Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to read your story!
Yay for August babies!
YAY for August!! Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!!!
I had a feeling you were gonna get your Lodge when I read you were experiencing engagement pain.
Getting closer every day.
How are you feeling?
Welcome to your lodge!
Hello ladies!!! Thank-you for starting my lodge, Beth!
I am feeling pretty good emotionally, not so much physically. I'm not too anxious, staying pretty "chill", and my mind is in a good place for labor and delivery. I am pretty uncomfortable with the head engagement (still not 100% on that but we'll find out Thursday at my next MW appointment if that is indeed what it is) but I had a visit with my doula today and she said it definately sounds like he's engaged but warned me that that doesn't mean labor is gonna happen tomorrow, or anytime soon. I told her that was actually what I wanted to hear, lol, b/c I really want my birthing center birth and I have to be atleast 37 weeks to deliver there so a baby in the next week will not do! I had a wonderful talk with her about all my lovely (yet common) aches and pains-- I just didn't have this many with my first two babies (and to think that I thought I had it bad with them). She said as far as him coming earlier than what my others did-- she's had 8 pregnancies resulting in 7 children and had given birth anywhere from 32 weeks to 42 weeks but that most of her children were born around 40 and a few days. I think it just depends on the baby from what I gather and talking to other moms... but once again, an EDD is just a guess, I plan on letting him come when he's ready (though I will be trying after this week to get him to come naturally with walking and DTD).
All that being said, my BH contractions went from zilch to being quite frequent and strong in the past week. My doula said it sounds like these contractions may be doing something to my cervix though b/c not only have I been losing pretty good-sized amounts of my plug, I'm feeling the contractions start in my lower pelvis (like period cramping) and moving up while radiating around to my back at the same time-- they just aren't even remotely regular, frequent but not regular. They are giving me lots of practice with breathing and I've also found that the more I can move during them, the less I tense up (or hold my breath), even if it's just leaning on my bed and swaying my hips.
Well, that's about it! Today was a better day b/c I wan't on my feet as much-- still had the contractions but being off my feet definately helps with the pressure. Oh! We decided to quit with the Tailor sitting b/c it's hurting me to sit that way and my doula thinks that if something is hurting you then it's your body's way of saying something isn't right. Baby was in ROT position last visit two weeks ago and I'm pretty sure he's OP now (based on where I'm feeling movement) (my last two were also OP) and the MW thinks I just don't have a wide enough pelvis to have them OA. We'll try to get him to move during labor and I'll continue with the pelvic rocking b/c it does help me get to sleep better getting him off my bladder some. His positioning is the only thing that makes me doubt engagement b/c with my others, I didn't engage until good labor and I had a looong labor with my son (but every baby is different). I was hoping to get some things going with this one, some good pressure on the cervix with a good position to hopefully speed things up during labor but at this point, I'm just taking it as it comes.
Can't wait to share my birth with you ladies and read about the upcoming births!!! I'm VERY excited!!!
I hope you get some relief from those annoying aches and pains!
Updating from my appointment.
Ok, so, it was rather eventful... my iron is going up! (YAY!) Up one point, need to get it up atleast one more point so they are also adding dessicated liver pills to my list and upping the chlorophyll to half a cup daily. I have a yeast infection (BOO!) which they think may be causing the contractions, I did have some contractions while the MW was feeling the baby. Now for the fun stuff! May have to go in for a non-stress test as they think my fluids are on the low side. MW said it doesn't feel like saran wrap low but things felt awfully tight (even when I wasn't contracting), the other MW agreed but she actually felt like the NST wasn't needed as much as MW#1 did but left it up to her ultimately... baby's heart rate was a tiny bit low (low for him) at 120 but it quickly spiked when they checked it a few minutes later to 160 (which is ultimately why they said the NST might not be needed) so the MW said that showed that he was being responsive and that was a good thing, meant he wasn't in trouble. They are having me do kick counts today and if I feel like he isn't moving as much or the kick counts show he isn't, they are going to send me for the NST. His head is actually not anywhere near my cervix (maybe one of his hands were) so where that pressure is coming from, I dunno unless he moved over night (which they said is possible, that he may move quite a bit more before delivery but the MW wants to avoid having him go breech) b/c he was transverse today. His head is on my right side and his feet are on my left. They all tried their hardest to tell exactly how he was lying but he is all jobbled up in there but the MW thinks he's laying on his side, transverse. She said to try and walk but to watch it with the contractions and to really push, push, push the water, infact, I prolly will be drinking anything but water. No glucose or protein in my urine and I think that was about it. I'll see how these kick counts go today, which so far, he's been moving non-stop since I ate and I don't think there's a problem, and I'll see them next Wed...
That's a lot to take in at one appt. I've known of quite a few babies who were transverse right up until the end. Hopefully he'll turn quickly for you! FWIW, my contractions never seem to get any worse with walking. In fact, sometimes they will go away completely with activity. I know every woman is different.
Glad your iron is coming back up and that the little guy is still baking away.
Maybe TMI... and I must brag at how non-invasive the MWs are at the birthing center-- not only did I get to do my own GBS test but I thought I may have a yeast infection or maybe just irritation so I wanted them to look for themselves and they did and swabbed me and instead of doing the swab like they do at the Ob's office, this was much simpler-- no stirrups, which put me in a more comfortable position, and no deep swabs, they just swabbed right inside and were able to tell very quickly in their lab that I had a yeast infection.
Welcome to your lodge! It's hard to believe that August mamas are getting lodges.
My little guy was transverse until last week. My midwife told me to go swimming and just kick on a kickboard for awhile...after 30 minutes, I felt him go head down. That doesn't mean he'll stay that way, but he has so far. Do you have anywhere you can swim without your older two for awhile?
Sounds like you're getting great prenatal care. I love the midwife model.
Welcome to your lodge! So excited to hear about your story.
I do hope your little man turns back head down. I can't imagine how it feels for him to be so big and sideways in there!
Welcome to your lodge! I love the care of my midwife compared to the ob last time too!
**Lurker** Thanks for the updates! I cannot wait to update your lodge for you while you are in labor!
I believe it is common to post your previous birth stories so I figured I'd take the kid-free time I have right now to do that.
June 20, 2006
7 lbs. 15 oz. 22.5"s
Our little co-sleeper:
On June 18, 2006, I started getting a bloody show. Contractions started picking up but were nothing regular. I had an appointment June 19th where I was 0 cm and my cervix had done NOTHING-- I came home and just cried and cried b/c I was so DONE and ready to meet my baby boy. I was still contracting a good bit but I had convinced myself they weren't doing anything so we decided to go for a walk after dinner at the park with my dad. The contractions continued picking up and I could tell they were trying to get regular-- by 7:30 p.m. they were every 8 minutes on the dot. I didn't want to get my hopes up so I went to bed in a bad mood figuring they'd quit-- I continued to have a bloody show during all of this. At about 3:15 a.m. a good contraction woke me up and I was pretty sure this was it. I hopped out of my bed super excited when 5 minutes later, another good contraction hit and I KNEW this was it. Looking back, if I knew then what I knew now, I would have stayed home and labored some on my own instead of heading to the hospital where they would want me in and outta that delivery room as soon as possible. I woke up DH and we got my dad and his grandmother and were heading to the hospital around 4 a.m. We got there and I was indeed in labor but my cervix was still closed up tight so they decided to start a pit. drip b/c I wasn't "progressing fast enough." I was at a 4 by midmorning and got an epidural. My labor slowed down so they broke my water. A few more hours in and I started running a fever and Zach's heart-rate dropped, so I was started on antibiotics. At 5:00 p.m. the nurse came in just to check on me and also check my cervix and I was at a ten and ready to push-- not sure how long I'd been that way b/c I could feel nothing! No pressure, no contractions, nothing! I started pushing and even though they said I was a really good pusher, Zach was born at 5:50 p.m. sunny-side up via vaccum delivery.
He was a wonderful nurser (though I gave up at six weeks when I went back to work ) and was just the love of my life! I knew fairly quickly that I was ready to do it again and soon-- I found out Zoey was on her way when Zach was ten months old.
(Stay tuned for her birth story, I ran outta kid-free time!)
Zoey Jane Elizabeth
February 6, 2008
8 lbs. 3 oz.20.5"s
No real news to report. I'm going for a massage tonight to hopefully help loosen these tight muscles and in return, help me relax my uterine ligaments enough to get this baby to turn and drop down-- wish me luck! Been on my feet and doing pelvic rocking and Tailor sitting A LOT the past week trying to get him to move-- I don't think I've had much luck but I'm not giving up hope!
Hope you enjoy the massage!
Are you planning on doing any chiro appts to get him to turn? Noel was sunny side up and going to the chiro 2-3 times turned her! But she was already head down. I think they can loosen up your joints to help turn the baby how he needs to go.
Enjoy the massage! I hope he turns soon for you!
Oh, a massage sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoy!
How are you feeling?
I am feeling pretty good, just the normal pregnancy aches and pains. I did notice that the past couple of days my face has just gotten totally oily and broke out like it does before my period starts... dunno if it means anything and I'm not counting on it meaning anything but it is interesting. Also retaining A LOT of fluid, which I normally do at the end. I feel like a swollen blimp. My feet and ankles are swollen, my hands, my face, my nose, my hips... and it's all fluid, nothing like pre-e.
My face broke out last week too, about the same time the morning sickness started back. I am assuming it must just be a change in hormones?
I'm sorry about the swelling It's just one more thing to add to the discomfort of the last few weeks. However, I've read that many MWs feel like it's the body's way of "saving up" for the loss of fluids during birth. I try to remember that every time I get frustrated because I can't wear normal shoes....
GREAT appointment today! Iron is steadily going up, at 10.7 now so .3 more and I'm in the safe to deliver at the birthing center. I'm 37 weeks, so I'm already far enough along to deliver there-- YAY! Baby has moved! He is head down and facing my back, she put it down as LOT but she pretty much said he is anterior and that his head is very low but still moveable-- so I'll be working on keeping him in this position. I am thrilled at this as I really paid attention to staying on my feet, not reclining, and doing lots of pelvic rocking this week to get him to move. She guessed that he weighed about 7 and half lbs. right now and thinks I'll go all the way to my due date, maybe a few days early but she doubts it since my others were a day and four days over. So that's that, just the waiting game now. (TMI) I've gotten my yeast infection taken care of and the contractions I was having have subsided. Still getting the BH and they are pretty strong and low but not nearly as frequent as they were before treating the YI.
Yay, that's so wonderful that he turned! Glad everything looks good!
Great update! I hope that iron keeps rising!
Glad to hear you had a good appointment! Yay for baby turning and iron improving!
Lurk. Great update! Thanks!
Stay down baby! So glad he turned for you and that your iron is going back up!
I did my first set of kick counts today as baby hasn't been moving much. His movement actually started slowing about two weeks ago and as I got re-adjusted to his new "routine", today, he throws me off again. I did, however, cut a TON of sugar out my diet starting this morning b/c I was spilling a bit of glucose at my appointment yesterday and I'm terrified that insurance will cut us off from the birthing center if any sort of abnormality comes up-- they are sooo darn picky! Anywho, I got 8 movements in a hour, which isn't the ten they like to see but it wasn't worrisome if you add my instincts that everything is ok and the fact that I had changed my diet drastically in a matter of hours. The MW told me to slowly cut back on the sugar intake so I'll do that this week-- that is so me though, if I'm going to do something like that, I do it all the way and all at once and sometimes, it just can't be that way. Other than that, I'm off to clean up a bit. Been doing good at staying on top of my housework and I don't want to get behind as I need it caught up when he comes so I can lounge around for a couple of weeks after he is born without worry of anybody running outta clothes, etc.
So today, I've had lots and lots of period-like crampiness down there. Definately not contractions (no tightening) just that achey, "AF is about to come on or just started" feeling. Still don't feel like labor is anywhere near but thought it was interesting-- perhaps things are gearing up. I still would like for my water to break, just this once, at home, lol. I just want to be able to say something witty like Juno, "Thundercats are go!!!"
You are so funny. I would never wish fo my water to break at home but it does make for a better story later.
Started contracting really good every 8-10 mins. during Harry Potter. I have this thing with public restrooms and I needed to empty my bladder, figured that was triggering the contractions, but I waited until we got home. Bladder is empty now and I've drank some water (so maybe not so empty) and contractions have eased off. Full moon is tomorrow.....
Full moon was actually last night but it didn't bring me a baby.
Hopefully those contractions are gearing you up to go.
Although it seems a bit far away now, maybe a New Moon baby on the 30th? That's what I'm hoping for!
Been contracting every five minutes! Need to go to sleep but I'm too excited-- could this be it? Might I have an early bird this time???
Hope those contractions are the real thing!
Went to bed, got woke up by a handful of them, but they seem to have tappered off during the night. How crazy is that?! Those were good contractions AND at every FIVE minutes!
And this is what I had typed up for my BB, figured I'd copy and paste it here:
... that along with some of you other ladies, I had an eventful night last night, too. Contractions started sparadically around 6 p.m. We ate dinner, I bathed the kids, got them all ready for bed, played drill sergent mommy while they picked their toys up, etc. Went over to my dad's to watch "True Blood" (we don't have HBO)-- knew I was contracting during all of this and like I had mentioned to Veronica, I had that crampy feeling like AF needed to come or had just started, but I hadn't started thinking I needed to time contractions. Got home and decided that perhaps I needed to start timing the contractions b/c they were becoming pretty uncomfortable, getting to the point where I couldn't ignore them and found out that they were every FIVE minutes! I timed them for a hour (hubby knew what was going on), called my dad to have him on stand-by, texted my doula to have her on stand-by but let her know I wasn't sure if this was IT b/c I had had a long labor with my son (un-induced, 23.5 hour labor, even with contractions this close) and I wanted to go to sleep b/c I was exhausted. My stomach got very upset and I took a bath to make sure I was cleaned up and went to bed. I fell asleep fairly easily after the bath and got woke up a few times by contractions but for the most part, this morning, I haven't contracted by maybe twice in 30 mins. but I still have that awful, annoying AF needs to start feeling! I hope I'm not gearing up to have prodromal labor like I did with DD. (As I type, I'm having the third contraction of the morning and it's a pretty good one!) This is how things played out before I was induced with DD, LOTS of contracting (even though I'm well-hydrated and haven't over-done it) that do nothing and tapper off after a few hours and by the time I went to have her, I was exhausted. I'm calling the midwives today to let them know my concern and what they think I should do but I'm trying to be optimistic that this won't be another two weeks of prodromal labor spells... ugh.
Ughh. That sucks. I have prodromal labor for around 4 weeks before I finally have my babies. It is the worst. But I look at it this way, it's less dilating that I have to do once I do go into labor. I usually take sleeping pills at night so I can get the sleep I need so I'm not worn out by the time I do go into labor. I hope you can get some sleep and rest. I found the birthing ball was nice to help me ignore the contractions during the day.
I wish I hadn't taken that bath last night, I didn't know it would stall or stop early labor to take a hot bath. My contractions are trying oh-so-hard to pick back up today, they are good contractions, down low in my pelvis and spreading up, lasting about 45 secs. but I can't get them regular like they were last night. Been doing some NS and drinking lots of water as I don't want it to just be irritated uterus.
I also suffer from prodomial labor. Although after 2 weeks of this, I must admit I caved and took the pit. Last time I only lasted 1.5 weeks before accepting the cervadil. My contrax WERE causing dilation and effacement, just not much. Although last time, my doc said when you get to 4cm (I think that's the number she said) then it shouldn't stop... and they could stretch me to whatever it was when I was there for the cervadil. So, this time I'm hoping to avoid the induction drugs.
Hopefully you can get the contrax to start coming more frequent and regular!! :goodluck:
I did that for about 2-3 weeks with DD... But when she came, it was an easy 1h 45min labour! I swear the midwife was on call for about 2 weeks straight...
I hope for a short labor for you!
Ugg Becca I'm so sorry. If I had gotten sick I would have been almost positive that was it. I hope hope hope you can get them to pick up and make a difference!
I am sorry that everything stalled. boo! How are you feeling now?
Oh, I'm so sorry. Don't be mad at yourself for the bath though, I tried to fight through with my labor and just wore myself out and stalled out completely for a short while. Hopefully it was a good sign though and you won't have anymore stall outs.
Thanks ladies! I've had some good, sparadic contractions today but nothing even remotely regular. I really hope that when I settle back in for bed tonight and relax that they'll pick back up and will get going through the night (went into active labor with DS at 3 a.m.). Y'all are all too sweet and supportive! I truely appreciate it! It is so discouraging to think this is how my first labor ended up being altered with pit. (failure to progress-- they should call it failure to progress fast enough for them) and why I "had" to be induced with DD. So glad I have educated myself on it and if it is prodromal labor again, I can deal with it with the right mind-set and so glad that since I'm at the birthing center, I have supportive women constantly reminding me that it will end and most-likely, like many of you said, will end with a faster active labor (I did go from 6-10 with DD in 30 minutes!).
I did try a good bit of NS today and have been drinking tons of water and keeping my bladder empty b/c like I said, I don't want any sort of irritated contractions-- only the real deal. Hopefully I'll be on here sometime tonight with good news, that's my outlook. And if not, that's ok. I was honestly expecting to go all the way to my due date and last night caught me off gaurd a bit.
I hope this is it for you and not prodromal labor! Keeping my fingers crossed you have good news for us later today!