Originally Posted by roadfamily6now
Jenni, your belly is gorgeous! Have you made a belly cast??
No, I've gone with henna rather than belly casts for these two pregnancies because I have no idea what i'd do with the cast after it was made...I'm not into hanging that kind of thing on my wall and I don't really want it just sitting in a closet somewhere taking up space. The only thing I've ever thought was that it would be really cool to put the curled-up newborn into the cast and take a photo...but then I'd most likely just toss the cast and keep the photo.
Originally Posted by spruce
I had to mention (and I know you're getting a lot of really experienced advice) that Iris was malpositioned, and I went through what you're going through.
Today is her 4th bday. She was born *on* her due date, but I had a real labor (where DH could see my uterus "curling" yk?) one week beforehand. She didn't descend enough because she was malpositioned. Her head was sort of on one side. Luckily, I do my own internals, and knew something was wrong when she wasn't out in two strong ctx.
Thanks for that thought, now that you mention it I have a gut reaction that that might be right on the money. He feels so low (lots of pressure etc) but when she's done internal checks he's at -2 so he's clearly not really THAT low...unless he's off kilter. His spine is front and slightly left of center (so exactly where we want it) but I don't know how to palpitate well enough to tell if his head is at some weird angle. I do notice a lot of pressure into the sides of my pelvis sometimes, and I've assumed that was his arms/shoulders, but perhaps I'm wrong there. I see the mw tomorrow so I will talk to her about that. I've been doing some lunges as part of my try-to-help-him-move-down routine (a la spinningbabies), although I confess I've mostly done hip circles on the ball because they are the most comfortable
is there a particular type or angle of lunges that worked for you?
I have experience with checking my cervix from NFP/FAM, but have never been able to reach it during pregnancy before. In these last couple of weeks i have finally been able to reach it just barely
(it's very high and very posterior, not to mention that it's *so* soft it's hard to distinguish it from the rest of my vagina) but I don't know enough about what it should feel like in labor to know whether it feels 'right' or not, you know? and I can't reach past the very beginning of the os--I can feel that 1cm dilation, but I certainly can't reach in far enough to personally verify the -2 station or anything like that. To my knowledge (and according to my check last thur) I'm not effaced at all. I have hoped that by doing periodic internals myself I'll be able to tell when things start changing so that I will actually know when to call the mw (rather than second-guessing myself until suddenly I have to push or something
) but so far I have not been able to detect any change at all.
By the way ladies, i really appreciate all your support (and advice). I feel like I've got my own personal support group/cheerleading corps, and it's very helpful.
I have a lot of friends who care but most of them can't do much besides say "hoping it's soon", and I'm a go-and-do kind of person, so I definitely appreciate having some practical advice of things I can do that are actually productive.