Had a good appointment, got some more info from my doctor today

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Had a good appointment, got some more info from my doctor today
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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 9:55pm

I asked my doctor about how things would go when we get to the end of this pregnancy and what I needed to do to prepare.

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Registered: 07-23-2004

Remember that each labor is different. If your baby wasn't positioned correctly that would explain why your cervix didn't dilate. I hope you get the vbac you want. You're definitely on the right track.

Rose

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I really hope that this labor will be different. I'm as nervous about this one as I was about the first one, maybe more so.
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Registered: 07-23-2004
I understand being nervous about labor. Have you talked to your doctor or midwife about this? Knowing what they plan to do while you're in labor will hopefully ease your mind, as will taking a birthing class and reading about labor. Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to vent. Hugs!

Rose

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Registered: 03-31-2003
That sounds great! You definately have the motivation! Can I ask why the 36-38wk goal?

Manda :)

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It's when she'll begin monitoring me more closely. I went into labor at 38 1/2 weeks last time and had no dilation after 30 hours of contractions, so she wants to keep an eye on what's going on in the days leading up to then. It's not when I'll be induced or anything.
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I am curious if you don't mind my asking, was there any attempt to stop the labor when there was no dilation?

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That's an interesting read! I'm going to be asking my OB about the different options. She did tell me that most of the usual drugs won't be an option, only pitocin. I don't want any pitocin if I can avoid it. It's a slippery slope toward a lot of other medical interventions. Pitocin makes the contractions more intense and painful so that it's hard to avoid needing an epidural. The epidural makes the contractions slow down so that you are more likely to end up on your back. I can handle the contractions for hours and will probably ask for more time if I have a similar delivery. Last time, she told me that it wasn't worth it to keep going through the pain if there was no dilation and the baby hadn't dropped in over 24 hours. This time, I'm willing to wait it out unless there are signs of fetal distress. I did well throughout the entire labor and never once asked for meds, even though I was in the hospital for about eight hours before my surgery.
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I was just looking into things and maybe it wasn't an option because you would have to get the foley catheter in and she couldn't do that with almost no dilation, my water not having broken and my son never engaging in my pelvis (which was why she didn't break my water in the first place). I will ask her if she ever does it, though. I want to know if it's an option because it wouldn't introduce drugs into my system.
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Registered: 07-23-2004
Could your dr run tests like an ultra sound or something like that instead of inducing? Maybe seeing that your baby is doing okay will help your dr feel better about you waiting to go into labor on your own.

Rose

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I'm going to have another ultrasound soon and I'm sure that I'll be monitored until my due date. I had weekly biophysical sonograms and NSTs from weeks 36 on with my last child. I'm trying not to worry about it so much now when it's not an issue yet, but we will be having many conversations as my due date approaches.
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