Intense workouts coming to ya this week! Took a 3 day cheat day 😭 and I hate it... but back on track tomorrow! Hitting the gym at 5am👏🏽😊 Oh and I’ll be back on YouTube next week with weekly vlogs😝 stay tuned wit ya girl. Don’t sleep on me 😘
My bags have been packed for a bit now... baby girls bag is all packed and ready to go! Stocked with @huggies diapers and wipes! 2 weeks exactly from today is induction day guys! I am so beyond ready to meet this little one! See that floral @poshpeanut swaddle in the background? I’m swooning over it + the matching headband sent by auntie @mommyhomemakerandsons!
Her bag has diapers, wipes, baby wash, swaddles, headbands, sleepers + onesies and cute little moccs to go with 2 very special outfits! My little easter baby 🐰 will be here before we know it (if the days STOP dragging by!) ❤️❤️❤️
Let’s talk about INDUCTIONS. 1 in 5 women are induced yet it’s the process that fuels the most frustration and impatience of all labours 🕖🕗🕘🕚🕚. In a future Q&A video session we’ll go into the finer details of what’s involved (the tablets, the drip, the monitors, the constant examinations, the whys and whens)... but the message for mamas-to-be is this: GO IN WITH AN OPEN MIND. It could be quick or it could take days; NHS Choices says 24-48hrs, but if you’re low risk you might be induced and sent home for a few hours. Alice’s 41wk induction with Poppy began on Saturday at 10am, and she was born on Monday via c-section at 10pm. Chloe’s seen inductions that went from one sweep to one push within hours, others that took days. So here's our advice: if you’re scheduled for an induction, plan ahead. Pack some snacks, distractions and a few changes of clothes. Don’t bring the car seat into the labour ward just yet. Expect to be hooked up to monitors for a long time, but remember you will almost certainly still have the calm and magical water-birth or a joyous and emotional c-section at the end of it all. It’s just a different - albeit frustrating and impatient - journey to the same prize.
Check our grid for the purple #AskAMidwife squares that we’ll be posting weekly: if there’s something specific you want to know about inductions, or anything to do with pregnancy, labour and beyond, this is your safe space to ask and we’ll get back to you as soon as Chloe’s out of her scrubs 💙.
Look who’s out of the isolette and Mommy got her hands on him! I live for snuggling this little man. Please pray that Trey is able to maintain his body temperature being out of the isolette. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
While pregnant, I read tons of birth stories! Trying to get a feel on what I was in for. So I wanted to share my story because I’m thankful for all the women who shared their stories for me and others to read.
So I had tried everything to get my cervix softened and contractions started naturally. Ate a whole pineapple, drank red raspberry leaf tea, ate spicy foods, dates, bounced on a ball for hours a day, and so on. My doctor said my blood pressure was a bit worrisome so we decided to pick an induction date for Monday may 5th, i was 39 weeks and 1 day.
Matthew and I woke up at 330am and ate my last meal (waffles) and headed to the hospital at 430 filled out some paperwork and then started #pitocin and fluids at 6. At 10, a balloon was inserted and things started rolling then at 12 I got an epidural, and my Dr. broke my water. Parents came and chatted for a bit at 2 and then left me to take a nap. However around 4 is when the contractions really became apparent. The nurse said “when you feel like you have to poop really bad, then it’s pushing time.” And we started pushing around 6pm 😂
Pushing during every 1-2 minutes during each contraction was insane and so painful. Matthew was on my left leg and giving me water, and the nurse on my right leg both encouraging me to push, push, push! I tried to give up, I cried for her to just use a vacuum to get him out. Then after a huge push his head crowned and the nurse paged my Dr. and more nurses to come in, boy it took for ever! I screamed at the nurse to get my Dr. because the baby’s head was just sitting between earth and my womb. Finally Dr. came in, and baby was born at 7:42pm.
The next 5 days I had some baby blues where I just couldn’t stop crying at everything. That subsided and I’m in heaven, Learning everything I possibly can. And for those who have negative things to say about getting induced.. my labor went great and we have a healthy baby too. 🙃
Our sweet boy is back in the isolette. They put him back in last night. He’s gained about 60g during our stay here at the hospital and we had to make the decision last night to begin bottle feeding Trey. PLEASE no comments about this. PLEASE. This was an incredibly hard and emotional decision for me and for us and the decision is ours and ours alone. We have made the decision that we feel is best for our son. I will continue to try to bring in my milk supply but little did I know that PCOS doesn’t end when you get pregnant and just cause infertility but it can also affect my milk supply. I am working with my doctor and a certified lactation consultant and will follow their advice for trying to increase my milk supply. Again, PLEASE no comments about this. I will follow their medical advice. Please just pray for our sweet boy. Pray for the proper weight gain and that he can start to regulate his own body temperature which he won’t be able to do without adding body fat. We will update when able when we know more. 💙💙💙💙💙