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post #141 of 167
Steve's Sweety, since you asked... I probably wouldn't get checked. Especially if you haven't gotten the results from your GBS test yet. If you are positive, any extra checks are just going to make you more suseptible to infection. And you are right, knowing where you are at that point isn't going to indicate how much longer you have till "D" day. I know sometimes curiosity wins out, but if you are basing it on pure logic, I'd keep the hands off my cervix.

Speaking of GBS, I'm still agonizing over my ultimate antibiotic decision. I plan to devote some prayer/journaling time to the matter this weekend and hopefully I'll reach a decision. What would be just really wonderful is if I had such a fast labor that my midwife wouldn't have time to administer them at all. I'd like the decision to just be taken out of my hands. But that's not the way parenting typically works...so I'll continue to agonize.

QoC, sounds like you are progressing! That's wonderful news and I'm glad you feel better about your situation. Having the baby so low is really great.

My platelett counts are up a lot! Yay! I still have to go in next week to have them tested again. But it seems like the extra alfalfa must be doing some good.

Okay, well, back to work. Have a great weekend all and here's hoping some babies come on out.
post #142 of 167

Damned UTI

Well, crapstick. I finished my course of Macrobid and now I have symptoms again and "pus cells" in my urine sample. The doc put me on a 10-day course of amoxycillin, which is at least safe for breastfeeding.

I have GOT to get this baby out. Despite all my bathroom gymnastics, I cannot completely empty my bladder and it is basically functioning as a petri dish at this point. I can't believe that after all these months of suffering through stuffy noses and body aches, I am drugging my baby NOW. Aaaaaaargh.



post #143 of 167
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Originally Posted by Smithie
Well, crapstick. I finished my course of Macrobid and now I have symptoms again and "pus cells" in my urine sample. The doc put me on a 10-day course of amoxycillin, which is at least safe for breastfeeding.
YUCK! so sorry!

I just heard back from my OB office. I have to go in and give 3 stool samples to check me for the e coli : uh-yeah! because I can sooo see down there to poop into a little cup!

and the day just keeps getting better and better!
post #144 of 167

Intro

Never mind ..Feeling embarrassed about not being welcomed after posting so late in the game, especially after someone's mention about you all knowing one another "all these months". Sorry for the presumption; good luck and peaceful birthing to all.
post #145 of 167
I hear you on the nesting urge. I clean all day and by the end of the day, you can't tell. For once I'd like to enjoy all my hard work!
post #146 of 167
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Originally Posted by Greaseball
I think I missed the post about the rude nurse...
Yeah, I definitely didn't feel like discussing it at the time. One of the nurses was, I think, trying to comfort me that I wouldn't have anymore prodromal labor. She started off saying that next time I'd know for sure, yada, yada, yada, but ended with, "You won't be in here again until its the real thing because once you feel a real contraction its going to make your little head spin around on your shoulders." As if I hadn't had any "real" contractions after 18 hours of contractions 2-4 minutes apart and 60-90 seconds long each! I, of course, was already sobbing by that point and couldn't even respond. Not to mention that what she said goes against EVERYTHING I've been conditioning myself to accept/believe through Hypnobabies (childbirth is intense, but not painful).
post #147 of 167
What I didn't like was when I was in the hospital for a kidney infection with #1, and they were trying to give me an IV and I screamed - first, they said "What's your problem?" (I didn't think I needed to explain that it hurt, and that no one likes stuff that hurts - it seemed too obvious!) But then they said, "Well, your first contraction is going to hurt way worse." As if just because I'm going to be in a lot of pain later, they are justified in causing pain right now and I shouldn't complain.
post #148 of 167
QoC, what a rollercoaster! I am glad oyu feel better after being checked, but holy crow! 6cm and a bulging bag! Good luck having baby come really easy when it starts.

I am still trudging along. Greaseball, I have been doing the same thing, well, sort of. I have so many things I want to happen first. The LLL conference is next Friday, I am going to LA on Thursday night. I will be there until Monday...definitely do NOT want to have the baby before or during that time. Then when we come back, dh has things at work to finish for month end before he can take a continuous 2 week vacation. Oh, and we also have his work picnic on June 6th which I would rather go to pregnant, mostly because he has only told 2 people that we are having another baby. Can't wait to see their faces!!! : Seriously, I have my heart set on not having this baby early at all. I am looking forward to still being pregnant at certain times, and really feel that anytime after June 11th, when my kids get out of school, is best for me. I know, I know, I have no control over it...but still, I can hope, right????

We are planning on having a UC, and my midwife knows we may not call her until after. We had our home visit last night, and when she and her assistant arrived, dh told them, "Oh, we were supposed to cancel! We already had the baby." They said "Oh good! Then we will just coo over how beautiful it must be." It has beena bit of a joke with her. I told her I am using her for her baby scale so I know how much it weighs at birth!

I have been having the worst pubic bone pain...I think I already mentioned that. I went to the chiro today, and she did an adjustment, and now it feels much better. I don't mind the pain so much, just the shooting type pains I get occasionally.

Smithie, sorry about the UTI. Those are the worst! Do you ever get yeast infections from anti-biotics? I would suggest watching for one now especially, since yeast at birth time is miserable. Plus it can transfer to the baby during birth, and cause thrush and breastfeeding difficulties.

As far as cervical checks, my preference is to avoid them altogether. I find them disheartening, no matter what I am told. If I am told "Oh, 4cm and 80%", I am happy for a day or two, then depressed because baby hasn't come and I worry something is wrong with me. If I am told "Long, thick, barely 1 cm.", then I am depressed right after the appointment, thinking something is wrong with me. I can check my own cervix still, and even when I had my last baby, I had no "ripe" cervical changes up to an hour before I went into labor. I was so down about it. I pretty much promised myself I would not pay any attention to my cervix until I felt like pushing! I have realized that although I have had 7 babies already, I need to remember that every pregnancy is different....guess you could say I am a slow study! : :

Okay, gonna go eat dinner. Hugs to everyone, and hang in there mommas. We don't have much longer to go!
post #149 of 167
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups
Yeah, I definitely didn't feel like discussing it at the time. One of the nurses was, I think, trying to comfort me that I wouldn't have anymore prodromal labor. She started off saying that next time I'd know for sure, yada, yada, yada, but ended with, "You won't be in here again until its the real thing because once you feel a real contraction its going to make your little head spin around on your shoulders." As if I hadn't had any "real" contractions after 18 hours of contractions 2-4 minutes apart and 60-90 seconds long each! I, of course, was already sobbing by that point and couldn't even respond. Not to mention that what she said goes against EVERYTHING I've been conditioning myself to accept/believe through Hypnobabies (childbirth is intense, but not painful).
I hate know-it-all people! Especially when they are that condescending. When I had my first baby, I definitely knew when it was "real" labor.
When I had my last baby, I had about 9 hours of contractions, about 8 minutes apart, lasting about 60-90 seconds. These were NOT in any way, shape or form Braxton-Hicks contractions. After 9 hours, they stopped completely. I would get so pissed off when someone would say "Oh, they were probably just B-H." Ummm....how on earth would YOU know what they probably were?? Ugh!

Sorry to rant a bit, but I feel for you.
post #150 of 167
Queenie, I am so glad you're feeling better! I felt the same about progessing yesterday. I feel like as long as things are moving along, even if slowly, I can deal with that. I hope you can get some rest, mentally and physically, and get past any anxiety you have left. You are so close to holding that sweet baby, it's so exciting!!

Aw Smithie, that sucks! Have you been taking cranberry capsules or juice lately?? It really helped me so much, especially when the baby was right up against my bladder. I also found that drinking LOTS of water at a time helped. I think it was that there was so much clear liquid going in it was sort of rinsing my bladder out, KWIM? It also actually made it easier to empty my bladder than when there was a tiny bit there. It makes it a bit more urgent to get to the bathroom fast, but at least I actually feel empty afterwards, until the next hour, anyway, lol!

I personally prefer to avoid cervical checks and will not be having any more unless active labor goes a really long time. I allowed the one yesterday because I really trust my MWs to be super gentle (I have a VERY sensitive cervix) and because I needed to know if all the activity and pain of the previous few days had done anything. I really needed to know that something was happening, needed the affirmation that my body and my baby know what they're doing. Now I feel like I can go past my EDD just fine, so long as I'm not in pain the whole time! I just had to get over the initial hump. Now I'm actually remembering why I wanted to go past my EDD and am starting to hope that he does wait a bit longer. Ben is kinda bummed at the thought of not getting a baby on his birthday and I realized it will suck if Dan has to go back to work just when school is over leaving me alone with a newborn and a very spirited 4 year old!!
post #151 of 167
That's the weird thing - I've been drinking far more than usual, but yesterday in particular I was SO thirsty and drank like a madwoman - only to wake up with UTI symptoms. I've never had a yeast infection so I'm begging God not to send me my first one now.

I'm going to add the probiotic capsule back into my morning regimen, and take some cranberry capsules later in the day. But what will really work is getting this baby out while I still have a few days left on my course on amoxycillin, so that my bladder can resume its normal position and the last stubborn colonies of bacteria can be effectively zapped. Right now, I basically have two chambers to my bladder - one that is accessed when I initially pee, and one that I can open up by performing ridiculous contortions on the toilet. There is a distinct sensation as my uterus shifts and compartment #2 is able to empty. It doesn't empty all the way, though, which is my problem.

So, send me labor vibes!
post #152 of 167
well i think i may have had the second baby on here! my daughter was born at 1145 am today (21st). we did have our homebirth and she was 6 p 4 oz. she dosnt have a name yet. ill post a story soon.
post #153 of 167
Liz, congratulations!!!
post #154 of 167
Congratulations on baby #2!

Please please let me be next!
post #155 of 167
Congratulations, Michelle and Liz on your births!
post #156 of 167
Congratulations Liz and Michelle! I was just reading back through a few days, and I missed your announcement Michelle. Sorry

How cool to see us having babies now, after all these months.

Greaseball, I am sending you "You next" vibes! :
post #157 of 167
No no, ME next! :LOL

Congratulations, Liz! I'm so glad it all went as planned!
post #158 of 167
No-No..me next! If I go into labor tonight I can avoid the stool samples tomorrow! :LOL
post #159 of 167
Congratulations and welcome to the new beings!

I am happy to let others go next. I have to wait at least until after Thursday (37w) because that's the day I'm having my belly cast, and since this is the last time I plan to be pregnant I would be disappointed to miss out on that. I've never had one before. I have mapped out most convenient dates for the baby to be born. Preferably when husband is not working, though working in town would be more manageable than the days he will be out of town, and after June 2 so there will be no arguing with the insurance company about coverage.

I met a wonderful, amazing, fabulous pediatrician today whom I am so grateful for. This is the first time in the ten years since my first child was born I have found a pediatrician I am more than just tolerant of; it was just like stepping into a warm tub.

People are starting to say, "oh my god!" when they see me and the mailman was speechless yesterday. "You look like you're about to....." and he couldn't think what to say after that.

I have stabbing sharp pains in my cervix like electric shocks, which I know to be normal but still come by surprise and can be rather painful. Also when the baby stretches and really pushes things like my bladder or cervix aside, that hurts. Heartburn is worst from one am to four am, and then it seems easier for me to sleep. Those new tums taste so awful but I have found sucking on them instead of chewing them more bearable, and they also seem to work better on the tummy that way. Only unpleasantness is waking up with a shrunken tums glued to the roof of my mouth.

As a doula I must say my personal advice is to leave well enough alone as far as interventions, especially AROM. Castor oil, herbs, stripping the membranes may or may not work, but AROM puts you on the clock and it also may not work. Especially if you have not gone past your due date, and there is no medical reason to induce. I have seen this lead to cesarean birth too many times.

I have also been trying to keep the place clean, and have been cranky with my daughter, and not really wanted to see anyone, or rather only wanted to see select people.

My midwife makes her home visit Wednesday. I will probably decline any internal exams since I don't think they necessarily tell one anything, and they increase the risk of infection.

Good luck to everyone hoping to have their babies in the next few days!
post #160 of 167
Wow Liz Congrats and welcome to your little one!!! It's so weird I remember over on the ttc boards when you found out you were pregnant and now your little girl is here! Yippeeee!!!
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