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D'oh!  My bad, I do see it in your profile, Casey, I just didn't think to go there.  Oh, P.S., the "pregnancy brain" just turns into "mommy brain" so it doesn't get any better.  Sorry!  lol

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haha. I don't know why i thought my name would show with every post.

 

 For me, breastfeeding is the most important thing. I am not judgemental. I do not look down on those who strictly use formula or anything, but I would be really disappointed if for some reason my body would not allow me to. My husband and I watched this documentary called pregnant in America and it really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I did not want to be induced even before I saw the show, but now i am almost afraid to be. I feel that introducing a drug like pitosin (sp?) alters your body's natural release of hormones that occur throughout L&D. Each hormone has a very specific task or function and i feel it should not be messed with by adding unnatural drugs. I am trying very hard to stay open to the possibility of any situation that may arise, but a c-section is my worst nightmare. I hope that I can stay strong enough to not have an epidural (i don't put anyone down for doing it or openly wanting it). They can have serious side effects and hinder the ability to breastfeed. I was originally looking for a place to have a waterbirth here in Pittsburgh, but it is pretty much impossible unless I want to have a home birth. Here, Most places will allow you to use a jacuzzi or birthing tub until your waterbreaks then you have to get out.

 

To be continued....

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Some places will allow you to stay in the tub throughout labor, then you have to get out to push. It is all about medical insurance. We don't want to have a home birth in case something happens. Better to be safe than sorry. I just think it is crazy the way that L&D is handled in the US. It is very much at the doctors discretion and schedule.

 

Its kinda crazy that i still feel like a kid after moving away from my parents, graduating from college and now getting married. I feel like a natural childbirth wil be the ultimate test for me. If I can deal with all the pain and hold strong to my goals i will be so proud of myself. I just feel that once I get through it all and my baby is laying on my chest, that is when I will truly feel like a grown woman.

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if it helps you relax about it at all, i breastfed my premie girl for about 14-15 months (pitocin was used during my labor) and then am still breastfeeding my 13 month old son who was born a little premature via c-section.

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Hope you ladies are doin well and had a great Thanksgiving!!!!

 

Will it be princess dresses or Nike track suits?????? My husband is sooooo cute right now. He is so antsy. There is a small part of me that hopes they can't tell today so I can watch him in this state a little longer : )

 

Happy Monday

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aww this is fun. i already had my kids though, hopefully i can still chime in here.

 

we started TTC in july 2010 and got pregnant right away. then we went in for a 10 week ultrasound and got the biggest surprise of our lives when they told us it was twins. i made it all the way to my scheduled c-section at 38 weeks and 2 days with no bedrest or other issues. we have a boy and a girl, so yep we are all done.

 

and meBonidie, even with the drugs from my c/s, i breastfed right away. one of the twins had to have a little formula on two occasions because his weight dropped a lot. but i bf'd both for 5 months. i stopped then because i went back to work and the pumping was out of control.
 

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haha. I don't know why i thought my name would show with every post.

 

 For me, breastfeeding is the most important thing. I am not judgemental. I do not look down on those who strictly use formula or anything, but I would be really disappointed if for some reason my body would not allow me to. My husband and I watched this documentary called pregnant in America and it really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I did not want to be induced even before I saw the show, but now i am almost afraid to be. I feel that introducing a drug like pitosin (sp?) alters your body's natural release of hormones that occur throughout L&D. Each hormone has a very specific task or function and i feel it should not be messed with by adding unnatural drugs. I am trying very hard to stay open to the possibility of any situation that may arise, but a c-section is my worst nightmare. I hope that I can stay strong enough to not have an epidural (i don't put anyone down for doing it or openly wanting it). They can have serious side effects and hinder the ability to breastfeed. I was originally looking for a place to have a waterbirth here in Pittsburgh, but it is pretty much impossible unless I want to have a home birth. Here, Most places will allow you to use a jacuzzi or birthing tub until your waterbreaks then you have to get out.

 

To be continued....



 

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Carly, you know I've always followed your story and I am SOOOO happy for you!!

 

Congrats to Blondie and any other preggo's out there!

 

I feel like my story is a long one too so I'll give you the short version.  We decided to go off the pill in Nov 2010 and just see how things went.  Well to my surprise i was pregnant the next month lol.  I guess i just wasn't expecting it to happen that fast, but regardless, once the shock wore off we were THRILLED!!  My first u/s was the 12 week mark.  Unfortunately we never made it..... I started to m/c just before.  I'll save the horrendous part of that for the m/c thread another day, but I will say that it truly was the darkest time of my life.  I struggled with that for a long time, still do to be honest.  I feel like im a strong person and the m/c really did break me.  My mind knew i needed to move on but my heart wouldn't let me.  Luckily i have the most amazing husband and we worked through it together, but i can definitely see how it could potentially push two people apart.

 

In the meantime, I had been to a few specialists as i have a bicornuate (heart shaped) uterus.  Well i got pregnant again a few months later but lost it really early.  Technically it probably doesn't even count as i never had a dr confirm it or anything.  I just "knew".  Right after that my specialist told me that I needed to have surgery to cut the septum divinding my uterus 3/4 of the way down.  Ok fine... another delay.  My surgery was booked for Nov 2010, but whoopsie, got pregnant.  Apparently that part is super easy for me.  I was horrified.  The specialist had told me that i couldn't possibly carry full term and HAD to have the surgery.  So now i'm thinking "omg..... i just murdered a helpless life.... i won't be able to keep the baby."  The office talked about medically forcing a m/c, etc so i made sure i never got attached to the pregnancy.  I had a 6 week u/s and they confirmed a hb.  Better than the first time (blighted ovum).  Then they told me to hope for a miracle and carry the pregnancy as far as possible.

 

I'm 22 weeks now.  I refrained from posting in here because we have gotten SO MUCH conflicting info from dr's.  First im told im high risk, then the high risk hospital denies us, then i'm sent somewhere else..... needless to say this pregnancy hasn't been exactly enjoyable.  I have felt like all i do is worry.  But i met my new OB/GYN and she seems very optimistic!  So far everything is going fine so I've decided to just stay positive and try to enjoy what should be a really great time in my life.  I'm high risk for early delivery so i'm hoping to make it to 36 weeks, FX!

 

And yes, that was the short version hahaha.  Sorry.

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Wow, Nicole, what a roller coaster!  I'm so glad that you are pregnant and healthy so far, though I know that doesn't relieve the stress and worry that go along with it.  I never heard of a heart-shaped uterus, does that mean anything will be different for delivery?  Like will you need a c-section?  I'm glad you decided to share your story b/c I'm sure it will bring someone some peace in the future to hear what you've been through and to see where you are now.

 

On a more fun note, are you finding out the sex?  You're about the right time for that...

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oh wow, i can't imagine the stress!  i just got done posting in the pregnancy issues thread, but i had 2 pre-term babies and both are absolutely fine.  gwen was born at 32 weeks and sean at 36w5d.  not that i'd ever wish it on anyone, but its amazing how strong these little ones are.

 

take it day by day and keep us updated!

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