Thursday, October 04, 2007

6 more weeks!!!

I'm 34 weeks pregnant today. I keep thinking, "can my tummy get any bigger?!" and yet it does!

I'm still feeling pretty great overall, but this third trimester has introduced a few new discomforts like heartburn and disrupted sleeping. I can tell the baby's getting bigger and stronger as he can almost kick into my ribs now. It's fun to watch his foot or knee move across my tummy. It's good clean entertainment for friends and family.

I'm in third-trimester maternity wear now. Thanks to all my wonderful friends who loaned me clothes I don't have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe at this point. At the beginning I didn't fully understand how much longer my shirts would need to be at the end of pregnancy. I keep trying to wear the clothes I've been wearing all summer but now those clothes look like someone dried them too long and they shrunk all around.

I'm really thankful for my wonderful husband who has been a huge support. He's super busy with grad school right now, but he works from home as much as he can and he calls often when he's away. We survived childbirth class last weekend and we feel like we're as ready as we could possibly be without having gone through this before. We're eagerly awaiting our November baby and trying to use this time to rest (me, not busy grad husband) and do things we won't have time to do in a couple of months.

If this is not too nosy, how do you "plan" to approach your birth? No judgements, just curious. (This coming from an epidural mommy!)
YAY!!!!!!!!! I always grew out of my clothes the last week!!!
Lindsay, my birth plan does not include any "interventions" ("intervention" is the hospital's term for epidural, c-section, induction, episiotomy, etc. ). I've been seeing a midwife and practicing different pain management techniques--using massage, a birthing ball, yoga stretches/poses, water/bath/jacuzzi, breathing, etc. I realize that things never go exactly how you plan them to, but the midwives I've been working with have a great record of coaching women and their partners through labor and birth.

Most of my friends have had an epidural and they didn't have any complaints, but i think I'd really like to try without. I get a little claustrophobic in stressful situations and my worst fear is being confined to a bed. I think this "intervention-free" plan is the best one for me. I'll let you know how it turns out!
I am psyched about your intervention-free birth. Way to go, girlfriend!

I can't wait to get your posts post-baby about how everything went, but feel free to take some time on that, as you may have some other things to do ;-)

My first was breech and could not be turned without disrupting the placenta from my uterine wall. So, I was not really given a choice and got to have a c-section. It wasn't so bad. I have often wondered how I would have handled the process of birth had I actually gone into labor. I would like to think that I could have done it without the meds, but I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to pain. I am also kind of a wimp when it comes to needles, though, so maybe my phobia would have helped me to push through and finish the birth without the epidural? Who knows?

Whatever, though, right? It all turned out great in the end.

I am very excited for you, though. I am praying for it to go smoothly and without complication.
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