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Well as a mother of a child that suffered two strokes during her vaginal delivery, I found this article to be very interesting and helpful as I have been debating whether or not to deliver vaginally or via cesarean section for the upcoming birth of my second daughter. This article published online in an issue of Radiology states that;

“Pregnant women were recruited for a prospective study of neonatal brain development…After informed consent was obtained from a parent, neonates were imaged with 3.0-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging…Medical records were prospectively and retrospectively reviewed for selected risk factors, which included method of delivery, duration of labor, and evidence of maternal or neonatal birth trauma. Risk factors were assessed for relationship to ICH by using Fisher exact test statistics.

Ninety-seven neonates underwent MR imaging between the ages of 1 and 5 weeks. Eighty-eight (44 male and 44 female) neonates (65 with vaginal delivery and 23 with cesarean delivery) completed the MR imaging evaluation. Seventeen neonates with ICHs (16 subdural, two subarachnoid, and six parenchymal hemorrhages) were identified. Seven infants had two or more types of hemorrhages. All neonates with ICH were delivered vaginally, with a prevalence of 26% in vaginal births. ICH was significantly associated with vaginal birth but not with prolonged duration of labor or with traumatic or assisted vaginal birth. “

These number are staggering, at least to me. More studies on this subject should be pursued. All of the babies [involved with the study] with intercranial hemorrhage were delivered vaginally.

And according to a follow-up article posted by the Radiological Society of North America;

“Small bleeds in and around the brain are very common in infants who are born vaginally,” said John H. Gilmore, M.D., professor of psychiatry and Vice-Chair for Research and Scientific Affairs at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. “It seems that a normal vaginal birth can cause these small bleeds.”

“In our study, neither the size of the baby or the baby’s head, the length of the labor, nor the use of vacuum or forceps to assist the delivery caused the bleeds,” Dr. Gilmore said. “The bleeds are probably caused by pressure on the skull during delivery.”
I don’t know about you but this article is enough to make me call up my OB right now to schedule the c-section. I am heartbroken by this idea, but it really is what is best for the baby, and you know, you’ve just got to do your homework in these types of situations and make an informed decision for yourself.

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A conversation between my mother and I; 

Me (11:37:46 AM): It’s not cute anymore. It’s not fun. I want this baby out now.
Mom (11:38:02 AM): Nope, not gonna happen. Wouldn’t be prudent
Me (11:39:34 AM): One. I got four hours of sleep last night thanks to pregnancy induced restless leg syndrome. Two. There is NO way this baby could kick ANY harder. Three. It is truly starting to bug me that my belly is constantly touching my legs. Four. My sciatic nerve is pinched. Again.
Mom (11:40:14 AM): Well look at it this way….another week or so the baby will be so big she won’t be able to kick so hard
Mom (11:40:30 AM): Of course, she will just push really hard then, but at least it won’t be kicking
Me (11:40:34 AM): For all of our sakes, I sure hope so
Mom (11:40:50 AM): And you won’t be able to breathe
Mom (11:40:54 AM): But hey, less kicking
Me (11:41:06 AM): Well if she pushes any harder she will literally push herself through my belly
Mom (11:41:16 AM): You wish
Mom (11:41:21 AM): It doesn’t work that way
Mom (11:41:28 AM): Many babies have tried and they all failed
Me (11:42:23 AM): This baby will succeed. I can feel it. Feels like right now she is breaking through the first few layers, all she needs now is a spoon or nail file to dig the rest of the way out
Mom (11:42:41 AM): LOL
Mom (11:42:48 AM): Luckily for you she has no tools
Me (11:43:12 AM): If this persists I may purposefully swallow a shovel

So last night we had Erin’s sweet 16 bash. Lots of fun to be had with some really really good (smooshed) cake. She got her car, took it for a victory lap and all and all had a good time. Kayla, on the other hand, decided that eating dirt was waay more fun than any pre-planned party could ever be and thus decided to eat, decorate, and camouflage herself in as much of it as possible. Anyways, here are some pics from last night.

A Dirt-faced Kayla

A dirt-faced kayla part two

Cartwheel

present time

chris

Erin in her new car

Joy ride

MMMMmmHHmmmm

Is it my birthday yet?!

Kayla at the pool

Anthony at the pool

Kayla catching a tan

Erin and Kayla

Erin and KAyla

Smile already!

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Faster than a speeding bullet

belly 29 weeks

Okay, so maybe I’ve got a few MONTHS (sh#t.f@ck.) to go, but I am already counting down the days until I get to hold my new baby girl and I get my body back (although I’m not sure it’s going to be in the best condition once it’s returned to me). I wonder…since this child has hijacked my body only to ditch it on the side of the road somewhere torn apart and rolled over, can I call my health insurance and report this incident? Do you think they will recommend a good body shop?

Well I passed my glucose screening test, which is good. I put it off for a long time because I kept getting too hungry when I woke up and forgot that it is important NOT to eat when you are fasting. I have another doctor’s appointment next Friday and I am pretty excited that after this appointment I get to start going every two weeks instead of once a month and it makes everything go by a little bit faster.

Sorry I have been MIA for a couple of weeks now. Lots of stuff going on. Family moving, internet disconnected for a little while. Pregnancy being so tiring. I’m in week 28 now. I will post later about how things have been going and everything new that has happened.

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