hope you have been having a nice week.
I have been waiting for this day for over a month now, my IUD appointment haha Beach Cities had a labor on the other three appointments that I made and I had to be rescheduled a few times, today they all thanked me for my patience but they were being sweet because I lost my cool the last time they canceled and I am thankful they did not remind me haha it has been a good week though - I had my physical with my new obgyn and today I got the IUD.
Lets talk about the IUD a little bit - I got the Mirena and this just seemed like the best option for me. I can still breastfeed, it should not alter my milk supply, it will last for five years, I do not need to remember a pill and it can help heavy/painful periods. I have been reading a lot about it online and I have read the horror stories that happen very rarely and I have read lots of great things too, so I decided to go for it.
I arrived at my appointment this morning with my sleeping baby [so thankful she slept the entire time because I would not have been able to soothe her at that moment], we got there a little bit early and I chatted with a momma that has just joined the birth center she was 13 weeks pregnant and she asked me for all sorts of tips - it felt awesome!! We talked about strollers, ultra sounds, and her birth plan/my birth. It was nice to feel helpful and to chat with a stranger so openly about something we both care about. I was taken back to the examination room and was informed that I had just got in under the wire since a labor was on its way! Thank God I did not have to be rescheduled I just wanted to get this over with. BJ went over everything with me and it was time to begin. It started out a lot like a pap smear, they check to see the position of your cervix and depending on that they adjust it so it is in the right position. This is when it began to get real, they have to make sure the cervix is in the correct position to insert the IUD into your uterus, mine had to be moved down which caused a lot of pressure and tons of cramping. Thankfully my body and mind immediately went back to the hypnobirth methods we had used so that I did not tense up and/or freak out. This took longer than it usually does [they told me] because my cervix did not want to move and they were not able to get the exact measurement needed before the insertion. Once they were able to, it was inserted, there was more pressure, pain and cramping but once we were done I felt much better. Afterwards I did feel a little light headed and dizzy but overall much better. If you want a more scientific explanation here you go - Insertion and Removal of Intrauterine Device. Also, get ready to wear a pad for a few days. You will bleed, I am still in pain.
I was planning on going home and resting once I realized how much it hurt but instead I saw that there was a Breastfeeding support group in thirty minutes after my appt so Claire and I took a walk and then returned. I could not be happier that I did -
We arrived at the support class and it was a pretty big group. It is a support group so I won't be sharing what we talked about but I did want to let you mamas know how helpful it was. The problems I am having [thrush and overproduction] are not the same problems a lot of women have but it was nice to be in a place that we could openly nurse our babies, talk about our feelings and get advice when needed. I plan on going back again next week and I am sad that will have to be my last one since I will be working at that time from now on. I think attending these will not only be helpful in my breastfeeding journey but also with my wellbeing. I loved seeing so many moms being positive even when it is rough and knowing that in LB I do have support beyond my girlfriends because sometimes they have their own stuff going on haha
Right now I am a happy and proud mommy.
have a great weekend!
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