...so we'll see how my dear sweet son is doing!!!!

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What a long journey you have been through. Thank you for sharing your story and hoping your results come back negative for the cholestasis or at least that you have good options if you end up positive.

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Guess I should have put in there - we finally got the results last Friday...and I don't have cholestasis, so I won't be induced this week. I probably would have been in the hospital on Monday if I did have it - having the baby. I still have a chance at the NCB I wanted!!!!

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I loved reading your story and your journey to becoming a mother. These kids certainly like to keep us on our toes, even before birth! So glad everything is normal and you dont have worry about induction.

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So glad your test came back negative!! You have a great story, thanks for sharing it.

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I had my 36 1/2 week OB appt. late yesterday afternoon. They did the GBS test and I'll get the results of that next week.

They did an internal exam - I'm still fully closed (which I expected since I haven't had many BH contrax) and my uterus is tipped towards the back. My OB recommended that I spend at least 20 minutes a day on the birth ball rotating my hips trying to get my uterus to move to the front and to get the baby in better position. He's head down, but my uterus pointing to the back is keeping him from dropping as much as he should.

My OB also recommended that I start the Mother's Cordial, which arrived in the mail yesterday. I now remember why I like to take capsules instead of liquid herbs - it tastes awful and even a half teaspoon is hard to swallow!!!! This is supposed to help the contrax be more efficient when they do start.

Also, since little William hasn't been moving as much this week and stillbirth runs in my parents' families, I'm now doing kick counts every day. Any day that he doesn't move 10 times within an hour after I drink a large ice cold glass of water...I'm to page my OB and she'll send me to the hospital for monitoring/testing as needed. Of course, she said that if I actually stop and pay attention to his movements, I'll probably be pleasantly surprised...

Anyway, at this point, I expect to go to 40+ weeks...just hope that I don't have to be induced for going too overdue.

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Oh a september mommy on here. Whoohoo. Congrats on your lodge deanna. I can't wait to experience this journey with you! Where did you get the mothers cordial from and when are we supposed to start taking them?

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The Mother's Cordial that my OB recommends (and uses herself) is from Wise Women Herbs (www.wisewomenherbals.com) and she recommended starting it at 36 weeks...it just came a few days later than that in the mail for me. My OB says to take 1/2 tsp, 3 x a day the first week, then 3/4 tsp, 3 x a day the second week, then 1 tsp, 3 x a day from then on out. She also said that you can take it after delivery to help your uterus shrink faster.

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Does the Cordial contain black cohosh? It was recommended I start taking 35W which has black cohosh in it, and in the same manner, I should start off with one tablet, then two, and so on. Just curious if it is a similar thing and how you react to it. Thanks!

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Erika, it looks like the Mother's Cordial has blue cohosh, but not black. Here are the herbal ingredients:

Ingredients: Mitchella repens (partridge berry), Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh), Viburnum opulus (cramp bark), and Chamaelirium luteum (false unicorn)

Other than the awful taste which makes me cringe...I haven't had much reaction. I would assume that it will make a difference when I'm closer to starting labor, but probably not much of a reaction this early.

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Thanks Deanna, very interesting. I need to get up the nerve to start taking mine as well, I'm such a wuss. Smile

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I have so much left to do and I so wanted to get some of it done today! I really want to get the carseat installed in my car today...but it's supposed to be 114 today - it's already over 90 and it's not even 7:00 am!!!! YIKES!!!!! I was also going to make some yummy muffins today...but I don't know if I want to turn on the oven.

I don't have a ton of energy to begin with...and that heat is going to zap whatever I do have.

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Oh, what a week it's been so far! I did get the muffins made...but not as many as I had hoped for. I had planned on making one last trip to Costco, but that hasn't happened. I still need to clean out the fridge (I did get the pantry re-organized). I still need to get the carseat installed and my hospital bag packed...but I'm really not feeling that rushed to get it done. DH has gotten sick...and since he refuses to do anything about it, I'm now getting sick. I had so little energy to begin with and now I really have no energy or motivation to do anything!!!! Nothing is happening labor wise!!!! I've had a few BH contrax, but not many!

I've been following my doctor's instructions - using the birth ball, taking the Mother's Cordial - but I don't think I'll be having this baby any time soon! I'm starting to get sick of my extended family requesting the baby be born at a specific time - my SIL said I couldn't have the baby while she was gone for a funeral (she'll be back Sunday...so I don't think I'll have a problem with that request), my Mom wants the baby born in August before the school year starts (she's a substitute teacher), my MIL wants the baby born as close to his due date as possible because she's leaving on a cruise on Sept. 19th (Sept. 17th is the latest they'll let me go). I've decided that my sweet William Christopher will come when he's ready and no matter when he comes, there's no way I can please everyone!

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Just stop answering your phone and ignore everyone around you . . . this is your time to enjoy the last few days/weeks of your pregnancy and get things ready. Biggrin

Just remember that those BH contrax are getting you ready for the 'real thing'!!

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Today, I had my almost 38 weeks appt. BP is good, baby's HB is strong. No major swelling. My uterus is still posterior (though not as bad as last week), and my cervix is just barely starting to dilate (not even a fingertip yet). I have a feeling I'm going to 42 weeks...I just hope they don't have to induce me!!!!

I made it to Costco today...surprised that didn't make me have contrax! It was so hot and humid...I was drenched in sweat by the time I got home!!!! Now I just need to get more muffins made, the bagels cut & put in the freezer, meals put together and in the freezer, etc.

Wish DH would actually look at everything I'm doing at almost 38 weeks pregnant and get some motivation to help!!!! I still have to finish packing our bag for the hospital...guess if a change of clothes don't get put in for him, he might actually realize that he needs to help with something!!!! I'm still not sleeping well and really tired...but I'm pushing myself to get done what needs to get done - laundry, dishes, bathrooms, vacuuming, etc.

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Oh you are so good,
My nesting instincts haven't kicked in I'm so unmotivated apart from having things for the birth ready, my house is looking like a pig stye.
I can sympathise with the whole not sleeping a night thing, are you able to get an afternoon nap?
Well I hope you can get the things you want organised.
Andrea

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Oh, my nesting instincts haven't kicked in!!!! It's incredibly difficult to get off the couch and get anything done!!!! I just can't stand having dishes piled on every counter in the kitchen. I know if it's left up to DH...neither of us would eat dinner most nights. There are still many things that need to be done. I still haven't gotten the carseat into the car. It's been so hot here that I have very little energy. I'm hoping nesting kicks in soon with the energy to get something done!!!!

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I empathize with the heat! Makes it miserable just to make a quick trip to the grocery store. I also haven't put my infant carrier into the car, maybe today...yah, we'll see!

Also, did you hear from your Doc about the new requirements at Banner Baywood? About IV's and monitor's? I read about them on one of the boards but haven't heard directly.

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I know it is so hot for ya. Just makes you plain miserable. Definitely sending some nesting vibes your way!!

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"Erika1005" wrote:

Also, did you hear from your Doc about the new requirements at Banner Baywood? About IV's and monitor's? I read about them on one of the boards but haven't heard directly.

I haven't heard anything...guess I'll ask at my next appt. on Friday. My OB already signed off on my birthplan stating that I didn't have to have an IV or even a Heplock (unless medically necessary)...and that monitoring could be intermittant. Hope we can stick to that!!!! Seriously, I went into L&D to get rehydrated back in July and had continuous monitoring for four hours and it completely sucked!!!! Even when the machine beeped that something was wrong (my pulse too high or baby's pulse too low or something) it wasn't like a nurse came running to check or anything...

Will be interesting to see what I find out! I hope it's good news and not more interventions than are needed!!!!!

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Our birth board is getting really frustrating to look at!!!! I can't believe how many people are getting scheduled for inductions and c-sections weeks early - 36, 37, 38 weeks. YIKES!!!!

One of my RLF from church was due the same day I am...and she had her baby yesterday. Of course, she's not a FTM like I am. When I told DH that today, he just plain said, "IT'S NOT FAIR!!!!" He wants our DS here, too! He's not real excited about the idea that I will probably go overdue and that it will be longer than two weeks before I have the baby.

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I had my almost 39 week appt. on Friday. My OB had taken the day off because she expected to have her baby this weekend. They say that through all three of her pregnancies, she hasn't missed a delivery yet and she fully expects to be able to catch my baby when he arrives.

My last few office appointments will be done by the naturopath that shares an office with her and there will be no more internals, unless I'm having lots of contractions - then they'll send me to the hospital L&D for the internal. My BP was a little higher than MY normal, but still well within the normal range - 124/80. I do have some slight edema, but not enough for them to be really concerned about it. I did test positive for GBS, which means that I'll have to get to the hospital earlier in labor than I wanted and I'll have to get the antibiotics via IV...but I won't let them leave the IV in me!!!! Little William's heartrate was at 152 and really strong.

Since my appointment, the swelling seems to be getting a little worse. I also think that I've lost a part of my mucous plug, though, I'm not really sure. The pelvic pain/discomfort is also getting a lot worse, along with the heartburn/nausea. I'm hoping that something will happen soon.

Erika had asked about the hospital policies...my OB's office has not been notified of any changes. I was told by the medical assistant to stick to my birth plan which my OB signed off on...the hospital can't make me do anything!

Now I'm just waiting for my body...contractions or any sign of progress would be nice at this point!!!! If I'm still pregnant, my next appt. will be Friday.

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Sorry about the GBS. It may make your plans slightly different, but it does not have to change your overall plan. I like Erica's analogy of being grass - can bend with the wind, but firmly anchored in the ground.

Liz

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I am so sorry to hear about being GBS positive. Congrats on losing your mucous plug though.

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GBS + is not ideal...but certainly not going to significantly change my birth plan. It means that I'll have to have an IV for a few minutes here and there during labor...but it will be nothing like when I had to go to the hospital to get re-hydrated and it was in for two hours. I still plan on being able to move freely and change positions as needed. Of course, I'm beginning to wonder if my LO is going to give me enough notice to even make it to the hospital in time for the antibiotics...there is still nothing apparently going on!!!!

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Well, I guess I shouldn't try so hard to make contractions start! It's absolutely fruitless!!!! I got on the treadmill for over an hour today...had a grand total of three contractions the entire time and as soon as I got off the treadmill...they STOPPED!!!! The only thing that being on the treadmill for so long at one time did was cause one of my internal hemmroids to bleed. Now it hurts to sit down!!!!! Also feels like maybe he's moved down a little more.

Patience is a virtue this LO is going to teach me before he even arrives...LOL

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Youch

I suggest using witch hazel, you put it on a panty liner, or better still use one of those round eye make up remover cotton pads and drench it in witch hazel and stick it in a bag in the freezer. Then apply it to your hemorrhoids... its a bit stingy at first but such a relief!!!!

I know what you mean about the exercise, I gave my treadmill a break coz I was running on it and then strained my back somehow... so I've been off it... Instead I dance around the house with music... lots of fun and gets the contractions going for a little while... they may not help the cervix dilate, but even if they help prepare the cervix a little its worth it I think.

Andrea

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"albertini_midwife" wrote:

I suggest using witch hazel, you put it on a panty liner, or better still use one of those round eye make up remover cotton pads and drench it in witch hazel and stick it in a bag in the freezer. Then apply it to your hemorrhoids... its a bit stingy at first but such a relief!!!!

Unfortunately, my hemorrhoids are internal (inside my colon) so there's nothing I can do for them except manage the pain through breathing/relaxation - they're much better today, luckily. I should definitely get some witch hazel though in case I get some external ones during labor/delivery.

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ooh double youch

Well I hope they improve soon. They are so painfull, try to watch your diet and get some psyllium husks to keep regular... even though I have them despite being regular!
unfortunately its one of those lovely side effects from pregnancy hormones which make our vessels dilate... fun fun fun.
All the best
Andrea

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I had my almost 40 week appt. today. My BP is good, the baby's heartrate is good. I have swelling in my feet and hands, but no risk of toxemia at this point. I'm sure the swelling is a combination of the excessive heat we've been having (110+ every day this week) and the extra weight I'm carrying around. The doc said that I've been having more contractions than I realize...they just aren't strong enough to be painful or for me to notice - sure hope they're doing something!!!!

I have to start having NSTs on Tuesday, if I haven't gone into labor yet. That won't be very fun!!!! DH really wants me to have this baby this weekend...we'll see what happens.

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Today is my due date and I really wish something would start happening soon. By the time church was over I was so sick of hearing "You're still here" or "You're still pregnant!" It was so frustrating!!!!! After church, DH decided we should DTD to try to get things going...well, that gave me two pretty intense contractions about 8-10 minutes apart...then two less intense contractions still about 10 minutes apart. Then back to the contractions that don't even hurt every 30 minutes or so. Hope that maybe something will happen soon since I'm starting to be able to feel the contractions/cramping. Not counting on it though!!!!!

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oh deanna I hope something starts happening for you soon. I know it can be very frustrating. Hang in there!!

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Well, yesterday I had 4 contractions while watching a movie with DH. Was really hoping that might lead to something, but no such luck!!!!

Had my first NST this morning. The first 10-15 minutes the LO was still asleep. Guess I didn't eat enough for breakfast to wake him up. They had me drink some orange juice and then he was wide awake and his HR was just fine and reactive to what was going on. I don't have to do another NST until after my next OB appt. on Friday. I sure hope he comes before then!!!!!

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I hope you have some luck with getting that LO moving. I am 37 wks with #2 and I am wanting to be done too. I have some swelling as well and my dr told me to squeeze some fresh lemon juice into my water to help take the swelling down. Good Luck.

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I hope your LO decides to come out soon!

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Today was the last appt. I'll have with the naturopath that is covering for my OB while she's on maternity leave. My OB will be back in the office on Monday. Thank goodness!!!! The naturopath doesn't do internal exams so I have no idea where I'm at, if anywhere! The last internal I had, I wasn't even a fingertip dilated and my cervix was still posterior. I'm now overdue and facing a possible induction next week if my DS doesn't decide to come sooner!!!!! I've been trying walking, DTD, and nipple stimulation - nothing has worked to get me more than a couple contractions that quickly fade.

I had an NST on Tuesday and everything was fine. They want me to do another NST today/tomorrow...but the hospital told me to call at 4:00 pm today because they are slammed with laboring mammas - they're even using the triage rooms for labor rooms because there are none left - YIKES!!!! Maybe I'm glad I'm not in labor right now!!!!

Anyway, if William Christopher doesn't make his entrance into the world before Monday, I have an appt. with my OB to discuss acupressure, stripping my membranes, etc. before doing an induction. Anyone have any other ideas that I could try this weekend??

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Good luck getting your little one to come out this weekend. Try to relax and do some visualization, that really helped me.

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I've had no luck getting my LO to come out. At my 41 week appt. on Monday, I was only 1 cm dilated and my cervix was really high. I'm not effaced at all. My OB had me do an NST and a BPP on Monday. William passed with flying colors...but he's huge!!! They're estimating his weight at 9 lbs. 9 oz. Guess that's what I get for having a husband that is 6'3". My OB is worried that if he gets any bigger that he won't fit through my pelvis - she had them do all sorts of head circumfrence measurements during the BPP. Needless to say, I'm trying acupressure points in the foot tonight to see if we can get labor going.

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I hope the acupressure works deanna. I hope you go into labor very soon!

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I hope it comes soon for you! Come on baby!!!

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I'm sure that the baby will fit through your pelvis, as long as you go into labor naturally and do what you can to make sure he's positioned well. Here's hoping you go into labor soon!

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Sorry, it took me so long to post this! My laptop crashed the Monday before I went into the hospital and DH just got it up and running today. It's been a long couple of weeks!!!!! My last appt. with my OB was also that Monday (Sept. 10th). She was afraid that since William hadn't dropped that his head might be too big to fit through my pelvis. She sent me for an US and a BPP to make sure we were both healthy and get some measurements. We were both healthy, but they estimated his weight at 9 lbs. 9 oz. That's huge for a first child!!!!

Needless to say, after talking to DH, we decided that the best thing to do was to try an induction, rather than wait for my body to go into labor on its own (while William was still getting bigger). They wouldn't know for sure until I was in labor whether or not he would fit through my pelvis. We were put on the list to be induced on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. Unfortunately, the hospital was so full that we weren't able to get into L&D until Thursday morning at 1:00 am. From everything we had heard, we expected to have a baby on Thursday, September 13th. After doing all the paperwork to get admitted, getting the Heparin Lock set (took three pokes to find a vein that would work and boy did it hurt!), doing a sonogram to make sure he was head down, and finding out that I was barely 1 cm dilated, they finally started me on Cervadil at about 4:45 am. Each Cervadil dose takes 12 hours to work.

At 5:00 pm, they checked me again, and I was only 2 cm dilated and hardly effaced at all. The first dose hadn't worked. They let me eat dinner and then started me on a second dose of Cervadil at 6:00 pm on Thursday. That took me until 6:00 am on Friday. At that point, I was still just 2 cm dilated. The second dose hadn't worked either.

After talking to my doctor and reviewing her calculations (Bishop's Score) on whether or not an induction would work at this point (which was borderline), we decided to move forward with the Pitocin. This was started at about 10:00 am on Friday. The entire time I was in the hospital, they had me on monitors to measure my contractions, William's heartrate, and my pulse & blood pressure. All of our vital signs were great! I was now seeing a few contractions on the monitor...but I wasn't feeling them. After eight hours of Pitocin without going into active labor, we decided to stop for the evening. I was allowed to eat dinner again and then sleep for the night.

At 6:00 am Saturday morning, they checked me again and found that I was at 4 cm and about 70 % effaced. They started me on Pitocin again. After about 10 1/2 hours, they had maxed out the amount of Pitocin they could safely give me. Again, I had a few contractions, but nothing painful and nothing even timeable. I was still at 4 cm dilated and I was not in labor! My doctor came in at 4:30 pm to see what we wanted to do since they couldn't safely give me more Pitocin and I wasn't progressing into labor. They also weren't going to let me go home and wait it out because I was one day away from being two weeks overdue. At this point, I asked if they could break my water...which they refused to do because William hadn't dropped and was so high up. There was a great risk that if they broke my water that the umbilical cord would fall first and his head would cut off the circulation through the cord. That was too risky!

After three days in the hospital and the equivalent of about 12 bags of IV fluid (counting saline and medications), I was ready to have this baby in my arms! At 4:30 pm we decided that the "last resort" was really all we had left and at this point was the best way to ensure a healthy baby and a healthy mommy...I would be having a c-section. The preparations were made in the OR and about 5:15 pm they moved me from the labor room to the OR. DH was able to sit right by my head during the procedure and I was conscious so that I could hear him cry and see him as soon as they had him cleaned up and warmed up. William Christopher was born at 5:52 pm on Saturday, September 15th. He weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. - not much less than they estimated - and was 21" long. DH stayed with William as they took him to the nursery for observation and I went to the recovery room and was tested every 15 minutes to make sure the feeling came back into my legs, abdomen, and chest after the spinal block.

About an hour later, they brought William to me for his first meal. He's been nursing really well and is so healthy!!!! We were able to come home from the hospital on Monday, Sept. 17th. Now if we can get William to tell the difference between night and day, we'll be doing good. Luckily, my Mom is in town and a tremendous help to us right now as I recover from surgery. There are so many restrictions on my activities - no driving, no vacuuming, no lifting anything heavier than William. I'll add pictures soon!

aliciakelleyw's picture
Joined: 08/22/07
Posts: 31

Even though you didn't have the birth you originally wanted I am so happy that you have a healthy LO. Congrats!!

GarlicBreath's picture
Joined: 09/12/06
Posts: 488

Congrats on the birth of your little boy! I'm sorry you had to endure such a long hospital stay.

(P.S. I'm curious which hospital you went to...I'm from Phoenix. Can you post it or PM me? I'm just trying to figure out where I want to give birth!)

Joined: 01/10/07
Posts: 51

I gave birth at Banner Baywood. As a hospital overall, I don't think they are too NCB friendly (some of the nurses made comments about my birth plan that weren't too friendly)...though they followed my doctor's instructions very well so if your doctor is NCB friendly, you won't have any problems.