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I posted this in my due date group but wanted to post it here to!
I know that when pregnant women go into labor and go to the hospital the first thing they do is put your IV in. I completely get why they would want to put one in because if there was an emergency they don't want to have to take the time looking for a vein but my question is, why do they administer fluids through the IV and can you decline them? I didn't swell @ all with my dd until after I gave birth and my whole face & arms & legs were swollen! I know it was not from pushing cause I only pushed twice lol, and I was reading online that the fluids can make you swell. So my question is can I refuse the fluids & still have the IV in my arm just not hooked up?
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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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msswisher08
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM
To stay hydrated. Also I was told if you end up wanting a epi the fluid helps to prevent you're blood pressure from dropping a little. Not sure how that works but I know with all mine I Had to have the IV before getting the epi.
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Queen_Sheila
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I did swell with my second, but as soon as we got to the recovery room I was back to normal. So as long as you're not worried about how you'll look for pictures during labor, I wouldn't worry about it.

TTC2Long
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM
You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)
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RaLeighsMommy11
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Yeah I told DH I wanted to labor until I absolutely had to be carried to the car so that they can't try and make me do things like I want. Unfortunately my BLood pressure has been real high & I'm only 24 weeks :( I'm hoping it goes down because I don't want this to interfear with my natural plan. I was induced with my dd (for High blood pressure) & even though it was a short 4 hr labor I still wanted to actually feel labor for myself

Quoting ilostmy_keys:

I am so looking forward to not having an IV this time (homebirth) - I blew up like a balloon after my hospital births. You can request a heploc (just the needle inserted) and most hospitals will accept that as a compromise. You can decline anything - it is your birth - but be sure you are educated on each procedure and it's risks, and be ready to fight them if they try to intimidate you. You don't HAVE to do anything and it if you are low to no risk, stay home and labor as long as humanly possible!
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RaLeighsMommy11
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Ok great thank you :)! I will bring it up Monday & tell him that's what I want. I was always wanting to drink something with dd anyways cause I was so hungry haha!

Quoting TTC2Long:

You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)
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orangeshirt
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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There's this freely flowing thing called water that laboring women can drink to stay hydrated. Or OJ, Gatorade...whatever mom wants to drink, she can.


Quoting BlissBagshaw:

You need to stay hydrated.  You lose a lot fluid sweating and in childbirth.  The last thing you want is a migraine and to be weak from dehydration after having your baby.


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Devious103102
by Ruby Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

You can decline the fluids at certain places, some places it's proceedure. They give you fluids to keep you from becoming dehydrated if you're not allowed to eat/drink but some places that you can decline fluids allow you to drink (not just ice chips).

ilostmy_keys
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM
What does your protein intake look like? You should be getting roughly 80g/day. My bp spiked in week 37 but I dramatically changed my diet and it's back down to my baselin 100/60ish.

Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

Yeah I told DH I wanted to labor until I absolutely had to be carried to the car so that they can't try and make me do things like I want. Unfortunately my BLood pressure has been real high & I'm only 24 weeks :( I'm hoping it goes down because I don't want this to interfear with my natural plan. I was induced with my dd (for High blood pressure) & even though it was a short 4 hr labor I still wanted to actually feel labor for myself



Quoting ilostmy_keys:

I am so looking forward to not having an IV this time (homebirth) - I blew up like a balloon after my hospital births. You can request a heploc (just the needle inserted) and most hospitals will accept that as a compromise. You can decline anything - it is your birth - but be sure you are educated on each procedure and it's risks, and be ready to fight them if they try to intimidate you. You don't HAVE to do anything and it if you are low to no risk, stay home and labor as long as humanly possible!
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anxiousschk
by Silver Member on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It all depends on your hospital.  Some hospitals will let you decline, some will require it.  

I know I have to have a hep lock in as a VBAC patient at my hospital.  I dehydrate very easily, so I'm perfectly fine with it.  I don't have to have an IV hooked to it, but it has to be there just in case.  

TTC2Long
by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM
You CAN eat, if you want. What are thry going to do, kick you out? I got Gu packets - it's rapidly bioavailable carbs for marathon runners and comes in small, Idk, 2oz packets you tear open and squeeze into your mouth. Quick n easy energy for your muscles. Sporting goods and outdoors places should have it. Just make sure you don't get ones with caffeine or other stimulants. I also packed nuts, but was too deep in labor at the hospital to eat them. At home I had a pb&h sandwich on whole grain bread at the start of labor.

Quoting RaLeighsMommy11:

Ok great thank you :)! I will bring it up Monday & tell him that's what I want. I was always wanting to drink something with dd anyways cause I was so hungry haha!



Quoting TTC2Long:

You can for sure decline the iv fluids. I got the heplock because starting a line in my tiny, prone-to-collapse veins is hard and would waste a lot of time in an emergency. But it wasn't connected to anything. Having it connected to the bag will limit your movements and cause swelling in both you AND baby. No need to make baby bigger! Also, it falsely inflates the birth weight so baby loses more in the first days as your milk comes in, potentially raising false red flags that you have a supply problem. You can just assign someone, dh, mom, doula, whoever, to water duty and make sure they know to offer water to sip between contractions. Billions of women birthed safely before ivs were invented and did just fine. ;)
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