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Taking dandelion and calcium/magnesium can help if you indeed are having bp issues.


I started the cal mag last week but didn't know about dandelion. Thsnks for the info! My bp seems to have returned to normal so I am thinking it was a stress reaction because last week was just so bad. I am going to keep my eye on it jic.
post #162 of 240

Cytotec is the brand name for misoprostol which is an ulcer medication. They discovered by accident that it causes massive uterine contractions and then labeled the bottles in huge letters not to take it during pregnancy. However, our medical system being what it is, doctors quickly realized that they could use it for other off label purposes. Like labor induction and abortions.

 

I have all of my supplies, except for about 3 things, and I bought a few things from Cascade. I had a lot of stuff already, and I got the bulk of what I needed at the dollar store. :D  I just couldn't see spending a ton of money on special plastic stuff when I could get a shower curtain liner (or 3) at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. I think all I need at this point is a big plastic bowl, old towels, and old sheets. I'll get those from the Goodwill by my house.

post #163 of 240
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Good idea Jenni, I'm going to hit the dollar store as well. You guys are so far ahead of me on supplies! I'm going to order them Friday when dh gets paid.

 

Tracy - good to hear your bp has regulated :)

 

Annabelle - thanks for the input. I could skip the pku myself but dh is leaning toward wanting it so I may just suck it up and get it done since he supports me in every other one of my ~against the grain~ ideas and preferences over 13 years lol.gif Gotta love supportive husbands though. I won't do it if I can't nurse though. No one's taking babe from me.

 

post #164 of 240

We're definitely not doing the heel prick unless I think something is up. I regret getting it done with DS :-( I call it the heel prick because the one we had tested for like at least a hundred diseases. We don't do well visits or anything and we don't go to the doctor unless something happens I can't handle myself. So my 2 yo DS hasn't been to the doctors yet, lol.
 

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Tracy, I may be pm'ing you about that Sheepish.gif

 

Q for everyone: what is everyone doing about the newborn testing/PKU, if anything? That would be the only newborn 'thing' we would do -- and also is anyone doing a newborn exam/look-over in the first week or so of birth? I'm sort of ambivalent about both but on the other hand I think they can be important for making sure everything is cool as well as "proving" we aren't neglectful parents.

 

Any thoughts?

 

post #165 of 240

I'm going to do the PKU because if you don't catch that early it can be really really bad for baby. I'd rather know early and be able to make sure baby is able to eat. Other than that, no other typical newborn stuff.

post #166 of 240

oh ugh. can i just vent a little here, mamas?

 

i just had a prenatal visit with one of the midwives in my practice, and she told me that since i'm a 2vbac, i have to switch providers to an ob in the practice. in my county, by law midwives can't deliver vbacs. i heard from some doulas that no hbmws will do vbacs here, either. :( i'm just feeling like i have to start from scratch now to see if i can find an ob that i actually like/trust. plus, there are 16 or so obs that are on call outside the practice, so who really knows who is going to show up and deliver my baby...

 

can you see why i am lurking around here in uc country?

 

i'm seriously more and more hoping this little 'un just pops out smoothly at home. dh is definitely not comfortable with planning a home birth, let alone a uc. he did, however, read emergency childbirth... sigh. i know it will all work out for the best.

 

thanks for listening/reading!

 

xo

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Hugs to you, BHappy. That sounds really tough. 

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Sorry Mama ((hug)). Have you looked for an underground midwife?

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oh ugh. can i just vent a little here, mamas?

 

i just had a prenatal visit with one of the midwives in my practice, and she told me that since i'm a 2vbac, i have to switch providers to an ob in the practice. in my county, by law midwives can't deliver vbacs. i heard from some doulas that no hbmws will do vbacs here, either. :( i'm just feeling like i have to start from scratch now to see if i can find an ob that i actually like/trust. plus, there are 16 or so obs that are on call outside the practice, so who really knows who is going to show up and deliver my baby...

 

can you see why i am lurking around here in uc country?

 

i'm seriously more and more hoping this little 'un just pops out smoothly at home. dh is definitely not comfortable with planning a home birth, let alone a uc. he did, however, read emergency childbirth... sigh. i know it will all work out for the best.

 

thanks for listening/reading!

 

xo

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Sorry Mama ((hug)). Have you looked for an underground midwife?


 


This is what I was thinking.  It's what I did when I wanted my HBAC.  There IS an underground network wherever you are - maybe post in FYT here and see what you come up with.  Maybe just call a couple of the HB midwives and pick their brain - they might be able to at least point you in the right direction.  Is your DH the type to feel better about birthing at home if he does some research and realized first-hand how safe it is, or is he pretty set on going to the hospital?  I do think if you have an 'oops' you both need to be on board - hopefully he will come around. 

 

16 OBs on call for the practice???!!  That is just insane.  I would never in a million years want someone 'delivering' my baby who I had never even met! Yikes!!  

 

post #170 of 240
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Ugh that stinks BHappy. I wish I had some useful advice. I did recently see a video of a woman who had a home birth after 4 c-sections so I know after 2 is definitely possible and doable. It's sad there are such regulations with midwives given the fact that uterine rupture is such a rare occurrence. I would go with Tracy's suggestion of seeing if you can get any info in Finding Your Tribe here.

 

Is your dh open to reading articles and so on about the safety of hbac, or even personal accounts of people who uc'ed after one or more c-sections?

 

Tracy -- that's one reason I left my midwife's practice. Although there was only one other midwife in the practice, I had never laid eyes on her lol...16 OBs in the same practice sounds insane!

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oh, just to clarify, this will be my second VBAC. i had one of my twins born by emerg C-S (prolapsed cord). then my daughter was a VBAC. so i have done the VBAC route already, but it was 10 years ago and the image of VBAC has shifted in a bad way since then. the most frustrating part for me now is that after having done one VBAC, the risk of rupture is basically nil. so the fact that i am being treated like some kind of risk really bothers me.

 

DH's reluctance to home birth stems from the emerg situation we encountered with our second twin. we both feel certain that if we hadn't been near medical intervention, we seriously may have lost our boy. so he just wants support nearby, just in case. otherwise, he is all about intervention-free natural birth. to make things more complicated, we live at least 30 minutes from the hospital, depending on traffic.

 

i personally like the idea of an underground midwife. i just don't know if i could talk DH into it. it is worth investigating, though, so thank you for the idea. along similar lines, i have recently met a doula who i clicked with, and who is also trained as a midwife's assistant (meaning she can do internal exams and such things). she could very well help me deliver at home, if things became an "oops UC". i agree with a pp about having DH on board for an oops. i am approaching that gently as well. that's why i gave him "emergency childbirth" to read, to open that door.

 

thanks so much for your response and support. i feel so much that this birth is meant to be my "healing birth", the birth i have not yet experienced with my other children. this one will be smooth and uneventful and with a perfect outcome (although i must add that my other children turned out to be just perfect, too!). with these recent developments, it feels like obstacles to that birth are being presented and they need to be worked through.

 

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #172 of 240

I was about to say the same thing too. It's stupid laws/regulations like these that take away the rights of families to choose what and with whom they want. ugh. Anyhow, I would post on "birth without fear" on facebook and I can ask all my midwife friends as well. Are you in Santa Cruz, California or ? We have a widespread knowledge of midwives that will attend and support women, even though the law is against it. Good luck mama and you'll know what's best for you and your baby.
 

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Sorry Mama ((hug)). Have you looked for an underground midwife?


 
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Oh I also was going to suggest having a homebirth with a midwife who supports and has experience with VBAC's because she can help you and DH thru any fears you both may have. She can educate you as much as you like on what's normal vs. abnormal. Underground midwives are ALL ABOUT educating and supporting whatever you want.

 

 

You ladies have been so chatty lately and every time I try to reply, the stupid computer freezes up. Ugh. Anyhow, I'm so glad to see everyone talking about what they want/don't want and getting prepared. Myself, I haven't done anything to prepare for the actual birth and I just figure I'll gather the items shortly beforehand. Right now I'm focused on myself and our Midwife educating DH to dispell his/our fears so we can proceed with UC with confidence. Much love ladies! Oh and I'm soooo huge, it's making me wonder if there are twins. lol. I'm always big (this is our 4th), but I feel extra huge this time. We didn't and won't have an U/S unless I feel strongly urged to by my intuition/God. Now I just have to see if my midwife can feel 1 or 2 babies, not to mention finding two heartbeats. lol

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i know that 3 and a half years ago when my son was born the midwifes i had in california in the east bay did lots of vbacs. i don't recommend those specific midiwifes and don't think they can go as far as santa cruz but i suspect there may be midwifes n santacruz who can i would be happy to ask my midwife if she knows of anyone in santa cruz area if you want.

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On a happy note... I heard the baby's heartbeat this morning with my fetoscope!!  I was so excited!  I have been trying every morning before I get out of bed with no luck until now.  Yesterday, I realized that I am really getting bigger by the minute - maybe he is having a growth spurt!  So now the first entry in my personal prenatal record is complete! love.gif

 

post #176 of 240
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Yay, congrats! :) I considered ordering one of those but being so large, I fear it would be met with frustration if I couldn't hear the hb.

 

I ordered some birth supplies today but it was somewhat underwhelming (I don't know how it was supposed to feel lol). I'm still very excited of course, but thinking of the stuff we still need is a bit annoying -- hose and pump for pool, etc. I'm also in major nesting mode and want to redo the entire house from top to bottom including paint, new floors, everything -- which is funny since we rent lol.gif

 

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On a happy note... I heard the baby's heartbeat this morning with my fetoscope!!  I was so excited!  I have been trying every morning before I get out of bed with no luck until now.  Yesterday, I realized that I am really getting bigger by the minute - maybe he is having a growth spurt!  So now the first entry in my personal prenatal record is complete! love.gif

 



That is wonderful!

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I was about to say the same thing too. It's stupid laws/regulations like these that take away the rights of families to choose what and with whom they want. ugh. Anyhow, I would post on "birth without fear" on facebook and I can ask all my midwife friends as well. Are you in Santa Cruz, California or ? We have a widespread knowledge of midwives that will attend and support women, even though the law is against it. Good luck mama and you'll know what's best for you and your baby.
 


 

 

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i know that 3 and a half years ago when my son was born the midwifes i had in california in the east bay did lots of vbacs. i don't recommend those specific midiwifes and don't think they can go as far as santa cruz but i suspect there may be midwifes n santacruz who can i would be happy to ask my midwife if she knows of anyone in santa cruz area if you want.


thanks, ladies! love.gif i so appreciate the support. i'm going to start with my midwife and some doula friends i know. i will let you know if i need to spread the net wider. i know that exactly the right thing will happen for me and the baby. thanks again and blessings!

 

xo

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On a happy note... I heard the baby's heartbeat this morning with my fetoscope!!  I was so excited!  I have been trying every morning before I get out of bed with no luck until now.  Yesterday, I realized that I am really getting bigger by the minute - maybe he is having a growth spurt!  So now the first entry in my personal prenatal record is complete! love.gif

 

 

that's so great! i think i broke mine...
 

post #180 of 240

Baby has been hanging out transverse. It was actually bothering me. We prayed yesterday about it and I asked baby to go vertex or breech. This morning I woke to no kicks at my sides. While doing school I felt kicks in my chest area, first time this pregnancy. Yay for baby, minding mom :)

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