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The prep... [08 May 2006|12:48pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

The "prep" is a multistep procedure that usually includes: (1) separation of the woman from her partner, as he is asked to go fill out papers while she is ushered into the "prep" room; (2) replacement of the woman's clothes with a hospital gown; (3) shaving the pubic hair of the woman in labor; and (4) the administration of an enema. First of all why have these things done at all????

I can understand why it would be better to have on a hospital gown, its easier to take on and off and its easy access for the nurses and doctors.
The only reason i see for not wanting a gown is that they flap open in the back and people can see your ass... but if your worried about that your going to have more trouble when you vag is up in the air and your pushing out a baby!

The reason for sending the guys off is because nurses don't want to fight with the men about why there loved ones are getting shaved and soapy water pushed up there ass.
But why shave at all and why the enema??
I know they say the enema is so you don't crap on the table when your pushing out the baby, but three women interviewed said even though they had one given to them they pooped on the table anyway. What nobody tells you until its too late is that you can do one at home yourself before you come in. that would be nice to know! I can't find any given reason why you have to be shaved and why you can't do it yourself...
Im hoping that its not practiced here where im at, im definitely going to refuse the shaving and if i have to do the enema on my own i will. Im not too keen on the idea of taking a shit on the table wile in labor.

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Crap! [08 May 2006|12:15pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

So it seems ive missed my child birthing classes by a little too much...
The last day for May was yesterday and another bunch doesn't start till July 27th... and if the baby is due next month on the 27th i think that's going to be toooooo damn late.
I went to the breast feeding classes though so that's done. got a bunch of samples!!! yeah!

Austen started his new job today, I hope everything is going ok. he will be home at 2:30 and tell me all about it im sure.

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A must read! [19 Apr 2006|11:29pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Informed Consent

There has been a major push by the obstetrical industry to ensure that women are given the right of informed consent before any treatment or procedure is done. Basically, this means that women understand what is being done, why it is being done and the risk it entails.

The problem is that many women are not given the information they need during labor to ensure true informed consent. During labor the mother may not be listening to what is said, or have the attention span to listen to all the other options. There may not be time during labor to explain everything the woman needs to know.

It has become increasingly important for a woman to do her own research into the options available for handling labor and the birth process. This is not only due to the impossibility of learning everything she needs to know during office visits, but also because standards of care and the common interventions vary not only between communities, but also between caregivers. Never underestimate the value of a second opinion.

What do you need to know to give informed consent?

What is being recommended to you?
Is this a test, a medication or a procedure? Is this a one time event, or will it require several visits or administrations?
Why is this being recommended?
Is this something that is recommended to everyone, or is there a reason to believe it will be helpful in your situation?
What is this expected to do?
Is this going to relieve a problem, improve your health, manage discomfort or something else? In short, what should be different after you receive this.
What are the risks of this?
The list of risks will vary with every procedure and medication. Do not accept the answer, "There is no risk involved." Every procedure has a risk, many procedures have a very small risk and it is easy to see that the benefits outweigh the risks, but that doesn't mean there is no risk.
It is also important to remember that some risks are not "physical." There may be no physical risk to wearing a hospital gown, but many women report that it changed the way they felt. So there is an emotional risk involved in wearing a hospital gown.
What are the other options and their risks?
There is always another option, even if it is just to do nothing. Remember that the other options have risks too.
What will we do if this doesn't have its desired effect?
Not every procedure, medication and intervention is 100% garanteed to work. What will be the next step if you decide to go ahead, and it doesn't work. How will having used it change the other options available to you?

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Big thanks to bug! [18 Apr 2006|09:05pm]

Avoid the following herbs during pregnancy:

Aloe - Teratogens, Emmenagogues
Agave - Teratogens, Emmenagogues
Angelica - Emmenagogues
Asafoetida - Emmenagogues
Baneberry - (actaea)
Basil - Emmenagogues
Beth Root - (trillium) Emmenagogues
Black Cohosh - (cimifuga racemosa) Abortive
Blessed Thistle - (cnicus) Steroid
Blood Root - (sanguine)
Blue Cohosh - (caulophyllum) Abortive
Blue Flag - (iris) Toxic
Buchu - (barosma) Electrolyte Imbalance
Buckbean - (menyanthes)
Buckhorn - (rhamnus species) Teratogens, Laxative
Butternut - (juglans)
Cascara Sagrada - (rhamnus species) Laxative
Cotton Root - (gossypium)
Culver’s Root - (leptandra)
Devil’s club - (oplopancisc)
Dogbane - Toxic
Dong Quai - Emmenagogues
Ephedra - Teratogens
Epuzote - (chenopodium)
Ginseng - (panax) Teratogens
Goldenseal - (hydrastis) Abortive (Placental Vaso Constriction)
Hellebore - (veratrum) Toxic
Helonias - (choumaelienum) Emmenagogues
Horse Chestnut - Toxic
Inmortal - Emmenagogues
Jimson Week - Toxic
Juniper Berry - Teratogens, Electrolyte Imbalance
Licorice - Teratogens, Steroid
Ma Huang - (ephedrasinensis) Teratogens, Abortive
Male Fern - (aspidium) Toxic
Mandrake - (podophylum) Toxic, Teratogens
Milkweed - Emmenagogues
Mother Wort - (leonurus)
Mountain Laurel - (kalmia)
Ohio Buckeye - Toxic
Parsley - (Dries up milk)
Osha - Teratogens, Emmenagogues (vasodilator)
Pasqueflower - (pulsatilla)
Pennyroyal - Abortive
Periwinkle - (vinca major and minor)
Peruvian Bark - (cinchona)
Pleurisy Root - (asclepias tuberosa)
Poke Root - Toxic
Poleo - (mentha piperiat)
Ragwort - (senecio)
Rhubarb Leaves -(rheum)
Rue - (ruta)
Sage - Teratogens
Saw Palmetto
Senna - (cassia species) Teratogens, Laxative
Shepherd’s Purse - (capsella) Abortive, Vaso Constriction, Dries up Vagina
Tansy - (tenacetum)
Uva Ursi - Diuretic
Wild Yam
Wormwood - Toxic
Yohimbe - Toxic

Borderline Herbs:
Peppermint (contains menthol)
Chamomile (mild menstrual stimulator)
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Morning Sickness [17 Apr 2006|10:12pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I had morning sickness for about the first four months and it sucked ass!
I lost about 20 pounds because food was disgusting to me. all i could eat was oranges, apple sauce, granola bars, milk, juice, and chicken breast. I craved sugar all the time and hated anything fried. So this all makes since.

From MotherNature.Com

Eat the way your baby eats. The child growing inside you nourishes itself by raiding your bloodstream for glucose 24 hours a day. If you don't take care how you replenish the supply, your blood sugar levels can drop sharply. "switch the way you eat to the way the baby eats, a little bit at a time. Put glucose into your system quickly and easily by eating simple sugars, like fruit sugars. You want sugars already half broken down." Grapes and orange juice are excellent.

Avoid fried, fatty foods. That grilled cheeseburger with onion rings may have looked great to you last week, but you might not want to chance it now.

"Anything fried often seems to make pregnant women more nauseated," says King. The body takes longer to digest such foods, she says, which means that they sit in the stomach longer.

Trust your body's wisdom. "Eat whatever appeals to you, as long as you're not eating junk," says Gowen. "Avoid caffeine, artificial sweeteners, all drugs. But if all you crave is pasta, then eat it. It really does work when women listen to their bodies."

Carry raw almonds with you. Gowen is a big fan of raw almonds for pregnant women. Snacking on them "fulfills the requirement of small, frequent meals. They contain some fat, some protein, and are high in B vitamins. They're portable, too, and tastier than crackers."

Keep a night table nibble supply. If almonds don't appeal to you, keep soda crackers by your bed. Moving around on an empty stomach can make you feel worse, says King. So eat something to bring your blood sugar up before you get out of bed in the morning, or in the middle of the night.

If you're taking prenatal vitamins, check with your doctor. In some instances, they can make you sick to your stomach.

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Funny goth baby poll [15 Apr 2006|01:04am]

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Myths! [13 Apr 2006|02:18am]

[ mood | Hungry ]

Pregnancy Nutrition Myths
If your tummy is growing, than you are probably the recipient of unsolicited advice on everything from what not to do, to what not to eat. Frustrating, yes! But unfortunately some of the advice that well meaning friends and relatives give can actually hurt you. Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions.

Myth: Eat up, you’re eating for two.
Fact: Whoa, slow down there grandma and put the second helping of lasagna away. A pregnant woman may be eating for two, but one of them only weighs a few pounds. Your body only needs between 200 and 300 extra calories when you are pregnant. That is about the amount in one cooked chicken breast, without the skin.

Myth: Salt will make you swell up.
Fact: Salt is an essential nutrient, even when you are pregnant and it should not be removed from your diet to prevent swelling. Some swelling in pregnancy is normal, if your swelling is continuous you may want to consider the other foods you are eating to be sure you are getting enough protein and water. Also take a serious look at the amount of time you are giving yourself to rest. Rule of thumb, salt your food to taste.

Myth: You need to watch your weight carefully.
Fact: The amount of weight you gain says nothing about your overall health. You can gain a lot of weight eating junk food, or you can gain a lot of weight eating the right amount of healthy foods. To avoid problems in pregnancy, pay less attention to the scale, and more attention to the foods you are eating. Keep a list of everything you eat for a couple days, look over the list and see how your eating stacks up. If you need to make changes, do so. The scale can never tell you if you are eating well.

Myth: The baby will just take what it needs from you.
Fact: Your baby is being built from protein, a nutrient that your body uses to build tissues, but does not store extra quantities for use in building your baby. If you are not eating adequate protein, your health will suffer as your body begins to break down your tissues (muscle) to feed the baby. The only source of protein your baby has is from the food you eat.

Myth: If you eat a little less, the baby will take some of the extra fat off you.
Fact: Your baby is not being built from fat. Fat is a way your body stores glucose, the main source of energy for your body. The difference is that glucose can not be made into protein to build your babies tissues. If you are not eating enough, your body will have to break down tissues (muscle) to build the baby from and you will get sick and weak.

Myth: A low fat diet will help keep the extra weight off.
Fact: Fat is essential to your bodies metabolism of water soluble vitamins, it is not the enemy. Fat is no more the culprit for overweight than carbohydrates or proteins are. The problem is not that it is eaten, but that too much is eaten. Too much food of any type will be stored by your body for later use as fat. Low fat diets can be extremely dangerous in pregnancy because most foods considered “fatty” are good sources of protein, such as eggs, meats and cheese. A diet low in protein foods is dangerous in pregnancy

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Baby watch [13 Apr 2006|02:04am]

Congratulations, you should be in week 29 of your pregnancy!

You have approximately 11 week(s) to go until the big day.
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Chat on due dates. [11 Apr 2006|10:16pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Figuring Due Dates

Why does your doctor think you are 8 weeks pregnant when you are certain you are only 6? Well, your doctor doesn't count pregnancy as beginning from the date of conception.

Trying to determine the actual date of conception is nearly impossible unless you have been charting through a natural family planning method. Most women are not familiar enough with their cycle to know when they are ovulating, and most women don't keep track of which nights intercourse occurred.

But most women do know approximately when they had their last period. By knowing the first date of your last period, your doctor can guess that conception occurred about two weeks later, and so your baby will be born about 38 weeks after that. Instead of doing the math twice, your doctor just adds 40 weeks to the first date of your last period to get your due date.

This causes to problems. First, you can be 8 weeks pregnant (counting from the first day of the last period) even though your baby is only in the 6th week of gestation. That's because using the 40 weeks, you count two weeks before conception occurred. In other words, you were two weeks pregnant when you conceived your baby.

The second problem is that not every woman has a 28 day regular cycle. If your cycle is shorter or longer, your conception date would not be at the average 14 days later and so your due date will be off by a few days. If you were just coming off birth control medications, you may have missed a period or had unusually long periods as your body was adjusting to the new hormone levels. Again, this would change your due date.

Just remember that the due date is not a definite, only a best guess based on the average length of a pregnancy. Some baby's are born earlier, some later - that's how you get an average. Since most first time mom's give birth after their due date, you may want to consider your due date as the first possible due date.

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