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Weekly Chat August 26-September 1. - Page 3post #41 of 858/28/13 at 12:01pmI had an ultrasound yesterday at 36/4. The good news is that despite my insulin-requiring gestational diabetes, the baby is measuring at the 38th percentile. Even with the considerable margin of error, she's probably not huge. The bad news is that my cervix is 3.5cm and looks closed. I don't want this baby to come out now and I know there's still lots of time for things to change but since I'm planning a 39-week induction and REALLY want to avoid c-section I'd been hoping my cervix was a little readier than that!post #42 of 858/28/13 at 12:16pmBeep, good news about her size! This is your second, right? I know things can happen quickly, especially in moms who aren't first timers- maybe your body will make things happen pretty fast, closer to your induction date- good luck!
Gosh, I'm just a hormonal mess. I spent all morning crying and even thought about calling a crisis hotline just to have someone to talk to.post #43 of 858/28/13 at 12:37pmYes, my second. With my first I went into induction with a Bishop score of 1-2 and ended up with a beautiful, joyful vaginal delivery despite a highly medicalized setting (and necessarily so). I'm hoping for the same...
Sorry you're struggling so much with your emotions. These hormone swings are fierce! Do you have anyone you can call for a little in-person shoring up over the next few days?post #44 of 858/28/13 at 1:38pmpost #45 of 858/28/13 at 2:02pm
CDsMom - That is an amazing BP number!!! So happy for you. Is RRL tea known for helping with BP?
beep - Glad to hear baby's a good size. Hope your cervix makes some progress soon! What's a Bishop score?
Jennyanydots - I'm so sorry you're having a rough time. Do you feel like there's some specific added stressor that is making it worse that you could get some support or help around? Are there any good listeners in your friends or family that could serve as an outlet when you need it?
nettlesoup - I LOVED Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. My uncle actually lived at the Farm way back when and did the first Spanish translation of Spiritual Midwifery - another good one.
I think I'm alone for like the first time in a month... My parents are at a doctor's appointment, my brother is at work, and DH went off with a friend he has made in his English class. I don't even know what to do with myself. A part of me wants to figure out something to do that I can't do when others are around - another part wants to organize all of the stuff for the baby - and another part just wants to take a nap.post #46 of 858/28/13 at 6:01pmThread Starterpost #47 of 858/28/13 at 6:59pmpost #48 of 858/28/13 at 9:33pm
CDsmom, good to hear your BP came down!
lilmamita, your walks sound lovely. I just can't really walk anymore, otherwise I'd be asking DH to accompany me. Seems like a great way to get in some personal time before the baby arrives.
beep, all I've heard is that it's such a crapshoot with the cervical checks, i.e. it can mean something or it can mean nothing. I hope you get the birth you want!
AFM: went for the armpit ultrasound this morning and it's some sort of cyst that may have been caused by shaving. The doc seemed to think that the lymph nodes are swollen in reaction to that, though that doesn't explain why the ones on the other side are too. I just need a three month follow up.
aidenn, I think the midwife said clogged ducts are rare before birth and the location of the lumps was very high for it to be breast tissue.post #49 of 858/28/13 at 9:35pmLilmamita, a Bishop score is a composite of a number of factors (dilation, effacement, cervical position and consistency, how high/low baby is) and helps predict likelihood of successful induction and need for a c-section. My score is low = unfavorable, though of course can change a lot in a couple of weeks, and last time I happened to have the outcome I wanted even with a low score.post #50 of 858/29/13 at 10:15am
Yup the cervix can tell you something or nothing. My 2cm dilated cervix is hopefully telling me LOTS. :)
In random chat, spurred by a burst of end-of-pregnancy-energy, I started painting leather in cool metallics, and am breathing new life into all sorts of leather goods I wasn't using, from my cloest:
Today's fun:post #51 of 858/29/13 at 1:51pmI had an antenatal app today, first they were running late then after 2 hours waiting they realised I got missed out😠 they took 3 tries to get the right blood pressure reading and then panicked me that her HB was slow so had to go on a monitor for 40 minutes. 4 hours I was there! And turns out everything is absolutely fine😒
I've had enough now, the stomach cramps, vomiting, runny poos and general uncomfortableness is draining. I'm counting down the days now ......post #52 of 858/29/13 at 2:28pmpost #53 of 858/29/13 at 6:01pm
Thanks for the info on the Bishop score, beep.
Serena, that does sound really frustrating... but glad things are fine and you are on the home stretch!
dakipode, Glad to hear the armpit bumps don't seem to be anything too serious. That is weird that the lymph nodes would swell on both sides, but bodies are mysterious things....sympathetic lymph swelling??
I will be 37 weeks tomorrow (and that is based on the latest EDD I was given that I actually think is a little later than it should be). It is really setting in that I could go into labor any day now. I checked in with my supervisor at work today (still doing remote work from home) and basically said I don't want anything assigned to me that couldn't easily be done or finished by someone else if the baby comes all of a sudden. It was a good talk, which was a relief since this is the supervisor that I have been having trouble with. Part of the reason I've been really frustrated with her is that I know a couple years ago her partner and her were thinking about, and planning on getting pregnant (to the extent that she had begun taking Folic Acid and everything), but then they broke up. Plus one of her housemates is a doula, so I think I assumed she had done a fair amount of research on pregnancy and childbirth and should have known better than to have said a lot of the dumb sh** she has said to me throughout the pregnancy. But today when I told her I would be full term as of tomorrow, she got all confused and asked if they had changed my EDD again. I said no, but that baby can come anytime between 37 and 42 weeks, you know. And she said, no, she didn't know that. So maybe I was assuming she knew a lot more than she really did. It doesn't totally excuse all of the stupid sh** she's said to me, but it did explain some of it. Anyways, as part of our check-in today, we decided to take one major project (making a promotional video for our organization out of already existing footage) off of my workplan. It is such a huge relief to me. It had been hanging over my head and I hadn't been able to start it yet because of other projects I had been given. And it really was something that would have been a big pain in the a** to pass off to someone else if I went into labor all of a sudden. I can't even imagine trying to get someone all the media files to finish it up a few days after giving birth, while taking care of a newborn... So glad that responsibility magically dissolved into thin air today!!post #54 of 858/29/13 at 9:25pmpost #55 of 858/29/13 at 11:17pmThanks all
Interviewed a family doctor today. Most pediatricians in my area don't accept new patients currently.. Still looking.
Signed up for AAA today. Feeling like a responsible adult :P
And we had our (early) 36 week appt. interestingly enough, my OB doesn't do any cervix measurings.. The midwife said there's not really a point to do that in a normal pregnancy, other than curiosity. She did the GBS test today though, and recommended I get those latch assist thingies for slightly flat nipples. Will start using them when I'm 37 weeks, cause they can apparently start labor sometimes.post #56 of 858/30/13 at 1:57ampost #57 of 858/30/13 at 6:54am
My diapers are set to be delivered today. Once they're washed along with my swaddle blankets that arrived yesterday, I'm pretty much finished prepping for baby-as far as her needs are concerned. I still have some cleaning and organizing I'd like to do, but if it doesn't get done I'm not too concerned. I've really started slowing down, even more than the last week or two. I've had a headache off and on the last 5 hours or so that's been bad enough to make me check my blood pressure a few times-it's perfect, so the headache is just annoying. We're also in the middle of the first heat wave of the summer-so I can't complain too much since it's the end of August, but it is kicking my butt. All I want to do is hide in the A/C and finish gestating in peace.
I keep having random contractions here and there, and sometimes for an hour or two, then the fizzle out. I was 2-3cm on Monday, after being only 1 a few days earlier, so I'm hoping these contractions are continuing to do some of the work before labor starts.
I also had a really awesome situation come up-there's a student midwife at the local birth center who is needing to observe births for her training, and they can be anywhere-not just home or birth center. In exchange for allowing her to observe your birth, she'll act as a doula or any kind of labor support you'd like. I'm meeting with her Tuesday morning. I'm pretty excited, because I've always wanted to have a doula, but it was never financially feasible. I'm also excited just to be helping out with her training to help get more midwives in the area. I think Eric is kind of relieved to have someone else around in a support role as well-especially one that kind of bridges the gap between this being my 5th pregnancy and being well acquainted with labor and birth, and him having one child, who is 23, so labor and birth are not something he's familiar with.
And I'm planning to pack my bag tomorrow.post #58 of 858/30/13 at 7:11amThread Starterpost #59 of 858/30/13 at 9:27pmThread Starter
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