Sunday, July 16, 2006

Important Community Message

When you start to do the whole labour/contraction thing, DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS.

Then, when you have drunk lots of fluids, DO LOTS OF WEEING.

If you don't you will end up with a bladder the size of a bowling ball. Amusingly you will assume this large swelling is baby's head and tell your husband to feel it and maybe give it a little kiss.
Won't you feel a dill later on!

The contractions will intensify. They will come at 2 to 3 minutes apart and you will be feeling very ordinary indeed. You will go back to the hospital that night, absolutely certain that THIS IS IT and you will find to your great displeasure that you are STILL ONLY ONE CENTIMETRE.

Plus your enormous bladder will need to be catheterised to remove the one litre of fluid so diligently drunk by you during the day.

After another night in at the hospital you will be again discharged and sent home, except this time you will be tested for a urinary tract infection.

On the good side, if this goes on for say... five more days you will be out of the premmie zone. The birth centre midwives will welcome you back.

On the bad side, you will be knackered.

Also, if baby who has been lying perfectly for ages, decides to go all posterior on your ass...those back achey contractions hurt like hell.

That is all.

21 comments:

mig bardsley said...

Oh and there I was checking your blog every five minutes, thinking it must have arrived by now.
Bodies and babies are such contrary things.
Hope it all eases off for the five days:)

Lindy said...

Oh, OG! What a mess you've found yourself in! And here I was feeling all jealous...

You're in the sort of pattern I was in with my son and after two days of it, my OB started pitocin, artificial rupture of membranes, etc., because I was quite officially knackered. But I was almost at my due date and I don't think they would have done that at 36 weeks.

I hope the contractions, or at least the pain accompanying them, eases off so you can make it to the birth center zone.

I'm so sorry!

Lin said...

You're almost there, kid.

Now don't forget to wee!

Dramalish said...

Hang in there, OG! You never know when your body will hit overdrive and that cervix will OPEN.

And then you'll be in for it!
;)
-D.

Thalia said...

Good luck sweetie, I hope you don't have too long to wait - or that the pain goes away and the mini-C/OG gets to cook a bit longer.

Vacant Uterus said...

Oh my goodness, OG! You've got some situation going on over there. Hang in there. And poke that baby 'til he goes right again!

Panda said...

Oh no, not the moving baby! Spudly did that to me half way through labour. Posterior labour freakin hurts, so I hope little o-g moves back again before the real work starts.

heleen said...

Good luck lady, just a few more days...

LabiaLady said...

oh, oh, oh... holy crap... waiting impatiently for more news...

Alexa said...

Oh, gracious! I hope you are well, or as well as can be expected--I will be refreshing madly and hoping for the best...

fisher queen said...

You must be going crazy. I can't wait to come back here and hear the good news!

Urban Chick said...

heavens alive! i got away for a mini-break

you hear me?

a MINI break!!

and all this happens??

hey! i'm not ready!

(of course, i am - i am sooooo ready to hear about the birth of your beautiful baby and heck, i can beat you already on the 'early' stakes - nine whole weeks - BEAT THAT!)

ooooh!!!!!!!! verrrrrrrrry excited now...

"and breathe..."


UC

Dramalish said...

Refresh, refresh, REFRESH!

Must. have. new. news! Unless of course you're pushing out little OC at present... in which case, carry on.

And update ASAP!
-D.

Calliope said...

yowzers!! I will be hitting refresh on my browser menu all night now!

wooo hoooo!

Jenny in Queensland said...

Looking forward to hearing all about the wonderful new arrival....refresh, refresh...
Enjoy all the wonderful bits and forget the rest...LOL
Jen

pixi said...

Have you talked to your OB/midwife about positions/exercises that encourage the baby to rotate? I know that there are some (don't know how well they work, but might be worth a try.) I googled "posterior fetus exercises" and came up w/several hits. Anyway, I hope baby decides to come back around!

soralis said...

Oh my doesn't sound like too much fun! Good luck and hope you have an easy labour and delivery!

Take care

DD said...

Getting nervous and pacing like an expectant father from the 50's...

elle said...

keeping my fingers crossed that you get your birhting center experience!! Good Luck!!!

Mony said...

Can't bite my nails anymore.....
Thinking of you ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

PS: It's a girl........just had a vision.

Em said...

I was crying when I was 1cm dilated. I just couldn't take it and I cried with relief when I was 3cm and they could give me an epidural. Can't wait for the news!!