Hi Mama, looking forward to following your story! Happy last month of pregnancy
Yay, thanks ladies! This board was a huge source of support during my last pregnancy, I've really been looking forward to having a lodge again. I'll try post an intro (reintro?!) over the weekend. Tomorrow is my last day of work then my maternity leave starts so I'll have a little more free time... until this baby arrives anyway!
Had my 36 week appointment today, first home visit. The rest are home visits from now on which is very convenient seeing as it's winter and freezing out. Did the GBS swab, hopefully that comes back negative. Baby's heartbeat was 149bpm. Blood pressure was 100/70. Confirmed my plans to have a second waterbirth and where the pool is going. Midwife had a few concerns as I've been having ongoing headaches and contractions, but the contractions have been going on since 18 weeks and I'll tell you all about that later on!
Welcome to your lodge!
Megan / SO Mike / Jack - Feb 9, 2010 / LO expected late March 2013
This is baby #2. Our first was a big surprise because I thought I was barren. When I was 17 I was told I'd probably never conceive without fertility assistance, and it took three years of unprotected sex (but not 'trying') to conceive my daughter. Because of that I completely believed I could not ever get pregnant, and despite being violently ill with morning sickness for weeks, I was still completely floored when I finally tested when I was about 11 weeks along. I have always had very irregular periods and gone months without, and the period before I conceived with Desana was one day of spotting. So that can make things confusing! Apart from the really bad morning sickness that pregnancy was very easy and completely uncomplicated. I went into labour at 39 weeks, 6 days when my water broke, and Desana was born 10 hours later at home, in the water as planned. Some of my first words after the delivery were 'that was easy', and it really wasn't that hard.
This time around the pregnancy was more planned in that we had been trying for a couple of months and actually conceived the month I decided to stop trying so hard and to focus on weightloss again. It was only my third cycle after getting my period back at 12 months PP. I knew I was pregnant very early on as I started bloating at about 7 days past ovulation, and started feeling sick around about the same time. I had started charting before I got my period back, and had been using ovulation tests and the works. I tested before the two week wait was up because I just knew, and it was a positive!
Unfortunately it's been a completely opposite pregnancy with a lot of stress and scares. I had spotting on and off up until about five months and kept going in for blood tests and ultrasounds to make sure I wasn't losing the baby. I started having contractions at 18 weeks and went on bedrest for a week. At my Doula's recommendation I went to see a chiropractor and found out my contractions were being caused by the way my pelvis and lower back were aligning. So I saw the chiropractor three times a week for months and months, and apart from the expense that was a life saver because I was able to stay at work and not go on disability. The morning sickness was just as bad this time around if not worse, it lasted past twenty weeks and I'm still sick a couple of times a week.
Because of all the scares I've had a really hard time bonding with the baby because early on I thought I was going to lose it. That and working fulltime, and already having an almost two year old (she's two tomorrow!), it's just harder.
Now I'm done with work and get to concentrate on enjoying time with my little girl before the baby is born, and trying to get focused on having the right frame of mind for the birth. Last time I predicted when I would go into labour, even had it down to the location (at a friends house for christmas dinner - I said my water would break and it did!) this time around I am not so sure. I would like to make it to new years at least, but we'll see. With this pregnancy anything is possible!
I've hired a doula this time around because I just felt like I could use a little more support. Last time I had some pretty bad back labour and I know my doula will have techniques to deal with that. I'm still seeing my chiropractor once a week, and she will do home visits during the labour and postpartum so that's another tool if I need one. I'm seeing the same midwife as last pregnancy and hope to have the same labour and delivery, though maybe a tiny bit shorter! We'll see.
My due date is anywhere between January 11th-13th. By my charting it's the 13th, but two of the early ultrasounds I had said Jan 11th, or 12th. My midwife is going by the 13th as that's the latest date and best in case I go past dates.
I guess the only thing I left out is how DH (Matt) and I met... we met online ten years ago, playing an online game. We were friends for a few years (though we both liked each other) then finally got 'together' when I was 18. He's Canadian and I'm Australian, but we got married in my hometown and now we live in his!
TFS your intro. Sorry that this pregancy has been more difficult than your first. I'm glad you found a solution to the frequent contractions you were having with chiropractic care. I hope the birth is just as easy this time as last time.
Fun story hun! I feel like I know you now It's always fun to imagaine how things will go on dday, but I found that I had less time to think about it with #2 and 3! I hope your delivery is smooth and uneventfull, it sounds like you've earned it! Have a good holiday week and kup on how your feeling.
I have contractions every day so I really don't know when this baby will come. If my water doesn't break this time I guess I will just at some point reach my limit to dealing with the contractions without needing support. It's a lot more clear cut when labour starts with water breaking!
I have my 37 week home visit this evening with a midwife I met a couple of times last pregnancy. I like her, she's definitely my chose of back-up midwife that I'll hopefully get.
GBS came back negative, yay! Baby's heartbeat was 140, about what it usually is. But the baby's back is against my left side right now so I need to spend some more time hanging out on my hands and knees to get the back facing outwards if possible. I'll be seeing my chiro tomorrow, I'm sure she'll just tell me to do that anyway.
Yay for a good visit! I find labor to be easier before my water breaks, so you may just get to experience that for a change I'm sure the chiro will help!