30 week appt and Gd results

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Starryblue702's picture
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30 week appt and Gd results

So the appt was short and sweet as usual... Hr is good (although she never tells me what it is and Im too busy yapping I always forget to ask lol). still measuring a week ahead, and the best news yet is that I passed my gestational diabetes test!! Now the frustrating part... I was asking her how open my hospital was to me having a natural birth, and see said they were very open to that, but when I mentioned that I was glad of that because I especially don't want an I V, she was like oh you have to have one, it's something that she basically requires. Then she preceded to tell me all of the reasons I need one... basically rattling off every possible bad scenario... like reading off all of the bs in the what to expect book. My problem with this is, I could understand if this were my first baby, you really never know how your body will react, but I've had 3 healthy babies from problem free labor and deliveries... I know I'll be fine. I just really wanted to be able to labor my way, with plenty of walking or even showering if I want without a freaking I V hanging out of me. I guess at least it can be done and then taped down, with them only using it for after baby comes for pit to get the placenta out quickly. Im trying to stay positive (God knows Dh is being a big baby about me birthing med free, so Im dealing with that, too... and the doc being on his side didn't help today). Anyway, that's where I am now... so i guess all in all the appt went well, and I'll just have to go with the flow when it comes time to have my little man.

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Are there any other options in Dr and where to deliver? Sorry it was not what you wanted to hear. YAY for a healthy little guy though!

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They might just require that you have it set up ready to go in your hand but that doesn't necessarily mean it's hooked up to anything. When I went to the ER they required it but then I never ended up getting fluids or anything so it was just a bruised hand for naught.

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Sounds like a great appt and congrats on passing your GD test. I would love to attempt a completely med free birth without all the things hospitals require, but I live in a rural area where I don't think many people have caught on to the fact that we don't need a million medical interventions to birth perfectly healthy babies. So, I've sort of resigned to the fact that some of my wishes will be carried out and others will just not be possible. Still, it's a little discouraging not to have the option.

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I've read that several women ask for a hep lock. That way in case they need to get into your veins right away it's right there but still gives you the freedom without having to carry the pole around. Congrats on passing your GD test!

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

I've read that several women ask for a hep lock. That way in case they need to get into your veins right away it's right there but still gives you the freedom without having to carry the pole around. Congrats on passing your GD test!

I was going to suggest this too. It's a great compromise for your ob and for you.

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Congrats on passing the GD!!!!

As for the IV,just refuse it at the hospital. (he he...I'm evil, I know!) I mean, what are they going to do kick you out while in labor? They can't put it in you if you refuse unless it is an emergency. Of course, your Doc may not like you after that.....

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Im sorry about the I.V.... but I'm not really surprised :/ It's a pretty widespread policy unless you are at a birth center. Malpractice is SO HIGH that all these ridiculous rules get written to protect the staff. It's too bad you can't just sign a waiver!

If you end up wanting an epi at least it will already be in place to give you a fluid bolus.

Hopefully this will be the ONLY glitch in your birth plan.

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What is the IV for? I had to get an IV when I went into labor with DS, but that was bc I had strep b and had to be put on antibiotics right away. I didn't know they did it anyway as a matter of practice! What are they streaming through the IV?

Glad the baby is doing well and that you passed the GD test!!!! Yahoo !

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Im on my phone so i can't quote all of you, so bare with me!

Joy, I really don't have any options as far as Dr and hospital go. At 30 weeks I can't just pick up and go elsewhere... and I've had all of my babies at this hospital, but I never did my homework before so I had no idea that they actually gave you these options.

Angela, I will for sure request the hep lock if my Dr won't ease up on my birth wishes. At least that way I can still have the option to walk and shower without being tied down to a stupid bag of unnecessary fluids.

Jeep, lol, you think just like me! That's exactly what I was thinking when she said I had to have an IV! And I don't care if she likes me after this, Im done having babies anyway lol!

Jules, most hospitals give you an I V before you even sign your paperwork! they start giving you fluids just because, and a lot of times give you pitocin without you even knowing (like after the delivery, they always give you pit in your i V to get the placenta out quicker!). It's definitely necessary if you're getting an epi because they require you to have at least one bag of fluids in you... but if you're going all natural I just don't see the need.

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

but if you're going all natural I just don't see the need.

Yea, me neither!? :confused:

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

It's definitely necessary if you're getting an epi because they require you to have at least one bag of fluids in you... but if you're going all natural I just don't see the need.

because the hospital lawyers say "here is a young mother with children at home who goes into cardiac arrest/some other massive medical emergency, and didn't have an IV in place which delayed the time for getting her life saving drugs and she died." Then the family sues the hospital for their loss and the hospital loses for not following a basic protocol that rendered them negligent. :rolleyes:

sounds ridiculous and far fetched, but this is the way US medicine works.

I honestly have tried to get I.V.'s removed from patients, or tried to intervene for patients only being kept overnight for observation to not get an I.V. It has never worked.

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Hmm, I don't know if my hospital has a similar policy. I will have to ask! I want to attempt a natural birth and have freedom to move around/go in the shower etc too.

So glad you and baby are well and you passed the test! Biggrin

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I don't mind the iv. I probably could use the extra fluids. If you want to natural try to stay home as long as you can. Then you dont have to worry about the iv and all. I prefer this myself to avoid the temptation that the Epi being just a nurse call away.

As for the meds they put in always ask what they are putting and the dose! Or have DH ask. It makes the staff double check (always a good idea) and gives you the chance to say no way. I've never had pit for placental delivery. I would if it was taking a while but you really normally shouldn't need it.

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Oh yeah.

Yay for a great appt and no GD Yahoo

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