Has anyone doubted they could do natural birth but ended up doing it anyway? Deep down I really want to try natural birth but I already assume I won't be able to.
Speaking of nursing. Love it. So much. Still doing it in fact, but guise, it hurts and is NOT as easy as some make it appear in the beginning, so don't think it's just you if you struggle! Hang in there, it's worth the pain, sweat, exhaustion, and tears (seriously).
Me: 28 Him: 30
IF DX: MFI (low count & morphology) & mild PCOS
June 2016 BFP - MC @8w2d
August 2016 BFP - MC @6w1d
June 2017 - 50 mg Clomid + Ovidrel + IUI = BFP 7/6/17!!
Beta #1 = 422 (14dpo), Beta #2 = 810, prog - 12.3 (16dpo), Beta #3 = 5023, prog - 18.9 (20dpo)
Did anyone labor at home as long as possible before going to the hospital? My hope is to be able to do that so I don't have to spend as much time actually at the hospital. In my mind the longer you are there the more quickly they jump to interventions, and I really don't want to get pressured into something I don't want to do. Obviously if it is life threatening I will have a c section and do whatever possible to make sure everything is ok, but I just hear a lot of stories about doctors being c-happy and I want to avoid that if at all possible. I've heard of some people taking a long shower when they feel labor starting and that that helped them. Any other suggestions?
SEX HURTS for a long time after childbirth. I waited the full 6 weeks and regretted it... We ending waiting longer. Invest in some good lube after
Love this post!1) Get educated about the during and after care of you and your baby. For instance, delayed cord clamping and eye drops. We opted for no eye drops for my son since it began as a standard for parents with an STD (http://evidencebasedbirth.com/is-erythromycin-eye-ointment-always-necessary-for-newborns/). You can also request to have your baby on you when they receive the vitamin K and hep B.2) Take as much home as the hospital gives you.3) Make time to do the sitz bath and also make witch hazel pads beforehand... Buy maxi pads & witch hazel, open them up partially, pour 1/4c of witch hazel on each pad, fold back up and put in a ziploc in your freezer. LIFESAVERS after a nice warm shower. 4) Stool softeners!5) Nursing is hard... give it at least a month to feel ok and to get the hang of it. Try to prepare your partner to be supportive of this. My husband would help me get set up and comfortable with pillows around me and such.6) If you are planning on a pain-med free birth, take a class. I found one offered through a yoga center. I'm not a yogi by any means, but it was informational and talked about finding your breath during labor and remaining steady. We also learned about partner massage and different ways that your partner can support you during the process. It is totally a mindset. 7) Birth plans should be birth preferences. 8) Your contractions may never be the classic 1 contraction for 1 minute every 5 minutes.. listen to your body!
Thanks for this thread! My obgyn practice said it typically takes them 2 weeks to get blood test results back from their lab. They call if something's off, but otherwise they review them at the next visit. Does that sound normal? Also - is it normal to have ultrasounds done after you see your doctor?