I just noticed you were 36+1. Welcome to your lodge!! Tell us all about you!!
Yay! Welcome to your lodge - I can't believe we are getting so close!
Welcome to your lodge! :wavehello:
Congrats! Welcome to your lodge.
Thank you Megan,
Wow! Where to begin, I have been looking forward to my lodge for awhile, now that it is here I am suddenly overwealmed. To me it almost seems like a dead line. Since my ob will not let me go over due it is like an ultimatum, Have this baby in 4 weeks or else.
I guess I should start by telling you all about me. I am Thea, I'm 24, My dh is Daniel he is 28 and we have 2 beautiful children. Stephen who is 3. His birthday was yesterday. And Sophia, she is 2. They are 10 1/2 months apart. Crazy I know. Belive it or not this baby is the only one we planned on. I love being a mommy and can't wait till this one decides it is time.
My dh and I have been married for 4years, so this is our third baby in 4years.
With my first baby, I had the classic ob delivery. Induced 3 days before my due date because I was measuring big, and the dr. though he would be to big??? She was great and didn't do a pictocin induction because I was 3cent, and 80% effaced, she broke my water and 4 hrs later after having an epi, and forcept delivery I was holding my son, I hated the epi, and contribute it to having a forcept delievery and the horrible tearing, The dr stopped counting the stitches and went through 5 packs of thread, Thankfuly she doesn't belive in epesiotomys or it would have been worse.
With my second baby, at my 39 wk appointment It was 3cent, and 90% effaced, the day before my due date, my water broke, I called my mom to come and get our son. We had waited a half hour after my water broke because it was a small leak and I wasn't sure if it was my water or urine. Well when the first contraction hit it was so bad I couldn't breath through it, I knew it was time to go to the hospital, and we started gathering up the bags and getting last minute things ready. Needless to say, We got about 1/2 mile from our house and I knew we would never make it to the hospital. We called for an ambulance. They were 2 blocks from where we stopped, All this time I felt like I was holding her in and instead of pushing I was trying to suck her back in. As soon as they got me in the ambulance, and the paramedic got 1 glove on I delivered her. Total contration time was 1hr.
When I became pregnant with this one I was certin I wanted a home birth. I wanted to be home. Delivering my baby in the peace of my home, not with 10 emergency personel staring and watching me birth my baby. I contacted a midwife that had been recomended to me by a friend, but she wasn't accepting clients that were delivering around Christmas and New Years. The next closest midwife was an hour and a half away. Due to my last birth both midwives and my dh and I agreed that a home birth was not ideal for this birth.
So I went back to my ob. She was great, and understood my desire for a home birth and little medical care. Through the prenatal appointments she has given the choice of going every 5wks instead of 4, then I went 3 wks for a while instead of 2. Now I am going every week. But because of my fast delivery of my daughter, I had started hemmoraging, and stopped contracting before the placenta came out, my ob wants to make sure I am at a hospital when I deliver, and is talking about induction. I am considering this as possibly a good idea. She will do a non chemical induction again, and do what she can to keep iterventions out of the picture, including allowing me choice of laboring and delivering positions.
I know I can do this without pain meds. And I wan't to treat it as if I were home.
what I am aiming at is a gentle birth. I don't wan't to take it for granted that I will have another short labor and delivery, but I don't want to take chances of not having medical help if I need it.
Yikes. I just scrolled up and notice this is getting soooo long. If you have made it this far you deserve a medal.
Wow Thea, sounds like you are destined for a short labor! I totally understand the challenge of balancing your desire for a homebirth with having a medical safety net. While the medical model might be less than helpful with an all 'normal' L&D (whatever normal means..), they know their stuff when it comes to emergencies! So glad that you have a supportive OB...
KUP on how you're feeling! I'm due only a couple days after, but I'll put my money down that you'll deliver way before me just a hunch!
I have been crampy for the past few days. It kind of feels like AF should be here. And my hips hurt like crazy. At my dr appointment on monday I was 1 cent, and although the baby has majorly dropped, it is somehow not putting alot of pressure on my cervix. I think maby with all of the hip pain that the baby is now further down. I hope so.
I would love to go early, but unless I decide to be induce I don't see it happening.
I am trying to be patient.
Wow! I had never tried this before, but last night I tried some nipple stimulation (just to see if it worked) Talk about cramping. Almost immediately I started having painful contractions, but as soon as I stopped they fadded away. I was pretty surprised.
Does anyone know how long you are supposed to do this to start a productive pattern.
My dh started freeking out when I told him that it was working. He though it was a cucky idea and thought I was pulling his leg that nipple simulation would cause contrations. He has made me promise not to do it again until the dr starts threatening induction. That works for me.
Well my insomnia last night led to some productive thinking. One question kept comming up in my mind. Do I Trust My Body? for some reason that question scares me. I know I can have a intervention, medication free labor and delivery. I had it with my daughter. So why am I having such a hard time believing in myself this time??
It came down to the fact that my DR. scared me by telling me that I could bleed out if I delivered outside of the hospital. But you know what. I made out ok when my dd was born along side of the road. The paramedic team near my home knows what they are doing, and can get me to the hospital in 15 min.
Maby it is the convienience of induction around Christmas time. Why do I want to have a medical procedure for convienience. I am letting my hormones and emotions convince me of doing something that I orriginaly wasn't planning on.
I need to stand firm and not let my feelings and fears controll my decisions.
I need to stand firm and not let my feelings and fears controll my decisions.
Welcome to your lodge Thea! I am trying hard to have all the faith in my body and not let my brain get in the way. (in a negative way)
Wow, your second birth story sounds like it was wild! I hope you are able to have a little calmer experience this time around. It sounds like you have lots of things to think about as your almost to the end. I'm going to have a hospital birth this time around because of previous complications, but I feel like I will be able to have the birth I desire despite the fact that I'm not at home. I hope you can get what is best for you and your baby.
Wow, I loved reading through your story! Thank you for sharing it with us.
It sounds like your little one could make an arrival any day now ~ KUP!
It iis good you don't live far from the hospital. Trust in your body, fear will just make it worse. You have an amazing story from your last birth, at least this time you will be prepared to get to the hospital quickly.
I see you've been gone a while, just wanted to pop in and wish you well. Let us know how you are when you can!
Sorry it has been a while since posting. My sister and her family had to make an emergency trip here from Arizona because of a death on her dh side of the family. It was good to see her again. But her little one brought a virus with her and we have all had little bits of sickness. Thank God it wasn't a full blown stomach flu, but annoying just the same.
I had a dr appointment last Tuesday, it went well, I forgot to ask the results of the GBS but will need to ask next time I guess.
I have been having lots of contractions but nothing close enough to take the seriously. I just wish the were doing something. The dr said that the baby isn't putting enough pressure on my cervix to make the contrations do their thing. The baby is sunny side up, so I guess that is why.
For some reason, even though I was full term with both of my other babies, it seems like I have been pregnant forever, and that this one will never come out. I have never been a patient one.
Someone wrote on my birth board that the 2ww seemed so long to find out if we were pregnant, but it fades in comparison with the last 2ww. I totaly agree.
I really enjoyed reading about you. Best wishes and I hope everything goes the way that you would like. Have faith in your body!
Hi all. I did have my baby. Samuel David was born December 27th
He was 7lb 14oz. And 20 inches long.
I decide that it was best to be induced after having irregular contractions and intense crotch pain for over a week. I went into the hospital At 5:30 in the morning and at 6:30 the nurse started a pictocin drip. Immediately I started having contrations 3-6 min apart but wouldn't form a consistant patern. At 7:30 the dr. broke my water and turned off the pict. to see if my body would take over. It didn't. I only had consistant contractions if I were walking fast. And anytime I stoped walking the contrations slowed down and weakend. So at 10 the pict was started again. Immediately the contractions picked up in frequency and strength.
I was able to handel the contrations very well with breathig and relaxation until I hit transition at 7 cent. At that point my baby was stil high in the birth canal, and the dr said that if I felt like pushing to go ahead and push to get the baby to move down. Of course I started pushing. At the same time the dr manualy streatched my perenium to speed dialation and to minimize tearing. (I have a bad scar from when my son was born.) In about 45 min I was at a ten and finaly could feel my baby moving down. It took about 4 pushes to push him out. It was the most intense emotional, painful, and tiering thing I have ever done. And this was my third baby.
I think my motivation was when I heard the nurse wisper to the dr ( I don't think she can do it. Do you wan't me to get things ready?) And the dr looked at the nurse and said (look at her, what do you mean she can't do it. She is doing wonderful. She will tell us when she can't do it.) I am a very stubern and determined woman. Hearing those words but a fire in me and I knew that I would soon have my baby in my arms.
As I had suspected Samuel was face out, and I later learned that his head was cocked to the side a little. As he crowned I could feel his little body start wiggling around in the birth canal, and as the bridge of his nose was comming out he deciede to turn over to face the right way. That was the wierdest and most painful sensation. He came out pink and wailing his little head off.
All this done with a pict drop, I stuck it out and didn't have any pain relief. I think this was the most empowering thing for me.
As I stated in my other posts that one of the concerns with not getting to the hospital in time was that I hemmoraged with my daughter because I stopped contracting when she came out, and before the placenta came out. I did have major hemmoraging this time also. Even with the pict drip turned all the way up, my uterous stopped contracting. The nurse had to stand on a stool to get enough levorage with pushing on my tummy, the dr had to order an shot of something(I can't remember the name of it), and then the dr had to twice reach in and pull out large clots, then about an hour later I started bleeding again, the pict drip was increased and the nurse pushed out several large clots again. One was about the size of a salad plate. Quite grose.
Samuel is a very healthy little boy. As many of you know My dh and I are carriers of a metabolic genetic disorder and had to ff with soy until the pku test came back. Durring this time I pumped and stored the milk. After 2wks the test came back normal and I could start nursing. Samuel is doing great! He is one of those babies who don't care where his food is comming from as long as he is getting food!
Congrats on little Samuel and WTG on showing that nurse you could do it! Sorry to hear about the hemmoraging, but glad they were able to manage it and glad that Samuel's tests came back normal.
What a story! Sounds scary, but glad you were still able to have your natural delivery even with the pitocin. I'm glad your doctor "stood up for you" to that darn nurse!
Congratulions on your little babe. It sounds like you were a trooper throughout the whole birth.