So I had my regular check-in with my midwife today, and she brought up water birth. Apparently they are a state-of-the-art facility with water birthing rooms. She explained some pros to me about it and I'm intrigued. Anyone have any experiences with water births? Lurkers welcome!
In other news, I'm up 13 pounds (GULP). She said I'm on track to gain 40. I gained 30 with my DS. She said she isn't worried, but I can't help but be a little worried. I am eating pretty good and exercise regularly, but I am hungry all the time, so I'm not sure what to do, if anything.
Also, she hasn't seen the usual drop in blood pressure. I'm in the normal range for non-pregnant people, at 126/84, but she seemed a little concerned that it hasn't dropped. My sister had preeclampsia with her 2nd and gave birth at 27 weeks due to extreme danger from high blood pressure. I haven't even told her as she would freak out. The midwife said she isn't worried yet, but I'm a little concerned. I had a weird episode last weds. where I felt dizzy, tingly/numb arms and my heart was pounding out of my chest. I don't have a way to check blood pressure here at home, and couldn't drive, but I think that it was probably high then. I had to lay in bed for 4 hours before I felt normal again. I sure hope it holds for me and doesn't go up. I'm going to buy a arm cuff to keep a check on my BP between visits. I'm sure I'll be compusively testing it though.
Otherwise, things are good! Baby is good and hopefully these other things won't play a factor.
Oh, sorry to hear about your blood pressure. I think it's a good idea to get a cuff to check it at home.
I did have a waterbirth with DS. Loved it, and plan to do it again with this baby! Damn, that water feels so amazing when you are in the midst of labour! And I found it nice to just sort of kneel and lean against the side of the tub. It was a good position for me. Plus the water eases the pain a bit and takes some of the pressure off since you are sort of floating. But I have heard that if you get in the tub too early, it can slow your labour down. So my midwife doesn't let her clients get in the tub until she is sure you're well into active labour. I think I have heard that after 3 cm dilation you should be OK. If you have any questions about waterbirth, let me know!
I chose my mw specifically because she had waterbirth as an option, and that was something I was interested in. I enjoyed the opportunity to labor in the tub-- it was nice to just sort of relax in between contractions like I was in a hot tub on vacation, have the jets turned up higher when I needed them to be distractingly violent, and just having the buoyancy from being in water in the first place helped me experiment with different positions with more ease to find something more comfortable during labor.
Ultimately, I wasn't allowed to give birth in the tub itself--- DS was presenting with his arm over his head, so it wasn't safe. But it was a positive experience, and something I'd recommend, and something I'm doing again this time around.
Yay, waterbirth is the best! I didn't plan to have one with my first, but it felt so good in the tub for my labor that I just could not get out! haha
Alexandra ~ May 11th, 2008
Cezar ~ Nov 28th, 2011
both home water births