32 weeks: Exercise, apprehension, and malpresentations {pregnancy update}

Eep.  I don’t know why I get apprehensive, since my labors these days are so much faster and more bearable than the first 4 or 5, but it still happens.  I’m excited about meeting this baby so soon, but whenever I want to scare myself all I have to do is look at the countdown on the screen of my phone: 57 days.  Two months sounds like a lot, but 8 more times to church sure doesn’t.  Also – and this is strange and new for me – the thought of delivering this baby reminds me of how close I probably am to the end of my childbearing days.  I’ve always looked forward to the comparative freedom of life with only older children, but now that the end may be in sight I know that I will also miss this season.  Of course we could easily have 4 or 5 more babies in our future, but we could also have just 1 or 2 – or none.  Only God knows.

I haven’t been exercising much lately – I only walked once in the last week aside from all the errands and general activity – but I’m hoping/planning/thinking about starting T-tapp as soon as I can get my hands on a workout DVD.  Providing the temps stay below 95 degrees, that is.  Call me whiny, but purposely increasing my sweat levels in that kind of weather just inspires all kinds of excuse-making and procrastination in me.

Have you ever used T-tapp?  Is it everything they say it is?  Can you really get a good workout in 15 minutes just a few times/week?  Even when you look like you have a watermelon shoved under your shirt, can hardly see your toes, and have to hold your breath to put on your shoes?  Will I lose inches in my waist?  OK, I’m just kidding about that part.

For a total change in subject, I did some reading yesterday about malpresentations in labor and delivery.  My last labor was relatively fast, even though Parker was my first posterior baby.  I have to wonder how it would have gone if he had been positioned better.  Even faster?  Less painful, perhaps?  I was more than a little disappointed that he was posterior because I walked so much in the last 6 weeks of that pregnancy and because I had a chiropractic adjustment the day before he was born.  At the same time, I was happy to learn that my body could deliver a posterior baby with no notable back labor and with relative ease.  I say relative because of that whole PAIN part.  If you’ve had a few babies, you know what I mean.  Even the “easy” labors HURT.  If yours don’t, just keep quiet because I don’t want to know.  ;)

Anyway, I learned that some midwives believe one common cause of posterior presentation is when mom’s belly hangs out in front, which angles baby’s body in a way that makes it easier for baby’s head to rest in the pelvis facing the wrong way.  They say this is common in women who have had many babies since the uterus is a little more soft and stretchy.  I know this is the case with mine.  While I only measure a little larger than I used to in my earlier pregnancies, I carry entirely differently.

The suggested remedy for this is actually several variations of belly binding that force the baby into a more upright position and aim the head more directly into the pelvis, either during the last weeks of pregnancy or during labor itself.  Interesting, no?  There are other suggestions as well: the standard recommendations to avoid sitting in a slouched position, avoid bucket seats in cars, sit on a big exercise ball, etc.  Basically, the idea is to keep the back straight, pelvis tucked and belly in as much as possible.

My next checkup is this Thursday so I hope to get my midwife’s take on the idea.  I don’t plan to take up belly-binding any time soon, but maybe I could take the extension out of my bellyband holster and position it around my belly instead of under it when I wear my gun.  That would also hide my belly button.  :)

Belly pics

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And here is one where I’m not holding in the dress below my belly.  See the tent effect?  Unless I walked around with a hand planted under my belly, this is how I would look in a dress.  This is why I wear skirts instead.

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And here is a shot in my everyday clothes, except that I don’t actually like this top and rarely wear it.  I love the colors, but the pattern is just too big and loud for my taste.

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Baby at 32 weeks:

  • The baby is 17 inches long and weighs 4 pounds.
  • Baby’s head has almost reached full birth size.
  • During this time the baby sleeps most of the day. The uterus is getting to be a small space for the baby to move about, so you may have noticed a decrease in your baby’s movements.
  • Fat layer under the skin is getting thicker. Half of mom’s weight gain now goes directly to the baby.
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Your turn:
How are you and your little one this week?  What’s new?  Share a pic!
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Comments

  1. Your note about T Tapp stirred me up, and I went and bought a set. As I am “of size” as she puts it, I got the new MORE DVD that came with a skin brush, the seminar, and a couple other workouts. I’ve only done it 3 days so far, but I like it. Modesty is a big issue with workout DVDs in our house, and while t tapp isn’t Stormie Omartian, it’s better than most in that department. Also no music to worry about. The hard part will be doing it every day.

  2. Michele Connery says:

    After reading your post I couldn’t resist writing…..baby #4 was posterior for me……THE DAY AFTER I HAD A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT. I have felt all along that that was THE reason he was posterior, after my adjustment I felt him make a very large movement, and it didn’t feel like a top to bottom, it felt like a side to side. After reading your post, I am really wondering, do you think there’s a connection? Would make me leery to have an adjustment close to delivery now, because it was a much tougher delivery than the others.

  3. You never know. The first set of quintuplets were spontaneously conceived. You could have ten more if you get multiples! :P ;) It was during the Great Depression, I believe, in Canada. She didn’t have eleven kids, but she already had five. Went on to have a few more, too. You can find a made-for-television film about them on YouTube. I believe it was called ‘Million Dollar Babies.’ The story was rather sad, but fascinating. They were also the world’s only identical quintuplets. All girls; two or three are still alive….

  4. Love t-tapp!!! I have definitely gained strength from it, tightened & toned, better posture and no more hip pain. They do have other DVD’S besides the 15 min one that are longer, but you do those when you can master the 15 minute one. I don’t know if it is a good idea to start doing t-tapp later in pregnancy if you have never done it before. I would call their office and ask them, they are very helpful.

  5. T-tapp is exactly what you want for tucking your rear, straight back, tummy in. Yes, it works to tone and lose inches, but it requires mental effort. It may look easy, but it is definitely work. You get out of it what you put into it. Form is everything.

  6. Hello,
    A friend directed me to your post since we seem to have a bit in common. I am 32 weeks along with baby #13 and I am a T-Tapper. I have tried to be faithful with my workouts throughout this pregnancy and I can honestly say that this is one of my best pregnancies so far. I used to wear a support (with some of my previous pregnancies), but since I discovered TT, I haven’t had to use it once. The workout strengthens your core muscles, which in turn, support your baby. No more aches and pains in my sides, back, or lower belly! I highly recommend it! I do it because I actually feel better when I workout. If I have sat for awhile and have kinks, it realigns everything again. And yes, you can lose inches (after baby) by doing the 15 minute workout on a regular basis. You always push to your max and concentrate on your stance and on working specific muscles. No sloppy moves. I still do it five days a week, but I tire more quickly now and I have to spread my legs just a wee bit further to accomodate my belly. :)
    My 3rd baby was my only posterior baby and was long before I had heard of T-tapp, so I can’t comment on baby position. I just know that since using it, I have had fast, natural deliveries (that HURT ;), with no complications. I highly recommend it.

  7. Hi Kim,

    You’re doing so well! I will be praying for you. I know that apprehension (as do most of us, I’m sure), so I’ll be praying for peace and faith in the goodness of God.

    With T-tapp, I started it *just* before I fell pregnant with our last (she’s 14 mths now!), so I didn’t really lose inches! I stopped after only a few weeks as I was dealing with my old ‘friend’ anaemia which left me very, very tired. BUT, I do have 3 things to say about it. 1) My dear hubby – who is quite the fitness guy – did it with me the first couple of times to encourage me, and he was quite amazed at the workout. I could handle it only because I knew I could stop in 15 mins! 2) You should not do the ‘organs in place’ move when you are pregnant – but it is easy to just drop out that move. And 3) Try searching ‘t-tapp Charlotte Siems’ on Youtube for the results. Charlotte is the mother of 12 who had gained ‘quite’ a bit of weight but lost it in 18 months through T-tapp about 4 times a week.

    All the very best to you and your family with all the excitement coming up.

    In Him

    Meredith

  8. Hi Kimberly,

    Your post and the comments have piqued my interest in T-tapp. Hmmm…

    One word of caution in trying techniques to get baby to turn. I’ve had babies in all sorts of stubborn positions close to due date. My last two babies (#s 7 and 8) were actually born with the cord looped around their neck. For #7, it was looped twice. This was the baby who moved from breech to transverse right to transverse left to head down and back, all in just days before deliver, who had to be turned by the doctor. My babes were just fine, but I do know of people whose babies have died or had brain injuries from cord strangulation. Just something to consider. It was a scary thing for us and made me wonder if my attempts at baby spinning could have had something to do with that. Maybe not, but I wouldn’t do it again nonetheless.

    Lord bless and enjoy these last month’s anticipating baby’s arrival!

    • This is my concern too. I think that sometimes there is a bigger reason for baby being a “malpresentation” and honestly back labor is a small price to pay. I do however think that it is great to pay attention to overall posture not just as it may affect baby position but overall health

  9. Our most recent baby (#7, nearly 5 months now), was posterior most of the time during the last month or so (I could feel his hands and feet out front). During labor, before it got intense, I spent about half an hour on my hands and knees. That had helped turn the last baby into a better position, and sure enough, it worked this time, too. The contractions had been fairly mild, but after that half hour of hands and knees, they suddenly picked up and got STRONG! He was born 45 minutes later, only 2 1/2 hours after my water broke and contractions started. You might want to try that position. It doesn’t hurt, anyway!

  10. You perfectly voiced my current feelings! (34 weeks, baby #12) I’m finally “getting my head in the game” by putting together my labor music. Now if only I can find where I left my bravery after birthing the last baby…

  11. My ‘baby’ will be three in a few weeks and I’m not pregnant. This has never happened before. I’ve always had another child before the last baby is three. I’m enjoying it, after almost 20 years no diapers! If God brings us another baby I will be glad, but I’m very fine with no more. You are the only other person who has ever said they look forward to life with only older children.

    Praying that you have an uneventful delivery, and a beautiful wedding.

    • My baby is 2 an I’m not pregnant either…seems weird…not sure what to think or hope…or to just live day by day…I have to look into this t-tap thing…

  12. It seems that posterior presentations run in our family and 3 ofmy four have also been compound presentations. My only normal presentation was super fast ( less than 2 hrs from first contraction to holding her in my arms) butsuper painful. I have had back manor but maybe because its my norm itjust seems like regular Lahore to me…no worse. I have actuallywondered if there is somereason that posterior is actually better for me. My mw theorized with baby 3 that there might besomething about our pelvic shape (mom and me) that encourages he baby tobe posterior….Bc nothing on spinningbabies did anything. Well baby number 4 was was second anterior, almost identical size to his sister, same compound presentation….only difference is she was posterior…..he was the one with birth trauma.broken arm and webs palsy. Praise God those issues are basicallutotallyresolved at only3months old…but still scathe.it made me think….maybe God had a reason foe those poateriorbabies against my wishes :) I was so insistent on getting thatbaby turned…I did…but maybe I should haveneen less worried about forcing it and more content to just let what happened happen, in terms of his position….?

  13. I’m currently 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant with baby #8. I’ve T-tapped regularly through this pregnancy 3-4 times/week with the 15 minute program. This is the BEST I’ve ever felt. In fact it scares me because usually when I get really uncomfortable I know the end is near. Now I feel so good I’m afraid this baby isn’t ever coming out! I don’t have the pelvic pain I’ve had before near the end. I will say there was a learning curve for me to do the moves with a baby in the front. I can’t bend over near as far. Also, while pregnant, you shouldn’t tuck your organs in as she instructs during The Box. I just tighten my abs as much as I can without pushing my organs in and then continue with the moves. As far as a previous comment about concern for tucking the butt in, you only do that while standing. You’re never told to do that while sitting.

  14. Hi Kim I know what you mean – I feel apprehensive every time – I think God uses pregnancy to test and grow our faith :) I do think that T-Tapp is very good – in the short 15 minute as its very careful, very thorough exercise – but I would definitely go for the video – I tried to learn from the book first and from snippets on youtube but its COMPLICATED! Am also not quiet on board with the whole “organs in place” thing and sticking your hand down the muscle next to your hip bone… I’m sure it works but can’t bring myself to try it :) Otherwsie T-tapp is slow and purposeful and it works for me! You look awesome – be proud of that tummy!

  15. My first was posterior, but we didn’t know until she was born which made for verrrrrrrry difficult back labor and a forceps delivery. My second was anterior and that labor, delivery, and recovery was SO easy compared to the first even though they were both about the same length of time.

  16. Another thumbs up for SpinningBabies.com. Also, I used a baby sling as a belly support in my final weeks, after seeing a pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/98094098104177543/

    My midwife mentioned that lift technique for use during labor but then she took a good look at me and said, “Actually, you’re fine, you don’t need it. You don’t look like you have that problem.” (Meaning I’m in good shape and I suspect you are too from the looks of things!)

    A lot of moms love T Tapp but one thing that bothers me about her program (and I had the DVDs) is that she is constantly telling you to “tuck your pelvis” over and over and over again, and I have come to understand that tucking is a BAD habit that causes many problems. We’re supposed to go around with an UNtucked pelvis – one of the reasons sitting too much, bucket chairs, etc are so harmful to our bodies is because they cause us to sit tucked. We should sit on our sit bones with our booty sticking OUT, not with a rounded back and tucked pelvis. So it may be great for weight loss or whatever, but I wonder what the cost to our overall alignment is.

    My .02 :-)

    • I went to physical therapy after my last baby because of hyper mobility and one of the things I learned was to keep a “neutral” pelvis. We tend to hyper-extend the pelvis (think rear end sticking out), so I think the whole “tuck” thing is more about getting into PROPER alignment, not overly tucking. When I was working with the therapist, I was surprised at how much I needed to “Tuck” to get to “neutral”.

  17. I agree with the malpresentations of babies due to many pregnancies. My belly hangs way out and usually downward, near the end of pregnancy. I’ve had a couple of posterior babies too. Labors have been quick, but very painful. I’ll have to read up on belly binding as I get closer to delivery.

    You’re so close! :)

  18. I’ve been unfaithfully Tapping for years. It makes you feel great when you do it! But even those 15 minutes sure can be hard to come by…

  19. I just recently started ttap. There are some try before you buy videos on the t-tap site. In the two weeks that I started using those, I’ve definetly felt the difference. My lower back is not hurting nearly as much and I can feel my core muscles starting to reemerge after several years of near dormancy.

    I hope if you get to try it that it will relieve some of your back pain.

  20. You might be welcoming a grandchild by this time next year!

  21. Chrissy L says:

    I see someone already mentioned that your pics aren’t showing.

  22. My first was posterior. I spent an inordinately long time in transition being told not to push, grrr. With my second, I lived on the exercise ball for the last trimester because it made my back feel so much better. She slid out quite easily, almost without my help really (although not without the pain and a week of false labor). We’ll see how this one does, although I really should get out the exercise ball for my homeschool chair. Just thinking about it gives me warm fuzzy feelings of back and pelvic pain relief.

  23. my baby was in good position until during labor. He turned posterior as he slid into the birth canal and brought on the horrible back labor. He was a difficult birth because he was posterior and 10lb 6oz. with a 15 inche head and chest. Spinningbabies does have some great helps as he was also breech until 36 weeks.

  24. I was going to recommend spinningbabies.com too! Absolutely awesome site; as a doula I’ve gleaned so much from the information they share and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of your questions answered there. One thing I wanted to add (which spinning babies explains more in-depth) is that during labor there’s a technique called abdominal lift & tuck. This will help move baby back onto your cervix and in an optimal position, especially if your belly hangs over a little (which is very normal!).

    Thank you for all your updates! You’ll have to let us know what techniques worked for you during pregnancy and labor.

  25. There appears to be no belly pics by the references to them…

  26. My last baby (#4) was posterior until about 36 weeks. My back was hurting terribly and I would have done ANYthing to make it better. I checked out spinningbabies.com and did the exercises they recommend for posterior babies and the FIRST time I did it, I felt her turn and she was fine from there on out!

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