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<p>Hijacking this thread - it's kind of relevant since it falls under the AMA theme. My last baby was 12 years ago. I have always had really easy fast painless labours-but- now I'm nearly 40 and certainly not in the same shape I was in my 20's. Anyone else have experience with this? Am I in for a much harder labour this time around?</p>
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There's not as many years between my children, but at the beginning of this pregnancy, I was really thinking there was some truth to the 'over 35' AMA label ... this pregnancy has been super hard on me. My first was at age 27/28, my 2nd at 32. I turned 35 around 4wks pregnant this time.</p>
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<p>It was a relief to find out that it's harder b/c it's twins, and likely not my age! However it's still harder this time, no matter the cause. I hadn't even considered yet how the 'AMA' label, and my actual age, might contribute to labour ease ... (or lack of ease?). I'm mostly pretending that since I wasn't AMA when the pregnancy started that it's not relevant!</p>
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<p>A mama I know elsewhere online just had her 4th, and she's 40ish, it seemed to be much easier for her than her 3rd, if that anecdote is helpful :)</p>
 

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<p>I'm loving the stories. I definitely need to start preparing a bit more. We eat really well - much better than I did when I was pregnant with the other 3 in my 20's - but this winter has been so terrible I haven't had any exercise at all for most of this pregnancy. I feel kind of like a momma grizzly coming out of hibernation - except instead of totally hibernating I've been treating myself with cupcakes and hiding in my room....</p>
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<p>I've checked out spinning babies before- definitely a great resource! I have wide hips - my 10 lb son was born in under 2hrs- I'm just worried about my tired old muscles... i guess only time can really tell. </p>
 

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Why should we avoid calcium at the end of pregnancy? I find taking a cal/mag supplement whenever I start to feel restless leg , completely makes it disappear. I haven't really had any cramps or restless leg at all this pregnancy and I would like to keep it that way if possible.
 

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<p>I didn't realize that about calcium supplements toward the end.  I am also AMA.  I turn 40 this Friday, but am having a much easier pregnancy than I did with DS.  I started out 10 pounds heavier this time, but I had been exercising much more consistently for much longer, so I think that helps, plus I am partnered this time and wasn't last time, so I think that helps too.  I definitely plan to check out the Spinning Babies website very soon, as I want as good a chance as possible to get this little one lined up just right.  DS had the cord wrapped around his neck 3 times and had to be resuscitated, but was otherwise fine.  I would love to avoid that if possible this time.  </p>
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<p>So happy to see all of the older mamas!</p>
 

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<p>I'm an almost 40yo grand multip (have birthed 5 babies) so my odds for a difficult/prolonged birth are even greater. ;)</p>
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<p>I did have a ridiculously long labor w/ my 5th baby 3 year ago. But I lacked the proper resources then to take optimal care of myself, so I'm assuming there was a strong correlation. All we can do is maximize our chances, right? So, for me, that means lots of good quality supplements, good diet, and things like the Webster technique via chiropractic care, waterbirth, no calcium supps towards end of pregnancy, etc. Spinning Babies website is an excellent and very thorough resource for techniques one can practice and use to minimize the chances of a difficult/prolonged labor/birth.</p>
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<p>I have my difficult days, but overall feel much better and much more physically prepared this time around.</p>
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<p>Can I ask why no calcium supplements towards the end of pregnancy? I haven't heard anything about that.</p>
 

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<p>Cal/mag is a remedy used to treat irritable uterus, or preterm labor since it works to relax muscles. While there's no proven correlation between that and inefficient uterine function in labor, I tend to err on the side of caution and will personally plan to forego use of it the last few weeks of pregnancy. As far as calcium alone--it seems there's conflicting info on the 'net. According to the midwifery circle I run w/, it's counterproductive so I'll err on the side of caution w/ that as well.</p>
 

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<p>Interesting. I just got a magnesium IV today because I've had restless legs, migraines, and constant contractions for over a month now. </p>
 

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<p>I use just magnesium, and currently do it on an as needed basis - topically, orally, etc..  If I need more calcium, I'd consider bone broth, leafy greens and/or a whole food supplement first.  The midwife who runs my birthing class gave us a warning about the quality/type of calcium we take.  When we talked about the placenta and encapsulation and such, she mentioned that sometimes there are deposits of calcium on the mother side of the placenta (which can interrupt some blood flow, although the blood vessels do find ways around them).  They occur moreso in women who take certain calcium "supplements" such as Tums.  </p>
 

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<p>This is the first pregnancy I've used cal/mag and also have felt pretty good which I think is a result of. No leg cramps, no swelling/water retention. It is affecting my GI tract lately tho so I'm planning to lay off the daily use and only use it here and there until the bottle's empty. I take Epsom salt baths, too.</p>
 

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I was taking an organic whole food seaweed calcium supp ... Maybe once a week.. Or whenever I remembered which is like most supplements. I've run out now, and maybe I just won't buy anymore, honestly I loved the taste of it and that's why I took it- tasted like dirt haha. I've only taken a mag supp a few times the pregnancy when I felt a bit sore, but I've felt amazing so I don't feel as i need it. However, I've seen " recipes" for a labor aid drink, which contains magnetism, what's the general opinion in its use during laboor??
 

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<p>I'm not sure there is a general consensus, tho it may be worth looking into; that's just what makes sense to me, considering I'm AMA and tend to putter my way through labor now.</p>
 

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<p>That's really interesting...I knew that too much calcium could cause deposits (both of my first two had some calcification on the placenta), but I didn't know it could have any other effects. My first two labors were VERY long. I will be more mindful this time. I also find Epsom salt baths to be wonderful! Washing the tub and drawing a bath are becoming increasingly challenging, however.</p>
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<p>It's been 5 years since my last pregnancy, and I am definitely feeling more achy with this one, but otherwise I feel pretty decent. I haven't gained much weight, and I think that might have something to do with it.</p>
 
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