Thursday, June 17, 2010

the good and the bad

I went back to the hospital this morning for another ultrasound. I'll start with the bad news. My amniotic fluid levels are still low. They were up slightly from Tuesday but not enough to make much difference. So it's definitely a no-go on trying to turn Miriam.

The good news is she looks perfectly healthy and happy. I went and saw my midwife after the ultrasound who did another non stress test and we couldn't ask for a happier baby. She's moving around and her heart rate is great. She's also still in a nice frank breech position which makes our chances of a vaginal delivery very good.

So although my fluid levels technically put me in a high risk category, all other indications show that baby is doing great and there is no cause for great concern. I will continue to drink lots and take it easy and we will monitor her every couple days. The big thing for me to be aware of is her movements. But she's always been quite active and still is. 

If I don't go into labor by mid next week we may try to help things along a bit. Again, with the low fluid, it's probably best that she be born sooner rather than later. For now its just wait and keep an eye on things. I'm feeling so much more peaceful about everything. And I just have to say how much I love my midwife. She was so reassuring and really positive. We are in good hands.


  1. Glad to hear! Best wishes dear! You can do this! :)

  2. I will definitely be praying for you. From the first time I read your blog (when searching for redheads and homebirth thanks to a woman who scared me out of trying for one by saying we redheads are too highrisk), it's been obvious that you have really been diligent to research, prepare, and seek to be the healthiest mother you can be. You've worked so hard for this goal to have a homebirth, and I sincerely hope you get your wish and that it's a beautiful and special moment in your life.

    I too did all I could to learn and prepare, but my first birth was not handled well by the medical people. (I ended up being in the hospital because my husband wasn't comfortable with a home birth for our first baby, but it turned out to be a good thing because I had an obstructed labor.) Unfortunately, I'll never get my dream because my body is so permanently damaged, despite several surgeries to repair things, that I'll have to do a c-section should we have children in the future. I'm sad about that, but very glad that my little boy is healthy and whole, and that I only have some residual issues from the trauma. It was hard to process all of this, but in the end I found comfort in having a healthy baby despite not getting any of my dreams.

    I hope and pray that you get a healthy baby AND your dreams. You've worked so hard for it!

    Bless you.

  3. Trina, I'll be praying that this birth goes well--and that you're at peace with however it eventually turns out! Keep hydrating!! :-)

  4. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you. I am so impressed by your calm tone and perspective.

  5. Hang in there gorgeous gals! Thinking and praying for you!