Okay, I'm flying high right now! Babe is head down, I'm almost 100% sure. I have a doppler, and the heartbeat is now below my belly button instead of up near my rib cage as it's been for the past few weeks. Plus, I'm peeing about every 10 minutes, very small amounts, where for the past few weeks, I've been going much longer intervals. Thank GOD!!!
And, I found a miracle drug today. I'm taking Zantac, well, the generic really, but it's all the same thing. I haven't been able to eat for about 5 days now, cause my heartburn has been so bad. Plus, I've had this awful intestinal cramping and diarrhea (TMI?). Last night, I couldn't sleep, the heartburn was so bad, and that was the fourth night in a row of less than 4 hours of sleep. So, today, I broke down and asked "what can I take?" Midwives recommended Zantac and I took it. Heartburn is gone. I ate lunch AND dinner today! Woo-hoo! I have some energy again, which is something that's really been getting me down. I haven't been able to eat, so I'm just this lethargic slug, and everything has hurt, but now, maybe things are looking up! I'm hoping so. And, I really believe in my VBAC again, now that Babe is head down!
So, catching up...
Jenn, sounds like hiring your old midwife is a good alternative. If you know what you're doing, and you have your "just in case" person around, home births are so safe. Even unassisted. I know plenty of people who would only birth that way.
Cheryl, good luck with the GBS test. I think I'll be getting mine on Tuesday. For that matter, good luck to ALL of us as it's right around this time for everyone.
Kimberly! Yikes about the swelling! The risk of pre-eclampsia doesn't completely go away once the baby is born for some women. Keep a close eye on that. Did they run your blood work in the hospital before you were discharged? I'm so glad they let you go home when they did, but honestly, I'm surprised that they agreed to an early discharge because of your history. Keep on taking it easy, and hopefully it will pass. Those 40 pounds will probably slide off one night, but you'll be up all night peeing. I lost 30 pounds of fluid with my DD in one night, but I still had a catheter in me. They were in changing the bag every hour all night long. Looking back, I'm glad I was still catheterized, cause getting up to pee that many times would have majorly sucked. Here's some ***FAST DIURESIS*** vibes for you.
K8, what's the thermometer trick? I've heard it's really bad to insert a thermometer rectally, if that's what you're referring to. I'd say to just let Katie wait it out. Some babies just are like that.
Traci, you are just cranking along so wonderfully! Baby being high doesn't really mean anything, but you know that. You're so close now! I can't wait to hear about your VBAC!
Bears, Welcome Back! We missed you! Your enthusiasm is contagious. Glad to have you back.
Okay, well that's it for me. Catch you all tomorrow!