Jacki, congrats on your lodge! How are you feeling? What are your birthing plans? We wish you well on your journey.
Congratulations on your lodge!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
I can't find my orginal intro so I'll post another. I'm Jacki 27 year old mama to Brennan, and mama (hopefully soon) to be of Quinlan. It was a long journey to conceive Brennan. I don't think I ever stated this, but I had two losses before him, and after taking herbs (false unicorn, vitex, green tea) I conceived him. I was using natural progesterone cream and also had a prescription for natural suppositories. We have attachment parented our little wild child from day one. I plan on doing my darndest to do the same with Quinlan... I just got the neatest mei tai. Brennan's birth was fairly uneventful. I was induced at 40 weeks 2 days because of high blood pressure. He arrived 2 days later, the worst part was the pitocin. At 6cms I got an epidural, I slept. It all but wore off and I pushed mostly naturally. It wasn't a bad expereince. But, Bren was pretty jaundiced and also was VERY hard to nurse and I often wondered if the epidural weren't partly to blame.
So after 2 1/2 years we started TTC again. 3 cycles later some more herbs and progesterone and I was pregnant with Quinlan. I knew that I wanted a different experience if it were possible. At the end of January I think it was we took a natural childbirth class lead by a doula and nurse and it was great. I am trying very hard for a natural birth in the midst of more blood pressure issues.
My latest post was on my blood pressure, which has since "stablized" at 127/94 as of Thursday.
My blood pressure is on a trend of raising. The bottom number has gone from a consistant steady healthy number to being borderline high. My doctor is recently starting to talk about inductions. Although I am all for asking for all the NON-medical measures first, I am being realistic and realizing that the baby and I both being healthy is most important. I was induced with my son at 40 weeks 2 days because of high BP... and although I don't regret the experience it was very intense and I ended up with an epi at 6 cm. I am trying to gear myself up for trying to go natural if I need to be induced again. First off I would defintely ask for NO pitocin to start with, I would much rather just do cervadil and let nature go from there if I do have to be induced. So anybody have any resources for this situation? Any safe natural methods that I could use. I was all for evening primrose but I see it raises bp... does red raspberry leaf do the same?
Oh and for 2 weeks now I am still high, about 30% effaced, 2cm. Baby is +3 station and I'm only having very little contracts right now.[/b]
I hope I doing this right. I'm not quite sure how lodges work.
I had a rough night last night... does red raspberry leaf tea possibly make contractions really really hard? I had my first cup since pregnancy yesteday and had contractions every 15 mins or so during the night and they hurt so much worse then my first ones did with Brennan. I had a fairly wakeful night managed to get a little sleep and woke up this morning to them apprently being sporadic and basically done, although walking around makes them start up some. I really though maybe last night was it. It was disapointing this morning to know not much is going on. I have been having lost of mucous, but I'm not thinking it's my mucous plug. My ob stretched me to 3cms on Thursday and I have a tendency to be really spotty after any exams. I have a really sensitve cervix.
I had some strange array of emotions last night. I cried when I thought I was going into labor. I keep thinking how much our life will change, how much I love Brennan, how scared I am. I am excited but it's overwelming all at the same time. I'm just a mess of emotions I guess.
You're doing great! The lodge is for you, for whatever you want to say (yes, griping is allowed). We're all here to support you.
The RRL gives me contrax-- I think that is pretty normal and can help bring on some good practice contrax.
I'll be thinking of you and hoping that your BP goes down. I think the risks of induction outweigh the risks of borderline high BP-- but that's just me.....
KUP! Hang in there. I know I had a WIDE range of emotions when I went into labor both times....I think (hope) it's normal.
Can't wait to share this journey with you!
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
I'll send some low BP vibes your way. I can't speak from experience, but I'm sure you'll have a much more pleasant experience if you don't have to get a visit from the evil pitocin fairy.
What are Brennan's thoughts about being a big brother? Is he excited?
So many lodges! A belated welcome to yours!
I'm also send low bp vibes your way, although I had pit contractions that were lovely and slow building and easy to cope with, so it's not ALWAYS torture. Still, it's definitely better to not even have to contend with the issue, so hoping that you stay nice and mellow and your bp does too.
I am so glad to hear that your BP is better. I can totally understand your anxiety about Quinlan's arrival. How is Brennan feeling about sharing his mom? From your posts on our birthboard, I can totally see what a good mom you are and how bonded you are to Brennan. One of my good friends had some of the same anxiety when she had her second child and there were a few adjustment issues, but overall her DD handled it better than she had hoped, which made the whole situation easier on her. She made sure to get a lot of special activities for her DD for when she was nursing and made her "Mom's Little Helper." I hope Brennan has a smooth adjustment to being a big brother.
I have had some RRL tea and it didn't really affect me at all, but I have had strong BH for most of my pregnancy...and I read that for some people it can help relax the uterus...so maybe you are actually gearing up for labor? Here's hoping! ELV to you and hoping you can get everything going without the pitocin.