wow, that SUCKS about your replacement. good luck with the binder, I'm sure you'll do a great job on it (since you don't even want a single phone call when you're home with a newborn.)
I'm here. Just checking in. Things are pretty quiet, still. A few contractions, but the cranky toddler seems to be the biggest distraction today.
I'm still here. I'm feeling not too bad. I think I can endure until my due date now (chart says 27th of May). I'm thinking this little girl wants to be a gemini instead of a taurus.
I've had a few contractions but nothing that went regular. I'm still wearing my rings and I managed to get a lot done this weekend (gardening, laundry, prepping postpartum pads, sewing, and even a little knitting last night).
If anyone's interested here's the postpartum recipe I'm using. I'm putting them on mama pads, but the rest of the directions are similar. This is from another forum I frequent (for knitters and crocheters).
It seems like we have several ladies expecting on this board. I want to share a recipe for post-partum pads. It's not my recipe, but I couldn't find it when I looked for it again on the internet and it is wonderful. I made some for myself, and then later for a friend. (She was very happy with them).
They're great for two reasons - they're very very soothing, and they make you smell like you're wearing lavender perfume. On my 2-day visit, the nurse was surprised that I didn't smell all funky, and she took a copy of the recipe to share with her other patients. (Woo, I'm your least-stinky patient! Hahaha).
So, here it is. None of the following info is mine, but for the most part I agree (although I didn't find them to be excessively tightening). I've found that one package of pads fits neatly in an old oatmeal box. Also, this recipe works just as well with cloth pads!
"Magical Post-partum Pads" My doula suggested these special pads for after delivery.
Here's what you'll need:
-16 - 24 overnight maxi pads
-aloe vera gel (this is an edible liquid, not a topical ointment. Lily of the Desert is the most popular brand. You can find it in any health food store - Whole Foods has all three of these medicinal ingredients)
Unwrap each pad, and pour a little witch hazel, a little aloe vera gel and 3-4 drops of lavender on each pad. She didn't give specific instructions on how much of each to use, so I winged it. You want the pad damp, but not soaked. Wrap each pad in tin foil and stick them in the freezer. Witch hazel and lavender are natural astringents, so they'll help reduce swelling, and the aloe and the cold are very soothing. Not to mention the improvement in odor, because if you thought you had an odor problem during AF, just wait til you give birth.
I was so glad that I had these when I got home from the hospital. Actually, I found that they tightened things up a bit too much, so I was alternating these with a regular pad and the anesthetic ointment the hospital had given me. Hopefully you'll be more intact than I was (I had a 3rd degree tear), but no matter what, you'll be glad to have these."
(Edited to improve formatting and readability).
First of it's good that this baby isn't coming at the same gestational age as her brother, because she's breech. She was head-down but decided to turn sometime in the last couple days. Ironically, I've felt less sciatic pain in the last few days, too. I found this out this morning at my regular appt. I will be 39 weeks along tomorrow and that is when my version is scheduled (9:30AM CDT).
I'm leaving work early so I can go home and lay back and try to get this baby to turn back around. And, since work is where I experience most of my practice contractions - I need to get away from here. A guy DH works with had this happen with a few of his kids and they always turned - however I'm still nervous at the real aspect of having to have a c-section. Anyone with a similar experience, let me know. I'm super nervous at this point. No pineapple or sex or excessive stress for me between now and 9:30 tomorrow!!! I don't want to go into labor until she's back to head down.
Please send me baby turning vibes!
Good news is that baby is still doing well (even though she's upright). I got to see her again on the ultrasound and she's grasping her cord (which is nice and thick and healthy, btw). Her heartbeat was clear and good. Now, she just needs to turn and start making her way out (in that order).
I did a google search to find out the risks. According to one site, http://familydoctor.org/online/famdo...labor/310.html, they are:
External cephalic version has some risks, including the following:
Premature rupture of the membranes
A small blood loss for either the baby or the mother
Fetal distress leading to an emergency cesarean delivery
The baby might turn back to the breech position after the external cephalic version is done
Although the risk of having these complications is small, some doctors prefer not to try an external cephalic version.
okay, now I'm clear .. your email and other thread don't say the version is scheduled for tomorrow. I'm sure everything will be fine. The version probably will trigger labor, at least that's what I've read in the past. But you're close enough to your due date that it's fine. Perhaps she'll turn on her own. You can do I what I did the other week, spend some time upside down on your sofa. (that must have been a sight here!)
Thinking about you and praying she just does it on her own!
Oh my goodness! Best of luck at your version. I will be thinking of you.
Also, thanks for the recipe. I'm going to look around to see if I can find anywhere to buy those ingredients here. (Sadly, no Whole Foods.) I'm pretty sure I can find at least the aloe and witch hazel...
Turn baby turn! You can do it little one!
I'm back! They kept putting off my version because they kept having women come into L&D in labor. So, though my appt was at 9:30am, it didn't get done until 2 pm (and I had an empty stomach since 9 pm the night before). It was a success, though. The baby is head down again and they said that she turned so easily (partly because I'm a second-time mom) that if she flips again, they'll do another version and then induce me. It's not great, but it's better than hearing "flip again, baby, and we're going in for a c-section."
That's WONDERFUL! I'm so happy to hear that she flipped so easily!