Wednesday, September 20, 2006


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.


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.

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!