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#31 of 38 Old 01-19-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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I am so excited for you!  The 3rd is right around the corner!

 

What I think people don't understand is that, with regard to intervention, "overused" doesn't mean "never appropriate."  There are wayyyy too many c-sections done in this country.  There are wayyyy too many inductions done in this country.  However, there are also a whole stinking lot of c-sections and inductions done that are necessary, life-saving interventions for Mom or Baby or both.  I have an amazing maternal-fetal medicine specialist, whose c-section rate is 8%, and who says that if babies were supposed to be born through our abdomens women would come with zippers :lol.  When talking about scheduling a cesarean with him, he said, "I think you should have the cesarean, and anyone who judges you for it has no idea what you've been through."  I think it's the same for you - anyone who judges you for the decisions that you have come to for your family has no idea what you've been through.  

 

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Mrs-Mama, don't feel like you have to defend your decision. It would be great if all babies could cook until they choose a birthday and come out near perfect but its more complicated sometimes.

 

I second your post ComplexOphelia. My last pregnancy was my first and I had an unexplained stillborn at 38 1/2 weeks and am scheduled to have an amnio and then be induced (pending amnio results) at 38 weeks + 2 days this time. I know that some people would think that it is not the best that I am getting induced at 38 weeks but for my circumstance it's the best, both mentally and to be on the extra cautious side for the baby.

 

I just found out today that my induction date is 2/3/11 and driving home I was both elated and having some happy/nervous/I-don't-know-what-I-feel tears. I've been feeling really ready to be done and generally bored with sitting around, but now that I know the date it seems like it is going to fly by. Especially since DH will be out of town the next 2 days, then next weekend is my birthday, and then 5 days after that baby time! I hope everybody has a great birth with big (not too big, haha) healthy babies. blowkiss.gif

 


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Just wanted to pop in and say congratulations!  I'm scheduled for the 21st of February, and also have only told family members and one close friend.  Everyone wants the baby to be born "on their birthday" or "on my kids birthday," etc. and I don't feel the need to indulge them with a specific date.  The last few days, I've been feeling like since we scheduled this date that the baby will probably come early just because it can! :)  Here's hoping for a peaceful next 32/33 days!

 

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I think I'm done telling people the date.  The people who need to know - my mom, who is going to travel to be with me and watch my son, my doula, and my husband - know.  Everyone else can wait patiently so that DH or I can give the excited, "He's here!" phone call.  I don't really want to spend the 6th answering well-meant phone calls of, "We're thinking of you tomorrow!"  But, that might change.  We'll see what we end up feeling comfortable with.

 

Yes, this. And, I don't want people milling around in the waiting room at the hospital either.  I want to introduce my new baby.  They don't need to try to sneak a peak through the nursery window.  My mom and dad aren't even coming until I call them.  I want my baby first.  There will be plenty of time for everyone else later.

 

I don't know what I'm going to do without food or water either, and was shocked to see that on the handout with my appointment time on it (yes, apparently ERCS is common enough that they just make a fill-in-the-blank handout to give to women having one.  Mine even had a picture of a stork!  How cute.  Not.).  I fully intend on raising my eyebrows, full of scorn, and saying, "I'm not comfortable without drinking water for that long.  Since we've decided on spinal anaesthesia for this procedure, I will be much more comfortable drinking water up until I come into the hospital to be admitted."  I mean, I drink easily 100 oz of water daily at this point.  There is literally no way that I can go that long without drinking, and to me, it just seems like a stupid protocol.  And our appointment is at 9:30, so I have even less time than you do to fast!  This is something that I'd be totally comfortable making a big stink about, frankly, if it's worth it to you.  I don't think it's healthy to keep a pregnant woman without food or water if she is hungry or thirsty, and I don't think it's fair to make us go into major surgery feeling anything less than our best (well, as "best" as you can be before major surgery).  I'm sure I'll feel queasy enough from nerves without being dehydrated and starving on top of it all.

 

Dehydration plus trying to find a vein for the IV = fun times, I'm sure.  GRRR.

 

Seriously, I'm starting to hate anaesthesiologists.  They're supposedly the reason that my arms "have" to be strapped down, which I'm also sort of rebelling against.  Last time I was so out of it (on mag sulfate and a ton of blood pressure meds) that I don't remember being strapped to the table, but I honestly feel like strapping me to a table when I'm fully functional and in my right mind is a panic attack waiting to happen, and I'd like to be as calm as possible.  I've seen other mamas have "I understand the importance of maintaining a sterile field, and refuse to have my arms strapped down unless I am physically unable to restrain them" on their birth plans, and I plan on discussing that (again, with the scornful eyebrows slightly raised if necessary) with my OB.  We're also placing DS on my chest immediately after the birth, and I would like to have at least one arm free so that I can touch him. 

 

I would ask again about the arm restraints.  With DS, I had a loose restraint on one arm with the other arm free so I could hold DH's hand.  DS was premature so he was whisked away to the NICU within moments of the birth.  With DD, both of my arms were free and I didn't even request it.  I held DH's hand until she was born.  Then the ped held her on me while I held her also (I didn't want the ped to let go).  She was in the OR with me a good while before I started to not feel so well.  After DH, DD, and the ped left, they never put the restraints on either.  I just kept my arms on the boards like a good girl LOL.

 


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  • Mrs-Mama wishing you a safe birth experience and a speedy recovery with a plentiful milk supply. Oh and I agree 2/22/11 qould be a neat day to be born.
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I would definitely kick up at stink about no water over night (how do they even expect that to happen?  I'm SO thirsty these days!) and the arms.  My hospital doesn't strap arms down - just the torso. 

 

Good luck to all the scheduled mamas!  I wish you fast and easy procedures, beautiful babies and quick and easy recoveries!


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I am thinking that I might "accidently" take a few swigs of water during the night, and maybe first thing when I wake up.  I mean, I really can't imagine a few sips of WATER making a difference, especially since it'll still be hours before the surgery.  "Oops, I accidently swallowed some water while brushing my teeth" Sheepish.gif

 

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I would definitely kick up at stink about no water over night (how do they even expect that to happen?  I'm SO thirsty these days!) and the arms.  My hospital doesn't strap arms down - just the torso. 

 

Good luck to all the scheduled mamas!  I wish you fast and easy procedures, beautiful babies and quick and easy recoveries!




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I am thinking that I might "accidently" take a few swigs of water during the night, and maybe first thing when I wake up.  I mean, I really can't imagine a few sips of WATER making a difference, especially since it'll still be hours before the surgery.  "Oops, I accidently swallowed some water while brushing my teeth" Sheepish.gif

  



Sucking on ice cubes can help with the dry mouth feeling to a lot

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Yes :)  In fact, with my first c-section, I was sucking on/eating ice until about 30 minutes before the c-section.  They were trying to stop my labor...we were not intending to deliver so early but my body had other ideas.
 

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Sucking on ice cubes can help with the dry mouth feeling to a lot




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