Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Pregnancy update and some ramblings!

I had my 31 week appointment yesterday. Now I will start going every 2 weeks until 35 weeks... then I'll be going every week! It was a quick visit, everything looks great! I asked her about my walking (I'm still walking about 3-4 times a week) and she said that I could keep it up as long as I didn't get too hot. The weather has been sooo nice out but I'm afraid it's not going to last much longer. I guess then I'll just do my walking DVD inside in the AC! She also asked me if we were still planning on the VBAC. Yep! I have been thinking about that a lot.. especially since delivery is getting closer and closer! I will admit I am a little scared about it but the thought of scheduling major surgery scares me even more. There are risks to having a VBAC but the risks are very, very rare. Uterine rupture (which freaks me out so I don't plan on even thinking about it ever after this very moment.. well, I will at least try not to think about it!) only happens in about 2% of those who try VBACS. And that is only increased if you are induced. And seriously if you think about it there are definitely risks to having major surgery as well! I know that I have a higher chance of labor resulting in repeat c/s this time around but I've done it before.. and I can do it again! It helps that my Dr is supportive! I have a fear though of getting a nurse who isn't all about VBACs and is ugly or discouraging to me about it. Here is what I do know:

I cannot be induced (but wouldn't want to be anyways, I wasn't with Luke)
I have to progress on my own, no help with drugs
I have a 70-75% chance at a successful vaginal delivery
I can have an epidural (yay!) but should try to delay so that my body progresses well
And most importantly: God is in control!!!

I have been praying about this since the moment I found out I was pregnant. I know that God will be with me no matter what the outcome! I'm praying for a successful VBAC but most importantly a healthy baby (and a healthy Mommy to take care of both of my babies... and R too!).

So, for all of you out there, please add this to your prayer list! In just 5 & 1/2 weeks I will be considered full term (wow, it is really that close!). Eli will be here soon! :)


Unknown said...

I am not very lighted headed after reading this.

Unknown said...

excuse me, NOW very lighted headed

Misty said...

Robby will make it, I am confident! Cyrstal, I can't begin to understand your fears. I am very nervous already about having Nathan either way! I will be in prayer for all four of you!

Ragan and Heather said...

hey Crystal, I am from BBC board that we are on for June 2006. I feel your pain about the VBAC. I am too trying to do it and I am scared of the outcome. I was induced with Emma and I hope I won't have to with this one. I am 36 weeks as of yesterday so its getting very real to me. I am having him at Baptist East. We still have no name for our son but Luke is one of our choices! I just love that name!

Kari Sanchez said...

Wow time is flying by, I will definently add you to my prayers. I too had a c/s and would like to try a vbac also so I'm curious how you will do, I wish you all the best.

Lynn said...

I know when I was planning for my VBAC last year, I found the following website very helpful:

If you are not induced, your chance of uterine rupture is only about .4%, extremely small - and of course, c-sections are not risk free either.

Good luck with everything!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Wow! You are getting really close to the date! I will be praying for you....