You guys are awesome. I feel so good after coming here to my own lodge!
Update at 37 weeks
Heart rate: 140 bpm
Position: head down, but posterior
Head circumference by u/s: 13.11"
Estimated weight by u/s: 7.9 - 8.4 lbs
Biophysical profile score: 8 out of 8 ("normal")
Anything odd?: abdomen measuring 3 weeks ahead of rest of baby (?)
Feeling: Crampy! Pain in right hip. Not sleeping well. Hungry, yet barfy...
Total weight gain so far: 45 lbs
Strep test: negative
Iron levels: great (136)
Dilation: No internal checks performed yet
Next MW appt.: April 7
Last edited by MaxiMamma; 04-08-2008 at 03:47 PM. Reason: Changed next MW appt
I canceled my MW appt today because I feel rotten with a cold and I don't want the MW to catch it! So I asked her a couple of questions over the phone...
She said the large abdomen on the u/s is not a concern; they would be worried if it measured small, but if it is big the baby probably just swallowed some amniotic fluid, or else is just plain plump!
And the posterior positioning is also not a concern; with third babies, it is extremely likely she will just turn during labour (and both my others did, so I guess that's just how I bake 'em).
Feeling relieved that all is "normal," I'm off to nurse my cold (as best I can with two equally snotty kids to look after...)...
So sorry to hear you are sick! I'm just getting over my 3rd cold since January (thanks, DD!) and it really makes the pregnancy symptoms worse (pg sleeping w/o a cold is bad enough!)
I'm glad they aren't worried about your LO's tummy size & position. I hope she turns before you endure too much back labor, though!
And BTW, I thought I posted it previously but I always love looking at all your pics. You are such a beauty, and you look just as gorgeous now as you did on your wedding day. You don't look anywhere near your age, and motherhood is very becoming to you. And your boys are soooo cute!
I haven't checked your lodge in awhile! Haggard?!?! Woman you look fantastic! You're every bit as bright-eyed as you were 5 years ago - beautiful!
ITA w/ you about epidurals causing a downward spiral. If I knew then what I know now...your homebirth sounds fantastic, though! Are you planning on birthing in a pool/tub or just whereever the urge strikes you? I think it's so fascinating and wish we lived closer to the hospital so I could try it!
Good update! It's a relief to see that a posterior baby has a chance of turning in labor with BTDT moms.
Oh, you guys have NO IDEA how nice it is to get such compliments when every day IRL I feel like a bag 'o poo - SOOOO ready to meet my LO at this point!!
Yeah, the cold is a downer - I have been a bit negative lately and need to turn that around...
SO, looking forward to the birth, I am starting to believe it is real (LOL, it never really hits until the time comes!), I have all the supplies in the house (now to tape down some plastic on our white carpets...), and I just want to get rid of this cold so we can get started!
I will labour wherever the urge strikes - that is what I did last time and it served me well; I was mostly walking around, alternating with being on all fours, and gave birth on hands and knees also. I don't want to jinx myself, but even though all my babies have started out posterior, I have never noticed any back pain. Pain in a lot of other places, YES!, but not in my back. Let's hope that's true this time too!!
I have one new concern that never entered my head last time. After reading a book about hypnobirthing, I am feeling more inhibited about making noises during labour. I know this is ridiculous - there is no way I am going to be able to stop myself! - but the philosophy that shone through in my readings was that it should be a quiet environment, and if I am properly focused the lack of tension should reduce the pain sufficiently, etc. etc... Now, I have NOT managed to teach myself hypnosis, so I know this is not going to happen! And now I feel self-conscious about it. Can anyone talk me out of this??
I have to agree with the other ladies, you definitely look younger than 40, and you really have a beautiful mama glow. Welcome to your lodge and I'm looking forward to following your birth!
As for the vocalizing during labour, well I've never laboured naturally before, but all I've read is that vocalizing, if it comes naturally, HELPS your body relax and is a GOOD thing! I feel silly saying this b/c you've already had one natural birth, so your body knows what to do!
Hm....I'm guessing that the quiet environment means everyone ELSE, not you, kwim?
You look fabulous!!
In Ina May's book she talks about making noises and how it helps to open the cervix, like deep sounds and she suggests making a horse type noise. I think if making noises is what comes natural to you then do it because it will help and an important part is to let go and give in to your body.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09