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I had my 24 week appt on Friday The hb was between 145 and lower 150s. Belly/Uterus measured appropriate. BP normal. I had gained 5 lbs since the last appt . But the OB was ok with it...I spoke to the doctor about pushing positions..._ I know its early but I wanted to start some dialogue abt the whole birthing process with her. I was happy with her answers.
OB: Are you planning on getting the epidural
Me: I am not opposed to it, but last time around I only got it because I was told the pain would intensify after the water was broken which they were planning on doing shortly then and the water breaking process would also be more comfortable with an epidural and that point was the best time to get an epidural if I did decide to get one. But then I personally didn't feel like the pain was unbearable at that point.
OB: Here we try to take as much of a natural approach as possible, We let things take their natural course and don't intervene unless help is truly needed. We wont urge you to get the epidural at a certain point - like at 4 cm dilation etc. unless you ask for it and you need it. And if you do not get an epidural there is no reason why you cant push on all fours or squatting or any other position comfortable to you. I have delivered babies with moms in any of these positions. However with an epidural, even a great one, you may not have the leg strength to support your self in any other position, you can lay down on your side may be. But I dont want you to worry, you seem to have done great during last delivery being that it was your first and the baby was posterior having a vaginal delivery was a best case scenario!! I am confident that you will find this time around to be easier overall and we will let things take their own course.
I felt great at her response. With that the appt was over. She gave me a bottle of lemon lime flavored glucose test drink for next time. But I have 4 more weeks for that
Thats good to know! I hope my doctor that delivers me has that same approach..I heard squatting is the most natural way to give birth because of gravity, etc. I want to try that route if I don't take the epidural. Glad you had a great appointment!
now and even earlier is actually the PERFECT time to be thinking about opening a dialoge with your doctor about these things! Good job! And that is great that your doctor was so encouraging about the natural course of labor... it is also AWESOME that she has actually delivered babies in those other positions, most doctors who say they are ok with it are more tenative and doubtful that it will happen, and a lot of them have never delivered in that position before.
Your doctor sounds awesome! I am jealous. My doctor with my first son would ask me a different question at each appointment like what my plans were for breastfeeding, circumcision, etc. She also told me when to register at the hospital and how to come up with a birth plan. Although I love my current doctor, she just asks how everything is going and says that baby looks great and I will see you in a month. We haven't talked about anything important at all. I only get to see her 2 more times before she goes on maternity leave so I guess I need to get to asking to!