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Is anyone interested in a chat thread?

I just noticed that the may ddc is up already! I feel like I just joined here on the april one.

Anyone have any upcoming midwife/ob appointments or ultrasounds?

I had a "confirmatory" appointment at my new midwife practice on monday. They do not believe you that you are pregnant until you come in and they verify it! I think that's so strange!
The independent birth center I used for my last 2 shut down this year:frown: It was the only one in my area, and so I will be using a hospital this time. I don't think that a homebirth would be a good fit for me.

Honestly, I don't know if I want a natural birth this time around (after 4 totally natural births). Is that illegal to say on mothering.com;)
My last baby's birth was very traumatic and I'm not sure I can feel that again. I'm not sure how I will process it all and come to a place of peace with delivering again.

Anyway, I need to have a dating ultrasound due to my wonky breastfeeding/postpartum cycle (even though I'm totally certain of conception and ovulation dates). But I always feel like an early ultrasound is just peace of mind for me. I was supposed to go in tomorrow, but it got rescheduled for monday. More waiting. Anyway, I'm sheepishly admitting that I'm getting some serious twin vibes too, and even dh is thinking it too. We'll see. Anyone else getting twin vibes?
 

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Is anyone interested in a chat thread?

I just noticed that the may ddc is up already! I feel like I just joined here on the april one.

Anyone have any upcoming midwife/ob appointments or ultrasounds?

I had a "confirmatory" appointment at my new midwife practice on monday. They do not believe you that you are pregnant until you come in and they verify it! I think that's so strange!
The independent birth center I used for my last 2 shut down this year:frown: It was the only one in my area, and so I will be using a hospital this time. I don't think that a homebirth would be a good fit for me.

Honestly, I don't know if I want a natural birth this time around (after 4 totally natural births). Is that illegal to say on mothering.com;)
My last baby's birth was very traumatic and I'm not sure I can feel that again. I'm not sure how I will process it all and come to a place of peace with delivering again.

Anyway, I need to have a dating ultrasound due to my wonky breastfeeding/postpartum cycle (even though I'm totally certain of conception and ovulation dates). But I always feel like an early ultrasound is just peace of mind for me. I was supposed to go in tomorrow, but it got rescheduled for monday. More waiting. Anyway, I'm sheepishly admitting that I'm getting some serious twin vibes too, and even dh is thinking it too. We'll see. Anyone else getting twin vibes?
I am interested. :)

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Hi there! I'd definitely be interested in a chat thread :)

In answer to your question in your post, I have actually had 2 ultrasounds so far. The first was a dating ultrasound about 3 weeks ago (I thought I was farther along than what I really was at that point). They noticed a cyst on my left ovary, so they did another really quick ultrasound yesterday to check the size. The cyst went from 4.1 cm to 4.6 cm. I had a cyst on the same ovary in my previous pregnancy, and it dissolved over time. However, I didn't find out I was pregnant with my son until almost 11 weeks, and so I don't know whether my previous cyst increased in size before dissolving. I'm trying not to worry about it too much at this point because I know it's still early.

I'm hoping for a VBAC this time around! I'm currently reading Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth :)

Hope your upcoming appointment goes well!

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I go for an ultrasound/appointment next Thursday at 6w2d. I'll have an ultrasound pretty much every appointment due to my history of multiple losses, my recent second trimester loss, and also due to being on blood thinners. I had my first two at home and am no longer a candidate for homebirth, but I wouldn't pick it again anyway, honestly. I also had a traumatic experience with my last full term baby. Looooong labor (40 hours, probably 90% of which I was stalled at 4 cm), he was stuck for hours and hours until my pelvis separated, I begged to transfer to the hospital and was basically forced to stay home because my husband assumed that's what I actually wanted unless we were dying, and the midwife believed him. My baby was okay, but I had to push him out very quickly because he was really blue by the time he was crowning. I had tearing that wasn't repaired and never healed, so I had to have surgery under general anesthesia to fix it. I had to have silver nitrate (aka liquid fire) treatments on the incision twice because I was still having issues healing. I had an open wound until my son was 9.5 months old, and then the scarring was extremely tender the entire time I was breastfeeding. My pelvis is still somewhat unstable, and he's 6.5 now. So...yeah, not doing that again. I will go natural as long as I can, but being in the hospital and having the epidural available, I will take it if I'm sick of being in labor for hours and hours. Unless I randomly have a really short labor, I doubt it will be med-free again.
 

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I have my first prenatal scheduled for October. I should be about 11 weeks then and able to hear a heartbeat with a Doppler. My midwife is pretty laid back/hands off so there's no need to see her earlier. And frankly I don't want to pay for appointments if I'm going to have another early loss.

I have been wondering about twins today, just because of how strong and early my pg symptoms are. It's probably not, no twins in my family, but possible especially since I'm over 35 now.

I'll be trying for my first home birth this time. First kiddo was born in a hospital, second in a freestanding birth center. I'm using the same midwife I had for the second birth but she only does home birth now.
 

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I go for an ultrasound/appointment next Thursday at 6w2d. I'll have an ultrasound pretty much every appointment due to my history of multiple losses, my recent second trimester loss, and also due to being on blood thinners. I had my first two at home and am no longer a candidate for homebirth, but I wouldn't pick it again anyway, honestly. I also had a traumatic experience with my last full term baby. Looooong labor (40 hours, probably 90% of which I was stalled at 4 cm), he was stuck for hours and hours until my pelvis separated, I begged to transfer to the hospital and was basically forced to stay home because my husband assumed that's what I actually wanted unless we were dying, and the midwife believed him. My baby was okay, but I had to push him out very quickly because he was really blue by the time he was crowning. I had tearing that wasn't repaired and never healed, so I had to have surgery under general anesthesia to fix it. I had to have silver nitrate (aka liquid fire) treatments on the incision twice because I was still having issues healing. I had an open wound until my son was 9.5 months old, and then the scarring was extremely tender the entire time I was breastfeeding. My pelvis is still somewhat unstable, and he's 6.5 now. So...yeah, not doing that again. I will go natural as long as I can, but being in the hospital and having the epidural available, I will take it if I'm sick of being in labor for hours and hours. Unless I randomly have a really short labor, I doubt it will be med-free again.

wow, that is unbelievably awful that you had to go through that.

My son was supposed to be born at a free standing birth center. When I arrived his heartrate was low, but we were able to get it to come up with position changes. I was monitored closely. After many hours I was fully dilated but nothing was happening b/c he was so high. I requested that my water be broken to get things moving. When my mw broke my water his heart rate plummeted and we couldn't get it to shift. She called 911 and told me to just push him out before the ambulance arrived. I could not- he was just stuck. I was terrified he was going to die or be brain damaged. I was transferred to a nearby hospital but all the while I was having horrific contractions and felt like I needed to push, but it wasn't doing anything. When I arrived at the hospital I had to wait for the dr. to arrive, which took a while and they kept telling me not to push- which was impossible. The dr. used a vacuum to try to get him out, but it wasn't working. I have never felt so much pain in my life- it was unreal. She then reached in (all without telling me a thing) and manually turned him and vacuumed him again, it took several more tries for him to come out. It was extremely violent and traumatic. He was fine and is completely healthy today- for which i am so thankful. But I don't think I can endure feeling anything like that again. This time I'll be in a hospital, and I know that the chances of anything like that happening again are slim, at least I'll feel like there will be emergency aid available quickly if needed. But for me I don't want to feel labor or delivery again.

I have some work to do to overcome some fears.
 

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No appointments scheduled yet. I'm only 6w2d so I figure I'll wait to call until next week. For some reason I am so scared of miscarrying this time. I never have before so there is this irrational part of me that worries that statistically I'm due to have one. I still have some cramping and my nausea has been slightly better the past two days. And that scares me. But I also did go to the chiropractor on Tuesday in hopes that it would help. It made the heartburn and post nasal drip go away instantly.

I was kind of wanting to try a birth center this time, but I do have a really good ob/family doctor who was really good for my last birth that was a vbac. I'm partly feeling like it would be stupid to not stick with a doctor who is to my benefit - supportive and believes in my ability to vbac. Plus insurance. And he came in to sign me back out of the hospital the first night when they wouldn't let me cosleep. I just have to pray my doula is still taking clients since she is also training to be a midwife. I cannot birth without her.
 

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I go for an ultrasound/appointment next Thursday at 6w2d. I'll have an ultrasound pretty much every appointment due to my history of multiple losses, my recent second trimester loss, and also due to being on blood thinners. I had my first two at home and am no longer a candidate for homebirth, but I wouldn't pick it again anyway, honestly. I also had a traumatic experience with my last full term baby. Looooong labor (40 hours, probably 90% of which I was stalled at 4 cm), he was stuck for hours and hours until my pelvis separated, I begged to transfer to the hospital and was basically forced to stay home because my husband assumed that's what I actually wanted unless we were dying, and the midwife believed him. My baby was okay, but I had to push him out very quickly because he was really blue by the time he was crowning. I had tearing that wasn't repaired and never healed, so I had to have surgery under general anesthesia to fix it. I had to have silver nitrate (aka liquid fire) treatments on the incision twice because I was still having issues healing. I had an open wound until my son was 9.5 months old, and then the scarring was extremely tender the entire time I was breastfeeding. My pelvis is still somewhat unstable, and he's 6.5 now. So...yeah, not doing that again. I will go natural as long as I can, but being in the hospital and having the epidural available, I will take it if I'm sick of being in labor for hours and hours. Unless I randomly have a really short labor, I doubt it will be med-free again.
Wow. That sounds like a traumatic birth experience. I hope this pregnancy sticks for you and you have a smooth hospital experience. My son was born at the hospital and my birth plan was followed. I couldn't have asked for a better experience (except the antibiotics for group b strep).
 

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I will be having my first ultrasound (8 wk) on this Wednesday, Sept 2. Have to admit that I'm SO nervous after my single and twin miscarriages last year. I also will be having blood drawn this Monday to check my progesterone levels. Am currently having hubby administer natural progesterone injections twice a week. Can't say for sure if low levels was the reason for past miscarriages, but it can't hurt, and I want to put all odds in my favor so that I can at least say I did my best to try and sustain the pregnancy. I continue to pray all is okay, and continue to pray for all here too! Good luck with your upcoming appointments, ultrasounds, and other milestones!
 

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Our first appointment will be late Sept., around 12 weeks for fun. It's a fun excuse to see my midwife & maybe hear baby. We are planning on our 4th home birth (1st was in a hospital) with the same midwife who helped with the other 3. I also booked my doula the day after we found out we were expecting. We used her with our 4th and she was amazing. Bring that she fills up fast I had to make sure I got her!
 

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Berrypavlova, I feel the same about my midwife. I always call her right after a BFP to make sure I get her before she's booked. Though when I last spoke to her she told me I'd earned priority status, she will always have room for me in her schedule. :)
 

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Berrypavlova, I feel the same about my midwife. I always call her right after a BFP to make sure I get her before she's booked. Though when I last spoke to her she told me I'd earned priority status, she will always have room for me in her schedule. :)
How wonderful! The relationship between midwives and their Mamas is the best! I found my midwives with the help of a dear friend who was a doula. My friend knew she also wanted to be a midwife and after attending a few of my appointments and the birth (she started school while I was pregnant I think...or just after) she became an apprentice with my midwives! I am thrilled to have her as my midwife for my 4th(and probably last) baby along with my other 2 midwives who are beautiful amazing empowering women.
 

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So, my twin vibes were totally wrong- we saw one healthy bean, measuring 8 weeks. We're happy that everything is going well, but I think a bit disappointed that it wasn't twins. This is pretty much definitely going to be my last pregnancy and I had always hoped to have twins (even since I was a kid). And it's a bit of a bummer that that will never happen. Not to mention, I think I really liked the idea of having 6 kids (I know I'm crazy). Oh well, it's just one of those things you have no control over.
 

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I have been having twin dreams. I hope they're wrong! In one of them, my podiatrist was the one doing the ultrasound, so hopefully that means it's way off base, LOL. I'll find out Thursday.
 
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