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post #41 of 59
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Was that taken with a machine or the old-fashioned way? Seems like it's more common these days for them to use the machines, which are pretty variable IMO.
Mine was taken the old fashioned way. I didn't think about the variability factor. I sometimes stop by the machines at the grocery store or drug store just to get a quick check. Maybe I should run by one this afternoon and see what I get. I guess manual readings can vary widely, too, because a few times when I've asked my chiropractor to take my bp, he comes back with some crazy low number like 80/50.

And about navigating while in labor -- yeah, right! Funnily, though, I had a better driving and parking memory from the last time I was in labor than DH did. That never happens, even when I'm trying to pay attention.
post #42 of 59
Had my 37 week appt. today and everything looks great! I gained a few pounds but was still measuring small (33 cm) but she said that the baby is just carrying that way this time. Since I had an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago and the baby measured perfectly, they're not worried. They finally did my GBS test and I'm really hoping it comes back negative. The PA said that it didn't show up in my urine so hopefully that's a good sign. I had been trying really hard to test negative so hopefully my efforts paid off!
We also went over to the L/D area (using a group of mid-wives at a hospital) and we were VERY happy and pleased. The nurses were super nice and excited we are using the mid-wives and the rooms are nice. Only a couple of them have tubs which stinks but she said they hold onto them for the people who really want them.
The atmosphere was fabulous and I think that it's going to be a great experience. The hospital does everything for the baby in the room so we shouldn't ever have to be separated.
I know a lot of people are birthing at home or in birthing centers but this is what my DH really wanted and I think it's going to be great for us. Good hospital experiences are possible and I really think that I'm going have another good one!!!
post #43 of 59
Had my 34 week appt today. Everything looks great and had a fabulous talk with my doctor. We talked about some what-ifs, if I go postdates, if baby flipped breech, etc. and he is totally cool with me going as far past my EDD as I want as long as tests show baby is doing fine, and he said he's probably attended more vaginal breech births than most doctors in the area. Love it! Baby is not breech but it was just a random discussion, it still made me adore him even more. He's also going to fix my herniated bellybutton when he does my tubal. Sweet!
post #44 of 59
I had my 36 week CNM visit today. Did the GBS test and talked about what that would mean. I'll find out the results next week. I'm up 26 lbs total (4 since 34 weeks), b/p was 100/52, uterus is measuring 36.5 cm (I've been right on this time and last), baby's LOA and she said my fluid was great. Since I was half-dressed for the GBS test anyway, I asked to get checked (from 36 weeks on she says she'll check if you want, otherwise skips it). I'm 1+ cm dilated and half thinned and my cervix is really far back.

I'm happy the baby was behaving himself. I feel more and more awkward by the day. We took the hospital tour on Tuesday and it was a great experience, with very helpful nurses who seemed very receptive to my birthing plans. I got to see the birth tubs, birth stool, and ask a million questions.

It's really hitting us that this baby is coming. Eeek.
post #45 of 59
Had my 38-week appointment today, blood pressure, urine test, weight, heartbeat all look good. Still measuring small (33 cm) but I have my follow-up ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow, at least I'm making some slow progress.

She checked my cervix, nothing going on yet whatsoever. I'm sure I'll be going late.
post #46 of 59
NST Today - blood pressure is still elevated but not higher than before, which I'll take as it means they aren't pushing to induce yet! They did a mini ultrasound and we got to see him doing some practice breathing, then he got the hiccups. It was pretty damn cute. He was very cooperative and moved a lot during the monitoring.

Looks like I'm in for another 24 hour urine test this weekend, super fun.
post #47 of 59
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Had my 38-week appointment today, blood pressure, urine test, weight, heartbeat all look good. Still measuring small (33 cm) but I have my follow-up ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow, at least I'm making some slow progress.

She checked my cervix, nothing going on yet whatsoever. I'm sure I'll be going late.
Hey girl, I'm due 8/03 and only measured at 33 cm too. I hope everything is ok with you! My midwife wasn't concerned especially since the sono showed everything was fine a couple of weeks ago. Hope the same is true for you! It's just how we're carrying these babes, they're tucked way in there.
post #48 of 59
sounds like everyone is doing really well, and right where she (and baby) are supposed to be!

Taylah- great results today! not pushing for induction is a victory in my eyes!

somegirl99, i've been wondering about your measuring small- aren't you in like... really great shape? I was wondering if really strong abdominal muscles would just keep baby more snug in there, measuring smaller and maybe make the space less likely to stretch out as quickly/readily for your first? after all, the muscles are conditioned to holding everything IN, not letting it all hang out (the task that my abs generally seem to favor.)

smerkin- so glad your tour went well! i think the most important part is that you and DH are in a place that you feel comfortable in order to have a great birth experience, whether it's in the back of a hippie bus, or in a hospital L+D unit. having your partner feel comfortable is a good thing, so he can focus on what's really important- being a good support to you!

AFM, Had my 36ish week appt today. GBS came back +. UGH. good news: I can refuse the atbx. bad news:they won't re-test. And it makes me feel like a bad mom that i'm even taking that 1 in 1000 chance that if it's present at birth, our baby could get infected. And that 10% of those 1 in 1000 will die. so, i'll discuss with DH and ponder this weekend. So far, my thoughts are that if we have ROM for an extended time before active labor, then we'll consider the atbx. also, i'll have limited checks if ROM occurs before active labor, to reduce the risk of it getting up there, on the assumption that it's still present. we also got forms to refuse the eye ointment, the VitK, and something else... i feel like such a rebel- a documented rebel.

BUT, back to good news: measuring right on, baby is head down, still sort of laying on her side, back to my right, feet to the left, bottom up.
I did get a check today, out of curiosity since I'm a numbers person. seems the ctx last week didnt really do much- just a big fake out. baby is at a +2, cvx is soft, 50% effaced and 1-2cm dialated. still very posterior. half relieved that I at least have a tiny bit more time, since i"m not having any ctx now, and half disappointed. i'm getting really anxious to meet this little person and it seems like these last weeks are going to draaaaag by.

is it normal for baby to drop more as the day goes on, and then maybe move back up overnight if you're sleeping laying flat? bc I swear by the end of the day, it feels like she is about to fall out, but in the morning, her bottom is almost up in my ribs!
post #49 of 59
Had my 35 week appointment today. The did the GBS swab. I was + for it earlier in pregnancy, and the dr. had talked about not retesting. I was planning on arguing for a retest today, but I guess he didnt make a note about not re-testing, because they did it. Hoping for a negative this time. Cervix was soft, head was down. That's really the only news.
post #50 of 59
I had what I guess was my 36 week appt today (I am 36 weeks on Monday)

My suspicions that baby has dropped were confirmed. She is really low, and head down. In fact the midwife got out the ultrasound machine real quick just to make sure what she was feeling was the head since she was down so low and had trouble feeling it. She said that does NOT necessarily mean baby is coming soon so we will see. Honestly I cannot imagine another 4+ weeks, I am getting so uncomfortable, waddling, everything is taking a tremendous amount of effort, and I just want to sleep all the time - yuck. But the important thing is baby and I are still healthy!
post #51 of 59
I had my 34 week appointment today and I got to meet the back-up midwife. I was very comfortable with her, so yay for backup plans!

Everything looks great; weight, blood pressure, urine, baby movement, measurements, heartbeat.

Home visit with the midwife in 2 weeks!
post #52 of 59
LZP, sorry about the GBS+ test, and matey, fingers crossed for yours. Would either of you consider doing the hibiclens protocol in place of antibiotics?

smerkin, thanks for the reassurance. I had my ultrasound yesterday. Good news is that heartbeat, blood flow, and fluid all still look great. Bad news is that he is measuring even more behind now, boo. I feel like he is healthy, just on the small side and really squished in there, but I'm worried they might use this as an excuse to push induction or something. We'll see what they say next week. I did also notice (reading the screen backwards with a mirror) that between the tech and the radiologist, they got wildly different results on 4 separate measurements of femur length, anywhere from 15% to 71% (!) Seems like it would be hard to get it accurate if you don't know the angle it is at. He's been doing great on all the NSTs so far which is good.

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Originally Posted by LZP View Post
somegirl99, i've been wondering about your measuring small- aren't you in like... really great shape? I was wondering if really strong abdominal muscles would just keep baby more snug in there, measuring smaller and maybe make the space less likely to stretch out as quickly/readily for your first? after all, the muscles are conditioned to holding everything IN, not letting it all hang out (the task that my abs generally seem to favor.
Well, that's a good question, I've been wondering that too. I've had really strong abs throughout, in fact two of the OBs recently commented on how impressive they were. Baby's growth was right on target until he got big enough to fill up all the space, and I don't think I'm stretching out all that easily. Of course I don't know what's normal, but I feel like everything is super squished inside and it's been that way for several weeks. I thought when he dropped that I would get a break from the rib pain but apparently not, last night he seemed to be using my ribcage as a springboard to push off of with his feet so that he could bounce his head off my bladder.

I don't have any pre-pregnancy pictures of my abs but I started off with a 23" waist, here I am at 10 weeks and I know I had already expanded a bit at that point. 10 weeks side, 10 weeks front

My DH isn't worried, he expects the baby to be small because I'm small, and I would feel the same way except for the doctors making such a fuss about it and ordering all these extra tests.
post #53 of 59
Had my 34 week appointment. Gosh, I feel so far behind most of you LOL. Bloodwork for the second week in a row is all good, NST was not great at all but the dr. said she isn't pushing the panic button. I go back next Friday after more bloodwork and ANOTHER NST on Thursday but I don't get to see my regular doctor. I see another one but he is super awesome! My blood pressure is still rising so my doctor added another 250 mg dose of methyldopa. Good news is I still have no signs of pre-e. I am up about 32 lbs at this point.

The BEST news though, is I was supposed to be having my c/s at 37 weeks 2 days but my doctor left on holidays and since I haven't had any signs of pre-e and the baby seems to be tolerating the meds etc., ok, she moved my c/s back almost a week to 38 weeks 1 day! I am really hoping I can go into labor while she is gone in hopes of getting to the hospital and talking the midwife who is catching for her, into letting me VBAC
post #54 of 59
Today I have a NST followed by an appointment with the OB & turned in another 24 hour urine test yesterday morning. I just have this odd feeling that they're going to tell me they want to induce. I definitely don't want it yet - I don't think my body is even in the realm of ready but I can't shake the feeling. I'm going to spend the next several hours just positively reinforcing the whole "This baby is coming next week and no earlier" thought I've been clinging to.
post #55 of 59
Good luck with your appt. and NST today, Laurie. I am so sorry you are having to go through this.

If it helps any, I have the same nagging feeling every week before I go for my bloodwork, NST and appt. I am always thinking that they are going to want to move up the section and then I get a huge surprise when they don't.

post #56 of 59
Had my 38+ checkup today. Everything looks good. They said there was a trace amount of protein in my urine but it wasn't a big deal at all. Still measuring small, still not much weight gain but oh well. Went over my birthplan with the midwife who saw me and she said none of it was a problem at all. Also I was - for GBS so I don't have to worry about having an IV. Yippie! Declined a cervical exam so don't know if there is any progress yet. Starting to really feel ready so I'm hoping I don't have to wait too long.
post #57 of 59
Glad your checkup went well today. I hope this baby comes soon for you

I had my weekly NST yesterday and it turned out great. Wayyyy better than the week before. I have my 35/36 week appointment today at 3:30 (an hour and a half away). I dont think she will have my blood results back as I never went for them until 1 but if there is a problem I am sure she will phone.
post #58 of 59
Had my 37 week appointment and GBS test today. Everything is fine. Did a cervical check too and I am not dilated at all but 40% effaced and baby is low, at -1 station. I can feel it! Foot/leg swelling is better today, really trying to pay attention to my water intake and put my feet up when possible.
post #59 of 59
38 check up with back up provider. Blood pressure was still up at 165/110 (like it has been the last couple visits) so I got a lovely trip over to L and D for labs, non stress test and serial BP checks. An afternoon later... home with orders to rest and put my feet up until baby arrives... BP comes down when resting on my side but headaches and BP goes back up when I am up. Labs are fine though. I was too tired to fight about the GBS test but did mention wanting to do the Hibiclens wash rather than antibiotics if the test returned + due to severe antibiotic allergies and desire to avoid antibiotics in me and baby. Baby is head down but I am just a smidge more than a fingertip dilated. Boo. I know it doesn't mean anything ...but well... I have been dealing with lots of braxton hicks and leg/thigh cramps at night and was sort of hoping for...more Plus...I can feel this baby is big and I just am longing to nurse a new baby again, esp. as I look around the house and see everything set up for his arrival...soon, soon, soon...
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