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post #121 of 204
i forgot~ does anyone know of a good baby book that isn't centered around prenatal checkups, birthing at a hospital, how long and big a baby was and when the vaccinations were given, first day at day care/public schools, etc? i'm thinking i may just make my own. what are others of you doing?
post #122 of 204
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Originally Posted by blueviolet
Jennie, did I say that? I don't remember saying that. :LOL I have to agree that it does become more normalized the more you do it, like anything else.
Yeah kinda, i just paraphrased into my own words. LOL
post #123 of 204
Sprinkle I couldn;t get into Birthing From Within either. i read it this time because I always heard what a great book it is. well I am sure it is a fantastic birth for someone delivering in the hospital or birth center or who doesn't have much trust in themselves and ability. But for me, I dunno it was just ho hum.
post #124 of 204
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Originally Posted by Ame
for those of you who have had a UC already...do any of you wonder if the next time will be different? *Like maybe you were just lucky and that the next time you might not be so lucky LOL
Ame, you are just a little ahead of me, and I am feeling much the same way. I've been prodomal laboring, and wondered last night if that was "it." I decided to allow myself the luxury of just pampering myself, and got more balanced and centered. In the end, I finally managed to get myself to sleep, and feel much better today. But I think I will feel incredibly relieved when I go into labor for "real" and can get on with it.
post #125 of 204
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Originally Posted by DancerMom
I have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer rather quickly. My placenta came mostly out within a half hour, but is still attached (14 hours later) to the inside of my uterus. I feel like it's progressing but just very very slowly. I am walking around with it inside a chux in my underwear because I want to be upright.
Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your daughter

If you haven't called pamamidwife yet, or if your placenta is still hanging on, I got this off the internet for homeopathic remedies. Granted, I am not a homeopathic practitioner, I am just C&Ping relevant info. (I believe I posted the link to this article a couple of pages back).

Anywho, here are some remedies and why they might be used:

Placenta Retained

1.Arsenicum ? with fear and anxiety.
2.Belladonna ? face hot/flushed and red, sensitive to noise, jarring and lights.
3.Cantharis ? burning pains, painful ruination which helps to expel material from uterus.
4.Caulophyllum ? uterus is atonic and flabby, helps the process along. Mother is exhausted.
5.Gelsemium ? is achy, thirsty, weak and exhibits anxiety. Pain runs up abdomen or up and backward.
6.Ipecacuanha ? with nausea.
7.Nux vomica ? with irritability.
8.Pulsatilla ? weepy, wants fresh air. No uterine contractions. Try this remedy when no symptoms are present.
9.Sepia ? bearing down pains from uterus.

hth some, or I hope the placenta has already come out

Amy
post #126 of 204
Hi there ladies . I'm in the 2WW, and one of the people in Janet's hb group. I've had two birthcentre births, one full of interventions and one where my waters were broken but no other interventions, and I pretty much did al the work myself. I was happy with my second birth, but felt like I would have like more time to myself after the birth instead of dh and our lovely MW hovering over the baby and I until his cord was cut. I'd love to have a homebirth, but the dh suffers from anxiety and just wouldn't go for it voluntarily. Midwives are an expensive breed as well, and we cannot afford them.


So, I've been thinking of privately planning an UC birth - privately meaning not consulting dh. My last labour was 1/2 of actual active labour, plus 1.40 minutes of pre-labour, painless cxt. I know the next labour would probably be longer, because there wouldn't be any breaking of waters, but what I'm thinking is that I'll send dh off (don't want him at the labour as he doesn't deal well) and labour with my friends and doulas around, and just labour at home so long that bubs ends up born at home...

So, this is the plan, and now I just want to follow this list, you are all very inspirational!
post #127 of 204
Hey, everyone, thanks for the replies. My placenta was actually out, hanging btween my legs, and still attached inside by the membranes. I called Pamamidwife (thanks, Pam!!!) and managed to get it to release, but I walked around with it between my legs for over 24 hrs!

Anyway, all is well, and I will post my birth story when I write it, and welcome to all the new mamas! This list is growing so fast!!!
post #128 of 204
Congratulations, DancerMom!!!
post #129 of 204
Congrats, Dancermom! I'm glad it all worked out. Looking forward to your birth story!

Welcome Claudette! I hope you do find yourself pregnant and I also hope you get the very birth you want.

Jenniebug and Sprinkle Pocket -- I felt the same way about Birthing from Within. It did inspire me to draw a fun picture, but I mostly skimmed through the rest.

Sprinkle -- I'm so glad telling your family went smoothly! I know how stressful that can be. To be honest, I can't say I'm looking forward to seeing our families over Thanksgiving and fending off their reasons on why we shouldn't have a homebirth (they'll never find about our uc -- well, maybe after the fact). You're also very lucky your dh is so on board. That must make it so much easier.

Laura -- sending you healthy-labor vibes. (You could go any day now, right?) Positive energy your way...

Well Mamas, here's a question I'm very curious about -- do you think women who decide to uc have less pregnancy-related ailments (like aches, pains, and sickness?). I ask because you all seem like a very healthy bunch. It'd be interesting to hear if there's a correlation...I imagine women who uc, also take more responsibility in other areas of their lives, too. What do you think?
post #130 of 204
I think we have less ailments overall because we all firmly believe that pregnancy is a natural part of life and not an illness to be treated. I also try not to dwell on the uncomfortable parts...unless it can get me an extra massage from dh ... but instead concentrate on the amazing miracle I have the privilege to help create.

I'd like to think I take better care of myself, but I'm not so sure that's the case...I just love chocolate and have a healthy sweet tooth

Stacey
post #131 of 204
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Originally Posted by KateSt.
Laura -- sending you healthy-labor vibes. (You could go any day now, right?) Positive energy your way...
Thank you Kate. I am technically term now, but barely. Since my other girls came right around 40 weeks, I expect to go at least another 2-3 weeks, but I would be really happy if I did go any day now. I'm encouraging this baby to come as soon as he or she feels cooked, and praying for strength and patience nightly.

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Originally Posted by KateSt.
Well Mamas, here's a question I'm very curious about -- do you think women who decide to uc have less pregnancy-related ailments (like aches, pains, and sickness?). I ask because you all seem like a very healthy bunch. It'd be interesting to hear if there's a correlation...I imagine women who uc, also take more responsibility in other areas of their lives, too. What do you think?
I'm not sure. It's possible that I would feel worse if I were under someone's care. But I must admit to feeling pretty crappy throughout this pregnancy. Still, I am technically quite healthy- no edema, no spilling glucose, protein, or ketones, no blood pressure issues. So I shouldn't complain so much. I am really very blessed.
post #132 of 204
I have Grave's disease, am very overweight, and anemic. The last one we discovered after our UC. And I'm a bleeder, too! I guess my boxing career is over...lol
None of these issues really concerned us, not until afterwards, when we asked our Ped. to double-check our baby's bloodwork, and we discovered she has an issue with her thyroid as well. Apparently the PKU test checks thyroid levels, but because the test is done so soon after birth, Sydney was still carrying some residual hormones from the placenta. Since we checked again after 1 month, we were able to she her thyroid working (sort of) on its own. Now we need to check our 21 mo bloodwork for probs. YIKES!
Warmest Regards,
post #133 of 204

A few questions...

Wow. So it's pretty amazing how much I cannot remember about my first week postpartum with my first daughter. That first week is such a daze. So I have a few questions and wanted to gather your experiences.

How long did it take for your uterus to return to normal size?

I think I have a couple tears and it is now excruciating to pee. Any suggestions? They're fine otherwise. I am putting Lansinoh on them before I go and that has helped tremendously. Also, my friend is bringing me stuff to do herbal sitz baths today. I got stitched with my daughter so I have no idea what it's like to let tears heal on their own. Everything looks pretty good, though.

I just changed my daughter's diaper and her cord stump has come off. It seems so early...she's 3 1/2 days old. My older daughter's came off at a week, and I thought that seemed a little early at the time (I can remember it because it happened after the first hazy week) so I am just really surprised at how quick it let go. It looks pretty much the same, though. What's the earliest any of yours have come off?

I think that's it for now. Birth story still to come!
post #134 of 204
DancerMom,

Are you using a peri bottle when you pee? That was the only thing I could do w/my son's birth that would help the burning. I have since bought 4 as they were such a godsend.

You can find them in medical supply stores.

hth
Amy
post #135 of 204
Dancermom, I haven't paid any attention to the size of my uterus so I can't help you there. ... I have never had any tears, but I have had skid marks, and they burn badly when you pee too. I don't know what else to suggest except spray/squirt warm water on while peeing. ... My first three kids' stumps fell off around three days. The last one took longer, about five days, but I'm sure that's because we got it wet. (She had a poo explosion, all over everything.)

Kate, I did have a lot of tiredness and nausea this pregnancy, as with my others. I also had cramping and hip pain. I just didn't talk about it, because, well, it's not that interesting to me. I don't think I'm intrinsically healthier than most people. I do think that if I was in the medical system I would appear to be less healthy than I am, and that I would come to perceive myself as unhealthy, would worry about it and treat it, and that this would in itself make me unhealthy. For instance, women with an above-average amount of fat on their bodies are treated as pathologic by the medical community, and they believe it and stress out about it and try to do something about it and end up becoming neurotic about it, and that does affect their health.
post #136 of 204
Dancermom, I had a small tear too...the pain of peeing was worse than any part of my labor, by far. I had the peri bottle, but I also found for the first few days that I was better off getting into the shower. I would let the water run on me first then start to pee and let it wash off. That was a life saver! Then I found that using slightly warm (not hot!) water in my peri bottle made that much more comfortable. As for healing, I think all the showering may have helped, but I healed pretty quickly, like 1 1/2 - 2 weeks. Someone suggested using honey on your tears on one thread so I plan to have that ready if need be this time.
post #137 of 204
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Originally Posted by Asheville Mama
Someone suggested using honey on your tears on one thread so I plan to have that ready if need be this time.
Make sure it is raw honey, not just plain ol' honey.

Dancermom, do you want an herbal infusion for your peri bottle? Here is a sitz and/or peri recipe from Aviva Romm's book, "Natural Health after Birth".

Herbal bath I: Postpartum Delight

2 oz comfrey leaves
1 oz calendula flowers
1 oz lavender flowers
1 oz sage leaf
1/2 oz myrrh powder
3/4 c sea salt

Mix together the herbs. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and place 1 oz (approx 1 large handful) of the mixture in to the pot. Steep, covered, for 30 min. Strain the liquid w/a fine-mesh strainer and discard the herb material.

Add 2 quarts of the liquid to the tub along w/the salt. Reserve the remaining liquid for another bath, for compresses, or for a peri bottle.

hth
Amy
post #138 of 204
Hey, Amy, I'm mailing out your syringes today. I've also included a lavender top vacutainer tube. Try to get some blood in that tube right away (it should be filled about 1/3 of the way with blood in order to type it), too, because if baby is positive and you're wanting Rhogam, they'll need some of the baby's blood and you can give them that. It will save them from poking the baby later on.
post #139 of 204

Sydney's UC Birth Story

http://thesillingspage.tripod.com/

I finally finished it! I posted this link at the front of this forum- but wated y'all to see it, too!

Enjoy

Warmest Regards
post #140 of 204
You are so sweet

I was going to ask my ex-mw for that purple test tube thingee for that same reason. Although, I don't think she was going to help me out on that front.

When I fill up the tube 1/3 of the way, what do I do w/it? Fridge? And how long can I wait before I get it to the hospital for testing? I know I should turn it back and forth to get that gooey stuff on the bottom to mix w/the blood.

Thanks so much Pamela!!
Amy

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Originally Posted by pamamidwife
Hey, Amy, I'm mailing out your syringes today. I've also included a lavender top vacutainer tube. Try to get some blood in that tube right away (it should be filled about 1/3 of the way with blood in order to type it), too, because if baby is positive and you're wanting Rhogam, they'll need some of the baby's blood and you can give them that. It will save them from poking the baby later on.
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