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post #41 of 100
I thought of that, actually, except we live sort of outside town, with nothing really convenient. The nurse also "challenged" me on my weight gain - 3 lbs in 5 days. Does seem a bit extreme, but I was weighed on a different scale last week which indicated a weight LOSS from the previous week. So really, I think it's all even. She made a joke about me being "39 weeks and still taking off your shoes" and I said "well, I'm TRYING to gain weight, and wearing my sneakers doesn't really give me an accurate picture". Then she questioned me a bit about why I was trying to gain, did I think I was unhealthy, etc etc. Really, are these women trained to do this sort of stuff to us at the very end of our pregnancies? Maybe that's what shot my bp up!

But in all honesty, what IS a too-high blood pressure? I've seriously never been more than 115/low 70's.
post #42 of 100
Thread Starter 
bethany~ omg, ok, first of all... that totally sucks about the ob's office!!! they know about how far behind they are, they should say something. i would call them before the next appt., and be all sarcastic and sh*t, and ask if they are running severely behind. seriously. secondly, i don't even know what to say about your dh. what an a$$. not only for not helping out (hello, these are your kids too! you can't be present just to make them a$$...) but also, he clearly doesn't know what's involved in having kids (as is evident in the way he comes home late and doesn't understand about you having to get the kids ready and all. wow.... i would've been so p$$ed!!!) dude, he's freakin' clueless... keep plugging along, mama... you're doing a great job despite him!
post #43 of 100
Bethany- my BP did the same thing a few weeks ago. I am usually around 100/65 and all the sudden I was 130/80. I also had serious swelling and sudden weight gain. They took blood and urine samples and didn't find anything out of the ordaniry. But, since then they have had me on partial bedrest and it has brought it back down a little. It sounds like you have your hands full right now but you maybe you could carve out some time with your feet up. They said that the number of real concern was 140 although I read online that "they" are thinking it may be more accurate to be concerned at 30 points higher than normal. I hope your BP goes they way of mine- and the baby comes soon so you can stop worrying about it
post #44 of 100
Amy, I did some research online and came up with the 140 number myself! I think it really was a combination of my stressful morning AND that I'm nearly at my due date, and I know very often that bp rises a bit prior to labor. So here's hoping it's just a sign of labor..............

I have my rescheduled apt tomorrow - I'm planning to call them before I leave the house and see just how far behind they are so I don't waste my time if she's not in. I LOVE this OB, I'm just so terribly disappointed in the front office and the overall tone - they have EIGHT ob's, how could SIX be out all on one day, so that they have just 1 on call and 1 in the office who is double booked all day long? That just isn't good practice.

And.....the last of my in-town family left for Colorado today for my sister's wedding. *sigh* Honestly, I couldn't deal with all the drama it's going to involve, but I really do wish I could be there to see her. She's wearing my mother's twin sister's dress, altered for her tastes of course, and she looks JUST LIKE SUSAN in it, it's gorgeous. I'm glad to be missing the small family dramas that are sure to ensue (stepmother who never bothered to return her intentions for the bonfire, horseback ride, parting brunch, etc), brother with his blackberry on at all times and my slightly uptight parents, but........ . I wish I could be there.
post #45 of 100
okay ladies, this should do er. I posted in the 39 weeker thread on monday about my midwife apt. I am spilling protein, and my swelling is really starting to increase-despite my best efforts. Also my blood pressure is up(not terrible-but high for me 138/76) Anyways, my midwife said I am like 80% effaced and ready to go. She said to do a few days of EPO capsules inserted at night to make sure I'm "good and soft" and then to go ahead with the castor oil. She doesn't want me to get risked out of the homebirth I have been planning. So far every "natural induction" method I have heard of has done nothing for me. I just took the castor oil about 15 minutes ago so I am praying that by this evening I have a sweet smelling baby to hold. I will keep you updated. Oh and its not really as awful tasting as they say you just have to hold your nose and really chug
post #46 of 100
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okay ladies, this should do er. I posted in the 39 weeker thread on monday about my midwife apt. I am spilling protein, and my swelling is really starting to increase-despite my best efforts. Also my blood pressure is up(not terrible-but high for me 138/76) Anyways, my midwife said I am like 80% effaced and ready to go. She said to do a few days of EPO capsules inserted at night to make sure I'm "good and soft" and then to go ahead with the castor oil. She doesn't want me to get risked out of the homebirth I have been planning. So far every "natural induction" method I have heard of has done nothing for me. I just took the castor oil about 15 minutes ago so I am praying that by this evening I have a sweet smelling baby to hold. I will keep you updated. Oh and its not really as awful tasting as they say you just have to hold your nose and really chug

Godd luck with the castor oil.. hopefully everything will line and up and work for you today!
post #47 of 100
I myself have been on bed rest since Monday. I had pretty much no bleeding after I had Jaccob, then I ran around last Friday. I had to trade in my new Tribeca (remember that I JUST got 2 payments ago! grrr) Well, Jaccob wouldn't fit in it, so I got a new Toyota Sienna- love it!! Anyway, dh got his wisdom teeth taken out (and you know it's been the end of the world.. get over it!).
Plus just the regular household stuff. So, Friday afternoon I started bleeding heavy and I still am. TMI, we're talking enough that when I pee, it just drips in the toilet! Yikes!
I just wanted to check in with you guys. Good luck to everyone that's in labor (why haven't we heard from Clara's mom????).
post #48 of 100
SO we had this incredible thunderstorm around 4am. It was really cool. But.....damn it, I was ASLEEP. I didn't even have to pee, so I wouldn't have woken up at all if it weren't for the rain. And now I've been up since 4am. What a lovely, exciting day this is going to be. I think I'll go start a coffee IV drip so I can get through to lunchtime.

Cross your fingers that this OB visit attempt isn't quite a frustrating as yesterdays. And now that I've outed myself as The Pregnant Bitch to the receptionist/front desk folks (yep, I might have neglected to state of incredibly pissy I got for them....), I'm almost embarrased to go back today.
post #49 of 100
I slept last night! Amazing! Just amazing!!

Today I need to cancel my big boy's follow up ped. appt., arrange a hang-out session with him and one of his buddies, and go to a late afternoon midwife visit. Oh yeah and there is yoga tonight. The first timers are amazed by me and the fact that I'm...still upright, I guess. I also want to shower and nap in there, somewhere. I think it's doable! My standards of "ambition" have dropped so low!

My husband and I had a big kitchen cleaning session last night (hawt!) and I feel much better about life in general.

I have my 39 week appt. today. My midwife doesn't do VEs. I think I'll talk to her about length of time to set up bed and tubs. The dh has been very casual about set up and how easy it will all be. He pooh poohs the "dry run" idea and that makes me nervous.
post #50 of 100
I've been up since 4:30 as well. I've been sweating a lot at night too even though the room isn't overheated or anything.
post #51 of 100
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Wow! That's great Jolene! I thought Anthyn was gaining good!! It's cool that our babies share a birthday. I noticed that they were born pretty close to the same time too. Anthyn was born at 8:50am. I wish I would have known and thought that we were doing all the hard work at about the same time. I could have used some extra strength at that moment!!:
Hey, count me in. Greta was born on the 8th, that's the same as you guys, right? And she's gaining well.

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Bah - I hate when I put a bra on for nothing!
This is totally me!

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I thought of that, actually, except we live sort of outside town, with nothing really convenient. The nurse also "challenged" me on my weight gain - 3 lbs in 5 days. Does seem a bit extreme, but I was weighed on a different scale last week which indicated a weight LOSS from the previous week. So really, I think it's all even. She made a joke about me being "39 weeks and still taking off your shoes" and I said "well, I'm TRYING to gain weight, and wearing my sneakers doesn't really give me an accurate picture". Then she questioned me a bit about why I was trying to gain, did I think I was unhealthy, etc etc. Really, are these women trained to do this sort of stuff to us at the very end of our pregnancies? Maybe that's what shot my bp up!

But in all honesty, what IS a too-high blood pressure? I've seriously never been more than 115/low 70's.
Wow, I consider myself so lucky to have been left alone by my midwife. She weighed me once when i first went and once when I asked her to a 32 weeks because we don't have a scale. I actually made it through labour without a VE as well and I don't think anyone actually touched me "down there" at all as i caught Greta myself. but Bethany, my BP went up and down; right before labour it was up and during labour it was more normal. I'm sorry that you're stressed out, it really can be that and i wish your dh was more helpful. I had been having a hard time with mine and have found that really praising him for the things he does right works well but that's just us, just his insecurities and I'm not saying it will necessarily work. Can I say though how proud i was of him when a friend was over with her kids and he came and asked her before giving her kids chocolate chip cookies! I hate it when people don't ask me and i was so pleased he thought to ask first!

So, sitting here typing while Greta sleeps in the cradle that dh finally got round to making (he didn't start until after my due date!) My eyes are shaking and I can't see the screen properly, should I be worried!

Again I'm pleased with Dh (after so long not being so) for fixing a window himself instead of having it done. His dad is a really self-sufficient farmer and dh really knows how to do most things but worries about his abilities. The difference is price is about £60-70, it cost about £10 just to buy the glass and he will do it quietly whereas a workman might not

Hang in there preggo mamas and try to relax for the last little bit, I really wish I'd done that better. Here's sending out good labour vibes to anyone and everyone in labour now!
post #52 of 100
Miracle of miracles, I had another good night of sleep last night. That makes TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW. Unprecedented!

We've been taking a walk every evening after the sun sets and I think that's helping a little with the sleep. My god, it's still SO HOT tho and I find my lack of stamina these days AMAZING. I have to walk sooooo slow - it takes a half hour just to get basically around the block.

Happily I didn't give birth yesterday, since that's my ex's birthday.

But now, Jakey, there is NO reason to hold back. Come on outta there, baby!

This morning I have middle school orientation with my 11 year old, then next week we have meet the teacher nights for both the middle and elementary schools. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. I am likely to be freakshow pregnant at these events - oh the fun attention I'm sure to get. With any luck I'll be attending with baby boy in [one of] his [many] sling[s]. A girl can always dream....

Panthira, I haven't been sweating, BUT I have been sleeping completely stark naked without even a sheet covering me. Usually I run cold, but I am HOT right now. Our a/c is even a little lower than usual to accommodate this. Which means poor DH is on his side of the bed huddled under sheet AND quilt.

Pink - Congrats on the Sienna! (love my minivan!) Sorry to hear about the bedrest, though. Take it EASY, mama.

meagansroses - thinking of you - update us when you can!! Hopefully you are solidly in labor and much too busy to update us until you've got your babe in arms.
post #53 of 100
Well things are starting for me at 38w1d... I had contractions for about 4 hours yesterday ,15 min apart. i am scheduled for a c/s on Monday , but I am secretly hoping things progress, my water breaks and I get a vbac ( a girl can dream right?)
post #54 of 100
Well, I didn't get the first baby out of our DDC, but I bet I've got the first case of mastitis! : I've had it for the better part of a week, but just can't seem to shake it so I called my OB & she called in antibiotics for me. Just what I needed right before a flight, right? At least my left breast will get a good 3 hours of nursing tomorrow morning (assuming Thomas cooperates).
post #55 of 100
Hello everyone!

You know what I've discovered since having Adrienne? There are tons of completely stupid tv shows on all the time. I've never had time to watch tv since I would leave for work at 5am and come home around 8pm.

DH is home and I absolutely love it. He has 4 months of paternity leave and then will be working from home for 4 more months after that.

bArb, I hope you feel better.

Tarablesue, I hope this is it for you.
post #56 of 100
Pink - I love our Sienna, though I would like a newer one with those fold into the floor seats. We have an older one, but it's paid off in full.

Barb - Watch out for thrush when taking antibiotics... I'm sorry you are suffering with Mastitis.

Bee - I know what you mean, it takes me forever to walk and then I don't get very far. We're trying to walk every night, and I push myself to my limit.

I had my weekly midwife apt today. It was a rough morning and I'm really sore in my abdomen. I'm cranky and tired. The midwife checked me and said the baby is engaged and +1 station, whatever that means. You'd think I'd get this stuff by now, having been pregnant 4 times! She thinks I'll probably go into labor in the next couple of days, which is what I'm feeling too, but she did caution it could be weeks also. I think I'll push the walks even more. My blood pressure was 110/70 which I guess is pretty good at this stage. She said most mamas' blood pressure really increases around this time.
post #57 of 100
Thread Starter 
+1 station? that baby's pretty low! can you walk alright?!!!
post #58 of 100
I just came back from my appt and had my mw do an internal and found out I am nearly 2 cm, almost 75% effaced, and baby's head is engaged and he's facing to my right. I'm so glad that there is actually some progress after all this prodromal stuff going on for the past week. Especially the part about baby being engaged and not fully OP, since DS1 was free floating while I was 9 cm dialated and was born OP. My ctx were strong enough to wake me up this morning at 4am, but then they fizzled out after I got up. Maybe tomorrow??? (Ha ha-- I say that every day!)
post #59 of 100
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+1 station? that baby's pretty low! can you walk alright?!!!

Umm well it does feel like I have something between my legs and my hips and crotch are sore, but I went grocery shopping and walking a little. We're going to take a walk in a few minutes. So +1 is low? Heh, I had no idea. I Am feeling some sharp pains in what I would think would be my cervix, so I assume it's doing something. Changing-like.
post #60 of 100
My blood pressure is up, also. Still not high but borderline and I started this pregnancy low so that is the concern...the increase. Also, since I had a trace of protein and my swelling feet/ankles....

My blood pressure was up at the beginning of the appt. but I had to wrangle an uncooperative child into the car (once he is at the birth center he loves it!) and then I was talking to the midwives about my roach saga before they took it in the middle of the the appt. (a bad idea in hindsight, we all agreed) but at the very end they had me chill out on their couch on my left side with my feet up for about 20 minutes. I did my yoga breathing for awhile. My finally-sweet boy came in to check on me towards the end and gave me a big hug and kiss, told me he loved me, etc. My blood pressure was low again at the last reading!

So I'm getting more vigilant about the protein (I'd been a popsicle/frozen fruit head for a good week so I know I'd been slacking. It's HOT!) and taking my blood pressure to report back to the midwives. Phew!

Shit. I just retook my bp and it's 135/82 which is over the 130/84 they were concerned about yesterday. Jeez! I only have a week 'til my due date. Why does this have to happen now!!! :
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