Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thank Yous and Induction Blues

     First of all, I want to say a very big thank you to all of you that commented here, on FB, and in private messages.  It is so encouraging to hear from others that have "stressed" over milk.  I am really not sure how it will all turn out, but today I feel much more relaxed about it all.  He will be fed, and that is what matters most!
     Yesterday, I had my weekly appointment with the doctor.  He eventually had me sent to Labor and Delivery for some monitoring.  Everything is fine, but they are wanting to induce on Friday.  I was not too thrilled about this, and the ultimate decision is still in my hands.  I was induced with my first baby, and it went pretty well.  I have no major complaints except that I did not enjoy laboring in bed tied to a million tubes.  It just isn't my "ideal".  I will certainly do it if it becomes a necessary situation for the baby.  I just really had my heart set on him coming on his own this time around.  It is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 am, but a girl can hope that maybe this little fella will come before then.  There are some promising signs that maybe he will make his debut on his own.
     I suppose my biggest reason in not wanting an induction is the pain factor.  I am not an "epidurals are bad" kind of gal.  I had one with baby number one after laboring for quite awhile under Pitocin without one.  I do, however, react to medicines pretty strongly.  I had to have mine turned off due to numbness everywhere...even in my face.  It was a bit scary.  I had trouble just telling the nurse that something was not right.  I have this notion that I might could handle it all if I could labor naturally.  I may be totally wrong.  I might not do well at all.  I am not out to prove anything, but I do want to feel a bit more in control of my experience.  I like the idea of knowing when he will come, and that my husband will  not have to drive like a crazy man over an hour in from work just to be there.  There are some reassuring factors about it all, for sure.  One big one is that I have done it once, and everything turned out fine.....but it is not my ideal.
     We shall see how it all turns out.  In the meantime, I think I will vacuum some more.  It couldn't hurt, right??
~ B Charmer

1 comment:

  1. Leah, I totally understand--I'm allergic to codeine and synthetic codeine drugs, and any anesthesia or narcotics leave me extremely woozy and wonky. Fortunately I have a high pain tolerance, because I have low or no tolerance to the "good" drugs they usually give.

    Our first boy came into the world on his timetable, but the epidural was a bad experience. Second boy (3 years later) was a holdout, so I had to be induced, but chose to go it without an epidural. Both boys were over 9 pounds. All I can say is ouch, especially with no epidural. But the recovery time was MUCH faster.

    Third baby (7 years after that) had to be induced because my blood sugar levels were dropping (gestational diabetes), and I had an epidural with her that went VERY smoothly. (My only advice is skip the Stadol if they offer it.)

    I will hope for the best for you and this new one making his way into the world.

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