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    I never realised birthing would end up so complicated till my first. I had high BP and after being admitted to hospital twice and monitored for 3 days each time I was told I would be induced. I paniced and went into labour at the hospital. 40 hours later getting close they gave me the induction drugs to even out the contractions as they were eratic. The second I was induced for high BP and because of every limb was swollen. The gel brought the opening just into reach so they broke the waters and labour started but was too slow and not strengthening. I was given the drug and my body took to labour ferociously. I had contraction on top of contraction and when the doctor arrived and said to back the drug off the midwife had already stopped it completely and my body just kept going till he was out. If this bub sticks I hope for spontaneous at home but like you will just have to hope and keep weighing up the options. Good luck.

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    Thank you all again.

    Thermolicious, yes I've been reading spinning babies and other websites. Thanks for that link!

    Misschief, thank you and I agree. I have been wondering about God's plan for this birth, and he has kept me guessing the whole way! Whatever happens I know all will be well. So far I have much to be thankful for. I never thought I'd get this far. At home, waiting to go spontaneously. Yay! Even the posterior is a blessing to me because if babe hadn't been, and had engaged quickly and opened the cervix, I may have felt the pressure to give in to a membrane rupture. My resolve is stronger now and I will not give in unless I'm certain there's a risk to babe's or my health. Another blessing has been the midwife staff at the hospital. Very understanding and supportive. I think baby is posterior for a reason and I'm happy to go along with the plan. Still I will try and turn babe though! Of course!

    natct, thanks for your input. Your first sounded pretty unpleasant The contraction on top of contraction thing is familiar to me. I admit I was somewhat ignorant going into my first induction, but even if I knew I don't think anything could have prepared me for that! Very rough.

    OK, I've kept the good news til last.

    Hospital visit was fine. BP was just under high Always scraping through, I am. The CTG was ok. Urine only trace protein. So I was sent home, and told the Dr would come see me tomorrow morning when I go for my check up. I think he wants to do an internal exam. BUT!!!! I know I must be dialating because just after I left the hospital and went out for possibly my last cafe lunch with hubby and little girl, I went to the loo and low and behold a big mass of mucus plug. Then some more after lunch too. That is encouraging. Also encouraging is the fact that after 3 days of 'false labour' then a full day of NOTHING (no pain and not even a braxton hick), today the braxtons have restarted so hopefully this is the beginning of the end. Could still be days away but it is encouraging.


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    Ha! Thermolicious, I only just opened that link up after I sent the last message and realised it is the one I have been reading most recently anyway. It is very good! Thanks again.

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    Yep, thats why I said keep an eye out for your plug. BH dont have to mean a thing. Goodluck hun, keep us updated. Hopefully she'll arrive before or over the weekend

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    Quick update... monday will be full induction at 40+9 if I don't go before then. Dejavu... At least I got this extra week and won't feel like I didn't try hard enough or gave in too easily etc. BUT! Baby WILL come on the weekend. You hear that, baby? You will! Please...

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    All our fingers and toes are crossed for you

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    Im just popping in to see if there's an update yet

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    Thanks, but no news

    Baby had moved slightly, but was still posterior after all. Either that, or it moved out a bit then moved back in later.

    I just spent a solid 4.5 hours in various baby moving positions, resting between when I got tired by doing the left side laying down with propped up, jack knifed right leg. At least 2/3 of the time I was in a 'position' though. Baby moved a fair bit but didn't move out of position. It felt like it had! I mean, there was that much twisty turny feeling. But then I'd check, and nup... still can feel feet/knees at front. I'm guessing it has tried moving but its head is kind of stuck. I need a slant board I think.

    I'm being completely stubborn and will not give up because I'm convinced of so many things and they all point to baby needing to shift position first. I know my limits though and if I think I don't have enough reserve energy for monday's induction I will give up. But I am continually surprised at what a hot shower does to revive my back and muscles.

    So it's a dinner break now. Then some breast pumping to see if I can get some contractions to work with. Then another night of positioning in between sleeping (when baby wakes me up with its movement, i get into position for a while... knee chest, all fours, whatever).

    I am always one to coast through life and achieve well without giving 100% (not bragging, infact I hate this about myself). But if I don't give 100% for my kids then what am I??? So... I'll keep trying (because I really believe this is the best course of action).

    Fingers crossed breast feeding is a breeze this time compared to last time because when baby comes out I want some peace of mind (with my first baby, my 100% stubborness was channeled in to the feeding side of things which never worked out as I hoped).
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    Have been reading along and cheering you along, but didn't have anything to add. You are an amazing mumma and I pray you get your dream birth!! Big hugs. B

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    Thank you ElizaDoLittle, I really appreciate that. By the way, I love the song 'Pack Up'. Good work. :P

    I have been posting for advice on baby turning in a different part of the forum and wrote a longish response there, and I will copy and paste it here too as the daily update. Cheers.

    "I had a bit of a revelation last night, I won't go into detail about it specifically. The bottom line is I am not going to actively do the 'positioning' today, although I'll continue to NOT recline and sit with knees below hips etc. My body needs to rest anyway. Quite weary from it. I know baby will likely turn with contractions so I'll just trust God, my Dr and midwife/ves, and wait and see what happens tomorrow all the while listening to my body (and brain) re: labouring positions.

    My strong feelings about trying to turn baby before the induction was because if my cervix is the same as it was last tuesday (posterior, but thin and I have no reason to believe it will not be posterior still, considering baby hasn't moved any lower), when the Dr was not happy to rupture membranes like that, then how will he go about it tomorrow? So he may start me on syntocinon first to get contractions started to move baby so it can apply pressure to the cervix once in the correct position.

    I've often heard women say their babies turned during transition or in full active labour at least, but I don't think that can happen with me. Baby can't get far enough in. Big baby I think. That's what they're saying anyway. This is why I assume that despite having many painful contractions at the start of the week, I didn't go into full labour. Need that pressure on the cervix to get it all moving along.

    Anyway, it's still not an issue if the syntocinon produces strong enough contractions to do the job of turning baby.

    The problem is, in this small country town, the hospital doesn't own a mobile CTG. So I feared being strapped to the bed with that horrible machine and not being able to move much. Two problems with that... 1. can't mitigate pain/work with body to withstand the onslaught and 2. can't move to help baby turn. I asked the Dr about this last point and he understands the problem and said we could remove machine for small amounts of time so I could move around in order to help baby turn. But they won't leave it off for long, and I understand why and I wouldn't want it to be anyway in case baby was getting distressed and we wouldn't know.

    The other thing about syntocinon is... an epidural is more likely (especially for whimpy me! and because it could be longer labour due to baby's position anyway). But an epidural will not help baby turn so if I'm going to need an epi before baby turns (even if it does turn, with an epi laying on your back there's a chance it could turn back around anyway), then I will probably just say 'give me the c-section'.

    If I sound worried, I'm not. I have just thought through all the posibilities I can think of so I'm not taken by surprise this time and can make informed decisions. If I didn't have to consider my 3rd degree tear problem things might be a little less complicated but oh well. Should be an interesting day or two, whatever happens. "
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