I'm wondering what effect the previous interventions I had will have on my homebirth (if/when we do have another - I'm an overplanner lol!)
With my first, I had the triple crown of "managed labor", the internal monitoring, epidural and episiotomy. With the next I had a "natural" hospital birth (kind of an oxymoron, because I still had the monitoring and episiotomy). Oh, and both were induced -- one due to slight high blood pressure and the second because of slight GD. Now that we're thinking about #3, I know I want a homebirth. My questions are -
1. Will I tear more easily because of the old epis scars? Is it like anything that's been torn - it will tear again more easily??
2. Can I assume since my first two were pretty speedy labors that this might be also, even w/o an induction...or does the induction itself effect the speed of labor?? I know the contrax were right on top of each other w/the inductions, so I'm kind of hoping for a more leisurely labor next time, if that's even possible :-)
3. and finally, does anyone know how likely GD and hypertension are likely to repeat? I was lax in my eating and exercising with both, but now I work out fairly regularly and eat much more whole grains, no meats, organic, etc.. so I'm hoping those things will help this pg be more healthy. *But* I'm still carrying around some extra weight...will that do me in? (I'm working on it, but I'm probably 50 lbs overweight, at least, and I;m not sure how much I'll have lost when we want to try...)
Thanks in advance for any insight...and sorry for any typos, nak!!
C ~ mama to (16), (13), (9) (5)
|1. Will I tear more easily because of the old epis scars? Is it like anything that's been torn - it will tear again more easily??|
|2. Can I assume since my first two were pretty speedy labors that this might be also, even w/o an induction|
|3. and finally, does anyone know how likely GD and hypertension are likely to repeat?|
Good luck on getting pregnant when you are ready for it!
There are things you can do to nudge labor into progress with out an all out induction. There is castor oil and herbs (which I used but don't recommend) nipple stimulaton and some things your midwife can do such as stripping and rupturing the membranes. I don't know much about the last two except for there is big debate over them I am sure. But better than pit or cytotec I would think.
O.K. as for tearing I would guess it depends on how well you have healed and how long you have been healing. My friend had a horrible tear (50 something stitches) and had another baby less that a year later. Big ole repeat tear but considering the circumstances . . It looks like you have had a good chance to heal and with the help of a knowledgeable midwife who is skilled in preventing tears you will probably be just fine. I am sure it can be done.
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I had heard about the protein effecting hypertension, and being a vegetarian now I know that's going to be an issue for me. I guess lots of nuts, cottage cheese and tofu!!
Hadn't really thought about the induction making it harder for me to even go *into* labor though! Eeeks! But thanks also for the info on starting labor.
Again, thanks for all the info!!!!
C ~ mama to (16), (13), (9) (5)
Your attitude about the birth has more to do with the nature of your labor (not length necessarily) than anything else. Go into it with a positive "I can do this" attitude, and you'll be sucessful, but feeling worried and apprehensive will only work against you. Also, I simply felt more comfortable and safe at home, and I think my body responded positively to that. I am about to have another hospital birth and have needed a lot of support from my midwives to go thru with it b/c I just don't like hospitals if I'm not sick. Learn as much as possible about birth as you can--The Bradley Method is a great start if you have a teacher near you. Forget Lamaze, all that panting is worthless IMO.
Just b/c you are overweight doesn't mean you can't have a healthy pregnancy--keep up the good diet and exercise, and congrats on changing that about yourself
My second babe was born 11 days past her EDD (I know for certain when I ovulated, she was indeed a slow-cooker). I labored spontaneously the second time & had a beautiful homebirth.
I also drank a lot of red raspberry leaf tea during my second pregnancy. My 2nd labor was only 4hrs, and it was super easy. I wouldn't bank on quick & easy for future births (tea or no), because each one is unique, but if you've had quick labors in the past I'd be prepared (ie-choose an attendant that lives nearby) for one in the future.