Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Snausages, mannequins and other stuff

As I have mentioned previously I have been extremely blessed with this pregnancy. After witnessing Mommy, Esq. with her feetloaves I was thrilled at the lack of swelling I've experienced. Socks are a bit tighter and I've stopped wearing my engagement ring, but that's it. No other changes necessary. On Monday I checked to make sure I could still remove my wedding ring. It was a little tight but no problem. But yesterday I noticed it felt a little tighter so I tried to remove it. And now it's completely stuck! It's not painfully tight but there is no question of it coming off on it's own. I've tried soap, lotion and oil and there is no budging it. Aside from drinking lots of water, what else can I do to try and bring the swelling down and remove my wedding ring? My fingers are starting to look like snausages from yanking on my ring. Before I know it the dog will start following me around thinking they are his treats. My ankles have also doubled in size overnight. But I'd be OK with all of that if I can just get this damn wedding ring off before my fingers swell even more and it has to be cut off. Advice please!

DH and I went to our infant CPR class last night. It was, as I thought, an exercise in fear. All of these classes focus on everything that could go horribly wrong with your child. Couple that with a really creepy mannequin and you've got yourself a hopping good Tuesday night. Thank goodness we had American Idol to help us unwind after. Biggest takeaway? Play "Stayin' Alive" while doing chest compressions and your child will live.

I had my 37 week appointment today. Everything is on track except for one thing. Apparently my opening is very unfavorable for a decent sized baby. There is some bone that is sticking out that will make it hard for vaginal delivery. Considering there has been no progress towards labor (no contractions, no cervical changes) it is looking like this baby is going to cook beyond my due date of 3/28. So my doctor uttered the term C-section for the first time this whole pregnancy. Depending on how my appointment goes next week we will probably set up another ultrasound for week 39. If the baby's been growing at her usual rate I think he's going to leave it up to me to decide if I want to schedule a C-section or not. Part of me really likes the idea. It's more a matter of not wanting to labor for a long time only to be told I need to have a C-section anyway. That's like the worst of both worlds. No decision is needed yet and who knows, perhaps I go into labor this weekend and it becomes a moot point. I'm not counting on it but stranger things have happened. Anyone else have a similar issue? What was your decision and subsequent experience?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, sweetheart! thinking of you every day. . .please keep us on the "call" list. Love you, Mimi and Papa

LauraC said...

I wonder if the swelling has anything to do with the weather? I would say go outside the next few days when it's supposed to get cold again.

Theresa said...

I don't know if this helps pregnancy swelling, but my hands swell randomly when I'm at the gym - to the point where I can't get my rings off. I've found that washing/soaking my hand in frigid cold water brings down the swelling. I don't know if that might work for you.

jerseygirl77 said...

I agree with the cold water suggestion, even ice water.

Did you take the Red Cross infant CPR? I would be surprised if they are fearmongering. I have found their classes to be very straightforward and focused on keeping people calm in an emergency situation.

Let me ask you this: How does your doctor know your pelvic outlet is "unfavorable"? Did he do an x-ray? The female pelvis is made to be flexible. True cephalopelvic disproportion is extremely rare. Very few women grow a baby their bodies cannot physically cannot birth. However, labor positions (standing, walking, squatting vs. laying down in bed) can create a sort of situational disproportion by not allowing the pelvis to open up as it should.

Honestly, what your doc said really raised a red flag for me. I've heard this story before from a lot of women. If c-section is your choice and your preference, that's fine. But I wouldn't want to see you get railroaded into a c-section with some BS fear tactics that docs use because it's easier for *them* to schedule births. It is completely normal not to have any contractions or cervical progress at 37 weeks. Dilation and effacement provide a snapshot of what's happening right now... It doesn't tell us diddly squat about what will happen tomorrow or next week or in 4 weeks. Finally, late term ultrasounds are notoriously ineffective at estimating the baby's weight. They are frequently off by a pound or more. Hang in there mama... Your sweet baby girl will be here before you know it!!!!

Anonymous said...

As you know Stacey, I had a c-section with Meg, a V-back with Ryan and OPTED for a c-section with Ryan. I definitely preferred the c-section. Feel free to ask me any questions.

Secondly if you need to cut your ring off, no problem. A jeweler can solder it back together very easily. Your fingers are going to swell more after you deliver. Atleast mine did!!!!

Anonymous said...

Whoops I meant to say I had a V-back with Caitlin!!! Sorry...hard to type with a baby on your lap!!!

brittae@yahoo.com said...

Got here from mommyesq's blog. Just wanted to say I had a c-section with my first and tried a v-bac with my second. I ended up with another c-section after prolonged labor. And you know what? Labor and then c-section wasn't so bad. It wasn't the worst of both worlds, as I'd expected. (But I did *want* to labor - I wasn't trying to avoid it.)