Wednesday, September 20, 2006

pregnancy

Ugh. I have gone through this 5 times now and each time is vastly different.

  • Madison was born on her due date (after bedrest for 2-3 weeks) 8 lbs 2 oz.
  • Elyse was born a week early (bedrest, mag sulfate, and tributaline starting at 28 weeks pregnancy) and was 8lbs 7 oz.
  • Zach was born a week late and was 11 lbs (no bed rest).
  • Gavin was induced 2 weeks early (due to Z's size and his own measurements) a few weeks of Dr prescribed "you do too much - take it easy" rest. He was 8.5 lbs (2 weeks early!)
Now I am venturing on the 38 week mark. Some of the doctors that I have seen have indicated that they may possibly induce me a week or two early (if I am measuring big).

It is so true that every pregnany is different. This pregnancy has found me cooking, canning, veggie gardening, stacking firewood....

Today I noticed that I have a leak. I think it is a leak. I have no idea. Although I have gone through this a number of times now, I have not experienced a leaking sensation before now. Sometimes when water breaks it is not a huge "gush" of fluid. Sometimes it can be a slow trickle. It also depends upon baby's location and presentation. A high break can be a slow trickle. Of course, baby can also sit on the bladder in a way that also creates a "leak" of urine, however. Every pregnancy is truly different. I am waiting to see if I have contractions start. If the leaking continues and I have contractions, then I will go in and have it checked out. I know I need to lay down for 30 minutes to see if I leak when I get up. I really don't like not knowing.

I also don't like all of the medical interventions that they find necessary. I would rather stay at home and get contractions started on my own (walking, etc). Ugh.

So, I have beans soaking for soup tonight, have done a few loads of laundry, have cleaned our room, am setting up the crib, washed baby blankets and clothes, am about to start bread.....

Will keep all updated.

6 comments:

Chelee said...

Good Luck! Fingers crossed for you.

MrsAngelena said...

Good luck!! I know with my 3 boys each pregnancy and delivery were different.

BurdockBoy said...

Exciting times. My partner and I are experiencing our first (due in late Dec.) pregnancy so there are so many new things and terms I am learning. We're planning on a homebirth if all goes well. I hope things stay on a good course for you. :)

Anonymous said...

I had a slow leak with both of my boys. With the second baby, water finally gushed out.

I also found that each pregnancy was different.

Best of luck.

Stream said...

Hope you have a fun one. We've had only three. I think it would be nice to have more, but I'm not the one doing all the carrying, birthing and nursing. Also there are days when three under 7 seem like six kids... maybe more. Kate (Old Man) tried self hypnosis for her first labour and it worked great so she used elements of it for babies numbers 2 and 3 as well. As you say, all were different. It was so amazing to watch the power and beauty of a woman, my wife, giving birth to our children.

All the best to you and your close ones.
Brooke

Emme said...

Self hypnosis is great! I learned to hypnotize myself (deep relaxation) while in track and cross country for high school and college. I have used it for all births. It is funny - even now if I hear Enya I go into a deep relaxation (what I listened to before each race/marathon/birth)....

Thank you!