First of all, I apologize for my lack of posts over the last few months. The 3rd trimester has proved challenging for me this time around with racing heart (on heart med to slow it down), low iron, walking pneumonia, and extreme fatigue. (Like the kind where I cross the room and have to sit down because my body goes numb.) I will get back on track soon!
Secondly, I am in need of a big pep talk folks. Last week, we discovered my platelet count had dropped by half. And it has gone down even lower since…below the level at which it is safe for me to have an epidural during delivery. At almost 37 weeks, there is still time for the platelets to come back up before I begin labor. But typically that doesn’t occur until after delivery. So here I am trying to prepare for natural childbirth. And I. AM. PANICKING.
I have friends who have delivered naturally, by choice and by accident. If I knew the labor would be fast, I could handle it. But hours upon hours of pain without any option of relief? I am scared to death. Yesterday, I ordered a couple of books including the Bradley method book which is so highly regarded. As I wait for the books to arrive at my doorstep, I’d love to hear from any of you who delivered naturally. Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you! I’ll keep you posted on my test updates.