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Last stretch! wahoo!!

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

almost there now!

36 weeks and 2 days today, still hanging in here. just thought id have a little write because its all getting a bit tedius and boring now.

fed up of just about everything from heartburn to my little girl pushing her head into my cervix as had as she can. worse than that i was in hospital with full contractions stably at 7 mins apart and they sent me home and gave me dyhydrocodine which after some research and friends telling me of their experience actually stops contractions and can cause breathing problems at birth. so I stopped taking them. funnily enough i'm now back to strong braxton hicks.

 

I absolutely love pregnancy but before I got pregnant I underestimated the moans of pregnant women now I fully sympathise. (especially with lack of sleep towards the end)

 

i have done as much research as i can about breast feeding too, as a teenager myself i don't know many people who have breast fed but i am 100% going for it. breast is best. which is great because my mum is due just after me and is going to try breastfeeding for the first time so we can discuss and compare.

 

mine and little girls hospital bags are packed and ready now!! still not written that birthing plan though keeps slipping my mind. all bottles and breast pump all sterilised and her moses basket and cot are both all ready for her.

 

fingers crossed she will come a bit early as i can no longer walk without being in agony,cant even turn over in bed without hurting. constantly sleepy and just this week ive felt run down and poorly.

 

any birth stories and advise on natural methods of induction?

 

i am tempted to ask my midwife about a early sweep due to the constant pain im in. any sucess with these?

post #2 of 7

Yummymummybump, congratulations! And good for you for being so energized about breastfeeding. Lucky you and your mom to go through the early weeks together.

 

Since you want breastfeeding to go well, I would suggest that you not try to induce (naturally or otherwise) early - at least not before 38 weeks. Although there are some exceptions, it is pretty often observed that late preterm babies (those born before 38 weeks) have many more early difficulties with breastfeeding than those who come at term. They are just not totally with it yet and this can cause unforeseen challenges.

 

I have found it's invaluable to learn a good method of hand-expression before the birth - I really like this one: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html  The reason being that in the first 48 hours - and the first 2 weeks as a whole - how good and frequently you empty out your breasts affects how much milk you can make later on. The pump doesn't work as well in the first few days so hand-expression is a lifesaver if you end up with a sleepy baby, etc. For the same reason, if you have a feeling that your baby is having a little trouble latching well, it's good to get lactation support by about a week of age and not wait too long...especially don't put up stoically with lots of pain or nipples cracking even if people tell you pain is normal. :)

 

Good luck with everything & I hope you can find ways to diminish the pain and discomfort in the meantime!

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

thank you, i will defenitly have a look at the link. 

i appreciate the advise about inducing, maybe i'll just stick to paracetamol to ease the pain and spend the next few weeks with feet up. 

post #4 of 7

Wow, I haven't really felt anything other than super mild cramping in the evenings for a few minutes and I'm at 37 weeks. I'm TOTALLY over this! My pregnancy has been rough; sick the entire time. I thought I was coming out of it a couple weeks ago but am now having late pregnancy symptoms coupled with nausea. I'm at the point where I don't want anyone else to ask me how I feel because I just don't have anything nice to say. :) 

 

I can't seem to think past this phase; we have the breast pump and are ready to go but until I STOP BEING SICK I just can't think about anything else and the mechanics of breast feeding until I actually have to start doing it. I have heard a few women tell me though that they thought they were going into labor a few times before it actually happened, so I hope you can get through the frustration of waiting and not knowing. You are being forced to have patience which I like to think will help with raising children. :)

post #5 of 7
I'm one of those people who had zero signs of labor until about 24 hours before my son was born last time so I don't really anticipate a prolonged ordeal this time. (Aaaaaand, I'm sure that's my ticket to weeks of prodomal labor!)

To prep for breastfeeding success last time (my son had zero supplementation ever) I didn't even think about pumps or bottles or anything til 3 weeks when I had to start stashing a little for work. The best way to nurse, in my experience, was to just put the baby to the breast. Often. As often as he wanted. No pacifiers, no nothing.

If you can get through 3 weeks, it gets a lot better. 6 weeks and you're pretty well established and can make it through growth spurts.

I got sore nipples, and lanolin was gross to me, so this time I'm trying dr newman's APNO.

Follow Dr. Newman on Facebook for really great information and support.

If you're around folks who don't breastfeed, or who aren't familiar with it, practice this:

Yes, the baby is hungry again
Yes, eating this frequently is normal.
Yes, I'm sure s/he is getting enough.
No, s/he won't have a problem bonding with dad/grandma/etc. if they don't feed them bottles

I was surrounded by formula fed babies and caregivers who had no knowledge of breastfeeding and I had to constantly defend/reassure people that I wasn't starving my baby. (His weight doubled in less than a month so they shut up after that)

Try to get some exposure to other nursing mamas, if possible. A LLL meeting costs nothing and can be a valuable resource.
post #6 of 7

This is my 6th baby.  None of those "natural inductions" actually work.  You go into labor when your body/baby says it is time.  With the exception of perhaps castor oil....  I could never bring myself to try that one.  However- I do have a theory on contractions.  Lets say you are going to have X many contractions.  Might as well get some over and done with before you go into labor.  So what I have found best for that is nipple stimulation and sex.  However- I am so stinking uncomfortable that I can't stand that idea either.  But it will get contractions going and you might as well figure they are doing something down there even if it doesn't put you into labor :)

 

I have breastfed all my kids and have never used a bottle.  I just take the baby with me and we just go with straight from the tap.  I did have to pump off extra milk with my second- but I just ended up giving most of that to my first in a sippy cup.  Bottles seem like so much work- and pumping sucked.  But if you have to go to work- well that is different.  Most hospitals have a lactation consultant and that is a good person to get to know just in case.  At the hospital I delivered my first 3 at there was a weekly group for nursing moms where you got free everything.  lc, lanolin, shields, weight checks, advice.  It was great.  Also this is perhaps random- but hey it is winter for most of us- keep your breasts warm!  I have become a huge fan of the lanawool pads and keeping your breasts nice and toasty.  The cold hurts and it seems like all goes a lot better with the wool pads (at least for me).  Also- I swear that a nice hot cup of mothers milk teas at night works wonders..  And lots of rest.  Lots and lots of rest.

post #7 of 7
Ditto to what the seasoned mamas above have said!
In the v beginning, use a good nipple cream/butter btw each feeding (I swear by lanolin free- so no wiping off btw feedings- Motherlove Nipple Cream) and also those cooling Soothie pads help. Your nips will be sore at first and also bleed a bit. Expect that. It gets better so much better!
Also get a comfy nursing pillow. For me, w each baby, I have gotten a new Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby pillow bc they are shaped like an arrow and so cushy/luxe feeling, I always preferred this brand by far over Boppy or Brest Friend. Worth the pennies. Both my older kids (3 & 5) sleep w their old nursing pillows now and are quite attached to them. With my son, I nursed him until 14 months when I was 2nd trimester w my daughter and supply went away. W my daughter, I nursed until 2 1/2. It takes determination and staying on track for the first month to make it stick. We never supplemented and when I had issues or trouble w my first, I sought out LC or LLL support right away.
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