August 31, 2012

Week 37: Winter Melon Baby

Week 37
Baby is the size of a winter melon! (?)
Average size n' length: 18.9-20.9 inches & 6.2-9.2 lbs (per the bump.com)

Baby and I have been feeling pretty good recently! Yes, we are tired, but the great end to last week was a few good workouts in the morning, and now I believe we deserve 5....days off. I went for a walk yesterday with my dad and definitely felt like a true pregnant woman as I waddled my way along the side walk by his side. I'm sure it didn't even last 25 minutes but ohh the pain that hit once we stopped moving! I felt like contractions were taking over every minute, thousands of pins and needles poking my lower abdomen/cervix area. I truly thought that our innocent walk had gone and induced labor on this mama and her babe. Once I arrived at work and took a seat, the pain didn't go away. Instead it made me feel like labor was indeed greeting us all, since the sharp pains came every few minutes and made me grab my gut. The fun stopped shortly after an hour or so went by, and we moved on with our busy work day.

Come on, baby! I am definitely wondering if all that uterine/cervical excitement brought me to another centimeter or two of dilation, though. That would be so exciting! I really am starting to get super stoked about labor to start. I love how it could happen any minute now, but at the same time I could easily find myself very pregnant at the last weeks of September. This mystery of baby's actual birthday is a bit fun, I must say. I just hope the day doesn't come where I am completely sick of being pregnant, only wanting to hold my back and my belly and grump around, making people around me wish they weren't around me, ya know? Let's be joyful, pregnant self, let's enjoy every second! Even the seconds past my due date, if that happens.

Gestational age: 37 weeks
Measuring at: 38 weeks
Position:
head down, back on my right, feet kicking to my left \
Heart beat: 150
Active playtime: morning and night, and during the day when I'm hungry or as I just start eating a tasy meal.

Midwife appointment this week went very well. It was such an awesome time for papa-to-be, gma-to-be, and mommy-to-be! Our midwife talked about what is done to prevent tearing of the perineum during birth, we went over my Strep B test results, spoke of pregnancies from 40 weeks and on (overdue babes), and how long they allow mama to labor after the water breaks before induction. She also asked me if she had drawn on my belly yet, meaning - she feels for baby's positioning and draws them on my belly accordingly. It was so amazing! She asked where I felt most of the kicks (my left side) and I told her where I thought the back was since it's always flat and hard to my right, and she felt baby in head-down position. When hubby, mama of mine, and I saw the baby we all started glowing! Edu even looked like he was close to crying, same with my mumsy. Such a special image to capture before we meet the baby!


Prevent tearing: a study recently came out that spoke of new ideas on this. In their practice at Midwife Seattle they are very kean to warm towel compress during pushing, as well as water to soften the perineum. They don't do massage of the area because it is found to cause more irritation than soothing or softening. Also, when it comes to pushing out that baby, the squat position or even a lying down on your side, one-legged squat, cause baby to slide out faster (hey, gravity!) which can lead to tearing. So we'll talk more about other positions we can try when baby is ready to greet the world with their cute head + body. It's funny because Edu and I are reading the "Stage two of labor. Pushing" section of the Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way and they support squating 100% since your pervic area is opened to its max in that position. I agree, and can see how much easier baby Carrillo would come out in a good squat, but also understand how gravity and a giant baby coming out of the small space, that is my lower parts, would be a torn up mess. Hello water birth? We'll see!

Strep B test results: negative! Praise the Lord! Cindie (my midwife) says some 30% of pregnant woman are Step B positive, which is very high, but it's normal since we have lots going on down there. Hello bacteria and loads of extra discharge (TMI? Maybe....)! All they would do at a home birth, in the case of a positive test result, is have an IV in mama's hand during labor and birth. The IV feeds the body with baby-safe antibiotics and prevents them from having the icky strep passed onto them. Cindie said she was very happy I didn't test positive, and so are we!

I then brought up the question of: when would I be induced? What if my water breaks and no baby in 24 hours (I hear most pros want baby out withing 24 hours because of risk of infection or..... dry baby....)? What if my due date comes and a week goes by, how about 2 weeks? What if a crazy more than 2 weeks wants to go by and baby Carrillo doesn't really want to leave his/her comfy, dark home inside me yet? Cindie said that they have steps they take after water breaks to make sure baby and mom are doing fine. If a day or two goes by they won't quickly induce unless they see the need. I believe she mentioned that they've let 3 days pass and both mom n' baby were risk-free and looking good, so they had no need for induction - and baby was beautiful! The same goes for over-due babies. Tests and steps will take place to check on how baby and mami are doing, and if all looks, sounds, and smells (?) well, they'll just take it day by day. She said they delivered a very healthy, 43 week and 3 day baby one time!

Signs of labor:
Dilation: 2cm
Head at: -1 station
Crazy: midwife can feel baby's head!
Water breakage: no, sir.
Mucus plug: zero signs
Contractions: Braxton Hicks-like, somewhat often during the day (woohoo!)
Estimated due date: mid September!

So, after that 2cm dilation discovery, we were told not to expect a 42 week long labor, since this baby seems very ready to escape - and we are very, very ready to meet them!

the eats:
  • veg pizza covered in homemade tomato sauce and nutritional yeast
  • quinoa waffles with nut butter, fig jam and the works
  • curry lentil soup with quinoa
  • lentil black rice burger patties n sweet tater fries
  • 5 minute tortilla pizza with tofu n' more deliciousness!


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