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Old 08-18-2012, 11:20 AM
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I just wanted to say that the fear of a loose vagina is not a really valid concern. My kids will be two years apart and tightness and muscle down in my downstairs had never been an issue. If it was i doubt I would be knocked up again. LOL!

And I really stand by each birth is so different. My best friend was 42 weeks and a bit. They tried inducing her 4 times. No luck. Let per labor on pitocon for awhile. Zero progression. She was swelling like you would not believe and it was starting to get scary. She had her son 12 hours after I had Briggs via c-section. That kid was HUGE! He was 11lbs, 3oz and totally healthy. I feel terrible that she had to go through her c-section because the recovery was god awful for her and she feels terribly guilty and like her body failed... but it isn't like she didn't try her darn hardest. She was a saint those last two weeks of going over due and I just as proud of her for her birth experience as she was for me for mine.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:28 AM
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If I was going to have kids - I'd book into a private clinic if I had the means; and me sufficiently doped up on painkillers galore and maybe even a drink or two. I understand cutting back major consumption of alcohol during a pregnancy - but NONE at all? My mom's mom never drank a drop and all her kids turned out...well, not great. A friend of mine's mom did have the occasional cocktail or red wine when she was pregnant with her - and they have a wonderful, loving, happy family with pretty spectacular individuals - of course there's so much more to do with those factors but I'm just saying lol.

Childbirth horrifies me personally (no offense to any chazzer mom's or mom's to be) - it's something I never want to go through and I want kids in my life even less. So if I had to go through with it - I think I'd want to be as "far away" mentally and consciously from that situation as possible.
WHAT????? It has been PROVEN that one single unti can trigger FAS! You would take that risk?? That is straight up child abuse!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:34 AM
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WHAT????? It has been PROVEN that one single unti can trigger FAS! You would take that risk?? That is straight up child abuse!!!
Do you have a link talking about that? The articles I've seen talk about correlation, but I haven't seen one talking about definitive proof, and I'd love to have more information.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:34 AM
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Like others have said each birth is different. I would LOVE to have a home birth but for me it is not an option. I have to have an Epidural each time. Reason being is the psychological effect of being raped when I was younger. I do not dialate without it. I stay at 2cms no matter how strong the contractions are or how long or so on. As soon as I have the epidural in a few minutes or a couple of hours i dialate enough to give birth naturally. Plus all my kids have had to be induced.

For my first I had to have the membranes striped manually by my doctor after I was 2 weeks late. Within a few hours I was in labour. But 21 hours later I was labouring hard, totally exhausted and still only at 2cm. So they gave me an epidural and within a few minutes I was at 10cm and able to push her out naturally.

With my second I wanted to see if I would dialate on my own for the first 10 hours so my Doula put that in the birth plan. Agian I had to have my membranes striped after being 2 weeks late. My kids seem to like it in there. I was in labour within a could of hours. I waited the 10 hours, even with waters broken after only a few hours I still stayed at 2cm. So they gave me the epidural. 3 hours later he was born naturally.

My third agian went 2 weeks over. I went in and had the membranes striped but nothing happened. So 2 days later they had me come in and put gel on me. The contractions hit within a few minutes and were the most intense I had ever experienced. They waited an hour to give me the epidural. I was only at 2cm when they did. 4 hours later I had him naturally.

So for this one we know I will have to have an epidural. Home births for me are not an option and I will do all I can to have a natural birth and not a c-section. This baby is measuring large(still don't know the sex even after two ultrasounds, foot was in the way) and my glucose was high on my first test. So I took out all sugars from my diet. My second test was normal but I am still staying away from sugars to try and ensure the baby stays under 9lbs so I have less chance of a C-section. All my kids have been either 6lbs or just over 7lbs. So here is hoping. I also have a Doula for this one too. The support they give is unbelievable.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:37 AM
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I think if I were to give birth, I would want to be at a hospital just in case but would want to go as naturally as possible. It really would just depend on the circumstances. All I'd really care about would be a healthy baby at the end.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:55 AM
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Reading through this thread, it's really amazing what a brave strong bunch of women you all are. (((hugs)))

Stephy, the docs have way better drugs than alcohol for when you're delivering.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:01 PM
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I also wanted to comment on Nancy talking about ice chips. I LOVE ICE CHIPS WHEN PREGNANT. That seriously was the most amazing thing about hte hospital. I don't really like eating when I'm preggo but ice chips are like my candy. MMMM

Ice chips... my landlord is home and I'm going to go use his ice machine maker thing now.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:07 PM
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I also wanted to comment on Nancy talking about ice chips. I LOVE ICE CHIPS WHEN PREGNANT. That seriously was the most amazing thing about hte hospital. I don't really like eating when I'm preggo but ice chips are like my candy. MMMM

Ice chips... my landlord is home and I'm going to go use his ice machine maker thing now.
Lol my mom was the same way. She chewed ice like it was going out of style but only when she was pregnant.

For me it was celery lol
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:15 PM
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Didnt read the responses yet as I am in a rush today but HUGE homebirth and natural birth advocate here. And yet both of mine were c-sections, sigh. However, I still maintain that homebirth and natural birth are safer for both mom and baby in the vast majority of situations. Many things that OBs are not used to delivering (breech etc) midwives are and can deliver.

Just look at the US rates on c-sections, maternal and infant deaths comparedto the rest of the world, abysmal
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:21 PM
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My mom had two kids.

With me, everything went perfectly. Little morning sickness, no problems, easy, a-typical delivery, and I even came out looking like a porcelain doll via Csec rather than vaginal birth. She swore all the nurses were planning to kidnap me, and I didn't walk until 18 months just because no one would put me down long enough for me to learn.

My brother was major issues, though. She was constantly sick, her stomach got huge, always popping Tums, false labor a few times. When it was the real-deal they gave her the Epidural...and it only worked on one side of her body. Then didn't wear off in time for delivery. So half of her body was numb and she wasn't pushing right. Labor was long and pretty complicated because of it. He popped out and no doctor or nurse would let her see him for two days. She had dreams she gave birth to a monkey. She pretty much did. He was 22 inches long...too long for my mom. He was all arms, legs, big thatch of dark hair on his head. Wrinkly like an old man. And only 8lbs for such a long baby. His legs were stuck for the majority of the last trimester. He couldn't turn, twist, or anything. So his legs were bent inward, his feet/ankles were rolled completely inward. They said he wouldn't walk for YEARS. 3-5.

Walked on his first birthday, though.

I haven't given much thought to it for myself, honestly. I don't plan on having children. But I am a very "natural" person. I would want a midwife, all the options I could ever want, minimal drugs unless necessary. But again, I don't really plan on having children, or at least any time soon. I might be married and be in the best position to have a child, but it is my choice to not have any. I prefer dogs. LOL
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