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post #21 of 68
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thanks,

the EPO I used has vitamin E. I took some by mouth and put some internally. I can't tell but I think it may have helped a wee bit. (of course this was last night... I need to do it again today)

I tried using a rebozo to hold up my belly but it didn't seem to do anything but making me feel like enternal organs were being crushed and worsened my reflux/pukey feeling. I've had ENOUGH puking for one pregnancy lol... so I gave up on that idea fo the time being.
post #22 of 68
when I do arnica (postpartum or general health) I use 5 pastiles three times a day.

Have you had HBP or do you have a history of it? It can slightly raise your BP.
post #23 of 68
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when I do arnica (postpartum or general health) I use 5 pastiles three times a day.

Have you had HBP or do you have a history of it? It can slightly raise your BP.
nope no HBP. I had it in my first pregnancy but I take a lot better care of myself now. but still, good to know!

thanks! I just don't know a lot about homeopathics... like I said, I'm an herb/tincture/tea kinda gal.
post #24 of 68
How are you doing? I'm never online on the weekend, but I checked in because I was thinking of you! Hope you are doing better and something on this thread worked for you.
post #25 of 68
Yes. I was wondering how you are doing, as well.
I wanted to remind you, if you didn't know, that mint oils will counteract the homeopathics. Even toothpaste.
FYI
post #26 of 68
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thanks for thinking of me mamas!

I'm STILL in off an on labour. I've had TWO nights now of 8-10 hrs of rather painful contractions. 2-10 minutes apart. they started off after we umm... "DTD" at 2-3 mins apart for about 4 hrs... then dwindled to 3-7 minutes and then to about 10-20 minutes. eventually I was back to just on and off intense contractions mixed with TONS of BH contractions through out the day.

the swelling seemed to be stemming mostly from a varicose vein inside... but the evening primrose oil helped that A LOT. it's so much less inflamed... which is nice. b/c having a stinging burning crotch on top of contractions and pressure was making me completely nuts! it REALLY hurt a lot. it made the contractions seem like nothing.

baby is super low still... I can hardly walk... I'm contracting a lot... but it's not doing much. if it weren't for the back and forth prodromal labour, I wouldn't be so anxious... but this is getting old! it's been 3 weeks!!! I'm TIRED! so I'm thinking of what I can do to encourage labour now...

I went through the same exact labour last baby. and i figured this one would be easier.. Baby is definitely not OP... b/c I can feel it's back, and feel it's head in my pelvis. I got a pelvic adjustment, just to make sure I wasn't torqued in some weirdo way, but it didn't do anything. I'm just not sure what the hang up is all about! everyone I know who has had this long a prodromal labour has had an OP or breech baby...but that isn't my case..
post #27 of 68
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p.s. don't worry... I HATE mint anything

I use fennel toothpaste, would that matter?
post #28 of 68


Thinking of you...
post #29 of 68
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Thinking of you...
thank you


I probably sound so pathetic, don't I!? ack. I'm just worn out big time. it's been a very very difficult pregnancy and the constant feeling that I might be going into labour now, and then NOT... well it's discouraging me a lot.

I'm an experienced doula and a 3rd time birthing mama... and I *should* know better. but it's gotten to me. I admit. I'm wearing thing.
post #30 of 68
I think fennel toothpaste is ok?

YOu absolutely don't sound pathetic! I think the reason we are all wondering how you are doing is because we know how difficult that must be!!

I thihnk you are a major trooper. Soon enough you will be holding your sweet baby!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!
post #31 of 68
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I think fennel toothpaste is ok?

YOu absolutely don't sound pathetic! I think the reason we are all wondering how you are doing is because we know how difficult that must be!!

I thihnk you are a major trooper. Soon enough you will be holding your sweet baby!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!
I SO needed to hear that thank you!
post #32 of 68
Normally a lurker, but eesh mama when you said you wanted a maid and a cook I looked to see where you were so I could come help you, I don't think I could make it to PA though! Lots of labor vibes, hope you get to hold your sweet baby soon!
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post #34 of 68
Hey mama! How are you?! I know how exhausting prodromal labor can be! I had it hard core for a week and finally birthed at almost 44 wks! And it was my VBA2C. So you can do this (I know you already know this, just telling you anyways!) Your body is doing awesome work! When were you "officially due"?
post #35 of 68
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Hey mama! How are you?! I know how exhausting prodromal labor can be! I had it hard core for a week and finally birthed at almost 44 wks! And it was my VBA2C. So you can do this (I know you already know this, just telling you anyways!) Your body is doing awesome work! When were you "officially due"?
haha I'm actually only 39 weeks... It's just I've been goign through this off and on business for over 3 weeks now. (I delivered my last at 37 weeks)

thanks for the encouragment!
post #36 of 68
Hi HennyPenny,
I don't think I've ever posted in the UC forum, but I saw your post in the new threads. I had prodromal labor for four days with my son. You are a trooper for hanging in there for weeks, mama.
I think it really helped me a lot to go swimming. I went to a club that had a warm therapy pool for water aerobics and PT sessions, and my mom, my husband, and I just hung out in the pool for a couple of hours and floated. It really helped me relax and rest up for the real labor that kicked within the hour or so after we got out of the pool. I think it also helped with the positioning (as a PP mentioned). It certainly couldn't hurt anything, I don't think.
I'm not sure if there is anything like that around here, but it is certainly worth looking into if you are interested. Also, acupuncture might be helpful for getting energy flowing and/or some relief.
Hang in there mama!
Melinda
post #37 of 68
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Thanks Melinda

good thoughts about the pool... but I dont know where one is, nor do I even have a swimming suit. (and religious beliefs dont lend me to swimming co-ed so I'm not sure how that would work) but my goodness that sounds wonderful!!! floating sounds divine!!

I've had times of relief.... it's weird. I'll have hrs upon hours of nothing but contractions followed by a day of braxton hicks. I feel like I can't go anywhere or do anything b/c I'm so uncomfortable and concerned it will turn into real labour at any point. adding to that, the lower the baby gets the worse my sciatica gets. oh my goodness it's really bad no matter how many chiro visits I make! I feel in the living room the other night b/c my leg just gave way. it hurts BAD! it's worse than the contractions honestly... it can be blindly painful. and it makes me fall to the side... so I don't go ANYWHERE without my husband.

I really *can* make it through this for a while... but I don't want to. I'm tired! and I'm in a good deal of discomfort - sometimes really painful. I'm so scared I wont have the energy for the actual labour and I'll just be a wreck. every few nights I manage ot get a decent night's sleep with few contractions and I think "this would be a good day to have the baby! I'm not so exhausted!" and then nothing happens... boo!

anyhow enough complaining! I should be happy knowing that sooner or later this baby will come, right?
post #38 of 68
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Thanks Melinda

good thoughts about the pool... but I dont know where one is, nor do I even have a swimming suit. (and religious beliefs dont lend me to swimming co-ed so I'm not sure how that would work) but my goodness that sounds wonderful!!! floating sounds divine!!

I've had times of relief.... it's weird. I'll have hrs upon hours of nothing but contractions followed by a day of braxton hicks. I feel like I can't go anywhere or do anything b/c I'm so uncomfortable and concerned it will turn into real labour at any point. adding to that, the lower the baby gets the worse my sciatica gets. oh my goodness it's really bad no matter how many chiro visits I make! I feel in the living room the other night b/c my leg just gave way. it hurts BAD! it's worse than the contractions honestly... it can be blindly painful. and it makes me fall to the side... so I don't go ANYWHERE without my husband.

I really *can* make it through this for a while... but I don't want to. I'm tired! and I'm in a good deal of discomfort - sometimes really painful. I'm so scared I wont have the energy for the actual labour and I'll just be a wreck. every few nights I manage ot get a decent night's sleep with few contractions and I think "this would be a good day to have the baby! I'm not so exhausted!" and then nothing happens... boo!

anyhow enough complaining! I should be happy knowing that sooner or later this baby will come, right?
Oh man, you are going to have such a quick, lovely active labor and birth mama! I can't wait to read about it!!!
post #39 of 68
I saw your post on new threads and had to respond. I can't imagine having as much strength as you have right now! I had a 3-4 day labor and was ready to give up. You are one amazing mama! I'll be praying for you!
post #40 of 68
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Thanks Melinda

good thoughts about the pool... but I dont know where one is, nor do I even have a swimming suit. (and religious beliefs dont lend me to swimming co-ed so I'm not sure how that would work) but my goodness that sounds wonderful!!! floating sounds divine!!
Anything that would hold enough warm water to let you float would be wonderful - a birthing pool, a friend's hot tub (turned off, so that it was just nice and warm, not hot),. . .
And you don't need a suit - just a t-shirt and some track shorts or yoga pants would do.

Here's to some respite and a baby in your arms soon, mama. You can do it!
Melinda
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