4 weeks left to go! That’s just one month!
What’s happening with baby: By the end of this week baby will be considered “early term.” (Term is now considered 39 to 40 weeks.) Baby’s main jobs these days are gaining weight, practicing breathing and sucking, and moving around like crazy. Baby turns towards familiar sounds and practices looking for the source of the sound. The baby is head down and just hanging out, getting ready to make its way into the world.
What’s happening with mama: Mama is doing fairly well. Had a few days this week where I was uncomfortable for various reasons. My main complaint has been hip pain. I don’t recall having much hip pain with E, so this is new to me. It is worst at night, usually after a few hours of sleeping, and there have been a couple of nights that I have woken after 4-5 hours and wondered if I was going to even be able to fall back asleep the pain in both hips was so bad. I started sleeping with a pillow between my knees and that has helped greatly. Otherwise I am just feeling very large and cumbersome. Going about my daily activities is getting a little harder, bending and stretching just isn’t as easy any more!
I switch blood thinners from lovenox to heparin today. I’m… not excited about it. I thought about putting it off a few days simply because I want to delay going on heparin as long as possible but I guess I am just going to buckle down and do it. As nervous as I am that being on heparin is going to be as rough as it was with E, I would much rather that that be induced. Just the price I have to pay, I guess!
I also finally admitted to Papa Bear and the midwife that I am much more nervous about labor and delivery this time around. I was very devoted to a natural birth with E but it ended up not going that way. I did get an epidural in the final hours and I feel confident that it was the right choice at the time. I had so many wacky things happen with E’s birth – I was stuck at 6 cm for hours, had to have antibiotics for Group B Strep, had a reaction to the antibiotics they gave me, was given IV Benadryl that sent me for a loop, and had crazy back and thigh labor. At the end of all that getting the epidural allowed me to relax and progress quickly, granting me the vaginal delivery I wanted. While getting the epidural was more painful than I expected, the rest of my epidural experience was actually quite good. I am once again planning a natural birth this time around because I know it’s what’s safest for me and baby given my blood clotting disorders but I’m also not sure if my resolve is what it was with E. It’s difficult. I’m also nervous about having terrible thigh labor again. But, as the midwife said when I was speaking with her, second labors are generally a bit easier (and shorter) and we simply can’t predict what is going to happen – it’s good to know what I want but also be open to making changes if necessary. I am confident that the midwives will help me through L&D and will help me make choices that will result in a positive birth experience for both me and the baby.
Recent appointments: This week I had appointments with both the midwife and maternal fetal medicine for an ultrasound. From here on out I’ll be having appointments at both offices each week. At the appointment with the midwife, I got tested for Group B Strep (I’ll get the results at the next appointment. I was GPS positive with E.) and also got the TDAP vaccine. Because I had TDAP right after E was born my immunity is still good; however, by getting the vaccine again while pregnant some of the immunity will pass to the baby before it is born. Otherwise the appointment was routine and baby and I are looking good per the midwife!
Our ultrasound appointment also went very well. Baby is still head down (has been for months) and has gone from measuring a week ahead to being right on target. My appointment was at 35 weeks 6 days and baby’s growth measured exactly that. The ultrasound tech estimated that baby is about 5 3/4 pounds. The pictures we got at this appointment weren’t great quality (I think the ultrasound machine in the room we were in wasn’t as good as some of the others.) but we did get to see the baby practicing breathing. The tech also checked amniotic fluid levels, blood flow through the cord, and the placenta and all is looking good. After the ultrasound one of the MFM docs came in to talk to us a little bit about switching to heparin and to answer any questions we might have had about that, which was nice. Obviously we’ve already gone over everything with the hematologist but it was nice that MFM wanted to check in on us as well and make sure we were all set.
Weight gained: 22-23 pounds.
Baby is the size of a: head of romaine lettuce.