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post #341 of 371
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Originally Posted by Laurski View Post
After reading about BBM's experience with her doctor, I made sure that the MW was *only* checking my cervix; she promised me she wasn't going to "stir anything up," and fortunately, she didn't.
Gratz on a good appointment!

I am so very happy that my run-in can be beneficial! Hopefully any woman who was not aware of "routine membrane sweeping" will be able to decide for themselves and inform their HCP before things are decided for them.
post #342 of 371
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Today's appointment went so well considering how stressed I was!

I'm 3 cm and 70% effaced. Wow.

The ultrasound went fine, everything looks great, so that's a relief. They're estimating him at 7 lb 8 oz (at 36+4), which actually sounds pretty right on, considering Em was born at 7 lb 4 oz at 36+2.

My OB didn't mention any inducing for "big baby" which was my main fear, so that's good. The only time he mentioned induction was to say "since your cervix is already coming along so well, in the unlikely event you were to go past 39 weeks, we could talk about inducing if you wanted to." I said that I probably wouldn't want to, and he nodded and said "that's fine, too."

Bad note: GBS + again, argh, I knew it. But oh well. I did the abx last time with no ill effects, I'll do them again this time, it's not a big deal for me.

Up 3 pounds from last week for a total of 43 pounds so far, good for me. BP 125/82. A little high for me but not worrisome. Measuring at 38 weeks FH, but I've been consistently 1-3 cm ahead so we're not worried about that either.

Made an appointment for next Wednesday, hopefully I won't make it that far


ETA: Oh-- everything went so well and my cervix is coming along, so I didn't ask him to sweep the membranes. I may still ask for it if I make it to next week's appointment, but right now I'm feeling pretty good about how things are progressing on their on.
post #343 of 371
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Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama View Post
Gratz on a good appointment!

I am so very happy that my run-in can be beneficial! Hopefully any woman who was not aware of "routine membrane sweeping" will be able to decide for themselves and inform their HCP before things are decided for them.
Thanks! I'm so sorry that you had such an awful experience, but so grateful you shared it with us. It was good to know that an NCB-minded practitioner could do something like that without adequate informing and consent...I just wish you hadn't had that experience!
post #344 of 371
Kelly- Glad your u/s went well. I've been thinking of you.

today for me:
39 weeks 2 days

+3.5 pounds from Friday! (after 1+ month of no weight gain I guess it was about time, but still kind of weird to me)
Total weight gain of 34 pounds so far

BP 116 or so / 60 something
usually my top # is in the 100s (or 90s) not 110s but I guess 110s is still fine

measuring 35cm! I was 40cm just over a week ago at 38 weeks and 38cm on Thursday. (again, a bit weird to me especially given my weight gain since Friday).

HR 130s

baby's position: he's switched over to my right side with his back sort of to my side. I don't know if that is still considered posterior. The midwife was really rushed and I had DD with me and forgot to ask.

The midwife did ask me if I was swelling (assuming b/c of my weight gain) and if I'd felt that baby had dropped lower (assuming b/c of fundal height decrease). I said I hadn't noticed anything and she just left it at that. I'm feeling in a pretty good place anxiety-wise so I didn't push on the big fundal height decrease and I'm just thinking that if she isn't worried I won't be either. This is the same midwife who said on Thursday my amniotic fluid felt low and sent me for a BPP on Friday (she said don't wait until Monday) so I feel like if she thought anything was wrong she would have said so even if she was rushed today.

She didn't offer a VE but I didn't want one anyway so that was fine. When I was 39 weeks 2 days with DD I went into labor at around 10pm that night, so when I pass that mark tonight I will be trying to keep myself calm and tell myself that this baby just needs more time than his sister did!
post #345 of 371
Tribord, you are so calm and peaceful... I love it Anytime I have some little "hmm that's weird" moment I have a mini freak out in my head.

Had my 37 week appointment this morning. Everything was great. BP was low (I think it was because it was so much earlier today) 106/58 I think. Baby's HR 130s, measuring @ 37 weeks. I only gained a 1/2 lb this week. I feel like my weight gain has been low the whole pregnancy (11.5 lbs so far) but I try not to worry about it because I've been measuring right on and I try to eat well.

We got the birth tub today Now to convince DH to do a test run tomorrow (in between my SIL's bridal shower, getting ready for Church potluck on Sunday and having SIL over tomorrow night ) We also went over where all the birth supplies were, and everything seems in order.

Now just waiting for baby to come.
post #346 of 371
Had a not so awesome appt today 38w2d. Baby and I are fine, just ugh.

I think it's partially me being on edge, however...
MW was super busy this morning with a consult before me, and another mama showed up for my appt time when her appt is this coming monday. she decided to stick around and wait for me to be done.

So whatever. But then MW asks how I'm feeling, I tell her about my aches and pains and she says she wants to check me. I ask her if we have to (because I'd rather not and remember from our interview that she didn't say anything about checks during gestation) and she kinda makes it out like if I don't get checked, then she will not be hurrying to my house in the event that I call her and am in labor. Because I'm a first timer and who knows what is going on down there.

So we do the rest of the appt stuff in her office where she says I seem "ready to go" because I am cranky (!). I gained another 2lbs in the past week and a half (ugh) and my bp diastolic is slightly elevated 122/86. (122 is totally normal for my systolic) Baby is doing well, moving around and hb is variable but good.

Then she wants to do the cervical check. And despite knowing it really means absolutely freaking nothing, I feel pressured that she won't show up to my birth, so I consent. And it hurts, badly. Apparently I am 2cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby is at -1 station, which she says is average for her first time moms at this point.

She gives me hibiclens to use when labor starts before she arrives and sets me up for next week's appt and I'm on my way.

I'm just so disappointed in how the whole cervical check thing went. I wish DH had come. And the other lady who was there for her appt asked how far along I was and she said she was around the same. And now I'm worried she is going to go into labor (shes a multip) at the same time as me and MW will not show up for my labor. There is no backup and I would have to go to the hospital.

Sorry for being a downer.
post #347 of 371
louis- that sucks,seems like she should've respected your wishes not to be checked. But maybe she was just having a bad day... all you can really do at this point is just trust that all is going to go smoothly and well, and that other lady will go into labour a week away from you!
best wishes!
post #348 of 371
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Tribord, you are so calm and peaceful... I love it Anytime I have some little "hmm that's weird" moment I have a mini freak out in my head.
It's only because I'm still under the influence of the really good u/s I had just a week ago and the baby's movement hasn't further decreased.

I am predicting this calm will last until either my due date on Monday or my next appointment on Tuesday. I may lose it again then.....
post #349 of 371
Had an appointment today.

37 wks 5 days

B/P was higher then it's ever been at 128/72. MW said I only had slight swelling though and no protein in my urine.

I'm measuring 33 now. Last week I was 33 3/4. She said the head is good sized and low. So that's probably why I've been having pain the last week when I walk.

Heart rate was in the 150's. It hasn't been that high since April.
post #350 of 371
Saw the OB this morning. Submitted my birth plan (which was accepted as long as I agreed that an IV port not become a point of contention) and we discussed last weeks incident with the stripping/clotting/spotting and cramping. He said that he "may have", but that it had been so "high" that he hadn't done it "very much" and told me that sometimes even touching the cervix can cause spotting. I told him some spotting wouldn't have worried me, it was the clotting and the quantity of spotting. I asked that, in the future, I would like to be informed beforehand so that I may be a part of the decision making, and told him how scary it had been not knowing what had happened and why I was experiencing the symptoms after last weeks CE.

37 weeks 5 days. Babies Heartrate 150 (back up after last weeks strange 130). GBS-. 50% effaced. Dilated 2. Blood pressure "excellent" (didn't ask for the numbers because I was busy trying to gauge my reaction and prepare for the convo with the OB). Gained a pound this week putting total weight gain up to 47.

The midwife has not gotten ahold of us yet.

DP thinks baby will be here on Wednesday. I have no idea.
post #351 of 371
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He said that he "may have", but that it had been so "high" that he hadn't done it "very much" and told me that sometimes even touching the cervix can cause spotting.
Ehhhhh that sounds like MAJOR evasion to me.
post #352 of 371
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Ehhhhh that sounds like MAJOR evasion to me.


What did he have to lose by being honest with you? You already were upset. Copping to it would have been the humble, good-business thing to do. URGH.

How did YOU feel about his response??
post #353 of 371
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I mean, "may have"? What does that even MEAN? That he doesn't know? Doesn't remember? Doesn't care?
post #354 of 371
I think it means he couldn't really remember. He seemed a little taken aback when I confronted him, I don't think that has ever hapened to the guy before!

He still seems like the doctor I trusted, but I am hoping the midwife calls me. If not, then at least he accepted my birthplan. DP was already more vocal and was supportive of the birth plan while we were reviewing it today.

Doctor, "Most women want the epidural, some do okay without it."
DP, "But she does not want the epidural and she doesn't want the staff here constantly asking her if she is ready for it while she is in pain and more willing to accept. If she wants pain relief, she will ask for it." Just one example of me getting a little frustrated with the doc as he worked his way through the birth plan, accepting our wishes but telling us how things went for other women he had delivered, and DP stepping up to the plate and really swinging!

...SUPER good note, our L&D has "laboring tubs" in every room! (We are not allowed to birth in them hospital procedure)
post #355 of 371
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I understand not wanting to switch providers at this point unless you really have to, BBM. And I think it's awesome that your DP is stepping up. Have to ask, though, have you found anything out about a doula? It's really hard when it's your first baby, and your husband's first baby, and if you get into the moment it's easy to get talked into or out of something because labor is going on and things are all crazy and you have people telling you this thing or that thing, know what I mean? I think that if the MW doesn't work out, ya'll should really try to get a doula to be there just in case (really I think everyone who births in hospital should have a doula or someone acting as a doula).



AFM, went into today because I was concerned about all the cramping and decreased movement. Did a NST, baby is doing great, whew! Still at 3 cm, very effaced like 80-90%... did a membrane sweep, but not feeling that it did a damn thing yet, I'm not even spotting and the cramping I'd been having actually went away, paradoxically enough. Still losing chunks of mucous plug, have been since yesterday-- how much do I even HAVE up there? It's crazy... I lost two pounds since Wednesday so I'm at 41 total, which I don't want to get my hopes up but that's a big red flag for me, I started losing weight last time right before I had my daughter... BP was actually fantastic, 113/78, very happy for me. We went back and forth but OB said go ahead and keep my scheduled appointment for Wednesday, so, maybe then I'll do another sweep if I'm still having this on-again-off-again prodromal.
post #356 of 371
There are no doulas here, but DPs mother said she would come with. She delivered the last 3 of her children medication free and refused to even go to the hospital until she felt that things had progressed far enough that there would be no time for interventions. (Her first was a nightmare of interventions and pain medications. The hospital did not accept birthplans then and there were no midwives who could come to this area.)

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AFM, went into today because I was concerned about all the cramping and decreased movement. Did a NST, baby is doing great, whew! Still at 3 cm, very effaced like 80-90%... did a membrane sweep, but not feeling that it did a damn thing yet, I'm not even spotting and the cramping I'd been having actually went away, paradoxically enough. Still losing chunks of mucous plug, have been since yesterday-- how much do I even HAVE up there? It's crazy... I lost two pounds since Wednesday so I'm at 41 total, which I don't want to get my hopes up but that's a big red flag for me, I started losing weight last time right before I had my daughter... BP was actually fantastic, 113/78, very happy for me. We went back and forth but OB said go ahead and keep my scheduled appointment for Wednesday, so, maybe then I'll do another sweep if I'm still having this on-again-off-again prodromal.
Heres hoping that things kick on for you soon! Maybe you haven't got the spotting/cramping because you have already been losing you mucous plug?
post #357 of 371
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There are no doulas here, but DPs mother said she would come with. She delivered the last 3 of her children medication free and refused to even go to the hospital until she felt that things had progressed far enough that there would be no time for interventions. (Her first was a nightmare of interventions and pain medications. The hospital did not accept birthplans then and there were no midwives who could come to this area.)
Good good... I'm having my mom instead of a professional doula, too, same as last time. She had three kids with lamaze and is way natural-birth and way protective of me-- and not at all scared to tell any irritating doc or nurse to F off! Hahaha. It does do that little bit extra, to have someone else in your corner.
post #358 of 371
BBM - They allow women to birth in the tubs at my hospital now, as long as you sign consent forms, but my midwife told me that before the policy changed they had a lot of "accidental" water births. "I just couldn't get out of the tub fast enough, I really really had to push!"
post #359 of 371
39 Week Appointment

Weight: +1lb (I think I've only gained a lb in the last month!)
BP: 106/76
FH: 35-36cm
HR: 120s

The boy is back head down. Whew. He has got to stop inducing panic. My OB nearly freaked when I said he had flipped. She is very honest that she does have the expertise to deliver breech and would need one of the seasoned guys who deliver breech to be there, so her "watch and wait" tolerance is not particularly high for a breech babe at term. She's not concerned that my FH went DOWN again--it has never been more than 37cm--because I had an u/s a couple weeks ago to confirm his position, and he was estimated to be a week ahead size-wise. He just flops to the sides when I lie down to be measured! But that is making me a bit nervous. I did get checked, just out of curiosity, and she said, 'I'd be generous if I said you were 1cm.' Yeah, I figured that.

Other than that, we just wait. She's good with going to 42w with monitoring but since that falls on a Monday, we may throw in the towel a bit earlier. We'll see when the time comes!
post #360 of 371
39w2d Appointment

Weight: -2 lb (gain above pre-preg. 20lbs, gained 37lbs total)
BP: 121/72
FH: 40cm
HR: 150s
Position: LOT

I had a bit of a scare Monday night so I scheduled a midwife appointment Tuesday morning as soon as I woke up. Since the 3rd tri started, I've been snoring 100x louder then normal, with DH to the couch most nights just so we both can rest. Monday night was the first time ( I noticed???) that I actually stopped breathing for some amount of time. Jolted awake feeling faint, lightheaded, gasping for air and little tiger was freaking out ... a lot. This happened two or three times so at 2:00am I was too paranoid to be asleep. Being up and about I felt fine, no headache, no spotty vision, no hard breathing. I did lots of kick counts with tiger and put my midwife and the closest hospital on speed dial and made DH work from home. Nothing happened (thankfully) from early morning to afternoon and so I went to my midwife appointment to get checked out.

She took my bp sitting, standing, laying down on my right and left side as well as on my back. Very normal on all readouts but it did begin to drop when I was on my back. Never had any protein in my urine at all during the pregnancy nor have I had any swelling. She seems to think that the baby is pressing on my back which is compressing some major veins. So I'm not allowed to be on my back at all ... which now that I think of it, is how I usually wake up after falling asleep on my left side. I'm under orders to really up my iron intake and monitor myself for light-headedness, feeling faint ... really anything out of the ordinary and call ASAP. It was very interesting rigging my bed last night to guarantee I couldn't roll onto my back. But it did seem to help, I didn't wake up not breathing again.

Sorry for the long post ... this is just the first time I've been terrified this pregnancy and I wanted to write it down. Now I want my baby to come out much sooner then later ... I feel like I'm letting my baby down by not being even able to sleep safely anymore .
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