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30 week appointment...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Everything went extremely well at my doctors apt today. My little girl is healthy, growing strong and still very active. Her HR was 134 and strong. I always love hearing it! It took the nurse awhile to get a reading as she was moving around too much and was kicking back at the doppler once again, she apparently does not like that thing!

The doctor checked out everything and I am perfect for where I need to be at 30 weeks. My girl was head down and wrapping around the right side of my belly with her little bottom at the upper right side of my stomach. So cute!

We discussed my labor for a bit as I am planning a natural birth, no meds. Yes, I know I am crazy but I really want to do this. He told me to keep working out as much as possible and he feels I will do well, however if there is a problem and the labor is too long that I may need one as we do not want to place the baby under too much distress. But that would not be until 8 to 10 hours of labor. I pray it does not last that long! LOL! 8 hours with no meds...OUCH!

In terms of my weight gain, I am still doing well. I weighed in showing a 16.4 pound gain here at the house and a 16 pound gain at the doctors office! For 7.5 months I am totally happy with that! My next apt is at 32 weeks and my goal is to weigh in around 18 pounds.

SO thankful for another good report, it really is such a blessing!

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    I had my oldest naturally. My water didn't break early, so I stayed home all day and took about 15 mini baths! It really helped with the labor pains. By the time I finally went to the hospital I was at 7 cm. They found me a room really quickly. I was a ten within 1 hour and started pushing. Once you transition into the final stage of labor the pain is intense... However, it doesn't last long and once you start pushing, that seems to help a bit.

    The good news is, once the baby is out the pain is gone. Yes, there is discomfort(obviously, but it only lasts a week or so)...

    I am sure you will do great. I would have gladly chosen natural for my second child, but she was breech, so I ended up having a C-section. If I had to choose, I'd go natural ANY day because the C-section was months of discomfort and pain...

    Good luck!
    3059 days ago
    You can handle 8-10 hrs +, Jen! Your body is fit and strong and well fueled AND remember that those first few hours are not that painful. At least my first was not. Lots of cramping and backache but it's usually not til the end that things hurt badly. Plus,be sure to move around as much as possible while in labor. As long as everything is going well and dr. says it's okay, stay at home where you're comfie and walk,move,rock...anything to move is helpful. Even rocking helps-you're still in upright gravity position and resting at the same time.
    So glad that your app't went well! And you are an absolute picture of health and beauty!!
    3060 days ago
    Sounds great!! You are doing so good! I can't believe you are already almost ready to have your baby! So Exciting!!!

    I had a natural birth with my baby girl - You can do it! and its worth it (as long as everything goes within normal ranges :) So hang in there!!!!

    3061 days ago
    You are doing amazing Jen! Almost there too! How exciting....
    3061 days ago
    It is wonderful to catch up with you via your blog. I almost deleted my account.. but I would miss my Jen!

    3062 days ago
    Your new profile picture is gorgeous! You look so healthy and happy. Good for you for planning on giving birth drug free! You have kept yourself in great shape which will definitely benefit you when it comes time to have your little girl.
    3062 days ago
    As you head into the home stretch, i wish you and your beautiful baby girl all the best!
    3062 days ago
    First, I LOVE your new profile pic. It's just beautiful!!!

    Thanks for the update on the pregnancy. It sounds like things are just wonderful as you enter into this home stretch. I wish you the best of luck on doing it au nautral. You can do it!!

    It's getting close now!!!
    3062 days ago
    Hi Jen! Glad to hear your appt went well and all is as it should be! You're in such great shape I think your labor will go well. I am a wimp and planning to opt for whatever drugs I can get my hands on so I admire you greatly! :-)
    3062 days ago
    Congrats on a good appointment. I'm having a natural labor too! Have you thought at getting a doula to help you with labor? They might be a good resource in helping you cope with labor without drugs. Also, if you are delivering in a hospital, be sure to make your birth plan VERY clear since they tend to not realize there are some of us who don't want drugs. Good luck!
    3062 days ago
    Congrats on a good appointment. I'm having a natural labor too! Have you thought at getting a doula to help you with labor? They might be a good resource in helping you cope with labor without drugs. Also, if you are delivering in a hospital, be sure to make your birth plan VERY clear since they tend to not realize there are some of us who don't want drugs. Good luck!
    3062 days ago
    You can do this and I am proud of you for trying no meds. I had two 9lb children both with no meds. I just closed my eyes through the contractions and thought of things that made me happy.
    3062 days ago
    My auntie tried both lamaz and the Bradley method. She said the Bradley Method was by far the better birthing technique. She did both births at home without any medicines. Good luck.
    3062 days ago
  • FITAT50
    Jen, I think that's wonderful you've decided to have a natural birth, it's so much better for the baby. I had both my children naturally, though not by choice, LOL. My daughter was 5lb 13oz and I was in labor 6 hrs and my son was 7lb 10oz and I was in labor for him a total of 8 hours. Jen, with all the exercise you've been doing your body is so well prepared to take on the Ultimate challenge! You will do wonderful, I'm sure and you will be so glad (and proud) that you did it naturally. Good luck!
    3062 days ago
    You are doing great! So glad to hear your going to try going natural. I had to be induced with both of mine and when they gave me the drugs for the induction I wasn't handling the labor to well at that point, so I got the epidural. Everyone handles things different. I hope you are able to go natural. Friends of mine that have gone natural tell me it's all about staying calm & focusing on your baby. You will do great no matter what!
    3063 days ago
    You will do just great, you are so prepared. Enjoy these last weeks and ignore any negativity you may hear - its your birth plan, no one else's. That baby sounds very lucky to have parents as healthy and prepared as you are. Bottom line what ever the birth scenario is, a healthy mom and daughter are the signs of success. emoticon
    3063 days ago
    That's great! Love your new photos and glad to hear you are doing so well. I went natural with my first and it was TOUGH! You can do it. Second time around I opted for the epicural. emoticon
    3063 days ago
    Hi sweet Jen! I'm so thrilled for you and your sweet DH! I had my Josher natural...whoop da..he was 10 lbs 11 oz...yep that is correct! I'm not saying it was easy..but it was certainly! I did alot of huffing and puffing I'll tell you that. The nurses all gathered around the table they watched the must have a really high pain threshold one of them said...I guess I do. But mostly I was just so focused on getting that big boy out into the world all I could concentrate on was that. My friends daughter has had both of her children delivered into water..something new..but I think wonderful. What a peaceful entry for that new little soul to enter our world..have you ever checked into that?

    Hugs to you! I know everything will be fine with whatever decision you make at the time..just relax and enjoy the whole new'll make a wonderful new mommy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3063 days ago
    Well, if you don't have to, don't go to the hospital too quickly, lol! I had mild to moderate labor with my first for 21 hours before my water broke and we went to the hospital. All told, I had 29 hours of labor. Most of it was not too bad though =) And I forgot it all and happily had a second baby, hehe!
    3063 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2010 9:44:44 PM
    Good for you!! There's nothing wrong with planning on a natural delivery. If you can do it, it's better for everybody and if for whatever reason you can't, then you can change the plan. emoticon

    Staying fit is your best ally at this point. There are studies that show a correlation between being physically active all the way through the pregnancy and a higher percentage of shorter and uncomplicated deliveries.

    Your doing great!!! emoticon
    3063 days ago
    Can you believe you're already 30 weeks?! Congrats on another great appointment! Despite what people will tell you, you are not crazy for wanting a natural birth. I stopped telling people that was my plan because I got tired of all the negative comments. It all worked out for me! Have you read Ina May's book? I just love that book. As Singer mentioned, I also took Bradley Method classes and I think they really helped prepare me and DH for the big event.

    You're looking great. Keep up the good work!
    3063 days ago
  • GMEAN2055
    That is great that you are doing so well.
    3063 days ago
    Yay! Congrats, so happy everything is going good with you and the baby!!! You are doing sooo well with your working out and weight gain! way to go girl!
    3063 days ago
  • CMULL328
    You can do it!!! I almost did it but was whisked away for an emergency c before I could. Baby went into distress and I was forewarned that if anything, ANYTHING, happened I was having a c. And, that's what happened. Prior to that, I had been induced because of gestational diabetes, and the dr came in to see me. Right before that I had my hubby give me the card they gave us in lamaze classes, to see where you were. God if I could tell!!! At that time they all looked the same. So, the dr came in and said she was going to break my water and get me an epidural. Well, it was too late for that!! I was already at 8 cmm!! How did that happen! But, at that point, I knew I could do it without. And, wanted to. Baby had other ideas. Guess it was just not meant to be.

    Good luck! You're doing great.
    3063 days ago
    Good for you for deciding to go the natural route...I cannot say that I did the same, I had two very long deliveries, one that was over a day long! But I certainly wasn't in the right shape or as prepared as you are! 17lbs??!! In total I think I gained about 50-60 lbs with each pregnancy. You are going to be in such a better place than I was after delivery, you'll be back in shape in absolutely no time!
    3063 days ago
    This is why men do not give birth. They couldn't get a strong enough pain killer.
    I am glad that everything is looking good.

    Take care
    3063 days ago
    Glad things are going well. :) I've had six children and I know at every appointment I about held my breath.

    I had natural childbirth with all of my kids. No pain killers.

    You just have to believe that you can do it. Women did it before all these drugs were invented.

    Hope you have a safe and healthy delivery. :)

    3063 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2010 7:55:14 PM
  • MRSSASS2010
    Hooray for happy check up appts! She's going to be here before you know it!
    3063 days ago
    Glad you had a great check up and your baby girl is doing well :) emoticon
    3063 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Glad to hear all went well. Lillian would always run away from the doppler emoticon

    As for a natural birth, you can do it. I did it. I think the most important thing is not going to the hospital too soon. I did hire a doula so I wasn't laboring home alone with just hubby. If this is your first baby then you will probably be laboring long. Mine from start to finish was about 20hrs and 17 of those at home. Pushing was only 15-20 mins and my dr said that was b/c I was unmedicated. Oh, if you tear, to me, the repair was the worst part of labor emoticon If you have any questions about a natural birth let me know.

    What birthing class are you taking? Have you heard of the bradley method? There's a book you can purchase. Also, googling labor positions is good. Education is key. It was for me. Once you understand what is going on with your body during labor, then the fear will go away.

    I can't wait to read your birth story emoticon
    3063 days ago
    your doing AMAZINGGGGG
    im so impressed
    3063 days ago
    your doing AMAZINGGGGG
    im so impressed
    3063 days ago
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