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#91 of 108 Old 08-03-2009, 06:46 PM
 
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You said you feel like you are marching toward a deadline. Did your doctor or midwife give you a deadline? I hope not, because there is no way to know how much time is right for your body and your baby. I'm sure both of our bodies know what they are doing and that we need this extra time.
No, I'm only seeing a midwife and a hypertension specialist (for elevated BP, which is controlled with medication). The doctor is very understanding and pretty much stays out of it unless my BP reaches ridiculous levels. My midwife doesn't set deadlines... I just know that at some point when you really go past due, there is that pressure to go to the hospital.

I had brain surgery last year to have a tumor removed from my pituitary gland, which of course controls oxytocin and the onset of labor. I ended up PG not even 2 months post-surgery, which supposedly defied all odds. I've been really good about keeping my fears in check, but of course I have some fear that my pituitary gland won't do what it's supposed to do. I have no reason to believe it won't - my PG has been totally textbook aside from my BP (which is a problem I had prior to PG and is a lingering result of the surgery we're pretty sure. No organ problems, pre-e, toxemia, etc.).

So if I let my mind run away from me, that's when I feel like I'm marching toward a deadline. To combat that, DH is helping me to relax and focus on relaxing. We've been spending each night together in the birthing pool, just enjoying each other's company and visualizing our beautiful birth. I can't think of a better way to share our last days of 'just the two of us' together!

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Well, I no longer belong here! I hope to post the birth story soon.

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Congrats Leigh!

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Oh hooray! It's so encouraging to see some of these babies making appearances!!!

I'm 41 weeks today and have absolutely zero signs that anything has changed or will anytime soon.

I'm thankful today that I don't have anyone breathing down my neck to induce! I had thought that after 42 weeks my MW could not attend a HB, but am thrilled to find out that the only thing that changes at 42 weeks is that she legally has to consult with a Dr, and I'd need to go in for NST... not a big deal, my local hosp. is very crunchy and my MW has a very good relationship with the staff!

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I'm with you Leigh! Those crazy rushes from earlier have just been coming on. They have been 7 minutes apart all afternoon and evening and are in my thighs and cervix. I just checked myself and have dilated a good cm more (so now I'm 3+ and can stretch to a 5, so nice and soft) and my cervix is just melting away. Sweet! I hope to get a decent nights sleep tonight and wake up laboring tomorrow! We'll see if I actually can sleep though as these are getting more distracting...

This will be the first time I actually go into labor without having done anything to stir up trouble which would be soooo cool!
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So I finally had to break down and take super sleep herbs of doom last night (only 2 hours of sleep in as many days is a crappy way to start labor). Unfortunately the potent blend was enough to stop contractions. Grrr... now just waiting for my hormones to ramp up again *sigh* At least I'll be starting out at 4 cm and almost fully effaced!
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Hello mamas,
I am now 40 weeks, 1 day so I am posting here. HUGE amounts of vibes are being sent to those of you beyond 41 weeks! : You mamas are saints!! I started drinking Raspberry Leaf tea yesterday(my doula recommended Wild Primrose Tea but I couldn't find that anywhere). Today I am contracting like crazy and at the doctor's office my contractions actually SHOWED UP on the NST, which has never happened. So, I am officially having contractions! I am 50% effaced(have been for 3 weeks) but feel so positive that they actually can see my contractions now. I am going to go drink more of that tea now!!!

OH ps....if any of you get the smart idea to pump to stimulate your nipples to start labor- DON'T! It is NOT worth the pain. My doula said it is the best way to start labor but I never remember pumping or bfing being that painful, I was crying and it was on the lowest setting. My nipples ached for 2 days. OUCH!
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41 +1 today -- anyone else still around? I can't believe that I'm now hoping for the baby to arrive on my dad's b-day (last week it sounded impossibly far away... now Friday sounds pretty good) -- and if we miss that, we have Dh's brother and grandma's b-days on the weekend...

At least it's cooled off enough around here so that I can bake (my own personal sulking therapy!). I made chocolate zucchini bread, and really the zucchini is just an excuse so you don't feel bad about eating the chocolate. Yum!

Oh, and I got the birth supplies out so that they're sitting there waiting, in clear view. Maybe that will help this little one to get the idea that he/she is actually supposed to exit the womb???

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Still ticking here. My hormones have been sputtering on and off since we stopped labor on Monday, trying to gain momentum. Had membranes stripped at my appointment today and found out that I was right, my cervix is more gooey, soft, and open than it was when I started labor last time around! Now I'm going on and off the breast pump (doesn't bother my boobs), doing acupressure w/ clary sage, and going for brisk walks. DTD last night and probably will try again tonight if things peter out. Although I'm contracting every 3 minutes, they are the short (30 sec.) ones that I know tend to peter out. I'm just worried about baby coming on the weekend when DH has to work his longest hours so hope all the trouble I'm stirring up today will result in a baby by tomorrow!
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Henry Edwin was born this afternoon at 4:01 after a long, agonizing labor where I almost transferred to the hospital just because I couldn't take it anymore. He finally came out just fine in the UC I have wanted for many years. Once my water broke, he was out in 15 minutes. I am exhausted and will write stories later but I am no longer overdue! 8 lbs 3 oz and just amazing. I feel like my sacrum has been ripped in half but OTHER than that...

A picture of him with my daughter.. who turned 12 today. They share their birthday after all

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Henry Edwin was born this afternoon at 4:01 after a long, agonizing labor where I almost transferred to the hospital just because I couldn't take it anymore. He finally came out just fine in the UC I have wanted for many years.
That's wonderful! Congratulations on your beautiful birth. I'm glad it worked out as it was supposed to! Looking forward to hearing your story, and I hope I'm not far behind!

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So today is 42 weeks for me. I saw my midwife yesterday and we've decided to start blue cohosh today to see what happens. Yesterday and the night before, I started having some regular contractions where I could tell there was a pattern, but nothing painful - they weren't really progressing and none of them were intense enough to stop me in my tracks. But seeing some pattern was encouraging.

Yesterday she was feeling the baby to see how he's positioned and she thinks his head is in my pelvis just slightly crooked, and slightly transverse, which may explain why labor was trying to start but not going anywhere.

I spent yesterday on the exercise ball, doing some hands and knees and DH and I went for a long walk (I tried to do some lunge-style walking). We DTD for good measure. I also saw my chiropractor who did some Webster's technique to assist his placement. The little man started moving quite a bit right after the chiro visit, and it felt like some pressure on my left side (where his head was crooked) had let up. Hopefully that's a good sign that he's repositioned himself a little better. I did some reading on babies that are LOT and was surprised that a good portion start off that way and eventually shift and turn.

So we're hoping maybe today or tomorrow is the day! If not, we'll wait patiently for him to get positioned just so and try again.

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Yeah... hypnobirthing didn't do so much. And I was ALSO at 10 cm for around 10 hours before he finally was born. But we thought I was around 8 cm and that is why I kept having transition contractions. 10 hours of every 3 minute transition contractions becomes far more than one can take... ya know? (((hugs))) sorry you had to transfer. I came *THIS CLOSE* to transferring myself. I gave it ONE last shot and it worked. If not, I would have been in the hospital.


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yeah, the Hypnobabies didn't work for me either.

Congrats on the recent arrivals!

hang in there littlebb!

Me (42), DH (41), DD (7), DS1 (5) and DS2 Aug 02/09
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I was at 10cm for like 10 hours or something and I thought something was wrong because I wasn't progressing. I'll write more later. That's so cool your son and daughter share a birthday now. Congratulations.
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Yeah... hypnobirthing didn't do so much. And I was ALSO at 10 cm for around 10 hours before he finally was born. But we thought I was around 8 cm and that is why I kept having transition contractions. 10 hours of every 3 minute transition contractions becomes far more than one can take... ya know? (((hugs))) sorry you had to transfer. I came *THIS CLOSE* to transferring myself. I gave it ONE last shot and it worked. If not, I would have been in the hospital.
Congratulations!!

Maybe it's a late-July-bloomers thing. My little one was FINALLY born Friday night at 42w1d. Dilation was amazingly easy-feeling to me - I labored most of the time in the pool for about 13 hours. I was so relaxed (feeling it, though) that at one point my midwife was just judging me on the basis of my vocalization from the contractions and we finally decided to do a check. We found that I was fully dilated and didn't even know it, so who knows how long I'd been that way. I have to say, though, there was no transition or urge to push - basically when a contraction would hit, I just had to take advantage of it best I could. It took 3.5 hours of active pushing after that to get him out. Now we know why - he was 9 lbs. 11 oz. with a big 'ole 14" head, and he was slightly transverse to add to it. I never thought to myself, "I can't do this," but there were times right when he was getting ready to crown when it felt like no matter what I did he wasn't budging and I was trying to mentally figure out HOW we're going to do this! I swear it felt like his head was stuck on my pubic bones. Somehow we managed. I had trouble with placenta delivery - it took another two hours to get it out, and my midwife had to go in and manually detach. I lost about 3 cups of blood - my bladder was swollen blocking it and my uterus was just too tired to do what it needed to do, so I ended up with a shot of Pitocin to stop the bleeding. All is well, though. I'd do it again in an instant.

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