Folks coming to my site from Google use the most interesting keywords. In the interest of answering the keywords, here is the search criteria and then my answer.
- hands off hospital birth
Is this possible? I don't believe it is. By agreeing to go into the hospital, you agree to have stranger's hands and wishes foisted upon you.
If you buy the hospital ticket, you go for the hospital ride.
Want a hands-off birth? Don't expect one in the hospital.
- what does it mean when it says fetal heart tones are reactive
It's a great thing when they are reactive. It means the baby is coping well with contractions, movement, and being inside your uterus.
When you have a non-stress test, they watch the baby's heart rate to see how it reacts to movement and contractions. It should increase after both because, just like our healthy heart beats increase when we walk faster or dance, that is how normal hearts react.
A baby who is having a hard time coping with movement or the stress of contractions would have a heart pattern that is considered "flat" or non-reactive. Flat means there are no accelerations - not a good sign. Instead of the baby getting excited by the movement, it stays calm so's to limit the need to use extra oxygen. This can happen in post-mature babies, in babies whose placentas are ill, or for a baby with issues we might never know about.
I think the most disconcerting part of this question is that whomever asked wasn't told what it meant before she went home! It's just mean that someone has to look "reactive NST" up on the Internet. Sheesh.
- bloody show after vaginal exam
Very normal. Just because you get bloody show doesn't mean your membranes were stripped, either. (That is a common question.)
Women whose cervices are very soft and/or vascular can find bloody mucous after their vaginal exams. It's a pretty good sign, actually.
On the other hand, blood more than a period is not normal and needs to be reported to your care provider (if you have one).
- fixodent used for temporary crown
Yes! It works great!
- breastfeeding a lazy baby
If the baby is truly tired, s/he will wake up. If the baby needs prompting more than an experienced mother would think is normal, the baby needs to be checked out by a specialist.
An early experience with a friend's "lazy" baby helped me to understand that sometimes very passive babies have brain disorders that need addressing. My friend's baby didn't roll over until she was over a year. She didn't sit up for about 16 months. All attributed to being just a "little slow." Incorrect. She was severely mentally retarded. Is severely mentally retarded and never could nurse because of her lack of coordination and strength.
Your baby might be perfectly fine... and that would be great... but not all babies are and it's best to know sooner than later. If it feels wrong, get it checked out until someone believes you. (Munchhausen's Syndrome not included.)
- non stop braxton hicks
Yes, sometimes that happens. It can be so tiring and frustrating, but is perfectly normal. While some first-time moms will have weeks of Braxton-Hicks contractions, it is more typical of women who've previously birthed.
Braxton-Hicks contractions are working contractions, but they don't always dilate the cervix or lead to progressing labor. They certainly help to soften the cervix and offer some goodly amount of practice for mom as she tries to breathe, walk, sleep and work through them.
It's good to ask your provider if they can offer some ideas for relief. Many midwives allow a glass of wine OR a glass of beer OR one 25mg. Benadryl (sometimes chosen by strict religions or alcoholics). Physicians can prescribe a sleeping pill, usually Ambien.
I promise - Braxton-Hicks contractions will eventually become working labor and your baby will be born and you will sleep again without contractions. It won't be pre-pregnancy sleep, but it will at least be sleep without contractions!
(more in the morning... night!)