Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pregnancy update...

I am due sometime next month... and still trying for that elusive VBAC!

My story is quite long... Here is a link to my son's unnecesarean:
http://choicespirit.blogspot.com/2009/03/real-women-real-lives.html

Since we got pregnant this time, we have switched docs 3 times to find a supportive provider. That provider decided at a visit two weeks ago to inform me that I would have to have my VBAC spontaneously by 39 weeks or have a repeat cesarean. Here is that story:
http://www.facebook.com/riverbeauty?v=app_2347471856#!/note.php?note_id=345865831328

I had started to feel a bit discouraged... perhaps I was making the wrong choice... but then at my last doc visit God sent me an angel in disguise. A new doc who looked at my file and me and basically couldn't figure out why VBAC wasn't the best choice for me... and was confused when another doc in the practice told her to tell me that I was going against their medical advice by refusing to cooperate with their plans.

Now I have renewed confidence in my ability and my choices... and am going to go ahead with my plan to labor at home and show up pushing at the local VBAC de facto banned hospital and not let anyone push me around.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fat and Fabulous!



I love the Feminist Breeder's show... this talk was about body image and dealing with being fat. We should accept the body we have... not the body we wish we had. Be healthy at any size rather than say screw it and sit on your butt and be unhealthy just because you are overweight.

I called into the show and shared my experience.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Holy Canoli!

I took a nap today and woke up with EXTREME pain... the entire left side of my abdomen was just as hard as a rock... the right side was not tight at all. So I tried pelvic rocking, squats, sitting "indian style", shower, walking, sitting on my ball (cute story about that in a minute), the inversion technique my chiro suggested, drinking water - though very very very nauseous... NOTHING helped! It was excruciating. For an HOUR!

Then when I tried pelvic rocking again, I got up on the bed and scooted all the way to the bottom of the bed and let my butt hang off the end (I looked like a freaking frog, I am sure) and I felt Lirum "pop"... that is the only way I can describe it. She had been transverse and whatever part of her was on my left side went up. IT HURT LIKE HELL! Never in my life felt anything so painful EVER! I nearly threw up, and then I passed out. Shawn was able to help get me up onto the bed in a better position laying on my side when I came to a second later. The whole side of my abdomen was still just as hard as could be. So we called Kristina to see if maybe I should go in or something... She said it wasn't likely contractions, just Lirum in a bad position... and to try some other things. For the next half hour we tried everything she suggested and finally, with a sick thud-like sound in my spine when Lirum kicked me (Shawn said it sounded like a peice of meat being thrown at the wall) and a swooshing sound she flipped.

My whole belly looks completely different. The top isn't poking out as far anymore and I feel her kicking in my left side at the top, her head is NOT in my pelvis, it is over to the right by my leg. My hard belly has softened quite a bit, and the pain is not nearly as bad as it was. I am achy on my left side from my back wrapping around the left and shooting down my leg. I will be seeing my chiro tomorrow.

DANG!

Oh yeah, cute story about the ball... As I was sitting on my ball, Alex came in with his beach ball and sat on it and copied every move I made... it was adorable!