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    I know what you mean about the massage wearing you out!! I had them like once a month while preggo with DD but this time I just haven't been able to find the time... or money lol. So when I finally got one about 2 weeks ago, it felt awesome during the actual massage, but about an hour later I felt like I had been hit by a truck!! My body was achy and sore... luckily I was much better by the next day.

    Free is always a good thing though!!
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    What a great intro! I really appreciated your honesty. Massages are so wonderful, keep enjoying them.

    I do find EPO vaginally rather annoying because it makes me feel wet all the time.
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    Ok, so I'm 37 weeks. Full term now! But, no signs of this LO wanting to get out any time soon. I'm betting I go past my EDD (9/9) by at least a week. My mom's estimate is 9/17. We'll see. Just feeling nice and preggo these days. A little swelling in my feet and hideous heartburn.

    I had about 4 prenatal massages in the past 3 days. I agreed to be the demo mom at our local massage school for 3 days. They're learning prenatal massage. The first massage was short, so I didn't know what to expect the 2nd day (Wed). So, she demo'd a complete massage (about 45 min) that morning and when I was done, the moms who were there for the student massages were in the lobby. I was about to leave, but they told me to wait because one of the moms had her baby the night before and wasn't going to make her appointment. That meant that one of the students wouldn't have a mom to practice on, so they asked if I wanted another massage. I said yes, of course! So, I had another full body massage 1/2 hour after the first one. It was nice, but I was soo hungry aftewards. I went to the grocery store and grabbed a snack and totally ate it while I shopped (so not my style). And, I had some hot flashes. It was weird. So, yesterday was my last day doing the demo and it was really short, so I was kind of disappointed, but as I was leaving, they told me to wait, again. I guess there was another no-show, so I ended up getting another full hour! It was with a different student and I think she was a little better than the first girl. It was really relaxing and nice. I got the instructor's card. She's also a doula and specializes in pre-natal massage. I think I'll schedule a real one with her as it's closer to my due date and I'll have her do some induction techniques.

    So, that's about it. Oh, I'm GBS neg, thankfully. So, it looks like it's smooth sailing as far as the homebirth. Now I just wait and read other people's lodges and birth stories!
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    Default Why I chose a homebirth

    I realized that I wrote up my history and all that, but never talked about why I have chosen to birth at home. So, I'll leave you in suspense no longer...

    It likely all started when I saw my mom give birth to my sister at home in 1976. I was 3 1/2, so I don't remember every detail, but I certainly remember a lot about that day. I remember that I had a cold and my Aunt Allison kept making me blow my nose in a funny way every 5 minutes (it seemed). I remember going to the neighbor's house for a few hours, probably 'cause I was bugging my mom or things were boring or something. I remember when my mom was pushing, I held a cold compress on her forehead. I remember seeing some bloody water come out, but not being scared. I remember that I got to lay down on the bed and hold my baby sister very shortly after she came out. It was really awesome. I also remember that my dad cooked up the placenta with some spices and we all tried some. (It tasted and looked like liver).

    So, I guess I have always seen childbirth as normal and not scary. My mom BF'd exclusively and I even remember her letting me try some breastmilk. She squirted some into a little cup for me. I remember not liking it at all. But, I was never into having kids. My girlfriends always said they couldn't wait to have kids and I was like, "eh, not for me, thanks." But I also knew that if I ever DID end up having kids that I would definitely go the natural route. I think at first it was a sort of competitive thing. If my mom could do it, so could I. Then, when my friends started having children and I'd go visit them in the hospital while they were in labor and I'd see all the machines and the IV's and learned about epidurals, I knew I could never handle a hospital birth. I hate, hate, hate needles and IV's. The thought of being hooked to monitors and having a needle in me and being tethered to some damn bag hanging on a pole really freaks me out. Then, the thought of a million different people coming in and out of my room and some random doctor coming in and sticking his hand up in me also really turns me off. I just knew that I'd never be able to give birth that way. No matter how much they make those L&D rooms look like home, it wasn't fooling me. Then, as I learned more about how harmful most interventions can be (especially the epidural) I was even more resigned to avoid that situation. I know it seems weird that I was so against having babies, yet so passionate about natural childbirth. I also think it has a lot to do with my private nature. I don't think I could ever be that raw and exposed in front of strangers and I really have a problem with men having anything to do with female issues. I don't see male OBs. I've only ever had one pelvic by a man and I was so uncomfortable that I swore I'd never do it again. It just seems so wrong to me. It goes against my nature. I know there are plenty of wonderful male doctors and OBs out there and other women don't have the hangups that I do, but that's just me.

    So, of course when Erik and I started talking seriously about having a baby, I was happy to learn that he was totally supportive of a natural homebirth and he was relieved that I felt that way, too. His daughter was born in our local hospital and, while it wasn't a horrible experience, there were things that he would have liked to have been different. The hospital in our town is actually quite supportive of natural childbirth and different birthing positions and they even have tubs for laboring. He said that he and his wife had to fight off the nurses because they kept wanting to put her on the monitors and all that. I just don’t want to have to deal with that. I don’t want strangers around me while I’m trying to have a baby. Also, I’d have to accept whoever was on call, which just sounds horrible to me. Especially because two of the doctors that do deliveries are men and well, you know. It just makes sense to me to be where I’m comfortable and attended by women that I’m comfortable with and who I’ve had a chance to get to know. To me, childbirth is such an intimate, private experience. Given all of this, I do realize that there is the possibility of having to transfer to the hospital and I am willing to accept that if it should be necessary. I am being seen at the clinic and have the hospital as backup and I’ve met all of the practitioners that do the deliveries. Luckily, the hospital is less than 10 minutes from my house and my midwives are pretty conservative in that they would want me to go to the hospital sooner rather than later and having it become an emergency transfer. There is a second hospital that’s only about 20 minutes away that I’d go to if there was something wrong with the baby. I guess they have a better facility for newborn issues.

    So, homebirth here I come! Plus, if all goes well, I can sport one of those bumper stickers that says, “My baby was born at home.” JK. I’m not big on bumperstickers.
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    Now the only suspense left is WHEN? (As in WHEN can you eat ice cream again? )
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    Yay for GBS negative and and all those free massages!
    LOL to the bumpersticker!
    That totally makes sense about the man thing. How cool that your remember your mom giving birth to your sister. Its so nice to hear your perspective on it, as a child being there, because I totally wonder how it will shape my 5 yr. old DS's view on childbirth when he is older. I'm glad that Erik is totally on board with it too! Are you going to have your Mom or Erik's daughter attend your birth?
    ~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)


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    That's great that you and Erik are so well-aligned with what you're looking for in the birth. I agree that it's really cool that you remember your sister's homebirth.

    Woo hoo for all the massages!

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    You have a lot of great reasons!! I totally agree with everything you said, and I am very glad that Erik is so on-board!!

    I dream of my daughter being able to remember things like that. I wrote a journal entry just the other day that I want to start the childbirth traditions for our family. My mom had 3 c/s with us, and I'm not sure about DH's mom... it's not something that is really talked about in either of our families and I just don't know WHY!! It is such an exciting, special time and truly a family event. That is SO COOL that you remember all that you do since you were so young.
    Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006

    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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    Well, not too much going on lately. I think I lost part of my plug yesterday. After a bm, there was tons of what looked like jelly on the tp. There was quite a lot of it, too - 3-4 wipes worth! No blood, though. Just gelatinous goop. I'd say sorry about the TMI, but is it really necessary at this point? Anyway, not any more noticeable BH contrax. A few felt a bit stronger last night, but nothing really significant. And the baby's still up high. Tuesday is the full moon. People say that that might influence things, but I have my doubts. I have a clinic appointment today at 10:30, but I expect it to be very uneventful. They'll take my BP, measure my fundus and that's about it. I don't even leave urine samples any more because they changed their procedure and it really irks me how they do it now and so I'm rebelling by not doing it. I have an appointment with the HBMWs Thursday morning. Those are always awesome. They're a whole hour long and Erik goes with me and we just talk and plan and they take my vitals and stuff. Oh, and they check my urine, so I don't feel bad about not having it checked at the clinic. I'm only going to the clinic so that in case I have to transfer to the hospital, they'll know who I am and have my records and all that.

    Oh, last night, the weirdest thing happened to me. I ate a big dinner (but not an unusually large dinner) around 6 and went to bed around 9:30, but was still really full from dinner. I knew that I'd probably wake up with reflux at some point and I did, but I actually think I was choking on bile. It was really awful! My throat was burning and I couldn't breathe and I woke up coughing and choking at 12:30. I think I may have even aspirated some bile. I drank some water and ate some tums, but it was really disturbing. This baby has got to move down soon. The reflux is killing me. I want my stomach back!
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    Oh, last night, the weirdest thing happened to me. I ate a big dinner (but not an unusually large dinner) around 6 and went to bed around 9:30, but was still really full from dinner. I knew that I'd probably wake up with reflux at some point and I did, but I actually think I was choking on bile. It was really awful! My throat was burning and I couldn't breathe and I woke up coughing and choking at 12:30. I think I may have even aspirated some bile. I drank some water and ate some tums, but it was really disturbing. This baby has got to move down soon. The reflux is killing me. I want my stomach back!
    That is SO CRAZY you mention that!! I had the SAME thing happen last night except I didn't choke... but it was like I totally threw up a little in my sleep. I know that's gross... nothing came out of my mouth but it was disgusting. I've never done anything like that in my sleep before so it kinda freaked me out.

    My MW doesn't even do urine samples unless you have some other sign of something going on. I've heard that is becoming more common these days. I'm glad you enjoy your HBMWs though. I look forward to hearing about your appointment!
    Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006

    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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