I've heard Mirena is a very good BC choice. I'm kind of considering getting one myself. I got my period back at 6 weeks PP with my DD, but my father died that week, so it could have been stress. I'm hoping it stays away longer this time.
It's a completely plastic device that sits in your uterus and has a very low amount of hormones that it releases. Because it's already in your uterus, it uses such a low dose of hormones that it should not interfere with breastfeeding, unlike systemic hormone birth control methods like the Pill or NorPlant. The CopperT IUD, which is the other version of the IUD that's currently available has metal parts that slowly dissolve and render the uterus inhospitable to carrying a baby. This concept really affects a lot of women's choice about using the CopperT, since it basically aborts the baby after it's been fertilized. There's some concern that the Mirena works in a similar fashion, but because it releases hormones, it's main method of preventing pregnancy is inhibiting ovulation. Many women don't get their periods when they're on the Mirena, or if they do, it's very mild. Whereas with the CopperT, most women experience far heavier bleeding, and sometimes have to discontinue using it, because they are basically menstruating constantly.
I've seriously considered using the Mirena, as I have a nickel allergy, and the CopperT does actually contain a very small amount of nickel. I had to call the manufacturer and speak to about a dozen people before I ever got a straight answer on that. Total pain. But, I was concerned about the hormones in the Mirena affecting my milk supply. This time around, I think I'll take my chances. I'm a seasoned pro breastfeeder though, so I'm willing to go out on a limb.
Laurie! It sounds like you're getting close! I'm so excited for you.. Losing your mucous plug and everything!
DH and I were just talking about this. I didn't go into labor on my own last time, and this time, I'm having tons of prelabor, which I also didn't experience last time. He's getting "worried". I'm laughing my butt off about this one. What is he getting worried about? I'm having a baby! He's had 37 weeks to get used to this. They don't just emerge from your body without any warning. I haven't lost my mucous plug or anything, but I'm definitely having contractions nightly now, and I'm pretty darned psyched about it! Even if it goes on for weeks (which I know it frequently does), it's just so cool to be feeling the power of my body, you know? Tonight I sat on the birth ball and it felt soooooo good. I think I'm going to have to keep that up.
Dodo, do you tend to have parties? I'm a major party thrower, and this is our first year in Tallahassee, so I could actually get away with not throwing a party since nobody knows that I love to throw them so much. But, I just can't bear the thought! I'm planning a medium sized party, maybe 10 kids. In my old town, there were over 20 in our playgroup! It was waaaay out of hand, and everyone threw massive parties - Gymboree, Little Gym, Petting Zoos, you name it, they were biiiiiiig parties. Lots of fun, but exhausting. I like the idea of a smaller party this year. So, my plan is to have most everything done in advance. Order a cake instead of make it myself, have some fun activities set up outside that don't require a lot of supervision on my part, simple food (I'm thinking I might order some barbecue, since my daughter loves eating barbecued chicken), and that's pretty much it. It should be a lot of fun, and it's all about the pictures for later, anyway! LOL. We have terrific photos of Bonnie at her first two birthday parties. I just don't want there to be a gap.
Kimberly, I tried to check out the diaper search link in your sig line and got an error. What should it be?
Okay, I'm going to go take a nice warm bath and then fall asleep, I hope. Should be a nice way to relax my uterus so I can actually sleep for a while, knock on wood. Catch you all tomorrow!