This is your 3rd - you should be able to have an idea for if you think it would be too many people or not. Trust your instincts and put yourself first if you need to!
Personally, I think my entire town could be in the room with me and I wouldn't notice but I've never been overly modest.
Appointment today, 39w3d.
Met with a different doc, this one seems to have her head screwed on. None of my labs from last week or my med records we requested last week came in, she wasn't very pleased. Since I have had burning at/after urination and am spilling leukocyctes I asked to be tested for a UTI, which she gladly did. Refused the internal, she didn't blink. She verified I wanted to skip the GCT, I confirmed, she marked it off. She re-did the blood orders for CBC and syphillis- which turns out to be a BLOOD test not a swab- and she couldn't tell me WTH the LPN did on me last week because the reuslts weren't in (speculum, swab and such). She was a little shocked that I would have had anything done with a speculum in late pg. In feeling around my belly she said all seemed fine but was concerned why she was getting a HB in my upper R quadrant (patients right side) because that meant he was breech. I told he rfor sure he is head down, but she said it COULD be his butt, so she did an U/S. All she wanted was position, so its all she ordered.
Kinda scared the bonkers out of me walking down the hall thinking all this work was for nothing, wondering if she would even consider a version.... Got on the table and the first poke the U/S tech did was right on his noggin. "Oh yeah, he's definitely head down" PHEW!!! She looked at lots of stuff, spine, 4 chambers of heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder. I was surprised she kept GOING.... Confirmed it was a boy, showed me his face (tried, his hands were in the way), his feet. Then she told me she was taking measurements. I reminded her the doc did NOT order a growth scan, her quote was "well let's give her one". Oddly enough, I was game! She asked how big the other ones were, told her how off the other techs were (I think she took it as a challenge teehee) and she said he seems to be normal size, 8 pounds 3 oz approx. Sounds fine to me. Placenta is in my upper L quadrant, out of the way, cord isn't around the neck, he is ROA (back on my right side, head down, butt up). Couldn't quite figure out why both the MW yesterday and the doc today were getting HB from his BUTT... but well, it is a boy and they can be little stinkers!
Finished up with the blood draws right after (from the back of my hand, even though I was well hydrated) and then went over to the hospital to pre-register JUST in case. Done, everything looks fine. Waiting on all the results to come in, this is my prediction:
UA positive and ABX ordered
Slightly elevated WBC count (from the UTI)
Borderline low hemoglobin
Meet with the MW next Wed at her house, this same Dr next Thu. We have done all the labs and I have had an internal, should be pretty boring. Oh and my BP was 128/84- not bad for me being pg! "if" I make it to next week. They don't know me, my babies get WAY too comfy!
ETA: Gained weight. New grand total 11 pounds.
That's quite an appointment. What *did* that LPN do with a speculum? Glad your bub is still head down and that everything else so far looks good. I love how you have predictions for your bloodwork, I do that too.
11 pounds. You should be ashamed at gaining that much weight. Especially if 8 of it is baby, some is placenta, and some is water.
Good God, Kris. Don't sweat over 11 pounds. That's nothing!!!!
Maybe your nurse just likes to look around?
I know Nat, it's just a bummer cuz I was at 8 last week so 3 in one week.... blech.
Called today to get the results of the UA. I thought it normally took a few days but the nurse made it sound like they do it in-office and quickly so I left a message before the weekend. Got a call back, results won't be in til Monday, but the nurse wasn't sure why I wasn't started on something. Since I had another 3 1/2 hours of all over the place on top of each other cxns with LOTS of back pain, nausea and chills/sweats this AM, she is going to ask one of the other docs if they want to treat me empirically. Which, I wouldn't mind, especially if it makes this BURNING go away! And if I am on AB's for a few days and THEN have cxns, at least I will know its real and not fake crap due to a UTI.
My MW, however, sent kind of a cryptic message back. She asked what I planned on doing about the suspected UTI? I am guessing she is not thrilled about me starting on ABs. I told her if the results were positive I would take the AB's and some probiotics to avoid yeast. Sorry, but I have been screwing around with cranberry and dandelion and yadda yadda for WEEKS now, and if it is progressively getting worse I am ready for a doc to step in. Especially if it helps me avoid fever and a kidney infection- I mean it IS the weekend, when else would something like that start? :roll:
Speaking of which, just got off the phone. They called in an order of Macrobid. I am going to get it started now.
ETA: Oh, and my syphilis came back negative. DUH. :roll: She said my bloodwork came back fine, so maybe if no elevated WBC then maybe no UTI?
Hmm, everything I can read on Macrobid says it's safe to take while you're pregnant, EXCEPT if you're close to term (then there's a risk of hemolytic anemia). I'd call your OB back and confirm that this is the drug they want you taking. You don't necessarily get high WBCs with UTIs, though I would expect it with a kidney infection.
Looked it up and it is contra-indicated for late pg and anemia and "dangerous" for breastfeeding. Just left a message to get a different script ordered.
Update: Yeah, great. Like Nat's docs, they insist it is totally safe. And coincidentally no docs in the office until Monday to order a different med. I feel like crying, I am so tired of this back pain and thought I may have had some relief!
Oh, Kris, I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to take away your relief! Then again, maybe your back pain is just the position of the baby and you'll go into labor this weekend. Until then, keep up with all the homeopathics you've been doing, drink twice as much water as you want, etc etc. I know you know what to do, I'm so sorry you're miserable. Hope you feel better soon!
No energy. Due tomorrow.
Having all this false labor is kinda freaking me out. I had it ONCE with each of the other two, this was #3.
Last night LITERALLY as I sat at the dinner table I got my first contraction. Great, I thought, I am eating salad, that's going to be fun on the toilet later. :roll: I ate what I could, faked it through dinner to get SIL out the door and DH outside with the kids and tried to clean up so I could relax. I figured I would try and watch a movie and move around to encourage it.
I had a heck of a time watching and understanding the movie and the contractions were so random and so steady- every 1-3 minutes and close to a minute long each. I could get comfy for like 10 minutes in a spot, that was it. Dh had the kids outside and then downstairs (entertainment system is down there) and I just kept breathing through them, trying to stay hydrated. I was GASSY, though- holy goodness!!! After the movie I went into my bedroom and popped on TLC (love almost everything on that channel) and figured I could mindlessly watch whatever was on. Well, it was mindlessly, and I could NOT get in a good position or pattern. I had at most one minute between the end of one and beginning of the next. And they are 99% BACK pain, not so much the front sensations?? Oh my uterus was hard all right, guess I was just feeling the back stronger. After hour 4 of this, I started to get the nausea again. THe chills and sweats had been going on since the first contraction, so I figured this would just be normal for me. So I was up til about 1 with cxns, then realized I fell asleep for 15 minutes. I woke up TO a contraction, and think I had been having them the whole time, my body just got too tired and let me relax a bit. They stayed regular for like another 1/2 hour and then I found a good position and fell asleep. Woke up an hour later to another one, figured they were just petering out, got in my regular sleep position and woke again at 5.
Not only was DH up half the night putting the kids to bed, helping me, preparing for the homebirth, etc but he actually crawled into bed and passed out while I was moaning through cxns. Poor guy was beat! And today is his bday, was really hoping to give him a crying, pooping bday present but no go.
I am so beat, physically. My back is in constant cramping/pain/minor contractions. I can't focus on anything, burned breakfast and can barely understand these posts here. Tried to eat but between the nausea and vomiting and not being able to taste my food, I forced some stuff down and just hoping it stays. DH went back to SIL's this AM to try and wrap up. I need to get to the grocery store and was supposed to get the boys haircuts but now no $ for that. DH's check came in Friday but it all went right out in bills, lets just say we will be lucky to make it through THIS week without anything bouncing. My phone is ringing, ugh.
I hope that this is the beginning of the real deal for you!! I'm having lots of back cramping and pain today too - maybe you're right that we'll have our babies at the same time
Good luck and ELV!
Your updates are cracking me up. You're very funny. I'm sorry things seem to progressing so slowly. Hopefully this is it though. Hope they come and stick, soon.
Thinking of you Kris!!!
My mood cleared up immensely last night. We went out for Mexican food (nothing spicy, I am not a fan of the toilet) and then had cake & ices cream and shot pool for a bit. Kids were ready for bed early, DH got a "late night" bday present and slept so well afterwards he woke up late for work this morning!
Went to my ICAN meeting, we were discussing sponsoring a showing of "Business of Birthing" here in St Louis, trying to come up with venue and funds. Cole was playing with the other kids and there is one that must be 6 or older and hs some kind of developmental delay, can't pinpoint it.... anyway he kept aggravating Cole the whole morning and now my son has a black eye.... hmmmm yeah that's a no brainer. Figures, that means the baby will come soon just so family pics are screwed up!
The back pain is a bit better, not so steady, definitely pressure down in the hoochy area. 'Bout time, kid! I am more worried about him dropping, if he will drop labor would prob start sooner than later, but labor with a baby jammed in my ribs is pretty futile. :roll:
DH and I both predict Wednesday. I am not going to run laps or jump up & down stairs but am actively trying visualization and "relaxing". I asked my former MW how to get him to drop and she said get a massage or something, relaxing the muscles helps. I am screwed, I've got two small boys, relaxation is but a fond memory! Oh well, looks like 42W for me!
Kris... you know you need to find some ducks to chase.
Love ya girl, I'm thinkin' about you!
You are going to help me laugh him right out! Thanks Em!!! :bigarmhug:
More hoochy aching, that's ok there's an end in sight. Still no results on the UA, was going to call yesterday afternoon and I forgot. Will meet with the reporter today so she can get my "story"- she is fascinated because I have drama in my previous deliveries. What good birth junkie doesn't?
Last night I was so motivated to go for a walk but it's like a ssoon as DH came in the door their switches flipped and these same boys that were making me laugh like crazy and being borderline angels (as close as little boys can be) turned into holy terrors! I spent two straight hours being pulled this way and that, sometimes LITERALLY all three trying to talk to me at the same time. How in the HE## did my mother do it with 8????
Good thing is DH got the shower fixed!!! Well, mostly anyway. Enough that I can take a SHOWER without taking a bath at the same time, and all the fixtures are back in the shower (surprising how important that is!). He wants to change out one elbow and needs to put a new trap in, but it freakin' WORKS! Wooohoo! Trying to picture early labor without a tub or shower wasn't pretty!
Tomorrow is our new prediction. It was my guess from the beginning (see the 10/07 BB) and DH figures it makes him miss the most work LOL and Alex to miss Cub Scouts, etc so it would be when the next Smith arrives.
I hope tomorrow is it for you! Or that it's mostly today and he's born early tomorrow morning
I'm so glad you got your shower fixed! I don't know if I could deal without a shower. I hope you go into labor soon!
Where is the reporter from? I am in the St. Louis area too, and I am looking forward to reading/seeing it. Best wishes for a labor and birth that goes exactly the way you want it. I admire your strength and determination.
You want a really good laugh... last night I dreamed that I was pregnant and that I was having a homebirth and that you were there. Bren was totally wanting a homebirth but all I wanted was a hospital. I finally looked at you and said "Kris, you know me. I need drugs!" That's when I woke up and realized that I shouldn't be eating my super hot chili and reading the boards right before I go to bed.
Let me know if little man needs an eviction notice... I can have one to you in a matter of moments.
Your eviction notice has since been passed on to every birth board, I think. Although I haven't seen anyone else actually tape it to her belly since you.
I am still holding out for you and Bren, I know you guys will do it eventually but wondering why you go spooked??? Oh, I know, the wrong season, you just wanted to be pg through the summer again! :eek:
Yeah, sounds like me, I would tell you to suck it up Maddie prob would too! LOL
Post-Dispatch. Believe me I will announce when this comes out! She is hoping to make it a major, 2-part piece. Not all about me, about midwifery and homebirthing in general I am just the one she hopes to catch in labor. We met today and talked for a long while, she is really nice and REALLY interested in her story, which I think makes it better!
Still here. My board is quiet this AM and I have enough to do around the house before my MW appt late this AM that I can't "play" online LOL.
DH says to my tummy this AM "Catch ya later, dude" I was thinking well THAT's positive thinking!
(((Hugs))) Considering I'm not even overdue yet and I'm huge, cranky, and uncomfortable all of the time, I can't imagine what you're feeling!!
Hopefully not what I am feeling right now. Shortly after I logged off I spent a bit of time on the toilet and have been MISERABLE all morning! No mucous or waters, the um "other" side. Still the crampy period achy stuff, and now I feel like I have a bad cold or flu coming on (AGAIN). My head is pounding, my stomach hurrrrrrrts and the BH's are a little rough but not real contractions. I soooooooo don't feel like driving to my mw's today, and THEN driving all over to get Cole from SIL's and back home, blech. I mean geez that's my tough day and I am complaining? LOL What will be very interesting is having to bring Alex to Boy Scouts tonight with Cole- now THAT sucks!!!
yuck!! Hopefully it's your body cleaning out, not the flu!!
Ugh, I hope you feel better soon. Maybe all of this crud will help spur the baby out!
So it... went. The appt went fine, measuring 37W, urine spilling some things but no big deal. Lost a few pounds too (YAY!) Down to just about 8 pounds total for the pg Headache is gone but stomach is killing me and SOOOO tired! DS napped with SIL, of course, so no rest for me. Things will prob start late tonight when I am exhausted.....
Ugh! I really hope you're not getting the flu. That's miserable any time, let alone right before he comes . . .
Thinking about you!
Bring it ON!!!!!!!!!! 40w3d going into an OB practice trying to hang onto my VBAC- hahahaha! But, I want my lab results.
My bet is:
NST, possible BPP- fluid check at least
something will be "off" in my urine that will suddenly be an issue
BP will be "slightly elevated" and cause for concern
My MW and I were coming up with a list of reasons they are going to try today to insist on inducing (what their plans would be, IDK since I am VBAC!) Hopefully I don't have to walk out!
Bowel pressure is crazy today, still a little nauseous and can't shake the minor headache. He isn't moving so much today but not worried yet, could be the start of labor? TTYL!
I've got my fingers crossed!!
I hope everything is going well for you. The few days before labor I felt like total crap. I should have known something was up but it was my first time so....Sounds like you are feeling pretty crappy so hopefully that means that something will be happening pretty soon.
So are you ready??
Can't wait for an update from your appointment. Thinking of you!!
Hope I am ready because contractions started when I pulled into the parking lot.
And I am SO happy to say- I misjudged her! I had a pretty good vibe from her last time and it was even bettter today. She quickly ran over the results missing from my files, the ones that came in. GBS+, I figured as much. I am just hoping all this garlic and echinacea and all that I am taking have done the trick because these contractions aren't letting up and he has dropped and IDK that it will stop this time so I can get some garlic cloves.
She reviewed my recent bouts of cxns and asked if I wanted to be checked, when I said no she had kind of an amused smile and said most women want to know. I told her no thanks, especially since I am GBS+. She kind of hid her smile at that (smile like "Hmm smart girl"). I ladi down so she could measure fundus (40), felt for position before using the doppler and was all over my belly trying to get a HB. She basically offered to strip my membranes and I told her no thanks, it was painful and didn't work and she told me that it worked for her, she would gladly do it if I wanted to. She was still smiling, and was joking around about the baby moving because she could SEE him moving but couldn't get his HB. She finally found it was down low on the right, which is much better because last time it was up high on the R and commented on him dropping.
She then asked if I was still pg at 41w (Monday) if I was ready to be induced. I told her no thanks. Again, raised eyebrow and little smile and "Are you sure? Most women want the induction. " I told her yep, BTDT and have the scar to prove it. She smiled a bit and said induction options are limited, all they can do is give me a little pitocin and see if it helps, and she would be willing to set it up for me if I was interested. She then told me she is on call all day & night Sunday and she would even set me up for then if I wanted. Totally not pushy, just stating options. I told her I would see her next week. So we set up an appt for one week, starting semi-weekly NST's for Mon & Thu, appt Thu and ultrasound Thu. I had no problem with that.
So, in the meanwhile, drama at home. Driving down with contractions was fun, now driving home with my phone ringing off the hook. Something went wrong at SIL's house and not only does DH have to leave work at his reg time tonight (he has been staying late to make up time for the baby) but now he is going over her house AND she is bringing her son HERE. Dear God! I mean, I know I handle labor well, let's hope I handle it THAT well!
Need to drop a quick note to my MW then I am going to try and lay down and watch a movie and see if these back off. Tired already, just can't imagine days more of this.... :roll:
Sounds like it went really well. That's awesome. Try and get some rest amidst the rushng - it's sounds like your ready to go. I can't wait to hear more.
Thinking of you,
Sat down on the recliner and tipped it back to rest... and fell asleep for about 1/2 hour. They stopped again! :rolleyes: Add another 3 1/2 hours to the list!
Well, I'm glad you didn't have to get into a major argument with your OB about the induction, it's nice that she's not fighting you in making your own decisions. Hope the ctx pick up again, though. Yikes.
I'm sorry your contractions stopped again. I totally understand!!!
I know, after what you have been through, mine is nothin'! The weird thing is, I can tell they aren't doing anything, but keep hoping that they will shift to productive so I roll with them.
Did my own internal today, just out of curiosity. Cervix is MUCH lower than I have ever felt it, pretty firm and closed still tho. Found a scar on it from when my MW put my IUD in 2 years ago. :roll: Hard to tell if it is as big as it feels or if it is one of those things that seems bigger in an area you can't see? Tried to poke at it a bit just to make sure it wasn't going to hold anything up in labor, doesn't seem THAT big. Since my cervix is normally tipped and up pretty high it was a blessing to be able to feel it fairly easily for once (yay, TTC experiences).
That orange pineapple juice (which is totally disgusting) is definitely making my contractions stronger when I drink it - maybe you could try some
Are you doing EPO?
I can't do pineapple juice, for some reason fresh pineapple gives me an instant headache between my eyes and pineapple juice makes me nauseous. Prob just jolting Tom up on enough sugar that he's rolling around in there
I have been doing EPO since 37W- it didn't work with Alex or Cole either but I thought it was worth a shot! Also garlic, cranberry, dandelion, echinacea, vitamin C, chewable papaya, iron, chlorophyll.....
I am *almost* thinking of black cohosh today. I know some people who very successfully used it and am going to get their ideas and guidance on what they did and what to watch for. My doctor wouldn't know crap about it, and I don't think my MW would want me to try it, but I'd almost rather try it in a really small dose (who knows, may not even be effective) than not try anything. I am getting a bit concerned about baby size (because of my history) and future potential for placenta break-down.
I knew you'd said that about fresh pineapple but wasn't sure if you could handle the juice.
Which way are you using the EPO? Is it more potent if you apply it directly to the affected area? I know you can take it orally too.
I have been takign EPO orally since 37W. It is said to have the same effectiveness and I take one more than reccomended. Also have been drinking RRL tea since like 35W, and I mean like TONS of it.
Canned pineapple juice I can have a bit of in like a punch or a mixed drink. Fresh, like the OJ mix- instant headache, sore throat and nausea. Guess I wasn't meant to live on a tropical island! lol
OK, I know you like being pregnant and all, but you're driving me nuts here. I'm ready to see the boy. Aren't you happy you don't live near me :p.
Just wanted you to know I was thinkin' about you! :bighug:
You know, I always liked punch. Pineapple juice, ginger ale, orange juice, maybe some ice cream....it always seemed a shame to only serve at parties. Maybe I'll make some just for me!
I like your "GET OUT" blinkie! How very fitting.
Trying so hard not to run for the Tylenol with all this period-like cramping! Ugh! Defninitely NOT cxns, just the achy stuff. Blech.
No kidding. Can you maybe take a bath or shower to help with that? Or a hot-water bottle?
I havent seen you on today hopefully that means something is happpening.. . I sure hope so! Come out baby! We aretired of waiting!
Hmmmm, how are you mama? Hope all is going well for you.
Hahaha you guys are too sweet. NST this morning, was hoping to be able to cancel it but still waiting, may as well. This ought to be fun with a 2-yo in tow- teehee!!
Lots of low pressure and everything is "moving along" down there, IDK what he is waiting for??? Silly baby!