Here you go my dear! Sorry it took so long!
Please tell us your story and how you ended up here!
Yay for your lodge!!!!! I'm excited to read it!!
Oh Ellen! Congrats on your lodge, thanks so much bobbie for starting this!!
Welcome to your lodge!
I am 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant with my second son. I hope to have an unmedicated VBAC this time around. My older son is 17 months old, so these little boys are going to be a lot of fun to watch growing up together.
Here's a brief history: My son, Josh, was an emergency c-section at 38 weeks 5 days. I went in to get checked out because he was "nice" to me for a whole day. He was a serious rib kicker... It turns out he was in distress and my docs delivered him via c-section that night. He had ZERO amniotic fluid and the cord was wrapped around his leg and getting compressed, so there is no way I could have delivered him and have him survive. The nurses and doctors thanked me over and over for coming in when I did because in all likelyhood we would have lost him if I had waited for my regular appointment the following day. Even so, I was sorely disappointed that I didn't have a natural birth experience. They never figured out what caused the loss of amniotic fluid.
I am still with the same OB, who is being extra cautious this time. I have twice a week checks where we do an NST and once a week they peek at the fluid levels. After the close call with my older son, I am OK with the extra appointments. I really like my OB. He is very hands off and very supportive of my wanting to go VBAC. Because of the c-section, I have to go into labor on my own. If anything arises that would warrant an induction, I am afraid I am in for another c-section. So far things are looking great. My little boy is doing well, he's head down, and my fluid levels are nice and high.
We had a bit of a scare last week when I started measuring small and my OB couldn't find a lot of fluid, but a follow up ultrasound with the perinatal clinic showed plenty of fluid and that my little boy is just on the smaller side. No surprise there, because my older son was just 6 lb 2 oz at birth. Both my husband and I were greatly relieved!
Now that I am getting close to the end and things are looking up, I am allowing myself to begin to look forward to another shot at a natural birth. I will be having it in the hospital, but after my first experience, that really doesn't scare me. The L&D nurse was so wonderful about trying to make all the things she could on my birth plan come to fruition, and I really like and trust my OB and his partners. I'm also going to have a doula this time to help us through the process. She has actually worked with my OB before and mentioned that he is more like a midwife than an OB. I am very hopeful that this will be a positive birth experience for all of us.
Thanks for reading.
Congrats Ellen! I look forward to following your birth
Can't wait to follow your lodge!
Wow!! I'm so glad you went in ith your first son!! It sounds like your OB is really great and is taking good care of you!! That's awesome!!
E, that is a scary story about your LO!!! I'm so glad you followed your mama's intuition! Wow! Good for you!
I'm glad that this pregnancy is going so much better for you!
Yeah, DS's birth was pretty scary, and even though I had my heart set on a natural birth, I am really glad that I live in a time and place where c-sections are safe and available. As a result, I am a HUGE believer in following your instincts. I figure that if you suspect something is up, you will only regret the call you never made.
37 weeks 4 days today and our appointment went great. Kevin was awake and happy for his NST and my fluid measured at 14+ cm. My doc is on vacation, so I saw another doc in the practice today who is really nice. She was going to check my cervix, but I easily talked her out of it. I'm not a big fan of them, especially since they don't really tell you much.
I asked her about how long she thought they would let me go if I went past my due date. She said it really depends on the doctor, but usually 41 weeks is as long as they like to go, although if the baby looks good then it is always up for negotiation. She asked if I prefer vbac to c-section, and I told her hands down vbac. I'll take labor over 6 weeks of recovery time any day! Yes, you can get out and about sooner, but lifting too much too soon can cause hernias and with Josh at 32+ lbs he is definitely hernia fodder. She said she totally agreed and was surprised that more women didn't see it that way. I guess the majority choose repeat c-sections.
Welcome to your lodge! Wow, your older son is 32 lbs? Holy moly, that's a lot of little boy!!!
I'm looking forward to following your VBAC journey. Sounds like you're a very likely candidate and I'm keeping all my fingers & toes crossed that things continue to go well for you.
Yep, Megan, my boy is a serious chunk & he's tall. He was born small, but didn't stay that way for long!
That is scarry about your little guy i am so glad that he is here and safe though How wonderful that your OB is as supportive as he is, what a difference that makes!
Here's to lots of easy wonderful labor vibes, for when the time comes! I'm looking foward to "birth stalking" you lol
Okay, I'm going to try and keep up with all the new lodges.
Sounds like a wonderful OB to have. I really love mine, and I'm hoping she'll be as supportive as yours sounds.
Good job on the instinct. Mine was a kicker too, but I don't know if I would have recognized lack of activity for what it was. I'm very glad your mommy sense kicked in.
Looking forward to following your journey.
Ellen, sorry to be so late here, but I wanted to stop by and cheer you on in your VBAC plans! Yay for Clover Cuties turning into big brothers!
Sounds like a good appointment!! I'm glad she was supportive of VBACs. My mom wanted one and they flat out told her no (her "too small pelvis" would never birth such a large baby...my sister was only 7 lbs. 11 oz. :roll: )
Glad to hear you're doing well!!
Thanks Jennie! It's hard to believe that the March babies can be older brothers and sisters...
Well today is my last day of work! I have been on reduced hours, so it hasn't been too much stress for the last couple of weeks. It's hard to believe how close I am to meeting this little boy.
I'm thinking that I will go on a nightgown/birth outfit to wear today. I have super sensitive skin and I reacted to EVERYTHING when I was in the hospital with Josh. I was allergic to the detergent used on the sheets and gowns and the adhesive on the OR dressings! I was one big itchy mess... My hospital has hypoallergenic sheets, but I didn't know about them at the time.
I need to work on my birth plan some more, too. My doula and I are going to go over it on Monday. I showed her my hasitly made plan when I thought my fluid had dropped and she thought it was a great start and had some great suggestions just at a glance. I'm really looking forward to hearing what she has to say.
I hope you found something to wear!! We went to LaSenza..it was soooo frustrating! They just don't seem to make normal night gowns anymore! And though I thought it would be funny to wear lingerie as I birthed my child...my mom wouldn't go for it!
Good luck with the birth plan!! I keep putting mine off!
I wish you all the luck in the world!!
38 weeks today! I actually have more energy today than I have had in weeks. Not too much in the way of contractions, but that's fine with me. I'm not going to worry about "progress" until I get closer to my due date. Induction isn't an option for me because of the c-section, so I have to go into labor on my own.
My doula suggested I consider acupuncture in my 39th week as it takes a little bit to work. I had acupuncture for migraines a while back, so I'm open to that. Which reminds me I have to call my acupuncturist to see if she does pregnancy inductions. Right now I'm just content to let this kid bake as long as he needs to.
Well I just got back from my appointment. My little boy looked great on the NST. It looks like my uterus is getting going... The NST showed quite a lot of contraction activity. One real contraction (smooth bump) and a lot of spikey contractions. None of it was painful or even to the level that I have been calling BH. At least it is showing that my body is gearing up a bit.
Oh, and I am GBS negative!
Ellen, Yay for GBS - !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't that a relief? I dig seeing the cntrx on the monitor. Isn't that cool?
Seeing the contractions on the monitor is pretty cool. I was a little surprised they registered since it really didn't feel like a lot was going on...
I love watching my contrax on a monitor. I think it's so interesting that it can confirm what i'm feeling. I think i need one of those at home so I can know for sure when to go in!!!
Here's a 38 week 1 day belly shot. Please excuse the PJs...
Aw, what a perfect belly. You are getting so close.
I'm feeling a bit tired and a little off today. I have a bit of a queasy stomach. I hope this passes quickly!
I hope you are feeling better today... The last thing you need in the late stages of pregnancy is to feel crappy!!!!
Thanks, I'm feeling a bit better, just really tired these days. My sciatic pain is pretty much gone, so that helps a lot!
I had my regular NST and amniotic fluid check. Both look great. No contractions on the monitor this time. After today, I will have been more pregnant than I have ever been. DS was born at 38 weeks 5 days...
Glad to hear that everything is going well. Your belly looks great!!!
Shouldn't be long now!!!
39 weeks! Our NST went great today. It showed a pretty cool contraction toward the end. I've always read that contractions usually last 30-70 seconds, but I swear mine are often more like 2 minutes long and that's what the monitor showed today. Fun stuff.
I also went over my birth plan with my doc. Have I mentioned that I love my OB? He was fine with everything, although he said with the VBAC, I do need close to continuous monitoring. He wasn't sure if they have waterproof units, but that intermittent monitoring should be OK when I am in the tub. They do have a wireless unit at least. They have no food restrictions unless you have an epidural or a c-section is indicated. He did recommend clear fluids and not to eat while in active labor because it just comes back to revisit you later... He said that if I haven't gone into labor at 41 weeks, we will have to schedule a c-section for 41.5 or so. He was really supportive of using acupuncture and he said he is really facinated by it and is in the process of learning more from a friend of his. He is very supportive of my wanting to go natural. At the birthing center he used to work at, they had a 60% epidural rate, but here they have a 95% rate! It is a high risk hospital, so I imagine that might have a little to do with it. He told me that he really hopes that I get the birth experience I want this time. What a nice guy. He's the delivery doc tomorrow and Tuesday, so it would be really great if he is the doc in L&D when I give birth!
I'm so glad you have such an awesome doctor!!!!! Sometimes that makes all the difference!!! I hope that you get exactly what you want this time around!!!
Hmm, we haven't heard from you in a while. Anything new to report?
Sorry I have been MIA, it took me a while to figure out the new link to the BB...
Things have been cruising along. I am 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant today! I have been having a ton of contractions. They actually settled into 5 minutes apart for several hours Thursday night, but fizzled. Last night I had a bunch more contractions, some of which woke me up in the night. This morning I had some bloody show, so I hope this means things are progressing.
Being a VBAC hopeful, I do have that looming deadline hanging over my head. Fortunately, my OB is a true gem and hasn't been making me feel pressured. He doesn't want me to go past 41.5 weeks because that's where the outcomes remain the most favorable. That puts my drop dead date at 8/29.
Bloody mucous? thats a great sign, somehow I don't think you need to worry about that looming date.
All the best with your birth.
Thanks! That's what I am hoping. I'm just trying to relax and let things happen.
Your belly pic looks absolutely amazing. How cute. I am glad that your us went well and that your fluid levels were good.
40 weeks and 2 days! More contractions last night and more show today, so hopefully my little boy will be making his appearance soon!
I hope that he does make his appearance soon. With all these contractions surely something is happening.
40 weeks 3 days! Still more contractions and more bloody show. There was also a little bit in the way of clotting, so I have a call in to the nurse just in case.
40 weeks 5 days. I had a membrane sweep yesterday, which resulted in regular strong contractions all night and this morning. I'm a little amazed at what I can sleep through. I guess the years of migraines were worth something.
I'm holding off until they are closer together before heading in. Resting, they are 8-10 minutes apart. They get closer if I move around...
Sounds like the sweep (or something) worked.
It's almost been 12 hours since you posted. You're holding your beatiful new baby now, right?
Sounds like the sweep (or something) worked.
It's almost been 12 hours since you posted. You're holding your beatiful new baby now, right?
I wish... Nope, just lots of painful contractions that are still 10 minutes apart...
"Kevin, it's time. You hear that. You've been in there long enough and this contraction business is going to have to get serious."
There, that oughtta help.
40 weeks 6 days today. Still lots of very strong contractions, just nothing close together. Sleep was tougher last night and I ended up taking a nice long bath which helped mellow out the contractions enough for me to get a few more hours of sleep.
I am getting more nervous about my looming c-section date of 8/29 (next Wednesday). This kid needs to get a move on! I called my docs office today and I am going to see if I can get in for a repeat membrane sweep this afternoon. The first one really got things moving, but I really have to get past this obnoxious prodromal labor! I think I am holding up well, but it is really taking its toll.
It will happen, you are doing so well to go through this two nights in a row... it must be frustrating.
I wish you all the best and sending strong labour vibes your way.
Are you holding your baby right now. Oh I hope so KUP!!
I think she likes to keep us on pins and needles.
Waiting (somewhat) patiently for some good news.
ELV in case you need 'em too.
Kevin William arrived this morning at 6:47 AM! He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and is 21 inches long. I'm posting from the hospital!
I got my med free VBAC! Shari, my doula took notes on what happened, so I am very interested in her write up of Kevin's birth. My recollection of times is a bit fuzzy...
At about 8:30 we headed over to L&D. My contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. I was still at 4 cm, so they had me walk the halls. I walked the stairs and at 10, I was at 5 cm, so they admitted me. I got to use the jacuzzi, but it wasn't that great. It was kind of an odd shape... So I went back to the room. I wanted to walk the halls and keep active, but the darn wireless monitors don't work if you walk! It picks up every sound but the baby's heartbeat. I really could only stand and do gentle lounges and keep him on the monitor. It was frustrating and at 1:30, I was still at 5 cm. At that point, the doc wanted to break my water, but I was reluctant. I wanted to try to do more to progress on my own... At 3, I was still 5 cm and getting tired. I figured I would let them break my water. Kevin was low and engaged in a good position, so I was hopeful that all would go well. It did. About 20 minutes after my water broke, all hell broke loose! I went from 5 to 9 in a matter of hours. The shower was a lifesaver. I got stuck at 9 for a bit and that was tough to work through. It was hard wanting to push, but knowing you shouldn't yet! I tried different positions and finally got to 10! It took less than a half hour to push the little man out. I am so glad, I was able to have a VBAC! It was so nice to hold my little guy right away.
Oh and for those of you wanting med free VBACs, GET A DOULA! I seriously don't think that I could have gone through with it if I didn't have her support. She knew what to do and was a big help every step of the way. DH was great, but there is only so much he knows to do in a labor situation. I can seriously see why people do HVBACs. Being monitored the whole time made it so hard, even with the wireless unit. There is no way I could have done it if I was tied to a bed.
And best of all, I got to meet my little boy! He is pretty much what I expected, personality wise. He's very mellow. Right now his favorite thing in the world is to nurse...