XP from April...
Saw the midwife this morning. My BP is great, 114/70, I have gained 1 lb since my last appointment. I'm 90% effaced and his head is fully engaged. She said his head is so engaged that she is surprised I'm not complaining more. And because his head was so engaged, she couldn't find my cervix, she made me do a pelvic lift to find it and then said I'm almost a fingertip dilated. Whoohoo! ALMOST a fingertip! LOL.
She asked me what I am doing to move things along. I have 2 midwifes and the other one told me not to take evening primrose, but I starting taking it last week anyway, so I was honest and told her about it. But she said "Oh yeah you should take it, it can't hurt anything." And she wants me to up my dosage and take it both orally and vaginally. Which is weird, because I thought it really only helped with effacement. And since I'm nearly fully effaced, not sure what it will do. Oh well, its there, so I will take it. I told her that I'm also doing squats, lunges, walking a lot, DTD and drinking RRL tea. She said to just keep doing what I'm doing. She offered to strip my membranes, but I told her I'd like to wait until next week.
They have me scheduled for a biophysical profile next Thursday to check the amniotic fluid levels. And then at 41.5 weeks Monday, May 6th I am scheduled for a NST. They are going to schedule my induction next week for May 9th or 10th. So Henry best be on his way out! DH and I are planning on having tons of sex this weekend. LOL. DH is determined to have an April baby.
yay for effacement and engagement! expo is to soften your cervix I think... which helps you dilate faster. lol on dtd a lot. my poor hubby wishes I could say that to him! its a little rough in that dept these days... so take advantage!!
Still pregnant over here. Dealing with some psychological stress. I just have lots of people calling, texting, emailing about when he will be here. AGH!! Next time I'm not telling anyone my exact due date.
Yesterday we walked about 1.5 miles at the lake and I had to pee so bad the entire time. We also DTD on friday night and I was a bit swollen from it yesterday, so going to try again today. I felt so different yesterday. I had constant pressure everywhere all day long, in my belly, pelvis, bladder, vag, and butt. I thought surely he would come or my water would break. But today I am feeling quite normal again. Bummer.
Also I'm a bit frustrated with DH's friends. Awhile back DH and I talked about not having too many visitors in the hospital...our families are enough as is. My friends won't be visiting and if they did, I would only have a couple of close friends that would even think to do that. But we hung out with DH's friends last night and they said "call us immediately and we will be there." I was trying to be non chalant about it and said "Oh you don't want to come to the hospital, its all cramped up in there and we will only be there for 2 nights." They responded with "no way, we are coming." DH didnt say anything and I think its because he really does want them there. So I just dropped it. He has like 6 best friends and 3 of them have wives...so that would be 9 visitors. I told him to tell them to come all at once so we arent interrupted 6 times. Especially with me breastfeeding and such.
DH is sort of anti public breastfeeding without a cover. Don't hate him, he is just not used to it. We watched breastfeeding videos that came with my NCB classes and I think he is more open to it now. But I think if I popped my boob out in front of his friends, he'd freak and they might too. But I don't care...I'm not bring a nursing cover to the hospital. I think it will be tricky enough learning how to position a baby and I dont want to have to deal with a cover. They can see my boobs, I really could care less. I'm a lot less modest than my husband. I spent quite a bit of time in Europe during college. I've been to my fair share of nudest beaches...haha. And my family tends to be more naked then his. Growing up we all walked around in our undies. DH has a really hard time taking his t-shirt off at the swimming pool. I have to talk him into it. Haha.
Sorry for the novel.
Yeah, I just said I was due in late April so I wouldn't get all the calls and stuff. And wow on the visitors! I wouldn't want that many people coming to see me - but I agree, if they're going to come, they should just all come at once.
My DH is the same way about NIP, at least once I'm out of the hospital. I always tell him it draws way more attention when I have a nursing cover on, but in the end if I am with him and depending on the other people who are there, I will respect his wishes about whether I cover up or not.
FYI, you probably won't be feeding the baby too much when you're in the hospital unless they just really want to suckle. Babies usually go through a 24 hour period right after they're born when they don't eat. My nurses kept asking me when the last time was that I had "fed" Judah but he was really not interested at all while I was there. And yeah, I would not deal with a nursing cover at the hospital at all. When I'm home, I don't use a cover; sometimes my dad is here but I really don't care anymore!
9 people is a lot, I agree if they are all going to come, then have them come all at once and maybe have your DH give them a time limit as well-even if baby isn't that interested in nursing yet, you will still want to have the chance to catch up on your rest before he does wake up and decide to have a nurse-a-thon. My mom spent the whole time in the hospital with me with DD1 and since she was there, I ended up visiting with her all day instead of napping when I had the chance (even though she kept telling me I should sleep) -the first night home, DD1 woke up and nursed all night and I was so exhausted since I hadn't slept much in the hospital.
My DH was embarrassed by my nursing in the hospital the first time around because I didn't really bring any clothes from home other than one outfit to wear home and the hospital gown got in the way when I was trying to nurse, so I pretty much ended up just sitting around in nothing but the hospital panties-if I had enough warning before someone came in, I would pull the robe on, but sometimes the medical people would come in right after knocking-I figured it was a hospital so they probably had seen it all anyway. With DD2 I did bring some tanks to wear that I could nurse in. I didn't have visitors other than immediate family, but I probably would have been like "oh well, if they don't want to see it, they can leave". I feel that when I am in the hospital, I shouldn't have to worry about being modest-once I am out, I do use a cover if I am in public, but it is way too much of a pain the first couple days to deal with a cover on top of baby learning to latch and trying to get baby to wake up enough in the first place to nurse.
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I didn't want anyone visiting us at the birth center besides our moms either, but we were only there for like 12 hours after the birth so that was easy to enforce. If you do end up having to have 9 (!) visitors, I agree to try to have them coordinate a visit and to set it for like 1/2 hour before something like lunch or dinner so you have a good excuse to kick them out. I hope you can reasonably put them off until a home visit, though. We just went to visit our very close friend and his wife and baby in the hospital recently (invited!) and another friend plus his parents were there so there were 7 adults, our toddler, and the baby in the room all together and even *I* was overwhelmed. The poor new dad was trying to change a diaper for, what, like the second time with an audience of 5 experienced people and getting super flustered and cranky about it. Really...it's best not to get into that situation if you don't have to. I know everyone is excited about new babies but you'll want time to settle in as a new family before having to be "on", you know? Sigh.
Anyway! Glad you're still feeling pretty good, and I hope that little stinker decides to come out for you soon!
Haha Leigh, love that website.
Good to hear my DH isn't the only one that is not big on NIP. We actually got into a big screaming fight about it about a month ago. He said he didn't want me to even nurse with a cover in public at first. And I told him then my life is just over, because I won't be able to go anywhere...I cried a LOT. Then we watched the breastfeeding videos that came with my birth classes and surprisingly he has come around.
I guess I didn't realize there was a 24 hour period where they may not eat. I need to do more baby research I guess. I feel so informed about birth but only partially informed about baby stuff. Haha. I can't be worse than my SIL though, she is due at the end of May and she and my brother are clueless when I ask them things. They think I'm way too informed though. To each their own.