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Andre'a [userpic]
by Andre'a (volc0mchiick)
at October 20th, 2007 (12:26 am)

i had my NST and OB appointment for 37 weeks. my blood pressure is up again 130/90.. so he told me next friday if its up still that we're going to talk induction since this was one reason they induced me with my son at 38 weeks. so this might be our last weekend without baby my fiance and i. he told me tonight he thinks it is our last weekend and we will have him here next weekend.. i hope hes right i'm ready to have this baby and get my foot better and off my crutches!! he checked my cervix too i'm still long and posterior and only a finger tip dialated.. i was really hoping my contractions were doing something to me!! he said he could feel the sack and baby has definelty dropped hes really low. i found out today too that my son's father has strep which is just great bc he's been with his dad this week monday til thursday morning. i have him now and hes sick i hope hes not getting strep bc the last thing i need is a toddler with strep throat he already came down with a cold today. anyways tho i'm off to watch nick at nite. i can't sleep! before i go tho here are some tummy pictures for 37 weeks.

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me [userpic]
at October 19th, 2007 (11:33 pm)

current mood: uncomfortable

So I guess I just had my first "false alarm" After dinner I felt like I was about to get my period and sitting was just uncomfortable. I kept feeling like I had to go to the bathroom but nothing would come out. I had alot of strange pressure and walking seemed to make it go away. Since I couldn't get comfortable at my house (ac is broken once again!) I went to the boy's house and right before I walked into his house I had 2 BH, which happened in about a total of 10 min. Didn't think much of it but had a few more every 5-6 min from 9:20 to about 9:50. Then they just kinda stopped and I got 2 more about 20 minutes later. I hope that this doesn't become an everyday thing since it is rather irritating. I just want things to happen. Now I don't think I will be able to sleep. :(

moth in flight [userpic]
post date NST and U/S?
by moth in flight (mothinflight)
at October 17th, 2007 (10:37 am)

are any of you past your EDD?  has your ob/gyn or midwife recommended a NST or U/S for you?
I had my 40wk appt this morning (tomorrow - thursday) is the official beginning of my 40th week though, wednesdays are just the day that my husband and i can go in together).  anyway - my midwife recommended a "post - date" non-stress test and ultrasound and i have both scheduled for this coming Tuesday (if i make it, as she puts it).  she said it's "normal - nothing to worry about" and basically they just want to check the amniotic fluid, size of the baby, movement, measurements - blah blah blah.  
my pregnancy has been pretty intervention free so far - so this doesn't make me nervous - in fact, i'm a little happy about seeing Baby on the ultrasound again - as the last time was at 18wks for the sex/measurement U/S.  so yeah, i'll admit - i'm kind of looking forward to getting another picture of her.
and i know that measurements are not 100% accurate - so i'm not worried about anything the tech would say (Ie: wow, your baby is biiiiig!") 
i guess i just want to know if i'm the only one here getting this recommendation.   

me [userpic]
I want to cry and scream at the same time
at October 16th, 2007 (05:24 pm)

current mood: aggravated

I just woke up from a pretty comfortable nap. I was pretty happy until I read a msg my friend sent me. It read "my sister is scheduled for halloween it was the earliest day her doc had available so he will be here in 2weeks!!" Good for her. Her due date isn't until the 8th of NOVEMBER. But why is she have a c-section? He's in a "funky position" uh hello you can TRY to change that before he's actually due. I might have to wait until November 8th for my baby. I don't know why it just makes me so upset. For some reason I really wanted an October baby and the thought that someone else is going to have one when they could really wait it out just makes me wanna cry.

moth in flight [userpic]
39wks and counting
by moth in flight (mothinflight)
at October 13th, 2007 (09:30 am)

I'll give my update as well - :)
My due date is this coming Thursday: 10/18.  This is the longest i've been pregnant - as my first daughter was born 10 days before her "due date".  I hate due DATES.  I've been telling people all along that i'm due in "October" - but now as we're in the middle of the month i'm getting all the obnoxious phone calls "DID YOU HAVE THE BABY YET!?!?"  argh!
So anyway - to date my blood pressure has remained perfect, total weight gain = approx 25lbs (I gained about 40lbs w/ DD#1 - so this is awesome!) and i feel terrific.
a couple weeks ago i went into triage to get tested for a bladder/kidney infection - which was negative (thank god).  But they dubbed me in prodromal labor - i was dilated 2-3cm, 80% effaced and Baby's head was at Zero station.  They said back then "oh any day now!  it could happen any time this week!" and i WISH WISH WISH they never said that b/c here i am WEEKS later and still pregnant.  phooey on them.
and phooey on my midwife who told me that if my first baby was born early, my second would be too.  PHOOEY.
Not that i want her born "early" - it's just that having SO MANY people tell you "any day now!" and "you won't make it to your next prenatal" gets kind of old and it does get my hopes up.  with every contraction (i've been having regular contractions - NOT BH - about every 15min lasting 30-45sec long for about 2wks now) i think "is THIS it?"  some are really painful and take my breath away - those get my hopes up.  it's funny - i never wanted pain so bad in my life!!!
i barely sleep.  sleeping is so uncomfortable.  that, and add the fact that DD#1 has recently taken up night nursing again.  so that's an experience!  contractions, leg cramps and a little one sucking on very sensitive nipples in the middle of the night does NOT give me sweet dreams!  ;)
My husband's birthday is Monday.  he's so hoping to share his birthday w/ his new daughter.  i was born the day after my father's birthday - so i think it would be neat for him to have a birthday-partner too :)

so in all:
-i feel good, tired - but good
-i wish that i was NEVER checked in triage and that the medical "professionals" would keep their opinions to themselves and not build up hope in women like me!
-i am further refusing all cervical checks (haven't had one since)
-i'm going to enjoy my last days/weeks of pregnancy with my little daughter and husband - take tons of pictures and just RELAX (we haven't decided if 2 is our kid-limit or if we want to go for another child after this - so i better enjoy this now!)
-i'm ready to meet the little baby girl who has been kicking and punching me so hard for so long. 

Rachel [userpic]
by Rachel (shreddedhearts)
at October 13th, 2007 (01:29 am)

I'm hopping on the update train.

Not too much going on here, other than some severe pain around my tailbone the past couple of months. I had fractured my tailbone as a kid so the area is especially bothersome during pregnancy.

I'm 38 weeks and a few days, and I'm having my c-section next Friday. Before anybody rolls their eyes, I'm one of those rare cases that really does require c-sections, only half of my uterus contracts thus making vaginal birth impossible for me. This will be my third, and even after going through 2 in the past it hasn't helped me be any less nervous.

I am actually dreading the experience. I'm excited to meet my new baby of course but I just wish somebody could go through the surgery and recovery for me! My daughter's birth and recovery from that wasn't too bad, but I had a pretty awful time with my son. I had some pretty major side effects to one of the medications and spent the first 48 hours vomiting non-stop (not fun after abdominal surgery) and scratching my skin until it literally bled, without being aware that I was doing so. My doctor says that I won't necessarily go through the same thing again but he can't guarantee anything. Yay =)

Anyway, that's about all. I have to be there at 6AM, baby (Hayden Alex) will arrive around 8AM. If I don't update before the big day you'll definitely hear from me with photos afterward, assuming I survive =p

Kelly [userpic]
37 weeks
by Kelly (magdalene156)
at October 10th, 2007 (11:12 am)

current mood: happy

Today I am 37 weeks, officially the longest I have ever been pregnant!
It's exciting for me because I know if I start labor anytime now baby will probably be just fine and fully functional!
I even lost a little mucus plug this morning, which yeah I know probably means nothing at this point - but Aislinn came early and I never lost it at all with her until I was in transition during labor and by then I could not have cared less.
Anyway, just wanted to share because it is exciting for me to have made it to being considered "full term" even if just by the minimum!

me [userpic]
things that have been bothering me all day...
at October 9th, 2007 (01:11 am)

current mood: restless

i've been having more frequent BH today some 5 min apart some 20... they should go away with drinking water right? i'm not really fond of the feeling of someone is hugging me too hard, especially while i'm laying down. my pelvic pain is also getting worse. so bad that when i get out of bed in the morning i can't put any pressure on my left leg for a good 5-10 min. i'll mention it tomorrow at my appointment but i don't think there's anything i can do about it. i also have the feeling that someone kicked me HARD on the left side of my vagina. not necessarily inside but today it was pretty bad. i couldn't sit/lay in any position to make it go away. oh and one last thing. the last few nights i've noticed when i go to the bathroom i end up being in there for like 15 min pooping, which is unusual for me. it's almost like i'm sick and kind of having this diarrhea thing going on. ok i think that's all for now, i might have just missed my sleep window. :'(

me [userpic]
w t f
at September 26th, 2007 (11:19 pm)

current mood: angry

why are we all complaining now?
huge complaint but if you're bored it's worth a try.Collapse )

moth in flight [userpic]
Labor - Part 1
by moth in flight (mothinflight)
at September 23rd, 2007 (10:43 pm)

7am this morning: i wake up to get ready for work. i have an awful burning/stabbing pain while urinating, i think nothing of it though.
8am-1:30pm: i go to work.  I have the same awful buring/stabbing pain while urinating.  i try not to think about it.  
2pm: get home - decide to go to the Public Market for an arts festival w/ my husband and 2 yr old daughter- and to get lunch.  we walk around and within minutes i'm getting that awful pain CONSTANTLY and it's impossible for me to carry Emilia.  We sit down to eat and i'm incredibly uncomfortable and having the stabbing pain all the time.
4pm: get back home = decide to call the midwife on call.  she tells me that it could be: a) a bladder infection: in which case i need to go get checked ASAP and get started on antibiotics ASAP b/c it will likely lead to a kidney infection (common in pregnancy) which i DO NOT want or b) i am in labor and this is ligament pain associated w/ prodromal labor.  
4:01pm : I start freaking out.  Jay (who amazingly has his head on straight) starts packing a small bag while i'm still on the phone w/ the midwife.  we call friends of ours to come over and watch Emilia.  Jay says to think of this as a "trial run" and see how it is to leave Emilia w/ someone at home while we go to the hospital.
5pm: arrive at hospital and check into triage.  i do a urine sample and they hook me up to some monitors for 20minutes to see how my contractions are and how Lillian is doing
5:30pm: it is determined that i DO NOT have a bladder infection or a UTI or anything - all results are perfect.  i am, however, having contractions every 4-5 minutes.  Lillian is "looking great" according to the oncall doctor.
they ask to do a cervix check - i gladly oblige.  i am still 2cm dilated (as i was on Wednesday) and 40% effaced.  Lillian's head is low, but my cervix is still in a posterior position.  they dub me in Prodromal Labor.
6pm: they tell me i can go home to rest.  they ask if i'm still working - i say yes - they say NO and tell me to try to begin my maternity leave early.  i am 36wks 3days pregnant today. if i make it to thursday i will be 37wks pregnant and considered full term.  they want me to get to 37wks.  the on call doctor said that at the rate i'm going right now - "real" labor in a couple of days to a week from now.  i can take tylenol for the ligament pain, as that will be with me from here on out.  that is the stabbing pain i have - ligament pain.  it's from my uterus being so heavy w/ baby and stretching w/ each contraction.  my body is revolting against me.

i'm kind of sad that i may not have an October baby after all.  i'm hoping the rest will help me slow down labor.  but then again - part of me is scared that the next 3.5 weeks will be in pain. i  did NOT have this with my first pregnancy/l&d so i'm really worried.

has anyone else been having prodromal labor? any advice?