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State of the Sprocket
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jvvw From: jvvw Date: February 26th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the positioning side of things, my understanding is that it's much more important to know what to do about position once you are in labour - babies move a lot in labour and babies that aren't posterior can suddenly turn posterior and vice versa. Owen was ROA which wasn't ideal, but realised after a while that there wasn't any way he wasn't going to move, however much I did all the things that I was supposed to get him 'optimally positioned' and trying to do so was just not worth the effort.

I didn't really have choice for a home birth as I was classed high risk for labour from the start annoyingly (due to my height) and eventually decided that the stress of trying to persuade them let me have a water birth in hospital wasn't worth it, but could move about as much as liked during labour in hospital and wasn't on my back right until the last few minutes when I needed to be for various reasons. In fact I was quite impressed how much the midwives contorted themselves in order to do the periodic monitoring without disturbing me! So even in worst case scenario it might not be as bad as you imagine, though can understand why you would want a home birth.

I hate liver and am allergic to shellfish so didn't have the same dietary dilemmas as you. There was a blog called 'bumpology' that New Scientist ran last year written by one of their journalists who was pregnant that I seem to remember looked at whether there was actually any evidence for various of the recommendations, so could be worth looking there.
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