Due date +5: pork sandwiches and a walk around Greenlake

by Milton on Thu, May 13th, 2010

in Week 40

Our good friend Myrna is in town for a couple days.  We thought she’d be able to meet little Axelrod when she made the flight plan, but I think we were a little overzealous in our predictions.  Still, it’s great having her here.  Today we’re going to walk around Greenlake and eat some delicious sandwiches from Paseo.  No, life is not tough.

Also, there’s a midwife conference happening tomorrow that both our midwife and doula would like to attend if possible.  Our birth class instructor is giving a talk on the OP fetus (occiput posterior, where the baby’s face is pointing towards the mom’s belly rather than towards the mom’s back), and how little we know about it (ooh, I found the actual paper online here though it’s a little over my head).  Occiput posterior positioning often leads to a more painful birth process, which is why it’s generally a less favored strategy for the baby to take.

Anyway, it looks like an interesting talk.  If Esther does go into labor sometime tonight, maybe we’ll just head on down to the conference.

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1 Kristy Thu, May 13th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

That does sound like an interesting talk. Adelyn was OP or sunny side up, as we called it :) I sure hope your little one isn’t for Esther’s sake!

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2 Kristy Thu, May 13th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I just read this from the article you linked:

MYTH: Back pain is a sign of an Occiput Posterior (OP) baby.
Short women, women who aren’t flexible, women who’ve had accidents, women who have weak back muscles and some of the women with posterior babies or babies who have one of their arms up in late labor. Some women in of each of these categories are likely to get some back pain in labor.

This is pretty funny to me, because I am short, had a posterior baby AND she had one of her arms up! I’ve never heard of anyone else who had a baby with an arm up, lol. I guess I’m just that lucky! LOL

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3 Milton Thu, May 13th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

We’ve heard about the arm up in our birth class, and yeah how it can be troublesome. Not that rare, but also not something you’d wish for yourself. Sounds like you had the cards stacked against you… doesn’t sound fun. They did give us a bunch of special positions to help with be back pain during labor, though. It’s definitely possible to help the baby turn him/herself around during labor, but it’s not easy and it’s not quick.

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4 Kristy Thu, May 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Yeah we tried everything, and my ob actually physically tried turning her, that was really fun, but she wouldn’t budge – she was stubborn even then, lol. So I had to push for 3 hours instead. And her huge head and arm left me with a 4th degree tear :( But in the end I had a beautiful, healthy baby and that’s all that really matters. I’d do it again in a heartbeat :)

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5 Jen Thu, May 13th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Oh! I was an OP baby. My poor mom…her back isn’t that great to begin with and I was just making it alot worse apparently. I can vouch that it is more painful. I was a pain, but my little twin brothers were a breeze.

Sandwiches are fun! Enjoy your friend’s visit :D

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