Checking In

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Checking In

Postby courageismyname » Tue Jan 15, 2013 04:48 am

Hey Ladies,

Great to hear everyone's updates, I got swallowed into the black holes of the holidays and some viruses and haven't been on in awhile.

All seems fine with me-baby is measuring super big (5 lbs 4 oz or something at my 30.5 week visit almost 2 weeks ago-97th percentile. DS was big at birth too though and sometimes second is bigger so no real surprise. Second GD test came back negative so they think I just grow them big (kinda weird, I am a fairly petite woman and hubbie 6' but totally medium build). Anyhow, even though no one's worried I started to a bit after last visit like what's wrong with me that I grow these collosso babies, there's probably something wrong with me and them. Probably leftover negative thoughts from trauma of birth #1...

I'm anemic but upped iron supplement and now eating red meat 3 x week (was eating a little before, normally don't eat red meat or poultry and not anemic at all outside of pregnancy) and numbers have gone up so nurse said keep doing what I'm doing. I think my high calcium intake (to prevent PE) might be interfering with my iron absorption.

BP excellent, was 107 over 60 or 70 something 2 days ago.

Probably scheduling C section for 3/4...scheduler will call me by end of the week. That will be 39 weeks 2 days. Feel a little guilty and like a wimp for scheduling, like everything's fine and who am I to do it that way? But I seized and went unconscious at home in labor last time with no one there but hubby and doula-was so traumatic and my main desires this time are for peace and safety. Sure the C section was difficult to recover from but much more difficult was the psychological and emotional trauma. Anyone relate to this?

Need to pack my hospital bag "just in case..." oy. Had been sleeping great and not nervous but woke up w/anxiety last 2 days, today at 3:30 am.

Anyone have suggestions for pleasurable ways to prepare for planned C?

Also a little daunted by arranging care for my three-year-old while I'm in the hospital...want his life to be as normal as possible but also don't want my hubbie to leave me alone too long in hospital, and hospital is about 1 hr. subway ride from home. Son's uncle and aunt are nearby and can help out/stay over, but not normal for DS. I think I'm afraid of being lonely in the hospital since last time I was there unexpectedly for 5 days, lots of meds/tests BP spiking and very freaked out after 2-3 days. Hoping this will be different if delivery is smooth? Already asked my co-worker and friend if she can come visit and she is happy to, and to bring iPad to watch stuff with me:) Love that and her-also worried I'll just be incapacitated in some way and not just peacefully resting and recovering. Oy again.

Thanks for listening ladies love any suggestions and sending you all love, peace and light.
Eclamptic seizure in labor 12/1/09, age 39. Son born very healthy at 42 weeks and 9 lbs 4 oz via C section. PE had been suspected (by me) but not diagnosed by homebirth midwife. Pregnant again with #2, due 3/9/13.
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Re: Checking In

Postby Raposa » Tue Jan 15, 2013 05:04 am

I think it's in our nature to find something to worry about, even if everything is going well.

And the toughest part of this week for me has been being away from my husband and toddler. I'm glad you have family and friends to come help and keep you company! That makes a big difference. I hope everything continues to go smoothly for you. :)
1st son, induced at 37 weeks due to pre-e, born 6/18/10.
2nd son, c-section at 37 weeks due to hypertension, born 1/15/13.
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