Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Crossroads of America
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I'm with a different care provider this time. Last time I was with a group practice, this time I'm with the only solo practitioner in town -- he had a partner I did my intake with, but the partner recently left for a position closer to family. I got on my current doctor's roster about 6-months prior to us getting pregnant since he's the most VBAC friendly in our town, and has the highest success rate. With my 6-week followup at the previous practice I was told I wouldn't be a good candidate since my cervix was so high -- I came to find out that it's ALWAYS higher that soon after birth as the body is protecting itself. I wanted to be able to try for a VBAC for my own sake -- obviously IF it becomes apparent that we need a repeat c-section for everyone's health I'd opt for it, a good friend of mine is doing that actually, but I want to at least say I tried. I have to say I'm really happy with my choice of care provider this time. He has a bedside manner that some people find off putting, but it's very similar to my German doctors - no small talk, no fawning - so I really do appreciate it. Better yet, my husband really likes him.
He said the BP for first/later pregnancies had to do with the mother's body reacting to the pregnancy itself. With first timers it's due to the body figuring out how it should react to this whole pregnant thing, and with later pregnancies in older mothers who experience it (typically over 40) it's because they're on their 5th or more pregnancy and their body is tired. He said overall the rate for high BP was only 15%, and the majority of those cases are like mine, so he's hopeful.
Preparation-wise I'm trying to be better about eating healthier and now that the weather is awesome again we're making sure to make the loop around our complex every night. He said at my first appointment that *if* I can manage to keep my weight gain under control that it should facilitate an easier VBAC, though controlling the baby's actual size is hard to do, and I make big babies (DS was 8#12oz at 39 weeks! and big babies run in BOTH sides). Also, starting the chiropractic care early was important since my back labor was rough last time.
LOTS of adventures with my wonderful DH
Became a mother May 2015 <3
Someone new coming Aug/Sept 2017 <3