I'm back to update. I've been so busy lately! So, I was able to select the second pediatrician a little earlier then anticipated which is awesome because now I can officially birth in the birth center when the time comes. DH and I took some maternity photos. DH has an interest in photography, so we decided to do them ourselves instead of hiring someone. I'll include some G rated ones below. Taking the pictures was fun. We looked up professional photos online and tried to recreate poses that we saw. The only drawback was that from doing the "outside" shots I found within minutes 6 tiny ticks on me and 4 on DH. I had to get right in the shower. I should have expected it. We live in the woods!
I also had my 37 week midwife appointment today. I got to see my favorite midwife which was a treat. I'm really hoping she will be on call when I go into labor. She is going on vacation around the 2nd and will be back around my due date so we'll see. Anyway, the baby's heartrate sounds good and I'm measuring 39 cm. She gave me some info on tinctures we can use to ripen/tone the cervix. Is anyone doing any of these?
I also got to pick the birthing room I prefer. She mentioned that they are getting another big tub (similar to the ones used in HB) for the room I like that I could possibly use if I like, since it is deeper than the jacuzzi tub in the bathroom attached to the birthing room. I'm excited about birthing in the water.
I LOVED your pictures. They turned out so good. Who did the ones of you and dh? Were they on a timer or something?
That's cool that you have an option of where to birth. Were the rooms very different from eachother? Regardless, having access to the water like that will definately come in handy.
Replied on the BB, but you look great and I love that you did the pictures yourselves. Whoo hoo on picking a great ped. What a relief, right? I'm jealous that you can birth in the water, can't do it at my center. You'll have to share all about it!
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Your pictures are wonderful. You guys did a great job.
So I have awful heartburn!!! Last night and today I'm getting heartburn just from drinking water it is really stinky! My aunt is here visiting from out of state an she dropped by yesterday to visit. She got to see our little boy's nursery and of course my big belly! It was nice. I'll probably visit more with her as she is here all week and staying with my mom.
Also, I'm pretty sure my MW on Monday said baby is posterior. I read about some techniques to get baby repositioned in my Hypnobabies manual, so I am going to try those. I'm going to try to sit on my birth ball a lot instead of the couch. Anyone else have any suggestions?
This is what my doula sent me when I was having really bad back pains...
- Walking along the curb outside w/ one foot on the street, one on the curb... make sure you do both sides.
- If you have stairs you can do a variation of the above by walking up the stairs "side stepping" instead of the usual stepping in front of you...again.. what you do to one side make sure you do to the other.
- Side lunge - place a kitchen chair or something sturdy against a wall and make sure you have something sturdy to hang onto yourself (another chair in front of you or something)... stand next to the chair and place your foot up on the chair and lean (lunge) into it.... turn and do the other side. If you are doing this during contractions and one side feels MUCH better than the other then continue doing the side that feels best.. this is probably the side that you need to open up to allow the baby to turn just right.
- sit on the birth ball/excersize/core ball (whatever you want to call it..hehe.. it is called so many things) as much as you can. It helps to relax the perinium and the ligaments attached to it. Do the "elvis" or "hoolahoop" by doing circles with your hips on the ball.. do clock wise and then counter clock wise. Again.. helps to open up that pelvis so baby can get into a good position and sometimes once that happens the "annoying" contractions will ease up a bit.
- you could try a quick inversion. I have heard of women using their ironing boards proped on their sofas so they are not high or anything and then saying on those upside down.. or you can prop the cushions from your couch on the floor up to the couch so that you can lay kind of diagnal/upside down for about a minute then go back up right... doing that stretches the ligaments that attach the pelvic floor to the uterus which when those are tight sometimes it's harder for the baby to get in a good position.
- any type of body work that would help relax the soft tissues (ligaments/muscles) around the uterus and back. .when those are tight they make it harder for baby to move around to get in a good position. Soak in the tub for a bit and then have hubby massage your back to help loosen the muscles (the warm bath will help loosen and soften the tissues so they are easier to work with!)... get a prenatal massage (even if it's JUST a half hour and working on your back), chiropractic adjustments.. any of thost types of things can certainly help.
For pain try warm compresses (heating pad, rice "sock"...) or a warm soak in the tub (you could add some epsom salts).. this will help relax the muscles and help relieve some muscles spasms/tension. For the actual pain ICE is good or a cold compress applied to the area it is hurting. Your husband could give you an "ice" massage. If you have any dixie cups or paper cups freeze some water in those then you just peel away the paper from the ice... he can use a rag to hold the ice and then just "massage" it onto where it hurts. It will be cold first, then have a burning sensation, then go numb... just don't hold it on ONE spot and make sure you move it around a lot.
Water, water and more water! If your muscles are dehydrated they WILL contract and spasm. So that is why when you go in for ptl they want to give you fluids first b/c water is so essential for normal tissue function. Keeping your bladder empty is also important (make sure you empty your bladder at least 1-2 hours.. when in labor about every 1 hour.. it will help labor progress.. a full bladder interferes with uterine function).
Just getting a chance to read up on your lodge now. Oh, you have a beautiful name, BTW
I hear you on the heartburn! Zantac has been helping me. Re: the posterior baby - some chiropractors can do spinal/pelvis adjustments to help your baby get into a better position.
I've heard of lots of moms using Depends for postpartum bleeding - actually, DH's grandma offered some to me for my upcoming birth! LOL
I have the same issue with trying to get DH to read/prepare for his role in the birth. He's just not as into it as I am, kwim? Plus, he's super busy. He works all day, then works on our house in the evenings & on weekends.
Anyway, looking forward to following your birth journey! Oh, and your wedding bouquet was just beautiful.
I love the pics! Beautiful.
On your hands & knees is helpful with posterior baby. I did a lot of that & sitting on the birthing ball with dd.
How's the heart burn today? I hope the email from my doula helped you out some!!!