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post #21 of 47
thanks, Kristen. Glad I could help by sharing my experiences. I read Active Birth a lot (along with all the other great books out there!) and also a Midwife book that I borrowed from the library called: Heart & hands : a midwife's guide to pregnancy & birth / by Elizabeth Davis - also very helpful.

here's the link on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Hands-Mi.../dp/1587612216

When I was in labor and en route to the hospital, I lied down in the back seat, so my hips were straight which may have helped. For some reason I felt that by pinching the bridge of my nose, I was able to tolerate the intensity of the contrax somewhat.
post #22 of 47
I'm planning a hba2c for end of March/early April. Two c-sections both for breech. So far at 28 weeks I have a head down baby. Both my other babies where breech at 28 weeks and never turned head down, so hoping this head down baby will stay that way.
post #23 of 47
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Yeah, another!!! We'll be right there with you tmaue! I'm so glad to hear baby is head down.
post #24 of 47
Hi, I'm planning a VBA2C soon! I'll be 37wks on Monday (edd is early-mid Feb).
post #25 of 47
Thread Starter 
Yeah yeah yeah!!! Gosh, it is so nice getting in touch with so many women about VBAC (after 2 or more cesareans!!!). So comforting!
post #26 of 47
Oh yeah! I'm glad to see more and more VBAC'ers too! I'm very grateful for this board and having some people to discuss VBAC's with. I'm also a part of a pregnancy board, but I've asked many times and NO ONE is doing a VBAC! Darn it!!!

So northwoods1995, you'll be our next VBAC story...unless someone else out there is due sooner! I can't wait to hear all about it! Sending you some very successful vibes!
post #27 of 47
planning a vba2c with a edd of 2/6 based on ultrasound. have never gone into labor on my own (this is my 5th pg) so it will be interesting. I actually think I may go early, which I have never thought before. Been having a bit of prodromal labor but I am not ready yet for the new guy to get here. I have even started nesting a little today: cleaned carpets, moved furniture, I have even been doing dishes (which I hate).

Right now my biggest fear is that my body wont feel "safe" to birth because we are dealing with my MIL who has dementia and needs to go into an assisted living home but she is in denial about everything. It is causing me a lot of unneeded stress. I am trying to let it go for now as there is nothing I can do about it at this point.

Good luck to all you mommas planning to vbac!
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by MNHall View Post
Can I ask what BTDT stands for?
Just lurking but wanted to say...

BTDT = been there, done that
post #29 of 47
Hey ladies! I just saw this thread. I am 30 weeks pg with a little boy, due around the beginning of April. My dd was born in May, 2007 via emergency c-section (under general) due to a pit induction (most likely hyper stim of the uterus = cord compression = loss of baby's heartrate). We are planning a hospital birth with ds, but this time with a doula, laboring at home as long as possible, and of course no pain medications (not that we ever got to them the last time). We are taking a bradley class and I am also listening to the hypnobabies CDs (super relaxing!). I wish all of you the best in this VBAC journey!!
post #30 of 47
I just had a hba2c in October... a 2 1/2 hour, easy peasy labor. Pushed for about an hour. Baby was nearly born in our car on the way to our midwife's house.

It was awesome. Strength and peace to all you ladies!!!
post #31 of 47
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I am 30 weeks pg with a little boy, due around the beginning of April. My dd was born in May, 2007
OT: but my DS was born in May (May 3rd) and I'm 33 weeks pg with a little girl!
Just thought I'd share as we're very similar in our dates and such...just opposite with boy first, then girl for me!
post #32 of 47
MNHall, small world!
post #33 of 47
I've been meaning to come back to this thread but we've all had some sort of illness in our house and now we're finally all doing better and I'm feeling rested again.

We met with a doula this past week and we all really like her a lot. I've never had a doula before and I'm relieved to have found someone to help us out. We have no family support here and no one to watch our kids but she also has a back-up doula who I have met and liked who is more than willing to come help us out too if needed. DH will probably be spending most of the time with the kids while the doula is there for me.

I'm feeling really good physically after a rough couple of weeks with illness. My nesting instinct has not kicked in at all yet. I don't feel like labor is coming anytime soon but both of my kids were past due dates so I am expecting this one to be as well. I don't think my Dr will want me to go much past 42 weeks but overall she is pretty relaxed. Hopefully it won't come to that anyway though.

Baby is growing well--probably another biggie. My first two were good sized.

Mentally, I'm nervous about ending up with another c/s again. I was SO positive last time and sure I was going to VBAC and when it didn't work out I was really devastated. Plus, my c/s last time was complicated and I'm afraid of worse complications if I need another one.

I found out I am GBS+ for the first time. Bummer. I was hoping to stay home as long as possible but my Dr. mentioned that ideally they like to have a dose of antibiotics given 4hrs before birth. This is something new for me as I was negative with my other two kids.

This weekend I think I'm going to try to cross some things off of my to-do list.

Anyway, that's a little info about me.
post #34 of 47
Just wanted to introduce myself...I have two boys, both via cs. The first one was when I was 18, let the doc tell me I could only have a 7lb baby vaginally, so when I was 38 weeks and the baby was over 8lbs, I was induced. My body didn't take to it and I was in off and on labor for about a day before they pumped me so full of pitocin it kept going. I was tied to the bed, and eventually had to stay on my left side or the baby's heart rate would drop. 42 hours of labor later, a sick hubby (bf at the time) who hadn't eaten or drank because of nerves for that full 42 hours, they wheeled me in for a c-section...the baby was NOT ready to come out...he basically wouldn't "wake" up for a couple of minutes and we really thought we were going to lose him. He was just fine within a couple of hours.

Anyway, 3 years later, now married, and we were pregnant again. Totally open doctor to a VBAC, but I just was not informed enough and decided that I didn't want my husband to go through the same thing so opted for the cs. The doctor was not impressed with my first cs but cleaned everything up and said I was ok to have another baby after a couple of years.

Well, another 3 years and I may be prego...we weren't really ttc but we weren't preventing ;-)

I just want to hear about others considering VBA2C. I want to have all knowledge and be able to think rationally and have good info if I am pregnant. We live in the Dallas area now (before were small towns) so I know there are MANY obs to choose from!

If you have had one, or know someone who did, do you have stories?
post #35 of 47
hi holidaymama,

I had a vba2c. Here's the link to my story:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...eferrerid=6300

Good luck in your pregnancy and birth. Feel free to email with q's.

susan
post #36 of 47
We are planning on a VBA2C hopefully in late March. Our 3rd boy.

With DS1 (June 03) I had high bp at 36 weeks and blood tests/monitoring showed it was pre-eclampsia. So they tried to induce me for 2 1/2 days (2 rounds of pitocin/cervadil) while giving me pain meds + bp meds. I had a c/s on day 4 in the hospital.

DS2 (Aug05) started with same scenario. I had been given an ok for vbac IF I came into the hospital in labor and IF I was already progressed/dialated/effaced. But high bp at 36 weeks, so they did an amnio to make sure lungs were good and did a RCS. I didnt know that I could have done anything in my pgy different.

This pgy was a suprise and because I knew more and knew moms that had had vbacs and that I could do things differently, I am very positive this time around. We are taking a Bradley class and trying to keep bp at bay with nutrition, herbal remedies, baby aspirin, water, exercise. I switched obs and will be working with a doula in the hospital, that had her own vbac last year.

9 1/2 weeks to go until due date, and 5 1/2 weeks until my 36 week mark. I feel like if I can keep the bp down and the pre-e away that I can go all the way and hold my little boy in my arms, like I am supposed to, right after birth.
post #37 of 47
Thread Starter 
are you eating at least 90-100 grams of protein and have you heard of the brewer diet? I have read a lot about it and it basically suggests that low protein levels in pregnancy are what leads to high bp/pre e. Here is a link: http://http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/I know you don't have long but you can do your best with the time you do have (avoid processed foods, drink whole milk, eat eggs, butter, veggies, everything natural). Are you doing any activity? If you haven't been I wouldn't suggest much, maybe buy the book Active Birth. Here is the link on Amazon:http://http://www.amazon.com/Active-...3061093&sr=8-1 Great info on peri-natal yoga moves! A whole chaper with an hour and a half of yoga instructions. This would be great for you to just relax everyday...maybe help BP? Anyway, here is my two cents. I've learned so much from the mommies here at MDC!!!
post #38 of 47
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are you eating at least 90-100 grams of protein and have you heard of the brewer diet? I have read a lot about it and it basically suggests that low protein levels in pregnancy are what leads to high bp/pre e. Here is a link: http://http://home.mindspring.com/~djsnjones/I know you don't have long but you can do your best with the time you do have (avoid processed foods, drink whole milk, eat eggs, butter, veggies, everything natural). Are you doing any activity? If you haven't been I wouldn't suggest much, maybe buy the book Active Birth. Here is the link on Amazon:http://http://www.amazon.com/Active-...3061093&sr=8-1 Great info on peri-natal yoga moves! A whole chaper with an hour and a half of yoga instructions. This would be great for you to just relax everyday...maybe help BP? Anyway, here is my two cents. I've learned so much from the mommies here at MDC!!!
I think this was directed to me, right? I am averaging about 115 grams of protein a day (range from 90-125). I am a traveling music therapist and walk a good 90 minutes a day. I am taking a Bradley class and doing the recommended stretches for that. I do have some pregnancy/yoga videos, but havent done much with them. Lots of sitting on the birthing ball too. And running after the 2 young boys is quite a bit of activity too

I have my 31 week appt tomorrow and hopefully everything looks good and he is still pro-vbac all the way!
post #39 of 47
Thread Starter 
hope you don't mind me bugging you Angewin, did you have this diet and activity with other pregnancies in which you experienced pre-e/high bp? Just wondering. I just noticed in your other post how this time you're trying to...we'll here is what you said: "We are taking a Bradley class and trying to keep bp at bay with nutrition, herbal remedies, baby aspirin, water, exercise."

I am an aspiring midwife and I'm learning so much from everyone. I am anxious to hear how the higher protein and activity will affect things. I am doing high protein as well along with exercise and supplements, etc. I am hoping it will keep me very healthy too!!! I got the advice from a midwife (well, several of them) but I've yet to talk to someone directly with a history of pre-e and BP issues in pregnancy that is doing high protein/activity etc. Hope your feeling as good as I am with the diet and exercise (and chasing little ones!!!). I will be thinking of you for the next 9 weeks!!!!!
post #40 of 47
Thread Starter 
Hey SPU, just wanted to give you credit for the Active Birth recommendation. I just read it and it is so great. I'm trying to make time to do the yoga, as the only prenatal yoga class in my town is at a terrible time. Anyway, great book and thanks again for the info!
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