Hi! Okay, so I have not been super active on this forum as I didn't find it until late in my pregnancy but I am having a natural birth (yay Hypnobabies!) and I at 38 weeks now.
Can I start my own lodge?
Absolutely! You may just want to go in and edit the title of the thread to take out the question mark! Welcome to your lodge, Joanne! I know you've had some very trying times in your pregnancy...looking forward to knowing you better in the coming weeks and sharing the rest of the journey with you! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Congrats on your lodge! Tell us everything!
Welcome to your lodge!!! Can't wait to hear your story so far.........
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Ditto!Originally Posted by selkiemom
Welcome to your lodge.. Please tell us more about you and your pregnancy so far.
Welcome to your lodge!!! I hope to hear your story!
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Welcome. Tell us all about you!
Yay! My lodge! Thanks so much to everyone for helping set it up for me and making me feel so welcome.
Let's see, about myself . . .
I am 34 years old, married to a wonderful guy and this is our first baby. We do not know the gender and are so excited for the surprise. I have no sense of what it is but if I was pushed I would guess it is a boy, mainly because in every dream I have had about it, it has been a boy. BUT my DH comes from a family of many girls (5 sisters and only 1 brother). So we'll see!
I am working with a great group of midwives at a small hospital that is run more like a birth center. We just had our hospital tour a few weeks ago and were so happy with it. Our birth plan is right in line with how they operate (low medical interventions, no nursery so automatic rooming-in, etc . . .).
My pregnancy has been very healthy for the baby but a bit difficult on me. From 6 to 14 Weeks I all day “morning” sickness. Luckily I did not throw up a lot but I had terrible headaches and a near constant car sick feeling. At the time I had just established myself (after quitting my day job and training for several months) as an instructor of a wonderful mind-body fitness technique called Nia that blends dance, martial arts and healing arts (like yoga). But I frequently had to cancel classes because I was too ill to teach. I also had a spat of spotting which was scary (my first pregnancy ended in a very early m/c so I was nervous about the spotting). We found out later it was due to a subchorionic hematoma that fortunately did not get serious and cleared up on its own by about 12 Weeks. But the spotting made me cancel more classes and I decided to take a leave from teaching and just practice Nia on my own. It is usually a wonderful way to exercise while pregnant. BUT at 16 Weeks I suddenly developed Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction and in one week went from dancing away in Nia class to barely being able to walk. I started seeing a physical therapist and although we did our best, I just could not get enough comfort back and had to really cut back my activity level. I did some gentle swimming for a several weeks but even that got too uncomfortable and eventually I wound up having to sit or lie down most days.
The good news is that I have made my peace with this and am very happy that my body decided to let me know what it needed to keep my baby healthy. We found out at our 20 Week u/s that we have a Single Umbilical Artery (one artery instead of two). SUAs can be caused by anatomical abnormalities but two very thorough checks (we had an additional u/s at 28 Weeks just to further check the SUA) have concluded that our baby’s anatomy looks fine so it is more of a coincidental thing for us. The only issue became that SUAs can sometimes cause growth retardation because of less blood getting to the baby. I think my body knew I needed to rest more in order to keep a better blood flow going and maybe the physical limitations I have been suffering have actually helped keep the baby healthier.
And in terms of the pregnancy for the baby, it has been going really well. My BP has been great the whole time. My weight gain has been right on target and in all the right places (despite the serious drop in my activity level). The baby has not shown any slowed growth (so the SUA is a non-issue now). My glucose test was perfect. And today my GBS test came back negative. Woo Hoo!
AND I am at 38 Weeks so I am nearly there! I am so looking forward to meeting this little baby and starting to feel better too.
As for our birth plans, we are doing Hypnobabies and I love it. I really think it is going to work beautifully. We also have a wonderful birth doula. And my DH is just the best ever. He has been so supportive and understanding of me as I have struggled through this pregnancy. He is going to be a great dad and is endlessly excited.
Ten days ago I lost my mucus plug but have had no other signs of impending birth. I have not felt any BH, although I occasionally get this heavy tight feeling over parts of my uterus. I thought it was just the baby stretching but today my MW said it could be an incomplete BH as my uterus tries to figure out how to do it. Since these tight feelings tend to happen when I am very tired, hot or when I suddenly shift position, I am starting to wonder if they could indeed be incomplete BHs. Who knows? It would be neat if they were because then I at least have a sense of what to look for.
I think that pretty much covers my pregnancy so far!
I am going to be a SAHM and hopefully, at some point in the future a WAHM (teaching Nia and maybe doing something else in the creative vein).
Anyway, I so happy to have found this forum and to see how everyone else’s journeys are going. It is really so amazing.