Originally Posted by League_mama
I'm doing the cream of tartar thing tonight. Also upped my protein to about 150 today AND drank a gallon of water and feel like that's made a difference (got lower numbers taking it today). Wow, 118/76 and you felt stressed? That's great, if I could only post those numbers sometimes for the midwives! Actually I think my BP is higher in the am because I haven't had protein for so long, that's a real relationship for me.
I think for me it's psychology mainly. If I'm upset the systolic does go up...sometimes to 135 or so, diastolic pretty much stays the same, might go up to 80 or so. But, at home, on my turf it seems to be good. Even like I said when I felt so awful after being up all day (early) the day before thanksgiving I think I was so tired then though I was stressed that the bp ws good LOL. Though even *thinking* about bp issues apparently makes me upset. I took mine last night, it was fine (116/78) and then again this morning and the diastolic was even lower. Its lower when I don't have kids demanding stuff out of me.
|My m/ws, well, I haven't had a great time with them. They really seem to be looking for something wrong. In fact at one point one of them suggested I didn't have the commitment to have an out of hospital birth--THE ONE I DELIVERED MY DAUGHTER AT HOME WITH. So I think they just desperately need to record a 'good' BP number on my chart every time I see them and are flustered when I don't produce. I'm in Missouri where there are BIG issues w/midwifery and I guess they don't want to have me stroke out on them or something. They have a pretty high rate of transfer too. I'm really hoping to just go into labor in the next couple of weeks and call them in time to help w/ the actual delivery and hopefully maybe even avoid my BP being taking during labor (didn't happen last time, DD came too fast!).
Well mamas, thanks for the positive thoughts! Here comes my prenatal and second GBS test tomorrow, wish me luck!
The mws here have a rather low transfer rate actually, around 7%...but I believe that also includes moms that transfer out during the end of pregnancy too I think. Of course, I was feeling good that there weren't like ANY moms due around my dates (within a couple weeks either way) and today I found out they added three new moms just around me who transfered from OBs who pulled a bait and switch on them, etc. But these midwives seem to REALLY be into doing whatever they can NOT to transfer a mom. They're really proactive about stuff.
If you're worried about your bp during labor, you can have hops/valerian on hand. There are other herbs that will work short term too that I know some people use. With my last birth nobody took my bp until after the babe was born...I took it with my machine while I was in labor. She got there and recorded it. Then, after the babe was born she did it, and it was just fine too. I did request though that if they were going to take it, it would be the mw who would take it, not the birth assistant. The birth assistant there couldn't get the equipment to work right once...and pumped my arm up four times before writing out any number. She didn't have the valve tightened...
. Of course, by then I was upset.
I hope that your prenatal went OK. I had the GBS test done today. I've always tested negative, but I know I'm a bit yeasty this time and I didn't treat the yeast until today....she said if I wound up with a positive (which I still doubt) I could retake it next week anyhow. I was glad that she said that!
It can get so frustrating feeling like we have to jump through all these hoops to get the birth we want. My last pregnancy at the end was really like that...stressful as far as the mws went, and it wound up being an absolutely wonderful birth. MUCH better than I could have ever imagined. DS having such a great birth and gentle welcome into the world really made everything worth it! I wish the same thing for you!
Let me know how your prenatal went!
Do you have a birthing script/relaxation script you use at the end? I have one that I use. I find that also helps me prepare emotionally for the birth. Some friends have had a lot of luck doing the tapping techniques...they call them emotional freedom techniques. You tap certain acupressure spots on your body, face and neck and it apparently relaxes you immensely. I haven't used it for this regularly, but it does appear to work and is so easy to learn. That might be something you want to look into. I know there are some threads here on it on MDC.
I know I wrote a novel, but since I'm working through some of the same issues in my brain, I think writing everything out helps me too. I feel good when I'm being proactive. Just knowing that I'm prepared helps so much!