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~*~ Elizabeth's (eliann) Lodge ~*~

Welcome to my lodge. LOL. Can I start my own lodge?

Well I'm just too excited to document these last weeks of my first pregnancy. I hope to have a natural, unmedicated birth with a midwife in a hospital. We initially looked into a birth center, but the birth center closest to us has been getting bad reviews because they are under staffed and I actually called them 3x to setup an appointment and they never even called me back. I think DH is happier that we are doing a hospital birth, he was always nervous about the birth center for some reason. Our hospital is the best hospital in the state for having a natural birth. They are very supportive of NCB and breastfeeding.

I have a doula too and I've been taking natural childbirth classes that are based on the bradley method, they are called birth boot camp. Sounds awful, but they are pretty decent. I'm also really into yoga and meditation and have been before pregnancy, so I'm hoping to use those relaxation methods as well.

Two of my friends have had unmedicated births and they have been super supportive. I do still have fear of labor and birth but I think those fears get less and less each day. It's more that this is my first baby and its hard to know what to expect.

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Yay, Elizabeth, welcome to your lodge! Sorry you had to start your own lodge. I was actually thinking about you and was planning to check this evening when I got home from work if anyone had started one for you, so don't feel you were totally forgotten, cause you weren't. So exciting that we are all getting so close to the end here. I think all your preparation will be really helpful. I can totally relate to having some fear of labor and birth with it being your first and not knowing what to expect. When I was pregnant with DD1, I had tons of confidence in my body and that things would go fine, but I would still wake up in the middle of the night and think "will I REALLY be able to push a whole big baby out of my body, is that actually going to work? I've never done this before so how do I know?"

I think attitude is key and the fact that you have been mentally preparing for an unmedicated birth and know intellectually what to expect in the birthing process will be a huge help in not being scared while you are in labor, so you can stay relaxed and calm, which will in turn help you to deal with the contractions without meds. And your hospital sounds great. I was like your DH and would have been kind of nervous to have my first birth outside of a hospital until I had had one delivery to see how my body did. And in my case it turned out to be good that I was in the hospital between developing the pre-e and having a tear that I ended up having to get an epidural to repair properly. Being in a hospital supportive of NCB can be the best of both worlds.

So excited to follow the rest of your journey! I know you are going to have a great labor and delivery-you can do this!

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Yay - Elizabeth's Lodge!!!!!!

I can't believe you are here on this journey already! So exciting!

It's very normal to be apprehensive about birth. And as far as not knowing what to expect, hate to tell you this but you never will! LOL! each baby is very different, each birth is very different! Wink

So what is your guess for when baby boy will make his appearance? Are you working up until he arrives or stopping at 40 weeks regardless?

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Aww thanks Rebecca, I don't feel forgotten....I know this board has been slow, so I thought I'd jumpstart things. I constantly ask DH, do you think I can really push a baby out? Lol. Hopefully all my prep will help. I also think the fact that I'm stubborn will help. Some people I know think I'm a nut for doing this without meds, and I'd like to prove them wrong. Is that bad? But most people are supportive of my decision.

Mel, I know it seems like just yesterday DH was like "Babies? No way!" Haha. My guess is that Henry comes late. May 5th, a cinco de mayo baby!

I am working up until he arrives. If I make it to 41 weeks 3 days, I will consider taking off at that point to relax before he comes. I keep hearing babies don't like to come out when you are stressed, and work stresses me out so maybe taking off would help eliminate the possibility of induction. I am going to ask my bosses to not send me to out of city meetings after 39 weeks. I have a big client in Ft. Worth which is like a one hour drive in traffic and I'd hate to be stuck in traffic and dealing with contractions.

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36 week appointment update XP from April...

Had my 36 week appointment today. BP is good, baby is head down and engaged. I'm effaced about 25%, but not dilated. However he is sunnyside up so she wants me on all fours whenever possible and told me of some different sleep positions to help him flip. He's still measuring 2 weeks behind, but she thinks its more his position that might be affecting my measurements. His heartbeat was in the 140's.

Got the gbs swab today, should find out the results on monday. She checked out my hemorroids and cringed and said "yeah that's pretty bad, but I've seen worse." She says she doesn't expect them to get much better before birth, since he is low and putting lots of pressure down there. I'm not constipated at all, so I know thats not contributing to the problem. She said I'm already doing everything I can do, sitz baths, cold compress, tucks, prep H, other witch hazel treatments. She said they couldn't do anything about them until after the baby. She said we would re-evaluate then and prescribe steroids and possibly have them lanced. So yeah these last few weeks will be uncomfy. Sorry if that was TMI.

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I think being stubborn will totally help you. I know I am stubborn which is part of why I wanted to do natural birth. There are good medical reasons for going natural which was certainly a part of my choice, but honestly, a large part of me just wanted to do it because so many people say it is just too hard and my reaction to stuff like that is "oh yeah, well I'll show you!" lol! I am also kind of controlling at least when it comes to my body, so I would rather be in pain but able to move, rather than paralyzed from the waist down from an epidural.

Yeah I wouldn't want to be stuck in traffic an hour from home either, I think it is smart to stop doing the out of town meetings by 39 weeks. That is one of my concerns as I have a 30 minute commute from work to home, although my work place is actually only 5 minutes from my hospital, so if my labor started at work and was going too fast for me to go home first, worse case I could just go straight to the hospital. My other worry is getting stuck in traffic en route from home to the hospital-I wouldn't be driving in that case, but still wouldn't want to be sitting on the freeway for an hour. At least with it being April the roads won't be snowy so hopefully I'll get a clear drive in.

Boo to the hemorrhoids, those suck. I didn't get them in pregnancy last time, but did get them pushing in labor and they were really uncomfortable for quite a while. I think I still have traces of them actually, but they don't hurt anymore so I haven't bothered to find out if there is any way to completely get them gone.

Sending vibes to baby to flip for you and hoping you will get a negative result on the GBS test.

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If I had to pick my number one piece of advice about labor and delivery, I hear "take the meds, don't be a hero." lol! People mean well, but also don't know that there's actually benefits to natural birth that are totally unrelated to me trying to prove something to someone. I just say, "thanks, I'll keep that mind." It really makes me laugh when I hear it from dads ... like they know anything!

Anyway, sorry for that ... this is your supportive lodge!! Welcome!! I'm very excited that we have a few from our bb on here. I'll be following you and rooting for you to have a beautifully uncomplicated labor.

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Sounds like a great situation for you and you have lots of support! You can do it mama!!
Have you thought about going to a chiro to turn baby? I highly recommend it - worked for my second baby! I'm going to start going this time even though baby is in a good position because I'd like to keep him/her there!

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Haha Joan, yep, I've gotten that from guys too! DH's friend said "I've never seen my wife in so much pain, you're going to want the meds." Whatever!

Yes Vicki! I see a chiro 3x a week! Crazy right? I'm going to mention the baby's position tomorrow at my chiro appointment.

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That's a good idea. Also, if they are Webster certified, that technique is good for getting babies in the right position.
About the Webster Technique
That also has a database of chiros who are certified. Not trying to push you to change chiros or anything, but that's something to look for to get baby in the right position.

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Thanks Vicki! Man my chiro is not listed. Bummer.

At least Henry is head down, I just hear the sunnyside up position causes back labor and longer labors. So if he hasn't flipped this week, I might look into the webster technique chiros a bit more!!

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Yeah I just know it made my first labor really really long. Some women can deliver posterior no problem, but I don't think my body likes it one bit!

You could always ask your chiro whether they're familiar with the technique too. Just because they're not certified, doesn't mean they haven't heard of it.

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DS was born sunnyside up. The labor was night and day between him and DD. Back labor is harder IMHO. I had quick labors with both kids though so it won't necessarily cause a longer labor. Have you checked out the Spinning Babies website to get Henry to turn?

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Hi, Elizabeth! Just reading through all the lodges now Smile

So sorry you're dealing with hemorrhoids...I just got through with some myself and they are NOT FUN...I'm sure being nearly full term pregnant makes it that much worse, too! Hope they clear up for you before labor.

I'm sure you know you have time on the position thing, but it sure doesn't hurt to ask your chiro! Remember to try to avoid reclining when you're sitting, and I also just read that squatting a lot can help with posterior positioning too (not bad to get used to it for labor, either!)

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Sorry I'm late, but welcome to your lodge!

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Thanks ladies! I go into the midwife tomorrow...hopefully he has moved a bit. I mentioned it to the chiro yesterday and today and she said that my body was opposite of what it was yesterday. My leg alignment was completely flipped, so she thinks he moved. She never checks his position though. She said if he still hasnt budged she will try some things. She didn't mention the webster technique though.

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XP from April....

Pretty boring appointment. I decided to not get my cervix checked this week....so I don't know what's going on down there. But she said he is now in the perfect position, so I just have to get him to stay that way until he's born!

Oh and I passed my GBS test! Whoohoo!

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Hey, that's not boring, that's awesome on both counts!

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I agree with Leigh! Passing GBS & Henry in the correct position are WONDERFUL News!!!! Plus you hit 37 weeks!!!! Smile

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Oh yay that he's in the right position now!!! And yay for passing the GBS test!

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Yay on both counts, that's great!

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I already responded to your news on April, but hooray!!!!!!!

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So this weekend is the last weekend of our natural birth classes. I hope I'm prepared. Need to continue to do my relaxation exercises and my yoga and stuff. I'm taking the day off from Yoga today because I overextended myself yesterday. I went to my SIL baby shower and I brought too many gifts and tried to carry them all at once. I also tried to gift wrap in the back of my car and it was really windy and the tissue paper flew all over BRU's parking lot and here I am 37 weeks pregnant running after the tissue paper in the parking lot for the sake of not littering. People gave me looks like "this woman is a nut." Haha.

Anyways so my back hurts a bit today after all those shenanigans. And DH and I DTD last night and my body just needs a break.

While I was at this shower, I got the usual questions of "where are you delivering," "who's your doctor," and got the usual wide-eyed reactions when I say I'm seeing a midwife. They always say "yeah but who's your doctor?" I guess they think midwives are doulas or something. Anywhoo, my SIL and I are just so different. I love her, but she and other people keep asking me "How in the world are you going to push that baby out without an epidural?" One, it makes me sad that they think I can't do it and two, it makes me think well maybe I can't do it.

I am a weenie when it comes to pain, but I've been working on it. Sounds crazy but every time I stub my toe or get a leg cramp or take a painful BM, I use those and practice my pain management and I think its working. I do believe in my body, but people put so many doubts in your head.

Anyone else ever go through this?

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Try not to let them get to you. Most women don't prepare or try to go natural. Just know that you're prepared and remember all the reasons it's important to you.

"Take the meds" is probably the most common piece of advice I get. It's often from guys too! Lol. I'm not sweating it. I know what my plan is and what I can handle. I won't have any regrets no matter what.

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Thanks. Most of the time, like 98% of the time, I'm all "I've got this." It is just when someone questions my decision that they put doubts in my head. Also there was a shoulder dystocia birth video in one of my classes and that looked awful. But she did it, so I can too!

I want to have a natural birth because I believe our bodies are capable of birthing. Women have done it for centuries. I don't like medicine or doctors in general and I'm TERRIFIED of both an epidural and a c-section. I do believe that preparing yourself mentally and physically helps SO much and I think I've done that and of course will keep doing it. I can't imagine going into my birth with no tools to help me cope. I'm also so happy that I hired a doula. DH is so squemish, still after all this prep, he pulls his hoodie over his head while watching the birth videos, he can't take the whole crowning part.

I keep telling myself it will be like a combo of running a really hard 5 miles uphill and the most difficult BM I've ever had. Haha, am I anywhere close BTDT moms? I also have had painful periods my whole life, so hopefully its a liftime of prep in my favor. Plus I'm getting a baby as a reward. That is motivation enough.

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I have BTDT Elizabeth! I got a million comments about having a MW & wanting a NCB during my DS's pregnancy. It was frustrating, annoying and did make me doubt a bit. DO NOT let them get to you. Almost every woman out there could do it if they prepared for it and believed in themselves. People need to SHUT UP!!!!! Grrrrr!

I'm also a total wimp when it comes to everything in life. I have AF right now and want to die on the couch because of cramping. Birthing your child is a totally different experience, I promise! That reward and feelings of I can do this and it's amazing and the thought of proving all the idiots wrong kept me going. It's also the thought that it can't last forever and if you just keep going it will be done soon and you'll have a beautiful baby in your arms to love the rest of your life really helps!

Your analogy of running 5 miles uphill plus having a really difficult BM at the same time isn't far from wrong! LOL! Wink

You can do this lady!!!!!!!!!

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Yes, birthing a child is so different. I get a slight headache and have to take meds for me so I think my pain tolerance is lower. But I had a child naturally so you can do it too!
I find it sad that people there don't understand you're using a midwife. My church is made up of mostly people who go through the ob and doctor and stuff but they are at least familiar with it. Seems like it's just different there.

It sounds like you've prepped and done all the right things, so you just have to let your body do its thing!

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I totally agree. I am a huge wimp normally but I made it through a very long and intense NCB drawing on my education (I too was terrified of the alternatives!) preparation, and sheer stubbornness. Your analogy isn't bad at all, either. You have totally got this! Smile

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Thanks for the encouragement ladies!! It helps for sure!

XP from april board:

Had an appt this morning. It was speedy and midwife prefaced it with "i have a lady in labor, so if I get paged I gotta run." Wasn't too thrilled with being rushed, but I could be the lady in labor soon so I understand. I'm still not dilated and 50% effaced. They are no longer telling me my measurements or the heartbeat, so I assume those are all good. I guess Henry is cozy in there.

I talked to her about writing me a doctor's note if I make it to 41 weeks. I've been working 60 hours a week and studying like a madwoman, I think I need a break. She agreed and said she give me a note. So I'm going to tell my bosses soon that my last day will be May 3rd if he doesn't arrive before then.

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Glad your doc will give you a note if you make it to 41 weeks! Do you have your hospital bag packed and are you all ready at this point?

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Yep pretty much ready. My hospital bag is more or less packed. The baby's stuff is all in there. My stuff is packed, but I will have to throw the toiletries in there on the day of since I'm still using those. Same with cell phone charger etc. Also on my midwife's list of things to bring it says to bring depends. But I thought they gave you those or pads at the hospital. Do you need depends for several days after? Or can you just use giant pads? I use cloth pads, so I have some of those already.

Oh and the nursery is as done as its going to get. We never hung a mobile. But we got some photos up and its cute. His clothes are all washed, his cloth diapers are mostly prepped, all the gear and equipment is setup. The bouncer still needs batteries and I have a wiper warmer that I need to figure out how to use, but that's about it.

I'm excited that I'm so close!

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I never used depends, just the extra giant pads. The bleeding does typically last at least as long as a regular AF but it is more than a regular AF. It also might be a hospital to hospital thing. Mine supplied as many pads as you needed.

YAY for the nursery being ready!

You are incredibly close! I hope you go right around your due date - not too early, not too late!!! Smile Will you update here when you go into labor or just on the April board? Just want to know where to stalk!!! LOL!

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It would be awesome if he came within 3 days of his due date in either direction. It would work best with my maternity leave/daycare situation. I will try to update in both places. But check the April board, because I have some birth buddies that said they would post my info for me if I can't get onto preg.org too easily.

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I love to have Depends for the first few days. The mesh panties they give you in the hospital really arent good for keeping your clothes clean. I used a Depend over them just to keep it in place and cleaner. You could also just use old underwear though if you are using the pads. I tend to bleed quite a bit so to me its heavier and more drawn out than AF.

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Hmm good to know. I guess I might buy a pack just in case.

I had AF-like cramps for like 2 hours yesterday. Not sure what that was about. I know people describe contractions like AF like cramps, but I'm assuming they are distinguishable. My AF cramps were always terrible, I mean horrendous in the past. I was completely not capable of moving for an entire day when I had cramps. But yesterday it was just light cramping, like the beginnings of a period. So I'm guessing it wasn't contractions.

I finished my test on Saturday, so I'm ready for Henry whenever he is ready! But I'm not rushing him either. I need to talk to my midwife about their protocol for going over 40 weeks. They told me they would let me go to 42 weeks. But I need to ask more questions, because I really want to avoid induction. So maybe at 40-41 weeks they recommend my membranes being stripped. Don't know, I need to ask.

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I just used big overnight pads for the first few days and that worked fine. I bled FOREVER (waaaaaaay longer than a normal AF--like 6 weeks?) but the heavy bleeding was just at the beginning and overnight pads contained it just fine. Kotex has some that are pretty thin so it wasn't too uncomfortable. The ones from the birth center were like an inch thick--no thank you!

Good luck getting through your last few days! Sounds like you're in a great frame of mind Smile

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*lurk*
After my first, I bled for 8 weeks. It was insane. Thankfully it seems to lessen each time! With #3, it was on/off for about 4-5 weeks. I actually liked the mesh panties, and I used the insanely thick pads.

I hope you get good news about the midwives protocols for postdates and inductions!

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OH wow, 6-8 weeks is a long time. Boo!

Is it weird that I find other people way more anxious about my baby's arrival than I am? People call, email, fb me everyday to see what's happening and if the baby is here. I really am not stressing too much about it. I'm sure that will change at 41 weeks when I'm pending an induction date. But right now, I'm easy breezy. Maybe its because I'm trying to soak up all the pregnancy memories I can. I'm not sure DH wants another. He always wanted just one. But lately he has been mentioning a second, so I can hope. But I know our finances may not allow it.

I guess I never gave a formal introduction here. I will do that now, since I'm eating lunch.

So hello, I'm Elizabeth, married to DH for 1.5 years. We have known each other since 2005. And we have been dating since 2006. We met at our first job. He actually got me the job because he told my boss that we had classes together in college and that I was smart. But I had no idea who he was, because we never met in school. I didn't even know we shared a class, so it was a bit awkward when the bossman told me to thank him for getting me the job. I'm like "Thanks for the job, who are you?" Haha.

So we were friends for like a year, going to lunch together everyday and happy hours after work. He had a secret crush on me throughout college and I guess it continued while we were working. We were both dating people when we were just friends. But then we started spending way too much friend time together and it turned into major crushing on each. So we broke up with our significant others, which was a long difficult process for us. But eventually we restarted our lives together by moving to Los Angeles and getting new jobs out there. And then he decided to go to grad school in Chicago, so I followed him. It was too cold in Chicago, so we moved back to Texas (where both our families live), and he proposed and got married 9 months later.

I wanted babies for a long time, since like the 2nd year of our relationship. We had lengthy discussions about it. He said he would be happy to be married without children. I said that was a no go for me and he said he wanted to wait until we were financially ready, because when we moved home I didn't have a job. I was waiting tables. The moment I got a job, I was pushing the baby issue more and more. And the girls over on the TOC board had to listen to me whine and complain about being babyless:)

He finally agreed to start trying. It took us 6 months to get pregnant, which I find to be an absolute miracle since some of my friends struggled so hard to get pregnant. I was almost nervous to tell him I was pregnant, but when I did, he was so excited. He has changed so much already. He talks to the baby every single day and rubs my belly and can't wait to be a dad. Never in a million years thought that would happen.

I've had a pretty easy pregnancy, minus morning sickness for the first 15 weeks and some SPD issues around 22 weeks. I'm just so excited to be a mom! I've wanted it for a long time now.

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XP from April...

I had my 39 week appointment today. No change at all from last week. Still not dilated at all. I asked my midwife about the going past my due date protocol. She said if I wanted, they could strip my membranes at 41 weeks and then at 41.5 weeks they make me go for an ultrasound to check fluid levels and such. Then at 42 weeks they "typically" suggest induction. The way she said typically makes me think she'd give me a couple extra days. But let's hope I don't make it to that point.

I will definitely take a pic tonight. Sorry last night turned into a disaster because the AC repair guy came and completely destroyed the sheet rock in my closet to access the attic. There were sheetrock pieces and dust everywhere. I had to wash my entire wardrobe AGAIN. The pieces were just all over the house. I was not a happy lady.

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What a great intro--better late than never Wink

So glad your DH has warmed up so much to the idea of fatherhood now that it's becoming real! Sounds like you guys are really in a great place---I like the sound of your MW, too Wink Enjoy these last few days or weeks of pregnancy! Are you feeling any practice breathing? That is what I miss the absolute most about being full term pregnant. Somehow it made the fact that there was a BABY in there feel so much more real than the jabs of elbows and knees. Smile

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Ya know, I don't think I have felt the breathing yet. He hiccups all the time. And I feel fingers, which is kind of a weird feeling. But I'm going to start paying attention even more for the practice breathing. Sounds awesome.

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I enjoyed reading your intro. TFS Smile

Sounds like you have a good midwife. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you won't have to worry about hitting 42 weeks.
I have never felt the practice breathing. I've heard other ladies talk about noticing it and being able to see their belly move with the "breathing" but I've not experienced it. Maybe I've just never gotten far enough along. Not sure...:confused:

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I've never experienced the practice breathing either. *shrug* I had anterior placentas with both though so that could be a factor.

Didn't realize you lived in Chicago for awhile. Did you ever get to see any of F.L.Wright's buildings while out there?

Glad your MW isn't going to push induction until 42 weeks! that's great news!

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My doula just emailed that she will be out of state this weekend (Friday thru Sunday) for a funeral. She told me to keep my legs crossed. Haha. She set me up with a backup doula, but I'd rather keep my doula, so I'm hoping to make it thru the weekend.

Mel, Chicago was great minus the weather. I loved living in a big city. I did see the FLW stuff. I saw the Robie House and went to Oak Park where his house and studio is along with a bunch of houses and that Unity Church. Fun stuff. Its a great city for architecture!

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I hope you don't go until she gets back. I had some stress about my midwife being out of town too. It's no fun.

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Hope this weekend passes uneventfully for you!

I'm sure anterior placenta would be a factor in whether you could feel practice breathing--it's pretty subtle. You could really only feel it without a placenta in the way and with baby's back facing out. If you notice it, though, it's the sweetest Smile

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I had no idea one could feel practice breathing how neat. I felt hiccups with both and lots of movements, but other than the hiccups I couldn't tell what I was feeling. Well I guess I could tell when I was feeling their butts but that was about it! I hope that baby stays put over the weekend for you until your doula gets back.

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Great story, so cute how much your hubby is really looking forward to the baby after waiting so long.

I've never heard of feeling practice breathing either!

Oh and super great that your midwife is okay with you going at least to 42 weeks!

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So yesterday and today, I've had some nausea and extreme fatigue. Also I'm extremely gassy. Like uncontrollably gassy. Not sure if this all due to something I ate or if its impending labor. I feel all first trimestery again. Not fun, I hope that means my baby is coming soon.

Also my friend took some maternity pics of us this weekend. Here's the link to the April post...
http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/april-2013-773/maternity-pics-pic-heavy-706006/

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Woot, let's home that means something! If anything, it *does* mean you are getting closer and your body is gearing up for labor!!

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What sweet pictures! Hope your time is close now...

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