Hi everybody! I'm not caught up on what's been said over the last ten days or so since baby came... we're all doing well, it's just a very busy time and right now my parents are visiting which is wonderful.
I'll post a birth story as soon as I have time... want to do it justice! :-)
Hang in there everyone who's still pregnant - I never thought I'd be waiting until 41+ a day or two, but so it was, and everything was just perfect in the end. We had all been so sick the week before it's just as well baby waited. She weighed about 7.5 pounds, so just the right size too!
I wanted to post a query - I guess the postpartum chat would be the place - just hadn't gotten to it and it's getting late for me, but if anyone wants to throw out tips for healing small tears and post-partum hemorrhoids...... yeah. My first I had a small tear and wasn't too happy with how it healed, but I think I messed it up - being too active, lots of walking and squatting and just kept tearing it open again. Also, I used a salve-type thing on it and I think the oiliness of it kept the edges from sticking together maybe? And too much bathing maybe.... Anyway, this time I'm trying to minimize bathing (just a rinse in the shower once a day, no sitz bath), minimize movement that might pull it apart, no salve... and I think it's still not coming together at the edges. Sigh. Just a tiny extension of the same tear I had the first time, not nearly as painful this time, just I was hoping it would put itself back together. As for the hemorrhoids.... yeah.... they're not that bad, but I'd like it to go away ASAP please!! Somewhat surprised this time that I'm still having constipation issues postpartum. Last time I was basically good to go in that regard as soon as baby came out. This time feels like my intestines/rectum have been permanently distended or relocated or something or other and it's not quite running smoothly yet, LOL!
As for NST/fluid checks (thank you for dragging me back, cwill!), I had it done three times I think over the last ten days or so of the pregnancy. I knew my fluid levels had dropped some and was kind of shocked at how low a reading they got the first time, which is why I agreed to go back twice-weekly until delivery. It's pretty short and simple compared to a full ultrasound, which I liked, as I just prefer not to shoot ultrasound at the baby without reason and wanted to minimize it. That said, I did find it reassuring to know that baby was still stable and had adequate fluid. Of course, they still asked me to induce at every appointment - I very much had to do my own research about what risks I was willing to take and interpret the results for myself. And in my case, indeed, perfectly healthy baby born at home with no problems... I'd almost like to take her back and parade her around and say "Look! I was right!" Haha... but they would probably say it was just luck... I don't care what they think though, I was happy to have the extra monitoring especially as I went a little longer than expected. If the first readings had been good I don't think I would have done another for a good week or two, but because the first fluid reading was so low I did want to check it more often. Of course it's normal for fluid levels to drop somewhat towards term, but I think mine had gotten too low for a time. (And perhaps baby waited until I had bumped things up again....?) The NST part, they just record the baby's heart rate for 20-30 minutes and look for some increases with movement, an overall steady rate, no big drops... which, if you have the patience or your midwife does, could be done with a stethoscope. And retrospectively, I kind of wish I had gotten a fetoscope to make it a bit easier to hear and just done that myself. I did check the baby's heart rate once a day or so during the last week or two, just for a minute or two at a time, and that was reassuring. It is kind of hard to keep counting for that long! But can be done, if one has concerns about ultrasound, and kick-counts plus listening with a fetoscope for a length of time I would think to be just about as reassuring as a NST/AFI/BPP.
So that's my two cents, and I'll be back again when I can!