I hope you enjoy your chance to relax and pamper your self! Labor won't be that far off, try not to stress about it yet
Congrats on your lodge Mandy. I love the pics from your ceremony - looks like you're on vacation. Great intro by the way.
Dede & A.very 10/22/05
My Birth Lodge
Still feeling much the same as yesterday...except with pretty toes! Pedi was awesome !
I didn't sleep at all last night. Ugh. I was up, down, up, down. I had a lot of cramping and babe must be in a growth spurt because I had to get up twice to eat a snack! I haven't had to do that for a while. So I'm pretty tired today, but I guess I'd better get used to that right?
I have my weekly checkup in 2 hours, so I'm off to shower and get ready to go to the doc. I'll update later! Ciao!
Have a great appt!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
My appointment went well, I had to get the GBS swab (fun!), my bp was down just a touch, and I've actually lost 2.5lbs which I thought was kinda wierd. Baby is sooo active, I get confused if I'm feeling BH or just movement because it's quite violent in there!
I'm getting anxious. Not scared, just impatient, and it seems silly but I'm kinda worried that I won't know when my contrax start. Is that silly? I don't know if I've had many practice contrax thusfar, so I'm not sure what to expect.
I just realized that I didn't cover why I want ncb in my intro. I'm a fairly "crunchy" person, I don't like taking any kind of drugs, even Tylenol. I don't eat any processed food, and in general try to live a very holistic type of life. I am not afraid of needles normally, but I honestly don't know who wouldn't be freaked out by the thought of a huge needle in their spine! So I want to avoid the epidural at all costs, and I also do not want to go through major abdominal surgery to do something that should come naturally. I figure my mother did it twice, my grandmother did it 5 times, why can't I? All the reading I've done on ncb also convinced me further, that there were fewer complications to the baby, and that labour should progress better without interventions. Of course, if it becomes necessary in the moment to have some kind of intervention I won't say no, but I think my first go-to method should be to do it on my own, then turn to intervention if necessary, not the other way around, you know?
I'm also starting to worry just a bit that I won't be strong enough to take it without the drugs. I'm trying really hard to stay positive, but I can't help but have those moments of doubt.
Sounds like your in the right mindset! I hope you get some rest soon what a drag. Looseing weight can be a sign of impending labor I think you'll know when labor starts for most people it's a very intense experience!
I'm late with this, but welcome to your lodge! Your wedding pics were beautiful! I got a lot of comments about looking small when I was pg and I found them annoying. You are probably more likely to think you're in labor when you're not than think you're not in labor when you are.
Is your doctor and hospital supportive of NCB?
So here I am, up at 4:30am I actually slept pretty well for most of the night, but after my last pee break baby just wouldn't settle down and it hurts to lay horizontal. So I'm sitting on the couch, with nothing to do.
I don't know if I'm jinxing myself here or not, but I kinda feel like something might be happening. I have noticably (to myself anyway) dropped more in the last 48-72 hours, the pressure on my bladder and sometimes my cervix is quite powerful. I'm also feeling some rectal pressure, like I have to go to the bathroom a lot. I haven't gotten any of the pre-labour diarrhea or bloody show yet though.
On one hand, I'd be ecstatic to go into labour now, and on the other hand, I wish it would wait until at least next Saturday (my birthday) because the movie Twilight is opening on Friday and I really want to go!! Silly I know.
Originally I wanted to have a hospital birth with a midwife, but in the province I live, midwifery is just getting introduced into the healthcare system, and there are no practicing midwives yet available. I was chatting with one lady throughout my pregnancy because she thought she might be available by October or so, but as it turns out they won't be ready for me in time. For the next baby I'll have a midwife. So for this time around, I have to have a hospital birth with my OB. (There aren't even enough doulas to go around here, so I don't have one of those either) I discussed ncb with my OB though, and she is on board, and said that the hospital here is quite ncb friendly - they allow me to move around freely, will discuss any interventions they feel are necessary with me first, and the baby rooms in with me as a rule unless there are complications. So I'm not that worried. I'll have my DH and sister with me and they both know my wishes, so I'm hoping at least one of them with be able to be an advocate on my behalf if I need it. I'm not expecting a lot of birth support from either of them though, DH is very squeamish about blood and my sister is quite squeamish about the pregnancy/birth process. So I'm expecting this to be quite a head game for myself. I'm hoping that my confidence doesn't wane too much in the moment.
At this point, I'm just trying to rack my brain and think if there's anything else I need to do to be ready....
Do you have a friend or family member that has experienced and enjoyed natural childbirth themselves? Someone like that has the potential to make a great doula, and they'd likely do it for free too. Sorry if I missed this, but have you made a birth plan yet? I felt like my plan was so important last time, and it was nice that my support people were familar with it. You'll have to do less advocating for yourself if everyone is directed toward your birth plan.
And it's common in first pregnancies for the baby to drop weeks before they actually arrive. With my DD, she dropped around 36 weeks with a lot of the symptoms you described and she didn't arrive until 41 weeks 3 days. Obviously I don't know if this will be the case with your little one, but it's possible!
Unfortunately I don't know anyone who would make a good doula. I just moved to this city a few months ago, and so literally don't know anyone except my immediate family. None of them would make a good doula, we're just not that kind of family. I also haven't gotten that much ncb support from them either, they're kind of in the "we'll see what happens" camp - they accept that I want ncb, but don't really believe I'll be able to. I've gotten a lot of flack for my plans to exclusively breastfeed and cloth diaper too. They seem to imply that they think it's a good idea, but are all "you know you're putting all your hopes on doing such and such, but chances are you won't be able to." I hate the negativity, and I don't particularly want that in the birthing room.
I haven't done up a birth plan yet, but I think I'll work on that this week.