30 week u/s & appointment - concerns for natural birth
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|Wed, 06-15-2011 - 9:43am|
We had our 30 week ultrasound on Monday and were surprised with a 4D picture! I didn't know it, but apparently the place we go to has u/s machines equipped with that feature. I don't think they do actual 4D u/s's but they kinda took a picture of DD in regular u/s mode and then turned it into a 4D pic. It was very cool. Everything looks good, she's measuring right on track and weighs just about 3 lbs :-) But she is still breech, which worries me. I know she has plenty of time to turn yet, but it would make me feel better if she'd just do it already! lol.
I had my 30 week check-up yesterday. Again, everything looked pretty good. I actually lost a pound, which I was really surprised by because I feel like I haven't been eating the best lately (we're in the process of moving and with the dishes packed were eating out a lot) and because the baby is certainly still gaining weight! The Dr seemed unconcerned though, probably because I am overweight to start so she only wanted me to gain about 15 lbs total. I'm up 11 lbs so far.
This was the first visit I brought up the labor/delivery process and started asking questions. Let's just say the responses were... a little less than reassuring :-\ We are taking Bradley classes and really want a natural birth. My OB said that that was ok, but to just realize that sometimes the way they do things and the Bradley Method "can have a hard time meshing". I specifically asked about IV use (I really don't want to be hooked up to fluids as soon as I get there) and she said that putting in an IV is something that they don't budge on. They won't hook you up right away, but they do put in the access right away so they can hook you up if they feel you need something (fluids, antibiotics, etc.). Their policy is also that the baby has to be monitored 20 mins out of every hour, which... While better than constant monitoring...I still feel like is a lot. I'm really way more nervous at this point that I'm going to be pushed into having a birthing experience that I don't want than I am about the actual labor/birth itself! We really can't afford a doula, but yesterday after the appointment was the first time I really considered it. I think my plan for now is just to labor as long as I can at home so I'll have to spend less time in the hospital and they will have less chance to intervene. I'm just afraid that once I get there, I'm going to be too distracted or they will scare me into having things done that aren't really necessary :-\