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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Monday, obi decided that was enough bed rest. I went into labor at 2pm and I was having contractions every 3 min and dilated to 5 cm by 4pm. She was transverse so has to have another csection. Obi was born at 5:59pm. 7#7oz and 20" long. 

Due to complications (my uterus clamped down around obi making it tough to get her so ob had to make "anchor" incision on uterus), I shouldn't get preg again and if I do, it'll be a very high risk birth in which they would need to avoid labor bc my uterus won't be able to handle it. Luckily we were pretty sure we were done. And that dx makes it official. 

Otherwise obi and I doing ok. She's been in nicu due to low O2 then low glucose. By day 2, O2 ok and they are weaning her off glucose. However she developed jaundice. She was transferred to another hospital with larger nicu for treatment. The new nicu had couch/bed so I can stay with her and continue bf. bf going really well!

Day 3: she has weaned off glucose altogether as of this am. She continues to be treated for jaundice with phototherapy.

Day 4: weaned off iv and phototherapy. Released!! Home!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Week 36

Baby looks great! Movement, practice breathing, and blood flow all look great!

My Bp is still high (162/80, considered severe hypertension). Baby still breech. They found some reasons she might be breech. The placenta placement (anterior placenta) and that I have a "band" of maybe scar tissue from the csection or a "double bubble" at my cervix. The band is nothing to worry about but may explain why the baby hasn't turned. I forgot to ask the ob whether they can do a version to try to turn her but found out later that they usually don't do versions for vbacs and esp of there's an anterior placenta. So it looks like there are several factors working against her turning and in favor of a section. 

In good news I can talk walks around block and do yoga at home as it may decrease my Bp.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bed rest

I just spent most of day in labor and delivery being monitored. I have either gestational hypertension or early stage of preeclampsia. Baby is fine. I went in because I'm having wicked round ligament pain. Turns out I also have wicked high Bp (158/85).

So I'm on modified bed rest until baby comes. No more work. No more walks. At home can cook and shower but not much else. Fun times!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

34 weeks

Had an ultrasound this am. First since 20 week. So good to see her again!

Baby looks good. 5# so smaller than #1 was at this point (65% so not huge). Practicing breathing and all organs look good. Amniotic fluid good. Unfortunately, she's breech though. The good news is we have some time for her to turn.

In other unexpected news, I've dialated 1 cm and lost my mucus plug. The ob doesn't think I'm going to go into labor soon though because the baby hasn't dropped yet. She said that if I do go into labor they won't do anything to stop it at this point in my pregnancy. So fingers crossed little obi stays and cooks a few more weeks.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

3rd trimester

I've entered the 3rd trimester. On the one hand it feels like I've been pregnant forever (I started working on this pregnancy March 2013). On the other hand, I can't believe it's already third trimester. For the most part this pregnancy has been much easier than #1. I'm really tired still but otherwise not many problems. I get hip pains that make walking tough. Especially after my prenatal yoga class, I think due to relactin making me over stretch my pelvic muscles. Today for the first time I have tailbone pain, which I've read is normal during pregnancy, especially later in pregnancy. But wow it made it hard to walk. So I scheduled my first prenatal massage of this pregnancy (I went a lot during #1 due to ribs popping out). I hope it helps. I've also started taking more baths to help the aches and pains. Tough to do when I work outside the home 40 hours per week and want to spend time with DD1.

But the good news is the baby is doing well! I haven't had an u/s since week 20 and I'm jonsing to find out how big she's gotten. I'll ask next on appointment when I'll get to see her again.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

26 weeks

It's been a while since I've posted and so much has happened. First, IT'S A GIRL! We're super excited! Knowing the gender just makes it all the more real. We known for a while. We found out a few ways:
1. CCRM now tells the gender when you "graduate" from being a CCRM pt to a "normal" pregnant woman under the sole care of your OB/midwife. It's a girl! (they would not, btw, tell me the sex of the 2 embies that didn't survive the other two transfers)
2. I took the Maternity21 screening because yet again my baby wouldn't cooperate with the NT u/s to test for trisomies. The Maternity21 screen not only tells you whther you may have trisomies (Obi doesn't) but also gender. Confirmed it's a girl.
3. Week 20 u/s confirmed yet again it's a girl. We got to see her "girl parts" (the "technical term" used by the u/s tech).

Here's a pic from the Week 20 u/w:
I had an OB appt today. All is well. No u/s, but I got to hear the heartbeat (151). I also had my 1 hr glucose screening. It was negative! Whoooo-hoooo! For #1, I failed it and had to do the 3-hr fasting test. It was awful! I met up with DH afterward and almost single-handedly ate an entire Indian buffet. DH said he had never really understood "ravenous" until he saw me eat after that test. So relieved I don't have to do it again!

Pregnancy going along well, which is at least partially why I don't post much. I'm still REALLY tired. So tired in fact that my OB tested me for anemia and Vit D deficiency about a month ago. All normal for a pregnant woman. So I'm just 39 and pregnant, working full-time and spending time with my amazing 2 year old. So, yeah, I'm tired. Otherwise, though, pregnancy pretty easy. No pain. Get to feel Obi move quite a bit during the day. DH has felt and seen her move, so it's exciting for us both. Doing pre-natal yoga every Sat at a birth center in town. Love it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


We have another update--we've contracted with our doula! We're going with the same doula who was with us for the birth of DD #1. We feel very comfortable with her and she was very supportive during the 36 hours of labor with DD#1.

We're going to try for a VBAC. My OB is very supportive of VBAC (as is the entire hospital!). The doula will be there for the delivery and will start helping us prep for it as we get closer to the due date. She did a great job making sure that we were fed, hydrated, helped suggest different positions while I labored with #1, and had great tips to help with pushing etc. She was also supportive of DH which was great as he did a great job and I'm sure she played a role in that. And she took pictures and notes so we have wonderful documentation of #1's birth process. We feel so good about having her on board!