Baby status

When I was live-blogging the day on Thursday, I mentioned that I had a prenatal checkup.  For inquiring minds, here are the stats:

  • I’m 30 weeks along now, and measured exactly 30 centimeters.  Right on track!
  • I think I have gained ~19 lbs.  If you think that doesn’t sound like much, keep in mind I started with 10 lbs. left over from Bethany.  Right now, I’m exactly tied with my heaviest weight ever.  I think it’s safe to say my old record is goin’ down this time.
  • I’ve started feeling a lot of Braxton-Hicks over the last week or two.  Usually I feel them much earlier, so this it’s exciting to finally have them now.
  • Midwife thinks the baby feels smallish.  Not in a worrisome way; just seems a bit petite at this point.  My babies have varied from 6 lbs. 12 oz. (Lydia, still a bit petite at 13yo) up to 8 lbs. 9 oz (The Boy, always a bit of a bruiser) – all thoroughly average in my opinion.   Unlike my mom, I have never birthed a 10 pounder, let alone 3 of them.  Nor have I birthed 15 lbs. of twins, the poor sainted woman.
  • She thoroughly approved my food log, even though the other 4 days looked nothing like the first.  She didn’t even raise an eyebrow at my ice cream dinner on Sunday, even though hubby reminded me that I ate not only my own but finished Natalie’s too.  That was a lot of ice cream!  Her only suggestion was that I add an evening snack, but she was more relaxed about that when I mentioned that we usually don’t have dinner until between 7 and 8.
  • The baby is currently in a breach position.  That’s not a concern, since there’s plenty of time and space for the baby to do a few somersaults, back flips, and various stretches and yoga moves.  We agreed that it was pointless to even try to turn the baby at this point since there was a good chance baby would turn right back again.

In the interest of keeping things real, I’ll let my readers in on a little secret.  I am so not ready to think about labor yet!  I don’t want to think about what is coming in a scant 10 weeks.

This has been a very easy pregnancy so far, with little nausea and few of my usual aches and pains.  I’m uncharacteristically content with my state of pregnancy, and though I look forward to meeting our new little one, I have to admit that the last labor is still rather fresh in my mind.  It wasn’t a bad labor, but they all hurt and I don’t enjoy pain.  🙂

I’m not stressing over it, because I know from experience that God uses hormones and the discomforts of the third trimester to change these feelings.  I seem to remember feeling the same way when I was just about this far along with Bethany, and I also remember that I couldn’t wait for labor by the time her duedate drew near.

Isn’t it amazing how we can change our tune and actually look forward to – ugh – labor?

Comments

  1. In response to tammy’s comment, the last baby I had, (#3), I did have a midwife in a hospital, and she didn’t cut me and I tore hugely, and had a hematoma(huge hemmroid..). She told me to give a big push and I did, and even though he was hardly crowning, he came out all at once, hence the tear…My body just doesn’t seem to be able to handle the size of babies without this problem…

  2. Hi! Came across your blog when I was reading Emily’s Under1000 blog. I was wondering is she still going to write on Wednesdays for Frugal Hacks? I was looking forward to her post but I didn’t see it this week, I was disappointed. Also glad your pregnancy is going so well. Makes me a bit sad, as we’re done with our ‘baby days’ : ( Sounds like you’re feeling good though! Erin

    • Erin,
      As far as I know she is still writing for FH on Wednesdays. She didn’t plan on contributing every week, so maybe she’s just been busy lately. I hope to see a new post from her soon – I love her perspective!

  3. Six weeks behind you. Praying for your birth and hoping that you live-blog it! I will have to have a vicarious home birth through your live-blogging.

    Do you generally have a gut feeling about gender?

    I “knew” what each baby was and was right, up until our 7th when I “knew” it was a boy and we had a little girl. After she was born I was so surprised that I asked Mark, “Are they SURE it’s a girl??” Mark said, “Honey, he’s a doctor. I’m pretty certain that he got that right.”

    • Kimberly,
      I rarely have any idea about gender. I thought our 4th daughter might be a boy because she was stronger and more active, but as it turns out – she’s just a muscular, active girl like I was.
      I thought the same about our boy but after being wrong about Megan I really didn’t put much stock into the feeling. One thing was different: for the first time in my life, I found myself looking with longing at little boy babies. As it turns out, I would have been right.
      Then I really thought Bethany would be a boy, though I suspected it was wishful thinking.
      This time, I’m thinking girl. Girl babies are extra cute to me right now, this baby doesn’t seem particularly strong or active, and…well…we have to consider our track record…

  4. I’m 25 weeks, measuring right at 25 weeks. This stinker is transverse and appears quite happy to stay that way. My first son was transverse the entire time, but my water broke at 23 weeks during that pregnancy so he got “stuck” in that position until he was born at 30 weeks. This kid has no excuse!

  5. Cassandra says:

    I never thought about the chiropractor thing. Worth a shot- if it works, hey- no c-section! I have done a breech birth before, I would do it again, but my doctor now won’t do it. Before, I had an 80 year -old-fashioned doctor and midwife that had delivered many breech babies with no c-sections. Too bad they had to retire.

    Kim, I think you are right about the measurements, too-my doc did say that the baby is ‘floating’ around in there right now, and if he/she flips and drops into position, I might start measuring smaller. (and I do have plenty of fluid in there) It’s just kind of annoying when you are only 33 weeks, and strangers everywhere are asking if you were due yesterday!

  6. Great discussion 😀

    I am ten days away from my due date and I am so excited!! I definitely feel ready for the baby to be here, but mostly just because I’m so excited to meet the little one! I’m not really experiencing much discomfort though… I was experiencing a lot of back pain until I started seeing a chiropractor, and now I feel wonderful 🙂

  7. thanks for the update, things seams to be going well!!!

  8. Kim, you’re so right about being “ready” by the end. I’m 8 days from my due date. We heard a sermon on Romans 8 yesterday, including the verse referring to human suffering as “groaning as in the pains of childbirth.” (8:22) I don’t think I had the same perspective as the rest of the congregation, because I was thinking “Yes, God, bring it on!”

    I’m Kacie’s friend (hi, Kacie!) who goes to a chiropractor during pregnancy. I don’t know how much credit to give my chiro visits, but a doctor was able to flip my son to head-down the day before his due date, and my labor was only 7 1/2 hours long. This time, my chiro visits have virtually eliminated any back pain.

    • Renee,
      I’ve only been to chiropractor about 4 times in my life, but nearly always during pregnancy. I think that may be why I’m feeling so much better this time – I had 3 of my 4 adjustments in the last 3 years and I’m sure it’s helping with the “normal” aches and pains, which probably weren’t normal at all.
      My first visit ever was when I was pregnant with our 6th child. I was a week overdue and had suffered a lot of back and hip pain throughout that pregnancy. She was born the day after my adjustment, by far my fastest and easiest labor *ever,* and I realized after that adjustment that I had been suffering some low-level chronic pain for much of my life, pain I just tuned out until it was suddenly shockingly GONE.

  9. I’m already praying for your labor. Mainly because I’m due 6 weeks after you and we have been pregnant together a few times now.
    I’m so nervous. I usually anticipate from the time I conceive until the baby arrives. I’ve had five 10 pounders and honestly I think the only difference is you feel heavier at the end of the pregnancy. I honestly think the birth is the same. Big babies have lots of fat and fat is soft. 🙂
    So yeah. I will pray for you, and if you think about it, say a prayer for me.
    ps. Good to hear your midwife approved your food log. My midwife laughed when I told her what I’d been eating.

    • Natalie,
      Thank you for your prayers. What an amazing perk to blogging – I have friends and sisters I’ve never met praying for me!
      I had a lot of fun browsing your blog last night. Your children are beautiful and you’re a very talented photographer!

  10. Cassandra — consider going to a chiropractor who has experience in maternity care! I have a friend (who also reads this blog and maybe she’ll comment!) who is almost 39 weeks and goes to the chiropractor regularly to help keep things in alignment.

    With her first birth, her son was going breech and back right up to the end. The chiropractic care really seemed to help.

  11. I am so excited for the live blog of your baby’s birth! You are such a fantastic birther. Really and truly.

    Glad you aren’t having too many of the annoyances of pregnancy right now. Just keep on enjoying your cuteness for awhile, and pretty soon, you’ll get to enjoy the cuteness of your BABY! 🙂

  12. We Hogans are so glad at how well you’ve been! Praise God for His mercies. 🙂

  13. Cassandra,
    You might have more amniotic fluid (I tend to run light on that), and th baby’s position can also make you measure a lot bigger than your weeks. A breech baby’s bottom doesn’t fit down into the pelvis like a head so the baby rides much higher and farther out front.
    But I wouldn’t worry – our Natalie, who was 23.5″ at birth, flipped at 36 weeks. When my mom was in labor with her twins, the 8 lb. boy flipped. There’s always time and room for it to happen.

  14. Cassandra says:

    I am almost 33 weeks along, and two weeks ago, at my 31 wk appointment, I asked what I was measuring, and my doc told me 35 cm! She said I had been measuring big the whole time. So I think my baby is maybe not so smallish??? And this baby is also breech, has been for awhile, and since I usually have mine a tad bit early, (three to two weeks early) I am starting to get a tad bit nervous! This baby just does not like the head down position! I already had one breech baby naturally- no csection and no meds- whew! But I don’t want another, and I don’t think the doctor I have now would even deliver it that way. She already said c-section if its breech when I go into labor. So I am praying, praying, praying that this little one will turn on his/her own! Since it’s my fifth, she doesn’t seem worried that it won’t flip, but I can’t help but be concerned…. so glad everything is going well for you!

  15. Tammy,
    Great answer!

    Laura,
    In my experience, episiotomies with homebirths are rare or non-existent. If you tear badly (also very rare, since they know how to help you birth slowly and gently) they carry anesthetic and can do stitches.
    I’ve never had either – yet another reason I love having our babies at home and would use a hospital only in an emergency.

  16. Laura, Tell your doc not to do the episiotomy!! Sounds like it’s not your first baby, why would they do one? My first baby was breech, and I had an episiotomy and a ton of stitches. Next baby, on the delivery table, I saw they were getting ready to do it, and I YELLED “Don’t cut me!!” Doctor put his hands up and said “OK”! (This was over 20 years ago with an old-fasioned doctor, too.) I was FINE without it…and the next baby after that was over 9 lbs. with no episiotomy; again fine. Just say no!! You will feel so much better after the birth! I wish you well. 🙂

  17. I’m almost exactly at the same point you are, Kim. Around 30 weeks. I think I read that you have had mostly homebirths. Not that I want to be nosy, but have you had to have an episiotomy?? That is the worst part about labor/delivery for me, and the reason that I would be scared to have a homebirth. Do midwives do those things in homebirth situations?? (you know, not sterile environment and all??)
    Labor and delivery would’t be so miserable if I could look forward to a normal bottom when I go home!!

  18. Deanna,
    We don’t have easy access to an ultrasound so we don’t find out ahead of time. Given the choice, hubby would want to and I wouldn’t, but I don’t think it would work too well for one of us to know while the other was in the dark. 😀

  19. I’ve got three weeks on you and my little one is still doing flips- nearly daily. Seems like we’re breech every night and flip back overnight. I was doing the breech tilt, but it’s so uncomfortable that I can’t bring myself to do it anymore until it’s time to panic 😀

    Glad to hear you’re feeling so well!!

  20. So happy for you all that everything is going so well….

    Can’t remember if you said whether or not you do ultrasound…if you do, do you like to know the sex of the baby beforehand or do you like to be surprised?

  21. You’re absolutely right. I remember loving pregnancy and wanting her to stay in as long as possible… right up until two days before I went into labor. At that point I suddenly was “done” with being pregnant. It’s amazing how God works.

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