I am 8 wks pregnant with our 7th pregnancy/6th birth (Lord willing) within 8 years. I have had 4 homebirths with my last four babies, and never had a problem except with my last homebirth after everyone left I began hemorhaging badly. By the time we realized what was happened I was about to pass out. An ambulance, manual removal of clots multiple times (holy cow that was excruciating), and D&C later, I am fine.
My husband was completely against a homebirth, and another pregnancy for that matter, but soon wanted another baby but only if we agreed on a hospital birth. I agreed to it. After much discussion, prayer, and talking with other childbirth professionals we are hoping to homebirth again. I know what to expect this time around and know to act much quicker than we did last time if this happens again. There are so many things we could have done differently but being so exhausted I don't think either of us were thinking straight.
We are beginning to look into homebirth midwives that we feel comfortable with who can have pit on hand if necesary, as my usual midwife moved out of state.
But I am wondering in what specific ways, other than the usual 'eat healthy, get rest, drink lots of fluids, RRL tea in last trimester' can I help prevent another experience like last time.
Last time I took for granted the importance of taking care of myself. I drank a lot of pop daily. I havent had pop in over a year at this point. I cook from scratch with an eye high on nutrition. What foods, if any, can specifically help my body prepare for labor and the toll it takes on the body? The reasoning for my hemorghage last time was a 'tired uterus' and they blamed the fact that I had so many kids close together. But, I blame myself. My body was void of nutrition and sleep - how could it function properly?
I want to be proactive and make this the best pregnancy yet and give my body the best opportunity it has to recover.