Here are my stats from today:
Weight: Up 9 lbs (total) – as an FYI, I started at the exact weight I had measured in at with Charlotte and have gained less. Last time, I had gained 10 lbs at 19 weeks. This mom bod just aint the same as it used to be.
BP: 100 something/54 ? Ugh I don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention.
Pulse: 88 bpm
Fetal Heart Rate: PERFECT! I forgot to ask the actual rate, but it sounded great and little boo decided to play. He pushed and pushed and pushed that little doppler until finally he gave up and switched positions. Apparently he was not in the mood to be bothered.
I also decided to ask a few questions this time… and to preface, I should mention that I had a c-section the first time after 20 some hours of labor (Here’s our labor story and our delivery story). The c-section didn’t go perfectly because our little Charlie got stuck.
Needless to say, while I will be allowed to try for a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section), there are some stipulations. Today I asked about those stipulations:
Question 1: How long will I be able to stay pregnant before having to schedule a c-section?
Answer 1: My doctor will not induce me, as she does not deem it safe for my VBAC attempt. However, she will let me go just a couple of days past my due date in hopes that I go into labor naturally.
Question 2: IF I have to have a planned c-section, can baby be put on me immediately for skin-to-skin?
Answer 2: I’ve worked with the nurses to come up with a plan that works for our moms and babies and the nurses. I will hand the baby immediately to the nurses who will check them VERY briefly (less than one minute) and put them on mom’s chest. All testing (APGAR), baths, etc will happen later.
Question 3: If I have to have a c-section, will you still do the prolonged cord cutting?
Answer 3: I will typically wait a minute, but don’t feel comfortable waiting any longer, as the mom is still open and bleeding from the edges.