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post #141 of 245
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They will start me with a cervadil and I'm hoping that will be enough that I don't need pitocin. For sure though, I will request the absolute lowest dose of it if it's needed. I hope to not have to rely on that this time as well. 

 

DH has been checking in on me each hour from work. I'm about to slap him through the chat program!

post #142 of 245

I admit I don't know where to post this but here is an update as to what has been happening to me.

 

 

First, we thought my water may have broken yesterday morning. I leaked three times and was told to go in and see the midwife this morning. I have also been itchy. One midwife thought it was because of the heat. But the midwife I saw today took it as a sign that I may have something going on with my liver. 

 

My water did not break. Those two tests were negative. But I do have swollen hands and feet, high blood pressure, itchy hands and feet and official diagnosis of PUPPS. 

 

The ultrasound they did to look at the fluid looks good. Baby is in perfect position. And the NST results were great! They are testing my blood and urine to learn more about the preecamspia symptoms I may be exhibiting. We will know more Saturday when we go in. At that point we may discuss induction. 

 

Does any one have any thoughts about if we should induce (even if they don't recommend it)? I am at 4o weeks/3 days. Also what is the "best/least intrusive" way to go about it? They said that they don't automatically go to Pit but consider other drugs first. 

post #143 of 245

saw my midwife today and since I've also had what I thought might be leaking, but not really, I asked about those "super moist times" and she explained that the cervical mucus gets really thin at the end.  So, good signs, I say. :) 

post #144 of 245
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Originally Posted by Munchkin08 View Post

I admit I don't know where to post this but here is an update as to what has been happening to me.

 

 

First, we thought my water may have broken yesterday morning. I leaked three times and was told to go in and see the midwife this morning. I have also been itchy. One midwife thought it was because of the heat. But the midwife I saw today took it as a sign that I may have something going on with my liver. 

 

My water did not break. Those two tests were negative. But I do have swollen hands and feet, high blood pressure, itchy hands and feet and official diagnosis of PUPPS. 

 

The ultrasound they did to look at the fluid looks good. Baby is in perfect position. And the NST results were great! They are testing my blood and urine to learn more about the preecamspia symptoms I may be exhibiting. We will know more Saturday when we go in. At that point we may discuss induction. 

 

Does any one have any thoughts about if we should induce (even if they don't recommend it)? I am at 4o weeks/3 days. Also what is the "best/least intrusive" way to go about it? They said that they don't automatically go to Pit but consider other drugs first. 

there are natural ways to encourage/induce labor- super concentrated red raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil (taken orally and applied directly to cervix or capsules inserted and let dissolve), sex, walking, a combination of black and blue cohosh extract (see if you can get a copy of Susan Weed's "Guide to the Child Birthing Year"... there's something about herbal in the title too, but that's the gist of it.  go to the bookstore or library so you don't have to wait.  there are more specific directions in there for those suggestions).  Good luck!!

post #145 of 245

Munchkin: If I remember right, Cervidil is the least "intervention." It didn't work for me, but I know it works for some.  I think there is also a balloon-thing (a foley catheder) that they can use to try to dilate the cervix. Plus, remember that you can always ask them to take you off the Pitocin if your labor seems to be well established.

post #146 of 245
I am struggling mightily with irritation and emotionality this evening. My kids are annoying me for no reason and too much noise in the house. I want to crawl out of my own skin. :-(
post #147 of 245

I am feeling really miserable today. I am still struggling with PUPP that developed this week. I have not slept well since. I took Benadryl last night and that knocked me out - but has not stopped the need to itch. And if I was in labor I would sleep right thru it so it doesn't feel like a long term solution for the next week or so until I hit 42 weeks. We are going in to see the midwife now about the blood and urine tests they wanted me to take to rule out preeclampsia due to my inconsistent and recently high blood pressure and swelling. 

 

I feel like I made it to 40 weeks and my body is slowly failing me. Maybe as a result of having such an "easy" pregnancy. 

 

I also feel like I can't focus on welcoming this baby into the world bc I am so distracted by the itchiness and constantly uncomfortable. 

 

Sigh. 

post #148 of 245

Every time I wipe and there is nothing (which is every time), my heart drops. 

 

40 weeks tomorrow. Going to ride on the lawn mower and cut the grass later. 

post #149 of 245

Feel better, ladies! Munchkin I hope you get good news at your appt!

 

I can't imagine being in this wait and see situation, at least I have an end date in sight. In fact right now I am hoping I don't see any labor signs because my brain is pretty set on making it to April 24th!

post #150 of 245
Munchkin, please don't feel punished for having an easy pregnancy. You will overcome this insane itching disease and the BP issues. So sorry this has happened.

Cagnew, when my chiro told me I would go to 40w a few days ago I totally lost it and started blubbering to dh that I didnt want to wait anymore. Since then, I have been talking to my little boy, asking what he wants and needs. Whether he is actually answering me or I am talking to part of my subconscious, I uncovered a few things that surprised me such as my expectation of an easy baby like my first two. I had to come to a place of peace that this kid can and should be whoever he is meant to be and I will be the mother he needs. If that means he is fussy and I am tired but loving about it and have to delay going back to work, so be it.

A really helpful series of conversations.
post #151 of 245

Munchkin, I am so sorry that you are so uncomfortable!  If it helps at all, I know how you feel.  In the last few days, a crazy bumpy itchy rash has appeared on my belly and it is driving me nuts!  I keep walking around with my shirt up over my belly to try and cool it off.  redface.gif  My next appointment is on Monday, so we will see what the MFMs have to say about it.  Hang in there!  You are so close!  (I'm at 38 weeks and bracing myself for a few more itchy weeks).  

 

I can't believe April is almost 1/2 over!  I better get back to writing our birth plan and packing!  whistling.gif  Yep, I'm still in denial.  lol.gif

post #152 of 245
Thanks everyone. I'm sitting in the hospital getting non stress test. Everything looks good. Waiting for other test results. Those don't look as promising. Can so done tell me its ok if I get induced? I'm scared.
post #153 of 245
Thanks everyone. I'm sitting in the hospital getting non stress test. Everything looks good. Waiting for other test results. Those don't look as promising. Can so done tell me its ok if I get induced? I'm scared.
post #154 of 245

hug2.gif  Oh Munchkin!  It will absolutely be ok!

 

One way or another it will be ok and your baby will arrive in the way that is best for you both.

 

I know you were not planning on being induced.  You should have time to discuss with your Dr. and partner (and doula if you have one) about what the options are and the pros and cons of each.  Depending on what the tests say when they come back, some options may not be appropriate for your situation.

 

With my first I transfered from a birth center to a hospital where I received an epidural and pictocin.  Was it the natural birth I planned, no.  But the interventions allowed my labor to progress and avoid a c-section.  I did deliver our DD vaginally and was ultimately glad that we had the extra help available when we needed it.

 

Thinking of you!  stillheart.gif

post #155 of 245

I'll be online for a while working on my birth plan if you need me.  hug2.gif

post #156 of 245
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Thanks everyone. I'm sitting in the hospital getting non stress test. Everything looks good. Waiting for other test results. Those don't look as promising. Can so done tell me its ok if I get induced? I'm scared.


Munchkin, you and your babe will most definitely be okay! Take a deep breath, and listen to everything your doc/midwife has to say. Get them to write it down, if possible. Then go for a walk with your partner, get a cup of tea, and talk it out. You absolutely DO NOT have to make a decision right then. Give yourself a little time to think, and to make the choice. I'm thinking good birthing thoughts for you!

post #157 of 245

Yes! I was induced twice. Just try and focus on the end result! Both my inductions went smoothly. You might not even need pitocin. I didn't need it for my second and that was only at 38 weeks. Be brave! om.gif Oh and eat before they induce you because they won't let you eat in labor. You probably already knew that....

post #158 of 245
Munchkin, you and your babe will be well. Focus on that fact. Believe it.

You might ask them to review your bshop's score with you. A higher number is desirable. If induction is needed, they could help increase your score by assisting with ripening (cervidil) and effacement before trying to move dilation forward (foley catheter, pitocin).

http://hopethedoula.blogspot.com/2011/06/simple-math-bishop-score-and-optimal.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_score
post #159 of 245
Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I was given one dose of cito - something at 5pm. The midwife was comfortable letting things progress naturally after that and we will reassess in the morning. DH is sleeping. I am resting. Reading birth stories, listening to babies being born somewhere on the floor, staying grounded and feeling contractions get stronger.
post #160 of 245
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I was given one dose of cito - something at 5pm. The midwife was comfortable letting things progress naturally after that and we will reassess in the morning. DH is sleeping. I am resting. Reading birth stories, listening to babies being born somewhere on the floor, staying grounded and feeling contractions get stronger.

That was probably cytotec. Did you see Brooklyn_Warbler's birth story? It is really lovely. In two parts at http://thesaturdaygirl.livejournal.com/

Rest well and peaceful, joyous birthing!
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