Why It’s So Important To Hydrate During Pregnancy

(14 weeks pregnant in photo above)

 

How many times have you read an article or left the doctor’s office and been reminded to “drink lots of water” while pregnant?  Probably more times than you can count, right?

Here in Vancouver, my OBGYN saw me every two weeks once i reached the second trimester and EVERY week by the time i got down to the last three weeks of my pregnancy.  Can you imagine over that time, how many reminders i got to drink lots of water and stay hydrated?

Let’s just say, A LOT!  Yet, did i?  

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My Natural Birth Story

 

As many of you may know from reading my other articles, i was pro an epidural with my first labor and delivery experience however i did suffer a post dural headache.  Second time around, i was still open to getting an epidural as it did help me immensely in dealing with the pain during labor. However let me start by saying that the second time around, i ended up doing it naturally.

 

This is how it went down… 

 

I was due May 18, 2018, however at my 38 week mark my doctor had noticed that my fluids looked a little bit low so she scheduled me for an ultrasound just to check things out.  Sure enough, my fluids were low but not anything drastic so we decided that we would just kind of keep our eye on it and i would look for signs that i was leaking fluids and we would just monitor everything sort of together.  Nothing really happened which was great, but when i went in for my 39 week appointment she noticed fluids were still low.  I went in for another ultrasound to make sure that the fluids weren’t even lower than they were before.  If they were, then we would discuss the possibility of an induction just to be extra safe. Continue reading “My Natural Birth Story”

My Epidural Experience

 

To get an epidural or not?  That is the question…

 

It can be overwhelming to make all these decisions as your approaching labor and delivery.  My advice is to do your research LONG before your estimated due date.  I read countless articles on the benefits of an epidural and the cons to an epidural.  I watched countless videos on YouTube of woman getting epidurals so i could mentally prepare  myself should i take that route.  Everyone has there own story with an epidural.  If you read my birth story you already know i have quite the experience with my first epidural.  I am going to explain how my week after i got the epidural went down for me.

 

The raw, unpleasant story of what happened, and how it didn’t scare me to consider the possibility again.

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My Birth Story

 

The arrival of our first daughter was probably not your typical birth story so i wanted to share it as ours was everything BUT uneventful.  There were ups and downs and tears and laughter….  Why?

 

Well let’s begin with how it started….

 

I was due February 6, 2016,  however the Thursday before that (Feb 4, 2016) i noticed i had lost the mucus plug (i hate that word to this day, but for the mama and ladies reading this, that’s just another one of those lovely pregnancy terms).  This was exciting!! I figured, ok!! lets gear up for baby coming soon!!  I pretty well immediately noticed i was somewhat leaking fluids, but they weren’t clear so i didn’t think it was my water breaking, and on top of that, it wasn’t like the big gush of water you see portrayed in movies.  This was a slow but consistent loss of fluids.  I went to the kitchen as my husband and i were at my parents place and told my mom what was going on and asked if she thought it was my water breaking and she too thought it seemed a little different then my water breaking.  That gave me the reassurance i needed to just carry on with my day.  As the hours went on i noticed it wasn’t stopping and i needed to start using pads.  At this point my parents suggested my husband and i go and get our hospital stuff which was back up at our end of town and bring everything we need to spend the night should i happen to go into labour in the middle of the night, that way i’m super close to the hospital (they lived in Gastown and i was set to have my baby at St. Pauls Hospital, so those of you who know Vancouver know just how close that is).  So, off my husband and i go to collect our things, hospital bags, carseat, etc…

 

Thursday night i got zero sleep at all because i was up ALL night changing pads and noticing this fluid leaking was not letting up at all, but it still wasn’t a clear color so i was a little concerned.  In the morning i talked to mom about it and she said to call the hospital to double check.  My husband and i made the call stating our due date was now tomorrow and this is the situation i am in.  They suggested i come in and get it looked at just to be safe.  My husband and i have this emotional moment in the living room at my parents place just hugging and crying (at least i was), thinking this is our final moment just the two of us together till we have a daughter…..

 

Well, we go outside to jump in our vehicle to get to the hospital and our car is nowhere to be found……..

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10 Tips – Preparing For Labor And Delivery

 

 

 

How are we suppose to prepare for labor and delivery…

 

If this is your first baby, it’s something completely foreign that you’ve never experienced and if it’s your second, maybe your wishing it was foreign again, because you don’t want to relive some of those moments.

 

I am here to tell you that not all labor and delivery experiences are horrible.  And, there are things you can do in advance to help you have a smoother labor and delivery.  I had hospital births, so because of that, that is what i am focusing on.  I never experienced water births or any other form of delivery so i have no idea what to give you tips on specifically regarding that.  However, i will say, my pre labor and delivery tips i think are good for anyone who is currently pregnant and starting to give this some thought.

 

First off and most importantly in my mind, i want to stress the importance of EXERCISE! 

 

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What’s In Our Hospital Bag?

 

For all the first time “parents to be” out there, a daunting thought may be, what am I suppose to pack for the hospital???

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Constant questioning of whether or not we should pack our own hospital gowns? Do I pack diapers or are they provided for me? What about pacifiers? Do I bring my own or is that something the hospital will provide? How much should I pack if I’m there for a few days? Etc…

 

You see how overwhelming those questions can get? And one just leads to the other…

 

I am going to tell you in this article what I packed in my hospital bag and what I learned I definitely want to pack this second time around that I didn’t last time.

 

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