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Quote the nurse, "There's nothing better than floating in warm water on morphine".

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post #102 of 123
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Originally Posted by Teles View Post

That nurse loved her some drugs. Even my husband turned to me at one point and whispered "I've met dealers who were less enthusiastic about drugs..."

 

Quote the nurse, "There's nothing better than floating in warm water on morphine".

LOL!!!

 

we had just moved to new england when we did a birth class in my first pregnancy, and my husband was TERRIFIED b/c the nurse kept talking about 'anesthe-jher'!  we kept giggling about it!  she was so enthusiastic about all the magic drugs that made birth easier for women.  we were terrified of it all, especially the word 'anesthee-jher'!!

 

OH!!!  and I'm so excited b/c i get to see my midwife for the first time since 13 weeks on Saturday!!!  it was way longer than i expected or hoped and i am so happy to see her again.  i love my midwife!!!

post #103 of 123

I have nothing against floating in warm water on morphine, but maybe not while I'm birthing.

post #104 of 123

So I'm a little more mainstream and don't mind the talk of drugs and whatnot, but last night at my childbirth class the nurse really got to me. Here's a transcript of our conversation (and a good reason I will never, ever get there early again and be stuck in one-on-one conversation):

Nurse: When are you due again?

Me: February 22

Nurse: You'll have your babies in January, since they're twins.

Me: Well, I'm hoping for Feb. 1 at the earliest, as that will be 37 weeks.

Nurse: Nope, you won't make it to February. You're going to have January babies.

Me: My grandma carried my dad and his twin brother to 38.5 weeks, and that was in 1948.

Nurse: My daughter's twins were born at 34 weeks and they weighed 4 pounds each and didn't need any NICU time. They were fine! January is a good month to have babies.

 

 

AAARRRGGG! Is it crazy that I don't think a 4-pound baby is "fine?" I mean, I know they can come early and I can't control it, but seriously, is "making it" to 34 weeks the best goal one can have?

 

What I really couldn't take was how she just sat back in her chair and shook her head at any notion of them being born in February...as if no twins EVER make it to 37 weeks.

 

Last class she told me they would be born in December, so at least her optimism is growing.
 

post #105 of 123
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Originally Posted by eminvc View Post

So I'm a little more mainstream and don't mind the talk of drugs and whatnot, but last night at my childbirth class the nurse really got to me. Here's a transcript of our conversation (and a good reason I will never, ever get there early again and be stuck in one-on-one conversation):

Nurse: When are you due again?

Me: February 22

Nurse: You'll have your babies in January, since they're twins.

Me: Well, I'm hoping for Feb. 1 at the earliest, as that will be 37 weeks.

Nurse: Nope, you won't make it to February. You're going to have January babies.

Me: My grandma carried my dad and his twin brother to 38.5 weeks, and that was in 1948.

Nurse: My daughter's twins were born at 34 weeks and they weighed 4 pounds each and didn't need any NICU time. They were fine! January is a good month to have babies.

 

 

AAARRRGGG! Is it crazy that I don't think a 4-pound baby is "fine?" I mean, I know they can come early and I can't control it, but seriously, is "making it" to 34 weeks the best goal one can have?

 

What I really couldn't take was how she just sat back in her chair and shook her head at any notion of them being born in February...as if no twins EVER make it to 37 weeks.

 

Last class she told me they would be born in December, so at least her optimism is growing.
 

wow- you're patient!

 

my cousin just had TRIPLETS at 33 weeks and they were all over 4lbs.  2 4+ lbers and one big boy over 5lbs.  the hospital was really impressed with her.

 

so here's for Feb 1st!  and after having a 7lber last time, i can see why you might find a 4lber a little less than ideal!  i was so worried that first day b/c my 4th baby was the smallest i had ever seen or had and all my friends were popping out 10lbers....  she was fine, but i do think bigger and longer is better!

post #106 of 123

Okay- had my 2nd prenatal visit!!!

 

30 weeks/measuring 30 weeks with a smaller average size baby.

head down confirmed

good heartbeat

nothing to report other than, Yes, I'm pregnant.  Yes, I'm still pregnant.  And I should be having a baby sometime in February.

 

Yippee!!!

 

and my midwife isn't worried about me going too quickly either.  nor is my husband.  they're in agreement that everything will happen, and they are going to help get this whole thing done and cleaned up so i can rest afterwards.

 

i love pregnancy and i'm so excited for labor!!!

post #107 of 123

I had an appt. today at 29+2 weeks. I've gained 3 lbs in the last 5 weeks, I'm measuring 29.75 weeks, urine looked good, BP is good, heart tones are good, everything looks great!

 

ETA: Baby is head down too!


Edited by josie423 - 12/3/12 at 2:04pm
post #108 of 123

I have my appt. on Wednesday, have not seen MW in 5 weeks either.  I am feeling good.  It will be nice to see if baby is head down.  I will be 31 weeks on Wed.

post #109 of 123

I ended up back in hospital getting checked for pre-term labour again a few days ago. It was one of those delicate dances where each person who entered my hospital room brought a gadget and I'd say "what's that?" and they'd explain and then I'd ask "what information are we hoping to obtain from that?" I finally got them to ditch everything and do a digital cervical check (digit being a finger so no vaginal ultrasound) and due to a long discussion about pain in the lower uterus I agreed to a one minute scan with the u/s. I was lucky that they were so patient and was not patronized or questioned in any way. I was given a long time to mull over if I was going to allow a short scan and in the end my husband and I thought given my pain levels as we'd arrived at the hospital, this was one of those times where we needed to let go a little. It was a tough decision! I keep thinking when we do this all again these decisions are going to be easier. I just feel like my body is a new alien planet I have to re-explore every single day. 

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I ended up back in hospital getting checked for pre-term labour again a few days ago. It was one of those delicate dances where each person who entered my hospital room brought a gadget and I'd say "what's that?" and they'd explain and then I'd ask "what information are we hoping to obtain from that?" I finally got them to ditch everything and do a digital cervical check (digit being a finger so no vaginal ultrasound) and due to a long discussion about pain in the lower uterus I agreed to a one minute scan with the u/s. I was lucky that they were so patient and was not patronized or questioned in any way. I was given a long time to mull over if I was going to allow a short scan and in the end my husband and I thought given my pain levels as we'd arrived at the hospital, this was one of those times where we needed to let go a little. It was a tough decision! I keep thinking when we do this all again these decisions are going to be easier. I just feel like my body is a new alien planet I have to re-explore every single day. 

Hope all is ok. How did everything look at the office?
post #111 of 123
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Hope all is ok. How did everything look at the office?

 

Everything seemed fine, amniotic fluids were good, baby was happy.  I went in because I had blinding pain from my side around under the belly that was a 10/10 on my pain scale. Coupled with the braxton hicks it was enough to scare me. I've been on partial bed rest ever since for ligament pain. It seems like this is going to be a very horizontal trimester for me. 

post #112 of 123

Midwife visit number 3 lined up for Tuesday!  last one before baby at this rate!

 

so excited.  

 

we'll basically cover everything and be ready for birth after this.

 

wow.

post #113 of 123

I just saw my midwife on Friday. I have another appt. scheduled for 37ish weeks (3 weeks from now) and then I'm not planning on seeing her again till birth. So exciting! It's so close!!

post #114 of 123

We have the home visit with the MW on Thursday. After that I'm supposed to see her every week but it seems ridiculous! I might ask to see her in another 2 weeks time (when I'm 38 weeks) and then hopefully not til the birth. I really love her and her assistant, but my time is precious right now :).

post #115 of 123
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Yay, getting so close! I have my second (and final) appt next Monday which will be 37 weeks. We'll pick up the birth kit at that time and be all set!
I don't think she's doing a home visit this time, since she knows how to get here already. I'll probably bring a little map with me to leave with her just so she has that. I'm so happy to be so close to the "safe" date for giving birth at home. I really thought I'd be doing stuff to try and stop preterm labor and am so glad that fear hasn't become reality.
post #116 of 123

Glad for you too, odinsmama!

post #117 of 123

I haven't seen my MW since September. I had the U/S in Oct. and haven't had any problems or concerns, so I keep telling her we can wait till birth. Of course, I really thought I would have had this baby weeks ago, but it hasn't happened yet. I may just be a February mom yet! It feels like this baby will never come.

post #118 of 123
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Originally Posted by sweetestday View Post

I haven't seen my MW since September. I had the U/S in Oct. and haven't had any problems or concerns, so I keep telling her we can wait till birth. Of course, I really thought I would have had this baby weeks ago, but it hasn't happened yet. I may just be a February mom yet! It feels like this baby will never come.

i just stalked you yesterday to see if you're still hanging on!  twins?  you're gonna have full-term twins at this point!!!  wow.  you're amazing!

 

my midwife hasn't been to my house yet (we moved since my last 2 births) so this visit is also to get her to our house at least once before the birth, and her back-up/assistant midwife as well (she works with a couple of other midwives and usually have 2 present at a birth) and her possible partners might be even closer to her so just in case.  we have done the weekly visits in the past, but i don't see it happening w/ a 2 hour drive!!!

post #119 of 123
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Just got back from my final mw appt and all is still looking well. Baby head down and, according to the mw, way down in there.
No dilation and only a tiny bit effaced, so that makes me not worry any more about the contrax marathons I've been having lately.
She did the GBS test and will get results in a few days I think.
Got my birth kit, which is a bit different than last time.
What's cinnamon tea for? Will have to look that one up.

Now just gotta get hubby to get his lumber out of the van (he's building us a locking cabinet for medicines and herbs) and get the carseat in and we'll be totally ready. Woohoo! 37 weeks tomorrow and it feels like it went by fast!
post #120 of 123

My midwife recommends cinnamon for heavy bleeding.

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