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  • #31
    Originally posted by happymommy728 View Post
    I totally understand about lower back pain and soreness in your lower abdomen. I have those same pains and was worried at the beginning of my pregnancy. After talking to a nurse she said it was normal and to use a heating pad, warm bath,etc. It takes a while for it to go away once I'm really sore.
    I was worried about all of that at first, but then I called a nurse and talked to her about it. I am so glad to know that it is normal. Painful, but normal lol. I am afraid of using a heating pad because I don't want any circulation problems. I do love my warm showers, though.

    Of course I'm vomiting a lot so I know my back is sore from that as well.
    This is the part that I am dreading - morning sickness. I had that really bad with my son and I can remember feeling my uterus tighten as I vomited (TMI, I know lol), and I just keep thinking about how it will feel with this scar . So far, I am just lucky enough to have the nausea, but there again, with my son, morning sickness didn't come until during week 7 and was full blown by week 11.

    I understand the funky feelings after a c-section. I was so sick and drugged up that I felt I missed out on so much and was a bit depressed. In retrospect though, I think it was the a combination of everything...hard pregnancy, new mom, surgery, recovery, hormones...I sought the Lord so much that first week and He helped me through in more ways than I could ever tell.
    I agree that it was the newness of everything that contributed to my depression, but I believe it was more than that. My marriage was bad at the time, on top of that, I had people telling me that I need to quit breastfeeding my son at such and such date. I won't get into that, that is another story for another time. But yea, I don't think it was only the c-section that caused me to get the "baby blues".

    In my first week home, my husband got called out for a job and was gone the entire week. I can only remember having help for the first couple of days, then I was lucky to just get anyone to pick up the phone. I had no one to help me to do anything and my c-section was far from being healed, or at least it felt like it. I hurt so bad, and my back was the worst because I couldn't stand up straight. On top of that, I had a crying infant, who was constantly needing me. Things could have been a lot better that week had I not listened to certain persons about how and where my son should sleep. He was always in the bassinet and I was always on the couch right beside of him. It would have been easier for the both of us to just stay in bed, with diapers, wipes, and any other necessity within my reach. Oh, and food and water was a must as I was always hungry and thirsty due to the nursing.

    I was weeks into my recovery and things still hurt pretty bad. I don't think it got better until 5 weeks pp. I really, really don't want to go through that again. I am going to stress this to my doctor when I see him. If it comes down to it, I will just have a home birth, with much prayer. There is a hospital just minutes away, so it would be ok.


    I'm going to talk to my doctor...he himself is a father of six and very experienced and thorough so I know he'll listen to everything and give me great advice. I'll let you know how it goes. I'll be praying for you and it's a blessing to hear that you're experiencing the same thing as I am (back pain, etc.). I thought I was the only one
    Thank you. I hope he gives you the option of trying for a vbac, I know women who have gotten pregnant at 9 months and 1 month pp and had vbacs. It can be done. The healing doesn't take as long as a lot of people put it out to be. It is recommended to wait until at least 18 months pp to get pregnant again, but do they honestly think a pregnancy wouldn't occur before then? lol. If it wasn't safe to have a VBAC earlier than said time, then why should it be considered safe to even be pregnant before the 18 month mark? The uterus is "weak" either way, IMHO. But God can work miracles.

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    • #32
      have you considered a Nurse-midwife? i've always used midwives and have loved it. They stay with us the whole time, unlike a doctor who comes in at the last minute, and was so helpful for hubby, that he didn't have to do all the "support" stuff. and they look at pregnancy not as a sickness to be healed or a medical "problem" but as a natural process they get to help facilitate. Much different philosophies!!

      I also have a book reccomendation called "Giving Birth: a journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives". by Catherine Taylor. there's some "new age" stuff at the end as far as visualizing and such, but it is a very encouraging book for natural birth's etc. and lots of practical advice. I read it with every pregnancy.

      I don't have time to go into my births right now, though Im sure I'll share eventually. But my 2nd birth was in a tub and it was wonderful ( as wonderful as childbirth can be anyway!! LOL )

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      • #33
        Originally posted by firstoftwelve View Post
        have you considered a Nurse-midwife? i've always used midwives and have loved it. They stay with us the whole time, unlike a doctor who comes in at the last minute, and was so helpful for hubby, that he didn't have to do all the "support" stuff. and they look at pregnancy not as a sickness to be healed or a medical "problem" but as a natural process they get to help facilitate. Much different philosophies!!

        I also have a book reccomendation called "Giving Birth: a journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives". by Catherine Taylor. there's some "new age" stuff at the end as far as visualizing and such, but it is a very encouraging book for natural birth's etc. and lots of practical advice. I read it with every pregnancy.

        I don't have time to go into my births right now, though Im sure I'll share eventually. But my 2nd birth was in a tub and it was wonderful ( as wonderful as childbirth can be anyway!! LOL )
        Yes, I wanted a midwife, but there are no midwives that practice anywhere close to me. The closest one is almost 2 hours away. If I could find one, I would be so happy, but unfortunately, this specialist is all that I have right now.

        I want to do a water birth, too. I would love to hear about your experience sometime. PM if you like!

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        • #34
          Pregnant here, too!

          Im about 10 wks pregnant now. If you have seen my Morning Sickness thread you'll know that pregnancy has not treated me the best lately! I am nauseus/vomiting ALL the time. I've been dealing with it for over a month now and not sure how much I can take! I don't know if I can deal with this another time around.... ugh.... Nobody told me about all this extra pregnancy stuff! I didn't think it'd be this bad! I thought it was going to be all bunnies and rainbows.....

          But anyways Im 22, have no kids already, this will be our first. It was definitely unplanned. I just graduated from a BSN program last week so I'll have to be working during pregnancy and after the baby gets here. Im not too happy about that, because I've always wanted to be a SAHM. But God will work it all out for us.

          We've already had one ultrasound at 8 weeks and heard the heartbeat. Had to be one of the coolest moments ever.

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          • #35
            hilhill,
            What's your due date? Mine is December 15th. We had a bit of a scare last week so we're praying everything is alright with our baby. I go back to the doctor tomorrow.
            I've been vomiting with this one...it was really bad with my first. I can tell you this...once you get through the funky stage everything gets much easier and you'll find yourself thinking..."If I could get through that, I can get through anything!" At least I did...I would think about all the days throwing up like crazy and think "This is nothing!"
            Hope you feel better soon. I take it the zofran isn't working to great for you, huh?

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            • #36
              I'd love to post my water birth story, but since it's about dinner time, I'll have to wait until tomorrow, so until then.......

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              • #37
                Originally posted by hilhill View Post
                Pregnant here, too!

                Im about 10 wks pregnant now. If you have seen my Morning Sickness thread you'll know that pregnancy has not treated me the best lately! I am nauseus/vomiting ALL the time. I've been dealing with it for over a month now and not sure how much I can take! I don't know if I can deal with this another time around.... ugh.... Nobody told me about all this extra pregnancy stuff! I didn't think it'd be this bad! I thought it was going to be all bunnies and rainbows.....

                But anyways Im 22, have no kids already, this will be our first. It was definitely unplanned. I just graduated from a BSN program last week so I'll have to be working during pregnancy and after the baby gets here. Im not too happy about that, because I've always wanted to be a SAHM. But God will work it all out for us.

                We've already had one ultrasound at 8 weeks and heard the heartbeat. Had to be one of the coolest moments ever.
                You forget the bad stuff. I was so sick with my first that I lost over 30 pounds and ended up in the hospital. I didn't think I would ever do it again and I did. The 2nd wasn't near as bad, but the 3rd was worse. Ended up in the hospital again with my 3rd and do you know what? I did it again!! My 4th was pretty good, not too many troubles. I am so praying for more also even thoguh I know how bad it can be. The blessing God gives us through the baby out ways any vomiting I could ever do!

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                • #38
                  my mom posted an update on what is going on with us in the prayer request area.

                  Here's the specific thread

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                  • #39
                    OH NO!! I started feeling really nauseous this morning! Its the first that I can actually say that I came close to vomiting during this pregnancy, so far. My last pregnancy, my morning sickness was already here. Pray that I don't get it this time around and if I do, that it will only be mild.

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                    • #40
                      sorry haven't been around, it's been a really busy week. I will post more as able.....

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                      • #41
                        So I went for my first u/s today and discovered that I am probably not as far along as originally thought. According to my LMP (March 28), I would be 8 weeks today. However, when we did the vaginal u/s, there was a heartbeat and we did see the baby, but the baby was measuring around 5 weeks and 5 days.

                        I was breastfeeding when I got pregnant, and the period in March was my first post-partum period. Is there a possibility that I ovulated a lot later than calculated? This is making me so nervous. They said the heartbeat sounded ok for its measurement, but what am I supposed to think? One of two things is going on. The nurse said its either not growing like it should or due to my breastfeeding, I ovulated a lot later than thought. Thoughts? Experiences? I pray for the latter, but its all in God's hands.

                        *Also, the heartbeat was 107 and 109 at point. They said that is normal for its gestation age, but that still doesn't make me feel better.*
                        Last edited by heart_changed99; May 22nd, 2008, 09:15 PM.

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                        • #42
                          I would say breastfeeding. That in and of it's self can mess up a womans cycle.
                          all goes well for you and little bean.

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                          • #43
                            bump

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                            • #44
                              hello!! Well I had my first appt. yesterday and feel good about it. We were able to find hte heartbeat with Doppler so that was cool. My official due date is definately December 25th. Should be a fun Christmas!!

                              I won't be able to do a water birth here, because the hospital doesn't provide tubs,
                              but oh well.....

                              As for my water birth with the second child, guess there isn't alot to tell. I woke up with contractions around 3:30 am, and labored at home for a good 2 hrs. But when I threw up my light breakfast, I knew we needed to move as I was likely heading into transition.....
                              We got the hospital (only about 5 minutes away) and got settled. The midwife checked me and started filling the tub right away and called for a baby cart. The tub was a big tub that was open on 3 sides. It was great because they filled it w/ warm water, but then had a hand sprayer they used to run cool water over me as i started getting over-heated. They also had a big pillow to put behind me to get me closer so I could plant my feet on the other end of the tub for traction. What was great, was when I needed to change position, like rolling to my side, I just floated over, instead of hauling my big old body around on a bed. Anywho, about an hour after getting to the hospital, I pushed a few times and out slid little boy number 2!
                              Another advantage to the water, was after the birth, being rinsed off right there in the tub and being all clean and cozy getting into bed to cuddle baby. It was great.

                              I was plannning on having a tub birth at the birthing center with my 3rd, but when we got there, she didn't think there'd be enough time to fill the tub. However she ended up being wrong, as my cervix wouldn't completely melt away. It was an hour of excrutiating pain as my body wanted to push, but I wasn't "allowed" because of the cervix being in the way. Finally the midwife, manually pushed the cervix out of the way as I pushed out baby and we were finally able to deliver him..... it's taken me awhile to get over that birth.....
                              Now, I just hope the Lord blesses me with an easier time this time around!!

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                              • #45
                                Well... Not too much to tell here yet. I've been going regularly to the doctor this week as we expected the baby to arrive sometime this week.. and he's given us some labor pains yesterday rather regularly and then decided to back off completely and sleep. Today, not so many contractions, but he is all the way engaged (you can tell looking at me), though there hasn't been much indication yet that he is on his way.

                                My DH told him yesterday that he cannot come today, and I think he's listening too well. I told him when he gets home, he and baby boy need another talk -- and he has to be allowed to come. I really do not want another doctor visit tomorrow morning, I want a baby in my arms

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