I look like I’m in pain in the picture this week, but I’m not. The countdown is definitely on, though. 33 weeks down, 7 weeks to go. Meghan was a week early, so who knows. This baby could be coming in 6 weeks. Either way, in a very short time a brand new life is going to be brought into the world and I can hardly wait to meet him.
This week marked my last monthly visit. From here on out, I’ll be seeing the doctor every two weeks. Everything looked great; here are a few stats for you.
Blood Pressure: 118/70
Weight: +2 this month, for a total of 22 pounds gained so far
Baby’s Heartbeat: jumped between 125-140
I also presented our doctor with our birth plan at this visit. When I first handed it to him he joked that as much as mothers love to plan, babies can’t read. How right he is.
He was very open to everything in my plan, with only two concerns. He suggested that if I didn’t want to have an IV for fluids that I have a hep-lock attached for an emergency situation. A hep-lock is basically tubes inserted into your arm and taped into place, a stand-by IV, in case you need something (fluids or medication) quickly. This leaves me free to move about and labor in places other than the bed. I thought this was a great compromise and agreed.
The other issue he had was with my wish to avoid Pitocin after the birth. He said he routinely administers it as a preventative measure to prevent excess bleeding. Pitocin is a medicine that makes your uterus contract, which is exactly what breastfeeding does.
I feel that our bodies are made to do this, so why assume it’s not going to work properly? I understand that if something goes wrong, steps should be taken. But if I have a normal birth and am able to breastfeed right away, why would I need to have medicine to get my body to do what it’s already made to do? He said that while he highly recommends it, the choice is ultimately mine. I’m going to do more research, pray about it, and then decide what to do.
How I’m Feeling and What’s Happening with my Body
There are no major changes in how I’m feeling this week. Some days I feel full of energy and all-around wonderful, and then other days I’m exhausted, cranky, and feel gross. It’s quite the pendulum to swing between.
The biggest change I’ve noticed is that the baby seems to be positioned lower now. I feel more pressure and I need to pee practically every 15 minutes.
TMI Alert: Stop reading if you are a.) male b.) squeamish
The other change that’s going on is my body seems to be gearing up to breastfeed a little early. Those of you who have breastfed before know that there is a tingly feeling that comes when your breasts are “filling up” before feeding. It can happen if you’ve gone too long between feedings or even be triggered by your baby crying in the early days. What ensues after the tingly feeling is leaking of fluid. This, strangely, has been happening to me once or twice a day.
I didn’t experience this until after Meghan was born, so having it happen during pregnancy is new to me. I totally spaced and forgot to ask my doctor about it, but according to Dr. Google, it is completely normal for this to happen in the third trimester.
Exercise Goals Update
Last week I lamented that I hadn’t been getting as many workouts in as I’d like. I set a public goal to get at least 4 workouts in this week. Knowing that I’d have to report back this week totally motivated me, so thank you, dear readers, for helping keep me accountable! Here’s how the week went:
Sunday: 45 minute walk w/ Meghan in the stroller. Felt good.
Monday: Lindsay Brinn’s 3rd trimester Pregnancy Fitness DVD. Felt good.
Tuesday: 20 minute walk (no stroller). I felt awful so I had to cut this walk short. I had pain in my right side, extending from my lower back to my lower pelvic and abdomen area.
Friday: 50 minute walk (no stroller). Felt good, but it felt like I couldn’t walk very fast. I guess that’s to be expected by this point.
I made my goal and if I get a workout in tomorrow I will have exceeded my goal. Thanks again for you help in keeping me motivated and accountable!