My Journey to Healing Through a VBAC

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Appoiments on top of appointments! March 15, 2010

Filed under: Blog Therapy — Heather @ 2:51 pm

I went to the new OB last Thursday. I really like these OBs, very nice, into letting the body do what it does and all that. However, because I am diabetic they have strict guidelines for me! I found out at this appointment that I need to have two NST (Non-stress tests) a week. For those of you who don’t know, a NST is when the mother is belted to the monitor in bed and has to push a button for every kick or big movement. I also need to see the OB once a week and have an U/S once a week. So, needless to say, I am going to be a busy Momma till this kid comes!

I will be driving about 40 minutes one way twice a week for these tests until this baby comes!

I had an U/S done on Thursday also and found out that this baby is HUGE! He is weighing in at 6lbs. 2oz.  That’s over the 100th percentile! Let us hope that I go into labor at 36 weeks! I’m not sure I can birth an 11 pound baby! With these new OBs they won’t let me even try to birth a baby that big, so here’s hoping for 36 weeks! So, the restrictions that the Drs have put on me birthing via VBAC are as follows:

1. That my blood sugar and all other tests are practically perfect.

2. The baby can’t exceed 9lbs 6oz. on the U/S.

3. I have to go into labor before 39 weeks, or if at 39 weeks I have a favorable cervix they will use small amounts of pitocin to help me along.

So if those things work out this baby will come VBAC! Here’s hoping that all works out! I will keep this pretty updated as I find things out. I will be hoping for labor between 36-38 weeks. That’s as early as three weeks away! I have been doing some baby spinning yoga and the like to make sure this kid isn’t face up like Fiona(which led to the c-section, among other things). Here’s a website written by a Midwife. Very Interesting!

Right now I am just trying to be good with my diet,  stretch a lot, a little mild yoga, some birthing ball exercising… nothing too crazy.  Hopefully I will be having a baby in a month or so!


New Ob/Gyn! March 10, 2010

Filed under: Blog Therapy — Heather @ 9:59 pm

A friend from High School randomly IMed me on Facebook not too long ago and made a suggestion that I hadn’t thought of! I always forget that this town near me exists. This HS friend suggested I go to the Hospital where her Mom works. It’s about the same distance as my original hospital choice. She also suggested a group of Ob/Gyns that’s a lot smaller than the one I’ve been seeing. There are only two Drs at this practice, vs the 15 or so at the other. I met with both Drs last week, and this practice seems like a much better option for me and this birth.

These Drs still have a lot of particulars about doing the VBAC, BUT they seem to be trustworthy enough. I do not trust the Ob/Gyns I was seeing this whole time. These new Drs, Dr Jean-Louis to be particular, is much more into letting nature take its course.  They are not going to put any time restrictions on labor, no unnecessary interventions. No breaking my water, or anything, I can labor how I want! I’m very happy with these Drs right now.

I have been having a hard time with my blood sugar levels. Pretty soon I will be eating lettuce and chicken breast only…plain! I really hope not though! I am taking steps to remedy the issue. If only fries weren’t so dang tasty!

I have an appointment for a growth check ultrasound tomorrow, then a follow-up appointment with Dr Jean-Louis. I’m hoping it goes well. My Mom will be with me. I’m hoping to hire a doula, but if I can’t my Mom will be my advocate in the hospital. She will have my back and help me stick to my birth plan!

Here’s hoping all goes well with these new Drs!!!

This is me at 30 weeks I think, could be 31, not entirely sure!